Three Rivers Rennet, Jan 29th

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    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the Silver, Bronze, and Ball Field today. Most trails are in "good ski" condition. A few spots need more snow as a skier mentioned in his post. I didn't do much to the tracks, most are old but not too bad. We're hoping for more snow this weekend.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • NewJan 22 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Tried to start at Cedar Lake, but the skate deck was ice and last night's snow just blew off. Wirth Lake, Tornado Alley, and Bridge Trail were better, but still 50% icy. Man made loop was good, though a tad slow with cold temps and new snow.
      (David Mortenson)
    • NewJan 22 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Par for the course - a lot of drifting snow but also some fast icy sections - but all in all, slow but fun.
      Photos:
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • NewJan 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice late morning/early afternoon skate ski at BC. Skied all open trails (note: tree removal has decimated the ski games loop, which is closed). Good coverage with only small patches of dirt on the steepest sections of uphills. Last night’s short blast of new snow gave the trail a nice refresher though also made for slowish conditions (but not squeaky styrofoam slow like we experienced recently). Groomer was doing excellent work on the WC loop around noon.
      Photos:
      (Alan Chapman)
    • NewJan 22 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated this trail this morning, didn't appear the trail had been recently groomed and is fairly icy and chopped up. A ton of long snow drifts on the trail which makes skiing very tricky. It's doable but not super enjoyable. Otherwise plenty of coverage. Just gotta wait for the wind to drop and groomer to come out.
      (Travis Meier)
    • NewJan 22 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck and reset the classic tracks before dawn this morning. The wind was very strong, so you might not see much evidence of the grooming when you get out there. Due to the wind the new snow was not evenly distributed, so there are still icy patches -- but most of the skate deck looked pretty good. The classic tracks vary from full depth to very shallow, but I'm sure they're already drifted in. On the plus side they're not glazed! Enjoy your ski!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • NewJan 21 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      I was classic and my son skate Friday evening, 730-830. Not groomed as of Friday night, the classic tracks were snowed in and slow, very little glide, plenty of kick on rex green. Skating on the other hand was fantastic! The little bit of snow covered up almost all the ice and hardpack and made for surprisingly good, long glides on his V2 workout.
      (Jeff Streier)
    • NewJan 21 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Spent several hours going slow to break up the icy mess from the thaw followed by deep freeze. Left behind a chunky bed of snow that will hopefully bond with then new snow coming over the next few days. The wind will make grooming futile today but I’ll get out there overnight to get it ready for Sunday funday. Tracks were a useless bed if ice so were removed. I’ll reset if there is enough snow Sunday morning.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • NewJan 21 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wetland and Woodland Edge varied from fair to very good. It was hard packed with the usual bare spots on the outbound leg of Wetland. Conditions improved after the RR bridge with a softer surface. Thereafter branch and twig debris (and tiny cone debris from the pine trees alongside the trail for a while after you passed the cutoff for Rolling Hills Savanna) were the only issue. It was ugly cold at 11 degrees according to Google with a gusty wind. After just briefly baring my hand to get my car keys out to return a pair of skis to it, I had to go back in and warm them under a hand dryer in the bathroom before I put my liners and mitts back on. It worked; only my toes were starting to go after an hour and 15 minutes on the trail. I tried out both skis waxed with CH3 powder and FastWax Teal LF at the trailhead. Both seemed to perform the same - ok, I thought. I went with the CH3 waxed ones and as soon as I hit the uphill grade after the RR bridge, the cold weather slow-down hit. I'd skate a 100 to 200 yards and then stop and walk before I repeated the same routine all the way to the top with a stop at the shelter to clear my fogged glasses. Once I hit the downhill return I moved better (except being slowed by the tiny pine cone debris). I was able to continue to sustain my momentum once I hit the flats between skating and double poling. Only met one classic skier at the beginning of the trail and a couple high school boys on their second circuit while out on the trail.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • NewJan 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      My dad and I went out to ski at Elm creek today about 4:30 (right before the snow started). We only skied the man-made loop, which actually felt like skiing snow and not ice. There had not been many skiers out so the corduroy was still very nice. There were very few spots where it was hard to get an edge due to being smoothed out. The snow was surprisingly fast despite cold temps. As our ski went on the wind picked up and it got cold. The snow also started coming down and it was blowing all around.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • NewJan 21 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      I was amazed how good the conditions were. The skate deck was nice smooth corduroy the entire course. Fantastic job by the groomers. I did not get in the tracks but heard they were pretty icy. There are a number of rocks in the skate deck, especially on the visitor center side of the railroad tracks, so you need to keep your eyes on the trail.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • NewJan 21 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      This evenings little clipper came through early and fast, leaving us with a whopping 1/2" of new snow. In a drought winter, we are happy with anything we get. Both Shear-Pin and Crash just reported in (got to love a well trained crew) that they had just finished rolling it out to help with bonding the new to our bullet proof base. Earlier in the day, Ancient One and Lumberjack pulled the Godzilla screens around to put in as much profile in the base as they could before the new snow. Those skiing between grooming runs today said it was improved over the last couple of days. For your Saturday ski, expect the trail to be bright white, a little slow, a bit noisy with each pole plant and likely somewhere near the middle of the fun-o-meter. Use a little caution on the first lap. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • NewJan 21 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic track set up really well with the cold weather. Even the multiuse trail had a nice track. There are a few thin spots which are easy to step around. B skis due to oak leaves and sticks blowing onto the trail with the strong winds this afternoon. Watch for bare pavement at the snowmobile crossing on the multiuse trail. The skate deck also looked good, although it is narrower in spots because the classic track was moved closer to the middle of the trail.
      Photos:
      (Mark Oswood)
    • NewJan 21 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the practice loop (near small building). Cold and windy. Thanks to the groomers who broke up the ice pretty well, with enough texture to skate, but fresh snow would be great!
      (Karen Peters)
    • NewJan 21 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very icy! I skied posts 5 to 6 at Jensen Trailhead, and it was glare ice. I quit that trail and walked to Jensen lake to classic ski around the lake in the skier set tracks. There was some ice but surprisingly a lot of soft snow on those shallow grooves. I only have one set of skis so I can't advise on B skis, etc.
      (Amy Riegelman)
    • NewJan 21 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer put down two side by side tracks at Vadnais lake today. Tracks are not full depth, and have some small chunks of ice in them.
      Already starting to collect tree litter, hence the recommendation for B skis.

      (Carol Shield)
    • NewJan 21 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are rutted and icy. I attempted to ski the practice loop but could not get an edge. I am a freestyle beginner, so factor that in. The tops of the rises were glazed and had grass poking through. Some snow (if you can call it that) had dirt mixed in. A biting wind didn't make things any better. We need some snow!
      (Alyssa Murphy)
    • NewJan 21 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Break out the backcountry skis, or whatever you've got with metal edges (Nordic skates?). The skate deck was 90% glazed and the classic tracks looked to be completely glazed. The multi-use trail was skiable (barely) though bumpy, and the few spots where there was still some corduroy on the skate deck were actually pretty nice. But most of it was an exercise in slipping, sliding, and skittering. Not much fun. Also looked like some of the grass spots were getting more exposed (though still avoidable). I'd wait until we get a bit more snow and the groomers can do another pass (it was in pretty great shape before this most recent deep freeze!).
      (Sam Papai)
    • NewJan 21 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The groomer came today and set classic tracks at Sucker Lake. The snow bed is still fairly thin so the tracks are not deep all the way around. The grooming also broke up all the ice that formed after Tuesday's thaw so snow conditions are vastly improved. I did not get to the Vadnais trail so not sure if they were groomed.
      (Steven Jorissen)
    • NewJan 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference a day makes! Wednesday evening after the rapid freeze Wirth trails were pea size ice chunks over glare ice- actually better than I expected but not much fun. Today the trail is beautiful machine groomed sugar. The prevailing wind was a brake on down La Squadra, but uphill was like sailing with the wind.
      (Steve Casey)
    • NewJan 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bronze, Silver, and Gold trails were given two passes to refresh the skating deck. Classic track In fair condition. Ski Games trail is closed for now due to tree work. There are a number of bare spots especially on steeper inclines and there are areas with grass poking through. These areas are avoidable and overall the trails have good coverage.
      (James Rue)
    • NewJan 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      We are warmer over here at Hyland. Manufactured Snow Trails are all packed, tracked, (Daily) and in Good Conditions. Natural Snow Trails are packed and not tracked, and in Good Conditions. Note: Trails are open 5 AM - 10 PM; along with front and back bathrooms. High School Races: Mon, Jan. 24 3-5:30, Tues. Jan.25, 10-4pm - Wed, Jan. 26 3-5:30, Fri. Jan. 28, 4:30-9pm. Trails are still open to the public during the races, except for Fri.. Trails will be closed, Friday, Jan. 28, 4:30 - 9 PM and 5 AM - 10 PM, Saturday, Jan. 29 for Rennet Races.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • NewJan 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Got in a quick workout this morning. -2F on the car thermometer. I had day-old klister, which worked just fine, but the tracks were not icy at all! The groomers did a fabulous job of reconditioning the track after the thaw-freeze cycle earlier this week. Hoping for more snow in the days to come.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • NewJan 21 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was fresh groomed today. Snow conditions are very good at this time. enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • NewJan 21 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 20 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were groomed on Thursday morning and much better than Wednesday's icy conditions. Skating deck is very firm and, in some cases, icy and very difficult to hold an edge especially in the 2K. There are tracks for classic but they were iced over and sections filled with leaves and tree debris. Fewer rocks poking through compared to last week.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Jan 20 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Battle Creek groomers nailed the time to groom during the warm to cold cycle. Majority of World Cup trail is in great shape for skating. Some areas with afternoon sun are icy (especially by the ballfields) but otherwise it's firm and easy to find an edge on 90% of the loop. There is one single sizable bare spot at the top of a hill on Gold, it's on an uphill so it will not catch you off guard. Silver/Bronze have full coverage (although thin in some areas). As reported: Ski Games trails are closed for 2 weeks for tree removal by the County.
      (Jay Wood)
    • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Snowmaking 5k classic tracks are pretty darn nice. A nice combo of kick snow and a bit of glide glaze, deep and no washouts to speak of. Thanks groomer for battling the ice!
      Photos:
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 20 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      70% very good, 30% hard ice and not much in between. Wherever the trails saw extended sunshine on the hot day on Tuesday it turned the snow to bare ice.
      (Rick Budde)
    • Jan 20 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Not much to report other than ice everywhere. Pretty hard to grab an edge for skating. Tried the tracks to double pole but lots of leaf/tree litter present there. Bummer!
      (Zach Simpson)
    • Jan 20 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      -4F when I hopped on the trail a little after 1:00 PM. I wasn't sure where I was going to classic ski today; I thought everything would be boilerplate. Thanks to the Como groomers, that wasn't the case. I stayed on the loop where the start/finish area is (1.3K for the loop). Most of this loop had reset classic track! I was using universal klister on my B skis, but I might have been okay with a hard polar wax. The tracks were fantastic, and I appreciate how the long southern section runs close to the woods (thus, the nickname: the glacier, since it is in the shade and lasts late into the season). Kudos, Como groomers!
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 20 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails nicely groomed for skate with only with a few areas of gravel and woody debris at the surface. Still, enjoyable skiing if you don't mind a few scratches.
      (Keva Schulz)
    • Jan 20 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Highland 9 golf course cross country ski trail received a fresh groom this morning. The skate deck is good shape with sone icy areas. There was a new classic track set. Stay warm.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 20 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference from yesterday! The second grooming last night helped break up the icy spots. Overall, 80-90% of the trail is in good shape. There are a few slick segments in the usual places, but as long as you stick to the outside of the skate deck, you can still catch an edge. It was cold to be sure but still nice to be outside!
      (Alexander Forster)
    • Jan 20 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trail at Como golf course had a fresh groom this morning and the skate deck is in great shape. A new classic track was set in some places but in other areas we could not because grass was showing. The classic track may be icy where we couldn’t groom. Stay warm and enjoy.
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 20 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail at Phalen golf course was groomed this morning and is in great shape. A new classic track was set and the deck has a nice corduroy on it. If you haven’t skied it this year you need to give it a try.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 19 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The conditions were very icy. Thankful they were able to get out and groom during the refreeze so it wasn't a skating rink. Some spots were super slick and hard to get an edge on and others were textured enough to get by. The wind was also very cold.
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Icy in a few spots and slow with blown snow in a few spots, but overall the manmade stuff was in good shape. Didn’t even try the natural snow trails, looked rough. 5K of manmade open now with more snow being blown at night.
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Jan 19 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very hard packed and slippery snow, but still skiable on the skate deck. There were just a few icy spots where I had to double pole. Frequent grass patches, but nothing I wasn't able to avoid. If one skied in the classic tracks, they'd probably have to pop in and out of the tracks with some regularity. I'd feel fine with B skis, but others might use rock skis. Extremely fast conditions.
      (Richard Kent)
    • Jan 19 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Columbia skate deck tonight after skiing earlier in the afternoon. Previous grooming and shoveling salvaged a terrible thaw-freeze scenario. Tonight I was able to churn up some of the icy spots and set a decent surface throughout the course. Skaters should be able to set an edge well, minus a few icy patches/sections. Classic tracks are ice. Until we get another snowfall, they will be a challenge. Pictured is the deck on an icy section for reference. Columbia is going to be fast!
      Photos:
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 19 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions were mostly very good for skating. Staff did a good job of creating an approachable and a very edge worthy skate deck. The only difficulty occurred on the short up hill portion under the spruce trees on the pond trail west of the parking lot and north of the Gateway trail. The classic tracks were solid, but gripable, with short sections of leaves in the usual spots. A nice hour plus ski. All the parking lot skier tailgaters I encountered were smiling and happy with their time on the trails. Cold northwest winds were mostly a non-issue at this heavily tree protected system.
      Photos:
      (Michael Wilke)
    • Jan 19 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions were excellent for both classic and skating. Classic tracks were generally well-defined and deep enough. They were generally glazed because of the melting yesterday and refreezing today, so I didn't have very good kick with waxed skis. Might have been better with klister but I didn't try. There were quite a few leaves in some places in the tracks, though, which would be bad for klister. I got better kick on the freshly-groomed skate deck with Swix Polar White wax on my wood skis. Most if not all of the skate decks were groomed while we were there, and the condition was then great/fast for skating, with the melted/refrozen/groomed surface. There were several very small (~18" across) areas of exposed dirt, but these were easily avoided if you watch where you are going. Despite the cool temps, the bright sun made it feel warmer than I expected. Beautiful blue sky day for skiing! The visitor center/warming house/bathrooms were open, even though the ranger station at the entrance was closed.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference a day makes! Skate skied around noon, looks like they made a pass and got the right half of the skate deck churned up from the ice that formed overnight. One big loop (the brown loop?) was churned up with good edge. Classic tracks seemed ok when I hopped in them to double pole and avoid the few inevitable icy spots on the slate deck. Hopefully they made it around to groom some of the other loops because where they groomed was really great considering the big warm weather to overnight cold weather pattern. Thanks groomers!
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Jan 19 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied the outer loop this evening. The newly groomed track is fantabulous. The pristine skate deck also looked welcoming. Thank You to the Anoka County Groomers for doing an outstanding job.
      (Michael Metzmaker)
    • Jan 19 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Icy conditions on both the skate deck and classic tracks. The few bare spots from yesterday and still present but very little grass was sticking through despite the melt. The downhills were fast and a little dangerous since you can't get an edge. The classic track was sheer ice and I could barely get any kick but double poling was easy and fast.
      (Evan Hendrickson)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      East ski trails groomed for skate skiing. Current track not reset and in good condition. Trails fair to good. Savanna trail around campground in poor to fair condition due to exposed trail.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 19 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails were groomed for skate skiing. No new classic track reset due to thin snow. Some dirt showing through and debris is present. Current classic tracks may be icy.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 19 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I agree with the Three Rivers rating of fair. It's definitely worth going out, just be prepared for some icy sections. The trails were groomed today but there are icy sections and a fair amount of sticks (this is why I said B skis). The Island Trail and the trail leading out to it would be poor-to-fair, with icy sections and was the least enjoyable part of the ski. Also, the first 200 yards of the trail is very icy but don't let this deter you as it gets better. Be prepared for the downhills as they are fast and you might have to dodge a few sticks and possibly an icy spot or two. The trails are still very skiable and the icy/crusty conditions are only scattered throughout the trail.
      (Nick Raisanen)
    • Jan 19 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Secondhand 

      Not good news from the trail testers. The testers are die hard skiers who will ski on just about anything. They went 2 1/2 laps, and said while skiable for them, they needed to be on their toes all of the time to stay upright. They reported the trail is about 1/4 hard pack/ice, with a lot of the slick surfaces located where you want traction. If you ski, do so with caution. The next challenge will be to get the ice scratched up enough so the next snow will bond. That project will start Friday when it warms a bit.
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Yesterday's meltdown did a number on the outer trails. The unlighted trails haven't been regroomed, and at best they're icy and rutted in the skating lane, with bare spots, including pavement showing through where the trail crosses the paved trail behind Mud Lake. The big hill there is hazardous, with a bare spot in the middle and ice on both sides of that. The classic tracks are shallow, icy and in a couple of spots, melted through. I won't be back on those trails until we get more snow. Parts of the tracks on Eagle Trail were groomed under a few days ago, and only skier-made tracks remain in those spots. Lots of foot traffic on the classic trails, too, with some by two-footed creatures and some by four-footed residents. Northern Lights is in good condition. While the classic tracks haven't been regroomed, the skate deck was touched up last night, once the temp dropped below freezing. The classic tracks are icy in spots, and washed out on some of the turns, but they're very skiable and much preferable to the open-to-the-wind snow-making trail. The snow-making trail is, as always, well-groomed. Both the tracks and the skate deck were very fast, for such a cold day.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • Jan 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were mostly ice. I think I would've been better off on ice skates. A few areas back in the woods on the skyline trail were snow covered (thankfully on the downhills). Multiple areas with dirt, grass and roots coming up. The boot imprints from people walking on the trails didn't help either. With regards to classic tracks, everything was ice. Don't think anything would've kicked. Mostly all of the downhills were washed out of track. The land bridge looked in rough shape for tracks. I would say it was about a 60/40 split with track available across the trails.
      (Caitlin Anderson)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got out for a quick ski with a friend as a warm up for a run at night. The whole area was skiable but the warm weather and high traffic from the holiday weekend really took its toll on the conditions. Bare ground poking through in lots of places, but decently easy to avoid. Temps were dropping so we were getting ice forming as we skied. The trails will probably need some more snow and another grooming to bring them back to life but they're still doable!
      (Peter Johnson)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The rapidly falling temperatures converted the slushy trails from the afternoon to concrete-like ice. Very fast where tracks were intact. Areas where tracks were washed out was very difficult to navigate, and the frozen boot prints didn't help. I elected to stay off the steep hills and quit early as it was getting cold and windy. Won't be very skiable til regroomed.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Two words - boiler plate. Hoping freshly made snow and grooming improves it. Crushed my moderate level of confidence in skate skis.
      (Lee Penn)
    • Jan 18 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We could have done without 42 degrees for sure! I took new rookie groomer Basketball Guy out Tuesday evening for a two plus hour training run with the tandem screens. We wanted to get on the trail after temps dropped below 32 and before it got too hard due to rapidly dropping temps. It was 29 when we started and 18 when we finished. Some areas scratched up good, others not so good. The New Coach will be out trail testing this morning, so we will wait for a trail quality report from him. If you like a fast and very hard trail... Enjoy with caution on your first lap.
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Ski Games trails are closed for 2 weeks for tree removal by the County. Groom as temperatures were falling. Silver and Gold trails are mostly in good condition with classic tracks, given the amount of snow. The gold trail has an almost full-width bare spot near the summit of the longest ascent and there a few thin spots on both Gold and Silver. Conditions on the Bronze trail are variable - there are long stretches that are pretty good, but there are also many thin spots on both the prairie and plateau portions - generally easy to avoid.
      (Karl Dewahl)
    • Jan 18 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck tonight after the snow had set up with all the warm temps today. The snow was too hard to reset the classic tracks unfortunately. They are in decent shape for about 80% of the trail. I covered all the bare patches I could find with more snow, though there's a few uphill icy spots coming back to the train bridge from the north that I wasn't able to fix.
      (Blaine Gudbjartsson)
    • Jan 18 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied Pile Island. The tracks aren’t deep but still great skiing. It has a double groomed track so you can go either direction (I prefer counter clockwise as you’re closer to the rivers). I saw 3 large coyotes walking on the MN river (north side of island) - cool! Plus of course deer, which are common to see on Pike Island.
      Photos:
      (Pam Medvec)
    • Jan 18 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Carver was skiing exceptional at noon today. Velvet corduroy that had seen light traffic or was fresh and untracked on some of the loops. I classic skied a shallow track that was set throughout the park. Track was a bit soft, off camber, light in spots, but no complaints. 99% great coverage with the snow we have and a few burn through spots that are easy to avoid. No worries using good skis. Perfect March ski day.
      Photos:
      (John Horns)
    • Jan 18 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied at exactly the wrong time of day; my car thermometer read 45F, and any trail in the sun was mush. Surprisingly, in the shade, conditions were pretty good. Started at the Edgerton gates. This trail has not been rolled since the most recent snow. However, the skied-in track is actually pretty good. I saw a half-dozen skiers, a handful of snowshoers, and numerous walkers. I thanked all of the walkers for avoiding the tracks. I recommend B skis only because of the usual deciduous detritus. The wind was rising as I was finishing, and the temperatures were dropping: the brave skier tomorrow may need klister.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The MLK holiday skiers took a toll on the trails. I skied Brown's Pond, Hills, and a couple loops on Prairie. Skate deck coverage was pretty good, but it's getting packed hard, scraped, and rutted. The flat sections generally provided enough snow on one side or the other for decent skating, the downhills were getting scraped down to hardpack, but manageable, and the climbs were getting pretty churned up, especially the south faces. There are several spots with grass and soil starting to come through, and today's warm temperatures won't help. Looking at the sections I skied, I'd classify them about 70% fair, 30% trending towrd poor. It doesn't appear as though there is enough base left to re-groom, but the groomers have surprised me with some great rehabilitations in the past.
      (David Sonnenberg)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions were fair. Track appeared machine-set in a few spots but was frequently skier- set and totally absent at all intersections and all hills - up or down. There was snert and roots coming thru in a few spots. There was the usual extent of oak leaf litter which compounded the problems I had with my Rex Red kick wax. Anytime the track disappeared the looser snow would clump on my ski bottoms and I picked up lot of leaves on them too. It was about 34 degrees at my 11:30 start and pushing 40 degrees when I finished at 1:30. Surprisingly given it cleared to full sunshine at the end, I ran into at least three couple minute bursts of sleet or rain. Despite the nice weather, my ski of most of the perimeter trail on the east side was not that great. Had to stop to scrape the clumping snow off at mile 2 and rewax to extend my kick zone fore and aft to get better bite. Application itself was a hassle with long strings of wax getting everywhere. But inconsistency in my kick and glide was the most aggravating. I'd get going at an ok pace but then run into a section with no track where the loose snow would clump onto my ski bottoms and I'd go through the gymnastics of exaggerated shuffles to get it off and reestablish a decent kick and glide or I would hit a leaf or, a few times, really warm snow on a downhill and come to a muscle pulling/ligament stretching near stop. Hope we get more snow and moderately cooler temperatures soon.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I enjoyed excellent conditions on all Wirth trails south of the Trailhead. When I finished at about 1pm the deck was holding up well to the sun and warm temps. Coverage and grooming are good throughout, although there are some easily avoided bare spots on the Anwatin, Bog, and Skyline trails. Everything except Anwatin was tracked. I hope the warm weather doesn’t cause too much damage!
      Photos:
      (Thomas Blackstock)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the trails around the Trailhead as well as the bridge and golf course. Other than the section down to the bridge, the trails to the north were great. On the south side with the golf course, there were a few places to with grass or a roots poking through. But I found it easy to avoid so I felt fine on my good skis. Despite the warmth, the skiing was good!
      Photos:
      (Katharine Woodman-Maynard)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all of the Lebanon Hills West classic trails between Pilot Knob and Johnny Cake starting at the Pilot Knob underpass near Jensen Lake Trailhead. About 80-85 percent of trails are double tracked and all are groomed. The middle connector trail that shortens the loop is groomed but not tracked. There are a lot of foot prints on the sides or between the tracks, especially by Wheaton Pond on the far west side. Thankfully most of the foot prints are not in the tracks. Very good snow coverage.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 18 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      Great trails today, maybe best all season. Thanks groomers! Also, there was a lost brown lab/pointer mix in the park. Shy dog. Animal control has set up live traps to catch it.
      (Karen Berglund)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great couple of laps around Highland this morning. The trails have definitely been well-loved with grass poking through in multiple areas for both classic and skate. Overall the classic trail was still well set!
      Photos:
      (Britta Dosland)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lake Elmo East: Skied outer loop - brown, green and yellow. Conditions and classic tracks were far better than I expected. Very few bare spots and fewer yet that required stepping over. Good tracks 90-95% of the loop which I was happily surprised about. Photo is typical trail conditions.
      Photos:
      (Lincoln Fetcher)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Warming temps (34 degrees at noon), a couple intermittent drizzles, and some bright sunshine later made for deteriorating snow conditions. Trail hadn't been groomed since before the weekend, when it got a lot of use, but track was mostly well-defined. More bare spots appearing, which is not surprising. Skate deck looked firm.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Jan 18 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were very nice and firm. Relatively deep and clean. Used my B skis because of occasional thin spots and tree debris but I felt it was minimal. Not a skate skier so can only say that the skate deck did not appear to have been groomed in the last day. Skater appears to be gliding by me just fine. Not sure if I am ready to slap on green wax again with cold weather but if the tracks continue to be good.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Manufactured Snow Trails are packed, tracked and in Good Conditions. Natural Snow Trails are packed, not tracked and in Good Conditions. Conditions may change throughout the day. High School Races: Tuesday, January 18th 3:45 - 5:30 PM, Wednesday, January 19th 3:45 - 5:30 PM, Thursday, January 20th 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Trails are still open to the public during the races.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The EC groomers came through again. The skate deck was very nice with just a few small thin spots. I skated Creek and Northern Lights. The classic track looked pretty good with a few washed out spots.
      (Tom Harris)
    • Jan 18 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer rolled the Sucker Lake loop over the weekend. Coverage is very good. Classic skiers are left slip-sliding away as there is no set classic track. Vadnais Lake trail was not rolled (apparently). Skier-made tracks on south end of the trail are actually quite good. From the parking lot to the middle gate, tracks are inconsistent and walked over.
      (Steven Jorissen)
    • Jan 18 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snow deck has some thin spots and there was no apparent groomed classic track. The skier-made track that does exist is poor-to-fair because of damage from skiers, deer, and walkers who won't stay off of the trail. We mostly skied while the air temperature was still below freezing, but towards the end of our ski the conditions were becoming sticky because the temperature rose about 32 F. The conditions are fine for some getting some outdoor exercise, but don't expect too much.
      (Mark Strobel)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshened up the skate deck early this morning on the Silver and Bronze trail. I didn't touch the classic tracks, just not enough snow to improve them. Battle Creek right now is a tale of two cities. The early part of the trail is very thin, once you get to the logging are it is really thin. Past sign post 7 and it is very nice. Skate deck is flat and the tracks have had heavy use but are in place.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Ski Games Course, tracks are set and are currently in pretty good condition, but have seen heavy traffic from the weekend. Also, it looked like the county was setting up to do some logging this afternoon. I don't know how much they'll impact the ski trails, but there will definitely be done heavy machinery moving around in there later today.
      (Joshua Schmidt)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      While the snow wasn’t as firm as I’d hoped (a little scary on a few hills), the trails were in great shape and the weather was awesome. I was weary given the reports from the few days preceding, but I only saw one very slushy area that was not skiable. The trails must have been freshly groomed last night or this morning because I was the first to ski some sections. Classic tracks were not yet set. I look forward to coming back when they are.
      Photos:
      (Lauren Newbauer)
    • Jan 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied mostly the natural snow outer loop early afternoon, starting out from the swimming beach parking lot to avoid the crowded lots. Trails were in great shape -- firm skate deck but not icy, looked like it had been groomed that morning. Classic tracks looked good too. Only area of any concern was the wooden palet bridge you cross as you come back past the swimming beach. That was thin, but didn't hit anything. Outer trails were quiet, only busy area was the snowboarding/tubing area as we skied past.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks are set in most places, not optimally deep, but adequate. They did not get much snow in the recent snowfall so tracks offer limited grip. Skiing was better with skins than with the waxed skis. There are a few gray spots on the skate deck, but nothing serious.
      (Wanda Davies)
    • Jan 17 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was our first time to do the complete 18 K loop and we found it mostly very good, especially the Lone Rock Loop and the Wetlands Loop which had solid deep double tracks. In a few places the grass showed through the bottoms of the tracks, but most of the time it was possible to ski over it. There were sections with lots of walker prints, but they didn't destroy the integrity of the tracks. I appreciated that the groomer had not set tracks on the hills. The only significant problems were on the northeast side of the Farm Loop, where a vehicle had driven between the horse trailer parking lot and the road crossing connecting to the Lone Rock loop, leaving deep ruts. There were similar deep ruts from a rogue driver on the trail on the south end of the Farm Loop, just before the road crossing by the connector to the Whitetail Woods system. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable ski.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 17 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We only skied the trails connecting to the Lone Rock Trail, that is the loop around the prairie down the hill to the south of the parking lot, then the loop around the prairie at the top of the hill to the east of the parking lot. Both were in excellent condition.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 17 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing at Carver today. Deck is a bit soft but should firm up. Track is also good for natural snow with some grass poking though in some areas. Grimm, Lake, Sky and Sugarbush have good coverage. King is sloppy from lots of traffic and soft conditions. Groomer was out most of the morning.
      Photos:
      (Tyler Thompson)
    • Jan 17 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed this evening and spent some time covering the few small grassy patches that have formed along the way. If you are willing to step carefully in one or two spots, good skis should be no problem for you. The Nordeast Nordic grooming crew will be out watching conditions tomorrow and with a little elbow grease hope to have quality skiing through February.
      (William Risse)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lake Trail and Oak Knob (natural snow) were nicely rolled, but not tracked. A few shallow user tracks are scattered around Lake, but not much on Oak Knob. The manmade loop tracks are excellent. There were some leaves and thin spots in a few areas, but nothing to worry about. Really pleasant quiet ski today.
      (Laurie Ford)
    • Jan 17 - Grass Lake (Shoreview):
      Afternoon
      Observation 

      I walked down to the lake from the parking lot. It does not appear the classic tracks are set yet.
      (Peter Radford)
    • Jan 17 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail was packed but classic tracks were not set. User-set tracks went all the way around. Nice conditions for skiing.
      (Peter Radford)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the Lake Trail and conditions were great! Few oak leaves and bare spots but not many. Snow hard packed and fast. Only part of the loop has classic tracks.
      Photos:
      (Betsy Hoium)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Did a couple laps of the Ski Games Trail - no bare spots. Classic tracks looked okay and there were a couple other skiers out.
      Photos:
      (Brian Nelson)
    • Jan 17 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best condition it's been in all year. Still quite a few bare spots that are mostly avoidable with 1 or 2 spots that extend across the entire trail. Overall was some great skiing though.
      (Jordan Lee)
    • Jan 17 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice coverage with minimal debris that is avoidable. No bare spots. Classic tracks were set and looked nice.
      (Kelly Aukema)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail has been rolled, but no classic tracks have been set. Skier-made tracks are in most places. There are some hiker tracks in the middle of the trail, but all of snowshoers I saw were keeping to the side of the trail. About a dozen skiers were out during the hour I was there. If you're looking for mostly flat or intermediate hills, give this wooded course a try! It can't be beat for urban beauty.
      Photos:
      (Christina Mantel)
    • Jan 17 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was groomed today. Snow conditions are good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are in decent shape. However trails probably have not been groomed since early Saturday as looks like there has been a lot of traffic in the last few days. A few oak leaves on trail in usually places.
      (Mark Zelenak)
    • Jan 17 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve has been groomed today. Snow conditions are in good condition at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nordic trails in very good shape. Firm, fast surface with enough give for edging. A few spots cluttered with fallen leaves and twigs, easily avoidable. One small patch on a climb with a few small rocks visible. Great skiing option on east side.
      (William Sikorski)
    • Jan 17 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the green loop. Mostly well-groomed and not very crowded in the morning. A few leaves and other debris in the tracks and a few areas that weren't set well. Overall a beautiful day to be out!
      (Mackenzie Bledsoe)
    • Jan 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the entire course using my good skis. Tracks in good shape. Some scattered oak leaves and a couple thin spots but nothing that made me get out of the tracks.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 17 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I took one of my kids out for a loop before lunch -- the tracks were in much better shape than I was expecting and we had a great ski. There were a few spots that looked like they were starting to thin out, like up hills, but overall coverage was just fine for us. I'm not qualified to judge a skate deck, but the handful of folks we saw out seemed to be getting along well.
      (Julie Dolan Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions on Cedar, deep firm tracks and pretty fast. Softer, shallower tracks on Brownie. Some icy patches on both lakes but easy to hop out and ski around.
      (Lacey Hartman)
    • Jan 17 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Near mint conditions on all Wirth South trails! Clean snow, great skate deck and good classic tracks everywhere except for Eloise Butler (skate only). A little forest debris here and there but easy to avoid. I used best skis without issue. Great job groomers!
      Photos:
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 17 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a great day for skiing. The trail is in good shape. Classic tracks are worn in areas, but the snow is just right so it is easy to compensate. Great job and many thanks to the groomer for taking care of this trail! What a lovely, fun, and fast course with intelligently designed hills and turns.
      (David Ulaszek)
    • Jan 17 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It seemed like the classic trails were never set. Couldn’t get an edge the whole time. So it’s good if you’re looking to practice balance and control but I’d recommend avoiding Tamarack if you’re looking for set classic trails.
      (Diana Lynn)
    • Jan 17 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Epic conditions on the lakes for classic and skate. Mostly clean soft snow, just a few small icy patches. Excellent snow under all tunnels and bridges. I used my best skis, no problem - even the Cedar land trail is very good!
      Photos:
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 17 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Excellent skiing this morning at St. Croix Bluffs! Well groomed skate trails with minimal debris and very few other skiers having used the trails! The blue trail has been expanded through new parkland and doesn't go through the campground any longer. The yellow trail was great as well! New parking lot and trailhead as well. Love this gem of a park that is barely used (except for the deer - came across many of them this morning!). Red trail for classic skiing was well groomed and great, too!
      Photos:
      (Amy Tix)
    • Jan 17 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Columbia this morning and set new classic tracks. Added a driving range loop connector for those that enjoy the driving range loop. Tracks may not have the depth of recent days, but the course is smooth and should ski quite well. There should be very few thin spots, but ski with caution in the suspect areas. That’s the only reason I post B skis. Enjoy Columbia on MLK day!
      Photos:
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I am brand new to skiing this year and have been taking lessons with Loppet Ski Club. I went to Highland Park golf course to practice closer to home and build endurance. For my criteria, it worked great! Classic trail was groomed, tracks were great on almost every part of the trail, but there were some patches where the tracks had disappeared or been worn down. There’s one groomed track and at times there’s two side by side tracks (made by other skiers, I believe). My ski partner used the skate deck and had a good experience, too. Entire 3.5k loop was open. It wasn’t crowded so it was a good place for me to practice at my own pace and have plenty of space to get back up after falling down. ;).
      (Emily Hietpas)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions Saturday late afternoon were consistently good across the four lakes with some variation. Isles and Cedar consistently strong, Brownie soft with a couple ice spots, Bde Maka Ska was soft but good except for about four ice spots, which were mostly navigable except for the west side right under Minikahda (So soft here with a bit of water, steer clear). Maka Ska got firmer quickly however at about 3:30 when I followed the groomer around. A few more skiers and it should be solid enough for a really good ski. (I did my part by pressing down on each ski with all my post-Christmas Cookie weight).
      (R.T. Rybak)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Great conditions with a few intermitten thin spots with grass or gravel. Easily avoided. Fresh classic tracks are set. Hope for more snow.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great day to be out. Schulze Trailhead was packed, largely due to a MYSL event. Tracks were shallow and sometimes non-existent on the interior trails and close to Shultz. Trails were much better on the Southern Voyage loop. Tracks on the final climb onto the top of the expert hill were pretty well obliterated. Took the opportunity to educate several hikers on trail etiquette. Wax used was to Toko Red Glider, Swix Blue Extra for Kick with a violet toe pocket. Use good skis with caution, still a few roots are exposed.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Cedar Lake, Isles, Bde Maka Ska and all the connecting channels have been groomed, fine tuned and widened today after heavy use this weekend. The trails are in epic condition, get out and enjoy while we have it! Skate deck and classic on the inside. Walking/ cycling out the outside, shore side.
      (Brian Crotteau)
    • Jan 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic ski this morning was delightful - it’s amazing the difference a few inches of snow can make! We skied the main loop and driving range and the tracks were in great shape throughout. Several skiers were out on classic tracks and the skate deck. As a beginning skier I’m thankful for some natural snow next to the groomed area on the steeper downhills (which is easier for me to manage than the packed snow). Best conditions so far this season - thanks, groomers!
      (Kristen Brogdon)
    • Jan 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Finally skied everything at French and didn’t hit any rocks! A few spots you have to be weary on but for the most part, packed and fast!
      (Rob Christensen)
    • Jan 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Buckthorn Bob and Baseball Guy just finished their evening run with the medium screens for your Martin Luther King Day ski should you choose to spend it at Woodlands. Robs note below covers everything else that needs to be said. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      I strided 4 laps and my 13 year old skated our sunset ski. He reports the skate deck has a firm base but new snow and lots of use made the top somewhat soft, with overall good coverage. Classic tracks are also well used, hardly any glazing, some washouts on corners, 2 or 3 spots down to grass where I stepped out, and a few other thin spots at the top of beehive hill and the teebox at the top of the long slow downhill towards Edgecumbe. The main reason I rated for B skis is the cart path towards the end is peeking through again - can definitely get through but would be a bummer to catch it. With little snow and high use, it's held up well - due to nice work by the groomer! I do wonder if the southwest corner could be rerouted left through the trees just before the short tough climb (thin snow) then right, for a more gradual climb up along Edgecumbe to the teebox next to the ballfields (but I am in my 40s so maybe the younguns like the steep stuff).
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice afternoon to be out. Tracks were shallow in most spots but still enjoyable ski. Good snow coverage. Lots of people out enjoying this great trail.
      (David Baumgardner)
    • Jan 16 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good conditions. After a weekend of skiers, tracking is beat up a bit. A little grass showing. Thanks to the groomers for creating a great venue for skiing. Quiet, snowy woods. Always awesome.
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied everything but Evergreen. Skate deck was nice and firm and the classic track looked good. Occasional spots of dirty snow, most are easily avoidable, but there is some gravel mixed into with the snow right at the merge of Fairway and Prairie that was hard to avoid. Otherwise really nice conditions.
      (Steve Hum)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Anwatin, bog area, Wirth Lake, Skyline. Conditions were good. There were just a few very small areas where bare ground was poking through. These areas were easily avoidable. Near Anwatin School it looks like some vehicle drove on the path for a quarter mile and made some deep ruts.
      (Daniel Keifenheim)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied after the races today. The fresh snow from Friday made for primo conditions. The skate deck was fast and dialed in. Perfect day for skiing. I think there were more tubers than skiers today.
      (Kevin Lyons)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I went out and skied the outer loop trails today. I skied the Lake trail, with parts of Creek and Eagle, finishing on Northern lights and the man made loop. The trails were just beautiful. Their were a few dirt spots to ski around but they were easily avoidable and probably only 3-4 on the whole loop. The snow was well packed but had some lose snow on the top for grip but not too much lose snow that it was difficult skiing. There were only about 6/8 people out on the outer trails. When I got to Northern lights I started to see more people. Then the man made loop was packed (to be expected when the weather is nice and it's the weekend). The man made loop was in icy condition as compared to the beautiful snow on the outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied anwatin, norm, tornado alley and skyline. The best classic tracks are on the skyline trail. Skating is good on all trails and the couple inches of snow we got on Friday helped out as the conditions were a lot better.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the Gold Loop and it was so great to get out there. Tracks are mostly set but there are some sticks and leaves, especially on the “front side” where they took down a bunch of trees - if I owned good skis I would’ve been more nervous. But overall beautiful skiing and the hills are really a blast.
      (Meg Gronau)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trail was groomed this afternoon with a new classic track set. The skate deck is in good shape.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied Grimm Trail and used my best skis with only minor concern. I had to ski out of the tracks a few times to avoid thin areas that appeared to have rocks poking thru. The skate deck was soft but the glide good. The tracks were shallow in places and about 20% had grass poking thru. Having said this, it was a fun a outing.
      (Mel Kessler)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied around noon, great to see so many people out enjoying the day. The fire by the trailhead is a fun addition for warming up between loops. Started with Sugar Bush/Sky/Lake trail and then moved onto Grimm Farm. The trails are overall in pretty good shape. The skate base feels a touch soft, shallow, and uneven which is expected given the lack of snowfall so far this winter. Notable thins patches; some exposed gravel and woodchip patches along Parley Lake, and some exposed grass and mowed stems on Grimm Farm. I thought all caution areas are easily avoided though. Great spot to ski and explore!
      (Zach Simpson)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer was taking a second lap as I started at 2pm. Skate was nice and wide. Classic was set and soft. Thin under the pine trees. Overall good.
      (Mason Owen)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied from the visitor center along the perimeter through the equestrian trailhead. Tracks are in good shape, especially after you get a little ways from the trailhead. Already some leaves in a few spots, but great conditions overall!
      (Ryan Terrien)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all the trails except the Grimm trail. A great day to go skiing, lots of people out, especially kids, nice fire in front of the warming building. I'd say the trails near the warming building were in great shape overall, some long grass sticking through in places but nothing problematic, nicely packed and smooth. The King trail had good coverage overall, but the snow was very soft, not packed much. There were also places on King with quite a bit of longer grass coming through, especially the narrow short stretch through the marsh and the zigzag downhill. I used my good skis and had fun.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Lost/Found 

      Skied most of system, nice grooming. Watch for rocks at top of hill on Cedar woods loop by road. Lakes are great but woods section has a little grass and dirt. Poor tracks on Brownie, much softer skate deck on Bde Maka Ska. Found air pods buried in the snow just past tunnel on Brownie.
      (Eric Sumner)
    • Jan 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The conditions at Woodlands today at noon were fantastic. Firm base with enough give to get an edge in the turns, very little leaf litter. The trail has full coverage so if you need to get some hot laps on those Birkie skis and have MLK Day off tomorrow should be another fantastic day of skiing at Woodlands. When I finished there had to be close to a 100 kids out learning to ski, who knows maybe another Olympic champion in the bunch.
      (Rob Bullis)
    • Jan 16 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were well groomed. Some grass on the north side of the skijor loop, a sprinkle of leaves on the tracks. Skate trail side looked barely used. Went on the skijor trails for the first time and they were great!
      (Riley Seitz)
    • Jan 16 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent snow coverage and set tracks for classic throughout. Skate deck soft, but good pack. Only a few very small dirty patches on the course. These trails are hidden gems. Check them out!
      Photos:
      (Emmerson Ward)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated on the multi use trail and Creek / Northern Lights. The multi use trail is in excellent condition with corduroy still showing on the deck, I didn't notice any significant thin spots. Creek had the same good skate deck with a few thin spots mainly just before the classic Eagle trail start and just north of the beach, both areas could be skated around. The classic tracks looked to be in good condition. Northern Lights had a good skate deck (I didn't do the section with the big hill) with almost no thin spots. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out but still definitely usable. A big thanks to the groomers!
      (Tom Harris)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Two passes on skate deck around Brownie, Cedar (including woods), Isles; and one pass around Bde by Maka Ska. More work planned for Maka Ska this afternoon to widen skate deck.
      (Steve Kotvis)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      I ran the multiuser trails today - if I had my skis on I would not have hesitated to take my good skis out on them. If you’re looking to mix it up, be sure to get on the multi use loop too. Better for skate of course as there’s no double track set on the multiuser trails.
      (Mike Schowalter)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were much better today than on Saturday since they tracked the trails overnight. I did not see any bare spots so I would rate the packed and tracked trails as very good. Skied from Schultze Beach to Jensen Lake and back. The park was much busier than yesterday, lots of people enjoying the fresh snow.
      Photos:
      (Conrad Sanders)
    • Jan 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were good for the most part but could use better trail map marking. The final downhill of the wetland trail had exposed gravel and was super uneven (I fell).
      (Stefanie Larsen)
    • Jan 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Both skate and classic were awesome. Classic tracks were perfect mix of good glide and good kick with blue hard wax, so you can kick some glide even on climbs. Really fun skiing. A bit of dirt showing in a couple places but easy to avoid.
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Jan 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great morning to classic ski at Como. Tracks in good condition, although washed out on the downhill corners. Good kick with Rex ProGrip Blue when temp was around 15 degrees. Lots of families starting to show up when I was leaving around 11 am. Great atmosphere with little kids sledding and snowboarding nearby.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Outstanding morning ski/skijor outing. Kudos to the groomers for taking the time to do the extra work on the multi use trail - our skijor team really appreciates it. Conditions this morning were a bit better on the multiuse trail for skating than on the proper skate deck - a bit more firm but that should get better with time. There were some spots on the ski trail with thin coverage but easily avoidable. There also was a nice classic track on the ski trail!
      Photos:
      (Sara Brokaw)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated yesterday. Took the dog for a few classic laps on the inner multiuse loop today. Classic tracks are set on the main loop today. The inner loop is actually groomed wide enough that you could skate with your dog if you wanted. Groomer churned up some thin spots but they are avoidable.
      (Gus O'Malley)
    • Jan 16 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a difference grooming makes! Yesterday the trails were mostly boot prints. Today there are nice parallel tracks. The north side is better than the south but the tracks on both sides are good and there was a lot of wildlife (deer, eagles and pileated woodpeckers - I didn’t see the beaver but the photo suggests s/he may want to stop the skiing). The only icy patch was at the far end of the island, but it was brief and not bad.
      Photos:
      (David Glaser)
    • Jan 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Whelp no classic tracks on the natural trails; maybe there just isn't enough snow to set. Some thin spots on the hills of the hill trail that were all easily avoided. Great condition on the man made track.
      Photos:
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail conditions were amazing! I circled the Lit trail twice and had a blast! I may encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the trail.
      (Jim Cloutier)
    • Jan 15 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We began skiing around 10:30 AM when no grooming had yet taken place, but passed the groomer setting the base a couple miles into our trip. We passed the groomer doing a second pass just before the end of our loop, still setting the base, so any track setting happened after we left. Overall snow conditions were good, but there were some short icy spots on high windblown ridges and also some vegetation and soil poking through the groomed base in areas with less snow. We skied the Farm Loop and Lone Rock Loop, but we saw the groomer turn down the Wetland Loop, so we presume all trails have been groomed.
      (Dale Trexel)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate trails off of Johnny Cake Ridge Road parking lot were softish but in great shape. Not too many tracks before us due to the cold weather.
      (Rob McCready)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Saturday afternoon, some of the best ski conditions I've seen recently in the metro area. Freshly tracked for classic or skating with 5" of new snow. Only a few leaves to miss. Skied the north loops and the southern Lake loop, all excellent. Kudos to the grooming crew for getting out early.
      (Bob Chinnock)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I started skiing around 2 pm and began on the natural trails at Wirth Beach and made my way out to Erickson Trail. The cover was decent with a few thin/soft spots that made me nervous. There were no tracks set. I then made my way back to the lake. There were tracks out to and around the lake. They are still a bit thin but seemed firm. Overall the trail out to the lake is in pretty good condition. Once back to the golf course I did a loop of the natural there as well. Here there were a few sections with large amounts of grass poking through. I finished with a run of the man-made North Loop, which of course was in great condition. Overall, I got in 15k and it was a great sunny day for a ski!
      Photos:
      (Marcus Bradt)
    • Jan 15 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I went out skiing about 2:45 pm and there were many other out. There were lots with little kids. I was one of few skate skiing. I was able to do the loop two times (minus going over the bridge). The deck was solid with good coverage. There was more snow on the deck than I would have liked but didn't affect skiing too much. There were a few leaves and I moved as many stick out of the way as possible. The tracks also looked nice. There were a few corners where they had washed out, but good overall.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      South Wirth and chain of lakes: started at the Bryn Mawr school and skied the woods down to the lakes just after sunset. Not much for classic tracks in the woods over to the parkway bridge over 394, but the fresh snow was great anyways. Bridge was pretty clean and groomer had been out over it on our way back. Brownie had some soft tracks and large icy patches, but tracks were great on Cedar and Isles with a lot fewer icy spots to dodge. Fresh snow on the lakes was also super fast-- so nice that we stayed out a lot longer than we expected. Plenty of snow under all of the tunnels and bridges.
      (Dan Petters)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Took the wooden skis out late afternoon. Super Extra was kicking great. All trails were groomed and tracked. It was soft in the tracks and looked to be soft for the skate deck. The practice loop had grass poking through in the tracks but skate deck was fully covered. All other trails were completely covered with a few leaves here and there probably blown across the ground.
      (Caitlin Anderson)
    • Jan 15 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The lighted trails were in very good condition. A little soft in spots but pretty well packed down in general. It was about 8 degrees at my 6:00 start; down to 3 degrees when I left half an hour later. I used FastWax Blue LF which was too warm. Slowed considerably when I hit any loose or soft slow. Groomers did a great job in getting yesterday's snow packed as well as it was.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      About as good as it gets. Thanks groomers! Good tracks for classic and full coverage for both skating and classic. The parking lot was a zoo when we arrived around 2 pm, but most of the crowd were doing downhill, so the XC course was not overcrowded. There was a canoe (either a Grumman or an Alumacraft) down by the course, so we're wondering what kind of new snow sport involves a canoe.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 15 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and reset the tracks this evening. I think good skis would be safe, the only trouble spot may be near the steep hill by the clubhouse. The new snow has set up really well, tomorrow should be a great day to ski Columbia!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 15 - Afton State Park (Afton):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      No trails are set. Talked to the park ranger and he indicated the groomer is still broken. Good base and snow was soft but many of the trails are choppy and been walked on. We did the prairie loop and went down by the river. Tons of wildlife out. Beautiful day.
      (Erin Burton)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bde Maka Ska, Isles, Cedar and the channels between are all groomed for skate and classic. The snow is still soft and will take another day or two to set up. An outside track was groomed for walkers, etc. and marked by signs. Skiing-only is also marked and between the classic tracks, inside the walking trail.
      (Brian Crotteau)
    • Jan 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Doc and The Sailor just finished their moonlit ride on the Skandics, pulling the medium screens, for our Sunday skiing pleasure. The tree felling crew will be out until 10:30 tomorrow morning. They are a rather grumpy lot, so a smile or maybe even a hug on your way by might cheer them up a bit. Another heads up, starting at 1 tomorrow afternoon, 103 MYSL skiers(our future) will be joining us mostly on the flatter trails. There is plenty of room for everyone, but the parking will be a little tight. With warm temps and good trails, it will be another hopping day at Woodlands for sure! Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails packed and tracks set. Great conditions for Pre-Loppet. Only sketchy areas are the lakeside approach and exit on the west side of Wirth Lake pictured. Minor with cattails leaves on entrance to lake and thin snow cover on Northwest corner exit of lake. Under Hwy 55 good coverage but narrow. Double pole only there. Otherwise best skis are a go! See you at the start line!
      Photos:
      (Greg Klave)
    • Jan 15 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classical skied the Ironwood loop a couple times this afternoon. Medium-depth tracks were set and it was so great to be on natural snow again! There were a couple spots where grass poked through (most noticeably just beyond where the Ironwood and Lake trails rejoin), easily avoidable by stepping out onto the skate deck. The skate deck had very good coverage but was still a bit soft. Watch for a rock midway up the first major hill on the Lake trail; I saw it while climbing but it was easy to avoid. Many thanks to the Cleary groomers for doing a great job with our recent snowfall.
      (Mike Maiers)
    • Jan 15 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Chomonix this afternoon and found one groomed classic track and a wide skate deck, both in great shape. One connector segment on the back loop was not groomed, but it was short and didn't pose much of a challenge. Beautiful day to be out!
      (Cindy Angerhofer)
    • Jan 15 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful conditions today at CGR! Classic track set throughout the system and was in good to excellent condition. No icy spots, very little debris, and good snow coverage. A few areas where we could use a little more snow but overall a great peaceful ski.
      Photos:
      (Shauna Verheyen)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied Creek, Lake, Northern Lights, and Valley. Great snow on all, kudos to the groomers! A few corners were a little fluffy, but nowhere was thin. Also had the trails to myself at 4pm; will be back soon!
      (David Uber)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions. Used my good skis and had no concern about possible damage. No grass or bare spots and very little if any debris. Track was set throughout the park. Track was a bit soft as expected with the new snow. Should continue to set up nicely! Skate deck looked a little soft in spots but otherwise great.
      (Anna Hjerpe)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A wonderful day out on Lake of the Isles! Classic tracks were very good. Just one small patch where the snow looked like choppy frozen slush, but 99.99% of the loop was great. This was the first time my husband and I went out on the Chain of Lakes (well, just one lake I suppose), and it certainly won’t be the last!
      (Karoline DeSousa)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thank you groomers! Garden,Bog, and all of South Wirth was great skate skiing at 1:00 today, during the heat wave of the day. Love having the Garden and Bog back to old pattern from a few years ago... especially the Garden. Thank-you!!
      (Jill Cooper)
    • Jan 15 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic track is awesome. I kicked with Swix special green worked fine. Skate lane looks great. Thanks groomers. Many happy skiers!
      Photos:
      (Tom Bengel)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Lake Trail, Northern Lights and finished on the Valley Trail. Natural snow trails had adequate snow coverage with tracks set for classic as nearly perfect but with some wash outs on corners and some shallow tracks. Overall it was a great ski with that beautiful fresh snow. Of course the Valley man made snow trail had excellent groomed tracks.
      (Earl Stabenow)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied most of the East sector, except Jensen Lake and the small SW chain of ponds. Most trails had been tracked out for classic skiing. If not tracked out, still smooth and groomed nicely from Friday's snowfall. I will also include a photo of the skis and boots I rented from the Visitor Center.
      Photos:
      (Cory Quirk)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wonderful early evening ski at French. Such a nice close gem. Well groomed for skate and classic tracks. Beautiful full moon (photo).
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 15 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      King ungroomed, the rest was groomed. A little thin on Grimm by the lake, otherwise great coverage. Classic tracks firm. Hopefully King will be groomed by tomorrow.
      (John Colford)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful sunny windless days with recent grooming after a several inch snowfall makes for a perfect day on the lakes! Many folks out classical and skate skiing, hiking, dog walking and even some brave souls on Cedar jumping into a hole cut into the ice! I skied Isles and Cedar. Cedar was just being groomed when I got there so enjoyed being one of the first to ski the new tracks. Just a couple minor slushy spots that you can go around or plod on through. The canal between the lakes was not groomed but there were somewhat adequate skier-made tracks. Apparently Brownie only has skier-made tracks as well. The groomers made a lot of people happy today!
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We long for the days when the trail gets groomed immediately after a snow fall. There were classic tracks all over the place and there were even a few people skating through the powder/chop. Lots of drifting.
      Photos:
      (Howard McCann)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wonderful conditions at French today! I started right around noon, and while more people continued to show up, it never felt close to crowded. The classic tracks also looked good, and there were probably more classic skiers than skate today.
      (Mike Schowalter)
    • Jan 15 - Rum River Central Regional Park (Ramsey):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Beautiful day on the Rum! XC trails haven't been groomed since Friday snowfall, but self groomed classic track worked great. Skied classical.
      (Trish Kravik)
    • Jan 15 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Grimm and it was packed but no tracks set, good conditions. Some reeds were sticking up in the prairie but it was cold enough to ski over them without sticking. Beautiful ski in the early afternoon sunshine.
      (Melissa Gross)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Valley and Northern Lights. All good except the steep hill on Northern Lights - tracks shallow or not there. Very enjoyable and enjoyed seeing the deer.
      (Karen Peters)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated around the Island-Fairway loop in the early afternoon. Really beautiful conditions, nice temperature, sunny, lots of people having fun. The trails were in great shape, plenty of snow coverage. The snow had some give but not too bad and was worth the cost. The tracks seemed pretty good in general from what I saw; they seemed set pretty well and holding up.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Glorious day on Isles. Skate deck set, little soft. One area of melt, but otherwise great snow cover and not at all icy.
      Photos:
      (Catherine Gadient)
    • Jan 15 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Ski trails were packed and tracked this morning and I found them to be in excellent condition. I skied both the East as well as West sections of Schaars Bluff of Spring Lake Park. Met a few other skiers while I was out. I did find small bit of grass showing thru the ski tracks in the open area in front of the Gathering Center over looking Spring Lake but I would rate this as a great ski. I'll be back.
      Photos:
      (John Gamlin)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied Creek, Eagle, Monarch and Northern Lights. Creek and Northern Lights have one set of tracks in fair condition, mainly they are washed out in places. Eagle and Monarch have two tracks set and are in good condition with only the sharp turns at the bottom of hills washed out. I would use my good skis but not my brand-new-with-zero-scratches skis yet.
      (Tom Harris)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just wanted to report that they've opened the Judy loop, and it has fantastic coverage! The skate deck was really soft, and my poles kept punching through, but that also meant I could tell there were several inches under the deck, which was really exciting! The turnoff for the trail is just before the La Squadra drop, and be aware that the left turn to follow the trail in the correct direction is hard to see because it was churned up by the snowmaking equipment. I accidentally went the wrong way, but thankfully was the only one on the loop. Also, the inner meadow and Twin lakes sections are open, and they're blowing snow on North fingers and trail 18, so hopefully the full snowmaking loop will be open shortly!
      (Shawn Dodds)
    • Jan 15 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were being groomed while we were skiing this morning. Unfortunately, someone walked right on top of the classic trails post grooming. However the groomer went over the area again. So should be good skiing.
      (Betty Coyle Schindler)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Terrific classic ski at Lake Elmo today. Classic track in very good condition overall with a few rough spots under oaks. Get out there! Thanks groomers!
      (Katie Nyberg)
    • Jan 15 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the east and west loops in fresh snow ahead of the groomer this morning. No classic tracks set but smooth, flat, no ice. Great day to hit the trails, had them all to myself this morning.
      (Philip Rode)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied down from south Wirth on to Brownie, skiing onto Cedar, Isles and the top end of Bde Maka Ska. No new grooming on Cedar, looked nice for classic but skaters were slogging through a couple of inches of fresh snow. Isles and Bde Maka Ska looked freshly groomed but well used already by early afternoon. Lots of people out! Appalled by the skiers rudely skating on the walking trail ;) Good coverage except under some of the bridges, and in south Wirth (curb at Eloise Butler).
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Snow was great. Trails are not groomed for classic yet but there are skied-in tracks to follow on about 50%. A few spots where hikers have used the trails but mostly good. It was great to get out.
      (Nancy Doyle)
    • Jan 15 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic trails were tracked for both loops and were in great shape. It’s nice going down the hills knowing the track is continuous and well-groomed. A beautiful day to ski!
      Photos:
      (Pam Medvec)
    • Jan 15 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Kudos to the groomer, and thank you! In spite of a perfect Saturday afternoon, not crowded today, but plenty of happy skiers on a full-snow trail, just a few spots where blades of grass stuck out. Perfect? No. Awesome? Absolutely!
      (Jim Patterson)
    • Jan 15 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied this morning right after the grooming was completed, and it was gorgeous! The conditions were great - maybe a couple of bare spots for the skaters.
      (Margaret Jones)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied all loops this morning. Natural is 100% covered. Good skis ok. No track set. Night shift groomers did a great job of packing and grooming new wind blown snow. Nice to see all the skiers out on a chilly day. Check out the WCCO YouTube video taken at Hyland yesterday.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Jan 15 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I was fortunate to be the first to ski the freshly groomed tracks this morning. While the classic tracks were thin in a few spots on the south loop, the conditions were exceptional. No debris and clean grooming. I love Washington Cty Parks. Go east side!
      Photos:
      (Glenn Hansen)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Was at the East side late morning to noon. Not too busy. All skate decks were groomed nicely. Most trails had classic tracks set. The classic tracks were OK but very thin, to bare, in places.
      (Bryan Heinle)
    • Jan 15 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good coverage first time this season. A little soft and slow (me too) after the 5" snowfall and morning grooming. Classic tracks looked fine.
      (David Pramann)
    • Jan 15 - Brown's Creek Nature Preserve (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      New classic track set and the skate deck smoothed out. Please be careful at the Brown’s Creek bike path crossing, the snow is thin where the trail is plowed by the city.
      (Ed Bieging)
    • Jan 15 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails have not been groomed yet, but conditions are good. While tracks have not been set, skiers have left some good tracks. Unfortunately, hikers have made some spots hard to ski. Overall, conditions are good if you don't mind skiing without tracks set.
      (Joshua Schmidt)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed a skate deck and two classic tracks on Bde Maka Ska and Isles. Also a walking path on the outside of the ski trail. Cedar and Brownie being groomed this afternoon. A bit soft but excellent coverage with no bare spots. Great to see lots of folks out enjoying winter.
      (Michael Gotzsche)
    • Jan 15 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really nice conditions after Gary’s deft touch with the groomer this morning. Classic tracks throughout except for the new segment. Very few leaves and no sticks or bare spots. I classic skied. Should be great for skate tomorrow after it sets up a bit.
      (Keith Gilbert)
    • Jan 15 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic conditions this morning. All trails are groomed and tracks are set nicely. There are a couple spots with grass peeking through but otherwise near perfect. Thank you!
      Photos:
      (Ethan Podritz)
    • Jan 15 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck ski trail at Green Haven Golf Course was groomed today. Snow conditions are good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 15 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions are good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 15 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bronze and Silver trails groomed and track Friday afternoon. Gold and Ski Games groomed and track set Saturday morning. A few bare spots in open areas, but easy to avoid, otherwise trails snow-covered and in good to excellent condition. Conditions still a bit soft, but lots of skiers out enjoying the morning.
      (Bill Kosfeld)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied browns, hills and prairie loops. All had really good coverage from the recent snowfall! Couple of icy spots up on the “flats” section where wind blew off new snow, but easily avoidable. Groomer was making second passes as I left.
      (Grant Schoen)
    • Jan 15 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The groomer was out grooming the skate lanes as I was finishing around 9:00. Classic tracks are mostly skied in except where the wind blown snow hid them. Really pretty good but a bit chilly early this morning.
      (Mark Trumper)
    • Jan 15 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      A fresh groom was done this morning at Como golf course. A new classic track was set and the skating deck is in great shape. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I'm listing it as all trails open but there are no classic tracks on the natural snow trails. The man made loop tracks are perfect and the skate deck firm. Strided on a couple of the natural trails and found them soft but plenty of snow.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 14 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed Friday night. Just enough to set a new track. Conditions look very good—with just a few avoidable thin spots in open areas. Tracks and skate deck should be firm with cold overnight temps. Good skis if you are comfortable moving around the trail, otherwise B skis.
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 14 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Hiawatha is groomed, and it should set up for a nice ski in the morning. We don’t have the ability to put down classic tracks due to equipment issues, so the classic skiers will need to make their own. The coverage on the skate deck is good except for a handful of grass spots showing through, all of which are avoidable.
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 14 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and set new tracks tonight. The 3-4" of new snow was just what the doctor ordered. There are a few short stretches of windblown hard snow, and maybe a little grass showing here or there but the rest is nicely covered. We plan on grooming tomorrow morning to take care of any overnight drifting and again tomorrow evening since it will probably still be pretty soft tomorrow. Enjoy your ski!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 14 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Shear-Pin just reported in that he and EIEIO(think farmer) had just finished their evening roll of our latest two new inches. This new snow, like the last, arrived just in time. The Saturday ski at Woodlands should be another good one and will be on a much cleaner trail with all of the tree litter covered up. Grooming plans: Evolution will be out in the morning to lay down some new track on the beginner and intermediate trail sections. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 14 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Everything has been groomed, leveled and a new classic track set. It’s soft, but should set up nicely overnight for those seeking the good stuff Saturday morning. Huge thanks to the skier out tonight that didn’t ski in the fresh classic track and let it set up for all to enjoy tomorrow! Let the weekend skiing begin.
      Photos:
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 14 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great new snow conditions. Central and Mounds Parks high school teams skied in the skate track. Man made classic tracks.
      (Jeffrey Brown)
    • Jan 14 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers rolled the new snow at Hiawatha this afternoon. The wind is blowing at Hiawatha, and that means that many of the previously exposed areas are still exposed. Before the snow, there were 3 spots on the trail that had asphalt showing, and those should now be covered up so the only danger to your skis out there is the exposed grass. Grooming plans: Groomers will be back at it tonight to roll again and hopefully groom!
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 14 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Sucker Lake loop. Got about 1-2 inches of new snow by 2:30pm. Stiff breeze out of the east causing some blowing and drifting on the trail west of Sucker Lake. Hope it is enough for the groomer to finally set some tracks.
      (Steven Jorissen)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the man-made trails only early morning. Snow falling while I skied from 1-2 inches by time I finished. Shout out to the crew at Hyland for great grooming. Snow made it much slower skiing than Thursday morning, but love the snow. Hope the natural snow trails get better for skating after this snow fall!
      (John Nealon)
    • Jan 14 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Columbia this morning in the new snow and felt like I was skimming across a wedding cake. About a 1/2” of fluff slowed things down a bit but also covered a lot of the spots that had started to break through over the past few days. Just beautiful out and a great way to start the day.
      Photos:
      (Margaret Adelsman)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Browns Pond and Prairie were in fair to good condition. Savanna forget it. It was so extensively bare beyond the bridge that I turned around. There was no classic track. It was mid 30's and overcast. I used FastWax Blue LF. The snow had corned in the sun-exposed portions of the trail. Lots of snert on the steep climb out of the valley on Browns Creek before the trail turned east. You had to dodge the snert bleeding through on Prairie but you were able to skate around all of it. None of the downhills had dangerous bare spots except maybe the short downhill turning south off of the ridge along Margaret Lake. You can ski around it on the left side. Nicce to get out and skate with decent speed after two days of classic.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed a path for the walkers/bikers on all three lakes and put out signs to help them know where to walk. Last year this seemed to help keep them off the ski trails once people know where they should be. Most of the trails are in decent shape but keep an eye out for icy spots. Enjoy, as the lakes are always fun.
      (Ken Valley)
    • Jan 13 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Icy today but most of the trail is in good condition. Some dirt and grass on the classic track but it is easy to avoid.
      (Julie Hart)
    • Jan 13 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Looks like the skate deck had been groomed this morning, and the icy sections had benefited from that and the warm weather. Mainly just grass patches to avoid. The only really rough patch is at the end of the loop crossing the cart path. Stay way to the right. Some asphalt had been exposed in the middle. The classic tracks were pretty well-defined throughout. However, it looked like classic skiing would involve some detours where the tracks had burned through or were nonexistent.
      (Matthew Waite)
    • Jan 13 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Surprised to be making first tracks at 8 am, an advantage of living "up north" I guess. Last night's groomers left a great smooth trail and things will only get better if we receive more snow. All skate trails in excellent shape and classic tracks are hanging on, best on the grade.
      (Mark Rathbun)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Went out and groomed Lake of the Isles this morning as well as the Kenilworth Channel. Classic tracks were reset and a walking/fat biking path was laid down to the shoreline side of the nordic trail. Help spread the word to use that instead of the ski trail when walking/biking to avoid tire and foot tracks please. Signage will be going up to direct traffic soon. Snow was also shoveled under the bridges and packed heading to Cedar...if I didn't have a day job, I woulda hit Cedar as well! Get out and enjoy it.
      Photos:
      (Craig Rittler)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skiing on Brownie, Cedar and Isles are all in great shape. Very good coverage, groomed, and fast conditions. Bridges/tunnels are shovelled.
      Photos:
      (Piotr Bednarski)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Our manufactured 5k is packed, tracked and in good conditions. Natural snow trails are packed and in poor conditions. Ski race today from 3-5:30pm.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Really nice morning ski across Isles -> Cedar -> Brownie. Isles was just being re-groomed this morning. A few icy spots on Cedar but the Kenilworth connector between Isles and Cedar is beautiful and the little alley bridge (that's what I call it) between Cedar and Brownie is open as well. Solid 7-8 km loop of flat, relaxing skiing.
      (Paul McClure)
    • Jan 12 - Rum River Central Regional Park (Ramsey):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the blue trail. Deck was good but lots of thin spots and debris in the tracks. The kids didn't mind much but I had trouble with skins catching leaves.
      (Julie Noraker)
    • Jan 12 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very good conditions for skating with packed deck everywhere. For the most part, classic tracks were not set. There were a fair number of leaves, but these didn't really affect skate skiing. Plenty of snow and no bare spots, ice, or rocks. Happy to meet groomer Dave Anderson on the trail! This place is a gem, especially for those of us who like challenging hills and turns.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied most of South Wirth. The first hill on Anwatin was a little hairy very slick and some dirt to avoid at the bottom. All trails have dirt patches that can throw off your skating rhythm and no classic tracks, but there on average is 2-3 inches of firm base. Someone shoveled snow under the highway 55 tunnel, that is appreciated.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 12 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Unlike the northern, Sucker Lake portion of the trail that I skied yesterday, the southern, Lake Vadnais portion of the trail had continuous skier-set tracks after you got past the section of the trail from the County Rd. F E parking lot to the bridge where the track was washed out. The trail was in fair to good condition with moderate leaf and bark litter in the shallow track. It was 37 degrees according to my car's thermometer with a light overcast at my 4:45 start. I used Swix Violet Extra which performed great on the wetter, corned snow but slowed on the drier snow that predominated I nevertheless averaged a fast for me 5.2 mph. Regular violet might have worked better.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 12 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Overall the coverage was excellent, and between 2 to 5 I found only a few icy spots. It appeared that the skate lane had been scratched up within a day or so, but even so, at first I found it too hardpacked and squirrelly for my comfort. I assumed that the further from the trailhead I went the better conditions would be, due to lower traffic, but that proved not to be the case. The Hardwood Hills Trail was the worst, especially on the downhills, which were too scary for me. Apparently it hadn't been groomed recently, making me more appreciative of where it had been groomed. Thanks groomers! Everything else was good to excellent, with conditions improving later in the day--or at least my impression of them. Beware the trip lines set by some gremlin that shook all the spruce cones off three or so spruce trees along the Woodland Edge trail! (photo) Also beware of the predators out there, the meals of which there was plenty of evidence!
      Photos:
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions at Highland 9 this morning! Yes, there's a little grass poking through here and there and the classic track looks pretty shallow, and no I probably wouldn't use my favorite skis if I didn't need to. But, there was plenty of snow cover and the track was soft enough for a great edge but still fast. Thanks to the groomers for keeping us skiing close to home in minimal snow!
      (Katy Splan)
    • Jan 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I did two laps of the gold and world cup loops, and while it was all skiable, especially in the woods where the coverage was good, the sections that are bad are baaaaad! There were three sections a few feet long (one in the prairie, one on the hill out of the prairie, and one on the big climb on the gold loop) where there's basically no snow. The groomers have done an amazing job with the snow we've got, but I wouldn't ski here again until we get a couple more inches.
      (Shawn Dodds)
    • Jan 12 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      For natural snow the skating deck was impressive. There are a half dozen small spots on the fairways that have grass poking through, all easily avoidable. In the wooded areas there is a bit more of duff in the areas where the trail passes through the woods. The lesson loops were perfect. Excellent place to just skate loop. The parking lot was empty when I got there, had the park all to myself.
      (Craig Schulz)
    • Jan 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated literally everything, including the multi-use trail, which only really needed a "quick comb"--otherwise, everything else had been dragged, but it looks like they are leaving the classic lane alone on Creek/Lake to preserve it as long as possible (but it looked newer on Northern Lights); groomers did a great job. I say good skis for skating based on coverage and lack of debris. That said, there are a couple dirty spots on the outer trails (Creek, mainly), but they are very avoidable, and no wash-outs yet. The trails have been holding up amazingly these last couple days of warm.
      (Andrea Ochmann)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied around lunchtime, as the temps were moving from freezing into the mid 30s. Trailhead lot pretty full but lots of room at the chalet. Starting out snow was pretty fast but as the temps rose (and my energy waned) the skiing got slower. Still plenty great conditions, with man-made snow holding up just fine (as expected) in the wamer temps. Lots of snow piles around, but the trail segment heading past the Trailhead is currently being used for tubing.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 12 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty good overall. A few spots uphill where it was hard to skate uphill cuz of bare spots and a few icy spots downhill. Considering how warm it is though, a perfect day!
      (Sara Zanussi)
    • Jan 12 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Most of trails are very good, well groomed. Island trail has many more bare spots that are avoidable. Hikers on the trail today. No tracks.
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Jan 12 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice bluebird day for skiing. Saw just a few little bare spots. Tracks could use some freshening.
      (Cliff Johnston)
    • Jan 12 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied this morning. Tracks shallow but holding up amazingly well for the snow conditions. Still some washed out areas on corners and some bits of grass. Thanks groomers.
      (Kathleen Bjornson)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are in good shape. There are thin spots and one bare spot I ran across on Savanah loop. I skied mostly North look which is mostly excellent with a few minor thin spots. I recommend parking at the swim pond and hopping on the North loop to avoid the thin and bare spots on Savanah. I had North loop all to myself. Trails have been rolled this morning. Also, though I didn’t ski it, the classic track on North loop looked pretty decent.
      Photos:
      (Dana Smith)
    • Jan 12 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice ski at dawn on Lake of the Isles this morning. A few patches of ice and occasionally the tracks disappear, but otherwise very good conditions.
      (Lacey Hartman)

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    • NewJan 22 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      About an inch of fluff on the trail this morning. Grooming was in progress as I finished. Was pretty soft but should be great if it sets up.
      (Dan Wolbrink)
    • NewJan 21 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are in superb condition! They were just groomed on Friday. WhitePine-CCC-River- Thomson loops fresh and firm. Two classic tracks, minimal debris and walking on the North side; (From the headquarters) Amazing!
      Photos:
      (Ann Gustafson)
    • NewJan 21 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good grooming at 5:30pm. Snow coming down and a lot of wind. Open areas are drifting over but the wooded sections are good.
      (Drew Guttormson)
    • NewJan 21 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed late this evening, may get partially covered by potential snow overnight.
      (Ashley Degenhardt)
    • NewJan 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Today we cleaned-up and re-groomed the skate decks on both the 6 and 8K trails. The 6K is in the best condition so far this season, firm, flat, fast. The 8K a little bit softer but beautiful. Some wind-blown debris, and the remains of two critters that were eaten (mostly) on the trails. None of it should bother good skis. The classic track on the 6K is hard and 98% intact, with just two short segments that got drifted in with snow. We compacted those, and skiers can ski-in the missing track. We did not set the promised track on the 8K yesterday (sorry, both groomers were under the weather, but not covid). We will set it mid-morning on Saturday. Three important notes: 1) Masks are required inside the chalet; 2) our KidSki program is 1:45-3:30 on Sunday, temperature permitting. The chalet area and 6K will be very busy; 3) We will host the East HS Invitational ski races next Friday, Jan 28th. Trails will close for race grooming at 5:30 on Thursday, and remain closed until the end of racing, around 5:00 pm on Friday.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • NewJan 21 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We hit the Biskey jackpot today! Wowza! When we left we had no idea what we would encounter given the fresh snow from a couple of days ago, combined with the thaw/freeze, and potential debris from the strong winds. What we did find were freshly groomed trails. We were the first on most of them and discovered them to be firm, with solid pole plants unless you went out too far, then it could sink... so good form was helpful. We went out around noon and the tracks were about 90% debris free, with 99% of it being the "non ski stopping" type. Some squirrels must have had a couple of parties because there were quite a few pine cones down in two spots. The deer also enjoyed the great grooming as they walked down the tracks in a several spots. The tracks going down Eagle Ridge are solid but with some mini wiggles... so beware if you are one who likes to "bomb it". Huge thank you to those hard working groomers! Make sure you put some money in the donation bin for them.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Magney was freshly groomed and pretty nice to ski! The classic track were pretty good (although a little shallow at times). There were a few dirt spots in the middle of the trail (use B skis). There was a half eaten dead animal in the middle of the trail on one of the downhills (after the second snowmobile crossing). Makes you feel like you're in the wilderness!
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Spirit hasn't been groomed since the last snowfall. There are skied in tracks, which were OK. I ended up going over to Magney...
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied Hartley when it was a balmy zero or so today. The tracks were firm like concrete throughout and about 97% debris free. In the areas between tracks on the trail, it was also like slippery concrete with very little to no usage from all the use in the past day or so.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 19 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Just groomed to clean up issues with drifted snow. Track is a little rough in some areas. Have fun!
      (Tim Bates)
    • Jan 19 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was regroomed today, after 4.4" new snow. We now have about 20" on the ground. Trail is in great shape, except for 2 spots where the groomer misjudged the trail location, and went off track, into the deeper snow.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 19 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      3F. Sunny breezy. The tracks couldn’t be more perfect. They must have been set yesterday before the temperature dropped 30 degrees in two hours.
      Photos:
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 19 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A slow 7 AM trip around the Hartley system. Trails were definitely skiable, in that there was mostly only leaves in tracks and not pine pitch/pine needles and I only needed to get out of the tracks once due to material in the tracks. Not as bad as last time the big winds came a few weeks back. Some places the tracks were obliterated due to drifting. Hopefully wind dies before grooming happens again.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 18 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Three inches of light fluffy snow made the track a bit slow. There was a single skied in track. Good skiing, but it should be great with grooming.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 18 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail is groomed and the conditions keep getting better and better. Advanced loops have a classic track as well as narrow skate lane. It's cold but not too cold to ski!
      (Mark Gordon)
    • Jan 18 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed tonight, conditions are great! There was some snow drifting while the trail was being groomed, so expect some drifts, but its all groomed underneath!
      (Ben Palmquist)
    • Jan 17 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a winter wonderland! Korkii was in perfect shape and grooming had just been done. I skied the full 10k and can vouch for its quality.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were in solid shape tonight. Classic tracks were good on most of the course, getting a little sloppy on some turns. Skate deck looked solid throughout.
      (Nick Lansing)
    • Jan 17 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the High and Spruce trails near Hwy 23 today. Nice grooming, great scenery, and lots of coyote and turkey sign. Love Jay Cooke. Any time of year!
      Photos:
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Really good coverage at Boulder Lake today. I skated the system a couple laps on good skis and had no issues. It was freshly groomed and firm but a little slow. The classic tracks looked great and the "Super Highway" was a gem. Thanks groomers.
      Photos:
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lester is holding up well despite lots and lots of use. There's still a solid classic track and the skate lane looked well used but firm and not rutted.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great ski at Boulder Lake today! Bear Paw and Blue Ox. Classic tracks were well used but still intact. Few pine cones here and there. Tracks were firm and not slow. Skate deck looked firm; several four- and two-legged friends were out. There is one tree that’s falling down but just hanging over the track at Blue Ox about the 2.5k mark. Parking lot was nearly full. Lovely day to be on skis! Many thanks, groomers!
      (Javariah Asghar)
    • Jan 16 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are now freshly groomed and tracked. The pond and field are also now tracked. Perfect weather for a ski also.
      (Micah Hanson)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a wonderful late afternoon 12k ski. Beautiful pines and basically flat with a few small hill. A nice relief after Magney-Snively. Super tracks. This would be a great place for beginners. A nice little warming house with warm drinks available.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Secondhand 

      Trails just groomed Saturday we heard. Wonderful blue wax skiing. 15 degrees and fast on the downhills. Watch for dirt spots here and there in the skate lane and tracks dug up by the groomer. Wonderful terrain and ski.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Wonderful start to Snowflake KidSki today, with 85 future Olympians and 24 coach/instructors taking over the place (photos)! Our base is finally transforming, and tonight we regroomed the skate decks on all trails, then set a new, deep classic track on the 6K. Overnight temps should freeze it up nicely. The 8K classic track, set yesterday, is pristine, so we left it alone. Two night skiers reported that the 8K skate was very fast and beautiful after we groomed. We are open 8-8 every day, honor system if the desk isn’t manned, and the 1.6K lighted loop is lit til 8 pm. Masks now required in the chalet.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails have been groomed since the last snow and well used today. The skate deck skied firm and fast. I skated but classic track looks good too. Some pine cones and leaves on the trail but nothing that would damage a ski. Very enjoyable!
      (Chandra Shoberg)
    • Jan 16 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a pretty day, but the trails are not in great shape. Both the skate deck and the tracks had a lot of areas with tilled up dirt. It surprised me but Spirit had about half the snow that Hartley does, just a few miles away. I would use rock skis and not worry or B skis and just be a little careful.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very recently groomed. Tracks firm and deep, skate deck firm. The only bummer is many small dirty patches. It was snowing hard when we left at 1:30 so maybe that will help.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Yesterday’s grooming left the skate deck even, firm, and wide—much improved from earlier in the season! It also left significant patches of snirt (snow+dirt), hence my B skis recommendation. By the time I finished my ski, though, there was a velvety layer of new snow covering most of the problem areas. Very nice!
      Photos:
      (Betsy Tabor)
    • Jan 16 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent. Flat gray sky and light snow. Lots of skiers the last two days. Track was in great shape, especially the outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 15 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Single track classic is where the action is. And Mother Bear brings the action. Nice grooming, beautiful forest, sunny day, and lots of moose tracks. An overall super enjoyable ski!
      Photos:
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 15 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Several inches of fresh snow last night nicely covered debris, but the skate deck looks pretty soft (it was not groomed today). I was classic skiing and the trails were skied in and fairly good.
      Photos:
      (Steve Squillace)
    • Jan 15 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh snow, sunny skies, and stellar kick made for some awesome skiing at Korkki today! Only a little debris in the tracks - one spot near a downed tree was pretty covered but if we each pick up a couple twigs it'll be pristine in no time! Skiers be warned: there's a water feature that must be traversed at the bottom of a little hill after wolf kill ridge (photo). Everything else was fantastic - it's a beautiful time to get out there for a ski.
      Photos:
      (Taylor Ellison)
    • Jan 15 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Morning double loop around Bagley - no grooming since the most recent snowfall, but so light and fluffy that the skied-in tracks were surprisingly stable (right side tracked, left side open for walking/snowshoeing). We weren't the first ones out, and more skiers were arriving as we left, so the tracks should only get better even if the groomer doesn't hit it for a few days. Right now, the big downhill is as mild and forgiving as it can possibly be.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 15 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Kudos to the groomers at the Erkki Harju trail for getting out there right away to make wonderful tracks and a nice skate deck! Well worth the drive! The 9k appeared to have only been traversed by one or two people, it was perfecto!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 15 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic. The trails were covered with feathery lake-effect snow from yesterday and this morning. Lake Superior was blue in the background on the lower loop. Track was excellent and skied in. Groomer was out today.
      Photos:
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 15 - Pine Valley (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A short portion of the trail was groomed for skating. Most of the trail was covered with a couple of inches of light fluffy snow. One other classic skier preceeded me and needed to get out of the classic track to climb and descend. Very slow.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 15 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Noob classic skier. Did Wolf Run at 1 pm. Tracks were set and well defined, snow was well packed but no ice. I used my skinny waxless backcountry skis and had great glide and no need to wishbone up the hills. Blue skies and no wind and great people on the trail made for a perfect day!
      (Scott Goodland)
    • Jan 15 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Total snowfall thru this morning, about 8” of powder. This morning we compacted and groomed the 6K for skating, and set a new classic track. Trails are predictably soft, and the track needs to be skied-in. We then hit the 8K, multiple runs with the roller compactor, which yielded a nice skate deck. Not as pretty as the Ginzu corduroy, but compacted as much as possible. We then set a new classic track on the 8K, which just needs to be skied. Two important notes: (1) Masks are now required in the chalet. (2) our KidSki program begins tomorrow. 100+ kids/coaches around the chalet between 1:3-3:30. Rentals will be limited during that time.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 15 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful scenes at Hartley this morning. Got out before the groomers so the tracks weren’t set yet, had no trouble getting through the powder though. Tracks a bit soft going around corners and on the steep downhill on the south side.
      (Sam Theisen)
    • Jan 15 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail is groomed for classic and skating and is in pristine condition! Both advanced loops have a track as well as narrow skate lane. Get out and ski, the trail just keeps getting better.
      (Mark Gordon)
    • Jan 14 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all of the trails north of the river. Tracks were good and firm everywhere except steep downhills which were pretty snowplowed out. There were a lot of oak and ironwood leaves on all of the trails on the other side of Forbay Lake/151/Jay Cooke Road, which left me moving in and out of tracks to avoid the worst spots, and I still ended up with kick zones streaked with leaves. Tracks are a bit messy and uneven along the Munger where the trail parallels the snowmobile trail. There was one rock sticking out of the snow on one of the first larger uphills of White Pine.
      (Ketzel Levens)
    • Jan 14 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the whole system. Coverage was good with debris groomed into the deck in several spots. Mostly this lovely trail needs to be groomed more. The skate deck is uneven/undulating in about half of the trail. The other problem is people have been skiing it right after grooming (before it sets up) leaving large grooves in many parts of the skate deck. I'm guessing that's an issue re timing of grooming. I've skied it many times when it's been in awesome shape so I know yesterday was not normal or at it's wonderful potential. Plenty of snow, but more grooming needed. Tracks looked generally solid throughout and not a lot of debris in the tracks.
      (Jim Carlen)
    • Jan 14 - Chester Bowl (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails are in great shape, enough base to use your best skis. The trails were groomed recently and classic tracks are set. Most of the traffic is in the skate lane.
      (Jan Hille)
    • Jan 14 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions for classic! It was snowing and grooming was in progress. So there was a mixture of grooming with some freshly-set tracks, some trails just rolled, and some untouched with 4-6” of new snow over old tracks. Wonderful skiing! Swix Special Green kick wax worked great on our wood skis with temp around 16°F. They have about 18” of snow on the ground now. We saw one deer and one grouse and only six other skiers.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      This Alberta Clipper surprised us with snow all day. At 4 pm we began running 2 Ginzus over the trails, to compact the 4” new snow. Snow continued as we worked; when we stopped at 7 pm, 2-3” more had fallen. Grooming plan: we will begin compacting/grooming the 6K at 9 am, and likely set a new classic track. We’ll then compact/groom a skate deck on the 8K. In the meantime, both trails are open.
      Two important notes: (1) In compliance with our mayor’s edict, masks are now required for all persons entering the chalet, even if you’re just signing-in. (2) Our KidSki program begins this Sunday. The chalet and areas around it will be congested with 100+ young skiers and coaches between 1:30-3.30. The 8K will see no KidSki activity, but best to plan your Sunday skiing, for the next 6 weeks, around those times.

      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 14 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Two or three inches of fluffy lake-effect snow, snowing hard when we got off the trail around 5:30. Classic track was skied in and slow. A friend I saw skating said it was also slow. Really fun to be out in the shaken-up snow globe.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 14 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was regroomed today, and is in excellent condition. A few pine needles down in some sections, but overall, really nice.
      Photos:
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I took the north loop — Rolling Pin, Timber Cruiser, Ridge Runner and Otter Run. They had not been groomed recently with about a half-inch of fresh snow in the tracks. Many places were skied or flattened out, but I had a wonderful time just the same with good kick and glide. Otter Run was especially nice — a time of quiet communion with the giant white pines. Beware of the hill from Ridge Runner at the Timber Cruiser junction. It was steep, untracked and uneven!
      Photos:
      (Bob King)
    • Jan 13 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Magney this morning on freshly groomed trails. Followed the groomer on one of the laps and the conditions were great. Used my good skis. Beautiful days.
      (Jonathan Rova)
    • Jan 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Overcast and 24 degrees when I arrived just after noon, 22 and clearing when I left a bit after 3 pm. Excellent skiing, both skate and classic. Trails were groomed late Tuesday, and last night's cm or two of snow had been nicely skied in to the very good track, so glide was great. Blue wax gave excellent kick. I also hopped out to the skate lane a number of times for a few V2s. It was nice and firm and the cm or so of fluffy snow gave a wonderful feel. Virtually no leaves in the classic tracks, which have been a problem elsewhere. The few places with some pine needles did not seem to slow my glide at all. I think best conditions at Boulder in a couple of years.
      Photos:
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 13 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      We groomed the 6K and 8K skate decks this morning, adding last night’s 1/2” of powder to our base. The 6K is excellent, the 8K a bit softer as it’s seen less use and grooming. Very nice, though. The 6K classic track is well skied-in, has firmed-up, and in very good shape. The 8K track, set Tuesday, has seen little use; it has a 1/2” cover of fresh powder, but underneath it is solid and well-formed. The Ice Oval is now safe for equipment, so we compacted and groomed it yesterday, and set track today. Grooming plans: Our next skate grooming will be Saturday morning. Snowflake KidSki will happen at 1:30 on Sunday. 100+ students and coaches will be active on the Sledding Hill, soccer field, Ice Oval, Kiddie Loop, and 5K. Rentals will be limited and slow between 1:30-3:30. We’re open and lights-on until 8 pm every day.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 12 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      White Pine, Greeley Creek up to the dam, and CCC. All ski trails groomed for classic Good to excellent track with frequent debris (oak leaves and conifer needles on White Pine and Greeley). Track drifted over in the big open area (scoured by the 2012 flood) of the White Pine. CCC north of the highway probably has the least debris of all the park trails (mostly aspen poplar).
      (Joel Rosen)
    • Jan 12 - Pine Valley (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate lane was re-groomed and is in great condition. Some scattered leaf and various tree debris is on the surface. Well-used classic track remains in place. Outer 2K loop is in better overall condition than the lighted loop that sees more skier traffic.
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 12 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed tonight and are in good condition.
      (Ashely Degenhardt)
    • Jan 12 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Groomed either early morning or yesterday evening. Nice conditions and fast. Some pine needles on the trail.
      (Jim Brych)
    • Jan 12 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      We classic skied Magney today and the tracks were 80% debris filled. The skate lanes was well used despite having been rolled I believe yesterday? The tracks really needed some attention. I stayed out of the tracks to preserve my skis. Someone also fat biked up the skate lane. We ran into two men from the Cities who had come over from Spirit, they said it was in worse shape than Magney.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 12 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail has a lot of leaves and dirt groomed into the snow. Skied the 10K loop. Trail is well packed. The connector to Magney-Snively is in good shape.
      (Tyler Henkels)
    • Jan 12 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail has been fresh groomed since Sunday, so for anyone who experienced a lot of leaves and other tree parts in tracks due to the weekend winds, that is now gone! Now, only a few leaves here and there. Tracks are as deep as can be, firm, and not icy. Downhills are much more fun without leaves - you can stay in the tracks. Gliding has returned to our Northland skiing with this warmer weather! This morning's ski is the kind where you start driving home and wonder why everyone else is going so slow, then you realize you're still in ski mode.
      (Sara Zimmer)
     

    Northshore/Gunflint area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      About 2"of fresh, powdery snow fell last night and blew around quite a bit, leaving the more open areas with some drifting. In the woods the tracks were reasonably easy to follow and anything skier tracked was picking up some glide. Pole plants are hit and miss, especially on the more trafficked west loops. Oversized baskets are helpful if you have them. The trail has been groomed a couple times this week and has generally been in excellent condition, so wouldn't be surprised if they're out there soon touching it up.
      Photos:
      (Tim Lupfer)
    • NewJan 22 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are all freshly groomed again as of this morning. Quite a bit of wind the last few days but 1.5 inches of new snow last night allowed for us to cover up any debris. It looks to be a little breezy again this coming week (up to 20 mph gusts) but that shouldn’t be very noticeable in the woods with the tree cover; we do not expect much for snow drifting on ski trails other than the lake crossings. Excellent conditions right now! Beautiful skate deck and classic tracks! Just need to throw on an extra layer this week!
      Photos:
      (Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge)
    • NewJan 21 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful snow and grooming on these trails! Only saw two other people. Good place to ski while avoiding the howling wind!
      (Dan Prince)
    • NewJan 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I started at Bearskin Lodge, crossing the lake. There was a good track and skate deck, though windy it was mostly clear. No slush or crusted icey, old water. It was 8° when I started. I skied the Oxcart Loop, then crossed the Gunflint Trail and did the whole Polar Creek Loop. All were freshly groomed and the classic track was great. I had a great glide and kick with Swix special green- 12°-21°. Some fluffy snow was falling off pines, but in spite of being very windy, I did not encounter any drifting.
      Photos:
      (Steve Langenbrunner)
    • Jan 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Cold (3-5F) but no wind, great sun and phenomenal ski conditions on the Sugar Lake Trail system. As always, the groomers deliver the goods after the 5” of snow and strong winds this week in Tofte and the North Shore. The classic tracks were deep and squeaky, the skate deck also excellent. My daughter and I, up from the Twin Cities this week, felt the endorphin rush in the woods and on the trails. We focused on all the Moose Fence trails today, will hit Britton Peak and Oberg Mt tomorrow. Thanks groomers!
      Photos:
      (Arvind Subramanian)
    • Jan 19 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Got 4-6 " of new snow. Re-groomed East End Trails: Tall Pines, Lace Lake, Tim Knopp and 1st mile of Banadad (from East End Parking lot). 14" of good base, 21" in the woods. Will try and groom the rest of Banadad Trail tomorrow weather (cold) permitting.
      Photos:
      (Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association)
    • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Britton Peak Trailhead around Hogback Loop and return. Tracks are nicely set after yesterday's storm but many portions are partly or occasionally completely filled with windblown snow. Beautiful corduroy on the skate deck with some drifting. Many thanks to the groomer for getting the trail groomed so quickly after the snow!
      (Josh Wenck)
    • Jan 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A beautiful afternoon at the Moosetrack Trailhead. Took the Upland trail. Had not been groomed for a few days but the tracks were still good. A great base. Total silence with no wind. Great conditions. The calm before the storm.
      Photos:
      (Bill Greiter)
    • Jan 17 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The entire Banadad is open with a few dustings of snow since the last grooming. The trail has a 6-8" base with 12-20" in the woods and is a nice ski. The east trailhead has been busy and the grooves are in good shape. The west end grooming was damaged by skiers who skied beside the tracking and poled in, and between, the tracks and they had a few dogs. This part of the trail is usually partly damaged by moose and wolf tracks.
      (John Craddock)
    • Jan 16 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great Skiing!! Such lovely trails and snow everywhere and more coming today. Some trails have not been groomed or set all season. Map uploaded showing in green the trails with groomed tracks set and showing in red the trails that have not had tracks set yet. Unmarked trails I did not observe first hand and so I left those in black on my trail map. We broke trail to get to the Cascade Connector and I saw that other people have broken tracks on other trails with no grooming.
      Photos:
      (Jeremy Lopez)
    • Jan 16 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful conditions! Skied the Poplar Creek loop and met the groomer on the way back in (about 1 pm). Firm tracks, great coverage.
      (Lori Rothstein)
    • Jan 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Started striding at the Britten Peak Trail head. The snow was coming down in huge flakes covering the nicely groomed trails. The snow wasn't hindering conditions at all. Enjoyed the Wood Duck Loop, onto the Hogback Loop. Beautiful ridges thru the whole trail system with overlooks onto Lake Superior thru the trees. Will return.
      Photos:
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 16 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful freshly falling snow during our ski today. Skate skiing was a bit tough with the fresh 2-3” of snow, but the classic tracks were well skied in. I’d recommend classic if you have the choice until a fresh groom!
      Photos:
      (Ellie Sin)
    • Jan 15 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These trails are amazing and in perfect condition. Trail had fresh snow today and was rolled and tracked. Tracks are still in great condition.
      (Peter Sullivan)
    • Jan 15 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      From the snowmobile parking lot on Hwy 61, I skied up the west pioneer loop, over to deeryard, up to the fire tower and down, around the short loop, then the rest of deeryard and back down east pioneer. Plenty of snow everywhere including an inch or so of new stuff that covered the debris. Skier tracked over older machine set tracks made for shallower tracks than fresh groomed but they were adequate to guide your skis. Swix Vr40 did the trick for all the hills. Short loop had no machine tracks but was skied in and the deck underneath the fresh snow was firm enough for pole plants. Best grooming was on the Deeryard loop, but Pioneer was very adequate with skier tracks over the groomed ones. Great day on the trails with lots of skiers out.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied classic out of Bearskin late morning early afternoon in absolutely perfect conditions. Classic tracks were in pristine shape and skate decks had hardly been touched.
      (John Chappie)
    • Jan 15 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied late morning/early afternoon and the tracks were perfect and freshly set. Lots of snow everywhere and once you got away from the trailhead area, there were virtually no people. Enjoy these beautiful, well groomed trails.
      (Tony Pellegrini)
    • Jan 15 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied Pincushion Mtn Loop (freshly groomed when I skied), then North Advanced to M and O thru Canyon Curves Loop, Upper and Lower Snowman and West OverLoop. All had a deep firm trackset. I seemed to glide forever on the long gradual downhills but not out of control.
      Photos:
      (Steve Langenbrunner)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the full loop from Briton Peak trailhead -Piece of cake, Hogback, Picnic, East Oberg, Connector, Homestead, Hog back and back. All trails fantastic with excellent grooming, firm track, firm deck. A few woods side pole plunges, an artifact of an abundance of snow. Should be a fabulous weekend as temps warm.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 13 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails except Pincushion Loop groomed, skate decks widened. Grooming plans: Grooming will continue tomorrow to get all trails ready for a busy weekend. Snow is perfect right now.
      (Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)
    • Jan 13 - Cascade River State Park (Lutsen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lovely day. Trails not recently groomed but we followed the traces of tracks and then for quite a while some fresh wolf tracks that led right up to the top of Moose Mountain. Lake trail beautiful but a bit rough going here and there. Connector trail (between Norpine and park) shown on map appears to be not maintained.
      (Janet Folina)
    • Jan 13 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about an inch of snow between yesterday morning and last night. Trails were groomed again this morning and are in great shape!
      (Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge)
    • Jan 12 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails in good to excellent condition. From Cascade Lodge we did Pioneer, Beaver, Short Loop back down to Ridge Run. Some tracks are a little shallow and debris here and there but no bare spots. Short loop just lightly (snowmobile?) packed, not tracked. Trail had some uneven terrain (lumps, tilted bumps) but since the snow was soft enough the downhills were fun. Great to be up here again and in decent temps!
      (Janet Folina)
    • Jan 12 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No groomed trails this late afternoon/early evening. Parking lot plowed though. Hoping grooming happens soon!
      (Yvonne Mills)
    • Jan 12 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied North Advanced, Ole Hyvaa, Hilfiker and Canyon Curves. Classic track still in good shape with some debris in tracks but generally fast. Skate deck on upper loops is still very soft and there are very few freestyle tracks. Grateful for another gorgeous day.
      Photos:
      (Josh Wenck)
    • Jan 12 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Banadad Trail and all East End Trails open and groomed as of this morning. Great conditions. 17 inches in the woods, 12-15 base on the trail. Two inches of new snow. Park at East or West End Parking lots.
      Photos:
      (Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association)
     

    Iron Range area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomed and shallow track set yesterday made for firm skiing today on loops 1 and 2. Many sticks to flick due to frightening freight train winds. Inch or two of snow falling.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • NewJan 21 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and set track on Inner and Outer Prelude Loops and up to cut across at "D" intersection and down Red Pine Hill back to "B". It was starting to snow when I left the trails. I will try to do some more grooming tomorrow. There are quite a few twigs and branches on the trail, and it will probably be windy thru the night so please help by throwing twigs off the trail. Thanks.
      (Tom Sobolik)
    • NewJan 21 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These old school, classic and cozy trails are in primo kicking conditions! The light falling snow provided great glide through the dense forest setting. Kudos to the volunteer grooming guys, Kim and Keith, for always being at the ready - for packing and rolling, and laying down a smooth track.
      Photos:
      (Cheri Johnson)
    • Jan 20 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Big Hole Loop re-tracked after weekend snowshoers wiped out the tracks and recent three inches fresh snow atop finished the job. Park management is now asking and posting that snowshoers stay off the xc ski tracked trails. Enjoy a couple more months.
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Jan 20 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      County groomer reported all loops packed and tracked and in great shape for the weekend. Go ski!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 20 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are set with fresh tracks! We had a great team out grooming this morning, and because of that, we were able to really widen out the trails. Unfortunately, -28F is too cold for my phone to capture a photo of these beautiful trails, so you will have to go and 'ski' them for yourselves!
      (AnneMarie Ehlers)
    • Jan 20 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A frosty morning at -10F. Classic tracks had to be broken as fresh snow was drifted over many spots, mostly harmless debris on the trail of occasional pine needles and oak leaves. Overall nice and skiable.
      Photos:
      (John Schroeder)
    • Jan 19 - Scenic State Park (Bigfork):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trails are good after the recent snow fall. All trails are classic tracks. Please ski the Fire Tower loop counter-clockwise.
      (Alan Dettmer)
    • Jan 19 - Carey Lake (Hibbing):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate ski trails have been groomed and classic trails tracked today. Most of the drifting had dissipated and trails are in excellent condition.
      Photos:
      (Kraig Stolhammer)
    • Jan 19 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops groomed and tracked. Trail is in excellent condition. Beautiful, if a bit brisk day (0 degrees).
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 18 - Forest History Center (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed Tuesday, have now set up and are quite firm. All trails have tracks set for classic skiing.
      (John Beltman)
    • Jan 16 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in good shape with fresh fluffy snow. They didn’t appear to have been groomed since the last snowfall, but tracks were well set from previous skiers. The damage from wheelers that was on the beginning section of trail two weeks ago isn’t there anymore.
      Photos:
      (Marcia Podratz)
    • Jan 16 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Suomi Hills can be best described as "epic". You had better have a bit of SISU when you ski here! Constantly rolling terrain with wicked descents and tough climbs will test your strength and nerve! If you're tired of "perfect" tracks and are looking to spice it up a bit, Suomi is for you! You may not want to bring your best race skis however. The faster you go here the trickier it gets. I love it!
      Photos:
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 16 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These trails are in great condition with well defined track, and only very minimal and sporadic debris under the big pines. The snow was fast today adding to the delight on those long roller coaster sections that predominant so many parts of this trail system. I skied the outer perimeter trails and found only one 100 yard section by marker 28 where a few snowmobiles had entered from the Taconite Trail I believe and eventually turned off on the ATV trail. It was clear sailing then all the way back to the parking lot on perfect track.
      Photos:
      (Michael Wilke)
    • Jan 16 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      Friend checked it out today because we wanted to ski there this weekend. No sign any grooming has been done. Bummed. This is a closer trail for us in the north. Good for beginner to moderate. We hope it gets groomed soon!
      (Bethann Perendy)
    • Jan 15 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Plenty of snow up north! Beautiful classic only trails. If you get a chance, ski the River Loop. Trails are not too technical-just enough hills to keep it fun.
      (Amy Dettmer)
    • Jan 14 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied both both ends of trails, as there are two parking areas. The one closest to Hoyt Lake is marked green easy on the map but is actually blue diamond on the trail. Trails were packed but had not been groomed tracks for some time. It was tough going, trails are quite narrow, lots of twigs and even a log frozen in middle of a downhill piece. Its beautiful land and I struggled to ski any distance, barely managed 4 miles.
      (Tracy Cesari)
    • Jan 14 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great trail conditions today! Classic tracks on thunder, rajala, long lake and snag loop were great. Mild leaf cover on the first half of thunder. Few sticks down, most have been picked up by groomers/skiers.
      (Kayla Ann)
    • Jan 14 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great ski today in 7 degree weather. It doesn't look like the trail has been skied much in the last couple of days. Tracks are well formed and firm. One of the best single tracks in the area. I ski here when I can get a grooming report. Keep them coming.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 14 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed all of our main trails with the Pisten Bully over the past two days including Bronze, Summit, Gold, Silver, Cedar and Northern Lights. Conditions are very good with full skate decks and two tracks set on most two-way trails. The outer trails (Oslo, Biwabik Spur, Wynne Creek and Laurentian) do not yet have enough snow cover given that they are much rockier and narrower (snow doesn’t reach the ground as easily). We will continue to work on packing/tracking the outer trails as snowfall/conditions allow.
      Photos:
      (Benjamin Bartz)
    • Jan 14 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed all trails and set a new track from H junction up to Tower end and back to Red Pine Junction and set new track on Outer Prelude Loop, should be good, Tower Loop beyond Z junction might still be a little soft in some places. Lots of deer tracks on trail.
      (Tom Sobolik)
    • Jan 13 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      County groomer reports loops packed and tracked. Really pretty hardwoods with some plunging downhills on the advanced loop.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a beautiful day on the trail. It was 16 above and freshly groomed. There was six cars in the parking lot. I saw three other people on the trail.
      Photos:
      (David Kettula)
    • Jan 13 - Scenic State Park (Bigfork):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed Tuesday night. Including the FireTower loop. I will check the trails Saturday morning and groom if necessary.
      (Alan Dettmer)
    • Jan 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic day on the trails, all newly groomed, beautiful tracks set in fine snow. Could have stayed out longer but ran out of daylight!
      (Tracy Cesari)
    • Jan 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Heard there were a lot of skiers enjoying the trails last weekend, that's awesome. We got just enough snow to groom fresh tracks. I'm just going to say it: best tracks of the season. It's looking good folks, get on out there!
      Photos:
      (Connie Rasmussen)
    • Jan 12 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Plenty of beautiful, clean, white snow. The prelude loops are packing down fairly well. The Red Pine and Tower loops have great coverage, but still soft in spots. The snow will settle down and make for wonderful conditions for skating (although most trails are not very wide). The classic tracks are in excellent shape!
      (Jeff Pesta)
    • Jan 12 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Giants Ridge is in spectacular condition. Skate deck is firm, flat and groomed to perfection. The classic tracks are deep and clean. I skated the Gold, Silver and Cedar Loops - all pristine.
      Photos:
      (Steve Squillace)
     

    Ely area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A windy day but that was not a problem on this densely wooded intimate trail system. Conditions were very good. Grooming was excellent. A very few needles blown of the trees but that was trivial. Really nice!
      Photos:
      (Tim Grebner)
    • NewJan 21 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were groomed last night and are great condition. Skiing today was great - though I wasn’t sure it would be because of the howling wind and chill temps. The high winds today indeed had been shaking the treetops and lightly sprinkling the trails with a potpourri of needles, twigs, cones, lichens, twiglets, and snow dust, but not enough to really drag at your skis or slow you down. Best of all, down on trails, there was barely a breeze thanks to great sheltering pines and spruce of woods. It is snowing right now, so some of that debris may be lightly covered by tomorrow.
      Photos:
      (Mary Shedd, Wagoner Ski Trails Club)
    • Jan 20 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another fantastic ski on newly groomed trails, the snow was cold and slow but stunning. Even the typical drifted areas were tracked well. There is at least 2 to 3 feet of snow on the ground, The quality of the snow has been superb this year.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Thanks to the fantastic grooming after a 4 1/2 inch snowfall, the trails were awesome. The groomer reported seeing moose and lynx tracks the last time he was out (not today).
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 17 - Fortune Bay Golf Course (Tower):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great shorter course for a quick afternoon ski - 3k loop and 1 k loop- around the golf course. This would be a good place to take people new to skiing. No steep hills and quite scenic. Lots of open meadows. This has not been groomed in over a week and there are no signs. They do groom it occasionaly though. It starts at "The Wilderness" restaurant. Last week I saw wolf tracks cruising down the trail.
      (Aaron Kania)
    • Jan 17 - Trezona Ski Trails (Ely):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good. Deep coverage with medium firm base. Tracks are a bit shallow with some soft spots. A couple of the crossing driveways on the north side have a little gravel showing.
      (Bob McKlveen)
    • Jan 16 - North Arm Trails (Ely):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied to Coxey Pond on Coxey, North Star, and others. Excellent cover. Most trails outside of BWCA are snowmobile packed and tracked. Those inside BWCAW are skier-tracked.
      (Bob McKlveen)
    • Jan 15 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Perfect. Skied Bambas, Deer, Sommers, Screamer, Highlands. Note that Hannah Jo isn't groomed. Great cover, firm tracks, well groomed. Thanks Ely!
      (Bob McKlveen)
    • Jan 15 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Just returned from a three hour ski with my husband. We continue to be amazed at how near-perfect the trails are and how incredibly beautiful the forest is right now. Thanks, Gary, for all your support in grooming and enduring the start-up challenges associated with creating a new non-profit, charged with protecting, maintaining, and promoting this unique wilderness trail system.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 14 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      I just returned from an hour of the best classic skiing I can say ever exists. Newly groomed trails, a wonderful surprise to me, 8 degrees and a moon starting to emerge. Life was indeed blissful for an hour.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 13 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the whole trail system Thursday afternoon just as the groomer was finishing. Ideal snow and tracks. Get out and enjoy the Towering pines and rolling hills of this gem. You won't be disappointed.
      (Ron Svatos)
    • Jan 13 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      New snow accumulation - so we have groomed all segments of our classic trail system again tonight. Snow is light, cold, giving good glide.
      (Mary Shedd, Wagoner Ski Trails Club)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 19 - Manka Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Packed, groomed and set track on 5" snow from the previous day. The skate day is a little soft, but should set up with cold temps.
      Photos:
      (Steve Johnson)
    • Jan 19 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Probably 6” of snow fell on Tilson Creek yesterday. We used both rollers to pack all segments twice this morning. Mighty mighty cold!
      Photos:
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

Minnesota Northwest

     

    Bemidji area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Bemidji High School Trails (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bemidji High School Lumberjack Trail: Dragged and re-groomed late afternoon for skate and classic. Wind blown on the first section, nice in the woods.
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 20 - Three Island Park (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      North, river, green, brown trails and most cut-acrosses tracked and ginzued. Orange and River loop up north are in the best shape they have ever been. Still soft from grooming so tomorrow they should be perfect. Use good Skis.
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 19 - Three Island Park (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Red and blue loops (south loops) all groomed out - both classic and skate. They are in fantastic shape.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 15 - Hobson Forest Trail (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      Secondhand 

      My father and friends went Saturday and said conditions were fantastic. Groomed for classic.
      Photos:
      (Dashiell Thomas)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Bemidji State Park (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Recently groomed trails with deep snow, deep classic tracks and perfect snow. Excellent conditions on the bike trail, around the campground and old logging trail!
      (Peggy Hubble)
    • Jan 12 - Three Island Park (Bemidji):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Deep snow, freshly groomed tracks on Wednesday. Great conditions! Saw a bevy of Trumpeter Swans on the creek, awesome!
      (Peggy Hubble)
     

    Detroit Lakes area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Maplelag’s ski trails today remain in their typical state: Outstanding! Maplelag has an abundance of snow, coverage is excellent, and the classic tracks are firm and in fine shape. Thanks to Jay and his team for another great afternoon of skiing. I was on Sap Run, Twin Lakes, Sukkerbusk, North Loup and Roy’s Run... all are in superb condition.
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Jan 14 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Had great time skiing most of the classic trails over 3 days--great weather, great snow, great tracks and, of course, great food. Planning a return trip this season.
      (Tran Alfrey)
     

    Park Rapids/Walker area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails in mostly good condition, just enough snow last enough to set pretty good tracks on most of trails. Lots of oak leaves and a few small sticks on the trails.
      (Neal Tacheny)
    • NewJan 21 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Classic tracks are all good with 1” new snow. Skate lanes started the day a little beyond firm, but the new snow helps you get a grip — can feel the crust underneath after a few subzero days. They plan to groom around 10 AM tomorrow.
      Photos:
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 18 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions remain very good, with a firm skate lane on most loops, except for some fluffy spots on the more difficult Troll Trail. Lilly's freestyle lane is a little "groovy" after all the weekend traffic. We had 45 skiers, mostly beginners, who came to Sunday's open house and free ski rental. There is a little debris on the trail, and we skied in the morning before the temps dropped out and the wind came up. We have no new snowfall, but groomers will still have plenty of base to work with sometime before this weekend. Snowshoe trail, 1.8 miles total with a number of segments, has also been well-used, and is the option open to hikers and dogs.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thank you to Deane and the volunteer crew for maintaining such a beautiful and welcoming place to ski (and snowshoe, too!). Conditions for skate were very good and looked to be the same for classic. Get out and be about it!
      (Ernie Ogot)
    • Jan 15 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Classic trails at Itasca SP the last two days. The groomer had just finished combing and setting tracks on the full length of the bike trail! Outstanding skiing! Friday we skied the South Entrance Road, Ozawindib, Myrtle Lake Crossover and half of Deer Park down the road to Mary Lake. Deep snow, deep tracks, excellent snow! A winter wonderland! Snowshoe or ski their new Twinkle Trail at night, awesome!
      Photos:
      (Peggy Hubble)
    • Jan 15 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      My first time at Deep Portage in the winter. Skied the easy loop a couple of times. Tracks were soft but deep and very intact. Fun, pretty skiing!
      Photos:
      (Peter Wilton)
    • Jan 14 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and set tracks on all loops at Cut Lake this afternoon. The system is in good shape for the weekend. Enjoy!
      (Clayton White)
    • Jan 14 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed this evening. Tracks still in decent shape, wish we had a little more new snow. Few patches of debris is oak and mature pine forests but otherwise great. Lots of wolf sign on trails! Tracks groomed: -Beginners Loop. -South Loop. -Middle Loop. -Connectors Loop (90% tracked, east portion from building to bog is packed snow from school programming). -Bass Pond, NEW. I set a pristine classic and skate track on Bass Pond for this weekend. We'll see how long we can upkeep it with programming next week. Enjoy!
      (Neal Tacheny)
    • Jan 14 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed today. There is a scattering of pine needles and oak leaves on the trails that are a minor anoyance. Trails are in very good condition.
      (Rich Wozniak)
    • Jan 13 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Some sections of the trail had lots of oak leaves in the track plus deer damage as well as just worn from all the skier traffic so I groomed today. The leaves mixed into the snow pretty well so they should not be a problem for a while. The track formed up well and should firm up overnight.
      (Paul Klinger)

Minnesota Central

     

    Brainerd area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Trails are hard, but not icy, old snow with about a half-inch of new snow blowing around on top. Good solid classic track was collecting the new snow, but folks were skiing it in, and the new snow was covering the collected leaves well. Note: A small high school race is scheduled Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00.
      (Owen Baird)
    • NewJan 21 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      No new snow at time of grooming. Set fresh tracks until track setter issues developed. Did not groom Shelter Trail (better to set a good track than a poor one). Snow and wind started at end of grooming.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 18 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      No new snow, but with the soft base a couple weeks ago re-groomiing in warmer temps might help firm things up a bit. Groomed most skate lane segments and set a new track in only a few areas due to down pressure issues with the track setter. Skate lanes might be fast with cold weather.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 17 - Larson Lake (Deerwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great coverage everywhere. Hills in good condition. Some debris throughout, but very easily avoidable (pictured is worst of conditions you will encounter).
      Photos:
      (Grant Schoen)
    • Jan 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Plenty of snow well packed and groomed. Very good way finding/signage. Beautiful day and scenery. We skied the Northland trail. No fee required but donations accepted. [ Note: Minnesota Ski Pass is required for 16 yrs and older -- Ed. ]
      (Joanne Reinhart)
    • Jan 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good skating conditions today. The trails are well-maintained and fun. This season the snow is much better than the last few seasons.
      Photos:
      (Steve Fisher)
    • Jan 14 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck groomed today after a little dusting of new snow. Older classic track still good, but slower than the skate lane with the new snow in the tracks, but the dusting helped mitigate the oak leaves that have collected in some sections of track. Groomer plans to hit the skate deck again Saturday morning.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 14 - Grand View Lodge - The Pines (Nisswa):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      About 8km of trails, mostly only classic. Double track set, really good condition with full depth tracks and very little debris. A couple of golf course road crossings, but some snow on them and could get across with care. Bonfire going at the clubhouse.
      (Colleen Duffy)
    • Jan 13 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks set last Saturday are very much skiable. No new snow so leaves are present in areas and relatively few oak and ironwood leaves in other areas. Great skiing in the mild weather!
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 12 - Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (Onamia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All Mille Lacs Kathio trails are groomed, but the classic track is shallow on all trails. There are also enough leaves and tree debris to make the advanced hills north of the park road somewhat treacherous. I would rate the conditions as a mix of fair and good conditions depending upon which trail is skied. Skier use is moderate at Kathio so that the trails are not overly damaged by use despite the lack of recent snow.
      (Mark Strobel)
     

    St. Cloud area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Harry Larson County Forest (Monticello):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was packed with track set today. Trail is in good shape but due to the nature of multiuse trails we always recommend B skis. Other than that, conditions are good.
      (Brad Harrington)
    • Jan 20 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The warm temperatures did not turn this trail to ice - no icy areas! But the wind and cold temps did make the base very hard, so the classic track setter did not cut in very deep. Still very skiable.
      (Dana Boschee)
    • Jan 18 - Milaca Trails (Milaca):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were nicely set and fast, and the trails were beautiful! Ski trails are classic only.
      Photos:
      (Amy Sennes)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Maria State Park (Monticello):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Late afternoon ski outing found just large outer loop groomed double track. Wish there would have been a shorter connector groomed to make a shorter trip like I have found in the past. Solid double tracks and only a little leaf litter. So many hiking/snowshoeing trails available and still some of the hikers felt they needed to walk right on the ski tracks in portions. Too bad, this is a nice trail but gets dicey on some of the downhills with a lot of foot prints messing it up.
      Photos:
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Maria State Park (Monticello):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Lake Maria SP on Sunday morning. Gorgeous! Classic tracks in excellent condition. Trails wind through the woods with good variety of scenery. Very few people on the trails. Trail center is open but no fire going in the wood stove.
      (Beth Camilleri)
    • Jan 15 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the orchard and hill top loops. Great conditions. Nice to see people out enjoying the trails. Many thanks to the volunteer groomers.
      (John Harlander)
    • Jan 15 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      New powder packed and tracked. Classic tracks set. Plenty of classic skiers out today enjoying the sun.
      Photos:
      (Dana Boschee)
    • Jan 14 - Riverside Park (Saint Cloud):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Riverside trails skate deck and classic track groomed by Nordic Ski Club of Central MN volunteer Ken. Trail route changed to more closely resemble how it was groomed the past couple of years.
      Photos:
      (Nicholas Snavely)
    • Jan 14 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Classic track and skate deck groomed on all trails at North Loop and Graystone Orchard, Warmup, Hilltop trails.
      Photos:
      (Nicholas Snavely)
    • Jan 12 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks set and skate deck packed. Snow was in great condition and depth, though there were quite a few leaves in the tracks. Sometimes the glide was better on the skate deck. Wonderful sunny day for a ski, and pleasant despite the leaves. Beautiful scenery in and around the quarries. Enough snow to do some bushwacking.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
     

    Fergus Falls/Alexandria area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The groomer was out trying to repair the damage from the weather on Tuesday. There were packed drifts in some areas and hard ice in others. Places that got some sun during the day had groomed nicely and were fairly skiable. In icy places, the groomer did not even dig into the snow. I spent a lot of time removing branches and sticks from the trail and it was very cold at -8.
      (Chad Bergerson)
    • Jan 18 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Andes hosted the Alexandria Nordic invite today. The race traffic was hard on the parts of the trail included in the course, but the groomer was ready to go as soon as the race was over. There was some really tough conditions as the day started out warm and sunny, then a cold front blew in with high winds and the temps plummeted, making for very icy conditions.
      (Chad Bergerson)
    • Jan 17 - Glendalough State Park (Battle Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Have never skied here before but since it’s only 30’ from our cabin we decided to give it a go. Mixed use trail with decent classic track for most of Annie Battle trail. South end is pretty drifted over but still skiable. Emma’s loop was also drifted over some, but also skiable. Great trail for less experienced skiers, and beautiful setting! All in all a fun outing!
      Photos:
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Jan 17 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Short ski this morning between 9:30-10:30. Skate lane is rough but somewhat firmer, in places hard. I didn't ski much of the trail system preferring to just repeat the better stretches I found - Haugs and the lower shortcut.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 16 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Skate deck firmed up a bit from yesterday, but still soft in spots. Snow a little faster due to warming temperatures overnight. Heavy traffic made for a rough surface. Some drifting on Finland in the usual places that reduce trail width. High school race on Tuesday.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 15 - Spidahl Ski Gaard (Fergus Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another great day at Spidahl! Trails are still a little soft because of the deep snow. Coverage is great everywhere though. Skied Chick’s Bopp and Speedy’s and that was enough! Thanks to Dave and Cindy for keeping the trails in such great shape!
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Jan 15 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were groomed yesterday after the snowfall. Being succinct, the skate deck was soft and slow. Tracks were definitely faster, and in places significantly. Alex team was out when we finished, so a lot of traffic on the trails.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 13 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Cooler temperatures resulting in a substantially firmer skate deck today, compared with yesterday. A few soft spots here and there. Firmer and glazed in other places. Many rough sections due to use, but fortunately rather short. Lots of leaves!
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 12 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Above 32F for most of our ski today, but not by much. The skate deck on most of the trail sections we skied was soft and slow with the all-to-familiar "whump-whump" under your skis - a sure sign of high moisture content. I thought the tracks in places were faster via double poling. The lower shortcut and Chuckwagon trails skied reasonable well, perhaps worth doing repeats? There continues to be more leaves and stick on the trails.
      (Keith Brugger)
     

    Mora/Hinckley area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Warman Public Ski Area (Warman):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The Johnstone Family trails that comprised part of the original Vasaloppet course have been groomed by the family fairly recently. Windy conditions have put a fair amount of debris in otherwise good classic tracks. A pair of skins or scales would work well. I skated with decent glide on the windblown powder and enjoyed the protection of the trees. It's always nostalgic to take a spin on the Beaver Dam Trail. I often see evidence of wolf activity around these trails.
      (Jeff Pesta)
    • Jan 15 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good skiing at the Vasaloppet trails today after the ABC relays. Nice solid base and deep classic tracks, even after a few hundred high school racers. Also ventured on some of the other Vasaloppet trails. There is a very solid base on the Dala trail that could use a little softening up. That section was definitely better for skate than classic, but overall very good.
      (Mark Schulte)
    • Jan 14 - Springvale County Park (Cambridge):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I ventured out before sunset and after the snow was done falling. The fresh snow made for a nice layer over the hard packed trail and not very hard to "ski in" the new snow. Made for a good workout. It was beautiful: a bald eagle kind of hovered over me for a few seconds before soaring off and a couple of large deer bounded off. Thankful for this wonderful groomed ski track.
      (Donna McNear)
    • Jan 12 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied with Terry. It was my second time there. He was so helpful and friendly. Conditions were excellent. Great afternoon. A true hidden gem. Mora should be very proud of what they have.
      Photos:
      (Craig Lemieux)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 21 - Sibley State Park (New London):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Decent base right now. Was out during the light snow fall, and the snow covered up the icy base nicely. Had the trails to myself. Classic tracks were there but not well established.
      (Phil Nicolas)
    • Jan 17 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied loops from the camper cabins several times Saturday-Monday. Conditions were great, though a few twigs to avoid. Our favorite section was going down the hill on Nevers Dam Trail after turning off from old logging trail. We skied Walter Mondale River Trail, Mitigwaki Loop, and Old Logging Trail. Most trails had two sets of tracks, one of the trails had three sets.
      (Jennifer Strahan)
    • Jan 16 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at Wild River this afternoon - good base of snow, no bare spots, classic trails appeared freshly groomed. On some of the wider trails, there were three sets of parallel groomed tracks! This was a novelty for city skiers and made the family skiing more fun. Yes, there were a few leaves and sticks on the trail but nothing that would damage your skis and exactly what you’d expect skiing through an oak savanah. This was our first visit to Wild River to xc ski. I’d recommend it for beginners: there are long, flat, groomed trails, it’s not busy and you can rent gear and get advice at the Trailhead (check hours online).
      (Allison Thrash)
    • Jan 15 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were great. Groomed this morning with the tricky downhill turns not tracked for more control. Thanks Andy! If you want to skate ski, Whitetail Run golf course (north of Wadena on 71) is groomed for skate as well as classic. Thanks Jeff!
      (Terry Olson)
    • Jan 12 - Nordic Ridge Recreation Area (Crosslake):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks were in great shape for classic on all sections: Nordic, Spruce and Pine loops. You'll find oak leaf debris in some stretches of the track. The deck was messy in spots from foot traffic but there were signs that skate skiers had been out there too. Lots of snow and absolutely beautiful.
      (Kelli Lynch)

Minnesota Southern

     

    Rochester area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning ski with the sun peaking through the trees. A 1/2 inch of new snow made the trails look pristine. Ski with caution, thin areas that were obvious yesterday are now more difficult to see but they will catch your skis.
      (Laura Wooten)
    • Jan 16 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty good conditions - thanks to Saturday night groomers! Firm skate deck, very few bare spots and very few boot tracks once away from the Nature Center area. Beautiful morning!
      Photos:
      (Amy Gunlogson)
    • Jan 16 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Always nice to ski CW! The trails are 90% snow covered, but some thin spots in open areas and several areas with debris on the trail (likely stuff below the snow from the Dec. wind storm that the groomer chewed up). Skate deck was still pretty soft and very chopped up, as expected with a multi-use trail after a busy weekend. Tracks are solid in most places. Get out there!
      Photos:
      (Amy Gunlogson)
    • Jan 15 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Was able to get our on the skate ski trails before they got too chewed up by the walkers and bikers; trail just groomed earlier in the day. Soft new snow on Saturday afternoon. Some areas with exposed grass, few places with exposed gravel and rocks so watch out. Classic track (which I didn’t ski on) had several visible grassy spots.
      Photos:
      (Lynn Cornell)
    • Jan 15 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This is the first time in a long time that I’ve skied at Chester Woods where there was a beautiful track set for the classic skiers. I saw a lot of snowshoers also out on the trails today. I also crossed paths with someone from the Birkie! It’s been over 10 years that these trails have been this good. As I finished my workout after almost two hours I crossed pass with a couple skate skiers. They look like they were having fun too!
      Photos:
      (Pam Peterson)
    • Jan 15 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      A 3 inch snow event was groomed this morning. Classical track was set however some areas of the trails are thin base. Trail should firm up overnight and be ready for some good fat tire riding. Be mindful to ride to one side of the trails with snow conditions being soft.
      (Tom Eckdahl)
     

    Red Wing/Winona area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed up great today for skating. Very few dirt spots. Classic track is hard and glazed with a dusting of snow over it with some debris also. Silent sport doesn’t apply to very cold snow!
      Photos:
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Jan 18 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The golf course loops, including the catwalk section, are in very good shape for skating and classic with a few avoidable bare spots. Did not go up the the bluff trail.
      (Craig Bell)
    • Jan 15 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time skiing here and the classic trails were in phenomenal condition with the new snow! A couple slightly bare spots but nothing major.
      (Seth Polfus)
    • Jan 15 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed this morning for skate and classic and are in very good condition. Received 4 inches of new snow yesterday.
      (Milton Hovelson)
    • Jan 15 - Frontenac State Park (Frontenac):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Our first groom of the season! The prairie loop and sand point trails have been groomed. We only have about a 2" base, so there will be some stubble sticking through, but at least we were finally able to groom! The bluff ski trail will be closed for the season due to construction in the campground and hazard tree removal throughout the park.
      (Jake Gaster)
    • Jan 15 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated Saturday morning and was pleasantly surprised how well the 2-3” we received groomed out. The groomers set track and that also looked great. The good snow is thin though, saw couple dirty spots in tracks. Get out there and ski everything in!
      (Jason Mork)
     

    Faribault area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really quite icy. Tracks are present, but they are really icy, and have quite a bit of bare spots. It makes it pretty dangerous on any downhills as you get going, then hit a bare spot and halt to a stop. It’s hard to get out of the tracks as the rest of the trail is really walked over so very lumpy, then frozen hard. Not great skiing sadly. Hopefully we get a fresh coat tonight.
      Photos:
      (Amanda Schaefer)
    • Jan 16 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the section from Welsh Village east towards Red Wing until Hwy 61. The groomer had been out and set classic tracks, they were a bit soft yet, and I was the first over them for most of the way. The first mile near Welsh had a lot of sticks and some bare spots down to the asphalt, but beyond that it was really good. It was a beautiful day and a nice ski through the woods.
      (Ben Mouw)
    • Jan 15 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were groomed, tracked and in good shape after 8” of new snow. Beautiful blue bird ski day.
      (Lori Knutson)
    • Jan 15 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Classic track was set today. Skate lane is a bit soft, but should firm up overnight. We are still dealing with low snow conditions.
      Photos:
      (Dan Forsythe)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 22 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Not enough snow to lay classic tracks yet but most trails have at least been packed down. There are still some very thin spots where grass or pavement is showing so be on the lookout!
      (Kelly Bahl)
    • Jan 14 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      After today's snowstorm, there is enough snow on the ground to ski. All trails are open for skiing and walking but trails have not been groomed. Trails will be packed possibly on Tuesday.
      (Sydney Weisinger)

Wisconsin Northwest

     

    Cable/Hayward area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail is freshly groomed and there are new tracks set. I was able to work most of the sticks and pinecones into the base so the trail is looking alot cleaner. Overall the trail is looking real good!
      Photos:
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 19 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All Rock Lake trails were groomed today, working in the 2” of new snow over some wind blown tracks. Very good trail conditions, thanks to volunteer groomer Tom for helping out on this cool day.
      Photos:
      (Dave Gebhard)
    • Jan 17 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic classic tracks: well formed and firm, snow (not ice), no dirt, and a few oak leaves from the recent wind (which causes no issues at all). Drummond is groomed virtually the same as the Birkie tracks that were set for last Saturday's Birkie Tour!
      Photos:
      (Robert Erdmann)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied OO to fire tower and back on the skate trail. Overall trail was in good shape, but a few thin spots are evident. I used my good skis without worry as the thin spots were easy to see and not very common. Overall great skiing on the Birkie trail!
      (Erik Erickson)
    • Jan 17 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail in very good shape, nicely laid tracks. Just a few spots where the base was thin, mostly on the 13.6k loop past the turnoff of the 7.5k loop and before the springs. Few and far between, though, and easy to avoid. Didn't ski the crossovers of the shorter loops but assume they are in good shape as well. Skate skiing bed mostly firm with good ski control. Nothing icy at all. Just a little forest debris here and there but nothing major - a small price to pay for the beautiful forest cover types this trail traverses.
      (Geary Searfoss)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied from Birkie start to OO and back on skate trail and part of classic trail. Awesome conditions! Tracks were solid with good glide and enough grip to kick up many of the hills. The skate deck was hard, but soft enough to make herringboning up steeper sections of hills a breeze. If you look at what the trail looks like at the start that's basically exactly what it skis like through OO. Not too many dirty areas. Superb ski!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 17 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thanks for the excellent grooming Joe! I skate skied the figure eight and my wife classic skied it. Unfortunately two people ignored the signs posted and walked right down the center of the skate deck wrecking the Rim Creek Loop section for skate skiing, but the classic track was ok. The lack of conscientious is sad after all the time, money and work Joe and others have done to keep this gem of a ski trail open for skiing. When we got to the more technical/difficult Squirrel section the trail wasn't walked on but it was snow shoed on and somebody skied it backwards, thus when we descended on the steep hills at 25mph there was a guy actually climbing the hill in the opposite/wrong direction!? I almost crashed into him but just managed to avoid him thankfully. Thanks again to Joe and the DNR for doing their best on this beautiful forested ski trail. Despite the issues we very much appreciate it!
      (Miah Saint-Georges)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied from OO to Boedecker and back, and then skied OO loop. Tracks well used. Used my good skis, but did step out of tracks a few times to avoid some debris or thin areas under some pine trees.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skied from Trail Head at Cable to OO in the afternoon. The trails were in very good shape and ski conditions were nice and fast. There were occasional small thin to bare spots with small amounts of debris that could easily be avoided. My friend decided to only use his B skis because of this. It was great to see the trails being used (but was not crowded) so much and I did not realize how nice and frequent the heated rest facilities are along the trail. Gotta go back soon!
      (John Schweiss)
    • Jan 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the North End Classic Trail. Good firm track and full snow coverage across the board. Some uphills are a bit funky to maneuver with a track overlaid by chopped up herringbone. Minimal snowplowing has left the downhills in good shape, however it does become soft quickly on the edge where the snow hasn't been packed by the groomed, so strongly advise trying to stay in the middle of the trail. Minimal leaf/pine needle debris.
      (Ketzel Levens)
    • Jan 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied south from OO to the 18KM marker and back. More snow base under the tracks south of 00 than the tracks I skied north of OO yesterday. I think the re-tracking for Birkie Tour yesterday cut a deeper track north of OO.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 15 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Despite not getting any snow from the storm, the trails still have wonderful coverage. The skate deck was firm on one side of the trail and a bit soft on the other edge. Classic tracks looked on the shallow side, but were solid around the entire trail. Luminaries were being setup for a night ski tonight on part of the trail. It was fun seeing all the small planes taking off and landing on the nice day today. Wrapping around an active runway is a cool feature of this trail.
      (Aris Apostolou)
    • Jan 15 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First time skiing beautiful Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Whitetail Turnpike) and was super impressed! The grooming was excellent for both skate and classic. As we were leaving, someone was even coming to groom up the trail on a Saturday afternoon. This will definitely be one of our regular ski locations. It is 100% worth the nice drive out to Barnes!
      (Lisa Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Enjoyed a great ski at what is surely one of NW Wisconsin's loveliest classic trails. A few thin spots and minor root exposure, otherwise excellent coverage throughout. Lots of ups and downs from start to finish. This place is just a few miles east of Cable, but definitely worth the drive.
      (Matt Callahan)
    • Jan 15 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Terrific skating conditions! This groomer is impeccable! Much appreciated, thanks! Classic tracks looked great too.
      Photos:
      (Jill Adrian)
    • Jan 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied north from OO about 9KM on classic trail and back on skate trail from Boedecker. Birkie Tour going on today. Skate deck was good skis. Classic tracks were debatable whether good skis or B skis. There are spots now and then showing thinness in the track base with grass showing through or leaves or dirt. I used my good skis and noticed a couple new scratches after my ski. If you can anticipate and see the thin base spots, I suppose you could step out onto the skate deck to avoid the spots. Birkie Land needs more snow.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied north from Mosquito Brook to OO and back. Slow conditions due to -17F snow at the start. Solid deck was in great condition. Classic tracks looked deep and intact. Used my good skis with no concerns. A few isolated small patches, easily navigated around, where snow was a little thinner. Great trail.
      (William Sikorski)
    • Jan 14 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the Drummond Ski Trails have new tracks as of Friday. Snow and tracks are both in good shape. Thanks Dale for renovating and setting tracks.
      (Marc Ankenbauer)
    • Jan 14 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trail segments were groomed and tracked this morning. Conditions continue to improve each outing. There are some uneven areas and dips but overall they are in good condition. There is a small amount of debris mixed in as well but it is very minimal. The Snuss segment is in great condition for skate skiing.
      (Joe Kraetke)
    • Jan 13 - Totogatic Ski Trail (Minong):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied out here, a bit thin a few places. Did not get out far enough to see if the longest/third loop was open. Did much of the 6.9k loop. Groomed, no tracks set on the cutoffs for the second loop but the are not too long.
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 13 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed for skate and classic and in excellent condition. Had 1.5" of fresh fluffy snow to work with. Snowshoe trails are beautiful, like a winter wonderland! Sledding hill is snow covered ready for sledding fun!
      (Kathy Moe)
    • Jan 13 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the outer yellow loop both skate and classic. Was pleased to see virtually all the leaves buried. Didn't need to groom the classic as it is nicely skied in after about the inch of snow that fell. Trail is leveling and firming up nicely.
      Photos:
      (Scott Toshner)
    • Jan 13 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked today, a few leaves and twigs present, but all trails in very good condition. Plenty of snow with solid trails and great scenery. It should be a terrific weekend to get out and enjoy this great trail system.
      Photos:
      (Dave Gebhard)
    • Jan 13 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Great day for grooming! I was able to work in the small amount of snow (1") and the deck and tracks turned out very nice! We definitely could use some more snow to help with the leaves and small sticks. This weekend it will be a great time to come check out this trail!
      Photos:
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 12 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied 4 of the 7 loops. All were double-tracked and the tracks were well-formed except on sharp turns. There were some leaves, needles, twigs, etc. - more than usual. I give it a 7; it would be 9 except for the forest litter.
      (Don Quick)
     

    Superior area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I had a wonderful skate ski today on the Superior Municipal Forest yellow trail. I only saw one other set of tracks this afternoon. The skate deck and the classic tracks were in perfect shape! Everything was fast and firm. All of the SMF trails were freshly groomed for skate and classic skiing. I was surprised how fast the skate deck was, even with the extremely cold temperatures. It was windy, with a twenty five mile per hour sustained wind and a windchill of ten below zero, but once you got in the forest it was fine. I ski here five or six days a week and alternate skate and classic styles and every time I’ve gone out the grooming has been great. It’s so hard to beat these trails.
      (Randy Johnson)
    • NewJan 21 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Everything is in excellent shape for the Municipal forest ski trails! Base is firm and holding up even with the few warm shots and weekend ski traffic. All trails have been groomed and fresh track set within the last 24 hours. Grooming plans: Sunday grooming will take place again this coming weekend.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
    • Jan 18 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wonderful grooming on the trails. With the temps above 30F, the snow was just barely starting to collapse so I was very glad to be skate skiing. Several classic skiers reported snow sticking to the bottom of their skis, although the tracks were set nice and deep. Beautiful down by the river, the groomer was just getting to those trails by mid afternoon. Nothing better than fresh tracks and warm temperatures. Lovely place to ski!
      Photos:
      (Kris Diller)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a treat we had today! I expected Superior to maybe groom the red and green with the new snow we got this morning and they did the entire system before noon. Wowza! My skins worked great, those with regular waxless clumped a bit and those who put the special formula on the scales worked well too.
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      About an inch and a half of snow fell this morning, which improved conditions considerably. All trails were groomed today. Where not re-set, the “old” classic track still works fine, and at 34 degrees this afternoon, glide was far better in the tracks than out.
      (Todd Campbell)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers have been out today and all of the trails have been groomed for skate skiing. Yellow and Purple both have fresh ski and track set.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied here hoping that the trails would be groomed, but sometimes that is a hard ask the morning after a few inches of snow. The groomer had done a pass on the skate deck, but the classic track was neglected. I cut my ski short because of the sloppy tracks. Hopefully they will give the classic skiers some love soon. The skate deck did appear to be thin in spots and had debris pulled up in places. It appeared soft, but that is expected after a snowfall.
      (Tera Hasbargen)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We skied the purple trail today and despite the city having the day off, the grooming from yesterday allowed the trails to stay in tip top shape! Classic tracks were firm and 99% in tact, with solid pole plants. Skate deck was smooth and the hills were not even scary today! Well worth the trip from anywhere!
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The base is a bit thin, the surface is getting dirty in places (especially near pines/spruce/cedars), the classic tracks are somewhat shallow, and no meaningful snow has fallen in over three weeks. In spite of this, classic and skate skiing is still pretty good. We can thank regular light-touch grooming (although none today) and temps not exceeding freezing since before Christmas. The “dirt” is usually organic material, although there are a few stray pebbles on some of the hills (easily avoided) and the occasional stone that’s been kicked up next to a disc-golf tee box. Be especially careful near the 4th hole tee between M and N. I’d stick to the B skis until more snow falls.
      (Todd Campbell)
    • Jan 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      No breaking news here, SMF grooming was impeccable this morning. I skated all the trails and only the yellow (the best trail) was not groomed this morning but was still good with about 2" of lake effect fluff on a firm and fast skied-in base. Fast Wax Teal worked awesome. Everything else was freshly groomed today and near perfect. A few dirty, leafy areas but avoidable and no issues with good skis. I have said it many times over the years but we really appreciate all the hard work and care put into this trail system by the city groomers. Get your season pass and enjoy one of the most beautiful and the best groomed system in the Twin Ports!
      (Tom Heinitz)
    • Jan 15 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Raced on the After hours ski trails in Brûlée this morning. The trail was in perfect corduroy shape the entire race. A big thank you to the groomers and race organizers! Will definitely come back to these beautiful, wooded trails. Jumped in classic tracks at times and found them deep and well set up.
      (Randy Shelerud)
    • Jan 14 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nordic Lovers dream... that's what I'm calling the Superior Municipal forest red and green trails today! There were two groomers out at the same time which created fresh cord for me multiple times on my short ski. Classic tracks were freshly reset today and debris free! This is one place that always satisfies!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 12 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Secondhand 

      Grooming equipment is back up and running full force with all trails having fresh skate deck and track set throughout the system. Skiers are reporting overall excellent ski conditions. Grooming plans: Grooming operations will continue throughout the week and again this Sunday for our weekend grooming coverage.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
     

    Ashland/Bayfield area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Firm, fast and fun today. Beautiful pine forest, right in the city. A handy place to ski an hour, then head downtown for refreshment.
      Photos:
      (Peter Nordgren)
    • NewJan 21 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 24 km this afternoon during the warmest part of the day. Conditions are phenomenal, in my opinion. The tracks and skate deck are firm. There's good glide, grip for kick and double poling is a possibility on a majority of what I skied. Can't wait to ski it again this weekend! Thank you groomers!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • NewJan 21 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      As of today, the entire course is groomed for skating and is in excellent condition. The upper loop (closest to the start) has been groomed for classic and is also in excellent condition. Get our there, brave some cold and enjoy the snow!
      Photos:
      (Nate Swiston)
    • Jan 20 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Meadow and Pipeline East Trails are in great shape. Thursday the snow was about 1F so it was like skiing sandpaper. Double poling in the classic tracks was a lot better: they're solid, clean and deep with a mild dusting of powder on top. As temps warm, trails will get better and better. I snowshoed on Red Granite, and it is very skiable also.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 20 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      MECCA received 2" new snow since Wednesday. Groomers were out Thursday renovating the trails, set new tracks and combed the skate lanes. Classic tracks carved in nicely leaving deep rails. Skate lanes are firm with a nicely combed surface. Overall conditions very good to excellent. Snowshoe trail loops also very inviting.
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • Jan 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Classic only trails Deer Path, Black Bear, Sugarbush, South Lower Sugarbush, Oppedahl's, North Lower Sugarbush were flat dragged and groomed this morning. Seagull classic was groomed only with the Ginzu. Skate/Classic Trails: Upper Portion of Anchor and Seagull were done late afternoon.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 20 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Penokee received about 4 inches of new snow this past week. All loops were groomed and tracked today. The base is deep and mostly solid. There may be some soft spots especially on the edges. It’s a great trail to check out! The tracks were already solid when I was packing up to leave!
      Photos:
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Jan 19 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate/classic combination trails are in excellent condition with firm deck and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10in. At this time the local’s favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging occurring by the Ballfield Lot. However it makes a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Pipeline West ends by the winter campsites and Pipeline East ends just as it goes into the pine forest. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) is very good but still has some irregular spots due to being a multi-use trail seeing high snowshoe usage. The east-half of Vahtera was tracked, accessible through Pipeline East from the Office Lot. Takesson was re-tracked; accessible from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West. Sections that remain closed at this time include a 2km section of Pipeline East by the Ballfield/Purple Lots and the west-half of Vahtera for visitor safety while logging operations continue. We hope to reopen these popular sections around January 21st.
      (Chris Bender)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 36 km on the Grand Tour loop at Ashwabay today. Freshly groomed tracks and fresh corduroy on the skate deck on most trails. Tracks and skate decks are firm soft. The snow is cold with the temperature so glide isn't the best, alot of grip for kicking. Conditions on the trails that are fully groomed are excellent! Great day for a ski to warm up on a cold day!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Abbey Road, Anchor, Northern Lights, Seagull, Buzz and Roller Coaster were groomed this morning for skate and classic. Some blowing snow but otherwise excellent conditions.
      Photos:
      (Ian Meeker)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Our fresh snow was all groomed in on Tuesday night and the colder temps set the course up nicely. The skate deck lane should be firming up nice. With our wind, the course did have some drifting. Grooming plans: We will re-groom for the weekend but the next two days should be great if you can tackle the wind and cold.
      (NATE A SWISTON)
    • Jan 18 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 18 km this afternoon. Skied in a fresh 2 to 3 inches of fluff through Anchor, Sugarbush, North Lights and Buzz. A great shake down of the legs after OO loop 42 km (3:20) on the Birkie yesterday! Due to the new snow it was all kick and no glide for first tracks. Look forward to skiing the good hills at Ashwabay, it's such an awesome Birkie Classic trainer! Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 17 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate lanes of the Pursuit 11K and 15K as well as the Claire D'Loon 5K were combed tonight. All MECCA trails are open and in great condition.
      (Norm McKindles)
    • Jan 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Headlamp classic skied about 18 km this evening. Beautiful! Tracks were awesome on Sugarbush, Anchor, and Seagull. Solid with decent kick and buttery smooth glide! Skate deck was firm, but soft. I notice on Northern Lights that there must be a mismatch with grooming over old tracks (on old deer path section and up hills), or the snow was soft, made it uneven and goofy for skiing there. Great ski!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 16 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh half inch of snow made for fast tracks on the Homestead and Spruce Hills trails. Pole plants were firm. Conditions good for the recreational skier.
      Photos:
      (Monica Mears)
    • Jan 15 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Plenty of snow here! Skate skied the C loop of the Teuton trail from 2-3 PM on Saturday. It must have been groomed relatively recently, but there was a 2 inch layer of light fluff on top. I was the first person to ski the C loop. There were effectively two classic tracks set by skiers on the A and B portion, I felt like a trespasser skiing over a track but I know it wasn't supposed to be like that, and there's definitely not enough room for two classic tracks and a skating surface. Overall it was a very nice day to be out in the woods. The trail is perfectly skiable, the snow is light enough that it's relatively easy to skate on still. Hopefully it gets groomed again soon!
      (Seth Bichler)
    • Jan 15 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Claire 5K, Pursuit 11K and Flowage 15K courses skate lanes were combed tonight and are in very good condition. Tracks set on Thursday on the entire 21K trail system holding nicely.  Surface is firm.
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • Jan 15 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      If you're ever in a situation where you spend 2/3 of available daylight trying to get a furnace to give you heat above 46 F, then the deus ex machina appears to fix the damn thing, the perfect antidote to frustration, the perfect tension remover, the perfect way to celebrate resolution, would be skating on the Pipeline, east and west, and Meadow Trail at CFSP. Conditions very good throughout, excellent in many places. Classic tracks are firm, fast and clean. Because of logging, Pipeline East is a down and back from Meadow only.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 15 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Working a 12-hour nursing shift during covid can build some stress. Classic skiing tonight at the MMC trail was just what the doctor ordered. What an awesome way to destress. Skied 20 km... 69 minutes. Conditions were excellent. Tracks were firm as advertised, super fast glide and grippy kick. Skate deck was solid. This made for a fantastically fun after work ski! Had to dodge four deer running across the trail at times. Beautiful Andy!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 15 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The whole trail system was flat dragged and groomed with Ginzu's today after receiving 5-6 inches of fresh snow last night.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 15 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Close to eight inches of snow from Friday night was groomed today. Most of the grooming took place during the day so some areas were skied on before the trail set up. All the trails both skate and classic have been groomed and are in excellent condition.
      Photos:
      (Ian Meeker)
    • Jan 14 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ashland hospital ski trails were groomed and tracked this evening. Skate deck is firm, tracks set well, and should be great skiing over the weekend.
      (Andy Goyke)
    • Jan 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Jolly Long was packed and groomed this morning. Anchor and part of Seagull was groomed this afternoon. It's all getting a fresh layer of snow on top now.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 14 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Most trails were groomed today. The Meadow Loop is excellent with a firm skate deck and new tracks; tracks were brought further in and should now provide more consistent firm pole plants. The Red Granite Falls Loop is very good, groomed for skate and snowshoe but the center is still somewhat soft; trail has seen increased snowshoe usage this season. Pipeline West is excellent with a firm skate deck and good tracks; tracks were brought further in and should now provide firm pole plants. Pipeline East was groomed and tracked today, excellent skate deck and tracks, but still closed where it enters the woods after the big downhills. The east-half of Vahtera was tracked, accessible through Pipeline East from the office lot. Takesson still had good tracks, last tracked Monday. Takesson access will be from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West as the Ballfield Lot remains closed due to ongoing logging operations. A 2km section of Pipeline East and the west-half of Vahtera remain closed at this time for visitor safety while logging operations continue.
      Photos:
      (James Enigl)
    • Jan 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 37 km today. Conditions are a little slow and soft at the moment. Ashwabay received about 2 to 3 inches of new snow as I skied. Mostly old grooming on trails. I skied in the tracks in new snow on Anchor trails three times, Northern Lights twice, Sugarbush, Deer Path backwards, Seagull, and Rollercoaster. Tracks and skate deck are very soft on these trails. Jerry's Long Loop and Abbey Road had recently groomed tracks and corduroy with a light dusting of snow. Be careful pole planting on the up hills on Northern Lights and Jerry's Long Loop on the outside part of the tracks, snow is very soft. Some wind blown sections here and there with drifting. Good ski. High energy expenditure!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 14 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers were out last night renovating the trails and laying new tracks. This morning the groomers went out to comb the skate lanes. MECCA Trails in great conditions!
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • Jan 13 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Teuton side of Valhalla trail system was groomed on Thursday. Grooming plans: Valkyrie side of the trail system will be groomed, and the entire system will be tracked on Friday. The C loop on the Valkyrie side of the trail system is long, hilly and requires extra effort to groom. This trail will be the last to be packed and groomed and is currently still powder, other than one lap from a snowmobile to settle the snow.
      (Marc Ankenbauer)
    • Jan 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      And the Lost Boys said, "look Peter remembers how to fly." Awesome grooming and classic skiing today! Ended up skiing 45 km and noticed great new tracks on all trails but Anchor and Jerry's Long Loop. The great conditions made it a really fun, fast ski. Glide was descent, kick was good, snow is still a little soft in spots. Good amount of people and dogs also enjoyed it. Thanks again groomers! Ski on.
      (Kevin Grand)
     

    Rice Lake area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails packed really firm. Tough to stay in control. But I enjoyed fresh corduroy on Alternate Trail for second half. B skis - lots of debris on the trail and some bare spots. Snow would help!
      (Ryan Urban)
    • Jan 19 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions remain fair to good for both classic and skating. There is a little powder for control over a firm base. I feel okay with good skis, but be aware that there are leaves and sticks on the trail. My glide was okay this morning, considering the cold snow.
      Photos:
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 18 - Timberland Hills West (Cumberland):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The trail is in good condition for classic and skating except that the skate deck has divots from hikers. The lights are on nightly, enjoy.
      Photos:
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 17 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Thank you, groomer/s. Conditions made for a really nice ski today. It's been a few years since I've skied here, and I forgot about some of those hills. There is a really nice base of snow. I hope it sticks around. Classic grooves were a bit shallow but ok. Some grooves were wiped out from use. I'll be back again soon!
      (Amy Riegelman)
    • Jan 17 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      East side trails are all open--west side-some logging taking place disrupting the ski trail. Classic set nicely on most trails and skate deck is awesome all over.
      Groomers should be commended for the great work.

      (Dave Swanson)
    • Jan 17 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I did classical from the parking lot east to the road and back and it was really nice today. Very little debris on the trail and the tracks are very good too. You can run all the downhills in the tracks because the snow is soft and most up hills can be climbed with a good kicker wax in the tracks too.
      (Daniel Fern)
    • Jan 16 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the trail on the west side of the brook, going south from Wild Life Road. There were a few leaves and the tracks were a little beat-up on the hills, but overall the trail was in very good condition and I would give it a 7.
      (Don Quick)
    • Jan 15 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshly groomed after the very light snow we received yesterday. Trail looks quite good. Base is firm. Occasional rock is at the surface. Set new track and skate lane. Get out and enjoy. I will be soon.
      (Greg Hoelscher)
    • Jan 14 - Ladysmith High School Trails (Ladysmith):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Quick fun loop to pair with a longer ski across town at Sisters Farm. Good coverage, just one issue where a culvert has heaved. Best to bring a headlamp as some of the lights were missing on the lighted loop.
      (Waylon Munch)
    • Jan 14 - Sister's Farm (Ladysmith):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails groomed with good coverage - just a few spots with some heavy oak leaves on the ground. Trails east of the road are groomed for classic and skate, west are classic only with a hiking/fat bike lane. New looking maps at all intersections - seems like a bit more trail has been added, I skied most of the system and came in at about 10k.
      (Waylon Munch)
    • Jan 14 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We missed out on the snow, so tonight's grooming was just to clean up the skate deck. Skiing has been great this week, and this was another opportunity to level things up. The skate deck was done on the entire system, including the fields which are really starting to shape up. The tracks look good. They probably won't be reset until we get some new snow.
      (Tyler Gruetzmacher)
    • Jan 14 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed the skate deck on the following trails this morning: Engagement Loop, Cervenka’s Curl, Cut Across, and Short Loop. All trails were previously groomed for both classic and skating. We will need more snow to do a full re-grooming, but it’s all very skiable. Unfortunately the current storm is completely missing us. There is an increasing amount of leaves and debris, especially in the classic tracks.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 13 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were groomed recently and had been skied-in for a great deck. Was a great morning to ski before temps climbed. Classic tracks were fair to good, spots of leaves and shallow track.
      (Dave Swanson)
    • Jan 12 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Yeah, so if artisan grooming were a thing, I would nominate the Blue Hills groomers. The base is a Goldilocks exquisite not too soft, not too hard, topped with smooth as bud-dah corduroy. Awesome edge control, and balance was as easy as it ever gets. Purr-fect 32 k skate today in ideal temps. Very good to excellent snow cover throughout. Other than some leaf litter in spots, the classic track looked great also. I would highly recommend that you treat yourself to a ski at the Blue Hills. Well done!
      (Kevin Potter)
     

    Eau Claire area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate deck on all the trails got a light grooming today: a few passes of the groomer left a thin cord over a hard base. Not a lot of edging but enough, except for some thin spots on various hills. No new classic tracks set. They are quite worn near the chalet and the winds have pushed leaves into the tracks in some stretches throughout the system. I've downgraded the aki rating to B skis because of the thin spots and leaves/debris.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • Jan 19 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Tilled, groomed and tracked all trails this afternoon. Upper tower trails still sketchy, especially squirrel tales. All other trails in surprisingly good shape with some debris here and there and a few dirty spots. Waiting until after the thaw to groom the couple inches of fresh snow was the right decision. I was able to groom out the few foot tracks that I encountered. My advice is to take both B and good skis starting with the B skis and then decide if you feel comfortable with the good skis. B skis for the tower trails for sure.
      (David Challe)
    • Jan 18 - Silvermine Nordic Trail (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Went to Silvermine since Tower Ridge had a high school ski race going on today. Trails were in somewhat rough shape, given the temps and the Silvermine invitational that happened last weekend. Several small bare spots and thin areas, lots of debris poking through, and a good rut through some parts of the trails, as well as lots of footprints. No classic tracks set. There were some sections on the field that held up pretty well, and others not so much. Hills we're ok but thin, and at the top it was decently covered. All still pretty packed and tracked. I'd say if you're a novice, don't do the big hills; due to such a thin base and somewhat unpredictable trail, falling would be riskier and more painful. I think it was in decent enough condition overall to go in B skis, but if you're a little more particular, go in rock skis. Snow was soft for most of it, but on the far side it felt like there was more base, and it was shaded so held up better and wasn't terrible to ski on.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 17 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Not groomed but a recent fresh snow of about 1" made for great skating! Full coverage with had packed base and 1" new on top. If it were groomed, I would have rated excellent. In the afternoon took my 6 year old granddaughter out for her first trail ski. Put in 2.5 km striding in nice tracks.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 17 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty firm skate deck. More thin spots are starting to accumulate, most notably on the hills. Lots of pine needles/pieces down in one spot on the west side loop. Classic tracks were set in pretty much throughout. Keep an eye out during warm weather.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Packed and tracked pretty well. Classic tracks looked set in almost all places. Very few thin spots; most hills has much better coverage compared to the last time I was out here. Rollercoaster still had some bare areas and a bit of debris, along with Snowdance/Cardiac climb. The Ruby downhill had thin spots, but seemed decent. Still plenty of places to use good skis if you avoid those areas.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Just finished grooming. The bad spots are still bad but the rest of the trail cleaned up pretty well. Most of the ruts and footprints are gone. The bad spots are pretty much limited to those areas on the Staghorn trail where there was wind damage and trees were down. For the most part they are just dirty and you can carefully double pole around them and continue on your way. There are a couple of bare dirt spots but they are visible and just bumps in the trail. A fresh classic track was set and a clean skate lane. We still need more snow to flatten things out and cover the damage so I rated it for B skis. Use your best if you are careful.
      (Steve Thon)
    • Jan 15 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      New snow from Friday freshened up the trails; it was much needed. Trails were tracked decently, last groom was reported on Thursday. Some thin spots on the hills on the expo side, occasional debris, but nothing terrible. If careful, good skis can be used out there. Classic tracks were set and looked in good condition. Although not the fastest ski, it was fun cutting through fresh snow.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 15 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      1-2" new snow. Great refresh of the base. Not groomed but conditions quite good on much of the system (did not ski Hawk Ridge, Squirrel, or Buck Ridge). A few cars in the lot from a few folks enjoying winter when we left!
      (Ben Larson)
    • Jan 15 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Red Cedar State Trail was tracked for classic and groomed for skating from Menomonie to Downsville. There is an inch or two of new snow. Conditions are very good, steam is coming off the river and there is frost in the trees.
      Photos:
      (David Gorman)
    • Jan 14 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Went to ski after a light snowfall. Trail was pretty well packed and tracked prior to the flurries, and the fresh powder only made for slightly slower skiing. Classic tracks were set. I used B skis because it was dark and I wasn't sure if I'd miss debris or thin spots due to the lack of light, but probably could have used good skis; just taking an extra precaution with low lighting and forgetting my headlamp anyway. It was a nice night ski, all in all!
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 14 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail is fast and firm to no surprise. Didn’t really get any flakes earlier in the afternoon. There are plenty of dirty spots and debris. Very good chance at some scratches to the base of your skis. I was done about 4pm right when the groomer was heading out to scratch the surface for weekend skiing.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Jan 13 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck held up well through Wednesday's warmup. Lower trails skied great. I'd avoid Squirrel (N&S) until we get more snow. The windstorm and the warm up have contributed to significant debris. Did not ski Buck Ridge. Logging Rd, Pines (U/L) and Spring Run all in great shape. Hope they hold up through today's warmup.
      (Ben Larson)
    • Jan 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail in very good condition for both skate and classic. Some oak leaves in track and on trail.
      (Gale Otterholt)
     

    Phillips area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks and skate lanes were very good but there were stretches where the Tracks were filled with windblown snow. As I was finishing my outing, Adam was grooming with the PB (aka Skervald, from previous life grooming the Birkie trail), making it all beautiful again.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 18 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked today. D Loop was a little soft so I wasn't able to get as many passes on it as I would have liked, but it is in good shape for classic skiing. I was able to make several passes on C loop and it is nice and wide for classic and skate skiing, with only one narrow section on the back side. With cold temperatures the trails should firm up nicely and be great!
      Photos:
      (Brady Howe)
    • Jan 18 - Phillips School Forest (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Scheduling 

      The Phillips School Forest trails will be closed from 10 am Friday to 1:00pm Saturday, Jan 22nd, for the annual Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Race.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 17 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trails were all groomed early this morning. The tracks and the corduroy were beautiful and the skiing was fabulous. There's still several spots where the snow cover is thin but they are easily avoidable.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 16 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Received about an inch of new snow in the morning. They just start grooming when I left. Deep tracks and a firm skate deck. Very scenic!
      Photos:
      (Eric Koch)
    • Jan 16 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Thum trailhead to the east. Did some of the green loop and cut off the beginners trail. W to V was not groomed, nor was Die Promenade. The trail had an inch of new powder on it from the morning though people had skated and classic skied on it. Good coverage and grooming!
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 15 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at Rib Lake. It was only the second time I skied here. When on the championship trails (west of county D), there are no cutoffs like the map shows, so you end up doing the whole loop. I was planning on cutting it short but just kept going and I was very relieved to find myself back at County D as I was worried that I had much further to go back to my car at the county C lot.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • Jan 15 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skied all 13k both classic and skate. Perfect looking tracks. Firm skate deck. Very scenic. Ridges looking down on lakes. Hemlock groves, etc.
      Photos:
      (Eric Koch)
    • Jan 15 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions for the hinderbinder race today! Firm tracks and good corduroy even in the afternoon, after the race.
      (Scott Everson)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 22 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh, fluffy snow made the trails absolutely gorgeous this morning. Another pair of skiers said they were sticking on their waxless skis, but our group of four didn't have issues on ours.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Jan 16 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      Observation 

      Tracks looked great as I passed the ski trail while snowshoeing on the Prairie Trail. Nice job groomers. Hope to enjoy the tracks soon.
      Photos:
      (Ginny Ballantine)
    • Jan 15 - New Richmond Golf Club (New Richmond):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fun course and conditions at NRGC. Many riders getting ready for the Fat Bike Worlds event coming up, but conditions are good. A good alternative for skiing. No classic tracks set, but enjoy the skate or classic without tracks.
      Photos:
      (Gary Simon)
    • Jan 15 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received 2+ inches of dense snow and it groomed out very well. We are in the process of re-tracking everything and re-finishing the skate deck. We should have all trails completed by 11:00 am this morning. The new snow filled in most of the isolated bare spots but there are still a few, so keep an eye out. The skate deck is corduroy side-to-side and the tracks are well-defined.
      (Jeff Roberts)
    • Jan 12 - Brandt Pines Ski Trail (Grantsburg):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Ridge Line Trail has been groomed and tracked and is in good condition. Grooming plans: The Oak Hills Trail and Ravine Trail are expected to be groomed next Tuesday -- there are some trees down along these trails that staff will be work on removing. The Riverview Trail will not be groomed due to icy conditions.
      (Brandi Buchholz)

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    Rhinelander/Eagle River area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Almost all trails and one long one: Wolf Tracks were re-groomed after receiving about an inch and a half of fluffy snow this morning. Conditions are excellent with a trail base of about 8 inches! Groomers are scheduled to go out again tonight. It’s a great weekend of skiing.
      Photos:
      (Erin Blow)
    • NewJan 22 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked and is in very good to excellent condition for both skate and classical skiing.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • NewJan 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skate skied Base to Tornado Valley to XC Express to Nepco’s Cruise and on to River Run for a total of 19 kilometers. The trails had all been freshly groomed with perfect corduroy. The skate deck was firm and speed was good. Control on the steep downhills was very good. Overall I would rate conditions as excellent.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • NewJan 21 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed out a few rough areas this morning. The extremely cold temps are not conducive to retracking the whole system. There has been little use since our last grooming, so the trails are in great condition for the weekend!
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Temperature was 7 degrees when I started skiing around 3:00 pm. I started out on the Base Loop out to Tornado Alley. The skate deck was fresh corduroy, firm but probably the slowest I have ever experienced here. With the slow conditions, I thought it might be a good time to ski Nutcracker. However, when I got there, I discovered it had not been groomed recently as there was approximately 5 inches of fresh snow on the trail. I decided to try it anyway. Speed on the ungroomed trail was about the same as it was on the groomed trail. Control on the steep downhills was good but not as good as on the freshly groomed trails where I was able to edge my skis. I survived Nutcracker without falling. From there I skied the Yukon trail out to Island Hop. The skate deck on Island Hop was soft with many parts of the trail drifted in. I continued on the XC Express and Nepco’s Cruise finishing up several hours of skiing with just shy of 14 kilometers. I was dressed warm and comfortably so I had a great ski outing. I should note that when I jumped in the groomed classic tracks, I found them to be firm and fast.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 20 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the surface and tracked the outer loop. Surface level and due to the cold temps the ski surface formed up tight making great for skating.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • Jan 20 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Regroomed entire system and it smoothed out well for the skate deck and classic tracks. I single tracked most of the main trails - except for the narrower wooded trail sections, which were not tracked. The tracks set up deep and firm with these frigid temps. Clean snow with just a few leaves here and there.
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Excellent conditions exist. Full depth classic tracks. Skate lanes smooth edge to edge and end to end. Open Thursday-Sunday for XC-Skiing, snowshoeing and Fatbiking.
      Photos:
      (Pete Moline)
    • Jan 20 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Had a nice ski at Washburn this afternoon. The grooming was excellent with firm tracks and fresh corduroy. All trails are in mid-winter shape with a level deck and no rocks or dirt to speak of.
      Photos:
      (Levi Smith)
    • Jan 20 - Ed's Lake National Recreation Trail (Crandon):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ed’s lake was groomed after a few inches of fresh snow fell earlier this week. Trail is hard packed with the extra cold temps we’ve had.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      About 4 inches of fresh snow replenished the trails. The Pat Shay Loop, Narrow Gauge, and Butternut Trail have been groomed and tracks set.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After a needed snowfall of about 4 inches, the trails are in great shape. All trails have been groomed and tracked.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops have been leveled and tracked. Received a few inches of fluffy snow the last few days, some debris on trail from the wind, overall conditions are good.
      (Lynn Wright)
    • Jan 19 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Received a couple inches of fresh snow yesterday. All loops have been leveled and tracked. The skater's loop was leveled and groomed. There is some debris throughout the trail system.
      (Nikki Kloes)
    • Jan 19 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been groomed and the track set on all. With the high winds and drifting I'll most likely be out again on Friday morning. The entire system is just absolutely beautiful at this time!
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 19 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked this morning and is in very good to excellent condition for both skate and classical skiing. I skate skied and the trail is firm and the tracks look very good. There are some oak leaves on the Luge Loop with all the wind today.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 19 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Approximately 2" of snow fell yesterday. All loops were leveled and tracked this morning. Lots of leaves and other forest debris in areas, but overall good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      I groomed 3 to 4 inches of fresh high quality snow. Both the classical track and skating area are groomed. Temperatures were in the mid 20°s and it was overcast. Great skiing conditions!
      (Frank Klesczewski)
    • Jan 18 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Couple inches of fresh snow today. All loops have been cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez)
    • Jan 18 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A fresh 1 1/2 inches of snow made for slow going especially since it was 32F and my skins were icing up, but it was fun. Took the long loop with the cutoff. All was well save for a near collision with a surprised deer.
      Photos:
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 17 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent skate and classic conditions, plenty of snow, a good inch fell Sunday, another dusting today. Level trails, packed powder, no melt in two weeks. Hilly, somewhat twisty trails, nothing terribly difficult, beautifully wooded. These trails have were changed a few years ago, now one half of the trail system is classic only, with plenty of room to side of tracks for snow plowing, or skiing two abreast. The other side of the trail system is skate groomed, no tracks set. A central skate/classic trail runs the meridian through the two sides. Nice, warm chalet with flush toilets. Please leave a nice donation, their donations are down due to COVID.
      (Mark Plane)
    • Jan 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a spectacular day at Winter Park! The trails were groomed perfectly and in excellent condition. Skied nearly the entire trail system. Coming from snow starved Madison, it was a treat to ski on plentiful natural snow. Today was one of those days that remind me why I love to ski.
      (Tom Kaufman)
    • Jan 17 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the surface this morning, trail is in the best condition so far. Spots that had low spots are filled and packed. Track is set on outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • Jan 16 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions are very good to excellent. I did not ski the blue loop, but assume that it is in good shape as well. Treehaven has a slight old school vibe to it as evidenced by classic only, and dual track. A great place for a casual stride with a friend. This trail keeps improving every year.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 15 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Parking lot full in the afternoon. Walkers, walkers pulling sleds with kids,, hikers snowshoers, classical and skate skiers all on and full width of the Military, east and West trails. Much of the trails have a ridge in the center from the grooming. Been almost 20 years since I skied here and never seen so many different users on the trails.
      (William Kircher)
    • Jan 15 - Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area (Presque Isle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The yellow trail was groomed and conditions were good although the grooming has not been done recently. The green trail was skier tracked and in great condition. We also skier tracked around Balantine Lake and John Lake and along the "brown trails" connectimg these areas to the Green trail. In the process we removed several downed trees. The snow conditions were excellent.
      (Marla Lind)
    • Jan 15 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the red trail today in the beautiful sun today. There are some parts where you run over little pine cones. Trails are in good shape, even though there has been a lot of skiing going on. Would recommend B skis as there are some branches in the trail, but overall a great time. Expect to get some speed on the hills.
      (Tyler Carrico)
    • Jan 15 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wow, what a beautiful place for this first timer to ski! Clean and level, plenty of snow, 1/2 depth tracks doubled-up throughout. Don’t judge the track by the first 1/4K. I had place to myself on a perfect winter day! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 15 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A great ski at zero degrees this morning at Anvil. Nice deep tracks on Nine Mile, Lake, and West Trails. Mr Hill handing out sunflower seeds for the birdies at the shelter and a warm fire.
      Photos:
      (Dan Hinch)
    • Jan 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All of the trails have been groomed in the last two days and are looking fabulous! There’s a ton of fresh corduroy and classic tracks out there this morning. The average base is 6-7 inches so the coverage is very good. It’s shaping up to be an excellent weekend of skiing.
      Photos:
      (Erin Blow)
    • Jan 14 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Excellent trail conditions with firm skate lanes and well set-up classic tracks. System was last groomed on Friday morning.
      (Isaac Cowart)
    • Jan 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Afterglow is back open to public Friday Saturday and Sunday for a daily fee. I couldn’t be happier because conditions were excellent! The wide skate deck was firm and fast. Some wind debris but overall a great afternoon skiing! Afterglow is a Northwoods gem!
      (Wendy Reese)
    • Jan 14 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are still in very good condition. The wind last weekend brought down a few oak leaves and pine needles which can create issues for those with kick wax, but otherwise trails are in great shape. Skied Sugarbush, Deer Path (new trail see new signs), and Red Oak Loop. Grooming plans: We have scheduled some maintenance on our grooming equipment for next week and will most likely not re-groom the trails until Jan 24th.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Jan 14 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at pioneer. Our first time there and only a quarter of a mile east of hwy 45 on hwy k on south side at the town park, heated bathrooms for changing and even a park bench in it. The trails had full coverage, no dirt or grass anywhere. Classic tracks firm and the skate deck was also groomed to perfection. Great job on the trails, will be back, cheers.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 14 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All classic loops have been cut and tracked and the red skater's loop was cut and groomed. There is debris throughout the trail and some areas with uneven or shallow tracks.
      (Nikki Kloes)
    • Jan 14 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Refreshed the skate deck and traditional track over a dusting of new snow. The track seemed firm with some leaves and debris but should make for fine skiing conditions.
      Photos:
      (Patrick Willman)
    • Jan 14 - Ed's Lake National Recreation Trail (Crandon):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ed’s Lake was groomed today. With the extra cold temps and no new snow the trail is hard packed. No tracks were set.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 14 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed 3/4-inch of new snow on all skate loops this morning, followed up with grooming and tracking of all classic loops. Skate deck is firm and fantastic. Most track is very good to excellent with a few little sketchy spots. A few stretches of track have a fair amount of oak leaf litter.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Afterglow is at it again! Excellent. Skating 10 of 10. Yes, temp was a chilly 7f, but it was fast and smooth and firm. A little dusting of lake effect snow freshened up the tracks a pinch. Some wind blown debris in the tracks puts the classic rating 9.1 of 10. The multiple wolf tracks on Trail 5 did not detract from speed or smoothiness! The mass of trees downed from the Dec storm is shocking. Kudos to the Vilas Volunteers and Pete for clean up.
      (Abbott Wright)
    • Jan 14 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trail remains in good condition for skate skiing. The trail is firm with some debris on the trail in the hemlock areas. The classical tracks appeared to be holding up well.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 13 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Nicolet North was groomed and tracks were set. The only loops in the Nicolet North system that are maintained are Butternut Trail, Roller Coaster, Tom’s Hill, Pat Shay Loop, and Narrow Gauge.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 13 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails on Anvil were groomed and had tracks set. The trails are in great condition but have seen heavy use. We could use some fresh snow to add to our current packed 6 inch base.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 13 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The entire 7 km trail system was groomed mid-afternoon. Conditions are excellent. The skate deck smoothed out nicely and a single track was set throughout most of the system (except for the narrower woods trail sections). Minimum leaves and debris, especially in the open golf course area. Some leaves in the wooded areas, but not significant. Trail sections by the school have already been used by the Phy Ed classes. Enjoy the pastoral nature of this trail system.
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 13 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A few leaves in the tracks, but still excellent conditions! We did Oak Ridge and Doug's Folly. Wonderful. Beautifully scenic and some nice hills and rolling stretches. Awesome!
      Photos:
      (Vicki Vandenbosch)
    • Jan 13 - CAVOC Trails (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      CAVOC was in great shape for skating, classic tracks looked good throughout. Lots of boot prints on the sledding hills, including steep descent on the Butterfly Loop, which made that descent somewhat treacherous because of the craters, but 95% of the trail was in excellent shape.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Jan 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops have been cut and tracks set. Some debris on trail, overall conditions are good.
      (Lynn Wright)
    • Jan 13 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Afterglow Trails are now again open to the public for XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Fat Biking. (Tubing hill and Ice Skating are not open to the public). New hours: We are open Thursday-Sunday, closed Monday-Wednesday. On Dec 15th we suffered to worst storm damage in our resorts 73 year history. Straight line winds knocked 10's of thousands of trees down on our property. We posted some photos and videos and calls started to come in of friends offering to help. Unfortunately the damage was way beyond what a group of people with chainsaws was going to be able to clear so heavy equipment was needed to get the worst pockets of downed trees. The number of volunteers brought tears to our eyes. It seemed like every time we needed another hand someone else would offer to help. The job these volunteers completed was enormous. Thank you to all the volunteers, we just can't thank you enough. Please be advised when driving into the resort speed has been a big issue. My dogs have nearly been hit multiple times. Please drive slow in the resort. We are on our feet again. Please come out and ski. Thanks.
      (Pete Moline)
    • Jan 12 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were in generally great shape and appear to have been groomed earlier in the week. There was a thin spot or two on the start of the main loop and some dirt and thin spots on Judy's Vista but otherwise coverage was excellent. Tracks looked good over the majority of the trails.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Jan 12 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At 11am 25 degrees, cloudy, and no wind. Skate deck was just groomed. Very nice glide and well done. 13 km trail, Winman is a Winter Adventure Playground. XC ski, Fat Biking and snowshoeing. I only saw one skier, 10-15 bikers and one snowshoer during my 3.5 hours of fun. Great signage all over and I highly recommend you visit.
      (Jeff Cummisford)
    • Jan 12 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Almost perfect. Love full width skate deck and tracks not slammed into the trail edge. Northern Creek trail provides a relaxing ski with much of it done in v2 fashion.
      (William Kircher)
    • Jan 12 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Windy conditions had dropped much leafy debris onto the trail. All loops have been cut and tracked turning much of the debris into the base. Overall good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez)
    • Jan 12 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops were cut and tracked this afternoon. Lots of leaves and other minor debris had accumulated on the trail - re-setting track helped eliminate some of that. Good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are first rate here at Winter Park. Skied out to Lake Marie and then through Wolf Tracks, everything was really nice for skate, good classic track as well. Fast and a lot of fun.
      (Kirby Schuller)
    • Jan 12 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just great! Skate was fast and smooth. Firm under foot but very easy to edge on top. South trails (higher ground) have a few bumps in the usual spots but easy to DP over. Snow cover is 100%. Don, the groomer, is getting really good at this!
      (Abbott Wright)
     

    Wausau area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied my virtual Noque here. -4 at the start. Snow was very slow, but was corduroy the entire way. There was a little debris and a few brown spots, but overall, very good (especially as someone who normally skis at Lapham). The Alps section was a lot of fun!
      (Christopher Sover)
    • NewJan 21 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This club always makes the best with limited snow. The skate deck and classic tracks are holding up well with the cold weather. The major issue today was a lot of debris—oak leaves, pine needles, bark—in the tracks. Had to be cautious on the descents, avoiding debris. Hopefully, we get some fresh snow soon. I used my good skis but I’m a C-skier. B skis might be a good idea. Such a beautiful place.
      Photos:
      (Nathan Van Zeeland)
    • Jan 20 - Gartzke Flowage (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The quaint trail system at Gartzke is offering some of the best skiing this winter. With just a few dustings of snow over the last couple weeks but very cold temps have set the trail deck very firm. Thursday I tilled the latest dusting into the hard packed trail resulting in a very nice skate deck and firm kick foundation in the classic. About 75% of the classic tracks are full and deep, 25% are half depth and a bit crumbly (as seen in the swamp picture). In the swamp, there are areas of spruce cones and cedar needles that litter the trails but shouldn't be much of a deterrent. Trails in the hardwoods are gorgeous. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Ryan Medo)
    • Jan 20 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Variable conditions at Nine Mile today at times the trails looked super, wide even corduroy with great tracks, then you would see tracks filled with oak leaves and debris with dirt spots on the skate deck. Frustrating to say the least. To be safe I would use B skis and hope for the best.
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 17 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied classic at Underdown Monday. Skied the red loop. Trails had fresh snow over them, but track were still in good shape. Minimal debris, leaves and sticks. No bare spots.
      (Regina Jennings)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Two inches Sunday morning changed everything! Fabulous conditions today skiing classic on this new powder. No new grooming since the snowfall made for a nice and smooth velvet. Almost covered all the leaves, and those recently fallen were not really an obstacle today. Very fast conditions. Same for skate. Just enough snow fell to cover the dirt spots.
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Jan 17 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Great ski today at jack lake. Firm base with a inch of medium dense snow on top. Great glide for both classic and skate, about six minor dirt spots on the most easterly trail easily avoidable.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are currently open. Trail are in good shape. Received less than 1" of snow yesterday but enough to freshen things up. Grooming schedule is down to maintenance grooming on Tuesday's and Friday's until more snow is received.
      (Bradley Mroczenski)
    • Jan 16 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Great skating and striding. Just a few thin spots where grooming dug up debris in the center of the trail. Great classic tracks throughout. An inch of fresh snow.
      (Mike Hennig)
    • Jan 16 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied at Iola today and it wasn't too bad. The tracks were super fast and a little worn down in spots, but very skiable. Like many places they could use some snow. Very little debris in the tracks.
      (Kevin Hillegas)
    • Jan 15 - Greenwood Hills Trail (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good skate deck conditions, with some snowshoe and footprints. I asked the groomer to set tracks on the grassy fairway sections next time out: A bit thin over the Reserve trail sections. The Hawthorne Trail got groomed first time this week.
      (Jim Sheibley)
    • Jan 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the 20K loop, and while the tracks were well set, the amount of leaves, and similar, in the tracks was really high. This created what I would rate as overall poor conditions. I was using skin skis, and I still spent the vast majority of my time on the deck. People were taking off their skis and walking back to the chalet! It was clear that the base was likely too thin to reset tracks, so fingers crossed for several inches of snow soon!..:)).
      (John Greenler)
    • Jan 15 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied all the trails except down to the lake. The groomer did an amazing job with the amount of snow they have. If you have not been here you should, it’s amazing.
      (Ron Babler)
    • Jan 15 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate deck was firm and fast for being 10 degrees. Just a couple areas on the south loop you can easily ski around with little snow. Skating is about as good as it gets. The tracks are pretty well defined on all trails and in good condition. My wax pocket picked up lots of bark, needles and leaves. Need a little snow to freshen up the tracks. Recommend waxless skis for striding. I did the green, blue and black loops with my good skis no problem.
      (Mark Meyer)
    • Jan 15 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Green Thumb loop was freshly groomed and had good conditions and track. Highland and lowland loops had not been groomed in awhile. They were overall pretty good, but fair amount of leaves and a few bare spots. Good day to be out on the trails.
      (Daniel Henning)
    • Jan 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck was firm and very well groomed. Skied the 20 k loop and the Alps segment. The interior areas had been more visited by skiers, yet all areas were firm and even. Did not hit any anything with my ski bases. Some areas needed to be negotiated with dirt showing. With just a few inches of new snow conditions will be excellent. The Alps hadn’t seen much ski traffic at all and were in great shape! Excellent grooming work!
      Photos:
      (Mark Timken)
    • Jan 14 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Terrific striding on this Northwoods beauty! Simply awesome terrain, plenty of snow, 1/2 depth tracks throughout!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skating was excellent on green, blue and black loops. Field of dreams was getting thin in spots with some debris showing through but very avoidable. Classic tracks were in good condition but a fair amount of debris.
      (Marla Meyer)
    • Jan 13 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      Secondhand 

      I called the chalet, knowing that the oak leaves had inundated the tracks and conditions weren't great on Tuesday night when I skied. Was told that the groomer was out today from what she's heard from skiers today, the grooming didn't help the leaves much and oak leaves continue to be a problem.
      (Kelly Brandt)
    • Jan 12 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All most perfect conditions; all trails are groomed and tracked, windless skiing over gently rolling terrain. Nice easy gliding with blue wax, temps in the twenties. A few oak leaves scattered about by the recent wind, yet truly a magnificent ski in a hidden treasure.
      (Donna Kikkert)
    • Jan 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied black, blue, green-all in great shape with plenty of cover! Awesome trails and conditions at perfect temps. Well worth the drive north!
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skate deck looked firm and very well groomed. I classic skied the Green, Blue and Purple loops. Tracks were poor on the Purple loop (drifted in). Too many pine needles, leaves and small bits of debris in tracks on the Green and Blue loops for my liking. ( Waxless skis would work great there). Also skied the Field of Dreams trail - this trail was in very good condition. Did not ski the Black loops.
      (Bill Konieczki)
    • Jan 12 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      6K classic trail was just awful today. Most of the trail was covered with oak leaves and nearly impossible to ski. Very dangerous hitting leaves on the trail especially when going fast downhill. I wiped out three times from leaves then gave up, took my skis off and walked the rest of the trail. Very disappointed.
      Photos:
      (Dawn Waldvogel)
     

    Green Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Approximately 1+ inch of snow fell overnight and was groomed early this morning. The skate lanes on Birches, Maples, Biathlon loop, and Lighted loop were surveyed. There has been an improvement of control and tree debris. The deck is level with excellent pole plants and glide. Rare areas of sand starting to show on Per's loop, after the hairpin. Adjacent classic tracks have not been specifically groomed but are usable with moderate depth and minor amounts of debris. The conditions were very good overall.
      (Jules Blank)
    • NewJan 22 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received 3/4" of new snow last night. Groomed all of the trails this morning other than the lower Hill and Woods trail. Conditions are good with slight drifting today. Classic track set was 75-100% Candlelit ski is tonight from 5-8 on Old Farm and Front 9 trails. Dogs are allowed only during the daytime hours. We plan to be regrooming later today if drifting is excessive. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • NewJan 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Birches skate deck had a light comb this morning (Maples not viewed today). This afforded some control on an otherwise hard and polished surface. Occasional tree debris present. The trail is level and wide. Uphill sections of Per's loop show traces of sand, but the spots are avoidable. Classic tracks appeared moderate depth with some oak leaves present.
      (Jules Blank)
    • NewJan 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      15 degrees, sunny, beautiful! The Skate deck was groomed this morning creating excellent conditions. Classic tracks are well worn, but worth the effort. The best classic skiing segments are the loops off the back end of the Oaks Trail (pictures are from that area). Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 20 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The RFC was freshly groomed for skate earlier today resulting in terrific conditions. The classic tracks are serviceable: shallow with occasional wind debris. You can skate with your best skis, but striders will encounter debris in tracks. All in all, the network is in surprisingly good condition! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 20 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trails remain in good condition. We regroomed 75% of the trails this morning and added a bunch on snow to thinning areas. Grooming plans: We will be grooming and adding snow to the other 25% today and grooming them tomorrow morning. Skate deck is firm, classic tracks set varied from 50%-100%. Also Candlelit ski this Saturday 5pm-8pm. The Old Farm Trail and Front 9 trails will be lit. No dogs allowed for this event.
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 19 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied all the trails this evening, using B skis. There are some places on a few trails where it's nearly impossible to avoid obstacles, so I listed rock skis here. All told, with as little new snow as we have had things are holding up well. The inevitable footprints have now appeared but they are mostly off to the side of the trail. A few tricky spots on Oak Hill/Red, and the cut-through on Blue is showing some dirt/grass in spots, but most of yellow is actually fairly well packed. Do expect little grip and a challenging finish on the last uphill back to the trail start, but an enjoyable ski is still to be had across Neshota.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 19 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided all interior segments and the back half of the Oaks Trail, including the biathlon loop, under a clear blue sky in 14 degree temps. Tracks were better than you would expect ranging from 20-50% depth. Skate deck is in excellent shape. Very enjoyable. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 18 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated Birches and Maples, as well as a couple connector trails. Things are mostly holding up quite nicely, and the repeat grooming has helped keep things fairly quick and smooth. There were a few spots on the open straightaways of Maples, along the road, that were a little soft due to sun exposure, but otherwise nicely packed throughout. Some expected debris across all of the deeper-woods areas to the north and west, and a little thin in places on the well-skied lighted areas, but colder temps should assist in maintaining the base. Always worth the visit!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 18 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming on the skate trails produced a noticeable improvement. The adjacent classic tracks have moderate depth and some debris. A nice day at the Camp today.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate trails revealed much weekend traffic. Corduroy essentially gone. Uphills of Per’s loop show traces of sand. Mild tree litter throughout. However, trails were still fast. Classic tracks are present and beginning to erode and accumulate oak leaves.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic skating conditions at The RFC! Striders will encounter 25-50% depth tracks throughout. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 16 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming this morning. Uphills on Per's loop are fair and starting to get a little worn. Classic tracks appeared adequate and were not glazed, but accumulating oak leaves. Conditions are good throughout the skating lanes, with a level deck and good pole plants. The groomers are being diligent with the available snow.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 15 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good conditions at the Machickanee today. Solid, full depth tracks throughout the trail system from the recent grooming (Thursday afternoon). Leaves are a bit of a nuisance in spots but over all really nice skiing conditions. Candlelight ski tonight at 5:30 pm should be great.
      (Don Liesch)
    • Jan 15 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming this morning. Uphills on Per's loop are fair-to-good. Classic tracks appeared adequate and were not glazed. Conditions are good. The groomers are making the best of the available snow.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 15 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The 1/2" of lake effect snow over the last day was a godsend and now the sun is out and the wind is slowing! I groomed all the ski trails this morning. The lower Hill and Woods is rolled but no classic tracks set. The rest of the trails are back to good condition! The fat tire bike Trails were all groomed this morning they are in good condition. Time to get out and enjoy this great weekend! Thank You!
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 14 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skating trails were groomed early this morning. Maples, Birches, Biathlon loop, and Lighted loop have improved control and less debris than yesterday. The adjacent classic tracks were shallow with some debris, but usable. The groomers efforts make the trip to GB worthwhile.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 13 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the Red and Oak loop today. There were a few exposed rocks and sticks but it was easy to avoid them. Conditions were the best I have experienced all season -- because this was my first time out this season. :-).
      Photos:
      (Ken Braband)
    • Jan 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      While classic tracks show their use, they are in decent shape. Temp of 28 made them slow. Used good skis. Skate deck looked well used and a bit slow because of the temp. Sure looked like you could use good skis.
      (Timothy Stielow)
    • Jan 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate lanes are getting well worn and glazed over but they are fast. A moderate amount of debris on the trail. The adjacent classic tracks appeared acceptable although leaves and debris were common. No new grooming as of noon.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 13 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Kicked the entire network, except the Timber Wolf Loop, in 28 degree temps and windless, cloudy conditions. There is plenty of base and full coverage. Wind debris in the now well worn tracks is problematic in some areas. The cleanest stretch of skiing is Coral Berry. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 12 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Track in good shape for as little snow as we have - thank you to the groomer crew. Pines and Oaks were very enjoyable - quick but no ice.
      (David Gibson)
    • Jan 12 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Impressive conditions for skate technique at The Camp today: Freshly groomed, full and level coverage, solid pole plant, delivering an excellent glide. Thin tracks set throughout the network with manageable wind debris. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 12 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate lanes on Maples and Birches were very good and had a moderate amount of tree litter. The trails were wide, level and had solid pole plants. The skate surface on Lighted loop and Biathlon loop was also clear and very good. Classic tracks were seen throughout 90% of these 4 trails and were a little faster than average. The groomers left the trails much better than expected.
      (Jules Blank)
     

    Door County area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated purple from lot 3. Frustrating ski conditions- walkers on the trail, too narrow on essential uphills, not groomed this morning/since additional snow, weeds poking through, debris in various places, and very bumpy throughout. Perhaps classic on the North/East side of the park would have been better, from lot 5, but too turned off to try it this time. Off to look for other options!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • NewJan 22 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      First time at Newport- Tried both Skate (on Monarch) and Classic (Europe Bay), with limited success. Lots of windblown snow cover and while there are periods where we could see the last grooming, we were breaking trail most of the time. The skate section is fortunately flat, because it's pretty narrow for a skate trail. Seems to be sufficient snow cover throughout, but a bit frustrating losing the tracks so frequently on the classic trails. Possible rock ski conditions in places on Europe Bay.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • NewJan 21 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Grooming 

      I groomed on Wednesday and skied the north end yesterday (classical) and part of the Newport trail today and the Monarch trail (skating) which is groomed for skating and was excellent. There are some leaves and debris under cedar trees, but all in all the tracks are fast.
      (Maury Brancamp)
    • Jan 19 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails groomed for classical and skating. Conditions appeared to be very good but use caution on the hills due to exposed rocks.
      Photos:
      (Jeff Pfeifer)
    • Jan 19 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed today, set tracks on all trails open for classical skiing. Overall good depth on tracks with some thin spots on Lakeside Red Loop. Tilled snow on all tracked trails with very little icy conditions. Could use more snow but is good to very good conditions.
      (Richard Weidman)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 22 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate this morning. Pretty good snow coverage. Didn’t touch the classic tracks because of very limited snow and didn’t want to uncover the debris. Forgot to take pictures, but overall should be a solid day on the snow.
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 20 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are still skiable but are getting thin, very hard, and crusty in some places. Classic tracks are still there but have some bare spots and trail debris. Grooming plans: Skate deck will be touched early Saturday morning.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Yellowstone groomed golf course and trail from Sullivan Springs to north end. Single track set north end and double track set golf course. Other portions of trail groomed yesterday. With cold temps, trail should set up nicely. Conditions are very good.
      Photos:
      (Thomas Lane)
    • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Cold crisp morning with lots of sunshine and great cord! Skied from eggs golf course through the hills to Sullivan Springs Rd. Nice and firm and level skate deck, classic tracks were solid.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 20 - McComb Nordic Ski Trails (Mountain):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      McComb was groomed after a light snow fell earlier this week. Trail is hard packed with the extra cold temps we’ve had.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed in the 2-3 inches of new snow from the golf course to Sullivan Springs Road including the hills behind the golf course and all shortcuts. Skate lane is flat and crisp, classic tracks are set throughout the area groomed today. The trail north of Sullivan Springs has 2-3 inches of new snow on top of a firm base (watch for grooming updates).
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 19 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails are packed, groomed and tracked. Open for classic, and skate skiing. Conditions are good. Expect some leaves on the trails.
      (Quinn Henseler)
    • Jan 19 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed and tracked. Good condition with some debris near the river from the windy conditions this week.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lakewood is a winter wonderland! We kicked all of the trails north of the Old 32 Parking lot while another 2-3 inches of snow fell on the already perfectly groomed trails. Skiing in a snow globe, nothing better! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 18 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All of Lauterman Trails have been groomed and tracks have been set. Snowmobiles are still used to groom Lauterman. A UTV was used to clear the trail system after the last severe storm. Fresh snow was accumulating while we groomed.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated from Old 32 parking lot. A winter wonderland! The trails were not groomed but with 2-3” of new snow falling on a good firm base it was fabulous! The classic trail was in great shape also!
      (Tom Brown)
    • Jan 17 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Only groomed the trails that got heavy use during the weekend. We have some oak leaf debris on Forest View and Granite Path due to last nights winds. Good condition with some drifting from winds near power lines.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 16 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck is still in solid condition. Some spots are thin but you can get get around them. Need more snow but will do for now.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 16 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are in very good condition. Skate skied around the hills behind the golf course and out to the Old 32 parking lot. Skate deck is firm and flat, classic tracks looked good, there was about a half inch of new snow on the trail as I finished and light snow was falling.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 14 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Our trails were totally regroomed today, by Tom Lane. I skate skied the black trail from 15k to 20k and back. First one on the new corduroy. The groomer buried most of the leaf problem. Lakewood will have excellent conditions for this weekend skiers.
      (Barry Brubaker, Lakewood Cross Country Ski Club)
    • Jan 14 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the golf course, the hills behind the golf course and out to the 15K marker. Freshly created cord on a flat and firm base, it was very very nice skiing! The classic tracks looked excellent also.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 14 - McComb Nordic Ski Trails (Mountain):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the loops on McComb were groomed today. Tracks were not set. There is about a 5 inch solid packed base.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 14 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fair conditions at Lauterman today as only the first grooming of the New Year. Skied Lauterman Loop and Little Porky Loop. Sure miss the snowmobile-towed grooming. Looks like we need more snow and a couple more reruns of grooming.
      Photos:
      (Dan Hinch)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Emily Trail (Florence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Emily trail system is 100% open. Wahoo! We had a bit of clearing to take care of before we could open due to an incredible wind storm, but that is thing of the past and the trail awaits you and your skis. There is about 4" to 6" of hard packed base to work with and hopefully Mother Nature works her magic and gives us more snow. Get out there and enjoy this season before it ends.
      (Mathew Gummin)
    • Jan 13 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Apologies for not posting this information sooner. The trail system has had some set backs this season due to logging operations taking place on 2/3rds of the trail system. This has limited grooming to the Green loop only. We also had clearing to do from a major windstorm we had a while back and had some cleaning up to do. Enough of being a negative Nellie and on to the good stuff. The Green loop has been groomed to the best of my ability so there are still some sticks and small branches that keep coming up when grooming, If you happen to come across something while skiing could you please pick it up? A combined effort will help make this a more enjoyable and beautiful trail to ski. Base is about 6" and quite hard packed so it may be a little bit faster so use caution on the downhill sections.
      (Mathew Gummin)
    • Jan 13 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a wonderful day of skiing at Lakewood. We classic skied from Old 32 to Smyth Rd. and back. The tracks were rock solid and very fast, but not icy. There were many leaves on the trail, but we used our skin skis and it wasn't an issue. It felt good to be out on good snow.
      (Kevin Hillegas)
    • Jan 13 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got out around 5 tonight and skied mostly the back loops to the SE. Coverage was basically 100% besides the open area around the highway, but still traversable. The snow was definitely soft in about half the trails I was on, but all-in-all it was great considering the temperatures the last two days!
      (Joe Miller)
    • Jan 13 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Otter Trail was rolled, groomed and tracked today due to all of the ski/hiking traffic. All the other ski trails are also still packed, groomed and tracked. Expect leaves and low snow in some areas. Trails are in good condition.
      (Quinn Henseler)
    • Jan 12 - Winnebago County Community Park (Oshkosh):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We need snow in a bad way. Bless the parks department for laying track after high winds, but lots of sections have grass peeking through. The center 1.5 mile loop is in the best shape, but back section my l by the soccer fields lots of grass exposed. Hanging up my skis for now until more snow falls!
      Photos:
      (Amy Broadie)
    • Jan 12 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the entire length of the trail including the golf course and out to the north end. Good to very good skiing throughout. The south end had more cord and the middle had more skied in areas but the skate deck throughout was firm and level. The classic tracks looked good but had quite a few leaves in them in some areas.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 12 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were cleared last week after a severe storm hit the trail system in December. All loops were groomed today. Tracks have been set on the beginners loop. Conditions are great with a thick base of snow.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)

Wisconsin Southwest

     

    La Crosse area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails groomed Thursday. Skate deck was scratched up and should ski well. Not many bare spots. Did not reset the classic tracks - they are very icy. Grooming plans: If we get snow we will regroom and hopefully be able to reset classic tracks.
      (Tom Ley)
    • Jan 18 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate and classic trails were groomed. The most recent snow we got really helped. There are still a few dirty spots, mostly on the south loop and the ridge trail, but they should be easy to avoid. The skate deck may be a little soft.
      (Kevin Schilling)
    • Jan 16 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful skiing today. Got about 2-3 inches of snow on Friday so the trails were is good shape with nice gliding, no grass, pine needles or dirt. My husband snowshoed on the walking trails, which are clearly marked. It is great to see that those who enjoy walking and snowshoeing can also enjoy this beautiful little piece of heaven. Thanks Kevin, for grooming and improving the trails to include more people. I skied the North and South loops.
      (Joan Woof)
    • Jan 15 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      About 3" of wonderful snow made for Great skiing today! Skate deck in great shape and most of classic tracks are good, too. Only place classic tracks looked thin/bare was down by RR tracks. Kudos and thanks to our awesome volunteer groomers. As always, walkers/hikers keep walking right down the middle of the trails. Argh!
      (John Ericsson)
    • Jan 15 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This was my first time skiing here and first time skiing in two years! Great trail to get started on again. I went on the Bicentennual trail. The most fun part is the hill going down to the railroad tracks! Skate deck in good shape and good shape for classic tracks too. Minimal amount of leaves and twigs.
      Photos:
      (Megan Rheaume-Brand)
    • Jan 15 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions this morning with the fresh snow. Groomers were out yesterday afternoon and again this morning. Tracks were also set for classic. I still recommend B skis because I know the base is thin but good conditions.
      (Trent Ping)
     

    Tomah area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The warm weather melted off a lot of our snow. We had very little snow fall and I tried grooming. Track had a very hard time setting up in some place and set well in others. Trails are skiable but in poor condition.
      (Gordon Hoyt)

Wisconsin Southeast

     

    Sheboygan area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming 

      All skate trails were groomed last night. I could not do anything with the classic track. I skated all of the loops this morning. There is at least 1" of cold new snow on the trail system which slows things down somewhat. Overall there are very good skate conditions on all trails. Classic skiing would be better out of the track for the most part new snow not withstanding. Let's hope new snowfall!
      (Mark Sharon)
    • Jan 19 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail system is in pretty good shape if you don’t mind lots of debris in the conifer areas. Jeff dragged and set some track Monday. Tuesdays warm temps didn’t do too much damage. All in all, it was a good, but cold ski experience late Wednesday.
      Photos:
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Jan 18 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skiable with caution. The beginning of the Green/Red/Yellow loops had debris and some exposed rocks. After the that, the Red and Green are in pretty good shape. The first half of the Yellow had some rocks and debris, the second half was better but had some thin spots. Lots of boot damage throughout. You may want to use rock skis but the rocks I saw were on uphills and easy to avoid.
      Photos:
      (Steve Gee)
    • Jan 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Many thanks to whomever groomed the classic purple trail which now has grooves, even in the conifers. I was able to ski even in the dark without needing visual.
      (Scott Peschke)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all of purple and brown just before sunset, with a couple small diversions. Good to use B or rock skis, as a couple of spots further out on purple had quite a few and unavoidable pinecones. Still worth the trip and visit, as there is more snow at Greenbush than most of the surrounding area. Can't say much as to the quality of the classic tracks, but know there were a few places they were washed out- that said, we saw plenty of folks taking advantage of both styles across the whole system. Groomers have done a really nice job on all trails!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I was able to ski the purple, red, and brown trails this morning. The classic tracks and the skate deck were in pretty fair conditions with some small debris showing. Overall it was a good ski for the amount of snow we have here at Greenbush.
      (Kaden Volbright)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very pleased with the skate deck at Greenbush. The 3” or so of fluffy snow had freshened up the trail. Slightly thin in the pines but still very skiable. We did two purple loops and had a very enjoyable ski.
      (Robert Garner)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Did green and black loops. Only some debris on the tracks, everything groomed and ready to go. Those couple inches from Saturday made a big difference to the base which was getting low.
      (Greg Diesel)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions at Greenbush this morning. I skied the purple, green, and red trails. The groomers masterfully incorporated a couple of inches of light, fluffy snow into the skate deck. Not all trails were groomed. The groomers appeared to have concentrated on those trails that were used for the high school and middle school ski races this morning. It was fun to see the kids racing out there. Not much of a classic track set; you can see remnants of the old track.
      Photos:
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Better than I expected! Some fresh powder helped! Skied the purple trail. Some debris on trails, but not much.
      Photos:
      (Sara Hess)
    • Jan 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the brown trail four times. The groomer came through midway. Two inches fresh powder down with flurries. Very good in the skate lane.
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Jan 12 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Overnight temps at or above freezing has resulted in further thinning of our base at Greenbush. Much different picture out there now. This morning there is more dirt exposed along with the usual debris. The classic track is skiable in many areas but getting thin in more areas. I skied classic on most of the loops this morning and found many more areas of track to dance around, Definitely B skis now and likely rock skis later in the day. Only very light grooming if any will be possible until we get more snow.
      (Mark Sharon)
     

    Madison area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 21 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Talked to park office before going up. Apparently they haven't groomed the trail for over a week despite receiving an inch of snow a few days back. Said not enough snow to groom. Conditions were variable to some good spots to fair, lots of debris in some areas, some icy spots and uneven.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 20 - Dorothy Carnes County Park (Fort Atkinson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated east park off of Banker RD, 2 miles north of Fort Atkinson. All trails were groomed Wednesday afternoon for skating. Amazed to find a thin, firm layer of corduroy, with a few areas of grass here and there that can be skied around. Fast, controllable and fun! Best trails are in the center and south side of the park. Trails are wide and you can ski either direction, which gives you a lot of creative options, to mix and match for hills, flats, directions, etc. Trails are mostly in open, high prairie grass areas, so there can be wind exposure. But, you have creative route/directions options to minimize wind. No fee and lots of free parking and no lines like a Lapham Peak weekend!
      (Dean Hanke)
    • Jan 17 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Returned to Madison on Sunday and went out on MLK day to skate. Skate deck is much improved since last week, only a few grass/mud spots to avoid. The turn at the bottom of the upper loop (Western lighted trails) still very icy at the bottom. East side trails+ Western lower and middle loop in good condition.
      (Sidney Dicke)
    • Jan 17 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the orange and red loops Monday around 12pm. The conditions were surprisingly good, with not much in the way of debris and only occasional pieces of grass/sticks sticking out (such as the large downhill of the red loop). Great job groomer(s)! Unfortunately, we encountered an inconsiderate individual during our red loop trip who, after passing and cutting us off, decided to skate completely over the tracks. Someone appeared to have done the same to the orange loop as well, in an even more egregious fashion since they skated over not one but two sets of tracks.
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Jan 17 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions were good today for skating! I did 27K on trails that included Northwest, Fern Dell, Turtleville, Hastings, and Pinecone Pass. Northwest had some very hard packed uphills and you might want to have rock skis if skiing Northwest, but it otherwise was very skiable. All of the Red trails were in very good shape, the skate decks benefited greatly from the 1" or so of new snow on the weekend. I wouldn't use my good skis until we get a little more snow but B skis should be fine.
      (Dave Weber)
    • Jan 17 - Maple Bluff Country Club (Maple Bluff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions for striding here were better than expected. Some would say rock skis required but I found I could go around any bare spots when needed - and I didn't have to do that very often at all. Much of the classic track (on one side or the other of the skate deck) was very safe and snow covered. It's actually amazing for how little snow there is on the ground.
      (Jim Bolton)
    • Jan 16 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Whoever is grooming Elver, give that person an award! I've been skiing Elver for over 40 years and have to say given the little amount of snow we have had, skating conditions were close to perfect! Arrived at 6:45am to freshly groomed trail with just me and a strider for the 1st hour! Was a tad cold at 5F but not that slow with hard packed base, and the little new snow we received really helped! I skied 20km both east and west sides-only a few small places with debris to avoid.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 15 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied this afternoon, did blue, orange and yellow loops. Trails were in surprisingly good condition. Some bare spots in open field and degree under pine trees, but overall decent conditions.
      Photos:
      (John Zappa)
    • Jan 14 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good conditions considering the several warm days this week. Wind and new snow had filled in most of the classic but improved skate deck. Still bare spots on hill crests.
      (Katie Susong)
    • Jan 14 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lovely twilight ski since by late afternoon during the active snowfall a fresh 1/2 inch had covered all twigs and leaves. And not too much to knock me out of the tracks.
      (Jon Bohman)
    • Jan 13 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent grooming today considering the minimal amount of snow available-thanks MadNorSki volunteer groomers. Warm weather yesterday and today is ruining the ski conditions. Lots of bare spots this afternoon. Tracks are melting through. Careful on the downhill on the SW side of the East hill loop, only a 2-3 ft area of snow going down, the rest is bare ground!
      (Marc Young)
    • Jan 13 - McCarthy County Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty darn good for the warm temperatures we had yesterday. Rock skis for sure, a number of bare spots. Kudos to the groomers who put down a nice firm base! Tracks are pretty much gone but skate deck was joyous!
      (Brett Neylan)
    • Jan 12 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skating the Fern Dell loop. The deck was in fairly good shape, with some spots showing dirt and tree roots, but these could mostly be skied around. Probably not groomable again until there is more snow, though. The few areas fully open to the sun - on a cloudy day - were getting really wet and slow. The tracks had lots of leaves in them, and there was other debris on the trail. I'd rate conditions only fair. We need more snow!
      (Lorin Weiler)
     

    Milwaukee area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Dangerous! Bare ground. Pine cones and debris. Hard packed and icy. I only skied about 50 yards in before I walked back. And I am a hard core skier.
      (Robert Garner)
    • NewJan 22 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the skate lanes were groomed this morning with very good conditions in the fields and B skis in the woods. Classic tracks are ok in most places but some got blown in with the light snow last night.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • NewJan 22 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out again tilling and setting track. New snow was falling at the time while I was grooming. The classic tracks maybe a little wind blown but should be in overall good condition. The skate deck is in excellent shape. The snow makers have been busy filling in some low spots and touching up the entrance to the trail. Beattle’s loop was groomed and Mark’s park was groomed as well. Expect the trails to be busy today so please follow the no parking signs. Go pack.
      (Mark Janis)
    • NewJan 21 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the blue loop minus the pines and last part where white and blue join. Mostly good conditions believe it or not. One hill at the beginning has lots of rocks but the rest is actually pretty nice all things considered. Rock skis for sure. Need snow but still skiing if you can handle variable conditions.
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 19 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the blue loop several times and other than a few spots you have to take your skis off for about 30 ft, it’s still skiable. A little icy and debris in spots, but if you’re a die hard you can get a good workout.
      Photos:
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions on the manmade snow loops this morning. Fresh corduroy and new tracks throughout. Playground/field loops were groomed and lots of fun.
      Photos:
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I was out with the Pisten Bully early morning today. Our man-made snow loops are really holding up well, despite the thousands and thousands of laps that are skied every day. I tilled, groomed, and reset tracks on the entire man-made trail system. The DNR has stopped grooming off the man-made trail system.
      (Beattle Adelmeyer)
    • Jan 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck on the man-made one mile loop was in excellent shape this afternoon! Good coverage, so bring your good skis. Downhills were easily controllable.
      (Mark Ehlers)
    • Jan 17 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good coverage, getting thin but nothing dangerous. Everything groomed, tracks in place everywhere but the hilly woods sections.
      (Patrick Doornek)
    • Jan 17 - Currie Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Currie Park has about 50% snow coverage that is skiable with B skis. The snow coverage gets better going further west.
      (Hank Kulesza)
    • Jan 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The man-made loops were groomed Monday morning by the Ginzu. The grooming was finished around 9am while some light flurries were falling. Conditions should be great but expect a softer skate deck today.
      (Colton Kelly)
    • Jan 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice on the manmade loops this afternoon. Easy-going layer of powdery snow on a firm base made for excellent skating. Downhills were especially nice. Solid, straight tracks provided excellent striding conditions. Enjoy.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 16 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops were groomed this afternoon. The classic track is a bit shallow and broken up due to a thin hard base and little new snow. The skate lane is good shape with full snow coverage and only small amounts of debris. Grooming will be on hold until the next snowfall. Happy Trails.
      (Justin Blindert)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out again at night. The entire man made loop was groomed. The classic tracks were reset and are in excellent condition. The skate deck should be in great shape. The DNR has suspended grooming off the man made loop until we get more snow. Beattle’s way and Mark’s park were groomed as well.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Jan 15 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied classic and skate. The classic tracks are good except for a few spots. The skate deck is firm and with the couple of inches of lake effect snow today, there is ample snow for edging and control.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Perfect conditions on the manmade loops for the Lapham Loppet and LPSC Family Fun Day today. A gentle lake effect snow overnight and through the day added to the excellent overnight grooming, providing a fast and fun course for the 100+ racers in the morning and the family fun in the afternoon. Skate surface is a mix of tilled manmade and new natural snow on a firm base, Striders will find solid tracks good for both grip and glide. Note: I expect that it will be great again tomorrow, but maybe a little crowded. Enjoy the experience of skiing with your friends and save the intense speedwork for another day.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 15 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Observation 

      Classic tracks are in poor condition with ice and bare ground areas. Skate lane is in fair condition with full snow coverage but some areas have debris and ice. Grooming plans: Grooming is on hold until morning tomorrow. Hopefully some new powder will make conditions better.
      (Justin Blindert)
    • Jan 15 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      Skied all of the trails except the pines, which I assumed were bad because they always deteriorate fastest. Other than a few spots the rest of the trails are very skiable and great in spots. Rocks skis for sure but we are still skiing so I’ll take it. Snow would be nice though.
      Photos:
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I had the Pisten Bully out early morning. I tilled, groomed, and reset tracks on the entire man-made trail system. Mark’s Park (the playground) and Beatles loop were also groomed and tracks set throughout. The Lapham Loppet ski race is taking place this morning. The DNR has stopped grooming off the man-made due to the warm weather this past week. The little bit of base we had is slowly deteriorating.
      (Beattle Adelmeyer)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      The man-made snow loops were groomed Thursday night and are in great condition. All other trails have become too thin to groom and will not be maintained until there is new snowfall. On Saturday, the man-made snow loops will be crowded due to the Lapham Loppet race. If you plan on skiing Saturday and are not participating in the race, I suggest arriving in the afternoon.
      (Colton Kelly)
    • Jan 13 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skating was surprisingly good late morning after the base has soften a bit. The light ski and foot traffic has allowed the 1-2" base to melt to a level smooth base. I was able to ski the entire system and middle freely and able to avoid the occasional rock and debris.
      (Steven Wikner)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent skiing on the manmade loops this morning. New grooming left a nice layer of soft, clean snow on a firm base, bordered by solid tracks. Mild temps and no wind contributed to one of the best ski days of the season. Downhills were especially nice, and the playground loops are a gas.
      Photos:
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The entire man made loop was groomed this morning. A new classic track was set and is in excellent condition. The skate deck is flat and there should be a nice layer of corduroy over a firm base. Beattle’s loop and Mark’s park were groomed as well. The DNR groomed off the man made loop and until we get more snow, conditions will vary.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Jan 12 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very good conditions for skate on the manmade loops this morning. The overnight grooming with the PB, the warmer temps, and the lack of wind, made for an excellent surface of fine powder on a firm but forgiving base. Great for cruising, especially on the Woods Loop. The descent down Magic Carpet is firm with just enough loose snow to make it comfortable. Be sure to check out the all-age playground trails inside the field loop for some fun bumps and turns.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 12 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out late night tilling the man made loop. The classic tracks were left in place. The skate deck was tilled and should be better then it has been the past couple of days. The DNR was out grooming the rest of the trail system. Off the man made loop condition range from poor on many of the up hills to really nice on the flats. The upper purple trail is especially nice considering our continued lack of new snow.
      (Mark Janis)

Michigan Upper Peninsula

     

    Ironwood area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The groomers reported that all trails are fully groomed and track set. A few inches of snow fell overnight which added to the base. Gusty NW winds with some lake effect during early morning. That has cleared to a bright sunny afternoon.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • NewJan 21 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First timer out here, and I had a blast! Cold temps and very windy conditions; lots of drifts over many part of the trails. Still, it seemed recently groomed as well as packed and tracked enough to get some decent skiing in. Yes, there's sticks and debris down but given the wind, not surprised. Absolutely beautiful area, I had a very enjoyable ski despite weather conditions. Mostly I'm glad to be somewhere that I can confidently practice my downhill tucks and there's enough snow to cushion my falls. Thank you, groomers, and all involved in this trail system; what a little piece of XC ski paradise!
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 20 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We had both Pisten Bullies out tilling up the new snow and Wide Track and Wully Bully tracking the single tracks including Ridge Runner. Ridge Runner is normally skating only but for the next several days it will be classic only.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Jan 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers were out this morning. Trails are fully groomed with a firm skate deck. Tracks were set with solid sides. Cold=slow conditions, but it's beautiful.
      Photos:
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The groomers were out this morning.The skate lane deck was groomed and tracks set this morning. Special attention was put on the pole plant area. Trails are in excellent condition.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 16 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate lane was groomed this morning. Snow is falling. Great conditions. Chalet toasty warm.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 15 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great snow at Wolverine. Skate lane is firm and flat. Classic track is firm, but shallow in places. Outside pole plants on classic side were extremely soft making striding difficult.
      Photos:
      (Jonathon Rulseh)
    • Jan 14 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and track set this morning. Excellent conditions. Plenty of snow. Warm chalet with covid precautions.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Half inch of snow overnight. Groomed all skate lanes and reset track where needed this morning. Some oak leaves in a few places but conditions excellent.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 12 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Perfect midwinter conditions. Firm, fast skate deck and tracks were crisp. It’s always hard to find more superlatives for great skiing at ABR. Today I was working hills on the skate skis and both ups and downs were in great shape.
      (Sue Schroeder)
     

    Marquette area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - McKeever Hills (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All three loops are in excellent condition thanks to the 6 inches we received last night. The trail groomed up nice today. Get out and enjoy.
      (Mark Bender)
    • Jan 20 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed in another 4 inches of fresh snow this morning on all trails. Nice classic track. Skate lanes are a bit soft but more than skiable. Plan on another full groom in the morning with our big Ginzu. Conditions should be excellent.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 17 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied almost every trail between Forestville trailhead and 510. Good coverage throughout, although 2-3” of new snow from day prior was on top of most recent grooming (there was no grooming done today outside of right by the lodge) - which made for a bit slow going, especially the further out you got.
      Photos:
      (Brian Schaning)
    • Jan 17 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Valley Spur System on Sunday and Monday. Tracks are good throughout the system. Leaves are a nuisance in a few areas, it seems especially on the uphills – Huff and Puff, and Stairway to Heaven come to mind. Pole plants were good throughout the system. I would rate most of the system in the good to very good range.
      Photos:
      (Roy Peterson)
    • Jan 16 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Was snowing lightly all afternoon, maybe 2” of new accumulation on top of the groomed trails (were groomed the day prior). Still a very nice smooth base, just a bit slower with the new snow. The warming hut with wood burning stove is really nice. Superior and wildcat were my favorite trails.
      (Brian Schaning)
    • Jan 13 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After 28 inches of snow, some very high winds, some equipment breakdowns, we finally finished packing and tracking our entire trail system this morning. Track conditions are at mid-season form, with more snow on the way.
      (Ronald Stenfors)
     

    Houghton area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A little mental math while skiing had me in the multiple hundredth time at Swedetown. Bear Chases, ski camps, getaways all tallied and reviewed and this one had “Classic Classic” stamped on it. Well defined track faded into a softened blurb as snow fell for the hour and a half we skied. The parking lot half filled at the start didn’t fore run our trails so we took turns plowing ahead. Heads plastered with snow, buffs whitened, we grinned our way back in and recalled, from start to finish, the many old, yet new touchstones of our skiing past.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 18 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Secondhand 

      6" of fine powder was packed with the roller. Parking lot was plowed also. Skiers out during grooming said conditions were excellent on the groomed, and also the ungroomed back country trail.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 17 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Did some early morning skating on the freshly groomed green trails for a good hour. We then went to the Mill Street trailhead to classic ski for 1.5 hours before heading back to Madison. All trails freshly groomed and tracked. Beautiful hilly terrain on those trails. A great way to end our one week visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 17 - Chassell Trail (Chassell):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Old timey classic. You just can’t beat the quality of this trail. Like greeting an old friend, we parked, donated, and gently pushed off on the winding single track, climbing winding alongside the ravine, past rock outcroppings, through stands of spruce, hemlocks, hardwoods, pines, and rarely, an open pasture view. With around 300’ of climb, you hardly notice the effect as the trail gently twists and turns to relieve the effort, a burbling brook under your feet. Almost perfect skis help, and give the smile that shows life at its best. Of course the downs from the top give just a few thrills and chills, enough to wake you from the reverie and put an edge on that life. An hour well spent. Best Line Everyday!
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 17 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning ski before heading back south (boo hoo). As usual beautiful grooming at Swedetown. Skate deck felt a little soft with the new snow from Sunday but was glorious all the same. Skied green, blue, and black trails and all were great.
      Photos:
      (Christine Grota Merkel)
    • Jan 16 - Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails looked like they had been groomed within the last few days. Really nice firm classic tracks and small deck off to the side that is shared with snowshoers, etc, with about an inch or less fresh snow covering it today. Some hemlock debris in spots but overall a wonderful and fairly fast classic ski experience! Plenty of snow but I did put a scratch in one of my skis hence the B rating. Skied the deer yard loop down by the water, the trail up to East Vista and the Union River trail. Highly recommend!
      Photos:
      (Andrew Leaf)
    • Jan 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated and strided the Pappa, Momma and Baby Bear loops, and strided Ed's and Greenstone loops. It was nicely groomed in the early morning. Light snow fell throughout the morning while we skied. What a nice trail system!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 16 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Was out there this morning to freshen the trails up. Not much new snow, but the trails had been used enough to need it. The back country, river edge trail has seen lots of traffic so is well packed.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 15 - Copper Harbor Pathway (Copper Harbor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      After skiing at Eagle Harbor, we went for a drive to the end of the road (Hwy 41) in the Keweenaw and noticed another freshly groomed and tracked trail. We skied another hour on the single track at Fort Wilkens State Park to Copper Harbor. Excellent condition.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 15 - Eagle Harbor Ski Trails (Eagle Harbor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Enjoyed this beautiful classic only single track trail beginning at dawn. A linear trail with some loops. Freshly groomed with a dusting of powder. We really enjoyed spending almost three hours skiing all the trails. Gently rolling wooded trail that also traversed a couple of nature preserves. A real gem in the Keweenaw. One other arrived as we were leaving.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 14 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated the easy trails. Perfect grooming for skating. Classic skied the Momma, Poppa and Baby bear loops. Very scenic trails. Enjoyed our ski outting on a partly sunny crisp day.
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 13 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated all the easy trails. Nice gently flowing. Then classic skied some of the intermediate and advanced trails which were fun to do with the big hills. Trails had been groomed, but light dusting of snow on the trails as there were beautiful snow showers much of the morning.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 12 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The new snow was groomed in with the drag this morning. Trails looked really nice. Hoping to have tracks set soon. All trail users are welcome including dogs. The system includes groomed trails and ungroomed back country trails so there is something for everyone. You may xc ski (classic or skate), snow shoe, snow bike, or walk. Kids in pulks welcome. Directions to the trail head can be found on our Facebook page, and on Google Maps.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 12 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      When in the snowbelt and having snow showers all morning, what do you do? Follow the groomer! He took us from the easy, to the moderate and the difficult trails. We skated and strided three hours. Nice trail system with attractive woods. Only a handful of other skiers.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 20 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed all trails. With the new snow from a couple of days ago things worked up nicely. Tracks are as good as they can be and the deck is firm.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 19 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      4 inches of snow on Tuesday, so we groomed and tracked the entire trail system on Wednesday. Trails are in excellent condition. Enjoy!
      (Dustin Johnson)

Michigan Lower Peninsula

     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 16 - Pidgeon Creek (West Olive):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Drove up from N Indiana. Combination of very hard pack and ice that made for challenging skiing and edging. Those with more skill may have had more success. Areas of dirty snow and pine cones. I used good skis and got away with no damage to my skis. Shallow tracks for classic. I will wait until there’s more snow to work with to return.
      (Patrick Keegan)

Iowa

     

    Ames area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Groomed Thursday and set up nicely for skate and classic in the cold temperatures. Very fast skating throughout. Enjoy and do a snow dance!
      (Marc Hollander)
    • Jan 18 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      All loops open for skate and classic, but turning to mashed potatoes. Still good coverage throughout.
      (Marc Hollander)
    • Jan 16 - East River Valley Park/Carr Woods (Ames):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Was groomed Saturday. Pretty soft and thus was torn up a fair amount by skiers, hikers, and snowshoes. A little grass showing through the classic tracks. And a few very small sticks laying on the groomed area. But unless you have high end racing skis I see no reason to worry about any damage.
      (Tim Hammond)
     

    Cedar Rapids area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail is very rutted and icy. There was no grooming after the cold snap so any ski ruts or footprints are completely frozen now. I would not recommend skiing here until it warms up or the trail is raked and regroomed.
      (Ben Geadelmann)
    • Jan 20 - Ellis Park Golf Course (Cedar Rapids):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I found groomed tracks that started behind the maintenance buildings but I doubt they expect one to park there to ski. The essentially 1.5 mile loop seems to have a beginning at what I assume is the golf club house parking lot. This is some of the most difficult skiing I have done in awhile. There has been relatively little foot or snowshoe traffic on the groomed tracks. There are various grass spots but they are relatively easily avoided. I was skiing mostly on ice this evening. And there are a few hills with sharp turns that when you are skiing in rough, ice tracks are very difficult to navigate. I would not recommend beginners try to ski these tracks at this point. That doesn't mean that a beginner wouldn't have space to ski out of track. I also expect my skis got a little wear from just scraping against the icy, torn up tracks in various places, FYI.
      (Tim Hammond)
    • Jan 17 - Wickiup Hill Trails (Toddville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails appeared to have been carefully groomed on Saturday after the 6 inch snow on Friday. However some four wheelers rendered the skate tracks completely unusable and classic tracks 50 percent ruined.
      (Mike Fetzer)
    • Jan 16 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Really excellent out there for skating. It’s as good as it gets around here. Main outer loop has full coverage saw some cut through were groomed but I didn’t venture out there. Classic tracks are solid with just a couple of thin spots. Packed, new snow.
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 17 - Kent Park (Tiffin):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Really fun out there. There are a good number of sketchy sections, mostly on the Far East side and most of the trails have a decent amount of footprints but there were some great parts as well. The campground loops were particularly awesome (especially by headlamp). Packed snow, some partially transformed I think.
      Photos:
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
    • Jan 16 - Kent Park (Tiffin):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are about as good as they can be. Skate deck was firm and clear of debris 90% of the time. The west side of the park especially had great coverage and grooming.
      (Ben Geadelmann)

Illinois

     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 17 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks are pretty beat up and bare in spots. It is still skiable, but conditions are degrading. Need more snow, and then some grooming.
      (Chris Canelake)
    • Jan 17 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Need a bit of fresh snow, so chose to snow hike. Skiers reported it to be slick, but still a good day.
      Photos:
      (Maureen Badusk)
    • Jan 16 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good skiing at Rock Cut considering the amount of snow on the ungroomed multi-use trails. Most trails have foot traffic and bike traffic, but this did not cause any issues classic skiing. The snow covered lake is also a good option.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Wadle)
    • Jan 15 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was better than we thought it would be, but needs grooming and more snow! It’s definitely skiable and fun!
      Photos:
      (Chris Canelake)

North Dakota

     

    Fargo area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 22 - Lindenwood Park (Fargo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Trails re-groomed early this morning after several days of 'clippers' blowing through leaving several inches of cold dry snow that filled in the classical tracks and drifted over the skate lane. Mix of new snow and wind-blown snow on the trails. Classical tracks re-set firm and well defined. Skating lane packed and re-combed. Trails setting up firm with cold temps. 40 inches of snow for the season.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 19 - Lindenwood Park (Fargo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Trails re-groomed after ground blizzard conditions yesterday that drifted fine, dry, wind-blown snow over the trails. Classical tracks are deep and firm. Skating lane packed and re-combed. Trails setting up firm with cold temps.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 15 - Edgewood Golf Course (Fargo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed and in great condition. Double track around the outer trail. The outer trail is slightly shorter than previous years since they didn’t groom all the way out to the Elm Street entrance. The inner skate trail also has a single classic track set on the edge.
      Photos:
      (John Pfund)
    • Jan 15 - Lindenwood Park (Fargo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Trails re-groomed early this morning after three inches of new, dry, medium-grained snow fell on Friday. Skating lane packed and combed, and is firm on solid base with good edging. Classical tracks re-set and are firm, deep, and well defined. Trails setting up firm with early cold temps.
      (Gary Brekke)