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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Rolled the trail this morning to help preserve snow. Very thin and spotty coverage. If you absolutely can't ski at a snowmaking trail, expect it to be a little rough at Hiawatha until we get more snow.
      Photos:  
      (Brent Bjerkness)
    • Dec 11 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The NEW date for opening the first two trails, Star and Willow (1.8 k), is Wednesday, Dec 13th at 9am.  Buy your Annual Ski Passes early; on line or at the Visitor Center.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Dec 11 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      I emailed the U to see what their plans were for grooming and this is the response I got: Grooming will not happen until we have at least 4 inches of snow, so we will need to wait until the next heavy snow to begin grooming. We can keep you updated as the snow continues!.
      (Angie Robinson)
    • Dec 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Ski trails at Lake Elmo are being packed as of today. No tracks will be set until we get a more substantial snowfall. Stay tuned for further updates!
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Dec 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      We received about 1.5 inches of snow last night into this morning and were able to groom Skyline natural snow trail for skate. The classic tracks have not been set due to insufficient snow depth. The skate deck is good though. Very little grass showing through. That's the benefit of a trail on a golf course. The close mowed rough makes a smooth base with very little plant material coming through the snow.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      We are groomed this morning for classic and skate on LaSquadra and the east half of Ridgeline trail for a total of 1.1k. We plan to finish making snow, push out and groom Trail 18 in the next couple of days.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 10 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Conditions at Elm today were perfect. Couldn't tell it was man-made snow. Skied classic. Tracks were in great shape. The skating deck was in good shape also. Lots of skiers, but not too crowded. The tubing hill isn't open yet, so parking was plentiful.
      (Mark Waldoch)
    • Dec 10 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Great Sunday afternoon for a ski, and the Wirth crew doubled the snowmaking loop to something like 1.2K (roughly) - what a treat! It climbs up to the upper stadium area and then meanders down the usual return path and then doubles back toward the La Squadra drop. A very nice flow! The upper stadium was busy being worked on, lots of snow still being made. Great conditions! The original 0.6K was very fast; the new section is a tad slower and very clean snow.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Dec 10 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Elm Creek wa a popular choice today! Still plenty of room for everyone. Snow was soft and slow and quite fun for skating. Didn't try the track but it looked like it was holding up well. New expanded 2k felt Birkie-like after burning my lungs on La Squadra on Friday. Can't wait for more to open everywhere!
      (Joe Dolan)
    • Dec 9 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Pole-hiked almost the whole Battle Creek network today with my son, tossing sticks and rocks along the way. It's really not skiable except for a few 50-meter stretches here and there. But there's at least some snow everywhere, and the deck is mostly clear and clean. One good snowfall and some setup then grooming would put almost all of it into skiable shape.
      (David Moore)
    • Dec 9 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      No groomed trails. Rock ski conditions, but you can ski all the East trails. Some stretches are nice, some are like skiing on my icy driveway. Expect some scratches, and expect some rewarding stretches. I prefer real snow on wooded trails. The snow is thin.
      Photos:  
      (Ray Johnston)
    • Dec 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Checked out the snow making near the chalet. The guns are blazing! Several feet deep at the trailhead. Can't wait to get back on the boards...won't be long from the looks of it.
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Dec 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Stopped in for the Nordic Opener on Saturday. Wow, huge crowds! Even the beach parking lot was 3/4 full. The trail has been expanded to 2K -- just missing the final loop down by the bridge. Skiing was still quite good as of 11:30 am, amazing given all the traffic. And great to see so many vendors and demos.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Dec 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Approximately 2K of trails is open and in good condition. Celebrate cross-country skiing at the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener on Saturday, December 9th from 9am - 4pm.
      (Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Dec 9 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Groomed for classic and skate this morning! As it has been, just the .6k La Squadra loop is open at this time. It can be accessed from the Wirth Chalet parking lot. Planning on opening more trail early next week!
      (Jonah Parady)
    • Dec 8 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Photos of Elm Creek before it reopens tomorrow for the Nordic Opener. Thanks TRPD!
      Photos:  
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Dec 8 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The date for opening Star and Willow; the first 2 trails (1.7mi) is Thursday, Dec 14th. The cold evening temps has maximized the snowmaking, but the warmer temps above 27 degrees has and will reduce or stop the process.  There is a maintenance crew on 24/7, keeping the snowguns operating as long as possible.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Dec 8 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Winter wonderland at Wirth! Firm and fast conditions, thanks to the Loppet crew for grooming early and turning the lights on for the before-work skiers! Snow felt like mid January snow.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Dec 8 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The .6k LaSquadra loop is groomed for classic and skate. We continue to work at making snow on the Ridgeline Trail and Trail 18. These sections will be the next to open. We are working to open them early next week.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 7 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      A section of the Valley trail will open for skiers at 5am on Saturday, December 9th. The distance opening is yet to be determined.
      (Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Dec 7 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      They're making lots of snow and it looks like when they reopen it will be groomed down to the lower doughnut and back for about a 2K loop.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Dec 7 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We are making snow, but its not ready to ski on yet. Natural snow trails have been groomed, but its all showing grass, so ski at your own risk.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Dec 6 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The .6k LaSquadra loop is groomed. We continue to work at making snow on the east half of Ridgeline Trail and on Trail 18. These will be the next sections to open. We have finally gotten the cold temps and the snowmaking is going great. The wind the last couple days has proven to be a worthy challenge, but we are winning! If weather cooperates, we should have more trail open within a week.
      Photos:  
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 6 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Trails are not really open for skiing yet but the park does not mind if you are out there. It was a pretty good rock skiing on the flats and in open areas. Anything in the woods and with hills was rocky. Icy base with an inch or two of powder on top. Blue wax day, nice kick and glide. Tried to ski the center berm with grass underneath when it got thin. Fun day. Do not use any kind of good ski. No grooming yet - a classic old school rock ski day.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Smith)
    • Dec 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      There is significant tree work that needs to happen on the Como golf course before the cross country season begins there. We know this is inconvenient for skiers, but hope we can start the work soon with the cold temperatures finally returning. For your safety please stay off the course until were able to establish a trail after the tree work is finished. Please respect that these trails are closed. We will get the trails open for you as soon as we can.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Dec 5 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Two trips today, two very different conditions. No grooming. I was the first skier out this early afternoon on classic skis first. The Yellow trail had 1-3 inches of fluff on it. There were minor issues. The first lap was on rock skis. The second lap was on the B set of no wax skis. It was slow. I grabbed the skate gear for a try in the stadium area. That was ugly technique on my part but it proved the area was skiable for the Ride and Glide club tonight. When Ride and Glide got on the trails, the Yellow was mashed down flat. I skied classic woodies. It was fast on the hardpan. Some of my afternoon track had held up. The older kick wax got ripped off but the newer batch stayed on the other ski. Less bumps under the new wax? Overall, the evening (current) condition favors the skate skier. If your classic skills are solid intermediate, you are probably okay at Lake Elmo. All skiers should expect minor issues to ice to gravel on any trail. Ski alert on the rock skis.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 5 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Snowmaking operations cranked up again at Wirth! 5-6 guns on top were running this afternoon as temperatures remained in the low 20s. The only area currently open for skiing is the La Squadra segment (next to the sledding hill).
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Dec 5 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skipped bad roads and spin class with Waldo today for an hour of power, skiing the La Squadra 600 meter man made loop at Wirth. Nicely groomed with the recent 2" of snow. Few bare spots on the top right turn due to the wind gusts.
      Photos:  
      (Mindy Benton)
    • Dec 5 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The .6k LaSquadra loop is groomed and in good shape. The new snowfall has given it the fresh layer of snow that it needed after the warm temps. However, the overnight snowfall was insufficient depth for grooming any of the natural snow trails.
      The cold weather has allowed us to start back up with our snowmaking efforts. We will keep you posted on future trail openings soon.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      There is significant tree work that needs to happen on the Como golf course before the cross country season begins there. We know this is inconvenient for skiers, but hope we can start the work soon with the cold temperatures finally returning. For your safety please stay off the course until were able to establish a trail after the tree work is finished. Please respect that these trails are closed. We will get the trails open for you as soon as we can.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Dec 5 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      While this snow is a welcome sight, there's not enough to groom a trail. Please also note that there is still thawed ground underneath this snow. Please respect that these trails are closed so we can avoid damage to the golf course turf. We will get the trails open for you as soon as we can.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Dec 5 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      While this snow is a welcome sight, there's not enough to groom a trail. Please also note that there is still thawed ground underneath this snow. Please respect that these trails are closed so we can avoid damage to the golf course turf. We will get the trails open for you as soon as we can.
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Dec 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skied half a loop before calling it. Technically still open until tonight, but wanted to save others the time. No bare spots still, but the track was 100% covered by dirt and debris to the point where glide was extremely difficult. The gooey glaze on the base of my skis after half a K indicates there was plenty of traffic while it lasted. Looking forward to snow making weather.
      (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
    • Dec 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      Due to deteriorated conditions, the Elm Creek cross-country trails will be closed as of 9:00pm on Monday, December 4th. The trails will remain closed for a few days as we make snow, with a portion of the trails being reopened by Saturday, December 9th. Closing the trails allows us to rebuild the base that has been lost during the warm period to help ensure trail availability for the remainder of the season.
      (Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Dec 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 

      Tree scheduled to be removed has now fallen and blocks the trail on the farthest west side of the ski games trail.
      Photos:  
      (Jamie Ahrens)
    • Dec 3 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Fresh grooming this early morning on the 0.6K man-made loop. Firm and fast conditions on the downhill - great for practicing hill descents and step turns on snow after a long summer constricted to flat pavement. The uphill was in good shape as well, but becoming a bit sugary in places. The uphill climb is great practice for alternating left and ride side V1 and of course getting the heart and lungs accustomed to the hills of Wirth. :) Thanks to the grooming crew for giving us a head start for the season!
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Dec 3 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The 1K loop from the chalet down to the practice area and around the donut were open. Trail was in good shape considering the weather. Seemed to be some dirt showing through on the corner from the practice loop to the chalet. Lots of people out there getting their winter legs ready.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Dec 2 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      First time out this season. It was crowded at 9am. I took the wood skis to hold the speed factor down. The track was well used to gone. I stayed off the downhill into the donut and skied loops up top. It was good to stick to the super easy stuff to work basics with the trail so busy. Sure, I missed a few kicks on the gentle uphill. There were some funny looking hops as weight shifted off balance on the flats. Corrections were made. That's the fun of the first trips; find the rust and fix it. Kick wax was Toko Binder hastily applied before skiing. I saw a lot of happy skiers of all ages and abilities today at Elm Creek.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 2 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      SKied around 11 am, crowds had thinned out. Skate lane was getting chewed up, a few icy patches (especially inside lane of the donut downhill). Same 1K loop -- been too warm for any snowmaking much. Still, great to be able to ski in 42F with brown yards all around.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Dec 2 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      .6k LaSquadra loop groomed and tracks set this morning. The conditions are firm this morning as the temps have dipped bellow freezing.
      Photos:  
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Dec 1 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      I skied the newly opened loop this morning before sunrise and it was awesome - firm and fast! Much better than I expected. 0.6K may sound like a small loop, but it's got plenty of uphill and downhill that it keeps things interesting. An excellent way to transition from flat rollerskiing on pavement to exciting hills on snow! Thanks to the grooming crew for an opening in late November without any help from Mother Nature. Wow!
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Dec 1 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Our .6k snowmaking section is freshly groomed with a classic track set this morning. Conditions are very firm this morning.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 11 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Arrived at 7:30 this morning, hoping to groom a skate lane on the new snow, but we did not receive enough to put a skiable base over the ice and exposed dirt. Watched one hard-core member try an ski the 5K, but she returned for snowshoes after 5 minutes; skis were just sliding on the ice cap. So, we continue to wait for a groomable snowfall. Our equipment stands ready, the trails are clear, and we will open - and posting on Skinnyski - as soon as nature allows.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Dec 2 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skiers were out in force at Spirit this morning enjoying fresh cord and a nice sunrise on approximately 1-1.5km. Weekend skiing hours are 6:30am-8:30am. Trail pass is $5, place in the honor box.
      Photos:  
      (Andre Watt)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 8 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We groomed Summer Home, Campground, and the Lit Loop. Trails are in good shape, with a few icy spots where the wind has blown most of our new snow off the trail. Skate lanes are 95% good, tracks maybe 60% with the rest a bit shallow.
      Photos:  
      (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
    • Dec 3 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We groomed Summer Home and Campground with the PB today. The skate lane looks good, as well as about 70% of the track. It looks like we have some snow and cold weather in our future.
      Photos:  
      (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 7 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All man made loop (2.5 k) is open. Thanks to Ken Patzoldt all trails and stadium are groomed to perfection! Time to ski.
      Photos:  
      (Vladimir Cervenka)
    • Dec 2 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Absolutely perfect ski conditions at Mt. Itasca today. We are getting spoiled.
      Photos:  
      (Vladimir Cervenka)
    • Dec 1 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      More trails are open at Mt. Itasca ( Swamp loop, 2k cutoff, service Rd. ) The man made loop is now 2 k long with connections to the downhill. Great skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Vladimir Cervenka)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 6 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Well over 300 trees cleared last week from early season heavy snow and winds. Big thanks to the Forest Service for sending a couple crews out to help! Far western portions of the trail system are still waiting attention. Until there is fresh snow atop the old hard snow and litter, we will not be attempting to groom.
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Dusting of new snow overnight. Snow depth 0-3", compacted base 1-2". We have been grooming daily this week, including this morning on the three trails we are focusing on to try and open this coming week. We also have been moving snow around on the thin areas near the start. A ski after grooming this morning found some nice rock skiing conditions on most of Skaters Waltz and Sukkerbusk on a thin but well packed base. Overall around 40km has been packed/rolled/combed. Couple more inches and we should be able to open up around 10km and 3-4" to open additional trail.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Dec 5 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      2" of new snow. Packed out six early season skiing trails this morning, preparing for the next snowfalls. Trails are closed, need 2-4" additional before we can open. Ground is frozen. 7" of ice on lake.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Minnesota Central


      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - Riverside Park (Saint Cloud): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied the trail Saturday morning, moderately fast conditions, felt slippery. The snowmaking made the trail have mound areas that have not been completely flattened over. The trail is an out and back with lots of traffic, but still probably about half mile or so long with a hill that you have to dodge people coming up when going down. More snowmaking seems to be going on and hopefully a whole 1K loop will be done by the weekend depending on the temps!
      (Tennessee Scott-Lumbar)
    • Dec 6 - Riverside Park (Saint Cloud): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Snowmaking is underway in St. Cloud - Riverside Park. Expect to have trails ready to ski by Saturday.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Busta)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 7 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      With last night's additional trace of snow we are now up a full dusting, with a few more dusting we will be up to measurable snow. That said a full dusting is good enough to get out the vintage rock skis. With granddaughter in tow it was a beautiful morning for a ski.
      Photos:  
      (Steve Williams)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 10 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We were mainly skiing on the North End Classic Trails out of the North End Trailhead. Coverage was pretty good, though there were spots where grass was showing through. Most of the trails were packed and tracked. A few of the classic trails had been skied, but not groomed. All in all, it was in great condition and groomed well, given the amount of snow.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Dec 10 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Classic skied north from OO to north of Boedecker. It was slow going north. Walked the first big downhill. Track varied with lumps, bumps, grass, washouts, clean, sticks, leaves, and worn. Perfect! The skate deck on the classic trail was flat, hardpan but not boilerplate, some fuzz on top, scalped, clean, dips, bumps, and dishes. Perfect! The southbound track ran more of a normal speed than the slow northbound. What a great day on the trail just tuning up the skills in and out of track. Even on the skittery B skis there was good results. Thanks Groomers! It was good decision to groom and open that section of trail.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 10 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Awesome morning ski on the Birkie trail! Lots of people out but of course never crowded on the trail. Felt like mid-winter conditions, we used B skis but a lot of people were using good skis.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Dec 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We received approx 1.5 inches of new fluff on top of the firm base from earlier in the week. Skied north from OO to about approx 2K north of Fire Tower Hill. Went up on the CL trail and back on the SK trail. The SK trail is in better overall condition. I used my good skis and did not have any issues. Thanks Birkie groomers for making the most of the recent snow.
      (Rich Hoban)
    • Dec 9 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
      Secondhand 

      Today the groomer was out and compacted and rolled trails. Not enough snow to set tracks at this point.
      (Ben Welnak)
    • Dec 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Just finished up this morning....we were able to groom the Birkie Skate trail from OO to Fire Tower. We were also able to lay down two classic tracks on the Birkie Classic Trail from OO to Fire Tower. It's a great weekend to be outside and on the Birkie Trail. Enjoy!
      (Sam Hughes, American Birkebeiner)
    • Dec 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied from Boedecker trailhead to OO on the Skate and back on the classic - was fantastic. Track set on much of the route. Lots of folks out!
      Photos:  
      (Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner)
    • Dec 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      OO North to Firetower is great skating. The trail is groomed and skied in. Firetower to North End is firm with a couple inches of fluff on top that was starting to pack down nicely later in the ski. North End to the Start was less tracked. Sure there is some grass or sticks on the trail but this was an all timer of a day on the trail. The parking lots at OO were as full as I can remember seeing almost like Pre Birkie. Great job done by the Birkie Trail Crew.
      (Gunnar Fontaine)
    • Dec 9 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      North End Trails were groomed this morning for skate and classic. Skate lanes are uneven and there is some debris in the tracks in some places. Some brush is still hanging in the trail, especially the section south of Timber Trail Road, and will be cut asap.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Dec 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Incredible - another 3 inches of fluffy new snow overnight and it was lightly snowing during my ski! I hit the trail at OO at 6:45am and skate skied to high point. Snowmobile groomers were coming back south to finish the east side of skate lane. They stopped and kidded me - no skiing on this trail. Skiing was slow but nice cushy soft feeling. The new snow really filled in the trail more and less sticks. The grooming of the new snow stopped at the shack south of high point. The classic trail was groomed with track set too. Thanks to the groomers.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Once again, the Birkie trail crew has made the best out of 6" of snow! The OO loops are solid and there is very little debris. I really didn't see any bare grass, stumps, or rocks. If we all stop to toss the few remaining sticks off the trail, there is no reason you shouldn't get out and ski the trails, they are are in good condition, for a 1" groomed base. After the loops, however, I skied a couple KM north of the road and back, it was magical! The snow clinging to the trees a beautiful and the corduroy was fresh, a bit soft, and great. Of course the trail is little lumpy, as there isn't enough snow to smooth out the contours of the earth and in the heavily wooded parts have some sticks, cones, leaves, etc. to navigate around, but hey, who can't use some more agility training?
      Photos:  
      (Brian Kantar)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The loops on the south side of 'OO' were great yesterday and today. I noticed one significant rock (and 'marked' by poking some sticks in the snow on the uphill side of it) but othewise good coverage. I'd encourage every person skiing to pick up 20 sticks/twigs on their ski. Consider yourself an auxiliary trail crew member. 20 x many skiers = lots of trail cleanup!
      Photos:  
      (Gary TerBeest)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skied 3.5 hrs on the Birkie today with 3,000 ft elevation climb. Beautiful winter wonderland. We skied from picnic table (south of OO where grooming starts) to shelter by high point and then back to picnics table and then went to high point and back again. They finished grooming the full skate trail width while we were out. Lots twigs/sticks and a few 4 inch rocks scattered that I cleared. Thin in spots and good coverage in others. Much firmer south of OO. A couple inches of fresh fluffy snow falling tonight. Looking forward to the morning ski. Thanks for all the work by the Birkie crew to get so much trail open!
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied the loops at the OO trailhead this evening. Pretty good coverage. Recommend B skis. I did not have any rock issues during my 1 hour ski. Things got a little crowded when a bus load of Jr. high kids from the Loppet Foundation showed up. Looking forward to a long ski north of OO tomorrow.
      (Rich Hoban)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied the North End trails and the Birkie about 15k south. Steve's report earlier today for the North End trails is spot on. I used b-skis and had no problems. Groomer was out on the Birkie trail and had made two passes. Over all very good, maybe a bit better skating than the North End trail but no tracks. Snow was slow but well worth the trip. As I was leaving a big front was moving in with whiteout conditions and rapidly accumulating snow.
      (John Jereczek)
    • Dec 8 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      I skied a variety of the NE trails and a little of the Birkie trail both yesterday and today. The main NE trail that was rolled and groomed right after the snow is pretty firm with good coverage. There is some grass/dirt showing but it is covered enough to ski over it. Classic tracks look good with areas of grass/dirt on occasion but you should be able to ski through them. The trails that were only rolled or the Birkie trail that was groomed a couple hours ago are softer but still skiable. I rated it as "Rock Skis" but if you are careful you could probably use "B" skis.
      The North End Club has done a great job of taking advantage of this first snow.
      (Steve Thon)
    • Dec 8 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Currently, the Birkie Skate and Classic trail from OO to the Birkie Start are being groomed and will be ready by Saturday morning. That is a long stretch of trail that takes awhile. When it is complete, expect the conditions to be similar to the loops around OO, which are currently open. The base will be about 1", with some tree debris from tree clearing in places, and no classic track. B or rock skis are recommended but if you are careful, you could probably avoid anything that could damage your skis. If you are considering a trip to the Northwoods this weekend, you can expect pretty good skiing on the Birkie Trail. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Dec 7 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skied from OO going south. They groomed out to the picnic table and the side loops. Main trail was really good, clean and smooth. The side trails have intermittent thin spots that are easily avoided, but really pretty good too.
      Photos:  
      (Joel Woodward)
    • Dec 7 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trails open but not groomed. 6-8" of really nice quality snow. Lots of trees over the trail - it was pretty old school. We skied in previous tracks for a third, snowmobile tracks for a third, and then broke trail for a third. About 90% of the skiing was good. We skied the all the outer loops - the west side outer loop had rocky sections in it. Real winter wonderland with the snow on the trees.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Dec 7 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The tracks were mostly good with pine needles and leaves occasionally. There is some brush and branches hanging in the classic lane but the skate lane, which is quite uneven, looked clear of anything hanging in the trail. Only 7k are tracked as of this afternoon. I could see the classic only trail had been skied in but only about 6k. Overall the skiing was fair to good in places and should only improve as more trail clearing and grooming is done the next few days.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Dec 7 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Yesterday, the loops on the south side of OO were groomed, leaving about a 1" base. That said, there are still some rocks and sticks poking through so rock skis are recommended. Unfortunately, the 1" base is not enough to set a classic track. The lights on these trails will be on every day from sundown til 10:00pm. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Dec 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      I skied from the North End Trail cabin on the Birke trail - went South for about 10 k then turned around. They have at least 10" of snow, and it looked like the grooming crew had packed and rolled with a snowmobile and also made a pass with the PB - but did not use the tiller. The areas where I could ski on the packed / rolled part were great! But some of the PB tracks had pulled up a few leaves or dirt. There were no tracks set or skating deck, but I had a great time just skiing in my own classic track. The trees were fully loaded with snow and it was a beautiful winter wonderland experience! Hopefully the Birke trail crew will continue grooming over the next few days!
      (Rhett Bonner)
    • Dec 6 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Update from earlier today - One of the crew got ambitious and combed and set track on about 7k of trail late this afternoon. The skate deck is wavy and there are some wet spots but most of the trail is well snow covered. The tracks are good in places but thin under the pines with some dirt and needles. Waxless skis should work well in the tracks. We plan to continue combing out the trail tomorrow and possibly set more track.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Dec 6 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      We received about 6" of snow Tuesday after the rain and added another 2" of snow today. All the skate lanes have been rolled and I am told someone is skiing in the classic trail. There is some debris but the fallen trees have been cleaned up on the skate lanes. I do not know the condition of the classic trail at this time. Further grooming is being assessed.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Dec 5 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      A little test grooming and ski. We received about 6-8" of really dense snow. Only a small section at OO was groomed. I expect most everything to ready by the weekend (there's a fair amount of clean-up to be done), but my bet is the skiing will be good.
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Tumbleson)
    • Dec 5 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Six inches of new snow after rain yesterday. The heavy wet snow put many trees onto the trail. A few trees may need to be cut out. Beautiful day on the trail.
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Meyer)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      The After Hours trails are skiable, but not in great condition yet. Skating is recommended as there isn't enough snow depth for a track. With low snow volume the trail is still pretty uneven. The coverage is mostly good with some dirt patches, and there are some sections that are pretty good. Thanks to the grooming crew at After Hours for making the most out of the snow!
      Photos:  
      (Pasha Kahn)
    • Dec 7 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The trails were rolled Wednesday, conditions are poor with about 1 inch of base and 5 inches in the woods. The wet spots are still freezing up and the rough spots need more snow to cover the bumps. Some trail sections are closed where logging or hauling are occurring. As soon as the loggers or haulers move out of the area and conditions allow grooming of those sections, we will re-open them.
      Photos:  
      (Diane Gobin)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 10 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      The trails were rolled at some point last week, with about an inch or so of powder on top. No tracks for classic yet. There is a lot of dried vegetation poking through the snow, and pinecones to dodge (but no rocks), so don't bring your good skis, but definitely skiable and fun to get out.
      (Aistis Tumas)
    • Dec 9 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      With a few more inches of new snow, we regroomed and tracked the core trails, including: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Seagull Connector, Rollercoaster, Telford, and Sugarbush Dog Trail. On the skate trails the skate deck is starting to smooth out, still a little lumpy. The tracks set full with just a few thin spots on the skate trails. On Sugarbush Classic it was thin in several places, I raised the track in some places, but saw a bit of dirt in a couple of others I should have raised the track on.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Dec 9 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Lots of K groomed for skating and tracks set too. The trackand skate deck are soft, but they have groomed it a number of times. Groomers were out this morning while we skied. Pretty good coverage everywhere. Well worth it.
      (Kate Ullman)
    • Dec 7 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Over the last 3 days, we have received anywhere from 6-12 inches of snow. The thinner spots down on Jolly, the higher amounts of snow up on the top of Seagull. With the wind, rain, then snow, it took a lot of time to clear the trails. At this point we have cleared, rolled yesterday and again today, then packed with the ginzu: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford, Dog Trail, and Sugarbush Classic to the cabin. Down on Jolly there was one wet spot I saw, and a couple of thin spots, otherwise the trail seems to have decent cover after packing, but is still pretty uneven in places. I would rate it as fair conditions.
      (Scott Nesvold)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (Balsam Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Went to look at the trails and to see if skiable. I did actually put on my rock skate skis for about 50-75 yards or so just to see if the trails were skiable. When I hit gravel a few times, I took the skis off and walked back. The trails were (understandably) not yet rolled or groomed, but mostly snow covered and will likely be skiable with more snow.
      (Gary Simon)
    • Dec 9 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      With a little more snow and additional grooming, the following trails are being reported as "pretty good" for skating with rock skis: Engagement Loop, Short Loop, and Cervenka's Curl. No tracks are set.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Dec 8 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      All of Timberland Hills has been rolled except the Ridge Run and Corkscrew. There is not enough snow to set tracks. The Lighted Trail is not open yet due to a logging project. Trails have a 1-2" base with some dirt and rocks showing. Conditions are poor and for rock skis only.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Dec 6 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      The Spooner area received about five inches of snow this past Monday and Tuesday. After the snow, the trails at the College Street Park were groomed for skating. There wasn't enough snow to set a classic track. Since the time of the pictures, we have received another inch or two of new snow. The trails have some debris and are soft in areas. For early season, the trails are in good shape...enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (David Martin)
    • Dec 6 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      We have snow! No grooming yet; we are going to let everything freeze up with the cold temps and hope for a little more snow. Watch for updates!
      News: We have been getting increasing requests for more than skiing - so we are planning to offer a new multi-use trail this winter! The new trail will be groomed (probably without a classic track, but time will tell) and will be open for fat bikes, snowshoeing, skiing, and skijoring. Watch for maps soon. The new trail will use the county's existing tote road system that we haven't historically groomed for skiing. We request that bikes and dogs continue to stay off our regular ski trails, and signs to enforce this will be placed at all crossings with the ski trail.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
      Other locations
    • Dec 11 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Observation Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Just back from marking trees for tomorrow's Buckthorn Brigade work in the 300 camp. Yes, we are driving vehicles in with our cutting gear tomorrow. There was probably two inches of wet snowman snow down and evenly spread in the campground. It packed down well underfoot. There is ice under the snow in places; the two did not bond. On the asphalt campground road, the new snow might support classic skis but take your rollerski poles. Best guess would be the mowed picnic area from the dam to the beach for another possible break your own track trip. I think skate style would be risky and very hard work. Remember, a lot of Willow's trails are gravel. The howling, screaming wind came up about 3:00pm. Hunting season runs till Dec. 15. No grooming till after then and decent snowfall.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 7 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The mowed grass picnic area from the dam to the beach did not hold enough snow for skiing. That is one of my pre grooming secrets exposed. Trails are no better but at least they are frozen. Ice could be an issue under the first grooming run. Trail work will continue until there is a real chance for inches of snow.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 3 - Trollhaugen downhill area (Dresser): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Early morning Nordic on the downhill trails; no classic track. Attendance was light. Classic skiers may have numbered six. I started on the modern gear; Atomic Sport Pro skins. The skins were not treated. On the newly groomed surface, the skins would drag if there was a little undulation. It was something I had not seen on any of the trips on these skis last season while out of track. Same thing on the Redster skins. First season on those. Skiing the worn area of the trail, there was no skin drag. The Redsters tracked straight in the loose or bonded snow. Time was late so I took the longest run of the day on the woodies. The run started way up on the long hill in the moguls. I ran over every little lump or bump to be found, other than ice. Fun! The skiing surface never separated from the base. This makes the no track classic situation workable according to me. Learn to classic ski this condition at Trollhaugen. Skills on natural snow will improve. There was plenty of room for more skiers. Thanks Trollhaugen!
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Dec 3 - Trollhaugen downhill area (Dresser): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent skate deck. No track set. Corduroy at 7 A.M. with 20 skiers or so zipping around a larger area than in recent years! Opti HF3 worked great for glide even with warmer temps. Thank you Trollhaugen!
      (Caroline Kostroski)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 11 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The trails were rolled this morning. The deck is extremely thin, with grass, sticks, and roots visible. At this time we would not recommend skiing on the surface. Its too rough for even rock skis. This was our first trip on the trails, and there was only about 3" of snow to work with. Like a lot of trail systems, we waiting for more snow. As we get more snow we will be compacting.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Dec 10 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skating was quite good this morning. Good coverage everywhere. Trails had been groomed although there hasn't been enough snow to to level things out yet. I'd probably not use my A skis though you could get by with them if you had to. No classic track set. Beautiful morning. Good ski. Glad I went.
      (John Huppert)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 6 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Scenery at Navarino has changed due to a timber harvest in November. Staff and volunteers have gone through all 12+ miles of trails and have them ready to go, just need snow now. All grooming equipment has been upgraded this year, this is due to donations / grants and partnership with the local DNR staff. Groomer is now a 6'tidd tech with tracksetter, and pulling it will be a John Deere gator on tracks. We have held a volunteer training and have 12 individuals ready to assist with grooming. New donation posts are out at the trail heads, please show your support of the recent upgrades and changes. Think snow and we will see you on the trails of Navarino!
      (Tim Ewing)
      Other locations
    • Dec 11 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      We have 3-4" which is enough to classical ski.
      (Van Stanley)
    • Dec 11 - Lake Emily Trail (Florence): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      We have 3-4" on the ground, grooming should start with another 3-4". The county has been doing a great job of grooming every Thursday for both skate and classical.
      (Van Stanley)
    • Dec 11 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      We have about 4" on the ground now. Grooming should begin with 3 or 4 more inches. The county has been doing a great job grooming on Thursdays for both skate and classical for the past couple years.
      (Van Stanley)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 11 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Snowmaking completed on 750m (1/2 of the snowmaking loop). Rest will be completed today. Expect trail to be open by the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Yuriy Gusev, Central Cross-Country Skiing)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      A few whales covered about 1/4 of the warm up loop. As I left the volunteers were starting up the snow guns again. Be sure to thank our volunteers and donate to the snowmaking fund. Looking forward to skiing soon!
      Photos:  
      (Andy Douglass)
    • Dec 7 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The snow guns are set up and in place! We are going to begin making snow this evening, however, Friday temps will be too warm to continue, so it's looking like our next opportunity will be Saturday night. If cold weather holds, we hope to have a loop done by the end of next week. If nothing else, perhaps a stretch. Please check back for updates or call the hotline.
      (Anne Korman, Wisconsin DNR)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 9 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Many trails were excellent - Bard's Bump, Meadows, Blueberry. River and Memory some ice where low spots are frozen but there's not yet enough snow to churn it up. I did not do Peltonnen as with hundreds of skiers ahead of me I found even small hills on Bump were scraped and hard to edge. Hats off to Eric and crew for giving us the first glimpse of winter!
      (Dave Minden)
    • Dec 9 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great skiing conditions even after 4" of fluffy snow fell after groomers set track and corduroy in the morning. Volunteer groomers will be out Sunday morning. A good base setting up nicely. Over 15" of snow in the woods waiting for the snowshoers to hit the snowshoe marked trails.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Dec 8 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are really smoothing out well and covering is good. The main trails are skiing like mid winter today. We have 75 km we are grooming and 42 km we are skiing. Of the 42 km we are skiing, 30 km is great. We have classic tracks on most everything, there are thin areas under conifers but skiers are very happy.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Dec 8 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The volunteer groomers have been out preparing a good base for the year. They have been tirelessly shoveling and packing slightly wet patches. Trail base varies between 3-6" and lake effect snow continues to fall today. Light, large flakes. Striding is best with no wax. Tracks are strong and firm in most places, downhills are quick. Good pre-winter conditions all-around. Skate lane has soft corduroy. A few wet and frozen patches on the Wolverine, Cliff Trail and Cliff Hanger Trails. Warm chalet is open.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Dec 6 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We packed about 65 km, again today and trails are freezing down well. We're up to 3 feet of snowfall for this season, that's double last year at this time. It is still snowing lake effect... on the radar. We should have 25 k ready for 10 am Thursday. We just came in from grooming tonight it was snowing pretty hard.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Dec 5 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      We have been packing all day after 4-6 inches of snow. The temps are freezing down nicely. We plan to open Thursday morning at 10 am, we expect about 25-30 km open for Thursday and more for the weekend as we freeze the wet area down.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Dec 4 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Present: Well it looks like it is turning into winter! We have been cruising the trails on snowmobiles and tracked vehicles the last week clearing the buried brush from the diminished base and installing new maps and signs. We have an inch or so of hard base(ice) as of today in most wooded areas. Fields are a bit bare but the main trail seemed to survive so far with an icy base.
      Forecast: We have groomers coming in the morning to groom the forecast snow. We can not count on the snow until we see it but the forecasts are all online. We need 3 inches or so of dense snow to reopen. The base is frozen. We will pack the snow as it falls, except for Tuesday night from 5:00 PM-Wed morning, when we host the ABR Christmas Party to honor our hard working crew of workers and volunteers!
      Future: We will continue to groom and update twice daily with conditions as the weather changes to cold and snow over the next few days. I expect and hope that we will reopen Thursday for skiing. I know we will not open Tuesday or Wednesday for planning purposes.
      Conclusion: watch the website and forecast, we can not answer the phone for all the calls.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      We now have A,B,C,D,G return,and Y open and tracked. One big water hole on Y at the X intersection but easy to get around. Tracks on Y are really good as are all the other tracks that are set. Worked on the X cut across and W today. Big water hole on X but should freeze well after packing and shoveling today. W is rolled but closed because of too many water holes. More snow and cold temps will help us there too. Lots of good skiing out there right now. Come on out!
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Dec 9 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Set tracks on A,C,D,B backwards to Z then up Heart Attack and back on G return. Overall really good conditions with a few rough spots here and there. Also started to work on Y and W but a lot of water in a few spots. Should be able to set track on those tomorrow. Lots of work getting those mud holes frozen but some real cold nights coming will help. Thanks to the NMU Ski Team for coming over and getting in some good K's before Sundays race in Houghton.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Dec 8 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We received some significant snowfall last night and today. We rolled and packed around 8k and packed 12k or so. We will set track on some of it in the morning so ski season is here! We do have some rough areas with some ruts and frozen mud holes but overall pretty good. We will continue to work on opening up new trails everyday so with more snow in the forecast things are looking quite good.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Dec 7 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      It looks like Winter is finally here. We have fresh snow and it looks like more on the way! We are bringing snowmobiles out today and will start rolling some sections in the morning. We have some really wet areas with ruts from the summer logging operations that will take some time to whip into shape. Will keep you posted daily on progress.
      (Dan Rabine)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Dec 10 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Beautiful skiing on fluffy snow. Trails have been rolled but are still thin or wet in places, especially Quincy Trail at the Tomasi end. St Uhlro's Loop and Pine Loop in nicer shape.
      Photos:  
      (Carolyn Dekker)
    • Dec 9 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All trails were rolled today again. No tracks set but skis do glide nice and straight on the soft surface. Depth is improving but many wet areas remain which are easily skied around.
      Photos:  
      (Sandy Aronson)
    • Dec 9 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With more than 30 inches of snow in the last 4 days, there's plenty of snow at Swedetown (and Tech Trails). The skate deck was very soft today, and portions of the Bears hadn't been groomed since we got 6+ inches last night, and the snow keeps falling and falling and falling. So skating was slow unless you followed the groomers. But at this point, it's great to have the lake effect snow machine in high gear--every day in the 10 day forecast is showing lake effect snow predicted.
      (Nancy Langston)
    • Dec 9 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Huge improvement in conditions with the new snowfall the past few days. I skied to the lowest elevation at the bottom of Papa Bear, and coverage was good. Track was good but slow because of continuing light snowfall. Beautiful scenery!
      Photos:  
      (Peter Vorhes)
    • Dec 8 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Rolled the city side trails, the gorge including the New River Trail Extension, Vista, and the newly re-opened Outback Trail. Snow depths vary throughout the system, so expect rocks, stumps, and water crossings. Trail packing will continue over the next few days. Note that the trails are never closed - but not all segments are packed as of today.
      Photos:  
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Dec 8 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With 18" of snow the last three days, plenty of base. Skiing was a bit soft today as the groomers continue to pack the new snow. Tracks set on some loops. Very good conditions.
      (Dean Woodbeck)
    • Dec 8 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      With 10-12 inches of snow overnight waiting for us this morning, areas with bare spots are now filled in and looking good. Rolled most trails this morning and setting 10-15K of tracks for the weekend. Weekend skiing should be very good and Swedetown Chalet will be open for the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Cynthia MacDonald, Great Bear Chase)
    • Dec 7 - Maasto Hiihto Ski Trails (Hancock): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      The groomers packed the small loop at Tomasi Trailhead to check the snow depth, and found it far too shallow to go any further. We'll need more snow for the system to be packed and groomed. I used back country skis and found snow depth from very thin to 10". Any day on skis is a good one so no complaints about conditions but expect to wait a while before Maasto can be groomed. As always, the trails are open at all times for skiing, snow shoeing, and snow biking. Once grooming begins, walkers please use snow shoes.
      (Sandy Aronson)
    • Dec 7 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      With over 12 inches of new snow this week, all 30K of trails have been dragged. Base trail coverage ranges from excellent to poor depending on area due to wind scouring. Expect there to be fair to good early season conditions for this coming weekend and following week.
      (Cynthia MacDonald, Great Bear Chase)
    • Dec 6 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Freshly rolled 6"-8" over bare ground or icy base after high winds. West side trails now open, but watch for hidden rocks in a few spots. Swedetown has been skiable since the last week of October.
      (Troy Kinnunen-Skidmore)
    • Dec 6 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Some bare spots were present with the blowing wind, and some trails weren't yet groomed, and a few trails had a surprising amount of snow even though they had been groomed. That said, the skating was great! The snow was sweet, the trails were fast, and it sure is nice to be back on snow after 10 days without. Thanks, Tech groomers!
      (Nancy Langston)

 

United States


  • Dec 10 - Auburn Ski Club (Truckee, CA): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

    Spent the weekend skiing the trails at the Auburn Ski Club on Donner Pass in Truckee, CA. Only trails in the area that are open and the snow coverage was great. Even with warm daily temperatures, the snow is holding up well and grooming is wonderful. The support from the ski club is top notch and any areas that were thin one day were well covered with shoveled snow the following day. Great training and wonderful skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Rhodes)
  • Dec 8 - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center (Bozeman, MT): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

    Crosscut Mtn trails (formerly Bohart Ranch) have most of their 40-50km groomed and tracked. A bit thin down low, but above 6200' there is enough snow even for a great track, in addition to the skate lane. Skiing's great.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Dec 1 - Denali National Park (De, Alaska): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

    Skied the Riley Creek/Visitor Center, a 4 mile loop tracked for classic by snow machine. Very good conditions for classic, 20" snow, -7F, clear sky.
    Photos:  
    (David Yemm)

 


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