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Madison, WI
10K
Skating/Classic
Yes
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Two main loops: East and West trails. East trails are more hilly, West trails are lighted (5K). Limited snowmaking added in 2016.

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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Jan | Dec
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The groomers had just finished rolling the new inch+ of snow. Skate deck was predictably soft and slow, but the new coating covered up the debris. Given a grooming and some time to set up the trails should be in great condition. Enjoy the new snow!
(Noah Weibel)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the west trails this morning, saw the groomer in action over by the manmade loop. Overall good shape, just the usual oak leaves made classic a little slow. Other than that very good conditioins!
(Ben Kjorlie)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Elver was gorgeous today! We were amazed at the quality of the snow cover - in the 17 kilometers we skied I only saw one stick that could have done any damage. The occasional leaf shows up, more in the skate lane than anything. Tracks, where set, were in great shape. There are trails open on the east side that haven't been open for several years and are so fun to ski! The trails were getting a lot of use but holding up well - Thanks for the great work groomers!
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(Ketzel Levens)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Big storm from Friday and Saturday left a few inches of new snow on new ice, just not as much snow as we all hoped for. The 1k man-made loop held up very well and was bullet fast until early afternoon, until the very busy skier traffic did some damage to it, exposing some patches of ice overlaid by corn snow. But what was nice and made a 200 mile round trip worth it was that all the West trails had been rolled (not enough to set classic tracks or a smooth corduroy, but better than grass!). The first few laps were great and increasing traffic through the afternoon did put a dent to it. East trails also very skiable although not tracked. Sticks and leaves but no rocks or dirt. B skis just fine.
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(Gui Girard)
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Fresh Pisten Bully grooming Thursday morning tenderized the Elver manmade loop into excellent skate conditions with nicely-set tracks just for extra fun. Super fast corn snow over a firm base made for an almost free ride around the 1K course. Ski hard up the "one-minute hill" each lap and you could even call it training -- but why ruin a good thing? The snowless winter here in Madison has been saved by this great little loop. Worth the drive if you are jonesin' for the white stuff.
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(Mike Ivey)
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Elver fake snow loop was regroomed by Madnorski volunteer Sunday morning and was in pretty decent shape all things considered. Mostly firm with loose corn in the corners but easy to get an edge. There is a legit 1km loop at Elver with a one-minute climb so if are in need of some training it works fine, Madnorski races start Tuesday night.
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(Mike Ivey)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Snowmaking loop is icy with some sugary spots. Minimal control. Tilling and grooming with the PB would most likely help a lot. If you go, have low expectations.
(Marc Young)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Wohoo - fresh classic tracks and skate-deck grooming (Tiddtech) this morning on the artificial snow loop! While the tracks were quickly becoming glazed, my shin-skis were giving me decent kick. The skate technique skiers looked happy as well. Thanks again to the groomers!
(John Greenler)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
My first ski at Elver this season; I figured going shortly after the recent snowfall might be a good bet. Man-made loop is still open, hard and icy in spots and soft snow in a few other places but overall good and still a good fun ski. No bare spots. There was not really a Classic track set.
(Sarah Guillot)
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
So thankful for the snowmaking loop, with high temps this December. The 50-degree day softened the skate deck, and then falling temps in the evening created a rock-solid deck that felt like a sheet of ice. Classic tracks were solid and well-set.
(Noah Weibel)

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