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Dodgeville, WI
18mi
Skating/Classic
No
No
608-935-2315
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Eighteen miles of ski trails are groomed and tracked as conditions permit. Mainly classical, with a couple kilometers skating accessible from the Gold Mine trailhead. The varying terrain offers challenges for all skiers. Flush toilets, water, tables, and grills are provided at the trailhead.
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Reports 1 to 4 of 4    Month: Feb | Jan
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Encouraged by earlier reports I called the park and was told conditions were good, first mistake. The only trail that could be considered good is Meadow Valley and only a portion of it. Lost Canyon was obliterated by hikers. All downhills and climbs are packed hard, obviously no grooming has been done since the subzero weather. There is almost no control on downhills which are bumpy and pocked with boot tracks. Mill Creek which was a thrilling run was anything but. Even the slightest grade and turn was made difficult by the centered shallow tracks which were easily skied out of. If I tried to take ski out for control the hard, rough borders grabbed my skis and almost took me down. Then there are the hikers and snowshoers, I counted more than skiers. I almost hit two going down Lost Canyon and one on Mill Creek, all going the wrong way. I had to take a dive on Lost Canyon to avoid the two skiers coming up the hill the wrong way. Not worth your time.
(Robert Abendroth)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied Meadow Valley and Gold Mine Trails for a total of around 16 kilometers. The tracks were deep and firm and glide was very good to excellent. I would give the trails an overall rating of very good. However, control on the steep downhills was poor. The cold firm snow is unforgiving making it difficult to maneuver on them. However, that was the case only on the three steep hills. You may want to walk part of the way or all the way down the three steep hills. I had no problem on the more moderate hills.
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(Jim Gantz)
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lengthy single-track trails (classic only) like the ones in this park are rare in southern Wisconsin, and the trails here need more snow than average to enable their staff to groom and track a quality trail surface. But after several rounds of snow this winter, the park was finally able to groom and set track for the first time this winter season yesterday. I skied all 12 1/2 miles of trails at midday today and overall the trail and track were solid and in good condition with plenty of loose snow on the downhills that were not tracked. However, there were numerous wildlife footprints in some parts of the tracks, and some human footprints on the side of, and in some of the tracks, despite the no hiking signs posted at trailheads. The downhills here are challenging (and some of the uphills) because of the narrow nature of the trails, the placement of tracks where they should probably not be, some sharp curves, and some uneven terrain. That all being said, I have been coming here for 25+ years and love the scenery and quiet, and enjoyed my Thursday tour.
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(Darren Blankenship)
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
None of the trails have been groomed. I skied Meadow Valley plus the cave Trail which totaled 10.4 kilometers. I used my Fischer Traverse 78 offtrack skis which handled the un-groomed trails nicely. Surprisingly, the trail was relatively smooth with no foot prints from hikers. There was an inch or so of new snow on top of a firm trail. These skis are slow, but they sure work well for un-groomed conditions, especially on the steep downhills. They float over the top of any rough spots that are normally smoothed out with grooming. I also skied the Mill Valley Trail. That trail had a fair track from previous skiers. However, the big downhill at the end was a bit sketchy even with my offtrack skis because of the unevenness from previous skiers. That added another 5 kilometers so I finished the day with 15.3 kilometers but it took me three hours.
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(Jim Gantz)