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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 47    Month: Mar | Feb | Jan | Dec
Monday, March 1, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Snowmaking loop groomed and double tracked by PB Paana this morning. It was excellent 8:30-9:45. Everything off the snowmaking loop is glare ice and was not being groomed. Snowmaking loop including the small hill is 1.1K.
(Marc Young)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied the main loop at around 8pm for about 45 minutes. Conditions were very icy. I stuck to almost entirely flat ground and didn't attempt a single hill. The only reason I went out is because I missed the entire season up until today. If you like going real fast and are ambivalent towards turning with control, come on out.
(Alex Weldy)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Much different than yesterday, the tracks and deck were bordering on icy. Skating was rocket fast and classical wasn't much slower. Ridges in the deck made hills a little challenging and very fast. Still quite a bit of snow although the tracks are getting shallow, debris is gathering as well particularly on the West loop return. A lot more fun than yesterday even without the big hill.
(Robert Abendroth)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
So slow! Skating isn't worth it in my opinion -- no glide. The deck is still mostly packed and smooth, but is starting to get a little chopped up and soft in places. Classic skiing on skin skis was better, but still incredibly slow on the flats and downhills.
(Anna Meyer)
Monday, February 22, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Much better skiing than expected, I thought it would be pretty soft but the tracks were firm and deep, the deck firm as well. Some blowing over on top of the West hill and across the soccer field. I did get snow build up on my skis whenever I got of groomed snow. Minimal leaf litter on both sides.
(Robert Abendroth)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions are the best they've been in years. Deep, full coverage, the trails have been groomed daily this week providing a perfect skate deck and deep, firm classical tracks which have been reset removing the leaf litter that was problematic Monday and Tuesday.
(Robert Abendroth)
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Hit the trail today around 12:30 pm. It was still snowing lightly. The trails were soft and fluffy and there was enough of a track to follow. Groomers had not been out yet, but it didn't matter. It was really beautiful out and the fresh snow was so soft and fluffy I felt like I was skiing in a winter wonderland. Conditions will be even better once tracks are laid.
(Diane Schwartz)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails are in the best condition in years, full coverage. The cold has given us a very firm track and deck. There is still plenty of loose snow for edging on skates making this the best option. Tracks are very firm and deep. A little slick, I had problems with my wax skis, 5 miles yesterday felt like 15. Today on waxless I had less grip but much better gliding. Grooming is perfect, on the first downhill on the West the tracks come slightly to the right leading to the middle of the corner before ending. That's a groomer who's a skier!
(Robert Abendroth)
Friday, February 5, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Joanie and I classic skied from 8-10 am this morning on the freshly groomed west side trails (thanks for the early morning grooming!). The trails and tracks set up well and created excellent conditions for striding, and the snow covered trees created a beautiful scene.
Photos:
(Darren Blankenship)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions are the best in years. Absolutely fabulous snow cover, with wide flat lanes and deep tracks. Kudos to the groomer who put thing to shape this morning with the pisten bully. Bring your best skis!
Photos:
(Paul Nilsen)

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