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  Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1.5 km of full width trail with some dirty snow and a few icy spots.
    It's fundamentally a snowmaking loop half-full vs half-empty situation. Given the soggy green grass everywhere else, I am very thankful for what we have at Wirth. The trail now includes a long sustained climb, so it is a decent place for a workout. There are no bare spots or rocks, but there are areas with tree debris and brownish snow, so if you have multiple pairs of skis I would leave your best pair at home. As of Thursday afternoon the skate deck was a bit lumpy and the classic track shallow but visible on most of the course.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 25 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Interesting mix of new snow on top of a slushy, fairly firm snowmaking layer. Reasonably fast, but not icy.
    Skied around 4 pm. Trail had definitely loosened up and was not icy nor did it have any hard ruts. But the snow was probably best described as moist brown sugar -- it wasn't a loose corn snow, it was a dense 2-3" layer on top of the snowmaking base. Definitely required a little more effort to skate, probably would have been a much better day to classic. About 10-15 other skiers out, pretty quiet parking lot. Trail lights had not come on when we left around 4:45, assumed it was the holiday schedule. I'm not going to complain - I felt fortunate to be skiing on snow with everything else in the metro bare ground.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Dec 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and fun Christmas ski.
    As announced no grooming for the holiday, but conditions were great. It was faster and firmer than Wednesday. A fair number of folks were out enjoying a holiday ski.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Dec 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Solid skate deck.
    Hats off to the Three Rivers folks as the snow base they've made is remarkable stable and in good condition. Skate deck had some softness on top, like a pillow-top mattress with a good boxspring.
    (Patrick Bryan)
  • Dec 24 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wet, mushy, slightly dirty, but still good overall.
    2-4+ inches of slushy snow across the whole trail base. The classic track existed on much of the trail. There were some dirty spots. Overall passable. Definitely could use some cooler weather to firm things back up again.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Dec 24 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Damp loose corn, still clean.
    Soft but fast. No dirt. Damp but no wet spots. Classic tracks soft but serviceable. Toko yellow klister worked well.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Dec 24 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good.
    Skied this morning with some video and analysis work. It looked liked they groomed recently, corduroy was visible. Very dirty snow, but all in all very skiable. Bring all the cold temps and new snow!
    (Jim Williams)
  • Dec 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Trails will not be groomed Wednesday night for Thursday. Trails will be groomed Thursday night for Friday skiing. Trails open 5 am - 10 pm.
    Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are on until 10 pm. Visitor center is open 9:00 am - 9:00 pm weekdays; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm; weekends. Rentals available until 9 pm. On Christmas Eve, visitor center is open until 2 pm and Christmas day, visitor center is closed.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 24 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pleasantly surprised by the conditions.
    Snow has held up great over most of the course. Classic tracks were like rails on the downhill. Skate deck was firm. Dirt and rocks are starting to poke through in some areas, mainly by the little practice area heading back to the chalet.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Dec 23 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A few thin spots but not too bad.
    Skied after dark Tuesday. About 1.5 k of trail open now (a little more than last week). Trail was sugary with a little dirt showing through in two or three places. Was glad I used my B skis and glad most of the snow seems to have survived.
    (Mike Keyes)
  • Dec 23 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Like sand or sugar on the skate ski area. But it's still snow!
    Just glad to get out and ski on my day off!
    (Susan Woods)
  • Dec 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Just before noon, great skiing still. All 5 km open. Fast slush great edging and climbs were pretty good. Was better than I thought it would be. Some dirty spots but overall well worth skiing and driving if you don't have snow.
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Dec 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great for skate. Classic tracks looked good.
    Skied at daybreak, it was fast and firm. Base is still in good shape, a little dirty on top in a few spots but just fine for the A skis. It's a rare treat to have warm and fast trails so get out there and enjoy them!
    (Ralph Smith)
  • Dec 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skate. Good for classic.
    A little dirt showing up. Skied late Monday afternoon.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Dec 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Getting softer, but suprisingly fast.
    Was at Hyland 8-11 this morning and was pleasantly surprised on how fast the track was considering the conditions. Definitely some sporadic dirty spots starting to show through, and even a few errant rocks that I spotted. Can't beat 5k of good conditions given this weather. I'd recommend B skis, but you can get away with A if you're careful or a gambler.
    (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
  • Dec 22 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: surprisingly good.
    I skied this morning leaving around 10:00 am. It was mix of crusty sections with sugary uphills on the skate deck. Some small patches of exposed ground but easily avoided. Classic tracks looked in decent shape but I didn't ski them.
    (Paul Langer)
  • Dec 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic skiied at 6 p.m. The surface was fairly firm considering the conditions. I was surprised that the tracks were in reasonably good condition. Plenty of base.
    I used waxless skis which worked quite well. Tracks were fast. I did a lot of double poling. Was able to climb the hills without much slipping. Only a handful of skiers were out. The skaters seemed to be going pretty fast. A nice evening for a ski.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slippery, fast, and overall better than I expected.
    I got there at around 7:15PM, and of course the mist turned to full-on rain as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. Did three laps of the full 5K loop. Classic tracks were icy and slippery, but much faster and less slushy than I expected. Everything seemed pretty glazed over. I had a really hard time getting any traction on the uphills with waxless skis, though.
    (Ian Kushner)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Glazed trails with light rain falling, very fast and hard pack; a bit of a lesson in relaxing and balance.
    Skied around 8 pm, only a couple of cars in the parking lot as a light rain was falling. The rain was forming a glaze on the surface, so instead of soft and slow trails at 35F, it was lightning fast and fairly hard packed. I'm not going to say it was a "nice ski" in the rain, but I was grateful to be skiing on snow after driving around the brown, rainy Twin Cities.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, hard, and fast.
    Managed to get out for a long ski before the rain started. The skate deck was very hard but not icy, making for a fun, fast ski. It was fun to finally fly on the long downhill and still get a decent edge for the turn at the bottom. A great weekend to ski.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty wet mid-day making it a little slow but edging was ok for the most part. Trails had a decent number of people but not super packed.
    At 10:15 it was light rain and then turned to slushy snow around noon. Good day for using a shield if you have one verse goggles. Base is pretty thick but a couple patches where it's dirty but avoidable. Good place for 35 km ski this morning and nice to have the 5 km loop open again.
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Dec 21 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked overnight. Good skiing.
    I expected the trail to be trashed after the combination of a big high school race Saturday, warm temps and rain turning to sloppy snow on the drive. Surprise. The trail was groomed to a nice corduroy overnight. The classic track was deep and well cut. Waxing for skate mostly irrelevant, wet structure best bet. Toko orange klister would have been okay with a strong skier on board. I would have liked a bit of silver mixed in. The tracks were slow and a bit abrasive. Good job TW.
    (Steve Casey, WAMXC)
  • Dec 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great morning for a ski.
    Looks like I beat the weather today. Kudos to the groomers at Hyland. Skate deck looked great. Classic track was well set. Watch out on the classic track coming down the big hill off boulder loop. It was washed out.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Dec 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    After reading the report this morning I headed to Elm Creek at 4PM with some trepidation, but I had no choice. I found quite good conditions; I classical skied and the track was fine. The skate lane had some sugar on the uphills but nothing too bad. It was worse Friday afternoon. Maybe they regroomed, but the course is in good shape and worth the trip.
    (Ralph Schwartz)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: For all the traffic it was in great shape.
    I did a tour of the Twin Cities today. Starting the day at Elm Creek for the Gear West race then meeting friends at Hyland after. Of the two places Hyland was far superior. I got there about 11:30 and as expected it was packed. I'd say 80% of the course is fast and the rest, being the hills are the usual sugar texture. The great thing about that course is that it is long enough where you get nice breaks from the sugar snow and can have a great ski. Overall the deck was fast and showed some uneven spots from the meltdown but it is in great shape. Headed back there tomorrow!
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Dec 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Don't waste your time.
    Did the 10k race this morning. Warm ups were already a little soft. After one lap, most of the course was trashed. It was skiing in sugar sand. Tracks also destroyed by racers. Not a good day for skiing at EC.
    (Andrea Ochmann)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are on until 10 pm. Rentals available until 9 pm.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail is firm and packed with just a few icy spots on the classic track.
    As previously mentioned, the trails is in good shape and the full 5k man-made loop is open.
    (Chuck Barden)
  • Dec 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall pretty good.
    Skate deck looked great but I decided to classic ski this morning. Overall the track was very good. There are definitely areas that are thin and areas where it is glazed ice for the trail.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Dec 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails were in poor condition by being very choppy, really soft snow.
    But as well they did not have very much open but only 1 km. They said they were going to open a lot more trails open on Saturday.
    Photos:  
    (Noah Johnson)
  • Dec 19 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Lots of made snow - 250 meter loop is open.
    We made snow for two days and replaced a lot of what we lost, however we were only able to connect one 250m loop groomed for skate. We have another 250m in the woods that was not lost in the melt, but it is not yet connected to a loop.
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Dec 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skate and classic.
    It's very impressive how the Three Rivers employees got the loop back in great shape so quickly. Even more impressive was the mountain of snow they had made and the way they were filling dump truck after dump truck to repair the course. Thanks to all of them for saving our winter! I'm sure Santa will be very good to them.
    (Michael Gotzsche)
  • Dec 19 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1.25 km open as of 3:00 today. Fast and soft up hills. Deep base though and good edging and one classic track throughout.
    Park at the par 3 lot. Course not open by the tubing hill. No snow guns going but saw them moving some snow around with a PistenBully for part of the time when I was there. Looks like they could open up a little extension after they smooth it out some more.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Dec 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
    Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are Open. All other manufactured snow trails are closed but will re-open this Saturday. Natural snow trails are closed.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Dec 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Skyline West Parkway (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Crusted snow, lots of use by variety of activties.
    I classic skied Skyline West today and because it is wide, it was a nice ski! There are a variety of tracks, snowmobile, fat bike, snow board, dog, deer, footprints, however, there was still plenty of snow to classic ski on!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 25 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Crusty, uneven, rutted.
    I skied part of Magney on the way to Skyline West today and it needs a lot more snow and grooming to repair the ruts from the driver who took a joy ride on it again recently since the city has not blocked the trail off yet.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 25 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Christmas day -- Snowflake survived the latest meltdown. I think there is more snow there now than a week ago. 10 K has skied-in classic track, 5 K has "bomb-proof", "luge track" machine set classic track. I was skating and it was fast, right about 32 F. You could get a decent edge most of the time. Hopped in the classic tracks on the 5 k, doubled poled and flew! The tree limb reported down yesterday has been moved. One of the pics is 5 k, one of 10 k.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Holst)
  • Dec 24 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice -- good coverage and just enough freezing/crusting to make it fast.
    Skated all trails this morning and was pleasantly surprised on both the coverage and how fast it was. There are some crusty rutted parts and small icy areas (as well as a large tree limb down on the trail right before Geno's Jump on the 10K) but had a very nice ski. The amount of snow up there and over the hill, compared to closer to the big pond, is amazing. Classic track on the 5K looked as good as I've seen it this year as far as depth. There is a skied in classic track on the 10K so far. They groomed last evening. Thanks Snowflake crew! We can always count on your for giving us good conditions when everywhere else is marginal. Happy Holidays!
    (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Dec 21 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not bad if you don't mind making your own tracks--about 2" over ice, so I classic skied to the right of the normal track area to be able to pole plant.
    Beautiful 30 degree morning, with no clumping. Thanks to the lady skating with her pooch, who made some downhill tracks ahead of me. The bad news: the first km of Blue Ox is totally wiped out of trees as with Lonesome Grouse before.
    (Greg Swenson)
  • Dec 21 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Conditions: skiing - good; ambiance - fantastic.
    The Duluth Nordic Ski Club had their winter solstice ski on the Spirit Mountain Nordic ski trails this evening. The skiing was good, and the ambiance, bonfire, good times, and food were fantastic!
    Photos:  
    (Rich Hoeg, NorthStarNerd)
  • Dec 21 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Better than expected, partially but not fully transitioned snow with temps at 33F.
    I skated both the 5K (+special K) and the 10 K and was surprised how good it was late this afternoon. Good coverage throughout with some thin areas but scattered (still use your B skis). The few icy spots were avoidable and partially covered with the 1/2" of new snow today (mostly on the 5K). Snow on the 10K was better since it has been skied on less.
    (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Dec 20 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Snow is thin on the bottom. There's a fluffy inch or snow up at the top. And intermittently throughout are wet/frozen spots. Need snow.
    Photos:  
    (Bryan French)
  • Dec 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed yet again by trucks.
    We classic skied Magney and the connector today and the trucks that created the damage before returned to create more extensive damage. In my last report, I said they drove up Bardon's peak, I was mistaken, it was Ely's Peak. They did attempt Bardon's however a fallen tree stopped them. The truck got onto the snowmobile trails this time and the Spirit Mountain Connector which sustained some pretty intense damage. The portions untouched by the vehicle, were very pleasant and peaceful as we were the only ones on virgin snow except for my tracks from last time!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 19 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Many icy spots, ice chunks, very well used.
    Spirit took a hit with the last thaw and now has quite a few ice patches and random ice chunks that can surprise you while skiing. It is snowing lightly, however, the flakes are not making friends fast enough to cover the ice. The parts I was on appear to be fully frozen again which could be chewed up by the city groomer. We skated the campground, part of the 3k and part of the 5k/11k. The 5k/11k is ungroomed yet people have skated and classic skied on it. If you want a challenge and keep your eyes open wide, then ski here, otherwise I'd wait until the ice is chewed up or we get more snow!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Dec 17 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

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

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

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

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

    While other areas were rained out we lost very little and made it all back with over 4 inches of new snow monday evening along another couple inches Tuesday evening. All trails groomed and skiing is ideal.
    (George Hovland, Snowflake Nordic Center)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent. Perfect single track through the forest. Amazing change of conditions considering lack of snow from Duluth to Grand Marias. Well worth the 30 mile drive from Grand Marias.
    (Bob Malmgren)
  • Dec 24 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Awesome grooming. Good snow. No melting.
    Beautiful snow in the trees on the Bearskin/Golden Eagle trail system.
    (Maureen Hayes)
  • Dec 23 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Untracked. I would guess it was 33 degrees with an overcast. Light dusting of snow on top of Monday's rain saturated snow. I used Swix Red Extra.
    After struggling to find the right wax during a 1.8k jaunt Monday, finally hit on Red Extra after starting with my 40 year old Blue Rex (said it went up to 34 degrees for new snow) and then switching unsuccessfully to Violet Extra, I was able to concentrate on skiing today. I skied from the Britton Peak trailhead. After I got past the A sign post/marker which was the terminus of my Monday foray, I had to break trail out to the F sign post/marker where I turned around and returned on my own track once I hit C. Thankfully I moved pretty well - 4.2 k in an hour - because I had to hook up with my daughter to go downhill skiing. Extensive wolf tracks throughout the entire trail once I got past A, made things interesting. Most of the time, a solitary wolf was just padding down the trail but every once in while it would exit only to return and continue down the trail. At several spots, multiple paw prints had me wondering why it or they were randomly trampling down the snow in those spots. No evidence of kills so I was baffled.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Dec 21 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lots of snow and very good conditions!
    We skied at the Bearskin and Golden Eagle trails this past week. There was an unexpected roughly 8" snowfall on Wednesday and this allowed the entire trail system to be groomed. The classic tracks were good to excellent on most trails. Our favorites were Red Pine, Bear Cub World Cup, Cross Fox, Deer Mouse and Poplar Creek. There was heavy snow falling when we left at 1pm on Sunday. I wish we could have stayed longer!
    (David Nelson)
  • Dec 21 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Really ideal conditions with just a tiny bit of stubble peaking through. The trees were snow laden and the trails were nicely groomed for single track classic. A perfect day for skiing and more snow is in the forecast.
    Photos:  
    (Mark Hennessy)
  • Dec 20 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Just about perfect.
    Freshly groomed - so beautiful. I skied out to Moose Yard and around the pines and back on the skijorring trail. The ski through to Cascade was not groomed. If you go throw a couple bucks in the container at the parking lot to help with the plowing.
    (Barb LaVigne)
  • Dec 19 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Sixteen Kilometers tracked on Banadad's Eastern Trails.
    Condition excellent.
    (Ted Young)
  • Dec 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed, but about 6"+ of fresh fluff.
    Skied the trail out to the base of Carlton Peak and hiked up. Found a couple of rocks with the skis, but somewhat okay coverage otherwise. On the way back, there was grass and some slush in my tracks. An overall great day to be out skiing in the sun!
    (Deb Salzer)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 22 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage overall snowing and 34.
    Tough going with the warm falling snow. Crew was grooming as I was leaving. Should be great skiing over the holidays!
    (John Jereczek)
  • Dec 21 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good overall. Recent snow, nice grooming, no tracks on most of the trails I saw.
    It was 33 and raining in St Paul this morning when I decided to drive to Biwabik. When I arrived at Giant's Ridge, it was 30 degrees, no rain, but low clouds and heavy humidity. I spoke with John who informed me that they had received 2 inches overnight, that there was better coverage on top of the hill, and that it might be a little soft yet because it had not got very cold last night. I grabbed my classic boards and headed out to Gold, Cedar, and Northern Lights. The trails down low and around the golf course had very light coverage, but there was quite a bit of snow as the trails got higher. The Cedar trail and most of Gold also had very nice grooming and almost no traffic. The last third of Gold, and Northern Lights clearly had seen a lot of traffic earlier in the day. I personally only saw 3 other small groups of skiers the entire time I was in the woods; a nice change of pace from the more crowded snow-making venues in the Cities.
    Photos:  
    (Daniel Gerdts)
  • Dec 20 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good! A few accumulated inches, during the last few days, got us back in the woods.
    The ME/VA/E-G Nordic Team visited the Gold, Cedar, Summit, and Bronze trails mid morning today. Skating was the name of our game, and it all happened, on a perfectly groomed, velvety-white deck. Thank you groomers (and mother nature)!
    Photos:  
    (Cheri Johnson)
  • Dec 17 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
    Grooming 

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

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

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 24 - Rainbow Resort Trails (Waubun): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 31*F above; light snow dust covering; lake ice spotty snow dust cover and water spots; trails closed at this time.
    Happy Holidays to all! After a total melt down from overnight Sunday and Monday are light snow covering on the ground and lake ice had completely disappeared. We did wake up to a white dusting of snow and we do have forecasts of snow flurries the next couple of days. The St. Paul Central and Como Nordic teams were able to sneak in some double poling and some light skating on the lake last Sunday afternoon after some hard work by the athletes. If you are traveling for the holidays have a safe trip and keep checking for changing conditions.
    (Doug Schumann, Rainbow Resort)
  • Dec 22 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Scattered snow and icy spots.
    We had a fun weekend with the St Paul Highland Park and Cooper Nordic Ski teams who were up for training camps. There wasn't enough snow to ski on the trails but the teams got in good hours of training, skiing on the lake, running on the trails, hill work on Suicide Hill, orienteering and ice skating on the lake, to name a few. The trails remain open for cross training until we have enough snow for grooming and skiing which is hopefully tonight!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Dec 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

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

 

Minnesota Central

  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, for rock skiing.
    The north loop is 95% covered with an inch of snow over an icy base. Pretty good if you keep your head up and avoid bad spots. Some low areas are flooded and iced over, but are passable. 3 k of trail is skiable and connected without taking skis off. There is not too much dirt or grass showing. The south side trails, Hilltop and Orchard, are very thin.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Baldwin)
  Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]

 

Minnesota Southern

  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 24 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Wet and sloppy. Warm temps and drizzle have deteriorated what trail we had open.
    Saint Mary's trail are closed Dec 24 and 25. Please do not attempt to ski until colder temps allow us to groom the remaining snow. Thank you for your cooperation.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  Other locations
  • Dec 23 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Not skiable. Heavy, wet snow, barely covering the trails, with grass showing through in many places.
    We need at least 4 inches of snow to ski, 6-8 inches to groom, and colder weather to help the snow bond.
    (Larry Dolphin)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed OO Loops and set a shallow track. Groomed north from OO to Firetower foodstation (classic and skate trails) including Birkie Ridge. We were able to roll south from OO to Mosquito Brook as well, but not combed out. Looks like temps will cool tonight and we will get more groomed out. Get out and enjoy, Merry Christmas!
    (Chris Campbell, American Birkebeiner)
  • Dec 25 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Awesome--the trail conditions was soft, yet smooth and fast; the track had a sweet glaze from the overnight freeze, which made for a great downhill ride.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas to Chris and the Birkie groomers who spent the wee hours of Christmas Eve grooming and setting track on a majority of the Birkie Trail system. It was a pleasure to ski on Christmas morning on a smooth, fast, and beautiful trail...priceless!
    (Bruce Manske)
  • Dec 24 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Trails have pretty good snow cover but temperatures continue in the low 30's. A few skiers were on the trails with mixed reviews, generally "better than sitting at home." No grooming today, grooming will resume when temperatures drop sufficiently.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Dec 23 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Plenty of snow, slow, mostly ungroomed.
    At least we have snow but, due to the warm weather, the trail is only partly groomed. The OO lighted loops were good to very good. Yesterday, I went south from OO but turned around because it just wasn't fun. Today, I headed north up to Bodecker. It was just OK, but going beyond looked like a voyage into the abyss.
    (Mike Berkopec)
  • Dec 22 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Despite 2 inches of new snow it is too wet to groom. The ground thawed after rain and warm temperatures and we now have slush under the snow.
    Trails will be evaluated daily and will be groomed when conditions improve.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Dec 21 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh, heavy snow (about 4 inches of new snow on top of the icy base).
    Skied to the high point late in the day from 00. Felt like last year's race. Looking forward to some grooming and cold weather. Definitely getting better.
    (Mike Berkopec)
  • Dec 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Firm, thin in spots.
    Skied from OO south about 3k and then north to the high point. Coverage is thin but very skiable. Better north. B skis are a good idea. Trails are worth the drive. Only one way to get Birkle hills into your legs... climbing Birkle hills. No classic track set. Seeley trails are in very good shape.. Last k or so to the high point is ungroomed but very nice powder.
    (Dale Vaillancourt)
  • Dec 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable. Too thin at the south half, fine on the north half.
    Checked out the Fish Hatchery/Birkie Trail on Saturday. There is snow and an icy base but it is very thin and kinda dangerous. For sure drive up to Hwy OO as that is actually pretty good. The south loops at OO and north to high point is good skating.
    (Joel Harrison, New Moon Ski Shop)
  • Dec 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed trails from OO to Boedecker very good. Non-groomed areas fair to good.
    Groomed areas north of OO were very good. A few thin areas but we still used our good skis and they were fine. Also skied past Boedecker on the skate trail and after a couple minutes the conditions were fair to good--the new snow felt wonderful! Good skis had no mishaps on the the non-groomed porttion all the way to the high point and back. Was definitely worth the trip from the Twin Cities!
    Photos:  
    (Heather Norton-Bower)
  • Dec 19 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Scheduled grooming today was not done due to thin snow cover. Tracks have not been reset since before the meltdown/rain and are shallow. Some flurries today put a little snow in the tracks which may help.
    Using your best skis not advised. Trail will be evaluated daily but we need snow.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Dec 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

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

    Conditions: Poor to mediocre, with no tracks set.
    The Drummond Ski Trails received from 3-5 inches of new, fluffy, dry snow on Tuesday-Wednesday. After the meltdown of last week, followed by a day of rain, there still isn't enough accumulation to roll, let alone set track. Sorry, but that's the situation.
    (Jim Crandall)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 23 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New/falling snow, right around freezing. Inch or so new over nice firm skate deck. Couple of wet spots but totally skiable.
    Spiritually lifting after all the rain in Twin Ports.
    (Timothy Burke)
  • Dec 17 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

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

    Conditions: Skating - good; classic- tracked only up to Trailhead Junction.
    Winter Wonderland! The groomer was out the whole time we skied and groomed for skating only for most of the system. Beautiful skate deck, with some wet/icy sections scattered. Classic track on first section (up to Trail Head) had about 2-3% thin icy track from wet base, but rest was good. I was classic skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Dave Arvold)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    I packed with the flat drag, then ginzu groomed Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford. I also packed and groomed Sugarbush Classic. The skate trails were in very good condition. Sugarbush classic I think probably had full depth tracks for 80%, then was a little thin under the Hemlocks, and then just past Oppedahl's there are a few wet spots that are thin. Oh, and there was probably 2-3 inches of wet snow to groom in.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 24 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The rain and warmer temperatures have reduced the base on the Teuton and Valkyrie Trails. The base on the trails are around 2 to 4 inches, depending on the which section of trail you are on. On the Valkyrie side, Loops A and B through the red pines are 2 inches or less. The snow is very wet and fragile. Some puddles were noticed on the trails. No grooming or setting of the tracks will not be done until there is a significant amount of snow and/or colder temperatures. The parking lots have puddles and soft spots. Dogs and snowshoeing on the groomed trails is prohibited. The warming room and main chalet are open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 23 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming 

    Grooming plans: It looks like Father Winter has come through with some snow for the trail. The only problem is the with the high moisture content of the snow we can't groom until the temps drop to dry it out a little. Bare with us and we will groom it up and have it skiable as soon as the temps drop. By the looks of the forecast it will be by the weekend. See you all then! Happy holiday.
    (Gary Mears)
  • Dec 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! Firm skate, great classic tracks.
    Area has gotten very nice snow and trails are in excellent shape. Firm base for skate and great tracks cut for classic. Well worth the trip if you have a drive to get here!
    (Richard Geisen)
  • Dec 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Friday the crew touched up the skate lanes of Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, and Telford, and groomed and tracked Rollercoaster. The skiing should be very good, so get out and enjoy.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Dec 18 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

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

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

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

    Today I rolled and tracked Sugarbush Classic, and rolled: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. There was about 4-6 inches of new snow. There was about 5" of packed base on Telford, and 6" of packed base on Anchor and Seagull. There were a couple of wet spots on Sugarbush. Hopefully we will be able to finish groom most of the core trails tomorrow.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    There is skiable snow, but with persistent mild temps and a couple very wet snowfalls earlier this week, grooming won't be attempted until temperatures fall and the snow can dry out. We're hoping to resume some limited grooming this weekend.
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 24 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Not groomed since the last wet snowfall of about 3 inches. Some classic skied in.
    (Julie Hillery)
  • Dec 24 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect conditions, skate and classic.
    The only thing that would make things any better is some colder weather to freeze the track. With the new snow and temps continually around freezing the skate deck was a bit slow, even with the extra structure and florine on my skis. The trees were beautifully frosted with our most recent snowfall. Just superb.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 24 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: poor, ungroomed. Striding: fair, skied-in track.
    Arrived to trail at 3:30 pm with temp 33 degrees. The skating deck has not been groomed and has about 4-5 inches of heavy snow on top. There is a skied in track on skating loop and striding loops. It has choppy, broken, with a slick fast bottom. The track on the skating loop is the best. Skied in track is skiable. Left at 5:00 with temp of 29 degrees and snow already was getting a crust on top from colder temps.
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 24 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: most excellent! Striding: most excellent!
    Arrived at trail at 8:30 with temp of 30 degrees. The skating deck was very firm and amazingly fast. The track was deep, firm and fast as well. It was a winter wonderland out there with all the snow on the trees. Thanks Tom for grooming and giving us all a great early Christmas present of an awesome trail to ski. This trail is open Christmas Day. Left at 11:45 with temp of 32 degrees and skating deck was still firm.
    Photos:  
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Dec 24 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Firm skate lane. Tracks should be decent also.
    Rolled, combed and set track this morning. The wet, packy snow firmed up well. Quite a few low hanging branches due to the snow load.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 24 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    The trail was compacted this morning, but the wet sticky snow didn't allow for laying a track. Another attempt to groom will be made over the weekend.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Dec 24 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The 4 inch snowfall was rolled and compacted this morning. This is leaving a base between 2-6 inches. The groomer reported the deck was solid considering the warm temps and should provide for good skate skiing.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Dec 24 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    We have the snow, now we need colder weather. We have groomed the Cookie Loop and Base Loop for both classic and skating.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 24 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New wet snow falling at 32f. Firm skate deck with soft squeaky overlay of new snow. Had been freshly groomed. Classic track solid and new snow on top. Full coverage!
    Primo! Give yourself a Christmas present or fulfil a New Year s resolution. Get yourself to Afterglow. The owner/groomers care for trails and snow has to be experienced. Pete sets the bar really high!
    (Abbott Wright)
  • Dec 24 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. All classic tracks reset again. All skate lanes groomed. 4" new very heavy wet snow. All the snow sticking to the trees is breathtaking. The weight of the snow is breaking off hundreds of branches that have landed on the ski trails. Both my sons took their fat bikes down the ski trails in different directions, in the late afternoon yesterday. Each spent over 3 hours picking sticks off the trails, getting back long after dark. I started grooming at 2am. Had to stop about a hundred times to pick up sticks that fell since my sons had gone through. The condition of the trail is near perfect. This wet snow is grooming up great. Trails have been groomed 23 times this season.
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 23 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Due to the warmer weather this week and the past week we did not groom. Will start grooming when conditions allow. Currently a 6" base of heavy and wet snow (poor conditions).
    I did attempt grooming Tuesday and finished military trail for the holiday's but conditions just were too hard on the equipment.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Dec 23 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Nordmarka is open. Snow is heavy wet but a good start to getting back to recovering from the warm spell. More snow expected -- grooming so far is re-establishing the base in but works well for classic (I used my back country with a wax for 32 F). Should be good through Christmas. Grooming plans: Will groom again Friday and should set up excellent for the weekend. Picture says it all as to why we love skiing in the Northwoods.
    Photos:  
    (Joe Laux)
  • Dec 23 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    After a nice heavy snowfall, trails are looking great! Grooming plans: We will be grooming often over the Christmas break. Plan to set classic tracks on Friday. We will be mostly compacting before then. Happy Holidays!
    (Andrew Teichmiller)
  • Dec 23 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. 2" new. All classic tracks reset again. All skate lanes groomed. The very wet heavy snow groomed up perfectly again. Trails have been groomed 22 times this season.
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 22 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed skate lane and set new striding track mid morning over 2" wet snow. Decent results considering the warmer temps.
    Skate lane groomed nicely with the established base. A bit soft but nice skiing. Striding track should improve with colder temps and more snowfall. Plans are to groom again Wednesday morning after snowfall.
    (Patrick Willman)
  • Dec 22 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Snow was a bit slow due to temps but grooming and trails were meticulous.
    (Wendy Reese)
  • Dec 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 3" of dense snow made for good resistance training and soft landings today. Decent skating and some skied-in tracks. Long trails and Island Hop still closed or not recommended.
    Because of the warm temps, grooming might not happen until Wednesday or Thursday nights. We are scheduling every groomer to be available Friday night, and we hope to have 60-90km in excellent condition this weekend.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    We had 3" of snow fall on the trails last night but we were unable to groom because it was too wet and heavy. However, the trail conditions are beautiful this morning in our winter wonderland.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 21 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: There was a very thin base, some bare spots, and you had to watch for rocks. However, a steady, heavy snow was falling when we left.
    Skate skiing only, no tracks. Definitely glad I had by rock skis, but all things considered, it was really worth the drive.
    (Mark Balhorn)
  • Dec 21 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Just enough snow for decent skate on rock skis. Not enough snow for setting tracks.
    Finally checked out Schlect Lake after far too many years driving by. Three pleasant surprises. It is literally 2 min. off Hwy 51, has a lot of twisting, hilly terrain and a very impressive lighted loop. There was a fair amount of thin spots, glad we were on rock skis but they got more than an inch of heavy snow while we skied. Only 10 K of trails total in a maze of interconnected much smaller loops. We finally quit looking at the map and just cranked thru intersection after intersection at random and got in some pretty fun skating and a heck of a workout. Nice views along the lakes a plus too. $3 a person trail fee a bargain these days.
    (Paul Wagener)
  • Dec 21 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. 2.5 " new wet, heavy snow by 8pm Sunday night at 32F. Still snowing hard. My favorite kind of snow to groom is wet snow. It turns out so perfect. I just groomed the new snow on trail #5 and set classic tracks. Trail #5 and the Phelps trail will be open tomorrow. The Phelps trail still needs more snow for better conditions. Grooming plans: I will groom all skate lanes and reset all classic tracks on our other trails starting at 3am Monday morning. We open at 9am. See you then.
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 21 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: I did a classic ski this morning on Hair Raiser and Lions Pride. Tracks were thin in places, very good in others. With a little stepping out of the tracks here and there it was, given last weekend's big meltdown, pretty good skiing.
    It's snowing as we speak, looks like great conditions for Christmas week.
    (Will Maines)
  • Dec 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Skating is still nice and fast today! Striding conditions are still at a 2 however, there's still some good skied-in tracks on Nepco's, Wolf Tracks, and other trails. We have closed Island Hope due to the ice.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. Firm, flat, level, smooth and bump free skate lane. Solid, full depth classic tracks.
    Shoveled extensively tonight. I filled in the bad spots going out to trail #5 (the out and back, the skaters favorite.) Trail #5 should be open by Monday. Also covered the thin spot on #7 & 8 expert loop. Trails have been groomed 20 times this season.
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good skating and decent tracks.
    Perfect temp, 26F. Great skiing day.
    (John Camacho)
  • Dec 20 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    There is snow at afterglow! Skate lanes were beautiful with a few bare spots on top of trails 7 and 8.
    (Wendy Reese)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good for skate. Classic tracks minimal to non existent.
    I skied Silver Strider, Sleigh Ride, XC Xpress, Yukon, C&D Express, the open segments of Lake Marie and Nepcos Cruise. Probably 95% or more of those trails are very good for skate. Smooth, flat, great control and actually pretty fast. There are thin spots you have to go through carefully and the occasional exposed rock. I would suggest using rock skis or being very careful. That being said I did not hit anything skiing today, it was really nice.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Skiing conditions are about a 4, so bring your good skis. We are cautioning skiers on the occasional thin spot and a few visible rocks.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 19 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good skate, good classic. Tracks set everywhere. Judys Vista not yet open.
    Tilled and reset skate deck and tracks Friday afternoon. Skate deck should be firm and fast, but certainly thin in some spots. Dirt got pulled up in low-lying areas of the Return Loop and Outback Trail in particular. No rock exposure that I noticed, but expect a bumpy ride with a hard deck over not a lot of base.
    Classic tracks set up surprisingly well. Depth is variable (as you'd expect), but mostly clean and should be fast but not icy. Good time to work on transitions and kick turns where the tracks are particularly shallow, mostly on the western edge of the main loop. Tracks get better in the woods, Cooks Run may be the best.
    (Joel Knutson)
  • Dec 19 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Glorious! One thin spot in the tracks just north of the bridge and a few soft spots in the skate lane but the snow was about as fast as it ever gets.
    Although new snow would be good, the current conditions are a real hoot to ski!
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Dec 19 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Attempted to groom the skaters loop. There are some areas where there is no snow base and I was hitting ground. Only the thin layer of fresh snow covering the ground. Fair to poor condition.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Dec 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    The groomers were a busy bunch last night rolling almost all of our trails. We do caution skiers to watch out for the flags that mark rocks on Nekoosa trail. XC Express has a few thin spots but still a great ski.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Dec 18 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    You could never tell that a warm spell with rain hit Afterglow. Skate deck was perfect on all open trails. Classic tracks the same. Use your best skis with confidence.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Dec 18 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conditions: Most of the base held 1"-4" with 1"+ fresh snow.
    Not all trails have been evaluated, so ski at your own risk.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Greenwood Hills Trail (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Okay trails but good crust skiing.
    11AM. Really nice crust skiing that was near perfect on the fairways. The groomed skate deck had hard ruts but was fully covered and will be nice once re-groomed. The classic tracks looked okay but icy. A few striders were out and said it was good with no wax skis.
    (Craig Stolen)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 17 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Poor -- due to recent high temps and rain, trails are not packed or groomed.
    Recent temperatures in the 40's and rain have washed away the ski trails. New snow will be required to start the trails over again.
    (Tim Ewing)
  Other locations
  • Dec 25 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 3-4" of heavy wet snow on Monday.
    The entire trail is rolled and tilled as well as tenderized with the Tidd-Tec. Not enough snow to set tracks but skating should be great.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Dec 23 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 3-4" new heavy wet snow.
    Grooming plans: Lloyd will go out with the snowmobile tomorrow. Not enough to set tracks.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Dec 22 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Poor, too wet and warm.
    No grooming planned, more snow needed and cooler temps.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Dec 18 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

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

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

    Conditions were good after grooming last Thursday until the warmer weather came. Grooming plans: Larry is going to attempt grooming tomorrow.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 21 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-4" base average throughout, 12" in some spots. Sugary, slow snow.
    Mother nature is winning at the Peak. The manmade loops are for the most part quite dirty, the base is thin in most areas with areas of embedded small stones and junk. Last week's rain was a severe blow to the trails and the skiing is much slower now.
    (Matthew Stanke)
  • Dec 21 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Snowmaking loop in fine condition today. Loose granular snow on a firm base, suitable primarily for skate, but also being enjoyed for striding.
    A large crowd celebrated the winter solstice today, enjoying the fine conditions resulting from early snowmaking and diligent grooming. A little debris on the one-foot thick base was easily avoided.
    Photos:  
    (John McCarthy)
  • Dec 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

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

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

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails groomed today and will be Piston Bully groomed early Friday morning and plans are to groom daily all week.
    Solid tracks and skate lane is amazing. Best conditions ever!
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Dec 24 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh snow with perfect grooming. Today's below freezing temp helps too.
    With plenty of fresh snow the last 2 days of skiing has been very enjoyable on the classic tracks and skate lanes. The overnight/early morning grooming turns the whole trail system a skiing paradise. Well worth a 4 hour drive to get here from the Twin Cities.
    Photos:  
    (Ji Chen)
  • Dec 24 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Pristine. Fantastic recent grooming. Classic tracks were set and firm. The skate deck looked solid.
    (Cary Forest)
  • Dec 24 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6" of fresh new snow overnight. PistenBully groomed early this morning. Tracks and skate lanes setting up nicely. Outstanding conditions!
    Chalet open from 8am-6pm. Skiing at its best!
    (Deborah Leonard-Polich, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Dec 23 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We picked up another 3 inches of snow this morning and last night. The groomers groomed 60 km of trails and reset classic tracks on 60 km of trail. We are now skiing 60 km of trails, 58 km in excellent skiing condition. The River is back down and we are skiing the loops along the River. It snowed all day today and the groomers headed back out this afternoon.
    We are open daily at 9 AM including Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day. (Photo of the Woodbury high school team)
    Photos:  
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 23 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice skiing considering the new 3" of snow during the day.
    Spent a great three days skiing with the Irondale High School team at ABR. What a great trail system. Tons of snow. 3" more delivered during mid-day today made the skiing challenging but it sure was beautiful.
    Photos:  
    (Keith Gilbert)
  • Dec 22 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    We groomed again this morning since we picked up about 2 inches of heavy snow that groomed out well. We retracked 40 km this morning and regroomed 35 k of skating. Skiing was excellent again today.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 21 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We had a great day of skiing, we set about 40 km of new classic tracks last night and early this morning and groomed 35 km of skate trails. The trails were getting great reviews today. The snow started at around 1 PM today and has been steady but light. We received about an inch so far. The groomers will be back out in the early morning to regroom.
    We are open daily at 9 AM CST, including all Holidays.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Dec 20 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall conditions are outstanding. The new snow post thaw has done wonders. I skated in the morning and classic skied in the afternoon. There are a few icy spotst on the trails that can be easily avoided. As usual the grooming is excellent!
    Without question the classic only trails are some of the prettiest in the area. My favorites are White Pine and Wolf Track.
    (Ron Fabrizius)
  • Dec 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Best skiing conditions ever. Even after 8" of fresh snow the day before, on Thursday the skating had amazing glide and edging and the tracks were super fast. There were about as many striders as skaters. It was even better on Friday with the pleasant 20 degree temp. The scenery was awesome with the snow-laden evergreens. Their chalet is always nice to rest and converse with other skiers.
    By Friday noon, the parking lot was almost full and a greyhound bus had arrived. The warm spell and rain had hurt most other skiing destinations we checked out.
    Photos:  
    (Don Howell)
  • Dec 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic! Recent snow provided good coverage over the old base after the melt down.
    Skied ABR the last three days. Lots of classic and skate kilometers in mid-winter condition. Well worth the trip.
    (Randy Davis)
  • Dec 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Trails are open again on Tuesday at 9 AM. It is 24 degrees and we have received 2-3 inches of snow so far as it continues to snow lightly. The groomers are out. So far we have 18 k groomed for skating and 24 km trackset. The trails groomed and open have a 8-12 inch base and no bare spots. We will groom more as the wet areas freeze up and the river level goes down.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 23 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    2" of fresh wet snow here today but decided to leave well enough alone. Grooming plans: Cold temps returning Christmas night so look for fresh grooming and great skiing for the weekend.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Dec 23 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed 2 inches of sticky snow today. The track is nice and firm and hard with corn snow underneath. The C loop was left alone with the sticky powder on top.
    I'd give it a 6 or a 7. A 10 would be a perfect trail with cold packed powder. Got a deeper set tracksetter coming.
    (Larry Treul)
  • Dec 20 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails were groomed to perfection with the exception of the trails over the ponds which were too slushy to groom.
    Love being a skier. I can eat a few Christmas cookies and not feel guilty!
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Dec 20 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Conditions today were excellent. Classic tracks are firm and fast. A mix of new snow and transitional for the tracks but able to set your wax to get a kick about 75% of the time. Not klister time but would be great for skintecs. Skate lanes on most loops were amazingly good. Firm but soft enough to be really enjoyable.
    Valley Spur is lookin good!
    (Kurt Aschim)
  • Dec 19 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails are now open. Good skating on B, D and Z. Classic tracks are good throughout the system. Dan ginzued skate W and Y yesterday in the afternoon. A minimum 8" base throughout the system.
    We plan to have Lodge open 10a-4p through Jan 4.
    (John Gierke)
  • Dec 19 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Groomed Wednesday. 2 inches of powder on top of springlike snow. Track is hard and fast. There is some minor debris on the trail from the thaw. Check out the new loop.
    (Larry Treul)
  • Dec 18 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

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

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

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

    Forestville: Groomers are out this morning grooming all the way to Co Rd 510 plus Animoosh and Chiwagi via the bypass.
    (Nikki Dewald, Noquemanon Ski Marathon)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 25 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    A little slow with the mild temperatures, but plenty of snow and spectacular scenery. Appreciated the grooming for Christmas Day. Fresh classic tracks were faster than the day-old ones.
    Photos:  
    (Peter Vorhes)
  • Dec 23 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Trail was pretty firm, a little soft on top, with wet snow falling and temps about 33 degrees. Good base and a fun ski on my Fischer Crown waxless!
    (Dean Woodbeck)
  • Dec 22 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 4" new, heavy, wet snow. Most trails in process of being groomed at 9:00 for both classic and skate.
    We stayed an extra day after the JNQ's and were glad we did. Bizarre weather! We stayed 9 miles from the Tech trails and it rained the entire drive there until a few blocks from the trails it transitioned to snow! It was a beautiful winter wonderland, all the trees were flocked in snow. Skating was a bit of a slog as the snow was so soft that our skis sank in with each stride. Nevertheless it was worth it to do a 20K ski and not have to repeat any loops! Sad to be back in snowless TC.
    (Kathleen Miller)
  • Dec 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions. About 10 inches of new snow this week. All trails tilled and tracked. Weekend skiing should be very good.
    Photos:  
    (Cynthia MacDonald)
  Other locations
  • Dec 20 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions--freshly groomed, fast, tracked for classic skiing.
    (Will Buergey)
  • Dec 19 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Deep firm tracks and great poling on the west side trails. East side trail has mostly full depth tracks but are shallower in a few places. There is a fair amount of pine needle litter on the most easterly section of the east side trails.
    We survived the mid-December thaw and retained a few inches of base. Coupled with the 4+ inches of snow we got after that thaw, conditions are great.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Dec 18 - Iron Mountain City Park (Iron Mountain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, trails had been recently groomed for both skate and classic.
    All the loops are open and in good shape. Lights came on at 4:30. Lots of deer on the trails!
    (Bill Brown)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Dec 19 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 12 km track set, 26km skate, smooth and flat.
    Only 14cm snow on ground but base is 5cm. Use your good boards.
    (Peter Crooks)

 


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