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75k
Skating/Classic
No
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1 Onion River Rd 1 Britton Peak 1 Moose Fence
888-61-NORTH
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A wide variety of trails are found in this extensive system, winding through varied forests and offering many spectacular views. Trailheads include Britton Peak and Moose Fence on the western side, with ski-throughs connecting these sections to the Onion River Rd/Oberg Mountain trails and trailhead on the eastern edge.
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2021-2022 season
Reports 1 to 10 of 101    Month: May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan | Dec
Friday, May 6, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Skated over 10K on the Onion River Road from the Oberg Mountain parking lot nearly to the other end, where a large pine tree had fallen and blocked the trail -- one we were unable to easily pass like a few others we skied past. The deck was surprisingly firm for the most part, and on the lower portions it was no less than 20" thick, while at the top the snow depth appeared to be as much as four feet or more. A friend classic skied with me and also had a much better ski than anticipated. Snow covered not only the trail but the woods, and it almost felt like winter for my 175th consecutive day skating this amazing season. Thanks to the Sugarbush groomers for another excellent season.
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(Lane Ellis)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Still skiing to be had! Went out and back on the Onion twice. Slushy snow and some downed trees to navigate around but still lots of base with no bare spots.
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(Isaac Wieber)
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Skied about 10K round trip up and back the Onion River Road. Perfect conditions for the Fischer Crown (fishscale) skis before the rain arrived late this morning. Such a deal for the the last day of April. The snow was getting dirty and sticks and debris were emerging as the recent snow has melted. Thanks to groomers for the firm base from earlier in the season that made for good skiing this past week and for moving most of the windfall trees off the trail.
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(Jim Luby)
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
I followed good skied in tracks to the end of Onion River Road. 41° . Fun ski, good grip with fish scales. Wet snow did not stick at all but actually lubricated my glide. Is this picture the windy city or gate to Onion River Road?
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(Steve Langenbrunner)
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Deep and crusted snow. Trails not rolled, Onion River Road almost to end and parallel L-M route tracked from several skiers. Lost and found report: a good pair of lobster gloves are in the middle of the gravel Onion River Rd, part-way up to the trail head lot. Just starting to snow.
(Brad Anderson)
Friday, April 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Classic skied from the Briton Peak trailhead, Hogback, Homestead, and Bridge Run loops. Ample deep snow is firm in the cold and covered with 2 inches of fresh snow. Skiing is slow, and I set some skier classic tracks over one other set of skate tracks. I feared water over the trail but there was none. Lots of branches and a few obstructive downed trees, but as long as these temps stay down, the skiing will remain very worthwhile, although grooming on anything but ORR is over for the year. May be back tomorrow for a Picnic jaunt.
(Tim Nelson)
Friday, April 15, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Fantastic conditions this morning on freshly groomed packed powder. We still have a solid 18-24" packed base and only the Onion River road section of trail system is being groomed at this point in the season. Jake and I used our wooden skis with Extra Blue kick wax. Perfect.
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(Greg Fangel)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
Was glad to have a chance to ski my beloved Sugarbush and Picnic loop in mid April after being absent for all of an epic March. Although grooming on anything but the Onion River Road has ceased for a week or so, it got cold and snowed which firmed up the deck and made for a nice slow classic ski, breaking trail through 2 inches of new snow. The trail was littered with tree debris and many downed trees obstructed the trail but all were easy to get around and only two were at the bottom of hills that required a snowplow stop. From Oberg trailhead, I skied around the Picnic loop, hogback and homestead and back. Took a long time but the fresh snow on the trees was beautiful and for April it was fantastic ski.
(Tim Nelson)
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
30° at 8:30 a. m on Oberg road. I skied to end of Onion River road, under tree. Classic tracks were deep and firm, though glazed over. To my surprise I had a decent grip with fish scales, glide was fast. On way out my outer boot kept grabbing track because of frosting/crusting. It was great on way back though after about 6 skiers going other way seemed to smooth it out, plus the warming up. Definitely spring skiing but it still was a fun ski. A few pine branches down from storm. I encountered about a dozen skiers out today.
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(Steve Langenbrunner)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skied the Onion River Rd this morning, and the classic tracks are holding up quite well. Skate lane looked fairly nice also, maybe getting a bit chewed up here and there. A foggy day kept temps just a bit below freezing this morning so the tracks were pretty fast. Vauhti universal klister was superb for both kick and glide.
(Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)

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