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Waukesha, WI
11K
Skating/Classic
No
No
262-548-7801
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Has dependable grooming and track setting and holds snow well due to grooming and trail layout. Some problems with hikers. Trail hub is 3rd parking lot. Long loop is moderately hilly with long inclines/declines. Out-Houses only.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomer was out rolling the trails around 8am. Appears that all were rolled and tracks left in place. Tracks were fast and about half depth throughout; no debris. Skate deck appeared to be in the best shape of the season.
(Tracy Thessin)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails almost perfect. Classic tracks had been reset since the day before when there had been a few short odd sections (like 50 feet) with 3 ruts instead of 2. In case you had been there to see that, it has been fixed. Skating is much improved throughout with the switch to laying classic tracks on only one side of the trail, at least on all the trails to the west of the road, leaving more width for skating. The only places with tracks on both sides are the trails leading from the first lot to the trail loops and the big field by the sledding hill. Thank you groomers!
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(Larry Moore)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Snow is great, nice and firm. Unfortunately the grooming is odd... most trails had two sets of classic tracks, one on each side. That plus a large depression in the middle made it awkward and narrow to skate ski. But classic should be great.
(Allison Ward)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Minooka Park is a skiing taxpayers reward for living in the City of Waukesha. I have to warm up my car at home because of the short drive to the park. It was 9F and I was surprised to find 8 cars at the trailhead. I classic skied all trails and found the tracks in excellent condition except for some debris from trees, to be expected when skiing in a forest. The Skate Lane was also in excellent condition. Kudos to staff for posting large signs at trail junctions and parking lots requesting hikers use the designated hiking trails only. 99% of the ski trail was boot-free. Trail flow was changed this year by making most trails 2 way including some fast downhills. Some are unsafe due to narrowness, blind turns and trees in the middle.
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(Mike Graham)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic tracks are all set and in perfect condition. Because of the cold temperatures there is no evidence of hikers on the ski trails. The skate deck looks to be in great condition as well although there are a few segments that are marginally narrowTo accommodate both tracks and skate deck.
(Larry Moore)
Monday, February 1, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classical skiing was good, the trail had been groom and the tracks were set and firm. The skating trail was probably set early yesterday but was pretty heavy mashed potato for most of the trail. As you get further from the parking lot, hikers have post-holed large sections of the skate deck. It's a beautiful day, and I was really glad I had chosen classical style.
(Mary Beth Driscoll)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Night
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Coverage was excellent with zero debris or thin spots. The combination of cold and soft snow made skating difficult for me as a newbie, so returned to the car and switched to classic. The tracks were much firmer and faster, and appeared to be in better shape than the deck on all of the trails. Unfortunately the fresh grooming had already been heavily trafficked by walkers.
(Tracy Thessin)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The trail had ruts from the tires of the grooming machines and there were some bare rocks and sticks in the wooded areas. The trails are fairly narrow for skating in some areas.
(David Tauzell)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Warm weather and hikers have made some portions of the yellow loop sketchy-- bare ground exposed frequently and sticks/leaves/dirt often in the groomed classic tracks. Had to lift up the skis quite often. Careful going clockwise on the yellow loop-- the downhill on the sledding hill has a huge bare patch. Slushy snow overall on this balmy day, but as always, fun to get out there.
(Hannah Francis)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Easily avoidable thin spots but overall good conditions and fast without being icy. A handful of walkers through the majority of the system is the biggest issue.
(Donny Lavrenz)

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