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  • Feb 6 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Grimm Farm was very good for skating; just some gravel/dirt coming thru on two of the longer climbs. Classic track seemed pretty consistent. King was good to fair; heavily traveled and packed until cutoff to nature center, lots of gravel, dirt and grass showing on far western side of the trail. Classic track washed out on far western edge. The hill by the King overlook didn't appear to be groomed. I used the bypass as a consequence. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
    Lots of cars in the parking lot but only met 5 on either Grimm Farm and King. Except for some gravel or dirt on the climb from the lake and the hill as you reached the highway at the northeastern edge of Grimm Farm, it was in great shape. Nevertheless after a fast first couple of miles, I slowed and had to take a breather before I continued on to King. King was okay but definitely could use more snow so there could be better coverage. Ended up skiing 8.3 miles at slow 5.1 MPH pace.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 6 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic, but skate lane uneven.
    It was better for classic than for skate, with tracks that were solid but not icy. The skate lane had good coverage throughout the park, but there wasn't enough snow depth to smooth the ground below. After skiing most of the season on golf courses or snowmaking loops, I've gotten spoiled by even surfaces. It it was a good test of my balance!
    (Lois Braun)
  • Feb 6 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks were still in very good condition mid-day on Saturday. Started to get slick as it got warmer. More deer tracks than hikers or dogs - about as nice as it gets out here!
    Skied the prairie loop, not the downhills...
    (Dee Hein)
  • Feb 6 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice! Good tracks for classic.
    Beautiful views of the river valley - Classic tracks in good shape - made for a fun afternoon of skiing.
    (Deb Murphy)
  • Feb 6 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft and a little uneven but fun! Good coverage.
    I was skate skiing at Murphy today. It was a lot of fun to get out there again. The trail is a little soft, uneven, and bumpy. It wasn't just the warm weather because the trail leading to Razorback was nice and firm. I'm guessing Razorback wasn't groomed today. The downhills are a little interesting and the steeper ones had "snowplow" tracks down them. The uphills were pretty good. Somebody also took their dog around the loop and some of the dog tracks sunk down 6 inches. If they groom again the trail should be awesome.
    (Nick Raisanen)
  • Feb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and fast between 3 and 4pm. Few problematic spots.
    I skated mid afternoon and expected a slush fest at 34F. But instead, the course was packed from lots of use (enough edge though) and still fast. Sticky pole plant every now and then, but otherwise, just the way I like it. Coming out from under the bridge there are some muddy spots.
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Valley is perfect, Lake, Creek and NL are very good for skating.
    Some debris and a few leaves on the deck on Lake and Creek with a few thin spots but easily avoidable. However with the warmer temps and sunshine peaking through today and possibly tomorrow, the thin spots could get bigger. The classic track I saw on Lake and Creek were mixed, with some sections which looked pretty good, some dirt and even some gone completely (grass).
    Photos:  
    (Brad Johnson)
  • Feb 6 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Was out at 11:00 am today the conditions were fantastic. The trail system is getting a lot of use and everyone had big smile on their face. The groomers are scheduled again tonight so it should be a wonderful run tomorrow for those that are not skiing the loppet. Be sure to enjoy while it lasts.
    (Rob Bullis)
  • Feb 6 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Uneven dog park conditions.
    Skated today around noon. Seems like skate deck was rolled Wednesday morning before the snow stopped, a couple inches of loose snow on top of soft deck. It's been skated in some, very lumpy. Many bare spots from blowing and sun. And lots of offleash dogs, had several run-ins with playful but unruly dogs and masters.
    (Scott Robertson)
  • Feb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent but softening.
    Skate deck was in great shape before noon. Classic was getting a bit sloppy but was still very good and fun.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Feb 6 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed, a little soft around 11:30.
    I skated. Wide skate lane with great coverage throughout. It was a little soft still, and the groomer cut off a few sections so the course now measures 5.95K.
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks perfect on man made loop, thin, washed out, or non-existent elsewhere.
    I skied classic mid-morning. The classic tracks on the man made loop were as perfect as they could be, firm and fast with good kick (using my skintec classic skis - no time to fool with wax today). I took a few strides on the skate deck and found it to also be basically perfect. I took one lap around the Northern Lights loop and found it to be pretty sketchy for classic. The tracks were very thin and washed out in several places; I came out of them several times. The skate deck looked OK around Northern Lights but there were some thin spots and one big patch of exposed ground off to the right near the big uphill/downhill. I didn't go out across the board walk but I could not see classic tracks on that section from any vantage point on the man made loop.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Feb 6 - Sunfish Lake Park (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Very Good. Trails were groomed and classic track is in good shape.
    (Jim Lasch)
  • Feb 6 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good track, only washed out in a few places.
    Great new classic ski trails in the south metro, really nice new park!
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 6 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good classic tracks.
    Skied a few loops today in the tracks. Very good conditions. Noticed a few places on the skate deck were walkers left deep prints and fat bikes were out having fun.
    (Matthew Paul)
  • Feb 6 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall very good condition for skating - some thin spots in the classic tracks.
    Fun ski at Baker this morning. Overall very good snow coverage on the trail. A couple of spots had grass poking through - some other areas were very deep and soft. Was a great morning ski.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Feb 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    All skate tracks regroomed. Good classic track remains. Still a little soft and a few bare and icy spots but overall quite nice.
    (Bill Kosfeld)
  • Feb 6 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails groomed Friday. Varying conditions - some excellent, some good, some poor.
    The South side of the park including the campground area seems to have better conditions than the north end. Lots of dog walking on trail in north section by activity center. Skate was pretty good. There are some dirty patches of snow where the ice layer below had dirt and was churned up. It wasn't the ground coming through, but dirt mixed in snow (see pictures). For classic, the tracks aren't the greatest but totally skiable. There are a few spots where they are thin. There's a layer of ice below the trail and when they tracked it a portion is ice. Other spots it's a little thin. Not many spots. I wouldn't let it keep one from skiing - just probably not your best skis out.
    Photos:  
    (Josh Bydlon)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate deck is excellent.
    I did not ski any of the classic tracks. I only skated this morning. However, the conditions on the skate deck were perfect. Well done grooming crew. I was the only one out here at 6:30. What an amazing ski.
    (Paul Pasko)
  • Feb 5 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. It was mid 20's. Recently groomed, consistent classic track. A few icy spots between 32 and 34. Usual leaf litter but less that a few weeks ago. Some vehicle traffic related to some trimming work between 18 and 12 washed out the track and thinned out the base. Used Swix Blue for kick.
    I started from Jensen Lake trailhead and skied the interior trails. Moved pretty good on the flats but didn't have enough grip for the hills. Either didn't extend my kick wax far enough or maybe should have used Blue Extra. I did 5.2 miles in 1:08.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. I skied Friday afternoon in the classic track and only a couple thinning spots. Conditions were pretty good throughout - wish it would last!
    (Mary Berchem)
  • Feb 5 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good conditions on the outer loops.
    Skied the outer loops today, conditions for skate were pretty good. You could tell on the blacktop sections there was only a couple inches of base. Hills were holding snow well. Would not recommend striding the outer loops till more snow comes - lots of grass showing in the tracks.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Feb 5 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good skiing. Good snow consistency. Decent enough base. Tracks a bit loose in some sreas but very skiable overall.
    (Dan Persons)
  • Feb 5 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand Lost/Found 

    Conditions: Fair, some ice that is no problem, but tracks also wearing through to gravel here and there.
    B skis around Pike Island this afternoon. Scraped skis on gravel poking through the tracks a few times, until I started watching for thin spots. Otherwise fast and fun. For the person missing a coat... It is at the nature center.
    (Janet Folina)
  • Feb 5 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1/2 inch new snow Friday. Shallow tracks set on RR grade and west. Outer loop screened Friday night.
    Recent snows have provided an adequate base and have become firm over the past several evenings. Friday nights grooming run should provide a fine ski on Saturday. Enjoy!
    (Dave Kallemeyn)
  • Feb 5 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft packed, tracked and slow. Lots of upholds!
    Very soft snow. Pole baskets easily go through the snow. Watch out for the downhills since the trails are uneven and soften on the corners. Great to be back on Razorback.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 5 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good skating. We skied about 7-8:30 on Friday night on the main lit loop, but lazily skipped the big hill out back. Took some laps on the natural snow around the lake. That made for a pleasant change. Definitely am jealous of those who got out earlier and tasted the sweet forbidden fruit of sweet sweet soft corduroy, but the surface was fine. A little less even on the natural, but arguably a little softer. I'd have liked to try the classic track; as a relative newbie to the land of usually man made snow it just generally seems to be a bit arcane to try to wax for kick on your mix of polished snow and sandpaper like man made... but, tonight looked like it would have been excellent "any-blue-hard-wax.".
    (Luke Smith)
  • Feb 5 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mixed. Freshly groomed but the trail was used by tree service trucks making a good portion unskiable.
    Apparently tree service used the freshly groomed trail for access and left behind significant debris for several hundred yards. It was disappointing when we have waited so long for the first grooming of the season.
    Photos:  
    (Julie Olson)
  • Feb 5 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate hardpacked or soft. Classic good tracks but bottom of track is icy over 50% of track.
    Bumpy classic but better than skate. Skate very firm with grooming ruts. Uphills soft especially SA. Could use a touch up grooming. Good skis but will test your balance. Might be better on Saturday with warmer temps.
    (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
  • Feb 5 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. Followed groomer around. Groomed and tracked. Thin in spots but overall good coverage.
    (Tom Rowe)
  • Feb 5 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Mostly good, worn down in a few places.
    Plans to groom tomorrow morning starting at 5 AM.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 5 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed skate lane and classic tracks on outer loop. Firm skate deck and very good conditions throughout. Classic tracks shallow and intermittently good to poor. Northern lights and Thicket very good skate and classic. Man made excellent skate and classic.
    Skated outer loop today and very pleased with conditions. Total coverage with loosely groomed snow making it easy to get an edge. Classic tracks very shallow on outer loop, but great elsewhere. Very fun ski. Thanks groomers!
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumacher)
  • Feb 5 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
    Grooming 

    The trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good condition. The trails through the pines are a little thin but over all in good shape.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 5 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: At 2:30 Lake of the Isles was groomed very wide and more firm. Cedar Lake wasn't groomed as recent and pretty soft. Lake Calhoun groomed recent and soft. The majority of the east side of Calhoun hasn't been groomed yet.
    Great day for skiing the lakes. They were putting course markers on the lakes while I was out. Saw a groomer rolling the snow on the NW side of Calhoun.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Feb 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    One classic track cut, in solid shape early Friday afternoon. So much better than on Wednesday. Minimal thin spots of grass sneaking through (mostly on the back loop). These are the kinds of days and conditions we live for; get out before it thaws.
    (Michael Kuchta)
  • Feb 5 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail has firmed up nicely.
    The classic tracks were solid throughout. Mostly at the hilltops, there were occasional thin spots where the winds took hold. Thanks to the shovelers that filled in those thin spots. The skate lane had a ridge and/or gully through the middle of the lane throughout the trails.
    (Michael Sweet)
  • Feb 5 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very, very good.
    As expected with the new snow, the conditions were very good this morning at Terrace Oaks. Skate deck and classic tracks freshly set, and the coverage is good. Signs of walkers, a seemingly perennial issue, but the damage was negligible. Very nice to have such good conditions at this south metro gem.
    (Steve Robertson)
  • Feb 5 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft. Grooming now.
    Just went for a lunch ski. Skate deck is soft, but no bare areas. Classic track looked to be in "ok" condition.
    As I was finishing my workout, the groomer just started out. If it sets overnight, it should be good skiing on Saturday!
    (Jeff Miersch)
  • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied about noon today - Silver and lighted loops. Skate deck is excellent. Soft enough for good pushes and solid pole plants. I did not see any thin spots or areas to avoid. Classic tracks are very good. About 5 places with grass showing through - easy to ski through or ski around. Come out here and enjoy the great conditions!
    (Jim Reckinger)
  • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Ski games trails ok, not great. Some snowshoers did some damage, but wasn't bad for a quick lunch time ski.
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 5 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic coverage, snow still airy and thus slow.
    I skied Wirth Lake and every trail North of Wirth Lake early this morning. Fresh cord on the manmade; everything else had not been groomed for a day or so. Bottineau way was relatively firm, but Twin Lakes and JD Rivers need to be groomed and skied in a little more before they firm up. Plenty of snow though, bust out the A skis.
    (Steve Deckert)
  • Feb 5 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good condition. Some tracks a little thin in places.
    Green, yellow, and brown trails have been tracked and the orange trail will be tracked today. The trails on the west side of the park have been packed.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Snow still settling, silky with good toe control. Fast track on exposed areas, with the pine tree section fastest. Pilot Knob Rd. underpass unskiable.
    Night skiing at Lebanon going down that first hill, you and I could have heard a little whoop of a train whistle and the hoot of Bard Owl.
    (James Topic)
  • Feb 4 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and tracked! Great conditions!
    Nicely packed but still a bit on the soft side at 5 PM. Trails tracked and the classic skiers were loving it. The lower Ironwood trail is still closed but they did groom it and cut down the weeds in the swamp area where it meets back to the main trail. We just need more snow and they can open that section.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 4 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recently tracked.
    Skied the Pike Island loop yesterday afternoon. Tracks were pretty decent with a few icy spots. Encountered gravel coming thru in a spot on the Mississippi side, but easily avoidable. Lots of deer spotted just off the trail as well as the turkeys on the drive into the park. Beautiful sunset as well.
    (Bob Myers)
  • Feb 4 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were re tracked and packed Thursday and are in good condition.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were repacked and tracked Thursday. They were reported to be in very good condition.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic trails recently tracked due to new snow but well worn already. Tracks are soft due to lack of moisture in snow but still a good ski.
    Skied dusk to dark (with head lamp) from Visitor Center East thru pines (well worn, some gravel showing thru) then South along Southern border to Jensen lake then back to Visitor Center along Northern border. Plenty of snow due to recent snow fall and trails groomed and tracked the previous day but already well worn mostly due to soft snow. Areas around Visitor Center and Holland Lake worn. Found areas along Southern border to be in very good shape due to few skiers venturing that far from Visitor Center. Night skiing still fantastic.
    Photos:  
    (John Gamlin)
  • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall good with some grooming issues.
    Skied UofM Golf Course Thursday evening. As you would expect, it is still rather soft in some areas, but overall not as soft as I expected. Biggest issue was the groomer left a curb or hump in the middle of the skate deck in a number of places. Groomer was out working the trail so they are working on it and overall doing a fine job. Trail overall in decent shape and solid coverage on all three loops with just a few hill crests showing some grass due to the wind blowing off the snow. Good skis should be fine - watch for some thin areas and grass clods.
    (Jim Carlen)
  • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh 1-2" powder on top of packed base from Tuesday's plentiful snowfall. Several kms of new classic tracks now.
    Plenty of skiers out enjoying Woodlands today, so looks like the Ancient One dispatched a grooming team tonight to roll the fresh power into the base. From what I could observe, the groomers hit the perimeter trail, walking trail and biathlon range area. Skiing should be quite fine on Friday and the entire weekend.
    (Mark Rathbun)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate - good; classic - good.
    Fantastic to ski French again! Skied classic in the afternoon. Classic tracks were decent with some spots being a little hacked up from use, but not bad. Lagoon was in really great shape. Full coverage and clear of debris throughout. Challenge Hill was closed.
    (Paul Landgrebe)
  • Feb 4 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ramsey county rated it as "good" but that seems like a stretch.
    Given the recent snowfall, I was pretty disappointed with the conditions at Tamarack. The trails had been snowshoed on in some places, and pretty much demolished in others. At one point I turned to my husband and said "this trail is well loved." We still were able to do the loop pretty quickly on my lunch hour, but it really needs a good grooming again. I wouldn't make this a destination until it's groomed again, but it's a mile from our house, so it's good for a quick afternoon outing. That being said, it was really nice to get back to our usual trail after such poor conditions there for a long time.
    (Deanna Wyman)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, recently groomed.
    Mostly good to excellent. There were a few spots closer to the visitor center where the classic tracks disappear and some soft areas because of the new snow. The trails a little farther away from the visitor center (numbered 50s and 60s) were great.
    Photos:  
    (Marie Fern)
  • Feb 4 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    I checked out the south Wirth trails by headlamp this evening, and they are all doing great! Eloise Butler to Lake of the Isles were groomed nice and wide, and the snow is clean. Should make for an awesome weekend of events.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Feb 4 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good fresh natural snow for classic and ski skating.
    Skied just before noon - I was doing classic, daughter was skating. The trail was groomed well for both types of skiing. After being conditioned to firm man-made snow at Hyland, the fresh natural snow at Terrace Oaks was softer than we were used to.
    (Tom Pitchford)
  • Feb 4 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good ski. Recently groomed.
    Skied the 6k vadnais lake loop. Nice conditions. A few soft spots but great for the type of snow we had. This is is a nice easy and quiet course. Only hills are in the first 1k or so. Great light and color at sunset too.
    Photos:  
    (Ak Kerber)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Full coverage on the East side for skating and A skis are fine. There's a lot of air in this snow.
    (Russ Ludeke)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 15% very good, 40% good, 35% fair, 10% marginal.
    I skied on nearly all trail segments. Here's what I saw on the tracks: two other skiers, two deer, three adults (one with four kids and a sled), and two dogs (without a leash). That sort of traffic has, in some areas, taken its toll, but the condition isn't exclusively due to the traffic. On a few of the segments there is vanishing snow coverage (both of the two links connecting the western part to the eastern meadow area had a few segments in which there is no base, but one can make the way around these stretches). The open areas, particularly near the evergreen cover, had the thinnest cover. A few segments had one or both sets of tracks wiped out by foot traffic--and in one case kids sledding (but the sled track did cover up the foot tracks)--the most beat up segment was the one that connects the two parking lots.
    (Erik Larson)
  • Feb 4 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Wirth Lake through Cedar Lake this evening before sunset. Snow is still abrasive. it was pretty soft at Butler, bog, and through Cedar. Will take some more grooming to knock the air out. Some thinner spot on climbs in Butler and bog as the new snow was so airy. Good coverage over 394 and through Cedar tunnel.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Feb 4 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Recently groomed and track set. Excellent skiing nice soft fast track. This is about as good as it gets!
    (Tim Behrends)
  • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft extra 2-3 inches on skate deck, fresh set diagonal tracks are fabulous.
    What a difference a day makes, not all agreeable. Started with a skate loop and found the extra 2 inches delivered this morning really made it more like work to get around outer loop. So called my bride and had her bring the classic skis to do spend some more time on fabulous groomed diagonal tracks set today. Thanks ol' Ancient One for providing a wonderful February ski outing. Many others out enjoying the scenery and skiing also.
    Photos:  
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Feb 4 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, packed and recently groomed. Great for skate ski, not all trails tracked (as of 10 am).
    Sugar Bush and Lake Trail were groomed and tracked, great condition. Nature Center trail was a bit thick/thin in spots, not tracked, as was King Trail. Didn't do Grimm Farm trail, but saw groomers out this morning.
    (Caitlin Hillen)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Hoped it would be excellent but base of track was crusty in spots - a result of last weekend's thaw. Also, track was starting to deteriorate in places due to heavy use.
    Still, best it's been two years. Good glide, hills fast but not icy. If we get more snow, I'm sure it will be even better.
    (Bob Hartzler)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Much improved with the new snow! The classic tracks were good to very good on the hill trails to the west, and fair to good on the rest. The skate lane is a little soft. Challenge Hill is still not groomed, as well as the Lesson Loop on the top of the hill. The rest of the trails are all packed and tracked.
    It just felt great to have enough snow for some fun skiing at French this afternoon. Coverage is good on all the trails.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 4 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails are groomed and tracked.
    classic skied all outer perimeter trails. Oak savannah trail is especially beautiful with snow covered branches on trees. classic tracks are thin in places, with crust evident underneath.
    (Kal Perry)
  • Feb 4 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Complete coverage with shallow machine made tracks that were free of debris.
    Classic skied the entire perimeter with falling snow that was just enough to slow my progress as it coagulated onto my ski base which was perhaps an ill advised concoction of Toko blue and Rex power grip. The skate lane looked level and semi firm. All and all a great day on the trail despite my waxing faux pas.
    (Bob Bickford)
  • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Skate fair; classic limited. Variable soft - thin.
    Finished skiing circa 3pm. Ranged from soft to windblown. In soft areas, poles sank to turf as did skate ski tracks. Classic track on West loop in spite of thin cover. Groomer in action when I departed. A groomer told me they were done grooming the West loop. Lots of air in this snowpack.
    (Toby Markowitz, WAMXC)
  • Feb 4 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good skater deck to excellent tracks.
    Skated outer loop from Noon to 1:45 and found the skate deck very good, groomed firm enough and still lightly used. Very little leaf accumulation. Tracks excellent except on all the short steep hills, which proved tiring for me, as I managed to catch a tip at the deck edge three times. But that's Terrace Oaks, strenuous and pretty. Enjoy the non too thick base while you can.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good East Side trails.
    Skied over lunch today Thursday about 1/3 of the east side trails were re-groomed this morning for skate. Only one short section of classic tracks set. The trails are a mix of hard pack and soft mush. With a foot of new snow it might take a few more days of grooming for this system to fully reach its potential.
    (Eugene Dale)
  • Feb 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic and skate.
    I know...with the Lucky Loppet, no Wirth Loop-de-Loop, Snow Gods Smilin' snowfall nobody needs Elm Creek any more. Classic skied. The manmade was excellent. Northern Lights/Thicket had a somewhat shallower and a little more uneven track but it was very good. Skating looked good too. I had bomber kick and probably didn't need the Start Oslo under some hard wax but I just bought it and had to try it. The little bit of klister in the Oslo picked up some snow when I stopped. Didn't have time to ski the Dark Side (non-lighted).
    (Mark Lahtinen)
  • Feb 4 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail was just groomed in the last couple of hours. Two classic tracks. It is in perfect condition for skiing!
    I live on this trail and ski it every day. The trail could not be any better today.
    (Mark Beltz)
  • Feb 4 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good, freshly groomed today with some thin areas in exposed areas.
    Trails are in great condition, thin areas throughout the pines forest areas.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 4 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good - excellent.
    Snuck out of work at 11:30am and skiied freshly groomed classic trails. Best it's been this year.
    (Mimi Wong)
  • Feb 4 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed at about 9:00am.
    An occasional thin spot in classic tracts but otherwise excellent. Skate lane a bit soft but I expect it has set up by now.
    (Ned Brooks)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
    Firsthand 

    This classic only section was rolled and double classic tracks set. Firmed up overnight.
    (Dee Hein)
  • Feb 4 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly very good; a few grassy spots poking through.
    Skate deck was consistently very good this morning, with the exception being the few spots where the trail goes up over a tee box, and grass pokes through at the edges. Classic tracks disappeared or were thin in in the same spots and on a few corners, but overall looked good.
    (Tom Kunau)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Soft and unconsolidated but plenty of snow on skate deck. Classic track eroded in many areas. Had B skis, but no need for them.
    First ski at French in 2 years! Out early this morning - had trails to myself. Waning moon provided good illumination. One groomer was working diligently on skate deck; he hopes it will firm up by tomorrow.
    (Pat van der Voorn)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skating is rated as excellent to very good. Classic is very good to fair. Occasional hard/icy spots at peak of small mounds in the open meadow where the wind scoured the snow off. Infrequent signs of grass in the classic tracks again in the open area. Very good in the woods.
    BC received about 10-12" of light fluffy snow during the storm. It was rolled several times and late yesterday afternoon the Gold, W.C., Silver and bronze loops were groomed skate and classic. The Ski Games side across Battle Creek road is being groomed this morning.
    (John O'Connell, WAMXC)
  • Feb 3 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic - fair to good.
    There was a "soft track" set on the Lake Trail and the Northern Lights Loop. Grass showing through the track in a few places in spite of the new snow.
    (Mark Skinner)
  • Feb 3 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions. Trails were groomed and tracked Wednesday night.
    (Andy Powell)
  • Feb 3 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, tracked and packed. Classic only!
    I skied on the freshly packed and tracked trails from the park entrance around pike island and back. Really nice, a little thin in spots; one spot on pike island was very wet.
    (Kira Peterson)
  • Feb 3 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: The outer loop skied like four inches of freshly rolled snow for my late Wednesday afternoon lap. It was a bit of work due to the soft surface, but very nice to be back on fresh snow rather than hard pack. The trail was chopped up on some of the ups and comfortably soft on the flats and downs. There are wind blown icy stretches in some areas, most notably on Stony Rollers and the Prairie loop.
    Ancient One rolled the center of the outer loop Wednesday evening to knock down the chop and take a little more air out of the snow. The next grooming of the outer loop is planned for Friday evening. After a several year hiatus from grooming, Ancient Two is planning to lay down some tracks for us Thursday morning. AO I and AO II were two of the founding members of the Woodlands Trail Crew in 1988. They both have slowed some and can be a bit crotchety at times, but it is still good to have them around, mostly. Enjoy!
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 3 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage if soft.
    was being rolled for skating while I was out there at 5pm, didn't see classic tracks but they might have put them in after I left.
    (Brett Arenz)
  • Feb 3 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Very soft throughoutVery soft and some extensive ice patches on part of the X2 run. There are more but I forget where.
    (Reid Olson)
  • Feb 3 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Very Good. Not tracked for classic, but they say they will do so tomorrow.
    Beautiful. Nice to not be limited to the oh so crowded Hyland.
    (Liz Ferron)
  • Feb 3 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Like skiing on a feather bed. Very soft but groomed. A few bare spots where the snow did not stick on the icy hill tops.
    Groomed but not firm nor are there classic tracks set. But we'll take it on the week before the Loppet. Thanks MPRB for getting over and grooming in Nordeast. Nice to see the snow. I did a face plant on the ice the other day and that was not nice.
    (Michael Darger)
  • Feb 3 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and soft.
    I skied Eloise Butler, the bog and part of Cedar. Saw the piston bully and snowmobile out grooming. Everything is really soft right now but very pretty.
    Photos:  
    (Eric Oftedahl)
  • Feb 3 - Grass Lake (Shoreview): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were freshly rolled and track set. Tracks were well formed, but bottomed out in a few places (especially along the paved trail east of the lake). It was actually as good or better to classic ski on the "winter walking trail" (rolled and packed like a skate lane) north of Gramsie.
    (Ted Lystig)
  • Feb 3 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pristine unbroken snow if you want, some classic trails made.
    No grooming. Lots of unbroken snow. But there are classic tracks laid down along a lot of the usual paths. If you stick to the tracks already broken you should be able to avoid the sand and ice traps. Snow is very deep so I'd recommend extra socks. But not at all fast. No crust on the snow so breaking fresh trail was easy where it was needed. Snow is very fluffy and has very good coverage except in a few spots that blew down to mostly the ice under.
    Photos:  
    (Sara Reller)
  • Feb 3 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, fluffy, ungroomed.
    Skied classic and benefited from the tracks of those before me. Very fluffy and ungroomed with a few icy thin spots with grass finding its way through. Can't complain at all; just happy we got more snow.
    (Brandon Drazich)
  • Feb 3 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and tracked and a little slow.
    Freshly groomed trails and very nice conditions. A few leaves in the trail from the high winds but not enough to slow you down. With the cold temperatures forecasted for tonight, the trails should setup perfect overnight. Best classic Skiing place in the Twin Cities.
    Photos:  
    (Conrad Sanders)
  • Feb 3 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft, uneven and the best ski of my life!
    I have waited 2 years to ski at Murphy again and it was heaven. The trail is soft, very uneven and it was pure heaven as I slogged my way around the little loop. A few more days to firm up and some more passes with the groomer and the trail should set up nicely.
    (Karen Amundson)
  • Feb 3 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Strenuous but beautiful.
    Skate skiing two hours starting at 11:30, I broke in the skate deck on the outer loop, which had had a few passes of the snowmobile. I alternated sinking in on each stride, especially on the few hills, with stretches of idyllic gliding on the flats and such. (I asked and was told that the shared pisten bully was at Murphy. No tracks were set.) So it was tiring, slow despite the LF wax working well, and I was given to stopping to appreciate how pretty a ski venue Cleary is. Trail compaction or a lot more of us skate skiers would speed up the skate deck, but today would have been a good day for a slow classic ski session, with an eye on the surroundings, and indeed, it appeared the ten or so other skiers were doing that.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 3 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed this morning. Tracks set and trails look great.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed today. A little thin in the pines but trails look good.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed this morning. Groomer operator says trails look great.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    East side groomed today. Track set on green and brown loops. Tracks will be reset Thursday. Trails look great.
    (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: Snow-covered with 10+ inches of new snow. Lots of drifting.
    This multi-use trail will be groomed for classic skiing tomorrow with the PistenBully groomer.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: Snow-covered with 10+ inches of new snow.
    These classic trails will be groomed tomorrow morning with the PistenBully groomer.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent--packed and groomed this morning with 9 inches of new snow.
    Both classic and skate trails are in great condition (best of the season by far!). The skate trail has some drifting due to exposure and blowing snow.
    Photos:  
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent, best of the season with 9 inches of new snow.
    Groomed the entire park this morning with the PistenBully groomer--trail conditions haven't been this good since 2014, enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New snow nirvana!
    All the loops at Hyland were in great shape this morning. The man-made was very firm and fast, Lake and Hill trail had great skate coverage, although classic tracks were thin in a few spots where there was strong wind. North side loops were also looking great except for a spot or two where the wind had scoured away some of the snow. Surprisingly firm and fast skating for all the new snow, and soft but nice classic tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Elias Anoszko)
  • Feb 3 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Rolled/ packed, no classic tracks. Skate deck soft and uneven. Those aren't complaints, just observations. :).
    Skied classic and skate around noon. Started with a reconnaissance run on an old pair of touring fish scales, skiing Lagoon, Meadow, Skyline and Lake View. I concluded from that loop that it was good for skating so I switched to my skate skis. The groomer stopped me at one point and asked me an interesting question. Not "how is it", or "is it OK" but, rather "is it what you expected"? My answer - yes, it was exactly as I expected. Soft, fluffy, uneven skate deck and no classic tracks but exactly what I expected after 12" of fresh snow. I specifically pointed out that I was not complaining and we agreed it was nice to just have real snow again. The skating was a bit slow but actually pretty good. The one thing that did surprise me was that my pole tips still hit concrete or asphalt in a few places, even after all that snow so it is still a bit thin in spots. But overall, a beautiful day to be on skis.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Feb 3 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Woodlands Loop and Lake Trail have been groomed and tracked and are in great condition.
    Other trails will be groomed by weekend.
    (Connie Keller, Carver County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All XC Ski trails: are Packed, Tracked, and in Good condition for both Classic and Skate.
    Visitor Center is open Weekends 8:00 AM-9:00 PM and Weekdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available. Note: Thursday, Feb. 4 HS Meet 10am - 3pm; break 12-2 pm.
    (Sonja Bercich)
  • Feb 3 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied from 10:30-12:00. Started by doing 5 laps on the Twin Lakes loop which had been groomerd probably really early so new snow on top and was blowing. Got better after skating it in. Went onto Skyline, and ran into 2 snowmobile groomers rolling JD Garden up to Wirth Lake. When I came back to the chalet saw the Piston Bully on Skyline and another snowmobile by the chalet.
    New snow seemed to be about 10-12" with tons of air smashing down significantly after grooming. Drove past Isles and Cedar Lake and south of Wirth on my way up which wasn't groomed yet.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Feb 3 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Groomed this morning and last night. A little soft, but can't complain.
    Awesome 7:30am ski. They had groomed last night and the groomer was out this morning. Even the back nine which was not groomed this morning just had 1-2" of light fluffy snow over groomed trail. High school sectionals starting later this morning.
    (David Mortenson)
  • Feb 3 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Back in business! Four new inches rolled last evening by Shear Pin and DPR. Re-rolled this morning by Chainsaw and Ancient One. Crash is out now doing a little touch-up rolling. Except for a few spots on the asphalt trails, we had a thin hard base underneath to protect our skis. By using care on the paved portions, good skis should be just fine. Enjoy!
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 3 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trails were packed and rolled yesterday and throughout the night. Will roll again this afternoon followed by grooming and tracking tonight.
    (Andy Powell)
  • Feb 3 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 8am: All trails groomed for skate and classic early in the morning. 1-2 inches of powder on the trails.
    Classic skied on the Lake loop and part of man made loop. Skied in the powder in the tracks and it was great to have fresh snow!
    (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
  • Feb 2 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed, but fantastic for classic.
    Nothing better than skiing with wood skis on fresh powder through the woods in a snowstorm! The lights are turned off on most of the Northern Lights trail, but there was plenty of ambient light with all the fresh snow. Only saw three other skiers. Valley trail is ungroomed but lit.
    (Craig Wiklund)
  • Feb 2 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trails groomed early afternoon with 3 in new snow. Will groom again tonight.
    (Carl Nordgren)
  • Feb 1 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails with Manufactured snow is in Good condition for skating and classic. Trails with natural snow is in Poor condition, no track.
    HS Sectional Meets scheduled Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 3:30 pm; approximate break time is 12:30- 2 pm.
    (Sonja Bercich)
  • Feb 1 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Frosty, foggy, fun, and fast! Rocket fast. The grooming set up perfectly overnight. The 5K loop continues to impress for classic and skate.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Jan 31 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent on the snow making loop.
    The snowmaking loop was freshly groomed and the classic tracks were almost perfect when I arrived at 10 am Sunday. The snow wasn't really icy at all except for the steepest uphill and the sun solved that in short order. The 3.1 km loop made for a great workout since it's pretty much all up and down. Would be interesting to know the elevation gain per lap.
    (Dan Zenk)
  • Jan 31 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
    Observation 

    Conditions: Observation from the trailhead: Thin but still covered.
    Stopped by to check out the skijor trail conditions after the warm spell and they were better than expected. A few footprints but no bare ground heading south from parking lot. Some grass poking through the deck and a few bare spots heading north from parking.
    Photos:  
    (Linda Evert)
  • Jan 31 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor conditions - icy, dirty and fast!
    Skied at 10 AM before the sun started to soften the snow on the trail. Trail is in poor condition with grass and dirt showing in many areas. The downhills are wicked fast and the trails were very icy making holding an edge very difficult. The classic tracks were intermittent but saw someone trying to ski them this morning. Bring your rock skis, some technique and courage when you head out on the trail before we get more snow to cover the trail.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Jan 31 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The 5.5 km loop (snowmaking/lit) was in good condition for skate skiing around noon. The Lake Loop (3.3 km) was more questionable...good to go for B skis, but I'd only recommend A skis if they are old enough to drive.
    Let's all do the Heikki Lunta tonight to prepare for City of Lakes!
    (Kal Tuominen)
  • Jan 31 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Awesome for skating at noon.
    The deck was perfect at noon, fast but not icy. The classic tracks appeared to be in good shape also. By 1:30pm the up hills and deck West of the tubing hill bridge were getting a little mashed-potato-ish.
    (Brad Johnson)
  • Jan 31 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Superb conditions this early morning on the 5K loop. Fast, firm, fun, easy to get an edge. Excellent for both classic and skate. Yesterday's melt did not seem to matter. I used race skis without any problems.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Jan 30 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor for skate on lake, sky, sugarbush.
    Dirt beginning to show through.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Jan 30 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Eloise Butler was in fantastic shape this early morning (considering our snow draught). I saw the groomers around 8:30 and they did a really nice, gentle job of "de-icing" the loop. There were a few spots of dirt/leave on a few uphills, but all of the downhills were in great shape. Even the curb was not a problem to avoid (stay left). The Erickson loop was also in great shape. The Norm Oakvik loop was a bit icy, but snow coverage was mostly good, especially on the downhills. Wedding Hill descent was just great. As for JD Rivers, Bottineau, and Skyline Trail, I do not believe they were groomed, probably to conserve snow, so they were icy, hard-packed, and are best to avoid. And of course the man-made loop was in excellent shape, even after the races were done. Classic tracks are only available on the man-made loop, FYI.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Jan 30 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Manufactured snow trails: The 5K Loop is open: Star Loop, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills and Boulder Ridge XC ski trails are Packed, Tracked and in Good condition for both Classic and Skate. Natural snow trails: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center Trails are in Poor Condition.
    Visitor Center is open weekends 8:00 AM-9:00 PM and weekdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available. Scheduling: HS Races Thursday, Feb.4 All Day; Tuesday, Feb. 2; Back up - All Day.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Jan 30 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft snow but still good skiiing on the snow making loop.
    Trails are getting wrecked especially with this warmer weather. Several divots and salt are tracked on the trail from skiers.
    (Todd Swanson)
  • Jan 29 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Poor to fair. Icy everywhere with more rocks rearing their ugly heads! East end loop, south of Lake Elmo, was decent...a little bite. No grooming for days; may be "scratchable" with light equipment for improved conditions.
    (Charlie Corcoran)
  • Jan 29 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Observation 

    Sheet of ice - awful.
    (Craig Stamps)
  • Jan 29 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. Only skied the man-made snow. A little sugary on the climbs, quite nice on the flats. Good conditions all in all. I was there wednesday night and it was downright icy; good to see that that was (hopefully) the exception that proves the rule that Hyland Groomers rock.
    (Luke Smith)
  • Jan 29 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Irondale trails closed for rest of this season. The county has been really good about including ski trail in plan for new trail - look to reopen trail next winter. I will continue to groom upper fields through next 2 weeks.
    (Chris Torvi)
  • Jan 29 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed Friday morning, classic track iced in.
    Very icy and compacted due to weather and heavy use. Many bare spots.
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Jan 29 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed Friday morning - too thin and icy to refresh classic track.
    skate deck in mostly good condition with several ice patches and bare spots.
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Jan 29 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor for skating and classic.
    There still is decent coverage, thanks in part to the groomer's occasional widenings. Even the tracks were about half good. It was icy, but the ice was white, even in the tracks. So, if we can survive the weekend.
    (John Kendrick)
  • Jan 29 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skiable, "excellent" conditions...considering the weather. Rock skis advised. Poor, icy classic tracks, decent skate deck. Some rutted spots, some gravel.
    I enjoyed 3 laps at 8am, half a lap behind the groomer, and conditions improved each lap. Only so much can be done after a 24 hour thaw of a thin base, but just enough scraping at just the right time of day resurrected the skate deck without pulling up turf, and gave this great little neighborhood trail the best chance to survive the weekend. Thank you to the mpls parks groomers.
    (Scott Hatch)
  • Jan 29 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Somewhere between extremely fast and the fastest snow I've ever skied on. Surprisingly, I could still get a little bit of edge when skating. If you make it out later today it may have loosened up and edging could be even better. I used good skis. Some grass on trail but very avoidable. Classic tracks were there but skied like a luge track. Get out and enjoy it! If you wait for absolutely perfect conditions in the metro you'll ski 2 days every three years.
    (Scott Kyser)
  • Jan 29 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Man-made loop only: freshly groomed at 6am, excellent condition.
    I hit the man-made loop at 6am expecting icy conditions, but the grooming was excellent. Fast, and hard to get good kick (powergrip blue wasn't working for me), but not icy.
    (Matt Sargent)
  • Jan 29 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and icy. Great double polling workout for classic. Better be over your ski if skating.
    The tracks were pretty icy and in places there was no edge to be had in the skate lane on the manmade snow. It was so fast for classic that you really didn't have to worry about kick for 95% of the Valley loop.
    (Randall Ochmann)
  • Jan 28 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy and fast. Tracks were put down just the previous day but snow has turned to ice (not just ice covered snow but hard ice).
    Skied dusk to dark in the area West of Pilot Knob (center section of park). Conditions poor at best due to ice. Freeze thaw and refreeze cycle has turned recently groomed trails into hard packed ice. I should have used my ice hockey skates, pads and helmet instead of traditional cross country skis. First hill into area is steep and due to ice, dangerous.
    Photos:  
    (John Gamlin)
  • Jan 28 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, gravel.
    Wait for snow to ski Terrace Oaks. Gravel on all the uphills that cannot be avoided. Very icy. Stick with Hyland for now.
    (Scott Engstrom)
  • Jan 28 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Bring your ice skates - most of Como is an ice rink. The Glacier (extreme south) is OK on the east end for 1/4k; the west side gets icy as it moves away from the trees - there is soft snow right under the trees that has begun to be skied in - this adds another 1/4k.
    Except for the glacier, skiing at Como is probably done until we get more snow and even then, skiing and grooming might push any new snow off this hard surface unless we get lucky.
    (Karl Dewahl)
  • Jan 28 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Observation 

    Ice, ice, baby! Skiing not advised when trails are frozen. Hoping for snow! Stay tuned.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Jan 28 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy and fast, skiing not recommended.
    Afton was tracked earlier this week but thaw/refreeze has rendered it an ice rink. Downhills dangerous, uphills a treadmill. The north ascent was especially charming. I'll be snowshoeing til we get more snow!
    (Sam Seltz)
  • Jan 28 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Not so good. Hard packed and glazed over much of Sugarbush, Lake and Nature trails this afternoon. Rock skis.
    (Ann Lund)
  • Jan 28 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Man-made loop fine of course, unfortunately since Tuesday outer loops have deteriorated significantly.
    Recent grooming/melting has exposed major amounts of dirt and bare ground on the nature center loop, and lake loop. If you can get there the hill trail is in really good shape and most of the north loop is at least fair. Did not ski oak knob.
    (Steve Eberly)
  • Jan 28 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, thin.
    Skied at noon. Trails were very icy, a lot of debris, thin snow in many areas, dirt showing. A high school race this afternoon was canceled because of the icy conditions.
    (Jim Moore)
  • Jan 28 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy in many places, approaching boilerplate when temps are below freezing. Adequate coverage, some sticks and leaves on trail.
    Conditions are what could be expected after thaw Wednesday. As it is refrozen many of the downhills (Terminal Moraine and Scouring Rush Run) are approaching extreme skiing skill level. Hard to keep skis under your feet. Best to wait until temps warm just above freezing or we get more snow before venturing out.
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Jan 28 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Manmade (hap loop), back forty and skyline trails groomed Thursday morning.
    Manmade trail excellent condition - high school meet thurs. afternoon. All other trails thin, icy - steep hills almost bare due to heavy use and poor weather conditions, low areas wet.
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Jan 28 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and icy! Packed but not groomed. Classic tracks washed out in areas. Some dirt areas showing due to grooming.
    Skied at 6 AM on very hard packed conditions. Trails showing significant wear since Tuesday. Classic tracks are there but not in great conditions. Very fast skiing and needed to edge on many of the corners.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Jan 28 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    The man made loop is all groomed with fresh classic tracks. The snow is very wet and sticky. Happy skiing.
    (Scott Robertson)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Recently groomed, a little fresh snow on top.
    Early this evening Lester was great on my waxless classic skis. Good enough that I went back around 9pm to skate after the snow started falling--it was fantastic, about 1/2 inch of fresh snow on top of recently groomed base. Might be slower by morning if much more snow comes down, but I suspect it'd still be worth your time. Classic might need a little traffic to ski in the tracks after the snow.
    (Erik Riker-Coleman)
  • Feb 6 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent - great tracks and skate deck.
    A perfect day at Piedmont. Course was fantastic, weather was awesome, and took my 18 month old for his first ski! Cross country skiing is like smoking - you have to hook 'em young.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Fornear)
  • Feb 6 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! The 5K and SpecialK we groomed Thursday night and the classic tracks have firmed-up beautifully. 10 K was completely regroomed Friday night; fresh classic tracks and a smooth, fast skate lane.
    Be careful of some damage to the trail in Banner Park/Pine Grove, where a tracked vehicle crossed the trail; otherwise it's smooth cruising.
    (John Graham)
  • Feb 5 - Fond du Lac State Forest (Cromwell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed; off the beaten path.
    The trail is not groomed, and only suitable for back-country skis. Lots of tree-fall across the trail to step over. More wolf tracks than ski tracks; very quiet and peaceful. Worth the extra work if you like solitude.
    (Judy Ellison)
  • Feb 5 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent. Freshly groomed, firm not icy, fast. Tracks looked great. Just another duluth xc gem.
    (Paul Windberg)
  • Feb 5 - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (Two Harbors): 
    Scheduling 

    Note: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park no longer grooms for XC skiing -- trail listing is being removed.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Feb 5 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Trails north of Hwy 210 (White Pine, CCC, and Thompson Loop trails) are groomed and tracked. Tracks are firm and fast. The staff reported that they are currently grooming the trails south of the river.
    Might be a good idea to bleed some speed before hitting the washout area of White Pine trail and other trail bends if you aren't familiar with the trail.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Feb 4 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed with fresh snow in tracks.
    I classic skied the trails on Thursday. It had not been groomed since the latest snowfall so the tracks were only visible due to the skiers ahead of me.
    (Molly Thompson)
  • Feb 3 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed today. Tracks kind of icy.
    I started a quick ski at the chalet mid-afternoon. Ran into a group of guys who warned me I should be taking extra wax along because the tracks were kind of icy. I actually switched to waxless skis and was glad I did. I did find the tracks icy in spots. But wow: there's lovely snow there right now. All year I've been putting off skiing the full loop because I've been worried about the playground loop not having enough snow and being a mess. That section of the trail is actually not so bad if you could take off the big climb right out of the playground. Minus that 0.25 km, I would rate Lester as having excellent coverage given our winter. You can get by on that section, without taking my skis off (but I might have considered it with my A skis). I suspect the skate lane would be amazing with the newly groomed fresh snow.
    Photos:  
    (Kristin Riker-Coleman)
  • Feb 3 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Good to great! The piston bully was out grooming the new snow from last night late this morning. Once that sets up it should be some of the best skiing at Lester this year. A little dirty in a few spots in the classic track.
    (Jake Dalberg)
  • Feb 2 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good. Groomed Tuesday, freshened up with new snow.
    I'd heard Lester was pretty trashed after the big warm/freeze cycle Sunday-Monday, but they carved it up with the groomer this morning to good effect and then laid an inch of fresh snow on top by the time I skied it at dusk. With the additional snow since then it may have slowed down a bit, but the coverage was back to very good and conditions were good overall.
    (Erik Riker-Coleman)
  • Feb 2 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good skate-lane firm and fast.
    I got to the trail soon after the PistenBully had gone through. Besides the very lowest portion by the playground the entire trail is very good. Skate lane was firm and fast, but not icy. Getting an edge was never an issue. The classic track was partially glazed and you might need a little klister over hard wax to get good, consistent kick.
    (Jakob Wartman)
  • Feb 1 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Wonderful skating on the 5k after work. The crust is broken up so control is good and it is reasonably fast. If after dark, it is best to bring a headlamp to supplement the lights. Great skiing, thanks Snowfkake. The 10k looked good too but did not ski it.
    (Mark Knutson)
  • Feb 1 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Just below freezing, and fresh grooming this morning! Beth and I had a great ski at Boulder Monday afternoon. The skate lane was just a bit faster than the classic track, but both were in great mid-winter shape after the weekend melt. I was surprised how perfect it was. A few spots with some pine needle debris did not slow us down at all.
    (Tim Holst)
  • Feb 1 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail was re-groomed this morning.
    The skate lane is in good shape after grooming, most of the skate lane is scraped up enough that there is a soft layer of snow on top, very nice skating. A few short sections are hard packed and a bit icy after the warm up. The classic track is in fair shape, glazed over and shallow in spots.
    (John Cron)
  • Jan 31 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Glazed and extremely fast. Avoid until re-groomed later this week.
    Being the second car in the lot on a beautiful day should have told me something. I only did the 1k loop but met another person that did at least the 4k. He reported that the downhills were very "exciting". Certainly a klister day. If you like klister, narrow trails, and obscene amounts of speed, go for it. Otherwise, hold off a few days. Still the greatest ski trails in the region!
    Photos:  
    (Ben Fornear)
  • Jan 31 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    All trails groomed with the exception of the Ponds loop.
    (Nancy Hanson)
  • Jan 31 - Old Vermilion Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Morning crust to break through after yesterday's warmth. Got soft at 30 degrees towards noon when I left. Good for exercise but not for speed with crust dragging on side of boots.
    Mostly flat, easy out and back through an area with small trees so sunny trail most of the way (logged 15-20 years ago?). Breaking trail, I missed the turn to the north near the end and ended up behind a house at approx 6520 Old Vermilion Trail Road so that north turn should be marked. I saw this turn but wasn't sure which way to go and guessed wrong.
    (Kurt Salmela)
  • Jan 31 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    Very icy right now at 11:30 am - groomer going out now - will update when done.
    (Nancy Hanson)
  • Jan 30 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good classic trail on warm day, 40 degree day.
    Skied down by lake and then up past visitor center and around Birch Hill loop. Plenty of snow. Lots of hiking tracks around track and onto track especially along Superior Hiking Trail. Finally saw a couple other skiers near the end of ski.
    Photos:  
    (Wayne Nelson)
  • Jan 29 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Great, freshly groomed!
    Tony beat me to a trail report, but the Spirit and Magney trails for Sunday's Nordic Spirit race are in great shape. I skied out there this afternoon and they were all freshly groomed and nicely improved from a week ago. There is still a little debris here and there, but in very nice shape for the amount of snow that Tone C. and the City of Duluth groomers have to work with. My understanding is that they will re-groom everything Saturday night / Sunday morning before the race. Should be a great day!
    (Matt Ryan)
  • Jan 29 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good, lots of snow here.
    Trail was tracked today, and is in great shape. We've had 4" new snow this week, with 16" on the ground.
    (Al Ringer)
  • Jan 29 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail was groomed for classic and skating on Thursday.
    Very nice conditions, classic track and skate deck! Thank you volunteers!
    (John Cron)
  • Jan 29 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Pretty good. Freshly groomed this morning--a little crusty.
    Still pretty fresh corduroy when I hit it at noon today, but a little crunchy--not so much that you couldn't get an edge, but I skied with a little bit of caution. A classic skier I talked to said the tracks were a bit slick down lower, but better up top. There were the occasional thin or dirty spots, but nothing really problematic. Certainly appropriate for my good skis [note that I skipped the playground section--if you go down there, you're on your own].
    (Erik Riker-Coleman)
  • Jan 29 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm and fast, but not icy.
    The trail has excellent snow coverage. The skate deck is flat and wide, and was freshly groomed. The classic tracks are plenty deep and smooth as well. There are some isolated patches of debris here and there, but they are easily avoidable. The Spirit side of the connector is getting better with each bit of snow we get, but there are still a couple of bumps and dips - overall very skiable. The Nordic Spirit race on Sunday should have a great course.
    Photos:  
    (Tony Shoberg, Nordic Spirit Ski Race and Tour)
  • Jan 29 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Observation 

    Not groomed or tracked since the rain. Icy.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Jan 29 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    Icy. Skate skiers have been out. There are some fast downhills. Classic track is icy but skiable. Lot of debris on the trail by the chalet.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Jan 28 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic good, skating needs to be groomed.
    We skied all the skating loops. It was really pretty, but really hard as the trails aren't groomed yet. 2-3 inches of snow and a crust of ice made skating hard. Classic looked like enough people had packed it down, and that would be a better choice until grooming.
    (Jolene Johnson)
  • Jan 28 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor - really icy classic tracks!
    The classic tracks are really icy this morning and the hills are treacherous. I don't recommend the the upper, difficult loops and the chalet loop is bad news. Saw only one other skier the whole time we were out.
    (Dan Traylor)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good to excellent--plenty of snow and nicely groomed. However, the tracks nearer to the parking lot are showing a bit of wear. No debris in tracks.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 6 - Cascade River State Park (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, fresh single track. Groomed yesterday and still untouched in some areas.
    The natural snow depth is just not great, making these classic only tracks somewhat uneven. The trail near the lake is too thin and is left ungroomed. Still, a very enjoyable ski. The park border trail hadn't been used by anyone since it was groomed except for deer and coyotes. Very peaceful.
    (Jared Frandson)
  • Feb 5 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Packed powder with perfectly set tracks.
    Best Skiing of the season on the Pioneer/Deeryard loop areas. Perfect weather with some light snow forecast for the weekend. Peak season skiing for sure--not to mention the woods are exceptionally beautiful right now!
    (Michael O'Phelan, Cascade Lodge)
  • Feb 3 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Open trails groomed after Friday's snow, still visible, tracked over today.
    The past day or two of snow has not entirely covered the groomed tracks, they're still easily to just visible depending on the trail, and the powder is fairly light with the cold. I tracked over Rabbit Run to Eagle Mtn Overlook, Kirk's Run and back up the road, Wildlife Pond and the start of Sundling Loop. Short connector from Oscar's Loop to start of Sundling Loop is in rough shape. Two cars were there when I left so others should be tracked over too. Upper part of Sundling Loop has been groomed, presumably as far as it is open, anyway.
    (Tess Dornfeld)
  • Feb 3 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent, south-skate and classic, north is double tracked. Groomed today, great tracks, good for best skis.
    Photos:  
    (Ed May)
  • Feb 2 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for classic and skate - some new snow.
    Skied again today....Bearskin/Golden Eagle trails. Temp at noon was 19 degrees. Seems the most popular trails were re-groomed today. Again the sun wasn't out for much of my afternoon ski. OK with me, it can't glaze the tracks. Nice to see fellow ski-nuts on the trails.
    Photos:  
    (Burt Carlsted-Gillis)
  • Feb 1 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Fair. Trail is a bit icy following the thaw. Very difficult to get grip classic skiing. Probably skating would be better. Or wait for a bit of new snow later this week.
    (Wanda Davies)
  • Jan 31 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent newly set trails at Bearskin/Golden Eagle - the snow temp didn't near the air temp of 34 in afternoon. There was minimal/rare icing in classic tracks. Skate tracks awesome!
    Not sure where all the skiers were - yet the Bearskin/Golden trails are many, and it was a Sunday. Met some women from the Cities, also finding classic skiing good. Hint: I did have a Start wax with a 27-36 degree range. The Central Gunflint has great depth so can handle some warm-ups.
    Photos:  
    (Burt Carlsted-Gillis)
  • Jan 31 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skiing for the 6th week! Deep snow everywhere! Grooming was terrific! Lots of snow!
    We skied everything on the north side today. It is the 6th week of fantastic skiing! It does not get any better! Get in the car and come on up! Terrific trails, snow, scenery, and grooming! Put away your rock skis and enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Robert W Nicholson III)
  • Jan 30 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor conditions. Trails not groomed and 5" of fresh, heavy, wet snow.
    Do not recommend skiing today at this location. Warm weather and snow conditions caused the snow to clump to the bottom of the skis which made it very difficult to ski.
    (Michelle Eul)
  • Jan 30 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed, warm.
    11am start. Not a good day to ski without glide wax. More advanced skiers seem to be doing OK. Needs to be groomed. Temps near 40.
    (Paul Larson)
  • Jan 29 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic skiing conditions! The skate deck had about 1/2" of powdery snow on it. More snow started to fall at the end of our outing.
    Classic skied from Onion River road parking lot to and around the Homestead loop and back. Beautiful views! Then did a portion of the Onion River Road trail. Recommend to ski Homestead counter-clockwise to enjoy a fun downhill.
    (Michelle Eul)
  • Jan 28 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A few trails groomed, tracks are excellent.
    The lower part of the Sundling Loop, the skijoring trail, and the Wildlife Pond trail are freshly groomed. Looks like more snow tomorrow.
    (Tess Dornfeld)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed/combed.
    Nicely groomed, fast! Tracked nicely! Thank you groomers!
    (Jeff Love)
  • Feb 4 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: very good. Light snows have refreshed trails.
    Groomed skate and tracked Monday. Skate lane groomed Thursday.
    (Greg Moritko)
  • Feb 4 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6-8" base so it's still uneven, but good snow cover.
    Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trail except the black diamond loop. Logging activity has made the trail impassable from the road intersection west to junction 5. Everything else has a good single track.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 2 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Getting pretty close to perfect.
    Snowing tonight but trails have firmed up nicely. A couple days ago the pole plants were a little soft. Bronze was groomed today, silver is fast and solid, gold has a light dusting of snow, Spur and Oslo completely covered, classic tracks kickable all the way up the hills.
    (Peter Dahlberg)
  • Feb 2 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Groomed and single-tracked for classic skiing.
    New grooming today freshened up the trail after last weekend's thaw/re-freeze cycles. Conditions remain very good at this beautifully laid out trail, in the heart of Superior National Forest. The southernmost (Jean Lake) loop, which comprises only a small part of this extensive system, hasn't been groomed in a while, though we did ski in a track over part of it.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Feb 2 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are good but fast.
    All was groomed today.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 2 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are good but fast.
    All tracked today.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 1 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, cloudy 28.
    Trails held up well after the warm weekend. A few slight icy spots under the trees otherwise tracks were in good shape. A slight glaze in the tracks made them fun fast, but the kick was still decent. Skied Highland and Southern Lights loops.
    Photos:  
    (Craig Holgate)
  • Feb 1 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed this morning. New track and skate lane combed. The track is a bit shallow in some spots. Snow cover is fairly thin in the pines.
    (Rick Mcdonald)
  • Jan 31 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: East side trails have pine needles and some glazing. An ATV tore up the trail parallel to the road from the lot for about a KM. Very good coverage and decent tracks from recent grooming. West trail from 7 to 8 and back to lot had plenty of icing and mixed snow conditions.
    With no wax skis, it was the way to go today. Temps were around 36 and sunny late afternoon. Plenty of skiers out.
    Photos:  
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Jan 30 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracked, started to get sticky mid day.
    The Wabana creek trail was tracked and a beautiful ski. Aspen trail had been tracked but not skied on overnight. A lone dog was exploring the trails, without their humans. The tracks started to get sticky around 11am. Early tomorrow morning should be quick.
    (Keith Murphy)
  • Jan 29 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Everything was retracked for classic along thunders, rajala run, snag and long lake Friday evening before the brief snowfall we had.
    (Simon Lick)
  • Jan 29 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow cover on all trails.
    The Forest Service set a track on the trails south of County Road 65 and north of intersection 8.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Jan 29 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow cover on entire trail system.
    The Forest Service set a track on all the trails on Friday.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Jan 29 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and tracked today after wet snowfall so should set up nicely for classic skiing this weekend.
    Some twists in the trail could be tricky due to fast conditions.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Jan 29 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New tracker grooming.
    Skied NW, freshly groomer tracked. Can not cross river due to ice collapse, snow and slush on ice, higher river flow rates and warmth for this month, maybe next. Most of system immaculately groomed in excellent shape. Caution in the far north and west.
    (Neil Gardner)
  • Jan 29 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    6" of new snow in the last two days! Finally, enough base 6-8" to get the Pisten Bully out. The High School classic course had the Bully on it yesterday, and hoping to get the Gold done today with it. The Silver trail is still being groomed with the Ginzu because of shallower snow depth, but is excellent. All 60Km have been groomed and the skiing is the best of the year.
    (John Filander)
  • Jan 28 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good: all trails groomed for skate or classic skiing.
    Lake Loop and prelude groomed and track set on Wednesday, Tower Loop groomed and track set on Thursday.
    (Ryan Gunderson)
  • Jan 28 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 6+ inches of new snow. Near perfect trail conditions.
    The 15 or more inches of snow over the past ten days has coerced the Pisten Bully out of hibernation! Classic skiing was superb on the Cedar and Gold High School race loop, today's first of the season Pisten Bully groomed trail. Skied all of the trails this week and found them in superb condition even with the daily snow events. Weekend skiing should be fantastic!
    Photos:  
    (Tim Salo)
  • Jan 28 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed today.
    Get out and enjoy the trails!
    (Bryan Baird)
  • Jan 28 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Freshly groomed this morning. Skiing beautifully 25 degree temps!
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Jan 28 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    All loops groomed and tracked this morning.
    (Rick Mcdonald)
  Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! System just groomed today.
    Winter wonderland out here! Some of the birches are forming full arches over the trails under the weight of the snow. The tracks are firm and deep.
    (Alex Yudell)
  • Feb 5 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wonderful skiing this afternoon on freshly groomed trails. Temps in the 20's today.
    Fantastic crew at National Forest Lodge. Thanks for a wonderful winter experience!
    (Judy Zimmer)
  • Feb 5 - Babbitt Golf Course (Babbitt): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed today. Excellent conditions for both skate and classic skiing.
    (Wayne Marshall)
  • Feb 1 - Birch Lake Plantation Trail (Babbitt): 
    Grooming 

    The Birch Lake Plantation is groomed and tracked and in excellent condition for classic skiing.
    (Wayne Marshall)
  • Feb 1 - Babbitt Golf Course (Babbitt): 
    Grooming 

    The Babbitt Golf Course is groomed and tracked and in excellent condition for both classic and skate skiing.
    (Wayne Marshall)
  • Jan 30 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good! Slow because warm.
    A beautiful day to visit one my favorite ski trails. The snow was quite soft so the going was slow. Clumps of heavy wet snow fell on our heads at times but that was rather refreshing given the warm temps. Excellent coverage on all the trails, which had been recently groomed and were skier-tracked after Friday snowfall.
    Photos:  
    (Anne Flueckiger)
  • Jan 28 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Personally skied over half of the trails the past 2 days. Fresh 3" since the weekend and more to come tomorrow. With up to 30" in the woods and a 6-10" base, the trail is very flat and level side to side.
    All I can say is "probably the best classic skiing in the northland!" But then I'm partial. Grooming Friday. Tracks should be set to perfection. Ski all weekend in the high 20s to low 30s. January? Hah!
    Photos:  
    (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
  Other locations
  • Feb 1 - Manka Trail (International Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions excellent. Recently rolled and tracked for skate skiing and classic. Main trailhead entrance treacherous with frozen boot and dog tracks. Suggest using south entrance to the left.
    (Tammy Riley)
  • Jan 29 - Stoney Ridge Trails (Nashwauk): 
    Secondhand 

    Conditions: Roller packed portions.
    In prep for first track setting, Micah recently roller packed, unsure how much of the three intersecting loops. Hope for track setting with more snow soon.
    (Neil Gardner)
  • Jan 28 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Overall very good - still some uneven sections but snow coverage is good. 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 3 days.
    We groomed all sections this morning for skate and classic and opened the newest of our Blue Trail additions. That new Blue section is bumpy and uneven but will come along fine with the next snowfall. The first "Blue Hills" trail is tracked but lots of sticks in the trail. The second hilly section is not open.
    Photos:  
    (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 6-8" base solid coverage.
    We had not heard much out of Bemidji on the Buena Vista Ski Trails and were not sure the snow coverage would be ample so we were pleasantly surprised arriving this morning to ski the Snowjourn event that utilizes the west side. Coverage is great and the fresh corduroy with 21 degrees temps were blazin! Always a good time with the Bemidji ski events. Great grooming!
    (Anne Ellefson)
  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The tracks are firm and fresh with plenty of snow.
    Maplelag has good snow coverage, and the trails are in great shape. Very enjoyable day of skiing.
    (Glenn Gifford)
  • Feb 4 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate deck is firm with a top layer of fresh mixed in snow today, giving it a top score for conditions. With the two HS ski meets being over, North Loup has been skate groomed again. The warmer temps actually seemed to have helped firm the base with the cooler temps now with the newly added snow making it almost perfect. The classic tracks looked really nice, solid, full depth with just a dusting of fluff. They kept me wondering why I didn't bring the other skis and shoes.
    The snow levels around the city of Detroit lakes as seen from one's car look less than adequate for top notch xc skiing. As one drives north and gets to Richwood the depth of the snow becomes exponentially greater. As one turns onto Goat Ranch Road and into the driveway, the anticipation of skiing on all the white stuff is difficult to contain!
    (Denny Barry)
  • Feb 4 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fresh dusting of new snow on top of frozen granulated base. Excellent coverage and conditions, about as good as it gets.
    The coating of new snow was groomed in to all the skate trails this morning, mixing old fast snow with the new. New track also cut on Sukkerbusk with the same process. All other trails skiing really nice with the new dusting on top of well defined and placed tracks. We will be back out in the morning grooming and cutting more track and touching up skate lanes as needed. The transformed snow really makes for nice skiing this time of year when the sun and warmer temps can be a threat. We have good lodging openings the rest of the season. Come on up!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 31 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Scheduling 

    Conditions: Frozen granulated. Frosty conditions on Friday, high temp of 30.
    Skiing was little bit faster today with temps staying below 30. Beautiful frost and the morning groomed skied nice. The inner trails will be closed Monday the 1st and Tuesday the 2nd for the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships. The western and northern trails will be open for recreational/day skiing.
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 31 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Set up perfect and fast.
    Skied classic today in nice set up tracks and firm apron. Despite the warmer temps the past few days the trails have been basically unaffected. Skate deck looked amazing but didn't have time for both. Can't wait to get back!
    (Ben Olson)
  • Jan 31 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, great base, fast.
    Excellent conditions with a great base. Wavy Gravy in great condition with the cool down later today was very fast.
    (Brent Hitterdal)
  • Jan 30 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent coverage.
    On Saturday at Maplelag the trails I skied were in fabulous shape. In skiing the trails, you would never guess the temps in the region had been in the 30's last week with rain. There was a fresh track on the North Loup. Roy's Run had excellent coverage and a good track. Twin Lakes was in great shape, as was Jib Fly, Wavy Gravy, and Rootin Tootin. As anyone who has skied Maplelag knows, the trails are impeccably maintained. If you are looking for great ski conditions, check out Maplelag.
    (Glenn Gifford)
  • Jan 30 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good to excellent on springlike conditions. 39km fresh groomed Saturday morning, 65km groomed past 3 days. Very good to excellent coverage. Snow depth 6-14", compacted base 4-6".
    As a skier that has groomed for over 25 years, today was about as good as it gets for both grooming and skiing. Moonset to sunrise grooming under clear skies, ideal temps and good gap from dew point to air temp with a blend of snow types made for ideal grooming scenario. A check of the trails early afternoon found the skate deck extremely fun with just the right amount of fresh tilling on solid deck. The new tracks set on the double track were great skiing in the morning than the track on the opposite side skied well in the afternoon when it warmed up a bit. Since our snow transformed on early Thursday morning, there were no sticking issues and the melting point was higher today, also the lower dew point helped. Bottom line fantastic spring like skiing with brilliant sunshine most of the day. We will be back out in the morning touching up the skate deck and resetting select tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 28 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Frozen and loose granulated. 20km new track set and skate trail groomed past 24 hours. Good to excellent conditions. All other trails we have been grooming this year groomed past 4 days.
    Turned out to be a great day on the trails! The cold temps today made for faster skiing after yesterday's warm up but the trails groomed today (Roy's Run, Sukkerbusk, Island Lake and Wavy Gravy) were very nice skiing. Good reports from the other trails. Looks to warm up on the weekend but that will soften the snow and slow things down. The snow has transformed so the stickiness factor is pretty much eliminated. The coverage is good, should be a nice weekend of skiing! We will be grooming if weather allows only to improve the current conditions.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good over all with a fairly good track set, snow fairly fast with some ice in the track.
    I skied Hiram this morning before it got to warm and the snow started to soften up. The trail was groomed yesterday so the track was fairly deep in most areas and not to much ice. There are a few thin spots but they are easy to avoid. Not much for sticks and leaves in the track. Purple hard wax was able to give me enough kick and the snow was fairly fast. A fun ski overall, worth the drive.
    (Paul Klinger)
  • Feb 6 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trail was groomed early this morning. Very good except under pines.
    The icy track was removed and new track set. Trail is in very good condition except for under the pines. Under the pines there are stretches with lots of needles and leaves but very skiable. A few dirty or bare spots but they can be skied around in the pole deck.
    (Terry Vacek)
  • Feb 5 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked trails, the coverage is thin in some areas but overall conditions are good.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 5 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Grooming 

    Trails are freshly groomed, conditions are good considering the lack of new snow.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 5 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: No new snow in the last 48 hours. Fresh groom on skate and classic.
    Skied South Entrance to Nicollet, fresh tracks and skate groom, Conditions are great with the only thin spot at the base of Mary Lake Hill which is easily navigable! Fast skiing with temps at 21 degrees.
    (Anne Ellefson)
  • Feb 2 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 6" solid base, light dusting over a hard pack skate deck.
    Fast fun conditions, classic tracks a bit glazed over yet in good condition. Could use a fresh skate groom.
    (Anne Ellefson)
  • Jan 30 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good this morning at 9:30.
    The tracks were in excellent shape, very few leaves or bark, no ice. Great grooming. Used blue extra with temps around 32. Worked great.
    (Anne Klatt)
  • Jan 30 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good skiing today, but spring-like conditions. Phil groomed early this morning and the track and skate lanes are good and quite fast. Snow depth is down to 6" with 2" packed base, 0 new.
    Expect icy to glazed trails when this freezes up tonight, as we had partly sunny skies with a temp near 40 at the trail today. The snow had softened up by early afternoon, so it was really nice skiing. There are just a few thin spots under the balsams on Lake and Eagle.
    (Deane Johnson)
  • Jan 29 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail was groomed today, icy tracks were removed and reset while cleaning the trail. Trail is in very good shape with a few thin spots.
    The warm weather iced the trail up so the groomer knives were used to break up the ice layer and set new tracks. The wind blown trash was a bigger problem. The trail grooming cleaned up 99% of the trash(tree bark and branches). Trail is in very good shape with a few thin spots under tree cover that can easily skied around.
    (Terry Vacek)
  • Jan 28 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 3 inches new snow on Monday over 8" base.
    Skied South Entrance to Wilderness Drive. This section was fresh groomed skate/classic all the way to DeSoto. All other trails were fresh groomed for classic only! Skiing was great conditions.
    (Anne Ellefson)
  • Jan 28 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    Groomed and tracked the entire system, the warm weather and drizzle degraded the snow in heavily covered areas so the track is light and granular in spots but overall conditions are good.
    (Mike Laputka)
  Other locations
  • Feb 2 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good condition - The deck is thin but enough to cover.
    Tidd Tech chopped old snow. There are some patches of ice where water has flowed onto the trail. The classic tracks are a little bumpy with reconstituted snow chunks but no dirt.
    (Jeffrey Quam)

 

Minnesota Central

  Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A little new snow preceded the freshly groomed (2-5) outer loop. Tracks and skating lane pristine. 100% coverage.
    Before noon at least a dozen citizen skiers took advantage of the freshly groomed outer trails or enjoyed skiing in the coating of new snow into the previously set classic tracks on the inner loops and connecting trails. Section 8 State-bound skiers got in some morning classical skiing before the day warmed up and waxing could get complicated. Nice to see so many people using this hidden gem of a trail system.
    (Chris Hanson)
  • Feb 5 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Grooming 

    No snow today like was forecast, but 1 inch fell earlier in the week so the outer loop only was groomed. Skating lane and tracks were set.
    Photos:  
    (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
  • Jan 31 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and fun, icy but enough for an edge.
    First time on these trails - up for the Lumberjack Jaunt. Very nice job of grooming a fast and fun course after what sounded like significant rain earlier in the week. It is great that races like this survive- this is their 41st year- there just isn't much more fun to be had than to ski 16k fast on great trails in a great race run by a great community ski club. Fast wax salmon on the hard track skis- perfect.
    (Steve Casey, WAMXC)
  • Jan 30 - Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (Onamia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good base, good tracks set. Managed for classic only. Skied in the late afternoon very soft, very slippery. ~30% debris and bare spots. Major leafage where the deer have been digging. Groomer cuts continuous tracks: on the flat, up the hills and down. Works ok on the greens but scary on the blues.
    By 2:30 conditions had softened considerable. The greens were very skiable even with lots of leaves, grass, twigs. Not getting any grip with purple I had to resort to a full kick zone of SNOR (sticky, nasty old red) which actually worked well. Good kick, great for collecting leaves. Light traffic on the greens; I was the first to ski any of the blues in several days. Wished I hadn't. Not a good downhiller in the best of conditions today's were next to the worst. (Ice is the worst.) "Riding the rails" downhill in fast, slick, heavy snow, deep tracks is no fun for me. Didn't even think about trying the blacks.
    (Gavin Watt)
  • Jan 28 - No Achen Trail (Aitkin): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor. Iced over.
    Road in to trailhead a bit challenging and you should probably have AWD or 4WD to avoid getting stuck. Nice trails but need colder temps and snow to make for a great ski.
    (Jay Henderrut)
  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Sauk Centre School Nature Trail (Sauk Centre): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh powder on a firm and level base. New snow has eliminated the icy crust from last week's melt. Skate and Classic are both good to excellent.
    (Dana Boschee)
  • Feb 3 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-2" new powder over crust. Skate trails in excellent condition.
    Only 1-2" new snow in collegeville from yesterday's storm. Probably not deep enough base to till, but the groomer was out packing it over the ice from last weekend and it is enough to make for a good ski. The wind leaves some icy spots open, but overall skate conditions are very nice. 'A' skis all the way on pine knob, trinity, ziki, and old entry road. There are some tracks on the entry road- I don't know about stone gate. Really a super job this year by St Johns groomers.
    (Kevin McCann)
  • Jan 31 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: At noon today: Very hard, icy and treacherous! I started out without rock skis and ended with a pair of rock skis.
    Metal edges would have been very helpful!
    (Cindy Robertson)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    We skied all trails this morning and coverage is very good, few sticks and leaves. In several spots the depth of the powder is greater presumably due to wind-drift. Snowmobilers came onto a few locations where the trail is close to Isaac Lake. A bit slower perhaps because of the wax we were using (LF7)? Classic tracks were faster because of some glazing.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 5 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1+ inch of newly groomed powder over firm base. Very nice skiing!
    We've had another couple of rounds of accumulating snow. Trails have been groomed and are in excellent shape (especially considering the snowfall thus far). A little soft and a tad slow but fast enough and really fun skiing. Classical tracks have also been reset and look good.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 3 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. New corduroyed powder over hard base. Nice!
    Trails were groomed after the last night's snowfall (1-2"). Coverage is good. In a few places the corduroy is thin either due to lack of accumulation and/or being stripped by the wind, but these present no problems. Do not be dissuaded by the conditions of the entrance to the trails which is icy. Once into the woods and on the main trails the conditions are really good. Classic tracks were filled in, but still quite useable and even more so when skied-in.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Jan 31 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed this morning - tilled, scratched-up from icy base.
    As they say, timing is everything. We started skiing at 8 am and the trails were icy. Downhills were, in a word, scary! We stayed on the flats and did D-pole drills in the tracks (also icy). Upon finishing a contrived workout the trails were being groomed as best they could be. Combined with warming temperatures, the 5 minutes we spent checking them out they seemed better.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Jan 30 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1+ inch granular over hard base where groomed. Very good skating.
    About half the trail system was groomed this morning, meaning the skating lane was tilled. This included the "front end" of the main trail and the shortcuts. Groomed trails were fast, with a few minor icy spots. Those trail that were untouched are still skiable, but a bit icier thus harder to set an edge for power, and for me this also meant checking my speed on the downhills. Temperatures were warming as we skied (8-11 am) and I thought it was getting slower. Classical tracks are glazed but probably not too bad?
    (Keith Brugger)
  Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 30 - Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (Warman): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor to fair to good. Cover is good to thin. No recent grooming -- not enough snow. The base is solid crunchy crud. The skate deck east of the road is un-skiable; rough, rutted, groomer tracks. The classic track looks good but is icy crunch under yesterday's light dusting. W of the road is much better. Generally less than 30% exposed and debris lurking under the fresh.
    I skied Lantern Loppet east of the road, skipped Memorial based on conditions continued on Point including the race segment to the north then crossed the road N of the usual spot and finished past the warming house back to the large, recently plowed parking lot. A fresh dusting yesterday made it look really good starting from the parking lot. There does not appear to be recent grooming. I was the first one out this morning and skied in the dusting in classic track. Started with blue then put on a patch of red never got a good grip. Great workout but not much fun. Pray for snow the Vasaloppet is only 13 days away.
    (Gavin Watt)
  Other locations
  • Jan 30 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail groomed Saturday. All north and the 2 southeast loops tracked.
    Condition good.
    (Gary Anderson)
  • Jan 29 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, hard packed ice, debris and bare spots.
    Deer Creek-River-Logging, icy conditions after the melt. Lack of snow has lots of debris and bare spots poking through. The best section is the old logging trail which has good coverage but hard and rough.
    (Bryan Lueth)
  • Jan 28 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
    Grooming 

    North 3 loops groomed Thursday. Trail condition very good except the first 1/8 mile in Pine Plantation.
    (Gary Anderson)

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails were groomed on Thursday, track set on Friday late afternoon.
    Good snow base, good skiing.
    (Russ Jensen)
  • Feb 4 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Packed powder on a solid base. Skating is very good and will speed up as snow transforms.
    (Stephen Williams)
  • Feb 3 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 10 inches of fresh snow, rolled the snow to pack it, will groom tomorrow after the wind slows the drifting.
    Blizzard like conditions on the open prairies with lots of drifting. Pointless to groom at this time.
    (Tom Eckdahl)
  • Jan 31 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Scheduling 

    Closed until trails refreeze.
    (Stephen Williams)
  • Jan 29 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skating lane is firm and in good shape.
    Trail was gone over on Friday, minor drifting was combed out. The classical track was not taken out and reported to be in good shape.
    (Tom Eckdahl)
  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions considering high temps.
    St Mary's has tons of snow and great coverage. Great grooming for classic and skate. The snow was getting a tad soft and sticky with the high temps. Enjoy the bluffs!
    (Chad Czmowski)
  • Feb 6 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: This morning's ski was on groomed firmed fast tracks. The campground road was a firm flat deck. Yesterday I went bushwhacking in places that haven't been skiable for a couple years.
    Best skiing of the season.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Feb 5 - Frontenac State Park (Frontenac): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    We skied the bottomland trail out to the sand spit in Lake Pepin this afternoon. It was nicely groomed and tracked yesterday. The snow was a little thin in places and won't stand up to above-freezing temps, but is ok now.
    (Timothy Vick)
  • Feb 5 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Most trails firm, some less used trails soft for skating.
    All trails were groomed this morning. Rattlesnake and Upper Trail is still soft for skating but skiable. Classic tracks are very good to excellent in most places.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Feb 3 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed well after our big snow fall.
    A perfect afternoon of skiing before the dedication of that brother Jerome center this evening. Thanks for the great grooming.
    (Randy Schenkat)
  • Feb 3 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 10 inches new snow on Tuesday.
    All trails were packed Tuesday during the snow storm. Today 100% of the trails were groomed again and classic track set. Conditions were soft today but overnight temps should firm up the skate deck and set the tracks for perfect skiing. Come to Saint Mary's and enjoy!
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Jan 30 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great - groomed this morning. Slow skating due to warm temperatures.
    Bluff trail is in great condition with minor debris on the uphill climb. Golf course also groomed and in good condition.
    (Laura Cattaneo)
  • Jan 29 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    After soft conditions yesterday St. Mary's trails set up hard today. Regromed the skate lanes including Rattlesnake. Found the classic track to be unskiable so reset that on the main loops, that took care of a lot of debris and ice, although track is not as deep in spots. Good skiing, enjoy!
    (Steve Horeck)
  Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Upper skate deck is soft, but firming up each day. Lower is in great condition.
    Upper arb was groomed this morning. Still a little soft and airy, but is getting better as more skiers hit the trails. Needed to get all the walker prints out or the trail system. Lower arb was tracked Friday afternoon and all trails are open(15k).
    (Tom Bisel)
  • Feb 6 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good conditions, packed snow with freshly groomed trails.
    (Michael Page Laramee)
  • Feb 4 - Ney Nature Center (Henderson): 
    Grooming 

    Trails were groomed yesterday afternoon and most trails are in good condition with exposed sections of trail showing some drifting after grooming was complete. Trails which are somewhat sheltered are in excellent condition.
    (Mike Giesen)
  • Feb 3 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lower Arb: Fresh snow-groomed this morning.
    Great day out there. Lots of sunshine and the wind isn't bad at all. Canada Ave side of lower arb best....groomed - no classic tracks though. Lots of foot traffic already closer to the football field parking lot.
    (Rhea Mehrkens)
  • Feb 2 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Firsthand 

    The trails had been rolled earlier in the evening, but by the time I skied at around 9pm there was an additional ~3 inches on top. Should be fantastic conditions once it is all groomed and set up.
    (Nate Porath)
  • Feb 2 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep snow over the top of a frozen, rutted base.
    Last night the upper arb was refrozen, so I went to Hyland. Today several inches of white fluff made for fun conditions skating above the ice. Should groom up very well.
    (Jeff Pesta)
  • Feb 2 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Groomers will be our in full force late this afternoon.
    We plan to roll and pack as much of the Upper and lower Arb this afternoon and evening. We will again get out early morning and try and groom up the skate deck and set a track throughout the system. Looks like we are at 4-5" of new snow as of 2pm.
    (Tom Bisel)
  • Jan 30 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good. Despite Friday night's freeze, the trail came thru in good shape. It was firm but skatable and the classic track looked in great shape. It was a little slow probably because I had not switched to warmer wax. I used FastWax Red with fluoro paste wax buffed over it.
    Timed it right with a noon arrival at Welch so I did in fact get in 7 3/4 miles before a light rain hit on the way home.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Jan 29 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Freshly groomed for both skate and classic. It was low 30's and partly sunny. I used FastWax Red.
    I caught the window between the mid-week thaw and the weekend rain and thaw just right and came to the perfect spot to take advantage of it. It was unusual based on past experience but I met two other skiers, skaters no less, coming off the trail as I prepared to start. They gave me the good news that the trail had just been groomed. Expertly done in my opinion. The snow was spring corn. Moist but reasonably fast with my wax. It was soft and became mildly rutted in spots from the strides of just me and the other two skaters. Skated for 4 miles one way from the ballpark entry point at a fast for me 8+ mile per hour pace. Took a long water break and as usual slowed considerably from my out-bound pace. Still, it was my fastest and longest ski of the season - 8 miles at an overall 7 mph pace.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Jan 29 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomer was out today doing a nice job breaking up icy conditions on the skate deck and setting a decent to excellent classic track. Skied from Cannon Falls to Welch and back. Should be very good Saturday both skating and classic.
    Perfect temperature and sunshine. Swans sighted on the river.
    (John Trolander)
  • Jan 29 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Secondhand 

    Conditions: Icy tracks, marginal conditions.
    Talked with groomer Matt: The temperature fluctuations the past few days have caused the bottom of the classic tracks to melt and refreeze into ice. Matt reports this morning that the skating is still ok in the lower arb but the tracks are icy and there are some rocks showing through the bottom of the tracks so overall the conditions are marginal.
    (Timothy Vick)
  • Jan 28 - Ney Nature Center (Henderson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to excellent for most of our trails, although the temperatures have made them rather slick for waxing -- waxless skis worked very well.
    Ney Nature Center has 4.5 miles of cross country ski trails groomed for classic skiing. Most of our trails are somewhat sheltered from the winds, with our White Oak Loop and Roundabout trail following the top of many deep ravines.
    (Mike Giesen)
  Other locations
  • Feb 3 - Baylor Regional Park (Norwood): 
    Grooming 

    Most trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good to great condition. Lake Trail will be groomed by weekend.
    (Connie Keller, Carver County Parks)
  • Feb 3 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The South Trail and portions of the Prairie and Pond Loop have been groomed today following yesterday's blizzard; most of the trails will have new track set by the end of tomorrow as we wait for high winds to subside.
    (Ben Sherman)
  • Jan 29 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Many of the trails have clean, reset tracks, and skating lanes are nice and wide.
    (Maria Anderson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions and grooming for the Pre-Birkie today.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 6 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good. Recently groomed and tracked.
    Conditions cold hardly be better. With the shortage of personnel at the FS it is amazing the great conditions on the trail. Some corners at the bottom of some hills are groomed too sharp, using best line would improve skiing. Don't forget to pay the parking fee so they can keep working on the trails.
    (Paul Ostrum)
  • Feb 5 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
    Grooming 

    All of the Voyager trails are freshly groomed and in near perfect shape. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland this weekend!
    (Dan Campion)
  • Feb 5 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Tony Wise/World Cup Trail rolled only, to be groomed later today. The rest of the trail system is in very nice shape.
    Reminder - North End Classic Race is Sunday. Trail will be tracked for race Saturday after 5pm. Last racers should be off course by 12:30 Sunday.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 4 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. About 5-6" of new snow.
    Trail was groomed on Thursday. Looks like the cold temps will really helps set the skate deck after grooming operations. Should be in really good shape!
    Photos:  
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good. Super tracks, enjoy a special trail.
    (Dale Cardwell)
  • Feb 4 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. The trails have been nicely groomed after the recent snow. Due to lateness arriving, we only skied the easy loops near the parking lot and didn't see the conditions on the hilly loops.
    The tracks aren't deep, but there is adequate snow coverage--even under the pines. The oak leaves are still on the trees, so there is no debris in tracks.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 4 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent with new tracks.
    New tracks were set on all of the trails today. 8" of new snow fell in the woods, with 16-18" drifts out in the open in the blow-down area of the Boulevard. This snow had very little moisture so it doesn't compact well. The tracks are nicely formed, but will not be very firm due to the low moisture content. The tracks look good so skiing should be excellent with the mild weather we have been having.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Feb 3 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. About 10" of new snow.
    Trail was freshly groomed after the latest snow. I packed the trail and followed it up with a set of new tracks on the entire system. The cold temps on Wednesday night helped with trail set up.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 3 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: NE trail rolled, skate lane combed twice, and track set. NE Classic trail was rolled and tracked. I classic skied the NE trails and tracks were excellent. Skate lanes are soft despite being gone over twice. NE Classic trail looks excellent and should set up nicely overnight. Tony Wise/World Cup was not groomed and has 6+ inches of new snow on it.
    Reminder: The NE Classic Race is Sunday. Racers should be off the trail by 12:30 and we will start taking out tracks by 1pm.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 3 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Fresh show covered and being packed with snowmobiles. Final grooming planned for Saturday Morning.
    Had groomer troubles last week, being repaired and will be back by Friday. In the meantime the trail is being packed down with snowmobiles. There is more snow in the forecast for this week so we will roll the trail Friday and groom on Saturday morning. Don't forget the annual Candlelight ski scheduled for this Saturday. With the new snow we should have really good conditions for skiing and have a wonderful time chatting with locals, trail users and staff.
    (Curtiss Lindner)
  • Feb 3 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Scheduling 

    NE trail is scheduled to be rolled this morning and groomed afterward. The NE Classic trail is scheduled to be groomed this afternoon.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 1 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    After skiing, difficult. icy conditions on the Birkie Trail, I came back to the North End and discovered that they were freshly groomed and in excellent condition. Thanks for grooming on a Monday even when there was snow in the forecast on Tuesday.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 1 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied from North End TH to OO and back on skate trail and classic trail. An adventure in skiing icy conditions; kind of treacherous but fun until my kick wax was totally worn off. Then anything uphill was just hard.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 1 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: NE trail groomed this morning, skate lanes and track set. Skate skied trail this afternoon and it was fast with groomed in ice but easy to hold an edge, overall excellent skiing.
    Grooming schedule calls for Tony Wise World Cup to be groomed tomorrow but that will be weather dependent with storm coming.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Jan 31 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Good in spots, poor in others.
    Skied from the North End, much of the trail had good coverage, but there were a few bare spots and at least one dicey downhill with debris showing through. Classic track was set and pretty good. Skate lane was bumpy. Definitely could use some snow. I've heard the South end was in poor condition do to the groomer bogging down and spewing debris onto the trail. North end was definitely worth skiing, would advise using rock skis.
    (Elias Anoszko)
  • Jan 31 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    I skied the Birkie Trail skate lane today from OO up to the power lines and back. Skate conditions were a bit sticky and slow when I started at around 2:00 pm. The more recently groomed trail between High Point and OO was in very good shape, and the glide was excellent towards the evening. North of High Point was an adventure with ruts frozen in from heavy traffic Saturday. It was still skiable, but icy and kind of treacherous. All in all, the trail held up well to the warm conditions this weekend. Full coverage everywhere. The only issue was that some of the snowmobile crossings are getting a bit dirty, but not bad enough for me to take off my skis.
    (Mark Luehring)
  • Jan 30 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, 2-3 inches on new snow, groomed Friday from OO to High Point, both Birkie Classic and Birkie Trail.
    We skied yesterday from OO to High Point and then down to Timber Trail, going out in the morning the glide was okay but as the temps warmed, the skating slowed down. The hills were starting to break down with all the skier traffic. The skating provided a hard workout but lots of skiers were out, there was plenty of sunshine and overall it was a great day to be out in the fresh air and the north woods.
    Photos:  
    (David Martin)
  • Jan 30 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    A, B, C groomed this morning before it got too warm but trail was soft and lots of skiers got on the trails right away. Temperatures in 40's today.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Jan 29 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great to excellent.
    Skied the 7km trail this morning and what a blast. Trail is in almost excellent condition. Got to be one of the best classic only trail in the state.
    (Ron Ballard)
  • Jan 28 - Seeley Ski Trails (Seeley): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A bit of an adventure.
    Skied classic and the tracks were pretty good, but had some unexpected high and low spot making things interesting. The skate deck was very uneven and had some fresh snow on top making skiing out of the tracks a wild ride, especially down some of the hills. All and all, it was a fun ski and beautiful surroundings.
    (Katy Kowalsky)
  • Jan 28 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    A,B, and C loops groomed today. Some small debris on trails from yesterdays winds, overall very good.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Jan 28 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good! Much needed snow.
    Trail is finally shaping up nicely. There is still small debris in the trail due to the winds we experienced with the latest snow, but hardly any in the tracks. Enjoy!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Trails have been groomed and are ready to be skied on :).
    (Danielle Wheeler)
  • Feb 3 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    New snow just groomed. Soft fresh corduroy on the skate deck, classic track being set as I skied. Downhills slow enough that no snowplowing needed. Delightful!
    (Timothy Burke)
  • Feb 3 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good - 3-6 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours. Snow is still soft. Groomed today.
    All trails groomed today. Track set on Classic, Oak, Maple, River, and Aspen trails. Track will be set on remaining trails tomorrow. Join us for our Candelight Ski event, Saturday at 3PM!
    (Matt Miranda, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 3 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Newly groomed today for classic skiing.
    Pattison State Park received 4" of snow last night and this morning. The trail was rolled, then groomed with classic track being re-set. Trail base is 3-8".
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Feind, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 1 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Skate lanes were touched up on Monday. We are hoping for more snow soon.
    (Edwin Koepp)
  • Jan 31 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, not too icy.
    The trails were in great shape on Sunday. Well groomed corduroy, deep classic tracks. Everything was a little icy with the thaw and shade. It made skiing fast and fun, but getting an edge was easy when you needed it. The classic loop was spectacular in the sun and klister was bomber (as expected).
    Photos:  
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Jan 29 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Newly groomed today with classic track.
    After Wednesday's rain put a glaze on the trail surface, the trail was reconditioned today and new classic track laid. Other than a few dirty spots, the trail is in excellent condition. Trail base is 2-5".
    (Kevin Feind)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: Conditions are excellent for the weekend.
    Talked to some skiers from Madison and they said the trails were excellent. So okay folks, it's all groomed up for the weekend and I can't think of any excuses for not skiing. If you get out and get a bunch a K under your belt by Sunday afternoon you won't feel bad about laying on the couch for the Super Bowl. Trails are in excellent condition so get out and thrash em.
    (Gary Mears)
  • Feb 4 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. About 12 inches of new snow.
    Packed and freshly groomed. Trail is really starting to take shape and a lot of the uneven parts of the trail are starting to level out. Should set up well!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Estimated base of 12 to 14 inches. The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails are in very good to excellent condition.
    Tuesday night's snow storm left 6-8" of new snow on the trails. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails were rolled on Wednesday and tracks set on Thursday. The groomer said the tracks set up great and rated the conditions on the trails as very good to excellent.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Superior View Golf Course (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We received about 7 inches of fresh snow on Wednesday. The entire course has been groomed today for both skate and classic.
    Conditions for the entire course are very good to excellent.
    (Nate Swiston)
  • Feb 3 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    With 8-10 inches of new snow, we groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. We tracked: Sugarbush, Oppedahl's and Birch Hill. We packed Deerpath, Raven and Black Bear. Our plan is to track those last 3 tomorrow morning. It's beautiful out there, although I'm sure the trails are a little soft.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 2 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great, best grooming this year.
    Firm tracks and skate lane finally flat, firm and fast.
    (Tim Fitz)
  • Feb 1 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Teuton and Valkyrie Trails are in good condition with a base of around 10 inches.
    The groomer went out and combed all of the skating lanes and reset the tracks on the Teuton Trails. The Valkyrie Trails were in good condition. With the new snow predicted starting tomorrow, the groomer is waiting until the storm moves through to incorporate the new snow into the base and set up new tracks on all the trails.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 1 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    After two days of warm weather, we still have plenty of base, so we groomed and tracked all of the skate trails, and tracked all of the classic only trails, except the Jolly Connector to Star Route.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 31 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, tracks icy in spots.
    Nice skating today at Valhalla. The trails held up well to the warm temps over the weekend and were relatively smooth without any major ruts. The classic tracks were really icy in many places, so I'm guessing classic would have been tricky, but they were a great ride on the downhills! The trails should groom up nicely.
    (Paul Belknap)
  • Jan 29 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions.
    The trail has had its Friday manicure and looks great. See everyone out there on Saturday evening for the Annual Candlight Ski Shoe at 6:00-9:00PM. The weather is going to be balmy so I expect to see a lot of people there. Tell your friends. Better still bring your friends. Where else can you have so much fun for free?
    (Gary Mears)
  • Jan 29 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is estimated at 10 to 12 inches and in very good condition.
    The groomer set tracks on both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trail systems on Friday, January 29th. The tracks set up great, but it is unknown how they will hold up with the predicted warmer temperatures starting on Saturday. The parking area is very soft and slushy. Predicted unseasonably warm temperatures for the weekend may make the parking areas even softer and wet. Please use caution when parking or driving in the parking areas. The Forest Service is trying some temporary changes in the main parking area for this season. We have added a 4 to 5 car plowed parking area near the warming room and removed the row signs in the parking lot. An official notice with comment cards will be placed at the fee stations; warming room; and chalet to collect comments from the public.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 28 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    With about 2 inches of new snow, we groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford. We tracked: Seagull Connector, Sugarbush, Oppedahl's and Birch Hill. Looked to groom up nicely.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good mid-winter conditions with 10" of fresh snow from the Wednesday.
    Groomed most of Beaver Brook tonight. Double tracks set wherever possible. Tracks look good and should firm up nicely for the weekend.
    (Kevin Myers)
  • Feb 5 - Trade River Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    8" of new snow. Rolled, combed, and tracks set. Ready to go.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 5 - Coon Lake Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6" of new snow, rolled and combed. No tracks set yet, but skating is good.
    The adult eagles are hanging around the nest more and more.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 4 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1 PM, 2 inches new powder today on top of the groomed 6+" received Tuesday.
    Skate lane fairly soft overall and very soft in some places.
    (Jim Kelley)
  • Feb 3 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions, with some soft areas. The high water spot on the north end remains, but you can double pole or walk around it.
    All of Timberland Hills and the Lighted Trail were packed and tracked on Wednesday. We ended up with 10-12 inches of powdery snow from the storm.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 3 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Grooming 

    8" fresh snow as of Wednesday morning! Groomers spent all day on the Eastside core loop. By late afternoon, the fresh corduroy and classic track were starting to firm up. Lots more grooming taking place the next few days.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Feb 3 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked.
    Great classic ski today on newly groomed tracks. They are cut down to the old crust in many sections but there's enough new snow in the track so it's not icy. Skating lane looked good although still understandably soft. Beautiful day to be out!
    (Mike Chrun)
  • Feb 3 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
    Firsthand 

    Spooner City Park was groomed for skating today and a new classic track was set as well. Last night, the Spooner area received about ten inches of new snow. The skating is a bit soft and in the open parts, a pretty good wind out of the north has created some light drifting over sections of the trail. All in all, pretty good skiing can be found. Lights are on, enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (David Martin)
  • Feb 3 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Soft conditions. We have received 10" of light snow.
    Beaver Brook was groomed and track set today. Mostly single tracks as the 10" of new snow needs to settle down before the full width of the ski trail can be groomed and double tracks set. Enjoy.
    (Kevin Myers)
  • Feb 3 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: A fresh dumping of snow at the trails!
    We will be grooming both Wednesday and Thursday to get the trails ready for the weekend.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 1 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 12:30 PM Fair but very skiable.
    Fair conditions but the warmer temps have softened things up just enough to make it very skiable. The usual thin spots are easy to avoid.
    (Jim Kelley)
  • Jan 31 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: What I would call "good spring conditions" if it was mid-March. But it's the end of January and it should be better. Everything from hard/icy to soft/sticky and everything in between, depending upon temperature and sun exposure. The base is in good shape with no bare spots.
    Please use caution if it's icy but enjoy the trails until there is more snow and/or grooming. I needed a long ski today so I skied 42 km.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Jan 29 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy, not groomed, with an abundance of small tree limbs/debris.
    Only choice we should have made today: figure or hockey (skates). Hard packed, icy trails. The scenery was nice, as always, but if you go, (until it snows) take snowshoes.
    (Terry Ragsdale)
  • Jan 28 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Very good conditions. The trails were firm and fairly fast, wide and generally smooth. Groomed two days earlier, a top dressing of 1/2"-1" snow provided great edge control for skating, and offered a nice surface in the classic track. And there's plenty of classic track to go around. Even though the base is thin, dirt spots are limited - they weren't at all bothersome on the route I traveled yesterday (I saw 3 dirt spots during one hour of skiing). Groomers are out working early Friday morning. We're hoping for some fine skiing Friday/Saturday, a good opportunity to enjoy forecasted mild temps.
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Jan 28 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 12 PM Fair, lots of tree debris from wind.
    Big difference from Tuesday night's perfect powder conditions. Firm, almost boilerplate surface which made it hard to set edges. Not sure if they rolled the new snow earlier this week but it appears much of it was swept off by wind and the previous thin areas have re-appeared. Lots of tree debris from recent winds which made for a lot of branch-flicking with poles.
    (Jim Kelley)
  • Jan 28 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    All trails were groomed Tuesday and Wednesday. Conditions were fantastic Wednesday but became icy Thursday with the fluctuating temperatures. Watch the temp and use caution if it is icy. Our snow base is in good shape.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions for the candlelight event tonight.
    With fresh snow and nice temps, they had a good turnout. A classic track and snowshoe lane was groomed.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 6 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions both classic track and skating deck.
    Normally by this time of the winter the classic tracks have stretches of oak leaves in them. Not today. Nary a leaf. Tracks are firm and deep. Skating is firm and by 11:00 this morning getting rather fast.
    (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
  • Feb 5 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
    Firsthand Shorty 

    Conditions: Trail is fabulous!
    Groomed wonderfully. Get out and ski!
    (Mark Schneider)
  • Feb 5 - River Road Ski Trail (Cornell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails today were good trending towards great. Much improved with the recent snowfall.
    I skied just about all the sections and found the many of the ruts to be a non-factor now. A nice deep track is set. I advise avoiding the far north section, there isn't a track set for part of the section. Of most concern is the far NE hill labeled on the map as steep. There is a dangerous rut on the steepest part of that hill.
    Photos:  
    (Jason Sullivan)
  • Feb 5 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked, excellent condition.
    The entire system was packed, rolled, groomed and tracked and is in excellent shape. Trail is in the best shape of the season right now.
    (Dan Gainey)
  • Feb 5 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very nice. Trail is groomed for both skating and classic from Menomonie to Downsville.
    We set tracks on both sides of trail from Menomonie to Irvington which makes the skate lane a little narrower but we get a lot of classic skiers on that stretch. From Irvington to Downsville we set a track only on one side of the trail with a wider skating lane.
    (Bill Kryshak)
  • Feb 4 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks great! All trails groomed for both classic and skating.
    Fabulous new snow. If you love hills and scenic Ice Age terrain.... this is the best in the area.
    (Eleanor Wolf)
  • Feb 3 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage with some soft areas and trails off the colored loops aren't groomed yet.
    Skate deck is soft and in some places hasn't been groomed the full width yet. Classic tracks are nice and deep, but the sides are soft so they took a bit of a beating from just a few skiers. Hills off of the main loops haven't been groomed yet.
    (Alex Popp)
  • Feb 3 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: very good to excellent.
    The entire system was rolled and combed on Tuesday and the plan was to set track tonight. Groomers intend to do touch up nightly for the next several nights to make the skiing this weekend absolutely fabulous.
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Feb 3 - River Road Ski Trail (Cornell): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good. Much improved.
    We made several passes with a snowmobile, than Tidd Tech and then set a track on nearly all of the trail. There was approximately 7 inches of new snow which covered nearly all ruts. The trail is still a little bumpy but it should set up nicely. There are a few seedlings and roots sticking through the base here and there but they are either insignificant or easily avoidable.
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Feb 3 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: 8 Inches of new snow...scheduled to be groomed on Thursday.
    Hoffman will be groomed on Thursday and should be good for the weekend.
    (Dan Gainey)
  • Jan 31 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good and fast even with the warm temps.
    Skate skied from 11am-noon today. The connector trail and south loop was very firm with all of the skiers that have been on it and kinda icy fast (but not unsafe icy). The tram and north loop was a tad bit softer but still it was a surprisingly fast day. Thought it would be softer heading out to the trail but so glad I went. Thankfully the base has been taken care of so far this winter. (Note: A hiker put a few too many holes in the trail but don't let that stop you from skiing just watch out for them).
    (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
  • Jan 30 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, verging on excellent.
    The skiing was great this morning. The scenery could not have been better at first light. 1" of fresh snow on top of a fairly firm base. The skate deck was flattened nicely. The tracks are not very deep but there really isn't that much snow - yet! But, it was getting warm fast at 10:00am.
    Photos:  
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Jan 29 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating. Fair for classic.
    Freshly groomed cords made for great skating. Most of the most difficult trails were not freshly groomed and icy, rendering them extremely difficult. The classic tracks were consistently icy. Coverage was good in all cases and a little snow and a little softening should make system very good.
    (Mark Orlowski)
  • Jan 29 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good, recently groomed.
    If your looking to ski here this weekend, a lot will depend on the type of precipitation that comes tonight and how warm it gets tomorrow! The entire trail was treated with a drag and groomed last night. Track was set on the South, North, Tram and Highland/Lowland Loops. Absent rain, an early ski on Saturday morning might just be great.
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Jan 29 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Icy and track depth has deteriorated. Trails had quite a bit of debris, but that is typical with this trail due to the heavy foliage. Trail was really icy today. Use extra caution on the downhill sections. I wouldn't recommend novice skiers using it right now.
    (Jason Sullivan)
  • Jan 28 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair along the first half of the blue route. Fair to good along the second half.
    First time skiing here. Classic skied the blue loop. Thankful for the color coded ski maps inside the building. Recommend to take a picture of the color coded route map to reference on the trail.
    (Michelle Eul)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great to excellent, 6" of fresh snow this past week.
    Loops A, B, C, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. We received 6" of new snow in the past week and the trails are really looking great! The wetland portion on C is filling in pretty well, just make sure to stay on the groomed section. I did two passes on Kiddie, three on A and Shortcut, and at least four passes on B, C and D. The base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. The snow was pretty dry and light so it took a few passes to get everything to pack down nice. Weather is predicted to be great this weekend so get out and enjoy your forest! .
    Photos:  
    (Brady Howe)
  • Feb 4 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    I skied most of the 18km; Excellent conditions - Sweet! The snow is quite dry so glide was not so good, but it is finally smooth and the tracks are firm.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 4 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to excellent! 6" of new snow this week.
    Loops A, C, D and E groomed. Loop B machine packed. With the 6" of new snow that we got the trails are starting to look great! The wetland crossings on C and D are still a little rough, but are starting to shape up nicely. I did anywhere from two to seven passes on each section of trail to help pack down the new snow and groom everything nice and smooth. I did however get stuck going up one hill on Loop E, but it groomed out OK and shouldn't be an issue. Base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. With the nice weather in the forecast for the weekend there's no excuse to not get out and enjoy your forest!
    (Brady Howe)
  • Feb 3 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh snow, skiing on a rolled trail.
    I skied the rolled trail. Not bad, the scenery was great. On my way out Scott was grooming, it was great. Thanks Scott.
    (Bonnie Weyer)
  • Feb 3 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Rolled/packed the new snow on the trails this morning; I'll be back to groom (classic and skate) tonight. I am expecting it to be excellent skiing on Thursday and beyond.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Jan 31 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, still firm enough given the warmer temps.
    Skated a bunch of loops today. All were in excellent shape. Had the pleasure of hitting the challenges of the rollercoaster loop "jump". I know it's there, but every time I hit it, it turns into a new adventure. CFS never disappoints. Great trails and even better grooming.
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Jan 30 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed early this morning, before it got too warm. Excellent conditions and very beautiful, especially in the white pine/hemlock groves.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Jan 28 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great to excellent! Spent six hours grooming today, trails are looking good.
    A, B, Shortcut, C, D and Kiddie tracked and groomed. I spent some time cutting out alders and balsam on the wetland portion of C loop and it is opening up quite nice. The snow is a little thin for about 25 yards in the wetland portion of C, but otherwise the base on the trails is 4-6" deep and 10-12" in the woods. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to upper 30s this weekend so conditions should be great.
    (Brady Howe)
  • Jan 28 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Most of the trails were groomed again this morning. I did not get the north trails (Skidder & Jammer) done yet; school groups coming for the day very soon. Hopefully will get those done later today. Excellent conditions.
    (Scott Everson)
  Other locations
  • Feb 6 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fun classic skiing!
    Freshly rolled wide and tracked with new snow adding to base. Just a few thin spots under the pine trees. Rolling hills and lovely scenery. New porta potty installed in the trailhead parking area. Thank you town of Barnes, Wi!
    (Marc Lybeck)
  • Feb 5 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Retracked all two way trails to widen skate deck Friday night. Tracks looked very good assuming they set over night. Skate deck resurfaced on all trails except red. Corduroy looked very good in the dark. Should be an outstanding day.
    (Bob Richardson)
  • Feb 5 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent--groomed after most recent snow. Lots of snow, solid tracks, 25 degrees and sun--just a great day to discover this little gem. Tracks are debris free.
    Although it appeared we were the first skiers on the yellow trail since it was groomed, the tracks were a little glazed where snow dropped off the pines. Had tracks on steeper downhills, becomes hazardous when trying to control speed on a narrow trail.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great classic track, skate deck needs to firm up.
    The classic track looked really nice but the skate deck from the main parking lot on the purple trail or to the lower campground was pretty soft yet and was quite narrow in spots.
    (Zach Mattson)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Shorty 

    Outstanding! Groomed beautifully.
    Photos:  
    (Ginny Ballantine)
  • Feb 4 - Brandt Pines Ski Trail (Grantsburg): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent.
    Skated the entire system today. Trail is in excellent condition. No bare spots. The groomer does a really nice job. The DNR really improved this trail.
    (John Rathje)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fabulous! Good coverage. Great day for classic skiing. The hills were great and the snow very forgiving.
    Thanks to the groomers. Job well done.
    (Woody Croatt)
  • Feb 3 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail system received 8" of heavy dense snow Tuesday. All trails rolled and groomed Wednesday. New tracks and beautiful corduroy skate lane. Gorgeous!
    Best conditions of the season!
    (Randy Lueth)
  • Feb 3 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent classic track, still a bit soft on the skate deck.
    The entire system was rolled twice; once during the storm and then again this morning. This afternoon we followed up with grooming and track setting. Hopefully the skate deck will firm up overnight. The park received around a foot of new snow. These are the best conditions we've had in over two years!.
    (Dave Thofern)
  • Feb 3 - Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve (Edgar): 
    Grooming 

    Just groomed and tracked 6-8" of wet new snow. Drifting in a couple of spots but overall should be pretty good once it sets up overnight.
    (Bruce Kralcik)
  • Feb 3 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails were being packed/rolled as I started out at 11 AM. Had to make my own on the Nelson Farm Trail which was a lot of work. But glorious new snow.
    Where the rolling had taken place, I could classic ski without problems while the skater seemed to be doing very well also.
    (Nancy Doll)
  • Feb 2 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Grooming plans for Wednesday and today's work: Willow was rolled this afternoon-evening. It has to be rolled again tomorrow before the Ginzus go out after the wind dies down. Don't call the park. The groomers will post here when it is done. My best guess is late afternoon Wednesday or into the evening. There has to be around 8 inches of snow down at 9:30 pm with snow still falling. Be patient folks, Willow will have the best trails we've seen in two seasons by Thursday.
    (Jeff Bolte)
  • Feb 2 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Observation 

    Awesome snowfall. It'll be near perfection once the groomers get to it. Enjoy.
    Photos:  
    (Ginny Ballantine)
  • Jan 31 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Decent coverage and tracks, with mix of glazed and soft conditions (depending on sun exposure).
    I classic skied most of the park Between noon and 2 it was surprisingly nice. The only place I took my skis off was the rise on the silver trail going through a small stand of white pines. Good edging and snow coverage. I would not ski here unless it is above freezing. Super day for skiing.
    (Ray Johnston)
  • Jan 31 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Observation 

    Icy, thin, some slushy spots.
    (Colleen Rivard)
  • Jan 28 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    The warmer temps and then refreeze made the skate deck pretty icy on much of the outer trails. Some dirt, needles and even a bit of gravel in the back portion near the hills nearest to Nelson Farm Road. I might suggest B skis until there is more snow coverage and trails are less icy.
    (Gary Simon)
  • Jan 28 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent. Full coverage. Classic tracks set.
    Was in Marshfield area for business and skated all loops three times. Some debris (sticks, dirt, pine needles, leaves) showing through on thin areas but mostly avoidable. Groomer was out touching up the skate deck. Classic track very good with a few spots of thin/icy, but again, not much an issue. Used racing skis. Fun trail system to ski!
    (Brian Vamstad)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good shape.
    Skied both loops, all in good shape. Dog friendly trail, occasional "dog bombs".
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Feb 6 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Some of the best conditions I've ever seen at Razorback this morning.
    Thanks for all of the excellent grooming!
    (Chase Christopherson)
  • Feb 6 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 0.25" of light snow. Fabulous skiing on 90K. Groomers freshened skate lanes and reset track on 30K. The 15K Wilderness trails have ski'd-in tracks and up to 1" of powder, and that's when they ski the best. Trails are firm this morning, but may soften a bit this afternoon.
    Tonight: "Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure at 6:00 PM!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 5 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Beautiful warm and sunny day at WinMan. All trails - ski, snowshoe and fatbike - were groomed today/tonight and are in fabulous shape.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 5 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Classic trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Deep, excellent tracks. Skate loops will be groomed very early tomorrow morning.
    Got out to ski classic on HairRaiser, Lions Pride and Wild Thing this afternoon. Virgin tracks were still a bit soft from this morning's grooming; loops that had seen other skiers already were firmer and fairly fast. Excellent skiing.
    (Will Maines)
  • Feb 5 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
    God forbid that a single snowflake should hit the Afterglow trails without Pete Moline instantly tilling it back into perfection. The skate deck was utterly flawless, classic tracks were deep and fast. Should be a great weekend at Afterglow, thanks Pete!
    (Dan Mckissack)
  • Feb 5 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Trails in good shape after grooming, though the hills by the school (farthest from the Trailhead) were well used by the students in their phyed ski classes.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Feb 5 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 89K in excellent condition (with 1K of Nepco's that will be re-groomed tonight). Approximately 0.5" of light powder overnight. Groomers took the PistenBully to Nutcracker, C&D Express, Lake Marie, and River Run. Trail firmness is perfect on trails groomed before last night; more recent groomings need a few more hours to set-up.
    "Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure Saturday night, and more Cookie Crumb events!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 4 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Nordmarka (the Eagle River Golf Course) Thursday night. Well-groomed and best conditions of the season.
    (Chris Stark)
  • Feb 4 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 3 inches new snow nicely groomed.
    Wonderful conditions today. Deck was set with nice deep classic tracks. First time all year there has been enough snow. Will be great skiing through the weekend.
    (Brian Hegge)
  • Feb 4 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    All ski trails and snowshoe trails were groomed today and are in great shape...but it started snowing again as I was finishing - will touch up the trails tomorrow as needed. I did get a chance to skate ski after grooming and the trail was a little bit soft and slow, track was good however.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 4 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Perfect. All ski trails groomed 8 times in the last 9 nights. All Fat Bike trails groomed 7 times in the last 9 nights. Flawless full depth classic tracks exist. Super flat skate lanes side to side and end to end.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 4 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 5" base good condition groomed and tracked.
    Pat Shay, Butternut, roller coaster, Tom's Hill and Narrow Gage.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions good with 6" base groomed and tracked.
    All trails groomed and tracked today will bring rakes down next week to smooth out hump in center of deck.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
    Grooming 

    The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday and is in excellent condition. The snowshoe trail was also packed.
    (Chuck Wetzel)
  • Feb 4 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    A trace of snow overnight. 58K, including the Wilderness trails, are in excellent shape for striding, 43K for skating. Trails are firming, but they are still a touch soft from Tuesday's 6"+ snow shower. River Run, C&D, and Lake Marie have all been rolled (compacted), but no corduroy nor track have been set. Nutcracker will remain closed Thursday.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 4 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All skate loops have been groomed, and all classic loops are groomed and have track set except for Lions Pride and Wild Thing.
    Grooming plans include a complete redo of all classic trails early tomorrow morning. If time permits all skate will also be redone then. If not, those loops will be groomed tomorrow afternoon. Expect somewhat soft conditions today.
    (Will Maines)
  • Feb 3 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    I packed and tracked the trails Wednesday evening. First time I tracked the trails - but we finally had enough snow to do this! I groomed at night and I did not have a chance to ski them but it seemed like they turned out really well. The surface looked like a smooth carpet.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Feb 3 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Picked up about 8" overnight and flurries all day. Rolled all trails today and will groom ski trails tomorrow. Fat bike trail will be groomed hopefully on Friday.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 3 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Newly groomed to perfection. Thanks groomer for posting today right after the snowstorm.
    Strong winds drifted over the section near Lost Canoe Lake. The trail was groomed before the road was even plowed.
    Photos:  
    (Brian Ciske)
  • Feb 3 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. 5" new. Groomed all skate lanes and reset all classic track. Also groomed all Fat Bike Trails. It continued to snow during the day so I will be grooming again tomorrow morning at 2:30am. I will reset all classic track and groom all skate lanes and groom all Fat Bike trails again. Before this snow we were in excellent condition. Trails are dead flat, edge to edge and end to end.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 3 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent! Smooth skating and silky striding.
    Groomed about 3" of dry powder this morning. Could see some drifting in the few open areas.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Feb 3 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Scheduling 

    Because of my duties as town chairman I will not be able to groom tonight, but I will head out about 5 tomorrow morning and get at least a loop or two of both skate and classic trails groomed before heading for work. Everything will be completely groomed and tracked Thursday night and Friday morning.
    (Will Maines)
  • Feb 3 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    All loops track, trail is in good condition.
    (Julie Brooks)
  • Feb 3 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. Finally enough snow to cover under the heavy pines. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 3 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    About 6" new snow since it started snowing yesterday. All loops leveled and tracked this morning. Very good conditions, best of the season so far!
    Photos:  
    (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 3 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked all classic loops. Groomed skaters loop. Conditions appear good.
    (Chris Bartelt)
  • Feb 3 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    6"+ inches of wet, heavy snow since Tuesday morning. All trails are soft. 30 K of the interior trails were groomed to excellent condition for skating and striding, another 25K were rolled (compacted) but not groomed. The Wilderness trails and Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks were not touched. Nutcracker is closed today.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 2 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 25K remain in very good or good condition after grooming Sunday morning and Sunday night. Base loop, Cookie Loop is great after your clear the parking lot area, and Tornado to Lake Marie are all very good for skating and striding. Nutcracker and the 2nd half of VO2 Max have been closed. River Run has been skier-reviewed as a 3. Tracks are icing on older grooming on other trails, and fish-scale skis are slipping.
    If we begin to see 1"/hour snowfall this afternoon, Winter Park will close early.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 1 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating was Good.
    The trails took a little beating over the weekend with the warm temps. Quite a few thin spots, and the colder temps made for rather crusty skiing.
    (Dan Mckissack)
  • Feb 1 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Perfect corduroy and excellent trail conditions. Fast and smooth. I highly recommend.
    (Mike Gartlan)
  • Feb 1 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    36k are very good or good after grooming Sunday morning and Sunday night. Base loop, Cookie Loop is great after your clear the parking lot area, and Tornado to Lake Marie are all very good for skating and striding. Tracks are icing on older grooming on other trails, and fish-scale skis are slipping. Many race course trails, including River Run, Nutcracker, VO2 Max, and Wolf Tracks, are in poor to fair to good condition.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 31 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate deck consistent and firm. Excellent condition and coverage. Classic tracks fast and well set.
    I was very surprised how well all the trails held up to the warm weather! They did not appear to be affected at all. Great grooming Pete!
    (Wendy Reese)
  • Jan 31 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Another beautiful spring like day at WinMan with lots of sun. Finished grooming the trails that didn't get groomed yesterday and regroomed the trails that get more traffic. Everything is in excellent shape. Rode the fat bike trail today and even though it didn't get groomed after Friday nights 1-2" of snow, it rode really well and was a blast.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 31 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 8K were groomed to very good condition late this morning, including the Cookie Loop, Nose Dive, and parts of X-C Express and the Base Loop. Many race course trails, including River Run, Nutcracker, VO2 Max, and Yukon Trail, are in poor to fair to good condition. We groomed excellent trails for Saturday morning, but 1.5" of wet, heavy snow at 11:30pm Friday, and 225 racers and +40F heat on Saturday were not beneficial to the snow.
    Groomers will head out tonight after the snow cools down again.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 31 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good conditions, tracked this morning with full track on 80% and near full shape under pines where water dripped during 40 plus degrees yesterday. 10.5 inches of snow measure on picnic table.
    Snow base held up fairly well after very warm temperatures yesterday. 34 degrees for high today so tracks I left this morning should hold up well until additional snow. Was able to mix new snow from Friday night/ Saturday morning and old snow for nice track.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 31 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. 37F was the high here yesterday. Trail held up well. Skate lanes groomed up perfect. Waxless classic skis will work great in the well formed deep classic tracks. No rain here. Fat bike trails groomed 5 times in the last 5 nights.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 30 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Spring like conditions today. Picked up another couple inches of snow after some evening rain (how can it be 18 degrees and pouring?) and regroomed the 6K and 10K loop and other miscellaneous trails today. Not everything got done and did not do the fat bike trail (word is that it's pretty soft and slow). Will try to clean up the rest of the trails tomorrow.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 30 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good conditions on all loops.
    Groomed the skater's loop and groomed and tracked all other loops.
    (Chris Bartelt)
  • Jan 30 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. In good condition.
    (Julie Brooks)
  • Jan 30 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All skate loops were groomed and all classic loops were groomed and tracked very early this morning.
    With rising temps well into the 30s this weekend expect somewhat soft and slow conditions. Otherwise, I would rate all trails as very good to excellent.
    (Will Maines)
  • Jan 29 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Ski trails and snowshoe trails were groomed today and are in excellent shape. Fat bike trail was groomed tonight.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 29 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good! Solid, fast tracks throughout. Glad we had our good skis!
    Skied the outer 8.5 mile loop this afternoon. The grooming was superb including crisp, firm tracks that are judiciously flattened where needed on tricky downhills. Plenty of snow on this beautiful and fun trail system.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Jan 29 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked all classic loops this morning. Everything mostly excellent. Groomed Ridge Trail, Mary's Frolic and Roller Coaster skate loops as well. Again, almost all excellent. Enough snow now that ruts are filling in nicely.
    Bruce plans on grooming Long Rider and Bruce's Roundabout either tonight or very early tomorrow morning. You might want to ski early tomorrow as there is sleet and freezing rain in the forecast, quantity unknown.
    (Will Maines)
  • Jan 29 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. All trails open for both classic and skate.
    Packed new snow in and regroomed Friday morning, with low temps expected all day it should firm up and hold up through a warm weekend. The downstairs chalet at the golf course will be open 10-5 this weekend for rest and merriment, with restrooms and gear storage available. BYO food and drinks.
    (Joel Knutson)
  • Jan 29 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 4" Base. Poor to Fair. Still in need of more snow to set track.
    Groomed Pat Shay, Narrow Gauge, Butternut and Roller Coaster today. Did not track. Still some thin spots under conifer stands.
    (Evan Miller)
  • Jan 29 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. Perfectly flat, level and smooth skate lane. Full depth flawless classic tracks. 7" new in the last 3 days. Groomed the Fat Bike Trails 3 times in the last 3 days. Both Wednesday and Thursday morning (3" new each morning) I groomed every ski trail twice to finally level the trails completely flat. Then Friday morning with another inch new, I reset all classic tracks for the third time in 3 days and groomed all skate lanes. The trails are all in perfect condition now.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 29 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 4" Base. Fair. Still in need of more snow to set decent track.
    Set track today on Military, West, East, Ninemile and Lake Loop. Track is fair. Skate deck is setting up well. Still some thin spots under conifer stands.
    (Evan Miller)
  • Jan 29 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: very good conditions with about 4 inches new snow. Cut and tracked mixing new and older snow with very good results.
    12.5 inches on the ground and finally enough to set some really nice track.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 29 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great (Awesome).
    Trail was groomed Thursday (Thanks Dennis!). The track was absolutely awesome. With the last two days of granulated snow, once tracked, the track was deep and smooth, best ski of the season, including tracks skied in the U. P. :).
    (John Fetzer)
  • Jan 29 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 7"+ of new snow Wednesday morning to Thursday overnight. 67K groomed excellent to very good for today, with up to 2" of powder atop Jan 28 grooming. Wilderness trails have 2"-7" of powder atop very good Jan 27 grooming. River Run is closed Friday. There are a few remaining thin spots on River Run, but it is safe for "race" or "A" skis. The classic tracks on Tornado and Survivor have been moved to the left side and set for reverse skiing of those trails. Not part of either race course: Island Hop has a slushy/icy patch near the Yukon Creek bridge.
    We have 188 racers confirmed out of a 300-racer field limit. Registration is open until 30-minutes before race start. Certain trails will remain open to the public during the race, like C&D and Lake Marie.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 28 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Observation 

    Conditions: Snow covered.
    Went out to do a ski, but no noticeable tracks seen, no cars in parking lot. I am suspecting a groomer to be out on Friday.
    (Debra Riley)
  • Jan 28 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We received 6+ inches of snow overnight and today and just rolled the trails - we will groom Friday. Did some grooming on the fat bike trail today but needs more work - until we get it finished (probably Friday night) I don't recommend riding it.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 28 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good skate and classic.
    Groomed 1.5" of new snow early this afternoon. Still quite breezy in open areas which may cause those tracks to fill in but, otherwise, drifting should be minimal. Most of the trail is in well sheltered forest land.
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Jan 28 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops leveled and tracked. Shallow tracks under the heavy conifers on the Red and Yellow loops. Some rocky debris pulled up into the base on the big hill (Hemlock hill) by Clear lake during the leveling process. I would suggest walking down until we get better snow coverage. Overall good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 28 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 28 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Groomed Mary's Frolic for skate, Ridge Trail skate and classic and Doug's Folly and HairRaiser tracked for classic early this morning. The best condition they've been in this year.
    As of 1 o'clock this afternoon more snow is falling steadily. Will wait to groom again early tomorrow morning. Will try to get all skate and classic trails done by noon.
    (Will Maines)
  • Jan 28 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
    Grooming 

    The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday and is in very good to excellent condition for both classical and skate skiing. The snowshoe trail also remains in very good condition.
    (Chuck Wetzel)
  • Jan 28 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 4"-6" of new snow since Wednesday morning. Ski League & Night Skiing until 8:00 PM tonight! Groomers started at 6:00 AM when temps first fell below freezing. We have powder and soft tracks, which are all heading towards 5s by late Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The PistenBully and two Ginzugroomers are out now, with 15K groomed for skating and striding as of 11:00 AM, including most of the Cookie Loop and Nutcracker. The classic tracks on Tornado and Survivor have been moved to the left side and set for reverse skiing of those trails.
    Nekoosa, Wolf Tracks, C&D, Lake Marie are in-progress now. Our goal is to groom non-stop until the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, with race grooming starting Friday morning. Expect closures of River Run and Nekoosa/Wolf Tracks.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 28 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Both classic and skate portions are good.
    Groomed all trails this morning - still some thin spots under the conifers.
    (Chris Bartelt)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Awesome, well groomed.
    First time there, dedicated new warming hut. 26 cars in parking lot. Ski head has new hut and 3 miles in another warming shack. Trails marked great and the loops are good for all. This is a great ski for an hour, 3, or 6 with lunch.
    (John Fetzer)
  • Feb 6 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for classic and skating.
    Excellent for striding and skating on freshly groomed trails this morning. They received lots of snow here earlier in the week and the trails were in fantastic condition. Great flow to this trail system.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 6 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for classic.
    After skating and striding at Standing Rocks, Joanie and I strided this popular classic-only double-tracked trail before heading back to Madison. Had not been here in years and it was fun to come back and ski the five loops, which are just over 6 miles. Had great glide on the well-used tracks-lots of skiers coming and going today. Great views along the winding river.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 6 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very fine! All trails in great shape.
    Thanks to the recent snow dump all trails are covered, clean and recently groomed, but a bit soft. Still these are the best conditions of the season, even the classic tracks look divine.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Frazier)
  • Feb 6 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    The blue loop was in great shape.
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Feb 5 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good striding.
    Another gorgeous day at Jack Lake! Snow was a tad soft in places but was still a wonderful outing. The new warming shelter, which is beautifully situated close to the parking lot, is a fantastic addition to an already attractive ski destination.
    Photos:  
    (Patti Teuke)
  • Feb 5 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good.
    The 11 inch dump earlier this week combined with Phil J's magic touch produced wonderful conditions. It was a bit soft and slow today on the Black loop, but still fantastic. The northeastern extension of the black trail that I never got to ski last year is fantastic: great flow, banked turns, damn near a perfect ski trail. Classic tracks were deep and firm. Skate deck will be much faster tomorrow.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Feb 5 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic conditions.
    Great conditions. Deep double-tracks throughout. And an enjoyable absence of pine needles and oak leaves. And you know how rare that is at the Wells. Just lovely.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Fehrenbach)
  • Feb 5 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
    Skated the main trails. Grooming was great and used good skis with no problem. Track looked to be excellent as well. The new heated chalet at the trailhead is wonderful.
    (Dave Aggen)
  • Feb 5 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Full coverage, nicely groomed, a little soft.
    Nine Mile is in very good condition. All trails are groomed and tracked. Just a few (very few) spots where non-snow particles are visible - easy to ski around. Very nice skiing!
    (John McCarthy)
  • Feb 4 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied 20 km loop on Thursday. Everything has been groomed and is starting to set-up nicely. Back trails have some soft spots. Main Street and trails with lots of traffic are quite solid. Everything is covered and skiing should be great for the weekend.
    (Randy Lueth)
  • Feb 3 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: What a difference a few days make! We skied almost all groomed trails. The alps were not groomed (until tomorrow I guess?). Conditions were very good, minimal pine needles in heavy pine areas due to high winds, no dirt or gravel anywhere, only the white stuff, ya!
    Really, really good especially "r'and "s" loops, less use, great tracks and skate deck.
    (Joe Barrick)
  • Jan 30 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent.
    The blue loop was in great shape today. 1/2" new snow overnight, just gorgeous outside today.
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Jan 29 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate Loop. Fair to good conditions.
    The trail is close to level in most spots. The trail firmed up nicely with the cold temps. Thank you Portage County Parks staff for grooming the skate loop again! It is a great place close to town to get a quick ski in.
    (Patrick Leahy)
  • Jan 29 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not good, thin, dirty, gravel in many places, and hard.
    Use your B skis if you go.
    (Joe Barrick)
  • Jan 28 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Fair. Some old tracks, about 25% clean of debris, and 75% oak leaves and pine needles. Still, it was pretty fast due to the fact of that 1/2" of fluff that fell this morning.
    (Mark Dostal)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed for both classic and skate.
    Great for recovery or slow ski - my first visit since the new work done on the golf course. A few more hills (again Appleton HIlls) Has the benefits is sledding hill for kids and bathrooms- during certain hours. Skate trail a bit choppy but no bad spots. Classic is great.
    (Steve Verboomen)
  • Feb 5 - Riverview Gardens (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate lanes and classic tracks in good skiing condition.
    Skate lanes and classic tracks packed and groomed on Thursday, and re-groomed tonight. Both loops are now connected although the grooming between, approx. 500', is beat down by walkers and sledding. Skate lanes in this area are a little narrow in places but should be able to make your way thru. Great to see fresh skate tracks out there tonight, come on out and check it out.
    (Paul Romenesko)
  • Feb 5 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails groomed this morning, perfect tracks and conditions.
    The guys groomed this morning and are reporting perfect conditions.
    (Dale Tease)
  • Feb 5 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is firm, new classic trail cut in this morning.
    Race course is marked, Sunday may be warm, groomer is gone, use discretion on soft tracks.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent and some good.
    The two southern loops were in excellent condition after the recent snow. The northernmost loop needs better definition between the classic and skating tracks.
    (Ray Germonprez)
  • Feb 4 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Full coverage with minimal to no debris. Skied in the early morning. Birches not fully groomed yet but tracks were set. Maples fully groom.
    Conditions were great. Solid base. Slightly soft on pole plant in a few areas. Beautiful day with the sun shining as I ended. Snow was fast and near perfect. Should have kept going!
    (Patrick Warpinski)
  • Feb 4 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good firm and fast.
    Conditions are excellent at the camp. I skated two maples this afternoon. I was surprised at how firm it was so soon after the snowfall. The snow groomed up well due to the high moisture content. The groomers have done a super job this year. Probably best conditions of the year this weekend.
    (Mike Athanas)
  • Feb 4 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked. Snow covered with a base of at least 8". Some oak leaves and branches due to the wind.
    Complete grooming on Thursday afternoon. All 12 miles of trails are packed and tracked for cc skiing. Should have a nice freeze tonight, and possibly a dusting of snow. No trail fees, donations are greatly appreciated.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Feb 4 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We missed out on the recent snow but the entire forest still has plenty of snow. East loops: Fair condition. Well worn, icy with some debris. Should soften and be skiable on the weekend. West loops: Good condition. Firm icy classic tracks. Skate deck will be regroomed this evening. Backcountry:(lake dunes, inland dunes, ungroomed fire lanes, deer trails, swales, etc) have plenty of firm snow cover. Enjoy exploring if you find the groomed trails to difficult to ski on.
    (Grant Houghton)
  • Feb 4 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Thank you once again to Bruce and the park staff, thank you Linda for always posting. Please stop in office and donate - Bruce is a volunteer.
    (Kathleen Paton)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is rolled, renovated and firm. classic tracks set.
    Use care in corners, some ruts. Start, finish and entire race course is open for practice. Start is near green on 3rd hole, finish is on 5th fairway. Course is well marked.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm base, well groomed, very fast snow!
    Very fast trails made for a fantastic lunch ski. Even though there is the occasional rut to pay attention to, best skiing so far this season! Great job, groomers!
    (Evan Zaborski)
  • Feb 4 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions mostly very good. Skate ski will be soft at first and there are a few twigs in the tracks.
    Groomed and track 2-4 am.
    (Jim Pedersen)
  • Feb 3 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm skate trails, tracked for classic.
    Fast and well-groomed conditions today at Bridgewood. A couple of icy spots that can be easily avoided. Thank you to Greg for taking the time to groom some extra trails through the golf course. The course looks ready for the Neenah Bridgie Winter Games!
    (Sam Harvey)
  • Feb 3 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Grooming 

    Volunteer groomer was out tonight and combed the skate ski trail. He also combed and set track on the classical ski trail. He reports they are in excellent condition.
    (Linda Guelig)
  • Feb 3 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Observation 

    Beautiful skate skiing and I saw classic tracks. All trails are open. Get out and ski.
    (Mike Christman)
  • Feb 3 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is firm, great cover on top. Tracks set.
    All trails open, just finished combing. Track is fast. Enjoy.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 3 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: Snow covered -- 8+" of wet snow came down on Tuesday. Trails have been inspected and branches picked up. Grooming planned for Thursday afternoon.
    Warm conditions and wet snow today. Planning to groom on Thursday after a freeze tonight and colder temps. All trails have been knocked down by the snowmobile. Some skiers out using the machines tracks today.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Feb 2 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails open. Base is very soft. No classic tracks.
    Trails rolled, will comb this evening. Base is soft. Expecting more snow this evening. Base needs to set overnight.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 1 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Closed trails, base is too soft.
    Stay tuned, will see what happens with snow.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 31 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied 1:30 to 4:30 pm, mostly on single track/backcountry in case the groomed trails were soft. However, skate deck was still firm as were the tracks. They were softening but not slushed through so the deck should have held up very well to the melt.
    Once we got snow these trails have been really good. The grooming care and the summer leveling/seeding by BC and FoRC have really paid off. The new lights are drawing skiers. Its all good. With another batch of snow we become more solid for skiing hopefully into april.
    (Scott Putman, Ashwaubenon High School Nordic Ski Team)
  • Jan 30 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good with some slightly bare spots and tree debris.
    Beautiful woods. Was slow due to high temps. Dyke was quite bare but passable.
    (Cindy Robertson)
  • Jan 30 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Good skis were fine for today, as any bare spots and/or debris could be avoided this morning. However, both skate decks and classic trails received a high amount of use today, so conditions by the end of the day most likely deteriorated.
    Skate deck presented inconsistent conditions, as there's a mix of firm vs. icy (as the sun came out) vs. punchy. Hills on Maples Trail were in good shape. Far back stretch through the pine plantation had a fair amount of debris that included pine needles and cones; a few but not significant bare spots. Classic tracks were full depth in most spots once exiting the launch deck. However, there were oak leaves and bare spots, but one could avoid most. Tracks were soft and thus somewhat slow, especially as noon neared. The Camp is definitely skiable, but there were a lot of skiers there this morning and probably after noon, as well, so conditions may have deteriorated.
    (Gwen Harron)
  • Jan 30 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails open. Base is firm, covering is chunky.
    Renovated Friday, cover is chunky, only way I have to renovate the previous icy track. Will see what weather brings.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 29 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor for skate, clumpy snow.
    Greg refreshed the trails Friday afternoon. The result was chunky/clumpy snow that was difficult To ski on. It was work to stay on top of a gliding ski so we went home and worked out.
    (Tracy Piontkowski)
  • Jan 29 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Outside trails renovated. Base is hard.
    Temp changes make it difficult to keep trails up to snuff.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 29 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Mostly good with some thin areas in tracks.
    Groomed and tracked this morning.
    (Jim Pedersen)
  • Jan 28 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Due to wind the past few days, the area by the campground with southern open exposure has drifted over along with other areas that were affected by the wind.
    Thank you for the great trail system! We love it!
    (Rob Kober)
  • Jan 28 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All 12 miles of cross-country ski trail loops are packed and tracked on the Navarino Wildlife Area. Snow is still powdery, however should freeze hard tonight. Oak leaves and small twigs are on the trails due to wind on Wednesday night.
    Blue & Green loops were groomed and tracked on Wednesday. Yellow and Red loops were packed and tracked on Thursday. All trails are open for both skate ski and traditional ski users. No trail fees just donations to offset costs and update equipment. A practice loop is in the field to the west of the nature center. Skis are available to rent during nature center hours.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Jan 28 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 32 degrees, all trails rolled, combed. Classic tracks blown over. Base on skate track is firm.
    All wind blown drifts removed, somewhat soft due to air temps. Full coverage.
    (Greg Hollub)
  Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 4 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good, excellent in some areas.
    All trails were groomed and new track set after approx 4 1/2" new, wet snow on Tuesday. No bare spots, but some thin areas under cedars and hemlocks, and portion of Yellow Trail through Red Pine plantation continues to be strewn with pine needles. Tracks are mostly full depth and reasonably clean. Pole plant areas firm. Overall, probably the best conditions so far this season.
    Photos:  
    (Rich Dirks)
  • Jan 29 - Potawatomi State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating very good. Classic good to very good.
    The park got 6 inches of snow in the past 4 days. The skate and the classic track on the blue red and black trails were groomed on Wednesday. The skate lane was re groomed on all trails today. The skate lane skied medium firm and fast glide. The classic track is firm and fast. A few areas of light debris. Best ski I've here this season. Way to keep at it groomers Kim and Dennis.
    (Gene Kastenson)
  • Jan 28 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied red and green trails today. Conditions were good to excellent. Perfect day for a ski.
    Thanks for the volunteer who does an excellent job of grooming.
    (Steve Krzyzanowski)
  Other locations
  • Feb 4 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 5 " fresh snow received yesterday.
    The entire trail was groomed and tracked with two Tidd Techs. Conditions are very good.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Feb 4 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1-2 inch base fair conditions.
    Groomed and tracked. Ski-in this Saturday.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Feb 4 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Good- Additional 5-7 inches of snow added to the area yesterday. Trails were rolled and groomed both Wednesday and again today to touch it up. Track was laid and had mixed results with some areas holding well and some were crumbling after a little time. The trail does still have some rough patches but the majority of the system is looking pretty good.
    (Josh Jarvis)
  • Feb 3 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good.
    Recent snow has our trails looking very smooth. All trails have been groomed and tracked. Classic tracks set very nice and the skate lanes are good.
    (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 29 - Nepco Lake County Park (Wisconsin Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Used my skate skis on both - West and East loops. West loop has way much more oak leaves and icy spots. Looks like classic lanes are deteriorating. West loop has decent conditions for skate.
    (Kuba Jestadt)
  • Jan 29 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    The entire trail is groomed and tracked for the weekend. It is in very good condition.
    (Dale Keller)
  • Jan 29 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1-2 inch base about 6 inches of snow.
    I groomed and tracked. The south part of porky loop seemed to be the best, need more snow.
    (Larry Vassar)

 

Wisconsin Southwest

  La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Justin Trails Resort (Sparta): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: 10 inches new snow this week on 5 inch base. All trails freshly groomed Wednesday and Thursday. Groomed for skating and striding.
    Madison skier had a very good experience Friday evening.
    (Donna Justin)
  • Feb 4 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Nine inches of dense, high moisture snow.
    All trails were groomed on Thursday. Conditions upgraded, very good to excellent. The skate deck is soft but flatter and wider now. Enough snow to use the deep track setter.
    (Steve Beezley)
  Dodgeville area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Governor Dodge State Park (Dodgeville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Good old-fashioned single-track classic only. Plenty of snow.
    Governor Dodge is in great shape after this week's snowfall and recent grooming. Deep, solid tracks with a little ice. This is a beautiful trail but doesn't often have conditions this good. Good day to catch the scenery.
    (Pete Anderson)
  Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were last groomed Thursday for skate and classic. A good base layer (6-8") and great conditions for classic skiing. Trail is rather narrow in some areas for skaters.
    (Bayli Maliszewski)
  • Feb 4 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good for Classic.
    On our way back to Madison from the Black River State Forest ski trails, Joanie and I skied the 4-mile ridgetop trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario. It had been awhile since we had been there and the views were as good as I remembered. The ski trail follows one of the park's horse trails and goes through scenic woodlands while staying near the edge of a ridge, with overlooks along the way. The trail slopes slightly downward sometimes, which makes it a bit more challenging to ski. It had just been freshly groomed and was in good condition, but a bit soft from the 10 inches of snow they received this week.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 4 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for classic.
    Trails received about 8 inches of snow from the last storm and were groomed and tracked Wednesday and Thursday. Joanie and I strided all 16 miles of trails today and they were in fantastic condition! Tracks were fairly firm even with all the new snow. Have been skiing here for years and always enjoy making the trip from Madison. The skating lanes are narrow here, so it is difficult to ski the trails that way without cutting into the tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Jan 28 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good for skating. Too narrow, needs about 2' more width to avoid skating over the classic tracks. Some really thin spots from warmth and lots of tree litter due to deer digging up acorns and wind today.
    Overall, a good day in the woods, but 30 degrees with sun is no good. Could use cold to solidify the base, 1-2" of snow to groom in, and 20-degree days. Broke a ski tip on the first big downhill of Wildcat in a spectacular fall initiated by sinking into the soft base. Peaceful with so few people out there.
    (Bill Barthen)
  Other locations
  • Feb 5 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, 9 inches from last storm on a solid base. Best conditions in two years.
    An outstanding grooming job. Fresh track and cord throughout the trail system. Perfect day. Two trips around the perimeter today. Snow hanging in the cliffs, trees, bushes. I saw rare snowsnakes in the trees today. Hats off to the Levis crew.
    (Steve Beezley)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good but a little soft.
    I groomed the brown trail which was used for the candlelight ski/hike, going over it nearly 6 times to try to get the divots out. I couldn't renovate too much without getting larger chunks to come up. I groomed one pass on the red/green to cover up the footprints of someone hiking when they shouldn't have been. The yellow didn't have enough snow to groom up. We'll touch up the trails on Monday after it firms up. We'll also reset track; I wasn't able to due to an issue with the sled.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 6 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: There was enough loose snow from yesterday's grooming that made for edging on the hard icy base which resulted in enjoyable skiing for everyone. Even the classic skiers appeared to like the tracks. The skating was very fast but still had good control on the downhills. Full coverage on all trails with no problem of debris.
    skiers from Illinois and SE WI where the snow has gone kept the parking lot nearly full. The DNR ranger said they will groom after the candlelight ski/hike tonight so the conditions should be as good or better on Sunday.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 6 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots.
    The parking lot was full when I arrived at 9:30 this morning; I guess everyone wanted to ski Greenbush today. The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots. There was a fair amount of tree debris (leaves, small twigs, needles) but nothing too concerning. The tracks looked like they were in good condition.
    (Paul Weber)
  • Feb 5 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Groomed, track was left as is.
    Staff groomed and touched up all skating lanes. Track was left as it was due to it coming up in chunks when trying to renovate and reset track. We'll groom the skating lanes after tomorrow night's ski/hike event.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand Lost/Found 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fresh grooming, great classic track. Fast track.
    Skied the purple classic trail at 10:00 AM. I have rated my experience each time I skied over the last 10 years and I finally hit a 10. I've had 8's before but no higher. Fresh trail, new snow, fast snow, snow clad trees, brilliant sun and heavenly blue sky all combined with 22 degrees and minimal wind.
    Note: I found a white IPhone in the parking lot. It appears to be in good condition but can't get info from it because of the lock code. Please ask around if someone lost a phone out there.
    (Jeff Krueger)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic and skate on all trails!
    After 2-3 wet inches of snow and warm temps on Tuesday and Wednesday, a freeze on Wednesday night allowed grooming on Thursday morning.
    (Karen McFadzen)
  • Feb 4 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Groomers were able to comb the skate lanes this morning. However, the classical track was not able to be reset. The skate lanes are in good shape, and staff will attempt to re-track the classical lanes before the weekend.
    (Deb Harder)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were freshly groomed and re-tracked this morning. The groomer Jeff Welsch reports good, fast conditions.
    (Deb Harder)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Freshly groomed trails and bright sun shine made for a winter wonderland of skiing! Thanks, groomers!
    (Kathy Janikowski)
  • Feb 4 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The last storm system gave us snow, sleet and rain at various times. It didn't really help the trail but made it icy in spots. I groomed north of the river in Maywood and Evergreen this morning. I restructured the skate deck, which is still in very good condition in most spots. I also reset the classic track. Watch out for icy areas along the river and bare spots where springs and footbridges cross the trail. The classic track is good in some areas and nonexistent in others.
    If you have them, use your "B" skis.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 3 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good with fresh but sticky snow.
    Skied classic purple loop with beautiful layer of fresh snow at 2pm and 31 degrees. Trail was not groomed yet so it was a slow sticky ski. Once groomed, the conditions should be great as there's plenty of snow to work with.
    (Joe Brennan)
  • Feb 3 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: New snow is just about 1-2" of very heavy, wet snow.
    Staff are out rolling this afternoon. As a reference, we can't even put the comb down on the roller without "plowing" snow ahead of the comb. We'll be out in time for the weekend after this wet snow sets up.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 1 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Observation Shorty 

    If you're going to Zillmer this morning, bring your luge.
    (Diane Lapota)
  • Jan 30 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good classic trail conditions early Saturday morning.
    The red loop was good at 8am, with a small amount of debris and some wear and washed out edges on curves. The brown loop had similar wear and tear, but more debris, mainly under trees.
    (Tom Benson)
  • Jan 30 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent with full coverage and firm trails (I can vouch for yellow and red trails).
    By 7:30 a.m. there were already 15 cars in the parking lot and skiers enjoying beautiful trail conditions. If the sun is clouded out today, there shouldn't be any reason we won't see equally great skiing early tomorrow. Thank you Zillmer staff!
    (Val Miller)
  • Jan 29 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    I skated purple and green trails about 10 AM (17 degrees using violet wax), and "icy" isn't quite the right word for the skate deck. It could probably be better described as a little hard and slippery. There was no obvious ice on the downhills, but I found it hard to get an edge even on the flats when I pushed off skating. I didn't see much debris in the pines, and you could easily ski over what was there without catching a ski. The classic track looked decent but also a bit worn and hard. My guess would be there has been no grooming since Wednesday.
    Photos:  
    (Michael O'Brien)
  • Jan 29 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    The cold air overnight firmed up the trails very nicely. I groomed the skating lanes on all loops to get rid of the glaze. Conditions are very good throughout for both skating and classic. Classic tracks were a little icy this morn but should change as it warms. Best to ski before noon tomorrow, as the temps will be predicted to be warm.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 28 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic trail very good. Downhill a little icy and hard to maneuver.
    Went classic skiing Thursday about 2 PM. Classic trail was in very good condition. Downhill was a little harder to control because the skating area was hard packed and hard to control skis on downhill. Would love it if it was groomed.
    (Diane Sydow)
  • Jan 28 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions but classic trails are a bit worn.
    Perfect conditions at 2pm Thursday - 32 degrees and sunny. Skied just one purple loop. Lots of debris, leaves, and twigs are showing up in the woods. The classic trail is getting worn out in a few spots - not sure grooming can help this. Skate trail looked great. Need snow!
    (Joe Brennan)
  • Jan 28 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skating after new fallen snow was skied-in.
    Skied Purples and Greens 9:30AM to 12:30PM Temp fell from 35 to 30F Freezing drizzle changed to snow at start. Hard for striders to hit wax. Skating was OK slow on "packy" snow to begin but over time became great as trails were skied in and temp dropped. Greenbush has best snow pack in SE WI. = Skated on race skis. Not so many skiers on Green so it never got skied in.
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Jan 28 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great on the whole. Pliable, reasonably clean snow completely covered the trails and was not yet melting despite 34F midday temps. It hadn't been groomed today by the time I was out there, but I'd return in a heartbeat.
    I was also there on the Tuesday, drawn by the report of 5" of snow the night before. Thanks for that, Reagan; it was awesome.
    (Adam Lutchansky)
  • Jan 28 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Firsthand 

    A light snow falling as I skied this morning. The skate deck was soft but nicely groomed. Some thin spots, especially watch out as you approach the Pigeon River bridge. I just skied west of Evergreen Park.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: For skaters it was fair to good. I did not classic.
    Still a rough deck today and that's why I rated it fair. I left around 2:00pm and the skate deck seemed to be softening a little with the warmer temps. I have had much more enjoyable outings on these trails than I had today. I skied all the loops and they were all rough.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Feb 6 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good skating.
    With the exception of Morningside which was very icy the skiing was pretty good. Amazing that such exposed trails had such good cover, really good grooming effort. A few bare spots and ice and variable snow conditions, chunky to slushy. The hill down Hwy M was challenging with chunky, crunchy snow grabbing at my skis but this was the only spot like this. Morningside is way too icy and hiked over to ski. Very shallow classical tracks.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 5 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect skiing!
    Skiing doesn't get any better than this. Freshly groomed with fresh snow last night. I skied all the trails and found no icing. Great grooming with plenty of snow, no need to slow coming out of the campground for the drop to Military Ridge which is rare.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 4 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good for skating, fair to good for classic skiing.
    Thursday night we scuffed up the top surface of all the ski trails. We did not set any tracks. Its solid ice underneath the top layer of snow to set tracks. The Morningside Trail, the flat one has many icy spots with no snow cover. Other trails seemed to fare better with the rain we had.
    (Rene Lee)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good snow depth, grooming could be better.
    Skated Pioneer, Ishnalla, All Northwest Loops, Fern Dell and Turttleville late afternoon. Northwest and Pioneer/Ishnalla were the best (but not tracked yet). Turttleville was pretty rough. For some reason this winter, the skate deck has had pronounced ridges along the trail. They typically divide the deck into thirds, and are close enough together to really hinder skating. They appear to be from multiple passes with the groomer and either the overlap or the groomer's tracks or both are leaving them.
    (Paul Wagener)
  • Feb 4 - Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good classic on Steinke. The rest is just rolled.
    Only Steinke basin is tracked and it was soft for both skis and poles. Don't be discouraged by the prairie section, it gets better in the woods.
    Photos:  
    (Alan Bates)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Grooming is not going well, there are ruts down the skate trails that make it very difficult to V2, and on some downhills they can throw you off easily so that you almost have to snow plow to be safe. Turtleville did not have track set but Fern Dell did. We got about 8" of new snow so there is plenty of cover.
    (Dave Statz)
  • Feb 4 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good skating on the West side.
    Don't let the mess at the approach deter you -- that's as bad as it gets. Freshly groomed skate deck. Lots of crunchy snow but a surprising amount of very good skating. There are some exposed ice patches which are easily seen and avoided. Considering the rain to snow ratio it's surprisingly good. The big hill was in great shape, superb grooming effort.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Great snow coverage - still a little soft and uneven from the high moisture content of last snowfall. Not sure whats going on with the grooming - they are obviously trying hard - but skate lane alternates between a raised ridge or continuous groove down the center or along the sides making it a bit treacherous in some spots. Classic tracks were wiped out in some areas.
    (Margie Smith)
  • Feb 4 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating conditions.
    Fun and fast, thanks to the groomer!
    (Tom Dosch)
  • Feb 4 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Like a winter wonderland! Freshly groomed trails of the 6" of snow they received. A bit slow but it was expected from new snow.
    Skied in the campground only but looked like classic trails were excellent as well. Only wish they would widen all the trails (like Mirror Lake, etc) to allow skating throughout the park. Always a joy skiing here on the well maintained/groomed trails!
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Feb 3 - Odana Hills Golf Course (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate conditions. I skate skied on Wednesday night. The soft snow was freezing up. There is a very good base with 99.9% coverage. I was always able to get an edge. That might become harder after the snow totally freezes. The classic track looked ok as well with some loose snow and sleet in the track.
    If Odana were groomed, the conditions could be very good. There was no drifting, and the new wet snow has bonded to the icy base. The icy spots were easily avoidable.
    (Matt Valley)
  • Feb 3 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy and rutted. Needs grooming. Skiable but difficult.
    Fast surface, but hard to ski after snow/rain on Wednesday. The open crust is almost better than the "groomed" trails, which is icy and rutted, but there are occasional places where you break through. With a good grooming I think it could be excellent as the thin icy crust would be mixed in with the softer stuff below.
    (Bob Curry)
  • Feb 3 - Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 6" last night, 2" today, now groomed and Steinke Basin loop is tracked. Just a little soft at sunset should be set by morning.
    Ready for your enjoyment.
    Photos:  
    (Gary Goetz)
  • Feb 2 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 4-5 inches of a heavy wet snow at 1 pm. Still snowing at arrival. Not groomed.
    Absolutely beautiful scenery! It was a slow ski but the beauty of the park made it seem easy. The pine trees in pleasant valley were snow laden and even the hardwood trees had a coating of snow on them. Hopefully, temps twill drop tonight so that the snow will dry out and allow grooming tomorrow.
    Photos:  
    (Ron Fabrizius)
  • Feb 2 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good but with thin base and debris.
    Started before sunrise and before the "big snow" arrived, skied 27 km of the northwest side only. Surprisingly good in some spots-other spots icy and very thin. The uphills were very good. Downhills- especially the long one with s turn were very icy. Watch out for small root exposed that I crashed on right after the s turn.
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Jan 30 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Early spring-like conditions. 100% coverage, but tracks getting shallow and thin. Skate deck looked nice.
    47 degrees today... definitely a klister day. The tracks were pretty nice, though slow.
    (Joe Bednarowski)
  • Jan 29 - Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating. Not enough base to track for classic. Freshly groomed.
    The campground and the figure-8 loops were in great shape this morning. They were out at 7:00 am leveling and tilling up the skate deck. It was pristine. Perhaps the best all year. Get out Saturday morning early before the warm-up commences.
    (Brent Wesolek)
  • Jan 29 - Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Steinke, johnson loop groomed. Steinke is tracked, almost no bare spots. A bit soft but both skating and classic were doable the hills are pretty fast.
    Typical Devils lake grooming, should be OK conditions early Saturday.
    (Gary Goetz)
  • Jan 29 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating and classical skiing.
    Freshly groomed. Just a few icy track sections on the NW area and a few bare spots on the classical only loop that were easily avoided. Much more drier snow than Elver an hour earlier, there appeared to be more snow cover overall. I backed off of the drop to Blackhawk, looked like very thin and slick.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Jan 28 - Olin-Turville Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly poor. Classic only.
    I give a lot of credit to the city for grooming the recent snowfall, and the poor rating is not their fault. There's just not enough snow. Lots of dirt and rocks in the track, and all the footprints in the underlying icy base make for a really bumpy ride and difficulty in setting your wax. Rocks skis for sure, and I'd wait for more snow. The Prairie Loop is actually not bad if a 5 minute loop will suffice.
    (Pete Anderson)
  • Jan 28 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good for skate lane; variable for classic as their are just skied in tracks.
    Glad to see skate lane packed now! It's mostly good or better. It is somewhat more uneven than usual, probably due to just packing and the equipment used but it's a big improvement over two days ago. It is extremely soft due to today's warm temps; should be a lot better tomorrow morning if it cools down tonight as forecast.
    (Jim Bolton)
  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Observation 

    Conditions: Hard, icy, ungroomed, not groomable.
    Stopped by Mcmiller Saturday morning, trail is hard, icy, and unskiable.
    (Robert Garner)
  • Feb 5 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, good coverage.
    I skied the flat loops the past three days and was able to make a go of it. Quite icy, but dusting helped, was not the most fun, but I managed, not for the faint of heart. Still a solid base for some new snow if and when that happens.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 5 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Fox Hill Nordic is in excellent condition for skating. Excellently groomed top coat on a firm base allows for fast, yet controlled, skiing. No washouts, no icy patches. Some trail debris but not enough to merit B-skis. The trail maintenance has been superior. Classic tracks have been skied in but not set.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 4 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed after 14 degrees during night, the 1k manmade was very fast with enough loose snow for edging over a icy base. Did 20 enjoyable loops.
    The manmade loop has a solid 1.5-2 ft base that should be good for quite a while with their daily grooming.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 4 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Absolutely awesome!
    Came up from the Milwaukee area expecting lots of ice and bare spots. Instead, I was treated to fabulous freshly groomed corduroy with about an 1" of fresh snow mixed into a firm base. With tonight's cold temperatures, it might be even better tomorrow if that is possible. This is why I joined Fox Hill and I haven't been dissappoined.
    (John Peterson)
  • Feb 4 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
    Grooming 

    Both classic and skate lanes were groomed this afternoon. The classic lane is in good condition. The track is in fair-poor condition. We need fresh powder!
    (Sara Roxbury)
  • Feb 3 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Fair. Could be very good by Friday.
    One and half inches of new snow Wednesday, so wet and heavy that it skis like 3-4 new inches. It was too warm to groom yet, so Jerry was getting equipment ready for tomorrow. By early afternoon on Thursday he should have most of the moisture squeezed out and a good deck. Please help by flicking branches and twigs off trail.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Feb 1 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good surprisingly, still 95% coverage on flat loops.
    Skied this afternoon, was pleasantly surprised to find the trails in decent shape, did the white loop multiple times and also the purple and 1k trails. A bit icy, but with caution was skiable to me. If we can squeeze a couple inches or so from this winter storm, skiing should be good again.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Jan 30 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All things considered, not bad.
    I started at 11:30 and finished at 2:30 after skiing the Blue, then Green, then Purple loops. I used my A skate skis with no problems. My Fischer Skate S-Track skis were just the ticket for the 38-40 degree temperatures. The skate deck was soft in the open but reasonably firm in the shade. However, the glide was slow as one might expect. The grooming was excellent for skating. There were just a few bare spots which were easily avoided. The classic track had not been re-set and it did not appear to be in very good condition. I did not classic ski any of the trail system though. As for skating, everything was skiable and enjoyable.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Jan 30 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Good, full coverage and relatively hard skate deck, slow, but made for a good workout. Wasn't slushy or over soft at all. The only place to watch out for is the hill climbing out from old homestead, on that hill I would recommend doing a herringbone walk for the middle part of the hill and not try to skate it. Are pine needles down, but really decent overall. Get out early and should be fine. Three weeks from today!
    (Randy Shelden)
  • Jan 30 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Fox Hill is in excellent condition for skating. A firm and level deck with good purchase and safe corners. Classic track is still in tip top shape too. Jerry came to scarify around 6:45 busting up the top just enough to give a slight cushion. Enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Jan 29 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good/very good for skating Friday late afternoon.
    Trail was firm but provided good edging and control, even on downhills. Great grooming given the conditions. I used B skis but good skis probably would have been fine. Hopefully the warm temps won't do too much damage. Classic track looked good on some of the trails and nonexistent other places.
    (Steven Gardiner)
  • Jan 29 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy and hard; in need of grooming.
    Skating was okay, but classic skiing was hard because the snow ground off kick wax after a short distance. Snow was icy and rutted on downhills, making cornering difficult. The classic tracks were iced over.
    (Brad Baas)
  • Jan 28 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, small base holding up despite warm temps.
    Good ski this afternoon, no sun, so trails quite a bit faster than yesterday, only a few thin spots, should be good for tomorrow, maybe a little icy in morning.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Jan 28 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate some pine needles from last nights wind.
    Skated the purple and blue loops at 9:30. A little slow because of the warm temp but the new snow from this week blended in well with the existing base. Scattering of pine needles but no leaves.
    (Mike Wiegel)
  • Jan 28 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good-Very thin base with a few icy spots covered with 1" recent ungroomed snow.
    Skied two blue loops early morning. The Nordic only received less than 1" from the recent snow. Trail was not recently groomed contrary to the report. Lots of debris on the trail.
    (Dan Dudley)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Outstanding ski conditions today after all trails groomed and track set. Groomers will be out the rest of the weekend freshening trails.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 3 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trails PistenBully groomed this morning after 11" of snow. 18" of light fluffy snow so far since yesterday. Lake effect still falling. PistenBully will be out setting track and skate lanes in the morning.
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 1 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Where can you arrive at 9 am on a Monday morning and find 60 K of freshly groomed trails? ABR in Ironwood. ABR was a classic skiers dream today. Miles of classic only trails groomed to perfection. After finding nothing but icy tracks in the Cable area for two days it was a pleasure to ski ABR today.
    (Dick Roeber)
  • Feb 1 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed corduroy in very good condition, the classic tracks were a little icy due to the recent warm temps, but fast and fun.
    We always have a great time skiing Wolverine! The loops are well laid out and very scenic. The volunteer groomers go above and beyond with all their hard work in maintaining the trails. It's just a super place to ski!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Jan 31 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm and fast, exceptional grooming.
    The skate deck and classic track were freshly groomed. The skate deck was firm, new corduroy with nice grip. The sun was out in a cloudless sky and the skating was fast and fun.
    (Patrick Bryan)
  • Jan 31 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Regroomed this morning for classic and skate. Very good conditions for both.
    With warm temps in the 40's yesterday and upper 30's today, ABR did a great job with the grooming to make the trails very skiable. Granted there were icy spots with all the sunshine, but overall very good. It just feels great to be out skiing on real snow, and going on some long loops!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Jan 30 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: We groomed 65 km this morning again, including powertilling all wide trails and resetting all classic tracks. The skiing was perfect mid winter conditions this morning and turned into slower spring like ocnditions for afternoon.
    Our base is thick enough we are using the Pisten Bully and can powertill the hard pack after it freezes tonight. We will be out regrooming in the early morning. We did not receive any rain or snow tonight.
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Jan 30 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly PistenBully groomed this morning. Excellent track and skate lanes.
    Many skiers hit the trails early when conditions were winter perfect. Then temp rose to 41 and awesome spring skiing was enjoyed. Trees were dropping their white flockings along the trail leaving little bunny jumps here and there.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Jan 29 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    We had a great day of skiing today, we groomed all 70 km of trails again this morning. The woods are so pretty with the trees flocked in snow!
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Jan 29 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic, and skate.
    ABR has received over 18 inches of snow this week. It is a winter wonderland. The grooming is among the best anywhere. This place is a gem.
    (Thomas Gahr)
  • Jan 28 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 8" of fresh snow fell overnight. PistenBully out early grooming skate lane and track set all trails. Lake effect snow fell all day, heavy at times and is continuing into the evening. Groomer went out at 3pm on the Novice trail setting new track and skate lane. Groomers will be out in full force Friday morning.
    A big thank you volunteer groomers for making excellent conditions for everyone to enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, pristine conditions.
    Dan the Groomer's expertise is apparent.
    (Carol Kenicott)
  • Feb 5 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic skiing excellent. All trails freshly groomed. Lots of new snow to enjoy!
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Feb 4 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: trails groomed and tracked after 8 inches of snow.
    Best trail conditions of the season, looks like a great weekend coming up, temps in the upper twenties.
    (Ron Stenfors)
  • Feb 4 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, fresh grooming with tons of snow.
    Classic skied just about entire system, in a word awesome it doesn't get any better.
    (Al Sauld)
  • Feb 4 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Expertly groomed today with good firm classic tracks.
    I skied A B and C loups today and it was outstanding. One of the most beautiful and challenging places to ski on the planet! Thanks Larry for all of the expert grooming.
    (Jack Luukkonen Jr)
  • Feb 4 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Temps in the 20s. Great base, new snow almost daily.
    Conditions could not be better for skiing and grooming. Temps to be in the mid 20s all weekend and the trails will be buffed! Valley Spur will be Fantastic!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Feb 1 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Premier conditions - fresh corduroy ahead of us as the groomer laid down a great track. Surprised on a Monday to see such great grooming. Couldn't beat the conditions, and the warming hut was open as well. Never have had a bad day at Valley Spur - perfect time to go north out of the Milwaukee area melt down.
    Thanks to the groomer for all of his work making Valley Spur a constant delight.
    (Mike Doyle)
  • Jan 30 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. We received another 8 inches of snow this week. Couldn't be better for grooming. Excellent base on trails.
    We have about 40 plus kilometers groomed with solid skate lanes and hard classic tracks.
    (John Carlson)
  • Jan 29 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Lots of fresh snow and mild temps.
    Been getting several inches of snow per day for the past several days so the trails are in awesome shape. Lots of snow still hanging on the trees and as always the Lodge is open, warm and comfy. Come by and see for yourself.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Jan 28 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Snow feels like silk. Tracked today but track is filling up with fresh snow. If a frolic in the powder is your thing then come here.
    More otter tracks and a red fox track sighted. You can tell its a red fox when it walks one foot in front of the other in one track only.
    (Larry Treul)
  • Jan 28 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Great base now with the additional inches we've received every couple of days. Classic tracks solid and skate lanes set up well.
    (John Carlson)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 3 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Silky Winter Wonderland.
    Swedetown picked up a foot of fresh powder in the past 24 hours. Skating today was a magic carpet ride, and it will only get better as the fresh snow sets up. With forecast temps in the 20's this weekend you don't want to miss it! My backyard snow-mometer shows a depth of 34 inches.
    (Larry Zurawski)
  • Feb 2 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions, solid base and fast tracks.
    25 K morning skate ski, absolutely beautiful conditions.
    (Pat Zoob)
  • Feb 1 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good - side by side tracks on valley and greenstone a pleasure to ski with others.
    16" base according to the yardstick. Fast classic tracks, great skate conditions on most trails.
    (Craig Hughes)
  • Jan 30 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions, plenty of new snow.
    Birch and Cedar Loops were excellent for classic skiing and skating this morning with silky glide. Softening up as temps rose later.
    Photos:  
    (Cynthia MacDonald)
  • Jan 30 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions.
    Trails groomed daily, 12-16" of packed base.
    (Pat Zoob)
  • Jan 30 - Mount Bohemia Ski Trails (Lac La Belle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 36F, 2-4" of fresh powder over groomed tracks. Nice in the morning, getting a little sticky in the afternoon. 120" of snow this El Nino season, today being the proverbial January thaw.
    I skied at Mt. Bohemia with the skinny skis today.
    Photos:  
    (Ken Wikgren)
  Sault St. Marie area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 4 - Northwoods Christian Camp Ski Trails (Pickford): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The entire trail system is in very good shape now!
    With the new snow in the last couple of days, the trails are in great shape!
    (Leanne Storey)
  Other locations
  • Feb 5 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
    Grooming 

    The Ge-Che Trail was groomed and tracked today, after 4 inches of snow earlier in the week. Trail conditions are good, with a single lane of classic cross country tracks in most place, and double lanes through the Lake Ottawa campground loop. Enjoy the weekend!
    (Dustin Johnson)
  • Feb 4 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. Groomed this morning. Deep, well formed tracks everywhere thanks to the recent snow. We finally have mid-winter conditions. A bit of tree litter on the most easterly portion of the East Side Trails.
    After loosing the snow from the tree branches in he warm up last week, the recent snow is hanging on the branches so it is beautiful in the woods again.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Feb 1 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep snow base and groomed and tracked.
    A little speedy today at Watersmeet but enjoyable.
    (Dan Hinch)
  • Jan 29 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh 4 inches of snow. Groomed today. Single lane on entire trail. Tracks set nicely. Enjoy!
    (Dustin Johnson)
  • Jan 28 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed this afternoon. With the several inches of new snow we just got conditions should be very good or better.
    (Bob Turnquist)

 

Iowa

  Cedar Rapids area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 29 - Wickiup Hill Trails (Toddville): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: Great in some areas, soggy in others.
    A skier came in today and advised that the trail in the woods is pretty good. The prairie areas are a little soggy. Anyone looking to go out tomorrow should go in the morning. Thanks!
    (Mandy Bieber)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 30km power-tilled and trackset.
    Perfect tracks and cord with lots of double tracks for skiing with your valentine!
    (Peter Crooks)
  Other locations
  • Feb 6 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Amazing. Lots of snow, perfect grooming.
    Every day, a little more snow and fresh grooming. Classic and skate skiing do not get any better.
    (Tom Leaf)
  • Feb 6 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Smooth, flat and full depth tracks.
    All 60km in park now open for your pre loppet training!
    (Peter Crooks)
  • Feb 4 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions.
    Plenty of snow. Perfectly groomed trails for skate and classic skiing. The best skiing this side of Paradise (Michigan. That's a pun. ).
    (Thomas Leaf)

 

North Dakota

  Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate ski ski trail near perfect, classic trail the same.
    Skate ski trail is firm, fast, and wide. Few dirt spots, but not across the entire width. Classic track in nice shape as well for the big melt we had last week. Looks like they were both groomed Friday. Get out and ski!
    (Grant Mehring)

 

United States

  • Feb 3 - CU South Trails (Boulder, CO): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed powder, evidence of softness from yesterday afternoon, and no shortage of boot/paw prints.
    Enough snow in town to enjoy some XC skiing at "lower" (than 9000 feet) elevation. ~ 3km of trails in South Boulder. Great fun before work!
    (Andrew Kruse)

 


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