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Rainbow Resort

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

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Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoRay Johnston
Conditions: Thin but skiable.
I skied the East side tonight. I took my skis off on the downhill behind the park entrance office. Other then that I skied around the thin or open spots by veering off to the side. They stoked the camp fire apparently just for me. I was the only person out there skiing tonight, but they added some wood on the camp fire. Best day ever.
Jan 26Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisZach Handler
Conditions: Still all white and good for skating.
The manmade course is in good shape. Not as well set up today so things were sugary in the morning. Not such an issue for skate but made classic a challenge. Track was crumbing and the snowpack would shear under the force of kicking. Lots of people out enjoying the great course on a beautiful day. Very thankful for an artificial snow loop in the city.
Jan 26Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
Closed. Our trail base is no longer continuous, so Woodlands will close until/if our snow shortage ends and cooler temps return. The only good thing about our pathetic winter of late is that the Woodchoppers are able to take advantage of the good outdoor working conditions and have knocked down 145 dead trees the past 4 weekends.
Jan 26Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Lundberg
Conditions: Variable conditions on the snowmaking loop for skate and classic--very good in the wooded and shadier areas, tracks starting to get a little worn and slushy in the open, sunny areas, and on the well used trails close to the chalet. Overall good to very good!
I got out late morning at about 38 degrees, and 42 when I finished. I skied the 5K snowmaking loop a couple times, and found pretty decent skiing considering the warm temps. Thanks to the excellent groomers at Hyland who always set a great track!
Jan 26Chain of Lakes 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
The Loppet Foundation is requesting that folks stay off Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles as they harvest snow and prepare courses for the weekend events. With the warm weather, any skiing on the newly set courses can cause real damage.
Jan 26Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveJohn Davis
Man-made loop in great shape, just groomed early this morning and a bit fast. I skied classic and the there were touches of ice now and then, but good. 6-8 of us had it all to ourselves at 6:30 AM.
Jan 25Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisPatrick Johnson
Conditions: Sugary/icy but fast!
Skied 20k on the manmade loop at 6pm. Overly sugary only on the uphill by the 9 hole course, otherwise good on the rest. A bit icy on the downhills. Very fast overall.
Jan 25Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisZach Handler
 
Conditions: Perfect skiin on manmade loop continues.
Grooming was outstanding for the citizen junior and college racing this weekend. Saturday had chiseled classic tracks set up firm when people showed up at 6 am. These ran 3 and 4 abreast up all but the two herring bone hills. Perfectly done. Sunday had full width skate deck of compressed firm corn. This held up very very well to a full day of racing. Looks like there should be plenty of snow to get through this warm week.
Jan 25Lake Minnetonka 
Firsthand 
ExcelsiorRick Carter
 
Conditions: With a 4" base, a dusting of fresh snow and cold temps overnite, conditions were perfect for skating.
Initial grooming to start this Saturday for the Big Island and Back event.
Jan 25Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulPeter Aggen
 
Conditions: Fair to poor, but actually skiable for skating.
I went this morning with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. About 80% of the trail is still intact and easy enough to step around the grass areas. Rock skis for sure, but all I was looking for was an easy recovery ski, so it worked for that.
Jan 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonMike Maiers
 
Conditions: Skating and classical were very good to excellent on snowmaking loop.
The skate deck started out as an icy corduroy, but with more skiers arriving it quickly improved into a firm deck with good edging. A couple climbs were still a bit icy at mid-morning. The classic tracks were solid and in excellent condition. Thanks groomers / TRP!
Jan 25Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoArnie Funkenbusch
 
Conditions: Ice with bare spots.
Went to try some classic based on reports that yellow trail had been covered by truck loads of snow and groomed. Not sure where the snow went but not skiable. Tried other trails. Best was green trail. OK with caution and flexibility to alternate skate with classic when required. All skating better then classic. Looks like trail had been smoothed via truck and plow.
Jan 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in very poor condition.
Ski Meets scheduled the week of Jan 26: Tuesday and Friday all day meets 9:30- 4 pm. Break from racing: noon - 1 pm. Wednesday/Thursday 3:30- 5:30 PM.
Jan 24Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBonnie Carlson-Green
 
Conditions: Skiable but not ideal.
Skied classic on Isles, channel, Cedar and Brownie. Tracks have disintegrated quite a bit over the past few days and missing/blown over in many areas. You have to pick and choose to find the best bits, so not great for a continuous ski. The channel section between Isles and Cedar is awful with melted/refrozen rutted section and lots of debris and moguls. Your skis might prefer that you walk between the lakes. Still and all, it was a warm sunny day with bright blue skies and I was skiing 5 minutes from my house. Can't beat that.
Jan 24Hornet Hiihto Trails 
Firsthand 
EdinaCraig Jarvinen
 
Conditions: All trails open, but bare spots are growing. Overall: marginal skiing.
90% of our 5km of trails are groomed for skate only. 500 meters of made snow is in good shape, the rest of the trails vary from pretty nice to bare spots. Grass is common..
Jan 24Eagle Lake Regional Park    
Firsthand 
PlymouthWayne Nelson
 
Conditions: Pike Lake Trail is fair on skier made track. Worth skiing but warm weather taking a toll.
Have skied the Pike Lake trail the last 5 days including this morning. Some grass showing especially near building and parking lot. But pretty good coverage once you get away from building. About 1.6 mile trail including about 1/2 mile down in woods by lake which I like. Trail is shared with lots of dog walkers.
Jan 23Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisWilliam Netznik
 
Conditions: Excellent even at 39 degrees!
Skied the man made loop around 1 PM and the classic tracks were in great shape. Lots of high school and college teams skiing in preparation for the races this weekend. The Wirth groomers have done a great job during all the temperature fluctuations this Winter.
Jan 23Lone Rock Trail 
Grooming 
RosemountKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Poor--last packed Jan 14.
Snow conditions are too windblown and now thin for any machinery for packing. This trail was last packed on 1/14.
Jan 23Whitetail Woods Regional Park 
Grooming 
FarmingtonKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Conditions are poor--last packing on Jan 14.
Groomers weren't able to pack this week as they would have liked due to poor trail conditions. The snow is too thin in most areas due to wind and quickly melted through.
Jan 23Spring Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming 
HastingsKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Classic packed on Wednesday, trails are in fair condition.
The groomers were out again on Wednesday packing the classic trail only. No tracks yet. Conditions are fair and skiable. the skate trail hasn't been packed since last week and is in poor condition with grass and bare patches.
Jan 23Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Grooming 
EaganKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Conditions: Roller-packed on Wednesday, trails in fair condition.
The groomers were out again on Wednesday packing both the classic and skate ski trails. Conditions are fair with a few bare patches, especially in open areas where the wind blew the trail thin to begin with. Lots of prairie grass is showing just off the packed trail in open areas. Groomers will wait for additional snow before packing again.
Jan 23Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Manmade loop was very nice skiing at 4:00 today. We are lucky to have venues like this so we can always have good skiing. With today's heat and sun it should be really fast tomorrow morning for the race. Northern Lights was actually in good shape but decided not to use it for the race as it's pretty thin in a few areas and could be icy.
Jan 23Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoSteve Thatcher
Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club
 
Conditions: The park has trucked snow onto the Yellow Loop. 3-8 inches in depth and then groomed.
A HS race was occurring at 1pm. The skate lanes were smooth, the classic tracks were variable. The trucked in snow is chunky and it's not adhering well in the tracks. Much better conditions then before. Clinic on Saturday from 10am - 3pm Thanks to the park staff for "Farming" the snow.
Jan 23Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonTom Kunau
 
Conditions: Starting to get soft.
Given the warm weather and continued popularity of Hyland, things are getting a tad soft and in some spots mushy, plus there are a few places where dirt is mixed with the snow. The entire loop was easily skiable though this morning and there's ample coverage on the entire man-made loop.
Jan 22Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Eagle Point was good to fair. Mid 20's. Grey overcast, again! The trail surface was uneven with a lot of dirt/vegetation sticking through on the north ridge but you still could ski through it if you were judicious. Did catch my ski on a dirt spot on the climb up to the Quonset hut. I used FastWax Red LF.
I had a late, 5:10 p. m. start. A 23 year old, California transplant chased me the entire length of the trail, finally passing me when I slowed before the turn north at the east end of the lake. I caught him again when he stopped outside the old warming hut next to the parking lot. Great boost for my 62-year-old ego. Took me a half hour to ski the 3.8 miles.
Jan 22Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBonnie Carlson-Green
 
Conditions: Fair for skating, OK for classic.
Skated Cedar. Skate deck is skiable, but looks like it has not been groomed for a couple of days. Rutted with fat tire tracks, foot and dog prints, but I was able to have an enjoyable ski the past two nights. Jumped into the classic tracks for a bit of double poling. They were soft, but decent. No one else out tonight except for a lone raccoon (who was not skiing).
Jan 22University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Falcon HeightsBrett Arenz
 
Conditions: Poor, about 60% of the trail is skiable with rock skis.
You can piece together a decent interval workout by going back and forth in certain sections but there aren't any complete loops currently. Basically back to crust skiing in many areas. Go elsewhere if you have time to drive.
Jan 22Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisZach Handler
 
Conditions: Perfect for skate and classic on the snowmaking loop.
The full manmade loop is now in perfect shape. Wide, deep, very clean, and no ice. There are some noticeable grooming improvements over previous years. The snow depth is excellent throughout with none of the thin spots and no dirty areas then have been present in the past. The skate deck is setting up properly so it doesn't turn to loose sugar over scraped ice. That is a clear improvement. The right hand downhill hairpin turn on top of the hill where people used to wipeout in races is now fully banked so it is easy and safe to take at speed. The terrain is the same as always - very very hilly. This is the best place in the Metro to Train for the Birkie because of the steep sustained climbs. Nice work wirth crew!
Jan 22Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: Manmade loop was firm this morning at 9:00 and very nice for skating. Northern Lights was in surprisingly good shape from the couple inches the other day and the groomer was careful not to pull up junk.
Scoped the Northern Lights trail to see if it could be used for Saturday's Baker Shaker race being held at Elm Creek. Spent a couple hours shoveling the first climb on Northern Lights and a few other places. If it doesn't get as hot as they are forecasting tomorrow it would be a go to make a 5 km loop, but with the forecasted 41 tomorrow I'm afraid it'll deteriorate fast. Will scope Northern Lights tomorrow late afternoon to see how it's holding up but probably won't be able to include it in the race I'm afraid as we don't want to put racers on bad conditions. Fortunately they have the 2.5 km manmade loop.
Jan 21Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
EaganPaul Kraus
 
Conditions: Fair - mostly snow-covered and freshly rolled.
Skied the full south loop from the visitor center. Trails were freshly rolled (no tracks) and in fair condition. Snow was thin in spots but no debris coming through. Considering the snowfall we've had the trails are in good condition. The county has done a great job of maintaining the trails.
Jan 21Battle Creek Regional Park East 
Firsthand 
MaplewoodDavid Johnson
 
Conditions: As of noon: good for classic. Two tracks cut. Thin but very skiable. 1/2 inch new snow.
Tracks cut last week have held up. Received 1/2 new snow the morning on Tuesday. All trails tracked. The bottoms of the tracks in a few places were very thin, so B skis advised. Hard kick wax works with the new snow.
Jan 21Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeDan Steger
 
Conditions: Fair but skiable.
Prior Lake picked up 2" of snow the other day, just enough to make Cleary skate skiable. The trail had been dragged and was free of leaves and debris. Pretty decent coverage but still rock ski conditions. No classic track.
Jan 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions for classic this afternoon -- no ice. The skate deck was in good shape, too -- a little soft on the uphills.
We ran into local cross country legend Roy Carlsted today. He was skiing great as usual. He'd already done the lake loop, and was working on the 5K loop when we met up with him. He's an inspirational guy -- 91 years young, amazing!
Jan 21Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveSteve Evans
 
Conditions: Multi-Use trail not too bad for an inch of base, groomed, no pavement showing anywhere. 25F, overcast.
Skijored the multi-use trail around noon, coverage was good, a well compacted inch or two of new snow. The snow itself was weird, very slow near the surface, then suddenly very fast as my skis went deeper toward the thin ice layer underneath. Avoiding long glides and setting the skis hard seemed to work best, the dogs seemed confused by the uneven load I presented before I understood what the snow was doing. Nice fast loop, a pair of walkers out, no one else. I had fast wax red left on from a few days ago, definitely too soft.
Jan 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKathleen Walter
 
Conditions: Good. Classic skied part of the man-made loop around noon. No track from chalet for about 100 feet. Beyond that, very good tracks.
One skier had good grip with purple power; the other had same with Rex grip tape.
Jan 21Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisPaul Larson
 
Conditions: Very good for both skate and classic.
Skied the Twin Lakes and snowmaking sections. Skate skiing was great! Tuesday night's snowfall was enough! Wirth groomers were out too; I was pleasantly surprised with how skiable it was compared to earlier in the week.
Jan 21Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Man-made Loop is in great condition!
The trail was very icy due to warm temps and heavy use yesterday. Trail is groomed with a perfect comb and classic tracks set. There are a few very isolated areas of track that are set a little thin due to firm and icy conditions from the last few days.
Jan 20Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisSteve Deckert
 
Conditions: Skatable, just barely.
Skated cedar lake, lake of the isles, calhoun and brownie pond Tuesday afternoon. Calhoun was the worst, lake of the isles was skatable but I stayed off the groomed trail mostly, because they were very icy. Brownie was the best. Had to walk under all the bridges due to pure ice.
Jan 20Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBen Mullin
 
Excellent conditions on the man made loop after sunset. The trail had a nice thin coating of churned up snow on top. This was added to by a decent snow squall which slowed things down a tad. The uphills were ever so slightly mushy. In general, a great ski as usual.
Jan 20Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulBill Stuber
 
Conditions: Crusty snow on groomed track, deep crust on ungroomed.
Hit Phalen tonight about 8PM. Much better than I expected. Yes, there are bare spots but easily skied around. Temp must have been around 30 degrees. I could get a good skate off. The classic track for the 7 K loop is maybe 70% intact. Not a bad ski if you can't get to Hyland or Elm Creek. Plenty of snow on the fairways to make your own track.
Jan 20Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisJolene Johnson
 
Barely skiable. Skied Ceder Lake and Lake of the Isles this morning. While there was snow it was less than enjoyable. All underpasses are pure ice. Some parts of the "trail" are down to ice and the rest is very lumpy. Hopefully more snow is coming soon!
Jan 20Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisAdrian Swanson
 
Conditions: Icy, rutted, slushy, tracks still intact.
Went out onto Cedar Lake for some skijoring with the pup. As I should have expected there were lots of ruts from skaters who were out yesterday during the warm spell. I also encountered a couple ice fishing holes and slush--which means we likely won't see any grooming out here until it firms up again. The classic tracks were near bombproof ice--probably getting icier by the minute...the new snow might make for some decent skiing.
Jan 20Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisMatt Dowling
 
Conditions: Ok, but going south fast.
Lots of brown showing up off the man-made loop, wouldn't recommend skiing. The man made loop is still ok but with more debris in the icy crud now with red groomer fluids, sticks and generally tired and dirty, old man-made snow. I'm ready for something fresh but that's looking doubtful...Ugg.
Jan 20Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Basiletti
 
Conditions: Classic skiied the valley trail at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Not icy, soft and fairly fast using waxless skis. The natural snow trails appeared to have enough coverage and some people were skiing on them.
Quite a few skiers were out for a weekday morning. Had a fun ski. I was hiking the trails north of Eastman N.C. yesterday afternoon and the multi use trails appeared skiable even in open areas.
Jan 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: All 5k manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in poor condition.
HS Meet update: Meets scheduled for Today, Jan.20, and Thursday, Jan.22; 3:30-5:30.
Jan 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonTom Kunau
 
Conditions: Another skier described it as "Birkie-like." Parts certainly fit that description, but overall it's in good shape.
Getting a bit soft in spots, icy in others, with a little snirt mixed in. I didn't have any trouble, skied the entire manmade loop. Second classical track freshly laid on the left side of the trail. Thanks to the Three Rivers crew for stepping up where Mother Nature has failed us this year.
Jan 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Should have brought ice skates.
When the person behind the counter said that they put up temporary fencing this afternoon to keep people from flying off the trail you would have thought common sense would have told me to go home..... nope. The deck was an ice rink. The 40 degree temps made this evening ski a nice 30min, 5k recovery ski. Live to ski another day.
Jan 19Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Jorgensen
 
Conditions: Nope! Best to stay away.
Call it gone for the time being. Numerous open spots. Lots of little paw prints seemed to hasten its demise.
Jan 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Mixed bag of good, OK and ugly.
Skied the snowmaking loop and then the whole outer loop around midday. Tons of folks at Elm Creek Winter Rec area for MLK day, the tubing hill reminded me of the Mall of America during the holidays. Snowmaking loop was fast and fun. Outer loop was "interesting". Bridge heading out was down to a narrow strip of snow/ice that you could still double-pole across. Much of the rest of the loop was B ski quality, with scattered thin and dirty spots. But the section coming back by the swimming area was rock ski city -- short bridge was pretty much bare, and exposed dirt and rocks along there. Northern Lights loop was pretty good still - could use good skis from overflow parking lot to get over to the snowmaking loop.
Jan 19Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisAnne Pilmonas
 
Conditions: Poor, classic tracks are worn down. Skiable but choppy.
Manmade loop is skiable, but not great. Classic tracks are all but gone and what remains is quite a bit of crystalized powder. Pretty much what you would expect after a warm spell. Front nine looked patchy with grass. Rock skis are recommended.
Jan 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Conditions: Fantastic conditions this morning on the 5K man-made loop! Both the skate and classic lanes are in great shape, nice and firm, clean, and not icy at all.
Lots of people out today enjoying MLK day and perfect skiing weather!
Jan 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
All 5K manufactured snowmade trails are open; packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic. Natural snow trails are packed, not tracked and in poor condition. HS Meets scheduled this week on Tuesday - Thursday 3:30-5:30pm.
Jan 18Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Conditions: Poor but ski-able at 9 AM.
Hard packed and icy conditions with tree debris all over the trail. Watch out for the twigs, asphalt and the rocks near the trailhead.
Jan 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBen Mullin
 
Snowmaking loop: Fantastic, flat, fast as the sun went down. The trails were firm, but with plenty of edge available except for one or two spots that were starting to get icy.
Jan 18William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixBen Mullin
 
Conditions for the Marine O'Brien race were passable. The trail had reasonable coverage except for a few areas that were kind of sketch. The trails was very rough following the contours of the ground underneath. By the end of the race the uphills were getting pretty thin, especially any south facing hills.
Jan 18Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisDan Zenk
 
Conditions: Manmade loop was in Excellent condition for classic and skate.
Classic skied noon to 2 pm. Nice deep tracks. Not icy and surprisingly fast considering how warm it was.
Jan 18Vadnais/Sucker Lakes    
Firsthand 
Vadnais HeightsJenneke Oosterhoff
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Thin in some places. Icy at first, the softening and getting slow.
Skied around noon, just the trail on the Vadnais side. Was surprised to find it quite icy still. Sunny spots were beginning to get soft and sticky. Some leaves (not as many as expected) and the odd pine cone to watch out for. Lots of foot traffic. All in all better than expected.
Jan 18Carver Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
VictoriaKevin Crystal
 
Conditions: Fair but skiable.
If you're getting tired of the man-made loops, Carver might be a nice break. On Lake Trail a fair amount of grass stubble poking thru, leaves and forest litter, but skiable. Very little dirt and no rocks that I saw. Snow was hard but not unmanageable.
Jan 18Jackson Meadow 
Grooming 
Marine on St. CroixCarl Nordgren
 
Conditions: Trails groomed this morning. Thin spots are a bit thinner. easily skied around. Classic tracks reset and are good in most places, .fair in other places. not set in thin places. Skating is very nice in most places.
The worst section of trail is the 150 yards of the West Side along Jurassic Park, which is where most people park. The trails as a whole are pretty nice.
Jan 17Chain of Lakes 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisAdrian Swanson
 
Conditions: Rolled, a little soft. Good classic track.
Due to the HS race at Theo Wirth, we slipped down to Cedar Lake to ski on the trails. I was pleasantly surprised to see both Cedar and Isle to be completely rolled and tracked. The skating was soft and slow in the warm temps, but the tracks were deep and pretty fast.
The lagoon between Isles and Cedar has a lot of debris--but nothing bad. Though there is an exposed rock underneath an overpass. Be vigilant.
Jan 17Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 
Firsthand 
ChaskaDan Zenk
 
Conditions: Fair to poor, B skis ok, no rocks, just some dirt and tree debris.
Slightly better then last week around noon before the big warm up.
Jan 17Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonNick Raisanen
 
The warm temps during the day Saturday made for a very icy trail in the evening. A good portion of the manmade loop was like skiing on an ice rink. The uphills at the back of the loop were good but as you might imagine the following downhills were pretty slick.
Jan 17French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthPaul Larson
 
Conditions: Thin but fine for skate.
Worried about the 40 temps and rain, I skied Saturday morning about 7:40am. The Lagoon, Skyline, Lakeview and Meadow trails were fine for skate. I saw some classic skiers out there, but I could tell they were adjusting to poor classic conditions. But, nothing to complain about! Hopefully it stays in decent shape for the weekend. We need more snow!
Jan 17Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
We lost too much snow today, so we called off the groomers for tonight. Manmade will be a better option for your Sunday ski. Conditions will be marginal until it snows.
Jan 17William O'Brien State Park    
Grooming 
Marine on St. CroixChristian Brekke
 
Marine/O'Brien race course: So far this morning the trail is holding up ok. We have been shoveling thin spots, but with this afternoon's warmer air there will be some rocks, sticks and dirt showing in isolated places. I firmly recommend that all skiers use rock or B-skis if possible.
Jan 17Irondale Trails 
Firsthand 
New BrightonKarl Holub
 
Conditions: Almost full coverage.
A few sections with leaves and some small thin spots, but for the most part the trail is in excellent condition. These trails are always a blast and a good workout- get out there while the snow sticks around. Thanks to the Irondale ski team!
Jan 17Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoEmmylou Wallace
 
Conditions: Good -few bare spots just near end (green loop).
XC skied green loop at 10:45 am and it was excellent. Some bare spots just near the end.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthDeanna Erickson
Conditions: Fast, decent, skied-in groomed.
Piedmont is still holding it together for Duluth skiers. While it's icy under the new snow, I had a really enjoyable ski this evening. Would love it if the city groomed it up, since the pickings are so slim right now.
Jan 26Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthJoe Gerard
Conditions: One inch of new, dense snow on top of icy trail.
The Campground Loop and the 3K loop got groomed after the new snow today. Tracks only set in the campground. But the old track is still there on the rest of the trails from the last grooming, with the fresh snow in it.
Jan 26Two Harbors Ski Trail 
Grooming 
Two HarborsJohn Cron
Our groomers packed the few inches of new snow we received, and pulled the 4 foot drag around the trail. We have great November 15th conditions - no classic track set yet, you could skate with rock skis. We need some snow!
Jan 25Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Lake groomed for skate and classic.
I skijored the race this morning and then headed out for more skiing afterwards. The lake is fast and fun right now! Groomers made a nice 7k and nice 3k loop on the lake with classic tracks. Head out to the right from the chalet and the loop is evident. Part of it was marked by Pine boughs. Great race too! Check out SkijorDuluth for next year!
Jan 24Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthTrent Wickman
 
Conditions: skiable but icy.
Skied it this afternoon. Very icy but still good coverage. The tracks are still pretty decent from the grooming a couple weeks ago. It was 38 deg. Some of us went with no wax skis and some went with waxable. Not sure which one was the best choice. Starting to get thin in a few spots. Saw a skater go by on the back trails. The width of the tracks were set so far apart it encourages skaters to go beyond the 1KM.
Jan 24Jay Cooke State Park    
Firsthand 
CarltonEve Graves
 
Conditions: Ungroomed, snowshoe tracks, footprints.
We classic skied today from the campground when temps were 37F or so. Still no grooming, yet lots of snow. There were a couple of spots under some pines that the snow is somewhat thinning. Lots of footprints, snowshoe tracks, and some ski tracks.
Jan 23Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
DuluthNic Bacigalupo
 
Conditions: Very good on the lake. Almost dangerous on the trail.
Skated the groomed 8K loop on the lake and the Bear Paw loop at noon. There was a glazing of frozen rain from Thursday night over the fresh grooming. We were probably the 4th or 5th skiers on it since grooming but first since the frozen rain fell. (See photo looking into the sun.) The lake 8K was great due to enough fresh grooming under the glazing. It was crusty but nice and fast and allowed for good control. Bear Paw was okay but close to dangerous. Since it hasn't been groomed for a while there wasn't enough scratch under the glazing to allow for good control. The lake 8K had classic track set too.
Jan 23Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand Secondhand 
DuluthTodd Perry
 
Conditions: Springlike conditions on the campground loop.
The warm temps softened up the skate lane nicely. Classic sets are excellent. I did not brave the 11k due to reports from another skier of exposed rocks and ice on the hills.
Jan 22Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Campground loop well used.
We skated the campground loop tonight after dark. The classic deck was very well used and hard packed with an edge. The classic tracks are gone in stretches. It could use a touch up grooming.
Jan 22Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Good to excellent depending on where you ski.
The south loops have gotten enough use that they could use some grooming, but they are still skatable. Just a bit lumpy. There's a washed-out skied-in track here and there. The best skiing is out on the lake, where the groomer has set side-by-side tracks and created a really nice skate lane, I assume in preparation for the skijor race Sunday. Jump on it at the lake crossing off Bearpaw. It goes for miles, ducking in around the islands. It's beautiful, and really nice skating. The tracks looked good, too, though slightly drifted in in some places.
Jan 21Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetPhil Rogers
 
Conditions: Groomed today, skate lane only with no classic track set (appears too thin to set).
Freshly groomed this morning. Despite amazingly thin snow cover, the best skating deck I've been on all year, no kidding.
Jan 21Lester Park    
Firsthand 
DuluthKristin Riker-Coleman
 
Conditions: Ice skating rink covered with 2 inches of snow.
At work today a meeting ran late, leaving me with not enough time to drive west to Spirit. Decided to break out the $5 yard sale skis (always buy them when you have boots to fit the bindings). Parked at the old hockey rink area, walked up the trail to the level ground and then skied backwards (if you're familiar with the DXC maps: Parked at Nb, skied to M, C, D, E, H, K and back to Nb). Overall there's solid ice covered in a couple of inches of snow. It is hard to get a pole plant without your pole sliding. More snow up high, the trails below looked more bare, per usual. Walkers, bikers, skiers all using the trail. But if you only have 30 minutes until you need to be at neighborhood school to collect a child, it's still 30 minutes in the woods getting exercise.
Jan 21Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Groomed, with mother nature challenges.
If you see Tone, hug him, he was out last night working hard grooming the 11k. I skated the 11, 5, and 3k today and the classic tracks were in excellent shape throughout. The skate deck had a lot of "bugars" down the middle and was not groomed all the way to the left side. There are a lot of leaves, dirt, etc, natural objects on much of the trail, some you can get around, some you are forced to ski over. The bottom of a few of the 11k hills are ice. The worst one, that you have to go over is towards the end, I believe at 5.6 miles or so into the 11k? The 3k was pretty good, the 5k had an ungroomed section that was really bumpy, bad, etc. It was nice to have some nice big hills and cord to ski on!
Jan 20Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Very good classic.
Used waxless skis on the system and maybe if I'd had the right kick wax it would have been better - had to concentrate on setting the skis and didn't have a lot of kick. The tracks are deep, with a little bit of small crystalline snow that hadn't set up too well yet. There's a little duff. The trail's in very good shape overall and well used. It would benefit from a gentle groom when the temperatures start to fall.
Jan 20Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Good skate, good skier tracked classic.
Skated the main loop and the cutoff on Bardon Peak. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the trail is given how little snow we've had. The last time I skied here it was an exciting obstacle course. Today I had to Look for rocks (and there were a few). There are also several deep gullies where a truck invaded back when the ground was soft. There was a cm or two of powder over a nice base. The trail undulates. It was fast. Most traffic appeared to be coming over the Connector from Spirit, then out to Bardon Peak and back. A number of skiers have been out to Ely's Peak as well. A very worthwhile and fun ski (B skis advised).
Jan 20Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: campground loop freshly groomed, great tracks.
We skated the campground loop after dark. The skate deck was used yet freshly groomed with cord on the sides. The classic tracks were firm and fast.
Jan 20Seven Bridges Road 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Thin in spots, but overall not bad.
Skied the closed portion of 7 Bridges Road on waxless classic skis. There's enough snow on most of the road and on the Amity Trail, but there are some thin spots, especially below Smiley's and at the Hawk Ridge overlook. Wish I'd used rock skis. Wish it would snow.
Jan 19Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetGary Hertog
 
Good skate skiing on hard packed surface. Not tracked for classic (I'm guessing due to not a lot of snow). Beautiful and quiet trail through conifers: I'll be back!
Jan 19Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthScott Cummings
 
The trail was not freshly groomed but still slick. Skied Georges 10k twice and worked on flat Ski. Today was a great day for skiing with the 25 degree day and 10 mph wind. Keep the prayers for more snow.
Jan 19Skyline West Parkway    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Ungroomed area as usual with some mysterious ice.
We classic skied and skijored on Skyline West late morning. The glide was great as we made our own trail. A lot of bike, foot, and a snowmobile and used this area, yet there is still virgin snow on each side for nice tracks! We did encounter some mysterious flooding/ice on the side of the road in a couple of spots.
Jan 18Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthMichael Latsch
 
Conditions: Good coverage, no classic sets.
Coverage is good with a small amount of debris. There are bits of watery ice in creekbeds at the bottom of the black loops below F, E, I; be cautious on the descent, in particular below I.
Jan 18Biskey Pond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthJason Miller
 
Skied Biskey today. There is about a one inch cover of snow since grooming. However, skiers have repacked down the tracks. The snow was somewhat sticky; however, this should be better tomorrow with temperatures expected to be in the mid-20's.
Jan 18Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Good for skate.
Skijored the south loops around 2:00 this afternoon. Blue Ox and Nine Pine had not been groomed since the recent 1.5" of snow, so it was a bit slow, but coverage is very good and there's a nice, firm base. No track set.
Jan 18Mother Bear Ski Trail    
Grooming 
BrimsonAl Ringer
 
Conditions: Fair- rolled and packed.
Trail was all packed and rolled today. Tracks will be set when we get a little more snow.
Jan 18Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthChris Thorson
 
Conditions: Thin with debris.
Inner loop has one track most of the loop that's not too bad, but outer loop doesn't have any track. Numerous areas of thin coverage with typical debris expected under the pines. Manageable on waxless skis but wouldn't recommend good skis or even "B" skis. Hartley would probably need more snow to have 2 good tracks on both loops.
Jan 17Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthDylan Chernov
 
Conditions: Poor. Minimal coverage.
1" of snow on top of ice. Skiable, but just barely. Probably not very safe once the snow gets skied off.
Jan 17Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DuluthRick Agar
 
Conditions: Pretty good and should be even better after grooming later today.
A couple inches of new snow really helped improve the trails. Very nice for skating.
Jan 17Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Grooming 
DuluthClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Received 1.5" this morning. New snow will make things groom up really nice so expect some great conditions for tomorrow's race. Groomers will be out around midnight they said.

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteBrent Gavin
 
Conditions: Picnic Loop from Britton Peak Trailhead: Classic track is often deep, occasionally shallow but it's all glazed and abrasive. The skate deck was great in some places but "shaggy" and rough in many others.
Looks like the warmth of Saturday followed by a cold overnight and Sunday did a bit of a number on the conditions. I was stripped of my classic wax several times and the trail was abrasive enough it was hard finding anything that would stay on. The glazed/icy conditions meant a tough day out there. Very little high-quality kick and glide. I did more skating than anything on the last several kilometers. More snow and a re-groom would be wonderful.
Jan 24Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisTimothy Nelson
 
Conditions: An inch of fresh snow over solid skate deck. No ice. Great skating conditions. Moderate temps, Great day. Prior day warm up only hit 33 degrees so conditions remain ideal.
Skied both the Bearskin and Golden Eagle sides. Grooming similar on both sides. Good decision not to groom last night after the warm up and new snow overnight. Great day.
Jan 24Pincushion Mountain Trail    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisKerrie Berg
 
Conditions: All trails were groomed this morning for classic and skate. The trails are in great condition!
The trails are fast and in great condition. You would never believe it was 40 degrees yesterday. Thanks to the groomer!
Jan 21Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
TofteMichael Kosloski
 
Conditions: Very nice skate deck with a dusting of fresh snow on top. Some twigs that are no big deal. A few punch throughs with my Star poles -- larger baskets could help, but not essential. Classic tracks set, but haven't firmed up fully.
Skated from Britton peak. Skied Homestead, Hogback, and Picnic loop to Oberg and back to Britton. Had the pleasure to meet up with Steve (one of the groomers) and ski a section with him and personally thank him for the great conditions I've enjoyed the last 3 days. No need to venture far from Tofte, just ski Sugarbush!
Jan 20Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteBrent Gavin
 
Conditions: Fresh grooming, very good!
Skied the Picnic Loop from Britton Peak Trailhead. Some was groomed last night, apparently. Also ran into the groomers continuing to work it. It's still clear that it's a real thin year so far, but they've done great work and the trail is in great shape.
Jan 19Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisColleen Corcoran
 
Conditions: The trails are in perfect condition!
Skied the amazingly beautiful trail network around Bearskin as 3-4" of snow lightly fell throughout the weekend. The new snow made for somewhat soft yet fast conditions. Excellent grooming was done early every morning.
Jan 19Northwoods Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
Silver BayJohn Leaf
 
Conditions: Fair to poor. Not groomed. Decent snow cover if out of dense cover, lots of branches, twigs exposed if in woods.
Skied the trail that parallels the creek on the west side of the trail system. Would recommend rock skis - lots of places where bare branches lay over the path. A few more inches of snow would make it reasonable.
Jan 19Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
TofteMichael Kosloski
 
Conditions: 2"-3" fresh powder over a decent deck. Coverage was great. A few twigs poking through occasionally, but they were only annoying at worst.
Skated from Oberg to Picnic Loop, Hogback, Homestead, and around Oberg loop. The fresh powder was a bit slow, but who cares when it's perfect out and you're not on man made snow! Noticed the groomer was out around 4pm as I finished a snowshoe from the same trailhead. With grooming the trails should be spectacular later this week!
Jan 18Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) 
Firsthand 
LutsenJohn Leaf
 
Conditions: Great! Tracked, plenty of snow.
Skied the Deeryard loop to Deeryard lake. A great ski. Someone had even run some kind of a groomer out on the lake.
Jan 18Bally Creek Trails    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisLee Johnson
 
Spent the weekend classic skiing out of Bally Creek cabins and enjoyed excellent trail conditions. Duluth's snow is horrible, so the trip to Bally is well worth it. Skied most of the system and took the dog out on the skijoring trail. I measured 15-20" base in most places, and we got around 3-4" of fresh snow over the course of the weekend. Pole plants were pretty soft on the outside track, and some tracks collapsed a bit while kicking on the Eagle mt. overlook. That said, Mr. Williams was out there everyday packing and setting track, and the conditions are fantastic overall...bring your racing skis. Should improve with more skiers and some cold temps. Very nice skate lane groomed into FR 158, which is closed to snowmobiles. This is the place to go if you're looking for snow this weekend.
Jan 18Northwoods Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
Silver BayDan O'Loughlin
 
Conditions: Fair to Good. Not groomed, but very skiable.
The trails were not groomed, but a few skiers had gone out before us on most of the trails so it was actually pretty good skiing. We skied up to the high overlook in the middle of the trail system for some good views. Some roots and twigs sticking up in the woods, but where the trail is wide with few branches overhead, there is plenty of snow. Some more snow and it could easily be groomed.
Jan 18Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteScott Ellingson
 
Conditions: Excellent, can use good skis.
Great skiing the trails today after 2 inches of new snow! A great classic trail and nice skate deck with fine coverage. Lots of families out today in the 30 degree weather. Good grooming, and nice not to have to ski Onion River Road.
Jan 18Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisBrian Neil
 
Conditions: 1-2 inches of fresh powdery snow feel yesterday, and was well packed and groomed, with good track set today.
Lovely views of Lake Superior and Grand Marais.
Jan 17Banadad Trail 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisFlannery Delaney
 
Conditions: Excellent, recently groomed.
Great skiing on the Banadad. Tons of snow, recently groomed for classic skiing. 27 kilometers of perfect skiing.
Jan 17Upper Gunflint Trail    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisCraig Holgate
 
Conditions: Very good. Cloudy light snow 24 degrees.
First real ski of the year and great to on the good skis for the first time this season! Trails are in good shape, although we were breaking trail through the fresh 1.5 of morning snowfall. Only saw two other skiers on the trails, otherwise we had the trails to ourselves.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25McCarthy Beach State Park 
Firsthand 
Side LakeKen Fastner
Conditions: Plenty of old snow.
Found all trails with plenty snow and nicely groomed with a good track set. Snow was hard and slippery from recent thaw-freeze cycle and there was a bit much debris (leaves, sticks, etc..) in the tracks. Still, we skied most of it and had a good time.
Jan 25Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: Excellent grooming! Tracks were not at all icy today on the East side. Fast! On the west side there are some rocks barely showing through But the tracks are also excellent there.
Met a beginner skier from Texas on the trail and showed him around some of each side the trail system. He loved it. Considering we were in the upper 30s on Friday and Saturday and only 21 today. I thought it would a Klister day. But skiers in the lot said it was no problem. Used a kickwax from 14 to 32 and it was perfect.
Jan 24Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
VirginiaKen Fastner
Conditions: Plenty snow and nicely tracked.
Skied pretty much the whole outer loop including the "Swamp Trail" where we made our own tracks (which was fun!). Snowed lightly in the morning which helped the somewhat glazed over conditions. Signage was a little confusing but we never really got lost. Good stuff.
Jan 24Giants Ridge 
Firsthand 
BiwabikTeresa Stone
 
Conditions: Firm pack throughout...overcast with temps hovering at freezing mark.
Much better than expected, considering the snowpack in the local area! Icy in some spots, particularly down in the lodge area, but, overall, firm base with enough tilled snow to get an edge while skating. Silver trail was excellent with Bronze and Summit trails both being very good. Some debris on the trail from the strong winds the day prior. Fun, fast day on skate skis!
Jan 23Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
VirginiaMark Toot
 
Conditions: The Forest Service groomed and tracked the trails today. We did not track junction 28 to 25 or the "swamp loop".
Snow was compacting with the warmer temps. We were still able to set a decent track. At least 6" snow on trail, a few rocks still showing.
Jan 23Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
VirginiaMichael Hamilton
 
The US Forest Service was out on the trails today and packed and tracked all but the swampy and rocky sections to the east, furthest out loops.
Jan 21Carey Lake 
Firsthand 
HibbingCraig Holgate
 
Conditions: Groomed, cloudy 23 degrees.
Skied the Black Forest Loop today and it has a lot of stubble and grass poking through. Highland and Southern Lights are in better condition and you may want to avoid Black Forest until we get more snow.
Jan 20Carey Lake    
Firsthand 
HibbingCraig Holgate
 
Conditions: Very good. Just groomed. Cloudy 25 degrees.
Groomer was out on the trails today, and it appears the entire trail system was tracked. No real bare spots but a few areas do have stubble poking through and there is the occasional dirty track with a few leaves in it. Skied Highland, Southern Lights and part of Lakeview. Great to see so many people out on a nice afternoon, including Hibbing Nordic.
Jan 19Blackwater Environmental Area 
Firsthand 
CohassetLindsay Sheridan
 
Conditions: Appeared to be packed and tracked at some point, but new snow and lots of traffic since then.
Double tracked - no skate lane at this date.
Jan 19Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
VirginiaRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: 2 to 3 inches new snow over weekend. No grooming. skiers packed and tracked. On the furthest southeast section an ATV rode through.
Most of the Pine needles and bark have been covered.
Jan 18Sugar Hills 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsSimon Lick
 
Skate lane combed and leveled on all the loops with a limited classic track reset on Sunday. With a few more inches of snow a new track will be set.
Jan 18Sugar Hills 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsAlan Dettmer
 
Conditions: There is enough new snow. Occasional root or branch showing.
It has not been groomed and there are many signs of skier falls, so be careful.
Jan 17Giants Ridge 
Firsthand 
BiwabikMark Peil
 
Conditions: Traditional: good enough in the morning on Summit thru Wynne Creek but Biwabik Spur ungroomed. So good thing I did it in afternoon and someone else packed it down. Great base for so little snow this season. Fresh afternoon snow enjoyable but slowed things down.
Had a great time as no snow in Cities to use so first time out. Too bad but only saw 20 people all day--- so of course it doesn't pay for them to constantly groom the trails. Love the option of taking the chairlift to the top. Recommend doing the Ridge one day and then Big Aspen the next.
Jan 17Suomi Hills 
Firsthand 
Grand RapidsPete Friedlieb
 
Conditions: Fair to good, not groomed recently but skied in track with fresh snow was fine.
Skied south Suomi and most of Orange Lake. Not groomed but decent skied in track, broke trail in parts. No significant bare spots.
Jan 17Legion Trails 
Grooming 
Grand RapidsRick Mcdonald
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed.
I just got off the groomer. Skate lane is combed and there was enough snow to set a track. The track is decent on about half the trail there are a good number of bare spots and the track is very light in places. There is a small amount of dirt and debris that got pulled up on the skate lane. Still rock ski conditions.
Jan 17Giants Ridge 
Grooming 
BiwabikDebby Bocnuk
 
Trails were freshly groomed yesterday, pristine and fast. Fresh snow this morning and groomer has been busy since wee dark hours today.

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaKristi Lee
Conditions: Good to very good.
Stayed at NFL as I have done for years because it is my favorite place to classic ski out your cabin door. The beautiful trail system always has snow when you can't find it anywhere else on the north shore and this year is no different. Trail #15 was the only one I found that didn't have good coverage.
Jan 25Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaMichelle Wall
 
Conditions: Amazing! Really enjoyed trails, 20, 19, 14, 21, 23, 24 to 11! Love skiing there!
There are a few places that snow coverage isn't the best. 15 Was a bit bumpy.
Jan 25Hidden Valley Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
ElyAndrew Slade
 
Conditions: Fast and crusty.
It's like spring skiing without the midday thaw. Classic tracks are so firm fishscales hardly gripped. Still lots of snow in the woods.
Jan 22Aurora City Trail    
Firsthand 
AuroraRon Kutsi
 
Conditions: Great! Fully groomed, tracks are nice and deep for the great majority of system.
Tracks are fast, perfect snow. Easy to get a grip with kick wax. Best ski in my short season. There are several leaves down in the tracks in some spots. The one warning if you are not familiar with this trail: It is a maze and some of the signs are missing in several intersections or mislabeled. Still a lot of fun, go with the flow and you will find your way out. :-).
Jan 20Howard Wagoner Trail 
Firsthand 
TowerMichael Wilke
 
Conditions: Excellent. Recently groomed with a 2 inch light powder cover. Small portions of trail system had been skied.
Trails completely groomed, tracked, and covered with a light 2 inches of powder. Plenty of opportunity to join the various animal dramas and make your own tracks, as this is a very under utilized area. Followed a skier tracked spur into Tower on the east side of 135 trails. Added a backcountry feel to an already very excellent northern deep woods skiing experience.
Jan 19Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaHolly Bayer
 
Conditions: Good to Great! All trails groomed.
National Forest Lodge wins again for best classic trails in my book. They have snow, plenty of it. Get a cabin and ski your heart out.
Jan 19Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Grooming 
IsabellaAndy Fisher
National Forest Lodge
 
Conditions: Solid base. Fresh 2" snow over the weekend. All trails groomed and tracked Sunday morning.
Excellent to good conditions depending on the trail. Some of the more rugged narrow trails where snow accumulates less due to adjacent tree cover are still a bit uneven and bumpy. Please be especially careful on these trails, especially if skiing solo. Never a guarantee someone will be by any time soon to assist. Verizon cell coverage is fairly good over most of the area.
Jan 19Flathorn-Gegoka Trails    
Firsthand 
IsabellaDavid Byrne
Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club
 
37 Rovers spent the 3-day MLK weekend at National Forest Lodge and found a foot of snow piled on logs along these classic-only trails. Skiing through snow falling Saturday and Sunday felt like being inside a snow globe that's been shook up, and also made our skis fast. Andy groomed and tracked most of the 30k of trails on Friday and again on Sunday. Some of us braved the polar plunge after heating up in the sauna. A pack of wolves wandered onto the ski trails Sunday night and we marveled at their tracks Monday morning.
Jan 19Aurora Recreation Trails    
Firsthand 
AuroraMatt Zak
 
Conditions: Very good. Base in the woods is about a foot.
The southern half of the system is freshly groomed and tracked. The rest was previously groomed, and now has an inch of freshie well skied-in by trail users. Newcomers to the trail will appreciate maps at the countless intersections. Or, perhaps, ignore the maps and enjoy the trails in adventurous "mazed & confused" spirit. "Tin Can Alley" features an interesting outdoor archaeological exhibit.
Jan 18Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
IsabellaAnne Flueckiger
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Good snow cover; almost all trails machine-tracked, some shorter connecting sections skier-tracked.
It was a great day to introduce a friend to the Flathorn-Gegoka trails: snow fell gently, temps were comfortable, trails were in good shape. 23 to 19 and 24 to 19 had some (soft) vegetation sticking through snow but it did not impede skiing. I saw one exposed rock on 15 to 5. Andy was out grooming during our ski.

Other locations
Jan 24Tilson Creek Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
International FallsDavid Kettula
 
Conditions: Firm and fast with 5 to 6 inches of base.
I skied on Friday and it was 37 degrees and slow. I skied on Saturday at 27 degrees and the trail was a fast and frozen.
Jan 22Black Bay Trail 
Firsthand 
International FallsTim Blais
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked for classic.
Pine Trail had a nice set of tracks. Ridge Trail is not open. Met the groomer on the trail. A lot of short climbs and drops, a lot of gliding. Great scenery. Canadian Shield ridge country. Deer and wolf tracks, beaver dams and a mature forest.
Jan 21Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
International FallsTim Blais
 
Conditions: Soft new snow groomed for skating, with nice classic tracks. Very little traffic, needs to be compacted.
Very good conditions on a wilderness beauty. Variety of terrain. Spruces swamp, pine and fir ridges and cedar forest. Short climbs and drops. Mostly easy terrain with some technical turns. Groomers did a great job.
Jan 18Tilson Creek Ski Trail    
Grooming 
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
Conditions: 4" new snow on Friday/Saturday. Groomed all but VNP connector for skate and classic on Sunday.
Skate deck a tad soft on Sunday with warm temps and new snow; classic tracks very nice. Lots of folks out for the hot dog roast on Sunday! Cold weather Sunday night will set the snow up very nicely.

Minnesota Northwest

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Springlike. Frozen granulated/hard packed on 2-4" compacted base. 15km of skate trail and 27km trackset. 15km packed/combed for no track classic skiing. 8km not packed or groomed with skier made track. Good skating, Classic fair with a few good sections. Track washed in a few spots. Areas of thin cover/rough/icy sections.
We survived the warmth on Friday and stayed below freezing on Saturday and Sunday making for a nice weekend of skiing under some beautiful springlike weather. The tracks cut two weeks ago are wearing but still providing some fine classic skiing despite some icy spots. Ginzu renovating this morning helped take off the hardness on the skate trails a tad complementing super fast and fun skiing. We are not able to reset tracks on current tracked trails but have been grooming down the middle, smoothing out the rough and spreading a granular mix on the tracks. We will be shoveling snow this week, working on the Section course and touching up as many vulnerable areas as we can on the main trails we have been grooming.
Jan 25Rainbow Resort Trails    
Grooming 
WaubunDoug Schumann
Rainbow Resort
 
Conditions: 18*F; cloudy skies; average base depth 2" or less; track sets set on about 10K; base surface icy; ski conditions rated as fair to poor.
Well we did not get the snow yesterday so the warm up on Friday has downgraded our ski conditions again. Saturday the NDSU Bison Nordic team came out in skied any where from 36K to 50 K for the afternoon. They started out with icy conditions and then a soft slushy ski later in afternoon with temps climbing to 35* above. Track sets have melted out so poor at best. Trails remain open with varied conditions.
Jan 22Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Light coating of frost snow on top of frozen granulated/hard packed 2-4" compacted base. Morning low of 3 degrees, rising to 30 mid afternoon. Grooming daily this week on 15km of skate trail and 27km trackset. 15km packed/combed for no track classic skiing. 8km not packed or groomed with skier made track. Good to very good skating, fair to good classic with track washed in a few spots. A few areas of thin cover/rough sections. Recommended to walk through marshy areas.
An absolutely gorgeous morning with the trees frosted nicely and pleasant temps. I skated skied after grooming this morning, enjoying the lightly tilled surface on top of a hard and fast base. Great skiing! Definitely one of the top skiing days of the year, personally. The little bit of frost that fell from the trees took off the hardness on the classic tracks and reports from the morning skiers were good. As mentioned previously, the base right now is lower than what we are used to this time of year but the snow we have is skiing just fine. With warmer temps possible we will hold off on grooming until probably Saturday night. Bottom line, some good skiing to be had this weekend. Enjoy!
Jan 21Rainbow Resort Trails    
Grooming 
WaubunDoug Schumann
Rainbow Resort
 
Conditions: 23* F above; 1" new snow past Saturday; average packed powder base 2 "; 10k and 6k loop groomed Monday night; track sets now in on 8K of trail system; skate lane combed and packed on 16K; ski conditions rated as fair to good.
This past weekend the Maple Grove Nordic HS team enjoyed skiing in some fresh snow falling on Saturday (photos). Skate lanes on 20k system are in good shape and track sets put in Sunday night are fair with some thin spots varied areas. With the exception of coming off the Top of the Rainbow Hill and the climb up Pine Hill trails are in good shape for skiing and the base has set up hard.
Jan 19Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Good to very good. Damp packed powder, frozen granulated mix. 32 degrees for daytime high. Overcast. Tracks set on 26km of trail. 15km groomed skate. Remainder of trail system groomed/packed with skier made track. 2-4" compacted base.
We had a nice MLK weekend with ski teams from BSM and Mound/Westonka along with the North Star Ski Touring Club making their 41st annual visit to Maplelag. Skiers on trail from 6am to midnight over the weekend enjoying the balmy temps. The new snow on Saturday greatly improved the conditions and we had no melting or wetness. Skied on North Loup trail in the afternoon today and found a deep and defined track and hard wax adequate with the softer snow. Reports from the skater were very good and conditions don't get much better other than irrelevant bumpiness from low snow year. No longer the need for snow farming, we will work on the outer trails this week for classic and hope to have an additional 15-20km of trail tracked before the weekend.
Jan 18Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayGlenn Gifford
 
Conditions: Skied two hours on Sunday afternoon. The groomed trails at Maplelag are in good shape and very skiable.
A TV weatherman in Fargo said last week there have been several snow showers in the area this winter, but there has not yet been a snowfall exceeding one inch. Thanks to Jay at Maplelag for all the time and effort on the trails.
Jan 18Detroit Mountain Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Detroit LakesCharlie Ramstad
 
Conditions: Packed powder. Adequate cover. Roll packed, no tracks set. You need to watch for a few sticks and a bit of dirt, but for the most part it is skiable.
Check it out. More snow and this would be great. At this point you would not want to use your race skis, but you can ski all 7-10 km without damage to your skis. It is a skate deck now, but if we get more snow Dan can set tracks. The west side hills are impressive.
Jan 17Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayCharlie Ramstad
 
Conditions: Soft wet new snow over a surprisingly good base. Coverage may be thin in places, but it is fully covered and safe for the good skis, so much so that we felt comfortable skating at dusk. Tracks were shallow, but classic on Twin Lakes and Sukkerbusk was also fine.
I concur with Jay. This is not great by normal Maplelag standards, but it is really pretty good in a year when we are all suffering for lack of snow. No reason not to ski.
Jan 17Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Good to very good. 1.75" new snow today. 2-4" compacted base, 3-6" snow depth. Tracks now set on 17km of trail. All trails open. 15km groomed for skate, remainder of trails with skier made track on top of groomed surface or virgin snow.
After a shot of freezing drizzle which turned out to be a good thing, we had just under 2" of dense snow fall during the morning. Lots of happy skiers on trail today for MLK weekend. We set track at sunset on North Loup for the first time this year and will be back out in the morning cleaning up the skate lanes and setting new track on other trails not previously tracked. The new snow helped out nicely with the coverage, still a few thin spots here and there to exercise caution on but overall nice skiing.

Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 22Soaring Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Park RapidsDeane Johnson
 
Conditions: Fair for skating on trails that were rolled last week. We still have 1" base with 3" total snow depth. There would be room and just enough snow to ski in a classic track along the edge, but not enough to track.
Trails are not too bad, thanks to some aggressive cleanup and mowing last fall. There is grass poking through most everywhere, although we were out on Lillies and Eagle with our good skis today. Take it easy on the hills -- not much cushioning for tumbles! There have been several skiers here each day in the log. MN ski pass required.
Jan 18Soaring Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Park RapidsJohn Hershberger
 
Fair conditions for skating; not enough snow for classical tracks. I skated Lilly, Eagle, and Lake trails. Thin but mostly good coverage, with lots of grass poking up. Some bumpy and/or otherwise marginal areas, especially on Lake. Best area was Eagle, near the trailhead in either direction. Groomer did a great job with minimal snow cover.
Jan 17Soaring Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
Park RapidsJanine Weideman
 
Groomed today for skating only. No tracks set due to limited snow cover. Bring your rock skis.

Minnesota Central

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Graystone Trails    
Firsthand 
Saint CloudBob Baldwin
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good on the north loop.
We can thank some tireless high school coaches for keeping the north loop going. The snowblowing and sled moving helped. It is skiable all the way around, with one or two spots where you have to choose a line of snow. The snow is sticking to the ice and gives a good edge. It is rock skiing, but it gives variety and hills compared to skiing on the river.

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand Secondhand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Thin, dirty, soft skate deck; poor-fair or better skating.
We've returned to the trails out here. About 3 km was packed, from the trailhead up to the warming hut and down to Isaac Lake. Some stretches skied pretty good. The rest of the trail system hadn't been touched. However Paul was grooming as I finished up today and he said he was going to try to pack more kilometers. Skating the ungroomed sections was a lot of work = deep, dense, and bumpy. Several people were out skiing in classical tracks. Regardless it beats sitting on the wind trainer!

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Quarry Hill Park 
Firsthand 
RochesterJames Martenson
 
Conditions: Very good with the exception of a few areas of boiler-plate ice.
I skate skied the park this afternoon. Following a thaw-freeze cycle, the track was very fast. More than ninety-five percent of the track had enough texture to make for great skate skiing, but caution and double poling was needed on a few short sections with boiler-plate ice. I skied the relatively flat sections of the track I did not want to take a chance on having to deal with any icy sections on the more hilly portions of the park. The classic track seems to have held up reasonably well on most of the sections that I skied. I used the classic track on much of the course for double poling and it seemed fine to me. Like the skate track, there were icy sections, but there were lots of people using the classic tracks (including families with small children) and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The groomer has not had much to work with, but despite this, as done an amazing job at Quarry Hill Park.
Jan 24Chester Woods Park    
Firsthand 
RochesterAndrew Wood
 
Conditions: Excellent for skating. Fully groomed but no tracks set.
I put in four loops this morning before the warmer weather set in. Trails are in excellent shape. Some minor thin spots in the open. I used my B skis this morning and wish I would have brought my better skis that have better glide.
Jan 24Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Just got in from an early ski to report that the skating conditions on the southeast prairie trails were great. Overnight we received a heavy layer of frost which really spiffed things up nicely. When one considers the lack of snow the skiing is pretty unbelievable. There are no classic tracks but the conditions should be good for classic skiing also.
Jan 23Essex Park Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
RochesterAndrew Wood
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed in the Garden area. Trails are good in the woods and getting thin in the open areas.
Essex is surprisingly good. Snow is slow with the warmer temperatures. Wooded areas are protected and holding up well. The trail in the open along 55th street is very thin with spots with grass and dirt coming up. Let's hope for more snow!
Jan 23Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Went over the south prairie trails this morning with a fresh rill, no track set, classic and skating should be good.
Jan 22Chester Woods Park    
Firsthand 
RochesterRoger Stahl
 
Conditions: Late day grooming yesterday made for excellent trail conditions this morning (skate only - no track set).
Great morning to be on the trail - was the third skier since a fresh grooming Wednesday evening.
Jan 21Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
We received a 1 inch topcoat of sleet and snow last night to which we applied a light linear rile leaving a fresh new layer of corduroy. Both classic and skating should be good, no classic track set.
Jan 20Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming Scheduling 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Closed for the time being, lots of speed, zero control: last nights drizzle put a glaze on the trail making control impossible. Hopefully the snow forecast for tonight will allow us to reopen tomorrow.
Jan 19Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Another great morning ski, yes the bare spots are getting bigger and the snow is getting grayer but the skating was fast and fun. We will see what tomorrow brings.
Jan 17Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Started skiing at 10 AM and the conditions were very fast and very fun, by noon the skiing was a snirty slog. On days like this it pays to ski early. I recommend staying off the trails when the temperature gets above freezing.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaSteve Horeck
 
Lightly scratched up the 5k and River loop today after yesterdays melt down. We'll try to maintain these loops this week, a few connecting loops also, think snow. If temps drop tonight, more may be able to be groomed, but Rattlesnake and upper trail tend to be more rocky. Caution on the downhills, fast!
Jan 25Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand Lost/Found 
WinonaGerry Cichanowski
 
Conditions: Steve groomed this morning. Man made lighted loop is in very good condition. The main 5k loop and river trail are good with a some icy spots.
Found Sunday morning in the middle of the road next to the upper parking lot a very nice pair of lobster mitts.
Jan 24Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaTom Stoa
 
Conditions: Very good rustic classic skiing.
No grooming since last snowfall, but skier-made tracks on most trails. Occasional thin spots under big pine trees. Sunny, warm and soft today. Overall, very good rustic classic ski conditions.
Jan 22Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaLance Ellmann
 
Conditions: The trails were in good condition. Rattlesnake is skiable with some debree that is easily avoided.
All trails were groomed this morning and in good shape. A bit soft but should set up tonight. The new snow really improved the trails. Good job groomer!
Jan 22Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: 3+ inches new snow.
Trails have been groomed this morning; new snow is adhering to the hard pack and will be very good skiing in most trail areas. Rattlesnack and Upper Trail should be skied with caution. Classic track will be set later today.
Jan 21Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaSteve Horeck
 
4" of snow last night, right now a 5k loop is groomed. We will wait till the temperature drops tonight to assess grooming the rest of the system.
Jan 19Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: Lighted Loop with man made snow can be skied.
Severe melt down over the weekend. The lighted loop was groomed this morning. The snow cover is good on the lighted loop and the snow is pretty much like snow cones. All other trails are very marginal with boiler plate conditions. Please be extremely cautious if you ski on ungroomed trails.
Jan 18Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaAndrew Wood
 
Conditions: Icy boiler plate.
Skied St Mary's this morning at 10:00. Trails were icy and hard. Downhills are lightning fast and on the edge of control.... if any. Open areas are soft and slow.
Jan 17Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaScott Cooper
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Groomed for skate, firm, not icy.
Some dirt showing in places, a few tracks set. Overall worth the trip.
Jan 17Mississippi National Ski Trails    
Grooming 
Red WingCraig Bell
 
Conditions: Good to very good. A little thin in spots on the open prairie sections. Plenty of snow in the woods.
The buff trail skied a little slower this morning with the warming temperature. Coverage remains good. Visitors should know that the lower portion of the trail has historically been a walking throughout the winter. We are hopefully transitioning to skiing only but that will take time. The skiing is still good, just not the immaculate surface we prefer.

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 23Cannon Valley Trail    
Firsthand 
Cannon FallsKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. It was mid 30's and sunny. Trail was packed and rolled but soft. Usual foot traffic between ballfield access and a little after the private drive crossing. No classic track. I used FastWax Yellow LF buffed with fluoro paste.
Guessed right that there would be sufficient snow on the trail to be worth the drive. Not only was there plenty of snow but it had been freshly groomed. It was real nice looking cordoroy and I was the first to skate it. Unfortunately with the temp, it was gruelingly slow. Hit a few sections that had gone through a thaw/refreeze cycle that were faster but the lion's share of the trail has yet to metamorphosize. Scenery was great and saw one flock of turkeys that quickly retreated off the edge of the trail when they saw or heard me. I did 5.8 milles in an hour and 10 minutes. I have now ski skated 26.5 miles over course of five trips in the last nine days. My rib cage under my arms is getting sore from all the polling so I think I'm going to lay off skiing for the rest of the weekend.
Jan 21River Bend Nature Center 
Firsthand 
FaribaultPaul Erickson
 
Conditions: Perfect conditions.
3+ inches of new wet snow made the skiing great.
Jan 20Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldDrew Polasky
 
Conditions: Sort of skiable.
Trails maybe 85-90% covered, only a few areas where it was bare across the whole trail. Icy and thin, but was still able to ski around most of the trails in both lower and upper arb.

Other locations
Jan 22Hormel Nature Center 
Firsthand 
AustinMaria Anderson
 
Tracks are still holding quite well in the woods, and the dusting of snow we've gotten over the last few days has helped with the thin spots and the iciness.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Telemark Resort Trails 
Firsthand 
CableDick Roeber
Classic skiing at Telemark was very good today. Classic tracks had been set earlier and as skiers skied in the 2 inches of fresh snow that covered the tracks, skiing got better and better. North End classic trails were much the same as track had been set the night before and then covered with 2 inches of fresh snow. Skating looked good on the fresh snow at 22 degrees. Trails around Telemark Lodge are not available to the public as the International Paralympics are being held at Telemark. Amazing sight.
Jan 26North End Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
CableIrv Berlin
All trails are covered with about 2" of new snow. Our equipment is on loan to the IPC World cup in Cable due to mechanical problems they have had. We hope to be out grooming again Tuesday morning.
Jan 25North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableLois Braun
Conditions: Very good for classic, a bit squirrelly for skate.
For skaters too timid for the fast conditions on the Birkie Trail on Sunday, the North End Trail was a good alternative, especially the section along the Korteloppet trail. It looked like groomers had made one pass to chew up the ice on the side of the trail adjacent to the classic track. So, unless you were good enough to ski with a narrow profile, one ski would be on a good surface but the other on crusty snow, though in most places the ungroomed side was still good enough to get an edge. The classic tracks had been chewed up and reset and were the best classic trails I'd experienced all season (I haven't done much classic this year because of lowsy classic conditions.) The North End Classic only trail was chewed up too but tracks were not reset until just as we were leaving. They looked enticing. Thanks to the volunteer groomers!
Jan 25Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
HaywardDavid Martin
 
Stopped by on my way home, plenty of cars in the lot, and the trails had been groomed this morning. The new grooming offered a level base and the chalked up snow provided good purchase. Lots of happy faces on the trails.
Jan 25Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Very firm and fast, good base, wide and level, some minor shallow ruts, groomed from Bodecker to OO.
Skated out of Birkie Ridge to Bodecker and south this morning, the Birkie Trail north of Bodecker had been groomed before the thaw and was fast and firm as the over night temps froze everything up pretty solid. The air temps were great today, and plenty of sunshine and very little wind made the skiing atmosphere great. On the downhills, this skier was on the rivet many times trying to descend as the skis just wanted to run. When I got to Bodecker, I jumped on the Birkie Classic Trail for a bit and it was about the same. Earlier they had groomed Bodecker to OO and they were able to till up some snow. Still, the downhills were as fast as you wanted to go with little to no purchase and some snowplowing was in order now and then. Hardpack skis were the way to go but you still had to be very carefully at times... level and solid base, with plenty of good coverage, hoping for some more snow!
Jan 25Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardMichael Jorgensen
 
Conditions: Hard packed: bullet proof!
Warm temps in the upper thirties yesterday followed by lows in the teens today make for a trail that is hard packed and lightening fast, but manageable. I could set a good edge and cornering was fine. A fair amount of skier traffic at OO makes it advisable to use some caution when approaching a blind corner. Be sure to check out the IPC World Championships up at Telemark. Amazing isn't even an adequate description for this event! So many talented athletes from all over the world. A must see!
Jan 24Telemark Resort Trails 
Firsthand 
CableLois Braun
Conditions: Good for skate on Saturday, icy on Sunday.
Please excuse this dated report, but I just want to let people know not to write off Telemark. With the International Paralympic Championships going on at Telemark (yes, they are a lot of fun to watch!) I wasn't sure if the groomers there would have the time to make it out on the recreational trails. But it looked like they made it out in time to give us a good ski on Saturday. Good for skate that is; classic was do-able, according to friends, but looked a bit icy to me. But it wasn't groomed again for our Sunday ski, when a deep freeze turned the course to ice, so we went elsewhere.
Jan 24Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardAdam Segar
 
Conditions: Fair - B - a lot of natural debris.
A lot of natural debris on the trail and a few brown spots. The trail was fast but I might have used my B skis if I had known so many sticks would be showing. Still a great ski. I have doubts that anywhere is better right now with the warm weather and lack of snow. I skied from Birkie Ridge - to Boedecker - to Firetower and back and it I had no issues. Definitely go ski here if you're in the area.
Jan 24Mukwonago Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardDennis Arthur
 
Conditions: Generally, good! Some debris (cones, needles and leaves) on the trail. Snow was still in good shape.
Got there at about 10AM. Skated the 13k and 4k loops. I always enjoy Mukwonago.
Jan 23Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardCarolyn Senty
 
Conditions: Fast fun corduroy remaining from last grooming; tracks firm and fast.
Still lots of good grooming left. A brief sleet/ice pellet shower this morning just left a sugar coat on the trail. Had a fast and fun ski from OO to Fire Tower with Ski and Tea this morning. Past two days have been the best skiing of the season on both north and south ends! Get out and enjoy while you can.
Jan 23Rock Lake 
Grooming 
CableEli Rosenstein
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Base 4-6". Some areas around the Rock Lake Loop might have less.
There are a few areas where deer have been digging up the trail. Fortunately not on any downhills! Please follow the one way directions for skier safety.
Jan 23Mukwonago Trail 
Grooming 
HaywardEli Rosenstein
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Good. Good cover, but there are some thin spots.
Skate deck should be in great shape. There are a few hollow spots from deer digging in the trail. Use caution in these areas. Remember all trails are one-way from the parking lot!
Jan 21Drummond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DrummondKal Perry
 
Conditions: Good to excellent.
Bouelevard is double-tracked, other trails are single-tracked. Thoroughly enjoyed the racetrack trail - a narrow single-track among the tall pines - reminds me of "trails of old". Jackrabbit has some obstacles, but otherwise trails at Drummond are excellent. Any trip to Hayward/Cable area should include a stop at Drummond!
Jan 21Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Fair to good, with new tracks set.
All of the Drummond Ski Trails were renovated and new tracks set today. Track depth is pretty uniform, except on parts of Jackrabbit where dirt was stirred up by the tracker, but most of it is good. There remain lots of pine needles and leaves on the surface, since there has been no new snow to mix it all in. The best snow is on the Boulevard beyond the Jackrabbit turnoff. In the blowdown area there are many places where the new growth (the "whips") are sticking up yet.
Jan 20Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardMichelle Flanagan
 
Conditions: Pristine! Solid corduroy for skating, crisp and solid beauty for the classic track.
Skied from OO North in the most pristine conditions ever. With no additional new snow, this report can only be qualified as a "thank you" to the groomers. Going backwards from today, to Sunday, grooming for the Birkie Trail Tour was perfect enough to support a large amount of very happy and smiling skiers who proceeded to utilize all that grooming until it didn't exist anymore (with a little help from a warm Mother Nature). Top that off with a race the previous day, which sported wonderful conditions in warm weather. Today was truly a gift of skiing. How'd you do that? Worth the trip to ski... and a "thank you" note is in order.
Jan 19Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardAndy Schwartz
 
Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic. Firm, flat and wicked fast. Just soft enough for easy edging.
Stopped at the OO trail head on the way out of town on Monday. Skated from OO to gravel pit plus all the OO loops. It would have perhaps been my most fun ski of the year so far, had I not had to leave.
Jan 19North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableDan Murphy
 
Conditions: Very good. Full coverage with good tracks.
We skied the North End Classic trail and the conditions were great. This is an excellent trail. Deep track and fast snow. The occasional squirrel was seen digging up their winter acorns but the dirt left behind only added to our kick.
Jan 18Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
HaywardGustaf Virkus
 
The conditions were generally good. The skate trails are nicely groomed and the classic tracks are in great shape. The only two issues to confront are pine needles on parts of the deck, and snowshoe tracks. There is also a nice warming hut and a sledding hill here.
Jan 18Heartwood Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
TregoKelsey Halverson
 
Almost all the trails are groomed for classic with one track, no rocks or sticks. The trails are fairly narrow, so skate is harder. Classic is better. Not quite optimal conditions, but decent.
Jan 18Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good to excellent. Good base, some debris.
Skied Fish Hatchery to OO and back. Coverage was very good, a few spots with some dirty snow, and some dirt and gravel to avoid at one of the snowmobile trail crossings. Fair amount of pine cones and leaves, easily avoided on the skate deck. Good number of folks out skiing until the Packer game started, then there was basically no one.
Jan 18Heartwood Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
TregoAris Apostolou
 
Conditions: Good with firm base.
Trails were in pretty good condition. There were a few thin spots, but nothing too problematic.
Jan 18Birkie Trail    
Firsthand Secondhand 
HaywardEve Graves
 
Conditions: Soft and deep with nice classic tracks.
We skated our version of the tour today starting just before 9am. Temps were wonderful! From the start to the actual Birkie trail was very soft and very deep snow by the time we started! The flat portions of the Birkie trail were firm yet our glide seemed to be slow with a styrofoam kinda texture or something. The uphills were sugary and reminiscent of past Birkie's in heats with numbers over 2. In talking with the groomers, sounds like the base is still waiting for more snow so it can handle the "big" groomers instead of just a snowmobile. We finished in time to get home for the big game so we were happy!
Jan 17Rock Lake 
Firsthand 
CableJosh Miner
 
Decent conditions -- hasn't been groomed since last snowfall. Base is somewhat soft and debris/thin spots in some areas. Could stand to be re-groomed.
Jan 17Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardJohn McCarthy
 
Conditions: North of the High point - good for both skate and classic. Fair amount of tree debris.
Nice ski from North End Cabin today, but a reminder that the hills on the various Birkie trails never end. Current system has so many options, all of which are a great workout.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleDan Kephart
Wisconsin DNR
Conditions: very good with a 3 to 4" base.
Trail was groomed and track was set on Monday after 2.5" of new snow. Conditions are very good with a base of 3 to 4" and 9 to 10" in the woods. Enjoy!
Jan 26After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleBrent Gavin
Conditions: Fresh snow and fresh grooming in progress. Great conditions!
Just got back from kicking and gliding through Afterhours. Probably two fresh clean inches when we started. That really freshened everything up nicely. The Swix V40 Blue Extra was spot-on. Saw the groomer starting their work as we were getting done. Awesome ski today.
Jan 23After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleKurt Janko
 
All trails were groomed and tracked today except Classic Trail, which will be re-tracked tomorrow morning. Overall conditions are very good. Base varies anywhere from 1/4" to about 3 1/2". Some areas of the trail have heavy deposits of small debris (needles, bark, pine cones, twigs). There is a general unevenness throughout the trails due to lack of snow which we are unable to fix yet with our heavier grooming equipment. Have a great weekend!
Jan 21After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleDan Kephart
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Conditions are good with a 3" base and about 8" snowcover in the woods.
Skate lanes were groomed on Tuesday and conditions are still good. Skiers can expect to find some debris in some locations on the trails due to busy squirrels and a lack of recent snowfall.
Jan 20After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleTim Blais
 
Conditions: Very good, recently groomed for skating and classic.
Some leaves on the classic track, but easily manageable.

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
With 2-3 inches of new snow I groomed Anchor, Rollercoaster and Telford. Would rate conditions at very good to excellent conditions.
Jan 26Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
The Teuton Trail tracks were left alone because they were in good condition for the low snow depth. The groomer didn't want to lose the tracks. The skating lane was renovated. The Valkyrie Trail tracks were not reset due to lack of snow and the groomer wanted to keep the tracks in place. The base is 4 inches or less in places on both trails. More snow is needed to make the trail conditions better. The trails are rated as good by the groomer. Think more snow!
Jan 24Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
With temps going below freezing and a dusting of new snow, we groomed and tracked Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. We also tracked Sugarbush Classic. The skate lanes came out nicely. The tracks were excellent in some spots, not real pretty in other spots. No thin spots on the trails that I saw. So should be good skiing tomorrow.
Jan 23Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Teuton Trails were combed and tracks reset today. The groomer reset the tracks on Loop A of the Valkyrie Trail. The other tracks on the Valkyrie Trail system are in good condition and did not need to be refreshed. The groomer said the snow is very soft and melting due to the warm temperatures. The bases on both trail systems are approximately 4 inches with leaves, pine needles and branches falling on them due to higher winds. The groomer rated the trails as in good condition.
Jan 23Penokee Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
MellenEli Rosenstein
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Excellent 6-8 inch base.
The recent cold temps and snow have helped set the trail up for good skiing!
Jan 22Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
This evening touched up the skate lanes of Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. The tracks were holding up nicely. Still very good to excellent conditions.
Jan 22Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The groomer renovated the skating lane on the Teuton Trail on Tuesday. The tracks were in good conditions and with warmer temperatures, the groomer decided to not reset them. The Valkyrie Trail was combed out and tracks reset on Wednesday. Both trail bases are down to about 4 to 6 inches on various parts of the trails. Leaves and pine needles are also falling on the trails. More snow is needed to improve the conditions of the trails. The groomers are rating the trails as good due to lack of snow and lots of debris falling on the trails.
Jan 20Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
BayfieldKal Perry
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent.
Skied sugarbush, deer path, and jolly. Nicely groomed, good snow coverage. The only hazard is avoiding leaves in a few places.
Jan 20Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we tracked: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, Seagull Classic, and Seagull. We touched up the skate lanes of Rollercoaster and Telford. I would rate the conditions as very good to excellent.
Jan 19Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we tracked Sugarbush and Oppedahl's, groomed and tracked: Anchor, Rollercoaster and Telford, and touched up the skate lanes of Seagull and Jolly Long. Should be very good conditions.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
BruceRon Jasperson
Two inches of snow and fresh grooming has transformed the icy challenging trails of Sunday into a silky smooth skate deck. No problems with edge control, trails are well covered. Tracks have not yet been re-set.
Jan 25Timberland Hills    
Grooming 
CumberlandLouis Muench
 
After thawing yesterday and freezing today, the trails are icy this morning. Skiable, but use caution on the hills.
Jan 24Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
BruceChris Karnish
 
Conditions: Went from great to good.
My first time here and will return. Skied classic Friday and the trails and track were in A-1 condition. Not even any brown spots. Skied classic Saturday in 37 degree weather and by the 3 pm the classic track and trails were looking tired. The grooming and maintenance of these trails was magnificent. With the colder temps and hope for snow this will be a great place to ski!
Jan 24Spooner City Trails 
Firsthand Grooming 
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Good to very good, a couple of brown spots, sticks and leaves, level, a few icy spots, recommend B skis. Groomed for skating Saturday and new track was set on the soccer fields.
Groomed then skated Spooner City Park in the morning. Later in the morning, the trail was beginning to warm and slow but generally offered fast skating with very good control. Chatted with an older stride skier for a bit, she grew up in the Midlands of England, displaying her strong British accent, she said, "She fancied the trails!"...Enjoy!
Jan 24Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryDan Murphy
 
Conditions: Good coverage -- a little dirt, a little meltage.
If you can time your ski to hit the sweet spot you'll be loving it. I ran things a little late and I got caught up in the soft. Skating-the snow was grunting back at me. Classic was slow but every now and then it would tune right in and it made wonder how great it could have been.
Jan 24Timberland Hills 
Firsthand 
CumberlandAndrew Magill
 
Conditions: Good to better than good for skate and classic. Good base, no rocks or roots showing. Trail had some soft spots and a lot of fast, refrozen snow due to warm temps and sunshine Saturday. Occasional bark, needles or scat- no big deal. Double classic tracks were complete but not extremely deep.
This was my first time skiing here and I would return. Only saw 5 other skiers. The 12k+ outer loop was moderately hilly and overall fast skating (except for some sun drenched slow spots). Twin Cities skiers, if you are in the area or don't want to drive all the way to Hayward, these trails are fun, peaceful and provide a good workout. Thanks for maintaining these trails, CASTA.
Jan 23Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryMike Chrun
 
Conditions: Not recently groomed, but very skiable with tracks.
It felt a bit like a late spring ski today as I hit the "January thaw" window very well about 1:00. I used waxless skis and did the green, blue, and a short part of the black loop before turning around. Tracks were pretty sloppy, and virtually gone on every turn. The iciness had softened so I had good kick. Virtually every hill with a curve was scraped and hard-packed which is why I quit the black loop. A bit more debris and a thinner base than two days ago but still enough snow. Skate lane also was skiable and hitting it at the right time would have meant good skiing.
Jan 22Stower Seven Lakes State Trail 
Firsthand 
Balsam LakeMichelle Stone
 
Conditions: Fair, lots of foot traffic in middle of groomed trail.
The trail is packed and tracked. The track is shallow and there are a few spots where there is dirt showing through in open areas on the trail. I started in Amery and the farther out of town I went, the less foot traffic there was. I turned around at the 2 mile mark. Assuming that the farther out of town you go, the better conditions will get. Noted a few areas where the tracks were glazed and icy.
Jan 22Blue Hills Trail    
Firsthand 
BruceMike Shoup
 
Trails were rolled and tracked today and were starting to set up nicely by late afternoon. Minimal debris and no bare spots on southern-exposed pitches. Bring your "A" skis and your "A" game for these beautiful trails.
Jan 21Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
BruceChuck Henning
 
Conditions: Excellent and great fun.
Skied the east trails and they were smooth, packed, fast, with great snow. The striders reported the track was very good. Nicely groomed.
Jan 19Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
CumberlandLouis Muench
 
Conditions: Very good conditions for classic and sharing.
We received another inch+ of new snow on Monday. All trails were groomed Monday night.
Jan 19Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
BruceSteve Schleppegrell
 
Conditions: All trails in great shape!
Saw wildlife, grouse, deer and other critters and birds. Ski the outer loop and you'll see an area of tree blowdown from last summer. Very Cool!
Jan 19Timberland Hills 
Firsthand 
CumberlandPete Tremaine
 
Conditions: Double tracks were glazed and deep, skate lane was nicely groomed and firm. Outstanding conditions.
What an outstanding venue for the "original ABC's" (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids) to have a pursuit meet at! The trail was in perfect shape, temperatures were in the high 20's and having a heated building was a definite plus. Many thanks to CASTA and Burnett County Forestry and Parks for allowing us to race.
Jan 19Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryBryan Lueth
 
Conditions: Icy at first, but softened as temps rose. Some thin spots, leaves, and sticks.
Skated the outside loops, and it was better than I expected. There is a good consistent firm base. The classic track was decent too, allowing for some double poling.
Jan 18Balsam Branch Trails    
Firsthand 
AmerySandy Schreyer
 
Conditions: Fair to good but changing by the hour.
Skied all trails at Balsom Branch and enjoyed this secret gem of a trail system. Trails started hard packed and icy and transitioned to soft by around noon. Most trails sufficiently covered with the exception of the 3 km outer loop trail which had some churned up dirt. Some trails were a bit uneven but given the minimal snow pack, I think more damage than good would be done by trying to regroom. Recommend B skis until more snow comes.
Jan 18Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryGunnar Fontaine
 
Conditions: A perfect day to be outside. Low snow year but ok skating.
Skied most of the loops today around noon. The trail was littered with debris for most of the skiing but nothing you couldn't ski around. Better coverage than I was expecting to be honest. A couple of spots starting to show through on uphill sections. Bring your B skis until we get some more snow.
Jan 17Blue Hills Trail    
Firsthand 
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
Beautiful conditions on the Eastside trails today, wide skate lane with seamless creamy corduroy from last night's grooming. Classic track set a couple days ago is in good shape.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Lake Wissota State Park 
Grooming 
Chippewa FallsSteve Thon
Conditions: Freshly groomed. Ok but not great.
We received about 2" of fresh powder overnight and just finished grooming. The skate lane came out pretty good but the classic track is a little weak. There just isn't enough snow to get a good deep set. In some places there is dirt. In others we left the old skied in track. Hopefully it will firm up overnight. We need more snow!
Jan 25Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerBrady Zwiefelhofer
 
Conditions: Hard and icy for skate, classic tracks looked all ice.
Took off skating at 9 am. Very hard base as expected after the Saturday thaw and colder temps on Sunday. It was groomed Sunday morning, but with the little snow it was a risk for the groomer to scratch the surface more than what he could. South trailhead connector to the Tram trail was extremely icy and a little dangerous. The trails that were groomed but less skied on Saturday were better. If you go I would recommend B or rock skis. I would also recommend taking off on the north side by the Dog Island trail as the northern part is better as it's been skied on less. This might change a bit if the weather warms again, but the bottom line is.... We need more snow!
Jan 25Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: Good but frozen pretty hard.
Despite the warm weekend and lack of snow, the trail remains snow covered except for a few very minor places. The skate deck is very hard - like ice. Tracks appear to have become pretty solid. The loop on Horseshoe lake was in very good shape except where a few deep ski tracks from Saturday froze in.
Jan 24Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerMike Dahlby
 
Conditions: Great conditions.
The skiing was great this morning on fresh corduroy. The skate deck and bottom of tracks is fully covered, maybe a little soft later in the day. "A" ski conditions.
Jan 23Red Cedar River Trail 
Firsthand 
MenomonieTom Benson
 
Conditions: Fair to good; icy but fast tracks except at bare spots.
No new snow, but what is there was pretty good Friday afternoon. The classic tracks were a bit icy, but fast. Some bare spots, leaves etc., the longest being approx. 20 yards in the first 3 miles south from Menomonie. Use skating track in those spots. Very scenic skiing!
Jan 22Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireArchie Ecker
 
Conditions: Surprisingly nice. Firm and fast skating. Variable track.
Snow is thin. Effortless skating.
Jan 22Irvine Park    
Firsthand 
Chippewa FallsTom Arneberg
 
Conditions: Decent snow; 95% of ruts still intact.
The thaw of January 17-18 did some damage, but the half inch of new snow on Tuesday went a long way to help. The snow is pretty decent on all 3.3 miles of the trail, and about 95% of the ruts are still there.
Jan 21Brunet Island State Park 
Grooming 
CornellMike Rivers
 
Conditions: The Nordic trail has not been re-groomed since Jan 9th, but is still in fair to good shape.
A few light dustings of snow have kept the tracks relatively stable, but they are starting to wear down a bit. We need a few inches of fresh snow in order to tune them up again.
Jan 20Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireJustin Johnson
 
Conditions: Thinning snow cover, still very skiable. B skis recommended.
Skied 40k today. The trail was pretty fast. The dusting of snow that we received last night really helped. I skipped southern facing hills and going down other steep hills. The gradual downhill to the lower loop is still manageable. The two larger hills are ski-able if going up. Going down this is risky there are a few dirt patches sticking up. The status of the trail system is overall very skiable for so little snow.
Jan 18Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
BloomerPaul Wagener
 
Conditions: Still complete coverage, getting thin in a few spots and some debris.
Skied most of the afternoon and hit all the skate trails. We love these trails and were not disappointed. Not much snow pack to spare so were glad to be on "B" skis, but we never hit anything. Skis squeaking with the 35 degree temp but still pretty fast. By sunset the deck was getting faster and crusty as temps dropped near freezing.
Jan 18Hickory Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
BloomerKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good. 33 degrees at start, 31 at conclusion. It was another grey overcast afternoon. There was 100% coverage. There was minimal rutting in a few spots, soft on the edges. (Had me worried when I hugged inside of the curves on the downhills but successfully negotiated them all.) Classic track throughout the south and north loop. I used FastWax Yellow LF.
I skied today in hopes that I would catch some sun. Unfortunatley, I lost it just as drove up Hwy 53 to Bloomer from the Cities. Just to the west you could see clear skies, from Bloomer east overcast. I also ended up unknowingly skiing the entire north and soouth loop with a bloody nose. Didn't realize it until I took a selfie near the end of the south loop. I won't share the selfie. Fortunately I had the place to myself (assume the locals were all watching Green Bay game). The actual skiing ended up being pretty good. I started out with newly waxed skis that had me wondering if I should have used my other skis waxed with colder wax instead. I assume it was the wet snow and the uphills on the first half of trail because once I finished the climb at the far north end, I was able sustain my skate all the way to the snowmobile trail bisecting the north from the south loop. I did the 7.2 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroPete Wurl
 
Conditions: Very fast. Lightning fast.
Warm temperatures yesterday followed by overnight cold made for some interesting conditions today. It was lightning fast, almost too fast. I haven't snowplowed this much in years. A fair amount of leaves and sticks, but every trail in Wisconsin seems to be the same in that regard, including the Birkie trail yesterday. Despite the challenges of the thaw/freeze, the grooming was great as always. Just be prepared to use extra caution on the downhills.
Jan 23Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroScott Everson
 
I strided the 17 km of trails this afternoon, it was great to be out there in sunshine and temps almost at freezing but not too warm or slushy. Excellent conditions! You could drive further north to ski excellent snow, but why?
Jan 21Rib Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Rib LakeBonnie Weyer
 
Conditions: Groomed recently. Good cover.
Thanks for the great ski. I appreciate all the work done on these trails. It looks like the snowshoeing is very popular in this area. Camp Forest Springs is also a great place to ski. Keep up the great work.
Jan 21Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Excellent conditions. I just groomed this morning; tracks are good and fairly deep, skate lanes are beautiful. Plenty of snow cover, great variety of terrain, and very few skiers to run into! Rib Lake trails were groomed last night.

Other locations
Jan 24Willow River State Park    
Firsthand 
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: The trails I skied were a wide variety of poor to gone. What is there is frozen compacted corn snow and ice is your classic track if any. All that was needed for most propulsion was arm poling on the Purple and on the flats across the river. Skiing the loose snow off to the side was better. It was 33 degrees and snow was starting to fall at 9:45pm.
I skied tonight to avoid meeting the numerous hikers that have been on the trails. It was very fast down the Purple to the Silver on the classic rock skis. The kid loop across the river is burned off to the ground in one section that gets sun. I had time to ski in some track for the MYSL kids coming tomorrow. MYSL leaders should stop at the office to find out where that track is. Maybe I can get more skied in tomorrow morning. Its tough skiing at Willow right now. Use rock skis only and don't expect much.
Jan 23Marshfield School Forest 
Firsthand 
MarshfieldDavid Henning
 
Conditions: Very good, on average. The main A trail is excellent, but the secondary trails are only good. The C trail is closer to fair. I did not ski on the ridge.
The groomers have done a wonderful job with limited snow. The tracks and skating deck are excellent, but the deer and/or turkeys have disturbed the oak leaves--allowing them to lodge in the tracks. Not much for snowplowing snow on the hills. I used my rock skis, but that was not necessary. No obstructions visible except for the leaf patches.
Jan 22Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve 
Grooming 
EdgarBruce Kralcik
 
Groomed and tracked Tuesday night on 2 inches of new snow. There was a light freezing drizzle at the time and I haven't been out on it yet but I hope it set up well over night. Got rid of the deer tracks for at least 15 minutes!
Jan 21Kinnickinnic State Park    
Firsthand 
River FallsJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: A wide variety of fair on the far west (wooded) end of the system. Its unskiable out on the prairie.
I found skiable track on the far western loop of the trails at Kinni. There was maybe half an inch of powder in the track. The track was still reasonably formed as opposed to deformed out in the open. The first lap on the powder was on the woodies. The blue klister from the Seeley race was still good. The woodies began to stick on the second lap so a switch to no wax was much better. There's the usual encounters associated with low snow, twigs, leaves. a little ice. The powder packed down to razor thin. There is more wooded trail I did not ski which includes Kinni's only real speed hill. The thin powder is the reason. If you live close by you have maybe two days to try a short ski at Kinnni with track. 2015 annual or daily park sticker is required-no trail pass. More distant skiers should wait for new snow and new grooming at Kinni.
Jan 17Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonJeff Roberts
 
Good to very good. Skating only on the south side of river and a pretty good classic track and skate deck on the north side. Snow reduction during the day on Saturday revealed some bare spots.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
Excellent. 2" new snow. Groomed from 8pm to 11pm on Monday night, as the snow stopped. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes groomed. Solid, full depth, and perfect classic tracks. Flat, smooth, level and solid skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 45 times this season.
Jan 26Shannon Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Saint GermainDavid Henning
Conditions: Trail was rolled down to boat landing, but not tracked. The loop around Shannon Lake had been packed by snowshoes, so we tracked the 2" of new snow.
This three loop scenic wilderness trail is sporadically groomed by volunteers. Beautiful today with snow hanging on the trees, and fresh powder to track. It is an intimate narrow trail with surprisingly tough small hills that do not allow much snowplowing.
Jan 26Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Conditions: Dreamlike. 2" of fresh fluff. Skied-in tracks were smooth and provided nice kick and glide. Grooming is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Just what we needed! The new snow did a good job of covering debris.
Jan 26Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
Conditions: 1/8" dusting atop all trails so far, with minimal drifting. 20km are excellent, including Silver Strider, Red Pine, VO2, X-C Express, and Nepco's Cruise. Another 20-30km are good or better, including Lake Marie and the Wilderness Trails. The remaining trails are in fair condition with very firm or icy bases.
We will groom throughout the week to prepare for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous on Saturday!
Jan 25Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsLeslie Taylor
Conditions: Excellent...for both skate and classic.
Stopped by Afterglow for an after Noquemanon ski and enjoyed the usual meticulous grooming on all trails! Thanks Pete.
Jan 25Northwood Golf Course 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderErica Golueke
 
Conditions: Excellent, last groomed Saturday. A skis, firm and a little icy.
MadNorSki skier looking for snow and found it at Northwood ski trails. The very skiable but slow snow on a warm Saturday was transformed by some late night grooming into a fast and hard skate deck with firm tracks on a cooler Sunday. Great skiing and great snow!
Jan 25Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaSherry Huske
 
Conditions: Excellent, well groomed and very fast.
You can always count on the best conditions at Winter Park! In addition they offer a fabulous trail for skijoring You can ski, take a break in the chalet and go back out for more! My kids love the skating rink and tubing down squirrel hill, fun for all!
Jan 25Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
70km+ of trail have been PistenBullied early this morning. The skate decks and striding tracks are firm, thus ensuring fast conditions today!
Jan 24Moccasin Ski Trail    
Firsthand Secondhand 
ElchoAndrea Wetzel
 
Good for skate. Great for classic. The trail was groomed this morning. Despite the soft snow, I still got good glide with my skate skis. The outer loop was hilly and fun. Classic skiers said the tracks were in good shape despite the warm temps.
Jan 24Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverTyler Gruetzmacher
 
Conditions: Classic good, skate very poor.
The grooming worked well for classic, but the advertised skate deck was only 160cm between classic tracks. They should widen the grooming path and only put a classic track on one side and have the snowshoers walk on the opposite side. Or don't advertise it as a skate trail.
Jan 24Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
The PistenBully groomed 35km of trail last night. We have fresh skate lanes and solid track on Nutcracker, Lake Marie, Squirrel's Tail, and Vo2 Max.
Jan 23Schlecht Lake 
Firsthand 
MinocquaTracy Piontkowski
 
Conditions: Excellent for skate. Classic tracks were good too.
Stopped to break up the drive from Oshkosh to Ironwood. Started at 3, there was a light dusting of snow 1/2" over well packed trail which allowed great edge control for the screaming downhills. Loops are short, this place has it all. Really enjoy skiing here and the value, $9 in the pipe for three of us to ski for 1 hour. Jumped in the tracks and they were fast as well.
Jan 23Nicolet North Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Nice base and groomed for classic and skating.
Ah, so good to see Nicolet North groomed and ready to ski after a few years! Skied Roller Coaster and Pat Shay Loop and it was great. Keep up the good grooming!
Jan 23Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. Phelps trail was groomed with full depth classic tracks. All skate lanes regroomed. All other classic tracks in Excellent condition. Trails have been groomed 42 times this season. The 8 mile snowshoe trail system is in excellent condition also. Rentals available. We have a large warmup room overlooking Afterglow Lake.
Jan 23Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
The skate deck was cleaned up tonight, and all of the classic tracks were reset, except for the Landfill Loop. Those tracks were still in good shape. The Cut Across segment was groomed for the first time. It is a little rough, but should improve when we get more snow and can work it some more.
Jan 23Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
New tracks were put in today. The trails are ready for the weekend.
Jan 23Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
Skied out to Lake Marie today via Base Loop and Nose Dive Alley, both had been freshly groomed and a bit soft. Yukon, C&D and Lake Marie were all nice and hard and much faster. Lots of spots through the pines with forest/squirrel litter but nothing that can't be managed. Came back via XC Express and Nepco's Cruise. Both firm and fast. Great ski.
Jan 23Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Mostly very good. Groomed at noon today. Refreshed the corduroy in the skate lane and reset tracks. Some stretches of debris remain.
The warmer temps are keeping conditions a bit on the soft side. Should still be enjoyable skiing.
Jan 23Raven Trails 
Grooming 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
All loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
Jan 23McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skaters loop groomed. All other loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
Jan 23Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Fair conditions.
Classic skied most of the trails today. The winds have done a real number on the whole system. A lot of debris down, and lots of blown snow in the tracks.
Jan 23Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeChristopher Bartelt
 
Groomed and tracked all loops this morning, trails appear to be in very good condition.
Jan 23Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Over 30km of skate lanes and 15km+ of striding lanes have been groomed. Both Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks have been PistenBullied for skating and striding. Although the debris is increasing a little bit, it's still great skiing on all 90km, including all three long trails. A few thin spots on VO2 and Yukon, but you can still use your race skis with confidence.
Jan 22Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverLarry Cain
 
Conditions: Excellent grooming, great kick and glide.
Despite empty woodpile at the shelter there was a warm fire last Saturday and again today. Chickadees and Nuthatches numerous and friendly (hungry).
Jan 22Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Great with 8-10" base some debris under hemlocks. Groomed and tracked Military, part of east trail and nine mile, also butternut connector.
Might get sticky later afternoon tomorrow with higher temps.
Jan 22Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Excellent with 8" base with a little debris under the hemlocks. Pat Shay, Butternut, Roller Coaster and part of logging road all groomed and tracked.
Should groom again in the middle of next week.
Jan 22Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent. Perfect classic tracks. Firm and flat skate lanes. Super fast conditions. Trails have been groomed 41 times this season.
Jan 22Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Great skiing on all 90km, including all three long trails. Isolated pine needle patches on River Run, Big Pine, and Sleigh Ride. A few thin spots on VO2 and Yukon, but you can still use your race skis with confidence. Up to 1/4" of powder on a few trails, and they ski fast. No hazards or other issues.
Grooming resumes soon for Saturday and Sunday. Inga Lami of the Northwoods Women's Gathering will be fun and it won't limit any trail access for other guests. Also this weekend: Best-line classic on Steeple Chase, and a skate lane on Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks.
Jan 21Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
 
Excellent! I groomed the trails Tuesday and they have held up well. Smooth skate surface and classic tracks. What does that Columbia motto say... get out and play! Enjoy the skiing - it's wonderful.
Jan 21Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
Fresh grooming on the trails nearest the chalet left them super fast with perfect edge control. River Run had a light dusting on top of the last grooming but was still almost as fast. Everything I skied was just the right mix of hard pack and edge control. A really fast, wonderful ski.
Jan 21Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Fair to good all tracked and groomed with 8-10" base.
Larry finished around 1:30pm so it should set well tonight with cooler temps.
Jan 21Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderScott Watson
 
Conditions: Excellent. Firm track and pole plant.
I just skied the best grooming job I've ever skied at Cassian. Especially nice north of Timber Lake Road.
Jan 21Raven Trails 
Grooming 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Leveled and tracked all loops. Overall very good conditions.
Jan 21Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Nearly 60km of skate lanes were groomed last night. We put a grooming flap over the striding tracks to dust them with snow, so they should all ski nicely today. Yesterday, skiers reported that Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks were still very good. The old-school Wilderness trails are good to very good.
This weekend: a best-line classic track on VO2 and Steeple Chase, and a skate lane on Nekoosa and Wolf Tracks. The 15km Wilderness trails will be groomed with single-track for Sunday morning.
Jan 20Northwood Golf Course 
Grooming 
RhinelanderRon Teclaw
 
Lightly scarified and combed in the inch and a half new snow from Monday night into the skate deck all the way around the trail system. Skiers skied in the new snow in the tracks and reported very good conditions so I did not reset tracks. The short stretches running through the lowlands are still a bit bumpy but have full coverage and are skiable with your best skis. Enjoy.
Jan 20Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
Nose Lake was re-tracked this afternoon. Be aware of some leafy debris on the trail, especially on the east-west connection.
Jan 20Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
New classic tracks were put down this morning, and any issues with last weeks track have been erased.
Jan 20Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
Washburn was groomed Monday. The classic tracks were left alone since they are holding well. The skate lanes were cleaned up, but they did have dusting of snow on them Tuesday morning.
Jan 20Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeSamuel Weber
 
All loops leveled and tracked. Excellent conditions. Some spots of minor debri such as pine needles and leaves on trail.
Jan 20McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skaters loop cut and groomed. All other loops leveled, cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
Jan 20Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionJoe Fieweger
Wisconsin DNR
 
Cut and tracked all loops this morning. Good conditions. A fair amount of debris on the trail in some areas. A few inches of new snow would be welcome to cover the debris.
Jan 20Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
We had a 1/4" dusting of snow on top of our fast skate decks and smooth striding track last night. Single track Wilderness Trails have been a new favorite of striding skiers.
Jan 20WinMan Trails 
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Conditions: Trails were groomed and trackset on Monday and are in great shape.
Trail conditions are excellent and it looks like we will have a week of mild weather - no excuse not to go to WinMan to ski, snowshoe and/or fat-bike.
Jan 19Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Perfect, skate and classic.
You just cannot beat the wonderful grooming here at Afterglow. Skate lane was flat, firm and fast. Tracks were wonderful and also fast the few times I used them. Very light breeze, +22F, a few flakes drifting down, doesn't get much better.
Jan 19Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
We have 30km freshly groomed by the PistenBully. The skate decks and striding tracks have held firm overnight. The single track Wilderness Trails have been superb.
Jan 18Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Excellent. 2" new snow. All classic tracks reset. All skate lanes regroomed. Deep, solid, firm and consistent classic tracks. Smooth, firm, flat, level and solid skate lanes. Trails have been groomed 41 times this season. Snow depth 21".
Groomed from 8 pm until 11pm Sunday evening. The snow was like cream. Perfect corderoy. See you Monday.
Jan 18Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsThomas Swaya
 
Conditions: Excellent. Deck firm and tracks deep.
The conditions and grooming at Afterglow are outstanding. Nice turnout Sunday. The skate deck and classic tracks simply could not have been better. If you have never been to Afterglow you owe it to yourself to experience the very best in grooming, trails and hospitality.
Jan 18Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WoodboroGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Skating: Awesome!
Arrived at 11:30 with temp of 30. Skating decks were groomed this morning and they were amazing: firm fast, and well groomed. I always find out how good of shape I am in when I ski here, those hills are relentless, steep, and numerous - I love it! Some of best hills to train for the Birkie. Does not get any better than this!
Jan 18Washburn Lake Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
WoodboroBrian Hegge
 
Conditions: An inch new, fresh corduroy!
Conditions are fabulous. Took a picture leading to Herringbone Hill to show how deep snow pack is. First one up the hill today. Only did it once, lol.
Jan 18Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
The skate deck was cleaned up this morning. Some classic track was reset, as well. With the mild temperatures, this should provide for some decent skiing.
Jan 18Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Very good conditions with 15 plus inches of snow in the woods and 26 degrees today. Track will be firm and fast, some leaves and debris but snowing now so should be covered.
Finally some nice weather for outdoor sports. some nice tracks waiting for you.
Jan 18Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
The track was reset early this morning. With the mild temperatures, there should be some pleasant skiing conditions. The connection trail does have a fair amount of oak leaves on it -- this cannot be helped. Otherwise both loops are clean.
Jan 18Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. Groomed at 7:30AM today. Refreshed skate lane and tracks.
Still some debris in some stretches.
Jan 18Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Our Wilderness trails, Big Pine, Cedar Creek and Tamarack Pond have been groomed. All 90km+ of trails are open. Vo2 Max, Squirrel's Tail, Nutcracker and.
Jan 17Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
 
Thank you for the nice grooming. Enjoyed Saturday skiing with my family. Very little debris.
Jan 17Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WoodboroRuth Jaeger
 
Conditions: Very good. Skate deck was fresh. Classic tracks were good enough, just a little shallow but still solid and skied very well. Plenty of base.
Love the terrain at this trail system and the shelter was a great spot for our lunch break.
Jan 17Northwood Golf Course 
Firsthand 
RhinelanderRuth Jaeger
 
Conditions: Fabulous! Beautifully groomed on Friday and only lightly used today. Nice deep tracks that felt solid and fast when I jumped in from the equally well groomed, level skate deck. Minimal tree debris on trail. Definitely use good skis if you like!
I was there mid afternoon. The sun peaked out and the snow got a little warm but clouds rolled in before any real damage was done to the trail.
Jan 17Raven Trails 
Firsthand 
WoodruffJim Gantz
 
Conditions: Fast track today. Excellent conditions.
I skied the red loop and conditions were about as good as they get. The track was fairly fast with the warmer temperature and the downhill sections were dragged which made for good control. There are some steep hills on the red loop so that was much appreciated.
Jan 17Escanaba Trail  
Firsthand 
Boulder JunctionJim Gantz
 
Conditions: Well groomed, excellent skiing.
It was a fast track when I arrived today around 8:00 am. My no wax skis were perfect for the warm weather.
Jan 17Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
River Run was as nice as I have ever skied it today. Firm and fast, great coverage everywhere. All other trails going to and from RR were just as nice. A great day.
Jan 17Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsAl Berendt
 
Conditions: Excellent both classic and skate.
Skied twenty miles today classic and the trails were in excellent condition. Deep tracks and firm pole plants with plenty of snow. Come on up for some of the best skiing in the midwest. Thanks pete for grooming to perfection. The skate deck was also firm and level.
Jan 17Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsMadeline Berendt
 
Conditions: Tracks and pole plants are firm on all trails.
classic skied today. Trails are in fantastic condition. Pete does an amazing job with the grooming. If you are from southern Wisconsin and are trying to get a great ski in before the Birkie, this is the place to go.
Jan 17Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
All 90km+ of trail have been groomed with the exception of our wilderness trails. Skiers have reported a 5+ for Nutcracker, Squirrel's tail, Beaver Pond and Yukon Trail.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauJim Linstedt
Conditions: A little less than 2" of new snow made for great skate conditions on the ungroomed and groomed areas. They were grooming and setting track.
Thanks groomers! Good skis fine if you pay attention to some dirt tilled up.
Jan 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauMeg Drew
 
Conditions: Fast, hard, and icy, good overall trails but a new groom to soften is needed.
Classic trails overall are very hard, icy, fast and unforgiving - not for the beginner skier or faint of heart.
Jan 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauLuke Fortney
 
Conditions: Icy, hard, and chunky, but base is very good.
Trail conditions were fair, icy throughout. Groomer broke down Sunday, but was up and running again by late morning. We did the 20 km loop, and skating deck was hard, icy, and chunky at times. Overall base is firm, and with low temperatures in the foreseeable future, skiing should remain pretty good with a bit more snow and a few more passes by the groomer.
Jan 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauPaul Wagener
 
Conditions: Extremely hard packed skate lanes, rock hard, icy classic tracks, downhill turns scary fast and scrubbed down to almost ice.
Snow starved Baraboo skiers up for a weekend. After, wonderful ski yesterday on Rib Lake and Camp Forest Springs trails we chose 9 mile for today as we know they have very good grooming capabilities. Thought they would have been better able to deal with the temperature swing from yesterday and was looking forward to fast skating on groomed hard pack. Alas, by 10:30 am it was pretty darn hard to get an edge on most of the uphills and the downhills turns were pretty much bobsled runs. It sure seemed like no grooming had been done since the temps dropped. One of the few disappointing skis we've had here but hey, it was skiing and we made the best of it.
Jan 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauGeorge Cleveland
 
Conditions: Fair to Poor. Tracks ice, skate deck hard and fast.
Ice, ice baby. County guys described the trails as verging on dangerous. Needed more klister than the universal we used. A true blue klister day. The county did cut some tracks on the closed snowmobile trail behind the chalet and they were only glazed, albeit very fast. There were also some very short teaching loops that had been ground up and groomed. But for the most part it wasn't a day for the weak hearted.
Jan 25Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointDiane Gustin
 
Conditions: Hard packed with ice.
Trails are fair at best. This is no fault of Standing Rock. They are grooming and trying to keep things skiable. Really need snow. Stride lane set on green trail only. Glad its still open. More snow would fix everything.
Jan 25Jack Lake Trails    
Firsthand 
AntigoAndrea Wetzel
 
Fast and well groomed for skate. The trail was recently groomed and a combination of yesterday's warm weather and today's cool weather resulted in a very fast skate deck. We stuck to the green thumb to avoid steeper hills. The skate was fast and fun. I was able to get an edge in most places. There are a few thin spots to look out for but they can be avoided.
Jan 24Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
IrmaGeorge Cleveland
 
Conditions: Good. Tracks well set. Areas of debris. Warm temps made for soft snow and slow conditions.
Temperatures in the mid 30s made for slow skiing. Rex Tape Grip worked well for grip. Cooler temps and maybe some snow would help.
Jan 23Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaScott Frazier
 
Conditions: Very good for skating, good for classic.
The trails are in fine condition and tracked for classic also. Some thin spots for classic but overall trails are in great shape for the amount of snow fall. Good skate deck on all trails. Good skis ok this weekend.
Jan 23Underdown Recreation Area 
Grooming Scheduling 
IrmaDonna Kikkert
 
Trail is in great shape, groomed and ready to go. There will be a fire, hot chocolate and cookies in the parking lot on January 24.
Jan 23Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauDave Minden
 
Conditions: Excellent, good snow cover and good grooming throughout.
Classic tracks best, nicely glazed. Skate deck fully covered and solid throughout. Even 'Alps' and 'Little Alps' were soft and groomed well and wide.
Jan 22Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauTyler Gruetzmacher
 
Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
Skied the 20km route everything was approaching perfection. The skate deck was flat, solid with fresh corduroy. A beautiful day on the snow.
Jan 20Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand Secondhand 
IolaJohn Engel
 
Conditions: 3-4" fresh snow. Phil was grooming the skate lanes at noon. He stated he would set tracks later that day.
Skied the Black and Blue which were freshly groomed. The skate lanes were soft and smooth (great workout). You could tell how much work the club puts into trail maintenance. Thanks Phil and members who have been shoveling snow into the bare spots.
Jan 20Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointScott Frazier
 
Conditions: Pretty good for skating only.
What a difference an inch of new snow can make! The skating deck has been re-groomed and most of it is clean. Still thin is some spots on hills, but the Blue inner loops have the best conditions. I avoided the far West portion of the Red 8K loop taking the Blue shortcuts and found them in fine shape. Not enough snow for classic tracks.
Jan 19Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointJanelle Peotter
 
Conditions: Fair to poor, depending on the trail. Pretty hard packed and debris in some areas.
This was our first time skiing at Standing Rock and we were impressed by the trails. It must be a wonderful place to ski when there is more snow. The outside red loop was very hard packed and icy today but the inside blue loops were a lot of fun. We were skate skiing but classic skiers would be out of luck if they were looking for tracks as more is snow needed to create those.
Jan 19Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
WausauRichard Homan
 
Excellent conditions for skating. Skated the 20 k today. Half of it was groomed and half really fast. No problem with control. This was our best day so far this year.
Jan 19Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Grooming 
WausauGary Zimbric
 
Conditions: Good overall in spit of the mild weather and heavy traffic.
The skate lane continues to be groomed on a daily basis and is getting pretty packed. Classic track grooming has been sporadic with increasing numbers of oak leaves and debris. Still can use best skis.
Jan 18Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointRichard Homan
 
Fair to good. Skated Sunday with temps hovering around 36. Skating lanes usually in fair to good shape. Lots of debris in some locations. No classic tracks set. They need a few more inches of fresh snow.
Jan 18Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
Stevens PointMindy Borchardt
 
Conditions: Fair to poor, lots of debris.
The groomer made a very light pass this morning and set track on the green loop, but there isn't enough snow to risk tilling the whole trail properly. Good news is that the inner blue loops are in great shape. Red Pine run downhill has some ground showing on the little uphill just past the bottom. Snow dance needed.
Jan 17Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
IrmaPete Wurl
 
Conditions: 40% very good, 40% good, 20% fair.
Skied the long loop. The only concern was the wind blown sticks and leaves. Plenty of base, so rocks were not an issue. Overall a nice ski.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
Conditions: 1.5" new snow, south side open only.
Thin base, rolled only, crunchy base, use old skis.
Jan 24Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
Green BayMark Ernst
 
Conditions: 37F soft packed base with some debris. No tracks.
The core trails were very skateable. The base contour is showing through as is areas under pines. B skis are the order of the day but I used my good ones. The Bay Nordic Youth group looks for more snow on the horizon.
Jan 22Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahPaul Hollub
 
Trail was recently rolled out. Areas of trail are in great shape others you just have to take your time getting around. Better than nothing!
Jan 21Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
South trails open. Spring skiing conditions. Use rock skis, use alternate routes around gravel areas.
Jan 21Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
NeenahMike Christman
 
Conditions: Ok for rock skis.
You can ski most of the trail with rock skis. You will hit sticks and rocks but you can get a ski in.
Jan 20High Cliff State Park 
Grooming 
SherwoodLinda Guelig
 
Volunteer trail groomer checked the trails today and determined that grooming wasn't going to happen. High Cliff only received about a 1/2 inch snow. We'll post any updates.
Jan 20Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming 
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Conditions: 2" of new snow lead to packing and adding to the base on the trails.
Hoping to get a little more snow this week to add to the trails, and possibly lead to a full packing and tracking later this week. Sticks, oak leaves in spots, and a nice base starting to form on trails otherwise.
Jan 20Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming Scheduling 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Conditions: Trails remain closed. 1" new snow.
Trails are white, but no base. Icy under new cover, patience.
Jan 20Reforestation Camp 
Grooming 
Green BayScott Putman
 
Conditions: Groomed 6 am to 10 am. Only 3/4 of an inch of new snow to groom. However most areas look good. Obviously very thin snow and no tracks.
The Oaks swamp was icy and thin so it wasn't groomed. Same with the maples return swamp. Still use rock skis till we get more snow. But we are skiing!
Jan 17Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
Conditions: Variable: Oaks was thin and soft, main sections of Maples and Birches were skatable. 35 degrees.
Needles and Oak leaves in the usual areas. Hilly areas are very suspect. Though we really need snow, large sections of the Birches and Maples are surprisingly well covered. Came across four people walking on the trail.
Jan 17Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming Scheduling 
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Trail is closed till further notice.

Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Peninsula State Park 
Grooming 
Fish CreekRich Dirks
Conditions: Fair to good, skate deck packed and level, classic track mostly good.
With minimal snow, the roads in the park provide some of the best skiing in the area. They have been rolled and packed with a decent track set. The base is probable 3" and adequate depth to allow the use of good skis without the fear of breaking through to the road surface below. The "normal" trails in the park have also been groomed but the lack of adequate snow leaves them in generally poor condition. In the meantime the roads are the place to ski.
Jan 18Peninsula State Park 
Firsthand 
Fish CreekNathaniel Tollefson
 
Conditions: Despite the warm temps the skiing was fair.
When one is on a Tour de Ski you must ski where you are. I waited until the end of the day when temps starting to drop expecting to turn around if the trail was too soft. To my surprise the conditions were firm, similar to crust skiing. Whilst I was exploring the 10k loop the Norse Ski Gods started sprinkling beautiful sharp snow to slow me down and give some control. Peninsula Park has something here if they choose to make it a destination for skiers, those skiers will come.
Jan 17Peninsula State Park 
Firsthand 
Fish CreekNathaniel Tollefson
 
Conditions: Thin but good, B skis recommended.
Tour de Ski continues. Skied the temporary 11k skate loop at Peninsula State Park in the morning. The trail was just starting to soften up at 10:30 due to warm weather. New snow would be very helpful.
Jan 17Crossroads at Big Creek 
Firsthand 
Sturgeon BayJanelle Peotter
 
Conditions: Fair considering the small amount of snow we have. Not enough snow for classic tracks to be made but good skate deck.
We have a problem keeping the walkers off the trails - very frustrating. If you see a walker on the trail, please talk to them and explain skate skiers need the whole deck flat.

Other locations
Jan 24Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Firsthand 
FlorenceDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Groomed and tracked; somewhat soft due to 35 degree temps.
Nice ski on the Lauterman and Little Porky loops today. Soft in the tracks and you could hear the snow groaning under the skis but overall a good ski.
Jan 24Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
LakewoodBob Warpinski
 
Conditions: Very good. Skate deck is a solid 6-8 inches. Classic tracks are well set. A little woods debris here and there, but overall fantastic!
Lots of happy faces, with 35 degree temps many people are gloveless, a full parking lot of people making the most of our Wisconsin winter. Worth the drive! Looking forward to shoveling.
Jan 23Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodDan Statz
 
Conditions: Very good. Entire trail was freshly groomed.
We skated over 3 hours this morning, making first tracks on the new grooming. Hopped into the classical tracks many times and those were also very nice. There was some light mixed precip, mostly small ice pellets at the end of the ski but nothing seemed to be accumulating. Should be great for weekend skiers.
Jan 23Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Conditions: 6 inch base, some melting going on.
Groomed and tracked should be nice for the weekend.
Jan 23Governor Thompson State Park 
Grooming 
CrivitzMaggie Kailhofer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good-some debris on trails.
Trails remain in good shape. We had a little fresh snow this week. Otter trail was re-groomed this morning. There are a few thin spots on the entry trails, but overall skiing is good. Beware of the oak leaves in the tracks.
Jan 22Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodLloyd Lundwall
 
Tim and I went out at sunset and re-groomed the north end of the trail. Finished up at midnight. Now the entire trail is in great shape.
Jan 22Spring Rapids Trail 
Grooming 
CrivitzSara Pearson
Wisconsin DNR
 
Trails have not been groomed since Jan 16th due to lack of snow. Trails are in fair-good conditions. The Riverside Trail is very thin in spots, but the other trails have held up better from the recent above freezing temperatures.
Jan 21Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
LakewoodTom Lane
 
Conditions: 2 to 3 inches of light snow on the trail. Track was great. With the new snow the skate lane might have been a little slow.
On the snow 2:05 pm, off the snow 4:40 pm. Skied most of the trail from old 32 to the black trail split. Almost no leaves, no wind and the sun came out. Fantastic day.
Jan 20Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodLloyd Lundwall
 
Lakewood had 2" of snow last night. Groomed everything from the golf course out to old 32. Track looks great out here as 99% of the leaves are gone.
Jan 20Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodJohn Buscher
 
Excellent trail with 1 inch new snow over hard, flat track. Excellent skiing today. Thanks Fred and Lloyd, great grooming.
Jan 18Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodJim Beno
 
Conditions: Overcast and 30F, firm and fast.
Skate skied the trail from end to end. Nice level deck with firm and fast conditions. The classic tracks looked very good.
Jan 17Jones Spring Area Trail 
Firsthand 
TownsendCraig Weitermann
 
Very nice - classic tracked only, firm deck, good cover. Some pine litter in spots, but not bad. Very nice outing.
Jan 17Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodLarry Dobberstein
 
Conditions: Tracks were excellent. Freshly groomed.
Lots of happy faces here today. The tracks were firm with a great glide. More snow here than I expected, so it was a real surprise!
Encountered only a few sections with those pesky leaves, otherwise it was a great day to ski here. The skate lane looked great as well.

Wisconsin Southwest

La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 22Drugans Golf Course 
Firsthand 
HolmenEd Pilmonas
 
Conditions: Fair conditions.
2" of fresh, light snow Tuesday. Freshly groomed for skate skiing with thin areas.
Jan 19Drugan's Golf Course 
Firsthand 
HolmenScott Cooper
 
Conditions: Trail? Decent crust cruising with the no-wax classicals. Soft in places, icy in others. OK spring skiing.
It even smells like spring.
Jan 19Drugan's Golf Course 
Grooming 
HolmenScott Cooper
 
Groomed for skate, but getting boiler plate. Flats would be OK for no-wax classical skis, crust isn't strong enough in deep areas. There is one groomed section on the north facing bowls that is good for hill repeats skating if you need to get your heart rate up. Use rock skis.

Wisconsin Southeast

Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 23Evergreen/Maywood 
Firsthand Grooming 
SheboyganJim Van Akkeren
 
I groomed the Evergreen section yesterday afternoon. Still not enough snow to set a classic track. I skied almost all of the trails this morning. Some nice sections and some not so nice. I really like the Maywood north section but be careful as you head down the hill toward the river; I hit some bare ground and took a tumble. Maywood south has not been groomed since we had snow a few days ago. It has gotten a lot of use from skiers, snowshoers, walkers and fat bikers, so the snow has been compacted a bit.
Jan 22Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushMike Healy
 
Conditions: Fast and icy. 32 degrees and partly cloudy.
Got to Greenbush just before sunset and was able to ski almost all of the trails. Just enough snow to get an edge but the trail could use some snow. A few areas where rocks and roots poking through and ruts were everywhere. Lighted (brown) loop was a blast.
Jan 20Evergreen/Maywood 
Firsthand 
SheboyganTom Ries
 
Was skiing at about 2:30 today. 2-3 inches of new, wet snow. Very slow, not yet groomed. If it stays cool, next few days should be good.
Jan 20Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
GreenbushMichael O'Brien
 
Conditions: About 2 inches of new snow had been nicely groomed for skating on the first half of the purple loop, but the snow was soft and slow and there weren't groomed tracks for classic skiing.
I skated at about 2 PM, going from the purple trail to the green trail and back to its re-connection with purple. The purple/green portion had been groomed for skating, but the classic tracks were only intermittent and appeared to have been "skied in" rather than "groomed in. After I got back on the purple trail, that had not been groomed for either skating or classic, but it was ski-able. Not too many bare spots and not too much debris. Pretty decent skiing.
Jan 17Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
GreenbushTom Hauch
 
I went early this morning. The trail condition seemed more like it does in spring. There was people classic and skate skiing. You got to love it to be out there with trail conditions like this. Stay cold.

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 25Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Poor, icy after above freezing temps yesterday.
I skied the white loop, and it was icy most of the time, although a few sections that were ok. The very thin dusting of snow did not help. I am most likely done skiing here until new snow arrives. Bummer winter so far.
Jan 25Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendRuss Sobotta
 
Conditions: Really good and very fast.
Trail groomed and rolled today. Very fast and in great shape, especially if you follow the groomer marks. Caution on the bridges. Good skiing considering the low snow conditions.
Jan 25Fox Hill Nordic 
Grooming 
West BendJerry Gensch
 
The east and west loops in the woods have been groomed and look to be in pretty good shape considering, and also the lower fields.
Jan 24Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldAndy Schwartz
 
Conditions: Good for both skate and classic on the snowmaking loop. An inch or two of sugar over an ice base. Classic tracks are plenty worn from heavy use but still serviceable.
Trails were a mob scene of skiers this morning. Masters getting in training laps. And nearly every junior skier in the southern part of the state here for a race. Taking advantage of the only skiable snow in this part of Wisconsin.
Jan 23Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Fair, a bit icy, but skiable for experienced skiers.
Looks like they tried to till up the white trail that I skated on today. Was ok, better than I anticipated. Was able to get around the few bare spots.
Jan 22Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Fair - thin, partly icy, partly rutted base with 1"fresh snow ungroomed but skatable.
Surprisingly skiable(skate) skied the blue and brown loops- the 1" of new snow helped greatly for stability on the partly icy thin base
A few brown spots to navigate around(95% coverage). Only stumbled a few times but operated in lower than usual "gear". Still should be good to go today.
Jan 21Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendDave Miller
 
Fast and fun night ski - even with limited snow conditions. Best in fields with some bare spots to avoid. Many thanks to Jerry and his efforts!
Jan 20Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldDon Howell
 
Conditions: skated 20k on the manmade loops and had very good glide despite the soft corn snow on the surface. The temp was 30 degrees and cloudy. It was enjoyable with the faster conditions and good training with the long hill climb and the short steep climb.
It is usually groomed in the evening which keeps it from being boiler plate icy. Right now the 1.3k man made loop is the only good skiing in SE WI.
Jan 20Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendJerry Gensch
 
Just got back from skiing(skate) and conditions are very good. Adequate coverage, fast and fun! Only negative was that there was no one else out there. If you would like to try Fox Nordic, Park about 200 yds north of reg. entrance, walk past gate to "no hiking" sign and follow grooming. Field trails are very skiable at night with headlamp. Have fun!
Jan 20Fox Hill Nordic 
Grooming 
West BendJerry Gensch
 
Ran the scarifier through this morning, looks better than yesterday, should be decent skating on trails in the fields.
Jan 19Scuppernong 
Firsthand 
EagleSzymon Wozniczka
 
Conditions: Still skiable; fair to poor, at some stretches quite good.
classic tracks may last another few days in these temps; min to moderate debris coverage (30-40%) and bare spots (1-5%); before noon-ish hours some stretches even fast. Do not bring your good or new skis. It might be the last place skiable in southern WI.
Jan 19Fox Hill Nordic 
Grooming 
West BendJerry Gensch
 
Fields are still in good shape,although there is dirt in places (rock skis), suggest parking at north gate and walking down to "no hiking" sign and following grooming tracks. North end of first bridge from chalet is burnt out, so use caution if you start from reg. parking area. That stretch has not been groomed as much.
Jan 18Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldJohn Wiezeor
 
Classic Skied in the morning on the man made loop with B skis. Conditions were fair with just a few spots with debris and dirt. Tracks were icy and fast at first and then softened as the sun came out. Lots of skaters doing man made loop too.
Jan 18Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeEd Edinger
 
Conditions: Poor, icy, but still decent coverage.
Still decent coverage despite the weekend in the 40's, icy on the ups and down. I stayed on the flatter loops and they were decent, albeit a bit slow and sticky. Looks like it won't be good for skiing until more snow flies, unless you can ski during the sweet spot of the day when temps allow the ice to soften up.
Jan 18UW-Parkside Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
KenoshaSteve Wikner
 
Conditions: Soft boiler plate conditions.
Classical not recommended but skating was OK mid morning skiing in reverse direction going up to the pine area and back. Take it easy on the downhills.
Jan 18Pike Lake Unit 
Grooming 
HartfordLisa McCabe
 
Although trails were last groomed on Friday, the warm weather has caused the trails to melt. The trails are now in poor condition. Fingers crossed for more snow!
Jan 18Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendRuss Sobotta
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good despite the warm weather.
Despite the warm and drippy weather last night, Fox Hill is in surprisingly good shape. Groomer ran this morning to smooth things. Still a few bits of debris but the open areas are very good. Woods have some thin spots but still very skiable. We should be skiable for a while.
Jan 17Scuppernong 
Firsthand 
EagleKurt Ohlinger
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Trail was holding up well so far this morning. Would expect it to last through this weekend's warm temps ok.
Decent cover, plenty of debris. A few hidden rocks, so probably rock skis right now. Still a great day on the trails. Scuppernong is always gorgeous.
Jan 17Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
La GrangeDennis Atchley
 
Conditions: Poor to fair for classical at 9 am this morning, quite a few bare spots and a lot of debris in the tracks.
We need a little snow, even a couple inches and they will be back in good shape.
Jan 17Fox Hill Nordic 
Firsthand 
West BendRuss Sobotta
 
Conditions: good, some very good.
skied most of the loops this morning as temps rose from 35 to near 40 at noon. Snow was getting slower as the day wore on but the trails seems to be holding up well. Good coverage throughout with a few thin spots here and there. Some debris in spots but none too problematic. Grooming still holds a smooth base. B skis will let you relax but you won't wreck the A skis if you want to give them a go. Tracks are set on the outer loop and are still in good shape in most areas, skied out in others.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
Conditions: 3 inches of dry, light snow fell by late afternoon today. Snow continues to lightly fall into the evening. Grooming planned for all trails Tuesday cutting new tracks and skate lanes. Tuesday night skiing, meet at the chalet at 6pm, bring headlamps.
Good striding today even with the fresh snow.
Jan 25ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodPhil Strong
 
Conditions: Power tilling is a wonderful thing.
No ice. Firm deck, fast trails, and even the sun was out today. It's how skiing is supposed to be. Eh?
Jan 22ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodDavid Moore
 
Conditions: Most trails groomed in excellent condition.
Classic skied with my 13 year old son on Wednesday. First time at ABR, found the many trails on natural snow to be quite fast, even, and enjoyable. The trails were long and had some difficult downhills compared to courses in the Twin Cities. Also skied on the Thursday (just me) and found trails were not regroomed, leading to some crusty edges when on the skate deck, and some washouts (River Trail). Overall fun, but what they call "more difficult" is on par with the most difficult trails here.
Jan 21ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodRichard Homan
 
Conditions: Perfect temps for skating. We had a half inch of corduroy to skate on. Once again kudos to the grooming crew. Good day to set personal best.
Love skiing at ABR, its always good.
Jan 18ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodRichard Schulze
 
Conditions: All trails groomed wide and level for skating with a fresh cut classic track that had set-up perfectly.
I skated on Sunday and was impressed with the volume of snow at ABR and their meticulous grooming. It was nice to get off of the man-made 'glaciers' in the Twin Cities and onto some natural snow. I highly recommend the drive up to ABR from Minneapolis, it's best skiing I've had all winter.
Jan 18Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: 1-2" of new snow on top of recent grooming.
We had to go back to Wolverine for one more ski before heading back to snow deprived Mpls. The groomers had already been out grooming early in the morning setting fresh tracks and corduroy. They're constantly getting new snow here in the UP, and Wolverine does an amazing job keeping up with grooming. It was another great ski this morning!
Jan 17ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Excellent conditions for both skate and classic.
ABR does an unbelievable job grooming their trails. Our classic tracks today were some of the best we've ever had skiing! Also, what makes ABR a great place is their variety of trails and beautiful scenery. One of our favorites is the Peltonen Pass Out Trail with all of it's wild hills.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 24Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Groomed all loops except I, Z this morning but the warm temps chased me off the trails at about 10am. Classic tracks are a little thin in just a few areas but skate decks are awesome everywhere. Hope to see all the No-Noque's out there today enjoying the fresh grooming and fireside chat!
Jan 23Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Ended up with a suprise amount of snow today but was able to stay on top of it till it quit around 2pm. Trails are a bit soft because of the warmer temps but skiing is still very good. Looks like another great weekend of skiing at Valley Spur!
Jan 22Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingPete Williams
 
Conditions: Very good to excellent. The skate lane was firm and the tracks were in great condition.
There is no "snow drought" in the UP. Valley Spur offers great skiing and hospitality. Friendly folks and a rustic, heated lodge only add to the great skiing on beautiful trails.
Jan 22Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Very good. Just a dusting of sleet mix last night. Dressed up skate lanes this morning but not enough snow to set a new track. Very little to no snow in the forecast for tonight will find great skiing in the morning!
Jan 20Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Not groomed, lots of light fluffy snow on top of skating deck and set tracks were full of snow.
Our first time to ski here, snowed all day so it was very slow going since they weren't groomed. Some people had been out so if you could follow where they had been you could see the tracks. Some trails allow dogs and we saw about 5 dogs running on the trails. They have volunteers that groom so weekend grooming might be in better. Nice warming building.
Jan 20Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
MunisingLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: All trails were groomed, firm skate deck, tracks in excellent shape.
It was 2 degrees when we started this morning. We used our classic skis the entire time due to the cold weather. It was our first time to ski these trails. They were beautiful and lots of fun. The grooming was great. Wish we could have warmed up in the lodge though. I loved the B trail along the creek. We skied about 20k.
Jan 20Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Fresh grooming into mid-day yesterday is holding up well and with light snow in the forecast all week will make for awesome skiing. Noque skiers on there way through should stop by and stretch those legs a bit!
Jan 17Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteLaurie Weesen
 
Conditions: Recreational skiers are reaping the benefits of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon's grooming prep. All trails from CR 510 (24K) to the Tourist Park (3K) are perfectly groomed. Interior trails are in tip top shape as well.
Warmer temps made my skate skis my friend again. Weeks of squeak just make me tired. Classic tracks are sensational.
Jan 17Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
We have excellent trail conditions with a deep base and fresh grooming. Light snow in the forecast for each day this weekend and fresh grooming daily will make for great skiing. Our Lodge is open from 10 to 4 daily with a fire in the stove. Come on out and enjoy!

Other locations
Jan 25Watersmeet Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WatersmeetDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Fresh grooming and tracks on first two loops.
Bob was out grooming in the afternoon and the snow was turning up white as sugar. Beautiful 17 degree day and did all loops. Fast return.
Jan 22Rapid River Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
Rapid RiverTed Schiltz
 
Conditions: Skating trails S1 and S2 were groomed Thursday, in great shape. Classic loops A, B, and C are in generally good condition. There are a few areas in the conifers where the track has washed out due to low snow depth.
Stop by on your way to or from the Noquemanon Race and enjoy some great skiing. Saturday Jan 24 is Winter Trails day from noon until 4 PM. Free ski and snowshoe rental, bonfire, food and beverages. Great day to bring the family out and try skiing or snowshoeing.
Jan 18Watersmeet Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
WatersmeetTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. A fresh inch of new snow with more coming down.
Very enjoyable skiing. Some debris in places but fresh powder to keep the glide alive.

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 26Kamview Nordic Centre 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
Conditions: New snow falling now! 30 km pristine PB groomed by tomorrow morning.
Course should be excellent for Tour de Kamview this weekend!


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