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1 Ski Lift 1 Jerry Jolly
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A great mix of beginner and expert ski trails. With the inclusion of the Jerry Jolly Trails there is about 25 km groomed for skating and classic. There is also an additional 15 km of classic only trails. With views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, this is a very scenic area to ski. There is a nice lodge which sells snacks and food as well as a ski patrol and small downhill area.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 66    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Thursday morning we found 1/2 to 1 inch of new "Superior Lake Effect” snow. All the skate trails were freshly groomed and promise to be perfect for skiing today. The classic tracks were all reset Wednesday and look to be great shape today with a few exceptions in evergreen thickets and in the “Sunny” spots. Conditions are excellent with 12-18 inch base.
(Steve Vizanko)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Welcome Virtual Birkie Skiers! Even with the warm temps, our volunteer groomers were able to get out and re-groom and track almost all of our 40km of trails early this morning. The trails are in excellent condition. See the route maps here on our website. Virtual Birkie Routes: Green Loop: Groomed and tracked 2/24; Orange Loop (classic only): Tracked 2/24; Blue Loop: Groomed 2/21, tracked 2/24; Pink Loop: Groomed and tracked 2/24.
(Kate Ullman)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The trails survived the recent warm temps very well with 1-2 inches of new snow overnight. Early Wednesday morning we groomed and tracked Anchor, Seagull, Roller Coaster, Abbey Road, Northern Lights, Buzz, and Skid Road. New Tracks were set on all the classic only trails, and Jolly Long. Conditions are Excellent with a 12-18” base.
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(Steve Vizanko)
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the classic virtual Birkie course again today, in just about the same time as yesterday. It's just as much fun the second time around, maybe more because the skier knows where to gain speed. Conditions were great, glide is still fast and even though the temps were warmer, kick was solid. All the local skiers are super nice, giving a person room to ski at speed. The traverse in front of the chalet was slick, safe, and easy on all three laps, Mt. Ashwabay has a fence system separating xc skiers from the crowd. Have fun with this and enjoy the scenery! Ski on.
(Kevin Grand)
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The skate lanes were combed early Sunday morning on Anchor, Roller Coaster, Abbey Road, Northern Lights, and Buzz. The Classic tracks continue to ski real well. Conditions are excellent with a 12-18” base.
(Steve Vizanko)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Well, I'm skiing the Birkie classic in-person on February 26th, but today I decided to ski the virtual Birkie course at Mt. Ashwabay, 3:09. The conditions were amazing. Grooming was awesome. The tracks were solid throughout the entire loop system and skate deck was great. Glide is fast with the temperature, hills were easy to kick up. I definitely recommend Mt. Ashwabay to anyone for a fun, fast, beautiful virtual Birkie location. My only recommendation is to beware of the skiers and snowboarders and random people when skiing in front of the chalet. Today, these people would not move to let a skier by, it was like playing "frogger". I almost got knocked out by a snowboarder on my third lap. With that being said, it was so good I'm skiing it again tomorrow! And if you plan on skiing the virtual Birkie at Mt. Ashwabay, I bet you can beat my time? Ski on.
(Kevin Grand)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Early this morning we combed the Skate lanes on Abbey Road, Northern Lights, Buzz, Anchor, Seagull, and Roller Coaster. The classic tracks have all been set recently during the cold weather and continue to look good. Conditions are excellent with a 12-18” base.
Photos:
(Steve Vizanko)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Thursday night new tracks were set on Sugarbush, Seagull Classic, Oppedahl’s, Lower Sugarbush, Seagull Cut-off, bottom of Seagull, to top of Anchor, Switchback, and Rollercoaster. Friday morning Telford, bottom of Anchor, Jolly, and Skid Road were groomed with new tracks set. Conditions are Excellent with 12-18" base.
(Steve Vizanko)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Thursday morning new tracks were set and the skate lane was groomed on Abbey Road, Northern Lights, and Buzz. Conditions are excellent, with a 12-18” base.
Photos:
(Steve Vizanko)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skied 40 + km of trails today. Very good to excellent conditions! The snow is warming up and glide is back! New tracks are awesome on most the trails. Only Jerry's Long loop, part of Northern Lights, part of Seagull and Buzz seemed to be skied in. With that said, those sections were very good, but not as fast of glide. Tips for classic virtual Birkie skier on the course, from a classic skier who has been skiing this just about everyday since Dec 23rd. Once a skier gets to the Deer Path section after the Sugar Shack- Double pole a majority of the time. Stay in the tracks and kick up the Northern Lights hills, this saves time and energy. When you reach the "Summit"- Double pole a majority of the time, there a couple of small hills that may require minimal kicking. When you reach Buzz- Double pole again. Ski on.
(Kevin Grand)

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