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Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Columbia Golf Course    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
Conditions: Rock ski conditions, patches of snow with a lot of grass.
Stopped by Columbia, hoping there might be some decent crust skiing, but probably a week or two too late. There are some small areas with decent coverage, but not really possible to stitch anything together without hitting bare ground.
Mar 2Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisPau Larson
Conditions: Very good on snowmaking loop.
Excellent would be evaluating too. I saw skate and classic skiers out today, and everyone looked like they're having a great time. I did the snowmaking loop twice and it was a bit sugary, but it wasn't fast to the point of being dangerous. Thought it was a very good day for skiing.
Mar 2French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthDavid Nelson
Skinnyski.com Race Team
Conditions: Thin but still good skating.
The best skiing is the outer hill loop figure 8. Getting there is tough with causway now closed and the bridge crossing melted out. But is is worth the effort. I saw the head groomer out with a leaf blower blowing off debris from the trail. Wow that is great effort that really helps the skiing! I would use rock skis due to the rocks on the last hill but otherwise very enjoyable skate skiing.
Mar 2Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeEric Spieler
Conditions: Fair/Poor - Packed but no classic tracks.
Cold morning (3F) but trails still holding up with Sunday's warmer temps and direct sun. A few bare spots but no issue for rock skis. Still very skiable.
Mar 1Battle Creek Regional Park West    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulDavid Moore
Conditions: You have to be careful, but there's some decent skiiable natural snow!
I checked, and this is the first Battle Creek West trail report since January 27th: what a winter! I skied almost all of the BC-W trail system with my two boys, encouraged by Chris Sachs, who brought his Endurance United youth team here. The open prairie in front is iffy mixed snow and grass. The top loops in the woods are skier-groomed with some leaves and twigs, but are very skiiable: a huge refreshing change from endless circuits at the three metro snowmaking sites. You walk about 80 meters directly up the far right side of the sledding hill to get there. The outer Gold and World Cup extensions are also skiiable. The care we spent navigating occasional grass-twig-pine-needle patches was more than compensated by the pleasures of "new" terrain and natural snow. New snow should improve things more, and the deep-woods sections might even survive some melting.
Mar 1Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonJohn Kostouros
Conditions: Very good skiing Sunday.
Skied the classic man-made loop Sunday, a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 20s. If all we're going to get is man-made loops in the Metro Area, nobody does it better than Hyland. The introduction of double tracks for classic skiing is a nice improvement, allowing passing during busy times without having to leave your track.
Mar 1Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisDan Zenk
Conditions: Perfect classic tracks on Man made loop. Skate ski racers looked like they were having a good time.
Skied midday. Also tried the Judy loop a couple times but wouldn't recommend it. The groomed areas were a mix of ice and bare spots but there was some good snow on the borders.
Mar 1Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBill Oyler
 
10 K of gorgeous, natural snow! Perfect grooming for skating. Only a few hills had tiny bits of grass poking through (no rocks), and there is a small patch of asphalt visible at the very end of the loop by the parking lot, but nothing that can't be easily avoided. Both glide and edging were excellent today. I can't think of anywhere else to go in the Twin Cities for uninterrupted 10K loops. Thanks, groomers!
Mar 1Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Firm skate deck, not hard packed or icy. Thin in a few sections in the prairie, otherwise good coverage.
Skied mid-afternoon. Very nice conditions, well groomed and holding up just fine. Surprising the amount of snow, as most of the drive around the area indicates sparse snow conditions yet Woodland is well covered. Used my B skis, and only had a dodge a few thin spots out in the prairie. Trail was fast but very controllable, and a real pleasure to ski.
Mar 1Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverJess Holle
 
Conditions: Absolutely awesome as noted by other reports.
I've been all too lazy about filing trail reports, but I just wanted to thank the groomers for two absolutely perfect days of skate skiing this weekend.
Feb 28Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixJim Smith
 
Thin conditions but recently groomed on at least the main loop. With care you can use good skis. Skiing conditions have constantly been better here than at O'Brien.
Feb 28William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixJim Smith
 
Snow covered is about the best that can be said. No recent grooming and trails pretty hard packed. Left for Jackson Meadows.
Feb 28Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Excellent conditions today at Hyland on the 5K snowmaking loop! Skate deck was in perfect shape, and there are double classic tracks in many places which is a great idea. Everyone looked like they were having a great time out there today.
Feb 28Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverKeith Gilbert
 
Conditions: Wow. 9 out of 10. Nearly perfect for skate.
Amazing. I don't know how they do it but it is perfect mid winter conditions at Woodland. Rock hard base with a bit of loose snow on top. Use A skis for sure. Thank you groomers!
Feb 27Woodland Trails 
Firsthand Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Hard, but not to hard to catch an edge. My shortened late afternoon lap was typical of the last few days. The cold has made the trail a bit hard, but there is still good skiing to be had. The Engineer and Shear Pin are on a grooming mission this evening, pulling the light over medium screens. This is not as heavy as the hard trail needs, but is as heavy as we dare work our fragile trail. The grooming, coupled with tomorrow's warming, should make for a decent Saturday ski. The paved trails near the parking lot should be skied only with caution. We will be sharing the trail with a few biathletes in the morning. Enjoy.
Feb 27Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed and tracked in good condition for both skating and classic. Natural snow trails are poor.
Temps are slowly warming up! Come out and ski! We are missing you all.
Feb 26Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Conditions: Fair - freshly groomed this morning.
Freshly groomed trails with corduroy over the majority of the trail system. The small loop (2K) has tracks. Still a couple areas showing debris or dirt. Much better then expected.
Feb 25Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisAdrian Swanson
 
Conditions: Hard packed, good classic tracks.
Strided for the first time in a month. I was happy to find good classic tracks on almost the entirety of the snowmaking loop. Only the tougher hills had some icy chunks in the tracks. The skate deck was too hard or icy, even on my squirrely classic skis.
Feb 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Snowmaking loop: Very good classic tracks, no corduroy--but still good in the skate lane.
A good afternoon at Hyland today with great tracks, and some old fashioned double tracked areas along the trail. It feels strange to skate at Hyland without the huge crowds--almost deserted today!
Feb 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonRich Swenson
 
Conditions: Very nice skating, tracks good on the snowmaking loop.
A light snow and very light usage along with a reasonable wind at 16 F made for a very nice skate this afternoon, somewhat slower at times despite the HF 5-15 degree wax. The tracks were much better and faster today without the wind blown snow in them.
Feb 25Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Conditions: Skate and classic excellent on the manmade as expected.
A little rusty at this. The snow was firm and fast. Considered going out on the Thicket/Northern Lights (which was good for skate on Saturday) but decided not to as it was the hint of a dusting of snow on top of icy stuff. Don't need another fall this season.
Feb 24Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoTorin Gustafson
 
Conditions: Skiable, but with bare patches.
I skied the lighted loops. Bare patches in some places, including a huge one at the bottom of the hill near the park ranger's office. Much of it is okay, but just be aware that the conditions in some places are rather rough, with the occasional grassy patch. C-skis.
Feb 24Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisLois Braun
 
Conditions: Hard packed, borderline icy on snowmaking loop. Fast, no, maybe not fast, but offering little resistance. Still excellent, as expected at Wirth.
Tonight's conditions seemed fast, but my lap time was down from normal, probably because I put the brakes on for most downhills. So the benefit of tonight's conditions was not in speed, but in being able to cover more distance with less effort. Exposed parts of the trail were scoured down to icy corduroy ridges, whereas protected parts maintained just enough loose snow to get an edge. It was a lesson in sedimentary geology, that will be erased with tomorrow's grooming. Warning: short spruce stems blown down on the trail along the long gradual uphill on the west side can result in a nose plant. If I had had a broom I could have swept them away. The pattern of where the trail was wind scoured down to.
Feb 24Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulStanley Sledz
 
Conditions: Not groomed.
I skated for about an hour and a half ending about 3:45. I was worth it in the daylight. Had to dodge around but was fun doing it. Fairways were covered. Strong NW wind at times. Mostly spring skiing but some drifting on the east side of tees and sand traps. Found a golf ball (their range ball), kept it until I saw it was cracked in two places!
Feb 24Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeDan Steger
 
Conditions: Pretty good for middle of November or March.
The TRPD website lists Cleary as one of its few parks with trails even open, so I guess that provides new perspective on trail conditions. The trail is virtually unchanged from last Friday's report - hard as rock with no updated grooming. Base is OK except in the usual burnout spots. Still very skiable on rock skis.
Feb 24Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Almost perfect! I skied the outer loop at first light this morning. The combination of warm temps, no wind and a light dusting of new snow on top of a firm, level skate trail made for a fast and fun ski. This grooming was compliments of Ancient One and Babe, (we keep Babe in reserve for spring grooming and tree chopping) who pulled the medium screens around the outer loop on Sunday evening. The south blow last evening dropped some leaves and a few small sticks to flick. The north blow now will drop a few more of each today. It is good is to have some of our ski friends back at Woodlands. Enjoy!
Feb 24French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthDavid Nelson
Skinnyski.com Race Team
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed for skating. 99.5% very good, 0.5% rocks or dirt due to thin snowcover. Recommend B skis or rock skis on causeway and last hill, everywhere else on the trail it is great!
A great day to work out the remaining Birkie aches and pains. Skating was really enjoyable this morning at French. I was the only one on the trails except Doug the groomer. The only sad part of the day was when Doug told me he is transfering to Carver next year. French trails have been expertly groomed by Doug for years and it will be hard to replace him.
Feb 23Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Fresh corduroy with really good conditions on natural snow for skating, no tracks for classic, but still fun.
I had a great ski out at Woodland this afternoon. Somehow the groomers have managed to groom a decent natural snow trail even with our paltry amount of snow this season. I classic skied all the outer loops, and the snow coverage was very good. The beginner loop right by the parking lot had a couple small bare spots showing pavement. Woodland is such a great trail system, and the volunteer groomers are so dedicated and do a fantastic job!
Feb 22Carver Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
VictoriaBrett Budzius
 
Conditions: C-Ski good enough.
Got tired of driving to Hyland (also suffering from the guilt of not doing the Birkie this year) and decided to break out the C skis this afternoon. Drove by this morning and optimistically decided that it looked possible, and wasn't disappointed on the Lake Trail. Despite bottoming out on some rocks 3x's on the beginning straight section, the rest was not awful. Sure, there is exposed grass on the prairie section, but I would break down my two times around the Lake trail like this: 10% bad, 20% somewhat grassy and 70% better than driving all the way to Bloomington and back. An inch or two more and I would be irritated with the walker and biker tracks on the trail.
Feb 22Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveJanice Bisch
 
Conditions: Good for skate ski/fair for traditional.
The snow was groomed for skate ski but not for traditional. As a traditional skier I just followed alongside the skate ski trail or in some places made my own trail. Beautiful day out there --sunny and peaceful.
Feb 22Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
AftonTorin Gustafson
 
Conditions: Ungroomed, backcountry skiing conditions.
The trails are completely ungroomed and the few places where there were classic tracks were mostly trampled by winter hikers. The park ranger said there isn't enough snow to groom. However, since I made the trek I went out for a couple hours anyway. I didn't see any bare patches other than the occasional branch poking through the snow and skied on the snow that had been packed down by the hikers. I'd liken this to "backcountry skiing" rather than cross country skiing. I had a lot of fun, but if you are looking for groomed trails, you won't find them here.
Feb 22Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBill Oyler
 
The 3.3K snowmaking loop is in pristine condition. Perfect corduroy, clean and deep classic tracks, no icy sections, perfect edging throughout. The Twin Lakes/Par 3 loop is still skate skiable (natural snow), similar to its condition on the Pre-Loppet... and it is really quite enjoyable, although "B" skis are advised. The Judy Loop is a bit more precarious and requires rock skis and a good sense of humor... probably best avoided until we get more snow.
Feb 21Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoBonnie Weiskopf
 
Conditions: Nice skate deck, a little dirt but very nice.
I skied the brown, green, yellow, and orange trails. Firm skate deck recently groomed. Shallow, skier made classic tracks in some places. Bring your B skis.
Feb 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonCraig Wiklund
 
Excellent for skating on the snowmaking loop Saturday evening. Hard and fast, but the hills weren't icy. Good edging most of the way except for the long gradual downhill to the Jan's Place warming house. But that was extremely fast for double poling. Classic tracks appeared to be excellent, too.
Feb 21William O'Brien State Park    
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good except a few spots where I hit some gravel under the snow. It was 16 degrees, sunny with a cold north wind. Trail had not been groomed since last snowfall of an 1 to 1 1/2 inch that was loose on top of the generally firm base. No classic track; soft in spots. Used Fast Wax Blue LF.
Passed one skier as I left the trailhead, subsequently a family of four and a solitary skier - both doing classic - by the time I got a little ways beyondd RR underpass, and one skater who had turned around before the hill to the top of Woodland. Nobody after that except a walker pulling a pulk with his two dogs who I told that he should not be walking on the ski trails. At least he was walking on the side when I passed him the second time after he got ahead of me while I skied the Rolling Hills Savanna loop. Loose snow slowed me some as did a soft base on portions of the north side of Woodland and the return from Rolling Hills Savannna. But the downhill leading to the southern apex of the loop was great as was downhill when I returned to Woodland from the Prairie Overland loop and skied down past the RR tracks. It was beautiful day. Only downer was a back spasm that hit as started the climb to the top of Prairie Overlook. Had to take off my skis and walk for a while but I recovered and was able to ski the rest of the perimeter including Wedge Hill Savanna, which I initially thought I would have to skip when the back spasm hit. I skied the 6.9 miles in about an hour and 20 minutes.
Feb 21Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixTorry Kraftson
 
Conditions: Real classic tracks.
Jackson Meadow has the only natural snow classical track I have skied on in the metro this year. There was dirt and debris here and there, but it was a very enjoyable classic ski. I usually think of undulating terrain being best for skating, but I enjoyed the quick transitions on classic skis today. There is no classic track on the "main" loop, but most other trails had a nice deep classic track. Thanks to the groomers at Jackson Meadow.
Feb 21Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeDave Gardner
 
Conditions: Very good, considering the amount of snow we have.
Did the full loop classic at Cleary. No track, not even skier tracked to the side, but full coverage and recently groomed. 3 or 4 thin, south facing spots, but you can ski through it if you're careful. Did not see (or hear) any rocks. Beats hiking at Murphy, which is what we have been doing the rest of the winter.
Feb 21Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverTony Pellegrini
 
Conditions: very good to excellent; roller powder, slow (cold) uphills/fast, wonderful down hills with plenty of snow in turns.
Not many folk out there this morning. Newly roller trails, with loose powder. Only a few thin places, and they are very visible so, A-level skis ok. This place is a gem--get out and support it.
Feb 21Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoRich Swenson
 
Conditions: Skating good due to several factors.
Three of us covered most of the trails from the chalet during the Noon to 3 pm period, as the (ideal) temps reached 22 F. Thanks to 1) recent 1" of snow, 2) very low usage since that snow (we were half the skaters in our time slot), and 3) mostly adequate coverage, base, and moderately low leaf/twig quotient, we were able to skate without too much concern on 90% of the trails. Grass poking through in a number of places, but grass is better than straight dirt or pebbles, one or two icy spots, and a narrow passage over the bridge on the Orange Loop. Yes, should have used my B skis, it turns out, but factors 1 and 2 made for an enjoyable outing.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
Conditions: Good shape for skate, minimal classic tracks and some dirt.
I skated Magney late morning today and what a treat it was to finally have it groomed wide enough to comfortably skate! The only classic tracks left are between Bardon's and Ely's peak, the rest were wiped out for the race yesterday. Bardon's has quite a bit of dirt, some easy to avoid, some not so much. The rest of the system has dirt patches and hopefully the city won't groom until we get more snow. It was excellent for skating despite the open ground portions! Just keep your eyes open!
Mar 1Lester Park    
Firsthand 
DuluthScott Cummings
 
Conditions: Open brown patches on the Lower Loop. The course has took a hit from this weekend's skiing.
Use rock skis...Otherwise go somewhere else until it snows. Welcome to spring skiing..
Mar 1Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Ready for a touch up but still good!
We skated Boulder mid afternoon and the parking lot was pretty full! The skate lane is firm, level, and has a nice edge despite the obviously large amount of traffic it has seen. The classic tracks were in good shape too. I was pleasantly surprised at the small amount of debris under the trees! Way to go groomers, keep it up!
Mar 1Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Connector is great for skate.
I can only comment on the connector. It was groomed nice and wide for the race today and got very little wear so it's still in great shape for skate! I'd love to see it that wide all the time.
Feb 28Korkki Nordic 
Firsthand 
DuluthTrent Wickman
Conditions: Still good - go soon!
As part of the Tour Duluth, we started at Korkki. There is not much snow near the chalet but once you get in the woods it is great. The conditions are true to the recent report. You need to dance around some debris, but considering the amount of snow this winter the conditions were great. Get out soon - there are some thin spots in open areas that won't survive too many more days with the power of the sun.
Feb 28Jay Cooke State Park 
Firsthand 
CarltonJan Hille
 
Conditions: Good - the snow is firm, well packed snow.
There is good coverage on most of the trails on the Silver Creek and (part of) the Lower Lost Lake loops. It appears to have been groomed in the last week or two, but not entirely sure how long ago. We had a great ski.
Feb 28Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthTom Heinitz
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Very nice skiing.
Skated the whole thing today and everything is in really good shape. New grooming yesterday resulted in the 5K to be in very good to excellent shape and the 10K to be good to very good. My only knocks on the 10K are the first 2-3K are a bit uneven (not due to lack of snow though) and chunky in places but with the warmer temps and more people skiing, should even out. The later part of the 10K (from Check Pulse on) is better. Got out there early under bluebird skies and almost had the place to myself. You gotta lover early spring skiing! George was all smiles watching the kids ski and setting out food for Tour DuLuth.
Feb 28Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthBob Beresford
 
Conditions: Great, firm conditions for both skate and classic.
Both skate and classic were firm, and fast. What a great job of grooming. Thanks Dave. And what a resource this trail is. Wow! The grooming covered up the wind blown debris nicely. Use was picking up when the four of us left at 11:30, including a chariot and baby. We do miss the trees that have gone missing.
Feb 28Bagley Nature Area 
Firsthand 
DuluthMax Lemp
 
Very icy, terribly formed track - we need new snow.
Feb 27Fond du Lac State Forest 
Firsthand 
CromwellLon Gervais
 
There was a track set on the front loops on Presidents day. There is good snow cover and the skiing on the set portion should be good. The parking lot has been plowed.
Feb 27Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthMick Dodds
Ski Hut
 
Conditions: Fresh groomers...nice tracks. Clear sky, 16 degrees - bright moon.
Great classic ski around the Boulder trails - tracks were mostly deep and well-set. A few shallower sections - but overall pretty sweet. Skating looked great! If you have Saturday off (unlike me), consider yourself lucky! It's going to be a great ski day! I'll make it up on Sunday though.
Feb 27Biskey Pond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DuluthJohn Bergstrom
 
I made a single pass with the groomer tonight to cleanup some of the trail debris. The pass seemed to do a good job and the track should be well set by morning.
Feb 27Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
DuluthTim Holst
 
Fresh grooming Friday at Boulder! I left about 4:30 PM (after several hours of skiing) and I don't think there had been more than a dozen skiers on the new grooming. I parked in the East lot, right by Island Lake Inn, and skied everything over to the warming hut across the lake and back. Both skating and classic are great, I thought. Very isolated thin spots or debris, but overall great. Pics tell the story.
Feb 27Two Harbors Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Two HarborsJohn Cron
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed today - skate lane and classic track.
Skate lane is great, the classic track is very good for the most part - still shallow in spots and a little dirt here and there. The lights are on at dusk on the 3K loop.
Feb 27Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Parts groomed, parts need it.
We took the connector over from Magney, details of that journey on the other report. Parts of Magney were groomed very nicely and fun to ski! Other parts were in need of grooming yet still pretty nice to ski. The classic track in the ungroomed sections was iffy and drifted in spots.
Feb 27Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Was really hard cord, then they groomed.
We started skating late morning and did the main loop, skipping the peaks. The cord had very little use since its last grooming and was the firmest stuff I've ever skied on! The classic tracks were firm also, but someone had a dog with very large paws out there and the dog did some bad damage to the tracks, it must have made it's trek prior to the firming. Someone also ran or walked the entire loop. The trail is still pretty narrow so there were many skate tracks on the classic track despite it's firmness. Magney was in the best shape I've seen it this year. We took the connector over which was not quite as well groomed and did have a couple of spots that could use a shovel. There is also a baseball sized rock stuck in the snow, we tried to move it and couldn't. It's on a downhill on the inside of the classic tracks so hopefully no one will hit it. When we were on our way back, the groomers had started on the trail. The classic track was the only portion that really needed it. The skate lane was soft after the groom and it had some bugary sections probably from going too fast, it was perfect cord prior to grooming...so perfect and firm that I actually got a bit of motion sickness watching the lines!
Feb 26Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthRyan Bergstrom
 
Conditions: Fair to partly cloudy, some nice sections and then some not so nice.
Classic skied Blue Ox, Nine Pine, and Lonesome Grouse Thursday. Plenty of debris due to the high winds earlier in the week, and the tracks were covered in a few places on Lonesome Grouse. Skate deck looked in reasonable shape, but again, debris where you'd expect it.
Feb 26Korkki Nordic 
Firsthand 
DuluthBob King
 
Conditions: Very nice with crisp, firm track.
Fair amount of debris (pine needles, leaves) scattered over lower 2/3 of trail but excellent skiing all the way around including outer loop. Only the track to the Big Hill and one of the lower hills taped off and ungroomed.
Feb 26Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Campground loop hard packed.
We skated the campground loop after dark and it was hard packed with occasional ruts. There is a classic track on it. Should groom up nicely for the weekend events.
Feb 26Mother Bear Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BrimsonAl Ringer
 
Conditions: Fair to good, groomed today.
Some pine needles and twigs in the track from all of the wind we have been having but overall, not too bad considering the poor snow winter we've been having.
Feb 25Spirit Mountain 
Grooming 
DuluthTone Coughlin
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed, firm trail.
The 3k is freshly groomed for skating and classic skiing. The 11k is partially groomed bypassing the McDonald's hill and to the first cutoff that connects to the 3k. The campground is not groomed but will be on Friday along with the rest of the 11k. Trails are very firm should be great skiing.
Feb 25Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthTim Holst
 
The good news is, the grooming from yesterday has certainly held up. The left track is pristine, and the track is fast. The bad news is, perhaps 50% of the track has serious debris issues, sometimes stopping you quickly, since the uncluttered track is quite fast. I ended up striding down the middle between the tracks for a fair bit of my ski, which was nonetheless enjoyable on a gloriously sunny, if a little cool, Wednesday afternoon.
Feb 25Pine Valley 
Grooming 
CloquetTim Blais
 
Conditions: Groomed. Firm skating lane. Classic track is windblown and dirty.
Lot of debris in the classic track in the pines. A lot of leaves in the track on the back 2k. Need snow. I would suggest that classic skiers avoid the pines.
Feb 24Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Hard packed skate lane, classic good.
What a difference a few hours makes! Wow! When I was at Spirit in the am, the trails were nice, had some fluff on top. We skated after dark and went into part of the trail from the campground loop and it had gotten a lot of use! The trail was hard packed like concrete with a slight edge in some spots and more in others. The classic tracks were solid except for the turns.
Feb 24Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
The upper and lower loops were regroomed today (except the G loop). Overall, conditions are good. The track is a little thin in places. It's better on the upper loops. There's a fair amount of dirt right below the upper parking area (where heavy equipment left ruts last summer), but the rest of the trail is much better than that. The roaring wind this afternoon brought down a lot of debris.
Feb 24Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthAnne Flueckiger
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Fresh corduroy! Very good conditions.
Skied the Nordic Spirit course from Spirit trailhead. Magney had just been groomed; looks like I was the second skater. Whoever was first brought their dog who left pretty deep footprints, mostly in skate lane but also in classic tracks. Grooming resulted in a few small dirty snow sections.
Feb 24Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: very good skate.
Skied over from Spirit to check out the Nordic Spirit course. I was happy to find all of my favorite rock gardens buried. There was about a cm of drifting powder over a nice base with rare thin patches between the Bardon Peak lookout and the main loop. There was a snowmobile that came in from Skyline on the Ely's Peak loop and went up to about Lindahl Road, a bit annoying but the base is so firm and the fresh snow fills in the tracks so it doesn't compromise the trail much. There is one depression to watch out for around 1K beyond Lindahl Road. There are some twigs and leaf duff to skate around. Overall a great ski.
Feb 24Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: very good skate.
Skated the Nordic Spirit course today and was pleased to find a beautiful flat wide base at Spirit. About a cm of fresh snow on top of this with some drifting kept me a bit slower. Classic tracks were full of powder and a fair bit of duff. The Connector was in good shape.
Feb 24Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Campground ok, lots of drifting, will be interesting later.
I skated the campground mid morning today. Those gale force winds were regrooming what had been done. When I was there, the trail was still skateable, there are sections I am thinking will be interestingly drifted if the wind keeps up. There is no point in even grooming until the wind dies down.
Feb 24Korkki Nordic 
Grooming 
DuluthMarty Heimer
 
Conditions: We regroomed today. The track is thin but mostly in good shape.
Korkki is all open except for the Big Hill and the Lower Roller Coaster. They are just too dangerous! Please be careful! If you fall, it's going to hurt!
Feb 24Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthRich Hoeg
NorthStarNerd
 
Conditions: From very good to dangerous!
The lower trail system was groomed this morning at Lester / Amity. The upper system was not groomed. Even though the Chalet Loop was groomed today, do not ski this loop. The steep downhill to the Chalet has huge bare spots and is dangerous. I moved the orange cone to the start of Chalet Loop (please do not move the cone). Elsewhere the grooming made for a nice ski (classic or skate). As noted earlier the upper system was not groomed today, it would only be rated "good" with the classic tracks washing out.
Feb 24Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthBob Beresford
 
Conditions: Excellent condition.
Freshly groomed this morning by the city. What great conditions! The left side set of tracks was set better, and was near perfect. Thanks to the city groomers for getting out so early today and doing such a great job! They were already at Lester Park by 10, grooming there!
Feb 23Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetTom Urbanski
 
Conditions: Very good, groomed today.
Skate lane was groomed today and is in excellent condition. Classic track was not re-set and got lightly nicked in a few turns by the groomer but is still good. High winds have caused some tree debris to land in the usual places at the start and finish area, the outer 2k loop is clean. Very light skier traffic today.
Feb 23Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthJoe Gerard
 
Conditions: The trails were in good shape. Kinda soft, but not too soft.
I skied the 11K loop and it was good. Good skis can be used here now. No more icy spots. The wind was blowing some debris down on the trail, but not too much. Overall very nice for skate and classic.
Feb 22Bagley Nature Area    
Firsthand 
DuluthDave Johnson
 
Conditions: Fresh classic tracks.
Stopped by Bagley to walk a short portion of the Superior Hiking Trail. The classic tracks looked great. I was also impressed with the efforts the groomer to accommodate the neighbors who walk on the trail. As you can see from the photos the track is offset to one side to leave one half of the trail for walkers. Having been the groomer at Bagley many years ago and knowing how much that area is used by walkers this accommodation makes a lot of sense.
Feb 22Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthGreg Swenson
 
Conditions: Groomed adequately, though not very deeply.
Rather frigid (-10F at noon) classic ski of Nine Pine, and the partially denuded Lonesome Grouse and Blue Ox (both of which should recover in 50 years or so) today, but little wind in the forest helped.
Feb 22Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Classic tracks pretty good, skate lane needs groom.
We classic skied today and the classic tracks were pretty intact except for the corners. There was minimal debris in the tracks, just a leaf here and there. The tracks are still set out pretty far from the side creating a narrow skate lane. There was some new snow on top of the last grooming. There were also many foot prints on the skate lane and a snowmobile took a trip up the trail. The barricades were moved and not put back, luckily the cars have not taken a joy ride yet.
Feb 21Biskey Pond Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
DuluthGreg Swenson
 
Conditions: Not freshly tracked Saturday, but still pretty good.
A beautiful 13 above Saturday afternoon ski--not windy at all. There was a family using the classic tracks for sledding, which was disconcerting, but at least not like the atv at Big Aspen a few weeks ago.
Feb 21Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthKaren Stubenvoll
 
Conditions: Excellent; fluffy new snow was groomed yesterday.
Inner and outer loop ski trails at Hartley were in excellent shape after yesterday's grooming. It was a quiet morning for skiing in Duluth due to the Birkie in Hayward.
Feb 21Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthBrent Gavin
 
Conditions: Groomed yesterday, it seems. With an inch of new powder down.
Classic skied late morning and just a few people had been out, all classic. Very good conditions.
Feb 21Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: very good skate, good classic - skier tracked.
There's been just enough snow to cover the yuck and hide the damage done to the trail last fall. Skating today was a pleasure. The classic track is getting a bit squirrely. All the side loops are great except for N (chalet) where there's been big equipment on the trail.
Feb 21Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: very good to excellent - fresh powder over firm base.
The trail is in really nice shape, fine for good skis. The new powder made for a great tour of the Piedmont system. The right hand track is a bit close to the edge in some places and there is a little bit of brush you'll encounter on that side.

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
ToftePatrick Bryan
Conditions: Firm skate deck with classic tracks set hard and fast.
Skied the weekend. The grooming was well done so that the skate deck was fast and not icy. The classic tracks were deep set, hard and wonderfully fast. Picnic loop was a gift.
Feb 27Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteLarry Clark
 
Conditions: Very good. Groomed 3 days ago. Some debris in sheltered areas.
Skied Maple Loop, Upland Loop and part of Sixmile Crossing this morning. Trails are in great shape for both skating and classic. Kudos to the groomers.
Feb 26Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisRobert Eliason
 
Classic skied out of Golden Eagle Lodge. Trails they groomed were just excellent - firm with no side wall break out and with nice control on the down hills.
Feb 22Banadad Trail 
Grooming 
Grand MaraisTed Young
 
Banadad Trails retracked. Skiing is excellent. A measure twenty-five inches of snow is on the ground.
Feb 21Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteAndrew Slade
 
Conditions: Excellent. Lots of snow in the woods.
Skied from the Onion River Rd trailhead, trails freshly groomed. Be sure to check out the new ranger cabin warming hut at the parking lot.
Feb 21Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) 
Firsthand 
LutsenVeronica Weadock
 
Conditions: Excellent firm tracks, use your best skis.
Great grooming, beautiful sun and trail. Lots of folks enjoying the deeryard loop, but tracks holding up well!
Feb 21Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisRobert Eliason
 
Conditions: Excellent and frim.
Skied out of Golden Eagle Lodge on freshly tracked trails. Classic tracks nice and firm. Great day with partial sunshine.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: East trails tracks are much shallower than the west side. Just can't set them deep there.
Did the outer loop including #6. Tracks are mostly a reference than anything to ride in due to the tree cover. Surprisingly not a lot of debris in those pines. Several skiers on that side today. A good choice for a brisk windy day.
Feb 28Carey Lake    
Firsthand 
HibbingCraig Holgate
 
Conditions: Good. Not recently groomed, but in good condition. Sunny 21 degrees.
A couple of inches of old snow on top of the last grooming, but all tracks have been skied in. Quite a bit of leaves, pine needles and twigs have blown down into the tracks. Skied Southern Lights and Highland, and didn't see any other skiers but there were a few cars in the lot.
Feb 28Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: West trails out to the black diamond trails and to the shelter excellent. Where the difficult corners and hills were, the groomer packed and did not track. Which was greatly appreciated!
Sunny 24 and breezy. Gorgeous. 21 vehicles in lot, and more on the way when we left, most I've seen 15 years!
Feb 27Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: West trails outstanding! Tracks set great for downhill flow and corners. Best I can ever remember!
Late afternoon ski. Blue sky, calm and 18 degrees. Tracks deep except for the lower run from 7 to 13. The swamp trail was pretty! Needles down in the heavy pine cover. Some twigs sticking up in the lowest parts but worth the trip around it for the experience. Will go tomorrow to explore much more.
Feb 27Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
VirginiaMatt Zak
 
Recently groomed and single tracked for classic skiing. Lots of Ks. Skis great.
Feb 27Blackwater Environmental Area    
Firsthand 
CohassetLindsay Sheridan
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed for skate and classic today!
Fast-moving, with some debris from the wind and just one small patch of dirt. Tracks are a bit shallow. Great waterfowl viewing along the river! Thank you groomers!
Feb 27Legion Trails 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRick Mcdonald
 
Just finished grooming. Skate lane combed and new track all around.
Feb 27Wabana Trails 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Packed and tracked this week. Nice little trail system.
Feb 27Big Ridge 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Groomed and tracked ready. Good snow cover over 4" base.
Feb 26Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
VirginiaMark Toot
 
Conditions: Trail conditions are good. Decent base, no rocks showing. Single track on all the trails. With the light, new snow cover the track is a little shallow in a few spots but overall good condition.
The Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trails today.
Feb 25Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
BiwabikTim Salo
 
Conditions: Exquisitely groomed, hard flat corduroy and tracks.
Perfect conditions for a brisk classic ski of the scenic outer loop. Laurentian, Wynne Creek, Summit, Biwabik Spur & Bronze trails were all groomed today hiding the inch or two of new snow of Tuesday. Some debris is evident as a result of two days of 30 mph winds. Trails are in the best condition of the season!
Feb 25Mount Itasca 
Firsthand 
ColeraineCatherine McLynn
 
Snow drifted over some of the freshly groomed skate lane and tracks. Snow cold and slow but great fun skiing in the soft stuff!
Feb 25Blueberry Hills 
Grooming 
Deer RiverCatherine McLynn
 
Groomed and tracked all the way to Tower End and back.
Feb 25Bird Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Hoyt LakesMark Toot
 
Conditions: Trail conditions are fair given the lack of snow this winter. Very few rocks left showing.
The Forest Service groomed and tracked today. Covered all the trails except the black diamond loop.
Feb 24Suomi Hills 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsPete Friedlieb
 
Excellent conditions, recent grooming holding up well; I skied South Suomi only.
Feb 24Trout Lake Recreation Area 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Groomed and tracked Tuesday night all the way to north gate!
Feb 24Sturgeon River Trails 
Grooming 
ChisholmMark Toot
 
Conditions: Good, only a few rocks left on the trail after the last snow. Some drifting in the open areas even with the grooming some tracks may drift in.
The Forest Service groomed and tracked today. We tracked everything south of County Road 65, and north of 65 and east of the river.
Feb 24Thistledew 
Grooming 
TogoCatherine McLynn
 
Conditions: Groomed track with 2" new snow to ski over 6" base. Almost 2 ft of snow in woods along trail.
Trail is gentle and winds through deep conifers so great place to ski out of the wind. Signage is confusing so take a map and compass. Several road crossings aid in identifying location and staying on course. Lots of wolf, deer and other wildlife tracks.
Feb 23Sugar Hills 
Grooming Shorty 
Grand RapidsGreg Moritko
 
Groomed skate lane and set a new track.
Feb 22Blueberry Hills 
Grooming 
Deer RiverCatherine McLynn
 
Groomed skate and tracked since 2" fresh snow fell.
Feb 21Suomi Hills 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRandy Zupan
 
Groomed South Suomi to Orange Lake Road, not North Suomi yet. North Suomi has been ski tracked. All is good.
Feb 21Amen Lake 
Grooming Shorty 
Grand RapidsRandy Zupan
 
Groomed Saturday. All Good.
Feb 21Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
VirginiaMark Toot
 
Conditions: Four inches of powder Friday, Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trails today. Good conditions.
No rocks, good base, should be great skiing.

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Howard Wagoner Trail 
Firsthand 
TowerMichael Wilke
Conditions: very good- recently groomed with a light dusting of powder.
Looks like this system is getting some new energy. On the west side of 135 the groomer took extra care to provide extra space at the bottom of the steep turns, and the old signs in the parking lot had been taken down. On the east side, the classic tracks were groomed out and it appeared that the trails were being converted to a combination of skate skiing and snow shoeing. This area provides much diversity of difficulty, and now in addition has seemingly added skate skiing. As a small area, amidst classic big pines, and trails that follow the contours of sometimes striking rock formations, and provide as well, lighted trails on the beginner's runs, this system can be an amazing skiing experience for the whole family.
Feb 26Aurora Recreation Trails    
Firsthand 
AuroraMatt Zak
 
Freshly groomed and single tracked for classic skiing. Excellent conditions.
Feb 24Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Grooming 
IsabellaAndy Fisher
National Forest Lodge
 
Conditions: Trails groomed Saturday morning after 4" of fluffy snow. Great conditions with 8-10" base and 18-24" in the woods.
A bit of fresh snow fell this morning.
Feb 22Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaDave McRoberts
 
Conditions: Excellent classic ski trails. Groomed soft fresh snow.
Freshly groomed good base. Double tracked on forest road.

Other locations
Mar 2Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Firsthand 
OutingGary Anderson
Conditions: Very good. Track is fast.
Both North and south trails groomed Saturday.
Mar 1Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Firsthand 
OutingMark Hageness
Conditions: Good snow conditions. Firm compaction on North trails, soft compaction on South trails. All trails groomed Saturday.
Plenty of snow in the protected areas, a little drifting due to windswept snow along the lake.
Mar 1Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Firsthand 
OutingMark Hageness
Conditions: Groomed on Saturday. Compaction good on North side, slightly softer on South side. Snow good on both, especially in the woods. Some drifting on lakeside of North side.
South trail tracked for classic first time in years! Fun trail with varying levels of difficulty.
Feb 26Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
International FallsTeresa Stone
 
Conditions: Sunny, cold. Temps in the low single digits. Saw not a soul, only the tracks of a pack of wolves....
Groomed the Green, Orange, Yellow, and Red Trails today. Skate deck and classic tracks both groomed up well. Probably the best conditions of the year with the new snow that fell in the last week!
Feb 24Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
International FallsTeresa Stone
 
Conditions: Fresh snow. Windy. Blowing snow. Seemingly pleasant at 10 degrees, but wind chills pretty bite-y in the open areas.
Lots of snow on the Tilson Trail today! Made the call to roll the new snow rather than groom with the ginzu--and it was a good one. Probably close to 8" new snow in some places with all of the wind drifts. Green, Orange, Yellow, and Red trails all rolled twice and ready for skating or no-track classic. The "swamp" was sno-mo packed, but looked pretty blown over already by the time I left. I will get back out to set track as soon as the weather warms enough to be safely outside.... it may be a few days, as NOAA reports have it pretty cold tomorrow and Thursday. Note: Tree down on the orange trail, on the hill just after the "Family Sno-Mo Loop" trail--it is mostly moved out of the way--will bring a saw when I set classic track and finish the job.

Minnesota Northwest

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
Conditions: Wonderful. 2" fresh fluffy snow past 24 hours. Compacted base 3-6". 15km groomed skate, 54km groomed classic.
An absolutely gorgeous morning on the trails with brilliant sunshine, frosted tree tops, fresh grooming and great tracks. After grooming the skate lanes in the morning, hooked up with the smiling Craig Stolen for a classic ski. Conditions could not be better. Craig and I both commented these are mornings you dream about in the hot and humid days of August. Grooming on select trails this week where necessary.
Feb 27Rainbow Resort Trails    
Grooming 
WaubunDoug Schumann
Rainbow Resort
 
Conditions: 19*F above; clear skies; light sw breeze; 6K tour course & 10K race course now renovated, combed, and track set. Average base depth 3" firm packed powder base. Just few very short distance thin areas due to exposure and wind swept areas. The balance of trail system groomed last Wednesday. Ski conditions rated very good.
I have completed grooming and marking the two courses for tomorrows Rainbow Rendezvous and things look great. Our 10K race will be a twice around on a 5K course including Eagles Run and Ridge Run; no rest for the wicked on this course. Ski conditions should be good considering the weather forecast for temps climbing to the mid 20's.
Feb 26Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Good to excellent. 15km groomed skate, 54km classic. 5 degrees, brilliant sunshine, light winds.
Nearly 100km of grooming this week has put the trails in great shape going in to the weekend. A late afternoon classic ski found firm, fast tracks. Few leaves from the high winds this week but all things considered, fantastic skiing.
Feb 25Rainbow Resort Trails    
Grooming 
WaubunDoug Schumann
Rainbow Resort
 
Conditions: 2F above; clear skies; up to 2 inches fresh snow cover; average packed powder base 3"; Wolf Run, Bucks Run, Cougars Run, Rabbits trail, Hawks Trail, Hawks Run now combed, renovated, and track set; 3k classic trail renovated and then renovated and track set; Ski conditions rated as very good.
This past week gave us some fresh snow along with some blow in accumulation from the gusty North winds yesterday. As I groomed today I found areas of up to 2" of fresh snow with an average 1" covering. I did do a complete groom on the west half of trail system and also did some course work for the upcoming Rainbow Rendezvous event on Saturday. With the exception of coming off the Top of Rainbow hill conditions are very good.
Feb 24Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Dusting of new snow overnight on top of 4-5" compacted base. 15km groomed skate, 55 groomed classic. All double track trails fresh groomed today. Conditions rated very good to excellent.
We had our trademark 3/4" of snowfall after a warm up preceding a cold front. All double track trails were groomed this morning, mixing the new in with the frozen granular mix while the temp was slowly falling to single digits. Later afternoon I skated the skate trails which had the fresh dusting on top of yesterday's groom. Firm, smooth base and the new snow glided nicely, fantastic skiing under brilliant late February sunshine. Ran into a few skiers out for a post Birkie ski. Skate trails on tap for grooming as well as the single track classic trails tomorrow and Thursday. Classic skiing is about as good as it gets. We have lodging openings for this weekend. Ask for skinnyski special.
Feb 22Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. 15km groomed skate, 54km groomed classic.
Despite cooler temps, a busy weekend on the trails with some great skiing, especially classic. The tracks are pretty much perfect, with fast, firm and deep cuts. The coverage is great and should be fantastic week of skiing. Grooming planned when needed.

Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 21Goose Lake Trail 
Grooming 
LongvilleTerry Vacek
 
Conditions: Good to very Good.
11 miles of the trail was groomed and tracks set. Snow base is only a couple of inches but really no bare spots. Lots of needles in snow under the pine trees but trail is good for the 10" max snow we have on the ground. A small section of the trail on the far west end is not groomed because of a downed tree that needs to be removed.
Feb 21Goose Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
LongvilleMike Laputka
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
Skied the eastern loops today as the groomer was finishing up. Conditions were good, especially considering the lack of snow this year.
Feb 21Hiram Ski Trail 
Grooming 
HackensackMike Laputka
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
I groomed and tracked the entire system today. Snow is thin in some open areas but overall the trails are pretty good.

Minnesota Central

Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Larson Lake 
Firsthand 
DeerwoodTerry Swanson
 
Conditions: Fair to poor for classic.
Spots have ok snow cover but a lot have exposed grass, twigs and rocks.
Feb 28French Rapids Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Conditions: Trails all rolled but not enough snow depth to set tracks.
Most of French Rapids is in good shape. Some of the steeper hills along the Mississippi have a few rocks on them.
Feb 26Wolf Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BrainerdBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
Dusting to a 1/4 inch snowfall on Tuesday night. Not enough new snow to re-groom, but the trails are still skiable. Some classic tracks were set at last grooming where snow base was adequate.
Feb 26Larson Lake 
Grooming 
DeerwoodBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
Dusting to 1/4 inch snowfall on Tuesday night. Not enough snow to re-groom, but the trails are still skiable from last weeks grooming.
Feb 23Northland Arboretum 
Grooming 
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Conditions: Trails rolled after a little bit of snow Friday.
Still not enough snow depth to set tracks, but fair skating conditions. Scattered areas of thin base with sand and leaves but many areas have good coverage with a 2-3 inch base.

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 28Quarry Park and Nature Preserve 
Firsthand 
Waite ParkJim Carlen
 
Conditions: Thin and showing some rocks.
I went to Quarry on the Stearns Cty grooming reports from a few days ago, and honestly was disappointed. There are rocks sticking up in one spot at about the 1/3 point and the bridge near the end of the outer skate loop is largely uncovered. More importantly though is the grooming which really has not been done for at least a few days. Signs of walkers and puzzlingly, truck tracks. Somebody drove their truck around the entire loop. Scratched up my B skis on the rocks.
Feb 27Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Conditions: North Loop pretty good shape.
The North Loop is very skiable. Several skiers out there today. Skate and rock skis only. Lots of twigs and pine cones on trail, but no serious bare spots.
Feb 24Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Conditions: North Loop still in pretty good shape.
North Loop is good for skating with rock skis. Some twigs and pine cones, but still fun.

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 28Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand Secondhand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Slightly soft corduroy over firm base. Good to very skating.
Trails were groomed since my ski yesterday. I arrived this morning to fresh corduroy, the upper half-inch of which was a bit soft. A few spots had some deeper accumulation given the drifting. Coverage remains pretty good. Overall very pleasant skating. Reports from those out classical skiing were favorable. Some set tracks, not very deep, but conditions amenable to skiing-in your own.
Feb 27Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: One-half to an inch of new powder over firm base; good skating.
Skied this afternoon. Trail coverage appeared pretty good, no rocks poking thru that I saw. Snow was still cold (in the shade) from the morning's sub-zero lows so a bit slow. Otherwise good skiing.

Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Banning State Park    
Firsthand 
SandstoneWayne Nelson
 
Conditions: Fair conditions on Skunk Cabbage Trail. Classic trail only had regular debris but there is great snow cover.
Nice day in 20's with blue sky. Enjoy this trail as it takes you next to the Kettle River. Down by the river there were a few icy spots which could be skied around. But the river also had less tree debris. Well worth the drive to ski in the woods.

Other locations
Feb 28Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
Center CityJohn Strand
 
Conditions: Recently tracked for classical. Skate also, I think. Good overall.
Most of the trails were much better than expected. There were some leaves in places and a couple of short sections by the river that had to be walked. Good firm track in most areas. Very scenic on this sun drenched day!
Feb 26Wild River State Park 
Firsthand Observation 
Center CityKris Backlund
 
Conditions: Fair to good, but lots of sticks and leaves settling into the track.
This week I've skied the Dry Creek and Pioneer trails, the Mitigwaki, Old Logging and River trails, and most recently the Trillium and Nevers Dam trails. The wind at the beginning of the week brought down some sticks and blew leaves into the tracks. Old Logging and Trillium trails were leafiest. River Trail, northwest corner of prairie loop, and portions of the Dry Creek Trail and Pioneer Loop were less leafy. I haven't been able to ski yet today, but did see the groomer out on the trail, so hopefully that will mitigate some of the leaves and sticks.
Feb 22Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
Center CityWayne Nelson
 
Conditions: Fair to good overall for classic. Good snow coverage and worth skiing.
Skied Mitigwaki to Amiks Pond to River trail to Nevers Dam to Amador Prairie to trail center. Occasional leaves on Mitigwaki but not problematic. One spot of about 10 yards at southern end of River trail where you have to walk around dirt but after that only a few spots where a little grass can be seen right below snow in the track. Well worth the drive there.
Feb 21Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
Center CityKris Backlund
 
Conditions: Most trails were really nice for classic skiing.
I've skied every day this week except Monday and Wednesday. Trails tracked earlier in the week (Mitigwaki, Dry Creek) skied like silk with the fresh snow Friday. I skied part of the Advanced Loop, the Little Advanced Loop, the Pioneer Loop, Deer Creek Loop and Dry Creek Trail Saturday. New tracks on the Pioneer (south side) and Deer Creek Loop were very nice. The only fair to poor conditions were the sections of Deer Creek or Pioneer Loop (north side) that are out in the open. Some of the better skiing of the season during our low snow winter. Come out and ski while the snow is here--spring is just around the corner.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Root River State Trail 
Firsthand 
LanesboroMike Gjere
 
Conditions: Awesome classic track.
Classic skied from Whalen to Lanesboro and back. Nice deep firm tracks. Groomed tracks continued east from Whalen.
Mar 1Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Snow conditions are the best ever, skate skiing, classic skiing and bush whacking are all wonderful. Moonlight skiing should be good the next few days if there is a clear sky.
Feb 27Essex Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
RochesterAndrew Wood
 
Conditions: Perfect! Trails are groomed and tracks set.
Skate lane is nice cordroy and the classic tracks are solid. I classiced the entire system. Totally enjoyable! Best skiing of the year.
Feb 27Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Packed powder on a solid base. Snow conditions are the best of the year, skate and classic skiing are good with no set track. With a bright blue ski this mornings ski was beautiful in spite of the cold.
Feb 26Eastwood Golf Course 
Firsthand 
RochesterRobert Ziller
 
Conditions: Very good coverage, groomed today.
I skied Eastwood Golf Course today, and it had been groomed and classic track set. Snow coverage was great, although a few area in the woods with twigs on the trail and pine cones.
Feb 26Quarry Hill Park 
Grooming 
RochesterChristopher Flood
 
Conditions: Great, but a little cold, soft, and slow.
Three inches of fluffy new snow were groomed with tracks set this morning. Everything is in great shape with the exception of the steep south-facing hill close to the shed/entry road, which is mostly bare at the top. I didn't ski, but someone else's skate tracks made while I was grooming suggested it is pretty slow so far. Hopefully it will speed up quickly in the sun.
Feb 26Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
RochesterCeleste Lewis
 
Conditions: Trails were groomed today and track was set. Ski conditions are great!
Perfect conditions for both classic and skate skiing.
Feb 26Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Packed powder: We received about 3 inches of snow in the last storm. This has now been groomed into a nice layer of corduroy on top of the solid base. There is not a classic track but the packed powder should be good for both skating and classic.
Feb 21Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Went over the trails this morning leaving a fresh rill on packed powder, skating should be very good classic should be good on the packed powder with no track set.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaChris Baudhuin
 
Conditions: Good. Track from the other day still ok in most spots.
A little thin, and lots of pine cones and needle litter in the white pine groves. Overall, pretty decent for March 1.
Mar 1Mississippi National Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Red WingLaurie Bell
 
Conditions: Very good for skating; fair to good for classic.
The bluff trail was delightful this afternoon. The thin coverage on the sun-exposed section is holding up nicely and the prairie and woods sections are in excellent shape. The combination of full March sun and fabulous vistas of the Mississippi River valley and surrounding coulees made for a perfect outing.
Mar 1Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaTom Stoa
 
All trails groomed recently, and most but not all have a classic track set. A trace of new snow this morning freshened the track a bit. The campground road now has multiple drifts. There is a skier-set track from the campground to the overlook. Very good rustic park skiing.
Feb 28Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaSteve Horeck
 
skate lane groomed this morning on all trails. Tracks are good with some debris but OK. Enjoy!
Feb 26Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: 2" new snow over solid base. No bare spots showing anywhere.
I groomed all trails were Thursday afternoon. Classic tracks set everywhere including areas we haven't used this year. The conditions are mid-winter perfect. Trails facing south won't last when it warms up, so this weekend should be great skiing. Come the Saint Mary's for a great ski experience.
Feb 26Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
Conditions: Sunny ten degrees with trails, firm and fast, freshly groomed after the previous day's 1 inch of snow. The only debris was an astounding number of pine cones on the trails running thru the pines.
The campground road had wide flat excellent corduroy but no track. I pointed my skis and rode the hill with no dire consequences which is something that doesn't happen very often as the road often features weird big drifts.
Feb 23Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: Main 5K loop groomed this afternoon.
Overall trails are very good. The snow is holding up well but thin in some areas. Classic tracks are old but ok.
Feb 21Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaTom Stoa
 
Conditions: Groomed Saturday, very good.
A bit of new snow Friday; all trails groomed Saturday morning. Occasional leaves, twigs or bits of dirt, but overall very good conditions.

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 
Firsthand 
NerstrandKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. It was sunny, 17 degrees with a moderate NW wind at my 1:00 start. Minimal leaf and twig litter. Used Swix Blue Extra.
Trails have held up well this weekend. After corking in Swix Green Extra in the parking lot when I arrived, I had to stop twice before I left picnic grounds to cork in warmer wax to get adequate bite. Once I got it right I had another great day on the trail. Still no ice or hard pack that would have prevented getting enough of an edge when snow plowing the steeper downhills. However, I did struggle to make it around the last curve coming down Beaver. ( I skied the trails counter-clockwise.) Appreciated the couple and the single skier who got out of my way as I was coming down. Met six other skiers besides them. I skied the 5.2 miles in a little under an hour and 10 minutes.
Feb 28Carleton College Arboretum    
Firsthand 
NorthfieldTom Bisel
 
Conditions: Skate trails are in excellent shape. Hard packed and fast.
Skied the upper trail system this morning. Trails are still in excellent condition. Some of the best natural snow avaialable with in a short distance of the metro. We will most likely get out tonight and re-groom the system. Park by the water tower next to the Carleton Rec Center.
Feb 28Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldJeff Pesta
 
Conditions: Good, hard packed cold, dry snow with some fluff on the sides.
95% coverage for skating on the upper arb. Used B skis instead of rock skis for the first time there this season. Thank you groomers for providing a local option throughout this miserly winter!
Feb 27Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 
Firsthand 
NerstrandKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Phenomenal. Just groomed, near perfectly tracked trail. No ice; no bare spots. Every bit of the trail as well as the adjacent woods was fresh, light snow that appears to have not gone through a freeze thaw cycle. It was sunny, 8 or 9 degrees at start with a slight wind. I used light green Rex.
Can't believe I've been finding some of the best skiing of the season this late in the winter. I am very grateful for the trail reports that clued me into this place. I think I skied here years ago before there was any grooming and did not enjoy it. The expertly groomed trails today totally turned around my opinion. This was only the second time I've classiced this year. My ancient light green Rex gave just the right bite for a nice kick and glide. I walked the longer climbs on my skis but the kick and glide on the flats and run outs on the several, modest longer downhills were just really pleasant. I skied 5.2 miles in little more than an hour and 10 minutes.
Feb 26Carleton College Arboretum    
Grooming 
NorthfieldTom Bisel
 
Conditions: Upper Arboretum - Freshly groomed corduroy, best natural snow loop in the area. Lower Arb - Tried to set tracks for the first time with the new Ginzu, some area have a nice deep track, others not so much.
We received 2-3 inches of fresh snow yesterday and trails have all been groomed. We have about 5km of trails for skating in the upper arb, and almost 10km of classic in the lower. Mostly skied in tracks.
Feb 21Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 
Firsthand 
NerstrandDavid Folland
 
Conditions: Fully snow covered, tracked for classic.
Very good conditions for classic skiing, considering the snow year it's been. Used my good skis, did not hit a rock or stick, beautiful park.
Feb 21Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 
Firsthand 
NerstrandMark Orlowski
 
Conditions: Very good. Classic only.
Snow coverage nearly perfect and fluffy fast. Tracks are shallow but functional. Minimal tree litter. B skis suggested only because of a couple erosion control logs are exposed. Not recommended for novices because of twisty narrow descents that should be one way trails but are not. Some folks have skiied the multipurpose trails south of the highway which are flatter but still gorgeous. Those trails are rolled but not tracked and still good for classic.
Feb 21River Bend Nature Center 
Firsthand 
FaribaultBob Koehler
 
Skied this morning. About an inch of new snow in a hard track. Great skiing.

Other locations
Feb 27Hormel Nature Center 
Grooming 
AustinLarry Dolphin
 
Trails at the Nature Center have been groomed and have tracks set on all the trails throughout the property after Wednesday's snow.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Voyager Village Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Webb LakeDan Campion
Conditions: Muellner Trail (classic): Still a few bare spots - bring your rock skis.
Groomers have done the best they can with the low snowfall this year.
Mar 1North End Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
CableBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Fresh 2" of powder snow on top of the trail, skied in tracks.
We lucked out with some new snow to cover the debris in the bottom of the classic tracks this afternoon. We had never skied this trail system before and really enjoyed it. We did the 12K North End Classic Trail. It has quite a few nice hills, lots of twists and turns, and crosses the Birke Trail a lot. We also liked the great little log cabin trailhead at the end of our ski to warm up and chow down.
Feb 28Flambeau Hills Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
WinterWendy Rebne
 
Conditions: Full snow coverage, firm, and groomed perfectly.
Skating was as good as it gets. A beautiful day to be on this great trail.
Feb 28Birkie Trail    
Firsthand 
HaywardBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Excellent in the skating lane with fresh corduroy. The classic tracks were pretty much unusable with lots of debris.
We classic skied from Double OO down to Mosquito Brook mostly on the skate lane. It was a little tougher skiing for us without a track, but we still had a good time. The Birke trail is something else--super hills, lots of pine trees, and scenic north woods scenery. The sunshine and 18 degrees was an extra bonus!
Feb 27North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableLen Crowley
 
Conditions: Excellent. Some debris in the classic tracks.
Started skiing at noon; a beautiful, sunny day. Trail is in excellent shape, although a little fresh snow would be appreciated. Base is good. Debris in the skate lanes is minimal and is only an annoyance (most of the time) in the classic tracks. Grooming is also good and recent; the groomer passed us as we were skiing.
Feb 27Rock Lake    
Firsthand 
CableBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Recently set single track classic -- very good snow conditions, some debris in the trail from recent winds.
If you're into the old fashioned, single track classic trails, this is the place to be. It's a truly great trail system with plenty of good hills with a nice flow, and some beautiful scenery. It's just so well designed, and the hills just keep on coming. Thanks to the groomers, they did a super job.
Feb 26Mukwonago Trail 
Grooming 
HaywardChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Good. Lots of debris in the trail.
The high winds dropped a considerable amount of pine cones and branches on the trail. Under the large white pines there is considerably more pine cones and twigs.
The open hardwoods are clean and clear. Should make for some great skiing.
Feb 25Rock Lake 
Grooming 
CableChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Very good! Clean tracks that should set up nicely!
Surprisingly there was very little debris in the tracks from the high winds earlier in the week. There has been quite a bit of activity around the Rock Lake Loop due to a few people walking along the edge of the groomed ski trail. Please use caution.
Feb 24North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CableIrv Berlin
 
A, B, C loops groomed skate and classic on Tuesday. All in very good condition but wind picked up in afternoon and some debris was falling on trail.
Feb 24Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Good snow with new tracks.
Two inches of new snow were incorporated and new tracks were set today. Skiing should be great.
Feb 23Drummond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DrummondLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Classic tracks were packed by skiers, not recently groomed. Little bit of debris from wind in the large pine tree areas.
We skied in the afternoon when it had warmed up to 8, very windy out on the NCT loop. I would avoid that section if it's windy since it seems to have been clear cut. Our first time to ski there so we didn't know. No warming building here but they did have an outhouse. Trails were easy and well marked.
Feb 23North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: North end classic trail plenty of snow, good shape.
Hasn't been groomed since last week but plenty of skiers have kept the tracks packed. It was -9F when we started out at 10:30 a.m. We started the fire in the warming building and by the time we got back it was comfortable in there. Nice trail with good variety of terrain. Skating lanes need grooming.
Feb 21Heartwood Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
TregoJean Abraham
 
Conditions: Good conditions.
Weather cooperated on Saturday and trails were in quite good shape with a solid base and very little debris.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Very good. All trails freshly groomed for race Saturday.
The groomers at After Hours always do a great job. They haven't had as much snow as usual, but no problems using good skis. Some debris, but easily avoidable. Always enjoy these scenic trails in a diverse forest along the Brule River.
Feb 21After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleMolly Hoeg
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Fluffy new powder over recently groomed trails.
I was one of the first out on the trails this morning, skate skiing. It was easy to ski through the new snow and I had good glide on the firm skate deck below. As more skiers came out, the fresh snow became thicker and made skiing slower. But it was still great skiing!

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 28Penokee Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
MellenAndy Goyke
 
Very good. Skied after reading the groomer report from yesterday, did not disappoint. Freshly groomed, track set up solid, plenty of snow, beautiful trail. Polar opposite of the Birkie trail last Saturday!
Feb 27Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
I touched up the skate lanes this evening, including: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. The classic tracks still looked to be in good condition.
Feb 27Penokee Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
MellenChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Excellent. Probably the best the trail has looked all year!
Looked as if the high winds didn't drop a single leaf in the trail!
Feb 26Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
With another sunny cool day, I groomed some of the classic only trails, trying to take care of some of the drifting from the windy days. Most of it came out well, but there are still a couple of places that didn't flatten down totally. I groomed: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, and Sugarbush Classic trails.
Feb 25Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Valkyrie Trails were groomed and tracks reset. The high winds caused drifting on sections of Loops A and C even after the groomer went through. The base is approximately 6 to 8 inches. The groomer reported that the wind was blowing leaves, pine needles, and twigs on the trail. The trail is rated in good condition by the groomer.
Feb 25Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
I groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. It seemed to groom out nicely, should be good skiing. Only real issue was some debris (sticks mostly) in spots.
Feb 23Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we retracked: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, Oppedahl's, and the Jolly Connector. Groomed out nicely.
Feb 22Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WashburnLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Very good. Tracks were in good shape. Skate deck was firm. The Teuton trails seemed in better shape, no debris on that side of the road.
Our first time to ski here. We waited until after lunch and it was still -4F when we started. We started a fire in the wood stove so when we finished up skiing the warming house was comfortable. We enjoyed the trails, it was slow today with the cold and wind. Snow was pretty squeaky. We will come back another time so we can try the rest of the loops, we did about 18 k.
Feb 21Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The groomer reported that both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trails were groomed and tracks reset. The conditions are excellent! The base is around 6 to 8 inches.
Feb 21Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails    
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today the crew regroomed and tracked Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. They tracked Sugarbush, Seagull Connector, Oppedahl's and Birch Hill.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Timberland Hills West 
Firsthand 
CumberlandDan Campion
Conditions: Excellent! Trail was great for both skating and classic. A few branches on the skate deck. Skate deck is very solid.
Team Anytime had a ski and social gathering sunday night and had around 20 adults and kids out for a wonderful evening of skiing the lighted trail.
Feb 28Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryBarry Tulkki
 
Trail regroomed this morning. New classic track set as the old one was so full of debris. The skating lane is in great shape, the new track is not deep, but it skis well with little debris. There are a few bald spots on the outside loop, but we have 99% coverage.
Feb 28Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryDan Murphy
 
Conditions: Very good. Freshly tilled, 99% coverage.
Trails are in good shape. We skied all of the trails and there was good coverage. The classic tracks are pretty mature. The skate deck was fast. The groomer has just roughed it up. Worth the trip for sure.
Feb 27Blue Hills Trail    
Firsthand 
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
Firm packed powder conditions. Excellent skating, great edge control, surprisingly fast considering today's temps in the low teens; pretty good striding. The skate deck is firm and flat, many areas with fresh corduroy, other areas with a fast windblown hardpack. The classic track in some areas has scattered small debris from Tuesday's howling winds; trails with fresh track are easier to stride.
Feb 23Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
All skating lanes were groomed Monday night. Classic tracks remain in good shape also.
Feb 23Blue Hills Trail    
Grooming 
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
Great packed powder skiing. Excellent skating and very good striding, skate lane is firm, classic track is solid, mostly free of debris, and fairly deep.
Feb 23Stower Seven Lakes State Trail 
Firsthand 
Balsam LakeSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good. Groomed about a week or more ago? Classic tracks still mostly intact except on section between two lakes. Some foot traffic on the skate deck, but looked skiable. Good base.
Trails had been groomed awhile ago, so there was some snow covering deck and tracks, but some skier traffic made tracks still good. Flat rail-trail so ski terrain was not terribly exciting, but having never been to Amery, I found it a scenic stop. Cute town, and nice woods, lakes, and marshes along the trail.
Feb 23Barron Area Nordic Trail Association 
Firsthand 
BarronSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good. Groomed maybe a week ago before a couple inches of snow, but still very skiable. Tracks (and deck) in woods still intact and visited by a few skiers. Grooming on two open loops somewhat drifted.
Third stop on way home from Hayward. 6.5 kms of pretty trails, lovely loops in the woods. Two loops in open areas also scenic, but had some drifting.
Feb 21Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryJames Lueth
 
Great - all loops were in good condition with good coverage. They had gotten a small amount of snow since last grooming but trails were still in good condition for skating and classic.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Hickory Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
BloomerBrady Zwiefelhofer
 
Conditions: Hard base with flakes on top. Still fast.
Not recently groomed since we got the dusting from this morning, but as been this entire ski season, very hard base for the skate deck so still fast and fun. A little bit of sticks and debris. Classic tracks were snow filled but still folks out striding.
Feb 28Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerJohn Salden
 
Conditions: Good with a firm base.
Overall a very good ski Saturday. The groomer had been out to spread the wind drift snow from Monday. The trail is still a bit uneven but very skiable. I skied the whole track and then some on speedy snow. It won't last long now that it is March. Get out and enjoy!
Feb 27Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireDick Johnston
 
Conditions: Good for skating. Fair for striding.
Very cold weather with a recently groomed skate lane made for hard and fast skating. Still able to get a good edge despite shallow snow depth. There are small patches of gravel showing on some of the hills so ski carefully to avoid. Could use more snow! Striding tracks look fair, but again are shallow, and there are patches with many leaves.
Feb 22Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
 
The trails have not been groomed since the dusting of snow on Thursday. The skating deck is in good condition, but hard packed, skated-in and slow at these temps. The classic tracks, however, are excellent and might the best of the season. Firm with good glide. Oak leaves are in the tracks, but the east-west segments have fewer leaves than the north-south segments, due to the west winds, I presume. Now that the County groomers set continuous tracks through intersections and the oak leaves are too cold to stick to Swix Polar hard wax, classic skiing was quite enjoyable.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming Observation 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Excellent conditions. After grooming the skate lanes yesterday, I skied the tracks today and found way too many leaves, etc., so I groomed/set new tracks today. Come ski before the leaves fill the tracks again. Also - Rib Lake trails being groomed today.
Feb 26Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
I just groomed (and played pick-up-sticks on) the skate lanes on all of the loops; conditions will be Excellent if you like it firm and fast! The classic tracks are fine except where the oak leaves are abundant. Watch out for wood chips all over the trail on one of the downhill runs on Skidder; I raked it away today but the pileated woodpecker is probably out there adding more chips every day (thanks for the warning, John).
Feb 22Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Most of the loops were groomed Saturday morning and I am grooming the rest (Gaiter, Rib Lake Connector, Skidder, Jammer) this morning. The new snow is keeping the trails in excellent condition.
Feb 21Wintergreen Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Park FallsLiz Barr
 
Conditions: Good, fresh powder has covered up the oak leaves/pine needles.
Quite nice conditions today on B loop.

Other locations
Feb 28Big Rock Creek Farm    
Firsthand 
Saint Croix FallsBill Callas
 
Conditions: Good to very good for skate, no classic track. Recently groomed.
All of the trails have been recently groomed and had good coverage except for a few spots. The south trail was a little rougher than the interior trails. I would use rock or B skis since there are spots where the groomer pulled up rocks here and there on the south trial and groomed roads. There are 2 spots where the trials have some rocks/dirt. The first is on the C trail (see picture) and the other is on the M trial just east of the cabin. Otherwise there is 100% coverage except for the North trial which had a couple bare spots and a long drifted in section. I would skip the North trial but the other are good skiing.
Feb 27Marshfield School Forest 
Grooming 
MarshfieldRandy Lueth
 
Although we haven't received a lot of new snow lately the trails continue to be in very nice condition. The wind brought down some twigs but our grooming efforts seems to brush some of them off to the sides of the trails. We are currently grooming 2 - 3 times per week to keep things fresh.
Feb 25Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonPeter Aggen
 
Conditions: Fair+, mostly good coverage but lots of debris and uneven surface.
Decided to check out Willow River since it had been groomed. It was great scenery as usual and quite skiable, but hard to get much of a rhythm going due to the tree debris, boot prints, and uneven surface with the thin snow. I skied with B skis, but rock skis wouldn't be a bad idea as there was occasional gravel. The best skating was the trail that had been previously made on the lake. Great to finally get out to willow river, so thank you groomers.
Feb 21Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
HudsonDavid Thofern
 
Conditions: Conditions are amazingly good! With the exception of the prairie areas of the Orange trail and the Red Prairie Loop, all trails have a good skate surface and generally solid track.
A couple of the groomers headed out today to test out some new equipment. It turned out that the recent dustings of snow had accumulated to a point where we could actually groom. The entire trail system was groomed. Track was set everywhere except in some open prairie areas. The groomer did dig up some scattered bits of grass and dirt but these should be easily avoided.
Feb 21Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve 
Grooming 
EdgarBruce Kralcik
 
Groomed this morning on 1" or so of new snow. Tracks set well.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsJoe Panci
Simply superb! The trails are in absolutely perfect condition - some of the best snow conditions of the winter are right now. Pete has done an amazing job of grooming. Firm and flat skate deck with firm deep tracks. Seek these trails out - you'll be glad you did!
Mar 2Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
We have 15km of trail perfectly tracked and leveled this morning. The groomers did a great job of cleaning up the trails after a wonderful weekend of racing. Skiers reported perfect skiing out on Wolf Tracks and our 8km loop.
Mar 1Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Groomers put down fresh track and cleaned up the skate decks after yesterday's race. All trails are open and in excellent shape! The Cookie Loop and Red Pine will be closed to non-racers during the skijoring race today from 11:00am till about 12:30pm.
Feb 28Nicolet North Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverChristine Brunner
 
Conditions: The tracks were perfect. Just a little debris from wind on Friday, and a few branches to duck under.
Jeff - thanks for grooming Pat Shay! This is such a great trail for intermediate skiers - it's beautiful scenery and not crowded.
Feb 28Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverGeorge Katich
 
Conditions: Very good with firm base and fast tracks.
Skied Military trail, West trail, Nine Mile trail, East trail and Lake loop. All were groomed and tracked perfect. Thanks for the great job of grooming this year Jeff. Too bad a couple of people walked down the middle of the Lake loop with large winter boots and tore the trail up.
Feb 28Razorback Ridges Trail    
Firsthand 
SaynerSue Lietz
 
Conditions: Very good. Skier tracked classic tracks on firm base.
Sunshine in abundance, perfect trail system, fast tracks. Doug's Folly and Lion's Pride are tracked trails you shouldn't miss this season. Doesn't get much better at Razorback.
Feb 28Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Come out and cheer on our racers in the Squirrel Hill Skiathlon! Races start at 9am. Youth races start at 11:30am and the Beat The Bunny race starts at 1:00pm. We still have plenty of trail open for non-racers. We will have almost all of our trails open by noon.
Feb 27Anvil National Recreation Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Excellent! The classic tracks were fabulous. Firm and fast.
The best conditions we've seen on this trail system for many years.
Feb 27Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Good condition with 7" base all trails groomed and tracked, picked up most debris from Tuesday wind storm.
Should set well tonight with colder temps. should be a great weekend to ski. Enjoy!
Feb 27Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
We have just over 40km of groomed trail in great to excellent shape. Other trails have many debris patches, powder-filled tracks, and very firm skate decks. Striders should ski the fresh track and Wilderness Trails. Skating is still good to very good for experienced skiers.
Feb 26Schlecht Lake 
Firsthand 
MinocquaDick Wilder
 
Conditions: Poor - not recently groomed, with hazardous drifts on some downhills.
Looks like it hadn't been groomed since Monday's small snowfall. Wind made for some hazardous drifts on downhills. Looks like it could be a really fun trail if groomed. Wouldn't suggest for beginning skier. Hills were a hoot except for conditions.
Feb 26Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Very good condition.
Cut and tracked all took two passes but was happy with results. One porcupine headed up an oak to his hole(den?) in a big oak tree. Track firm and slow with cold temps.
Feb 26Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Good with 7" base some debris from Tuesday's wind.
Pat Say, Butternut, Roller Coaster and Tom's Hill all groomed and tracked to Anvil System.
Feb 26Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 15km+ of the core trails were groomed overnight to very good condition. Other trails have many debris patches, powder-filled tracks, and very firm skate decks. The skating is still good to very good for experienced skiers. Striders should ski the fresh track or the Wilderness trails.
Thursday night and Friday mornining, we'll groom the entire park. Weekend Skiathlon and Skijor race conditions should be very good to excellent. We'll ski ya soon!
Feb 25Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderSue Lietz
 
Conditions: Very good. Tracks are not deep (packed powder) but in very good shape.
Skied west loop just after it was groomed. Leaf litter not bad considering not much fresh snow. Always a fun ski (clock-wise on the loop); still miss the not maintained north link to the east loop.
Feb 25Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
 
Conditions: Very good! just a few spots under pines with debris but because the golf course is pretty open, the debris is minimal. Great snow - holding powder.
Don't get your golf clubs out yet! Groomed the skate deck and laid double tracks throughout system on Wednesday. Groomed up nicely after the howling winds.
Feb 25Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. Full depth, solid and consistent classic tracks. Smooth, solid and firm skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 57 times this season.
Feb 25Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
This morning the track was reset, and there was some wind blown debris on the trail. However, not enough debris to ruin one's skiing.
Feb 25Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
The classic tracks were reset this afternoon. With predicted warmer temperatures for the weekend, this can make for some nice skiing.
Feb 25Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
New classic tracks were set this afternoon. With the cold evening temperatures the tracks should firm up nicely. Moderate temperatures are forecasted for the weekend and this should provide for some nice skiing. There is some leafy debris from Tuesday's strong winds, but not enough to spoil skiing.
Feb 25McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skaters loop groomed. All other loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
Feb 25Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Excellent with exception of a few pesky oak leaves. Single digit temps but don't forget the sunscreen!
Groomed at noon today. Cut the drifts and smoothed over yesterday's inch of fresh snow.
Feb 25Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Groomed to a 4 our of 5, but debris from Tuesday's wind storm is pushing the conditions a little lower. Wind-blown powder in tracks in the open areas, with firm to very firm skate lanes throughout the park. Tamarack Pond trail was groomed last night, and it should offer the cleanest track.
Weekend grooming should be great for the Squirrel Hill Skiathlon, Winter Park Bark Skijor Race, and general public skiing. Our base is good, and the weather should be steady and pleasant through the weekend.
Feb 24Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsBob Woelfl
 
Conditions: Solid skating base with an inch of new powder covering the trails. So much snow!
Skied mostly on Bob's Trail and the skate conditions were phenomenal! Pete Moline and the "Snow Gods" provided 2 of my best ski days ever. Afterglow never disappoints! Exceptional skiing.
Feb 24Raven Trails 
Grooming Shorty 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
All loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
Feb 24Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeChristopher Bartelt
 
Cut and tracked all loops this morning - trail appears to be in very good condition.
Feb 24Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Get back to your skiing roots on our single track Wilderness Trails amongst the pines and patchy snowfall. Big Pine, Cedar Creek and Side Kick were groomed this morning. All ski trails are in great shape with just a little dusting of snow.
Feb 23Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Excellent. Near perfect conditions exist. Full depth and solid classic tracks. Smooth, solid and level skate lanes.
Last nights low temp was -35F. The weather has been documented in this area for 115 years. The coldest winter before last winter, had 44 nights below zero. Last year we smashed that record with 78 nights below zero. This winter to date, we have had 47 nights below zero (beating the old record). There are many more nights predicted, in the near future, to be far below zero. I almost only groom at night and have been quite cold while grooming, the last two winters. Trails have been groomed 56 times this season.
Feb 23Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Big Pine has been beautifully groomed with a single track winding through the woods. Our Wilderness Trails have been a favorite the past few days. All 90km of ski trail are in great shape!
Feb 22Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
New deep tracks were reset on Sat. This should provide for some nice skiing until the snow and wind comes on Tues.
Feb 22Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Groomers have cleaned up most of our interior trails and will be grooming the Wilderness Trails tonight. The PistenBully has groomed Lake Marie, C&D Express and Island Hop this morning.
Feb 21Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Very good conditions at present on Escanaba. I cut and tracked all on Saturday morning and it has been very cold since.
Due to cold weather I am confident this trail is in very good shape. I set track on Saturday morning after about 2 inches of fresh snow. The new and old snow were mixed together and set up firm.
Feb 21Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
All the trails were cleaned up on Saturday. New classic tracks were set along with brushing the skate deck.
Feb 21Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
All 90km of trail have been groomed with flat skate decks and crisp striding track. We have about 3" of fluffy snow still on the skied in tracks of our Wilderness Trails.
Feb 21Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Excellent. Measured 2" new snow. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes regroomed.
Trails have been groomed 56 times this season. Full depth, solid, firm and consistent classic tracks. Firm, flat, smooth and level skate lane. Good luck to all the Birkie skiers who train here.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
WausauDave Gorringe
Conditions: Very good skate and classic even though they have a thin base.
Very nicely groomed trails and a very nice place to ski. Only a couple of thin spots with some dirt showing but easy to avoid. I skied the 10km loop twice and it was a lot of fun on a bright sunny 24 degree Monday. I love retirement! Nice place to ski if you are ever in the Wausau area.
Mar 1Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaBen Kotenberg
Conditions: Overall fantastic. Little debris in the woods, just step over the few leaves and pine cones.
Phil deserves some serious praise for keeping the trails in such great condition with the changing weather and lack of snow. Hopefully the ski gods bring the artist a few inches of fresh powder to work with this week.
Feb 28Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointMindy Borchardt
 
Conditions: Newly groomed, dirty but surprisingly fast.
Classic tracks are present, but poor--very dirty. The groomer was out in the snowmobile today freshening the skating lane, bringing up some whiter snow and leveling the bumps. Beware of pine cones and bark chunks.
Feb 28Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauSandy Kneser
 
Conditions: Very good, groomed 2 days ago. Nice tracks. Some leaf debris in tracks, but still good.
Classic skied 10k this morning. Nice tracks, some debris. All in all a very nice ski.
Feb 26Iola Winter Sports Club Trails    
Firsthand 
IolaScott Frazier
 
Conditions: Very good on groomed trails.
The Green and the Black loops were freshly groomed and in great shape for both skating and classic. Some of the others were not groomed and in average shape with pine cones and debris from the lack of snow. As you can see by the pictures in the Fields, the trails are in fine shape.
Feb 25Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Grooming Secondhand Scheduling 
IolaTracy Piontkowski
 
Conditions: Good for skate, fair for classic.
Phil called me Wednesday evening to say he was feeling capricious and has changed the date for Greg Marr ski backwards to Saturday March 7th. Plan is still pot luck at 1pm.
Feb 24Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand Secondhand Scheduling 
IolaTracy Piontkowski
 
Conditions: Good for skate, fair for classic.
Skate deck is hard packed but not boilerplate. Phil touched up trails with drag. Good skis are okay, use a stiff flex. Classic tracks are shallow and worn, fair amount of debris from the high winds. Phil says he plans on trying to reset track by weekend. This Saturday is ski backwards Greg Marr memorial. Start skiing anytime in the morning, pot luck lunch at 1pm.
Feb 21Gartzke Flowage 
Firsthand Shorty 
AntigoBob Dall
 
Great scenery, but disappointed there was no classic track set on any of the trails.
Feb 21Standing Rocks Park 
Grooming 
Stevens PointJosh Nemec
 
Conditions: Fair condition with some dirty snow on the northwest corner on the red loop.
Trails have been groomed today and will be groomed Sunday morning.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 28Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
Green BayMark Ernst
 
Conditions: Cold and sunny. Crusty dry snow scarified and fast.
The Bay Nordic Stump Farm Classic and Youth event went off today under azure skies and spring crisp conditions. Fast snow and a little icy in spots, dirty in others but very skiable and fast. We should be good as long as it does not get warm.
Feb 27Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayKevin Fermanich
 
Conditions: Pretty Good! Fast! Just finished helping set up course for the Stump Farm race tomorrow.
County staff and volunteers shoveled snow to fix many of the thin spots. Groomer roughened and leveled the surface and cleaned up the trails a bit tonight. I had on my B skis - seemed OK. Forgot my headlamp so it was a beautiful, cool, moonlit ski! See you tomorrow at the Bay Nordic youth, 4k and 15k Stump Farm! I heard there will be great prizes!
Feb 27High Cliff State Park 
Grooming 
SherwoodLinda Guelig
 
The volunteer groomer was out today and was able to pack all trails and track the traditional trails. He reports the skate ski trails are in great condition while the traditional trails are in good condition by have some leafy areas.
Feb 22Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayGary Machlett
 
Conditions: Very good coverage. Freshly groomed after Saturday nights dusting. The camp set tracks this weekend for the first time this year.
The skate skiing was very good. Skied on fresh cuordoroy which is always a treat. The camp has done a good job with the limited amount of snow that they have had.
Feb 21Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand Secondhand 
Two RiversMike Casey
 
Conditions: Fair to good for skating. No tracks set for classic.
Red Pine loop was groomed for skating. Powder made it a bit soft but warm temps gave some good glide. Classic tracks were being skied in. East side classic only had skied in tracks. Guy said he attempted to set track but brought up too much debris. Thought it would be better skiing in old track.
Feb 21Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BaySue Freundl
 
Conditions: Very good for skate skiing.
The couple inches of fresh snow made for a very good conditions. Trails were freshly groomed this morning.
Feb 21High Cliff State Park 
Firsthand 
SherwoodKathleen Paton
 
Conditions: Very nice tracks, groomed early morning, some debris.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer for spending his morning grooming. Remember to stop in the office and donate!
Feb 21Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: 1" new snow, all south trails open, rolled, no classic tracks.
South trails all rolled, did not detect any gravel areas. More snow and they would be perfect.
Feb 21High Cliff State Park 
Grooming 
SherwoodLinda Guelig
 
Volunteer groomer was out this morning at 6 AM and packed all the trails. He reports the skate ski trail is in very good condition and the he was able to track the traditional ski trail. Although he indicated there was some rocks and sticks periodically on the traditional ski trail, he rate it as in good condition for skiing.

Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 21Peninsula State Park 
Firsthand 
Fish CreekTom Kraack
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Firm, but not icy.
Red, Green, Yellow, Orange trails all groomed this morning. Definitely skiable. A few bare spots, but easy to ski around. Overnight snow and blue skies made for a great day on the trails. Many thanks to the groomers.
Feb 21Peninsula State Park 
Firsthand 
Fish CreekBill Kirsch
 
Conditions: Very good for striding.
Classic skied Peninsula off Hwy. A at Lot #5. 1. Air temperature 25 degrees at noon. 2. 4" fresh snow last night. 3. Bright sun. 4. Tracked this morning. The snow was a little thin in only a couple of spots. You do the math - It was great!

Other locations
Mar 1Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand Secondhand 
LakewoodTom Lane
 
Conditions: Trail was well groomed and fast.
On the snow 10:59. Met some skiers coming off the skate lane that said conditions were fantastic. I classic skied. Some areas of the track had a lot of leaves most areas had few. I had a great day, met about 15 skiers. Off the snow 4:22.
Mar 1Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodMike Athanas
 
Good conditions hard packed but with good edging and minimal debris. Was able to use good skis. Only saw about six other skiers.
Feb 28Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodPaul Haupt
 
Conditions: Very good. Recently groomed with a firm fast track. Very little debris on the trail.
Skating and tracked surfaces were very fast. Worth the drive.
Feb 26Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Conditions: 8-9 inch base, groomed and tracked.
Groomed and tracked today, best conditions of the year.
Feb 25Spring Rapids Trail 
Grooming 
CrivitzSara Pearson
Wisconsin DNR
 
The entire system was groomed today and trails are in very good condition. We continue to be plagued with windy days, so there is debris on the trail although it isn't too bad. Enjoy!
Feb 24Governor Thompson State Park 
Firsthand 
CrivitzMaggie Kailhofer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Very good, some debris on the trails.
All trails were groomed and tracked Tuesday. I skate skied some of the trails Tuesday night. The trails were fast! Good hard skate deck and firm tracks. We had some strong winds and there is debris in the pine plantations - I would avoid those areas.

Wisconsin Southwest

La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 21Perrot State Park 
Firsthand 
TrempealeauBrian McCarty
 
Conditions: Some thin spots but overall good.
Bay Trail - Not officially open or groomed, but tracks are there. Campground road section (and therefore skating loop) very thin. Otherwise good. Wilbur Trail - A thin spot or two but otherwise very good.
Feb 21Perrot State Park 
Firsthand 
TrempealeauJustin Wershofen
 
Conditions: Bluff trails were groomed two weeks ago but are holding well.
Limited snow has allowed for a little more leaf litter to show up in the track but still in great shape for as little snow as we have.

Wisconsin Southeast

Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushNanette Rose
 
Conditions: Not too shabby. Lots of debris in spots.
I would not use my good skis. Strided the whole purple and the brown. Brown was perfect. Purple had a lot of debris on back half and in the pines. But we just skied out of the tracks a lot to avoid it. Still pretty darn good considering the lack of snow. It had snowed just a smidge Saturday night but it helped a lot.
Mar 1Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushJerry Moriarity
 
Conditions: Very good. Enough snow for the good skis.
Tracks are fast without being icy. They would be perfect except for the occasional annoying debris. Skating also looks very good. I did not see the back of the purple trail, however it was weak a week ago. Very good skiing overall, particularly with the limited amount of snow we received in the last several weeks.
Feb 28Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushPeter Scheibel
 
Conditions: The Black Loop has plenty of snow and no bare spots.
The Black Loop was fantastic! It appeared to me that I was making fresh tracks from the last little bit of snow that fell earlier in the week. The downhills are fast, hang onto your hat!
Feb 26Evergreen/Maywood 
Grooming 
SheboyganSteve Scharrer
 
Conditions: Overall, conditions are good for skate skiing and fair to good in the classic tracks. There was a quarter inch of new snow last night.
The trails south and east of the Pigeon River were groomed today and are very skiable. There is debris in some sections of the system. The classic tracks were reset on the west, north and east sections of Evergreen Park as fresh snow blew into the old tracks. So, classic skiing in 80% of Evergreen Park is good.
Feb 25Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushMary Dekker
 
Conditions: Very Good packed trails with tracks in place.
I classic skied around 12:30 p.m. on portions of the red, green and purple trails. The snow was packed down but with just enough loose powder on top to make skiing fast and easy. There is some debris on the trail, so by weaving in and out of the tracks, I avoided having any leaves stick to the bottom of my waxable skis.
Feb 24Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming 
CampbellsportReagan Arndt
Wisconsin DNR
 
Groomed the skating lanes on all loops today. Very hard 2" base. Did not do anything to the classic lanes. Some dirty spots and debris in places to contend with. Conditions are fair. It is currently snowing lightly. I will plan on grooming tomorrow if we get measureable snow. Still worthwhile to ski these trails.
Feb 23Zillmer Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
CampbellsportMatt Stanke
 
Conditions: 1-2 hard packed, no recent grooming.
I recommend only B/rock skis at this point. There are several areas of thin spots and a few rocky areas on the north yellow trail. The second downhill after the north overlook (not the first) and pass the 2 mile marker is downright dangerous down the middle with two huge rocks that could completely damage ski bases and cause a skier to have an accident. Go slow there or take off your skis on that downhill.
Feb 23Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushMatt Stanke
 
1-2" bombproof hard packed. The purple, red and brown trails have been groomed for skating. At this point, only B skis or rock skis are advisable due to the low snow cover and many thin spots with some rocks here and there.
Feb 23Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushJim Hertel
 
Conditions: Very good conditions. A few thin spots on the green trail and a little dirty in the pine plantations.
I skied all 5 loops skating. There was about an inch of new snow over the weekend which covered most of the dirty track. The classic tracks looked good except for a few leaves in the track and a little dirty in the plantations. Most of the skating trails were groomed this morning.
Feb 22Evergreen/Maywood 
Grooming 
SheboyganJim Van Akkeren
 
Conditions: Yesterday afternoon we had sunshine and temps in the high 20s, as a result there was a bit of melting in the south facing slope areas. Thing cooled down last night and we got a dusting of snow. All trails are still in pretty good condition. There are thin spots and some debris. A few areas are a bit icy. Use caution going down the hill near the Maywood building; it was icy and thin there today.
We haven't had any significant snow for three weeks. The trails have held up pretty well despite this.
Feb 21Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushTom Hauch
 
Skied the purple, green and pink trails this afternoon. The trails were better than last weekend but they still have plenty of debris that keeps my "B skis" happy and my "A skis" at home in the basement. Gotta keep skiing!
Feb 21Evergreen/Maywood 
Grooming 
SheboyganJim Van Akkeren
 
Leo is grooming the skate deck this morning. We added 1/2" of snow yesterday. Still pretty good coverage. Watch out for a few thin spots and some debris. We have not reset the classic track due to the lack of sufficient fresh snow.

Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonAndrea Wetzel
Great for skate. The skate deck is in impressively good shape considering the lack of snow. There are a couple of spots with grass poking out, but I felt comfortable using my good skis.
Mar 2Lake Kegonsa State Park 
Firsthand 
StoughtonMarty Dawson
Conditions: Fair, snow is mostly clean new 1/2 inch over old hard pack and uneven skate lanes.
Skated, close to home, so it is good. Old ridge down the middle of the skate lanes has been hanging around forever. The new inch of snow made things better again.
Mar 1Blue Mound State Park 
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsRon Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Very good! Deep set tracks on a firm, level deck of packed powder.
Many skiers were enjoying the beautiful day. There was only one area of thin base on the Sunset trail, but it was easily avoided.
Feb 28Olin-Turville Park 
Firsthand 
MadisonPete Anderson
 
Conditions: Excellent with fresh powder in firm, deep track.
Nearly primo conditions on the best technical, single-track classic trail in Madison. Fresh powder really made it nice. Especially technical now with some nice rollers over drifts by the lakeshore. You could use good skis if you pick one up going over a few thin spots, but be careful on the rollers-- I broke one of my B skis. Otherwise, fine conditions on a fun trail.
Feb 28Blue Mound State Park    
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsSarah Congdon
 
Conditions: Excellent, perfectly groomed on Friday.
Beautiful day of skiing, tracks are in great condition. Get out there and enjoy it while you can!
Feb 28Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonDave Minden
 
Conditions: Really good skate and classic.
With 16 degrees, low wind, lots of sun, this is the best conditions of the year.
Feb 27Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonNatasha Grimm
 
Conditions: Good. Fast classic tracks.
Good classic, some bald spots, looks freshly groomed. Fast tracks with right wax. Couple of icy spots.
Feb 26Elver Park 
Firsthand 
MadisonRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Very good on the West.
Freshly groomed skate deck and new classical trails. No grooming on the East but the fresh snow makes it quite skiable.
Feb 26Pleasant View Golf Course 
Grooming 
MiddletonTim Dahmen
 
Conditions: Good, fresh snow last nite.
Groomed and tracked today.
Feb 24Lodi Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LodiJoe Bainbridge
 
Conditions: 4.5k open for skate, classic tracks are pretty blown over thanks to the wind and traces of snow we have been getting.
Trail is thin but no bare spots.
Feb 24Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Fair to good for skating, has not been groomed in a while.
Thin base on Fern Dell and Turtleville with several brown spots and areas where pebbles are mixed with snow, so rock skis recommended. Lots of tree, leaf and needle debris due to wind. Did not ski other trails. Need more snow to improve conditions.
Feb 24Elver Park 
Firsthand 
MadisonRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Good skating Westside.
Hasn't been groomed since Friday. I hope this isn't the end. Very firm base was softening with the warming and a scant amount of loose snow. Eastside very hard and icy, the best hill is actually the double S down the face. Classical tracks are geting dirty and slick.
Feb 23Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand Grooming 
BarabooJoe Bainbridge
 
Conditions: Trails south of Ferndale road are ok for rock skis. Very thin with lots of tree debris on them.
The trail could really use some snow. No real bare spots but the groomer scalped a number of spots where coverage is thin.
Feb 21Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooPaul Nichols
 
Conditions: Good, recently groomed.
Thin base on Fern Dell, but I skate skied with my A skis and I thought the conditions were decent. The trail was recently groomed and considering the lack of snow I was surprised that the conditions were pretty good.

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
Conditions: Hard packed with a lite top layer of loose snow.
Skied blue loop, good shape, a few thin spots where the sun beat down on it in today's warmer temp. Still an enjoyable ski, able to get edge, downhills were controllable to me. I am very fortunate to only be 30 minutes away from this Nordic ski haven.
Mar 1Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendRuss Sobotta
 
Conditions: Hard and fast. Tracks very good with spots of just OK.
The Fox was hard and fast today with a firm deck but god ability to get an edge. Classic tracks were not deep but held firm. Some debris in the woods areas made striding a bit spotty but the open areas were great. 25 degrees meant a turquoise hard wax but some of the sunny spots meant that blister weather is just around the corner.
Mar 1Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldCrystal Hoecherl
 
The trails at the top were very good; I didn't ski the lower trails. The black was excellent. The blue had a little debris and a couple small, easily avoidable bare spots. Some of the nicest conditions I've found in SE WI this winter.
Mar 1McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Excellent freshly groomed trails.
Skied 2 blues and a green-hard packed fresh groom of recent snow over top. At 20F and sun it does not get any better than this - truly awesome! Get out and enjoy!
Mar 1Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Beautiful, newly groomed.
Trails in awesome shape, this is as good as it gets, great grooming job guys!
Feb 28Scuppernong 
Firsthand 
EaglePatrick Doornek
 
Conditions: Good to very good.
Full coverage, no thin or bare spots. Very, very fast in the tracks but manageable. Excellent job on the grooming.
Feb 28Brown Deer Park    
Firsthand 
MilwaukeeMark Chelmowski
 
Conditions: 99% very good. A handful of very thin spots but overall fast with just a small amount of debris, soft spots and ice.
I was amazed at how good skate skiing was on the golf course this afternoon on a base of only 1-4 inches. Use your B skis to be safe.
Feb 28McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleDon Howell
 
Conditions: Wonderful. Enough loose snow on top of hard packed course made for good edging especially on the climbs. Glide was fast considering the sub zero temp the night before. The total blue loop had good coverage and no thin spots.
Parking lot was 3/4 full at 2pm. Many enjoyed to new warming building.
Feb 28Minooka Park 
Firsthand 
WaukeshaDan Truesdale
 
Conditions: Very good. Was there at 8am and found unblemished corduroy throughout. Skate deck was hardpacked with just the right amount of purchase. If not for a few avoidable dirty gravel sections, I would of rated it excellent. The tracks looked fast, full depth with minimal dirty/grassy sections.
The new grooming equipment seems to be working wonders. Well done groomer. Thank You.
Feb 28Whitnall Park 
Firsthand 
Hales CornersBob Mielke
 
Conditions: Great conditions, nice and wide skate track, classic tracks on the edges.
Great job grooming, could do it again soon.
Feb 28Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeKatie Beutel
 
Conditions: Very good for skating, minor debris on the trail.
The outer (blue) loop is fast and in good shape for skating. There are a few thin spots and there is some debris (pinecones and poop, mainly) on the trail but nothing terrible. I felt comfortable on my good skis. The groomers are doing an amazing job with the little snow out there - thank you!
Feb 28Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeMarty Dawson
 
Conditions: Very good for skate, classic looked ok also.
Skated the blue loops and the black diamond sections. Hard firm deck and mostly clean, started to get packed or scraped off a little here and there but still very good.
Feb 27Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeDon Howell
 
Conditions: 1-2" of new snow on Wed with their usual good grooming made for idea skating conditions. The glide was amazingly fast considering the snow was very cold from the below zero temperatures below. Good coverage without litter. The climbs on the hills were nice.
With warmer temperatures on Sat, it could even be faster.
Feb 27McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleJeff Lightcap
 
Conditions at McMiller (S Kettle Moraine) were excellent today. Regroomed Thursday for skate and classic. The old classic track was taken out and new tracks set. Classic tracks formed up full depth and hard but are composite of old icy snow and a little dry fresh...hard for me to get hard wax to work well. Skate deck was firm with mix of old, icy and new, fresh but smooth cord everywhere...no chunks of ice of any size. Fast! As good as Falun, Sweden, maybe a little harder!
Feb 27Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeMarty Dawson
 
Conditions: very good at least - skating assessment.
I skated all blue outside loop and the black diamond section. Started at noon, 12 degrees, snow a little slow at first in the shade in the pines but very nice in the sun. Better as it warmed up. All skate decks appeared to be groomed, not the classic track. An inch of snow on the firm classic tracks, so they are probably pretty good, clean, I used them a couple times on down hills.
Feb 26UW-Parkside Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
KenoshaAnna Stadick
 
Conditions: Great for skate, good for classic.
I skied the UW-Parkside trail at about 5 p.m., striding. The tracks were good and not icy after the inch plus of snow and cold temps. The trail is slow, due to the fluffy cold snow. The skate lanes are perfect. Good grooming! Very little debris, except for a bit under the pines.
Feb 26Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Excellent, Nordic heaven! Freshly groomed.
Trails in primo condition. Groomed earlier today, clean, a couple inches of new snow last night helped, just a bit slower than the speedy conditions the last week and a half. Should be good for weekend, cold temps are helping.
Feb 26Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeTheo Abrahamson
 
Excellent. Groomer had just finished working in 1.5 inches new snow over bomb proof base. Skied 2 blue loops and was first and second trace on fresh corduroy! Beautiful cold clear day for skiing. Used Birkie race skis which had Cera 7 over HSF-10 (not bad on Nordic's cold snow even with 81 K total) Groomers did a great job.
Feb 26UW-Parkside Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
KenoshaMatt Seiberlich
 
Skated the main trail and a small section under the pines just at the snow was starting. For me the main trail was hard packed but OK, but under the pines was too debris covered. Depending on how much snow accumulated, a grooming could transform the trail to excellent conditions.
Feb 25Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeDon Howell
 
Conditions: Delightful, skated blue loop. Enough loose snow on top of a very hard base made for good edging for the climbs and push offs for long glides. Used good skis and had good coverage except for a few spots that were easy to ski around. The debris on the trail was not a problem.
It was groomed yesterday and was very good when I skied. With no grooming today, the trails were still good. After doing my 30th Birkie Saturday with the big hills and mush on the climbs, the Nordic conditions were almost effortless today.
Feb 24UW-Parkside Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
KenoshaSteve Wikner
 
Conditions: The track is ice and the skating lane is hard packed.
Skating is possible but getting an edge is difficult at times. Warmer weather or new snow may improve conditions greatly.
Feb 24Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeMike Bettinger
 
Conditions: Good to excellent skating, classic tracks looked great.
Trail conditions soften and improved by end of ski at 5:45pm. With cold overnight temps trails most likely will harden up by morning. If groomer hits the skating lane Wednesday morning like today look out. Tracks looked great, will try those tomorrow afternoon.
Feb 24Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeMarty Dawson
 
Conditions: Good from a skate assessment.
Skated outside blue loop, not the black diamond section. Groomer had been over it once in all places, twice in others. A narrow six foot groomed swath had a 1/4 inch of loose snow/ice. Hard pack other places. Lots of debris in pines, but fast and very skateable. Need snow obviously but the grooming is keeping it good for skaters with very little to work with. Nice job groomer.
Feb 24McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleGeorge Desort
 
Conditions: McMiller Blue. Hard-pack and fast. Skied in the morning. A lot of debris on the trail through the pine plantations, but second half of trail is looking good.
Trails are holding up well despite the lack of new snow. Grateful for the groomers.
Feb 22Minooka Park 
Firsthand 
WaukeshaMary Labinski
 
Skied Minooka on both Saturday and Sunday, it was groomed both mornings. Excellent conditions on Saturday, very good on Sunday for classic. The groomer had wiped out some of the classic track when grooming for skating. Skate track was nice.
Feb 22Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeMatt Stanke
 
Conditions: 1-4" bombproof base with a few thin dirty areas.
You can used your race skis at Nordic if you are careful and move around the 8-10 dirty spots. I pulled off the few stubborn rocks on the hilly blue and also 100+ or so pine cones off the trail. Excellent grooming provided fast and firm conditions, despite the very cold temps. The full sun was an extra bonus. Another great day on an awesome trail system.
Feb 22Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeGeorge Desort
 
Conditions: Perfect conditions once again.
Where do we deliver the cookies or beer to the groomer/groomers? There is not a lot of snow yet conditions are holding due to the fantastic grooming.
Feb 21Brown Deer Park 
Firsthand 
MilwaukeeMike Borst
 
Conditions: Classic trails were fair to good on the north loop. Icy in many spots; sticks and twigs on the trail.
Classic trails were fair to good on the north loop. Icy in many spots, with better snow coverage in some open areas. Classic trails appear to not have been groomed or tracked in some time... tracks are pretty much dig from other skiers. A fair amount of debris on the trail in wooded areas, only one bare spot on the loop. Might consider "B" skis if you are concerned about sticks and twigs on the trail.
Feb 21McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleJohn Brengosz
 
Conditions: Excellent, considering lack of recent snow.
Timbo and I skied McMiller Blue trail this morning and were extremely impressed with the grooming and how little debris was in the classical tracks. Well done grooming staff and much appreciated!
Feb 21Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeRichard Homan
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skating and striding today. Kudos to the grooming crew.
Temps were perfect today.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Conditions: We picked up another dusting (1 inch) of snow this morning. The Pisten Bully was out again powertilling the skate lanes and resetting tracks and the small groomers retracked the classic only trails. All 70 km were regroomed by 8 AM. The skiers enjoyed the clean white trail condition along with the milder temps today. Groomers will be back out in the early morning touching up the trails from the snow that fell during the day today.
Don't miss the 10th Annual Taste of the Trails this Saturday, March 7th!
Mar 1Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed for skate and classic. Deep base.
Second day double-dipping in Ironwood. Telemark skiing at Blackjack, followed by a skate at Wolverine. Great glide and good edging on the dusting of fresh snow that came down today. Sunny afternoon made for a beautiful ski with beautiful views. Made a run down Powderhorn and caught the lift back up for a fun side trip on the Powderhorn loop.
Feb 28ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Excellent. Deep base... There's never a bad day at ABR.
Double dipping in Ironwood. After a half day of telemark skiing at Indianhead, we hit ABR to completely tire out our legs. Everything was freshly groomed, including Windy Ridge (for skate today) and it was lovely out here in the mild temps with bluebird skies.
Feb 27ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodJudy Archibald
 
Conditions: Excellent. Tracks were firm and deep.
Pristine grooming once again at ABR. The snow here will last for weeks, those venturing out for next weekend's Taste and Tour won't be disappointed.
Feb 27Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
Conditions: All trails were Pisten Bully groomed today. Plans are to groom the skate lanes Saturday morning.
Skiing conditions at its'best!
Feb 23ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodLarry Dobberstein
 
Conditions: Classic, excellent.
The classic track was in excellent condition except for a very few wind blown areas that were out in the open. Unbelievable snow depth here. The trail maps are getting lower and lower to look at. What a great problem to have!
Feb 22Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodLarry Dobberstein
 
Conditions: Skate, perfect. Classic, perfect.
The entire system was just P.B. groomed and was absolutely perfect. It got up to about -8F which probably kept some skiers away from these great conditions. Thanks to the groomer.
Feb 21Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
Conditions: 6 inches of new fluffy snow fell in the past 24 hours. Groomers will be out early Sunday morning weather permitting, packing and tracking all trails. Warm chalet open from 8am-6pm.
The YooperBeiner Snowshoe race was held at Wolverine today attracting many racers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Thank you skiers who yielded to the snowshoers and fluffy trail conditions!

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 1Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Excellent for classic.
Day 3 and our final day of our weekend Tour de UP. Joanie and I classic-skied almost all of the advanced and intermediate trails. The terrain is rolling to very hilly through mainly hardwoods, with some very fun and long downhills. With what little energy we had left, we skated one of the easy trails and called it a weekend. The trails have narrow skating lanes, which keeps them scenic and intimate, but it is difficult to not cut into the classic track, especially on some of the steeper hills. A better trail system for classic versus skating in our opinion and we hope they keep it that way.
Feb 28Munising Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
MunisingDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Excellent for classic.
Day 2 of the Tour de UP with Joanie. Skiing along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. A really fun and scenic single- and double-tracked trail system through a mainly hardwood forest with scattered pines. A mix of rolling terrain and a few bigger hills. Skied almost all of the network of trails, part of which traveled on the North Country Trail. Had been groomed on Friday and were in excellent condition, except for some wildlife tracks on the trail.
Feb 28Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingJohn Brengosz
 
Conditions: Excellent - well groomed!
Melbs, Jordy and I up from Southern Wisconsin and Central Michigan U to ski Valley Spur for the first time. This trail system is a real gem especially for the "striders" out there. The scenery was outstanding and the grooming could not have been much better. Our advice: please support great trail systems like this, especially with your donations so they are still there for our kids and grand-kids and future generations. Places like this are very special and provide an experience that you just can't get with a video game! We'll be back!
Feb 27Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Looks like a great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur again. Trails are in awesome shape with all the fresh snow and cold temps. Come on out and enjoy a little taste of Spring!
Feb 24Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Groomed our entire system this morning. We've gotten steady fresh snow lately and it's groomed daily. It looks like temps will moderate a bit for the coming weekend so come and enjoy this great system. It's truly a winter wonderland!
Feb 22Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Rolled and groomed the entire system yesterday and groomed in another 1" that fell overnight so the system is in excellent shape. Due to all the high winds lately there is a bit of debris on the trail but barely noticeable. Come on out!

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 2Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 
Firsthand 
OntonagonSue Schroeder
Conditions: Excellent to fair grooming depending on trail. Deep base and beautiful scenery everywhere.
Most trails recently groomed... We found very good to excellent conditions on the Union Spring, Log Camp, River, and Nonesuch trails. There was some foot traffic and washed out tracks near the Nonesuch trailhead at the parking lot, and near the snowmobile trail on the River Trail. Otherwise fabulous conditions on these trails. The Big Hemlock trail, one of my personal favorites with the beautiful old-growth hemlocks, had not been groomed recently and had seen a lot of foot and snowshoe traffic. So the tracks were pretty much nonexistent in that trail. If skiing the big Hemlock trail, I recommend going up the trail rather than coming down it from the top of the ski area, which might be sketchy with the current conditions.
Mar 1Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetCynthia MacDonald
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions with nice firm classic tracks set.
Skied Papa Bear and Baby Bear loops on the first day of March. Fun rolling trails with a downhill return to Papa Bear trailhead parking. Classic skiing had less glide than expected given the firm set tracks and temps in the teens. Skating lane was excellent today.
Feb 28Michigan Tech University Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
HoughtonMegan Frost
Conditions: Excellent - firm, well packed but not at all icy.
classic skied with the kids in the morning - tracks great, snow packed and was smooth, fast skiing - it was beautiful!
Feb 28Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetCraig Hughes
 
Conditions: Excellent - Both the tracks and skate lanes were in great shape. Tons of snow.
A fun day in the lower 20s and sunshine.
Feb 25Swedetown Trails 
Grooming 
CalumetCynthia MacDonald
 
Excellent conditions with deep set tracks and 30 inch base. Skied on Cedar and Tamarack Loops. Weekend skiing should be excellent with the extreme cold passing at last, bringing daytime temps in the twenties predicted.
Feb 24Michigan Tech University Ski Trails 
Grooming 
HoughtonJeff Parker
 
Conditions: Excellent mid winter conditions.
Lots of base and beautifully groomed fresh snow. A couple inches of dense, fast snow fell last night and were tilled over the cold powder below. Highs in the 20s, how about that for a change!
Feb 23Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetLarry Zurawski
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and perfect!
Firm flat skate lane with fresh corduroy, and surprisingly good glide given Monday's cold temperatures. Tracks looked excellent, too. And to top it off, the second consecutive day of sunshine!
Feb 21Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
CalumetCynthia MacDonand
 
Excellent conditions. 30 inch base and 10 inches of new snow in recent days. Had a nice ski on Birch Loop. Trails are very beautiful in these cold conditions.

Other locations
Feb 27Rapid River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Rapid RiverDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Very good for classic and skating.
Day 1 of our Tour de UP. Arrived late morning from Madison to freshly groomed tracks. Very fun single-track classic skiing in a pine forest. Some steep hills and good views. Skied all three classic loops and one of the two skating-only loops. A real gem!
Feb 27Land O' Lakes Trail 
Firsthand 
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
Groomed late yesterday. Skied this morning. -23 degrees last night made for great conditions today. Hard, deep, fast tracks. Excellent conditions.
Feb 24Ge-Che Trail 
Grooming 
Iron RiverDustin Johnson
 
The westernmost section of the trail (Loggers' Loop) was groomed and tracked Tuesday. The rest of the trail will be groomed and tracked before the weekend.
Feb 23Land O' Lakes Trail 
Grooming 
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
Groomed late Monday. Tracks were nice and deep. Should still be good even with the inch or so of snow this AM.
Feb 21Rapid River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Rapid RiverTed Schiltz
 
All classic and skating loops were groomed Saturday. Conditions are excellent..especially loop D. Come out and enjoy dedicated classic and skate trails.
Feb 21Watersmeet Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WatersmeetDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Deep classical tracks, Snow white conditions.
Another great ski over the whole Sylvania Outfitters system. Bob groomed 2-3" of loose powder into a beautiful track. Always my favorite place.

Michigan Lower Peninsula

Other locations
Feb 22Love Creek County Park 
Firsthand 
Berrien SpringsStuart Kipnis
 
Conditions: Very good for striding, slow for skating.
SW Michigan has been getting hammered by lake effect snow the last couple of weeks. Skied Love Creek today - striding tracks were well set on the 4 loops, while the skate lane was slow going with at least two inches of new snow during the day. Chicagoans who would normally go to the Kettles should come here as Berrien County has at least 3' of snow.

Canada

Other locations
Mar 2Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
Conditions: 60 km groomed to perfection!
Loppet course preparation starts tomorrow. Skate/classic will be excellent on 50km for Saturday. Wide, fast and solid! Could be your best ski of the winter.
Feb 23Stokely Creek Trails    
Firsthand 
Goulais RiverChip Treen
 
Conditions: Nearly perfect snow at Stokely Creek. There is at least 2 feet of snow in the wood and at least a foot of base covered with fresh snow. No sign of any melt downs here.
The North Star Ski Club has over 40 skiers enjoying ideal ski conditions just north of Sault St Marie. Stokely has over 120 K of groomed trails over a wide variety of terrain. All are in great condition this week. Temps are a bit of a challenge, but highs are supposed to be above zero for the rest of the week. Sunny skies have also helped. This is a great place to ski for an extended trip.
Feb 22Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
Conditions: 60 km groomed and excellent condition.
Loppet course preparation starts this week. Come up and ski the Giant.

North Dakota

Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Lindenwood Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
FargoGary Brekke
 
Trails re-groomed this morning with the snowmobile after a dusting of dry snow this week. Skating lane is packed to an inch or two firm base with exposed areas and areas under tree less with grass, dirt and leaves exposed. Classical tracks are defined with snow in the tracks except in exposed areas where the bottom of the track is hitting grass, leaves and dirt. Wind blown areas have dirty snow. Three, maybe four inches of snow on ground.


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