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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Last report before opening on Saturday...I know...what's the point. Trails are smoothed out and ready for final tracks. Wax 'em up and see you on Saturday.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Nov 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I calculated a 395 meter loop just behind the new Trailhead building. There were around 20ish people on it between the hours of 6 and 7 am with some taking off and new ones coming on.
      (Lucas Malm)
    • Nov 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Approximately 1.5 kilometers of the Elm Creek ski trail will open at 5am this Saturday, November 17th. We will continue to make snow toward having the entire 2.5K Valley trail open in the near future. Chalet hours for November 17th - 22nd will be from 8am - 7pm on Saturday and Sunday (17th & 18th), 9am - 7pm on November 19th - 21st, and closed on Thanksgiving Day. The ski trail will be open daily from 5am - 10pm. If you purchased a Three Rivers annual cross-country ski pass last season, save some time and renew your pass online. Looking forward to having your back for another season.
      (Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Nov 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      This afternoon I rollerskied the trails and spoke to Harry in the ski chalet. He said that Hyland was going to start making snow Friday November 16th. They are unsure when they will open but my guess is by Thanksgiving weekend.
      (Bjorn Cummings)
    • Nov 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Rough grooming on about 2 K...everything but the lower donut. Not blowing any snow this afternoon. Hopefully open soon.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Nov 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Great loop. Solid deck. You can ski with your best skis. Lots of skiers out and the Trailhead building is getting a lot of use. Early skiing at its best!
      Photos:  
      (Adam Segar)
    • Nov 13 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Rough grooming has occurred. They are no longer making snow on the early loop (~1.25 K). Looks like it is ready for final grooming. Making snow down below also. Opening can't be too far away.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Nov 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Fantastic early season conditions! Solid classic tracks and speedy skate deck. Can't remember a November 13 with -3 degree wind chill, let alone a 400 meter ski loop. Kudos to Isaac and the trail crew of kicking off the season on the right track!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Nov 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Snowmaking operations have been going well, in fact so well that we are ready to open a short 400m loop for skiing! The loop is behind the Trailhead building and flows past the maintenance building (see Stadium 18 on the trail map). Stop at the Trailhead building and get your trail pass then take the back steps to get up to the loop. Snowmaking continues on the rest of Trail 18 and Ridgeline Trail. Enjoy the early November skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Nov 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Snowmaking is progressing. They have a snow trail set up from the garage area to the trails for the groomer. Cold enough out there. Hope we might be able to ski this week.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Nov 11 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Skiwalked the cross county trails and could hear snowmaking. However, the snowmaker was for our frenemy downhill skiers. Our skinny ski Hyland cannot be too far behind for snowmaking on the nordic trails.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Cummings)
    • Nov 11 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Skiable but slow with very thin coverage. Grass blade tops showing through in most places. Classic only - not enough snow to skate. Based on combo of slightly slushy base grass showing, probably only mech (fishscale or skins) would be skiable (I used the former). I enjoyed it more than yet another pole hike session, and a good striding workout due to slow snow - but not a real lot of fun. Still, this early snow made for the shortest off-season in memory; less than 7 months!
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Nov 9 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Classic skied Lake Elmo Friday night. I skied most of the lit trails. Thin coverage but actually nice rock ski conditions. The ground was still warm enough to cause some icing, but the snow was powdery. I think by Saturday it should be fine. Priorities once established, must be maintained:- ).
      Photos:  
      (Ray Johnston)
    • Nov 9 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      I skied on the golf course off trail. It was amazingly bad skiing, even by early November standards. The insulating layer of snow has allowed what frozen ground there was to thaw, meaning there is both suction from the slush and friction from the grass. It was like ski bounding with 2 by 4s strapped to the feet. Couldnt even double pole down steep hills; had to stride and even that was barely possible. Enjoy!
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Nov 9 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      BC is completely covered and very skiable. Skied Silver in Avho's tracks also did Gold trail backwards. No real issues considering the early season. The leaves under snow give you a good cushion.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Nov 9 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Ahvo Taipale reports first ski at Battle Creek this morning!
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Nov 8 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The trail crew fired up the snow guns at Wirth this morning at 4:00 AM.
      Photos:  
      (Sarah Walters)
    • Nov 8 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Snowmaking is going on the usual starting areas from the start area to the upper donut. Early start this year?
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Nov 7 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 

      Elm Creek snow guns are in place today.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 11 - Old Vermilion Trail (Duluth): 
      Observation 

      I will not be clearing the trail or setting track till after rifle deer hunting season ends next Sunday, the 18th. Even with the snow on the ground, I do not advise skiing Old Vermilion. The area is hunted heavily.
      (Rich Hoeg)
    • Nov 9 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Skated 5.5K using my rock skis on the first fresh snow of the season. Poor ungroomed conditions overall, but better on the Special K section that gets drifting from the wind. Great to be back out for the first time since my last ski on June 3rd on the last of the man-made snow at Spirit Mountain, after a season including 140 days in a row skating. Here's to another great season. :-).
      (Lane Ellis)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 10 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      As Quinn said, Summer Home Road is groomed but with gravel peaking through here and there. Still, the corduroy was fresh and fast; excellent early season skiing.
      (Bob Amis)
    • Nov 10 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Observation 

      Much of the trail is pretty rough (ruts and lumpy grass under scant snow), but a few sections looked like this. We had a lovely pole hike: 20F, blue skies, no wind.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Flueckiger)
    • Nov 10 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We groomed the Summer Home Rd and Campground Trails today. There is good coverage on 99% of the skate lane, and 75% of the Classic track. We have 8-10" of snow on the ground.
      Photos:  
      (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 8 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Local ski crew got 4 snow guns up and running by 6pm, 2 more are in the works. Snow dusting falling all day.
      (Alex Kelling)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      1" new snow. We just finished roll packing this evening on select trails, focusing on the 3km early season loop and grooming in the new snow that fell this evening as the temp was dropping into the 20's. We will be back out in the morning combing with the Ginzu on the 3km early season loop and should have some nice early season rock ski conditions on through the weekend. Best skiing will be on the early season loop but Skaters Waltz, Sukkerbusk and JibFly will be very skiable. Recommended to stay on these trails if venturing off the early season loop. Our natural snow coverage held out just fine after two consecutive days near 40 and the locals enjoyed springlike skiing conditions. Since it was too warm to groom the past two days, we built up a few rough/thin areas with the well packing moist snow, we also blew off leaves in select segments and Denny clipped brush on the sides for about 6 hours. There is no lodging or guest services in the lodge with the resort reserved by a private group this weekend but the trails are open for skiing and the Twin Lakes singletrack is open for fat biking. No walking allowed on ski or bike trails. Thank you and enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Nov 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We've had a great start to the week with some really nice early season skiing, in particular on our early season loop. Conditions a bit better than I expected and no problem using B skis but still recommending rock skis to be safe. We also have been packing additional trail and up to 20km packed/rolled and some combing. I no track classic skied on JibFly, the start of Twin Lakes and Sukkerbusk this morning and found firm deck and decent coverage. Last night we were packing in sub zero temps and it really helped set things up! We have also packed out some practice areas for any ski teams training this weekend. With warmer temps in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday in the afternoon, we ask folks to ski in the morning to preserve the snow and base and to also only skate on skaters waltz and the early season loop. We also have opened the Twin Lakes singletrack for fat biking now. Ben will groom once we get a bit more snow. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Nov 11 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      This evening we rollcombed (no tracks set) the 2-3" of new fluff snow from last night on the 3km early season loop and also packed a few other trails. Open for skiing tomorrow, Monday the 12th on the loop. 6-8" snowfall last 5 days on the trail system. Very good early season conditions on groomed loop. Just a couple bumpy rough spots to warrant rock skis. Advised to ski on groomed loop for best skiing. Use caution if venturing out on other trails.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Nov 9 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      We have been rollpacking and combing a 3km early season loop after daily dustings of snow including this morning. With temps in the single digits last night and the grooming, the deck is really starting to firm up and skiing quite well for early season rock ski conditions when we tested last night. Looking good for a opening on this loop Monday the 12th. We will plan on grooming again Sunday night and update after grooming. A few rocks level to the trail still not frozen and melting the snow but just a few to be heads up for. One other section three ski lengths a bit rough but we will shovel snow here depending on how much or any new snow Saturday/Sunday.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Nov 7 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      4" new snow past 24 hours as measured on the deck around noon, 2-3" accumulating on the ski trails. Ground warm melted out some of the snow but temps in the upper teens slowing down the process and a protective ice layer has formed in between the ground and fresh snow on top. We groomed the 3.5km early season loop including Suicide Hill this morning to flatten the deck and help shoot frost down. The trails remained closed through the weekend with deer hunting going on but we are hoping to open this trail to the public on Monday the 12th if additional snowfall. Cold looks to be in place so we should start freezing down nicely. Great to be in the woods grooming again!!
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The Early Season 1k loop will open this Saturday morning at the American Birkebeiner TH (Birkie start area)! For this weekend's skiing, the Early Season loop will only be groomed for skate skiing. We need more snow before we can set a classic track. An Early Season Snow Pass is required until the greater Birkie Trail opens, which has yet to be determined when that will be. Once the Birkie Trail opens, a regular Birkie Trail Pass is required. All pass purchases help to offset the cost of snow-making and grooming. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Nov 14 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We skied the entire North End trails C loop and it was very good skiing. We were cautious going down the bigger hills but we had no problems. Glide was good and the snow was not melting. Along the way we played pick up sticks and we rolled some of the more offensive rocks out of the way. Two days left until fire arms season.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Nov 13 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Temperature at Seeley was about 5 degrees this morning. We bundled up, and skied the A loop and it was pretty good rock skiing. About a half dozen people had been out before us so we were able to continue the Norwegian grooming. Snow cover was about 5-6 inches.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Nov 12 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We skied the orange loop at Seeley. About 6 inches of snow. The snow was melting from the ground up. Rock skis for sure. We buzzed a few sticks and flushed a few grouse.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Nov 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Birkie trail had some nice classic skiing this evening up the classic trail heading North!
      Photos:  
      (Kim Rudd)
    • Nov 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Observation Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Drove over to the Birke start area to look at the snow making operations. Current setup is preliminary using water from a local well. They are working on getting water from the Telemark
      "high volume" wells. 18 degrees at 11am. Amount of snow being made was not very impressive. 2-3 more inches of natural snow fell after these pictures were taken.
      Photos:  
      (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
    • Nov 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Secondhand 

      The Birkie crew has fired up their snowguns at the Start area!
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Observation 

      Brought the snowshoes because we assumed there wouldn't be skiing yet. But there is 4-5 inches of snow, and the trail has been rolled but not groomed. It is skier tracked with plenty of stuff sticking up, but no bare ground noted. Rock skis only. Was nearly 40 degrees today, so snow may not last.
      (David Henning)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      6" of snow have been rolled on base loop and a few other trails. Rock skate skiing looks surprisingly good. HS team had first practice today.
      Photos:  
      (Azael Meza)
    • Nov 15 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Fair, very early season conditions. Started on west end with skied in track for about 2 kg and I finished it to the bridge. The trail has 2-4 inches on snow on crushed rock base with lots of hikers footprints and few pesky oak leaves. Most of the trail has adequate coverage, there are bare spots here and there, but very skiable. Kick and Glide - I love that feeling, was a treat in be skiing this early in November.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Dahl)
    • Nov 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Sounds like a rolling on the "Inner trails" as WP announces a "soft opening". There's parking outside the gate, chalet closed, and a donation container...somewhere. Haven't skied there yet, but would think a "B" ski would be appropriate. Hey, for skiing in November, it sounds pretty dang good.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Nov 10 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Winman Trails have received about 4-6 inches of new snow which has been rolled flat and rilled. No classic tracks are set. Rocks, some dirt, and water saturation are a regular trail feature but the trails work well for recreational touring. Perhaps as many as a dozen skiers were testing the early season conditions today. Really good skiing awaits more snow. The woods are dressed up and beautiful.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Nienstaedt)
    • Nov 10 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      We ended up getting only 4-6" of snow from the storm last night - too bad, it looked so promising. Still, I switched from the roller to the groomer today and over the course of the day hit the 2.5, 6 and 7K loops. Took a break mid-grooming to skate a few of the trails and overall a mixed bag of conditions with some pretty decent sections, some really wet sections and some really thin sections. If you have pretty low expectations, you will have a good time. Holding off opening the gates and unchaining the trails on the 10K loop until I'm sure vehicles are no longer coming through.
      Bike trail has not been groomed yet - hope to try grooming them on Sunday...stay tuned.
      Snowshoe trails are also not groomed and at this point aren't in need of grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Nov 9 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Ready or not, it's here...the first heavy snowfall of the season. After receiving a couple inches overnight, we've been getting significant snow since late this afternoon. With the rain we received earlier this week and the cold temperatures the last couple days, the ground has set up really hard making a solid base for this snow. I rolled the 2.5, 6 and 7.5K loops this afternoon/evening and other than some lumpy sections and about a half-dozen damp spots they are looking pretty good without any debris poking through. We will be rolling again tomorrow. Rock skis recommended.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 10 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Skiing was thin but doable, nice to get out and try. 1" Base with an inch or 2 of powder. I did the green trail.
      Photos:  
      (Jason Tenge)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 14 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Poor skating conditions. Packed portion of trails were not wide enough to allow any side to side push off. This made climbing frustrating. Ski tips get stuck too frequently. Did another lap with classic skis. This was much more enjoyable but there were no tracks set. A few wet/icy patches that were easy to get around. Trail needs more grooming and needs to firm up.
      Photos:  
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Nov 14 - Miners Memorial Heritage Park (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Wow! Vastly improved conditions, temps just below 30 °F, and faster snow made for an awesome afternoon ski. The trails are getting better with each grooming. Tracks were reset, and firm. Skate deck is firming up and leveling off. No rocks or dirt, but some whips sticking through. Thanks again to the dedication from the local volunteer groomers we wouldn't be skiing without you!
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Nov 13 - Miners Memorial Heritage Park (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Enjoyed a nice early season classic, the first in tracks. Some softish with a few whips on the sides, but overall pretty good. Somewhat narrow with skate lane intruding on classic track here and there, but at this time of the year, I'm not complaining. Doubt that they will be able to reset, but what's there is good. First time to this trail and the mellow terrain is perfect to get the early balance, timing, and groin muscles in shape.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Nov 12 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      We Ginzu groomed about 25 km of combination trail and 7 km of classic only trail. We are working on a few wet areas over the next few days before we open. As of today we are planning on opening Saturday and the SKI SHOP SALE will be on as well. We hope to have about 40 km open and in pretty good shape if our grooming and freezing cycles go as scheduled.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Nov 11 - Miners Memorial Heritage Park (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      MMHP is groomed and tracked. Plenty of snow on the ground. No rocks or dirt, but there are a few twigs poking up here and there. It continues to snow today, but it's just icing on the 20 inch plus cake of snow we received Friday night. Conditions continue to be soft, but with the dozens of skiers out there today, and continued grooming, things should firm up quickly. Thanks to the groomers for being ready for this early snowfall.
      Photos:  
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Nov 10 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      We packed about 35-40 km of trail today after receiving close to 2 feet of snow. We plan on being back out in the morning to pack additional KM and perhaps start grooming what has been packed and frozen. We plan on opening Thursday or Friday next week. Stay tune for ski conditions and opening date.
      Photos:  
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Nov 9 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      As of 9 pm we have about 20 inches on the ground. It's been snowing around 3 inches an hour for the last 7 hours. With the tracks still off the machines, it will be groom your own trail tomorrow. Please remember that the closed section of the Wolverine Loop (behind the hospital) does not open until Dec 1st each year. The signs designating this section might be buried by snow, but we must respect those who generously allow the trail to cross their land. Powderhorn loop, Cliff Hanger, Cliff Trail, and connectors should be a blast to ski and a heck of a workout for that first skier. Set some good tracks!
      (Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
    • Nov 8 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Secondhand 

      Groomers are ready to start grooming once the snow begins to accumulate, but they will not be open for skiing this weekend. Their annual Ski Shop sale has been rescheduled to Nov 17th.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Rolled in around 6 to 8 inches of snow on A,B backwards to Heart Attack and G return, D and down Skaters Heaven today. Then set track on A, B backwards to the bottom of Heart Attack and back, Stairway to Heaven, across X and down Classic Heaven. Tracks are too thin in a few spots but overall good. Rolled trails are wide enough to skate but pretty uneven in most areas. Rock skis should be used throughout. We need more snow. Good news is we are off to an early start and we don't have the flooded areas we did last year so with snow things will shape up quickly. We will not be grooming the entire system(only certain sections) until after deer season to avoid skier/hunter issues.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Nov 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Welcome to the start of the 2018/19 ski season! It looks like the snow might just stay so grooming starts today! I will be doing some rolling and maybe set some track today depending on snow depth. We will keep everyone posted. Think Snow!
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Nov 13 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Rolled with good snow coverage- no classic track set yet- but you don't have to worry using a good pair of skis.
      Photos:  
      (Erin Moening)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Nov 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Valley, Greenstone, and Pine. January conditions in mid November. Great start to the season! Fast; some pine needles, but not too bad.
      (Nancy Langston)
    • Nov 15 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied the upper green loops at the Michigan Tech trails. They were firm, flat and well groomed. Good skis can be used. Only two blue trails were open.
      Photos:  
      (John Almquist)
    • Nov 14 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied Nara and the Core trails. Nara was still pretty rough. Some ice and bare ground and soft. Core trails were better. Swedetown is much faster. Great to be out!
      (Nancy Langston)
    • Nov 12 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails are open at Swedetown! Papa Bear and Powderhouse were rolled and packed today, and will be dragged and have tracks set tomorrow. Tracks were set on all other sections, and all sections except Mama Bear and Baby Bear were dragged today, and will be dragged tomorrow. For those that log their season days: if we can hold snow until May 10th, it's possible to get in 180 days of skiing this year! Six whole months!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Nov 10 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The following trails were rolled and packed today: Len's Loop, Pine, Valley, Cedar, Birch, Tamarack, and Greenstone. Early season conditions prevail, but it's not a bad start to the season! We plan to set tracks on the above loops on Sunday morning, and those trails will also be dragged, leading to a more uniform and firm surface.
      NOTE: Deer season is now open, with archery hunting through Nov 14th, followed with gun season starting on Nov 15th. Please be advised that you may see hunters in the vicinity of the trails, and please wear bright fluorescent orange or yellow colors for safety. Here's to a long and fun season folks!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Nov 10 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Lots of snow (10+ inches of base), groomers are out there rolling. They said they may set tracks tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Hughes)

 

United States


  • Nov 13 - Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby, CO): 
    Grooming 
    [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

    Conditions keep improving and the number of K's keeps increasing. We received anywhere from 1.5-3" on Sunday night into early Monday. We let that sit and get skied in on Monday. Grooming took place on Monday night and we were able to get a few more K of track set. Eagle Valley and Young trails in Zone C are now good to very good conditions. About 15-18K is groomed with good rock skis conditions. EnJoy!!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Pierce, Snow Mountain Ranch)
  • Nov 7 - Rendezvous Ski Trails (West Yellowstone, MT): 
    Secondhand 

    Appears they have received enough snow in West Yellowstone to do a first grooming of some of the Rendezvous ski trails!
    Photos:  
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Nov 7 - Bruce's Trail (Steamboat Springs, CO): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

    Three storms in last 6 days have gotten the trail in really good shape. 5 k of trail packed to 7-10". Off trail averages 20-24". Trail groomed daily for skating only. Not sure why no classic track. Expect one soon. Temps today were in the mid 20's and ideal early season conditions. Quite a few trail users from Steamboat and even a couple from Summit County. This is one of the better early November snow depths we have had in a few years. Trail will be groomed till xc centers open in town.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Beattie)

 


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