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Minnesota Metro Area
  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 10 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
    Conditions: Many bare spots now.
    I have been skiing Hyland daily since they closed. I think today is the last day, as there are many bare spots now. I think it would have gone to tax day if it had been still groomed. It was a good ride.
    (Scott Engstrom)
  • Apr 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
    The xc ski trails at Hyland officially closed a while ago, but after dropping my son at school nearby this morning I went for a hike on the trails about 8:00 a.m. to check out what snow was left. I found still a good base on the snowmaking loop (as much as 2-3 feet), although not groomed in a while, and frozen. With a high in 70s predicted, I figured if I came back early afternoon the snow would be soft but not too soft and conditions would be nice. I was right! I skied the entire 5K loop using some old no-wax classic skis. I only had to take off my skis two times to cross a 10 yard gap in the snow. Another time I simply kept my skis on to cross a shorter gap. Fun to ski in just a t-shirt on the same trails that I skied in -40 windchill back in January.
    (Steve Share)
  • Apr 9 - Woodland Trails (Elk River):
    Closed for the season. It was a good one. Enjoy!
    (Dave Anderson)
  • Apr 8 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
    Not too bad at the right time of day (between ice and slush). The entire snowmaking loop has a 1-2 foot base and a fairly even surface; the sun takes out the ruts. The snow is sometimes dirty, and there are a few rough areas and slow spots. Skied between 9:45 and 11:30 when it was slowing down.
    (Bob Woodruff)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Munger Trail (Esko):
    Conditions: Crusty spring snow.
    Skied from Kangas rd to Carlton and back had to remove skis for about 1 k. Keep saying it's my last ski but who knows. Trail is still better for skiing than walking.
    (Russ Mattson)
  • Apr 15 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
    Conditions: While trails have not been groomed lately, the corn snow was firm after cold overnight temperatures, suitable for both skating and classic. Trails were 99.9% covered with no hazards from ice or bare spots.
    The definition of a nice April in northern Minnesota is when the skiing is still pretty good. Today at Spirit Mountain was better than pretty good. What a wunnerful, wunnerful spring we are having in Duluth. P.S. Today staff opened the gate at the driveway entrance. The gate may look like it is locked; but check to see if the chain is actually locked or just wrapped around the gate.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Larson)
  • Apr 15 - Fond du Lac State Forest (Cromwell):
    Had a fun, challenging ski on the trail this morning, snow was very hard and crusty. Trail is 95% snow covered yet. Great to be out on a beautiful spring day.
    Photos:  
    (Lon Gervais)
  • Apr 14 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
    Conditions: Great crust skiing with some ruts.
    We classic skied today and temps were hovering around freezing after dipping to the 20's overnight creating awesome crust skiing where there were not ruts from the previous skiers. We stuck to the 5k, 3k and campground loops. It was so nice that I was able to skate on my Trak waxless classic skis!
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
    Conditions: 10k loop full coverage. Crusty corn snow throughout.
    Skated the 10k today. It was nice and fast with the cold temps at night firming things up. Had great glide and the trail is in good shape. It's a little uneven from others who sank in spots, but totally skiable.
    (Carol Koos)
  • Apr 13 - Lester Park (Duluth):
    Conditions: Lower System: Fair to good; Upper System: Good+.
    The Lester Amity Trails are still in good shape. Snow coverage is 99% with just a few bald spots at a trail intersections. Below "B" the packed snow base is 4 to 8 inches. Above "C" the packed snow base is 6 to 12 inches. Even with the heavy melt this week and a temperature of 43 during my ski, I never sunk down into the base (I weigh 175 pounds). I used Madshus fiber waxless skis and had a great kick. If you know where the Maxwell St. ski-in access for the upper system, use that entry point and avoid the lower system below "C". The upper trails were in amazing shape ... no hikers, just two other skiers had left tracks, and even no deer tracks. The deer are avoiding the heavy snow on the upper system. All downhills are in excellent shape with 100% good coverage.
    (Rich Hoeg, NorthStarNerd)
  • Apr 12 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
    Conditions: 1/2 inch of wet white stuff on top of corn snow.
    We started to skate and it was a bit "sinky" at times so we switched to classic and had a great ski on the 5k loop today. There is more snow at Spirit than at other locations I skied at this week. I'd say there are between 2-3 feet according to my various ski pole tests!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth):
    Conditions: 1-2 feet of snow in all locations throughout the trail.
    We classic skied for two hours on awesome mature snow today starting around 10:30. Temps were in the 50's and the snow was firm and fast if you stayed on the outside where the tracks had previously been. There is a "lake" at the junction where you turn off to just classic that is there yearly, it is easy to get around if you go through the woods and then just go back the same way you started instead of doing those last two hills that are on the skate loop. Really great skiing!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 10 - Lester Park (Duluth):
    Conditions: Great spring skiing.
    Coverage is still good - just one open patch right at the trailhead, easily skied around. Some wet patches here and there. Still tons of snow in the woods.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Apr 10 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth):
    Conditions: Ungroomed snowcone like snow.
    We classic skied starting at 10:30 and there were no tracks to follow. Portions of the trail were firm and fun, other parts were "sinky" and loose. There is still at least a foot or two of snow throughout!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 9 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton):
    Conditions: Ungroomed awesome corn snow.
    I classic skied Jay Cooke when it was in the 50's today and it was so awesome! There is plenty of great fast corn snow! Previous tracks had melted down so I had to make my own and they are not the best because I sank every now and then. I parked near the campground. They had driven a vehicle of some type on one of the trails and wow that was super fun skiing!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 9 - Pine Valley (Cloquet):
    Conditions: Ungroomed corn snow with a deceptive "lake".
    Getting to the trail is a wee bit tricky for starters. The only area where a person can traverse to the trail without stepping in very deep snow is now a pond. Upon first impressions, the trail appears completely covered in tree debris, however, once past that, it is actually in great shape for skating, except for one rather large impassible issue about 2k in which I encountered twice due to my own carelessness! After passing through the various foot print areas, I encountered what appeared to be mostly solid ice with some water on top and nice snow on the sides. In my attempt to get through it, I first tried the right side only to discover I sunk into what appeared to be snow and was really water with some snow on top of it. I crossed the "ice" safely to the other side and sunk again so both boots had gotten wet, yet I was able to glide through. After about a K or so, I realized the way I had "brilliantly" attached my keys to my waist belt was unsuccessful and I had lost my car keys on the trail. As I skied back through the "fun" part again, both of my skis were swallowed up by 'quick ice' encompassing my legs up to the knee! A combination of laughter and panic swept through me as I tried for about ten minutes to free myself! I would get one tip out then the other would go back down again! I somehow managed to use my pole to dig them out quickly enough to free both, and I was soaked with ice water! My keys were next to my car on the ground in the end. So, the moral of this trail story is, go backwards on the trail and don't try to go through the water!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 9 - Seven Bridges Road (Duluth):
    Conditions: Great spring skiing.
    Skied up 7 Bridges Road and Amity Trail today and yesterday on waxless classic skis. There's still a ton of snow, kind of a well-packed snow cone consistency. The creek is opening up, the sun is shining, and it's good to be alive.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Apr 8 - Lester Park (Duluth):
    Conditions: Ungroomed trails. Fully covered except a little strip of dirt by the A jct.
    Skated the outer loop at 10 am. Good work out! Snow was a bit soft and slow. Need to get out earlier for more crust skiing. Skate lane all corn snow and plenty of snow still. Classic track is skied in right down the center of the trail in places, hard to not skate on it there. Sometimes it's on the side, but very shallow.
    (Carol Koos)
  • Apr 7 - Hartley Park (Duluth):
    Conditions: Ungroomed, lots of footprints and awesome corn snow.
    Those $5 Trak skis continue to work well in the now "mature" snow since the short burst of rain we had this morning. Non skier folk apparently think that as soon as the city stops grooming it's just fine to walk the ski trails, even right over skied in tracks! There is still a ton of snow in Hartley! We stuck a 150cm pole in and not too much of it was left! We skied in what was left of a very shallow misshapen track and it was fast! No ice to be seen, just some Yetti tracks, a face in the snow and the words ,"Sasquatch was here" on the side of the trail!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 6 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth):
    Conditions: Ungroomed, variable spring conditions.
    Skate-skijored all the south loops this morning. Remains ungroomed since last snow, skied in tracks on Bear Paw and Blue Ox. Snow has compacted some, could stay on top in some areas, would break through into 4-5 inches soft snow in a lot of areas. Bit of a work-out, was glad to have dog-assist. Still plenty of snow, no bare spots. Good to be out, despite rough conditions.
    (Andy Krubsack)
  • Apr 6 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth):
    Excellent skate good classic, 5k is groomed.
    (John Jereczek)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 6 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte):
    Conditions: Great spring conditions at Moose Fence.
    Skied today right after rain stopped late morning. Skied Maple loop and though it was ungroomed also did the Upland loop. Love the pine trees here. Also went across six mile creek bridge, which had the railings mostly knocked off apparently. Went to N on the Picnic loop. Slow soft conditions with some ice but very ski-able. Perfectly groomed trails. Temps in high 30s. Most certainly my final ski. Best year ever.
    Photos:  
    (Wayne Nelson)
  • Apr 6 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais):
    Conditions: Spring skiing, groom/tracked trail 10 km. Banadad east end to Lizz Lake portage, Lace Lake and Tall Pines tracked today.
    Spring skiing, get on the trail while it is still there. Temperature is in the mid 40s, tracked will only last a few days.
    (Ted Young)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
    Conditions: Temp was 15 F. East trail was rutted from skier out on warm day. Honeycombed and plenty of snow left but it was treacherous.
    Only did the inner loop. You could hear the skis on crust echoing throughout the woods. A rabbit sat in middle of trail eating as long as I stood and watched it. Need more freeze thaws to get to corn snow there. Still hope for one more ski.
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Apr 14 - Carey Lake (Hibbing):
    Conditions: Toast... Highland connector to Southern Lights have patches open ground, ice, open water, soft sinking corn snow even at 25 degrees in the afternoon.
    It was a balancing act on strips of snow. And a short ski, about a half KM. Hibbing has less snow in the woods than the Virginia area for only 25 miles apart.
    Photos:  
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Apr 14 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
    Conditions: 20 degrees, 6-12" base and freshly groomed!
    Piston Bully was grooming this morning - the Summit and lower Gold trails were completed by mid morning and conditions were very good! The non-groomed routes are pretty hard and chopped up from the weekend, but today's grooming provides several quality loops to chose from. There is still a very deep base almost everywhere, and I saw only one bald spot all morning (on a steep south face along the Gold trail). I'm not putting away the skis anytime soon!
    Photos:  
    (Shawn Callahan, Green Gate Guest House)
  • Apr 13 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
    Although you can still ski on a few trails at the Ridge (more than a foot of base), we officially closed the season on Sunday. Hint: the lower Gold/Cedar/Summit should still be good for skating the next few days with the colder weather. Thanks for a great season, bring on the bike!
    (John Filander)
  • Apr 12 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
    Conditions: Great coverage on most trails, cooling temps.
    I skied much of the Giants Ridge network today. The last grooming with the Piston Bully was Wednesday, April 9th. There has been significant melt since then, but little traffic. The Laurentian/Wynne Creek trail is impassible due to runoff flooding the low areas, and I hit a few bare patches on the steep slopes of the Silver Trail. However, the Summit, Bronze and Gold trails still have a deep base (estimating 10-12") and made for a quality ski today. I'd bring the B-skis, just because of the branches and pine needles on the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Shawn Callahan, Green Gate Guest House)
  • Apr 12 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine):
    Conditions: 36 F and cloudy.
    Still over a foot of snow on the bottom 2 K loop. Just a good amount of edge for a good skate. A nice ski in April.
    Photos:  
    (Joe Muller)
  • Apr 9 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia):
    Conditions: Got down into the mid 20s but did not set up enough to go off trail. Light crust but no corn snow. Still 2 feet of snow in woods! East trails tracks are mostly faded and lots of small pine needles down.
    8 AM Failed skate attempted on crust, made a big divot first step as ski sunk. Put on no wax skis and stayed in the east pines where it was a soft but not slow trail. Saw a deer chest deep trying to run away from me. And a rabbit by a fallen tree changing color now and not worried I was there to shoot a pic. By 9: 30AM it was 42 degrees. Hopefully it will freeze one more time before snow is gone.
    Photos:  
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Apr 8 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik):
    Conditions: There is still more than 2 feet of snow in the woods, and we are still grooming! Tuesday we groomed 20K and skiing was good until noon.
    Grooming plans: Wednesday we are grooming and skiing will be good until it softens up. Expecting 60F and not much freezing over the next couple of days, so get your last ski fix in. Giants Ridge closes on Sunday, April 13 for the season. Thanks for an epic year!
    (John Filander)
  Other locations
  • Apr 6 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls):
    Conditions: Somewhat icy in the morning, soft by 10 AM or so...but the lake crust skiing is perfect.
    At 8:30 three of us skated the Tilson trail to the Black Bay overlook and then out on the ice. The snow crust is very firm, perfect edging. But by about 10 - 10:30 starts to get soft. We returned via the Finger Bay snowmobile trail.
    Photos:  
    (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 10 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
    Conditions: Closed for the season!
    The warm temps this week have pretty much wiped out the snowpack. A check of the entire North Loup trail Thursday morning founds some good sections that provided some fun back and forth skiing under a beautiful morning. Great to be in the woods taking in the sights and sounds of spring! The trails are now closed for the season as we wait for the frost to come out and the earth to dry up on the mountain bike trails. Thanks again for a great season!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Apr 7 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway):
    Conditions: Spring skiing on corn snow! Base ranges from 0-24".
    A classic ski on the crown skis around noon on Monday found good coverage on the trails and beautiful skiing under sunny skies and upper 40's. The corn snow was gliding better than the last time I classic skied on Friday. A few low areas with water and some of the southern exposed and open areas free of snow. The grooming from Friday was rinsed out but found the best track skiing on the trail groomed around 150 times this year, Sukkerbusk. The skate trails were level and smooth with no ruts and thinking after it freezes down again tonight will be some nice skiing around 9am tomorrow morning. Trails will be open a few more days for the diehards....
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Grooming plans: 10+ inches of snow on the way again! We will groom late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning the OO loops and Bodecker loop... hoping for another winter wonder land experience!
    (Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner)
  • Apr 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: Very good crust skiing.
    The return of cool morning temps have made for great skate skiing on the Birkie Trail. Ski 'till it's gone!
    Photos:  
    (Scott Wilson)
  • Apr 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: The trail is still very skiable.
    I skied from OO to Bodecker and back on both the classic and skate trails. The trails consisted of settled corn snow with great grip for no-wax skis and relatively fast downhills. The edges are thinning in places with a couple of bare spots on south facing hilltops. There was one "water hazard" on the skate trail just south of Bodecker. Great day to ski!
    Photos:  
    (Connie Meek)
  • Apr 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: Still very skiable, but has some standing water in a few spots.
    I classic skied the OO lighted loops trails today around noon - 2 PM. The snow was soft, slow, and somewhat wet from the morning rain showers. I used no-wax skis and after pressing down some tracks, it got faster the second time around. There are 3 "water hazards" in that section. The first (picture) is just south of the cabin on the Birkie Trail. It could be skied on the side. The second picture shows the water as you go left to the east loop (last section of classic trail). I needed to ski around on the edge to get past it. The 3rd picture is the big puddle on the classic trail or east loop. Skiing around that meant wet feet. It is between 2 of the cut-off trails (Nordic Kids signs - Snowflake Shuffle and Timberwolf), so you can go up one and back down the other to get around the puddle. Otherwise, the trail was fully covered and skiable.
    Photos:  
    (Connie Meek)
  • Apr 11 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: Very good for skate, classic not so good.
    This morning I got an early start and skied the lighted loops at the OO Birkie trail head. My temperature gauge said 34 degrees but the puddles were still frozen so I though it would be good and it was. The trail was firm for skating, icy enough to be fast but not scary. There is still a lot of snow despite the recent warm days and there were no bad spots. So nice to have good skiing in April!
    (Tom Detzner)
  • Apr 11 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: OO to Bodecker and lighted loops in great condition.
    I skied the loops at OO from 9:15 to 11:00 this morning. It had sprinkled for about an hour beforehand. The trails were easy, safe corn snow, unaffected by the rain. The sun came out and our Ski and Tea group had a wonderful time. It was so much fun that I came back in the early afternoon and skied from OO to Bodecker and back. The snow was a little slower, but safe and fun on the downhills. The edges of the trails were thinning in spots, but the only larger melted area was on a south-facing classic trail hill where the classic and skate trails connect near some large rock cairns (approx. 24K classic). Awesome day!
    Photos:  
    (Connie Meek)
  • Apr 10 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: OO and Bodecker area are terrific!
    The Birkie Trail north and south of OO are completely covered with snow at this time. I have been skiing classic on no-wax skis on both the OO loops and the skate and classic trails between OO and Bodecker. The consistency is a soft, fine, wet corn snow that is very skiable. It is slow and safe. Mid mornings seem to be a great time to be out there. I don't recommend skate skiing, as it would be too soft.
    Photos:  
    (Connie Meek)
  • Apr 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward):
    Conditions: Dangerous deep ruts in the downhills. Be careful. Pretty good classic on the southside.
    A little icy Sunday morning. Skiing north from Double O the big downhills required severe braking/snowplowing due to deep ruts that froze overnight. It was pretty sketchy. Overheard stories of one broken ski, some busted poles and saw blood on the snow from someone else. The first big downhill had about six giant Sitzmarks plastered all over the place.
    (Dan Murphy)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 13 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
    Conditions: Sinky snow, 95% coverage of trails or so.
    We started to skate and realized the snow was too sinky so we changed to classic. There is still quite a bit of snow, 1-2 feet in spots on the trail, however, the typical spots that get water or exposed first are now exposed. The snowmobile trail was better than parts of the ski trail. We ran into Adam Clark, our local weather man and thanked him for all the great snow and cold this winter.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 10 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
    Conditions: Fully covered with faded remnants of classic tracks.
    Yesterday we arrived with temps below freezing and had a double pole delight over crust. Today the temps were in the mid 40's. Striding went well with waxless skies, and the base held surprisingly well.
    (Doug Scheider)
  • Apr 8 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior):
    Conditions: Amazingly nice with the right timing.
    I skated the red and green at 9:30 am and my timing was perfect! The clouds were covering the sun, temps were in the 40's, and the snow was corn fast! Portions of the trail had footprints and dog prints, other parts had a classic track right up the middle despite a good one on the side, it was either groomed since the storm or the rain and melting took layers off that revealed some cord! Fun ski!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Apr 6 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule):
    Conditions: Partially groomed and mushy.
    Our timing was off and I'm thinking all day timing would be off for skate based on the high overnight temps! Parts of Brule were groomed for skate and classic. There was evidence of people skating prior to us, however, with temps near 50 the tracks were quickly fading as will ours.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 9 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland):
    Conditions: Better than I expected this afternoon with temps in the 50s.
    The snow is deep - I skied the engagement loop and found no bare spots or puddles, just corn snow firm enough to skate on. Obviously it's deteriorating, so there will be no more grooming and the warming house is closed. The trails are public and never close.
    Photos:  
    (Louis Muench)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 6 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire):
    Conditions: Not groomed, bare spots reappearing.
    Pretty wet snow, probably would have been better skating because the new snow layer is much thinner on top of ice. Had to walk in a few spots, and the trail in a few other spots is narrowing.
    (Alex Popp)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
    Conditions: Striding: Great spring conditions.
    Apparently I am not the only diehard still skiing as all the striding trails were skied in already making for a great ski today. Temp at 10 am was 22 degrees and at 2:30 pm was 28 degrees, so snow never softened up. The skating trails had virgin snow on them and was fun breaking trail from the shelter to the road. Skied in track had great glide and great coverage. Awesome spring skiing!
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Apr 14 - Bass Lake (Lake Tomahawk):
    Conditions: Striding: Good spring skiing.
    Still skiing! Three inches of snow overnight, so I hit the woods behind Bass Lake and found the trails to be very skiable. There was still a base underneath the fresh powder, breaking trail was no problem, and then I had a trail on the return trip. Temp was 28 degrees and the snow was not wet. A very fun ski!
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Apr 12 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro):
    Spring ski Saturday, 4-6 inch base or no base. Closed for mountain and Fat Bikes but not skis! Air Temp: 37F. Snow Temp: 21F.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Mahoney)
  • Apr 11 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
    Conditions: Still skiable - mostly. Some bare stretches in sun exposed areas. Lots of forest debris under dense conifer areas. Tracks are barely perceptible due to the thaw. Skate lane is a bit lumpy.
    If you really need to ski and are willing to take them off and walk occasionally there is still decent cover on most of the trail. Sure beats sitting at home waiting through the spring transition!
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Apr 9 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
    Conditions: Skating was good crust skiing.
    Still skiing! Temp at 7 am was 26 degrees - great crust skiing. I would avoid going around the lake as there are bare spots on the north and west side. Skiing backwards from the shelter is wonderful and good all the way to the road. Temp at 10 am was 48 degrees and trail getting really soft. Timing is everything!
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Apr 8 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk):
    Conditions: Skating: good spring crust skiing.
    Yesterdays temp was 58, at 7 am today was 30. I skied the skating loop, plenty of snow, great crust skiing, a little thin on the North side of the lake. Awesome morning of skiing. At 10:30 temp was 48 and the trail was getting really soft.
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Apr 6 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River):
    Conditions: Skating, striding: excellent spring conditions.
    As with spring skiing timing is everything, arrived at west trailhead at 7: 30 am with temp of 32 degrees. Mary and I skated until 10:00 with temp then of 44 degrees. The deck was getting soft in the sun but holding up well. We switched to no wax classical skis and the track was great, just starting to soften up with glazed tracks just about gone. An amazing day of spring skiing - it does not get any better than this. Finished at 11:45 with temp of 48 degrees. Trail has enough snow and can tolerated a few more warm days. Tom, thanks so much for grooming.
    (Greg Dahl)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay):
    Conditions: Unbelievable for today.
    Probably last ski for the camp but if you get out today on "B" waxless classic you may have a great time. The dense snow means we didn't sink thru to the gravel. Did the entire Oaks loop around noon with near 100% coverage. Doubt that skating would be much fun.
    (John Rosebush)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Miners Memorial Heritage Park (Ironwood):
    Conditions: Freshly rolled and tracked. A bit icy in places with some ruts. Plenty of base.
    The dedicated groomers are still at it, working the 4 inches of surprise lake effect that fell last night. What a fun ski tonight! Thank you!
    Photos:  
    (Jonathon Rulseh)
  • Apr 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    The trails were groomed today and track set. The tracks were great and skate lane had some uneven areas due to the soft snow. Today is the official last day of grooming for the season. The chalet will be closed but the Powderhorn and Cliffs trail remain open. No bare spots and still plenty of base. Thank you to the groomers and volunteers who made this season one to remember!
    (Deborah Leonard Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Apr 11 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    Conditions: Volunteer groomers out this morning setting track and skate lane. Since the 20 inches of snow that fell a week ago no rain has fallen on it.
    Striding was still good at noon today. Best conditions are in the mornings.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Apr 9 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    Conditions: Freezing up nicely at 8 pm, and despite 54 degrees, not sinking in at all. Tracks were there, but just barely, skate deck is fairly firm, and clean. Base appears to be somewhere around a foot.
    Skiing is still great! Can't imagine it's much fun between noon and 5, but as the sun rises, and after it sinks, it's pretty darn good. Have fun out there! Thank you to the dedicated groomers!
    (Jonathon Rulseh)
  • Apr 9 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    Groomers out early today grooming most skate lanes and setting some classic tracks. Spring skiing conditions. 10' washout on the Wolverine trail.
    Grooming plans: Plans are to groom until Sunday April 13th, pending snow conditions. Trails will continue to be open after that.
    (Deborah Leonard Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Apr 8 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    Conditions: 8 pm crusty and fast! Tracks were a bit washed out, but still really good. Skate deck was glazed and fast. A few ruts from earlier in the day. Still plenty of base.
    Looks like the groomers are still at it! Thank you!
    (Jonathon Rulseh)
  • Apr 8 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood):
    Conditions: Excellent spring conditions. Skate lane groomed yesterday morning. Tracks still good.
    This is spring skiing at its best! Turkey crossing on Cliffs trail. Deep base, no bare spots. Attire: U.P. shorts and t-shirt.
    (Deborah Leonard Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 15 - Valley Spur (Munising):
    Conditions: Groomed and tracked.
    6" of new snow. 30" in the woods. Mid-winter conditions.
    (Eric Brown)
  • Apr 15 - Valley Spur (Munising):
    Conditions: 6" of heavy snow Monday morning, 27F with full sun today.
    Just groomed A, B, D and W. Classic Excellent with deep tracks and hard wax conditions. Skate deck firm all across.
    Grooming plans: Will add more trails tomorrow. This whole week looks good, so will groom through Easter for sure.
    (John Gierke)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Apr 12 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet):
    Conditions: Pretty nice for mid-April!
    A perfect ending to an epic season at Swedetown. While the temps were in the 70s to the south on Saturday, it was 32 degrees with light snow in the Keweenaw. Still a solid 3 feet of snow on the ground, but this weekend was the last grooming. Thank you Swedetown for a great long season!
    (Larry Zurawski)
  • Apr 12 - Lac La Belle area backcountry (Lac La Belle):
    Conditions: 27F at 7:00AM, 34F at 1:30PM. 1.5 to 4 foot base of transformed snow. Mostly solid crust, breakable in a few spots, getting soft after noon.
    I skate skied the proverbial "triple nipple" today, reaching the summits of Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Houghton, and Mt. Gratiot. I always ski this route in a different way, and I took a lot of side trips today with the nice crust, but also three "false summits" on Gratiot ridge before finally reaching the high point. 335" of snow this season in the high elevations of Keweenaw County and starting to snow lightly this afternoon as I write this.
    Photos:  
    (Ken Wikgren)
  • Apr 12 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton):
    Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed and tracked, depending on the weather, almost daily. The snow is a bit dirty, but flat and fast.
    Getting soft at 1 o'clock. Only one spot on the upper trails where the groomer kicked up some dirt at the edge, on Isle Royale where the new hill has been done, up by the high school fields, where the snow is thinner on the ground in a windblown area. Solid base, rough guess over 1 1/2'. So, with temps rising, plan on finishing any ski before noon.
    (Geoff Harrison)

 

Canada

  Other locations
  • Apr 15 - Porcupine Ski Runners Trail (Timmins):
    Conditions: Best late season skiing in Ontario. Entire trail system groomed and track set with near perfect conditions.
    Several days of sub-zero temps and steady snow have left the Timmins area with what looks to be a solid week of beautiful mid-winter conditions. About 30cm of freshly groomed powder over solid base (many areas have over a meter of snow off-trail). Grooming continues daily and the chalet will remain on regular winter hours until at least May 1st.
    Photos:  
    (Dan Horihan)

 


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