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Minnesota Metro Area

Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 28Valleywood Golf Course    
Firsthand 
Apple ValleyJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
Conditions: Fantastic early morning crust skiing. Excellent coverage throughout most of the golf course, just a few easily avoidable open areas.
Valleywood GC was one of the lucky places to pick up a bit more snow than everyone else in the most recent southern MN storm. After a few days of seasoning and a hard freeze last night, conditions were perfect early this morning for an incredibly fun crust cruise. Didn't see anyone else out there but could tell from tracks folks were out enjoying the snow at various times the past few days. Freezing back down early this evening but looks to warm early morning with rain probably putting an end to the crust.
Mar 23Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonChris Walgren
 
Conditions: Slow and messy but snow. No grooming, no tracking. Real snow.
Officially closed but I was not the first one out. Skied the lake and other areas in reverse - bonus!
Mar 23Hornet Hiihto Trails 
Firsthand 
EdinaDan Zenk
 
Conditions: 5+ inches heavy snow, not too wet, waxless ski conditions.
Plenty of snow, only hit grass and a few dirt spots on hard turns. Did 3 laps. Downhills were pretty fast and fun. Great scenery. Well worth but get out there ASAP before it's gone.

Minnesota Northeast

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 23Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisDoug Schumacher
 
Conditions: The trail system grooming was limited to just a few areas and when I started skiing this AM and it was crunchy icy in the skate lane while classic tracks were hard packed and icy.
I drove up to Bearskin Lodge to check out the Central Gunflint System after one good report came in on Sunday. It was 19 at the start of my ski. The owner warned me that some of the trails had last been groomed on Saturday, so were icy fast. But, since I wanted to give it a try he pointed out two sections that would be less challenging, so out I went. My grip tape was basically stripped off after the first 10 K ski. But, I did it again double poliing most of the way and had a great time. If you go, wait until later in the day for that sweet spot, and call ahead for conditions. I was the only skier out when I started at 9:45 AM. Fun to be here again.
Mar 21Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisColleen Corcoran
 
Conditions: Pretty darn good.
Plenty of snow cover. Weekend temps stayed well below freezing, so the freshly tilled trails were rocket fast but very skiable. Pure blue skies, warm sunshine, and fantastic scenery made for a wonderful weekend of skiing!
Mar 21Central Gunflint Trail System 
Firsthand 
Grand MaraisTimothy Lederle
 
Conditions: Pretty Good. Recent grooming has made the trails very skiable.
Classic skied today at Bearskin. Looks like some of the trails were groomed this morning, and these trails were great. Still plenty of snow coverage. Blue klister worked great for kick, as temps were around 10 degrees, and warming into the low twenties by the time I was finished. Planning on coming back tomorrow!!
Mar 21Banadad Trail 
Grooming 
Grand MaraisTed Young
 
Good spring skiing on the Gunflint's Banadad Ski Trail. In the morning the trails are icy and fast but as it warms up in the afternoon they soften up. Banadad, Lace Lake, and Tall Pines - 41 km tracked and holding up well. Track 1-2" deep. Snow is melting a bit each day but no bare spots showing through on the trails.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 26Honey Tree Farm 
Firsthand 
AustinSteve Williams
 
Crust skiing heaven! After receiving 10+ inches of heavy wet and unskiable snow snow a few days ago it finally got cold enough to create a firm layer of crust. With a little luck we might get in another one or two mornings of crust skiing.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 28Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaAnders Braaten
Conditions: Slushy wet snow.
The skiing was surprisingly good in shaded areas with a few bare spots in the sunny area. The warm weather and the soft snow made for excellent spring skiing conditions. Good way to end the ski season. Thanks to the ski club for all that you do.
Mar 26Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
Conditions: Cloudy 30 degrees transitioned snow.
I tried the north side trails but they were too deep and soft. Crossing to the south side I found icy hard fast conditions. Good skiing. I had to pick and choose and let the snow decide where I was going.
Mar 26Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaTom Stoa
 
Conditions: Still skiable for die-hards.
Some bare spots in areas exposed to the sun, but overall the coverage is surprisingly intact, especially in the wooded and shady areas. Late spring conditions, i.e., highly variable depending on exposure and time of day. But still skiable for the die-hards.
Mar 24Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaAnders Braaten
 
Conditions: 8 inches ungroomed natural snow.
Good end of year snow dump made for good end of March back country skiing on trails. Thanks to the groomers for another good year of skiing.
Mar 24Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
Conditions: Mostly sunny mid-twenties at 9 am. Deep untracked snow that setup well as temps probably dropped below twenty last night.
I broke trail out King's Bluff. Waxless skis worked well and I'm glad I wore gaiters. Stickies showing up around 11 am.
Mar 23Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
WinonaTom Stoa
 
Conditions: Deep new snow, skier-made tracks.
Seven inches of somewhat heavy new snow. We made a track on the main loop and a few other trails. Fun conditions for classic skiers who appreciate ungroomed natural skiing.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 26McNaughton Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Striding: Good spring conditions.
Winter is back! We got 4 inches of dry powder snow yesterday. At 2:00 the temp was 25 degrees, we broke trail with our nowax classical skis. We skied the skating loop to the shelter, backwards from the shelter on the blue loop, skied the green loop and yellow loop. Coverage was good, no rocks, and left a shallow skied in track. Was great to be back on skis again.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 27Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Striding: awesome tracks, skating: excellent deck.
Overnight low was 6 degrees, arrived at Wolverine at 10:30 am with temp of 16 degrees. the trails were freshly groomed-we strided first and the track was awesome full, deep, with a few mosaic ice chunks in the bottom of track. Blue V40 grace amazing kick. Dogs are allowed on the trails so our beagle got a good workout in the morning. After lunch we skating all the trails - pretty much fresh corduroy everywhere we went. It was a bluebird day and the sun did soften the south facing hills a little. An excellent spring skiing day. Thanks to the groomers, the trails were awesome. We left at 2:30 and temp was only 26 degrees.
Mar 27Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard-Polich
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
Conditions: Trails were groomed this morning with a great skate lane and solid tracks. Plans are to groom Saturday and Sunday. Chalet open 8am - 6pm.
A big welcome to a group of folks for their first time on skis! A perfect day to be out on the trails striding and skating. Sunny and temps in the low 20's. The new snow made everything white and clean looking again. No bare spots. Don't put the skis away yet!
Mar 26Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
Conditions: Received 5" of new snow. Groomers were out cutting new tracks and new skate lanes and finished by 10 am. Snow still coming down into the early afternoon.
Great skiing, winter back for today with temps in the 20's.
Mar 25Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Very good conditions continue at Wolverine.
Ironwood received abouyt an inch of fresh snow this morning, and snow continued lightly as we skied this morning. The groomer was finishing up as we started skiing. Very nice conditions throughout the system. Base is still great. No thin spots that I saw... Race skis still could be used. Small loop by pond on Powderhorn loop closed.
Mar 24Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodAndre Watt
 
Conditions: Sweet spring skiing.
Trails are in magnificent condition. Solid 12-18inch base. Tuesday the tracks were excellent. The skate deck was also very good. Still plenty of good skiing to be had.
Mar 22Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodStephanie Croteau
 
Superb skate skiing on the nicely groomed trails. Classic tracks firm from the temperature swings from Friday to Saturday. There is still about a 2 foot snow base and no bare spots. Great 4 days of skiing with the North Star Ski Touring Club.
Mar 22ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We had a great season of skiing 128 days of good to excellent skiing Nov 13th to March 22 and daily grooming. As I groomed the last few k of trails this morning it was a bittersweet. We had good spring skiing this weekend. We have to close when we can not provide fun and safe skiing every day. With the thin base on downhills and south faces, strong spring sun, and the Montreal River rising with the warm temps, we are closed for the season. As a corporation we have to answer to our insurance company, accountants and board of directors. We charge a trail fee and expect that we can provide you with a good to excellent skiing experience. We want to thank you for your business this season and hope that you have a safe and healthy summer.
Mar 22ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodJenneke Oosterhoff
 
Conditions: Epic spring conditions yesterday and today.
What a glorious way to finish the season. It's really amazing to see Eric working his magic on the trails that were still fully covered; about 30K or so. This morning was the best ever. Frozen cord with enough edge for effortless skiing and not too nerve wrecking downhills. Fun, fun, fun!
Mar 21Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDave Johnson
 
Conditions: Granular snow, freshly groomed.
After spending most of day downhill skiing, we broke out the skinny skis and ventured out onto Wolverine just before dark and got a quick loop in. Pleasantly surprised with conditions and the amount of traffic. Both the skiers and dogs enjoyed our time out. Skiing should last into April with all the snow here.
Mar 21ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We had a super day of skiing today... we saw many skiers we had not seen all season. The trails tilled up well with the dusting of new snow. I will be grooming for the last time Sunday morning for some good spring skiing again on Sunday. We will be closed in the ski shop and for skiing Sunday at 5 PM.
Mar 21Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
Conditions: With temps in the teens overnight, all trails were groomed this morning, except Cliff Hanger, with track set. The thick wide ribbon of trail still has almost a 2' base in most places. No bare spots.
If you can imagine, today was the best skate day all year because of a good temp, sunny skies and crisp trails. Striding was a close second.
Mar 20ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We had a good day of skiing today...not crowded today because the forecast said it would rain. We had great spring skiing till 4:30 pm when the rain started. It appears that the rain stopped and temps are dropping. We plan to regroom the trails early in the morning, as the temps should continue to drop, with the Pisten Bully. Forecasts call for for 1-3 inches of snow overnight. We plan on grooming and skiing thru Sunday. Monday we will be closed.
Mar 20Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodGreyson Bruce Morrow
 
Conditions: Spring skiing is great.
Skied almost everyday the last ten days and loving it. Yesterday had to take a day off to rest the dogs. I wish! Some days the groomer teams take out the big iron, some days the little reptile. Seems the team is getting it right every day. Watch the national weather report. When the T just rises to 32 you have two hours of skating and then switch to classic. Nice...
Mar 19ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We groomed about 30 km of trails tonight including Hemlock, Jack Pine, White Pine, only two bare spots on Hemlock on the return (easy to avoid using the River Trail for 100 yards along the River). The wide trails Pisten Bully groomed trails are holding snow very well. The trails are covered with a few thin areas on the south slopes but very nice skiing. We will head out to the Highlands in the early morning to see if we can get them in shape for the weekend. We plan to be open through the weekend closing at 5 PM Sunday.
Mar 19ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Very good on trails still accessible.
The river has over run Sulo's loop (limiting access to outer loops) and sun and warmth have taken a toll on some south facing hills, but the trails that were open were great. Hero skier conditions early with fast, transformed snow with good edging on freshly groomed skate deck. Conditions slowed as the day warmed, hastening a switch to fish scale classic skis. Tracks still deep and good on freshly tracked trails, and still decent on older tracks on Jack Pine and White Pine once we crossed one grassy spot.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 27Valley Spur    
Firsthand 
MunisingTom Lane
 
Conditions: Trails were just groomed. I classical skied. The track was excellent.
I would say the trails were typical spring condition for Valley Spur. I skied out of the valley to Y & W. The track was super fast with good grip. My 4.5 hours on snow seemed more like one. I'd get out early tomorrow.
Mar 27Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Fresh grooming after a light snow overnight has our system in great shape. We don't have anything even remotely resembling a thin spot. Still a great base that should hold up for a couple more weeks.
Mar 26Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Fresh snow has allowed us to groom and track the entire system. It looks like an awesome weekend of skiing at Valley Spur yet again!
Mar 24Saux Head Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Ok. Groomed a couple days ago, but deep boot tracks on most of the trails.
First visit to these trails. Nice terrain... some good views of the Saux Head Lake and Lake Superior. Sadly, some folks had walked over much of the trail system and the deep boot tracks had frozen up quite firmly making for challenging conditions and some downright scary downhills. Happy to come away unscathed.
Mar 23Valley Spur    
Firsthand 
MunisingSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Very good. Deep base. Freshly groomed.
All trails except Z and G were groomed today or yesterday. Great conditions. Fast with good edging thanks to a bit of snow a couple days ago. No problem with best skis. We were skating. Classic tracks not reset but still looked good most places.
Mar 23Blueberry Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
SandsSten Fjeldheim
 
Cold nights and sunny 30F +- day temps have given us lucky UPers some awesome good spring skiing, still a foot of snow in the woods!
Mar 22Valley Spur    
Firsthand 
MunisingJohn McCarthy
 
Conditions: Very nice. Plenty of snow, nicely groomed.
Conditions at Valley Spir are still very good with a deep base.
Mar 21Valley Spur    
Firsthand 
MunisingJohn McCarthy
 
Conditions: Substantial base, full coverage. Skate was great, but most others were striding - can't speak for them, but all seemed happy. Only problem was the lack of skiers out enjoying this wonderful day.
It may be the first full day of spring, but it seemed like mid-January. Temps in the teens, a bit of wind, and fast , firm conditions on the skate lanes. New snow mixed with crushed ice from yesterday's warm temps resulted in a fast, firm, and flat (no ruts) surface throughout.
Mar 21Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
The fresh snow overnight mixed in well on the skate lanes and brought the classic tracks back. Flurries are continuing throughout the day.

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 27Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
CalumetPeter Vorhes
 
Conditions: Beautiful conditions for classic skiing today. Pisten Bully groomed, track set, for the second day in a row after several inches of fresh snow on Wednesday into Thursday. Skating looked good, too.
Swix Blue Extra provided good kick. A little over 20 km of trails were groomed.
Mar 27Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetJan Axelson
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and perfect.
We classic skied from the chalet to and around the Bear Chase loops. The tracks weren't icy, no melting despite strong spring sun. The skate lane was corduroy. Some loops not groomed but plenty to work with.
Mar 26Michigan Tech University Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
HoughtonJan axelson
 
Conditions: Excellent, freshly groomed.
Several inches of new snow on a deep base, fresh grooming, few skiers out, delightful. Worth the trip.
Mar 22Michigan Tech University Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
HoughtonSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good base. Freshly groomed. Very, very fast and firm conditions.
The bulletproof base made edging a bit challenging, but no complaints... The skating was wicked fast. Skied pretty much all the skate loops, and the base is still great. There are a very few icy sections where very wet snow has frozen solid. Things softened on a few south facing hills by mid afternoon, but not much.
Mar 21Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good. Blazing fast on a very firm deck after light rain last night and a solid freeze with colder temps today.
Most trails at Swedetown were groomed yesterday. After some rain and a solid freeze last night, the skate deck was very firm and fast. Some ruts were present from skiing that was done during the warm weather yesterday, which made balance and edging more challenging in places. Powderhouse and Tamarack, which not been groomed yesterday, were also in good shape, except one downhill on Powderhouse which had dirt blown over the deck. The base is holding well at Swedetown, and we used good skis no problem.
Mar 20Copper Harbor Pathway    
Firsthand 
Copper HarborSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Fair. Not as much base as other parts of the Keweenaw... Melt down left a fair number of bare spots.
Despite a number of bare spots, skiing was ok on tracks set several weeks back. Trails here are pretty flat but offer interesting sightseeing in Fort Wilkins State Park. Views of Lake Fanny Hooe, Lake Superior, and historic Fort Wilkins.
Mar 19Michigan Tech University Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
HoughtonKen Wikgren
 
Conditions: 28F at 9:30AM, 38F at 1:00PM. All main trails recently groomed and track set. Very good conditions.
I skied two laps today, fast and a tad icy early, getting softer just after I finished skiing.

Other locations
Mar 20Mount Bohemia Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
Lac La BelleSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: Good despite warm temps and not being groomed recently. Deep base.
First time visiting these beautiful classic-only trails. Accessed from behind the yurts at the Mount Bohemia ski area. Trails had not been groomed since before the warmup, but tracks were still fairly intact once we departed the initial start area. Wow, these trails have neat terrain... Would love to visit when they had fresh tracks.

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Mar 25Kamview Nordic Centre 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
Conditions: Power tilled and some tracksetting on 60 percent of trails.
Will keep grooming till it's gone!

Other locations
Mar 25Sleeping Giant Provincial Park 
Grooming 
Thunder BayPeter Crooks
 
Conditions: Good base with PB grooming on 50km. Icy in morning.
50km skate lane with 20km trackset. Still grooming!

United States
Mar 27Falcon Trails     
Firsthand 
Falcon Lake, MBJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Variable. Spring to fresh snow, to mid winter.
Jonell and I spent three days checking out the Falcon Trails on the shores of Falcon Lake Manitoba this week. All three days were different. The first day was true spring conditions, skiing on skiable sections of corn snow in between bare spots. Doug, one of the owners, was even out grooming these sections! The second day it stormed nicely and snowed 3-4". Doug was back out dragging the wet damp snow and later Ginzu groomed the trail system. ( Thank you Doug for the special grooming!) The morning was spent enjoying the fresh snow on the small alpine area intertwined into the Nordic trails complete with a fun little terrain park. The JibSkates were perfect. In the afternoon, Jonell and I skied to the High Lake enjoying the winter wonderland conditions. Overnight, the temp dropped down to the lower teens setting up the grooming perfectly. The skied cleared and the morning was absolutely beautiful. It was hard to get off the trail and go home! Generally mid winter conditions with a few rocks and thin areas to keep heads up but overall incredible skiing. With a biathlon course, a terrain park ideal for Nordic, alpine slopes for telemark and the cross country trail system, this is truly a Nordic Nirvana run by some fantastic people with a great vibe and atmosphere. I highly recommend checking out this area. I can't wait to go back....
Mar 21Sugarloaf Nordic    
Firsthand 
Carrabassett Valley, MEAri Ofsevit
 
Fantastic powder conditions in Maine, still two feet of snowpack on the trails and not much transformation. Beautiful spring sun, too. Probably the best skiing in the country.

International
Mar 20Seljalandsdalur    
Firsthand 
Isafjordur, IcelandSteven Gromatka
 
Conditions: Great mid-season ski conditions!
The conditions here in Iceland are amazing. Im always checking in on how skiing is back in MN and it makes me sad to see that the snow is almost all gone there. We will be skiing until July with the way this winter has been going. At times it is a little too windy to ski, but the nice days make up for it. The Fossavatn Ski Marathon here is a little over a month away. Come visit if you want to keep skiing.


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