Trail Reports

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Minnesota Northeast

     

    Duluth area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 4 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated 1.5K on rock skis doing back-and-forth laps on the last remaining several hundred yards of intact snow on the Special K, which is always the last to go at Snowflake, for my 173rd consecutive day skate skiing -- a streak that began on November 23 at Snowflake. I also skied the dwindling snow up through May 8, on the final small patch. Now it's on to Grand Avenue Nordic Center and Spirit Mountain for the start of the man-made snow spring skiing! Thanks to groomers John Graham, Jim, and to everyone who has helped make for another tremendous season at Snowflake, with grooming all the way to April 19. Cheers, skiers!
      Photos:
      (Lane Ellis)
    • Apr 26 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There is still plenty of snow at Grand. The snow was firm today. There are two bare spots to cross, but the rest of the trail has 1 to 3 feet of dirty snow. It's pretty icy in the stadium, but up in the woods it was really pleasant. I used fishscales and had a good time. You could probably skate if you really want to.
      Photos:
      (Joe Gerard)
    • Apr 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied at 3:30 PM out to the 1K mark, and did loops back up to 1K. Very nice skiing- only mildly soft snow, didn't leave deep ruts ( I'm on the light side at 150lbs though). Full snow coverage. Fun to still be out there April 22 -- what a great ski season! Thanks to John for his continued grooming (now finished).
      Photos:
      (Dave Arvold)
    • Apr 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Snowflake today and ran into some of the other "ski til the last drop" folks I see every year! Coverage is pretty amazing right now. Even some of the usual open places are still covered! Bee Hollow downhill was the only place we had to walk. The parallel section going back up again still had enough connected snow to stay on skis. The rest was 100 percent covered dirty corn snow. Someone did take a very large dog for a walk on the trail...and someone else wrote in the snow, "No walking on the ski trails". There were also some deep ruts from skaters. No classic track.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
     

    Northshore/Gunflint area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • May 7 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got in a great full morning of skating on East Bearskin Lake, the campground loop, and Summer Home Road with three hardcore ski buddies. After monitoring reports all week and checking with the Bearskin Lodge owner in the morning, so headed out onto the frozen lake, and skated the groomed portion to the campground loop and then off unto ungroomed terrain. We determined that the ice was up to four feet thick still, with a layer of several frozen inches of slush on top, covered in firm and corn snow. It was fast and fun skating for my 176th consecutive day skiing, although a bit scary breaking through the crust on top of the slush a few times, even knowing that there was still many feet of ice underneath. The campground loop was surprisingly firm, fast, and fully intact, with well over two feet of snow, with only a few sun-facing hills that had melted through. Having skied this system several times this winter and having them all be superb outings -- right up through May 7 -- I have to extend many thanks to the great groomers at Bearskin and Golden Eagle Lodge. Cheers, skiers!
      Photos:
      (Lane Ellis)
    • May 6 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated over 10K on the Onion River Road from the Oberg Mountain parking lot nearly to the other end, where a large pine tree had fallen and blocked the trail -- one we were unable to easily pass like a few others we skied past. The deck was surprisingly firm for the most part, and on the lower portions it was no less than 20" thick, while at the top the snow depth appeared to be as much as four feet or more. A friend classic skied with me and also had a much better ski than anticipated. Snow covered not only the trail but the woods, and it almost felt like winter for my 175th consecutive day skating this amazing season. Thanks to the Sugarbush groomers for another excellent season.
      Photos:
      (Lane Ellis)
    • May 5 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The ski trail in Silver Bay continues to be really good! Some of the snow on the sides that was not compacted has melted some, but it's still got about a 12 to 18 inch base and most of the sides are the same too! My good old Trak skis were so darn fun today and I had a lot better glide in the corn snow at 46F than I did last Sunday on my skins. The portion we skied was 96% covered and about 98% connected! If you go, which I highly recommend, go backwards on it take the right side as you are facing the trail, the snow is even better there!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • May 3 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Still skiing to be had! Went out and back on the Onion twice. Slushy snow and some downed trees to navigate around but still lots of base with no bare spots.
      Photos:
      (Isaac Wieber)
    • May 1 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We found out about all this snow on the ski trail in Silver Bay and took a roadtrip this afternoon. First time ever on the trail and it is beautiful! The trail goes along a rushing river if you take the left fork, which is the correct direction according to the sign. According to the deep footprints, there looked to be at least 20 inches of snow left. Thankfully the person who missed the other skier tracks and very large sign stating no walking, only went a short distance. Plenty of snow left, only one small spot that was not connected and 99.999% of the remaining snow we were on was deep and all the way across. There were at least 3 trees down in the first half mile... we went under two and had to go up into the woods following other tracks for the other one. Lots of teeny tiny pine needles on the trail, some tree debris, some areas just white and clean. The snow is amazingly not really dirty, it's just got nature on it. If you want to ski in May... and avoid the drive all the way to Onion River, this is the place... or go to both!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Apr 30 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied about 10K round trip up and back the Onion River Road. Perfect conditions for the Fischer Crown (fishscale) skis before the rain arrived late this morning. Such a deal for the the last day of April. The snow was getting dirty and sticks and debris were emerging as the recent snow has melted. Thanks to groomers for the firm base from earlier in the season that made for good skiing this past week and for moving most of the windfall trees off the trail.
      Photos:
      (Jim Luby)
    • Apr 29 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There are multiple other skier tracks on the trails. I removed skis twice to go over or under downed trees but never for bare spots. Snow getting dirty in some place, may still be skiable through the weekend.
      Photos:
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Apr 27 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Full coverage with some debris. Firm base with thin layer of slushy snow on top for glide. Large tree down across trail about 1/2k in. The Beaver River is rushing by the trail.
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Apr 24 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I followed good skied in tracks to the end of Onion River Road. 41° . Fun ski, good grip with fish scales. Wet snow did not stick at all but actually lubricated my glide. Is this picture the windy city or gate to Onion River Road?
      Photos:
      (Steve Langenbrunner)
     

    Iron Range area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 28 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied last night after refreeze. Some rime on top of a bullet proof base made for fun conditions on the hilly biathlon course. Ribbon skied the upper grant-in-aid trails late afternoon in warm temps today. It was fun too, but they are probably toast for the season now. Hoping the morning pre-thaw conditions will yield at least one May ski on the biathlon course.
      Photos:
      (Jeff Pesta)

Michigan Upper Peninsula

     

    Marquette area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 26 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Today's temps at 27F, plus constantly fluffy snowflakes in the air, were all good to the Noquemanon Trails. We enjoyed skating on an inch or two of new fluff that covered the thick enough and firm but not-hardpack granular base leftover from the season's grooming. The skating was not skittery and the snow was not slow. By starting at the Red Gate on Holyoke Trail, west of the Forestville Trailhead parking lot, we entered on Animoosh, and skiied to Noque Trail and out past the Pine Plantation to about the 17K marker. The coverage was excellent-to-thin but mostly pretty darn nice all along the way, and very skateable except when we walked to save our ski bases on intermittent thin places. We saw some classic tracks and a runner's footprints, all staying on top of the firm deck, with no punching through. We did take off our skis for some thin spots, and a couple three or so places where the drainage cut across the trail, but there's wonderful spring skiing out there for those of us who are happy to be cross country skiing on April 26!
      Photos:
      (Mary Kay Aufrance)
     

    Houghton area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 29 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The early bird skiing this morning was on glide-y granular not-newly-tracked but not slushy (but yeah the snow-finally-got-dirty) trails. Cedar and Birch loops still fun with cleaner snow. Powderhouse too, on cleaner snow, with the only 3' wide gap in the snow, where we tip-toed over the grass. Glad to be able to report that it was nice skiing this morning, since we wanted our probably last ski of the season to be fun. We had a nice 1:20 and enjoyed what's left of the snow at Swedetown.
      (Mary Kay Aufrance)
    • Apr 28 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We arrived at 9:45 am and found a lot of other skiers! Even though the bear loops are not being groomed, we found super nice skaing there, including some zooominess, on top of the firmed up new snow. Coming out of the bears, it started to get softish but not much really going into the 11th hour, and we headed to the groomed (dragged) trails including super fun skiing on Ed's loop, where conditions carried us up and down the hills fast. No bare spots by any means and pretty clean snow all over. A very sunny day, so xc skiing at Swedetown can still be enjoyed even if you don't get out early in the morning; it will just be slower going in the sun.
      (Mary Kay Aufrance)
    • Apr 27 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed most trails overnight. Tracks are set and skate lane dragged. Good conditions especially in the morning. Enjoy these final days of snowy trails! Bear Loops and Powderhouse are no longer being groomed.
      (Cynthia MacDonald)
    • Apr 27 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Great morning skiing at Swedetown. Tract was set and the skate lanes groomed. There was a good showing of skiers both skating and striding, every one was talkative and loving the conditions. Very well could be skiing here into May on good snow.
      (Larry Heathman)
    • Apr 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Super zoomy and fun spring skiing on the Swedetown trails this morning! The best trail was Ed's, with enough purchase to skate nicely, and super fun with effortless uphills and the rest just giddy fun for those who balance well on their skis. Enough purchase on the top of the snow for not-so-expert skiers to be able to enjoy this loop, as well today. The Bears trails were next best regarding grooming, but just a fun and not any slush or slow snow at all, even though not newly tracked and with some skate grooves probably from yesterday afternoon's skiers. But, pay a little attention to where you place your skis and you can zoom along and enjoy the wonderful glide. Skiing on the side meadows was wonderful too. The Valley trail was more skittery due to yesterday morning's tracking and traffic, but don't let it deter you because there's only a couple K of that, and there is a lot of fun to be had out there at Swedetown today!
      (Mary Kay Aufrance)

Canada

     

    Thunder Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Apr 26 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Back to winter, and a perfect day for a long ski. After a rainy weekend, about 15km was groomed early this morning. Nice corduroy and full depth tracks, with 5-6cm of fairly dry new snow on top as of 1pm. Temp was -7c at 9am and -4c at 1pm, light snow continuing all day. There is still close to 2 feet of packed base on most sections of trail. Although the chalet is now closed for the season, I spoke with Kamview staff and was told that the plan is to continue daily grooming with the Bully this week, weather permitting. No doubt there's enough snow depth to continue well into May, it's just a question of how many cold nights remain.
      Photos:
      (Dan Horihan)

United States

  • May 8 - Teacup Nordic (Portland, OR):
    Morning
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
    Firsthand: Both 

    8" of new snow over the weekend. Snowing for a couple of hours as we skied. Mothers'day was the last day of grooming for the season. And what a wonderful, long season it's been. There's still plenty of snow for un-groomed skiing, at least for a while yet.
    (Kenneth Salzberg, WAMXC)
  • Apr 24 - Teacup Nordic (Portland, OR):
    Morning
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
    Firsthand: Both 

    Another amazing day. More snow last week (and more forecast for this week), and wonderful grooming. The skate deck was hard and fast early, especially early. I switched to classic (skin skis) about 11, and did the outer loop - it was getting soft, cut very skiable.
    Photos:
    (Kenneth Salzberg, WAMXC)