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La Grange, WI
30K
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262-594-6202
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Part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit. Rolling to hilly terrain, groomed and tracked. New warming shelter and outhouses.
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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
We were pleasantly surprised today - the trails were not bad at all! We skied from noon to 3 pm. We skied blue, green, and purple. Blue before it joins with white and green were much better than purple and white. There was frozen water on purple and white that turned to slush as the day wore on. There were several bare spots, especially on white, and one big hill was almost completely bare, so I walked down. But there were also long stretches of perfectly nice snow. It was definitely worth the 90 min drive.
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(Marina Magid)
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
I was not expecting conditions to be as good as they were! I arrived around 10 am and skied an outside blue loop followed by a green loop. The last 1/4 of the blue trail is a write off, but the first part of that trail is in surprisingly good shape, and green is really quite nice. The tracks are really just suggestions of tracks, and there is a whole lot of ice in a lot of shady places alternating with a slush in the sun. I think if you arrive too early you will not enjoy, and I personally had the effluvium scared out of me on one or two of the big hills on my first lap. Ruts in the ice are no good at speed. There are also several bare spots, but mostly grass uncovered and one or two roots are exposed, no rocks yet that I encountered. So far no coming down a hill and running out of snow, but I am not sure how much longer that will be true. I think tomorrow will still be pretty good, and I do suggest arrival time around 10 or 10:30. I have lots of pics to get you an idea of what it is like.
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(John Washbourne)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Great Spring skiing! Skied blue, purple and white from 3pm to 5pm. Fast enough to be fun and slow enough on downhill to be under control. Only two spots where I removed my skis. Better to ski later in day after trail has soften some. Has not been groomed for awhile but that's OK.
(Steve Wikner)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
We skied the white loop and their were only two bare spots about the length of my ski otherwise the trail has a good base. We were able to get edge on 90% of the trail some sections in the shade are a little icy but still skiable, great to be out in 40+ degree weather and ski. Only the white and purple loop were groomed earlier in the week. Thanks to the groomers for the great ski season.
(Brent Foye)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Probably my last ski of the year, conditions were decent. They groomed the white and purple trail, was still a bit icy and crusty, lots of ski ruts, but I skated without issue, felt good to ski fast one last time. It’s been a terrific two months here at Kettle, all my skiing done here except the Birkie. A big thanks to the grooming crew, near perfect conditions almost the entire two months -- take a bow!
(Ed Edinger)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Thanks to the DNR for doing an excellent job grooming. It was fantastic this morning before the temperature increased and the sun came out. One of my most enjoyable ski’s all year!
(Bud Damato)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Ample base everywhere except for a very few, easily avoided bare spots in classic track where exposed to sun throughout the day. Skate deck was solid. Mostly slower sugar snow. Skied green loop and 4th (hilliest) blue subgroup. Blue skies mid-day and no crowds :-).
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(Timothy Olsen)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied an inside red and an outside blue loop and had a fine time, it was a great day to be outside in 35 degree weather. Conditions were a bit challenging in some places as I started after 10 am. There was a mix of fast ice in the shade and slow sticky slush in the sun, and you could be coming fast down a hill in the shade and hit a sunny spot and almost come to a stop in a few places. Tracks are getting pretty wide with some off camber sunken sections and few spots getting close to no cover. It might be a hard call to go early in the morning because the downhills would be sketch with everything hard, but I think 10 am is a good start time. I enjoyed skiing near a couple folks on their third blue lap describing how much conditions on the trails had changed as warmed up. I think the first blue loop near marker N2 was the best skiing of the entire loop due to the forest cover.
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(John Washbourne)
Friday, February 26, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied for a bit on a few of the trails. They had been groomed in the morning and were in surprisingly good shape. I skated and my brother strided. He reported the tracks to be glazed but ok early on when it was cooler but deteriorated as temps went up. The skate lane was good with worked ice to catch an edge on but as it warmed up they slowed as well, particularly when going from shade to sun. Plenty of folks doing their virtual Birkie looked to be having fun. We had done ours the day before at Lapham Peak.
(Tom Davenport)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Surprisingly good conditions very fast, firm but yet some give for edging. Downhills were very fast and a little icy in places but not bad. The trails are fully covered, looking forward to another great day of skiing Friday.
(Brent Foye)

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