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Winchester, WI
18.5K
Skating/Classic
No
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1 Hwy W 1 Papoose Lake Rd
646-543-8784
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Mix of skate and classic trails over rolling terrain.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The fresh snow made for great skiing today. I skate skied the red trail plus the out and back and Papoose Lot which amounted to about 13k. The skate deck was a little soft which meant speed was little slow. I switched to classic skis for another 5k. The track was firm and speed was medium. The scenery was spectacular with fresh snow in the trees.
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(Jim Gantz)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
With 3" - 4" of fresh snow last night, our groomers were able to get out early and start setting track. The new snow is also great for leveling the trail, and we have been making multiple passes to fill in the uneven areas. The snow we got is very dry and fluffy. As of 9 AM this morning it hadn't full set up yet. Some early bird classic skiers reported that conditions, while being a little soft, were still good.
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(Bryon Black)
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Getting there. Skate lanes seemed to have adequate coverage in most areas with very little brown showing through, some level, some not. Classic track was a hit or miss “scratch track” sketchy in places and nonexistent in others. Seems like a time to take a risk and do some groomer experiments with a slightly pressed in track on the fluffiest, non compressed side, but what do I know? Just a skier in search of early season, thin condition tracks. Thanks groomers, doing a great job.
(Ken Schoville)
Monday, December 28, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Even though we are just getting a little bit of snow at a time, it has been enough for us to be able to get out and groom almost every day. We have a 3" to 6" base, and the trails have actually smoothed out nicely. There has not yet been enough snow to get good tracks laid down.
(Bryon Black)
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
We decided a quick skate at winman worked best for us sunday. We left the dogs in the truck as I had read they've changed their dog policy and aren't allowed on some of the trails. We did the perimeter loop which I think is red, we ended up with about 10k. Overall we were happy with the conditions -- deck was firm in most spots, the out and back segment was the softest, there were a few spots where dirt was churned up, easy to avoid. Signage is sometimes a little confusing. Somehow we ended up at the snowshoe lot off Papoose Road, which meant a little extra climbing. We did a lot of MTB here over the summer and they continue to adapt to Covid. The sign says chalet is closed but the bathroom and changing room are open for use one at a time. Winman is a gem of a place, the chalet is one of the best we've been to and can't wait to be able to use it again. Happy skiing.
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(Tracy Piontkowski)
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Merry Christmas Eve! Slowly but surely, the snow has started to add up. Yesterday started out with 36 degrees and rain, but the temps dropped last night and the rain turned to snow! Ski trails: We’re not going to lie. It’s rough out there. But we’ve been grooming for the past two days, and we were out early this morning to smooth things out the best we could. Sadly, there isn’t enough snow to set tracks yet. We’re hoping that will change over the next couple of days. Fat Biking: There hasn’t been so much snow to where you can’t ride, but there will be some fresh snow in places. So set your tire pressure on the low side, no more than 6 lbs. Grooming plans: We will likely be grooming the for the first time this afternoon, but in the meantime expect varying conditions We will not be grooming during Christmas Day, so if we don’t see you today, Merry Christmas!
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(Bryon Black)
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
The snow is still thin, but we have had just enough to get out with the rollers and compactors. Grooming plans: Tomorrow morning looks like rain, but it should transition over to snow in the afternoon. Depending on what time that actually happens, we will either be out grooming again on Wednesday night, or Thursday morning. It really will be an hour by hour decision. If you do decide to come out and ski, check at the kiosk and we will try to let you know which trails are open. And, bring your rock skis!
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(Bryon Black)
Monday, December 21, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
The snow has been light and thin, but we finally have enough snow to at least start rolling, and hopefully establish some sort of base. Initially, conditions will still be less than perfect, and we won't have any tracks set. But, there is more snow in the forecast, and we are hopeful that we will be able to get ski trails open by Thursday afternoon. While our trails are not technically open, skiers are welcome to bring out their rock ski and give it a go! On a positive note, we added two new ski trails this year that add options for more route options, and some more challenging terrain. We also have some updates regarding dogs. In addition to our parking lot leash rule, we have also designated specific sections of the trail for dogs. Our Kiosk will have the dog routes clearly marked, and there will be paw prints on the trail posts. All other sections of trails will be dog free. We love our dogs and love skiing with them, but we also realize that many people do not have the same level of comfort skiing with dogs.
Photos:
(Bryon Black)

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