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Ski the Legend - The Minnesota Finlandia, Feb 27, 2016

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Located just 90 minutes north of Duluth along Lake Superior's Scenic North Shore, Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior continues a tradition of warm hospitality. Occupying the site of Swedish immigrant Charles Axel Nelson's homestead, the resort provides spectacular views of everchanging Lake Superior with a mountain playground in its backyard.

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Minnesota Metro Area


      Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails will be closed all day on Sat. Jan. 21 from 5 AM - 10 pm for The Rennet Race. Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are CLOSED. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals Not available on Saturday, Jan. 21; otherwise available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 20 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      CAUTION: There is a hole in the ice in the Kenilworth Channel. It is on the east side of the Burnham bridge. Thin Ice signs have been placed on both sides of it.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Great conditions on the manmade snow from 5-6 pm, temps 37 degrees from start to finish. High school racers were off the trails by 5 and only a few skaters had the whole 2.5k loop. Conditions very manageable for all ski levels with some enough loose "snow" for comfortable balance and yet enough ice crystals to make it fast and fun. Well worth the trip.
      (Marian Meyer)
    • Jan 20 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Ski trails getting back to the icy base and are now closed! Woodlands hosted a High School ski race yesterday that filled the trails and the parking lot with happy skiers and their families. Not wishing to waste any of what has become a rare commodity in recent years, we squeezed in two team practices before closing today. We again hope this is a temporary closure. Stay tuned.
      (David Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 20 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Ski trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve are open but trail conditions are deteriorating quickly. Park users have reported that the ski trails on the east side of the park are icy and in some spots dirt is showing through. Please use caution if you decide to come out and use the trails.
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 20 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      All trails were open except for the Hill Trail. The remaining trails were in okay shape, but I'd estimate only 1 or 2 days left before they're closed. Conditions were quite soft/sticky, plenty of spots had ground showing (yet you could ski around), and quite a bit of debris on the trails. Definitely not A-skis; B at best, probably rock skis by tomorrow.
      (Philip Westover)
    • Jan 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied one gerbil track loop (man-made) and it is great conditions, mix icy crystals well groomed for both skating and diagonal. But I got antsy for more diversity so skied Northern Lights to connection of Creek and Lake loops. Northern lights not the best, but skiable with light ice crust on top since it hasn't been groomed. Creek and Lake are closer to "accident waiting to happen". Of course it is good balance work to trust skiing on one ski on this surface. And with temps above freezing you could get an edge. But best to wait for more snow before venturing out to dark side again. Pics are from Creek trails. More than just a few puddles you have to ski through. Wouldn't want to be out there after it freezes again.
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 20 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Trails are closed as of 2pm Friday. Both skate and classic. There is a trail closed sign as soon you enter the park.
      (Philip Westover)
    • Jan 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Snowmaking loop was holding up fine this morning with temps in the mid 30s. It was fast surface, but just enough edge control for OK skiing. A few sections are looking dirty, but I didn't hit any show-stoppers.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed and in POOR condition for both skate and classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM; Saturday, Jan. 21, 7AM- 9PM - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals Not available on Saturday, Jan. 21. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Richardson Nature Center Sliding Hill is OPEN and snowshoe rental is AVAILABLE. Trails will be closed all day on Sat. Jan. 21 from 5 AM - 10 pm for The Rennet.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 20 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Skyline and Twin Lake Trails are groomed for skate skiing. The classic tracks were not re-set. The conditions are marginal but passable. Be cautious for a few icy, thin or slushy spots. Judy Loop is closed due to ice, slush and bare areas. The Hap Lutter Snowmaking Loop is groomed and tracked. Stay tuned for updates on conditions of other trails as they are assessed throughout the day.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 19 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Odds are against us having any workable snow at the end of this warm weather, but as of tonight we are asking that people stay off the trails.
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 19 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Went out for an evening ski about 8:00 p.m. tonight on the lakes. Track was mostly pretty good with a few sections of bare ice. Tracks were somewhat icy but super fast. Skied from Isles through Cedar and around Brownie and back. All in all still decent. CAUTION: there's an actual hole in the ice on the south side of the track between the two bridges over the channel. It's just past the western bridge and big enough to fall into. I didn't see it in time and dropped a ski in up to about my shin. I'm sure the trail crew will mark it with a barrier of some sort, but be careful if you're out early in the morning or late at night. [ Location flagged by Loppet crew (photo) -- .Ed ]
      Photos:  
      (Bill McKinney)
    • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied all the trails north of 394. A few fairly large bare patches here and there on all the natural snow trails (like maybe 6 patches on the whole system). But mostly, conditions were excellent. The snow was just starting to get soft around 3pm. If it freezes tonight then tomorrow morning should still be pretty good. Was glad I used rock skis since some of the bare patches were hard to avoid. Classic tracks looked pretty shallow or non-existent on the natural snow segments. The man-made loop was in fine shape.
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 19 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      I went out to check the trails and trail-ran the North Prairie loop. There was decent snow, no bare spots, and no ice late this afternoon. I will try tomorrow with my waxless or with klister. One skier was out having fun on waxless. No tracking or grooming, but this section is skiable and wasn't overrun by hiker/dog tracks. However, I agree with earlier reports that the north river flat and ascent is not being tracked this winter, and thus is almost impassable. Staff is leaving that section open to snowshoers, but why not have at least a single track available to skiers? This cuts down track available by about 3mi (not the full 15mi as on the park website). Jimmy Chin and Jon Krakauer could do a documentary about the ascent on the north side, which is currently "epic", but not in a good way.
      (Sam Seltz)
    • Jan 19 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Today I skied from the Schulze Lake beach toward Marsh Lake and then came back Portage Lake to marker 34 and then back to Schulze lake (Schulze to 60 to 51 to 34 to 40 to the visitor center and beyond). The snow was much as you'd expect: somewhat soft in the open area and icy hard in the forested areas. It was common to see tracks obliterated in highly trafficked area and on some descents. Along the route that goes past the auxiliary parking lot, I saw a few patches of yellow, which... could be dog but I took to be thinning snow. But I did not come across dirt, and leaves and pine cones were thankfully few. I did see plenty of footprints along the way, plus a few piles of scat.
      (John LaPlante)
    • Jan 19 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I went back to French again this morning, and the trails were still holding up. The groomer had already been out and done an excellent job. The hilly areas on Challenge Hill trail, Medicine, and Skyline were perfect. There were a couple icy sections on the way back to Lakeview and the chalet.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skied the outer loop (natural snow): eagle and creek trails. Trail is deteriorating in dots and some debris in tracks. Bare spots can be easily avoided. Overall a nice ski although a bit slow.
      (Mary Luoma)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skated the West side of Lake Elmo this afternoon. Not groomed recently but there is loose snow on the surface and tracks were still in place. Good skating with very little ice or dirt.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied on the manmade only today. Track was good and faster than I thought it would be. First real test of the Madshus Nano-skins which worked real fine. Was warm enough to ski in shorts and a T-shirt which is bad news for the natural snow.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Jan 19 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate and classical trail surfaces were holding up real well considering the weather. Was firm at 10:30 a.m. and getting pretty "packy" by noon. Good coverage with only a few areas of asphalt showing through (easy to avoid).
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 19 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trails still holding up as of 9 AM. Trails were fast and showed little ice. Track was there but beginning to show washout in areas. No rocks popping through yet. Plan to start using rock skis on Friday until they close the course.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Jan 19 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fine morning for a couple of laps for an early lunch. Some lingering fog in the air, the sun working on burning that off. A bit crusty yet, but the timing was good as the skate lane was starting to loosen up ever so slightly. Fast down the hills, quick steps around the hairpins, easy glide, light touch over the ruts. Lovely morning. How did it get to be the middle of March already?
      (Walter Ebertz)
    • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Eloise Butler Trail, Quaking Bog, Norm Oakvik, Erickson, Wedding Hill and 394 trails all groomed for skate and classic. New classic was left as it was. We don't have the depth of snow in here like in years past. It is getting harder and harder to set classic tracks on these trails. Some bare spots are developing. Generally good skate skiing right now. Classic skiing not the best.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Jan 19 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic track conditions were good this morning, nice frost on top of the icy snow. Much faster this morning than it was yesterday afternoon after the temps softened things up. Only one small bare spot easily navigated around. Skied the Vadnais Lake trail.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Zack)
    • Jan 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was in great shape with good glide, even for an old guy, and was nicely groomed and not icy. It was a great morning for skiing before things heated up. Eight trumpeter swans did a fly by just as I was finishing my last lap for the grand finale.
      (Jack Stech)
    • Jan 19 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Battle Creek was a big surprise this morning. Temp was about 31 degrees. Plenty of snow for a good edge in most places. Up hills are very good but getting down is super fast, almost uncontrollable. The only bare spot was on the WC/Gold trail at the top of the long climb along Lower Afton. Wood chips are showing at the top. The Ski Games trail maybe the best right now. Classic tracks are still in good condition and there is plenty of snow in the skate lane. It is bumpy and has two bare spots to step around.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 19 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed all the lakes and spur trails. Classic tracks are shallow and icy. Cedar and Brownie have best classic tracks. Isles classic tracks are quite blown and and was not able to reset. Loads of fatbike tracks that I could not groom out. Go enjoy.
      (Peter Leugers)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were still open last night. Skied only the man-made loop though. It looked like the course saw some heavy traffic during the day, and my 8pm it was very icy and difficult to get a great edge on. Certainly not a function of the grooming, but more the warm daytime temps and then the drop into just below freezing....a pattern that we'll see for a while here. Once groomed it'll probably grind all out and be great again, but it may be difficult night skiing. Have to remind myself that despite the near term and long term weather reports and conditions, it is a blessing to be skiing on the best man-made ribbon of snow in the country. Kudos to the Hyland crew...your skiers appreciate it.
      (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied laps in quaking bog yesterday Wednesday over lunch, and conditions were remarkably good for skating. It was fast in many shadowed places and a little sticky in other spots that were in the sun, but all in all the transitions between the two snow types were not extreme or 'lurchy'. I could get a nice edge everywhere. Coverage remained good with one rock I noticed beginning to poke through and a few thin spots, but overall very fun skiing! Will be icy in morning, but should be good as things release midday.
      (Ryan Atwell)
    • Jan 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I skied the Lake Trail with a headlamp to see the condition of the trail and try to vary my workout a bit. Definitely B ski, (possibly rock ski), conditions depending on how good you are at avoiding bare spots. Trail was also fairly hard to maneuver with only a head lamp and somewhat icy conditions with bare spots on the tops and bottoms of some hills. The man-made loop was awesome skiing with a nice firm skate deck. Very, very fast conditions last night which made it super fun to ski. I also skied the Northern Lights loop a few times and the conditions on that trail were also very good. A few spots were a tad icy, but I was still able to get a good edge. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out on NL, but looked firm and fast on the man-made loop. Overall I would say that as far as nighttime/early morning skiing goes, the 5K lighted loop is still in great shape. Lets hope that the warm weather doesn't destroy the trails too much. Get out and ski while it's still great conditions!
      (Emily Muellner)
    • Jan 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skated the man-made loop. It was 37 F when I arrived at 6:30 pm so I was expecting mush after today's sunshine and warm temperatures. Instead, I found the skate deck to be very firm and fast, bordering on icy in a few places (I was turning in laps 1:00 - 1:30 min faster than what is typical for me). I did some double poling in the classic tracks along the flats and coasted a few downhills and found the tracks to be icy and very fast. By the time I left at 9:15 pm, it was down to 32 F and the skate deck was becoming increasingly icy in several places. There was still plenty of base though, no signs of thin snow or bare ground anywhere on the man-made loop yet.
      (Leif Irgens)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Manmade snow skate deck was fast and fun. There was about an inch of snow/ice shavings to provide some stability over the solid base with a little more on some of the uphills to get a good edge. The hill down to the overflow parking lot was snow plowed out, but still manageable and one can always take the bypass to avoid it. Was out from 5-6 pm with temps in the high 30s dropping to 32 degrees.
      (Marian Meyer)
    • Jan 18 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied 6:30-7:30pm, mixed bag, some icy spots, some perfect sections, some slow patches, overall not bad considering. Track looked icy. Depending on timing, should be able to get a couple of more days.
      (John Elling)
    • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied the Loppet course from Wirth Chalet to Uptown and back, maybe 40 km, making it my longest ski of the year. Intermittent bare spots are developing on five of the south-facing slopes. I could have used my good skis but did not expect the trails to be so good. The trails groomed around lakes Brownie, Cedar and Lake of the Isles were fast and not too icy. Watch for bare pavement entering (and re-entering) Cedar Lake from the shore. Some puddles are starting to form, nothing to worry about yet; and one puddle had an alternate path groomed around it. High school skiers started arriving around 3 pm and it was getting crowded by 4 pm.
      (David Byrne, Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club)
    • Jan 18 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      Phalen is in decent shape, probably because of the infrequent grooming and low skier load. There are bare spots coming through, but the skate deck and tracks are mostly intact. There are cart paths though, so be careful and leave your good skis at home. We will not be grooming until there is more snow because of the thin base. I don't expect it to last much in this weather, but we will post an update if the trails are officially closed and if/when we are able to groom again. Unfortunately we may all need to head to manmade loops by the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 18 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Highland-9 is closed due to tree work. Unfortunately 140 trees had to be removed before this big thaw, and as a result the trail is closed. There are tracks, rutts and debris everywhere, but even without this the trail would be closed in a day or two thanks to the 40+ degree temps. We will post an update if we are able to groom the trail again with fresh snow and cold temps. Currently it is unsafe and unwise to try skiing at Highland, please go elsewhere.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 18 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The thaw is taking away the base very quickly. Melt will continue for at least the next week unless it drops below freezing at night. If it does refreeze it will be icey and rutted. We do not have enough to groom as some bare spots are already showing and growing each day. If you need groomed trails you may have to head to one of the manmade loops in the area. Otherwise keep an eye out for rocks and ruts and Como may work for you for a couple more days. We will not groom until we get more snow and temperatures are holding below freezing. We will post once the trails are officially closed or if conditions improve.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 18 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Chain of Lakes groomed this morning. All trails were snow covered and in good condition before noon. Skate area groomed and Classic tracks on both sides are set and in good condition. Area under bridges on Cedar/Isles channel are snowless and choppy/wet on surface. Brownie Lake tunnel is snow covered.
      (Jim McCarthy)
    • Jan 18 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very nice skating before noon - a little powder on top of a firm deck. Met Roy Carlsted skiing with his hairies and and he gave the classic good marks. Sadly, this isn't going to last long.
      (Russ Ludeke)
    • Jan 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It was perfect this morning at French. The skate deck was freshly groomed, level, and fast. There were a few easily avoidable brown spots. I talked to the groomer and he told me that he was taking out the classic tracks before the melt-down and a refreeze so he can reset them later. Three Rivers does a great job at all their parks. French was empty this morning as was Baker on Monday. So many skiers have forgotten about these gems over the last few low snow winters, opting for snowmaking at Elm and Hyland in droves. The skiing was great at French today.
      (Mike Sund)
    • Jan 18 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      French was in great shape this morning with fresh grooming for skating (no classic tracks). The trails had very good coverage with little or no debris and no ice. The groomers have done a super job maintaining the trail. It's unfortunate our weather isn't going to cooperate this week!
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 18 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      No better place to see the sunrise than Top of the World. Woodland was fully covered and fast; there are even tracks on the inner trails.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Jan 18 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome skiing this morning. About a half inch of fresh "snow". Excellent edging. All classic tracks had already been skied in and were in very good condition. Skied all the big hills with no problems...fast tho. Won't last long.
      (Carl Nordgren)
    • Jan 18 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Re-groomed all skate trails at Battle Creek West except ski games. All trails fully covered and deck very firm.
      (Doug Schumacher)
    • Jan 18 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The man made loop was great, as expect, but I was disappointed that the natural snow trails were not groomed this morning. Fortunately, I did get to ski North, Lake and Hill trails yesterday on some pretty sweet corduroy... Lots of skiers out early this morning getting it before the melt.
      (Dave Larson)
    • Jan 18 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great classic tracks throughout, however, the tracks are very noisy in this freeze-thaw cycle! I like the way this year's trail goes up the berm for a spell, however, I miss skiing closer to the lake on the 11th fairway (as opposed to hugging the driving range fence).
      (Charlie Casserly)
    • Jan 17 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied late afternoon, and trails were in overall fair to good shape. Dirty spots are getting dirtier, and starting to see a handful of smaller rocks surfacing. Snow was quite soft and getting wet. Not quite rock skis, but it's getting closer... Ad hoc connector trail on north side to avoid ice build-up is probably the worse, with foliage coming through, but no rocks/dirt.
      (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
    • Jan 17 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Best conditions all season of all the places I skied. Groomed well and perfect footing. Skied all of it and repeated the south loop 3x.
      (Stanley Sledz)
    • Jan 17 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Trails were freshly groomed and tracked. Much better then expected with Monday night's freezing rain. Trails were slow with the 2 inches of sticky snow.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Jan 17 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skated a few laps around Phalen just as temps were starting to cool down. Overall, quite good. Hard pack trail under a very thin layer of sleet-snow. Very few places were icy and aside from sections where the trail was just under the large trees, the trail is well covered. Very few skiers were out which is likely saving the trail through this thaw. Should be good for another few days.
      (Sandy Schreyer)
    • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      WOB has snow but it was pretty icy with very little purchase for skating. It was as fast as I've ever seen it. I skied the flats only- you'd need some real stones to do the hills out there today. The long grade that leads to the turnoff to South America was about as fast as I could take it - it was a good day to not fall. Be super careful as there is not a lot of braking power with the trails right now.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Went out and skate skied the Brown to Green to Yellow loops on the east side. It was surprisingly good skiing. The snow on top was wet and a little slushy and right below was ice, so it was a little hard to pole. The Orange loop was closed due to some construction. Still wonderful to be out skiing, especially since the snow might melt!
      (Beth Hedlund)
    • Jan 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      + 35 degrees, about one inch of new snow on top of the icy underlayer due to last night's rain made the tracks surprisingly good considering. The northernmost trail was closed due to some kind of construction. I skied only the east side trails.
      (John Strand)
    • Jan 17 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good coverage, freshly groomed. Very slow and soft. The trails look great but the snow was soft and unpredictable. Had to worry about face planting on the downhills. Walker and dog went for a stroll on the trail. I don't recommend skiing there until the temperature drops again.
      (James Ross)
    • Jan 17 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed this afternoon with tracks set. Conditions are sticky as the snow is wet, but looking good. Overall, conditions are good! If they firm up overnight tonight they should hold for a few days at least. This park is a beauty!
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 17 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Went in at holland lake. Yesterday's rain and snow mostly covered the set tracks and left a thin but skiable snowcone base. I was spiderman both up and down the hills on my trusty waxless. Lots of thin spots but not yet any open ones, and a serviceable trail set by an earlier intrepid strider. Get out today and burn some calories! It's gorgeous out there.
      (Cheryl Vatsaas)
    • Jan 17 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good skating today on the Valley and Thicket/Northern Lights. Glide was good in both skate and classic tracks. Classic tracks great on the manmade...a little wavey gravy wide and washed out on the rest of the lighted trail. Classic tracks were great yesterday on the classic only trails - Eagle and Creek. Ski it before it's back to the manmade.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Jan 17 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Went for a quick skate ski on the natural snow trails (Skyline, Tornado Alley, Wirth Lake) this morning at about 10am. Coverage was great, absent a few dirty but easily-avoidable spots on the Skyline trail. Skate deck was firm and fast considering the warm temperatures. It was clear it had been groomed recently, as there was little sign of ice from the sleet we got last night. Hope the trails continue to hold up through the warm temps.
      Photos:  
      (Melissa Berman)
    • Jan 17 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed this morning with tracks set. Conditions are sticky as the snow is wet, but looking good. Overall, conditions are good!
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 16 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Brown to Green to Orange loops. Was surprisingly good and fast. There were a few sticks and leaves on the trail and one spot on Brown that was bare. Overall really good skiing!
      (Beth Hedlund)
    • Jan 16 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Classic skied late afternoon, temps in the upper 20s. The course has taken a good pounding, with the classic tracks ranging from washed out to decent. The skate lane looked a bit hard packed, but not icy. There were a number of very thin sections, especially up on top of the hills, and some icy sections in the classic tracks under the trees. After a gold-standard day at Woodland Sunday, Como was tough swallow on Monday. But I don't blame the grooming, most of the conditions appear to be due to the traffic volume Como is handling.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Lebanon Hills trails, particularly those near the visitor center are showing wear. Tracks are very shallow with dirt showing thru in many spots. They are fast and icy, particularly after the rain started about 4:30pm. But with waxless skis and or grip tape, good kick was possible. Had a good ski and tested 2 pairs of waxless skis but my grip tape beat them all.
      (Tim Nelson)
    • Jan 16 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      This area is classic double tracks, and they're now in fair shape, having had a lot of use over the weekend. Lots of walker/dog/deer traffic too, so the tracks are worn, but still very skiable. It was great to be out on a warm January day.
      (Dee Hein)
    • Jan 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Nice classic ski tonight at 6:30 pm thanks to some nice work by the groomers. Was really grateful to see how good of a job they did. There was some grass exposed on the high spots but in general the track was some of the best I've used around the metro this season. Skate deck looked nice as well. In general the conditions were pretty fast, just a few twigs. Thanks groomers!
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Jan 16 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Nice warm day, good glide, but Afton seems to be giving too much to the walkers. There's now only one way up and one way down to and from the Prairie Trail. After descending there is only a completely trampled walking trail to go back to the visitor center. Former ski trails north along river and up to the meadows are now walking/snowshoeing. The idea might be to separate the two activities, but it seems like it just encourages more walkers - some of whom cannot stick to their (expanded number of) trails. Some ski trails were quite good, but with thin snow coverage it doesn't take many walkers to degrade trails. Not helped by the walking trails T-junctioning onto ski trails with no signage to tell the walkers that the pretty "lines" in the snow are not funny walking paths. There are also snowshoeing trails with no access other than via the ski trails. Sad loss to the diagonal ski community.
      (Janet Folina)
    • Jan 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Awesome conditions, great skate deck. Skied the natural trails while we still have snow.
      (Kevin Lyons)
    • Jan 16 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic conditions for "skin" classic skis this MLK day morning on the man-made loop! No slipping on the uphills, and really deep classic tracks per usual. Skating also was faster than I expected, given the warmer temps. Thanks to the groomers for continuing to set the bar high, and thanks to Susan for the good classic ski tips. Lots of friendly skier families out today enjoying the great weather and ski conditions.
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Best "backwoods-urban" skiing you'll find! Eloise Butler, Wedding Hill, and Quaking Bog are in the best shape so far this season. None of the usual uphills have exposed dirt or twigs. The snow is surprisingly clean on 95% of the South Wirth trails. There are a few leaves and a couple stray twigs to contend with, but no exposed dirt or rocks. The Jar Hill and Wirth Lake trails are in good shape as well, and there is new return trail from Jar Hill to the front of the Wirth Beach House parking lot, which is nice. The connection across I-394 is dirty as usual, but the descent to Brownie Lake is in good shape, and there is tons of snow under the Brownie-Cedar tunnel. I could not see any ice in the tunnel. I did not ski around Cedar Lake but it looked to be in good shape as well.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Oyler)
    • Jan 16 - Wood Lake Nature Center (Richfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Overall conditions were fair-good. The common trail at the start and the short loop were pretty well used, with some bare spots. Bare/thin spots usually revealed prairie grass or ice. The tracks on the perimeter loop were better. This was especially true for the east side (with the exception of the uphill near Lyndale Ave, where there were many leaves popping up thru the snow).
      (Tom Pitchford)
    • Jan 16 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hopped on the trails around 11:30 am just as the groomers were rolling off. Fantastic snow and grooming made for a beautiful morning skate-skiing. No wind, warm temps, beautiful skate deck and classic tracks set (my kids stayed in the classic tracks.) Take advantage! Nice job, WOB!
      (Elizabeth Westerhaus)
    • Jan 16 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]

      High 20s, overcast, my A-skis with Fastwax LF were quite fast, but there were plenty of twigs, some dirt, and exposed ice to dodge, so I'd recommend your better rock skis for the immediate future. Skated the outer loop sans Ironwood which is closed (which I'm still confused about after all these years as to just how long it really is, despite the map) and Lakeside loop, and parts of both were gorgeous, while more of it was fading away. A good "recovery" venue after two days at Baker. Mostly classic skiers making it around, on tracks that looked to vary from good to bare ice.
      (Richard Swenson)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      The back 40 has spots that are becoming bare, but the trails are as well groomed as possible, given the diminishing snow cover. The Hap Loop is in relatively good shape, though a little icy in spots. Enjoy the snow while it lasts!
      (Laura Hermer)
    • Jan 16 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I had a good ski at Baker today. The skating lane was in good shape with very little dirt or debris. The classic tracks were good to very good on the Hill and Prairie trails. Otherwise they were inconsistent in fair to sometimes good condition. Considering our lack of snowfall, Baker has done a great job trying to groom classic tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 16 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied the outer loop mid-day today including Eagle and Eastman (Monarch) trails. Most of the tracks are in very good shape. Just a few spots over by the swimming pond where grass and debris are in the track.
      (Mark Skinner)
    • Jan 16 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Tree work has begun on the Highland 9 Golf Course. Unfortunately this had to happen at some point this winter before the ground thawed. There is a lot of debris on the trail currently and we wouldn't recommend trying to ski it. With the big thaw this week it may be a moot point, but as soon as we're able to get the trails in skiable condition we will, and we will post right away. Sorry for the inconvenience.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 16 - Anoka Nature Preserve (Anoka): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Karl from the City crew has done a great job with relatively little snow--trails in the woods are in great condition, rolled/packed for multi use, and protected from wind. Field trail along river has taken some abuse from wandering snowmobiles, but still skiable without difficulty. Beautiful morning on fast snow. Not tracked for classic.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Sheie)
    • Jan 16 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Lebanon Hills trails West of Jensen Lake (accessed by taking path thru tunnel under Pilot Knob road). Trails were in amazingly good shape. Skied the outside loop first thru the camp ground then took the horse trail by the last hill before leaving the park and re-entered the park skiing the inside loop this time around which was barely skied on. There was evidence of footprints in groomed areas but walkers at least stayed out of tracks except the deer of course. I saw two spots with some ground starting to show thru but it was in left side of tracks so I stayed right and had no problems. Because of all the hills I do recommend this area for more experienced skiers. Great ski, good job groomers!
      Photos:  
      (John Gamlin)
    • Jan 16 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed and ready to go for your skiing enjoyment. Great coverage still on the whole loop. Watch for debris on channel between Isles and Cedar, some tree work was done. Classic tracks for the most are holding up quite well.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Leugers)
    • Jan 16 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed Butler, Big, Erickson, Oakvik, 394 trails for classic skiing this morning. Butler is better than the others. Some dirt turning up. Not great classic conditions, but you can still do it.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Jan 16 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Partially groomed Columbia before work this morning. The small loop near the clubhouse on Central is in good condition with a shallow track set. The trail just west of the bridge over the tracks has some rocks showing. I set some new tracks on the West side trails, but they are in mixed conditions because the snow has blown and drifted and left some bare areas.
      (Erik Pieh)
    • Jan 15 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all trails on the east side (10.7km). Skate deck was great and trail conditions were great. Glad to be out skiing!
      (Beth Hedlund)
    • Jan 15 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great conditions all around for skate and classical. Some of the hilltops were a bit bare but nothing you can't ski around. One of the better conditioned trails this year. Little ice, and well groomed. Very impressive.
      (David Pedersen)
    • Jan 15 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied Terrace Oaks this weekend and the conditions were great at this woodsy, quiet park. We were there early Sunday afternoon - it was sunny and the temperature was around 32, but the snow was not melty. The tracks were in good shape overall, with some twigs and isolated bare spots.
      (Tom Pitchford)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions Sunday were wonderful, good skis usable and no bare patches. The track had been skied out a bit by heavy traffic in spots, and I found only one icy patch on a sharp corner. Beautiful ski overall.
      (Sarah Farley)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lebanon has the best classic skiing in the metro right now, in my opinion. Skied all the trails and they are all fully tracked. Full coverage and most of the tracks are deep and in very good condition.
      (Dan Zenk)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied South and North trails today at Wirth. What a beautiful day! There were a few spots in the trails that were starting to become bare, but they were easily avoidable. The natural trails north of the man-made trails didn't have as firm of a skate deck as the rest of the trails and they were a little icy on the uphills in that section as the groomed slow gets pushed away. Classic trails were intermittent throughout both parts of Wirth and some were set tracks while others looked to be made by skiers. There was a groomer out around 3:30 pm in the Quaking Bog regrooming that section which was really nice as there were really firm skate decks throughout the trails. Make sure to get out there and have fun!
      (Joe Kane)
    • Jan 15 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied the Sucker lake side. Trails are in good shape for the most part, but a few leaves, icy spots, and places with very thin coverage. For some reason Sucker Lake has only been groomed to the west -- the East side has some kind of new paved trail/road that has been plowed instead of groomed. People have made tracks to the side, but it is tough going. Bummer.
      (Eric Severson)
    • Jan 15 - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      skied the whole deal today. Full coverage but thin, heavy used, not much track. Beautiful day lovely track. Come for the scenery: turkeys and deer. Enjoy an uncrowded classic ski.
      (Gavin Watt)
    • Jan 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Mr. Getting-More-Reliable as the season progresses just reported in that he and our third rookie groomer of the weekend, The Lineman, just finished their grooming run with the medium screens for our MLK Day skiing pleasure. It was another great day at Woodlands; walkers were enjoying the groomed winter walking trail and skiers young and old were doing their thing. It is days like these that make the year-long volunteer effort of the Trail Crew all worthwhile. Surf will be up at Woodlands again tomorrow. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Very good skate conditions; fairly consistent but shallow classic track. 28 degrees and sunny. Skied the entire perimeter except Evergreen, which was in poor condition; there were occasional dirt bleed thru's but they were no problem to skate around. Only recall one on a downhill, the curve where the trail coming over from Evergreen linked into the trail from the chalet to Island Trail. Snow was generally dry with a few moist spots where my skis waxed with FastWax Salmon (old color scheme) HF and buffed with Fluoro paste seemed to run faster. I did five miles at a 5.8 MPH pace.
      Photos:  
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      A crazy quilt of grooming - a classic track will take you on a trail for about 300 yards and then disappear randomly, never to return. Finally gave up!
      (Juli Hagstrom)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      First time in recent memory that I was able to ski the non-man-made loops at Hyland today. Did a recovery skate ski after Seeley Hills Classic yesterday. Pretty much perfect conditions, sunny, and mid 20's with little wind. No ice, fast snow, tracks were not deep but decent. Great day to be outside in winter in MN.
      Photos:  
      (John Shirriff)
    • Jan 15 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good for skate and classic however no tracks are set. A few bare spots under evergreens in a few areas otherwise could use your best skis. Trails were slow. Enjoyable day.
      (Dick Swanson)
    • Jan 15 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      SE loop in excellent condition, Empire Lake Loop in excellent condition, but icy in open areas. North loop fair in open areas otherwise very good! The Park has a well designed trail system and Empire Lake loop is very scenic with excellent, high views on the north side. Very nice, newer Park that is well worth the trip! Also an awesome sledding hill for the kids!
      Photos:  
      (Jim Vonasek)
    • Jan 15 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      What a beautiful day of skiing my small group had at Wm O'Brien today. Even though there were a few washed out sections, most of the classic track was good and fast. The snow in the skate lane was very compliant, making the downhills easy and fun. The blue sky and mild temps with no wind promoted several pauses for socializing. It doesn't get much better! Get out there tomorrow if you can before it changes.
      (Pete Hawkins)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lebanon Hills Classic and Skate trails were in very good condition today. Classic trails have plenty of snow, minimal ice and were uncrowded despite a multitude of people relaxing by the visitor center enjoying the sun and fresh air. the classic trails are extensive, through woods mostly and double-tracked. The skate trails had good snow coverage, were packed and free of debris. Very good-to-excellent throughout the very extensive system.
      Photos:  
      (George Wawro)
    • Jan 15 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      It was a beautiful afternoon at Lebanon today with sunshine and mid 20"s. The double track classic trail was in good condition especially considering our lack of good snow in recent weeks. There were lots of people out enjoying themselves today in the winter warmth.
      Photos:  
      (Bill Lundberg)
    • Jan 15 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The inner loop was scratched this morning. The classic track was not touched. Classic was still good but many more washouts than yesterday. It would be nice to have it reset before the freeze thaw cycle starts. Skating looked good. Lots of folks out today.
      (Jim Smith)
    • Jan 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails in great shape, classic or freestyle. Just a fine day to be XC skiing or even hiking on the groomed trails. Come and get it while you can.
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 15 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Eloise Butler Trail, Quaking Bog/Norm Oakvik Trail and Bridge Trail all in excellent shape. Some sticks here and there but overall excellent conditions.
      (Jonas Nygard)
    • Jan 15 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the Pike Lake Trail yesterday afternoon, evening and today. Trail is good for classic, plenty of snow. There is one spot at beginning of trail for about 3 yards where a little grass pokes through and you avoid with your left ski, otherwise it is great. The Eagle Lake trail is wide for skate and looks like it has been used a lot, so the classic is beat up on it at beginning. Love the Pike Lake trail because it goes through the woods by the lake.
      Photos:  
      (Wayne Nelson)
    • Jan 15 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied mid to late afternoon. Fantastic conditions for skating! Skied nearly all the trails, found the grooming to be perfect. Nice smooth deck, firm but not hard packed, easy to get an edge but not too soft or sugar. With temps in the mid 20s, it was as good as it gets for Nordic skiing! Classic tracks only on the flatter trails (as usual). Great day!
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 15 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trail is firm and pretty fast and fun to ski - get out there if you are wavering. A little dodgem with wrong way skiers made it unusually interesting skiing. There were a few tiny icy patches and the grass poked through in spots but are easily avoided. Trail is set for 5K. To avoid the chaos at the pavilion parking lot, park at the conservatory and drop in through the gap in the fence at the green. (Wouldn't it be great if the whole park were tracked?)
      Photos:  
      (Ronald Okenfuss)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Hill, Timber and Prairie trails are in good shape for skating. A few minor dirty spots which can be skied around. Trails were well skied by afternoon but still good. Classic tracks were good considering. They broke thru to ground occasionally but usable with b or rock skis.
      (Kevin Crystal)
    • Jan 15 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Did the 6.4 mile Razorback loop on my classic skis. No classic track set, but rolled trails are in pretty good shape. The hills are great if you like the exhilaration. Only feared for my life a couple times. :-) Did meet three hikers as they were coming up a hill and they scattered as I flew by them (don't understand why some think it's ok to hike on groomed trails).
      Photos:  
      (Wes Gerber)
    • Jan 15 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The skiing was very good. I did a couple loops on classic skis in early afternoon. The grooming was very good considering how thin the base is. The skate deck looked good and there were good tracks most of the way. Some thin and bare spots that could be avoided. A beautiful way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
      (Craig Hanson)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Almost perfect conditions, mostly flat deck, good grooming, good cover except in a few small spots. Beautiful sunny day, 20F. Took Steffie and a friend to Baker around 10 AM to ski the golf course and since we've only skied and skijored the multi-use trail, the girls were nice enough to let me rent some skis and ski with them "Just for a while." Trails were very good, much better than natural snow trails farther east in the area, more snow on the west side, apparently. As the sun got going and temps rose a bit, the deck softened and glide became superb which made climbing the myriad hills fun. Seemed everyone was moving with ease. Lots of skiers out when I left the girls just before noon. Very confusing navigating the trails since they're all short and none of them have direction markers but we received some help from regular skiers as we went along. We'll definitely return, the setting is beautiful.
      (Steve Evans)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I don't know if the biggest hill on the challenge course was open - I guess I didn't notice any barricades in place. Overall the trail was in very nice shape - little bit of rock as you turn right off the lake trail heading away from the office - big area of avoidable junk just past the challenge hill / skyline intersection. Nice afternoon for a ski.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 15 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      All trails but one are open. Overall excellent shape, I was impressed. A handful of dirty spots, but didn't spot any significant rocks. Felt like March skiing--absolutely perfect temps and quite a few skiers out there enjoying it. While we were there two groomers were out dragging the island loop. While fresh lines were nice, after grooming it was actually dirtier than when they started.
      (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
    • Jan 15 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Murphy is not ready for prime time. Disappointingly, there were no classic tracks set at all as of this morning. The ski deck is inconsistent, with sticks, soft pits and holes mixed in with firm packed trail, making for a challenging ski. At one point on the outer loop you fly down a hill into a sea of heavy swamp grass. It's still beautiful, but Murphy needs ample snow for quality conditions, and right now it does not have it. Grooming is poor as a result.
      (Lyndon Torstenson)
    • Jan 15 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Quick trip around before dawn just after the lights came on. Trails are still good but grooming is starting to kick up quite a few rocks and I took some hits in the dark. Otherwise, the snow is transforming well and getting faster. Fairly flat, easy kick and good glide. Still using Purl Green wax.
      (Steve Evans)
    • Jan 15 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed all of the skate lanes on Isles, Cedar, Brownie, the two spur trails off of Cedar Lake, and up and over the 394 bridge. Able to use good skis on the lakes except for a couple spots on the canal between Isles and Cedar (sticks) and under a couple of the wide bridges (straight ice). Spur trails have too many sticks and grass spots for good skis. Did not set new tracks - they were mostly in good shape.
      (Eric Leugers)
    • Jan 15 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Afton State Park is double tracked with good coverage. Lots of walkers - footprints are mostly next to the tracks - but still very skiiable. Find some place else if you are looking for a high performance interval training site, but for a peaceful, back-to-nature, I'm-so-lucky-to-be-in-Minnesota-in-January ski, these trails are perfect. Good skis are fine except for some coyote scat and a bit of botanical detritus (leaves).
      (Kris Hansen)
    • Jan 15 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied lake loop and partial prairie section this morning. Good tracks set but some spots with bare ground/gravel showing through. Majority of trail was excellent, though. Unfortunately, many hikers had been on the lake loop - go figure. Rest of the trails were very enjoyable - get out there!
      (Paul Kraus)
    • Jan 15 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in GOOD condition for skate and in FAIR condition for classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be closed 5 AM - 10 PM on Sat. Jan. 21 for The Rennet.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 14 - Grass Lake (Shoreview): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      First 0.5k from the parking lot is a bit rough with bare spots and leaves, but otherwise: looking good.
      (Eric Severson)
    • Jan 14 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Did the Snelling lake shared use loop. Full coverage but thin. come for the scenery, swans at sunset. No track set but a good easy ski on a flat course.
      (Gavin Watt)
    • Jan 14 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied with headlamps the entire system with hill repeats. Exhilarating downhills. Great skiing with five student athletes!
      (Garry Loufek)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      There is good snow cover. The trails on the north side of Gateway Trail are very good. It was upsetting to find that the nice grooming and tracks on the south side of gateway trail have been messed up by a 2-track vehicle driving criss-cross across the tracks.
      (Kal Perry)
    • Jan 14 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Best conditions at O'Brien in maybe 5 years. The grooming was high quality. The classic tracks were well positioned and carefully cut, the skating lane flat and no center berm. The grooming must have been done a few days back because everything had set up well. Timing of the grooming is so important in order to get that set up period, it was done right this time.
      (Jim Smith)
    • Jan 14 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Perfect day! Gorgeous sunny day at Wm. O'Brien. Used my waxless good skis, only one tiny area of twigs/pine needles. Lots of happy skaters and classic skiers like myself. Tracks were set and downhills fast. Wonderful day, get out and enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Craig Stamps)
    • Jan 14 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Refuge Guy and Rookie MS just finished pulling the medium screens around the trails to spiff them up for our Sunday ski. Conditions should be about as good as it gets for skate along with classic tracks set on the flatter trails. The trail crew will be out tomorrow morning cutting dead trees along the trails, but will confine most of their work to the winter walking trails. Enjoy!
      (David Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth South Trails (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions were excellent for skating throughout the south section. From Wirth Lake through Eloise Butler and the Bog all the way to the lakes and across Brownie, Cedar, Lake of the Isles the skate deck was fast and well-groomed and clean with very few bare patches. Kudos to the groomers, the trail is holding up very well. The classic tracks were pretty good where placed but were intermittent throughout the south end system.
      Photos:  
      (George Wawro)
    • Jan 14 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied prairie loop and down to the river and back. Good snow cover over 95% of the trail. Only a few places had some ice. A few spots on the prairie loop were washed out, but not extensive. Otherwise, was really pleased with the dual tracks. Kudos to the groomers. What a wonderful place.
      (Emmerson Ward)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skated all the main man-made and natural loops. Conditions good to excellent, a skosh of debris on the wooded sections of the natural loops but nothing to be concerned about. Deck was well groomed throughout, great skiing. Huzzah.
      (Morrison Luke Smith)
    • Jan 14 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Had so much fun skiing the Chain of Lakes and Theo South today! Always fun to see skiers on the lakes. Quite a few footprints by the time I skied at 2 pm but overall decent shape minus coverage underneath the bridges. This is the best the lakes and Theo South have been in years! Also skied Eloise, the Bog, and Wirth Lake. Thanks to the Loppet Foundation for some fun new changes to the trails, I've never had so much fun skiing in Theodore Wirth as I have had this year!
      Photos:  
      (Alli Beatty)
    • Jan 14 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Kudos to the grooming crew! Really nice conditions this morning. The newly widened trail side was really easy to skate. The classic tracks were surprisingly good. There are areas where the wind has scoured the trails but avoiding the few icy / grassy areas was easy. I used good skis without problem but would recommend B skis.
      (Lou Chouinard)
    • Jan 14 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are in good shape, poles hit paved trail only a few times. Could use some grooming, maybe that'll happen after next snow fall.
      (Elliott Krizek)
    • Jan 14 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skiing was great for skating today. Classic tracks were also full depth and in good condition on most of the trail system. Skate deck was firm and fast with very good edging. Only a few areas of dirt at the bottom of Brown's Pond loop downhill that are easily avoided. Heard West side Red loop was good as well. Saw lots of happy skiers and fat bikers today. Get out there!
      (William Harrison)
    • Jan 14 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Lebanon Hills Saturday afternoon from Visitor Center south along Southern trail then west to marker 7 then back to Visitor Center along Northern trial. Trails were freshly groomed (packed and tracked) with firm tracks and no show through. Only a encountered a few other skiers. Great day for a ski. Note: you will want to remove skis and walk across service road to park maintenance facility.
      Photos:  
      (John Gamlin)
    • Jan 14 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Coverage was very good, considering the amount of snow. The tracks were well set. There were occasional minor spots were dirt showed through. They were easy to avoid. Truly is a blue wax day.
      Photos:  
      (Dave Puskala)
    • Jan 14 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Widened the ski trails, dropped/reset classic tracks, and groomed the walking trails. All in all in good shape. Some areas are close to grass, but otherwise in pretty good shape. Skiers use the trail on the left, walkers use the trail on the right. Please stay on trails so we don't ski over tee boxes or greens.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the natural snow trails are now groomed, and the classic trails are all tracked. Occasional sticks and grass in the tracks, but generally really good skiing. The man-made snow loop is in its usual excellent condition. There's good skiing to be had, while it lasts.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • Jan 14 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Multi-Use trail: firm deck, fairly flat, fair glide, 2-3 inches deep, decent pole sticks and plenty of kick. Skijored the Multi-Use late morning; well the twins did, I got chase duty. Beautiful morning, about 15F, sunny. Trail is good for the snow we've had, downhill glide is OK, otherwise not great but fast enough, far better than the Arctic grit snow we've had lately. The kids had a great time, first run with the dogs for them this year. We met another skijoring team about halfway around at the end of the valley straightaway and all 5 of us skied mostly together back to the Fernbrook trailhead where we stopped and the others continued. Fun ski, beautiful day, always a treat to meet other skijorers.
      (Steve Evans)
    • Jan 14 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skated the razorback trail this morning. Snow depth and grooming are good. A little bit of debris and one big rock poking through, but easily avoidable. I think the hills might be steeper this year :).
      (Matthew Goertz)
    • Jan 14 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions at Irondale the morning. Nice firm skate deck with fresh corduroy. No classic tracks. Come out and ski the new layout!
      (Keith Gilbert)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated most of the natural trails and the 5k man made loop. The natural snow was pretty slow with toko blue but a ton of fun to be out in the woods and wetlands alone. The natural trails have far more debris but still in great shape, didn't see or feel a single rock. The man made was pretty speedy even up the hills and holding up great after all the cold weather.
      (Joe Dolan)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate deck groomed this morning. Lots of skiers already out in Eloise Butler and the Bog. Classic track not set across all of the course due to thinner snow conditions but overall coverage is good. B skis due to sticks, etc.
      (Mike Erickson, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 14 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All skating loops regroomed; classic track in great shape except the Gold trail which does not have tracks set.
      (Bill Kosfeld)
    • Jan 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      From what I could tell all trails were groomed - I only did the man made loop and both parts of the lake loop. Great conditions all around - groomers did a great job fixing the trails yesterday. Lots of skiers out early this morning fun having more snow to ski on than just the 5k loop.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 14 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Early morning Saturday conditions were excellent. Trail had been groomed recently with only a couple spots with very minor grass showing. The trail has been moved a bit so conditions on the left side of the trail are a bit soft. The ground is marked for the upcoming deforesting so get out there now to ensure great conditions.
      (Greg Egbert)
    • Jan 14 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied all of their trails at 7:30 am. Absolutely amazing. No classic tracks anywhere. But the skating is great. Thank you groomers for this great experience. I recommend spending time here this weekend, you will not regret your choice. Have fun!
      (Paul Pasko)
    • Jan 14 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All natural snow trails (Skyline, JD Rivers, Wirth Lake, Tornado Alley, Twin Lake, and Judy) groomed and fresh tracks set. Overall good condition. A couple thin spots on skyline with some ice showing but easy to ski around. Remember to buy and display your passes when skiing at Minneapolis Parks!
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand Lost/Found 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Lake loop skiable but getting debris on trail. My Rossignol Zymax skis and Swix poles were taken from racks by vistor center. Skied lake loop on rental skis. Please contact the Hyland visitors center, mention my name, if you accidently took my skis/poles.
      (Mark Ruud)
    • Jan 13 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the perimeter loop at Lebanon after dark. Was in far better shape than what expected. Only a couple spots where dirt/ice showed through. Get out and enjoy! The Swix Special Green got slick towards the end.
      (Rick Vatsaas)
    • Jan 13 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      The lesson area has been groomed for classic lessons. The front loop has been groomed wide for skate only. The back (larger loop) across the tracks has been groomed for skate only. Most portions of the trail groomed. Multiple areas are wind blown and down to ice or very crusty snow and this makes it difficult to follow the designated trail. There are areas with better snow and they are closer to the railroad tracks, the trail is worse as you get closer to the range. No classic set at this time due to low snow conditions for much of the trail. Rock ski designation because of exposed gravel on the west side of the bridge,.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh corduroy on Eagle Pt. You only had to suffer 5 degrees to ski it. Fortunately, I've finally acclimated to winter and with liners and my warmest x-country ski gloves, a balaclava under my thickest knit hat and a light windbreaker over my fleece, I was reasonably comfortable as long as I kept moving. There was no classic track and there were a few spots where the dirt bled trough that were easily avoidable. I used FastWax Teal (old color scheme) LF on newly ground skis.
      (Keith Carlson)
    • Jan 13 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Freshened up and widened the skate deck at Hiawatha. There are a few areas with ice or grass popping through, but Hiawatha looks as good as it has looked in many years.
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 13 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skated the entire trail system, including Ski Games section. Pretty good skiing everywhere. Ski Games a little soft on the left side of the lane but had mostly nice solid-looking tracks. There was enough loose snow for decent control (including snowplowing partway down the 2 huge descents on the WC trail.) Some dirt and twigs showing so hardly mid-winter conditions, but as usual, excellent grooming made the most of the thin snow cover.
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied almost all natural trails (I skied the Hill Trail instead of the Lake Trail on south side of Hyland Lake). Overall, the classical tracks were definitely more shallow than the tracks on man-made trails, but OK. The tracks on the North Trail were in the best condition.
      (Tom Pitchford)
    • Jan 13 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The Cleary Lake Trail report from the Three Rivers site says that the classic tracks are in poor condition but we disagree! We went tonight at about 7 pm and had a great ski. I would say it was fair or even good condition. We skied the lit trails and the only problem was the occasional leaf on the trail. No skate skiers passed us but it sure looked like the skate deck was in good condition. I used it for a few hill climbs and it was firm and not icy.
      (Julie Anderson)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fresh skate on Cedar and Cedar lake park. Some classic tracks re-set, others were still really good. Fresh skate and classic on lake of the isles. Please display your ski pass.
      (Craig Jarvinen)
    • Jan 13 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Eagle 17 just reported in that he and Rookie DP just finished polishing the trails with the light screens for our Saturday skiing pleasure. Enjoy!
      (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 13 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      They're grooming! Get out while you can! Groomed Thursday and yet again today. Stopped in the office and was told they were grooming until dark (told at 2). They were setting tracks, but I personally wouldn't use good skis in them as they were very shallow and crumbling. I didn't see them on the golf course, but almost all of the park had attempted tracks. It's cold dry snow. There a few thin spots on the skate deck, but 95% is perfect. Be careful on the golf course as there's a maintenance road and asphalt trail crossing that were plowed (in addition to the park road). Best skiing of the last few years there now.
      (Josh Bydlon)
    • Jan 13 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Woohoo! Great day of skiing. Good snow coverage and firm set tracks. We skied the entire outside loop. Hills were in good shape. Thank you to the groomers for superb job.
      (Jo Beth Croatt)
    • Jan 13 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Trails were freshly groomed today and I thought in very good condition. I did not encounter any bare spots, a few twigs and leaves as to be expected on the beautifully wooded trails.
      (Jim Schmidt)
    • Jan 13 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      After skiing South Wirth, skied across the bridge over 394 (snow covered but a lot of roadway debris), and then down onto Brownie. Nice track on Brownie and good skate lane. Tunnel to Cedar is glare ice. Skied off Cedar and onto the trail heading towards downtown, found some thin/grassy areas but nothing serious. Only somewhat dicey segment was coming back onto Cedar, the beach area there has exposed dirt/sand. Skied up to the Cedar-Isles channel, found a couple of sections where they had recently cleared trees and there was a lot of debris. Out onto Isles to check out the Loppet luminaries on the north end, then headed back. Tracks on the lake varied from quite good to very shallow. Overall, still a nice ski and didn't pick up any new scratches.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 13 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied sections south of Glenwood Ave around 3 pm. No classic tracks, appears to be too thin. For the most part good coverage, and fairly firm. Would have been more enjoyable skating. Even with the hills, felt pretty cold in the late afternoon.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 13 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate skied all the Wirth trails north of 394. Coverage was almost perfect, there were maybe 5 dirt patches showing through on the entire system - all easily avoided. Also a fair number of sticks. Good skis would probably be fine if you were a little careful. Some of the trails on the back 9 and in JD Rivers were blown in and impossible to see in the flat light we had this afternoon. Also, there isn't quite enough snow to smooth out some of the bumps, particularly in Eloise Butler, so some of the downhills are a little hair raising. The curb at the top of Eloise Butler was fully covered. It was great to get back out on the natural snow!
      (Mike Keyes)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Classic skied at Lake Elmo. The fact that track is there in such abundance in so little base is amazing! Good job groomers! Tilled snow helps. I skied the outer loop: Brown, Green, and Orange. Track varied from great to gone. I skied down hills in track, on combed snow, and on hard pan. I even had a downhill shot at back country style in unbroken snow. There is one place I saw that you must be careful with. The first Brown "Caution" hill is a double drop with three dark spots at the bottom. There is not much room between the spots. Take it easy down this and be safe. This route was a really good tune up for an experienced skier with the wide variation in track. Out of track skills were tested today. Beginners might want to walk some of the hills on this route. Not all down hills are tracked, a skill set in itself where turns are involved. I skied on the B set of woodies. A piece of tree bark gummed up one kick pocket. B skis suggested for all classic skiers due to shallow track and possible ice. Skaters, try a loop on the B set first. You can probably dodge the messy stuff okay if you switch your the A set.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails on both the East and West sides have been groomed and track are set. There may be some thin or icy patches but we've had comments that the trails are great!
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the big loop this afternoon. Trails were in remarkable shape with recent grooming. Skate deck and classic tracks both superb.
      (Ben Brunk)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Freshly groomed firm trail. Skate lane in great shape, a few spots with dirt showing... good skis for skating would be fine. I classiced, the tracks were newly set in most places and not new in others. Tracks have full coverage for the most part, but thin in spots. B skis best, can use good ones if careful. In general the trails are in great shape.
      (Ralph Schwartz)
    • Jan 13 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was -3F degrees and warming fast at 10:30 am when I started skiing. I saw evidence on one set of skate tracks on the hard corduroy of the snow-making loop, and it appears there was at least one classic skier out ahead of me. I skied the outer trails, since being able to get out there has been a rarity the last few winters. The Eagle Trail has two sets of hard, fast tracks, generally in good condition. However, stay in the right hand tracks at the downhill with the sharp right turn at the bottom. The left set of tracks has lots of grass showing through there. The Creek and Monarch Trails, near the Nature Center have been dragged, but not tracked. There were multiple sets of skate tracks and multiple sets of walker tracks there. The link back to the Lake Trail had not been groomed at all, just skied in a bit. Classic-tracked sections of the natural snow trails had occasional spots where grass, twigs or the icy base from the melt-down were showing through, but were generally in good condition. The Northern Lights trail had fresh corduroy and a good classic track. It was generally good skiing.
      (Ken Tobacman)
    • Jan 13 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in GOOD condition for skate and in FAIR condition for classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be closed 5 AM - 10 PM on Sat. Jan. 21 for The Rennet.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 13 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches but otherwise they are looking good!
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches but otherwise they are looking good!
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches. Come out and ski!
      (Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Track set on Lake Trail only. Grimm was windswept by lake but very good otherwise. Sky was well used yesterday and could use some grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Jan 13 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the loop between Pilot Knob and Johnny Cake Ridge Rd. Trails have been rolled but tracks were not set. Good skiing even without the track being set.
      Photos:  
      (Wes Gerber)
    • Jan 13 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomer was able to set tracks this morning. Conditions are good. Groomer re-rolled the skate loop this morning as well because of drifting. Full snow coverage. Just in time for the weekend!
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 13 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomer was able to set tracks today and should finish up by the afternoon. Tracks are thin in a few areas (and down to the icy base beneath) but overall, conditions are good and tracks are in good shape. This could be the best weekend for skiing we've had in a while, so enjoy! Cross-country ski rentals are available at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday, Sunday and Monday this weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied the Lake trail for the first time in a couple years and it was great. Get out and ski. Lake trail was slow with good coverage.
      (Steve Dolan)
    • Jan 12 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Had another sweet moonlight ski Thursday night, no headlamp needed. Tracks and skate deck are firm. A little drifting over the tracks in a few places. This will be a great weekend for skiing!
      (Andy Powell)
    • Jan 12 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied campground trail Thursday afternoon.
      Trails are groomed; conditions good, no classical tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Ringdal)
    • Jan 12 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Warning about juvenile gang disrupting trails even while grooming and skiing. Four members wearing similar tan colors were walking on trails while grooming. My wife almost had a collision with one member while skiing the gravity box hill. The members have no regard for tracks or skiers so beware of the white tail gang at Woodlands. Conditions are super for both skate and classic however watch for the gang members.
      (Roland Ring-Jarvi)
    • Jan 12 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Beautiful trails today... still in good shape in the afternoon. The strong winds impacted the trails especially in unprotected areas. Great grooming and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Not much track set for classic.
      (Hugh Hanson)
    • Jan 12 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Lone Rock was packed and is icy and bare in the open prairie areas. It's a very open and exposed trail so expect lots of drifting.
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      I skied only the man-made snow loops. Tracks were deep and solid everywhere, and pretty fast on the descents although a little on the slow side double-poling on the flats. There was very little loose snow in the tracks, so if you had the will (and the wax) you could ski in-track through the entire course. Super-solid kick at zero temps made things fun hammering up the hills as hard as I could kick with no missed kicks was a blast - if a little slow. I was less than a dozen other skiers (aside from students in the training area) on the trails at 7-8pm. (There were actually many more student skiers than rec skiers out!).
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Jan 12 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      No tracks set anywhere. Not really enough loose snow for enjoyable out-of-track classic skiing, so I only skied one lap and then headed to Hyland for some deep-track skiing in the windy cold. French trails looked pretty good for skating, but maybe a little on the hard side for fun V2. A little dirt showed in one or two places, and I wouldn't trust my best skis to the thin gravel coverage.
      (Pete Thurmes)
    • Jan 12 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied the full trail yesterday, and overall the trail was decent. It had been groomed for skate, but no tracks had been set yet. Most areas had good cover with just a few icy spots and areas that had drifted in. Still very skiable though.
      (Emily Bell)
    • Jan 12 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 

      Seeing that Como had a race going I stopped by Phalen instead. Whether due to the high winds or not, I could find no evidence of a groomed ski trail. There was additional confusion caused by some construction work on Wheelock, a "no left hand turn" sign into the park, and absolutely no cars parked in the lot across the street. The place was totally desolate.
      (Michael Jorgensen)
    • Jan 12 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      As would be expected: on hilltops and other places with long wind fetch, the trails were scoured to just a thin layer above ice, whereas in other areas drifts covered the trail. Still quite skiable though. The high school teams racing didn't seem to be phased by the ice. Classic tracks had been set but were pretty completely blown in.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing outer loop skiing with moonlight tonight. Stayed warm for the whole hour long loop. Almost no one had gone on outer loop but lit loop was skied in plenty. Not sure signage clear where the outer loop cuts off the main loop and that the conditions were really good. So nice to be on outer loop and out of the wind. Would have been nice to have a track near nature center or in the area. A note that Boy Scout bridge trail was not groomed but had been tracked in.
      (Todd White)
    • Jan 12 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied como this morning at about 7 am. The trails were pretty beat up, but there were no bare spots and it was nice to be out. There didn't seem to be any classic tracks recently set, but it was quite skiable. Overall I was pleasantly surprised.
      (Meg Thomas)
    • Jan 12 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Groomed and dropped a set of classic tracks tonight. Snow is a little thin, but wanted to get tracks down as best I could.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 12 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Grooming underway at 5pm Thursday. I saw groomer making multiple passes to lay corduroy skate deck on all three loops north of Larpenteur. No classic tracks set by time I departed at sundown but groomer was still working. Multiple spots with exposed grass, gravel and ice, mostly from wind having blown bare hilltops before grooming. Some snow drifts already due to strong winds.
      (Kermit Pattison)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      skied both the man made and lake loops - all were in good shape. I'm assuming it was with all the ski teams today - the track was very hard and packed especially near the chalet. Nice night for a cold ski.
      (Scott Greymont)
    • Jan 12 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Skated all three trails tonight. Trails are about 75% covered with the other 25% having bare ground or patches of ice. Conditions ranged from soft and somewhat deep to faster and packed. Groomer was out making passes while I was skiing. No classic track set. Looked like he had been out earlier in the day as well. When I left, he was grooming the portion across Larpenteur.
      (Caitlin Anderson)
    • Jan 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ B skis ]

      Went out under the lights on the bronze trail tonight. Within the first half kilometer the classic track has bottomed out, but it's easily avoided. Right now about 80% of the course has well-set, fast classic track. As typical for this trail, some of the tight corners have washed out on the outer side of the turn. I had some trouble on the uphills, but this was using older skis with mismatched wax pockets -- I'm inclined to blame my waxing more than possible icing. Looks like skate skiing would be really enjoyable, as it's well-packed and really fast outside of the track.
      (Lindsey Tuominen)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Nicely groomed and good track. There are a few places where underlying ice and debris and grass show in the track, so be careful with good skis. Skied the trails on East side in early afternoon. Bright sun, cold wind, drifting.
      Photos:  
      (Kal Perry)
    • Jan 12 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lake of the Isles, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake and Cedar Lake Trail all groomed and tracked. Enjoy the trails. Make sure to display your MPRB Ski Trail Pass.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth South (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Eloise Butler and Quaking Bog trails are groomed, but not yet tracked. Make sure to display your MPRB Ski Pass.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are in great condition. New snow over a bullet-proof deck, below. Most trails are tracked, with the exception of JD Rivers.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 12 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Classic only. Tracks were great along east side of Vadnais Lake. Blown out in some areas, shallow snow resulted in poling asphalt in some areas. Wooded scenery divine. Tracks observed to be set going into Sucker Lake Trail but not skied.
      (Katie Koessler)
    • Jan 12 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skied around noon, outer loop, and the tiny loop in the pines on the way back to the start. Mostly good coverage, but snow is soft and dry, so the tracks wash out in many places. Under the snow is solid ice, so the poles don't set solidly. There are places where some small twigs/plants poke up through the snow, and a number of places where dirt is showing in the tracks. There are two sets of tracks almost everywhere, so if you really care, and are paying attention, you can certainly avoid the dirt. And there are no places where the whole path is bare. You can just step out of the track for a moment. The wind was blowing pretty hard, and in the open places the tracks were filling in. I walked these paths last week before the snow, and they were solid, rough ice. Considering that we didn't get that much snow, I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the conditions were. I think the groomers did a great job with what they had to work with.
      (Richard Gerth)
    • Jan 12 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Primarily ungroomed as of 4:30 today. Only a small loop right off the golf course groomed for skate, but the majority of the course (about 90%) ungroomed. No classic track set at all. Only took me about 5 minutes to ski the test loop off the parking lot. Won't go back until I know its groomed because its not long enough to make it worth it.
      (Amy Fredregill)
    • Jan 12 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Disappointing - Tracks were claimed to have been set but they were only set on the dead flat sections. The track setter had been intentionally lifted on even the slightest uphills and for 100 feet at all intersections. Plenty of coverage. Saw some skaters on this supposed classic only trail. It appears they are grooming wider than the tracked area. Possibly for a skate lane?
      (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
    • Jan 12 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great skiing today. Everything was nicely groomed, with track set in most places. No ice or thin spots that I encountered on the skate deck.
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Jan 12 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Windblown on the man-made with the tracks filling in with fine-grained snow on about 1/4 to 1/3 of the loop. Skied the Northern Lights/Thicket to get out of the wind. The track was pretty good (a little washed out) but not as deep and firm as the man-made as there is just enough snow to set a track. Natural snow here was pretty fast.
      (Mark Lahtinen)
    • Jan 12 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail has been rolled, but no classic track has been set. Only a few skiers had been out before me. Even without the track I found it easy to classic ski it. Hills are great.
      Photos:  
      (Wes Gerber)
    • Jan 12 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Was out at William O'Brien this morning around 9:30am. Groomers had done the inner loops (not sure of the names of those,) but front office said the outer loops would be done by noon. I'm not an "expert" skier nor know much about what is "good" snow, but was a bit slow-going as snow is still thick in spots (not packed down,) and still pretty soft. But great grooming, nonetheless and a beautiful morning to be out. Bet in a day or two it'll be even more awesome!
      (Liz Westerhaus)
    • Jan 12 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic tracks and skate deck were all set this morning. All of the lakes, the spur trail and across 394. I set tracks where I could and tried to get rid of any post holing and fatbike tracks. Tunnel to Brownie is ice, so be careful. Not too many rocks in that area yet.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Leugers)
    • Jan 12 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All trails (classic and skate) are being rolled today. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but is making it around ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 12 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Nice conditions at 7:30 AM. Fresh corduroy and tracked trails! Groomers were still out there at 9 AM. Some debris on the trails (branches, leaves). Found one rock on an uphill but otherwise in good shape.
      (Eric Spieler)
    • Jan 12 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Highland was tracked and groomed as we skied this morning. Foxy and I skijored; Kevin classiced. I like the way the groomers set track even when they occasionally bottom out. New snow and wind blow snow into the track in some places; in other places skiers set a new track. Shallow tracks are better than none.
      (John Kendrick)
    • Jan 12 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Ski trails are packed and in POOR condition for skating. No tracks have been set. The ski chalet is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Friday's from 2:30-5PM AND weekends 9AM - 5PM. Skate ski rentals are available.
      (Darren Dummer)
    • Jan 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in Good condition. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in Good condition and Tracked in Fair conditions. Visitor Center is Open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be Closed Friday, Jan 13th, 5am- 2pm for Maintenance work due to past rain and thaw. Trails will be closed 5am - 10pm on Sat Jan 21st for the Rennet Race.
      (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
    • Jan 11 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All trails were rolled today. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but it packed in ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
      Photos:  
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      All trails (classic and skate) were rolled this morning. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but packed in ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
      (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied Tamarack on both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, I created some of my own tracks in the new snow, but most of the trails had already been blazed before my arrival. Wednesday afternoon it appeared the the trails had been groomed. The tracks were very good with only a couple of minor grassy patches in some wind-exposed areas. There's not much snow depth, so my poles weren't biting into the ground very well, instead hitting either pavement of hard ice below the snow. I skied the entire trail system on Wednesday. Overall two nice late afternoon sessions.
      (Doug Cameron)
    • Jan 11 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      No grooming yet. Good snow. Few people have been out and made tracks on the trails. Usual foot traffic over the tracks on the north end of the park. When asked, Anoka County Parks said they'll be packing trails today.
      (Josh Bydlon)
    • Jan 11 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Soft, new snow on a recently rolled base. Fresh classic tracks set this afternoon. Great to be out here again, this is going to be fun this weekend as it sets up!
      Photos:  
      (Dean Kleinhans)
    • Jan 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied around 1 pm, groomers were on the outer loop as we skied. Felt bad for skiing in fresh groom. Good coverage, used B skis but good skis for skate would have been fine. Classic tracks were thin in sections. Snow felt slower the second lap...
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 11 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      On the third consecutive day of snow, I skated Hyland. The snowmaking loop was predictably excellent. Today, I added in the 3k natural-snow Lake loop. It's bumpier, and some pole plants seem to get to ice, but the grooming and coverage are decent and I did not worry about my A skis. It's not the superb deck of the snowmaking trail, but hey, a skier needs some variety!
      (David Moore)
    • Jan 11 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Took a drive by Phalen tonight to determine if it was groomed. It sure was. Looks like a just a skate deck with some skied in tracks. I walked on the track and it felt firm and there seemed to be lots of snow. Should be good for a nice ski tomorrow.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 11 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate deck was pretty good/groomed and skied in. Classic was shallow and washed out, track not completlely set yet. Nice full moon to ski under!
      (John Elling)
    • Jan 11 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      All trails in good condition for skate. The grooming was so good that I skied the unlit trails by moonlight tonight. Classical track was only set on one trail. Get out and ski while you can on these trails!
      (Molly Cochran)
    • Jan 11 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied a few of the classic trails by Schulze Lake. They hadn't caught up with the grooming yet, but there were trails set by other skiers. Trails seemed mostly fine with great coverage, though a little tricky/slippery in spots like hills, with the snow layers over a layer of very hard ice in spots. Beautiful night at Lebanon Hills with the full moon.
      (Robert Sullivan)
    • Jan 11 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skated the middle, lit loop at dusk today and it was perfect. Full coverage, no debris, rocks or other nastiness. Slightly uneven and soft, as you'd expect for newly groomed fresh snow. The classic track looked great but did not run the full length of the loop. Perhaps it was laid only for the very short innermost loop?
      (Dan Steger)
    • Jan 11 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh snow. Full moon. Awesome grooming. Classic Tracks. Race Skis. Rode Blue Multigrade. Super Fun! What more could you want?
      (Carl Nordgren)
    • Jan 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Most all trails are open, man-made 2.5km trail is in good condition, outer trails are in fair condition with some twigs/leaves around. Poles will hit the ground on the other trails and some tracks have bare ground/dirt. Overall, very ski-able.
      (Justin Reiling)
    • Jan 11 - CedarHolm Golf Course (Roseville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail packed and groomed today. Few icy spots where snow was thin. No classic track, waiting for track to firm up.
      (Doug White)
    • Jan 11 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Three Rivers said Baker trails were in good condition and they were right. Used my good skis on Island, Timber and Prairie Trail and did not see any rocks. No track but the skate deck was solid. Looks like the trails should be good for a while.
      (Chuck Barden)
    • Jan 11 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails groomed and nice. Soft deck for skating. Some diag. trails set and some are either not set or wiped out. Some thin spots on hilltops but very skiable. Lots of people out at 5 p.m.
      (Michael Darger)
    • Jan 11 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skied classic on the 5k loop. It was groomed for skate but didn't have the classic tracks when I went at 2pm. The 6-8 inches of snow we got in the last few days were perfectly fine for classic, even without the tracks. There were certain parts, particularly in wooded or wind exposed areas where you could feel the ice underneath with your poles. I was on one or two hills that had some ice exposed, so proceed with caution. Otherwise the amount of snow was fine. Skaters looked like they were getting good glide on the trails I was on.
      (Sam Holte)
    • Jan 11 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trail had been groomed but classic tracks not set. The skier-made tracks varied considerably from clearly defined to essentially nonexistent. Much of the snow was smooth, but with some icy spots and a few slushy spots. Poles frequently went down to ice. Definitely nice to be back on the trail, but a few more inches sure would be nice.
      (Edward Burke)
    • Jan 11 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All trails were combed again this afternoon. No tracks set yet. Ski Games trail is combed and classic track is set. Conditions are a bit soft but seem to be firming up quickly.
      (Bill Stuber)
    • Jan 11 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Thin and soft but pretty good coverage. There are definitely spots where people have edged down to the ice or occasionally grass beneath the new snow but generally it is pretty good. The good thing is that the snow is mostly adhering to the ice beneath and not sheering off. It should groom out fairly well hopefully.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Mullin)
    • Jan 11 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      If there is not snow there is ice, but no big patches. You will feel the ice on your big kicks, but you can get around the course just fine. There will be tree work happening the week of January 16th that Will require a couple of trail crossings. Our groomers will get these areas cleared and repaired as soon as possible, but people should be fine using the trail during this work; the trail will still be open but these areas may have some perpendicular tracks and a little debris.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 11 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good to very good, no classic tracks, expect to be better after another grooming. Heard groomers didn't think classic tracks could be set due to ice base, though I thought there was enough snow to groom classic. High school classic event scheduled Jan 12th may be cancelled due to classic track concerns. I saw only two other skiers there, worth the drive to avoid crowds at other venues.
      (Tom Berscheid)
    • Jan 11 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All things considered, the trails are in pretty good condition. If there is not snow there is ice, but no big patches. Only one or two spots on the tops of the hills where grass is popping through. Even under the bridge is OK but you might want to double pole through there.
      Photos:  
      (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
    • Jan 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skated from JD Rivers to Skyline, and it looks like it was probably groomed yesterday but not yet after the snow today. There is a nice base, and I didn't have any issues with ice or rocks, but about an inch or two of loose powder on top of everything. Decent skiing nonetheless.
      (Robert Ibler)
    • Jan 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I classic skied the Valley, Lake, Creek and Northern Lights trails mid-afternoon today. All these trails are packed and tracked. Conditions varied from very good to fair. A few grass and dirt spots in the tracks back on the Lake and Creek trails. The track was a little soft but may firm up tonight. Very nice to be able to ski on trails other than the Valley loop! The skate deck looked "soft", back on Lake and Creek trails.
      (Mark Skinner)
    • Jan 11 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Early morning only skier-set tracks were evident with many walker prints as well. This applies to Pike Island trails and the trail from the park uphill to East 54th Street. By the time I departed around noon park crew was packing the trails; however, there didn't appear to be enough to set tracks.
      (Robert Bergad)
    • Jan 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lake Elmo Park Reserve east side (lit) trails are being groomed and tracked this afternoon. Trial reports with the fresh snow are good.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions fair to good. Track diverged and disappeared in many places; hard to get rhythm going. No bare spots, but hard ice below surface made poling difficult in places. Skate trail looked pretty good. It feels good to finally be able to ski.
      (Bob Hartzler)
    • Jan 11 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic tracks have been set at Cottage Grove Ravine with St. Croix Bluffs to follow. Overall, the ski trails look good. Some scattered ice patches remain.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The ski trails at Pine Point Park have been groomed on Wednesday. Fresh tracks have been set and look good. Snow may be thin in the pines.
      (Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Green Haven Golf Course (Anoka): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      We were able to flat groom the trails today. Pretty good conditions. Park in the lower lot and the ski trail starts at the top of the hill.
      (Larry Norland)
    • Jan 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fresh snow continues to help build a base. Groomed the ski trail (left side) and also rolled out the walking trail (right side). No classic trails set, as the snow is still a little thin. Still a little icy in some parts. But overall, much better than it has been.
      (Mike Guild)
    • Jan 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      I skiied the Valley Trail which had not yet been groomed - there was 2 to 3 inches powder on the trail. The tracks were packed by skiiers. Classic was very good. They were starting to groom the Northern Lights while I was there and I was the first one to try them. There was plenty of snow on the N.L. trail. They were working on tracks while I skiied. The completed tracks were good but here and there a little dirt could be seen so I gave the trail a "B ski" rating. The skate lane seemed to be well covered with no risk of hitting dirt. It sure is nice to have new snow.
      (Mark Basiletti)
    • Jan 11 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed for skate on all trails but king. Could see some sticks and ice poking through. Groomer is out making multiple passes.
      Photos:  
      (Kevin Wendland)
    • Jan 11 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Skated the Meadow Trail and the night/lit trails mid-morning. Most trails had been rolled and the groomer was out. He stopped me and asked my opinion and we had a nice chat about what they had done on Monday to scrape up the ice. Whatever they did worked. There were no indications I could detect that there was ice underneath the new snow and the snow was adhering well to the trail; only a few soft spots. Trails were basically completely snow covered. There was not enough snow to set tracks but that and a few places where you could see a sliver of bare ground were the only signs the snow was thin. The new snow was a little slow (but quite fast as compared to race at Ironwood last Saturday!). All in all, the skating was very good.
      (Leif Irgens)
    • Jan 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      Hiawatha was groomed this morning, but coverage is too thin for a classic track. There was an skier with an off-leash dog out and about this morning. Hiawatha is not an off-leash dog park, and rumor has it that MPRB police have been ticketing for this.
      (John Saunders)
    • Jan 11 - Theodore Wirth North (Minneapolis): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The natural snow trails (Slyline, Bridge, Tornado Alley, Twin Lake, and Judy) are groomed and open. No classic tracks set. Still a few areas where ice is exposed, but overall decent skate conditions.
      (Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)
    • Jan 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      The man made loop was freshly groomed with a light dusting of snow on top. Additionally, a wintry mix was also falling as I was leaving. A little soft and not much glide but still fun. Northern Lights was not only not groomed but barricaded off as well. That is a bit surprising as Maple Grove has received over 6" of snow in the last two days.
      (Don Callander)

 

Minnesota Northeast


      Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails are wet and icy with scattered pine needles in the tracks. We have had 2 days of 41 degree temps, and it is raining now, so the conditions aren't ideal.
      (Al Ringer)
    • Jan 20 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Our 5K and 10K trails remain snow-covered, and the base is holding-up. Both trails were icy this morning, but have softened as the day goes on. Because we are unwilling to take the grooming equipment onto the soft, wet snow in above-freezing temps, the downhill turn sections are rutted and somewhat "dicey" this morning. In expectation of a return to winter conditions, and in order to preserve our base, we have decided to postpone grooming until night-time temps return to sub-freezing. We remain open today, but will be closed on Saturday, Jan 21st, due to the forecast wet weather. We will post our open/closed status for Sunday as we see what Saturday brings.
      (John Graham)
    • Jan 20 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions at Gooseberry have held up surprisingly well with the above freezing temps. Skied trails above HWY 61 on the East and West side of the river. Conditions higher up away from the lake are in better shape. Tracks set a few days ago are in good shape - firm and no bare spots.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Steffes)
    • Jan 19 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great classic and skate skiing today at Lester. Thank you City of Duluth for today's grooming! The tracks are beautiful and the skate deck is flat and fast, even though temps hit 38F. Many skiers were out enjoying the sunshine and the lights are on every night. Lester Amity Chalet is open tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Get out the enjoy the warmer temps!
      (MaryBeth Nevers)
    • Jan 18 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      33F to 37F. The skating was great, but by the time I finished two rounds of the outer loop, the temperature was affecting the snow, getting soft on the south facing slopes. The trail down into the Lester Amity arena probably won't be skiable after today -- the snow is melting too fast.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 18 - Marshall School Trails (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Marshall Ski trail Stadium ready for sprint races this weekend!
      Photos:  
      (Dave Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Chester Bowl (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent headlamp ski tonight. Trail was freshly groomed for skating but no classic tracks. The deck was firm and flat. I would rate the conditions superb, but the inevitable foot traffic in the middle of the trail merit a deduction or two.
      (Fritz Anderson)
    • Jan 17 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      33F. Sunny, calm. The skate skiing was excellent. I skied the 10km loop and the campground loop. The tracks looked like new, solid and deep. The skate lane on the 10km trail was really nice, but still has broad washboard in a lot of areas. Everything was skiable, no bare spots, just uneven at times. Need more snow. Gorgeous conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate deck holding up well today even in the open areas. Sun didn't come out until later in the afternoon so no melting today luckily. In preparation for the warmer weather, I spent much of the day shoveling most of the climbs on the 11 km loop to be proactive and ensure optimal conditions for Sunday's race. On average the skate deck has a 5-6" packed base.
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Jan 17 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I did some classic skiing on the Jane 5K loop from mid to very late afternoon. The track is firm and about 80 to 90% of perfect. Lotsa fun skiing! The high temp there was about 32 degrees. The snow was holding up well. No evidence of melting, except maybe a little in the sun. Purple wax gave me good grip. I'll go back tomorrow in the morning and should have another good ski!
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 17 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are in excellent shape as of noon today - no real sun / temp damage. Skating was perfect, classic track looked very good with minimal glazing. Very nice!
      (John Cron)
    • Jan 16 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated the south loops today from 3-5 pm doing three laps on the race course for Sunday. Really good conditions with snow temp cold still (no melting today). Trails were smooth and solid base underneath. Will take a shovel out to the little S climb near the road tomorrow to reinforce that which is the thinner spot on the course to brace for the warmer temps coming Friday and Saturday. We expect conditions to remain quite decent for Sunday's race due to the solid base we've accumulated. Snow depth off the side of the trail ranges mostly between 8-12".
      Photos:  
      (Clayton Keim)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good coverage and grooming throughout. Classic tracks were good but did have quite a few leaves blown in. The skate deck looked great. A few spots of ice but easily avoidable. There was one rock poking through towards the end of the main loops (by the Spirit Mountain cutoff) - again easily avoidable but beware if skiing in the dark.
      (Nikki Norland)
    • Jan 16 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Looked and felt like new tracks on all Spirit trails. Except for leaf debris in some areas (and a few minor and inconsequential spots of ice in low areas) the trails were in beautiful shape! The skate deck also looked very nice and well-used!
      (Nikki Norland)
    • Jan 16 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wolf Run, White Pine, Birch Ridge, and Eagle Ridge are all re-groomed as of early today! Perfect skiing weather! Check out Biskey!
      Photos:  
      (Jason Miller)
    • Jan 16 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great day for skiing. Classic trails were in very good shape. Did Bardon Peak Loop and Main Loop Cutoff.
      (Eddie Fuhs)
    • Jan 16 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      How much better could the trails at Lester have been this morning for both skate and classic? None. None more better! A perfect sunny day in the north woods, with perfect conditions.
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 16 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent. Nice track and skate deck. The groomers were out this morning refreshing the trail and changing bulbs on the 3k lighted loop. Beautiful morning, bright sky, and not yet too warm.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 16 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hard tracks, skied in, no icing in the tracks, don't see how it could be much better. Double pole derby for those in racing shape, some nice striding sections for us mortals. Hard right downhill is now fast.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 15 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Fresh classic track played early this morning, looking good in most places, but with some areas of thin track littered with leaves. Stick to B skis because of those patchy spots.
      (Donavon Catton)
    • Jan 15 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic day at Piedmont. If you're looking for a ski after work just as the sun is setting, there is no finer than Piedmont. And, the signs are back! I really missed them last year. Classic and skate trails were great.
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Gorgeous tracks, firm skate lane. 30F. Loads of skiers. Even the steep hill into and out of the Lester Amity Chalet was beautiful and easy to ski up and down.
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 15 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      1F air temp. Tracks still in excellent condition. There should be a race here, like in the 1970's. It would be epic!
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 15 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent ski late morning to early afternoon. Earlier in the day the skating might have been a bit squirrely, but I hit it right in the Goldilocks zone as the temperature hit 20F. Well used mostly flat and firm skate lane, beautiful appearing classic track with rare washouts. Very little duff and the very rare patch of dirty snow. A touch up would be nice but I really had a great ski of the entire system that reminded me why I love this trail.
      (John Ipsen)
    • Jan 15 - Gooseberry Falls State Park (Two Harbors): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent. The trail was meticulously groomed with a deep and firm set of double classic tracks. Superb day with beautiful sunshine and bright blue sky. Skied the trails across the highway and the intermediate loop back along the Gooseberry River was especially fun. Lots of skiers today.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied with the kids. Trail is in good shape. It is a somewhat hilly trail and some downhills have some icy spots, but mostly in good shape. Worth doing.
      (Nickoel Anderson)
    • Jan 14 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent tracks. 20F. Groomed Thursday but hardly skied between then and Saturday. It doesn't get any better!
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 14 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great skiing at Pine Valley in the late afternoon today. Good skier traffic since the skate lane and classic track were groomed yesterday and conditions are holding up well. Classic track has some early signs of wear on a few turns but the tracks are solid. Skate lane is firm and flat. A little bit of tree debris here and there but no problems.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 14 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions at Korkki. Fast, fun and beautiful. Classic only trails with lots of hills on the 10k.
      (Angie Miller)
    • Jan 14 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was groomed recently. It was firm and even with snow blown over it wherever the trail was open to the wind. In sheltered areas it was still corduroy. Air temp was about 15 degrees at noon and the snow was a little cold, dry and slow. Tracks looked good throughout. Skied Blue Ox, Nine Pine and Bear Paw.
      Photos:  
      (Nic Bacigalupo)
    • Jan 14 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing classic tracks - firm, deep, solid walls. Skied the 10K then onto the 5K and only left the tracks twice (the hard turns on "Tim's Turn" and onto "Special K". The skate lane had been groomed last night and was generally corduroy. Best day of skiing so far this season.
      (John Graham)
    • Jan 14 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      White Pine, Birch Ridge, Eagle Ridge, and Wolf Run are all groomed as of today. I skied the trails this morning - great conditions out there! Temps are perfect at around 20 degrees, snow conditions are optimal for fast skiing, tracks are in great shape, sunny skies, etc! Definitely consider heading up to Biskey this weekend for some Birkie practice!
      Photos:  
      (Jason Miller)
    • Jan 14 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent classical skiiing, skating looked like it would be great as well from what I could tell. Tracks well set and solid. Occasional drifting from wind (including the cut-over to Spirit Mountain) affected the classic tracks only in very short segments and were no big deal. Wind also must have contributed to occasional sections with oak leaves in track, particularly on the way up to Ely Peak. Spirit Mountain trails have less oak leaves in tracks than Magney, skied them both.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 14 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Why ski anywhere else? Midwinter resort quality skiing on the 10K. 3K was more skied-in. 10K was pristine...corduroy on skate lane and well set, solid tracks. Occasionally some oak leaves in the track but no big deal.
      (Sara Zimmer)
    • Jan 13 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions. Track solid, somewhat soft where just groomed and closer to the edge. Darin was there grooming as I was skiing. Duluth City groomers made a point to groom all the xc ski trails in anticipation of this three-day weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Louise Levy)
    • Jan 13 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The City of Cloquet Parks crew groomed the trail system on Friday afternoon, a new classic track was set and the skate lane is flat and wide. Pine Valley received about six inches of snow earlier in the week and conditions are excellent.
      (Tom Urbanski)
    • Jan 13 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I classic skied most of the trails that are lighted (at night) during the early afternoon. Temperature was about 1 to 5 degrees. Tracks were in perfect condition and as expected a bit slow....but had a very enjoyable ski session. And once again with the perfect tracks, it made me feel like I really know how to ski.
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 12 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Magney is in great shape. Skied over from the Spirit Mountain trails and wished I had spent the whole time in Magney! Classic tracks are deep and firm. Skate deck looks great. Looked like a total of four people had skied the trails since the latest grooming as of Thursday evening.
      (Matt Leibfried)
    • Jan 12 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails at Snowflake are in great condition. Skate lane is packed powder and very smooth. The track was set yesterday with a new track setter yielding even tracks at perfect depth. Kudos to John and Jim for the fine grooming this season.
      Photos:  
      (Bruce Derauf)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Skied in perfectly set classic tracks just a few hours after the groomer got done. Thanks go to the City of Duluth grooming crew! They were able to use the Pisten Bully and it really turned out great. Skating deck looked perfect, but was a little soft due to not having enough time to set up yet.
      (Rhett Bonner)
    • Jan 11 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The several inches of new snow was certainly welcome. The groomer was leaving as we arrived. Skied all sections of the trail. Classic tracks were deep and clean. The new snow allowed us to ski the advanced loop. This loop has a very long and fast downhill, but we were able to bleed speed with the soft snow. Near perfect conditions despite single digit temperatures.
      (Tim Blais)
    • Jan 11 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Another great day of skiing at Snowflake. Jane's 5 K Loop was groomed this morning and the Classic tracks came out perfect and firm. Couldn't really ask for better snow/grooming. The snow wasn't fast but it wasn't slow either. I only wished I hadn't gotten so tired so I could have skied it a few more times. I'll be back tomorrow!
      (John Bogen)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park Golf Course (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lester Golf Course was fantastic today. Fresh groomed with deep classic tracks set. There's one part that looked chuncky with ice on the skate deck but otherwise that looked beautiful as well.
      Photos:  
      (Tammy Davis)
    • Jan 11 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 3km and campground are groomed for skating and classic skiing. The 10km loop is rolled for skating and will be tracked tomorrow night. Skiing is great!
      Photos:  
      (Tone Coughlin)
    • Jan 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful day for a ski! The trails are in the best shape of the season with deep classic tracks and the skate deck is improving with each snowfall. There were a few spots where the right classic track drops down a few inches suddenly in downhills. Some soft spots on the black loops and on some right hand pole plants. Also be aware of some of the shrubs/trees near the classic track. I had to duck several times to avoid being whacked in the face. But other than that, tracks were in good shape. I didn't see any rocks but my poles might have found some judging by the sound they made. Could have been ice chunks too. I'm happy to see these trails finally starting to look better!!
      (Erin Blow)
    • Jan 11 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trail was groomed and tracked today and is in great shape. Come on out; the sun is shining and the woods are beautiful.
      (Al Ringer)
      Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied from Onion River parking around Homestead and Hogback loops. Tracks were a bit icy but manageable. Enjoyable trip overall. Appreciated the deep set tracks throughout.
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      18" of snow on the ground next to ski trail. Magnificent Nordic Skiing day at Central Gunflint Trail again. Temps high twenties to thirty two. Skied Ridge Run, among the towering white pines and beautiful vistas with perfect snow (and lots of it) blue clear sky's and sunshine! Also skied Red Pine, and many others. It was sooo great we skied all day! If you love to ski and you love great snow and grooming come on up! You will be glad you did.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Jan 18 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Temp was 34 when I arrived at Bearskin Lodge around noon. The trails were in very good shape. It was nice and sunny. Had Start Racing Special.....36 - 27 F. Not "special" enough for me, or I didn't have enough on. Gobbed some Ski-Go HF, 41 to 30F. Had wonderful skiing then with no slipping. Enjoyed the Summer Home Road (saw lots of moose tracks), Ridge Run, and Lower Ridge Run, some Beaver Dam, Moose Pasture (that's Tree Heaven to me), and just one loop on the Campground trail, as usual so well set, and you can ski out on the lake from there. Sure wish my old dad would come north to ski!
      Photos:  
      (Kim Carlsted-Gillis)
    • Jan 17 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied from Tofte to Oberg via Bridge Run and Lower Homestead then back via Picnic loop. Firm deck with some debris that is no big deal. Classic tracks are holding up well. All trails are good with Oberg and Picnic loops being superb. I was rewarded today with incredible hoar frost at the higher elevations that fell to put a dusting of fresh "snow" on the trail. The warmer temps are making the trails ski faster, it's heaven on earth.
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 16 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied the Banadad, Lace Lake and Poplar Creek (Central Gunflint System) trails. All were in very good shape with lots of snow.
      Photos:  
      (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
    • Jan 16 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail is in excellent condition. Grooming is recent enough that the track is in excellent shape. Plenty of snow with about 2 feet of soft snow off the trail. The connector to Tettegouche is groomed and the track is set. A wonderful ski today.
      (Glen Connell)
    • Jan 16 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wonderful afternoon skiing on Gunflint Trail. The snow is deep, base perfect for the skate deck. The new snow on top was perfect corduroy from expert grooming. The snow covered pines surrounding us magnificent to be skiing among. What a great pleasure. Skied Old Logging Camp trail, Moose Ridge, Deer Mouse, and Red Pine. Saw a large moose near the trail. Bring your A skis and leave your B skis and Rock skis at home. This is snow country. If you love to ski, you need to be here.
      Photos:  
      (Robert W Nicholson III)
    • Jan 16 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A fun and beautiful ski on the western loops. Conditions very good, downhills nice and fast but controllable. Then I skied over to the base of Carlton Peak and did my first winter ascent of this iconic North Shore mountain! Sunny, not hardly a cloud in the sky, no wind, perfect as can be!
      (Dave Carlson)
    • Jan 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails on the central Gunflint trail system are awesome A+ condition. Classic tracks and skate deck all groomed within the last day. Pure heaven!
      Photos:  
      (Matt Sargent)
    • Jan 15 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions on the trails by Bearskin. A perfect afternoon for skiing. Skate deck was a little soft, but classic tracks were in great shape. So much snow!
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 15 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate skied from Tofte around the Picnic loop to Oberg and back to Britton Peak via lower Homestead and Bridge Run. Firm deck throughout. Hopped in the deep classic tracks here and there. A little tree debris, easily avoided. All very good with the sections further away from trailheads being excellent. This is the best condition I've seen in the 5 years skiing here in mid January! Thanks Sugarbush groomers, well done!
      Photos:  
      (Michael Kosloski)
    • Jan 14 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful track for a starlight ski. Went around North Advanced and it was a bit soft because I was almost the first one to use it. Lovely conditions!
      (Tina Hegg)
    • Jan 14 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Very beautiful but trails are impacted by drifting snow and are loosing definition. Also, the northern-most loops (Bally Creek Loop / Moose Rub) had not been groomed.
      Photos:  
      (Ari Fuad)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skated the Picnic Loop this morning. Skate deck was the best I've skied this season and the rising temps made it a great day. Only saw one person on the upper parts of the trail, but it was good to see some folks heading out as I made my way back to the parking lot. Cannot wait to get back up there and ski again!
      (Patrick Davison)
    • Jan 14 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Perfect day on a perfect system. Classic skied homestead loop. It doesn't get much better than this.
      (Bill Lane)
    • Jan 14 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Warmer weather and sunshine are combining with perfect snow conditions for a great weekend ski experience. All trails are tracked for classic skiing and the skate deck is in excellent shape. Come on out and enjoy our amazing trails.
      (Jim Shinners)
    • Jan 13 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks were set on Wednesday and had drifted in on the north facing slopes. Skate deck was firm and skiing should be fabulous this weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Thomas Gahr)
    • Jan 13 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Banadad tracked yesterday- a cold and windy day. Skiing should be excellent except in a few open areas along the trail where drifting snow might have drifted over the trail. Lace Lake and Tall Pines trails tracked today. Snow on the ground- 23". Last Tracked- Thursday and Friday. Conditions - Good to Excellent.
      (Ted Young)
    • Jan 12 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bally Creek Trails were just re-groomed the past two days and have a base of 28 to 30" of snow. All trails are groomed and open with one exception, the ski-thru to Cascade Park, because of the recent blowdown from an ice storm. Volunteer help is needed to remove debris from that storm. Call Bally Creek Cabins if you would like to help. The following trails are open and groomed with classic tracks: Big Cedar Loop, Sundling Loop, Wildlife Pond, Eagle Mtn. overlook, the skijoring trail. Also the road USFS 158 is groomed for classic and skating. The snowshoe trail that leads out of the public parking area (Superior Hiking Trail Spur) is also ready. Note: A private contractor was hired to widen the FS158 and the public lot, at great expense. A $5 parking fee is charged now at the public lot and there is a lock box to put your fee in. Unauthorized vehicles in the private Bally Creek cabin lot will be towed at the owner's expense.
      (Cathi Williams)
    • Jan 11 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received approximately 5-6 inches of fresh snow from this last storm. The stadium, East and West Overlook, Snowmen, Lynn's Loop and Pincushion Mountain Trail have all been compacted and then combed for skating and classic tracks have been set. North Advanced and Canyon Curves have been rolled and partially groomed. We should have all of the trails fully groomed tomorrow. We have an excellent base and overall conditions are quite good. Enjoy your ski.
      (Jim Shinners)
      Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain and warm temps the last few days but skate lane and track still very skiable. Fairly firm but collapses slightly under each ski with that grummppp sound. Will be treacherous when it freezes but skiable again later in the day when it softens up again. Avoid steep downhills and be prepared for changing conditions on the hillsides.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 19 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were superb for both skate and classic. Perfect conditions for skin-tec waxes skis. We skied Summit, Bronze, Wynne Creek, Laurentian, Oslo, and Nothern Lites. All trails were in great shape and freshly groomed.
      (Roland Ring-Jarvi)
    • Jan 18 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rain, drizzle, and 36 degrees will quickly turn the trails to mush. It may be necessary to stay off the trails until Wednesday January 25 to allow the base to refreeze (if that actually happens by then) so that they can be groomed again when cold weather returns.
      (Bob Conzemius)
    • Jan 18 - Stoney Ridge (Nashwauk): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Warm afternoon with sunshine and 40F degrees. Trail system appears to be in great shape, however only the beginner loop is tracked. A very small part of the intermediate loop is packed, but really only the first loop is skiable. Even with the warm temperatures the track was firm with only a couple of soft spots. Not sure what the plan is here.... the first loop is not much to ski for such an out of the way trail. Hope the rest of the trail gets groomed this year!
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 18 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Sunny but not too warm. Soft brown wax worked fine. Tracks a little beat up from skiers but still enjoyable. Beginners did Boomer-Blue. Others did outer loops.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 18 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails ski pretty well, lots of deer tracks out there. Cross cut trail is the only one I found that's not groomed. I believe the groomer was last here Jan 3rd. Beautiful day for a ski!
      (Keith Murphy)
    • Jan 17 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 

      County groomer reported grooming and track setting. Warm temps today but trails still good in the woods.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 17 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 

      Groomer reported grooming and set track. Should be great skiing until it starts to soften, freeze, and rain? UGH!
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 17 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Combed over Lake Loop, prelude and Judy's to Lower Jct, set track which is shallow in spots. Groomed and tracked the Tower Loop, which is soft as of today but is in great shape. All trails are groomed, combed and track set.
      (Ryan Gunderson)
    • Jan 16 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracks were deep and great. Trail was freshly groomed with 20+ inches of snow on the ground. It was 28 above and sunny. Great day to be out on the trails.
      Photos:  
      (David Kettula)
    • Jan 16 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recently groomed and great conditions. Trail rubs out in a few areas but obviously the trail is getting used. Thumbs up! Big thanks to Dave for responding so quickly to grooming request! Much appreciated!
      (Kim Gibeau)
    • Jan 15 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lanes and tracks set with Pisten Bully over most of the course except a few of the Grant-in-Aid trails sections. They were not groomed and were really fun to fly downhills in the fluffy 3 inches of snow. Skate skiing up was a challenge. Expect those trails to be done as soon as snowmobile groomer is out of shop for repairs.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 14 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Great skiing north both sides of river from co. 65 trailhead. Also south, great track set. Thanks USFS.
      (Arden LaBonte)
    • Jan 14 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All trails groomed Saturday, track and skate, very good condition. New trail partially groomed to logging road. Rajala Run open, except to take skis off to cross logging road. Lots of skiers out.
      (Greg Moritko)
    • Jan 14 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of new snow in hard set tracks was easy to ski in. Others had been out on parts of the trails. Set out -2F below at 10 am and finished at noon +20F above. Sunny, no wind. Doesn't get much better than this! Some wind blown leaves and sticks in tracks.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 14 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nearly excellent...a great time to get out to ski! Sunny and 12 degrees out, all trails are groomed and in great shape. Just a little debris in some of the tracks and quite a few deer tracks in some areas. No problem using your good skis.
      Photos:  
      (Craig Holgate)
    • Jan 13 - Big Ridge (Grand Rapids): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      County groomer reported Big Ridge was groomed this week but another 3 inches of fresh snow fell so skiers may need to ski in tracks.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      City of Cohasset Dave O'Fallon reported grooming on both MN Power and Portage Park trails.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Wabana Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautifully groomed and classical track set. I was the first and only skier up until dark. Lots of deer sign. Blue wax/polar white combo worked fine. Very nice conditions. Temps around 0.
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 13 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and set a single track north of intersection 3 and north of County Road 65 to the shelter. Six inch base no rocks showing.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed and set a single track on the entire trail system Thursday. There may be some drifting in the open areas as the wind stayed up into the evening. Generally the tracks should be in good condition for the weekend. We must have at least an 8" base by now.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 11 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We groomed and track with a single track all of the Bird Lake trails except the Black Diamond Loop between junctions 1 and 2. Good base and good track.
      (Mark Toot)
    • Jan 11 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three inches of fresh, fluffy snow had been packed in tracks by previous skier but still some fluff in tracks. Swix blue was too soft and slow for the new snow, but worked great on the second time around! Beautiful trail through magnificent Norway and white pines. Lots of deer tracks/trails. Temp about 5 above zero, but sun made it feel warmer.
      Photos:  
      (Catherine McLynn)
    • Jan 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Recent snow was wonderfully groomed with nice deep track. We skied the south end. Very scenic with mixed hardwood and large white and red pine.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Friedlieb)
    • Jan 11 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tracked all trails today. Conditions are good.
      (Randy Zupan)
    • Jan 11 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Combed and tracked all trails. I made multiple passes with the groomer. The skate lane was starting to set up. It should be nice and firm. Nice deep, firm track as well.
      (Rick Mcdonald)
      Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 14 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just about perfect. Nice single track winding through tall pines covered in snow. Lots of snow here.
      Photos:  
      (Tony Lockhart)
    • Jan 11 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5 more inches of snow in the last couple days. Trails haven't been in this great condition mid-January in as long as we can remember. 20+ inches in the woods - 7-12" base. All the trails will be groomed and tracked today. Wolves caught on video a week ago on Lake Gegoka, come ski and howl with us!
      (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
      Other locations
    • Jan 19 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated 23 KM today. The temperature was 37 above and sunny. The trail was in great condition with a lot of snow cover. The snow was fast in shade and a little slow in the sun on south facing hills.
      Photos:  
      (David Kettula)
    • Jan 16 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Set tracks and groomed all segments Monday in nice weather for a change. Everything is grand.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)
    • Jan 11 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      4" to 6" new snow yesterday rolled last night. Cold today - just above zero at 4 PM. Two groomers out today covered all trails for skate and classic. We did not run the groomer across the swamp because of drifting snow, but did pack several times with the sleds. It's passable for classic. The skate lanes may be a bit soft from all the new snow but should set up well in the next few days. Tracks look good.
      (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest


      Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Three Island Park (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions, grooming was perfect. Kudos to Bemidji ski club. Trails along the river were closed due to flooding. The river was running pretty fast. We did not go near the river.
      Photos:  
      (Earl Stabenow)
    • Jan 11 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Movil was groomed Tuesday and is once again in excellent shape after 4-5" of new snow this week. Skied sections of the green, blue and red trails, classic tracks on blue loop looked a bit wind blown, and the deer have churned up some of the corduroy on the far end of the red trail, but otherwise the trails are near perfect.
      (Elias Anoszko)
    • Jan 11 - Lake Bemidji State Park (Bemidji): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      -2 sunny 4.5" of fresh snow 14" of light snow in the woods. All trails track for classical and 3km groomed with a skate lane.
      (John Fylpaa)
      Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      This morning Skaters Waltz, the extension of Skaters and Suicide Hill groomed, pressing new structure on the deck. Also, new tracks set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. Reports all good from skiers today, with comments "better than expected" and "there is still a lot of snow out there". The afternoon I skated on skaters waltz and double poled segments of the classic trails to check out conditions, hooking up with the Washburn Nords. Bit slower with the soft and warm snow but the deck was firming up and great skiing with good waxing or waxless skis. We plan on grooming in the early morning on the same trails and a few more classic trails.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Spring conditions! Past 24 hours all skate trails groomed than right track on all double track trails cut fresh as well as new singletrack resetting on Wavy Gravy this morning. Temp warmed up about 10 degrees warmer than forecasted/expected today to a high of 47 but the snow held out great. A classic ski at dusk found soft and slow conditions but beautiful in the woods and everyone I talked to was enjoying themselves and the outdoors. Was just starting to glaze over as I finished up skiing. Depending on precip type, air and snow temps, dew point and humidity will determine when we will groom next. Either tonight, tomorrow morning, Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Bottom line there is a solid base of snow and plenty of skiing opportunities on through the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all of the classic trails over MLK weekend and they were all well groomed and in excellent condition. By far, some of the best conditions we have enjoyed in a long time. The hospitality and food were outstanding as always making for a very enjoyable weekend.
      (Tran Alfrey)
    • Jan 16 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Couldn't of asked for a nicer MLK weekend. Conditions were great for skiing, snowshoeing, skating and fat biking as we hosted another ski camp and 30+ years of the North Star Ski Touring Club. For the first time in 40 days we did not groom but the tracks were in great shape and the skate lanes were fast and snappy, thanks to a light coating of frost in the morning. Evening temp in down to single digits. We will be touching up the trails as needed this week on into the weekend as most grooming will now occur in the evening with warmer temps on tap.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
    • Jan 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Morning low of -30F delayed grooming an hour or so but nonetheless we set new track on almost 60km of trail, cleaning out drifts and forest litter in the process. Tomorrow we will touch up all the skate trails and set track on the two classic trails not groomed today. Fat bike trail was groomed Wednesday night after shoveling out the drifted areas and widening corners etc. Afternoon skiers today reported excellent conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
      Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good conditions, with a fast skate trail throughout, and good-looking classic tracks as well. The area was skied heavily over the weekend, and there is a little windblown debris, mostly needles and twigs, here and there. Most people would use good skis, but if you're particular, B skis. We still have a good base and snow depth, which should stand up to the mixed precip on the way, but still have highs in the 30s which will set up a glaze on the tracks.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 17 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Conditions are generally good, and when I skated the south entrance road, the classic tracks just went to Wilderness Drive, then it was all skate lane with skier-tracked classic till Red Pine Trail. It looks like the groomer was pulled by a tracked vehicle, and there was some ridging, but mostly good skating. They have had some groomer problems this season, but rumors are they will have a new unit soon. Mixed precip and warmer temps will cause variable conditions this weekend.
      (Deane Johnson)
    • Jan 16 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Conditions were excellent, freshly groomed. Great job by Lake Country Nordic Ski Club. Cold at first, but warmed up by 11 am.
      (Earl Stabenow)
    • Jan 15 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were in excellent condition when we arrived, but the Eagle trail was getting heavy use while we were there. The club that maintains the system was holding an open house, with free use of their ski collection, so a lot of beginners were out, which is a good thing. Troll and Lake were pristine, beautiful and a lot of fun! If you just want scenery and solitude, go to Itasca State Park. If you want to ski hard and get a good workout, go to Soaring Eagle, and you'll get some beautiful scenery too! Thanks to the ski club that does such a good job maintaining this trail system! (Thanks for the clementine too!).
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 15 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed the the whole outer loop and the first two cut thrus. Trail is in excellent condition. Track is deep, firm and very clean. Pole deck firm. The best trail conditions in three years. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland.
      (Terry Vacek)
    • Jan 15 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Hiram this morning, beautiful day to be out skiing. A little more deer damage & leaves on the track but still in pretty good shape. Should still be in good shape for skiing on Monday. Best to go in the morning before the temperature starts to warm up and soften the snow. The snow was fast this morning with very good glide and no ice yet.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 14 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied north from the visitors center to the headwaters. Conditions were as good as one could ask for, on a perfect sunny day! The trail has been rerouted and widened since the last time I skied it three years ago. It is now groomed for both classic and skate. It looked like it might be a little narrow for skate without straying onto one of the classic tracks, but since I didn't skate I can't say for sure. The new route stays on the east side of the park road, further from the lake, all the way to the boat launch area. It seems a little less hilly than the old one, but is every bit as beautiful as the old one. Overall it was very enjoyable. After lunch I skated south, and found that the south entry road had been packed for skating all the way to the parking lot at the south end. The skate deck, which appeared to have been made with two passes of the groomer, was firm and relatively smooth, with the only problem being a ridge in the middle. Most places it was not a concern, but there were places where it made the deck a little narrower than ideal. But overall it was some of the best skiing I've experienced at Itasca in years. I also skated down the trail to Douglas Lodge and towards the Ozawindib trail, but turned back because the trail was not wide enough for both classic and skate. Some other skate skiers told me that the rest of the Ozawindib trail was too soft for good skating. The park has significantly reduced the number of trails they are grooming at all. Besides the trails I've mentioned, there are only a few other trails near the fire tower being groomed. Much as I loved skiing the Nicolett trail when conditions were good, they seldom were, so I'm not completely disappointed. If grooming fewer trails means that they can do a better job grooming the rest of the trails, I think that is a good trade-off.
      (Lois Braun)
    • Jan 14 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Hiram Ski Trail was groomed this morning. The track turned out fairly well. I skied it after it had set up for a couple of hours. The track was pretty firm and clean, a few scattered leaves after the strong winds this past week and deer damage already but still a good ski. The track setter was icing up a little so the edges of the track are not as clean as they could be. Get out and enjoy it before warmer weather.
      (Paul Klinger)
    • Jan 13 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed and tracked entire system, conditions are excellent. Trails are ready for the ski clinic, lunch and social ski starting at 10 AM Saturday, free and open to the public.
      (Mike Laputka)
    • Jan 11 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I regroomed the whole loop this evening to try and get more compaction. With the cold weather its been hard to get the track to harden up firmly.
      (Terry Vacek)
      Other locations
    • Jan 15 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was slightly soft in certain areas hand classic tracks were blown over in places but all in all excellent ski conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Jeffrey Quam)
    • Jan 15 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely great day out on skis. The skate lane was firm and fast (with some but minimal foot prints from pedestrians). The two classic lanes flanking the skate lane were also quite nice. The tracks on the river side were in slightly better shape than the far side overall, but in most spots the tracks were perfect.
      (Grant Mehring)
    • Jan 13 - Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail (Moorhead): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All 2.5 kilometers of trail groomed Friday for skate and classic excellent skiing conditions some areas are a bit bumpy with wind-blown snow drifts.
      (Jeffrey Quam)

 

Minnesota Central


      Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      As of Friday afternoon the Arb trails were still in good condition. A few slightly icy-glazed areas and a very few thin areas but overall still good coverage and firm. Classic tracks mostly icy and fast. Hopefully they continue to hold up well through the rest of the warm spell.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 15 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent trail conditions at the Arb for both skate and classic. Of course some oak leaves in the tracks in some sections, but with recent light winds the leaves are not as bad as they can be. Even with some warm weather the trails should be in great shape for the Lumberjack Jaunt on January 29.
      Photos:  
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 15 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate lane was re-groomed Saturday afternoon which then set-up quite nicely for for a fast and firm trail Sunday morning. Classic tracks were good and solid with a few leaves and a little drifted snow in a few spots but overall very good.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 13 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent skate and good classic tracks. Skate deck was groomed again today making it fairly fast given the cold temperatures. Classic tracks were last set a couple of days ago so there are some oak leaves in some areas and some open sections are drifted in, but very good overall.
      (Owen Baird)
    • Jan 11 - Wolf Lake Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5 inches of snow since Sunday was groomed today. Tracks set on all segments. Great classic skiing here.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5 inches of snow since Sunday groomed today. All trails packed with heavy steel roller and tracks set on all segments. Great classic or skate skiing on outer loop.
      Photos:  
      (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
      St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We're thawing out a bit at Saint John's, but thanks to our steadfast groomer, our ski trails are still in good shape for Sunday's race. All races are still scheduled as planned. See our Langlauf website to get maps, race, and venue info. Be sure to register by midnight, Thursday, for our inaugural race this Sunday, Jan. 22.
      Photos:  
      (Kyle Rauch)
    • Jan 16 - Milaca Trails (Milaca): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      I could not find any groomed trails. There were many snow mobile tracks but I saw no ski tracks or grooming and skied around looking for them for quite awhile and finally gave up and went home.
      (Susan Dunn)
    • Jan 15 - Sand Dunes State Forest (Zimmerman): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails have good snow cover. Not groomed but classic tracks are present from other skiers. Hikers/runners/snowshoes and dogs also using trails. Loops well marked. Quiet with rolling hills and mature pine and oak. Ski trails can be accessed from different parking lots - not all lots are plowed and I parked on road.
      (Susan Dunn)
    • Jan 14 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome Skiing at Graystone. Both classic and skate open. Skied Orchard and Warm up. Expert grooming! 99% perfect, 1% some grass showing. Thanks to the groomers!
      (Bruce Busta)
    • Jan 12 - Sauk Centre Public School Trail (Sauk Centre): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed for skate and a classic track has been set. Ready for a warmer weekend! Full coverage on trail with exception of one 30 yard stretch in skate lane that can be double-poled around.
      (Dana Boschee)
    • Jan 12 - Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (Collegeville): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After 7+ inches of new snowfall this week, we're happy to announce that all trails are open with very good to excellent ski conditions. Things are shaping up well for a fantastic inaugural Langlauf nordic race on January 22. Be sure to register by next Thursday.
      Photos:  
      (Kyle Rauch)
    • Jan 11 - Warner Lake Park (Saint Augusta): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed this afternoon after more fresh snow fell. Two classic tracks were set. All trails are open and conditions are good!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (Waite Park): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed this morning after more fresh snow fell. All trails are open and conditions are good!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
    • Jan 11 - Mississippi River County Park (Sartell): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails were groomed this morning after more fresh snow fell. All trails are open and conditions are good!
      (Julie Nistler, Stearns County Parks)
      Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ditto yesterday, but overnight lows were not too so very F-A-S-T conditions for skating! Did a fair amount of D-poling in the classical track. They were in excellent condition, well packed but no ice or glaze. I only skied a few km of the trails given doing drills and hill repeats, but I think what I found this morning is representative of the entire trail system.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 15 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions as reported yesterday, although the warmer temperatures made for faster skis. By the end of my ski the snow cover on a few of the south-facing hills was becoming wetter, but at that time not an issue. Two other minor issues: (1) a snowmobile marred a couple of kilometers at the front end of the trail system; not that big a deal given the firmness of the skate deck but annoying; and (2) in several place the classic tracks when groomed were inset into the deck creating a substantial berm, thus narrowing the skate lane. Classic tracks are in excellent condition.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 14 - Glendalough State Park (Battle Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are groomed and tracked and in very good condition. There are lot of deer and wildlife, with a flock of trumpeter swans flying over head. The nice temps and full sun were extra perks to a great day of skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Les Gunderson)
    • Jan 14 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ah, to be in as good of shape as the trails... Groomed yesterday and they set up very nicely. Skate deck is firm, classical tracks are in excellent condition. A few spots where the skating lane is hollow underneath due to excessive drifting in days gone by. I didn't have much glide in the shade (waxed with LF3) and struggled somewhat, but this is on me, not the trails. Great morning to be out.
      (Keith Brugger)
    • Jan 13 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were good with some blown snow and drifting. When I was leaving Paul was out starting to groom all the trails. Should be really nice for the weekend.
      (Kayo Aslagon)
    • Jan 11 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      4" to 6" of new snow was being groomed while I was skiing today. Grooming was done for both skate and classic. Trails are great!
      (Kayo Aslagon)
      Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      Vasaloppet trail volunteers were undaunted by the warm weather and were busy Thursday afternoon and evening spreading and grooming trails with snow from the stockpile of artificial snow at the Nordic Center. Vasaloppet snowmaking operations built up a large stockpile of snow before warmer weather forced a halt of snowmaking. That stockpile needed to be removed before snowmaking operations resume once temperatures get cold enough next week. The February 11 Vasaloppet race is scheduled to run point-to-point from Warman to downtown Mora. The alternate course remains multiple 10-15km laps on Nordic Center trails with the race starting and ending in downtown Mora.
      Photos:  
      (Wade Weber)
    • Jan 18 - Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (Warman): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (also called the northern practice loops) trails have been groomed for skate skiing and tracked for classic skiing. The Lanternloppet, Beaver Dam and Glen Johnstone 58K north loop from Soupstop A to the Lanternloppet trail were all in very good to excellent condition on Wednesday morning. The Memorial trail is now groomed. The Memorial and Point trails were in good to very good condition this morning with a few brown spots from grooming. Classic tracks were very good. We will see what warmer temperatures do this week. Morning skiing before temps got above freezing was great. All we need now is more snow and freezing temperatures.
      Photos:  
      (Terry Salmela)
    • Jan 14 - Spirit River Nature Area (Cambridge): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The 6.5 kilometer trail is fully groomed for skate skiing and diagonal skiing. The trail is in great shape and both parking lots are plowed and open. The short trail up the hill to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus is also groomed.
      (David Larson)
    • Jan 12 - Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (Warman): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The Vasaloppet Public Ski area west of Warman now offers very good skiing and has classic tracks on all trails except the Memorial Trail, which is still being groomed and should be ready in the next day or so. These Northern trails offer a great "out in the woods" experience as well as nearly 24 kilometers of trail. There's plenty of parking available in the plowed parking area along County Road 80.
      (Wade Weber, Vasaloppet USA)
    • Jan 12 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All Nordic Center trails are groomed and in excellent conditions for both skate and classic. Over 10 Kilometers of trail available.
      Nordic Center facilities are open from 8am to 10pm everyday during ski season.
      (Wade Weber, Vasaloppet USA)
    • Jan 12 - Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (Warman): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      The Beaver Dam, Lanternloppet and North 58K loop that includes the Point Trail have been groomed and a track set by Mike Johnstone on Thursday for both classic and skate skiing. They are in good to very good condition with the new snow this week. There are a few bumps due to the uneven terrain. The swamps are in excellent condition. There are a few rough spots on the Point Trail where hunters drove through two or three wet spots. Yet it is easy to ski around them. It will be good trail conditions and weather for skiing this weekend.
      (Terry Salmela)
      Other locations
    • Jan 17 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      North trail groomed Monday, track conditions excellent. I skied the northeast 2 loops. Excellent base and track is fast and deep. The south trail will be groomed before this weekend.
      (Gary Anderson)
    • Jan 15 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Phenomenal and beautiful day of skiing at Wild River. Classic tracks set nice, lots of skiers out enjoying this gem of a Minnesota state park. Great day!
      Photos:  
      (Craig Stamps)
    • Jan 14 - Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (Spicer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are open. Packed and tracked for classic on Tuesday (some prairie trails wide enough for skate). Some trails have drifted snow on them. Ski rental available.
      (Kory Klebe)
    • Jan 13 - Black's Grove Park (Wadena): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed on Wednesday. There has been some drifting with the strong winds, but skied today and conditions are good to very good.
      (Terry Olson)
    • Jan 12 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      For the most part classical tracks are looking good and skiing nicely. The drier snow doesn't set up as firm as snow with more moisture content, but I'm enjoying the best skiing of the season despite the cold temps. I saw many trumpeter swans in the backwaters of Deer Creek today. Skiing should be great through the weekend.
      Photos:  
      (Kris Backlund)
    • Jan 11 - Wild River State Park (Center City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh tracks on the Mitigwaki Loop were a welcome contrast to the crusty snow prior to this week's snow. The tracks were a little bit soft which was a little surprising with the cold temperatures. I'm sure they'll firm up with additional subzero weather and more traffic. A couple trumpeter swans were located on the St. Croix River north of Spring Creek, with a larger group located in the open waters just south of the Nevers Overlook.
      Photos:  
      (Kris Backlund)
    • Jan 11 - Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails (Outing): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All of the 3 loops of North trail is groomed. We had about 6" of new snow Monday and Tuesday. It set an excellent track. Lakeside had a lot of drifting but the groomer went right over it. Skiing should be awesome.
      (Gary Anderson)

 

Minnesota Southern


      Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial ]

      We ran the groomer this morning to break up the ice, but came to the conclusion that the trails are un-skiable.
      (Celeste Lewis)
    • Jan 17 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Slushy as expected, but as the temp came down a bit, it was actually not real slow with classic. Definitely skiable and fun!
      (Ian Chang)
    • Jan 16 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Rain, we will just have to wait and see what we have to work with after Jupiter has left.
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 15 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      After much delay due to high water levels we were finally able to groom on the north side of the creeks. The north trails are a bit rough in places but very enjoyable overall.
      Photos:  
      (Steve Williams)
    • Jan 14 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent condition; fast with great edge grip and without wind. Go out and enjoy before warm weather.
      (Mounif El-Youssef)
    • Jan 13 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic conditions. Classic tracks set in the entire park. Beware of a half fallen tree on the steepest section on the Parkwood Hills loop.
      (Laura Cattaneo)
    • Jan 12 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions. Some open sections are wind blown but everything is groomed and classic tracks are set in the entire park.
      (Laura Cattaneo)
    • Jan 11 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The cross country ski trails were groomed today at Chester Woods Park and track was set. Conditions are the best they have been this season!
      (Celeste Lewis)
    • Jan 11 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The last snowfall has now been groomed into a solid base. Skating conditions should be mostly excellent but not particularly fast on the packed powder. No classic track is set but classic skiing should be good on the packed powder.
      (Steve Williams)
      Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The weather has not been kind to nordic skiers. Rain and warm temps have caused very soft and wet snow conditions. We have ponding water in many locations. We are asking skiers to please not ski until we can get back on the trail system and try to recover from our current situation. Thank you for cooperating.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 19 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Not bad for classic skiing with my old Birkie skis! Had special purple for kick wax. Amazing how this trail retains snow. No one else skiing, but orgers will be coming after school/work. Trail is kind of squishy, but they just groomed the track for skaters. Don't be afraid to get out here and enjoy! I saw snow flees too!
      Photos:  
      (Pamela Peterson)
    • Jan 18 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trail conditions are remarkably good considering all the rain. However, the conditions will change though out the day as the temp increase. The trails were groomed this morning between 9-11AM; after 11 the snow was transitioning to softer and softer conditions. This afternoon the snow will be very wet and heavy but skiable. Low dips in the trail may have standing water; there are some very icy spots. Tree debris is pretty widespread, please assist by picking up sticks. Thanks.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 16 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      We are receiving steady rain. The trails are extremely soft; we ask all skiers to please stay off the trail system until the snow firms up and we can start grooming to recover the trails. Your cooperation will be appreciated by all skiers. Thank you.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 16 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      SMU Trails Closed - Rain! Hope everyone enjoyed the glorious trails this past weekend. With the rain today and tomorrow we would request to not ski on the trails today. We'll evaluate how much moisture is in the trails tomorrow morning and send an update. Looks to cool off Tuesday night that could dry out some of the moisture but skiing on the wet trails risk adding ruts into the snow that the groomers couldn't get out. Hope for some cool weather at night and think snow.
      (Brad Skillicorn)
    • Jan 15 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fantastic conditions on the Memorial Park trails that take you straight up to the top of the bluff. What a beautiful view from there!
      Photos:  
      (Marie Torkelson)
    • Jan 14 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      100% of all trails were groomed this evening. The skated deck is firm and in excellent skiing condition. All classic tracks were reset and will be in excellent, firm and fast condition for Sunday skiing. SMU trails are is great condition, please come out and enjoy the skiing.
      (Bruce Johnson)
    • Jan 14 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Freshly groomed deep and firm classic tracks. Mostly good to very good conditions with some minor glitches. The access road is snow covered and in good winter driving condition. I skied some of the south side and all of the north.
      (Bob Cieslak)
    • Jan 13 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions this week have been great following the unexpected snow. Classic tracks have been very good. Corduroy skate deck on Thursday as good as it gets. Today was great, only a few dieing ash trees are dropping some bark in a few areas. Thanks groomers for the great work before and after the snow!
      (Garrett Ping)
    • Jan 11 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Six inches of great snow! All trails were packed this morning and classic tracks set. The skate deck is very soft; the classic track was set around 10AM and is soft. Conditions will improve as the snow firms up with colder temps.
      (Bruce Johnson)
      Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 12 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Upper Arb is groomed for skate. We were able to groom all the trails this morning. The trails are in excellent condition. We currently have a skiable 5k loop. A classic track was set around the Fieldhouse for classic and double pole drills.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Bisel, Downtown Bicycles)
    • Jan 11 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Very ski-able, and good coverage from the recent snow. The upper section had not been rolled, but the Northfield XC ski team was arriving as I finished, so the organic grooming began in earnest. Good skis were practical; there were no bare spots or much debris. The northern section near 19 was a little windblown and some icy spots beneath the coverage. Given the subzero windchills froma stiff North breeze, I avoided that section after one pass. The wooded areas had excellent coverage, and the base good enough to keep it relatively fast. It was nice to be back out again.
      Photos:  
      (Richard Bailey)
    • Jan 11 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the Upper Arb this morning after yesterday's snow event. The skating conditions were very good. A nice coating of fresh powder that came down after grooming last evening, kept the trail a little slow, but skied quite well on Fast Wax HS-10. We currently have a nice 3.5k loop, the open prairie trail has been left alone as the snow wasn't staying on the trail with the high winds yesterday afternoon. Base is quite firm and we were able to really get a nice smooth deck with the amount of snow we recieved yesterday. We will be letting the HS ski team ski in the fresh powder today and will groom again tonight or tomorrow morning. Should be great conditions for the weekend for those looking to get out of the big city and ski on some real snow.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Bisel)
      Other locations
    • Jan 19 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Trails are crunchy from melting and refreezing, with a layer of ice pieces in the woods from ice falling off tree branches. Snow is in the forecast for next week, so stay tuned for ski rental and the Dammen Ski Race!
      (Maria Anderson)
    • Jan 17 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]

      Trails are wet and mushy due to rain and melting. The ice brought down some branches, so trails in (and alongside) the woods have lots of debris. Not groom-able at this point, and ski rental is not available.
      (Maria Anderson)
    • Jan 14 - Flandrau State Park (New Ulm): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are open for use. However, at this point we have not had snow conditions to allow for grooming since mid-December. Staff have test groomed one area of trail and that is okay. Many visitors have skied the trails with little issue creating their own tracks. Rains in late December created a layer of ice in the trails and winds have moved snow off of some trails. Staff have rated the ski trails as poor to fair due to the possible bare icy areas of trails and the inability to groom them. Some areas of trails may in better condition. Staff will go out and evaluate snow and ski conditions throughout next week as snow and higher temperatures are expected for the area.
      (Maureen Monson)
    • Jan 12 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Most trails are packed for skate skiing, but only some are tracked for classical. There was a thick ice layer prior to being groomed, so there are ice chunks mixed into the packed areas making some areas a little slippery. The top layer of snow is a fine powder that has drifted in some of the tracks. There is also small stick debris on sections of the trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals will reopen this Friday.
      (Savanna Dahl)

 

Wisconsin Northwest


      Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Got up really early this morning, anticipating that the best conditions at Birkie Ridge would be early. That proved correct. On snow by 6:45 a.m. at Birkie Ridge with a headlamp. Huge thanks to Chris and the grooming crew for providing us with a place to go, even while the main trails are closed. Grooming at BR was excellent. The snow is very dense and heavy with moisture. Skate deck was firm and quick, even as it drizzled rain. Pole plants were solid, except for the south loop, which was softer. With the extremely dense snow, there is some risk of snapping a pole during roll-through on the south loop, where it is softer. North loop was better. By my second lap, the snow was getting a bit sucky on the downhills but still not bad. Then I tried some classic skiing with my Skintecs. They worked great, with plenty of kick. The grooves were a bit soft, though, with the sound of compressing snow happening pretty much continuously. This made the gliding slower but not terrible. Probably after a few more people go through they will get more firm. Still, the classic skiing was pretty fun too. I was off by about 9:00. It was definitely worth the trip. The round trip from parking lot to the rope at Birkie Trail, using the south loop out and the north loop back is about 6.5K.
      (Del Bakkum)
    • Jan 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Skied the Birkie Ridge segment early this morning (only portion of trail that is open). Better than expected. Recently groomed skate deck along with a well formed classic track. I used a ski with an aggressive grind and plenty of flouro's and had decent glide. It's about a 6 km loop from bottom to top with a return via the South loop. Track got soft at the end but it was worth coming out in a light rain.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 19 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      As of tonight, Thursday, the North End Trails are all closed. They will reopen when conditions allow. The warm temperatures, forcasted rain, and minimal base leave the trails vulnerable to damage at this time. Please help us preserve what there is by respecting the closures so we can have good skiing again when conditions improve.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 19 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The majority of the trail system has been groomed today, the remaining will be finished by 9 am tomorrow morning. All trails are groomed and tracked. There is full snow cover throughout the entire system despite the warm temperatures. Trails are in very good shape. Come and enjoy the 16 miles of trails and the nice weather this weekend! State Trail Pass is required.
      (Chris Bender)
    • Jan 19 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions for skate skiing. Trail surface smooth with fresh corduroy (trail was groomed last night). Older tracks for classical skiing were left in place.
      (Deb Proctor)
    • Jan 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Birkie officials have announced the Birkie trail will close Thursday night, at midnight, to preserve the conditions and prevent damage during forecast rain this weekend. They are hoping to reopen the trail early next week, but please wait for an official notice. Birkie Ridge, a 6K offshoot near Seeley, will remain open for skiing.
      (Bruce Adelsman)
    • Jan 18 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Drummond on Tuesday and Wednesday. Outstanding. Thank you for such wonderful grooming. A little slower on Wednesday, but still good.
      (Pam Griebel)
    • Jan 18 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      According to reports from the past two days, the tracks have been holding up well in this weather. As long as it dips below freezing at night, they should maintain their shape. I won't be grooming again until we get significant new snow, partly because the base is thin, but also because the road from the groomer barn to the trail is bare in spots. Think snow.
      (Jim Crandall)
    • Jan 18 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Drummond Classic Only Ski Trails were wonderful today. The tracks were perfectly groomed and were not melting despite high 30 degree temperatures. This trail system is a gem!
      (Connie Meek)
    • Jan 18 - Telemark Resort Trails (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Walked the short walk from the Telemark condos to put on my skis. My heart skipped a beat as I put on my skis on a beautiful freshly groomed track. Started classic skiing on a perfect track only to find the track gone after 1/3 K. All of the area from the new start area to the end of the power lines had been groomed with fresh corduroy. A skaters paradise. However all tracks had been wiped out. Huge disappointment. Found out that trying to skate on skins is not much fun.
      (Dick Roeber)
    • Jan 17 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      NE skate lanes were touched up and some track reset where needed. All trails are in good shape. Consideration is being given to closing the trails later this week if the predicted warm weather and rain happen.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 16 - Douglas County Ski Trails (Solon Springs): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied from the Plantation Road lot planning to see the outer loop headed right at the early trail junctions. Its solid B ski conditions from the lot. Generally I saw a pine forest managed for pulp production and possibly a burned area in recovery. At the closest junction with Hungry Bear Road, designated as motorized use trail (!) the skiing track disappeared. Motorized and non motorized use on the same trail tread? Really? It looked like it. There is room to place a separate single track classic trail OFF the road where I saw it. An ATV had also come off Hungry Bear, past a sign barring motorized use, and drove the ski trail. The driver must have understood the error since the skiing track took little damage. The driver quickly found a way back to Hungry Bear. I skied Hungry Bear a ways to give it a chance, and found more single track to the left. Not for long as the ski trail joined Hungry Bear. Classic skiers should go over to Barnes for the Tomahawk Lake trail. Don't waste your time where I was today. This was a disappointment since I enjoy the little publicized classic trails that are off the grid...
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 16 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied south from OO to the Gravel pit. The trail was not re-groomed from the Seeley classic. It was slick until you skied past Pic-nic table hill. The skate lane in between the tracks was sort of narrow so it made for exciting passing when there was oncoming skiers. BUT, Every hill was a game of "Let's make a deal" You had four lanes to choose from and those tracks were like clipping into a railroad track: let it all go and just bust it down the grade. Really fun skiing.
      (Dan Murphy)
    • Jan 15 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops are in great shape for skate and classic skiing. Tracks were set Saturday. Several skiers were out skate and classic skiing Sunday afternoon. Groomer went around mid-afternoon, so all loops will be fresh and smooth for Monday.
      (Deb Proctor)
    • Jan 15 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Good trail coverage and grooming. Skated on Saturday and classic skied on Sunday. Both the skate deck and the classic tracks were a bit soft.
      (Aris Apostolou)
    • Jan 15 - Nordic Woods (Stone Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Classic skied at Nordic Woods Sunday morning in -5F deg temps. Trails were packed and tracked with little prior use. Pretty good shape. I started at the North trail head and skied south. There is some logging activity on the south end of the trail which messed up the ski trail.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Skinner)
    • Jan 15 - Totogatic Ski Trail (Minong): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Trail needs some grooming. The short 3.6 km trail has the trails washing out by people snowplowing going down, and a ton of use - a good thing). On the longer 6.9 km loop, the trail is in good shape. At the bottom of one downhill, there is a partial open creek and large branch down. The long 9.8 km trail has not been groomed - no track.
      (Tim Nesley)
    • Jan 15 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied the Birkie Tour today. Besides slow glide that got better as it warmed up, the trails were essentially in perfect condition. Great job groomers!
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 14 - Namakegon Trail (Cable): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Mostly single track, some double. Some light brush showing through. Very gentle terrain, some corners washed out on downhills. Pleasant.
      (Karl Dewahl)
    • Jan 14 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails (golf course, Muellner and Hanscom) were groomed Saturday and were rated a "10". We finally got a good base, so come up and check out our trails.
      (Dan Campion)
    • Jan 14 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied all trails. They are all in good shape. Classic tracks were firm and skate deck looked good. Grooming was better than other years.
      (Mark Bushinski)
    • Jan 14 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent grooming for skate and classic. Beautiful trail thru the woods. Wonderful conditions made for a great afternoon of skiing. Skied 13K classic and 7K skate.
      (Marcia Hover)
    • Jan 14 - Totogatic Ski Trail (Minong): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great day skiing. All trails are open with a single track. Lots of people skiing, wonderful weather at 15 degrees Could use a few more inches of snow, but I am not complaining. Any day on the trail is a great day.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Nesley)
    • Jan 14 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Looked great. Skied somewhat less so. Good classic track everywhere we skied. Skate deck firmness varied tremendously depending upon what part of the trail you were. We skied north on the skate trail from the North End trail head. Skate deck was very soft until you got to Timber Trail. More firm from there to the Fire Tower water stop. Tried to ski back on the Classic trail which was crazy soft. Soft enough that we took the first opportunity to cross back over to the skate trail rather than try and slog further North on the classic trail. There's plenty of snow now so this isn't anything that couldn't be fixed with more grooming.
      (Andy Schwartz)
    • Jan 14 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails not groomed since last 3-4 inch snow. Planned to skate ski, too soft - left after 5 minutes. Should have driven down to Timberland Hills or somewhere else.
      (Mike Maiers)
    • Jan 13 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      World Cup/Tony Wise trail was groomed for skate today. There are no immediate plans to set tracks on that section of trail. The rest of the system has been groomed in the last 2 days and is in very good shape.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 13 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Rock lake is looking very good due to all the recent snow! The trail received somewhere around 5" of new snow this week. Groomed today in the morning and with the frigid temperatures should set up very nice! All loops are tracked and ready for the weekend except the Rock Lake loop.
      Photos:  
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 12 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We finally received the snow that we had been hoping for! The trail is set for skate and classic styles and all the loops are ready! You can probably expect some drifting into the trail with the amount of wind that we have had. Other than that you can expect to find the trail in very good shape. If you are looking to beat the crowds this weekend come check out this gem of a trail.
      Photos:  
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 12 - Douglas County Ski Trails (Solon Springs): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails are great. Track is a little soft, but happy to have snow and a track to ski in. Will be better with a few more inches of snow. Started at the southern end of the trail.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Nesley)
    • Jan 12 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming Secondhand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Track was set on the main loop and NE Classic today. A groomer is scheduled to go out tomorrow to work on the WordCup/Tony Wise and/or touch up the main trail skate lane. The skiing is the best of the year by report from people skiing today.
      (Irv Berlin)
    • Jan 12 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skate deck groomed with Pisten Bully on OO loops, but just skiied in tracks from yesterday remain. Looked like there might be tracks set south beyond "picnic table hill". North of OO we skied a ways on the Birkie trail which has fresh PB corduroy and fresh firm tracks set. Also skied the Easy Strider loops with fresh tracks! Lots of beautiful new snow! Thank you groomers! Photos from north side of OO.
      Photos:  
      (Carolyn Senty)
    • Jan 12 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the trails have been compacted and the first tracks of the winter have been set. We received about 5 inches of cold, dry snow in the past few days, which were a welcome addition to the scant base. The tracks look good, but are soft. The conifers are beautiful with their load of snow, but gusty winds have been blowing snow onto the tracks and may fill some in. Enjoy January skiing!
      (Jim Crandall)
    • Jan 11 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have received approximately 6 inches of snow in the past 24 hours. The main trail was groomed this afternoon and groomers will be out tomorrow to set track and get the other trails in shape by the weekend. Expect soft skate conditions for a day or two.
      (Irv Berlin)
      Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Firm and fast base. Holding up well under light rain. Should at least be good for the weekend.
      (Peter Nordgren)
    • Jan 18 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Beautiful skiing through with warm breezes floating in the air. The kind of day when you can smell and feel warm air on the trail. Skiing is still great, so get out there while we have it. I skied all the way out the point to the St. Louis River (yellow loop), and snow coverage was still more than 95%.
      Photos:  
      (Christopher Pascone)
    • Jan 14 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Just about perfect conditions at After Hours. Temperature in the high teens and sunny. Skate lane was good on all trails, with a rare soft spot. Classic tracks deep and firm. A few (rare) patches with some oak or maple leaves in the track, easily avoided by lifting a ski or a quick step out of the track for a meter or two. Where the sun does not reach the trail, snow was slower, but much faster than the last few days; tomorrow should be a bit faster! The Brule River was gorgeous as usual.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Holst)
    • Jan 13 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Was getting groomed when I arrived. Looks good. Hopefully means fresh track tomorrow morning; the track was not in yet. Weather was a bit cold, but I like cold skiing.
      (Kyle Gondik-Anderson)
    • Jan 12 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After the 6+ inches of new snow earlier this week, the trails are groomed and tracks set. Skiing conditions are excellent!
      (Diane Gobin)
    • Jan 11 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Epic corduroy conditions on the trails this afternoon. Skated on virgin corduroy for much of my ski (purple loop). Also skied the green loops and blue loop. Grooming was excellent everywhere I went. Sun was shining. Only five dollars for access to this big piece of heaven. One note - signage is lacking, so be prepared to ski longer than expected plan in case you have trouble figuring out how to get back to the parking lot, like I did.
      (Christopher Pascone)
      Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Some debris starting to be exposed due to melting. Base looks OK for now, light rain may soften it.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Nordgren)
    • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Must have been groomed earlier today. 45 degrees made the classic tracks soft, and lots of pine needles, but a really nice ski regardless. By the time I got to skate it was dusk and the snow crispy with a thin crust on top. Still had enough give to get traction and it was fast. I would assume that the trails will be good for the next couple of days so long as it doesn't rain and you hit them at the right time, after it warms above freezing for an hour or two.
      (Greg Weiss)
    • Jan 18 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomer went out early yesterday morning and groomed and set track on Loops A & B of the Valkyrie Trails. Due to the extremely warm temperatures for this time of year, the groomer was not able to do Loop C. The base on a majority of the trails is about 6 inches and dropping with the temperatures. The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails have very soft snow and it is sticky. Predicted weather for the rest of the week will be too warm to attempt grooming. Until we receive colder temperatures and more snow, grooming is on hold. Get out and enjoy the warm weather skiing!
      (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 17 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomer came out early this morning and groomed the Teuton Trails. The tracks were reset before it got too warm. A few skiers said the trails are excellent even if a bit soft. The Valkyrie Trails were not groomed due to the temperature being too warm so it would have done more harm then good. Weather depending, the groomer may try to come out to groom the Valkyrie Trails tomorrow. It is so warm and sunny up at the Valhalla Recreation Area that you can ski in just a sweatshirt. Come on out and enjoy the beautiful weather and trails!
      (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 13 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With the wind yesterday, there was a fair bit of drifting. This evening we retracked the classic trails that had a lot of drifting, including: Raven to Deerpath, Deerpath to Black Bear, Black Bear, the loop of Sugarbush Classic, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail. Another groomer is planning on going out in the morning to touch up the skate trails.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 13 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions couldn't be better after grooming today, with a firm skating deck and nice deep tracks for the classical skier. Its going to be a great weekend to get out in the fresh air, when the temp moderate. Remember you can always change and warm up in the cabin. We have had 10" of snow over the last week and have been out three times to firm it up. We now have over 5" of base and everything is filled.
      Photos:  
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 12 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails finally got some good snow. The base on 8 to 10 inches on both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trails. The snow packed tight after grooming and setting tracks. They are fast! On the Valkyrie Trail where trails were bare in the pines the wind has blown down needles into the tracks so beware. It has been very windy the last few days, so the Sunbowl Loop may have snow drifted across the trail. The parking areas and paths are getting drifted with snow in spots as well. The warming room and chalet are open. The sledding hill got new snow that should make it really fun. Note: the back door of the chalet (closest to wood shed) is in the process of being repaired and is locked. Please use the side door or the door towards the sledding hill entrance.
      (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      This morning we finished up Sugarbush Classic, Black Bear, Oppedahl's and Birch HIll. Most of the trails are in very good condition, firming up quite a bit overnight. It's windy though, so there is some drifting, especially on the east end of Deerpath.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 11 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Penokee has some of the best snow around! The loops are all groomed and tracked and with the weekend temps rising should make for some wonderful weekend for skiing! Was groomed on Wednesday so there is a chance that some areas may experience some drifting.
      (Christopher Geidel)
    • Jan 11 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions were quite good this evening on the trails, if maybe a little soft, which should set up tonight. A few twigs poking through here and there, but no significant debris on the trails. Skating was slow given the cold temps and fresh snow. The classic tracks looked really nice and that may be a better option until it warms up a bit.
      (Paul Belknap)
    • Jan 11 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      There was about 12 inches of new snow over a plentiful base, so plenty of snow. Last night the fat bike trail, Raven, Deerpath, and part of Sugarbush Classic were tracked. Today Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford were groomed and tracked. A groomer is still out working on the Sugarbush Dog Trail and Jolly Long. The trails will be a little soft until they setup.
      (Scott Nesvold)
    • Jan 11 - Mecca (Mercer): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails have been groomed this morning after the snow events of the last few days. We went over the trail twice to firm it up, so it should be in excellent condition. With the continuing snowfall we will attempt to regroom at the end of this beautiful snow we are finally getting. Snowshoe trail will be packed as soon as we get caught up on the ski trail, but feel free to go out and pack it down for us. Hope to see you on the trail.
      Photos:  
      (Gary Mears)
    • Jan 11 - Ashland Ski Trail (Ashland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Ashland Ski Trail is in great condition after this last snowfall. Deep track set and wonderful skate deck. Thanks for grooming! Groomer was out while I was skiing.
      (Bill Burke)
      Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The storm from Monday night has left 1 inch of fast, sugary snow on top of the groomed trails. Both the tracks and and skate deck have been skied in, more so in the woods than the fields. The tracks had an icy glaze in spots and were fast - klister conditions for sure, but zeros might work well too. When it gets above freezing then also consider fish-scales if klister isn't an option. The skate deck was reportedly fast with plenty of control. There probably won't be any formal grooming until the temps drop and consistently remain below freezing. I think the best time to ski these trails this week is when the temps are around freezing, before they thaw and get too slushy.
      (Bob Peterson)
    • Jan 17 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skate skied half the outside loop (approximately 5 - 6k) and found most of the easy (green) and moderate (blue) trails skiable but a little "squirly" in some parts where it was hard to get traction. Use caution when going down hills because some of the soft ruts from earlier skiers have iced over in the cooling temperatures. Most classic tracks looked good but there were some areas on the moderate (blue) trails where the classic track had melted away.
      (Ashley Martinson)
    • Jan 17 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are currently icy after a coat of freezing rain last night. We have a good base, so let's hope we survive the January thaw. Expect "spring conditions" in the mean time - maybe good skiing if you hit it at the right time, maybe dangerous ice if it's the wrong time.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 17 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good to excellent skate and classic/stride skiing. The skate lane was groomed this morning. The trails are level, offer good coverage and the tracks are firm. During warm weather, morning and evening skiing should be better.
      Photos:  
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 17 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good to excellent stride/classic skiing can be found at Beaver Brook Trails. There is very good coverage and the trails are level and have firm tracks. During warm weather, skiing in the mornings and evenings could be better. Dogs are also allowed on the trails.
      Photos:  
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 16 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I got out to Balsam around 8:45 for a little skiing beneath the lights. The trails are in really good shape for the moment. Great coverage, smooth, and firm. The classic track looked nearly full depth on all of the lighted loop with just a bit of washout from use.
      (Ben Mullin)
    • Jan 16 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      East side. The first .5k through the bridge is uneven and the snow was running fast - a little unsettling. Most of the trail was very pleasant. There are a lot of gentle descents that go around blind curves, but the trail is very predictable with no surprises around the corners, and the few steeper descents are short and have a good runout. Lots of animal tracks - mostly deer.
      (Karl Dewahl)
    • Jan 16 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Made the trek to Timberland Hills. What a great day to be out skiing. Trails where in great shape. The groomers did an excellent job. If you are looking for a place to train for the Birkie, Timberland Hills is the place to go! Don't forget to sign the guest book and make a donation.
      Photos:  
      (Charlie Rietschel)
    • Jan 16 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Went on the east side trails, they are decent, a little bit ruined though from hikers and snowshoers. Overall they are good though. A few sticks, but nothing major for debris.
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 15 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Wow! Forgot how big the the hills were at Timberland. Did the outer loop, when you get to the back half by the Springs it is one big hill after another. Very challenging and Birkie worthy for training. Nice meeting President of the trail association, great improvements on warming cabin!
      Photos:  
      (Mark Sproul)
    • Jan 15 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Sunday's skiers were raving about the dynamite conditions. It's something to crow about: Sunday's grooming (on top of lots and lots and lots of grooming earlier in the week) created near perfect conditions for skating and striding. Since Monday is MLK holiday, there are plans to perform some light touch-up grooming of the Eastside core loop. Catch it before the thaw.
      (Thomas Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
    • Jan 15 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Good skis ]

      Fabulous day - excellent trail system and really excellent groomers who worked their magic. Skied classic on east side, very well laid out tracks. Skaters in heaven too. Some really nice ups and downs, and nice warming hut. We will be back.
      (Linda Johnson)
    • Jan 14 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      While there was finally no debris, it wasn't a good setting. They did note inside that some place were soft, but it seemed like half of it was soft, where my skis would go in a few inches. On a downhill, I fell because I was either going to go into ruts that were deep or fail snowplowing because it was so soft. There was also a ridge in the middle of much of the trail, I assume from going over the two sides. After a few days, it might set more solid, but it was a disappointing ski for me!
      (Anna DeMers)
    • Jan 14 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I skied this classic only trail on the west side. The track is deep although a bit soft when I started. It could use more traffic. The track seemed to be stiffening up as I came off the trail around 5 pm. Touring pole baskets did most of that work, not the tips. The west side is a series of rollers and generally easy hills. By the map it's a bit over 15k. The trail has a map at every intersection! I took the B woodies to go slow. There is one downhill going north that ends at a closed gate. I did not try to shoot the gap between the post and the tree...You can see it well before arrival. On the road section, I took the left track to start, then moved right. Yes, there is a double tracked road that has had a vehicle on it. There is a well managed hardwood forest on this far north section. Then there was the woodpecker. The sun had set so light was even but dimming. It was a "nothing" downhill with a slight turn skiing south. I turned the corner and there's a pile of small wood chips all over the track. No chance to adjust. There was a lurch but no crash as the klister (Toko Base Binder) grabbed wood. I suggest your slowest set of skis for the either trail. Go slow and enjoy this narrow, scenic two track and sometimes single track. Bring the dog. Start from Cranberry Road. Park at the East trail head (not plowed) and walk a short distance to the West trail head. Take the right fork each time. Snowmobile noise was minimal on the nearby trail. The silence was profound at times.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 14 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails saw a lot of use today. Since the skate lanes were soft, grooming is in progress tonight to smoothe them out. Enjoy the trails.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 14 - Red Barn Ski Trails (Shell Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Vary good grooming and track set, no branches. Parking lot plowed. Go enjoy and make the donation box feel less lonely.
      (Dale Cardwell)
    • Jan 13 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great ski under the lights. First time at Balsam Branch did not disappoint. Well groomed trails in beautiful scenery. A great pit stop on the way to the U.P. or northern Wisconsin.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 12 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      With abundant fresh snow needing compression, groomers have been working daily since Tuesday. Thursday's grooming continued to focus on quality first. Quantity (re-opening more trails) comes later. The Eastside core loop and the Westside received classic track and further grooming of the skate lane on Thursday. The result? Very good skating and striding conditions. Lots of grooming has converted loads of snow into firm packed powder.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
    • Jan 12 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Recently the Spooner area received about 8-10 inches of new snow. The trails at Spooner City Park have been groomed. I strode the trails this evening, they are very good to excellent, providing good coverage. The trails are level and firm, there is a 2-4 inch deep classic track. There is some blowing snow in the tracks down by the soccer fields. I didn't need a headlamp as a super bright full moon was out to light my way.
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 12 - Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (Barron): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All the trails were rolled on Tuesday evening and most of the trails (except for Jerome's Field) were packed and tracked on Wednesday. The classic tracks were pristine and the skate deck seemed pretty nice too - not too soft. The snow is cold and a little abrasive, but these are by far the best conditions in what has already been a good year for skiing.
      (Bob Peterson)
    • Jan 12 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are groomed and tracked after at least 8 inches of new snow this week. Enjoy the trails this weekend.
      (Louis Muench, CASTA)
    • Jan 11 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied last night using headlamps. Over the past few days, the area has received about 10-12 inches of new snow. Last night, a new 4-5 inch deep track was set for classic skiing. The new snow is providing a great base, excellent control, the trail is level. Skiers should find excellent conditions.
      (David Martin)
    • Jan 11 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All of Beaver Brook was groomed and tracked set tonight. Looked great behind the track setter. Get out and enjoy theses classic only dog friendly trails!
      (Kevin Myers)
    • Jan 11 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed for both skate and classical skiing again tonight. Trails in great shape. Enjoy the beautiful trails...especially at night. The lighting is fantastic.
      (Larry Behne, Balsam Vinter Fest)
    • Jan 11 - Coon Lake Trail (Frederic): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Rolled the first 4 inches of new snow, will roll and work the second 4 inches we got before the weekend. Should have some tracks set. Good coverage, most small trigs from the ice storms have disappeared.
      (William Johnson)
    • Jan 11 - Trade River Trail (Frederic): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolled and combed 8 inches of new snow. Tracks will be set for the weekend. Base is building up. Best skiing so far this year.
      (William Johnson)
      Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Skied from the trailhead south for 20 mins and back. Tracks were starting to get soft at about 10 am and with the additional drizzle and warm temps it may be softer on Saturday. Go very early if you go so as to not sink too far into the base. Skate deck looked good but was also very soft. Some minor debris to ski around in a few spots, and walkers got into the tracks in numerous spots but could ski over them.
      (Bob Little)
    • Jan 20 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Trails are very icy with some standing water. They are skiable, but certainly not ideal. There are some ruts and leaves are starting to show through. We could really use some snow.
      (Keith Hammerbeck)
    • Jan 19 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I was pleasantly surprised at the conditions after the rain on Tuesday. The trail and track held up nicely. I got there before the snow got too slushy. I used a zero type of ski. It is a flat trail so great for double pole work. Only problem was a stretch on which someone in boots walked their dogs. The hill going down to the beach was a little rutted with their tracks and someone skiing in the softer skate lane.
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 18 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Icy and rutted, needs grooming. Obviously with warm temps yesterday and today skiers were on it when it was soft. By 5 pm when I skied it had frozen over. There is enough snow to be edgeable for skating, but the ruts tended to grab my skis. Plenty of base so one hopes grooming will happen to make it pleasant again. Overall, I am happy to have some snow as Madison is a desert.
      (Dave Minden)
    • Jan 15 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The tracks for classic were in good condition. Their base was hard packed and made for good kick and glide. This trail is absolutely nothing but scenic. Great for skaters!
      Photos:  
      (Kurt Zuppke)
    • Jan 15 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ditto yesterday: Excellent skating, though some areas are starting to get skied down a bit. Excellent, clean classic tracks.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 14 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the North and South loops on Saturday. Parking lot was packed, but I did not see another skier on the trails. Overall conditions were great! Track set well for classic. Tracks were in place even on the bottom of hills. There were some oak leaves on the track but it was minor. Hope to ski it again in a couple weeks.
      (Terrie Cummings)
    • Jan 14 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A delightful little trail system in a great park in Chippewa Falls. The upper "loop" closer to Hwy S was beaten up a bit by walkers and such. Overall, if you're new to the trail but familiar with the area, start on the "Flag Hill" end of the park, not the little parking area off of S. Trail was pretty soft so I sunk in a bit on racing skis. But, if you're looking to get the kids out on the recreational skis, you'll have a great time. Promise the kids a malt if they ski the whole system and watch how fast the ski boots go on!
      Photos:  
      (Ben Fornear)
    • Jan 14 - Nugget Lake County Park (Plum City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Virgin track, beautiful glide yesterday and minimal debris at this little-used gem in Pierce County. Most trails follow the valley floor in between the coulees, but some climb the walls and make for a couple tight descents.
      Photos:  
      (Mike Shoup)
    • Jan 14 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions. Skating is firm, packed powder with good edging and fairly fast snow, especially in the sun. Classic tracks are deep, clean and firm. The only exception is the steepest few hills are inexplicably not tracked. Overall it just does not get better here at Tower Ridge.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
    • Jan 14 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The trails have been rolled but not groomed. There has been some equipment issues with the machine that pulls the groomer. It sounds like the park staff will be working on fixing equipment next week sometime.
      (Matt Molback)
    • Jan 13 - River Road Ski Trail (Cornell): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Track set throughout. Conditions may have never been better here! Bring Fido and check out the scenery.
      (Mike Dahlby)
    • Jan 13 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Nice track and skate deck. I was checking it out by snowshoe. I headed home to get my skis.
      Photos:  
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 12 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Hickory Hills never disappoints! Started from the North cabin and did the south loop and Highland Lakes. Great firm, clean classic track. Had a nice visit with Mr. Landgraf, boy, the skiing community sure misses him.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Sproul)
    • Jan 12 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We skied Hickory on Wednesday when they had rolled it between snowfalls so we broke trail through 2-3 inches. As we were leaving the groomer met us, setting a track. That was all the motivation I needed to go back yesterday. The track was sure and solid. The skate lane had been skated on. It looked like the skier broke through here and there. It was a bluebird day for skiing.
      Photos:  
      (Karen Possley)
    • Jan 12 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails have been dragged and groomed for skate and classic. The groomer reports some of the best conditions he has seen at the park! Please get out and enjoy them.
      (Tyree Williams)
    • Jan 12 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely perfect skiing today. Classic and skating trails in excellent shape. Classic skied the 10k north and south loops. Windy on the open logged portions of the trail.
      (Diane Harp)
    • Jan 12 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The entire system was groomed and tracks set (I did not ski Dog island). The tracks were very good.
      (Colleen Duffy)
    • Jan 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Plenty of new snow, trails are in very good condition but still a little soft so they are a little slow. The groomer is out and the trails should be even better after they can make a few more passes. Great morning to be out.
      (Keith Hammerbeck)
    • Jan 11 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Conditions were a bit soft on the skate deck this afternoon, but great. The groomer was still out at 2:30pm and had made a few passes. Tracks had been partially set (not sure if more was set after I left).
      (Colleen Duffy)
    • Jan 11 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful conditions! Thanks so much for getting the trail groomed so quickly after the fresh snow. Skied to the 2-mile mark and back, saw lots of other skiers this evening.
      (Paul Verdon)
    • Jan 11 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolled the Red Cedar from Menomonie to the 9 mile mark - about 8 inches of new snow. Went back over trail with Tidd Tech and set tracks on both sides of trail from Menomonie to Irvington and on one side of trail from Irvington to Downsville. Everything should set up nicely with cold night and be in great shape for the weekend.
      (Bill Kryshak)
    • Jan 11 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomer had made several passes in the vicinity of the chalet by noon today but the snow is very soft and requires more grooming and more skiers! No tracks set. The 6+ inches of new snow will take a while to firm up.
      (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
      Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I skied the trails Wednesday morning before the temps got too high; conditions were excellent for both skate and classic ("skins" skis). I groomed the skate lanes early this morning; it should be some excellent skiing until maybe noon or so, then too warm?
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 17 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I just skied CFS and some of the Rib Lake Trails and had a great ski time! Sure, there was an inch of new, wet snow in the tracks and it was too warm (+2 C) but the RC Skins skis gave very good grip and the glide was really not too bad. I plan to groom the CFS trails tonight or early Wednesday morning since it looks like Wednesday morning will be our window of good skiing conditions for the week.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 15 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were freshly groomed with fresh courderoy to ski on. First time visitor to these trails and thoroughly enjoyed the trails, the beautiful and challenging terrain. Easy to follow signage/maps and really enjoyed the Championship Trail.
      (Cheryl Corbeille)
    • Jan 15 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were freshly groomed with fresh courderoy to ski on. First time visitor to these trails and thoroughly enjoyed the trails and beauty of the terrain. Easy to follow signage/maps of any place and you have to try the 'roller coaster' trail and expect some air on the second hill if you don't slow your speed down.
      (Cheryl Corbeille)
    • Jan 15 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My family and I skied the Rib Lake Trails and connecting Camp Forest Springs Trails this past weekend. The trails had complete and excellent coverage. The classic tracks were perfect. The skate deck was slightly soft, but still made for an excellent skate workout. These trails are a hidden gem in the north woods. Long rolling hills are perfect for training for the Birkie or enjoying a relaxing ski through the scenic woods.
      (Emily Reineccius)
    • Jan 15 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops open and excellent conditions. I regroomed skate lanes this morning; they were still soft but will firm up more with time. Classic tracks are fine.
      (Scott Everson)
    • Jan 14 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trail conditions are excellent for classical skiing in this quiet, forested course of mainly gently rolling hills (medium difficulty with the occasional challenging hill). Trail A plus E adds up to about 5 miles. I saw evidence of only 4 or 5 skiers on the trail since it was groomed yesterday. If you just like to classical ski in the woods and check out the wildlife tracks etc--this is a great place to do so.
      (Tim Wycoff)
    • Jan 12 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Today I was able to groom and track loops A and E. Loops C and D were roller packed with the corduroy flap down and will be great trails for snowshoers or those that don't need a track. The snow was a little thin in the swamps on C and D to use the groomer (groomer is wider than the trail and floats on top of the blueberry bushes) but after the next storm or two they should be good to go. Cold temperatures are forecasted for tonight and tomorrow morning so the trails should set up great for the holiday weekend. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day fees at USFS day use facilities, such as ski trails, will be waived on Monday, January 16.
      (Brady Howe, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 11 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A, B, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. I did four or more passes on A and B, Shortcut got three, and D and Kiddie got two. I would have done more but the snow was soft and the hills on those two are steep. Overall they came out pretty good though. With the cold weather everything should set up great. It was too dark when I finished to get a snow depth measurement on the trails, but the base in the woods is about 14". I got a couple of passes on C with just the sled to pack it down, some water was poking through though in the back end by the beaver ponds. Hope it freezes up!
      (Brady Howe, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 11 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were rolled/ packed Tuesday night and groomed today. All in excellent condition but will be pretty soft until it firms up. The Rib Lake trails were also being groomed today.
      (Scott Everson)
      Other locations
    • Jan 20 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      In an effort to preserve our base Marshfield School Forest Trails will be closed until Tuesday evening, Jan 24th. Please stay off the trails. Thank you for your cooperation.
      (Randy Lueth)
    • Jan 18 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      It was a short trip on classic B skis from the boat launch up through the 300 campground and back. Departure was around 7:30 pm. Track varied from fast granular powder to ice. The textured skate deck was a mixture of loose powder to a crunchy conglomerate of ice and snow. The sun and warmth have worked on the trail since Jeff groomed it this morning. Let's start with skaters. Getting your edge should not be a problem. The deck has not had much use. It felt okay on the classic skis while on the deck. The classic track is solid on the bottom and several varieties of fast. Track depth varies. Pole tips did that work. How fast? On my low camber fish scale classic skis, I left the 300 for the boat launch down the gentle S turning hill, glide only. I bailed out of the track, too fast for comfort in the first turn. All that drag on the skate deck slowed things down enough to stop about 70 feet short of the boat launch turn around. That's at least twice the normal result of a glide down that run on those skis. If you plan to ski Willow while it's frozen, bring solid intermediate or better skills. It was wicked fast tonight.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 18 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Awesome conditions this morning. Went there expecting treacherous conditions and was surprised to find the more heavily used trails freshly groomed. Great job groomers!
      (Paul Greenwald)
    • Jan 18 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Receive 2" new snow on Monday night and it turned cold last night so the new snow groomed out great. All trails were groomed this morning and most were re-tracked. Hope this snow holds out over the next few warm day.
      (Jeff Roberts)
    • Jan 15 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails are in very good condition. We did some regrooming Sunday morning to re-track some areas that had been hiked. There are a few dirty spots in the classic track but you should be fine with your "A" skis. The Pink, multi-use trail was also groomed Sunday morning. Although it gets a lot of foot traffic and isn't tracked, skate skiers looking for big hills often find conditions acceptable.
      (David Thofern)
    • Jan 15 - Kinnickinnic State Park (River Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions. Orange trail now open. Tree is cut and cleared. We skied yellow, green, purple and orange trails.
      (Karen Storlie)
    • Jan 13 - Brandt Pines Ski Trail (Grantsburg): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Almost all of the 8.5 miles of trails have been groomed and tracked; the north segment of the Riverview Trail is closed for the season due to icy conditions. All other trails are in great condition with 10 inches of snow on the ground in Grantsburg.
      (Brandi Buchholz)
    • Jan 12 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Another short trip from the boat launch, past the Falls, out the Silver to the first big hill and back. That took 90 minutes on the B set of wood classic skis. Generally, the trail is soft due to the low moisture snow that fell. The classic track and the skate deck have not become really firm. It is easy to blow up the track. The Blue trail was starting to drift in where it had direct exposure to the lake bed. Track was filling in also. You will have to ski classic without track for the final link to the Falls. Ski speed on the woodies varied from little glide to some long double pole runs. Also, I wanted to see all the recently brushed areas with a groomed trail on it. Today I saw the last area we worked. We missed some minor things. The vitals: Start Black Tar roto-corked corked in for glide wax, Toko Base Binder for kick wax. Classic, take the B set. Skaters OK on any choice.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 12 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      By the time anyone reads this, all loops will be excellent. All trails rolled, and track setting is in progress. Lots of snow with great mid-winter conditions. Trees are still snow covered, making a beautiful scene to complement your ski.
      (David Henning)
    • Jan 12 - Kinnickinnic State Park (River Falls): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      The Kinnickinnic groomer reports all but the Orange trail have been groomed and tracked. The issue on the Orange is a large tree across the trail. An update will follow as this gets corrected.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 11 - Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve (Edgar): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rolled and set tracks this afternoon. Oh, there is a lot of snow out there! Tracks looked great. They should set up nicely overnight. Skate/shoe lane was loose, but hopefully will firm up with the cold.
      (Bruce Kralcik)
    • Jan 11 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      I got there just as Ted was putting the grooming gear away. It was another short trip: Green from the boat launch, main and river stem of the Purple, and twice from the boat launch through the 300 camp. Classic track varied in depth as always for a first cut in not ideal snow. It's good enough for B classic skis headed west from the boat launch. I ran the B skis into the 300 on the first lap and then took the A set for the second. Both are no wax. The A set is skin skis. Track was not set up when I got out at 9:00pm. The touring poles have long tips which slid out at times. I saw dirt and other stuff in the classic track west of the boat launch. Skaters, bring the A set along. Start on the B set and make your choice.
      (Jeff Bolte)
    • Jan 11 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      All of the trails were groomed and tracked today after last night's rolling. You're OK to go with your good skis but many of the park's trails have an underlying gravel base so you might want to use lesser skis until you've actually skied the trails yourself.
      (David Thofern)

 

Wisconsin Northeast


      Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Scratched up all the skate lanes this morning grinding up the overnight glaze. According to the lone skier I saw today, skate conditions were excellent after grooming. Will check the trails in the morning and if they're glazed, we'll scratch them up again. Track looked icy in spots but let it be. According to the lone fat biker I saw today, bike trail was getting pretty soft.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Good day to ski, went out twice to experiment. Excellent classic, great day for waxless or a little Klister.
      (Dave Kozeluh)
    • Jan 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Fast tracks, core trails were really firm. Enjoyed the meticulous grooming. Skied River Run, Nepcos, and Silver Strider.
      (Joe Sanfilippo)
    • Jan 19 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trails were freshly groomed and although above freezing and soft by the time I finished, the trails held up well. There is plenty of snow from last weeks storms and because of all the grooming that occurs the skate deck was in excellent condition. One of many things I like about Afterglow is Pete Moline, owner and head groomer. He is usually in the lodge when you finish skiing and always seeks feedback from the skiers regarding grooming and trail conditions. He takes great pride in perfectly groomed trails and always provides the best grooming that "Mother Nature" allows.
      (Bob Woelfl)
    • Jan 19 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Picked the fat bike groomer up from the shop this afternoon and groomed all the bike trails except Red Trail and High Five (that's 8.9 miles of fast, flowy, purpose-built single-track open for fat biking). The grooming came out good and should set up well overnight - unfortunately there is rain and winter mix forecast for the next couple days.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Surprisingly good skiing until the sun warmed and slowed the snow. No dirt, or tree debris. Tracks in great shape.
      (Brian Ciske)
    • Jan 19 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Spring skiing in January! Trail was in very good shape. My life long love - hate relationship with purple klister was back to the love side today. In fact, one of the best kicks I've ever experienced. Glide was fantastic too, given the shiny corn snow at dusk. While nearly anaerobic, I seriously envisioned Elite Wave in my future, quite a dream given I've been Wave 4 forever. The groomers may be mad at me, since I feel my speed likely melted the snow as I cruised across it. :) At any rate, get out and enjoy the snow while you can, wherever you happen to be.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 18 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Yesterday the skaters loop was groomed. Today, the rest of the trail was tracked. The warmer weather have left the base and tracks soft. Overall good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 18 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked this morning. The tracks set well and should be good despite the warm weather if it gets below freezing at night. Skating area was becoming soft. Logging is done and the Luge was groomed and tracked, but there was not enough snow to set the tracks well. The Snowshoe trail was also packed and is in very good condition. With the warm weather conditions will change daily.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 18 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Spring skiing in January! A lot of trails groomed this morning. Skate deck was like skiing on a pillow. Firm underneath but the top inch was cushiony soft. Perfect for me. Started slowing down by noon with the warm sun. More trails will be groomed tonight.
      Photos:  
      (Dennis Blow)
    • Jan 17 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skaters loop groomed. The warm temperatures and the amount of snow we received from the last snow event have the trail base remaining soft.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 17 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed all the snowshoe trails and most of the ski trails this morning. What got groomed came out nice but wanted to get off the trail before it got too soft and started balling up. This is likely the last grooming until mid next week due based on forecasts.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 17 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5" base, good condition, groomed not tracked. This morning we got things groomed before the temp. hit 36F. Please be patient with warmer temps we might not be grooming until we get below freezing weather. Warm weather is hard on equipment.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 17 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5" base, good condition, groomed not tracked. This morning we got things groomed before the temp. hit 36F. Please be patient with warmer temps we might not be grooming until we get below freezing weather. Warm weather is hard on equipment.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 17 - Pioneer Creek Trails (Conover): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      First time out on the trail this year. The county grooms once a week. Today, the snow was soft and I didn't have the right wax on, but the trail was in real good shape. (It warmed up really fast) The trail head is in the Conover Town Park. Park by the restrooms, (which are heated) and you'll will see the Trail sign to the East. The trail is groomed classical with space on the side for snowshoers. For what I saw, the small loop is groomed. But there is 8 miles of trail available.
      (Chris Hare)
    • Jan 17 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All loops have been tracked. The warming temps softened the base making it difficult to make turns. Currently very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 16 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great conditions all weekend. Skied Wolf tracks, River run, Tornado alley and many other trails over the past three days. Classic tracks were deep and solid. Skate decks were flat with very few soft spots. After 12" of snow last week these trails should hold up with warmer weather.
      Photos:  
      (Dennis Blow)
    • Jan 16 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      My wife Jessica skied classical and I skated. Both parts of the trail were superb, no debris, firm deck and smooth. I have high hopes this trail will hold up in possible warm weather.
      Photos:  
      (Alan Bates)
    • Jan 16 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Nose Lake was a hub of activity on Sunday and Monday, and the trail was well worn. Because of that it received new classic tracks this evening. The tracks were deep, and with the sub 32 temperatures tonight, they should firm up nicely for tomorrow.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 16 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      With the upcoming warmer temperatures Washburn was groomed today. The rest of the week grooming will be dictated by precipitation and temperature. Just the skate deck was cleaned up today, while the classic tracks were left alone.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 16 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Polished up the skate lane today after heavy weekend traffic. 30F, sunny and excellent conditions. Suppose to get a bit of snow overnight and plan on regrooming all trails tomorrow.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 16 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing conditions at Afterglow. The grooming is perfect as always. There is a base of about 20 inches and the skate lanes are firm after the recent snow was packed down and hardened by some cold nights. Pete reset the classic track on all the trails every night over the weekend. He also has groomed the snowshoe trails for fat tire biking. I brought my bike this year and we had a great time winding through the beautiful woods on those trails. Afterglow is as close to winter paradise as it gets!
      Photos:  
      (Daniel O'Loughlin)
    • Jan 15 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I find the Long Rider at Razorback to be one of the best workouts because of the rolling terrain the the length of this trail. Grooming was great.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 15 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Base Loop, Tornado Alley, Survivor, Yukon, XC Express, River Run, Wolf Tracks, Steeplechase, Mellow Meadow, Creek Trail, Red Pine. All in excellent condition.
      (Gene Musser)
    • Jan 15 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions! Skiing this beautiful classic tracked trail is a fabulous way to experience some of the best of northern Wisconsin's rolling terrain. With its quick climbs and long, easy-cruising descents it is a very well laid out system. Just enough tricky twists and turns to add a bit of excitement along the way. Many thanks to Dan Jacoby for his excellent work of grooming.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 15 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wonderful afternoon ski on absolutely beautiful firm fast track. Thank you DNR crew for your hard work and attention to detail.
      (Patrick Mccabe)
    • Jan 15 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      I groomed the yellow and green loops which are the two shorter loops at Escanaba. The outer loop around Escanaba lake was still in very good shape due to less use. Still plenty of snow to reset track with success. Parking lot was full Saturday so many sit spots to smooth. Very little debris, nice weather and 15 inches of snow in the woods. Conditions are very good to excellent. Next grooming should be Tuesday or Wednesday after the MLK Holiday.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 15 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail was retracked this morning. The tracks set up fairly deep. Again with the colder morning temps, they should set up nicely.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 15 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate deck was cleaned up this morning. With the cold temps from last night the deck is remaining pretty solid. Classic tracks are still in good shape.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 14 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Made a trip to Winter Park-firt time this year-was well worth it! A winter Wonderland with mountains of fresh snow. Was greeted with fresh untouched corduroy on most of the trails. Was a tad slow being a bit cool at 8F. Did the River Run for the first time-board in lodge posting said a religious experience- not sure the reference was to the great views and scenic varied trails OR some of the hills you had to ascend-not bad but some a bit long. All in all was awesome!
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 14 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I really appreciate the red skater loop as there are few state forest areas that groom for skaters. Unfortunately, the skate deck was the softest skate deck I have ever skied on and it was quite challenging as a result of that. It was not fun like it usually is. I switched to classic skis and skied the green loop which was just fine even though it had had heavy use since the last grooming. There were many classic skiers on the trail.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 14 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Escanaba is one of my all time favorite trails. It can be intimidating because of all the hills and I keep wondering how much longer I am going to be able to ski it because of my age. It was 5F degrees when I arrived at 8:00 am and it was still 5F degrees when I finished two hours later. The cold temperature made the track slower than usual but I consider that a good thing on this trail. The grooming was good and the track was fun.
      Photos:  
      (Jim Gantz)
    • Jan 14 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions exist. Firm, level, even, smooth, perfect skate lanes. Solid, firm, consistently full depth, perfect classic tracks. Ski trails groomed 27 times and Fat Bike trails groomed 15 times this season.
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 14 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Renovated skate lane and combed out some crisp corduroy around dusk. Cool evening temps should help with setting up for a relatively firmer base on Sunday. Classic tracks were also reset. Enjoy the seasonal weather while it lasts!
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 14 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Between my wife's serious medical situation this week, a town board meeting one night, a Lions meeting another and working an extra shift to cover for my boss, I could not groom until Friday for the first time since our early week 12" of snow. My apprentice groomer went out for his first solo run on skate loops Thursday and did a good job of opening them up and getting them initially packed. I went over them again yesterday and this morning, and now they are absolutely excellent. I also went over all classic loops at least twice, and they too are now excellent. Snowshoe loops are tramped.
      (Will Maines)
    • Jan 14 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skating conditions were very soft and slow, quite difficult. Classic tracks were firm and very fast. It'll probably take a few more passes with the groomer to allow good skating.
      (Dan Mckissack)
    • Jan 13 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail was packed again and tracked today. Track were nice and deep, and with the low temps. Should set up real solid. Definitely can use the good skis.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 13 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ski trails regroomed and tracked today. Got a chance to ski the 10k loop this evening after grooming and conditions are excellent. With sun and mild temperatures it's going to be a great weekend to be outdoors. Sorry, fat bike groomer in the shop so bike trail has not been groomed since Monday.
      Photos:  
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 13 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Fair condition with 10" of new snow on last weeks grooming. Due to damaged equipment we will not groom the trail until Tuesday next week, thanks for your patience.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 13 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      5" base all packed, good condition. We have broken down equipment but will still be grooming weekly with different groomer and machinery, we had to just groom and pack due to 12" of new snow.
      (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
    • Jan 13 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail has been leveled after the last snowfall. We have been having issues with the grooming equipment and most of the trail is not tracked.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 13 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The Raven trail was leveled Wednesday and tracked Thursday. All loops have good coverage of snow with no thin spots. Very good conditions.
      (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Amazing conditions, impeccable grooming. Thanks to Pete and family at Afterglow. This place is a must ski for all levels. Excellent for not classical and skating.
      (Andy Heidt)
    • Jan 12 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The groomer's report persuaded us to try this trail for the final ski of our North Woods excursion. The grooming was excellent, with many interesting wildlife tracks. This is a narrow, single-track, classic trail, much like ones I recall from 40 years ago. We did the east loop, which has many gentle curves and hills; I would call it "easy+". We really appreciate the groomers' reports - after all, they are the first to know when a trail has been groomed!
      Photos:  
      (Jan Axelson)
    • Jan 12 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      The trail was groomed and tracked today and is in excellent condition. The loggers are finishing today or tomorrow taking wood out from the Luge Loop and with the next snowfall that will be groomed. The snowshoe trail was also packed.
      (Chuck Wetzel)
    • Jan 12 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed this morning with great results. Fully formed track with very little debris after about 10-12 inches of mid week snow. Very scenic and a good time to see animal tracks. Very good to excellent conditions.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful but still quite soft. Repacked and combed skate lane. Set fresh tracks. Expect some drifting and new dusting under trees as the winds kick up this afternoon.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 12 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      12" new. Excellent conditions exist. All ski trails groomed 4 times in the last 36 hours. Fat Bike Trails also groomed twice. Ski trails groomed 25 times and Fat Bike trails groomed 11 times this season. Great day for our large warm up room overlooking Afterglow Lake.
      Fat Bike Trails are separate from ski trails. No Fat Bikes,walkers, snowshoes or dogs are allowed on our ski trails.
      Photos:  
      (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
    • Jan 11 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Finally caught up with the 10-12" of snow we received over the last 48 hours. All ski and snowshoe trails are groomed. Trails were still a little soft this evening but should set up well overnight.
      (Robert Polic)
    • Jan 11 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We gave the entire trail a once over with our roller and comb and set fresh tracks this afternoon. With an estimated 9" of new snow conditions are bound to be quite soft. We plan to go over the trail mid-morning Thursday with our TiddTech to firm things up a bit.
      (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
    • Jan 11 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The trail was packed with new track set, and it is ready to go. The new tracks are nice and deep, and with the cold temperatures should hold up nicely for weekend use.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 11 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After receiving another 2-4 inches this morning our plans had a little setback. The fluffy snow made it difficult to compact, and it took longer to re-establishing the skate deck. Tomorrow we will be brushing the deck, and resetting the classic tracks.
      (Dennis Zielinski)
    • Jan 11 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails were beautifully groomed and tracked with about 2 inches of fresh powder on top. The new snow made the "most difficult" downhills much easier though the climbs were just as steep!
      (Jan Axelson)
    • Jan 11 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Three days straight of snow has added 8-11 inches locally. I measured 16.5 inches of snow on picnic table near Escanaba Research Station. All loops are tracked and in very good to excellent shape. There are some small sections of drifting from very high winds last night after about 8 inches of snow yesterday but was able to smooth into just rollers. Snowing heavy at times today so tracks may be covered again. We will groom again Thursday or Friday after snow lets up. Stay tuned.
      (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
      Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were freshly groomed and in great condition for the Milwaukee Nordic Ski Club today. Repeated freeze-thaws of the deep base have lead to firm conditions with transformed snow - very fun to ski on. A bit of debris has left some dirty snow, but mostly very good conditions, even in the rain.
      (John McCarthy)
    • Jan 20 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Don't be deceived by the 34 degree temps. Nine Mile is in excellent condition. Went 10k loop this morning and had a great ski.
      Photos:  
      (Yelonda Rivers)
    • Jan 19 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      At 8:00 am this morning, Rocks was skiable. Only the outer loop had been groomed, probably yesterday, but the major debris was cleared and I could get some purchase with my ski edges. I tried one of the inner loops but it had not been recently groomed, so there was a lot of debris and some glare ice. I wouldn't recommend the inner loops. The classic tracks looked clear and defined. They also looked icy.
      (Mark Balhorn)
    • Jan 18 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Red Trail was groomed for skating today. Highly varying conditions from solid ice to dirty slush. Blue Trails ungroomed and very icy and not easily skied. Classic tracks ice rails.
      Photos:  
      (Elizabeth Goodspeed)
    • Jan 18 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Hard, icy and freaky fast. Skating lane base still fully intact, as are the tracks. Minimal debris. It was too slick to be very enjoyable tonight; might be decent if it softens up during the day.
      (Rick Bie)
    • Jan 18 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied both the 10K and 6K loops several times today. Conditions were perfect. Grooming was amazing. Tracks were set early for classic skiing. Excellent condition. Started with my B skis, but quickly changed them out after one 10k loop.
      (Matt Pelland)
    • Jan 18 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails groomed and tracked with Piston Bully. Still plenty of snow for deep base. Some debris as usual. Very good skiing for both disciplines.
      (Gary Zimbric)
    • Jan 18 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Strided most of trails between 10am and 12pm. Groomer had put in fresh track for most of Nine mile trails. Tremendous glide but no kick for me. Klister, skins needed? Great coverage, minor leaves and debris. Did not see any skaters all morning. Beautiful day to be out, thank you groomers for your terrific work!
      (Audun Mikkelson)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails will open again Wednesday. Most trails will be groomed in the early morning. Conditions are good as far as quantity of base, but a high moisture content due to rainfall.
      (Andrew Sims)
    • Jan 17 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]

      Due to icy conditions, all trails are closed today. More information will be made available as conditions change.
      (Andrew Sims)
    • Jan 16 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A great day for skiing Nine Mile today! Skied at least 47-km in 3 outings: 10-km warm up, 17-km all over the place, and the 20-km marked loop. Groomer was everywhere perfecting what was well-used over the weekend. Negotiating multiple left and right turns on the Alps was a fun challenge. The climbs gave the heart a good workout. Good to see many locals, people from the southern part of WI where we have no skiing, and even some folks from Iowa who must be scrambling to get ready for the Birkie.
      (Bill Barthen)
    • Jan 16 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Definitely my best ski of the year. After sharing other local trails this weekend with those from places with less or no snow (not that I mind, just makes for a different feel), I had the whole trail to myself, despite four cars in the parking lot. I skied from the Barabara's Lane end around the Ikes loop and back. The tree debris was firmly pressed into the tracks and I glided right over most of it. Such a great place for a solitary ski.
      (Julie Schneider)
    • Jan 15 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Wow, great conditions. Ideal temps about 20. Even after the annual race in the morning the trails were in fine shape. Get there while the cold holds!
      (Dave Minden)
    • Jan 15 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent skiing here, with great snow cover. A small bit of debris on some parts of the trails (sticks and leaves) but they are easily dodged. I'd say 80% of trails are pristine. Awesome grooming. Skied all of Blue loop and bits and pieces of the rest of the system. Thumbs up all around.
      (Mike Jamison)
    • Jan 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Looked like the UP in Wausau with their abundance of snow. Excellent for classic and OK for skating. Tracks were fun, fast and in very good shape. Some skate lanes good, some heavily used and needed grooming. Surprised and disappointed all skate lanes were not regroomed after heavy use on Saturday. Joanie and I strided the 20K loop plus a bit more. Skated several short loops to round out our visit.
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 15 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were overall in excellent shape. Tracks were well set in most places, albeit missing completely on the G connector. OTOH, they were sharp as new in the Little Alps section. Some of the corners were getting a little washed out from the heavy weekend traffic and there were a few stretches of oak leaves in the track. Great day to ski on a deep snowpack.
      Photos:  
      (George Cleveland)
    • Jan 15 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      The blue loop skate lanes are in great condition, very fast with enough powder to help shave off some speed if needed on a downhill. There are some sticks on the trail, but I found them to easy to avoid. Plenty of snow and some really great grooming on this trail.
      Photos:  
      (Andrea Roenning)
    • Jan 15 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions. Everything is groomed perfectly. Hopefully warm weather won't mess things up too much.
      (Pete Wurl)
    • Jan 15 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Possibly my best ski of the year! Although the skating loop is only 1-mile, it was perfect! Definitely can use best skate skis, because the few pieces of debris are avoidable. After about 5 laps, I double-poled the classic trail to Izaak Walton and back. There is considerable tree debris in all tracks. B skis for classic. Temps were -7 to -1 F while I was out, but easy to keep warm when working and dressed properly.
      (Bill Barthen)
    • Jan 14 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent skiing today. First time we've skied this venue and what a joy it was! Excellent skate deck and classic tracks are consistent and sturdy. We only skated however. Hats off to the folks who groom this place, well done!
      (Mike Jamison)
    • Jan 14 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      As another reviewer said, there is a fair amount of debris on the trail. A lot of it is small stuff that won't do any damage but there is enough big stuff to keep you stepping around it quite a bit if you are concerned about damaging your skis. The skate lanes were very hard packed and crusty; a lot of fun if you can handle the conditions, scary if your not so experienced. According to my husband and other striders, the track was hard and slick. He was having trouble getting decent grip with waxable skis. You might want to call the chalet and inquire if they are grooming and setting new track Sunday - that would change the conditions a lot.
      (Denise Smith)
    • Jan 14 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely fabulous conditions today. Skied with my waxed skis. Best skiing all year for me. Tracks were very well formed and firm. Very little debris. I recommend baskets for "softer" snow. My poles would plunge a little too deeply next to the tracks in some locations.
      (Craig Fischberg)
    • Jan 14 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions for classic and outstanding grooming. Joanie and I skied the 18K blue loop, plus the 5K green loop. One of our favorite places for classic skiing in the state.
      (Darren Blankenship)
    • Jan 14 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Absolutely excellent. The trails are in as good of shape as I've ever seen them. The right track was firm and fast. Sections of the left track were a little soft but still well set and should improve with more folks skiing and compressing them.
      Photos:  
      (George Cleveland)
    • Jan 14 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied three laps on the Green trail this morning and conditions couldn't have been finer. A new track was probably set this Thursday or Friday and it is in great shape with little or no debris in them. Due to the fact that temps have not allowed a decent freeze/thaw cycle, the track were a tad soft, without that icy, your-life-flashes-before-your-eyes glaze that the hills at UD are known for. Still, awesome skiing. Green allowed me to stride all but the steepest hills and the downhills brought big smiles. Bring your A race skis and don't miss this one. Best conditions in several years.
      (Dave Moritzen)
    • Jan 14 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Only 6-degrees F when I started, so it was a very solid base, thus fast, even dangerous on 2 longer downhills on the Blue trail. Good Rush honored its name. Skate-skied all Blue and Red trails on racing skis, but unavoidable tree debris and dirt tilled up by the groomer in at least 7 spots (tops of hills) led me to recommend B skis. Warmed up to 15-degrees F by the time I was done making Pine Ridge a fantastic ski!
      (Bill Barthen)
    • Jan 13 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Premium snow conditions on all trails. Tracks were also set and looked firm. Skate deck was very firm and fast to me, best in many moons. Get out and enjoy the trails while you can.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Frazier)
    • Jan 13 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lot of snow here. Everything was groomed and tracked. Pines covered with fresh snow. It was a great ski day! Weekend should be fantastic!
      (Larry Dobberstein)
    • Jan 12 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Ample snow, smooth and hard tracks, though there are some oak leaves and pine needles, as always. Entire 10k classic trail open, but the skating loop had not been groomed at all yet.
      (Mindy Borchardt)
    • Jan 12 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Another 11 inches of snow earlier in the week have now been rolled and groomed at Iola on top of a solid, compressed base of 6-8 inches. Great skiing today.
      (Charlie Dee)
    • Jan 12 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Jack Lake was in perfect shape! We classic skied and tracks were great. Skate deck looked nice and firm. Thank you groomer!
      Photos:  
      (Dave Aggen)
    • Jan 11 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skating lanes groomed and are in very good condition, track was set today in the morning and is in good condition.
      (Rex Runke)
    • Jan 11 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great Conditions considering the 10" of new snow. Trails were fairly firm with some soft areas on the skate deck but should firm up with the cold temps. Tracks were nice and deep and firm.
      (Wade Loberger)
    • Jan 11 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Rocks was being groomed as I skated the red and blue loops. Very good snow cover, tracks were being set on parts of the trail system when I finished. A little soft but should really be fast after the skate deck firms up. As you can see I got first dibs on the groomed skate deck.
      Photos:  
      (Scott Frazier)
    • Jan 11 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skiing was great tonight, with good tracks. Nine Mile got 10 inches of new snow yesterday, and with the cold temps predicted overnight, the trails should be in fantastic shape for the Snekkevik races on Saturday.
      (Jeanne Alexejun)
    • Jan 11 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand Scheduling 
      [ Good skis ]

      Lots of new snow at Nine Mile today! Groomers were working on the trails the entire time that I was there. Skating in the morning was soft, and very nice. Classic in the afternoon was pristine. I skied the 10K loop (all tracked and good for both disciplines), 6K loop (partially tracked, one missing segment), and the lighted loop (newly tracked). It appeared that they groomed those trails first, and were working on the others. FYI: SNEKKEVIK races there on Saturday.
      (Nicole Kime)
    • Jan 11 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Eight to ten inches of snow yesterday. All trails had at least one pass with the groomer. Classic track set. Pole plants soft and trail still soft. Should firm up nicely with additional grooming and be excellent for the weekend.
      (Gary Zimbric)
    • Jan 11 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      After 10" new snow, two piston bully groomers started at 7am were out when we arrived at 11:30am. The trails would have been unskiable without their grooming. As they made several passes, the skating got better. The trail was firm to provide for enjoyable skiing and the downhills were not icy but still fast. I called ahead to find out when the groomers would be out. It will be even better tomorrow.
      (Donald Howell)
      Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Backcountry only report: Yesterdays' melting and last nights freezing temperatures yielded the seasons first corn snow. Plenty of snow coverage in the woods allowed for some nice skiing on the fire lanes and deer trails. The snow should last through the weekend. We are skiing on short (179-189) metal edged no wax back country skis. A couple of ski shops in northern Wisconsin carry them. They easily double our ski season outings during these unpredictable winters.
      (Grant Houghton)
    • Jan 18 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most ]

      Trails are all hard and icy due to the freezing rain / rain on Monday and Tuesday. Tracks are still visible and trails likely are fast, temps are in the 40's today, likely refreeze tonight. Trails are likely going to get worse, reports to follow closer to the weekend.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 17 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      All trails closed once again. Not sure when nor if they will reopen. Stay tuned. No classic tracks, skate trails iced and slippery.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 16 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand Observation 
      [ Good skis ]

      I muscled through the Oaks as suggested. The only tracks to be found are the deer tracks! The skate deck looked well groomed and fast.
      (Bob Klinter)
    • Jan 15 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Good conditions, groomed and mostly single-tracked for classic skiing. Conditions at Machickanee are as good as they've been in several years, but that may not last long. A small part of Brehmer Creek loop was used by a 4-wheeler for an injured skier rescue today, but damage was minimal, and trails are great. That said, conditions aren't dangerous, just a bit slick and fast in some spots, so "'careful on them hills."
      (Matt Zak)
    • Jan 15 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      Hard packed and skied fast! Great condition on the skate trails. Met the groomer who was very talented and nice!
      Photos:  
      (Jen Smith)
    • Jan 15 - Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Beautiful blue-sky filled day, a perfect 23 degrees! Classic-skied the Preserve with many happy faces in the parking lot. Mixed conditions: Perfect in some places and when under the Pine, tough striding due to ice and pine needles.
      Photos:  
      (JT Crosby)
    • Jan 15 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      First ski of season! Use good skis, base is firm, one or two spots with ice showing, easy bypass. Very fast, air temp 23 degrees. This is Greg the Groomer! It felt great!
      Photos:  
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 15 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Great conditions on Ridges trail. Skied all three loops red, blue, yellow. Took about two hours, awesome workout. Only saw one other skier at the end.
      (Ben Harrison)
    • Jan 15 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      7:45am, base is firm, fast. No classic tracks. Air temp 2 degrees. Get out and ski, not sure what will happen with warm weather.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 14 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Went to High Cliff near sunset Saturday. With the recent rain, and a holiday weekend, I had low expectations of a sketchy track destroyed by footprints. I was extremely pleasantly surprised on both counts. Beautiful, near-full-depth classic tracks (mostly double tracked in the woods and single out in the "open range") with virtually no foot-traffic! Occasional ice in the trenches but still generally good grip and glide. No rocks but some roots showing through here and there due to shallow snow pack. Thanks again to hard working volunteer groomers!
      (John Rosebush)
    • Jan 14 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      East side (Ridges) trail: Conditions are excellent. Trails faster than yesterday. Green kicker on top of yesterdays' wax worked perfectly. At the end of the ski, we followed a group of Special Olympians getting ready for their winter games next weekend. They were skiing a nice flat ski that was keeping them on trail. Very well done! To quote a US Olympic coach to me: "Train hard and race fast" (Marty Hall, April 82). Good luck.
      (Grant Houghton)
    • Jan 14 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomer out working hard this morning with the Tidd Tech. Plenty of grooming work to do. The lighted trail is perfect. Classic skiers who muscle thru the first half of The Oaks will be rewarded with a decent set of double tracks. PERS Loop (far reaches of the Maples) was pretty dirty with woods debris. Skiers will be treated with good, firm conditions that should only improve over the weekend with warming temps.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Firm, Fast, Fun. Skated the lighted trail in 7 degree temps under moon-lit skies. Beautiful. Classic tracks cut on Maples (no classic tracks at Trail Head). The Camp is getting set up for a terrific weekend of skiing. Enjoy it!
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
    • Jan 13 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Volunteer groomer was able to not only pack, but set track as well on our classic ski trail. He combed the skate ski trail. Both trail systems are in very good condition for the most part. Enjoy!
      Photos:  
      (Linda Guelig, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 13 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great skiing right now. A few small rocks in just a few areas otherwise great trail for skating. No classic tracks set right now but plenty of area you can classic ski.
      (Mike Christman)
    • Jan 13 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      All 12 miles of ski trails on the Navarino Wildlife Area are open and in great shape. Lots of snow for snowshoers, and a new designated trail for individuals that want to walk or bring the dog. This will hopefully help keep the ski trails in better shape. Classic and skate skiing lanes. Grooming was completed on Wednesday.
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 13 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      East side (Ridges) trail: Skied this morning. Trails are set nicely, have very little debris and have had only light use so far. Straight green wax worked well with the freshly groomed trail. West side (Red Pine) trails: There is logging activity on the far west and far south portions of the ski loops. Avoid those areas. There is a shorter hilly area in the southeast portion of the trails that is being set up for skating. It's right out of the parking lot. The snow is perfect for softer skating skis. Backcounty: We skied fire lanes yesterday. The rain that we received Tuesday sunk to the ground and cemented in the subsequent snow that fell Wednesday night. The woods and dunes now have a great go anywhere snowcover.
      (Grant Houghton)
    • Jan 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Solid and fast deck. Excellent coverage with slight amount of debris. A little icy in areas. Downhills fast and fun. The sign needs to be changed, t's much better than "fair". Get out and enjoy.
      (Patrick Warpinski)
    • Jan 13 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Skate base is firm and fast. No classic tracks. Use caution on first pass for a few ice spots.
      Photos:  
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 12 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Beautiful night for a ski Thursday evening. The full moon and sky full of stars complemented the great trails very nicely! A couple icy patches but nothing that wasn't easy to skate around. Groomer was out while we were skiing, making them even better!
      (Evan Zaborski)
    • Jan 12 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails are open and looking really good. Skate deck was firm and should only get better for the weekend.
      (Paul Hollub)
    • Jan 12 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      After the rain sleet and high winds earlier this week, we pleasantly received 5 inches of new snow last night. Ridges trail (classic ski) was groomed early this morning and is in good condition. A portion of the red pine trail (skate ski) was packed today with plans to groom on Thursday.
      (Guy Willman)
    • Jan 12 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fabulous late morning skate of Birches and Maples. Solid coverage on freshly groomed trails. Minimal to no debris. No icy areas. Pole plants solid throughout. Get out before tomorrow's cold spell.
      (Patrick Warpinski)
    • Jan 12 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Skate trails combed, base soft on top, some spots ice under base, use caution first loop. No classic tracks.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 11 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Started over, base is still soft, some ice under, caution first laps. No classic tracks. Snowing so hard, not able to see for awhile.
      (Greg Hollub)
    • Jan 11 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lots of new snow from the storm to groom with, all 12 miles of trails are packed and tracked. Worked on getting the trails as wide as possible for traditional and skate skiers. Lots of oak leaves on the trails due to the wind with the storm. Last bit of sleet on the top layer, so trails should be fast. Walking trail packed for other users, and the sledding hill is also packed.
      Photos:  
      (Tim Ewing)
    • Jan 11 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
      Observation 

      Looked like an ice rink at the start of the trails and other low spots. Trails appeared very icy and unskiable after walking on/up to them. Didn't attempt to ski. Bring ice skates.
      (Mitch Nordahl)
    • Jan 11 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      After recent snows and despite the rain, "The Camp" is rejuvenated for both skate and classic! Skated freshly groomed Maples in 19 degrees under cloudy skies. Track is a little dirty (due to the high winds of Tuesday evening) and a little soft on the plant and the push, but you will enjoy your ski. Special note to Striders: Tracks are not set at the trailhead, but once you get to Main Street, well formed tracks await. Carpe skiem!
      Photos:  
      (Bob Warpinski)
      Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Snowkraft Nordic (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Snowkraft was groomed overnight and conditions were very good to excellent on Thursday morning for skating. The base is still solid in most places with a few small patches of ice easily avoided. Thanks to Tom for grooming, the hills in the orchard were a blast today!
      (Jim Hinnenthal)
    • Jan 15 - Snowkraft Nordic (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good. All trails in the woods and also in the orchard are completely covered. Pretty amazing for what Tom has to work with.
      Photos:  
      (Paul Anschutz)
    • Jan 14 - Snowkraft Nordic (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Tom again does a super job with low snow conditions. His attention to grooming is unsurpassed for many miles.
      (Paul Anschutz)
    • Jan 13 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]

      Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not been kind to us following the recent snow, rain, snow event a few days ago. Because of the trails close proximity to the lake, the forecast snow after the rain did not materialize, leaving major sections of the trails with a sheet of ice. The worst segment is the section of the Red trail between the Nature Center and the 3rd beach access. There are areas where there is still some snow and a shallow track but they will be very icy and aren't easily accessible from the main parking lot. Trails have not been groomed, so skiing isn't advised at this time.
      (Rich Dirks)
      Other locations
    • Jan 19 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      only the 7k loop on the golf course was groomed (which also goes into the woods and has several big hills) there was 100% coverage. We got there around 11:30 am and there was some corduroy (maybe from yesterday?) because it was very slightly icy on top, but then the sun came out and it softened. It was very fun and very nice! we skated, the classic tracks looked OK. It was 33 degrees when we got there, before the sun came out. After a bit, it got significantly slower in the sun and was significantly faster in the shade but it never got super slow. We saw one other person out there!
      Photos:  
      (Kay Lum)
    • Jan 19 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Due to the warm weather, no grooming this week. We have about 8 inches on the trail but soft.
      (Larry Vassar)
    • Jan 19 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Spring Rapids Trails are open. Recent rain and warm temperatures in the area have softened the trails.
      (Kylie Sebero)
    • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Great trail conditions today, only the golf course loop was groomed for skate and classical, skate lane was nice and firm, just a few soft spots that were in the direct sunlight. Classical tracks looked very good as well, no bare ground showing through on either trail. Groomers did a great job of maintaining this section of trail from all of the bad weather that we have had, well worth the drive from Green Bay. Looked like even some of the GB boys made it up to train some classical in the hills. Great day overall.
      Photos:  
      (Andy Shobe)
    • Jan 17 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Track well formed and deep, few soft places, but overall great skiing. Used Fischer RCR waxless due to warm conditions. Classical skiing only.
      (Alfred Sauld)
    • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Regroomed the skate lane and track on the 7K loop behind the golf course. We had one inch of snow last night and just a touch of rain.
      Air temp was 33F. The remainder of the trail will not be groomed until the cold returns.
      Photos:  
      (Lloyd Lundwall)
    • Jan 16 - McComb Nordic Ski Trail (Mountain): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions on the various loops of the McComb Ski Trails, just west of Mountain, which are groomed and tracked for classic skiing. I believe this trail was called Nicolet Nordic for a while a bunch of years ago (not to be confused with Nicolet North). The long loop around McComb Lake, and the "advanced" loop from the olden days do not appear to be in the mix anymore; but, everything else is groomed and beautiful as always.
      (Matt Zak)
    • Jan 15 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]

      On the snow 11:00 am 18 degrees, off the snow 4:07 pm 27 degrees. Absolutely fantastic conditions. Great grooming full sunshine and no wind. Trail was full of skiers enjoying the great conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Lane)
    • Jan 14 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Very good conditions. It doesn't get much better than this. It was beautiful out there. Skate lane was mostly good. Tracks were all hard-packed and in great shape.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Meyer)
    • Jan 13 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Excellent - trails were groomed this morning for skating and tracked for classic. Lots of snow here in Lakewood.
      (Johanna Axelrod)
    • Jan 13 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Groomed on the Tuesday but we received about 5 inches on the Wednesday. Due to problems with the Eagle river grooming machine I had to take my groomer over there. They are grooming today. Looks like next week before we can groom again.
      (Larry Vassar)
    • Jan 12 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied the trails today and they are in very good condition. Lots of snow here! Nice firm classic tracks and a very smooth skate lane.
      Photos:  
      (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 12 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
      Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails were groomed and fresh track laid on Tuesday evening. Trails are in excellent condition.
      (Kylie Sebero)
    • Jan 11 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      11:00 AM 11 Degrees Lots of fresh snow. Trail groomed but no track set. Did not ski. I took my picture from the Sullivan Springs Road crossing. Skate lane looked fantastic.
      Photos:  
      (Tom Lane)
    • Jan 11 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Got on the trailhead at the Golf Course at 12:30. Fresh corduroy welcomed me! I was anticipating soft conditions but was surprised how well it had set up! I skied the blue trail out 13 K and back! Awesome! I'm thinking there was a ton of work put in from the grooming team to get the trails ready so quickly after yesterday's storm! How lucky was I?!
      Photos:  
      (Tom Brown)
    • Jan 11 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails have been set with track today. Conditions are great for both classic and skate skiing. The trails should stay in excellent condition this next weekend.
      (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
    • Jan 11 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Power tilled down the center of trail system today. Plan on going back out Friday to set tracks. The only tracks set today are on the golf course. We received about 7 inches of snow yesterday which packed down to 3.
      Photos:  
      (Lloyd Lundwall)

 

Wisconsin Southwest


      La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Please stay off the groomed trails until we get below freezing temperatures. There are no track set and we have not groomed in a few days.
      (Scott Cooper)
    • Jan 11 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Yesterdays rain, sleet, and snow revived the trails, three inches, now frozen. It is beautiful, and a winter wonderland. No skate skiing with existing conditions, logging activity continues, and the Ridge trail, Oak, and Pine trails are closed. However, there is excellent classic skiing and fresh, sharp tracks on the South Loop, North Loop, and West Trail. These are mid-winter conditions. I was able to groom some tracks through the corn field just inside the gate and up the hill. Recommend that skiers turn left after entering the gates at the trailhead, downhill onto South Loop for best skiing.
      (Steve Beezley)
    • Jan 11 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Underlying ice protruding into fresh snow on top. Kudos to the groomers for setting track. Most was very skiable. A little more snow and it will be awesome.
      (Ted Skemp)
    • Jan 11 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      2-3" of new snow over an icy base. New snow has bonded to the icy base, our groomer is able to churn up ice from under the new snow to create good conditions. Shallow classic tracks are set on about 25% of the trails. Bicentennial trail has some overhanging tree limbs which are weighed down by the snow. Thanks to the other groomer who was out last night and this morning catching the snow at the right time. Get out and ski now.
      (Jack Zabrowski)
      Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied Central, North, Red Oak and Wildcat on a perfect afternoon. The classic tracks were excellent and great snow conditions. These are truly spectacular trails.
      (Bill Nussdorfer)
    • Jan 15 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skied almost all the loops. My first time there... If you have never skied the BRSF you have to. It's beautiful and fun to ski. Conditions were great for classic. Some narrow spots for skating. Deep base, few sticks or leaves, branches had been removed.
      (Jason Gafner)
    • Jan 12 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The forest was refreshing today! Skated Central, North, and South trails. Ridge was not groomed yet. Classic track not set on North. Still numerous branches on the trail, but most are avoidable. Narrow trail in spots make it impossible to stay off the classic track. Shallow (2-3") was soft, causing sinking and reducing glide. Groomer did a decent job and I appreciate they cut back a few low hanging, snow-covered branches. Waxing now and going again tomorrow; hoping cold temps solidify the base a bit.
      (Bill Barthen)
      Other locations
    • Jan 19 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Hit the trails at 9:30 this morning and all trails were open. Surprisingly they were in pretty good shape, with the exception of some debris here and there. The tracks and slopes were fast and it made for a really good outing. Plenty of wildlife tracks to see thanks to the soft snow.
      Photos:  
      (Paul Peterson)
    • Jan 11 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      It was heaven on earth for classical skiing Wednesday morning. Just right for this skier who likes easily managed downhills. It should be even better in the sun today.
      (Jim Mohr)
    • Jan 11 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      A bunch of new snow and freshly groomed trails, what more could you ask for. Everything was perfect today on all trails.
      (Paul Peterson)
    • Jan 11 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Wow! 8+ inches of new snow. Excellent conditions at Levis for classic, full depth track with no debris in track. Skate lane was beautiful and firmed up nicely. Recovering from a 3 level spinal fusion so still a bit nervous out there but getting stronger and braver. Did the base loop plus jack rabbit, great conditions to challenge myself a little more. Thanks Steve for the wonderful grooming and your time. The singletrack bike trail was also freshly groomed with no bike tracks on it. Hoping to get enough back recovery to get the Moonlander out this winter.
      Photos:  
      (Mark Sproul)

 

Wisconsin Southeast


      Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      All of the trails in the Greenbush trail system are currently closed until further notice.
      (Megan Sina)
    • Jan 18 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      The trails are currently closed for all use on the Zillmer trails until colder weather and we can get back to skiing conditions.
      (Megan Sina)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      Trails were closed this morning when I arrived. Looks like a nice place to ski but a long 61 mile drive back.
      (Yelonda Rivers)
    • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails: Closed ]

      With the rain and warm temperatures since Monday afternoon, the Greenbush Trails have been closed to preserve the base. The entire Group Parking Lot has become an ice skating rink. Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive from downtown Greenbush to the trails is salted, but still very icy. Be careful if driving out that way.
      (Steve Scharrer)
    • Jan 16 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good to excellent compared to around here. Arrived at 7am before the freezing rain moved in. Being my first time here, the 1.5 hr drive was well worth it. Skated 3 purple loops and one red(about 24k)-solid base with about an inch of snow on top-enough for good control. Very few icy spots and some debris here and there.
      (Dan Dudley)
    • Jan 15 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Snow is good, albeit icy (of course), with very little debris. However, the red and green trails - and a bit of the yellow that I saw - are marred by a lot of bootprints. It seems the trails haven't been groomed for a while. Hikers have come through and tore up the trail. No classic tracks to speak of, they either have been blown out by use or never added.
      (Terri Fleming)
    • Jan 15 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skied the purple and green loops. Although the snow is not deep, the tracks are in good to great condition. Very enjoyable.
      (Michelle Eul)
    • Jan 14 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Late afternoon ski of the purple loop, classic track. Very nice skiing, with a small amount of debris and tracks a little worn at the corners as is typical. There was an icy patch or two including one on a downhill curve near the 1.5 mile marker, where I was using the skate deck. A few small patches of dirt in the snow on the west side track, but nothing bothersome for no-wax, casual skis. Enjoy the skiing!
      Photos:  
      (Tom Benson)
    • Jan 14 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Great conditions! An occasional stick here and there. Was able to use race skis without fear of ruining base. Skied all trails and there was full coverage and a decent base.
      (Rick Flayter)
    • Jan 14 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The black loop is groomed old school. Old school is when the first skier lays down the track and everyone follows after them. Still one of the best classic loops around.
      Photos:  
      (Peter Scheibel)
    • Jan 14 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fun fast conditions for classic. Skied the purple loop and found great tracks, especially considering what the groomers had to work with. Found that my trusty no wax skis worked best. Just enough debris to gum up a kick zone. If you see the groomers out and about, please tell them how much we appreciate their work. Arrive early. Got there at 9:30 and the lot was filling fast. By 11:30 the line at the rangers station was all the way back to Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.
      (Mike Joranger)
    • Jan 13 - Sheboygan Jaycee Trails (Sheboygan): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The Jaycee Trails on the Northside of the Maywood Bridge, #8 and #9 loops were groomed tonight. Thin snow over an ice base along the Pigeon River, but full coverage. A classic track was set where there was enough snow. There are two very icy spots, one next to the bridge and a second one along the river approx. 50-60 yards east of the bridge at the bottom right side of a short downhill. Park in the Maywood Lot. Grooming will be attempted on the Southside of the Maywood Bridge early Saturday morning (Loops #4 and 5). Most of Evergreen Park Loop #3 is covered either with ice, ice and a little snow and sections of good snow cover. Because the worst snow coverage is on a couple of downhills, we have decided not to groom the park until there is enough snow cover.
      (Steve Scharrer)
    • Jan 12 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      Great conditions considering the rain, snow and sleet accumulations of the past few days. Jeff worked his magic again.
      I used good skis and didn't hit anything. Track is fairly deep and a tad icy, good skating deck. Loved it.
      Photos:  
      (Michael McFadzen)
    • Jan 12 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Fresh cord.....with a dusting of new snow. Perfect conditions. Tracks set for classic, looked decent. Very little debris, and no ice. Thank you groomer for a wonderful morning out of skiing!
      Photos:  
      (John Dobyns)
      Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Lodi Area Ski Trails (Lodi): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      We were able to groom for skating and classical for Wednesday and Thursday ski team practices. Classical was great with Waxless skis. Both days had great practice conditions, but now raining. Will close trails until we get 2 inches of snow!
      (Dale Fanney)
    • Jan 18 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Rock skis ]

      Still snow and ice covering the mound. It's adventure skiing with hardpack and ice, but skiable if you pick your spots. Lots of sticks down due to icing in trees.
      Photos:  
      (Willi Van Haren)
    • Jan 14 - Blackhawk Ski Club Trails (Middleton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The only game in town. I was able to ski both up the Erdman. The trails atop the big hill were very icy, and the top of the big hill was too - one face plant and one sore hip resulting! But, again, the only game in town!
      (Dave Minden)
    • Jan 14 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ B skis ]

      About the same as yesterday. Some icy spots, especially by the south end of the hockey rink and by the start, at the warming building. Much better for skating than traditional.
      (Will DeBoer)
    • Jan 14 - Lodi Area Ski Trails (Lodi): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      Skied 5 laps on the lower loops this morning in an hour. Trails were groomed and tracks set for High School practice last Thursday. Conditions are a little beat up and icy in spots, but overall a good training day. So nice to be on snow!
      (Paula Tonn)
    • Jan 13 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Much better than yesterday. The full loop has not been set, a little shorter with it going below the sledding hill. You can still get to that loop but it's not groomed and has not been filled in with snow. A little crusty around the shelter but along the ice rinks and below the sledding hill is quite good. Still making snow so it's only going to get better.
      (Robert Abendroth)
    • Jan 12 - Elver Park (Madison): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]

      The rain did a number on the trails. Snowmaking is occurring today, right in the middle of the 1 KM man-made loop. This effectively splits the course in two. East half: from warming shelter around the skating rink to the picnic gazebo where snow is being made is nearly unskiable for skating and the classic tracks are mostly gone. It's not only icy, but it froze after people skied while it was wet/sloppy and all the old skating tracks froze in place. Ski at your own risk. West part: past the snowmaking equipment is about a.25 mile remnant of the 1KM man-made loop. It has benefitted from the snowmaking and the hill isn't bad either. You can basically just do hill repeats over there. As mentioned, snow is actively being made. Conditions may improve as early as the 13th.
      (Will DeBoer)
    • Jan 11 - Blackhawk Ski Club Trails (Middleton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      Nice fast icy snow on hills 1, 2, and 6 as well as Siberian Trail made for a good workout tonight. Pines, creek, and Erdman trails were not groomed and hard icy conditions. Join the Club and get some skiing in the Madison area. Seems to be the only game in town.
      (Mike Schoonveld)
      Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Snowmaking loop was good, but quite soft from the rain and warmth. Felt like skiing in sugar, but had a good ski. The race on Saturday will be tough with warmer temps coming in but coverage is good.
      (Ed Edinger)
    • Jan 19 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]

      Hotline reported good ski conditions on the man-made 1.1 k loop. At 11am did 16 loops and it was good. By noon it started to get mushy midway on the south climb and slower but still enjoyable.
      (Donald Howell)
    • Jan 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]

      The entire man-made loop is skiable... there is only one area of concern on the east side but you can ski out onto the Nordic Playground area to get around it... skate skiers just follow along side the classic track as it meanders through it. The skate lane is in great condition considering the warm temps and rain but expect soft/slow snow. Classic tracks were set and are at full depth but soft sides with icy bases so only in good condition all things considered. Trail lights are on until 9pm every night expect Sundays. The Wednesday night ski series will be held tonight and things are looking good for the annual Lapham Loppet on Saturday, an annual fundraiser for the Friends of Lapham Peak.
      (Brett Johanen)
    • Jan 13 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skiing on the man made snow loop was great. Snowmaking in progress to reinforce some areas, which impacts those trail segments, but otherwise, very good for skate and classic. Don't miss out on this weekend's fantastic conditions.
      (John McCarthy)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula


      Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The skate lanes were groomed yesterday and tracks are still in great shape. Excellent conditions this morning. Light rain off and on this afternoon. Wear a waterproof top and you will be toasty warm.
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 20 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      I skied abr yesterday morning and then again this morning and it was really good. Very firm skate deck but of course no ice with the temperature hitting 40 degrees. Off and on mist but mostly dry this morning so it was very pleasant. Used my classic o's and kicked up just about everything. Glide was good but probably would have been better if I didn't have nf blue on... Making skiing this good with these conditions is another example of the incredible care and grooming by eric and his crew.
      (Kevin Stalheim)
    • Jan 19 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We have been skiing on all 73 km of trails this week and expect to through the weekend. The temps get warm during the day but as long as our glacier snow pack on the trails keeps the base cool at night we are OK to re-groom in the early morninh ...timing is everything.
      We have both Pisten Bullies ready to head out in the morning!
      (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
    • Jan 16 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skated this morning on trails that were expertly groomed. Could not decide which was faster, the skate deck or the tracks, both were great.
      (Ken Spiegelberg)
    • Jan 15 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions. Firm skate deck. Well-set classic tracks: firm sided. Trails were fast. Temps were in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Couldn't be better. Thanks ABR!
      (Patrick Bryan)
    • Jan 15 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Amazing conditions out at Wolverine today. Hit all the trails, all in great shape. Thanks for a great ski.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 15 - ABR (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic skiing today, skated yesterday. Trails are in phenomenal shape. Between the four people in my party, most of the trails were skied. Thanks ABR for a great weekend.
      (John Leaf)
    • Jan 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Grooming Scheduling 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      All trails PistenBully groomed, tracks set and skate lane has nice corduroy. The volunteer groomers will be out this long weekend. See you at the Yooperbeiner Snowshoe event Saturday. A good weekend to be out and enjoy the sunshine and ideal conditions.
      Photos:  
      (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
    • Jan 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skated Wolverine Loop: semi-firm, deep, fresh snow, fresh corduroy, good glide , 6 degrees. Excellent grooming. Classic tracks looked pristine.
      (Patrick Bryan)
      Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 18 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming Secondhand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The warmer temps the past couple days have not had any negative impact on our trails. Well below freezing temps at night will keep them in great shape through this continuing warm spell. Had reports of hard wax conditions throughout the system this morning. Our base is deep and solid so grab those skis and get out there!
      Photos:  
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 16 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Firsthand Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Skiing yesterday and Saturday were both "race ready". I got out skate skiing Saturday and classic Sunday. Rock solid skate lanes and pole plants and clean Bombi set classic tracks. This morning the groomers are cleaning up the skate lanes on all trails to 17k.
      (John Sonderegger)
    • Jan 14 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Good news: we were able to get Ridgeline open up today. Many thanks to our friends Terry Reynolds and Nick Cartier for putting the shovels to work and getting open. We now have tracks set on the Ridgeline Trail, one of the best classic skiing views in the Midwest.
      Photos:  
      (Sven Gonstead)
    • Jan 14 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bombi grooming on all trails from the Forestville Trail Head to County Road 510. We are getting the trail ready for the Noque' Marathon in two weeks. The trail is in race ready condition. The lower section has a better base than I have seen in at least 10 years. Enjoy.
      (John Sonderegger)
    • Jan 13 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      12"+ new snow over the past week are now fully groomed and race ready inside 17k. You should ski this weekend.
      Photos:  
      (John Sonderegger)
    • Jan 12 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Trails were packed and tracked Thursday after a foot of snow. All of our trails are tracked and in excellent condition. Our Lions Club will be hosting a fundraiser for Lions Fight Hunger week Saturday. Rentals will be available at reduced rates.
      (Ron Stenfors)
    • Jan 12 - Big Bay Pathway (Big Bay): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      All trails were groomed today except Ridgeline. Conditions are excellent with the recent snow. The classic tracks may get a little wind blown tonight, but we have a nice base.
      (Sven Gonstead)
    • Jan 12 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      We received a foot or more of fresh snow this week so great conditions for both skate and classic at Valley Spur. The weather looks awesome for the weekend so come join us for great skiing, a warm lodge and quality time with friends and family!
      (Dan Rabine)
    • Jan 11 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Six inches of new snow yesterday have been Bombi groomed with race ready classic tracks on all trails inside 17k. In addition, groomers packed the Noque' race trail all the way to the Superior Dome in preparation for the marathon at month's end. This lower section has great snow cover this year. We will get classic tracks on that area as soon as time permits but it is great for skate skiing today all the way to the Dome.
      Photos:  
      (John Sonderegger)
      Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 20 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      The last 3 days have had morning temps in the mid-20s and afternoon highs in the mid-upper 30s. Still a firm 2-foot base. Fresh corduroy makes for good edging. A little debris in the piny areas, but easily avoided. No ice or wet areas, and nothing even remotely resembling a thin spot. Radar shows that the r-word is trying to make its way north, but nothing bad has fallen from the sky as of Friday afternoon. Tracks looked nice. Overall very good with some sections excellent.
      (Larry Zurawski)
    • Jan 19 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Ski skated 25K on Swedetown Trails this morning in bright sunshine and perfectly groomed trails. Everything was tilled this morning. While I skated, the classic track looked to be excellent as well.
      Photos:  
      (Liz Siivola)
    • Jan 18 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Classic tracks were very good today, very fast skiing as the day got above freezing in the afternoon. Excellent glide but some debris on the trails in certain spots. Cold night temps are allowing morning grooming and the snow is holding up just fine, nice and clean.
      Photos:  
      (Cynthia MacDonald, Great Bear Chase)
    • Jan 14 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Excellent conditions at Swedetown. Probably a three-foot base and firm skate and classic tracks. The woods are beautiful with snowy trees and shimmering snow!
      (Dean Woodbeck)
    • Jan 13 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Cold but pretty evening at Michigan Tech. Classic tracks were very hard and fast. Lots of snow and plenty of base.
      (Dean Woodbeck)
      Other locations
    • Jan 16 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Fantastic conditions, as usual. Groomed to perfection for us striders. Plenty of snowcover. Many of the trails are single track and virtually all in the trees - no golf course skiing here.
      Photos:  
      (Jerry Paul)
    • Jan 14 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Bob had just groomed the whole system earlier this morning so the track and groomed areas were in primo condition. Deep tracks set and downhills were just soft enough to use a little bit of snowplowing. Hope we can dodge any hot spell next weekend!
      Photos:  
      (Dan Hinch)
    • Jan 13 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Everything is groomed and tracked. Nice deep well formed tracks. Conditions are excellent and it is beautiful in the woods.
      Photos:  
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 12 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      East Side is tracked. Deep well formed tracks. West side is dragged smooth and flat and will be tracked Friday morning after hopefully firming up tonight. Good skiing but no tracks. After the 10+ inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday conditions should be great for some time.
      (Bob Turnquist)
    • Jan 12 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
      Grooming 
      [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

      Trails are freshly groomed. Around 10 + inches of snow has fallen over the past two days. Portions of Loggers Loop are still shut down to accommodate logging. Next grooming will perhaps be this coming Saturday in portions of heavy drifting. Get out there and enjoy!
      (Kevin Johnson)

 

Iowa


      Other locations
    • Jan 14 - Pilot Knob State Park (Forest City): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, B skis ]

      The skating portion of the road was rejuvenated this morning and conditions were super! I recommend using B-skis because of the occasional stick buried in the snow thanks to the Christmas day wind storm. The classic tracks were not new because of the hard pack conditions but looked to be fairly decent overall.
      Photos:  
      (Jeff Hovinga)

 

Canada


      Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 16 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Beautiful weather and typical mid season conditions on all trails. All trails are either groomed or being groomed. Solid classic tracks and fast skate lanes.
      Photos:  
      (Dan Horihan)
      Other locations
    • Jan 17 - Silver Star Mountain (Silver Star): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

      Lovely skiing at Silver Star and Sovereign Lakes in British Columbia. Snow covered trees and wonderful grooming are making for an outstanding week of skiing with the North Star Ski Club. Over 2 feet of snow in the woods and and more than a foot base are making great conditions for both classic and skating. Temps in the 20s make it very pleasant here.
      Photos:  
      (Chip Treen)

 

North Dakota


      Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
    • Jan 15 - Edgewood Golf Course Ski Trail (Fargo): 
      Firsthand 
      [ Good skis ]

      Skied the skate trail Sunday. It appears that both classic and skate were groomed sometime before our windy Friday. The skate trail had plenty of areas of mild drifting and some portions were obscured. The route of the trail was different from prior years in that, when skiing clockwise, it snaked under the bottom of the tubing hill (roughly southwest) rather than northwesterly, and this had the result that we actually were fully in-range of kids on sleds! The trail was not recognizable as a separate trail at that point because of the compaction from sledding. That was hardly the worst part though. Once again, the horse-drawn sleigh rides absolutely destroyed large sections of the skate trail. Why can this trail-use conflict not be solved!? This happens every single year. I am thankful that Edgewood is available for F/M area skiers, and appreciate Parks staff efforts to groom, but this is ridiculous.
      (Greg Haugen)
    • Jan 13 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails refreshed this morning after drifting in exposed areas with Thursday's strong winds. Firm deep classical tracks. Skating lane packed firm with good edging.
      (Gary Brekke)
    • Jan 11 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
      Observation 
      [ Trails Open: All ]

      Trails re-groomed at noon today after four inches of dry, fine, cold snow the past couple of days. Three k of skating lane is firm and over a four inch base on top of an inch of ice. Five K of classical track is deep and well formed.
      (Gary Brekke)

 

United States


  • Jan 16 - Teacup Nordic (Portland, OR): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]

    Absolutely wonderful. Blue skies, warming from the mid-20s to the low 30s during the day. Quite a number of skiers out - including many from the Upper Midwest, who recognized the Finn Sisu logo on my jacket. And the drive up and back wasn't crowded nor treacherous.
    Photos:  
    (Kenneth Salzberg, WAMXC)
  • Jan 12 - Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby, CO): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]

    After almost 2 feet of snow in the Colorado high country, our groomer Shawn has turned Snow Mt. into Skier Nirvana. Most trails are groomed for classic and skate, and more should be ready for the Martin Luther King weekend. Come join us for skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking! Weather is supposed to be mild with little or no wind. More snow in the forecast.
    Photos:  
    (Stephen Lee)
  • Jan 11 - Portland City Streets (Portland, OR): 
    Firsthand 
    [ Rock skis ]

    Awesome day. Lots of folks out skiing in the streets, and in the parks. I couldn't make the Stumptown Birkie this time, but I hear it went off. The grooming leaves a bit to be desired, however. I used a pair of old Fishers with grip tape on the kick zone. I hadn't touched them for quite a few years - no idea which grip tape, nor what, if any, glide wax. Grip and glide quite OK, except in the parks, where the grip was way too strong.
    (Kenneth Salzberg, WAMXC)

 


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