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Pepsi Challenge Ski Race, March 4, 2017

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Reports: 305  

Minnesota Metro Area

Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill Lundberg
I couldn't get out until this afternoon when it was 44 degrees, but still had an enjoyable ski. The whole 5K loop is still open with no bare spots, and the conditions were really pretty good. The classic tracks were a little slushy in the open areas and on the beginner loop. Otherwise, a little ice here and there in the tracks, but the no wax skis worked fine. It was deserted for Hyland, but there were a few skiers out trying to get all their pent up Birkie K's in.
Feb 27Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonTom Amundson
Conditions were fast with a good edge. I couldn't believe how good the whole snowmaking 5K loop was. It feels like the best kept secret. Thanks to the groomers.
Feb 27Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveBrad Johnson
I skied around 7-8am this morning, Valley was in great condition for skating. Firm deck with good edge. Very soft were snowcat drove the loop from the practice area to the tubing hill, but other than that it was very good conditions. Just a few areas with debris, which is very surprising given the time of year and lack of new snow this month. The tracks appeared to be well-formed and looked to be pretty fast.
Feb 27Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill McKinney
Beautiful morning at Hyland. Nice firm skate deck and fast conditions. Boulder Ridge was fast but easy to manage. Classic track looked a little thin. Thanks groomers!
Feb 26Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
The maintenance crew will be making snow overnight Sunday night into Monday morning. The Hap Lutter trail will be closed for this process until 11:00am Monday morning when the Intermidiate loop (1.3k) and the upper stadium re-open.
Feb 26Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonScott Greymont
What a wonderful morning for a ski. Everyone must be partying at Hayward. Trail was in excellent condition felt like I had the place almost to myself at 8 am.
Feb 25Theodore Wirth North 
Observation 
MinneapolisJohn Strand
 
Went to Wirth Saturday morning for a family ski, based on the trail report from Friday. A sign at the base of the big hill outside the main chalet said that the trails were closed for maintenance. I walked up the stairs and the upper stadium was groomed, but did not look to have been skied. I stopped by the Par 3 building and it was locked. No cars in the parking lot. The park board employee at the main chalet didn't know anything. I'm confused.
Feb 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
BloomingtonTaylor Kearns
 
First off, big shout out to the Hyland crew. You guys have saved our nordic bacon with such a bad snow season. Thanks for all you do. Skated from 5-6 pm. With all the bare ground around the trails, lots of leaves blowing onto track. Some icy spots but usually could find some soft snow on one side. The steeper downhills in the back getting a little sketch with ice. Uphills surprisingly good with a little mashed tater snow, but nothing bad. And best thing... hardly any skiers. It was nice as we all know Hyland can get a little packed. Did everything but The Wall so no idea what that is like. Classic tracks looked decent but did not jump in. Come on snow!
Feb 25Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
BloomingtonZach Handler
 
Basically perfect conditions at highland again. Thick skate deck, fast frozen corn. Klister conditions if you are kicking. What would we do without the artificial snow loops?
Feb 24Theodore Wirth North    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
We did some work over the past two days to re-open the 1.3k Intermediate Loop portion of the Hap snowmaking trail. The upper stadium is also open and both are accessible from the chalet stairway.
Feb 24Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveRon Refsnider
 
I skated the Valley Trail from 8:00-9:30 this morning. Surprisingly, I was the first one on the fresh corduroy, and most of that time I was the only skier on the trail. The skate deck was in excellent condition, nearly perfect for my "intermediate" skating skills. The base was quite hard, topped with firm, but "softish" corduroy that provided nice speed and glide with confident edging. The only downside was the extra grooming done by the PistenBully on an out-and-back from the maintenance area to the top of the tubing hill. Those extra trips over-groomed that stretch in both directions, producing instant deep sugar for about 250 meters, in stark contrast to the excellent grooming elsewhere. The classic tracks were freshly set, but the walls and bases looked pretty chunky and probably hard to wax for. The tracks were quite fast where I used them to double-pole around the over-groomed area.
Feb 24Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
I can confirm that the so-called "Sowmegeddon" produced not a single new flake of snow at Hyland. That's the bad news. The good news is that it is evident that the Hyland crew has been busy freshening up some of the dirtiest spots on the trail! The 5K loop is in great shape, and the corduroy is no longer icy, so conditions are great for all ability levels. If you're looking for a healthy way to get over your Birkie Blues, Snow Sorrows, Race Regrets, or Wax Worrying, pretty sure this is the place to be.
Feb 23Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveBrad Johnson
 
Valley was in pretty good shape this morning given the recent 60s. It is getting that ICU gray look. Deck was mostly firm with good edge on the frozen but not crazy fast grooming.
Feb 23Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Basiletti
 
I classic skiied the Valley Trail at 9:30 a.m. The tracks were icy and fast. A good double poling workout day. The skate deck was hard. There a few dirty areas that you can easily go around.
Feb 23Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Skinner
 
Classic skied at 8:00am this morning. Valley Trail is packed and tracked and in good condition. The track was "icy" and "fast". Almost too icy and fast. It should "soften" as the day warms up.
Feb 23Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Skating on ball-bearings at 6:20am! Great balance practice! Thrilling descents! After an hour the snow softened up, so by the time you read this the conditions should be awesome!
Feb 22Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BloomingtonGeir Johansen
 
Excellent conditions at Hyland this morning! The snow was very fast. You just need to look out for random sticks, roots, and wild turkeys on the trail.
Feb 22Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill McKinney
 
Saw the positive report yesterday on Hyland and decided to give it a go this morning, and I'm really glad I did. Apparently others got the word too because there were about a dozen cars in the lot at 5:30 a. m. And a big group of LNR youth racers showed up around 6. Track was a little soft and slow in patches but generally quite good and fast in a few shady spots. Classic track was pretty good in most sections and just a little thin and icy in some sunnier parts. Boulder ridge was good, just a little soft at the bottom. With the colder temps coming things should be great for the weekend, especially if we get some snow. Have to say my ski mojo has been a little depressed over the Birkie situation, but the Hyland crew gave it a lift this morning! Thanks!
Feb 22Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Silly fast on the 5k loop this early morn! The slight glaze on the trail made my B skis as fast as race skis! Parking lot getting full, lots of folks out enjoying this magical trail that seems to be cooling itself from the bottom up!
Feb 21Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisZach Handler
 
I attempted to ski the manmade course just before dawn. It may have been the most treacherous conditions I have ever encountered on a groomed trail. The Snirt was frozen rock hard, so hard and icy that edging was impossible. However there is also so much dirt frozen into the ice that it was impossible to glide on the bases at all. I enjoyed the absurdity of it all for about 10 minutes and then went back home. Try again when it is warmer... or better yet go for a roller ski.
Feb 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are CLOSED. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM; and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Grooming is planned to continue overnight as long as possible. The groomers moved snow to some thinner areas last night.
Feb 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
BloomingtonPeter Leugers
 
Super firm and quite lovely. New classic tracks and firm skate deck. Amazing how nice. Only 3 cars in lot. Boulder ridge is fine and a little debris. Come on out before it gets too warm. Three Rivers pushed snow around to help coverage.
Feb 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Pretty darn good, considering yesterday's rain! Thanks to great overnight grooming, minimal to no slush or ice. Boulder Ridge descent is still in good shape and the whole 5K loop is very firm. However, the snow is very dirty and there are patches of tree debris, so I advise B or rock skis.
Feb 20Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
After the continued warm temps and day of rain, we will stop grooming the Hap manmade loop until the weather changes. There is standing water in low areas and dirty snow most everywhere else.
Feb 20Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
After the continued warm temps and day of rain, we will stop grooming the Hap manmade loop until the weather changes. There is standing water in low areas and dirty snow most everywhere else.
Feb 20Theodore Wirth North    
Observation 
MinneapolisClayton Keim
 
Stopped by as I was driving through to take a pic. Observed very dirty snow with the snow going down fast in the hard rain at 12:45.
Feb 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
BloomingtonGeir Johansen
 
Considering the overnight low was around 50 degrees, the skiing was actually very good. Most of the trail was either small ice pellets or thin layer of slush. The Boulder Ridge downhill was ice; it was navigable but I avoided it after first lap. I stopped skiing when the rain came.
Feb 20Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maple GroveAndor Langski
 
Skied at 7:45. Snow was quite dirty in places, icy in a few, and sticky in others. Not too bad before the Bottineau House, and even better around the donut, but probably my last day skiing until we get more snow.
Feb 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BloomingtonScott Engstrom
 
There is still man-made snow at Hyland--fast if you go early. On the downhill from Scenic Foothills the snow is melting fast however. The worst spot is the downhill by the race start area. Since it is snow over a rock road, and rocks are starting to come up--I put a few bad gouges in my skis. Your choices are walk that area, use rock skis, or go down the up staircase (my choice). I was feeling pretty good until an elite Birke front row type skier went by me like I was standing still. He was doing a different sport than me. I decided to wait at the Scenic Foothills uphill to see how he would do V1 since my V1 has needed work. He flew by my as I watched and did V2 all the way up like a rocket. I finally concluded it had to be the skis or wax.
Feb 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BloomingtonMatt Sargent
 
The warm weather has finally beaten down of the previous strong hold of Hyland. The tracks were down to ice in many spots and (while being no expert) I wonder if they can continue to stay open with the continued warmth and possible rain coming today. For the first time ever today I wished I had brought my B skis to Hyland (even though I don't own B skis). Skate deck looked marginally better than tracks (not saying much).
Feb 20Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisErik Hendrickson
 
What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday's good conditions for the JNQ left me with the with some hope that I could get one more ski out of Theo today. It was not to be. Snow is extremely dirty with no glide; not productive skiing. I made it one time up the 'A' climb and called it quits.
Feb 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveDean Kleinhans
 
Already soft and turning to mashed potatoes at 9:30 a.m. Thought I would have had a bit more time to get some laps in without slipping through the soft stuff. The skate lane was not very fast, and it was hard not to overdress in the warmth. The classic tracks were soft sided and soft ice base. Still an incredible base.
Feb 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Immaculate grooming at 6:15 this morning as the moon was out and the sun was just beginning to rise. Zero ice, zero slush, zero sugar, and fastest conditions of the week, despite yesterday's 63 degree afternoon high! By 8:15am it was starting to get a bit soft, but still quite enjoyable. Hyland keeps getting better and better -- thanks, groomers!
Feb 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonScott Greymont
 
Fun morning ski - I was surprised at the morning temp and figured it may be the last chance to ski before the Birkie. The Trail was what you could expect. It was nicely groomed for what there is to work with. You can see the snow is getting dirty. Some areas were nice small grain particle ice - other areas were much more like marbles. But with the hard pack it made for a fast ski.
Feb 17Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonMarie Torkelson
 
When winter is melting away fast it is hard to believe trails this awesome exist! Snow was fast + fun tonight. Beautiful evening skiing here.
Feb 17Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Maple GroveAndor Langski
 
Some of the best conditions of the year at 7:15 this morning. Fast and firm, but not icy. Just enough skiers before be to break up the corduroy a little.
Feb 17Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
The track was pretty good but deteriorating in the sun. The skating was also kind of mushy in the sunny areas. Low 50s when I skied in shorts and a T-shirt.
Feb 17Theodore Wirth North    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MinneapolisWalter Ebertz
 
Enjoyed an early morning hour looping a few laps through Wirth. Was groomed over night, mostly new cord. Dirty and icy spots still relatively easy to avoid.
Feb 17Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Fastest snow of the week. I don't know how it works, but the warmer the afternoon, the faster the morning at Hyland has been this week! Perfect conditions on the 5k loop. The Boulder Ridge descent was in fantastic shape. Any time I can average 2:54 per KM for 20K when the forecast calls for 60 degrees is a good day in my book.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Piedmont Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthCheryl Skafte
Duluth Parks and Recreation
Piedmont was groomed today. There are tracks set, however use extreme caution on the downhills as there is glare ice just beneath the snow.
Feb 27Lester Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthCheryl Skafte
Duluth Parks and Recreation
Our UTV broke down today as we were rolling Lester. While towing it out there was some dirt and ice chunks that were brought up on the trail. Currently 2 out of 3 pieces of equipment for grooming are down for repairs. We are hopeful to have at least one back before the weekend. This has and will impact our response time for grooming this week. Extremely icy conditions are no help. Thanks for your patience. We are hopeful that we'll be able to complete grooming before the Tour Duluth event this weekend.
Feb 27Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
Beautiful Spring(like) ski on the 5K and 10K trails. 10 K Classic track was set last night; still soft, but well formed and getting faster as it is skied-in. 5 K Classic track did set-up and is very nice. The Skate lanes on both trails have seen a lot of use today, but were reported fast and good skiing. Stlll 99% trail coverage, helped by the new inch that fell this morning. Waiting to see what the weather brings tomorrow. Member dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on the 5K today and tomorrow, as the 10K seems to be the more fragile trail at this time.
Feb 26Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNicole Ottjes
I skied Blue Ox, Nine Pines, and Bear Paw trails. Groomers hadn't been out yet, but many skiers had already made their own classic tracks in the new snow. I think that they usually groom out there on Mondays and Fridays, so maybe some groomed tracks will be set today? Great place to ski!
Feb 26Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthJan Hille
We skied the entire trail, following in tracks set by one or two other skiers. There is approximately 4" of new snow from Saturday/Sunday. It appears that most of the base is still there, icy of course, but very skiable with the powder from last night.
Feb 26Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
23 degrees at noon and 2" of new snow! Winter is back! Both 5K and 10K trails were groomed for Skating this a. m. Soft but good skiing. New Classic track set on the 5K. It is soft and will need to set-up overnight. No classic track yet on the 10K: we will set that tonight. Member dog-owners are asked to run their dogs on the 10K trail today, in order to let the new 5K classic track set-up. We are open until 7 p.m. tonight and will be open 8 a. m. until 7 p. m. on Monday.
Feb 26Snowflake Nordic Ski Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
DuluthKari Hedin
The groomer was out while I was skiing. The 5K trail is open and I would guess that the 10K will be open soon. The trail is soft but I was thrilled to be skiing with new snow falling all around me. Classic tracks are not set.
Feb 24Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
 
Following last nights return of proper winter temperatures, we groomed and surveyed the trails this morning, beginning with the 5K. Our base survived the warmup 99% intact, though thin in very exposed sections. The skate lane groomed-up very well, firm and fast. There remains a shallow remnant of the classic track, which actually improved as it was skied in today. It is only washed-out on some of the sharper turns, and otherwise a good track. We can not improve or reset the Classic track until we get more snow, The 10K trail, with more southern exposures than the 5K, took a bit more of a beating, but is better than 90% covered with a base that varies from "Good" to "Poor". It took a skate grooming pretty well, and is hard and fast; we recommend "B Skis" here, in case you don't see a few exposed rocks. Hovland Hill is thinly covered and icy, and we advise not skiing it until we get new snow. The 10K Classic track is very shallow, but skiable. We are open Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a. m. - 7:00 p. m. Bring a headlamp if skiing after sunset. We are open to Member-owned Dogs, but will appreciate it if Members keep their dogs on the 10K trail for the time being. Thank you to our members who helped us save our trail-base this week, by cooperating with the temporary closure. March skiing awaits!
Feb 24Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthBruce Bauer
 
I went to Snowflake on a whim to see how bad it might be and I was shocked to see how well it came through the big melt. I skied parts of the 5km and 10km loop. There is an ancient classic track remaining. It is far from good but usable. The skating, however, was downright good. The midweek sleet froze to the smooth ice and left a snowy top surface that gives great edging. I saw two big rocks, and on a south facing hill, the base was very thin. The 5km was groomed and some of the 10km was groomed, and it is still good even where it wasn't groomed. All in all, it survived and is well worth the trail pass if you are not a member. Thanks again to everyone at Snowflake!
Feb 24Lester Park    
Observation 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Not skiable. I hiked the very icy Amity East COGGS trail and took pics at the ski trail intersections and the trailhead. It's ice, bare spots, and ice. Also ice. We will need a good dump of snow to resurrect the trails. Also unskiable: 7 Bridges/Skyline (large bare patches and ice) and Amity Creek (wide open and roaring).
Feb 21Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
 
Snowflake is closed today and tomorrow, due to the fragile condition of the base. That said, our trails still have about 90% of base coverage, 2"-3", and came through the rain better than hoped for. Once temperatures return to sub-freezing we will commence restoring the trails to skiable status, beginning with the 5K trail, which suffered the least. We will need fresh snow to restore the Classic track, but will get on it as soon as the snow comes. The long range forecast continues to support our optimism about good March skiing. Good Luck to our Birkie, Korte, Barnie, and Junior Birkie participants; this will be a year we don't soon forget!
Feb 20Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthLouise Levy
 
It was so nice! A near perfect mid-April, spring skiing day. Overcast, temp about 42F. In the 70 minutes I was there the snow softened from nicely firm enough to soft and beginning to grab. At 11:10 am, the rain started. It's still raining hard in Duluth.
Feb 20Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
DuluthGreg Sumner
 
Going going... Not quite gone yet. Just skied outer loop at noonish and probably 92.5% covered and there are a few areas of brown snow/sorta ice but not too bad... 1/2 thru my ski it started raining and I am soaked but the trail was decent. I would say it would be worth trying tonight if we don't get too much of a downpour.
Feb 19Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthAnne Flueckiger
 
Magney had several small bare spots and a few exposed rocks. Otherwise coverage was good, and the trail could have been in much better shape (minus footprints, plus grooming). The access trail and Bardon's Peak loop had two prominent sets of human footprints throughout. There was also a faint bike track on most of the trail. When I was leaving I saw a car drive in with skiers and a dog, so now there are probably dog footprints too (it was getting soft by then). I was glad to be skiing, at least, and have high hopes that winter will return before spring arrives for real.
Feb 19Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNick Lansing
 
Rolling Pin and Ridge runner are soft. Tracks are in good shape on much of trail. Lots of pine needles on track in spots.
Feb 19Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
DuluthJohn Jereczek
 
Surprisingly good conditions. Maybe 5% of the trail is very wet but still passable. Classic tracks appeared OK. Slowing down as the temp warms up.
Feb 19Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
 
Snowflake has been on "Spring Hours", 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., this weekend and the trails have held up well. The Ginzu was used to clean-up and loosen the skate lanes on both trails early this morning, and skaters reported good skiing. I skied the 5 and 10 K classic tracks; the 5K is in good condition, the 10K tracks were more worn and have lost some shape due to not being skied in, but my wife enjoyed a decent track skiing behind me. Everything got grippy as noon approached. In consideration of the latest forecasts, Snowflake will be open again tomorrow morning, from 7 -11 a.m. Member Dog Owners may bring their dogs on to the trails, and we thank you for your cooperation this weekend. Rain forecast Monday afternoon, so we will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed on Tuesday due to the wet, and forecast temps in the 50s. Wednesday looks shakey, but by Thursday we will begin restoring the trails. The forecast into mid-March looks excellent for a return to winter and more good nordic skiing. We will do our very best to provide the ski trails.
Feb 19Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNicole Ottjes
 
Really fun this morning at Piedmont. Still lots of snow despite this string of warm temps. Tracks were a little glazed when we went started around 9:30 (temp was about 36) and softening up quite a bit by the time we finished an hour or so later.
Feb 18Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthAnne Flueckiger
 
Tracks holding up well, good coverage throughout (skied all loops). I went mid-morning and seemed to hit the right temps (some glazed sections, but not too icy) and used hard wax. Snow was grabby when out of tracks.
Feb 17Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthAva Schapman
 
Piedmont had excellent skiing. I finished skiing at 11:30. The trails were getting a bit soft. The tracks were great. There was a beautiful overlook of Lake Superior. I had a lot of fun.
Feb 17Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthNic Bacigalupo
 
Still good conditions at noon. As I skied I wasn't cutting deep into the snow. The last 5 minutes on the campground loop I started leaving impressions. So, that meant it was time to be done. The 10k was recently groomed. I can honestly say the skate deck was soft and very slow yet firm. There was still a hard icy layer under the top layer that was acting as a refrigerant keeping the skate deck together. I'm guessing with more sunshine and warm weather the conditions will deteriorate. Skied the 10k, minus the 1.5 k most difficult loops, the 3k and campground loop. The downhills we sticky slow. I would recommend skiing in the morning and late afternoon/early evening.
Feb 17Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
 
11 A.M. And 40 degrees. Just classic skied the 5 and 10 k trails. The 5k track is very good, still well-formed, and fast. Some debris skied into the track. The 10k track is more worn, but was about 90% intact and still nice to ski in. Some debris, particularly on the final 4k. Skate lane on the 5k newly groomed, but soft and getting sticky as the day heats up. 10K skate lane rated "good" by returning skate skiers. Due to current and forecast temperatures snowflake will operate on spring hours this weekend. The trails will be open from 7:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Trails will be closed from 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. We will then be open from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. We are closing the trails to dogs from this time, through the weekend. Members are welcome to run their dogs on the oval. We expect to be closed on Monday, due to forecast rain. The extended forecast is for a return of winter temps, and snow late next week, so we are doing all that we can to give birkie/kortie skiers some final training, while preserving the trail for march skiing.
Feb 17Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthTim Holst
 
Inspired by those great high school skiers skiing their hearts out at State Meet yesterday (champions every one!) I got out for an early morning ski at Snowflake. Skate lanes a tad chunky here and there, but no ice at all, great glide and plenty of edge. Classic tracks deep and solid, but debris starting to be an issues here and there. All in all, nearly perfect conditions, and a beautiful ski in the north woods. Just reaching freezing when I left about 9:45 AM. Let's all please follow John's instructions about when to stay off the trail through the next few days. Predictions are for back to below freezing next Thursday and possible snow Friday!

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteRobert Payne
Skied the Maple and Upland Loop from the Moose Fence access. Skate deck solid with a nice light dusting of snow on top. Really pleased with the conditions. Some of the areas through coniferous forest sections had a good amount of needle and pine cone detritus on the trail which slowed those sections down a bit. Beautiful ski. Snow conditions better Sugarbush as compared to Pincushion which I skied on Saturday (Pincushion was super fast and icy).
Feb 26Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteRuss Ludeke
Onion River trail at 2 PM in full sun and 26 degrees - I found a flat, rock hard skate deck. It's skiable, a good balance workout, and a little dicey on the downhills. The classic tracks looked very nice and the classic skiers I talked to were having a great time. I talked to two skaters on the trail who found the same skate conditions yesterday. It looks like it wouldn't take much grooming to create a little chop on the surface that would greatly increase the fun quotient. Good skis are OK but the amount of tree litter on the trail might have you leaning toward a B pair.
Feb 25Tettegouche State Park 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Silver BayJohn Leaf
Checked out the trails off the trailhead near the Baptism River. Very icy with lots of bare spots beneath pine trees. Had brought my rock skis, but didn't consider it worth it. They still had a decent, crusty base in most places, but it didn't look like they had means to churn up the icy top layer. That said, we woke up to over 2" of snow just down the road in Castle Danger, so it might we worth checking in at the park office if you are considering skiing here.
Feb 25Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisRobert W Nicholson III
 
Great snow! Great grooming! Fast skiing. Temps mid 20's wonderful skiing, plenty of snow everywhere. If you are tired of no snow - Central Gunflint trail is your answer! We still have winters. We skied all in the afternoon. It was terrific! Should be great snow for while.
Feb 25Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteNic Bacigalupo
 
Skated Britton Peak to Onion River and back via Homestead Loop. 99% very good. 6-10" of base on the bridges. There were a couple spots of ground showing through but easily avoidable. Sugarbush is always worth the short drive from Duluth but this was especially rewarding with the lack of snow anywhere near Duluth.
Feb 25Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grand MaraisJim Shinners
 
For some of you, sorry about the Birkie. Put in some of those K's at Pincushion, the trails are groomed and ready. Discussion: We have survived temps just short of 50 degrees and an inch and a half of rain. The base hung tough and we have enough snow to start getting our trails back into shape. The snow is crystalline and there are a few ice patches and low spots, but we can ski. Grooming Report: We have been working the trails with a combination of Pisten Bully tiller and Ginzu Groomer to work out some of the rough spots. In general the skating deck is in fine condition, classic tracks are fair but generally skiable. East and West Overlooks, Snowmen, and Lynn's Loop have all been tracked and combed. Pincushion Mountain base has gotten a bit thin but it is still skiable. The short interior trails, Ole Hyvaa and Hilfiker have been groomed for skating but no classic -- skiable, but caution is advised. North Advanced is groomed along with Canyon Curves and the skiing should be decent. This is not mid-season skiing, please use caution conditions can be quite fast. Be safe and enjoy your skiing.
Feb 24Upper Gunflint Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grand MaraisJohn Silliman
 
Most of the trails were groomed today. The only exceptions are the two backcountry/multi-use trails (Magnetic Rock and South Rim). I measured base depths between 4 and 13 inches. The new tracks were in good shape. I only saw one rock, and that was about 5 feet from the trailhead. The skiing is a little faster than it was before the melt, but the trails are still in really good shape.
Feb 24Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
TofteErik Torch
 
Skate skied the picnic loop at Sugarbush today. The trails survived the thaw and rain well. Solid base for most of the trail with some thin, icy spots under the conifers. Most of the trails hadn't been groomed since the thaw and had about an inch of fresh snow on them. Crews were grooming while we were skiing. Considering the weather, the trails are in great shape and worth hitting it for a ski. Classic tracks were largely intact, though at times the edges of the deck had collapsed due to the thaw. Lots of wolf sign on the trail as an added bonus.
Feb 24Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteJohn Dewall
 
Drove up to Tofte this morning and went up the onion River Road. Not much snow in Tofte but unbelievable skiing on the Sugarbush trail system. Two inches brand-new snow just groomed. It was absolutely the best skiing that we have done all year since were in Canmore, Canada at Christmas time. Nobody out there, sunny warm 25F, skating was unbelievable, packed new snow on top of 2 foot base. People have no idea what they are missing. Whoever does the grooming here, phenomenal job.
Feb 24Central Gunflint Trail System    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisZach Baumann
 
It was a warm week but plenty of snow yet remains. Trail base is still averaging between 7 and 10 inches in most areas. Expect fast conditions, abrasive snow, and a hard base. All surface snow is tilled. All 70 kilometers of trails are open.
Feb 19Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LutsenTim Nelson
 
Skied from the snowmobile parking lot on Hwy 61 up the Ridge Run trail, over to Deeryard, around the loop including fire tower and short loop trails and back down the Pioneer trail. Lots of debris, but plenty of snow. Deck remained firm, Rex Universal Grip tape was wonderful, great kick and no debris. Glide, not so much but fun day but classic tracks are fine.
Feb 19Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
TofteMatthew Daly
 
Classiced the Picnic Loop today from the Sawmill Trail parking lot. Classic track in good condition as did the skate lane. Some debris in the track, but not a big deal. Our klister did a nice job picking up a lot of it. :) Don't know when it was last groomed, but it didn't look like it had been skied much. A lot of snow up there still. The track was occasionally settling slightly under our weight, but not collapsing. Overall well worth the trip!
Feb 19Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteCraig Schulz
 
Shallow tracks. Skied Homestead loop from Onion River Road. Lots of tree debris by Onion River trailhead. From the pine and cedars. Icy in the morning wet and slow in afternoon. Skate lane looked good morning. Started packing in afternoon.
Feb 18Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen)    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LutsenKaren Chandler
 
We enjoyed great spring skiing conditions at Deeryard Saturday. The trails were groomed great and our hairy skis worked very well for the conditions. Snow depth is excellent, but there is some debris in the tracks so we recommend using your best hairy or other waxless skis. FYI - we also found out the Murmur Creek Rd is not plowed all the way through!
Feb 18Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteTim Nelson
 
I skied the Moose Fence Loops and then the connector to Picnic Loop back to Britton Peak. Temp on car thermometer was 55 degrees at 4pm when I finished. In spite of warm temps, the skate deck was firm and my grip tape in the track gave me good kick but glide was minimal. Classic tracks were firm as was the skate deck. No pole punch throughs. Great day in this early northland spring.
Feb 18Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisKim Carlsted-Gillis
 
Lovely sunny day at Bearskin/Golden Eagle trail system. Wish I would have gone in the morning before the sun was up so high and the temps too. The sun did cause a variation of slow/fast sections, as I was classic skiing. It got to 45 degrees while I was there, but I was amazed at how most trails were holding up. I did some depth checking with my ski pole, seems about 20 inches average snow depth to the side of the set tracks. I used my old waxless skis, after trying two attempts at skis I had waxed. It was delightful to ski out on the lake a bit on the set tracks at Bearskin.
Feb 18Upper Gunflint Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisJohn Silliman
 
We still have great snow conditions on the Gunflint Trail. Due to the warmer temperatures, the snow was a little softer today, but we have a great base which will withstand some melting. When I went out this morning, the trails were still firm, and not too sticky. Many of the trails were groomed early today, and the rest were groomed last Monday.
Feb 18Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteErik Larson
 
From Moose Fence trailhead. Grooming was outstanding--clearly formed classical tracks and nice skate lane. Things are holding up despite the warm temps. As we the sun and temperatures got higher, there was a bit more combination snow (some shaded firm/icy track, some sugar, a bit of mashed potato). In some areas, a fair amount of tree debris but nothing to impede a great morning ski. Temps were low 40s at the start, nearing 50 at the end.
Feb 17Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteRuss Ludeke
 
I skated Onion River daily from Tuesday to Friday, and found excellent snow cover and depth with fresh grooming on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The groomers created a surface ranging from firm to somewhat soft, depending on sun and temperature. I tip my hat to them - coming out this often in mid-week demonstrates a real commitment to this excellent trail and it's greatly appreciated.
Feb 17Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen)    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LutsenRobert Ibler
 
I skied from Cascade Lodge up to Deeryard and back. Beautiful scenery and fresh grooming. Trails were perfect in the morning. By mid day the spots in the sun were getting soft and grabby, making my skis slow down rapidly whenever I hit them.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Giants Ridge 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BiwabikLee Wenzel
Classic tracks were only found on Summit, and they were hard to find Saturday morning underneath more recent snowfalls. No grooming after about 4 inches of snowfall Sunday morning. Fantastic skate skiing down powder by taking chair and then skiing down Gold or Cedar.
Feb 26Mount Itasca 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ColeraineCatherine McLynn
Another inch of snow last night added to an already great ski surface. Soft white snow covered icy base. Other trails should be good. Don't wait for grooming. Can go anywhere on frozen lakes, and through the woods off-trails. More snow predicted.
Feb 26Sugar Hills 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsAmy Dettmer
Sugar Hills survived the great meltdown of February 2017! Skied Thunder and Long Lake. A couple inches of new powder on top of the hard base. Only 1 or 2 spots on Long Lake with dirt showing.
Feb 24Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BiwabikDave Johnson
 
We found winter! It is at Giants Ridge. We skied the whole Gold trail. It has been many years since I have done that and I had almost forgotten how much I love the Gold Trail. Almost all of it was groomed with fresh corduroy making for excellent skiing. No classic track but that really didn't matter. It was great to be on fresh snow at 18 degrees instead of the ice or slush I have been skiing on at the Marshall Trails.
Feb 24Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BiwabikShawn Callahan
Green Gate Guest House
 
After Wednesday's snow, fantastic skating conditions at Giants Ridge. Approx 40km have been machine groomed. I skated summit, Silver, and South Gold- great coverage and smooth skiing. Bronze trail also groomed for skating, but does have a few (three, to be exact!) icy patches from the melt earlier this week and not open in the downhill direction. Classic tracks are currently shallow or non-existent and none were set with latest grooming; plan to skate until the next snowfall arrives.
Feb 23Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BiwabikTim Salo
 
Classic Skied Northern Lights, Gold, Wynne Creek and Summit today, Silver Trail last night. Coverage was great last night and awesome after 1" of heavy snow today. Old classic tracks were firm again, after days of meltdown. Swix Violet with Toko yellow yielded great kick in the icy powder. Some water is pooled in limited areas. 40 K's are groomed and open. Skiing is fantastic and should get get better as we cool down to the single digits.
Feb 22Mount Itasca    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
ColeraineBob Conzemius
 
Snow is falling this evening to add a layer of soft snow before conditions become icy with the upcoming freeze. Skied the trails to assess conditions, and there is still 6 to 9"+ base on most of the trails, but there are a couple nearly bare spots I encountered. It should be easy to ski around those. After things firm up, we'll evaluate for possible grooming later this week, but with the light accumulation of snow, it might be okay without grooming.
Feb 21Mount Itasca    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
ColeraineVladimir Cervenka
 
Surprisingly nice conditions. All trails are skiable. Come up and enjoy the trails!
Feb 19Mount Itasca    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ColeraineBob Conzemius
 
At least 6" and mostly 8-12" firm base throughout the trail system. After three consecutive days of high temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees, the base is holding up remarkably well, aided by temperatures dropping below freezing at night. I skied it this afternoon, and the Pistenbully-groomed trails are quite firm (but suction cup snow on top). The Grant-In-Aid side is a little softer but also holding up well. The biggest test will come over the next 24 hours with rain and wind, but I'm hoping for enough clearing at night to allow the snow to cool off.
Feb 18Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BiwabikGary Anderson
 
Skied Cedar, part of Gold, Biwabik Spur, part of Oslo and Bronze. Good coverage. Great spring skiing!
Feb 17Legion Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
As temps topped off near 70 degrees, trails were soft and skiing was slow, but what better resistance training for the Birke? Actually classic in the tracks was ok and settled the track down a little. No bare ground but lots of pine cones and leaves. Saw 8 deer.

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Flathorn-Gegoka Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IsabellaRose Ryan
Perfect. Winter is alive and well at National Forest Lodge. Trails were in great shape with lots of coverage and fresh
Snow!
Feb 24Hidden Valley Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ElyWayne Pasmick
 
Below freezing temps and a little fresh snow yesterday combine to produce excellent mid season conditions. Tracks are set on all primary trails. Skate deck is firm and fast. No bare spots, bring your "A" skis.
Feb 23Flathorn-Gegoka Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IsabellaAndy Fisher
National Forest Lodge
 
Still a substantial base throughout the system. Trails groomed today, right after 1.5" fresh snow last night. Just what the doctor ordered! Still some of the best skiing around!
Feb 22Aurora Recreation Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AuroraMatt Zak
 
Overall good classic skiing, the moisture notwithstanding. There are some thinner spots under the pines nearer town, but otherwise the base is great. Should survive the warm-up without problems. The wet precipitation that started the nite turned into heavy snowflakes.
Feb 22Hidden Valley Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, B skis ]
ElyWayne Pasmick
 
All Hidden Valley trails are closed. Below freezing temps and 6-8" snow is in forecast. We most likely will re-open for the weekend.
Feb 19Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IsabellaDan Murphy
 
There was a window of about two hours of very good skiing. Temps went below freezing at night. We skied from about 9- 11. There was a glaze on the track to start and this made for amazing glide. On the summer home road by the bridges we double poled and glided for about a quarter mile! Still 12" on the ground. The Eastern bridge only had 3-4" of snow on it but otherwise the everything was fully covered.

Other locations
Feb 25Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
+3F, sunny! Instead of Hayward, I groomed today. Finished renovating Blue Trails. Yesterday we did the Yellow and Red. All segments now have a refreshed skate lane with good corduroy on level surface. We probably cannot set tracks until we get new snow.
Feb 23Tilson Creek Ski Trail    
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
With sun and 25F we started renovating the Tilson Creek trails today. There's about 6 to 8" of hard base in most places. We made several passes to cut the icy crust and set corduroy for the skate lane on the Green, "new" Blue, old Blue from new back to Orange, and one pass on the rest of the Orange back to first shelter. We saw one skater who reported fast skiing, and whose tracks looked good. There are a couple of bare spots on the Orange, but easily avoided. No tracks yet. Back in action!
Feb 17Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
We will close the trails when snow is too soft. Please be careful not to make deep ruts. Ski in the morning only.

Minnesota Northwest

Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 19Movil Maze Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BemidjiElspeth Ronnander
 
Classic skied late this morning. Conditions far exceeded my expectations. Skate deck was smooth and the classic track was mostly good. We waited till things warmed up a bit and so it was getting soft but not yet slushy. Used my old A skis but there were quite a bit of pine needles and "dirtiness" to the snow so you may feel more comfortable on B skis. 100% snow cover. With more expected warm temps, unsure how long these conditions will last. 10 cars in the parking lot when we left!

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
Around 1" of dry fluffy new snow from last night was groomed into the skate deck on Skaters Waltz and North Loup this morning. The new snow mixed in nicely with the frozen granulated snow and made for fantastic skating. We left the tracks alone and the new snow improved the conditions greatly. All the trails are open and people have been skiing on all the trails but we recommend skiing on Poki Loki, Sukkerbusk, and North Loup for classic. Skating best on Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Suicide Hill (use caution on Kamikaze hill segment) We plan on being open two more weeks for ski operations along with two great events the next two weekends, the Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference and the MooseJaw Old Time Dance, Music and Clogging.
Feb 26Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
CallawayTom Dooher
I classic skied the North Loup with my "A" skis a few times and the trail was in excellent condition. Very few spots where track was not set. There is still plenty of great skiing to be done at Maplelag!
Feb 24Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Temps near single digits last night set up the base rock hard. We touched up select areas on the skate trails, reset track on Poki Loki and renovated and combed the deck on the double track. Nice day for skiing, good reports from the skiers. All trails are open. Use caution on trails that haven't been groomed. Variable conditions with thin/icy sections and couple bare spots. Check board in main lodge for details. Bottom line, there is some good skiing to be had this weekend and skate skiing is really nice.
Feb 23Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
We waited until noon to groom today, after the base froze down rock solid last night and than the surface softened a bit from sun and warming temps. We started on the skate trails which groomed up really nice and are providing fantastic skating all things considered with the weather this week. We reset track only on Poki Loki and North Loup. The other trails classic skiing was improved with the very light dusting. Classic skiing fair to good with a couple poor sections. Areas of thin cover, rough etc. The twin lakes singletrack for fat biking was in great shape after inspecting this morning. Full coverage on 75% of the loop, the thin areas had the coating of new snow that is granular/velcro like providing great traction. Touch up grooming on the skate trails tomorrow.
Feb 22Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
This morning the skating was some of the best this year during the "spring skiing" phase we are experiencing. Last nights grooming had set up nicely and from 9am-11am conditions were incredible. The corn corduroy had softened just the right amount and glide was fantastic. The trail was busy with skiers including a pulk puller! Lunch time rain moved in than shortly after it turned to snow. It was hard to tell how much new snow exactly as it was so wet but around 1.5" accumulated on the covered trails. Started freezing down at dusk. Once we feel it is time to groom without compressing the current base, we will be grooming the trails with the best coverage. This includes Sukkerbusk, Poki Loki, Skaters Waltz, Suicide Hill, North Loup and Twin Lakes. We will focus on these trails for the weekend totally 23km of trail and confident we will have good skiing for the weekend. We will only set one new track on the doubletrack, leaving the other side for another option. The skating on Skaters Waltz and North Loup should be very good to excellent once everything is groomed proper. The tracks will be fast, possibly icy in spots. Trails not groomed will still be open and provide fair to good skiing, use caution. We will also open the twin lakes singletrack again for fat biking tomorrow.
Feb 21Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
We froze down hard last night which was a welcome sight after the rain and melting yesterday. We groomed skaters waltz in the morning and also the start area working up the ice and setting up some structure. Once it warmed up mid morning, the trails were busy with skiers enjoying the transition "sweet spot". Didn't get as warm as forecasted so skiing was good (all things considered) most of the day. Late afternoon cut a new track on Sukkerbusk and Sap Run. Was still a bit warm to groom the skate deck so went skiing on the fresh cut track and had a nice ski. After supper groomed skaters waltz and suicide hill as it was glazing over again. There are some thin areas and bare spots on the trail system but still some great skiing to be had with caution. Should be spring like conditions again tomorrow with best conditions expected 10-3. Grooming planned tomorrow afternoon on North Loup and trails groomed today.
Feb 20Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
The trails are hanging on despite warm temps overnight and over a half inch of rain today. I skied trails this morning and afternoon and the coverage held out surprisingly well after today's rain. Handful of exposed areas wearing thin and icy tracks in sections. Few low areas with water but in whole scheme of things on 64km, pretty minor. Folks were out skiing despite the wet weather. Outer trails were a bit soft but the main trails mostly firm and glide was good. I was using good skis but recommend using B skis if you have more than one pair of skis to choose from as the snow is getting dirty and a few thin areas exist. Ski conditions rated poor to good. Trails will be open tomorrow. Cooling down to 32 so could be very fast in the morning before softening up again. Base is holding too much water in areas to groom. Will need at least 24 hours of subfreezing temps.
Feb 19Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayGlenn Gifford
 
After getting the Groomer's son's firsthand trail report (thanks, Jake!), we spent the afternoon (3-5pm) on Twin Lakes trail, and also skied Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. The classic tracks remained good on Twin Lakes, and the trail was solid. Mac's Mess is showing some effects of the sun and warm temps but still very skiable. Island Lake and Wavy Gravy trails continue to have very good coverage. Skiing was very fine and great fun.
Feb 19Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayIstvan Gombocz
 
10 K enjoyable skating in the morning- then another 10 K of classic - better and faster than expected. Given the amount of snow and the masterful grooming, the trails should survive a few mild days. Thank you, and I hope to be back at least one more time this year.
Feb 19Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Despite another day near 50F, the snow and trails held out well. Few exposed areas wearing thin but overall the coverage is good. Common reports from the skiers today were "better than expected" and "great spring skiing". It glazed over just enough last night for faster skiing in the morning. Skating was reported as very good before noon. Around 4pm I got out with Jake to check a few classic trails. The conditions were much better than I expected as well. The trails that have been groomed at the transition time in the evening which compressed the snow, set up concrete hard and helped keep defined tracks, were skiing very nice. Fast and fun corn snow. I had universal klister on and it worked super. Jake was using Twin Skins and had good results. Looks to stay warm tonight, so no grooming planned. Tomorrow rain is forecasted but the trails will remain open since temps look to stay warm. The rain sometimes can help tighten up the corn snow making for fun skating. Fat bikers were able to enjoy nice riding before 10am before twin lakes singletrack closed. The Twin Lakes singletrack will be closed for fat biking until cooler weather returns. The ski trails will remain open.
Feb 18Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayGlenn Gifford
 
Maplelag was in great shape on Saturday, and the trails have held up incredibly well in these unseasonably warm temps. No hat or jacket needed. The classic skiing was not icy or too fast, and there was good kick and very decent glide during the time we were on the trails between 11 and 3. Waxless worked well in today's ideal spring-like conditions. If what you seek is snow, Maplelag's still the place to go.
Feb 18Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayIstvan Gombocz
 
Minimal to no snow loss so far. Fast skating in the morning, 22 K. Afternoon - classic on Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Island Lake, and Wavy Gravy 18 K - a bit slower, but still very good recreation. Lots of happy skiers all over the trails. I have decided to stay for another half day on Sunday. Thank you!
Feb 17Mountain View Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Detroit LakesGlenn Gifford
 
The snow coverage has held very well in the woods in the warmer weather. The trail stayed soft and was slower in the late afternoon sun, but started to get slippery again as the sun dropped. The skiing remains surprisingly good, given all of the melting going on in town. Waxless skis worked well.
Feb 17Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Despite temps rising above 50, we had a beautiful day of spring like skiing. The transition period or "sweet spot" was limited today but before 11am some really nice skiing. A check of the trails mid afternoon found lots of happy skiers enjoying the mild temps and corn snow. Best skiing reported on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. The fat biking was fantastic this am. The fat bike course on Twin Lakes singletrack will be open 6am-10am Saturday and Sunday mornings provided it freezes down.We will be grooming select ski trails this evening. Mostly on the inner system/ main trails. The ski trails will remain open all day through the weekend.

Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 25Hiram Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
HackensackPaul Klinger
 
Hiram has not been groomed for a couple of weeks now but with the inch or so of snow we had earlier this past week the icy base was covered enough to make it ok for skiing again. There are a few small bare spots and ice patches but overall it was well covered. There was enough fresh snow so a warmer hard wax gave me plenty of grip for climbing the hills and edge control for going down the hills. Still worth getting out there and skiing before its all done for the season.

Minnesota Central

Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 23Larson Lake    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
DeerwoodBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
Viewed the trails on Thursday and the photos show snow cover still. 1/2 inch of snow Wednesday night, but nothing Thursday or on Friday. Skate skiing the best skiing now with icy conditions under the coating of snow.
Feb 17Larson Lake    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
DeerwoodLinda Mealey-Lohmann
 
As of 2:00 pm, still 99% coverage on all striding tracks and skate deck. Slow and tacky, but definitely skiable.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Honey Tree Farm 
Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
AustinSteve Williams
Conditions are way too soft so we have closed the trails until things freeze up again. Hopefully there will still be some snow left by then.
Feb 27Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
RochesterTom Eckdahl
Trails were groomed early this morning and a classical track was set. Skating lane may soften during the afternoon, but early morning or late evening should be just fine.
Feb 26Essex Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterJim Carlen
Trails have good coverage for the most part. I saw two small areas of classic track that were showing some asphalt and one icy area, but great coverage overall on the skate deck. The biggest issue is that the deck is very uneven and lumpy. They received a lot of snow on Friday and the trails just need to be groomed a few more times to even out the deck and widen it. So it was great to be out skiing on real snow as a Twin City snow refugee, but it was a lot of V1 because of the very uneven, narrow deck.
Feb 26Essex Park Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterBill Oyler
It was fun driving down to Essex from the Twin Cities, watching all the snow appear gradually the closer I got to Rochester. Essex sure has plenty of snow! Plan on very slow, soft skiing, with an uneven trail and lots of pole plants breaking through the trail. But, if you're looking for the chance to skate or classic ski in deep, fresh snow that has had a recent grooming, this is a great place to enjoy it! Worth the drive in my opinion, and will likely get better over the week.
Feb 26Quarry Hill Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterMounif El-Youssef
Kudos to the groomer for doing a great job. Still soft snow and hopefully will be groomed again later tonight for excellent spring skiing in the next few days.
Feb 26Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
AustinSteve Williams
It was a beautiful morning for a ski. Skating was good if not particularly fast in the packed powder.
Feb 25Essex Park Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterMarie Torkelson
 
Deep, pristine December-like fresh snow. One foot fell here. Excellent grooming, both for skating and classic. Came here to ease up my Birkie blues. It sure helped.
Feb 25Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
AustinSteve Williams
 
We were able to groom a 1 mile loop. Skating should be very good and should improve as snow firms up. No classic track is set but classic skiing should be good on the packed powder. Please park on the asphalt part of the drive as the regular parking area is covered with a foot of slush.
Feb 25Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
RochesterTom Eckdahl
 
With 16" of fresh new snow, the ski trails are once again up and running. Trails were groomed this morning with a classical track being set. Trails will be soft today, but should firm up overnight. Wind was still blowing, which may result in some tracks being filled in. For late season skiing this should be a great weekend to get out. Bring the snow shoe too! Plenty of area to explore, over 15 miles of trails and 1300 acres to explore.
Feb 25Quarry Hill Park 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
RochesterMichael O'Connor
Rochester Active Sports Club
 
Rochester got about 12" of nice heavy wet snow with this last storm. Both Quarry Hill and Essex Park trails have been rolled and groomed. They are not is as good a shape as we would like, as many of the volunteer groomers were up at the Birkie. So expect trails to be a little soft. Things will improve with more grooming over the weekend. Should be great spring skiing next week.
Feb 24Honey Tree Farm 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
AustinSteve Williams
 
We received a bunch of snow but it fell on top of squishy wet ground. When and if we are able to do something with it we will let you know.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Frontenac State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
FrontenacCraig Jarvinen
Really great skiing! Classic tracks a day old, but still good. Hit dirt in several places-easy to avoid. Also groomed for skate, but the deck was pretty soft because there is so much snow.
Feb 25Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaCraig Jarvinen
 
Some of the best skiing ever at St. Mary's! Skied classic in well formed tracks. Two or three spots where classic hit dirt, but still excellent skiing.
Feb 25Frontenac State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
FrontenacGavin Watt
 
Real snow within 68 minutes of Mpls! Beautiful sunny day, bit windy but me and about 100 other people hit this sweet spot. Foot of snow on the ground. Rolled and tracked Friday per the DNR Snow update. Skied the upper loop; less than 1% dirt and debris except along the paved stretch thru the woods along the river between the campground and the upper parking lot where your poles will find the cover thin and some exposed pavement in the tracks -- easy to avoid. Tracks were crisp and clean and even. The skate deck was soft in places; break thru on a hard kick or trying to catch an edge on a downhill. Watch for sitzmarks and kneeplants. Swix Extra Blue with some Red in the kick zone.
Feb 25Frontenac State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FrontenacDan Murphy
 
Deep snow, perfect conditions. I had never been here before - if you want to climb a really really long hill then start at the bottom, otherwise you can drive up to the top and start skiing there. There are good views of the river.
Feb 25Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
I was the first one to arrive at the park today at 11:30 to find brilliant sunshine and about 5 inches of fresh great snow tracked by the local deer. It was cold. The snow was dense but not too dense so I bushwhacked out the King's Bluff Trail on waxless boards (caution this is not a ski trail and gneiss and other rocks can be an issue]. Superb if you like that kind of thing. Coming back my skied in tracks made the effort worthwhile - so much so that I skied the loop back twice. The road in is in decent shape. Reminder: this park has a cold snowy micro climate. In fact, I remember the Park brochures talking about several climate zones. But at the very end the tracks were getting mushy.
Feb 25Mississippi National Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Red WingMark Bushinski
 
Skied upper trail and it was rolled all the way up the bluff but the rest of the trail was ungroomed powder. Paradise for a snow starved Minneapolis skier. Good coverage but a few specks of dirt by 1pm.
Feb 25Frontenac State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FrontenacScott Andrus
 
Fresh and soft. More grooming and it could be perfect.
Feb 25Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WinonaAnders Braaten
 
Excellent skiing today some of the best of the year. All the trails were groomed with classic tracks. New snow made for excellent classic skiing with good kick and glide. Probably some of the best skiing in the state right now. Thanks to the groomers for another great year of grooming.
Feb 25Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaSteve Horeck
 
7" of new snow, tree's laden with snow, fresh grooming and tracks set - doesn't get much better! Come out and enjoy, could be gone soon!
Feb 25Mississippi National Ski Trails    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
Red WingGavin Watt
 
Bluff side rolled. Golf course side not groomed. 8" Fresh full coverage.
Feb 25Mississippi National Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Red WingJohn Hilton
 
Good foot of powder. Beautifully white. Very soft yet. Golf course has been rolled at least a couple times. Black, wooded trails looked like they were rolled mid-storm. I turned around after a few hundred yards into the forest. If you have a choice, wait until Sunday for things to firm up.

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Cannon Valley Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Cannon FallsKeith Carlson
While groomed following the snowfall, it never set up for skating remaining soft and rutted. Asphalt showed thru on the classic track in many spots exposed to sun but looked great where it was totally shaded by the bluff. Had to ski around a couple of totally bare spots. Used yellow FastWax LF. I did 6 miles at a 4.7 mph pace.
Feb 25Cannon Valley Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Cannon FallsKevin Ousdigian
 
Yesterday Dave, my brother, emailed me that this may be the best trail to drive to for fresh snow. Today Mark, my son, and I drove down and met Dave. We had an awesome 3 hour ski in the abundant sunshine. We parked at Welch trailhead and skied east some and then back west all the way to the end in Cannon Falls. The scenery along the Cannon river was great with a mix of hardwoods and pines with snow on them. Mark chose classic which was way wiser than my skate choice so I double poled behind him on the way back which was easier than skating. The trail was freshly groomed, so fresh we ran into the groomer doing his second pass. Therefore the skiing was soft and slow, especially if I tried to skate. I'm sure it will firm up but the skate lane is narrow due to where the classic track is but well worth the drive especially for classic. Sure made for a great day considering we expected to be skiing the birkie this morning.
Feb 25River Bend Nature Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
FaribaultPatty Carlen
 
Great classic ski today! Tracks were a bit soft, but otherwise very good. Just a few spots with debris or other things to watch out for. Area got about 8 inches of new snow. Beautiful skiing in the woods along the river, and also out on the prairie. Very scenic. Not the same as skiing the Birkie would have been today, but a great ski nevertheless, and about an hour from the Cities.
Feb 25River Bend Nature Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
FaribaultGinny Yingling
 
Skied river trails - trout lily, deer, teepee, owl are all good to excellent, but getting soft thru the day. Wood duck has lots of bare patches, but still fair. Didn't try any of the open meadow trails as people were saying they were too soft and sticky. Should be good tomorrow after freezing again tonight. So great just to ski at all this year!
Feb 24Carleton College Arboretum    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NorthfieldAnna Meyer
 
Part of the Lower Arb was rolled earlier today, and the whole trail has skier-made tracks. Coverage is good except for a few thin places where there are rocks or dirt (clearly visible).

Other locations
Feb 26Hormel Nature Center 
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
AustinMaria Anderson
Most of the trail system has been packed and tracked. (The Wet Woods Trail and Big Bluestem Loop were too wet to groom.) Skied most of the north trails, and tracks were in good condition except in areas where the snow was thin - tracks in the prairie trails just south of the pines and north of the pond were down to the grass. Icy/wet areas south and north of the Tower. High-traffic areas had many footprints.
Feb 24Hormel Nature Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
AustinMaria Anderson
 
Trails received several inches of heavy, sticky snow overnight, with snow continuing today. Staff will begin grooming Saturday morning, so most trails will at least be packed by the end of the day. Grooming will likely continue on Monday. Ski rental will be open over the weekend, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 24North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
CableTom Held
 
The North End Trail was surprisingly skiable. A dusting of snow from wayward Birkie storm covered a hard crust. No tracks for classic but enough kick with hard wax over a klister base.
Feb 24Mukwonago Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
HaywardCarolyn Senty
 
Ice and bare spots covered with an inch of snow. Turned around after a few minutes. Needs more snow and some grooming!
Feb 23Birkie Trail 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
HaywardBruce Adelsman
 
Birkie Trail Manager Chris has opened the Birkie Trail from the OO Trailhead south. The trail is reported to be very icy, thin and has bare spots. They recommend advanced skiers only - be very careful.
Feb 19Mukwonago Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HaywardBrian Westrich
 
Snow was good for both classic and skate skiing. Starting to see some debris (leaves, sticks), but still good conditions.
Feb 19North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
CableAndy Schwartz
 
Still some pretty good skiing to be had on Sunday morning. The 'C' loop is getting icy and thin. The old Korte loop from Timber Trail heading North is in the best condition. Firm and icy fast with some corduroy. Things were already starting to soften up when we walked off the trail at 9:30. I reflexively used my good skis because that's what I've been on all week. And it was not a problem. However, if you plan on getting out Monday, I might suggest you use your 'B' skis just to be on the safe side.
Feb 18North End Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
CableJill Adrian
 
We skated out about 5km taking the A cutoff and then down to the south end.. The trail was closed just past Timber Trail Rd so we turned around and went back. The snow was slow but well groomed considering the heat. Some dirt and dead leaves were scattered about on the trail so rock skis would be best.
Feb 18North End Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
The trails are scheduled to be groomed again tomorrow early morning. It is not anticipated new track will be set and the old track is getting shallow and icy in places. This is the last scheduled grooming until we get colder temperatures/new snow. Thanks to the many skiers that were out today and respected the closed trail sections.
Feb 18Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HaywardGeorge Larson
 
Birkie Ridge trail only: Rock hard trail in the morning. Groomer was not out so rutted from Friday skiers. Please ski out North Trail and come in on South Trail - thus all uphills and downhills will be in same direction. Currently South Trail downhills are almost impossible because folks were climbing on Friday and thus extremely rutted.
Feb 17Seeley Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
SeeleyJill Adrian
 
I skated the 7.5km loop late afternoon and the snow was really slow. Looked like the trail hadn't been groomed in a few days. I saw more dog tracks and footprints than ski tracks.
Feb 17Rock Lake 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
CableKatie LeMoine
 
Rock Lake Trails are open! The trail has not been groomed due to the warm temperatures. The snow is soft, but skiers are reporting decent skiing. There is debris (sticks and leaves) on the trails. The classic tracks are in good condition, but soft. With the warm temperatures predicted for the weekend, the conditions will most likely be very soft snow and possibly icy in the early mornings if temps get down that low. The trail will not be groomed again until more snow and cooler temperatures are received. Rock Lake loop is not being maintained this year. Use caution in the parking lot, as it is slippery and icy in places. There is a five dollar parking fee, but Monday, February 20, 2017, is a free fee day for President's Day.
Feb 17Mukwonago Trail 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
HaywardKatie LeMoine
 
Mukwonago Trails are open! The trail has not been groomed due to the warm temperatures. The snow is soft, but skiers are reporting decent skiing. There is debris (sticks and leaves) on the trails. The classic tracks are in good condition, but soft. With the warm temperatures predicted for the weekend, the conditions will most likely be very soft snow and possibly icy in the early mornings if temps get down that low. The trail will not be groomed again until more snow and cooler temperatures are received. Use caution in the parking lot, as it is slippery and icy in places. There is a five dollar parking fee, but Monday, February 20, 2017, is a free fee day for President's Day.
Feb 17North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
The plan is to groom Saturday and Sunday mornings if the temperatures allow. Decisions on grooming will be on a daily basis as the thaw continues. Trails closed to skiing are marked, please respect the closures - and ski early!
Feb 17Birkie Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
HaywardFred Scheer
 
Perfect piston bully grooming. No ice or bare spots. Deck was firm. Tracks looked perfect. Just starting to get sticky in the sun as we left at 10:30.
Feb 17North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
CableAndy Schwartz
 
This morning, the trails were again in fantastic condition. The skate deck is firm with a nice layer of soft snow worked up to facilitate control. There are a couple of segments of the World Cup/Tony Wise trails that aren't normally groomed but are groomed now to add some kilometers. Specifically, where the old Korte trail turned back towards Telemark. Because they don't often see a groomer, those segments are pretty soft yet. With all the closures due to the desire to keep people off of segments that share the Birkie and Classic trails it's a little bit of a labyrinth but still loads of fun. Allow me to express my appreciation to the North End Ski Club for their dedication to keeping these trails open and well groomed. In low snow years like this, the North End trails are often the best skiing in the area and that was the case again this week.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27After Hours Ski Trail 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
BruleDiane Gobin
With the addition of some light snow over the weekend, the trails are skiable but are only in fair condition. There are about 2 inches of fluffy snow over an icy base. Most of the trails are snow-covered, but there are a few spots of exposed grass and leaves. The trails have not been groomed recently.
Feb 21After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
BruleDan Kephart
Wisconsin DNR
 
Due to the record warm temps and rain on Monday, skiing is not advised on the Afterhours Trail. Bare ground, ice, and standing water exist over a good portion of the trail. It is yet to be determined whether or not grooming will resume this season.
Feb 17Superior Municipal Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
SuperiorNic Bacigalupo
 
The skate deck was skiable but getting very thin in areas and may not last long. Had to take my skis off a couple times. There were grass blowouts in the normal locations under pine trees and etc. Made it from 28th Street to Browns PT(yellow) via green and Blue trails. Also went on Red trails for a little while. Billings Dr to Browns PT was challenging because of ATV tracks. Thanks groomers. It looks like they attempted to groom but it must have to thin and warm to keep going.

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldAndy Turnbull
Hoigaard's
Arrived at Mt Ashwabay around noon to take advantage of their 2 for 1 Birkie bib offer and were not disappointed. Lake Effect snow showers turned the trails into a winter wonderland, something we Twin City skiers have not seen in far too long. We classic skied Seagull, Sugarbush and had great tracks sometimes hard to see with the heavy snow. Kudos to Scott and the Ashwabay grooming crew! Well worth the drive from Cable.
Feb 26Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails    
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BayfieldScott Nesvold
With about 3 inches of new snow, Steve groomed and tracked: Anchor, Seagull, Roller Coaster, Telford, Jolly Long, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail. This section is in good shape except for a spot at the top of Seagull that lost the icy base up by the downhill start house. Things were a little soft skiing, and as I was finishing skiing at 11:30am, lake effect snow was kicking in.
Feb 25Mecca    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MercerGary Mears
 
Trail was completely groomed today after about 4" of new snow over the wet base that we had in places. The deck is a little soft but should firm a little over night. Track set well were there was some base, but in areas were there was no base it is very thin. Basically the conditions are the same as in the fall. Skiing should be fair to good over most of the trail. With more snow we will be out again.
Feb 25Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
BayfieldNick McGee
 
Conditions are great, and more snow is falling. The groomers are out tidying up the tracks from yesterday! Birkie skiers, come in Sunday, Feb 26th, with a bib and get 2 day passes for the price of one!
Feb 24Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WashburnSteve Lindell
 
2-3 inches of fresh powder on 1-3 inch crusty base. 100% coverage. Did Teuton A,B, and C loops.
Feb 24Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldSteve Lindell
 
An inch of fresh powder on top of crusty base. Freshly groomed skate trails on Seagull, Anchor, and Jolly loop. Estimate about 15-20 km of great groomed skating trails. For the groomed trails, good skis. For ungroomed sections, B skis. Classic trails had not been groomed but plenty of good coverage and set tracks. For those going through Birkie withdrawals, get out and ski!
Feb 24Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BayfieldSteve Vizanko
 
The trails have held up well after the thaw. All Skate trails are open with 80% great, 15% good and 5% thin. All the classic trails are open with good new tracks set on 40%, OK on 15%, thin on 5% and 40% not yet reset. We have not groomed all of the classic yet expecting new snow to return them to great shape. Bottom line is we still have snow and it groomed up well.
Feb 24Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
The groomers groomed and tracked: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford, Jolly Long, and the Sugarbush Road Dog Trail. They also tracked Sugarbush Classic. The skate trails are 80% great, 15% good, and 5% thin. The classic is 50% great, 40% good and 5% thin. We need more snow before the classic improve. The skate lanes are really fast with a nice surface finish.
Feb 24Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldNick McGee
 
All 40k+ of core trails groomed this morning with light snow still falling. The skate lanes are in great condition and classic tracks shaped up beautifully, with about 4-6 inches of base left. Come on up and ski an Ashwa-Birkie!
Feb 23Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
BayfieldDennis Liphart
 
Decent base and full snow coverage. Conditions are soft (minimal recent grooming due to warm temps).
Feb 20Mecca 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MercerGary Mears
 
Our trail are remaining open in anticipation of a snowfall on Friday. As can be expected the conditions are not ideal, but they are skiable. Look out for ice in the mornings and on the down hills. As always we will get out and groom when the conditions warrant. The chalet will continue to be opened daily until we decide to close the trail to skiing for the season. Thanks for your understanding.
Feb 17Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WashburnDavid Paulson
 
Beautiful skiing this morning. 1.5 feet of natural snow. VR 50 worked great. VR 55 an hour later. Should be good skiing for the next week... unless nature has its disastrous imprint. Early morning skiing is recommended. The Valkyrie trail is a magnificent... a wonderful wilderness ride. The tracks are firm so you can really ride the downhills with abandon. A real April treat in February.
Feb 17Chequamegon Bay    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AshlandDavid Paulson
 
I skied out onto Chequamegon Bay to test the snow for the Book Across the Bay race for tomorrow night. Today there is adequate snow. Make certain to have sharp ski pole tips, as there is some exposed ice. The race should be very fast, if the lake doesn't turn to slush today or tomorrow. I am wearing a snorkel just in case. This race is always a wonderful celebration with great food, good organization, great beer, and good dancing. There are about 3,000 participants scheduled so it will be a good party.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 22Timberland Hills 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
The heat and rain totally destroyed our base, so our trails are not skiable at this time. A return to winter appears likely, so watch for updates. Please be patient with any grooming as we will be starting over from scratch.
Feb 19Spooner City Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
SpoonerDan Campion
 
Conditions were perfect for skating Friday morning, but not today. Skate deck was getting icy, with just enough snow in spots to get an edge. Even in the woods there are bare spots. The powerline was the best shape, and the hill going to the high school.
Feb 17Blue Hills Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
Friday's grooming again provided great skate skiing early this morning, some of the best skiing of the winter. 1/2" of well ground sugar snow on a solid base. Fast controllable skating. The classic track was set two weeks and in places has accumulated quite a bit of litter. If above freezing, waxless striding should be OK. If classic skiing when temps are below freezing, the glazed somewhat littered tracks may call for using klister kick wax. The base is getting thinner every day, infrequent dirt spots were easily avoided this morning, and you could still use your good skis ("A" skis).
Feb 17Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
BruceWilliam Barry
 
Perfect conditions this early morning. Was being groomed as I skied. This was one of the best trail days I've had all season. Go early, by 10:30 the south facing hills were softening,.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 25Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
Eau Claire Ski Striders
 
About 75% of the trails have been groomed for skating and classical. None of the big hills have been groomed. The classic tracks are deep and firm with only occasional leaves. The skating deck is uneven with soft edges after 12" of new snow. The tracks of the groomer are often visible and there are ruts and furrows, but overall good or better. Another round of grooming should make for excellent skiing.
Feb 25Red Cedar River Trail 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MenomonieKarl Dewahl
 
The dog-friendly section south of Downsville was not groomed - good 3-7" snow cover, enjoyable time breaking trail on about 5k, the 1st 2k had been tracked and snowshoed. Three downed trees across the trail, easy to get over. The trail going north from Downsville was groomed for skating - looked good.
Feb 25Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireGary Follett
 
This is the best snow I have seen all year, anywhere. The trails were rolled and 80% machine tracked. The only trail not open was the "Red" loop (maybe because the groomers did not want a lot of rusty skiers out killing themselves on the big hills...). This was sort of weird snow in that it was not super fast but sure was fun. I could not have guessed that driving 90 miles would offer such immense difference from the nothing we have here in the Twin Cities!
Feb 25Red Cedar River Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MenomonieJohn Whittington
 
Solid groomed for skate. 4-5 in base. Enough classic skiers have been out for decent classic grooming. Beautiful trail along the river the entire trip.
Feb 24Red Cedar River Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MenomonieKeith Carlson
 
Unlike the Cities, there was plenty of snow. Estimate 8 inches. Probably 29 to 32 degrees, overcast with a north wind. Had to break trail. I used Blue extra. Over an hour drive in not the greatest conditions and $5 trail fee to break trail on my own but I found snow. In fact virgin, untracked snow. Obviously, it was slow - took me 45 minutes to do about 2 miles but I went 50% faster on my return in my own tracks. The aqua ice curtain that usually drapes a portion of the bluffs was largely melted. However, skiing fresh snow along the river that was running fast and high made for a nice ski.
Feb 24Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
From the County: With the fresh snow that we received over night (10"+) and with it continuing to snow today, we should have some decent ski trails for this weekend. Keep in mind that we did lose nearly all of the existing base that we had on our trails as well. Groomers are out right now at Tower Ridge and at Lowes Creek park packing down the trails. Tracks have been set at Lowes Creek and are in fair condition, no tracks set at Tower Ridge as of today but has been groomed. As of right now, Tower Ridge will be freshly groomed on Saturday and Sunday as well. So come on out and check out our trails! Vehicle passes are required at all Eau Claire County cross-county ski trail locations.
Feb 18Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
The ice has softened so that shouldn't be a problem given the current forecast. Lots of standing water and Lake Andresen is forming at the main intersection next to the parking area. There is a very hard base that provides good skiing through much of the trail system. Bare ground is starting to poke through and I would treat any hill where you can't see the bottom from the top with caution.
Feb 17Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
BloomerBrady Zwiefelhofer
 
Skied from about 11am-12:30. It was actually pretty nice. When I first got the the shaded parts of the trail were still crusted over but the parts in the sun were of course soft. Later during my ski it did get a bit softer. I was waxed with Toko yellow and still was able to cruze pretty good. Did Tram and North loop. There are a bare spots as expected but those were rather small. One this that surprised me was some debris on top of the trail that must have fallen in the wind a couple nights ago which is really the only reason I suggest rock skis. I think B skis would be just fine or even good skis for tomorrow I still think it would be skiable but put on your ultra warm weather wax and get out in the morning. I don't think it's a guarantee though. Seems like the north loop has a bit less snow than the south and even tram. 50/50 shot. But was really happy to get out there today.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
I classic skied the trails (about 15k groomed) this morning after a week of warm temps and then 7" wet snow. Conditions were highly variable, from excellent to fair. A few bare spots (avoidable) and some icy spots (ski with caution). Really could use a couple inches of snow. B skis recommended.
Feb 26Rib Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Rib LakeDick Wilder
Skied from parking area at county C. Skied the green loop. Both skate deck and track look like they had been groomed since Fridays snow. Soft trails but good day to be out. Some bare spots and a few rocks.
Feb 25Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
After getting 7+" new snow, most of our trails (all except Gaiter, which has some open water flowing through the marsh) were rolled/packed yesterday and then I groomed this morning. Its pretty soft but looks great and should ski well, especially after it firms up overnight. Should be some great skiing on Sunday; stop by on your way home from Hayward! Also - the Rib Lake Ski Club trails (25-30km)are also being groomed today.
Feb 21Camp Forest Springs 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
I walked some of the trails on snowshoes to see what trail conditions were; there were some areas that had long stretches of good snow but also some bare ground with rocks and dirt poking through. So trails are closed to skiing for now. We plan to have some of the trails groomed and open starting on Saturday.
Feb 18Wintergreen Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Park FallsBrady Howe
US Forest Service
 
Skied B loop, trails had a decent base as of Saturday morning. Due to the warm up the tracks were pretty much gone, but I was using a touring ski so I didn't have any issues. There was some small debris on the trail from the wind (pine needles and twigs) but nothing major.

Other locations
Feb 24Willow River State Park 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Skunked! Willow got nothing from the latest snowfall. I was at Willow doing trail work as snow fell and then melted on the spot. The trail work was prep for more buckthorn / invasives control test plots. I got some very positive feedback about buckthorn control efforts along trails from Willow skiers at Birkie Fest. Yes, I gave up a day of trail work for Birkie Fest.
Feb 17Marshfield School Forest 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
MarshfieldRandy Lueth
 
We will be closing our trail system today to preserve our base. We will re-open when temps stay below freezing. We will post a report when we re-open.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Moccasin Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ElchoSue Lietz
The grails are groomed to perfect spring ski conditions; tracks are fully set into 8-inches of new snow. My ski buddies and I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon of classic (blue-extra wax) skiing. Do not delay! Get out and continue to enjoy those ski trails!
Feb 26Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
MinocquaJohn McCarthy
Very nice conditions for skiers on Sunday. Firm skate deck, clean, and generally solid coverage. Some trouble spots, as would be expected, since parts of the system were down to bare ground before the weekend. Many happy skiers enjoying the trails on their way home from the non-Birkie.
Feb 26Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
RhinelanderRandy Ahrens
Skied east loop. Between the deer, slush spots and minimal snow depth in some areas, it was tough going. Need snow!
Feb 26Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
Reworked the skate lane with two passes, compacting the loose powder and combing fresh corduroy. Left the tracks alone as they were well shaped and solid with a dusting of new snow. Conditions for classic and skating should be really nice before noon on Monday when the heat returns. Sunrise at 6:39AM. Time enough for a quick ski before work?
Feb 26Razorback Ridges Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SaynerTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
We had a great time on the nicely groomed classic trails this morning. Just for fun we also skied-in some tracks on the far end of Lions Pride. The snow was lake effect light. Superb kick and glide. Pure joy!
Feb 26Razorback Ridges Trail 
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SaynerWill Maines
Groomed for the third day in a row this morning. Not all loops, but most. Skate deck is very good to excellent with just a few thin areas. Same with classic loops. Tracks are mostly excellent, although the tracks cut through to bare ground in a few tiny stretches where previous base had totally disappeared. I skied yesterday afternoon after grooming and though the tracks were soft, skiing was very enjoyable. On the skate side, as of this morning, Long Rider, Will's Crossing and Ridge Trail are groomed. Classic loops groomed are Hair Raiser, Wild Thing, Doug's Folly, Pine Hollow and Short Cut. Tracks and skate base are much firmer than yesterday.
Feb 25Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Arbor VitaeJulie Brooks
 
Rolled and tracked Madeline Saturday. I had equipment problems so some loops are single tracked. Some areas are pretty thin under the conifers. Conditions are good.
Feb 25Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MinocquaTom Held
 
Fresh snow left ongroomed on the outer loops made for s great Birkie alternative: setting tracks. Just a few slushy spots, but overall great coverage and good skiing.
Feb 25Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverGreg Dahl
 
About 6 inches of new snow, trail was groomed Friday and Saturday and is in wonderful condition! The track was great, very clean, deep, with a few thin spots under the pines and mosaic ice pieces occasionally on the bottom. Temp was 18 degrees and swix V30 had a bomber kick. Striding was simply wonderful, fast track, blue skies, and snow flocked trees - does not get any better than this. The skating deck was smooth, clean, and a little soft. This trail not only survived the big thaw, but is in mid winter conditions thanks to the groomers.
Feb 25WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
We picked up about 6-8" of snow overnight and this morning. All ski trails have been rolled, groomed and trackset and were setting up nicely tonight. There's still one wet spot on the 6k loop that can be skied around otherwise trail is in great shape. Forecast is calling for light snow early morning so should be great skiing tomorrow. Will start working on the fat bike trails tomorrow but with the amount of snow we have gotten since Thursday and with just one pass on the bike trail so far, it may be pretty soft tomorrow.
Feb 25Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
Tracks were set this afternoon. The track depth varies based upon location. In the open areas , and under the pines expect shallow tracks, while in the wooded areas they will be deeper. Be aware there were three slushy areas on the west loop. Hopefully with the falling evening temperatures they will freeze over.
Feb 25Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
Over the evening hours and early morning we got another 1+ inch of fluffy snow. Groomers went out and cleaned up the skate deck. Still no classic tracks. The groomers experimented on one segment of trail, and the track went right down to the old icy deck. Please be patient, we want to get those classic tracks down asap, but more snow is needed.
Feb 25Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
RhinelanderRandy Ahrens
 
I skied around 12:30 pm. No grooming done yet after our recent snowfall Friday but a good 7-8" of new snow on the ground. I followed the tracks of two individuals on the west loop so there was somewhat of a trail on that loop; good going but not a hard/set track. No one had skied the eastern side by the time I had left near 1:30 or so.
Feb 25Moccasin Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ElchoChuck Wetzel
 
With 9 inches of new snow, the trail was groomed and tracked today and is in very good condition. There is some water at the top of the Luge. The Snowshoe trail was also mostly packed except for some low areas where there was standing water.
Feb 25Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
Very good mid winter conditions. Skate lane is a bit soft in spots and there are a few short sections where there is ice in the bottom of the tracks. Overall kick and glide were fast and fun with blue extra. This morning's excellent grooming of the 2" overnight snowfall is really appreciated!
Feb 25Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SaynerWill Maines
 
Groomed yesterday, again this morning after another four inches fell last night. Skate loops groomed today include Ridge Trail, Will's Crossing and Long Rider. Remainder are ungroomed but good for bushwhacking. Skate decks for groomed loops are mostly excellent. All classic loops are freshly groomed and tracked except for outer part of Lions Pride. Tracks are very good to excellent with a few very small places where for 10 or 20 yards the new powder snow was covering what was bare ground two days ago. Overall, use your best skis for normal mid-winter conditions.
Feb 25McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skaters loop groomed. Only noticed one slush spot about 100 yards from the parking lot. Good condition. All other loops tracked. Thin spots under the pines along Helen lake. Fair to good conditions.
Feb 25Raven Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
All loops tracked. Warm temperatures took a toll on the base. Thin spots under the pines on the Red and Yellow loops. Red and yellow loops are poor to fair conditions. Blue and green loops are good condition.
Feb 25Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Boulder JunctionJoe Fieweger
Wisconsin DNR
 
About 6-7" fluffy new snow in last day or so. Tracked green loop only today. Rest of trail was groomed about mid snowfall yesterday and was left to "ski in" as today's grooming didn't seem to improve conditions. Conditions vary greatly from poor (very thin - not enough snow to set track) to very good. The tracks in hardwoods sections are mostly good or better. The conifer sections are very thin. Do not take good skis on this trail at this time. There are many short sections of trail with no track due to thin snow cover.
Feb 24Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
We received around 4+ inches this morning and this evening. The groomers were out tonight compacting and trying to revitalize the skate deck. The deck is thin with a layer of ice underneath. They will return tomorrow to brush the deck in the late afternoon/evening. We are not setting any classic tracks at this time. The warm temperatures this week really did a number on our base. We will need more snow to resurrect them. Its like the beginning of the season..... again.
Feb 24WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Winter's back! Picked up about an inch of slush on Thursday and about 3-4" of snow today with more coming. For the most part, our base survived the week-long warmup in great shape with about half-dozen area where trickles crossed the trail (few inches wide, easy to ski over) and two damp areas that can be skied around. All the ski trails were groomed today and will groom again tomorrow (Sat) morning and attempt to set track. Most of the fat bike trails were also groomed today but will take a few more passes to clean up some rutting.
Feb 24Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
MinocquaGene Musser
 
Skied Base Loop, Tornado Alley, Survivor, Yukon, XC Express, Steeplechase, Silver Strider. All fully covered with very few thin spots posing no particular problem. Enough snow that skate strokes didn't break through to the crust below. Good to very good skiing.
Feb 24Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
Overall fair conditions. Groomed about 3" of new snow. The old base was remarkably well preserved though it was thin to gone in a few spots so track setting was intermittent. We plan to groom again Saturday morning, anticipating a bit more fresh stuff to arrive tonight.
Feb 24Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions vary greatly. Five days over fifty degrees was not a good thing for this trail. The tracks under the hardwood sections were really good. The conifer sections were bare ground except for an inch or two. I hit ground many times but went back and kicked snow over the bare spots. Do not take good skis on this trail at this time. The short loop yellow has the most hardwoods so is in fair to good shape. The other longer loops have sections of twenty to one hundred yards of just combed trail as tracking was pulling up ground. So far about 3 inches from storm so not as much as we needed. Other area trails in more open areas may be a good choice until we get more snow. Or if you just want a quiet scenic ski and have some rock skis then go to Escanaba. Overall mostly in fair condition.
Feb 24Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
MinocquaMary Dunphy
 
Four inches of snow has fallen with more on the way. Groomers are out rolling the trails as of 10:30 am.
Feb 23Moccasin Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
ElchoChuck Wetzel
 
As of today, the base on the Moccasin Ski Trail is in good shape with only three bare spots about 10 yards long by the two Hemlock groves and at intersection H. Where the logging trucks were on the trail it is icy and bare in spots. With snow in the forecast, the trail will be groomed on Saturday and should be in good condition.
Feb 19Afterglow Lake Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
PhelpsJohn Letellier
 
It was below freezing this morning. Pete had regroomed the skate lanes and reset the classic tracks. Excellent conditions. Probably the fastest trails I have ever skied but could still get a great edge.
Feb 19WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Trails were glazed over and pretty icy this morning. Tilled up the skate lanes and that really transformed the trails, creating some of the best skating yet this year - for about 3 hours. Trails started softening up around noon. Could not set new track and what's there is starting to get a little shallow. We still have a good base, will look at grooming again Tuesday morning.
Feb 19Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
 
Conditions on Escanaba ski trail vary today. I was able to cut ice and lay fresh track on the yellow loop or shortest loop of 2.5 miles. Conditions on this loop are fairly good. Most of the track was fully formed but large granule type snow after 50 plus degrees. The other loops are still icy and although not closed may have a few bare spots. The conditions on the loops other than the yellow are fair with an and icy bottom on the tracks. The road in will put a little dirt on your vehicle but if I was looking for a little quiet trail to ski Monday, I would try the yellow loop at Escanaba.
Feb 17Afterglow Lake Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsLibby Stupak
 
Skied all the trails Tuesday through today. Excellent conditions for both classic and skating. Impeccable grooming. Nice deep classic tracks. Fun hills too!
Feb 17Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Good skis ]
MinocquaDennis Blow
 
Classic skied today with toko yellow klister. Great kick in the morning then by noon lost it with the 48 degree temp. Overall trails are in good shape you just need to get off the trail before it gets to warm. Winter park is going to open at 8:00 Sat. And Sun. Which is an hour earlier than normal.
Feb 17Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderBrian Hegge
 
The Cassian Cross Country Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.
Feb 17Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderBrian Hegge
 
The Nose Lake Cross Country Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.
Feb 17Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodboroBrian Hegge
 
The Washburn Silent Sports Ski trails are anticipated to be in good condition through the weekend. We will groom early mornings if the weather doesn't get too warm. However, we expect conditions to degrade fairly quickly by early next week and ask that everyone respect the trails and not use the trails if you leave deep tracks or impressions. We can save the deck by not destroying it by skiing on it when its too soft. We only have a 4-10 inch deck on all of the trails, which is not much to work with. We will post closures when we think the trails are not skiable. Otherwise, ski very early in the day before the snow softens up and get off the trail immediately if your sinking into to deck. Winter isn't over and we'll get more snow.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Plover River Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointRick Bie
Spring skiing conditions: firm and fast when I arrived at 10:00 a.m., soft and sluggish from the high sun when I finished at 11:00. There were maybe 12 small patches of exposed crushed granite, the biggest of which is pictured. Watch out for these bare spots and your B skis should be fine. Overall good conditions and plenty of fun to be had.
Feb 26Standing Rocks Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointRex Runke
Track was set on Saturday morning. Skating lanes were groomed this morning both are in good condition with some bare spots.
Feb 25Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointScott Frazier
 
The new snow meant all the trails have been reopened. The entire system has been groomed for both skate and classic. I skated the red loop and found the skate deck completely snow covered, clean and free of debris. It was a bit soft, similar to early season conditions. However, 100% better than three days ago!
Feb 25Iola Winter Sports Club Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IolaMark Dostal
 
Got out to the hill about 1:30. Phil had the skate lanes in great shape, and was just heading out to set tracks. The tracks are in great shape too! Thanks to Phil. See you tomorrow!
Feb 25Plover River Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointRex Runke
 
Trails have been groomed track has been set and skate lanes have been groomed and are in good condition. There are some thin areas. Similar to early season skiing.
Feb 25Standing Rocks Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointRex Runke
 
Skate lanes have been groomed and track has been set. Both are in good condition but are a little soft.
Feb 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
WausauJohn Beatty
 
Nine Mile is reopened. 7 inches of new snow over the survived trail base. Great fresh tracks. Skate lane soft in places. Some detours to avoid old puddles. Mostly very good skiing.
Feb 25Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
WausauMichelle Eul
 
Classic skied the 10k loop. Had to reroute due to flooded trails so we did some of the 20k segments. Trails were groomed, however there were long sections that were not tracked for classic skiing. Mostly good snow with only a few icy spots.
Feb 24Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
WausauAndrew Sims
 
Very pleased we will be able to re-open Saturday morning after a week of very warm weather. As of 10 a.m. Friday morning 6" of snow has fallen at Nine Mile. We are currently packing on the lighted loop and the 10K. Grooming will take place early Saturday morning and some of the trails will be open.
Feb 19Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WausauDan Dudley
 
Drove up to Wausau to find snow. Was suprised Nine Mile had full coverage still. Solid ice base with crust on top. 8am 32f a bit icy hard to get good edge, 9am 42f fast with great control, 10 am 50f soft slow. Never had such rapid changing conditions. Last ski before the Birkie if it takes place.
Feb 19Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Stevens PointMindy Borchardt
 
Skating deck was groomed yesterday morning. Expect stretches of ice and puddles and organic debris, but also some very nice, clean segments -especially the inside loops east of Tower Road. Downhill runs are great, and they plan on continuing to groom the short (1k?) nordic loop around the lodge and the top of the downhill run as long as the manmade snow allows. Closed: Red Pine Run, the lodge loop along the road. Classic tracks are pretty much gone.
Feb 17Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
WausauAndrew Sims
 
Most trails were maintenance groomed in the skate lanes early this morning. The alps and the 20K have not been groomed. Today will likely be the last grooming until there is additional snowfall.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayPatrick Warpinski
Fabulous morning ski. Excellent coverage. Just a tad soft but firm base underneath. Minimal to no debris and only a few icy spots noted.
Feb 25Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
NeenahMike Christman
 
Trail is as good as it can be with thin snow. You can see some sticks and grass but it is very skiable. Use rock skis. He has a 1.3 mile trail loop groomed. The trail changed a little but you can easily see where it is.
Feb 25Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Green BayLori Wenzel
 
Surprisingly good conditions with full coverage and very few sticks and leaves. Soft snow and no tracks.
Feb 25Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Two RiversGrant Houghton
 
We had 3" of dense wet snow followed by 2" of overnight powder. Conditions are good for light touring to touring skiing anywhere in the forest that has snow cover. Best snow conditions will be after 3 pm today or tomorrow morning before the sun gets too high. Otherwise you'll be dealing with clumping due to uneven snow temps from shade to sun. Avoid the far west side of the red pine trail due to a heavily rutted and puddled road.
Feb 25Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Was able to re-groom this morning on the upland trails near the nature center. Tracks are set on those trails. We were also able to pack the snowshoe and walking trails, plus pack the sledding hill. All of the Green trail and Exploring Habitats trail is groomed, sections of the Blue and Red are also ready.
Feb 25Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Well, I have rolled a mile or so of skate trails. No classic, thin base, sections open. Not much base.
Feb 24High Cliff State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SherwoodLinda Guelig
Wisconsin DNR
 
Not enough snow to set track on the traditional ski trail; however, the volunteer groomer was able to comb the skate ski trail. Conditions are only fair.
Feb 24Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Sections of the trails around the nature center have been packed for last minute skiing. No tracks are set. The wetlands are thawing so several sections of trail are underwater. The Green loop and trails that connect to it on high ground near the nature center are the ones packed. Snow will likely just last this weekend. Evening events on Friday and Saturday are cancelled due to the weather and trail flooding.
Feb 22Navarino Wildlife Area 
Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Ski and snowshoe season has come to a close that is unless new snow is on the way. Trails are melting in the 50 degree temps and recent rains. Time to get your hiking boots out.
Feb 17Navarino Wildlife Area 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Trails are melting fast due to the 50 degree temps. Ski trails are packed and you can still see ski tracks. Oak leaves and twigs are on the trails due to the winds. Likely today and Saturday are the last days the trails will be open to skiing, unless new snow arrives.

Other locations
Feb 26Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
LakewoodTom Lane
On the snow 10:40 am, 27 degrees, off the snow 3:25 pm, 35 degrees. Skied from old 32 parking lot. Once you get past the first 100 yards the trail is in great shape. I skied classical and have seen faster conditions but the track was deep and well set. Very surprised with the great condition of the trail after the recent warm-up.
Feb 25Maranatha Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LangladeJulie Schneider
 
We skied all loops except for Quaking Aspen. Most loops had been freshly groomed this morning, but all loops were skiable. Excellent condition!
Feb 25Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
LakewoodLloyd Lundwall
 
Groomed today with the skandic. The only part not groomed are the hills north of Smythe. We still have a good base and it has remained flat. We had 5 inches of fresh snow on top with this last snowfall. The tiddtech was able to set a nice track.
Feb 25Spring Rapids Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CrivitzJosh Jarvis
 
With an addition of about 6 inches of new snow falling yesterday I was able to get out and groom the trails again this morning. Everything seemed to work very well after rolling and then grooming the snow. Trails look nice but do need some time to freeze up as the skate lane seemed to be soft. Track was set on the majority of the system. A few places where the base had melted away there is some debris coming through the track. Everywhere else the track felt firm. Kirby hills was not groomed due to not being able to get the equipment up the hills. Snowshoe trail was rolled but not groomed. Some debris was falling on the trails with the wind but they still were majority clean of debris.
Feb 20Governor Thompson State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
CrivitzMatthew Leischer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Trail conditions are poor, but remain open to skiing. Our trails have had substantial melting and will continue to degrade through this warm week. The trails have sections of good snow pack with expanding sections of exposed bare ground. The trails have moderate to heavy leaf and stick litter and we will not be grooming until we receive substantial new snow.
Feb 17Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodTom Meyer
 
The trails are in good shape considering the snow condition. As you can see from the pictures, there is some debris on the skate lane. The classic track didn't fare so well. In some areas you might want to convince yourself that all those leaves have glide wax on them. Only skied the first 10K. There is a tree across the trail at about 9-1/2 K. If you're looking for good ski conditions, don't go. If you just want to have fun in the warm sun and get a work out, there is still plenty of snow.

Wisconsin Southeast

Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
GreenbushJim Van Akkeren
Some but not all trails were groomed today. Very nice conditions but some deterioration showing. The downhill on the purple trail by Bear Lake heading to the marsh has bare spots. I don't advise using purple in this section.
Feb 27Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
GreenbushTom Griesemer
Groomer just went through this morning. Trail conditions are very good for skate skiing. Icing and ground debris on classic trails. Worth going out one more time!
Feb 26Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushJim Van Akkeren
I skate skied purple, green, and red this morning and conditions were great. The groomer was out this morning touching up the skate deck. The classic track looked good. By late morning the sun exposed sections of the trails were getting softer. Enjoy!
Feb 26Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushTom Griesemer
Just got off the trails. I did complete loops for pink and red, and just the first part of purple/green. Conditions were great! Trails will diminish in quality as temps rise above freezing.
Feb 25Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
GreenbushJohn Dawson
 
Greenbush was great today, with enough snow for a classic track! The tracks were very fast, slightly glazed. Get out there before the next thaw. A little debris, but overall very good. All trails were groomed except black.
Feb 25Greenbush Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushTony Schwaller
 
All trails were groomed for skate. 90% of the system has classic track set except for some of the pine sections because of debris and thin snow. I will be using "A" skate skis tomorrow however the tracks are thin and buried branches are everywhere so use your best judgment when choosing classic skis.
Feb 25Greenbush Ski Trails 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
GreenbushBob Hertel
 
Just got a call from my brother who is skating Greenbush trails right now. Tony just groomed all trails after about 3 inches new snow. Skating conditions are very good.
Feb 21Greenbush Ski Trails 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
GreenbushMatt Stanke
 
There is still lots of ice and icy snow on many portions of the Greenbush trails, but it is unskiable. A few good sections (10%), but not worth it to get to. The most important thing is keeping the most of the frost in the ground, and the icy base and hope for more snow. Winter isn't over yet and today is the last day of the "false spring of 2017.".

Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 20Elver Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MadisonWill DeBoer
 
The man made loop is open, so get out there before its gone! Amazingly, it was tracked after Winterfest concluded Sunday night, and the skate deck held up overnight. Conditions are deteriorating, and it's a mix of slush, ice, and dirty snow. Still beats running.

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 17Lapham Peak    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
DelafieldJohn McCarthy
 
Nice conditions again this morning on the manmade loops. Similar to yesterday, though temps were a bit warmer. Dirt still not coming out. Began to slow a bit around 9:30. May be worth another look early Saturday morning.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 27Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
Groomers were out early with 100% freshly groomed trails, track set and skate lanes. Excellent conditions. Warm chalet open from 8-6pm.
Feb 25ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
IronwoodDan Boody
After the Birkie cancellation, we headed to ABR Saturday morning. The snow was still falling when we arrived, and the main parking lot was packed (Birkie bibs everywhere!). We hit the trails and were seemingly the first out on the Peltonen Pass trail as there were no tracks on the fresh snow. It was so light and powdery that skiing on an ungroomed track was actually enjoyable! The downhills were slow because of the fluff, but it was comforting knowing that we would have a soft pillow to land on if we took a spill (especially since all of the hills were unknown to us). As more people got out, the trails packed down a bit, and more grass started to show through. The sun came out midday, which was beautiful. By the time we left at 1 pm the tracks were started to show considerable wear, and since there wasn't a base underneath the snow, I'm not sure how much longer they'll last. Magical while we were out though!
Feb 25ABR 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
The 12 inches of new snow yesterday, last night and this early morning made many hungry skiers happy. We groomed up 65 km this morning and last night. It took multiple passes this morning even with both Pisten Bullys out but it should be firm in the morning. The groomers are just heading out tonight. We should have primo conditions for the morning at 9 AM when we open.
Feb 24ABR 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
The lake effect snow continues to come in force, we have gotten about 6-8 inches today; I am just coming off the Highlands packing and freezing the wet area that is the entrance. The Highlands area looks like it is well covered and should groom up well in the morning. Groomers to the south have been working on the trails that were flooded and reporting back they should be ready for morning skiing at 9 AM. I have not heard back from the single track groomers. One of the PB's is just coming off Cherry and reporting excellent conditions on Cherry and Peltonen. Second shift groomers will be heading out soon to complete the grooming. It looks like we should have about 60 k groomed up by 9AM.
Feb 24Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
6" of fresh snow today and snow continues to fall this evening. Volunteer groomers will be out in full force early Saturday morning setting new track's and skate lanes. Birkie skiers welcome!
Feb 24ABR 
Grooming Lost/Found 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
2-3 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and 3-4 inches of lake effect snow today! We had a great day of skiing today on the trails open and groomed and saw many bibs from the Birkie! The new snow groomed in well again this morning and then it snowed all day. We are heading out tonight to try to reopen the South and North that were flooded from the River rising. Groomers will be grooming to provide as many k as possible for Saturday. Not sure we will get all 73 km open but hopefully we can get 40-60 km open. The snow skied well today, many happy skiers. Lynn Ellen Schmidt you left something here.
Feb 23Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
IronwoodJonathon Rulseh
 
Trails have survived the thaw for the most part. Things are pretty thin, and the base is still in the process of freezing. 1-2 inches of snow from last night were groomed in. No classic tracks at this time. Temps were below freezing all day. It appears that the Hospital Half of the Wolverine Loop will need a few more inches to fill in some short gaps and skiers should use caution until more snow arrives. Hard to believe it is still February out there. I have seen more snow here in May. The groomers are doing an excellent job with what they have.
Feb 23ABR 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We received over an inch of a heavy wet snow and groomed 17 km this morning. We are open for skiing today Thursday and conditions should improve with the cold and more snow. Additional trails will be opened as the River level goes down.
Feb 20ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We are going to close the ski trails Feb 21-22, Tuesday and Wednesday, due to the rain and "unsafe" and variable conditions. This is very unusual for ABR to close the trails during the main season. We make this announcement early in the evening so that traveling skiers can amend their ski plans for the next two days. We hope to reopen for Thursday, stay tuned. We still have the trails snow covered and the forecast is favorable.
Feb 20Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
All trails freshly, fully groomed today, tracks set. Conditions are soft. Please refrain from running your dogs on the trail system until the weather becomes colder. Many skiers and snowshoers out over the weekend enjoying the great conditions.
Feb 19ABR 
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We had another day of spring skiing today. Skiers reported that skiing was super fun and fast on the ground up corn snow from 9-12. Skiers also enjoyed the warm skiing at 45 degrees, on a firm base from 12 - close. We groomed all 73 km of trails last night and this morning including power-tilling all of the wide trails with the Pisten Bully and power-tilling the narrow trails with the Alpina  dual track and Alpina small tiller and track-setting with the "Ginzu" Groomer and Bearcat. We will continue to groom for the next several warm days with lighter equipment and limit our open trails to the more gentle terrain so that the more expert trails keep their snow. (It is difficult for the groomers to climb hills in the softer conditions and it is easy for the beginner skiers to snow plow the soft snow off the trail). So we will be skiing on River Trail, Popple, Pit, Memory, Bachelors, Sulos Cherry, Blue Berry to the shortcut, Meadow and Tamarack and Hemlock and Jack Pine/WP, Rascals and Spank's. That is 20 km of skating and 31 km of classic.
We do have one small cabin open for next weekend and the Hantala House. Pre Season Season Pass Green Banana sale is on along with the ski shop sale!
Feb 19ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodThomas Gahr
 
Awesome spring skiing at ABR. Skied both classical, and skate. It got pretty mushy after noon, but it felt so good skiing in shirt sleeves.
Feb 18Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
The trails froze hard overnight. Conditions were icy in the early morning with fast downhills. After 10am the snow started to soften as temps rose. A good morning to practice double poling. Groomers on deck waiting for the right temps.
Feb 17ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodLaurie Fabrizius
 
Beautiful conditions, we started at 9 am, it was about 28, grooming was great as usual for ABR. We used waxless skis and conditions were fast. Sun was out and warmed up pretty rapidly. When we finished at noon it was 50 and getting slower. To bad the warm stretch is so many days. They have a good base and Eric know how to work his magic with the snow. Spring skiing conditions for now.
Feb 17Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
PistenBully groomed overnight with all trails newly track set and skate lane superb. Excellent conditions. Perfect sunny weather to head out on the trails for the long weekend. Groomers will be grooming throughout the weekend depending on temperature conditions.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 26McKeever Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingLarry Treul
Groomed the trails this past weekend. Worked in 4 to 6 inches of powder over a firm base. Trails in excellent shape. The resident otter was out again. Will groom again this week on Thursday or Friday and that may be it for the year. I have done my best and I hope that you have enjoyed the trail.
Feb 26Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
Ginzu groomed the entire system this morning. A little fresh snow fell between 8 and 10am but nothing significant. Lots of Happy skiers out enjoying the beautiful winter day. Thanks to all the Berkie skiers that stopped by and skied with us this weekend!
Feb 25Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Groomed our entire trail system twice today due to heavy snowfall throughout the day. Trails are in great condition.
Feb 24Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Groomed all trails today except for I and Z. Will get those tomorrow. Went over everything 2 or 3 times to get them back in shape after all the melting. Snowing pretty hard when I left there this afternoon. No sign of thin spots anywhere. Grooming everyday.
Feb 23Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
We received an inch of wet snow on top of our wet base last night so no grooming today. We still have an average base of 13 inches measured this morning. As soon as we get some freezing temps and more snow we will resume grooming operations.
Feb 21Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
I was able to classic ski early down on B/H with grip tape for kick. It had not froze overnight, so tracks were not icy. Full sun by 11am and everything became soft up on top(Y and W.) Plenty of base, so Dan can work his magic for the weekend.
Feb 20Big Bay Pathway 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Big BaySven Gonstead
 
Given the current weather warm weather conditions, the Big Bay Pathway is in fair condition. We have a snowmobile damage issue in one brief portion of Meditation loop, some tracks are a bit shallow in some sunny areas from melting (still plenty of snow though), and finally a couple wet drainage crossings on the lower end of Bear Mountain that are still passable.
Our plan this week is to refrain from grooming until after the warm weather. We plan on reworking our base on Wednesday and Thursday.
Feb 18Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
Skating was very good in the morning and started to slow with the warm temps. However still solid pole plants at 2pm going up Heaven. Classic tracks fast in the morning, then softened in the afternoon. SkinTec seemed to be working good. Temps near 50F, however 16"+ base, was barely touched. Dan will be out early Sunday morning, so skaters show up early.
Feb 18Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Groomed skate lanes on all loops this morning. Classic tracks are holding up well with glazing in the bottoms. Zeros or Klister would be the best choice.
Feb 17Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
Skated early this morning in great conditions. Dan used deep track setter, so classic tracks will hold all weekend. There is a minimum of a 16" base on all trails here, so ignore conditions where you are. Ski in the morning and snowshoe in the afternoon if you are looking for a full day.
Feb 17Valley Spur 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Skated up D (stairway to heaven) to Y and W then finished up with an easy ski around the B loop and the trails were awesome this morning. We got out there before it warmed up.

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 25Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetCraig Hughes
 
Excellent conditions at Swedetown today. 24+" base. We skied every trail (~24Km) plus the start/finish area for the Great Bear Chase. Fresh 6-10" of snow since the last warm-up. Ran into the groomers finishing up their last lap with the new Husky Prinoth Groomer. What a machine!
Feb 25Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetLarry Zurawski
 
Back to Winter Wonderland conditions. Swedetown survived the meltdown with a one foot+ base intact and 20 inches of snow in the woods. With about 10 inches of new snow on top of that, the meltdown is but a distant memory. I skated on a magic carpet today. Bear Chase is two weeks from today!
Feb 23Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
CalumetLiz Siivola
 
Skied on freshly groomed trail Thursday in the morning. About 3 inches of new snow overnight and fresh grooming made for great skiing. You can see by the picture there is a lot of snow here. Bring your good skis!
Feb 22Swedetown Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetPatrick Szubielak
 
We plan to resume grooming Thursday morning, plenty of base to work with and new snow on the way. Look forward to excellent conditions for weekend skiing.

Other locations
Feb 24Land O' Lakes Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
Finished grooming at 1PM. Conditions are very good. With the help of snow the last two days we beat the heat again.

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Feb 24Kamview Nordic Centre    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Thunder BayDan Horihan
 
Aside from some very thin snow cover right outside the chalet, there's actually very little evidence of the latest thaw once you're out on the trails. No new snow yet, but all the main trails have been groomed a couple times yesterday and today and are in excellent condition. The skate lanes are solid and level. Classic tracks looked good for the most part with just a few very small sections that looked a bit rough or icy. The only trail that was closed was the Tamarack, so there's probably quite of bit of overflow and ice in the swamp. No thin spots and only a few small ice patches on all of the trails I skied.

Other locations
Feb 22Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
We have survived the meltdown at the Giant! Full course for Loppet with grooming commencing Friday once things cool down. 50 km open this Saturday morning for skate with classic tracks to come once tilling complete.

United States

Feb 25Snow Mountain Ranch 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Granby, COBill Pierce
 
Mid winter cold and powder have returned! After a three week stretch of moderate temps and precip, we are back in a cold and stormy winter pattern. 4-6" of new powder over the last two days with more coming almost everyday this week. Fresh cut track and cord on 40K last night. More snow in forecast! Today was 100 days of grooming with 50 more till we close! Come and enjoy one of the best Nordic venues in North America!
Feb 25Snow Mountain Ranch    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Granby, COBill Pierce
Snow Mountain Ranch
 
Mid winter cold and powder have returned! After a three week stretch of moderate temps and precip, we are back in a cold and stormy winter pattern. 4"-6" of new powder over the last two days with more coming almost everyday this week. Fresh cut track and cord on 40K last night. More coming tonight! Today was 100 days of grooming with 50 more till we close! Come and enjoy one of the best Nordic venues in North America!


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