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Greenbush, WI
25K
Skating/Classic
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Located in the Kettle Moraine North State Forest, these are some of the best known trails in SE Wisconsin. Heated shelter and sledding hill too. Roughly 2K of lighted trail.
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Reports 44 to 53 of 54    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Skied the purple trail twice this morning. I am a newbie to xc skiing and I was happy to see the trails were groomed when I arrived. Thank you, groomers! Some leaves, sticks etc on the trail and the snow seemed “soft” to me. First time around the trail was in better shape than the second. Definitely sunk down in areas. Hopefully we will get more snow soon!
(Sara Hess)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Greenbush got 3 inches of new snow from the so-called major storm system that was forecast to deliver 6 to 10 inches. According to my meteorologist, we dodged a bullet. I guess I can remove the candle, flashlight and blanket from my car. Anyways, the groomers did a great job with minimal snow. There is no track set at this time.
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(Michael McFadzen)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Just enough snow in the kettle! Was groomed this morning and was firming up with time and use. No tracks for classical. A few spots where I sunk to the icy base on uphills but otherwise good coverage.
(John Erck)
Monday, January 6, 2020
Night
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
Most of the trail system has minimal snow coverage. The Brown trail, Beginner Loop and sledding hill was groomed for our youth ski team practice on Monday night. No tracks We classic skied without tracks. Tuesday night will be a skate ski practice. Occasional dirt and gravel. Rock ski conditions. B skis if you are able to ski around bad spots.
(Steve Scharrer)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
4 inches of new snow. The red and brown trails groomed, no tracks set. Still a pretty good classic ski on both groomed and ungroom trails.
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(Michael McFadzen)
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
Another snow dusting created surprisingly skiable conditions. Plenty of leaves, pine needles and twigs, but very little dirt except under transmission lines. Backcountry classical skis worked well with temperatures at 22 degrees.
(Bob Hertel)
Friday, December 13, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
For those of you who have to ski and can't get up north, Greenbush has an ice base with a dusting of snow on top. I classic skied today with waxless, metal-edged skis, primarily on parts of inner loops. Lots of leaves and sticks and some rocks sticking out of base. Training loop near the cabin has the most cover and has been scratched up by groomer in recent days. Time for everyone to crank up the nighttime naked snow dances, as we need some serious snowfall to transform Greenbush back to Nordic Heaven.
(Clark Reinke)
Friday, December 6, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Ice and leaf litter throughout the trail system except for the upper part of Brown Trail. Thursday afternoon warm and sunny temperatures have deteriorated the trails significantly.
(Leo Dreikosen)
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Pretty darn good for December 5. The snow we received on Sunday was high in moisture and has been packed down and groomed nicely. Almost complete coverage on the purple trail and full coverage on the new training loop (blue trail). Lots of oak leaves on the trail (still more in the trees yet). For once, the areas under evergreen trees are cleaner than the rest of the trail. Still a lot of small sticks on the trail but people are making an effort to clean it off. The areas under the power lines are chewed-up due to construction work. Some areas of ice and some thin areas but still skiable. Not enough snow for a classic track. Not ideal conditions but any day you can ski is a good day.
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(Jim Van Akkeren)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
The sticks and branches are no longer a problem, most have been picked up. I skate skied all the trails today except for the green. Because of the wind we are having, there are a lot of oak leaves on most of the trails, making skiing more difficult. There is a new 1/3 mile training loop around the mens restroom that has no leaves, sticks or stones. The high school/middle school ski team uses it along with part of the sledding hill.
(Jim Hertel)

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