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National Forest Lodge

Historic lodge located in the heart of the Superior National Forest. Rustic cabins and a modern log home on Lake Gegoka, surrounded by tall red and white pine. Ski weekends include all lodging and meals. Cross country ski over 30k of groomed classic trails - in and out. Also 8K marked snowshoe trails and one of the few outdoor hot tubs around.

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Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
Conditions: Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are Open. All other manufactured snow trails are closed but will re-open this Saturday. Natural snow trails are closed.
Dec 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on shortened trail.
Back to normal after weekend meltdown (some sections still closed). Lot packed at 9 pm.
Dec 18Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisBill Oyler
Lots of people out at Wirth tonight enjoying the newly-expanded 1.3K loop. Par 3 parking lot was full! The uphills were very sugary, but otherwise the loop is in good shape.
Dec 18Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBill Lundberg
Conditions: Overall pretty good conditions for classic, hardly any ice, good kick with a hard wax, skating looked decent, too. The trails starting to become well used with high school kids coming for a meet.
I had an enjoyable ski this afternoon at Elm. I got out there a little late, and the high school teams began arriving from all over the metro. I couldn't believe all the young people into nordic racing. It's great to see how the sport has grown over the years.
Dec 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) and Willow Creek (1K) are now open. Star and Willow Creek are packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns blowing snow.
Dec 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Basiletti
Conditions: Skied starting at 10 a.m. Light snow falling at the time. Varied conditions for classic skiing. Overall quite good and fast. I found Swix Blue extra worked well.
More than the usual number of weekday morning skiers were out but not crowded.
Dec 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveLeif Irgens
Conditions: Varied but good overall.
Skied classic and skate starting at about 10am. Classic tracks were shallow in places (it looked like the track setting equipment was not able to dig a full-depth track into the hard man made snow in several places). Tracks seemed a bit soft here, hard there. I slipped a lot with Swix Blue (-3C to -8C) and switched to Skintec waxless rather than seach for a waxing solution. Another skier reported having good kick with a mix of VR30 and VR45. By mid-day, there was intermittent sunshine and the skate deck was getting grabby where the sun was shining on it, a bit hard in the shade, and a bit of sugary/ mashed potatoes on the uphills. All in all, good skiing though.
Dec 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
Conditions: Star Loop (.8K) will open at 3 pm today. Star should be packed, tracked and in good condition for skating and classic.
All other manufactured snow and natural snow trails are closed. Snow guns are blowing snow. Lights are on for Star Loop.
Dec 17Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: All ski trails, including the snowmaking trails, are closed until further notice.
Snowguns are blowing snow to rebuild the base. Natural snow trails are closed and lights are off.
Dec 17Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisSue Schroeder
 
Conditions: OK on 1 km snowmaking loop near lower stadium.
1 km snowmaking loop has been groomed. Snow is sugary on the climbs and corners. There is some dirty snow but no major debris.
Dec 16Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Firsthand 
MinneapolisCarleton Perry
 
Conditions: 1k loop packed hard with a thin layer of natural snow. 1 big sugary uphill, a few patches of ice and grass. A lot better than nothing!
It was good to be able to get out and ski. The Loppet Fast Kids seemed to be enjoying it a lot!
Dec 16Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveLeif Irgens
 
Conditions: Varied...snow guns on.
Skated at Elm at 2:30. Snow guns were blowing new snow onto the trails in three locations, creating three soft deposits of new snow (and three local micro-blizzards) and some blowing snow elsewhere on the trail. Skate deck was a touch firm/icy in a few places but the man made snow was getting around and covering up most of the old snow. Overall, the loop was in very good shape. A high school meet was getting started at around 3:30 pm so there was an enormous amount of traffic starting around 3:00 pm.
Dec 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
 
Good to poor on artificial snow loop. New snow helped a lot. Hopefully, star loop will be open soon.
Dec 16Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveSandy Schreyer
 
Conditions: Very good and getting better with each lap.
Skied at noon. Multiple cannons are blowing snow on the manmade snow loop and it looks like they will keep the snow coming for as long as conditions allow. Aside from getting the cannon snow blast, skate conditions are delightful with about 1-2 inches of fluff to cover any icy spots. Classic tracks are nonexistent where the cannons are blowing, very good in other spots. Definitely worth the journey-thanks Elm Creek!
Dec 16Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Grooming 
Maple GroveWayne Iseri
Three Rivers Park District
 
Elm Creek ski trails remained open during the warm rainy weather. We are resuming our snow making to cover sections of trails that needed additional snow. Our approach of making snow on our trails 3' deep has paid off. Elm Creek is able to stay open during these warm spells. [ Note: Please expect some trail interruptions and possible bypasses, as groomers try to generate additional snow while keeping the trail open -- Ed. ]
Dec 16Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveAdam Himes
 
Conditions: Elm Creek groomers nailed it!
The Elm Creek team timed their grooming run perfectly this morning / last night. The man-made trails this morning were perfect corduroy before dawn. No icy spots at all. Snow guns were running to bank more snow, mostly on the downhill area. Tracks were drifted over in a couple spots from the new snow.
Dec 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: All manufactured snow trails will be closing at 4:30 PM today. Trails have not been regroomed and are in poor condition.
Boulder Ridge is closed. Snowguns blowing snow this morning. Natural snow trails are closed. Lights are off. Visitor Center is open 9:00-5:00 PM. Rentals are not available.
Dec 16Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Kallemeyn
 
Conditions: Woodlands remains closed due to lack of snow.
After a 75% melt down over the weekend and 1" snowfall Monday night there is not sufficient snow cover to ski or groom. Woodlands will remain closed for skiing until we get more snow.
Dec 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Conditions: No overnight grooming apparent. 25% glare ice, 75% light snow on top of ice, which actually helps quite a bit.
Pretty decent double poling in classic track. If you venture out before tonight's shutdown, I recommend sticking to the Frog Town loop.
Dec 15Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Natural snow ski trails: Due to the weather over the last few days we have lost all of our natural snow pack. All trails including the golf courses are closed until adequate snow has fallen to groom and maintain them.
Snow making loop: We currently have just over 1 kilometer of the manmade ski trails available to ski. Due to the warm weather we have lost a small portion of this snow but are mostly in good shape. We will have to add some snow back into a few small sections of what is currently open due to thin snow conditions. This will set us back a few days but we will continue making snow as long as the weather stays cold. The next week looks to be moderate for making snow with lows in the 20ís and high teens to highs in the mid 20ís to low 30ís.
Dec 15Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Conditions: Trails are packed, tracked and in poor condition. Unable to regroom due to warm temps.
Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, and Scenic Foothill manufactured snowmade trails are open. Boulder Ridge is closed. Natural snow trails are not open. Lights are on for snowmade trails until 10:00 PM.
Hyland Ski Trails will be closing Tuesday night until further notice to restart the manufactured snowmaking process. We are unable to estimate how long this process will take. We will reopen loops as we can. The air temp and amount of humidity is the challenging factors determining whether manufactured snow can be made, the amount of snow that can be produced and amount of time it will take. Wednesday will be closed. Day to day decisions after that.
Dec 15Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonSteve Share
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good!
Do not despair, xc skiers! I went out to Hyland Lake Park Reserve this morning at 6:30 and the snowmaking loop was in amazingly good shape, despite the recent unseasonably warm temperatures. I classic skied on my old no-wax skis and the classic track was in great shape and not too icy.
Dec 14Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveKathleen Miller
 
Conditions: Icy, ungroomed.
Myself and three other skiers out. Classic skied at 4:30 pm and was glad I wasn't skating since the skate lanes were sheets of ice - too warm to groom. Kind of creepy when it got dark because there were waves of fog rolling off the snow. Classic tracks were shallow but okay to ski in. Donut loop downhill a little scary with the ice.
Dec 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonLeonard Bernstein
 
Conditions: Classic tracks excellent for the temperature. Just a little soil to make things interesting.
Classic-skied 3 x 3 km loop midday. The classic tracks were in excellent condition, really holding up extremely well. Dirty in small sections but generally amazing for 50 degrees. Used (30+ years) old Swix "Wallco" purple klister which worked perfectly.
Dec 14Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBen Mullin
 
Conditions: Hard packed, lumpy and dirty.
But very skiable. I was expecting to have to put my shoes on and go running instead of skiing when I stopped by at 4:30 tonight. But there were other people out skiing and when I joined them it was actually in decent shape. It was more icy than slushy. The place was nearly deserted the whole time I was there.
Dec 14Hornet Hiihto Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
EdinaCraig Jarvinen
 
Conditions: Melting - rain might take out the remaining snow.
The melt has reduced our 1 km loop to islands of snow on the fields and two disconnected stretches of snow in the woods and behind the bunker. These 350 meters of trail are not worth skiing right now. We will start making snow again on Tuesday.
Dec 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonZach Handler
 
Conditions: Getting dirty in spots.
Skied at dusk. Overall still in great shape. Firm skate deck with no ice and no wet spots. Tree debris showing up in places. Track is hard. Caution: on the return on the gradual descent to the lower overfill lot there are some small sharp pebbles scattered on the skate deck. Classic track was clean.
Dec 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: Mostly icy. Skiable. Fair.
Getting dirty, but holding up.
Dec 14Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Closed indefinitely. Even with the Woodlands ability to hold snow, we could not survive this epic meltdown. The ski trials will be closed until we get significant snow. Sorry.
Dec 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonJim Mullin
 
Way better than you'd expect. Ya, the snow isn't so white but no bare spots or rocks and its fast. So put away those running shoes and go skiing.
Dec 13Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Warm and well warm.
I wasn't sure what to expect this morning when I got to Hyland. I was preparing for the worst but was pretty surprised how good the snow actually was. There were a few spots of dirt coming up but overall it was a good surface. As I was leaving the HS meet was getting ready to start so I'm sure it got a lot of use in the 40+ temps. Use tomorrow as a recovery day and I'm starting my snow dance tonight.
Dec 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoRay Johnston
 
Low expectations are the key to happiness. Skied the yellow and green loop spur that goes out to the lake multiple times. It was a mix of nice stretches and then debris and really thin spots. It reminded me of spring skiing. I classic skied and skated. I used a gamish of grass, twigs, dirt, purple, universal, and OV klisters for kick. Very enjoyable. By 10AM there was noticeable melting.
Dec 13Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed classic and skate!
The man made loop was groomed this morning and conditions will most likely be soft with the forecasted temps today. We will not be grooming Sunday morning with overnight temps in the mid 40's and drizzle forecasted. We want to preserve the snow pack as much as possible for later in the season. Conditions may be icy on Sunday. We will reevaluate for Monday. Thanks!
Dec 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Classic tracks and skating deck were in good condition this afternoon.
The no wax skis worked great today at Hyland. The 5K course is really well laid out and fun to ski. We ran into Roy Carlsted, and he's still going strong with his skiing at 91! Wow--he's quite an inspiration!
Dec 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonZach Handler
 
Conditions: Still excellent for skate and classic.
I klister skied in the morning. Fast glazed tracks. Swix universal klister iced a bit on the steep climb out of the tracks by the downhill area. Might want to cover with hard wax or a silver or tar klister. Skate lane looked great with no wet or soft spots. Most of the course appears to have 2 to 3 feet of densely packed granular base. There is no damage being done to the trails. Any ruts should be groomed out in the evening and should be fresh corduroy in the morning and a fresh classic track set. This is exactly why the man made snow loop was built - to allow skiing when nature does not cooperate. With the base so deep there is no need to use rock skis at this point. Ski bases get dirty in manmade snow, but they don't get scratched unless there are rocks in the trail.
Dec 12Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBrad Johnson
 
Conditions: Decent for classic and skate on Valley.
I classic and skate skied on Valley starting around 4pm today. The tracks were in decent shape except in the inside corners which were trampled. One spot is actually starting to look thin on the south end by the little yellow house. The skate deck was varied, firm in some places, others with a 1-2" coating of mashed-potatoes, likely due to the high traffic of a dozen or so school teams on-site for practice on a warm day. Still, it was a great day for skiing.
Dec 12Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBruce Adelsman
 
Conditions: Good conditions, plenty of snow.
Skied around noon time. Temps were in the upper 30s, but felt a little cool and damp. Skating lane was fairly firm and wasn't as slow as I thought it might be. Not sure I would have liked classic skiing, but the skating was enjoyable, especially given the temps.
Dec 12Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveMark Basiletti
 
Conditions: Classic skiied the valley trail and northern lights this morning. Tracks were fast on the Valley. snow was soft in the skating lane. Northern Lights was rolled only. Snow was soft enough to ski without a set track. It was possible to avoid dirty snow but rock skis may be advisable.
Waxless skis worked well. Had a great ski.
Dec 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Warm and the snow is showing the effect of the weather.
Got there really early this morning to beat the thaw but it was a loosing battle. The snow was really wet and soft. I was doing more damage than good so I decided to call it a day. Hopefully common sense will prevail this weekend because the weather isn't being nice. Make it a recovery weekend. It isn't worth skiing and wrecking the trails for everyone else. [ Generally the man-made snow is more impervious to long-term damage from the warm weather, especially when groomed before temps cool down -- Ed. ]
Dec 11Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
Maple GroveBill Lundberg
 
Conditions: Manmade snow loop: Very good for classic with no ice, and used a hard wax with no problems.
It felt good to get out skiing again! I just got back from six weeks in Florida, and the transition back to MN weather hasn't been easy. Elm got me back in a positive groove!
Dec 11Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Lake ElmoJeff Bolte
 
Conditions: The Yellow trail is worn from use and no classic track. Its a total mixed bag of everything from 2-3 inches of snow to ice. I skied classic rock skis.
There must have been an event for the trail to show as much wear as it has. The obvious start line is near the Nordic Center. Its challenging skiing on classics since every little bump is still there with the thin cover and no track. On downhills the skate marks grabbed the skis a little in deeper snow. Other places the down hills are polished but not boilerplate. More than once there was an outside edge down. Ankles rolled side to side. I really enjoy skiing this type of condition because it is not perfect. Classic skier will have some challenges if the trail holds up. Skate skiers should be good to go on the rock skis. I met one other skier on classic skis. Thank You Washington County Parks for the huge effort it took to get snow on one loop!
Dec 11Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonKevin Wendland
 
Conditions: Excellent for skate and classic on all trails.
Getting soft and a little beat up, but that's a good problem.
Dec 11Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveLeif Irgens
 
Conditions: Classic tracks still there, stake deck solid.
I skied an hour each of classic and skate this morning. The classic tracks were dying a slow death. They were in good shape when I started at 9:00 am but each lap I did was slower than the previous (HR's were steady so the change in the tracks seemed to be the reason for the slowdown). The tracks were getting soft and starting to wash out in the corner by the time I switched to skate. Had great kick though with my Mohair waxless skis. Different story on the skate deck. The skate deck had a reasonably firm base with a top layer of grainy mush here and there. Easy to hold an edge and, unlike my classic ski, each lap skating was faster than the previous as glide steadily improved with the traffic. I turned in some of my fastest laps this season today skating.
Dec 11Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming 
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Yellow loop on east side is skiable due to snow being put on the trail. All other trails in rough shape. Regular park hours - no lights.
Dec 11Woodland Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Woodland Trails ski and winter walking trails will be closed starting at noon Friday, December 12th and will remain closed until at least Monday morning. This is being done in an effort to preserve the trail base. I hope there is some left on Monday. Thanks.
Dec 10Theodore Wirth Regional Park 
Grooming 
MinneapolisTroy Tschida
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
 
Conditions: Good conditions where snowed in!
We are continuing to make snow at Wirth while conditions are favorable. We obviously have a very warm weather stretch coming in which we won't be able to make snow. We are planning on opening another small section of trail sometime tomorrow morning, this should give us just over 1K of manmade trail open. We will continue to open more areas as they are snowed in. Thanks for your patience!
Dec 10Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
BloomingtonChris Gauthier
 
Conditions: Slightly abrasive and worn, icy in some spots.
Skied from sun up for about 2 hours on classic waxless. Tracks are a little icy and had a bit of trouble gripping, inside corners are all washed out.
Dec 9Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveDick Stardig
 
Conditions: Perfectly groomed for skate and classic on the man made snow loop.
Wow! The groomers did a fabulous job of serving up near ideal snow conditions on the man made snow loop! The skate deck was very fast but with just the right amount of loose snow on top. Had a lovely ski there! Classic tracks looked great too. Did not venture out on the natural snow loop.
Dec 9Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
Maple GroveAdrian Swanson
 
Conditions: Good, icy on Northern Lights.
Skied for a while on the trails in the evening. The man-made loop is fast, and only slightly icy in some places. The Northern Lights loop was icy and rutted, but good to work on your balance on the slippery stuff--something we had none of last year. Only a few dirty sections that were certainly avoidable--A skis maybe, but I was on B skis.
Dec 9Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonVince Rosetta
ONE WAY Sport USA
 
Conditions: Well skied but still fast.
Got to the park around 7 pm and as expected it was very busy. All the lots were filled. The trail was pretty skied in but to my surprise it was still very fast. The big downhill was tough to get up V1ing so it was a birkie shuffle up that one. Other than that all the hills were in decent shape.
Dec 9Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
Saint PaulBill Stuber
 
Conditions: Lots of snow, could ski just about anywhere.
Tuesday night I checked out Phalen. There is plenty of snow on all the fairways. Crusty but you could ski in tracks or skate in a path. It was very nice.
Dec 9Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
Elk RiverDean Kleinhans
 
Conditions: Fine skating, loose crusty snow covering solid base. Classic would be acceptable without track set.
Midday ski outer loop found consistent loose cover of 1/4-1/2 inch fresh snow. Easily controlled edging on downhills. Even the areas that had been getting glare ice had edge setting material. This all means fun! Only thing to be really careful for was the three whitetail deer sharing different parts of the trail.
Dec 9Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Continued perfect grooming. Top of Boulder Ridge sunrise is amazing. Watch out for Bambi on the descent, she has a tendency of crossing the trail in the morning.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
DuluthJohn Jereczek
 
Conditions: Fair, 2-3 inches of new snow over a very hard base.
Ungroomed but skied in tracks. Some areas are good while others are poor. Use rock skis with very sharp carbide pole tips.
Dec 17Snowflake Nordic Ski Center    
Firsthand 
DuluthTim Holst
 
Skied both the 5 K and 10 K on Wednesday just after noon. Skating was good. A few icy spots and a few thin spots, but remarkably good. I used rock skis but could have been on "B" skis for sure. There was a classic track on the 5 K, not on the 10 K. Yes, that is my shadow on the picture, we did see the sun for a few hours today!
Dec 17Magney-Snively Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Groomed only by a 4 wheel truck or two.
I was headed out to ski Skyline West midday today when I noticed tire tracks from a vehicle going into the otherwise untouched Magney trails, so I followed them. The multiple sets of tires set upon the trails yesterday or the day before, pre freeze, yet post most of the snow, began at the trail head and continued up through Bardon's Peak parting ways with the ski trail at the far end of Skyline West, where the road is supposed to be blocked off to traffic for the year. The damage the multiple vehicle passes created is extensive as the trails were wet and vulnerable. The trail portions untouched remain full of 4-6 inches sparkling sugar like powder, with a couple of slush areas underneath.
Dec 17Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
CloquetKari Hedin
 
The trail is ungroomed but lots of ski traffic has made for a fairly fast trail. There are some bare spots and "rotten" spots from too much water under the snow. The back half of the trail is in very good condition.
Dec 17Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Grooming 
DuluthGeorge Hovland
Snowflake Nordic Center
 
While other areas were rained out we lost very little and made it all back with over 4 inches of new snow monday evening along another couple inches Tuesday evening. All trails groomed and skiing is ideal.
Dec 13Enger Golf Course    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Slow and mushy clumping when stopped.
We classic skied at Enger to avoid rutting the groomed trails today. It was mid 30's, foggy, and patchy snow with 85% coverage on the course. If we skied back over our tracks too many times we pulled grass up.
Dec 12Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: styrofoam consistency with many human footprints!
We skated today and I did most of the trails since there were no real classic tracks. We encountered another person walking a dog on the trail and she was totally unaware it had been groomed because of all the footprints. Maybe a gigantic red sign would help people realize it is a groomed ski trail? The small loop is firmer than the outer loop. The snow in the larger loop was getting slower and more like styrofoam the more I skied. Temps were rising and snow was also getting more "sinky" so I'd strongly suggest staying off of the groomed trails until temps are below freezing!
Dec 11Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthMark Knutson
 
Conditions: Great trail conditions.
I skied Snowflake after work Thursday evening. The trails were in amazing shape and should hold up with the warmer weather. If you ski after dark do bring a headlamp for the dark areas, but it is well worth it.
Dec 11Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Campground loop good for skate, classic fair.
We skated the campground loop after dark tonight and it was fast and fun without any ice or bare ground! The classic tracks have taken a beating in spots.
Dec 11Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Rolled with new snow, no tracks and footprints.
We skated the smaller loop today late morning and could have skated all the trails because there are no real tracks. The skied in tracks are disconnected, nothing distinct and continued. We were greeted by a woman walking right up the middle of the skate lane looking for her dog who she had been walking on it off leash. We reminded her that there is no walking or dogs on groomed ski trails and were met with great resistance. The skating was actually good despite the many large divots from human feet!
Dec 10Skyline West Parkway    
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Almost virgin snow, about 6 inches of it!
We broke some classic trails today skijoring and classic skiing on Skyline West today! There was one snowmobile track and the rest was fresh and pure! If you want a nice place to skijor with a dog on leash this would be fun!
Dec 9Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
DuluthSteve Hagedorn
 
Conditions: Excellant skating, good classical.
I skied both the 10K and 5K Tuesday. Both are well groomed and in great shape for skating. Firm base and just the right amount of new snow for great glide. There is a groomed track on both the 10K and 5K, but there are many places with grass/dirt in the track. I'd jump on it soon though. Afraid the warm up will do some significant damage as the cover just isn't that deep yet. Sorry I didn't any pics. Next time.
Dec 9Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Great! Fresh grooming and fast snow.
We skated the campground loop tonight after dark and found it to be in great shape! The skate deck is firm with just the right amount of edge that allowed even my beginners to skate with confidence! There is also a classic track however, we did not use it.
Dec 9Snowflake Nordic Ski Center    
Firsthand Secondhand 
DuluthTim Holst
 
Once again Snowflake picked up more snow than at my house, maybe 5 miles away, in the Sunday night/early Monday snow. We only skied the 5 K. Groomed and tracked, decent classic track, with grass/dirt in spots. Skating was very nice. I think the 10 K was groomed and tracked too. I used my best classic and "B" skate skis.
Dec 9Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
DuluthDylan Hendrickson
 
Conditions: Slow but beautiful weather.
Got out today. No classic track is groomed but the trail is nice. No exposed ground, slow snow, but it's better than sitting inside all day.

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 12Banadad Trail 
Grooming 
Grand MaraisTed Young
 
Conditions: First Tracks on Banadad - 9.4 km tracked including Banadad to Meads Lake Portage and Lace Lake Trails.
Skiing good to excellent! Some center stubble poking through the snow.
Dec 10Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
TofteBill Lane
 
Conditions: 2-4" of unrolled snow.
Evidently, I have become the Nordic lab rat for testing the Sugarbush System. I skate skied the Onion River Road Wednesday night for my second ski of the season, and second on my surgically repaired knee. No other tracks on the road. A couple of shallow, rock-laden areas up to 2 km (with obligatory face-plants... yay for face-plants!), but good thereafter (I only went to 3 km; no reason for it not to be good to the turn-around). Warm weather will make future skiing dicey, but I skied. Dammit, I skied!

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17Mount Itasca 
Grooming 
ColeraineJon Arntson
 
Conditions: Excellent. The base held up to rain and warm very well through weekend, and an inch or two of natural snow whitened things up beautifully. Groomed impeccably for the biathlon races, in outstanding condition today. 2k+ in great condition.
Big HS race on Thursday but open for citizen skiing through the coming weekend and beyond.
Dec 17Giants Ridge    
Firsthand 
BiwabikShawn Callahan
Green Gate Guest House
 
Conditions: Very good- Fresh snow & fresh grooming in last 24 hours!
Significant melt during the warm temps and rain last weekend, but fortunately the rain turned to snow as temps dropped yesterday. 2-3" fresh snow, with much of the nordic system already groomed by end of today. I skated the golf course, Cedar, Summit, Gold and Bronze trails. Classic tracks are again shallow from the looks of it. The golf course was a little sketchy, so better to leave and return via the Bronze trail. The good early season base was not totally lost, and is feeling quite solid under the fresh snow. Not the Most of trails back to reasonable shape. Definitely quality skiing, but rock skis recommended and keep an eye out!

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 10Hidden Valley Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
ElyElton Brown
 
Conditions: Darned good skating, considering how little snow we've gotten!
Ely has only received flurries, until -- thankfully -- two inches yesterday. Most of the trails are rolled and groomed, with some surprisingly good-looking classic tracks. I'm still using rock skis but, since yesterday's snow, haven't come across any.

Other locations
Dec 10Tilson Creek Ski Trail    
Grooming 
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
Conditions: The Green entry, Orange, Yellow, and about 1/2 of Red Trails were mowed before the snow got too deep. All those but the Red have now been rolled twice. There isn't enough snow to set tracks. The VNP access trail (Blue) has not been mowed or rolled. Trail is wide and corduroy looks nice.
I skated the rolled trails in +24F this morning and was pleasantly surprised - very few rocks visible, grassy in places and twigs where I could not mow. Bumpy as expected without grooming machines leveling. But skiing was actually fine - it has started!

Minnesota Northwest

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 16Maplelag Resort    
Grooming 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Dusting of fluff snow on top of frozen ground/scattered ice patches. 9 degrees, off and on flurries.
The Midwest mid December meltdown was not kind to the trails at Maplelag. We lost the majority of our base before cooling down and getting a dusting of snow last night. The 4km loop on Skaters Waltz we farmed and shoveled snow on has the most scattered icy patches below the dusting but we need 4-6" of snow before we can have good skiing. The trails are open for hiking, running, and the twin lakes singletrack remains open for fat biking as it will all winter.
Dec 11Maplelag Resort 
Grooming Scheduling 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: 26 degrees, frosty. Good early season/rock skiing conditions.
With cooler temps forecasted today and tomorrow, we will have the trails open today and Friday. Based on forecast, we will close on Saturday and Sunday and hope to reopen again on Monday. Skaters waltz is in best condition for skating (could use B skis if careful) and classic skiing best on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. North Loup has been mostly good for skating as well, just a few rough areas to watch out for. Get out today and tomorrow!
Dec 10Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
CallawayIstvan Gombocz
 
Conditions: Conditions on Skaters, Sukkerbusk, and Twin Lakes are - as of today - even better than described on the web page.
I wish I lived a bit closer to Maplelag, but still hope to be back a few times in the season. Thank you for this first-rate recreational opportunity!
Dec 9Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Conditions: Light dusting new snow on top of 1-3" crusty base. Grooming on 10km of trail, 3km new track set. 21 degrees, frosty.
Frosty day at Maplelag with trees covered thick with frost. Skaters waltz and Suicide Hill combed this morning and track set opposite of track set on Friday, on Sukkerbusk. Noon ski patrol found fair to good rock skiing conditions. Beautiful day in the woods. With warm weather forecasted later this week and weekend, we will be closing the trails Thursday at noon until Sunday noon to preserve the current base as much as possible. Will continue working on skaters waltz and the start area the rest of the week, building up the base in the thin areas as much as we can. Get out and ski tomorrow and Thursday morning!!

Minnesota Central

Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 9Larson Lake 
Grooming 
DeerwoodBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
Conditions: Skating lanes (only) groomed today. 3 inches of snow reduced to 1 inch or less. Leaves, grass and small twigs showing through in many areas. Rock skis a must.
Next grooming when 2+ inches of snow falls.

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17Graystone Trails    
Firsthand 
Saint CloudBob Baldwin
 
Conditions: Good, for rock skiing.
The north loop is 95% covered with an inch of snow over an icy base. Pretty good if you keep your head up and avoid bad spots. Some low areas are flooded and iced over, but are passable. 3 k of trail is skiable and connected without taking skis off. There is not too much dirt or grass showing. The south side trails, Hilltop and Orchard, are very thin.
Dec 15Quarry Park and Nature Preserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
Waite ParkJulie Nistler
 
Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
Poor to no snow; Ski trail lights have been turned off. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
Dec 15Warner Lake Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
Saint AugustaJulie Nistler
 
Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
Trail changing from poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
Dec 15Mississippi River County Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
SartellJulie Nistler
 
Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
Dec 15Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
Saint JosephJulie Nistler
 
Conditions: Conditions deteriorating quickly.
Saturday was Fair; today is poor to no snow. Need a 6" snow fall before grooming again.
Dec 12Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
Saint CloudKeith Carlson
 
Conditions: Very good. Overcast, low to mid 30's. First trail I've seen this season with a good classic track - I skated. Some seed litter but generally excellent coverage. Used FastWax Yellow LF.
Business brought me up to St. Cloud so I stopped by Graystone before my my return to the Cities since the trail reports looked good. Little difficult to find the entrance since the trailhead is on prison property among several storage buildings. But I did locate it and found some nicely groomed trails. No surprise, it was slow but the downhills and flats were okay. I did Orchard and the warm up loop in about an hour.
Dec 11Graystone Trails 
Grooming 
Saint CloudDan Fark
 
Conditions: Skate lane groomed this morning on Orchard, Warm-up, and Hilltop.
Still full coverage, some areas of leafy debris, shallow classic tracks still in place.
Dec 10Saint John's Abbey Arboretum    
Firsthand 
CollegevilleBob Baldwin
 
Conditions: Good coverage, some bumps and sticks.
The pine knob and old road trails are in good shape with very few sticks and a few bumps showing. The road is particularly good, nothing on the trail at all. Zicke zacke and trinity are rough, with lots of bumps and not as good of coverage. Very good overall.

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 12Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Mixed; fair to pretty good skating.
With warming temperatures, trail conditions were very variable owing to different water contents. Some stretches were somewhat wet, but not too slow, while others were similar to, but not quite as fast as yesterday. More hoar frost was falling in some places and this too made for some good skiing. All of this was as of 3:00-4:15 today. Actually quite fun overall.
Dec 11Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Half inch or so of sugar over very firm base; good to very good to excellent skating!
Wow! Trails were recently groomed, and the tilling combined with a substantial accumulation of hoar frost skiing was a pleasure this morning (9:30-11:30). There is actually corduroy in some sections. It was easy, as my friend George says, "to ski easy" and relaxed - and still go fast. I skied all trails (except the short Chuck Wagon cutoff). With the frost accumulation the trails are "whiter" but there remain some dirty, debris-strewn stretches and an occasional icy patch. These are, however no problem. Hey, so far we're not only surviving but thriving out here!
Dec 9Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions: Glazed-to-icy; mostly fair skiing but some better sections.
Glazing was more substantial today making the crust harder than Sunday. Dirt, leaves, and twigs abound but overall still very skiable and a few short sections (0.5-1 km) remain relatively good. Rock skis might be preferred but still not absolutely necessary.

Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 16Spirit River Nature Area 
Grooming 
CambridgeDavid Larson
 
Trails not skiable. Need more snow.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 15Quarry Hill Park 
Grooming Scheduling 
RochesterHenry Walker
 
Conditions: Very green looking grass with some nice brown leaves on top.
No snow, no skiing - we are considering mowing the grass one last time.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardJoel Harrison
New Moon Ski Shop
 
Conditions: New 2" powder over icy base. Some really thin areas.
Decent skating, no classic track. We lost a lot of snow on Monday but held onto a base at OO. Certainly good training but not the mid-winter conditions we've had for the last month. Bring your B skis.
Dec 17Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Poor to mediocre, with no tracks set.
The Drummond Ski Trails received from 3-5 inches of new, fluffy, dry snow on Tuesday-Wednesday. After the meltdown of last week, followed by a day of rain, there still isn't enough accumulation to roll, let alone set track. Sorry, but that's the situation.
Dec 12Drummond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
DrummondJosh Miner
 
Pretty junky. Snow machine tracks from earlier in the week. "Rustic" conditions at best, which is too bad for one of the few flat places to ski near Cable.
Dec 12Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
HaywardAndy Schwartz
 
Skied the Birkie trail from Power Lines to Boedecker including Birkie Ridge. Came back on the Birkie classic trail. Also recently groomed (Thursday?) but classic track not reset. Not "race day" smooth just yet but getting close.
Dec 12North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableAndy Schwartz
 
Fantastic for skate and classic. North End trails were groomed today with a fresh full depth classic track. Hasn't snowed recently so they're beginning to accumulate some tree litter but really great skiing overall.
Dec 11Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
DrummondJim Crandall
 
Conditions: Compacted with no new snow.
All of the loops have been compacted. They have all been run over one snowmobile track wide, most have been run 1 1/2 wide or about 30 inches. That compaction alone will improve skiing. All of the downed trees on the Boulevard and the other loops have been cut and taken off the trails. There are still a lot of twigs and leaves on the surface in places. The base is probably about 3", but untracked. We will not do anything more until we get significant new snow.
Dec 10Mukwonago Trail 
Grooming 
HaywardEli Rosenstein
US Forest Service
 
Early season conditions. Was able to groom for skate and classic, but there are areas where the snow depth was insufficient, groomer tracks bottomed out at a few spots so watch for rocks and wiggles in classic track. There are a lot of twigs on the trail. Bring rock skis, be careful and have fun. Base 1/2-6 inches.
Dec 9North End Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
CableDave Tomasula
 
Very good. All the main loops were groomed today. The classic track on the B and C loops is in great shape. Hard wax conditions.
Dec 9North End Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
CableGreg Pratt
 
Conditions: Pretty good. Coverage isn't perfect but good enough for good skis.
The groomer was out on the Korteloppet trail and North End trails this morning. South towards OO, no grooming since last snow on Sunday. Classic tracks are now skied in on both classic trail and skate trail. Hope we don't get too much melting.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
BruleDan Kephart
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Fair to good. Some icy spots.
Trail was combed Wednesday and track was set on the entry system. Some portions of the track did not set well due to a thin layer of snow over ice and slush.
Dec 17After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleDave Arvold
 
Conditions: Skating - good; classic- tracked only up to Trailhead Junction.
Winter Wonderland! The groomer was out the whole time we skied and groomed for skating only for most of the system. Beautiful skate deck, with some wet/icy sections scattered. Classic track on first section (up to Trail Head) had about 2-3% thin icy track from wet base, but rest was good. I was classic skiing.
Dec 15After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
BruleDan Kephart
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Poor. Numerous wet/icy spots.
After several days of above freezing temperatures and rain, the trail is in poor condition with numerous wet spots. Snow and cooler temps are in the forecast for Tuesday and grooming will resume when conditions allow.
Dec 11After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
BruleTim Holst
 
Got to After Hours early since temps already mid 20s by 8 AM. It was 28 when I left about 1:00 PM. They had several inches of snow in the Sunday night/Monday morning event. Perfectly groomed, trees beautiful. I skied all trails, including classic only, and it was about perfect. Fast glide, good kick with gold old Swix Blue. Skating great too. The pictures tell the story, including the one of the Brule River, reminding us why we go to these trails even when there is plenty of snow everywhere.
Dec 10Pattison State Park 
Grooming 
SuperiorKevin Feind
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: The entire trail system was packed today. We received about 3" of new snow earlier this week. No classic track was put down because of the lack of base. Base depth ranges from 1/2" to 2".
I would still suggest rock skis since there are a few spots that have dirt/gravel mixed in the snow. Trail was groomed to an average of 6' wide.
Dec 10After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
BruleBill Stroozas
 
Very good classical tracks and skate deck as well. Appears as if they had groomed this morning or last night. Great 90 minute ski with no human encounters. Take advantage of this gem before warmer weather.
Dec 9Superior Municipal Forest    
Firsthand 
SuperiorEve Graves
 
Conditions: Uniquely rolled, some icy, some firm, some mushy.
I arrived at the 28th street trailhead around midday today and what I saw was interesting. The trails have been "packed" but with some issues. What was done most likely took quite a bit of time and effort and should help somewhat in preserving the snow, however, it is not too pleasant to ski on. It appears a groomer went around and around making passes with only the snowmobile on the Red, Green and Blue trails. I was not able to make it out to the yellow, orange or purple. The trail is a mix of frozen snowmobile tracks, mushy tracks and nice snow tracks. The usual patches that show during lower snow are peeking out. I'm just glad the city let them out to groom!

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 18Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails are in good condition. The Teuton Trail tracks were reset. The base is about 8 inches. The Valkyrie Trail had tracks set today. Skiers were informing the groomer that the snow is very sticky and wet. Both trails are in good condition.
Dec 17Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today, thanks to Bob and Steve, we were able to get Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford groomed and tracked. Then on the classic trails, Sugarbush, Black Bear, Birch Hill were tracked, Oppedahl's was packed.
Dec 17Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails 10 to 12 inches of new snow. The Teuton Trail was rolled and groomed with tracks. Base is 8-10 inches and bumpy. Conditions are good. The Valkyrie Trail was rolled with a base of around 8 inches. Both parking lots have been plowed this afternoon. Please remember there are no dogs are snowshoeing allowed on groomed trails. Grooming plans: The Valkyrie trail should be groomed and tracks set tomorrow morning.
Dec 16Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today I rolled and tracked Sugarbush Classic, and rolled: Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford. There was about 4-6 inches of new snow. There was about 5" of packed base on Telford, and 6" of packed base on Anchor and Seagull. There were a couple of wet spots on Sugarbush. Hopefully we will be able to finish groom most of the core trails tomorrow.
Dec 15Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Valkyrie and Teuton trails bases have gone from 6 to 7 inches down to 2 to 4 inches. The tracks are still in place and visible. Due to rain and warm temperatures, grooming was not done today. More snow and colder temperatures are needed. The parking lots are very icy.
Dec 12Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today we regroomed the skate lanes of Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster, and Telford.
Dec 12Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails were rolled on Wednesday. The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails have a base of about 6 inches in places. Base depths vary along the trail. The groomer is reporting thin snow coverage on the sections of the trail that go through red pine stands on the Valkyrie Trails. The groomer set track on both trail systems today in anticipation for the predicted warm temperatures with drizzle or rain this weekend. The trail's conditions vary in condition in places from good to excellent. Please remember that snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails. Please see the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations. The annual Forest user pass or daily user fee is required for use of trails and associated facilities.
Dec 10Penokee Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
MellenEli Rosenstein
US Forest Service
 
Attempted to groom today. No tracks were set with groomer, holes in snow and standing water with thin ice. Base 0-2 inches.
Dec 9Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
Today the crew groomed and tracked Jolly Long, and tracked: Sugarbush, Black Bear, Oppedahl's, Birch Hill, and the Jolly Connector. At this point most of the wet spots are gone. Remember logging is still happening on Deerpath and Raven, so please give that equipment plenty of room.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 15Timberland Hills 
Grooming Scheduling 
CumberlandLouis Muench
 
Conditions: Closed/unskiable.
We've lost most of our snow and what's left of the base will become a sheet of ice when it freezes.
Dec 12Timberland Hills 
Firsthand 
CumberlandTimothy Nelson
 
Conditions: Good coverage, good classic track. Half inch of new snow on top of a firm skate deck even with temps above freezing.
Classic skied the outer loop at the end of the day. Used skintecs which were excellent as the softness of the snow was variable. Best classic ski of the season so far. Good tracks good coverage, Well worth the trip from the twins.
Dec 10Spooner City Trails 
Grooming 
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Good to very good, recently tracked and groomed for skating, some bark, leaves, and a couple of undulating sections.
Larry Flynn recently groomed the skate lane and set a new track as the Spooner area received about an inch of new snow earlier in the week. Plenty of skiers, young and old, many from Shell Lake and Spooner have been out enjoying the seven kilometer trail system. The trails are in good shape and with the warmer temps great glide and speed can be achieved. The lights are on each evening until 11.
Dec 10Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Grooming 
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Conditions: Good, with some thin spots.
Trails were recently tracked for striding, there are some thin spots, with some plowed road crossings. Caution, muzzle load season is still on for a few more days as this area does see some hunting.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 14Tower Ridge Ski Area    
Grooming Scheduling 
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
Conditions: Finished for the time being.
The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
Dec 14Lowes Creek County Park    
Grooming Scheduling 
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
Conditions: Finished for the time being.
The snow is gone. Do your snow dance!
Dec 9Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
Eau ClaireBob Schwartz
 
Conditions: Paper thin base. Starting to ice up. Leave your good skis at home.
We are still skiing, but conditions are getting sketchy. The base is very thin and patches of grass and dirt are appearing. Stick to the flats, avoid the hills.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 15Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming Scheduling 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Ski trails closed until further notice (after we get a good amount of new snow); it was great while it lasted!
Dec 11Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand Grooming 
WestboroJim Mohr
 
Conditions: Good snow cover in most places. I would still use my second line skis, but actually I never picked up dirt or rocks. Groomed a couple days ago. I did both skating and striding (with my no wax skis).
This a great near north location for anyone in central Wisconsin. The snow is getting old and the classic tracks more slick, but still worth a trip. The groomers are skiers and making the most of it. The only problems I encountered were near the road and on a few humps in the trail, and with a few more inches of snow the vision of Isaiah 40:4 will be a full reality at Forest Springs.
Dec 9Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
WestboroScott Everson
 
Very good conditions. I groomed all of the skate lanes today. The tracks already look fine; re-grooming there would just mess it up. We have surprisingly decent snow cover, at least for a few more days.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 19Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
The groomers were a busy bunch last night rolling almost all of our trails. We do caution skiers to watch out for the flags that mark rocks on Nekoosa trail. XC Express has a few thin spots but still a great ski.
Dec 18Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
PhelpsKirby Schuller
Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
You could never tell that a warm spell with rain hit Afterglow. Skate deck was perfect on all open trails. Classic tracks the same. Use your best skis with confidence.
Dec 18WinMan Trails    
Firsthand 
WinchesterTom Oestreich
Skate skied this morning. Trails were in great shape and survived the "meltdown". The new snow groomed in nicely and the trails were way better than I thought they would be. " A" skis as long as your careful. The classic tracks have also been reset and in good shape. We then hit the fat bike trails this afternoon and had a blast.
Dec 18Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverGreg Dahl
Conditions: Skating: excellent. Striding: very good.
This trail not only survived the thaw, but is thriving! The skate deck had excellent coverage, no ice, even the usual thin spots under the pines was very good, and just a little soft in a few spots. The track was good, but was thin in spots and fair amount of glazed areas in the bottom of the tracks which made them super fast! Kudos to Tom for an awesome grooming job! This trail is ready to rock n roll. Temp was 24 degrees and sunny - a great day on the trail.
Dec 18Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
The trails were groomed this morning, and ready for skate skiers. With only about a 3 inch base we still cannot set the classic track. The deck is rough in spots and rock skis would certainly be in order.
Dec 17Schlecht Lake 
Grooming 
MinocquaAndrew Teichmiller
 
Trail groomed Wednesday. Bring "B" skis as there are a few semi-exposed spots between lakes and by Lake Tomahawk. Groomed for skating only until next snowfall!
Dec 17WinMan Trails 
Firsthand 
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Conditions: Ski trail was groomed and tracks reset this afternoon. Trails are in good shape.
I skate skied the trails tonight and they were surprisingly good after losing so much snow the last few days. The base held up well and is very firm - pole plants were solid. There are a few weeds poking through in sections that missed getting mowed this fall - but it's really just aesthetics - and there's a section after the snowmobile trail crossing that's bumpy but it's easy to pick a line through it.
Dec 17McNaughton Lake Trail    
Firsthand 
Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Striding: Good, shallow skied in track.
We made our contributions to the skied in track. The track is pretty darn good, good coverage - did not hit anything, and awesome winter wonderland with all the new snow. Another 1-2 inches overnight and today. Even the usually thin areas under the big pines on the way back from the shelter were good. Temp was 22F.
Dec 17Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good for skate, minimal classic track.
Trails had not been groomed after the 2-4 inch snowfall that occurred as temps returned to normal after the big meltdown. I skated Silver Strider, XC Xpress, Sleigh Ride and Nepcos Cruise. There were very few places where the base was lost, mostly on the west end of XC Xpress. Just about everywhere else I went the skiing was quite nice. Used rock skis today but only hit ground in those previously mentioned thin areas. Should be easier to spot once groomed.
Dec 17Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. Tracks and skate lane both have full coverage. Some surface debris in a few stretches.
Entire trail was groomed this morning.
Dec 17Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Poor conditions after warm weather, need more snow before grooming.
Dec 17Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Very good. Smooth skate lane. Deep classic tracks. 4" new. We will reopen at noon on Thursday Dec 18.
Closing our trail system when the snow was soft is one of the reasons why we survived the melt so well. Pushing a leaf blower twice (left and right side) through our entire trail system keeps the trail surface dry, and results in less water soaking through to the trail surface. Reason #2 also makes my legs strong. Trails have been groomed twice now (last night until 2am, and again this morning, since the melt). Classic tracks have been reset with only a spot or two of grass showing through. Skate lanes are amazingly smooth and even. Trails have been groomed 17 times this season.
Dec 17Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: The bases survived the rain! Most trails are skiing very nicely. Some good snow overnight, but it wasn't cold enough to groom. The high school racers skied-in some nice skate decks on Base Loop and Tornado Alley. Rock skis are in vogue again, just to be safe. Look out for icy patches on Creek Trail and XC Express.
If our trail inspectors find good skiing, we'll wait until Thursday night to groom again.
Dec 16Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Skiable. Almost an inch of new, dry snow on top of a variable crust. Tracks are present but poorly defined due to the recent warm temps and rain. Blue Extra provided good kick and super glide.
Grooming plans: Some remedial grooming will be attempted tomorrow.
Dec 16McNaughton Lake Trail    
Firsthand 
Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Skating: fair, striding: fair, shallow skied in track.
The trail survived the big thaw. There was 1-2 inches of snow upon a frozen deck. The trail was very bumpy and uneven with stretches of good coverage, thin areas north and east side of the lake, and one big wet area on the west side of the lake. The trail is skiable, but rock skis for sure. The temp was 24 degrees.
Dec 16Escanaba Trail  
Grooming Scheduling 
Boulder JunctionTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
Dec 16Raven Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
Dec 16Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
Arbor VitaeTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
Dec 16McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve. New reports will be sent out as grooming occurs.
Dec 16Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Most of the base held 1"-4" with 1"+ fresh snow.
Not all trails have been evaluated, so ski at your own risk.
Dec 15Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming 
SaynerWill Maines
 
Conditions: Like everyone else the meltdown has hit us hard. Grooming is suspended until we get sufficient new snow. When the freeze hits tomorrow expect ice rink like conditions on the trails.
I last skied Saturday when conditions were still fairly good though beginning to deteriorate. Tracks are still present as of today, but if it were me I'd stay off the trails until things get better.
Dec 15Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
All trails will be closed for Monday, December 15. We are preserving our 2"-5" base for a high school race on Tuesday and public skiing once the temps drop back below freezing. Think snow!
Dec 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Firm crusts atop mush, easily punchable if you don't ski with a light touch. Still lots of decent stretches of trail, but also debris areas and isolated ice and dirt spots.
We encourage striding until we get colder temps and more snow.
Dec 13Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
MinocquaGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Skating: Fair, soft, slow deck. Striding: Good spring conditions.
Arrived at Winter Park at 8:45 and temp was already 34 degrees. We attempted to skate but the deck was already painfully slow, sticky, with lots of suctions (I had high fluoro rex purple with 5 mm rill too). We quit after 4 km and decided to tour Lake Marie with our no wax classical skis. The striding track was good, a little slow too, organic debris here and there. The skating deck had mostly good coverage with thin spots here and there. The parking lot was full, chalet was packed, but we saw only 2 other skiers on our Lake Marie ski. Left at 12:30 with temp 39F and skating deck was getting soft.
Dec 13Madeline Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
Arbor VitaeJim Gantz
 
Conditions: Good considering the warm temperatures.
I began skiing around 8:30am with temperature around 34 degrees. The trail was fairly firm but quite slow. Be careful on the downhill stretches as there are spots that will bring you to a stop abruptly. My no-wax skis worked perfectly for the conditions.
Dec 13Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Trails are above average this morning with isolated thin spots and dirt. Good skis are still OK, but bring your B skis just in case. The old-school single track Wilderness Trails will be closed this weekend to preserve the snow base.
Happy Demo Day! Atomic, Salomon, & Fischer will be here with their skis and boots all day. The Wisconsin Trailblazers will teach Skijoring, too!
Dec 12Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming Scheduling 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Excellent. Skate and Classic.
Grooming plans: I will groom the trails tonight and see what the weatherman brings us for the weekend. Made the mistake of believing the forecast and announced the trails will be closed Saturday through Monday. It was much cooler than predicted today and now they have dropped the predicted high for tomorrow to 37F. From now on I will not close the trails that far in advance. We will be open till at least noon tomorrow. We are still planning to be closed Sunday and Monday. But stay tuned because the weatherman may change his tune again.
Dec 12Schlecht Lake 
Grooming 
MinocquaAndrew Teichmiller
 
Conditions: Trail is in very good shape. Watch as warmer weather could expose thin spots in some areas. Lighted skaters loop is looking great!
All trails groomed for skating. Classic tracks set. Lights come on our lighted loop at dusk until 9:30 pm. Please donate to the trail fund.
Dec 12Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Still have "A" skis conditions, but "B" skis are suggested for trails rated 3 and lower. We'll groom very, very early each morning. Come Ski us today, and join us tomorrow for Demo Day!
Dec 11Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKen Schoville
 
Conditions: Well tilled, aged snow, with some organic debris.
The skate deck was firm at 23F, with tracks hard packed and PB massaged into Germanic precision. A ripping good time for both techniques, and while not everything is open, well worth a trip if in the neighborhood. Weekend Thaw seems manageable with lots of overcast and some moisture abounding to make the Demo a solid "Go". Stay tuned for the Post Weekend outcome, but it looks favorable at this time.
Dec 11Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaKirby Schuller
 
Conditions: Excellent, skate and classic.
Most open segments had been given a fresh set of courderoy and were super fast this morning. Just a whole lot of fun.
Dec 11Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Fair with 4" base needs more snow and I need to rake to level areas.
Butternut, roller coaster, tom's hill and pat shay all groomed and most tracked. Some bumps expect it should set well with low temps tonight.
Dec 10Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming Scheduling 
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Conditions: Excellent skate and classic.
Fat biking the ski trails and snowshoe trails a ton recently. Some of the way out snowshoe trails are still too soft for lack of traffic. All skate lanes are very firm and fast. We have a fantastic base and want to keep it that way. With the warm weather on the way we are planning to be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Closing will ensure that we will have the best possible conditions after the melt. Trails have been groomed 14 times this season.
Dec 10Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaCharlie Dee
 
Conditions: Mostly very good to excellent with some exceptions.
Throwback to 80's: great early December snow at MWP. Trails over marshes like River Run not open yet, only first half of Lake Marie open, but many of the rest are in great shape with firm classic tracks and great skate surface. Exceptions are sections under pines where surface is pretty thin.
Dec 10Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
Eagle RiverMike Olkowski
 
Conditions: Freshly groomed and tracked, excellent condition.
Skate deck firmed up nicely since last week. Tracks looked superb. Hope the warm weather does not have a negative effect on the base. Been nice getting good miles in early this year!
Dec 10Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Good condition, about 8-10 inches of snow on the ground in the woods. Warmer weather predicted so next few days should be prime.
Not much new snow in last week and still hit no ground while out tracking. Older snow means plenty of animal tracks. I saw deer otter beaver, fox, grouse, coyote and Fisher tracks while grooming today.
Dec 10Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions: Fair 4" base should set well tonight need to set a better base next couple runs. Went over twice today.
All trails are groomed and tracked, rakes were not working so sorry some mounds. Grooming plans: Will rake and re-groom when fixed, plan on grooming butternut and Pat Shay on Nicolet North portion tomorrow.
Dec 10McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: Skaters loop leveled and groomed. Fair to good conditions. All other loops leveled and groomed. Good conditions.
I had some issues with the groomer when grooming the skaters loop which left a "rut" in the snow in some areas. I repaired as best as I could and should not hamper skiing much. Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
Dec 9Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: 20km+ of excellent trails, 40km+ of very good trails, and the rest range from spotty to closed. Silky-fast skating on the Western hills Tuesday night, and the weather was good to our snowpack overnight.
Still have "A" skis conditions, but "B" skis are suggested for trails rated 3 and lower. We'll groom very, very early each morning and make things nice for Demo Day this weekend!
Dec 9Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
MinocquaGreg Dahl
 
Conditions: Skating: good to excellent.
Temp at 1030 was 24 degrees and was 24 degrees when I left at 2:00. The colder temps and groomed trails made skating excellent. About 15 km of the inner trails were groomed. The ungroomed trails skied way better today with the older temps. The classical track was excellent as well!
Dec 9Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
 
Conditions: Very good. The skate lane and classic tracks were groomed again at 3:00PM today.
The half inch of new snow was insufficient to cover all leaf and pine needle debris. Still, most of the trail is in good shape. Better take advantage of the next few days!
Dec 9Raven Trails 
Grooming 
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: All loops leveled and tracked. Good conditions.
Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
Dec 9Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
Arbor VitaeTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Conditions: All loops leveled and tracked. Good conditions.
Be aware that conditions on the trails can change rapidly. Warmer weather is forecasted. We will groom the trails as conditions permit.
Dec 9Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Grooming Scheduling 
MinocquaTim Collins
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
 
Conditions: Base Loop, Nepco's, Nose Dive, Silver Strider and XC Express were groomed this morning. Some of the trails do have thin spots so please use caution.
Come out for MWP Demo Day this Saturday December, 13th.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 13Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaDiane Gustin
 
Conditions: Slow melting conditions.
Got to trails at 10:00 AM 38 degree. Slow skating with areas of exposed dirt and grass. They were closing the trails when I left. Hopefully we do not get the rain tomorrow.
Dec 11Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaRandy Lueth
 
Trails were in good condition Thursday afternoon. Green loop has complete coverage of skate deck and is in great shape. Blue loop had some thin spots on climbs and downhills. You may want to use your 'B' skis for the first lap to check out the coverage. Beautiful blue wax day!
Dec 9Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
IolaAl Zinzindorf
 
Conditions: Very nice, groomed on Tuesday with tracks set.
A couple of inches of new snow on Monday made all the difference. Lots of High School and Middle School kids out on the trails. Skate lanes were great and the tracks were fast with some icing in the bottom.
Dec 9Iola Winter Sports Club Trails    
Firsthand 
IolaScott Frazier
 
Conditions: Skating loops good conditions.
What a different 2 new inches of snow makes! Skated both the Green and Blue and found the trail conditions and snow cover much better than last week. Classic tracks were set and from I could tell, the Green seemed better as I noticed some thin spots on the Blue. Maybe B skis for classic.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 17Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming Scheduling 
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Conditions: Poor -- due to recent high temps and rain, trails are not packed or groomed.
Recent temperatures in the 40's and rain have washed away the ski trails. New snow will be required to start the trails over again.
Dec 13Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayAl Zinzindorf
 
Conditions: Warm, a little sticky, no tracks set, skate lanes were soft and uneven but skiable (b skis).
Arrived at 8:00 AM to find 21 cars in the parking lot. Good to see the real experts (UWGB) and the high school kids out early. Left around 10:00 to find a very full parking lot with probably over 100 Middle School kids. Use your B skis, go early or late. Maples is thin in spots.
Dec 13Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
Conditions: Slow, sticky snow in 35 degrees temps, 7 am.
Coverage held up this morning for a better than expected skate outing. Great to see the UWGB Nordic Team taking time away from final exams for a little exercise.
Dec 11Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
Conditions: Good conditions, very skateable, full coverage, very little debris (except on far reaches of Maples).
Skated Maples and Birches late in the afternoon, 28 degrees. Very enjoyable. Let's hope the projected warm weather never materializes.
Dec 10Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayScott Putman
 
Conditions: 25F, somewhat transformed powder. Variety of grooming ages. Quite nice for skate. To thin to track.
All trails rolled on Monday morning. Additional grooming with a drag on Tuesday and today. Quite thin, B skis ok. Overall best ski at the camp this year. Both afternoons this coming weekend and probably all Monday will be too soft the ski, save you bases and the trail base and ski real early or go ride you road bike! Wait till things refreeze!
Dec 10Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayMike Athanas
 
Conditions: Good. Had been groomed since I skied on Saturday, but not today. Good snow cover mixed grooming. Looked like they were doing some grooming before I left.
Good snow cover, could probably use good skis. Am confused because the Brown county web site listed the trail as closed due to warm weather. Grooming was mixed, but were doing some grooming before I left.
Dec 9Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
Green BayBrian Gustin
 
Conditions: Good, slight crust on top but still slightly soft below. No need for B skis.
New snow was rolled, filling in many of the low areas. Skied mid-afternoon and there was still a crust. No classic tracks yet but conditions were very good. Go out and ski before the weekend warm up!
Dec 9Navarino Wildlife Area 
Grooming 
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Conditions: Packed, not tracked as not enough snow.
12 miles of trails were packed today. Some oak leaves and wildlife footprints.

Other locations
Dec 18Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
Conditions: Fair to good, 3-4 inch base.
Groomed and tracked. Lauterman and Porky loops fair to good, Chipmunk run poor to fair.
Dec 17Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodFred Axelrod
 
Conditions: 1" fresh snow over boilerplate and significant bare areas.
Poor to fair. I wouldn't travel far to ski Lakewood until we get a little more snow.
Dec 17Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Conditions were good after grooming last Thursday until the warmer weather came. Grooming plans: Larry is going to attempt grooming tomorrow.
Dec 13Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodJim Beno
 
Conditions: Packed base, good early season skating.
Skated from old 32 parking lot to North end. Trail is well covered and the base was firm early getting a little soft later in the morning. No tracks are set. Lets hope it can withstand this warm up...
Dec 12Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Firsthand 
FlorenceDan Hinch
 
Conditions: Good conditions.
Skied the Chipmunk and Little Porky Loop and it was great. A little thin near the Pine River where the springs come out of the ridge but a little snow will take care of that.
Dec 10Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodSteve Goddard
 
Conditions: Fresh groom over hard pack, excellent!
Total awesome trails today for skate, could have skied all day! Fresh groom and firm.... Thank you Fred! Will be back soon... Happy happy.
Dec 10Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
LakewoodJohn Buscher
 
Fantastic ski condition today after grooming yesterday, keep up great job.
Dec 10Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Conditions: Fair to good 9 inches of snow.
Grooming plans: I will be grooming on Thursday.
Dec 9Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Grooming 
LakewoodFred Axelrod
 
Conditions: 2" of fresh snow.
The trail was dragged with the Tidd Tech today. No tracks set. Each time the trail gets smoother.

Wisconsin Southeast

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 18Lapham Peak    
Firsthand 
DelafieldTheo Abrahamson
Fresh groomed after rain/meltdown. New snow whales forming beside manmade loops. Skiing was remarkably good considering last weeks weather. Some dirt/sticks and stones were churned into snow in some areas so we used rock/C skis (but didn't hit anything!) Bullet fast with great control except in two spots where snow making blew onto trail (careful, cause you go from screaming fast to air breaks in an instant!) Best XC skiing within 3 hours drive! Thanks again to groomers and snowmakers (buy a XC Tree Ornament and support effort!).
Dec 17Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldJohn McCarthy
 
Conditions: Wednesday night - Snowmaking Loops -- Ground-up ice, suitable for skating, very fast. Nice where it had a chance to set-up, but rutted otherwise from skiing too soon after the grooming.
The manmade snow from November survived the recent warm weather and rain, and has been tilled and re-distributed to provide full coverage on the entire snowmaking loop. Still a bit chunky, and no track set yet. A snowgun was just starting to make new snow as I left.
Dec 15Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldCheri Carr
 
The skaters seemed to be doing ok, but striding I skied two miles and gave up. It was too rough, patchy, dirty and icy. At least there is cold weather ahead for snowmaking! Thank you Lapham for providing somewhere to ski in this snowless landscape.
Dec 14Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldMike Bentley
 
Skied this morning 8:30-9:30. Trails were icy and rutted with a fair amount of dirt and pine needles on it. Hard to get an edge in the snow. It's better than no skiing, but I'd take the rock skis.
Dec 12Lapham Peak    
Firsthand 
DelafieldDon Howell
 
Conditions: The 12" base groomed 1.1k man-made ski was very fast for skating with good edging even at 35 degrees at 12:30pm under cloudy skis. The tracks appeared to be good for those who were striding.
It forecast to get down to 29 degrees tonight and still should be ok at 10am for the high school races which is forecast to be 37 degrees and still cloudy.
Dec 11Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldTheo Abrahamson
 
Man-made on top snow loop was groomed yesterday. We skated from 9 to 11 am and there was enough loose snow for excellent control as well as a hard deep base that was bullet fast. Pretzel double loop = 2km. Great for skaters! Didn't see any striders that early, but there were tracks, most good but some areas were getting a bit thin and a little icy. Thanks to snow makers and snow groomers. Help support lapham peak snow making!
Dec 10Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
DelafieldDon Howell
 
Conditions: At noon and 28 degrees, the manmade loops were very fast and a little icy but was good for skating. The complete loop with the hill is 1.1k and the loop without the hill is 1k.
The manmade base is about 12 inches and should be able to provide good skiing when temperatures are below freezing the night before.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 18ABR    
Grooming 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
Trails today had super reviews, firm cold dry powder, flat and smooth. We have 5-6 groomers out pretty steady since the 10 inches of new snow getting the trails back in tip top shape. Much of today was spent patching the Highlands up from the thaw and flooding of the Montreal River. The groomers spent some serious calories patching and regrooming today. We hope to have the Highlands added into the mix for Friday or at the latest Saturday. We are skiing 40k of excellent trail conditions.
Dec 18Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodDuane Johnson
Conditions: Good for skating, great for striding.
Lots of snow; 8-10" over the last few days. Well groomed, but still a little soft in places. I skated all the trails early afternoon. Great woodland trails and great to be out. Perfect conditions for classic skiers.
Dec 18Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard-Polich
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
Conditions: All trails freshly groomed and track set today. A bit soft after 10" of fresh light snow finished falling last night. Volunteer groomers will groom again Friday.
Novice trail had a few uneven tracks. Every tree was fully draped with fluffy snow and was like a postcard.
Dec 17ABR    
Grooming 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We are back to excellent skiing with the cold temps and the 8-10 inches of new snow! We are grooming 55k and skiing about 40k today. We hope to be skiing all 70k by the weekend. The warm temps put a lot of water in the Montreal River that is our western boundary. When the river floods it makes slush in a few areas such as Sulos Loop, the Highlands entrance and a 4 foot stretch of Jack Pine. The Highlands entrance is freezing tonight, we packed the Highlands today and it is is great shape other than the entrance. The Sulos section and Jack pine should be frozen by Friday. We are skiing on 40k today that is in excellent shape and can be skied with your best race skis (12 inches of base). He hope to have another 30k open for the weekend!
Dec 16ABR    
Firsthand 
IronwoodSue Schreoeder
 
Conditions: Great ski conditions still available.
Despite the melt down and rain, there are good ski conditions in Ironwood. With ~100 inches of snow before the warm up, and new snow falling, there is still a deep base so you can safely use good skis. Today, trails had been regroomed early and there was already several inches of new snow on the deck, with snow falling. The melt and rain has lead to flooding in low areas so Sulo's loop and the outer loops accessed by it have not been re groomed.
Dec 16ABR 
Grooming 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Second shift groomers are just coming in and the trail is looking pristine. We are now grooming and skiing 30 k of trails and we will continue grooming and freezing the other 40 k of lower loops by the river Wednesday. The base is very thick, just a few wet areas and we can get all 70 k open again.
Dec 16ABR 
Firsthand 
IronwoodCharlie Dee
 
Conditions: Good.
Trails are back in good shape and getting better as Eric was starting to groom when I left at 4:45 pm. Skating was quite good but slow due to 2-3 inches of new stuff on top of the deck, the same stuff that made the setting gorgeous. I used race skis with no issues. River is very high, so Sulo's trail is closed as well as other trails over marshy area.
Dec 16Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodPhil Strong
 
Conditions: Great, normal Ironwood snowstorm skiing.
Classic skied Cliffs, Powderhorn, Three sisters, and back on Wolverine loops. New snow and minor drifting. Was great to get out after seeing the rain yesterday. 100% powder over firm deck.
Dec 16ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Trails are open again on Tuesday at 9 AM. It is 24 degrees and we have received 2-3 inches of snow so far as it continues to snow lightly. The groomers are out. So far we have 18 k groomed for skating and 24 km trackset. The trails groomed and open have a 8-12 inch base and no bare spots. We will groom more as the wet areas freeze up and the river level goes down.
Dec 14ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We are closing Monday for the day to let the temps cool down and will resume grooming and skiing Tuesday at 9 AM. We still have plenty of snow but are going to close for Monday since the skiing will not be the safe and top notch conditions we are used to here at ABR.
Dec 13ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Conditions: The trails are holding up fine and skating was staying firm with today's warm up. We still have over a foot of snow pack on the trails. We will groom in the early morning hours and be open at 9 AM Sunday for skiing.
Demo Days and wax clinics Sunday 10-3. Demo skis and boots from the major equipment companies: Fischer, Salomon, Atomic Alpina, Swix, Toko Fastwax and Yoko on Sunday at ABR. 11:00 Toko wax clinic and 1:00 Fast Wax Clinic.
Dec 10Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodMike Menzel
 
Conditions: Absolutely fabulous.
Skied Wolverine on Wednesday and it was awesome. Beautifully groomed by a very friendly volunteer staff. Trees were flocked in white and the temp was near perfect. Place has a great mix of easy to difficult trails.
Dec 10ABR 
Firsthand Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Conditions: Super nice ski conditions, I skied with the Clydesdales tonight on extra blue. Cold dry powder with firm tracks and pole plants, smooth as silk.
Demo Days Sunday at ABR Trails with Alpina, Atomic, Fastwax, Fischer, Salomon, Swix, Toko, Yoko. Wax Clinics at 11 and 1 PM. Demo equipment from 10-2 PM.
Dec 10Wolverine Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
IronwoodJonathon Rulseh
 
Conditions: Excellent striding and skating. Tracks were firm, and clean. Skate lane was firm, flat, and free of ruts. A dusting of snow over the past couple days, and fresh grooming got rid of all debris.
Hard to stay indoors on a day like today! Spectacular sun and frosty trees. Thanks for the great trails!
Dec 10Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
IronwoodDeborah Leonard-Polich
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
 
All trails Piston bully groomed yesterday and today the skate lane groomed to perfection.
Dec 10Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
IronwoodCarol Markham-Cousins
 
Conditions: Excellent skating.
Tremendous grooming, beautiful frost on the trees, perfect conditions and friendliest staff. Well worth the drive up from anywhere.
Dec 9ABR 
Grooming Scheduling 
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
Just coming in from grooming with the Pisten Bully and the trails are looking awesome. We groomed 20 km of trail tonight and groomed (and trackset) 51 km this morning after an inch of snow overnight and it looks like we got another inch during the day. We are heading back out early morning to complete the trails to the south. We have been grooming daily 30-50 km and the snow conditions have been super! Clydesdales night starts Wednesday at 4 PM! Demo Days and Toko and Fast Wax Clinics Sunday December 14th 10 AM-3.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 18Noquemanon Trail    
Firsthand 
MarquetteLaurie Weesen
Conditions: The new snow groomed very well. All trails in superb condition.
The skiing was magical with perfect conditions, sunshine and no wind. Everyone was in a very merry mood.
Dec 18Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteKirby Juntila
Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
I classic skied from Forestville trailhead to 18k point. The post thaw 7 inch snowfall has been groomed out and the skiing is fantastic! It's going to be a great weekend of skiing! We've had the best December skiing in Marquette in the last 25 years!
Dec 18Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Conditions: Skiers will find fresh grooming on Animoosh, Chiwagi (hill by-pass), Mukwa and the Noque' all the way to Co. Rd. 510 including the pine plantation loop.
Many sections were groomed with at least 3 passes with the Ginzu. Some of the wide section received 4 passes. The goal of multiple passes is to push out the air and add width. The classic tracks set up very nicely and the corduroy did lay out very well as the snow had just the right moisture content. The Ginzu rarely yields the mesmerizing perfection of Bombi grooming but it was very good last night.
Dec 16Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
 
Forestville: Groomers are out this morning grooming all the way to Co Rd 510 plus Animoosh and Chiwagi via the bypass.
Dec 13Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteGail Staisil
 
Conditions: Excellent for skating and classic.
Keeps getting better. Yesterday skied between 510 and Forestville. Today both Wagi(s)and Noque..Awesome skiing!
Dec 12Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteKirby Juntila
 
Conditions: Excellent trail conditions!
Yesterday I skied from Forestville to the 510 trailhead. The trail was freshly groomed and I had "First tracks". Sunny and no wind! Great ski! Today I skied up to 17k thru Bawagji and Chiwaji again first tracks! It was a Magic Carpet of corderoy! Great job groomers!
Dec 12Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
 
Forestville: Last night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque' to pine plantation and Mukwa. This morning before first milking, groomers ran down to the Tourist Park and the Wagis.
Dec 12Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingDan Rabine
 
Our entire trail system is now opened and groomed. 75% of the system is in excellent shape with the classic track being in excellent shape over the entire system. Skate lanes on G and W, Y are good but still a work in progress. A bit more snow and another grooming should find them in excellent shape as well.
Dec 11Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
Conditions: 12" minimum base, entire system now open.
Worked on the G loop and I this morning and the skate lane is fair but the classic tracks are very very good. The entire system is now open and groomed and overall the skiing is excellent! Get out and Enjoy! before it gets warm.
Dec 10Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
 
Forestville: Wednesday night groomers were out on Animoosh, Noque to pine plantation and Chiwagi via the hill by pass.
Dec 10Valley Spur 
Grooming 
MunisingJohn Gierke
 
Conditions: We have a great base, so any mild weather this weekend will only help us. A nice turnout of skiers Wednesday from Green Bay, Ada, Holland, Roscommon, T.C., Esky, Rapid River and Carney.
The drier air Tuesday night allowed skate lanes to firm up. Classic tracks are very good. Dan just opened G(our big hills) Monday, but it still needs work.
Dec 10Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand 
MarquetteLaurie Weesen
 
Conditions: All trails from CR 510 to the Tourist Park (21K) and inner loops groomed to perfection for skate and classic.
Conditions were perfect with regard to the mild temperature and the great grooming. The sun came out to put the added "cherry on top".
Dec 10Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
MarquetteNikki Dewald
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
 
Entire Noque course is open from 510 down to Tourist Park! Ginzu grooming can bring trails to near race ready conditions given the proper set of circumstances. For example, too much snow and trails are soft if only Ginzu groomed. When there is no fresh snow the teeth of a Ginzu are not nearly as good as power tilling with a Bombi type machine. So, the ideal situation is a little new snow on a hard and wide trail. We had that situation Tuesday night and groomed all trails. Track set where possible. Skiers near the tourist park will note significant foot traffic and track setting is problematic.

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Dec 18Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
CalumetCynthia MacDonald
Excellent conditions. About 10 inches of new snow this week. All trails tilled and tracked. Weekend skiing should be very good.
Dec 11Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetLarry Dobberstein
 
Conditions: Classic = excellent, skate = excellent.
It was overcast all day here. I think today's high was 27F. Everything here is in excellent condition. It was foggy off and on the whole day with very light snow at times. The skate lane was re-groomed last night. The tracks are in wonderful condition everywhere. The snowshoe trail here is also very nice and well marked. If you have never skied here add this place to your ski wish list. It's a great place.
Dec 9Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
CalumetLarry Dobberstein
 
Conditions: Skate = excellent, tracks = excellent.
WoW! The ski conditions here today were just fantastic. The tracks were perfect throughout the entire system as was the skate lane. The tracks are lifted on downhills as needed for control. The trees are still all covered with snow. They also have lights here to ski at night. System is very well marked and the chalet is open every day. I'll be back there tomorrow for sure.

Other locations
Dec 19Land O' Lakes Trail 
Firsthand 
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
Conditions: Deep firm tracks and great poling on the west side trails. East side trail has mostly full depth tracks but are shallower in a few places. There is a fair amount of pine needle litter on the most easterly section of the east side trails.
We survived the mid-December thaw and retained a few inches of base. Coupled with the 4+ inches of snow we got after that thaw, conditions are great.
Dec 18Iron Mountain City Park 
Firsthand 
Iron MountainBill Brown
Conditions: Excellent, trails had been recently groomed for both skate and classic.
All the loops are open and in good shape. Lights came on at 4:30. Lots of deer on the trails!
Dec 9Ge-Che Trail    
Grooming Scheduling 
Iron RiverDustin Johnson
 
Trail groomed flat Tuesday. Tracks will be laid after the next snowfall. Portions of the trail near Bennan Lake will be closed for the 2014-15 season due to logging activity on the Ottawa National Forest (see photo attached).

United States
Dec 15Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center    
Grooming 
Granby, COStephen Lee
 
Conditions: Trail conditions are very good, trending toward excellent.
We did get around 9 inches of new snow over last weekend, and our groomers have been out rolling and then setting tracks in the new snow.The trails should set-up nicely with the colder night-time temps we have been experiencing(around zero).

International
Dec 12Livigno Ski Venue    
Firsthand 
Livigno, ItalyAhvo Taipale
 
Beautiful day -10 C in the morning +2 C in the afternoon. Took a trip to Livigno, Italy. Lots of mountain passes and tunnels and car ride on train through 18 km tunnel to Italy. Skied in Livigno for 1.5 hours.


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