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    • NewFeb 25 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We started a bit before 9 am, and it was great! By 10:15 ish, the climbs were getting slushy, and some sections were getting quite tacky. Conditions were quite a bit slower during the second half of our almost two hour ski but, we had a great time -- I have a lot of gratitude that I got to ski yesterday and today.
      (Lee Penn)
    • NewFeb 25 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      An early morning ski today could be a reasonable farewell for the season. Before things started to warm up, the skate deck was firm, with a bit of loose stuff on top. The classic tracks varied from terrific to icy and shallow with some zig-zags, including on the turn at the bottom of the donut. But it was beginning to turn slushy when I left around 10:15 am. All in all, you couldn't ask for much more during a winter season like this one. I'll add my thanks to the Elm Creek crew for a job well done.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • NewFeb 25 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Gorgeous morning at Wirth for a shakeout classic ski after the 50k Birkie yesterday. Tracks were icy but guru 39 hard with some red was kicking. That was the quietest I've seen it all year at 7am. Nice that parking is mostly opened by Trailhead and most the of ski trails were open. Thanks to the groomers and let's hope it can hold on a couple more weeks.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Ousdigian)
    • NewFeb 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      My final ski for the year. The skate deck was firm and a bit crusty seemed like it was great for skaters. The classic track in areas was remarkable but in many areas it was just skiing on ice tracks. There are some areas with dirt ground into the snow. Great season for what it was. Thanks Hyland crew.
      Photos:
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Surprisingly good considering how warm and sunny it was. Areas that were in the sun were soft to slushy. But not too deep. Areas that had been in the shade for the past hour or more were generally firm and fast. This was between 5 PM and 6 PM. I skate skied all of the snowmaking trails. Boulder Ridge climb was in good shape. Boulder Hill descent was a bit slushy and furrowed, but not as bad as I expected.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund, North Star Ski Touring Club)
    • Feb 24 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Snow is slushy in some areas with occasional wet spots and a bit icy in other areas. Lots of leaves on the trails and some mud/small twig patches. Pretty windy especially in open areas. A couple small ski lesson groups but overall not bad. Still nice to be able to get out there and ski. (This trail is all man made snow). I skate skied but made note of the classic trails. Some spots the classic trail disappears in the snow but for the majority they seem to be good. Small loop around the pond is closed off but the rest of the trails are open.
      (Emily Martis)
    • Feb 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trail condition is one of the best this season. Almost no sugar on climbs and no bare spots. Very fast condition overall. It got slower as it got closer to the noon time. Good skis should be no problem at all. Only manmade loop is open but even the boulder climb was in great condition.
      Photos:
      (Amir Gh)
    • Feb 24 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At 11:30 start, it was 33 degrees, sunny but windy and trail was in very good condition. I was concerned when I pulled in that the trail around the pond (and the Shoe and portions of the trail leading to it) were closed but Cat Track, Tree loops and Cowabunga were all open and in very good condition. Added plus was a very light crowd. Everybody must be at the Birkie.
      Photos:
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 24 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Valley Trail at 9:30 a.m. Excellent grooming. Tracks and skate lane firm and not icy. The switch back was closed but they were working on it and had it rolled before I was done skiing. Also saw a snow gun going as I was leaving. Snow was dirty at the top of the donut and near the road but otherwise much better conditions than I expected after the warm weather.
      (Mark Basiletti)
    • Feb 24 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Same trail segments that have been open the last two weeks are still open. I appreciate the great grooming. A nice firm deck with the colder weather overnight.
      (Ben Schmiege)
    • Feb 23 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      With an 11 a.m. and 36 F start, I hit the sweet spot--at least for my tastes in snow. Although there was minimal ice at the surface, it was hard to get a good pole plant due to a frozen underlayer, especially on north-facing uphills. But this problem lessened as the day progressed. There was a lot of work crew traffic with snowmobiles, ATVs and such, still putting stuff away after the big event last weekend. They've got to do what they've got to do, but it did create a few challenges, that likewise got better as the snow softened later in the day. Or maybe it was just that I got used to it. I suggest B skis because of dirty snow and some tree debris, but there were no bare spots so good skis might be okay. Overall, I was grateful for another day of skiing in this age of climate weirding.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Feb 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      At my 10:00 am start, I was baffled why it was so empty until I remembered later in the day that a lot of people would have left for the Birkie. It was around 34 degrees with a stiff NNW wind, overcast and the snowmaking loop was in fair to very good condition. The fair parts were the first left-hand outbound turn of Frog Town where snert and wood chips had bled-thru (similar snert bleed-thru just before the turn to the Boulder climb) and ice across a large portion of the width of the trail on the last Willow climb and the Willow inbound downhill. The very good part was it was still fast. I came within a.1 mph my fastest lap of the year. Note they were putting up tents and signage for the shuttle for tomorrow's Winterfest as I left for those unaware of the event and the likely crowd.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At my 10:20 am start, it was 44 degrees according to trailhead thermometer, sunny and the trail was in good condition. The more sun-exposed portions of the trail was wet corn. Less sun-exposed or shaded portions of the trail was drier corn or sugar. The corn only got annoyingly deep on the top half of the first Scenic inbound climb. By staying to the middle, the Boulder downhill was no problem. It was a really light crowd by my 10:20 start.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      WC trail conditions at BC this morning. A couple dozen kids out with big smiles channeling their inner Jessie and Gus. A short ski pushed my Birkie fever up a few degrees.
      (Michael Sweet)
    • Feb 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Still unbelievable conditions on entire manufactured snow areas. Sub freezing nights and grooming lead to ideal softening and fast early and mid-morning experiences. Huge gratitude to the groomers. You all delivered big time this entire season! Pic shows am deer tracks on corduroy.
      Photos:
      (Jamie Peters)
    • Feb 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Main trails are open again and a track is set (albeit it is shallow and icy in a number of places). Need to park at Chalet and take La Squadra up. "Full loop" now includes Twin Lakes, Coaches corner climb, North Finger, La Squadra, Ridgeline/machine shed loop, then down big hill past Trailhead and over bridge back to the stadium. The normal Jim's Hill return from the upper to the lower stadium is closed and looks kaput given all of the dirty foot traffic during the WC. Overall loop is nice, not icy and well groomed.
      (Jim Carlen)
    • Feb 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Went skate skiing right around sunset and didn't stay long, the slushy areas were fine but some of the spots were extremely hard and icy, difficult to feel like you had any grip. Especially going down the hills.
      (Lauren Urke)
    • Feb 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At my 9:00 start, it was the high 20's, sunny and the trail was in very good condition. Only thing keeping me from rating it excellent was the frequency of courser chunks of snow mixed in with the predominantly shallow, fine sugar. It was still fast and, by skiing more to the middle, I avoided the rut at the bottom of the Boulder downhill. I attained my recurring seasonal goal of an 8 mph lap. Yeh! Didn't know if I could do it at 71 and with non-fluorocarbon wax. Thanks Three Rivers and groomers for maintaining such a great option during this nearly snowless winter.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied around 11 am which was probably about an hour too late. It was getting wet in the sunny spots and slow. The Universal klister I've had on for most of the last times skiing was working OK except on the icy and very wet spots. You Birkie skiers better get out and get one last over distance session in...just kidding. Good Luck.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Feb 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Parking at the chalet is still closed, so you need to get on at the bottom of the La Squadra loop. The trail is closed at Coaches corner, but Ridgeline and the finger loop make up the trail. Tracks are shallow, but mostly ok. The two big downhills have big lumps of soft snow to navigate. Around noon, it was all pretty soft, except a few icy bits on shaded parts of the tracks.
      Photos:
      (Laurie Ford)
    • Feb 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Another wonderful skiing day. Firm skate deck at 8:30 am with just a little sugar. Classic tracks were fine. a little bit of plant matter here and there but nothing to damage your skis. Enjoy it while it's still here.
      (Jim Lasch)
    • Feb 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions this morning! Firm and fast deck. Seems like it froze just enough to set up well. 27 degrees at 6am. Many thanks to the trail crew!
      Photos:
      (John Greene)
    • Feb 21 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Very thin Base. There will be no scheduled grooming until further notice. Paths and ground exposed in many areas.
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 21 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Very thin base on the ski trails. Soft conditions during the day. Open ground in areas. Trails are closed until further notice.
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 21 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Very little base. No grooming scheduled until further notice. Cart paths are exposed and the ground is soft during the day. Closed until further notice.
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 21 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Very little to no base. No grooming scheduled until further notice. Ground very soft in areas and the quality of snow is sub par.
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At my 10:10 am start, it was 36 degrees, sunny and the snowmaking loop was in excellent condition. Just a little bit of fine sugar on top of a firm base that made for fastest pace of the season for me. Excellent job groomers.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The groomers did a great job - tracks were deep and well formed. Also slushy in places, since it was 45 degrees. It was great spring skiing on the entire loop.
      Photos:
      (Laurie Ford)
    • Feb 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions for skate skiing on the snowmaking trails this morning 9:30-10:30. Firm deck. Perfect grooming. Tracks looked great for classic skiing too.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund, North Star Ski Touring Club)
    • Feb 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Man made loop fully open, very nice hard fast snow at around 9:00 am, getting softer around 10 am. Noice or debris on the skate deck, classic seemed perfect.
      Photos:
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • Feb 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The Valley trail was very good with all man made snow trail open. Skate deck was great and tracks looked great. Only a few leaves. Thanks grooming crew!
      (Bob Maki)
    • Feb 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At 11:00am the snow making loop was in excellent condition. MPR said it was 32 degrees just before my start. Trail had a firm surface with a minimal amount of fine sugar on top. It was fast. Boulder downhill was no problem and the Boulder climb was the easiest it's been all season for me due to the lack of sugar accumulation. With new, lighter skis that a shop reprepped for me after a really disappointing first time out, I am pretty confident I hit my recurring goal for each season of an 8 mph pace. Unfortunately I forgot to put my mileage tracker on to confirm it.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 19 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Observation 

      Closed! Well folks, like most of the rest of you, I hope it is a long time before we see another winter season like this one has been (so far). This is the first year in the 36 seasons that the Trail Crew has been working the trails at Woodlands that my annual trail mowing km has exceeded my grooming km, and it wasn't even close. We are glad that some of you were able to get out the last few days for a little bit of overland rock skiing fun. If winter does make a late season comeback, the trail crew will be ready to get after it. Until next we see you on snow, Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 19 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I only skied the trails closer to Central Ave (did not cross the RR tracks) because the downhill across the railroad bridge was entirely melted and navigating around it off-trail looked dicey. But, on the east side of the course, things were mostly skiable - just had to take skis off to cross one extended bare spot. And seemed to be only grass under the course, so minimal risk of damage to skis.
      (Anna Meyer)
    • Feb 19 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lovely morning for skiing at Battle Creek. The Tree Loops were beautiful, the tracks were set and in great conditon. It wasn't too crowded but there were quite a few people skiing taking avantage of President's Day holiday. The downhill on the north loop was in great condition, the best condition I've seen all year when I've tried it.
      Photos:
      (Bart Lantz)
    • Feb 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Surprisingly I was able to ski all the natural snow trails this morning starting at 10 AM. Finding a way onto the natural snow from the snowmaking loop was the most difficult part is the part before the bridge was a bit sketchy. Once I got going there was some pretty good snow and it was still frozen so I didn't hit any bare ground. Overall I don't think my skis sustain any damage. The Eagle Lake Loop was the best and I did that three times. The only bad part was where it goes over the paved trail. The Monarch loop was not good for classic but it was hard packed so I did some skating on it.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Feb 19 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Some icy places, but for the most part decent kick until it warmed up. Enchanted Forest loop had a lot of debris - rock skis there!
      (Patrick Boylan)
    • Feb 19 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fun morning at 7am. A majority of the manmade trails were open and pretty much status quo. No snow guns working and the lake loop was partially closed. The big downhill was open today and at 79 I chose not to risk life and limb trying it. All the turns were hard with minimal berms, good cutting on either inside or outside. My Fischer Skins were just peachy as always. The trail crew as always are doing a fantastic job (a Bjorn Lasserudism) maintaining what we are fortunate still to have.
      (Peter Dorsen)
    • Feb 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best conditions of the year. That snow we received last week pumped some life into the skate deck and it just doesn't get much better. The uphills were pristine with zero sugar and there was essentially no ice at all on the 5K manmade loop. All praise to the fantastic groomers and staff at Hyland.
      (Matt Frantzen)
    • Feb 19 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails in fair to poor condition. Last groomed over the weekend. Sun is strong melting many sections of trail. Debris and rocks can be seen throughout the trail system along with footprints. A few sections were ice or missing snow altogether. Use your rock skis and enjoy the snow before trails close.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Feb 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Probably the best conditions of the year for the man-made snow loop thanks to all the efforts of the staff and groomers over the past week. The tracks looked great, and the skate deck was fast and firm, with the corduroy holding up even with quite a bit of traffic. A great morning to be able to ski.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • Feb 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Man made loop fully open. Very good hard fast snow, no ice or debris. Not crowded when I arrived around 8:45 am.
      Photos:
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • Feb 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Went out to ski the man made trails this morning and it appears there was some sort of event this holiday weekend!? Trails were set slightly differently but overall same good old Theo. Conditions were fast and near best of the year. Even the lake loop was nice and firm although some trails near the trailhead appear to have sustained a bit of foot traffic this weekend.
      (Karl Kroll)
    • Feb 19 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions this morning! Fast and firm skate deck with only a few leaves in the woody sections. 21 degrees at the start, and four other vehicles in the lot at 5:45 am. Thanks BC crew for maintaining the trail so well!
      (John Greene)
    • Feb 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Tree covered areas provided good snow on these natural trails. Areas where the sun was able to peak through were not as lucky with several large parts of the trail eroding completely. We had to pick up the skis and walk a few sections but it was still nice enjoying these lovely trails in this difficult winter. Kudos to the groomers for getting the most out of it!
      (Ian Boylan)
    • Feb 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Some bare spots, but easy to navigate around them. it was nice to have natural snow! Definitely use your rock skis.
      (Patrick Boylan)
    • Feb 18 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We greatly appreciated the few days of skiing and want to thank the groomer for his masterful efforts to make the trails skiable with 4 inches of snow. We did all the trails again Sunday morning but had to either walk in spots or take odd our skis off due to melting. I was a small reprieve to the dry winter so we made the most of it! Some good runs and a lot of open dirt and rock.
      Photos:
      (Kristina Vaughan)
    • Feb 18 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At a 1:00 pm start, it was at least 32 degrees, sunny and King was in poor condition. In fact after today, I wouldn't recommend skiing King at all. I had to take my skis off and walk only once (I am ignoring the final bare spot immediately before the trailhead trailer) but the steep hill immediately after the observation tower was treacherous - after slowing to ski around a bare spot a third of the way down I did a straight run the rest of the way down and one ski caught on the grass under the snow but fortunately it released right away. The rest of the downhills were okay although I as well as most of the several others who had skied the trail before me snowplowed the entire way down from the "summit" overlooking Parley Lake. As noted by others, there was frequent branch debris as well as a lot of grass sticking through. Nevertheless, I think I escaped with only one new scratch on one of my skis.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 18 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I hit up Como late afternoon and it was good I got out while the trail is still there. There were several sections where I had to navigate through some grass and then although it looked well covered on the section by the lights (south side?), I hit asphalt when I pushed off. It was plenty skiable through 80% of the trail and not a bad time at all, but just a heads up if you go on Monday.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • Feb 18 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails didn't have much snow, but were still good for skiing. Couple bare spots by the lake. They are groomed for skate ski, but not deep enough for making classic tracks. My first time here. I did the whole loop. It was fun. Not too difficult for the few lightly rolling hills.
      Photos:
      (Ann Hoverson)
    • Feb 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just skied the snowmaking trails. Excellent condition for skating. Classic tracks looked excellent, too.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund, North Star Ski Touring Club)
    • Feb 18 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are not nearly as good as this morning. Bare patches are growing, and the downhill from the parking lot was pretty tricky. Still a ton of fun. The sun was glorious. Good number of people.
      (Lee Penn)
    • Feb 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skied natural trails at Hyland (Lake, North, Nature Center loops) just before noon. There were many places where leaves or wood chips were poking through, but a snow covered path was always available. I never scraped bottom or had wood chips stuck to my skis, so would rate trails as being in fair shape. Overall an enjoyable, quiet ski.
      Photos:
      (Tom Pitchford)
    • Feb 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated all the man-made and the south natural trails this morning at 10:00am. Man-made was outstanding. The natural trails were pretty rough as a lot of wood chips were already showing through. I had my rock skis and I even felt sorry for them on the abuse they were taking. Still a great day of skiing -- zero complaints.
      (Philip Westover)
    • Feb 18 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A few bare spots and debris under trees but thanks to the grooming it was a very easy to avoid the rough spots.
      Photos:
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • Feb 18 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Enjoying day after day of good conditions at Hiawatha! It's well-used now; it's so great skiers are coming out of the woodwork.
      Photos:
      (Charlie Casserly)
    • Feb 18 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful skate ski - amazed to find well groomed and covered trails for skate ( no classic trail). Couple easy to avoid bare spots and the usual few sticks - and bit strange (after last season) you'll hear your poles click on the hard asphalt underneath. Get it while it lasts! Thanks for keeping the faith grooming team!
      (Kyle Henning)
    • Feb 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied classic this morning at Hyland, the tracks were deep and smooth, the deck looked firm with no sugar. I thought I was going kind of slow due to recovering from an injury, but when I looked at my mapping app I was actually a little faster than normal. Several of the skaters I talked to said the deck was fast.
      (Tom Harris)
    • Feb 18 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Snow was nice. I think all trails open (I am new to the trails). There were only a few patches of grass/rock that were mostly avoidable.
      Photos:
      (Samuel Lorang)
    • Feb 18 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Can't believe we finally got out for a skijor before we head out for that other ski event happening in the Twin Cities! Bit bumpy - few bare spots - super fun! Saw theee other skijor teams!
      (Lee Penn)
    • Feb 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Observation 

      The natural snow trails look rolled. I saw a few people on them. Most like me were on the 5k loop. It was excellent out in the tracks. Plenty of kick using my skins. There is some dirt or leaf debris getting tilled in.
      Photos:
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Feb 17 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great to get out and enjoy the natural trails with the short burst of snow we've had recently. Rock skis are a must with several leaves, sticks, and rocks covering most sections of the trail. Skied most of the outer loop of the East side of the park. Downhills are still pretty fast so be careful where you step!
      (Ian Boylan)
    • Feb 17 - Otsego County Park (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were not set but great park! This is cross country skiing at its finest! I will definitely check this out next time the trails are groomed! It was a beautiful sunny day. The fresh snow just sparkled like jewels! Two trumpeter Swans flew overhead by the Mississippi River.
      Photos:
      (Astrid Gubbin)
    • Feb 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First, thank you Three Rivers Park District for the grooming you did. I really appreciate it. I skied 1 mile of the Fairway trail and decided to stop. It was not with the risk of injury. In the open areas the wind has blown away the snow. I did not attempt Hill, Island, Timber or Prairie trails. Also as others have said, Evergreen Trail is closed for construction. I had fun though for my 1.1 miles. Thanks again Three Rivers. Next year will be better. Ps. I saw no classic tracks set.
      (Paul Pasko)
    • Feb 17 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions were fair to good. Packed, not tracked, still a bit soft. Fishscales worked well for this. Skating may be a bit of a slog. No rocks (skied over one small rock) or bare spots. Good coverage throughout. Mostly in the woods, which limits melting from the strong sun. A few thin spots in walker divots and on a couple of uphill climbs. All in all, worth the trip. Thanks to the previous poster for highlighting the conditions here.
      Photos:
      (Dave Gardner)
    • Feb 17 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Glad I skied Carver today since there may not be another chance this season. There is enough snow coverage but definitely rock ski conditions with lots of small branches and twigs down plus leaf debris in the wooded areas. The prairie sections have significantly less debris. Tracks have been set, but they are quite shallow and debris filled or there is substantial grass poking through in most places. There are at least two spots I found it might be best to stop and walk around: near the start of eastbound Sugarbush loop (see photo) and near the end of the King trail approaching the trailhead building. The King loop had the best snow coverage overall. I didn't ski the nature center spur or Grimm based on previous reports. Despite the conditions, I thoroughly enjoyed skiing on natural snow.
      Photos:
      (Ben Ruhme)
    • Feb 17 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All natural snow, ungroomed. Trail runs along a paved bike path that has just enough snow to ski on, but layer is thin. There's room to ski on the snow on the side of the path, but strip is thin, so my poles kept hitting the pavement through the snow. Not bad for a leisurely classic ski, but snow layer is a bit too thin and uneven for faster more aggressive skiing. I wouldn't go out if my way to ski here, but it's decent for a leisurely classic ski if nearby. Snow is soft powder.
      Photos:
      (Megan Evans)
    • Feb 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      Man made loop is fully open again. Was in really nice shape with fast and firm conditions. Didn't think any spots were icy. They've done a great job repairing the trail. The natural trails looked rolled and had been skied on, but I didn't try them as was on good skis.
      (Erik Erickson)
    • Feb 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At a 2:20 pm start, it was partly sunny with the temperature at 23 degrees. The snow making loop was in very good condition. The surface was hard packed with just enough loose snow for adequate bite. No snow plow wake to complicate the Boulder descent. Unfortunately, my new skis freshly waxed with FastWax Salmon HF were inexplicably slow. I also tried the shorter version of the natural snow loop. It was also slow for me and required moving from side to side to avoid the frequent bleed thru of the wood mulch underlying the snow. Avoided any scratches.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Feb 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Figured it'd be quiet with the World Cup going on across town, and indeed it was. A handful of us had maybe the best skate deck of the year on the snowmaking trails at BC this morning. A bit puzzled at the selection of trail segments they have groomed and opened and those they haven't, but I'm sure there's a method to the madness. Nothing new opened since they got Cowabunga and Winthrop back on line.
      (Jay Lyons)
    • Feb 17 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Rock ski conditions for sure, but fun skiing nevertheless. The only place that I had to take skis off was the steep south-facing hill that overlooks Anwatain pond.
      (Zachary Handler)
    • Feb 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Where is everyone? Is some other skiing event going on? Hyland was deserted, which is too bad. The snowmaking trails were the best I've seen this season. The classic track was set with a nice layer of grippy snow, while the skate deck was hard and fast but still soft enough for great control. Can't say the same about the natural snow trails. Lake, Oak Knob, and North had coverage but lots of wood chips and occasional bare ground showing. Expect to pickup damage on your skis. No classic track is set. I didn't try Hill.
      (Steve Hum)
    • Feb 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the snowmaking trails and they were in fantastic shape! Some of the fasted I've felt going up the hills and not too sketchy on the downhills, just a tiny bit slick with the cool temps over night.
      Photos:
      (Ophelia Loree)
    • Feb 17 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Surprisingly good conditions. Very good coverage overall, and a pretty firm deck, too. Some foot traffic on the trail, but the bit of wind was helping out with that. Much gratitude to the groomer for some fine work!
      (Ernie Ogot)
    • Feb 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Butler and bog tonight. It's pretty good rock ski skiing. There are definitely plenty of bumps and rocks and sticks showing through. But overall, especially for this winter, it was great quality snow, no ice, and a lot of fun. Be prepared to takeoff your skis and walk in a few places, including a couple of the downhills. For those looking to ski from Anwatin schools or the Bryn Mawr neighborhood to the World Cup tomorrow, it should be a pretty cool experience as long as you bring your rock skis. See you there!
      (Ryan Atwell)
    • Feb 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied all of the South Wirth trails this afternoon. Had a great time enjoying the snow and sun in the woods. Few bare patches but mostly quite skiable. Appreciate the Wirth crew taking time to groom the trails in the midst of World Cup preparations.
      (Mike Westerhaus)
    • Feb 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      So grateful to be skiing natural snow! Thank you so much to the groomers! It was great to see the new northeast loop groomed for the first time after a few years of suggesting we could add that milage; as a result, the course is now a bit longer, which is great! No classic tracks set but the skate deck was lovely.
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Feb 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Babe and DPR just finished another run with the rollers. Somewhat surprisingly, they reported quite a few ski tracks on the trails. There are more very desperate skiers out there than expected. The roller run, coupled with the cold temps, should firm the base up a bit for tomorrow morning, but will do nothing to smooth the bumps or improve the extremely thin base. My daughter and granddaughter were among those who needed a lap around their home course. They said their ski was fun, but the drainage trenches were quite a challenge on the downhills. If you come out for a Saturday ski, bring rock skis, low expectations, ski only on the trails you are comfortable skiing and ski with caution, all warranted by the marginal trail conditions. There are a few small bare spots showing up, including on some of the paved trail sections.
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Feb 16 - Rice Creek Trails - Irondale Unit (New Brighton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A relatively thin, rolled base held up well under today's traffic. The county plowed the asphalt crossings, which I shoveled over. Please double pole across to avoid blowing out the weakly bonded snow. There are many thin spots. In the woods on the east side of the creek, it's mostly wood chips you can roll over. The meadow loop is grabbier dirt, and after tomorrow I'd advise using the 180 cut off before the two-way hill. Great work by groomers Gary and Neal!
      Photos:
      (Karl Holub)
    • Feb 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The rolling has created a nice skate deck for the full loop. Only a few bare patches. Great to get out on the course finally!
      (Anthony Bramante)
    • Feb 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I'd get there morning to afternoon Saturday. Friday late afternoon there was a bit of grass here and there poking through. The climb up the big hill skirted some dirt and the edge of a paved trail. The little steep hill up the northeast corner was a lot of bare dirt (I went a different way to avoid it). That said, other than soft spots, I had so much fun! Huge thanks to the groomer!
      Photos:
      (Gary Countryman)
    • Feb 16 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nothing groomed but enough snow to classic ski. There are some chunks of dirt on the snow from the plow on the walking trail but other than that only a few bare spots.
      (Emily Carr)
    • Feb 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied all east side trails. There were sections of beautiful snow and conditions. Yet there were bare spots to be skirted, lots of snirt, and some rocks. I didn't find any perfect loop. All that said, many thanks to the groomers for doing as much as possible with the limited new snow and no base. It was great to see some different scenery on skis this winter in the East Metro.
      (Jess Holle)
    • Feb 16 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All the trails have been rolled, but none have been tracked. The snow was still pretty soft, so I didn't get much glide. But there was very little debris. Not to many sticks, leaves, dirt showing. Very pretty in the woods. Didn't see a single other skier, but it was clear that a few people had skied before me.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund, North Star Ski Touring Club)
    • Feb 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied all the trails including Grimm and King twice. King had the best snow coverage by far except the part along the snowmobile trail. All the downhills on King including the first big drop off were great. All the other trails including getting to the start of King were mixed. Debris and sometimes you had to find a way to go around bad spots. The worst trail was the big downhill from the visitor center to Grimm and the uphill wasn't much better. I'd recommend using the other trail head if you're going to do Grimm. I used my B waxless skis and didn't see much damage but I took it pretty easy and watched for debris because it was great just to be skiing at Carver.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Feb 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Surprised at how good the grooming was - great job team! A few blades of grass coming through and the rerouting was fun, worth considering for the future.
      Photos:
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • Feb 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated the West side loop. Fair conditions overall though the up and downhills difficult due to width of track. Areas of exposed rock where the sun has hit. Unfortunate amount of boot tracks from walkers. I'd wait to ski again until more snow, with more level deck.
      Photos:
      (Bill Caperton)
    • Feb 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This was rolled for skating this morning and at noon today the deck looked incredible and unused. There are no classics tracks but enough people have gone to make it around on classics.
      (Jon Nuessmeier)
    • Feb 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied Phalen around 1:30 PM today. Considering the absence of a previous base, the new snow is smoother than I expected, and faster than I was expecting with the cold temperatures. So far, there is minimal variation in the snow between shaded and sun facing areas, and bare spots are easily avoided. Get out there while it lasts! Thanks to the groomers.
      (Peter Schlesinger)
    • Feb 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We have reopened Cowabunga and Winthrop Ridge leading back to the Stadium from the upper loops. We have also groomed Prairie Pass so returning from the upper loops via Slipback you can use the pass to get back into the stadium. The natural snow trails have been rolled and groomed. The classic tracks are very shallow and in some places there wasn't enough snow to set tracks. For the natural snow trails I would advise rock or B skis if you want to venture out onto the natural snow trails but if you are looking for different scenery and big hills you will find them.
      Enjoy the weekend!

      (Rob Adams, Ramsey County Parks)
    • Feb 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      All the trails except evergreen are open. Thin in some spots. Most of the trail is in really good shape, just keep an eye out for those rogue rocks or sticks. Great to ski at Baker at least once this year.
      Photos:
      (Matt Hempe)
    • Feb 16 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails have been rolled today and are open. Groomers were out today and reported thinning and patchy spots especially in areas of pine trees and on the hills. Overall, 8 km of trails are rolled open for skiing.
      Photos:
      (Rebecca Denn, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing today. Classic tracks were in fantastic condition. Kudos to the groomers! Hopefully the conditions will continue for awhile.
      (Dave Netznik)
    • Feb 16 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied Highland this morning. There were a couple bare spots when the trail ran over black top golf cart lanes, these were easily bypassed. Also you could see grass peaking out in a few places. The first lap this morning was a winter wonderland, the first time on natural snow all season! The classic tracks were good enough, not mint, but amazing for what we've had so far this season. The second lap the groomers had run over the classic tracks with the rollers, I assumed to remake them. If not, it's a shame as they were perfectly usable when I first went out.
      Photos:
      (Bart Lantz)
    • Feb 16 - Highland National Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Beautiful day at Highland National. Groomed a nice skate deck today. Be careful there is some exposed asphalt and grass. Overall in good shape. Unfortunately too thin to groom a classic deck. Enjoy the three day ski weekend!
      Photos:
      (Dwight Vaughn)
    • Feb 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I have been looking forward to skiing local. I am surprised how well the trail set up overnight. The trail was freshly rolled this morning. I spent much of my ski practicing the time honored sport of "Flickin' Sticks". It is very satisfying to pick up a stick with the tip of your pole and send it arcing off the trail, without breaking stride. There was no track and the practice loop was not rolled. I did want to ski the new Challenge Hill. The bottom was changed and there is a straight run out no snow plowing.
      Photos:
      (Craig Schulz)
    • Feb 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were in pretty good shape. Most of the thin sections are avoidable, but still saw some rocks and branches mixed in with the snow. My skis got caught a couple of times, luckily no new big grooves/divots on my skis. I was on my B skis, but I wish I was on rock skis. They were out grooming when I arrived. Classic tracks were down but very thin.
      Photos:
      (Matt Hempe)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The overnight freeze really setup the trails well. Classic tracks looked excellent. No berms from snowplowing because the snow is firm enough to withstand it. The Boulder uphill offered the worst glide (of course), but the 10° temps had a lot to do with that.
      Photos:
      (Paul Larson)
    • Feb 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Any time spent in such a beautiful setting is appreciated, no matter the conditions. And those conditions were...challenging. There's only so much groomers can do with 4" of snow and no base, and they've done a good job for what they had to work with. As it is, the skate deck is undulating, with a number of bare spots and some roots poking through. Without a significant base, the snow was soft, so it's certainly a good workout. Definitely recommend rock skis. There was no track set.
      (Jason Goepfert)
    • Feb 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Hiawatha is rolled! There are some avoidable asphalt and grass spots, but the coverage is generally good. We will not be able to set a classic track due to the thin base. I'll be skiing HIawatha later this afternoon with my B skis.
      (John Saunders)
    • Feb 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Thank you for grooming! I skied 8k this morning. Trail conditions are what you'd expect with such little snow. With that said, it is so much fun to finally have the opportunity to ski on real snow.
      (Dan Korman)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate deck was quite firm, just soft enough to get an edge but icy in some spots. With the cold overnight temps, it was a bit slow but the manmade loop is in pristine condition and should be fantastic once temps moderate. It's been a winter of extremes, a huge thank you to the groomers.
      (Matt Frantzen)
    • Feb 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the Sugar Bush and Sky trails this morning. It was a blast being able to ski at Carver in a season I thought was over. The trail conditions are hard to describe; I'd say poor to fair, but better than what that might usually imply, so maybe fair. There's good snow coverage and everything was very skiable, but a lot of leaves and large chunks of branches and so forth churned in throughout. Small areas of exposed grass here and there. Definitely B skis, but very skiable and nothing requiring off-trail or tiptoeing around gaps in the trail or anything like that.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Feb 16 - Pine Point Regional Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails here have been rolled and are in fair to poor conditions. Just enough snow to cover the trail. Not enough for setting tracks. Enjoy the sunny day!
      (Rebecca Denn, Washington County Parks)
    • Feb 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I covered all the trails at Hyland this morning. I was hoping to get away with B skis on the natural stuff but turned back and grabbed the rock skis. Grooming had pulled in quite a lot of woodchips on lake, such that it was essentially unavoidable. Some gravel mixed in where Lake/Hill come back together, and a nearly exposed asphalt path near the finish of lake. Nature Center and North trails were better but still had some dirty spots. You could probably get away with B skis there. Manmade loop was firm and skied well, no snowplow berms on Boulder Ridge.
      (Spencer Davis)
    • Feb 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      A nice day to be at Lake Phalen! The base has diminished very little and the trail has fiirmed up slightly. No classic set today. A few thin areas and one cart path exposed. Plenty of great trails left on this sunny day!
      Photos:
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Nordic Center trails (east side) were rolled and packed yesterday. Freshly groomed this morning. Some bare spots, debris, but overall good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Brian Selvik)
    • Feb 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Snuck in a couple laps before heading off to work. Had the good fortune of following the groomer around the course. Overall thin, but good coverage with bare spots here and
      there. A couple of skaters out and a few striders breaking trail. Beautiful winter morning. Big thank you to the groomer for the exceptional work.

      (Ernie Ogot)
    • Feb 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Good morning from the Highland 9 grooming team. Very soft conditions today, with a thin skate deck. There are a few areas with exposure that will continue to grow throughout the day. A classic track was attempted; however, snow depth did not allow for it. Get out and enjoy it, it won't last for long!
      Photos:
      (Reid Butler)
    • Feb 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are open but some re-routing have been made. The cart paths that follow the trail were re-routed, I recommend avoiding. There are some areas that have slight bare ground to grass tuffs. Going under the bridge is still doable. 98% off the trail is viable and with the cold, the trail is slightly firmer. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (David Schwarz)
    • Feb 16 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thanks to Three Rivers groomers for getting out to Murphy. Snow is very soft which made for silky smooth downhills and limited glide on the uphills. Definitely rocks skis with the limited snow and rocky trails. Other natural trails are in better condition, but if you're looking for solitude on a wooded trail, this is what rock skis are for. I had a great time, just me and the deer.
      Photos:
      (David Potasek)
    • Feb 16 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail rating is poor - Track deteriorated over much of trail. Lots of bare spots. Icy spots beginning to affect skiability. Trails were rolled but snow is very thin.
      (Kristy Rockford, Ramsey County Parks)
    • Feb 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Some sections with roots or rocks sticking through but overall great! Probably could get away with B skis if you're careful and it's light out (I was out with a headlight). Had to contain my rage at the folks who have put giant divots in with boots and bike tires.
      (Ben Fuller)

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    Duluth area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 24 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We got 6 inches yesterday on top of Spirit so we decided to check out Magney. There was a nice skied in track. The section with the gravel horse trail did have some rocks poking through here and there where the track was since it is not a rolled trail and was just fresh snow. When we got to the grass section of the trail, the person with the fish scales started clumping, I was fine on my skins. We ran into a man walking the horse section of the trail with two off leash dogs who were running in the what was once a nice track. I asked him if he could walk on a different trail or at least to the side, which he did not do. If you want to ski it go to the right where the grass section is, he walked from the SHT he said, which could have been Bardon's or Ely's.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Feb 16 - Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Roller Coaster is closed with snow guns in place and piles of snow ready to be groomed out. Stadium is ungroomed. Hopefully all back fully open by Saturday morning. The higher up loops (Black Bear and Overlook?) were great skiing. Violet Klister worked wonderfully.
      Photos:
      (Brian Markes)
    • Feb 16 - Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pristine, albeit cold, conditions at GANC this morning. They are blowing more snow now in the Stadium and on RollerCoaster- the latter was closed. The rest is open and wonderful. Thanks Spirit for giving us consistently great conditions in this decidedly un-winter winter.
      (Tom Heinitz)
     

    Northshore/Gunflint area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 24 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We skied skate and classic on East Bearskin Lake and Aspen Lake. Nice groomed track around the lake. It was a little thin in some spots but overall had a great time. The trails on land at Bearskin are closed.
      Photos:
      (Cory Quirk)
    • Feb 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Me and and family were out this afternoon. Skate skied the Onion River Rd trail up and back. Started at noon and the bottom 1/3 of trail is icier than up. A cold morning made for an icy skate deck. The sun came up and the deck got better as the afternoon rolled on. Ran into just a dozen or so skiers. Classic tracks are there but very icy. Not sure grip wax or scales do much help. Overall trail is in very good shape still.
      (Tommy Johnson)
     

    Iron Range area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 24 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      PB tilled skate lane and set tracks in stadium for MYSL on Sunday afternoon. Left old tracks through the woods, but might be icy depending on time and temps. Bare ground on top of Baby Bump and thin/almost down to dirt at the top of Camel Hump/Waterfall.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 18 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skied the 2km loop 20x. Hard packed but less icy than last week. Very little debris on trail. Small areas of ice to watch out for. So grateful to have somewhere to get in some skiing!
      (Jacquelyn Bacigalupi)
    • Feb 18 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The biathlon course was scratched up and very nice for skating. Track looked a little icy, but good. Extra entertainment was provided by MYSL practice and a ski jumping meet. Some very ambitious kids!
      Photos:
      (Jeff Pesta)
    • Feb 17 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Good skiing on the freshly tilled skate lane and reset tracks for kids on waxless skis. Bright sun and strong west wind challenged the jumpers flying off the 70 meter and the spectators trying to watch them. I successfully flew down Roller Coaster and Waterfall and called it good enough. Tonight groomer freshly tilled Waterfall and the flats that were exposed to sun and wind during the day.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Feb 16 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Rock hard ice has been tilled and track set where possible on the 2 k loop of man made snow. Stadium tilled but no tracks set.
      (Catherine McLynn)
     

    Ely area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Morning
      Observation 

      Nope! Sorry to report the lack of adequate snow, but with weekend coming up we thought we should let folks know.... There is still some skiable snow on the trails, but there are too many gaps, roots, rocks, and ground cover for even the most inveterate rock-skier. We do, however, welcome hikers to the trails. Take advantage of these unusual conditions to get out onto the lovely trails for decent hiking. Dogs welcome.
      (Mary Shedd, Friends of Flathorn Gegoka Trails)

Minnesota Northwest

     

    Detroit Lakes area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Scheduling 

      Jonell and I got out for one more ski early afternoon before closing the trails at dusk. Although the temperature was near 40, the humidity was in the mid 30's keeping the snow relatively dry and skiing nice considering the ultra thin base. We will have the early/late season grooming equipment ready to go if we should happen to have a late season snow event. Until then, thanks everyone who came to Maplelag this past season!
      Photos:
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Feb 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We continue to maintain around 5km of trail. Most recent grooming was yesterday afternoon after we shoveled another load or two on thin areas. A very light dusting of new snow combined with the shoveled snow was just enough to work with and set new structure. Not able to set track. Low down to -2 last night set the corduroy up stiff. Went out for a skate ski over lunch today for a few laps. One of the better skate skis the past week or so. Yes, the base is very thin and hard with a few dark spots but cold temps keeping it very skiable and wind-chill was invigorating and sunshine was glorious. The 25km fat bike trails continues to roll nicely, a few icy spots to watch out for on the corners and lower part of the berms.
      Photos:
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

Minnesota Central

     

    St. Cloud area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 18 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Some gravel at the start and a couple of patches of leaf and branch debris, but very skiable trail given the amount of snowfall. Only skied the lake loop but black forest loop was also track set. Only classic, not enough ski for the kid trailer.
      Photos:
      (Carina Paton)
     

    Mora/Hinckley area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 17 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      There is currently a 1km loop open. Snow coverage was very good with no bare spots. The skate deck was firm/slightly icy due to cold temps. Classic tracks were set and firm, but had some pine needles and leaves in them in some sections. A good chance to bring the kids out or if you haven't had a chance to get out much this season as you're never too far from the Nordic Center. :).
      Photos:
      (Jim Conway)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 18 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were getting soft and snow is fading fast, but it was a beautiful day to be out. I skied primarily the Mitigwaki Loop. The bike trail portion was better, but very short pole plants. Conditions ranged from fair to poor. Lots of footprints from inconsiderate hikers who have been able to hike all winter. Lots of swans on the river. Be careful as conditions diminish and more dirt and debris will start poking through and creating bare spots soon.
      Photos:
      (Kris Backlund)
    • Feb 16 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      A portion of the trails were packed and combed with the roller Friday. The corduroy looks nice, but is definitely thin. Hopefully it sets up well overnight. Trails rolled include Mitigwaki, Old Logging, Walter F. Mondale River, Deer Creek and the east side of the Amador Prairie Loop. Sun and warm temps will chase the snow away quickly, so get out while you can. Maybe fair conditions, on 5.5" of new snow February 14.
      (Kris Backlund)

Wisconsin Northwest

     

    Cable/Hayward area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Report from the Thursday morning 30k Birkie Open Track skate. At 9am it was 28 degrees, blazingly fast, and clean. By my third 10k lap, notable softening especially in full-sun areas, some tan snow on the 6k of golf course trail, and a few slow-soft patches. Korte skiers who started at 11am reported that the softening continued. The many full-shade segments in the woods remained good. In sum: mixed under heat. Temp 53 when I left around 1pm!
      (David Moore)
    • Feb 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Awesome day skiing, what they have done on this no-snow winter is amazing. Skate deck was great with only an occasional twig. The golf course trail looks good. Fingers crossed that the weather holds.
      Photos:
      (Bob Maki)
     

    Eau Claire area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 18 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions are somewhere between rock skis and running shoes, haha! Trailhead is discouraging, but there are some "good" (i.e. mostly covered) spots, especially back by flyway, tempo, etc.
      Photos:
      (Brandon Guenther)
    • Feb 17 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First mile had some bare patches and was trampled by walkers. 1.5 miles after that was covered and decent shape but soft. Can't be picky this year and thanks to the trail crew!
      (Dan Freedman)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 19 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed ]
      Observation 

      All trails are now open to hiking. You may be able to get some last gasp skiing in by parking at the group camp parking lot, walking to the 300 Campground entrance road and skiing the 300 loop.
      (David Thofern)
    • Feb 17 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      We did some cleanup grooming after Saturday night's candlelight event. If you'd like to get in some skiing at Willow prior you'll find the best conditions on the 300 Campground loop and the Blue Trail to the falls. Expect heavy hiker traffic after about 10:00 am Sunday morning.
      Photos:
      (Dave Thofern)
    • Feb 17 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I used B skate skis but would recommend rock skis. Waited until winds died down about 3:00 pm and decided to avoid Silver Trail thinking high winds would cause more trail damage. Avoided going to Falls/blue, as groups of candlelight organizers and park staff "volunteered" to walk all over Green Trail and I had to dodge them in already sketchy conditions. Ironic, especially given this short period to try and enjoy groomed ski trails.Began at bottom lot Green-300Camp-up yellow, cross to Groupcamp and inner red PrairieLoop, Brown was kinda nasty. Gorgeous day.
      (Catherine Olson)
    • Feb 17 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another great day out at Willow! Started at the Boat Launch skied Green to Campground then took Blue to the Falls. Went about a 1/4 mile up Silver then back to Falls. Finished Blue/Green back to Boat launch for about 4 miles. Classic is tough at parts, need to watch for bare spots and debris. But all is avoidable, just need to jump out to the skate deck to get around the spots. So glad to be able to ski Willow again, even if it is for a very short time!
      Photos:
      (Shane Meisner)
    • Feb 16 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a great job by the groomers! Skied the Brown trail, Green trail to campground, yellow trail back to group campground. Then skied the Red trail, including the prairie loop. I was skiing classic and at times had to jump out to the skate deck due to debris and little snow. But dang it felt good to finally be able to ski my favorite place. Had so much, plan on going back on Saturday, then probably Sunday as well. Get out there before the next melt. Thank you, groomers!
      Photos:
      (Shane Meisner)
    • Feb 16 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      We rolled a few trails that needed a bit of compacting. The best conditions are found on the 300 campground loop, the Blue trail to the falls, and the Silver Trail east of Nelson Farm Road. The 300 loop and the Blue trail are really the only trails that have decent classic track. Even there, watch for bare spots. If you ski the Silver trail between Nelson Farm Rd. east to the river be aware of bare gravel on some of the south-facing hills, especially the big hill, "Everest.".
      (Dave Thofern)

Wisconsin Northeast

     

    Rhinelander/Eagle River area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Firsthand: Classic Observation 

      Classic skied Ridge Trail loop yesterday afternoon. In the thick pine areas there was enough snow remaining for decent stride, though with no tracks. In the open areas, especially on south facing slopes bare dirt was quite evident. Managed to move side to side, sometimes gliding a few feet on one ski to miss dirt and avoid damage from dirt/stones/rubble.
      As of Thursday, I would advise not even trying to ski. Many more open dirt areas just on the few hundred yards I walked from the start. Unless winter somehow comes back I think we're done for the year. Anyone wishing to do so is welcome to walk the trails.

      (Will Maines)
    • Feb 19 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Morning
      [ Trails: Closed, Bare ground ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      All trails are closed due to lack of snow and unsafe conditions. Certainly wish we had something else to report.
      (Isaac Cowart)
    • Feb 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the east inner loop Silver-Tower-XC-Nepco a few times with good results and only one minor fall. Quite thin in the narrow conifer areas but generally good coverage and glide. Had to pull more than skate to avoid hitting ground or pebbles in various sections. All in all, worth the drive and donation.
      (Duane Jacobson)
    • Feb 16 - Ed's Lake National Recreation Trail (Crandon):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Snow is light in some spots along the trails with a 3" base at most, but there is coverage along all sections of trail. All sections have been combed and rolled, so grab your rock skis and enjoy!
      (Blake Rouzer)
    • Feb 16 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Treehaven received about 5" of very light snow from the last storm. Unfortunately our base was about 90% gone so we are basically starting the season from scratch at this point. I flat groomed Sugarbush, Deer Path, Red Oak and Big Pine this AM mainly to set a base in case we receive additional snow. Trail conditions are pretty marginal with a very thin base and some exposed rocks, roots and tree debris, although some sections turned out surprisingly nice. Sugarbush is in the best shape currently and has pretty good coverage until a little past the Deer Exclosure. I would recommend avoiding the other trails at this time or if you choose to ski them, ski them cautiously because of the thin base.
      Photos:
      (Eli Anoszko)
    • Feb 16 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about 6 inches of snow and the whole trail was rolled yesterday. Today all but the Luge loop was dragged but not tracked due to not having enough snow. There are some bumpy areas and recommend B skis. Going down the Luge is closed.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
     

    Wausau area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 18 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The 500 meter man made loop was really good this morning. I also skied up the downhill a few times and it had good snow. Good coverage and no ice on the entire loop and downhill. A track was set but it looked really shallow is some areas. Thank you to the Standing Rocks employees for making a really nice loop.
      Photos:
      (Carson Wood)
    • Feb 16 - Nels P. Evjue School Forest (Merrill):
      Morning
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Three to four inches of lite fluffy snow over frozen trail. Temps in lower 20s. Base snow has melted - no foundation for tracking. A good day to take a hike.
      (Rich Prange)
     

    Green Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 19 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Arguably the finest ski conditions of the season today at The ANC! Perfect tracks. Fresh corduroy. A blue sky and a low wind in 30 degrees. Glorious. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 18 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      First tracks and fresh corduroy on the 2.4K of Ariens this morning, with the light conditions better than ever. Skate was a bit slow due to the transformed snow, with a few small patches of older and faster snow on the turns of slingshot. Due to today's biathlon competition we bypassed the range, but that looked well set and groomed, as well. Plenty of snow and fairly consistent conditions across the skate lanes throughout the entire course. Classic tracks were nearly full depth throughout but variable in speed, with warmup and slingshot being a bit icy (and slightly dicey on downhill portions) as the remainder seemed more freshly groomed and we were able to get more purchase on the uphills. While the wind was whipping in some directions, the temp was fairly consistent and comfortable after one lap. All told probably a better bet for skate today.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Feb 17 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time here, kudos to Ariens staff. Beautiful facilities and course. Unfortunately we're only able to ski 2.5k of trails, several times. Had it not been so windy and cold, would've stayed longer.
      Photos:
      (Barbara Boes)
    • Feb 16 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Spectacular nordic skiing at The ANC this morning! Perfect tracks + A Bright Blue Sky + 26 breezy degrees = A Fun and Fast Ski! Six snow guns were busily making snow adding to the winter atmosphere. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Feb 16 - Ariens Nordic Center (Brillion):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Early morning grooming was done on the 2.4 km man-made snow loop. The corduroy was fast, level, well compacted and perfectly clean. Adjacent classic tracks were robust and fast. Overall, a very good experience.
      (Jules Blank)
     

    Other Locations

    • Feb 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skating done from golf course to 15 km mark. Frequent debris and thin coverage. Classic tracks were shallow or filled with leaves. Definitely recommend rock skis although the trail is passable.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Feb 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the golf course and out to the 10 K marker. The trail is undulating with some dirt and leaf spots poking through. Decent skiing in many areas but in other areas you have to ski around the bad spots. The classic tracks looked nice in some places but were down to grass and leaves in other places.
      Photos:
      (James Beno)
    • Feb 16 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the golf course and out to the 6 K mark. The skate lane was a little soft in places and had a few places where dirt or leaves were visible but pretty easy to ski around those spots. Most areas do not have a classic track, and where there was a track it was not very good. The trail is groomed from the golf course to Symth Rd.
      Photos:
      (James Beno)

Wisconsin Southeast

     

    Sheboygan area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 24 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Yesterday's snow dusting was helpful. Brown loop and last mile of Purple loop are still covered with hard packed snow. Started with skate skis, but switched to backcountry which worked well in the remnants of the tracks. Be careful considering rapidly changing temperatures.
      Photos:
      (Bob Hertel)
    • Feb 21 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Greenbush is melting, but there is still decent rock/B skiing. The glide was pretty decent considering temperatures near 50F. Don't attempt with good skis! The best trails are the purple from the lower parking lot to the overlook on the far SW side and from the purple trail backwards to the north side of the marsh. The brown trail is in decent shape still. All other trails have many bare spots and rocks. There are a few bare spots and also some thinning sport, but not bad rock skiing. Nice and quiet out in the woods compared to Lapham. The deep pines are a bit dirty here and there, but nothing compare to Lapham. I love this place for it's up north feeling.
      (Matt Stanke)
    • Feb 21 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Brown and Blue trail barely holding on - open spots and bare ground. Trails lost a lot of snow last night. The main road segment until the split into the woods and the little blue loop were really only sections skiable today
      (Brian Schaning)
    • Feb 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We had a very nice ski at Greenbush today. The brown trail is in good shape as well as the purple to green to purple loop. A lot of the remaining track is iced up but hey, it's mid-late February.
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Feb 19 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Good conditions exist on most of the Greenbush trail system, except their are several thin area, especially by the marsh and the back sides of the red and green trails. Large bare spots exist near the powerlines on the purple and the connector from the downhill green back onto the purple is very thin (sorry). The downhill after the purple bench overlook is in bad shape, avoid, many bare spots and rocks-dangerous. B/rock skis are needed now! Some rocks out there, watch out. The best trails are the purple from the lower parking lot to the overlook OR the purple trail from the lower parking lot backwards to the marsh and the brown trail. No bare spots on the brown trail, best trail overall. The fun pink trail with it's winding downhill is still okay. In my opinion, easily the best skiing in Wisconsin right now. No deer here to track muddy hoofs onto the trail, LOL. Still decent snow cover in the woods. Perhaps mid March will be kind to us skiers and give us another week or so of good skiing like many years in the past.
      (Matthew Stanke)
    • Feb 19 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Miraculous! Somebody must be praying to the ski gods. Trail conditions for Purple outer loop were near perfect. Green loop has a number of bare spots on the hilltops where sun hits, no recommended. As someone who I met on the trail said, best skiing in the midwest! Hope it lasts long enough for the March snow dump we have seen in prior years.
      (Dan Bleil)
    • Feb 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful trails for skate and classic today! Starting to see some bare spots on the sunny areas. Groomers have been doing an amazing job all weekend, most classic tracks better than Saturday.
      Photos:
      (Dave Loescher)
    • Feb 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied parts of the red, green, and purple trails. All freshly groomed and tracked. About 5% of the track is either shallow or "plowed under"; the rest is excellent. Skate deck very good. A few scattered thin spots. The groomers, as per usual, have done a great job.
      Photos:
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Feb 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skied every loop except black. There was quite a bit of debris on parts of the green and purple loops, and a couple of bare spot in the tracks, but otherwise conditions were excellent. The best classic conditions I've seen in weeks.
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Feb 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the brown trail three times. Tracks are in very good condition, skate deck also good. The parking lot was full, so the trails will get a workout today. The groomers have done an excellent job, and everything I saw had ample snow cover. It's cold, so conditions should be good tomorrow.
      Photos:
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Feb 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Greg and I re-groomed most of the system Friday night. Some new track was set on the Brown and red trail. There are a couple of open areas starting due to sunburn.
      Photos:
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Feb 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the brown purple and red loops. Good coverage as mentioned earlier but by afternoon, some holes were opening up in the tracks due to the sun. The tracks were deep but soft so they were deteriorating a bit as the day went on. The red loop look like it was lightly skied but also thinner and had a couple open spots that could be navigated around. The classic tracks disappeared for a few stretches on the red loop. All in all, a little slow but pretty good and a beautiful day for skiing.
      Photos:
      (Tom Benson)
    • Feb 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Full coverage but very soft conditions. Great to be out on real snow. Tracks throughout but occasional thin spots. Uphills on skate lanes were mashed potatoes. I would still recommend getting out even though slow going. Great to be on snow!
      Photos:
      (Marla Meyer)
     

    Madison area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 25 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Well there is still snow out there at the magnificent Blue Mounds on the north facing slopes in the woods. Specifically I found snow on Willow Springs but it is going quick. Today was a bit dicey skiing but man it was soft and fun. Hike out a few hundred yards to snow on Willow Springs in the morning if you are a diehard.....
      Photos:
      (Christopher Quandt)
    • NewFeb 25 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The ski trails are open to hikers now, so combined with the heat, the trails have been predictably trashed. Rock skis only. You'll have to walk a ways from the trailhead to find "skiable snow". The Willow Spring Trail (green) and part of Flint Rock (red) are technically skiable, but it's mostly thin, super compacted snow/ice with the occasional segment of decent snow. Part of the spring house trail and especially the cutoff were also in decent shape. Anything excluding those is just bare ground or patchy enough that you'll have to often take off your skis.
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Feb 24 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Well if you hike out to Willow Springs trail with your skis you will find snow. Most of the trail has snow to ski on. It was a bit icy this afternoon but that 1/2" of new snow last night made it a bit better. Tomorrow should be better with the warmer temps.
      Photos:
      (Christopher Quandt)
    • Feb 22 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Had to hike out past the trailhead to get to snow but found plenty of good skiing on Willow Springs trail. Very nice. Flint Rock and other trails I skied to did not have enough snow to ski on.
      Photos:
      (Christopher Quandt)
    • Feb 20 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The Elver Park glacier still holding a decent base on the upper sections of the lighted trail. There's about 200 meters of skiable snow, enough for a couple of quick "pick ups" before the trip to Cable. Only for the hardest of the hardcores.
      Photos:
      (Mike Ivey)
    • Feb 19 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was beautiful skiing today at Blue Mounds. Plenty of snow in the woods but open areas got skinny for snow. Tomorrow morning should be beautiful again. Go get it now if you can.
      Photos:
      (Christopher Quandt)
    • Feb 19 - Blackhawk Ski Club Trails (Middleton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Snowmaking loop groomed this morning. Classic track set one-way about 10:30 am. Hard packed with a few icy areas. Snowmobile groomer went east of Hill 6, but after about 100 m it is very thin with bare spots. Snow whales from snowmaking last Thurs-Sat still in place, but not spread or moved? Thank you Blackhawk groomers.
      (Marc Young)
    • Feb 18 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated the yellow, green, red, and campground loops, which are the only groomed loops at this time. No tracks have been set. The yellow loop is mostly great, but there's an area right after the steep uphill that is now extremely thin. The green loop is in excellent shape. Both the cutoff and the downhill from the spring house have good coverage. The red loop is good until you get to the steep downhill into the campground, which you will need to walk. The campground itself, while skiable, is rapidly thinning, and there is bare asphalt in many areas. It's a lot better once you hop on the pool trail and head back to the trailhead. Despite the lack of set tracks, I saw a ton of classic skiers of all ages and abilities out and about enjoying the conditions.
      Photos:
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Feb 18 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 

      Surprising amount of snow. Skate skied the red and green loops but did back track at the downhill into campground where it was coned off. Mostly good cover uneven with twigs and debris- some small patches of ice. B skis for sure. Afterwards did drive over to campground - had snowcover but did not venture out to try out.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Feb 16 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      BMSP received about 3" of snow according to park staff. The yellow, green, red, and campground loops were groomed earlier today, but the red loop's steep downhill into the campground is still mostly open, and marked with cones. I skied the the full yellow and green loops, and did the staff-recommended out-and-back to the campground hill on the red loop. Conditions were overall pretty good! Flats and downhills were a bit firm, steep uphills were a bit soft. Very few footprints on the trails today, which is a true miracle. The green loop is in great condition, full coverage throughout. There's an avoidable icy patch if you decide to take the uphill to the spring house at the intersection, but that's the only imperfection I noticed. The red out-and-back was mostly good. There was a bare section you had to walk before that now has coverage, but it's thin. Similarly, the yellow loop is mostly good, and the previously bare spot after you crest the steep uphill is now covered but quite thin.
      (Kyle Richard)
     

    Milwaukee area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewFeb 25 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      I scratched up the skate deck of the man made loop this morning with the ginzu. It is still pretty icy in a few spots but should soften up as it warms up throughout the day. There are a few bare spots developing and some areas are getting pretty thin, especially in the woods. The tracks were left as is, and are pretty icy and thin.
      (Collin Bergholz)
    • Feb 24 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I scratched up the skate deck on the man made loop this morning with the ginzu. It turned out decent but there are still a few icy spots. The tracks were left as is and are starting to get thin in spots and looked icy. Things should soften up a little as the sun comes out.
      (Collin Bergholz)
    • Feb 23 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck of the man made loop was groomed this morning. Conditions look like they will remain pretty good all day today. The tracks were left as is, and are getting a little thin in some spots. The trail through the woods has a few thin spots and is very dirty.
      (Collin Bergholz)
    • Feb 21 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very soft conditions on the lower loops, with a few spots of standing water, in sunny, 50 degree weather. Generally pretty clean and easily skiable, though slow. Tracks are intact, but soft and icy. That is the good news. The trails in woods are very dirty from tree debris, and are icy in the shade. Magic Carpet is not too bad, but Summerstage Hill, in the shade, is icy, with very poor conditions at the top.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 21 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck of the man-made loop was groomed this morning. Conditions should be good this morning and will likely soften up as it warms up. The tracks were left as is. The trail through the woods is very dirty, but still skiable.
      (Collin Bergholz)
    • Feb 20 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nicely groomed, but softening quickly in the rising temps. A good day to just take it easy and focus on your soft-snow technique, which may come in handy this weekend. Tracks are solid and straight, but softening and getting icy.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 20 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Wow! The classic tracks on the oval are in amazing shape. They were clearly reset and are in great condition and nice and deep. Snow conditions were good during the cooler temps early this morning. Starting to get a little soft and sticky due to the sun at about 10:30 this morning.
      Photos:
      (Michelle McArdle)
    • Feb 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out Monday night grooming the man made trail. The skate deck was tilled and is in good condition. New classic track was set through out and is good condition as well.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Feb 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The Rangers ran the Ginzu around the trails at about 3:00 pm, with good results. Skate deck was a bit slushy at first, but freezing from below. Some future trouble spots are apparent. Summerstage hill was fast. Magic Carpet also, but not scary fast. Best segment is the west to east leg of the Woods Loop. Biggest problem is the deer with very muddy hoofs walking on the trail.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      At 12:30 pm it was 37 degrees and sunny. The state deck was good except for areas exposed to the sun. After 1 hour the areas in the woods were getting mushy. Still is was an enjoyable workout and appreciate the groomers and snowmakers for providing the best xc skiing in SE Wisconsin.
      (Don Howell)
    • Feb 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions for skate and stride this morning. The grooming last night provided a consistent surface of a fine powder on a firm base on the lower trails with the new snow. The upper trail, with the older snow, is a little more sugary. The up/down hills are in great shape. The snow is getting sticky and slower as the day progresses.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions this morning. Skate deck is tilled and groomed and in fantastic shape. Tracks are a mix of older in the thin areas and full depth in the new snow areas. Get out, enjoy it, and say hi to the skiers around you. Very nice for any time of the year. All the man-made loops are open.
      (Jim Marschalek)
    • Feb 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I had the PistenBully out Saturday night. All the manmade trails are open. The skate deck was tilled and groomed everywhere. Tracks are set on all loops with fresh tracks set on the lower loops. Could be some thin spots on the edges of upper trail but all in all very good conditions! Spring is in the air so don't hesitate get out and ski!
      (Mike Koestet)
    • Feb 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Highly variable conditions for skate this afternoon, but more consistent for stride. Our fantastic snowmakers and groomers made a herculean effort to restore the lower trails over the last couple of days, including an epic battle with the high winds. The newly made snow has just been spread and groomed once, resulting in everything from excellent to icy. The high wind is blowing loose snow off the trail in places, leading to a hard packed surface. Trails up in the woods are similar to yesterday, which was very good. Be sure to flick a stick when you see one. Tracks are solid all around.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 17 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The base is pretty thin but the skating was nothing short of spectacular: fast with good control after Jerry took the scarifier over the trails and set classic track earlier this afternoon. I only skied the upper and lower meadow trails and the first loop in the woods. I didn't not go to on the other woods trails. But I would rate the trails very good. I suggested B skis if you have them, but there is nary a rock, only a few dirt spots on the side that are easily avoided, so you'd be safe with racing skis, in my opinion. Classic tracks look solid though there are some spots where the ground has broken through.
      (Charie Dee)
    • Feb 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      As the groomer reported, skating conditions were good. After an hour, the start hill was groomed. The magic carpet was ok but a little patch of ice at the flat section of the bottom of the magic carpet. Wind gusts were 36 mph which blew off my cap and had to stop to retrieve it a few times.
      (Don Howell)
    • Feb 17 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Out around 10AM - great firm and fast base with good coverage. Skied upper and lower fields. Just enough post grooming surface snow for amazing skiing - some of the best all season. Nice day to be out at CLCF!
      (Dave Miller)
    • Feb 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The snow that was made was leveled and groomed on most of the trail. The start hill still has snow piles that will be pushed Saturday afternoon. The rest of the trail is open.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Feb 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions for skate and stride on the out-and-back segment of the Woods Loop that is todays route due to snowmaking operations. About a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) circuit from the trailhead around to the top of Tail End Hill and back. Thin, but dense layer of powdery snow on a firm base provides a fast, easy, and fun ski. Newly set tracks are well formed and solid, with an ice/snow base.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Feb 16 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Super today. I arrived at 8:30 and Jerry was leaving. It is super good today. One of the best days of the season for snow quality!
      (David Anderson)
    • Feb 16 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions for skate skiing are very good. Classic tracks have not been set yet. There is complete coverage and most of the ruts from yesterday have been groomed out.
      (Jerry Gensch)

Michigan Upper Peninsula

     

    Ironwood area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Beautiful afternoon at Wolverine. Skied most trails including Powderhorn loop, Cliffs, Cliffhanger, and novice loop. Skate deck was firm on novice, Cliffs, and Wolverine loop. Skate deck was soft on Cliffhanger and Powderhorn as it was just groomed. It should firm up with cold temps. Classic tracks are really decent throughout the trails but there are occasional dirty snow patches. There are some rocks lurking underneath as base is shallow so would recommend rock skis unless you really know the trails.
      Photos:
      (Johann Geyer)
    • Feb 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate lanes groomed except the pond loop. Would not recommend the south side of Wolverine loop. Everything else is good including Cliffhanger.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Feb 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Groomers at Wolverine were able to put together a pretty good 6k loop this morning. The only area that was touch and go was right after Wolverine trail joins the Novice. About half of the groomed trail had shallow to really good tracks set with any issues easily avoidable.
      (Randall Ochmann)
    • Feb 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We didn't get as much snow as hoped. But the Wolverine and Novice loop are skiable on B skis. Skate lane is OK, some grass showing in spots, and classic tracks were reset where possible. Come out and enjoy the day.
      (Deborah Leonard)
     

    Marquette area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 23 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Finally temperatures dropped into the teens and stayed there all day today. John C was able groom so used Ginzu scratch up some of the skate lanes. Light lake effect flurries coming in off and on all day. The light snow in the older classic tracks provided kick, so skiers said skins were working. The light snow slowed things down on the hills.
      Photos:
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 23 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      16 degrees at around noon, 15-20 mph winds, with light snow showers throughout our ski. Skied Trails A, B, D, H, W, Y. Around an inch of fresh snow over a renovated skate deck - a little crunchy. Classic skied with skins. Tracks were solid and fun to ski in with the light fresh snow in them. In my opinion, best skiing currently in the Midwest/Great Lakes! We will be back Saturday and Sunday!
      Photos:
      (Steve Scharrer)
    • Feb 21 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We were traveling from Canada (Gatineau Loppet) towards Hayward and stumbled upon this gem of beautifully groomed trails. It was great skiing this morning. Some of us skated and others did classic - we amazed how good the snow held up and how beautiful the trails were set up. Highly recommend this trail system.
      Photos:
      (Marek Mróz)
    • Feb 19 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Winter perfection is here! My third day skiing here and the best conditions yet. Skate deck is finally beginning to pack down nicely, especially on B. Z and H are still a bit softer. About 10 inches of snow over the past several days. Good skis! Don't miss out on the opportunity to ski an amazing system with full coverage.
      Photos:
      (Holly Kruchoski)
    • Feb 18 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lots of fresh snow here. Looks to be about 11 inches or more. The demo groomer did a great job grooming the trails. There was a noticable difference. Tracks were perfect. Skate lane was great, but a bit soft because of all of the fresh snow. This is a favorite of mine when up in the UP. Snowed here Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Nice lodge facilities.
      (Larry Dobberstein)
    • Feb 18 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions as Valley Spur continues to get lake effect snow bands every day. After a full groom this morning we received another 2" of light snow this morning. Classic was excellent with fresh snow in the tracks. Skate deck is solid and light fluff did not slow anything down. Don't hesitate to come up.
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 17 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      After the extended thaw, we finally got some fresh snow (7") which enabled us to do the grooming. The trail is 95% open with some grass showing in places. The track (we are classical only) is in good shape. We are expecting a little bit of snow this weekend.
      (Ronald Stenfors)
    • Feb 17 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent. Some areas skate lanes still soft. 10" new snow over last three days. Tracks are solid. Very nice skiing.
      (Arlene Swanberg)
    • Feb 16 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Scheduling 

      Good lake effect snow over the last three days, so John C groomed the system each day. Excellent classic conditions. Skate deck has firmed up with temps getting colder each night. A local ski shop is offering free rentals on site tomorrow, plus new skis for those who want to test the latest models. There will be free snowshoe rental tomorrow for our two trails that are well marked. We are having a fundraiser to purchase new grooming equipment. Free hot dogs for everyone.
      (John Gierke)
    • Feb 16 - McKeever Hills (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Received about 10 inches of fluffy snow over the last 24 hours. Groomed entire system this afternoon. Could still use more snow but overall, the trail is in decent shape. Thin under the conifers and still berry and saplings poking through in spots.
      Photos:
      (Mark Bender)
     

    Houghton area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 22 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]
      Observation Scheduling 

      Swedetown has suspended grooming and will close the ski trails starting Saturday Feb 24 at noon. Trails will remain closed until at least Wednesday Feb 28. This is to preserve the base through warmer temperatures and extend the season. We will update this report on Feb 28. Please stay off the trails starting Feb 24 at noon. Note that we will not groom Feb 23 or 24 even though the trails are open.
      (Dean Woodbeck)
    • Feb 19 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions today, nice glide in the tracks. Appears to be enough snow to survive a warm up.
      Photos:
      (Patrick Doornek)
    • Feb 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Winter at it's finest! 24 F. Perfect tracks, impeccable grooming, beautiful scenery. Skied 16k. Highly recomended.
      Photos:
      (Eric Koch)
    • Feb 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been dragged and tracked. By the time we finished grooming snow had started again, but conditions are very good. Get out and enjoy.
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)
    • Feb 17 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good fresh track today after a little more snow, though high late afternoon winds filled in a few spots in open areas. Really appreciate the work the groomers have done with what they have had to work with. Great to be skiing on good snow!
      Photos:
      (Peter Vorhes)
    • Feb 17 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Couple inches of fresh snow overnight, which packed nicely into beautiful track! We rolled everything out before grooming to widen the trail, then dragged the whole system and set fresh track. Temps in the low 20s today so great conditions for skiing. Enjoy.
      Photos:
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)
    • Feb 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We got some fresh snow overnight and this morning, with more expected throughout the day. All trails were dragged today. Tracks were set two days ago and should still be in decent condition. Grooming plans: The tracks will be re-set tomorrow morning ready for weekend skiers.
      (Tom Alberg, Expedition Inn)

Canada

     

    Thunder Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Feb 21 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate lanes of all opened trails were touched up this morning as well as a few classic tracks reset. We still have fair coverage on most of the trails with a few patches of ice and a few rocks starting to show.
      (Michael McKenzie)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewFeb 25 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Snowed this morning. Fresh perfect snow. Groomed tracks are perfect. Other ungroomed tracks have good base with fresh snow on them. Skaters say the deck is solid and and their glide is long. Perfect conditions here.
      Photos:
      (David Musielewicz)
    • Feb 16 - West Bragg Creek Day Use Area (Bragg Creek):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A lot of snow and many people on this large system. Trails are showing some wear and groomer is out on the trail now. Multiple people walking dogs but no impact on trail. FYI: I was unable to buy pass on site but did so online.
      Photos:
      (Karla Anderson)

International

  • Feb 17 - Gatineau Park (Gatineau, Quebec):
    Morning
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
    Firsthand: Classic 

    First Stop on my where's winter tour. It been a warm winter here too but a good but icy base was on the parkway trails. A timely snowfall set the stage for good conditions for The Loppet Saturday. Skiing at Elm did not prepare me for the long but very skiable hills here, like mile long uphills. Huge park and the locals do 50k roller skis in the summer. Nice destination. Next destination the UP.
    (Jim Smith)
  • Feb 17 - Regina White Butte (Pilot Butte, SO):
    Morning
    [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
    Firsthand: Classic 

    Conditions are great for skate skiing. This is a very windy area so the classic tracks are good in the protected areas and windblown with grass sticking up in other areas. If you don't mind hopping out of the tracks in the grassy areas you can ski in between the tracks on the corduroy. We were amazed to find snow at all considering the entire area has nothing more than a dusting of snow. Kudos to the groomers who got out there to pack and roll the trails when they did have snow! We had fun and left a donation. On the way out another skier asked if we saw the moose that has been hanging around the trail system. Darn missed that.
    Photos:
    (Karla Anderson)