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Rainbow Resort

Rainbow Resort is located in northwestern Minnesota on the northern boundary of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and just 1/2 hour from Itasca State Park. Their 20K of private skiing trails are groomed for both skating and classic technique, and range from easy to quite challenging.

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  • Jan 27 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Ski trails and lights off effective Wednesday, Jan 28th. Park will close one half hour after sunset until snow conditions improve.
    Paved trail and Big Bluestem will still be open for walking only.
    (Lori Meyers)
  • Jan 27 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy! Fast! Wall descent described as "scary", from experience would call it "exciting".
    The manmade trail had been recently groomed as of this morning... but it's kind of like saying the bald guy combed his hair. Icy and hard, tough getting edge and sometimes even pole plants. These freeze-thaw cycles are tough on trails; hats off again to the Three Rivers crew for keeping things in skiable shape.
    (Tom Kunau)
  • Jan 27 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed and tracked. Boulder ridge is in fair condition and the Star, Willow creek, Scenic foothills are in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are now closed.
    HS Meet Update: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-5:30 and Wednesday/Friday 9:30-4 pm (race break noon to 1 pm).
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Jan 26 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Man made conditions are good as expected. Outer trails where skiable Monday with snow cover missing on some portions of the trail.
    Was able to skate ski Lake, Creek, Northern Lights and Thicket trails Monday as there was more white then brown out there. Had to double pole eight inch wide patches some times and had to take skis off and walk the very top of Creek trail. It was a great, enjoyable adventure ski outing.
    (Eric Werner)
  • Jan 26 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thin but skiable.
    I skied the East side tonight. I took my skis off on the downhill behind the park entrance office. Other then that I skied around the thin or open spots by veering off to the side. They stoked the camp fire apparently just for me. I was the only person out there skiing tonight, but they added some wood on the camp fire. Best day ever.
    (Ray Johnston)
  • Jan 26 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still all white and good for skating.
    The manmade course is in good shape. Not as well set up today so things were sugary in the morning. Not such an issue for skate but made classic a challenge. Track was crumbing and the snowpack would shear under the force of kicking. Lots of people out enjoying the great course on a beautiful day. Very thankful for an artificial snow loop in the city.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Jan 26 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Closed. Our trail base is no longer continuous, so Woodlands will close until/if our snow shortage ends and cooler temps return. The only good thing about our pathetic winter of late is that the Woodchoppers are able to take advantage of the good outdoor working conditions and have knocked down 145 dead trees the past 4 weekends.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Jan 26 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable conditions on the snowmaking loop for skate and classic--very good in the wooded and shadier areas, tracks starting to get a little worn and slushy in the open, sunny areas, and on the well used trails close to the chalet. Overall good to very good!
    I got out late morning at about 38 degrees, and 42 when I finished. I skied the 5K snowmaking loop a couple times, and found pretty decent skiing considering the warm temps. Thanks to the excellent groomers at Hyland who always set a great track!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Jan 26 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    The Loppet Foundation is requesting that folks stay off Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles as they harvest snow and prepare courses for the weekend events. With the warm weather, any skiing on the newly set courses can cause real damage.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Jan 26 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Man-made loop in great shape, just groomed early this morning and a bit fast. I skied classic and the there were touches of ice now and then, but good. 6-8 of us had it all to ourselves at 6:30 AM.
    (John Davis)
  • Jan 25 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Sugary/icy but fast!
    Skied 20k on the manmade loop at 6pm. Overly sugary only on the uphill by the 9 hole course, otherwise good on the rest. A bit icy on the downhills. Very fast overall.
    (Patrick Johnson)
  • Jan 25 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect skiin on manmade loop continues.
    Grooming was outstanding for the citizen junior and college racing this weekend. Saturday had chiseled classic tracks set up firm when people showed up at 6 am. These ran 3 and 4 abreast up all but the two herring bone hills. Perfectly done. Sunday had full width skate deck of compressed firm corn. This held up very very well to a full day of racing. Looks like there should be plenty of snow to get through this warm week.
    (Zach Handler)
  • Jan 25 - Lake Minnetonka (Excelsior): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: With a 4" base, a dusting of fresh snow and cold temps overnite, conditions were perfect for skating.
    Initial grooming to start this Saturday for the Big Island and Back event.
    (Rick Carter)
  • Jan 25 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor, but actually skiable for skating.
    I went this morning with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. About 80% of the trail is still intact and easy enough to step around the grass areas. Rock skis for sure, but all I was looking for was an easy recovery ski, so it worked for that.
    (Peter Aggen)
  • Jan 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating and classical were very good to excellent on snowmaking loop.
    The skate deck started out as an icy corduroy, but with more skiers arriving it quickly improved into a firm deck with good edging. A couple climbs were still a bit icy at mid-morning. The classic tracks were solid and in excellent condition. Thanks groomers / TRP!
    (Mike Maiers)
  • Jan 25 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ice with bare spots.
    Went to try some classic based on reports that yellow trail had been covered by truck loads of snow and groomed. Not sure where the snow went but not skiable. Tried other trails. Best was green trail. OK with caution and flexibility to alternate skate with classic when required. All skating better then classic. Looks like trail had been smoothed via truck and plow.
    (Arnie Funkenbusch)
  • Jan 25 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in very poor condition.
    Ski Meets scheduled the week of Jan 26: Tuesday and Friday all day meets 9:30- 4 pm. Break from racing: noon - 1 pm. Wednesday/Thursday 3:30- 5:30 PM.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Jan 24 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skiable but not ideal.
    Skied classic on Isles, channel, Cedar and Brownie. Tracks have disintegrated quite a bit over the past few days and missing/blown over in many areas. You have to pick and choose to find the best bits, so not great for a continuous ski. The channel section between Isles and Cedar is awful with melted/refrozen rutted section and lots of debris and moguls. Your skis might prefer that you walk between the lakes. Still and all, it was a warm sunny day with bright blue skies and I was skiing 5 minutes from my house. Can't beat that.
    (Bonnie Carlson-Green)
  • Jan 24 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails open, but bare spots are growing. Overall: marginal skiing.
    90% of our 5km of trails are groomed for skate only. 500 meters of made snow is in good shape, the rest of the trails vary from pretty nice to bare spots. Grass is common..
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Jan 24 - Eagle Lake Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pike Lake Trail is fair on skier made track. Worth skiing but warm weather taking a toll.
    Have skied the Pike Lake trail the last 5 days including this morning. Some grass showing especially near building and parking lot. But pretty good coverage once you get away from building. About 1.6 mile trail including about 1/2 mile down in woods by lake which I like. Trail is shared with lots of dog walkers.
    Photos:  
    (Wayne Nelson)
  • Jan 23 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent even at 39 degrees!
    Skied the man made loop around 1 PM and the classic tracks were in great shape. Lots of high school and college teams skiing in preparation for the races this weekend. The Wirth groomers have done a great job during all the temperature fluctuations this Winter.
    (William Netznik)
  • Jan 23 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Poor--last packed Jan 14.
    Snow conditions are too windblown and now thin for any machinery for packing. This trail was last packed on 1/14.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Jan 23 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are poor--last packing on Jan 14.
    Groomers weren't able to pack this week as they would have liked due to poor trail conditions. The snow is too thin in most areas due to wind and quickly melted through.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Jan 23 - Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Classic packed on Wednesday, trails are in fair condition.
    The groomers were out again on Wednesday packing the classic trail only. No tracks yet. Conditions are fair and skiable. the skate trail hasn't been packed since last week and is in poor condition with grass and bare patches.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Jan 23 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Roller-packed on Wednesday, trails in fair condition.
    The groomers were out again on Wednesday packing both the classic and skate ski trails. Conditions are fair with a few bare patches, especially in open areas where the wind blew the trail thin to begin with. Lots of prairie grass is showing just off the packed trail in open areas. Groomers will wait for additional snow before packing again.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Jan 23 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Manmade loop was very nice skiing at 4:00 today. We are lucky to have venues like this so we can always have good skiing. With today's heat and sun it should be really fast tomorrow morning for the race. Northern Lights was actually in good shape but decided not to use it for the race as it's pretty thin in a few areas and could be icy.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Jan 23 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The park has trucked snow onto the Yellow Loop. 3-8 inches in depth and then groomed.
    A HS race was occurring at 1pm. The skate lanes were smooth, the classic tracks were variable. The trucked in snow is chunky and it's not adhering well in the tracks. Much better conditions then before. Clinic on Saturday from 10am - 3pm Thanks to the park staff for "Farming" the snow.
    (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
  • Jan 23 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Starting to get soft.
    Given the warm weather and continued popularity of Hyland, things are getting a tad soft and in some spots mushy, plus there are a few places where dirt is mixed with the snow. The entire loop was easily skiable though this morning and there's ample coverage on the entire man-made loop.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Kunau)
  • Jan 22 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Eagle Point was good to fair. Mid 20's. Grey overcast, again! The trail surface was uneven with a lot of dirt/vegetation sticking through on the north ridge but you still could ski through it if you were judicious. Did catch my ski on a dirt spot on the climb up to the Quonset hut. I used FastWax Red LF.
    I had a late, 5:10 p. m. start. A 23 year old, California transplant chased me the entire length of the trail, finally passing me when I slowed before the turn north at the east end of the lake. I caught him again when he stopped outside the old warming hut next to the parking lot. Great boost for my 62-year-old ego. Took me a half hour to ski the 3.8 miles.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Jan 22 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair for skating, OK for classic.
    Skated Cedar. Skate deck is skiable, but looks like it has not been groomed for a couple of days. Rutted with fat tire tracks, foot and dog prints, but I was able to have an enjoyable ski the past two nights. Jumped into the classic tracks for a bit of double poling. They were soft, but decent. No one else out tonight except for a lone raccoon (who was not skiing).
    (Bonnie Carlson-Green)
  • Jan 22 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, about 60% of the trail is skiable with rock skis.
    You can piece together a decent interval workout by going back and forth in certain sections but there aren't any complete loops currently. Basically back to crust skiing in many areas. Go elsewhere if you have time to drive.
    (Brett Arenz)
  • Jan 22 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect for skate and classic on the snowmaking loop.
    The full manmade loop is now in perfect shape. Wide, deep, very clean, and no ice. There are some noticeable grooming improvements over previous years. The snow depth is excellent throughout with none of the thin spots and no dirty areas then have been present in the past. The skate deck is setting up properly so it doesn't turn to loose sugar over scraped ice. That is a clear improvement. The right hand downhill hairpin turn on top of the hill where people used to wipeout in races is now fully banked so it is easy and safe to take at speed. The terrain is the same as always - very very hilly. This is the best place in the Metro to Train for the Birkie because of the steep sustained climbs. Nice work wirth crew!
    (Zach Handler)
  • Jan 22 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Manmade loop was firm this morning at 9:00 and very nice for skating. Northern Lights was in surprisingly good shape from the couple inches the other day and the groomer was careful not to pull up junk.
    Scoped the Northern Lights trail to see if it could be used for Saturday's Baker Shaker race being held at Elm Creek. Spent a couple hours shoveling the first climb on Northern Lights and a few other places. If it doesn't get as hot as they are forecasting tomorrow it would be a go to make a 5 km loop, but with the forecasted 41 tomorrow I'm afraid it'll deteriorate fast. Will scope Northern Lights tomorrow late afternoon to see how it's holding up but probably won't be able to include it in the race I'm afraid as we don't want to put racers on bad conditions. Fortunately they have the 2.5 km manmade loop.
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Jan 21 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair - mostly snow-covered and freshly rolled.
    Skied the full south loop from the visitor center. Trails were freshly rolled (no tracks) and in fair condition. Snow was thin in spots but no debris coming through. Considering the snowfall we've had the trails are in good condition. The county has done a great job of maintaining the trails.
    (Paul Kraus)
  • Jan 21 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: As of noon: good for classic. Two tracks cut. Thin but very skiable. 1/2 inch new snow.
    Tracks cut last week have held up. Received 1/2 new snow the morning on Tuesday. All trails tracked. The bottoms of the tracks in a few places were very thin, so B skis advised. Hard kick wax works with the new snow.
    (David Johnson)
  • Jan 21 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair but skiable.
    Prior Lake picked up 2" of snow the other day, just enough to make Cleary skate skiable. The trail had been dragged and was free of leaves and debris. Pretty decent coverage but still rock ski conditions. No classic track.
    (Dan Steger)
  • Jan 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions for classic this afternoon -- no ice. The skate deck was in good shape, too -- a little soft on the uphills.
    We ran into local cross country legend Roy Carlsted today. He was skiing great as usual. He'd already done the lake loop, and was working on the 5K loop when we met up with him. He's an inspirational guy -- 91 years young, amazing!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Jan 21 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Multi-Use trail not too bad for an inch of base, groomed, no pavement showing anywhere. 25F, overcast.
    Skijored the multi-use trail around noon, coverage was good, a well compacted inch or two of new snow. The snow itself was weird, very slow near the surface, then suddenly very fast as my skis went deeper toward the thin ice layer underneath. Avoiding long glides and setting the skis hard seemed to work best, the dogs seemed confused by the uneven load I presented before I understood what the snow was doing. Nice fast loop, a pair of walkers out, no one else. I had fast wax red left on from a few days ago, definitely too soft.
    (Steve Evans)
  • Jan 21 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Classic skied part of the man-made loop around noon. No track from chalet for about 100 feet. Beyond that, very good tracks.
    One skier had good grip with purple power; the other had same with Rex grip tape.
    (Kathleen Walter)
  • Jan 21 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for both skate and classic.
    Skied the Twin Lakes and snowmaking sections. Skate skiing was great! Tuesday night's snowfall was enough! Wirth groomers were out too; I was pleasantly surprised with how skiable it was compared to earlier in the week.
    (Paul Larson)
  • Jan 21 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Man-made Loop is in great condition!
    The trail was very icy due to warm temps and heavy use yesterday. Trail is groomed with a perfect comb and classic tracks set. There are a few very isolated areas of track that are set a little thin due to firm and icy conditions from the last few days.
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Jan 20 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skatable, just barely.
    Skated cedar lake, lake of the isles, calhoun and brownie pond Tuesday afternoon. Calhoun was the worst, lake of the isles was skatable but I stayed off the groomed trail mostly, because they were very icy. Brownie was the best. Had to walk under all the bridges due to pure ice.
    (Steve Deckert)
  • Jan 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions on the man made loop after sunset. The trail had a nice thin coating of churned up snow on top. This was added to by a decent snow squall which slowed things down a tad. The uphills were ever so slightly mushy. In general, a great ski as usual.
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Jan 20 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Crusty snow on groomed track, deep crust on ungroomed.
    Hit Phalen tonight about 8PM. Much better than I expected. Yes, there are bare spots but easily skied around. Temp must have been around 30 degrees. I could get a good skate off. The classic track for the 7 K loop is maybe 70% intact. Not a bad ski if you can't get to Hyland or Elm Creek. Plenty of snow on the fairways to make your own track.
    (Bill Stuber)
  • Jan 20 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Barely skiable. Skied Ceder Lake and Lake of the Isles this morning. While there was snow it was less than enjoyable. All underpasses are pure ice. Some parts of the "trail" are down to ice and the rest is very lumpy. Hopefully more snow is coming soon!
    (Jolene Johnson)
  • Jan 20 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy, rutted, slushy, tracks still intact.
    Went out onto Cedar Lake for some skijoring with the pup. As I should have expected there were lots of ruts from skaters who were out yesterday during the warm spell. I also encountered a couple ice fishing holes and slush--which means we likely won't see any grooming out here until it firms up again. The classic tracks were near bombproof ice--probably getting icier by the minute...the new snow might make for some decent skiing.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Jan 20 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ok, but going south fast.
    Lots of brown showing up off the man-made loop, wouldn't recommend skiing. The man made loop is still ok but with more debris in the icy crud now with red groomer fluids, sticks and generally tired and dirty, old man-made snow. I'm ready for something fresh but that's looking doubtful...Ugg.
    (Matt Dowling)
  • Jan 20 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic skiied the valley trail at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Not icy, soft and fairly fast using waxless skis. The natural snow trails appeared to have enough coverage and some people were skiing on them.
    Quite a few skiers were out for a weekday morning. Had a fun ski. I was hiking the trails north of Eastman N.C. yesterday afternoon and the multi use trails appeared skiable even in open areas.
    (Mark Basiletti)
  • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in poor condition.
    HS Meet update: Meets scheduled for Today, Jan.20, and Thursday, Jan.22; 3:30-5:30.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Jan 20 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Another skier described it as "Birkie-like." Parts certainly fit that description, but overall it's in good shape.
    Getting a bit soft in spots, icy in others, with a little snirt mixed in. I didn't have any trouble, skied the entire manmade loop. Second classical track freshly laid on the left side of the trail. Thanks to the Three Rivers crew for stepping up where Mother Nature has failed us this year.
    (Tom Kunau)
  • Jan 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Should have brought ice skates.
    When the person behind the counter said that they put up temporary fencing this afternoon to keep people from flying off the trail you would have thought common sense would have told me to go home..... nope. The deck was an ice rink. The 40 degree temps made this evening ski a nice 30min, 5k recovery ski. Live to ski another day.
    (Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
  • Jan 19 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nope! Best to stay away.
    Call it gone for the time being. Numerous open spots. Lots of little paw prints seemed to hasten its demise.
    (Michael Jorgensen)
  • Jan 19 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mixed bag of good, OK and ugly.
    Skied the snowmaking loop and then the whole outer loop around midday. Tons of folks at Elm Creek Winter Rec area for MLK day, the tubing hill reminded me of the Mall of America during the holidays. Snowmaking loop was fast and fun. Outer loop was "interesting". Bridge heading out was down to a narrow strip of snow/ice that you could still double-pole across. Much of the rest of the loop was B ski quality, with scattered thin and dirty spots. But the section coming back by the swimming area was rock ski city -- short bridge was pretty much bare, and exposed dirt and rocks along there. Northern Lights loop was pretty good still - could use good skis from overflow parking lot to get over to the snowmaking loop.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Jan 19 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, classic tracks are worn down. Skiable but choppy.
    Manmade loop is skiable, but not great. Classic tracks are all but gone and what remains is quite a bit of crystalized powder. Pretty much what you would expect after a warm spell. Front nine looked patchy with grass. Rock skis are recommended.
    (Anne Pilmonas)
  • Jan 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic conditions this morning on the 5K man-made loop! Both the skate and classic lanes are in great shape, nice and firm, clean, and not icy at all.
    Lots of people out today enjoying MLK day and perfect skiing weather!
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Jan 19 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    All 5K manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in poor condition. HS Meets scheduled this week on Tuesday - Thursday 3:30-5:30pm.
    (Sonja Bercich, Three Rivers Park District)
  • Jan 18 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor but ski-able at 9 AM.
    Hard packed and icy conditions with tree debris all over the trail. Watch out for the twigs, asphalt and the rocks near the trailhead.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Jan 18 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Snowmaking loop: Fantastic, flat, fast as the sun went down. The trails were firm, but with plenty of edge available except for one or two spots that were starting to get icy.
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Jan 18 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions for the Marine O'Brien race were passable. The trail had reasonable coverage except for a few areas that were kind of sketch. The trails was very rough following the contours of the ground underneath. By the end of the race the uphills were getting pretty thin, especially any south facing hills.
    (Ben Mullin)
  • Jan 18 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Manmade loop was in Excellent condition for classic and skate.
    Classic skied noon to 2 pm. Nice deep tracks. Not icy and surprisingly fast considering how warm it was.
    (Dan Zenk)
  • Jan 18 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Thin in some places. Icy at first, the softening and getting slow.
    Skied around noon, just the trail on the Vadnais side. Was surprised to find it quite icy still. Sunny spots were beginning to get soft and sticky. Some leaves (not as many as expected) and the odd pine cone to watch out for. Lots of foot traffic. All in all better than expected.
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Jan 18 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair but skiable.
    If you're getting tired of the man-made loops, Carver might be a nice break. On Lake Trail a fair amount of grass stubble poking thru, leaves and forest litter, but skiable. Very little dirt and no rocks that I saw. Snow was hard but not unmanageable.
    (Kevin Crystal)
  • Jan 18 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails groomed this morning. Thin spots are a bit thinner. easily skied around. Classic tracks reset and are good in most places, .fair in other places. not set in thin places. Skating is very nice in most places.
    The worst section of trail is the 150 yards of the West Side along Jurassic Park, which is where most people park. The trails as a whole are pretty nice.
    (Carl Nordgren)
  • Jan 17 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Rolled, a little soft. Good classic track.
    Due to the HS race at Theo Wirth, we slipped down to Cedar Lake to ski on the trails. I was pleasantly surprised to see both Cedar and Isle to be completely rolled and tracked. The skating was soft and slow in the warm temps, but the tracks were deep and pretty fast.
    The lagoon between Isles and Cedar has a lot of debris--but nothing bad. Though there is an exposed rock underneath an overpass. Be vigilant.
    (Adrian Swanson)
  • Jan 17 - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor, B skis ok, no rocks, just some dirt and tree debris.
    Slightly better then last week around noon before the big warm up.
    (Dan Zenk)
  • Jan 17 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    The warm temps during the day Saturday made for a very icy trail in the evening. A good portion of the manmade loop was like skiing on an ice rink. The uphills at the back of the loop were good but as you might imagine the following downhills were pretty slick.
    (Nick Raisanen)
  • Jan 17 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thin but fine for skate.
    Worried about the 40 temps and rain, I skied Saturday morning about 7:40am. The Lagoon, Skyline, Lakeview and Meadow trails were fine for skate. I saw some classic skiers out there, but I could tell they were adjusting to poor classic conditions. But, nothing to complain about! Hopefully it stays in decent shape for the weekend. We need more snow!
    (Paul Larson)
  • Jan 17 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We lost too much snow today, so we called off the groomers for tonight. Manmade will be a better option for your Sunday ski. Conditions will be marginal until it snows.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Jan 17 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming 

    Marine/O'Brien race course: So far this morning the trail is holding up ok. We have been shoveling thin spots, but with this afternoon's warmer air there will be some rocks, sticks and dirt showing in isolated places. I firmly recommend that all skiers use rock or B-skis if possible.
    Photos:  
    (Christian Brekke)
  • Jan 17 - Irondale Trails (New Brighton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Almost full coverage.
    A few sections with leaves and some small thin spots, but for the most part the trail is in excellent condition. These trails are always a blast and a good workout- get out there while the snow sticks around. Thanks to the Irondale ski team!
    (Karl Holub)
  • Jan 17 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good -few bare spots just near end (green loop).
    XC skied green loop at 10:45 am and it was excellent. Some bare spots just near the end.
    (Emmylou Wallace)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and awesome.
    Skated around 8am this morning. Only one other person had skied since it was groomed, and on parts I had fresh cord all to myself! The classic tracks looked good too. If I didn't have to go to class I would have stayed all morning! Definitely recommend.
    (Sophie LaFond)
  • Jan 26 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast, decent, skied-in groomed.
    Piedmont is still holding it together for Duluth skiers. While it's icy under the new snow, I had a really enjoyable ski this evening. Would love it if the city groomed it up, since the pickings are so slim right now.
    (Deanna Erickson)
  • Jan 26 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: One inch of new, dense snow on top of icy trail.
    The Campground Loop and the 3K loop got groomed after the new snow today. Tracks only set in the campground. But the old track is still there on the rest of the trails from the last grooming, with the fresh snow in it.
    (Joe Gerard)
  • Jan 26 - Two Harbors Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
    Grooming 

    Our groomers packed the few inches of new snow we received, and pulled the 4 foot drag around the trail. We have great November 15th conditions - no classic track set yet, you could skate with rock skis. We need some snow!
    (John Cron)
  • Jan 25 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lake groomed for skate and classic.
    I skijored the race this morning and then headed out for more skiing afterwards. The lake is fast and fun right now! Groomers made a nice 7k and nice 3k loop on the lake with classic tracks. Head out to the right from the chalet and the loop is evident. Part of it was marked by Pine boughs. Great race too! Check out SkijorDuluth for next year!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 24 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: skiable but icy.
    Skied it this afternoon. Very icy but still good coverage. The tracks are still pretty decent from the grooming a couple weeks ago. It was 38 deg. Some of us went with no wax skis and some went with waxable. Not sure which one was the best choice. Starting to get thin in a few spots. Saw a skater go by on the back trails. The width of the tracks were set so far apart it encourages skaters to go beyond the 1KM.
    (Trent Wickman)
  • Jan 24 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed, snowshoe tracks, footprints.
    We classic skied today from the campground when temps were 37F or so. Still no grooming, yet lots of snow. There were a couple of spots under some pines that the snow is somewhat thinning. Lots of footprints, snowshoe tracks, and some ski tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 23 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good on the lake. Almost dangerous on the trail.
    Skated the groomed 8K loop on the lake and the Bear Paw loop at noon. There was a glazing of frozen rain from Thursday night over the fresh grooming. We were probably the 4th or 5th skiers on it since grooming but first since the frozen rain fell. (See photo looking into the sun.) The lake 8K was great due to enough fresh grooming under the glazing. It was crusty but nice and fast and allowed for good control. Bear Paw was okay but close to dangerous. Since it hasn't been groomed for a while there wasn't enough scratch under the glazing to allow for good control. The lake 8K had classic track set too.
    Photos:  
    (Nic Bacigalupo)
  • Jan 23 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Springlike conditions on the campground loop.
    The warm temps softened up the skate lane nicely. Classic sets are excellent. I did not brave the 11k due to reports from another skier of exposed rocks and ice on the hills.
    (Todd Perry)
  • Jan 22 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Campground loop well used.
    We skated the campground loop tonight after dark. The classic deck was very well used and hard packed with an edge. The classic tracks are gone in stretches. It could use a touch up grooming.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 22 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent depending on where you ski.
    The south loops have gotten enough use that they could use some grooming, but they are still skatable. Just a bit lumpy. There's a washed-out skied-in track here and there. The best skiing is out on the lake, where the groomer has set side-by-side tracks and created a really nice skate lane, I assume in preparation for the skijor race Sunday. Jump on it at the lake crossing off Bearpaw. It goes for miles, ducking in around the islands. It's beautiful, and really nice skating. The tracks looked good, too, though slightly drifted in in some places.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Jan 21 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed today, skate lane only with no classic track set (appears too thin to set).
    Freshly groomed this morning. Despite amazingly thin snow cover, the best skating deck I've been on all year, no kidding.
    (Phil Rogers)
  • Jan 21 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ice skating rink covered with 2 inches of snow.
    At work today a meeting ran late, leaving me with not enough time to drive west to Spirit. Decided to break out the $5 yard sale skis (always buy them when you have boots to fit the bindings). Parked at the old hockey rink area, walked up the trail to the level ground and then skied backwards (if you're familiar with the DXC maps: Parked at Nb, skied to M, C, D, E, H, K and back to Nb). Overall there's solid ice covered in a couple of inches of snow. It is hard to get a pole plant without your pole sliding. More snow up high, the trails below looked more bare, per usual. Walkers, bikers, skiers all using the trail. But if you only have 30 minutes until you need to be at neighborhood school to collect a child, it's still 30 minutes in the woods getting exercise.
    Photos:  
    (Kristin Riker-Coleman)
  • Jan 21 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed, with mother nature challenges.
    If you see Tone, hug him, he was out last night working hard grooming the 11k. I skated the 11, 5, and 3k today and the classic tracks were in excellent shape throughout. The skate deck had a lot of "bugars" down the middle and was not groomed all the way to the left side. There are a lot of leaves, dirt, etc, natural objects on much of the trail, some you can get around, some you are forced to ski over. The bottom of a few of the 11k hills are ice. The worst one, that you have to go over is towards the end, I believe at 5.6 miles or so into the 11k? The 3k was pretty good, the 5k had an ungroomed section that was really bumpy, bad, etc. It was nice to have some nice big hills and cord to ski on!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 20 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good classic.
    Used waxless skis on the system and maybe if I'd had the right kick wax it would have been better - had to concentrate on setting the skis and didn't have a lot of kick. The tracks are deep, with a little bit of small crystalline snow that hadn't set up too well yet. There's a little duff. The trail's in very good shape overall and well used. It would benefit from a gentle groom when the temperatures start to fall.
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Jan 20 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good skate, good skier tracked classic.
    Skated the main loop and the cutoff on Bardon Peak. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the trail is given how little snow we've had. The last time I skied here it was an exciting obstacle course. Today I had to Look for rocks (and there were a few). There are also several deep gullies where a truck invaded back when the ground was soft. There was a cm or two of powder over a nice base. The trail undulates. It was fast. Most traffic appeared to be coming over the Connector from Spirit, then out to Bardon Peak and back. A number of skiers have been out to Ely's Peak as well. A very worthwhile and fun ski (B skis advised).
    (John Ipsen, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Jan 20 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: campground loop freshly groomed, great tracks.
    We skated the campground loop after dark. The skate deck was used yet freshly groomed with cord on the sides. The classic tracks were firm and fast.
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 20 - Seven Bridges Road (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thin in spots, but overall not bad.
    Skied the closed portion of 7 Bridges Road on waxless classic skis. There's enough snow on most of the road and on the Amity Trail, but there are some thin spots, especially below Smiley's and at the Hawk Ridge overlook. Wish I'd used rock skis. Wish it would snow.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Jan 19 - Pine Valley (Cloquet): 
    Firsthand 

    Good skate skiing on hard packed surface. Not tracked for classic (I'm guessing due to not a lot of snow). Beautiful and quiet trail through conifers: I'll be back!
    (Gary Hertog)
  • Jan 19 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    The trail was not freshly groomed but still slick. Skied Georges 10k twice and worked on flat Ski. Today was a great day for skiing with the 25 degree day and 10 mph wind. Keep the prayers for more snow.
    (Scott Cummings)
  • Jan 19 - Skyline West Parkway (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed area as usual with some mysterious ice.
    We classic skied and skijored on Skyline West late morning. The glide was great as we made our own trail. A lot of bike, foot, and a snowmobile and used this area, yet there is still virgin snow on each side for nice tracks! We did encounter some mysterious flooding/ice on the side of the road in a couple of spots.
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 18 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, no classic sets.
    Coverage is good with a small amount of debris. There are bits of watery ice in creekbeds at the bottom of the black loops below F, E, I; be cautious on the descent, in particular below I.
    (Michael Latsch)
  • Jan 18 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Biskey today. There is about a one inch cover of snow since grooming. However, skiers have repacked down the tracks. The snow was somewhat sticky; however, this should be better tomorrow with temperatures expected to be in the mid-20's.
    (Jason Miller)
  • Jan 18 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate.
    Skijored the south loops around 2:00 this afternoon. Blue Ox and Nine Pine had not been groomed since the recent 1.5" of snow, so it was a bit slow, but coverage is very good and there's a nice, firm base. No track set.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Jan 18 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair- rolled and packed.
    Trail was all packed and rolled today. Tracks will be set when we get a little more snow.
    Photos:  
    (Al Ringer)
  • Jan 18 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thin with debris.
    Inner loop has one track most of the loop that's not too bad, but outer loop doesn't have any track. Numerous areas of thin coverage with typical debris expected under the pines. Manageable on waxless skis but wouldn't recommend good skis or even "B" skis. Hartley would probably need more snow to have 2 good tracks on both loops.
    (Chris Thorson)
  • Jan 17 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor. Minimal coverage.
    1" of snow on top of ice. Skiable, but just barely. Probably not very safe once the snow gets skied off.
    (Dylan Chernov)
  • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good and should be even better after grooming later today.
    A couple inches of new snow really helped improve the trails. Very nice for skating.
    (Rick Agar)
  • Jan 17 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    Received 1.5" this morning. New snow will make things groom up really nice so expect some great conditions for tomorrow's race. Groomers will be out around midnight they said.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent, lots of snow.
    The entire system (77k) was groomed today, after receiving 3-4" of snow yesterday. Lots of snow, 10"+ base. We have so much snow, we'd even let you take some back home with you!
    (Quinn McCloughan, Bearskin Lodge)
  • Jan 26 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 4 inches of fresh powder over firm base. Grooming was in progress. Great classic skiing.
    Skied out of Britton Peak and broke trail through most of the lower loops. Met the groomer toward the end. Great to have Sugarbush back in mid-winter shape.
    (Timothy Nelson)
  • Jan 25 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Picnic Loop from Britton Peak Trailhead: Classic track is often deep, occasionally shallow but it's all glazed and abrasive. The skate deck was great in some places but "shaggy" and rough in many others.
    Looks like the warmth of Saturday followed by a cold overnight and Sunday did a bit of a number on the conditions. I was stripped of my classic wax several times and the trail was abrasive enough it was hard finding anything that would stay on. The glazed/icy conditions meant a tough day out there. Very little high-quality kick and glide. I did more skating than anything on the last several kilometers. More snow and a re-groom would be wonderful.
    (Brent Gavin)
  • Jan 24 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: An inch of fresh snow over solid skate deck. No ice. Great skating conditions. Moderate temps, Great day. Prior day warm up only hit 33 degrees so conditions remain ideal.
    Skied both the Bearskin and Golden Eagle sides. Grooming similar on both sides. Good decision not to groom last night after the warm up and new snow overnight. Great day.
    (Timothy Nelson)
  • Jan 24 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails were groomed this morning for classic and skate. The trails are in great condition!
    The trails are fast and in great condition. You would never believe it was 40 degrees yesterday. Thanks to the groomer!
    Photos:  
    (Kerrie Berg)
  • Jan 21 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice skate deck with a dusting of fresh snow on top. Some twigs that are no big deal. A few punch throughs with my Star poles -- larger baskets could help, but not essential. Classic tracks set, but haven't firmed up fully.
    Skated from Britton peak. Skied Homestead, Hogback, and Picnic loop to Oberg and back to Britton. Had the pleasure to meet up with Steve (one of the groomers) and ski a section with him and personally thank him for the great conditions I've enjoyed the last 3 days. No need to venture far from Tofte, just ski Sugarbush!
    Photos:  
    (Michael Kosloski)
  • Jan 20 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh grooming, very good!
    Skied the Picnic Loop from Britton Peak Trailhead. Some was groomed last night, apparently. Also ran into the groomers continuing to work it. It's still clear that it's a real thin year so far, but they've done great work and the trail is in great shape.
    (Brent Gavin)
  • Jan 19 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails are in perfect condition!
    Skied the amazingly beautiful trail network around Bearskin as 3-4" of snow lightly fell throughout the weekend. The new snow made for somewhat soft yet fast conditions. Excellent grooming was done early every morning.
    Photos:  
    (Colleen Corcoran)
  • Jan 19 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor. Not groomed. Decent snow cover if out of dense cover, lots of branches, twigs exposed if in woods.
    Skied the trail that parallels the creek on the west side of the trail system. Would recommend rock skis - lots of places where bare branches lay over the path. A few more inches of snow would make it reasonable.
    (John Leaf)
  • Jan 19 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 2"-3" fresh powder over a decent deck. Coverage was great. A few twigs poking through occasionally, but they were only annoying at worst.
    Skated from Oberg to Picnic Loop, Hogback, Homestead, and around Oberg loop. The fresh powder was a bit slow, but who cares when it's perfect out and you're not on man made snow! Noticed the groomer was out around 4pm as I finished a snowshoe from the same trailhead. With grooming the trails should be spectacular later this week!
    Photos:  
    (Michael Kosloski)
  • Jan 18 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great! Tracked, plenty of snow.
    Skied the Deeryard loop to Deeryard lake. A great ski. Someone had even run some kind of a groomer out on the lake.
    (John Leaf)
  • Jan 18 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Spent the weekend classic skiing out of Bally Creek cabins and enjoyed excellent trail conditions. Duluth's snow is horrible, so the trip to Bally is well worth it. Skied most of the system and took the dog out on the skijoring trail. I measured 15-20" base in most places, and we got around 3-4" of fresh snow over the course of the weekend. Pole plants were pretty soft on the outside track, and some tracks collapsed a bit while kicking on the Eagle mt. overlook. That said, Mr. Williams was out there everyday packing and setting track, and the conditions are fantastic overall...bring your racing skis. Should improve with more skiers and some cold temps. Very nice skate lane groomed into FR 158, which is closed to snowmobiles. This is the place to go if you're looking for snow this weekend.
    Photos:  
    (Lee Johnson)
  • Jan 18 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to Good. Not groomed, but very skiable.
    The trails were not groomed, but a few skiers had gone out before us on most of the trails so it was actually pretty good skiing. We skied up to the high overlook in the middle of the trail system for some good views. Some roots and twigs sticking up in the woods, but where the trail is wide with few branches overhead, there is plenty of snow. Some more snow and it could easily be groomed.
    Photos:  
    (Dan O'Loughlin)
  • Jan 18 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, can use good skis.
    Great skiing the trails today after 2 inches of new snow! A great classic trail and nice skate deck with fine coverage. Lots of families out today in the 30 degree weather. Good grooming, and nice not to have to ski Onion River Road.
    (Scott Ellingson)
  • Jan 18 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-2 inches of fresh powdery snow feel yesterday, and was well packed and groomed, with good track set today.
    Lovely views of Lake Superior and Grand Marais.
    (Brian Neil)
  • Jan 17 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, recently groomed.
    Great skiing on the Banadad. Tons of snow, recently groomed for classic skiing. 27 kilometers of perfect skiing.
    (Flannery Delaney)
  • Jan 17 - Upper Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Cloudy light snow 24 degrees.
    First real ski of the year and great to on the good skis for the first time this season! Trails are in good shape, although we were breaking trail through the fresh 1.5 of morning snowfall. Only saw two other skiers on the trails, otherwise we had the trails to ourselves.
    Photos:  
    (Craig Holgate)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh snow, freshly groomed!
    3" new snow during the day yesterday with temps hanging in the 20s. I went out for an early morning skate ski up Bronze, South Gold, summit and Laurentian- looks like the entire network was groomed during the night. Skating was a little soft with the new snow but should firm up nicely as temps cool down later this week!
    (Shawn Callahan, Green Gate Guest House)
  • Jan 25 - McCarthy Beach State Park (Side Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Plenty of old snow.
    Found all trails with plenty snow and nicely groomed with a good track set. Snow was hard and slippery from recent thaw-freeze cycle and there was a bit much debris (leaves, sticks, etc..) in the tracks. Still, we skied most of it and had a good time.
    (Ken Fastner)
  • Jan 25 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent grooming! Tracks were not at all icy today on the East side. Fast! On the west side there are some rocks barely showing through But the tracks are also excellent there.
    Met a beginner skier from Texas on the trail and showed him around some of each side the trail system. He loved it. Considering we were in the upper 30s on Friday and Saturday and only 21 today. I thought it would a Klister day. But skiers in the lot said it was no problem. Used a kickwax from 14 to 32 and it was perfect.
    Photos:  
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Jan 24 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Plenty snow and nicely tracked.
    Skied pretty much the whole outer loop including the "Swamp Trail" where we made our own tracks (which was fun!). Snowed lightly in the morning which helped the somewhat glazed over conditions. Signage was a little confusing but we never really got lost. Good stuff.
    (Ken Fastner)
  • Jan 24 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm pack throughout...overcast with temps hovering at freezing mark.
    Much better than expected, considering the snowpack in the local area! Icy in some spots, particularly down in the lodge area, but, overall, firm base with enough tilled snow to get an edge while skating. Silver trail was excellent with Bronze and Summit trails both being very good. Some debris on the trail from the strong winds the day prior. Fun, fast day on skate skis!
    (Teresa Stone)
  • Jan 23 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The Forest Service groomed and tracked the trails today. We did not track junction 28 to 25 or the "swamp loop".
    Snow was compacting with the warmer temps. We were still able to set a decent track. At least 6" snow on trail, a few rocks still showing.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Jan 23 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    The US Forest Service was out on the trails today and packed and tracked all but the swampy and rocky sections to the east, furthest out loops.
    (Michael Hamilton)
  • Jan 21 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed, cloudy 23 degrees.
    Skied the Black Forest Loop today and it has a lot of stubble and grass poking through. Highland and Southern Lights are in better condition and you may want to avoid Black Forest until we get more snow.
    (Craig Holgate)
  • Jan 20 - Carey Lake (Hibbing): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Just groomed. Cloudy 25 degrees.
    Groomer was out on the trails today, and it appears the entire trail system was tracked. No real bare spots but a few areas do have stubble poking through and there is the occasional dirty track with a few leaves in it. Skied Highland, Southern Lights and part of Lakeview. Great to see so many people out on a nice afternoon, including Hibbing Nordic.
    Photos:  
    (Craig Holgate)
  • Jan 19 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Appeared to be packed and tracked at some point, but new snow and lots of traffic since then.
    Double tracked - no skate lane at this date.
    (Lindsay Sheridan)
  • Jan 19 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 2 to 3 inches new snow over weekend. No grooming. skiers packed and tracked. On the furthest southeast section an ATV rode through.
    Most of the Pine needles and bark have been covered.
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Jan 18 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Skate lane combed and leveled on all the loops with a limited classic track reset on Sunday. With a few more inches of snow a new track will be set.
    (Simon Lick)
  • Jan 18 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: There is enough new snow. Occasional root or branch showing.
    It has not been groomed and there are many signs of skier falls, so be careful.
    (Alan Dettmer)
  • Jan 17 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Traditional: good enough in the morning on Summit thru Wynne Creek but Biwabik Spur ungroomed. So good thing I did it in afternoon and someone else packed it down. Great base for so little snow this season. Fresh afternoon snow enjoyable but slowed things down.
    Had a great time as no snow in Cities to use so first time out. Too bad but only saw 20 people all day--- so of course it doesn't pay for them to constantly groom the trails. Love the option of taking the chairlift to the top. Recommend doing the Ridge one day and then Big Aspen the next.
    (Mark Peil)
  • Jan 17 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, not groomed recently but skied in track with fresh snow was fine.
    Skied south Suomi and most of Orange Lake. Not groomed but decent skied in track, broke trail in parts. No significant bare spots.
    (Pete Friedlieb)
  • Jan 17 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed.
    I just got off the groomer. Skate lane is combed and there was enough snow to set a track. The track is decent on about half the trail there are a good number of bare spots and the track is very light in places. There is a small amount of dirt and debris that got pulled up on the skate lane. Still rock ski conditions.
    (Rick Mcdonald)
  • Jan 17 - Giants Ridge (Biwabik): 
    Grooming 

    Trails were freshly groomed yesterday, pristine and fast. Fresh snow this morning and groomer has been busy since wee dark hours today.
    (Debby Bocnuk)
  Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fresh 2" of snow groomed and tracked today. Firm 6" base and about a foot to 16" in the woods. Tracked all the Northern trails so far (Flathorn Lake and surrounding).
    Set up nicely and will ski it myself in an hour or so!
    Photos:  
    (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
  • Jan 25 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good.
    Stayed at NFL as I have done for years because it is my favorite place to classic ski out your cabin door. The beautiful trail system always has snow when you can't find it anywhere else on the north shore and this year is no different. Trail #15 was the only one I found that didn't have good coverage.
    (Kristi Lee)
  • Jan 25 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Amazing! Really enjoyed trails, 20, 19, 14, 21, 23, 24 to 11! Love skiing there!
    There are a few places that snow coverage isn't the best. 15 Was a bit bumpy.
    (Michelle Wall)
  • Jan 25 - Hidden Valley Ski Trails (Ely): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and crusty.
    It's like spring skiing without the midday thaw. Classic tracks are so firm fishscales hardly gripped. Still lots of snow in the woods.
    (Andrew Slade)
  • Jan 22 - Aurora City Trail (Aurora): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great! Fully groomed, tracks are nice and deep for the great majority of system.
    Tracks are fast, perfect snow. Easy to get a grip with kick wax. Best ski in my short season. There are several leaves down in the tracks in some spots. The one warning if you are not familiar with this trail: It is a maze and some of the signs are missing in several intersections or mislabeled. Still a lot of fun, go with the flow and you will find your way out. :-).
    Photos:  
    (Ron Kutsi)
  • Jan 20 - Howard Wagoner Trail (Tower): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Recently groomed with a 2 inch light powder cover. Small portions of trail system had been skied.
    Trails completely groomed, tracked, and covered with a light 2 inches of powder. Plenty of opportunity to join the various animal dramas and make your own tracks, as this is a very under utilized area. Followed a skier tracked spur into Tower on the east side of 135 trails. Added a backcountry feel to an already very excellent northern deep woods skiing experience.
    (Michael Wilke)
  • Jan 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to Great! All trails groomed.
    National Forest Lodge wins again for best classic trails in my book. They have snow, plenty of it. Get a cabin and ski your heart out.
    (Holly Bayer)
  • Jan 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Solid base. Fresh 2" snow over the weekend. All trails groomed and tracked Sunday morning.
    Excellent to good conditions depending on the trail. Some of the more rugged narrow trails where snow accumulates less due to adjacent tree cover are still a bit uneven and bumpy. Please be especially careful on these trails, especially if skiing solo. Never a guarantee someone will be by any time soon to assist. Verizon cell coverage is fairly good over most of the area.
    (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
  • Jan 19 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    37 Rovers spent the 3-day MLK weekend at National Forest Lodge and found a foot of snow piled on logs along these classic-only trails. Skiing through snow falling Saturday and Sunday felt like being inside a snow globe that's been shook up, and also made our skis fast. Andy groomed and tracked most of the 30k of trails on Friday and again on Sunday. Some of us braved the polar plunge after heating up in the sauna. A pack of wolves wandered onto the ski trails Sunday night and we marveled at their tracks Monday morning.
    Photos:  
    (David Byrne, Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club)
  • Jan 19 - Aurora Recreation Trails (Aurora): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Base in the woods is about a foot.
    The southern half of the system is freshly groomed and tracked. The rest was previously groomed, and now has an inch of freshie well skied-in by trail users. Newcomers to the trail will appreciate maps at the countless intersections. Or, perhaps, ignore the maps and enjoy the trails in adventurous "mazed & confused" spirit. "Tin Can Alley" features an interesting outdoor archaeological exhibit.
    Photos:  
    (Matt Zak)
  • Jan 18 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good snow cover; almost all trails machine-tracked, some shorter connecting sections skier-tracked.
    It was a great day to introduce a friend to the Flathorn-Gegoka trails: snow fell gently, temps were comfortable, trails were in good shape. 23 to 19 and 24 to 19 had some (soft) vegetation sticking through snow but it did not impede skiing. I saw one exposed rock on 15 to 5. Andy was out grooming during our ski.
    (Anne Flueckiger, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  Other locations
  • Jan 24 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm and fast with 5 to 6 inches of base.
    I skied on Friday and it was 37 degrees and slow. I skied on Saturday at 27 degrees and the trail was a fast and frozen.
    Photos:  
    (David Kettula)
  • Jan 22 - Black Bay Trail (International Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked for classic.
    Pine Trail had a nice set of tracks. Ridge Trail is not open. Met the groomer on the trail. A lot of short climbs and drops, a lot of gliding. Great scenery. Canadian Shield ridge country. Deer and wolf tracks, beaver dams and a mature forest.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Jan 21 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft new snow groomed for skating, with nice classic tracks. Very little traffic, needs to be compacted.
    Very good conditions on a wilderness beauty. Variety of terrain. Spruces swamp, pine and fir ridges and cedar forest. Short climbs and drops. Mostly easy terrain with some technical turns. Groomers did a great job.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Jan 18 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 4" new snow on Friday/Saturday. Groomed all but VNP connector for skate and classic on Sunday.
    Skate deck a tad soft on Sunday with warm temps and new snow; classic tracks very nice. Lots of folks out for the hot dog roast on Sunday! Cold weather Sunday night will set the snow up very nicely.
    Photos:  
    (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 25 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Springlike. Frozen granulated/hard packed on 2-4" compacted base. 15km of skate trail and 27km trackset. 15km packed/combed for no track classic skiing. 8km not packed or groomed with skier made track. Good skating, Classic fair with a few good sections. Track washed in a few spots. Areas of thin cover/rough/icy sections.
    We survived the warmth on Friday and stayed below freezing on Saturday and Sunday making for a nice weekend of skiing under some beautiful springlike weather. The tracks cut two weeks ago are wearing but still providing some fine classic skiing despite some icy spots. Ginzu renovating this morning helped take off the hardness on the skate trails a tad complementing super fast and fun skiing. We are not able to reset tracks on current tracked trails but have been grooming down the middle, smoothing out the rough and spreading a granular mix on the tracks. We will be shoveling snow this week, working on the Section course and touching up as many vulnerable areas as we can on the main trails we have been grooming.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 25 - Rainbow Resort Trails (Waubun): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 18*F; cloudy skies; average base depth 2" or less; track sets set on about 10K; base surface icy; ski conditions rated as fair to poor.
    Well we did not get the snow yesterday so the warm up on Friday has downgraded our ski conditions again. Saturday the NDSU Bison Nordic team came out in skied any where from 36K to 50 K for the afternoon. They started out with icy conditions and then a soft slushy ski later in afternoon with temps climbing to 35* above. Track sets have melted out so poor at best. Trails remain open with varied conditions.
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumann, Rainbow Resort)
  • Jan 22 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Light coating of frost snow on top of frozen granulated/hard packed 2-4" compacted base. Morning low of 3 degrees, rising to 30 mid afternoon. Grooming daily this week on 15km of skate trail and 27km trackset. 15km packed/combed for no track classic skiing. 8km not packed or groomed with skier made track. Good to very good skating, fair to good classic with track washed in a few spots. A few areas of thin cover/rough sections. Recommended to walk through marshy areas.
    An absolutely gorgeous morning with the trees frosted nicely and pleasant temps. I skated skied after grooming this morning, enjoying the lightly tilled surface on top of a hard and fast base. Great skiing! Definitely one of the top skiing days of the year, personally. The little bit of frost that fell from the trees took off the hardness on the classic tracks and reports from the morning skiers were good. As mentioned previously, the base right now is lower than what we are used to this time of year but the snow we have is skiing just fine. With warmer temps possible we will hold off on grooming until probably Saturday night. Bottom line, some good skiing to be had this weekend. Enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 21 - Rainbow Resort Trails (Waubun): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 23* F above; 1" new snow past Saturday; average packed powder base 2 "; 10k and 6k loop groomed Monday night; track sets now in on 8K of trail system; skate lane combed and packed on 16K; ski conditions rated as fair to good.
    This past weekend the Maple Grove Nordic HS team enjoyed skiing in some fresh snow falling on Saturday (photos). Skate lanes on 20k system are in good shape and track sets put in Sunday night are fair with some thin spots varied areas. With the exception of coming off the Top of the Rainbow Hill and the climb up Pine Hill trails are in good shape for skiing and the base has set up hard.
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumann, Rainbow Resort)
  • Jan 19 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good. Damp packed powder, frozen granulated mix. 32 degrees for daytime high. Overcast. Tracks set on 26km of trail. 15km groomed skate. Remainder of trail system groomed/packed with skier made track. 2-4" compacted base.
    We had a nice MLK weekend with ski teams from BSM and Mound/Westonka along with the North Star Ski Touring Club making their 41st annual visit to Maplelag. Skiers on trail from 6am to midnight over the weekend enjoying the balmy temps. The new snow on Saturday greatly improved the conditions and we had no melting or wetness. Skied on North Loup trail in the afternoon today and found a deep and defined track and hard wax adequate with the softer snow. Reports from the skater were very good and conditions don't get much better other than irrelevant bumpiness from low snow year. No longer the need for snow farming, we will work on the outer trails this week for classic and hope to have an additional 15-20km of trail tracked before the weekend.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Jan 18 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied two hours on Sunday afternoon. The groomed trails at Maplelag are in good shape and very skiable.
    A TV weatherman in Fargo said last week there have been several snow showers in the area this winter, but there has not yet been a snowfall exceeding one inch. Thanks to Jay at Maplelag for all the time and effort on the trails.
    (Glenn Gifford)
  • Jan 18 - Detroit Mountain Ski Trails (Detroit Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed powder. Adequate cover. Roll packed, no tracks set. You need to watch for a few sticks and a bit of dirt, but for the most part it is skiable.
    Check it out. More snow and this would be great. At this point you would not want to use your race skis, but you can ski all 7-10 km without damage to your skis. It is a skate deck now, but if we get more snow Dan can set tracks. The west side hills are impressive.
    (Charlie Ramstad)
  • Jan 17 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft wet new snow over a surprisingly good base. Coverage may be thin in places, but it is fully covered and safe for the good skis, so much so that we felt comfortable skating at dusk. Tracks were shallow, but classic on Twin Lakes and Sukkerbusk was also fine.
    I concur with Jay. This is not great by normal Maplelag standards, but it is really pretty good in a year when we are all suffering for lack of snow. No reason not to ski.
    (Charlie Ramstad)
  • Jan 17 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good. 1.75" new snow today. 2-4" compacted base, 3-6" snow depth. Tracks now set on 17km of trail. All trails open. 15km groomed for skate, remainder of trails with skier made track on top of groomed surface or virgin snow.
    After a shot of freezing drizzle which turned out to be a good thing, we had just under 2" of dense snow fall during the morning. Lots of happy skiers on trail today for MLK weekend. We set track at sunset on North Loup for the first time this year and will be back out in the morning cleaning up the skate lanes and setting new track on other trails not previously tracked. The new snow helped out nicely with the coverage, still a few thin spots here and there to exercise caution on but overall nice skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 22 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair for skating on trails that were rolled last week. We still have 1" base with 3" total snow depth. There would be room and just enough snow to ski in a classic track along the edge, but not enough to track.
    Trails are not too bad, thanks to some aggressive cleanup and mowing last fall. There is grass poking through most everywhere, although we were out on Lillies and Eagle with our good skis today. Take it easy on the hills -- not much cushioning for tumbles! There have been several skiers here each day in the log. MN ski pass required.
    Photos:  
    (Deane Johnson)
  • Jan 18 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Fair conditions for skating; not enough snow for classical tracks. I skated Lilly, Eagle, and Lake trails. Thin but mostly good coverage, with lots of grass poking up. Some bumpy and/or otherwise marginal areas, especially on Lake. Best area was Eagle, near the trailhead in either direction. Groomer did a great job with minimal snow cover.
    (John Hershberger)
  • Jan 17 - Soaring Eagle Trail (Park Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed today for skating only. No tracks set due to limited snow cover. Bring your rock skis.
    (Janine Weideman)

 

Minnesota Central

  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 19 - Graystone Trails (Saint Cloud): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good on the north loop.
    We can thank some tireless high school coaches for keeping the north loop going. The snowblowing and sled moving helped. It is skiable all the way around, with one or two spots where you have to choose a line of snow. The snow is sticking to the ice and gives a good edge. It is rock skiing, but it gives variety and hills compared to skiing on the river.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Baldwin)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 25 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Thin, dirty, soft skate deck; poor-fair or better skating.
    We've returned to the trails out here. About 3 km was packed, from the trailhead up to the warming hut and down to Isaac Lake. Some stretches skied pretty good. The rest of the trail system hadn't been touched. However Paul was grooming as I finished up today and he said he was going to try to pack more kilometers. Skating the ungroomed sections was a lot of work = deep, dense, and bumpy. Several people were out skiing in classical tracks. Regardless it beats sitting on the wind trainer!
    (Keith Brugger)

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 25 - Quarry Hill Park (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good with the exception of a few areas of boiler-plate ice.
    I skate skied the park this afternoon. Following a thaw-freeze cycle, the track was very fast. More than ninety-five percent of the track had enough texture to make for great skate skiing, but caution and double poling was needed on a few short sections with boiler-plate ice. I skied the relatively flat sections of the track I did not want to take a chance on having to deal with any icy sections on the more hilly portions of the park. The classic track seems to have held up reasonably well on most of the sections that I skied. I used the classic track on much of the course for double poling and it seemed fine to me. Like the skate track, there were icy sections, but there were lots of people using the classic tracks (including families with small children) and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The groomer has not had much to work with, but despite this, as done an amazing job at Quarry Hill Park.
    (James Martenson)
  • Jan 24 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating. Fully groomed but no tracks set.
    I put in four loops this morning before the warmer weather set in. Trails are in excellent shape. Some minor thin spots in the open. I used my B skis this morning and wish I would have brought my better skis that have better glide.
    Photos:  
    (Andrew Wood)
  • Jan 24 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Firsthand 

    Just got in from an early ski to report that the skating conditions on the southeast prairie trails were great. Overnight we received a heavy layer of frost which really spiffed things up nicely. When one considers the lack of snow the skiing is pretty unbelievable. There are no classic tracks but the conditions should be good for classic skiing also.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Jan 23 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed in the Garden area. Trails are good in the woods and getting thin in the open areas.
    Essex is surprisingly good. Snow is slow with the warmer temperatures. Wooded areas are protected and holding up well. The trail in the open along 55th street is very thin with spots with grass and dirt coming up. Let's hope for more snow!
    Photos:  
    (Andrew Wood)
  • Jan 23 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Went over the south prairie trails this morning with a fresh rill, no track set, classic and skating should be good.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Jan 22 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Late day grooming yesterday made for excellent trail conditions this morning (skate only - no track set).
    Great morning to be on the trail - was the third skier since a fresh grooming Wednesday evening.
    Photos:  
    (Roger Stahl)
  • Jan 21 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    We received a 1 inch topcoat of sleet and snow last night to which we applied a light linear rile leaving a fresh new layer of corduroy. Both classic and skating should be good, no classic track set.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Jan 20 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Closed for the time being, lots of speed, zero control: last nights drizzle put a glaze on the trail making control impossible. Hopefully the snow forecast for tonight will allow us to reopen tomorrow.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Jan 19 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Firsthand 

    Another great morning ski, yes the bare spots are getting bigger and the snow is getting grayer but the skating was fast and fun. We will see what tomorrow brings.
    (Steve Williams)
  • Jan 17 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Firsthand 

    Started skiing at 10 AM and the conditions were very fast and very fun, by noon the skiing was a snirty slog. On days like this it pays to ski early. I recommend staying off the trails when the temperature gets above freezing.
    (Steve Williams)
  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 25 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Lightly scratched up the 5k and River loop today after yesterdays melt down. We'll try to maintain these loops this week, a few connecting loops also, think snow. If temps drop tonight, more may be able to be groomed, but Rattlesnake and upper trail tend to be more rocky. Caution on the downhills, fast!
    (Steve Horeck)
  • Jan 25 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand Lost/Found 

    Conditions: Steve groomed this morning. Man made lighted loop is in very good condition. The main 5k loop and river trail are good with a some icy spots.
    Found Sunday morning in the middle of the road next to the upper parking lot a very nice pair of lobster mitts.
    (Gerry Cichanowski)
  • Jan 24 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good rustic classic skiing.
    No grooming since last snowfall, but skier-made tracks on most trails. Occasional thin spots under big pine trees. Sunny, warm and soft today. Overall, very good rustic classic ski conditions.
    (Tom Stoa)
  • Jan 22 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails were in good condition. Rattlesnake is skiable with some debree that is easily avoided.
    All trails were groomed this morning and in good shape. A bit soft but should set up tonight. The new snow really improved the trails. Good job groomer!
    (Lance Ellmann)
  • Jan 22 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 3+ inches new snow.
    Trails have been groomed this morning; new snow is adhering to the hard pack and will be very good skiing in most trail areas. Rattlesnack and Upper Trail should be skied with caution. Classic track will be set later today.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Jan 21 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    4" of snow last night, right now a 5k loop is groomed. We will wait till the temperature drops tonight to assess grooming the rest of the system.
    (Steve Horeck)
  • Jan 19 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Lighted Loop with man made snow can be skied.
    Severe melt down over the weekend. The lighted loop was groomed this morning. The snow cover is good on the lighted loop and the snow is pretty much like snow cones. All other trails are very marginal with boiler plate conditions. Please be extremely cautious if you ski on ungroomed trails.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  • Jan 18 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy boiler plate.
    Skied St Mary's this morning at 10:00. Trails were icy and hard. Downhills are lightning fast and on the edge of control.... if any. Open areas are soft and slow.
    (Andrew Wood)
  • Jan 17 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Groomed for skate, firm, not icy.
    Some dirt showing in places, a few tracks set. Overall worth the trip.
    (Scott Cooper)
  • Jan 17 - Mississippi National Ski Trails (Red Wing): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good. A little thin in spots on the open prairie sections. Plenty of snow in the woods.
    The buff trail skied a little slower this morning with the warming temperature. Coverage remains good. Visitors should know that the lower portion of the trail has historically been a walking throughout the winter. We are hopefully transitioning to skiing only but that will take time. The skiing is still good, just not the immaculate surface we prefer.
    Photos:  
    (Craig Bell)
  Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 23 - Cannon Valley Trail (Cannon Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. It was mid 30's and sunny. Trail was packed and rolled but soft. Usual foot traffic between ballfield access and a little after the private drive crossing. No classic track. I used FastWax Yellow LF buffed with fluoro paste.
    Guessed right that there would be sufficient snow on the trail to be worth the drive. Not only was there plenty of snow but it had been freshly groomed. It was real nice looking cordoroy and I was the first to skate it. Unfortunately with the temp, it was gruelingly slow. Hit a few sections that had gone through a thaw/refreeze cycle that were faster but the lion's share of the trail has yet to metamorphosize. Scenery was great and saw one flock of turkeys that quickly retreated off the edge of the trail when they saw or heard me. I did 5.8 milles in an hour and 10 minutes. I have now ski skated 26.5 miles over course of five trips in the last nine days. My rib cage under my arms is getting sore from all the polling so I think I'm going to lay off skiing for the rest of the weekend.
    Photos:  
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Jan 21 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect conditions.
    3+ inches of new wet snow made the skiing great.
    (Paul Erickson)
  • Jan 20 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Sort of skiable.
    Trails maybe 85-90% covered, only a few areas where it was bare across the whole trail. Icy and thin, but was still able to ski around most of the trails in both lower and upper arb.
    (Drew Polasky)
  Other locations
  • Jan 22 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Firsthand 

    Tracks are still holding quite well in the woods, and the dusting of snow we've gotten over the last few days has helped with the thin spots and the iciness.
    (Maria Anderson)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    The North End loops A, B, and C freshly groomed and tracks set this morning. Very good Conditions.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Jan 26 - Telemark Resort Trails (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic skiing at Telemark was very good today. Classic tracks had been set earlier and as skiers skied in the 2 inches of fresh snow that covered the tracks, skiing got better and better. North End classic trails were much the same as track had been set the night before and then covered with 2 inches of fresh snow. Skating looked good on the fresh snow at 22 degrees. Trails around Telemark Lodge are not available to the public as the International Paralympics are being held at Telemark. Amazing sight.
    (Dick Roeber)
  • Jan 26 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    All trails are covered with about 2" of new snow. Our equipment is on loan to the IPC World cup in Cable due to mechanical problems they have had. We hope to be out grooming again Tuesday morning.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Jan 25 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic, a bit squirrelly for skate.
    For skaters too timid for the fast conditions on the Birkie Trail on Sunday, the North End Trail was a good alternative, especially the section along the Korteloppet trail. It looked like groomers had made one pass to chew up the ice on the side of the trail adjacent to the classic track. So, unless you were good enough to ski with a narrow profile, one ski would be on a good surface but the other on crusty snow, though in most places the ungroomed side was still good enough to get an edge. The classic tracks had been chewed up and reset and were the best classic trails I'd experienced all season (I haven't done much classic this year because of lowsy classic conditions.) The North End Classic only trail was chewed up too but tracks were not reset until just as we were leaving. They looked enticing. Thanks to the volunteer groomers!
    (Lois Braun)
  • Jan 25 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Stopped by on my way home, plenty of cars in the lot, and the trails had been groomed this morning. The new grooming offered a level base and the chalked up snow provided good purchase. Lots of happy faces on the trails.
    (David Martin)
  • Jan 25 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very firm and fast, good base, wide and level, some minor shallow ruts, groomed from Bodecker to OO.
    Skated out of Birkie Ridge to Bodecker and south this morning, the Birkie Trail north of Bodecker had been groomed before the thaw and was fast and firm as the over night temps froze everything up pretty solid. The air temps were great today, and plenty of sunshine and very little wind made the skiing atmosphere great. On the downhills, this skier was on the rivet many times trying to descend as the skis just wanted to run. When I got to Bodecker, I jumped on the Birkie Classic Trail for a bit and it was about the same. Earlier they had groomed Bodecker to OO and they were able to till up some snow. Still, the downhills were as fast as you wanted to go with little to no purchase and some snowplowing was in order now and then. Hardpack skis were the way to go but you still had to be very carefully at times... level and solid base, with plenty of good coverage, hoping for some more snow!
    (David Martin)
  • Jan 25 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed: bullet proof!
    Warm temps in the upper thirties yesterday followed by lows in the teens today make for a trail that is hard packed and lightening fast, but manageable. I could set a good edge and cornering was fine. A fair amount of skier traffic at OO makes it advisable to use some caution when approaching a blind corner. Be sure to check out the IPC World Championships up at Telemark. Amazing isn't even an adequate description for this event! So many talented athletes from all over the world. A must see!
    (Michael Jorgensen)
  • Jan 24 - Telemark Resort Trails (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate on Saturday, icy on Sunday.
    Please excuse this dated report, but I just want to let people know not to write off Telemark. With the International Paralympic Championships going on at Telemark (yes, they are a lot of fun to watch!) I wasn't sure if the groomers there would have the time to make it out on the recreational trails. But it looked like they made it out in time to give us a good ski on Saturday. Good for skate that is; classic was do-able, according to friends, but looked a bit icy to me. But it wasn't groomed again for our Sunday ski, when a deep freeze turned the course to ice, so we went elsewhere.
    (Lois Braun)
  • Jan 24 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair - B - a lot of natural debris.
    A lot of natural debris on the trail and a few brown spots. The trail was fast but I might have used my B skis if I had known so many sticks would be showing. Still a great ski. I have doubts that anywhere is better right now with the warm weather and lack of snow. I skied from Birkie Ridge - to Boedecker - to Firetower and back and it I had no issues. Definitely go ski here if you're in the area.
    (Adam Segar)
  • Jan 24 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Generally, good! Some debris (cones, needles and leaves) on the trail. Snow was still in good shape.
    Got there at about 10AM. Skated the 13k and 4k loops. I always enjoy Mukwonago.
    (Dennis Arthur)
  • Jan 23 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast fun corduroy remaining from last grooming; tracks firm and fast.
    Still lots of good grooming left. A brief sleet/ice pellet shower this morning just left a sugar coat on the trail. Had a fast and fun ski from OO to Fire Tower with Ski and Tea this morning. Past two days have been the best skiing of the season on both north and south ends! Get out and enjoy while you can.
    (Carolyn Senty)
  • Jan 23 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base 4-6". Some areas around the Rock Lake Loop might have less.
    There are a few areas where deer have been digging up the trail. Fortunately not on any downhills! Please follow the one way directions for skier safety.
    (Eli Rosenstein, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 23 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good. Good cover, but there are some thin spots.
    Skate deck should be in great shape. There are a few hollow spots from deer digging in the trail. Use caution in these areas. Remember all trails are one-way from the parking lot!
    (Eli Rosenstein, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 21 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent.
    Bouelevard is double-tracked, other trails are single-tracked. Thoroughly enjoyed the racetrack trail - a narrow single-track among the tall pines - reminds me of "trails of old". Jackrabbit has some obstacles, but otherwise trails at Drummond are excellent. Any trip to Hayward/Cable area should include a stop at Drummond!
    (Kal Perry)
  • Jan 21 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good, with new tracks set.
    All of the Drummond Ski Trails were renovated and new tracks set today. Track depth is pretty uniform, except on parts of Jackrabbit where dirt was stirred up by the tracker, but most of it is good. There remain lots of pine needles and leaves on the surface, since there has been no new snow to mix it all in. The best snow is on the Boulevard beyond the Jackrabbit turnoff. In the blowdown area there are many places where the new growth (the "whips") are sticking up yet.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Jan 20 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pristine! Solid corduroy for skating, crisp and solid beauty for the classic track.
    Skied from OO North in the most pristine conditions ever. With no additional new snow, this report can only be qualified as a "thank you" to the groomers. Going backwards from today, to Sunday, grooming for the Birkie Trail Tour was perfect enough to support a large amount of very happy and smiling skiers who proceeded to utilize all that grooming until it didn't exist anymore (with a little help from a warm Mother Nature). Top that off with a race the previous day, which sported wonderful conditions in warm weather. Today was truly a gift of skiing. How'd you do that? Worth the trip to ski... and a "thank you" note is in order.
    (Michelle Flanagan)
  • Jan 19 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic. Firm, flat and wicked fast. Just soft enough for easy edging.
    Stopped at the OO trail head on the way out of town on Monday. Skated from OO to gravel pit plus all the OO loops. It would have perhaps been my most fun ski of the year so far, had I not had to leave.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Jan 19 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Full coverage with good tracks.
    We skied the North End Classic trail and the conditions were great. This is an excellent trail. Deep track and fast snow. The occasional squirrel was seen digging up their winter acorns but the dirt left behind only added to our kick.
    (Dan Murphy)
  • Jan 18 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    The conditions were generally good. The skate trails are nicely groomed and the classic tracks are in great shape. The only two issues to confront are pine needles on parts of the deck, and snowshoe tracks. There is also a nice warming hut and a sledding hill here.
    (Gustaf Virkus)
  • Jan 18 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego): 
    Firsthand 

    Almost all the trails are groomed for classic with one track, no rocks or sticks. The trails are fairly narrow, so skate is harder. Classic is better. Not quite optimal conditions, but decent.
    (Kelsey Halverson)
  • Jan 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent. Good base, some debris.
    Skied Fish Hatchery to OO and back. Coverage was very good, a few spots with some dirty snow, and some dirt and gravel to avoid at one of the snowmobile trail crossings. Fair amount of pine cones and leaves, easily avoided on the skate deck. Good number of folks out skiing until the Packer game started, then there was basically no one.
    (Sue Schroeder)
  • Jan 18 - Heartwood Ski Trails (Trego): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good with firm base.
    Trails were in pretty good condition. There were a few thin spots, but nothing too problematic.
    (Aris Apostolou)
  • Jan 18 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Soft and deep with nice classic tracks.
    We skated our version of the tour today starting just before 9am. Temps were wonderful! From the start to the actual Birkie trail was very soft and very deep snow by the time we started! The flat portions of the Birkie trail were firm yet our glide seemed to be slow with a styrofoam kinda texture or something. The uphills were sugary and reminiscent of past Birkie's in heats with numbers over 2. In talking with the groomers, sounds like the base is still waiting for more snow so it can handle the "big" groomers instead of just a snowmobile. We finished in time to get home for the big game so we were happy!
    Photos:  
    (Eve Graves)
  • Jan 17 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Decent conditions -- hasn't been groomed since last snowfall. Base is somewhat soft and debris/thin spots in some areas. Could stand to be re-groomed.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Jan 17 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: North of the High point - good for both skate and classic. Fair amount of tree debris.
    Nice ski from North End Cabin today, but a reminder that the hills on the various Birkie trails never end. Current system has so many options, all of which are a great workout.
    (John McCarthy)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: very good with a 3 to 4" base.
    Trail was groomed and track was set on Monday after 2.5" of new snow. Conditions are very good with a base of 3 to 4" and 9 to 10" in the woods. Enjoy!
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 26 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh snow and fresh grooming in progress. Great conditions!
    Just got back from kicking and gliding through Afterhours. Probably two fresh clean inches when we started. That really freshened everything up nicely. The Swix V40 Blue Extra was spot-on. Saw the groomer starting their work as we were getting done. Awesome ski today.
    (Brent Gavin)
  • Jan 23 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    All trails were groomed and tracked today except Classic Trail, which will be re-tracked tomorrow morning. Overall conditions are very good. Base varies anywhere from 1/4" to about 3 1/2". Some areas of the trail have heavy deposits of small debris (needles, bark, pine cones, twigs). There is a general unevenness throughout the trails due to lack of snow which we are unable to fix yet with our heavier grooming equipment. Have a great weekend!
    (Kurt Janko)
  • Jan 21 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are good with a 3" base and about 8" snowcover in the woods.
    Skate lanes were groomed on Tuesday and conditions are still good. Skiers can expect to find some debris in some locations on the trails due to busy squirrels and a lack of recent snowfall.
    (Dan Kephart, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 20 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, recently groomed for skating and classic.
    Some leaves on the classic track, but easily manageable.
    (Tim Blais)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we groomed and tracked Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford. We also tracked Sugarbush and Oppedahl's. It looked to groom up really nice, but with the warmer temps, probably a little soft this afternoon.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 26 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    With 2-3 inches of new snow I groomed Anchor, Rollercoaster and Telford. Would rate conditions at very good to excellent conditions.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 26 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Teuton Trail tracks were left alone because they were in good condition for the low snow depth. The groomer didn't want to lose the tracks. The skating lane was renovated. The Valkyrie Trail tracks were not reset due to lack of snow and the groomer wanted to keep the tracks in place. The base is 4 inches or less in places on both trails. More snow is needed to make the trail conditions better. The trails are rated as good by the groomer. Think more snow!
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 24 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    With temps going below freezing and a dusting of new snow, we groomed and tracked Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. We also tracked Sugarbush Classic. The skate lanes came out nicely. The tracks were excellent in some spots, not real pretty in other spots. No thin spots on the trails that I saw. So should be good skiing tomorrow.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 23 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The Teuton Trails were combed and tracks reset today. The groomer reset the tracks on Loop A of the Valkyrie Trail. The other tracks on the Valkyrie Trail system are in good condition and did not need to be refreshed. The groomer said the snow is very soft and melting due to the warm temperatures. The bases on both trail systems are approximately 4 inches with leaves, pine needles and branches falling on them due to higher winds. The groomer rated the trails as in good condition.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 23 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent 6-8 inch base.
    The recent cold temps and snow have helped set the trail up for good skiing!
    (Eli Rosenstein, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 22 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    This evening touched up the skate lanes of Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. The tracks were holding up nicely. Still very good to excellent conditions.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 22 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    The groomer renovated the skating lane on the Teuton Trail on Tuesday. The tracks were in good conditions and with warmer temperatures, the groomer decided to not reset them. The Valkyrie Trail was combed out and tracks reset on Wednesday. Both trail bases are down to about 4 to 6 inches on various parts of the trails. Leaves and pine needles are also falling on the trails. More snow is needed to improve the conditions of the trails. The groomers are rating the trails as good due to lack of snow and lots of debris falling on the trails.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Skied sugarbush, deer path, and jolly. Nicely groomed, good snow coverage. The only hazard is avoiding leaves in a few places.
    (Kal Perry)
  • Jan 20 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we tracked: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, Seagull Classic, and Seagull. We touched up the skate lanes of Rollercoaster and Telford. I would rate the conditions as very good to excellent.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Jan 19 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    Today we tracked Sugarbush and Oppedahl's, groomed and tracked: Anchor, Rollercoaster and Telford, and touched up the skate lanes of Seagull and Jolly Long. Should be very good conditions.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Fair, with good snow cover on all trails (green, blue, black). Black trail is best with less ruts on 3.0 King loop. Icy at 10:00 AM, improved a bit by 11:00 AM. Less debris than I expected. Only one bare patch at usual spot towards end of 3.0 K black loop (going counter clockwise) under large pine tree over hang, but can still ski around.
    (Cliff Tenner)
  • Jan 27 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming 

    We received around an inch of fresh snow on top of the icy base - right now we are letting that get skied in and will wait for more snow and/or colder temperatures for more grooming.
    (Louis Muench)
  • Jan 26 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Two inches of snow and fresh grooming has transformed the icy challenging trails of Sunday into a silky smooth skate deck. No problems with edge control, trails are well covered. Tracks have not yet been re-set.
    (Ron Jasperson)
  • Jan 25 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming 

    After thawing yesterday and freezing today, the trails are icy this morning. Skiable, but use caution on the hills.
    Photos:  
    (Louis Muench)
  • Jan 24 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Went from great to good.
    My first time here and will return. Skied classic Friday and the trails and track were in A-1 condition. Not even any brown spots. Skied classic Saturday in 37 degree weather and by the 3 pm the classic track and trails were looking tired. The grooming and maintenance of these trails was magnificent. With the colder temps and hope for snow this will be a great place to ski!
    (Chris Karnish)
  • Jan 24 - Spooner City Trails (Spooner): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good, a couple of brown spots, sticks and leaves, level, a few icy spots, recommend B skis. Groomed for skating Saturday and new track was set on the soccer fields.
    Groomed then skated Spooner City Park in the morning. Later in the morning, the trail was beginning to warm and slow but generally offered fast skating with very good control. Chatted with an older stride skier for a bit, she grew up in the Midlands of England, displaying her strong British accent, she said, "She fancied the trails!"...Enjoy!
    (David Martin)
  • Jan 24 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage -- a little dirt, a little meltage.
    If you can time your ski to hit the sweet spot you'll be loving it. I ran things a little late and I got caught up in the soft. Skating-the snow was grunting back at me. Classic was slow but every now and then it would tune right in and it made wonder how great it could have been.
    (Dan Murphy)
  • Jan 24 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to better than good for skate and classic. Good base, no rocks or roots showing. Trail had some soft spots and a lot of fast, refrozen snow due to warm temps and sunshine Saturday. Occasional bark, needles or scat- no big deal. Double classic tracks were complete but not extremely deep.
    This was my first time skiing here and I would return. Only saw 5 other skiers. The 12k+ outer loop was moderately hilly and overall fast skating (except for some sun drenched slow spots). Twin Cities skiers, if you are in the area or don't want to drive all the way to Hayward, these trails are fun, peaceful and provide a good workout. Thanks for maintaining these trails, CASTA.
    (Andrew Magill)
  • Jan 23 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not recently groomed, but very skiable with tracks.
    It felt a bit like a late spring ski today as I hit the "January thaw" window very well about 1:00. I used waxless skis and did the green, blue, and a short part of the black loop before turning around. Tracks were pretty sloppy, and virtually gone on every turn. The iciness had softened so I had good kick. Virtually every hill with a curve was scraped and hard-packed which is why I quit the black loop. A bit more debris and a thinner base than two days ago but still enough snow. Skate lane also was skiable and hitting it at the right time would have meant good skiing.
    (Mike Chrun)
  • Jan 22 - Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (Balsam Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair, lots of foot traffic in middle of groomed trail.
    The trail is packed and tracked. The track is shallow and there are a few spots where there is dirt showing through in open areas on the trail. I started in Amery and the farther out of town I went, the less foot traffic there was. I turned around at the 2 mile mark. Assuming that the farther out of town you go, the better conditions will get. Noted a few areas where the tracks were glazed and icy.
    (Michelle Stone)
  • Jan 22 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were rolled and tracked today and were starting to set up nicely by late afternoon. Minimal debris and no bare spots on southern-exposed pitches. Bring your "A" skis and your "A" game for these beautiful trails.
    Photos:  
    (Mike Shoup)
  • Jan 21 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent and great fun.
    Skied the east trails and they were smooth, packed, fast, with great snow. The striders reported the track was very good. Nicely groomed.
    (Chuck Henning)
  • Jan 19 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions for classic and sharing.
    We received another inch+ of new snow on Monday. All trails were groomed Monday night.
    (Louis Muench)
  • Jan 19 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails in great shape!
    Saw wildlife, grouse, deer and other critters and birds. Ski the outer loop and you'll see an area of tree blowdown from last summer. Very Cool!
    (Steve Schleppegrell)
  • Jan 19 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Double tracks were glazed and deep, skate lane was nicely groomed and firm. Outstanding conditions.
    What an outstanding venue for the "original ABC's" (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids) to have a pursuit meet at! The trail was in perfect shape, temperatures were in the high 20's and having a heated building was a definite plus. Many thanks to CASTA and Burnett County Forestry and Parks for allowing us to race.
    (Pete Tremaine)
  • Jan 19 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy at first, but softened as temps rose. Some thin spots, leaves, and sticks.
    Skated the outside loops, and it was better than I expected. There is a good consistent firm base. The classic track was decent too, allowing for some double poling.
    (Bryan Lueth)
  • Jan 18 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good but changing by the hour.
    Skied all trails at Balsom Branch and enjoyed this secret gem of a trail system. Trails started hard packed and icy and transitioned to soft by around noon. Most trails sufficiently covered with the exception of the 3 km outer loop trail which had some churned up dirt. Some trails were a bit uneven but given the minimal snow pack, I think more damage than good would be done by trying to regroom. Recommend B skis until more snow comes.
    Photos:  
    (Sandy Schreyer)
  • Jan 18 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A perfect day to be outside. Low snow year but ok skating.
    Skied most of the loops today around noon. The trail was littered with debris for most of the skiing but nothing you couldn't ski around. Better coverage than I was expecting to be honest. A couple of spots starting to show through on uphill sections. Bring your B skis until we get some more snow.
    (Gunnar Fontaine)
  • Jan 17 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Beautiful conditions on the Eastside trails today, wide skate lane with seamless creamy corduroy from last night's grooming. Classic track set a couple days ago is in good shape.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - Lake Wissota State Park (Chippewa Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed. Ok but not great.
    We received about 2" of fresh powder overnight and just finished grooming. The skate lane came out pretty good but the classic track is a little weak. There just isn't enough snow to get a good deep set. In some places there is dirt. In others we left the old skied in track. Hopefully it will firm up overnight. We need more snow!
    (Steve Thon)
  • Jan 25 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard and icy for skate, classic tracks looked all ice.
    Took off skating at 9 am. Very hard base as expected after the Saturday thaw and colder temps on Sunday. It was groomed Sunday morning, but with the little snow it was a risk for the groomer to scratch the surface more than what he could. South trailhead connector to the Tram trail was extremely icy and a little dangerous. The trails that were groomed but less skied on Saturday were better. If you go I would recommend B or rock skis. I would also recommend taking off on the north side by the Dog Island trail as the northern part is better as it's been skied on less. This might change a bit if the weather warms again, but the bottom line is.... We need more snow!
    (Brady Zwiefelhofer)
  • Jan 25 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good but frozen pretty hard.
    Despite the warm weekend and lack of snow, the trail remains snow covered except for a few very minor places. The skate deck is very hard - like ice. Tracks appear to have become pretty solid. The loop on Horseshoe lake was in very good shape except where a few deep ski tracks from Saturday froze in.
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Jan 24 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great conditions.
    The skiing was great this morning on fresh corduroy. The skate deck and bottom of tracks is fully covered, maybe a little soft later in the day. "A" ski conditions.
    (Mike Dahlby)
  • Jan 23 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good; icy but fast tracks except at bare spots.
    No new snow, but what is there was pretty good Friday afternoon. The classic tracks were a bit icy, but fast. Some bare spots, leaves etc., the longest being approx. 20 yards in the first 3 miles south from Menomonie. Use skating track in those spots. Very scenic skiing!
    (Tom Benson)
  • Jan 22 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly nice. Firm and fast skating. Variable track.
    Snow is thin. Effortless skating.
    (Archie Ecker)
  • Jan 22 - Irvine Park (Chippewa Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Decent snow; 95% of ruts still intact.
    The thaw of January 17-18 did some damage, but the half inch of new snow on Tuesday went a long way to help. The snow is pretty decent on all 3.3 miles of the trail, and about 95% of the ruts are still there.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Arneberg)
  • Jan 21 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The Nordic trail has not been re-groomed since Jan 9th, but is still in fair to good shape.
    A few light dustings of snow have kept the tracks relatively stable, but they are starting to wear down a bit. We need a few inches of fresh snow in order to tune them up again.
    (Mike Rivers)
  • Jan 20 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thinning snow cover, still very skiable. B skis recommended.
    Skied 40k today. The trail was pretty fast. The dusting of snow that we received last night really helped. I skipped southern facing hills and going down other steep hills. The gradual downhill to the lower loop is still manageable. The two larger hills are ski-able if going up. Going down this is risky there are a few dirt patches sticking up. The status of the trail system is overall very skiable for so little snow.
    (Justin Johnson)
  • Jan 18 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still complete coverage, getting thin in a few spots and some debris.
    Skied most of the afternoon and hit all the skate trails. We love these trails and were not disappointed. Not much snow pack to spare so were glad to be on "B" skis, but we never hit anything. Skis squeaking with the 35 degree temp but still pretty fast. By sunset the deck was getting faster and crusty as temps dropped near freezing.
    (Paul Wagener)
  • Jan 18 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. 33 degrees at start, 31 at conclusion. It was another grey overcast afternoon. There was 100% coverage. There was minimal rutting in a few spots, soft on the edges. (Had me worried when I hugged inside of the curves on the downhills but successfully negotiated them all.) Classic track throughout the south and north loop. I used FastWax Yellow LF.
    I skied today in hopes that I would catch some sun. Unfortunatley, I lost it just as drove up Hwy 53 to Bloomer from the Cities. Just to the west you could see clear skies, from Bloomer east overcast. I also ended up unknowingly skiing the entire north and soouth loop with a bloody nose. Didn't realize it until I took a selfie near the end of the south loop. I won't share the selfie. Fortunately I had the place to myself (assume the locals were all watching Green Bay game). The actual skiing ended up being pretty good. I started out with newly waxed skis that had me wondering if I should have used my other skis waxed with colder wax instead. I assume it was the wet snow and the uphills on the first half of trail because once I finished the climb at the far north end, I was able sustain my skate all the way to the snowmobile trail bisecting the north from the south loop. I did the 7.2 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
    Photos:  
    (Keith Carlson)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions; best of the year so far! It was very icy on Sunday but this new 1" snow mixed/groomed into it this morning makes for a fast and firm (but not icy) skate lane and good tracks, too.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Jan 25 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very fast. Lightning fast.
    Warm temperatures yesterday followed by overnight cold made for some interesting conditions today. It was lightning fast, almost too fast. I haven't snowplowed this much in years. A fair amount of leaves and sticks, but every trail in Wisconsin seems to be the same in that regard, including the Birkie trail yesterday. Despite the challenges of the thaw/freeze, the grooming was great as always. Just be prepared to use extra caution on the downhills.
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Jan 23 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    I strided the 17 km of trails this afternoon, it was great to be out there in sunshine and temps almost at freezing but not too warm or slushy. Excellent conditions! You could drive further north to ski excellent snow, but why?
    (Scott Everson)
  • Jan 21 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed recently. Good cover.
    Thanks for the great ski. I appreciate all the work done on these trails. It looks like the snowshoeing is very popular in this area. Camp Forest Springs is also a great place to ski. Keep up the great work.
    (Bonnie Weyer)
  • Jan 21 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions. I just groomed this morning; tracks are good and fairly deep, skate lanes are beautiful. Plenty of snow cover, great variety of terrain, and very few skiers to run into! Rib Lake trails were groomed last night.
    (Scott Everson)
  Other locations
  • Jan 24 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails I skied were a wide variety of poor to gone. What is there is frozen compacted corn snow and ice is your classic track if any. All that was needed for most propulsion was arm poling on the Purple and on the flats across the river. Skiing the loose snow off to the side was better. It was 33 degrees and snow was starting to fall at 9:45pm.
    I skied tonight to avoid meeting the numerous hikers that have been on the trails. It was very fast down the Purple to the Silver on the classic rock skis. The kid loop across the river is burned off to the ground in one section that gets sun. I had time to ski in some track for the MYSL kids coming tomorrow. MYSL leaders should stop at the office to find out where that track is. Maybe I can get more skied in tomorrow morning. Its tough skiing at Willow right now. Use rock skis only and don't expect much.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Bolte)
  • Jan 23 - Marshfield School Forest (Marshfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, on average. The main A trail is excellent, but the secondary trails are only good. The C trail is closer to fair. I did not ski on the ridge.
    The groomers have done a wonderful job with limited snow. The tracks and skating deck are excellent, but the deer and/or turkeys have disturbed the oak leaves--allowing them to lodge in the tracks. Not much for snowplowing snow on the hills. I used my rock skis, but that was not necessary. No obstructions visible except for the leaf patches.
    (David Henning)
  • Jan 22 - Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve (Edgar): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked Tuesday night on 2 inches of new snow. There was a light freezing drizzle at the time and I haven't been out on it yet but I hope it set up well over night. Got rid of the deer tracks for at least 15 minutes!
    (Bruce Kralcik)
  • Jan 21 - Kinnickinnic State Park (River Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A wide variety of fair on the far west (wooded) end of the system. Its unskiable out on the prairie.
    I found skiable track on the far western loop of the trails at Kinni. There was maybe half an inch of powder in the track. The track was still reasonably formed as opposed to deformed out in the open. The first lap on the powder was on the woodies. The blue klister from the Seeley race was still good. The woodies began to stick on the second lap so a switch to no wax was much better. There's the usual encounters associated with low snow, twigs, leaves. a little ice. The powder packed down to razor thin. There is more wooded trail I did not ski which includes Kinni's only real speed hill. The thin powder is the reason. If you live close by you have maybe two days to try a short ski at Kinnni with track. 2015 annual or daily park sticker is required-no trail pass. More distant skiers should wait for new snow and new grooming at Kinni.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Bolte)
  • Jan 17 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Good to very good. Skating only on the south side of river and a pretty good classic track and skate deck on the north side. Snow reduction during the day on Saturday revealed some bare spots.
    (Jeff Roberts)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We got about 4" of snow on Monday that really freshened up the trails. All trails groomed today and in excellent shape.
    All 12k of ski trails groomed and track set today. Snowshoe trails were also groomed today. Fat-bike trail was groomed from the parking lot through the Cut Off trail to the snowshoe trail. All trails are in excellent shape.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 27 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. Very good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 27 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Skaters loop groomed. All other loops tracked. Very good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 27 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    33km of skate lanes and 17km of striding track have been groomed this morning. The PistenBully is still out perfecting River Run. The remaining trails are in fair condition with very firm or icy bases. We will groom throughout the week to prepare for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous on Saturday!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 27 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    About 2" new snow yesterday. Tracked all loops this morning. Very good conditions.
    (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 26 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All loops leveled and tracked. Very good conditions.
    15 inches of snow on the ground with several additional inches of new snow while I was grooming Monday.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 26 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied all trails Monday. Trails well groomed and snow conditions perfect.
    Nice warming lodge. Welcoming hosts.
    (Jo Heckenbach)
  • Jan 26 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. 2" new snow. Groomed from 8pm to 11pm on Monday night, as the snow stopped. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes groomed. Solid, full depth, and perfect classic tracks. Flat, smooth, level and solid skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 45 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 26 - Shannon Lake Trail (Saint Germain): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail was rolled down to boat landing, but not tracked. The loop around Shannon Lake had been packed by snowshoes, so we tracked the 2" of new snow.
    This three loop scenic wilderness trail is sporadically groomed by volunteers. Beautiful today with snow hanging on the trees, and fresh powder to track. It is an intimate narrow trail with surprisingly tough small hills that do not allow much snowplowing.
    (David Henning)
  • Jan 26 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Dreamlike. 2" of fresh fluff. Skied-in tracks were smooth and provided nice kick and glide. Grooming is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
    Just what we needed! The new snow did a good job of covering debris.
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Jan 26 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1/8" dusting atop all trails so far, with minimal drifting. 20km are excellent, including Silver Strider, Red Pine, VO2, X-C Express, and Nepco's Cruise. Another 20-30km are good or better, including Lake Marie and the Wilderness Trails. The remaining trails are in fair condition with very firm or icy bases.
    We will groom throughout the week to prepare for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous on Saturday!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 25 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent...for both skate and classic.
    Stopped by Afterglow for an after Noquemanon ski and enjoyed the usual meticulous grooming on all trails! Thanks Pete.
    (Leslie Taylor)
  • Jan 25 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, last groomed Saturday. A skis, firm and a little icy.
    MadNorSki skier looking for snow and found it at Northwood ski trails. The very skiable but slow snow on a warm Saturday was transformed by some late night grooming into a fast and hard skate deck with firm tracks on a cooler Sunday. Great skiing and great snow!
    (Erica Golueke)
  • Jan 25 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, well groomed and very fast.
    You can always count on the best conditions at Winter Park! In addition they offer a fabulous trail for skijoring You can ski, take a break in the chalet and go back out for more! My kids love the skating rink and tubing down squirrel hill, fun for all!
    (Sherry Huske)
  • Jan 25 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    70km+ of trail have been PistenBullied early this morning. The skate decks and striding tracks are firm, thus ensuring fast conditions today!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 24 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Good for skate. Great for classic. The trail was groomed this morning. Despite the soft snow, I still got good glide with my skate skis. The outer loop was hilly and fun. Classic skiers said the tracks were in good shape despite the warm temps.
    Photos:  
    (Andrea Wetzel)
  • Jan 24 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic good, skate very poor.
    The grooming worked well for classic, but the advertised skate deck was only 160cm between classic tracks. They should widen the grooming path and only put a classic track on one side and have the snowshoers walk on the opposite side. Or don't advertise it as a skate trail.
    (Tyler Gruetzmacher)
  • Jan 24 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    The PistenBully groomed 35km of trail last night. We have fresh skate lanes and solid track on Nutcracker, Lake Marie, Squirrel's Tail, and Vo2 Max.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 23 - Schlecht Lake (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate. Classic tracks were good too.
    Stopped to break up the drive from Oshkosh to Ironwood. Started at 3, there was a light dusting of snow 1/2" over well packed trail which allowed great edge control for the screaming downhills. Loops are short, this place has it all. Really enjoy skiing here and the value, $9 in the pipe for three of us to ski for 1 hour. Jumped in the tracks and they were fast as well.
    (Tracy Piontkowski)
  • Jan 23 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice base and groomed for classic and skating.
    Ah, so good to see Nicolet North groomed and ready to ski after a few years! Skied Roller Coaster and Pat Shay Loop and it was great. Keep up the good grooming!
    (Dan Hinch)
  • Jan 23 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. Phelps trail was groomed with full depth classic tracks. All skate lanes regroomed. All other classic tracks in Excellent condition. Trails have been groomed 42 times this season. The 8 mile snowshoe trail system is in excellent condition also. Rentals available. We have a large warmup room overlooking Afterglow Lake.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 23 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The skate deck was cleaned up tonight, and all of the classic tracks were reset, except for the Landfill Loop. Those tracks were still in good shape. The Cut Across segment was groomed for the first time. It is a little rough, but should improve when we get more snow and can work it some more.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 23 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    New tracks were put in today. The trails are ready for the weekend.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 23 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
    Skied out to Lake Marie today via Base Loop and Nose Dive Alley, both had been freshly groomed and a bit soft. Yukon, C&D and Lake Marie were all nice and hard and much faster. Lots of spots through the pines with forest/squirrel litter but nothing that can't be managed. Came back via XC Express and Nepco's Cruise. Both firm and fast. Great ski.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Jan 23 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Mostly very good. Groomed at noon today. Refreshed the corduroy in the skate lane and reset tracks. Some stretches of debris remain.
    The warmer temps are keeping conditions a bit on the soft side. Should still be enjoyable skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Jan 23 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 23 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Skaters loop groomed. All other loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 23 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair conditions.
    Classic skied most of the trails today. The winds have done a real number on the whole system. A lot of debris down, and lots of blown snow in the tracks.
    (Dan Mckissack)
  • Jan 23 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked all loops this morning, trails appear to be in very good condition.
    (Christopher Bartelt)
  • Jan 23 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Over 30km of skate lanes and 15km+ of striding lanes have been groomed. Both Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks have been PistenBullied for skating and striding. Although the debris is increasing a little bit, it's still great skiing on all 90km, including all three long trails. A few thin spots on VO2 and Yukon, but you can still use your race skis with confidence.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 22 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent grooming, great kick and glide.
    Despite empty woodpile at the shelter there was a warm fire last Saturday and again today. Chickadees and Nuthatches numerous and friendly (hungry).
    (Larry Cain)
  • Jan 22 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great with 8-10" base some debris under hemlocks. Groomed and tracked Military, part of east trail and nine mile, also butternut connector.
    Might get sticky later afternoon tomorrow with higher temps.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 22 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent with 8" base with a little debris under the hemlocks. Pat Shay, Butternut, Roller Coaster and part of logging road all groomed and tracked.
    Should groom again in the middle of next week.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 22 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. Perfect classic tracks. Firm and flat skate lanes. Super fast conditions. Trails have been groomed 41 times this season.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 22 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great skiing on all 90km, including all three long trails. Isolated pine needle patches on River Run, Big Pine, and Sleigh Ride. A few thin spots on VO2 and Yukon, but you can still use your race skis with confidence. Up to 1/4" of powder on a few trails, and they ski fast. No hazards or other issues.
    Grooming resumes soon for Saturday and Sunday. Inga Lami of the Northwoods Women's Gathering will be fun and it won't limit any trail access for other guests. Also this weekend: Best-line classic on Steeple Chase, and a skate lane on Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 21 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent! I groomed the trails Tuesday and they have held up well. Smooth skate surface and classic tracks. What does that Columbia motto say... get out and play! Enjoy the skiing - it's wonderful.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Jan 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    Fresh grooming on the trails nearest the chalet left them super fast with perfect edge control. River Run had a light dusting on top of the last grooming but was still almost as fast. Everything I skied was just the right mix of hard pack and edge control. A really fast, wonderful ski.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Jan 21 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good all tracked and groomed with 8-10" base.
    Larry finished around 1:30pm so it should set well tonight with cooler temps.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Jan 21 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Firm track and pole plant.
    I just skied the best grooming job I've ever skied at Cassian. Especially nice north of Timber Lake Road.
    (Scott Watson)
  • Jan 21 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    Leveled and tracked all loops. Overall very good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 21 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Nearly 60km of skate lanes were groomed last night. We put a grooming flap over the striding tracks to dust them with snow, so they should all ski nicely today. Yesterday, skiers reported that Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks were still very good. The old-school Wilderness trails are good to very good.
    This weekend: a best-line classic track on VO2 and Steeple Chase, and a skate lane on Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks. The 15km Wilderness trails will be groomed with single-track for Sunday morning.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 20 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    Lightly scarified and combed in the inch and a half new snow from Monday night into the skate deck all the way around the trail system. Skiers skied in the new snow in the tracks and reported very good conditions so I did not reset tracks. The short stretches running through the lowlands are still a bit bumpy but have full coverage and are skiable with your best skis. Enjoy.
    (Ron Teclaw)
  • Jan 20 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    Nose Lake was re-tracked this afternoon. Be aware of some leafy debris on the trail, especially on the east-west connection.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 20 - Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    New classic tracks were put down this morning, and any issues with last weeks track have been erased.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 20 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    Washburn was groomed Monday. The classic tracks were left alone since they are holding well. The skate lanes were cleaned up, but they did have dusting of snow on them Tuesday morning.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 20 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    All loops leveled and tracked. Excellent conditions. Some spots of minor debri such as pine needles and leaves on trail.
    (Samuel Weber)
  • Jan 20 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Skaters loop cut and groomed. All other loops leveled, cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 20 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Cut and tracked all loops this morning. Good conditions. A fair amount of debris on the trail in some areas. A few inches of new snow would be welcome to cover the debris.
    (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 20 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    We had a 1/4" dusting of snow on top of our fast skate decks and smooth striding track last night. Single track Wilderness Trails have been a new favorite of striding skiers.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 20 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails were groomed and trackset on Monday and are in great shape.
    Trail conditions are excellent and it looks like we will have a week of mild weather - no excuse not to go to WinMan to ski, snowshoe and/or fat-bike.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Jan 19 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect, skate and classic.
    You just cannot beat the wonderful grooming here at Afterglow. Skate lane was flat, firm and fast. Tracks were wonderful and also fast the few times I used them. Very light breeze, +22F, a few flakes drifting down, doesn't get much better.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Jan 19 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    We have 30km freshly groomed by the PistenBully. The skate decks and striding tracks have held firm overnight. The single track Wilderness Trails have been superb.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 18 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. 2" new snow. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes regroomed. Deep, solid, firm and consistent classic tracks. Smooth, firm, flat, level and solid skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 41 times this season. Snow depth 21".
    Groomed from 8 pm until 11pm Sunday evening. The snow was like cream. Perfect corderoy. See you Monday.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Jan 18 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Deck firm and tracks deep.
    The conditions and grooming at Afterglow are outstanding. Nice turnout Sunday. The skate deck and classic tracks simply could not have been better. If you have never been to Afterglow you owe it to yourself to experience the very best in grooming, trails and hospitality.
    (Thomas Swaya)
  • Jan 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating: Awesome!
    Arrived at 11:30 with temp of 30. Skating decks were groomed this morning and they were amazing: firm fast, and well groomed. I always find out how good of shape I am in when I ski here, those hills are relentless, steep, and numerous - I love it! Some of best hills to train for the Birkie. Does not get any better than this!
    (Greg Dahl)
  • Jan 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: An inch new, fresh corduroy!
    Conditions are fabulous. Took a picture leading to Herringbone Hill to show how deep snow pack is. First one up the hill today. Only did it once, lol.
    Photos:  
    (Brian Hegge)
  • Jan 18 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The skate deck was cleaned up this morning. Some classic track was reset, as well. With the mild temperatures, this should provide for some decent skiing.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 18 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions with 15 plus inches of snow in the woods and 26 degrees today. Track will be firm and fast, some leaves and debris but snowing now so should be covered.
    Finally some nice weather for outdoor sports. some nice tracks waiting for you.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 18 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Grooming 

    The track was reset early this morning. With the mild temperatures, there should be some pleasant skiing conditions. The connection trail does have a fair amount of oak leaves on it -- this cannot be helped. Otherwise both loops are clean.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Jan 18 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Groomed at 7:30AM today. Refreshed skate lane and tracks.
    Still some debris in some stretches.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)
  • Jan 18 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    Our Wilderness trails, Big Pine, Cedar Creek and Tamarack Pond have been groomed. All 90km+ of trails are open. Vo2 Max, Squirrel's Tail, Nutcracker and.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Jan 17 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Thank you for the nice grooming. Enjoyed Saturday skiing with my family. Very little debris.
    (Jeff Higley)
  • Jan 17 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Skate deck was fresh. Classic tracks were good enough, just a little shallow but still solid and skied very well. Plenty of base.
    Love the terrain at this trail system and the shelter was a great spot for our lunch break.
    (Ruth Jaeger)
  • Jan 17 - Northwood Golf Course (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fabulous! Beautifully groomed on Friday and only lightly used today. Nice deep tracks that felt solid and fast when I jumped in from the equally well groomed, level skate deck. Minimal tree debris on trail. Definitely use good skis if you like!
    I was there mid afternoon. The sun peaked out and the snow got a little warm but clouds rolled in before any real damage was done to the trail.
    (Ruth Jaeger)
  • Jan 17 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast track today. Excellent conditions.
    I skied the red loop and conditions were about as good as they get. The track was fairly fast with the warmer temperature and the downhill sections were dragged which made for good control. There are some steep hills on the red loop so that was much appreciated.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Jan 17 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Well groomed, excellent skiing.
    It was a fast track when I arrived today around 8:00 am. My no wax skis were perfect for the warm weather.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Jan 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
    River Run was as nice as I have ever skied it today. Firm and fast, great coverage everywhere. All other trails going to and from RR were just as nice. A great day.
    (Kirby Schuller)
  • Jan 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent both classic and skate.
    Skied twenty miles today classic and the trails were in excellent condition. Deep tracks and firm pole plants with plenty of snow. Come on up for some of the best skiing in the midwest. Thanks pete for grooming to perfection. The skate deck was also firm and level.
    (Al Berendt)
  • Jan 17 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracks and pole plants are firm on all trails.
    classic skied today. Trails are in fantastic condition. Pete does an amazing job with the grooming. If you are from southern Wisconsin and are trying to get a great ski in before the Birkie, this is the place to go.
    (Madeline Berendt)
  • Jan 17 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    All 90km+ of trail have been groomed with the exception of our wilderness trails. Skiers have reported a 5+ for Nutcracker, Squirrel's tail, Beaver Pond and Yukon Trail.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails are in beautiful shape after the snow yesterday and last night. Both classic tracks and skate lanes are wonderful.
    (Karen Reynolds)
  • Jan 27 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Grooming Shorty 

    Freshly groomed and track put in.
    (Jenny Demeules)
  • Jan 26 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wonderful, snow falling, groomed conditions. Skate lane was very nice.
    Fast conditions for a memorial night to keep in the back of the mind. It looked like they groomed the 1-3 inches around mid-day and it was very nice skate skiing in the early evening. Great coverage and the skate lanes and the tracks were snow covered but looked good.
    (Al Zinzindorf)
  • Jan 26 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Two inches of fresh snow Monday were groomed in with Piston Bully. Both skate deck and classic track reset. Coverage very good.
    Conditions should be excellent for Badger Games this Saturday.
    (Gary Zimbric)
  • Jan 26 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A little less than 2" of new snow made for great skate conditions on the ungroomed and groomed areas. They were grooming and setting track.
    Thanks groomers! Good skis fine if you pay attention to some dirt tilled up.
    (Jim Linstedt)
  • Jan 25 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast, hard, and icy, good overall trails but a new groom to soften is needed.
    Classic trails overall are very hard, icy, fast and unforgiving - not for the beginner skier or faint of heart.
    (Meg Drew)
  • Jan 25 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy, hard, and chunky, but base is very good.
    Trail conditions were fair, icy throughout. Groomer broke down Sunday, but was up and running again by late morning. We did the 20 km loop, and skating deck was hard, icy, and chunky at times. Overall base is firm, and with low temperatures in the foreseeable future, skiing should remain pretty good with a bit more snow and a few more passes by the groomer.
    (Luke Fortney)
  • Jan 25 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Extremely hard packed skate lanes, rock hard, icy classic tracks, downhill turns scary fast and scrubbed down to almost ice.
    Snow starved Baraboo skiers up for a weekend. After, wonderful ski yesterday on Rib Lake and Camp Forest Springs trails we chose 9 mile for today as we know they have very good grooming capabilities. Thought they would have been better able to deal with the temperature swing from yesterday and was looking forward to fast skating on groomed hard pack. Alas, by 10:30 am it was pretty darn hard to get an edge on most of the uphills and the downhills turns were pretty much bobsled runs. It sure seemed like no grooming had been done since the temps dropped. One of the few disappointing skis we've had here but hey, it was skiing and we made the best of it.
    (Paul Wagener)
  • Jan 25 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to Poor. Tracks ice, skate deck hard and fast.
    Ice, ice baby. County guys described the trails as verging on dangerous. Needed more klister than the universal we used. A true blue klister day. The county did cut some tracks on the closed snowmobile trail behind the chalet and they were only glazed, albeit very fast. There were also some very short teaching loops that had been ground up and groomed. But for the most part it wasn't a day for the weak hearted.
    (George Cleveland)
  • Jan 25 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed with ice.
    Trails are fair at best. This is no fault of Standing Rock. They are grooming and trying to keep things skiable. Really need snow. Stride lane set on green trail only. Glad its still open. More snow would fix everything.
    (Diane Gustin)
  • Jan 25 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Fast and well groomed for skate. The trail was recently groomed and a combination of yesterday's warm weather and today's cool weather resulted in a very fast skate deck. We stuck to the green thumb to avoid steeper hills. The skate was fast and fun. I was able to get an edge in most places. There are a few thin spots to look out for but they can be avoided.
    Photos:  
    (Andrea Wetzel)
  • Jan 24 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good. Tracks well set. Areas of debris. Warm temps made for soft snow and slow conditions.
    Temperatures in the mid 30s made for slow skiing. Rex Tape Grip worked well for grip. Cooler temps and maybe some snow would help.
    (George Cleveland)
  • Jan 23 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skating, good for classic.
    The trails are in fine condition and tracked for classic also. Some thin spots for classic but overall trails are in great shape for the amount of snow fall. Good skate deck on all trails. Good skis ok this weekend.
    (Scott Frazier)
  • Jan 23 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trail is in great shape, groomed and ready to go. There will be a fire, hot chocolate and cookies in the parking lot on January 24.
    (Donna Kikkert)
  • Jan 23 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, good snow cover and good grooming throughout.
    Classic tracks best, nicely glazed. Skate deck fully covered and solid throughout. Even 'Alps' and 'Little Alps' were soft and groomed well and wide.
    (Dave Minden)
  • Jan 22 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
    Skied the 20km route everything was approaching perfection. The skate deck was flat, solid with fresh corduroy. A beautiful day on the snow.
    (Tyler Gruetzmacher)
  • Jan 20 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: 3-4" fresh snow. Phil was grooming the skate lanes at noon. He stated he would set tracks later that day.
    Skied the Black and Blue which were freshly groomed. The skate lanes were soft and smooth (great workout). You could tell how much work the club puts into trail maintenance. Thanks Phil and members who have been shoveling snow into the bare spots.
    (John Engel)
  • Jan 20 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good for skating only.
    What a difference an inch of new snow can make! The skating deck has been re-groomed and most of it is clean. Still thin is some spots on hills, but the Blue inner loops have the best conditions. I avoided the far West portion of the Red 8K loop taking the Blue shortcuts and found them in fine shape. Not enough snow for classic tracks.
    (Scott Frazier)
  • Jan 19 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor, depending on the trail. Pretty hard packed and debris in some areas.
    This was our first time skiing at Standing Rock and we were impressed by the trails. It must be a wonderful place to ski when there is more snow. The outside red loop was very hard packed and icy today but the inside blue loops were a lot of fun. We were skate skiing but classic skiers would be out of luck if they were looking for tracks as more is snow needed to create those.
    (Janelle Peotter)
  • Jan 19 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions for skating. Skated the 20 k today. Half of it was groomed and half really fast. No problem with control. This was our best day so far this year.
    (Richard Homan)
  • Jan 19 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good overall in spit of the mild weather and heavy traffic.
    The skate lane continues to be groomed on a daily basis and is getting pretty packed. Classic track grooming has been sporadic with increasing numbers of oak leaves and debris. Still can use best skis.
    (Gary Zimbric)
  • Jan 18 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Fair to good. Skated Sunday with temps hovering around 36. Skating lanes usually in fair to good shape. Lots of debris in some locations. No classic tracks set. They need a few more inches of fresh snow.
    (Richard Homan)
  • Jan 18 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor, lots of debris.
    The groomer made a very light pass this morning and set track on the green loop, but there isn't enough snow to risk tilling the whole trail properly. Good news is that the inner blue loops are in great shape. Red Pine run downhill has some ground showing on the little uphill just past the bottom. Snow dance needed.
    (Mindy Borchardt)
  • Jan 17 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 40% very good, 40% good, 20% fair.
    Skied the long loop. The only concern was the wind blown sticks and leaves. Plenty of base, so rocks were not an issue. Overall a nice ski.
    (Pete Wurl)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1.5" new snow, south side open only.
    Thin base, rolled only, crunchy base, use old skis.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 24 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 37F soft packed base with some debris. No tracks.
    The core trails were very skateable. The base contour is showing through as is areas under pines. B skis are the order of the day but I used my good ones. The Bay Nordic Youth group looks for more snow on the horizon.
    Photos:  
    (Mark Ernst)
  • Jan 22 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Trail was recently rolled out. Areas of trail are in great shape others you just have to take your time getting around. Better than nothing!
    (Paul Hollub)
  • Jan 21 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    South trails open. Spring skiing conditions. Use rock skis, use alternate routes around gravel areas.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 21 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ok for rock skis.
    You can ski most of the trail with rock skis. You will hit sticks and rocks but you can get a ski in.
    (Mike Christman)
  • Jan 20 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Grooming 

    Volunteer trail groomer checked the trails today and determined that grooming wasn't going to happen. High Cliff only received about a 1/2 inch snow. We'll post any updates.
    (Linda Guelig)
  • Jan 20 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 2" of new snow lead to packing and adding to the base on the trails.
    Hoping to get a little more snow this week to add to the trails, and possibly lead to a full packing and tracking later this week. Sticks, oak leaves in spots, and a nice base starting to form on trails otherwise.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Jan 20 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Trails remain closed. 1" new snow.
    Trails are white, but no base. Icy under new cover, patience.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Jan 20 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed 6 am to 10 am. Only 3/4 of an inch of new snow to groom. However most areas look good. Obviously very thin snow and no tracks.
    The Oaks swamp was icy and thin so it wasn't groomed. Same with the maples return swamp. Still use rock skis till we get more snow. But we are skiing!
    (Scott Putman)
  • Jan 17 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable: Oaks was thin and soft, main sections of Maples and Birches were skatable. 35 degrees.
    Needles and Oak leaves in the usual areas. Hilly areas are very suspect. Though we really need snow, large sections of the Birches and Maples are surprisingly well covered. Came across four people walking on the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Jan 17 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Trail is closed till further notice.
    (Greg Hollub)
  Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good, skate deck packed and level, classic track mostly good.
    With minimal snow, the roads in the park provide some of the best skiing in the area. They have been rolled and packed with a decent track set. The base is probable 3" and adequate depth to allow the use of good skis without the fear of breaking through to the road surface below. The "normal" trails in the park have also been groomed but the lack of adequate snow leaves them in generally poor condition. In the meantime the roads are the place to ski.
    (Rich Dirks)
  • Jan 18 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Despite the warm temps the skiing was fair.
    When one is on a Tour de Ski you must ski where you are. I waited until the end of the day when temps starting to drop expecting to turn around if the trail was too soft. To my surprise the conditions were firm, similar to crust skiing. Whilst I was exploring the 10k loop the Norse Ski Gods started sprinkling beautiful sharp snow to slow me down and give some control. Peninsula Park has something here if they choose to make it a destination for skiers, those skiers will come.
    (Nathaniel Tollefson)
  • Jan 17 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Thin but good, B skis recommended.
    Tour de Ski continues. Skied the temporary 11k skate loop at Peninsula State Park in the morning. The trail was just starting to soften up at 10:30 due to warm weather. New snow would be very helpful.
    (Nathaniel Tollefson)
  • Jan 17 - Crossroads at Big Creek (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair considering the small amount of snow we have. Not enough snow for classic tracks to be made but good skate deck.
    We have a problem keeping the walkers off the trails - very frustrating. If you see a walker on the trail, please talk to them and explain skate skiers need the whole deck flat.
    (Janelle Peotter)
  Other locations
  • Jan 27 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good!
    New snow yesterday, trails were groomed and tracked today. I skied a section of Whippoorwill Trail this afternoon and the skate lanes were very good. I tested the classic track and it too was in very good condition. There is still a thin spot under the big pine trees on the entry off the picnic area and some more oak leaves came down in the wind.
    Photos:  
    (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 26 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Classic tracks is fair to good, tracks not at full depth in many places. Skate skiing is good to very good.
    The entire trail system was groomed Monday evening. There is still low snow conditions on the trail and thin conditions are apparent especially on the classic tracks. Mother Nature showed me she's boss and played a cruel trick on me as snow fell after I finished grooming. There is less than an inch on the trail after grooming.
    (Sara Pearson, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 24 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked; somewhat soft due to 35 degree temps.
    Nice ski on the Lauterman and Little Porky loops today. Soft in the tracks and you could hear the snow groaning under the skis but overall a good ski.
    (Dan Hinch)
  • Jan 24 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Skate deck is a solid 6-8 inches. Classic tracks are well set. A little woods debris here and there, but overall fantastic!
    Lots of happy faces, with 35 degree temps many people are gloveless, a full parking lot of people making the most of our Wisconsin winter. Worth the drive! Looking forward to shoveling.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Jan 23 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Entire trail was freshly groomed.
    We skated over 3 hours this morning, making first tracks on the new grooming. Hopped into the classical tracks many times and those were also very nice. There was some light mixed precip, mostly small ice pellets at the end of the ski but nothing seemed to be accumulating. Should be great for weekend skiers.
    (Dan Statz)
  • Jan 23 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6 inch base, some melting going on.
    Groomed and tracked should be nice for the weekend.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Jan 23 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good-some debris on trails.
    Trails remain in good shape. We had a little fresh snow this week. Otter trail was re-groomed this morning. There are a few thin spots on the entry trails, but overall skiing is good. Beware of the oak leaves in the tracks.
    (Maggie Kailhofer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 22 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Tim and I went out at sunset and re-groomed the north end of the trail. Finished up at midnight. Now the entire trail is in great shape.
    (Lloyd Lundwall)
  • Jan 22 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Trails have not been groomed since Jan 16th due to lack of snow. Trails are in fair-good conditions. The Riverside Trail is very thin in spots, but the other trails have held up better from the recent above freezing temperatures.
    (Sara Pearson, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Jan 21 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 2 to 3 inches of light snow on the trail. Track was great. With the new snow the skate lane might have been a little slow.
    On the snow 2:05 pm, off the snow 4:40 pm. Skied most of the trail from old 32 to the black trail split. Almost no leaves, no wind and the sun came out. Fantastic day.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Lane)
  • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Lakewood had 2" of snow last night. Groomed everything from the golf course out to old 32. Track looks great out here as 99% of the leaves are gone.
    (Lloyd Lundwall)
  • Jan 20 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent trail with 1 inch new snow over hard, flat track. Excellent skiing today. Thanks Fred and Lloyd, great grooming.
    (John Buscher)
  • Jan 18 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overcast and 30F, firm and fast.
    Skate skied the trail from end to end. Nice level deck with firm and fast conditions. The classic tracks looked very good.
    (Jim Beno)
  • Jan 17 - Jones Spring Area Trail (Townsend): 
    Firsthand 

    Very nice - classic tracked only, firm deck, good cover. Some pine litter in spots, but not bad. Very nice outing.
    (Craig Weitermann)
  • Jan 17 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracks were excellent. Freshly groomed.
    Lots of happy faces here today. The tracks were firm with a great glide. More snow here than I expected, so it was a real surprise!
    Encountered only a few sections with those pesky leaves, otherwise it was a great day to ski here. The skate lane looked great as well.
    (Larry Dobberstein)

 

Wisconsin Southwest

  La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Drugan's Golf Course (Holmen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair. 1-2" snow over groomed trail.
    Skating was OK, the trails in the woods were surprisingly nice, thanks for the suggestion E-ski. Could also classic, no set tracks. Use rock skis.
    (Scott Cooper)
  • Jan 26 - Drugan's Golf Course (Holmen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good coverage, not groomed recently but you can see where it was groomed last week. No groomed tracks. About 1 inch of fresh snow Monday.
    Skated on the golf course and in the woods Monday afternoon. If you stay where they groomed last week it was decent, if a bit uneven. Too deep for skating off the old groomed skate deck. These areas may set up with colder temps if we don't loose them with the warm temps this week. There were a few areas with very little snow that you could double pole through.
    (Eileen Kirsch)
  • Jan 22 - Drugans Golf Course (Holmen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair conditions.
    2" of fresh, light snow Tuesday. Freshly groomed for skate skiing with thin areas.
    (Ed Pilmonas)
  • Jan 19 - Drugan's Golf Course (Holmen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trail? Decent crust cruising with the no-wax classicals. Soft in places, icy in others. OK spring skiing.
    It even smells like spring.
    (Scott Cooper)
  • Jan 19 - Drugan's Golf Course (Holmen): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed for skate, but getting boiler plate. Flats would be OK for no-wax classical skis, crust isn't strong enough in deep areas. There is one groomed section on the north facing bowls that is good for hill repeats skating if you need to get your heart rate up. Use rock skis.
    (Scott Cooper)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 23 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    I groomed the Evergreen section yesterday afternoon. Still not enough snow to set a classic track. I skied almost all of the trails this morning. Some nice sections and some not so nice. I really like the Maywood north section but be careful as you head down the hill toward the river; I hit some bare ground and took a tumble. Maywood south has not been groomed since we had snow a few days ago. It has gotten a lot of use from skiers, snowshoers, walkers and fat bikers, so the snow has been compacted a bit.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Jan 22 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast and icy. 32 degrees and partly cloudy.
    Got to Greenbush just before sunset and was able to ski almost all of the trails. Just enough snow to get an edge but the trail could use some snow. A few areas where rocks and roots poking through and ruts were everywhere. Lighted (brown) loop was a blast.
    (Mike Healy)
  • Jan 20 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Firsthand 

    Was skiing at about 2:30 today. 2-3 inches of new, wet snow. Very slow, not yet groomed. If it stays cool, next few days should be good.
    (Tom Ries)
  • Jan 20 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: About 2 inches of new snow had been nicely groomed for skating on the first half of the purple loop, but the snow was soft and slow and there weren't groomed tracks for classic skiing.
    I skated at about 2 PM, going from the purple trail to the green trail and back to its re-connection with purple. The purple/green portion had been groomed for skating, but the classic tracks were only intermittent and appeared to have been "skied in" rather than "groomed in. After I got back on the purple trail, that had not been groomed for either skating or classic, but it was ski-able. Not too many bare spots and not too much debris. Pretty decent skiing.
    Photos:  
    (Michael O'Brien)
  • Jan 17 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    I went early this morning. The trail condition seemed more like it does in spring. There was people classic and skate skiing. You got to love it to be out there with trail conditions like this. Stay cold.
    (Tom Hauch)
  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions on very, very thin base.
    Jerry groomed all trails this morning after more than an inch of snow yesterday. I skated all trails on the east side and had a great time but stayed out of the woods to give it time to set up. There is grass coming through in some places, but neither saw nor hit any rocks. Snow not deep enough to set classic tracks, but Kine Torinus was striding with a big smile. The first bridge at the bottom of the hill running from the parking lot is not fully covered, so be careful there or park at the alternative spot just north of entrance.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Jan 27 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fast, hard base roughed up. 1" new snow groomed today. Excellent considering how little snow. No tracks set.
    Beautiful day on freshly groomed snow.
    Photos:  
    (Kine Torinus)
  • Jan 26 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Manmade snow loops had very nice conditions. Tilled after Saturday-Sunday's thaw and freeze, and mixed with the 1/2-inch of new snow. Fast and fun for skate and stride.
    Great skiing is still to be had on the snowmaking loops at Lapham. Peak Nordic Kids ruled the trails on Monday evening, but there was plenty of trail for everyone to enjoy.
    (John McCarthy)
  • Jan 25 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy after above freezing temps yesterday.
    I skied the white loop, and it was icy most of the time, although a few sections that were ok. The very thin dusting of snow did not help. I am most likely done skiing here until new snow arrives. Bummer winter so far.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Jan 25 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Really good and very fast.
    Trail groomed and rolled today. Very fast and in great shape, especially if you follow the groomer marks. Caution on the bridges. Good skiing considering the low snow conditions.
    (Russ Sobotta)
  • Jan 25 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Grooming 

    The east and west loops in the woods have been groomed and look to be in pretty good shape considering, and also the lower fields.
    (Jerry Gensch)
  • Jan 24 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for both skate and classic on the snowmaking loop. An inch or two of sugar over an ice base. Classic tracks are plenty worn from heavy use but still serviceable.
    Trails were a mob scene of skiers this morning. Masters getting in training laps. And nearly every junior skier in the southern part of the state here for a race. Taking advantage of the only skiable snow in this part of Wisconsin.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Jan 23 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair, a bit icy, but skiable for experienced skiers.
    Looks like they tried to till up the white trail that I skated on today. Was ok, better than I anticipated. Was able to get around the few bare spots.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Jan 22 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair - thin, partly icy, partly rutted base with 1"fresh snow ungroomed but skatable.
    Surprisingly skiable(skate) skied the blue and brown loops- the 1" of new snow helped greatly for stability on the partly icy thin base
    A few brown spots to navigate around(95% coverage). Only stumbled a few times but operated in lower than usual "gear". Still should be good to go today.
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Jan 21 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Fast and fun night ski - even with limited snow conditions. Best in fields with some bare spots to avoid. Many thanks to Jerry and his efforts!
    (Dave Miller)
  • Jan 20 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: skated 20k on the manmade loops and had very good glide despite the soft corn snow on the surface. The temp was 30 degrees and cloudy. It was enjoyable with the faster conditions and good training with the long hill climb and the short steep climb.
    It is usually groomed in the evening which keeps it from being boiler plate icy. Right now the 1.3k man made loop is the only good skiing in SE WI.
    (Don Howell)
  • Jan 20 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Just got back from skiing(skate) and conditions are very good. Adequate coverage, fast and fun! Only negative was that there was no one else out there. If you would like to try Fox Nordic, Park about 200 yds north of reg. entrance, walk past gate to "no hiking" sign and follow grooming. Field trails are very skiable at night with headlamp. Have fun!
    (Jerry Gensch)
  • Jan 20 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Grooming 

    Ran the scarifier through this morning, looks better than yesterday, should be decent skating on trails in the fields.
    (Jerry Gensch)
  • Jan 19 - Scuppernong (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still skiable; fair to poor, at some stretches quite good.
    classic tracks may last another few days in these temps; min to moderate debris coverage (30-40%) and bare spots (1-5%); before noon-ish hours some stretches even fast. Do not bring your good or new skis. It might be the last place skiable in southern WI.
    (Szymon Wozniczka)
  • Jan 19 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Grooming 

    Fields are still in good shape,although there is dirt in places (rock skis), suggest parking at north gate and walking down to "no hiking" sign and following grooming tracks. North end of first bridge from chalet is burnt out, so use caution if you start from reg. parking area. That stretch has not been groomed as much.
    (Jerry Gensch)
  • Jan 18 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic Skied in the morning on the man made loop with B skis. Conditions were fair with just a few spots with debris and dirt. Tracks were icy and fast at first and then softened as the sun came out. Lots of skaters doing man made loop too.
    (John Wiezeor)
  • Jan 18 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, but still decent coverage.
    Still decent coverage despite the weekend in the 40's, icy on the ups and down. I stayed on the flatter loops and they were decent, albeit a bit slow and sticky. Looks like it won't be good for skiing until more snow flies, unless you can ski during the sweet spot of the day when temps allow the ice to soften up.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Jan 18 - UW-Parkside Ski Trail (Kenosha): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft boiler plate conditions.
    Classical not recommended but skating was OK mid morning skiing in reverse direction going up to the pine area and back. Take it easy on the downhills.
    (Steve Wikner)
  • Jan 18 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
    Grooming 

    Although trails were last groomed on Friday, the warm weather has caused the trails to melt. The trails are now in poor condition. Fingers crossed for more snow!
    (Lisa McCabe)
  • Jan 18 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Surprisingly good despite the warm weather.
    Despite the warm and drippy weather last night, Fox Hill is in surprisingly good shape. Groomer ran this morning to smooth things. Still a few bits of debris but the open areas are very good. Woods have some thin spots but still very skiable. We should be skiable for a while.
    (Russ Sobotta)
  • Jan 17 - Scuppernong (Eagle): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Trail was holding up well so far this morning. Would expect it to last through this weekend's warm temps ok.
    Decent cover, plenty of debris. A few hidden rocks, so probably rock skis right now. Still a great day on the trails. Scuppernong is always gorgeous.
    (Kurt Ohlinger)
  • Jan 17 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor to fair for classical at 9 am this morning, quite a few bare spots and a lot of debris in the tracks.
    We need a little snow, even a couple inches and they will be back in good shape.
    (Dennis Atchley)
  • Jan 17 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: good, some very good.
    skied most of the loops this morning as temps rose from 35 to near 40 at noon. Snow was getting slower as the day wore on but the trails seems to be holding up well. Good coverage throughout with a few thin spots here and there. Some debris in spots but none too problematic. Grooming still holds a smooth base. B skis will let you relax but you won't wreck the A skis if you want to give them a go. Tracks are set on the outer loop and are still in good shape in most areas, skied out in others.
    (Russ Sobotta)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 3 inches of dry, light snow fell by late afternoon today. Snow continues to lightly fall into the evening. Grooming planned for all trails Tuesday cutting new tracks and skate lanes. Tuesday night skiing, meet at the chalet at 6pm, bring headlamps.
    Good striding today even with the fresh snow.
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails)
  • Jan 25 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Power tilling is a wonderful thing.
    No ice. Firm deck, fast trails, and even the sun was out today. It's how skiing is supposed to be. Eh?
    (Phil Strong)
  • Jan 22 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Most trails groomed in excellent condition.
    Classic skied with my 13 year old son on Wednesday. First time at ABR, found the many trails on natural snow to be quite fast, even, and enjoyable. The trails were long and had some difficult downhills compared to courses in the Twin Cities. Also skied on the Thursday (just me) and found trails were not regroomed, leading to some crusty edges when on the skate deck, and some washouts (River Trail). Overall fun, but what they call "more difficult" is on par with the most difficult trails here.
    Photos:  
    (David Moore)
  • Jan 21 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect temps for skating. We had a half inch of corduroy to skate on. Once again kudos to the grooming crew. Good day to set personal best.
    Love skiing at ABR, its always good.
    (Richard Homan)
  • Jan 18 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails groomed wide and level for skating with a fresh cut classic track that had set-up perfectly.
    I skated on Sunday and was impressed with the volume of snow at ABR and their meticulous grooming. It was nice to get off of the man-made 'glaciers' in the Twin Cities and onto some natural snow. I highly recommend the drive up to ABR from Minneapolis, it's best skiing I've had all winter.
    (Richard Schulze)
  • Jan 18 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1-2" of new snow on top of recent grooming.
    We had to go back to Wolverine for one more ski before heading back to snow deprived Mpls. The groomers had already been out grooming early in the morning setting fresh tracks and corduroy. They're constantly getting new snow here in the UP, and Wolverine does an amazing job keeping up with grooming. It was another great ski this morning!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Jan 17 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skate and classic.
    ABR does an unbelievable job grooming their trails. Our classic tracks today were some of the best we've ever had skiing! Also, what makes ABR a great place is their variety of trails and beautiful scenery. One of our favorites is the Peltonen Pass Out Trail with all of it's wild hills.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 24 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed all loops except I, Z this morning but the warm temps chased me off the trails at about 10am. Classic tracks are a little thin in just a few areas but skate decks are awesome everywhere. Hope to see all the No-Noque's out there today enjoying the fresh grooming and fireside chat!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Jan 23 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Ended up with a suprise amount of snow today but was able to stay on top of it till it quit around 2pm. Trails are a bit soft because of the warmer temps but skiing is still very good. Looks like another great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Jan 22 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. The skate lane was firm and the tracks were in great condition.
    There is no "snow drought" in the UP. Valley Spur offers great skiing and hospitality. Friendly folks and a rustic, heated lodge only add to the great skiing on beautiful trails.
    (Pete Williams)
  • Jan 22 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Very good. Just a dusting of sleet mix last night. Dressed up skate lanes this morning but not enough snow to set a new track. Very little to no snow in the forecast for tonight will find great skiing in the morning!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Jan 20 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Not groomed, lots of light fluffy snow on top of skating deck and set tracks were full of snow.
    Our first time to ski here, snowed all day so it was very slow going since they weren't groomed. Some people had been out so if you could follow where they had been you could see the tracks. Some trails allow dogs and we saw about 5 dogs running on the trails. They have volunteers that groom so weekend grooming might be in better. Nice warming building.
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Jan 20 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails were groomed, firm skate deck, tracks in excellent shape.
    It was 2 degrees when we started this morning. We used our classic skis the entire time due to the cold weather. It was our first time to ski these trails. They were beautiful and lots of fun. The grooming was great. Wish we could have warmed up in the lodge though. I loved the B trail along the creek. We skied about 20k.
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Jan 20 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh grooming into mid-day yesterday is holding up well and with light snow in the forecast all week will make for awesome skiing. Noque skiers on there way through should stop by and stretch those legs a bit!
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Jan 17 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recreational skiers are reaping the benefits of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon's grooming prep. All trails from CR 510 (24K) to the Tourist Park (3K) are perfectly groomed. Interior trails are in tip top shape as well.
    Warmer temps made my skate skis my friend again. Weeks of squeak just make me tired. Classic tracks are sensational.
    (Laurie Weesen)
  • Jan 17 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    We have excellent trail conditions with a deep base and fresh grooming. Light snow in the forecast for each day this weekend and fresh grooming daily will make for great skiing. Our Lodge is open from 10 to 4 daily with a fire in the stove. Come on out and enjoy!
    (John Gierke)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 27 - Chassell Trail (Chassell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New snow over a somewhat icy base. There is up to 1.5 inches of powdery fluff with adequate coverage even in the heavily forested areas.
    It skis fast due to the frozen corn snow underneath. I skied the entire trail since there was new snow down. The final k has a series of S and U turns in a downhill run. I could have let the skis run rather than slow it down. The track is deep and solid throughout the trail. Do not ski down to the parking lot!
    (Jeff Bolte)
  Other locations
  • Jan 25 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh grooming and tracks on first two loops.
    Bob was out grooming in the afternoon and the snow was turning up white as sugar. Beautiful 17 degree day and did all loops. Fast return.
    (Dan Hinch)
  • Jan 22 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Skating trails S1 and S2 were groomed Thursday, in great shape. Classic loops A, B, and C are in generally good condition. There are a few areas in the conifers where the track has washed out due to low snow depth.
    Stop by on your way to or from the Noquemanon Race and enjoy some great skiing. Saturday Jan 24 is Winter Trails day from noon until 4 PM. Free ski and snowshoe rental, bonfire, food and beverages. Great day to bring the family out and try skiing or snowshoeing.
    (Ted Schiltz)
  • Jan 18 - Watersmeet Ski Trails (Watersmeet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. A fresh inch of new snow with more coming down.
    Very enjoyable skiing. Some debris in places but fresh powder to keep the glide alive.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Jan 26 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: New snow falling now! 30 km pristine PB groomed by tomorrow morning.
    Course should be excellent for Tour de Kamview this weekend!
    (Peter Crooks)

 


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