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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Skied witih some friends on the man-made snow for most likely the last ski of the season. I used my rock and B skis but it really didn't matter as the snow was icy and sharp. We had to take off our skis a couple times to avoid going downhill on ice and on skiing on bare ground. I am sure the conditions "softened" up in the afternoon. We saw a Three Rivers employee walking on the trail and he told us he wasn't going to bother checking our passes because the trail was closed anyway. Thanks to Three Rivers Staff for great conditions in a not-so-great ski season. See you Next year! Pray for snow!
      (Bjorn Cummings)
    • Mar 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      We tested some equipment this morning in the upper stadium at Wirth park. If you are looking for one last little ski, and I stress little, the upper stadium has been groomed. The snow is essentially ground up ice, but is fine to ski on. Uou could do some sprints or agility or lap around the 200 meter outside edge. There are no other place to ski at Wirth, everything else is pure ice or bare ground.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Mar 15 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Close to unskiable. Twin lakes likely gone after today. Weaving around the growing bare spots was challenging especially the downhills. Very good kick running up hills on bare ground. Full snow coverage at upper and lower stadium areas if you want to ski back and forth. First downhill from the upper stadium was good. Second hill was completely bare. Took fast face plant when a ski pushed through what appeared to be good snow onto gravel. Saw two others arriving as I left at 2:30.
      (Mike Engh)
    • Mar 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, B skis ]

      Fair to poor. Came here after Lake Elmo showed way too much bare ground to even attempt. Ungroomed but fortunately none of the recent snowfall had melted so no frozen ridges to skate through; just a couple inches of light snow where it was not already packed down by other skiers. I did not go all the way to the top of Scenic Foothills because of the extent of bare ground showing. However other than that I only had to dodge a few bare spots. It was 28 degrees and still sunny at my 6:30 start. Did a slow two miles in a little over 30 minutes. Not sure it was worth it to get in one more ski but I had to try.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Mar 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Trails were ungroomed, but 10x better than not skiing. I did a few loops of the fake snow loop. Looked like several dozen people classic skied before me. It took some agility to stay off the pavement near the donut, and to stay upright over some rough sections. Overall it felt much like the first ski of the season.
      Photos:  
      (Andor Langski)
    • Mar 14 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Thanks to the groomers yesterday, about 75% of the trail was still skiable on the green and brown loops. Otherwise I had sort of a ski/hike experience where I had to clomp over bare ground. Had a fun time regardless - its all relative given the nature of the season we had. Hopefully we get more snow so the awesome groomers have the opportunity to show off their skills. In the meantime I wouldn't recommend trying it until we get more snow. There's always hope!
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Mar 14 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      I had a good ski at Eagle yesterday with about 4" of new snow on the golf course. I made my own classic tracks. It felt really good to get on some natural snow for a change! When I went back this morning,
      there was only about 2" left, but still decent coverage overall. This might be the last hurrah for the season!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 23 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Groomed the 5K and northern sections of the 10K this morning. Still about 99% trail coverage, although the base is getting thinner with each pass of the knives. Conditions were enhanced by about 1/2 inch of snow (still falling), so we have corduroy skating lanes with a dusting of new snow on top. Very nice! 5K classic track is still defined and now snow topped, however there is debris/exposed ground in about 10% of the track, so Rock Skis for Classic, and stay alert. This afternoon's forecast is not nice, so enjoy the skiing this morning, if you can.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Mostly great conditions with occasional burnouts. The 6-7K of trail was definitely worth a ski. Very firm base this evening with enough snow on the top to get a good edge. The trail was still safe and the snow was pebbled making for a fast ski. The occasional burnouts were easy to step around with the exception of one on a south facing downhill. There were also 2 "Ice Lava flows" where you need to be cautious. One is on the Special K and one just before the Special K. I would guess it's now up to mother nature on whether there is more skiing at Snowflake this year. Thanks goes out to John and the other Groomers for all their hard work this season!
      Photos:  
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Huge thank you to John squared for their hard work in creating what was called "dreamy" conditions again today! Fast 5k, not icy fast, sugar snow fast with the usual Bee Hollow bare spot on the downhill and partially on the opposite uphill along with one big ice patch at the bottom of Takeitez and a couple of thinner uphills... the rest was impeccable! Wow! I couldn't stop going around and around! I skied all of the 10k that was groomed multiple times along with the 5k! Give the John's a big hug if you see them! Thanks for the deliciously wonderful trails!
      (Eve Graves)
    • Mar 22 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Thanks, John! You were right, the skating was memorable. I side-stepped down Bee Hollow, electing not to try the narrow path John had shoveled, and I snowplowed Takitez, and at that speed I could easily avoid the ice at the bottom by stepping out to the right. Otherwise for all the 5 K, including special K, and the north half of the 10 K, the trail was very fast, smooth, no bumps at all, and had sufficient grooming that even a 66-year old with two artificial hips felt very comfortable. Wow, what a birthday present!
      (Tim Holst)
    • Mar 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Tuesday night, almost midnight, and just finished grooming the skate lanes on the 5K/SpecialK/10K(-). Set the knives a little deeper and all of the trails (helped by this nice, cold temperature) groomed-up better than they were this morning. Classic track on the 5K remains well formed, but icy hard; I can't improve it with the snow available. The only major deterioration is the previously reported hill into Bee Hollow: that bare ground is now about 25 feet and you'll have to cross it. The 10K groomed trails are better than the 5K. We're open 8 - 8 on Wednesday and Thursday. I think the skating tomorrow will be memorable.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      10:00 a.m. and just completed grooming the 5K/SpecialK/Northern Sections of 10K. All trails have a hard, icy, rather thin base, however the shallow-set Ginzu knives did a nice job scraping off the makings of a nice corduroy top-layer. Very pretty (see photo)! The 5K/SpK are 99% covered; only exposed ground is a 15' section prior to Bee Hollow, which must be walked. Ice ponds at the bottom or Takitez and the big turn on Special K. 5K Classic track is still formed and very solid, but it is icy. The Northern 10K sections have more cover/thicker base than the 5K and I ran the groomer over them 7 times. Only exposed ground is on Geno's Jump. I groomed the return trail all the way up Geno's Jump, under the Tree Bridge, to Fisketti Junction. No Classic track on the 10K, but fine, fast skating. I recommend entering the 10K by skiing out and in from the trailhead, all the way to Fisketti; Geno's Jump is safe for climbing, but unsafe to ski down. Map in the chalet is updated. B Skis should be fine if you look ahead as you ski. The direct sun will take a toll on the newly ground "snow", so get it while we have it. Open 8 - 8 today and tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Our 5K and the northern section of the 10K offered decent skiing through the weekend, however warm temps and lots of sunlight are taking a toll on the base. The forecast is for no sub-freezing temps until Monday night, then we expect 3 -4 days of good cold. With that in mind, Snowflake will be closed Monday. We will re-groom early on Tuesday, and be open at 8:00 a.m. Morning skiing will be the best, but we will remain open all day for those who can't ski before work. The map in the chalet will be updated to show the "safe and groomed" trails. This is likely the final week of skiing here, until next season, so we will give you the best trails that we can.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Wow, 4"-5" of heavy Spring snow! 5 K, including Special K, compressed with 8 passes and groomed for Skating; still soft, but very nice. New Classic track set on 5K/SpK; deep and well-formed, and will be very nice if it sets overnight. Northern segments of the 10K compressed and groomed for Skating; enter at Fisketti Junction or off the 10K Return trail. At this point we are no longer in the "Preservation Mode": Lets ski the heck out of what we have and enjoy it while we have it! Open 8 - 8 this weekend.
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      A Perfect Duluth St Paddy's Day, thanks to the snow leprechauns and groomer John. Due to a meteorological anomaly, we had 4-5 inches of fresh snow, none of the predicted rain, and it fell on an icy trail. So for the weekend, looks like we have the equivalent of a groomed 5K refrigerated World Cup ski trail, like snow on a ice cube. The 5k is groomed for skating, no tracks. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Jim Allen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
    • Mar 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      2-3 inches of dense, saturated new snow. Ungroomed as of 11:30 AM. Beautiful surround... winterwonderland. Broke trail with backcountry classic skis on the 5 K loop. 2 other skaters out earlier.... quite a workout for them. Great to have everything covered again, extending our season....
      Photos:  
      (Dave Arvold)
    • Mar 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skied the Bardon's peak loop Thursday night as the rain/snow started to fall. Hiked in the first steep hill, the rest of the connector trail to the parking lot was good. 98% of the trail had good skating with firm snow over the ice base and occasional small bare spots or debris, but there were some difficult to avoid bare spots on the icy downhills that will now be hidden by last nights snow. If attempting today I would be very careful on the steep downhills, a decent ice layer was forming by the time I left last night.
      (David Courtright)
    • Mar 15 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The entire 5K trail and the northern half of the 10K trail were groomed this afternoon, for Skating only. The 5K is in good condition, thin corduroy over a rather thin base; the only exposed ground is at the top of the hill leading into Bee Hollow,. Special K section is very nice. The 10K section is even nicer, as the base is thicker and it is holding more snow. Skiers who enter the Ungroomed portions of the 10K, do so at your own risk: Hovland Hill is dangerous, and Geno's Jump has tree debris embedded in the base. Skiers are advised to come into the chalet before skiing, and look at the trail map: the groomed and officially "Open" trails are marked in Red. These are likely our waning days for this season. Enjoy, and we'll see you next season! Snowflake members are welcome to use our new wax bench and irons to clean and put on the summer storage wax. Ask John or John.
      Photos:  
      (John Graham)
    • Mar 14 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Magney Main and Bardon loops groomed today. No classic tracks set. Thin snow over icy base. Snow seems to be sticking to ice ok. There are a few ice patches. Use caution if venturing out.
      (Cheryl Skafte, Duluth Parks and Recreation)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 22 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied Homestead and Hogback loops. The tracks were icy and worn but manageable with fish scale skis. Very few bare spots. The skate deck was firm, coverage excellent and recently groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Steffes)
    • Mar 22 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Overall, we have good spring ski conditions, with no major bare spots. However, there are some ice patches and a few rocks on the trails. The snow we got a few days ago has given good traction to most areas.
      Photos:  
      (John Silliman)
    • Mar 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied from Oberg around Picnic, Hogback and Homestead loops. Fresh grooming after Friday's 3 inches of wet snow on top of a icy base made for a great ski. Temps just below freezing kept snow from transforming but it was still slow. Coverage was excellent over 95% of the trail. A few water bars and one bare patch were the only problem areas. Groomers did a great job as they have all season with a excellent base but multiple thaws and rain events. It was a great year on the North Shore and it should last a while longer.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic spring nordic skiing! If you love to ski, come on up, it is still terrific! New snow - perfectly groomed! We skied all afternoon it was great! We finished up on bear cub world cup. If you have not skied this trail - you have not really skied Minnesota.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Mar 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      What a great way to end the season, the same way it began back in November: Breaking trail. I skied the Deeryard loop including Fire Tower and the Short Loop today after Friday's snow of a few inches. No grooming had been done but skiing was great. No debris, temps just below freezing. New snow was not sticky. Good skis fine. Great year on the north shore. Very thankful for all the grooming efforts and the great year we have had up on the north shore. There is plenty of snow left as can be seen in the photo.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Only the Snowman and Pincushion loops had been groomed after the Friday snow of a few inches. No classic tracks. Skating was great, a bit slow as temps were around freezing, but wonderful to be out this time of year. Thanks to all the groomers whose efforts made for a great year.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Mar 18 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great (almost) spring day on the trail. Fabulous views and sounds of the East Branch of the Beaver River as you ski along. The snow from yesterday is melting fast but you can still enjoy yourself, especially if you are very careful on the downhills. There is no grooming/track so I broke trail for the most part. Also, had to go around, over, and under several windfall trees. Fun!
      (Peggy Stone)
    • Mar 18 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The skiing is still going strong on the norwegian riviera. They had just groomed the picnic loop. It looks like there is about a foot of base snow depth still. The skate deck was firm and fast with 2 inches of new course granular snow. No wax classic skis or klister is a good bet this time of the year for classic skiing.
      (Gene Karwoski)
    • Mar 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I found the Onion River skate deck perfectly groomed this morning and the groomer had spent many hours (by another skier's report) breaking up the ice and setting two very nice classic tracks. The Tofte weather report shows below freezing nights and warm days in the near future so there's every reason to expect good skiing lasting for awhile. Tree litter is still there in patches so it's a skier's choice: pick through the litter on your A skis or bring the B ski.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Mar 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Got out just before 10:00 AM, and the cool air temp (~5ยบ F) made the trails pretty icy. Skiid Beaver Dam, Ridge Run, Summer Home Road, and Bear Cub World Cup trails. Trails had about 99.9% coverage, but there were a few areas where some residue from branches/downed trees that have been cleaned up were groomed in a little bit. One large rock is exposed on the Bear Cub World Cup loop but is avoidable. Things were softening up and becoming pretty ideal around noon, so if you can get out when things are warming up it'll take the craziness out of the icy trails. A few spots that had melted into solid ponds over the trails during the warm-up are frozen over into that nice yellowish ice, but you can get around most of them. Pretty typical spring conditions, I'd say, but well groomed all things considered. Classic tracks looked good in most parts, a little shallow in others. This is a nice trail system!
      (Brian Anderson)
    • Mar 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skated Onion River Road today and I saw that the groomer had been elsewhere as well. Groomed yesterday and there's just enough chop on top of the thawed/refrozen layer for good control. For the most part good skis are fine but there are frequent patches of tree litter where you'll want to carefully pick your way - a B ski would be a more relaxing way to go. Classic tracks did not appear to be groomed and the Sugarbush trail report said they were too icy to groom. The tracks are still present and clearly defined.
      (Russ Ludeke)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 19 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      We had over 30 Km combed out for the weekend, and the skiing was great with a solid 2-6" base with some soft snow on top. With warm weather Monday and a hard freeze at night it might be a little sketchy Tuesday but we will do one more groom Monday night and that will likely be it for the season. It was great to see the LNR group up here last weekend and thanks to all of our skiers for the 2016-17 season!
      (John Filander, Giants Ridge)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 18 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Amazing conditions mid March. After a few inches new snow last few days over hard base, Wayne has done a fabulous job grooming. Great long skate ski, classic tracks too are well set, some ice under it so put a good binder on and hardwax cover and good to go! Odd icy spot under a few trees etc, but nothing to worry about! Used my best skis and it was fabulous. Come on up and ski HV!
      (Margaret Waechter)
    • Mar 15 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Trails had been regroomed since yesterday, a light scrape that made for fast, smooth skating. A few spots are icy, a few spots have tree debris that can trip you up; the back side of Bambas, where logging took place, is pretty impassable, and power line is not safe. So, best skiing is Birch Highlands to Sommers loop, back up Birch Highlands to Voyageur Highway to last part of Bambas loop, a remarkably good 8K. No rocks or gravel on this route, so B skis would not be at risk.
      (Elton Brown)
      Other locations
    • Mar 18 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      3 to 4" of very wet snow fell Friday. Temp's cooled down overnight to about 27 at 3 pm today. I rolled the skate lanes on all segments once, some twice. Skating looks perfect - Spring skiing at its finest. Almost all rocks are covered now, but sun will expose those on south slopes. You could certainly use good skis if watchful.
      Photos:  
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 14 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Technically skiable with rock skis. The trails and the amount of snow left might've been great for skating if groomed. Not a smooth or fast ski by any means, but still a great workout regardless!
      Photos:  
      (Ian Chang)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 14 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      There is about 3-5" powder over frozen ground, the coverage was surprisingly adequate. Blue skies and about 20 degrees. And there was a skied in track on just about all the trails that are skiable. Objectively I rate conditions as fair. Subjectively, considering no snow anywhere for the last ten or so days, I'd rate conditions as most excellent and for the most part I could suspend belief and pretend I was skiing powder on a deep base "up nort". Extra blue worked good.
      (Bob Cieslak)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 14 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Staff attempted to groom the trails today, but found the snow was compacting to about 1 inch and there is significant ice underneath, which prohibited the groomer from continuing.
      (Angie Harker, Superior City Parks)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 14 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skate course was in very good condition. There is 1-2" of groomed corduroy over hard pack and ice. Occasional tree debris from the wind last week. Even a shallow classic track set, klister needed. Thanks to all the groomers for such fantastic conditions again this season!
      (Paul Haltvick)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Riveredge Nature Center (Newburg): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied in tracks along the Milwaukee River were good Thursday mid afternoon (on wax less skis). Minor problem areas. Enough snow still out there that tonight's hard freeze should give us one more morning of golf course skiing tomorrow, Sunday.
      (Eric Hansen)
    • Mar 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trails weren't groomed, but quite a few people had classic skied, so there were tracks. Skate skiing will not work well. Use caution, since quite a few branches are on the trails. There was a tree down on the brown trail and on the purple trail between the parking lot and the bathrooms at the top of the hill. Also, a tree was down at the beginning of the red trail. Snowshoeing on the snowshoe trail was decent. At the beginning of that same trail there is a sign that there are no bicycles allowed at this time.
      (Evelyn McLean-Cowan)
    • Mar 14 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Zillmer trails did not get much new snow-barely 2 inches. Skied brown trail which was pleasant. Several other skiers had gone on the other loop.
      Photos:  
      (Elaine Stecker)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 16 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      It ain't great, but it's still skiable. Plenty of coverage, except for one stretch near the campground. First time all year I missed the kick wax. VR55 did nothing. Universal klister wound have been better. The debris is starting to collect and the sun is burning through quickly. Don't dawdle.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Held)
    • Mar 16 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Pleasant skiing. A second pass of the roller really helped Some bridges burned out and some places cart path showing. Overall very good.
      (David Anderson)
    • Mar 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      The snow from Monday is hard packed and rutted. Bare spots are becoming more frequent. Classic tracks set on Tuesday are largely burned through to ground. There are spots where the skiing is good, but mostly, not.
      Photos:  
      (John McCarthy)
    • Mar 15 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Fair bordering on poor. Numerous bald spots, classic tracks looked virtually unusable in many places, lots of rocks and branches sticking through the skate deck. Blue trail was bordering on poor on Wednesday around noon. Green (Meadow) trail was in fair condition at first but it was deteriorating rapidly in the afternoon. In spite of sub-freezing temperatures, the mid-March sun is winning the fight, and it's only supposed to get warmer. Thursday morning will probably still be skiable, anything further than that may be a gamble at this point...
      (Kamil Iskra)
    • Mar 15 - Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      The skate ski trails were blown over. There were a few spots that were grounded out. So you were left with classic style. If you enjoy classic, the trails are great. Hopefully, they run that groomer again.
      (Jonathan Pitzen)
    • Mar 15 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Another great day at Fox Hill. Very good skating conditions, much firmer and faster than yesterday. Most of the trails have been groomed. Classic tracks are great except where the sun has burned through to expose dirt, but these spots can all be seen and avoided by simply hopping onto the skate deck. Should be another excellent day on Thursday, as Jerry will groom in the morning.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Mar 14 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With 10 inches of new snow, the skiing here was great. Both loops were groomed, but not tracked with classical tracks. However, even skiing classical was wonderful with the great new snow everywhere. Thanks to the staff for their effort to groom the trails!
      (Gary Schroeder)
    • Mar 14 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The trails were groomed Tuesday afternoon, a track was not set. Conditions are still good for skate and classic skiing, though with the warmer temperatures and sun, parts of the trail will be thin in places. Keep your fingers crossed for more snow!
      (Robb Degraff)
    • Mar 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      7" new snow groomed to a 2-3" base made fair skate skiing with some thin and bare spots. Did the 2 mile of the lighted loop as I avoided the steep climbs which had many thin and bare areas. The shortcut through the pines to skip two tier was especially thin. Thank the groomers for making skiing possible this late season.
      (Donald Howell)
    • Mar 14 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Lots of fresh snow, no grooming. Someone had cut a striding trail around the perimeter as far as I could see.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Garner)
    • Mar 14 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Eight or so inches on the ground, the majority of trails have been packed for skating and solid tracks set. The skating was very soft today, but the classic tracks were quite good. Since the sun was bright, there are very small pockets of exposed ground periodically on the classic tracks. The skating deck should be much faster tomorrow, and Jerry will groom it again in the morning.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Mar 14 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails were groomed for skate this morning, classic tracks will be set around noon today. Conditions are a little soft.
      (Jerry Gensch)
    • Mar 14 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Hartford received around 8 inches of fresh snow yesterday. Groomer is currently out packing down the trails.
      (Sara Crook)
    • Mar 14 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Lapham Peak received about 7 inches of snow on Monday. All trails were packed down to about a 2 to 3 inch base. Skate lanes are in great condition with some debris poking through from the recent high winds. A classic track was set on the entire system and is in good to great condition. Trail lights will be on until 9pm Monday through Saturday evenings as long as there is skiable snow.
      (Brett Johanen)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 21 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Good snow coverage with some wind debris on trails. Groomer did a great job of scratching top layer so skis could get a good edge. Only a few other skiers out including groomers from other ski areas (finally getting a chance to ski after the end of their season). Skating far better than classic where tracks looked icy.
      Photos:  
      (Sandy Schreyer)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We arrived 9:30 am to find fresh snow, all trials freshly groomed, and Dan the grooming man was opening the ski lodge. Dan fired up the wood stove and gave us a first hand report on the trials he had just groomed. The two loops we skied were as promised, perfect! This little slice of heaven in the UP has changed my perception of winter. It has always been our favorite destination to ski and when there is homemade soup available it is icing on the cake! Thanks for a great year!
      (Dan LaFond)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Dan the groomer did another fantastic job of grooming the trails. Still a 20" base with new snow worked in. All trails groomed for freestyle and tracks set for classical. Excellent ski conditions for an almost spring day.
      (Philip Chaudoir)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed our entire trail system this morning. 3 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday morning prevented any grooming but temps fell below freezing last night so we groomed it in this morning. Trails are excellent. Still have a very deep base that should hold up well into next weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Mar 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      9 a.m.: Dan just finished grooming the entire system, so we are 100% open. Skate and classic are both very good.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      2-3" of wet snow and temps above 32F prevented any grooming this morning. However a lot of skiers still showed up and skied in all the classic tracks. So one of the better crowds we have had in some time. Dan, our main groomer is coming in early to get as much done before temps warm up tomorrow. Come out early, as skating should be very good and classic should continue to be great. Light snow is falling around 6:30 pm.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 18 - Al Quaal Recreation Area (Ishpeming): 
      Firsthand Shorty 
      [ B skis ]

      Still good skiing at Al Quaal.
      Photos:  
      (Sten Fjeldheim)
    • Mar 16 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied all the trails on the system Thursday as part of the Irish Challenge. Following three routes all trails are covered(32.2KM) with minimal overlap. Good coverage on all trails. I had good kick with Start Oslo Purple. Michelle had good skate conditions. Classic tracks are good and skate lanes are solid with good edge.
      (John Gierke)
    • Mar 14 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We still have a great base. Skating was very good. Nice edge and no icy spots, with light snow from last night on top. Classic tracks are still very good. I skied Tuesday with VR30 for kick. Lodge will be open every day through next week.
      (John Gierke)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 23 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Very good conditions for skate skiing at Swedetown today. All trails packed and freshly dragged this morning, with the exception of part of one trail (Powderhouse) near the chalet. Very firm deck, but still easy to edge. Classic tracks were set full depth throughout, but looked glazed/icy in most places. A bit of tree debris in spots, but overall great snow.
      Photos:  
      (Ted Lystig)
    • Mar 22 - Mount Bohemia (Lac La Belle): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      10F at 9AM, 28F at 3PM. 8-24" base, 260" snowfall this season. I used skating skis to ski tour around Lac La Belle today, including the Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Houghton, and Gratiot Mtn. "triple nipple". Mostly solid crust off trail getting a little punchy by the time I got to Gratiot Mtn. in the afternoon sun. I skied a mixed bag of ski trails, snowmobile trails, logging roads and tree skiing, with a few icy snowmachine and skier ruts to negotiate.
      Photos:  
      (Ken Wikgren)
    • Mar 21 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Recent new snow tilled in with old icy snow for "hero snow" skating. All trails tilled and tracked with some drifting in the TR.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 19 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Some new snow freshly tilled and tracked made for creamy corderoy for the skaters. Tracks were full depth which meant they were down to the icy-ish layers sometimes. Consequently any hard wax either slipped or grabbed so skin skis were the choice and worked well. By mid-afternoon things had softened up and, since there is a wax bench conveniently located, I broke out the klister skis. I picked up some pine tree schmutz but to no noticeable I'll effect.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The inch or two of yesterday's - fresh snow was tilled into the existing base for a perfect skate deck. A thin coating of fresh snow on top made for "velvety" skating. Classic tracks were also reset with a little fresh snow in them for good hard-wax striding. Felt like mid-winter.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 17 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      An inch of fresh snow on old classic tracks made for very nice striding. Tracks on the Tolkien trails we a little melted-out and worn, but still ok. Skate deck regroomed last night with fresh snow on top...Very nice.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 16 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Trails were "solid," not exactly icy but the result of multiple freeze-thaw cycles and daily tilling/grooming. I classic skied in the morning and tracks were deep and in pretty good shape. Skin skis worked well on all but the steeper climbs. Skated in the afternoon and the skate lanes had a thin refreshed layer with decent edging, but some of the competition trails, with steep descents and sharp turns at the bottom, were more exciting than I was in the mood for. Trails were quite durable in the warmth (mid 30s) and sunshine. Most skate lanes remained solid while south-faceing aspects had a thin layer of smush but were firm underneath. Plenty of snow should hold up for the few forecast warm days until cooler temps return.
      (Michael Howe)
    • Mar 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Perfect conditions and perfect weather. Everything was freshly groomed with the Husky. As you can see from the web cam snow-mometer, there is still lotsa base. I did not see any hint of any areas getting thin. Swedetown has been exceptionally busy recently due to the dearth of opportunities to ski elsewhere, so the Chalet upper level will remain open on weekdays through next week. Lower level is always open. Plans are to groom through the end of the month then see what things look like at that point.
      Photos:  
      (Larry Zurawski)
    • Mar 16 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Ski skated this morning on freshly tilled trails. Used good skis, no concerns about debris, trails are mid-winter excellent. Conditions were pretty fast around 10AM today, sunny skies and pleasant temps in the 20's.
      Photos:  
      (Liz Siivola)
    • Mar 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied on Greenstone Loop and found excellent conditions. Other skiers returning found the same on every trail. It was just like February but with the sun out.
      Photos:  
      (Cynthia MacDonald, Great Bear Chase)
    • Mar 15 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing today at Swedetown. We skied the classic track on Valley, Greenstone, Mama Bear, Baby Bear and Papa Bear, but many skaters were also out today. As always, the grooming was excellent. It was so nice to find such good snow for skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Nancy Lundein)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Mar 22 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      15km newly tilled skate lanes. Pisten Bully repaired and back at work! Some classic tracks hopefully tomorrow.
      (Peter Crooks)
    • Mar 19 - Lappe Nordic Ski Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It still looks like winter just north of Thunder Bay. Snow-laden trees, full coverage, excellent grooming (of course). Temps were just above freezing and we had decent kick with our warm wax.
      Photos:  
      (Anne Flueckiger)

 

United States


  • Mar 17 - Swampy Lakes Trail (Bend, OR): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

    The inter-connecting loops of the Swampy and Meissner trail systems are groomed & tracked for classic and skate skiing. Conditions are great, except the usual variations in speed and kick in the shaded vs. sunny areas. It was 36F at the start. Should last for a while. At 5800, Swampy Thd is a bit lower than Bachelor, but not by much.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)

 


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