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      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The Valley Loop manmade snow still in great shape. Classic tracks were well defined. Skating easy to get an edge and snow fast. Only manmade 2.5K trail open.
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 23 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Surprisingly good. I feel like the guy who is about to tell everyone about his secret fishing spot because me and just a few others have been having a blast for more than a week here...But the Trails Crew at Baker deserves to have more people showing up to enjoy their hard work. There is limited snow cover of course and there is debris. I would rate it as 60% good, 30% is fair due to low snow and light debris areas, and 10% is poor due to low snow and heavy debris areas (mostly broken branches but some rocks). I think if you know the trail (it is poor in the normal spots) and are careful, you could use your B skis.
      PSA - the trail crew has been shoveling snow onto the trail and obviously working hard. The big problem is debris. There is much less debris than there was a week ago; as it appears I am not the only one clearing debris on my visits. But there still is a lot of debris. If you go there, help them out and do some pole-flicks and stop and pick up some debris and throw it off the trail into the woods. Set yourself a quota of like 25, 50, or more pieces of debris you will remove from the trail per visit. If we get even a couple more inches of snow, then Baker could be really good if the debris is cleared because they have a surprisingly good base right now.
      (Erik Sass)
    • Jan 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Lights will be on tonight! All 5K of the manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked, and in good condition. Closed: All natural snow trails (Lake, Oak Knob, Hill, North, Nature Center)N
      High School Nordic Ski Races: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:45 PM (MW), Friday, Jan. 25 all day (MEC).
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 23 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      When the dead tree cutting crew was out this weekend, we got a good look at much of the trail system. Except for the Prairie Loop, all trails had a good base, that while not skiable, was made up of more icy snow than ice. This was encouraging. Unfortunately, Woodlands was on the short end of the snowfall stick earlier this week. We received only one new inch of fluffy snow, which Babe and Captain Ken, rolled down for us to help get a start on bonding new snow to the base. There is still not enough traction on the hills and corners for safe skiing, so the trails will remain closed until we get more snow.
      (Dave Anderson)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Wow was Hyland busy tonight - but not so bad that it was crowded on the trail. New snow on the manufactured was great for skiing on. Fun fast snow at Hyland. Boulder wasn't all mush. Hoping for more snow so the natural trails can be opened.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Due to electrical problems; the lights on the Star Loop is the only lighted loop for Tuesday evening. Star Loop is packed, tracked and in good condition.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied around lunch time, after about 1-2" of fresh snow. My timing was a bit off as the grooming crew had two PistenBully machines out grooming post-snowfall (I hate ski on new cord before it has a chance to setup). Conditions were very good on the snowmaking loop, and not quite as fast with the fresh snow. Fresh classic tracks were being set.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skiing was great today, with some fresh snow falling and the cold temps it felt almost like real winter. Small amount of powder over the groomed deck still provided good pacing and hills were in good shape compared to a week ago. Thanks again to the crew for doing an awesome job grooming!
      (Christian Oestreich)
    • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Too much of a good thing? There. I said it. The blanket of new snow actually made it harder to ski. But I'll take it! :)
      The extra loop near La Quadra is a great additional workout. Hopefully all this snows helps all that area ski trails.
      Photos:  
      (Paul Larson)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All 5K of the manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in good conditions. Closed: All natural snow trails (Lake, Oak Knob, Hill, North, Nature Center).
      High School Nordic Ski Races: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 PM (SSC), Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:45 PM (MW), Friday, Jan. 25 all day (MEC).
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Another great ski despite below zero wind chills. Course was in great shape. Skate deck was fast and easy to get an edge. No ice throughout the course. Classic tracks looked perfect the whole way around. Great to see people out enjoying On MLK day.
      (Brent Lackas)
    • Jan 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Made it out at 8:15 am and there had been plenty of traffic already. The course did not degrade much during my ski, even though lots of high schoolers were getting a good workout in. The cold snow just kept getting slower. The turns were all a brezze to negotate with no snowpolwed ridges and no ice. The new hill does add some excitement. But as others noted, the snow on it was super slow coming back up. There was a little loose snow, but most spots were still pretty firm. The most sugary spots were the hill up to the meadow and the hill up to the catwalk. It fet like a tough ski with the slow snow!
      (Dan Boody)
    • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Few things go better together than a January high pressure system and classic skiing. Lots of folks striding in the afternoon warmth. The tracks were hard and fast, but not icy. I probably could have ridden the tracks from Boulder Ridge, but I didn't have the guts.
      (Adrian Swanson)
    • Jan 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Miles and miles of beautiful corduroy and deep classic tracks (side-by-side classic tracks in several areas) at Wirth this morning! The newly expanded 6.5K loop is in fantastic shape for both skating and classic skiing. No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Dress in layers and you'll have a great ski under the sunshine today!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Man-made snow only. At 9:30AM in -1F weather, the place was hoppin' and full of energy! There was only overflow parking available. Conditions were wonderful throughout. Tracks were well formed with everywhere except for some of the corners. I had great grip with Swix V20 and 2 layers of Polar in top. Only one corner with some ice where I saw several folks hit the "deck". The ice patch was 3-4' wide and easily avoided.
      (Craig Fischberg)
    • Jan 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Good Luck to the Rennet Racers! All 5K of the manufactured snow trails are closed for the Rennet. Trails will reopen Sunday, Jan. 20 at 5am. High School Nordic Ski Races: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:45 PM (MW), Friday, Jan. 25 all day (MEC).
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good. Probably 8-9 degrees but with no wind. Light snow during 1st lap. Got in a couple of laps in before shutdown for Rennet. Despite freshly-waxed skis (with Fast Wax Teal LF) skating was slow relative to last weekend's pace. Thankfully without the wind my heavier socks and gloves, both with liners, windbreaker and balaclava were just enough to keep me warm. I don't envy spectators for Saturday's races.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Got in a quick skate ski on Star Loop and Willow Creek right before the races started at 5:30 pm. Only the man-made snow trails are open right now. My skis were still waxed for the warm weather, but the snow was fast and hard. Should be good hard snow for the race tonight. Classic tracks look good - there's two sets of tracks for the race right now.
      (Kallie Doeden)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Got out at 6:45am to immaculate corduroy, didn't get a chance to try the new section but the trails are in fantastic condition thanks to the fabulous grooming! Get out there before the snow hits!
      (Veronica Hudacek)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All 5K of the manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in Good condition. Closed: All natural snow trails (Lake, Oak Knob, Hill, North, Nature Center)
      High School Nordic Ski Races: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 PM (SSC), Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:45 PM (MW), Friday, Jan. 25 all day (MEC). All trails are closed for RENNET: Fri. Jan. 18, 5:30 PM - Sun. Jan. 20, 5:00 AM.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Classic skied again this morning and conditions were great - being the first out on the tracks is always nice. And a new section is open! Another hill to warm up on before La Squadra :).
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Jan 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The trails were in quite good condition for an evening ski. As is typical at the end of the day the tracks were not as deep as when first set and the deck was well used but skiing was fast but even by 7:00pm there was very little glazing in the tracks. All in all, excellent conditions.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Just great! Our timing was perfect, as we got there just as the sun was taking reign of the sky, and finished just as the high school racers were taking reign of the course. There was a little sugar on some of the up hills, but not enough to really slow us down. Downhills were perfect. The north finger is now open. It must have just opened as there were not many skate tracks on it yet. The snow on the new section was notably slower than elsewhere. I'm thinking it probably hadn't set up yet--or was I just too worn out for what is probably the biggest hill in the place? We were skating, so can't comment authoritatively on the classic tracks.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Great grooming at Elm Creek this afternoon with very good to excellent classic tracks and a good skate deck. The welcome sunshine added to the enjoyment! There weren't many skiers at Elm today, so it was almost like skiing up at Central Gunflint last week!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hyland was great this morning at 10:30. Nice tracks for classic in most areas. Very fast. Used my waxable skis with Rex 1814. Wow, that stuff is great. It was a refreshing change from my skin skis. Sugar snow on the uphills.
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All 5K of the manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in Good condition. Closed: All natural snow trails (Lake, Oak Knob, Hill, North, Nature Center).
      High School Nordic Ski Races: Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MEC). All trails are closed for RENNET: Fri. Jan. 18, 5:30 PM - Sun. Jan. 20, 5:00 AM.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 17 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I classic skied today around 9:00 AM and yesterday around noon. Yesterday the tracks were clean, deep and firm. Today conditions were quite dirty, shallow, soft and washed out. Very different experiences - was surprised as it didn't seem to windy or too warm in the last 24 hours.
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied classic on the Green Meadow Loop, Ridgeline Trail, Stadium and LaSquandra around 6 p.m. With the cold temps, there was a nice firm and deep set track (most of the time two sets) around the entire man-made areas. Skiing was fast. Tracks getting a bit glazed, but TK-1814 over a klister base worked really well. Kudos to the groomers and snow-making staff.
      (Emmerson Ward)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      After my somewhat negative post yesterday I thought I better report the great conditions today. Firm deck and solid classic track. It was very fast also...PR conditions. They were also blowing snow on the big climb. No squigglies.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Wirth was solid and fast this morning. I was there last night to teach Trail Kids and it was deep sugar and soft. I'm amazed at how dramatic the improvement was in just 10 hours. The sunrise coming up over downtown was a welcome change too. I'll take cold and sunny over the warm cloudy days!
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The skate deck had a good layer of sugar snow on it and the tracks were eroded in spots and icy in others. Was the skiing perfect? No, but skiing was pleasant if not super fast. I am continually amazed at what our groomers have done with such sparse resources.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We skied from about noon to 2:30. As expected, there was a lot of sugar, but I'd rather have sugar than ice. On the big uphill on the Frogtown return it felt like skiing on a bouncy mattress, which was work, but kind of fun. Once I adjusted my expectations it actually didn't feel too slow. The less trafficked parts of the trail, such as the Boulder Ridge loop, were just fine. My partner switched to classic and was glad he did.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 15 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Elm Creek has been very good all season so far albeit just the manmade. Very consistent and fast. With the warmer weather the track isn't setting up firm. The classic track had a case of the squigglies today. Perhaps the colder weather will help it set up. Skate lane looked good but a little soft on the uphills. Snow is getting dirty.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Jan 15 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Just in case you were wondering, you have a better chance of playing golf than skiing at Columbia right now. It is bare with frozen patches of ice that more closely resemble an ice rink than a skate deck. Anyone who wants to do a snow dance, feel free.
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied at 8:00 am, and the groomers had a rare poor night of grooming. Granted, they did not have much to work with. The track is shallow in some parts, and in other places washed out completely. The big uphill going into the Twin Lake section had a pile of snow at one point, followed by dirty ice and snow. Not ideal conditions, but let's be honest -- it beats the alternative of not having manmade snow. On the upside: all of the downhills this morning were quite good.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All 5K of the manufactured snow trails (Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, Boulder Ridge) are packed, tracked and in good condition. Closed: All natural snow trails (Lake, Oak Knob, Hill, North, Nature Center)Note: Rentals Available. Lights on. High School Nordic Ski Races: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (IMAC); Wednesday, Jan. 16, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (IMAC); Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MEC).
      All trails are closed for RENNET: Fri. Jan. 18, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM and Sat. Jan. 19, races from 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Prepare for the Birkie, Vasaloppet and other races by challenging yourself by signing up for the Rennet!
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Many deer tracks (and deer) in Frog Town this morning, and tracks also scattered throughout the 5k loop. Coyotes as well! The uphills were breaking down fairly quickly.
      Photos:  
      (Lars Gaalaas)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Trails were over all in good condition Boulder ridge was really chewed up by 9 a.m. lots of sugar snow on the uphill much better grip striding getting out of the tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Even with a 6am start, the corduroy was soft. Temps weren't cold enough to firm things up. By 8, there was plenty of sugar and the thick mashed potatoes. Most downhills and corners were soft but not scraped thin, except the hill on the meadow and the turn after leaving the upper stadium. It was much less crowded than yesterday. Overall, still good conditions, but the snow was getting dirty.
      (Dan Boody)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Most of the trails have been re-groomed as of tonight (compacted/tracked). These trails include White Pine Alley, Birch Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Wolf Run, and Black Spruce as Biskey Ponds Trail is closed for this year. Bundle up! Sounds like we have quite a brisk weekend coming up!
      (Jason Miller)
    • Jan 23 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Both the skate deck and the classic tracks (skied both techniques) were firm and fast. Surprised how well it set up and at the speed of the snow. The man-made snow was mixed well with the new light and fluffy. Made for a fun ski. Always running into someone to ski with makes this a nice social skiing venue as well. The turns and transitions that weren't quite right are now completely dialed in. Erik Blow has been working hard to sculpt a world-class nordic ski experience right here in Duluth.
      (Cory Salmela)
    • Jan 23 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing at GANC. Everything set up nice from the new snow. Perfect skate lanes and deep solid tracks. Thanks Spirit!
      (Matt Ryan)
    • Jan 23 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails have been tracked. We have 23" on the ground, with 7" in the past 24 hours. Conditions are excellent. If your coming with people who don't ski, there is a beautiful snowshoe trail across the road from the ski trail parking lot. Enjoy.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 23 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions are fantastic right now, snow is firmer than yesterday and should be great for a ski. Tracks are solid and deep through the system, there are some sections on the upper loop where they get close to the base, but does not go through. Get it while it's good!
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 23 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails have been rolled, groomed and tracked! Condition are soft, but coverage is complete. Enjoy the beautiful conditions!
      (Reitler Hodgert)
    • Jan 22 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Really nice classic skiing on the campground side trails of White Pine, CCC, and the Thomson loop. Freshly groomed tracks with the 4" snowfall, the old and icy conditions are covered well with the new snow that was expertly groomed but still soft. We were out in the evening using headlamps and almost had first tracks on the new grooming, saw the signs of just one classic skier out before us. Unfortunately, one skater who must have missed the "classic only-no skating" sign also had been out and skated over the classic tracks, damaging the tracks and leaving deep gouges in the soft snow throughout the trails.
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 22 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lester was freshly groomed as of Tuesday evening. 4-5 inches of lovely fluffy new snow groomed up very soft. Tracks were soft, and the skate deck was like a pile of feathers. When we finished up, a great horned owl was calling near Amity Creek.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 22 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautifully groomed skate lane and classic trails after 8 inch snow fall. Perfect for an moon lit ski. Trees flocked with the new fallen snow. Magical!
      (Laurie Ash)
    • Jan 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Snowflake's trails are closed until the end of the East Nordic Invitational Ski Meet, probably by 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. At the completion of the final race, the trails will reopen, and remain open til 8 p.m. Today the race courses were compacted repeatedly, and groomed. However the only sections of the 10K that are groomed are the 5K segments that were groomed for the classic race. Classic skiers are invited to ski this "fall-line" course after the race, or on Thursday, a once-a-year opportunity to ski trails laid just for classic skiers. Safe skiers are asked to ski the 5K, or Perimeter Loop so that your strider friends can enjoy this opportunity. We will rip out and reset the 10K on Thursday p.m. 6" of beautiful snow added to our trails today.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 22 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed the three kilometers of trails tonight and several passes on the field, they should be in very good condition come tomorrow morning after they have a chance to set.
      (Sam Nesheim)
    • Jan 22 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Four inches plus of new snow. I got to the trail while it was being groomed. It was fully groomed by the time that I left. Great conditions. The newly set tracks creating stable skiing. Get out before it gets cold again.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 22 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The drought is over! 4+ fluffy inches of snow have given the trails a much needed face lift! Things haven't looked better this season, if you haven't been out yet now is the time to do it. Things will be a little soft, but there's plenty of support underneath so skiing should be a dream.
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 21 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All tracks are groomed for classic. We skied 1 to 11. Fast and cold. Deep, clean tracks with only a little pine needle debris. Hills are fast and tracks are a little blown out from other skiers. This new snow should be perfect!
      (Ann Thompson)
    • Jan 21 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Last evening's snow put a layer of unbleached flour onto the trails. It is beautiful and covered the debris (though there really hasn't been much) and slowed things down a little (kind of nice to not feel like you're going to fly off the trail going down the J-loop!). I appreciate everyone's reviews before this - it sure gives me a good idea of where to spend my ski time (there's never enough!) and I want to thank the groomers for keeping up as best they can. I hope tonight brings a ton of snow and a fresh set of tracks!
      (Nikki Norland)
    • Jan 21 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hadn't been on the Biskey trails for a couple years. Tracks were firm and fairly fast. It seemed like my blue kick wasn't working real well on the uphills but it might have been me not the wax. Met the two guys who groom these pretty trails. They have a donation box to help them with the costs as they get no support other than that. A fun ski on the portion I had time to do (White Pine, Birch Ridge and return to the trailhead).
      Photos:  
      (Loren Janson)
    • Jan 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      At this moment all of our skate decks are hard and fast, the 5K Classic track is worn, but hard and fast, the 10K Classic track is still very nice, but set too far into the skate lane. We are waiting for the snow event to begin, and agreed today to host the East Nordic Invitational HS race on Wednesday, instead of Friday (due to forecast frigid temps Friday).
      Here is our plan, and it will effect members and visiting skiers: When team practices end and snowfall begins tonight, we will be out tearing out the old 5K and 10K classic tracks, and tilling the skate decks. We will be tilling and rolling as the snow accumulates, and want to have all skate decks and a new 5K classic track set by early Tuesday afternoon. All trails will be closed at 6 p. m. on Tuesday so that we may re-groom and mark the race courses. The 10K will be set with a "Fall-Line" classic track on Tuesday night and closed to skate skiing until after Wednesday's races. Snowflake will be closed to skiing on Wednesday until the last race is finished, probably around 4:30 p.m. Thereafter, trails will be open to members only until Thursday morning. The Fall-Line track on the 10K will be available to skiers until we reset a classic track on Thursday. In order to showcase our trails and provide the best surface for racers, we will be closed yo dogs from Tuesday noon until the last race on Wednesday afternoon. This will be a busy 48 hours and the cooperation of all members is appreciated.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 21 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Stadium and classic tracks on the lower 1k have been reset and groomed after a successful CXC kidski program yesterday. The rest of the system is still in good shape, but we're holding off for possible snow overnight into Tuesday to refresh the rest of the system. The "styrofoam snow" we've been experiencing needs some moisture replenishment and a little warmth to bring everything back to beautiful conditions! It's a beautiful morning to get out and ski!
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 20 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Looks like recently groomed. Classic skied. Tracks shallow in some sections, but still very good and trackable. Skate lane looked excellent (smooth, flat, and firm). Very nice xc skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great conditions out at Magney right now. Nice corduroy skate deck and deep firm classic tracks. The connector to Spirit is icy but the rest of the system is great. Only marking B skis as there are a few blind approaches to downhills with some dirty patches. If you are willing to make the drive it is well worth your time!
      (Tim Stark)
    • Jan 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We re-groomed all skate decks this morning. The base is rock hard, but the Ginzu knives are shaving them smooth and level, and we finished with about 3/4" of snow and corduroy on top. The new 10K track looks very good. The old 5K track is good-fair, very good out on Special K. Resetting the 5K track will be priority #1 after tomorrow's snow event. Good skiing to be had, but dress warm. And, remember to sign-in before you ski!!
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 20 - Chester Bowl (Duluth): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Rock solid and pretty much un-skiable with an icy shimmer. It was rock hard last Tuesday, mostly unusable on Thursday, and unbearable now. It has not been touched by grooming equipment in over a week. After the above freezing days and lots of traffic, it desperately needs grooming.
      (Bruce Bauer)
    • Jan 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The classic track was in great shape on the long loop, with just a couple spots washed out. It was much cleaner of debris than anywhere else I've skied in the past week. The snow is really fast but also extremely abrasive.
      (Bruce Bauer)
    • Jan 20 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Be careful what you wish for! Ski conditions were changing very fast due to heavy snow squall off Lake Superior. While climbing to the top of the Lester Amity system in the cold 2F air temperature I was complaining to myself about the debris in the tracks, and the icy conditions. My kick and glide was surprisingly good given the cold. By the time I reached the top I could barely see as my glasses had fogged / iced up ... my eyes were watering from the breeze. No problem ... suddenly the blue sky retreated and a major snow squall started dumping one inch of snow on the traills. Could not see a thing while skiing now due to the snow. It normally takes me about 10 to 12 minutes to descend the system, but my wax job which was good for extreme cold was horrible for fresh snow. My descent took 20 minutes with almost no glide. This weather is crazy. Ran into two neighbors who also walked over for a ski. Everyone decided a morning ski at -20F was not a good idea and waited for the afternoon. It is still snowing an hour after I finished my ski (I live 400 yards from the trails) ... this lake effect snow is very local but is hitting Lester with a vengence.
      (Rich Hoeg)
    • Jan 19 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      -10F when we got there. Trails were a bit icy below but had a nice coating of new snow on top. Good track-set and grooming everywhere. Snow was about 1.5 feet deep. The skiing was great. We really like Mother Bear because of the narrow, single track-set trails. We skied for 2.5 hours and had the whole place to ourselves.
      (Ken Fastner)
    • Jan 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied George's 10K. Excellent track and much fun. Downhills very manageable due to recent re-grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 19 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I arrived at 2:45 and the groomer had just finished (a fat bike race was held on the trail Saturday morning). Tracks were fast and I had a great ski, although there seemed to be a lot more branches in my face than the last time I skied there. I guess the trail is narrowing. In a few places the groomer had lifted the tracksetter for a short distance. I noticed that the skate lane was undulating in a few sections. Saw one skater. Sorry no photos, phone died right away in the just-above-zero temps.
      (Anne Flueckiger)
    • Jan 19 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      It was my first time skiing Korkki. The trails had plenty of snow, but the pine needles in the track were annoying since they were grabbing the grip wax. Tracks were fine as far depth and snow but were washed out on some climbs. It was really cool seeing some Duluth skiing history in the warming house.
      (Jay Wenner)
    • Jan 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Full disclosure: I am the manager and a groomer at Snowflake. This afternoon I classic skied the entire 10K, most of the 5K, and all of Special K. The classic track on the 10K, set on Thursday afternoon, is fantastic. Firm, deep, and hardly skied in. Due to a mechanical issue with our track-setter, the track is set about a foot further out from the side, so the pole plant is solid and the inside turns are wider than usual. Only a couple of wiggles where the ginzu bumped a tree. The downside is that some skaters have skied into the left track, mostly in narrow trail sections, but the track is solid enough to hold-up to these "violations" -- I never felt compelled to step out of the track, anywhere. The 5K track is showing some wear, and debris, but was very skiable. The Special K track is almost as good as the 10K, and was a pleasure to ski. My observations of the skate decks were that the 10K is smoother than the 5K, both are fast, and skaters reported no problems getting an edge. Lots of skiers out in the sub-zero weather today. KidSki for tomorrow is cancelled due to forecast windchills of -6 degrees in the afternoon. We want KidSki to be fun, not an ordeal. However we will be refreshing the skate decks in the morning and will be open from 8-8 tomorrow.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 19 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lester kind of sucks right now. Trails are just hard and nasty. Snowflake is massively better. I hope the groomer gets back to Lester really soon.
      (Erik Riker-Coleman)
    • Jan 19 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Crisp ski in the sunshine at 1 degree F. Firm medium deep to occasionally thin tracks. Beautiful conditions. Skied from East lot on Nine Pine, Blue Ox and Bear Paw. Glad the downhill glides aren't too long so my face could thaw out on the other sections.
      Photos:  
      (Loren Janson)
    • Jan 18 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      I am pleased to report that our lights have been repaired and are back on for night time skiing. Trails are in great shape but very firm and fast because of the bout of sub zero temps.
      (Leon Pitzen)
    • Jan 18 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rather cold, but lots of snow and a deep, firm base on all trails. The 10K classic track was ripped-up and reset yesterday and set-up beautifully overnight. This afternoon we re-groomed the 5K, Special K, and 10K skate decks. They are very firm, very smooth, and fast, considering the temperature. The 5K classic track, set 10 days ago, is in good shape, with predictable washouts on some of the harder turns, and some leaf or bark debris in the tracks. A bit icy, and fast. I skied it with my skin-skis and had decent kick. We do not want to rip it out and reset it during the sub-zero temps, so we will keep it as is and hope that new snow will gives us the opportunity to reset it. Considering the extreme temps we will only be open 8-8 tonight and Saturday. KidSki is scheduled for Sunday from 1:45-3:30, however we will be watching the windchill and if it reaches zero or below, we will cancel KidSki. The trails are beautiful! Put on an extra layer, use that Polar wax, and come ski!
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 18 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A friend and I skied this afternoon. The trail was just groomed. Wow! It was delightful! Hats off to the groomer who appears to me is a real professional. I've been a baker for many years and if I knew who he or she was I would be happy to make a big apple pie. Praying for a little snow! Life is good for this 70 year old.
      (Paul Steklenski)
    • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      You never know what you are going to get a Lester but it's nice to get out on the trails. I started about 6:00pm at the parking lot before the chalet. There was grooming on the left half of the skating deck and the track was reset on that side. Keeping to the left but not skiing over the track was good and fast. I followed that up to the 2nd cutback and the grooming didn't go any higher on the trail system. I'm guessing the groomer broke down or something. The upper trails were very icy and tough to catch an edge. Working my way back down I took all the side loops which were treacherous due to the hard packed/icy deck. I wouldn't recommend the hilly side loops for novice skiers in those conditions. When I got back down to the lower trails I was able to again ski to the left side of the trails. There were plenty of skiers on the trail and it was a fun but hair raising experience.
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 17 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are firm and classic track is hard set. Good conditions on whole trail system with debris in classic track and on skate lane from recent storms and high winds. All trails will be groomed Friday afternoon. Trails are closed from 9AM to 12PM this Saturday, January 19th for the Frosted Fatty Fat Bike XC race. Trails will be groomed Saturday after Frosted Fatty race is completed.
      Photos:  
      (Siiri Morse)
    • Jan 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The right half of the 10K has been recently groomed. This includes new classic tracks. The ungroomed left side is still in good condition. The 5K is not icy but is very hard with no recent grooming. The 10K is definitely the trail to ski. There are plenty of cutoffs if you are looking for a shorter loop.
      (John Jereczek)
    • Jan 17 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      More fast, hard snow today. Skate deck is perfect on the lower 1k loop, and there is a patch of dirt to look out for on the upper loop just above the valve house. Otherwise great snow! Classic tracks are good through the lower loop, a little shallow on the upper loops due to the thin coverage in spots.
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 16 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Attempted to classic ski, but wouldn't recommend it. Tons of leaves in the tracks and the skate deck was abrasive to strip off any kick wax you have. The combination of the leaves causing me to velcro to the track on downhills and stripping of the wax and losing all kick if I stepped out of the track made for an unpleasant ski. May have been more enjoyable with waxless skis or skin skis for classic skiing.
      (Tera Hasbargen)
    • Jan 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied some of the lit loops tonight. Classic tracks were fantastic. As expected, the skate lane and tracks were rock solid, but no ice. Enough to work with on the downhills to stay under control (but at a pretty good clip). A couple of twigs and such in the tracks, but nothing to worry about. Also checked out the Lester Amity Chalet tonight for the first time during ski season (last time there was when they were just starting to rehab the place). The place is awesome! If you haven't been there, make the trek. Grab some cocoa and drop a donation in the bucket. Freeze yourself on the trails this weekend and then warm up in front of their fire.
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 16 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Cold temps mean cold, fast snow (if you waxed right)! Reached -5F this morning and when snow gets that cold it tends to behave like set concrete. Thankfully, we were able to get everything filled up and reset without much issue, and the tracks and skate deck are perfectly solid for a great ski.
      Photos:  
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 15 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed Tuesday night. Tough crusty snow two passes to bust up the surface. One pass to set tracks. Trails in good condition, most parts great tracks some parts a little wonky. Trails will be ready to ski Wednesday morning.
      (Amos Kolodji)
    • Jan 15 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied most every trail at Gooseberry today between 11 and 4PM and had a great time (with good recommendations from the visitor center). Grooming was excellent for classic but (despite fresh corduroy) the skate deck was uneven in lots of places and had mysterious gouges. Saw the groomers out today. Despite the mist from the lake, conditions were not at all icy and downhills were easy. We encountered much wider (read: more forgiving) trails and less leaf litter than our ski at Jay Cooke yesterday and there was just more snow cover this far north. Trails (mostly intermediate) are very well marked with frequent winter map signs and offer forest skiing experiences as well as beautiful vistas of Lake Superior. and the frozen falls. Trails do intersect with snowmobile trails, but are clearly marked and we saw only one. Visitor Center walking trails to the main falls are glaze ice and access was discouraged.
      Photos:  
      (Bonnie Carlson-Green)
    • Jan 15 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Plenty of snow at Piedmont tonight. Freshly groomed, solid tracks and pole plants. Was it perfect? Yes. Yes it was.
      Photos:  
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 15 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Piedmont Trails were groomed by City of Duluth today! Get out there and enjoy it while you can!
      (Lisa Luokkala)
    • Jan 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lester is still in surprisingly good shape given the lack of recent snow. Yesterday's freezing rain hasn't wrecked things. Classic tracks are firm and fast, but not icy. Some debris here and there, easily stepped around.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 14 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Upon recommendation of the ranger to avoid the trails to the south, we classic skied the trails north of the visitor center including White Pine (fair condition, lots of debris/leaf litter), Greeley (very fun ups and downs), Triangle Trails (fast and fun with some hairy downhills due to icy conditions) and Oak Leaf (beautiful trail with great vistas). Connections between White Pine, Greeley and Triangle involved some shared trails with snowmobiles (none spotted) and the classic tracks were absent there. The sky turned blue and the sun came out and made a beautiful ski through the woods even better. More snow would make these trails perfect, but they were lots of fun.
      Photos:  
      (Bonnie Carlson-Green)
    • Jan 14 - Chester Bowl (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trail has been walked on but the skate deck is quite hard and has prevented most of the foot traffic from punching large holes. Even though the skate deck is hard I had no issues getting an edge and the trail is all very skiable. There are better options out there but I am happy with the grooming and am thankful that the city continues to maintain the trail. With the transformed conditions it is a blast to ski (read fast) and I'll be there again soon.
      (Jakob Wartman)
    • Jan 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All skate decks were re-groomed this morning, after the light precip event ended. The decks are smooth, gently crowned, and topped by a light lake-effect snow that developed after we came in. We also opened the Biathlon Loop, and put down a skate deck through the range and penalty circle; that deck is quite soft. We are considering resetting the 10K classic track tomorrow, before temps plummet, and will keep you updated on that.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 14 - Grand Avenue Nordic Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Warm temps this morning with some freezing rain is never a desired sight, but the trails have held up to the weather thus far. The skate deck can be a little icy in some spots but overall has a medium firmness to it, plenty of support but a little give as well. Classic tracks are solid, a good klister would most likely be your friend today! Snow overall is in great shape on the main 1k loop, and our outer loops are in good condition with some dirty patches and ice coming through. A fresh snow would definitely bring the upper trails some rejuvenation!
      (Erik Blow)
    • Jan 13 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed on Friday. Classic tracks were slightly glazed and washed out in some spots due to many people using the trail. Outside pole consistently broke through to the ground with each pole plant. All that said, still fun skiing in Two Harbors on natural snow. Skate deck was much firmer and was super fun for skating.
      (Joseph Altendahl)
    • Jan 13 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic skiing. Beautiful day. The groomer was out making great tracks! Conditions were good. We need more snow!
      Photos:  
      (Peggy Stone)
    • Jan 13 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I classic skied all of the trails at midday. The classic track on the 10K was well-defined and fast, and I had good kick with my skin-skis. I was real happy with how the track was set around the descending curves, which made me very comfortable staying in the track at speed. The 5K and Special K tracks are deeper and more skied-in, very nice to ski. The groomers reset the first 1/2 K of track this morning, as it had taken a beating. All skate decks were regroomed this morning, and skate skiers reported them very, very smooth and fast. Snowflake KidSki was underway as I came in and it is great to see so many happy little skiers and coaches. Thank you East HS Nordic for the great student coaches!
      Photos:  
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 13 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent morning at Gooseberry. The groomers have done a great job recovering from the ice event last week. Today they were resetting the classic track. I was reminded of the need for patience as I skied beyond the busy visitor center and falls area with the many visitors enjoying the frozen falls. The reward was near solitude on the northern edge of the park and great views of Superior as I raced back downhill.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 13 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      A few leaves here and there, but great overall. I could feel the snow warming as I finished my ski.
      Photos:  
      (Samara Hamze)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great ski at Sugarbush. All of the main trails were groomed and tracked last night. Picnic Loop and Moose Fence were supposed to be groomed today. Nice classic tracks, the skate deck looked soft.
      Photos:  
      (Angie Miller)
    • Jan 22 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Six inches of fluffy new snow in the middle of the Pine Forest off Ski Hill Rd going to Cascade. The trail was magical. Groomed for classical skiing by some kind person ahead of me. The Norpine Trail offers a great gift with this relatively easy and magnificent trail.
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 22 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After Norpine, I thought I would check out Sugarbush at the Brittain Peak Trailhead. It must have just been packed but no classical track set and it was very soft so I only did a short loop. But like Norpine, with the new snow very beautiful! A quick check of the snow depth just off-trail and it was more than half of my ski pole.
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 22 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Parked at the HH Rd. Trailhead and found the trails not groomed (after the overnight snowfall) but a few intrepid skiers set some decent track on the lower trail to the Cascade connector (the rest of the Massie and Hall loops were not skied in) so I stayed on that trail out and back. Some branches overhanging and one fallen tree that I removed, but all in all very fun and very beautiful after the new several inch snowfall. I'll have to come back and try the loops sometime when they are groomed.
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just finished up a 3-day ski trip based out of Bearskin Lodge. Trail conditions were phenomenal and temps were sub-zero for 2 of the 3 days. Classic skiing was the technique of choice and Swix polar white was the wax du jour. Amazing trails of great beauty!
      Photos:  
      (Colleen Corcoran)
    • Jan 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Finished up three days of skiing on these fantastic trails today, during which we skied 33 miles total. The base is at least 24", and the grooming is excellent. Very cold most of the time (-10F to -17F the whole time we skied Saturday and Sunday, then warmed up to 0F to 6F today), so Swix Polar White was the wax of choice on our Norwegian wood skis. Tried a bit of skating Saturday, but almost no glide due to the cold temp (-10F) and wrong wax. Saw lots of tracks of wolf, moose, fox, otter, rabbits, and possibly lynx or bobcat. Many trees are draped in a beautiful layer of snow, especially the balsams. The wind today didn't seem to dislodge too much of it.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 21 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied from Cascade Lodge up the Pioneer Loop, over to Deeryard, around Deeryard and up the Fire Tower and around Short Loop, and back down the rest of Pioneer Loop. A light dusting of snow overnight made skiing over the tree debris much less of a stop and go effort. Tracks were fine in most places and the skiing excellent. There have been snowmobiles wiping out tracks on the Deeryard connector and the fire tower hill but one set remains on the left. Just watch for descending skiers. I do not recommend skiing the Short Loop: it is rocking and rolling rough, no set tracks, deep footprints and skier divots. But everything else was great skiing, especially with the warmer temps today.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Arrived at 2pm to a mostly full parking lot at the Oberg Trailhead. It was pretty cold (5 degrees) but sunny and no wind so a very enjoyable ski on nicely groomed trails. There were some pesky pine needles and leaves in the tracks but didn't seem to slow the skiing down too much. The downhills were very fast both in and out of the tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 20 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are narrow single track snowmobile groomed. Grooming was poor on the west side of Bally Creek Road. They had not been done in awhile and the tracks were broken down and the deck soft. In some cases the Sundling loop, I think the tracks were skier set on after a snowmobile had been through wiping out the grooming. It was hard to move fast enough to stay warm. Not all the trails were groomed. On the east side and on Bally Creek Road and on the road itself the grooming was much better and seemed to be more recent. The deck was still quite soft and given the narrow trails plunging poles were an issue and hills were hard because they were too narrow to herringbone and poles plants did not hold. But the scenery is beautiful and if you like skiing that brings you back to yesteryear, this is a great place.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful classic ski today. Trails nicely groomed. Rex Green Power Grip worked well but leaves in tracks were a bit tricky on the downhills. Will probably go with my skins tomorrow. Second weekend in a row that I have come up from the Cities to enjoy the natural snow and backwoods experience. Thanks to the groomers.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 19 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Same as yesterday, I stuck to the lower elevation trails to get a little warmer air. Skied from Lutsen Ski Road to Cascade and back. Plenty of snow, great tracks, firm deck, no issues with pole plunges. Tree debris was a problem on the downhills, but sun is shining and I am exhausted after a great day on the trails.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 19 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Trails in great shape this afternoon. The trails look to have been recently groomed. Cool temps (0) gave us light traffic on the trail. We did about 2.5 miles.
      (Matthew Schwarz)
    • Jan 19 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails in great shape. Very firm skate deck from the cold. Pincushion loop had a good stretch with a lot of boot tracks, but otherwise awesome conditions.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 19 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Beautiful ski from Lutsen to the Massie loop, wonderful grooming and tons of snow! Perfect conditions the whole way.
      (Tyler Gilbert)
    • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great grooming everywhere, with occasional pine needles and leaves in the tracks. Snow deep. Groomer was out grooming today. Skate skiing looked perfect. Sun streaming through the trees. Creation at its best. Frosty temps, but it was totally warm while skiing. Thanks to the groomers.
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 19 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied from cascade lodge up to the fire tower. Lots of snow, trails groomed with tracks in good condition. A fair amount of debris has fallen with the wind picking up, especially in the lower elevations around the pioneer loop sections that have more conifers, so that might be a consideration on your best set of skis. Fantastic skiing through. Nice to be able to roll out of bed and walk to the trailhead.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Not too cold to ski! Today I chose trails at lower elevations to get a little lake effect heat. Temps were -1 to -3 F. on the trail vs at higher elevations were -7 to -10 F. I skied the Massey and Hall loops and the Cascade connector starting from the Hall Road trailhead. The trails were in excellent shape, the best I have seen them in several years. Snow cover was excellent, deck was firm, and tracks were well formed. Last night's wind blew down a lot of debris but it was not an issue and both kick and glide were great using Optiwax glide tape and Swix polar kick wax. Looking forward to the rest of the weekend!
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the Connector Trail from Ski Hill Rd. Excellent grooming. Just a few pine needles and small pine cones in the track. Ski skating section looks great also. Frigid temps with bright sunlight streaming through the snowy woods. Snow covered trees. Easy to stay warm when XC skiing! Thanks to the groomers.
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 18 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Upper Gunflint Trail System has spectacular conditions right now. I skied the Overlook and West End Trails today and found them to be in great condition. Most of the trails were groomed after the last snowfall a couple of days ago, and all trails have been published recently. So far this season, Gunflint Lake has received 47.5 inches of snow, making for an 8 - 12 inch base, and a 20 - 22 inches of powder beside the trails.
      Photos:  
      (John Silliman)
    • Jan 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Amazing skiing. Skied almost all of the trails. Everything is groomed for both classic and skate although there is occasional light debris.
      (Laura Cattaneo)
    • Jan 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Gorgeous trails and no wonder the locals like all the options here. Groomed well! Some pine falls on the trail so it had short segments of a little scratch on my classic skis. A little slick I heard from other skate skiers but overall a very good trail. 50 inch snowfall so backcountry is a big yes.
      Photos:  
      (Grace Stewart)
    • Jan 15 - George Washington Pines (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      With the govt shutdown, it's not groomed but your classic skis and backcountry skis will work very well.
      Photos:  
      (Grace Stewart)
    • Jan 15 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Base 20+ inches. 1-2 inches of new snow on Monday. All trails groomed for skate and classic skiing on Monday and Tuesday.
      (Chas Curry)
    • Jan 14 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Perfection for classic and backcountry! 50 inches and well groomed and off trail was just beautiful. Ran the trails twice since they were such a dream for classic skis.
      Photos:  
      (Grace Stewart)
    • Jan 13 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed the Tall Pines, Lace Lake, Tim Knopp and first mile of the main Banadad Trail yesterday. All other trails ok from previous grooming and we will continue grooming the remaining portions soon.
      (Andy Jenks)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Followed Lucy's tracks in deep snow on short loop. Nice ski! Hoped to meet groomer but no sign at either end. Both parking lots are plowed, so hopefully soon!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 23 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trout Lake 6" new track set yesterday and Doan Lake today. Trails in good condition. The snow was sparkling.
      (Greg Moritko)
    • Jan 23 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      8" new dry light snow. Packed trails yesterday and set track and skate lane today. Trails in good shape.
      (Greg Moritko)
    • Jan 23 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      From trail head on Co. 65 I classic skied the large loop 12 K (?) to the south of trailhead. The trail was just being packed with a snowmobile. I was told that the trail to North (from the trail head on Co. 65) to the shelter on both side of the river was packed last week by snowmobile. Great scenic trails from yesterday's new snow.
      Photos:  
      (Arden LaBonte)
    • Jan 23 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied short loop. Not groomed, but beautiful powder skiing. Faint trace of previous classic track.
      (Lucy Traxinger)
    • Jan 22 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomer was just setting track after the new snowfall - was a bit soft but should firm up nice. Perfectly groomed, as always.
      (Rebecca Levitz)
    • Jan 22 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed North Suomi hills trails, everything north of the Orange Lake road. 4" fresh snow. Widened a number of the trails, so hopefully a little easier to herringbone up hills. The Adele/ Spruce Island Lake loop is still a very narrow trail and I wasn't too happy with the results. That will be the next one to try widen a bit. But by far that is the most scenic! Happy Skiing!
      (Dale Juntunen)
    • Jan 22 - Alder Pond (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      County groomer reported trails packed and tracked on this nice, close to town, not too hilly trail system.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 22 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed south Suomi along with amen lake trails. Four inches of new snow with a hard track underneath. Tried to follow the old track, but didn't get a chance to ski it, so don't know how it worked. Looked good.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 22 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolled the trail this morning. Let it set up a bit then pulled the groomer around this afternoon. All of the trail is groomed and tracked.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 22 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed Amen lake trails and south Soumi. About 4 inches of new snow. Tried to follow the old tracks that were very hard.
      Should set up nicely, we will see.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 22 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Big Hole loop user tracked and excellent after the two inch snowfall. Will not require grooming until next dump or unlikely heavy use. Great to see the snowshoers staying of to sides of set ski tracks, plenty room for both if separate. Skiing now perfect, get going!
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Jan 22 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed trails with classic tracks set and covered with 3" new light snow. I skied both the Red Top 8K and Big Hole 5K, awesome ski. Lots of deer and squirrel tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Arden LaBonte)
    • Jan 22 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      6 inches of new snow overnight and the groomer out today has improved the trails a lot. With the new snow and the fresh grooming (met him in the parking lot and all trails were done by 3 this afternoon) the classic tracks were a little soft. However with cold temps tonight, they should firm up and be ideal by tomorrow. The Southern Lights loop, even though it was only groomed a few hours ago, had a lot of deer tracks and in some sections nearly covering the trail. If you've never skied the Carey Lake system, now is the time to give it a try. It's in prime condition with good grooming and a 3 dollar donation at the trailheads is your daily ski pass. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 21 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      With no new snow in a while, and no new grooming the trails are holding up pretty good. Tracks still have decent depth, and there are not too many places washed out. The problem is way too much debris in the tracks...major wax grabbers! Hopefully we get more snow soon! Skied part of Highland and Southern Lights and as I finished up the first few flakes were coming down. Great to be back out of the skis after a few cold days. (Today cloudy and 7 degrees).
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 20 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Beginner loop packed and groomed by Mika with Itasca Co Land Dept. Fine job, wish there was more (soon?). After logging, utilizing second loop of xc ski trails, perhaps groom 10k entirely. Timing. I shovelled out biffy door in parking lot, missing TP though. Go now!
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Jan 19 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The temps were subzero but the ski was very enjoyable. The track is fast but controllable. Some leaves do hang up the skis at times but the trail is holding up well with the groomers leaving an inch or so of soft snow outside the track.
      (Pete Friedlieb)
    • Jan 18 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail is really fast and icy despite the best efforts of our groomers. Lots of snowplowing on downhills and corners needed. The trail is beautiful and I did enjoy myself and especially the new warming house but if you're not comfortable with these conditions it's best to wait for fresh snow.
      (Peter Friedlieb)
    • Jan 16 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks set firm. Good skiing with temps barely above zero. Sun was shining and there was no wind. Favorite point along the trail is the bridge over Trout Creek.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 16 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Reset classic track and did leveling on skate for whole system. Classic track varies between full and partial depth due to the cold temps. We are making headway on the soft spots and skate lanes with each grooming. Should be good for those who brave the cold temps through the weekend.
      (Tony Carter)
    • Jan 15 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Both Portage Park and MN Power trails groomed and track set per Dave with City of Cohasset.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 15 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Freshly groomed for MYSL on Sunday including the steep downhills plus skiff of snow on Monday made for glorious skiing at 20 degree temps.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 14 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake): 
      Secondhand 

      Volunteers have groomed the Big Hole and Red Top Trails off Ski Trail Road for X-Country skiing in Side Lake. The Lakeshore trail from the main park entrance is groomed as well, for those who enjoy scenery without the scary hills. A ski pass is required if skiing.
      (Arden LaBonte)
    • Jan 14 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails still in great shape, just posting some rare sunny photos. Also got a report on the lit Black Forest loop. Lights are on nightly from dusk until at least 9. However, there are a few sections of lights that are not working. One being the largest downhill, so a headlamp is still recommend.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 14 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trail has been packed two wide with a snowmobile probably last week. It has not been groomed or tracked but packing the trail greatly improved the skiing! I skied west to intersection 22 then north to the shelter. The trail was also packed west of that. It appears the whole system has been packed double wide including the far north "swamp loop".
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 13 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Yay for the Piston Bully! Nordic Nirvana was theme at Giant's Ridge today. Deep tracks and firm pole plants on most major trails. VR 75 provided super kick and fast skis on the Gold, Summitt, Bronze, Biwabik Spur, Wynne Creek, Laurentian and Northern Lights. Extra credit to the groomer guys - and kudo's to the Mesabi East Area Nordic Team - for lending a hand at today's Giant's Ridge Youth Ski League!
      Photos:  
      (Cheri Johnson)
    • Jan 13 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are all freshly groomed after last weeks rain. In very good shape with just a little glazing in spots. Skied the Southern Lights and Highland trails. Only problem is some debris down in the tracks, otherwise great shape all around.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions will continue. Tuesday morning's 4 inches of fluffy white snow were groomed this morning. Still a 10+ inch base and over 2 feet in the woods. 10k of fat tire ready too. Please visit us and skip the Loppet this year, we need your business weekend of Feb 2-3.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Jan 18 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions for classic. Lots of fresh wolf tracks. Over 18" Base. Beautiful snow-covered trees. Gurgling streams.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 15 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. Skied the trails yesterday afternoon with some blue wax: 2 to 1 to 18 to 19 to 20 to 16 to 17 to 3 to 2 and back home to NFL. Awesome with the exception of a broken ski pole basket. Get your polar wax out for the next few days. We have too much availability on weekend of February 1st! Please come visit! Also, if you've been skiing the trails, please take time to leave a report.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
    • Jan 14 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Went with a buddy who had not skied in years. Dusted of his 3 pin Karhu Lahtis. The trails were groomed as well as they could be. Cannot set a deep track. Gorgeous day sun poked out and it was 27 and calm. About 2 KM into the ski one of his skis delaminated (aka base peeled off)! Time for some new equipment and back home we went. What a shame. If you are in that area, enjoy the intimate surroundings and many intersecting trails. The signage is good. Color coded map with the corresponding color on adjoining trees and arrows pointing on the map where you are.
      Photos:  
      (Ron Kutsi)
    • Jan 14 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Many skiers enjoyed the trails this past weekend and reported good ski conditions. Fat bikers indicated the trails were on the soft side. Still very good conditions. Trails got some traffic over the weekend but track conditions remain good. About 3 feet of snow off the trails and 10-20" base.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Movil was freshly groomed for both classic and skate after the recent snowfall and is in excellent shape. Conditions are a little soft, which is to be expected with the recent snowfall.
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 17 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The entire west side of Buena Vista is in fantastic shape. Groomed perfectly for the Bemidji School race, both skate and classic.
      (Brad Kuzel)
      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      6" new snow past 24 hours. 70km grooming past 24 hours. We groomed 25km of trail last night after 2-3" had fallen, mixing the transformed snow deep in the base with the new snow. Today we rollpacked the additional snow that fell early this morning on most of the trails than tracked over 50km. Tomorrow we will clean up the skate lanes and reset tracks on select trails. The new snow has slowed the skiing down and softened up the deck but welcomed by most skiers at the resort this week. With cool temps in place, fantastic skiing locked in for the week and coming weekend. Daily grooming continuing on trails as needed.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 17 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good to very good ski conditions. We continue to groom daily keeping at least 15km fresh each day as the deck has set up rock hard from temps near zero for highs and subzero for lows. Reports from the trail have been very good and we've enjoyed some beautiful frosty scenes and a rare sighting of the sun! There is some scattered organic forest mattered but nothing to prevent a great day on the trails. Yesterday Ben touched up the fat bike trail, grooming the edges and the drifted areas and conditions are as good as it gets. With the cold temps in place, a great weekend to ski the 50km+ of classic trails. Tomorrow we will renovate all skate trails and reset a few more classic trails.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 15 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have been grooming daily on select trails and skiing has been good to very good. Yesterday we groomed on Bullhead lake trail and the Bootleg extension for the first time this season. In the process of skiing the entire classic trail system today checking out the conditions, found really nice tracks but soft pole plants on Bullhead. Incredible thick frost today making for beautiful scenes on the trails. The frost started falling off the trees early afternoon and slowed down the tracks but making for silky skiing. Late afternoon we touched up the skate deck. We will be back out in the morning resetting select tracks. We are welcoming the cold weather to preserve the deep base of 10-15" and the good classic skiing. The skate deck, especially on Skaters Waltz has been about as good as it gets. The deck remains littered in spots with leaves and a few sticks coming down from the heavy frost but nothing to prevent some great skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The (real) snow is (real) good. Maplelag's trails are in very good condition. I classic skied on Roy's Run, North Loup, and Sukkerbusk. A good weekend on the trails.
      (Glenn Gifford)
      Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Finished grooming this morning. Jon made two passes of the whole outer loop (16km). The multiple passes has compacted the snow, but the snow was so light that the track is still soft in many areas after 4 passes. It may harden up with the overnight cold front. Pole deck is pretty good, hard base underneath providing good solid base for pole plants. The leaves, needles and bark are almost all covered.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 23 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions, 6" new snow with a prior 6" hard base. Trails rolled yesterday and fully groomed today.
      Photos:  
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 23 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was a nice afternoon of skiing at Hiram. Temperature was around 17 with a little snow falling. The new snow was a slow today but still good enough glide to make it fun. The track and deck did not firm up much overnight so it is still to soft and is not holding up well to ski traffic. Maybe the subzero weather setting in tonight for the next number of days will firm it up more. Overall still good skiing today.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 22 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Jon and I groomed Goose Lake. There was at least 12" of new snow in most parts of the trail. The 3 front loops from the parking lot are groomed and tracked. The west part of the trail was compacted with several grooming snowmobile passes and are yet to be tracked. About 50% of the trail is track completed.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 22 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed the new snow and set tracks on all trails. The new snow was just what we needed and should set up nicely overnight, expect very good to excellent conditions.
      (Michael Laputka)
    • Jan 22 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed Hiram today after around 6 inches of new snow last night. All the forest litter is covered up again for now. The track is set pretty much to the full depth of the track setter but is very soft. Hopefully it will firm up overnight with the sub zero temps forecast. Snow was still falling from the trees as I was grooming, looked like a winter wonderland. Get out and enjoy the new snow while conditions are good.
      Photos:  
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 20 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The conditions at Hiram are still holding up pretty well with the sub zero temps keeping the track set hard and still fairly fast. There is more forest litter collecting in the track and creating a little drag on the skis. New snow is needed to cover it up. Still a good weekend of skiing with lots of sunshine and blue sky.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 17 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Had a fun fast ski at Hiram this afternoon. The track setup hard and fast over night after grooming Wednesday. Most areas the track is fairly well formed but it is shallow in some areas where there was not enough loose snow for the track setter to work with. There are many oak leaves mixed into the snow in some places but they were not causing any problem today. Get out and enjoy some skiing while the conditions are good.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 16 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Re-groomed Hiram today since the old track was pretty chewed up on the hills and there were many oak leaves in some places. Since we have not had any new snow for awhile I had to breakup the old hard pack enough to reset the track and try to cover up some of the leaves. In most places the track is set to the full depth of the track setter and fairly well formed. In some places there are many Oak leaves mixed into the snow but it will take more snow to get them all covered up. With the cold temps the track and pole deck should set up firm overnight. There are a few scattered small twigs and of coarse the oak leaves in the track so it's your call if you want to use your good or B skis.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 15 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good trail conditions, fast and very firm skate lane. It's not icy like it was last weekend, but hills are still challenging. Lilly's loop beginner run is fine.
      Photos:  
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 14 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All trails groomed, no bare spots. Tracks in good shape in spite of weather. Some debris but all trails skiable. Nice woodland single track trails. Enjoy.
      (Rick Dubay)
    • Jan 14 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good skiing again! All trails were groomed again today, including the classic tracks. Skate lane is firm but reasonably good. As usual, the trails will likely set up and get pretty speedy in a day or two. Snow depth remains at about a foot, with a packed 6" base. There are a few twigs, leaves, needles around, hence the B ski recommendation. Classic tracks are mostly clean, though.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 14 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I groomed the trails today. Conditions were pretty good before grooming but several areas were accumulating lots of debris in the track and some of the down hills had tracks washing out. The first 3 loops from the parking lot were groomed and are in very good shape. The whole west outer loop was groomed and the trail was re tracked where a snowmobile got on the trail. Very good track now and most of the debris has been covered. Some areas however have lots of leaves and needles mixed in the snow, but ever there it should ski well. 90% of the trail is completely clean and has great tracks. 5% is good and %5 is fair. Pole deck will need to harden up again after tenderizing today.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 13 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      By far the best conditions I have encountered recently. The track is firm and well defined in almost all cases with nice glide and climbing grip, I was able to stride up most hills with waxless skis. About 1K of damage from a snowmobile intrusion on the far west loop but overall a great ski.
      (Michael Laputka)

 

Minnesota Central


      Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      French Rapids trails were groomed Wednesday, no track set yet. I skied Tuesday in the new powder. There was a deer carcass on the ice in the narrow section of Mississippi that was being nibbled on by an eagle and several ravens.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 23 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Three inches of fluffy snow Monday packed down to about one inch over a hard old snow base. Classic track set today was mostly very good, but a few short sections of leaves/dirt. Same for the skating - mostly very good but a few short dirty spots. Could use good skis if you watch out for the dirt. Even if we don't get any more snow we should have good trail conditions for the Lumberjack Jaunt on February 3rd.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 22 - No Achen Trail (Aitkin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed all of No Achen today. Snow was a very dry and fluffy 4 inches. Snow did not really add to base but I was able to mix it into the base to make a better skate lane base. Groomer did not like blending the two passes on the downhills, especially on the Black bear loop. The creek on the west side of the Lily lake loop is now frozen but there is not enough snow to groom over it, some rocks are still showing. I adjusted the track setter to the outside third of the skate lane to give everyone some more room. I'm off to ABR this week to get some ideas of new equipment and better grooming options.
      (Brad Krause)
    • Jan 22 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of light and fluffy snow last night. Groomed all trails and set tracks. Snow was very light and the near 0 low tonight should help firm up the tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Jan 22 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of light and fluffy snow last night. Groomed all trails and set tracks. Snow was very light and the near 0 low tonight should help firm up the skating lanes.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Jan 21 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all trails this afternoon with while snowing. The fresh snow had covered all the debris (oak leaves, pine needles), so no problem with the kick wax. I used the Start blue Terva and it work well in the fresh snow. Most of the classic tracks had not been skied in since it began snowing here around noon. Glide was "left over" Start green with some graphite mixed in. Given the hard, cold and icy base, the glide worked as well as could be expected in new snow conditions. At 4:30 PM the snow had stopped. Have a great time on the trails and remember to support your local ski club and the organizations (arboretum) that provide space for trails.
      (Mark Stadem)
    • Jan 18 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate deck had been groomed Thursday. Moderately hard trail of old/slightly transformed snow, but not as much ice mixed in as at the nearby Arboretum trails. Good kick with blue hardwax, but durability issues... A few thin coverage areas on steeper hills with some dirt and a few rocks plus a scattering of leaves and sticks over entire network. Solid classic track, but mostly unusable to due leaves and terrain (lots of herringbone climbs out there).
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 18 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Tons of debris in tracks due to high winds. Icy tracks. Skate course is good -- only slight debris. Seriously cold, dress appropriately.
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Jan 16 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed all skating lanes today. Lowered the rakers to break up the firm and somewhat icy conditions. Made two passes on the skating lanes. Course powder for skating. Tracks are in good shape still and I did not reset the tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Jan 15 - Vispo County Park (Glen): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trail was chiseled and re-groomed. Snow base is good in the more open areas however the heavy wooded areas now have leaves appearing. Classic track was set to the middle of the trail to keep people out of the brush. Lots of needles, leaves and small stick are present on top of snow.
      Photos:  
      (Brad Krause)
    • Jan 14 - No Achen Trail (Aitkin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed the outer loop of trails on Monday. I used the teeth to try and break up the ice. Snow did not pack very well and is very dry. The drag has a mind of its own when the teeth are down so I did my best to keep it going straight down the trail. On the West end of the Lily Lake Loop the creak at the bottom of the hill has opened up and has flowing water/rocks showing so use caution. I was able to open up the far west loop (Blue Lake Loop) that has been closed for a few years. I was not able to brush the whole blue lake loop. A small segment has raspberries sticking through roughly a 1/3 of a mile (classic skiing).
      Photos:  
      (Brad Krause)
    • Jan 14 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lanes are the best since out freezing rains last week. Good condition. Debris from trees. We have granular snow due to ice. It is what it is. The tracks are solid with tree debris due to very strong winds.
      (Vicki Foss)
    • Jan 13 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      French Rapids trails were groomed Sunday afternoon have reportedly have good conditions. Expect some rocks on some of the steeper uphills.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 13 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are a mix of old snow, slightly transformed snow, and ice from freezing rain last week. Shoveling by Brainerd HS coaches worked well to cover the bare spots on Big Ben. Snow is dirty with quite a bit of leaves and pine needles with some sections of the classic track filled with oak leaves, but some sections are good. Snow depth in the woods around 8 inches with about 3 inches on the trails.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 13 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The groomers have worked hard on French Rapids over the weekend and it is in very good condition of all area trails!
      (Bryan Pike)
      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Very fun skiing today. I don't think it's been groomed since last snow, but someone else has been packing the tracks. No notable debris; there was lots of powder, and was lightly glazed in some areas.
      Photos:  
      (Amanda Warzecha)
    • Jan 22 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All the trails are set with two classic tracks. The conditions are fair to poor depending on snow depth and some icy spots.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 22 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The groomers set the two classic tracks on the trails and the skate ski loop near the restroom. All are in fair condition.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 22 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The outer loop was groomed for skate ski and is in fair condition. The inside loop and the outer loop classic tracks were set last week. They're in fair to poor condition due to leaves and icy spots.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 17 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      The ski routes were swept and patched yesterday. Grooming will continue over the next few days. We expect pretty good trail conditions for the race on Sunday, keeping the cold temperatures in mind. We recommend rock skis simply because of the hard, somewhat icy trails. Very little bare ground and some leaves (debris) will be on trails. The course is quite hilly and should be very fast with the cold temps and intensive grooming. Skate race modified to 17k for long race and 6k for short. Classic races stay 16k and 7k for long and short races. Free chili and awesome medals for all racers!
      Photos:  
      (Kyle Rauch)
    • Jan 14 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The thawing and then freezing of the snow has made the trails very icy and some areas are quite treacherous. We would not recommend skiing at this time.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 14 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The thawing and then freezing of the snow has made the trails very icy and some areas are quite treacherous. We would not recommend skiing at this time.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 14 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The thawing and then freezing of the snow has made the trails very icy and some areas are quite treacherous. We would not recommend skiing at this time.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 14 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The thawing and then freezing of the snow has made the trails very icy and some areas are quite treacherous. We would not recommend skiing at this time.
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skated on pulverized crust over solid base. Lumpy in places especially where people have been walking. Only a few spots with grass or dirt poking through, but 'B' skis because of the debris from the high winds all over the trail - seeds, bark, twigs. Classic tracks glazed.
      (Dana Boschee)
      Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate deck in places has up to 1-2 inches of new snow - possibly mixed with hoar frost - over firm corduroy. In other places corduroy is showing. Skiing today seemed bimodal. Some stretches skied reasonably, but not super fast and in others slow. We thought the hoar frost gave the speed. Classical tracks look good where exposed. Back to good skis as the new snow has covered a lot of the debris, but there remain a few dirty spots.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 22 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      2" to 4" of new snow. All the trails were groomed by 2:30. Track was still a little soft. Everything looked great. Should set up great for skate or classic.
      (Kayo Aslagson)
    • Jan 18 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Once again, trail conditions remain essentially the same as reported over the last several days. The bottom-line is that skating is still good, classical tracks are well-defined and reasonable deep, but more leaves and sticks are being deposited and/or appearing on the trails.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 17 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate deck is hard with some corduroy, and pretty good in most places. The deck is somewhat icier in a few of the open places where yesterday's sun was able to minimally melt the snow. Classical tracks still in really good shape.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 16 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Arriving about 2:30 trails were being groomed post yesterday's race. Initially I was skating on a very hard packed deck and had some difficulty setting an edge. I then decided to just double pole in the tracks that, apart from the occasional leaf or twig, were in very good shape. Finished-up with minimal skating on newly groomed sections that skied much better. Should be fine for tomorrow.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 15 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We finished up as the high, junior high school races were to begin. Conditions were mostly good for skating. New grooming was limited to classical tracks over the race course(s). Hoar frost down on the trail improved some sections that were getting hard and icy. Classical tracks were very good where we double-poled, if a tad slow. B skis, but better could probably be used depending on where you go.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 14 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Again, not much new to report from yesterday's posting. This morning's mist might have created a bit of a crust, but not hard. Some harder and icy sections, but skiable. Plenty of km that skied nicely, and fast. Grooming in progress as we left (about 3 pm).
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 13 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classical tracks were groomed again in certain trail sections and a second set was also put in. New corduroy shouldering the classical tracks improved the skate deck as well. I didn't ski much of the trails system today as I was doing repeats. Recommending B-skis only too err on the side of caution since there are several stretches covered with debris. Heads-up for Tuesday, supposed to be a high school race,.
      (Keith Brugger)
      Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. 10 degrees, started snowing on my second lap. All the limited brown spots from the 1/12-13 weekend were gone. There were a ton of high school racers. I got a 10 minute head start on the boys and fortunately they did not catch me despite the fact that I was really dragging. Took a breather in the trail center and did the same thing - got a 10 minute head start on the girls and again they did not catch me but I cheated and skipped one of the branches that time. I used FastWax Teal LF. It was slow.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 19 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      6 km open and groomed perfect. Perfect corduroy skate deck and a deep hard track. Snow farmers were working hard spreading more trail.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Stolen)
    • Jan 15 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skiing Tuesday late afternoon both classic and skated course was very good. The skate surface is being groomed daily. Conditions are excellent for skate and good to very good for classic. Most of course is Good ski rated. Two small spots at entrance and exit of Little Round Top have a little dirt/stone debris. Easy to avoid but this is worth noting.
      Snowmaking will resume again Tuesday night and likely will continue around the clock for a week as very cold temperatures arrive early Wednesday morning. Snow Farmers continue to expand the trail (currently over 6km) to a planned 18km course for the Feb. 9-10 Vasaloppet weekend. Nordic Center open daily 8am-10pm. Also 3km of lighted trails.
      (Wade Weber, Vasaloppet USA)
    • Jan 13 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good. A few brown spots easily avoided. It was 30 degrees per my car thermometer and overcast. Classic track looked good and consistent. It's been years since I've been here. There's a real ski fraternity here and a skater like me was in the minority. Lots of groups of friends and families with kids. Took me the first lap to get oriented to the twist and turns of the trail with its multiple intersections. But once I switched from my Fastwax Yellow LF skis to my skis waxed with Fastwax Salmon LF I was able to really cook on the 2nd lap, skiing consistently at an 8 mph plus pace. Was worth the drive to do something other than Hyland week after week.
      (Keith Carlson)
      Other locations
    • Jan 23 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      About 6 inches of new fluffy white, was enough to get trail conditions set up to mid-season form, with all of the trails being leveled plus now having a workable base. Tracks were set on all segments slightly breaking up the surface crust and working in the new snow. One skier was already out, she said she was enjoying the new pillow soft cuts with the solid base underneath. With dropping temps overnight, tomorrow should be pretty prime classicing on the settled set up snow. Alpine Loop, still has one thin spot, that is a slow down situation for 3 feet where the wind, combined with the pine tree creates a low snow situation. There are some scattered rocks to the sides of the trail, advise to ski up on apron, instead of venturing off to avoid where the track cut is almost down to the ground for the 3 feet. Easily seen and avoid.
      (Denny Barry)
    • Jan 16 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We built up the areas with snow that still needed deeper depth to put the rakers down to brake up the glazed snow / tracks. Made several loops out to the deer stand and down Harry's Gultch with rakers down, plus on a few other sections needing attention. The results looked pretty good, with the mixed in snow setting up well. Trails are not in consistant condition ; some are fair others are good and most are very good. With the exception of Alpine Loop, which now has a glazed speed run all the way to the sharp turn at the bottom. Pit Run is very skiable with some fast long downs.
      (Denny Barry)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Our Chester Woods multi-purpose trails have been groomed and are in good condition. A few spots may be a little icy, but not bad at all.
      (Jessica Pustelnik)
    • Jan 22 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Just fair conditions due to marginal snow depth. Closer to rock ski than good ski conditions. Classic tracks are shallow but serviceable throughout. Protruding grass and dirt was pretty common with some drifting on the north trails. That said, the skiing was fast and controllable. A little frozen drizzle today incorporated into the snow enough to not be an issue. With a little more snow, this would be a sweet destination. As is, it's a swell option for desperate locals. Kudos to RASC groomers for doing as much as possible with little to work with.
      (Mark Orlowski)
    • Jan 21 - Eastwood Golf Course (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      For a few days without snow, this course was in great shape! Very windy today, so blowing snow tended to cover a lot of the pack that was made Saturday. Even my own tracks were quickly covered by the blowing snow. Looking forward to seeing what a Wednesday groom will do to the tracks and rills.
      (Mark Stanfield)
    • Jan 20 - Eastwood Golf Course (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Only classic skied a small portion, but it at least appeared to be rolled/packed, not necessarily groomed yet.
      (Mark Stanfield)
    • Jan 20 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All 8.5 km are groomed at Essex. Classic tracks are also set. There are a few dirty spots especially in the open areas and some uphills. B skis are recommended.
      (Laura Cattaneo)
    • Jan 19 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Yesterday's snow left Rochester with beautiful ski conditions. Quarry Hill is groomed well and classic tracks are set where possible. Some of the uphills are a little icy where the snow did not settle well. Beware of the occasional stick peeking through the snow.
      (Laura Cattaneo)
    • Jan 19 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We tried setting a classic track but were unsuccessful. The snow is still to soft so the track setter cuts through. The skating deck is fully covered with nice rill.
      Photos:  
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 19 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Our 12+ inches of snow has been packed and groomed for skating. I am going out now to try to set classic track and will post report if successful.
      (Steve Williams)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We received 1" of snow over a very thin base. I rolled and combed the lower loops and that helped a lot. I left the upper trails for those that want to ski some fluff. The only track set is on our manmade loop, too thin everywhere else.
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Jan 20 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ B skis ]

      Finally able to ski in the park again, with four inches of fresh powder. No grooming yet, but skier-set tracks on some trails. First tracks still available on some trails as of Sunday noon. Some lumps, sticks, and ice under the fresh snow. Walkers and snowshoers have trampled the King's Bluff trail, but once you get further away from the parking lot, that is less and less of an issue. Overall, fairly good conditions for rustic park skiing. Note that the park will be closed the weekends of January 25-27 and February 1-3 for a special deer hunt.
      (Tom Stoa)
    • Jan 19 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Four inches of new snow over solid ice. We rolled all the trails several times. Cold temps tonight should solidify the groomed trails and improve the skate conditions. We have approx. 2K of man made snow loop and this loop is perfect. We have set a classic track on the man made snow and it's very good. Skiing anywhere off the man made loop can be rocky and icy. Please be cautious. We have now got a good base to build on.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 13 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Really great condition for skate skiing from manmade snow. The deck is smooth and not much debris. I see that there are classic tracks as well, though not used personally. The grooming crew did a fantastic job covering this short trail with flat and hilly sections, making it an interesting work out. Very fortunate to have access to the trail since there's been no snow in southern Minnesota for a while. Thanks to the groomers! Worth the drive to Winona.
      Photos:  
      (Ian Chang)
      Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The arb looks pretty, but the compressed snow on the classic trails is only about an inch thick. Poles won't plant at all. On downhills, skis will occasionally rub against something under the thin layer of snow, leading them to stop abruptly. I won't go again until we receive several more inches.
      (Ken Abrams)
      Other locations
    • Jan 23 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Freshly groomed for skate and classic. The skate deck corduroy was soft but coverage was perfect. The classic tracks were hard and deep but with many bare spots (easily avoided). The course is flat but the soft skate conditions made for a good workout regardless. Beautiful park and facilities. All Hormel needs is more skiers.
      (Mark Orlowski)
    • Jan 20 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      This is the second time I've skied here. Most of the trails have been tracked. The tracks range from soft to firm. Most have good coverage but there is a segment to the north east of the nature center that has minimal coverage and grass showing through 75% of the track (south of a line of trees). This is the only trail that I found minimal coverage. This is a great location to ski with trails along the river in the woods and open segments in prairie. Nice visitor center with rentals. I was surprised there weren't more people out skiing but the low temps may have kept some away. Great day of skiing!
      (Michelle Stone)
    • Jan 19 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      We've been working on getting the trails groomed throughout the day. Packing the deep powdery snow has been difficult in some areas, so tracks aren't set yet (besides tracks left by skiers blazing their own trails). Ski rental will be open starting Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Although the exhibit area of the Interpretive Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 for MLK Day, ski rental will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      (Maria Anderson)
    • Jan 18 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The snow we've gotten throughout the day combined with what's in the forecast for tonight should give us enough coverage to pack and track starting tomorrow (Saturday). Ski rental will be available starting Sunday afternoon (1:00-5:00 p.m.). In the meantime, patrons with their own equipment have the opportunity to blaze their own tracks on the powdery trails!
      (Maria Anderson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      2-3 inches of fluffy new snow groomed and tracked on Birkie Skate trail from OO north. A dusting of new snow this morning. Classic trail was not groomed as of noon, though tracks were skied-in and skating was not that bad through the fluff, maybe even better glide than on the Skate trail. Downhills much better than the hardpack before the new snow. Thank you, groomers!
      (Carolyn Senty)
    • Jan 23 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      New tracks were set on all trails in Drummond today. Two and half inches of new fluff were mixed with the crusty old snow and extensively scarified to take out the bumps in the trails. Since the base is only a couple of inches thick, a few places still have lumps and in the pines there is still some debris that didn't mix completely. In most places the tracks are well-formed. The Boulevard continues to have the best snow and tracks.
      (Jim Crandall)
    • Jan 23 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      At mid-day I skied classic, waxless, north from OO. Snow conditions were very good after yesterday's 2-3 fluffy inches, but the ski track was heavily traveled and thus a bit beat-up, so I would rate it good. The skate deck is also well-traveled, you bet. South of OO was newly groomed for only about 1k.
      (Donald Quick)
    • Jan 23 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      HASTA trails received 2-3 inches of fluffy snow. All loops were groomed and tracks were set. The tracks are shallow in places, and there is pine needles and leaf debris on the trail and tracks in places.
      Photos:  
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Jan 22 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Yesterday we groomed and tracked Birkie Ridge and the skijouring loop near the Birkie Ridge TH. After receiving 1-2" of new snow, tonight we groomed and tracked the Birkie Skate Trail and Birkie Classic Trail from OO to the American Birkebeiner TH (including Birkie Ridge). It's very nice out there. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 22 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The NE received about 3" of badly needed snow overnight and into the morning. The main loop including the A and B cutoffs were groomed for skate and classic. The snow covered the debris that had been accumulating during our snow-less period and the skiing is improved over what it was. Because the snow was light and dry the tracks did not set up well in some places. The Tony Wise and NE Classic were not groomed today but are open to skiing.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My classic ski today was from North End to OO and back. I skied the skate trail to Timber Trail, then skied the classic trail to OO. Other than the stench of what appeared to be a diesel fuel leak of some type near and 1k or so past Timber Trail, conditions were ideal for classic all the way to OO, except for the expected leaf and needle debris. The skate trail back to Timber Trail was another story. It could use a fresh comb. The classic tracks were good, but when needing to step out to herringbone or stride the softer snow, no gripable traction could be made on the icy deck. The downhills were super fast, in fact sometimes too fast. Before I could figure out I should've snowplowed to bleed off speed, making the adjustment from tuck to snowplow at warp speed would've been disastrous. No crashes thankfully. Last comment -- if someone could invent grip wax similar to oak leaves, they'd make a fortune.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Last night we were able to groom and track from OO to Timber Trail on the Birkie Skate (including Birkie Ridge) and Birkie Classic Trail. Tonight we are prepping the classic distance course at OO for the Gitchi Gami Games tomorrow. For recreational skiers tomorrow, we recommend parking at OO (or Birkie Ridge) and going north on the freshly groomed and tracked Birkie Skate or Birkie Classic trails. Enjoy the great skiing!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Conditions are highly variable. First the good. Starting at Timber Trail and going south on the classic trail, conditions were excellent. Freshly groomed skate deck with well formed classic tracks in most places. A few thin spots between Timber Trail and the high point (which is as far as I went) but mostly really good. The return trip on the Birkie trail was less nice but still decent skiing. North of Timber Trail is very different. An icy hard skate deck with no recent grooming in evidence at least as far north as the power lines. So I recommend that you start at one of the intermediate trail heads and ski from there. Timber Trail or the Boedecker trail head would be good choices.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The loops at the American Birkebeiner TH are tracked and ready for some great classic ski racing at the Gitchi Gami Games this weekend. That said, there will be 400+ ski racers at the American Birkebeiner TH on Saturday and Sunday so plan accordingly. Two great places this weekend to start a recreational ski are the S.C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at OO and the Birkie Ridge TH. As for grooming plans: tonight we will groom and track (as needed) from the American Birkebeiner TH to OO (including Birkie Ridge).
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 17 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      One of the crew scratched up the main loops this afternoon, just the skate deck. The trail is still uneven and has some debris on it. The tracks have not been set for a week but are holding up well - there is some new track where the Seeley Classic went through on Saturday. The Tony Wise trail is groomed for skating but is uneven and there are no classic tracks. The NE Classic only trail is tracked but only is fair shape. The tracks are very shallow where the snowshoe race went through Jan. 5 as the trail was too hard to set better tracks.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied from OO north to the start line. Very firm, some minor ruts, some dirt and debris that is avoidable. Ski with caution on the downhills.
      (Frank Lowry)
    • Jan 15 - West Torch Trail (Clam Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Passed through on our way home from Birkie Tour, decided to stop here. 1.3km trail had sufficient coverage, but was ungroomed (perhaps Fed. govt. shutdown). Did a portion of the 2+km trail, many parts were overgrown with small trees, looked like it hadn't been maintained in a few years.
      (Brian Welsch)
    • Jan 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I classic skied on the Birkie Classic Trail from the start to Timber Road and back. Tracks are solid and in good shape. There is some debris starting to show on some parts of the skate deck (after recent grooming). Considering what the weather has been like this year, the trails are in great shape.
      (Deb Murphy)
    • Jan 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied classic, waxless, north and south from Boedecker. Tracks are good, with some cones, needles, and leaves. Dirty spots are rare. Skate deck also looks good but with some litter. Good skiing, you bet.
      (Donald Quick)
    • Jan 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      A very slight skiff of new snow over a crunchy - hard base made for some excellent - easy - fast skiing at the OO TH loops. Get out there and enjoy! Thanks ABSF!
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Tumbleson)
    • Jan 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The Birkie Tour went great yesterday, but the heavy traffic loosened up several sections on the Birkie Classic trail. The Birkie Skate trail held up quite well with the harder base. Our efforts today are in hardening up the base on the Birkie Classic trail. Conditions on the Birkie Skate trail between OO and the Birkie Trailhead are still pretty good with the best conditions at the Birkie Trailhead loops. Enjoy!
      (Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
    • Jan 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The Birkie Trail North of OO TH is hanging pretty darn tough, some excellent skiing (for both techniques), especially after Saturday night grooming for the Birkie Tour. There's a few thin/dirty spot, but easy to see and avoid. Thanks ABSF crew for making for producing some awesome skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Tumbleson)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions at SMF are wonderful - smooth, freshly groomed. They did not get as much snow as Duluth (I would estimate about 3" over a hard base). As usual, it was perfectly groomed. A tad slow for skate but not as bad as I thought it would be. The red and green are a little firmer and faster (have seen more traffic). Blue, purple and yellow are a little softer. Coverage is excellent except for a couple small avoidable thin/dirty areas, mainly on the new purple connector (love it by the way--not having to use the snowmobile trail to get to the yellow trail is a great addition and, bonus, it adds a few K onto the whole loop). Kudos to Superior for adding this trail connector. Skiing over there is free this week but I encourage everyone to support this great, well maintained and scenic trail and buy a season pass and get out there!
      (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
    • Jan 23 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Wonderful ski conditions; perfect temperature. Lots of use today, trails still excellent by late afternoon ski. Tracks good, very little tree debris.
      (Patricia Lenz)
    • Jan 23 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received 1-2 inches of fluffy snow. Between yesterday and today we have groomed and set track on all the trails. The fresh snow is a welcomed addition to our base which is approximately 5-6 inches. Trail conditions are very good. Get out today before temperatures get really cold!
      Photos:  
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 22 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The red, green and blue trails were groomed today. Track was set on the red and green. A reminder this is free ski week, so no pass needed through Sunday the 27th.
      (Angie Harker)
    • Jan 21 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate deck was fast and firm but getting slick. Classic track was similar. Expect some debris especially under the pines.
      (Jon Jurek)
    • Jan 21 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I think Pattison is my favorite place to ski! The trail is really fun with the combination of flats and rolling hills at just the right time along with spectacular views! The trail had not been groomed in a few days, however the track was rock solid with minimal debris in it. This trail is well worth the drive!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 18 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have been ripping up icy trails throughout the week. The skate lanes are all re-groomed, look flat and are setting up nice with the cold temps. The Sally's Classic Trail has fresh track. Hard ice over has made for areas of track that may not be at full depth in areas and debris in the snow made for a loose pack in other areas. Most of the trail system still has good track from last week while the entry and return trails have been completely reset. Overall, skiers have reported excellent conditions. Stay Warm and Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I was finally able to ski at Superior today and arrived about 11:30am with a 0 degree reading. The first thing I did was sign up for my season pass. At $30 it is probably the best value around. There is nearly daily grooming and today didn't disappoint. My skis were freshly waxed with LF5 on the right ski and CH4 on the left ski. Just an experiment to see if there was a difference. Starting out at the 28th Street lot I hit the Green back to the back parking lot. It was freshly groomed and I was the first skater on the deck. It was excellent. The base was rock hard with about 1" or slightly more of fresh groomed cord. I crossed over and started on the Yellow to do a lap on Brown's point. I could tell this was groomed yesterday and catching edge was still possible. The hill side of the Yellow had a lot of debris and could use a couple more inches of snow. The flat return side was very nice and fast. I took the new Purple back after completing the Brown's point loop. The new Purple could also use more snow as there was debris on the deck. I got back to the Green and followed it back to the Red. All this was freshly groomed and great. I returned back on the short segment of the Green where I started and all I saw was my tracks going out. It felt like I was alone and I guess I was. Oh yeah, no difference between the LF5 and CH4. The temp when I ended was 3 degree. The cold froze my phone so I couldn't take any pictures to share. Thanks groomers and for all that haven't been to Superior I would highly recommend it.
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 17 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Pattison has perfectionist groomers in my book! The trails were groomed yesterday and aside from a short stretch where some deer and wolves had a trail party, the tracks are absolutely top notch! We both used old waxes skis and had amazing glide. It's all snow, not a bit of ice except on the road to get there. If you have yet to experience Pattison, it is all classic and very peaceful with awesome views! If you ski there this weekend, all you have to be concerned with is ambient temp, it's sheltered from the wind. Remember you need a state park sticker to ski there!
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The groomer reports the red trail is icy, other trails are a bit better. Scattered tree litter on trails. Track is now set on all trails. In conjunction with the Lake Superior Ice Festival January 25 -27th, the community will be able to access all City of Superior cross country ski trails at no cost the week of January 21st - January 27th. Passes will not be required or checked during this time and we encourage the public to get out and enjoy and explore the trails.
      (Angie Harker)
    • Jan 16 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed and tracked and are in excellent condition. There is a 4-5 inch ski base and around 12 inches of snow in the woods.
      Photos:  
      (Gervase Thompson)
    • Jan 14 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Trails recently groomed and in great shape. I skated the outer loops. Classic tracks looked like they were in great shape too.
      (Deb Murphy)
    • Jan 14 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Wow. What a great ski! I had an urge to ski for a long time nice and easy. What's the perfect remedy for that? The Sup-Town Muni Trails of course. I arrived at 8:30 a.m. and the groomers were already out. While some of the trails, especially the ones nearest the 27th Avenue parking lot, where absolute perfection. Some of them were covered with a lot of organic detritus. Thus the recommendation of B skis. Overall it was a spectacular ski. Everything is groomed including all of the cut arounds for the hills adding on a few extra k. Also the new purple trail that saves you from having to ski on the snowmobile trail! That's pretty awesome. Was it perfect? Nope. Was it a little sketchy? Yep. Was it awesome? Absolutely!
      Photos:  
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 13 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Kudos to those hard working groomers who take the machine out seven days a week! We had a perfect skate deck and impeccable tracks on the yellow trail for our group of 6 year olds to 60 somethings! I highly recommend getting out to the Superior Municipal Forest trails! Where else can you get 7 day a week grooming, with the variety of terrain in the area?
      Photos:  
      (Eve Graves)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      If I got things straight, between Bill, Greg and myself, we packed, groomed and tracked: Telford, Anchor, Rollercoaster, Seagull, Summit, Sugarbush Classic, Sugarbush Dog Trail, Jolly Long, and Birch Hill.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 22 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails have been groomed and tracked following the snowstorm of yesterday. Conditions are excellent so get those skis waxed up and get out an enjoy these beautiful sunny days. Don't forget the candlelight this Saturday. See you on the trail.
      Photos:  
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Light dusting of fine lake effect snow really helped to freshen up the classic tracks and cover most of the debris (which only a few days ago was fairly copious in the tracks). The base is great, and overall excellent for classic skiing.
      (Aistis Tumas)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Dennis and Steve groomed all the skate lanes this morning. The classic tracks are still in very good shape from previous grooming so we left them as the current temps are not great for resetting them.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 18 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Icy with debris present. Fast conditions with quick stops from the debris. Difficult classic tracks for beginners, but decent conditions for skate ski.
      (Jen Kos)
    • Jan 18 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bundle up and get out on the trails. The classical track is in great shape and the skating lanes have been touched up this morning. When your done stop at the Chalet for some hot chocolate or tea and a few fresh cookies. See you on the trails!
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 15 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied the MECCA Trails Tuesday afternoon. The trails were excellent, great snow coverage, 5" of base, no bare spots and tracks were near perfect. It was great to see some students from Fe University learn to ski program on the trails.
      (Mike Shouldice)
    • Jan 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are holding up well in the warm weather. It has been near freezing for almost a week. Despite that, the trails are not icy and there is some snow to work with on the hills. Groomers got to Jolly Long yesterday - it is in very good condition. There is quite of bit of debris on the trails - leaves, needles, etc., so i used no wax skis, which had plenty of grip. As noted in another report, they are soft.
      (Pat Skelly)
    • Jan 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Steve packed and tracked Raven, Deerpath, and Blackbear. I regroomed the skate trails of Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford and part of Summit, and Sugarbush Dog Trail. I would guess most of it is in good to very good condition.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 13 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good grooming, but more snow needed to smooth out the trails particularly on the spur trails. Started skiing at Hoyt Rd., where trails were more uneven, with some exposed dirt. Conditions improved higher up toward Weber Lake end. Spectacular, challenging, old-school trails. Love them.
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Jan 13 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated the Teuton loops today and would rate as very good. Classic track looked good too. Kudos to the volunteer groomers!
      (Wendy Stein)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      After the Spooner area received about 2-3 inches of new snow, the College Street Park xc ski trails were recently groomed and a shallow track was set. There are a few thin spots and some ice, but most of the trails offer good skiing. Lights are on until 9. Winter is back!
      Photos:  
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 23 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 

      Not ski-able trails, but grab some Yak Traks, and poles, and do some very fun trail running-bounding. Double pole up the hills for a nice workout. The snow shoe trails are icy, but it's fine to run on the ski trails with a firm deck and a fine layer of snow on top. Almost bare ground in some spots, so you get to crunch through some snow and leaves.
      (Steve McCormack)
    • Jan 23 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      About an inch or more of new fluffy snow on top of an uneven, icy base. It is skiable and better than before, but we need more snow to make it good. Use caution and think snow.
      Photos:  
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 16 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Recently parts of the College Street Park trails were scraped up after the area received a skiff of snow. There is still a level base and most of the trails have good coverage. The trails that were groomed offer good skiing, other areas are very hard and there are some ruts and undulation. Skiers should use caution on the downhills as many are still very firm and offer little control.
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 16 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Poor conditions. There is 100% snow cover, but the trails are very rough and icy! The base is solid - we only need a little snow to be back in business. The trails are open, but don't expect good skiing at this time.
      Photos:  
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I groomed trails again, after the 1" new snow. It wasn't much snow but it helped. New classic trails are quite variable, from excellent to very shallow; overall pretty good. Overall conditions: very good.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 20 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I went east from the Thums parking lot. I didn't see the track at the start but it was there and very firm. A little frost made for good kick with a klister hard wax combination. Out at the intersection with Bear Ave there was snow plowed into the trail and it appeared to not be groomed. I headed back the way I came then went out to intersection T and back on the end of the trail. When I got back to the parking lot I tried the section that goes to county D but it had a few thin sections so I turned back.
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 17 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      After much snow shoveling to cover some thin stretches, the 12k/24k race trails are very good condition. I will be grooming skate lanes again today. Come ski the Hinderbinder Saturday!
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 15 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing what a little snow shoveling in a few rough spots and grooming has done! Classic skied with B skis, but came to the conclusion all the stuff I saw on the trail was plant material (grass and tree stuff), gliding over it all with no problem. So next time I will use the best skis without worry. Looking forward to Hinder Binder on Saturday.
      (Scott Stalheim)
    • Jan 13 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trail conditions are surprisingly good for the limited snow we have received. We will be working on shoveling snow on the thin spots this week. We expect to have good conditions for the Hinderbinder race on Saturday!
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Jan 21 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      It was yet another direct miss on worthwhile snow Tuesday; maybe 1/4 inch fell. Not all of that would have hit the ground in canopied areas. I was out Monday doing dryland training on the Purple, Brown, and Red trails. Trail surfaces vary from ice ponds to dry ground and gravel throughout the park. Bring the rollerski poles and the footgear for ice. No skiing here.
      (Jeff Bolte)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      With about 2-3" inches of new fluffy snow, I regroomed the entire 7 km system. The trail is in its best shape of the year but there are still a few grassy spots showing - thus my B ski rating. The skate deck is firm and flat. I also double tracked most of the trails and most of the tracks are deep and firm.
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 23 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Reset the classic track and resurfaced the skate lane over 2+ inches of powder with very nice results. Nearly all debris has been covered and I could even set track on the previously rougher connector trail on the Three Lakes side.
      (Pat Willman)
    • Jan 23 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      We didn't get the forecasted snow amount, instead we received about 1" of fluff. We did however, today reset the classic tracks, and skate deck. There is still some debris in the trail, and the classic tracks are not as deep either. So again leave the new skis at home, and keep with the rock skis.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 23 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I'm not one to use the words excellent or fantastic lightly, but after grooming the 4 inches of fluffy snow we got last night I have to say both skate and classic loops are, at least 95 percent, in excellent condition. I groomed all but Long Rider and Bruce's Roundabout on the skate side this morning, along with all but Pine Hollow and Lions Pride on the classic side. I intend to redo today's work tomorrow morning to touch up the additional inch of powder we got today, and to do a complete new grooming on the loops I mentioned. Skiing should be great this weekend, but bundle up because, as the song says, "Baby, it's cold out there.".
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 23 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All classic tracks were reset and skate lane combed with a beautiful corduroy. All trails should set up nicely for tomorrow with very nice trail conditions. Enjoy before the Artic Blast arrives!
      Photos:  
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 23 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Overall good conditions with some scattered oak leaf debris. Fluffy snow in big flakes should cover debris. Very few skiers and very scenic trail with firm track.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 23 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed by 11:30am this morning. All loops were cut twice to try to work some of the new snow in and cut up the old tracks. Then the were tracked, tracks look in good condition. There is still a few specs of debris on the first and last miles of the red loop. Have a great day!
      Photos:  
      (Beth Feind)
    • Jan 23 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skater's loop was groomed with good conditions to the warming shelter. The loop around the lake is fair, at best, with some very thin spots. Overall the classic loops are in good condition. The blue loop around Helen Lake is thin. Trails still have uneven areas as well. The fresh snow mixed in made for a softer trail.
      (Joseph Kraetke)
    • Jan 22 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We picked up 3-5" of nice snow today and spent the afternoon/evening grooming all the trail systems and setting fresh track. Trails should set up nicely overnight and be in great shape for biking, shoeing and/or skiing on Wednesday.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 22 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      2" new snow. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes groomed. Excellent conditions exist. Full depth classic track. Nice warmup room overlooking Afterglow Lake. Trails are now level, flat and even end to end and side to side. Trail 5 is perfectly flat and level. 100% open. Fat bike and snowshoe trails are in excellent condition.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 21 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Firm tracks and skate lane with enough fresh snow for good kick and edge control. There is some windblown debris in a few sections over which my waxless skis performed well. It was nice to be out in the warm sunshine today!
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Once again we enjoyed some of the best groomed trails around! Great conditions for both classic and skate. And if you enjoy fat biking, trails are firm and in excellent shape. We love coming to Afterglow!
      Photos:  
      (Becky Halvorson)
    • Jan 20 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      In a low snow winter, the condition of the Washburn Trails was a pleasant surprise today. The entire system is open and good classic tracks can be found throughout. I used my best pair of skis today and, while caution was required in a few in widely scattered spots where grooming implements dug deep, my skis came through with no damage and not close calls. The skate deck looked very good. A friend of mine drove up for the ski from Wausau and rated the conditions well worth the drive and significantly better than tracks had been last weekend on the Birkie Trail for the Seeley Hills Classic. Trail was also significantly better than trail used in the Rib Lake Hinder Binder had been yesterday.
      (Mark Nienstaedt)
    • Jan 19 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Razorback was good today, with the groomer working all but Long Ride between 9 am and noon. Full coverage, no bare spots, some debris, many wolf tracks along the way.
      (Jim Sheibley)
    • Jan 19 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate skied the main loop + Cook's Run at Northwoods this morning. There was a fair amount of debris on the trail -- I didn't see any rocks but plenty of twigs, leaves, pine needles. The skate deck was pretty crusty. The classic tracks looked similar. Overall I'd say it was an okay ski-- not fabulous, but coming from Minneapolis we were happy to see any snow at all!
      (Katie Leaf)
    • Jan 18 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The classic tracks were firm and pretty fast despite the cold. There were a few leaves and pine needles, but that just adds to the kick. No rocks or sticks. Didn't skate, but the deck looked great. The first 1/2 mile runs beside a snowmobile trail, but after that, the ski trail is quiet, beautiful, and well laid out.
      (Mark Balhorn)
    • Jan 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With an inch of new powder mixed with the lightly tilled base snow I was able to fill in most of imperfections on the skate lane. I did set a new track with decent results but we really need new snowfall for the track setter to work it's magic. Keep your fingers crossed for a snow system that may finally visit the Northwoods.
      (Patrick Willman)
    • Jan 18 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tidied up all of the trails today - ski, shoe, bike - for the weekend. The bike, snowshoe and skate lane of the ski trail are in great shape with a nice, firm base. With the cold temperatures and lack of fresh snow we are not able to reset the ski tracks and it's showing signs of heavy use in areas.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 17 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied 15K skate (laps on back loop) and the trails have a solid somewhat icy base with an inch of new snow on top but control is good, they are very fast but a bit uneven in spots. There is some debris but it is easy to step around, I saw no bare rocks but didn't ski the whole trail system. Enjoy, about the best option we have for the Wausau, Rhinelander area right now if you don't want to drive to Winter Park or further north.
      (Jeff Schnelle)
    • Jan 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Another afternoon of great skiing on the excellent groomed and tracked trails. Skied trails 1, 3, 5 and 9.
      (Debbie Magee)
    • Jan 16 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trail was not groomed. Not sure if this is because of the government shutdown. No tracks groomed.
      (Gary Jacobs)
    • Jan 16 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied and snowshoed at Afterglow the last four days. The conditions were excellent in all phases--skate lanes, classic track, and groomed snowshoe/fat-bike trails all excellent. If you are able, staying in the cabins mid-week at Afterglow is a real treat. The cabins are lovely, very comfortable. Ours had a full kitchen. It is very relaxing there. We never left the grounds from Sunday through Wednesday morning and used the trails multiple times every day. Thanks, Pete and Gail!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Fehrenbach)
    • Jan 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the entire trail west to east and back. Other than the spotty but annoying oak leaves and skimpy snow in the conifers, the trail was overall in good shape. For skate it could probably use a fresh comb, but there would be no problem skating it as is.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 16 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed all skate loops today except for short section of Will's Crossing which was still in good shape. Skate deck was getting pretty hard and scraped off icy. Tilled it a little but don't dare go too deep because of thin snow cover over icy base. I would rate it very good right now, but I'm guessing any kind of heavy usage will require another go-round with the groomer. Tested out setting new track on Doug's Folly. Some was good, some pretty poor. Again, can't make good track on trail sections that are gone over with the groomer more than others. Still debating about tracking more trails tomorrow. Do not want to do more harm than good, but would like to soften up some sharp corners at the bottom of steep hills. Bottom line: For the amount of snow we have conditions are pretty good. Oak leaves and pine litter still a nuisance here and there, but overall not too bad.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 16 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trail was cut and most tracks reset this morning. There is still a fair amount of debris scattered through out the system. Tracks are in good shape.
      Photos:  
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 15 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails with several areas of exposed grass or leaves in track. We skied out 2 miles from Hwy K access and turned back. Still a beautiful morning flushing out several game birds. Beautiful trail. We should have used out B skis. We need more snow.
      (Heather Pelock Hjelle)
    • Jan 15 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skaters loop groomed with a few thin areas around the lake. All other loops have been cut and tracked. There is a lot of tree debris on all loops. Fair conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 15 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The Red loop up to the shelter, Blue and Green loops have been cut and tracked. Leafy debris on all loops. Good conditions. The Yellow loop has not been freshly groomed due to low snow conditions on the trails under the heavy conifers.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied Cedar creek part of Big pine and Side kick today. These trails are single track classic only. They were groomed for the first time this year. It was a very nice ski with good tracks and no icy patches or bare spots. Also skied Tornado alley and XC express to connect the single track trails. The tracks are holding up nicely and the dusting of snow helped with the kick today. Skate decks looked good also.
      (Dennis Blow)
    • Jan 15 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Trails were groomed by noon today. Trails were cut twice then tracked. Loops have a lot of debris, especially the outer loops. Tracks are not perfect with no new snow, they are a bit powdery but if the temp drops they should set nicely. Surprisingly the Red Loop, is the best loop right now, with the back of the Red being nicely tracked. Be careful because the hills are slick! Don't bring your best skis. Good luck and hope for snow!
      Photos:  
      (Beth Feind)
    • Jan 15 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Schlect Lake is skiing very well. Freestyle is is method of choice (no tracks yet sorry), snow dances would help. Lights are on at 5pm. We are grooming more frequently now that it's cooler. Please enjoy and donate and we'll keep the lights on.
      Photos:  
      (George Callos Jr)
    • Jan 14 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snowshoe and ski trails were groomed today and tracks were reset. The trails cleaned up nicely and tracks look great. Friday, we finally were able to start packing down the Out-N-Back trail and today we groomed it and set tracks. It'll take a few more passes before it really sets up but it is skiable.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 14 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Schlect Lake has been groomed with no tracks yet. The skate skiing is getting very good with the amount of snow we have, the main loop has great snow. Leaves and some sticks. Lights on at 5pm. Please donate for grooming and lights.
      Photos:  
      (George Callos Jr)
    • Jan 14 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fair to good conditions. Entire trail would be all good, but a few thin spots under the pines yet. Mostly fully formed track but some partial, but very skiable. Some debris like oak leaves in track but only in a few areas. Fisher and weasel tracks observed.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 13 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent! All skate lanes groomed. Some classic track reset. Other classic near perfect. Fat Bike and snowshoe trails are in Excellent condition.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 13 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good to excellent conditions at this dog friendly venue. Tracks mostly well set with a very few late weekend washouts. Skate deck firm. Fast and fun on Swix Blue Extra.
      Photos:  
      (George Cleveland)
    • Jan 13 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Tale of two different days. We arrived Friday afternoon around 3pm to find the groomer busy doing his thing, trails were in top form for skate. A plus. We ran into one of our friends that tried classic skiing and he said skating was better. We skied until we couldn't see any more. Sunday morning we arrived 9am to find the trails had heavy use Saturday and had not been regroomed. The trails were crowned in some places, washboardy in others. They weren't boilerplate but very hard packed, could have been so much better had they been touched up. There are some spots were the fat bikers have to use the ski trail to connect to their trails and I get that. It appears there were some fat bikers that just road on the ski trails on the back side of the red outside loop, they were riding squirrelly and left a deep s curve pattern down the ski trail. The chalet never disappoints and it's always fun to see what dogs will greet us. The fact Winman is dog friendly is another reason we continue to come back we love skiing with our dog. We will continue to stop back.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Jan 13 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Based upon previous reports, I brought my B skis along. However, I brought my good boots, which unfortunately aren't compatible with my B skis. Sooooo, I snowshoed instead (which are very nice trails BTW). The snowshoe trail crosses the ski trail several times, and from what I could see the ski trail looks just OK. Skate looks much better than classic.
      (Pete Wurl)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Nine Mile will be open Thursday at 9am. All trails are packed with the exception of the Alps, and the inner loops will be combed Thursday am. With the limited snow, we are unable to set classic tracks. The base is ice with roughly an inch of packed snow. The lighted loop and trail 'Y' are in the best condition.
      (Andrew Sims, Marathon County Parks)
    • Jan 20 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I worked the chalet this cold Sunday morning. Phil had green and blue skiing mid winter form which is remarkable givin the amount of snow. I managed to get out and try the trials due to thin crowd today. The fields were a bit soft so I opted to stick to green and blue. Phil and crew have been working on the black.
      Photos:  
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Jan 19 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied at 8am. Phil has already groomed the trails to Olympic perfection. Slow snow because of temps but fantastic conditions on the lower loops.
      (Jim Rauchle)
    • Jan 19 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The trails were groomed today and conditions are as follows: the Green lighted loop is in very good condition B skis can be used, the Red loop is in fair condition and rock skis done used, the Blue loops are icy and in poor condition, we do not recommend skiing them. No track has been set. The man made snow loop is in very good condition and a track has been set.
      (Rex Runke)
    • Jan 18 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Iola got under an inch of snow Thursday, but it was enough to make the skating good today: very fast but not icy except in a few spots that are easy to see. No classic tracks, but some folks were striding. The green and blue are just fine while the black is closed, but it wouldn't take much snow to re-open it. The western fields are skiable but much more tentative than the rest given the ice underneath and one spot where one needs to walk across grass for about 15 meters.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 18 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      I skied Iola today, as I had heard it was skiable. It was! ( It's really quite amazing that it is, given the brown surroundings in the area.) I skied the Green. There is full coverage--there's just not a lot of snow to work with. I used rock skis, but I could have been on B skis. I skied down the little hill before The Pines once but decided to bypass it on subsequent loops. Just not much snow to corner. Given my skill level and time on skis this year, I decided to stick to just the Green loop. I imagine falls would be very hard, as there is an icy base underneath--although it is only exposed in a few areas and can be avoided. Others there said they skied the blue and it was OK. I traveled 25 minutes (from Point) to ski there, and it was worth it for me. However, how far you'd travel to ski there this weekend is a question you'd have to answer for yourself.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Fehrenbach)
    • Jan 16 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The man-made snow cross country ski loop and the main hills have been groomed for cross country skiing today. A track has been set and everything are in very good condition. All other trails are bare or ice covered and too thin to groom.
      (Rex Runke)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are packed, no tracks yet. Icy conditions under the snow, due to earlier rain and freezing. Five inches new fluffy snow. Not all trails done due to logging.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 23 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skate trails open, base will be soft, Classic skiers please ski on side nearest pilons. Fat tire trails have not been patted down. I did notice when grooming a couple of spots where ice was under base, please check this out on first trip around.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 23 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Just rolled the skate trail. Base in areas is some ice underneath, use caution. Classic skiers, please stay just on the inside of trail markers. Only the south trails open. Have not done the bike trails, will do ASAP We only got 2-3" of new snow.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 22 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skated the Maples Hill section and portions of the Oaks. The Camp received ~ 3/4 inch of snow overnight which covered up some of the wind debris that has been accumulating. I spoke with one of the groomers about their plans for the upcoming storm: they intend to roll the course during the storm and early tomorrow, and then groom the trails during the afternoon. It is going to nice to put away the rock skis! Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 21 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ten inches of snow, classic tracked by skiers so the tracks are sloppy, but the coverage is good. Lake effect snow makes it a winter wonderland.
      (John Howell)
    • Jan 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Variable skiing conditions. The Oaks, the hill section of the Maples, and the main streets offer good to very good conditions for skating. Skaters should stay away from the back stretches of PERs Loop and The Birches -- thin with lots of debris. Frankly, I was amazed on how nice it was! The groomers have done wonders with the roughly 1 inch we received in the past week! Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 20 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Quite beautiful with lots of snow, but very soft / slow skate deck; a bit like mash potatoes. Classic tracks looked good with a few places showing debris peeking through. Appreciate the work by the groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Jesse Sharp)
    • Jan 19 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Poor conditions but skiable. No tracks set; only skate deck groomed. Oaks was pretty dirty throughout the trail with icy section near biathlon. Maples was in slightly better shape with the exception of a few places in the very back of the Per's loop. The fat bike race had no impact on trail. If fact, I think the bikes might have help break up the icy slightly to allow a better edge.
      (Jesse Sharp)
    • Jan 19 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      We were hoping for enough icy base and perhaps 2" of fresh snow to make it ski-able. Unfortunately, not enough base to cover rocks, roots, etc. and what base there was had had enough foot traffic prior to freezing that it was not smooth. Almost fell on the one downhill due to rock stopping one ski. Not worth the 10 minute drive. The volunteers have done a great job there this year with almost nothing to work with, but until they get more snow don't bother.
      (John Rosebush)
    • Jan 19 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      About 9 inches of lake effect snow and still coming down. The 7.5 mile ridges trail was packed and classic track set this morning. Expect soft conditions but overall good condition. The 3.5 mile red pine trail is being pack now for skate skiing. Expect soft conditions today hopefully firms up overnight.
      Photos:  
      (Guy Willman)
    • Jan 18 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skated Maples and Birches. Trails combed this morning (thank you groomers). Some areas were fair and others approached "good." Better than last Tuesday. Note: still poor on last half of Birches, last half of Maples/Per's Loop. No classic tracks due to sparse coverage.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 14 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The Camp remains in poor condition due lack of snow. The Camp remains open due the groomers continued best efforts. Thank you groomers! Open for skate only. Rock skis only. You will encounter all kinds of conditions: ice, heavy wind debris, thin areas, and some stretches of surprisingly good skiing. The main thoroughfares offer very nice coverage. One thing for sure, you will have a solid pole plant. Ski with caution. Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
      Other locations
    • Jan 23 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the trails were groomed today for both classic and skate skiing. Between yesterday and today we received around 4 inches of fresh snow. This has helped out the trail conditions tremendously, resulting in overall trail conditions of good to very good. There are no exposed areas and the trails are relatively flat. Cool temperatures in the upcoming forecast will help to preserve the conditions of the trails. If you haven't had a chance to get out and ski or snowshoe yet this winter, now is the time!
      Photos:  
      (Kyle Gustafson)
    • Jan 21 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails appear to have been groomed Friday by Florence County. Today I was the first one to ski that course, almost unbelievable since this is what I believe to be the best groomed classic trail in our area. In the 6 1/2 miles of skiing I noticed perhaps six dirt spots small and caused no problems. Track was deep, firm and well formed. Trace of snow in track which slowed things down a bit. If you want to ski and get back to nature this is the spot.
      (Alfred Sauld)
    • Jan 20 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      There are between 5-6 miles of trails. There are some thin snow areas and debris but ski-able. Classic tracks are not set at this time. Trails start in the city park.
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Arrived in old 32 parking lot 2pm, it was snowing pretty good on the way up, they got a solid inch or two over freshly groomed trails. Skated using soft flex skis and they were good, wish I would have opted for a little colder wax job with the freshly turned over snow from grooming and new cold snow mixed in. Snow has covered up most of leaf litter. Trails are a little uneven in places. North end of trail has more snow than south. I did take cut off on north end as I was losing daylight. You could really tell the difference skiing on fresh snow over Ungroomed segment vs groomed. Should be good for the weekend.
      (Tracy Piontkowski)
    • Jan 17 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed and tracked today. We received a little bit of snow today which helped the trails quite a bit. Definitely an improvement since our last snowfall. Overall trail conditions range from fair to good. Spots that remain fair include those spots that are still icy or the areas under the pines where the snow is a little thin yet. Trails are less bumpy than before and will continue to improve with every inch of snow that we get.
      (Kyle Gustafson)
    • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The quad ran the main trail trying to break up and level the skate lane. Did not do the classic track. The track had quite a bit of debris. It was snowing. The new snow should cover some or most of the leaves.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Lane)
    • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions. Groomer was out while I skied so corduroy for the last 10Km. Beautiful and few skiers. Tracks were all set but lots of leaves so expect unexpected stops. Behind the groomer it was Hello V2.
      (Lynne Dzuba)
    • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skated 6k-20k segments. Essentially full coverage. Just groomed this morning. Tracks not used but appeared very good. Skate deck was excellent, especially 16k-20k loop. Kudos to groomer. Put donations in donation box, maintenance creates overhead.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 15 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. Classic and skate skied everything between Old 32 and Sullivan Springs Road. Tracks are set throughout the network maintaining full to 50% depths. Skate deck is very solid, but could benefit from a grooming to level out ruts and create an edge. Worth the trip. Carpe Skiem.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 14 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skate deck groomed throughout. Very rare dirt spots. Diagonal tracks looked deep and intact (but I skated). Much use over last weekend and will need re-grooming soon. Worth the drive.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 13 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Trails were groomed but very icy away from the loop near the river. The trail by the river is very nice for skating with some scattered debris. Away from the river it is very icy but fast with lots of debris. This will be a nice ski if we get a few more inches of snow.
      (Paul Haupt)

 

Wisconsin Southwest


      La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Three inches of fresh snow, overall conditions are very good. Groomed the Ridge and West trails with wide cord for skaters and enough snow to set nice parallel tracks. North and South Loops have good skier set tracks. The Pine trail now has tracks. Still a few dirt spots here and there.
      (Steve Beezley)
    • Jan 23 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Two inches of fresh snow on top of old base. The Ridge and West trails were skateable but slow in the fresh powder. Nothing groomed since last night's dusting of snow but still worth skiing. Nobody on the trails when I arrived. There were a few traditional skiers just starting when I left around noon.
      Photos:  
      (Lance Ellmann)
    • Jan 19 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Mostly good, but variable conditions at Coulee with 4 to 6 inches of new snow. An icy base has survived on about 80% of the system. Skating is good on the Ridge trail and West trail, but expect dirt spots. Some re-routing on the upper West trail. The South and North Loops were groomed to repair damage from sun, rain and footprints, attempts to set tracks were abandoned with snow thin in spots, and under pines.
      (Steven Beezley)
      Dodgeville area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Governor Dodge State Park (Dodgeville): 
      Secondhand 

      Called the park staff today and they said they got 10 inches last week and 8 inches last night. They're busy trying to plow park roads, so won't groom trails until tomorrow. Staff said snow was "light and fluffy so there won't be much of a base." Hope to check it out soon.
      (Madeline Uraneck)
      Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Trails are in bad shape. 1-3" of loose fluffy snow ungroomed with sporadic bare spots. I skied South loop and half of Central before giving up and headed back to the chalet. I rode my fat bike along Central, North, and Red Oak trails: all are about in the same condition.
      Photos:  
      (Jason Melby)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Fair to good conditions on all trails. All loops were packed and groomed today. About a two inch base and snow is very soft.
      (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 23 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received about 5-6" of snow last night and this morning. It packed down nicely. I groomed Maywood north. Another groomer was working on Maywood south and Evergreen. I set a classic track. Complete coverage where I groomed. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 22 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      I skate skied almost all the trails today. There is still some pretty good skiing out there. There are rough spots throughout the system but especially in Evergreen Park. The snow just started falling as I finished this morning. You should be able to ski the system this afternoon and perhaps early evening. I hope to get out tomorrow morning to start grooming any new snow.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 21 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Almost all trails have been smoothed over with the groomer this morning. Be careful on downhills and where trails go over paved roads. Dirt and icy areas found in some areas.
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      All trails rolled since 4" of snow on Friday night / Saturday morning, there was a thin ice base on entire system and the rolled snow was adhering to the ice surprising well. Skied all trails, brown, red, and purple to green to purple were surprisingly good, if you do not mind some debris. Rock skis recommended.
      (Brian Henriksen)
    • Jan 20 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      I skied all the trails that have been groomed. There are two cut-off trail segments that have not been groomed yet. Skiing is generally pretty good. There is some dirt and leaves showing. Use caution when going down hills. Maywood north has a lot of hiking damage to the trail. The steep hill going up into Evergreen Park has lots of debris. Most sections are good for B skis but there is some exposed dirt and roots. Since the base is not real deep your pole tips will go through to pavement in those sections where the trail goes over paved road. A good number of skiers out despite the cold day. Good to see old friends again. I will attempt to clean-up as much of the trail as I can tomorrow morning.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Complete system is rolled, much better classic then skate. Ride a flat ski downhill or be prepared to launch.
      Photos:  
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Jan 19 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We received 4"-6" of fluffy snow last night and today. We had lake effect snow until 4:00 today. We groomed all trails in both Evergreen and Maywood. No classic track was set as the snow packed to a thin base. There is some dirt showing in spots. I will give it a ski tomorrow and give an update on conditions after I am done. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
    • Jan 19 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Very poor conditions. Got about two inches of light fluffy snow last night into today. Did not groom and had no previous base.
      (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Secondhand 

      The trails are currently too treacherous to ski on safely thanks to all of the rain received 10 days ago. However, per my observation from the parking lot and that of a regular marsh hiker, all of the trails appear to be covered with a hard crust and ice base. This will provide a base for the next snow accumulation.
      (Steve Scharrer)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trails were beautiful. I classiced and the track was good in most places, but washed out in one easily avoidable spot, and uneven at points due to lots of traffic. Once it firms up, it'll be perfect. The skate deck was soft, but had good coverage. Lights went on at 5:35. Many thanks to the groomers and the snow goddesses!
      (Anna Meyer)
    • Jan 23 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Contrary to the Elver webpage all trails were not groomed. The East had not been touched as of 3:30 pm and West was being groomed as I skied. The skate deck was still being rolled and was quite soft in spots, the middle hill was not groomed as well. The hill at the end of the West loop was bad. Narrow and choppy with a high bank and lots of loose snow. The groomer got stuck halfway down. Quite slow and not worth the climb back up. Very good classical and skaters were flying, I'm sure it will be even better. Also at 5:20 last night and 5 tonight the lights were not on for the West.
      (Robert Abendroth)
    • Jan 23 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing today, trails are set, classical and skate skiing. Groomers out there again this afternoon. Thank you.
      Photos:  
      (Nancy Hery)
    • Jan 23 - McCarthy Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were rolled this morning and classic track partially set. With snow still falling the track may fill in quickly. Plan is to groom again tonight. Skate trail is fully covered. It wouldn't be surprised if there are some thins spots still in the classic track after it is reset.
      (Chris Pappathopoulos)
    • Jan 21 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Base was rolled but tracks were set by fellow skiers. Shallow tracks but skiable. Snow was best on Morningside and in the woods. Hills near the highway were wind blown. Finally some snow in Madison, so no complaints.
      (Denny Blum)
    • Jan 20 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Hats off to the grooming crew at Blue Mound. The classic tracks set up very nicely with a firm base, even in the cold weather. Just a few spots where some leaves poke through, but no sticks or rocks to worry about on the Willow Spring Trail. Get out and enjoy it!
      (Noah Weibel)
    • Jan 20 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      4 to 5" fresh snow, most trails packed (except Hastings). Fern Dell, Turtleville, N.W loops, beginner loops combed. No tracks set. Did not ski Pioneer or Ishnala. B skis on F.D. & Turtleville, rock skis on N.W. Slow in the cold but so nice to ski close to home. Thanks Mirror Lake S.P.
      (Paul Wagener)
    • Jan 20 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Nice for classical skiing. Two main loops open and in good shape. Just a few spots that were exposed and others on the South loop that were blown over. Certainly worth skiing with your classics. Thanks Mother Nature and the groomer!
      (Bryan Elliott)
    • Jan 20 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Great snow on manmade, solid base on West End trails, East End trails not open (as far as I could tell). A few places where a bit of grass was poking through, but nothing unavoidable or treacherous. Only manmade is tracked. It's quite good, get out and celebrate winter finally arriving in Madison!
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Jan 20 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The tracks set yesterday have held up quite well with only occasional obstacles at snow surface and it was beautiful skiing. The downhills are a bit uneven but easy skiing with soft snow. The "Plunge" is also very skiable with a minor bare patch near the top. Rating, good/very good.
      (Ian Duncan)
    • Jan 19 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Wonderful. Thanks to groomers for fresh tracks. About an inch solid base of snow under track. More base on deck. No skating on tracked trails please except in campground loop. Used VR 30 with great kick but slow glide. Not much traffic. Be careful on steep downhills. The hills are covered but thin. Enjoy.
      (Craig McCallum)
    • Jan 19 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The fresh powder at Elver has the full trail system very close to great skiing. West trails were rolled, but not groomed yet, and it looked like some ventured out anyway. The snowmaking loop was in great shape and the skate deck, along with the hill climb were still very soft with all of the new cold powder.
      Photos:  
      (Noah Weibel)
    • Jan 19 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Quoting a post on the Madnorski website: "Rolled and tracked-soft right now. Needs to set up overnight. Look for new trail head east of the parking lot." Sounds like it should be ready for skiing tomorrow.
      (Harry Read)
    • Jan 19 - University Ridge Golf Course (Verona): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The Zimmer loops (inner and outer) were rolled but not tracked. The coverage is very good; there are a few patches where grass is poking through, but there's really enough snow that these are not a problem. I put B skis, but good skis would be fine with minimal care. The snow is soft and dry, pretty slow, especially if you're not waxed for it. Snow was drifting as we skied. I think they will be working to open some of the other trails in the coming days. They said they would be setting tracks soon as well.
      (Harry Read)
    • Jan 19 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Full coverage after 5" snowfall. Trail has been packed by ranger, both classic and skating options were viable with no set tracks or skate deck but most trails had been rolled and skiing was pleasant. Much thanks!
      (Bret Hagemeyer)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wonderful time trail blazing in new snow just as grooming started. Some great scenic overlooks add to the experience at Pike Lake. Watch for some break-through on new soft track. Thanks to Sara and Pike Lake grooming efforts!
      (Dave Miller)
    • Jan 23 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      This evening I skied the brown and blue loops. Trails were awesome! Grooming and track are great! Good to go! I skied these same loops last Sunday and had a great time despite some rocks on the trail. The new snow has really helped take care of those obstacles. On both visits I saw lots of deer.
      (Scott Kunz)
    • Jan 23 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skating on new soft snow. Should set up nicely and create solid base - as always thanks to Jerry!
      (Dave Miller)
    • Jan 23 - McMiller (Eagle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Arrived around 2:45 and everything was rolled. Deck was very soft and I was sinking in many places. By the time I finished all trails had been fully groomed, though everything was still soft and slower. I used my good skis, and was good with them, but did see some of my tracks sunk through to the ground and there were a couple dirty spots. I'd use my good skis again... depends how picky you are. Can't wait for this snow to settle!
      (Holly LaVesser)
    • Jan 23 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on golf course for skating. No tracks set. In the woods on the north side of the park, the bridge is fixed and lots of classic skiers out today. Thank you to the Milwaukee county park staff for a great job grooming!
      Photos:  
      (Mark Chelmowski)
    • Jan 23 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Made first tracks on the corduroy at lunchtime today and it was excellent! Skate deck was wider compared to last weekend. Occasional branch poking through but easy to avoid with wider deck. The snow was a bit soft and slow not surprising given it was the first grooming of the 6" or so that we got overnight.
      Photos:  
      (Adam Clarke)
    • Jan 23 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails have an excellent base with the additional snowfall (4-5 inches) from earlier this morning. Groomed for skating. Classic track was set. Noticing the wind is blowing around some snow in the open areas.
      (Sara Crook)
    • Jan 23 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trail have been groomed for skating, and classic tracks will be set this afternoon. Soft conditions as you would expect.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 23 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Observed the roller going around at about 11:45 AM Should be excellent once it sets up.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 23 - Nashotah Park (Nashotah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great snow, soft but groomed conditions. No tracks set yet. A bit soft and deep for skating. Still grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Loescher)
    • Jan 22 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good snow at Whitnall. Trails have been blazed by others and are very enjoyable. Leaves on the trails but no ice, rocks, or pavement showing through. Some places (especially on the hills) are thin and grass is coming through, but this was not a big problem. Enjoy the snow!
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 22 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skated. Poles struck thru to asphalt. If careful, no problem skating although asphalt is lurking. The tree work is there with some plowing that interrupts skate trail. Hasn't been regroomed for several days.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 22 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on the manmade snow loops. Firm, flat, snowy surface on a solid base -- doesn't get any better. Solid tracks throughout the manmade loops. The manmade snow covers a total of about 2.4 kilometers of trail, plus the instructional area. Elevation change from the trailhead up to the highest point (on the Green Cutoff) is about 75 feet. Trails in the woods are great! Flick a stick or pine cone when you see one! Thank You, volunteer snowmakers and snow spreaders, and the DNR trail grooming team, for a fantastic XC Ski venue!
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 21 - Nashotah Park (Nashotah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Full snow cover on most trails (I only did the green loop), but no grooming. Did not see any bare spots. Both parking lots are completely plowed. Some of trails have OK tracks made by previous skiers. Snow about 4 to 5", could see where some skate skiers have gone. So both skating and classical are usable, but certainly not ideal.
      (Charles Hall)
    • Jan 21 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
      Firsthand Crime 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied all of the trails this afternoon. Conditions were perfect. There was no professional grooming, but whoever did the first tracking did a great and consistent job and subsequent skiers just made it better. There was an occasional leaf or small twig on the trail, but nothing truly damaging. One section was damaged by someone walking in the tracks. Still, great snow. There is no grooming for skaters and there was no evidence of any having skied.
      (Anna Stadic)
    • Jan 21 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skating trail was uneven but still ok. At times I used the nice solid tracks by double poling. Coverage was ok with just a few spots of ground showing.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 21 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the blue trail at noon. Tracks were perfect at times with occasional easily avoidable surface dirt wearing through at times. Best was through the pines. A few rocks to avoid on steep uphills. No classic track set on short section from N8 to purple intersection. Bumps make some downhills a challenge. More snow should smooth those out.
      (Walt Preucil)
    • Jan 20 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very nice job grooming considering the lower amount of snow. The white and purple were rolled and tracked, very nice Sunday afternoon ski! Please keep up the good work as we continue to get snow, pleasant surprise over last season.
      (Dennis Atchley)
    • Jan 20 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the blue and green loops. All trails have been groomed for skating. Firm skate track. Tracks were set over most of the trail. Tracks were not set on the second to final blue loop section.
      Photos:  
      (Stephen Wadle)
    • Jan 20 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Solid B skis skating on mostly corduroy snow thanks to Jerry. Starting to firm up with some thin spots that are easy to step around. Conditions should be great with any additional snow.
      (Dave Miller)
    • Jan 20 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All loops were packed and tracked, and the grooming appeared excellent given the amount of dry snow (approximately 6") and lack of base. Classic skied the Red and Green loops late Sunday afternoon. The Red loop appeared to have slightly better snow coverage and deeper tracks. The tracks were full depth in most sections on both loops, with very few washed out areas, and a few twigs and grasses poking through. Did not notice any icy sections, however several bigger hills were starting to get thin on the uphill side.
      (Tracy Stacy)
    • Jan 20 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      I skied the outer black loop since it appeared that many people had been there skiing on those trails. The uphills had a few sections with exposed rocks and erosion control beams. The downhills were much better with only a few dirty areas or exposed tree roots. There was enough snow to control your descents on the hills. A little more snow and the outer black loop would be in great shape. The snowmaking loops are in excellent condition and you could use your best skis if you stuck to those trails.
      (Daniel Henning)
    • Jan 20 - McMiller (Eagle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are open and well-groomed. The skate track is a bit soft but considering this weekend is the first reasonable skiing of the season, I'd say this was better than expected.
      (John Tucker)
    • Jan 20 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great conditions, groomed nicely, a bit soft but not bad for the day after a good snowfall. A few of the steeper uphills are churned up a bit, but not a really big deal. I skied the long blue loop, and all were groomed for classic.
      (Ed Edinger)
    • Jan 20 - McMiller (Eagle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Was looking forward to skiing McMiller. There was good coverage on the trails but if I were to guess they weren't groomed till this morning. I say that because the skate lanes would alternate between firm and soft. Not many skiers had used the trails so it hadn't been packed down much at all. The tracks were set and looked good for the most part though they were set down to the grass in many spots. Skate lanes may be nice if it sets up more or was compacted again. Cold temps and soft snow made it a bit difficult.
      (Tom Davenport)
    • Jan 20 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Rolled on golf course cart path. B skis poles and skis will/may go thru to asphalt. No classic set on golf course or across road some manmade tracks across road for classic.
      (David Anderson)
    • Jan 19 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I was surprised. Though fluffy, this packed to a good 3" base. Not even the uphills were tore up. Tracks were set after I finished but looked solid. Nice to be out there.
      (Doug Bailey)
    • Jan 19 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Hartford received around 3-4 inches of fluffy, light snow last night. I was able to take the groomer out for the first time this year to pack down the fluff to create a base for future snowfall. Very thin underneath the trees. Track was not set.
      (Sara Crook)
    • Jan 19 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails have been groomed. The trails in the woods have minimum snow depth (rock skis), B skis for the remainder. Not enough snow to set track.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skiing was great on the manmade loops on Friday morning, although ongoing snowmaking operations were impacting some sections. The skate deck was well groomed, firm, flat, and fun. A double set of tracks was set around the core loop, with a single track on other segments. The snow on the two out-n-back segments has firmed up nicely, making for great skiing. Snowguns were going strong at the ends of the out-n-back segments to fill in the gaps and create a full loop around the Green Cut-off and Magic Carpet, once it gets a chance to cure and be spread by the snowcat.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Clipped out of work a little early to ski at Lapham on the man made snow loop. Boy was it worth it! Great coverage, well groomed and they have opened up a new section. It runs out and back from the top of Summer Stage hill to the base of Two Tier using the "Fright Hike" cut off. It will eventually connect as a loop to Magic Carpet. The new section is a little sugary but nothing worse than anything after wave two of the Birkie. Very well done staff and volunteers! The tracks looked very good as well. Many classic skiers out today. With that new section a loop is over 2K if you take all the trails (up the shot hill and up and down on Magic Carpet).
      Photos:  
      (Tom Davenport)
    • Jan 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on the expanded manmade snow loops. The core loops, with the solid base created in December and the new manmade snow over the last several weeks, skied beautifully. Skate lanes have a loose, fine layer of powdery snow on a firm base. A double classic track is set throughout the core trails. The new 'south out-n-back' has a very loose surface in the center skate lane with tracks set on both side. The 'out-n-back' up Magic Carpet has a firmer surface, is narrower, and does not have classic tracks. Should be great for the Lapham Loppet on Saturday.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The core manmade loops are in very good condition, with multiple tracks set for striding. Two out-and-back segments of the new "into the woods" trails were opened to skiing today. The segments add about 1/2 kilometer in trail length. A full outside loop with the two new segments is about 2.2 kilometers. There are many permutations of trail segments available, with plenty of manmade snow. Pictures are from the new segments opened today.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The new added sections on the manmade were great and added variation instead of skiing the same loop. The climb up tail end hill was groomed for good climbing and long decent on the magic carpet was fast with enough edging for control. Thanks to the groomers and those who continue to provide donations for the snowmaking that makes this skiing possible with the absence of real snow.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      This morning at 8 AM conditions on the man-made snow loops at Lapham are superb! The new 0.5K spur from Summer Stage to the bottom of Two Tier has one track set on each side of the out and back. The spur up Magic Carpet is now groomed also - no track on this shorter spur. All man-made snow covered trails have a great skate deck and nice tracks (some 2 abreast). Come and enjoy deep snow in this oasis of Winter Paradise! Many Thanks to volunteer Snow gun and Snow cat operators and DNR staff.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Riendl)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The new snow has been spread at Lapham and some of the best skiing of the year will be had over the next period of days. Track was well set and very firm. It was very tempting to turn right at the top of first Summerstage climb and as of Wednesday morning you will be able to do just that! Enjoy the new additions to the loop and good training to all!
      (Charlie Ritter)
    • Jan 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on the manmade snow loops this morning. The trails were a beehive of activity, with lessons by the Lapham Peak Ski club, snowmaking volunteers and DNR staff working on various snowmaking tasks, and the snowcat out on the trail south of Summerstage Hill doing the final leveling of the snow whales. The current trail surface is a several inch layer of snow over a firm base -- great for skating and striding. Tracks - sometimes double - have been set around the various loops. The climb up Tail End is back in good shape. Some of the best conditions of the season.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The core snowmaking loops were in good condition this morning. Only a small amount of grooming had been done, as the plan is for the snowcat to level the piles of manmade snow from last week. That work was in process when I left. The trail surface has improved significantly from early last week, and is much more snow-like than the crushed ice we had after the rain and warm temps. There was a track left over from the weekend. I expect a new track will be set after the snowcat work is done and the trail is groomed.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied the man made loop today. That's the only snow there is around here! They spread new snow over the trail and it is in very good shape. Used my good skis. They have snow on the newest extension of the trail but it's not open yet as ice and snow chunks are falling out of the trees where they had the snow guns. Would have loved some of that snow they got south of here but this will have to do. Great job groomers!
      Photos:  
      (Tom Davenport)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great again today. Groomed this morning and has snowed since. Lots of people out on common routes, less on advanced trail. Bet you wish you were here.
      Photos:  
      (Philip Imholte)
    • Jan 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Really nice conditions. Coating of new snow on a firm base. Nice for skate and classic looks good too.
      (Philip Imholte)
    • Jan 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We had a great day of skiing today. Firm cold powder tracks, skate lanes firm but not icy. I will be taking out the smaller Pisten Bully in the early morning to touch up some of the heavier used trails. Looks like a great MLK weekend of skiing coming up with above zero temps!
      Photos:  
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Jan 15 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The best. ABR has it all. Snow, grooming, great people and a "UP" vibe. A classic on the outer loops, plus a bit of misdirection gave a pleasing 2+ hour ski. Plan for the best.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 15 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      As usual, perfect grooming. Skied at ABR yesterday morning classic on both mixed and classic only trails, it was great but it was drizzling at that time and downhills were, as Buggs Bunny said "kind of exciting, ain't they Doc?". Back today and all were groomed again since the rain. The trails were absolutely perfect. We skied Tamarack, wolf tracks then over to Jack Pine and White pine. Windy Ridge Area was closed today. Fast glide but very controllable on downhills. Thanks Eric and Team.
      (John Rosebush)
    • Jan 14 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Glazed with a coating of fresh snow. Excellent grooming and deep base. Slight drizzle glazed the trails then gave way to light snow early this afternoon. Mike Fauerbach passed away at the Sisu ski race Saturday, and several skiers who had seen him Saturday skied with his son to the site where he passed, then took a quiet tour on the ABR trails.
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Jan 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A wonderful ski at wolverine. I've never seen the lot so full. Lots of people out enjoying the snow and weather. Excellent skate deck this morning.
      (John Leaf)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied on down to the railroad tracks and back up to the trailhead. This section is in much better condition from a week ago and in the best condition I've seen in years just before the race. Both ponds were completely covered with snow, no ice showing and groomers did a nice job to even out most ruts.
      (Ethan Kennedy)
    • Jan 22 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails inside 17k groomed, but very soft because it just doesn't stop snowing here. Conditions were considerably faster because temps broke the 20 degree mark. Nice, warm day! Blue extra was alright, slipping a bit in the new snow.
      (Ethan Kennedy)
    • Jan 21 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recently groomed and in very good condition. The snow was a little slow because of the temperature, but that was the only valid complaint to lodge. Clean tracks, level skate deck.
      (Joseph Bednarowski)
    • Jan 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent. Plenty of snow. Tracks in good shape and firm even skating deck. Enjoyable day. Thanks to all the volunteers who make it happen up here.
      (Paul Lata)
    • Jan 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We drove 5 hours to ski at Spur Valley and arrived on a zero degree morning. Snow was slow going making everything harder. We skated every loop today (some twice) and have to say we love this place. The warming hut was really packed full today, but the fire was roaring hot and soup was delicious. Kudos to the groomers, well done! I followed both groomers for a while just admiring their Jeep tracked snow grooming set up. Thanks very much for the fantastic experience. A+.
      (Luke Fortney)
    • Jan 19 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied from 510 down to 17k and back up. Trail was bombi groomed. They even groomed the new Mead Hills Bypass. The new section is pretty incredible! They added some tough, steep climbs. The final downhill is like a roller coaster, very fun and technical. All of the 24k racers will be skiing this new section! 4 degree temps and an inch of lake effect snow in the tracks made for slow skiing. Race day in a week!
      (Ethan Kennedy)
    • Jan 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Dan has all trails in excellent condition. Two feet of fresh snow yesterday morning plus another 2" during the day. Great classic skiing. Start Terva or Guru Green is good for kick in the cold fresh snow. Skate lanes have great coverage and the big hills are slower with the cold snow. Dan and Dave are out early Saturday morning grooming.
      (John Gierke)
    • Jan 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied from the Forestville trailhead down to the Noque finish at the log yard this morning. A whole mix of conditions, but mostly poor overall. Tracks were soft and skate lane had a large rut in the middle from fat bikers. Downhills into the ponds were not an issue, no jagged ice. Conditions past the railroad tracks were the most problematic. This section of trail sees a lot of walkers and dogs. The snow depth is also a lot less, so the trail was very hardpacked and dirty with leaves and pine needles.
      (Ethan Kennedy)
    • Jan 17 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails tracked after 6 inches of fresh snow. All trails are in excellent condition. We are getting more lake effect. Tracks set for classical only. We do have a designated snowshoe loop.
      (Ron Stenfors)
    • Jan 17 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nice conditions at Forestville today. Skate lane was firm and pretty fast for how cold it is. Noque was groomed all the way to 510 and all the way down to the ponds. Groomers are focusing on the race course, so make sure you get out and ski those trails, the ones that typically don't get groomed regularly.
      (Ethan Kennedy)
    • Jan 15 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good classic conditions after a dusting of flurries overnight. Dan has skate lanes in perfect shape. Solid deck, and good edge. After almost 20" of snow last week, we have a great base.
      (John Gierke)
    • Jan 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With all the heavy snow we received last week we were able to open H trail and an awful lot of happy skiers used it over the weekend. Our system is in really nice shape with firm skate decks and solid classic tracks. It was the first of six Kids Free Ski Lessons on Sunday and over 90 kids signed up so thanks to all the volunteers and coaches that are a part of this great program supporting the future of our great sport!
      Photos:  
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 13 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After a visit to Saux Head for a classic ski, Joanie and I came here and skated some of the loop trails near the Forestville Trailhead. The skate lanes in this area had been freshly groomed just before we arrived and were in great condition. A sunny day in the 20s made the experience even better. It put us in a great mood for our drive home to Madison in the afternoon. There are lots of other fun options from this trailhead besides the Noque trail itself.
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 13 - Saux Head Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Joanie and I were first time visitors to this trail as we wrapped up our long weekend ski trip from Madison. This trail is in a beautiful location above Saux Head Lake and Lake Superior, about 10 miles north of Marquette. Lots of tall pines in deep woods with long climbs and descents are some of the features of this trail. It had been groomed and tracked the day before and was still in pretty good condition on Sunday. There were some animal footprints in the tracks, which prevented the trail from being in excellent condition. Also, the trails are two-way, so some of the long downhills were a bit challenging trying to slow down going against other skiers tracks coming the other way. We really enjoyed our tour and the scenery was outstanding!
      (Darren Blankenship)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The snow bike trails and Multipurpose Loops have been dragged, and the rest of the trails at Swedetown have been tilled and tracked. Excellent conditions prevail throughout the system, and getting better with every new snow fall! Grooming completed at 10:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We decided on a delayed start for grooming this morning because it just keeps coming down! The snow bike trails and Dog Loops have been dragged, and the main trails will be tilled and tracked this morning. If you're out early, please use caution as the Husky will be out working this new snow into our 2' base!
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 21 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails dragged this morning; light use on the snow bike and Dog Loops yesterday left those trails in good shape. Grooming completed at 8:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 20 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails tilled and tracked; the snow bike trails and Multipurpose Loops freshly dragged as well. Stick with those New Year's resolutions: get out and ski! Grooming completed at 10:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 19 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It may be a bit on the cold side today, but all the more reason to bundle up and ski hard at Swedetown. All trails are tilled and tracked; the Dog Loops and snow bike trails have been freshly dragged. Grooming completed at 9:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
    • Jan 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were dragged, and still in excellent condition with the snow from last week. Grooming completed at 9:00 am.
      (Tom Wright)
      Other locations
    • Jan 13 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River): 
      Observation 

      I was there on Sunday, snowshoeing, which was great. The ski trails are not being groomed due to the Federal government shutdown but there was a decent track set by skiers. It looked pretty good and several people were skiing and said it was good, we snowshoed by A and part of B. Have no idea how the back trails are. There was at least a foot of snow, enough but more would be nice. Snowshoeing was lots of fun, we did not go on the actual snowshoe trail just followed along side a ski trail, then bushwhacked between trails.
      (Scott Maki)

 

Iowa


      Cedar Rapids area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Morgan Creek Park (Cedar Rapids): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Morgan Creek was groomed this morning for skate and classic. Great conditions to get out and ski! If you get to the open plain area in the back the wind has blown over the classic tracks a bit, but these are probably the best snow conditions we've had around here for quite some time. Word has it that Wickiup Hill is rolled and will get groomed tomorrow. Happy Trails!
      (Justin Schultes)
    • Jan 19 - Wickiup Hill Trails (Toddville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Groomed and great Iowa conditions. Tracked and rolled. The big loop is only open to the north. Prairie is ready, but never lasts long.
      Photos:  
      (John Hanson)
    • Jan 19 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing this morning at Ashton Cross Country area. Shout out to Greg and Paul for your time and efforts at grooming and tracking trail, very appreciated. Friendly reminder to dog owners, keep dogs on leashes and off groomed areas, thanks.
      (Judy Swafford)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail conditions continue to be excellent, weather conditions not so much. Nice sunny day for classic skiing but very cold. Forget about skate skis for the next few days.
      (Dan Horihan)

 

North Dakota


      Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Fargo re-groomed this afternoon after four inches of new dry fine grained snow, things are packing down nice on a icy hard base. Classical tracks are deep and well defined, skating lane is firm and fast.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 16 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails re-groomed on Tuesday during at the end of the warm-up. The icy hard skating lane was roughed up ... still icy - but better edging and a little softer. Classical trails are deep and well defined. Snow had transitioned during the warm days so the trails are a mix of new and transitioned snow. Fast and firm.
      (Gary Brekke)

 


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