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Minnesota Metro Area

     

    Twin Cities area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the South Wirth trails after work from the parking lot at Wirth Lake, across the lake avoiding the hill, to Skyline and back. Classic trail was defined for the most part, a bit crunchy and fast. I usually finish in the dark but today finished in time to see the nice sunset. Hopefully the weather will stay cooler than the forecast.
      (Nancy Horan)
    • NewFeb 7 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lake of the Isles has OK tracks for classic skiing. Skate deck looked fantastic for freestyle. We need more snow and for the groomers to return.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Tannen)
    • NewFeb 7 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied from Wirth Lake around noon time. Wirth Lake and north to the Trail Center was groomed last night, still a little hard/icy as the trail hadn't softened much despite the sun. Made for fast skiing. Eloise Butler and The Bog trails haven't been groomed since the race weekend, so was a little treacherous on downhills as was hard packed/icy and the ruts/un-even places from the race. Some places were softening up due to the sun, but much still in the shadows so doubt will soften up much in the afternoon. If not a good skier I'd wait a day.
      (Carleton Johnson)
    • NewFeb 7 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated Savanna and North late morning and intended to follow up with the Prairie and Hills loops, but found the trail conditions difficult. The skate deck was generally rutted hardpack, much of it icy. I was able to find "edgeable" snow on the left side of the skate deck about 60% of the time, but the downhill segments were pretty much frozen hard and rough full-width. As I was finishing up, I found some segments in the sun softening a bit, making the skating and climbing more efficient. Everything was skiable for me, but the rough surface, especially on the icy downhills, really beat up my old knees.
      (David Sonnenberg)
    • NewFeb 7 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions this morning on most of the trail. A little thin in a couple spots, especially right after the first bridge. B skis most likely. Tracks are a little washed out but still very nice easy ski conditions. Skate trail looked pretty good but perhaps a little firm or icy after yesterdays little sleet spell. Definitely enjoyable.
      (Steve McCormack)
    • NewFeb 7 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Fair conditions: Track beginning to deteriorate, some areas of track obliterated. Some bare spots beginning to affect ski ability. Icy spots beginning to affect ski ability. Some spots are soft and some spots are fast depending on the sun.
      (Kristy Rockford, Ramsey County Parks)
    • NewFeb 7 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Both the East and the West side trails were regroomed yesterday. Tracks were touched up but starting to get shallow in areas and debris still present, especially in the North Loop. After the icy rain we experienced the trails have gotten slick as well. At this time we will avoid grooming until the temperatures drop to prevent further damage. Hoping to regroom early Friday unless we see a change in the weather.
      (Jen Garcia, Washington County Parks)
    • NewFeb 7 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The ski trails were all regroomed early this morning - both packed and tracked. There is some minor debris and icy sections but overall things are in Good/Fair condition. East Side Multi-Use trails were not groomed at this time. Grooming Plans: Most likely we will wait for cooler temperatures before regrooming again!
      (Jen Garcia, Washington County Parks)
    • NewFeb 7 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The classic and skate deck trails at Green Haven Golf Course were groomed and set today. Snow conditions remain in excellent shape at this time. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • NewFeb 7 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain in excellent shape. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • NewFeb 7 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      No new grooming as of noon today. Skate deck is packed and icy, hard to get an edge. Trails are starting to soften up in the sun, but in the shade it is dangerously fast, so I get over to the classic tracks for stability.
      Photos:
      (David Byrne, Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club)
    • NewFeb 7 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied from the Wirth Lake parking lot, to the Wedding Hill, and then through the entire bog section. It was a mixed bag. On the one hand classic tracks were still deep and well defined. On the other, there was a consistent glaze from the weather yesterday. This meant that everything was quite slick, and that all of the irregularities in the snow from recent use of the skate deck had solidified into place. So striding in tracks was mostly fast and fun, but the steeper downhills were bumpy and a bit treacherous. Overall a great ski despite some white knuckle moments.
      (Thomas Blackstock)
    • NewFeb 7 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Today's transient and special conditions are worth sharing. The particular treat was the classic tracks on the natural snow trails. It was all crust skiing - fast but not out of control, and you could kick up anything. The sun and warming temperatures later in the day are likely to turn the tracks slick, but for a few magical hours this morning, classic skiing at EC was a special treat. Note that the skate deck on the natural snow trails was scratched up by the groomers, and looked fast and controlable. The snow making loop was, as expected, in excellent shape.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • NewFeb 7 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It looks like the golf course was groomed yesterday. The skiff of about 0.25" of fresh slushy snow on top made the classic tracks a challenge at first, more like backcountry skiing. After a few skiers went through, the tracks were in good enough condition to be in pretty, pretty good shape. The deck looked decent if you're into a soft, feathery skate.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • NewFeb 7 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was groomed yesterday and today. Classic tracks set yesterday and only skate lane groomed this morning. Should ski really well today!
      (Chris Torvi)
    • NewFeb 7 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied at 8:00 AM this morning with my eldest daughter (which, in and of itself, justified the ski). She skated on a firm, edgy, icy deck with just enough give to provide some purchase. I double-poled in the classic track (surprise, surprise, two-week old klister did not work). The track was icy. The corners were washed out where folks skate turned. The most challenging for me in the low light of morning was the dreaded three-track situation. I assume the groomers put down new classic tracks, and in some places that meant three tracks instead of two. In places the track is close to the right edge, which means the occasional punch-through. Still and all, I am thankful for the groomers' efforts. I hope the warm weather doesn't do too much damage.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • NewFeb 6 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good tracks. Some tree litter. Soft snow in some areas due to warmer temps. I did not skate ski but the trail was packed and in good condition.
      (Cathy Erpelding)
    • NewFeb 6 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the outermost trails. Was a blast, with great temps, trails in good shape, nice snow everywhere. Increasing numbers of leaves but not too much to worry about. The Lagoon trail seemed a little bit more "wild" than the rest of the trails, a little more beat up and leafy but it was still great overall.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • NewFeb 6 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Woohoo! The most fun ski I have had this season! First car in the parking lot, and first tracks on fresh corduroy, 18° and sunshine. It doesn't get much better than that. Skied all trails, great conditions, fast and fun. Even the classic tracks looked deep and well groomed, with very few washouts. One thing to watch out for is the usual leaves filling the tracks in the wooded areas.
      (Kathleen Miller)
    • NewFeb 6 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions remain good at Columbia. The skate deck is firm and full of snow, no worries of rocks or grass. There is a bit of tree litter on the NE bit close to the road, but no worries you can ski right by the bark and bits of twigs. The classic track is there but I didn't use it so no valuable comments from me. It was just starting to sleet as I stopped for the day, can't see a downside in more stuff closely related to snow on the ground.
      (David King)
    • NewFeb 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Natural snow on gold and silver trails were groomed and a track was set. One grooming pass was made to the skate deck on the ski games course.
      (Peter Wickert)
    • NewFeb 6 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks and skate deck in generally great condition. Some areas have some leaves and debris but very few places cause slowdowns. Tracks are fast. Snow drifting has partially filled the tracks along the fields on the southeast fields. Green loop has some interfering debris on the first half, pretty good on the second half. No track on the first part of the last half of the green loop.
      Photos:
      (Lincoln Fetcher)
    • NewFeb 6 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent classic skiing on natural trails (Hill and Lake Trails)! A few oak leaves here and there but not bothersome.
      (Carol Krush)
    • NewFeb 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied mid afternoon and found the WC/Gold/ trails to be in excellent condition. Machine made snow trail were even better. The classic tracks were set and firm, a few spots a bit shallow on the natural snow trails. Jumped across the Battle Creek Road and skated the Ski Games Trail and again found trails in excellent shape. There are oak leaves starting to drop but weren't a problem yet.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • NewFeb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions for skate at Como this afternoon. Thanks groomers! Classic tracks looked good too, but I forgot to ask anyone actually using them for a report.
      (Lois Braun)
    • NewFeb 6 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were in overall good condition; grooming was fantastic! Some trails debris; I knocked any big sticks I could off the trail and any debris left was easy to avoid.
      Photos:
      (Park Walter)
    • NewFeb 6 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skating was excellent after early morning grooming. Classic tracks were collecting some oak leaves from windy conditions, so recommend waxless skis for classic.
      (Les Everett)
    • NewFeb 6 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail was in terrific shape mid-day. A little more edge is available with the warmer temps for skaters; the classic tracks looked intact and solid all the way around. The trail is firm enough that skijoring pups leave scant trace of their presence. For you multi-sport types, there's now a groomed, 2 mile fat bike trail as well.
      (Tom Kunau)
    • NewFeb 6 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic conditions throughout the trail system. The groomer was out around 9am, and the skate deck was pristine - rarely does it get better. The classic tracks looked to be in very good condition, with some leaves/debris/seeds, but not egregious.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • NewFeb 6 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshened up the trails around Isles and Bed Maka Ska. Mostly went over the skate deck a number of times to scratch it up a bit. The deck is firm, flat and should be fast. Reset the inner classic track on BMS. The rest of the classic tracks are still deep and firm. Lots of folks out enjoying the sunshine and snow right in the heart of the city!
      (Michael Gotzsche)
    • NewFeb 6 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Snowmaking ski trails will be closed to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am-4pm, for high school sectional meets. Natural snow trails will remain open.
      (Robert Ibler, Loppet Foundation)
    • NewFeb 6 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      5 stars! Fresh groom and tracks; beautiful weather, slippery snow, does it get any better?! Thanks to the awesome grooming team - appreciate more any time I ski anywhere else. You set the bar high!
      (Kyle Henning)
    • NewFeb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated Valley, Lake, Creek, and Northern Lights Trails between 8:30 and 9:30 this morning. Lake and Creek--but not N. Lights--had-freshly set classic tracks, mostly nice looking, but shallow in some areas. I was wishing I had my classic skis instead! N. Lights tracks are looking worn from weekend use. The skate deck was freshly groomed everywhere, but it looked like it was done by two different pieces of equipment. The result was a variably soft deck with a frequent ridge (sometimes with a groove, too) running down the middle or a bit off to one side. It was just big enough to require me to watch the trail surface more that I'd like. At one point it was hidden in the shadows and nearly brought me down as my edge was caught in it. But all in all, it was a very nice ski, and I appreciate the grooming that is being done almost daily to the skate trails.
      (Ron Refsnider)
    • NewFeb 6 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Beautiful day at High 9 ski! The classic and skate deck have been groomed. Temps are rising and skate decks are softening. Enjoy the sunshine!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • NewFeb 6 - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic grooming along farm fields, eastern drive and south ridge loop. Nicely packed with deep tracks. Lost pond trail was a bit more beat up by a walker on the trail. With the flower show today, it makes for a great day in the sun and indoors!
      Photos:
      (Karla Anderson)
    • NewFeb 6 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skijored the multi-use trail on the west side arount 10 AM. It was well packed and smooth enough to easily skijor. Put the tuckered pup back in the car then skated a loop on freshly groomed corduroy. The groomer was completing the skate track, which was beautiful: fast, smooth and so good! Just the typical late season debris. Classic track wasn't yet set. I love this park! Go out there right now, and enjoy it while it's cold!
      (Jennifer Hengelfelt)
    • NewFeb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Good morning from Como Cross country ski trail. A Set classic track and skate deck were groomed today. Trail is in great shape and with a nice forecast come on out and enjoy!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • NewFeb 6 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshened up the skate deck and conditions look great. Classic track was in pretty good shape so left it alone. Grooming plans: It will need to be reworked after the weather the next few days will bring.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • NewFeb 6 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Good morning from Highland 18. Beautiful crisp morning. A full groom was set on both skate and classic tracks. Excellent conditions! Great day to get out and enjoy the sunshine!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • NewFeb 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Minnesota State High School League: Nordic Section finals will take place on Tuesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 9th, from 8am - 4:30pm. These two meets are exclusive use of the trails. There will be a high volume of skiers and spectators in this area on both days. Ski games side will be open to the public.
      (Thony Thao)
    • NewFeb 6 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Post-Loppet, the natural trails north of Glenwood are in pristine shape. Hats off the groomers for an amazing course on race day and also the grooming afterwards. I skied JD Rivers, Wirth lake, Jar Hill, Basset Creek, Tornado Alley, Skyline, and Bridge and found wonderful conditions throughout.
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Feb 5 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails in great condition. A little soft due to warmer temperatures, but still fabulous. Tracks were excellent for classic. Can't beet blue bird sky and 31 degrees.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Feb 5 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Set new tracks and groomed tonight. The snow is firm and a little stubborn out there so it didn't groom out as nice as I'd have hoped, but overall I think you'll find good conditions out there tomorrow.
      (Blaine Gudbjartsson)
    • Feb 5 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing at Columbia today - very good snow and classic track, almost no leaves. Lots of people. Thank you groomers.
      (Karen Peters)
    • Feb 5 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all the trails. I'm giving this a B+ ski rating because there are some woody plants sticking through the trail in spots. Except for near the camper cabins, tracks were largely free of debris. It appears coyotes felled a deer on the tracks between 21 and 27, but the remains have been removed. Overall the tracks were shallow and pretty fast.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Feb 5 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the Kettle and Knob trails. Conditions were generally pretty good. Tracks were a little washed out in places, and there were quite a few oak leaves, but overall better than I expected. Plenty of snow everywhere, and soft enough on the downhills to maintain control. Skate deck looked better (flatter) and seemed firmer than it was a week ago.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Feb 5 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      GROAT and new rookie groomer, Will, as in Will Robinson from the 1965 TV Series-Lost in Space(or in this case Woodlands), just finished their grooming run with the Godzilla screens. After tomorrow's ski, which should be another good one, you may want to time your ski based on temperature for a few days as we may pause grooming runs (to conserve snow) until we get past the little warm stretch. Evolution worked on refreshing the tracks this afternoon, with mixed results. He needs some new snow. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 5 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I was worried that the trail might be boiler plate or icy after the warm afternoon and likely heavy use. However, the skate deck was just perfect. No iciness at all and plenty of snow to edge with. It was a beautiful evening ski with the sun setting on one horizon and the full moon rising on the other.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • Feb 5 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated King and Grimm trails. Perfect day for skiing. The trails were in the best shape I've seen them this season. Not too much leaf litter, nice consistency.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Feb 5 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Most of the tracks were well made but were destroyed where the trail was slanted and on one of the hills. There was no debris in the tracks. Everything was well groomed, but the snow was definitely hard packed outside the tracks.
      (Alex Van Dyke)
    • Feb 5 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the Pike Loop for the first time this afternoon. The trails were tracked but quite shallow in some spots. It appears it may have been a while since the last grooming as there, in the wooded sections, many spots littered with bark, twigs, leaves, and other debris. Otherwise, given the day's abundance of sun and mild temperatures, it was a wonderful day for skiing.
      Photos:
      (Shane Snyder)
    • Feb 5 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Woodland Trails was in beautiful conditions this morning! Trail was scratched up well in all places allowing one to get an edge and ski the downhill turns with confidence while still being very fast. Bull Snake Run was a blast! Thanks to Dave Anderson and his dedicated crew for making Woodland such an awesome place to ski!
      (Dave Longsdorf)
    • Feb 5 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent trail, track, and weather conditions at Baker today, and beautiful blue sky. Doesn't get much better. Best day of skiing so far in the 22-23 season.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Feb 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions remain very good at Como Park. The skate deck is fast and hard, the corners are fast and tough but manageable with good step turn technique. No bare spots, a real statement for Como. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out due to extensive use, lots of people out today. Hats off to the groomers, you are keeping this course is excellent condition.
      (David King)
    • Feb 5 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were all freshly groomed when I arrived Sunday mid morning. Fresh corduroy throughout the park, thanks groomers. Skied for hours, every trail was in excellent condition.
      (Kelly Knaus)
    • Feb 5 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Sucker lake loop today and a big section was plowed or destroyed by apparently some construction. The tracks were soft, pretty worn and a fair amount of leaves and detritus was on the trails. I would recommend the Vadnais portion of the trail instead.
      (Betsy Masrud)
    • Feb 5 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Cedar and Brownie have no Nordic classic tracks yet post Loppet races. Skate deck looked ok; but the walkers, fat bikers and others have trashed the classic tracks. Pray the groomer will visit all the Chain of Lakes.
      (Stephen Tannen)
    • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions today. Walkers have stayed off the groomed trails and surprisingly little detritus in the tracks. So get it while it's cold.
      Photos:
      (Ann Cohen)
    • Feb 5 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Lake Elmo Park from 11am`- Noon, beautiful sunny day, about 25 F when I skied. Trails in decent shape, somewhat skied out, with those persistent oak leaves causing the occasional complaint when my skis stopped suddenly, but still wonderful to be skiing in February here in the Twin Cities. Lots of folks out enjoying the trails, a few people not really caring or paying attention to which way the trail arrows pointed, my wife was about to launch down one of the hills on the Brown's Pond trail when a guy skate skiing the wrong direction up the same hill came close to a collision. Just saying, especially when there's a crowd, please just ski the way your supposed to. Thanks!
      Photos:
      (Harlan Jones)
    • Feb 5 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Eagle seemed to be groomed today or last night and there was little sign of use. The classic trails were shallow but you could follow them and get decent kick. Don't skip the practice area, it is in great shape.
      (Bill Wolf)
    • Feb 5 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful conditions for both classic and skate. Entrance to Cedar Lake remains closed but skated the entirety of Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska. Inside classic lane is blown over on part of Bde Maka Ska, but the outside classic lane is in good shape throughout. Skate deck is very firm from use. As usual, less coverage under bridges but there is a manmade snow crossing under the longest one.
      (Christina Ewig)
    • Feb 5 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Chomonoix was in good condition. There are a few sections with tree debris (par for this golf course trail). Most notably at the bottom of the first bridge.
      Photos:
      (Susan Woods)
    • Feb 5 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Deck on North/South outer loop is nice and firm, no ridges or mini snow boulders like last Friday; kudos and many thanks to the groomers! Only bother was avoiding the tracks left by a couple of fat bikers running way too high of tire pressure.
      Photos:
      (Veronica Hudacek)
    • Feb 5 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails not groomed today but skate deck firm and in good condition. I marvel at how little debris there has been on the skate deck this season. Unfortunately, can't say the same for some parts of the classic tracks.
      (Dana Smith)
    • Feb 5 - Rum River Central Regional Park (Ramsey):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning at Rum River. Skate track a groomed hard pack in most areas but not icy. Classic trails looked in good shape with 1-2 tracks around all trails. Occasional minor leaves and a couple small twigs. Enjoyed the peaceful, scenic views.
      (Kyle Henning)
    • Feb 5 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The classic and skate deck trails at Green Haven Golf Course were groomed and set today. Snow conditions remain in excellent shape at this time. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Feb 5 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions are in excellent shape at this time. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Feb 5 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent snow and hard deck. Classic tracks looked deep and recently reset. I used blue fastwax. Come out when you can.
      (Scott Kee)
    • Feb 5 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks are still holding up this morning, good to very good, minimal debris except in the pines up by the cabins. Great spot for classic skiing.
      (John Elling)
    • Feb 5 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh grooming provided very good to excellent conditions. The skate deck is firm and classic tracks nicely set. Very limited debris. Classic skiers, please step out of the tracks when herringbone to preserve the tracks.
      (Barry Warner)
    • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Man made snow trails freshly groomed early Sunday morning including both skate deck and classic tracks and remain in excellent condition. Our big week at BC continues after our grand opening yesterday. There will be HS Sectional meets on both Tuesday and Thursday. The sectionals will involve the entire man made system plus the Silver trail segment of the natural snow trails. The meet organizers have secured an exclusive use agreement for both of these days so the trails will only be open to the public in the evenings. A good day to come and cheer for some of the top HS racers in our area.
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Feb 4 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the golf course around 1pm. The tracks were non existent/shallow in a lot of spots and a lot of tree debris.
      (Jessica Pierre)
    • Feb 4 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the ski trails on Saturday night at about 8pm. Base is very firm and should ski very well tomorrow throughout the day. Due to the cold very hard base, there are areas where the classic track is not full depth. Have a great day!
      (Nels Dyste)
    • Feb 4 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Absolutely beautiful! Freshly groomed with corduroy over firm base. Entire course tracked! Little debris on trails.
      Photos:
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the skate trails, west of Pilot Knob Rd. Hard packed and groomed. Fast conditions and wicked downhill turns. Some debris in morning. Mountain bike course cuts across ski trails so keep your eyes open for bikers.
      Photos:
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Feb 4 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied on portion south of Cty Rd F. Classic tracks were a bit soft set with some loss especially on outer edge at times. Fair amount of tree debris in some places, but didn't hinder as badly as other times here. Decent overall conditions.
      Photos:
      (Anne Johnson)
    • Feb 4 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Bde Mka Ska. Perfect for skate or freestyle. Bad to terrible for classic: Groomed tracks are washed out or blown over on 60-80% lake.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Tannen)
    • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another beautiful day at the best hidden gem in the Twin Cities. Tracks were crisp but unfortunately getting very leafy, especially on the northern trails. saw lots of ski tourists on the trails, and no signs of walkers, which is even better. I skied both sides of Pilot Knob. Snow is pretty dirty under the Pilot Knob bridge, so removing skis is advised.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      DPR and Crash, skiing and grooming buddies from a day gone by, were reunited on the Skandics this evening. They chatted a bit, well maybe more than a bit and then got after pulling the Godzilla screens around the trails. They reported that with the warmer temps the screens worked up the trail surface nicely in most areas. Expect good to very good trail conditions for your Sunday ski. DPR will be out skiing in the morning if that tells you anything. The dead tree cutting crew will also be out in the morning working mainly along the winter walking trail. It has been a good year to be a skier. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 4 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck and reset tracks tonight. The snow is a little hard so the tracks aren't as deep as I'd like, but they're OK -- and at least they're fresh!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      Great afternoon for ski at Lebanon Hills. My wife Cindy and grandson Nathaniel joined me. We started at the Visitor center skiing west to marker 32. Nathaniel and I skied up the big hill then back down to 40 where we met up with Cindy. From there we cut over to the beginner loop to help Cindy build her self confidence after recovering from her shoulder injury. We then went back to the Visitor Center so I could drop off a single boot ice cleat I found at marker 36. Next we skied on east thru the pines around Marsh lake then left Cindy to double back thru the pines while Nathaniel and I skied the eastern most loop. We then joined back up with Cindy and skied back to 56 where we again left Cindy to ski thru the pines around Marsh Lake while Nathaniel and I skied out to 38 then doubled back at 42 to meet up with Cindy. Found the ski trails to be in great condition with firm tracks after being groomed just the other day. Leaf litter in woods but ski tracks in the open were perfect. Great job again by the groomer.
      Photos:
      (John Gamlin)
    • Feb 4 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate deck has had plenty of use, but was still in good condition, easy edges, medium fast. The Prairie Overlook Trail was terrific, haven't been over there for a long time, great hills! Classic tracks were nice most of the way around. On the prairie section large stretches have been windblown, but all in all, a great day on the skis. Enjoy it while we've got it, it's already February!
      (John Kieselhorst)
    • Feb 4 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Three Rivers groomed this morning and the trails were in great shape. I say B Skis but good skies would be fine if you can avoid the leafs and sticks. Nice to do one big outer loop for 10k and to go up the wall.
      (Scott Cummings)
    • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All trails are in good to excellent condition at Lake Elmo. The skate deck was a little soft in a few spots, but overall very good with little to no debris. The classic tracks looked great, deep set and in tact in most places. Only downside there is a good amount of leaf debris on the North trail near the lake. But just a short section. The groomers are doing fabulous work with all the activity here, and the conditions are tremendous.
      (Glenn Hansen)
    • Feb 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all the trails including the multiuse trail. The trails were all in great condition, including the multiuse trail. A fair amount of tree debris, especially on the multiuse trail, but not so much that it caused problems. A lot of people out having fun.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The oak leaves and amur maple debris was just too hard to avoid. Wax based skis are not the answer today. Skins or fishscales would be better. I tried North and Browns Pond. I picked up leaves and bark everywhere.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Heinle)
    • Feb 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Northern Lights: Few skiers (mobs on the downhill/terrain areas). Leaf litter and tracks are shallow in many sections. Green kick with blue under the foot worked fine. Valley Trail was wonderful, as usual. Sure a lot quieter during the week.
      (Steve Paladie)
    • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great skate conditions - fast and quite a lot of cord still. Skate deck was flat and just beautiful conditions.
      Photos:
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • Feb 4 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in pretty good shape. A bit washed out in some areas - one of the two tracks was a little worse than the other - but overall a nice ski!
      (Susan Woods)
    • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Well groomed, probably yesterday, with excellent tracks and almost no foot traffic damage. A few oak leaves in the tracks here and there, but not yet an impediment. Skied the full outer loops where there were a few single track stretches. Fast snow.
      Photos:
      (Lincoln Fetcher)
    • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trails are flat and firm. Last night's grooming run laid in some profile and loosened up enough snow to be able to get an edge in all but a couple corners. The snow was still cold from previous days deep freeze when I did my lap. This afternoon should be a great run if you don't have plans. Enjoy it while you can our ski days are counting down.
      (Robert Bullis)
    • Feb 4 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Track was shallow in places because of blowing snow from the last couple days, but overall conditions very good. Snow in tracks was dry: talc in some places, hard-packed snow in others. Skating deck looked hard and fast, with packed snow in some places and ice crystals in others.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Feb 4 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Track was shallow in places because of blowing snow from the last couple days, but overall conditions very good. Snow in tracks was dry: talc in some places, hard-packed snow in others. Skating deck looked hard and fast.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Feb 4 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Not recommend without fishscales. I ignored previous reports about forest clutter in the tracks and should have listened. Herky jerky ski with clutter grabbing my ski preventing any reasonable glide. The front desk at the park indicated the trail hasn't been groomed in the last week. Wouldn't recommend skiing until more snow and a regroom.
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Feb 4 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Hiawatha is freshened up! The multi use trail is groomed for our skijoring, hiking and biking friends. The skate deck is much softer now with the warmer temp and grooming. The classic track looked fine so it was not reset. MYSL has sessions at 10 and 2 on Saturdays and 10, noon and 2 on Sundays with about 90 skiers in each session.
      (John Saunders)
    • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cold cold air of the last couple days and lots of skiers on Thursday combined to create some very hard conditions this morning. Fortunately it was a bit warmer at 4:00 am and the Pisten Bully came through to produce some pretty good corduroy and some beautiful classic tracks. Big grand opening celebration at 1:00 pm. Come by and join us for some cookies and hot chocolate!
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Feb 3 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate lane was groomed today - classic tracks still firm and in good shape. Should be great skiing this weekend!
      (Chris Torvi)
    • Feb 3 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails appear to have been re-groomed early today or yesterday in preparation for the weekend. I just skied in the areas east of Holland, but I found the trails to be pretty crisp. Since oak leaves have been falling since the last snowfall, there are places where leaves are ground up into the base, and more leaves are on top of the trail. The best sections are where the trail is more open. Temperatures were around zero. I used Toko Blue Glider and Start Terva Black for Kick.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Feb 3 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The father/son duo of WAYBAC and BABYBAC just finished their evening grooming run around the outer loop with the Godzilla screens. Earlier in the day I made a training run with new rookie groomer, Roy Rogers (used to have a small horsey ranch). We pulled the same screens to try to scratch an impression in the hard trail surface of the winter walking trail and the interior ski trails. I don't think Roy will make lead groomer anytime soon as he asked "how many ranges do you have" as we groomed through the biathlon range for the third time. Expect a hard, but skiable, trail in the morning with conditions improving as the day warms. We are starting to accumulate some forest litter on the trails, including in the classic tracks. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 3 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      All ski trails in Theodore Wirth Park,
      and Brownie and Cedar Lakes will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm for Loppet Festival races.

      (Robert Ibler, Loppet Foundation)
    • Feb 3 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions. Skiing from 120th St. to the Cliff Rd. Visitor center and back. Bundle up, it's very cold.
      (Jeffrey Duggan)
    • Feb 3 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It's always like a magical dream out at William O'Brien Park. Lots of leaves and some twigs and bark on groomed trails (classic), so slow but still nice out there. Found myself at times skiing in the skate groomed trail. Skied hardwood hills, Prairie overlook, Woodland edge, and rolling Savanna Trails.
      (Nicole Coleman)
    • Feb 3 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Crisp clean corduroy covers the skate deck and fresh classic track was set for you weekend skiing pleasure. Bring on the weekend.
      Photos:
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Feb 3 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Brrrrrr! New classic and skate deck were groomed this afternoon. The trail is very packed and fast conditions. Put your long John's on today!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Feb 3 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wow. Man made snow trails were pristine. I had thrown on my old skins in anticipation of lots of debris. I think the groomers picked up each leaf by hand. The natural snow trails were, understandably, not quite as good but still very nice. Shallower tracks with some washouts and scattered debris but mainly embedded "helicopters" . Was happy I had my B skis for certain portions. Should be great for all the events this weekend.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Feb 3 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Was the first skier at 10:30, skate deck was nicely groomed, classic seemed shallow and glazy. All skate trails were in good shape, a few debris here and there of no consequence. Snow was kind of slow and sometimes not easy to see.
      Photos:
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • Feb 3 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were ground up and tracked this morning at 8:00am. Trail rating is fair: Track beginning to deteriorate, some areas of track obliterated. Some bare spots beginning to affect ski ability. Icy spots beginning to affect ski ability.
      (Kristy Rockford, Ramsey County Parks)
    • Feb 2 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Phalen was good but the wind had started howling and blowing of snow over the skate deck was occurring. They have definitely figured out how to remove the "ridges" in between passes as the track was in great shape Wednesday and Thursday.
      (John WItzmann)
    • Feb 2 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic tracks were reset on the golf course and skijor trails and were in excellent condition in terms of integrity. With so many oaks around, and the heavy winds, the tracks were littered with leaves in most places, making it challenging to find any solid gliding. There are a couple of windblown places on the skijor trail, but those are relatively small sections. The skate deck was in very good condition throughout.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • Feb 2 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Windblown over about 1/3 to 1/2 classic tracks. Quick kick and glide in sections where snow not blown into tracks.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Tannen)
    • Feb 2 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We seem to have resolved our mechanical issues, and were able to fully groom the skate deck this evening. I re-set a short section of the classic tracks that had drifted in, but left most of them alone. They're still mostly in really good shape, and with the hard snow re-setting them would not have made them better.
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Feb 2 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Cleary tonight, track is holding up for the most part, but lots of leaf litter in some sections. Contemplated how I could leaf blow the track like the mtb trail crew does at murphy in the fall (oh well). Skied all trails and it didn't seem as cold as it was this weekend. Nice night to be out.
      (John Elling)
    • Feb 2 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the multiuse trail down from the Minnehaha dog park and around pike island. Multi-use was predictable boilerplate and trampled, but was mostly tracked. Island tracks were pretty nice and there wasn't much for pedestrian damage. Unfortunately the whole system is covered in debris including a lot of sticks and bark that scratched up my skis pretty good, and also made for extremely draggy skis. I would stick to waxless skis until they regroom.
      (Spencer Davis)
    • Feb 2 - Rum River Central Regional Park (Ramsey):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks mostly set throughout green and purple run. Oak leaves down in a few areas, but still a good ski!
      (Trish Kravik)
    • Feb 2 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A lot of debris in the tracks, so much so that even my new skins were sticking. We need a bit more snow, or a touch up with the groomer. Still, skiable all around, only a little bit of washout under the Hwy 55 bridge.
      (John Kieselhorst)
    • Feb 2 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied man-made and northern lights at 6AM this morning (classic). Man-made snow was in great shape, deep tracks throughout and little to no debris. The tracks on the northern lights loop had not been reset - in fact had been wiped out by the groomer in many places. Skate lane was nicely laid with corduroy.
      (Charlie Anderson)
    • Feb 2 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic has a very nice set track but a lot of debris (twigs, leaves, etc). Hard to get a glide going due to the debris on the set tracks.
      (Margo Anderst)
    • Feb 2 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the classic trails west of Pilot Knob. Excellent condition, although very hard pack and slippery. You'll need some grippy kick wax. Some leaves and tree debris in tracks, but not too bad. May want to bring scraper along if you get some woody debris caught up in your kick zone.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Feb 2 - Big Marine Park Reserve (Marine):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the trails have been repacked for multi-use. No tracks present. Light debris is present but overall good condition.
      (Jen Garcia, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 2 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      East side trails were all regroomed this morning and they attempted to repair the tracks in some sections of the trails but struggled with some soft/crumbly snow. Due to the high winds there is a bit more debris on the trail currently, especially embedded in the tracks in the more wooded sections of the trails and snow drift in the open areas. There are some sections that are still in pretty good condition but overall I'd rate them more on the fair side today. Grooming plans: They will attempt to regroom tomorrow which will hopefully help if the wind dies down. West side trails are being repacked this afternoon.
      (Jen Garcia, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 2 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skate lane great, but the very good tracks were full of debris, leaves, small stuff, etc. except final climb on prairie was very clean. Got my rhythm. Lots of wind. Skaters would enjoy it.
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Feb 2 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The North loops (man made snow) were in great shape as usual with good classic tracks and a nice skate deck. Not very crowded today with the colder temps and a big wind, but still enjoyable. It's going to be great conditions for the Loppet!
      Photos:
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Feb 2 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Both the classic and skate deck trails at Green Haven Golf Course were groomed and set today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time, but have some drifting in open areas. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Feb 2 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time with a little drifting in open areas. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Feb 2 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed with a new classic track and skate deck. Trail has setup very well and is fast with these conditions. We are seeing some minor drifting with this wind but throw an extra layer on and come on out and enjoy!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Feb 2 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Fair conditions: Track beginning to deteriorate, some areas of track obliterated. Some bare spots beginning to affect ski ability. Icy spots beginning to affect ski ability. More debris and loss of track.
      (Kristy Rockford, Ramsey County Parks)
    • Feb 2 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Highland National cross country ski trail was groomed this morning. A new classic and fresh skate deck, but blowing snow is quickly filling sections of trail. Wear your windbreaker today!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Feb 2 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were probably freshly groomed yesterday afternoon since there was little evidence of skiers having used the trails prior to 8:00 a. m. Conditions were relatively hard and fast. A few leaves and some tree debris were beginning to accumulate in the tracks because of the gusty winds that were rapidly increasing as we skied. Very good-to-excellent conditions early this morning, however.
      (Mark Strobel)
    • Feb 2 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got on the trail around 6:30am. Groomer was on the downhill area. Hopefully they groomed the xc trails because it was pretty firm with lots of grooves. But, I was generally able to get a good edge.
      (John Greene)
    • Feb 2 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Hiawatha is in great shape - with a reset classic track! Skate deck looked good, too. Noted a bald eagle hanging out at the end of my ski - which was a bonus!
      Photos:
      (Sara Brokaw)
    • Feb 2 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Finally some warmer temps (10 degrees at 2:00 am) and some more workable snow. The man made trail and the Silver trail were groomed for Thursday's HS Conference championships. The entire skate deck was groomed and tracks were set on all except for the "A" climb, the Silver trail and the stadium area. Racers can expect firm and fast conditions. Non-racers please note that the pond loop is single tracked only and that the tracks for the remainder of the course start at the top of the first hill south of the stadium. These changes were made to facilitate the HS races which are all skate technique. Going to be a busy day at Battle Creek, everyone play nice please!
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Feb 1 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation 

      We had mechanical difficulties again tonight and weren't able to complete the grooming. We are working on getting things fixed and hope to have Columbia refreshed soon.
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Feb 1 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wow! I've been skiing Lebanon for close to 30 years and this is the best I have seen it! I headed out about 8:30 pm hoping to get in a maybe 5k, but it was so fast I did the full out side loop and set a personal best. Tracks were firm and fast. there a few leaves (and a few deer droppings) molded into the tracks, particularly on the Northern side of the trails. But overall, it was beautiful. Not even one boot track that I saw.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Feb 1 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Buckthorn Bob just reported in that he and Little Leaguer had just finished their run with the Godzilla screens around the outer loop to flatten and texture the trail surface. Expect good trail conditions for those who brave the cold. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 1 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Other than heavy deer track damage in the far northeastern end of the Wetland loop, the trail was in excellent condition. Groomer had done an amazing job of setting the classic track with perfectly located "breaks" in the track for the downhills and uphill climbs. With the temperature at about 16 degrees at our 1:30 start and partial sun throughout our 3 hour, 9 mile ski, my skis waxed with Swix Green Extra performed perfectly. I was skiing with at least 50% less effort than my companion with no wax skis.
      Driving notes: For those of you coming down from the north beware that Google Maps directions off of 52 are inaccurate. It took me to two gated, closed roads and two driveways turning off of Co. Rd. 46 that are signed as roads but do not go through. Instead exit 52 onto Co Rd. 46 west-bound and go all the way to Biscayne, turn left and then turn left again at 170th St. and then right on Staton Trail to get to the traihead. I would not attempt if your vehicle and its tires are not good on ice because the uphill, one-lane drive to the parking lot may be challenging. However, my front wheel drive mini van with Blizzak snow tires had no problem.

      Photos:
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 1 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful day to be out skiing but trails were a challenge today. The Dragonfly loop had bark, leaves sticks, and washed out tracks but also some nice tracks. The Deer Trail section had lots of leaves and what appeared to be ash and debris from controlled burning. I would have liked to have my fish scales instead of skin skis. Uphills were slippery but downhills were nice. I won't be back until there is new snow or some fresh grooming.
      (Laura Hansen)
    • Feb 1 - Glen Lake Golf Course (Minnetonka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good trail conditions. Despite the recent cold weather the snow is soft and powdery with good glide.
      Photos:
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Feb 1 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Crime 

      Skate and classic in excellent condition. At least one vehicle in the parking lot, close to Larpenteur, was broken into: Don't leave valuables in sight.
      (Les Everett)
    • Feb 1 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Immaculate and Divine Nordic ski at Bde Mke Ska. MadShus skinny "race" wax less classic aided me to my fastest loop this season. Sunny. No wind. Nice fellow skiers out also.
      Photos:
      (Steve Tannen)
    • Feb 1 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All in all a great day. I've skied French for the last three days. I strided Monday (I was very alone) . I've been skating the last two. The classic tracks are good when they exist. The skate lane is good. The evil oak leaves are not an issue. But, bark flaking off the trees can be an issue.
      Photos:
      (Craig Schulz)
    • Feb 1 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck was well used but fast today. Little bit of ridging but nothing terrible. Classic tracks were good for most of the loop but washed out in a couple corners and on the uphills. Saw quite a few people out on the trails enjoying Columbia today!
      (Chance Davis)
    • Feb 1 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the main large loop. Both skate and classic decks beautifully groomed, classic tracks firm and fast. A few leaves and box elder samaras here and there, but nothing bad. Get out and enjoy!
      (Rita Minnichsoffer)
    • Feb 1 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great ski this afternoon at Lebanon Hills Park. I skied east from the visitor center parking thru the pines along Marsh Lake then along the eastern most trails. Turning then south and west thru the southern fields to marker 7 which leads to Jensen Lake. Here I turned back west and proceeded along the northern most trails along Holland lake. At marker 32 I turned north again and proceeded up the big hill and back down to marker 40 (the downhill ski was fast and fun). At 40 I turned back east and proceeded thru the central trails back to marker 7 returning to the visitor center via the central trails. I found the ski trails to be recently groomed and tracks to be deep and firm. Trails were fast especially the downhills. Some leaf litter especially in woods.
      Photos:
      (John Gamlin)
    • Feb 1 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Freshly groomed today. Skate-skied the trails. Skate deck excellent. Only a portion of the trails have a classic track set. Track is shallow.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Feb 1 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It looked like the entire system was groomed earlier today. We skied Woodland edge loop and did not ski every loop but it was pretty obvious that all loops looked to have perfect corduroy and fresh set track. Leaves were not bad at all. Downhills were nice corduroy and no ice. Nice job groomers! Perfect touch!
      Photos:
      (William Buell)
    • Feb 1 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Recon #2: Coming off Brownie lake, skied over the 394 bridge -- had very good coverage. Skied parts of South Wirth, including some of the freshly groomed sections for the race course (PistenBully was out!). Coverage was good everywhere we skied. Some of the fresh grooming was a little soft, especially for pole plants, and felt guilty for skiing so soon after grooming. The race course layout should be interesting, changes up the direction on some of the trails. Becareful if you ski out there outside of race day, some of those trail segments don't ski well if you go the wrong direction (especially the NE corner of the parkway and 394 intersection)! Again, no problem with good skis.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Feb 1 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Course recon #1: Skied Brownie and Cedar Lakes, plus part of the land section of Cedar, scoping out the start of the City of Lakes Loppet courses. Final grooming hasn't taken place, but there was a fairly recent grooming that roughed up the skate deck for good edging. The start area at Cedar wasn't groomed out wide yet, nor was there a second trail on the east side of Cedar. Skied down the Isles channel to see the major construction, including steel wall, which makes using the channel impossible this winter. The trail on Cedar Lake had plenty of snow and good pole plants. The small portion of the land section we skied was a little bowed, and there were some low branches just before return to the lake. The tunnel between Cedar and Brownie had plenty of snow and good clearance. Brownie was in good shape, as well as the hill up to South Wirth. No issues with good skis.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Feb 1 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied at Lake Elmo Park from 1:30-2:30pm, a little bit of sunshine and a warm 15 F. Skied green to Brown's pond trail, then the Flats, through woods on green, yellow to Savanna turn-off, around Savanna loop to yellow and back to trailhead. Overall classic tracks in good shape, did not appear that tracks were groomed this morning. A bit icy in spots, especially on Savanna loop which didn't appear to get as much traffic as other trails on east side. One spot, I think it was on the Brown's Pond trail, some wood bits from an industrious squirrel made a few meters of tracks more a walking path than ski tracks. Another nice day to be out skiing, maybe we can ski into March this season in the Cities.
      Photos:
      (Harlan Jones)
    • Feb 1 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Still some decent groomed sections. Lots of leaves and bark scattered over the trail. Hills are flat and slippery. Looking forward to fresh grooming soon.
      (Heidi Brigley)
    • Feb 1 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      John and I classic skied at 1 pm and classic tracks were 75% nice, deep and fast. The other 25% were shallow, washed out and had some whoop-de-do's. There were a few places with leaves and bark (deers probably nibbling on the trees - wish they'd clean up after themselves!) where you need to jump onto the skate deck, which was nice loose snow, or risk a sudden stop or face plant! Here's a photo of a bad place on the Green loop and meant to take a picture of the real pretty tracks, but my battery went dead. Sorry! Overall, even John said pretty good conditions and you know what he does at 4 o'clock in the morning!
      Photos:
      (Carol Fitzgerald)
    • Feb 1 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beginning about 12:30 I did several classic laps around Valley (man made snow) and a single lap around Northern Lights (natural snow). Valley tracks were excellent--solid and fast, showing minimal damage from morning use. Northern Lights tracks were disappointing, fair at best and poor is some areas, so I only did a single lap, then headed back to Valley. Northern Lights tracks were shallow and often washed out on one side, with a fair amount of debris in places, and they drifted into the brush by the picnic grounds. They apparently hadn't been retracked for several days. I keep hoping the track-setting frequency will increase to make better use of this unusually nice snowpack. In contrast, the skate deck on Northern Lights looked like it had been dragged earlier today.
      (Ron Refsnider)
    • Feb 1 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty well skated out, could use a fresh pass with the groomer, no edge at all in the center. I found passable, 6' wide unblemished areas by skating from one side to the other of the lane. Fast though!
      (John Kieselhorst)
    • Feb 1 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic track was complete all around and in good shape, some debris, mostly oak leaves. Skate deck looked pretty skated out, I passed on it today.
      (John Kieselhorst)
    • Feb 1 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks are in good condition, with the exception of the dreaded oak leaves. Skied out of the tracks on most of the downhills to avoid the abrupt stops the leaves can cause. Switched to skins on the second lap, which helped a bit. Skate deck looked to be freshly groomed.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Feb 1 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions overall. The groomer had done a great job of churning the hard snow into popcorn and smoothing it out. Snow was crystalline in places, and one hillside was as hard as Carrara marble, but those are just minor quibbles. Skating deck seems to have gotten the most use; it looked hard and fast.
      Photos:
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Feb 1 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic track was deep and fast. Conditions were excellent. Green kick wax worked well for me. Tip of the hat to the groomer who did a great job. Skating deck had gotten a lot more use and looked hard, but fast.
      Photos:
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Feb 1 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Excellent conditions. Skate groomed and classic tracks for all trails including all natural trails. Very solid, no ice. Trail has been consistently the best conditions I have ever seen here for this winter. Grooming team is amazing.
      (Connor Canfield)
    • Feb 1 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The groomer was doing the golf course around 10 am, and the skate deck was in excellent condition. It looked like they were in the process of resetting the classic tracks as I left, so they should be in pristine condition for the next few days. The park hadn't been groomed yet.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • Feb 1 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classiced all the trails except the ski games trails. The manufactured snow was exquisitely groomed, as it always is. Section skiers are really going to get a fine venue. The natural snow trails were groomed too, but the tracks were a little hard and shallow. Thanks for all the hard work!
      (John Kendrick)
    • Feb 1 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Another early morning with cool air but a bit warmer than yesterday. Man made snow groomed up real nice with a new classic track set. Big race tomorrow starting at 9:00 am.
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Feb 1 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Man made sno loop was recently groomed for both skate and classic. The ridges on the corduroy with really hard so if the ski edge went between the ridges I went in that direction of the groove; so hence a bit squirrely for me. Northern lights fresh groomed for skate and in very nice shape. The multi-use trails were in very good shape. I removed this "debris" from the middle of the skate deck (see photo).
      Photos:
      (Don Callander)
    • Feb 1 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Another great day at Phalen. Groomers were out working the course as I skied. Skate deck was in very good shape and with the fresh grooming it was like skiing on a super highway. Can't get much better!
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Feb 1 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      SEC Nordic ski meet will take place on Thursday from 9am – 3pm. Please be aware this area will experience a high volume of skiers during the timeframe of the meet and be extremely busy. Please avoid this area during the timeframe, if you are able to.
      (Thony Thao)
    • Jan 31 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      North Finger is now open, so I believe that all trails are now officially up and running. Very very hard conditions on both man-made and natural snow, but still able to get a good edge. I didn't find any ice during my ski.
      (Tim Bontrager)
    • Jan 31 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      Skied all of the lit trails last night, and saw only a couple people - I felt like I had the whole place to myself! Classic tracks are in great condition - they are washing out in a couple spots and there's a little bit of leaf debris in the most wooded areas, but 99% of the tracks are firm and fast. Found: I did find a car key on the "Hills" loop, on the climb right before the intersection of the "Hills" and the end of the "Brown's Pond" trail. Call the Lake Elmo Park Reserve main office if these belong to you.
      (Nick Myhre)
    • Jan 31 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomed classic tracks in good shape, firm and frozen. No damage from walkers, not much activity out there so far since grooming a couple days ago. Patches of bark litter on the tracks here and there; best to ski around and avoid those patches, the bark could certainly scrape and gouge skis. Saw three does, each with 2 fawns...no they weren't the same ones! Enjoyed a scenic and pleasant ski at tour speed, 8km.
      Photos:
      (Glenda Marsh)
    • Jan 31 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Absolutely fantastic conditions! With no recent snowfall the trail today was as good as it gets...firm and flat with a soft top layer for great edging. In the woods protected from the wind (a plus on these cold days) I said to myself "this place is ready for a World Cup race".
      (Artie Huber)
    • Jan 31 - Staring Lake Ski Trails (Eden Prairie):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A real mixed bag of conditions out there. I'm told the groomer was broken until recently. Deck was mostly firm due to the cold temps but it was narrow in places and there was quite a lot of tree debris covering trail. Western section had not been groomed since last snow, but still skied okay. There are lots of areas where the ski trails cross a plowed walking trail, and while there was snow covering the crossings, the transitions at the crossing were quite uneven. Deer Ridge trail seem to ski the best, with the widest grooming and least amount of debris.
      (Spencer Davis)
    • Jan 31 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another excellent day of skiing at Lake Elmo! We arrived at 2:30 pm; beautiful sunny day and 10 degrees with light wind. Perfectly groomed trails made for lots of glide and plenty of whooping and hollering!! We ran into more deer out having fun than people. What a great season of skiing. And it is only January! Thank you groomers.
      Photos:
      (Woody Croatt)
    • Jan 31 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied Knob, Kettle and part of Razorback this afternoon. First of all, I forgot how much work Murphy is! Second, the classic tracks were quite rough on 50% of the trails I skied today. Even the skate deck is starting to get a bit uneven in places which definitely makes things "interesting" on the downhills. Overall, I had a good time, but we could use some more fresh snow or a really detailed groom.
      (Tim Dunklee)
    • Jan 31 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Made a pass to clean up the skate deck this afternoon. Classic tracks looked to be in great condition throughout.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 31 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied two laps at Hiawatha with good conditions! Skate deck looked good as well. There was one small section of missing classic track on the approach to the "hill" on the return to the parking lot but they were intact on the hill!
      Photos:
      (Sara Brokaw)
    • Jan 31 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Squeezed in a lunch time ski. Used my skin skis. Skate deck was being combed as I skied, so it is fresh and a bit soft. The classic tracks have not been reset since I last skied there Saturday. For the most part they are still present and solid. However, in several places, till from the skate deck grooming has filled the left classic track. Tracks have also accumulated more liter including some spruce cones and bark. Thus striding in some areas has become more difficult. Nonetheless, great place to ski on such a cold day with a sharp breeze being almost entirely wooded.
      (Stan Hokanson)
    • Jan 31 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail was groomed yesterday and was in good condition, especially the skate deck. The classic tracks were reset and were in very good condition. Many of the tight turns were washed out. The woodsy hills were also in good condition, without too much in the way of debris or leaves. Nice place to ski!
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • Jan 31 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the full loop and the Rolling Hills Meadow. Looks like it hasn't been groomed in a couple of days, especially worn on the first section, but don't be fooled. Further out I found the skate deck less worn and in nice shape. Classic track looked good as well. I didn't ski it, but saw one other skier on moving well on classics.
      (John Kieselhorst)
    • Jan 31 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Classic skied the loop this morning. Skate deck is in pristine condition and classic tracks look ideal as well. Bundle up and get some sunshine!
      Photos:
      (Brent Smith)
    • Jan 31 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck and classic trails at Green Haven Golf Course were groomed and set today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 31 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time. Enjoy the cold!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 31 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Isles and Bed Maka Ska were freshened up this morning. Was able to remove most of the divots from walkers and bikers leaving a nice firm, smooth skate deck. The classic tracks are looking great. Also groomed the walker/biker trail that is closest to shore. Was a little chilly out there but it's gonna warm up!
      (Michael Gotzsche)
    • Jan 31 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      A mighty chilly morning (-15 degrees) made for some mighty firm trails today. Fortunately the Pisten Bully came through and allowed for the skate lanes and the classic track on the man made snow loop to be refreshed. This is a busy week for high school racing so expect busy trails this afternoon. Racing also on Thursday all day. The trails will be closed to other users that day.
      (John Fitzgerald)
    • Jan 31 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      An excellent groom today with firm skate deck. The classic is in awesome condition and a groom was not needed. Perfect conditions for today's race!
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 31 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Left the classic track alone due to it being overall still in good shape. Groomed a new skate deck which is in great shape. Trimmed a few tree branches that were getting in the way. With warmer temps coming get out and enjoy?
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 30 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Very hard, cold snowpack base is hard to groom with our groomer. Did a full groom of the ski trail, leaving the classic tracks as is. With the snow so hard, the corduroy was less than great, but at least smoothed over skate ski tracks.
      (Anthony Bramante)
    • Jan 30 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the lake chain tonight at 6:30. The trail was firm and should be in good shape the Loppet. Start green with some toko cold powder made the glide good. The classic track was set and looked really good. Everyone must have been hibernating tonight with the cold temps, I didn't anyone skiing:).
      (Jim Williams)
    • Jan 30 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful ski. The man made snow loops have pristine fast and deep tracks. The natural snow loops are pretty good, shallower and some debris but best skiing I can remember at Battle Creek. Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Tanya Adelman)
    • Jan 30 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck this evening - it looks great. I left the existing tracks as they are still in excellent shape. Bundle up and ski Columbia!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 30 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nicely groomed, skate deck was firm with good corduroy. Classic tracks were set. Snow was very cold and slow. Tried out a new plant-based wax for cold weather and had decent glide in some places, but mostly slow. Actually good considering it was about zero out.
      Photos:
      (Peter Swenson)
    • Jan 30 - Brookview Golf Course (Golden Valley):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We saw the groomer on the golf course today and went out to ski the trails. Classic tracks varied, some deep and some shallow; not blown in yet. Skate lane hard but not icy. Day is cold but nice and sunny.
      Photos:
      (Brad Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Snow conditions are great, skate deck and classic groomed up fantastic. Saw a few people braving the cold out there, come join in!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 30 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail is freshly groomed with new classic tracks set. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine and invigorating temps.
      (Gary Medin)
    • Jan 30 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic ski this morning on some very firm classic tracks. There are a few sections that have been drifted in but skied in so they are no problem. A few oak leaves are showing up here and there but again no problem. Skate deck looks good too.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 30 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Was first and alone this morning around 10:30. Groomer had done an in depth grooming of the skate deck and was tracking new classic tracks which should be perfect today. Snow was granular, scratchy and kind of slow. Cold but sunny and almost no wind so overall OK.
      Photos:
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • Jan 30 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Excellent groom on the classic and skate decks. Aggressive till but still a fast skate deck. Enjoy this cold day!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 30 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Started out the morning with a beautiful sunrise. The trail groomed up well with a new classic track and skate deck. Haven't seen someone out yet, come on out!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 30 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Brrrrrr. Good day to test out your cold weather gear and wax. I had Rex blue which was fine as long as I kept my skis moving. Up the hills the skis stopped sliding. In the track they were good. Warm skin kept everything toasty except my toes. Saw only one other skier so might be a good idea to bring a cell phone. Skied the Grimm and King. Grooming appeared to have been done yesterday.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Jan 30 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      North Finger and Machinery Hill loops are open, along with the Bridge Trail - looks like everything is nearly ready for the races this weekend. The bridge by the Trailhead has some nice snow piles in place. Excellent grooming this morning with lots of kick on the skin skis!
      Photos:
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 30 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomer went out early this morning and regroomed the skate deck on the east side. The tracks that were touched up on Saturday seem to be in tact and in good condition still. There is light debris from the trees on the trail, especially in the more wooded sections of Brown's and Hills but nothing overwhelming. Overall, things are still in good condition if you are up for braving the cold weather! :) Grooming plans: They will work on repacking the West side trails this afternoon.
      (Jen Garcia, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 29 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the trails on Lake of the Isles and Bda Mka Ska, including the Lagoon connection were groomed on Sunday afternoon. The skate deck on Isles is setting up nicely, but Ska is still a little soft due to the fresh/windblown snow getting packed for the first time - these cold nights should get it solid pretty quickly. There are also fresh classic tracks on both sides of Isles, and the outside of Ska. Signage was put up reminding users that the outside loop is for walkers and bikers, with the trail between the two classic tracks for skiing. Enjoy the Lakes and don't believe the hype...it's not that cold if you dress for success!
      Photos:
      (Craig Rittler)
    • Jan 29 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all of Razorback and the parts of Kettle and Knob connecting to the main trailhead. Tracks are in good shape over most of the trails, though they are accumulating a lot more oak leaves in some places. Some of the steeper downhills are getting more scraped and packed. Still plenty of snow on them, but the scraped uneven surfaces make for a pretty exciting ride! I saw a deer on the trail in front of me at four different places. One of them ran across very close in front of me. Quite a few hiker tracks, especially on the first mile and a half of trail.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 29 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Raced/Skied/Toured Marine O'Brien. Classiced the race and the tracks and skate deck were excellent for the outer loop. Plenty of snow. A great thank you for all the work they did to pull off the race! When it warms up enjoy this gem.
      (Mike Cramer)
    • Jan 29 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another day of good conditions at Como. Classic tracks were fast but had some kick. They were washed out in a few places on the south end but still easily skiable. Skate deck looked fantastic and I wish I would've skated instead, corduroy on more than half still. Wind and cold was keeping people away. Get out there Como!
      (Peter Johnson)
    • Jan 29 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied classic track. With the very powdery snow track is not very well set so it was a good workout, perfect way to warm up on a cold and sunny day.
      (Cate Percival)
    • Jan 29 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Woodland trails was groomed Sunday evening. Skate lanes were smoothed and resurfaced. Classic tracks were reset earlier this weekend. With the cold forecast, trails will be very skiable but cold and slow. Enjoy.
      (Dave Kallemeyn)
    • Jan 29 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a beautiful sunny day around noon and the wind wasn't too bad at all... the skate deck had been recently re-groomed and looked in very good shape but unfortunately the classic tracks had not, so they were shallow and had numerous washouts even on the flats. Skyline Trail was probably the best for classic skiing. The first Challenge Hill had no tracks at all. But I did venture out on a groomed loop on the lake itself and those tracks were good. Hope they re-set the tracks soon.
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 29 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Absolutely perfect day on Lake of the Isles. Gorgeous skate deck - a little forgiving but not too soft. Classic tracks looked good too. Thank you groomers! Nice to be back on the lake. Fingers crossed for a great chilly February.
      Photos:
      (Eric Bernstein)
    • Jan 29 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Half corduroy and half flat on the skate deck this morning. Beautiful and peaceful ski this morning.
      Photos:
      (Brent Smith)
    • Jan 29 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the trails west of Pilot Knob Road. Far fewer oak trees leaves on this side of park. Tracks were still pretty crisp and firm with no glazing. The oak leaves on the trails have been way worse than we are currently experiencing - on a scale of 1(best) to 10 (worst) current leaf conditions are maybe a 3-4. Hopefully winds will stay light, and it'll get cleaned up with the next grooming.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 29 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks were in great condition under a perfectly blue sky. Skate deck was also in great condition when I used it on some of the uphills. One of my fastest days ever at Baker and even though there was a bit of leaf, etc, debris at times, my Rode Arctic picked up very little in two hours of skiing.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Jan 29 - Glen Lake Golf Course (Minnetonka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail was in good condition. A little icy or crispy in some areas, some small areas with softer drifted snow, but pretty good shape overall, and nicely packed. Although I skated, I noticed the classic tracks were very shallow and skied down in some areas, although throughout most of the trail where I noticed they seemed ok. It's a nice place to go for a short loop not too far away.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Jan 29 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skijored the multiuse trail around Eagle Point Lake and found overall good conditions! There were a few spots in the prairie where double polling was the best choice - but very skiable for a multi use path! Also encountered a few boilerplate sections but not that significant and could still get an edge.
      Photos:
      (Sara Brokaw)
    • Jan 29 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied early afternoon, found the trails in excellent condition. Nice solid classic track set, only a few washouts, mostly at corners. Skate deck looked good as well, and appeared to have been groomed in the last 24 hours. Sunshine made it feel warmer than the single digits. Best conditions I've seen at Irondale in quite a while. Saw a couple pairs of skiers out, but still light traffic on the trails.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 29 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions, some leaves and animal droppings but 95% good. Some footprints despite signs stating skiing only. Tracks mostly well set but could use grooming in some spots like bottom of hills with curves as expected. Freestyle was also in good condition. I did both trails and logged 2.82 miles on Strava and will come back. This is an easy trail, winding thru open areas on the golf course as well as thru wooded paths.
      (Joan Bliss)
    • Jan 29 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skied the entire course right after it had been groomed, with only one set of tracks in front of us in some places. A big thank you to whoever groomed; the results can only be described as "silky smooth.".
      (Neal Heuss)
    • Jan 29 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck and classic trails at Green Haven Golf Course were groomed and set today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time. Enjoy cold weather skiing!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 29 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 29 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Morning ski at Cleary didn't disappoint, the groomer was just finishing when I started. Skate deck was nice and firm and classic track was good, minus the oak leaf litter.
      (John Elling)
    • Jan 29 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied French around 10:00 am, freshly packed, was the second one skiing. Pretty cold but sunny. Snow is granular, squeaky and somewhat slow. Meadow trail is wavy but otherwise all trails are in good condition. Classic was probably not as good having not been groomed in most places.
      Photos:
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • Jan 29 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Set a beautiful classic track and groomed up the skate deck. Have a great Sunday ski. May be a few soft spots from drifts but overall looking good out here.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 29 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshly groomed skate ski deck and new classic tracks. Natural snow also groomed. If you can handle the cold it should be good skiing.
      (Jon Sunderling)
    • Jan 28 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Started grooming last night and had mechanical issues. If you've been out today, you may have seen the machine on trail. We are trying to get it fixed and groomed again soon.
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 28 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the whole park except picnic island. Outside of some leaf and twig litter the tracks had good depth and were very consistent. The double track around Pike island was best but the single tracks on the rest of the shared use trails were still pretty good (most footprints were away from the track). I'd say the trails up to Minnehaha was the worst but still very skiable.
      (Brock Mueggenborg)
    • Jan 28 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent snow conditions and grooming! We skied most of the trails east of Keats Ave at least once. Tracks were deeply set and there was little leaf/bark/stick debris. We were using waxed skis but the wax was hard enough and the debris was infrequent enough that it wasn't a problem. Great to have such a nice Nordic Center to warm up and have our tea after skiing.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 28 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wonderful fast conditions. Tracks in fabulous shape throughout the park. It's so fun to ski all the natural trails this year. Thanks to the fantastic grooming crew at Hyland.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 28 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skied the classic and skate areas. The classic tracks are excellent but there are so many oak leaves in them, I talked to guy who said this is the most leaves he's seen. The skate skiing area was also in excellent shape and leaves weren't a problem there.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 28 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Perfect conditions at Baker today, and well worth the freezing temps! The skate deck is smooth and even, with no ruts from walkers or strange ridges in the middle of the trail. It is very quiet and peaceful at Baker. We were the first or second ones out on the corduroy at noon on a Saturday! Most of the trails are through the woods, so there is no wind to contend with! A great place to ski during the polar deep freeze this weekend.
      (Amy Swan)
    • Jan 28 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Refuge Guy and Swim Guy(a possible new nickname might be "where is the reverse button again?") just finished a run with the medium screens. Expect good, cold conditions for your Sunday skate. The Engineer upgraded the pre-cutters on the track setter and freshened up the tracks for us yesterday. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 28 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent grooming by Dakota County. Unfortunately, the light winds brought down some leaves. I have seen it a lot worse, and with the colder temperatures, the kick wax didn't pick up the leaves. I used Toko blue glide wax and Start Terva Black for kick. Boot tracks today were rare, a nice side effect of the cold weather.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 28 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Outstanding grooming! Fun to see the tail end of the sprints for the kiddos. Chilly - yes. Worth it? Absolutely!
      (Lee Penn)
    • Jan 28 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent groomed tracks by Dakota County Parks. Unfortunately, there is a lot of grabby oak leaf litter in the deep tracks impacting kick and glide.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 28 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions! Tracks in excellent shape. Lots of evidence of critters along the trail but only one section where deer tracks made it hard to use. Skied all sections except pine loop, some leaves and sticks but I felt fine using good skis. Even sections along roads had good coverage.
      (Amber Glawe)
    • Jan 28 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      It was a great ski for me; easily got back into the grove. Yes, a leaf here and there but no trigs or branches. Beautiful day out! Found a pair of sunglasses, copperish color framed wire rim.
      (Jo Schumann)
    • Jan 28 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Bundled up and skied late afternoon. Found the trails to be well used but still in very good condition outside of a few washout and windblown sections -- really some of the best conditions I've skied on at Tamarack! Tracks were largely well defined and not trampled, firm but not glazed, with good pole plants on most of the sections we skied. No thin spots, no ice. Got chilly as the sun was setting, but otherwise nice to get out on the trails.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 28 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lots of people had been out, even in the sub-zero weather. Overall conditions were good to fair, but the tracks were worn and missing in some places. Blowing snow from yesterday had smoothed over the trail in some spots, leaving only a manmade track. Skating deck looked hard.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Jan 28 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great classic tracks at Whitetail woods this afternoon. Skied all trails and had great conditions. Wind wasn't too bad in the open areas.
      (John Elling)
    • Jan 28 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Firm skate deck, classic tracks set. Most of the groom looked pretty fresh within the park, a little less fresh and more packed and tracked on the outer natural snow loops, but still fantastic skiing on a single digit day.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 28 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Bog, Butler and Brownie were all in great shape. A pickup truck inexplicably got onto the trail by Anwatin and lodged itself axel deep after it drove off the firm trail and onto a cutoff section. That vehicle hadn't done any real damage, but subsequent tow trucks attempting to extract it were really ripping up the trail.
      (Spencer Davis)
    • Jan 28 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Started about 12:30. Even in exposed areas the track was serviceable, deep and solid everywhere else. Really nice that the groomer pulled the track up most of the climbs for striding. Skate deck looked good. Little in the way of pine and spruce needles, but a fair bit of oak leaves and box elder seed. Just get back on the heels and it's mostly good. Guru green for the first hour, mostly gone the second!
      (Stan Hokanson)
    • Jan 28 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Fast is fun, very good deck and tracks out there. Enjoy the shred! Bonus points: observed a hawk trying to capture a squirrel from a tree.
      (John Dempsey)
    • Jan 28 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic conditions at Cleary today and barely anybody out there. The skate deck had some scattered debris but I still had no issues on my good skis and wasn't concerned as the sticks were easy to dodge and the rest of the debris was just leaves. The grooming was fantastic and the deck was firm and fast.
      Photos:
      (Park Walter)
    • Jan 28 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Started on wax skis but quickly decided to run back to the car for the old waxless wonders due to oak leaves. Having made the switch, had a lovely ski! Other than the oak debris, trails in great shape.
      Photos:
      (Ann Cohen)
    • Jan 28 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Savanna, North and Prairie this afternoon in classic tracks. The tracks are in great shape with little leaf or tree debris! There was a little bit of leaves on the North trail along Lake Elmo, but no where the same amount of leaves as yesterday on Brown's Pond. Very enjoyable ski.
      (Barbara Kuzmak)
    • Jan 28 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are packed and tracked. The wind brought some leaves and debris but otherwise trail conditions are excellent!
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 28 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      This morning we re-groomed all the trails on Cedar Lake including the land route and connection to Brownie. The skate deck is perfect with classic tracks on both sides. Outside loop is for walkers and bikers, trail between the two classic tracks is for skiing.
      (Brian Crotteau)
    • Jan 28 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the entire system this morning including the ski games section. All trails in good condition. Watch out for the ubiquitous oak leaves.
      (Ethan Knuti)
    • Jan 28 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions were great at Hiawatha this morning. What a pleasure. No blown snow, some meandering around the 4-track loop.
      Photos:
      (Charles Casserly)
    • Jan 28 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Not recently groomed - skiing not great. Tracks not set and snow blew into the trail making the skate deck variable. Snow has good potential but not until it's groomed.
      (Emily Schilling)
    • Jan 28 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Decent? I thought the new snow would yield perfection. In fact, I was the first skier after someone walked the whole Pike Island loop, doing more damage in some spots than others. Skiing it fixed much of the damage so the second loop was better. There is a fair amount of leaf debris, and some twigs. My skis caught a few times. I'm glad I went, I'd do it again, but I'll appreciate the next grooming.
      Photos:
      (David Glaser)
    • Jan 28 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Another beautiful morning on the man made snow trails. A bit chilly but not too bad in the cab of the groomer. New skate deck and classic tracks. Excellent, firm conditions!
      (John Fitzgerald)

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    Duluth area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We picked-up 3-4" of sticky snow last night. This morning we groomed all of our skate decks, then set a new classic track on the 8K (photos). It lis nice, but needs to do a freeze/thaw cycle to firm-up. The classic track on the 6K had already been skied in since the snowfall, and is still decent, so we left it until after this warm weather passes. Warm temps, full sun, and soft snow mean no dogs starting today and through Wednesday. Lights will be on til 9 pm.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • NewFeb 7 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great fresh grooming on whole course including all side trails. Beautiful spring skiing today. Skate deck was slow due to temps and fresh snow, but is well-packed/not soft. Classic track is quite a bit faster.
      Photos:
      (Nils Arvold)
    • NewFeb 7 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed and reset the track today. It looks to have turned out good. Chad is out now attempting to groom and track the blue trail for the first time this year.
      (Mark Hagen)
    • Feb 5 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good firm trail, well used in the hilly sections and could use a track reset in places, but a great ski.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Feb 5 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were freshly groomed again tonight. The tracks got set pretty well and the walking path looks good too! Hopefully y'all can get out now that the weather is warmer!
      (Benjamin Hawley)
    • Feb 5 - Upper Spirit Mountain Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      My partner did classic and reported good conditions other than minor debris challenges. I skated, but found the narrowness of the skate deck to be too much of a challenge, so I took the connector over to Magney and was glad I did.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Feb 5 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at Magney today. The track was deep and firm and the skate deck was firm. Very little leaf debris today. With Magney's long uphills and long downhills it doesn't get much better or more fun then skiing Magney under bright blue skies in 20+ degree weather with perfect grooming.
      Photos:
      (Gene Karwoski)
    • Feb 5 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Uneven surface. A fast, slightly glazed track in areas in the open that have little or no debris. About 90% of the trails have enough debris in the tracks from last Thursday's big wind that it's impossible to avoid all the pine needles, impairing both glide and grip. The short outer loop had even more debris, especially on the first half. No real damage from the needle debris, but you'll probably want to scrape off all the old wax and start over.
      (Joel Rosen)
    • Feb 5 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent. On my way out a skier coming back in said "it doesn't get much better than today." After finishing the western river loops, I couldn't agree more. Beautiful bright blue skies.
      Photos:
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Feb 4 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lots of the corners were washed out on the 5k loop. Spur trails, use rock skis. There are sticks/plants in the tracks. Could use a new groom.
      (Ellie Sin)
    • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another beautiful day at the forestry center. Decent solid tracks, but a fair amount of wind blown tree debris.
      Photos:
      (John Lund)
    • Feb 4 - Chester Bowl (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fun and challenging trail, as usual! Pack was firm and the snow crunched under my skis. Only minimal footprints on the trail.
      (Sarah Nelson)
    • Feb 4 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      I skated while my wife classic skied the Bardon Peak and Ely Peak loops. Conditions were excellent for both; skate deck was firm and smooth, and the tracks consistent and well-set. Minimal debris or ice. Fantastic day to be out!
      (Tom MacDonald)
    • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the Cloquet Forestry Center today and I did not expect it would be groomed because he does it on a snowmobile and it was way too dangerous to do that the past few days with the cold and wind. The tracks were still good and firm and in the more open areas debris free for the most part. Under the majority of the trees there is a lot of debris, it gets worse the further in you go. We had skins and fish scales. I would not even suggest attempting it with any type of kick wax until they are able to groom again.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Feb 3 - Upper Spirit Mountain Trails (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the entire 10k and it was pretty decent (for a first time PB grooming). There were some uneven low areas... a few sticks poking through the trail... a few softer spots. The classic looked great. The skate deck was a bit narrow (especially the last section from the Connector back to the parking lot).
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Feb 3 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A gorgeous (but cold) evening to ski. Classic tracks looked great. The skate deck was beautiful. You couldn't ask for much more!
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Feb 3 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Regroomed portions of the trail that were not groomed on Monday. Trees were removed that keep falling from the December storms.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Feb 2 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails are recently groomed and in stellar shape. Rock hard tracks and firm firm pole plants. Nearly enough moon light to not need a headlamp!
      (Fred Sproat)
    • Feb 2 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All segments of the trail are open but there's been no grooming this week. The tracks are drifted through the marsh, so it seems like a real wilderness ski. The are trees down that need some attention, these are not on slopes and skiers have found paths around them. Once groomed this place will be spectacular, until then it's a wilderness adventure.
      (David King)
    • Feb 2 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Oak Trail mid-morning. As might be expected on a windy day, there were scattered oak leaves in the tracks, but never more than one leaf in one place, so it wasn't hard to lift up skis over them. The wind was preceded by a dusting of snow, so the track that was probably fast yesterday was a bit on the slow side this morning. I used special green kicker; possibly, polar would have worked better.
      (Joel Rosen)
    • Feb 1 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Skied CCC and Thompson loop. Track is very good and debris-free on Thompson. Most of CCC is debris free, but as is often the case, pine needles are a slight annoyance on the return along the river. Did not have time to ski the Oak Trail, which was recently cleared, groomed and tracked (park report), but hope to check it out later this week. Trails connecting CCC and Oak are not yet cleared and opened, so driving is the only reasonable option.
      (Joel Rosen)
    • Feb 1 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail freshly groomed Wednesday night. In some areas the track set perfectly, but others the tracks only dug in like half depth. For the most part, it's a solid track.
      (Micah Hanson)
    • Feb 1 - Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      8F. Overcast. A bit breezy. The trails were being groomed as we skied. Hopefully everything will firm up nicely tonight. The tracks were great. Skate deck soft in spots. There's so much snow. Larry says help is still needed to cut back tees and branches that are weighted down with snow on the 10k trail.
      Photos:
      (Louise Levy)
    • Feb 1 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks are in pretty good shape. Thanks groomers! A little washed out on the tighter turns and the uphills where people herring bone up. A little bit of light debris (leaves) in the tracks. But overall very good and pleasant.
      (Will Daniels)
    • Feb 1 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh groom at Lester! Made it on to just about everything there. Skate deck felt fast with minimal ice. Classic tracks looked great.
      (Jedidiah Cuttle)
    • Feb 1 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions on the loops above the road (Center Fields Loops and Eastern Loops) had some inconsequential detritus in the tracks but nothing that is inorganic. Lots of snow, lots of it. The groomers have set wonderful tracks. The classic and skate loop (Birch Hill Loop) is also well set and in great shape, that downhill is a joy after all that climbing. The Campground Loop has a section with grass showing under some trees, it is easily avoided. The connector section under the Bridge is granular and icy, be aware.
      (David King)
    • Jan 31 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails are groomed. A few short sections of shallow tracks but mostly good. Considering all the use the trail has been getting and the gusty weather a few days ago, the tracks are holding up well. Snow is nice and not too icy.
      (Matthew Henderson)
    • Jan 31 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Another great day of skiing at Boulder today! The Boulder Lake Ski Area Hotline said the South trails were groomed Monday morning. I classic skied Bear Paw, Blue Ox, and Nine Pines. The tracks were in very good to excellent condition with almost no use. Very enjoyable skiing.
      Photos:
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 31 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Trails are firm, the 6K was groomed today and has a firm Classic track. The 8K is only groomed for skating at this time. Grooming plans: On Wednesday all trails will be closed at 5:30 pm so that we can prepare the courses for the East High ski race. Trails will remain closed until the conclusion of the race, about 5:30 on Thursday. We expect about 420 skiers at the race, which begins at 11:00 am on Thursday. The classic part of the races will be a "best line" 5K track on the 8K trail. We will leave this track on the 8K all day on Friday, so that classic skiers may experience a "best line" track. Thus, the 8K will be classic-only until we reset the trail on Friday evening.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 31 - Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      The Pisten Bully is back up and running (and tracking)! Grooming plans: We will groom the trails Wednesday then head to Upper and get that groomed! Note: Grand Avenue trails will host the CSS Nordic race this weekend; course prep is all day Friday, skate race on Saturday; classic race on Sunday. Directly after the Sunday race, the DXC SkiSparks will take over the stadium for an afternoon of Nordic Skiing Fun. Cheers!
      Photos:
      (Larry Mishkar)
    • Jan 31 - Upper Spirit Mountain Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We classic and skate skied the campground and 3k at Spirit upper today and it is in need of grooming. There is a skied in track on most of it that is pretty far into the skate lane. That track is washed out on corners, non existent in places, and good in others with leaves on about 20% of it. The skate lane has 3 inches of fluff that is skied in. On some downhills and other well used places it is like slippery concrete... falling would hurt. I had great glide again with my Rode purple liquid cold. I would ski elsewhere until this is groomed.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 30 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied the 6 K loop starting before noon. The condition of the tracks varied from poor to good. About 90% of the loop would be acceptable to good. I enjoyed my time out there. Windchill was not too much of an issue.
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 30 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      After a morning low of -33F, it warmed up to -3F and time to get out for a ski. South loop was in great shape, deep tracks and solid pole plants. Not the best glide at these temps, but the sun was out, and the trees were flocked with snow.
      Photos:
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 30 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Terrific conditions at Korkki today. Some small bits of leaf litter on the trail, nothing of any concern, lots of snow and it is terrifically well-groomed; full kudos to the grooming staff. All portions of the course are fully groomed. I did skip the big hill segment, taking the cut-off. Some drifting on the duck pond.
      (David King)
    • Jan 30 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails seem to be in excellent shape, a bit soft but that beats icy hardness in my book. I've not skied here before, the hills are gentle both up and down, a real delight.
      (David King)
    • Jan 29 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Phenomenal conditions this afternoon at Lester Park. Tracks were well-set with little glazing. The skate deck looked excellent also. Enjoy!
      (Tom MacDonald)
    • Jan 29 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Snowflake during the warmest part of the day. 6k was well compacted and relatively fast. More snow had blown on to the 8k and it was slow going. Tracks on 6k looked pretty good, no tracks on 8 k yet.
      (Afton Clarke-Sather)
    • Jan 29 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions at Hartley today. 2° with hardly noticeable wind in the woods. Classic tracks were holding up pretty good with a couple corners starting to wear out and occasional leaves or needles in the teack.
      Photos:
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 28 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Blue Ox and Nine Pines. Trails in good shape especially Nine Pines back in the woods. Some short sections of tracks filled in from blowing snow but not a problem. Smattering of pine needles in back half of Nine Pines. Trees still partially caked in snow and beautiful. Peaceful, sunshiny ski.
      Photos:
      (Bob King)
    • Jan 28 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all of the blue trails. The trails are not in great condition, so much pole holes and deer tracks that it disrupts the groomed ski tracks. A few chunky ice patches and a lot of not smooth areas that catch skis. The green loops/trails were especially chunky and highly used.
      (Bree Schabert)
    • Jan 28 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied in the early afternoon and it was magical once again! Until you get to the main trail there are no tracks set, but once there they are deep, firm, debris free and the pole plants were solid. Huge thank you to Mark for the fresh grooming!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 28 - University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center (Cloquet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed and set a track today on the inner (orange) loop and a small section of the outer loop. About 6K total. Skiing should be good. The blue loop is cleared enough of downed trees and is open for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing.
      (Mark Hagen)
     

    Northshore/Gunflint area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied from the Hwy 61 snowmobile trailhead up along west Pioneer, over to Deeryard, up to the fire tower, around Deeryard and back down East Pioneer. There had been no grooming in more than a week, according to the trail report, so I expected to be breaking trail or using skier tracks. Fresh two inches of snow last night on top of two inches over the weekend meant I was breaking trail for much of the course. Deck underneath was firm so it was manageable although downhills were a challenge. Good news was the groomer came out at the end of the day.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • NewFeb 7 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trail segments on the most current map (A through V) were rolled and tracked. Portions of the unplowed road were also double-tracked. Please be mindful that the parking lot could fill up while you're out, so leave room for other cars and grooming equipment. The truck and trailer usually takes up the whole West side of the lot (same side as the kiosk/map) so keeping it clear Monday-Friday would help a lot! FR 158/ Bally Creek Road is narrow in spots, so be cautious on turns. Cascade Connector has not been maintained.
      (Chad LeFevere)
    • NewFeb 7 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about 2" of new snow overnight. All trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Conditions are excellent. With new snow and warm temps today and tomorrow skate deck will be soft.
      (Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)
    • NewFeb 7 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Ski Hill Rd to Caribou Trail. Not groomed since overnight snow, and the parking lot was not plowed. Very pretty in the woods, can't wait until it's groomed.
      (Dan Disch)
    • NewFeb 6 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skier tracked over a few inches of new snow over the weekend. Base under the powder was firm. Skier tracks were made over machine tracks so for the most part they were straight and true, not wobbly. Glide was good with blue kick wax. Connector down to Pike Lake road has been skier tracked but not machine groomed yet this year. Skiers have tracked the loops on the far side of Bally Creek pond. They are not on the new forest service maps so my guess is they are no longer being groomed regularly. But the new maps and consistent grooming of these trails are a big improvement over prior years. Parking lot was full on a Monday!
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Feb 4 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      As good as it gets. Perfect temps (high teens), great base, tracks were excellent, and the snow was relatively fresh and fast (for me). No icy patches or tracks covered with drifting snow. We started at Onion River parking lot. My wife skied the L,M, X, W part of the Oberg loop. I split off from her at X and skied the Y, W parts as well.
      (Chris Norbury)
    • Feb 4 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Had my best ski of the year today at Northwoods. This is such a fantastic trail. Beautiful singletrack with really fun long downhill sections. Tracks were well-used but still very skiable, and extremely fast this afternoon.
      (Keith Gilbert)
    • Feb 4 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fabulous ski conditions at Pincushion today. Classic skied around Canyon Curves and the Pincushion Loop on perfectly laid tracks! Hats off to the awesome groomers!
      Photos:
      (Mona Hunter)
    • Feb 4 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about 1-3" of new powder overnight. All trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Conditions are excellent. Packed Trail Base: Average 10+ inches, Snowfall last 24 Hours: 1-3", Snowfall last 7 Days: 3", Average Depth off the Trail: >24".
      (Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)
    • Feb 2 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trail segments on the most current map (A through V) were rolled and tracked. Portions of the unplowed road were also double-tracked. Windy conditions may impact some of the more open parts of the trail this weekend but the cold temps helped set tracks nicely. Please be mindful that the parking lot could fill up while you're out, so leave room for other cars and grooming equipment. The truck and trailer usually takes up the whole West side of the lot (same side as the kiosk/map) so keeping it clear Monday-Friday would help a lot! FR 158/ Bally Creek Road is narrow in spots, so be cautious on turns. Cascade Connector has still not been maintained.
      (Kris Rich)
    • Feb 1 - George Washington Pines (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was packed, and a track was set. There is a lot of fine tree debris on the trail from the last few windy nights. Please be sure to pick up dog waste! There was a lot of it on the trail this time around.
      (Kris Rich)
    • Feb 1 - George Washington Pines (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No groomed tracks. It is a hiking trail pounded down hard by people just walking on it-not even using snowshoes. It's like skiing on a parking lot.
      (Michele Flynn)
    • Jan 31 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The track was great on Upper and Lower Snowman, West Overlook and Canyon Curves. I had good kick and fast glides. The track was firm and well formed.
      Photos:
      (Steve Langenbrunner)
    • Jan 29 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Morning ski out of the Moose Fence Trailhead. Temp was -7 and I was the only car in the small lot. First time skiing this trail. Didn't quite make it to the Upland loop. Tracks were freshly set. Long gradual up and down hills. Did a sunset ski out of Britton Peak (just the first little green loop (had my 8 y/o with). Tracks also freshly tracked and perfect. We went on the trail to the right out of the parking lot and came back on the loop. It was a nice gradual downhill into the lot that my daughter was thrilled with.
      Photos:
      (Laura Ferry)
    • Jan 29 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful out this afternoon, trails were in really great shape. Used -11 to 10 degree F wax and glided really nicely. Would recommend getting out and braving the cold!
      (Ophelia Loree)
    • Jan 28 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were all groomed again Friday and Saturday. Excellent conditions: level trails, perfect skate deck, solid classic tracks. Outdoor temperatures will be a bit cooler than we've seen most of this winter, but the sun is supposed to be shining! Throw on an extra layer and enjoy these prime mid-winter conditions!
      Photos:
      (Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge)
    • Jan 28 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful trail as always but unfortunately the wind and light snow have deteriorated conditions since the last groom. Tracks and corduroy could still be seen, but everything is covered with a layer of snow and some parts of the trail were drifted over. Plenty of debris especially in the pine-covered sections and on the connector trail down to Cascade Lodge, which might warrant B skis for some. The "Short Loop" and part of Pioneer Trail between J and I were ungroomed/closed.
      (Katie Leaf)
    • Jan 28 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about 4-5" of new powder yesterday. All trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Conditions are excellent.
      Photos:
      (Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)
     

    Iron Range area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed skate lane and track today, except Atomic. Trails in very good condition. Lots of wolf tracks and scat, snow dropping off trees beware.
      (Boomer Moritko)
    • NewFeb 6 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail was in fair condition still. Plenty of hills. Some debris at times, mostly in the pine tree sections.
      (Tracy Cesari)
    • Feb 5 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No logging quite yet other than old E/W road just south of parking lot pushed in up to loop #2. Skied entire system on excellently groomed three loops. The Sherry Lake Loop goes through two very special groups of old growth white pine and upland white cedars. Sadly, no moose tracks this time for first time in twenty years. Cross my fingers that this logging cut doesn't wipe out Stoney Ridge Loop forest. There was a DNR Fire Tower near ski trail/ logging road intersection fifteen to fifty years ago. I got in the tower forty years ago, what a view!
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Feb 5 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The four loops were groomed and tracked on Friday and are in excellent condition. The trails are fairly fast, but there are a few leaves on the trail.
      (Thomas Miller)
    • Feb 4 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail has fair amount of debris due to the high winds few days ago. Nothing major, very nice skiing.
      (Tracy Cesari)
    • Feb 4 - Forest History Center (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are all groomed and in good condition. The cold weather turned a lot of snow into sugar, so some sections are a bit soft. Hopefully they'll set up nicely overnight. The Forest History Center parking lot is currently open on weekends, so trails can be accessed from our parking lot, or from the 14th St Sylvan Point parking lot. Get out and enjoy the trails!
      Photos:
      (Bryan French)
    • Feb 4 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All XC Ski Trails groomed by Volunteer. Excellent shape, couple of downed trees removed. There are many other trails and woods for snowshoers. Enjoy Spring skiing!
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Feb 3 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      County reports all loops groomed and tracked. Should be great skiing all week!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 3 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most ]
      Secondhand 

      Itasca County Land Dept reports: The west section of the Stoney Ridge Loop will be closed due to a timber sale that will start up this weekend. That section of trail will be fully closed until further notice.
      Map shows that except for that section, the rest of the trail system, including Sherry Lake loop, has been groomed and is open for skiing.

      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 3 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomers tracked Boomer Blue today. Most of the rest of the trails skied in. Part of Loop 2 (by the shelter) hasn't been groomed in ages. Poor ski conditions.
      (Jon Byrne)
    • Feb 1 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The heavy snow is still working its way out of the tree canopy bringing assorted debris with it. Easy enough to avoid. The snow coverage is deep and the base has some cushion as the leveling process is ongoing. Tracks were intact throughout. Most trails recently groomed. Beautiful scenery and the cold powder provided good glide.
      Photos:
      (Jeff Pesta)
    • Feb 1 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Giants Ridge snow coverage and grooming are the best I've seen in the past three years. PB groomer has been used on all the trails I've tried this week and they are being re-groomed often. The great grooming.....OK, and colder snow, make the technical downhills on Gold and Silver really easy/fun to power through at full speed.
      Photos:
      (Cheryl DuBois)
    • Feb 1 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good, hard tracks for classical. I was skate skiing today. There's been no grooming for 1.5 weeks but for classic, you'll be fine. Skate skiing us only in the middle where snowshoeing and dogs are allowed. A bit mushy and slow going.
      (Neva Kueffer)
    • Feb 1 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed and tracked today. Ready for the warm weekend!
      (Stephanie Kessler)
    • Feb 1 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very skiable though not groomed since last Friday's snowfall. Tracks nicely skied in with a few leaves to catch wax. Temps above zero! Met a lady with dog skijoring Boomer Blue, the big wide section between the double tracks.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 30 - Alder Pond (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are groomed and tracked. Besides me, the only others using the trail are wolves. Very slow today.
      (Jon Byrne)
    • Jan 29 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a nice day to use the classic technique! The tracks were set well, and the snow was firm so that few (if any) pole plants sunk deep into the snow. I skied around the whole area a couple times. In a lot of places, the snow really hasn't come off the trees since the storm in mid-December. It's a beautiful, wintry landscape!
      Photos:
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 29 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Below zero by just a few degrees but sun shining and no wind in the pines. Nice double tracks set on the two way sections of the trail. Creek completely frozen. Slow snow = safe descent on the trickier hills.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 28 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I arrived to find it had last been groomed sometime in the previous week but not since the late week snowfall we had. That was no problem because it was only a couple inches of new snow. I skied one loop and actually encountered another person. By the time we had both made our loops, everything was skied in, and I did a much faster second loop (the farthest out and back). I like looking for wildlife signs here. Lots of grouse holes in the snow and snowshoe hare all around. I usually also find moose tracks that are always at least a week or two old, but I haven't seen real moose there since 2011. Deer tracks are always fresh.
      Photos:
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 28 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated Lake Loop. Trail was in real nice condition. Low snow temp (air temp around 0 F) made for poor glide. Returned and grabbed classic skis for a run around Thunder and East loops, which was a bit more tolerable in these cold snow conditions.
      (Brad Bensen)
    • Jan 28 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skis with special green made for great kick but not much glide due to zero degree temps. All trails groomed and tracked but we did only Prelude and Red Pine Junction with kids. Sun shining = great skiing!
      (Catherine McLynn)
     

    Ely area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Ski was a bit windy bringing debris onto the trails. Some tracks were blown-in with wind driven snow but still easy to glide through. Heavy accumulation of snow still remains on the trees from early snow this season. The plan this week is to freshen up the tracks by grooming on Thursday or Friday.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Feb 5 - Birch Lake Plantation Ski Trail (Babbitt):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon in the peak of ski season, we had this local all-classic trail system all to ourselves, though it had been freshly groomed. We skied the perimeter of the trail system (about five km) and then a short interior loop, all on the "beginner" trails. Would recommend doing perimeter trail clockwise; we took it CCW and one or two of the hills were more expert than beginner. Beautiful tall red pines in the plantation, definitely worth the 20 minute drive south from Ely.
      Photos:
      (Andrew Slade)
    • Feb 4 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Saturday's ski with groomer Gary and friends was spectacular. All but trails 19 to 24, 19 to 23 and 6 to 9 have been packed and tracked. The forest is like a NY city fashion show. Every tree is strutting a winter show outfit so unique and visually show-stopping. Trails had a little debris on them and slight fill-in from Thursday and Friday's wind, cold temps a ½ inch of snow. Open areas are slight to moderately drifted in but easy to ski through and a relatively short distance.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Feb 1 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Hallelujah, all trails except 19 to 24, 19 to 23, and 6 to 9 have been packed and tracked. Come out and enjoy the beauty of this amazing wilderness trail system.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 31 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Terrific mid-winter conditions. Classic tracks are deep and firm. Skied Sommer and Bambas loops. At 4F degrees, glide was a bit slow. Side trails like Hannah Jo and the Pine Park are ungroomed.
      (Andrew Slade)
    • Jan 31 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Today was another remarkable gorgeous day on the ski trails. Attached with this posting is a map showing the trails highlighted in pink that were packed and tracked on Saturday. The orange highlights indicate the trails that are packed but not tracked. There is a reasonable deck/base to ski on even though you will have 4 inches of powder to maneuver on the not groomed trails, see the picture attached regarding these particular conditions. Grooming plans: Wednesday, the groomers will be out making more progress on the trails highlighted in purple (packed but not tracked). The Isabella wolf pack also enjoys groomed trails, making it easier terrain to hunt.
      Photos:
      (Nancy G Schultz)
    • Jan 28 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Four inches of fresh snow fell on Friday (with strong winds) making the forest continue to be a winter wonderland but covering previously tracked and packed trails. The groomers were out Saturday and did a fantastic job of packing and tracking the eastern trails. Regarding the western trails, a few sections are packed but not tracked and/or skiers have been on them making them a backcountry (but not difficult) ski experience. Attached with this posting is a map showing the trails highlighted in pink that were packed and tracked. The purple highlights indicate the trails that are packed but not tracked. There is a reasonable deck/base to ski on even though you will have 4 inches of powder to maneuver on the not groomed trails.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 4 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Had a great session on Saturday. I did the Green Loop and the beginning portion of the Orange Loop (up until the northern Blue Trail intersection). Tracks were in great condition and I had a blast skiing. I didn't see much debris on the tracks. Saw quite a few cars in the parking lot so I'm happy to see more people using this trail system!
      (Aaron Bloom)
    • Feb 4 - Black Bay Trail (International Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      I did not ski the trails, but did some snowshoeing this weekend. I walked along side some of the ski trails closer to the "parking lot" on the lake. Tracks seemed to be in decent shape. I noticed there were a few sections where people really butchered the ski tracks by walking over them with boots and snowshoes.
      (Aaron Bloom)
    • Jan 28 - Manka Trail (International Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      5.5 inches of cold smoke yesterday was just what we needed. The dry snow didn't set up very well on the skate lane, but I don't expect much skating for a few days while the the temps remain below zero throughout the day. It warmed up to -2F this afternoon.
      Photos:
      (Steve Johnson)

Minnesota Northwest

     

    Detroit Lakes area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Scheduling 

      A beautiful weekend of skiing, the warmer temps were heartening. Even Mary (80) got out today! Tracks are holding out well with good kick action. Did a skate lap at the beautiful moon rise and was fast, firm and fun! We are hosting Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday and will be preparing the courses in the afternoon and evenings on Monday and Tuesday. Trails will be open during Section days but parking may be limited. We will have a food truck on site Tuesday and Wednesday for the races.
      Photos:
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 5 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks today were in typical Maplelag style, fresh and firm. There is an abundance of snow. There were some intermittent small patches of leaves in spots that had blown into the tracks; these warranted some extra caution due to grabbing at your kick zone but were generally not a problem. Overall it was another bluebird day of skiing at Maplelag!
      (Glenn Gifford)
    • Feb 3 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We completed a complete regroom of the entire 90km ski and fat bike trail system this evening. We groomed during the cold weather but worked around the wind. Might be some scattered organic forest matter here and there otherwise great conditions on tap for the weekend. Best fat biking on the west side loops.
      Photos:
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 31 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It's been a quiet 5 days with very little skier traffic until Tuesday afternoon when a couple hundred high school and jr high kids hit the trails for the North Star Conference meet and the right for their team to bring home the coveted traveling wood ski trophy. The temps were cool but the air was dry, sun was shining and winds light making for a great day of skiing. Grooming plans: We will complete grooming of the 90km of skate, classic and fat bike trails the next two days.
      Photos:
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
     

    Park Rapids/Walker area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Snow conditions remain ok, but debris on the trails is more of a problem with no new snow to speak of. Lilly's beginner loop is still good for skating and classic, with some oak leaves in the first part of the trail's classic track. Lots of oak leaves are filling in the tracks on Eagle and parts of Lake, especially, with today's breeze, so just fair conditions there. Skate lane has patchy debris as well, everything from leaves to needles and cones in spots. Troll is a little better. No-wax classic skis would alleviate the oak leaves quite a bit. Snow conditions as such are good, with a little loose snow over a firm base and no icy spots as yet. Today's high was 33, and we had a minimal dusting of sleety snow. Lots of interesting tracks on the trails from creatures great and small.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Feb 5 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Got out at first light and groomed and tracked trail. There was getting to be too much leaves and needles on trail. Hopefully will be set up for this afternoon for your inspection.
      (Larry Blesi)
    • Feb 4 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time on this trail. Tracks were good to very good. Debris in the pine covered areas only. Decidious and recently harvest areas were beautiful and clean! We skied the whole perimeter. We will be back!
      (Jay Pike)
    • Feb 3 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails at Goose Lake have been groomed this afternoon. While there was no new snow, some areas had drifted in with the windy day yesterday. Ready for great weekend weather!
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Feb 3 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and tracked today: Beginners Loop, Middle Loop (parking lot next to trail entrance is plowed next to grey/silver gate), Connectors Loop (can be full of footprints near building from school groups). Enjoy!
      (Neal Tacheny)
    • Feb 1 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions remain excellent, with a little debris on the trails from wind and squirrels. Trails were completely groomed last Friday and cold weather has limited use, so they are still in fine shape. Classic track feels a little faster than the skate lane, which has had enough recent snow to take care of some prior icy spots. We will resume Sunday open house from 1-3 this weekend, weather permitting. Total snow depth is around 18" and there is at least 8" packed base.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 28 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails were in excellent shape! It was a great afternoon of skiing! Thanks, Rick!
      (Diane Norlin)

Minnesota Central

     

    Brainerd area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Larson Lake (Deerwood):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A perfect ski at Larson Lake. An inch of new snow sparkled on the well groomed trails, making it a winter ski wonderland.
      Photos:
      (Kathy Dunklee)
    • Jan 30 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied Acorn, Ojibway, Pioneer and Little Ben. Little Ben's classic was pretty much blown out. Everything else was decent. Great skiing despite it being below zero.
      (Joanne Reinhart)
    • Jan 29 - Grand View Lodge - The Pines (Nisswa):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All the trails we were on had a good track set. It was a sunny day with a wind chill in the negative numbers. The trees came in handy for some respite from that.
      (Joanne Reinhart)
    • Jan 28 - Larson Lake (Deerwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nicely groomed classic and skate. Loved the terrain variety! Beautiful surroundings. Even though the high temperature was only 5F we never felt cold due to the protection from the woods. Great place for the intermediate skier!
      (Joanne Reinhart)
     

    St. Cloud area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      New classic tracks set on all 17k of trails today. Skate deck on Hilltop, Warm Up, Orchard, and North Loops groomed as well (about 13k).
      Photos:
      (Carter Scheele)
    • Feb 5 - Robert Ney Regional Park (Maple Lake):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great morning. Not many around. Trails are good. Worth the drive. Trails are hard. Some damage from walkers but I skated right over it.
      (Matt Bergstrom)
    • Feb 4 - Robert Ney Regional Park (Maple Lake):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fast conditions. Firm and fast. Trails a little used and uneven. But mostly good. Skied mostly north skate loop and a quick loop thru woods.
      Photos:
      (Matt Bergstrom)
    • Jan 29 - Stanley Eddy Park Reserve (South Haven):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions. Cold. Leaves on the trails but not bad overall. Stanley Eddy is hilly. Up and down. I normally classic ski here. I was the only one there!
      Photos:
      (Matti Bergstrom)
    • Jan 28 - Lake Maria State Park (Monticello):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Hasn't been groomed in quite a while. Some skiers have made their own tracks, but there's little sign remaining of any set tracks: they've mostly been snowed and then snowshoed over. There's enough of a trail base that you can free ski it but don't expect to slot in or go fast.
      (Alex Leslie)
     

    Fergus Falls/Alexandria area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful, warmer weather. Trails in places continue to have leaf litter and (in fewer) places pine needle litter. The classic trail required leaving track at times to avoid litter. In other places, track was clean, making for excellent glide. Classic track eroded in some sections.
      Photos:
      (Daniel Belgum)
    • Feb 4 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time skiing on Andes xc ski trails. Very nice trail system. Plenty of snow and very good grooming for both skate and classic. Unfortunately, lots of leaf litter, some twigs, and pine needles in various sections, so hopped out of tracks many times.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Feb 4 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      As of this morning there has been little skier traffic and plenty of corduroy showing. However, the trails today, as in days past, have seen lots of deer making rough patches. Also, recent high winds left a fair amount of leafs and twig litter. The latter might be more problematic for classical skiers.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Feb 2 - Spidahl Ski Gaard (Fergus Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After working through all the damage from the ice and heavy snow storm, I am happy to announce that all the trails are now groomed for classic and skate skiing with a firm skate deck and classic track. The classic tracks and skate lanes in open areas will be touched up before the weekend. Really nice skiing.
      Photos:
      (David Spidahl)
    • Feb 1 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck newly groomed, about 1 to 1.5 inches soft newer snow over firmer base. Little skier traffic, but the deer have been very active so some sections of the trails can be rather rough. I found the snow to be slow even though the air temperature was 14F.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 31 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All trails have the skate lane groomed. They have had very little use due to the cold. Skate lane was very slow. Classic track had not been set on all the trails. The track that has been set looks very nice.
      (Kayo Aslagson)
    • Jan 28 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were freshly groomed. The skate lane was soft and slow. Most of the trails have new classic track that set very nicely.
      (Kayo Aslagson)
     

    Mora/Hinckley area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Irving and John Anderson County Park (North Branch):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A fresh inch of snow in a shallow but decent track. My timing was good before it warmed too much, only sticky adjacent to conifers or leafy oaks that were absorbing the ample sunshine.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Lueth)
    • NewFeb 6 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied this morning for about an hour. There must have been recent strong winds because there is a great deal of tree debris on the trail. Especially so in the classic tracks. I would have skied longer but the litter made for a less than ideal ski.
      (Peter Osterberg)
    • Feb 4 - St. Croix State Park (Hinckley):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There are about 10 miles of trail groomed and tracked -- everything but the upper Sundance loop. There are some grooming mishaps just southwest of the St. Croix Lodge at the start, but for the most part the tracks are in good condition, free of debris, and fast. River Bluff Trail has beautiful views along the river, and coming back inland on the Old Logging Trail the pine barrens are lovely in winter too. In the western section of the loop ("Norway Loop"? Right along Norway Road) there are quite a few saplings sticking through; it takes a bit of care to avoid them but it doesn't last long. Great spot, deserves more skiers.
      (Alex Leslie)
    • Feb 4 - Banning State Park (Sandstone):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Unfortunately they haven't been groom this year. There's been enough snowshoe traffic since the last big snow that a couple people have clearly skied in their tracks, but it's pretty curvy and there's some debris so it's slow going. Not recommended unless you're really in the mood for that (and a tricep workout).
      (Alex Leslie)
    • Feb 1 - Warman Public Ski Area (Warman):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate ski and classic track set. All trails are groomed. May have small twigs on trail to look out for. [ Photos from Jan 6th -- Ed. ]
      Photos:
      (Jacob Danelski)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 3 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The north trails at Washburn have been groomed tonight. While there was no new snow, several areas had drifted in with the windy day yesterday. Portions of the south trails are still available for skate skiing.
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Jan 29 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been groomed. A few sticks and leaves down from the wind but should set up solid. Cold dry snow did not want to form full deep tracks but better than blazing trail.
      (Andy Dombeck)
    • Jan 28 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      I am happy to report that after a huge effort by club volunteers, they were able to sufficiently clear the December storm damage from the trail that we had used our new brush cutter (purchased with a grant from the North Star Ski Touring Club) to widen last Fall. I was able to groom it double-wide for the first time. It will take another snowfall or two to fully recover the ski deck from sled damage caused during the cleanup, but for the first time (that I am aware of), Cass County has a trail available for skate skiing. Our original plan includes setting a track to the side to make it dual purpose, however there is still too much overhanging brush to make it usable for both this season. But our goal has been reached on 4.9 KM of trail! This is a big deal!
      Photos:
      (Paul VanderWaal)

Minnesota Southern

     

    Rochester area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails at Quarry Hill have been groomed and the classic track reset where needed. An extra was made to by the groomers to level some wash boarding that developed. The skiing is very good right now!
      (Mike Holmes)
    • Feb 4 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The snow is packed very hard on the trails. The skate deck surface was refreshed with the Ginzu knives. Most of the classic track remains intact. It was frozen too hard to try to reset. Overall, it should be excellent skiing today.
      (David Greymont, Rochester Active Sports Club)
    • Feb 2 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Essex Park was groomed this morning. Classic tracks were in good shape so they were only touched up in a couple places. Skate deck was groomed on all trails.
      (Robb Welch)
    • Feb 1 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      It has been a few days since grooming, thus it is hard packed, with tree debris on the trails in the woods. But overall great conditions. While the hard packed snow means the footprints aren't deep, it could make it difficult for new skiers who are still learning balance and good weight transfer, otherwise consider it fast and fun. Didn't ski the classic tracks but they looked great too.
      (Sarah Johnson)
    • Feb 1 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Ski trails were awesome today... in better condition than the reviewer! Prettiest view around is the skied-in classic trail along the Goat Prairie.
      Photos:
      (Mark Rieder)
    • Feb 1 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trails were all combed out and classic track was re-set. The snow is perfect for skiing! We did also comb out the Kisrow trail and the Chester Lake trail as well, but no track set on those.
      (Celeste A Lewis)
    • Jan 31 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are in excellent condition for skate and classic. Highly recommend. Best skiing I can remember here.
      (Franz Rinkleff)
    • Jan 30 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use at Chester Woods Park have all been combed out and track was re-set. The cold temps will harden the trail up nicely so things should be set and ready to go!
      (Celeste Lewis)
    • Jan 29 - Gamehaven Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Whole system was groomed yesterday, track set on everything except The Pipe. Great classic and freestyle conditions today.
      (Jim Bennett)
    • Jan 28 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions are delightful at Quarry Hill. The classic track has mostly held up well since the last grooming. It is a pretty fast track, which made it really fun. The skate deck looked like it was also in good shape.
      (James Martenson)
    • Jan 28 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Essex park this morning for both classic and skate. Reset the classic track, first grooming over with ginzu knives, then laying down fresh track. Should be in good shape for the weekend.
      (Wayne Sadecki)
     

    Red Wing/Winona area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail is firm and in good shape but pretty icy in spots, should be decent near end of day. Would not recommend skiing early morning - took a couple falls on the hills due to the ice and high speed.
      (Chap Achen)
    • Feb 4 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Golf course and Bluff freshly groomed last night and this morning. Trail to groom for both skate and ski. Course is in excellent condition.
      (Milt Hovelson)
    • Feb 2 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Jeff , Marty and I gave the trails the full service today. Trimmed side brush groomed all trails and set track on upper and rattlesnake.
      Photos:
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Feb 1 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied bluff and golf course on Tuesday/Wednesday - both are in excellent condition. Bluff is not groomed down to 7th street and the overlook area to Red Wing is soft and full of boot tracks but it is doable. Outside of that the rest of the trail is awesome.
      (Chap Achen)
    • Jan 31 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Piston Bully tilled the main 5K trail and ran the ginzu's around all trails. Very good skating and the classic track is pretty good.
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Jan 29 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed out the skate lane and reset the classic track on the main 5K and River Trail. Very nice conditions if you can dress right!
      (Steve Horeck)
     

    Faribault area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in great shape today! Walkers have been very respectful - no issues with washed out tracks. Used Rex Gold klister that I ironed in - was perfect for the warmer temperatures and well used trails.
      (Mark Wehe)
    • Feb 5 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Such a nice ski down there. The trail appeared to not be re-groomed since the report on the website of a week ago. Could have used a freshening. First mile from Cannon Falls had foot traffic and very hard pack but beyond that, better. Tree debris along with some animal debris and tracks along sections. Per their website, closed (ungroomed) beyond Welch ski area.
      Photos:
      (John Witzmann)
    • Feb 1 - Carleton College Cowling Arboretum (Northfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions! Most all of the trails were perfect, with the exception of a few sticks and leaves in the woods. The classic tracks looked good too.
      (Marie Fure)
    • Jan 29 - Carleton College Cowling Arboretum (Northfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Both Lower and Upper Arb are in great shape. The Lower Arb classical tracks are starting to get widened out and greasy in places. For whatever reason, boot prints etc. seem to be way down and recently almost non-existent. Enjoy!
      (Will Schroeer)
    • Jan 29 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were in excellent condition and recently groomed. With the high moisture content of many of our snowfalls- hard waxes haven't performed as well as you would expect on a freshly groomed track. I utilized a cold temperature klister - Rex Blue- which worked perfectly!
      (Mark Wehe)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 1 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated while the groomer was out and conditions are perfect. Thank you for the work put in maintaining these trails. The classic tracks seemed to be in very good shape also.
      (Amer Alam)
    • Jan 30 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are packed and tracked. Ski condition is good. Tracks were set this morning and can be thin in a few areas. Otherwise good skiing!
      (Kelly Bahl)

Wisconsin Northwest

     

    Cable/Hayward area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Totogatic Ski Trail (Minong):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the classic tracks this morning. The tracks were shallow to begin with and then there was 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh snow from last night. Despite that, the temperature was 30 degrees, so I had good glide on the warm snow. Beautiful ski, saw some wolf tracks, had the place to myself.
      (Chris Bixler)
    • NewFeb 6 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops at the Drummond Ski Trail have new tracks. Tracks look good, but there may be debris from all the pine needles and twigs in the tracks in places. We even cut out one of the "leaners" where you have to duck to get under. There are a few more which we'll get at another time when we wade into the deep snow on the side of the trail. Thanks to Tom Hintze for piloting the new Skandic, pulling the TiddTech.
      (Jim Crandall)
    • NewFeb 5 - Voyager Village Trails (Webb Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Golf course trails are very good for classical skiing, a little blown over in open spots but generally they are firm and good. Hanscom trail is not groomed. I wish they would groom the woods trails, the past two years they have been groomed poorly but in the years past they were groomed really nice. [ Most of the non-golf course trails are now multi-use trails -- Ed. ]
      (Dan Fern)
    • Feb 5 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First time on this trail. Skated the 7.5 km loop. The only downside was that there was a fair amount of debris, pine needles/sticks, on the first 1/3 of the trail. Despite that, still got good glide and the the skate deck was in decent shape, so thanks to all the volunteer groomers. Classic tracks were set and looked decent. It's really a nice trail system the has a cozy feel as the trail is just wide enough for a comfortable ski through the woods. Lots of medium hills and the loops are laid out nice.
      (Chris Bixler)
    • Feb 5 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good tracks, pretty fast snow. Everything groomed but loop around Rock Lake and outer part of 16K. Some pine debris in track but not bad.
      (David Pramann)
    • Feb 4 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate conditions very good as it looked like they groomed the skate deck the whole way. Some of the debris that fell because of the wind last Thursday was pretty well chewed up by the groomer. The classic track was another story. The only section we saw groomed was from Mosquito Brook south. That was excellent. Because they did not regroom the classic track south of OO and north of OO, it was very dirty from the debris. Classic skiers had to jump out of the track a great deal of the trail. Not much fun for classic skiers.
      (David Gorringe)
    • Feb 4 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Kudos to the cru for grooming over 75k of trail this morning. We skate skied the trails by Telemark and World Cup trails (Mt Bauer in picture) and then the skate trail from Start to Lake Hayward. Start to fire tower was firmer since that had been groomed Thursday and the rest was like fresh snow - powdery soft but still plenty fast and fun. Swix TSP5 powder ran really nice the entire time as did Star polar powder. Tracks looked perfect too. Tomorrow should be another banner day. Thanks so much for your early morning and long hours of grooming for us to enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • Feb 4 - Voyager Village Trails (Webb Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No new grooming, but the golf course trail was still in good shape. Only a few windblown spots, with most of them being on the back nine. Classic track was a little shallow in spots, but otherwise good. Skate deck looked the best is has all season. Hanscom trail had a skied in track. Just a reminder that the golf course trails (front and back nine) are the only trails groomed for skate skiing. All the other trails will be very narrow to try to skate.
      (Aris Apostolou)
    • Feb 3 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Last grooming must've been several days ago but tracks still quite good. Dusting of snow and some minor tree debris. The boys did fine work clearing and trimming damage from winter's forest onslaught. "Old School" Drummond trails hard to beat!
      (David Pramann)
    • Feb 3 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We had a dusting of new snow up at Rock Lake. Tore up the old tracks and re-tracked. They seemed to go in decent and certainly are better than they were. There is some debris from the winds we had yesterday but nothing too bad. The tracks should set up quick with cold temps, and the trail should be in good shape for the nicer weather we are getting this weekend. All loops tracked except the 16k and Rock Lake loop.
      Photos:
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Feb 2 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      I groomed the blue(classic only) trail and the yellow trail for both skate and classic out to the third cutoff which is the same as we have had open for some time. The rails and deck took the groom well and should set up nicely with the extreme cold. The system should be skiing really well this weekend. Also, please join us this Saturday evening for a full moon snowshoe, ski and sledding party at the park! We started this last year and had a great turnout. The snowshoe trail will have luminaries. bring a headlamp if you would like to ski. The event is happening clouds or not.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Piburn)
    • Feb 2 - Nordic Woods (Stone Lake):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the entire outer loop just before noon today. I suspect this hasn't been groomed since the last time I was out here, ten days ago. Classic tracks are getting a little bit beaten up and we've had a few windy days recently which has put more leaves and pine needles into the tracks than I've seen here this year. That said, the base is firm, while not perfect the tracks are still quite skiable and there were no major obstructions to contend with.
      (Wade Pearson)
    • Feb 1 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Finally was able to get the 13 Km loop groomed up and set tracks. The storm last Dec. 15th brought down trees and learners. We worked a good three days to get it cut open. The loop is narrow in places, and uneven. The tracks set very nicely, but I pulled them more towards the center to try and get more packed pole plants. I'd expect it to be soft in places. There is some debris also. The rest of the loops are still in decent shape. I refreshed the skate deck on my way back to the 13 Km loop.
      Photos:
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Feb 1 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All loops are groomed and ready to ski. We skied the 13k loop. A little soft for pole plants, but great overall, given it's the first grooming since the ice/snow storm, and it will firm up.
      (Don Becker)
    • Jan 29 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great classic and skate conditions for all three of the shorter loops ( 2.5, 4 and 7.5 km trails). The 12km loop was not groomed yet.
      Photos:
      (Kim Rudd, Endurance Adventures)
    • Jan 28 - Nordic Woods (Stone Lake):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Enjoyed a fantastic ski at this under-appreciated gem on Saturday morning. Minus three starting out, but with calm winds, I warmed up quickly. I skied the outer loop and found great tracks occasionally washed out a bit on the turns. Lots of animal activity here, as usual. I saw a grand total of zero other skiers out there. This is a wonderful system when groomed with several small lakes/ponds and a few gentle hills.
      (Matt Callahan)
     

    Superior area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We skied the hilly purple in Superior today and it looked pretty freshly groomed. The skate deck was in great shape, the classic tracks firm and still 99% intact. There was debris once we got further into the woods but not a ton. Some deer also enjoyed a section of the grooming. Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Feb 4 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful full moon candlelight ski! Absolutely wonderful conditions. Big thanks to all those who made last night's event so magical. It truly was one of the most well done candlelight ski events. Trails were well groomed. Classic tracks were solid with soft snow in the tracks.
      Photos:
      (Kris Diller)
    • Feb 3 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been groomed and in excellent condition! Grooming plans: Grooming will continue to happen 6 days a week as weather and staffing allow.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
    • Feb 1 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We skied the blue multiuse trail today in Superior. The skate deck was fresh cord, the classic track was in good shape with just a couple of skied out turns. There was quite a bit of debris on the trail despite the fresh cord and we kept looking up to see if there were porcupines but did not see any. Nothing stopped the skate skis nor the skins though.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 31 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated the yellow and outer purple trails today. It was cold, but if you dressed correctly in layers, it wasn't bad. The trails were groomed perfectly yesterday, and nobody had been on them, so it was a pleasure to be the first one to ski. Of course, the snow was a bit slow, because of the cold temperatures, but skiing was still great on this sunny day.
      (Randy Johnson)
    • Jan 31 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation 

      Great news: Today Sally's classic has been beautifully tracked, and the skate deck has been groomed on the northern trails (from parking lot to the loop around 6 corners).
      (Kathie Culhane-Pera)
    • Jan 28 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nothing has been groomed since Thursday. I tried skating with about 2-3" of snow on the trail but gave up in frustration. The classic track has been skied in but was washed out and sloppy.
      (Jon Jurek)
     

    Ashland/Bayfield area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied this morning most of the beautiful Copper Falls network except the classic only. The skate deck is in perfect condition -- firm and smooth. The classic tracks looked good other than not being groomed the past few days. Best time to experience the trails this week would be in the morning since afternoon warm temps tend to slow things down. Thanks to CF staff for maintaining the trails! Don't forget Wed night ski from 6 until 8pm.
      Photos:
      (Colleen Matula)
    • NewFeb 6 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 30 km this afternoon after work. Fastest hilly 30 km all season with thanks to the conditions. During my shift I noticed the temperature go from 1° to 30°. That meant there should be super fast glide with phenomenal conditions. I was 100% right. Tracks are firm, fluid, grip is great, and glide was the fastest I've had all season with violet swix. It was the best feeling ski of the season. I'm in awe. Can you feel the Birkie Fever?
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Feb 5 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      5 & 3K are completely cleared of overhangs from December snowstorms. Many thanks to groomers and volunteers! Lots of overhangs needed to be cut to clear trail. 5 & 3K are fully tracked and polished since I skied the 5K twice today. I consider the Penokee in top 3 skinny trails in N. Wis.
      (Robert Coulombe)
    • Feb 5 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Most of the classic trails were reset today with the exception of Seagull this morning. Jolly Long loop was groomed this afternoon. All the skate decks on the race course were cleaned up Saturday afternoon after the Summit race. Most of tracks set on Friday Night from the snowcat are still in great shape. Abbey Roads tracks are getting a little messy and we plan to take care of it tomorrow. With warm temps this week it may be difficult to find window for grooming to allow trails to set up properly. We are monitoring temperatures closely and will make sure you have the best trails possible for conditions.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Feb 5 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 37 km this late morning into the early afternoon. Different combinations again. Its alot of fun because you can mix it up and its a totally different feeling ski. Hill climbs, kick double-poling and double-poling again. Conditions are still fabulous after the race yesterday. I couldn't even tell there had been much traffic on the trails. Tracks are the firmest I've seen all season, super reliable all around, on hill climbs and downhills, kick is great, glide was very fast with swix violet. Skate deck is well groomed and still corduroy most everywhere I skied. What an excellent ski to end a beautiful weekend. Thank you!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Feb 4 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate lane was groomed Saturday and is rated 3F. Firm! Fast! And Fun! Tracks have some drifting near the Flowage but generally are in good shape. Enjoy!
      (Becca Bartling)
    • Feb 3 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Sugarbush was groomed during the day Friday. The snow cat was out Friday night and groomed the race course for the Summit race. It is going to be a perfect day for a race.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Feb 3 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Groomed/tracked Meadow and Pipeline Loops on Friday. Some needle debris in the pines, otherwise very good to excellent. Tracks are a little iffy on the big hills on Pipeline East. Only groomed the first half of Red Granite due to Saturday's event, back half still pretty good. Skied-in tracks remain on Vahtera and Takesson classic-only trails. Saturday Feb 4th will be the Park's annual candlelight hike/ski held by Friends of Copper Falls State Park from 6-8pm. Snacks, chili, chili-dogs, and warm beverages will be available for purchase. The FOCFSP are fundraising to acquire new trail grooming equipment and make additional trail improvements.
      (James Enigl)
    • Feb 3 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 19 km, 62 minutes, this afternoon after work to wake my arms and legs up. Excellent ski to kick double-pole and double-pole, learning to keep the glide in the cold. Even though, the temperature is still chilly, the conditions are great here. The tracks are firm with kick, glide was spectacular with swix green. The skate deck was currently getting groomed as I skied. One disclaimer: the deer population has left holes and droppings here and there. With warming temperatures, it is going to be a phenomenal weekend of xc skiing! Thank you groomers.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Feb 2 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and tracked the Valkyrie trail system. C Loop (aka The Sun Bowl) is packed and groomed with no tracks for a more rustic backcountry skiing experience 9k. Groomed the skate ski deck on the Teuton system. Tracks on A and B loops are still good. We also widened, groomed, and re-tracked C Loop. All trails are in excellent condition. IMHO, Mt. Valhalla is again Northern Wisconsin's Premier Cross Country Ski destination.
      Photos:
      (Samuel Wiggins)
    • Feb 1 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The 3 and 5 K loops have been cleared and groomed. The trails are a little uneven due to the snow pack. Track has been set for classic skiing. The 8K is open to a back country experience.
      (David Grawvunder)
    • Feb 1 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Set new tracks on Abbey Road, Northern lights and the Buzz this morning. With cold dry temps the grooming was a little crumbly. Classic trails were also finished. South Lower Sugarbush, North Lower Sugarbush, Oppedahls. It had about 2" of snow since last grooming and tracks set to full depth. All regular grooming is done for the week and we will focus on getting the trails ready for the Summit Race on Saturday.
      Photos:
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Feb 1 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These past days, I've skied some different sequences than I'm used to, conditions are excellent everywhere. Today classic skied something around 40 km. Hill climbs (repeatedly), double-poling, and kick double-poling for 3 hours. I'm not going to put up a laundry list. Emphasizing conditions are fabulous! Tracks are deep firm, glide was spectacular with swix green mixed with turquoise, kick is phenomenal. Hill climbs are kickable, skate deck is firm with that little bit of natural snow give. It is going to be an Epic summit race. Thanks for amazing conditions these past three chilly days of Birkie training!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 31 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Big Loop skate lane was groomed yesterday (Abbey Road, Skid Road, Seagull, Northern Lights, the Buzz) all the classic trails except NL sugarbush, SL sugarbush, and Oppedahls were were also flat dragged and tracked. Today fresh tracks were set on the Anchor trails and Jolley Long. Grooming plans: As we prep for the summit race tracks will be on different sides than regular grooming.
      Photos:
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 31 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers were out this afternoon renovating and combing the skate lanes.  A short section of the Moose and Homestead Loops were not groomed.  Tracks that were set over the weekend are still in great shape; firm and deep.  Tomorrow is shaping up to be an enjoyable day to ski.
      (Becca Bartling)
    • Jan 31 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate skiing side of the Teuton trail system (chalet side). Tracks are all still good. Everything is in excellent condition.
      (Samuel Wiggins)
    • Jan 31 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Turned onto Ski Hill Road and AC DC was playing For those who Love to Rock on the radio. That was a sign today was going to be an awesome day of skiing. 4° at the start of the ski. Classic skied something over 30 km: Rollercoaster, Middle Connector, Anchor, up Big Anchor hill, Seagull connector, up Seagull Classic, down Seagull skate, Abbey Road up past Sugarbush cabin, Sugarbush upper, Sugarbush middle, Jerry Jolly north to south, up Big Anchor hill, Seagull connector, up Seagull skate to Summit, down Seagull skate, across Seagull connector, upper Anchor, Powerline, Middle connector, Anchor, Middle Anchor hill, across upper Anchor, Abbey Road up, Black Bear, Northern Lights, Deerpath, Buzz, across base, Rollercoaster, Powerline, upper Anchor, down Middle Anchor hill, Anchor in. 2 hours 35 minutes. My gu did not freeze today! Fresh tracks and skate deck everywhere, but the tracks on Northern Lights and Buzz are old and slow. Kick was awesome, green swix in the fresh tracks was fast as ever! Hill climbs were kickable, skate deck was firm and forgiving. What a beautiful ski! That Rocked! Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 30 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was 2° with a nippy wind this afternoon at the start of the ski. Classic skied something in the 30 km range I hope: Anchor, big hill, Seagull connector, Abbey Road past cabin, Sugarbush, uphill Seagull Classic, downhill Seagull skate, Abbey Road, Jerry Jolly Long north to south, Anchor hill, Seagull connector, Uphill Seagull skate, down Seagull skate, Abbey Road, Black Bear, Northern Lights, Deerpath, Buzz. My gu froze, so that was enough. Skied fresh tracks on Classic only trails: firm, great glide, phenomenal kick. Combi trails had .5 inch fresh slow velcro snow on them, but the skate deck had fresh firm corduroy. Awesome ski, stayed warm. Excited to put two more longer skis in in next couple days! Thanks for grooming what you did, the combi trail tracks were painful.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 29 - Uller Trail (Pence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions on Uller. Skied from Pence to bridge just west of Hoyt rd. Pence connector is old school narrow trail. Main Uller west of Hoyt is wider, and more level. A dusting of snow made for a fun ski.
      Photos:
      (Jonathon Rulseh)
    • Jan 29 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      After work, classic skied 13 km, about 41 minutes. Chilly, chilly, cold. -3, but the glide is fast. Tracks are very firm and well set, kick is great. Skate deck is firm and fast as well. Deer have pock-marked a bit of the trail, but its not too bad. Beautiful night to get out, glide quick, get some serenity, and get back in a warm car. Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 28 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All lanes were freshly groomed this afternoon and with all this snow, skiing is very good! Bundle up and enjoy the weekend.
      (Nate Swiston)
    • Jan 28 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skied Northern lights and the grooming was fantastic, corduroy. The day was gorgeous, the snow cold and rather slow.
      Photos:
      (Steve Smith)
     

    Rice Lake area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Since December's destructive ice storm, we've been able to open about 50% of the East Side Trails, and our favorite Excelsior Road Trail on the West Side. Thanks to herculean efforts that brought in heavy equipment -- and time donated by some of our members with great chainsaw skills -- we have some very nice skiing. Great skiing right now in The Hills!
      Photos:
      (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
    • NewFeb 6 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      It was a beautiful day for skiing and the classic track and skate deck were in very good condition. There was some debris but not enough to cause a problem. This is a gem of a trail which is entirely in the woods with some very challenging hills. Thanks to the groomers and other volunteers that make it happen.
      (Bill Breitzman)
    • Feb 5 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beaver Brook East (trailhead off Cranberry Road) must have been recently groomed as the tracks were solid and the leaf litter minimal compared to other nearby trails. Of course there are some twigs and pine tree detritus to avoid. Overall, great classic ski on beautiful narrow trail system under sunny blue sky. Thanks groomer(s)!
      (Scott Rauser)
    • Feb 3 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshly groomed trails. Groomed entire system, both skate and classic lanes. Should be good skiing for the weekend.
      (Greg Hoelscher)
    • Feb 3 - Timberland Hills West (Cumberland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed the skate deck and classic tracks at the Lighted Trail this morning. Note that we tried setting two tracks on the same side of the trail to leave the opposite side for snowshoes, away from the tracks - we'll see how it works.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Feb 3 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      It's a cold one today - but the forecast and conditions look great for the weekend on the entire trail system. The base has gotten quite firm during the cold snap. Today we re-groomed the skate deck on the Alternate Trail and Short Loop.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Feb 2 - Trade River Trail (Frederic):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed our latest 3 inches of cold, dry snow. Set new tracks--mostly a double set on the flat sections.
      (William Johnson)
    • Feb 1 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      It was a nice break from the arctic air this afternoon with temps in the low teens. I skied almost the entire trail system this afternoon, over 30 K total. I would rate the conditions as excellent. A few sections are a little beat up, but most is still corduroy. The tracks are in good shape too.
      Photos:
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 31 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the west side trail today with the dogs. Great kick due to the cold temperatures. Both the classic tracks and the skate deck were in great shape. The trail is currently well groomed and in great shape for both techniques.
      (Chris Bixler)
    • Jan 29 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails at Beaver Brook have been recently groomed for classic skiing only. The trails are also open to skiers with dogs. The tracks were deep and set up firmly, the trails offer very good pole plants as well. There is plenty of snow for good coverage and control. Bundle up and enjoy the skiing!
      Photos:
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 28 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beaver Brook was groomed and track set Friday night which made for some very good skiing today with good pole plants and firm tracks.
      (Kevin Myers)
     

    Eau Claire area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The skating deck is slightly mushy in places--but not so much that the skis leave ruts, and glazed and semi-hard in other places. Not so hard that you don't have control. No grooming has been done since at least last Thursday. Very little cord left. The classic tracks in the shade or also glazed and quick and very slow where the sun hits them. Moderate amount of debris in them.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • NewFeb 6 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Still good conditions as of this afternoon. Had a great classic ski and had the entire place to myself. Some sections of trail had quite a bit of leaf debris/seeds in the tracks, while other sections were completely clear. Very fast tracks and deck. This base will last a long time.
      (Paul Verdon)
    • NewFeb 6 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate deck was recently groomed and was in great shape. Classic tracks looked good. Weather was 30 degrees and it was a great ski on a real nice trail system.
      (Chris Bixler)
    • Feb 5 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Trail between Menomonie and Irvington was fair for skating because of foot and deer traffic and bark and seed litter and very good for classic. South of Irvington skate deck rated good although there was heavy seed litter in a few spots. It was 30 degrees and sunny. I used FastWax Blue LF. Still a nice albeit tiring 14 mile ski with great scenery.
      Photos:
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 5 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Afternoon ski in the sun was nice. First use of non-cold wax in a while and it worked great. Skied Tram and North loop. Skate deck seemed a bit faster than last weekend but still easy to keep control. Firm deck. Surprisingly not as much debris as last week(end). Basically it's been a great grooming year IMO. Classic tracks look nice and deep, reset recently maybe.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Feb 4 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski Trail - Skate lane was groomed up tonight. Tracks were left alone. A little debris but still very skiable.
      (Kevin Roytek)
    • Feb 3 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski Trail - Skate lane was groomed tonight. Tracks looked good. Fatbike Trail - The guys checked a couple areas and it looks like very little if any drifting. Looks like a great weekend to get outdoors and enjoy some trails.
      (Kevin Roytek)
    • Feb 2 - River Road Ski Trail (Cornell):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Observation 

      The River Road ski trail is 5K of ungroomed trail that is open. The County's drag was stolen a few years ago and has yet to be replaced.
      (Matt Hansen)
    • Feb 1 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked at night. A little leaf litter remains. Trails have smoothed out nicely with minimal soft spots. It will be the best skiing Hoffman has seen so far this season!
      (David Challe)
    • Feb 1 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied the North Loop plus Highland Lowland and Dog Island connector. Hard and fast but still able to keep control. Ideal conditions. Some traffic on the skate deck on the north loop, but had minimal traffic on High/Lo trail. Some areas had a bit of debris likely from the wind but very avoidable. A few places had a ton of deer tracks, and I scared a few deer also. Grooming is great for them too.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Feb 1 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      East side very nicely groomed and firm, minimal debris. Great for some V2, long gliding practice. No walking tracks noted on the skate deck (Hallelujah!) West side had small sized soft debris from trees, softer skate deck, partly due to walkers. Still, a great in-city ski evening!
      (Leslie Johnson)
    • Feb 1 - Northwest Park (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail conditions were poor today. Hasn't been groomed since before the snow last week. Classic tracks were skied out in a lot of areas and somewhat icy in others. Skate deck was well used. Also, lots of people and dog footprints on the skate deck.
      (Libby Stupak)
    • Feb 1 - Silvermine Nordic Trail (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great day out at Silvermine for some hill reps. The trail is groomed (no classic track set), debris is minimal, deer sightings plentiful, and downhills bombable.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 31 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail in decent shape, some sticks and debris down where west and east cross, but you can avoid it. Some debris down throughout, it it's not bad. Classic tracks set.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 31 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski Trail - Skate lane was groomed today. Tracks were set on Sunday and are in great shape. The trail looks great. Fatbike Trail - Trail is riding great, no grooming planned. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Roytek)
    • Jan 30 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      All the trails were groomed for skating today. Fresh cord throughout, including both the Bill Barry and Cheri Uelmen skills parks. A hundred meters of new track were set in the Stadium, otherwise no new tracks were set. They are washed out near the chalet and have oak leaves scattered almost everywhere due to the wind.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • Jan 29 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied the North Loop from 3-4pm. Deck was slightly firmer than yesterday most likely due to the cold and it being skied in just a bit more. I found it to be a bit faster than the previous day. I came across the groomer resetting classic tracks, I believe on the entire system. They look pretty. The skate deck wasn't touched; my opinion it doesn't need it quite yet.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Jan 29 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Two of us out for a cold classic ski this morning. Trails have not been groomed since Friday's snowfall. There is 1-2" fresh on the skate deck. Thanks to whoever was out classic skiing earlier we were able to ski in most of the tracks reasonably well using my Swedish forefathers methods. Kick was fantastic. Logging Road, the Pines, Spring Run, Fuji, and Skyline were all skiing well. (Does anyone ever classic up Buck Ridge?) Some minor oak leaves to contend with but nothing big. There is so much snow and so much coverage. The next groom should set it up. Don't wait for that though. Wait because it's cold.
      (Ben Larson)
    • Jan 28 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Skied the North Loop and Tram. Skate deck is firm in almost all areas. Snow is crunchy and cold as expected, but I wouldn't say it's soft in almost all places. A few twigs and leaves but nothing that cannot be avoided so continue using good skis. Just haven't seen those in a few weeks. I heard grooming ended around 5pm Friday so that's why I didn't see any snow drifts. I also heard from the grooming team that there most likely won't be another grooming until after the weekend, maybe later on this week. Probably won't need it. Just needs to be skied in a bit more. I'm sure subject to change with the weather. Still a wonderful flat skate deck. I saw the classic tracks set on most areas.
      (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
    • Jan 28 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail was just recently groomed and the groomer did a great job. The entire trail is in excellent shape.
      (Al Bowe)
    • Jan 28 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The skating deck on almost all the trails was groomed this morning. The deck is firm and good. The classic tracks were not set and they are washed out near the chalet and have long sections of oak leaves everywhere, making classic skiing difficult.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • Jan 28 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the Red Cedar from Menomonie to Downsville. Set two classic tracks from Menomonie to Irvington and one track with a wider skating lane from Irvington to Downsville. Trail looked very good.
      Photos:
      (Bill Kryshak)
     

    Phillips area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions on all of the loops/trails. Adam groomed everything on Sunday morning, so most the hemlock tree debris is covered with clean snow. Perfect tracks and corduroy. Lots of big hills here; good birkie training terrain.
      Photos:
      (Scott Everson)
    • Feb 2 - Phillips School Forest (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Entire trail was groomed. Track was set on loops 1 and 2. With the cold temperatures, the 10+ inches of base is very firm and trail is in great shape.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Feb 2 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      A and B loops are groom and track has been laid. C loop remains closed. D loop has been groomed and is ready for skate skiing. Enjoy your weekend!
      (David Grawvunder)
    • Feb 2 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied 12k this morning; had the trails all to myself. Nothing has been groomed since last weekend but it is still excellent conditions. Very solid tracks, skate deck has been skied on quite a bit but is still good. There is some tree debris (twigs, needles) under the pines and hemlock, especially on the Glider trail.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Feb 1 - Solberg Lake Ski Trail (Phillips):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most ]
      Observation 

      Only a few light snowfalls since the last grooming. Track is still in fair shape and very skiable. We had hoped to groom before the weekend but we are having equipment problems. Hope to have it resolve so we can groom by early next week. Trail is groomed wide to accommodate snowshoeing to the side of the classic track. Due to the early season storm damage, the park out and pack section of the trail is not groomed at this time.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Feb 1 - Holy Cross Ski Trail (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Only a few light snowfalls since the last grooming. Track is still in fair shape and very skiable. We had hoped to groom before the weekend but we are having equipment problems. Hope to have it resolve so we can groom by early next week.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 30 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I strided the 6k Championship Loop this afternoon. Very good to excellent conditions for classic and skate skiing. If you ski in the tracks, watch out for occasional twigs reaching out to smack you in the face. This is a really fun trail, with lots of hills and turns.
      Photos:
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 30 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a little cold out there, but I strided 14k at Forest Springs. Excellent tracks, nice corduroy in the skate lanes; beautiful day!
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 28 - Phillips School Forest (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was rolled, combed and groomed on on Saturday after the completion of the Phillips Flurry snowshoe race and is nice shape for skate skiing. No Classic tracks were set. Grooming plans: Will re-set classic tracks at the next grooming.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 28 - Timm's Hill Trail (Ogema):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed yesterday, classic tracks were a bit soft yet (I was the first one on the trail, too). And my waxless skis definitely aren't fast in single digit temps. Still had a good time gliding through the forest!
      Photos:
      (Ryan Peterson)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewFeb 7 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate deck and classic tracks were regroomed on all trails today. Skate groomed up with a mix of corduroy and some larger chunks of snow. Classic tracks varied from full depth to shallow. Sunny areas were getting wet but areas in the shade stayed relatively dry. With below freezing temperatures it will be icy in places. Overall the snow is fast and aggressive.
      Photos:
      (Bill Callas)
    • Feb 5 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions continue to be excellent at the school forest. While the skating deck was groomed more recently, the classic tracks still had adequate depth. Glide was terrific on this 25 degree morning. Hills were very fast, and there wasn't a lot of snowplowing snow to control speed. There is a minor scattering of oak leaves in the tracks, with the C trail having the most significant debris.
      (Dave Henning)
    • Feb 5 - Upper Phantom Lake Ski Trails (Grantsburg):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Aside from a little snow drift and leaves in the tracks the deck was great. Barely any traffic since the last grooming.
      (Paul Sullivan)
    • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First timer out here, and it didn't disappoint. Packed and tracked, but it could use a fresh groom; these trails see a lot of traffic. Quite a bit of sticks and debris down; you could wear good skis, but with the route I was on, there were two road crossings along with so many sticks down, so I felt that B skis are a better choice. Still, nice firm skate deck, and classic tracks set. Several sections are multiuse, but they were in good shape for skiing too. Kudos to the crew that take care of the trails here, I had a great ski around Little Falls Lake!
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Feb 4 - Brandt Pines Ski Trail (Grantsburg):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trees have been cleared but the trucks left a rut in the deck in spots. 60/40% good grooming. If you're not training for the Birkie or not too much of a purist, it's alright if the weather is good.
      (Paul Sullivan)
    • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions very fast and with good edging. Thank you groomers. In wooded sections, a lot of debris on the trail, but quite manageable. A new dusting of snow would help a lot.
      (William Sikorski)
    • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Headed down the purple trail to the training loop. Thanks to the groomers for the fantastic conditions!
      Photos:
      (Ginny Ballantine)
    • Feb 2 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck of silver, purple, green, blue, red and orange were groomed today. The tracks on green were reset. Fair amount of tree litter in the tracks in numerous locations.
      (Bill Callas)
    • Feb 1 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck was groomed on all trails except silver. Classic tracks were reset on all of purple, some of green and blue.
      (Bill Callas)
    • Jan 31 - Erbach Park (Athens):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      All trails groomed/combed and tracked Saturday. Skate skied almost all the trails today. Main trails are in excellent condition. The two northern loops are in very good condition but need some more snow to level them out. Very scenic, especially the parts along the Black Creek. Candlelight walk on 2.5 miles of trail this Saturday, February 4th, 7-9 pm.
      (Glen Luetschwager)
    • Jan 31 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Finally got out to deal with the 3" of new snow we received last week. Skate lanes groomed up nicely. Classic tracks were reset as needed. The cold temps set things up very nicely. Trails are in beautiful condition. Put on an extra layer and enjoy the great conditions.
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Jan 31 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Went down by the river on the Purple loop then across the bridge around the short loop. Great conditions. Tracks holding up well.
      Photos:
      (Ginny Ballantine)
    • Jan 29 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good conditions although the colder temperatures made for slower going on my waxless skis. Only a few hardy skiers were out so a good time to go if you like having some solitude in the winter woods.
      Photos:
      (David Wilford)
    • Jan 28 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Colder temperatures on top of a little fresh snow made for smooth skiing and, other than a little debris, conditions were good. Tracks were good, skate deck looked the same.
      Photos:
      (David Wilford)

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    Rhinelander/Eagle River area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed this morning after very light snow last night. All looks great but I did not see so it may be "slow" as the temps rise.
      (Jim Meiers)
    • NewFeb 7 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All ski loops have been groomed and tracked. Leafy debris under the heavy conifers. Good conditions overall.
      (Tony Martinez)
    • NewFeb 7 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming 

      With two inches of fresh snow the trail was groomed and tracked and is in excellent condition for both skate and classical skiing. The new snow covered leaves on the trail. I skate skied the outer loop which was slow with the new snow but otherwise excellent. Spring skiing conditions continue.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • NewFeb 6 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Lions Pride, Hairaiser, and Wild Thing. Full depth, solid track with some debris that didn't impact glide. Still a thin layer of snow on the downhills for good control.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • NewFeb 6 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All of Anvil was groomed and tracked on Monday. Most of Ninemile trail was groomed and tracked Tuesday morning. There was a light snowfall on Monday night so the trail has a thin layer of fresh snow on top. Windy conditions have blown a fair amount of debris onto the trail.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • NewFeb 6 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I was surprised how fast the tracks were but I guess the deep freeze last week set them up. Did the Pat Shay loop on a quick ski. Heavy twig and cone litter under the hemlocks.
      Photos:
      (Dan Hinch)
    • NewFeb 6 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good condition, great glide in the tracks. Some leaves in the tracks but not too many.
      (Patrick Doornek)
    • NewFeb 6 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate lanes were a little uneven from grooming with footprints from people and dogs, especially near the chalet. A 3/5 rating. Classic was very nice, I'd give it 4/5.
      Photos:
      (Brian Ciske)
    • NewFeb 6 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed with track set on outer loop. There has been some wind blow leafs and stick, but was able to clean up with groomer making clean surface.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • NewFeb 6 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We had a great weekend to host our Wolf Tracks Rendezvous ski race! Groomers now have the whole park re-groomed since the race and trails are in excellent shape! Great edge control and full depth classic tracks. The snow is fast and fun right now especially with the warmer temperatures!
      Photos:
      (Erin Blow)
    • NewFeb 5 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All loops were groomed and tracked. The track was washed out and/or shallow in a few places, but overall good conditions. Decent amount of debris in the hemlock section of the red trail.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • NewFeb 5 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Solid, deep classic tracks. Very little debris. Downhills were hard packed but still controllable.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • Feb 5 - CAVOC Trails (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      CAVOC trails were in generally good to excellent shape. Deck was firm and fast and tracks looked good too without much forest debris. Only downside was the snowshoe and boot traffic down the middle of the skate deck. Deck was pretty firm so divots were mostly superficial and not generally deep enough to create a hazard.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Feb 5 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice coverage on the skate deck and tracks were fast as well. I am disappointed to see winter biking on sections of this trail. Signage clearly states that the bikes should not be ridden on groomed trails and yet people didn't respect the rules. Big Bummer.
      (Kristin Schmidt)
    • NewFeb 4 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the blue loop twice. Excellent conditions. Deep, solid tracks with good grip and glide. Very little debris.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • Feb 4 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the 10K loop before noon, then went back and skied some of the shorter interior segments later in the day. Conditions were absolutely wonderful. Most of the classic tracks I skied were freshly groomed, and the few that weren't were not badly blown in from the winds earlier in the week, very skiable. Very few leaves in the tracks, deck was firm, no obstructions of any sort.
      (Wade Pearson)
    • Feb 4 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails had some debris, B skis. These trails are really too narrow to be considered skating trails. Beautiful terrain with close intimate trails which is more suitable for classic skiing.
      (Kristin Schmidt)
    • Feb 4 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really lovely course, great grooming. Somewhat shallow tracks, but that didn't diminish the experience. Haven't been here in a while, but will definitely come back.
      (Judy Archibald)
    • Feb 4 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Made the trip to Minocqua for the Wolf Track Rendezvous. The trails were amazing. One of my favorite races in the midwest.
      (Jim Williams)
    • Feb 4 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good conditions. The parking lot was full and all those skiers were able to ski the tracks clear of leaves etc. Really fun ski conditions today.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Feb 4 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate deck is firm, even, but not icy. Classic tracks are smooth and quick. There is regular wear and some patches of tree debris, mostly small twigs and leaves. Good running today.
      (John Van Hise)
    • Feb 4 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Robert groomed all skate loops yesterday and they looked to be in great shape this morning. I just finished grooming and tracking all classic loops. Almost all of it turned out very good to excellent. For the last 2k in on the shared trail with skate skiers there are a few places where the track is shallow. There was considerable oak leaf and pine needle/cones debris when I went out, but most all of it groomed out.
      (Will Maines)
    • Feb 3 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Brad was out Friday night and groomed all the skate lanes and fixed the classic tracks in a few areas as needed. Conditions should be very good today and just an excellent weekend to get outside. Plan is to groom the skate lanes again Saturday night as temperatures will be great for perfect grooming. Enjoy!
      (Isaac Cowart)
    • Feb 3 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The first section I skied from Hwy H was groomed well, but had the typical leaf, bark and fern littered in the tracks. However, the next section had just been regroomed and was fantastic.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Feb 3 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up all of the skate loops this afternoon, grooming in the fresh and drifted snow from yesterday. Other than a fair amount of tree debris from yesterday's winds, trails are in great shape. Grooming plans: Will will be grooming and setting track on the classic trails in the morning.
      Photos:
      (Robert Polic)
    • Feb 3 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Tracks were re-set on Big Pine Loop today, all other trails were groomed on Thursday and are mostly in good shape except for some pine needles and assorted forest debris. We encourage skiers to use the Hwy H trailhead this weekend as parking will be limited near the Main Office through Sunday.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Feb 3 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All classic loops were cut and tracked, and the skater's loop was groomed. The base is hard which has made for varying track depths throughout the trail. There may be some drifting on the skater's loop along the lake. Overall good conditions.
      (Nikki Kloes)
    • Feb 3 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops were cut and tracked. Hard base made for varying track depths. Some scattered debris throughout the trails. Overall, ok conditions.
      (Lynn Wright)
    • Feb 2 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Although windy conditions have scattered some tree debris and caused some drifting, the skate lane has been refreshed and new track has been set. Enjoy the scenery and warmer weather.
      Photos:
      (Patrick Willman)
    • Feb 2 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trail was in excellent shape with a firm base for skate skiing. Classic tracks looked very good.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Feb 1 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all of the trails and it was excellent all the way around. Double polled in the tracks as well and they were also excellent. No critiques.
      (Scott Adler)
    • Feb 1 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Oak Ridge, Hair Raiser and Short Cut this afternoon on the classic side. Tracks were hard and very fast. Unfortunately there is a fair amount of oak leaves and other litter in places. Otherwise it was a good ski with a trail rating of mostly good and some fair. The blower motor for the heater in our groomer went out last week. They don't make the part anymore but we were able to find a dealer in Illinois with one and it should get here in time to install and be ready for grooming this weekend. Groomed with a Buddy heater on the front seat last week. Grooming plan is to regroom Friday night and Saturday morning. Should be able to get things in good shape for the weekend.
      (Will Maines)
    • Feb 1 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good, overall. Tracks were set fine, but there was a fair amount of snow that offloaded from branches into the track, and various small sticks and leaves that made for a challenging ski today. On top of it the snow was super abrasive, so kick wax was wearing out quickly. However, none of this should discourage you from skiing this iconic track.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Feb 1 - Ed's Lake National Recreation Trail (Crandon):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are in the best shape of the year. All trails are freshly groomed and classic tracks were set.
      Photos:
      (Brady Vaassen)
    • Feb 1 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions? Excellent! All the effort put into grading and leveling the trail this summer and the patience and expertise of the groomer have paid off. New signage/ maps are spot on. Classic ski track was firm and fast even at 5F, as was skate deck. Great stuff!
      (Abbott Wright)
    • Jan 31 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked. First section of trail I had cut to remove foot traffic resulting in a fairly shallow track. After that things are beautiful.
      Photos:
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 31 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great day for classic skiing at Washburn! The skate lanes were groomed this morning, but nobody had touched them yet. Tracks were not reset; they were still great from the previous groom.
      Photos:
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 31 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      All ski trails except the single track segment of Dragonfly Loop were groomed today and tracks re-set. Tracks should set up firm with the cold temps. We encourage skiers to use the Hwy H trailhead to access the trail system as parking will be limited near the Main Office through Feb 5th due to several large groups holding events at Treehaven.
      Photos:
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Jan 31 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions. A few scattered oak leafs and occasional deer hoof divots, but outstanding track is set.
      Photos:
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 30 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails for Nicolet North have been packed, groomed and tracked after our last fresh snow. All trails are in excellent condition with a 9" base.
      Photos:
      (Michael Trewartha)
    • Jan 30 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails have been packed, groomed and tracked since the last new snow. All trails are in excellent condition with 9" base.
      Photos:
      (Michael Trewartha)
    • Jan 29 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      It appeared the trails had been groomed recently. Overall conditions I would rate as good. However, the trails were not groomed as well as I have seen them in the past. The skate deck was a little soft in several sections but overall it wasn't bad. The lights came on while I was skiing. However, so many of the lights are out that I did not feel comfortable skiing as darkness moved in.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 29 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nose Lake was fantastic! Great classic tracks and firm deck, easy to carry speed despite the cold temps.
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Jan 29 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail system was rolled on Saturday and then combed and tracked on Sunday. The tracks are deep and firm, the snow is clean and fresh, and the skate deck is smooth. The trails are in great shape!
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 28 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      12 degrees/F around 3pm. Trail expertly groomed, glided downhills like a rocket! 7 mile outer loop completely tracked, fast downhill turns expertly left open by groomer! Hats off to groomer.
      (Robert Coulombe)
    • Jan 28 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I usually skate ski Long Rider. However, today I decided to check out the classic trails. Grooming had just been completed and I was probably the second skier on Lion's Pride. I found the tracks to be shallow and somewhat erratic. Overall conditions on my first pass I would rate as good. I went back out to ski the Oak Ridge loop. The classic tracks had firmed up nicely second time around up to Doug's Folley. I continued on to Oak Ridge and Wild Thing which had lesser use and therefore had not set up as well. Overall conditions on my second pass I would rate as very good. The colder temperatures today didn't pose any problems and it was a great day of classic skiing.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 28 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Most trails had a dusting of snow over the top of what was groomed yesterday. The trail was well-used today, so that helped the classic track be snow free. A few of the trails were freshly groomed today from the groomer heading out to groom the connecting Cassian trail. Skate deck was firm and holding up through the usage. Overall, firm conditions and a solid track.
      (Brian Anderson)
    • Jan 28 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail was tracked this morning, and track was perfect! Firm, fast, clean. As good as I've ever seen it.
      (Brian Anderson)
    • Jan 28 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Big Pine and Red Oak loops late morning. There were a couple of inches of snow over Thursday's grooming, but the double classic trails had been skied in and were still in good condition. First time visit here and the trails weaved through an attractive managed woodland with some small hills and curves to keep it interesting.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 28 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Joanie and I strided all the classic trails early this morning. They had been groomed Friday afternoon after several inches of snowfall. The tracks set up well overnight and we enjoyed good glide despite the single-digit temperatures. We always enjoy our ski here through a serene landscape on this gently rolling trail. Thanks for the great grooming!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 28 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the Red trail again today. The downhills were even faster than yesterday. The tracks are all holding up well with very little tree debris. The snow is in a beautiful condition and the colder temperature made skiing up the hills quite easy.
      (Eric Twito)
    • Jan 28 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops at Razorback are fully groomed. Skate trails were groomed last night and are much firmer than yesterday. Groomed and tracked classic trails this morning. They might be a touch soft here and there, but for the most part are very good to excellent.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 28 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked this morning and is in very good to excellent condition for both classical and skate skiing.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
     

    Wausau area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were well groom. I did the 10 k and the 6 k. My daughter and her husband (Stephanie and Tom Koceja ) skated and I don't know what trails they did but they said the lanes were good. They do a super job grooming.
      (Tim Doemel)
    • Feb 5 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated the 20k and the 6k, both on Saturday and Sunday, and the conditions were excellent. Firm skate deck, yet not icy. Some leaves scattered once in a while, but always easy to maneuver around. Tracks, OTOH, looked like it might a challenge to keep tree debris out of wax pocket.
      (Mark Ehlers)
    • Feb 5 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Oh mercy, I skied 10k+ this morning and by the end, I thought that I'd skied off all my Special Violet, steady slipping. When I got to the truck, I saw that I had 75-80% debris coverage in the kick pocket. Use the hardest wax you can. This is no way the groomers fault, there is just so much material to work with.
      (Dave Moritzen)
    • Feb 4 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great ski today. Trails were firm to hard and flat, tracks well formed everywhere. Corduroy was great to good due to some spots cord was scrubbed off. All in all great ski.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Feb 3 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We re-groomed skate and the 20k Friday. The skate deck is fast and fun with no ice. Classic is mostly deep and has nice glide. Some spots with leaf obstacles for your balance practice.
      (Barb Maguire)
    • Feb 3 - Tribute Golf Course (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      I groomed the skate deck and put in new tracks and cleared the oak leaves this morning. Trails should be good for the weekend.
      Photos:
      (Paul A Martin)
    • Feb 2 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Full coverage with a packed skate deck and solid classical tracks. Some debris is starting to collect is spots due to today's winds. People I talked with were pleased with both the classic and skate conditions.
      Photos:
      (Tim Corcoran)
    • Feb 2 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the entire Blue except for the Red Pines and "Last Thrill" loops. Full but thin coverage throughout. Didn't find any ice, but forest debris in the usual spots warrants B skis. Beautiful morning to be out! Disclaimer: no guts were busted in the shooting of the attached photo.
      Photos:
      (Rick Bie)
    • Feb 1 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are really great although the central part of the state really hasn't received nearly as much snow as other areas. Fortunately they have enough coverage to use the Pisten Bully. The skate lane was hard and flat. The classic tracks deep and solid. There are a few more oak leaves than necessary but it gives you something to ski around. A few more inches of new snow would be great but enjoy it now!
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Feb 1 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Skated the green and blue(lit) plus purple and field by ambient light. All trails have great coverage with solid tracks through out. Friday night there is a fat bike race at 6pm, trails will be closed for that event. The rest of weekend is winter carnival, all trails will be open, expect chalet to be very busy Sunday with ski jumping.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Feb 1 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Scheduling 

      Full depth and very firm tracks on the blue, green and The Field. Just a very few places where tracks were thin. Just a step-out on these spots. There were a few pesky leaves in a few places in the tracks, but not too bad at all. I have seen them much worse. It was very calm tonight with great ski temps. No ice. The skate lane looked to be very good as well. Winter Carnival is this weekend. Come watch the jumpers, skijoring race, and bike race!
      (Larry Dobberstein)
    • Jan 31 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Big thank you to Wausau Nordic Ski Club for great free lesson and trail use Tuesday night. Excellent grooming both skate and classic with only occasional oak leaf here and there despite no recent snowfall. Exceeded my expectations and enjoyed their hosplitality! Well worth the two hour drive and overnight stay.
      (Charles Frinak)
    • Jan 31 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed and track re-set today. Skiing was slow due to the temps but we had a great group of kids and adults in lessons tonight. Snow was nice.
      (Barb Maguire)
    • Jan 31 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck was hard and fast, nearly bulletproof but very thin. I was hitting ice with my pole plants. Grooming is still good on all trails. Definitely B skis, just need more snow.
      Photos:
      (Scott Frazier)
    • Jan 31 - Tribute Golf Course (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Crisp, well-defined, pretty fast tracks. Snow is firm. Three spots, about 10 yds. each, where there was a bit of "fill" from drifting. Skating lane is also in very good shape: firm deck that still offers good bite for ski edges.
      (Randall Colton)
    • Jan 29 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All trails are groomed and tracked. Skate deck is firm and fast, but thin in spots. Still a couple of trouble spots, otherwise fine conditions for the red and blue inner loops. Tracks were good, thin in some spots. B skis.
      Photos:
      (Scott Frazier)
    • Jan 29 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions at Jack Lake today. Deep classic tracks with great glide and good ski grip for kick. Skate deck was level and firm. Just a great day of skiing.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 28 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed and in fantastic condition. Classic tracks were a joy to ski. Skate deck looked great and had yet to be skied on since grooming. Cold crisp morning, great to be out.
      (Craig Weitermann)
    • Jan 28 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Skied all trails today, very good conditions, there were a few sections on the black with crusty ground up chunks on a portion of trail. Classic track thru out, firm and deep. Got in them often to double pole. Lots of people enjoying trail. Note: Sunday is Norseman Challenge ski race. It will be busy. Racing is from 9-1pm. You can still ski but would need to be aware of racers and yield to them.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Jan 28 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails are now clear of brush and trees, yahoo! Lots of people put in a lot of work. Interior trails are better than trail R due to a bit of uneven skate deck and wobbly classic tracks on R and marsh. We tried our skins which had trouble with the sugar snow inch or two which fell yesterday. I would definitely skate next time. No visible dirt anywhere, and the dreaded oak leaves what can you say. Interior trails with skate skis would be good.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 28 - Tribute Golf Course (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Classic tracks and skate deck were groomed this morning. Both are in great shape. This trail is on the NE side of Wausau with parking at Bunkers Bar and Grill.
      (Paul Martin)
    • Jan 28 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trails have been groomed and track set on all the trails. Still recommend B skis for a few thin and icy spots. The fat tire bike trail was groomed after the drifting. The trail is firm and fast, studs not needed.
      Photos:
      (Josh Nemec)
     

    Green Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Warmer day out there, debris is starting to add up on certain trails. Did Oaks, Birch, and trips down Main St., longer endurance ski. Some debris at beginning of Oaks, clears off as you go. Could use another inch or two of snow, hopefully this week!
      (John Mckenzie)
    • NewFeb 6 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I sure like that place, the staff is great. They try hard to welcome you. This morning the trails were groomed super fine, nice deep tracks for classic skiing. The snow was hard and fast for me. Being the snow was hard and fast it was harder for me to do the corners. I kept sliding around them and not skiing them. By the way they have good coffee too.
      (Tim Doemel)
    • NewFeb 6 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Super fun and fast for skaters and striders alike! Strided right out the back door of the Nordic Center in "Grand Canyon" deep tracks on to the south loops that just opened up over the weekend. There is now over 5K of Birkie Elite Wave conditions. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 5 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Grass popping through the tracks in spots but we had a great ski. You can get around them if you want to stay on snow. The skate lanes look great. May not last much longer.
      (Tom Carlson)
    • Feb 5 - Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No tracks at all. Good amount of snow but lots of roots and similar poking through. Debris on top too. We left pretty quickly.
      (Tom Carlson)
    • Feb 5 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing at the Ariens Nordic Center today. New trails were opened this week and everything was groomed to perfection. Classic tracks were deep, sturdy, and fast. I am beginning to think my seasonal pass to the ANC will be the best ski investment I made this winter.
      Photos:
      (Jim Schoelles)
    • Feb 5 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Nearly all the trails are now open! Tons of snow, perfect grooming, and wide (and wide open) trails- a great day for a ski here. Classic tracks were deep and were wisely stopped on tighter corners. Skate lanes were level, wide, and fast, with nary a leaf in sight anywhere on the entire system. With the new Nordic center open and a nifty new entry process, we are looking forward to returning soon!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Feb 4 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skaters had fun today! Really nice skiing was found on the Oaks loops near the rifle range, as well as on the main streets and the lit loop. Fast and fun! Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 4 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied all the trails and connectors this morning... while the much-needed re-grooming was happening. While most of the trails have some dirt, twigs, and rocks exposed at times, the re-groomed portions were much better and I expect will continue to improve as things soften up throughout the day. As expected, Oak hill was the thinnest and hardest to navigate of all the trails- I recommend holding off on skiing Red until we get more snow. Best sections were on King Creek, but still watch for an occasional rock at intersections. As has been the case every year, there is walker damage on the trails. No classic tracks anywhere. A huge thanks to the county groomers for their maintenance and making the best of the snow we have!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Feb 3 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Set new tracks today, the old ones had drifted shut. Some areas have grass in bottom of tracks. On skate ski we worked at fixing the ruts from yesterdays tree removal operations. There is grass starting to show. I would rate the conditions as good but could worsen fast.
      (Jim Pedersen)
    • Feb 1 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snow guns were at full throttle this morning, rapidly covering the south end of the property in a brilliant white! I strided the open 3.5 K in 12 degree temps and under a bright blue sky. Conditions were super fast and a tad icey given the cold overnight temps and the wind. Hint: Keep an eye on the website for the opening of the remainder of the trails. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 1 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate ski trail, base is three inches or less for the most part. Grass is showing in just a few places and there are not many twigs or leaves. New tracks were set, some places they are shallow with some grass showing in the bottom in the bottom, Overall I would rate the conditions as good.
      (Jim Pedersen)
    • Jan 31 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Dear Groomers: Wow, great job on making the most of the snow! Thank you. Excellent skating conditions under a sunny blue sky in 7 degree temps. Skied everything but PERS Loop and the Birches Fence Line and really enjoyed it. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 30 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Exceeded expectations while cruising around the double tracked Blackberry Ramble Loop in 7 degrees under a sunny sky. Many thanks go to Dave, the lead tender of these trails, for getting them in condition given the thin snow cover. Special Note: There will be a candlelight ski on Feb.4th from 5:30-8:00. Come ski a little, sit by a bonfire, socialize and take in the beauty of Machickanee. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 30 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate ski was groomed. The wind picked up this afternoon so there is some drifting. The base is thin, mostly three inches or less, but there is little exposed grass. The tracks have areas with grass showing but there are very few trigs or leaves which is good. The drifting may fill up the tracks in some areas. The out side hilly loop was two miles long as groomed today. The inside flat loop was.8 miles today.
      (Jim Pedersen)
    • Jan 29 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      With recent snow falls, coverage was finally good at High Cliffs when I skied on Sunday afternoon. Trail conditions were mixed; the tracks in the popular wooded areas near the cliff were pretty beat up from skiers and lots of walkers; the less popular horse trails were pristine and great to ski. (Photos are from the south meadow.) Some tree roots are still poking above the snow in wooded areas.
      Photos:
      (Jim Schoelles)
    • Jan 29 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Very disappointed no groomed classic trails this afternoon at Reforestation Camp. Conditions would be great for skate skiing.
      (Valorie Hamilton)
    • Jan 29 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Good conditions and improving with the fresh 1" snow overnight. Groomed in this morning with good track set and the skate base seems firm. Only a couple areas of thin snow with the blowing snow. Enjoy! Fat Bike hiking and snowshoe trails all groomed as well. Dogs are welcome and restaurant is open daily. Thank You.
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 28 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Normal thinner track at start, in pines, but thereafter solid/firm tack throughout system. Downhills screaming fast. There was a recommendation to use B skis, I used my new skis didn't seem to have an issue.
      Photos:
      (John Sommers)
    • Jan 28 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed this morning and are in overall good condition. Couple thin areas skate deck is firming and tracks have good depth. Dogs are welcome and restaurant is open daily.
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 28 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wow, really great what the groomers have been able to do with the snow right now. We were here around 9am, and had amazing fresh lines throughout the system. Full coverage with just one or two small icy spots and minimal debris. This is another classic case of the county underselling and outperforming expectations! Get past the start area and it's glorious. Even Red/Oak is open. No classic tracks yet, but if you have skate skis then check it out...or don't, and leave it as a secret gem :) Huge thanks to the county for the amazing job!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 28 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic morning ski. Started at first light and had fresh corduroy throughout, with a firm base and well groomed throughout the system. Skied Birches, Maples, Pet's Loop, Rifle Range, and all connectors, and conditions were way better than expected! Nearly good ski conditions, for sure. Worth a visit today, now that there is some some snow on top and very minimal debris. Huge thanks to the amazing county groomers!
      (Pieter DeHart)
     

    Door County area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Monarch trail several times. If it had been groomed in the past the wind has done a number on any nice tracks. What we did ski on was tracks left by previous skiers. Thankful for those. Most snow covered, only 2 bare spots to sidestep on large loop, a few exposed rocks.
      Photos:
      (Barbara Boes)
    • Feb 4 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Skied Candlelight event, yellow trail only open. Exposed rocks and natural debris, still great to be out. Was told that other trails not tracked/not enough snow.
      Photos:
      (Barbara Boes)
    • Feb 2 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We are in Door County and wanted to get out and do a little skiing. We tried the Yellow and Orange loops at Peninsula as they were rated as 'fair'and 'good'on the WDNR trail report. The entry looked pretty good - groomed with two sets of tracks. Thin, icy snow on most of the trail, with lots of debris and rocks poking through in spots. A few stretches were okay. All and all, pretty poor conditions. Even the slight downhills were dangerous as skis got caught in debris. Several falls between the two of us.
      (Barbara Zellmer)
    • Jan 29 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed with tracks set. Some thin areas along Lake on Red Trail. Some areas are very good with full depth tracks. Fair to good snow conditions considering the little snow we have received.
      (Dick Weidman)
    • Jan 28 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      While visiting Pennisula State Park made the mistake of not bringing the skis! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 5 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied on golf course trail. A few leaves and some wind blown areas but mostly good set tracks. Some dog tracks from people who ski with dogs or let the dogs run while snowshoeing along side trail.
      (Rochelle Kugel)
    • Feb 4 - Maranatha Ski Trail (Langlade):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Actually only one loop not open. Trail at beginning saw heavy traffic, but once you cross Sawyer Lake road tracks improve. Some areas getting dirty with pine needles and sticks, need new snow. Trail sees sun due to storm damage and logging but very scenic. Take heed of downhills with posted caution signs. Adventurous, check this trail out.
      Photos:
      (John Sommers)
    • Feb 3 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bad news: Sometime this week the north end of the trail was vandalized. Good news: With a lot of work, 95% of the damage was repaired. This section of the trail is very skiable. Complete trail, with the exception of the crossovers, was groomed. Most of the classic track was left alone. About 35% was reset. With the old snow being regroomed many times, it is getting fast. Conditions very good. Come to Lakewood and enjoy a great ski.
      Photos:
      (Tom Lane)
    • Feb 2 - McComb Nordic Ski Trails (Mountain):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Recently regroomed. Getting some leaves and thin spots in track but overall good, an inch of new snow would be welcome. Sunny and quiet - wine flask and knickers kind of day.
      Photos:
      (John Sommers)
    • Feb 2 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and tracked Otter Trail and picnic area. Good condition with 5" base all other areas are firm with deep tracks. Plan to groom Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Feb 2 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided all sections south of Smyth Road and north of the golf course in 15 degree temps and very windy. The tracks on the golf course were drifted in with snow. Great ski, some pesky leaves in the tracks between Sullivan Spring Road and Smyth Road. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 2 - McComb Nordic Ski Trails (Mountain):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked. Trails are finally shaping up and in good condition. Some brush poking through in a few areas.
      Photos:
      (Brady Vaassen)
    • Jan 31 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trail is in very good shape. Skied the golf course and out to 8k. A firm skate deck with nice cord and the classic tracks were solid and deep.
      Photos:
      (James Beno)
    • Jan 31 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Lauterman trail has been packed, groomed and tracked with the new snow from last week. Trail is in excellent condition with an 8" base.
      Photos:
      (Michael Trewartha)
    • Jan 29 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time these trails were tracked this year. We skied the River and Aspen trails. There were a few spots where the snow was thin, but still covered. More snow is needed. It just felt so darn good to get out. Good job grooming.
      Photos:
      (Evelyn Regan)
    • Jan 29 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a lovely ski system. Rolling hills that do not require herringboning to climb to their crest. Nice full depth track throughout the entire system. A few oak leaves are starting to gather in the tracks, but they did not cause any problems today. On the all-purpose trail (Otter) a few snowshoers need to learn to stay off the track but overall this was a minor inconvenience. I skied from 10 am to 3 pm and saw four other skiers the entire day.
      Photos:
      (Roy Peterson)
    • Jan 29 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tried to start my ski at Chipmunk Rapids trailhead but someone had decided the ski trail was a snowmobile trail. Left there and went to Lauterman Loop. Nice deep tracks with about 2" of fluff on edges.
      Photos:
      (Dan Hinch)
    • Jan 29 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fun and smooth classic ski on the xc and multi-purpose trails late this morning. Things are tracked quite well throughout, seemed the better option vs skate there today, just given the amount of snow at present. I'm fairly certain there are a few more trails that just weren't groomed yet this season, which is why I say "most"- still at least 5+ miles of interesting routes to explore, and groomed well, so worth the trip!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 29 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions for classic skiing with solid base, deep tracks, and smooth glide. Skate deck looked like it could have used some smoothing out in the middle, but seemed sufficient most of the way. Enjoyed the trails all to ourselves, with nearly ideal weather. A lovely, interesting route in reach from GB, and definitely worth the short trip!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 28 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was our first time out for the year and it was great. Good job on grooming. No sticks or oak leaves in the way. Skied about 4 miles.
      Photos:
      (Evelyn Regan)
    • Jan 28 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked on Saturday. There are areas where the snow coverage is limited and thin. We received about 1 inch of snow Saturday night to add some additional coverage. Inner trails are in good shape.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 28 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied here for the first time. Trails were in great shape. Recently groomed. I laid the first skate tracks on the trails. Surprised how few people were here to take advantage of the great skiing.
      (Ron Jake)
    • Jan 28 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      5" base, good conditions, all groomed and tracked with nicely layed corduroy. Groomed for classic and skate skiing. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 28 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Went out this morning and regroomed the golf course (which had blown over since last night's grooming). With this taken care of, the entire trail will be in great shape since Tom groomed it all late yesterday.
      Photos:
      (James Beno)

Wisconsin Southwest

     

    La Crosse area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Perrot State Park (Trempealeau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What is a beautiful day to cross country ski in the tracks at Perrot State Park. There were lots of birds in the trees and I saw my first robin today! I highly recommend skiing on these trails. You need a pass for the state park but it's well worth it.
      Photos:
      (Pamela Peterson)
    • Feb 5 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed this morning except fern and gas line. Did not reset much classic track. Most of it looked good and don't think we would have improved it. Skate conditions should be very good, classic good..
      (Tom Ley)
    • Feb 4 - Perrot State Park (Trempealeau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks still in decent shape. Complete snow cover but lots of leaves and tree debris on bay trail through campground and the short loop behind maintenance shed.
      (Sam Severson)
    • Feb 4 - Snowflake Ski Club (Westby):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed and very well maintained. We were down to attend the Snowflake 100th annual ski jump and we're looking for a XC ski trail in the area to start the morning before the event. Much to my surprise I found a previous report. The trails were right at Snowflake! Perfect start to a full day of skiing activities in Wisconsin's Winter Wonderland. Thank you to all the volunteers with the trail and the jump.
      (Ron McKernan)
    • Feb 3 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails groomed except gas line and fern. At least two passes on all other trail segments – skate conditions very good. Did not reset much classic tracks – not a lot of snow in spots. Some excellent trails are drifted in, we just need skiers. Classic conditions good.
      (Tom Ley)
    • Feb 2 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Overall pretty good. Cold temps had the tracks good and firm. A few blown out spots. The wind caused a lot of leaves/debris to land in the tracks (especially in the pines) not a big deal but could certainly feel the impact slowing down the glide. (From south loop and west trail).
      (Tommy Means)
    • Feb 1 - Perrot State Park (Trempealeau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tried Perrot again to find recent grooming and quite a bit of use in the campground trails. Skate lanes appear rough though still. Beware of numerous curves and downhills with tracks that shouldn't have tracks. Trails are a good change of scenery.
      Photos:
      (Jason Mork)
    • Feb 1 - Snowflake Ski Club (Westby):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Amazing conditions at Snowflake! Come on down for some Nordic, then watch the jumpers compete in the 100th annual Snowflake Jumping Competition!
      Photos:
      (Chris Jackson)
    • Jan 31 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Again, our volunteer groomers are amazing. Really good skiing tonight. Some wind blown and thin tracks out on the golf course, but still pretty good. Just head up into the Coulee where all of those trails are in great condition for classic and skate skiing. 11F felt amazingly warm, too.
      (John Ericsson)
    • Jan 31 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really nice conditions again. They just regroomed either last night or early this morning and everything is in really good shape with adequate coverage for the tracks I skied - Classic skied south, west spur and part of north. With the cold, things were firm and the texture of the snow was definitely different from previous weeks.
      (Jason Melby)
    • Jan 31 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed today. We reset classic tracks where we could. Skate conditions are excellent. Classic conditions are very good.
      (Tom Ley)
    • Jan 28 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails in the woods are in excellent shape . The skating and classic trails were groomed early this morning. The trails on the main golf course are being wind blown so tracks were not set, but it was groomed for skating. Trail from parking lot was drifted but it's been shoveled groomed and tracked. Have fun!
      (Ed Ludwig)
     

    Dodgeville area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 4 - Governor Dodge State Park (Dodgeville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another bitterly disappointing afternoon wasted at what used to be one of the finest parks to ski in Southern Wisconsin. I found rock hard trails with a shallow track that I slipped out of to a hard base on even the slightest of turns. Much of Lost Canyon appeared to be "groomed" with a snowmobile pass. Hills were unmanageable as were turns. The trails were covered with boot prints. Even though there was ample room to walk on the sides of the trail people chose to walk in the tracks as well as plant some type of pole in them. I saw two other skiers and many more hikers all coming the wrong way. As I left two people got out of a car with snowshoes and a dog and proceeded up the trail. There is no reason to drive from Madison to try skiing here anymore.
      Photos:
      (Robert Abendroth)
    • Jan 31 - Governor Dodge State Park (Dodgeville):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      I called the park this morning. Staff said that trails had not been groomed yet, but they'd probably roll it tomorrow. They do not plan to set tracks quite yet. Staff also told me that while they do groom occasionally, they do not do it as frequently as other state parks in the area like Blue Mound.
      (Kyle Richard)
     

    Tomah area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 4 - Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      classic track set and in good condition, with the exception of a few melted out spots. Skate trail groomed and is about the best it has been in a few years. Maintenance has been more frequent, thanks to KVR staff! Able to sail along without running into lots of boot holes and ruts, bed is firm and nicely packed. Hopefully any warm spell won't melt out too many areas.
      (Paul Bergquist)
    • Feb 2 - Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice firm skate deck. Still just a very few small areas where it is thin but kudos to the KVR staff for making a great ski trail grooming. Worthy of a visit.
      Photos:
      (David Jablonowski)
    • Feb 1 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the central, North, Red oak and South loops. There were a few short areas with exposed soil on the North loop. On the Red Oak trail there was one hill climb on the out portion with some small rocks exposed and one downhill on the return portion with vegetation exposed in the tracks only. Mild leaf/needle debris throughout. Conditions were not icy today.
      Photos:
      (Marla Lind)
    • Jan 31 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Full ridge loop. Shortcut loop and campground loop all were groomed today. Base is adequate along 95 percent of the trails, but some shallow spots with small patches of exposed dirt were noted, especially near the Billings creek overlook. Mild leaf debris noted also. The other three overlooks have been skier tracked only and have full snow coverage. The long distance views from this ridge top trail are great and wind was not an issue today.
      Photos:
      (Marla Lind)
    • Jan 30 - Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Observation 

      Officially, all trails are open, but the Harris trail is quite thin where there is Southern exposure and you have to step over a small creek which currently has some open water so I would not advise using that trail. I was not on the Star Valley Trail, but skied past it and it looked ok where it intersects the Old 131 Trail. The Old 131 trail was likely groomed and tracked at the end of last week, but a bit of snow fell over the weekend which made the skiing very smooth. The base is not deep, but consistent and should hold until the temperatures warm up.
      Photos:
      (Marla Lind)
    • Jan 30 - Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in good shape with nice new corduroy. A few thin spots under overhanging evergreens but 99% of trail very skiable. Track was set and in good shape for striding.
      (David Jablonowski)
    • Jan 28 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A few spots are thin and some debris, but overall very nice. I skied the Central and North trails. It looked to me that all trails were open.
      (Brian McCarty)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 4 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just a handful of skiers enjoying the great conditions at Levis. Great snow coverage and the crew was out grooming trails throughout the morning. Only a few sections of the trails were covered with sticks, pine needles and such from squirrels(?), but otherwise everything was great! Tracks looked pretty good, too.
      (John Ericsson)
    • Feb 4 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      classic skied out test track to trow trail to mound bounder, flat lander and then headed back in on trow trail and pine run to the cabin. Everything except a portion of trow trail had just been regroomed and in excellent condition - firm and fast. A section of trow trail had a bit of debris from recent winds. Skate deck was firm and seemed to be in great shape as well.
      (Jason Melby)
    • Feb 3 - Wyalusing State Park (Bagley):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best conditions of the year! Turkey Hollow, Prairie, and Cathedral Tree Drive were all awesome tonight. Everything has firmed up nicely with the recent cold weather.
      (Nick Johnson)
    • Jan 29 - Wyalusing State Park (Bagley):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Lots of snow, all trails rolled and groomed. Great classical track. Skating lanes should be firm after tonight.
      (Ron Falch)
    • Jan 29 - Wyalusing State Park (Bagley):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skate skied the Prairie Trail and Cathedral Tree Drive. Prairie is definitely the best skating spot. Classic skied Whitetail and Prairie afterwards and those were groomed nicely as well. Things were a little slow with the fresh snow we got yesterday, but it was still a lot of fun. Thankful for the groomers that were hard at work out there today getting all the trails in good shape for everyone to enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Nick Johnson)
    • Jan 28 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic tracks were firmly set and the skate deck was mostly untouched corduroy. 100% coverage, fast snow, and perfect grooming.
      (Shannon Dillard)

Wisconsin Southeast

     

    Sheboygan area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 5 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      There is still some nice skiing at Greenbush. I skied all trails except pink. Generally good conditions, with a few spots to dance around. Thank you groomers.
      Photos:
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Feb 5 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      This morning I groomed the skate lanes on the Purple, Brown and Red. There is a thin base with debris and rocks/roots exposed in various locations that can be avoided. Good skiing overall with a flat deck but use discretion with good skis. Classic track remains present on all trails but very thin in many spots with some ground exposed in the tracks.
      Photos:
      (Tony Schwaller)
    • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the full purple and fun loop which is purple to red back to purple then green downhill and back to purple, all the downhill with least amount of climbing. Thin base, some debris tilled up, a few stones. Skate deck was good, not exactly level in spots, could use more snow. Tracks were 1/2 depth washed out in a few spots. Sure, trail took a beating with all of the grooming to remove the car ruts. Get out and enjoy while you can.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great skiing today! Groomed trails. I skated on the green trail and it was very good! Watch for a few small stones on a couple of the uphills. The classic track is ok with some leaf debris.
      (Tom Brown)
    • Feb 2 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Brown and Purple. Tracks on purple showing some wear but provided good glide. Brown tracks in good condition providing good glide. Skate deck solid but showing wear. Great grooming miracles working with below normal snow amounts. Couldn't locate the donation box.
      (Timothy Stielow)
    • Feb 2 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      It was fun at Greenbush today. I skied all trails except the purple and pink. There is generally decent coverage, though there are thin spots. The ruts from the vehicle that was on the trail have mostly been groomed out. However, there are some uneven spots due to the ruts and some thin/bare spots because of vehicle driving on the trail. Keep alert while skiing, especially on downhill sections.
      Photos:
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Feb 2 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      The full trail system was groomed this morning. Classic tracks have not been set as of yet. The skate deck remains in good shape, but as before, some bare spots are present. Pleases be cautious and watch for dirty, thin, and rocky areas on the trail. The skate ranges between 1-3" thick and is decently firm. B or rock skis are recommended.
      (Andrew Straka)
    • Feb 1 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied almost all of the trail system. There was some very nice spots. Trail 9 (the upper part of Maywood) is pretty good but there are some thin spots. The upper section of Evergreen is pretty good, with some thin spots. The rest of the trail system is pretty hit and miss. In almost all downhill areas you need to sidestep down the hill. The trails are bumpy with lots of foot and bike traffic on them. Use a great deal of caution on most sections of the trail system.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 31 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Trails were pretty fast today. Skate deck was tricky in spots and classic tracks were mostly good throughout. It's quite thin in spots on the tracks so I'll use my B skis next time. Groomers did a great job trying the fix the vandalism from someone who drove just about all over the whole entire trail system.
      Photos:
      (Rose Krebsbach)
    • Jan 30 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic Skied the red and green. Decent snow. Green tracks were 50% messed up by someone driving on the trails. Very disappointing. Maybe time for trail cams to catch the rascals.
      Photos:
      (Richard Opie)
    • Jan 30 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails were wonderfully groomed into mid season condition. However, someone had been driving on the trails in the middle of the night causing extensive trail damage. This is the third time in the past week a renegade vehicle has trashed our trails. If you have any information, please call the DNR hotline. Jeff has been out there most of the day trying to remediate the damage.
      Photos:
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Jan 29 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      All ski trails have a good base set on the skate deck. Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough snow to set tracks for classic skiing. Some bare spots do still exist on the trail where the wind has blown away snow and underneath heavy foliage; as such, I would recommend only using rock skis when on the trails. The snow condition is relatively soft with a 2-3" base in most areas. Stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy the trails!
      (Andrew Straka)
    • Jan 29 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time out at Zillmer this year and conditions were great for the amount of snow we have. The tracks were not set but the skate deck was in good condition. We had no problems using our good skis. Reagan did a great job grooming with snow we have.
      (Kaden Volbright)
    • Jan 29 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about three to four inches of dry snow. All trails were packed with the snowmobile. Most trails were not groomed due to thin snow conditions. Maywood north was groomed but use caution. The upper part of Evergreen was groomed but caution is also warranted. Lots of foot traffic already on the trails. If you ski take it slow to make sure you can see bare spots and other hazards, such as uneven trail conditions.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 29 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied parts of the red, green, and purple trails. Groomers were still out at 10am. Skate deck was a little soft; tracks were fresh. Excellent overall. Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Jan 29 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We were blessed with 3" of fresh powder. I groomed and set track on all loops except the black. No debri on the entire system... even in the pines. Bring your good skis, and please make a donation for our grooming operations while you are here. Thank you and enjoy!
      (Dan Meyer)
    • Jan 28 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      More snow was falling as I skied Greenbush this afternoon. Almost full coverage on the trails. The major trail problem was ruts caused by a heavy vehicle that drove on quite a few of the trails. The groomers did an admirable job trying to smooth out the ruts but some remained. This has been a reoccurring problem at Greenbush the past few years. I know I am preaching to the choir, but please call the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department if you see this happening.
      Photos:
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 28 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied purple loop with good skis...they made it, but would have been better with B skis. Thin spots and some exposed ground in and after the pines area. Still a great ski for me.
      (John Dobyns)
     

    Madison area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 6 - CXC Outdoor Center (Middleton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions, considering the amount of snow we've gotten, at CXC. The on-course trail maps, and newly designated two-way trails on the hilly section were appreciated! Some bare patches (easily avoidable), some debris that's less avoidable. Classic tracks were in place on most of the course and looked usable.
      (Anna Meyer)
    • Feb 5 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied here in the early afternoon. Things were starting to get slushy, especially in sun-exposed areas, but for the most part the tracks were deep and in excellent condition. The one exception to this is in the pine grove at the Pleasant Valley (orange) loop. There is a bare spot in both sets of tracks at the top of the hill there, but it can be very easily be skied around (or in-between). The steep downhill in that loop is also a bit bumpy, but it's actually better than the last time I tried to ski it a week ago. Unfortunately, hikers were out doing their thing, leaving deep footprints throughout the trail system. They seemed to be staying off the tracks, but it's going to get really nasty on some of the downhills if it freezes over.
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Feb 5 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Mirror Lake at 10am. They hosted a candlelight ski/hike last night. Apparently the groomer came in after the event and groomed several of the trails. Ishnala, Pioneer, Fern Dell, Hastings, Kilbourn, Newport were a blast. Skate deck was wonderful. Tracks looked new also. Sure, there is some debris that you must skate around but, it is Mirror Lake, what a treat!
      (Dave Supple)
    • Feb 5 - Owen Conservation (Madison):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nearly pristine, groomed classic tracks still this morning! Lovely surprise. If you can handle the fast hills, this is a gem before it starts melting.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Feb 4 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      New grooming yesterday made excellent conditions today. Deep tracks. Rare oak leaves. It's amazing how deep the base is. Only complaint is the pleasure valley downhill after crossing the road. Bottom of hill is pretty bumpy. Otherwise a beautiful sunny day. I did not go on the trail from the campground which eventually goes along bike / snowmobile trail.
      (Ron Fabrizius)
    • Feb 4 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snow quality is dropping quickly. Although very skiable we are seeing icy spots and some nit of detritus on the Oak Trail. Luckily, for the most part, hikers are staying off. I skied all the trails and the simple around the campsite was best due to the shade(?). Get out soon as I feel it will be melted soon.
      (Matt Hood)
    • Feb 4 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The tracked prairie trails are fine. Do not go left on the Woodland trails where the warning signs are posted. The DNR decided that this was a good week to do tree maintenance and destroyed the trails through the woods. Shredded tree debris everywhere. Very disappointing decision.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Feb 4 - Rockport Park (Janesville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This morning we skied all of the trails. The tracks are in good condition except for some pesky leaf litter and twigs. Almost no bare spots as of yet. The hills were fine and fast—not much to snowplow but enough. This park sees plenty of use—skiers, snowshoers, hikers and mountain bikers—but almost everyone respects the ski tracks and stays out of them. Thank you people. Get out there while the getting is good!
      Photos:
      (Rich Bostwick)
    • Feb 3 - Riverside Park (Janesville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We attempted grooming Friday and found the snow to be lacking in certain areas, especially under any pine trees. It is thin in those spots, but it is grass underneath so ski damage is unlikely. As the golf course recently removed several large dead trees from the course, be on the lookout for branches and twigs. Worth a try this weekend.
      Photos:
      (Rich Bostwick)
    • Feb 3 - Dorothy Carnes County Park (Fort Atkinson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Bird watchers paradise at this little gem 20 miles east of Madison. Decent corduroy grooming with limited track due to thin base but highlight was the bird feeding station overlooking Rose Lake. All the winter residents were coming in for seed available for skiers to set out — including tufted titmouse, red belly and both the downy and hairy woodpeckers not to mention loads of chickadees, nuthatches and juncos and a couple of male cardinals just to complete the color catalog. Nice little rolling 3k of trail here with mix of prairie and woods. Lots of boot prints from walkers but such is winter in southern Wisconsin.
      Photos:
      (Mike Ivey)
    • Feb 2 - Lodi Area Ski Trails (Lodi):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails in Lodi are wonderful! Great coverage everywhere on the golf course. Tracks looked like they were deep and set well, just a coulple of grass spots. Out to Dale's bump is tracked, skate deck is just rolled and a little uneven. Rest of field is rolled.
      (Sydney Endres)
    • Feb 2 - Cam-Rock Park (Cambridge):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Shelter #2 loop (yellow loop on map). Groomed and tracked on Tuesday. Almost full coverage, skate deck seemed a little soft, but colder temps should firm things up. It was easy to avoid the exposed grass, bark, twigs, leaves, and an unusual amount of coyote scat. (Scat had lots of fur in it.).
      Photos:
      (Jon Beers)
    • Feb 2 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good to excellent conditions. Groomers were finishing the skate lanes around noon. The trails were nicely packed with loose snow from the grooming. Full coverage and no debris. It did not look like the classic tracks were going to be regroomed.
      (Michael Wiegel)
    • Feb 2 - Dorothy Carnes County Park (Fort Atkinson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions for skate skiing, classic tracks pretty thin. Lots of nice grooming, all trails open.
      (Quinn McKenzie)
    • Feb 2 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning. Trails were being groomed as I skied. No bare spots. Very little debris. I skated; but classic tracks looked good.
      (Chris Lankey)
    • Feb 1 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions. Skate deck is in good shape. Pleasantly surprised how few leaves on the trail even in the campground. All trails are open. Plenty of coverage. Get it while you can.
      (Ron Jake)
    • Feb 1 - Indian Lake Park (Cross Plains):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There's been a decent amount of walking on the trails. Not as much on the trails further in. There's been enough skiers to keep tracks despite walkers and not a ton of washed out tracks. Hills were manageable. Coverage was good.
      (Regina Jennings)
    • Feb 1 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Reports of excellent are not what I experienced. Overall good but slow late this afternoon. There are areas with leaves and twigs in the trails. There are also areas where mowed vegetation poke through the snow.
      Photos:
      (Michael Engel)
    • Feb 1 - Cam-Rock Park (Cambridge):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. A few bare spots and a few areas with leaves, but very good overall. Some people have walked on the skate ski area, but no one has walked on the classic track.
      (Tina Helmeid)
    • Feb 1 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided all the trails late morning (except for the portion of the Blue Trail that includes the Elevator Shaft hill). Still good conditions overall since Monday's grooming. The tracks are almost all intact, and pole plants are mostly good with some soft spots where the track was set near the edges of the trail. The hills still have some loose powder, but are somewhat hard packed from all the skier traffic. The downhill on the other side of Mounds Park Road at the beginning of the Pleasure Valley loop has some rolls or humps in the trail, so proceed with caution here. There were footprints the entire Red Loop, but luckily they stayed out of the tracks.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Feb 1 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate deck has been re-groomed, tried to get rid of the deer/hiker tracks. Track was not reset, we tried to re-set on the Yellow (Bluebird Trail) and they became to shallow. There are shallow spots on both the deck and tracks on the Blue (Prairie Trail).
      (Olivia Boeck)
    • Jan 31 - Turville Point Conservation (Madison):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all the trails at Olin Turville on Tuesday night. There's a few roots with very thin covering. Walkers have stayed off the tracks for the most part. It was pretty decent shape. From the main parking off John Nolan the worst stretch is right by trailhead and going to the right immediately into the trees. If you skip that part the rest is in good shape considering snow levels. Enjoy while you can.
      Photos:
      (Regina Marie)
    • Jan 31 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Near-perfect conditions. Tracks were present on all trails and the skate deck looked flat and firm. Thanks, groomers!
      (Anna Meyer)
    • Jan 30 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks not set but a few skiers had been out so was very skiable--not fast but enjoyable and could use good skis.
      (Charles Frinak)
    • Jan 30 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There's good snow coverage on the lit loop. There must have been lots of Madison folks eager to ski because the classic tracks were flattened out in a lot of areas. Stay warm out there!
      (Shannon Dillard)
    • Jan 30 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated Fern Dell, Turtleville, and Hastings. I would rate it as good skating. The deck is flat which they used to have real problems with. Some soft spots, and it's not a real smooth surface with some grooming machine tracks in spots. All in all very skiable. Tracks are set for striding and look in good shape.
      (David Statz)
    • Jan 30 - McCarthy County Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are excellent to good condition, fresh 8" of snow Saturday. Very light and fluffy so the classic tracks have some grass poking through, skate lane has 100. Grooming plans: Re-grooming every day and it's firms up more each grooming.
      (Paul Roltgen)
    • Jan 30 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions, great job of grooming. Only a couple of spots where set track was a bit soft. Should be even better after setting up in cold temps. Used my Fischer Twin Skins - good grip and good glide with no grabbing.
      Photos:
      (Steve Hiniker)
    • Jan 29 - Rockport Park (Janesville):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed the entire trail system Sunday night. There is good coverage throughout the park, except for a few isolated open areas. The tracks are good, and they should stay that way with the weather we have ahead. One or two of the hills have seen some sledding activity, so be on the lookout for that. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Rich Bostwick)
    • Jan 29 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best conditions by far this year. The park did a good job of rolling, combing and setting tracks Sunday morning. Skated Fern Dell, Turttleville and finished up on Hastings at sunset. Fern Dell was good skis doable with care and had very nice classic tracks. Other trails still skated well but were softer and had more thin areas in the classic tracks. Northwest loops still ungroomed as more debris clearing is required to get the groomer thru. Ranger Becky came thru in a big way grooming on a Sunday-there were lots of happy skiers out! Finally pretty decent skiing near Baraboo. The Park has put in a tremendous amount of work to get theses trails open after December's heavy, wet snow event that hit so many trails all over the state.
      (Paul Wagener)
    • Jan 29 - Yahara Hills Golf Course (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Finally we have snow, about 12 inches! It was a perfect day for skiing and it would have even been better had the trails been groomed and tracked. Got a good workout breaking the trail though.
      (Donna Struck)
    • Jan 29 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      New 6+" of snow made for great classic skiing in skier-made tracks. No groomed trails and nothing available for skaters yet.
      Photos:
      (Rachel Geiselman)
    • Jan 29 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Prairie and some woods trails were groomed and tracked. Other woods trails were skier tracked. Everything was in great shape. Prairie already well used and there was one hiker on the tracks when I left around 3 pm.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Jan 29 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided all the trails (and some twice) late morning early afternoon. Track and skate deck were soft with the new snow, but the glide was excellent. Track depth varied, but did not deter from the fun ski outing. Thanks to the park staff for the prompt grooming this morning!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 29 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great skiing out at Kegonsa! The skate deck is pretty soft in some areas especially on the south blue loop and green loop through the campground due to the fluffiness of snow we got. Overall good coverage though. Lots of people out on the classic tracks which seemed to be set well. Couldn't ask for a better day out there!
      Photos:
      (Linnea Cochran)
    • Jan 29 - McCarthy County Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      8" of new snow overnight. Classic tracks set in both directions and the entire trail system was groomed this morning (Thanks Mike T!). Conditions soft but great!
      (Dave Hart)
    • Jan 28 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      About three inches of new snow over a frozen base. Previous debris is now covered. Need to watch for some rock exposure on Ishnala Trail, otherwise reasonably well covered. Wasn't yet groomed, but it skied very nicely. No tracks set.
      (Leroy Steelstring)
    • Jan 28 - Turville Point Conservation (Madison):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The best thing I can say is that the trails were all snow covered, even before the big snowfall. However, they were also covered with hiker and fat tire tracks, leaving no clear ski track.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Jan 28 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skated starting at 11:00. Plenty of coverage on the west loops and not yet enough new snow for the trails to be too loose. Overall great conditions, hopefully the groomers will be out in the early morning.
      (Michael Wiegel)
    • Jan 28 - McCarthy County Park (Cottage Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Maintenance groom this morning of skate deck. Condition remains 75% Fair / 25% good. Several skiers out today. Grooming plans: Sunday morning grooming post storm planned.
      (Dave Hart)
     

    Milwaukee area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Observation 

      Classic skied the manmade snow loop. Solid, full depth track with enough glaze to still have some glide in the warmer temps. Decent amount of debris both in the tracks and on the skate deck. Trails adjacent to the manmade snow appeared to be mostly bare ground.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • NewFeb 7 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      If you keep your expectations low, you won't be disappointed. Fair to good conditions on the manmade snow loops for skate and stride. A slushy layer of corn snow on a firm base. Generally slow, with some dirty snow spots and small debris, including a new feature - deer droppings. Tracks are deteriorating and icy, with occasional debris, but still serviceable Lots of base that is cooling from below, so do not despair. Trails off the manmade loop have lots of dirt showing.
      (John McCarthy)
    • NewFeb 6 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied blue and thought with the continued warm temps, this may have been the last hurrah for me. Many bare spots and quite a bit of debris, though not as many rocks as I would have thought. The end of blue shared with white was by far the worst section with some large open grassy sections. I'd recommend sticking to the northern side for the best coverage. Thanks to the groomers who keep trying with little to work with! Glad I came out!
      (Holly LaVesser)
    • NewFeb 6 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Based on the 10am groomer report, I drove to Lapham and found the conditions good as reported on the man-made. The skate deck was hard packed with enough loose snow for edging. We got there at 1pm with a 37 degree tempature and it still was amazing fast. The magic carpet was fun. They have done a good job to restore the base with snowmaking during the cold weather.
      (Don Howell)
    • NewFeb 6 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the man-made snow loop in all of the classic tracks, which were deep, solid and lightly glazed except in the sunniest spots. The tracks are washed out at intersections, but no problem with that. Great day striding!
      (Tom Benson)
    • NewFeb 6 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Kudos to the groomer today. The trails were just groomed and new tracks set. It was a perfect day for skiing full sun and spring conditions. Nordic was in much better condition then when I skied at Mc Miller. Only a few grass patches. I would highly recommend skiing Tuesday!
      Photos:
      (Richard Homan)
    • NewFeb 6 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops. The ginzu-groomed skate lane softened a bit through the morning, but the underlying base is still firm - No deep sugar snow. The Green Cut-off is especially nice and Magic Carpet is firm and flat with just enough loose snow to set an edge. Trails off the manmade loops are skiable, but deteriorating - rock skis recommended.
      (John McCarthy)
    • NewFeb 6 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Morning
      Observation 

      Groomer was passing through at 7:30 this morning. Today might be your last chance for awhile so get out there and enjoy it!
      (Adam Hudson)
    • Feb 5 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Firm and fast conditions with good control. Some rare thin spots on hills but overall very good. Grooming was excellent as usual. Did not ski the woods. Hoping for the best with coming weather.
      (Dave Miller)
    • Feb 5 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      More brown/bare spots today compared to yesterday. With the sun and no clouds, it softened the trail faster with the slightly warm temperatures. Skied purple, white, and orange. B skies for today was fine. Pray for another winter storm in southern Wisconsin to help finish out our ski season!
      (Jonathan Tomko)
    • Feb 5 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the Nordic for the first time this year and was awesome. Arrived 7am to a freshly groomed trail. Skied two blue laps with black-firm deck total cover with a few brown spots-downhills not an issue- the pines area was a little thin in spots. First lap nice but then stated to warm up so was slower. By mid morning parking lot was full. Tracks were pretty much in tact with few brown spots as well.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Feb 5 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wow, it was almost noon and I was amazed how good skate skiing still was. A little slow at places, but fast elsewhere. Biathlon loop is in almost top shape! Watch for dirt and possibly rocks on the blue loop though. Come on over, it won't last!
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Feb 4 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out tonight grooming the skate deck and resetting the outer classic tracks on the man made snow loop. Beattle's loop and the playground were also groomed. The park staff was seen grooming off the man made loop.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Feb 4 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops. Firm, flat base with thin layer of powdery snow made for excellent skating. New tracks, solid, snowy, and deep made for the same for classic skiers. Issues with crunchy ice from earlier in the week are gone. Magic Carpet is a dream.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 4 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied twice around the outer black loop and ran over several rocks, especially on the big slide coming off the top and on two tier where a three foot patch of rocks are exposed in the centre of the trail on the way up. Groomers tried, but there just isn't enough snow. Manmade snow loop continues to be in great shape.
      (Gary Chu)
    • Feb 4 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Rough going for classic striding today. Spent more time out of the tracks than in on the blue loop. Skate deck was firm, but many spots where the groomer kicked up debris.
      (Todd Mader)
    • Feb 4 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the White and also the Green loop. The first half of the white was in great condition. Parts of the second half had a few bare or thin spots but fortunately they were mostly on the flat areas and easy to spot in advance. The green trail was similar, first 2/3 was great, last 1/3 had a few thin or bare spots. Overall a good ski and worth the drive.
      (Michelle McArdle)
    • Feb 4 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been groomed for skate, classic tracks have been left intact. Conditions for skate are very good.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Feb 3 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Alex Matson and I had the Pisten Bully out tonight. We groomed and reset tracks on the entire man-made snow trail system. The DNR continues to groom all the trails off the man-made. I would suggest that anyone who skis off the man made use their rock skis and please be careful as the trails are thinning. Just like all winter long, we still need more snow from mother nature. Happy skiing everybody! A big reason that a lot of us volunteers continue to work hard at making and grooming snow, is all the smiling faces in the picture that I am submitting.
      Photos:
      (Beattle Adelmeyer)
    • Feb 3 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate ski conditions on golf course are generally good. Firm and fast with several thin areas that are easy to avoid. Should be nice this weekend. Thank you Milwaukee county park staff for the trail grooming.
      Photos:
      (Mark Chelmowski)
    • Feb 3 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All the trails are open. Firm skate deck. Might call it hard pack. Good snow coverage on most of the trail. Some dirt showing through under the trees. Easy to skate around these spots. Only a couple rocks seen on some of the steep uphills. Highly recommend.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Wasle)
    • Feb 3 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic track on the north side of the road ranges from good to mediocre to non existent. Wooded areas were OK. Open fields were completely blown in.
      Photos:
      (John Kaminsky)
    • Feb 2 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the traditional Lapham Loppet Black/Purple loop at sundown. The Purple loop is in very good shape with nearly full coverage, and the manmade snow loop is excellent. The hills on the Black loop have some exposed rocks and roots due to a very thin base. I would suggest avoiding the entire Roller Coaster segment of the Black if you want to preserve your skis. I put a couple new scratches into my old rock skis. There is a classic track set on most of the system, but conditions varied widely in the track - some bare areas, some nice deep tracks too. Kudos to the groomers for doing their best with the minimal snow cover we have.
      (Pat Toft)
    • Feb 2 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions are fair to good for both skate and classic on the outside loop. It looks like the groomer made another pass since I first skied here Monday. Thursday night the skate deck was more compressed and gave a decent push off and there was less damage from people walking on the trail. There are some bare spots but all but one are easily avoided. One spot had enough debris and ground peaking through that you'll either want to pick your way through carefully or use rock skis. Classic track was mostly decent but washed out or covered with drifting snow in places.
      (Doug Stone)
    • Feb 2 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming Secondhand 

      The Piston Bully was out tonight touching up the skate deck on the man made loop. The classic tracks were left as is and look to be in great shape. The park staff groomed off the man made loop but I'm not sure which trails they did.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Feb 2 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      My best ski conditions on real snow this season, thanks to the grooming. Only a few thin areas that were easy to avoid. Did White, Orange, purple, and the pines section of the blue. The downhills were controllable.
      (Don Howell)
    • Feb 2 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Looks like the groomers touched up the trails - they're in excellent condition. Skate deck was firm, and the classic tracks looked good. Get out there and enjoy it!
      (Hope Hellmann)
    • Feb 2 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Perfect day for skiing. Started at 9:30 am skating the purple and white trails. The bright sun made for fast conditions. This was our first skate of the year - don't think it can get better. Enjoy the next couple days it might be a short season without more snow.
      (Richard Homan)
    • Feb 2 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied a number of loops in the classic tracks on the north side of the park. They are starting to deteriorate from normal wear and tear plus sun and windblown snow and also hikers hiking in the tracks. I used my older skis but there was snow cover everywhere, just some debris and some ice in a couple small spots. The snow on either side of the tracks is fairly soft and the forestry operations have crossed the track in a number of places. Thanks to the groomers who have made the tracks, I enjoyed today and hope you have a chance to freshen them up with new snow.
      (Thomas Benson)
    • Feb 2 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Groomer made two passes between 8 and 9 am. It's very good however it is getting a little thin in places but overall very good. On the turn in the east end there's some pavement nearly ready to pop thru. On the north / south section in the middle the trail goes over a gravel section and there's a few rocks in the middle.
      (David Anderson)
    • Feb 2 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied several laps while the groomer softened up the hard pack from the night before leaving excellent conditions. A few dirty spots here and there easily avoided.
      (John Peterson)
    • Feb 1 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated Wednesday afternoon, and the trails were in very good shape. I only skied the first loop of the Western Woods, however.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Feb 1 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I had a great ski at UW-Parkside! So nice not having to drive hours north to find skiable trails! Skate deck was firm and snow was fast! No bare ground and almost no leaves or needles on the trail. I skated the outside loop and added an extra loop around the Pine forest each of three times around to get in a great 20K workout. Many thanks to the grooming team! Get out and ski at UW-Parkside while the weather is nice!
      (Dave Weber)
    • Feb 1 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Evening
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Decent skating tonight on a firm deck. A little rutted but all-in-all really nice to get out close to home. Usual route a bit cutoff by the 8th and 9th holes due to tree trimming, but still well worth trip if you're looking for a quick ski without the drive. Thank you groomers for doing a nice job with one snowfall and limited equipment. Get it while you can.
      Photos:
      (Ken Quant)
    • Feb 1 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions. Trails are firm with some loose snow on top. The only reason I would recommend B skis is because there were some loose rocks mixed with the snow on the second to last blue loop segment.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Wadle)
    • Feb 1 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      My first ski of the year at Kettle Moraine, and on natural snow. Great conditions, groomed, three to four inch base, only a few thin spots, uphills holding up well. Great skiing today!
      Photos:
      (Ed Edinger)
    • Feb 1 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the whole black loop. Good coverage most of the time, but some rocks poking through mainly on the up hills most likely due to snow blowing away on those spots. If you're careful, rocks are easy to avoid.
      (Michael Dix)
    • Feb 1 - Menomonee Park (Menomonee Falls):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the outer loop. Good coverage on majority, but a firm/thin base. Classic Tracks had many bare spots, but avoidable. A fair amount of foot traffic on the skate lanes from dog walkers. Decent conditions for the lack of snow this season.
      Photos:
      (Corey Hafemeister)
    • Feb 1 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      My first time at the UW Parkside course! Trails had good coverage, no grass or bare spots on the portion I skied. Skate deck was mostly firm with a few softer areas in the open fields. It's little uneven and narrow in places and shallow ruts are starting to form on some hills and corners, but overall very good, enjoyable conditions.
      Photos:
      (Hope Hellmann)
    • Feb 1 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great ski outer loop 5k. Excellent grooming. Thank you! Great track and skate deck looked great also. No bare spots or debris.
      Photos:
      (Tim Rafalski)
    • Feb 1 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Grooming of the entire Nordic system this morning re-conditioned all the skate lanes, and the track is still in mostly very good shape. Conditions across the Nordic trails are very good to excellent. Lots of happy skiers out enjoying the sunshine!
      (Anne Korman)
    • Feb 1 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      Very nice for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops. Three days of snowmaking in the very cold weather has refreshed and fortified the manmade snow loops. Firm, flat skate deck with fresh corduroy is a delight to skate. Several areas of crunchy ice that could benefit from another tilling. Multiple sets of solid, straight, deep snow tracks for striding. Magic Carpet is firm and flat with a coating of fine powder, and is a joy to ski. Super big thank you to our volunteer snowmakers and groomers, and to park staff for their hard work and many hours to provide this fantastic venue for everyone to enjoy. Note: I can't give a firsthand report on the trails off the manmade loops, my observation is that rock skis would be recommended.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 31 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      My wife (classic) and I (skate) skied Brown Deer ("BD") at night. Good to very good conditions for BD. I used my good skis. The "main" loop is in good shape. To the extent the groomers can roll it to harden it up and smooth it out some more, that would be helpful. There are a few low hanging branches too, that you need to watch out for (especially if skiing at night), and it would be helpful if those could be trimmed back. There are two places off of the "main" loop that need more rolling and widening. Those are the "hill loop" (located in the SE corner of the golf course), and the "home stretch" loop (on the far west side of the course). You are better off skipping those two areas, until the groomers run over them several more times. But really, very good conditions for BD. So good that someone might want to announce a "race night," or race event, like we did a few years back (followed by some beer). But if you want to ski BD, don't delay, because the snow is not that deep. Thanks to the groomers for all their hard work.
      (Sandie Pendleton)
    • Jan 31 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Finally enough coverage! While there weren't bare spots, there was leaf and stick debris littered about. I did see several rocks on multiple hills that were kicked up also. I wouldn't bring my good skis, but rest assured there is actually enough snow to have a decent ski! Only bummer was deep 3" boot prints in the last couple miles.
      (Holly LaVesser)
    • Jan 31 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh corduroy on the skate deck. It does get a bit thin in some places, so B or good skis is debatable. No tracks set on the golf course, as I'm sure the base is a bit thin.
      (Mark Ehlers)
    • Jan 31 - Nashotah Park (Nashotah):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trails are in pretty good shape. The fields are excellent; flat, firm, wide and level. It is a little thin under the pines in places and there is some debris under the trees. Nothing you couldn't ski over or around. Not enough snow to set a track. Red interior trail is not groomed.
      (Joel Lammers)
    • Jan 31 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Not bad considering the first grooming of the season. Skied outer and inner loop. No debris or bare spots. Some minor snow drifting. Biggest problem is snowshoeing damage on the groomed trails ( So much open area other than groomed trail to shoe?). Skate deck looks good too!
      Photos:
      (Tim Rafalski)
    • Jan 31 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions. Widen. Cut the logging area off. Loop on golf course is now about 4 km. No track set on golf course. That is only on north side through woods. Great job by park staff groomers. This is as good as it gets in this park.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Full coverage! That said, was probably skied while the deck was still soft, so the grooves are deep. Some areas were almost entirely windblown. Track seems to be skied in rather than groomed. Still a fun, if slow, classic ski, but I was glad I didn't try to skate it. Photos are from one of the better parts. Very happy to be able to ski close to home, thank you park staff!
      Photos:
      (Sara Knutson)
    • Jan 30 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the entire Blue loop and snow coverage was fine. The trail was soft and uneven in some areas but overall not too bad.
      (Dave McDonough)
    • Jan 30 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed tonight, including the upper trails. Skate deck should firm up really nicely with the cold temperatures and tracks were set. Conditions should be excellent!
      (Collin Bergholz)
    • Jan 30 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the full loop, about 7 miles. Surface is lumpy, making downhills fun and sketchy. A few rocks here and there especially by Rock Ridge (an area that found itself a fresh, new sign). Not sure they laid tracks, looked skier carved.
      (Doug Mann)
    • Jan 30 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Sunshine, plenty of snow, flush toilets, good grooming but no tracks, but they were still grooming when I left at 2 pm. Fabulous new building at trailhead.
      (Michael Dix)
    • Jan 30 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Park was rolled and groomed on Sunday. A couple of passes were made and a track was set on golf course and on north side thru the woods Skate deck drifted and soft. Spoke to park employee and encouraged additional / daily grooming. Poles punch through to pavement but no danger to skis. 5 KM loop.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skate deck was groomed, but looked a little soft. Skied the classic loop. Tracks were blown in, but skiable. North wind was brutal. Green Six wax on entire ski worked fine.
      (John Kaminsky)
    • Jan 30 - Nashotah Park (Nashotah):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are groomed for skate. It's a bit uneven as they tried to groom for classic as well but overall pretty good! Classic tracks are virtually non existent at this time. Snow was slow and there was a bit of debris in heavily treed sections. Debris is minor enough that it can easily be avoided.
      (Cindy Chippindale)
    • Jan 30 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The 7" of dry powdery snow made for excellent conditions out on the trails. The snow packed well and fridged temps last night firmed up the freshly groomed trails. Classic track was set and the skate ski lane is in great shape. Expect fast conditions.
      (Justin Blindert)
    • Jan 29 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed all trails for classic and skating. Grooming plans: One of the team will likely get out to touch it up again Monday. Get out there to ski it in and have fun!
      (Todd Brennan)
    • Jan 29 - Minooka Park (Waukesha):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fair bit of powder and the trails aren't super wide so skating was more challenging for me. But I didn't see any sticks or grass and saw many people classic skiing.
      (David Tauzell)
    • Jan 29 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      Soft and Slow. Skied Red and White (4 times) trails. White was the best looking trail. I hoped to ski Blue, but from what I saw on Red and could see at intersections with Blue, it looked pretty fluffy. Groomers were out during the afternoon. Track was set and looked great. Thin conditions, down to the hard, icy base with some grass poking through, in just a couple of places.
      (Karl Hanson)
    • Jan 29 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were rolled early today and grooming for skate was in progress through the afternoon, and still is as of now at 5PM. 8 inches fell, at least. It's deep and, for now, soft. No classic tracks as of now.
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Jan 29 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer showed up just before 1:00 PM and started putting in a classic lane. I was finishing then, so I only skied a short section that was groomed. We got about 8 inches of new fluffy snow on top of a frozen snow base. This is very good snow.
      (David Piasecki)
    • Jan 29 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      It's very soft as you might expect. There are tracks set also. The groomer was out but there's not enough weight on it to do much good. There was a lot of people out there having a good time. You should too.
      Photos:
      (Kurt Eby)
    • Jan 29 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      As of this morning around 11:30 the trails hadn't been groomed, but a few people had broken trail on a two mile loop. Probably 6-8 inches of powder overall, a little thin in the trees along HWY 31 but not bad.
      Photos:
      (Jim Sincock)
    • Jan 29 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Finally! The Piston Bully was out grooming last night after the snow had stopped. The skate deck was tilled and is in great but soft condition. The classic track was set and should be in excellent condition.
      (Mark Janis)

Michigan Upper Peninsula

     

    Ironwood area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wow, perfect conditions and super fun skiing on Ridge Runner, Coyote, and the Highland. Lots of virgin corduroy and solitude, with peaks of sun.
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Feb 4 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers were out today with tracks set and skate lane groomed. Skating lane was a bit soft. Grooming plans: Groomers will be out tomorrow cleaning everything up. Today was the start of the Wolverine month long Winter Challenge. Register on website.
      Photos:
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Feb 4 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied something around 40 km in 2 hours 57 minutes, this late morning and early afternoon. Alot of hill climbs, double-poling included. Tracks were perfect everywhere I skied: deep, firm, great kick, glide was unreal. But in the Highlands area tracks have been neglected. I love the groomers so I hate to point that out. But, in that area they were beyond poor. Almost dangerous coming through it with speed. I made two loops through it anyways for the unbeatable hill climbs. Skate deck was firm and fast everywhere. It was a very awesome training ski otherwise. You're making me an awesome skier!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Feb 2 - Bergland Ski Trail (Bergland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Traditional track is set. It doesn't look the greatest and may be a little rough. We will be back hopefully on Monday to regroom it.
      (Holly St Louis)
    • Jan 31 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Been striding Ridge Runner for several days now, tracks are firm with good glide despite the frigid temps. Rick has done his best, best line tracking, to date. We're all enjoying it so much that it's been decided to leave it classic till Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy while it lasts.
      (Ken Hazel)
     

    Marquette area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 7 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      2" of wet snow overnight was groomed in and new track set. Classic skiers were doing well despite temps into the 30's. We have a good base so any mild temps will not have much of an impact. A good turnout of midweek skiers from lower Mich and WI. Lodge is open every day with a wood fire. Snowshoe trail along the creek is well packed in.
      Photos:
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 3 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After two days of sub zero temperatures and blowing snow, we managed to get all of our trail system packed and tracked. We are also preparing our snowshoe trail and coasting for the annual Skandia Lions Winter carnival next Saturday. Proceeds from this event go to fight hunger. Come on out and enjoy our trails, have some food and support a good cause.
      (Ronald Stenfors)
     

    Houghton area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 4 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed and tracked. Lots of new snow this week so the trails are in excellent shape. Skied the MUT loop yesterday afternoon. It was dragged and in great shape. Lots of tracks but we had the trail to ourselves.
      Photos:
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)
    • Feb 1 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      More of the same today. A couple inches of light fluffy snow overnight. All trails were groomed and tracked. There's a little more light and fluffy snow this afternoon but both tracks and skate lanes are good. For snow bikers: Loops 1-4 groomed. Loop 5 dragged.
      (Thomas Alberg, Expedition Inn)
    • Jan 31 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Heikinpäivä snow dances in Hancock last Saturday have been successful and there is fresh snow every day. All trails including the Bear loops have been groomed and tracked. A little cold today but the sun is shining and skiing conditions are excellent.
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)
    • Jan 30 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been tiller groomed and tracked, except for the bear loops. The fresh snow on the trees is beautiful. Due to the 4-6 inches of new snow and technical difficulties we won't be able to get fuel until tomorrow morning. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we will be back at it first thing in the morning.
      Photos:
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 5 - Ski Brule (Iron River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated and skijouried on the East Loops. Conditions are wonderful! Firm Classic tracks, in which I did double polling, and a gorgeous skate deck. Sorry, I did not get photos as I had my hands full with Sheldon, our Great Pyra-Dane.
      (Sean McMahon)
    • Feb 3 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Groomed the trails this afternoon to cover up some of the tree litter and clumps of snow that fell off the trees.  The squirrels have been busy cutting Hemlock branches so while the litter is reduced it is not gone; however, the clumps are gone.  The tracks look good for the most part considering how hard the base is. There will be moonlight ski on Saturday evening, February 4th.  Meet at 7:00 pm at the parking Lot on Duck Lake Road.  Skiing by 7:10 pm.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 29 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic trails, nice mix of both skating and classic trails. We arrived just as Glenn and Howie were finishing grooming! The grooming was greatly appreciated.
      Photos:
      (Brian Schaning)
    • Jan 28 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Squeaky snow at Sylvania Outfitters today with a high of 12 degrees. Freshly groomed and tracked. Did all loops except Danger Hill.
      Photos:
      (Dan Hinch)

Michigan Lower Peninsula

     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 29 - Love Creek County Park (Berrien Center):
      Afternoon
      Secondhand 

      Park staff reports: Most conditions are fair with marginal sections.
      (David Hillman)

Iowa

     

    Ames area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 4 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Groomed Friday. Conditions went downhill fast with the temperatures rising. Went from icy to fast to soft by noon.
      (Marc Hollander)
    • Jan 28 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Scott just groomed the new 2-3" of snowfall on the entire golf course and woods. Everything is open, soft, and skiable. Golf course is wind blown and woods/campground area are good skiing. Get out there today to pack it in. Grooming planned by Chris or Kevin tonight.
      Photos:
      (Marc Hollander)
     

    Cedar Rapids area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 31 - Wickiup Hill Trails (Toddville):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are groomed and piston billy set too. A little icy, some thin areas, and a little tree debris. Looks like the front prairie area as been reduced to one loop this year. They have eliminated the hill in the prairie area and did not groom the additional loop in the prairie. Overall, trails are in decent shape for skiing.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 31 - Morgan Creek Park (Cedar Rapids):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were rolled by the county on Monday. Ski conditions ok. Lots of foot/dog/snowshoe post holers out. Get it before it's gone.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Matsell Bridge Natural Area (Viola):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      Called Linn County Conservation they reported that staff is likely not going to roll or groom trails at this time.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Wanatee County Park (Marion):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      Called Linn County Conservation they reported that staff is going to try and roll the trails. Not enough snow for the piston billy.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 30 - Morgan Creek Park (Cedar Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      The trails were not groomed. Skiers have been out though and have busted a classic track around the area. Lots of foot/dog/snowshoe post holers have been out already. Called Linn County Conservation they reported that staff is going to try and roll the trails. Not enough snow for the piston billy.
      (Gary Anderson)
     

    Waterloo area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 29 - George Wyth State Park (Waterloo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails in good condition for classic. Skate deck looked narrow and some portions used by snowshoers.
      Photos:
      (Becky Zange)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 5 - Kettleson Hogsback Trail (Spirit Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed on Sunday. There are two sets of classic tracks and snow is still in excellent condition.
      (Erin Reed)
    • Feb 4 - Brooks-Nature Center Trail (Okoboji):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate ski lane was touched up on Saturday and conditions from Brooks to the Nature Center are excellent for skate skiing and two sets of classic tracks.
      (Erin Reed)
    • Feb 3 - Brooks-Nature Center Trail (Okoboji):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed on Friday with new classic tracks set and the skate ski lane touched up. Conditions are very good and we should have excellent skiing ahead!
      (Erin Reed)
    • Jan 30 - Swiss Valley Nature Preserve (Peosta):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      Called Dubuque County Conservation this morning, staff reported trails are being groomed this morning.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 29 - Kettleson Hogsback Trail (Spirit Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Kettleson Hogsback Trail was freshly groomed with classic tracks on Sunday and conditions are excellent!
      (Erin Reed)
    • Jan 29 - Brooks-Nature Center Trail (Okoboji):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Brooks-Nature Center Trail was groomed with classic tracks on Sunday. Conditions are excellent from the Clubhouse at Brooks to the Nature Center. Grooming plans: Will be groomed with a skate ski lane on Monday.
      (Erin Reed)
    • Jan 29 - Decorah Trail System (Decorah):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Carlson Park: Great snow with classic tracks on xc trails. Only knock is that the grooming is very narrow in parts and it is impossible to not skate over the classic tracks, especially uphill. Other than that very nice!
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
    • Jan 29 - Pilot Knob State Park (Forest City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After getting another 3" of snow on an already good base, the road and lake have been groomed and should set up well with the cold temperatures.
      Photos:
      (Jeff Hovinga)

Illinois

     

    Other Locations

    • NewFeb 6 - Des Plaines River Trail (Mettawa):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Rt 60 Canoe launch north to Old School FP. Lots of bare spots, debrie along the way. Areas where tracks missing, icy spots and later slushy spots with warm up. Lots of footprints/ pawprints in tracks. It was slow going at first, but still good to be out there.
      (Barbara Boes)
    • Feb 2 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      As far as I know, all trails are open -- there is no signage to indicate either way -- but the grooming was wildly inconsistent. Some trails were not groomed at all -- not yet this season, by their appearance. Some trails had a deck only, and it was in excellent condition since no one had skated it yet. Some trails had just tracks -- which were in poor shape due to thin cover. Skiable, but lots of debris and brown patches. Some trails had a deck with tracks cut right down the middle, not really leaving enough room to skate anywhere. Some of the groomed trails were being stomped out. A couple trails have large downed trees that require stepping over. I picked up a few branches and logs, and tossed them into the woods, but I didn't get them all. You will probably need to cross a couple of access roads, and those are bare pavement. I skied my good skis, but that was not the best choice. Definitely B or rock skis until more snow falls. The brown patches are pretty common, but mostly grass and dirt. I didn't see or hit any rocks, but I'm not going to say they are not out there. On the good side, we skied for four hours, and saw exactly seven human beings.
      (David Hillman)
    • Feb 2 - Lake Bluff Golf Course (Lake Bluff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      90% trails groomed with classic and skate. Middle loop is windblown as is track heading out to North. Another enjoyable day of skiing.
      (Barbara Boes)
    • Feb 1 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Overall, very good conditions. A few bare spots in some places, but generally good trails. My first time here. Will definitely come back. Snow was fast, especially late afternoon when temps started to drop a little.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Schwebke)
    • Feb 1 - Atwood Park (Rockford):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      So lovely to be skiing in Illinois on groomed classic tracks. Icing on the cake: these singletrack are hilly and quite technical. There are scattered dirt spot or roots and one rock slab that make me recommend rock skis, but apart from these tracks are firm and deep.
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Feb 1 - Lake Bluff Golf Course (Lake Bluff):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic and Skate tracks are in great condition. Hard pack and holding up nicely. 6.2km of groomed trails in total.
      Photos:
      (Robert Clifford)
    • Jan 30 - Lakewood Forest Preserve (Wauconda):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All the trails were groomed with tracks on both sides and snow coverage was good: only sticks poking through in one spot and a little grass in a couple places. Unfortunately, there were many footprint and horse print craters in the tracks and the skate deck on both the Fort Hill and Millennium trails. In general, the skate deck looked in worse shape than the tracks.
      (Carter Green)
    • Jan 30 - Atwood Park (Rockford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Above average conditions. Nice speed, good pole plants and very few walkers using the trail. The groomer did a quality job. He was out grooming the fat tire trails when I was there.
      (Jim Gustafson)
    • Jan 29 - Arrowhead Golf Club (Wheaton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were completely snow-covered except for <1% grass poking through. Hardly any classic tracks to speak of, though, due to insufficient snow depth. Skate deck looked okay, and better than the tracks. Slightly different routing from previous seasons, that flattens two the bigger hills. Extremely mediocre overall -- but hey, it's Illinois, so we ski whatever is white.
      (David Hillman)
    • Jan 29 - Old School Forest Preserve (Libertyville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the yellow loop and DPR trail down to Town Line Rd. Several road crossings and an underpass required taking off skis, but the trails themselves had good snow coverage. The trails hadn't been groomed but saw several other skiers and fat tire bikers. Great conditions for Illinois skiing.
      (Carter Green)

North Dakota

     

    Fargo area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 3 - Lindenwood Park (Fargo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Trails re-groomed early Friday morning after a trace of new dry wind-blown snow this week.  Skating lane was lightly renovated and combed over an icy packed base and is firm with good edging. Classical tracks renovated, packed, and tracks reset with well defined firm tracks over an icy packed base.  
      (Gary Brekke)

United States

  • Jan 30 - North Boulder Park (Boulder, CO):
    Afternoon
    [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
    Firsthand: Freestyle 

    1.5" of cold powder on top of very firm base. A little slow with the wax I had on, but great to ski in town!
    Photos:
    (Jerome Lee)
  • Jan 28 - Laurel Ridge State Park (Rockwood, PA):
    Morning
    [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
    Firsthand: Freestyle 

    One of the few Mid-Atlantic areas that held the recent snowfall (with an elevation of near 2800+ feet helps). 33 F at today's start (9:35am) and 39F at noon. Lower elevation were near or above 50F. In general an 8 foot wide trail with classical track and narrow skate lane exists on the main trail. Parking lot overflowing (almost 100 car capacity).
    (William Kircher)