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National Forest Lodge

Historic lodge located in the heart of the Superior National Forest. Rustic cabins and a modern log home on Lake Gegoka, surrounded by tall red and white pine. Ski weekends include all lodging and meals. Cross country ski over 30k of groomed classic trails - in and out. Also 8K marked snowshoe trails and one of the few outdoor hot tubs around.

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  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on shortened trail.
    Back to normal after weekend meltdown (some sections still closed). Lot packed at 9 pm.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 18 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Lots of people out at Wirth tonight enjoying the newly-expanded 1.3K loop. Par 3 parking lot was full! The uphills were very sugary, but otherwise the loop is in good shape.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall pretty good conditions for classic, hardly any ice, good kick with a hard wax, skating looked decent, too. The trails starting to become well used with high school kids coming for a meet.
    I had an enjoyable ski this afternoon at Elm. I got out there a little late, and the high school teams began arriving from all over the metro. I couldn't believe all the young people into nordic racing. It's great to see how the sport has grown over the years.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are now open. Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns blowing snow.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied starting at 10 a.m. Light snow falling at the time. Varied conditions for classic skiing. Overall quite good and fast. I found Swix Blue extra worked well.
    More than the usual number of weekday morning skiers were out but not crowded.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Dec 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Varied but good overall.
    Skied classic and skate starting at about 10am. Classic tracks were shallow in places (it looked like the track setting equipment was not able to dig a full-depth track into the hard man made snow in several places). Tracks seemed a bit soft here, hard there. I slipped a lot with Swix Blue (-3C to -8C) and switched to Skintec waxless rather than seach for a waxing solution. Another skier reported having good kick with a mix of VR30 and VR45. By mid-day, there was intermittent sunshine and the skate deck was getting grabby where the sun was shining on it, a bit hard in the shade, and a bit of sugary/ mashed potatoes on the uphills. All in all, good skiing though.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) will open at 3 pm today. Star should be packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns are blowing snow. Lights are on for Star Loop.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All ski trails, including the snowmaking trails, are closed until further notice.
    Snowguns are blowing snow to rebuild the base. Natural snow trails are closed and lights are off.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 17 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: OK on 1 km snowmaking loop near lower stadium.
    1 km snowmaking loop has been groomed. Snow is sugary on the climbs and corners. There is some dirty snow but no major debris.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Dec 16 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1k loop packed hard with a thin layer of natural snow. 1 big sugary uphill, a few patches of ice and grass. A lot better than nothing!
    It was good to be able to get out and ski. The Loppet Fast Kids seemed to be enjoying it a lot!
    (Carleton Perry)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Varied...snow guns on.
    Skated at Elm at 2:30. Snow guns were blowing new snow onto the trails in three locations, creating three soft deposits of new snow (and three local micro-blizzards) and some blowing snow elsewhere on the trail. Skate deck was a touch firm/icy in a few places but the man made snow was getting around and covering up most of the old snow. Overall, the loop was in very good shape. A high school meet was getting started at around 3:30 pm so there was an enormous amount of traffic starting around 3:00 pm.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Good to poor on artificial snow loop. New snow helped a lot. Hopefully, star loop will be open soon.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good and getting better with each lap.
    Skied at noon. Multiple cannons are blowing snow on the manmade snow loop and it looks like they will keep the snow coming for as long as conditions allow. Aside from getting the cannon snow blast, skate conditions are delightful with about 1-2 inches of fluff to cover any icy spots. Classic tracks are nonexistent where the cannons are blowing, very good in other spots. Definitely worth the journey-thanks Elm Creek!
    (Sandy Schreyer)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Grooming 

    Elm Creek ski trails remained open during the warm rainy weather. We are resuming our snow making to cover sections of trails that needed additional snow. Our approach of making snow on our trails 3' deep has paid off. Elm Creek is able to stay open during these warm spells. [ Note: Please expect some trail interruptions and possible bypasses, as groomers try to generate additional snow while keeping the trail open -- Ed. ]
    (Wayne Iseri, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Elm Creek groomers nailed it!
    The Elm Creek team timed their grooming run perfectly this morning / last night. The man-made trails this morning were perfect corduroy before dawn. No icy spots at all. Snow guns were running to bank more snow, mostly on the downhill area. Tracks were drifted over in a couple spots from the new snow.
    (Adam Himes)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All manufactured snow trails will be closing at 4:30 PM today. Trails have not been regroomed and are in poor condition.
    Boulder Ridge is closed. Snowguns blowing snow this morning. Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are off. Visitor Center is open 9:00-5:00 PM. Rentals are not available.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 16 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Woodlands remains closed due to lack of snow.
    After a 75% melt down over the weekend and 1" snowfall Monday night there is not sufficient snow cover to ski or groom. Woodlands will remain closed for skiing until we get more snow.
    (Dave Kallemeyn)
  • Dec 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: No overnight grooming apparent. 25% glare ice, 75% light snow on top of ice, which actually helps quite a bit.
    Pretty decent double poling in classic track. If you venture out before tonight's shutdown, I recommend sticking to the Frog Town loop.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Dec 15 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Natural snow ski trails: Due to the weather over the last few days we have lost all of our natural snow pack. All trails including the golf courses are closed until adequate snow has fallen to groom and maintain them.
    Snow making loop: We currently have just over 1 kilometer of the manmade ski trails available to ski. Due to the warm weather we have lost a small portion of this snow but are mostly in good shape. We will have to add some snow back into a few small sections of what is currently open due to thin snow conditions. This will set us back a few days but we will continue making snow as long as the weather stays cold. The next week looks to be moderate for making snow with lows in the 20ís and high teens to highs in the mid 20ís to low 30ís.
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Dec 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails are packed, tracked and in poor condition. Unable to regroom due to warm temps.
    Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, and Scenic Foothill manufactured snowmade trails are open. Boulder Ridge is closed. Natural snow trails are not open. Lights are on for snowmade trails until 10:00 PM.
    Hyland Ski Trails will be closing Tuesday night until further notice to restart the manufactured snowmaking process. We are unable to estimate how long this process will take. We will reopen loops as we can. The air temp and amount of humidity is the challenging factors determining whether manufactured snow can be made, the amount of snow that can be produced and amount of time it will take. Wednesday will be closed. Day to day decisions after that.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good!
    Do not despair, xc skiers! I went out to Hyland Lake Park Reserve this morning at 6:30 and the snowmaking loop was in amazingly good shape, despite the recent unseasonably warm temperatures. I classic skied on my old no-wax skis and the classic track was in great shape and not too icy.
    (Steve Share)
  • Dec 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy, ungroomed.
    Myself and three other skiers out. Classic skied at 4:30 pm and was glad I wasn't skating since the skate lanes were sheets of ice - too warm to groom. Kind of creepy when it got dark because there were waves of fog rolling off the snow. Classic tracks were shallow but okay to ski in. Donut loop downhill a little scary with the ice.
    (Kathleen Miller)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks excellent for the temperature. Just a little soil to make things interesting.
    Classic-skied 3 x 3 km loop midday. The classic tracks were in excellent condition, really holding up extremely well. Dirty in small sections but generally amazing for 50 degrees. Used (30+ years) old Swix "Wallco" purple klister which worked perfectly.
    (Leonard Bernstein)
  • Dec 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed, lumpy and dirty.
    But very skiable. I was expecting to have to put my shoes on and go running instead of skiing when I stopped by at 4:30 tonight. But there were other people out skiing and when I joined them it was actually in decent shape. It was more icy than slushy. The place was nearly deserted the whole time I was there.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Dec 14 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Melting - rain might take out the remaining snow.
    The melt has reduced our 1 km loop to islands of snow on the fields and two disconnected stretches of snow in the woods and behind the bunker. These 350 meters of trail are not worth skiing right now. We will start making snow again on Tuesday.
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Getting dirty in spots.
    Skied at dusk. Overall still in great shape. Firm skate deck with no ice and no wet spots. Tree debris showing up in places. Track is hard. Caution: on the return on the gradual descent to the lower overfill lot there are some small sharp pebbles scattered on the skate deck. Classic track was clean.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly icy. Skiable. Fair.
    Getting dirty, but holding up.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 14 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Closed indefinitely. Even with the Woodlands ability to hold snow, we could not survive this epic meltdown. The ski trials will be closed until we get significant snow. Sorry.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Dec 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Way better than you'd expect. Ya, the snow isn't so white but no bare spots or rocks and its fast. So put away those running shoes and go skiing.
    (Jim Mullin)
  • Dec 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm and well warm.
    I wasn't sure what to expect this morning when I got to Hyland. I was preparing for the worst but was pretty surprised how good the snow actually was. There were a few spots of dirt coming up but overall it was a good surface. As I was leaving the HS meet was getting ready to start so I'm sure it got a lot of use in the 40+ temps. Use tomorrow as a recovery day and I'm starting my snow dance tonight.
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Low expectations are the key to happiness. Skied the yellow and green loop spur that goes out to the lake multiple times. It was a mix of nice stretches and then debris and really thin spots. It reminded me of spring skiing. I classic skied and skated. I used a gamish of grass, twigs, dirt, purple, universal, and OV klisters for kick. Very enjoyable. By 10AM there was noticeable melting.
    (Ray Johnston)
  • Dec 13 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed classic and skate!
    The man made loop was groomed this morning and conditions will most likely be soft with the forecasted temps today. We will not be grooming Sunday morning with overnight temps in the mid 40's and drizzle forecasted. We want to preserve the snow pack as much as possible for later in the season. Conditions may be icy on Sunday. We will reevaluate for Monday. Thanks!
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks and skating deck were in good condition this afternoon.
    The no wax skis worked great today at Hyland. The 5K course is really well laid out and fun to ski. We ran into Roy Carlsted, and he's still going strong with his skiing at 91! Wow--he's quite an inspiration!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still excellent for skate and classic.
    I klister skied in the morning. Fast glazed tracks. Swix universal klister iced a bit on the steep climb out of the tracks by the downhill area. Might want to cover with hard wax or a silver or tar klister. Skate lane looked great with no wet or soft spots. Most of the course appears to have 2 to 3 feet of densely packed granular base. There is no damage being done to the trails. Any ruts should be groomed out in the evening and should be fresh corduroy in the morning and a fresh classic track set. This is exactly why the man made snow loop was built - to allow skiing when nature does not cooperate. With the base so deep there is no need to use rock skis at this point. Ski bases get dirty in manmade snow, but they don't get scratched unless there are rocks in the trail.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Decent for classic and skate on Valley.
    I classic and skate skied on Valley starting around 4pm today. The tracks were in decent shape except in the inside corners which were trampled. One spot is actually starting to look thin on the south end by the little yellow house. The skate deck was varied, firm in some places, others with a 1-2" coating of mashed-potatoes, likely due to the high traffic of a dozen or so school teams on-site for practice on a warm day. Still, it was a great day for skiing.
    (Brad Johnson)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions, plenty of snow.
    Skied around noon time. Temps were in the upper 30s, but felt a little cool and damp. Skating lane was fairly firm and wasn't as slow as I thought it might be. Not sure I would have liked classic skiing, but the skating was enjoyable, especially given the temps.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Dec 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic skiied the valley trail and northern lights this morning. Tracks were fast on the Valley. snow was soft in the skating lane. Northern Lights was rolled only. Snow was soft enough to ski without a set track. It was possible to avoid dirty snow but rock skis may be advisable.
    Waxless skis worked well. Had a great ski.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Dec 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm and the snow is showing the effect of the weather.
    Got there really early this morning to beat the thaw but it was a loosing battle. The snow was really wet and soft. I was doing more damage than good so I decided to call it a day. Hopefully common sense will prevail this weekend because the weather isn't being nice. Make it a recovery weekend. It isn't worth skiing and wrecking the trails for everyone else. [ Generally the man-made snow is more impervious to long-term damage from the warm weather, especially when groomed before temps cool down -- Ed. ]
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Manmade snow loop: Very good for classic with no ice, and used a hard wax with no problems.
    It felt good to get out skiing again! I just got back from six weeks in Florida, and the transition back to MN weather hasn't been easy. Elm got me back in a positive groove!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Dec 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The Yellow trail is worn from use and no classic track. Its a total mixed bag of everything from 2-3 inches of snow to ice. I skied classic rock skis.
    There must have been an event for the trail to show as much wear as it has. The obvious start line is near the Nordic Center. Its challenging skiing on classics since every little bump is still there with the thin cover and no track. On downhills the skate marks grabbed the skis a little in deeper snow. Other places the down hills are polished but not boilerplate. More than once there was an outside edge down. Ankles rolled side to side. I really enjoy skiing this type of condition because it is not perfect. Classic skier will have some challenges if the trail holds up. Skate skiers should be good to go on the rock skis. I met one other skier on classic skis. Thank You Washington County Parks for the huge effort it took to get snow on one loop!
    (Jeff Bolte)
  • Dec 11 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on all trails.
    Getting soft and a little beat up, but that's a good problem.
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks still there, stake deck solid.
    I skied an hour each of classic and skate this morning. The classic tracks were dying a slow death. They were in good shape when I started at 9:00 am but each lap I did was slower than the previous (HR's were steady so the change in the tracks seemed to be the reason for the slowdown). The tracks were getting soft and starting to wash out in the corner by the time I switched to skate. Had great kick though with my Mohair waxless skis. Different story on the skate deck. The skate deck had a reasonably firm base with a top layer of grainy mush here and there. Easy to hold an edge and, unlike my classic ski, each lap skating was faster than the previous as glide steadily improved with the traffic. I turned in some of my fastest laps this season today skating.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Dec 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming 

    Yellow loop on east side is skiable due to snow being put on the trail. All other trails in rough shape. Regular park hours - no lights.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Dec 11 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Woodland Trails ski and winter walking trails will be closed starting at noon Friday, December 12th and will remain closed until at least Monday morning. This is being done in an effort to preserve the trail base. I hope there is some left on Monday. Thanks.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Dec 10 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good conditions where snowed in!
    We are continuing to make snow at Wirth while conditions are favorable. We obviously have a very warm weather stretch coming in which we won't be able to make snow. We are planning on opening another small section of trail sometime tomorrow morning, this should give us just over 1K of manmade trail open. We will continue to open more areas as they are snowed in. Thanks for your patience!
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Dec 10 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slightly abrasive and worn, icy in some spots.
    Skied from sun up for about 2 hours on classic waxless. Tracks are a little icy and had a bit of trouble gripping, inside corners are all washed out.
    Photos:  
    (Chris Gauthier)
  • Dec 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfectly groomed for skate and classic on the man made snow loop.
    Wow! The groomers did a fabulous job of serving up near ideal snow conditions on the man made snow loop! The skate deck was very fast but with just the right amount of loose snow on top. Had a lovely ski there! Classic tracks looked great too. Did not venture out on the natural snow loop.
    (Dick Stardig)
  • Dec 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, icy on Northern Lights.
    Skied for a while on the trails in the evening. The man-made loop is fast, and only slightly icy in some places. The Northern Lights loop was icy and rutted, but good to work on your balance on the slippery stuff--something we had none of last year. Only a few dirty sections that were certainly avoidable--A skis maybe, but I was on B skis.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Dec 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Well skied but still fast.
    Got to the park around 7 pm and as expected it was very busy. All the lots were filled. The trail was pretty skied in but to my surprise it was still very fast. The big downhill was tough to get up V1ing so it was a birkie shuffle up that one. Other than that all the hills were in decent shape.
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 9 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lots of snow, could ski just about anywhere.
    Tuesday night I checked out Phalen. There is plenty of snow on all the fairways. Crusty but you could ski in tracks or skate in a path. It was very nice.
    (Bill Stuber)
  • Dec 9 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fine skating, loose crusty snow covering solid base. Classic would be acceptable without track set.
    Midday ski outer loop found consistent loose cover of 1/4-1/2 inch fresh snow. Easily controlled edging on downhills. Even the areas that had been getting glare ice had edge setting material. This all means fun! Only thing to be really careful for was the three whitetail deer sharing different parts of the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Dec 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Continued perfect grooming. Top of Boulder Ridge sunrise is amazing. Watch out for Bambi on the descent, she has a tendency of crossing the trail in the morning.
    (Bill Oyler)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair, 2-3 inches of new snow over a very hard base.
    Ungroomed but skied in tracks. Some areas are good while others are poor. Use rock skis with very sharp carbide pole tips.
    (John Jereczek)
  • Dec 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied both the 5 K and 10 K on Wednesday just after noon. Skating was good. A few icy spots and a few thin spots, but remarkably good. I used rock skis but could have been on "B" skis for sure. There was a classic track on the 5 K, not on the 10 K. Yes, that is my shadow on the picture, we did see the sun for a few hours today!
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Dec 17 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed only by a 4 wheel truck or two.
    I was headed out to ski Skyline West midday today when I noticed tire tracks from a vehicle going into the otherwise untouched Magney trails, so I followed them. The multiple sets of tires set upon the trails yesterday or the day before, pre freeze, yet post most of the snow, began at the trail head and continued up through Bardon's Peak parting ways with the ski trail at the far end of Skyline West, where the road is supposed to be blocked off to traffic for the year. The damage the multiple vehicle passes created is extensive as the trails were wet and vulnerable. The trail portions untouched remain full of 4-6 inches sparkling sugar like powder, with a couple of slush areas underneath.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 17 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    The trail is ungroomed but lots of ski traffic has made for a fairly fast trail. There are some bare spots and "rotten" spots from too much water under the snow. The back half of the trail is in very good condition.
    (Kari Hedin)
  • Dec 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    While other areas were rained out we lost very little and made it all back with over 4 inches of new snow monday evening along another couple inches Tuesday evening. All trails groomed and skiing is ideal.
    (George Hovland, Snowflake Nordic Center)
  • Dec 13 - Enger Golf Course (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow and mushy clumping when stopped.
    We classic skied at Enger to avoid rutting the groomed trails today. It was mid 30's, foggy, and patchy snow with 85% coverage on the course. If we skied back over our tracks too many times we pulled grass up.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 12 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: styrofoam consistency with many human footprints!
    We skated today and I did most of the trails since there were no real classic tracks. We encountered another person walking a dog on the trail and she was totally unaware it had been groomed because of all the footprints. Maybe a gigantic red sign would help people realize it is a groomed ski trail? The small loop is firmer than the outer loop. The snow in the larger loop was getting slower and more like styrofoam the more I skied. Temps were rising and snow was also getting more "sinky" so I'd strongly suggest staying off of the groomed trails until temps are below freezing!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 11 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great trail conditions.
    I skied Snowflake after work Thursday evening. The trails were in amazing shape and should hold up with the warmer weather. If you ski after dark do bring a headlamp for the dark areas, but it is well worth it.
    (Mark Knutson)
  • Dec 11 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Campground loop good for skate, classic fair.
    We skated the campground loop after dark tonight and it was fast and fun without any ice or bare ground! The classic tracks have taken a beating in spots.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Rolled with new snow, no tracks and footprints.
    We skated the smaller loop today late morning and could have skated all the trails because there are no real tracks. The skied in tracks are disconnected, nothing distinct and continued. We were greeted by a woman walking right up the middle of the skate lane looking for her dog who she had been walking on it off leash. We reminded her that there is no walking or dogs on groomed ski trails and were met with great resistance. The skating was actually good despite the many large divots from human feet!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 10 - Skyline West Parkway (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Almost virgin snow, about 6 inches of it!
    We broke some classic trails today skijoring and classic skiing on Skyline West today! There was one snowmobile track and the rest was fresh and pure! If you want a nice place to skijor with a dog on leash this would be fun!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 9 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellant skating, good classical.
    I skied both the 10K and 5K Tuesday. Both are well groomed and in great shape for skating. Firm base and just the right amount of new snow for great glide. There is a groomed track on both the 10K and 5K, but there are many places with grass/dirt in the track. I'd jump on it soon though. Afraid the warm up will do some significant damage as the cover just isn't that deep yet. Sorry I didn't any pics. Next time.
    (Steve Hagedorn)
  • Dec 9 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great! Fresh grooming and fast snow.
    We skated the campground loop tonight after dark and found it to be in great shape! The skate deck is firm with just the right amount of edge that allowed even my beginners to skate with confidence! There is also a classic track however, we did not use it.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 9 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Once again Snowflake picked up more snow than at my house, maybe 5 miles away, in the Sunday night/early Monday snow. We only skied the 5 K. Groomed and tracked, decent classic track, with grass/dirt in spots. Skating was very nice. I think the 10 K was groomed and tracked too. I used my best classic and "B" skate skis.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Dec 9 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow but beautiful weather.
    Got out today. No classic track is groomed but the trail is nice. No exposed ground, slow snow, but it's better than sitting inside all day.
    (Dylan Hendrickson)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 12 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: First Tracks on Banadad - 9.4 km tracked including Banadad to Meads Lake Portage and Lace Lake Trails.
    Skiing good to excellent! Some center stubble poking through the snow.
    (Ted Young)
  • Dec 10 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 2-4" of unrolled snow.
    Evidently, I have become the Nordic lab rat for testing the Sugarbush System. I skate skied the Onion River Road Wednesday night for my second ski of the season, and second on my surgically repaired knee. No other tracks on the road. A couple of shallow, rock-laden areas up to 2 km (with obligatory face-plants... yay for face-plants!), but good thereafter (I only went to 3 km; no reason for it not to be good to the turn-around). Warm weather will make future skiing dicey, but I skied. Dammit, I skied!
    (Bill Lane)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. The base held up to rain and warm very well through weekend, and an inch or two of natural snow whitened things up beautifully. Groomed impeccably for the biathlon races, in outstanding condition today. 2k+ in great condition.
    Big HS race on Thursday but open for citizen skiing through the coming weekend and beyond.
    (Jon Arntson)
  • Dec 17 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good- Fresh snow & fresh grooming in last 24 hours!
    Significant melt during the warm temps and rain last weekend, but fortunately the rain turned to snow as temps dropped yesterday. 2-3" fresh snow, with much of the nordic system already groomed by end of today. I skated the golf course, Cedar, Summit, Gold and Bronze trails. Classic tracks are again shallow from the looks of it. The golf course was a little sketchy, so better to leave and return via the Bronze trail. The good early season base was not totally lost, and is feeling quite solid under the fresh snow. Not the Most of trails back to reasonable shape. Definitely quality skiing, but rock skis recommended and keep an eye out!
    Photos:  
    (Shawn Callahan, Green Gate Guest House)
  Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 10 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Darned good skating, considering how little snow we've gotten!
    Ely has only received flurries, until -- thankfully -- two inches yesterday. Most of the trails are rolled and groomed, with some surprisingly good-looking classic tracks. I'm still using rock skis but, since yesterday's snow, haven't come across any.
    (Elton Brown)
  Other locations
  • Dec 10 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The Green entry, Orange, Yellow, and about 1/2 of Red Trails were mowed before the snow got too deep. All those but the Red have now been rolled twice. There isn't enough snow to set tracks. The VNP access trail (Blue) has not been mowed or rolled. Trail is wide and corduroy looks nice.
    I skated the rolled trails in +24F this morning and was pleasantly surprised - very few rocks visible, grassy in places and twigs where I could not mow. Bumpy as expected without grooming machines leveling. But skiing was actually fine - it has started!
    Photos:  
    (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Dusting of fluff snow on top of frozen ground/scattered ice patches. 9 degrees, off and on flurries.
    The Midwest mid December meltdown was not kind to the trails at Maplelag. We lost the majority of our base before cooling down and getting a dusting of snow last night. The 4km loop on Skaters Waltz we farmed and shoveled snow on has the most scattered icy patches below the dusting but we need 4-6" of snow before we can have good skiing. The trails are open for hiking, running, and the twin lakes singletrack remains open for fat biking as it will all winter.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Dec 11 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 26 degrees, frosty. Good early season/rock skiing conditions.
    With cooler temps forecasted today and tomorrow, we will have the trails open today and Friday. Based on forecast, we will close on Saturday and Sunday and hope to reopen again on Monday. Skaters waltz is in best condition for skating (could use B skis if careful) and classic skiing best on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. North Loup has been mostly good for skating as well, just a few rough areas to watch out for. Get out today and tomorrow!
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Dec 10 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Conditions on Skaters, Sukkerbusk, and Twin Lakes are - as of today - even better than described on the web page.
    I wish I lived a bit closer to Maplelag, but still hope to be back a few times in the season. Thank you for this first-rate recreational opportunity!
    (Istvan Gombocz)
  • Dec 9 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Light dusting new snow on top of 1-3" crusty base. Grooming on 10km of trail, 3km new track set. 21 degrees, frosty.
    Frosty day at Maplelag with trees covered thick with frost. Skaters waltz and Suicide Hill combed this morning and track set opposite of track set on Friday, on Sukkerbusk. Noon ski patrol found fair to good rock skiing conditions. Beautiful day in the woods. With warm weather forecasted later this week and weekend, we will be closing the trails Thursday at noon until Sunday noon to preserve the current base as much as possible. Will continue working on skaters waltz and the start area the rest of the week, building up the base in the thin areas as much as we can. Get out and ski tomorrow and Thursday morning!!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Minnesota Central

  Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 9 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skating lanes (only) groomed today. 3 inches of snow reduced to 1 inch or less. Leaves, grass and small twigs showing through in many areas. Rock skis a must.
    Next grooming when 2+ inches of snow falls.
    (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, for rock skiing.
    The north loop is 95% covered with an inch of snow over an icy base. Pretty good if you keep your head up and avoid bad spots. Some low areas are flooded and iced over, but are passable. 3 k of trail is skiable and connected without taking skis off. There is not too much dirt or grass showing. The south side trails, Hilltop and Orchard, are very thin.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Baldwin)
  • Dec 15 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Poor to no snow; Ski trail lights have been turned off. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Trail changing from poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 15 - Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park (Saint Joseph): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
    Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
    (Julie Nistler)
  • Dec 12 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Overcast, low to mid 30's. First trail I've seen this season with a good classic track - I skated. Some seed litter but generally excellent coverage. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
    Business brought me up to St. Cloud so I stopped by Graystone before my my return to the Cities since the trail reports looked good. Little difficult to find the entrance since the trailhead is on prison property among several storage buildings. But I did locate it and found some nicely groomed trails. No surprise, it was slow but the downhills and flats were okay. I did Orchard and the warm up loop in about an hour.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Dec 11 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate lane groomed this morning on Orchard, Warm-up, and Hilltop.
    Still full coverage, some areas of leafy debris, shallow classic tracks still in place.
    (Dan Fark)
  • Dec 10 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, some bumps and sticks.
    The pine knob and old road trails are in good shape with very few sticks and a few bumps showing. The road is particularly good, nothing on the trail at all. Zicke zacke and trinity are rough, with lots of bumps and not as good of coverage. Very good overall.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Baldwin)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 12 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mixed; fair to pretty good skating.
    With warming temperatures, trail conditions were very variable owing to different water contents. Some stretches were somewhat wet, but not too slow, while others were similar to, but not quite as fast as yesterday. More hoar frost was falling in some places and this too made for some good skiing. All of this was as of 3:00-4:15 today. Actually quite fun overall.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Dec 11 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Half inch or so of sugar over very firm base; good to very good to excellent skating!
    Wow! Trails were recently groomed, and the tilling combined with a substantial accumulation of hoar frost skiing was a pleasure this morning (9:30-11:30). There is actually corduroy in some sections. It was easy, as my friend George says, "to ski easy" and relaxed - and still go fast. I skied all trails (except the short Chuck Wagon cutoff). With the frost accumulation the trails are "whiter" but there remain some dirty, debris-strewn stretches and an occasional icy patch. These are, however no problem. Hey, so far we're not only surviving but thriving out here!
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Dec 9 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Glazed-to-icy; mostly fair skiing but some better sections.
    Glazing was more substantial today making the crust harder than Sunday. Dirt, leaves, and twigs abound but overall still very skiable and a few short sections (0.5-1 km) remain relatively good. Rock skis might be preferred but still not absolutely necessary.
    (Keith Brugger)
  Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Very green looking grass with some nice brown leaves on top.
    No snow, no skiing - we are considering mowing the grass one last time.
    (Henry Walker)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New 2" powder over icy base. Some really thin areas.
    Decent skating, no classic track. We lost a lot of snow on Monday but held onto a base at OO. Certainly good training but not the mid-winter conditions we've had for the last month. Bring your B skis.
    (Joel Harrison, New Moon Ski Shop)
  • Dec 17 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Poor to mediocre, with no tracks set.
    The Drummond Ski Trails received from 3-5 inches of new, fluffy, dry snow on Tuesday-Wednesday. After the meltdown of last week, followed by a day of rain, there still isn't enough accumulation to roll, let alone set track. Sorry, but that's the situation.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Dec 12 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Firsthand 

    Pretty junky. Snow machine tracks from earlier in the week. "Rustic" conditions at best, which is too bad for one of the few flat places to ski near Cable.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Dec 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied the Birkie trail from Power Lines to Boedecker including Birkie Ridge. Came back on the Birkie classic trail. Also recently groomed (Thursday?) but classic track not reset. Not "race day" smooth just yet but getting close.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Dec 12 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Fantastic for skate and classic. North End trails were groomed today with a fresh full depth classic track. Hasn't snowed recently so they're beginning to accumulate some tree litter but really great skiing overall.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Dec 11 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Compacted with no new snow.
    All of the loops have been compacted. They have all been run over one snowmobile track wide, most have been run 1 1/2 wide or about 30 inches. That compaction alone will improve skiing. All of the downed trees on the Boulevard and the other loops have been cut and taken off the trails. There are still a lot of twigs and leaves on the surface in places. The base is probably about 3", but untracked. We will not do anything more until we get significant new snow.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Dec 10 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Early season conditions. Was able to groom for skate and classic, but there are areas where the snow depth was insufficient, groomer tracks bottomed out at a few spots so watch for rocks and wiggles in classic track. There are a lot of twigs on the trail. Bring rock skis, be careful and have fun. Base 1/2-6 inches.
    (Eli Rosenstein, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 9 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good. All the main loops were groomed today. The classic track on the B and C loops is in great shape. Hard wax conditions.
    (Dave Tomasula)
  • Dec 9 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good. Coverage isn't perfect but good enough for good skis.
    The groomer was out on the Korteloppet trail and North End trails this morning. South towards OO, no grooming since last snow on Sunday. Classic tracks are now skied in on both classic trail and skate trail. Hope we don't get too much melting.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Pratt)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Some icy spots.
    Trail was combed Wednesday and track was set on the entry system. Some portions of the track did not set well due to a thin layer of snow over ice and slush.
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating - good; classic- tracked only up to Trailhead Junction.
    Winter Wonderland! The groomer was out the whole time we skied and groomed for skating only for most of the system. Beautiful skate deck, with some wet/icy sections scattered. Classic track on first section (up to Trail Head) had about 2-3% thin icy track from wet base, but rest was good. I was classic skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Dave Arvold)
  • Dec 15 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Poor. Numerous wet/icy spots.
    After several days of above freezing temperatures and rain, the trail is in poor condition with numerous wet spots. Snow and cooler temps are in the forecast for Tuesday and grooming will resume when conditions allow.
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 11 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Got to After Hours early since temps already mid 20s by 8 AM. It was 28 when I left about 1:00 PM. They had several inches of snow in the Sunday night/Monday morning event. Perfectly groomed, trees beautiful. I skied all trails, including classic only, and it was about perfect. Fast glide, good kick with gold old Swix Blue. Skating great too. The pictures tell the story, including the one of the Brule River, reminding us why we go to these trails even when there is plenty of snow everywhere.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Dec 10 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The entire trail system was packed today. We received about 3" of new snow earlier this week. No classic track was put down because of the lack of base. Base depth ranges from 1/2" to 2".
    I would still suggest rock skis since there are a few spots that have dirt/gravel mixed in the snow. Trail was groomed to an average of 6' wide.
    (Kevin Feind, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 10 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good classical tracks and skate deck as well. Appears as if they had groomed this morning or last night. Great 90 minute ski with no human encounters. Take advantage of this gem before warmer weather.
    (Bill Stroozas)
  • Dec 9 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Uniquely rolled, some icy, some firm, some mushy.
    I arrived at the 28th street trailhead around midday today and what I saw was interesting. The trails have been "packed" but with some issues. What was done most likely took quite a bit of time and effort and should help somewhat in preserving the snow, however, it is not too pleasant to ski on. It appears a groomer went around and around making passes with only the snowmobile on the Red, Green and Blue trails. I was not able to make it out to the yellow, orange or purple. The trail is a mix of frozen snowmobile tracks, mushy tracks and nice snow tracks. The usual patches that show during lower snow are peeking out. I'm just glad the city let them out to groom!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails are in good condition. The Teuton Trail tracks were reset. The base is about 8 inches. The Valkyrie Trail had tracks set today. Skiers were informing the groomer that the snow is very sticky and wet. Both trails are in good condition.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 17 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today, thanks to Bob and Steve, we were able to get Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford groomed and tracked. Then on the classic trails, Sugarbush, Black Bear, Birch Hill were tracked, Oppedahl's was packed.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 17 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails 10 to 12 inches of new snow. The Teuton Trail was rolled and groomed with tracks. Base is 8-10 inches and bumpy. Conditions are good. The Valkyrie Trail was rolled with a base of around 8 inches. Both parking lots have been plowed this afternoon. Please remember there are no dogs are snowshoeing allowed on groomed trails. Grooming plans: The Valkyrie trail should be groomed and tracks set tomorrow morning.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 16 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today I rolled and tracked Sugarbush Classic, and rolled: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. There was about 4-6 inches of new snow. There was about 5" of packed base on Telford, and 6" of packed base on Anchor and Seagull. There were a couple of wet spots on Sugarbush. Hopefully we will be able to finish groom most of the core trails tomorrow.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 15 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Valkyrie and Teuton trails bases have gone from 6 to 7 inches down to 2 to 4 inches. The tracks are still in place and visible. Due to rain and warm temperatures, grooming was not done today. More snow and colder temperatures are needed. The parking lots are very icy.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we regroomed the skate lanes of Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 12 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails were rolled on Wednesday. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails have a base of about 6 inches in places. Base depths vary along the trail. The groomer is reporting thin snow coverage on the sections of the trail that go through red pine stands on the Valkyrie Trails. The groomer set track on both trail systems today in anticipation for the predicted warm temperatures with drizzle or rain this weekend. The trail's conditions vary in condition in places from good to excellent. Please remember that snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails. Please see the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations. The annual Forest user pass or daily user fee is required for use of trails and associated facilities.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 10 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Attempted to groom today. No tracks were set with groomer, holes in snow and standing water with thin ice. Base 0-2 inches.
    (Eli Rosenstein, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 9 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today the crew groomed and tracked Jolly Long, and tracked: Sugarbush, Black Bear, Oppedahl's, Birch Hill, and the Jolly Connector. At this point most of the wet spots are gone. Remember logging is still happening on Deerpath and Raven, so please give that equipment plenty of room.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Closed/unskiable.
    We've lost most of our snow and what's left of the base will become a sheet of ice when it freezes.
    (Louis Muench)
  • Dec 12 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, good classic track. Half inch of new snow on top of a firm skate deck even with temps above freezing.
    Classic skied the outer loop at the end of the day. Used skintecs which were excellent as the softness of the snow was variable. Best classic ski of the season so far. Good tracks good coverage, Well worth the trip from the twins.
    (Timothy Nelson)
  • Dec 10 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good, recently tracked and groomed for skating, some bark, leaves, and a couple of undulating sections.
    Larry Flynn recently groomed the skate lane and set a new track as the Spooner area received about an inch of new snow earlier in the week. Plenty of skiers, young and old, many from Shell Lake and Spooner have been out enjoying the seven kilometer trail system. The trails are in good shape and with the warmer temps great glide and speed can be achieved. The lights are on each evening until 11.
    (David Martin)
  • Dec 10 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good, with some thin spots.
    Trails were recently tracked for striding, there are some thin spots, with some plowed road crossings. Caution, muzzle load season is still on for a few more days as this area does see some hunting.
    (David Martin)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 14 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Finished for the time being.
    The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
    Photos:  
    (Bob Schwartz)
  • Dec 14 - Lowes Creek County Park (Eau Claire): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Finished for the time being.
    The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
    Photos:  
    (Bob Schwartz)
  • Dec 9 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Paper thin base. Starting to ice up. Leave your good skis at home.
    We are still skiing, but conditions are getting sketchy. The base is very thin and patches of grass and dirt are appearing. Stick to the flats, avoid the hills.
    (Bob Schwartz)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 15 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Ski trails closed until further notice (after we get a good amount of new snow); it was great while it lasted!
    (Scott Everson)
  • Dec 11 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow cover in most places. I would still use my second line skis, but actually I never picked up dirt or rocks. Groomed a couple days ago. I did both skating and striding (with my no wax skis).
    This a great near north location for anyone in central Wisconsin. The snow is getting old and the classic tracks more slick, but still worth a trip. The groomers are skiers and making the most of it. The only problems I encountered were near the road and on a few humps in the trail, and with a few more inches of snow the vision of Isaiah 40:4 will be a full reality at Forest Springs.
    (Jim Mohr)
  • Dec 9 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Very good conditions. I groomed all of the skate lanes today. The tracks already look fine; re-grooming there would just mess it up. We have surprisingly decent snow cover, at least for a few more days.
    (Scott Everson)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand 

    Skate skied this morning. Trails were in great shape and survived the "meltdown". The new snow groomed in nicely and the trails were way better than I thought they would be. " A" skis as long as your careful. The classic tracks have also been reset and in good shape. We then hit the fat bike trails this afternoon and had a blast.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Oestreich)
  • Dec 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: excellent. Striding: very good.
    This trail not only survived the thaw, but is thriving! The skate deck had excellent coverage, no ice, even the usual thin spots under the pines was very good, and just a little soft in a few spots. The track was good, but was thin in spots and fair amount of glazed areas in the bottom of the tracks which made them super fast! Kudos to Tom for an awesome grooming job! This trail is ready to rock n roll. Temp was 24 degrees and sunny - a great day on the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were groomed this morning, and ready for skate skiers. With only about a 3 inch base we still cannot set the classic track. The deck is rough in spots and rock skis would certainly be in order.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Dec 17 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Trail groomed Wednesday. Bring "B" skis as there are a few semi-exposed spots between lakes and by Lake Tomahawk. Groomed for skating only until next snowfall!
    (Andrew Teichmiller)
  • Dec 17 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ski trail was groomed and tracks reset this afternoon. Trails are in good shape.
    I skate skied the trails tonight and they were surprisingly good after losing so much snow the last few days. The base held up well and is very firm - pole plants were solid. There are a few weeds poking through in sections that missed getting mowed this fall - but it's really just aesthetics - and there's a section after the snowmobile trail crossing that's bumpy but it's easy to pick a line through it.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Dec 17 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Striding: Good, shallow skied in track.
    We made our contributions to the skied in track. The track is pretty darn good, good coverage - did not hit anything, and awesome winter wonderland with all the new snow. Another 1-2 inches overnight and today. Even the usually thin areas under the big pines on the way back from the shelter were good. Temp was 22F.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good for skate, minimal classic track.
    Trails had not been groomed after the 2-4 inch snowfall that occurred as temps returned to normal after the big meltdown. I skated Silver Strider, XC Xpress, Sleigh Ride and Nepcos Cruise. There were very few places where the base was lost, mostly on the west end of XC Xpress. Just about everywhere else I went the skiing was quite nice. Used rock skis today but only hit ground in those previously mentioned thin areas. Should be easier to spot once groomed.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 17 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Tracks and skate lane both have full coverage. Some surface debris in a few stretches.
    Entire trail was groomed this morning.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 17 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Poor conditions after warm weather, need more snow before grooming.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Smooth skate lane. Deep classic tracks. 4" new. We will reopen at noon on Thursday Dec 18.
    Closing our trail system when the snow was soft is one of the reasons why we survived the melt so well. Pushing a leaf blower twice (left and right side) through our entire trail system keeps the trail surface dry, and results in less water soaking through to the trail surface. Reason #2 also makes my legs strong. Trails have been groomed twice now (last night until 2am, and again this morning, since the melt). Classic tracks have been reset with only a spot or two of grass showing through. Skate lanes are amazingly smooth and even. Trails have been groomed 17 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The bases survived the rain! Most trails are skiing very nicely. Some good snow overnight, but it wasn't cold enough to groom. The high school racers skied-in some nice skate decks on Base Loop and Tornado Alley. Rock skis are in vogue again, just to be safe. Look out for icy patches on Creek Trail and XC Express.
    If our trail inspectors find good skiing, we'll wait until Thursday night to groom again.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Skiable. Almost an inch of new, dry snow on top of a variable crust. Tracks are present but poorly defined due to the recent warm temps and rain. Blue Extra provided good kick and super glide.
    Grooming plans: Some remedial grooming will be attempted tomorrow.
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: fair, striding: fair, shallow skied in track.
    The trail survived the big thaw. There was 1-2 inches of snow upon a frozen deck. The trail was very bumpy and uneven with stretches of good coverage, thin areas north and east side of the lake, and one big wet area on the west side of the lake. The trail is skiable, but rock skis for sure. The temp was 24 degrees.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 16 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Most of the base held 1"-4" with 1"+ fresh snow.
    Not all trails have been evaluated, so ski at your own risk.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 15 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Like everyone else the meltdown has hit us hard. Grooming is suspended until we get sufficient new snow. When the freeze hits tomorrow expect ice rink like conditions on the trails.
    I last skied Saturday when conditions were still fairly good though beginning to deteriorate. Tracks are still present as of today, but if it were me I'd stay off the trails until things get better.
    (Will Maines)
  • Dec 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    All trails will be closed for Monday, December 15. We are preserving our 2"-5" base for a high school race on Tuesday and public skiing once the temps drop back below freezing. Think snow!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 14 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Firm crusts atop mush, easily punchable if you don't ski with a light touch. Still lots of decent stretches of trail, but also debris areas and isolated ice and dirt spots.
    We encourage striding until we get colder temps and more snow.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: Fair, soft, slow deck. Striding: Good spring conditions.
    Arrived at Winter Park at 8:45 and temp was already 34 degrees. We attempted to skate but the deck was already painfully slow, sticky, with lots of suctions (I had high fluoro rex purple with 5 mm rill too). We quit after 4 km and decided to tour Lake Marie with our no wax classical skis. The striding track was good, a little slow too, organic debris here and there. The skating deck had mostly good coverage with thin spots here and there. The parking lot was full, chalet was packed, but we saw only 2 other skiers on our Lake Marie ski. Left at 12:30 with temp 39F and skating deck was getting soft.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good considering the warm temperatures.
    I began skiing around 8:30am with temperature around 34 degrees. The trail was fairly firm but quite slow. Be careful on the downhill stretches as there are spots that will bring you to a stop abruptly. My no-wax skis worked perfectly for the conditions.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Dec 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails are above average this morning with isolated thin spots and dirt. Good skis are still OK, but bring your B skis just in case. The old-school single track Wilderness Trails will be closed this weekend to preserve the snow base.
    Happy Demo Day! Atomic, Salomon, & Fischer will be here with their skis and boots all day. The Wisconsin Trailblazers will teach Skijoring, too!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent. Skate and Classic.
    Grooming plans: I will groom the trails tonight and see what the weatherman brings us for the weekend. Made the mistake of believing the forecast and announced the trails will be closed Saturday through Monday. It was much cooler than predicted today and now they have dropped the predicted high for tomorrow to 37F. From now on I will not close the trails that far in advance. We will be open till at least noon tomorrow. We are still planning to be closed Sunday and Monday. But stay tuned because the weatherman may change his tune again.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 12 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail is in very good shape. Watch as warmer weather could expose thin spots in some areas. Lighted skaters loop is looking great!
    All trails groomed for skating. Classic tracks set. Lights come on our lighted loop at dusk until 9:30 pm. Please donate to the trail fund.
    (Andrew Teichmiller)
  • Dec 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Still have "A" skis conditions, but "B" skis are suggested for trails rated 3 and lower. We'll groom very, very early each morning. Come Ski us today, and join us tomorrow for Demo Day!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 11 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Well tilled, aged snow, with some organic debris.
    The skate deck was firm at 23F, with tracks hard packed and PB massaged into Germanic precision. A ripping good time for both techniques, and while not everything is open, well worth a trip if in the neighborhood. Weekend Thaw seems manageable with lots of overcast and some moisture abounding to make the Demo a solid "Go". Stay tuned for the Post Weekend outcome, but it looks favorable at this time.
    (Ken Schoville)
  • Dec 11 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    Most open segments had been given a fresh set of courderoy and were super fast this morning. Just a whole lot of fun.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 11 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair with 4" base needs more snow and I need to rake to level areas.
    Butternut, roller coaster, tom's hill and pat shay all groomed and most tracked. Some bumps expect it should set well with low temps tonight.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 10 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
    Fat biking the ski trails and snowshoe trails a ton recently. Some of the way out snowshoe trails are still too soft for lack of traffic. All skate lanes are very firm and fast. We have a fantastic base and want to keep it that way. With the warm weather on the way we are planning to be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Closing will ensure that we will have the best possible conditions after the melt. Trails have been groomed 14 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 10 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly very good to excellent with some exceptions.
    Throwback to 80's: great early December snow at MWP. Trails over marshes like River Run not open yet, only first half of Lake Marie open, but many of the rest are in great shape with firm classic tracks and great skate surface. Exceptions are sections under pines where surface is pretty thin.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Dec 10 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked, excellent condition.
    Skate deck firmed up nicely since last week. Tracks looked superb. Hope the warm weather does not have a negative effect on the base. Been nice getting good miles in early this year!
    (Mike Olkowski)
  • Dec 10 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good condition, about 8-10 inches of snow on the ground in the woods. Warmer weather predicted so next few days should be prime.
    Not much new snow in last week and still hit no ground while out tracking. Older snow means plenty of animal tracks. I saw deer otter beaver, fox, grouse, coyote and Fisher tracks while grooming today.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 10 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair 4" base should set well tonight need to set a better base next couple runs. Went over twice today.
    All trails are groomed and tracked, rakes were not working so sorry some mounds. Grooming plans: Will rake and re-groom when fixed, plan on grooming butternut and Pat Shay on Nicolet North portion tomorrow.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 10 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skaters loop leveled and groomed. Fair to good conditions. All other loops leveled and groomed. Good conditions.
    I had some issues with the groomer when grooming the skaters loop which left a "rut" in the snow in some areas. I repaired as best as I could and should not hamper skiing much. Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 9 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 20km+ of excellent trails, 40km+ of very good trails, and the rest range from spotty to closed. Silky-fast skating on the Western hills Tuesday night, and the weather was good to our snowpack overnight.
    Still have "A" skis conditions, but "B" skis are suggested for trails rated 3 and lower. We'll groom very, very early each morning and make things nice for Demo Day this weekend!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 9 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: good to excellent.
    Temp at 1030 was 24 degrees and was 24 degrees when I left at 2:00. The colder temps and groomed trails made skating excellent. About 15 km of the inner trails were groomed. The ungroomed trails skied way better today with the older temps. The classical track was excellent as well!
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 9 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. The skate lane and classic tracks were groomed again at 3:00PM today.
    The half inch of new snow was insufficient to cover all leaf and pine needle debris. Still, most of the trail is in good shape. Better take advantage of the next few days!
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 9 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All loops leveled and tracked. Good conditions.
    Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 9 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All loops leveled and tracked. Good conditions.
    Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 9 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Base Loop, Nepco's, Nose Dive, Silver Strider and XC Express were groomed this morning. Some of the trails do have thin spots so please use caution.
    Come out for MWP Demo Day this Saturday December, 13th.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow melting conditions.
    Got to trails at 10:00 AM 38 degree. Slow skating with areas of exposed dirt and grass. They were closing the trails when I left. Hopefully we do not get the rain tomorrow.
    (Diane Gustin)
  • Dec 11 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were in good condition Thursday afternoon. Green loop has complete coverage of skate deck and is in great shape. Blue loop had some thin spots on climbs and downhills. You may want to use your 'B' skis for the first lap to check out the coverage. Beautiful blue wax day!
    (Randy Lueth)
  • Dec 9 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice, groomed on Tuesday with tracks set.
    A couple of inches of new snow on Monday made all the difference. Lots of High School and Middle School kids out on the trails. Skate lanes were great and the tracks were fast with some icing in the bottom.
    (Al Zinzindorf)
  • Dec 9 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating loops good conditions.
    What a different 2 new inches of snow makes! Skated both the Green and Blue and found the trail conditions and snow cover much better than last week. Classic tracks were set and from I could tell, the Green seemed better as I noticed some thin spots on the Blue. Maybe B skis for classic.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Frazier)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Poor -- due to recent high temps and rain, trails are not packed or groomed.
    Recent temperatures in the 40's and rain have washed away the ski trails. New snow will be required to start the trails over again.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Dec 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Warm, a little sticky, no tracks set, skate lanes were soft and uneven but skiable (b skis).
    Arrived at 8:00 AM to find 21 cars in the parking lot. Good to see the real experts (UWGB) and the high school kids out early. Left around 10:00 to find a very full parking lot with probably over 100 Middle School kids. Use your B skis, go early or late. Maples is thin in spots.
    (Al Zinzindorf)
  • Dec 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow, sticky snow in 35 degrees temps, 7 am.
    Coverage held up this morning for a better than expected skate outing. Great to see the UWGB Nordic Team taking time away from final exams for a little exercise.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Dec 11 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions, very skateable, full coverage, very little debris (except on far reaches of Maples).
    Skated Maples and Birches late in the afternoon, 28 degrees. Very enjoyable. Let's hope the projected warm weather never materializes.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Dec 10 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 25F, somewhat transformed powder. Variety of grooming ages. Quite nice for skate. To thin to track.
    All trails rolled on Monday morning. Additional grooming with a drag on Tuesday and today. Quite thin, B skis ok. Overall best ski at the camp this year. Both afternoons this coming weekend and probably all Monday will be too soft the ski, save you bases and the trail base and ski real early or go ride you road bike! Wait till things refreeze!
    (Scott Putman)
  • Dec 10 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Had been groomed since I skied on Saturday, but not today. Good snow cover mixed grooming. Looked like they were doing some grooming before I left.
    Good snow cover, could probably use good skis. Am confused because the Brown county web site listed the trail as closed due to warm weather. Grooming was mixed, but were doing some grooming before I left.
    (Mike Athanas)
  • Dec 9 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, slight crust on top but still slightly soft below. No need for B skis.
    New snow was rolled, filling in many of the low areas. Skied mid-afternoon and there was still a crust. No classic tracks yet but conditions were very good. Go out and ski before the weekend warm up!
    (Brian Gustin)
  • Dec 9 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Packed, not tracked as not enough snow.
    12 miles of trails were packed today. Some oak leaves and wildlife footprints.
    (Tim Ewing)
  Other locations
  • Dec 18 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good, 3-4 inch base.
    Groomed and tracked. Lauterman and Porky loops fair to good, Chipmunk run poor to fair.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Dec 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1" fresh snow over boilerplate and significant bare areas.
    Poor to fair. I wouldn't travel far to ski Lakewood until we get a little more snow.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Dec 17 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions were good after grooming last Thursday until the warmer weather came. Grooming plans: Larry is going to attempt grooming tomorrow.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 13 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed base, good early season skating.
    Skated from old 32 parking lot to North end. Trail is well covered and the base was firm early getting a little soft later in the morning. No tracks are set. Lets hope it can withstand this warm up...
    (Jim Beno)
  • Dec 12 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions.
    Skied the Chipmunk and Little Porky Loop and it was great. A little thin near the Pine River where the springs come out of the ridge but a little snow will take care of that.
    (Dan Hinch)
  • Dec 10 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh groom over hard pack, excellent!
    Total awesome trails today for skate, could have skied all day! Fresh groom and firm.... Thank you Fred! Will be back soon... Happy happy.
    (Steve Goddard)
  • Dec 10 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Fantastic ski condition today after grooming yesterday, keep up great job.
    (John Buscher)
  • Dec 10 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good 9 inches of snow.
    Grooming plans: I will be grooming on Thursday.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Dec 9 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 2" of fresh snow.
    The trail was dragged with the Tidd Tech today. No tracks set. Each time the trail gets smoother.
    (Fred Axelrod)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Fresh groomed after rain/meltdown. New snow whales forming beside manmade loops. Skiing was remarkably good considering last weeks weather. Some dirt/sticks and stones were churned into snow in some areas so we used rock/C skis (but didn't hit anything!) Bullet fast with great control except in two spots where snow making blew onto trail (careful, cause you go from screaming fast to air breaks in an instant!) Best XC skiing within 3 hours drive! Thanks again to groomers and snowmakers (buy a XC Tree Ornament and support effort!).
    Photos:  
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Dec 17 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wednesday night - Snowmaking Loops -- Ground-up ice, suitable for skating, very fast. Nice where it had a chance to set-up, but rutted otherwise from skiing too soon after the grooming.
    The manmade snow from November survived the recent warm weather and rain, and has been tilled and re-distributed to provide full coverage on the entire snowmaking loop. Still a bit chunky, and no track set yet. A snowgun was just starting to make new snow as I left.
    (John McCarthy)
  • Dec 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    The skaters seemed to be doing ok, but striding I skied two miles and gave up. It was too rough, patchy, dirty and icy. At least there is cold weather ahead for snowmaking! Thank you Lapham for providing somewhere to ski in this snowless landscape.
    (Cheri Carr)
  • Dec 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied this morning 8:30-9:30. Trails were icy and rutted with a fair amount of dirt and pine needles on it. Hard to get an edge in the snow. It's better than no skiing, but I'd take the rock skis.
    (Mike Bentley)
  • Dec 12 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The 12" base groomed 1.1k man-made ski was very fast for skating with good edging even at 35 degrees at 12:30pm under cloudy skis. The tracks appeared to be good for those who were striding.
    It forecast to get down to 29 degrees tonight and still should be ok at 10am for the high school races which is forecast to be 37 degrees and still cloudy.
    Photos:  
    (Don Howell)
  • Dec 11 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Man-made on top snow loop was groomed yesterday. We skated from 9 to 11 am and there was enough loose snow for excellent control as well as a hard deep base that was bullet fast. Pretzel double loop = 2km. Great for skaters! Didn't see any striders that early, but there were tracks, most good but some areas were getting a bit thin and a little icy. Thanks to snow makers and snow groomers. Help support lapham peak snow making!
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Dec 10 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: At noon and 28 degrees, the manmade loops were very fast and a little icy but was good for skating. The complete loop with the hill is 1.1k and the loop without the hill is 1k.
    The manmade base is about 12 inches and should be able to provide good skiing when temperatures are below freezing the night before.
    (Don Howell)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Trails today had super reviews, firm cold dry powder, flat and smooth. We have 5-6 groomers out pretty steady since the 10 inches of new snow getting the trails back in tip top shape. Much of today was spent patching the Highlands up from the thaw and flooding of the Montreal River. The groomers spent some serious calories patching and regrooming today. We hope to have the Highlands added into the mix for Friday or at the latest Saturday. We are skiing 40k of excellent trail conditions.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating, great for striding.
    Lots of snow; 8-10" over the last few days. Well groomed, but still a little soft in places. I skated all the trails early afternoon. Great woodland trails and great to be out. Perfect conditions for classic skiers.
    (Duane Johnson)
  • Dec 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails freshly groomed and track set today. A bit soft after 10" of fresh light snow finished falling last night. Volunteer groomers will groom again Friday.
    Novice trail had a few uneven tracks. Every tree was fully draped with fluffy snow and was like a postcard.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Dec 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    We are back to excellent skiing with the cold temps and the 8-10 inches of new snow! We are grooming 55k and skiing about 40k today. We hope to be skiing all 70k by the weekend. The warm temps put a lot of water in the Montreal River that is our western boundary. When the river floods it makes slush in a few areas such as Sulos Loop, the Highlands entrance and a 4 foot stretch of Jack Pine. The Highlands entrance is freezing tonight, we packed the Highlands today and it is is great shape other than the entrance. The Sulos section and Jack pine should be frozen by Friday. We are skiing on 40k today that is in excellent shape and can be skied with your best race skis (12 inches of base). He hope to have another 30k open for the weekend!
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great ski conditions still available.
    Despite the melt down and rain, there are good ski conditions in Ironwood. With ~100 inches of snow before the warm up, and new snow falling, there is still a deep base so you can safely use good skis. Today, trails had been regroomed early and there was already several inches of new snow on the deck, with snow falling. The melt and rain has lead to flooding in low areas so Sulo's loop and the outer loops accessed by it have not been re groomed.
    Photos:  
    (Sue Schreoeder)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Second shift groomers are just coming in and the trail is looking pristine. We are now grooming and skiing 30 k of trails and we will continue grooming and freezing the other 40 k of lower loops by the river Wednesday. The base is very thick, just a few wet areas and we can get all 70 k open again.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good.
    Trails are back in good shape and getting better as Eric was starting to groom when I left at 4:45 pm. Skating was quite good but slow due to 2-3 inches of new stuff on top of the deck, the same stuff that made the setting gorgeous. I used race skis with no issues. River is very high, so Sulo's trail is closed as well as other trails over marshy area.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Dec 16 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great, normal Ironwood snowstorm skiing.
    Classic skied Cliffs, Powderhorn, Three sisters, and back on Wolverine loops. New snow and minor drifting. Was great to get out after seeing the rain yesterday. 100% powder over firm deck.
    (Phil Strong)
  • Dec 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trails are open again on Tuesday at 9 AM. It is 24 degrees and we have received 2-3 inches of snow so far as it continues to snow lightly. The groomers are out. So far we have 18 k groomed for skating and 24 km trackset. The trails groomed and open have a 8-12 inch base and no bare spots. We will groom more as the wet areas freeze up and the river level goes down.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 14 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We are closing Monday for the day to let the temps cool down and will resume grooming and skiing Tuesday at 9 AM. We still have plenty of snow but are going to close for Monday since the skiing will not be the safe and top notch conditions we are used to here at ABR.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 13 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: The trails are holding up fine and skating was staying firm with today's warm up. We still have over a foot of snow pack on the trails. We will groom in the early morning hours and be open at 9 AM Sunday for skiing.
    Demo Days and wax clinics Sunday 10-3. Demo skis and boots from the major equipment companies: Fischer, Salomon, Atomic Alpina, Swix, Toko Fastwax and Yoko on Sunday at ABR. 11:00 Toko wax clinic and 1:00 Fast Wax Clinic.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 10 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Absolutely fabulous.
    Skied Wolverine on Wednesday and it was awesome. Beautifully groomed by a very friendly volunteer staff. Trees were flocked in white and the temp was near perfect. Place has a great mix of easy to difficult trails.
    (Mike Menzel)
  • Dec 10 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand Scheduling 

    Conditions: Super nice ski conditions, I skied with the Clydesdales tonight on extra blue. Cold dry powder with firm tracks and pole plants, smooth as silk.
    Demo Days Sunday at ABR Trails with Alpina, Atomic, Fastwax, Fischer, Salomon, Swix, Toko, Yoko. Wax Clinics at 11 and 1 PM. Demo equipment from 10-2 PM.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 10 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent striding and skating. Tracks were firm, and clean. Skate lane was firm, flat, and free of ruts. A dusting of snow over the past couple days, and fresh grooming got rid of all debris.
    Hard to stay indoors on a day like today! Spectacular sun and frosty trees. Thanks for the great trails!
    Photos:  
    (Jonathon Rulseh)
  • Dec 10 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    All trails Piston bully groomed yesterday and today the skate lane groomed to perfection.
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Dec 10 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating.
    Tremendous grooming, beautiful frost on the trees, perfect conditions and friendliest staff. Well worth the drive up from anywhere.
    (Carol Markham-Cousins)
  • Dec 9 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Just coming in from grooming with the Pisten Bully and the trails are looking awesome. We groomed 20 km of trail tonight and groomed (and trackset) 51 km this morning after an inch of snow overnight and it looks like we got another inch during the day. We are heading back out early morning to complete the trails to the south. We have been grooming daily 30-50 km and the snow conditions have been super! Clydesdales night starts Wednesday at 4 PM! Demo Days and Toko and Fast Wax Clinics Sunday December 14th 10 AM-3.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The new snow groomed very well. All trails in superb condition.
    The skiing was magical with perfect conditions, sunshine and no wind. Everyone was in a very merry mood.
    Photos:  
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
    I classic skied from Forestville trailhead to 18k point. The post thaw 7 inch snowfall has been groomed out and the skiing is fantastic! It's going to be a great weekend of skiing! We've had the best December skiing in Marquette in the last 25 years!
    (Kirby Juntila)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skiers will find fresh grooming on Animoosh, Chiwagi (hill by-pass), Mukwa and the Noque' all the way to Co. Rd. 510 including the pine plantation loop.
    Many sections were groomed with at least 3 passes with the Ginzu. Some of the wide section received 4 passes. The goal of multiple passes is to push out the air and add width. The classic tracks set up very nicely and the corduroy did lay out very well as the snow had just the right moisture content. The Ginzu rarely yields the mesmerizing perfection of Bombi grooming but it was very good last night.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 16 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Forestville: Groomers are out this morning grooming all the way to Co Rd 510 plus Animoosh and Chiwagi via the bypass.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 13 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating and classic.
    Keeps getting better. Yesterday skied between 510 and Forestville. Today both Wagi(s)and Noque..Awesome skiing!
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Dec 12 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
    Yesterday I skied from Forestville to the 510 trailhead. The trail was freshly groomed and I had "First tracks". Sunny and no wind! Great ski! Today I skied up to 17k thru Bawagji and Chiwaji again first tracks! It was a Magic Carpet of corderoy! Great job groomers!
    (Kirby Juntila)
  • Dec 12 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Forestville: Last night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque' to pine plantation and Mukwa. This morning before first milking, groomers ran down to the Tourist Park and the Wagis.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 12 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Our entire trail system is now opened and groomed. 75% of the system is in excellent shape with the classic track being in excellent shape over the entire system. Skate lanes on G and W, Y are good but still a work in progress. A bit more snow and another grooming should find them in excellent shape as well.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Dec 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 12" minimum base, entire system now open.
    Worked on the G loop and I this morning and the skate lane is fair but the classic tracks are very very good. The entire system is now open and groomed and overall the skiing is excellent! Get out and Enjoy! before it gets warm.
    (John Gierke)
  • Dec 10 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Forestville: Wednesday night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque to pine plantation and Chiwagi via the hill by pass.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  • Dec 10 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We have a great base, so any mild weather this weekend will only help us. A nice turnout of skiers Wednesday from Green Bay, Ada, Holland, Roscommon, T.C., Esky, Rapid River and Carney.
    The drier air Tuesday night allowed skate lanes to firm up. Classic tracks are very good. Dan just opened G(our big hills) Monday, but it still needs work.
    (John Gierke)
  • Dec 10 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails from CR 510 to the Tourist Park (21K) and inner loops groomed to perfection for skate and classic.
    Conditions were perfect with regard to the mild temperature and the great grooming. The sun came out to put the added "cherry on top".
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Dec 10 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Entire Noque course is open from 510 down to Tourist Park! Ginzu grooming can bring trails to near race ready conditions given the proper set of circumstances. For example, too much snow and trails are soft if only Ginzu groomed. When there is no fresh snow the teeth of a Ginzu are not nearly as good as power tilling with a Bombi type machine. So, the ideal situation is a little new snow on a hard and wide trail. We had that situation Tuesday night and groomed all trails. Track set where possible. Skiers near the tourist park will note significant foot traffic and track setting is problematic.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions. About 10 inches of new snow this week. All trails tilled and tracked. Weekend skiing should be very good.
    Photos:  
    (Cynthia MacDonald)
  • Dec 11 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic = excellent, skate = excellent.
    It was overcast all day here. I think today's high was 27F. Everything here is in excellent condition. It was foggy off and on the whole day with very light snow at times. The skate lane was re-groomed last night. The tracks are in wonderful condition everywhere. The snowshoe trail here is also very nice and well marked. If you have never skied here add this place to your ski wish list. It's a great place.
    (Larry Dobberstein)
  • Dec 9 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate = excellent, tracks = excellent.
    WoW! The ski conditions here today were just fantastic. The tracks were perfect throughout the entire system as was the skate lane. The tracks are lifted on downhills as needed for control. The trees are still all covered with snow. They also have lights here to ski at night. System is very well marked and the chalet is open every day. I'll be back there tomorrow for sure.
    (Larry Dobberstein)
  Other locations
  • Dec 9 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trail groomed flat Tuesday. Tracks will be laid after the next snowfall. Portions of the trail near Bennan Lake will be closed for the 2014-15 season due to logging activity on the Ottawa National Forest (see photo attached).
    Photos:  
    (Dustin Johnson)

 

United States

  • Dec 15 - Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center (Granby, CO): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are very good, trending toward excellent.
    We did get around 9 inches of new snow over last weekend, and our groomers have been out rolling and then setting tracks in the new snow.The trails should set-up nicely with the colder night-time temps we have been experiencing(around zero).
    Photos:  
    (Stephen Lee)

 

International

  • Dec 12 - Livigno Ski Venue (Livigno, Italy): 
    Firsthand 

    Beautiful day -10 C in the morning +2 C in the afternoon. Took a trip to Livigno, Italy. Lots of mountain passes and tunnels and car ride on train through 18 km tunnel to Italy. Skied in Livigno for 1.5 hours.
    Photos:  
    (Ahvo Taipale)

 


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