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ABR has 60 km of groomed ski trails and another 10 km of separate snowshoe trails. There are five rustic (ski in) cabins and a trailside house.

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Nov 23Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Closed! The groomers just reported in the the trails are mush and will be closed today.
Nov 22Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
Very good for my 7am skate. The combination of leaves, warm temps and many laps since there was significant snow has left the trails a bit worn. It was another full house again today. Thanks for coming out to ski and thanks for chipping in. We would like to remind coaches that reservations are required for team practices both during the week and on weekends. Grooming plan: We have canceled the Saturday evening grooming run. DPR (Director of Public Relations) and Babe will take a look at 6:30am Sunday to see if a morning run with the light screens will be of any help. Please make your Sunday ski an early one if you can. We hope there will be something left for your Monday ski. Enjoy!
Nov 22Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisAaron Zabler
Conditions: Soft with grass starting to show through tracks.
Skied front 9 at 3:30pm. Very soft and appeared there was a lot of melting today. It's still ski-able but grass starting to show through ski edge tracks. Classic track is on its way out.
Nov 22French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthNick Raisanen
Okay. I skied at noon today and the trails were in okay condition. There are a few bare spots now but they are easy to avoid. I could tell the trail was thin in several places so conditions will probably get a lot worse by the end of the day Sunday. You could still use good skis today but if you go out after dark you may want rock skis.
Nov 22Vadnais/Sucker Lakes    
Firsthand 
Vadnais HeightsMark Oswood
Conditions: Fair. Not groomed, but good skied-in tracks on 50%. Other half is thin or leaf-filled. Starting to get soft with temps above freezing this afternoon.
Turned around after 2.5K where trail was too icy/leafy. Base holding up well, but watch for thin spots on bridge.
Nov 22Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveAndrea Ochmann
Conditions: Fading fast on the outer trails; man-made pretty good and fully open.
Yesterday, there were tracks to be had on Lake and Creek. Looks like they were groomed out, but some shallow ones still exist on Northern Lights. No more leaf debris on outer trails today than yesterday, but snow is thinning fast--very sticky, and dirt and pavement starting to "bleed" through. Man-made pretty good, though also still a bit wet.
Nov 22Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverTed Lystig
Still good coverage for skating, with a nicely chopped surface layer. No thin spots that I noticed, but a fair number of leaves that nearly stop you in your tracks if you hit them just right. Skate lane was still firm around noon, without any ruts developing.
Nov 22Green Haven Golf Course    
Firsthand 
AnokaBruce Adelsman
Conditions: Well groomed, nice set of classic tracks and a good skate lane. Coverage good on 90%, some sections filling in with leaves and thin spots under trees.
Skied around noon. The trail loop starts out front of the clubhouse, near the roped off greens. Appears you should ski counter-clockwise, as the signs are facing that way and the track is on the right side then. Fun course, rolling terrain. Reminds me of Phalen, as some of the trails loop back very close to the clubhouse and then head back out. I'd recommend B skis.
Nov 22Anoka Nature Preserve    
Firsthand 
AnokaBruce Adelsman
Tried to ski on Saturday morning, but didn't seem to find much trail. There was a section parallel to the road, but its out and back and only a couple 100 meters at best, with some dirt spots. There was a road leading into the preserve, with a chain across it, but not any obvious sign of grooming (a lot of dirt). And the property is posted for a deer hunt through early December. Rock recommended if you're going to explore further.
Nov 22Baker Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
Maple PlainBruce Bolduan
Conditions: Getting soft, closing to protect the base.
In an effort to preserve our base, the ski trails at Baker Park will be closing today at noon. The trails will remain closed until cooler temperatures arrive and conditions allow to reopen.
Nov 22Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonScott Greymont
Conditions: Overall excellent on the man-made loop.
Great early season skiing. Trail was fast and slick this morning. Wouldn't surprise me if it is closed downdue to temp and rain. Watch out for the dirt in the tracks coming down the hill on the frog loop.
Nov 21Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Browns Pond and Lake Elmo were hard packed, leaf and seed litter where you would expect, occassional snert easy to get around with a little rutting. Eagle Point much less heavily traveled, less than an inch of fluff on top of packed base; one very short stretch on climb to the top of the northern-most ridge where there was dirt where prior skiers shovels broke through the snow. Much more enjoyable surface to ski on. I used FastWax Blue LF. Used paste fluoro on top of that. My first experience with this product.
This was tale of two different skis. First part on Browns Pond and Lake Elmo had me asking do I really enjoy this? - skate, skate, rest; skate, skate, rest. But after a breather in the trailhead building, I went over to Eagle Point and got the ski I dream of - sustained, nonstop skating. And to burnish my ego, I caught and repassed a pack of 6 high school skiers twice after they passed me two times. Took me 35 minutes including the walk over from the trailhead building.
Nov 21Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBen Mullin
 
Conditions: Decent for classic.
I classical this evening and found the tracks in pretty good condition where set. They were starting to collect a fair number of leaves in places. Hoping the tracks survive the weekend.
Nov 21Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveTed Lystig
 
Nice evening conditions at Elm Creek. Very solid skate deck, but no problem getting an edge. Tracks looked good.
Nov 21Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
I have been out cutting buckthorn all week(and resting my knee from too much fun last weekend) so I don't have a first hand report. Grooming report: Lumberjack just reported in to say "it should be a fantastic ride first thing in the morning". He and another newcomer to the Grooming Cave, Hanging Chad, just finished pulling the reworked heavy screens to scratch some profile into our well used skate trail surface. Enjoy before the melt if you can.
Nov 21Anoka Nature Preserve 
Grooming 
AnokaKarl Iwanoczko
 
Conditions: Trails in good shape. Trail around field perimeter is groomed for ski skate as well as one traditional track as it is wider than forest trails. Nice river views.
With addition of field trail length is 3.8 Kms.
Nov 21Green Haven Golf Course 
Grooming 
AnokaKarl Iwanoczko
 
Conditions: Trail condition is good. A couple of thin spots along the fence line.
Trail groomed Friday morning.
Nov 21Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveSteve Evans
 
Conditions: Multi-Use: variable, smooth and fast in some spots, rutted and tricky in others. Cloudy, some wind.
Skijored the Multi Use around 1 pm this afternoon. It was skiable, very challenging in some areas, easy in others. Glide was generally quite good. The section leading to Eastman from the Fernbrook parking lot was very rutted and catching a ski was easy. The meadow section and onward was good, no pavement showing anywhere, fast skiing. Seemed like every squirrel in the park ran across our path at some point, but the doggies kept on course, nice! We spent some time with a young dog we met, still learning to pull, and that was fun. Nice afternoon.
Nov 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: Good conditions on snowmade trails. One more loop opened this afternoon!
Star, Willow Creek and Frog Town Loops are open. Trails are packed, tracked and in good condition. Lights are on for Star, Willow Creek and Frog Town until 10 pm. Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Weekdays; and 8am-5p.m., Weekends. Rentals available until 5 pm. Visitor Center Hours will be extended until 9 p.m. beginning Nov 28th. A drop box is located outside the Visitor Center to pay daily pass; if arriving before or after hours. Trail are open 5am- 10pm.
Nov 21Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming 
MinneapolisRobin Smothers
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Small amount groomed and open.
Grooming for cross country skiing has been done on the Flats (golf course front 9), JD River Gardens, Eloise Butler, and the Bog trail loops. The trails on the west side of Theodore Wirth Parkway are closed for skiing at this time. Purchase ski passes at the Wirth Chalet Friday-Tuesday from 10am-6pm.
Nov 21Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: The trails on the other side of the lake (non-snowmaking) are now groomed and quite good up there. Northern Lights has a decent amount of dirt tilled up on the first part. Snowmaking loop was perfect.
With the very outer loop now groomed it's a nice place to go for a longer ski totaling a little over 10k probably verses doing many short laps.
Nov 21Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: The classic track was filling in with snow and leaves at 2:00 pm. Even though the skate deck was blowing in, it was still good but probably slowing down.
I waxed a friend's old skis today so I had to go try them out on a groomed trail. Como was the closest. I wanted to hear what the fish scales sounded like going down hill, all 80 inches of scales between the two skis. Obviously these retro classics, a narrow touring ski, have zero for speed but they climb like woodies! There was the expected limited glide in the clean or partially filled track. The leaves didn't slow things down any. On the downhill corduroy the skis turned and handled well. They sounded like a distant tornado siren. Skaters still have a good deck but its mostly over with for classic track skiers. Thank you Como groomers for a great effort on very thin snow!
Nov 21Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Conditions: Trail is in good shape.
Good classic track on the manmade. New start of the big hill bypass (Wayne's Thumb) on the Valley - nice striding gradual uphill. Looks like they put in some classic tracks on the Northern Lights/Thicket but I didn't go that way today. I noticed the classic tracks coming back along the road had at least one dirty/thin spot.
Nov 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKaren Bebchuk
 
Conditions: Well groomed and hard packed for skate. Nice firm classic tracks. Happy skiers.
Chalet is open 9-5 and is selling ski trail passes. Park ranger was out checking skiers for passes so make sure you get one.
Nov 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: Very good. Wide skate lane and groomed classic track set.
Getting crowded. Snowmaking is a winner.
Nov 21Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveTodd Powell
 
Conditions: Well groomed tracks on multiple trails.
Ski now! The three+ loops are well packed and the grooming is amazing. Very few people during the day. The conditions are excellent with the proper wax making it a fast run.
Nov 21Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Kuhne
 
Conditions: Groomed classic tracks, 90% good/10% fair to poor; skate deck looked great.
Skied at 8:30 this morning, and the trails had been groomed already. The classic tracks weren't quite as pristine as I thought they would be, having skated the night before and eyeing them eagerly, but they were plenty good for November ski. Grass shows through in predictable places, and leaves are starting to fill the more wind-swept areas, but all in all, a great workout. Thanks to the groomers!
Nov 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonTodd Powell
 
Conditions: Good groomed tracks.
The two loops are well tracked. Cold conditions but a good wax selection made it a very fast set of loops.
Nov 20Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Grooming report: Screened Thursday evening for your Friday skiing pleasure. We finally got Ancient One off the couch and back into the grooming rotation. He led the Irish Rookie on his second training run, pulling the Godzilla screens to level and put a little profile in the skate deck. Evolution reset tracks, but conditions for that made it difficult. Enjoy!
Nov 20Green Haven Golf Course 
Grooming 
AnokaKarl Iwanoczko
 
Conditions: Conditions very good. Ski course has been lengthened from last year.
Groomed with traditional tracks and ski skating.
Nov 20Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
AftonSam Seltz
 
Conditions: Fair, ungroomed.
Ungroomed except for several skiers' tracks. Fairly good snow coverage except long southeast downhill to the river, where I was intermittently slowed abruptly due to gravel. Would not advise trying this section! Uphill on south river bottom end barely passable on skis due to poor rock coverage, so trudge up in your boots. A bit more snow should allow grooming.
Nov 20Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Kuhne
 
Conditions: Rolled and tracked. Crunchy with occasional wind-blown snow.
Skied at 6:00 pm and was pleasantly surprised to see good classic tracks on most of the trail (I'll pull out the classic skis tomorrow!). The skate deck was nice and wide and remarkably even for how little snow we have had. Mad props to the Como groomers - thanks!
Nov 20Como Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Saint PaulBen Mullin
 
Conditions: Excellent but getting windblown.
I skied around noon and suspect I was there shortly after the groomer made a pass. The skate deck was excellent and the tracks even looked really good. The only thin spots on the skate deck were under the bridge and the top of the descent off the back bowl towards the bridge but easily avoidable. The classic tracks showed a little grass in a few areas. An hour after I started the tracks were getting drifted in fairly well.
Nov 20French Regional Park    
Firsthand 
PlymouthClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: Quite good but a little bumpy and parallel ruts in some areas but not too bad. Groomers did a good job at not digging up stuff considering some areas that are bumpy. Best section is Skyline and Challenge Hill trails. The others aren't quite as smooth and more leaves.
Only a couple spots where you want to be careful but otherwise a great option to ski right now. Parking lot at 5:00 pm only had a dozen cars.
Nov 20Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixBob Bickford
 
Conditions: Good for skating with recent grooming.
As you park your vehicle and commence with your ski you have no idea that big hills await you in this peculiar yet enchanting venue.
Nov 20Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoWilliam Harrison
 
Conditions: Good for skate!
Skate deck has been groomed and there are very few places where there this "ski-harming" debris. Skied all East Side loops with B skis with no problem and still had good glide and decent control. A bit bumpy, as others have noted. Amazingly good condition given that they have only had 4-5 inches there. Won't complain now though, was definitely worth the trip!
Nov 20Anoka Nature Preserve    
Firsthand 
AnokaWayne Komarek
 
Conditions: I skied skate, groomed with good coverage.
Very nice local ski especially for this time of year!
Nov 20Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveTed Lystig
 
The entire manmade snow loop is now open, complete with classic tracks. As noted by others, the artificial snow is very abrasive and slow (particularly in windblown areas near the chalet). Still, the coverage is excellent and race skis are fine. It's more sheltered with less drifting on the natural snow on Northern Lights and Thicket, but there B skis would be better than race skis. No classic tracks on the natural snow. Great to have mid-winter conditions so early.
Nov 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonJason Roys
 
Conditions: A- Skate, manufactured trail.
As previous commenter said the chalet is only open for bathrooms. It looked like they were still manufacturing for Frog Pond loop, but it is not groomed yet for skate. The 2.5k loop that is open was great for classic and Skate, enough to get out there and wish for more!
Nov 19Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJoe Rosenthal
 
Conditions: Plenty of snow but ungroomed.
Nice snow coverage on lighted loop, was dark when I went so did not ski the rest. Pretty well packed down on the prairie, less so in the woods with a few annoying clumps of leaves and icey spots. A proper grooming would certainly help.
Nov 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonTamer Mische-Richter
 
Conditions: Mid season conditions in November.
With only about 2K open and more opening soon, Hyland is by far the best in the metro. Snow is still being blown on the rest of the 5K loop. Make sure that you purchase passes! Park police are very diligent at checking.
Nov 19Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: Entire snowmaking loop now open groomed nice and wide and smooth as always. Northern Lights was quite nice also but a couple thinner spots I saw. Couple lights out also but was nice to get out of the wind.
Great to have the entire snowmaking loop open a week before Thanksgiving! If you want to avoid skier traffic go late as there were only 2 other cars in the lot when I left around 9:00 pm and they're open till 10:00 pm.
Nov 19Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple PlainKathleen Miller
 
Conditions: Ranges from very good to poor. Fast snow. Groomed for skate, no classic tracks (not enough snow yet).
Pulled into the parking lot at 4:25 and there were no cars! Too bad because the trails are fun to ski. The groomers have done a nice job with the little snow they have at Baker. Skied there on Sunday and today and some areas are really white while others are covered with buckthorn leaves. The wind was fierce today so there was some drifting in the open areas. Two areas of caution: the trail just west of the driving range that goes through the swampy area is 70% grass and you have to walk through it, so check your speed down the hill. Also, the downhill on the Hill trail is very rutted from erosion from this past summer so stay light on your skis and be ready to change from side to side on the trail.
Nov 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand Secondhand 
BloomingtonVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: January conditions in November.
Perfect, there really isnt much more to describe Hyland today. The park crew did and awesome job of making and spreading snow. The 2.5k loop had its fair share of hills and flats. A few things to note about the park: Only the restrooms are open, the rest of the chalet is dark. The park patrol said it will be like that for a few weeks; About 60% of the lights were on when I was there. Its plenty of light though; As somebody else mentioned, watch for falling ice from the trees. The mist really stuck to everything so there are a lot of trees with iced over branches. A few corners had big ice blocks on the ground so it was a mini agility drill to avoid them. Other than that, its a great trail. I cant wait until its all open.
Nov 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveTodd White
 
Conditions: Natural snow of Thicket and Northern Lights skate deck was solid and great edge. No tracks on natural snow. Artificial snow was blown snow and slow.
Outer loop was not groomed but rest of natural snow was awesome. Artificial snow was brutal. Thanks crew for turning on the lights for the natural snow too. Much better skiing without the extra windchill.
Nov 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonMike Garrity
 
Conditions: Great, good skis fine. Good deep tracks.
skied the man made loop on Wednesday night. Best pre Thanksgiving conditions in memory. Get out there!
Nov 19Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixJon Nelson
 
Conditions: Excellent for skating.
Skied about 2 p.m. Trail had been recently groomed after snowfall last night. Surface a little bumpy in a few spots, but overall remarkably nice for this early in the season; seemed like mid-winter skiing. Hats off to the groomer.
Nov 19Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixBruce Manske
 
This morning I skate skied for over an hour and didn't get to all the loops that make up the Jackson Meadow Trail system, plus, the trail was freshly rolled-- truly a Jewel of a Nordic Trail! The trails are narrow, yet very skatable; and, there are plenty of hills to test your V-1 skills and raise your heart rate. Thanks to the groomers and Nordic folks for prepping this fine trail system.
Nov 19Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple PlainSteve Evans
 
Conditions: Dusting of new powder on Multi-Use, back side very good, groomed, flat and fast, much better than Monday. Front side fair, rutted and challenging. Cloudy, strong winds. Fast Wax Teal, good glide.
Skijored with LuLu and Boomer on the Multi-Use around noon, first time out this year for them. We launched on the horse trail portion of the north loop, ungroomed and lots of sudden dips and ruts in fairly soft snow that was easy to power through. They moved fast through the woods as I gradually found decent balance. Turning onto the well groomed back side, skiing was a breeze, we sped up quite a bit and maintained a fast pace until we got back on the horse trail at the far end of the south loop, where we slowed a little navigating back to the parking lot. The dogs are in fantastic shape, full out all the way around and they weren't even breathing hard when we finished. On the high windy portions of the back side, some ice is starting to show here and there, overall the trail is still great for the thin cover it has.
Nov 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Conditions: Very windy and windblown. There was a track sometimes.
First ski for me. Classic. The track was there in the protected areas which are few and far between on the manmade. The manmade snow was pretty fast though. The freshly made and flying manmade stings the face in the 30 mph gusts. Back in the woods on the natural snow was nice but without a track. At one of the intersections I came across a nice 6 pt. buck (congrats - survived last weekend). We looked at each other for about 20 seconds and then he took off for some fartlek...me, well, not so much.
Nov 19Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveSandy Schreyer
 
Conditions: Excellent coverage. Solid base with Winslow powder on top.
Classic skied around noon. Tracks were harder and more abrasive than expected. Windy conditions caused tracks to get filled in on several sections. Skate deck looked great and seemed to be fast without being icy. Lucky us for getting to enjoy this early season treat!
Nov 19Jackson Meadow 
Grooming 
Marine on St. CroixAndy Powell
 
Conditions: We had another inch or so of snow last night. All trails are groomed for skating.
Thanks to everyone who came out and skied last weekend. Certainly the busiest our trails have ever been. It was fun to see so many smiling faces. Someday we may be able to provide a port-o-potty, but in the meantime, please respect the residents and use discretion. Closest public restroom is 1 mile down Broadway in the village of Marine on Saint Croix. Thanks.
Nov 19Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulElias Anoszko
 
Como is groomed! A pretty nice skate deck and some really windblown classic tracks. No bare spots that I could see, although the base is very thin and there is some grass poking through in spots. Definitely good enough for B skis.
Nov 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: Very good on the shortened loop. Snow machines are humming away.
Fast man made snow. Watch out for ice hanging from trees overhead on far side of Northern Lights trail.
Nov 19Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulJohn Garcia
 
Blowing and drifting snow obscure any identifiable skate skiing path made by previous skiiers. Not groomed yet.
Nov 18Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Heavily used, a bit icy.
I skied Lake Elmo after work and there was decent coverage but the trails were pretty heavily used during the day. There was some grass showing on the hill but other than that its in great shape. The groomers did a really good job of grooming for as little snow as they got. Use your B or rock skis until they get more snow.
Nov 18French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthJim Carlen
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Solid coverage.
Skied French Tuesday night - all of the lighted loops. Good coverage expect for one area with some ground sticking up. Used decent skis and didn't get any nicks - minimal amount of caution and I think good skis are fine. Some undulations in a section due to thin snow, but overall I have to say, it is pretty good and will keep getting better with just a bit more snow and continued grooming.
Nov 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonMike Maiers
 
Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic.
The Star and Willow Creek loops (the first two stages of the 5km snowmaking loop) are open; about 1.7 km on the GPS. The classic tracks are solid and deep, like mid-January. Skate looked excellent as well. Lots of cars in the parking lot, but the trail was not crowded at all. It looks like the next stage (Frog Town Loop) is close to being ready for grooming. I was on the "good" skis, so did not venture onto the natural snow trails. Many thanks to TRP for a providing a great option for folks on the south side!
Nov 18Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverKelsey Nelson
 
Conditions: Beautiful trails this afternoon. I classiced and there is some leaves in the track but not bad. Snow is hard packed and looks great.
Thank you to the volunteers at Woodland Trails. It was my first time out there and I was very impressed with the trail quality this early in the season. Was a great ski!
Nov 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveJon Schaumann
 
Conditions: Firm, just groomed.
Very windy. 2k groomed. Looks like the extra back 1/2 k was being worked on. I was there about 4 pm, only 2 other guys out skiing.
Nov 18Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Kuhne
 
Conditions: Groomed (somewhat), icy in parts, wind blown in other parts.
Skied at dusk just as a high school team was leaving. Saw snowmobile tracks on the trails, so I assume the trails were rolled? No classic track. It is a little bit like open range skiing at Como these days with skied-in tracks going in every direction. It can be fun, but it will be nice when we get some more snow.
Nov 18Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisKevin Kelly
 
Conditions: Not freshly groomed but has been previously rolled, some windblown, lots of previous days ski tracks, some walkers.
Best glide skating on opening day in years! Temp perfect, a bit windy. Skied front 9 between 11-noon.
Nov 18William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixPaul Schaaf
 
Conditions: 2" powder on top of rolled and trampled snow.
About half of the trails were rolled prior to last weekends deer hunt. There are now a couple of inches of newer snow on top. Many sections have had heavy foot traffic. I even followed a couple of blood trails from successful hunters. You can get around the park if you choose to. There are sections with a decent skied in classic track. I skated and it was do-able, but disappointing. There is enough snow out here to have the trails in pretty good shape with a little grooming. Lets hope soon!
Nov 18Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoBob Bickford
 
Conditions: Amazingly good for November with complete coverage. There was debris on the trail and in some places grass was poking through.
I skied all East side trails with rock skis but you could use good skis with caution. The snow was actually fast.
Nov 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand Secondhand 
BloomingtonJay Adams
 
Conditions: Perfect skating and Classic.
Hyland is OPEN! Star loop and the newly-named Willow Creek loop are the only trails open now...a 1.75km round trip. Conditions were man-made perfection. They said that Frog Town loop might open as early as Wednesday but they'll need likely another week before the hills and Boulder Ridge open up. I also skied part of the north loop and Richardson loop. Those are very skiable and you could use your good skis there, but there is stuff to avoid. 'B' or rock skis on natural trails but the man-made is 'A' skis all the way. November 18 and trails are open!
Nov 18William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixMike Chrun
 
Conditions: Ungroomed but a solid base with loose stuff on top. No bare spots and decent man-made tracks in sections. Skied all of the flat sections.
First time at WOB this year and it was a pleasant surprise. Used my beater classic skis but could have used good ones. Not sure what wax--whatever I finished with last year. Snow was fast enough and thin enough that I talked myself out of going on any hills (at my age I need a cushion when I go down). But looking at all the hills I went by, they did all look skiable. Completely bare under the railroad tracks but better quality snow on other side. Neat experience when a sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk flushed up right in front of me by the campgrounds. Looked down and there was a freshly killed blue jay.
Nov 18Lake Elmo Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoSandy Schreyer
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Some grass and dirt clumps.
Skied around noon on a mostly empty trail system. Reasonable coverage throughout but with some grass sticking out here and there and occasional dirt spots. Trails are hard packed near the lodge but quite nice the further out you go. Recommend B skis.
Nov 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Secondhand 
BloomingtonSue Schroeder
 
According to the Three Rivers Park Web site, the Star and Willow Creek loops are now open for skiing. [ Hyland snowmaking trails officially opened today. --Ed. ]
Nov 18Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming 
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
On east side - orange and brown loops packed today. Pretty good coverage - some grass showing. Lights will be on tonight. Office open until 8:00 and Nordic Center open until 10:00.
Nov 18Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Grooming Observation 
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Tracks set...can't be long now. [ Elm Creek is open! 2K of the 2.5K loop is groomed out and ready to go. --Ed. ]
Nov 18French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
PlymouthAdam Himes
 
Conditions: As nice as you could ask for in mid-November!
All of the trails in French Park with the exception of the Challenge Hill plateau were open and groomed this morning. The Three Rivers web site says that there may be bare spots, but I didn't see anything scary. The only hard ground I hit was in the parking lot when I overtrusted the thin layer of snow over the asphalt. There is some leaf litter, especially on the trails close to the trailhead, but nothing to worry about. Thank you groomers!
Nov 17Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple PlainSteve Evans
 
Conditions: Multi-use trail: Fair, rutted but powder, so skating was OK. Sunny, windy, cold, nice afternoon! Fast wax teal, great glide.
Looped the multi-use starting around 3 pm this afternoon, first time out this year. Wanted to see if conditions were OK for taking the Two Fangs out skijoring tomorrow; got around in 45 min, fast snow! The north loop was well skied, mostly classic tracks, the south loop was less traveled, both are quite skiable, no pavement showing, a small amount of drifting on the south loop return section, but not a problem with the light powder. Tomorrow the Two Fangs make their 2014 debut!
Nov 17Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBob Oltman
 
Conditions: Lots of snow, rolled for skating and tracks set for classic (made me very happy)!
Worth the trip! Great conditions! Nice work to all involved in getting the trails open! You beat the snow makers! I love it. It's so nice to see this sport want to take advantage of the conditions and put in the effort. Great job.
Nov 17University of Minnesota Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Falcon HeightsMelissa Berman
 
Conditions: Ungroomed and windblown, but skiable.
Skated and classic skied this afternoon on the windy trails. The trail was heavily windblown with a good layer of powder on much of it, but overall great snow coverage. I could tell a lot of skiers had been out this weekend, but the tracks/ skate deck they skied in were mostly washed over. Once the wind dies down and the new powder layer gets skied in, it should be some fantastic skiing.
Nov 17Baker Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple PlainClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Conditions: Pretty decent, some spots where grooming dug up stuff but great base forming.
Haven't heard much for Baker conditions so checked it out. Groomed for skate only and pretty good but a couple dozen spots where debris was groomed up so I would stick with B skis. Can't believe the Baker Shaker is still 2 months away. With Wirth not grooming this might be the best option for those in the west metro.
Nov 17French Regional Park 
Grooming 
PlymouthBeth Nash
 
French have now opened - packed only, no rentals, but the lights are on. Skiers may find a few bare spots.
Nov 17Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Northern Lights (yellow) and Lake Elmo (green) trails rolled today. Pretty good coverage - a few thin spots and some debris. Staff will roll Brown's Pond (brown) and Bur Oak (orange) loops on east side tomorrow. We plan on turning the lights on Tuesday evening.
Nov 17Hornet Hiihto Trails 
Grooming 
EdinaCraig Jarvinen
 
Conditions: Wind blown, added 1/2 mile of classic tracks.
The skate lanes are wind blown, but skiable. Stay out of the wooded trails with your good skis. At 11 am on Monday, added 1/2 mile of double classic tracks on the snow making loop. Down to our final 100 meters to complete our 1.25 km made snow loop - should be done in 24 hours.
Nov 17Anoka Nature Preserve 
Grooming 
AnokaLarry Norland
 
Groomed today. Conditions are good with no bare spots. Open for winter skiing!
Nov 17Green Haven Golf Course 
Grooming 
AnokaLarry Norland
 
Groomed today, due to wind some bare spots but mostly good conditions. Will groom again on Tuesday!
Nov 17Carver Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
VictoriaKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: OK on sky, sugar bush and lake.
No grooming. Hit bottom 3 times.
Nov 17Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinneapolisRobin Smothers
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Snowmaking to start this week! As Theodore Wirth was operating as golf course until Nov 9th, ground preparations for winter activities could not begin until Nov 10th. Most of the preparations will be completed by Wednesday, Nov 19 when snowmaking is scheduled to begin. Thanks for your patience. It's going to be a great year!
Nov 16Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand Crime 
MinneapolisMike Miller
 
Conditions: Slow, cold, well-covered.
Trails are well-covered although a bit rutted. Cold on Sunday morning at 9 degrees! I saw too late the notice to stay off until trails are groomed, although I'm wondering why the snow guns have not been going already here.
On a sadder note, two vehicles were broken into at the par 3 parking lot (windows smashed) on Sunday morning at about 8:45 am. Another reminder to bring all valuables with you when you leave your car.
Nov 16Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulStanley Sledz
 
Conditions: Wonderful! No bare spots. Plenty of cover for classical and skate.
Skied for about an hour today from 2-3pm on classical skis. Followed some tracks and made my own at other times. Sunny and rather pleasant with only what seemed like a breeze.
Nov 16Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Amazing early season conditions. 100% coverage; no need to use rock skis. Snow was dry and slower as you would expect with high single digits temps. Used Fastwax Teal LF.
This is a really tough place to start the season for a 62 year old like me. (Hockey and biking just aren't enough to get into shape for ski skating.) Climb to X2 involved a lot of walking the longer hills but moved pretty well on the downhill return. Fingers froze a couple of times before I stopped to warm them.
Nov 16Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBill Oyler
 
Conditions: Top notch conditions for any time of the season.
The Woodland Trails were the last place I skied this April and the first place I skied this November, so these volunteers sure know what they are doing. Well worth the drive from Minneapolis. The grooming is world-class, and it reminded me of mid-January conditions. Sunset at Woodland Trails is a magical experience. I must say it is impressive to be opening before and closing after the man-made snow venues, all with natural snow and a volunteer crew. Cheers to many more great skis at Woodland Trails!
Nov 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonStefan Helgeson
 
Conditions: Fair on non snowmaking trails.
All trails except where snowmaking is underway, are packed with good initial cover and reasonably good for skating. The snowmaking trails are not skiable and ungroomed.
Nov 16Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulRachel Van Heel
 
Conditions: Ungroomed but skiable.
Monday's little bit of snow has hardened to a nice crust, and about 2 inches fell on top to that Saturday. The trails along the lighted portion are pretty well packed down by all the happy skaters. Out on the gold loop the snow is a little fluffier. There're a few spots where a small amount of dirt has been kicked up by poles or pedestrians, but my rock skis only found one rock on the whole trail. Not bad for a pre-Thanksgiving ski.
Nov 16Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Very good. I started my skate lap just after noon and found the trail to be holding up well under the traffic of another busy ski day. Build It, groom it, and they will come. Having the snow market cornered doesn't hurt either. We are very pleased to be able to share our little 'field of dreams' with so many. Thanks for skiing Woodlands this weekend and thanks for your donations. It was big fun.
Grooming plan: Chainsaw and Evinrude pulled the medium screens this evening to do a cleanup lap on the outer loop. This was less aggressive than the conditions warranted because we are going to slip into snow conservation mode for a few days. This will help conserve snow and but may leave a trail with a firmer center in some areas than is ideal. Enjoy!
Nov 16Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverGeorge Wawro
 
Conditions: Excellent, firm, packed powder with good skate deck, no ice and great grooming.
The trails at Woodland were in excellent shape, much of the main loop was well-groomed for both skate and classic. The classic tracks were fairly deep and held well. Skate skiing was fast, smooth and firm throughout the trail system. It felt like mid-winter skiing during a great winter. There was no ice and skiing up and down and around the hills was safe and bracing. Phenomenal so early in the season. Highly recommended.
Nov 16Jackson Meadow    
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixDavid Byrne
Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club
 
Conditions: All trails groomed for skate; no tracks set.
This is a good time to skate ski on the narrow trails with challenging hills before classic tracks are set.
Nov 16Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisJohn Quinn
 
Skied from Wirth Beach through Eloise Butler and Quaking Bog area then east side of the lake. Not groomed but no bare spots and packed from skiers in most places. Five miles of skate trail in Nov is is pretty good.
Nov 16Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverTed Lystig
 
Quite good conditions for classic this afternoon. Much of the expert portion of the area is groomed for skate only, but there is still more than enough length and variety of classic tracks to keep things interesting. There was even a set of classic only tracks heading south to the golf course, but unfortunately it was mostly filled with windblown snow by early afternoon. Still, overall another great early season day at Woodland.
Nov 16Carver Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
VictoriaKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: No grooming. Full coverage.
Lake trail was good. No rocks.
Nov 16Irondale Trails    
Firsthand 
New BrightonBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Well covered, pretty firm and fast for skating with some drifting in the open areas.
Skied around noon time. Surprisingly cold for mid-November (temps in the mid teens!), especially with the winds in the open. Practice field was a bit drifted, but the wooded trails were just fine. Coverage was better than expected appears to have been skied in since the light snowfall this weekend. Fun trails, and the woods provide a great break from the winds. Such a nice treat by the Irondale team!
Nov 16Baker Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple PlainKevin Crystal
 
Conditions: Hill trail fair to good. [ As of today, Baker Park trails are open -- Ed. ]
There were a few spots where the groomer hit dirt or grass but they were minimal. The surface was groomed but a bit uneven. All in all, great mid-November skiing. Definitely recommend for "b" skis and if I only had "a" skis I'd go and ski carefully.
Nov 16Hornet Hiihto Trails    
Grooming 
EdinaCraig Jarvinen
 
Conditions: Pretty good! All trails groomed today.
Skiing on the fields is really very good. All trails were groomed for skate at 10 am Sunday. Still a bit rough in the woods, definitely avoid wooded trails with good skis. We complete 1km of made snow. It is a loop on the inside of the running track, behind the concrete storage building, and then around the running track (all behind the high school). We are working on the final 250 meters of made snow in the wood which includes a very good hill.
Nov 16Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoEmmerson Ward
 
Conditions: Good (for not being groomed).
Glass half full. The conditions are surprisingly good, despite only a few inches of base and no grooming. The trails are clean, fast and fairly well packed from lots of skiing. Fairly bumpy, but can't complain.
Nov 16Columbia Golf Course 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Please stay off the golf course. The trails are not yet open for the season. When you ski on the golf course turf, particularly the greens, you are damaging and killing the turf with ice build up. Please stay off the course until trails are groomed so we can direct you where to go.
Nov 16Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Please stay off the golf course. The trails are not yet open for the season. When you ski on the golf course turf, particularly the greens, you are damaging and killing the turf with ice build up. Please stay off the course until trails are groomed so we can direct you where to go.
Nov 16Francis Gross Golf Course 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Please stay off the golf course. The trails are not yet open for the season. When you ski on the golf course turf, particularly the greens, you are damaging and killing the turf with ice build up. Please stay off the course until trails are groomed so we can direct you where to go.
Nov 16Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Please stay off the Wirth golf course. The trails at Wirth are not yet open for the season. When you ski on the golf course turf, particularly the greens, you are damaging and killing the turf with ice build up. Please stay off the course until trails are groomed so we can direct you where to go. We plan to start snowmaking operations at Wirth this coming week.
Nov 16Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoJi Chen
 
Conditions: 1-2 inches of fresh powder.
In the east side, great skate ski conditions with the 1-2 inches of fresh snow fallen overnight on top of what have been packed down by skiers. The low temp (~12F) make it feel like Jan or Feb.
Nov 15Bunker Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
Coon RapidsJennifer Bennett
 
Conditions: Not groomed but driven on by park vehicles.
I tried the skijoring side (west of RR tracks) first and a park vehicle with dual wheels drove on some of the trail possibly to trim branches or else attempt to pack the snow down. I classic skied in the tire tracks and in some other skiers' tracks. There was a sign posted about a controlled archery hunt until Dec 7th. I didn't go into the archery area which is north of the dog park. On the golf course side, I saw the same tire tracks as well as what looked to be groomer tracks (treads) but no grooming. Skating would be very difficult there with the tire tracks throughout.
Nov 15Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulPete Thurmes
 
Conditions: No grooming. 1"-2" of new snow on top of fairly heavy crust, so you can feel the crust breaking under you but does not give way - skis do not get stuck, and you will rarely have to pull out the pole basket.
Stuber and I skated for over an hour and skied wherever we felt like going. Conditions are not bad - you could certainly use good skis without fear, as nothing is exposed and the cart trails are hard-covered. Pretty fun skating! Classic wouldn't be so good if you depend on deep tracks, since skied-in tracks are no more than 2" deep most places. --"Live to skate, skate to live!".
Nov 15Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisSteve Eberly
 
Conditions: Complete coverage on the Front Nine ( the part across the road from the Par 3 bldg.) - no grooming.
Very fun and way better than typical early season conditions. I skate skied for about an hour and had a great time. There is a few inches of snow and I did not see any bare spots even under the railroad bridges.
Nov 15Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
A great ski, an over flowing parking lot, an overflowing donation tube and trails full of new and old ski friends - it doesn't get much better than that. For the Trail Crew you couldn't script a better start to their 27th year of trail building and grooming at Woodlands. Grooming report: Eagle 17 (the 17th Eagle Scout that I mentored) just reported in that he and the Accountant, had just finished their grooming run with the medium screens for our Sunday skiing pleasure. Enjoy!
Nov 15Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulKarl Dewahl
 
Not groomed, fair, some portions are skied in, others have just a few skate tracks. East glacier is fairly rough with lots of tracks, many of the paved sections have very thin snow, easy to go around in daylight (i won't ski at night here for a while). Good enough to do 20k.
Nov 15Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Solid base, perfectly groomed and holding up well. Good coverage, good skis would be fine -- only a couple of ice spots out on the prairie loop. Even had some nice classical tracks out on Washboard Flats and the connecting trail.
Waited for a little rise in temps to the low 20s before heading up to Elk River. Judging by the cars along the entrance road, it had been very busy in the morning. Still lots of cars in the lot, but only encountered a half dozen skiers once on the trails. Really excellent conditions, about as perfect as Woodland gets. The only thing reminding you its not mid-January is the calendar.
Nov 15Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixAdam Segar
 
Conditions: Great conditions for this early.
If you can get out to Jackson meadow to ski - you won't be disappointed. Great early season conditions. Lots of people. Decent coverage. Use your B skis.
Nov 15Ramsey County Parks 
Grooming 
Saint PaulAllison Winters
Ramsey County Parks
 
Based on lower than anticipated snowfall amounts throughout the county, no packing or grooming of cross-country ski trails will take place at this time. Trail areas did not receive an adequate amount of snow cover to create a base. Some trail locations were closer to reaching base levels than others. Staff will reassess Monday after this weekend's snowfall.
Nov 15Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverTed Lystig
 
Great conditions this afternoon for skating. We were out from about 2 to 4 pm, and the trail was still very good. A nice amount of loose snow on top for edging and control, without too much loose stuff in the corners or on uphills. You can easily use your good skis. A couple spots with ice under the snow on trails closer to the parking lot, but it was something that you heard maybe even more than you felt through your feet. Hats off to the groomers.
Nov 15Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoSteve Thatcher
Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club
 
Conditions: Wonderful skate conditions. No classic tracks.
With less snow in the southern metro there's no problem with soft trails. 100's of HS students have packed the trails with their skate skis. Very good coverage and firm sold pole plants, nice loose snow on top. Trails are the usual early season bumpy. Very enjoyable skate ski for the first time out. Hopefully they'll turn on the lights this week. Get out there, definitely worth the trip for skating.
Nov 15Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Wow! Really good.
The guys at Woodland have the power to bring joy, and they did it again. Skate grooming throughout and classic tracks set on several trails. Deck was quite firm, only soft on some hills. Coverage was good. I was on rock skis but you could safely have used good ones.
Nov 15Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverMatt Jorgensen
 
Conditions: Very good for skate and classic. Good skis OK.
In only five days, the Woodland Trails firmed up nicely to have a perfect place for the first ski of the year. A huge thanks to the volunteer grooming crew! Skate deck was nicely groomed and you can go ahead and bring your good skis. A nice deep classic track was set on the inner loops and some of the wider sections of the outer loop. Well worth the drive from the metro as we wait for the other parks to open. There were over 100 cars in the parking lot when we left around 11am.
Nov 15Tamarack Nature Center    
Firsthand 
White Bear TownshipMark Oswood
 
Conditions: Good to fair. Not groomed, but skied-in tracks along most of inner loop. Solid snow base throughout most of trail. Scattered sticks, tire ruts and pedestrian potholes.
Stay to left leaving nature center to avoid first small loop-too many tire ruts. Otherwise good through inner loop. Watch for flooded/frozen section near end. Outer hill loop best left to those seeking adventure, with sketchy tracks, more sticks and footprints, and fast packed downhills.
Nov 15Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Lake Elmo only got about two inches of snow. We need about four inches to get the equipment on the trails. However, ski teams were on the trails Wednesday and Thursday, and they have packed them somewhat. Lights will not be on until trails are groomed and in good shape. Park hours are 7:00 am until 1/2 hour after sunset.
Nov 14Hornet Hiihto Trails 
Firsthand 
EdinaPat Nelson
 
Conditions: Rock skis, groomed but lots of debris.
One of the few places that has groomed trails. Lots of debris, dirt, and grass, so grab those rock skis and have fun. Watch out for high school practice as things get crazy.
Nov 14Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Conditions: Plenty good. The trails are in near mid season shape. This is thanks to a favorable storm track, plenty of cold weather and the hard work of the all volunteer Woodlands Trail Crew. After some pretty serious chaos in the grooming cave early Monday, they rallied to bring us some great skiing the last three days. Starting Monday they have spent 25 hours riding the Skandics, logging over 250 miles, all for our skiing pleasure. They would like to thank all of their old ski friends who came out to share in the fun this week and welcome the many new ski friends that visited Woodlands for the first time. Thanks as well to those who chipped in to the donation tube. We could not do what we do without your financial help.
Grooming plan: Shear-Pin is leading the Irish Rookie on tonights grooming run with the medium screens. With several of his ski buddies coming up to ski with him in the morning, I can pretty much guarantee a well groomed trail for your Saturday ski as well. You should also see some early season tracks in the morning as the Engineer is training Evolution and Rookie 14.1 on the joys of track setting this evening. Enjoy!
Nov 14Francis Gross Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisRoger Merrill
 
Conditions: Nothing groomed, but good snow conditions.
About 3" of snow, no bare spots, no grooming yet, but good conditions. I used my backcountry skis and they worked well. You sink in about an inch in most places, unless it's got a crust from sun exposure.
Nov 14Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverClayton Keim
RollerSkiShop.com
 
Trail has firmed up and great coverage. Groomers have done an excellent job and worth the drive from Minneapolis. Groomed for skating only and you can use your good skis.
Nov 14Theodore Wirth Regional Park    
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
 
Stopped by Wirth and skied the front 9. No grooming but plenty of skier activity. There is a fairly well packed trail, but it was a little rutted this afternoon. Pretty good coverage, I used rock skis but B skis probably would have been OK. I started to head south, on the connector towards Hwy 55, but it was pretty torn up and thin so I bailed out after the first 100 yards.
Nov 14Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulRuss Ludeke
 
Skating lane, skier made in a short loop, ~1+K. Not great, but not bad either and B skis are fine. Leaves continue to fall, thin coverage, a few bare spots that can be dodged. Well within the range of "acceptable" for this early.
Nov 14Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
Elk RiverTom Ferry
 
Conditions: Good for skating. No track for classic.
Many thanks to the groomers. The trail was well packed in the center and smooth. I found only two patches of ice and a few places where pole would punch through. Truly exceptional skiing this early.
Nov 14Jackson Meadow    
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixTed Lystig
 
Lots of fun skating this morning. Great job of grooming to prepare a deck this well in mid-November. The southwest corner was the most fun, with good flow to the trails and a slightly wider, more even deck. The highlight of the day was Ridge Trail - great in either direction.
Nov 14Como Golf Course 
Grooming 
Saint PaulDon Siggelkow
 
Prom Management does the clubhouse concessions during the winter program, the City of St. Paul will continue to operate the winter program including all grooming. We had a fantastic golf season! Please stay off the greens and fairways while skiing.
Nov 14Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixGreg Boettner
 
Conditions: Good for this time of year. Fast and firm.
First time: nice rolling hills and curves. Beware of dog in northeast section.
Nov 14Hornet Hiihto Trails    
Grooming 
EdinaCraig Jarvinen
 
Conditions: Almost 1km of made snow freshly groomed.
We have completed an almost 1km loop of made snow behind Edina High School. Freshly groomed at noon on Friday- trail ranges from almost 3 meters wide to 8 meters wide, with one small 3 meter climb. All the other 4km of trails were also groomed Thursday night with conditions good on the fields, and not very good on any wooded trail. Edina High School practice from 3:30 to 5:15pm M-F has priority, otherwise the trails are open to the public free of charge.
Nov 14Sunfish Lake Park 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoSonja Hinderlie
 
Conditions: Not groomed, so skied on dog and footprints, but snow is nice, soft and quite good coverage for this date.
First time here and look forward to more skiing. Lovely views, quiet, and rolling hills and valleys. Such a surprise for us newcomers to the area.
Nov 14Francis Gross Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisRandy Easter
 
Conditions: Nothing groomed wind swept.
Great to be able to ski this early.
Nov 13Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple PlainRussell Nixon
 
Conditions: Freshly pack snow on all trails.
When I arrived all the trails had been packed already on the main course and saw the snowmobile pulling a black roller on evergreen. After classic skiing where it had been, it did a amazing job making a skiable surface. Later I saw the groomer using regular groomer and marking out a few of the corners. Ski season is here.
Nov 13Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulMichael Kuhne
 
Conditions: Nothing groomed, but skied in for both skating and classic. Icy.
Skied with my friend at 6:00 pm. Stayed in the southeastern part of the course near the start area. Hadn't waxed my skate skis yet, but I may not: they were super-fast tonight. There was a class of maybe ten folks there waiting to start. Curious to see what happens at Como with the private management of the golf course. I didn't see any evidence of grooming machines.
Nov 13William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixDan Murphy
 
Conditions: Full Coverage but skied-in tracks destroyed by roller.
The trails have been rolled and this took out about 85% of the skied-in tracks. You can sort of skate it but it is pretty choppy. The classic skiing was fair to poor with no real track - you just sort of ski in the rills from the roller.
Nov 13Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixCarrie Kostroski
 
Conditions: Very good snow coverage. Used B skis. Only one clump of dirt! Wavy at times but really amazing for this date. Blue trail off the main trail and in the woods softer with less traffic.
My first visit. I give it a wow! Limited parking. Take a map. No sign as to direction to ski. Trails in the woods are narrower. Watch for skiers coming at you. Beautiful view of the river valley!
Nov 13Jackson Meadow    
Firsthand 
Marine on St. CroixBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Full coverage, appears all the trails are groomed, and are pretty firm. Good base, used rock skis but B skis would have been fine, maybe even good skis (but hey, its just November -- plenty of time to dig out the good boards later).
Great afternoon ski at Jackson Meadow! Snow was super fast and firm, but not icy or hard pack. Nicely groomed for skate (no classic tracks yet). Really love the trails in the SW corner, lots of hills and curves, its like riding a little rollercoaster - just a blast! Skied one lap around the outer circle, and then had to come back and ski the SW corner trails a second time. Felt and looked like mid-January! Only saw a couple of cars and one skier on the trail. Be aware, the trails are skied both directions so be alert for other skiers (especially on the fast hills). Great fun!
Nov 13Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisMichael Gotzsche
 
Conditions: Decent coverage, very little ground showing through.
Checked out the Front 9- no grooming, Back 40-no grooming, JD Gardens- no grooming, Butler/Bog- no grooming. Two snow covered snow guns noted by the machine shed. Seems like it would be a great opportunity to roll and develop a solid base and there are nice cold temps for making snow. The skating was better (especially sections that had seen a lot of traffic), the ruts were making classic a little more difficult.
Nov 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoJohn Casserly
 
Conditions: Pretty thin, but no rocks.
Good morning from beautiful Lake Elmo park. There have been some skiers before me, but no grooming yet. There were some leaves on the green trail but no dirt and no rocks. The ski racks are up at the Nordic center, but when I arrived at 7:45 the doors were still locked. When I left the park attendant told me that she believed the entryway and bathroom area of the nordic center would be open at 7:00 am from now on, but that the great room in the Nordic center wouldn't be open 'til they start grooming the trails - after they get more snow.

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Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Jay Cooke State Park 
Firsthand 
CarltonEve Graves
Conditions: Ungroomed, lots of snow!
We classic skied today when temps were hovering around freezing at Jay Cooke by the campground. Thank you to whoever skied the nice track in! There were about 6 inches or more of snow on the trail. Very nice ski!
Nov 20Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Good early season skiing.
A couple of loops in the woods were rolled but not tracked some time ago and now have a dusting of new snow. There are a few rocks and bits of dirt here and there, but you can use your "B" skis. The campground loop has been well-used by skaters and kickers but still has very good coverage and well-used, shallow tracks.
Nov 20Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Hard packed almost concrete like on campground tracks still pretty good.
We were out after dark and the skate lane is so well used it is slippery with a slight edge. The classic tracks are still holding up well!
Nov 20Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthRich Hoeg
NorthStarNerd
 
Conditions: Fair throughout ... no classic tracks.
We had 2+ inches of snow last night which as very localized to the Lester / Amity Trails. This significantly helped the trails, and lateral control of one's skis is back! While conditions are not great, they are safe and fun again. The City of Duluth was out working on the trail lights. While they were using an ATV for access, they were being careful. Thus, these are good ATV tracks! Thanks to the City of Duluth for working on the system getting us on the trails early this season.
For the couple who was skiing with their dog, thank you for calling off your dog, Farley. Coming around a bend in the trail and suddenly having an unleashed dog rush me while barking was scary. Both Snowflake (members only) and Boulder Lake (general public) on certain days allow skiers with dogs on leashes.
Nov 20Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthBob Beresford
 
Conditions: Nice skate skiing.
Good skate skiing on the 10 k loop in the morning, on both yesterday and today, with 1" layer of new snow each day on hard base layer of snow. Great conditions for mid November!
Nov 19Pine Valley    
Firsthand 
CloquetEve Graves
 
Conditions: Great for skate! An inch of fluff!
I skated the main loop today around midday and so far this trail get an "A" as being the most pleasant to skate in town! The surface was very even except in a couple of spots, all the debris was covered and there were signs of tracks either groomed in or skied in well on each side of the trail. I did encounter two people walking down the middle of the groomed trail who I'm guessing either didn't speak English or couldn't read because when I let them know they were not supposed to walk on a groomed ski trail they walked on by ignoring me as if I were speaking a different language. I highly recommend making the drive out to Cloquet if you want some fun on hills! It was snowing and in the low 20's when I was there.
Nov 18Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Good early trail conditions for skate.
The main loop has been rolled and Bardon Peak and Ely's Peak loops are skier tracked. I skated the main loop and had a blast but would suggest rock skis and caution as there are quite a few rocks at the surface scattered throughout the trail. There are also a few places with deep ruts. There were a number of logs I was able to move off the trail but the rocks and ruts will need to wait for more snow. The connector is packed and partly rolled and looks pretty good though I did not ski the whole thing. It is great the groomer came out to roll the trails.
Nov 18Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Much better than expected! Nice classic track and nice skate deck.
We were out skiing after dark tonight and the campground loop was much better than the last time I was there. The skate deck was nice with an edge, not concrete like last time. The classic tracks are not perfect, but they are solid and the only in town!
Nov 18Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Character building, kinda like trail running on skis.
I skated part of the Magney trail that had been rolled and it is very well used. I found it to be good training with all the mogules, random rocks, scattered icy spots, and a few mysterious ruts and holes. With that said, skating much better than classic as there are no tracks and it is hard packed but not concreted like, and it is November, just ski with caution and your eyes wide open!
Nov 18Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthRich Hoeg
NorthStarNerd
 
Conditions: Below D: Horrible; Above D: Fair.
Today will be my last ski of Lester till we have more snow. The lower system has been extensively walked and biked upon. The upper trails are okay, but the steeper downhills are now a challenge at the base due to icy roller coasters run outs where each ski has a mind of its own. A fall would not be fun, and would hurt. On the way back down near the Chalet Loop an ATV has put some horrible ruts in the trail. Although the ruts are avoidable there is huge trail damage. If the temperature gets reasonably above freezing I will walk up and try repair as best I can with a spade.
Nov 16Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthAnne Flueckiger
 
Conditions: Fair to good, use caution.
I just skied Magney (main loop & Bardon's Peak, on fish scales) and I wouldn't want someone to go out there and be frustrated or disappointed. Fun to be had if you're careful.
Nov 16Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthLizzie Condon
 
Conditions: Great! Just a few ice patches and rocks.
Had a great no-wax ski this morning. Great coverage all the way through. The city rolled the main loop, but no tracks. The side loops to the overlooks are not rolled, but there are skied in tracks leading out there. There are ice patches at the bottom of some hills, and just a few rocks exposed, but if you're careful you'll be fine. No idea what the connector trail to Spirit looks like, I didn't give it a try.
Nov 16Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Good - partially rolled.
The main loop is rolled, not tracked. The Barton's Peak and Ely's Peak loops are not rolled but have have skied-in tracks. Overall conditions are surprisingly good. There is a lot of snow, and there are stretches that will fool you into thinking it's midwinter. But you have to watch your speed on the hills and watch for hair-raising obstacles, like logs, frozen mud patches, and even a couple of little streams that are still running. We saw not another soul on the trail.
Nov 16Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Well used tracks campground, no tracks rest of trails.
I skated parts of the 3k and 5k before heading over to meet my group on the campground loop. The 3k and what I skied of the 5k were rolled and very well used. There are a few grass and other ski stopping surprises you will encounter on the trail so keep your eyes open wide. The bottom of some hills are ice so be cautious. The campground loop continues to have outstanding tracks and the skate lane is very well used with no surprises.
Nov 15Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand Observation 
DuluthJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Campground (Larry Sorenson) - very good and heavily skied. 3K (Charlie Banks) - good with icy spots. 5K/11K Pete Fosseide/George Hovland) - was great backcountry - now rolled, good with some water hazards.
Skied parts of the Campground loop, the 3K, and the 5K/11K trails. There is a new reroute of the northern black trails that avoids some wet areas. Skiing was solid on the Campground with the classic track widened by lots of use. The 3K was a great skate with a couple of icy areas to watch out for. The initial part of the 5K/11K trail was rolled when I started and good early skiing (some areas of stubble) with one significant water hazard at the bottom of the first big downhill. The remainder of the 5K/11K was amazingly wonderful backcountry classic through fresh powder but by now most of it is packed and rolled - as it should be. There are a number of water hazards - the streams are not yet frozen and there is one big tree down not yet out of the way. Thanks to Andre and Adrian for hours of grooming and to many others for great work on the Spirit system this year! Of note: as I passed by the Connector I saw it had been rolled so I expect much if not all of the Magney system has been rolled.
Nov 15Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthCatherine Winter
 
Conditions: Rolled, not tracked.
Lester is skiable, but it was in better shape for classic skiing before the groomer came through. The grooming obliterated the skied-in tracks, and you can't really ski in a new track in the stiff furrows the groomer left behind. The lower loops have been used by fat bikers and a lot of hikers. A vehicle had also driven on parts of the trail. All that said, there's enough snow for a low-expectations ski, the woods are beautiful, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet.
Nov 15Hartley Park    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Rolled, run on, snowshoed on, thin base.
We classic skied at Hartley around 10:30 today and it would be better for skating right now. There is some grass and some rocks sticking up, most is easy to avoid, some not. It has been rolled, however, the public doesn't seem to remember that it's only for skiers once rolled! A runner went past us and I was reminding him that there are other places to run in Hartley, he ignored us and kept right on going making nice holes in the trail!
Nov 14Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthTom Heinitz
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Good but uneven (very good considering the date).
Full coverage on 5 and 10 K, save a few sticks and a couple of roots (in only 2-3 spots), but if careful you could even use your good skis - if very careful. As expected, it is early season uneven but very skiable with good quality snow. The 10 K was softer and less used. George and the crew have done a nice job to treat use to a mid November ski. I skated but it looks like a shallow skied in classic track but nothing set yet. You can always count on Snowflake to have the most snow too -- at least 8-9" out there.
Nov 13Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetRose Paske
 
Conditions: Nice one inch or so base packed down providing excellent early season conditions.
Thanks you city of Cloquet! I skied the 5.5k loop about 10am and it was great all the way.
Nov 13Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Very good, very well used.
We skated the campground loop after dark tonight and found the skate lane to be very well used. It is hard packed and completely covered with snow. We did some drills in the classic tracks and they are still in great shape too!
Nov 13Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthRhett Bonner
 
Conditions: Excellent early season skiing! Groomed for skate only on 3 k, skate and classic on campground. Snow fast and fresh!
A big thank you to Andre Watt for his superb grooming job over the last 3 days to pack down and preserve our early season snow! Also a big thanks to Siiri Morse and DXC for all the hard work in the off season to improve the trails and acquire grooming equipment!
Nov 13Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Ungroomed, with fat bike tire marks and footprints.
I arrived at Piedmont around 10:30 this am and was disappointed to see the condition of it. Normally there would be a skied in track, however, fat bikes went right over the middle of the skied in track making it just a chute without a middle. Footprints are scattered over the rest of it. I classic skied. I would suggest avoiding Piedmont until it gets groomed.
Nov 13Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetTim Heren
 
Excellent, firm base 1 inch fresh, no classic tracks but I skied classic and enjoyed it very much. Firm enough for skate skiing. No rocks, no dirt, some vegetation under the pines at the very end. Excellent skiing.
Nov 13Lester Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthRich Hoeg
NorthStarNerd
 
Conditions: Groomed and good! (No classic tracks).
Imagine my glee upon arriving at "the Deeps" this afternoon, ready to slog through the snow and finding the City of Duluth had groomed / rolled the entire trail system including all side trails with the exception of the Lester / Amity Chalet Loop! Although there are definitely spots to be avoided, my ski was superb and fast! I was the first person to ski the upper system! Even the steep downhill at the top of the trails was in great shape. With a cold temps expected tonight, tomorrow morning should be real fast! Rock skis are still recommended.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 20Mount Itasca    
Grooming 
ColeraineVlad Cervenka
 
2.5k man-made loop at Mt. Itasca is snowed in. So far 1.2 k is skiable and by this weekend whole 2.5 k will be groomed for classic and skate.

Minnesota Northwest

Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 14Bemidji High School 
Firsthand 
BemidjiMichael Meehlhause
 
Conditions: 2-3" of fresh powder.
A low pressure system dropped a few fluffy inches on the Northland and made for some great waxless skiing at the high school trails.

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 23Rainbow Resort Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
WaubunDoug Schumann
Rainbow Resort
Conditions: Up to 6" new snow past 2 weeks; trails roll packed twice past 7 days; average base depth 1"; ground frozen; current temp 33*F above; trais not open at this time.
What a great start for the upcoming season. Since the 5th of November we have had over 8" of snow and below normal temps. The ground has froze, lake has iced over, and we have roll packed the trail system twice within the last week. Our base averages about 1" and is very compact for early season. Trail system will not be open for Thanksgiving however hopefully with another good shot of snow we will be ready to go. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov 21Maplelag Resort    
Grooming Scheduling 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Fair to very good early season/rock skiing. 1-2" compacted natural organic base on groomed, 3-5" snow depth in woods. Total snowfall this season at 7".
We have been grooming daily this week on selected trails and have 6km of early season rock skiing now open. We have packed/combed around 35km of trail but skiing has found the best continuous conditions on skaters waltz and suicide hill. There are a few rough/thin areas to use caution, particularily in the start area and south facing hills but overall for early season, nice skiing. There is no charge to use the trails this weekend. There are no services available in the lodge this weekend due to a private party reserving the entire resort. However, anyone in the area looking to get in some early season k's is welcome to pull in to the parking lot, click in and just ski! The cold temps has allowed us to prepare the ice skating rink and this is the earliest we have had it ready by two weeks!
Nov 19Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
CallawayBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Fresh couple of inches on top of the grooming from last night. Dry snow, fast and light.
Skied a few laps on Skaters Waltz and a some junctions on Wednesday afternoon. It had been snowing off and on all day, so there was a good couple of inches of snow on top, which was easy to ski through. Only hit a couple of thin spots, trails are almost ready. Really beautiful in the woods, and sheltered from a cold north wind - peeks of sunshine were icing on top.
Nov 16Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Super thin base/coverage. Dusting of new snow past 24 hours.
Jake and I had some fun skiing over the weekend on a 3km loop that has been roll combed after each little dusting. There are some sections that aren't too bad, including suicide hill, as usual. It requires some skill to keep upright on the poor sections but we had fun and avoided any major crashing. We need more snow to officially open the trails for safe skiing.
Nov 13Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: 3-4" fluff dusting. 7km rollcombed to 1/2" base. Over 5 days of subfreezing temps, 10-20 degree range.
We missed out on the stormy fun Monday and Tuesday but occasional and sometimes steady flurries have coated the trails with 3-4" of super fluff. A meeting to decide whether to groom lasted 5 seconds before roll packing 7km of trail. Skied on it later and despite a paper thin base with occasional grabbers, had a blast. Awesome to be in the woods gliding through sunny breaks in glistening snow on a near perfect winter day. Suicide hill was best, as usual. We need 3-5" of more snow to open the trails up proper. Regardless, the trails are closed to the public until Monday, allowing our neighbors to deer hunt on our land in appreciation of the areas of their land we have used to build and maintain trails. Cold temps starting to freeze down the ground nicely. The ponds and small lakes are locked in, making for some good pond skating.

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Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 19Northland Arboretum 
Grooming 
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Conditions: Hard packed 2 inch base with a dusting of new snow. Some thin areas but overall good for November.
Lights are finally all on after some technical issues.
Nov 19Wolf Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BrainerdBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
Conditions: Groomed and no tracks set. Shelter trail not groomed.
Minimal snow for good skiing conditions. Sticks, leaves and even dirt showing through. Bring your rock skis and you could skate ski or classic ski without tracks.

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 21Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudDan Fark
 
North Loop groomed classic and skate this evening. All the trails are ready for a great day of skiing on Saturday (except Baltos dog loop).
Nov 21Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Conditions: Hill Top, Warm up and Orchard great shape.
Our groomers are amazing. Today the corn fields adjacent to the ski trails were harvested. A huge combine and heavy corn bin hopper trailers crossed parts of the trail. But our groomers were on it and the trails have minimal damage and are in near perfect shape!
Nov 21Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park 
Grooming 
Saint JosephJulie Nistler
 
Conditions: Trails are in very good condition.
All the trails were groomed this afternoon.
Nov 20Warner Lake Park 
Grooming 
Saint AugustaJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: Trails are in very good condition.
All the trails were groomed this afternoon.
Nov 20Mississippi River County Park 
Grooming 
SartellJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: Trails are in excellent condition!
All the trails were groomed this afternoon.
Nov 20Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Conditions: Excellent - freshly groomed.
Orchard, Warm up and Hilltop newly groomed. Fast classic track. Fun!
Nov 20Quarry Park and Nature Preserve 
Grooming 
Waite ParkJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: Trails were groomed today!
The skate trails are excellent. The traditional (classic) trails are very good!
Nov 19Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudSamuel Kilpela
 
Conditions: Groomed tonight for both classic and skate.
Orchard, Hilltop, and Warmup all groomed. Trail is firm and coverage is great!
Nov 16Mississippi River County Park 
Firsthand 
SartellBob Baldwin
 
Conditions: 1" fresh snow over a good base. Slightly soft all around.
Great conditions on the old school classic trails at Mississippi River park. Over a foot of snow earlier this week with an inch from last night over the base. Groomed and skied in, it is a little soft, but great overall with good coverage. I used my race skis with no worries.
Nov 16Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
Saint CloudMary Luoma
 
Very good conditions. Classic skied around noon today. Nicely set tracks with about 1/2" of new snow. A few leaves on the trail, so was happy to have fish scales. Felt and looked like January. Could use good skis.
Nov 15Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudSamuel Kilpela
 
Conditions: Fresh groom on Orchard tonight.
Fresh tracks and skate lane on Orchard. Warmup and Hilltop in good shape but will have some fresh accumulation on top. Great conditions!
Nov 14Lake Maria State Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
MonticelloHans Erdman
Backcountry Trail Patrol
 
Conditions: Ungroomed. Currently user tracks only.
Lake Maria SP experienced catastrophic failures of both their primary and back-up groomers. Until they are able to get one of them back on the trails, or can work out a substitute, they will not be able to groom. Please be patient. Park management is working to get back up as quickly as possible.
Nov 14Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudSamuel Kilpela
 
Conditions: Excellent! Hilltop, Warmup, and Orchard all in fantastic shape!
Groomed for both classic and skate. Smooth skate lane and solid tracks.
Nov 14Quarry Park and Nature Preserve 
Grooming 
Waite ParkJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: All the trails are very good!
The outside Skate Trail was groomed this afternoon.
Nov 14Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Conditions: North loop was very good.
North Loop groomed for both classic and ski. In very good shape. One icy spot in a low area where a stream has not frozen yet, but can cross-over and avoid it. Thanks to the groomers. It's bonus to ski before Thanksgiving, so get out there!
Nov 13Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park 
Grooming 
Saint JosephJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: Trails are in excellent condition!
Classic trails were groomed this afternoon.
Nov 13Mississippi River County Park 
Grooming 
SartellJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Conditions: Trails are in excellent condition!
Classic trails were groomed this morning. Snow depth is 10-12".

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
Conditions: Fair to poor as of early afternoon.
"You should have been here yesterday" (The Endless Summer anyone?). That quote certainly described the radical change in conditions given the warm temperatures and bright sunshine today. Yesterday I would have reported excellent skiing (didn't have a chance to post), but today the snow was becoming waterlogged and very slow, the snowpack thinning, and the dirt spots growing. There were some short shaded sections that still skied nicely, but few and far between. However we're still skiing before Thanksgiving!
Nov 20Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand Secondhand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Mixed; previously groomed section firm, newly groomed softer.
Skied a few sections (e.g. FInland) that were first groomed yesterday and found the conditions to be soft, but skiable. Friends skiing the Deep Wood loop reported the same. Some newly groomed stretches were fine. Those sections that have been groomed several times remain firm and the skating was very good. No classical tracks yet.
Nov 19Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: One inch (+) soft new powder over firm skating deck. Very good skiing.
Got up on the trails this afternoon as they were being groomed. Although a bit slow due to the newer dry falling and blown snow, the sections I covered skied nicely. Fewer dirty spots. Virtually all the trails have been groom now. I did not ski any of those that were groomed for the first time this afternoon, preferring to have them set-up for tomorrow.
Nov 17Spidahl Ski Gaard    
Grooming 
Fergus FallsDavid Spidahl
 
First comb on beginners trail, Emma's. High school team skiing but not open to the public yet.
Nov 16Andes Tower Hill Ski Area    
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Still very good.
Nothing much to add to yesterday's report, but hopefully photos give a better idea of the conditions out here. These are typical of the overall trail, but there are several thin and/or dirty spots, but as mentioned previously these are not a problem and do not detract from the skating.
Nov 15Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Quite good! Mostly firm and fast.
About 7 km of trails have been rolled and packed, and although thin in spots coverage is pretty good. Rock skis are not necessary, I only found one stretch of 5 m where I had to double pole to avoid the dirty spots. For this early start to the season, I would say excellent skating. No classical tracks are set as snowpack is not deep enough yet.

Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 20Spirit River Nature Area 
Grooming 
CambridgeDavid Larson
 
Conditions: Good base. Groomed for skate and diagonal.
Skate lane graded Monday night. Level and good skating. Diagonal grooves still in good shape. 6.5k groomed. 5k groomed for diagonal. Park on east side of bridge and walk across bridge on sidewalk due to road construction.
Nov 16Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails    
Firsthand 
MoraJeff Pesta
 
Conditions: Excellent track and skate near Nordic Center.
Some additional segments of the Nordic Center and Eldris trails are also being worked in. Dry granular snow on top skied better than the cold morning temps would indicate.
Nov 16Spirit River Nature Area    
Firsthand 
CambridgeJeff Pesta
 
Conditions: Very good classic track, mostly good skate lane.
A scenic trail near the river with great conditions right now. Ran into the volunteer groomers on the trails.
Nov 16Spirit River Nature Area 
Firsthand 
CambridgeJim Smith
 
Conditions: Mid-winter good.
After skating the last few days my knees were begging for classic track. Since Cambridge got a cool 17 inches and the reports were good I thought I would give this place a shot. It was difficult to find the trails. I parked in the B lot at the college, just west of the Rum River and found a rolled path across from the main entrance to the college. It did not look promising but it was going in the right direction. When I got to the bottom of the hill I found about a 5k loop groomed for skating in the middle and a classic track on either side. The trail was very flat but scenic as it closely followed the river. The tracks were firm and plenty deep with lots of base. Good skis were no problem. I would kick a loop then double pole a loop - repeat. Great fun, great conditions.
Nov 15Spirit River Nature Area 
Firsthand 
CambridgeThomas Lindsay
 
Conditions: Well groomed, excellent conditions.
Surprisingly great condition, no rough spots and the grooming is great. Like mid-season in mid November. Worth the drive from the Cities!
Nov 14Springvale County Park 
Grooming 
CambridgeBarry Wendorf
 
Conditions: 6k were groomed this week with the best trails off of the main paved west trail.
Classic ski trails were groomed Friday, as well as a groomed hiking trail through the disc golf course.

Other locations
Nov 21Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
Center CityKris Backlund
 
Conditions: Good; well-defined tracks, but icy base in places.
I've skied each of the last three days, including the rolled Dry Creek Trail with a little fresh snow on top Wednesday, and the Mitigwaki and Old Logging trails the last couple days. There are new tracks on the latter trails. The tracks formed nicely. They are a bit shallow and there is an icy base in some sections, especially along the paved trail. Then again, those are the most consistent tracks. I also enjoyed skiing from the office out to the start of the Advanced Loop, which was freshly combed today. The grooming has turned up a little bit of leaf litter here and there.
Nov 20Sibley State Park 
Firsthand 
New LondonMargie Rock
 
Conditions: Good on the skate trail.
The skate deck was freshly rolled and combed. It was firm with good coverage. There were a few spots with grass showing through or leaves in the trail. We had classic skis on and there was a track set along some of the trail. I had nice kick with my green special.
Nov 19Swan Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
WillmarMargie Rock
 
Conditions: Groomed for skating. Windswept down to the grass in places, with some icy patches and a bit of paved cart paths showing through.
I wouldn't bring the good skiis out just yet. When we got out of the wind, the coverage was much better. Not all the loops had been recently groomed.
Nov 18Sibley State Park 
Firsthand 
New LondonMargie Rock
 
Conditions: Skier tracks on old grooming in most areas, with walkers' footprints. A bit of leaves and sticks on the trails from recent windy days.
There was a classic track set in the campground, about 1.5 km or so. They pushed down to the slush layer with the tracksetter and it is somewhat icy in those tracks.
Nov 17Wild River State Park 
Firsthand 
Center CityMike Chrun
 
Packed sections held up well over the weekend. No bare spots on Mitigwaki and paved sections. About 1" of new snow. Some skate tracks.
Nov 16Sibley State Park 
Firsthand 
New LondonMargie Rock
 
Conditions: Everything had been rolled, but no tracks were set.
That said, the coverage was very good. The trailbed was a little soft, there was an okay set of skied in tracks to follow. Sibley had 11 inches last Monday, and another two inches of fluff over the weekend. It was beautiful to be out in mid November. They are not having a hunt this year, so there are not going to be any park closures.
Nov 15Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
Center CityDavid Byrne
Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club
 
Conditions: Several loops have been rolled, but no track set.
14" of snow fell here on Monday. We broke trail on the ungroomed Deer Creek trail on the south side of the park with our waxless Atomic Skintecs and met one other couple on backcountry skis. The trails that were rolled Friday are firming up nicely.
Nov 15Wild River State Park 
Firsthand 
Center CityMike Chrun
 
Conditions: Park has conditions listed as fair to good, but, considering it's mid-November, they might be too modest. No tracks, but a great job of rolling has left a very solid base.
Good kick, glide and plant combined with hoar frost scenery made for a wonderful ski. There were a few thin spots, and in places the groomer tracks left a soft strip so probably not very skiable.
Nov 14Wild River State Park 
Firsthand 
Center CityKris Backlund
 
Conditions: Fair to good, early season conditions.
Took a quick tour around the Mitigwaki Loop, which had been recently packed but not tracked. The base was mostly firm, with a few soft spots, and occasional encroaching vegetation. The base was definitely more shallow where the paved trail lies underneath, but there was snow coverage througout. I had to break my own trail for the section between the Mitigwaki Loop and the trails that are located behind the office. Nice to be out skiing in the snowy woods in mid-November.
Nov 14Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
SpicerDave Pederson
 
Conditions: Sorry, really sorry, but the tTrails are closed until after deer hunting season.
We received about 10" of snow earlier this week and have been packing trails, but please stay off of trails in the interest of skier safety and preserving good relations with our hunting neighbors who generously allow PWELC trails to cross their land. Thanks!
Nov 13Wild River State Park 
Firsthand 
Center CityMike Chrun
 
Conditions: Two sets of conditions. The paved trail had maybe 5 or 6" snow depth. First thought it had been packed but there was no firmness and no groomer signs. Man-made tracks were icy but making fresh tracks worked well although the pole tips were hitting the blacktop on every plant. Skiing was much better on unpaved parts. Snow depth around 12" and the plant was much better. Had to bushwhack my own path but it was fine as the snow had transformed into a dry, fluffy snow. Best guess is snow started to accumulate quite a bit later on the paved sections.
Love going to WR late, during the week. Feels like a trail much further north as you often have the park to yourself. Skied along the river with ice floes floating parallel to me constantly changing patterns. Not the usual deer hunt in the park this weekend so it's open for skiing. Maybe paranoid, but I would stick to the center of the park, avoiding any section close to private land. Heard several rifle shots early, but the last one came 15 minutes after the sunset as I was finishing.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Quarry Hill Park 
Grooming 
RochesterHenry Walker
Conditions: Trail has been packed but it is very thin, but great rock ski conditions for early November. This warm up will likely be the end of our early season gift skiing in Rochester.
After today the trail will be marginal due to warm up. Bike trails are not in skiable condition yet. The newly added Northern Hills loops contain erosion control fabric from recent completion, groomers ask that the matting is not damaged so avoid this area when the snow is too thin. The new bridge crossing works quite well and allows skiers to avoid the bike path.
Nov 18Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Conditions: Very thin base but very good skiing for November.
With the the temperature moderating the snow has sped up significantly when compared to yesterday's cold blow. It was very nice skating on rock skis with with fast wax teal for glide.
Nov 16Honey Tree Farm    
Grooming 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Conditions: Packed corduroy.
We received 5 inches of fluffy snow yesterday it has now been packed into 1 inch of corduroy. Super skiing for mid November.
Nov 13Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Conditions: Packed snow and stubble, no wax classic great for November!
While admitting to a certain amount of envy for our skiing brethren in central Minnesota, our modest 1-1/2 inches of snow is great for classic LSD on no wax skis. Just what the body needs after months of relative neglect.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 19Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
25 degrees, snow showers and brisk northwest wind at noon with about three inches of snow on the trails. Coverage was adequate on the grassy trails on both sides of the park which I skied with waxless skis. I didn't think snow was sufficient for heading out the campground road. A decent first ski.
Nov 16Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Conditions: Fresh manmade snow.
We have created a practice loop on the meadow in Yon's. The loop is approx .5 Km. We will be blowing snow on the lighted loop this week and hope to have the 3 KM loop done by next weekend.

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 16Carleton College Arboretum 
Firsthand 
NorthfieldNathan Porath
 
Conditions: Not ready for skiing.
Craig and I made it about 300m on the lower arb trails before we hit a patch of gravel that threw both of us over the front of our skis. We need more snow before any grooming will happen.
Nov 15New Prague Golf Course 
Firsthand 
New PragueMaria Berg
 
Conditions: Not groomed, snow is all powder but the glide isn't bad.
A good 2-3 inches of snow. Gliding over the powder/grass with my rock skis. It will be groomed once we get enough snow.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Voyager Village Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Webb LakeAris Apostolou
Conditions: Good coverage and a firm base.
Skated the main trail system this morning. There were a few thin spots under some of the bigger trees, but overall the trail had good coverage. Did not punch through the base anywhere with either a ski or pole.
Nov 20North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CableIrv Berlin
 
Conditions: Trails are in excellent condition. The A and B loops were groomed for skate and classic this afternoon and are in mid-winter shape.
A decision has been made to groom only the A and B loops until after deer season. Please use caution as all NE trails are on public land and are regularly hunted during deer season.
Nov 18Birkie Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
HaywardBen Popp
American Birkebeiner
 
Conditions: Good base, firming up, lots of skiers!
The Birkie grooming crew is still working on rolling some of the early snow (on the far north end), as well as cleaning up some areas of debris on the very south end from the big fall storm that created all the trail damage (and is now being logged- that will be finishing up Dec 1st). This Weekend (Nov 22) rifle season begins - so be advised - much of the Birkie Trail is on public land that can be hunted. The loops at OO and the trail north to Bodecker Rd (skate/classic) will continue to be groomed - however be advised that there will be hunters in the woods. If you head out, wear blaze orange. Following the end of deer hunting, we will begin grooming the entire trail system, weather permitting.
Nov 18North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CableIrv Berlin
 
Conditions: All trails are in good condition. The NE Classic Trail was groomed this afternoon, as was the World Cup Trail.
The North End Club has taken over grooming of about 5K of the World Cup trail formerly groomed by Telemark Resort. All NE trails are on land open to deer hunting and have been regularly hunted in past years.
Nov 18Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Fine if you like backwoods skiing. No tracks set.
The Drummond Ski Trails will not be groomed until after the gun deer season is over (November 30th). We did get about 11-12" in our first snowfall and a couple more 3" falls.
Nov 16North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableNed Zuelsdorff
 
Conditions: Great! Some freshly groomed. Some groomed yesterday. Use your best skis.
Strided the North End trail this afternoon. Tracks were deep and firm under blue skies. The skate deck had a little new snow but looked firm. A very fun ski!
Nov 16North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand Secondhand 
CableVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Great conditions.
We decided to ski the North End trails today after hearing how good the conditions were there. I'm happy we did. The conditions were fantastic, better than I expected. I ended up skiing about 25K. The groomers were out the whole time I was there. I talked to a few of them and they plan to have everything groomed by midweek. Most of the loops had classic tracks set too. Some of the loops were a little soft but with the colder temps at night those should firm up soon.
Nov 15Birkie Trail    
Firsthand 
HaywardVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Just crazy to think that it is November 15th and there was a pack parking lot at OO today. There wasn't really anything I could say bad about the trail today. We passed so many smiling faces it was crazy. All the lighted sections at OO were groomed. Other than being a little bumpy, they were in great condition. I used my race skis to test a new grind and never once thought to take them off and change them. The lighted loops had classic tracks too. They seemed in great shaped when I hopped in to double pull a bit. The grooming seemed to stop at picnic bench hill. I went down the hill and it was pretty rutted and bumpy though Across the street going north on OO was mid January trail conditions. Personally I feel the north trail was a little nicer. The hills are still there though. Thank god it's only November and the Birkie is in February :).
Nov 15Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardBrian Vamstad
 
Conditions: Very good. Skate deck firm, classic track set.
With cold overnight temperatures (-10) and morning grooming, loops at "OO" were firm and fast. Classic track set. Some minor debris was easily avoidable. Used good skis without any issues. Ventured a little bit beyond the loops which were quite bumpy from the initial rolling (not re-groomed). A full parking lot and great November skiing conditions!
Nov 15Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
HaywardDan Campion
 
Conditions: Excellent. Skate deck was hard. Classic tracks were fresh.
Great condition for early season skiing. A few spots had some leaves and pine needles. This trail is a hidden gem right in town. Parking lot wasn't plowed, but managed OK with my KIA.
Nov 14Hayward Recreational Forest 
Grooming 
HaywardKurt Proctor
 
Groomed and tracked Friday evening. Trail conditions excellent for both skate and classic style skiing.
Nov 13Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
HaywardJoel Harrison
New Moon Ski Shop
 
Conditions: Nice early season skating. No classic track yet but nice skating still a little soft.
Don't miss this little gem in the northwoods. About 2 miles west of Hayward. Rolling hills, oak stands, marshes, and a wildflower restoration project make this a pleasant outing. Cool little gingerbread cabin for picnics and stuff.
Nov 13North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
CableIrv Berlin
 
We received about 10" of snow in the initial storm and have had 3 to 4" more on light snow since. The A, B,and C loops have all been packed and rolled but not combed out. The NE Classic trail has been packed with the snowmobile. There is very good snow cover but the trails are soft and uneven. The plan is to groom all the trails before the weekend.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 21After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleGene Karwoski
 
Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed today.
Freshly groomed with excellent track. Thanks for one more great November ski before the deer hunting season starts tomorrow.
Nov 21After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleMatt Miranda
Wisconsin DNR
 
All trails were re-groomed today with tracks set except Classic Trail. Skiers are reminded that the firearms deer season runs Saturday, Nov 22 to SundayNov 30; After Hours is open to hunting. If you choose to ski, please wear blaze orange vests provided at the warming house. Please be respectful of other property users.
Nov 20Superior Municipal Forest    
Firsthand 
SuperiorEve Graves
 
Conditions: Ungroomed with snowshoe tracks, ski tracks, foot prints, animal prints and some mysterious ruts.
We classic skied the Red and Green trails today. There is quite a bit of snow, however, it appears that the city did not get out to mow prior to the snowfall so there is also a lot of weeds sticking through the snow in sections. We skied over a previously skied in track and my mini toy trak skis did just fine. Everything is frozen, pretty good coverage except for the stuff that goes beyond the snow, the runners have stayed off of the tracks but the snowshoers smashed some up.
Nov 17After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleRich Hoeg
NorthStarNerd
 
Conditions: Almost mid winter perfect.
When I arrived at After Hours around noon, even though it was sunny just over in Duluth, lake effect snow was dumping on the Brule area. By the time I left 3 new inches of white stuff had fallen. The classic tracks, including the classic only trails, were superb. As noted by other folks, you may wish to stay off River Trail. My skis did clump up from a higher moisture content when I was skiing next to the Brule River. Having said that, it was so beautiful on River Trail with the snow covered pines and open water in the river, that it was worth the one stop to clean the bottom of my skis. Remember firearms deer season starts in Wisconsin this Saturday. Wear blaze orange or red.
Nov 16After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleJohn Ipsen
Duluth XC Ski Club
 
Conditions: Very good skate and classic.
It could have been January for snow this nice. Fine coverage everywhere we went with very rare icy spots and rocks easily avoided - we stayed off the Classic and River trails.
Nov 15After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleTrent Wickman
 
Conditions: Great coverage for skating.
With all the sketchy comments on the Duluth area trails we drove to Brule in the hopes of being able to use our good skis. It was a good move. The skating deck was very well covered - only a few icy spots that were easily avoidable. We stayed off the river trail based on that suggestion of DNR staff. No walkers or fat bikes to deal with! Overall a great day.
Nov 15After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleTim Holst
 
As reported by DNR, a number of icy spots where it had been wet on River trail and classic only trail. I was glad I had my rock classic skis on the classic only trail, but you could use at least "B" skis for both skate and classic on all tails groomed for both classic and skate, with the possible exception of River Trail, but you could if you are careful. They had 14" of snow, and the woods are beautiful. The Brule River was running high! Skate trails nicely groomed, if a bit "early-season soft". These trails can stand quite a bit of traffic as they are now.
Nov 14After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleMatthew Miranda
Wisconsin DNR
 
All trails are groomed and tracked with a 4" base. Trails are a bit bumpy and uneven yet due to the early season, but overall conditions are good. River and Classic trails have some spots of water seepage due to unfrozen ground.

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 21Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Between last night and this morning, we groomed for skate and classic: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford. Raven was also tracked.
Nov 20Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Dennis went out this evening and packed Seagull with a flat drag, then packed and tracked it with the Tidd Tec drag.
Nov 19Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we groomed Jolly Long for skate and classic, and tracked Sugarbush Classic. There is one bad wet spot on Jolly Long, about 2/3rds of the way down the first hill, if doing the loop counter-clockwise. Otherwise one of the groomers lost a cement block between the tin shed, and being back at the parking lot.
Nov 19Ashland Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
AshlandMark Luehring
 
I got out for a quick skate loop around the trail tonight just before dark. There is a light layer of recent snow on top of the most recent grooming, but not enough to prevent skating. The low spots are generally hardened up. A few sticks and blades of grass are still showing through the base, but skiing in mid-November is pretty hard to beat!
Nov 18Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we fully groomed Anchor, Rollercoaster, and Telford trails. We packed Jolly Long, the Jolly Connector, and Birch Hill. Almost all of the trails have been rolled at least once, except there is some logging effecting Deerpath, so will wait a week or so to try and get that one in shape.
Nov 14Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
We got Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford, and Sugarbush Classic packed and tracked. Probably a little soft yet, but the cold overnight temps should help it set up.
Nov 13Ashland Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
AshlandMark Luehring
 
Conditions: Rock skis recommended.
The trail was a bit soft with some sticks and rocks poking through. Low spots haven't really frozen down yet. Tracks have not been set since the snow isn't quite deep enough. It was a beautiful day to be out skating! Thank you groomers!

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 19Spooner City Trails 
Grooming 
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Good to very good.
Spooner City Park was groomed and tracked this evening. After our initial 15 plus inches of snow, we have received a few dustings that have added up to some additional snow on the trails. When skiing, you may experience a few uneven or soft spots. Generally speaking, the trail appears to have a pretty good base and should provide some very good early season skiing...the lights are on. Enjoy!
Nov 16Coon Lake Trail 
Grooming 
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
Conditions: First grooming today. Fair skiing conditions.
Last week's 12 inches of new snow were allowed to settle for a days, and we rolled the trail today. No tracks set yet. The ground was not frozen underneath, so we are being real careful. Great start to get snow before Thanksgiving!
Nov 16Balsam Branch Trails    
Firsthand 
AmeryDavid Byrne
Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club
 
Conditions: As good as it gets: an inch of fresh powder on top of a firm base for a fast and silky smooth glide. No tracks for classic.
The small parking lot was full at noon, but the fresh powder on the trails is not yet all packed down. There are nice rolling hills here up and down glacial ridges through woods and wetlands.
Nov 15Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
AmeryCraig Cardinal
 
Conditions: Good and getting better!
Balsam trails are looking really good and there were plenty of people out enjoying the trails. Groomed full width with only a few rocks sticking through. When I started skiing there were a few icy patches, but the groomer was out the entire time I was out skiing, so by the time I left the trails were in wonderful condition. Thanks to the groomers for making the most of this early snow!
Nov 14Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand 
BruceRon Jasperson
 
Skated the groomed loop on the west side- A-B-C-I-J-B-A. The skate deck is a little uneven but quite firm and very skiable. Tracks have been set on this loop as well, really smooth and firm - hard to believe its only the middle of November.
Nov 13Trade River Trail 
Grooming 
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
Conditions: First grooming was Thursday. Fair skiing conditions.
12" new snow. Rolled it, no tracks set. Ground is not frozen underneath.
Nov 13Barron Area Nordic Trail Association 
Firsthand 
BarronBob Peterson
 
Conditions: Very Good.
I skied the trails this morning after the entire system was rolled and packed down Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The trail was pretty firm with good pole plants and no thin spots (except where deer have scratched to the ground). There were only a few uneven areas, and they were still very skiable. The trails in the open fields were surprisingly firm and pretty smooth. There were no classic tracks, but I had no problem striding on the skate deck. Overall these are very nice early season conditions.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 20Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Grooming 
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
Conditions: Has been rolled. Good but not complete coverage.
Trails have a fair amount of snow and attempts to compact it have begun. Still soft in spots. A careful skier could bring good skis but the hills could use another good snowfall to cover up bare spots. Tower Ridge is open for deer hunting during the day but has lighted trails for evening use.
Nov 20Lowes Creek County Park 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireRandy Davis
 
Conditions: 100% groomed. Rock skis recommended.
Firm, thin, uneven skate deck. Conditions poor to pretty good. No classic tracks.
Nov 16Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireErin Brault
 
Conditions: Not groomed, but ski-able.
The trails at Tower Ridge aren't groomed yet, but there are some nice skier-made tracks out there! The trails are beautiful, and it is possible to get some skate skiing and some double poling in.
Nov 15Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireSarah Winn
 
Conditions: Plenty of snow to ski on, but not groomed yet. Beautiful trails!
Nice warming chalet with bathrooms and changing area. Heard quite the loud chorus of maybe coyotes (not sure if there are any wolf packs in that area?) while skiing!
Nov 13Irvine Park 
Firsthand 
Chippewa FallsFrank Lowry
 
Conditions: Rolled, no track set.
Well covered and smooth (wood chip trail), but bushels of buckthorn leaves on the snow. Use waxless skis.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 20Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming Scheduling 
WestboroScott Everson
 
The trails are still rolled but not groomed. Open for skiing but also for deer hunting, so I'm holding off on ski trail grooming 'til Dec 1st.
Nov 15Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
WestboroScott Everson
 
I just had to get out on the rock skis for a short time today. The trails are rolled but not groomed, but it was great to be on skis in November! You could ski on good skis without damaging them if you are careful but rock skis are the better way to go.
Nov 14Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
I just rolled and packed the trails. The 10" snow cover rolled out very well but it is a bit bumpy and there are several wet/muddy spots that will now freeze up and then be ready for more snow. I'm planning on trying it out tomorrow morning on my rock skis.

Other locations
Nov 18Willow River State Park 
Firsthand Grooming 
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: Ungroomed skier tracks, hiking tracks, vehicle tracks with ruts. Uneven trail situations. Stick ups. Snow depth varies widely. I skied classic.
The route was the Red including the Prairie loop, Brown, Purple with the River loop, Green up through the 300 campground and the Yellow back to the Group Camp. The woodland trails are generally much better than anything in the open. With more hiker traffic on them the wooded trails are firm but bumpy. There is loose snow on the outer edges. I used it a lot. On the prairie, I broke through the unbroken snow crust. That became walking on skis. The downhills in the woods were fast on the packed but bumpy surfaces. The wood skis tracked well without wobble. I almost cleaned the flying S turn on the Brown. It took one double pole to launch down the second hill. I skied in a track on the Purple with the River loop. Snow on the asphalt trails and campground roads is very thin. Waxing was Start Black Tar for glide and Toko Binder for kick on the long woodies. Suggestions: beginners would be okay on the Purple, intermediates would be fine on anything with a blue label but look the downhills over (fast!) before you commit, advanced skiers would be good anywhere. I'd stay off the Green except as needed to reach the next trail. I could see asphalt.
Wednesday afternoon, two of the grooming team will be on the trails in a truck. The tree top that blocks part of the Yellow hill to the 300 campground will come out. We'll be on the Red Prairie loop, Brown and Purple depending on how the time goes.
Nov 17Willow River State Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
HudsonJeff Boler
 
Conditions: Un-groomed but passable for those with the skills to ski this condition. No plans to groom. Trail work with vehicles on trails will continue.
Willow is not groomed but people are skiing both skate and classic. There's probably five inches of snow on the trail. Please do not expect to find groomed ski trails until after December 15th when the current offering of hunting seasons close. Willow has its share of problems with hikers on groomed ski trails in a normal season in spite of ample signage. Grooming now would give the false impression that its okay to walk the groomed trail. Mid-December is typical for the start of skiing at Willow. There will be various vehicles on the Willow trails for brushing and other work. Willow staff or groomers will be driving a snowmobile around randomly on trails to loosen up the rebuilt engine before the machine pulls anything. The Gator is still on wheels but it will have tracks on it. We can still get around in the trucks on the trails. Trail brushing work will continue since we are not grooming; such as today. I finished up our Saturday brushing job on the Yellow trail.
Nov 14Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: Off trail; beach to dam area; quasi Keewenaw Crust. Skis were classic rock skis first then the 220 cm woodies.
This sun drenched flat area has a firm crust with a little to some fluff over the top and loose snow in shaded areas. It is a picnic area so it has a mowed turf surface underneath. The asphalt trails have been packed by hikers so there's little danger of ski damage crossing those. The pole baskets can stick in the crust due to thin cover on top. Even the big baskets would catch in the crust. I skied for an hour tonight. The crust cracks but does not break under the skis. Skis tracked straight mostly. Strong poling does break through. In unbroken snow the woodies were gliding 2-3 meters at an easy touring pace. In the skied in track, there was much more glide. I can't remember the wax details on the woodies from last season. At 12 degrees, it worked. Skate or classic, its a really fun condition to ski. This condition is similar to the late season crust skiing in the UP. Find an open mowed area and the crust is probably there anywhere in the Metro area.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverGreg Dahl
Conditions: Striding: Excellent. Skating: Good.
Arrived at 10: 30 with temp of 34 degrees, the skating deck was already, soft, slow, and sticky. We skated to the end and back which turned out to be quite the workout with slow deck. Without a doubt the best classical track around - firm, deep, fast racks. There were some pine needles and those pesky oak leaves in the track. Left at 12:30, saw no deer hunters, heard no shots - wear orange!
Nov 22Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
Conditions: I groomed two days ago and the surface is holding up well! Firm, packed corduroy with some debris on the trail from the wind - but not bad. Used my race skis and the course has great complete snow coverage. With the warmer temps today it was slower and a little sticky feeling. No tracks have been groomed in but surface is great to classic or skate.
Quite a few were out today with the opening of deer season. This was the place to ski because it is in the city limits with no hunting allowed! In other words, a safe haven!
Nov 22Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
Conditions: Superb tracks and skate lane.
Just a little debris here and there under the pines - otherwise fantastic skiing!
Nov 21Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. Solid tracks and pole plants. Crisp corduroy on the skate lane. Some windblown debris in a few places.
As always, the Three Eagle Trail is open, however, extra caution is advised during the firearm deer season because some properties adjacent to the trail are used by hunters.
Nov 21Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Trails have been rolled and bases are good throughout the park. We will be ready to go open more than 70km after gun-deer season.
All trails will be closed through Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, November 28, we will open 10km of skiing. All trails will open on Monday, December 1.
Nov 21Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Very good, new grooming.
Skied the trail mid-morning. Brand new grooming, tracks were fantastic, skate deck was perfect. Some debris down, especially on the south end, and snow coverage seemed slightly thin on the one hill, but otherwise near-perfect conditions. Nice job Tom!
Nov 20Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJoe Laux
 
Just groomed this afternoon and just finished skiing tonight (8:30 p.m.). Conditions are excellent with good fast snow. Look forward to the weekend of great skiing.
Nov 20Three Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. Tracks were reset and skate lane was refreshed at 5:00PM today.
All surfaces should set up well in tonight's sub zero temps. We'll see what the weekend weather brings. Keep in mind that there may be hunting on neighboring properties and bright clothing could help extend your ski season.
Nov 20McNaughton Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Striding: Fair conditions. Skating: Good.
Unfortunately hunters have walked all over the classical loops. The skating deck is in better shape. I skating the whole loop with some footprints from the shelter towards the lake. A truck has driven on backside of the trail, but trail is very skiable.
Nov 19McNaughton Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Striding: Good conditions. Skating: fair conditns.
All the trails have been rolled only. We strided the outside blue loop and found varied coverage. We skied in a shallow track. The deck was firm and pole plants we great. The skating deck was firm with about two inches of powder on top. The trails are very skiable and the woods are still full of snow. Deer hunting starts Saturday, wear orange.
Nov 18Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Very good conditions.
Strided the trail this afternoon. Skate deck had a couple of new inches of snow on it, but still decent shape. Classic tracks were in great shape, some recent windy conditions left a fair amount of debris on the trail, but cold kickwax hardly picked anything up.
Nov 17Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: Doug groomed a once-over pass on all trails today, cutting out and moving many trees, some huge, that came down since I finished mowing three weeks ago. No tracks set yet, although there's plenty of snow to do it. Since our trails are completely on the Northern Highland State Forest we tend to wait until after deer season to really get serious about grooming and tracking.
The entire ski system is very popular with deer hunters, so if you decide you must ski or snowshoe, beginning Saturday make sure you wear plenty of blaze orange, or better yet wait until after Thanksgiving.
Nov 17Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Good 4" base, groomed on green trails.
Officially not open until December 11th after deer hunting season, but you're welcome to use while we do maintenance. Wear orange!
Nov 16Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Mckissack
 
Conditions: Classic. Good conditions.
Skied the trail (classic) late in the afternoon. There was an inch or two of new snow slowing things down, but not too badly. The classic tracks had a fair amount of weekend use but were in great shape. Skate deck seemed on the soft side, but pretty dang good for late-fall skiing :).
Nov 16Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
MinocquaGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Skating: Excellent conditions.
Arrived about 1:00 pm so all the trails were well skied on, firm, very fast, and a blast to ski. Rex blue med fluoro was lightening fast for how cold it was (22 degrees). The trees were still flocked with snow and it is still a winter wonderland. Thanks Winter Park for a early season Christmas present!
Nov 16Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Very good trails, with some minor flaws. Groomed our 10.6km again last night, and had some difficulty getting deep striding tracks in patches here and there. We received more than 0.5 inches of snow this morning, so it's slow-going until noon.
The Chalet and Shop are open until 5pm Sunday. The Ski Shop will have limited hours during the next two weeks.
Nov 15Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaDave Minden
 
Conditions: Excellent skate deck, solid tracks until near end of day.
The folks here did a fantastic job of grooming the new snow. No breakthroughs, fast and clean throughout. A wolf-killed deer carcass just off Tornado made for extra interest (unplanned by the staff, of course!).
Nov 15WinMan Trails 
Firsthand 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Conditions: Trails are good to very good.
Skate skied all the trails this evening. Skate lane has really firmed up, pole plants are solid, snow is fast. The tracks we set yesterday are deep and holding up well. The few areas we had water have iced over and are no longer an issue.
Nov 15Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverDan Statz
 
Conditions: 17F degrees, plenty of snow.
Tracks were good, skate late soft as would be expected with the amount of snow that has fallen. Skate lane was softer north of Mud Creek. The big snowfall has been compressed down to about 5 to 6 inches of base. Could have used good skis today. Looks like the middle of winter in Three Lakes.
Nov 15Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: All of the 10.6km that we groomed have firmed up well from skiers, groomings, and the cold air. Skate lanes and classic tracks on all trails. Deep snow bases, so you can bring your good skis.
We're open 9am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday.
Nov 14WinMan Trails 
Firsthand Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Conditions: Trails are in good shape.
Re-groomed and reset tracks on the ski trail this afternoon and re-groomed the main snowshoe loop. Skate skied it tonight and it was mostly firm and very fast. There are a couple wet areas on the trail (narrow, and can be skied around, should freeze up tonight) and some brushy areas that we'll clean up in the next week (watch for the occasional blackberry vine creeping into the trail).
Nov 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKen Schoville
 
Conditions: Mighty nice....November style. Both classic and skate.
Back in the track today, although I did find the skate lane occasionally. No surprise that repeated grooming improved everything, and sun, and smiles, and lots of Friday skiers, some from afar. Life is good. Jump in!
Nov 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
MinocquaGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Stiding: excellent. Skating: very good, soft deck.
Excellent mid-winter conditions - a winter wonderland! Classical track was full depth, good pole plants, and getting faster as the day went on. Skating deck had 1 inch fluff on top of a well groomed deck. With all the new snow the deck was soft in most places. Thanks so much for grooming Ken! A great day of skiing for Feburary - oops its only November!
Nov 14Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverAl Zinzindorf
 
Conditions: Plenty of snow with good coverage. Skate lanes were a little soft but classic tracks were very fine.
Very enjoyable day. First time I skied here very flat but great early season skiing. Amazed by the amount of snow. Nice to discover a bathroom about .5 k into the trail form the north end.
Nov 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaDan Dudley
 
Conditions: Excellent, groomed corduroy.
They opened early just for the weekend and conditions were excellent: 20F, sunny, perfectly groomed with 20" in woods and 5" base on trails. Not all trails were open but enough to get a good workout. Only issue was a few soft spots. Worth the trip!
Nov 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Excellent to very good track and skate lanes. Imperfections are noticeable but spotty: the track is canted here and there, and the skate deck has some dips. Snow covers everything, so bring your good skis.
A light dusting covered the trails after last night's grooming, so your first lap or two will be slow.
Nov 14Nordmarka Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverJoe Laux
 
Conditions: Very good skiing for skate and classic but have not put in the grooves yet for classic but I ski classic all the time and really don't like the grooves.
Very good skiing. This is the best night ski trail anywhere with lots of nice challenges on the trail. Eagle River snow crew did a great job opening the road to the Golf Course Club House -- so you have no excuse to not get out there. You did a great job of grooming Joe P!
Nov 13Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKen Schoville
 
Conditions: Fresh, soft, both skate and classic...but getting better!
Had a classic ski on the 10+k groomed up and found it to be a bit "punchy". Where the Gator had tracked, the pole plants were soft and the left track dropped own under my powerful early season kick. Must be the positive effect of my summer training, or possibly the 12+ inches haven't been smacked down fully. There were about 40 middle and high school skiers helping in the effort and as we left the groomer crew was headed out for full passes on everything. One more grooming Friday night and things should tighten up nicely for the weekend.
Nov 13Nordmarka Ski Trails 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJoe Panci
 
Conditions: 7km of freshly groomed trails on the Eagle River Golf Course are in superb condition - though no tracks have been set yet - but a great skate surface. Trails were packed 3 times and the base is firm and smooth. A new 1 1/2 inches of fresh powder on top of the corduroy surface. Striding is great without tracks too!
I just groomed the trails for the third time and they are wonderful. A great blend of open vistas on the golf course complimenting some wooded sections. This is nice flowing trail system with some good hills.
Nov 13WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Conditions: Trails are in good shape.
Ski trails were packed, groomed and trackset today. A little bumpy in spots and two wet spots but otherwise in really good shape.
Nov 13Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Mid-winter conditions, a winter wonderland!
The trail looked freshly groomed, no tracks on skating deck or pole plants near striding track. A full depth and fresh corduroy on skating deck. The skating deck was soft as were pole plants. The scenery was amazing - snow laden trees all over the place. I strided for 1 1/2 hours on with blue kick wax. It does not get any better than this. Awesome grooming Tom, Thank You!
Nov 13Three Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJon Willman
 
Conditions: Outstanding - track and skate lane freshly packed and groomed.
Just finished grooming - two inches of fresh lake effect powder on top of a six to eight inch packed base now tracked and groomed. With the cold temps it should set up beautifully.

Other locations
Nov 18Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodSteve Peplinski
 
Downhills are fast, flats are a little bumpy. The snow is holding up well. More snow will allow additional grooming to level the trail.
Nov 16Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodJim Beno
 
Conditions: Solid base, firm and fast conditions.
The loop that starts at the golf course is groomed. The base is very solid and the skate skiing was fast and fun. 98% coverage with a little stubble and a few exposed rocks that are easy to avoid...can use B skis. So happy that the trails were groomed and we can take advantage of this great early season skiing.
Nov 16Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodCheryl Corbeille
 
Conditions: Fair/good skating conditions, no tracks set.
Some small sticks and leaves on the trail in spots but otherwise good skiing with challenging hill loop near from the golf course.
Nov 13Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodFred Axelrod
 
Conditions: 6+ inches of fresh snow.
The McCauslin Brook Golf Course and the hill loop behind the golf course have been rolled and combed. No tracks have been set. It turned out better than expected. Rock skis would be a good idea.

Wisconsin Southeast

Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 18Odana Hills Golf Course 
Firsthand 
MadisonDave Minden
 
Conditions: Not skateable at 8am.
Maybe kick-and-glide works better, I just tried skating and it was sticky, jerky, treacherous skiiing. Do it only if you think heavy poling in this condition is fun!

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard-Polich
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
Conditions: Today, Piston Bully groomed & tracked Powderhorn, Cliffs and Three Sisters Trails. Tracks were solid and skate lane firm considering temps were mid 30's. Volunteers working to ready Cliff Hanger and Wolverine Trails. Snowshoe trails packed with winter wonderland views. Winds showered some areas with Thanksgiving leaves.
A group of dedicated skiers had a fun time trial today! Great waxless stride day.
Nov 20ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodLuke Wyzlic
 
Conditions: Excellent/Mid-winter conditions in mid November.
Did about 10k of striding today right after the grooms had finished up. Trails are nice and firm despite all the recent snowfall with deep striding tracks. A few thin layers of Green did the trick for kick. Gliding was fair with the new snow and cold temps. I've lived here all my life and have never seen so much snow in November!
Nov 18ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Excellent even after 15.2" of snow over night.
This was our 3rd day of skiing at ABR, overnight they received 15.2" of lake effect snow so we didn't know if anything would even be groomed when we arrived at 9 a.m. The 15" didn't seem to phase them at all, the parking lot was totally plowed and all the classic trails were packed and tracked when we arrived. River Trail was also done with the Piston Bully for skating. We classic skiied the Sunset,Jack Pine,White PIne and Hemlock Trail and all of them were in beautiful shape. Trees were draped in a blanket of snow so super pretty. The groomers were busy all day working on the trails and more snow is expected Wednesday.
Nov 17ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Beautiful with lake effect snow falling making skiing slow today.
It was about 9 am when we started skiing this morning. Sun was out and some snow had fallen overnight. Very pretty but slower skiing today than yesterday. By 2 pm the snow really started coming down, my tracks were filled in when I headed back from the white pine trail. The snow on the trees make it a winter wonderland. Head to ABR if you can.
Nov 16ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodPatrick Bryan
 
Conditions: Outstanding! Deep snow, skate deck and nordic tracks firm, impeccably groomed.
Snow and trail conditions believable for mid-January; surprising and extraordinary for mid-November. Kudos to Eric and the crew for excellent grooming.
Nov 16ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodTom Lane
 
Conditions: Trail conditions were fantastic.
On the snow 10:15 am, 18 degrees. Off the snow 1:45 pm, 23 degrees. A Winter wonderland in mid November.
Nov 16ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDan Bloomquist
 
Conditions: Great! Classic tracks firm, great skate deck, great skiing weather!
Eric, Angela and the ABR crew as usual have done an awesome job of getting their great trails in shape after an early season storm - the trails are nearly in perfect shape, already in mid-November!
Nov 16ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodLaurie Fabrizius
 
Conditions: Awesome! Piston Bully used on skating lanes, firm and smooth. Classic tracks set and perfect shape. Great glide.
The trails are just beautiful, we used our classic skis today but the skating deck was firm and smooth. Sun was out, wind wasn't bad in the woods. Temps were in the 20's so had nice glide. It's the earliest we have ever made the 4 hour trip to ski and we are so glad we did. Only a few trails aren't open yet due to lease agreements. Topped off the day with a Packer win, can't beat that!
Nov 15Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
IronwoodDave Johnson
 
Conditions: Groomed and trackset.
Wolverine has been grooming since Wednesday and there are 12 km of trails open for skating and striding. Some areas are uneven and there is softness, but with 40+ inches of snow this week that's to be expected. The chalet was open this morning, and reports for now say that it will be open on weekends. Skiers are reminded to stay off ungroomed trails. Deer season opened today and there are hunters in those areas.
Nov 14ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDan Leider
 
Conditions: Good. Skate deck a little soft and uneven, but tracks were set up fine. Enough snow for the Pisten Bully....
I never say too much snow, but I could. Good skis can be used...skate deck soft, and uneven, just because of the volume of snow had here, but skiing was like mid-season, and tracks were set up and fine. Can you remember good skiing conditions before Thanksgiving?
Nov 13ABR    
Grooming 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Conditions: After 46 inches of snowfall (since Monday) on the opening day of skiing, the Pisten Bully came out tonight. We have been packing the snow as it falls to freeze the ground and now we are able to take the PB out. We have been getting a foot of snow daily since Monday and we have been grooming all day, every day, since then.
Skiing has been very good, just not real hard for the skaters. Classic skiers can find a fresh track if they arrive after tracksetting. (Photo from Rich Scott)

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 21Blueberry Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
SandsCharlie Dee
 
Conditions: Fair to very good.
Skied Blueberry Wed., Thurs. and Friday this week. Lighted Loop and Wolverine in very good condition except for the first steep climb after steep downhill on Wolverine, where groomer plowed up dirt and rocks that NMU coach shoveled snow to cover. Superior has portions that are very good, but grooming is quite uneven with some sections rutted and others where small mounds of snow are left on trail thus the "fair" label. Wildcat was blocked off as of Friday at 1:00. Classic tracks were set and firm on Wolverine and Lighted.
Nov 20Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
 
We groomed Noque to 14k, Animoosh and Mukwa Thursday night for skate and re-set the classic tracks. Although not likely to be "race ready" hard, trails must be firming up by now after the heavy snow. Very cold temperatures may have aided that process. Friday night through Monday evening look to be a thaw so groomers will have to be parked. Skiers are reminded that Michigan's firearm Deer Hunting season runs through the 30th. If you do choose to ski, you must wear blaze orange. Please do not disturb hunters. It is not only a courtesy but the law.
Nov 18Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
Conditions: 9"of fresh snow last night. Temps around 20. Plenty of base from last week.
Dan and I groomed A, C, D and Z. Easy to kick wax with fresh cold snow.
Nov 16Blueberry Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
SandsSten Fjeldheim
 
NMU men training at Blue Berry Ridge ski trails here in Marquette Mi. The snow storm last week has made for some busy days grooming, the three major ski areas in the Marquette area are groomed and ready for skiing, Blueberry Ridge, the NTN trails and the Al Quaal trails in Ishpeming.
Nov 13Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteDavid Buhl
 
Conditions: Bombi Groomed. Tracks nice and solid.
Mid Winter conditions.. Road was a bit iffy getting there but worth the drive.

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Nov 22Kamview Nordic Centre 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
Conditions: Almost 1km manmade snow loop tilled and track set.
Classic/skate great and you can use your good boards. Frozen Thunder mid Canada!

United States
Nov 19Rendezvous Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
West Yellowstone, MTBrian Gregg
City of Lakes Loppet
 
Good skiing in town on B skis. 4 inch packed base. Occasional clumps of grass showing. Storms forecast for this weekend should set things up well for the festival. Nice to be skiing in town. Temperatures in the single digits in the morning rising to mid twenties in the afternoon.
Nov 17Steamboat Ski Touring Center 
Grooming 
Steamboat Springs, COScott Beattie
 
Good thin early season conditions. One trail open to skier tunnel and back to center. 8"-10" on ground with packed base of 2"-3". 3K of trail groomed with snowmobile and Tidd Tech for skate and classic. Going back out to freshen skate lane Tuesday morning as a herd of elk are bedding down near the trail. Bruce's Trail up on Rabbit Ears pass was groomed Monday night with the Pisten Bully snowcat for classic and skate on 5K. That will be excellent with up to 20" on the ground.
Nov 16Snow Mountain Ranch    
Grooming 
Granby, COBill Pierce
 
8" of new snow on top of the 12" from the previous week has just made the conditions go from fair to good. The deck is still soft and some grass here and there. 15K packed, rolled, combed, and track set. Things just got a whole lot better.
Nov 14Rendezvous Ski Trails    
Grooming 
West Yellowstone, MTMoira Dow
Yellowstone Ski Festival
 
First real grooming of the year. Eight inches of new on Friday, groomed Rendezvous and Deja View. 14" wide with the PistenBully. Snowing steady this evening and will groom again in the morning. No classic yet, but a good solid base.
Nov 14Snow Mountain Ranch    
Grooming 
Granby, COBill Pierce
 
Early season rock skiing. We have received 10"-12" this week and expect more by tomorrow night. 8K has been rolled 4 times this week in front of the Nordic Center. The trail base is thin, soft, undulating, with no track, some exposed grass, and the occasional dirt spot. In other words...perfect early season November old school skiing!! Enjoy.


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