Three Rivers Rennet, Jan 29th

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    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Chainsaw just reported in that he and Basketball Guy had just finished their evening run with the medium screens. With warm temps and fresh grooming, conditions should be plenty good for your Thursday ski. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • NewJan 26 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I went out and skied about 4pm this afternoon. I saw three other skate skiers out. Today's snow was surprisingly fast. I did the loop that doesn't include going over the bridge. There were a few spots where the snow was dirty or there was grass sticking out but these were easy enough to ski around. The snow was slick/packed down with a few icy spots. There was enough snow to get an edge but there were times my skis wanted to slide. The icy base is close to the surface so if I tried to dig my pole in too deep it would slide out. The tracks were also toast. They were either filled in by drift or gotten smoothed out. Hopefully for more snow soon.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • NewJan 26 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Definitely B conditions. Lots of leaf litter and tree bark in places. Rocks are showing through on hills. Tracks are shallow but the skate deck is firm. Starting tomorrow they will be doing tree work.
      Photos:
      (Scott Greymont)
    • NewJan 26 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were broken down in a number of places but still easy enough to ski; a couple of very small bare patches, easily passable. Slight iciness in spots. A great first outing of the season for me!
      (Helen Pohlig)
    • NewJan 26 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the Brown's Pond, Hills, and Prairie loops right after lunch. The trails have pretty good coverage, although there's more brown showing through than I saw on Monday. The wind was sharp (SSW at 14 knots) when the trail took me out of the woods, but having decent snow made up for it. I found reasonable glide on the flats and good downhill control, but very little to no glide on the climbs, probably due to a combination of my old legs, poor technique, and cold, squeaky snow (+9F). The grooming was good (nice corduroy on most segments, lightly skied), but I'd rate the trails as fair only because of the brown starting to show through. All in all, it was a nice ski this afternoon.
      (David Sonnenberg)
    • NewJan 26 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Although the Ski Games trails remain closed due to some tree removal by the County, the skate decks on all of the trails on the Winthrop side were regroomed this afternoon and are in very good condition. B skis are recommended due to some debris/ grass exposure, but these small sections are easily avoidable. Classic tracks set earlier in the week are holding up nicely with only a few spots washed out or holdiing some debris. Again, there is room to avoid these sections. It should be a great evening to ski under lights.
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • NewJan 26 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Vadnais trail. All in good to great condition. West track of 2-track trail appears to have just been groomed today and is in perfect condition; filling in a little with blown snow in exposed spots. East track not recently groomed, but in good shape. A few leaves in the tracks. To my non-expert eyes, the skate skiing deck looks to be in excellent condition.
      (Vince King)
    • NewJan 26 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice snow, a little soft, all trails in great conditions, a few leaves here and there, perfect temperature for a nice cardio.
      (Bernard Cerles)
    • NewJan 26 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The temperature is fine, but the wind is bitter. It looks like the wind over the last few days has added some debris to the trails. Would definitely recommend B skis. I believe the trails were groomed yesterday, but the wind has drifted in some of the open spaces, degrading some of the groomers hard work. The snow is definitely still slow.
      Photos:
      (Levi Johnson)
    • NewJan 26 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail has gotten a lot of use in the last two days, which is a good thing, but track was broken up in a few places and there were some bare spots. Still, overall conditions were good to very good. Skating deck looked fast.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • NewJan 26 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed for skate skiing today. Existing tracks are still in place. Trails have coverage but may have drifting due to heavy winds. Debris is present.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • NewJan 26 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck was freshly groomed. No classic tracks set. Good snow coverage. Some tree debris in the woods.
      (Ryan Fabick)
    • NewJan 25 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Hit the outer Classic loops (Eagle, Eastman, and Monarch) through to Creek and I found the tracks to be in pretty great condition. They hadn't been groomed since the last snowfall but we're holding up well. The tracks were a little washed out on trails where it was skate and classic. Debris in the tracks was pretty minimal and no grass showing. I used B skis but if I went back I'd use my best skis, easy to dance around the 3-4 spots where there were fallen twigs. Groomer was out at 4PM in the cold, doing a great job!
      Photos:
      (Nils Wahlander)
    • NewJan 25 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the outer loop classic at around 1:00 pm today. Tracks were in good shape except on some of the uphills.
      (Kimberly Werner)
    • NewJan 25 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful day. Not so cold once you are moving. Conditions were awesome, so I'm only posting to say that despite this, you might want to use B skis. There were a couple spots where it was thin, especially on a few concave features. Most notable was coming off/on Wirth lake at the far shore. That said, it was wonderful. Where was everyone?
      (Michael Schowalter)
    • NewJan 25 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were in good condition and the groomers continue to do a great job! Snow coverage is excellent throughout the entire course. Classic tracks are set on part of the course, but not on the red loop, which is the outer loop that most skiers use, so hopefully they will be set soon.
      (Tim Proulx)
    • NewJan 25 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snowmaking loops were in perfect condition this afternoon. It was nice to have the Inner Meadow and the Twin Lake loops open again for skiing. I only saw a handful of people out on the trail--it was a little cold, but not bad with the sunshine! Thanks to the groomers for always having it in great shape at Theo!
      Photos:
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • NewJan 25 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      On the whole, great conditions out there. What a difference the inch or two of snow we got made compared to Sunday when I last skied here. Skied Wirth Lake, Antawin trail and part of the bog. Really nice grooming but thin in just a few places. I thought good skis were fine if you're on the lookout. Just beautiful today!
      Photos:
      (Katharine Woodman-Maynard)
    • NewJan 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I intended to stride on natural snow trails today to keep out of wind, but they weren't tracked. We don't often get enough snow to classic on the natural trails and to not track when we have the snow seems like a wasted opportunity. Man made tracks were excellent. [ As stated in Jan 24th report, Three Rivers is waiting to track the natural trails for possible use in the Rennet races this weekend -- Ed. ]
      (Tony Pellegrini)
    • NewJan 25 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Toasty -9F when I arrived. Surprised to see that the groomers had already been out on the Lake, Nature, Star and Sugar Bush. King and Grimm yet to be done. Classic is set. Rex Blue was a little slow but I warmed up faster. Sunny and light winds made for an enjoyable first Carver ski of the season.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Jan 24 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      I was short a ski boot, so I was regulated to walking dog (not in the path ;-). The grooming on Brownie and Cedar looked stellar. It was a bummer not getting to enjoy it but looking forward to today with new boots.
      (Ty Anderson)
    • Jan 24 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice night skiing under the lights on the beginners Green Meadow Loop. Well tracked for classic and skate deck was groomed.
      Photos:
      (Cory Quirk)
    • Jan 24 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wonderful night to get out and catch some snow. The Como grooming crew did a phenomenal job on the trails mixing up the fresh snow and breaking up the ice underneath. I never hit ice underneath the top layer and had decent glide the whole time. Everything was holding up easily even with 2 or 3 high school teams out there for practice in the afternoon. Classic tracks looked like they had been set and groomed (real ones) all the way around the course. A spot here or there where the tracks were a bit washed out but nothing that would hamper a good classic ski. Fingers crossed for continued cool weather and great trails ahead.
      (Peter Johnson)
    • Jan 24 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied at dusk. The classic track looked freshly set. It's a little close to the right side of the track, which means the occasional pole punch. The classic tracks were in good shape, though, even where the wind had blown some snow into them. There was only one place where I had to step out of the track because there was too little snow under some pine trees, but it's easy to see and avoid (I'll be using my good skies the next time). There were maybe a half-dozen skiers using the trails. I really like this track (6.5K for the whole loop). Thanks to the groomers!
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 24 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The groomer must have been out earlier in the day as had a lot of fresh tracks on new corduroy. The skate deck had already firmed up quite well and was groomed nice and wide The tracks were well set and the fresh groom also meant very few leaves in the tracks. I only skied the golf course loop a few times so not sure how the campground side is.
      (Erik Erickson)
    • Jan 24 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the inside loop at about 6PM, 5 degrees, moonless sky. Freshly groomed, but the tracks were fairly shallow. Should set up nicely overnight, but I'd say the volunteer tracks from yesterday were faster. Some walkers didn't waste time getting into the tracks. Used Rex Green Glide wax with Start Terva Green for kick. Beware exposed roots near Marsh Lake on the East side.
      Photos:
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 24 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A good headlamp 10k tonight! Classic tracks have good coverage, with one grass spot on the first turn after passing the ballfields, easy to step around. Lots of nice deep tracks, some shallow. Switchback turns are often washed out. Kick was great with rex green. It was 10 when I started and 4 when I finished, with a stiff cold breeze, so rex blue liquid glide wasn't great, needed something colder, although some sections had nice glide and others a bit slow and grabby. But I'm not complaining at all - it's a great little loop, right in the neighborhood, good grooming, wildlife stop by to watch the funny humans walking on sticks, and now we have really nice snow!
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 24 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and reset the tracks this evening. With cold temps it should set up very nicely. We have great coverage now, so I think good skis would be safe. Enjoy your ski at Columbia!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the natural trails, along with parts of the manmade loops as necessary. The natural snow trails were in great shape, very silky smooth snow, better condition than the manmade snow in my opinion. Plenty of coverage, and nicely packed. Really fantastic.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Jan 24 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A perfect choice for a cold windy day. Although we've biked through Pine Point many times, and I've been trail running there once, it was our first time skiing it. I found the pines even more beautiful on a sunny crisp winter day than in summer. Green, blue, white, and black were the colors there today. Oh, and the snow was great too! The classic tracks were deep and solid and the skate deck looked smooth and firm too. When we got there at 3 pm it still didn't look like many people had skated since it had been groomed.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 24 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails freshly groomed, nice soft new snow. Classic tracks set on most trails but there were a few sections missing tracks. Some oak leaves already but overall nice conditions at Pine Point today. Some occasional sticks, cones, snow/dirt mix but could use good skis if careful.
      (Chuck Nelson)
    • Jan 24 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks in great shape at Pike Island. Set fresh today after our most recent snowfall. Tracks were also laid from 54th street on the bike trail down the the Fort and were in good shape. More debris down on the bike trail, so you might opt for B skis there if you're more cautious. Also skied a little past the Mendota bridge, but there's lots of gravel that gets kicked up there and isn't in as good of condition as Pike.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 24 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the outer loop early this afternoon. Signs of a groomer leveling out the trail but no tracks yet. Snow conditions were great, just need some tracks!
      (Steve Sauer)
    • Jan 24 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Oh what a difference a little snow and great groomers makes! Started at Cedar Lake and skied Brownie, the Bog, Anwatan Trail, Tornado Alley, and Skyline. Everything except Skyline was freshly groomed with excellent coverage. Wish I had my good skis.
      Photos:
      (David Mortenson)
    • Jan 24 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Some of the best conditions of the year at Irondale for skating and classic. The prairie loop was excellent, as were the trails in the woods. There were few if any bare spots. Hats off to Gary Medin for his outstanding work grooming the trails!
      (Marie Champcord)
    • Jan 24 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      My wife and some friends skied the trails. I am recovering from an injury and had to hike. Trails were being groomed (packed and tracked) while we were there. Looked to be in excellent condition. I had ski envy, but the hiking was fine, beautiful afternoon.
      Photos:
      (Dave Gardner)
    • Jan 24 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Soft, slow, and cold. Tamarack was groomed on Saturday. No new grooming as of noon on Monday, but a few skiers had freshened the old tracks. Tamarack usually gets more walkers than the Mall of America, but the cold must be keeping them away and the trails were in surprisingly good condition. The tree cutting associated with the prairie restoration appears to be complete and all trails are open. Watch out for a few thin spots over sawdust piles in the restoration area (near the White Bear Township water tower). Tamarack is notoriously windy and cold, and that was certainly true today. But this week could be a good time to enjoy the ski trails while the walker traffic is minimized by the cold.
      (CS Hughes)
    • Jan 24 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck on the Kenilworth Channel, Cedar Lake and Brownie were all freshly groomed this afternoon. Classic tracks were not manually set, but there are really nice looking tracks laid down from skiers in the fresh snow. A biking/walking path was also packed to the shoreline (inside) side of the nordic trails. Go ski this evening if you can - you will be a happier person if you do! Hopefully the wind won't blow too hard tonight and these trails should firm up nicely with colder temps. In addition, Isles and Ska were also groomed this morning as well. Enjoy.
      Photos:
      (Craig Rittler)
    • Jan 24 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Newly groomed Monday morning. Perfection today. New soft snow made uphill climbs easy. Sun streaming through the woods. A day to renew the spirit. Thanks to the groomers!
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 24 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another few inches of snow last night. No grooming today. A skied in track only. A few people skating in soft fluffy conditions.
      (Jim Smith)
    • Jan 24 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference a few inches of new snow makes! No more ice, just cold, fresh snow (slow). Everything was groomed nicely and classic tracks were set. Tracks only partially washed out on a few up hill spots. The wind has caused some drifting, but nothing too terrible. Other than the cold, slow snow, trails were good. Bonus: No more grass poking through on the trails!
      (Alyssa Murphy)
    • Jan 24 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I started skiing from the Holland Lake trailhead about 2 pm, and the trails on the north side of the park had not yet been groomed. When I got to the south side of the park, where it becomes the Southern Voyager Trek, the groomer had just finished that section, so I continued skiing around the park on freshly groomed trails! The tracks were in excellent condition, since I was the first skier to use them!
      Photos:
      (Karen Landin)
    • Jan 24 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied down from the manmade. Tornado alley and everything in Butler had been freshly groomed. The other loops (JD Rivers, Wirth Lake, most of Skyline) still had a bit of powder but had definitely been getting some action. Good skis are ok if you're vigilant looking for problem spots, because they're there. B skis probably safer. Still amazing to get out on these trails, has me doing even more snow dances than before! Thanks groomers!
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Jan 24 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful day at Schaar's Bluff Trailhead and the Spring Lake Park classic trails. Freshly groomed after recent snowfalls. Skied all of the 5.4KM of classic trails. Wonderful!
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 24 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lots of snow. Classic track needs a reset, washed out on edges in many places. Skating looked excellent.
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Jan 24 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied around lunchtime. Trail had been groomed this morning and only saw one other set of skate tracks as we did the full outer trails. Temp was cold for the single digits, especially on the downhills, as the snow was surprisingly quite fast. Plenty of snow, very good coverage and grooming. Beautiful day on the trails, just wished I had on better face covering!
      Photos:
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Cold and noisy snow today. Great coverage with only a little bit of avoidable debris. Absolutely gorgeous with the fresh snow.
      Photos:
      (Levi Johnson)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails were rolled today. No tracks set but the old tracks are still present. Staff plans to groom tomorrow and set new track. The multi-use trails were groomed as well.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the Hills, Prairie, Brown's Pond, and back on the Hills. I avoided Savanna because of the wind (NNW at 9 knots, wind chill -5 F). There is good coverage with a nice base, a little rutting with corduroy underlaying a little loose snow. The snow is a little slow (+10 F), but the climbs are skiable, and the downhills can be skied with control and without snowplowing. I used my B skis because I'm a little paranoid about the thin snow we've routinely had, but good skis would have been fine today. Once again, the groomers did a nice job with the little bit of snow we got over the weekend.
      (David Sonnenberg)
    • Jan 24 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails were groomed and classic track was set on all loops with the exception of the red loop. Excellent snow cover and no debris present.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 24 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming after 2" snowfall. A bit soft but not bad! Tracks looked good also. Calling it 100% open cause I think they've decided to never clear the short Ironside swamp section. Seams between groomer passes a bit uneven but not complaining and keep up the good work!
      (David Pramann)
    • Jan 24 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Chomonoix hasn't been groomed in several days. The skate deck was snow covered but it looked like one person had given it a try. I skied classic and some skiers before me had skied in the fresh snow so you can seen where the tracks are pretty well. It was slow going compared to normal but a nice sunny ski overall.
      (Susan Woods)
    • Jan 24 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Judging by the pole marks, I was about the fifth person to ski the newly groomed trail. Track well-defined in most places. Some snow drifting in spots, but no grass or ice. Overall conditions excellent to very good. Enough snow for me to walk up most hills. Skate deck likewise groomed; looked good.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Jan 24 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Awesome ski at French today. The trails are in great condition. Nice skate deck (still firming up a bit) and track set around entire trail.
      (Luke Skinner)
    • Jan 24 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Thank you groomers! Novice skier checking in. It was a gorgeous day out on Como at the noontime hour. Classic tracks were ace, and I had a great time. There was one hill where the morning winds must've blustered the snow around unevenly; a short stretch of the tracks were filled powder, followed by a short stretch of patchy grassy snow. Overall, I'd say 97% of the course was perfect!
      (Karoline DeSousa)
    • Jan 24 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Spot on grooming here the last few days. Skated yesterday, cold snow, abrasive glide, but Saturday nights 2" snowfall was well incorporated into the icy crust. I jumped into the well formed classic track often for better glide. That well formed classic track made for a very good skied in track today with last nights powdery 2" snowfall. Skate deck was fresh cord. Sun felt good despite 7 degree temp. Snow blindness could have been a risk.
      (Walter Ebertz)
    • Jan 24 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Phalen golf course cross country ski trail was freshly groomed this morning. The skating deck has a great corduroy and there was a new classic track set. Enjoy.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 24 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Bronze, Silver and Gold trails as well as the ball fields (ski games is still closed for tree removal). The skate deck is in good condition (good skis should be fine). The Bronze trail is still thin especially the wooded plateau but also a few placed on the prairie. Tracks were reset and vary from fair to very good. The Bronze classic tracks still have a few short bare spots.
      (Karl Dewahl)
    • Jan 24 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions this morning were about as good as it gets on the 3-mile Pike Island Loop at Fort Snelling: freshly groomed this morning, a reasonably deep classic track, and no damage yet from walkers or deer. If you want to ski Fort Snelling, now is the time. Note that the quarter-mile access trail to Pike Island is packed, but not typically groomed for skiing. Set track starts as soon as you cross the bridge to Pike Island.
      (Mark Strobel)
    • Jan 24 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are rolled. In preparation for this Sunday's Marine OBrien 50K Classic race (which will utilize the OBrien and Jackson Meadow trails), we are not going to groom the trails until late this week, most likely Friday night. Sorry for the inconvenience. Skiing is still nice!!
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 24 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was rolled and packed today. Snow conditions are good at this time and continue to improve with recent snow falls.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 24 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was rolled and packed today. Snow conditions are good and continue to improve with the new snow fall. Enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 24 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the 2K and 4K trails for skate and set a new classic track. Also groomed the multi use trail. With the new snow overnight, things are starting to shape up nicely. Still a few thin spots but overall the trails are looking good. Have fun skiing!
      (Brent Bjerkness)
    • Jan 24 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed with corduroy. Extra snow looks like it skied in nicely to the classic track. Come get some Monday fun in the sun.
      Photos:
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 24 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best conditions I've seen in years here. Faster than expected on blue. The couple of inches stuck to the ground uniformly. They were just wrapping up a full groom at 11:30 this morning and it was already skiing very nicely throughout.
      (John Holtan)
    • Jan 24 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Groomer is out, conditions look fantastic! Classical tracks are set with a wide skate lane.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 24 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trail at the Highland golf course has a fresh groom this morning. The 3" of new snow allied is the opportunity to lay down some beautiful corduroy. A fresh set of classic tracks were set as well. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 24 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All ski trails were packed and new tracks were set. There is good coverage with minimal debris throughout all ski trails. Multi-use trails were packed as well.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 24 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate deck and walking/biking path groomed on Isles and Bde Maka Ska this morning. Nice firm base that should set up well.
      (Michael Gotzsche)
    • Jan 24 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Columbia is looking really good after this morning's grooming. This recent snow has improved the course significantly. The following pictures reference sections of the trail. The winds were starting up and I wouldn't be surprised for some drifting, but should be good. Come ski Columbia and enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 24 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Another new inch of fluff. Ancient One and The Natural were out with the rollers early this morning to work the bit of new snow along with traffic marks from Sunday. Buckthorn Bob put down some new tracks on the flatter trails yesterday. We plan to "ski in" last nights snow in the tracks rather than reset to help cover the tree litter. Conditions will be very nice for your Monday ski. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied this morning skate skiing, great conditions! I went out from the visitor center, did willow creek and star loop.
      Photos:
      (Caleb Anderson)
    • Jan 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Snow! Love it! Manufactured Snow Trails are packed, tracked and in Good Conditions. Natural Snow Trails are packed, not tracked to prep for the possible use on Saturday's Rennet Race. High School Races: Mon., Jan. 24, 3:00 -5:30 PM; Weds., Jan. 26, 10 AM - 5:30 PM; Thurs. Jan. 27, 3 PM - 5 PM. Trails are still open to the public during regular races. All Trails will be closed, Friday, Jan. 28 from 4:30 - 9:00 PM and Saturday, Jan. 29 from 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM, for the Rennet Races.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 24 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Como golf course cross-country ski trail was groomed this morning. The freshly fallen snow allowed us to lay down a beautiful corduroy today. A fresh classic track was set as well. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Hyland this morning. Started out on the lake loop - seems like there should be enough snow for tracks but alas no tracks. Skate deck had a nice loose inch of snow on top. Skied the man made trails for the rest of the morning. The man made trails were well set by the crew overnight for some great skiing. Cannot ask for better conditions.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 24 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice conditions at Como early this morning. Groomer was heading out as I left. Hard to tell what the conditions were like in the dark under 1.5" of fresh snow, but the skate lane was firm and level and I never hit dirt, grass or a cart path. A shallow track was visible throughout under the fresh snow.
      (Alec Steward)
    • Jan 24 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the natural trails north of Glenwood (except Wirth Lake) and the machine made trails early Monday morning. There was about an inch (or more?) of fresh powder on all the natural trails and on twin lake/green meadow on the machine loop. Overall natural trails seemed great coverage wise. I was using good skis, but you may want to use B skis. Under the powder there was definitely ice in several places throughout. JD Rivers had a few icy spots, bridge trail had several, and skyline had a few. But for the most part the conditions were fast and fun with the fluffy powder. I don't think I encountered anything that would cause damage, but the icy spots could knock you off balance for sure. Under Hwy 55 seemed fine (I double poll under there but others were skating and seemed OK).
      (Sam Knuth)
    • Jan 23 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were recently groomed and in good condition. A little soft from the fresh snow, but the tracks were well defined and skied in. I skied both the Vadnais side and Sucker side - my first time at Sucker. Had a nice mid-ski break to watch the swans! These trails are so quiet and the walkers are good about staying off the ski trails. Very pretty and fun little trail system!
      Photos:
      (Marie Jordan)
    • Jan 23 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice conditions after these couple of light snowfalls. If anything just slightly icy in some portions of the trails. I skiied classic but skate skiiers and youth classes seemed to all be enjoying themselves too.
      Photos:
      (Cory Quirk)
    • Jan 23 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I ski everyday and the trails have not been groomed in spite of two days of snow. On Saturday there was drifting snow, but it was still reasonable. On Sunday after another 2-3 inches of snow it was very difficult to ski. Hopeful that the trails will be groomed after Sunday's snow fall.
      Photos:
      (Mark Virtuer)
    • Jan 23 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got out to ski some hills and get ready for the loppet. Get out on the natural trails while you can with our wonderful new snow! (We can ski on the manmade later! Many K's of beautiful Minnesota woods and lakes ready for your next ski!) There was good coverage everywhere and plenty of grooming all over. There was a bit of debris (but you know, that happens in the woods), nothing terrible. Big icy spot at an intersection by the Bog (I think).
      I say good skis, but if you have B skis, maybe use those. My good skis are my B skis, and if I need rock skis, I classic.

      (Peter Johnson)
    • Jan 23 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions. Classic tracks in great shape. Hit the icy subfloor a few times but never any dirt.
      (Rick Budde)
    • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Best snow of the season at Lebanon Hills! No grooming, but skier-set tracks were quite good. We started from Schultze Lake and skied mostly the outermost trails all the way around. Not too many hiking boot tracks on the ski trails today. Enough snow to cover all the grass and sticks. Very few leaves. Swix V10 kick wax worked well on our wooden skis.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 23 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The snow was coming down fast. Fast enough to cover our tracks between laps on the made snow loop. It was tough to tell what the deck was like underneath the fresh snow, but it seemed like good conditions in most places. The Trail 18 hill seemed a little crispy underneath, but with the fresh snow it was no issue at all. The new rollers on Trail 18 are a little odd- just enough to throw off a stride. Beautiful evening for a ski!
      (Dan Boody)
    • Jan 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Natural snow trails report: While I had intentions of getting up to either Mora or Elk River's Woodland Trails today, I didn't make the time, yet I don't feel that I missed out at all. We are so lucky to have this little sliver of woods and lake set aside for us right here in the Twin Cities for when we don't make the drive out to the woods. Today, the Lake and Nature Center loop trails were in the best shape of the season. What a difference a dusting of the right kind of snow makes! Not the slow skiing typical of the first day after a snow. The entire way had great coverage of soft silky snow on top of a solid base- no sinking in, able to get a nice edge when pushing off, and no twig or leaf debris to dodge. A gentle and peaceful ski that contrasted the crowds and sandpaper feel of the manufactured snow. Skiing the Nature trail and Lake combined makes for about 10K- nice for going 4 or 5 laps on autopilot if you're training for a long-distance event.
      (Amy Swan)
    • Jan 23 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Perimeter trail was in excellent condition for skate. Had been packed and groomed since last night's snow. Lower Ironwood remains closed. It was probably a few degrees below zero. I used FastWax Teal LF. Despite the low temperatures, I moved okay. Fast Wax Teal LF performed better than the Swix CH3 powder I used Friday in 7 to 10 degrees higher temperatures. Still walked the steeper hills but was able to maintain sustained skate otherwise.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 23 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A thin layer of soft snow on top of the skate deck slowed things down a little bit, but made for a great ski edge. All of the fast downhills were easily managed. This trail is always great in cold weather too, with the entire trail in the woods providing a good wind screen. With some extra layers I was comfortable for a few laps on the outer loop.
      (Dan Inderieden)
    • Jan 23 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      You know those conditions that you kind of forget can exist outside of postcards? Yeah, Woodland is that good right now! Get out there and remind yourself how fun old school, natural snow trails can be. Okay, a few more details: green trails all pretty freshly tracked for classic; the backwoods loops weren't, but I had zero issues classic skiing back there regardless. A smattering of leaves and bark chips here and there, but if those are enough to deter you, I don't think you'll ever ski anything outside of a manmade loop. Other than that, the trail was pitch perfect - everything packed to the same, immaculate firmness that keeps you afloat but still makes edging and cornering effortless. No significant rutting or washed out corners, even in areas that looked to have had a fair amount of traffic today. I don't know what else to say; go enjoy it and savor conditions that just don't come around very often. Also, Thank you groomers!
      (Josh Doebbert)
    • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Quite reminiscent of the ski tracks of my youth which we usually skier made. The new snow added sufficient softness to erase the icy terror of a few days past. I used my B skis, but would have been comfortable with my good skis. Still plenty of boot tracks on the trails. I used Rex Green Glider and Start Terva black for kick as it was about 5 degrees F.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 23 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic track skied pretty well, for a skied in track. The skating lane has been groomed in a regular basis but the classic track has not been touched for two weeks. Quite a few wash outs and lacking a track on hills. Really could use a new groom.
      (Jim Smith)
    • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Great snow, but no grooming. At the trailhead, I asked why. No reason given, but they assured me they'd groom Monday. Still, a good day to be at Lebanon.
      (Steve Hauser)
    • Jan 23 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the manmade loop and Northern Lights. Great conditions. It appears there are no tracks on the outer loops which was disappointing. Skating looked good. Fun to get up there on natural trails. A nice change of pace.
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 23 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated majority of trails. Just recently snowed so a bit slow and needs to be compressed more but well groomed (groomers out this morning) with no bare areas and only one small dirty area on a turn of the downhill back to the trailhead. Track looks like it needs a bit of work, but I wasn't using it.
      (Ben Fuller)
    • Jan 23 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Kudos to our groomers! Columbia was phenomenal today. The skate deck was firm and well dressed. It just doesn't get much better than this!
      Photos:
      (Greg Loper)
    • Jan 23 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really good conditions at the Ravine today. The trails were groomed this morning, and the new snow has created a great skate deck. The new snow also helped cover up some of the icy spots that existed by the lake where the sun had previously caused a meltdown. There was no track set but classic skiers have created one in some spots. I marked B skis but you could use good skis if you would like. It is awesome to live so close to this beautiful park.
      Photos:
      (Blaze Fugina)
    • Jan 23 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Awesomely awesome. Best classic conditions that I have skied this season. I was skiing late morning and the groomer was making another pass on the skate deck, which looked great to begin with. Rex Green Powergrip with a few coats of Rex green on top did the trick for kick. Surprisingly good glide, given the cold temps.
      (Kathleen Bjornson)
    • Jan 23 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Best conditions I've seen here this season. Nice classic tracks and a good skate lane. Skied the outer loop, just a few patches of grass poking through but otherwise great.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are opened but are not groomed when we were there. The snow was powdery so it was easy to ski through and enough people have skied so there are tracks. We skied from the visitor center to Holland Lake then back. It was overall great conditions but not groomed. No rocks, dirt, etc showing.
      (Caleb Anderson)
    • Jan 23 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Battle Creek East classic trail was at its best this afternoon. Green loop double tracks were well traveled but in great shape with plenty of cold dry snow everywhere. If you like classic skiing in a wooded area with only a few hills, this is a great spot in the east metro.
      (Philip Rode)
    • Jan 23 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated several full laps at Como between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. No trails had been groomed there since the overnight snow (neither skate deck nor classic tracks). Fewer than expected number of Nordic skiers out, maybe due to the colder temps. Some hills had ice under the fresh snow. There are a few skate deck patches with minimal snow coverage, but they are avoidable.
      (Bob Elias)
    • Jan 23 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Pike Island, once you cross the bridge, trails are good. Freshly groomed, it seems. Semi-deep tracks.
      (Emily Spende)
    • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Skied in tracks after late yesterday snowfall of about 2 inches. Skied both east and west classic trails. Visitor center staff member indicated Lebanon will probably re-groom trails tomorrow. Hopefully, additional snow soon.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 23 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Brownie, Cedar Lake, and the channel late morning. Brownie was groomed, the rest of the lakes were still fresh powder, but still easy enough to skate through. There were a few spots on Cedar where skis would slide out due to the slick ice below the new snow, but overall better than I expected. Great on Brownie after the grooming. Lots of classic skiers out in some great looking tracks.
      (John Lyrenmann)
    • Jan 23 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the trails around Wirth Lake and Bog. Overall, I'd say they were good. A few places throughout with debris on the trail but pretty good coverage. Classic track in most areas (that I noticed). Beautiful with the snow on the trees. I used my good skis, but if you're really careful, use your B skis.
      Photos:
      (Katharine Woodman-Maynard)
    • Jan 23 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great job, groomers! Classic track was better than expected. The few bare spots are easy to avoid. The fresh snow made for a nice layer on the hard pack snow. Fast and smooth conditions.
      (Brian Ås)
    • Jan 23 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The skate trail had been rolled but the classic tracks were not groomed except by users on the Brown's pond loop. Although this made the skiing slow it was still beautiful and sheltered from wind.
      Photos:
      (Ann Cohen)
    • Jan 23 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I thought the trails were great! Fresh snow on top of the melted then frozen tracks that are in great condition. No leaves or debris. Skied lower and east loops off lower parking lot. Beautiful quiet snow. Lots of animal tracks to observe. I had a good ski out there!
      Photos:
      (Tera Atkins)
    • Jan 23 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Hiawatha is groomed with a classic track that is not pretty, but it will have to do for now. A few grass spots poke through but Hiawatha is super wide so you can avoid the snirt. There is a practice area in the driving range with 8 parallel classic tracks. Multi use trail is in great shape.
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 23 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was rolled/packed today. Snow conditions remain good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 23 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka nature preserve was rolled/packed today. Snow conditions are in good shape at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 23 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Overall conditions are pretty good with some sections being great. Set new classic tracks, these are thin in spots. Ski Games trails remain closed. Get out and enjoy!
      (Mike Rohweder)
    • Jan 23 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All Theodore Wirth natural snow trails from Bridge Trail south were groomed and tracked overnight. The new snow was light and fluffy, but should help in covering up the icy areas that remained after the last snowfall. On the snowmaking loop, Trail 18 and the maintenance loop are now open, for around 6K total.
      (Robert Ibler, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 23 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There was about 1.5 inches of fresh snow since the last grooming (though a coyote did it’s best to groom the first 10 percent of the trail!) but the second time around the track was fast! There is a little ice under the snow on the south side but it’s quite well covered. I’d call it spectacular.
      Photos:
      (David Glaser)
    • Jan 23 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Everything is groomed and set. Skate deck was firming up nice. Classic track is shallow / crumbly in spots but wanted to set it for today. A little more snow should allow us to form it up better. Come and get it. MYSL will be out here for a few hours early afternoon and should help ski things in well.
      Photos:
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 23 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and set new classic tracks at Columbia. Saturday’s clipper brought a welcome 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow that has softened the course. It cleared up and temps dropped so it should set up well. Come out and enjoy your ski at Columbia today!
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Natural snow report: Took the dogs skijoring today at about 4pm. The natural snow was in rough shape. Glare ice in many places made me wish I had ice skates and not skis. The dogs had a fun time, but it was a struggle to stay on the trails due to the ice. Hoping the new snow makes it a bit more skiable, but the layer of ice underneath might make it tough. Even with the conditions, it's always a great day for skijoring!
      (Kevin Krueger)
    • Jan 22 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Three new inches of fluffy clipper snow. Ancient One and Babe (as in Blue Ox, legendary trail builder) could not resist the urge to go out and play in it. They went for a late evening run with the rollers around the outer loop for your Sunday skiing pleasure. Grooming plan: The morning crew will re-roll that and the rest of the system. It will be another busy Sunday with nearly a 100 little league skiers starting at 1 and a novice biathlon event starting at noon (future Olympian maybe? it has happened before). There is plenty of room for all on the trails, but parking will be a little tight midday and should be clearing about 3. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 22 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Hiawatha groomers put down many laps with the roller and groomer in an effort to make the new snow stick to the existing crust. It should be good skiing on Sunday with just a few grass spots popping through. We will try to get out tomorrow to groom and set a classic track.
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied man made trails only. When I showed up at 6AM, the skate deck was impeccably groomed and the classic tracks were well set. The winds were some of the worst of the year and ice cold. Kudos to the groomers!
      (John Nealon)
    • Jan 22 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      Classic skiing at Hiawatha was pretty good early this evening. The tracks had iced up since the thaw, but have filled with enough snow to be pleasant. I didn’t try skate, but it seemed pretty icy. Also, I found a working Samsung phone on the trail and left it on the ski racks near the parking lot, just in case its owner sees this.
      (Thomas Blackstock)
    • Jan 22 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Some icy patches, but still enough snow to be skiable. Some areas free of icy patches were really nice. Majority of the trails are tracked out for classic.
      Photos:
      (Cory Quirk)
    • Jan 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thin, windblown, and bare in spots, but overall good B ski coverage--especially on the hills, and there are plenty of them! Groomer was out at noon, working with what was there.
      (Ernie Ogot)
    • Jan 22 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I would rate conditions as "not real fun". Lake alternates between drifts and hardpack so I had a hard time getting an edge. Classic tracks looked pretty good (better than the skate deck), so still lots of potential there. The climb up to the bridge out of Brownie lake is very very icy, so be careful for the big rock in the middle of the ramp when you descend. I walked down. Hopefully new snow helps!
      (Tim Bontrager)
    • Jan 22 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No grooming had been done, but there were skier-set tracks on most of the trails. These were actually pretty good. Better than I expected. Not too many leaves either. The trail segments in the worst shape were some that were closer to other entrances (not the main parking lot/entrance), where lots of hikers, snowshoers, and dogs had been walking. There was enough snow, and soft-enough snow, on all the hills to make it fine for going up and maintaining control on the way down. Overall, I had a great time skiing there and got a great workout on the hills. Skating looked like it would be pretty poor because of the thin, uneven snow and the fact that it had been worn down to dirt, rocks, and sticks in some areas.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 22 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a bit rough classic skiing today. No bare patches, which was awesome. However the weather has made it pretty rough. A lot was blown over and drifty. What made it really tricky is that any patches that weren’t blown over, were really icy. This made for a bit of a treacherous slow/fast change. There was in particular one downhill that was just completely unsafe. It was glare ice, really hard to get any edge.
      (Amanda Schaefer)
    • Jan 22 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trails were great - get out there! Sure there was a bit of grass showing on the connector to the island trail due to the crown in that area, and some ice here and there but I was pleasantly surprised by the conditions - 99.857% coverage! I skied the outer loops (Island, Timber, Prairie) twice and would come back tomorrow to avoid the man made crowds at the other popular parks. Also, there is a track on 90% of the trails.
      (Steve Eberly)
    • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Parked at quaking bog and skied Norm Oakvik, Erickson loop, Wedding Hill, and Anwatin Loop. Lots of debris, leaves and bark and such on the trails, so that I wish I was using B skis, but the snow conditions were actually pretty good underneath that. Maybe a half dozen churned up or icy places.
      (Gus OMalley)
    • Jan 22 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A+ rated. The grooming at Woodland is superb. No bare or icy patches; got a good edge all the way around. They sure know how to prep and groom in a drought/freeze/thaw year. The new maps and strategic placement of a few snow fences are great. The redesigned last downhill in wash pond flats is appreciated at the end of the outer loop when I am on my last legs. Send the whole volunteer grooming crew and equipment to the World Cup races! No tracks yet.
      (Scott Engstrom)
    • Jan 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied North and the nature center spur. Neither was tracked, and there were few user-made tracks. The nature center spur was difficult - a few thin spots, but icy in sections, which combined with sloped trail areas led to lots of sideways slippage. Fortunately, there were few people, so no embarrassing encounters. The skate skiers seemed to do fine. The main loop was good, although there was some alarmingly yellow snow in the bowl where North trail meets Scenic Foothills. Weird pond water, one hopes.
      Photos:
      (Laurie Ford)
    • Jan 22 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied early afternoon, just as the sky clouded over. There was a fresh inch or snow that was mostly skied in in the classic tracks, not as much traffic on the skate deck. Definitely better for classic because of some drifting and a few icier sections. Some leaf debris, but mostly clean tracks. No problems using good skis. Not very fast conditions, but at least the winds had died down. Saw a number of other skiers during our loop around the trail system.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 22 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The snow seemed to help conditions. There is a little bit of drifting snow but it was welcomed as a break from the hard pack and icy stuff. There is still a fair amount of ice and hard pack but it is skiable.
      (Daniel Keifenheim)
    • Jan 22 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was such a fun morning skiing at Pine Point Park. With the dusting of snow last night, it appeared the firm skate deck provided enough edging for a sure push off. The classic tracks were very firm and well set under the fluffy white stuff. Skins, green hard wax and whatever was on my vintage Skilom woodies worked great, as long as you maneuvered around the fallen chunks of bark, some leaf debris and small pine cones. I love natural snow skiing. Thanks groomers!
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Jan 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the Silver, Bronze, and Ball Field today. Most trails are in "good ski" condition. A few spots need more snow. I didn't do much to the tracks, most are old but not too bad. We're hoping for more snow this weekend.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Tried to start at Cedar Lake, but the skate deck was ice and last night's snow just blew off. Wirth Lake, Tornado Alley, and Bridge Trail were better, but still 50% icy. Man made loop was good, though a tad slow with cold temps and new snow.
      (David Mortenson)
    • Jan 22 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Surprisingly good conditions at Fort Snelling Pike Island loop. New signage seems to be working to cut down on trampling.
      Photos:
      (Ann Cohen)
    • Jan 22 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trail was wind blown with some drifting. Nevertheless, it was still worth it. The skate deck could use another pass with the groomer. Only a few small spots where grass was poking through.
      (Ethan Knuti)
    • Jan 22 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Par for the course - a lot of drifting snow but also some fast icy sections - but all in all, slow but fun.
      Photos:
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • Jan 22 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice late morning/early afternoon skate ski at BC. Skied all open trails (note: tree removal has decimated the ski games loop, which is closed). Good coverage with only small patches of dirt on the steepest sections of uphills. Last night’s short blast of new snow gave the trail a nice refresher though also made for slowish conditions (but not squeaky styrofoam slow like we experienced recently). Groomer was doing excellent work on the WC loop around noon.
      Photos:
      (Alan Chapman)
    • Jan 22 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated this trail this morning, didn't appear the trail had been recently groomed and is fairly icy and chopped up. A ton of long snow drifts on the trail which makes skiing very tricky. It's doable but not super enjoyable. Otherwise plenty of coverage. Just gotta wait for the wind to drop and groomer to come out.
      (Travis Meier)
    • Jan 22 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck and reset the classic tracks before dawn this morning. The wind was very strong, so you might not see much evidence of the grooming when you get out there. Due to the wind the new snow was not evenly distributed, so there are still icy patches -- but most of the skate deck looked pretty good. The classic tracks vary from full depth to very shallow, but I'm sure they're already drifted in. On the plus side they're not glazed! Enjoy your ski!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 21 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      I was classic and my son skate Friday evening, 730-830. Not groomed as of Friday night, the classic tracks were snowed in and slow, very little glide, plenty of kick on rex green. Skating on the other hand was fantastic! The little bit of snow covered up almost all the ice and hardpack and made for surprisingly good, long glides on his V2 workout.
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 21 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Spent several hours going slow to break up the icy mess from the thaw followed by deep freeze. Left behind a chunky bed of snow that will hopefully bond with then new snow coming over the next few days. The wind will make grooming futile today but I’ll get out there overnight to get it ready for Sunday funday. Tracks were a useless bed if ice so were removed. I’ll reset if there is enough snow Sunday morning.
      (Mitch Hoffman)
    • Jan 21 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wetland and Woodland Edge varied from fair to very good. It was hard packed with the usual bare spots on the outbound leg of Wetland. Conditions improved after the RR bridge with a softer surface. Thereafter branch and twig debris (and tiny cone debris from the pine trees alongside the trail for a while after you passed the cutoff for Rolling Hills Savanna) were the only issue. It was ugly cold at 11 degrees according to Google with a gusty wind. After just briefly baring my hand to get my car keys out to return a pair of skis to it, I had to go back in and warm them under a hand dryer in the bathroom before I put my liners and mitts back on. It worked; only my toes were starting to go after an hour and 15 minutes on the trail. I tried out both skis waxed with CH3 powder and FastWax Teal LF at the trailhead. Both seemed to perform the same - ok, I thought. I went with the CH3 waxed ones and as soon as I hit the uphill grade after the RR bridge, the cold weather slow-down hit. I'd skate a 100 to 200 yards and then stop and walk before I repeated the same routine all the way to the top with a stop at the shelter to clear my fogged glasses. Once I hit the downhill return I moved better (except being slowed by the tiny pine cone debris). I was able to continue to sustain my momentum once I hit the flats between skating and double poling. Only met one classic skier at the beginning of the trail and a couple high school boys on their second circuit while out on the trail.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      My dad and I went out to ski at Elm creek today about 4:30 (right before the snow started). We only skied the man-made loop, which actually felt like skiing snow and not ice. There had not been many skiers out so the corduroy was still very nice. There were very few spots where it was hard to get an edge due to being smoothed out. The snow was surprisingly fast despite cold temps. As our ski went on the wind picked up and it got cold. The snow also started coming down and it was blowing all around.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 21 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      I was amazed how good the conditions were. The skate deck was nice smooth corduroy the entire course. Fantastic job by the groomers. I did not get in the tracks but heard they were pretty icy. There are a number of rocks in the skate deck, especially on the visitor center side of the railroad tracks, so you need to keep your eyes on the trail.
      (Peter Aggen)
    • Jan 21 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      This evenings little clipper came through early and fast, leaving us with a whopping 1/2" of new snow. In a drought winter, we are happy with anything we get. Both Shear-Pin and Crash just reported in (got to love a well trained crew) that they had just finished rolling it out to help with bonding the new to our bullet proof base. Earlier in the day, Ancient One and Lumberjack pulled the Godzilla screens around to put in as much profile in the base as they could before the new snow. Those skiing between grooming runs today said it was improved over the last couple of days. For your Saturday ski, expect the trail to be bright white, a little slow, a bit noisy with each pole plant and likely somewhere near the middle of the fun-o-meter. Use a little caution on the first lap. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 21 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic track set up really well with the cold weather. Even the multiuse trail had a nice track. There are a few thin spots which are easy to step around. B skis due to oak leaves and sticks blowing onto the trail with the strong winds this afternoon. Watch for bare pavement at the snowmobile crossing on the multiuse trail. The skate deck also looked good, although it is narrower in spots because the classic track was moved closer to the middle of the trail.
      Photos:
      (Mark Oswood)
    • Jan 21 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the practice loop (near small building). Cold and windy. Thanks to the groomers who broke up the ice pretty well, with enough texture to skate, but fresh snow would be great!
      (Karen Peters)
    • Jan 21 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very icy! I skied posts 5 to 6 at Jensen Trailhead, and it was glare ice. I quit that trail and walked to Jensen lake to classic ski around the lake in the skier set tracks. There was some ice but surprisingly a lot of soft snow on those shallow grooves. I only have one set of skis so I can't advise on B skis, etc.
      (Amy Riegelman)
    • Jan 21 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer put down two side by side tracks at Vadnais lake today. Tracks are not full depth, and have some small chunks of ice in them.
      Already starting to collect tree litter, hence the recommendation for B skis.

      (Carol Shield)
    • Jan 21 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are rutted and icy. I attempted to ski the practice loop but could not get an edge. I am a freestyle beginner, so factor that in. The tops of the rises were glazed and had grass poking through. Some snow (if you can call it that) had dirt mixed in. A biting wind didn't make things any better. We need some snow!
      (Alyssa Murphy)
    • Jan 21 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Break out the backcountry skis, or whatever you've got with metal edges (Nordic skates?). The skate deck was 90% glazed and the classic tracks looked to be completely glazed. The multi-use trail was skiable (barely) though bumpy, and the few spots where there was still some corduroy on the skate deck were actually pretty nice. But most of it was an exercise in slipping, sliding, and skittering. Not much fun. Also looked like some of the grass spots were getting more exposed (though still avoidable). I'd wait until we get a bit more snow and the groomers can do another pass (it was in pretty great shape before this most recent deep freeze!).
      (Sam Papai)
    • Jan 21 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The groomer came today and set classic tracks at Sucker Lake. The snow bed is still fairly thin so the tracks are not deep all the way around. The grooming also broke up all the ice that formed after Tuesday's thaw so snow conditions are vastly improved. I did not get to the Vadnais trail so not sure if they were groomed.
      (Steven Jorissen)
    • Jan 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference a day makes! Wednesday evening after the rapid freeze Wirth trails were pea size ice chunks over glare ice- actually better than I expected but not much fun. Today the trail is beautiful machine groomed sugar. The prevailing wind was a brake on down La Squadra, but uphill was like sailing with the wind.
      (Steve Casey)
    • Jan 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bronze, Silver, and Gold trails were given two passes to refresh the skating deck. Classic track In fair condition. Ski Games trail is closed for now due to tree work. There are a number of bare spots especially on steeper inclines and there are areas with grass poking through. These areas are avoidable and overall the trails have good coverage.
      (James Rue)
    • Jan 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      We are warmer over here at Hyland. Manufactured Snow Trails are all packed, tracked, (Daily) and in Good Conditions. Natural Snow Trails are packed and not tracked, and in Good Conditions. Note: Trails are open 5 AM - 10 PM; along with front and back bathrooms. High School Races: Mon, Jan. 24 3-5:30, Tues. Jan.25, 10-4pm - Wed, Jan. 26 3-5:30, Fri. Jan. 28, 4:30-9pm. Trails are still open to the public during the races, except for Fri.. Trails will be closed, Friday, Jan. 28, 4:30 - 9 PM and 5 AM - 10 PM, Saturday, Jan. 29 for Rennet Races.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 21 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Got in a quick workout this morning. -2F on the car thermometer. I had day-old klister, which worked just fine, but the tracks were not icy at all! The groomers did a fabulous job of reconditioning the track after the thaw-freeze cycle earlier this week. Hoping for more snow in the days to come.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 21 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was fresh groomed today. Snow conditions are very good at this time. enjoy!
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 21 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve was groomed today. Snow conditions remain very good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 20 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were groomed on Thursday morning and much better than Wednesday's icy conditions. Skating deck is very firm and, in some cases, icy and very difficult to hold an edge especially in the 2K. There are tracks for classic but they were iced over and sections filled with leaves and tree debris. Fewer rocks poking through compared to last week.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Jan 20 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Battle Creek groomers nailed the time to groom during the warm to cold cycle. Majority of World Cup trail is in great shape for skating. Some areas with afternoon sun are icy (especially by the ballfields) but otherwise it's firm and easy to find an edge on 90% of the loop. There is one single sizable bare spot at the top of a hill on Gold, it's on an uphill so it will not catch you off guard. Silver/Bronze have full coverage (although thin in some areas). As reported: Ski Games trails are closed for 2 weeks for tree removal by the County.
      (Jay Wood)
    • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Snowmaking 5k classic tracks are pretty darn nice. A nice combo of kick snow and a bit of glide glaze, deep and no washouts to speak of. Thanks groomer for battling the ice!
      Photos:
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 20 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      70% very good, 30% hard ice and not much in between. Wherever the trails saw extended sunshine on the hot day on Tuesday it turned the snow to bare ice.
      (Rick Budde)
    • Jan 20 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Not much to report other than ice everywhere. Pretty hard to grab an edge for skating. Tried the tracks to double pole but lots of leaf/tree litter present there. Bummer!
      (Zach Simpson)
    • Jan 20 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      -4F when I hopped on the trail a little after 1:00 PM. I wasn't sure where I was going to classic ski today; I thought everything would be boilerplate. Thanks to the Como groomers, that wasn't the case. I stayed on the loop where the start/finish area is (1.3K for the loop). Most of this loop had reset classic track! I was using universal klister on my B skis, but I might have been okay with a hard polar wax. The tracks were fantastic, and I appreciate how the long southern section runs close to the woods (thus, the nickname: the glacier, since it is in the shade and lasts late into the season). Kudos, Como groomers!
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 20 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails nicely groomed for skate with only with a few areas of gravel and woody debris at the surface. Still, enjoyable skiing if you don't mind a few scratches.
      (Keva Schulz)
    • Jan 20 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Highland 9 golf course cross country ski trail received a fresh groom this morning. The skate deck is good shape with sone icy areas. There was a new classic track set. Stay warm.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 20 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference from yesterday! The second grooming last night helped break up the icy spots. Overall, 80-90% of the trail is in good shape. There are a few slick segments in the usual places, but as long as you stick to the outside of the skate deck, you can still catch an edge. It was cold to be sure but still nice to be outside!
      (Alexander Forster)
    • Jan 20 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trail at Como golf course had a fresh groom this morning and the skate deck is in great shape. A new classic track was set in some places but in other areas we could not because grass was showing. The classic track may be icy where we couldn’t groom. Stay warm and enjoy.
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 20 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail at Phalen golf course was groomed this morning and is in great shape. A new classic track was set and the deck has a nice corduroy on it. If you haven’t skied it this year you need to give it a try.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 19 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The conditions were very icy. Thankful they were able to get out and groom during the refreeze so it wasn't a skating rink. Some spots were super slick and hard to get an edge on and others were textured enough to get by. The wind was also very cold.
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Icy in a few spots and slow with blown snow in a few spots, but overall the manmade stuff was in good shape. Didn’t even try the natural snow trails, looked rough. 5K of manmade open now with more snow being blown at night.
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Jan 19 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very hard packed and slippery snow, but still skiable on the skate deck. There were just a few icy spots where I had to double pole. Frequent grass patches, but nothing I wasn't able to avoid. If one skied in the classic tracks, they'd probably have to pop in and out of the tracks with some regularity. I'd feel fine with B skis, but others might use rock skis. Extremely fast conditions.
      (Richard Kent)
    • Jan 19 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Columbia skate deck tonight after skiing earlier in the afternoon. Previous grooming and shoveling salvaged a terrible thaw-freeze scenario. Tonight I was able to churn up some of the icy spots and set a decent surface throughout the course. Skaters should be able to set an edge well, minus a few icy patches/sections. Classic tracks are ice. Until we get another snowfall, they will be a challenge. Pictured is the deck on an icy section for reference. Columbia is going to be fast!
      Photos:
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 19 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions were mostly very good for skating. Staff did a good job of creating an approachable and a very edge worthy skate deck. The only difficulty occurred on the short up hill portion under the spruce trees on the pond trail west of the parking lot and north of the Gateway trail. The classic tracks were solid, but gripable, with short sections of leaves in the usual spots. A nice hour plus ski. All the parking lot skier tailgaters I encountered were smiling and happy with their time on the trails. Cold northwest winds were mostly a non-issue at this heavily tree protected system.
      Photos:
      (Michael Wilke)
    • Jan 19 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions were excellent for both classic and skating. Classic tracks were generally well-defined and deep enough. They were generally glazed because of the melting yesterday and refreezing today, so I didn't have very good kick with waxed skis. Might have been better with klister but I didn't try. There were quite a few leaves in some places in the tracks, though, which would be bad for klister. I got better kick on the freshly-groomed skate deck with Swix Polar White wax on my wood skis. Most if not all of the skate decks were groomed while we were there, and the condition was then great/fast for skating, with the melted/refrozen/groomed surface. There were several very small (~18" across) areas of exposed dirt, but these were easily avoided if you watch where you are going. Despite the cool temps, the bright sun made it feel warmer than I expected. Beautiful blue sky day for skiing! The visitor center/warming house/bathrooms were open, even though the ranger station at the entrance was closed.
      Photos:
      (Craig Wiklund)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a difference a day makes! Skate skied around noon, looks like they made a pass and got the right half of the skate deck churned up from the ice that formed overnight. One big loop (the brown loop?) was churned up with good edge. Classic tracks seemed ok when I hopped in them to double pole and avoid the few inevitable icy spots on the slate deck. Hopefully they made it around to groom some of the other loops because where they groomed was really great considering the big warm weather to overnight cold weather pattern. Thanks groomers!
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Jan 19 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied the outer loop this evening. The newly groomed track is fantabulous. The pristine skate deck also looked welcoming. Thank You to the Anoka County Groomers for doing an outstanding job.
      (Michael Metzmaker)
    • Jan 19 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Icy conditions on both the skate deck and classic tracks. The few bare spots from yesterday and still present but very little grass was sticking through despite the melt. The downhills were fast and a little dangerous since you can't get an edge. The classic track was sheer ice and I could barely get any kick but double poling was easy and fast.
      (Evan Hendrickson)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      East ski trails groomed for skate skiing. Current track not reset and in good condition. Trails fair to good. Savanna trail around campground in poor to fair condition due to exposed trail.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 19 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails were groomed for skate skiing. No new classic track reset due to thin snow. Some dirt showing through and debris is present. Current classic tracks may be icy.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 19 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I agree with the Three Rivers rating of fair. It's definitely worth going out, just be prepared for some icy sections. The trails were groomed today but there are icy sections and a fair amount of sticks (this is why I said B skis). The Island Trail and the trail leading out to it would be poor-to-fair, with icy sections and was the least enjoyable part of the ski. Also, the first 200 yards of the trail is very icy but don't let this deter you as it gets better. Be prepared for the downhills as they are fast and you might have to dodge a few sticks and possibly an icy spot or two. The trails are still very skiable and the icy/crusty conditions are only scattered throughout the trail.
      (Nick Raisanen)
    • Jan 19 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Secondhand 

      Not good news from the trail testers. The testers are die hard skiers who will ski on just about anything. They went 2 1/2 laps, and said while skiable for them, they needed to be on their toes all of the time to stay upright. They reported the trail is about 1/4 hard pack/ice, with a lot of the slick surfaces located where you want traction. If you ski, do so with caution. The next challenge will be to get the ice scratched up enough so the next snow will bond. That project will start Friday when it warms a bit.
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Yesterday's meltdown did a number on the outer trails. The unlighted trails haven't been regroomed, and at best they're icy and rutted in the skating lane, with bare spots, including pavement showing through where the trail crosses the paved trail behind Mud Lake. The big hill there is hazardous, with a bare spot in the middle and ice on both sides of that. The classic tracks are shallow, icy and in a couple of spots, melted through. I won't be back on those trails until we get more snow. Parts of the tracks on Eagle Trail were groomed under a few days ago, and only skier-made tracks remain in those spots. Lots of foot traffic on the classic trails, too, with some by two-footed creatures and some by four-footed residents. Northern Lights is in good condition. While the classic tracks haven't been regroomed, the skate deck was touched up last night, once the temp dropped below freezing. The classic tracks are icy in spots, and washed out on some of the turns, but they're very skiable and much preferable to the open-to-the-wind snow-making trail. The snow-making trail is, as always, well-groomed. Both the tracks and the skate deck were very fast, for such a cold day.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • Jan 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were mostly ice. I think I would've been better off on ice skates. A few areas back in the woods on the skyline trail were snow covered (thankfully on the downhills). Multiple areas with dirt, grass and roots coming up. The boot imprints from people walking on the trails didn't help either. With regards to classic tracks, everything was ice. Don't think anything would've kicked. Mostly all of the downhills were washed out of track. The land bridge looked in rough shape for tracks. I would say it was about a 60/40 split with track available across the trails.
      (Caitlin Anderson)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Got out for a quick ski with a friend as a warm up for a run at night. The whole area was skiable but the warm weather and high traffic from the holiday weekend really took its toll on the conditions. Bare ground poking through in lots of places, but decently easy to avoid. Temps were dropping so we were getting ice forming as we skied. The trails will probably need some more snow and another grooming to bring them back to life but they're still doable!
      (Peter Johnson)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The rapidly falling temperatures converted the slushy trails from the afternoon to concrete-like ice. Very fast where tracks were intact. Areas where tracks were washed out was very difficult to navigate, and the frozen boot prints didn't help. I elected to stay off the steep hills and quit early as it was getting cold and windy. Won't be very skiable til regroomed.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Two words - boiler plate. Hoping freshly made snow and grooming improves it. Crushed my moderate level of confidence in skate skis.
      (Lee Penn)
    • Jan 18 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We could have done without 42 degrees for sure! I took new rookie groomer Basketball Guy out Tuesday evening for a two plus hour training run with the tandem screens. We wanted to get on the trail after temps dropped below 32 and before it got too hard due to rapidly dropping temps. It was 29 when we started and 18 when we finished. Some areas scratched up good, others not so good. The New Coach will be out trail testing this morning, so we will wait for a trail quality report from him. If you like a fast and very hard trail... Enjoy with caution on your first lap.
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Ski Games trails are closed for 2 weeks for tree removal by the County. Groom as temperatures were falling. Silver and Gold trails are mostly in good condition with classic tracks, given the amount of snow. The gold trail has an almost full-width bare spot near the summit of the longest ascent and there a few thin spots on both Gold and Silver. Conditions on the Bronze trail are variable - there are long stretches that are pretty good, but there are also many thin spots on both the prairie and plateau portions - generally easy to avoid.
      (Karl Dewahl)
    • Jan 18 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate deck tonight after the snow had set up with all the warm temps today. The snow was too hard to reset the classic tracks unfortunately. They are in decent shape for about 80% of the trail. I covered all the bare patches I could find with more snow, though there's a few uphill icy spots coming back to the train bridge from the north that I wasn't able to fix.
      (Blaine Gudbjartsson)
    • Jan 18 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied Pile Island. The tracks aren’t deep but still great skiing. It has a double groomed track so you can go either direction (I prefer counter clockwise as you’re closer to the rivers). I saw 3 large coyotes walking on the MN river (north side of island) - cool! Plus of course deer, which are common to see on Pike Island.
      Photos:
      (Pam Medvec)
    • Jan 18 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Carver was skiing exceptional at noon today. Velvet corduroy that had seen light traffic or was fresh and untracked on some of the loops. I classic skied a shallow track that was set throughout the park. Track was a bit soft, off camber, light in spots, but no complaints. 99% great coverage with the snow we have and a few burn through spots that are easy to avoid. No worries using good skis. Perfect March ski day.
      Photos:
      (John Horns)
    • Jan 18 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied at exactly the wrong time of day; my car thermometer read 45F, and any trail in the sun was mush. Surprisingly, in the shade, conditions were pretty good. Started at the Edgerton gates. This trail has not been rolled since the most recent snow. However, the skied-in track is actually pretty good. I saw a half-dozen skiers, a handful of snowshoers, and numerous walkers. I thanked all of the walkers for avoiding the tracks. I recommend B skis only because of the usual deciduous detritus. The wind was rising as I was finishing, and the temperatures were dropping: the brave skier tomorrow may need klister.
      (Michael Kuhne)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The MLK holiday skiers took a toll on the trails. I skied Brown's Pond, Hills, and a couple loops on Prairie. Skate deck coverage was pretty good, but it's getting packed hard, scraped, and rutted. The flat sections generally provided enough snow on one side or the other for decent skating, the downhills were getting scraped down to hardpack, but manageable, and the climbs were getting pretty churned up, especially the south faces. There are several spots with grass and soil starting to come through, and today's warm temperatures won't help. Looking at the sections I skied, I'd classify them about 70% fair, 30% trending towrd poor. It doesn't appear as though there is enough base left to re-groom, but the groomers have surprised me with some great rehabilitations in the past.
      (David Sonnenberg)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions were fair. Track appeared machine-set in a few spots but was frequently skier- set and totally absent at all intersections and all hills - up or down. There was snert and roots coming thru in a few spots. There was the usual extent of oak leaf litter which compounded the problems I had with my Rex Red kick wax. Anytime the track disappeared the looser snow would clump on my ski bottoms and I picked up lot of leaves on them too. It was about 34 degrees at my 11:30 start and pushing 40 degrees when I finished at 1:30. Surprisingly given it cleared to full sunshine at the end, I ran into at least three couple minute bursts of sleet or rain. Despite the nice weather, my ski of most of the perimeter trail on the east side was not that great. Had to stop to scrape the clumping snow off at mile 2 and rewax to extend my kick zone fore and aft to get better bite. Application itself was a hassle with long strings of wax getting everywhere. But inconsistency in my kick and glide was the most aggravating. I'd get going at an ok pace but then run into a section with no track where the loose snow would clump onto my ski bottoms and I'd go through the gymnastics of exaggerated shuffles to get it off and reestablish a decent kick and glide or I would hit a leaf or, a few times, really warm snow on a downhill and come to a muscle pulling/ligament stretching near stop. Hope we get more snow and moderately cooler temperatures soon.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I enjoyed excellent conditions on all Wirth trails south of the Trailhead. When I finished at about 1pm the deck was holding up well to the sun and warm temps. Coverage and grooming are good throughout, although there are some easily avoided bare spots on the Anwatin, Bog, and Skyline trails. Everything except Anwatin was tracked. I hope the warm weather doesn’t cause too much damage!
      Photos:
      (Thomas Blackstock)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the trails around the Trailhead as well as the bridge and golf course. Other than the section down to the bridge, the trails to the north were great. On the south side with the golf course, there were a few places to with grass or a roots poking through. But I found it easy to avoid so I felt fine on my good skis. Despite the warmth, the skiing was good!
      Photos:
      (Katharine Woodman-Maynard)
    • Jan 18 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all of the Lebanon Hills West classic trails between Pilot Knob and Johnny Cake starting at the Pilot Knob underpass near Jensen Lake Trailhead. About 80-85 percent of trails are double tracked and all are groomed. The middle connector trail that shortens the loop is groomed but not tracked. There are a lot of foot prints on the sides or between the tracks, especially by Wheaton Pond on the far west side. Thankfully most of the foot prints are not in the tracks. Very good snow coverage.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 18 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 

      Great trails today, maybe best all season. Thanks groomers! Also, there was a lost brown lab/pointer mix in the park. Shy dog. Animal control has set up live traps to catch it.
      (Karen Berglund)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great couple of laps around Highland this morning. The trails have definitely been well-loved with grass poking through in multiple areas for both classic and skate. Overall the classic trail was still well set!
      Photos:
      (Britta Dosland)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lake Elmo East: Skied outer loop - brown, green and yellow. Conditions and classic tracks were far better than I expected. Very few bare spots and fewer yet that required stepping over. Good tracks 90-95% of the loop which I was happily surprised about. Photo is typical trail conditions.
      Photos:
      (Lincoln Fetcher)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Warming temps (34 degrees at noon), a couple intermittent drizzles, and some bright sunshine later made for deteriorating snow conditions. Trail hadn't been groomed since before the weekend, when it got a lot of use, but track was mostly well-defined. More bare spots appearing, which is not surprising. Skate deck looked firm.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Jan 18 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were very nice and firm. Relatively deep and clean. Used my B skis because of occasional thin spots and tree debris but I felt it was minimal. Not a skate skier so can only say that the skate deck did not appear to have been groomed in the last day. Skater appears to be gliding by me just fine. Not sure if I am ready to slap on green wax again with cold weather but if the tracks continue to be good.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Manufactured Snow Trails are packed, tracked and in Good Conditions. Natural Snow Trails are packed, not tracked and in Good Conditions. Conditions may change throughout the day. High School Races: Tuesday, January 18th 3:45 - 5:30 PM, Wednesday, January 19th 3:45 - 5:30 PM, Thursday, January 20th 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Trails are still open to the public during the races.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The EC groomers came through again. The skate deck was very nice with just a few small thin spots. I skated Creek and Northern Lights. The classic track looked pretty good with a few washed out spots.
      (Tom Harris)
    • Jan 18 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer rolled the Sucker Lake loop over the weekend. Coverage is very good. Classic skiers are left slip-sliding away as there is no set classic track. Vadnais Lake trail was not rolled (apparently). Skier-made tracks on south end of the trail are actually quite good. From the parking lot to the middle gate, tracks are inconsistent and walked over.
      (Steven Jorissen)
    • Jan 18 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snow deck has some thin spots and there was no apparent groomed classic track. The skier-made track that does exist is poor-to-fair because of damage from skiers, deer, and walkers who won't stay off of the trail. We mostly skied while the air temperature was still below freezing, but towards the end of our ski the conditions were becoming sticky because the temperature rose about 32 F. The conditions are fine for some getting some outdoor exercise, but don't expect too much.
      (Mark Strobel)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Freshened up the skate deck early this morning on the Silver and Bronze trail. I didn't touch the classic tracks, just not enough snow to improve them. Battle Creek right now is a tale of two cities. The early part of the trail is very thin, once you get to the logging are it is really thin. Past sign post 7 and it is very nice. Skate deck is flat and the tracks have had heavy use but are in place.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Ski Games Course, tracks are set and are currently in pretty good condition, but have seen heavy traffic from the weekend. Also, it looked like the county was setting up to do some logging this afternoon. I don't know how much they'll impact the ski trails, but there will definitely be done heavy machinery moving around in there later today.
      (Joshua Schmidt)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      While the snow wasn’t as firm as I’d hoped (a little scary on a few hills), the trails were in great shape and the weather was awesome. I was weary given the reports from the few days preceding, but I only saw one very slushy area that was not skiable. The trails must have been freshly groomed last night or this morning because I was the first to ski some sections. Classic tracks were not yet set. I look forward to coming back when they are.
      Photos:
      (Lauren Newbauer)
    • Jan 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied mostly the natural snow outer loop early afternoon, starting out from the swimming beach parking lot to avoid the crowded lots. Trails were in great shape -- firm skate deck but not icy, looked like it had been groomed that morning. Classic tracks looked good too. Only area of any concern was the wooden palet bridge you cross as you come back past the swimming beach. That was thin, but didn't hit anything. Outer trails were quiet, only busy area was the snowboarding/tubing area as we skied past.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks are set in most places, not optimally deep, but adequate. They did not get much snow in the recent snowfall so tracks offer limited grip. Skiing was better with skins than with the waxed skis. There are a few gray spots on the skate deck, but nothing serious.
      (Wanda Davies)
    • Jan 17 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was our first time to do the complete 18 K loop and we found it mostly very good, especially the Lone Rock Loop and the Wetlands Loop which had solid deep double tracks. In a few places the grass showed through the bottoms of the tracks, but most of the time it was possible to ski over it. There were sections with lots of walker prints, but they didn't destroy the integrity of the tracks. I appreciated that the groomer had not set tracks on the hills. The only significant problems were on the northeast side of the Farm Loop, where a vehicle had driven between the horse trailer parking lot and the road crossing connecting to the Lone Rock loop, leaving deep ruts. There were similar deep ruts from a rogue driver on the trail on the south end of the Farm Loop, just before the road crossing by the connector to the Whitetail Woods system. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable ski.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 17 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We only skied the trails connecting to the Lone Rock Trail, that is the loop around the prairie down the hill to the south of the parking lot, then the loop around the prairie at the top of the hill to the east of the parking lot. Both were in excellent condition.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 17 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing at Carver today. Deck is a bit soft but should firm up. Track is also good for natural snow with some grass poking though in some areas. Grimm, Lake, Sky and Sugarbush have good coverage. King is sloppy from lots of traffic and soft conditions. Groomer was out most of the morning.
      Photos:
      (Tyler Thompson)
    • Jan 17 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed this evening and spent some time covering the few small grassy patches that have formed along the way. If you are willing to step carefully in one or two spots, good skis should be no problem for you. The Nordeast Nordic grooming crew will be out watching conditions tomorrow and with a little elbow grease hope to have quality skiing through February.
      (William Risse)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lake Trail and Oak Knob (natural snow) were nicely rolled, but not tracked. A few shallow user tracks are scattered around Lake, but not much on Oak Knob. The manmade loop tracks are excellent. There were some leaves and thin spots in a few areas, but nothing to worry about. Really pleasant quiet ski today.
      (Laurie Ford)
    • Jan 17 - Grass Lake (Shoreview):
      Afternoon
      Observation 

      I walked down to the lake from the parking lot. It does not appear the classic tracks are set yet.
      (Peter Radford)
    • Jan 17 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail was packed but classic tracks were not set. User-set tracks went all the way around. Nice conditions for skiing.
      (Peter Radford)
    • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the Lake Trail and conditions were great! Few oak leaves and bare spots but not many. Snow hard packed and fast. Only part of the loop has classic tracks.
      Photos:
      (Betsy Hoium)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Did a couple laps of the Ski Games Trail - no bare spots. Classic tracks looked okay and there were a couple other skiers out.
      Photos:
      (Brian Nelson)
    • Jan 17 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Best condition it's been in all year. Still quite a few bare spots that are mostly avoidable with 1 or 2 spots that extend across the entire trail. Overall was some great skiing though.
      (Jordan Lee)
    • Jan 17 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice coverage with minimal debris that is avoidable. No bare spots. Classic tracks were set and looked nice.
      (Kelly Aukema)
    • Jan 17 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail has been rolled, but no classic tracks have been set. Skier-made tracks are in most places. There are some hiker tracks in the middle of the trail, but all of snowshoers I saw were keeping to the side of the trail. About a dozen skiers were out during the hour I was there. If you're looking for mostly flat or intermediate hills, give this wooded course a try! It can't be beat for urban beauty.
      Photos:
      (Christina Mantel)
    • Jan 17 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate deck trail at Green Haven Golf Course was groomed today. Snow conditions are good at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are in decent shape. However trails probably have not been groomed since early Saturday as looks like there has been a lot of traffic in the last few days. A few oak leaves on trail in usually places.
      (Mark Zelenak)
    • Jan 17 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at the Anoka Nature Preserve has been groomed today. Snow conditions are in good condition at this time.
      (Mike Brual)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nordic trails in very good shape. Firm, fast surface with enough give for edging. A few spots cluttered with fallen leaves and twigs, easily avoidable. One small patch on a climb with a few small rocks visible. Great skiing option on east side.
      (William Sikorski)
    • Jan 17 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the green loop. Mostly well-groomed and not very crowded in the morning. A few leaves and other debris in the tracks and a few areas that weren't set well. Overall a beautiful day to be out!
      (Mackenzie Bledsoe)
    • Jan 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the entire course using my good skis. Tracks in good shape. Some scattered oak leaves and a couple thin spots but nothing that made me get out of the tracks.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 17 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I took one of my kids out for a loop before lunch -- the tracks were in much better shape than I was expecting and we had a great ski. There were a few spots that looked like they were starting to thin out, like up hills, but overall coverage was just fine for us. I'm not qualified to judge a skate deck, but the handful of folks we saw out seemed to be getting along well.
      (Julie Dolan Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions on Cedar, deep firm tracks and pretty fast. Softer, shallower tracks on Brownie. Some icy patches on both lakes but easy to hop out and ski around.
      (Lacey Hartman)
    • Jan 17 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Near mint conditions on all Wirth South trails! Clean snow, great skate deck and good classic tracks everywhere except for Eloise Butler (skate only). A little forest debris here and there but easy to avoid. I used best skis without issue. Great job groomers!
      Photos:
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 17 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a great day for skiing. The trail is in good shape. Classic tracks are worn in areas, but the snow is just right so it is easy to compensate. Great job and many thanks to the groomer for taking care of this trail! What a lovely, fun, and fast course with intelligently designed hills and turns.
      (David Ulaszek)
    • Jan 17 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It seemed like the classic trails were never set. Couldn’t get an edge the whole time. So it’s good if you’re looking to practice balance and control but I’d recommend avoiding Tamarack if you’re looking for set classic trails.
      (Diana Lynn)
    • Jan 17 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Epic conditions on the lakes for classic and skate. Mostly clean soft snow, just a few small icy patches. Excellent snow under all tunnels and bridges. I used my best skis, no problem - even the Cedar land trail is very good!
      Photos:
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 17 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Excellent skiing this morning at St. Croix Bluffs! Well groomed skate trails with minimal debris and very few other skiers having used the trails! The blue trail has been expanded through new parkland and doesn't go through the campground any longer. The yellow trail was great as well! New parking lot and trailhead as well. Love this gem of a park that is barely used (except for the deer - came across many of them this morning!). Red trail for classic skiing was well groomed and great, too!
      Photos:
      (Amy Tix)
    • Jan 17 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed Columbia this morning and set new classic tracks. Added a driving range loop connector for those that enjoy the driving range loop. Tracks may not have the depth of recent days, but the course is smooth and should ski quite well. There should be very few thin spots, but ski with caution in the suspect areas. That’s the only reason I post B skis. Enjoy Columbia on MLK day!
      Photos:
      (Jim Daggett)
    • Jan 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I am brand new to skiing this year and have been taking lessons with Loppet Ski Club. I went to Highland Park golf course to practice closer to home and build endurance. For my criteria, it worked great! Classic trail was groomed, tracks were great on almost every part of the trail, but there were some patches where the tracks had disappeared or been worn down. There’s one groomed track and at times there’s two side by side tracks (made by other skiers, I believe). My ski partner used the skate deck and had a good experience, too. Entire 3.5k loop was open. It wasn’t crowded so it was a good place for me to practice at my own pace and have plenty of space to get back up after falling down. ;).
      (Emily Hietpas)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions Saturday late afternoon were consistently good across the four lakes with some variation. Isles and Cedar consistently strong, Brownie soft with a couple ice spots, Bde Maka Ska was soft but good except for about four ice spots, which were mostly navigable except for the west side right under Minikahda (So soft here with a bit of water, steer clear). Maka Ska got firmer quickly however at about 3:30 when I followed the groomer around. A few more skiers and it should be solid enough for a really good ski. (I did my part by pressing down on each ski with all my post-Christmas Cookie weight).
      (R.T. Rybak)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Great conditions with a few intermitten thin spots with grass or gravel. Easily avoided. Fresh classic tracks are set. Hope for more snow.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great day to be out. Schulze Trailhead was packed, largely due to a MYSL event. Tracks were shallow and sometimes non-existent on the interior trails and close to Shultz. Trails were much better on the Southern Voyage loop. Tracks on the final climb onto the top of the expert hill were pretty well obliterated. Took the opportunity to educate several hikers on trail etiquette. Wax used was to Toko Red Glider, Swix Blue Extra for Kick with a violet toe pocket. Use good skis with caution, still a few roots are exposed.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Cedar Lake, Isles, Bde Maka Ska and all the connecting channels have been groomed, fine tuned and widened today after heavy use this weekend. The trails are in epic condition, get out and enjoy while we have it! Skate deck and classic on the inside. Walking/ cycling out the outside, shore side.
      (Brian Crotteau)
    • Jan 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic ski this morning was delightful - it’s amazing the difference a few inches of snow can make! We skied the main loop and driving range and the tracks were in great shape throughout. Several skiers were out on classic tracks and the skate deck. As a beginning skier I’m thankful for some natural snow next to the groomed area on the steeper downhills (which is easier for me to manage than the packed snow). Best conditions so far this season - thanks, groomers!
      (Kristen Brogdon)
    • Jan 16 - French Regional Park (Plymouth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Finally skied everything at French and didn’t hit any rocks! A few spots you have to be weary on but for the most part, packed and fast!
      (Rob Christensen)
    • Jan 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Buckthorn Bob and Baseball Guy just finished their evening run with the medium screens for your Martin Luther King Day ski should you choose to spend it at Woodlands. Robs note below covers everything else that needs to be said. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      I strided 4 laps and my 13 year old skated our sunset ski. He reports the skate deck has a firm base but new snow and lots of use made the top somewhat soft, with overall good coverage. Classic tracks are also well used, hardly any glazing, some washouts on corners, 2 or 3 spots down to grass where I stepped out, and a few other thin spots at the top of beehive hill and the teebox at the top of the long slow downhill towards Edgecumbe. The main reason I rated for B skis is the cart path towards the end is peeking through again - can definitely get through but would be a bummer to catch it. With little snow and high use, it's held up well - due to nice work by the groomer! I do wonder if the southwest corner could be rerouted left through the trees just before the short tough climb (thin snow) then right, for a more gradual climb up along Edgecumbe to the teebox next to the ballfields (but I am in my 40s so maybe the younguns like the steep stuff).
      (Jeff Streier)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice afternoon to be out. Tracks were shallow in most spots but still enjoyable ski. Good snow coverage. Lots of people out enjoying this great trail.
      (David Baumgardner)
    • Jan 16 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good conditions. After a weekend of skiers, tracking is beat up a bit. A little grass showing. Thanks to the groomers for creating a great venue for skiing. Quiet, snowy woods. Always awesome.
      (Mary Stephens)
    • Jan 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied everything but Evergreen. Skate deck was nice and firm and the classic track looked good. Occasional spots of dirty snow, most are easily avoidable, but there is some gravel mixed into with the snow right at the merge of Fairway and Prairie that was hard to avoid. Otherwise really nice conditions.
      (Steve Hum)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied Anwatin, bog area, Wirth Lake, Skyline. Conditions were good. There were just a few very small areas where bare ground was poking through. These areas were easily avoidable. Near Anwatin School it looks like some vehicle drove on the path for a quarter mile and made some deep ruts.
      (Daniel Keifenheim)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied after the races today. The fresh snow from Friday made for primo conditions. The skate deck was fast and dialed in. Perfect day for skiing. I think there were more tubers than skiers today.
      (Kevin Lyons)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I went out and skied the outer loop trails today. I skied the Lake trail, with parts of Creek and Eagle, finishing on Northern lights and the man made loop. The trails were just beautiful. Their were a few dirt spots to ski around but they were easily avoidable and probably only 3-4 on the whole loop. The snow was well packed but had some lose snow on the top for grip but not too much lose snow that it was difficult skiing. There were only about 6/8 people out on the outer trails. When I got to Northern lights I started to see more people. Then the man made loop was packed (to be expected when the weather is nice and it's the weekend). The man made loop was in icy condition as compared to the beautiful snow on the outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Elizabeth Loper)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied anwatin, norm, tornado alley and skyline. The best classic tracks are on the skyline trail. Skating is good on all trails and the couple inches of snow we got on Friday helped out as the conditions were a lot better.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the Gold Loop and it was so great to get out there. Tracks are mostly set but there are some sticks and leaves, especially on the “front side” where they took down a bunch of trees - if I owned good skis I would’ve been more nervous. But overall beautiful skiing and the hills are really a blast.
      (Meg Gronau)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The cross country ski trail was groomed this afternoon with a new classic track set. The skate deck is in good shape.
      Photos:
      (James Bezanson)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied Grimm Trail and used my best skis with only minor concern. I had to ski out of the tracks a few times to avoid thin areas that appeared to have rocks poking thru. The skate deck was soft but the glide good. The tracks were shallow in places and about 20% had grass poking thru. Having said this, it was a fun a outing.
      (Mel Kessler)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied around noon, great to see so many people out enjoying the day. The fire by the trailhead is a fun addition for warming up between loops. Started with Sugar Bush/Sky/Lake trail and then moved onto Grimm Farm. The trails are overall in pretty good shape. The skate base feels a touch soft, shallow, and uneven which is expected given the lack of snowfall so far this winter. Notable thins patches; some exposed gravel and woodchip patches along Parley Lake, and some exposed grass and mowed stems on Grimm Farm. I thought all caution areas are easily avoided though. Great spot to ski and explore!
      (Zach Simpson)
    • Jan 16 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomer was taking a second lap as I started at 2pm. Skate was nice and wide. Classic was set and soft. Thin under the pine trees. Overall good.
      (Mason Owen)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied from the visitor center along the perimeter through the equestrian trailhead. Tracks are in good shape, especially after you get a little ways from the trailhead. Already some leaves in a few spots, but great conditions overall!
      (Ryan Terrien)
    • Jan 16 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all the trails except the Grimm trail. A great day to go skiing, lots of people out, especially kids, nice fire in front of the warming building. I'd say the trails near the warming building were in great shape overall, some long grass sticking through in places but nothing problematic, nicely packed and smooth. The King trail had good coverage overall, but the snow was very soft, not packed much. There were also places on King with quite a bit of longer grass coming through, especially the narrow short stretch through the marsh and the zigzag downhill. I used my good skis and had fun.
      (Kristian Markon)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Lost/Found 

      Skied most of system, nice grooming. Watch for rocks at top of hill on Cedar woods loop by road. Lakes are great but woods section has a little grass and dirt. Poor tracks on Brownie, much softer skate deck on Bde Maka Ska. Found air pods buried in the snow just past tunnel on Brownie.
      (Eric Sumner)
    • Jan 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The conditions at Woodlands today at noon were fantastic. Firm base with enough give to get an edge in the turns, very little leaf litter. The trail has full coverage so if you need to get some hot laps on those Birkie skis and have MLK Day off tomorrow should be another fantastic day of skiing at Woodlands. When I finished there had to be close to a 100 kids out learning to ski, who knows maybe another Olympic champion in the bunch.
      (Rob Bullis)
    • Jan 16 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were well groomed. Some grass on the north side of the skijor loop, a sprinkle of leaves on the tracks. Skate trail side looked barely used. Went on the skijor trails for the first time and they were great!
      (Riley Seitz)
    • Jan 16 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent snow coverage and set tracks for classic throughout. Skate deck soft, but good pack. Only a few very small dirty patches on the course. These trails are hidden gems. Check them out!
      Photos:
      (Emmerson Ward)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skated on the multi use trail and Creek / Northern Lights. The multi use trail is in excellent condition with corduroy still showing on the deck, I didn't notice any significant thin spots. Creek had the same good skate deck with a few thin spots mainly just before the classic Eagle trail start and just north of the beach, both areas could be skated around. The classic tracks looked to be in good condition. Northern Lights had a good skate deck (I didn't do the section with the big hill) with almost no thin spots. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out but still definitely usable. A big thanks to the groomers!
      (Tom Harris)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Two passes on skate deck around Brownie, Cedar (including woods), Isles; and one pass around Bde by Maka Ska. More work planned for Maka Ska this afternoon to widen skate deck.
      (Steve Kotvis)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      I ran the multiuser trails today - if I had my skis on I would not have hesitated to take my good skis out on them. If you’re looking to mix it up, be sure to get on the multi use loop too. Better for skate of course as there’s no double track set on the multiuser trails.
      (Mike Schowalter)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were much better today than on Saturday since they tracked the trails overnight. I did not see any bare spots so I would rate the packed and tracked trails as very good. Skied from Schultze Beach to Jensen Lake and back. The park was much busier than yesterday, lots of people enjoying the fresh snow.
      Photos:
      (Conrad Sanders)
    • Jan 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were good for the most part but could use better trail map marking. The final downhill of the wetland trail had exposed gravel and was super uneven (I fell).
      (Stefanie Larsen)
    • Jan 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Medina):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Both skate and classic were awesome. Classic tracks were perfect mix of good glide and good kick with blue hard wax, so you can kick some glide even on climbs. Really fun skiing. A bit of dirt showing in a couple places but easy to avoid.
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Jan 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great morning to classic ski at Como. Tracks in good condition, although washed out on the downhill corners. Good kick with Rex ProGrip Blue when temp was around 15 degrees. Lots of families starting to show up when I was leaving around 11 am. Great atmosphere with little kids sledding and snowboarding nearby.
      (Kathy Bjornson)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Outstanding morning ski/skijor outing. Kudos to the groomers for taking the time to do the extra work on the multi use trail - our skijor team really appreciates it. Conditions this morning were a bit better on the multiuse trail for skating than on the proper skate deck - a bit more firm but that should get better with time. There were some spots on the ski trail with thin coverage but easily avoidable. There also was a nice classic track on the ski trail!
      Photos:
      (Sara Brokaw)
    • Jan 16 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated yesterday. Took the dog for a few classic laps on the inner multiuse loop today. Classic tracks are set on the main loop today. The inner loop is actually groomed wide enough that you could skate with your dog if you wanted. Groomer churned up some thin spots but they are avoidable.
      (Gus O'Malley)
    • Jan 16 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a difference grooming makes! Yesterday the trails were mostly boot prints. Today there are nice parallel tracks. The north side is better than the south but the tracks on both sides are good and there was a lot of wildlife (deer, eagles and pileated woodpeckers - I didn’t see the beaver but the photo suggests s/he may want to stop the skiing). The only icy patch was at the far end of the island, but it was brief and not bad.
      Photos:
      (David Glaser)
    • Jan 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Whelp no classic tracks on the natural trails; maybe there just isn't enough snow to set. Some thin spots on the hills of the hill trail that were all easily avoided. Great condition on the man made track.
      Photos:
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail conditions were amazing! I circled the Lit trail twice and had a blast! I may encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the trail.
      (Jim Cloutier)

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    Duluth area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beth and I skied Lester a t12 degrees F, and a SW wind of 20 mph about 1:30 pm. Grooming appeared to be about 2 or 3 days old, but nice tracks, skate lane appeared fine, but pretty skied-in. Special green waxed short gave plenty of kick, decent glide for way below zero last night. The wind has brought down some leaves and small branches which were a minor nuisance for the most part. Lester is pretty sheltered, and the wind was only in our faces on a few long gradual downhills. A great ski in the woods!
      (Tim Holst)
    • NewJan 26 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      Observation 

      There is a tree down across trail on the Outer loop, close to Old Hartley Rd area. Old tree, exploded on trail leaving about 20 yards worth of sticks. Impassable unless you want to wade in the snow.
      (Jeff Hallback)
    • Jan 24 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just beautiful, all trails had a fresh groom, tracks set deep and stiff, a cold but fast day. A few leaf piles throughout the trail but they were very easily avoidable.
      (Hugh Witzmann)
    • Jan 24 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed. Perfect tracks for classic, and plenty of corduroy for skating. Absolutely wonderful.
      (Eddy Gilmore)
    • Jan 24 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Light and fluffy snow skied into the tracks. The tracks were quite fast. Some debris, but it didn't bother with the cold temperatures and coating of cold snow.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 24 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed. Perfect tracks for classic, and plenty of corduroy for skating. Absolutely wonderful.
      (Eddy Gilmore)
    • Jan 24 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Sunny, 4 degrees F, brisk NW wind at 15 mph. Fresh grooming, I was first or second skier on the beautiful tracks at this classic-only trail, less than 1 km from my front door. Thanks, Duluth City groomers! Swix Polar hard wax, waxed very short, gave plenty of kick, glide was "fair to middlin". I got my first Swix special green in Norm Oakvik's basement in the fall of 1968, and I still have the Swix polar I bought some time later, and it has gotten use this year. If you are layered up, mask-up, and use goggles, it's not too bad, and it is certainly beautiful out in the woods!
      Photos:
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 24 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      As of lunchtime today, the trails had not been re-groomed after the inch or two of new fluff. One or both sets of tracks are in skied-in throughout, though, and they're still in great shape from last week. There were almost no leaves and no other debris.
      (Betsy Tabor)
    • Jan 23 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All in all, Hartley is in good shape. Skied a couple laps on Sunday afternoon. Tracks are in good shape with some oak leaves blown into them. Must have been groomed after the snow/wind on Friday night. Good snow coverage in all areas.
      (Drew Guttormson)
    • Jan 23 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the trails are freshly groomed and tracked as of tonight, by the morning there may be a light dusting on top.
      (Micah Hanson)
    • Jan 23 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Silver Creek to Upper Lake. Trails were good. Could use a grooming to Lost Lake, but not bad!
      (Christi Perich)
    • Jan 23 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Snowflake was swarming with about 70 KidSki students, braving the chill for an abbreviated session #2 this afternoon. Thanks Coaches! Once the kids cleared-out, I cleaned-up and re-groomed the 6K skate deck, which skiers reported as "flat, firm, and fast". The classic track, set yesterday, firmed-up nicely overnight and is well formed and 100% intact. The 8K is only groomed for skate, and saw little use today. Classic skiers are welcome to ski the right side. Two important notes: (1) We will host the Duluth East H. S. Invitational this Friday. It's a large race, with multiple formats. Snowflake will be closed to all skiers at 6 pm on Thursday so that we can set-up and groom the courses. We'll be closed all day Friday, until the conclusion of racing, about 5 pm. (2) We are down to one sled, with the other two being repaired. Grooming will be limited for the next 2-3 days, so please respect the classic track.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 23 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail is in great shape, with only a few pine needles and twigs in the track. Glide wasn't the best, because of the cool weather, 0 degrees, but still fun.
      Photos:
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 22 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in fantastic shape, groomed this morning. Like every other park, there are walkers and mishaps, but move a few minutes farther from the visitor’s center and the number of incidents go down exponentially. 5 ish km on west/south side of the river is groomed for skating. At 430 pm, we were skiers #2 and 3 on the skate groomed trail and the other person had skated -- at what might be the most visited state park in the system. Great trail to escape people (because it's ~5km commitment vs. other trails have lots of choices). Fun loop though: climbing alongside the river and then wind downhill. Probably the first time I’ve ever been to Gooseberry without kids. The trails are beautiful and a fun day's adventure with kids (at least two, maybe three shelters to use as a destination and have a picnic lunch or something), it's much easier to go farther without kids. We ran out of daylight, but I found myself wanting to ski them all again - especially the farthest from the trailhead - the river is just so pretty covered in snow!
      Photos:
      (Kristin Riker-Coleman)
    • Jan 22 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was groomed today and is in great shape. Advanced loops are tracked and have a narrow skate lane.
      (Mark Gordon)
    • Jan 22 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We got into skating gear and shuffled 1/4 mi to the skating trail but found it had not been groomed. Back to the parking lot to get classic gear. Beautiful classic trails expertly groomed, had a wonderful time.
      (Dan Prince)
    • Jan 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      2-3” of fresh, dry snow overnight, but winds had built some drifts over 2’ high, and mostly in the classic track. Compacted and groomed the 6K skate, then had to compact the classic track twice before setting a new track. Soft snow structure, but it immediately saw a lot of use. We then compacted the 8K (which seemed to have 3-4” of snow) and skate-groomed it. At that point the groomers were pretty cold and tired, so we abandoned the plan to set an 8K track today. Too cold and dry to set a lasting track. The stadium, Ice Oval, and Kiddie Loop were groomed and new tracks set. A reminder that Snowflake KidSki will happen between 1:45-3:15 on Sunday, abbreviated due to forecast temps.
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 22 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were not groomed recently but other skiers made one good track. Several leaves and sticks in the classic tracks. Snow drifts at the start of the 5K loop.
      Photos:
      (Leah Glimsdal)
    • Jan 22 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      About an inch of fluff on the trail this morning. Grooming was in progress as I finished. Was pretty soft but should be great if it sets up.
      (Dan Wolbrink)
    • Jan 21 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are in superb condition! They were just groomed on Friday. WhitePine-CCC-River- Thomson loops fresh and firm. Two classic tracks, minimal debris and walking on the North side; (From the headquarters) Amazing!
      Photos:
      (Ann Gustafson)
    • Jan 21 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good grooming at 5:30pm. Snow coming down and a lot of wind. Open areas are drifting over but the wooded sections are good.
      (Drew Guttormson)
    • Jan 21 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed late this evening, may get partially covered by potential snow overnight.
      (Ashley Degenhardt)
    • Jan 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Today we cleaned-up and re-groomed the skate decks on both the 6 and 8K trails. The 6K is in the best condition so far this season, firm, flat, fast. The 8K a little bit softer but beautiful. Some wind-blown debris, and the remains of two critters that were eaten (mostly) on the trails. None of it should bother good skis. The classic track on the 6K is hard and 98% intact, with just two short segments that got drifted in with snow. We compacted those, and skiers can ski-in the missing track. We did not set the promised track on the 8K yesterday (sorry, both groomers were under the weather, but not covid). We will set it mid-morning on Saturday. Three important notes: 1) Masks are required inside the chalet; 2) our KidSki program is 1:45-3:30 on Sunday, temperature permitting. The chalet area and 6K will be very busy; 3) We will host the East HS Invitational ski races next Friday, Jan 28th. Trails will close for race grooming at 5:30 on Thursday, and remain closed until the end of racing, around 5:00 pm on Friday.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 21 - Biskey Ponds Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We hit the Biskey jackpot today! Wowza! When we left we had no idea what we would encounter given the fresh snow from a couple of days ago, combined with the thaw/freeze, and potential debris from the strong winds. What we did find were freshly groomed trails. We were the first on most of them and discovered them to be firm, with solid pole plants unless you went out too far, then it could sink... so good form was helpful. We went out around noon and the tracks were about 90% debris free, with 99% of it being the "non ski stopping" type. Some squirrels must have had a couple of parties because there were quite a few pine cones down in two spots. The deer also enjoyed the great grooming as they walked down the tracks in a several spots. The tracks going down Eagle Ridge are solid but with some mini wiggles... so beware if you are one who likes to "bomb it". Huge thank you to those hard working groomers! Make sure you put some money in the donation bin for them.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Magney was freshly groomed and pretty nice to ski! The classic track were pretty good (although a little shallow at times). There were a few dirt spots in the middle of the trail (use B skis). There was a half eaten dead animal in the middle of the trail on one of the downhills (after the second snowmobile crossing). Makes you feel like you're in the wilderness!
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Spirit hasn't been groomed since the last snowfall. There are skied in tracks, which were OK. I ended up going over to Magney...
      (Elaine Nelson)
    • Jan 20 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied Hartley when it was a balmy zero or so today. The tracks were firm like concrete throughout and about 97% debris free. In the areas between tracks on the trail, it was also like slippery concrete with very little to no usage from all the use in the past day or so.
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 19 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Just groomed to clean up issues with drifted snow. Track is a little rough in some areas. Have fun!
      (Tim Bates)
    • Jan 19 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was regroomed today, after 4.4" new snow. We now have about 20" on the ground. Trail is in great shape, except for 2 spots where the groomer misjudged the trail location, and went off track, into the deeper snow.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 19 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      3F. Sunny breezy. The tracks couldn’t be more perfect. They must have been set yesterday before the temperature dropped 30 degrees in two hours.
      Photos:
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 19 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A slow 7 AM trip around the Hartley system. Trails were definitely skiable, in that there was mostly only leaves in tracks and not pine pitch/pine needles and I only needed to get out of the tracks once due to material in the tracks. Not as bad as last time the big winds came a few weeks back. Some places the tracks were obliterated due to drifting. Hopefully wind dies before grooming happens again.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 18 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Three inches of light fluffy snow made the track a bit slow. There was a single skied in track. Good skiing, but it should be great with grooming.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 18 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail is groomed and the conditions keep getting better and better. Advanced loops have a classic track as well as narrow skate lane. It's cold but not too cold to ski!
      (Mark Gordon)
    • Jan 18 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed tonight, conditions are great! There was some snow drifting while the trail was being groomed, so expect some drifts, but its all groomed underneath!
      (Ben Palmquist)
    • Jan 17 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a winter wonderland! Korkii was in perfect shape and grooming had just been done. I skied the full 10k and can vouch for its quality.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were in solid shape tonight. Classic tracks were good on most of the course, getting a little sloppy on some turns. Skate deck looked solid throughout.
      (Nick Lansing)
    • Jan 17 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the High and Spruce trails near Hwy 23 today. Nice grooming, great scenery, and lots of coyote and turkey sign. Love Jay Cooke. Any time of year!
      Photos:
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Really good coverage at Boulder Lake today. I skated the system a couple laps on good skis and had no issues. It was freshly groomed and firm but a little slow. The classic tracks looked great and the "Super Highway" was a gem. Thanks groomers.
      Photos:
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lester is holding up well despite lots and lots of use. There's still a solid classic track and the skate lane looked well used but firm and not rutted.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great ski at Boulder Lake today! Bear Paw and Blue Ox. Classic tracks were well used but still intact. Few pine cones here and there. Tracks were firm and not slow. Skate deck looked firm; several four- and two-legged friends were out. There is one tree that’s falling down but just hanging over the track at Blue Ox about the 2.5k mark. Parking lot was nearly full. Lovely day to be on skis! Many thanks, groomers!
      (Javariah Asghar)
    • Jan 16 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are now freshly groomed and tracked. The pond and field are also now tracked. Perfect weather for a ski also.
      (Micah Hanson)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a wonderful late afternoon 12k ski. Beautiful pines and basically flat with a few small hill. A nice relief after Magney-Snively. Super tracks. This would be a great place for beginners. A nice little warming house with warm drinks available.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Secondhand 

      Trails just groomed Saturday we heard. Wonderful blue wax skiing. 15 degrees and fast on the downhills. Watch for dirt spots here and there in the skate lane and tracks dug up by the groomer. Wonderful terrain and ski.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pattridge)
    • Jan 16 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Wonderful start to Snowflake KidSki today, with 85 future Olympians and 24 coach/instructors taking over the place (photos)! Our base is finally transforming, and tonight we regroomed the skate decks on all trails, then set a new, deep classic track on the 6K. Overnight temps should freeze it up nicely. The 8K classic track, set yesterday, is pristine, so we left it alone. Two night skiers reported that the 8K skate was very fast and beautiful after we groomed. We are open 8-8 every day, honor system if the desk isn’t manned, and the 1.6K lighted loop is lit til 8 pm. Masks now required in the chalet.
      Photos:
      (John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails have been groomed since the last snow and well used today. The skate deck skied firm and fast. I skated but classic track looks good too. Some pine cones and leaves on the trail but nothing that would damage a ski. Very enjoyable!
      (Chandra Shoberg)
    • Jan 16 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It was a pretty day, but the trails are not in great shape. Both the skate deck and the tracks had a lot of areas with tilled up dirt. It surprised me but Spirit had about half the snow that Hartley does, just a few miles away. I would use rock skis and not worry or B skis and just be a little careful.
      (Adam Schwartz-Lowe)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very recently groomed. Tracks firm and deep, skate deck firm. The only bummer is many small dirty patches. It was snowing hard when we left at 1:30 so maybe that will help.
      (Catherine Winter)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Yesterday’s grooming left the skate deck even, firm, and wide—much improved from earlier in the season! It also left significant patches of snirt (snow+dirt), hence my B skis recommendation. By the time I finished my ski, though, there was a velvety layer of new snow covering most of the problem areas. Very nice!
      Photos:
      (Betsy Tabor)
    • Jan 16 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent. Flat gray sky and light snow. Lots of skiers the last two days. Track was in great shape, especially the outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Tony Lockhart)
     

    Northshore/Gunflint area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Began at Bearskin Lodge. Half inch snow last night covered any debris on the trail. Crisp tracks and solid skate deck.
      Note: snowshoed in the morning. Wide variety of interesting and challenging trails if desired.

      (Kevin Gregerson)
    • Jan 24 - George Washington Pines (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Today's grooming endeavor carved down some of the drifts created by the magnanimous winds we've received lately. Continued frigid temperatures should help to set the soft spots. As always, please clean up after yourselves and your dogs. Conditions are excellent, so bundle yourselves and your critters up and get out there!
      (Tammy Cefalu)
    • Jan 23 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the Main loop around Deeryard counterclockwise from the parking lot off the Pike Lake road. I took the Short loop on the way around. Plenty of snow everywhere including an inch or so of new snow in the machine tracks. The Short Loop had no machine tracks but has been skied recently and the deck underneath was packed and plenty firm enough for pole plants. Without machine tracks and some drifting on the trail, the Short loop provided a fun challenge. The recent winds also left lots of debris and large sticks on the trail (which I cleared as I could on the flat parts and just ran straight through on the downhills), hence the B ski rating. I think wolf tracks messed with parts of machine tracks in two places around the loop. Beautiful ski and I always love the cedars and maples and the glimpses of the big lake on the Short Loop.
      (Jeremy Lopez)
    • Jan 23 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fabulous grooming on the Northwoods single track today! Everything was groomed, including the Palisade Valley Trail that connects Northwoods to Tettegouche State Park. We enjoyed a glorious 22 km ski from the Northwoods to Tettegouche Camp and back again. The views, as always, were life changing. A little bit of brush is present poking through on the Palisade Valley trail but nothing to worry about, easy to avoid. Thank you to the groomers for opening this favorite trail of mine!
      Photos:
      (Kira Peterson)
    • Jan 22 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Bluebird day in Grand Marais even in the single digits above zero. Skied North Advanced, Canyon Curves and Lynn's Loop in varied conditions. Unfortunately, about half the system was not groomed after about 7 inches of snow earlier this week. The other half of the system that was groomed earlier in the week had an additional 1-3 inches overnight last night. Skier made tracks and remnants of a few groomed tracks throughout the system with some sections uneven and beat up (mostly on the green trails). The snow is abundant and skiing well but bring your classic skis.
      Photos:
      (Josh Wenck)
    • Jan 22 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      About 2"of fresh, powdery snow fell last night and blew around quite a bit, leaving the more open areas with some drifting. In the woods the tracks were reasonably easy to follow and anything skier tracked was picking up some glide. Pole plants are hit and miss, especially on the more trafficked west loops. Oversized baskets are helpful if you have them. The trail has been groomed a couple times this week and has generally been in excellent condition, so wouldn't be surprised if they're out there soon touching it up.
      Photos:
      (Tim Lupfer)
    • Jan 22 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are all freshly groomed again as of this morning. Quite a bit of wind the last few days but 1.5 inches of new snow last night allowed for us to cover up any debris. It looks to be a little breezy again this coming week (up to 20 mph gusts) but that shouldn’t be very noticeable in the woods with the tree cover; we do not expect much for snow drifting on ski trails other than the lake crossings. Excellent conditions right now! Beautiful skate deck and classic tracks! Just need to throw on an extra layer this week!
      Photos:
      (Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge)
    • Jan 21 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Entire Banadad Trail System groomed; Good skiing. Groomers worked through serious cold to finish grooming the West End of the Banadad Trail Friday afternoon. The main section, East to mid Trail Junction was groomed late Thursday. East End Trail were also groomed after the mid week new snow. 14" base, 21 inches in the woods.
      Photos:
      (Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association)
    • Jan 21 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful snow and grooming on these trails! Only saw two other people. Good place to ski while avoiding the howling wind!
      (Dan Prince)
    • Jan 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I started at Bearskin Lodge, crossing the lake. There was a good track and skate deck, though windy it was mostly clear. No slush or crusted icey, old water. It was 8° when I started. I skied the Oxcart Loop, then crossed the Gunflint Trail and did the whole Polar Creek Loop. All were freshly groomed and the classic track was great. I had a great glide and kick with Swix special green- 12°-21°. Some fluffy snow was falling off pines, but in spite of being very windy, I did not encounter any drifting.
      Photos:
      (Steve Langenbrunner)
    • Jan 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Cold (3-5F) but no wind, great sun and phenomenal ski conditions on the Sugar Lake Trail system. As always, the groomers deliver the goods after the 5” of snow and strong winds this week in Tofte and the North Shore. The classic tracks were deep and squeaky, the skate deck also excellent. My daughter and I, up from the Twin Cities this week, felt the endorphin rush in the woods and on the trails. We focused on all the Moose Fence trails today, will hit Britton Peak and Oberg Mt tomorrow. Thanks groomers!
      Photos:
      (Arvind Subramanian)
    • Jan 19 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Got 4-6 " of new snow. Re-groomed East End Trails: Tall Pines, Lace Lake, Tim Knopp and 1st mile of Banadad (from East End Parking lot). 14" of good base, 21" in the woods. Will try and groom the rest of Banadad Trail tomorrow weather (cold) permitting.
      Photos:
      (Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association)
    • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Britton Peak Trailhead around Hogback Loop and return. Tracks are nicely set after yesterday's storm but many portions are partly or occasionally completely filled with windblown snow. Beautiful corduroy on the skate deck with some drifting. Many thanks to the groomer for getting the trail groomed so quickly after the snow!
      (Josh Wenck)
    • Jan 17 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First time out at the Upper Gunflint's wondrous trail system and enjoyed a few days here. Pristine is the word, simply an excellent combination of great snow, great trails and consistent grooming. I'd highly recommend a visit, it's worth the extra effort.
      (Robert Sullivan)
    • Jan 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A beautiful afternoon at the Moosetrack Trailhead. Took the Upland trail. Had not been groomed for a few days but the tracks were still good. A great base. Total silence with no wind. Great conditions. The calm before the storm.
      Photos:
      (Bill Greiter)
    • Jan 17 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The entire Banadad is open with a few dustings of snow since the last grooming. The trail has a 6-8" base with 12-20" in the woods and is a nice ski. The east trailhead has been busy and the grooves are in good shape. The west end grooming was damaged by skiers who skied beside the tracking and poled in, and between, the tracks and they had a few dogs. This part of the trail is usually partly damaged by moose and wolf tracks.
      (John Craddock)
    • Jan 16 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great Skiing!! Such lovely trails and snow everywhere and more coming today. Some trails have not been groomed or set all season. Map uploaded showing in green the trails with groomed tracks set and showing in red the trails that have not had tracks set yet. Unmarked trails I did not observe first hand and so I left those in black on my trail map. We broke trail to get to the Cascade Connector and I saw that other people have broken tracks on other trails with no grooming.
      Photos:
      (Jeremy Lopez)
    • Jan 16 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful conditions! Skied the Poplar Creek loop and met the groomer on the way back in (about 1 pm). Firm tracks, great coverage.
      (Lori Rothstein)
    • Jan 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Started striding at the Britten Peak Trail head. The snow was coming down in huge flakes covering the nicely groomed trails. The snow wasn't hindering conditions at all. Enjoyed the Wood Duck Loop, onto the Hogback Loop. Beautiful ridges thru the whole trail system with overlooks onto Lake Superior thru the trees. Will return.
      Photos:
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 16 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful freshly falling snow during our ski today. Skate skiing was a bit tough with the fresh 2-3” of snow, but the classic tracks were well skied in. I’d recommend classic if you have the choice until a fresh groom!
      Photos:
      (Ellie Sin)
     

    Iron Range area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed half of the trail system today, Prelude, Lake Loop, to Lower Junction to "H" junction and back to Red Pine and to parking lot. Set a new track on some parts but not everywhere because the track still looked good in some places. Groomed the skate lanes but only a single pass up the Lake Loop to the Split. Trail beyond "H" was not groomed, but it still looked pretty good, hope to continue up to Tower later.
      (Tom Sobolik)
    • NewJan 26 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent day, trails in good to fair condition. Some debris due to winds. Skied the south trails, section 8/7/6. No icy spots.
      (Tracy Cesari)
    • NewJan 25 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After the big CXC races, tilled up the classic tracks and refreshed the skate lane. Tough to erase the tracks as the snow is getting harder after repeated tilling, but skating should be much better than it would be otherwise. Set new tracks so the trail is back to normal. Snow should be really firm now since it's been groomed/tilled a few times since we've had any major snowfalls.
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 24 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are great. Tracked and fresh snow on it. Minimal recent traffic evident on loop 2. Occasional debris- some brush poking through on a logged area, some oak leaves in tracks, but overall pristine. Boomer blue of course shows more wear and foot/dog traffic.
      Photos:
      (John Schroeder)
    • Jan 24 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bird Lake is freshly packed and tracked as of this morning. There are still a few bumpy areas throughout the trail system, but it's looking much better!
      (AnneMarie Ehlers)
    • Jan 23 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      1-2" of fresh now on the tracks. A little bit of debris, but pretty minimal. Lots and lots of fresh wildlife tracks.
      Photos:
      (John Schroeder)
    • Jan 22 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Set skate lane and track on all trails except Atomic and Sunset. About three inches of new snow and drifting. Trails in very good condition. Please help throw twigs off trail.
      (Boomer Moritko)
    • Jan 21 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Really nice conditions for a new set of tracks. The base is nice and firm and there is minimal debris on the trails. Still having some illegal ATV use on the north portion of the trail west of the river but hopefully that will end now. ATV ruts made it hard to get a nice straight track set but at least its better than it was before trying. Enjoy the Backwoods feel on this trail!
      (Dave Poppema, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 21 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomed and shallow track set yesterday made for firm skiing today on loops 1 and 2. Many sticks to flick due to frightening freight train winds. Inch or two of snow falling.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 21 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed and set track on Inner and Outer Prelude Loops and up to cut across at "D" intersection and down Red Pine Hill back to "B". It was starting to snow when I left the trails. I will try to do some more grooming tomorrow. There are quite a few twigs and branches on the trail, and it will probably be windy thru the night so please help by throwing twigs off the trail. Thanks.
      (Tom Sobolik)
    • Jan 21 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These old school, classic and cozy trails are in primo kicking conditions! The light falling snow provided great glide through the dense forest setting. Kudos to the volunteer grooming guys, Kim and Keith, for always being at the ready - for packing and rolling, and laying down a smooth track.
      Photos:
      (Cheri Johnson)
    • Jan 20 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Big Hole Loop re-tracked after weekend snowshoers wiped out the tracks and recent three inches fresh snow atop finished the job. Park management is now asking and posting that snowshoers stay off the xc ski tracked trails. Enjoy a couple more months.
      (Neil Gardner)
    • Jan 20 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      County groomer reported all loops packed and tracked and in great shape for the weekend. Go ski!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 20 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are set with fresh tracks! We had a great team out grooming this morning, and because of that, we were able to really widen out the trails. Unfortunately, -28F is too cold for my phone to capture a photo of these beautiful trails, so you will have to go and 'ski' them for yourselves!
      (AnneMarie Ehlers)
    • Jan 20 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A frosty morning at -10F. Classic tracks had to be broken as fresh snow was drifted over many spots, mostly harmless debris on the trail of occasional pine needles and oak leaves. Overall nice and skiable.
      Photos:
      (John Schroeder)
    • Jan 19 - Scenic State Park (Bigfork):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trails are good after the recent snow fall. All trails are classic tracks. Please ski the Fire Tower loop counter-clockwise.
      (Alan Dettmer)
    • Jan 19 - Carey Lake (Hibbing):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate ski trails have been groomed and classic trails tracked today. Most of the drifting had dissipated and trails are in excellent condition.
      Photos:
      (Kraig Stolhammer)
    • Jan 19 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops groomed and tracked. Trail is in excellent condition. Beautiful, if a bit brisk day (0 degrees).
      (Rick Mcdonald)
    • Jan 18 - Forest History Center (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed Tuesday, have now set up and are quite firm. All trails have tracks set for classic skiing.
      (John Beltman)
    • Jan 16 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in good shape with fresh fluffy snow. They didn’t appear to have been groomed since the last snowfall, but tracks were well set from previous skiers. The damage from wheelers that was on the beginning section of trail two weeks ago isn’t there anymore.
      Photos:
      (Marcia Podratz)
    • Jan 16 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Suomi Hills can be best described as "epic". You had better have a bit of SISU when you ski here! Constantly rolling terrain with wicked descents and tough climbs will test your strength and nerve! If you're tired of "perfect" tracks and are looking to spice it up a bit, Suomi is for you! You may not want to bring your best race skis however. The faster you go here the trickier it gets. I love it!
      Photos:
      (Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
    • Jan 16 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      These trails are in great condition with well defined track, and only very minimal and sporadic debris under the big pines. The snow was fast today adding to the delight on those long roller coaster sections that predominant so many parts of this trail system. I skied the outer perimeter trails and found only one 100 yard section by marker 28 where a few snowmobiles had entered from the Taconite Trail I believe and eventually turned off on the ATV trail. It was clear sailing then all the way back to the parking lot on perfect track.
      Photos:
      (Michael Wilke)
    • Jan 16 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      Friend checked it out today because we wanted to ski there this weekend. No sign any grooming has been done. Bummed. This is a closer trail for us in the north. Good for beginner to moderate. We hope it gets groomed soon!
      (Bethann Perendy)
     

    Ely area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Doug, Cindy, John, and I skied 2>1>18>19>20>22>12>17>3. The trails had 1 or more inches of light fluffy snow on top of the tracks. But were easy to ski through. We took a detour and went out onto Lake Gegoka only to discover the heavy slush under the 2 feet of fluffy snow cover. Do not recommend skiing on the lake, it appears there is slushy areas throughout the lake. Beautiful day on the trails flushed on grouse out of the snow, as we skied close to its cover. That produced a bit of a screech from me.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 22 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lovely ski through beautiful pines. My second time on these trails. A bit of snow covered the trails but it was still smooth skiing.
      (Noah Shea)
    • Jan 21 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A windy day but that was not a problem on this densely wooded intimate trail system. Conditions were very good. Grooming was excellent. A very few needles blown of the trees but that was trivial. Really nice!
      Photos:
      (Tim Grebner)
    • Jan 21 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were groomed last night and are great condition. Skiing today was great - though I wasn’t sure it would be because of the howling wind and chill temps. The high winds today indeed had been shaking the treetops and lightly sprinkling the trails with a potpourri of needles, twigs, cones, lichens, twiglets, and snow dust, but not enough to really drag at your skis or slow you down. Best of all, down on trails, there was barely a breeze thanks to great sheltering pines and spruce of woods. It is snowing right now, so some of that debris may be lightly covered by tomorrow.
      Photos:
      (Mary Shedd, Wagoner Ski Trails Club)
    • Jan 20 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Another fantastic ski on newly groomed trails, the snow was cold and slow but stunning. Even the typical drifted areas were tracked well. There is at least 2 to 3 feet of snow on the ground, The quality of the snow has been superb this year.
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Thanks to the fantastic grooming after a 4 1/2 inch snowfall, the trails were awesome. The groomer reported seeing moose and lynx tracks the last time he was out (not today).
      Photos:
      (Nancy Schultz)
    • Jan 17 - Fortune Bay Golf Course (Tower):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great shorter course for a quick afternoon ski - 3k loop and 1 k loop- around the golf course. This would be a good place to take people new to skiing. No steep hills and quite scenic. Lots of open meadows. This has not been groomed in over a week and there are no signs. They do groom it occasionaly though. It starts at "The Wilderness" restaurant. Last week I saw wolf tracks cruising down the trail.
      (Aaron Kania)
    • Jan 17 - Trezona Ski Trails (Ely):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good. Deep coverage with medium firm base. Tracks are a bit shallow with some soft spots. A couple of the crossing driveways on the north side have a little gravel showing.
      (Bob McKlveen)
    • Jan 16 - North Arm Trails (Ely):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied to Coxey Pond on Coxey, North Star, and others. Excellent cover. Most trails outside of BWCA are snowmobile packed and tracked. Those inside BWCAW are skier-tracked.
      (Bob McKlveen)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 24 - Black Bay Trail (International Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The ice Road is open to the Black Bay trailhead. Tracks have been set on the beginner's loop and the Pine Trail, lower and upper. The Ridge loop has been packed with sleds but nothing more. It's nice to be back there, even at 5 below.
      Photos:
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 22 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bitter cold and windy today, again. Another few inches of snow driven by high wind was too much to handle with Ginzus even after our rolling on Thursday. We left both at the Green shelter and then rolled everything again with both rollers, leaving a perfect base for subsequent Ginzu work. We groomed and tracked all open segments - the east end of the Blue is still closed for possible logging - but all other trails are great. It was too cold for pictures.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 22 - Manka Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received a couple of inches of wind driven snow yesterday. The west exposure from the college property was completely drifted. Groomed and tracked and ready to go. Cold temps tonight should set up the deck.
      Photos:
      (Steve Johnson)
    • Jan 19 - Manka Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Packed, groomed and set track on 5" snow from the previous day. The skate day is a little soft, but should set up with cold temps.
      Photos:
      (Steve Johnson)
    • Jan 19 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Probably 6” of snow fell on Tilson Creek yesterday. We used both rollers to pack all segments twice this morning. Mighty mighty cold!
      Photos:
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

Minnesota Northwest

     

    Bemidji area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Montebello Trail (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Montebello Trail was groomed Monday. Classical track was reset and skate lane is looking good. Montebello Trail is a lighted trail.
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 21 - Bemidji High School Trails (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bemidji High School Lumberjack Trail: Dragged and re-groomed late afternoon for skate and classic. Wind blown on the first section, nice in the woods.
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 20 - Three Island Park (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      North, river, green, brown trails and most cut-acrosses tracked and ginzued. Orange and River loop up north are in the best shape they have ever been. Still soft from grooming so tomorrow they should be perfect. Use good Skis.
      (Bruce Slinkman)
    • Jan 19 - Three Island Park (Bemidji):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Red and blue loops (south loops) all groomed out - both classic and skate. They are in fantastic shape.
      Photos:
      (Bruce Slinkman)
     

    Detroit Lakes area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails we skied were groomed and well covered after last nights snow. Temperature is always misleading up here, it is is so well protected from the wind.
      (Stan Hokanson)
     

    Park Rapids/Walker area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed today after picking up a couple inches of fluffy snow over the past few days. The track turned out a little ragged but it is plenty good to hold the skis and it should firm up with below zero temps. Was able to mix most all the oak leaves into the snow so they are pretty well covered up for now but more are coming down any time the wind blows. Very pretty day in the woods, get out and enjoy some fun skiing.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 24 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed this afternoon after the fresh 2" of snow. Tracks and trails are in great shape and beautiful conditions!
      (Neal Tacheny)
    • Jan 24 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Friday and Sunday night brought enough new snow to freshen up the trails, and cover up the leaves and pine needles. All trails have been tracked and are in excellent condition.
      (Rich Wozniak)
    • Jan 22 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are in good shape, cleaned up after wind left tree trash. With the new snow the trail looked great. Will be fun skiing
      Enjoy.

      (Rick Dubay)
    • Jan 22 - Deep Portage Ski Trails (Hackensack):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails in mostly good condition, just enough snow last enough to set pretty good tracks on most of trails. Lots of oak leaves and a few small sticks on the trails.
      (Neal Tacheny)
    • Jan 21 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Classic tracks are all good with 1” new snow. Skate lanes started the day a little beyond firm, but the new snow helps you get a grip — can feel the crust underneath after a few subzero days. They plan to groom around 10 AM tomorrow.
      Photos:
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 18 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions remain very good, with a firm skate lane on most loops, except for some fluffy spots on the more difficult Troll Trail. Lilly's freestyle lane is a little "groovy" after all the weekend traffic. We had 45 skiers, mostly beginners, who came to Sunday's open house and free ski rental. There is a little debris on the trail, and we skied in the morning before the temps dropped out and the wind came up. We have no new snowfall, but groomers will still have plenty of base to work with sometime before this weekend. Snowshoe trail, 1.8 miles total with a number of segments, has also been well-used, and is the option open to hikers and dogs.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thank you to Deane and the volunteer crew for maintaining such a beautiful and welcoming place to ski (and snowshoe, too!). Conditions for skate were very good and looked to be the same for classic. Get out and be about it!
      (Ernie Ogot)

Minnesota Central

     

    Brainerd area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck groomed today after a dusting yesterday afternoon-evening. Classic track last set several days ago so some new powder in it, mostly skied-in where I saw it. There is about 13 inches of snow in the woods, and about 7 to 8 inches on the trails. Surface is dry fine-grained powder from several recent dustings, and the rest is old sugary snow. With moderating temperatures and good snow, conditions are looking excellent for the Lumberjack Jaunt on Sunday.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 22 - Larson Lake (Deerwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      One half inch of wind blown snow yesterday. Groomed all skate lanes and set new track on all segments. I picked up lots of sticks on the trail from the wind. Did not pick up individual leaves, however. The leaves are incorporated into the snow now.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 21 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Trails are hard, but not icy, old snow with about a half-inch of new snow blowing around on top. Good solid classic track was collecting the new snow, but folks were skiing it in, and the new snow was covering the collected leaves well. Note: A small high school race is scheduled Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 21 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      No new snow at time of grooming. Set fresh tracks until track setter issues developed. Did not groom Shelter Trail (better to set a good track than a poor one). Snow and wind started at end of grooming.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 18 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      No new snow, but with the soft base a couple weeks ago re-groomiing in warmer temps might help firm things up a bit. Groomed most skate lane segments and set a new track in only a few areas due to down pressure issues with the track setter. Skate lanes might be fast with cold weather.
      Photos:
      (Bryan Pike)
    • Jan 17 - Larson Lake (Deerwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great coverage everywhere. Hills in good condition. Some debris throughout, but very easily avoidable (pictured is worst of conditions you will encounter).
      Photos:
      (Grant Schoen)
     

    St. Cloud area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the Graystone trails and North Loop are groomed. They are nice thanks to our Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota volunteer groomers!
      Photos:
      (Nicholas Snavely)
    • Jan 24 - Riverside Park (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Riverside Park freestyle skate deck groomed completely today and upper north half was tracked for traditional classic Nordic skiing. Many thanks to our Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota volunteer groomers!
      Photos:
      (Nicholas Snavely)
    • Jan 23 - Stanley Eddy Park Reserve (South Haven):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Groomed a few days ago with about 3" of new snow since. Skied classic on the trails. Conditions were reasonably good with nice snow. No exposed ground, though not a lot of snow cover.
      (John Muldowney)
    • Jan 22 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the classic tracks on the Warm Up and Orchard loops. The tracks were in very good condition, with a couple of short stretches where tracks would have been difficult to set due to the previous drifting. I used my good skis with no damage. At +7 degrees, VO-5 Polar kicked well with decent glide considering the cold and new snow. Many thanks to the volunteer grooming crew!
      (Mike Maiers)
    • Jan 22 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Bare ground ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated hilltop, orchard, warmup loops. Trails recently groomed, conditions very good. Thanks groomer.
      (Kate Rolstad)
    • Jan 22 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the prison trails including North Loop are groomed and tracked Saturday afternoon by Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota volunteer groomers.
      Photos:
      (Nicholas Snavely)
    • Jan 21 - Harry Larson County Forest (Monticello):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trail was packed with track set today. Trail is in good shape but due to the nature of multiuse trails we always recommend B skis. Other than that, conditions are good.
      (Brad Harrington)
    • Jan 20 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The warm temperatures did not turn this trail to ice - no icy areas! But the wind and cold temps did make the base very hard, so the classic track setter did not cut in very deep. Still very skiable.
      (Dana Boschee)
    • Jan 18 - Milaca Trails (Milaca):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic tracks were nicely set and fast, and the trails were beautiful! Ski trails are classic only.
      Photos:
      (Amy Sennes)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Maria State Park (Monticello):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Late afternoon ski outing found just large outer loop groomed double track. Wish there would have been a shorter connector groomed to make a shorter trip like I have found in the past. Solid double tracks and only a little leaf litter. So many hiking/snowshoeing trails available and still some of the hikers felt they needed to walk right on the ski tracks in portions. Too bad, this is a nice trail but gets dicey on some of the downhills with a lot of foot prints messing it up.
      Photos:
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Maria State Park (Monticello):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied Lake Maria SP on Sunday morning. Gorgeous! Classic tracks in excellent condition. Trails wind through the woods with good variety of scenery. Very few people on the trails. Trail center is open but no fire going in the wood stove.
      (Beth Camilleri)
     

    Fergus Falls/Alexandria area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were being groomed while we skied this afternoon, 2:30 to 4:00. Coverage is excellent. Skate deck slightly soft as it hasn't set up yet, typically about 1 to 1.5 inch soft layer over a somewhat firmer base. We avoided many hills as skis sunk in deeper and we didn't want to mar the trails. Classic tracks also in excellent condition. Overall, trail conditions as of today are very good.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 23 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      1-2 inches of new, cold powder over a firm skate deck. Slow going, at least for me. Traces of classical tracks can be seen in places as they're filled with the new snow, but other places they've been skied-in.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 22 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails were groomed prior to our arrival with the PistenBully so the skate deck was firm with nice corduroy. There's a short section about 1/4 km from the trail head where the PistenBully tread tracks remain in the skate lane. It was snowing during our entire time out, and about 1 to 1.5 inches had accumulated on the trails. Classical tracks were well-defined, but were also filling in with the snow that was falling.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 20 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The groomer was out trying to repair the damage from the weather on Tuesday. There were packed drifts in some areas and hard ice in others. Places that got some sun during the day had groomed nicely and were fairly skiable. In icy places, the groomer did not even dig into the snow. I spent a lot of time removing branches and sticks from the trail and it was very cold at -8.
      (Chad Bergerson)
    • Jan 18 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Andes hosted the Alexandria Nordic invite today. The race traffic was hard on the parts of the trail included in the course, but the groomer was ready to go as soon as the race was over. There was some really tough conditions as the day started out warm and sunny, then a cold front blew in with high winds and the temps plummeted, making for very icy conditions.
      (Chad Bergerson)
    • Jan 17 - Glendalough State Park (Battle Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Have never skied here before but since it’s only 30’ from our cabin we decided to give it a go. Mixed use trail with decent classic track for most of Annie Battle trail. South end is pretty drifted over but still skiable. Emma’s loop was also drifted over some, but also skiable. Great trail for less experienced skiers, and beautiful setting! All in all a fun outing!
      Photos:
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Jan 17 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Short ski this morning between 9:30-10:30. Skate lane is rough but somewhat firmer, in places hard. I didn't ski much of the trail system preferring to just repeat the better stretches I found - Haugs and the lower shortcut.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 16 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 

      Skate deck firmed up a bit from yesterday, but still soft in spots. Snow a little faster due to warming temperatures overnight. Heavy traffic made for a rough surface. Some drifting on Finland in the usual places that reduce trail width. High school race on Tuesday.
      (Keith Brugger)
     

    Mora/Hinckley area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Warman Public Ski Area (Warman):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The Johnstone Family trails that comprised part of the original Vasaloppet course have been groomed by the family fairly recently. Windy conditions have put a fair amount of debris in otherwise good classic tracks. A pair of skins or scales would work well. I skated with decent glide on the windblown powder and enjoyed the protection of the trees. It's always nostalgic to take a spin on the Beaver Dam Trail. I often see evidence of wolf activity around these trails.
      (Jeff Pesta)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 24 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Went to groom today after a few inches of snow since we have not groomed since January 9, but the grooming sled won't shift into reverse.  We cannot risk taking the groomer out without a reverse, so for now we'll need to rely on skiers to reset the tracks.  No ETA at this time.
      (Paul VanderWaal)
    • Jan 23 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A very nice classic trail through mixed hardwood and pine forest. Some nice hills. There was a solid base from this winter's accumulated snow, which had been groomed. There were about 1 to 1-1/2 inches of new, fluffy powder since the last grooming. It might get better than this, but I haven't seen it in over 50 years of skiing. It has since snowed a bit more, so these trails should be in great condition.
      (Mark Kennedy)
    • Jan 22 - Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (Spicer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good base and coverage, needs grooming. About 1-2 " loose snow on top, probably a bit more at this time. Hopefully they can get to it. I had the trails to myself, which was nice.
      (Phil Nicolas)
    • Jan 22 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Track cuts are a little soft. It was good to see a number of skiers skiing and packing them in. Alpine Loop still has the windblown almost bare crest area; fortunately it’s a short easy ski through, with a grass base. Pit Run has enough snow to cover the ruts and is in great shape. The population of park deer have become accustomed to skiers / groomer, it’s a treat to observe them observing us and going about their daily business.
      Photos:
      (Denny Barry)
    • Jan 21 - Sibley State Park (New London):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Decent base right now. Was out during the light snow fall, and the snow covered up the icy base nicely. Had the trails to myself. Classic tracks were there but not well established.
      (Phil Nicolas)
    • Jan 17 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied loops from the camper cabins several times Saturday-Monday. Conditions were great, though a few twigs to avoid. Our favorite section was going down the hill on Nevers Dam Trail after turning off from old logging trail. We skied Walter Mondale River Trail, Mitigwaki Loop, and Old Logging Trail. Most trails had two sets of tracks, one of the trails had three sets.
      (Jennifer Strahan)
    • Jan 16 - Wild River State Park (Center City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at Wild River this afternoon - good base of snow, no bare spots, classic trails appeared freshly groomed. On some of the wider trails, there were three sets of parallel groomed tracks! This was a novelty for city skiers and made the family skiing more fun. Yes, there were a few leaves and sticks on the trail but nothing that would damage your skis and exactly what you’d expect skiing through an oak savanah. This was our first visit to Wild River to xc ski. I’d recommend it for beginners: there are long, flat, groomed trails, it’s not busy and you can rent gear and get advice at the Trailhead (check hours online).
      (Allison Thrash)

Minnesota Southern

     

    Rochester area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The snow we had over the weekend has been freshly groomed and tracks set. Great for classic or skating. Trail should hold up well with the cold weather.
      Photos:
      (Andy Wood)
    • Jan 24 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The multi-use trail at Chester Woods Park has been groomed and classic track set this morning. There is minor drifting in open areas.
      Photos:
      (Celeste Lewis)
    • Jan 22 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning ski with the sun peaking through the trees. A 1/2 inch of new snow made the trails look pristine. Ski with caution, thin areas that were obvious yesterday are now more difficult to see but they will catch your skis.
      (Laura Wooten)
    • Jan 16 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty good conditions - thanks to Saturday night groomers! Firm skate deck, very few bare spots and very few boot tracks once away from the Nature Center area. Beautiful morning!
      Photos:
      (Amy Gunlogson)
    • Jan 16 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Always nice to ski CW! The trails are 90% snow covered, but some thin spots in open areas and several areas with debris on the trail (likely stuff below the snow from the Dec. wind storm that the groomer chewed up). Skate deck was still pretty soft and very chopped up, as expected with a multi-use trail after a busy weekend. Tracks are solid in most places. Get out there!
      Photos:
      (Amy Gunlogson)
     

    Red Wing/Winona area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good conditions this afternoon. Maybe 2/3 of the trails were groomed, which made for much repetition if you are out for a length of time. Tracks were deep, firm and fast. Wind is causing some tree litter in spots but surprisingly little drifting. Many groomed turns were too sharp to execute within the tracks. Some of these turns had little space to execute outside the tracks. Be careful on the descents.
      (Mark Orlowski)
    • NewJan 26 - Frontenac State Park (Frontenac):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Sand Point and Prairie Loops have been groomed, with about 3" of base layer and some grass stubble sticking through. Grooming plans: The bluff ski trails should be partially groomed on Thursday, with a partial closure around the campground due to construction happening and hazard tree removal.
      (Jake Gaster)
    • Jan 24 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful Skiing. The snow coverage for the first time was awesome with no worries about hitting a rock here or there. I love the lit loops in the evening. Highly recommend!
      Photos:
      (Joe Iverson)
    • Jan 24 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails appear to be open now, and grooming is spectacular. Classic tracks are nice and firm. Corduroy for skating is also firm and fast, according to others I met who were skating.
      Photos:
      (Jennifer Sanborn)
    • Jan 19 - Saint Mary's University (Winona):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed up great today for skating. Very few dirt spots. Classic track is hard and glazed with a dusting of snow over it with some debris also. Silent sport doesn’t apply to very cold snow!
      Photos:
      (Steve Horeck)
    • Jan 18 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The golf course loops, including the catwalk section, are in very good shape for skating and classic with a few avoidable bare spots. Did not go up the the bluff trail.
      (Craig Bell)
     

    Faribault area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Carleton College Cowling Arboretum (Northfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied most of lower arb. Fresh track in most places, complete coverage. Beautiful out there, go and get it before folks walk the track into oblivion! Not sure about upper.
      (Mitchell Campbell)
    • Jan 24 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Seven inches of new snow between Saturday and Sunday. Groomed both days. Monday night was in phenomenal shape fresh deep tracks.
      (Paul Erickson)
    • Jan 21 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Really quite icy. Tracks are present, but they are really icy, and have quite a bit of bare spots. It makes it pretty dangerous on any downhills as you get going, then hit a bare spot and halt to a stop. It’s hard to get out of the tracks as the rest of the trail is really walked over so very lumpy, then frozen hard. Not great skiing sadly. Hopefully we get a fresh coat tonight.
      Photos:
      (Amanda Schaefer)
    • Jan 16 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the section from Welsh Village east towards Red Wing until Hwy 61. The groomer had been out and set classic tracks, they were a bit soft yet, and I was the first over them for most of the way. The first mile near Welsh had a lot of sticks and some bare spots down to the asphalt, but beyond that it was really good. It was a beautiful day and a nice ski through the woods.
      (Ben Mouw)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 24 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails at the center are packed and pristine for skate skiing but no classic tracks set yet. No problems classic skiing on the packed trails. Snow is powdery so conditions are pretty good.
      (Kelly Bahl)
    • Jan 24 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails are not groomed from the new snow that we received over the weekend. Snow is light and fluffy for about 3 inches until the previous packed base is reached. Trails will hopefully get groomed soon.
      (Kelly Bahl)
    • Jan 22 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Not enough snow to lay classic tracks yet but most trails have at least been packed down. There are still some very thin spots where grass or pavement is showing so be on the lookout!
      (Kelly Bahl)

Wisconsin Northwest

     

    Cable/Hayward area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Cold, crisp day out on the trail grooming today! Rock Lake received about 2 inches of fluffy snow. We were able to set new tracks and cover up some of the debris. Rock Lake loop has a thin base of snow and it was hard to set decent tracks on that loop. Enjoy the "tropical" temps this weekend! Thank you Tom for helping groom today!
      Photos:
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • NewJan 26 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great for bushwacking! Several snowfalls last couple days, no groomed skate or tracks from Gravel Pit to Lake Hayward.
      Photos:
      (Audun Mikkelson)
    • Jan 24 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the entire outer trail and the classic loop. The bit of fluffy snow has covered any leaves or debris. The skate lane is in excellent condition. The classic track needed to be set again and even with the use of teeth wasn't able to get a full depth set. However, after it gets skied in a little it should be in good condition. The deck and tracks are both firm and flat. Enjoy and stay warm!
      (Scott Toshner)
    • Jan 24 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails have been groomed for traditional today after we received an additional inch of powder overnight. Grooming plans: Will be groomed for skate tomorrow. Great snow out here!
      Photos:
      (Lindsay Barnes, Heartwood Resort and Conference Center)
    • Jan 24 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We had roughly 2-3" of new snow from over the weekend. Trail was groomed, and set new tracks throughout. If you can brave the cold, you will find the trail in very good condition with beautiful scenery everywhere along this trail!
      Photos:
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 23 - Nordic Woods (Stone Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied Southern access outer loop on Sunday around 1 pm. About 1 1/2" fresh light snow on older groomed track. Trail was in good shape. Base is good but could use a few more inches. (Only one or two short grass spots where logging trucks may have used?) One part of trail is marked as closed (south end) on parking lot map, due to logging. (looked like more grass was showing in that area as I looked down trail) Only a handful of skate skier tracks out there. Classic track looked good, more skiers were using the classic track. Looked like no more than dozen people had used the classic track on certain sections. About 2"+/- more fresh light powder overnight Sunday fell in area.
      Photos:
      (John Myaya)
    • Jan 22 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      New tracks on all the Drummond Ski Trail loops today. Jim incorporated at least two inches of new snow into the trails and set new tracks that look good. There was plenty of debris and leaves blown onto the surface from the winds recently. While the tracks are very good, the presence of debris is annoying. Crisp temperatures and sunshine make for good skiing conditions.
      (Marc Ankenbauer)
    • Jan 22 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trails were groomed Friday and we had 2" of cold fluffy snow overnight for Saturday skiers. The new snow has been skied into the classic tracks and conditions are excellent. These trails are in rolling terrain but the hills are lower than the neighboring Birkie trail and they're laid out such that you can stride up most of the inclines. Its a great spot to get some lower intensity training in on some narrower well groomed trails. The 13.6 k loop out around Bulldog Springs is particularly nice with lots of fir and pine to ski through. The skate deck has leveled out with the recent snow as well but is probably a little slow with the new snow on top.
      (Bruce Walk)
    • Jan 21 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail is freshly groomed and there are new tracks set. I was able to work most of the sticks and pinecones into the base so the trail is looking alot cleaner. Overall the trail is looking real good!
      Photos:
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 19 - Rock Lake (Cable):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All Rock Lake trails were groomed today, working in the 2” of new snow over some wind blown tracks. Very good trail conditions, thanks to volunteer groomer Tom for helping out on this cool day.
      Photos:
      (Dave Gebhard)
    • Jan 17 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fantastic classic tracks: well formed and firm, snow (not ice), no dirt, and a few oak leaves from the recent wind (which causes no issues at all). Drummond is groomed virtually the same as the Birkie tracks that were set for last Saturday's Birkie Tour!
      Photos:
      (Robert Erdmann)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied OO to fire tower and back on the skate trail. Overall trail was in good shape, but a few thin spots are evident. I used my good skis without worry as the thin spots were easy to see and not very common. Overall great skiing on the Birkie trail!
      (Erik Erickson)
    • Jan 17 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail in very good shape, nicely laid tracks. Just a few spots where the base was thin, mostly on the 13.6k loop past the turnoff of the 7.5k loop and before the springs. Few and far between, though, and easy to avoid. Didn't ski the crossovers of the shorter loops but assume they are in good shape as well. Skate skiing bed mostly firm with good ski control. Nothing icy at all. Just a little forest debris here and there but nothing major - a small price to pay for the beautiful forest cover types this trail traverses.
      (Geary Searfoss)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied from Birkie start to OO and back on skate trail and part of classic trail. Awesome conditions! Tracks were solid with good glide and enough grip to kick up many of the hills. The skate deck was hard, but soft enough to make herringboning up steeper sections of hills a breeze. If you look at what the trail looks like at the start that's basically exactly what it skis like through OO. Not too many dirty areas. Superb ski!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 17 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Thanks for the excellent grooming Joe! I skate skied the figure eight and my wife classic skied it. Unfortunately two people ignored the signs posted and walked right down the center of the skate deck wrecking the Rim Creek Loop section for skate skiing, but the classic track was ok. The lack of conscientious is sad after all the time, money and work Joe and others have done to keep this gem of a ski trail open for skiing. When we got to the more technical/difficult Squirrel section the trail wasn't walked on but it was snow shoed on and somebody skied it backwards, thus when we descended on the steep hills at 25mph there was a guy actually climbing the hill in the opposite/wrong direction!? I almost crashed into him but just managed to avoid him thankfully. Thanks again to Joe and the DNR for doing their best on this beautiful forested ski trail. Despite the issues we very much appreciate it!
      (Miah Saint-Georges)
    • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied from OO to Boedecker and back, and then skied OO loop. Tracks well used. Used my good skis, but did step out of tracks a few times to avoid some debris or thin areas under some pine trees.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
    • Jan 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      We skied from Trail Head at Cable to OO in the afternoon. The trails were in very good shape and ski conditions were nice and fast. There were occasional small thin to bare spots with small amounts of debris that could easily be avoided. My friend decided to only use his B skis because of this. It was great to see the trails being used (but was not crowded) so much and I did not realize how nice and frequent the heated rest facilities are along the trail. Gotta go back soon!
      (John Schweiss)
    • Jan 16 - North End Ski Trail (Cable):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the North End Classic Trail. Good firm track and full snow coverage across the board. Some uphills are a bit funky to maneuver with a track overlaid by chopped up herringbone. Minimal snowplowing has left the downhills in good shape, however it does become soft quickly on the edge where the snow hasn't been packed by the groomed, so strongly advise trying to stay in the middle of the trail. Minimal leaf/pine needle debris.
      (Ketzel Levens)
    • Jan 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied south from OO to the 18KM marker and back. More snow base under the tracks south of 00 than the tracks I skied north of OO yesterday. I think the re-tracking for Birkie Tour yesterday cut a deeper track north of OO.
      Photos:
      (Ken Kuznia)
     

    Superior area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I almost feel like a broken record when I report about the Superior Municipal Forest trail because of the daily grooming! We were again treated to fresh cord and the tracks were reset today. I'm a chicken on hills (despite skiing 20 Kortes) and the tracks were so firm that I stayed in them instead of my typical get out and snowplow for many hills. We skied the red and green. Kudos to those hard working groomers!
      Photos:
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 21 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I had a wonderful skate ski today on the Superior Municipal Forest yellow trail. I only saw one other set of tracks this afternoon. The skate deck and the classic tracks were in perfect shape! Everything was fast and firm. All of the SMF trails were freshly groomed for skate and classic skiing. I was surprised how fast the skate deck was, even with the extremely cold temperatures. It was windy, with a twenty five mile per hour sustained wind and a windchill of ten below zero, but once you got in the forest it was fine. I ski here five or six days a week and alternate skate and classic styles and every time I’ve gone out the grooming has been great. It’s so hard to beat these trails.
      (Randy Johnson)
    • Jan 21 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Everything is in excellent shape for the Municipal forest ski trails! Base is firm and holding up even with the few warm shots and weekend ski traffic. All trails have been groomed and fresh track set within the last 24 hours. Grooming plans: Sunday grooming will take place again this coming weekend.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
    • Jan 18 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Wonderful grooming on the trails. With the temps above 30F, the snow was just barely starting to collapse so I was very glad to be skate skiing. Several classic skiers reported snow sticking to the bottom of their skis, although the tracks were set nice and deep. Beautiful down by the river, the groomer was just getting to those trails by mid afternoon. Nothing better than fresh tracks and warm temperatures. Lovely place to ski!
      Photos:
      (Kris Diller)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a treat we had today! I expected Superior to maybe groom the red and green with the new snow we got this morning and they did the entire system before noon. Wowza! My skins worked great, those with regular waxless clumped a bit and those who put the special formula on the scales worked well too.
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      About an inch and a half of snow fell this morning, which improved conditions considerably. All trails were groomed today. Where not re-set, the “old” classic track still works fine, and at 34 degrees this afternoon, glide was far better in the tracks than out.
      (Todd Campbell)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers have been out today and all of the trails have been groomed for skate skiing. Yellow and Purple both have fresh ski and track set.
      (Jodi Saylor, Superior City Parks)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Morning
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied here hoping that the trails would be groomed, but sometimes that is a hard ask the morning after a few inches of snow. The groomer had done a pass on the skate deck, but the classic track was neglected. I cut my ski short because of the sloppy tracks. Hopefully they will give the classic skiers some love soon. The skate deck did appear to be thin in spots and had debris pulled up in places. It appeared soft, but that is expected after a snowfall.
      (Tera Hasbargen)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      We skied the purple trail today and despite the city having the day off, the grooming from yesterday allowed the trails to stay in tip top shape! Classic tracks were firm and 99% in tact, with solid pole plants. Skate deck was smooth and the hills were not even scary today! Well worth the trip from anywhere!
      (Eve Graves)
    • Jan 17 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The base is a bit thin, the surface is getting dirty in places (especially near pines/spruce/cedars), the classic tracks are somewhat shallow, and no meaningful snow has fallen in over three weeks. In spite of this, classic and skate skiing is still pretty good. We can thank regular light-touch grooming (although none today) and temps not exceeding freezing since before Christmas. The “dirt” is usually organic material, although there are a few stray pebbles on some of the hills (easily avoided) and the occasional stone that’s been kicked up next to a disc-golf tee box. Be especially careful near the 4th hole tee between M and N. I’d stick to the B skis until more snow falls.
      (Todd Campbell)
    • Jan 16 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      No breaking news here, SMF grooming was impeccable this morning. I skated all the trails and only the yellow (the best trail) was not groomed this morning but was still good with about 2" of lake effect fluff on a firm and fast skied-in base. Fast Wax Teal worked awesome. Everything else was freshly groomed today and near perfect. A few dirty, leafy areas but avoidable and no issues with good skis. I have said it many times over the years but we really appreciate all the hard work and care put into this trail system by the city groomers. Get your season pass and enjoy one of the most beautiful and the best groomed system in the Twin Ports!
      (Tom Heinitz)
     

    Ashland/Bayfield area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Teuton skate/classic trails groomed. Track setter hydrolytic not working so track setter is wiggly. I'd ski outside the track on the downhills.
      (Greg Weiss)
    • NewJan 26 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 24 km today. Northern Lights, Buzz, Sugarbush, Anchor, and Abbey Road. Conditions are fabulous! It's windy... but tracks are hard, grippy, glide is good with blue wax or colder; skate deck is firm and reliably groomed. Perfection for the weather! It set me up good for the 46 km Birkie Start to Hatchery Creek classic ski I'm doing tomorrow with Birchlegger Bill! Thank you! And thank you for the report yesterday! Right on.
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • NewJan 25 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate lanes were renovated Tuesday mixing old snow with new creating a very nice combed and level surface.  Classical tracks left in place, firm and deep.  Overall conditions very good +.
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • NewJan 25 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed today skate/classic on Abbey Road, Beginners Loop, Skid Road, Seagull, Anchor, Northern Lights, the Buzz.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Darrin re-groomed the entire course Monday. Classic track and the skate deck is in excellent condition!
      Photos:
      (Nate Swiston)
    • Jan 24 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great blue wax day with an inch or two of fresh and cold temps. Tracks had been set several days ago, and skiing was still great. The 3k loop had been skied before the fresh of this morning, other sections had a bit more snow since they had been skied. But, it was not a problem, the tracks were still great. There was just one short section where drifting had obscured the tracks. These classic-only tracks are a small gem (3k, 5k, 8k loops) with wonderful flowing terrain that is perfect for classic.
      Photos:
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Jan 24 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate/classic combination trails are in excellent condition with firm skate decks and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10" except where sections had been closed for logging. Meadow, Pipeline West, and open sections of Pipeline East were freshly combed and tracked today courtesy of the Friends of Copper Falls volunteer groomer team. At this time the local's favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging that occurred by the Ballfield Lot. There's two sections of bare-ground conditions, about 1000ft and 400ft long each, that will remain until we get a decent snowfall. Removing skis is recommended when traversing between the groomed sections. As-is, the east and west trail sections make a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) was combed today and in very good condition. Full Takesson Loops were tracked Sunday and the east-part of the Vahtera Loop on Friday. Grooming plans: Full grooming of all trails and new track is expected to be set on full Vahtera and Takesson come Friday.
      (James Enigl)
    • Jan 23 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions at Ashwabay for teaching classic skiing today. Freshly groomed tracks and skate deck on Abbey Road and Anchor. Firm, fast and still forgiving. Took my pregnant girlfriend out for her third time. 12 km skied and she can't wait to ski it again. Thanks for the touch up grooming last night! You rock groomers!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 23 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Skate and classic tracked groomed Sunday morning on Abbey Road, Anchor and the Seagull hill up to the Summit. Telford and Roller Coaster were groom as well. Excellent conditions.
      Photos:
      (Ian Meeker)
    • Jan 23 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The upper loop closest to the start is 100% groomed for skating and classic. Skiing should be excellent...but cold.
      (Nate Swiston)
    • Jan 22 - Uller Trail (Pence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The wind chill blowing across Weber Lake froze our fingers in 30 seconds as we got our skis out of the car. We wondered if we could survive skiing the Uller Trail but persevered, and are glad we did. It has the feel of skiing in the mountains as the trail winds around granite knobs of the Penokee Range. The wind didn't bother us once we entered the woods on a bright sunny day. We stopped for lunch and started a fire in the rustic cabin at Scribner Meadow, but failed to heat it to above freezing. Next time we'll start skiing at the Pence trailhead so we can warm up in the new cabin just 1 km from the Weber Lake trailhead. That would be about a 15 km ski one-way.
      Photos:
      (David Byrne, Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club)
    • Jan 22 - Uller Trail (Pence):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The Uller is remote and rugged and requires deep snow, so it is always a great day when a skier gets the opportunity to enjoy the full Uller in all its glory. A tip of the cap to the Penokee Rangers for their persistence smoothing a base and setting tracks. Another 3-4” had fallen since the grooming so conditions were slow, and that is a good thing on these technical, old-school trails. We started in Pence to test out the new trail connecting Pence to the Hoyt Rd Trailhead. This section is less established and more exposed to wind than the rest of the trail so there was substantial drifting and brush on some parts of this section. Once we hit the more established portion of the trail at Hoyt the tracks were clear and not drifted. We skied to Weber Lake including all loops there, had a snack in the new warming cabin on the blue loop then skied back with a stop to visit with some other skiers who had started a fire in the warming cabin at Scribner Meadow. Great to enjoy the solitude and beauty of this epic trail.
      Photos:
      (Sue Schroeder)
    • Jan 22 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      MECCA Trails got 2" powder snow today. Groomers were out today and combed the skate lane on the 21K system. Tracks were renovated and reset on the Wolf loop. Tracks in the woods are holding nicely, tracks across the flowage on Osprey are windblown. Snowshoe trails are well marked and not groomed.
      Photos:
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • Jan 22 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 42 km today, 3:20, a little painful with the conditions. Wax was good, but the conditions are wind blown most everywhere. Unfortunately, heavy winds have all but erased the phenomenal conditions of the tracks and skate deck of yesterday. But, with that being said it was a good day to work on kick strength, ankle strength, and mental strength for a long ski, if that's your thing. Great day for a ski, scenery was second to none, a good amount of people were enjoying a warming ski on a cold and windy day!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 21 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Firm, fast and fun today. Beautiful pine forest, right in the city. A handy place to ski an hour, then head downtown for refreshment.
      Photos:
      (Peter Nordgren)
    • Jan 21 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 24 km this afternoon during the warmest part of the day. Conditions are phenomenal, in my opinion. The tracks and skate deck are firm. There's good glide, grip for kick and double poling is a possibility on a majority of what I skied. Can't wait to ski it again this weekend! Thank you groomers!
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 21 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      As of today, the entire course is groomed for skating and is in excellent condition. The upper loop (closest to the start) has been groomed for classic and is also in excellent condition. Get our there, brave some cold and enjoy the snow!
      Photos:
      (Nate Swiston)
    • Jan 20 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Meadow and Pipeline East Trails are in great shape. Thursday the snow was about 1F so it was like skiing sandpaper. Double poling in the classic tracks was a lot better: they're solid, clean and deep with a mild dusting of powder on top. As temps warm, trails will get better and better. I snowshoed on Red Granite, and it is very skiable also.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 20 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      MECCA received 2" new snow since Wednesday. Groomers were out Thursday renovating the trails, set new tracks and combed the skate lanes. Classic tracks carved in nicely leaving deep rails. Skate lanes are firm with a nicely combed surface. Overall conditions very good to excellent. Snowshoe trail loops also very inviting.
      (Michael Shouldice)
    • Jan 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Classic only trails Deer Path, Black Bear, Sugarbush, South Lower Sugarbush, Oppedahl's, North Lower Sugarbush were flat dragged and groomed this morning. Seagull classic was groomed only with the Ginzu. Skate/Classic Trails: Upper Portion of Anchor and Seagull were done late afternoon.
      (Ashley Georgeson)
    • Jan 20 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Penokee received about 4 inches of new snow this past week. All loops were groomed and tracked today. The base is deep and mostly solid. There may be some soft spots especially on the edges. It’s a great trail to check out! The tracks were already solid when I was packing up to leave!
      Photos:
      (Katie LeMoine)
    • Jan 19 - Copper Falls State Park (Mellen):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All skate/classic combination trails are in excellent condition with firm deck and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10in. At this time the local’s favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging occurring by the Ballfield Lot. However it makes a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Pipeline West ends by the winter campsites and Pipeline East ends just as it goes into the pine forest. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) is very good but still has some irregular spots due to being a multi-use trail seeing high snowshoe usage. The east-half of Vahtera was tracked, accessible through Pipeline East from the Office Lot. Takesson was re-tracked; accessible from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West. Sections that remain closed at this time include a 2km section of Pipeline East by the Ballfield/Purple Lots and the west-half of Vahtera for visitor safety while logging operations continue. We hope to reopen these popular sections around January 21st.
      (Chris Bender)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied 36 km on the Grand Tour loop at Ashwabay today. Freshly groomed tracks and fresh corduroy on the skate deck on most trails. Tracks and skate decks are firm soft. The snow is cold with the temperature so glide isn't the best, alot of grip for kicking. Conditions on the trails that are fully groomed are excellent! Great day for a ski to warm up on a cold day!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Abbey Road, Anchor, Northern Lights, Seagull, Buzz and Roller Coaster were groomed this morning for skate and classic. Some blowing snow but otherwise excellent conditions.
      Photos:
      (Ian Meeker)
    • Jan 18 - Lake Superior View Golf (Washburn):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Our fresh snow was all groomed in on Tuesday night and the colder temps set the course up nicely. The skate deck lane should be firming up nice. With our wind, the course did have some drifting. Grooming plans: We will re-groom for the weekend but the next two days should be great if you can tackle the wind and cold.
      (NATE A SWISTON)
    • Jan 18 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied about 18 km this afternoon. Skied in a fresh 2 to 3 inches of fluff through Anchor, Sugarbush, North Lights and Buzz. A great shake down of the legs after OO loop 42 km (3:20) on the Birkie yesterday! Due to the new snow it was all kick and no glide for first tracks. Look forward to skiing the good hills at Ashwabay, it's such an awesome Birkie Classic trainer! Thank you groomers!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 17 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate lanes of the Pursuit 11K and 15K as well as the Claire D'Loon 5K were combed tonight. All MECCA trails are open and in great condition.
      (Norm McKindles)
    • Jan 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Headlamp classic skied about 18 km this evening. Beautiful! Tracks were awesome on Sugarbush, Anchor, and Seagull. Solid with decent kick and buttery smooth glide! Skate deck was firm, but soft. I notice on Northern Lights that there must be a mismatch with grooming over old tracks (on old deer path section and up hills), or the snow was soft, made it uneven and goofy for skiing there. Great ski!
      Photos:
      (Kevin Grand)
    • Jan 16 - Mecca (Mercer):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh half inch of snow made for fast tracks on the Homestead and Spruce Hills trails. Pole plants were firm. Conditions good for the recreational skier.
      Photos:
      (Monica Mears)
     

    Rice Lake area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - Timberland Hills West (Cumberland):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed for both classic and skating today after the recent fluffy snow; a couple of thin spots are still possible. The trail is in good shape and the lights are on every night.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 24 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were Pisten Bully groomed for classic and skating today. Conditions are good overall, but you will still see spots where grooming brought up dirt or leaves.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 24 - Trade River Trail (Frederic):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Three inches of new, dry snow, rolled, groomed and tracked. Good base building up. The new pine plantation trail is a little thin for tracks, but the rest of the trail is holding tracks well. Skate deck is flat and clean.
      (William Johnson)
    • Jan 24 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are in good shape. Craig J. groomed track and skate lanes today after a two inch snowfall. Get out and enjoy. Don't forget the 4k of lighted trails.
      (Greg Hoelscher)
    • Jan 23 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good trails, not freshly groomed, have a inch so of new show on top. Classic skied the black and blue loops. Tracks are good overall and not too much debris on the trails.
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 23 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After the Spooner area received about 3-4 inches of new snow, the xc ski trails at College Street Park were groomed and a new track was set. The trails are in very good shape with good coverage that provides a level skate deck. Bundle up and enjoy!
      Photos:
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 22 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The snow Friday night really helped even though it was only a couple inches. It helped cover the sticks and dirty spots that had been poking through on Friday. I skied the whole new trail on Saturday, the loop open to dogs, and it was in pretty good shape.
      (Seth Bichler)
    • Jan 21 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails packed really firm. Tough to stay in control. But I enjoyed fresh corduroy on Alternate Trail for second half. B skis - lots of debris on the trail and some bare spots. Snow would help!
      (Ryan Urban)
    • Jan 19 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Conditions remain fair to good for both classic and skating. There is a little powder for control over a firm base. I feel okay with good skis, but be aware that there are leaves and sticks on the trail. My glide was okay this morning, considering the cold snow.
      Photos:
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 18 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Nice ski on the lighted loop, very windy. Fast, packed snow. Classic tracks were there. Most lights are working.
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 18 - Timberland Hills West (Cumberland):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The trail is in good condition for classic and skating except that the skate deck has divots from hikers. The lights are on nightly, enjoy.
      Photos:
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 17 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Thank you, groomer/s. Conditions made for a really nice ski today. It's been a few years since I've skied here, and I forgot about some of those hills. There is a really nice base of snow. I hope it sticks around. Classic grooves were a bit shallow but ok. Some grooves were wiped out from use. I'll be back again soon!
      (Amy Riegelman)
    • Jan 17 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      East side trails are all open--west side-some logging taking place disrupting the ski trail. Classic set nicely on most trails and skate deck is awesome all over.
      Groomers should be commended for the great work.

      (Dave Swanson)
    • Jan 17 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I did classical from the parking lot east to the road and back and it was really nice today. Very little debris on the trail and the tracks are very good too. You can run all the downhills in the tracks because the snow is soft and most up hills can be climbed with a good kicker wax in the tracks too.
      (Daniel Fern)
    • Jan 16 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the trail on the west side of the brook, going south from Wild Life Road. There were a few leaves and the tracks were a little beat-up on the hills, but overall the trail was in very good condition and I would give it a 7.
      (Don Quick)
     

    Eau Claire area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      The groomer was just leaving at about noon today. All the trails have been groomed for skating and the deck is firm. The trails near the chalet had heavy use last night with Kickin Kids and CVN and he didn't groom those, so they are a bit chewed up. Classic tracks have been set throughout but are washed out near the chalet.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • NewJan 25 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Red Cedar State Trail was groomed and tracked from Menomonie to Downsville. There are a few inches of new snow and conditions are very good. The trail is in great shape for the Candle Light Ski this Friday evening, January 28.
      (David Gorman)
    • Jan 24 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski Trail - The guys groomed and reset the classic tracks on everything tonight. They said everything was looking really nice. Fatbike Trail - Our original plan was to groom until I got a report today that the trail was riding great. I ran up anyway and I was able to put my effort into a repair on one of the sleds that we had limped along the last groom. The tracks from the riders today look fantastic and it will be great riding.
      (Kevin Roytek)
    • Jan 24 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Bill and I groomed and tracked all trails this morning. The base is rock hard and the fluffy three plus inches we received over the last few days worked up well to produce some great corduroy and a deep classic track. Squirrel tails and hawk ridge are now in good shape with only a few spots with leaves and almost no dirt. It would be a great time to get out and ski Hoffman on Friday during the day and then do the candlelight ski on the Red Cedar in the evening!
      (David Challe)
    • Jan 24 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      As of noon the groomer had made several passes on almost all the trails. Skating is mostly firm and control is excellent. The snow is medium speed. A few classic tracks had been set but not through intersections or on hills. The new tracks seem shallow. Old classic tracks have been skied in and compacted.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • Jan 23 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The trail start on flag hill was a little rough but otherwise with the dusting of snow, the track through the park is in decent shape. No dirt, just some normal debris.
      (Allen Bowe)
    • Jan 19 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The skate deck on all the trails got a light grooming today: a few passes of the groomer left a thin cord over a hard base. Not a lot of edging but enough, except for some thin spots on various hills. No new classic tracks set. They are quite worn near the chalet and the winds have pushed leaves into the tracks in some stretches throughout the system. I've downgraded the aki rating to B skis because of the thin spots and leaves/debris.
      (Mark Blaskey)
    • Jan 19 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Tilled, groomed and tracked all trails this afternoon. Upper tower trails still sketchy, especially squirrel tales. All other trails in surprisingly good shape with some debris here and there and a few dirty spots. Waiting until after the thaw to groom the couple inches of fresh snow was the right decision. I was able to groom out the few foot tracks that I encountered. My advice is to take both B and good skis starting with the B skis and then decide if you feel comfortable with the good skis. B skis for the tower trails for sure.
      (David Challe)
    • Jan 18 - Silvermine Nordic Trail (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Went to Silvermine since Tower Ridge had a high school ski race going on today. Trails were in somewhat rough shape, given the temps and the Silvermine invitational that happened last weekend. Several small bare spots and thin areas, lots of debris poking through, and a good rut through some parts of the trails, as well as lots of footprints. No classic tracks set. There were some sections on the field that held up pretty well, and others not so much. Hills we're ok but thin, and at the top it was decently covered. All still pretty packed and tracked. I'd say if you're a novice, don't do the big hills; due to such a thin base and somewhat unpredictable trail, falling would be riskier and more painful. I think it was in decent enough condition overall to go in B skis, but if you're a little more particular, go in rock skis. Snow was soft for most of it, but on the far side it felt like there was more base, and it was shaded so held up better and wasn't terrible to ski on.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 17 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Not groomed but a recent fresh snow of about 1" made for great skating! Full coverage with had packed base and 1" new on top. If it were groomed, I would have rated excellent. In the afternoon took my 6 year old granddaughter out for her first trail ski. Put in 2.5 km striding in nice tracks.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 17 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty firm skate deck. More thin spots are starting to accumulate, most notably on the hills. Lots of pine needles/pieces down in one spot on the west side loop. Classic tracks were set in pretty much throughout. Keep an eye out during warm weather.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Packed and tracked pretty well. Classic tracks looked set in almost all places. Very few thin spots; most hills has much better coverage compared to the last time I was out here. Rollercoaster still had some bare areas and a bit of debris, along with Snowdance/Cardiac climb. The Ruby downhill had thin spots, but seemed decent. Still plenty of places to use good skis if you avoid those areas.
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Just finished grooming. The bad spots are still bad but the rest of the trail cleaned up pretty well. Most of the ruts and footprints are gone. The bad spots are pretty much limited to those areas on the Staghorn trail where there was wind damage and trees were down. For the most part they are just dirty and you can carefully double pole around them and continue on your way. There are a couple of bare dirt spots but they are visible and just bumps in the trail. A fresh classic track was set and a clean skate lane. We still need more snow to flatten things out and cover the damage so I rated it for B skis. Use your best if you are careful.
      (Steve Thon)
     

    Phillips area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions, a little chilly today but great afternoon for classic skiing. I wasn't trying to ski fast but the glide in the tracks was really very good.
      Photos:
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 24 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I strided all of the loops (and some of them 2x) to get in 25km. Everything was freshly groomed today so the tracks were perfect. Definitely not fast conditions (cold, new powder snow) but beautiful! Skate deck was firm, too.
      Photos:
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 23 - Solberg Lake Ski Trail (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation 

      Not groomed since early January. We are having problems with equipment. With use, the track is still visible and trail is still skiable.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 23 - Holy Cross Ski Trail (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation 

      Not groomed and tracked since early January. We are having problems with equipment. With use, the track is still visible and trail is still skiable.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 22 - Phillips School Forest (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trail groomed and tracked on Saturday afternoon. With additional snow forecast, a classic track was set only on loop 1. Trail was slightly soft after grooming but with the cold temperatures, should firm up. Trail is in very good condition for both skate and classic skiing.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 22 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Perfect tracks and firm skate deck. Received 2" on snow and everything was freshly groomed. Very scenic.
      Photos:
      (Eric Koch)
    • Jan 22 - Solberg Lake Ski Trail (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Very good ski. Tracks were skier-made, not machine-traced, single classic tracks. Beautiful, fresh snow, well-covered and well-traced. We did both the blue and green loops. Highly recommended for beginners.
      (Mireille Raby)
    • Jan 20 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks and skate lanes were very good but there were stretches where the Tracks were filled with windblown snow. As I was finishing my outing, Adam was grooming with the PB (aka Skervald, from previous life grooming the Birkie trail), making it all beautiful again.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 18 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed and tracked today. D Loop was a little soft so I wasn't able to get as many passes on it as I would have liked, but it is in good shape for classic skiing. I was able to make several passes on C loop and it is nice and wide for classic and skate skiing, with only one narrow section on the back side. With cold temperatures the trails should firm up nicely and be great!
      Photos:
      (Brady Howe)
    • Jan 18 - Phillips School Forest (Phillips):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Scheduling 

      The Phillips School Forest trails will be closed from 10 am Friday to 1:00pm Saturday, Jan 22nd, for the annual Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Race.
      (Ron Kendziera)
    • Jan 17 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The trails were all groomed early this morning. The tracks and the corduroy were beautiful and the skiing was fabulous. There's still several spots where the snow cover is thin but they are easily avoidable.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 16 - Forest Springs Camp (Westboro):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Received about an inch of new snow in the morning. They just start grooming when I left. Deep tracks and a firm skate deck. Very scenic!
      Photos:
      (Eric Koch)
    • Jan 16 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied from Thum trailhead to the east. Did some of the green loop and cut off the beginners trail. W to V was not groomed, nor was Die Promenade. The trail had an inch of new powder on it from the morning though people had skated and classic skied on it. Good coverage and grooming!
      (Anna DeMers)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 24 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are in great condition, thanks groomers! Soft in areas and slow with the cold and new snow, but great coverage. Very little debris and thankfully no footprints except from the deer. B skis only because of the road crossings and the chance of stones on a few of the climbs.
      (Craig Woodley)
    • Jan 24 - Kinnickinnic State Park (River Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skiing was great, all trails were groomed. You will cross at least one road hence B skis. There is some confusion with skiers going the wrong way. Two skiers herringboned over tracks on the trail that parallels the road at the rear parking lot. Please see the trail map if you aren't familiar with the correct direction.
      (Rich Lachowski)
    • Jan 24 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were groomed today for skate and classic. Full coverage on all trails. Fat bike trails were also groomed.
      (Bill Callas)
    • Jan 23 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied many of the trails both in meadows and woods. Trails were in great shape and are in the best condition of the year. Thanks to the groomer's amazing work! Get on the Willow!
      (David Ousdigian)
    • Jan 23 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied most of the park. Good to excellent conditions. Really appreciate the work of the groomers...nicely done! The pink trail is not groomed (multi purpose) but still surprisingly skied well -- 2 inches of powder over a hard trail. The Yellow trail was a bit soft due to lower traffic. Such a beautiful day and great track.
      (Brian Bell)
    • Jan 23 - Kinnickinnic State Park (River Falls):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied all the trails around noon. At the time, nothing was machine groomed from yesterday's snowfall but the conditions were wonderful.
      Photos:
      (Andrew Maxwell-Parish)
    • Jan 23 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      2” of new snow. Everything is now freshly groomed and new tracks are set on all trails. Conditions are very good. There are still a very few bare spots. Since the system has just been groomed, it is a little in the soft side.
      (Jeff Roberts)
    • Jan 22 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied 2 loops on purple, silver, blue, and Green. Fresh corduroy skate deck (thanks to groomers efforts), trails are in great condition.
      (David Ousdigian)
    • Jan 22 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      A nice ski, did the skiing from the group camping lot to the beach Peking area by the river. Open areas were wind blown sometimes with snow packed in, other times icy. In the woods it was more consistent. Debris down in the woods, and some thin spots.
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 22 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      An inch of snow overnight made the trails somewhat soft and slow but great to get an edge. Grooming on silver, brown, green with little debris and a nice ski. No grooming yet on yellow, red and parts of purple. Brown trail rollercoaster was not groomed yet but skied in, fast and fun. Areas under the pines on yellow and up on the "prairie" trails had some bare spots, better to avoid yellow until we get some more snow.
      (Craig Woodley)
    • Jan 22 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Fresh, fluffy snow made the trails absolutely gorgeous this morning. Another pair of skiers said they were sticking on their waxless skis, but our group of four didn't have issues on ours.
      Photos:
      (Faith Hoenecke)
    • Jan 16 - Willow River State Park (Hudson):
      Morning
      Observation 

      Tracks looked great as I passed the ski trail while snowshoeing on the Prairie Trail. Nice job groomers. Hope to enjoy the tracks soon.
      Photos:
      (Ginny Ballantine)

Wisconsin Northeast

     

    Rhinelander/Eagle River area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - WinMan Trails (Winchester):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Tracks were reset Tuesday and plan to be worked on again Thursday. All 22k of skate lane were power tilled and groomed today. The trails are setting up to be in great condition as the weather gets warme.
      Photos:
      (Isaac Cowart)
    • Jan 24 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I skied the Red loop from the parking lot and back and then skied the Blue loop from the parking lot and back. The trails had been freshly groomed. The tracks were deep and firm and track speed was good considering the cold temps. I was very pleased to find the steep downhills were smooth and untracked which made control very good. Overall conditions I would rate as very good to excellent. Madeline Lake is a great trail system.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 24 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Fresh snow from today was packed and leveled all trails are open and firm low spots were still being filled getting better each and every time we groom.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • Jan 24 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Received a couple inches or so of very fluffy snow since trail had last been groomed. Cut and tracked all loops. Some leaves and other forest debris in areas. Overall, very good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 24 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops have been cut and tracked. The skater's loop was leveled and groomed. There is some debris throughout the trail system.
      (Nikki Kloes)
    • Jan 24 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops have been cut and tracked. Received a few inches of fluffy snow over the weekend, some debris on trail from the wind, overall conditions are good.
      (Lynn Wright)
    • Jan 24 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Two inches of fresh snow fell over the weekend. All trails were groomed and tracked. Trails are hard packed with the extremely cold temps.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 24 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Perfect conditions in eight degree weather: fresh dusting of powder snow, blue skies. Crisp weather, but lovely gliding.
      (Donna Kikkert)
    • Jan 24 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Observation 

      Treehaven picked up a about 2-3" inches of fresh snow this weekend and our groomer should now be fixed and ready for action. Grooming plans: Unfortunately due to weather and time constraint issues this week we will likely not be able to groom until Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, thanks for your understanding.
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 24 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Two inches of fresh snow fell over the weekend. Nicolet North was groomed and tracked this morning. There is about a 9.5 inch packed base.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 24 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Excellent conditions with deep tracks and firm skate lane. Very little debris, that could change quickly windy conditions.
      Photos:
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 23 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      All trails were in excellent conditions for both classic and skate skiing. Afterglow is open to the public this year Thursday through Sunday for skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking, They have a great warming room and bathroom. Pete and Gail run a great ski resort and Pete's trails are always some of the best groomed trails in the area.
      (George Katich)
    • Jan 23 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Regroomed the entire 7 km trail system. Trails are in excellent condition with a smooth skate deck and deep, single tracks set for classic skiers. Clean snow and cold temps! Come on out!
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 23 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Got out at about 1:30 pm. Trails were rolled since yesterday's 2" of snow, but the classic track was not reset. It was still solid and plenty of skiers had used it to clear it out. Fluffy snow around the classic tracks did gum up the kick a little bit. Beautiful coverage, beautiful day.
      (Brian Anderson)
    • Jan 23 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Grooming 

      Groomed and tracked all classic loops today, and groomed all skate trails. Conditions are mostly excellent. Most of the tracks are deep and solid, though here and there you'll find a little stretch of shallower tracks. Skied after grooming on Hair Raiser classic. Great skiing, though with the cold temps it was a touch slow. I'm old and slow, so it was probably just right for me.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 23 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All ski loops have been cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
      (Tony martinez)
    • Jan 23 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After a few brutally windy, cold days I groomed over a few inches of recent snowfall with nice results. Other than plowing through some nasty snowdrifts by the Muskrat creek bridge, trail is in great shape.
      (Pat Willman)
    • Jan 23 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked this morning and is in very good to excellent condition for both classical and skate skiing.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 23 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Almost all trails have been re-groomed with the Pisten Bully last night including both River Run and Lake Marie. Firm skate decks and deep classic tracks can be found throughout the trails system now that the last of the fresh snow has been groomed in. Conditions are as good as they’ve been all year!
      Photos:
      (Erin Blow)
    • Jan 22 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I was going to skate ski but decided to ski classic instead when I saw the trails had not been groomed after the most recent snowfall of around 4 inches. There had been a few other classic skiers before us on Lion’s Pride but not many. I did a lot of backtracking to keep my wife from getting lost in the trail system. Skiing in the fresh snow was exhilarating. I went back out without her on Lion’s Pride to Pine Hollow. The track on Lion’s Pride was much faster second time as the track was well skied in my then. However, Pine Hollow had not been skied in so I was breaking trail on that entire section. That was much slower. Overall conditions on the trails that had been skied in I would rate as very good.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 22 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the east loop at about 1:30....no grooming at that time and about 2" of new snow on trail with drifting snow in many areas. Time I got back to parking area, a couple other folks had headed out the west loop.
      (Randy Ahrens)
    • Jan 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Almost all trails and one long one: Wolf Tracks were re-groomed after receiving about an inch and a half of fluffy snow this morning. Conditions are excellent with a trail base of about 8 inches! Groomers are scheduled to go out again tonight. It’s a great weekend of skiing.
      Photos:
      (Erin Blow)
    • Jan 22 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked and is in very good to excellent condition for both skate and classical skiing.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skate skied Base to Tornado Valley to XC Express to Nepco’s Cruise and on to River Run for a total of 19 kilometers. The trails had all been freshly groomed with perfect corduroy. The skate deck was firm and speed was good. Control on the steep downhills was very good. Overall I would rate conditions as excellent.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 21 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We groomed out a few rough areas this morning. The extremely cold temps are not conducive to retracking the whole system. There has been little use since our last grooming, so the trails are in great condition for the weekend!
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Temperature was 7 degrees when I started skiing around 3:00 pm. I started out on the Base Loop out to Tornado Alley. The skate deck was fresh corduroy, firm but probably the slowest I have ever experienced here. With the slow conditions, I thought it might be a good time to ski Nutcracker. However, when I got there, I discovered it had not been groomed recently as there was approximately 5 inches of fresh snow on the trail. I decided to try it anyway. Speed on the ungroomed trail was about the same as it was on the groomed trail. Control on the steep downhills was good but not as good as on the freshly groomed trails where I was able to edge my skis. I survived Nutcracker without falling. From there I skied the Yukon trail out to Island Hop. The skate deck on Island Hop was soft with many parts of the trail drifted in. I continued on the XC Express and Nepco’s Cruise finishing up several hours of skiing with just shy of 14 kilometers. I was dressed warm and comfortably so I had a great ski outing. I should note that when I jumped in the groomed classic tracks, I found them to be firm and fast.
      Photos:
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 20 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the surface and tracked the outer loop. Surface level and due to the cold temps the ski surface formed up tight making great for skating.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • Jan 20 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Regroomed entire system and it smoothed out well for the skate deck and classic tracks. I single tracked most of the main trails - except for the narrower wooded trail sections, which were not tracked. The tracks set up deep and firm with these frigid temps. Clean snow with just a few leaves here and there.
      (Joe Panci)
    • Jan 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Excellent conditions exist. Full depth classic tracks. Skate lanes smooth edge to edge and end to end. Open Thursday-Sunday for XC-Skiing, snowshoeing and Fatbiking.
      Photos:
      (Pete Moline)
    • Jan 20 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Had a nice ski at Washburn this afternoon. The grooming was excellent with firm tracks and fresh corduroy. All trails are in mid-winter shape with a level deck and no rocks or dirt to speak of.
      Photos:
      (Levi Smith)
    • Jan 20 - Ed's Lake National Recreation Trail (Crandon):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ed’s lake was groomed after a few inches of fresh snow fell earlier this week. Trail is hard packed with the extra cold temps we’ve had.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      About 4 inches of fresh snow replenished the trails. The Pat Shay Loop, Narrow Gauge, and Butternut Trail have been groomed and tracks set.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      After a needed snowfall of about 4 inches, the trails are in great shape. All trails have been groomed and tracked.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops have been leveled and tracked. Received a few inches of fluffy snow the last few days, some debris on trail from the wind, overall conditions are good.
      (Lynn Wright)
    • Jan 19 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Received a couple inches of fresh snow yesterday. All loops have been leveled and tracked. The skater's loop was leveled and groomed. There is some debris throughout the trail system.
      (Nikki Kloes)
    • Jan 19 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been groomed and the track set on all. With the high winds and drifting I'll most likely be out again on Friday morning. The entire system is just absolutely beautiful at this time!
      (Don Merten)
    • Jan 19 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming 

      The trail was groomed and tracked this morning and is in very good to excellent condition for both skate and classical skiing. I skate skied and the trail is firm and the tracks look very good. There are some oak leaves on the Luge Loop with all the wind today.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 19 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Approximately 2" of snow fell yesterday. All loops were leveled and tracked this morning. Lots of leaves and other forest debris in areas, but overall good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      I groomed 3 to 4 inches of fresh high quality snow. Both the classical track and skating area are groomed. Temperatures were in the mid 20°s and it was overcast. Great skiing conditions!
      (Frank Klesczewski)
    • Jan 18 - Raven Trails (Woodruff):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Couple inches of fresh snow today. All loops have been cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez)
    • Jan 18 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A fresh 1 1/2 inches of snow made for slow going especially since it was 32F and my skins were icing up, but it was fun. Took the long loop with the cutoff. All was well save for a near collision with a surprised deer.
      Photos:
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 17 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent skate and classic conditions, plenty of snow, a good inch fell Sunday, another dusting today. Level trails, packed powder, no melt in two weeks. Hilly, somewhat twisty trails, nothing terribly difficult, beautifully wooded. These trails have were changed a few years ago, now one half of the trail system is classic only, with plenty of room to side of tracks for snow plowing, or skiing two abreast. The other side of the trail system is skate groomed, no tracks set. A central skate/classic trail runs the meridian through the two sides. Nice, warm chalet with flush toilets. Please leave a nice donation, their donations are down due to COVID.
      (Mark Plane)
    • Jan 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      What a spectacular day at Winter Park! The trails were groomed perfectly and in excellent condition. Skied nearly the entire trail system. Coming from snow starved Madison, it was a treat to ski on plentiful natural snow. Today was one of those days that remind me why I love to ski.
      (Tom Kaufman)
    • Jan 17 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Touched up the surface this morning, trail is in the best condition so far. Spots that had low spots are filled and packed. Track is set on outer loop.
      Photos:
      (Chad Metzger)
    • Jan 16 - Treehaven (Tomahawk):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions are very good to excellent. I did not ski the blue loop, but assume that it is in good shape as well. Treehaven has a slight old school vibe to it as evidenced by classic only, and dual track. A great place for a casual stride with a friend. This trail keeps improving every year.
      (Pete Wurl)
     

    Wausau area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Scheduling 

      Trails are in great shape. Still some areas of low snow. Base of about 3-4". Finishing grooming today and will not be grooming until Friday. Chalet and all trails close Friday at 12 pm for Badger State Games preparation. Chalet and trails will again open to the public on Saturday at 3 pm. CWOCC Winter Tri will take place on Sunday. Chalet and trails will be open to the public during the Winter Tri.
      (Bradley Mroczenski)
    • Jan 24 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Awesome ski this morning, kudos to the groomer for great grooming. Skate lane has a firm base and with the four or so inches of fluff groomed in on top, gave it a soft feel. Glide wasn't great due to cold dry snow but, wow, was it nice not seeing any leaves.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 23 - Ringle Trail (Wausau):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Not machine-groomed, but skied-in, with a solid track. Fun old-school classic skiing. About a 8-10" base.
      Photos:
      (Matt Zak)
    • Jan 23 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Some of the most enjoyable classic skiing I have done in a while. The couple of inches that fell last night really made a difference. Sunny day, great snow, perfectly groomed trails. A great first time experience in Wausau that makes me want to come back soon.
      (Isabelle Papoulias)
    • Jan 22 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I was pleasantly surprised at the trail coverage and grooming, considering the lack of snowfall. Passed the groomer/sled several times during my ski. Skate deck is in good shape, soft from the recent light snow. Occasional debris kicked up, thin sports and limbs suggest B skis are the best way to go. Tracks seemed to be solid although thin in some places. I did the red loop and one of the blue inter loops. The blue loop is most protected from the winds.
      Photos:
      (Scott Frazier)
    • Jan 22 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful day, sunny, not too cold though little windy out of the woods. The 20 K loop classic tracks were very good as the 1-2 inches of overnight snow helped cover the oak leaves although there were still occasional stretches with debris. Overall I rate the skiing very good/excellent. Skating likewise.
      (Ian Duncan)
    • Jan 21 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied my virtual Noque here. -4 at the start. Snow was very slow, but was corduroy the entire way. There was a little debris and a few brown spots, but overall, very good (especially as someone who normally skis at Lapham). The Alps section was a lot of fun!
      (Christopher Sover)
    • Jan 21 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      This club always makes the best with limited snow. The skate deck and classic tracks are holding up well with the cold weather. The major issue today was a lot of debris—oak leaves, pine needles, bark—in the tracks. Had to be cautious on the descents, avoiding debris. Hopefully, we get some fresh snow soon. I used my good skis but I’m a C-skier. B skis might be a good idea. Such a beautiful place.
      Photos:
      (Nathan Van Zeeland)
    • Jan 20 - Gartzke Flowage (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The quaint trail system at Gartzke is offering some of the best skiing this winter. With just a few dustings of snow over the last couple weeks but very cold temps have set the trail deck very firm. Thursday I tilled the latest dusting into the hard packed trail resulting in a very nice skate deck and firm kick foundation in the classic. About 75% of the classic tracks are full and deep, 25% are half depth and a bit crumbly (as seen in the swamp picture). In the swamp, there are areas of spruce cones and cedar needles that litter the trails but shouldn't be much of a deterrent. Trails in the hardwoods are gorgeous. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Ryan Medo)
    • Jan 20 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Variable conditions at Nine Mile today at times the trails looked super, wide even corduroy with great tracks, then you would see tracks filled with oak leaves and debris with dirt spots on the skate deck. Frustrating to say the least. To be safe I would use B skis and hope for the best.
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 17 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied classic at Underdown Monday. Skied the red loop. Trails had fresh snow over them, but track were still in good shape. Minimal debris, leaves and sticks. No bare spots.
      (Regina Jennings)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Two inches Sunday morning changed everything! Fabulous conditions today skiing classic on this new powder. No new grooming since the snowfall made for a nice and smooth velvet. Almost covered all the leaves, and those recently fallen were not really an obstacle today. Very fast conditions. Same for skate. Just enough snow fell to cover the dirt spots.
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Jan 17 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Great ski today at jack lake. Firm base with a inch of medium dense snow on top. Great glide for both classic and skate, about six minor dirt spots on the most easterly trail easily avoidable.
      Photos:
      (Joe Barrick)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are currently open. Trail are in good shape. Received less than 1" of snow yesterday but enough to freshen things up. Grooming schedule is down to maintenance grooming on Tuesday's and Friday's until more snow is received.
      (Bradley Mroczenski)
    • Jan 16 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Great skating and striding. Just a few thin spots where grooming dug up debris in the center of the trail. Great classic tracks throughout. An inch of fresh snow.
      (Mike Hennig)
    • Jan 16 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied at Iola today and it wasn't too bad. The tracks were super fast and a little worn down in spots, but very skiable. Like many places they could use some snow. Very little debris in the tracks.
      (Kevin Hillegas)
     

    Green Bay area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate ski section is in good shape given the low snow total. Some debris (sticks, leaves) but not too bad. Recently groomed.
      (Greg Ryan)
    • NewJan 25 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided Oaks, portions of Birch, and the lit loop on freshly groomed 1/4 depth tracks. Stake deck also freshly groomed where observed. Conditions were soft, but should firm up nicely. Worth the ski. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • NewJan 25 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      It really doesn't get much better than this: Well tracked (3/4 depth tracks); sunshine, snow diamonds glistening, and plenty of snow. Just fabulous. This place is special. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • NewJan 24 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails on Navarino were groomed on Monday. Snow base is about 6" of solid base with a couple of inches of light snow on top. Double tracked for going out and coming back, with a skate ski deck in between. Snowshoers are advised to use the packed snowshoe trails and to stay off the ski trails. New winter trail maps are available.
      Photos:
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 24 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Groomer was out working the fresh snow and the trails were in great condition. Classic track set and look nice and the skate deck was in good shape.
      (Joe Guenther)
    • Jan 24 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all of Birches, Maples (including Per's loop), and additional connectors. By far the best conditions thus far this year, even if the fresh snow was a little slower in places. They were both rolling and grooming with the Tidd Tech across all trails, and were probably 75% done by the time evening came. Most debris is gone, even in the furthest stretches and the additional snow has really helped fill in the previously thin spots. All in all, well worth it. Many thanks for the amazing work, groomers!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 24 - Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided the entire complex under a blue sky shortly after the groomer laid a fresh set of tracks in the new, very dry snow. Tracks are shallow (1/8 depth). Full coverage. No bare spots. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 23 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied Oaks and lighted loop. Tracks were in much better shape than midweek. Looked like they had been reset with little bit of new snow. 90% of debris was gone. Much thanks to groomers.
      (Bruce Fenster)
    • Jan 23 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all the trails today, and was pleasantly surprised at the conditions. A bit more snow than just a couple days ago, and freshly groomed this morning. Still a few iffy spots on Oak Hill (should be avoidable), but all around good enough that we switched from B to good skis after doing a full red loop. Nice to see that it is also smoothing out on the far sections of Kings/Yellow. Especially appreciated the parks staff keeping an eye out for the errant walker who likes to tramp on Red. All in all, very nice conditions, and looking forward to many more- thanks county staff for keeping up with it all!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 23 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Overnight snow was groomed into skate deck but classic tracks appeared untouched. Mildly soft deck which was wide and level. No debris. Uphills on Per's loop had good coverage. Biathlon trail was scenic. Glide was poor due to cold, dry snow. Safety note: downhill section of Per's loop after Jct 138 and just before 131 has protruding large, sharp tree limb on east side of trail.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 22 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Approximately 1+ inch of snow fell overnight and was groomed early this morning. The skate lanes on Birches, Maples, Biathlon loop, and Lighted loop were surveyed. There has been an improvement of control and tree debris. The deck is level with excellent pole plants and glide. Rare areas of sand starting to show on Per's loop, after the hairpin. Adjacent classic tracks have not been specifically groomed but are usable with moderate depth and minor amounts of debris. The conditions were very good overall.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 22 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received 3/4" of new snow last night. Groomed all of the trails this morning other than the lower Hill and Woods trail. Conditions are good with slight drifting today. Classic track set was 75-100% Candlelit ski is tonight from 5-8 on Old Farm and Front 9 trails. Dogs are allowed only during the daytime hours. We plan to be regrooming later today if drifting is excessive. Enjoy!
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Birches skate deck had a light comb this morning (Maples not viewed today). This afforded some control on an otherwise hard and polished surface. Occasional tree debris present. The trail is level and wide. Uphill sections of Per's loop show traces of sand, but the spots are avoidable. Classic tracks appeared moderate depth with some oak leaves present.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 21 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      15 degrees, sunny, beautiful! The Skate deck was groomed this morning creating excellent conditions. Classic tracks are well worn, but worth the effort. The best classic skiing segments are the loops off the back end of the Oaks Trail (pictures are from that area). Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 20 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The RFC was freshly groomed for skate earlier today resulting in terrific conditions. The classic tracks are serviceable: shallow with occasional wind debris. You can skate with your best skis, but striders will encounter debris in tracks. All in all, the network is in surprisingly good condition! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 20 - Hilly Haven Golf Course (De Pere):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The trails remain in good condition. We regroomed 75% of the trails this morning and added a bunch on snow to thinning areas. Grooming plans: We will be grooming and adding snow to the other 25% today and grooming them tomorrow morning. Skate deck is firm, classic tracks set varied from 50%-100%. Also Candlelit ski this Saturday 5pm-8pm. The Old Farm Trail and Front 9 trails will be lit. No dogs allowed for this event.
      Photos:
      (Charles Demske)
    • Jan 19 - Neshota Park (Green Bay):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied all the trails this evening, using B skis. There are some places on a few trails where it's nearly impossible to avoid obstacles, so I listed rock skis here. All told, with as little new snow as we have had things are holding up well. The inevitable footprints have now appeared but they are mostly off to the side of the trail. A few tricky spots on Oak Hill/Red, and the cut-through on Blue is showing some dirt/grass in spots, but most of yellow is actually fairly well packed. Do expect little grip and a challenging finish on the last uphill back to the trail start, but an enjoyable ski is still to be had across Neshota.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 19 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Strided all interior segments and the back half of the Oaks Trail, including the biathlon loop, under a clear blue sky in 14 degree temps. Tracks were better than you would expect ranging from 20-50% depth. Skate deck is in excellent shape. Very enjoyable. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 18 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated Birches and Maples, as well as a couple connector trails. Things are mostly holding up quite nicely, and the repeat grooming has helped keep things fairly quick and smooth. There were a few spots on the open straightaways of Maples, along the road, that were a little soft due to sun exposure, but otherwise nicely packed throughout. Some expected debris across all of the deeper-woods areas to the north and west, and a little thin in places on the well-skied lighted areas, but colder temps should assist in maintaining the base. Always worth the visit!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 18 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming on the skate trails produced a noticeable improvement. The adjacent classic tracks have moderate depth and some debris. A nice day at the Camp today.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate trails revealed much weekend traffic. Corduroy essentially gone. Uphills of Per’s loop show traces of sand. Mild tree litter throughout. However, trails were still fast. Classic tracks are present and beginning to erode and accumulate oak leaves.
      (Jules Blank)
    • Jan 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fantastic skating conditions at The RFC! Striders will encounter 25-50% depth tracks throughout. Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 16 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fresh grooming this morning. Uphills on Per's loop are fair and starting to get a little worn. Classic tracks appeared adequate and were not glazed, but accumulating oak leaves. Conditions are good throughout the skating lanes, with a level deck and good pole plants. The groomers are being diligent with the available snow.
      (Jules Blank)
     

    Door County area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomer finished remaining loops today including skate lanes. Still reporting low snow areas on the hills and in the pines. Due to the cold temps the classical tracks did not set up as quickly as hoped.
      (Jeff Pfeifer)
    • Jan 24 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Grooming 

      The yellow, orange and green loops were groomed this morning. I skied these sections this afternoon and found the tracks set up nicely. There are low snow areas under the pines with debris. Even so, classical skiing these sections is still very good. The other loops and skate lanes were not yet groomed.
      (Jeff Pfeifer)
    • Jan 23 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great skiing, thanks to fresh snow and great grooming. Occasional locations with natural debris, but overall great skiing.
      (Barb Boes)
    • Jan 23 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a glorious day in the dunes. A little debris on some of the trails but overall enough snow cover. Blue skies --Sunny--"Future so Bright, gotta wear shades" (Timbuk3). Very little wind, 12 degrees didn't feel cold at all. As usual could use a little more snow but the groomer made the best of it.
      (Annette Kaminsky)
    • Jan 22 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied classic North to Europe Lake area. This area has not been groomed for some time. More of skier skied in. Hikers are allowed to walk next to ski trail, which is unfortunate because this eventually leads to walking directly in the ski track. Also, ice fisherman have dragged their sleds over the trail as well. If you are skating you will be disappointed. The trail is far too narrow, stick to classic. Enjoy the scenery along Lake Michigan!
      (Brian Gustin)
    • Jan 22 - Potawatomi State Park (Sturgeon Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Did what we could classic-style from the main parking area, and ended up cutting across on the ungroomed green shorter portion. Seems more like skiier-groomed in the tracks than machine-groomed, and some areas were frustratingly bumpy. All in all, better than expected, but there are other areas worth trying first. Trails are not wide enough for true skating.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 22 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated purple from lot 3. Frustrating ski conditions- walkers on the trail, too narrow on essential uphills, not groomed this morning/since additional snow, weeds poking through, debris in various places, and very bumpy throughout. Perhaps classic on the North/East side of the park would have been better, from lot 5, but too turned off to try it this time. Off to look for other options!
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 22 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      First time at Newport- Tried both Skate (on Monarch) and Classic (Europe Bay), with limited success. Lots of windblown snow cover and while there are periods where we could see the last grooming, we were breaking trail most of the time. The skate section is fortunately flat, because it's pretty narrow for a skate trail. Seems to be sufficient snow cover throughout, but a bit frustrating losing the tracks so frequently on the classic trails. Possible rock ski conditions in places on Europe Bay.
      Photos:
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 21 - Newport State Park (Ellison Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both Grooming 

      I groomed on Wednesday and skied the north end yesterday (classical) and part of the Newport trail today and the Monarch trail (skating) which is groomed for skating and was excellent. There are some leaves and debris under cedar trees, but all in all the tracks are fast.
      (Maury Brancamp)
    • Jan 19 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails groomed for classical and skating. Conditions appeared to be very good but use caution on the hills due to exposed rocks.
      Photos:
      (Jeff Pfeifer)
    • Jan 19 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed today, set tracks on all trails open for classical skiing. Overall good depth on tracks with some thin spots on Lakeside Red Loop. Tilled snow on all tracked trails with very little icy conditions. Could use more snow but is good to very good conditions.
      (Richard Weidman)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 26 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails have been rolled and combed, plan to groom and set track on Thursday. Good condition to skate ski but with these cold temps could be fast.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 24 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All ski trails are rolled, groomed and tracked. Expect low snow in some areas and leaves. Trails are in overall good condition.
      (Quinn Henseler)
    • Jan 23 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Secondhand 

      Trails were groomed at 10am and reported to be in very good condition. Could still use more snow for the classic tracks but they are set.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 22 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Just enough snow depth combined with recent grooming and a little fresh snow made for very enjoyable skate skiing today. Pleasant change from trail conditions near Baraboo, well worth the 50 minute drive. B skis will be appreciated if you have them. Classic tracks good but need more snow.
      (Paul Wagener)
    • Jan 22 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied this three times this week. They groomed this morning with about a half inch of new snow so the surface was pretty good. The back loop has some decent rolling hills even though it's only a couple miles long. On the far back if you take a right, or south, there's a hill there that rivals the Birkie hills for practicing on. The trails are all in pine plantations. Basically if you're close by, this is a good place for a workout.
      (David Statz)
    • Jan 22 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails are rolled/compacted. Ski trails are open for skate and classic. Grooming plans: Trails will be groomed on Monday late morning.
      (Quinn Henseler)
    • Jan 22 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed the skate this morning. Pretty good snow coverage. Didn’t touch the classic tracks because of very limited snow and didn’t want to uncover the debris. Forgot to take pictures, but overall should be a solid day on the snow.
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 20 - Lake Emily Trail (Florence):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed and track has been set. There is about a 7" base thanks to recent snowfall. Come hit the trails and enjoy what Lake Emily has to offer.
      Photos:
      (Mathew Gummin)
    • Jan 20 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails groomed and track was set. Mother Nature brought us some white stuff and now we have about a 6-7" base. Only one trail (Green loop) is being groomed due to logging activity on the Blue and Red loops. As soon as the logging is finished and cleaned up, we will work towards opening these trails. Come on out and enjoy what we have before it goes bye bye.
      Photos:
      (Mathew Gummin)
    • Jan 20 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are still skiable but are getting thin, very hard, and crusty in some places. Classic tracks are still there but have some bare spots and trail debris. Grooming plans: Skate deck will be touched early Saturday morning.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Yellowstone groomed golf course and trail from Sullivan Springs to north end. Single track set north end and double track set golf course. Other portions of trail groomed yesterday. With cold temps, trail should set up nicely. Conditions are very good.
      Photos:
      (Thomas Lane)
    • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Cold crisp morning with lots of sunshine and great cord! Skied from eggs golf course through the hills to Sullivan Springs Rd. Nice and firm and level skate deck, classic tracks were solid.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 20 - McComb Nordic Ski Trails (Mountain):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      McComb was groomed after a light snow fell earlier this week. Trail is hard packed with the extra cold temps we’ve had.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 19 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed in the 2-3 inches of new snow from the golf course to Sullivan Springs Road including the hills behind the golf course and all shortcuts. Skate lane is flat and crisp, classic tracks are set throughout the area groomed today. The trail north of Sullivan Springs has 2-3 inches of new snow on top of a firm base (watch for grooming updates).
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)
    • Jan 19 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Ski trails are packed, groomed and tracked. Open for classic, and skate skiing. Conditions are good. Expect some leaves on the trails.
      (Quinn Henseler)
    • Jan 19 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails are groomed and tracked. Good condition with some debris near the river from the windy conditions this week.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Lakewood is a winter wonderland! We kicked all of the trails north of the Old 32 Parking lot while another 2-3 inches of snow fell on the already perfectly groomed trails. Skiing in a snow globe, nothing better! Carpe Skiem!
      Photos:
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 18 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All of Lauterman Trails have been groomed and tracks have been set. Snowmobiles are still used to groom Lauterman. A UTV was used to clear the trail system after the last severe storm. Fresh snow was accumulating while we groomed.
      Photos:
      (Valerie Knurr)
    • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated from Old 32 parking lot. A winter wonderland! The trails were not groomed but with 2-3” of new snow falling on a good firm base it was fabulous! The classic trail was in great shape also!
      (Tom Brown)
    • Jan 17 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Only groomed the trails that got heavy use during the weekend. We have some oak leaf debris on Forest View and Granite Path due to last nights winds. Good condition with some drifting from winds near power lines.
      (Jeff Higley)
    • Jan 16 - Coloma Ski Trails (Coloma):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck is still in solid condition. Some spots are thin but you can get get around them. Need more snow but will do for now.
      Photos:
      (Jim Carroll)
    • Jan 16 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails are in very good condition. Skate skied around the hills behind the golf course and out to the Old 32 parking lot. Skate deck is firm and flat, classic tracks looked good, there was about a half inch of new snow on the trail as I finished and light snow was falling.
      Photos:
      (Jim Beno)

Wisconsin Southwest

     

    La Crosse area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic lovely on South Loop. Skate not groomed. North looked okay, but didn't ski there. Tracks fine.
      (Laurie Logan)
    • Jan 24 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails groomed today. Skate deck in excellent condition and tracks are excellent. We are getting drifting which may fill in tracks on the golf course. Best conditions of the year.
      Photos:
      (Tom Ley)
    • Jan 23 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The classic and skate trails were groomed Sunday evening. The last few inches of snow that we got really helped. All trails are clean and in good shape.
      (Kevin Schilling)
    • Jan 23 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were in pretty great condition with the new snowfall. I don't believe the classic trails are groomed with the fresh snow yet but the trails are still in awesome shape.
      (Seth Polfus)
    • Jan 22 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Good skiing in the forest. A little slippery on the open meadow, but as soon as you get into the woods the snow was great texture. Base was consistently adequate. Owls were hooting.
      (Dan Wolbrink)
    • Jan 22 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good skiing this morning. Morning dusting made good but icy underneath, so may deteriorate a bit with use. Windy but not much blow over. Skate trail appeared unused.
      (Ross Seymour)
    • Jan 20 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails groomed Thursday. Skate deck was scratched up and should ski well. Not many bare spots. Did not reset the classic tracks - they are very icy. Grooming plans: If we get snow we will regroom and hopefully be able to reset classic tracks.
      (Tom Ley)
    • Jan 18 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate and classic trails were groomed. The most recent snow we got really helped. There are still a few dirty spots, mostly on the south loop and the ridge trail, but they should be easy to avoid. The skate deck may be a little soft.
      (Kevin Schilling)
    • Jan 16 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful skiing today. Got about 2-3 inches of snow on Friday so the trails were is good shape with nice gliding, no grass, pine needles or dirt. My husband snowshoed on the walking trails, which are clearly marked. It is great to see that those who enjoy walking and snowshoeing can also enjoy this beautiful little piece of heaven. Thanks Kevin, for grooming and improving the trails to include more people. I skied the North and South loops.
      (Joan Woof)
     

    Tomah area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There was 3 to 4 inches of new snow over the weekend which freshened the local base. Trails were groomed and tracked today. Trail conditions are fair to good. Due to the shallow base there are some spots with exposed grass, twigs or a rare root in the tracks, but this affects less than 5% of the trail currently. The views, the sunshine and the quiet was amazing here today.
      (Marla Lind)
    • Jan 24 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful day with freshly groomed trails. Skied Central, North and Red Pine. These are very special trails if you've not been there, and worth the drive. Thanks to the groomers.
      Photos:
      (Bill Nussdorfer)
    • Jan 24 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails are in very good condition. The snow is a little thin in areas with a lot of pine canopy. Some debris in the trail. Also the skate lane is a little soft but cold temp should help.
      (Gordon Hoyt)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 22 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Logging is still going on, but we classic skied the west part today and to the closure on moundbounder. All five of us were happy with conditions. Yes there’s some leaves and sticks, but that’s how most of WI is due to lack of snow. We were all very happy, even with the closures, we had enough area to ski a six mile loop. Skate skiers seemed like they were enjoying trails too. Thanks always to the groomers, one was out clipping branches when we skied past them.
      Photos:
      (Regina Jennings)

Wisconsin Southeast

     

    Sheboygan area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions today. Even though it was only about 4 degrees didn't seem that cold. Trails are holding up well. No bare spots on the red loop.
      (Mary DeSmidt)
    • NewJan 26 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Despite formidable temperatures and wind chill, skiing on all loops at Greenbush was excellent. The skate deck was groomed last evening. The classic track was firm and quite free of debris. Out of the track the skate deck was firm and much faster than expected for sub zero temperatures. Definitely Start green conditions.
      Photos:
      (Mark Sharon)
    • NewJan 26 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the brown trail three times. It had been dragged, probably this morning. Tracks are ok, skate deck good to very good shape.
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Jan 24 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Snow...finally! Got out and did a quick lap around the Green Trail tonight around 5 PM. Must have just been groomed because the conditions were excellent. Nice tracks for classic too. Other trails looked to be in great shape, too. Thanks to WI DNR groomers!
      Photos:
      (Robby DeGraff)
    • Jan 24 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Did the red loop this evening. Pretty good shape considering the limited snow. Nice job grooming! Thanks.
      (Jeff Gray)
    • Jan 24 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received about 3 inches of fluffy snow over the weekend and this morning. I packed, groomed and tracked all loops today. The track is rather thin in some spots. The track and skate deck are soft but should firm up in the next couple days. Overall conditions are good. You may still bump one or two rocks on the east part of the yellow and north steep downhill.
      (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 24 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Millimeter by centimeter Greenbush is approaching peak winter ski conditions. Thanks to the masterful grooming efforts of Jeff Welsch last night and this morning all loops are near perfect for classic and skate. Skate deck is still a bit soft and the classic track is thin in a few places but we're getting there.
      Photos:
      (Mark Sharon)
    • Jan 24 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied parts of the red, green, and purple trails. All freshly groomed, with some new track laid down. Very good conditions. Thank you groomers.
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Jan 23 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied on Green to Red to Yellow. Fresh snow has ground pretty much fully covered but not a thick base. Very little visible debris. Trail had not been groomed.
      Photos:
      (Tom Griesemer)
    • Jan 23 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic skied the brown trail three times. Not groomed, with 1-2" fresh snow. Very skiable, tracks are ok.
      (Mike Mahnke)
    • Jan 22 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the purple loop twice today. I used my best skis. That trail is in great condition. When skiing through the pine trees there were some needles but nothing that slowed me down. I have no photos but it was beautiful out there today.
      (Rob Hermann)
    • Jan 22 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming 

      All skate trails were groomed last night. I could not do anything with the classic track. I skated all of the loops this morning. There is at least 1" of cold new snow on the trail system which slows things down somewhat. Overall there are very good skate conditions on all trails. Classic skiing would be better out of the track for the most part new snow not withstanding. Let's hope new snowfall!
      (Mark Sharon)
    • Jan 19 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trail system is in pretty good shape if you don’t mind lots of debris in the conifer areas. Jeff dragged and set some track Monday. Tuesdays warm temps didn’t do too much damage. All in all, it was a good, but cold ski experience late Wednesday.
      Photos:
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Jan 18 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skiable with caution. The beginning of the Green/Red/Yellow loops had debris and some exposed rocks. After the that, the Red and Green are in pretty good shape. The first half of the Yellow had some rocks and debris, the second half was better but had some thin spots. Lots of boot damage throughout. You may want to use rock skis but the rocks I saw were on uphills and easy to avoid.
      Photos:
      (Steve Gee)
    • Jan 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Many thanks to whomever groomed the classic purple trail which now has grooves, even in the conifers. I was able to ski even in the dark without needing visual.
      (Scott Peschke)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated all of purple and brown just before sunset, with a couple small diversions. Good to use B or rock skis, as a couple of spots further out on purple had quite a few and unavoidable pinecones. Still worth the trip and visit, as there is more snow at Greenbush than most of the surrounding area. Can't say much as to the quality of the classic tracks, but know there were a few places they were washed out- that said, we saw plenty of folks taking advantage of both styles across the whole system. Groomers have done a really nice job on all trails!
      (Pieter DeHart)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I was able to ski the purple, red, and brown trails this morning. The classic tracks and the skate deck were in pretty fair conditions with some small debris showing. Overall it was a good ski for the amount of snow we have here at Greenbush.
      (Kaden Volbright)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very pleased with the skate deck at Greenbush. The 3” or so of fluffy snow had freshened up the trail. Slightly thin in the pines but still very skiable. We did two purple loops and had a very enjoyable ski.
      (Robert Garner)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Did green and black loops. Only some debris on the tracks, everything groomed and ready to go. Those couple inches from Saturday made a big difference to the base which was getting low.
      (Greg Diesel)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Excellent conditions at Greenbush this morning. I skied the purple, green, and red trails. The groomers masterfully incorporated a couple of inches of light, fluffy snow into the skate deck. Not all trails were groomed. The groomers appeared to have concentrated on those trails that were used for the high school and middle school ski races this morning. It was fun to see the kids racing out there. Not much of a classic track set; you can see remnants of the old track.
      Photos:
      (Jim Van Akkeren)
     

    Madison area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The classic tracks were in good shape, the skate deck looked a little choppy from use, but not too bad. There was an unusual amount of tree bark (porcupines? woodpeckers? who knows but it was everywhere) on the trails that made waxable skis a little annoying.
      (Joe Bednarowski)
    • NewJan 25 - University Ridge Golf Course (Verona):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Beautiful grooming of both tracks and skate deck on entire course. Still somewhat soft, but should set up even better with very cold temperatures.
      Photos:
      (Matt Blessing)
    • NewJan 25 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the orange loop (specifically Pleasure Valley Trail) Tuesday evening with temperatures in the low single digits. The conditions were quite good, probably the best of the season (thus far), though there was a bit of debris and pine needles near the end of the loop (after the picnic bench near the top of the hill).
      (Kyle Richard)
    • NewJan 25 - Rockport Park (Janesville):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the blue loop several times this afternoon, conditions were very good to excellent. Many thanks to the groomers, this was the first time I've been out skiing this season since we haven't had any snow. It's great to have a place to ski in Janesville!
      (Candy Hansen)
    • NewJan 25 - Dorothy Carnes County Park (Fort Atkinson):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Secondhand 

      Just groomed this afternoon. Groomer said it was soft and no classic tracks were set. Going to ski it tomorrow afternoon.
      (Paul Didion)
    • NewJan 25 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Just finished skiing Fern Dell, Turtleville and Hastings Trails. All are groomed for skate and tracked for classic. Trail conditions are wonderful and cold weather means less skiers.
      Photos:
      (Diane Pillsbury)
    • Jan 24 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed after the recent snowfalls. Very good conditions which nice tracks and no bare spots. A little slow because of the cold temps, but surprisingly firm considering the fluffiness of the snow.
      (Joe Bednarowski)
    • Jan 24 - Lodi Area Ski Trails (Lodi):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The golf course loop and Dale's Bump were groomed fully and absolutely beautiful to ski on. The rest of the trails out into the field (Nothern Lights Loop and Starlight Loop) were only rolled, but very skiable and enjoyable.
      (Sydney Endres)
    • Jan 24 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Near perfect for skating, grooming was great. Enough skiers by the afternoon the trails were packed enough for good glide.
      (Michael Wiegel)
    • Jan 24 - Rockport Park (Janesville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      Most of the park tracked. Some places snow was thin but with colder temps should be ok. Orange loop was rolled but not tracked. A couple of downed trees need to be removed.
      (Wayne Petranek)
    • Jan 24 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Did a loop on all the trails. Track was nicely set. A few broken sections of track, but mostly good. There is some grass poking through on the most eastern section of the MorningSide Trail. Hills were easily traversed both ways as the snow conditions allowed for good grip and controlled bombing down the hills. Luckily no hikers have ruined the trails yet but there are a few skijorers enjoying the trails and dogs kind of chew up the base. Go enjoy.
      (Matt Hood)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Marvelous freshly-corduroyed skate deck and perfect diagonal stride track alongside. Many happy skiers. I skated 2 hours and strided 30 minutes over gently rolling terrain of silky smooth and awesomely quiet semi-soft snow for an excellent outing. Thank you to whoever groomed so meticulously!
      (Rae Van Sluys)
    • Jan 24 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 

      Arrived at the park at 1:30 pm. The new snow from last night had been rolled and packed on almost all the trails. No tracks were set, nor was the skating deck combed by a groomer. Ended up skiing on several trails that had skied in tracks. Overall there appears to be plenty of snow in the park. A person from the park office said grooming will be finished tomorrow or Weds.
      Photos:
      (Ron Fabrizius)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Thank you to the park staff for the freshly groomed and tracked trails this morning. We classic skied most of the trails a couple of times. Just a very few thin spots in the track. Very good conditions.
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 24 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed. Ample snow throughout. Very nice single-track on the Woodland Trail loop; trails on the open hillside are somewhat windblown -- and much colder in the wind. Bundle up and enjoy!
      (Tom Sinclair)
    • Jan 24 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed today. The skate deck looked a little soft but the tracks were great no bare spots. Base is still a little shallow but very good to excellent overall.
      (John McAllister)
    • Jan 24 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great conditions for classic skiing on the trails. A new base of fresh snow and freshly laid classic tracks make for great skiing. I skied the Woodland Trail and the Morningside trail and both are in great condition.
      Photos:
      (Colin Crowley)
    • Jan 23 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      The recent powder filled in the cracks! Skate deck did not appear groomed by yesterday afternoon and was fairly soft, but a decent classic track was set. Enough snow to cover the ice slick on the downhill side of "The hill" in the middle of the western loop. Here's hoping that the pistenbully gets on the skate track soon!
      (Eli Larson)
    • Jan 23 - Odana Hills Golf Course (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      At 2pm beautiful fresh 5" powder with skier-made classical tracks. Skied the big loop with short one-way through the woods. Not groomed/no skate deck.
      (Tim Olsen)
    • Jan 23 - Rockport Park (Janesville):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      There are about 4 inches of new fluffy powder snow. It was skied in, but not groomed. A lot of people have used snow shoes on the trails.
      (Tina Helmeid)
    • Jan 23 - McCarthy County Park (Cottage Grove):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We did a full groom this morning skate deck and classic tracks in both directions. 4.6" of new snow, so we are back in business! Skied it after grooming too. Conditions are "new snow soft" but the plan this week is grooming every other day, so it should continue to improve.
      (Dave Hart)
    • Jan 21 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 

      Talked to park office before going up. Apparently they haven't groomed the trail for over a week despite receiving an inch of snow a few days back. Said not enough snow to groom. Conditions were variable to some good spots to fair, lots of debris in some areas, some icy spots and uneven.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 20 - Dorothy Carnes County Park (Fort Atkinson):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated east park off of Banker RD, 2 miles north of Fort Atkinson. All trails were groomed Wednesday afternoon for skating. Amazed to find a thin, firm layer of corduroy, with a few areas of grass here and there that can be skied around. Fast, controllable and fun! Best trails are in the center and south side of the park. Trails are wide and you can ski either direction, which gives you a lot of creative options, to mix and match for hills, flats, directions, etc. Trails are mostly in open, high prairie grass areas, so there can be wind exposure. But, you have creative route/directions options to minimize wind. No fee and lots of free parking and no lines like a Lapham Peak weekend!
      (Dean Hanke)
    • Jan 17 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Returned to Madison on Sunday and went out on MLK day to skate. Skate deck is much improved since last week, only a few grass/mud spots to avoid. The turn at the bottom of the upper loop (Western lighted trails) still very icy at the bottom. East side trails+ Western lower and middle loop in good condition.
      (Sidney Dicke)
    • Jan 17 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the orange and red loops Monday around 12pm. The conditions were surprisingly good, with not much in the way of debris and only occasional pieces of grass/sticks sticking out (such as the large downhill of the red loop). Great job groomer(s)! Unfortunately, we encountered an inconsiderate individual during our red loop trip who, after passing and cutting us off, decided to skate completely over the tracks. Someone appeared to have done the same to the orange loop as well, in an even more egregious fashion since they skated over not one but two sets of tracks.
      (Kyle Richard)
    • Jan 17 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions were good today for skating! I did 27K on trails that included Northwest, Fern Dell, Turtleville, Hastings, and Pinecone Pass. Northwest had some very hard packed uphills and you might want to have rock skis if skiing Northwest, but it otherwise was very skiable. All of the Red trails were in very good shape, the skate decks benefited greatly from the 1" or so of new snow on the weekend. I wouldn't use my good skis until we get a little more snow but B skis should be fine.
      (Dave Weber)
    • Jan 17 - Maple Bluff Country Club (Maple Bluff):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions for striding here were better than expected. Some would say rock skis required but I found I could go around any bare spots when needed - and I didn't have to do that very often at all. Much of the classic track (on one side or the other of the skate deck) was very safe and snow covered. It's actually amazing for how little snow there is on the ground.
      (Jim Bolton)
    • Jan 16 - Elver Park (Madison):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Whoever is grooming Elver, give that person an award! I've been skiing Elver for over 40 years and have to say given the little amount of snow we have had, skating conditions were close to perfect! Arrived at 6:45am to freshly groomed trail with just me and a strider for the 1st hour! Was a tad cold at 5F but not that slow with hard packed base, and the little new snow we received really helped! I skied 20km both east and west sides-only a few small places with debris to avoid.
      (Dan Dudley)
     

    Milwaukee area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fairly good conditions today. Looks like it hadn't been groomed since Monday, but it firmed up pretty good. Just a few thin spots, otherwise good skiing.
      (Ed Edinger)
    • NewJan 26 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trails (tracks and skate lane) were freshly groomed and in very good shape. Plenty of snow but a few thin areas under the pines. Overall great coverage for skating and classic.
      (Joel Lammers)
    • NewJan 26 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Excellent conditions for skate and stride on the manmade loops this morning. Overnight grooming with the PB provided perfect corduroy on the skate deck and solid, clean tracks for striding. It was pretty lonely at the park - just me, a couple of other skiers, and two bus loads of kids from the Urban Ecology Center, who were hiking on the Ice Age Trail. Need to get them on skis! Classic track was, in my opinion, perfect - except for a few small pine cones at one spot. We are very fortunate. Note - good ski rating is for the manmade loop. Heed other reports for the rest of the ski trails in the park.
      (John McCarthy)
    • NewJan 26 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I had the Pisten Bully out early morning today. I tilled and groomed the entire man-made trail system. I also tilled, groomed and reset tracks on Marks Park and Beatles Loop. The Man Made Trail system is in excellent skiing condition. The new snow has the entire trail system in good skiing condition. The DNR has done a really good job in grooming all the trails off of the man-made. I skied the green, purple, and black loops Tuesday using good skis. It was great to get out in the woods and ski in the beautiful hills of Lapham Peak!
      (Beattle Adelmeyer)
    • NewJan 25 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied the first part of the blue loop Tuesday. The skate deck was in good condition but a little soft. The classical tracks through the pines was exposed to grass in multiple areas. We skied on the skate lane through the pines. Otherwise if you don't mind skiing out of the tracks conditions are good.
      (Paul Schultz)
    • NewJan 25 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I classic skied the red loop just before sunset. The tracks were not very crisp and had been breached or washed out in a number of places. This was especially true of the left track, which is a bit lower due to the classic tracks being partially on the right embankment. There was also a fair amount of loose or displaced snow on the skate track; it did not look like it was groomed today. It was slow going, overall, in the classic track and when I was on the skate track. There was some debris from twigs and small cones, but not too bad. There were also a number of tracks from hikers and deer. I did see a half dozen of the latter in a herd. I only did one loop due to the waning light and trail condition.
      (Thomas Benson)
    • NewJan 25 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The upper Black Loop accessible from either the upper parking lot or skiing up from the bottom, is in very good shape. The natural snow that arrived over the weekend provided very good corduroy this afternoon as well as solid, clean classic tracks. There are, however, a couple rocks, the first of which is easy to see while the second I only heard!! They were both on uphills in the roller coaster section that ends where one can either climb "The Wall" or ski around it to the left. There are five short but steep uphills prior to The Wall. The third one features a bench on the left side at the top, and just 5 meters or so before the bench, and chunk of granite is sticking out on the left side. The other is on the fifth of five hills so keep your eyes open.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • NewJan 25 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I skied the black, blue and purple loops this afternoon. The fresh snow was very slow compared to the man-made loop. No surprise given the low single digit temps. There were a few exposed roots and a couple thin patches, but I felt like I was able to navigate around them well enough. Several large rocks were exposed on "the wall". I personally would only ski off the man-made snow with B skis or lower.
      (Matt Guarascio)
    • NewJan 25 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Classic conditions good, but a few patches of pine grit in the tracks, and a few sections might need "regrooming". Will probably skate the next time. Thank you groomers, hoping for more snow.
      (Terra Levin)
    • NewJan 25 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Conditions at Lapham are excellent. I classic skied on the man-made loops from 2PM to 3PM today. The Track is excellent. The grooming left some loose snow on top of the skate lane on the Magic Carpet downhill so it was very safe today. Others said the skiing is good off the man-made also.
      (Anne Riendl)
    • Jan 24 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Whitnall Park--not groomed, good to fair conditions for classic skiing with grass being exposed. Would be poor for skating. Powdery snow. Skiing in snowshoe tracks was ok.
      (Hank Kulesza)
    • Jan 24 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We have had two powdery snowfalls with 3-5" of accumulation. The light powdery snow made the trail conditions very good. The classic track was laid Monday and should be set nicely. The skate lane was also groomed is in great shape with fast conditions and good bite. Debris is minimal and all loops are ice free. Great time to get out if you can bear the cold.
      (Justin Blindert)
    • Jan 24 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      After the new snow this morning the Piston Bully was out grooming. The skate deck was tilled and a new classic track was set. The conditions are about as good as they get. The dnr was out grooming the trails off the man made loop. I would expect conditions to be good throughout the rest of the park.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Jan 24 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Good conditions today with additional snow this morning. Was being groomed as I skied. Soft and a bit slow, but good coverage in most areas. Just a few thinner spots, but nice to have good skiing again.
      (Ed Edinger)
    • Jan 24 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      I would say Lapham got about 3 inches of snow today, which is good. Today on the manmade loops, conditions were soft and somewhat slow. Tracks on the regular loops were skied-in, but tracks in the Field-Playground loops were newly set by the PB and in great condition.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 24 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Fluffy soft snow. I skated the Blue outer loop, the orange loop, and the purple. Kudos to the DNR folks here. I saw the groomer four times in two hours of skiing. This fluff is getting packed down. Skating is a bit slow in this type of snow conditions but I used good skis and had no issues. It is a mast year, so in the pines there will be pine cones but they are easily avoidable. Striders were enjoying the deck but the set track is at a minimum. The snow just doesn't support it yet. Dress warmly and have a relaxed ski. This is not PR setting snow but it is a smooth ride with beautiful scenery with either technique. Get some!
      (Rick Nelson)
    • Jan 24 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Freshly groomed this afternoon. The classic track was groomed when I got there and he was grooming the skating lane when I finished. Good snow cover and very good snow quality.
      (David Piasecki)
    • Jan 24 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We received 2-3 inches of new snow. The skate deck was re-groomed, new classic tracks were set, and the parking lot was plowed.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 24 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skated the system before grooming this morning. The fresh overnight snow was fairly deep. Grooming started mid morning. All the trails had full cover but could tell the pine sections on blue and white were just cover enough. Hopefully the grooming doesn't expose anything. The deepest was the stretch of green/orange/red overlap.
      (Grant Sjostrom)
    • Jan 23 - Whitnall Park (Hales Corners):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      No trails are groomed but lots of people have skied it classical. Barely enough cover to ski. After going along the trail, it's bare after I skied over it.
      (Neal Styka)
    • Jan 23 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      The groomed skate deck was soft and slow as expected with the new 4" of fluffy new snow. It took me a while to adjust my skating and it was still enjoyable despite slow and more effort. Some areas under trees had bare spots but was not a problem.
      (Don Howell)
    • Jan 23 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Grooming finished up about 3pm, and he was able to set a track after all! Conditions are very good. Enjoy!
      (Anne Korman, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 23 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are soft but far above expectations at Nordic right now. Trails have been more than just rolled but actually groomed multiple times already with a classic track. It's still quite thin on the sections under the white pines, mostly in the return of the white loop.
      Photos:
      (Gui Girard)
    • Jan 23 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Approximately 4” of powdery snow fell on Nordic overnight. Groomers packed and rolled the entire system. Not enough snow to lay a track. Conditions are very good!
      (Anne Korman, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 22 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Night
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out Saturday night grooming up the fresh snow we received. The entire man made loop was groomed and a new classic track was set. Conditions are perfect. Beattle’s loop and Mark’s park were groomed and tracks were set. Enjoy the trails. At least it snowed :).
      (Mark Janis)
    • Jan 22 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Dangerous! Bare ground. Pine cones and debris. Hard packed and icy. I only skied about 50 yards in before I walked back. And I am a hard core skier.
      (Robert Garner)
    • Jan 22 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All the skate lanes were groomed this morning with very good conditions in the fields and B skis in the woods. Classic tracks are ok in most places but some got blown in with the light snow last night.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Jan 22 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Piston Bully was out again tilling and setting track. New snow was falling at the time while I was grooming. The classic tracks maybe a little wind blown but should be in overall good condition. The skate deck is in excellent shape. The snow makers have been busy filling in some low spots and touching up the entrance to the trail. Beattle’s loop was groomed and Mark’s park was groomed as well. Expect the trails to be busy today so please follow the no parking signs. Go pack.
      (Mark Janis)
    • Jan 21 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the blue loop minus the pines and last part where white and blue join. Mostly good conditions believe it or not. One hill at the beginning has lots of rocks but the rest is actually pretty nice all things considered. Rock skis for sure. Need snow but still skiing if you can handle variable conditions.
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 19 - McMiller (Eagle):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied the blue loop several times and other than a few spots you have to take your skis off for about 30 ft, it’s still skiable. A little icy and debris in spots, but if you’re a die hard you can get a good workout.
      Photos:
      (Eric Cutshall)
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Great conditions on the manmade snow loops this morning. Fresh corduroy and new tracks throughout. Playground/field loops were groomed and lots of fun.
      Photos:
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      I was out with the Pisten Bully early morning today. Our man-made snow loops are really holding up well, despite the thousands and thousands of laps that are skied every day. I tilled, groomed, and reset tracks on the entire man-made trail system. The DNR has stopped grooming off the man-made trail system.
      (Beattle Adelmeyer)
    • Jan 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck on the man-made one mile loop was in excellent shape this afternoon! Good coverage, so bring your good skis. Downhills were easily controllable.
      (Mark Ehlers)
    • Jan 17 - CLCF Nordic (West Bend):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good coverage, getting thin but nothing dangerous. Everything groomed, tracks in place everywhere but the hilly woods sections.
      (Patrick Doornek)
    • Jan 17 - Currie Park (Milwaukee):
      Afternoon
      [ B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Currie Park has about 50% snow coverage that is skiable with B skis. The snow coverage gets better going further west.
      (Hank Kulesza)
    • Jan 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The man-made loops were groomed Monday morning by the Ginzu. The grooming was finished around 9am while some light flurries were falling. Conditions should be great but expect a softer skate deck today.
      (Colton Kelly)
    • Jan 16 - Lapham Peak (Delafield):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Very nice on the manmade loops this afternoon. Easy-going layer of powdery snow on a firm base made for excellent skating. Downhills were especially nice. Solid, straight tracks provided excellent striding conditions. Enjoy.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 16 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      All loops were groomed this afternoon. The classic track is a bit shallow and broken up due to a thin hard base and little new snow. The skate lane is good shape with full snow coverage and only small amounts of debris. Grooming will be on hold until the next snowfall. Happy Trails.
      (Justin Blindert)

Michigan Upper Peninsula

     

    Ironwood area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 25 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      It was chilly morning with -10 F at 6 AM when Pig Heart and Crasher went out. Crasher groomed most of the classic only except Otter Slide and Puumala Trails. Pig Heart was in the larger of the Pisten Bullies and groomed the main trails with a few shortcuts (Pelty, Bards, Meadow and the Dog Trails were left with 1-2 inches of powder). Honey Badger took care of the Pink Cabin Trail and serviced the cabins. Temps climbed to 1 above but with no wind and the sun out we had skiers, but mostly in the afternoon.
      Photos:
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • NewJan 25 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All trails were PistenBully groomed this morning. Everything set up nicely. Beautiful sunny, excellent conditions but cold outside with high of 0°. Warm up in the chalet.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 24 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      First time at ABR, best grooming I've ever seen. All trails with half inch fresh snow. Ridge Runner was nice today, Peltonen yesterday.
      (John Dawson)
    • Jan 23 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Cold but beautiful morning! Both groomers were out most of the morning. Piston Bully packed a good firm skate deck. Chalet was toasty warm with good company. Not much wind today but the snow is cold and slow. Overall wonderful day in the woods!
      (Luke Fortney)
    • Jan 22 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Enjoyed a great day of classic skiing! Tracks were solid and not icy. Thank you volunteer groomers for making my day so enjoyable. Being outside is the best. The chalet was warm. A dedicated volunteer was closing the chalet for the day and was busy cleaning and stoking the stove. Your efforts do not go unnoticed!
      Photos:
      (Bill Greiter)
    • Jan 22 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The groomers reported that all trails are fully groomed and track set. A few inches of snow fell overnight which added to the base. Gusty NW winds with some lake effect during early morning. That has cleared to a bright sunny afternoon.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 21 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      First timer out here, and I had a blast! Cold temps and very windy conditions; lots of drifts over many part of the trails. Still, it seemed recently groomed as well as packed and tracked enough to get some decent skiing in. Yes, there's sticks and debris down but given the wind, not surprised. Absolutely beautiful area, I had a very enjoyable ski despite weather conditions. Mostly I'm glad to be somewhere that I can confidently practice my downhill tucks and there's enough snow to cushion my falls. Thank you, groomers, and all involved in this trail system; what a little piece of XC ski paradise!
      (Tiffany Miller)
    • Jan 20 - ABR (Ironwood):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      We had both Pisten Bullies out tilling up the new snow and Wide Track and Wully Bully tracking the single tracks including Ridge Runner. Ridge Runner is normally skating only but for the next several days it will be classic only.
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Jan 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomers were out this morning. Trails are fully groomed with a firm skate deck. Tracks were set with solid sides. Cold=slow conditions, but it's beautiful.
      Photos:
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 17 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The groomers were out this morning.The skate lane deck was groomed and tracks set this morning. Special attention was put on the pole plant area. Trails are in excellent condition.
      (Deborah Leonard)
    • Jan 16 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      The skate lane was groomed this morning. Snow is falling. Great conditions. Chalet toasty warm.
      (Deborah Leonard)
     

    Marquette area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • NewJan 26 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great trail system with a variety of trails- some classic only and some combo. Grooming was great with deep classic tracks. We skied classic only trails crossroads, sparstan, husky, and threw in combo trail wolverine to make a great ski. The downhills on Spartan were exhilarating! Never been disappointed here.
      (Greg Dahl)
    • NewJan 26 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a quaint scenic classic only family owned trail system. Ron, owner and groomer, was very friendly and informative. The warming chalet is an old barn with a wood stove. Good thing as temp was 4 degrees with 20 mph wind- a brisk ski. The trails are very narrow and meander through his land. The track was decent with a little drifting.
      Photos:
      (Greg Dahl)
    • NewJan 25 - Saux Head Trail (Marquette):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Pretty much strided all the trails. Again freshly groomed trails for skating and classical so trails were very wide. Well signed trails with pretty wilderness setting. The expert outer loop was hilly and downhills were Weeeee.
      Photos:
      (Greg Dahl)
    • NewJan 25 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Great trail system freshly groomed for classic only. The trails are very narrow and scenic. Bear Mountain was very hilly. I like the new trailhead in town, good parking and signage was excellent. Well worth the drive north!
      Photos:
      (Greg Dahl)
    • Jan 24 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      What a wonderful day of skiing at Blueberry Ridge Trail! The sun was out bright and the tracks were solid and perfect. We skied here two years ago and it was quite icy. Not so today. It was about ten degrees with a little wind chill, but the sun made up for that.
      (Kevin Hillegas)
    • Jan 24 - Saux Head Trail (Marquette):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice conditions. Last groomed 3-4 days ago with drifting present in the southern loop. Track skied in well with a few soft pole plants. Fun trails, we'll laid out. We'll be back!
      Photos:
      (Jonathon Rulseh)
    • Jan 23 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Despite sub zero temps and very high winds the previous days, we got our entire trail system rolled and tracked. Conditions are excellent, over two feet of snow on the ground. We had a large group from our local hospital, and they all had a good time.
      (Ronald Stenfors)
    • Jan 23 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Gorgeous ski at Blueberry Ridge. Did most of the trails. Classic-only trails had a lot of leaf/pine needle debris in the tracks and we were frequently in and out of the tracks to avoid the worst of it. The Spartan loop wasn't recently groomed but skied-in tracks made it so we had plenty of glide. Skate trails were being actively groomed while we were out, so it was hit and miss for classic tracks being set. Occasional stick here and there from high winds several days prior, but they were very avoidable and we tried to flick them off where we could.
      (Ketzel Levens)
    • Jan 20 - McKeever Hills (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      All three loops are in excellent condition thanks to the 6 inches we received last night. The trail groomed up nice today. Get out and enjoy.
      (Mark Bender)
    • Jan 20 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed in another 4 inches of fresh snow this morning on all trails. Nice classic track. Skate lanes are a bit soft but more than skiable. Plan on another full groom in the morning with our big Ginzu. Conditions should be excellent.
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 17 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skied almost every trail between Forestville trailhead and 510. Good coverage throughout, although 2-3” of new snow from day prior was on top of most recent grooming (there was no grooming done today outside of right by the lodge) - which made for a bit slow going, especially the further out you got.
      Photos:
      (Brian Schaning)
    • Jan 17 - Valley Spur (Munising):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the Valley Spur System on Sunday and Monday. Tracks are good throughout the system. Leaves are a nuisance in a few areas, it seems especially on the uphills – Huff and Puff, and Stairway to Heaven come to mind. Pole plants were good throughout the system. I would rate most of the system in the good to very good range.
      Photos:
      (Roy Peterson)
    • Jan 16 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Was snowing lightly all afternoon, maybe 2” of new accumulation on top of the groomed trails (were groomed the day prior). Still a very nice smooth base, just a bit slower with the new snow. The warming hut with wood burning stove is really nice. Superior and wildcat were my favorite trails.
      (Brian Schaning)
     

    Houghton area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 23 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Trails were groomed with the drag this morning and really looked nice. More folks are out today thanks to a nice calm and almost sunny day.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 22 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic Grooming 

      This morning, we skied parts of both the groomed and back country trails. Then this afternoon got back out to roll down the snow that fell since last grooming yesterday at dusk. For a chilly breezy day, it was quite pleasant in the woods.
      Photos:
      (Sandy Aronson)
    • Jan 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      A little mental math while skiing had me in the multiple hundredth time at Swedetown. Bear Chases, ski camps, getaways all tallied and reviewed and this one had “Classic Classic” stamped on it. Well defined track faded into a softened blurb as snow fell for the hour and a half we skied. The parking lot half filled at the start didn’t fore run our trails so we took turns plowing ahead. Heads plastered with snow, buffs whitened, we grinned our way back in and recalled, from start to finish, the many old, yet new touchstones of our skiing past.
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 18 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming Secondhand 

      6" of fine powder was packed with the roller. Parking lot was plowed also. Skiers out during grooming said conditions were excellent on the groomed, and also the ungroomed back country trail.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
    • Jan 17 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Did some early morning skating on the freshly groomed green trails for a good hour. We then went to the Mill Street trailhead to classic ski for 1.5 hours before heading back to Madison. All trails freshly groomed and tracked. Beautiful hilly terrain on those trails. A great way to end our one week visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 17 - Chassell Trail (Chassell):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Old timey classic. You just can’t beat the quality of this trail. Like greeting an old friend, we parked, donated, and gently pushed off on the winding single track, climbing winding alongside the ravine, past rock outcroppings, through stands of spruce, hemlocks, hardwoods, pines, and rarely, an open pasture view. With around 300’ of climb, you hardly notice the effect as the trail gently twists and turns to relieve the effort, a burbling brook under your feet. Almost perfect skis help, and give the smile that shows life at its best. Of course the downs from the top give just a few thrills and chills, enough to wake you from the reverie and put an edge on that life. An hour well spent. Best Line Everyday!
      (Ken Schoville)
    • Jan 17 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Beautiful morning ski before heading back south (boo hoo). As usual beautiful grooming at Swedetown. Skate deck felt a little soft with the new snow from Sunday but was glorious all the same. Skied green, blue, and black trails and all were great.
      Photos:
      (Christine Grota Merkel)
    • Jan 16 - Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails looked like they had been groomed within the last few days. Really nice firm classic tracks and small deck off to the side that is shared with snowshoers, etc, with about an inch or less fresh snow covering it today. Some hemlock debris in spots but overall a wonderful and fairly fast classic ski experience! Plenty of snow but I did put a scratch in one of my skis hence the B rating. Skied the deer yard loop down by the water, the trail up to East Vista and the Union River trail. Highly recommend!
      Photos:
      (Andrew Leaf)
    • Jan 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Skated and strided the Pappa, Momma and Baby Bear loops, and strided Ed's and Greenstone loops. It was nicely groomed in the early morning. Light snow fell throughout the morning while we skied. What a nice trail system!
      Photos:
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 16 - Boundary Road Trails (Houghton):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Was out there this morning to freshen the trails up. Not much new snow, but the trails had been used enough to need it. The back country, river edge trail has seen lots of traffic so is well packed.
      Photos:
      (Arlyn Aronson)
     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 25 - Ski Brule (Iron River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate skied and skijoured several times over the past two weeks at Ski Brule. Approximately 21 KM of trails are groomed at this point, with natural snow depth of 18 - 24". The skate deck is wide and firm. People have also been out doing classic skiing, although there are no set tracks. The view is absolutely beautiful, with several trails meandering next to the Brule River. Lots of fir trees and very quiet! Conditions were a bit slow on Tuesday due to a daytime high of 5 degrees F, but had fun nonetheless! Setting up a pair of skis for - 15 to + 10 degree temps.
      Photos:
      (Patrick Sean McMahon)
    • Jan 24 - George Young Recreation Complex (Iron River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the trails at George Young golf course, fun trails mostly. In the woods. Groomed today with good track and skate deck. Great warming chalet and ski shop where you could rent skis. The attendant was very helpful! Fun trail system.
      (Greg Dahl)
    • Jan 23 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Nice deep track with about 2" of Saturday morning fluff on sides. Good control on downhills if you step out of track. Best conditions of season.
      (Daniel Hinch)
    • Jan 20 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      Groomed all trails. With the new snow from a couple of days ago things worked up nicely. Tracks are as good as they can be and the deck is firm.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 19 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Grooming 

      4 inches of snow on Tuesday, so we groomed and tracked the entire trail system on Wednesday. Trails are in excellent condition. Enjoy!
      (Dustin Johnson)

Michigan Lower Peninsula

     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 16 - Pidgeon Creek (West Olive):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Drove up from N Indiana. Combination of very hard pack and ice that made for challenging skiing and edging. Those with more skill may have had more success. Areas of dirty snow and pine cones. I used good skis and got away with no damage to my skis. Shallow tracks for classic. I will wait until there’s more snow to work with to return.
      (Patrick Keegan)

Iowa

     

    Ames area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 22 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Groomed Thursday and set up nicely for skate and classic in the cold temperatures. Very fast skating throughout. Enjoy and do a snow dance!
      (Marc Hollander)
    • Jan 18 - Jester Park (Granger):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      All loops open for skate and classic, but turning to mashed potatoes. Still good coverage throughout.
      (Marc Hollander)
    • Jan 16 - East River Valley Park/Carr Woods (Ames):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Was groomed Saturday. Pretty soft and thus was torn up a fair amount by skiers, hikers, and snowshoes. A little grass showing through the classic tracks. And a few very small sticks laying on the groomed area. But unless you have high end racing skis I see no reason to worry about any damage.
      (Tim Hammond)
     

    Cedar Rapids area

    [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 24 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Pretty hard and slick when I started but they were out tilling the skate deck when I was finishing up. Followed the groomer for my last lap and it was great.
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
    • Jan 23 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck was groomed about 50% of the way around the loop. Conditions were excellent on that section of the trail. On the other section, it was still pretty icy, but more skiable than a few days previously.
      (Ben Geadelmann)
    • Jan 20 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Trail is very rutted and icy. There was no grooming after the cold snap so any ski ruts or footprints are completely frozen now. I would not recommend skiing here until it warms up or the trail is raked and regroomed.
      (Ben Geadelmann)
    • Jan 20 - Ellis Park Golf Course (Cedar Rapids):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      I found groomed tracks that started behind the maintenance buildings but I doubt they expect one to park there to ski. The essentially 1.5 mile loop seems to have a beginning at what I assume is the golf club house parking lot. This is some of the most difficult skiing I have done in awhile. There has been relatively little foot or snowshoe traffic on the groomed tracks. There are various grass spots but they are relatively easily avoided. I was skiing mostly on ice this evening. And there are a few hills with sharp turns that when you are skiing in rough, ice tracks are very difficult to navigate. I would not recommend beginners try to ski these tracks at this point. That doesn't mean that a beginner wouldn't have space to ski out of track. I also expect my skis got a little wear from just scraping against the icy, torn up tracks in various places, FYI.
      (Tim Hammond)
    • Jan 17 - Wickiup Hill Trails (Toddville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails appeared to have been carefully groomed on Saturday after the 6 inch snow on Friday. However some four wheelers rendered the skate tracks completely unusable and classic tracks 50 percent ruined.
      (Mike Fetzer)
    • Jan 16 - University of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course (Iowa City):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Both 

      Really excellent out there for skating. It’s as good as it gets around here. Main outer loop has full coverage saw some cut through were groomed but I didn’t venture out there. Classic tracks are solid with just a couple of thin spots. Packed, new snow.
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
     

    Other Locations

    • Jan 22 - Kent Park (Tiffin):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Skate deck had been tilled. The thin parts have only gotten worse but most of the system is serviceable, aside from the sections noted on the Iowa City Nordic Club Facebook due to tree removal activities. The campground loops and the section of the road that is groomed are in excellent shape.
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
    • Jan 22 - Decorah Trail System (Decorah):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      We skied Carlson Park, a 1.8 mile recent addition to the Decorah Trail System, located on Pleasant Ave. just south of Hiway 9. There was approx. 1" of new powder snow on top of an icy base. Trails received 2" of new fluffy snow Saturday night. Trail travels thru some woods as well and along some fields, with a few mellow uphill and downhills. Looks like the trail was packed for skating, with shallow/ missing skied-in tracks.
      (Mark Dostal)
    • Jan 17 - Kent Park (Tiffin):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Really fun out there. There are a good number of sketchy sections, mostly on the Far East side and most of the trails have a decent amount of footprints but there were some great parts as well. The campground loops were particularly awesome (especially by headlamp). Packed snow, some partially transformed I think.
      Photos:
      (Adam Bodensteiner)
    • Jan 16 - Kent Park (Tiffin):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Freestyle 

      Conditions are about as good as they can be. Skate deck was firm and clear of debris 90% of the time. The west side of the park especially had great coverage and grooming.
      (Ben Geadelmann)

Illinois

     

    Other Locations

    • NewJan 26 - Atwood Park (Rockford):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Kudos to Steve, the groomer. Nice deep firm tracks over 90% of the trails. There are just a few areas where the cover is thin, hence the B ski recommendation. You can get out of track to avoid most of it but I did get a couple minor scratches on my good skis. All in all great skiing.
      Photos:
      (Rick Nelson)
    • NewJan 25 - Old School Forest Preserve (Libertyville):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied the entire loop twice. Trail set - it is somewhat damaged by walkers and pets, but mostly preserved. Enjoy!
      (Vladimir Lytchakov)
    • NewJan 25 - Lake Bluff Golf Course (Lake Bluff):
      Morning
      Secondhand 

      This was posted on Facebook by the groomer: Jan 25th update- fresh groom last night set up a nice firm classic track. Grass is poking through in a number of spots in the classic track but nothing that should stop you from having fun. Skate deck looked firm. If some one skates this morning please report on the skate lane. All trails have been groomed for a total of 6.2 km. Cold day out there so dress warm and protect exposed skin. Most of all have fun skiing.
      Photos:
      (Matt Makris)
    • Jan 24 - Old School Forest Preserve (Libertyville):
      Evening
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Trails were set, however have been walked over by people and pets in many locations. Great skiing when not trampled.
      (Barb Boes)
    • Jan 23 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Morning
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Skied in track. 3" fresh powder. About 8 - 10 miles of skied in track and more if you want to break your own trail.
      Photos:
      (Rick Nelson)
    • Jan 23 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Morning
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Seven of us skied in track in 3 inches of fresh powder at Rock Cut. Probably not enough snow to groom since the moisture content is low but its still great to ski in the woods. I use Fischer BC Crowns but any classic ski would work. There will be some scratching in spots so do not use good skis you want to maintain pristine bases on.
      (Rick Nelson)
    • Jan 23 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
      Grooming 

      The Preserve received 2 to 3 inches of light snow last night. Trails were just groomed today. Expect some small amounts of grass showing. Some spots on trails are not ideal, however they are very skiable.
      Photos:
      (Ben Steffes)
    • Jan 17 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Tracks are pretty beat up and bare in spots. It is still skiable, but conditions are degrading. Need more snow, and then some grooming.
      (Chris Canelake)
    • Jan 17 - Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary (Stockton):
      Afternoon
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Need a bit of fresh snow, so chose to snow hike. Skiers reported it to be slick, but still a good day.
      Photos:
      (Maureen Badusk)
    • Jan 16 - Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park):
      Afternoon
      [ Rock skis ]
      Firsthand: Classic 

      Good skiing at Rock Cut considering the amount of snow on the ungroomed multi-use trails. Most trails have foot traffic and bike traffic, but this did not cause any issues classic skiing. The snow covered lake is also a good option.
      Photos:
      (Stephen Wadle)

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    Fargo area

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

      Trails re-groomed early this morning after several days of 'clippers' blowing through leaving several inches of cold dry snow that filled in the classical tracks and drifted over the skate lane. Mix of new snow and wind-blown snow on the trails. Classical tracks re-set firm and well defined. Skating lane packed and re-combed. Trails setting up firm with cold temps. 40 inches of snow for the season.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 19 - Lindenwood Park (Fargo):
      Morning
      [ Trails Open: All ]
      Observation 

      Trails re-groomed after ground blizzard conditions yesterday that drifted fine, dry, wind-blown snow over the trails. Classical tracks are deep and firm. Skating lane packed and re-combed. Trails setting up firm with cold temps.
      (Gary Brekke)