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Feb 7Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleNatalie Yarbrough
Conditions: Slow, uneven, mostly covered with some rocks/debris showing in parts.
I skated while my mom did classic on razorback. The snow was very slow and the trail was very uneven, making downhills interesting. It really needs to be groomed. Evidence of walkers with dogs on the trails. Props to my mom for skiing it on waxless skis.
Feb 7Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Cottage GroveScott Ford
Conditions: Good for classic.
Groomed several days ago. Walkers and the start of the trail made it a bit rough but after the first split it was very nice. Skate and classic was great! Hard to believe better than Murphy yesterday.
Feb 7Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeJess Holle
Conditions: Plenty of cover, superbly groomed, though getting sticky by noon.
Ended up skiing a few laps here after bailing on Murphy Hanrehan due to a lack of grooming there. Terrain (or lack thereof) is rather boring at Cleary, but the grooming was very nice.
Feb 7Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleJess Holle
Conditions: Icy around 9am. Uneven downhills. First downhill of outer loop was like a mini-mogul course, but without a pattern.
I normally consider myself pretty accepting of conditions and have skied Murphy many times in the past. Unfortunately overall icy conditions (which I'm sure improved later in the day) and a ridiculously bumpy, uneven downhill for the first optional piece of the outer loop convinced me that Razorback would be a bad idea -- and would remain so until it is groomed. I did the inner loop and headed elsewhere. It's really a shame as this is the best trail system in the area in my opinion -- it just needs a lot more grooming attention than it receives. Cleary Lake is really boring and short by comparison, but gets groomed to death. Some balance would be nice.
Feb 7Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulScott Degner
Conditions: 2/3 soft, 1/3 good skating. 37F at 10 AM.
Most was still soft, warmer temps made the snow sticky too. Some areas were more packed down and made for some good skating. Some thin spots under trees, and a couple completely bare spots. Trail is wide enough to avoid skiing directly over the bare spots.
Feb 7Fort Snelling State Park    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJonathan Poppele
Conditions: Poor. Tracks melted out with dirt, sand and gravel coming through.
Rock skis recommend. Looking forward to more snow.
Feb 7Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonScott Greymnt
Conditions: Great striding conditions on the 5k loop - not so great on the other trails from what I could see.
Started out trying to do the lake loop - but the striding track was really thin so I did oak knob - was skiable but track was very shallow - thought the 8 inches of snow would have stacked up better. Got to see some wildlife on the trail - first kicked up a bunny - shortly after that saw a huge coyote off boulder ridge.
Feb 7Bunker Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
Coon RapidsJosh Bydlon
Conditions: Varying - fair to poor.
Lots of ice - I could still get an edge for the most part. I was out right away at twilight it seems like it was softening up when the sun came up. Left shortly after sunrise. North trail from activity center to park road has some pretty bad spots. Lots of walking/dog traffic on trails (shouldn't be). I'd recommend leaving from the campground vistors center. South side again was way better. Still patches where a gopher hole would show through. Skate deck is OK. Wouldn't plan on classic in the tracks. There are spots that are decent, lots where you'd be out. Just a note, my pictures show the bad.
Feb 6French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthPaul Pasko
 
Skate decks were great where sun did not shine directly on them. Trail grooming remains excellent. Enjoy a great skate at French today.
Feb 6Carver Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
VictoriaKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Grimm Farm was very good for skating; just some gravel/dirt coming thru on two of the longer climbs. Classic track seemed pretty consistent. King was good to fair; heavily traveled and packed until cutoff to nature center, lots of gravel, dirt and grass showing on far western side of the trail. Classic track washed out on far western edge. The hill by the King overlook didn't appear to be groomed. I used the bypass as a consequence. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
Lots of cars in the parking lot but only met 5 on either Grimm Farm and King. Except for some gravel or dirt on the climb from the lake and the hill as you reached the highway at the northeastern edge of Grimm Farm, it was in great shape. Nevertheless after a fast first couple of miles, I slowed and had to take a breather before I continued on to King. King was okay but definitely could use more snow so there could be better coverage. Ended up skiing 8.3 miles at slow 5.1 MPH pace.
Feb 6William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixLois Braun
 
Conditions: Very good for classic, but skate lane uneven.
It was better for classic than for skate, with tracks that were solid but not icy. The skate lane had good coverage throughout the park, but there wasn't enough snow depth to smooth the ground below. After skiing most of the season on golf courses or snowmaking loops, I've gotten spoiled by even surfaces. It it was a good test of my balance!
Feb 6Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
AftonDee Hein
 
Conditions: Classic tracks were still in very good condition mid-day on Saturday. Started to get slick as it got warmer. More deer tracks than hikers or dogs - about as nice as it gets out here!
Skied the prairie loop, not the downhills...
Feb 6Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixDeb Murphy
 
Conditions: Very nice! Good tracks for classic.
Beautiful views of the river valley - Classic tracks in good shape - made for a fun afternoon of skiing.
Feb 6Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleNick Raisanen
 
Conditions: Soft and a little uneven but fun! Good coverage.
I was skate skiing at Murphy today. It was a lot of fun to get out there again. The trail is a little soft, uneven, and bumpy. It wasn't just the warm weather because the trail leading to Razorback was nice and firm. I'm guessing Razorback wasn't groomed today. The downhills are a little interesting and the steeper ones had "snowplow" tracks down them. The uphills were pretty good. Somebody also took their dog around the loop and some of the dog tracks sunk down 6 inches. If they groom again the trail should be awesome.
Feb 6Como Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJenneke Oosterhoff
 
Conditions: Packed and fast between 3 and 4pm. Few problematic spots.
I skated mid afternoon and expected a slush fest at 34F. But instead, the course was packed from lots of use (enough edge though) and still fast. Sticky pole plant every now and then, but otherwise, just the way I like it. Coming out from under the bridge there are some muddy spots.
Feb 6Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBrad Johnson
 
Conditions: Valley is perfect, Lake, Creek and NL are very good for skating.
Some debris and a few leaves on the deck on Lake and Creek with a few thin spots but easily avoidable. However with the warmer temps and sunshine peaking through today and possibly tomorrow, the thin spots could get bigger. The classic track I saw on Lake and Creek were mixed, with some sections which looked pretty good, some dirt and even some gone completely (grass).
Feb 6Woodland Trails 
Firsthand Secondhand 
Elk RiverRob Bullis
 
Was out at 11:00 am today the conditions were fantastic. The trail system is getting a lot of use and everyone had big smile on their face. The groomers are scheduled again tonight so it should be a wonderful run tomorrow for those that are not skiing the loppet. Be sure to enjoy while it lasts.
Feb 6Hiawatha Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisScott Robertson
 
Conditions: Uneven dog park conditions.
Skated today around noon. Seems like skate deck was rolled Wednesday morning before the snow stopped, a couple inches of loose snow on top of soft deck. It's been skated in some, very lumpy. Many bare spots from blowing and sun. And lots of offleash dogs, had several run-ins with playful but unruly dogs and masters.
Feb 6Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJosh Miner
 
Conditions: Excellent but softening.
Skate deck was in great shape before noon. Classic was getting a bit sloppy but was still very good and fun.
Feb 6Phalen Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJenneke Oosterhoff
 
Conditions: Groomed, a little soft around 11:30.
I skated. Wide skate lane with great coverage throughout. It was a little soft still, and the groomer cut off a few sections so the course now measures 5.95K.
Feb 6Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveLeif Irgens
 
Conditions: Classic tracks perfect on man made loop, thin, washed out, or non-existent elsewhere.
I skied classic mid-morning. The classic tracks on the man made loop were as perfect as they could be, firm and fast with good kick (using my skintec classic skis - no time to fool with wax today). I took a few strides on the skate deck and found it to also be basically perfect. I took one lap around the Northern Lights loop and found it to be pretty sketchy for classic. The tracks were very thin and washed out in several places; I came out of them several times. The skate deck looked OK around Northern Lights but there were some thin spots and one big patch of exposed ground off to the right near the big uphill/downhill. I didn't go out across the board walk but I could not see classic tracks on that section from any vantage point on the man made loop.
Feb 6Sunfish Lake Park 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoJim Lasch
 
Very Good. Trails were groomed and classic track is in good shape.
Feb 6Whitetail Woods Regional Park 
Firsthand 
FarmingtonJohn Elling
 
Conditions: Very good track, only washed out in a few places.
Great new classic ski trails in the south metro, really nice new park!
Feb 6Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleMatthew Paul
 
Conditions: Very good classic tracks.
Skied a few loops today in the tracks. Very good conditions. Noticed a few places on the skate deck were walkers left deep prints and fat bikes were out having fun.
Feb 6Baker Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple PlainScott Greymont
 
Conditions: Overall very good condition for skating - some thin spots in the classic tracks.
Fun ski at Baker this morning. Overall very good snow coverage on the trail. A couple of spots had grass poking through - some other areas were very deep and soft. Was a great morning ski.
Feb 6Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Grooming 
Saint PaulBill Kosfeld
 
All skate tracks regroomed. Good classic track remains. Still a little soft and a few bare and icy spots but overall quite nice.
Feb 6Bunker Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
Coon RapidsJosh Bydlon
 
Conditions: Trails groomed Friday. Varying conditions - some excellent, some good, some poor.
The South side of the park including the campground area seems to have better conditions than the north end. Lots of dog walking on trail in north section by activity center. Skate was pretty good. There are some dirty patches of snow where the ice layer below had dirt and was churned up. It wasn't the ground coming through, but dirt mixed in snow (see pictures). For classic, the tracks aren't the greatest but totally skiable. There are a few spots where they are thin. There's a layer of ice below the trail and when they tracked it a portion is ice. Other spots it's a little thin. Not many spots. I wouldn't let it keep one from skiing - just probably not your best skis out.
Feb 6Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GrovePaul Pasko
 
Conditions: Skate deck is excellent.
I did not ski any of the classic tracks. I only skated this morning. However, the conditions on the skate deck were perfect. Well done grooming crew. I was the only one out here at 6:30. What an amazing ski.
Feb 5Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
EaganKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good. It was mid 20's. Recently groomed, consistent classic track. A few icy spots between 32 and 34. Usual leaf litter but less that a few weeks ago. Some vehicle traffic related to some trimming work between 18 and 12 washed out the track and thinned out the base. Used Swix Blue for kick.
I started from Jensen Lake trailhead and skied the interior trails. Moved pretty good on the flats but didn't have enough grip for the hills. Either didn't extend my kick wax far enough or maybe should have used Blue Extra. I did 5.2 miles in 1:08.
Feb 5Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMary Berchem
 
Good. I skied Friday afternoon in the classic track and only a couple thinning spots. Conditions were pretty good throughout - wish it would last!
Feb 5Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveScott Greymont
 
Conditions: Pretty good conditions on the outer loops.
Skied the outer loops today, conditions for skate were pretty good. You could tell on the blacktop sections there was only a couple inches of base. Hills were holding snow well. Would not recommend striding the outer loops till more snow comes - lots of grass showing in the tracks.
Feb 5French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthDan Persons
 
Very good skiing. Good snow consistency. Decent enough base. Tracks a bit loose in some sreas but very skiable overall.
Feb 5Fort Snelling State Park 
Firsthand Lost/Found 
Saint PaulJanet Folina
 
Conditions: Fair, some ice that is no problem, but tracks also wearing through to gravel here and there.
B skis around Pike Island this afternoon. Scraped skis on gravel poking through the tracks a few times, until I started watching for thin spots. Otherwise fast and fun. For the person missing a coat... It is at the nature center.
Feb 5Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Kallemeyn
 
Conditions: 1/2 inch new snow Friday. Shallow tracks set on RR grade and west. Outer loop screened Friday night.
Recent snows have provided an adequate base and have become firm over the past several evenings. Friday nights grooming run should provide a fine ski on Saturday. Enjoy!
Feb 5Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleEric Spieler
 
Conditions: Soft packed, tracked and slow. Lots of upholds!
Very soft snow. Pole baskets easily go through the snow. Watch out for the downhills since the trails are uneven and soften on the corners. Great to be back on Razorback.
Feb 5Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonLuke Smith
 
Very good skating. We skied about 7-8:30 on Friday night on the main lit loop, but lazily skipped the big hill out back. Took some laps on the natural snow around the lake. That made for a pleasant change. Definitely am jealous of those who got out earlier and tasted the sweet forbidden fruit of sweet sweet soft corduroy, but the surface was fine. A little less even on the natural, but arguably a little softer. I'd have liked to try the classic track; as a relative newbie to the land of usually man made snow it just generally seems to be a bit arcane to try to wax for kick on your mix of polished snow and sandpaper like man made... but, tonight looked like it would have been excellent "any-blue-hard-wax.".
Feb 5Chomonix Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Lino LakesJulie Olson
 
Conditions: Mixed. Freshly groomed but the trail was used by tree service trucks making a good portion unskiable.
Apparently tree service used the freshly groomed trail for access and left behind significant debris for several hundred yards. It was disappointing when we have waited so long for the first grooming of the season.
Feb 5William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixSteve Thatcher
Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club
 
Conditions: Skate hardpacked or soft. Classic good tracks but bottom of track is icy over 50% of track.
Bumpy classic but better than skate. Skate very firm with grooming ruts. Uphills soft especially SA. Could use a touch up grooming. Good skis but will test your balance. Might be better on Saturday with warmer temps.
Feb 5Chomonix Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Lino LakesTom Rowe
 
Good. Followed groomer around. Groomed and tracked. Thin in spots but overall good coverage.
Feb 5Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
EaganKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Mostly good, worn down in a few places.
Plans to groom tomorrow morning starting at 5 AM.
Feb 5Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveDoug Schumacher
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed skate lane and classic tracks on outer loop. Firm skate deck and very good conditions throughout. Classic tracks shallow and intermittently good to poor. Northern lights and Thicket very good skate and classic. Man made excellent skate and classic.
Skated outer loop today and very pleased with conditions. Total coverage with loosely groomed snow making it easy to get an edge. Classic tracks very shallow on outer loop, but great elsewhere. Very fun ski. Thanks groomers!
Feb 5Pine Point Park 
Grooming 
StillwaterCarolyn Friedrich
 
The trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good condition. The trails through the pines are a little thin but over all in good shape.
Feb 5Chain of Lakes    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: At 2:30 Lake of the Isles was groomed very wide and more firm. Cedar Lake wasn't groomed as recent and pretty soft. Lake Calhoun groomed recent and soft. The majority of the east side of Calhoun hasn't been groomed yet.
Great day for skiing the lakes. They were putting course markers on the lakes while I was out. Saw a groomer rolling the snow on the NW side of Calhoun.
Feb 5Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Kuchta
 
One classic track cut, in solid shape early Friday afternoon. So much better than on Wednesday. Minimal thin spots of grass sneaking through (mostly on the back loop). These are the kinds of days and conditions we live for; get out before it thaws.
Feb 5University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Falcon HeightsMichael Sweet
 
Conditions: The trail has firmed up nicely.
The classic tracks were solid throughout. Mostly at the hilltops, there were occasional thin spots where the winds took hold. Thanks to the shovelers that filled in those thin spots. The skate lane had a ridge and/or gully through the middle of the lane throughout the trails.
Feb 5Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleSteve Robertson
 
Conditions: Very, very good.
As expected with the new snow, the conditions were very good this morning at Terrace Oaks. Skate deck and classic tracks freshly set, and the coverage is good. Signs of walkers, a seemingly perennial issue, but the damage was negligible. Very nice to have such good conditions at this south metro gem.
Feb 5Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJeff Miersch
 
Conditions: Soft. Grooming now.
Just went for a lunch ski. Skate deck is soft, but no bare areas. Classic track looked to be in "ok" condition.
As I was finishing my workout, the groomer just started out. If it sets overnight, it should be good skiing on Saturday!
Feb 5Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJim Reckinger
 
Skied about noon today - Silver and lighted loops. Skate deck is excellent. Soft enough for good pushes and solid pole plants. I did not see any thin spots or areas to avoid. Classic tracks are very good. About 5 places with grass showing through - easy to ski through or ski around. Come out here and enjoy the great conditions!
Feb 5Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJohn Elling
 
Ski games trails ok, not great. Some snowshoers did some damage, but wasn't bad for a quick lunch time ski.
Feb 5Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisSteve Deckert
 
Conditions: Fantastic coverage, snow still airy and thus slow.
I skied Wirth Lake and every trail North of Wirth Lake early this morning. Fresh cord on the manmade; everything else had not been groomed for a day or so. Bottineau way was relatively firm, but Twin Lakes and JD Rivers need to be groomed and skied in a little more before they firm up. Plenty of snow though, bust out the A skis.
Feb 5Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming 
Lake ElmoCarolyn Friedrich
 
Conditions: Good condition. Some tracks a little thin in places.
Green, yellow, and brown trails have been tracked and the orange trail will be tracked today. The trails on the west side of the park have been packed.
Feb 4Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
EaganJames Topic
 
Conditions: Snow still settling, silky with good toe control. Fast track on exposed areas, with the pine tree section fastest. Pilot Knob Rd. underpass unskiable.
Night skiing at Lebanon going down that first hill, you and I could have heard a little whoop of a train whistle and the hoot of Bard Owl.
Feb 4Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Conditions: Packed and tracked! Great conditions!
Nicely packed but still a bit on the soft side at 5 PM. Trails tracked and the classic skiers were loving it. The lower Ironwood trail is still closed but they did groom it and cut down the weeds in the swamp area where it meets back to the main trail. We just need more snow and they can open that section.
Feb 4Fort Snelling State Park 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulBob Myers
 
Conditions: Recently tracked.
Skied the Pike Island loop yesterday afternoon. Tracks were pretty decent with a few icy spots. Encountered gravel coming thru in a spot on the Mississippi side, but easily avoidable. Lots of deer spotted just off the trail as well as the turkeys on the drive into the park. Beautiful sunset as well.
Feb 4St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 
Grooming 
HastingsCarolyn Friedrich
 
The trails were re tracked and packed Thursday and are in good condition.
Feb 4Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 
Grooming 
Cottage GroveCarolyn Friedrich
 
The trails were repacked and tracked Thursday. They were reported to be in very good condition.
Feb 4Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
EaganJohn Gamlin
 
Conditions: Classic trails recently tracked due to new snow but well worn already. Tracks are soft due to lack of moisture in snow but still a good ski.
Skied dusk to dark (with head lamp) from Visitor Center East thru pines (well worn, some gravel showing thru) then South along Southern border to Jensen lake then back to Visitor Center along Northern border. Plenty of snow due to recent snow fall and trails groomed and tracked the previous day but already well worn mostly due to soft snow. Areas around Visitor Center and Holland Lake worn. Found areas along Southern border to be in very good shape due to few skiers venturing that far from Visitor Center. Night skiing still fantastic.
Feb 4University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Falcon HeightsJim Carlen
 
Conditions: Overall good with some grooming issues.
Skied UofM Golf Course Thursday evening. As you would expect, it is still rather soft in some areas, but overall not as soft as I expected. Biggest issue was the groomer left a curb or hump in the middle of the skate deck in a number of places. Groomer was out working the trail so they are working on it and overall doing a fine job. Trail overall in decent shape and solid coverage on all three loops with just a few hill crests showing some grass due to the wind blowing off the snow. Good skis should be fine - watch for some thin areas and grass clods.
Feb 4Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverMark Rathbun
 
Conditions: Fresh 1-2" powder on top of packed base from Tuesday's plentiful snowfall. Several kms of new classic tracks now.
Plenty of skiers out enjoying Woodlands today, so looks like the Ancient One dispatched a grooming team tonight to roll the fresh power into the base. From what I could observe, the groomers hit the perimeter trail, walking trail and biathlon range area. Skiing should be quite fine on Friday and the entire weekend.
Feb 4French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthPaul Landgrebe
 
Conditions: Skate - good; classic - good.
Fantastic to ski French again! Skied classic in the afternoon. Classic tracks were decent with some spots being a little hacked up from use, but not bad. Lagoon was in really great shape. Full coverage and clear of debris throughout. Challenge Hill was closed.
Feb 4Tamarack Nature Center 
Firsthand 
White Bear TownshipDeanna Wyman
 
Conditions: Ramsey county rated it as "good" but that seems like a stretch.
Given the recent snowfall, I was pretty disappointed with the conditions at Tamarack. The trails had been snowshoed on in some places, and pretty much demolished in others. At one point I turned to my husband and said "this trail is well loved." We still were able to do the loop pretty quickly on my lunch hour, but it really needs a good grooming again. I wouldn't make this a destination until it's groomed again, but it's a mile from our house, so it's good for a quick afternoon outing. That being said, it was really nice to get back to our usual trail after such poor conditions there for a long time.
Feb 4Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
EaganMarie Fern
 
Conditions: Good, recently groomed.
Mostly good to excellent. There were a few spots closer to the visitor center where the classic tracks disappear and some soft areas because of the new snow. The trails a little farther away from the visitor center (numbered 50s and 60s) were great.
Feb 4Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBill Oyler
 
I checked out the south Wirth trails by headlamp this evening, and they are all doing great! Eloise Butler to Lake of the Isles were groomed nice and wide, and the snow is clean. Should make for an awesome weekend of events.
Feb 4Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleTom Pitchford
 
Conditions: Very good fresh natural snow for classic and ski skating.
Skied just before noon - I was doing classic, daughter was skating. The trail was groomed well for both types of skiing. After being conditioned to firm man-made snow at Hyland, the fresh natural snow at Terrace Oaks was softer than we were used to.
Feb 4Vadnais/Sucker Lakes    
Firsthand 
Vadnais HeightsAk Kerber
 
Conditions: Very good ski. Recently groomed.
Skied the 6k vadnais lake loop. Nice conditions. A few soft spots but great for the type of snow we had. This is is a nice easy and quiet course. Only hills are in the first 1k or so. Great light and color at sunset too.
Feb 4Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoRuss Ludeke
 
Full coverage on the East side for skating and A skis are fine. There's a lot of air in this snow.
Feb 4Battle Creek Regional Park East 
Firsthand 
MaplewoodErik Larson
 
Conditions: 15% very good, 40% good, 35% fair, 10% marginal.
I skied on nearly all trail segments. Here's what I saw on the tracks: two other skiers, two deer, three adults (one with four kids and a sled), and two dogs (without a leash). That sort of traffic has, in some areas, taken its toll, but the condition isn't exclusively due to the traffic. On a few of the segments there is vanishing snow coverage (both of the two links connecting the western part to the eastern meadow area had a few segments in which there is no base, but one can make the way around these stretches). The open areas, particularly near the evergreen cover, had the thinnest cover. A few segments had one or both sets of tracks wiped out by foot traffic--and in one case kids sledding (but the sled track did cover up the foot tracks)--the most beat up segment was the one that connects the two parking lots.
Feb 4Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Skied Wirth Lake through Cedar Lake this evening before sunset. Snow is still abrasive. it was pretty soft at Butler, bog, and through Cedar. Will take some more grooming to knock the air out. Some thinner spot on climbs in Butler and bog as the new snow was so airy. Good coverage over 394 and through Cedar tunnel.
Feb 4Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
AftonTim Behrends
 
Recently groomed and track set. Excellent skiing nice soft fast track. This is about as good as it gets!
Feb 4Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverDean Kleinhans
 
Conditions: Soft extra 2-3 inches on skate deck, fresh set diagonal tracks are fabulous.
What a difference a day makes, not all agreeable. Started with a skate loop and found the extra 2 inches delivered this morning really made it more like work to get around outer loop. So called my bride and had her bring the classic skis to do spend some more time on fabulous groomed diagonal tracks set today. Thanks ol' Ancient One for providing a wonderful February ski outing. Many others out enjoying the scenery and skiing also.
Feb 4Carver Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
VictoriaCaitlin Hillen
 
Conditions: Good, packed and recently groomed. Great for skate ski, not all trails tracked (as of 10 am).
Sugar Bush and Lake Trail were groomed and tracked, great condition. Nature Center trail was a bit thick/thin in spots, not tracked, as was King Trail. Didn't do Grimm Farm trail, but saw groomers out this morning.
Feb 4Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
EaganBob Hartzler
 
Conditions: Very good. Hoped it would be excellent but base of track was crusty in spots - a result of last weekend's thaw. Also, track was starting to deteriorate in places due to heavy use.
Still, best it's been two years. Good glide, hills fast but not icy. If we get more snow, I'm sure it will be even better.
Feb 4French Regional Park    
Firsthand 
PlymouthBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Much improved with the new snow! The classic tracks were good to very good on the hill trails to the west, and fair to good on the rest. The skate lane is a little soft. Challenge Hill is still not groomed, as well as the Lesson Loop on the top of the hill. The rest of the trails are all packed and tracked.
It just felt great to have enough snow for some fun skiing at French this afternoon. Coverage is good on all the trails.
Feb 4William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixKal Perry
 
Conditions: All trails are groomed and tracked.
classic skied all outer perimeter trails. Oak savannah trail is especially beautiful with snow covered branches on trees. classic tracks are thin in places, with crust evident underneath.
Feb 4William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixBob Bickford
 
Conditions: Complete coverage with shallow machine made tracks that were free of debris.
Classic skied the entire perimeter with falling snow that was just enough to slow my progress as it coagulated onto my ski base which was perhaps an ill advised concoction of Toko blue and Rex power grip. The skate lane looked level and semi firm. All and all a great day on the trail despite my waxing faux pas.
Feb 4University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand Secondhand 
Falcon HeightsToby Markowitz
WAMXC
 
Conditions: Skate fair; classic limited. Variable soft - thin.
Finished skiing circa 3pm. Ranged from soft to windblown. In soft areas, poles sank to turf as did skate ski tracks. Classic track on West loop in spite of thin cover. Groomer in action when I departed. A groomer told me they were done grooming the West loop. Lots of air in this snowpack.
Feb 4Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleRich Swenson
 
Conditions: Very good skater deck to excellent tracks.
Skated outer loop from Noon to 1:45 and found the skate deck very good, groomed firm enough and still lightly used. Very little leaf accumulation. Tracks excellent except on all the short steep hills, which proved tiring for me, as I managed to catch a tip at the deck edge three times. But that's Terrace Oaks, strenuous and pretty. Enjoy the non too thick base while you can.
Feb 4Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoEugene Dale
 
Conditions: Fair to good East Side trails.
Skied over lunch today Thursday about 1/3 of the east side trails were re-groomed this morning for skate. Only one short section of classic tracks set. The trails are a mix of hard pack and soft mush. With a foot of new snow it might take a few more days of grooming for this system to fully reach its potential.
Feb 4Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Conditions: Very good for classic and skate.
I know...with the Lucky Loppet, no Wirth Loop-de-Loop, Snow Gods Smilin' snowfall nobody needs Elm Creek any more. Classic skied. The manmade was excellent. Northern Lights/Thicket had a somewhat shallower and a little more uneven track but it was very good. Skating looked good too. I had bomber kick and probably didn't need the Start Oslo under some hard wax but I just bought it and had to try it. The little bit of klister in the Oslo picked up some snow when I stopped. Didn't have time to ski the Dark Side (non-lighted).
Feb 4Lone Rock Trail 
Firsthand 
RosemountMark Beltz
 
Conditions: The trail was just groomed in the last couple of hours. Two classic tracks. It is in perfect condition for skiing!
I live on this trail and ski it every day. The trail could not be any better today.
Feb 4Whitetail Woods Regional Park 
Grooming 
FarmingtonKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Very good, freshly groomed today with some thin areas in exposed areas.
Trails are in great condition, thin areas throughout the pines forest areas.
Feb 4Vadnais/Sucker Lakes 
Firsthand 
Vadnais HeightsMimi Wong
 
Conditions: Good - excellent.
Snuck out of work at 11:30am and skiied freshly groomed classic trails. Best it's been this year.
Feb 4Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulNed Brooks
 
Conditions: Groomed at about 9:00am.
An occasional thin spot in classic tracts but otherwise excellent. Skate lane a bit soft but I expect it has set up by now.
Feb 4Battle Creek Regional Park East 
Firsthand 
MaplewoodDee Hein
 
This classic only section was rolled and double classic tracks set. Firmed up overnight.
Feb 4Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulTom Kunau
 
Conditions: Mostly very good; a few grassy spots poking through.
Skate deck was consistently very good this morning, with the exception being the few spots where the trail goes up over a tee box, and grass pokes through at the edges. Classic tracks disappeared or were thin in in the same spots and on a few corners, but overall looked good.
Feb 4French Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
PlymouthPat van der Voorn
 
Conditions: Soft and unconsolidated but plenty of snow on skate deck. Classic track eroded in many areas. Had B skis, but no need for them.
First ski at French in 2 years! Out early this morning - had trails to myself. Waning moon provided good illumination. One groomer was working diligently on skate deck; he hopes it will firm up by tomorrow.
Feb 4Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Grooming 
Saint PaulJohn O'Connell
WAMXC
 
Conditions: Skating is rated as excellent to very good. Classic is very good to fair. Occasional hard/icy spots at peak of small mounds in the open meadow where the wind scoured the snow off. Infrequent signs of grass in the classic tracks again in the open area. Very good in the woods.
BC received about 10-12" of light fluffy snow during the storm. It was rolled several times and late yesterday afternoon the Gold, W.C., Silver and bronze loops were groomed skate and classic. The Ski Games side across Battle Creek road is being groomed this morning.
Feb 3Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Skinner
 
Conditions: Classic - fair to good.
There was a "soft track" set on the Lake Trail and the Northern Lights Loop. Grass showing through the track in a few places in spite of the new snow.
Feb 3Jackson Meadow 
Grooming 
Marine on St. CroixAndy Powell
 
Excellent conditions. Trails were groomed and tracked Wednesday night.
Feb 3Fort Snelling State Park 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulKira Peterson
 
Conditions: Good, tracked and packed. Classic only!
I skied on the freshly packed and tracked trails from the park entrance around pike island and back. Really nice, a little thin in spots; one spot on pike island was very wet.
Feb 3Woodland Trails 
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Conditions: The outer loop skied like four inches of freshly rolled snow for my late Wednesday afternoon lap. It was a bit of work due to the soft surface, but very nice to be back on fresh snow rather than hard pack. The trail was chopped up on some of the ups and comfortably soft on the flats and downs. There are wind blown icy stretches in some areas, most notably on Stony Rollers and the Prairie loop.
Ancient One rolled the center of the outer loop Wednesday evening to knock down the chop and take a little more air out of the snow. The next grooming of the outer loop is planned for Friday evening. After a several year hiatus from grooming, Ancient Two is planning to lay down some tracks for us Thursday morning. AO I and AO II were two of the founding members of the Woodlands Trail Crew in 1988. They both have slowed some and can be a bit crotchety at times, but it is still good to have them around, mostly. Enjoy!
Feb 3University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Falcon HeightsBrett Arenz
 
Conditions: Good coverage if soft.
was being rolled for skating while I was out there at 5pm, didn't see classic tracks but they might have put them in after I left.
Feb 3Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverReid Olson
 
Very soft throughoutVery soft and some extensive ice patches on part of the X2 run. There are more but I forget where.
Feb 3French Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
PlymouthLiz Ferron
 
Conditions: Very Good. Not tracked for classic, but they say they will do so tomorrow.
Beautiful. Nice to not be limited to the oh so crowded Hyland.
Feb 3Columbia Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisMichael Darger
 
Conditions: Like skiing on a feather bed. Very soft but groomed. A few bare spots where the snow did not stick on the icy hill tops.
Groomed but not firm nor are there classic tracks set. But we'll take it on the week before the Loppet. Thanks MPRB for getting over and grooming in Nordeast. Nice to see the snow. I did a face plant on the ice the other day and that was not nice.
Feb 3Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisEric Oftedahl
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and soft.
I skied Eloise Butler, the bog and part of Cedar. Saw the piston bully and snowmobile out grooming. Everything is really soft right now but very pretty.
Feb 3Grass Lake 
Firsthand 
ShoreviewTed Lystig
 
Trails were freshly rolled and track set. Tracks were well formed, but bottomed out in a few places (especially along the paved trail east of the lake). It was actually as good or better to classic ski on the "winter walking trail" (rolled and packed like a skate lane) north of Gramsie.
Feb 3Phalen Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulSara Reller
 
Conditions: Pristine unbroken snow if you want, some classic trails made.
No grooming. Lots of unbroken snow. But there are classic tracks laid down along a lot of the usual paths. If you stick to the tracks already broken you should be able to avoid the sand and ice traps. Snow is very deep so I'd recommend extra socks. But not at all fast. No crust on the snow so breaking fresh trail was easy where it was needed. Snow is very fluffy and has very good coverage except in a few spots that blew down to mostly the ice under.
Feb 3Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulBrandon Drazich
 
Conditions: Good, fluffy, ungroomed.
Skied classic and benefited from the tracks of those before me. Very fluffy and ungroomed with a few icy thin spots with grass finding its way through. Can't complain at all; just happy we got more snow.
Feb 3Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
EaganConrad Sanders
 
Conditions: Packed and tracked and a little slow.
Freshly groomed trails and very nice conditions. A few leaves in the trail from the high winds but not enough to slow you down. With the cold temperatures forecasted for tonight, the trails should setup perfect overnight. Best classic Skiing place in the Twin Cities.
Feb 3Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BurnsvilleKaren Amundson
 
Conditions: Soft, uneven and the best ski of my life!
I have waited 2 years to ski at Murphy again and it was heaven. The trail is soft, very uneven and it was pure heaven as I slogged my way around the little loop. A few more days to firm up and some more passes with the groomer and the trail should set up nicely.
Feb 3Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
Prior LakeRich Swenson
 
Conditions: Strenuous but beautiful.
Skate skiing two hours starting at 11:30, I broke in the skate deck on the outer loop, which had had a few passes of the snowmobile. I alternated sinking in on each stride, especially on the few hills, with stretches of idyllic gliding on the flats and such. (I asked and was told that the shared pisten bully was at Murphy. No tracks were set.) So it was tiring, slow despite the LF wax working well, and I was given to stopping to appreciate how pretty a ski venue Cleary is. Trail compaction or a lot more of us skate skiers would speed up the skate deck, but today would have been a good day for a slow classic ski session, with an eye on the surroundings, and indeed, it appeared the ten or so other skiers were doing that.
Feb 3St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 
Grooming 
HastingsTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Trails groomed this morning. Tracks set and trails look great.
Feb 3Pine Point Park 
Grooming 
StillwaterTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Trails groomed today. A little thin in the pines but trails look good.
Feb 3Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 
Grooming 
Cottage GroveTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Trails groomed this morning. Groomer operator says trails look great.
Feb 3Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
East side groomed today. Track set on green and brown loops. Tracks will be reset Thursday. Trails look great.
Feb 3Lone Rock Trail 
Scheduling 
RosemountKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Snow-covered with 10+ inches of new snow. Lots of drifting.
This multi-use trail will be groomed for classic skiing tomorrow with the PistenBully groomer.
Feb 3Whitetail Woods Regional Park 
Scheduling 
FarmingtonKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Snow-covered with 10+ inches of new snow.
These classic trails will be groomed tomorrow morning with the PistenBully groomer.
Feb 3Spring Lake Park Reserve    
Grooming 
HastingsKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Excellent--packed and groomed this morning with 9 inches of new snow.
Both classic and skate trails are in great condition (best of the season by far!). The skate trail has some drifting due to exposure and blowing snow.
Feb 3Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Grooming 
EaganKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Excellent, best of the season with 9 inches of new snow.
Groomed the entire park this morning with the PistenBully groomer--trail conditions haven't been this good since 2014, enjoy!
Feb 3Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonElias Anoszko
 
Conditions: New snow nirvana!
All the loops at Hyland were in great shape this morning. The man-made was very firm and fast, Lake and Hill trail had great skate coverage, although classic tracks were thin in a few spots where there was strong wind. North side loops were also looking great except for a spot or two where the wind had scoured away some of the snow. Surprisingly firm and fast skating for all the new snow, and soft but nice classic tracks.
Feb 3French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthLeif Irgens
 
Conditions: Rolled/ packed, no classic tracks. Skate deck soft and uneven. Those aren't complaints, just observations. :).
Skied classic and skate around noon. Started with a reconnaissance run on an old pair of touring fish scales, skiing Lagoon, Meadow, Skyline and Lake View. I concluded from that loop that it was good for skating so I switched to my skate skis. The groomer stopped me at one point and asked me an interesting question. Not "how is it", or "is it OK" but, rather "is it what you expected"? My answer - yes, it was exactly as I expected. Soft, fluffy, uneven skate deck and no classic tracks but exactly what I expected after 12" of fresh snow. I specifically pointed out that I was not complaining and we agreed it was nice to just have real snow again. The skating was a bit slow but actually pretty good. The one thing that did surprise me was that my pole tips still hit concrete or asphalt in a few places, even after all that snow so it is still a bit thin in spots. But overall, a beautiful day to be on skis.
Feb 3Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
ChanhassenConnie Keller
Carver County Parks
 
Conditions: Woodlands Loop and Lake Trail have been groomed and tracked and are in great condition.
Other trails will be groomed by weekend.
Feb 3Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
 
Conditions: All XC Ski trails: are Packed, Tracked, and in Good condition for both Classic and Skate.
Visitor Center is open Weekends 8:00 AM-9:00 PM and Weekdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available. Note: Thursday, Feb. 4 HS Meet 10am - 3pm; break 12-2 pm.
Feb 3Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: Skied from 10:30-12:00. Started by doing 5 laps on the Twin Lakes loop which had been groomerd probably really early so new snow on top and was blowing. Got better after skating it in. Went onto Skyline, and ran into 2 snowmobile groomers rolling JD Garden up to Wirth Lake. When I came back to the chalet saw the Piston Bully on Skyline and another snowmobile by the chalet.
New snow seemed to be about 10-12" with tons of air smashing down significantly after grooming. Drove past Isles and Cedar Lake and south of Wirth on my way up which wasn't groomed yet.
Feb 3Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisDavid Mortenson
 
Conditions: Excellent. Groomed this morning and last night. A little soft, but can't complain.
Awesome 7:30am ski. They had groomed last night and the groomer was out this morning. Even the back nine which was not groomed this morning just had 1-2" of light fluffy snow over groomed trail. High school sectionals starting later this morning.
Feb 3Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Back in business! Four new inches rolled last evening by Shear Pin and DPR. Re-rolled this morning by Chainsaw and Ancient One. Crash is out now doing a little touch-up rolling. Except for a few spots on the asphalt trails, we had a thin hard base underneath to protect our skis. By using care on the paved portions, good skis should be just fine. Enjoy!
Feb 3Jackson Meadow 
Grooming Scheduling 
Marine on St. CroixAndy Powell
 
Trails were packed and rolled yesterday and throughout the night. Will roll again this afternoon followed by grooming and tracking tonight.
Feb 3Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonDavid Nelson
Skinnyski.com Race Team
 
Conditions: 8am: All trails groomed for skate and classic early in the morning. 1-2 inches of powder on the trails.
Classic skied on the Lake loop and part of man made loop. Skied in the powder in the tracks and it was great to have fresh snow!
Feb 2Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveCraig Wiklund
 
Conditions: Not groomed, but fantastic for classic.
Nothing better than skiing with wood skis on fresh powder through the woods in a snowstorm! The lights are turned off on most of the Northern Lights trail, but there was plenty of ambient light with all the fresh snow. Only saw three other skiers. Valley trail is ungroomed but lit.
Feb 2Jackson Meadow 
Grooming Scheduling 
Marine on St. CroixCarl Nordgren
 
Trails groomed early afternoon with 3 in new snow. Will groom again tonight.
Feb 1Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
 
Conditions: Trails with Manufactured snow is in Good condition for skating and classic. Trails with natural snow is in Poor condition, no track.
HS Sectional Meets scheduled Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 3:30 pm; approximate break time is 12:30- 2 pm.
Feb 1Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Frosty, foggy, fun, and fast! Rocket fast. The grooming set up perfectly overnight. The 5K loop continues to impress for classic and skate.
Jan 31Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisDan Zenk
 
Conditions: Excellent on the snow making loop.
The snowmaking loop was freshly groomed and the classic tracks were almost perfect when I arrived at 10 am Sunday. The snow wasn't really icy at all except for the steepest uphill and the sun solved that in short order. The 3.1 km loop made for a great workout since it's pretty much all up and down. Would be interesting to know the elevation gain per lap.
Jan 31Bunker Hills Regional Park    
Observation 
Coon RapidsLinda Evert
 
Conditions: Observation from the trailhead: Thin but still covered.
Stopped by to check out the skijor trail conditions after the warm spell and they were better than expected. A few footprints but no bare ground heading south from parking lot. Some grass poking through the deck and a few bare spots heading north from parking.
Jan 31Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulEric Spieler
 
Conditions: Poor conditions - icy, dirty and fast!
Skied at 10 AM before the sun started to soften the snow on the trail. Trail is in poor condition with grass and dirt showing in many areas. The downhills are wicked fast and the trails were very icy making holding an edge very difficult. The classic tracks were intermittent but saw someone trying to ski them this morning. Bring your rock skis, some technique and courage when you head out on the trail before we get more snow to cover the trail.
Jan 31Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKal Tuominen
 
Conditions: The 5.5 km loop (snowmaking/lit) was in good condition for skate skiing around noon. The Lake Loop (3.3 km) was more questionable...good to go for B skis, but I'd only recommend A skis if they are old enough to drive.
Let's all do the Heikki Lunta tonight to prepare for City of Lakes!
Jan 31Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBrad Johnson
 
Conditions: Awesome for skating at noon.
The deck was perfect at noon, fast but not icy. The classic tracks appeared to be in good shape also. By 1:30pm the up hills and deck West of the tubing hill bridge were getting a little mashed-potato-ish.
Jan 31Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Superb conditions this early morning on the 5K loop. Fast, firm, fun, easy to get an edge. Excellent for both classic and skate. Yesterday's melt did not seem to matter. I used race skis without any problems.
Jan 30Carver Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
VictoriaKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: Fair to poor for skate on lake, sky, sugarbush.
Dirt beginning to show through.
Jan 30Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBill Oyler
 
Eloise Butler was in fantastic shape this early morning (considering our snow draught). I saw the groomers around 8:30 and they did a really nice, gentle job of "de-icing" the loop. There were a few spots of dirt/leave on a few uphills, but all of the downhills were in great shape. Even the curb was not a problem to avoid (stay left). The Erickson loop was also in great shape. The Norm Oakvik loop was a bit icy, but snow coverage was mostly good, especially on the downhills. Wedding Hill descent was just great. As for JD Rivers, Bottineau, and Skyline Trail, I do not believe they were groomed, probably to conserve snow, so they were icy, hard-packed, and are best to avoid. And of course the man-made loop was in excellent shape, even after the races were done. Classic tracks are only available on the man-made loop, FYI.
Jan 30Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: Manufactured snow trails: The 5K Loop is open: Star Loop, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills and Boulder Ridge XC ski trails are Packed, Tracked and in Good condition for both Classic and Skate. Natural snow trails: Lake, Hill, Oak Knob, North, and Nature Center Trails are in Poor Condition.
Visitor Center is open weekends 8:00 AM-9:00 PM and weekdays 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Park/Trails are open 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, Daily. Trail Lights on until 10:00 PM. Rentals are available. Scheduling: HS Races Thursday, Feb.4 All Day; Tuesday, Feb. 2; Back up - All Day.
Jan 30Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonTodd Swanson
 
Conditions: Soft snow but still good skiiing on the snow making loop.
Trails are getting wrecked especially with this warmer weather. Several divots and salt are tracked on the trail from skiers.
Jan 29Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoCharlie Corcoran
 
Poor to fair. Icy everywhere with more rocks rearing their ugly heads! East end loop, south of Lake Elmo, was decent...a little bite. No grooming for days; may be "scratchable" with light equipment for improved conditions.
Jan 29Carver Park Reserve 
Observation 
VictoriaCraig Stamps
 
Sheet of ice - awful.
Jan 29Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonLuke Smith
 
Good. Only skied the man-made snow. A little sugary on the climbs, quite nice on the flats. Good conditions all in all. I was there wednesday night and it was downright icy; good to see that that was (hopefully) the exception that proves the rule that Hyland Groomers rock.
Jan 29Irondale Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
New BrightonChris Torvi
 
Irondale trails closed for rest of this season. The county has been really good about including ski trail in plan for new trail - look to reopen trail next winter. I will continue to groom upper fields through next 2 weeks.
Jan 29Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
MinneapolisJoe Hines
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Groomed Friday morning, classic track iced in.
Very icy and compacted due to weather and heavy use. Many bare spots.
Jan 29Columbia Golf Course 
Grooming 
MinneapolisJoe Hines
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Groomed Friday morning - too thin and icy to refresh classic track.
skate deck in mostly good condition with several ice patches and bare spots.
Jan 29Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJohn Kendrick
 
Conditions: Poor for skating and classic.
There still is decent coverage, thanks in part to the groomer's occasional widenings. Even the tracks were about half good. It was icy, but the ice was white, even in the tracks. So, if we can survive the weekend.
Jan 29Hiawatha Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisScott Hatch
 
Conditions: Skiable, "excellent" conditions...considering the weather. Rock skis advised. Poor, icy classic tracks, decent skate deck. Some rutted spots, some gravel.
I enjoyed 3 laps at 8am, half a lap behind the groomer, and conditions improved each lap. Only so much can be done after a 24 hour thaw of a thin base, but just enough scraping at just the right time of day resurrected the skate deck without pulling up turf, and gave this great little neighborhood trail the best chance to survive the weekend. Thank you to the mpls parks groomers.
Jan 29Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulScott Kyser
 
Somewhere between extremely fast and the fastest snow I've ever skied on. Surprisingly, I could still get a little bit of edge when skating. If you make it out later today it may have loosened up and edging could be even better. I used good skis. Some grass on trail but very avoidable. Classic tracks were there but skied like a luge track. Get out and enjoy it! If you wait for absolutely perfect conditions in the metro you'll ski 2 days every three years.
Jan 29Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisMatt Sargent
 
Conditions: Man-made loop only: freshly groomed at 6am, excellent condition.
I hit the man-made loop at 6am expecting icy conditions, but the grooming was excellent. Fast, and hard to get good kick (powergrip blue wasn't working for me), but not icy.
Jan 29Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveRandall Ochmann
 
Conditions: Fast and icy. Great double polling workout for classic. Better be over your ski if skating.
The tracks were pretty icy and in places there was no edge to be had in the skate lane on the manmade snow. It was so fast for classic that you really didn't have to worry about kick for 95% of the Valley loop.

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Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Korkki Nordic    
Firsthand 
DuluthDave Johnson
Conditions: 1/2 inch of wet new snow on top of some of the finest set tracks you are likely to see set with a snowmobile.
I had skilled help at registration today for the Eric Judeen, so I decided to forerun the course to ski in the new snow that fell right after Mark finished setting a new track. From the 5k cutoff back to the cutoff again it was slow going since I was the first person to ski in the track. It really was a treat to ski slowly and in full control down all of the usual places that normally have your heart racing, Cooks Fall, Salmela's Corner, and Upper Roller Coaster all were very benign today. Perfect day for no-wax skis, myself and most of the racers used all of the different variants that are out there...only a few brave souls used klister....not sure Eric Judeen would be impressed with the movement from klister skiing to no wax skis. :-).
Feb 7Jay Cooke State Park    
Firsthand 
CarltonAnnie Gustafson
Conditions: Pretty good, good snow coverage and tracks. Groomed last Wednesday.
All the trails on the North side of the park and most, except the farthest south -eastern quardrant (Spruce loop) have been impeccably groomed this whole season. The park is rockin it this year! The rain is doing it's damage, but the tracks are still holding up.
Feb 7Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthBjorn Cummings
The snow we received overnight started to melt with temperatures in the upper 30's The base help up strong but it was very slow and wet ski today.
Feb 6Jay Cooke State Park 
Firsthand 
CarltonTorin Gustafson
Conditions: Excellent. Fresh tracks, barely skied upon.
Skied the Greely trails. Nice springlike conditions.
Feb 6Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthErik Riker-Coleman
 
Conditions: Very good. Recently groomed, a little fresh snow on top.
Early this evening Lester was great on my waxless classic skis. Good enough that I went back around 9pm to skate after the snow started falling--it was fantastic, about 1/2 inch of fresh snow on top of recently groomed base. Might be slower by morning if much more snow comes down, but I suspect it'd still be worth your time. Classic might need a little traffic to ski in the tracks after the snow.
Feb 6Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthBen Fornear
 
Conditions: Excellent - great tracks and skate deck.
A perfect day at Piedmont. Course was fantastic, weather was awesome, and took my 18 month old for his first ski! Cross country skiing is like smoking - you have to hook 'em young.
Feb 6Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Graham
 
Conditions: Excellent! The 5K and SpecialK we groomed Thursday night and the classic tracks have firmed-up beautifully. 10 K was completely regroomed Friday night; fresh classic tracks and a smooth, fast skate lane.
Be careful of some damage to the trail in Banner Park/Pine Grove, where a tracked vehicle crossed the trail; otherwise it's smooth cruising.
Feb 5Fond du Lac State Forest 
Firsthand 
CromwellJudy Ellison
 
Conditions: Ungroomed; off the beaten path.
The trail is not groomed, and only suitable for back-country skis. Lots of tree-fall across the trail to step over. More wolf tracks than ski tracks; very quiet and peaceful. Worth the extra work if you like solitude.
Feb 5Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthPaul Windberg
 
Excellent. Freshly groomed, firm not icy, fast. Tracks looked great. Just another duluth xc gem.
Feb 5Split Rock Lighthouse State Park 
Scheduling 
Two HarborsBruce Adelsman
 
Note: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park no longer grooms for XC skiing -- trail listing is being removed.
Feb 5Jay Cooke State Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
CarltonTim Blais
 
Conditions: Trails north of Hwy 210 (White Pine, CCC, and Thompson Loop trails) are groomed and tracked. Tracks are firm and fast. The staff reported that they are currently grooming the trails south of the river.
Might be a good idea to bleed some speed before hitting the washout area of White Pine trail and other trail bends if you aren't familiar with the trail.
Feb 4Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthMolly Thompson
 
Conditions: Ungroomed with fresh snow in tracks.
I classic skied the trails on Thursday. It had not been groomed since the latest snowfall so the tracks were only visible due to the skiers ahead of me.
Feb 3Lester Park    
Firsthand 
DuluthKristin Riker-Coleman
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed today. Tracks kind of icy.
I started a quick ski at the chalet mid-afternoon. Ran into a group of guys who warned me I should be taking extra wax along because the tracks were kind of icy. I actually switched to waxless skis and was glad I did. I did find the tracks icy in spots. But wow: there's lovely snow there right now. All year I've been putting off skiing the full loop because I've been worried about the playground loop not having enough snow and being a mess. That section of the trail is actually not so bad if you could take off the big climb right out of the playground. Minus that 0.25 km, I would rate Lester as having excellent coverage given our winter. You can get by on that section, without taking my skis off (but I might have considered it with my A skis). I suspect the skate lane would be amazing with the newly groomed fresh snow.
Feb 3Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthJake Dalberg
 
Good to great! The piston bully was out grooming the new snow from last night late this morning. Once that sets up it should be some of the best skiing at Lester this year. A little dirty in a few spots in the classic track.
Feb 2Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthErik Riker-Coleman
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good. Groomed Tuesday, freshened up with new snow.
I'd heard Lester was pretty trashed after the big warm/freeze cycle Sunday-Monday, but they carved it up with the groomer this morning to good effect and then laid an inch of fresh snow on top by the time I skied it at dusk. With the additional snow since then it may have slowed down a bit, but the coverage was back to very good and conditions were good overall.
Feb 2Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthJakob Wartman
 
Conditions: Very good skate-lane firm and fast.
I got to the trail soon after the PistenBully had gone through. Besides the very lowest portion by the playground the entire trail is very good. Skate lane was firm and fast, but not icy. Getting an edge was never an issue. The classic track was partially glazed and you might need a little klister over hard wax to get good, consistent kick.
Feb 1Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthMark Knutson
 
Wonderful skating on the 5k after work. The crust is broken up so control is good and it is reasonably fast. If after dark, it is best to bring a headlamp to supplement the lights. Great skiing, thanks Snowfkake. The 10k looked good too but did not ski it.
Feb 1Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthTim Holst
 
Just below freezing, and fresh grooming this morning! Beth and I had a great ski at Boulder Monday afternoon. The skate lane was just a bit faster than the classic track, but both were in great mid-winter shape after the weekend melt. I was surprised how perfect it was. A few spots with some pine needle debris did not slow us down at all.
Feb 1Erkki Harju Ski Trail 
Grooming 
Two HarborsJohn Cron
 
Conditions: Trail was re-groomed this morning.
The skate lane is in good shape after grooming, most of the skate lane is scraped up enough that there is a soft layer of snow on top, very nice skating. A few short sections are hard packed and a bit icy after the warm up. The classic track is in fair shape, glazed over and shallow in spots.
Jan 31Korkki Nordic    
Firsthand Secondhand 
DuluthBen Fornear
 
Conditions: Glazed and extremely fast. Avoid until re-groomed later this week.
Being the second car in the lot on a beautiful day should have told me something. I only did the 1k loop but met another person that did at least the 4k. He reported that the downhills were very "exciting". Certainly a klister day. If you like klister, narrow trails, and obscene amounts of speed, go for it. Otherwise, hold off a few days. Still the greatest ski trails in the region!
Jan 31Biskey Pond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DuluthNancy Hanson
 
All trails groomed with the exception of the Ponds loop.
Jan 31Old Vermilion Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthKurt Salmela
 
Conditions: Morning crust to break through after yesterday's warmth. Got soft at 30 degrees towards noon when I left. Good for exercise but not for speed with crust dragging on side of boots.
Mostly flat, easy out and back through an area with small trees so sunny trail most of the way (logged 15-20 years ago?). Breaking trail, I missed the turn to the north near the end and ended up behind a house at approx 6520 Old Vermilion Trail Road so that north turn should be marked. I saw this turn but wasn't sure which way to go and guessed wrong.
Jan 31Biskey Pond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DuluthNancy Hanson
 
Very icy right now at 11:30 am - groomer going out now - will update when done.
Jan 30Gooseberry Falls State Park    
Firsthand 
Two HarborsWayne Nelson
 
Conditions: Fair to good classic trail on warm day, 40 degree day.
Skied down by lake and then up past visitor center and around Birch Hill loop. Plenty of snow. Lots of hiking tracks around track and onto track especially along Superior Hiking Trail. Finally saw a couple other skiers near the end of ski.
Jan 29Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand Secondhand 
DuluthMatt Ryan
 
Conditions: Great, freshly groomed!
Tony beat me to a trail report, but the Spirit and Magney trails for Sunday's Nordic Spirit race are in great shape. I skied out there this afternoon and they were all freshly groomed and nicely improved from a week ago. There is still a little debris here and there, but in very nice shape for the amount of snow that Tone C. and the City of Duluth groomers have to work with. My understanding is that they will re-groom everything Saturday night / Sunday morning before the race. Should be a great day!
Jan 29Mother Bear Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BrimsonAl Ringer
 
Conditions: Very good, lots of snow here.
Trail was tracked today, and is in great shape. We've had 4" new snow this week, with 16" on the ground.
Jan 29Erkki Harju Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Two HarborsJohn Cron
 
Conditions: The trail was groomed for classic and skating on Thursday.
Very nice conditions, classic track and skate deck! Thank you volunteers!
Jan 29Lester Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
DuluthErik Riker-Coleman
 
Conditions: Pretty good. Freshly groomed this morning--a little crusty.
Still pretty fresh corduroy when I hit it at noon today, but a little crunchy--not so much that you couldn't get an edge, but I skied with a little bit of caution. A classic skier I talked to said the tracks were a bit slick down lower, but better up top. There were the occasional thin or dirty spots, but nothing really problematic. Certainly appropriate for my good skis [note that I skipped the playground section--if you go down there, you're on your own].
Jan 29Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
DuluthTony Shoberg
Nordic Spirit Ski Race and Tour
 
Conditions: Firm and fast, but not icy.
The trail has excellent snow coverage. The skate deck is flat and wide, and was freshly groomed. The classic tracks are plenty deep and smooth as well. There are some isolated patches of debris here and there, but they are easily avoidable. The Spirit side of the connector is getting better with each bit of snow we get, but there are still a couple of bumps and dips - overall very skiable. The Nordic Spirit race on Sunday should have a great course.
Jan 29Jay Cooke State Park 
Observation 
CarltonTim Blais
 
Not groomed or tracked since the rain. Icy.
Jan 29Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetTim Blais
 
Icy. Skate skiers have been out. There are some fast downhills. Classic track is icy but skiable. Lot of debris on the trail by the chalet.

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7George Washington Pines 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisDavid Henning
Conditions: Very good. Although there have been a few snowfalls since the last machine grooming, the trail is skier tracked and snowshoer packed.
This trail is a great example of how skiers, snowshoers, and dog walkers can coexist, and all can enjoy this winter wonderland. With snow hanging heavy on the pines and new snow falling, it was a great day to be out on this beautiful trail.
Feb 6Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisBeth Bernhardt
 
Conditions: Good; Lots of snow, freshly groomed, soft.
Skated most of the trails Saturday. They were freshly groomed but quite soft making it slow going on the deck and also downhill in the tracks. The lighted trail (west overlook) was better packed. Still a beautiful day in woods, just had to work a little harder for our K's.
Feb 6Northwoods Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Silver BayDavid Henning
 
Very good to excellent--plenty of snow and nicely groomed. However, the tracks nearer to the parking lot are showing a bit of wear. No debris in tracks.
Feb 6Cascade River State Park 
Firsthand 
LutsenJared Frandson
 
Conditions: Fair to good, fresh single track. Groomed yesterday and still untouched in some areas.
The natural snow depth is just not great, making these classic only tracks somewhat uneven. The trail near the lake is too thin and is left ungroomed. Still, a very enjoyable ski. The park border trail hadn't been used by anyone since it was groomed except for deer and coyotes. Very peaceful.
Feb 5Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteBeth Bernhardt
 
Conditions: Very good; groomed with ~1" new snow on top.
Classic skied the Picnic Loop counter clockwise on Friday. Good coverage and grooming throughout, fun hills and excellent views! The tracks were in good shape though there were lots of soft pole plants on the woods side of the trail. The skate deck was a little soft and had a fresh dusting of snow.
Feb 5Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) 
Grooming 
LutsenMichael O'Phelan
Cascade Lodge
 
Conditions: Packed powder with perfectly set tracks.
Best Skiing of the season on the Pioneer/Deeryard loop areas. Perfect weather with some light snow forecast for the weekend. Peak season skiing for sure--not to mention the woods are exceptionally beautiful right now!
Feb 3Bally Creek Trails 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisTess Dornfeld
 
Conditions: Open trails groomed after Friday's snow, still visible, tracked over today.
The past day or two of snow has not entirely covered the groomed tracks, they're still easily to just visible depending on the trail, and the powder is fairly light with the cold. I tracked over Rabbit Run to Eagle Mtn Overlook, Kirk's Run and back up the road, Wildlife Pond and the start of Sundling Loop. Short connector from Oscar's Loop to start of Sundling Loop is in rough shape. Two cars were there when I left so others should be tracked over too. Upper part of Sundling Loop has been groomed, presumably as far as it is open, anyway.
Feb 3Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen)    
Firsthand 
LutsenEd May
 
Excellent, south-skate and classic, north is double tracked. Groomed today, great tracks, good for best skis.
Feb 2Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisBurt Carlsted-Gillis
 
Conditions: Excellent for classic and skate - some new snow.
Skied again today....Bearskin/Golden Eagle trails. Temp at noon was 19 degrees. Seems the most popular trails were re-groomed today. Again the sun wasn't out for much of my afternoon ski. OK with me, it can't glaze the tracks. Nice to see fellow ski-nuts on the trails.
Feb 1Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteWanda Davies
 
Fair. Trail is a bit icy following the thaw. Very difficult to get grip classic skiing. Probably skating would be better. Or wait for a bit of new snow later this week.
Jan 31Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisBurt Carlsted-Gillis
 
Conditions: Excellent newly set trails at Bearskin/Golden Eagle - the snow temp didn't near the air temp of 34 in afternoon. There was minimal/rare icing in classic tracks. Skate tracks awesome!
Not sure where all the skiers were - yet the Bearskin/Golden trails are many, and it was a Sunday. Met some women from the Cities, also finding classic skiing good. Hint: I did have a Start wax with a 27-36 degree range. The Central Gunflint has great depth so can handle some warm-ups.
Jan 31Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisRobert W Nicholson III
 
Conditions: Excellent skiing for the 6th week! Deep snow everywhere! Grooming was terrific! Lots of snow!
We skied everything on the north side today. It is the 6th week of fantastic skiing! It does not get any better! Get in the car and come on up! Terrific trails, snow, scenery, and grooming! Put away your rock skis and enjoy!
Jan 30Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisMichelle Eul
 
Conditions: Poor conditions. Trails not groomed and 5" of fresh, heavy, wet snow.
Do not recommend skiing today at this location. Warm weather and snow conditions caused the snow to clump to the bottom of the skis which made it very difficult to ski.
Jan 30Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisPaul Larson
 
Conditions: Not groomed, warm.
11am start. Not a good day to ski without glide wax. More advanced skiers seem to be doing OK. Needs to be groomed. Temps near 40.
Jan 29Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteMichelle Eul
 
Conditions: Excellent classic skiing conditions! The skate deck had about 1/2" of powdery snow on it. More snow started to fall at the end of our outing.
Classic skied from Onion River road parking lot to and around the Homestead loop and back. Beautiful views! Then did a portion of the Onion River Road trail. Recommend to ski Homestead counter-clockwise to enjoy a fun downhill.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Sugar Hills 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsJeff Love
 
Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed/combed.
Nicely groomed, fast! Tracked nicely! Thank you groomers!
Feb 4Sugar Hills 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsGreg Moritko
 
Conditions: very good. Light snows have refreshed trails.
Groomed skate and tracked Monday. Skate lane groomed Thursday.
Feb 4Bird Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Hoyt LakesMark Toot
 
Conditions: 6-8" base so it's still uneven, but good snow cover.
Forest Service groomed and tracked all the trail except the black diamond loop. Logging activity has made the trail impassable from the road intersection west to junction 5. Everything else has a good single track.
Feb 2Giants Ridge 
Firsthand 
BiwabikPeter Dahlberg
 
Conditions: Getting pretty close to perfect.
Snowing tonight but trails have firmed up nicely. A couple days ago the pole plants were a little soft. Bronze was groomed today, silver is fast and solid, gold has a light dusting of snow, Spur and Oslo completely covered, classic tracks kickable all the way up the hills.
Feb 2Sturgeon River Trails    
Firsthand 
ChisholmMatt Zak
 
Conditions: Very good. Groomed and single-tracked for classic skiing.
New grooming today freshened up the trail after last weekend's thaw/re-freeze cycles. Conditions remain very good at this beautifully laid out trail, in the heart of Superior National Forest. The southernmost (Jean Lake) loop, which comprises only a small part of this extensive system, hasn't been groomed in a while, though we did ski in a track over part of it.
Feb 2Amen Lake 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRandy Zupan
 
Conditions: Conditions are good but fast.
All was groomed today.
Feb 2Suomi Hills 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRandy Zupan
 
Conditions: Trail conditions are good but fast.
All tracked today.
Feb 1Carey Lake    
Firsthand 
HibbingCraig Holgate
 
Conditions: Good, cloudy 28.
Trails held up well after the warm weekend. A few slight icy spots under the trees otherwise tracks were in good shape. A slight glaze in the tracks made them fun fast, but the kick was still decent. Skied Highland and Southern Lights loops.
Feb 1Legion Trails 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRick Mcdonald
 
Groomed this morning. New track and skate lane combed. The track is a bit shallow in some spots. Snow cover is fairly thin in the pines.
Jan 31Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: East side trails have pine needles and some glazing. An ATV tore up the trail parallel to the road from the lot for about a KM. Very good coverage and decent tracks from recent grooming. West trail from 7 to 8 and back to lot had plenty of icing and mixed snow conditions.
With no wax skis, it was the way to go today. Temps were around 36 and sunny late afternoon. Plenty of skiers out.
Jan 30Wabana Trails 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsKeith Murphy
 
Conditions: Tracked, started to get sticky mid day.
The Wabana creek trail was tracked and a beautiful ski. Aspen trail had been tracked but not skied on overnight. A lone dog was exploring the trails, without their humans. The tracks started to get sticky around 11am. Early tomorrow morning should be quick.
Jan 29Sugar Hills 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsSimon Lick
 
Everything was retracked for classic along thunders, rajala run, snag and long lake Friday evening before the brief snowfall we had.
Jan 29Sturgeon River Trails 
Grooming 
ChisholmMark Toot
 
Conditions: Good snow cover on all trails.
The Forest Service set a track on the trails south of County Road 65 and north of intersection 8.
Jan 29Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
VirginiaMark Toot
 
Conditions: Good snow cover on entire trail system.
The Forest Service set a track on all the trails on Friday.
Jan 29Wabana Trails 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Conditions: Packed and tracked today after wet snowfall so should set up nicely for classic skiing this weekend.
Some twists in the trail could be tricky due to fast conditions.
Jan 29Sturgeon River Trails 
Firsthand 
ChisholmNeil Gardner
 
Conditions: New tracker grooming.
Skied NW, freshly groomer tracked. Can not cross river due to ice collapse, snow and slush on ice, higher river flow rates and warmth for this month, maybe next. Most of system immaculately groomed in excellent shape. Caution in the far north and west.
Jan 29Giants Ridge 
Grooming Scheduling 
BiwabikJohn Filander
 
6" of new snow in the last two days! Finally, enough base 6-8" to get the Pisten Bully out. The High School classic course had the Bully on it yesterday, and hoping to get the Gold done today with it. The Silver trail is still being groomed with the Ginzu because of shallower snow depth, but is excellent. All 60Km have been groomed and the skiing is the best of the year.

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaAlex Yudell
 
Conditions: Excellent! System just groomed today.
Winter wonderland out here! Some of the birches are forming full arches over the trails under the weight of the snow. The tracks are firm and deep.
Feb 5Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaJudy Zimmer
 
Conditions: Wonderful skiing this afternoon on freshly groomed trails. Temps in the 20's today.
Fantastic crew at National Forest Lodge. Thanks for a wonderful winter experience!
Feb 5Babbitt Golf Course 
Grooming 
BabbittWayne Marshall
 
Groomed today. Excellent conditions for both skate and classic skiing.
Feb 1Birch Lake Plantation Trail 
Grooming 
BabbittWayne Marshall
 
The Birch Lake Plantation is groomed and tracked and in excellent condition for classic skiing.
Feb 1Babbitt Golf Course 
Grooming 
BabbittWayne Marshall
 
The Babbitt Golf Course is groomed and tracked and in excellent condition for both classic and skate skiing.
Jan 30Flathorn-Gegoka Trails    
Firsthand 
IsabellaAnne Flueckiger
 
Conditions: Good! Slow because warm.
A beautiful day to visit one my favorite ski trails. The snow was quite soft so the going was slow. Clumps of heavy wet snow fell on our heads at times but that was rather refreshing given the warm temps. Excellent coverage on all the trails, which had been recently groomed and were skier-tracked after Friday snowfall.

Other locations
Feb 1Manka Trail 
Firsthand 
International FallsTammy Riley
 
Conditions excellent. Recently rolled and tracked for skate skiing and classic. Main trailhead entrance treacherous with frozen boot and dog tracks. Suggest using south entrance to the left.
Jan 29Stoney Ridge Trails 
Secondhand 
NashwaukNeil Gardner
 
Conditions: Roller packed portions.
In prep for first track setting, Micah recently roller packed, unsure how much of the three intersecting loops. Hope for track setting with more snow soon.

Minnesota Northwest

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

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
Conditions: Winter wonderland!
Intense winter storm dropping 5-8" of snow on the Maplelag trail system today with some scattered pillows of 10-12". It was blizzard like in the open areas near town but in the woods it wasn't too bad. Regardless, pretty quiet day on the trails skier wise. Lots of branches etc. to clear and some hangovers to try and spring back. We aren't aggressive on our branch cutting as part of our forest management plan....heads up when skiing! Daily grooming planned up to Presidents weekend.
Feb 6Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayGlenn Gifford
 
Conditions: The tracks are firm and fresh with plenty of snow.
Maplelag has good snow coverage, and the trails are in great shape. Very enjoyable day of skiing.
Feb 4Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayDenny Barry
 
Conditions: Skate deck is firm with a top layer of fresh mixed in snow today, giving it a top score for conditions. With the two HS ski meets being over, North Loup has been skate groomed again. The warmer temps actually seemed to have helped firm the base with the cooler temps now with the newly added snow making it almost perfect. The classic tracks looked really nice, solid, full depth with just a dusting of fluff. They kept me wondering why I didn't bring the other skis and shoes.
The snow levels around the city of Detroit lakes as seen from one's car look less than adequate for top notch xc skiing. As one drives north and gets to Richwood the depth of the snow becomes exponentially greater. As one turns onto Goat Ranch Road and into the driveway, the anticipation of skiing on all the white stuff is difficult to contain!
Feb 4Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Fresh dusting of new snow on top of frozen granulated base. Excellent coverage and conditions, about as good as it gets.
The coating of new snow was groomed in to all the skate trails this morning, mixing old fast snow with the new. New track also cut on Sukkerbusk with the same process. All other trails skiing really nice with the new dusting on top of well defined and placed tracks. We will be back out in the morning grooming and cutting more track and touching up skate lanes as needed. The transformed snow really makes for nice skiing this time of year when the sun and warmer temps can be a threat. We have good lodging openings the rest of the season. Come on up!
Jan 31Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand Scheduling 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Frozen granulated. Frosty conditions on Friday, high temp of 30.
Skiing was little bit faster today with temps staying below 30. Beautiful frost and the morning groomed skied nice. The inner trails will be closed Monday the 1st and Tuesday the 2nd for the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships. The western and northern trails will be open for recreational/day skiing.
Jan 31Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayBen Olson
 
Conditions: Set up perfect and fast.
Skied classic today in nice set up tracks and firm apron. Despite the warmer temps the past few days the trails have been basically unaffected. Skate deck looked amazing but didn't have time for both. Can't wait to get back!
Jan 31Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayBrent Hitterdal
 
Conditions: Excellent, great base, fast.
Excellent conditions with a great base. Wavy Gravy in great condition with the cool down later today was very fast.
Jan 30Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayGlenn Gifford
 
Conditions: Excellent coverage.
On Saturday at Maplelag the trails I skied were in fabulous shape. In skiing the trails, you would never guess the temps in the region had been in the 30's last week with rain. There was a fresh track on the North Loup. Roy's Run had excellent coverage and a good track. Twin Lakes was in great shape, as was Jib Fly, Wavy Gravy, and Rootin Tootin. As anyone who has skied Maplelag knows, the trails are impeccably maintained. If you are looking for great ski conditions, check out Maplelag.
Jan 30Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Good to excellent on springlike conditions. 39km fresh groomed Saturday morning, 65km groomed past 3 days. Very good to excellent coverage. Snow depth 6-14", compacted base 4-6".
As a skier that has groomed for over 25 years, today was about as good as it gets for both grooming and skiing. Moonset to sunrise grooming under clear skies, ideal temps and good gap from dew point to air temp with a blend of snow types made for ideal grooming scenario. A check of the trails early afternoon found the skate deck extremely fun with just the right amount of fresh tilling on solid deck. The new tracks set on the double track were great skiing in the morning than the track on the opposite side skied well in the afternoon when it warmed up a bit. Since our snow transformed on early Thursday morning, there were no sticking issues and the melting point was higher today, also the lower dew point helped. Bottom line fantastic spring like skiing with brilliant sunshine most of the day. We will be back out in the morning touching up the skate deck and resetting select tracks.

Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Hiram Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
HackensackPaul Klinger
 
Conditions: Good over all with a fairly good track set, snow fairly fast with some ice in the track.
I skied Hiram this morning before it got to warm and the snow started to soften up. The trail was groomed yesterday so the track was fairly deep in most areas and not to much ice. There are a few thin spots but they are easy to avoid. Not much for sticks and leaves in the track. Purple hard wax was able to give me enough kick and the snow was fairly fast. A fun ski overall, worth the drive.
Feb 6Goose Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
LongvilleTerry Vacek
 
Conditions: Trail was groomed early this morning. Very good except under pines.
The icy track was removed and new track set. Trail is in very good condition except for under the pines. Under the pines there are stretches with lots of needles and leaves but very skiable. A few dirty or bare spots but they can be skied around in the pole deck.
Feb 5Cut Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
Pine RiverMike Laputka
 
Groomed and tracked trails, the coverage is thin in some areas but overall conditions are good.
Feb 5Hiram Ski Trail 
Grooming 
HackensackMike Laputka
 
Trails are freshly groomed, conditions are good considering the lack of new snow.
Feb 5Itasca State Park 
Firsthand 
Park RapidsAnne Ellefson
 
Conditions: No new snow in the last 48 hours. Fresh groom on skate and classic.
Skied South Entrance to Nicollet, fresh tracks and skate groom, Conditions are great with the only thin spot at the base of Mary Lake Hill which is easily navigable! Fast skiing with temps at 21 degrees.
Feb 2Itasca State Park 
Firsthand 
Park RapidsAnne Ellefson
 
Conditions: 6" solid base, light dusting over a hard pack skate deck.
Fast fun conditions, classic tracks a bit glazed over yet in good condition. Could use a fresh skate groom.
Jan 30Goose Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
LongvilleAnne Klatt
 
Conditions: Very good this morning at 9:30.
The tracks were in excellent shape, very few leaves or bark, no ice. Great grooming. Used blue extra with temps around 32. Worked great.
Jan 30Soaring Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
Park RapidsDeane Johnson
 
Conditions: Good skiing today, but spring-like conditions. Phil groomed early this morning and the track and skate lanes are good and quite fast. Snow depth is down to 6" with 2" packed base, 0 new.
Expect icy to glazed trails when this freezes up tonight, as we had partly sunny skies with a temp near 40 at the trail today. The snow had softened up by early afternoon, so it was really nice skiing. There are just a few thin spots under the balsams on Lake and Eagle.
Jan 29Goose Lake Trail 
Grooming 
LongvilleTerry Vacek
 
Conditions: Trail was groomed today, icy tracks were removed and reset while cleaning the trail. Trail is in very good shape with a few thin spots.
The warm weather iced the trail up so the groomer knives were used to break up the ice layer and set new tracks. The wind blown trash was a bigger problem. The trail grooming cleaned up 99% of the trash(tree bark and branches). Trail is in very good shape with a few thin spots under tree cover that can easily skied around.

Other locations
Feb 2Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail 
Grooming 
MoorheadJeffrey Quam
 
Conditions: Good condition - The deck is thin but enough to cover.
Tidd Tech chopped old snow. There are some patches of ice where water has flowed onto the trail. The classic tracks are a little bumpy with reconstituted snow chunks but no dirt.

Minnesota Central

Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Larson Lake 
Firsthand 
DeerwoodChris Hanson
 
Conditions: A little new snow preceded the freshly groomed (2-5) outer loop. Tracks and skating lane pristine. 100% coverage.
Before noon at least a dozen citizen skiers took advantage of the freshly groomed outer trails or enjoyed skiing in the coating of new snow into the previously set classic tracks on the inner loops and connecting trails. Section 8 State-bound skiers got in some morning classical skiing before the day warmed up and waxing could get complicated. Nice to see so many people using this hidden gem of a trail system.
Feb 5Larson Lake    
Grooming 
DeerwoodBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
No snow today like was forecast, but 1 inch fell earlier in the week so the outer loop only was groomed. Skating lane and tracks were set.
Jan 31Northland Arboretum 
Firsthand 
BrainerdSteve Casey
WAMXC
 
Conditions: Fast and fun, icy but enough for an edge.
First time on these trails - up for the Lumberjack Jaunt. Very nice job of grooming a fast and fun course after what sounded like significant rain earlier in the week. It is great that races like this survive- this is their 41st year- there just isn't much more fun to be had than to ski 16k fast on great trails in a great race run by a great community ski club. Fast wax salmon on the hard track skis- perfect.
Jan 30Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 
Firsthand 
OnamiaGavin Watt
 
Conditions: Very good base, good tracks set. Managed for classic only. Skied in the late afternoon very soft, very slippery. ~30% debris and bare spots. Major leafage where the deer have been digging. Groomer cuts continuous tracks: on the flat, up the hills and down. Works ok on the greens but scary on the blues.
By 2:30 conditions had softened considerable. The greens were very skiable even with lots of leaves, grass, twigs. Not getting any grip with purple I had to resort to a full kick zone of SNOR (sticky, nasty old red) which actually worked well. Good kick, great for collecting leaves. Light traffic on the greens; I was the first to ski any of the blues in several days. Wished I hadn't. Not a good downhiller in the best of conditions today's were next to the worst. (Ice is the worst.) "Riding the rails" downhill in fast, slick, heavy snow, deep tracks is no fun for me. Didn't even think about trying the blacks.

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Sauk Centre School Nature Trail 
Grooming 
Sauk CentreDana Boschee
 
Fresh powder on a firm and level base. New snow has eliminated the icy crust from last week's melt. Skate and Classic are both good to excellent.
Feb 3Saint John's Abbey Arboretum 
Firsthand 
CollegevilleKevin McCann
 
Conditions: 1-2" new powder over crust. Skate trails in excellent condition.
Only 1-2" new snow in collegeville from yesterday's storm. Probably not deep enough base to till, but the groomer was out packing it over the ice from last weekend and it is enough to make for a good ski. The wind leaves some icy spots open, but overall skate conditions are very nice. 'A' skis all the way on pine knob, trinity, ziki, and old entry road. There are some tracks on the entry road- I don't know about stone gate. Really a super job this year by St Johns groomers.
Jan 31Saint John's Abbey Arboretum 
Firsthand 
CollegevilleCindy Robertson
 
Conditions: At noon today: Very hard, icy and treacherous! I started out without rock skis and ended with a pair of rock skis.
Metal edges would have been very helpful!

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
We skied all trails this morning and coverage is very good, few sticks and leaves. In several spots the depth of the powder is greater presumably due to wind-drift. Snowmobilers came onto a few locations where the trail is close to Isaac Lake. A bit slower perhaps because of the wax we were using (LF7)? Classic tracks were faster because of some glazing.
Feb 5Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: 1+ inch of newly groomed powder over firm base. Very nice skiing!
We've had another couple of rounds of accumulating snow. Trails have been groomed and are in excellent shape (especially considering the snowfall thus far). A little soft and a tad slow but fast enough and really fun skiing. Classical tracks have also been reset and look good.
Feb 3Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Very good. New corduroyed powder over hard base. Nice!
Trails were groomed after the last night's snowfall (1-2"). Coverage is good. In a few places the corduroy is thin either due to lack of accumulation and/or being stripped by the wind, but these present no problems. Do not be dissuaded by the conditions of the entrance to the trails which is icy. Once into the woods and on the main trails the conditions are really good. Classic tracks were filled in, but still quite useable and even more so when skied-in.
Jan 31Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Groomed this morning - tilled, scratched-up from icy base.
As they say, timing is everything. We started skiing at 8 am and the trails were icy. Downhills were, in a word, scary! We stayed on the flats and did D-pole drills in the tracks (also icy). Upon finishing a contrived workout the trails were being groomed as best they could be. Combined with warming temperatures, the 5 minutes we spent checking them out they seemed better.
Jan 30Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: 1+ inch granular over hard base where groomed. Very good skating.
About half the trail system was groomed this morning, meaning the skating lane was tilled. This included the "front end" of the main trail and the shortcuts. Groomed trails were fast, with a few minor icy spots. Those trail that were untouched are still skiable, but a bit icier thus harder to set an edge for power, and for me this also meant checking my speed on the downhills. Temperatures were warming as we skied (8-11 am) and I thought it was getting slower. Classical tracks are glazed but probably not too bad?

Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 30Vasaloppet Public Ski Area 
Firsthand 
WarmanGavin Watt
 
Conditions: Poor to fair to good. Cover is good to thin. No recent grooming -- not enough snow. The base is solid crunchy crud. The skate deck east of the road is un-skiable; rough, rutted, groomer tracks. The classic track looks good but is icy crunch under yesterday's light dusting. W of the road is much better. Generally less than 30% exposed and debris lurking under the fresh.
I skied Lantern Loppet east of the road, skipped Memorial based on conditions continued on Point including the race segment to the north then crossed the road N of the usual spot and finished past the warming house back to the large, recently plowed parking lot. A fresh dusting yesterday made it look really good starting from the parking lot. There does not appear to be recent grooming. I was the first one out this morning and skied in the dusting in classic track. Started with blue then put on a patch of red never got a good grip. Great workout but not much fun. Pray for snow the Vasaloppet is only 13 days away.

Other locations
Jan 30Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Grooming 
OutingGary Anderson
 
Conditions: Trail groomed Saturday. All north and the 2 southeast loops tracked.
Condition good.
Jan 29Wild River State Park 
Firsthand 
Center CityBryan Lueth
 
Conditions: Poor, hard packed ice, debris and bare spots.
Deer Creek-River-Logging, icy conditions after the melt. Lack of snow has lots of debris and bare spots poking through. The best section is the old logging trail which has good coverage but hard and rough.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
RochesterRuss Jensen
 
Conditions: Trails were groomed on Thursday, track set on Friday late afternoon.
Good snow base, good skiing.
Feb 4Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinStephen Williams
 
Packed powder on a solid base. Skating is very good and will speed up as snow transforms.
Feb 3Chester Woods Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
RochesterTom Eckdahl
 
Conditions: 10 inches of fresh snow, rolled the snow to pack it, will groom tomorrow after the wind slows the drifting.
Blizzard like conditions on the open prairies with lots of drifting. Pointless to groom at this time.
Jan 31Honey Tree Farm 
Scheduling 
AustinStephen Williams
 
Closed until trails refreeze.
Jan 29Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
RochesterTom Eckdahl
 
Conditions: Skating lane is firm and in good shape.
Trail was gone over on Friday, minor drifting was combed out. The classical track was not taken out and reported to be in good shape.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaChad Czmowski
 
Conditions: Good conditions considering high temps.
St Mary's has tons of snow and great coverage. Great grooming for classic and skate. The snow was getting a tad soft and sticky with the high temps. Enjoy the bluffs!
Feb 6Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
Conditions: This morning's ski was on groomed firmed fast tracks. The campground road was a firm flat deck. Yesterday I went bushwhacking in places that haven't been skiable for a couple years.
Best skiing of the season.
Feb 5Frontenac State Park 
Firsthand 
FrontenacTimothy Vick
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked.
We skied the bottomland trail out to the sand spit in Lake Pepin this afternoon. It was nicely groomed and tracked yesterday. The snow was a little thin in places and won't stand up to above-freezing temps, but is ok now.
Feb 5Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: Most trails firm, some less used trails soft for skating.
All trails were groomed this morning. Rattlesnake and Upper Trail is still soft for skating but skiable. Classic tracks are very good to excellent in most places.
Feb 3Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaRandy Schenkat
 
Conditions: Groomed well after our big snow fall.
A perfect afternoon of skiing before the dedication of that brother Jerome center this evening. Thanks for the great grooming.
Feb 3Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: 10 inches new snow on Tuesday.
All trails were packed Tuesday during the snow storm. Today 100% of the trails were groomed again and classic track set. Conditions were soft today but overnight temps should firm up the skate deck and set the tracks for perfect skiing. Come to Saint Mary's and enjoy!
Jan 30Mississippi National Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Red WingLaura Cattaneo
 
Conditions: Great - groomed this morning. Slow skating due to warm temperatures.
Bluff trail is in great condition with minor debris on the uphill climb. Golf course also groomed and in good condition.
Jan 29Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaSteve Horeck
 
After soft conditions yesterday St. Mary's trails set up hard today. Regromed the skate lanes including Rattlesnake. Found the classic track to be unskiable so reset that on the main loops, that took care of a lot of debris and ice, although track is not as deep in spots. Good skiing, enjoy!

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Carleton College Arboretum 
Grooming 
NorthfieldTom Bisel
 
Conditions: Upper skate deck is soft, but firming up each day. Lower is in great condition.
Upper arb was groomed this morning. Still a little soft and airy, but is getting better as more skiers hit the trails. Needed to get all the walker prints out or the trail system. Lower arb was tracked Friday afternoon and all trails are open(15k).
Feb 6River Bend Nature Center 
Firsthand 
FaribaultMichael Page Laramee
 
Very good conditions, packed snow with freshly groomed trails.
Feb 4Ney Nature Center 
Grooming 
HendersonMike Giesen
 
Trails were groomed yesterday afternoon and most trails are in good condition with exposed sections of trail showing some drifting after grooming was complete. Trails which are somewhat sheltered are in excellent condition.
Feb 3Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldRhea Mehrkens
 
Conditions: Lower Arb: Fresh snow-groomed this morning.
Great day out there. Lots of sunshine and the wind isn't bad at all. Canada Ave side of lower arb best....groomed - no classic tracks though. Lots of foot traffic already closer to the football field parking lot.
Feb 2Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldNate Porath
 
The trails had been rolled earlier in the evening, but by the time I skied at around 9pm there was an additional ~3 inches on top. Should be fantastic conditions once it is all groomed and set up.
Feb 2Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldJeff Pesta
 
Conditions: Deep snow over the top of a frozen, rutted base.
Last night the upper arb was refrozen, so I went to Hyland. Today several inches of white fluff made for fun conditions skating above the ice. Should groom up very well.
Feb 2Carleton College Arboretum 
Grooming Scheduling 
NorthfieldTom Bisel
 
Conditions: Groomers will be our in full force late this afternoon.
We plan to roll and pack as much of the Upper and lower Arb this afternoon and evening. We will again get out early morning and try and groom up the skate deck and set a track throughout the system. Looks like we are at 4-5" of new snow as of 2pm.
Jan 30Cannon Valley Trail 
Firsthand 
Cannon FallsKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Good to very good. Despite Friday night's freeze, the trail came thru in good shape. It was firm but skatable and the classic track looked in great shape. It was a little slow probably because I had not switched to warmer wax. I used FastWax Red with fluoro paste wax buffed over it.
Timed it right with a noon arrival at Welch so I did in fact get in 7 3/4 miles before a light rain hit on the way home.
Jan 29Cannon Valley Trail 
Firsthand 
Cannon FallsKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good. Freshly groomed for both skate and classic. It was low 30's and partly sunny. I used FastWax Red.
I caught the window between the mid-week thaw and the weekend rain and thaw just right and came to the perfect spot to take advantage of it. It was unusual based on past experience but I met two other skiers, skaters no less, coming off the trail as I prepared to start. They gave me the good news that the trail had just been groomed. Expertly done in my opinion. The snow was spring corn. Moist but reasonably fast with my wax. It was soft and became mildly rutted in spots from the strides of just me and the other two skaters. Skated for 4 miles one way from the ballpark entry point at a fast for me 8+ mile per hour pace. Took a long water break and as usual slowed considerably from my out-bound pace. Still, it was my fastest and longest ski of the season - 8 miles at an overall 7 mph pace.
Jan 29Cannon Valley Trail 
Firsthand 
Cannon FallsJohn Trolander
 
Conditions: Groomer was out today doing a nice job breaking up icy conditions on the skate deck and setting a decent to excellent classic track. Skied from Cannon Falls to Welch and back. Should be very good Saturday both skating and classic.
Perfect temperature and sunshine. Swans sighted on the river.
Jan 29Carleton College Arboretum 
Secondhand 
NorthfieldTimothy Vick
 
Conditions: Icy tracks, marginal conditions.
Talked with groomer Matt: The temperature fluctuations the past few days have caused the bottom of the classic tracks to melt and refreeze into ice. Matt reports this morning that the skating is still ok in the lower arb but the tracks are icy and there are some rocks showing through the bottom of the tracks so overall the conditions are marginal.

Other locations
Feb 3Baylor Regional Park 
Grooming 
NorwoodConnie Keller
Carver County Parks
 
Most trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good to great condition. Lake Trail will be groomed by weekend.
Feb 3Hormel Nature Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
AustinBen Sherman
 
The South Trail and portions of the Prairie and Pond Loop have been groomed today following yesterday's blizzard; most of the trails will have new track set by the end of tomorrow as we wait for high winds to subside.
Jan 29Hormel Nature Center 
Grooming 
AustinMaria Anderson
 
Many of the trails have clean, reset tracks, and skating lanes are nice and wide.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Mukwonago Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardJohan Ragner
Classic skied today through a light coating of snow, making for a soft, smooth ski. Now if I only would've used the right wax..
Feb 6Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardLouis Muench
CASTA
 
Excellent conditions and grooming for the Pre-Birkie today.
Feb 6Rock Lake 
Firsthand 
CablePaul Ostrum
 
Conditions: Very Good. Recently groomed and tracked.
Conditions cold hardly be better. With the shortage of personnel at the FS it is amazing the great conditions on the trail. Some corners at the bottom of some hills are groomed too sharp, using best line would improve skiing. Don't forget to pay the parking fee so they can keep working on the trails.
Feb 5Voyager Village Golf Course 
Grooming 
Webb LakeDan Campion
 
All of the Voyager trails are freshly groomed and in near perfect shape. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland this weekend!
Feb 5North End Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
CableIrv Berlin
 
Conditions: Tony Wise/World Cup Trail rolled only, to be groomed later today. The rest of the trail system is in very nice shape.
Reminder - North End Classic Race is Sunday. Trail will be tracked for race Saturday after 5pm. Last racers should be off course by 12:30 Sunday.
Feb 4Mukwonago Trail    
Grooming 
HaywardChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Very Good. About 5-6" of new snow.
Trail was groomed on Thursday. Looks like the cold temps will really helps set the skate deck after grooming operations. Should be in really good shape!
Feb 4Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
HaywardDale Cardwell
 
Very good. Super tracks, enjoy a special trail.
Feb 4Hayward Hospital Trails 
Firsthand 
HaywardDavid Henning
 
Conditions: Very good. The trails have been nicely groomed after the recent snow. Due to lateness arriving, we only skied the easy loops near the parking lot and didn't see the conditions on the hilly loops.
The tracks aren't deep, but there is adequate snow coverage--even under the pines. The oak leaves are still on the trees, so there is no debris in tracks.
Feb 4Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Excellent with new tracks.
New tracks were set on all of the trails today. 8" of new snow fell in the woods, with 16-18" drifts out in the open in the blow-down area of the Boulevard. This snow had very little moisture so it doesn't compact well. The tracks are nicely formed, but will not be very firm due to the low moisture content. The tracks look good so skiing should be excellent with the mild weather we have been having.
Feb 3Rock Lake 
Grooming 
CableChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Very Good. About 10" of new snow.
Trail was freshly groomed after the latest snow. I packed the trail and followed it up with a set of new tracks on the entire system. The cold temps on Wednesday night helped with trail set up.
Feb 3North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
CableIrv Berlin
 
Conditions: NE trail rolled, skate lane combed twice, and track set. NE Classic trail was rolled and tracked. I classic skied the NE trails and tracks were excellent. Skate lanes are soft despite being gone over twice. NE Classic trail looks excellent and should set up nicely overnight. Tony Wise/World Cup was not groomed and has 6+ inches of new snow on it.
Reminder: The NE Classic Race is Sunday. Racers should be off the trail by 12:30 and we will start taking out tracks by 1pm.
Feb 3Flambeau Hills Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
WinterCurtiss Lindner
 
Conditions: Fresh show covered and being packed with snowmobiles. Final grooming planned for Saturday Morning.
Had groomer troubles last week, being repaired and will be back by Friday. In the meantime the trail is being packed down with snowmobiles. There is more snow in the forecast for this week so we will roll the trail Friday and groom on Saturday morning. Don't forget the annual Candlelight ski scheduled for this Saturday. With the new snow we should have really good conditions for skiing and have a wonderful time chatting with locals, trail users and staff.
Feb 3North End Ski Trail 
Scheduling 
CableIrv Berlin
 
NE trail is scheduled to be rolled this morning and groomed afterward. The NE Classic trail is scheduled to be groomed this afternoon.
Feb 1North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableScott Everson
 
After skiing, difficult. icy conditions on the Birkie Trail, I came back to the North End and discovered that they were freshly groomed and in excellent condition. Thanks for grooming on a Monday even when there was snow in the forecast on Tuesday.
Feb 1Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardScott Everson
 
Skied from North End TH to OO and back on skate trail and classic trail. An adventure in skiing icy conditions; kind of treacherous but fun until my kick wax was totally worn off. Then anything uphill was just hard.
Feb 1North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand Grooming Secondhand 
CableIrv Berlin
 
Conditions: NE trail groomed this morning, skate lanes and track set. Skate skied trail this afternoon and it was fast with groomed in ice but easy to hold an edge, overall excellent skiing.
Grooming schedule calls for Tony Wise World Cup to be groomed tomorrow but that will be weather dependent with storm coming.
Jan 31Flambeau Hills Ski Trail 
Firsthand Secondhand 
WinterElias Anoszko
 
Conditions: Good in spots, poor in others.
Skied from the North End, much of the trail had good coverage, but there were a few bare spots and at least one dicey downhill with debris showing through. Classic track was set and pretty good. Skate lane was bumpy. Definitely could use some snow. I've heard the South end was in poor condition do to the groomer bogging down and spewing debris onto the trail. North end was definitely worth skiing, would advise using rock skis.
Jan 31Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardMark Luehring
 
I skied the Birkie Trail skate lane today from OO up to the power lines and back. Skate conditions were a bit sticky and slow when I started at around 2:00 pm. The more recently groomed trail between High Point and OO was in very good shape, and the glide was excellent towards the evening. North of High Point was an adventure with ruts frozen in from heavy traffic Saturday. It was still skiable, but icy and kind of treacherous. All in all, the trail held up well to the warm conditions this weekend. Full coverage everywhere. The only issue was that some of the snowmobile crossings are getting a bit dirty, but not bad enough for me to take off my skis.
Jan 30Birkie Trail    
Firsthand 
HaywardDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Good coverage, 2-3 inches on new snow, groomed Friday from OO to High Point, both Birkie Classic and Birkie Trail.
We skied yesterday from OO to High Point and then down to Timber Trail, going out in the morning the glide was okay but as the temps warmed, the skating slowed down. The hills were starting to break down with all the skier traffic. The skating provided a hard workout but lots of skiers were out, there was plenty of sunshine and overall it was a great day to be out in the fresh air and the north woods.
Jan 30North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CableIrv Berlin
 
A, B, C groomed this morning before it got too warm but trail was soft and lots of skiers got on the trails right away. Temperatures in 40's today.
Jan 29Rock Lake 
Firsthand 
CableRon Ballard
 
Conditions: Great to excellent.
Skied the 7km trail this morning and what a blast. Trail is in almost excellent condition. Got to be one of the best classic only trail in the state.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Superior Municipal Forest 
Grooming 
SuperiorDanielle Wheeler
 
Trails have been groomed and are ready to be skied on :).
Feb 3After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleTimothy Burke
 
New snow just groomed. Soft fresh corduroy on the skate deck, classic track being set as I skied. Downhills slow enough that no snowplowing needed. Delightful!
Feb 3After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
BruleMatt Miranda
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good - 3-6 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours. Snow is still soft. Groomed today.
All trails groomed today. Track set on Classic, Oak, Maple, River, and Aspen trails. Track will be set on remaining trails tomorrow. Join us for our Candelight Ski event, Saturday at 3PM!
Feb 3Pattison State Park    
Grooming 
SuperiorKevin Feind
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Excellent. Newly groomed today for classic skiing.
Pattison State Park received 4" of snow last night and this morning. The trail was rolled, then groomed with classic track being re-set. Trail base is 3-8".
Feb 1After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleEdwin Koepp
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent.
Skate lanes were touched up on Monday. We are hoping for more snow soon.
Jan 31After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleAdrian Swanson
 
Conditions: Good, not too icy.
The trails were in great shape on Sunday. Well groomed corduroy, deep classic tracks. Everything was a little icy with the thaw and shade. It made skiing fast and fun, but getting an edge was easy when you needed it. The classic loop was spectacular in the sun and klister was bomber (as expected).
Jan 29Pattison State Park 
Grooming 
SuperiorKevin Feind
 
Conditions: Excellent. Newly groomed today with classic track.
After Wednesday's rain put a glaze on the trail surface, the trail was reconditioned today and new classic track laid. Other than a few dirty spots, the trail is in excellent condition. Trail base is 2-5".

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
BayfieldBen Fornear
Conditions: Great coverage. Beautiful trails. Painfully slow.
Skied about 10 random miles today at Ashwabay. The light coating of heavy wet snow made for a slow slog through the woods. Probably would have been better with waxless skis, but still slow.
Feb 7Uller Trail 
Grooming 
PenceTim Fitz
Conditions: Good, best line track set.
Ski this wilderness like trail before next snow.
Feb 5Mecca 
Grooming Secondhand 
MercerGary Mears
 
Conditions: Conditions are excellent for the weekend.
Talked to some skiers from Madison and they said the trails were excellent. So okay folks, it's all groomed up for the weekend and I can't think of any excuses for not skiing. If you get out and get a bunch a K under your belt by Sunday afternoon you won't feel bad about laying on the couch for the Super Bowl. Trails are in excellent condition so get out and thrash em.
Feb 4Penokee Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
MellenChad Jacobson
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Very Good. About 12 inches of new snow.
Packed and freshly groomed. Trail is really starting to take shape and a lot of the uneven parts of the trail are starting to level out. Should set up well!
Feb 4Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Estimated base of 12 to 14 inches. The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails are in very good to excellent condition.
Tuesday night's snow storm left 6-8" of new snow on the trails. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails were rolled on Wednesday and tracks set on Thursday. The groomer said the tracks set up great and rated the conditions on the trails as very good to excellent.
Feb 4Lake Superior View Golf Course 
Grooming 
WashburnNate Swiston
 
Conditions: We received about 7 inches of fresh snow on Wednesday. The entire course has been groomed today for both skate and classic.
Conditions for the entire course are very good to excellent.
Feb 3Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
With 8-10 inches of new snow, we groomed and tracked: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. We tracked: Sugarbush, Oppedahl's and Birch Hill. We packed Deerpath, Raven and Black Bear. Our plan is to track those last 3 tomorrow morning. It's beautiful out there, although I'm sure the trails are a little soft.
Feb 2Mecca 
Grooming 
MercerTim Fitz
 
Conditions: Great, best grooming this year.
Firm tracks and skate lane finally flat, firm and fast.
Feb 1Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Teuton and Valkyrie Trails are in good condition with a base of around 10 inches.
The groomer went out and combed all of the skating lanes and reset the tracks on the Teuton Trails. The Valkyrie Trails were in good condition. With the new snow predicted starting tomorrow, the groomer is waiting until the storm moves through to incorporate the new snow into the base and set up new tracks on all the trails.
Feb 1Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
After two days of warm weather, we still have plenty of base, so we groomed and tracked all of the skate trails, and tracked all of the classic only trails, except the Jolly Connector to Star Route.
Jan 31Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WashburnPaul Belknap
 
Conditions: Good, tracks icy in spots.
Nice skating today at Valhalla. The trails held up well to the warm temps over the weekend and were relatively smooth without any major ruts. The classic tracks were really icy in many places, so I'm guessing classic would have been tricky, but they were a great ride on the downhills! The trails should groom up nicely.
Jan 29Mecca 
Grooming Scheduling 
MercerGary Mears
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions.
The trail has had its Friday manicure and looks great. See everyone out there on Saturday evening for the Annual Candlight Ski Shoe at 6:00-9:00PM. The weather is going to be balmy so I expect to see a lot of people there. Tell your friends. Better still bring your friends. Where else can you have so much fun for free?
Jan 29Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Base is estimated at 10 to 12 inches and in very good condition.
The groomer set tracks on both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trail systems on Friday, January 29th. The tracks set up great, but it is unknown how they will hold up with the predicted warmer temperatures starting on Saturday. The parking area is very soft and slushy. Predicted unseasonably warm temperatures for the weekend may make the parking areas even softer and wet. Please use caution when parking or driving in the parking areas. The Forest Service is trying some temporary changes in the main parking area for this season. We have added a 4 to 5 car plowed parking area near the warming room and removed the row signs in the parking lot. An official notice with comment cards will be placed at the fee stations; warming room; and chalet to collect comments from the public.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Grooming 
SpoonerKevin Myers
 
Conditions: Good mid-winter conditions with 10" of fresh snow from the Wednesday.
Groomed most of Beaver Brook tonight. Double tracks set wherever possible. Tracks look good and should firm up nicely for the weekend.
Feb 5Trade River Trail 
Grooming 
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
8" of new snow. Rolled, combed, and tracks set. Ready to go.
Feb 5Coon Lake Trail 
Grooming 
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
Conditions: 6" of new snow, rolled and combed. No tracks set yet, but skating is good.
The adult eagles are hanging around the nest more and more.
Feb 4Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryJim Kelley
 
Conditions: 1 PM, 2 inches new powder today on top of the groomed 6+" received Tuesday.
Skate lane fairly soft overall and very soft in some places.
Feb 3Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
Conditions: Very good conditions, with some soft areas. The high water spot on the north end remains, but you can double pole or walk around it.
All of Timberland Hills and the Lighted Trail were packed and tracked on Wednesday. We ended up with 10-12 inches of powdery snow from the storm.
Feb 3Blue Hills Trail    
Grooming 
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
8" fresh snow as of Wednesday morning! Groomers spent all day on the Eastside core loop. By late afternoon, the fresh corduroy and classic track were starting to firm up. Lots more grooming taking place the next few days.
Feb 3Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryMike Chrun
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked.
Great classic ski today on newly groomed tracks. They are cut down to the old crust in many sections but there's enough new snow in the track so it's not icy. Skating lane looked good although still understandably soft. Beautiful day to be out!
Feb 3Spooner City Trails    
Firsthand 
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Spooner City Park was groomed for skating today and a new classic track was set as well. Last night, the Spooner area received about ten inches of new snow. The skating is a bit soft and in the open parts, a pretty good wind out of the north has created some light drifting over sections of the trail. All in all, pretty good skiing can be found. Lights are on, enjoy!
Feb 3Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Grooming 
SpoonerKevin Myers
 
Conditions: Soft conditions. We have received 10" of light snow.
Beaver Brook was groomed and track set today. Mostly single tracks as the 10" of new snow needs to settle down before the full width of the ski trail can be groomed and double tracks set. Enjoy.
Feb 3Timberland Hills 
Scheduling 
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
Conditions: A fresh dumping of snow at the trails!
We will be grooming both Wednesday and Thursday to get the trails ready for the weekend.
Feb 1Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryJim Kelley
 
Conditions: 12:30 PM Fair but very skiable.
Fair conditions but the warmer temps have softened things up just enough to make it very skiable. The usual thin spots are easy to avoid.
Jan 31Timberland Hills 
Firsthand 
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
Conditions: What I would call "good spring conditions" if it was mid-March. But it's the end of January and it should be better. Everything from hard/icy to soft/sticky and everything in between, depending upon temperature and sun exposure. The base is in good shape with no bare spots.
Please use caution if it's icy but enjoy the trails until there is more snow and/or grooming. I needed a long ski today so I skied 42 km.
Jan 29Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryTerry Ragsdale
 
Conditions: Icy, not groomed, with an abundance of small tree limbs/debris.
Only choice we should have made today: figure or hockey (skates). Hard packed, icy trails. The scenery was nice, as always, but if you go, (until it snows) take snowshoes.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerLouis Muench
CASTA
Conditions: I had sticky "glide" with the warm temps and wrong wax, but the grooming and snow coverage was close to perfect.
This is a scenic trail system and they're doing a good job with grooming and trail maintenance.
Feb 6Brunet Island State Park 
Firsthand 
CornellLouis Muench
CASTA
 
Conditions: Good conditions for the candlelight event tonight.
With fresh snow and nice temps, they had a good turnout. A classic track and snowshoe lane was groomed.
Feb 6Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
Eau Claire Ski Striders
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions both classic track and skating deck.
Normally by this time of the winter the classic tracks have stretches of oak leaves in them. Not today. Nary a leaf. Tracks are firm and deep. Skating is firm and by 11:00 this morning getting rather fast.
Feb 5Red Cedar River Trail 
Firsthand Shorty 
MenomonieMark Schneider
 
Conditions: Trail is fabulous!
Groomed wonderfully. Get out and ski!
Feb 5River Road Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
CornellJason Sullivan
 
Conditions: Trails today were good trending towards great. Much improved with the recent snowfall.
I skied just about all the sections and found the many of the ruts to be a non-factor now. A nice deep track is set. I advise avoiding the far north section, there isn't a track set for part of the section. Of most concern is the far NE hill labeled on the map as steep. There is a dangerous rut on the steepest part of that hill.
Feb 5Hoffman Hills 
Grooming 
MenomonieDan Gainey
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked, excellent condition.
The entire system was packed, rolled, groomed and tracked and is in excellent shape. Trail is in the best shape of the season right now.
Feb 5Red Cedar River Trail 
Grooming 
MenomonieBill Kryshak
 
Conditions: Very nice. Trail is groomed for both skating and classic from Menomonie to Downsville.
We set tracks on both sides of trail from Menomonie to Irvington which makes the skate lane a little narrower but we get a lot of classic skiers on that stretch. From Irvington to Downsville we set a track only on one side of the trail with a wider skating lane.
Feb 4Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerEleanor Wolf
 
Conditions: Classic tracks great! All trails groomed for both classic and skating.
Fabulous new snow. If you love hills and scenic Ice Age terrain.... this is the best in the area.
Feb 3Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireAlex Popp
 
Conditions: Good coverage with some soft areas and trails off the colored loops aren't groomed yet.
Skate deck is soft and in some places hasn't been groomed the full width yet. Classic tracks are nice and deep, but the sides are soft so they took a bit of a beating from just a few skiers. Hills off of the main loops haven't been groomed yet.
Feb 3Hickory Ridge Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomerMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: very good to excellent.
The entire system was rolled and combed on Tuesday and the plan was to set track tonight. Groomers intend to do touch up nightly for the next several nights to make the skiing this weekend absolutely fabulous.
Feb 3River Road Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CornellMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: Good. Much improved.
We made several passes with a snowmobile, than Tidd Tech and then set a track on nearly all of the trail. There was approximately 7 inches of new snow which covered nearly all ruts. The trail is still a little bumpy but it should set up nicely. There are a few seedlings and roots sticking through the base here and there but they are either insignificant or easily avoidable.
Feb 3Hoffman Hills 
Scheduling 
MenomonieDan Gainey
 
Conditions: 8 Inches of new snow...scheduled to be groomed on Thursday.
Hoffman will be groomed on Thursday and should be good for the weekend.
Jan 31Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerBrady Zwiefelhofer
 
Conditions: Very good and fast even with the warm temps.
Skate skied from 11am-noon today. The connector trail and south loop was very firm with all of the skiers that have been on it and kinda icy fast (but not unsafe icy). The tram and north loop was a tad bit softer but still it was a surprisingly fast day. Thought it would be softer heading out to the trail but so glad I went. Thankfully the base has been taken care of so far this winter. (Note: A hiker put a few too many holes in the trail but don't let that stop you from skiing just watch out for them).
Jan 30Hickory Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
BloomerMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: Very good, verging on excellent.
The skiing was great this morning. The scenery could not have been better at first light. 1" of fresh snow on top of a fairly firm base. The skate deck was flattened nicely. The tracks are not very deep but there really isn't that much snow - yet! But, it was getting warm fast at 10:00am.
Jan 29Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireMark Orlowski
 
Conditions: Good for skating. Fair for classic.
Freshly groomed cords made for great skating. Most of the most difficult trails were not freshly groomed and icy, rendering them extremely difficult. The classic tracks were consistently icy. Coverage was good in all cases and a little snow and a little softening should make system very good.
Jan 29Hickory Ridge Trail 
Grooming 
BloomerMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: Very good, recently groomed.
If your looking to ski here this weekend, a lot will depend on the type of precipitation that comes tonight and how warm it gets tomorrow! The entire trail was treated with a drag and groomed last night. Track was set on the South, North, Tram and Highland/Lowland Loops. Absent rain, an early ski on Saturday morning might just be great.
Jan 29Irvine Park 
Firsthand 
Chippewa FallsJason Sullivan
 
Icy and track depth has deteriorated. Trails had quite a bit of debris, but that is typical with this trail due to the heavy foliage. Trail was really icy today. Use extra caution on the downhill sections. I wouldn't recommend novice skiers using it right now.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
I groomed and skied Saturday; best conditions yet this season! Then groomed again this morning, since we got a little snow overnight. It looks beautiful out there but the snow is really soft.
Feb 5Wintergreen Ski Trail    
Grooming 
Park FallsBrady Howe
 
Conditions: Great to excellent, 6" of fresh snow this past week.
Loops A, B, C, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. We received 6" of new snow in the past week and the trails are really looking great! The wetland portion on C is filling in pretty well, just make sure to stay on the groomed section. I did two passes on Kiddie, three on A and Shortcut, and at least four passes on B, C and D. The base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. The snow was pretty dry and light so it took a few passes to get everything to pack down nice. Weather is predicted to be great this weekend so get out and enjoy your forest! .
Feb 4Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroScott Everson
 
I skied most of the 18km; Excellent conditions - Sweet! The snow is quite dry so glide was not so good, but it is finally smooth and the tracks are firm.
Feb 4Newman Springs Ski Trail 
Grooming 
Park FallsBrady Howe
 
Conditions: Good to excellent! 6" of new snow this week.
Loops A, C, D and E groomed. Loop B machine packed. With the 6" of new snow that we got the trails are starting to look great! The wetland crossings on C and D are still a little rough, but are starting to shape up nicely. I did anywhere from two to seven passes on each section of trail to help pack down the new snow and groom everything nice and smooth. I did however get stuck going up one hill on Loop E, but it groomed out OK and shouldn't be an issue. Base on the trails is 6-7" and about 15" in the woods. With the nice weather in the forecast for the weekend there's no excuse to not get out and enjoy your forest!
Feb 3Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroBonnie Weyer
 
Conditions: Fresh snow, skiing on a rolled trail.
I skied the rolled trail. Not bad, the scenery was great. On my way out Scott was grooming, it was great. Thanks Scott.
Feb 3Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming Scheduling 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Rolled/packed the new snow on the trails this morning; I'll be back to groom (classic and skate) tonight. I am expecting it to be excellent skiing on Thursday and beyond.
Jan 31Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroPete Wurl
 
Conditions: Very good, still firm enough given the warmer temps.
Skated a bunch of loops today. All were in excellent shape. Had the pleasure of hitting the challenges of the rollercoaster loop "jump". I know it's there, but every time I hit it, it turns into a new adventure. CFS never disappoints. Great trails and even better grooming.
Jan 30Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Trails groomed early this morning, before it got too warm. Excellent conditions and very beautiful, especially in the white pine/hemlock groves.

Other locations
Feb 6Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonRobert Maki
It was outstanding Saturday morning. Thank you to the groomers for there work. Was getting a little soft by mid morning.
Feb 6Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BarnesMarc Lybeck
 
Conditions: Excellent. Fun classic skiing!
Freshly rolled wide and tracked with new snow adding to base. Just a few thin spots under the pine trees. Rolling hills and lovely scenery. New porta potty installed in the trailhead parking area. Thank you town of Barnes, Wi!
Feb 5Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
HudsonBob Richardson
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent.
Retracked all two way trails to widen skate deck Friday night. Tracks looked very good assuming they set over night. Skate deck resurfaced on all trails except red. Corduroy looked very good in the dark. Should be an outstanding day.
Feb 5Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BarnesDavid Henning
 
Conditions: Excellent--groomed after most recent snow. Lots of snow, solid tracks, 25 degrees and sun--just a great day to discover this little gem. Tracks are debris free.
Although it appeared we were the first skiers on the yellow trail since it was groomed, the tracks were a little glazed where snow dropped off the pines. Had tracks on steeper downhills, becomes hazardous when trying to control speed on a narrow trail.
Feb 4Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonZach Mattson
 
Conditions: Great classic track, skate deck needs to firm up.
The classic track looked really nice but the skate deck from the main parking lot on the purple trail or to the lower campground was pretty soft yet and was quite narrow in spots.
Feb 4Willow River State Park    
Shorty 
HudsonGinny Ballantine
 
Outstanding! Groomed beautifully.
Feb 4Brandt Pines Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
GrantsburgJohn Rathje
 
Conditions: Excellent.
Skated the entire system today. Trail is in excellent condition. No bare spots. The groomer does a really nice job. The DNR really improved this trail.
Feb 4Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonWoody Croatt
 
Conditions: Fabulous! Good coverage. Great day for classic skiing. The hills were great and the snow very forgiving.
Thanks to the groomers. Job well done.
Feb 3Marshfield School Forest 
Grooming 
MarshfieldRandy Lueth
 
Conditions: Trail system received 8" of heavy dense snow Tuesday. All trails rolled and groomed Wednesday. New tracks and beautiful corduroy skate lane. Gorgeous!
Best conditions of the season!
Feb 3Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
HudsonDave Thofern
 
Conditions: Excellent classic track, still a bit soft on the skate deck.
The entire system was rolled twice; once during the storm and then again this morning. This afternoon we followed up with grooming and track setting. Hopefully the skate deck will firm up overnight. The park received around a foot of new snow. These are the best conditions we've had in over two years!.
Feb 3Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve 
Grooming 
EdgarBruce Kralcik
 
Just groomed and tracked 6-8" of wet new snow. Drifting in a couple of spots but overall should be pretty good once it sets up overnight.
Feb 3Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonNancy Doll
 
Conditions: Trails were being packed/rolled as I started out at 11 AM. Had to make my own on the Nelson Farm Trail which was a lot of work. But glorious new snow.
Where the rolling had taken place, I could classic ski without problems while the skater seemed to be doing very well also.
Feb 2Willow River State Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Grooming plans for Wednesday and today's work: Willow was rolled this afternoon-evening. It has to be rolled again tomorrow before the Ginzus go out after the wind dies down. Don't call the park. The groomers will post here when it is done. My best guess is late afternoon Wednesday or into the evening. There has to be around 8 inches of snow down at 9:30 pm with snow still falling. Be patient folks, Willow will have the best trails we've seen in two seasons by Thursday.
Feb 2Willow River State Park    
Observation 
HudsonGinny Ballantine
 
Awesome snowfall. It'll be near perfection once the groomers get to it. Enjoy.
Jan 31Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonRay Johnston
 
Conditions: Decent coverage and tracks, with mix of glazed and soft conditions (depending on sun exposure).
I classic skied most of the park Between noon and 2 it was surprisingly nice. The only place I took my skis off was the rise on the silver trail going through a small stand of white pines. Good edging and snow coverage. I would not ski here unless it is above freezing. Super day for skiing.
Jan 31Willow River State Park 
Observation 
HudsonColleen Rivard
 
Icy, thin, some slushy spots.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WoodboroBrian Hegge
Conditions: 1.5 new snow. Deck brushed but tracks not reset, but that was okay.
Decided to break out the fish scales today. Deck was groomed but was breaking in the tracks with the 1.5 inches of new snow. Still, trail is in great condition. Landfill loop (what an awful name) is in really good shape. And one of the best classic trails at Washburn.
Feb 7Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverMarilyn Bratt
Very good. Good snow cover and classic track was firm and well-set. Skate lane was not recently groomed and there were several inches of soft, fluffy powder. Regardless it was sublime skiing in the Northwoods with beautiful scenery across Mud Creek and through the Black Spruce forest and Cranberry Bog.
Feb 7Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Conditions: Excellent. Fresh skating corduroy and solid, crisp tracks.
Groomed 1" of new, damp snow this morning. Warming temps could make for slower conditions today.
Feb 7Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
Conditions: Very good conditions. Leveled drifted areas and reset track beat up from recent moderate use.
13 inches of snow on the picnic table and 8 inches measured under heavy conifer cover. Cloudy now and hopefully air temperatures do not rise above low 30's. Falling temperatures and more light snows predicted before falling temperatures. Cool down should result in some firm fast tracks for midweek skiing.
Feb 7Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
Excellent. All skate lanes groomed at 6am. Perfect temp to groom. Less than 1" new.
Feb 6Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderPete Wurl
 
Conditions: Very good shape.
Skied both loops, all in good shape. Dog friendly trail, occasional "dog bombs".
Feb 6Razorback Ridges Trail 
Firsthand 
SaynerChase Christopherson
 
Conditions: Excellent. Some of the best conditions I've ever seen at Razorback this morning.
Thanks for all of the excellent grooming!
Feb 6Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 0.25" of light snow. Fabulous skiing on 90K. Groomers freshened skate lanes and reset track on 30K. The 15K Wilderness trails have ski'd-in tracks and up to 1" of powder, and that's when they ski the best. Trails are firm this morning, but may soften a bit this afternoon.
Tonight: "Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure at 6:00 PM!
Feb 5WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Beautiful warm and sunny day at WinMan. All trails - ski, snowshoe and fatbike - were groomed today/tonight and are in fabulous shape.
Feb 5Razorback Ridges Trail 
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: Classic trails were groomed and tracked this morning. Deep, excellent tracks. Skate loops will be groomed very early tomorrow morning.
Got out to ski classic on HairRaiser, Lions Pride and Wild Thing this afternoon. Virgin tracks were still a bit soft from this morning's grooming; loops that had seen other skiers already were firmer and fairly fast. Excellent skiing.
Feb 5Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
God forbid that a single snowflake should hit the Afterglow trails without Pete Moline instantly tilling it back into perfection. The skate deck was utterly flawless, classic tracks were deep and fast. Should be a great weekend at Afterglow, thanks Pete!
Feb 5Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
 
Trails in good shape after grooming, though the hills by the school (farthest from the Trailhead) were well used by the students in their phyed ski classes.
Feb 5Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 89K in excellent condition (with 1K of Nepco's that will be re-groomed tonight). Approximately 0.5" of light powder overnight. Groomers took the PistenBully to Nutcracker, C&D Express, Lake Marie, and River Run. Trail firmness is perfect on trails groomed before last night; more recent groomings need a few more hours to set-up.
"Who's Hooting" owl presentation and ski/snowshoe adventure Saturday night, and more Cookie Crumb events!
Feb 4Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverChris Stark
 
Skied Nordmarka (the Eagle River Golf Course) Thursday night. Well-groomed and best conditions of the season.
Feb 4Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WoodboroBrian Hegge
 
Conditions: 3 inches new snow nicely groomed.
Wonderful conditions today. Deck was set with nice deep classic tracks. First time all year there has been enough snow. Will be great skiing through the weekend.
Feb 4WinMan Trails    
Firsthand Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
All ski trails and snowshoe trails were groomed today and are in great shape...but it started snowing again as I was finishing - will touch up the trails tomorrow as needed. I did get a chance to skate ski after grooming and the trail was a little bit soft and slow, track was good however.
Feb 4Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Perfect. All ski trails groomed 8 times in the last 9 nights. All Fat Bike trails groomed 7 times in the last 9 nights. Flawless full depth classic tracks exist. Super flat skate lanes side to side and end to end.
Feb 4Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: 5" base good condition groomed and tracked.
Pat Shay, Butternut, roller coaster, Tom's Hill and Narrow Gage.
Feb 4Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Conditions good with 6" base groomed and tracked.
All trails groomed and tracked today will bring rakes down next week to smooth out hump in center of deck.
Feb 4Moccasin Ski Trail 
Grooming 
ElchoChuck Wetzel
 
The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked on Thursday and is in excellent condition. The snowshoe trail was also packed.
Feb 4Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
A trace of snow overnight. 58K, including the Wilderness trails, are in excellent shape for striding, 43K for skating. Trails are firming, but they are still a touch soft from Tuesday's 6"+ snow shower. River Run, C&D, and Lake Marie have all been rolled (compacted), but no corduroy nor track have been set. Nutcracker will remain closed Thursday.
Feb 4Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: All skate loops have been groomed, and all classic loops are groomed and have track set except for Lions Pride and Wild Thing.
Grooming plans include a complete redo of all classic trails early tomorrow morning. If time permits all skate will also be redone then. If not, those loops will be groomed tomorrow afternoon. Expect somewhat soft conditions today.
Feb 3Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
 
I packed and tracked the trails Wednesday evening. First time I tracked the trails - but we finally had enough snow to do this! I groomed at night and I did not have a chance to ski them but it seemed like they turned out really well. The surface looked like a smooth carpet.
Feb 3WinMan Trails    
Grooming Scheduling 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Picked up about 8" overnight and flurries all day. Rolled all trails today and will groom ski trails tomorrow. Fat bike trail will be groomed hopefully on Friday.
Feb 3Escanaba Trail     
Firsthand 
Boulder JunctionBrian Ciske
 
Conditions: Newly groomed to perfection. Thanks groomer for posting today right after the snowstorm.
Strong winds drifted over the section near Lost Canoe Lake. The trail was groomed before the road was even plowed.
Feb 3Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. 5" new. Groomed all skate lanes and reset all classic track. Also groomed all Fat Bike Trails. It continued to snow during the day so I will be grooming again tomorrow morning at 2:30am. I will reset all classic track and groom all skate lanes and groom all Fat Bike trails again. Before this snow we were in excellent condition. Trails are dead flat, edge to edge and end to end.
Feb 3Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Excellent! Smooth skating and silky striding.
Groomed about 3" of dry powder this morning. Could see some drifting in the few open areas.
Feb 3Razorback Ridges Trail 
Scheduling 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Because of my duties as town chairman I will not be able to groom tonight, but I will head out about 5 tomorrow morning and get at least a loop or two of both skate and classic trails groomed before heading for work. Everything will be completely groomed and tracked Thursday night and Friday morning.
Feb 3Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeJulie Brooks
 
All loops track, trail is in good condition.
Feb 3Raven Trails 
Grooming 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
All loops tracked. Finally enough snow to cover under the heavy pines. Good conditions.
Feb 3Escanaba Trail     
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionJoe Fieweger
Wisconsin DNR
 
About 6" new snow since it started snowing yesterday. All loops leveled and tracked this morning. Very good conditions, best of the season so far!
Feb 3McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkChris Bartelt
 
Groomed and tracked all classic loops. Groomed skaters loop. Conditions appear good.
Feb 3Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
6"+ inches of wet, heavy snow since Tuesday morning. All trails are soft. 30 K of the interior trails were groomed to excellent condition for skating and striding, another 25K were rolled (compacted) but not groomed. The Wilderness trails and Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks were not touched. Nutcracker is closed today.
Feb 2Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 25K remain in very good or good condition after grooming Sunday morning and Sunday night. Base loop, Cookie Loop is great after your clear the parking lot area, and Tornado to Lake Marie are all very good for skating and striding. Nutcracker and the 2nd half of VO2 Max have been closed. River Run has been skier-reviewed as a 3. Tracks are icing on older grooming on other trails, and fish-scale skis are slipping.
If we begin to see 1"/hour snowfall this afternoon, Winter Park will close early.
Feb 1Razorback Ridges Trail 
Firsthand 
SaynerDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Skating was Good.
The trails took a little beating over the weekend with the warm temps. Quite a few thin spots, and the colder temps made for rather crusty skiing.
Feb 1Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsMike Gartlan
 
Perfect corduroy and excellent trail conditions. Fast and smooth. I highly recommend.
Feb 1Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
36k are very good or good after grooming Sunday morning and Sunday night. Base loop, Cookie Loop is great after your clear the parking lot area, and Tornado to Lake Marie are all very good for skating and striding. Tracks are icing on older grooming on other trails, and fish-scale skis are slipping. Many race course trails, including River Run, Nutcracker, VO2 Max, and Wolf Tracks, are in poor to fair to good condition.
Jan 31Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsWendy Reese
 
Conditions: Skate deck consistent and firm. Excellent condition and coverage. Classic tracks fast and well set.
I was very surprised how well all the trails held up to the warm weather! They did not appear to be affected at all. Great grooming Pete!
Jan 31WinMan Trails 
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Another beautiful spring like day at WinMan with lots of sun. Finished grooming the trails that didn't get groomed yesterday and regroomed the trails that get more traffic. Everything is in excellent shape. Rode the fat bike trail today and even though it didn't get groomed after Friday nights 1-2" of snow, it rode really well and was a blast.
Jan 31Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 8K were groomed to very good condition late this morning, including the Cookie Loop, Nose Dive, and parts of X-C Express and the Base Loop. Many race course trails, including River Run, Nutcracker, VO2 Max, and Yukon Trail, are in poor to fair to good condition. We groomed excellent trails for Saturday morning, but 1.5" of wet, heavy snow at 11:30pm Friday, and 225 racers and +40F heat on Saturday were not beneficial to the snow.
Groomers will head out tonight after the snow cools down again.
Jan 31Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good conditions, tracked this morning with full track on 80% and near full shape under pines where water dripped during 40 plus degrees yesterday. 10.5 inches of snow measure on picnic table.
Snow base held up fairly well after very warm temperatures yesterday. 34 degrees for high today so tracks I left this morning should hold up well until additional snow. Was able to mix new snow from Friday night/ Saturday morning and old snow for nice track.
Jan 31Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. 37F was the high here yesterday. Trail held up well. Skate lanes groomed up perfect. Waxless classic skis will work great in the well formed deep classic tracks. No rain here. Fat bike trails groomed 5 times in the last 5 nights.
Jan 30WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Spring like conditions today. Picked up another couple inches of snow after some evening rain (how can it be 18 degrees and pouring?) and regroomed the 6K and 10K loop and other miscellaneous trails today. Not everything got done and did not do the fat bike trail (word is that it's pretty soft and slow). Will try to clean up the rest of the trails tomorrow.
Jan 30McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkChris Bartelt
 
Conditions: Good conditions on all loops.
Groomed the skater's loop and groomed and tracked all other loops.
Jan 30Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeJulie Brooks
 
All loops tracked. In good condition.
Jan 30Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: All skate loops were groomed and all classic loops were groomed and tracked very early this morning.
With rising temps well into the 30s this weekend expect somewhat soft and slow conditions. Otherwise, I would rate all trails as very good to excellent.
Jan 29WinMan Trails 
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Ski trails and snowshoe trails were groomed today and are in excellent shape. Fat bike trail was groomed tonight.
Jan 29Escanaba Trail     
Firsthand 
Boulder JunctionTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very Good! Solid, fast tracks throughout. Glad we had our good skis!
Skied the outer 8.5 mile loop this afternoon. The grooming was superb including crisp, firm tracks that are judiciously flattened where needed on tricky downhills. Plenty of snow on this beautiful and fun trail system.
Jan 29Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked all classic loops this morning. Everything mostly excellent. Groomed Ridge Trail, Mary's Frolic and Roller Coaster skate loops as well. Again, almost all excellent. Enough snow now that ruts are filling in nicely.
Bruce plans on grooming Long Rider and Bruce's Roundabout either tonight or very early tomorrow morning. You might want to ski early tomorrow as there is sleet and freezing rain in the forecast, quantity unknown.
Jan 29Northwood Golf Course 
Grooming 
RhinelanderJoel Knutson
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. All trails open for both classic and skate.
Packed new snow in and regroomed Friday morning, with low temps expected all day it should firm up and hold up through a warm weekend. The downstairs chalet at the golf course will be open 10-5 this weekend for rest and merriment, with restrooms and gear storage available. BYO food and drinks.
Jan 29Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverEvan Miller
 
Conditions: 4" Base. Poor to Fair. Still in need of more snow to set track.
Groomed Pat Shay, Narrow Gauge, Butternut and Roller Coaster today. Did not track. Still some thin spots under conifer stands.
Jan 29Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. Perfectly flat, level and smooth skate lane. Full depth flawless classic tracks. 7" new in the last 3 days. Groomed the Fat Bike Trails 3 times in the last 3 days. Both Wednesday and Thursday morning (3" new each morning) I groomed every ski trail twice to finally level the trails completely flat. Then Friday morning with another inch new, I reset all classic tracks for the third time in 3 days and groomed all skate lanes. The trails are all in perfect condition now.
Jan 29Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverEvan Miller
 
Conditions: 4" Base. Fair. Still in need of more snow to set decent track.
Set track today on Military, West, East, Ninemile and Lake Loop. Track is fair. Skate deck is setting up well. Still some thin spots under conifer stands.
Jan 29Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: very good conditions with about 4 inches new snow. Cut and tracked mixing new and older snow with very good results.
12.5 inches on the ground and finally enough to set some really nice track.
Jan 29Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderJohn Fetzer
 
Conditions: Great (Awesome).
Trail was groomed Thursday (Thanks Dennis!). The track was absolutely awesome. With the last two days of granulated snow, once tracked, the track was deep and smooth, best ski of the season, including tracks skied in the U. P. :).
Jan 29Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 7"+ of new snow Wednesday morning to Thursday overnight. 67K groomed excellent to very good for today, with up to 2" of powder atop Jan 28 grooming. Wilderness trails have 2"-7" of powder atop very good Jan 27 grooming. River Run is closed Friday. There are a few remaining thin spots on River Run, but it is safe for "race" or "A" skis. The classic tracks on Tornado and Survivor have been moved to the left side and set for reverse skiing of those trails. Not part of either race course: Island Hop has a slushy/icy patch near the Yukon Creek bridge.
We have 188 racers confirmed out of a 300-racer field limit. Registration is open until 30-minutes before race start. Certain trails will remain open to the public during the race, like C&D and Lake Marie.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauLuke Fortney
Conditions: Fair, lots of debris, soft track in places.
Overall this is a great place to ski. Skating deck in general is solid. However the warmer weather today and yesterday made for tough skiing. Today the snow was soft, sticky, and slow, with a fair amount of debris.
Feb 6Jack Lake Trails 
Firsthand 
AntigoJohn Fetzer
 
Conditions: Awesome, well groomed.
First time there, dedicated new warming hut. 26 cars in parking lot. Ski head has new hut and 3 miles in another warming shack. Trails marked great and the loops are good for all. This is a great ski for an hour, 3, or 6 with lunch.
Feb 6Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
Stevens PointDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Excellent for classic and skating.
Excellent for striding and skating on freshly groomed trails this morning. They received lots of snow here earlier in the week and the trails were in fantastic condition. Great flow to this trail system.
Feb 6Plover River Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
Stevens PointDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Good for classic.
After skating and striding at Standing Rocks, Joanie and I strided this popular classic-only double-tracked trail before heading back to Madison. Had not been here in years and it was fun to come back and ski the five loops, which are just over 6 miles. Had great glide on the well-used tracks-lots of skiers coming and going today. Great views along the winding river.
Feb 6Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
Stevens PointScott Frazier
 
Conditions: Very fine! All trails in great shape.
Thanks to the recent snow dump all trails are covered, clean and recently groomed, but a bit soft. Still these are the best conditions of the season, even the classic tracks look divine.
Feb 6Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
IrmaPete Wurl
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent.
The blue loop was in great shape.
Feb 5Jack Lake Trails    
Firsthand 
AntigoPatti Teuke
 
Conditions: Very good striding.
Another gorgeous day at Jack Lake! Snow was a tad soft in places but was still a wonderful outing. The new warming shelter, which is beautifully situated close to the parking lot, is a fantastic addition to an already attractive ski destination.
Feb 5Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaCharlie Dee
 
Conditions: Very good.
The 11 inch dump earlier this week combined with Phil J's magic touch produced wonderful conditions. It was a bit soft and slow today on the Black loop, but still fantastic. The northeastern extension of the black trail that I never got to ski last year is fantastic: great flow, banked turns, damn near a perfect ski trail. Classic tracks were deep and firm. Skate deck will be much faster tomorrow.
Feb 5Plover River Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
Stevens PointBill Fehrenbach
 
Conditions: Excellent classic conditions.
Great conditions. Deep double-tracks throughout. And an enjoyable absence of pine needles and oak leaves. And you know how rare that is at the Wells. Just lovely.
Feb 5Jack Lake Trails 
Firsthand 
AntigoDave Aggen
 
Conditions: Excellent skating and striding.
Skated the main trails. Grooming was great and used good skis with no problem. Track looked to be excellent as well. The new heated chalet at the trailhead is wonderful.
Feb 5Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauJohn McCarthy
 
Conditions: Full coverage, nicely groomed, a little soft.
Nine Mile is in very good condition. All trails are groomed and tracked. Just a few (very few) spots where non-snow particles are visible - easy to ski around. Very nice skiing!
Feb 4Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauRandy Lueth
 
Skied 20 km loop on Thursday. Everything has been groomed and is starting to set-up nicely. Back trails have some soft spots. Main Street and trails with lots of traffic are quite solid. Everything is covered and skiing should be great for the weekend.
Feb 3Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauJoe Barrick
 
Conditions: What a difference a few days make! We skied almost all groomed trails. The alps were not groomed (until tomorrow I guess?). Conditions were very good, minimal pine needles in heavy pine areas due to high winds, no dirt or gravel anywhere, only the white stuff, ya!
Really, really good especially "r'and "s" loops, less use, great tracks and skate deck.
Jan 30Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
IrmaPete Wurl
 
Conditions: Excellent.
The blue loop was in great shape today. 1/2" new snow overnight, just gorgeous outside today.
Jan 29Plover River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointPatrick Leahy
 
Conditions: Skate Loop. Fair to good conditions.
The trail is close to level in most spots. The trail firmed up nicely with the cold temps. Thank you Portage County Parks staff for grooming the skate loop again! It is a great place close to town to get a quick ski in.
Jan 29Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauJoe Barrick
 
Conditions: Not good, thin, dirty, gravel in many places, and hard.
Use your B skis if you go.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayBob Warpinski
Conditions: Overall good. Skate deck is variable: perfect in some spots, a little rutty in others, wind debris in the usual areas. Classic tracks looked well set throughout.
Early day ski in 36 degrees under blue skies. Plenty of snow, full coverage... trail had not been freshly groomed. Plenty of cars in the parking lot when we left. Carpe Skiem!
Feb 6Reid Golf Course 
Firsthand 
AppletonSteve Verboomen
 
Conditions: Groomed for both classic and skate.
Great for recovery or slow ski - my first visit since the new work done on the golf course. A few more hills (again Appleton HIlls) Has the benefits is sledding hill for kids and bathrooms- during certain hours. Skate trail a bit choppy but no bad spots. Classic is great.
Feb 5Riverview Gardens 
Grooming 
AppletonPaul Romenesko
 
Conditions: Skate lanes and classic tracks in good skiing condition.
Skate lanes and classic tracks packed and groomed on Thursday, and re-groomed tonight. Both loops are now connected although the grooming between, approx. 500', is beat down by walkers and sledding. Skate lanes in this area are a little narrow in places but should be able to make your way thru. Great to see fresh skate tracks out there tonight, come on out and check it out.
Feb 5Machickanee 
Grooming 
Oconto FallsDale Tease
 
Conditions: Trails groomed this morning, perfect tracks and conditions.
The guys groomed this morning and are reporting perfect conditions.
Feb 5Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Base is firm, new classic trail cut in this morning.
Race course is marked, Sunday may be warm, groomer is gone, use discretion on soft tracks.
Feb 4Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahRay Germonprez
 
Conditions: Excellent and some good.
The two southern loops were in excellent condition after the recent snow. The northernmost loop needs better definition between the classic and skating tracks.
Feb 4Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayPatrick Warpinski
 
Conditions: Full coverage with minimal to no debris. Skied in the early morning. Birches not fully groomed yet but tracks were set. Maples fully groom.
Conditions were great. Solid base. Slightly soft on pole plant in a few areas. Beautiful day with the sun shining as I ended. Snow was fast and near perfect. Should have kept going!
Feb 4Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayMike Athanas
 
Conditions: Very good firm and fast.
Conditions are excellent at the camp. I skated two maples this afternoon. I was surprised at how firm it was so soon after the snowfall. The snow groomed up well due to the high moisture content. The groomers have done a super job this year. Probably best conditions of the year this weekend.
Feb 4Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming 
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked. Snow covered with a base of at least 8". Some oak leaves and branches due to the wind.
Complete grooming on Thursday afternoon. All 12 miles of trails are packed and tracked for cc skiing. Should have a nice freeze tonight, and possibly a dusting of snow. No trail fees, donations are greatly appreciated.
Feb 4Point Beach State Forest 
Grooming Scheduling 
Two RiversGrant Houghton
 
We missed out on the recent snow but the entire forest still has plenty of snow. East loops: Fair condition. Well worn, icy with some debris. Should soften and be skiable on the weekend. West loops: Good condition. Firm icy classic tracks. Skate deck will be regroomed this evening. Backcountry:(lake dunes, inland dunes, ungroomed fire lanes, deer trails, swales, etc) have plenty of firm snow cover. Enjoy exploring if you find the groomed trails to difficult to ski on.
Feb 4High Cliff State Park 
Firsthand 
SherwoodKathleen Paton
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent.
Thank you once again to Bruce and the park staff, thank you Linda for always posting. Please stop in office and donate - Bruce is a volunteer.
Feb 4Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Base is rolled, renovated and firm. classic tracks set.
Use care in corners, some ruts. Start, finish and entire race course is open for practice. Start is near green on 3rd hole, finish is on 5th fairway. Course is well marked.
Feb 4Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahEvan Zaborski
 
Conditions: Firm base, well groomed, very fast snow!
Very fast trails made for a fantastic lunch ski. Even though there is the occasional rut to pay attention to, best skiing so far this season! Great job, groomers!
Feb 4Reid Golf Course 
Grooming 
AppletonJim Pedersen
 
Conditions: Conditions mostly very good. Skate ski will be soft at first and there are a few twigs in the tracks.
Groomed and track 2-4 am.
Feb 3Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahSam Harvey
 
Conditions: Firm skate trails, tracked for classic.
Fast and well-groomed conditions today at Bridgewood. A couple of icy spots that can be easily avoided. Thank you to Greg for taking the time to groom some extra trails through the golf course. The course looks ready for the Neenah Bridgie Winter Games!
Feb 3High Cliff State Park 
Grooming 
SherwoodLinda Guelig
 
Volunteer groomer was out tonight and combed the skate ski trail. He also combed and set track on the classical ski trail. He reports they are in excellent condition.
Feb 3Bridgewood Resort 
Observation 
NeenahMike Christman
 
Beautiful skate skiing and I saw classic tracks. All trails are open. Get out and ski.
Feb 3Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Base is firm, great cover on top. Tracks set.
All trails open, just finished combing. Track is fast. Enjoy.
Feb 3Navarino Wildlife Area 
Scheduling 
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Conditions: Snow covered -- 8+" of wet snow came down on Tuesday. Trails have been inspected and branches picked up. Grooming planned for Thursday afternoon.
Warm conditions and wet snow today. Planning to groom on Thursday after a freeze tonight and colder temps. All trails have been knocked down by the snowmobile. Some skiers out using the machines tracks today.
Feb 2Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: All trails open. Base is very soft. No classic tracks.
Trails rolled, will comb this evening. Base is soft. Expecting more snow this evening. Base needs to set overnight.
Feb 1Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming Scheduling 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Closed trails, base is too soft.
Stay tuned, will see what happens with snow.
Jan 31Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayScott Putman
Ashwaubenon High School Nordic Ski Team
 
Conditions: Skied 1:30 to 4:30 pm, mostly on single track/backcountry in case the groomed trails were soft. However, skate deck was still firm as were the tracks. They were softening but not slushed through so the deck should have held up very well to the melt.
Once we got snow these trails have been really good. The grooming care and the summer leveling/seeding by BC and FoRC have really paid off. The new lights are drawing skiers. Its all good. With another batch of snow we become more solid for skiing hopefully into april.
Jan 30Navarino Wildlife Area 
Firsthand 
ShioctonCindy Robertson
 
Conditions: Good with some slightly bare spots and tree debris.
Beautiful woods. Was slow due to high temps. Dyke was quite bare but passable.
Jan 30Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayGwen Harron
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Good skis were fine for today, as any bare spots and/or debris could be avoided this morning. However, both skate decks and classic trails received a high amount of use today, so conditions by the end of the day most likely deteriorated.
Skate deck presented inconsistent conditions, as there's a mix of firm vs. icy (as the sun came out) vs. punchy. Hills on Maples Trail were in good shape. Far back stretch through the pine plantation had a fair amount of debris that included pine needles and cones; a few but not significant bare spots. Classic tracks were full depth in most spots once exiting the launch deck. However, there were oak leaves and bare spots, but one could avoid most. Tracks were soft and thus somewhat slow, especially as noon neared. The Camp is definitely skiable, but there were a lot of skiers there this morning and probably after noon, as well, so conditions may have deteriorated.
Jan 30Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: All trails open. Base is firm, covering is chunky.
Renovated Friday, cover is chunky, only way I have to renovate the previous icy track. Will see what weather brings.
Jan 29Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahTracy Piontkowski
 
Conditions: Poor for skate, clumpy snow.
Greg refreshed the trails Friday afternoon. The result was chunky/clumpy snow that was difficult To ski on. It was work to stay on top of a gliding ski so we went home and worked out.
Jan 29Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Outside trails renovated. Base is hard.
Temp changes make it difficult to keep trails up to snuff.
Jan 29Reid Golf Course 
Grooming 
AppletonJim Pedersen
 
Conditions: Mostly good with some thin areas in tracks.
Groomed and tracked this morning.

Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Peninsula State Park 
Firsthand 
Fish CreekBill Kirsch
Conditions: Good to excellent.
Went out Sunday morning on the trail off of Lot 5. Tracks for striding were excellent. I have never skied in 40 degree weather before! Snow was softening as we finished around 11 am.
Feb 4Whitefish Dunes State Park    
Grooming 
Sturgeon BayRich Dirks
 
Conditions: Good to very good, excellent in some areas.
All trails were groomed and new track set after approx 4 1/2" new, wet snow on Tuesday. No bare spots, but some thin areas under cedars and hemlocks, and portion of Yellow Trail through Red Pine plantation continues to be strewn with pine needles. Tracks are mostly full depth and reasonably clean. Pole plant areas firm. Overall, probably the best conditions so far this season.
Jan 29Potawatomi State Park 
Firsthand 
Sturgeon BayGene Kastenson
 
Conditions: Skating very good. Classic good to very good.
The park got 6 inches of snow in the past 4 days. The skate and the classic track on the blue red and black trails were groomed on Wednesday. The skate lane was re groomed on all trails today. The skate lane skied medium firm and fast glide. The classic track is firm and fast. A few areas of light debris. Best ski I've here this season. Way to keep at it groomers Kim and Dennis.

Other locations
Feb 4Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodFred Axelrod
 
Conditions: 5 " fresh snow received yesterday.
The entire trail was groomed and tracked with two Tidd Techs. Conditions are very good.
Feb 4Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Conditions: 1-2 inch base fair conditions.
Groomed and tracked. Ski-in this Saturday.
Feb 4Spring Rapids Trail 
Grooming 
CrivitzJosh Jarvis
 
Good- Additional 5-7 inches of snow added to the area yesterday. Trails were rolled and groomed both Wednesday and again today to touch it up. Track was laid and had mixed results with some areas holding well and some were crumbling after a little time. The trail does still have some rough patches but the majority of the system is looking pretty good.
Feb 3Governor Thompson State Park 
Grooming 
CrivitzMatthew Leischer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good to very good.
Recent snow has our trails looking very smooth. All trails have been groomed and tracked. Classic tracks set very nice and the skate lanes are good.
Jan 29Nepco Lake County Park 
Firsthand 
Wisconsin RapidsKuba Jestadt
 
Used my skate skis on both - West and East loops. West loop has way much more oak leaves and icy spots. Looks like classic lanes are deteriorating. West loop has decent conditions for skate.
Jan 29Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodDale Keller
 
The entire trail is groomed and tracked for the weekend. It is in very good condition.
Jan 29Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Conditions: 1-2 inch base about 6 inches of snow.
I groomed and tracked. The south part of porky loop seemed to be the best, need more snow.

Wisconsin Southwest

La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Justin Trails Resort 
Grooming Secondhand 
SpartaDonna Justin
 
Conditions: 10 inches new snow this week on 5 inch base. All trails freshly groomed Wednesday and Thursday. Groomed for skating and striding.
Madison skier had a very good experience Friday evening.
Feb 4Coulee Experimental State Forest 
Grooming 
BangorSteve Beezley
 
Conditions: Nine inches of dense, high moisture snow.
All trails were groomed on Thursday. Conditions upgraded, very good to excellent. The skate deck is soft but flatter and wider now. Enough snow to use the deep track setter.

Dodgeville area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Governor Dodge State Park 
Firsthand 
DodgevillePete Anderson
 
Conditions: Excellent. Good old-fashioned single-track classic only. Plenty of snow.
Governor Dodge is in great shape after this week's snowfall and recent grooming. Deep, solid tracks with a little ice. This is a beautiful trail but doesn't often have conditions this good. Good day to catch the scenery.

Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Wildcat Mountain State Park 
Firsthand 
OntarioBayli Maliszewski
 
Trails were last groomed Thursday for skate and classic. A good base layer (6-8") and great conditions for classic skiing. Trail is rather narrow in some areas for skaters.
Feb 4Wildcat Mountain State Park    
Firsthand 
OntarioDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Very Good for Classic.
On our way back to Madison from the Black River State Forest ski trails, Joanie and I skied the 4-mile ridgetop trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario. It had been awhile since we had been there and the views were as good as I remembered. The ski trail follows one of the park's horse trails and goes through scenic woodlands while staying near the edge of a ridge, with overlooks along the way. The trail slopes slightly downward sometimes, which makes it a bit more challenging to ski. It had just been freshly groomed and was in good condition, but a bit soft from the 10 inches of snow they received this week.
Feb 4Black River Falls State Forest    
Firsthand 
MillstonDarren Blankenship
 
Conditions: Excellent for classic.
Trails received about 8 inches of snow from the last storm and were groomed and tracked Wednesday and Thursday. Joanie and I strided all 16 miles of trails today and they were in fantastic condition! Tracks were fairly firm even with all the new snow. Have been skiing here for years and always enjoy making the trip from Madison. The skating lanes are narrow here, so it is difficult to ski the trails that way without cutting into the tracks.

Other locations
Feb 5Levis/Trow Mound Trail 
Firsthand 
NeillsvilleSteve Beezley
 
Conditions: Excellent, 9 inches from last storm on a solid base. Best conditions in two years.
An outstanding grooming job. Fresh track and cord throughout the trail system. Perfect day. Two trips around the perimeter today. Snow hanging in the cliffs, trees, bushes. I saw rare snowsnakes in the trees today. Hats off to the Levis crew.

Wisconsin Southeast

Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushJim Van Akkeren
Conditions: Very nice skate conditions this morning. Softening up in the sunny areas as the morning went along.
Lots of people enjoying the outdoors at Greenbush; skiers, bikers, snowshoers and hikers. What a terrific outdoor asset!
Feb 6Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
CampbellsportJason Quast
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good but a little soft.
I groomed the brown trail which was used for the candlelight ski/hike, going over it nearly 6 times to try to get the divots out. I couldn't renovate too much without getting larger chunks to come up. I groomed one pass on the red/green to cover up the footprints of someone hiking when they shouldn't have been. The yellow didn't have enough snow to groom up. We'll touch up the trails on Monday after it firms up. We'll also reset track; I wasn't able to due to an issue with the sled.
Feb 6Zillmer Ski Trails 
Firsthand Secondhand 
CampbellsportDon Howell
 
Conditions: There was enough loose snow from yesterday's grooming that made for edging on the hard icy base which resulted in enjoyable skiing for everyone. Even the classic skiers appeared to like the tracks. The skating was very fast but still had good control on the downhills. Full coverage on all trails with no problem of debris.
skiers from Illinois and SE WI where the snow has gone kept the parking lot nearly full. The DNR ranger said they will groom after the candlelight ski/hike tonight so the conditions should be as good or better on Sunday.
Feb 6Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushPaul Weber
 
Conditions: The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots.
The parking lot was full when I arrived at 9:30 this morning; I guess everyone wanted to ski Greenbush today. The trails were in good condition with a firm deck and no thin spots. There was a fair amount of tree debris (leaves, small twigs, needles) but nothing too concerning. The tracks looked like they were in good condition.
Feb 5Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
CampbellsportJason Quast
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Groomed, track was left as is.
Staff groomed and touched up all skating lanes. Track was left as it was due to it coming up in chunks when trying to renovate and reset track. We'll groom the skating lanes after tomorrow night's ski/hike event.
Feb 4Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand Lost/Found 
GreenbushJeff Krueger
 
Conditions: Excellent. Fresh grooming, great classic track. Fast track.
Skied the purple classic trail at 10:00 AM. I have rated my experience each time I skied over the last 10 years and I finally hit a 10. I've had 8's before but no higher. Fresh trail, new snow, fast snow, snow clad trees, brilliant sun and heavenly blue sky all combined with 22 degrees and minimal wind.
Note: I found a white IPhone in the parking lot. It appears to be in good condition but can't get info from it because of the lock code. Please ask around if someone lost a phone out there.
Feb 4Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushKaren McFadzen
 
Conditions: Excellent classic and skate on all trails!
After 2-3 wet inches of snow and warm temps on Tuesday and Wednesday, a freeze on Wednesday night allowed grooming on Thursday morning.
Feb 4Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
CampbellsportDeb Harder
 
Groomers were able to comb the skate lanes this morning. However, the classical track was not able to be reset. The skate lanes are in good shape, and staff will attempt to re-track the classical lanes before the weekend.
Feb 4Greenbush Ski Trails 
Grooming 
GreenbushDeb Harder
 
The trails were freshly groomed and re-tracked this morning. The groomer Jeff Welsch reports good, fast conditions.
Feb 4Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushKathy Janikowski
 
Freshly groomed trails and bright sun shine made for a winter wonderland of skiing! Thanks, groomers!
Feb 4Evergreen/Maywood 
Grooming 
SheboyganJim Van Akkeren
 
Conditions: The last storm system gave us snow, sleet and rain at various times. It didn't really help the trail but made it icy in spots. I groomed north of the river in Maywood and Evergreen this morning. I restructured the skate deck, which is still in very good condition in most spots. I also reset the classic track. Watch out for icy areas along the river and bare spots where springs and footbridges cross the trail. The classic track is good in some areas and nonexistent in others.
If you have them, use your "B" skis.
Feb 3Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushJoe Brennan
 
Conditions: Good with fresh but sticky snow.
Skied classic purple loop with beautiful layer of fresh snow at 2pm and 31 degrees. Trail was not groomed yet so it was a slow sticky ski. Once groomed, the conditions should be great as there's plenty of snow to work with.
Feb 3Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming 
CampbellsportJason Quast
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: New snow is just about 1-2" of very heavy, wet snow.
Staff are out rolling this afternoon. As a reference, we can't even put the comb down on the roller without "plowing" snow ahead of the comb. We'll be out in time for the weekend after this wet snow sets up.
Feb 1Zillmer Ski Trails 
Observation Shorty 
CampbellsportDiane Lapota
 
If you're going to Zillmer this morning, bring your luge.
Jan 30Zillmer Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
CampbellsportTom Benson
 
Conditions: Good classic trail conditions early Saturday morning.
The red loop was good at 8am, with a small amount of debris and some wear and washed out edges on curves. The brown loop had similar wear and tear, but more debris, mainly under trees.
Jan 30Zillmer Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
CampbellsportVal Miller
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent with full coverage and firm trails (I can vouch for yellow and red trails).
By 7:30 a.m. there were already 15 cars in the parking lot and skiers enjoying beautiful trail conditions. If the sun is clouded out today, there shouldn't be any reason we won't see equally great skiing early tomorrow. Thank you Zillmer staff!
Jan 29Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
GreenbushMichael O'Brien
 
I skated purple and green trails about 10 AM (17 degrees using violet wax), and "icy" isn't quite the right word for the skate deck. It could probably be better described as a little hard and slippery. There was no obvious ice on the downhills, but I found it hard to get an edge even on the flats when I pushed off skating. I didn't see much debris in the pines, and you could easily ski over what was there without catching a ski. The classic track looked decent but also a bit worn and hard. My guess would be there has been no grooming since Wednesday.
Jan 29Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming 
CampbellsportReagan Arndt
Wisconsin DNR
 
The cold air overnight firmed up the trails very nicely. I groomed the skating lanes on all loops to get rid of the glaze. Conditions are very good throughout for both skating and classic. Classic tracks were a little icy this morn but should change as it warms. Best to ski before noon tomorrow, as the temps will be predicted to be warm.

Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooJim Gantz
 
Conditions: For skaters it was fair to good. I did not classic.
Still a rough deck today and that's why I rated it fair. I left around 2:00pm and the skate deck seemed to be softening a little with the warmer temps. I have had much more enjoyable outings on these trails than I had today. I skied all the loops and they were all rough.
Feb 6Governor Nelson State Park 
Firsthand 
WaunakeeRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Good to very good skating.
With the exception of Morningside which was very icy the skiing was pretty good. Amazing that such exposed trails had such good cover, really good grooming effort. A few bare spots and ice and variable snow conditions, chunky to slushy. The hill down Hwy M was challenging with chunky, crunchy snow grabbing at my skis but this was the only spot like this. Morningside is way too icy and hiked over to ski. Very shallow classical tracks.
Feb 5Blue Mound State Park 
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Perfect skiing!
Skiing doesn't get any better than this. Freshly groomed with fresh snow last night. I skied all the trails and found no icing. Great grooming with plenty of snow, no need to slow coming out of the campground for the drop to Military Ridge which is rare.
Feb 4Governor Nelson State Park 
Grooming 
WaunakeeRene Lee
 
Conditions: Good for skating, fair to good for classic skiing.
Thursday night we scuffed up the top surface of all the ski trails. We did not set any tracks. Its solid ice underneath the top layer of snow to set tracks. The Morningside Trail, the flat one has many icy spots with no snow cover. Other trails seemed to fare better with the rain we had.
Feb 4Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooPaul Wagener
 
Conditions: Good snow depth, grooming could be better.
Skated Pioneer, Ishnalla, All Northwest Loops, Fern Dell and Turttleville late afternoon. Northwest and Pioneer/Ishnalla were the best (but not tracked yet). Turttleville was pretty rough. For some reason this winter, the skate deck has had pronounced ridges along the trail. They typically divide the deck into thirds, and are close enough together to really hinder skating. They appear to be from multiple passes with the groomer and either the overlap or the groomer's tracks or both are leaving them.
Feb 4Devil's Lake State Park    
Firsthand 
BarabooAlan Bates
 
Conditions: Fair to good classic on Steinke. The rest is just rolled.
Only Steinke basin is tracked and it was soft for both skis and poles. Don't be discouraged by the prairie section, it gets better in the woods.
Feb 4Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooDave Statz
 
Grooming is not going well, there are ruts down the skate trails that make it very difficult to V2, and on some downhills they can throw you off easily so that you almost have to snow plow to be safe. Turtleville did not have track set but Fern Dell did. We got about 8" of new snow so there is plenty of cover.
Feb 4Elver Park 
Firsthand 
MadisonRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Good to very good skating on the West side.
Don't let the mess at the approach deter you -- that's as bad as it gets. Freshly groomed skate deck. Lots of crunchy snow but a surprising amount of very good skating. There are some exposed ice patches which are easily seen and avoided. Considering the rain to snow ratio it's surprisingly good. The big hill was in great shape, superb grooming effort.
Feb 4Mirror Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooMargie Smith
 
Great snow coverage - still a little soft and uneven from the high moisture content of last snowfall. Not sure whats going on with the grooming - they are obviously trying hard - but skate lane alternates between a raised ridge or continuous groove down the center or along the sides making it a bit treacherous in some spots. Classic tracks were wiped out in some areas.
Feb 4Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonTom Dosch
 
Conditions: Excellent skating conditions.
Fun and fast, thanks to the groomer!
Feb 4Blue Mound State Park 
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Like a winter wonderland! Freshly groomed trails of the 6" of snow they received. A bit slow but it was expected from new snow.
Skied in the campground only but looked like classic trails were excellent as well. Only wish they would widen all the trails (like Mirror Lake, etc) to allow skating throughout the park. Always a joy skiing here on the well maintained/groomed trails!
Feb 3Odana Hills Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MadisonMatt Valley
 
Conditions: Good for skate conditions. I skate skied on Wednesday night. The soft snow was freezing up. There is a very good base with 99.9% coverage. I was always able to get an edge. That might become harder after the snow totally freezes. The classic track looked ok as well with some loose snow and sleet in the track.
If Odana were groomed, the conditions could be very good. There was no drifting, and the new wet snow has bonded to the icy base. The icy spots were easily avoidable.
Feb 3Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonBob Curry
 
Conditions: Icy and rutted. Needs grooming. Skiable but difficult.
Fast surface, but hard to ski after snow/rain on Wednesday. The open crust is almost better than the "groomed" trails, which is icy and rutted, but there are occasional places where you break through. With a good grooming I think it could be excellent as the thin icy crust would be mixed in with the softer stuff below.
Feb 3Devil's Lake State Park    
Firsthand 
BarabooGary Goetz
 
Conditions: 6" last night, 2" today, now groomed and Steinke Basin loop is tracked. Just a little soft at sunset should be set by morning.
Ready for your enjoyment.
Feb 2Blue Mound State Park    
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsRon Fabrizius
 
Conditions: 4-5 inches of a heavy wet snow at 1 pm. Still snowing at arrival. Not groomed.
Absolutely beautiful scenery! It was a slow ski but the beauty of the park made it seem easy. The pine trees in pleasant valley were snow laden and even the hardwood trees had a coating of snow on them. Hopefully, temps twill drop tonight so that the snow will dry out and allow grooming tomorrow.
Feb 2Elver Park 
Firsthand 
MadisonDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Fair to good but with thin base and debris.
Started before sunrise and before the "big snow" arrived, skied 27 km of the northwest side only. Surprisingly good in some spots-other spots icy and very thin. The uphills were very good. Downhills- especially the long one with s turn were very icy. Watch out for small root exposed that I crashed on right after the s turn.
Jan 30Blue Mound State Park 
Firsthand 
Blue MoundsJoe Bednarowski
 
Conditions: Very good. Early spring-like conditions. 100% coverage, but tracks getting shallow and thin. Skate deck looked nice.
47 degrees today... definitely a klister day. The tracks were pretty nice, though slow.
Jan 29Lake Kegonsa State Park 
Firsthand 
StoughtonBrent Wesolek
 
Conditions: Excellent for skating. Not enough base to track for classic. Freshly groomed.
The campground and the figure-8 loops were in great shape this morning. They were out at 7:00 am leveling and tilling up the skate deck. It was pristine. Perhaps the best all year. Get out Saturday morning early before the warm-up commences.
Jan 29Devil's Lake State Park 
Firsthand 
BarabooGary Goetz
 
Conditions: Steinke, johnson loop groomed. Steinke is tracked, almost no bare spots. A bit soft but both skating and classic were doable the hills are pretty fast.
Typical Devils lake grooming, should be OK conditions early Saturday.
Jan 29Pleasant View Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MiddletonRobert Abendroth
 
Conditions: Excellent skating and classical skiing.
Freshly groomed. Just a few icy track sections on the NW area and a few bare spots on the classical only loop that were easily avoided. Much more drier snow than Elver an hour earlier, there appeared to be more snow cover overall. I backed off of the drop to Blackhawk, looked like very thin and slick.

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6McMiller 
Observation 
EagleRobert Garner
 
Conditions: Hard, icy, ungroomed, not groomable.
Stopped by Mcmiller Saturday morning, trail is hard, icy, and unskiable.
Feb 5Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Poor, icy, good coverage.
I skied the flat loops the past three days and was able to make a go of it. Quite icy, but dusting helped, was not the most fun, but I managed, not for the faint of heart. Still a solid base for some new snow if and when that happens.
Feb 5Fox Hill Nordic    
Firsthand 
West BendJeff Grotenhuis
 
Fox Hill Nordic is in excellent condition for skating. Excellently groomed top coat on a firm base allows for fast, yet controlled, skiing. No washouts, no icy patches. Some trail debris but not enough to merit B-skis. The trail maintenance has been superior. Classic tracks have been skied in but not set.
Feb 4Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldDon Howell
 
Conditions: Groomed after 14 degrees during night, the 1k manmade was very fast with enough loose snow for edging over a icy base. Did 20 enjoyable loops.
The manmade loop has a solid 1.5-2 ft base that should be good for quite a while with their daily grooming.
Feb 4Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendJohn Peterson
 
Conditions: Absolutely awesome!
Came up from the Milwaukee area expecting lots of ice and bare spots. Instead, I was treated to fabulous freshly groomed corduroy with about an 1" of fresh snow mixed into a firm base. With tonight's cold temperatures, it might be even better tomorrow if that is possible. This is why I joined Fox Hill and I haven't been dissappoined.
Feb 4Pike Lake Unit 
Grooming 
HartfordSara Roxbury
 
Both classic and skate lanes were groomed this afternoon. The classic lane is in good condition. The track is in fair-poor condition. We need fresh powder!
Feb 3Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand Secondhand 
West BendCharlie Dee
 
Conditions: Fair. Could be very good by Friday.
One and half inches of new snow Wednesday, so wet and heavy that it skis like 3-4 new inches. It was too warm to groom yet, so Jerry was getting equipment ready for tomorrow. By early afternoon on Thursday he should have most of the moisture squeezed out and a good deck. Please help by flicking branches and twigs off trail.
Feb 1Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Fair to good surprisingly, still 95% coverage on flat loops.
Skied this afternoon, was pleasantly surprised to find the trails in decent shape, did the white loop multiple times and also the purple and 1k trails. A bit icy, but with caution was skiable to me. If we can squeeze a couple inches or so from this winter storm, skiing should be good again.
Jan 30Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeJim Gantz
 
Conditions: All things considered, not bad.
I started at 11:30 and finished at 2:30 after skiing the Blue, then Green, then Purple loops. I used my A skate skis with no problems. My Fischer Skate S-Track skis were just the ticket for the 38-40 degree temperatures. The skate deck was soft in the open but reasonably firm in the shade. However, the glide was slow as one might expect. The grooming was excellent for skating. There were just a few bare spots which were easily avoided. The classic track had not been re-set and it did not appear to be in very good condition. I did not classic ski any of the trail system though. As for skating, everything was skiable and enjoyable.
Jan 30McMiller 
Firsthand 
EagleRandy Shelden
 
Good, full coverage and relatively hard skate deck, slow, but made for a good workout. Wasn't slushy or over soft at all. The only place to watch out for is the hill climbing out from old homestead, on that hill I would recommend doing a herringbone walk for the middle part of the hill and not try to skate it. Are pine needles down, but really decent overall. Get out early and should be fine. Three weeks from today!
Jan 30Fox Hill Nordic    
Firsthand 
West BendJeff Grotenhuis
 
Fox Hill is in excellent condition for skating. A firm and level deck with good purchase and safe corners. Classic track is still in tip top shape too. Jerry came to scarify around 6:45 busting up the top just enough to give a slight cushion. Enjoy!
Jan 29Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendSteven Gardiner
 
Conditions: Good/very good for skating Friday late afternoon.
Trail was firm but provided good edging and control, even on downhills. Great grooming given the conditions. I used B skis but good skis probably would have been fine. Hopefully the warm temps won't do too much damage. Classic track looked good on some of the trails and nonexistent other places.
Jan 29Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeBrad Baas
 
Conditions: Icy and hard; in need of grooming.
Skating was okay, but classic skiing was hard because the snow ground off kick wax after a short distance. Snow was icy and rutted on downhills, making cornering difficult. The classic tracks were iced over.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
Outstanding ski conditions today after all trails groomed and track set. Groomers will be out the rest of the weekend freshening trails.
Feb 3Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
Trails PistenBully groomed this morning after 11" of snow. 18" of light fluffy snow so far since yesterday. Lake effect still falling. PistenBully will be out setting track and skate lanes in the morning.
Feb 1ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDick Roeber
 
Where can you arrive at 9 am on a Monday morning and find 60 K of freshly groomed trails? ABR in Ironwood. ABR was a classic skiers dream today. Miles of classic only trails groomed to perfection. After finding nothing but icy tracks in the Cable area for two days it was a pleasure to ski ABR today.
Feb 1Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed corduroy in very good condition, the classic tracks were a little icy due to the recent warm temps, but fast and fun.
We always have a great time skiing Wolverine! The loops are well laid out and very scenic. The volunteer groomers go above and beyond with all their hard work in maintaining the trails. It's just a super place to ski!
Jan 31ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodPatrick Bryan
 
Conditions: Firm and fast, exceptional grooming.
The skate deck and classic track were freshly groomed. The skate deck was firm, new corduroy with nice grip. The sun was out in a cloudless sky and the skating was fast and fun.
Jan 31ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Regroomed this morning for classic and skate. Very good conditions for both.
With warm temps in the 40's yesterday and upper 30's today, ABR did a great job with the grooming to make the trails very skiable. Granted there were icy spots with all the sunshine, but overall very good. It just feels great to be out skiing on real snow, and going on some long loops!
Jan 30ABR    
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Conditions: We groomed 65 km this morning again, including powertilling all wide trails and resetting all classic tracks. The skiing was perfect mid winter conditions this morning and turned into slower spring like ocnditions for afternoon.
Our base is thick enough we are using the Pisten Bully and can powertill the hard pack after it freezes tonight. We will be out regrooming in the early morning. We did not receive any rain or snow tonight.
Jan 30Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
Conditions: Freshly PistenBully groomed this morning. Excellent track and skate lanes.
Many skiers hit the trails early when conditions were winter perfect. Then temp rose to 41 and awesome spring skiing was enjoyed. Trees were dropping their white flockings along the trail leaving little bunny jumps here and there.
Jan 29ABR    
Grooming 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We had a great day of skiing today, we groomed all 70 km of trails again this morning. The woods are so pretty with the trees flocked in snow!
Jan 29ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodThomas Gahr
 
Conditions: Excellent classic, and skate.
ABR has received over 18 inches of snow this week. It is a winter wonderland. The grooming is among the best anywhere. This place is a gem.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteJohn Carlson
Just under 40k groomed Saturday night for skate and classic. Excellent conditions. After all the fresh snow we're received the last two weeks we have been able to firm things up nicely after daily grooming runs. Good base now on all trails.
Feb 6Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingCarol Kenicott
 
Conditions: Excellent, pristine conditions.
Dan the Groomer's expertise is apparent.
Feb 5Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingGail Staisil
 
Classic skiing excellent. All trails freshly groomed. Lots of new snow to enjoy!
Feb 4Maple Lane Ski Center 
Grooming 
SkandiaRon Stenfors
 
Conditions: trails groomed and tracked after 8 inches of snow.
Best trail conditions of the season, looks like a great weekend coming up, temps in the upper twenties.
Feb 4Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingAl Sauld
 
Conditions: Excellent, fresh grooming with tons of snow.
Classic skied just about entire system, in a word awesome it doesn't get any better.
Feb 4McKeever Hills 
Firsthand 
MunisingJack Luukkonen Jr
 
Conditions: Expertly groomed today with good firm classic tracks.
I skied A B and C loups today and it was outstanding. One of the most beautiful and challenging places to ski on the planet! Thanks Larry for all of the expert grooming.
Feb 4Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Conditions: Temps in the 20s. Great base, new snow almost daily.
Conditions could not be better for skiing and grooming. Temps to be in the mid 20s all weekend and the trails will be buffed! Valley Spur will be Fantastic!
Feb 1Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingMike Doyle
 
Conditions: Premier conditions - fresh corduroy ahead of us as the groomer laid down a great track. Surprised on a Monday to see such great grooming. Couldn't beat the conditions, and the warming hut was open as well. Never have had a bad day at Valley Spur - perfect time to go north out of the Milwaukee area melt down.
Thanks to the groomer for all of his work making Valley Spur a constant delight.
Jan 30Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteJohn Carlson
 
Conditions: Excellent. We received another 8 inches of snow this week. Couldn't be better for grooming. Excellent base on trails.
We have about 40 plus kilometers groomed with solid skate lanes and hard classic tracks.
Jan 29Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Conditions: Very good. Lots of fresh snow and mild temps.
Been getting several inches of snow per day for the past several days so the trails are in awesome shape. Lots of snow still hanging on the trees and as always the Lodge is open, warm and comfy. Come by and see for yourself.

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 7Swedetown Trails 
Grooming 
CalumetPat Zoob
All new snow tilled in with fresh tracks set this morning. Excellent conditions.
Feb 3Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetLarry Zurawski
 
Conditions: Silky Winter Wonderland.
Swedetown picked up a foot of fresh powder in the past 24 hours. Skating today was a magic carpet ride, and it will only get better as the fresh snow sets up. With forecast temps in the 20's this weekend you don't want to miss it! My backyard snow-mometer shows a depth of 34 inches.
Feb 2Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetPat Zoob
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions, solid base and fast tracks.
25 K morning skate ski, absolutely beautiful conditions.
Feb 1Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetCraig Hughes
 
Conditions: Very good - side by side tracks on valley and greenstone a pleasure to ski with others.
16" base according to the yardstick. Fast classic tracks, great skate conditions on most trails.
Jan 30Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
CalumetCynthia MacDonald
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions, plenty of new snow.
Birch and Cedar Loops were excellent for classic skiing and skating this morning with silky glide. Softening up as temps rose later.
Jan 30Swedetown Trails 
Grooming 
CalumetPat Zoob
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions.
Trails groomed daily, 12-16" of packed base.
Jan 30Mount Bohemia Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
Lac La BelleKen Wikgren
 
Conditions: 36F, 2-4" of fresh powder over groomed tracks. Nice in the morning, getting a little sticky in the afternoon. 120" of snow this El Nino season, today being the proverbial January thaw.
I skied at Mt. Bohemia with the skinny skis today.

Sault St. Marie area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 4Northwoods Christian Camp Ski Trails 
Grooming 
PickfordLeanne Storey
 
Conditions: The entire trail system is in very good shape now!
With the new snow in the last couple of days, the trails are in great shape!

Other locations
Feb 5Ge-Che Trail 
Grooming 
Iron RiverDustin Johnson
 
The Ge-Che Trail was groomed and tracked today, after 4 inches of snow earlier in the week. Trail conditions are good, with a single lane of classic cross country tracks in most place, and double lanes through the Lake Ottawa campground loop. Enjoy the weekend!
Feb 4Land O' Lakes Trail 
Grooming 
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. Groomed this morning. Deep, well formed tracks everywhere thanks to the recent snow. We finally have mid-winter conditions. A bit of tree litter on the most easterly portion of the East Side Trails.
After loosing the snow from the tree branches in he warm up last week, the recent snow is hanging on the branches so it is beautiful in the woods again.
Feb 1Watersmeet Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WatersmeetDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Deep snow base and groomed and tracked.
A little speedy today at Watersmeet but enjoyable.
Jan 29Ge-Che Trail 
Grooming 
Iron RiverDustin Johnson
 
Fresh 4 inches of snow. Groomed today. Single lane on entire trail. Tracks set nicely. Enjoy!

Michigan Lower Peninsula

Other locations
Feb 7Boyne Highlands 
Grooming 
Harbor SpringsFaith McKillip
Conditions: We have 35km of track set by a cat and they are 16ft wide for skate skiing also. We have everything from beginner, intermediate, to expert we thrive on making sure the trail are well up kept daily.
Conditions today are a little wet but fast!

Iowa

Cedar Rapids area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 29Wickiup Hill Trails 
Grooming Secondhand 
ToddvilleMandy Bieber
 
Conditions: Great in some areas, soggy in others.
A skier came in today and advised that the trail in the woods is pretty good. The prairie areas are a little soggy. Anyone looking to go out tomorrow should go in the morning. Thanks!

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 6Kamview Nordic Centre 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
Conditions: 30km power-tilled and trackset.
Perfect tracks and cord with lots of double tracks for skiing with your valentine!

Other locations
Feb 6Stokely Creek Trails 
Firsthand 
Goulais RiverTom Leaf
 
Conditions: Amazing. Lots of snow, perfect grooming.
Every day, a little more snow and fresh grooming. Classic and skate skiing do not get any better.
Feb 6Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
Conditions: Smooth, flat and full depth tracks.
All 60km in park now open for your pre loppet training!
Feb 4Stokely Creek Trails 
Firsthand 
Goulais RiverThomas Leaf
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions.
Plenty of snow. Perfectly groomed trails for skate and classic skiing. The best skiing this side of Paradise (Michigan. That's a pun. ).

North Dakota

Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 5Lindenwood Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
FargoGrant Mehring
 
Conditions: Skate ski ski trail near perfect, classic trail the same.
Skate ski trail is firm, fast, and wide. Few dirt spots, but not across the entire width. Classic track in nice shape as well for the big melt we had last week. Looks like they were both groomed Friday. Get out and ski!

United States
Feb 3CU South Trails 
Firsthand 
Boulder, COAndrew Kruse
 
Conditions: Packed powder, evidence of softness from yesterday afternoon, and no shortage of boot/paw prints.
Enough snow in town to enjoy some XC skiing at "lower" (than 9000 feet) elevation. ~ 3km of trails in South Boulder. Great fun before work!


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