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Archives: 5/1/2018 to 3/26/2019

Blue Mound State Park Planning Survey
March 17, 2019
MadNorSki is asking all skiers to provide input on the Blue Mound State Park master plan via an online survey. There is some concern over part of the plan that might impact the current ski trail layout.

Lotsa Snow
March 12, 2019
Mark Lahtinen shares some of his insights on the cold and snow this second half of winter, comparing it to historical data.

Skiing Etiquette in Marginal Conditions
March 12, 2019
With warm weather and rain on tap for parts of the region, seems like a good time to review proper "etiquette" for skiing.

Three Rivers Parks District Free Play Snow Day this Saturday
March 11, 2019
Since Mother Nature has blessed the Twin Cities with some of the best late season snow conditions in recent memory, Three Rivers Park District has decided to make the most of it by hosting a #FreePlaySnowDay. Enjoy a day of free activities at any of the Three Rivers Parks including free snowshoeing, XC skiing, sledding, kicksledding and more. Plus rentals for those sports are free as well!

Snowmaking Plans at Lake Elmo
March 7, 2019
In February, a snowmaking feasibility study for a 2.5 km ski trail and sledding hill at Lake Elmo Park Reserve was presented to the Washington County Board. While the board supports the concept, avenues for funding the project are being explored.

ABR Taste of Trails Event this Weekend
March 6, 2019
ABR is hosting their annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday. Held on the trails, skiers can purchase samplings of local cuisine including taco bar, chili and chicken enchilada soup, almond cookies, and even selections from a local brewery.

Tour DuLuth This Saturday
February 28, 2019
The annual Tour DuLuth event is this Saturday, March 2nd. Events going on at a number of trails throughout the day including coffee and bagels to start off, ski demos, kids carnival, and an end of day dinner and gathering.

Cook County Deep in Snow
February 18, 2019
The North Shore and Gunflint Trail received an abundance of early snow with totals to date an average of 50 percent greater than previous years. Cook County boasts eight ski trail systems in the area that are meticulously maintained and groomed for both classic and skate skiing.

Out There: Birkie Race Service Nearly Full
January 28, 2019
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is reporting they have a very limited number of openings left for Birkie Race Wax service. Act quickly if you want to get in on their professional services.

Loppet Opens Snowmaking Trails for Limited Fat Biking
January 17, 2019
The Loppet Foundation has started a limited pilot project allowing fat bikers to ride on the snowmaking trails on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings when the trails are open.

North Star Ski Touring Club Seeks Applications for Grant Fund Projects
January 17, 2019
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) is seeking grant applications from the North Star Grant Fund. Grant application deadline is March 31st.

Hoigaards: Pre-Rennet Wax Clinic
January 13, 2019
Hoigaards invites you to spend Tuesday evening, Jan 15th, with Fast Wax and learn the secrets of Nordic glide waxing. Casey Kirt from Fast Wax will be at Hoigaard's to discuss and demonstrate what you can do to ski faster. Topics will include selecting the right ski wax, how to apply it, and a look forward to the Ski Rennet wax recommendation.

Sugarbush Trail System Fundraising Campaign
January 13, 2019
Sugarbush Trail Association has started a fundraising drive to obtain funds to help purchase a lease-return Pisten Bully. The new machine will be better equipped to handle both low and high volume snowfalls.

ABR Grooming Clinic Set for Jan 23-24
January 10, 2019
ABR's Annual Midwest Grooming Clinic and Expo will be Jan 24-25. The first day is a free expo and show day, the second day is fee-based grooming clinic and seminars.

Winter Woes
January 9, 2019
Mark Lahtinen looks into winter data, comparing this season to other El Nino years.

Cook County Winter Wonderland
December 30, 2018
Cook County, located along the scenic Northshore, is reporting great conditions and ready for your winter adventure with a number of great events this season.

Rochester Snowmaking Project Fundraiser
December 20, 2018
The Rochester community has been working long-term on a major trail development project, including snowmaking operations, at Gamehaven. They recently received State Legacy funding to get the project started but need the skiing community's help to implement the first phase of snowmaking for next season.

The Great Minnesota Ski Pass
December 20, 2018
If you plan to ski in any of the Minnesota State Parks, state forests or grant-in-aid trails, this winter, you'll need to have a Minnesota Ski Pass. Passes can be purchased online or at a large number of locations.

Ramsey County Parks Master Plan for Rice Creek North Meeting
December 2, 2018
Ramsey County is holding their last public input meeting on the final development concept for Rice Creek North Regional Trail (site formerly known as TCAAP). There are three development plans, each with varying levels of ski and mountain bike trails. The meeting is this Thursday, Dec 6th at the Mounds View Library.
Rice Creek North Survey

Web Roundup
November 26, 2018
World Cup Return - Jessie Diggins reports on the big opening World Cup at Ruka, Finland (Pee Wee Herman laugh, for reference).
Mixing It Up -  continues her 'Crossroads' series with a look at how she is changing up her training/racing.
Olympic Hopeful? - NPR host suggests Duluth should host the 2026 Winter Olympics (with a look back at their 1932 bid).
Gitchi Gami Nibble - A look at the progress of developing the Gitch-Gami trail along the Northshore and possible alternate projects.
Battle Creek Push - Star Tribune highlights the aspirations of developing snowmaking operations at Battle Creek.

Ramsey County Parks Master Plan for Rice Creek North
November 11, 2018
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will amend the 2013 Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan this year. Part of the new plan includes a number of options for ski trails in the north metro. The public is encouraged to view details and comment on the plans in a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec 6th in Mounds View (or view and comment online).

Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener Set for Dec 8th
November 10, 2018
Three Rivers Park District will again host the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener on Saturday, December 8th, at Elm Creek Park Reserve which has a 2.5K manufactured snow loop. With free skiing, free rentals and free mini-lessons, and even a mascot race!

Snow Falling in West Yellowstone
November 4, 2018
Snow has been falling in West Yellowstone since Saturday, and while not a huge amount, the trails are beginning to look like winter. The Yellowstone Ski Festival is just weeks away, and snow appears in the most of the short-term forecast. There was also snow falling on Sunday in Birkieland!
Webcam: Rendezvous Ski Trails (West Yellowstone)
Yellowstone Ski Festival
Webcam: Birkie Trail

Lapham Peak Expands Snowmaking Operations
November 2, 2018
The Friends of Lapham Peak have reached an agreement with the Wisconsin DNR to increase the length of cross country ski trails covered with manmade snow by nearly 3/4 of a kilometer, eventually bringing the snowmaking loop to 2.4K.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Recreation Planning
October 26, 2018
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is soliciting feedback from the public on our recreation facilities such as campgrounds and trails (such as Drummond and Rock Lake ski trails). Comments can be made online or via open house meetings for the public scheduled in the weeks ahead.

Blue Hills Banquet Set for Nov 3rd
October 20, 2018
The Blue Hills Trail Association is hosting their 30th annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, Nov 3rd in Rice Lake. This year's guest speaker is Richard Lett who as spent time working for the Queen of England and the Royal family, sailing solo and winning the Transatlantic Race. The evening includes a cash bar, a buffet meal, two major raffles, plus thousands of dollars in prizes offered as many silent auction items. Reservation are required, book online.

Saving Snow Film Showing in Mora on Oct 29th
October 7, 2018
A film that looks at the economic impact of warmer and shorter winters with less snow will be shown on Monday evening, Oct 29th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center in Mora. The film focuses on the Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowmobiling, sled dog and ice fishing industries. In addition, Dr. Mark Seeley, retired University of Minnesota Climatologist/Meteorologist will be present to share his comments on the film and his analysis of snow, temperature and weather event trends over time.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Trailhead Building
July 17, 2018
The Loppet Foundation and the Minneapolis Park Board celebrated the new Trailhead building with a ribbon cutting event for the media on Tuesday morning at Theodore Wirth. There will be a grand opening event for the general public schedule for later this summer.
Photoset: 33 photos

Duluth City Council Voting on Grand Avenue
May 12, 2018
On Monday evening, May 14, the Duluth City Council will be voting on whether to authorize Phase I of the Grand Avenue Nordic project. DXC is encouraging as many skiers and supporters to attend this important City Council meeting.

Support Needed for Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area Bonding
May 11, 2018
Supporters are calling on the ski community to make a final push this weekend to get the Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area including in the latest bonding measure at the Minnesota legislature.

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