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Blue Mounds, WI
13K
Skating/Classic
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608-437-5711
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This park is situated at the highest point in Southern WI. Tne trails wind through hardwoods and rolling hills with some fields. There are also a number of panoramic overlooks.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 11    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied here in the early afternoon. Things were starting to get slushy, especially in sun-exposed areas, but for the most part the tracks were deep and in excellent condition. The one exception to this is in the pine grove at the Pleasant Valley (orange) loop. There is a bare spot in both sets of tracks at the top of the hill there, but it can be very easily be skied around (or in-between). The steep downhill in that loop is also a bit bumpy, but it's actually better than the last time I tried to ski it a week ago. Unfortunately, hikers were out doing their thing, leaving deep footprints throughout the trail system. They seemed to be staying off the tracks, but it's going to get really nasty on some of the downhills if it freezes over.
(Kyle Richard)
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
New grooming yesterday made excellent conditions today. Deep tracks. Rare oak leaves. It's amazing how deep the base is. Only complaint is the pleasure valley downhill after crossing the road. Bottom of hill is pretty bumpy. Otherwise a beautiful sunny day. I did not go on the trail from the campground which eventually goes along bike / snowmobile trail.
(Ron Fabrizius)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Strided all the trails late morning (except for the portion of the Blue Trail that includes the Elevator Shaft hill). Still good conditions overall since Monday's grooming. The tracks are almost all intact, and pole plants are mostly good with some soft spots where the track was set near the edges of the trail. The hills still have some loose powder, but are somewhat hard packed from all the skier traffic. The downhill on the other side of Mounds Park Road at the beginning of the Pleasure Valley loop has some rolls or humps in the trail, so proceed with caution here. There were footprints the entire Red Loop, but luckily they stayed out of the tracks.
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(Darren Blankenship)
Monday, January 30, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions, great job of grooming. Only a couple of spots where set track was a bit soft. Should be even better after setting up in cold temps. Used my Fischer Twin Skins - good grip and good glide with no grabbing.
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(Steve Hiniker)
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
New 6+" of snow made for great classic skiing in skier-made tracks. No groomed trails and nothing available for skaters yet.
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(Rachel Geiselman)
Friday, January 27, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Freshly groomed today. A little soft, but good coverage. Full depth tracks throughout, only a couple of minor thin spots. Pretty good!
(Joe Bednarowski)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Skied the red loop today, classic. Snow cover was good. Trails were not groomed or tracked, so progress was slow. There were lots of chunks and footprints from hikers, but the snow was still soft so it was easy enough to ski through the crud. I brought my good skis with no issues, but would bring an older and wider pair next time until/unless it gets groomed.
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(Susan Beth)
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails rolled but not tracked. Good condition with minimal forecast. Good kick and glide.
(Jack Pohle)
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
None of the trails were groomed, though I hope that will change this week. Only skier-made tracks. In some areas the snow was deep and lovely, in others it was thin and icy. From the trailhead continuing down towards Mound Park Road is awful. There is enough snow in a narrow middle section of the trail, but on both sides is either bare ground or pure ice. On the downhill going into the campground, there is a tree you need to duck under. On the steep, narrow downhill leading out of the campground (veering to the left), there is a lot of debris and some bare ground at the very bottom. I recommend side slipping/stepping it. Pleasure Valley Trail (the orange loop) was mostly fine, though a bit thin under the pines.
(Kyle Richard)
Friday, December 16, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
New snow on top of the heavy dump we got on Wed along with temps in the 20s created a reasonably good surface. Trails tracked by skiers, no grooming yet. Numerous wet spots that generally can be avoided.
(Jack Pohle)

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