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

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  • Feb 13 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor for skating on Eagle Point. Sunny, south wind and I would guess the low teens. No classic track. Ice and some bare spots on the ridge on the northwest and the western end of the trail. I used Fast Wax Teal LF.
    The groomer did the best he/she could with the limited base. Frozen cordoroy where it could be scratched up provided sufficient bite for skating but brief icy sections were dicey. At least I was able to skate the 3.75 miles nonstop in under 37 minutes.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 13 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recently groomed, deep classic track set. Hard-packed skate deck.
    Added bonus, candles being placed in bags along trail for night skiing :-) Fast classic skiing today, great aerobic workout. So glad I discovered this lovely park!
    (Craig Stamps)
  • Feb 13 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great coverage except the last big uphill on Razorback, where the big rock likes to stick out in the middle of the trail. Recently and nicely groomed. Very fast, fairly hard-packed, but plenty of edge.
    Most beautiful, exciting, and fun ski I have had this year and possible in years. Only complaint: I ran out of gas after three tours of Razorback, but that's obviously my own fault.
    (Jess Holle)
  • Feb 13 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lots of icy spots.
    I skied the Front Nine, Tornado Alley, JD Gardens and Wirth Lake in the mid-afternoon. After the warm temps last weekend there a lot of icy spots. The groomers have done the best they could given the conditions, and there are some sections that are skiable but I found myself poling a lot where it didn't seem wise to take a skate stride.
    (Fritz Cleveland)
  • Feb 13 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair conditions. Trails are mostly icy.
    The trailhead is icy in many areas. I headed up to the woods and skated the lighted portion. The little snow we got on Thursday helped me get an edge. If you're desperate for a ski, head to the woods.
    (Ethan Knuti)
  • Feb 13 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Still good, with a couple of icy spots.
    Skied this afternoon, still good with a little debris and couple of icy spots.
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 13 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Observation 

    Poor condition - very icy with many bare spots.
    (Heidi Hamilton)
  • Feb 12 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Recently groomed, cordoroy throughout. 10 degrees, sunny with NW wind that was of no consequence. Snow depth too shallow for any classic track. Used Fast Wax teal LF.
    With a balaclava and wind breaker, I got in a decent ski. A little slow - 5.8 mph for 5 miles - but pretty pleasant despite the cold. The wind really was not an issue. Three Rivers was being overly modest when it rated conditions as fair. There was no ice and just a few spots with a little dirt coming thru. Kudos to the groomers.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic tracks west and east side: 90% fair to good, and 10% fair to poor- a little wind blown and icy in spots, needed to avoid grass/dirt and small stones on occasion. Better than I expected. Skate deck firm and fast, very little ice. Somewhat wind blown, but most had at least a thin layer of snow so able to get an edge.
    (Kris Miller)
  • Feb 12 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for wind blown snow and ice lots of edge ability.
    Yea- way to go, Lake Elmo best trails have been in 5 years. Very good grooming, great width, flat, even, all good. Last three days have been very well groomed - good corduroy, thank you very much for grooming effort. Skied all east side, was great!
    (Mike Mcnulty)
  • Feb 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good! Don't be afraid of the outer loops!
    The man -made loops were windblown and hard, I also skied the entire outer loops (natural snow) several times and found them to be in great shape with 99.999% snow coverage and better protected from the wind - looks like some shoveling was done-thanks so much! Note: No tracks on the outer loops!
    (Steve Eberly)
  • Feb 12 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall excellent conditions! Firm and fast skate deck.
    Quite icy at the trailhead near the parking lot, but as soon as you get into the woods, the skate deck is firm and even with excellent snow coverage. There are a handful of icy spots on some of the uphills, but otherwise the skiing is fantastic!
    (Tyler Gilbert)
  • Feb 12 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Partial trail groomed at 7 AM. Tracked but a bit washed out.
    Parts of the trail were groomed and those sections were firm with a soft layer of crystallized groomed snow on top. Other sections were icy with a dusting of snow from the night before. Trail has good coverage with little dirt, rocks and debris showing through.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 12 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Manufactured snow trails: The 5K Loop (Star Loop, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills and Boulder Ridge) are Packed, Tracked and in good condition for both classic and skating. Natural snow trails: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center Trails are packed only and in good condition for Skating.
    Visitor Center is open weekends 8:00 AM-9:00 PM and weekdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available.
    (Sonja Bercich)
  • Feb 11 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Valley and Northern lights excellent conditions.
    Valley loop: in great shape as usual with this weather. Northern lights: Skating was great! While I was out after the quick inch we recieved they groomed the whole loop. They did not set tracks while I was there. With the fresh snow and grooming, ice wasn't an issue. You could tell at the very end where it connects back to the valley trail that there was ice below but got an edge just fine. Outer loop: Saw the groomer go off the valley towards the outer loop, but alas didn't have a headlamp to explore. The crew out there does such a great job on the trails. Kudos to them.
    Photos:  
    (Josh Bydlon)
  • Feb 11 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Nice trail today.
    Eagle Point Trail was surprisingly good. Most places seemed to have fresh groomed powder.
    (Michael John)
  • Feb 11 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy but skiable. Fun and varied course.
    Lighted trails all decent. Not too many sticks and leaves. Uphills difficult.
    (Hans Kariniemi)
  • Feb 11 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: good overall, no recent grooming.
    I expected very icy/poor conditions due to freeze/refreeze over weekend, but it actually was pretty good. North prairie loop was drifted and lots of oak leaf debris on river bottoms, but not very icy as in past. A grooming might help smooth things out.
    (Sam Seltz)
  • Feb 11 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: All trails except Ski Games and A climb were groomed this morning. Conditions in the woods are good for skate and fair for classic. Open areas have icy spots, but are easily avoidable.
    Snow is holding up well with continued grooming. Once skiers get into the woods and onto the upper loop, the skiing is very good with plenty of coverage. Don't let the harder packed snow at the trailhead discourage you from venturing out.
    (Doug Schumacher)
  • Feb 11 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed this morning.
    Many bare spots and icy spots. Still too thin for classic tsack.
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 11 - Columbia Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed this morning.
    Trail has some bare spots and some glare ice - bypassed where possible. Skate deck somewhat 'chunky', but mostly good and skiable.
    (Joe Hines, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 11 - Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen): 
    Grooming 

    All trails have been groomed and new track set, conditions are fair to good.
    (Connie Keller, Carver County Parks)
  • Feb 10 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand Observation 

    Conditions: Afternoon ski found man-made loop excellent skate and classic, Northern Lights loop acceptable but not as "perfect".
    Skiing on the man-made loop with it's ultimate groomability makes one expect perfection. And they deliver at Elm Creek for Valley loop. The Northern Lights snow cover is adequate but there are a few icy patches to avoid. Very skiable though. The bridge to outer loops looked pretty melted off so not easy to get out there to explore.
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Feb 10 - Hornet Hiihto Trails (Edina): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great shape, lots of classic.
    All 4.5km is groomed with classic tracks. Double classic tracks in many places. Really good conditions!
    (Craig Jarvinen)
  • Feb 10 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to fair on skate, icy on classic.
    Overall very nice. Deck was getting a tad hard and icy around 5pm. More than a few areas with scattered rocks, so I'd still suggest rock skis as its hard to avoid rocks vs harmless organic debris. Very nice grooming given the conditions.
    (Joel LaFrance)
  • Feb 10 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good conditions, freshly groomed for both skate and classic.
    Skied after work and was suprised at the very good conditions, skated but classic track looked to be good too.
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 10 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Man-made snow, is of course, artificially perfect. Natural snow segments have been scratched up in most places, but there are scattered dirt spots and a few icy climbs.
    Skied the Twin Lake Trail, Judy loop and Hap (snowmaking) loops. Snowmaking loop is obviously fine, so the real question was the natural snow. They did a decent job scratching the surface so you can get an edge on most of the course, but its thin and hardpacked. There are a couple of icy sections, including a very icy climb along Bassett Creek (the big monster hill). I'd recommend B skis if you want to ski the natural snow, and skip the Judy loop.
    Photos:  
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Feb 10 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Many sections of trail icy.
    Some of the southern-most stretches of trail are still in fair condition, though most of the trails leading from Holland Lake and the Visitor Center Trailheads to get to those segments are in very icy conditions, in some places, no tracks are left, just a sheet of ice. Be careful. The beginner loop through the pine plantation south of the Visitor Center is in tough share (bare spots with dirt). Unfortunately, there's nothing our groomer can do but wait for another significant snowfall. The candlelight ski event Trails By Candlelight on Saturday has been cancelled.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 10 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming 

    The east side ski trails have been groomed and tracks were reset. Tracks may be thin in some areas but it is skiable. The Eagle Point trail (red trail) on the west side of the park has not been groomed as of yet.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 10 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed and icy in spots but very skiable for skating.
    Icy spots are mostly near the trailhead in the open areas. The first long uphill and the rest of the wooded areas are quite good considering recent weather and lack of new snow. While hard, grooming scuffed things up enough to get a good edge in most places. Gold loop is especially good. Classic tracks in most places but icy.
    (Ned Brooks)
  • Feb 10 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Man-made loop freshly groomed and tracked.
    Like Tuesday morning, the conditions on the manmade loop were great. Yes, the cold was worth complaining about but not the trail conditions.
    (Paul Larson)
  • Feb 10 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed skate lane in good condition. Classic not regroomed and very icy.
    Skate skiing this morning was very nice. Hard pack, but able to get a good edge. I didn't notice rocks in the problematic parts of the trail, but I also skied lightly there.
    (David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
  • Feb 10 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate. I went out this morning and got freshly groomed trails. There are a few icy or crusty spots but these are easy to avoid. The trail is still in good shape. I wish the big Challenge Hill would get groomed.
    The south facing uphills on the skyline trail were a little crusty but not too bad. Meadow trail is getting a little thin in spots but it is still very skiable, even with good skis. All in all, the trail is still in very good shape.
    (Nick Raisanen)
  • Feb 10 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    Double classic ski trails are reported in good condition. The skate loop was reported as poor due to snow drifting off the trails, turf is visible.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 10 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
    Grooming 

    Ski trails have been groomed and are considered in good condition. The skate loop near the lake is a little icy.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 10 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Ungroomed and icy.
    Until we get more snow we will not be able to groom the very thin base out there. Much of the trail is glare ice so please be careful.
    (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 10 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Ungroomed with a lot of ice.
    Until we get more snow we will not be able to groom the very thin base out there. Much of the trail is glare ice so please be careful.
    (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 10 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Ice and ungroomed.
    Until we get more snow we will not be able to groom the very thin base out there. Much of the trail is glare ice so please be careful. Expect the chalet to close after President's Day for the season.
    (Tyler McKean, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 9 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good overall, with a decent classic track to boot!
    Overall was impressed with conditions. Hard track that is well covered. Good skis can definitely be used with a watchful eye. Still the occasional dirty patch, but plenty safe. The peninsula straight away was a little icy.
    (Joel LaFrance, WaxBenches.com)
  • Feb 9 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly icy, completely bare in spots.
    Had to get off my skis several times to walk for 25-75 yards to get through bare patches. Icy spots throughout. A few patches of 50-100 yards of good skiing (classic). Lots of blowing snow had covered the tracks, so difficult to make out the trail even when the snow as okay.
    (Jason Goepfert)
  • Feb 9 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, limited remaining classic tracks.
    Made a try at classic skiing at Como Tuesday afternoon. It was very icy, with the tracks a mess. The skate deck was in marginally better shape but also icy. It was often dangerously difficult to stop on inclines due to the ice.
    (Hari Osofsky)
  • Feb 9 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skied Hyland late afternoon Tuesday. Skate deck was solid and hard.
    Skate deck was solid with just enough to get decent push while skating. Thought boulder ridge would be an icy mess - but there was enough give to get down the hill. Only skied the man made loop.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Feb 9 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Although the skate deck was crunchy in most places, it was possible to get an edge and rarely scarey. There were even a few magical stretches with pockets of soft quiet snow. Although that course lacks the heart pumping uphills I like, in conditions like today's I'm just as glad it doesn't have the screaming downhills that go along with them. I was surprised to find a groomed path through the tunnel to the section on the south side of Larpenteur. I might ski there more often if they continue grooming that because it will then be feasible for me to ski there from the St. Paul gym. (I tried that once before, a few years ago, but there were too many road crossings.).
    (Lois Braun)
  • Feb 9 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Flats ok with thin layer of new snow covering icy track, but downhills icy and treacherous, like icy luge runs. I walked down several hills (on the side) as I did not want to fall and get injured. Downhills not really skiable due to the ice and hardpack.
    Skied trails west of Pilot Knob Road. Some fresh snow on top of the hard pack would help immensely.
    (Ken Kuznia)
  • Feb 9 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate - Good coverage but getting icy. It appears that light grooming was done recently.
    I skated a few laps at Cleary under the lights. Skate lane coverage remains very good. Conditions were borderline icy with enough edging to make it fast with long glides. The classic tracks appeared to be in good condition overall, with some leaves in places and a couple thin spots. Kudos to the groomers for maintaining the base!
    (Mike Maiers)
  • Feb 9 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Really "solid" base. Groomed, tracked but very icy.
    Very fast but difficult to hold an edge on the uphills. Trails are tracked but very icy after last weekend's warm-up. The groomers have been out on the trails and trying to work their magic. Need some more snow and a bit warmer temps. Really good base that hopefully will last for a while.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 9 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, recently groomed skate deck, track looked ok but not re-groomed.
    Trail had been groomed again today it appeared, and seems to have improved from previous reports. It was, however, very fast. The grooming left soft 1" balls of snow across the entire trail, though they are hardly noticeable from the skis standpoint as they cut right through. Track was not re-groomed but looked in ok condition, though I was skating. It was great to ski Murphy again!
    (Casey Rutherford)
  • Feb 9 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Skate lane is vey slick, climbs are predominantly icy. Coverage may be too thin to break up the ice. One small area had been groomed and dirt was turned up. I quit after one lap -- we need more snow.
    (Chris Klohn)
  • Feb 9 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor off the man-made loop.
    Skijoured JD Gardens, and Front 9 with my dog. Trail was in terrible shape, almost impossible to get an edge. Just sheets of ice basically. I could tell the groomer tried to run over the trail, but it will need many more passes to be skiiable again (or some fresh snow!). Poor, poor, poor!
    (Eric Hedstrand)
  • Feb 9 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good on Lake, Sky and Sugarbush for skate.
    Groomed but alittle uneven and icy.
    (Kevin Wendland)
  • Feb 9 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We groomed the skate deck this afternoon. Back in the woods it is very good skating but the first part out in the open has some icy spots.
    Very good skating deck in the woods and worth it to ski across the open part (mostly good) with some ice on top of 2 or 3 hills. Classic track is one week old and about 70% good. The A climb or steepest uphill section is ice so stay off until more snow.
    Photos:  
    (Dave Gorringe)
  • Feb 9 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. The groomer was pretty successful at breaking up the hard pack from the weekend thaw.
    (Rick Budde)
  • Feb 9 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor. Icy. Needs to be groomed.
    Just went at 2:30 pm. Really can't skate, all ice, no edge. Turned around. Bummer.
    (Kerry Casey)
  • Feb 9 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails groomed and new classis tracks set in most places.
    Overall very good conditions. Just a very few icy spots...primarily sunny spots under trees.
    (Carl Nordgren)
  • Feb 9 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: skate deck groomed Tuesday morning. Classic tracks buried.
    The trail was groomed Monday and Tuesday. I showed up Tuesday morning expecting to find mix of hard boilerplate and windblown drifts. I was pleasantly surprised to find new corduroy. Looks like groomer only did single pass on each loop so corduroy is not as wide as usual. But even narrow grooming made big difference in breaking up hard, icy and rutted sections and smoothing out snowdrifts. Trail is thin so watch out for exposed rocks, gravel or ice. Classic tracks not recently groomed and old ones looked icy or buried in windblown snow. The golf course is very exposed to north winds so be prepared for arctic windchills on day like today. Dress warm and enjoy.
    (Kermit Pattison)
  • Feb 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent on the man-made loop.
    Classic skied and the classic tracks were the best they've been this year. Solid and very fast. I used hard wax. The tracks were very abrasive though as 2 coats of wax started to wear off after 10K. Skate deck was very good and fast too. I didn't venture off the man-made although the outer loops (not Northern Lights) were closed.
    (Mark Lahtinen)
  • Feb 9 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good to fair, icy with mostly full coverage.
    Snow-wise, trail coverage, especially the main outer loop in the eastern section, is still in good shape with no bare spots. Trails are icy fast but in decent shape. Some bare places in heavily forested interior trails (pine plantations). Some leaf debris on the tracks (not much surprisingly). Plans to re-groom on Friday in preparation for annual Trails By Candlelight event on Saturday. We're expecting 1,000 attendees to join us for the event from 6-9 PM. We're lighting 3 classic ski loops (4.5 miles total) and 2 snowshoeing/hiking loops (1.5 miles total) with luminaries.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 9 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Hard packed and icy skate lane; decent tracks for about 2K.
    Skated this morning in very challenging conditions. The city did scratch it up yesterday, but yesterday's traffic left it uneven and hard to ski. The tracks are in pretty good shape with fresh snow blowing in. Where the tracks bottom out, there is usually a good, skied-in alternative.
    (John Kendrick)
  • Feb 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect on Valley, getting better on Northern Lights.
    The groomer was making loops on the Northern Lights trail around noon, making good progress on turning it back into snow.
    (Adam Himes)
  • Feb 9 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good on the man-made loop. Fair to poor on the Back Nine and Front Nine. No classic tracks off of the man-made loop.
    The trail has been groomed but it is still very icy in many parts of the front and back nine. Hard to get an edge for skating and no classic tracks set. A few areas with blown snow, or shaded areas, are a bit better. Man-made loop was great.
    (Patty Carlen)
  • Feb 9 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed for skate and classic.
    Thought I'd brave the weather, and it was worth it. I skated about 3k of the back 9, and it was a bit crunchy, but hard to be picky.
    (Paul Larson)
  • Feb 8 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Not very much fun. I went on a short test ski Monday evening and found the trail section that I was on was skiable, but very hard. I went for a walk instead. Skiing is not recommended until conditions improve.
    Eagle 17 and Rookie Ski Dad III made a grooming run Sunday evening at transition and were able to stir up the base in some locations before it froze solid. With minimal base to work with they weren't able to hit it as hard as needed to bring the trail up everywhere. Remember the good old days when we used to measure great skiing in weeks or months? Lately it has been more often measured in hours. We will try a grooming run with the Godzilla screens on Friday when it warms a bit. Stay tuned.
    (Dave Anderson, Elk River Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 8 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Maybe 1" of new snow over hard crust and sheer ice made the trail skiable.
    Classic skiing was actually pretty good until I did the first hill. There was enough new snow in the tracks to make for a good glide with a decent kick. The hill right before the Oak Savanna Loop was surprisingly icy. It looked like it had some snow cover but it was actually blown clear and was a hard crust. Was going to ski the long downhill to the tracks but soon skittered to a stop and walked until I got down the hill after the tracks. Can't imagine how treacherous the bigger hills would be. The ski back across the marsh and past the group camp was very good. Only other skier I saw was skate skiing and he said it was "pretty icy.".
    (Mike Chrun)
  • Feb 8 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Valley trail is excellent for skate, good for classic. Northern Lights is fair. Manmade trail freshly groomed with corduroy throughout. Tracks on manmade loop are filling with blown snow. Northern lights has 1/2 inch snow on top of ice, but still skiable. Connector between Valley and Northern lights is quite icy.
    Not crowded at noon with subzero wind chills. Northern lights was more pleasant even with uneven surface, as you can get out of the wind.
    Photos:  
    (Mark Oswood)
  • Feb 8 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Scheduling 

    Conditions: Icy from warm weather!
    We will be working the next few days on getting all of the Wirth trails into shape after all of the weekend activities and weather. We will have a full post tomorrow on trail conditions and where we stand after the warm up.
    (Troy Tschida, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation)
  • Feb 8 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    The meager dusting we got made for decent skating in sheltered areas. But its just ice where the wind carried it away. The groomer was out this morning on the back 40 and snow making loop.
    (Andy Willette)
  • Feb 8 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Manufactured snow trails and trails with natural snow are packed, tracked and in good condition for both classic and skate.
    Visitor Center is open weekends 8:00am-9:00pm and weekdays 9:00am - 9:00pm. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available.
    (Sonja Bercich)
  • Feb 7 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skiable, but with lots of patches and fallen leaves.
    We classic-skied in the early afternoon on the Vadnais-Snail Lake (west) side of the park. The south side going to the Grass Lake was really patchy, only good for your rock skis. The trail around Snail Lake had much better snow cover, probably because of the woods. This loop is better than the rest of the part. Classic tracks are present, but need a reset.
    (Ian Chang)
  • Feb 7 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Slow, uneven, mostly covered with some rocks/debris showing in parts.
    I skated while my mom did classic on razorback. The snow was very slow and the trail was very uneven, making downhills interesting. It really needs to be groomed. Evidence of walkers with dogs on the trails. Props to my mom for skiing it on waxless skis.
    Photos:  
    (Natalie Yarbrough)
  • Feb 7 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for classic.
    Groomed several days ago. Walkers and the start of the trail made it a bit rough but after the first split it was very nice. Skate and classic was great! Hard to believe better than Murphy yesterday.
    (Scott Ford)
  • Feb 7 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Plenty of cover, superbly groomed, though getting sticky by noon.
    Ended up skiing a few laps here after bailing on Murphy Hanrehan due to a lack of grooming there. Terrain (or lack thereof) is rather boring at Cleary, but the grooming was very nice.
    (Jess Holle)
  • Feb 7 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy around 9am. Uneven downhills. First downhill of outer loop was like a mini-mogul course, but without a pattern.
    I normally consider myself pretty accepting of conditions and have skied Murphy many times in the past. Unfortunately overall icy conditions (which I'm sure improved later in the day) and a ridiculously bumpy, uneven downhill for the first optional piece of the outer loop convinced me that Razorback would be a bad idea -- and would remain so until it is groomed. I did the inner loop and headed elsewhere. It's really a shame as this is the best trail system in the area in my opinion -- it just needs a lot more grooming attention than it receives. Cleary Lake is really boring and short by comparison, but gets groomed to death. Some balance would be nice.
    (Jess Holle)
  • Feb 7 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 2/3 soft, 1/3 good skating. 37F at 10 AM.
    Most was still soft, warmer temps made the snow sticky too. Some areas were more packed down and made for some good skating. Some thin spots under trees, and a couple completely bare spots. Trail is wide enough to avoid skiing directly over the bare spots.
    (Scott Degner)
  • Feb 7 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor. Tracks melted out with dirt, sand and gravel coming through.
    Rock skis recommend. Looking forward to more snow.
    Photos:  
    (Jonathan Poppele)
  • Feb 7 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great striding conditions on the 5k loop - not so great on the other trails from what I could see.
    Started out trying to do the lake loop - but the striding track was really thin so I did oak knob - was skiable but track was very shallow - thought the 8 inches of snow would have stacked up better. Got to see some wildlife on the trail - first kicked up a bunny - shortly after that saw a huge coyote off boulder ridge.
    (Scott Greymnt)
  • Feb 7 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Varying - fair to poor.
    Lots of ice - I could still get an edge for the most part. I was out right away at twilight it seems like it was softening up when the sun came up. Left shortly after sunrise. North trail from activity center to park road has some pretty bad spots. Lots of walking/dog traffic on trails (shouldn't be). I'd recommend leaving from the campground vistors center. South side again was way better. Still patches where a gopher hole would show through. Skate deck is OK. Wouldn't plan on classic in the tracks. There are spots that are decent, lots where you'd be out. Just a note, my pictures show the bad.
    Photos:  
    (Josh Bydlon)
  • Feb 6 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Skate decks were great where sun did not shine directly on them. Trail grooming remains excellent. Enjoy a great skate at French today.
    (Paul Pasko)
  • Feb 6 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Grimm Farm was very good for skating; just some gravel/dirt coming thru on two of the longer climbs. Classic track seemed pretty consistent. King was good to fair; heavily traveled and packed until cutoff to nature center, lots of gravel, dirt and grass showing on far western side of the trail. Classic track washed out on far western edge. The hill by the King overlook didn't appear to be groomed. I used the bypass as a consequence. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
    Lots of cars in the parking lot but only met 5 on either Grimm Farm and King. Except for some gravel or dirt on the climb from the lake and the hill as you reached the highway at the northeastern edge of Grimm Farm, it was in great shape. Nevertheless after a fast first couple of miles, I slowed and had to take a breather before I continued on to King. King was okay but definitely could use more snow so there could be better coverage. Ended up skiing 8.3 miles at slow 5.1 MPH pace.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 6 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic, but skate lane uneven.
    It was better for classic than for skate, with tracks that were solid but not icy. The skate lane had good coverage throughout the park, but there wasn't enough snow depth to smooth the ground below. After skiing most of the season on golf courses or snowmaking loops, I've gotten spoiled by even surfaces. It it was a good test of my balance!
    (Lois Braun)
  • Feb 6 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks were still in very good condition mid-day on Saturday. Started to get slick as it got warmer. More deer tracks than hikers or dogs - about as nice as it gets out here!
    Skied the prairie loop, not the downhills...
    (Dee Hein)
  • Feb 6 - Jackson Meadow (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice! Good tracks for classic.
    Beautiful views of the river valley - Classic tracks in good shape - made for a fun afternoon of skiing.
    (Deb Murphy)
  • Feb 6 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft and a little uneven but fun! Good coverage.
    I was skate skiing at Murphy today. It was a lot of fun to get out there again. The trail is a little soft, uneven, and bumpy. It wasn't just the warm weather because the trail leading to Razorback was nice and firm. I'm guessing Razorback wasn't groomed today. The downhills are a little interesting and the steeper ones had "snowplow" tracks down them. The uphills were pretty good. Somebody also took their dog around the loop and some of the dog tracks sunk down 6 inches. If they groom again the trail should be awesome.
    (Nick Raisanen)
  • Feb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and fast between 3 and 4pm. Few problematic spots.
    I skated mid afternoon and expected a slush fest at 34F. But instead, the course was packed from lots of use (enough edge though) and still fast. Sticky pole plant every now and then, but otherwise, just the way I like it. Coming out from under the bridge there are some muddy spots.
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Valley is perfect, Lake, Creek and NL are very good for skating.
    Some debris and a few leaves on the deck on Lake and Creek with a few thin spots but easily avoidable. However with the warmer temps and sunshine peaking through today and possibly tomorrow, the thin spots could get bigger. The classic track I saw on Lake and Creek were mixed, with some sections which looked pretty good, some dirt and even some gone completely (grass).
    Photos:  
    (Brad Johnson)
  • Feb 6 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Was out at 11:00 am today the conditions were fantastic. The trail system is getting a lot of use and everyone had big smile on their face. The groomers are scheduled again tonight so it should be a wonderful run tomorrow for those that are not skiing the loppet. Be sure to enjoy while it lasts.
    (Rob Bullis)
  • Feb 6 - Hiawatha Golf Course (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Uneven dog park conditions.
    Skated today around noon. Seems like skate deck was rolled Wednesday morning before the snow stopped, a couple inches of loose snow on top of soft deck. It's been skated in some, very lumpy. Many bare spots from blowing and sun. And lots of offleash dogs, had several run-ins with playful but unruly dogs and masters.
    (Scott Robertson)
  • Feb 6 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent but softening.
    Skate deck was in great shape before noon. Classic was getting a bit sloppy but was still very good and fun.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Feb 6 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed, a little soft around 11:30.
    I skated. Wide skate lane with great coverage throughout. It was a little soft still, and the groomer cut off a few sections so the course now measures 5.95K.
    Photos:  
    (Jenneke Oosterhoff)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks perfect on man made loop, thin, washed out, or non-existent elsewhere.
    I skied classic mid-morning. The classic tracks on the man made loop were as perfect as they could be, firm and fast with good kick (using my skintec classic skis - no time to fool with wax today). I took a few strides on the skate deck and found it to also be basically perfect. I took one lap around the Northern Lights loop and found it to be pretty sketchy for classic. The tracks were very thin and washed out in several places; I came out of them several times. The skate deck looked OK around Northern Lights but there were some thin spots and one big patch of exposed ground off to the right near the big uphill/downhill. I didn't go out across the board walk but I could not see classic tracks on that section from any vantage point on the man made loop.
    (Leif Irgens)
  • Feb 6 - Sunfish Lake Park (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Very Good. Trails were groomed and classic track is in good shape.
    (Jim Lasch)
  • Feb 6 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good track, only washed out in a few places.
    Great new classic ski trails in the south metro, really nice new park!
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 6 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good classic tracks.
    Skied a few loops today in the tracks. Very good conditions. Noticed a few places on the skate deck were walkers left deep prints and fat bikes were out having fun.
    (Matthew Paul)
  • Feb 6 - Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall very good condition for skating - some thin spots in the classic tracks.
    Fun ski at Baker this morning. Overall very good snow coverage on the trail. A couple of spots had grass poking through - some other areas were very deep and soft. Was a great morning ski.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Feb 6 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    All skate tracks regroomed. Good classic track remains. Still a little soft and a few bare and icy spots but overall quite nice.
    (Bill Kosfeld)
  • Feb 6 - Bunker Hills Regional Park (Coon Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails groomed Friday. Varying conditions - some excellent, some good, some poor.
    The South side of the park including the campground area seems to have better conditions than the north end. Lots of dog walking on trail in north section by activity center. Skate was pretty good. There are some dirty patches of snow where the ice layer below had dirt and was churned up. It wasn't the ground coming through, but dirt mixed in snow (see pictures). For classic, the tracks aren't the greatest but totally skiable. There are a few spots where they are thin. There's a layer of ice below the trail and when they tracked it a portion is ice. Other spots it's a little thin. Not many spots. I wouldn't let it keep one from skiing - just probably not your best skis out.
    Photos:  
    (Josh Bydlon)
  • Feb 6 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate deck is excellent.
    I did not ski any of the classic tracks. I only skated this morning. However, the conditions on the skate deck were perfect. Well done grooming crew. I was the only one out here at 6:30. What an amazing ski.
    (Paul Pasko)
  • Feb 5 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. It was mid 20's. Recently groomed, consistent classic track. A few icy spots between 32 and 34. Usual leaf litter but less that a few weeks ago. Some vehicle traffic related to some trimming work between 18 and 12 washed out the track and thinned out the base. Used Swix Blue for kick.
    I started from Jensen Lake trailhead and skied the interior trails. Moved pretty good on the flats but didn't have enough grip for the hills. Either didn't extend my kick wax far enough or maybe should have used Blue Extra. I did 5.2 miles in 1:08.
    (Keith Carlson)
  • Feb 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. I skied Friday afternoon in the classic track and only a couple thinning spots. Conditions were pretty good throughout - wish it would last!
    (Mary Berchem)
  • Feb 5 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good conditions on the outer loops.
    Skied the outer loops today, conditions for skate were pretty good. You could tell on the blacktop sections there was only a couple inches of base. Hills were holding snow well. Would not recommend striding the outer loops till more snow comes - lots of grass showing in the tracks.
    (Scott Greymont)
  • Feb 5 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good skiing. Good snow consistency. Decent enough base. Tracks a bit loose in some sreas but very skiable overall.
    (Dan Persons)
  • Feb 5 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand Lost/Found 

    Conditions: Fair, some ice that is no problem, but tracks also wearing through to gravel here and there.
    B skis around Pike Island this afternoon. Scraped skis on gravel poking through the tracks a few times, until I started watching for thin spots. Otherwise fast and fun. For the person missing a coat... It is at the nature center.
    (Janet Folina)
  • Feb 5 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1/2 inch new snow Friday. Shallow tracks set on RR grade and west. Outer loop screened Friday night.
    Recent snows have provided an adequate base and have become firm over the past several evenings. Friday nights grooming run should provide a fine ski on Saturday. Enjoy!
    (Dave Kallemeyn)
  • Feb 5 - Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft packed, tracked and slow. Lots of upholds!
    Very soft snow. Pole baskets easily go through the snow. Watch out for the downhills since the trails are uneven and soften on the corners. Great to be back on Razorback.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 5 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good skating. We skied about 7-8:30 on Friday night on the main lit loop, but lazily skipped the big hill out back. Took some laps on the natural snow around the lake. That made for a pleasant change. Definitely am jealous of those who got out earlier and tasted the sweet forbidden fruit of sweet sweet soft corduroy, but the surface was fine. A little less even on the natural, but arguably a little softer. I'd have liked to try the classic track; as a relative newbie to the land of usually man made snow it just generally seems to be a bit arcane to try to wax for kick on your mix of polished snow and sandpaper like man made... but, tonight looked like it would have been excellent "any-blue-hard-wax.".
    (Luke Smith)
  • Feb 5 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mixed. Freshly groomed but the trail was used by tree service trucks making a good portion unskiable.
    Apparently tree service used the freshly groomed trail for access and left behind significant debris for several hundred yards. It was disappointing when we have waited so long for the first grooming of the season.
    Photos:  
    (Julie Olson)
  • Feb 5 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate hardpacked or soft. Classic good tracks but bottom of track is icy over 50% of track.
    Bumpy classic but better than skate. Skate very firm with grooming ruts. Uphills soft especially SA. Could use a touch up grooming. Good skis but will test your balance. Might be better on Saturday with warmer temps.
    (Steve Thatcher, Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club)
  • Feb 5 - Chomonix Golf Course (Lino Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. Followed groomer around. Groomed and tracked. Thin in spots but overall good coverage.
    (Tom Rowe)
  • Feb 5 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Mostly good, worn down in a few places.
    Plans to groom tomorrow morning starting at 5 AM.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 5 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed skate lane and classic tracks on outer loop. Firm skate deck and very good conditions throughout. Classic tracks shallow and intermittently good to poor. Northern lights and Thicket very good skate and classic. Man made excellent skate and classic.
    Skated outer loop today and very pleased with conditions. Total coverage with loosely groomed snow making it easy to get an edge. Classic tracks very shallow on outer loop, but great elsewhere. Very fun ski. Thanks groomers!
    Photos:  
    (Doug Schumacher)
  • Feb 5 - Pine Point Park (Stillwater): 
    Grooming 

    The trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good condition. The trails through the pines are a little thin but over all in good shape.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 5 - Chain of Lakes (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: At 2:30 Lake of the Isles was groomed very wide and more firm. Cedar Lake wasn't groomed as recent and pretty soft. Lake Calhoun groomed recent and soft. The majority of the east side of Calhoun hasn't been groomed yet.
    Great day for skiing the lakes. They were putting course markers on the lakes while I was out. Saw a groomer rolling the snow on the NW side of Calhoun.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Feb 5 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    One classic track cut, in solid shape early Friday afternoon. So much better than on Wednesday. Minimal thin spots of grass sneaking through (mostly on the back loop). These are the kinds of days and conditions we live for; get out before it thaws.
    (Michael Kuchta)
  • Feb 5 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail has firmed up nicely.
    The classic tracks were solid throughout. Mostly at the hilltops, there were occasional thin spots where the winds took hold. Thanks to the shovelers that filled in those thin spots. The skate lane had a ridge and/or gully through the middle of the lane throughout the trails.
    (Michael Sweet)
  • Feb 5 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very, very good.
    As expected with the new snow, the conditions were very good this morning at Terrace Oaks. Skate deck and classic tracks freshly set, and the coverage is good. Signs of walkers, a seemingly perennial issue, but the damage was negligible. Very nice to have such good conditions at this south metro gem.
    (Steve Robertson)
  • Feb 5 - Phalen Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft. Grooming now.
    Just went for a lunch ski. Skate deck is soft, but no bare areas. Classic track looked to be in "ok" condition.
    As I was finishing my workout, the groomer just started out. If it sets overnight, it should be good skiing on Saturday!
    (Jeff Miersch)
  • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied about noon today - Silver and lighted loops. Skate deck is excellent. Soft enough for good pushes and solid pole plants. I did not see any thin spots or areas to avoid. Classic tracks are very good. About 5 places with grass showing through - easy to ski through or ski around. Come out here and enjoy the great conditions!
    (Jim Reckinger)
  • Feb 5 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Ski games trails ok, not great. Some snowshoers did some damage, but wasn't bad for a quick lunch time ski.
    (John Elling)
  • Feb 5 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fantastic coverage, snow still airy and thus slow.
    I skied Wirth Lake and every trail North of Wirth Lake early this morning. Fresh cord on the manmade; everything else had not been groomed for a day or so. Bottineau way was relatively firm, but Twin Lakes and JD Rivers need to be groomed and skied in a little more before they firm up. Plenty of snow though, bust out the A skis.
    (Steve Deckert)
  • Feb 5 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good condition. Some tracks a little thin in places.
    Green, yellow, and brown trails have been tracked and the orange trail will be tracked today. The trails on the west side of the park have been packed.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Snow still settling, silky with good toe control. Fast track on exposed areas, with the pine tree section fastest. Pilot Knob Rd. underpass unskiable.
    Night skiing at Lebanon going down that first hill, you and I could have heard a little whoop of a train whistle and the hoot of Bard Owl.
    (James Topic)
  • Feb 4 - Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed and tracked! Great conditions!
    Nicely packed but still a bit on the soft side at 5 PM. Trails tracked and the classic skiers were loving it. The lower Ironwood trail is still closed but they did groom it and cut down the weeds in the swamp area where it meets back to the main trail. We just need more snow and they can open that section.
    (Eric Spieler)
  • Feb 4 - Fort Snelling State Park (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recently tracked.
    Skied the Pike Island loop yesterday afternoon. Tracks were pretty decent with a few icy spots. Encountered gravel coming thru in a spot on the Mississippi side, but easily avoidable. Lots of deer spotted just off the trail as well as the turkeys on the drive into the park. Beautiful sunset as well.
    (Bob Myers)
  • Feb 4 - St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were re tracked and packed Thursday and are in good condition.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were repacked and tracked Thursday. They were reported to be in very good condition.
    (Carolyn Friedrich)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic trails recently tracked due to new snow but well worn already. Tracks are soft due to lack of moisture in snow but still a good ski.
    Skied dusk to dark (with head lamp) from Visitor Center East thru pines (well worn, some gravel showing thru) then South along Southern border to Jensen lake then back to Visitor Center along Northern border. Plenty of snow due to recent snow fall and trails groomed and tracked the previous day but already well worn mostly due to soft snow. Areas around Visitor Center and Holland Lake worn. Found areas along Southern border to be in very good shape due to few skiers venturing that far from Visitor Center. Night skiing still fantastic.
    Photos:  
    (John Gamlin)
  • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall good with some grooming issues.
    Skied UofM Golf Course Thursday evening. As you would expect, it is still rather soft in some areas, but overall not as soft as I expected. Biggest issue was the groomer left a curb or hump in the middle of the skate deck in a number of places. Groomer was out working the trail so they are working on it and overall doing a fine job. Trail overall in decent shape and solid coverage on all three loops with just a few hill crests showing some grass due to the wind blowing off the snow. Good skis should be fine - watch for some thin areas and grass clods.
    (Jim Carlen)
  • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh 1-2" powder on top of packed base from Tuesday's plentiful snowfall. Several kms of new classic tracks now.
    Plenty of skiers out enjoying Woodlands today, so looks like the Ancient One dispatched a grooming team tonight to roll the fresh power into the base. From what I could observe, the groomers hit the perimeter trail, walking trail and biathlon range area. Skiing should be quite fine on Friday and the entire weekend.
    (Mark Rathbun)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate - good; classic - good.
    Fantastic to ski French again! Skied classic in the afternoon. Classic tracks were decent with some spots being a little hacked up from use, but not bad. Lagoon was in really great shape. Full coverage and clear of debris throughout. Challenge Hill was closed.
    (Paul Landgrebe)
  • Feb 4 - Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ramsey county rated it as "good" but that seems like a stretch.
    Given the recent snowfall, I was pretty disappointed with the conditions at Tamarack. The trails had been snowshoed on in some places, and pretty much demolished in others. At one point I turned to my husband and said "this trail is well loved." We still were able to do the loop pretty quickly on my lunch hour, but it really needs a good grooming again. I wouldn't make this a destination until it's groomed again, but it's a mile from our house, so it's good for a quick afternoon outing. That being said, it was really nice to get back to our usual trail after such poor conditions there for a long time.
    (Deanna Wyman)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, recently groomed.
    Mostly good to excellent. There were a few spots closer to the visitor center where the classic tracks disappear and some soft areas because of the new snow. The trails a little farther away from the visitor center (numbered 50s and 60s) were great.
    Photos:  
    (Marie Fern)
  • Feb 4 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    I checked out the south Wirth trails by headlamp this evening, and they are all doing great! Eloise Butler to Lake of the Isles were groomed nice and wide, and the snow is clean. Should make for an awesome weekend of events.
    (Bill Oyler)
  • Feb 4 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good fresh natural snow for classic and ski skating.
    Skied just before noon - I was doing classic, daughter was skating. The trail was groomed well for both types of skiing. After being conditioned to firm man-made snow at Hyland, the fresh natural snow at Terrace Oaks was softer than we were used to.
    (Tom Pitchford)
  • Feb 4 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good ski. Recently groomed.
    Skied the 6k vadnais lake loop. Nice conditions. A few soft spots but great for the type of snow we had. This is is a nice easy and quiet course. Only hills are in the first 1k or so. Great light and color at sunset too.
    Photos:  
    (Ak Kerber)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Full coverage on the East side for skating and A skis are fine. There's a lot of air in this snow.
    (Russ Ludeke)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 15% very good, 40% good, 35% fair, 10% marginal.
    I skied on nearly all trail segments. Here's what I saw on the tracks: two other skiers, two deer, three adults (one with four kids and a sled), and two dogs (without a leash). That sort of traffic has, in some areas, taken its toll, but the condition isn't exclusively due to the traffic. On a few of the segments there is vanishing snow coverage (both of the two links connecting the western part to the eastern meadow area had a few segments in which there is no base, but one can make the way around these stretches). The open areas, particularly near the evergreen cover, had the thinnest cover. A few segments had one or both sets of tracks wiped out by foot traffic--and in one case kids sledding (but the sled track did cover up the foot tracks)--the most beat up segment was the one that connects the two parking lots.
    (Erik Larson)
  • Feb 4 - Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Minneapolis): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Wirth Lake through Cedar Lake this evening before sunset. Snow is still abrasive. it was pretty soft at Butler, bog, and through Cedar. Will take some more grooming to knock the air out. Some thinner spot on climbs in Butler and bog as the new snow was so airy. Good coverage over 394 and through Cedar tunnel.
    Photos:  
    (Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
  • Feb 4 - Afton State Park (Afton): 
    Firsthand 

    Recently groomed and track set. Excellent skiing nice soft fast track. This is about as good as it gets!
    (Tim Behrends)
  • Feb 4 - Woodland Trails (Elk River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Soft extra 2-3 inches on skate deck, fresh set diagonal tracks are fabulous.
    What a difference a day makes, not all agreeable. Started with a skate loop and found the extra 2 inches delivered this morning really made it more like work to get around outer loop. So called my bride and had her bring the classic skis to do spend some more time on fabulous groomed diagonal tracks set today. Thanks ol' Ancient One for providing a wonderful February ski outing. Many others out enjoying the scenery and skiing also.
    Photos:  
    (Dean Kleinhans)
  • Feb 4 - Carver Park Reserve (Victoria): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, packed and recently groomed. Great for skate ski, not all trails tracked (as of 10 am).
    Sugar Bush and Lake Trail were groomed and tracked, great condition. Nature Center trail was a bit thick/thin in spots, not tracked, as was King Trail. Didn't do Grimm Farm trail, but saw groomers out this morning.
    (Caitlin Hillen)
  • Feb 4 - Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Eagan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Hoped it would be excellent but base of track was crusty in spots - a result of last weekend's thaw. Also, track was starting to deteriorate in places due to heavy use.
    Still, best it's been two years. Good glide, hills fast but not icy. If we get more snow, I'm sure it will be even better.
    (Bob Hartzler)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Much improved with the new snow! The classic tracks were good to very good on the hill trails to the west, and fair to good on the rest. The skate lane is a little soft. Challenge Hill is still not groomed, as well as the Lesson Loop on the top of the hill. The rest of the trails are all packed and tracked.
    It just felt great to have enough snow for some fun skiing at French this afternoon. Coverage is good on all the trails.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 4 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails are groomed and tracked.
    classic skied all outer perimeter trails. Oak savannah trail is especially beautiful with snow covered branches on trees. classic tracks are thin in places, with crust evident underneath.
    (Kal Perry)
  • Feb 4 - William O'Brien State Park (Marine on St. Croix): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Complete coverage with shallow machine made tracks that were free of debris.
    Classic skied the entire perimeter with falling snow that was just enough to slow my progress as it coagulated onto my ski base which was perhaps an ill advised concoction of Toko blue and Rex power grip. The skate lane looked level and semi firm. All and all a great day on the trail despite my waxing faux pas.
    (Bob Bickford)
  • Feb 4 - University of Minnesota Golf Course (Falcon Heights): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Skate fair; classic limited. Variable soft - thin.
    Finished skiing circa 3pm. Ranged from soft to windblown. In soft areas, poles sank to turf as did skate ski tracks. Classic track on West loop in spite of thin cover. Groomer in action when I departed. A groomer told me they were done grooming the West loop. Lots of air in this snowpack.
    (Toby Markowitz, WAMXC)
  • Feb 4 - Terrace Oaks Park (Burnsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good skater deck to excellent tracks.
    Skated outer loop from Noon to 1:45 and found the skate deck very good, groomed firm enough and still lightly used. Very little leaf accumulation. Tracks excellent except on all the short steep hills, which proved tiring for me, as I managed to catch a tip at the deck edge three times. But that's Terrace Oaks, strenuous and pretty. Enjoy the non too thick base while you can.
    (Rich Swenson)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good East Side trails.
    Skied over lunch today Thursday about 1/3 of the east side trails were re-groomed this morning for skate. Only one short section of classic tracks set. The trails are a mix of hard pack and soft mush. With a foot of new snow it might take a few more days of grooming for this system to fully reach its potential.
    (Eugene Dale)
  • Feb 4 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic and skate.
    I know...with the Lucky Loppet, no Wirth Loop-de-Loop, Snow Gods Smilin' snowfall nobody needs Elm Creek any more. Classic skied. The manmade was excellent. Northern Lights/Thicket had a somewhat shallower and a little more uneven track but it was very good. Skating looked good too. I had bomber kick and probably didn't need the Start Oslo under some hard wax but I just bought it and had to try it. The little bit of klister in the Oslo picked up some snow when I stopped. Didn't have time to ski the Dark Side (non-lighted).
    (Mark Lahtinen)
  • Feb 4 - Lone Rock Trail (Rosemount): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trail was just groomed in the last couple of hours. Two classic tracks. It is in perfect condition for skiing!
    I live on this trail and ski it every day. The trail could not be any better today.
    (Mark Beltz)
  • Feb 4 - Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Farmington): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good, freshly groomed today with some thin areas in exposed areas.
    Trails are in great condition, thin areas throughout the pines forest areas.
    (Katie Pata, Dakota County Parks)
  • Feb 4 - Vadnais/Sucker Lakes (Vadnais Heights): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good - excellent.
    Snuck out of work at 11:30am and skiied freshly groomed classic trails. Best it's been this year.
    (Mimi Wong)
  • Feb 4 - Como Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed at about 9:00am.
    An occasional thin spot in classic tracts but otherwise excellent. Skate lane a bit soft but I expect it has set up by now.
    (Ned Brooks)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park East (Maplewood): 
    Firsthand 

    This classic only section was rolled and double classic tracks set. Firmed up overnight.
    (Dee Hein)
  • Feb 4 - Highland 9-hole Golf Course (Saint Paul): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Mostly very good; a few grassy spots poking through.
    Skate deck was consistently very good this morning, with the exception being the few spots where the trail goes up over a tee box, and grass pokes through at the edges. Classic tracks disappeared or were thin in in the same spots and on a few corners, but overall looked good.
    (Tom Kunau)
  • Feb 4 - French Regional Park (Plymouth): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Soft and unconsolidated but plenty of snow on skate deck. Classic track eroded in many areas. Had B skis, but no need for them.
    First ski at French in 2 years! Out early this morning - had trails to myself. Waning moon provided good illumination. One groomer was working diligently on skate deck; he hopes it will firm up by tomorrow.
    (Pat van der Voorn)
  • Feb 4 - Battle Creek Regional Park West (Saint Paul): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skating is rated as excellent to very good. Classic is very good to fair. Occasional hard/icy spots at peak of small mounds in the open meadow where the wind scoured the snow off. Infrequent signs of grass in the classic tracks again in the open area. Very good in the woods.
    BC received about 10-12" of light fluffy snow during the storm. It was rolled several times and late yesterday afternoon the Gold, W.C., Silver and bronze loops were groomed skate and classic. The Ski Games side across Battle Creek road is being groomed this morning.
    (John O'Connell, WAMXC)

 

Minnesota Northeast

  Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very very good for skate.
    My first time enjoying the flats of Boulder this year. Skated late morning and it was surprisingly fast given the -8F air temp under the bright (slightly warm??? Feb sun) and cloudless skies. Boulder was in great shape with a great flat skate deck that was nicely groomed recently. Blue Ox is, partly, a different trail from last year, with the recent logging but most of Boulder remains a wonderful ski in the Northwoods. The classic track was good on "downhills". Lots of snow out there so should be good for a while.
    (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 12 - Fond du Lac State Forest (Cromwell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Icy crust with dusting on top.
    Hard going with the crust. Trees down and somebody drove through on most of the trail. -1F to start and +2 when I finished.
    Photos:  
    (Alan Lenius)
  • Feb 12 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracks firm and not glazed. Little bit of debris in tracks.
    Amazing place! Glad I finally made it out here. I didn't need klister and the trail is in great shape. Just one spot on the Biskey Pond loop where some dirt is on the trail. It's 20 mi from UMD, but well worth the trip.
    (Carol Koos)
  • Feb 11 - Erkki Harju Ski Trail (Two Harbors): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic track is washed out in spots, and on the verge of icy in areas. The skate lane was re-groomed and in excellent shape.
    Classic skiing is nice, just a few fair areas. Skating was fun and fast on Thursday, perfect conditions.
    (John Cron)
  • Feb 11 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate was poor. Classic ok.
    The skate deck is very firm. I was able to get an edge on the whole trail-the top is noticeably better-but it wasn't fun. The classic track is deep and firm but glazed. Very quick and you'll need some klister to ensure you get kick (although the track is so quick you can pretty easily double pole the whole course). If you're going to go I'd classic. But actually I'd recommend skiing somewhere else until it warms up and the trails can be regroomed.
    (Jakob Wartman)
  • Feb 10 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: very good skate, classic track looks excellent.
    I skated all trails late afternoon today and conditions were very good. The 5K was getting over-skied and "humped" in the center in places but the sides provided a great edge with the wider deck they have been grooming this year. Some crust on the hills from the new snow being blown off but seemed just fine. The 10K was in better shape, although, the skate deck seemed to be groomed a bit more narrow than in the past. It was less skied so the deck was a little softer and more even. Re-grooming might make everything excellent. I hopped in the classic track on downhills and they were rock solid and deep. Thanks Snowflake crew for consistently great conditions this winter!
    (Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
  • Feb 10 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Groomed yesterday. The classic track is deep and firm and fast. The skate lane is hard as concrete.
    (Catherine Winter)
  • Feb 10 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    A bit icy mostly on the western outer loop. Was slipping backward on the uphills more than usual with my no-wax skis. Still a nice ski.
    (Kelley Haldeman)
  • Feb 9 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions.
    I classic skied Bear Paw, Blue Ox, and Nine Pine The recently set track was very good to excellent, except where the wind had blown snow into the tracks. The skate surface looked very good also.
    (John Bogen)
  • Feb 9 - Mother Bear Ski Trail (Brimson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are very good.
    Complete trail was groomed today. Don't let a little cold weather scare you; come out and ski.
    Photos:  
    (Al Ringer)
  • Feb 8 - Hartley Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Outstanding, isn't winter great!
    I used a nicely skied in trail when I first arrived at 1:30 pm today, however the groomer soon arrived, and set two deep, firm classic trails side by side, that were nearly bombproof right away (due to the mixed new and firm/icy character of the snow). Thanks to the great job by the city of Duluth staff groomer.
    (Bob Beresford)
  • Feb 8 - Biskey Pond Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We received about 2+" of new snow and I got all of the trails groomed at midday.
    There is some wind and a little new snow which will fill a bit on top of the grooming but it should be all good, enjoy.
    (John Bergstrom)
  • Feb 8 - Bagley Nature Area (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed as of this morning. It is pretty hard to tell though with new snow and drifting. Coverage varies significantly, and the tracks may be hard to find!
    Like I said, the new snow and wind have most likely blown over much of the trail. There is a nice base now, compared to the last week of ice.
    (Donavon Catton)
  • Feb 7 - Korkki Nordic (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1/2 inch of wet new snow on top of some of the finest set tracks you are likely to see set with a snowmobile.
    I had skilled help at registration today for the Eric Judeen, so I decided to forerun the course to ski in the new snow that fell right after Mark finished setting a new track. From the 5k cutoff back to the cutoff again it was slow going since I was the first person to ski in the track. It really was a treat to ski slowly and in full control down all of the usual places that normally have your heart racing, Cooks Fall, Salmela's Corner, and Upper Roller Coaster all were very benign today. Perfect day for no-wax skis, myself and most of the racers used all of the different variants that are out there...only a few brave souls used klister....not sure Eric Judeen would be impressed with the movement from klister skiing to no wax skis. :-).
    Photos:  
    (Dave Johnson)
  • Feb 7 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Pretty good, good snow coverage and tracks. Groomed last Wednesday.
    All the trails on the North side of the park and most, except the farthest south -eastern quardrant (Spruce loop) have been impeccably groomed this whole season. The park is rockin it this year! The rain is doing it's damage, but the tracks are still holding up.
    Photos:  
    (Annie Gustafson)
  • Feb 7 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    The snow we received overnight started to melt with temperatures in the upper 30's The base help up strong but it was very slow and wet ski today.
    (Bjorn Cummings)
  • Feb 6 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fresh tracks, barely skied upon.
    Skied the Greely trails. Nice springlike conditions.
    (Torin Gustafson)
  • Feb 6 - Lester Park (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Recently groomed, a little fresh snow on top.
    Early this evening Lester was great on my waxless classic skis. Good enough that I went back around 9pm to skate after the snow started falling--it was fantastic, about 1/2 inch of fresh snow on top of recently groomed base. Might be slower by morning if much more snow comes down, but I suspect it'd still be worth your time. Classic might need a little traffic to ski in the tracks after the snow.
    (Erik Riker-Coleman)
  • Feb 6 - Piedmont Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent - great tracks and skate deck.
    A perfect day at Piedmont. Course was fantastic, weather was awesome, and took my 18 month old for his first ski! Cross country skiing is like smoking - you have to hook 'em young.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Fornear)
  • Feb 6 - Snowflake Nordic Ski Center (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! The 5K and SpecialK we groomed Thursday night and the classic tracks have firmed-up beautifully. 10 K was completely regroomed Friday night; fresh classic tracks and a smooth, fast skate lane.
    Be careful of some damage to the trail in Banner Park/Pine Grove, where a tracked vehicle crossed the trail; otherwise it's smooth cruising.
    (John Graham)
  • Feb 5 - Fond du Lac State Forest (Cromwell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed; off the beaten path.
    The trail is not groomed, and only suitable for back-country skis. Lots of tree-fall across the trail to step over. More wolf tracks than ski tracks; very quiet and peaceful. Worth the extra work if you like solitude.
    (Judy Ellison)
  • Feb 5 - Magney-Snively Trail (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent. Freshly groomed, firm not icy, fast. Tracks looked great. Just another duluth xc gem.
    (Paul Windberg)
  • Feb 5 - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (Two Harbors): 
    Scheduling 

    Note: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park no longer grooms for XC skiing -- trail listing is being removed.
    (Bruce Adelsman)
  • Feb 5 - Jay Cooke State Park (Carlton): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Trails north of Hwy 210 (White Pine, CCC, and Thompson Loop trails) are groomed and tracked. Tracks are firm and fast. The staff reported that they are currently grooming the trails south of the river.
    Might be a good idea to bleed some speed before hitting the washout area of White Pine trail and other trail bends if you aren't familiar with the trail.
    (Tim Blais)
  • Feb 4 - Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails (Duluth): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Ungroomed with fresh snow in tracks.
    I classic skied the trails on Thursday. It had not been groomed since the latest snowfall so the tracks were only visible due to the skiers ahead of me.
    (Molly Thompson)
  Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Cold, low single digits, bullet proof tracks, great kick and glide. Some of the best classic conditions of the year. A few soft pole plants on the woods side of the track.
    Skied from Briton Peak thru Hogback, Homestead, ski thru to Oberg, around picnic loop and back. Just a wonderful day with great kick from Rode special green and great glide with fast wax LF teal. Great omen for tomorrow's race at Pincushion. Super grooming job SBTA!
    (Tim Nelson)
  • Feb 13 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for classic and skate on the Snowman loops. The rest of the trails were being regroomed for races tomorrow.
    It's always a good feeling to get back to Grand Marais, and all their great snow and ski trails! Pincushion has some of the best trails in the state!
    Photos:  
    (Bill Lundberg)
  • Feb 13 - Tettegouche State Park (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    After hearing from the park office that the Palisade Valley trail was "not stellar" we thought we give it a try, skiing in from the Northwoods trails. The trail was in great shape, all the wet spots were frozen and snow bridged, and the trail had been packed so we only were breaking trail through a few inches of fluff. Fast and firm in the groomed trails from Tettagouche camp out to the trail. Should be great over the next few days given the forecast for a little snow tonight - get out and enjoy it while you can!
    (Doug Connell)
  • Feb 12 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair amount of powder and light debris down from the wind, tracks themselves still in great shape.
    Sundling Loop now groomed and fully passable using the Pines trail at the west end; furthest end of loop and Cascade connector not open. On the north side, the V of trails down to the west end of Biddle Boys is groomed, but not the section of Sundling Loop in between, though it appears to be fully open. Biddle Boys itself is not open. Word to the wise, it seems taking the Sundling Loop counter-clockwise makes for more decline and less incline, especially with the current detour on the V. Nothing challenging, just more fun and less work. Also worth noting, many local shops sell toewarmers!
    (Tess Dornfeld)
  • Feb 12 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Pisten Bully Groomed packed powder and perfect conditions.
    Could not get any better. Beautiful also. Forgot my phone so I don't have pictures but the woods is very pretty contrasted with the bright blue February sky. Deeryard ski down is phenomenal.
    (Michael O'Phelan, Cascade Lodge)
  • Feb 11 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating and classic on Thursday.
    Skied in afternoon on Thursday - headed out from Bearskin Lodge. Yes, cold at 12 above but the sun made the trails gorgeous. Not much sun up this way lately...but the snow is consistently easy to wax for as a result. Another white batch dropped a few days ago.
    Photos:  
    (Burt Carlsted-Gillis)
  • Feb 10 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and fantastic!
    Open trails have been groomed recently, tracks are in great shape although still not too fast. The woods are gorgeous, bring a camera!
    (Tess Dornfeld)
  • Feb 10 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Trails had been groomed again after the wind stopped and skiing was as good as it gets for both classic and skate skiing.
    We skied the Summer Home Road, Beaver Dam, and Campground Trails. All had just been groomed and except for the moose track on part of it, they were perfect. Per the lodge, all the trails had been groomed this morning except for the Poplar Creek Trail which was scheduled to be done in the afternoon.
    Photos:  
    (Ari Fuad)
  • Feb 9 - Central Gunflint Trail System (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. The only issue was snow blowing into the tracks. As long as you were't the leader doing mild trail breaking, conditions were excellent.
    Grooming was impeccable and recent, but glide wasn't very good due to the cold snow. The woods are still beautiful with snow hanging on the conifers.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 9 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating, classic tracks had some drifting snow and have lost definition in many places.
    We skied the west overlook, both upper and lower snowman, and B&B loops. Cold, sunny and breezy.
    Photos:  
    (Ari Fuad)
  • Feb 8 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Recent snowfall obliterated the nicely set tracks from last Friday.
    We skied in towards Deeryard lake, but didn't complete the loop. There was about 4" of fresh snow covering the tracks.
    (Ari Fuad)
  • Feb 8 - Bally Creek Trails (Grand Marais): 
    Observation 

    Conditions: As of 3pm Monday, trail was not groomed since the last two major snowfalls and track is not visible.
    There's at least 6 inches of crystalline snow so once trail is groomed, skiing should be great.
    (Ari Fuad)
  • Feb 8 - Banadad Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Twenty-six inches of beautiful snow on the ground. Tracked: Banadad's eastern end trails tracked Monday including the Lace Lake. Tall Pines, Knapp and Banadad to Knapp. 9 kilometers Skiing is excellent on the tracked section of the Banadad Trails. Snow base: 20".
    Some low hanging branches along the tracked trails. We have cleared the whole eastern end at least twice and some of the western end of the Banadad but trees and conifer tops are continuing to fall on the more remote sections of the trail system.
    (Ted Young)
  • Feb 7 - George Washington Pines (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Although there have been a few snowfalls since the last machine grooming, the trail is skier tracked and snowshoer packed.
    This trail is a great example of how skiers, snowshoers, and dog walkers can coexist, and all can enjoy this winter wonderland. With snow hanging heavy on the pines and new snow falling, it was a great day to be out on this beautiful trail.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 6 - Pincushion Mountain Trail (Grand Marais): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good; Lots of snow, freshly groomed, soft.
    Skated most of the trails Saturday. They were freshly groomed but quite soft making it slow going on the deck and also downhill in the tracks. The lighted trail (west overlook) was better packed. Still a beautiful day in woods, just had to work a little harder for our K's.
    (Beth Bernhardt)
  • Feb 6 - Northwoods Ski Trail (Silver Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good to excellent--plenty of snow and nicely groomed. However, the tracks nearer to the parking lot are showing a bit of wear. No debris in tracks.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 6 - Cascade River State Park (Lutsen): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, fresh single track. Groomed yesterday and still untouched in some areas.
    The natural snow depth is just not great, making these classic only tracks somewhat uneven. The trail near the lake is too thin and is left ungroomed. Still, a very enjoyable ski. The park border trail hadn't been used by anyone since it was groomed except for deer and coyotes. Very peaceful.
    (Jared Frandson)
  • Feb 5 - Sugarbush Trail System (Tofte): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good; groomed with ~1" new snow on top.
    Classic skied the Picnic Loop counter clockwise on Friday. Good coverage and grooming throughout, fun hills and excellent views! The tracks were in good shape though there were lots of soft pole plants on the woods side of the trail. The skate deck was a little soft and had a fresh dusting of snow.
    (Beth Bernhardt)
  • Feb 5 - Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) (Lutsen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Packed powder with perfectly set tracks.
    Best Skiing of the season on the Pioneer/Deeryard loop areas. Perfect weather with some light snow forecast for the weekend. Peak season skiing for sure--not to mention the woods are exceptionally beautiful right now!
    (Michael O'Phelan, Cascade Lodge)
  Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Exceptional hard packed classic tracks.
    Some debris on the trail in the pine covered areas. We skied the southeast easy to intermediate trails and this trail system is truly a hidden gem in NE MN.
    Photos:  
    (Julie Holien)
  • Feb 13 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: After skiing Golden Anniversary, I was really happy to back at Cowhorn. Clean, hard, white tracks. Very little debris compared to GA.
    Due to cold temps, this popular trail had not had much traffic so the track set was still in great shape. Lots of folks on Boomer Blue with dogs or walking. Found two out of three geocaches!
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 13 - River Road Unit Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed on Wednesday so by today there was debris from pine overstory. Base thin, new snow icy hard.
    I like this trail but wax did not work on uphills and picked up debris on downhills. Oh well, found a geocache I was looking for! Heading for Cowhorn next.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 12 - Blackwater Environmental Area (Cohasset): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly packed and tracked. Nice classic skiing but SOOOO cold!
    Not much to work with under the pines.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 12 - Big Aspen Recreation Area (Virginia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions, track should set up nicely in the cold conditions.
    The Forest Service set a track on all the trails except the most northern swampy loop.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 11 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for both skate and classic.
    Trails are faster in the tracks then expected for single digit temps due to ice crunched up and mixed during grooming so go up on your wax V40 or equivalent works.
    (Pete Friedlieb)
  • Feb 11 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good snow conditions. Set a single track on Thursday.
    We were unable to set a track from intersection 6 to 5 because of logging activity.
    (Mark Toot)
  • Feb 11 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed today: Lake Loop, Prelude, Skate and Classic trail to Red Pine, Tower loop. Track set as well. With the cold tonight and tomorrow, trails should be in great shape for the weekend.
    (Ryan Gunderson)
  • Feb 11 - Blueberry Hills (Deer River): 
    Firsthand 

    Good. Was freshly groomed, although the lake loop wasn't tracked, part of the prelude was. I believe it was the groomer was there at the time (although out on the trails), who may have been tracking at the time. It was 1:30 pm when I was there.
    Photos:  
    (Lucas Winkler)
  • Feb 11 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Newly groomed, excellent.
    The Lakes Jeanne/Louise southern intermediate loops are newly set beautifully, thanks Toot et al. All south of Hwy 65 fresh and a few miles north great. Three parking lots well plowed. Gettum!
    (Neil Gardner)
  • Feb 10 - Trout Lake Recreation Area (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good, track set.
    Groomed today.
    (Greg moritko)
  • Feb 10 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good.
    Skate and track groomed today.
    (Greg Moritko)
  • Feb 10 - Legion Trails (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed today. Nice track set in new snow.
    Glorious skiing on newly groomed trails and tracks set.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 10 - Mount Itasca (Coleraine): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: All trails were groomed Tuesday with tracks set after Sunday's big snow.
    Never mind the cold temps! The skiing is great at Mt Itasca on biathlon and upper trail systems.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 9 - Cowhorn Lake (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed on Tuesday and was great skiing in the afternoon but was faster than I expected with the cold.
    (Catherine McLynn)
  • Feb 9 - Sturgeon River Trails (Chisholm): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent tracking around Hwy 65 parking lot.
    Wonderfully freshly tracked on Monday. Couldn't be better.
    (Neil Gardner)
  • Feb 9 - Stoney Ridge Trails (Side Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Packed several weeks ago, user tracked beginner loop in six inches old snow.
    Times a wastin', a month left, good to track please. The packing was excellent quite a while back, plenty of snow to work with Micah, thanks in advance.
    (Neil Gardner)
  • Feb 8 - Amen Lake (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are good.
    Tracked today.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 8 - Suomi Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trail conditions are good.
    All tracked today.
    (Randy Zupan)
  • Feb 5 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed/combed.
    Nicely groomed, fast! Tracked nicely! Thank you groomers!
    (Jeff Love)
  • Feb 4 - Sugar Hills (Grand Rapids): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: very good. Light snows have refreshed trails.
    Groomed skate and tracked Monday. Skate lane groomed Thursday.
    (Greg Moritko)
  • Feb 4 - Bird Lake Trail (Hoyt Lakes): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6-8" base so it's still uneven, but good snow cover.
    Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trail except the black diamond loop. Logging activity has made the trail impassable from the road intersection west to junction 5. Everything else has a good single track.
    (Mark Toot)
  Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: About 5" of fresh snow in the past week should be a great boost for the trails through the big pines. 24-36" in the woods (don't step off the 8-12" base ;) ).
    Grooming this afternoon! Temps becoming more normal and great skiing in the forecast.
    Photos:  
    (Andy Fisher, National Forest Lodge)
  • Feb 7 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 4" of new snow!
    skied from the National Forest Lodge both Saturday and Sunday. 4" of new snow fell between Saturday night and Sunday, and everything was flocked white and stunning by 8am Sunday morning. Freshly groomed trails, it just does not get any better. Temps have dropped now, but still must ski trails. The lodge is a fantastic place to stay for the weekend and ski out the door to all levels of trails. Just go. You'll be repeat users, guaranteed.
    (Jennifer Dietrich)
  • Feb 5 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! System just groomed today.
    Winter wonderland out here! Some of the birches are forming full arches over the trails under the weight of the snow. The tracks are firm and deep.
    (Alex Yudell)
  • Feb 5 - Flathorn-Gegoka Trails (Isabella): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Wonderful skiing this afternoon on freshly groomed trails. Temps in the 20's today.
    Fantastic crew at National Forest Lodge. Thanks for a wonderful winter experience!
    (Judy Zimmer)
  • Feb 5 - Babbitt Golf Course (Babbitt): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed today. Excellent conditions for both skate and classic skiing.
    (Wayne Marshall)
  Other locations
  • Feb 9 - Tilson Creek Ski Trail (International Falls): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: New snow! Cold! All trails in good shape. Rolled and then groomed for skate and classic on monday.
    Skied yesterday in below zero - beautiful! I rolled on Monday morning and fellow groomers did the rest later in the day. Most sections are very good, however cover on the ridges of Red Trail is still thin and uneven from lack of snow. Note we have not opened the hilliest of the "Blue Hills" trails but the newest section from there to the main Orange trail is open and in good shape.
    Photos:  
    (Burgess Eberhardt)

 

Minnesota Northwest

  Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent firm trail.
    We were the first ones to ski the approximately 7km of trail that was groomed earlier this week. The tracks and the skating deck were firm and fairly fast considering the cold morning. The most westerly 5 km loop had not been groomed since the last snowfall and the east side trails (which were hard to find) also had not been groomed. I understand that they will be groomed soon in preparation for the Finlandia event in a couple of weeks.
    (Phil Froese)
  • Feb 13 - Movil Maze Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent with good snow cover and great grooming for both skate and classic.
    First time skiing this trail system and I was very impressed. Well laid out trails with sweeping hills, fast but totally controlable, and scenic as well. Trails very recently groomed, firm base with enough of a soft surface for perfect ski control. Will definitely be back.
    (Phil Froese)
  • Feb 10 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed.
    The West side of Buena Vista Trail system was groomed Tuesday night for skate and classic. We received about 4 inches of new snow Sunday into Monday and with the rock solid and level base we had for the Snowjourn race, it should be in fantastic shape for Finlandia on Feb 27.
    (Mike Huerbin, Minnesota Finlandia)
  • Feb 8 - Lake Bemidji State Park (Bemidji): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All ski trails were groomed Monday following Sunday's snowfall of 3". Trails are very good for the current snow conditions.
    Skiers can enjoy our annual candlelight ski this Saturday from 6-9pm.
    (John Fylpaa)
  • Feb 6 - Buena Vista Ski Trail (Bemidji): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 6-8" base solid coverage.
    We had not heard much out of Bemidji on the Buena Vista Ski Trails and were not sure the snow coverage would be ample so we were pleasantly surprised arriving this morning to ski the Snowjourn event that utilizes the west side. Coverage is great and the fresh corduroy with 21 degrees temps were blazin! Always a good time with the Bemidji ski events. Great grooming!
    (Anne Ellefson)
  Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent! Well groomed for classic, and skate. Classic was perfect and easy to wax with the cold temps. Skate had a great base but was a little slow.
    Maplelag does not disappoint, and always has the best conditions around. It was phenomenal today, starting with temps around -6, and finishing near 10 degrees. We spent the day skiing, had a great lunch, and enjoyed the hot tub before heading out.
    (Deb Anderson)
  • Feb 12 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    Conditions: Spectacular. 54km tracked classic, 15km groomed skate.
    Sun came out today and even though the air temp was colder than yesterday, the brilliant sunshine was heartening and it felt warmer. Gorgeous day of skiing. Morning grooming on select classic trails capped off a 200km week of grooming. Skied on the Bootleg extension for the first time this year before lunch clearing some twigs etc. and found the hidden gem on the Maplelag trail system at its finest. Protected from the wind and holding a coating of snow plastering. Skate trails a bit slow but a solid and firm deck. Touch up grooming planned throughout the Presidents weekend and groomers ready to groom in any new snow. Enjoy!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 11 - Detroit Mountain Ski Trails (Detroit Lakes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good. Trails were recently groomed with mostly good cover. Some twigs sticking thru, but not affecting skiing.
    The classic only trails have some hills with wicked turns forcing a lot of snow plowing to make the turns, but was a lot of fun. The skate and classic combo trails were wider, making the sharp turns easier.
    (Earl Stabenow)
  • Feb 9 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Trail are starting to take shape nicely. Sun came out today and provided some amazing scenes in the woods today. Tracking on the outer loops and skate lanes polished. More of the same on tap for Wednesday.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 8 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Soft powder, roll packed, 3 trails trackset. Off and on snow, blowing snow.
    The wind didn't settle down much today so we mostly packed and combed today. Mid afternoon we tracked three trails for afternoon skiers with the Pisten Bully. We will be back out in the morning tracking than packing on outer trails in the afternoon.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 7 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Winter wonderland!
    Intense winter storm dropping 5-8" of snow on the Maplelag trail system today with some scattered pillows of 10-12". It was blizzard like in the open areas near town but in the woods it wasn't too bad. Regardless, pretty quiet day on the trails skier wise. Lots of branches etc. to clear and some hangovers to try and spring back. We aren't aggressive on our branch cutting as part of our forest management plan....heads up when skiing! Daily grooming planned up to Presidents weekend.
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  • Feb 6 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The tracks are firm and fresh with plenty of snow.
    Maplelag has good snow coverage, and the trails are in great shape. Very enjoyable day of skiing.
    (Glenn Gifford)
  • Feb 4 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate deck is firm with a top layer of fresh mixed in snow today, giving it a top score for conditions. With the two HS ski meets being over, North Loup has been skate groomed again. The warmer temps actually seemed to have helped firm the base with the cooler temps now with the newly added snow making it almost perfect. The classic tracks looked really nice, solid, full depth with just a dusting of fluff. They kept me wondering why I didn't bring the other skis and shoes.
    The snow levels around the city of Detroit lakes as seen from one's car look less than adequate for top notch xc skiing. As one drives north and gets to Richwood the depth of the snow becomes exponentially greater. As one turns onto Goat Ranch Road and into the driveway, the anticipation of skiing on all the white stuff is difficult to contain!
    (Denny Barry)
  • Feb 4 - Maplelag Resort (Callaway): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fresh dusting of new snow on top of frozen granulated base. Excellent coverage and conditions, about as good as it gets.
    The coating of new snow was groomed in to all the skate trails this morning, mixing old fast snow with the new. New track also cut on Sukkerbusk with the same process. All other trails skiing really nice with the new dusting on top of well defined and placed tracks. We will be back out in the morning grooming and cutting more track and touching up skate lanes as needed. The transformed snow really makes for nice skiing this time of year when the sun and warmer temps can be a threat. We have good lodging openings the rest of the season. Come on up!
    Photos:  
    (Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
  Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, generally a deep track and not icy.
    Trail in very good condition. A nice track and very little debris, even with the wind yesterday. Hiram is a fun trail.
    (Don Hoppe)
  • Feb 11 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked, the new snow helped with the thin spots but we could still use more, conditions are good.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 11 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Grooming 

    Trails are freshly groomed, about an inch of new snow was enough to blend into the old snow and set a decent track.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 9 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed today. Very good conditions, best snow coverage of the year.
    About 17 km of the trail was groomed and tracked today. Only the connectors on the far west side were not groomed. Snow coverage with the 2" we just recieved is very good. Best coverage of the year and the base is very solid. Very few thin spots with leaves, grass or dirty snow. Enjoy!
    (Terry Vacek)
  • Feb 6 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good over all with a fairly good track set, snow fairly fast with some ice in the track.
    I skied Hiram this morning before it got to warm and the snow started to soften up. The trail was groomed yesterday so the track was fairly deep in most areas and not to much ice. There are a few thin spots but they are easy to avoid. Not much for sticks and leaves in the track. Purple hard wax was able to give me enough kick and the snow was fairly fast. A fun ski overall, worth the drive.
    (Paul Klinger)
  • Feb 6 - Goose Lake Trail (Longville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trail was groomed early this morning. Very good except under pines.
    The icy track was removed and new track set. Trail is in very good condition except for under the pines. Under the pines there are stretches with lots of needles and leaves but very skiable. A few dirty or bare spots but they can be skied around in the pole deck.
    (Terry Vacek)
  • Feb 5 - Cut Lake Ski Trail (Pine River): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked trails, the coverage is thin in some areas but overall conditions are good.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 5 - Hiram Ski Trail (Hackensack): 
    Grooming 

    Trails are freshly groomed, conditions are good considering the lack of new snow.
    (Mike Laputka)
  • Feb 5 - Itasca State Park (Park Rapids): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: No new snow in the last 48 hours. Fresh groom on skate and classic.
    Skied South Entrance to Nicollet, fresh tracks and skate groom, Conditions are great with the only thin spot at the base of Mary Lake Hill which is easily navigable! Fast skiing with temps at 21 degrees.
    (Anne Ellefson)

 

Minnesota Central

  Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 10 - Northland Arboretum (Brainerd): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fast skate, slower classic tracks.
    Skate lane groomed making a mix of newer windblown snow and older icy snow. Old classic track with mostly skied-in windblown powder. A few oak leaves in the tracks but they didn't stick to my special green kick.
    (Owen Baird)
  • Feb 7 - French Rapids Ski Trails (Brainerd): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied the outer loop on Sunday afternoon during the 1 inch wind-whipped snowfall on Sunday afternoon. Good snow coverage for skate skiing and the new snow covered any slick spots.
    (Bryan Pike)
  • Feb 6 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: A little new snow preceded the freshly groomed (2-5) outer loop. Tracks and skating lane pristine. 100% coverage.
    Before noon at least a dozen citizen skiers took advantage of the freshly groomed outer trails or enjoyed skiing in the coating of new snow into the previously set classic tracks on the inner loops and connecting trails. Section 8 State-bound skiers got in some morning classical skiing before the day warmed up and waxing could get complicated. Nice to see so many people using this hidden gem of a trail system.
    (Chris Hanson)
  • Feb 5 - Larson Lake (Deerwood): 
    Grooming 

    No snow today like was forecast, but 1 inch fell earlier in the week so the outer loop only was groomed. Skating lane and tracks were set.
    Photos:  
    (Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County Parks)
  St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Sauk Centre School Nature Trail (Sauk Centre): 
    Grooming 

    Fresh powder on a firm and level base. New snow has eliminated the icy crust from last week's melt. Skate and Classic are both good to excellent.
    (Dana Boschee)
  Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 12 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Newly groomed. 1/2 inch of tilled powder over very firm-to-icy base. Good skating if somewhat slow in places.
    Trails were being groomed as I skied this afternoon. I limited my ski to only a few sections of the trail to avoid the wind (wind chill was an issue) and stay in the sunlight. There are some icy spots that were not too bad but care should be used on the downhills, especially where a turn awaits you at the bottom of the descent. Temperatures led to slow skis in a few places.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 10 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Schizophrenic! Fast where firm and slow where wind-drifted. But overall good skiing.
    Trails were recently groomed and are in good shape. As noted, there are stretches where a veneer of granular snow overlies a firm, somewhat icy base makes for fast (and controllable) skating. These, however, are punctuated by groomed wind-drift that skis slowly. Coverage remains good but given the gusts of days past (some over 50 mph) there is some litter on the trails. Regardless the skating is good. Classical tracks are well-defined and also fast.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 6 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    We skied all trails this morning and coverage is very good, few sticks and leaves. In several spots the depth of the powder is greater presumably due to wind-drift. Snowmobilers came onto a few locations where the trail is close to Isaac Lake. A bit slower perhaps because of the wax we were using (LF7)? Classic tracks were faster because of some glazing.
    (Keith Brugger)
  • Feb 5 - Andes Tower Hill Ski Area (Kensington): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1+ inch of newly groomed powder over firm base. Very nice skiing!
    We've had another couple of rounds of accumulating snow. Trails have been groomed and are in excellent shape (especially considering the snowfall thus far). A little soft and a tad slow but fast enough and really fun skiing. Classical tracks have also been reset and look good.
    (Keith Brugger)
  Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 10 - Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails (Mora): 
    Observation 

    I visited Mora this morning. It reminded me of my China Vasaloppet tripa few years ago: We took about an hour ride by bus and saw no snow anywhere. Arriving at the race site, no snow. Chad, Amy and I walked to start area from the chalet. There we saw a mountain of snow. A ton of people using horse drawn buggies, two cycle three wheelers, etc. were working hard moving snow! Few days later there was a 12.5 km loop ready to race on. Today I share pictures of Mora snowmaking and hauling operation. The community is working hard to make your Vasaloppet race fun and enjoyable. Race will start in town and end in town! The RACE COURSE IS READY, let's go and ski MORA VASALOPPET this weekend and thank Mora community for their hard work to make it happen!
    Photos:  
    (Ahvo Taipale, Finn Sisu)
  Other locations

 

Minnesota Southern

  Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions are great.
    The ski trails were groomed today and classic track was set.
    (Celeste Lewis)
  • Feb 8 - Essex Park Ski Trails (Rochester): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Bad for classic, tracks are almost entirely gone in all sections.
    Good snow coverage, but could really have the classic tracks reset. The tracks are almost not visible. With the recent temp swing from warm to below freezing, the trails are almost crust-like and hard. Hopefully the condition can improve soon for a faster ski here in town.
    (Ian Chang)
  • Feb 5 - Chester Woods Park (Rochester): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails were groomed on Thursday, track set on Friday late afternoon.
    Good snow base, good skiing.
    (Russ Jensen)
  • Feb 4 - Honey Tree Farm (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    Packed powder on a solid base. Skating is very good and will speed up as snow transforms.
    (Stephen Williams)
  Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Sunshine, calm wind and freshly groomed trails. Perfect for me.
    I got good glide with waxless skis. The tracks had an occasional icy component.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Feb 9 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    St. Mary's trails were Piston Bully tilled yesterday and Classic track set. Today one pass with the Ginzu on the skate lane worked well, the Classic track was a little wind blown in the open areas but 90% is Very good. As a note, I love riding the tracks through the down hills.
    (Steve Horeck)
  • Feb 6 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions considering high temps.
    St Mary's has tons of snow and great coverage. Great grooming for classic and skate. The snow was getting a tad soft and sticky with the high temps. Enjoy the bluffs!
    (Chad Czmowski)
  • Feb 6 - Great River Bluffs State Park (Winona): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: This morning's ski was on groomed firmed fast tracks. The campground road was a firm flat deck. Yesterday I went bushwhacking in places that haven't been skiable for a couple years.
    Best skiing of the season.
    (Bob Cieslak)
  • Feb 5 - Frontenac State Park (Frontenac): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    We skied the bottomland trail out to the sand spit in Lake Pepin this afternoon. It was nicely groomed and tracked yesterday. The snow was a little thin in places and won't stand up to above-freezing temps, but is ok now.
    (Timothy Vick)
  • Feb 5 - Saint Mary's University (Winona): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Most trails firm, some less used trails soft for skating.
    All trails were groomed this morning. Rattlesnake and Upper Trail is still soft for skating but skiable. Classic tracks are very good to excellent in most places.
    (Bruce Johnson)
  Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Upper Arb - Excellent for skating. No tracks in upper arb, but freshly groomed.
    Upper arb was in great shape for a good skate today. Well done and many thanks groomers!
    (John Daniels)
  • Feb 11 - Ney Nature Center (Henderson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails were last groomed Monday. Trails exposed to the wind, especially trails running East/West vary from glare ice to deep drifts. Trails sheltered from the wind show a few icy spots but are in generally good condition.
    Our Pond Trail is in poor condition, but our Prairie Loop, Food Plot and Round About Trails are in fair to good condition.
    (Mike Giesen)
  • Feb 11 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Actually, amazingly good.
    Freshly groomed skate trail on the upper arb. The crust broke up very well and and the trail was mostly packed snow, instead of ice. I'll go out on a limb and guess this trail could be the best natural snow trail in the current area.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Bisel)
  • Feb 6 - Carleton College Arboretum (Northfield): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Upper skate deck is soft, but firming up each day. Lower is in great condition.
    Upper arb was groomed this morning. Still a little soft and airy, but is getting better as more skiers hit the trails. Needed to get all the walker prints out or the trail system. Lower arb was tracked Friday afternoon and all trails are open(15k).
    (Tom Bisel)
  • Feb 6 - River Bend Nature Center (Faribault): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good conditions, packed snow with freshly groomed trails.
    (Michael Page Laramee)
  • Feb 4 - Ney Nature Center (Henderson): 
    Grooming 

    Trails were groomed yesterday afternoon and most trails are in good condition with exposed sections of trail showing some drifting after grooming was complete. Trails which are somewhat sheltered are in excellent condition.
    (Mike Giesen)
  Other locations
  • Feb 11 - Baylor Regional Park (Norwood): 
    Grooming 

    All trails have been groomed and tracked are in fair to good condition.
    (Connie Keller, Carver County Parks)
  • Feb 10 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    New track has been set on the majority of the trails, and several areas including the Southern Trail and Prairie Loop have been widened for skate. Most trails should be fully groomed by tomorrow. Some areas along the prairie are icy do to scouring by high winds.
    (Ben Sherman)
  • Feb 8 - Hormel Nature Center (Austin): 
    Grooming 

    New tracks have been set in some of the wooded areas, such as the Pine Loop and portions of the South Trial; however persistent high winds have created much more variable conditions along less sheltered portions of the trails.
    (Ben Sherman)

 

Wisconsin Northwest

  Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Observation 

    NE Classic trail was in the best condition I've ever experienced Saturday morning.
    (Josh Miner)
  • Feb 13 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Lots of traffic but the trail is holding up nicely. Tracks deep and solid with the occasional leaf or twig. Probably the best conditions in recent memory. Gorgeous classic skiing!
    Thanks groomers!
    (Randy Lueth)
  • Feb 13 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic. Consecutive nights of near minus 20 temps have really hardened the course up. Super cold wind blown snow is lots of work even with plenty of green wax in my skis.
    Skied from McNaught road to OO today. Hard work but a good day on skis. There's some snowmobile damage early in the power lines that should get fixed easily once they get in there again with the Piston Bully. Otherwise, the trail is in great shape.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Feb 12 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent. Trails were groomed early this morning. Classic tracks were set on all loops, are firm, and corduroy for skate skiing looks and feels great.
    (Deb Proctor)
  • Feb 11 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skate, okay for classic.
    There are some icy spots on the trail, but considering the rollercoaster temperatures we have had the trail is in pretty good shape.
    (Aris Apostolou)
  • Feb 11 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: In a word, wonderful. Recently groomed. Looks like they're widening the trail to full race day width now.
    Skied from OO south to Gravel Pit late this afternoon. Trail has firmed up nicely since Tuesday when I skied it last. So it's skiing much faster despite the cold. Also groomed to it's full race width. So they're deep into race day course prep at this point.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Feb 11 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Skate deck on NE trail combed out today. NE Classic trail groomed and should set up nicely over night. Tony Wise/World Cup is in excellent condition after Tuesday's grooming but has seen almost no use. The NE trails should be in great shape for the weekend.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 11 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Cleaned up the skate deck and set new tracks.
    We received about 4-5 inches of new snow this past week. The trail was groomed today to with two YTS groomers. Tracks and deck should set up quickly with the cold temps.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 10 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    North End and Tony Wise/World Cup trails groomed Tuesday and set up nicely overnight. North End Classic trail has not been groomed since we got 3+ inches of snow. Skied the North End classic style today and the tracks were deep and firm.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 9 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for both classic and skate. Fresh corduroy as far as the eye could see and a solid full depth classic track.
    Fresh, cold snow made pushing the skis a little work but the trail is in about as good a condition as I've ever seen it right now. Well worth skipping out of adult responsibilities for a few hours in the middle of the day.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Feb 9 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Firsthand 

    Fresh grooming, classic only tracks firm, deep and smooth. Old-school nordic perfect.
    (David Pramann)
  • Feb 9 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: New snow, all groomed, excellent with new tracks.
    3" of new snow were incorporated and new tracks set on the entirety of the Drummond Ski Trail. The sun even came out for about 15 minutes, casting nice shadows in the woods. I got stuck once, but that was my fault. (Don't run the snowmobile and groomer into snow that hasn't been compacted is a lesson that needs to be learned anew every year, no matter how much snow we have.) The Boulevard was a challenge to groom because the tracks had been drifted in, making it difficult to see where the trail exactly was. Have fun skiing in this cool weather. It should be great.
    (Jim Crandall)
  • Feb 9 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed.
    Freshly groomed with a set of clean tracks. With the cold temps this week, the trail should set up in no time!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 8 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed for skating. Soft and slow after 3 more inches of snow. Classic tracks were not reset but we're skied in most places I saw.
    Stuck to the North End system as the Birkie trail hadn't been groomed since the new snow started falling. NE trails are still pretty soft but should be great when they set up. No tree litter or dirt of any kind where I skied today. A little fresh snow works wonders.
    (Andy Schwartz)
  • Feb 7 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic skied today through a light coating of snow, making for a soft, smooth ski. Now if I only would've used the right wax..
    (Johan Ragner)
  • Feb 6 - Birkie Trail (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions and grooming for the Pre-Birkie today.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 6 - Rock Lake (Cable): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good. Recently groomed and tracked.
    Conditions cold hardly be better. With the shortage of personnel at the FS it is amazing the great conditions on the trail. Some corners at the bottom of some hills are groomed too sharp, using best line would improve skiing. Don't forget to pay the parking fee so they can keep working on the trails.
    (Paul Ostrum)
  • Feb 5 - Flambeau Hills Ski Trail (Winter): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed.
    Thanks for the great job of grooming. We enjoyed the classical track.
    Photos:  
    (Bonnie Weyer)
  • Feb 5 - Voyager Village Golf Course (Webb Lake): 
    Grooming 

    All of the Voyager trails are freshly groomed and in near perfect shape. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland this weekend!
    (Dan Campion)
  • Feb 5 - North End Ski Trail (Cable): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Tony Wise/World Cup Trail rolled only, to be groomed later today. The rest of the trail system is in very nice shape.
    Reminder - North End Classic Race is Sunday. Trail will be tracked for race Saturday after 5pm. Last racers should be off course by 12:30 Sunday.
    (Irv Berlin)
  • Feb 4 - Mukwonago Trail (Hayward): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. About 5-6" of new snow.
    Trail was groomed on Thursday. Looks like the cold temps will really helps set the skate deck after grooming operations. Should be in really good shape!
    Photos:  
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Hayward Recreational Forest (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good. Super tracks, enjoy a special trail.
    (Dale Cardwell)
  • Feb 4 - Hayward Hospital Trails (Hayward): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. The trails have been nicely groomed after the recent snow. Due to lateness arriving, we only skied the easy loops near the parking lot and didn't see the conditions on the hilly loops.
    The tracks aren't deep, but there is adequate snow coverage--even under the pines. The oak leaves are still on the trees, so there is no debris in tracks.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 4 - Drummond Ski Trails (Drummond): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent with new tracks.
    New tracks were set on all of the trails today. 8" of new snow fell in the woods, with 16-18" drifts out in the open in the blow-down area of the Boulevard. This snow had very little moisture so it doesn't compact well. The tracks are nicely formed, but will not be very firm due to the low moisture content. The tracks look good so skiing should be excellent with the mild weather we have been having.
    (Jim Crandall)
  Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Skate lanes were groomed on Tuesday and classic lanes were touched up on Wednesday this week. Temperatures dropped over the past couple of days making trail surfaces firm.
    (Edwin Koepp)
  • Feb 10 - Pattison State Park (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent condition, after a couple inches of fresh snow.
    The trail system was re-groomed today and is providing beautiful classic skiing.
    (Kevin Feind, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 10 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair-Good. Recently groomed, very firm & slightly icy. Could use good skis if careful in a few spots.
    Skied late afternoon. Most of the trails were in good condition with a very firm deck. The trails appeared to have been groomed the day before. There were several bad areas close to the trailhead, returning on Red Loop, where not enough snow gets down through the trees for trail coverage. Removing just several of these White Pines could really, really help, as one could easily damage a ski in these spots if not careful. The section of the "road" connecting to Yellow Loop and further south to Purple was only poor-fair also. However, overall it was really worth hitting the trails in Superior.
    (Cordell Manz)
  • Feb 10 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Skate lanes were groomed on Tuesday and classic lanes were touched up on Wednesday this week. Temperatures dropped over the past couple of days making trail surfaces firm.
    (Edwin Koepp)
  • Feb 8 - After Hours Ski Trail (Brule): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Fresh snow fell on Sunday night and trails were groomed on Monday morning. There is about 15 inches of snow in the woods around the Brule area. Trail conditions are very good to excellent.
    (Edwin Koepp)
  • Feb 6 - Superior Municipal Forest (Superior): 
    Grooming 

    Trails have been groomed and are ready to be skied on :).
    (Danielle Wheeler)
  Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 12 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    We regroomed and tracked the skate trails tonight. Most of it groomed up quite nicely. Still a bit of wind up on the top of Seagull when i was grooming, so might be a little drifting up there.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 12 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is estimated at 12 to 15 inches. Tracks and snow conditions are excellent.
    The groomer rolled and reset tracks both the Valkyrie and Teuton Trails on Thursday with a touch up on Friday. The groomer is reporting the trails are in excellent conditions. Please check the fee station for updates posted by the groomer following operations for the most up to date trail conditions. The Forest Service is trying some temporary changes in the main parking area for this season. We have added a 4 to 5 car plowed parking area near the warming room and removed the row signs in the parking lot. An official notice with comment cards can be found at the fee stations; warming room; and chalet to collect comments from the public. Please let us know what you think.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 12 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions.
    It's Friday and we completed the grooming on the trail. With the wind blowing watch out for drifted snow in the open fields but the woods areas should be in excellent skiing conditions. Be aware of the wind chill before heading out.
    (Gary Mears)
  • Feb 12 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent and freshly groomed.
    A little more snow in the Penokee's helped to fill in some of the un-evenness of the trail. Packed and groomed the trail this morning and laid down a set of fresh tracks. Cold temps are going to get this trail set quickly.
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 11 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Yesterday Steve touched up the skate trails, today we retracked the classic only trails. The skiers were reporting very good to excellent conditions.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 11 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fresh best line track set at noon today. Conditions good. Can get better.
    Fine grained lake snow (cold flour). Going to get good from here...
    (Charlie Zinsmaster)
  • Feb 10 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
    Firsthand 

    After 3 days of lake effect snow, 30 inches, trail, woods and trees are simply buried in an other worldly wonderful landscape. Understood ranger rolled and packed Monday and two of us broke trail through 12-18 inches of fluffy dry powder on a solid, even base providing firm pole plants nice floating downhills, narrow evergreen maze like corridors. So much snow they were White evergreens. Followed ski trail entire way from Weber lake to Kimball road, used backcountry skis, 10 am to 3:30 pm with half hour lunch at Scribner shelter. 10 degrees as sisu tested but simply glorious, silent, gratifying and heartwarming - first point to point backcountry adventure!
    (Jefree Porter)
  • Feb 9 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Track very good Tuesday night.
    With the last storm system through here the trail was groomed on Monday and then again on Tuesday morning. West of the bridge expect drifting in the open and a slightly soft bed, due to only getting groomed on Monday. East side of the bridge was groomed twice and has a much firmer base. Trail will be groomed again on Friday. Skied last night on 7k of the classical and track was firm but a little slow with the temps being so low.
    (Gary Mears)
  • Feb 9 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    With 4-6 inches of new snow, we packed and rolled all the trails, then groomed and tracked everything, except the Jolly Connector to Star Route was just rolled. Skiers reported very good conditions this afternoon.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 8 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Grooming 

    With about 2 inches of new snow, we groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. We also tracked Sugarbush Classic. It set up nicely, then started snowing, so expect some soft stuff on top.
    (Scott Nesvold)
  • Feb 7 - Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails (Bayfield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great coverage. Beautiful trails. Painfully slow.
    Skied about 10 random miles today at Ashwabay. The light coating of heavy wet snow made for a slow slog through the woods. Probably would have been better with waxless skis, but still slow.
    Photos:  
    (Ben Fornear)
  • Feb 7 - Uller Trail (Pence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good, best line track set.
    Ski this wilderness like trail before next snow.
    (Tim Fitz)
  • Feb 5 - Mecca (Mercer): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: Conditions are excellent for the weekend.
    Talked to some skiers from Madison and they said the trails were excellent. So okay folks, it's all groomed up for the weekend and I can't think of any excuses for not skiing. If you get out and get a bunch a K under your belt by Sunday afternoon you won't feel bad about laying on the couch for the Super Bowl. Trails are in excellent condition so get out and thrash em.
    (Gary Mears)
  • Feb 4 - Penokee Mountain Trail (Mellen): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. About 12 inches of new snow.
    Packed and freshly groomed. Trail is really starting to take shape and a lot of the uneven parts of the trail are starting to level out. Should set up well!
    (Chad Jacobson, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Estimated base of 12 to 14 inches. The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails are in very good to excellent condition.
    Tuesday night's snow storm left 6-8" of new snow on the trails. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails were rolled on Wednesday and tracks set on Thursday. The groomer said the tracks set up great and rated the conditions on the trails as very good to excellent.
    (Teresa Maday, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Lake Superior View Golf Course (Washburn): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We received about 7 inches of fresh snow on Wednesday. The entire course has been groomed today for both skate and classic.
    Conditions for the entire course are very good to excellent.
    (Nate Swiston)
  Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Great snow and grooming. Skied Thursday and the groomers have worked there magic. Tracks and skate lanes are very good. The east side outer trail was a blast. A couple short trails had not been done yet but that snow was still smooth and fun.
    (Chuck Henning)
  • Feb 11 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good mid winter conditions with fresh snow.
    Beaver Brook was groomed and track set Thursday night. The 2 " of fresh snow from Tuesday groomed in well and double tracks were set were ever possible. Get out and enjoy this dog friendly Wildlife area.
    (Kevin Myers)
  • Feb 10 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent both for classic and skate.
    Groomed Wednesday morning and classic is fast and faster, and site lanes are firm, slowed only by the cold temps. Thanks to the groomers.
    (Dave Swanson)
  • Feb 10 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent Skate deck and Classic track. Groomed Wednesday.
    East and West Side provide incredible skiing conditions for both skate and classic. Nearly all trails are freshly groomed with classic track and no notable trouble areas. I encourage everyone to ski the Outer Loop trail for a change of scenery.
    (Dave Putnam)
  • Feb 10 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Nice firm trails for skating and excellent classic tack. Season's best skiing for sure! Cudos to the fantastic groomers.
    (Dave Swanson)
  • Feb 10 - Timberland Hills (Cumberland): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Very good conditions on the groomed portions. Grooming hasn't been completed on all trails this week due to an equipment issue.
    We will update when everything is finished. I skated the engagement loop this afternoon and conditions were great. The tracks looked solid too. Also, pardon our dust as there is a remodeling project on the warming house in progress.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 10 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions. Just finished grooming the skate lane.
    Skate and track are very good condition.
    (Greg Hoelscher)
  • Feb 9 - Blue Hills Trail (Bruce): 
    Firsthand 

    Thanks to some really fine grooming, Tuesday's conditions were breathtaking. Cold temps, bright sunshine, glistening corduroy, firm wide skate deck, solid classic track - wow! A picture's worth a thousand words.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Paulsen, Blue Hills Trail Association)
  • Feb 9 - Trade River Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    2" of new snow. Groomed and tracks set.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 9 - Coon Lake Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    2" of new snow. Groomed with tracks set on trail closest to Coon Lake.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 8 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: At 5 PM, 1-2" un-groomed powder.
    Ungroomed powder on top of crust from warm-up over the weekend. Some thin areas in the usual spots near the bog.
    (Jim Kelley)
  • Feb 5 - Beaver Brook Ski Trail (Spooner): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good mid-winter conditions with 10" of fresh snow from the Wednesday.
    Groomed most of Beaver Brook tonight. Double tracks set wherever possible. Tracks look good and should firm up nicely for the weekend.
    (Kevin Myers)
  • Feb 5 - Trade River Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    8" of new snow. Rolled, combed, and tracks set. Ready to go.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 5 - Coon Lake Trail (Frederic): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6" of new snow, rolled and combed. No tracks set yet, but skating is good.
    The adult eagles are hanging around the nest more and more.
    (William Johnson)
  • Feb 4 - Balsam Branch Trails (Amery): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1 PM, 2 inches new powder today on top of the groomed 6+" received Tuesday.
    Skate lane fairly soft overall and very soft in some places.
    (Jim Kelley)
  Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Observation 

    Rock hard, rutted, icy, with scattered debris.
    (Jim Schmitt)
  • Feb 13 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
    Entire skate lane groomed Friday night. Excellent corduroy. Tracks were good with very little debris except on highland / lowland trail. Fatbike / snowshoe trail looked great as well. Thank you groomers. Enjoy.
    (Kevin Roytek)
  • Feb 12 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Ski deck is hard boilerplate as of 10:00 this morning. Could be great if freshly groomed. Tracks are good but are starting to get random oak leaves and pine needles.
    (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
  • Feb 11 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate lanes very firm, icy in some areas.
    Cold, dry conditions and hard deck were a bit challenging. No bare spots. Mostly kept to loops near chalet so less used trails may be in better shape.
    (Robert Zich)
  • Feb 11 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
    Grooming 

    Trail was groomed last Thursday and is in excellent condition. There have been a couple light dustings of snow since but the track is still in great shape.
    (Mike Rivers)
  • Feb 7 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: I had sticky "glide" with the warm temps and wrong wax, but the grooming and snow coverage was close to perfect.
    This is a scenic trail system and they're doing a good job with grooming and trail maintenance.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 6 - Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good conditions for the candlelight event tonight.
    With fresh snow and nice temps, they had a good turnout. A classic track and snowshoe lane was groomed.
    (Louis Muench, CASTA)
  • Feb 6 - Tower Ridge Ski Area (Eau Claire): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions both classic track and skating deck.
    Normally by this time of the winter the classic tracks have stretches of oak leaves in them. Not today. Nary a leaf. Tracks are firm and deep. Skating is firm and by 11:00 this morning getting rather fast.
    (Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Ski Striders)
  • Feb 5 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
    Firsthand Shorty 

    Conditions: Trail is fabulous!
    Groomed wonderfully. Get out and ski!
    (Mark Schneider)
  • Feb 5 - River Road Ski Trail (Cornell): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Trails today were good trending towards great. Much improved with the recent snowfall.
    I skied just about all the sections and found the many of the ruts to be a non-factor now. A nice deep track is set. I advise avoiding the far north section, there isn't a track set for part of the section. Of most concern is the far NE hill labeled on the map as steep. There is a dangerous rut on the steepest part of that hill.
    Photos:  
    (Jason Sullivan)
  • Feb 5 - Hoffman Hills (Menomonie): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked, excellent condition.
    The entire system was packed, rolled, groomed and tracked and is in excellent shape. Trail is in the best shape of the season right now.
    (Dan Gainey)
  • Feb 5 - Red Cedar River Trail (Menomonie): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very nice. Trail is groomed for both skating and classic from Menomonie to Downsville.
    We set tracks on both sides of trail from Menomonie to Irvington which makes the skate lane a little narrower but we get a lot of classic skiers on that stretch. From Irvington to Downsville we set a track only on one side of the trail with a wider skating lane.
    (Bill Kryshak)
  • Feb 4 - Hickory Ridge Trail (Bloomer): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Classic tracks great! All trails groomed for both classic and skating.
    Fabulous new snow. If you love hills and scenic Ice Age terrain.... this is the best in the area.
    (Eleanor Wolf)
  Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent ski conditions in classic tracks. Excellent ski experience if you have never been here, lots of snow draped pines.
    (Steve Nelson)
  • Feb 10 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very smooth both skating and striding.
    First time I ever skied here and such beautiful trail very well marked with very interesting historical signage. I would rate these trails as some of the very best I have ever skied in 35 years of doing this sport. I will return soon. I would love to ski their race sometime.
    (Charlie Ritter)
  • Feb 10 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great to excellent, 3" of new snow this week and cold temperatures resulting in a hard and fast trail.
    Loops A, B, C, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. We received 3" of new snow and the trails are in wonderful shape. I cut out some more alders in the short wetland segment of C and it is opening up really well. I did a minimum of two passes on each trail, and up to four on some sections to work out any high spots. The base on the trails is 7-8" and there is about 15+" of snow in the woods. With the cold temperatures the trails should set up quite nice. In honor of President's Day fees will be waived on the ski trails on Monday, February 15.
    (Brady Howe)
  • Feb 10 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent conditions. Just groomed this morning and it turned out great. Should be excellent for the Rib Lake Hinderbinder on Saturday.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 9 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    I groomed trails last night, then skied some today. It was great last night but the wind blew snow into the tracks (and skate lanes) this morning and made for a very slow ski. I will try grooming again early Wednesday morning.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 9 - Rib Lake Ski Trails (Rib Lake): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent conditions! Mike was grooming the Rib Lake trails today and it is really, really nice. Should be great conditions (albeit a little cold) for the HinderBinder 23k race on Saturday!
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 9 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great, 3" of fresh snow.
    Loops A, C, D and E groomed and tracked. We received 3" of new snow and the trails are in wonderful shape. The wetland segments on C and D are filling in nicely and the groomer was able to leave some decent corduroy on the trail. Each trail got a minimum of two passes as well to help work out any high spots and pack the snow down. The base on the trails is 7-8" and about 15" + in the woods. I had a little extra time while grooming and got a few face slapper branches trimmed back. Temperatures are predicted to be fairly cold the next few days so everything should set up really well. In honor of President's Day fees will not be charged on Monday, February 15.
    (Brady Howe)
  • Feb 7 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Grooming 

    I groomed and skied Saturday; best conditions yet this season! Then groomed again this morning, since we got a little snow overnight. It looks beautiful out there but the snow is really soft.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 5 - Wintergreen Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Great to excellent, 6" of fresh snow this past week.
    Loops A, B, C, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. We received 6" of new snow in the past week and the trails are really looking great! The wetland portion on C is filling in pretty well, just make sure to stay on the groomed section. I did two passes on Kiddie, three on A and Shortcut, and at least four passes on B, C and D. The base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. The snow was pretty dry and light so it took a few passes to get everything to pack down nice. Weather is predicted to be great this weekend so get out and enjoy your forest! .
    Photos:  
    (Brady Howe)
  • Feb 4 - Camp Forest Springs (Westboro): 
    Firsthand 

    I skied most of the 18km; Excellent conditions - Sweet! The snow is quite dry so glide was not so good, but it is finally smooth and the tracks are firm.
    (Scott Everson)
  • Feb 4 - Newman Springs Ski Trail (Park Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to excellent! 6" of new snow this week.
    Loops A, C, D and E groomed. Loop B machine packed. With the 6" of new snow that we got the trails are starting to look great! The wetland crossings on C and D are still a little rough, but are starting to shape up nicely. I did anywhere from two to seven passes on each section of trail to help pack down the new snow and groom everything nice and smooth. I did however get stuck going up one hill on Loop E, but it groomed out OK and shouldn't be an issue. Base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. With the nice weather in the forecast for the weekend there's no excuse to not get out and enjoy your forest!
    (Brady Howe)
  Other locations
  • Feb 9 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming 

    All of the trails were scratched up with the Ginzu. The skate deck is a bit kibbled but is no longer a sheet of ice in most places and should ski well. The classic track ranges from non-existent to very good with the best classic skiing being on the Blue and Green trails. There isn't enough base to reset track.
    (David Thofern)
  • Feb 8 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Variable. Icy and new snow.
    As you can imagine the trails are icy where the wind has blown off the new snow. In areas where there is some protection from the wind (300 Campground loop), the quarter inch of new snow is definitely ski-able.
    (Bob Ballantine)
  • Feb 6 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    It was outstanding Saturday morning. Thank you to the groomers for there work. Was getting a little soft by mid morning.
    (Robert Maki)
  • Feb 6 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fun classic skiing!
    Freshly rolled wide and tracked with new snow adding to base. Just a few thin spots under the pine trees. Rolling hills and lovely scenery. New porta potty installed in the trailhead parking area. Thank you town of Barnes, Wi!
    (Marc Lybeck)
  • Feb 5 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Retracked all two way trails to widen skate deck Friday night. Tracks looked very good assuming they set over night. Skate deck resurfaced on all trails except red. Corduroy looked very good in the dark. Should be an outstanding day.
    (Bob Richardson)
  • Feb 5 - Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail (Barnes): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent--groomed after most recent snow. Lots of snow, solid tracks, 25 degrees and sun--just a great day to discover this little gem. Tracks are debris free.
    Although it appeared we were the first skiers on the yellow trail since it was groomed, the tracks were a little glazed where snow dropped off the pines. Had tracks on steeper downhills, becomes hazardous when trying to control speed on a narrow trail.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Great classic track, skate deck needs to firm up.
    The classic track looked really nice but the skate deck from the main parking lot on the purple trail or to the lower campground was pretty soft yet and was quite narrow in spots.
    (Zach Mattson)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Shorty 

    Outstanding! Groomed beautifully.
    Photos:  
    (Ginny Ballantine)
  • Feb 4 - Brandt Pines Ski Trail (Grantsburg): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent.
    Skated the entire system today. Trail is in excellent condition. No bare spots. The groomer does a really nice job. The DNR really improved this trail.
    (John Rathje)
  • Feb 4 - Willow River State Park (Hudson): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fabulous! Good coverage. Great day for classic skiing. The hills were great and the snow very forgiving.
    Thanks to the groomers. Job well done.
    (Woody Croatt)

 

Wisconsin Northeast

  Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    6K and 10K loops groomed and trackset. Trail is squeaky cold and firm, could not set a very deep track today. Skated the 6k loop this evening and had minimal glide. Report from classic skiers was the same. Reminder that tomorrow is the WinMan Windigo Snowshoe race and there will be trails closed off.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 13 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Freshly groomed, good, mostly firm base, very good classic track.
    I have been pleasantly surprised lately to find these old Eagle River Nordic trails groomed. They provide excellent intermediate challenges and the scenery is top notch. I am also surprised that very few people ski here, I rarely see other ski tracks let alone skiers. Thank you F.S.
    (Daniel Miller)
  • Feb 13 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent to very good skiing on 90K, with areas of tree debris (cones, needles, leaves). Groomers took the PistenBully to 12K last night, setting good corduroy and track on Tornado, Survivor, and Yukon. Snow is cold, firm, and slow.
    Fires are running at the X-C shelter and Yukon Marsh overlook. Enjoy an Open House at the shelter! Looking ahead: Valentine's Candlelit Ski has been rescheduled for Sunday 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 13 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. All classic tracks reset. Full depth perfect classic exist. All skate lanes groomed. Firm, flat, smooth, even and level skate lanes exist. All ski trails groomed 13 of the last 17 nights. All Fatbike trails groomed 11 of the last 17 nights.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 12 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Grooming 

    The skate deck was cleaned up this evening, and the classic track was reset in some of the drifted areas. The rest of the track is still in good shape despite the windy conditions. With the winds, some leaves are finding their way into the tracks. However this is the exception rather than the rule.
    (Dennis Zielinski)
  • Feb 12 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6" base good condition, groomed today.
    Conditions: 6" base good condition groomed and tracked. Pat Shay, Butternut, roller coaster, Tom's Hill and Narrow Gage.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 12 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 6" base good condition all groomed and tracked.
    Due to pest getting into the shelter we ask that people bring in own bird seed. We cannot have it stored in shelter due to a clever squirrel.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 12 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. Eliminated most of the leaf debris collecting in the tracks. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 12 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Excellent skiing on 90K. Groomers took the PistenBully to 34K last night, setting great corduroy and track, including double-tracks on Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks. Skaters report smooth, fast glide on trails groomed Wednesday and Thursday, including Base Loop, Tornado Alley, and Survivor.
    Candlelit Ski Saturday night!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 11 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: West loop groomed, east loop old track.
    Groomer was out, stated equipment busted. Skied east loop and even though track was a bit old, it was medium deep and fast. Had a brisk ski in some brisk wind.
    (John Fetzer)
  • Feb 11 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    I groomed and tracked the Nordmarka Trails Thursday night and they were in fabulous shape. Friday though is so windy that the trails may be blown over again with the open nature of the golf course. The tracks were deep and solid Thursday night and the skate deck smooth.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Feb 11 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good.
    Most of the trail skate decks were in good to very good condition. I skied Tornado, Nutcracker, Yukon, C&D Express, Lake Marie, Island Hop, Nepco's and River Run. Some thin base on River Run at the far end. Excellent base on Yukon, C&D and Lake Marie.
    (Robert Schwarz)
  • Feb 11 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 15 F, sunny, dropping to 7F. Skate deck smooth, fast and flat. Classic tracks frim and fast. 8" new cold lake effect snow over last week.
    On a traditional scale of 1 through 5, I would give the trail condtions a 6... it was that good!
    (Abbott Wright)
  • Feb 11 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions, groomed to perfection, lots of snow! As good as it gets!
    A perfect day in the northwoods!
    (Bob Woelfl)
  • Feb 11 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All skate loops were groomed Wednesday late afternoon. Firm, great deck. All classic loops groomed and tracked early this morning with exception of Lions Pride and Wild Thing. They will be done tonight.
    It will be cold this weekend, but both skate deck and tracks are excellent now and should remain so.
    (Will Maines)
  • Feb 11 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Leveled drifted areas, cut and tracked all loops this morning. Very good conditions. Cold, but a beautiful morning on the trail.
    Photos:  
    (Joe Fieweger, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 11 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
    Grooming 

    The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday and is in excellent skiing condition for both classical and skate skiing.
    (Chuck Wetzel)
  • Feb 10 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Getting lots of lake effect and drifting the last few days. 6k and 10k loops are groomed. Will be grooming entire system - ski, snowshoe and fatbike - on Thursday. This Sunday is our 3rd annual Windigo 5K and 10K snowshoe race and the trails will be closed for the event until about 3PM.
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 10 - McNaughton Lake Trail (Lake Tomahawk): 
    Grooming 

    Skaters loop leveled and groomed. All other loops leveled, cut and tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 9 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good. Firm, level skate lane and solid, crisp tracks.
    Groomed 1 inch of new, dry snow this afternoon. Some windblown debris under pines and drifting in open areas.
    (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
  • Feb 9 - Madeline Lake Trail (Arbor Vitae): 
    Grooming 

    Trail groomed and tracked, very good conditions.
    (Dan Perry)
  • Feb 9 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good 6" base groomed and tracked today.
    All groomed and tracked today except Devils Run, plan to groom on Friday.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 9 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. All ski trails groomed early this morning. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes groomed to perfection. All ski trails have been groomed 11 times in the last 14 nights. All Fat Bike Trails groomed early this morning. All Fat Bike Trails have been groomed 10 times in the last 14 nights.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 8 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Some groomed, some not, but all amazing.
    A sneak peek at what skiing in Heaven will be like. A few inches of dry powder on a nice flat base equaled silky smooth skiing. A light snow all day refreshed the beauty and peace. I skated, but the classic looked equally amazing. The wilder trails like Nutcracker and VO2 Max are in great shape too.
    (Dan LaBlanc)
  • Feb 8 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tracked on Saturday, light snow on them.
    Cut a deeper track, and the glide was very good. Should be good on west loop for a few days or more, depending on use.
    (John Fetzer)
  • Feb 8 - Raven Trails (Woodruff): 
    Grooming 

    All loops tracked. Good conditions.
    (Tony Martinez, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 7 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1.5 new snow. Deck brushed but tracks not reset, but that was okay.
    Decided to break out the fish scales today. Deck was groomed but was breaking in the tracks with the 1.5 inches of new snow. Still, trail is in great condition. Landfill loop (what an awful name) is in really good shape. And one of the best classic trails at Washburn.
    (Brian Hegge)
  • Feb 7 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Very good. Good snow cover and classic track was firm and well-set. Skate lane was not recently groomed and there were several inches of soft, fluffy powder. Regardless it was sublime skiing in the Northwoods with beautiful scenery across Mud Creek and through the Black Spruce forest and Cranberry Bog.
    (Marilyn Bratt)
  • Feb 7 - Three Eagle Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fresh skating corduroy and solid, crisp tracks.
    Groomed 1" of new, damp snow this morning. Warming temps could make for slower conditions today.
    Photos:  
    (Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation)
  • Feb 7 - Escanaba Trail (Boulder Junction): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good conditions. Leveled drifted areas and reset track beat up from recent moderate use.
    13 inches of snow on the picnic table and 8 inches measured under heavy conifer cover. Cloudy now and hopefully air temperatures do not rise above low 30's. Falling temperatures and more light snows predicted before falling temperatures. Cool down should result in some firm fast tracks for midweek skiing.
    (Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 7 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. All skate lanes groomed at 6am. Perfect temp to groom. Less than 1" new.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 6 - Nose Lake Ski Trail (Rhinelander): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good shape.
    Skied both loops, all in good shape. Dog friendly trail, occasional "dog bombs".
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Feb 6 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Some of the best conditions I've ever seen at Razorback this morning.
    Thanks for all of the excellent grooming!
    (Chase Christopherson)
  • Feb 6 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 0.25" of light snow. Fabulous skiing on 90K. Groomers freshened skate lanes and reset track on 30K. The 15K Wilderness trails have ski'd-in tracks and up to 1" of powder, and that's when they ski the best. Trails are firm this morning, but may soften a bit this afternoon.
    Tonight: "Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure at 6:00 PM!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 5 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Grooming 

    Beautiful warm and sunny day at WinMan. All trails - ski, snowshoe and fatbike - were groomed today/tonight and are in fabulous shape.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 5 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Classic trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Deep, excellent tracks. Skate loops will be groomed very early tomorrow morning.
    Got out to ski classic on HairRaiser, Lions Pride and Wild Thing this afternoon. Virgin tracks were still a bit soft from this morning's grooming; loops that had seen other skiers already were firmer and fairly fast. Excellent skiing.
    (Will Maines)
  • Feb 5 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
    God forbid that a single snowflake should hit the Afterglow trails without Pete Moline instantly tilling it back into perfection. The skate deck was utterly flawless, classic tracks were deep and fast. Should be a great weekend at Afterglow, thanks Pete!
    (Dan Mckissack)
  • Feb 5 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Trails in good shape after grooming, though the hills by the school (farthest from the Trailhead) were well used by the students in their phyed ski classes.
    (Joe Panci)
  • Feb 5 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: 89K in excellent condition (with 1K of Nepco's that will be re-groomed tonight). Approximately 0.5" of light powder overnight. Groomers took the PistenBully to Nutcracker, C&D Express, Lake Marie, and River Run. Trail firmness is perfect on trails groomed before last night; more recent groomings need a few more hours to set-up.
    "Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure Saturday night, and more Cookie Crumb events!
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 4 - Nordmarka Ski Trails (Eagle River): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied Nordmarka (the Eagle River Golf Course) Thursday night. Well-groomed and best conditions of the season.
    (Chris Stark)
  • Feb 4 - Washburn Lake Ski Trails (Woodboro): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 3 inches new snow nicely groomed.
    Wonderful conditions today. Deck was set with nice deep classic tracks. First time all year there has been enough snow. Will be great skiing through the weekend.
    (Brian Hegge)
  • Feb 4 - WinMan Trails (Winchester): 
    Firsthand Grooming 

    All ski trails and snowshoe trails were groomed today and are in great shape...but it started snowing again as I was finishing - will touch up the trails tomorrow as needed. I did get a chance to skate ski after grooming and the trail was a little bit soft and slow, track was good however.
    Photos:  
    (Robert Polic)
  • Feb 4 - Afterglow Lake Resort (Phelps): 
    Grooming 

    Perfect. All ski trails groomed 8 times in the last 9 nights. All Fat Bike trails groomed 7 times in the last 9 nights. Flawless full depth classic tracks exist. Super flat skate lanes side to side and end to end.
    Photos:  
    (Pete Moline, Afterglow Lake Resort)
  • Feb 4 - Nicolet North Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 5" base good condition groomed and tracked.
    Pat Shay, Butternut, roller coaster, Tom's Hill and Narrow Gage.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Anvil National Recreation Trail (Eagle River): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions good with 6" base groomed and tracked.
    All trails groomed and tracked today will bring rakes down next week to smooth out hump in center of deck.
    (Jeff Higley, US Forest Service)
  • Feb 4 - Moccasin Ski Trail (Elcho): 
    Grooming 

    The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday and is in excellent condition. The snowshoe trail was also packed.
    (Chuck Wetzel)
  • Feb 4 - Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center (Minocqua): 
    Grooming 

    A trace of snow overnight. 58K, including the Wilderness trails, are in excellent shape for striding, 43K for skating. Trails are firming, but they are still a touch soft from Tuesday's 6"+ snow shower. River Run, C&D, and Lake Marie have all been rolled (compacted), but no corduroy nor track have been set. Nutcracker will remain closed Thursday.
    Photos:  
    (Tim Collins, Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center)
  • Feb 4 - Razorback Ridges Trail (Sayner): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: All skate loops have been groomed, and all classic loops are groomed and have track set except for Lions Pride and Wild Thing.
    Grooming plans include a complete redo of all classic trails early tomorrow morning. If time permits all skate will also be redone then. If not, those loops will be groomed tomorrow afternoon. Expect somewhat soft conditions today.
    (Will Maines)
  Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 10 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair for skating, disappointing given the good snow coverage.
    Skate skied at 9 AM. About one-half inch of snow covered a very rough skate deck. My guess is that it has not been groomed since the warm weather on Sunday. Classic tracks looked quite nice with very little debris. The passage next to the gravel pit had areas of tan snow from wind blown dust.
    (Tim Corcoran)
  • Feb 9 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent great grooming as usual here.
    Skied here Tuesday evening and was treated to some of best trail conditions ever. Great training spot a week before the main event!
    (Charlie Ritter)
  • Feb 8 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Tilled and reconditioned after the thaw.
    Good for skating and OK for striding - have caution on pretty fast conditions!
    (Andrew Jennings)
  • Feb 8 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor in many areas with lots of ice.
    Lots of ice making conditions poor in many areas. Nonetheless the beauty of the trail kept us going today. We need snow and colder conditions. Think snow!
    (Stephanie Miller Doine)
  • Feb 7 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair, lots of debris, soft track in places.
    Overall this is a great place to ski. Skating deck in general is solid. However the warmer weather today and yesterday made for tough skiing. Today the snow was soft, sticky, and slow, with a fair amount of debris.
    (Luke Fortney)
  • Feb 6 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Awesome, well groomed.
    First time there, dedicated new warming hut. 26 cars in parking lot. Ski head has new hut and 3 miles in another warming shack. Trails marked great and the loops are good for all. This is a great ski for an hour, 3, or 6 with lunch.
    (John Fetzer)
  • Feb 6 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for classic and skating.
    Excellent for striding and skating on freshly groomed trails this morning. They received lots of snow here earlier in the week and the trails were in fantastic condition. Great flow to this trail system.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 6 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for classic.
    After skating and striding at Standing Rocks, Joanie and I strided this popular classic-only double-tracked trail before heading back to Madison. Had not been here in years and it was fun to come back and ski the five loops, which are just over 6 miles. Had great glide on the well-used tracks-lots of skiers coming and going today. Great views along the winding river.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 6 - Standing Rocks Park (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very fine! All trails in great shape.
    Thanks to the recent snow dump all trails are covered, clean and recently groomed, but a bit soft. Still these are the best conditions of the season, even the classic tracks look divine.
    Photos:  
    (Scott Frazier)
  • Feb 6 - Underdown Recreation Area (Irma): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    The blue loop was in great shape.
    (Pete Wurl)
  • Feb 5 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good striding.
    Another gorgeous day at Jack Lake! Snow was a tad soft in places but was still a wonderful outing. The new warming shelter, which is beautifully situated close to the parking lot, is a fantastic addition to an already attractive ski destination.
    Photos:  
    (Patti Teuke)
  • Feb 5 - Iola Winter Sports Club Trails (Iola): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good.
    The 11 inch dump earlier this week combined with Phil J's magic touch produced wonderful conditions. It was a bit soft and slow today on the Black loop, but still fantastic. The northeastern extension of the black trail that I never got to ski last year is fantastic: great flow, banked turns, damn near a perfect ski trail. Classic tracks were deep and firm. Skate deck will be much faster tomorrow.
    (Charlie Dee)
  • Feb 5 - Plover River Ski Trail (Stevens Point): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic conditions.
    Great conditions. Deep double-tracks throughout. And an enjoyable absence of pine needles and oak leaves. And you know how rare that is at the Wells. Just lovely.
    Photos:  
    (Bill Fehrenbach)
  • Feb 5 - Jack Lake Trails (Antigo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
    Skated the main trails. Grooming was great and used good skis with no problem. Track looked to be excellent as well. The new heated chalet at the trailhead is wonderful.
    (Dave Aggen)
  • Feb 5 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Full coverage, nicely groomed, a little soft.
    Nine Mile is in very good condition. All trails are groomed and tracked. Just a few (very few) spots where non-snow particles are visible - easy to ski around. Very nice skiing!
    (John McCarthy)
  • Feb 4 - Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area (Wausau): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied 20 km loop on Thursday. Everything has been groomed and is starting to set-up nicely. Back trails have some soft spots. Main Street and trails with lots of traffic are quite solid. Everything is covered and skiing should be great for the weekend.
    (Randy Lueth)
  Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, super fast and a little dirty from wind debris. Skate deck is titanium solid. Classic tracks look well cut.
    Late afternoon skate in 11 degree temps with blue skies and a setting sun filtering thru the trees. A beauty. With a fresh groom on Sunday morning, Valentine's Day skiers are going to have a great time at the Reforestation Camp!
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Feb 12 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Outside trail, base is very hard - skiable, with caution. Classic track is disappearing with wind.
    Race course remains in good condition. Just worked on it and my throttle thumb is frozen!
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 11 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Tracks set on Wednesday. All outside trails open. Base is hard, fast skiing. Watch for some icy areas.
    Race course is all marked out. Base is firm with great cover. Race is Sunday, sign up and support Bridgie. Future is at stake.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 10 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very fast and fun.
    Skating was great Wednesday afternoon on the green loop. Classic tracks looked to be in good condition too.
    (Ken Braband)
  • Feb 10 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed and tracked today. Inside track mostly good. Outside track is shallow in a few areas especially on the 2nd and 3rd berm. Skate ski is mostly good with a few rough areas. Most of the icy areas have been broken up.
    (Jim Pedersen)
  • Feb 9 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good! Night skiing on a solid, level base with a fresh 1 inch of dry snow layered on top. Fast and fun in 14 degrees.
    The "Camp" looks to be fantastic shape. Skate deck solid and level. Classic tracks well defined.
    Photos:  
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Feb 9 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: Ski trails snow covered. Icy underneath. Fast.
    Due to warm temps on Sunday, and colder weather the trails have re-froze and iced up. There is a dusting of snow (3/4" to 1") over the trails. Skiers stopping in say that the trails are fast and icy.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Feb 7 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Overall good. Skate deck is variable: perfect in some spots, a little rutty in others, wind debris in the usual areas. Classic tracks looked well set throughout.
    Early day ski in 36 degrees under blue skies. Plenty of snow, full coverage... trail had not been freshly groomed. Plenty of cars in the parking lot when we left. Carpe Skiem!
    (Bob Warpinski)
  • Feb 6 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed for both classic and skate.
    Great for recovery or slow ski - my first visit since the new work done on the golf course. A few more hills (again Appleton HIlls) Has the benefits is sledding hill for kids and bathrooms- during certain hours. Skate trail a bit choppy but no bad spots. Classic is great.
    (Steve Verboomen)
  • Feb 5 - Riverview Gardens (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate lanes and classic tracks in good skiing condition.
    Skate lanes and classic tracks packed and groomed on Thursday, and re-groomed tonight. Both loops are now connected although the grooming between, approx. 500', is beat down by walkers and sledding. Skate lanes in this area are a little narrow in places but should be able to make your way thru. Great to see fresh skate tracks out there tonight, come on out and check it out.
    (Paul Romenesko)
  • Feb 5 - Machickanee (Oconto Falls): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Trails groomed this morning, perfect tracks and conditions.
    The guys groomed this morning and are reporting perfect conditions.
    (Dale Tease)
  • Feb 5 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is firm, new classic trail cut in this morning.
    Race course is marked, Sunday may be warm, groomer is gone, use discretion on soft tracks.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent and some good.
    The two southern loops were in excellent condition after the recent snow. The northernmost loop needs better definition between the classic and skating tracks.
    (Ray Germonprez)
  • Feb 4 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Full coverage with minimal to no debris. Skied in the early morning. Birches not fully groomed yet but tracks were set. Maples fully groom.
    Conditions were great. Solid base. Slightly soft on pole plant in a few areas. Beautiful day with the sun shining as I ended. Snow was fast and near perfect. Should have kept going!
    (Patrick Warpinski)
  • Feb 4 - Reforestation Camp (Green Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good firm and fast.
    Conditions are excellent at the camp. I skated two maples this afternoon. I was surprised at how firm it was so soon after the snowfall. The snow groomed up well due to the high moisture content. The groomers have done a super job this year. Probably best conditions of the year this weekend.
    (Mike Athanas)
  • Feb 4 - Navarino Wildlife Area (Shiocton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Groomed and tracked. Snow covered with a base of at least 8". Some oak leaves and branches due to the wind.
    Complete grooming on Thursday afternoon. All 12 miles of trails are packed and tracked for cc skiing. Should have a nice freeze tonight, and possibly a dusting of snow. No trail fees, donations are greatly appreciated.
    (Tim Ewing)
  • Feb 4 - Point Beach State Forest (Two Rivers): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    We missed out on the recent snow but the entire forest still has plenty of snow. East loops: Fair condition. Well worn, icy with some debris. Should soften and be skiable on the weekend. West loops: Good condition. Firm icy classic tracks. Skate deck will be regroomed this evening. Backcountry:(lake dunes, inland dunes, ungroomed fire lanes, deer trails, swales, etc) have plenty of firm snow cover. Enjoy exploring if you find the groomed trails to difficult to ski on.
    (Grant Houghton)
  • Feb 4 - High Cliff State Park (Sherwood): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent.
    Thank you once again to Bruce and the park staff, thank you Linda for always posting. Please stop in office and donate - Bruce is a volunteer.
    (Kathleen Paton)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Base is rolled, renovated and firm. classic tracks set.
    Use care in corners, some ruts. Start, finish and entire race course is open for practice. Start is near green on 3rd hole, finish is on 5th fairway. Course is well marked.
    (Greg Hollub)
  • Feb 4 - Bridgewood Resort (Neenah): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Firm base, well groomed, very fast snow!
    Very fast trails made for a fantastic lunch ski. Even though there is the occasional rut to pay attention to, best skiing so far this season! Great job, groomers!
    (Evan Zaborski)
  • Feb 4 - Reid Golf Course (Appleton): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Conditions mostly very good. Skate ski will be soft at first and there are a few twigs in the tracks.
    Groomed and track 2-4 am.
    (Jim Pedersen)
  Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Skied the yellow loop. Icy in the woods but track was set better than at Peninsula. Berms at road crossings were a bit tricky, but I had fun. Woods protect skier from wind. Overall a good day.
    (Bill Montgomery)
  • Feb 12 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Extremely icy and thin.
    Ranger told me trails were groomed off of lot# 5 only. She didn't recommend skiing today. Planned on skiing the orange/red trails. Ended up just skiing the yellow. Not much base, maybe 4 inches, tracks were very thin and icy with a lot of debris. When you fall, it's like falling on concrete. Ranger was right.
    (Bill Montgomery)
  • Feb 10 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Fair to good, very good in a few areas.
    The frozen hard pack was sliced and diced with the Ginzu knives and, after multiple passes it was chopped up enough to allow setting a new track. While the track is "pitted", it should be quite skiable and the downhills are no longer glare ice. Portions of the Yellow Trail going through the Red Pine Plantation have very thin snow cover, are littered with woods debris and the track is quite shallow, but overall the trail conditions are considerably better than the previous frozen hard pack.
    Photos:  
    (Rich Dirks)
  • Feb 7 - Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to excellent.
    Went out Sunday morning on the trail off of Lot 5. Tracks for striding were excellent. I have never skied in 40 degree weather before! Snow was softening as we finished around 11 am.
    (Bill Kirsch)
  • Feb 6 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Glazed in spots. Tracks full depth and well defined.
    Tracks were in good shape, but glazed in spots. Hills were packed and slick. All in all it was good to be out in the Dunes. Thanks, Rich, you are the man!
    Photos:  
    (John Kaminsky)
  • Feb 4 - Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good to very good, excellent in some areas.
    All trails were groomed and new track set after approx 4 1/2" new, wet snow on Tuesday. No bare spots, but some thin areas under cedars and hemlocks, and portion of Yellow Trail through Red Pine plantation continues to be strewn with pine needles. Tracks are mostly full depth and reasonably clean. Pole plant areas firm. Overall, probably the best conditions so far this season.
    Photos:  
    (Rich Dirks)
  Other locations
  • Feb 11 - Governor Thompson State Park (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very Good. Main trails are excellent.
    Main trail system groomed and tracked well. Track on side trails breaks up in places. Some light leaf litter can be seen on portions of the trails.
    (Matthew Leischer, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 11 - Halls Creek Trail (Fern): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, trails were just groomed this morning.
    Trails are groomed for classic and skate on front two loops. Best kept secret in NE Wisconsin.
    (Al Sauld)
  • Feb 10 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Good. Trails were groomed after an additional ~1" of snow added. Trails are starting to come together well in most areas. Track seemed to be holding together well.
    (Josh Jarvis)
  • Feb 4 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 5 " fresh snow received yesterday.
    The entire trail was groomed and tracked with two Tidd Techs. Conditions are very good.
    (Fred Axelrod)
  • Feb 4 - Lauterman National Recreation Trail (Florence): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 1-2 inch base fair conditions.
    Groomed and tracked. Ski-in this Saturday.
    (Larry Vassar)
  • Feb 4 - Spring Rapids Trail (Crivitz): 
    Grooming 

    Good- Additional 5-7 inches of snow added to the area yesterday. Trails were rolled and groomed both Wednesday and again today to touch it up. Track was laid and had mixed results with some areas holding well and some were crumbling after a little time. The trail does still have some rough patches but the majority of the system is looking pretty good.
    (Josh Jarvis)

 

Wisconsin Southwest

  La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Newly groomed today. Skating trails are good to excellent, and fast. Classic track is variable, fair to mostly good, some tracks may have crusty sidewalls.
    The weekend melting transformed the existing snow, but there is a good base and complete coverage. We received two inches of fresh powder Monday and Tuesday. The skate trails groomed up well. Classic tracks held up pretty well with the warmth, and have some fresh powder. I tried to reset tracks on the North Loop with mixed results, therefore did not reset the other tracked trails.
    (Steve Beezley)
  • Feb 9 - Justin Trails Resort (Sparta): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed Tuesday. Trails are in very good condition.
    (Donna Justin)
  • Feb 8 - Hixon Forest (La Crosse): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Crusty, some ice.
    Skating through the woods wasn't too bad. Lots of icy patches especially near the parking lot. I guess Sunday's warm up did a lot of damage.
    (Thom Falter)
  • Feb 5 - Justin Trails Resort (Sparta): 
    Grooming Secondhand 

    Conditions: 10 inches new snow this week on 5 inch base. All trails freshly groomed Wednesday and Thursday. Groomed for skating and striding.
    Madison skier had a very good experience Friday evening.
    (Donna Justin)
  • Feb 4 - Coulee Experimental State Forest (Bangor): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Nine inches of dense, high moisture snow.
    All trails were groomed on Thursday. Conditions upgraded, very good to excellent. The skate deck is soft but flatter and wider now. Enough snow to use the deep track setter.
    (Steve Beezley)
  Dodgeville area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Governor Dodge State Park (Dodgeville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. Good old-fashioned single-track classic only. Plenty of snow.
    Governor Dodge is in great shape after this week's snowfall and recent grooming. Deep, solid tracks with a little ice. This is a beautiful trail but doesn't often have conditions this good. Good day to catch the scenery.
    (Pete Anderson)
  Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario): 
    Firsthand 

    Trails were last groomed Thursday for skate and classic. A good base layer (6-8") and great conditions for classic skiing. Trail is rather narrow in some areas for skaters.
    (Bayli Maliszewski)
  • Feb 4 - Wildcat Mountain State Park (Ontario): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good for Classic.
    On our way back to Madison from the Black River State Forest ski trails, Joanie and I skied the 4-mile ridgetop trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario. It had been awhile since we had been there and the views were as good as I remembered. The ski trail follows one of the park's horse trails and goes through scenic woodlands while staying near the edge of a ridge, with overlooks along the way. The trail slopes slightly downward sometimes, which makes it a bit more challenging to ski. It had just been freshly groomed and was in good condition, but a bit soft from the 10 inches of snow they received this week.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  • Feb 4 - Black River Falls State Forest (Millston): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for classic.
    Trails received about 8 inches of snow from the last storm and were groomed and tracked Wednesday and Thursday. Joanie and I strided all 16 miles of trails today and they were in fantastic condition! Tracks were fairly firm even with all the new snow. Have been skiing here for years and always enjoy making the trip from Madison. The skating lanes are narrow here, so it is difficult to ski the trails that way without cutting into the tracks.
    Photos:  
    (Darren Blankenship)
  Other locations
  • Feb 13 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Snow was firm and fast! Excellent grooming!
    The snow at Levis has really held up Great! Wonderful to ski the Moundbounder again! Thanks to the great facilities at this winter hotspot!
    Photos:  
    (Andrew Jennings)
  • Feb 8 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very Good with plenty of coverage and grooming from Saturday evening.
    The skating on an inch of fresh snow was surprisingly fast and fun. A great day to be outside.
    (Jim Mohr)
  • Feb 5 - Levis/Trow Mound Trail (Neillsville): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, 9 inches from last storm on a solid base. Best conditions in two years.
    An outstanding grooming job. Fresh track and cord throughout the trail system. Perfect day. Two trips around the perimeter today. Snow hanging in the cliffs, trees, bushes. I saw rare snowsnakes in the trees today. Hats off to the Levis crew.
    (Steve Beezley)

 

Wisconsin Southeast

  Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Superb. Tracks were a little shallow in some spots, but that's nit-picking. The usual debris in the pines, but overall great skiing. Nice to have a hard wax day.
    Skiers flew around Greenbush on a cold Saturday. Seemed like qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis 500. Everyone tuning up to go long and fast next weekend.
    (Tom Held)
  • Feb 12 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good skating and classical.
    Skated Yellow and classical on Red. Yellow was packed harder and the classical tracks had more ice and debris. Red was in perfect shape forth with looser snow for skating and clean tracks.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 12 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Skating lanes were in great condition. Classic lanes a bit icy and rutted in areas but an enjoyable day none the less.
    (Karl Nennig)
  • Feb 12 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    The skate deck north of the Pigeon River was groomed today. I filled in some of the bare spots with snow but there is a large, about 20 foot, bare spot as you head down the hill to the Pigeon River. There are still some areas with a classic track.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 11 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skate. Groomed a day ago. Hard base trail center were hard polished v's, edges were corrugated.
    Skated 11am to 1pm Greens and Purples 30K. Cold but fast conditions with very little debris. I used race skies. Ski bases showed slight powder from abrasive cold snow but no dings. Hard deck with just enough control for downhills. Uphills had polished center ridge that made climbing easier!
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Feb 11 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Groomed the skating lanes on all loops today. Classic tracks are in very good condition. Skating lanes are in very good condition.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 11 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skating excellent.
    First loop was just ok, previous days traffic had left it a little rutted; then the groomer came through and leveled everything out again - perfect corduroy. Still icy underneath but so far the snow is sticking to it.
    (Larry Moore)
  • Feb 11 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: I skate skied almost all of Maywood and to Evergreen Area 5. There were some very nice areas and some bare spots and icy areas. There is a large bare spot as you head down the hill at Maywood. The other iffy areas are most often under evergreen trees. The skate deck south of the Pigeon River was groomed this morning. There was fresh corduroy. The classic track has not been set south of the river and is good in some spots and not so good in others, north of the river.
    It was a gorgeous sunny day out there! I hope to get out tomorrow morning and groom north of the river after shoveling some snow on the bare spots.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 10 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    was out this afternoon and the trails are in good condition, but it is icy below the surface. This primarily affected solid pole plants. The downhills were not icy. I skated, but the classic tracks looked very good as well. Excellent coverage, and minimal debris.
    Photos:  
    (Kevin Brice)
  • Feb 9 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Zillmer is in good to very good condition throughout. Track was set and groomer Reagan spent most of the day yesterday working the fresh snow into the existing base. Just a heads up that the brown trail will be heavily traveled with some school field trips today through Monday. Green, Red, and Yellow will be in better conditions for skating and striding. Some pictures of the great conditions at Zillmer.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 9 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent and very well groomed for skate.
    Skied classic purple loop and struggled through the windswept drifts. Still beat a day at the office!
    (Joe Brennan)
  • Feb 9 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: 1.5 inches of fresh snow combined with loose snow from the grooming made for good control on hardpacked icy base. Because of the many passes made by the groomer we were treated with fresh honeycombed trail. Everyone was enjoying the ski conditions. Good coverage on all the trails. The fresh classic tracks also were good.
    The groomer was grooming from about 10am and was still grooming when I left at 2:30. Thanks to him to turn a very icy situation into good ski conditions.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 9 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming 

    Received about 1.5 inches of fluffy snow last night. Packed, groomed and tracked all loops today. Light snow falling currently. Skating lanes are good to very good condition. Classic track is overall good with some thin spots with underlying icy spots.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 9 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fresh groomed 2-3inches of snow over solid base = excellent.
    Skied Green Loop in 2-3 inches of fresh snow at 12F. Just a dozen cars in lower lot (not like Saturday!). Started Purple and along came Groomer Terry (Stella riding shotgun) pressing in new tracks and combing skate lane. Perfect! Finished another Green and Purple on fresh corduroy. Fire in the warming hut after. Couldn't ask for more!
    (Theo Abrahamson)
  • Feb 9 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    I groomed north of the river this morning. We received about three inches of powdery snow. There are some very nice sections and some thin or bare or icy sections. The skate deck in general is pretty good. I tried setting a classic track with mixed results. Be especially cautious on the downhill as it is thin, with some dirt showing.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 9 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand 

    Groomer Reagan was mixing in that top fluffy layer with the existing base. Results have been great so far. The brown loop was in very good condition for skating and a track was set. Minimal trail debris. A-skis will be fine. The track is shallow in places but quite good overall. I can't speak for Red, Yellow, or Green as he was just heading out there when we left. Get out and enjoy!
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 8 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Scheduling 

    Plan on grooming tomorrow, Tuesday, after things get colder and freeze back up.
    (Reagan Arndt, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 7 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very nice skate conditions this morning. Softening up in the sunny areas as the morning went along.
    Lots of people enjoying the outdoors at Greenbush; skiers, bikers, snowshoers and hikers. What a terrific outdoor asset!
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  • Feb 6 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Good but a little soft.
    I groomed the brown trail which was used for the candlelight ski/hike, going over it nearly 6 times to try to get the divots out. I couldn't renovate too much without getting larger chunks to come up. I groomed one pass on the red/green to cover up the footprints of someone hiking when they shouldn't have been. The yellow didn't have enough snow to groom up. We'll touch up the trails on Monday after it firms up. We'll also reset track; I wasn't able to due to an issue with the sled.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 6 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: There was enough loose snow from yesterday's grooming that made for edging on the hard icy base which resulted in enjoyable skiing for everyone. Even the classic skiers appeared to like the tracks. The skating was very fast but still had good control on the downhills. Full coverage on all trails with no problem of debris.
    skiers from Illinois and SE WI where the snow has gone kept the parking lot nearly full. The DNR ranger said they will groom after the candlelight ski/hike tonight so the conditions should be as good or better on Sunday.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 6 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots.
    The parking lot was full when I arrived at 9:30 this morning; I guess everyone wanted to ski Greenbush today. The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots. There was a fair amount of tree debris (leaves, small twigs, needles) but nothing too concerning. The tracks looked like they were in good condition.
    (Paul Weber)
  • Feb 5 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Conditions: Groomed, track was left as is.
    Staff groomed and touched up all skating lanes. Track was left as it was due to it coming up in chunks when trying to renovate and reset track. We'll groom the skating lanes after tomorrow night's ski/hike event.
    (Jason Quast, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand Lost/Found 

    Conditions: Excellent. Fresh grooming, great classic track. Fast track.
    Skied the purple classic trail at 10:00 AM. I have rated my experience each time I skied over the last 10 years and I finally hit a 10. I've had 8's before but no higher. Fresh trail, new snow, fast snow, snow clad trees, brilliant sun and heavenly blue sky all combined with 22 degrees and minimal wind.
    Note: I found a white IPhone in the parking lot. It appears to be in good condition but can't get info from it because of the lock code. Please ask around if someone lost a phone out there.
    (Jeff Krueger)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent classic and skate on all trails!
    After 2-3 wet inches of snow and warm temps on Tuesday and Wednesday, a freeze on Wednesday night allowed grooming on Thursday morning.
    (Karen McFadzen)
  • Feb 4 - Zillmer Ski Trails (Campbellsport): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Groomers were able to comb the skate lanes this morning. However, the classical track was not able to be reset. The skate lanes are in good shape, and staff will attempt to re-track the classical lanes before the weekend.
    (Deb Harder)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Grooming 

    The trails were freshly groomed and re-tracked this morning. The groomer Jeff Welsch reports good, fast conditions.
    (Deb Harder)
  • Feb 4 - Greenbush Ski Trails (Greenbush): 
    Firsthand 

    Freshly groomed trails and bright sun shine made for a winter wonderland of skiing! Thanks, groomers!
    (Kathy Janikowski)
  • Feb 4 - Evergreen/Maywood (Sheboygan): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The last storm system gave us snow, sleet and rain at various times. It didn't really help the trail but made it icy in spots. I groomed north of the river in Maywood and Evergreen this morning. I restructured the skate deck, which is still in very good condition in most spots. I also reset the classic track. Watch out for icy areas along the river and bare spots where springs and footbridges cross the trail. The classic track is good in some areas and nonexistent in others.
    If you have them, use your "B" skis.
    (Jim Van Akkeren)
  Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skiing.
    Skied Flintrock, Ridgview and Pleasure Valley. Tracks were firmer and faster than last weeks and the hills were packed harder. Still had great control on the hills despite the added speed. Easily the best place to ski within 30 miles of Madison.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 10 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Better than they have been all season.
    I got out this afternoon and all the trails but the Northwest loops had been groomed. The grooming leveled many of the ruts out of the skate lanes and they are flatter now than they have been all season so the skating is pretty good, but still tricky footing. We have about 8" of hard pack deck so there is plenty of snow. The new grooming loosened up the surface, but it is "chunky". Ishnala was probably in the best condition. They are working on getting the kinks out of the new groomer, but they have a way to go to get back to the great grooming they use to have.
    (Dave Statz)
  • Feb 10 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Quite good for skating!
    Pretty good for skating. Some icy spots, but most of the ice is covered by a thin layer of new snow. Good coverage and very skiable. Thanks to the groomer(s) for great work! The classic tracks looks okay in some places but quite icy in other spots.
    (Katie Beutel)
  • Feb 10 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair but icy on the West.
    The deck was groomed which was good and bad. It brought up icy, chunky snow in thin spots but added some depth elsewhere. Classical tracks were surprisingly good. The first and second downhills are very icy, no control but you and your skis.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 10 - Odana Hills Golf Course (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor to fair skating.
    Looks better from the road, it was actually groomed. Very thin and very icy on the West side with some blown over snow on the East, more ice on the Beltline. Just enough fair spots to keep me going but not worth the time. I did one loop and went to Elver.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 10 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good. Groomed recently. Skating deck in campground very nice also with an inch on top of a firm, flat skate deck, so yes, they must have groomed after the weekend warm-up.
    Tuesday we enjoyed an inch of powder over a solid classic track, kicking with green or blue, no icy spots, good control on all downhills, sunny and mid teens, a beautiful day on the Magical Mound. As we say, "The mound never disappoints.".
    (Mark Plane)
  • Feb 9 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair skating on the west.
    Just enough snow to cover most of the solidly iced trail. Some sections had more cover and the classical tracks had filled in nicely. Rather enjoyable skiing that won't hold up.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 8 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor. Skating deck was rutted and icy in several areas.
    Ruts left from skating on the trail when it was 40F yesterday. Trails need some serious tilling and grooming.
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Feb 6 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: For skaters it was fair to good. I did not classic.
    Still a rough deck today and that's why I rated it fair. I left around 2:00pm and the skate deck seemed to be softening a little with the warmer temps. I have had much more enjoyable outings on these trails than I had today. I skied all the loops and they were all rough.
    (Jim Gantz)
  • Feb 6 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good skating.
    With the exception of Morningside which was very icy the skiing was pretty good. Amazing that such exposed trails had such good cover, really good grooming effort. A few bare spots and ice and variable snow conditions, chunky to slushy. The hill down Hwy M was challenging with chunky, crunchy snow grabbing at my skis but this was the only spot like this. Morningside is way too icy and hiked over to ski. Very shallow classical tracks.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 5 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Perfect skiing!
    Skiing doesn't get any better than this. Freshly groomed with fresh snow last night. I skied all the trails and found no icing. Great grooming with plenty of snow, no need to slow coming out of the campground for the drop to Military Ridge which is rare.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 4 - Governor Nelson State Park (Waunakee): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Good for skating, fair to good for classic skiing.
    Thursday night we scuffed up the top surface of all the ski trails. We did not set any tracks. Its solid ice underneath the top layer of snow to set tracks. The Morningside Trail, the flat one has many icy spots with no snow cover. Other trails seemed to fare better with the rain we had.
    (Rene Lee)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good snow depth, grooming could be better.
    Skated Pioneer, Ishnalla, All Northwest Loops, Fern Dell and Turttleville late afternoon. Northwest and Pioneer/Ishnalla were the best (but not tracked yet). Turttleville was pretty rough. For some reason this winter, the skate deck has had pronounced ridges along the trail. They typically divide the deck into thirds, and are close enough together to really hinder skating. They appear to be from multiple passes with the groomer and either the overlap or the groomer's tracks or both are leaving them.
    (Paul Wagener)
  • Feb 4 - Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good classic on Steinke. The rest is just rolled.
    Only Steinke basin is tracked and it was soft for both skis and poles. Don't be discouraged by the prairie section, it gets better in the woods.
    Photos:  
    (Alan Bates)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Grooming is not going well, there are ruts down the skate trails that make it very difficult to V2, and on some downhills they can throw you off easily so that you almost have to snow plow to be safe. Turtleville did not have track set but Fern Dell did. We got about 8" of new snow so there is plenty of cover.
    (Dave Statz)
  • Feb 4 - Elver Park (Madison): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good to very good skating on the West side.
    Don't let the mess at the approach deter you -- that's as bad as it gets. Freshly groomed skate deck. Lots of crunchy snow but a surprising amount of very good skating. There are some exposed ice patches which are easily seen and avoided. Considering the rain to snow ratio it's surprisingly good. The big hill was in great shape, superb grooming effort.
    (Robert Abendroth)
  • Feb 4 - Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo): 
    Firsthand 

    Great snow coverage - still a little soft and uneven from the high moisture content of last snowfall. Not sure whats going on with the grooming - they are obviously trying hard - but skate lane alternates between a raised ridge or continuous groove down the center or along the sides making it a bit treacherous in some spots. Classic tracks were wiped out in some areas.
    (Margie Smith)
  • Feb 4 - Pleasant View Golf Course (Middleton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent skating conditions.
    Fun and fast, thanks to the groomer!
    (Tom Dosch)
  • Feb 4 - Blue Mound State Park (Blue Mounds): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Like a winter wonderland! Freshly groomed trails of the 6" of snow they received. A bit slow but it was expected from new snow.
    Skied in the campground only but looked like classic trails were excellent as well. Only wish they would widen all the trails (like Mirror Lake, etc) to allow skating throughout the park. Always a joy skiing here on the well maintained/groomed trails!
    (Dan Dudley)
  Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good, groom wearing off, more traffic.
    Still fairly good skiing, but more ice showing through, need to be cautious on some of the ups and downs. The red and orange loops were in much better shape than blue and white.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 13 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Really good, classic tracks set, skate deck freshly groomed. Minimal debris on trails. Not at all icy and plenty of snow to get down hill and around corners with no problems.
    Though cold, beautiful and fabulous skiing. As usual Jerry has done an amazing job and the tracks are set and the skate deck is all perfect for tomorrow's race. Airstream is in place and ready to be a warming hut and timing headquarters. There will be sublime prizes and delicious brunch post race. Hope you all can make it!
    (Mary Washburne)
  • Feb 12 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, yesterday's groom still holding up.
    Skate deck good, hard pack, not icy, good coverage, not bad for the little amount of snow around here. Not much traffic, so the grooming is holding up good.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 12 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to good. Conditions still fair to good considering the lack of snow. Solid rock ice hard base with just enough recently groomed fresh snow on top to get an edge.
    Skied two blue loops this morning. Lots of debris on trail(especially in pine areas) and brown and icy spots as well. Not bad for how little snow there is.
    (Dan Dudley)
  • Feb 12 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Fox Hill is in excellent condition for skating. A firm and level skate deck which provided plenty of purchase. Not super fast but not slow either. The classic tracks are in poor shape. The trails should be great for the 3rd Annual Fox Chase on Sunday morning.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 11 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good for skating. Good for classic if you can deal with no tracks.
    Its unbelievable but true that both the Nordic and McMiller are very good! Kudos to the groomers for turning dust on crust into great skiing. There are a few thin areas, which can be double poled through, but none on the downhills. No tracks but striding would still be good. If you're looking for some final Birkie miles the Southern Kettles should be in great shape this weekend.
    (Dan LaBlanc)
  • Feb 11 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good, fresh groom earlier today.
    I skied the blue loop this afternoon, very good skating. Groomers did an outstanding job with little snow to work with. A couple of steep uphills had some rocks coming up, but 99% coverage, just a few thin spots, should be good for the weekend with the continued cold air.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 10 - Minooka Park (Waukesha): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent for skating.
    2 to 3 inches of snow earlier in the week has been successfully adhered to the icy base. The skate deck was close to perfect, a little soft in places but should set up overnight. Recently the groomer has been setting a classic track on one side only which makes for a wider skate lane.
    (Larry Moore)
  • Feb 10 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good, solid icy base with half inch of new snow on top.
    I skied the white loop and the light snow yesterday did the trick. Good skiing, although I stayed away from the hilly loops as more snow is needed to improve those trails.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 10 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Firsthand Secondhand 

    Conditions: Just enough new snow for skating.
    Skated two blue loops Wednesday morning. The 1 or 2 inches of snow was just enough for a good skate. Trail was groomed Tuesday. Couple of small areas were thin. Groomer said he also groomed Nordic?
    (Robert Garner)
  • Feb 9 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Good for skating.
    Late afternoon Tuesday there was a solid base with 1-2 inches fresh ungroomed snow on top. Only a few people had skied through the new snow. Downhills were in good shape. Would suggest "B" skis only because I'm not sure what the base looks like under the new snow. It was still snowing a little when I left. There was not much of a classic track.
    (Steven Gardiner)
  • Feb 9 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
    Grooming 

    Trails groomed this morning. Track was set and is thin in some spots. Overall trails are in good-fair shape.
    (Sara Roxbury)
  • Feb 8 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions for skating at Fox Hill are in fair condition but getting better. Groomer Jerry arrived shortly after 4:00 this afternoon to scarify. Most of the trails had seen heavy use over the weekend and were rutted up pretty badly. The wooded areas were worse than the open fields. The scarified areas were vastly improved and once the newly fallen snow adheres to the base, it should be even better. There's not enough snow to set track.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 7 - Trinorse Ski Club (Rome): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: New tracks set on a four mile loop.
    New trails near and around ski jumping facility. Nice trail runs behind the back side of the Mound.
    Photos:  
    (Andrew Jennings)
  • Feb 6 - McMiller (Eagle): 
    Observation 

    Conditions: Hard, icy, ungroomed, not groomable.
    Stopped by Mcmiller Saturday morning, trail is hard, icy, and unskiable.
    (Robert Garner)
  • Feb 5 - Nordic Ski Trail (La Grange): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Poor, icy, good coverage.
    I skied the flat loops the past three days and was able to make a go of it. Quite icy, but dusting helped, was not the most fun, but I managed, not for the faint of heart. Still a solid base for some new snow if and when that happens.
    (Ed Edinger)
  • Feb 5 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Fox Hill Nordic is in excellent condition for skating. Excellently groomed top coat on a firm base allows for fast, yet controlled, skiing. No washouts, no icy patches. Some trail debris but not enough to merit B-skis. The trail maintenance has been superior. Classic tracks have been skied in but not set.
    Photos:  
    (Jeff Grotenhuis)
  • Feb 4 - Lapham Peak (Delafield): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Groomed after 14 degrees during night, the 1k manmade was very fast with enough loose snow for edging over a icy base. Did 20 enjoyable loops.
    The manmade loop has a solid 1.5-2 ft base that should be good for quite a while with their daily grooming.
    (Don Howell)
  • Feb 4 - Fox Hill Nordic (West Bend): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Absolutely awesome!
    Came up from the Milwaukee area expecting lots of ice and bare spots. Instead, I was treated to fabulous freshly groomed corduroy with about an 1" of fresh snow mixed into a firm base. With tonight's cold temperatures, it might be even better tomorrow if that is possible. This is why I joined Fox Hill and I haven't been dissappoined.
    (John Peterson)
  • Feb 4 - Pike Lake Unit (Hartford): 
    Grooming 

    Both classic and skate lanes were groomed this afternoon. The classic lane is in good condition. The track is in fair-poor condition. We need fresh powder!
    (Sara Roxbury)

 

Michigan Upper Peninsula

  Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 13 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Pisten Bully groomed today with excellent conditions all around. Groomers will be out the rest of the long weekend freshening the trails.
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 12 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Groomers will be out Saturday morning grooming skate lanes and setting track on all trails. Lake effect snow blew in with gusty winds today 1"-2" accumulated with some drifting and white outs. Thank you volunteer groomers for braving the temps!
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 11 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    24 inches plus of lake effect dry snow fell the past 3 days. The PistenBully is out tonight with the other groomers setting rock solid track and superb skate lanes. With single overnight temps skiing will be at its best! Volunteer groomers will be out over the President's holiday long weekend. Doesn't get any better than this!
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  • Feb 10 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Another 4 -6 inches of dense snow last night; the groomers were out and the trails are firm and in great (and fast with the correct wax and fitness level).
    The Pisten Bully has been working long hours to groom the heavy snowfalls.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Feb 9 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Another 10 inches of snow overnight, the groomers were out early and some stayed until 2 PM keeping up on the trails.
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Feb 8 - ABR (Ironwood): 
    Grooming Scheduling 

    Just coming in from second shift grooming with the PB. We received about 12 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. The groomers were out this morning until 10 AM and we groomed 19 trails and 50 K. Another 15 km was groomed tonight and the snow continues. We will be back out in the early morning hours and we will groom throughout the day Tuesday if the snow continues!
    (Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
  • Feb 6 - Wolverine Ski Trail (Ironwood): 
    Grooming 

    Outstanding ski conditions today after all trails groomed and track set. Groomers will be out the rest of the weekend freshening trails.
    Photos:  
    (Deborah Leonard, Wolverine Nordic Ski Club)
  Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Sands): 
    Firsthand 

    Excellent grooming after lots of new snow. Classic skied Wolverine, Superior and Wildcat...couldn't be better. Nice fire in new warming cabin too.
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Feb 11 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Lots of fresh snow and a great base.
    At least 12" of fresh snow in the last 3 days. Been rolling and setting track everyday and our system is in great shape. Grab your sweety and come by for a Valentine's ski.
    (Dan Rabine)
  • Feb 6 - Noquemanon Trail (Marquette): 
    Grooming 

    Just under 40k groomed Saturday night for skate and classic. Excellent conditions. After all the fresh snow we're received the last two weeks we have been able to firm things up nicely after daily grooming runs. Good base now on all trails.
    (John Carlson)
  • Feb 6 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, pristine conditions.
    Dan the Groomer's expertise is apparent.
    (Carol Kenicott)
  • Feb 5 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Classic skiing excellent. All trails freshly groomed. Lots of new snow to enjoy!
    (Gail Staisil)
  • Feb 4 - Maple Lane Ski Center (Skandia): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: trails groomed and tracked after 8 inches of snow.
    Best trail conditions of the season, looks like a great weekend coming up, temps in the upper twenties.
    (Ron Stenfors)
  • Feb 4 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent, fresh grooming with tons of snow.
    Classic skied just about entire system, in a word awesome it doesn't get any better.
    (Al Sauld)
  • Feb 4 - McKeever Hills (Munising): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Expertly groomed today with good firm classic tracks.
    I skied A B and C loups today and it was outstanding. One of the most beautiful and challenging places to ski on the planet! Thanks Larry for all of the expert grooming.
    (Jack Luukkonen Jr)
  • Feb 4 - Valley Spur (Munising): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Temps in the 20s. Great base, new snow almost daily.
    Conditions could not be better for skiing and grooming. Temps to be in the mid 20s all weekend and the trails will be buffed! Valley Spur will be Fantastic!
    (Dan Rabine)
  Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 11 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Excellent. All new snow worked in.
    All trails tilled and tracked, 20" to 24" packed base.
    (Pat Zoob)
  • Feb 10 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent but snow.
    Great trails, great grooming. Still snowing today so it was slow, but lots of great snow to play in!
    (Steve Turner)
  • Feb 9 - Michigan Tech University Ski Trails (Houghton): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent but slow with fresh snow.
    First time at this great trail system. It looked like all the trails were groomed this morning, including setting tracks, but by the afternoon there was 2+ inches of fresh fluffy snow on top slowing it down. Wonderful deep base of packed snow, not the ice we have down south. Well worth the drive.
    (Steve Turner)
  • Feb 7 - Swedetown Trails (Calumet): 
    Grooming 

    All new snow tilled in with fresh tracks set this morning. Excellent conditions.
    (Pat Zoob)
  Sault St. Marie area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 4 - Northwoods Christian Camp Ski Trails (Pickford): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: The entire trail system is in very good shape now!
    With the new snow in the last couple of days, the trails are in great shape!
    (Leanne Storey)
  Other locations
  • Feb 11 - Rapid River Ski Trail (Rapid River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent. All classic and skate loops groomed Wednesday/Thursday.
    Volunteer groomers have done an amazing job with as little snow as we've had.
    (Kel Smyth)
  • Feb 11 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Excellent. East Side groomed last night and west side groomed early this morning. Trails were dragged prior to grooming so the trail is in great shape.
    (Bob Turnquist)
  • Feb 5 - Ge-Che Trail (Iron River): 
    Grooming 

    The Ge-Che Trail was groomed and tracked today, after 4 inches of snow earlier in the week. Trail conditions are good, with a single lane of classic cross country tracks in most place, and double lanes through the Lake Ottawa campground loop. Enjoy the weekend!
    (Dustin Johnson)
  • Feb 4 - Land O' Lakes Trail (Watersmeet): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Very good to excellent. Groomed this morning. Deep, well formed tracks everywhere thanks to the recent snow. We finally have mid-winter conditions. A bit of tree litter on the most easterly portion of the East Side Trails.
    After loosing the snow from the tree branches in he warm up last week, the recent snow is hanging on the branches so it is beautiful in the woods again.
    (Bob Turnquist)

 

Michigan Lower Peninsula

  Other locations
  • Feb 7 - Boyne Highlands (Harbor Springs): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: We have 35km of track set by a cat and they are 16ft wide for skate skiing also. We have everything from beginner, intermediate, to expert we thrive on making sure the trail are well up kept daily.
    Conditions today are a little wet but fast!
    (Faith McKillip)

 

Canada

  Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 6 - Kamview Nordic Centre (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: 30km power-tilled and trackset.
    Perfect tracks and cord with lots of double tracks for skiing with your valentine!
    (Peter Crooks)
  Other locations
  • Feb 9 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Very good conditions today, all trails groomed by the end of the day.
    With temps in the mid 20's the groomers were able to get all the trails groomed today. Beautiful skiing, sun was shining, classic tracks were in great shape. We skied 25 K today. Beautiful place to ski.
    Photos:  
    (Laurie Fabrizius)
  • Feb 8 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Fair to poor--what a difference a couple days make. Several inches of new snow along with drifting have obliterated the grooming.
    The classic track is barely discernible, but can be skied it you don't mind breaking trail. The skating deck is buried beneath a deep white carpet of powder. Don't bother coming without calling to find out if re-grooming has occurred.
    (David Henning)
  • Feb 6 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Amazing. Lots of snow, perfect grooming.
    Every day, a little more snow and fresh grooming. Classic and skate skiing do not get any better.
    (Tom Leaf)
  • Feb 6 - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Thunder Bay): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Smooth, flat and full depth tracks.
    All 60km in park now open for your pre loppet training!
    (Peter Crooks)
  • Feb 4 - Stokely Creek Trails (Goulais River): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Excellent conditions.
    Plenty of snow. Perfectly groomed trails for skate and classic skiing. The best skiing this side of Paradise (Michigan. That's a pun. ).
    (Thomas Leaf)

 

North Dakota

  Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
  • Feb 5 - Lindenwood Park Ski Trails (Fargo): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skate ski ski trail near perfect, classic trail the same.
    Skate ski trail is firm, fast, and wide. Few dirt spots, but not across the entire width. Classic track in nice shape as well for the big melt we had last week. Looks like they were both groomed Friday. Get out and ski!
    (Grant Mehring)

 

United States

  • Feb 9 - Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby, CO): 
    Firsthand 

    Conditions: Skiing is excellent at Snow Mt. Ranch, and should continue that way for the President's Day weekend.
    We are having a taste of Spring skiing with sunny skies and temperatures in the 30's to low 40's. But no worries our snow is not going away with a base of nearly 3 feet. Our 100 km. of trails are groomed for classical and skate skiing, And we have a bonus of 12-13 K of trails that were double-tracked for the Ranch 2 Ranch Ski Trek last weekend from Granby Ranch downhill area to Snow Mt. Ranch.
    Photos:  
    (Stephen Lee)

 

International

  • Feb 8 - Riverview Gardens (Appleton, WE): 
    Grooming 

    Conditions: Skate Lanes are not skiable at this time. Classic tracks set throughout.
    Walkers, a stray fat bike rider, and warm temps on Sunday have the skate lanes in poor condition. Tried to make repairs tonight but with our equipment only additional snow will help. We will keep working on them, continue to set classic track, and keep you informed as trail improves.
    (Paul Romenesko)

 


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