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|Minnesota Metro Area |
|May 2||Afton State Park ||Afton||Sam Seltz|
|Conditions: Best. May. Skiing. Ever.|
6" Or so of new snow at the state park, and I wasn't even the first one out. I'd recommend staying on the upland portions, since the river bottoms were slush. Take klister, which you may need to reapply. The good news is that you can practically walk up most hills. The bad news is that you may die if you try to downhill in the woods, navigating and turning being very difficult. If you can get out before this late spring gift melts soon, do it! After all, would you rather be remembered by your kids as having griped and whined about the weather this spring, or remembered by your grandkids as having skied in Minnesota in May?
|Apr 26||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Ed Neaton|
|85% grass, mud, leaves, BUT about 1200 meters out on the West side loop there was a nice little ribbon (180 meters long) of snow that I skied back and fourth until I got one last kilometer in for the season. KR70 klister works great at 70 degrees...who knew?|
|Apr 26||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Mark Lahtinen|
|Goodbye to a surprisingly good ski season. One could string together a ski today at Elm Creek but it was 60+. Until next winter.|
|Apr 24||Hyland Lake Park Reserve ||Bloomington||Sue Schroeder|
|Conditions: Good crust skiing.|
Made the call to go to Hyland for the "final" ski of the year. Wondered if they would have the fence locked, but no, it was open. The crust was nice and firm between 8 and 9:45. The motorized vehicles had rutted up much of the flats, but the hills were smooth and crusted for good skiing. I guess I'll put storage wax on the remaining skis, although it would be tempting to drive north for a first-ever May ski.
|Apr 24||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Kathleen Miller|
|Skated the man-made loop this morning. There were about half a dozen of us making the rounds. It was a beautiful blue sky with the sun already pretty high at 8 a.m. The crust skiing was good on almost all of the trail except the downhill on the donut loop was pretty rutted and a little treacherous. The far donut was the best with the little lesson area in the middle you could do some fast figure 8's. By far the most fun though was skiing the tubing/snowboarding area. Only one other skier had been down it so the crust was really smooth. I had a blast skiing a bunch of times up to the top of the tubing hill and then down again. I'm amazed that I was able to get in a real ski on April 24. Most years I would consider myself very lucky to be skiing on March 24! Enjoy - and now I think it is time for storage wax and a switch to roller skis.|
|Apr 24||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dave Anderson|
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
|Closed for the season! Unfortunately it looks like it might stick this time. Thanks for enjoying Woodlands with us this year. Also, thanks again for the donations. Your donations all go back to the park and allow us to provide the great ski venue that Woodlands has become. Your thanks both in the form of postings and verbal while at the park ignites the passion of the Trail Crew to provide the best skiing possible as long as there is snow to work with.|
Along with this inevitable bad news, we have a little exciting news coming from the Grooming Cave this spring. For the first time ever, we are going to bestow the highest award that any groomer can receive and that is to retire the handle of the now legendary Taxi. It will be hanging over the gas cans in the Grooming Cave should anyone want to stop to see it. Don’t get too worried about him however. As the new self-appointed Director of Public Relations for Woodlands he has already earned a new one. Enjoy!
|Apr 24||Weber Park ||Edina||Leslie Hale|
|Conditions: Last ribbon of north facing snow.|
Found a strip of skiable snow just to say I made it to April 24 in the metro. I skied an astounding solid 5 months this yea r- this was only possible thanks to the amazing groomers at Elk River, Wirth, and Elm Creek who got us on snow early, stuck with it for weeks after the Birkie, and really earned their standing ovation the past 2 weeks at Elk River. Bravo!
|Apr 24||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Bill Oyler|
|Conditions: With the overnight below-freezing temps, crust skiing was good and fast this early morning. Several other skiers out enjoying the morning ski.|
I know I sound like a broken record but I do believe April 24th is the end of a great season at Wirth.
|Apr 23||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||John Hoch|
|Conditions: Slushy and fading fast.|
Did two very high resistance laps around the snowmaking loop at high noon. The snow was visibly melting as I skied. Unless the overnight lows freeze the crust again the season at Wirth is pretty much done. I already did my last ski of this season a couple times so I'm calling this the first ski of next season. Break out the rollerskis folks.
|Apr 23||Battle Creek Regional Park East ||Maplewood||Ray Johnston|
|Conditions: Ducks, frogs, water crossing and snow.|
Full coverage, with melting chunks of snow falling off the trees. Great spring skiing in fresh snow at noon. The sun was really melting the snow. The water level was rising fast, as you can see a portage was necessary. I think the time has come to pull the bike out...
|Apr 23||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||David Christopherson|
|Dave Anderson thinks it was only the "desperate" that were out there today, but this wasn't good-for-April skiing, this was really good skiing, period. Fairly dry and fast snow, groomed nice and smooth -- the kind of conditions that make you think your technique is really good. Plus, it was just gorgeous -- blue sky and lots of sun sparkling on the fluffy new snow covering the trail and decorating all the trees. Magical.|
|Apr 23||Tamarack Nature Center ||White Bear Township||Dave Puskala|
|Much of the snow hadn't transformed so skiing was pretty good. Some bare spots in the sun near trees caused problems. In the woods is was beautiful. First and last time out with fish-scales this year.|
|Apr 23||Lebanon Hills Regional Park ||Eagan||Jim Luby|
|Conditions: 2 to 8 inches of amazingly cold, powdery snow depending on the aspect and how warm the ground was during last night's snow. Lots of branches and trees down on the trail but I could still get around them (and the thin patches) this morning for a 2 hour ski without removing skis.|
Enjoy your last ski of the season I told myself for about the 8th time since mid March. Good coverage this morning and there should be skiable stretches in the woods through today and perhaps tomorrow morning.
|Apr 23||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Brad Johnson|
|Conditions: Decent to start with, but soft and slow before 11am. Had to cut classic tracks for a good section of Valley.|
After watching the late spring ski reports here with jealously (I was unable to ski first due to injury and then work schedule), opportunity finally knocked. I was so excited I forgot my HRM strap, my MP3 player, my water bottle belt, and worst of all I grabbed my wife's poles instead of my own. Armed with poles 12" too short, I set out and was surprised to be cutting tracks at 9am, but did so on a good portion of Valley. The crevasses adjacent to the bottom of the sledding hill held up, but the little hill under the Chalet bridge was turning into the flume ride by 10am or so. Someone ventured off toward Northern Lights off the bottom of the donut hill, but I saw tracks coming back up. After a couple of passes on Valley, and being joined by a few other skiers, speed improved, but by the end it was getting soft and slow. It would appear this could be the last day for skiing here, but I'm guessing those words have been uttered a number of times this year already...
|Apr 23||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Ji Chen|
|Conditions: 4-8 inches of fresh snow overnight but melting fast under the sun.|
Perfect condition for classic in a pristine environment early in the morning. A great place to appreciate nature's beauty. A few fallen large branches blocking the green trail in the east.
|Apr 23||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dave Anderson|
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
|Plenty good. After missing last Saturday's "it's all about skiing" celebration at Woodlands, I was very happy to see a little fresh snow falling when I got home late last evening. I was even happier when I started my just before sun up ski this morning on a freshly rolled 6k. Five of the also desperate arrived shortly after I did. This was a fitting end to a great ski season (the forth end so far). Unfortunately by the time you read this posting, continuous skiing at Woodlands will be over. We enjoyed it for 110 days.|
|Apr 23||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Seth Lindenfelser|
|Conditions: Slow and soft. There was more exposed earth than I expected, but still very skiable.|
Skied the SE quadrant of trails at 11am and I appeared to be the 3rd or 4th skier of the day.
|Apr 23||Hiawatha Golf Course ||Minneapolis||Charlie Casserly|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, not too sloppy.|
It was as if I was skiing in a snow globe this morning. The conditions were just gorgeous, April or not. I skied the trail thanks to the pink flags and made my own classic tracks. Waxing my waxless skis actually helped with the sticky snow.
|Apr 23||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Bill Lundberg|
|Conditions: Around 4" of new snow, a little slow and sticky.|
I got out early this morning for a last hurrah to the ski season! With all the snow on the trees, it was a beautiful late spring ski at Wirth. What a season!
|Apr 23||Gateway State Trail ||Mahtomedi||Scott Bennett|
|Last time skiing today (I have said that before 4 times in the last month). Some of the snow was melting the tracks on my on return trip so the sun is taking care of the melting the 4 inches we had last night fast. |
|Apr 23||University of Minnesota Golf Course ||Falcon Heights||Roy Vosberg|
|Conditions: New ungroomed snow. Skier set tracks.|
3" inches fresh snow. Thin layer of dry powder on top of wet skicky snow with hidden slush in a few spots. Had skate skies and double polled the skier set tracks for awhile, then skated back and forth in a thinner area by the parking lot. I am now 2 months farther ahead on my Birkie training than I was last year at this time.
|Apr 23||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dave Anderson|
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
|3 new inches. Rolled. It won't last long! Enjoy!|
|Apr 23||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Zach Handler|
|After my disappointment at the less than predicted snowfall subsided, I waxed up the epokes and had a great ski on the back 9. Skiing in April feels so good.|
|Apr 22||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Mark Lahtinen|
|Conditions: Skied in classic track on parts of the Valley looked OK.|
Non-skiing report: At least one skier out on the parallel skied in tracks along the gradual slope parallel to the road.
Wish I still had the skis in the car in case of a ski emergency.
|Apr 21||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Bill Oyler|
|Conditions: Good "soft crust" skating. No official grooming, but the snow has compacted enough to allow for good skating. The classic tracks were "bottomed out" in many places so skating is probably your best option at this point.|
I was able to ski the snowmaking, Par 3, and Judy loops without much difficulty this afternoon. The only two places where I had to walk on mud were the south-facing uphill in the Par 3 loop and a brief section on the Judy loop. Overall, the snowmaking loop has excellent snow coverage, the Judy loop allows for endless crust skiing fun, but the Par 3 loop is in pretty sketchy shape so it would be best avoided. The infamous "sledding hill" turkey carcass has risen from beneath the snow and is now a large skeleton, so just prepare for that sight as you descend the sledding hill.
|Apr 21||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||John Hoch|
|Conditions: Sloppy but snow covered.|
Hard to believe the snowmaking loop is still skiable. Went out at noon and it was sticky and slow but I was able to ski the whole loop. On the last turn from the grooming shed to the Par 3 lot there was an exposed stretch of a 'cart path' from a game called 'golf' that our ancestors once played at Wirth. Otherwise totally snow covered, in the morning if it cools off overnight there is still plenty of crust skiing to be had!
|Apr 21||Valleywood Golf Course ||Apple Valley||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: 1/2" new snow on top of solid crust. Overall excellent coverage. 36 degrees, cloudy.|
In the area and wanted to try an hit some crust skiing so stopped by Valleywood. I was expecting a soft corn snow base (and was prepared not to ski as I didn't want to risk any damage to the golf course) with temps hovering right around freezing most of the night. Instead, pleasantly surprised to find a solid non-breakthrough crust. The dusting of new snow earlier in the morning made for slightly slower conditions but overall it was great spring crust cruising conditions and a very fun ski. Bumped in to Odd Osland who was cranking out a few laps, checked out the grooming equipment and saw a golfer. I said hi but the person didn't reply. I said form and posture looked good but still no reply so went on my way!
|Apr 21||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Jon Schaumann|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, wet deep snow.|
Thought I would crust ski on the Valley trail, but I got out too late at 11:00. Trail was slow, deep and hard to get thru.
|Apr 21||Hiawatha Golf Course ||Minneapolis||Sue Schroeder|
|Conditions: Good crust skiing early.|
Skate skied about 8:15-9:45 am. Roughly 36 degrees. Crust was still firm enough to support me. Even though I don't think it froze last night, the snow was firm. Speed was moderate to slow with the warm temps. Good opportunity to work V2. Coverage still good, but have to watch for cart paths. Couple classic striders out too. Fun birdwatching: Wood ducks, kestrel, blue heron, plus lots of Canada geese and mallards.
|Apr 21||Hornet Hiihto Trails ||Edina||Andy Turnbull|
|Conditions: Variable from very good to very wet to very bare ground.|
Skied around 10am. The skate deck was much faster than the surrounding ungroomed snow but much of the Hiihto lies in the Nine Mile Creek flood plain and was pretty wet. The water tower hill was very skiable but took a couple of giant steps over bare ground to get to. The high school zig zag looked good and the higher parts of the athletic fields were good. However, near by Braemar Golf Course had better coverage and less exposed water. Braemar was firm enough to skate or classic pretty much anywhere. Zero skis were the ticket.
|Minnesota Northeast |
|May 17||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Sporadic disconnected snow, mud, water, grass.|
We headed out to Spirit hoping to get one last ski in and found the portions that were left were just too disconnected to make it worth it. Until next year!
|May 13||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Tons of dirty connected snow!|
I drove in off of 80th and parked this time and was able to get right onto the snow without walking through mud first. There is still a lot of connected snow throughout the mountain!
|May 10||Spirit Mountain downhill area ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Lots of snow left, dirty corn snow!|
I parked by the new chalet and walked up to the first patch of snow, then classic skied on various portions of the hills. There is a lot of snow left if you don't mind walking between the gigantic patches!
|May 9||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Mostly grass and dirt, It's gone: (.|
I went to Piedmont today fully expecting to be able to at least ski some and after walking quite a ways into the trail and seeing just spots here and there, I realized, it's over. How sad...
|May 8||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||John Wessling|
|Conditions: Great for May 8th.|
Joe Dubay and I skied the bottom of the hill on a flat and gradual uphill section. Great for intervals to start the "season" off. If you can handle skiing on snow anymore I would recommend checking it out.
|May 7||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: 85 plus percent covered, skiable, icy, slushy, and a few bare spots.|
The inner loop is still 85 percent snow/ice covered. I was able to ski the whole inner loop with rock skis and only took my skis off once for the inner loop downhill section. A few bare spots but skiing May 7th. Duluth has officially broke the record for the snowiest April in history receiving 41.7" of snow. The previous record was 31.6" set back in 1950. In honor of the snowiest April on record, snow can still be found in the woods and skied upon.
|May 6||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: 85% connected nice corn snow!|
It's so nice to ski in a jogging bra and shorts on dirty spring corn snow! Trails had a surprising amount of snow on them or at least half of each trail...there are a few spots I had to walk on my $4.99 trak skis and it was worth it!
|May 5||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Bruce Bauer|
|Conditions: Corn snow with some traces of the ice pellets from Friday. Just above freezing with good glide.|
I was able to ski Wednesday's May Day Race 3.3 km loop with continuous snow all the way around. There were two spots with small water flows but both could be skied over or stepped over. The large puddles had subsided and frozen back over. All in all, it was incredibly good skiing and I got in a 20km ski both Saturday and Sunday. This ties my previous latest-ski-of-the-year in Minnesota from May 5, 1996 on a 30km loop without removing skis. Out of respect for the Duluth Snow Record of '96, I put on summer wax and put the skis away for another year. Thanks, George, for keeping the trails in great shape this late into spring!
|May 5||Spirit Mountain downhill area ||Duluth||Carolyn Gunderson|
|Conditions: Dirty corn snow.|
This place has it all....snow, all the traverse and climb you can handle, traverse back down, telemark, or take a screaming downhill challenge. Easy access to snow from any parking lot. A chalet with an open bar with food on Grand Avenue for your finish. It's not trail but we're still skiing!
|May 3||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||John Ipsen|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|I don't ever recall skiing here at this time of year before - a-may-zing for sure! There is a 2+K portion of the 5K which is skiable and really not bad. At noon the conditions were softening enough and there were just a few places where there was a limited width of trail to work with. There are some low icy spots but they are navigable. It was enough of a ski to get my heart rate up - hope to go back tomorrow!|
|May 3||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Nice corn snow and mostly connected!|
Skied further than yesterday - did the whole loop and found most of it was connected! There were a few spots I had to walk on and some that were hard with compacted corn snow on top...was snowing hard when we went too! If it was warmer out, many spots that were hard might be water.
|May 3||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: 28 deg F early, icy and FAST! Inner loop skiable.|
Thrillseekers can venture out early in Hartley. Very icy and fast. The inner loop is holding up strong, and still 90+ percent snow covered. Skated on the pond, but only a small portion by the cattails is good. Watch out for a few bare spots, and the one big downhill on the inner loop is treacherous but was able to make it down on my skis.
|May 2||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: More snow than expected.|
Went to Piedmont today not sure what to expect and there was quite a bit of snow left along with disconnected parts. Nice corn snow!
|May 2||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: 32F early, very fast!, Icy inner loop still mostly snow covered, classical-Swix red stays on a little while.|
I "May"ed it. Conditions on all natural snow incredible for May 2nd classical. A few bare spots but still 90% snow covered and skiable, the inner loop that is. Outer loop less snow, use caution. Skate skied the edge of the pond, found it only good near the edge for a small portion.
|May 2||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Marty Espe|
|Conditions: Newly groomed corn snow, fast!|
Up early with son and dogs for a beautiful May ski. The trails were groomed last night and the ice rivers were frozen and navigable. I think we'll have several days of good skiing yet.
|May 1||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Bruce Bauer|
|Conditions: Lots of snow, and also several small ponds and river crossings.|
Yesterday Nikolai said the 5km was good, but when I tried to groom it today, it had new uncrossable streams. We found a 2.5 km loop and got it ready for the May 1 Wednesday Night Race. A great field of skiing die-hards showed up for what must be the latest race ever in Duluth. After the race, I regroomed the loop we used so it should be great tomorrow morning for skating.
|May 1||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: Lots of corn snow, icy sections, mud stretches, and creek crossings.|
Classic skied the 5 and 10 km loops. It's a mix of everything. You can get all the way around on both loops. You can keep your feet dry on the 5k, but virtually impossible on the 10. The 10 k has more nice corn snow and less ice, but more creek crossings. Hovland's Hill I skipped. It's pretty much snow free, but all other hills were in surprising good shape although shovel hill has a huge bare spot. It's an adventure! What a great ski season we've had!
|May 1||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Ice, snow, debris, water, mud, grass, leaves, dog poop.|
May and icy and a trail report all in one sentence, yes! Classic skied portions of the inner and outer trail today late morning from the main parking lot. Finally, some outstanding "corn snow" or "mature snow"! All those blizzards kept stopping that perfect spring snow from forming! There was something to glide on for just about everything I skied, either ice or snow. The snow is actually quite deep where it exists and has not been touched yet. Under the trees, the trak skis glided OK over the pine needles, dirt and other tree debris. The ice was a bit challenging and the snow was perfect! Some spots have running water that is easy to get around on snow, very few have just exposed ground of some type! We could have skiing in here at least until next week!
|Apr 30||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: 2-3" loose granulated snow on top of 2-3" base. Scattered ice spots, couple low areas with water. Just one ski length bare spot. 39 degrees, foggy. Overall great skiing for last day of April.|
Hooked up with Jake for a last day of April ski at Snowflake. Skied the 5k loop. The rain early morning tightened up the snow nicely. The glide was very good and overall the coverage was very good. The ice sections were actually faster glide and loose enough on top for secure edging. The low areas with water no issue, just step around, no wet feet. Fun ski. With cooler temps on the move and the overall good coverage, should be skiing here through the weekend.
|Apr 30||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: Inner loop 99% still snow covered, classical.|
Even after a warm day and early morning thunderstorm, the trail is still 99% covered with snow. I am "skiing in" the inner loop, just a few bare spots, but can ski around them. Once past the pine needles and now doggie doodoo emerging, the inner loop with Swix red early in the morning is great for April 30th. Skiing in May looks possible!
|Apr 29||Lester Park ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: Corn snow, ice, mud, and creek crossings.|
Classic skied the whole loop minus the playground on my waxless. The beginning is a bit icy and you'll need to double pole, but mostly you can find corn snow on the edges that's skiable. Skate skiing seemed doable with a few areas of thicker snow that'll be a good workout. There are spots here and there where you'll need to either walk thru the mud or take off your skis, but not often. The new culverts are fantastic! There are still some creek crossings on the northern unlit part of the trail and on the return trail there are a few spots where the trail has some thick slush you'll need to ski thru. The D side loop on the first down hill there's a section of mud you need to slow down for otherwise fully covered. The J hill has a small section on the down hill where there's just mud and the up hill is disintegrating. Your feet will get wet, but still nice to be in the woods.
|Apr 29||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: Hartley inner loop classical skiing - plenty of snow still, used Swix Red.|
I went really early and used Swix red, may need to reapply. The whole inner loop can be skied. Of the 2 K loop, only about 30 feet of it is without snow. Once you get past the pine needles and hiker ruts, the "inner" part of the inner loop is awesome for April 29th, all natural snow! Still shooting to ski in May!
|Apr 28||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: Inner loop-classical, Hartley pond crust skating.|
What a difference a day makes, snow melting fast! Inner loop can still be skied classical. Thanks to whomever skied it in also, this morning I did the same. You have to go early before hikers walk on it. Skate skied the Pond. The one edge has a great early morning crust ski. You have to ski right on the edge of the cattails on the canoe launch side. It was pretty good for April 28th. Still hoping to ski in to mid-May!
|Apr 27||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Marty Espe|
|Conditions: Still in great shape, with solid base!|
Lena talked me into one more ski. Shorts and t-shirts only...we had a blast. I'm looking forward to skiing into May!
|Apr 27||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Greg Mielke|
|Conditions: Tons of snow! It would be great if someone had a snowmobile groomer. Hoping to set a late ski season record, perhaps mid-May!|
Skied the inner and outer loop. Not tracked, but amazing snow depth for April 27th. The highlight: skate skied on the Hartley pond. Well packed. I was able to ski to the far end to the beaver hut and up the creek as banks were solid. Go early in the morning while still solid. Also saw Canadian geese and a red fox on the far end. What a morning!
|Apr 26||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Steve Hagedorn|
|Conditions: Still great conditions!|
I was wrong about the report that I submitted yesterday regarding the thought there would probably be one more good day. I skied this morning from 10AM - noon and the trail continues to hold up incredibly well. Now I really think it's going to be good for a while yet. The best time seems to be from 9AM - noonish. It needs a bit of softening up time, but is too soft by afternoon.
|Apr 25||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Steve Hagedorn|
|Conditions: As good as it gets anywhere anytime.|
Wow. April 25th and still great skiing at Snowflake! The trail is holding on with incredible tenacity. Still a firm skating lane and the track is still set. I'm thinking it's going to be really great for at least one more day.
|Apr 25||Magney-Snively Trail ||Duluth||John Harris|
|Conditions: Pleasant spring touring.|
Firm crust with a granular topping from yesterday's clipper. Starting to get a little mushy by late morning.
|Apr 24||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Steve Hagedorn|
|Conditions: Excellent for both classic and skating.|
The 5K is still in great shape with a solid skating lane and classic track. The track is a bit icy though and I would recommend waxless for classic. Also would recommend a bit later in the day for skating to give it a chance to soften up a bit. Excellent conditions though considering it's late April. Thanks for grooming so late in the season!!
|Apr 23||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Gene Karwoski|
|Conditions: 8+ inches of new snow freshly groomed today. Excellent track.|
Went out at 7pm on waxless skis. The track was already getting slightly icy but considering it is almost May you can't get too picky.
|Apr 23||Lester Park ||Duluth||Catherine Winter|
|Skied-in track around the entire main loop and the D loop. A few trees down here and there.|
|Apr 23||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: Partially groomed!|
Pretty nice classic ski on my waxless skis around the 5k loop. It was just skied in and tracks were almost a foot deep. Then George and another guy took snowmobiles around the 5k several loops packing it down. It wasn't bad. A guy was out skating and it looked pretty good. It's a bit uneven and you need to be done by late morning or it's too mushy and slow. Pretty awesome for April 23rd!
|Apr 22||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Georgia Skills|
|Some human and animal prints in tracks. A bit soft mid-afternoon, but tracks set by previous skiers worked well.|
|Apr 22||Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Classic: Delightful! Skate: Could not stay on top of crust.|
Took both sets of skis (classic and skate) to Boulder this morning. Not a hard enough freeze last night for crust skiing. Classic was fantastic, and I need to learn to say: "snowmobiles can be my friends". Photo shows the extent of the trail system where a lone snowmobile has been. The snowmobile track is rutted, and makes for a essentially rolled grooming. For the person who wants to try timing a crust ski later this week, the crust is untouched by man or beast 1 km in from the highway.
|Apr 21||Seven Bridges Road ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Skied from the Lester Amity Trail Head parking lot up 7 Bridges Road and Skyline Parkway to Hawk's Ridge (and back). Nice crust skiing at 7:30 am, but a little dicey at the first bridge while coming down. Took off my skis for that steep "S" curve. Snowmobile tracks in the middle of the road, but lots of space at the side for skating. Fell twice when the crust failed to support my weight. Based upon ski tracks could tell two other individuals had the same idea even earlier this morning.|
|May 4||Sugarbush Trail System ||Tofte||Greg Fangel|
|Conditions: Firmly packed, spring corn snow.|
We found plenty of white on the trails this morning out of the Britton Peak trailhead near Tofte. Liz and I used our waxless skis and had a great time kicking and gliding over the firm corn snow. I would say that 90-95% of the trail had up to a 6" packed base. We had a great time.
|May 3||Devil Track Lake ||Grand Marais||Tim Kennedy|
|Conditions: Crusty snow, 31 degrees and no sign of melting any time soon.|
I skated the lake this morning and it looked and felt like mid winter. There should be good lake skiing for the next few days with predicted overnight temps below freezing and highs around 40 degrees. Ice fishing for the opener!
|May 2||Sugarbush Trail System ||Tofte||Bill Lane|
|Conditions: Remnant April snow; thin in sun-exposed spots and thick elsewhere.|
I skied the Onion River Road after work tonight, just because I could. It was slow and soft (duh), but I made it to the end and back with my first-ever May ski under my fleece. I guess I can cross that off my bucket list now.
|May 5||Mount Itasca ||Coleraine||Joe Muller|
|35 degrees. Still could cobble together about a K of trail. It was dirty but ok skating. Always strange to hear the birds when skiing.|
|May 1||Mount Itasca ||Coleraine||Vladimir Cervenka|
|Bit Icy but skiing. Not to bad for May!|
|Apr 25||Big Aspen Recreation Area ||Virginia||Ron Kutsi|
|Conditions: 30 degrees cloudy high humidity at 8:30 AM. Tried to go west but it didn't freeze hard enough overnight. Crust and tracks were collapsing under my skis. Power line was firm and good for skate. East loop tracks and crust were also collapsing.|
Very surprised it was that different from yesterday. Too much snow to pack down hard. No freezing nights in sight for a long time, so I'm done for the season.
|Apr 24||Big Aspen Recreation Area ||Virginia||Ron Kutsi|
|Conditions: East trails had at least a foot or more base. Deep crusted skier tracks from those who skied in warm conditions and semi solid crust along the trails. Very firm smooth crust out on the power line on the east side.|
25 degrees and sunny. It's a shame that it couldn't have been groomed at some time. Plenty of snow. The sides of my feet were dragging through the deep set tracks making it uncomfortable. It was better to be out of the tracks on top of crust in some spots. Hoping for a May ski if temps go low enough at night. Snow is over 3 feet deep off track.
|Apr 23||Carey Lake ||Hibbing||Craig Holgate|
|Conditions: Solid coverage, just getting a little soft but not sticky. Sunny 40 degrees.|
Last time? No fresh snow overnight, but the bright sunshine got us out to the trails for another ski. Of course things haven't been groomed in quite a while, but the trails have been user tracked. Thanks Lisa! Just a perfect day to be out in the still snowy woods, even if it's getting on to the end of April!
|Apr 23||Hidden Valley Ski Trails ||Ely||Elton Brown|
|Conditions: Woo-hoo! Fast!|
First time around the main loops this morning was good, because the (many!) skate ruts were softening. And then arrived the groomer! So then the skating was just about perfect (except that poles with tiny baskets still punch through the deep base often). Classic tracks still intact except for a brief stretch on the power line where the sun has finally hit paydirt.
|Apr 23||Tilson Creek Ski Trail ||International Falls||Burgess Eberhardt|
|Conditions: Awesome...the bit of new snow 2 days ago has completely firmed up.|
At 8:30 this morning Tilson was level and fast, not icy...skied to Black Bay and then out onto the ice for an amazing glide down to the snow mobile shelter at Finger Bay. Trail was just starting to soften at about 11:00 AM. Unbelievable, perfect spring crust skating.
|Minnesota Northwest |
|May 4||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Better than May 1st! Dusting of new snow, 31 degrees.|
Didn't expect to wake up to fresh snow today. Went out on the trails with the crowns, skiing on the east side of the inner system liking the sections that are still holding on to some base for a nice ski. For May 4th, it was great. Beautiful early morning in the woods.
|May 1||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Barely skiable. 33 degrees, windy.|
The warm night on Monday and morning on Tuesday wind wiped out a lot of snow making a May 1 groom not possible. However, there was still enough coverage to log in a desperation May 1st ski. This marked the 8th consecutive month we have skied at Maplelag! A raw day felt good in the woods and lots of sights and sounds of spring including the first loons enjoying the rare spots of open water near inlets and outlets. Suicide hill has good coverage and was good up and down fun. Probably can get another 3-4 days of skiing on the hill before we sign off on winter woods travel. With that said, the trails will be closed until it dries up. Thanks to everyone who patronized Maplelag this past year! Wow an incredible season!
|Apr 29||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Better than yesterday!|
Froze down hard last night making magic hour skiing possible this morning. The compacted slush areas yesterday were solid ice to begin but slowly softened up making for nice glide. The low areas had drained off for the most part and the trail had a much different look and feel than last night. Skied a 7km "loop" including entire North Loup. NL had excellent coverage on 90% of the loop, thin on 9.5% and three ski lengths where no snow. Skate skiing was much better than expected and had to stop a few times and take in the incredible morning. I could have groomed this loop this morning but holding out until May 1st, hoping the warm night and possible rain doesn't do too much damage!
|Apr 28||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Skiable. Ice, slush, corn snow. 0-12" base. 47 degrees at sunset.|
Went out for a sunset ski to check the trails after three days of big time warmth. The trails were skiable and found best coverage on Suicide hill, east side of Sukkerbusk and Skaters Waltz. Crossed the road over to North Loup and found even better coverage and 8" base on average. Beautiful balmy evening in the woods. Feel pretty confident of skiing later this week for May skiing!
|Apr 27||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Glenn Gifford|
|Conditions: Very good snow coverage on the trails at Maplelag.|
The snow coverage at Maplelag remains very good, especially for April 27th. There was lots of sunshine with very mild temperatures today. I skied the North Loop on Saturday afternoon, entering off Goat Ranch Road. While the sun may be high and mighty in the spring sky, it has yet to muster the muscle to melt the magic of Maplelag.
|Apr 26||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Frozen/loose granulated 6-20" base. Fresh grooming on 4.2km trail (skate) Morning low 32, sunny. One bare spot on skaters waltz, few low areas pooling. Overall incredible coverage and skiing for April 26th.|
Didn't cool off enough to groom last night so groomed this morning on a 4km loop of Skaters Waltz bypassing Kamikaze hill which had a bare spot open up yesterday and water pooling on the lower side. Trail froze down just enough to work the frozen granulated to a nice texture. Skiing shortly after found amazing fast and fun conditions. Even though the air temp was approaching 50 near the end of the ski, the deck was still solid and glide was good, albeit slower. Tried crust skiing on other trails but wasn't strong enough to support my weight. Overall amazing outing in the woods with swans, geese, cranes, small birds chirping in t-shirt conditions...surreal.
Grooming plans: This is most likely the last grooming of the year unless there is still workable snow once it cools down again. The trails will remain open for skiing.
|Apr 24||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Dusting new snow on top of 8" to 2 foot granulated base. Light snow giving way to sun/cloud mix. Morning low of 12 degrees climbing to 38 mid afternoon. Overall amazing skiing for so late in April.|
Went out skate skiing after snow had fallen in the morning. The new snow made for slow going and wish I could of gone out earlier. The base was solid and firm from freezing hard overnight. The sun breaking through after the snow made for a gorgeous outing. Hopped in the tracks and realized this was better skiing so switched to waxables waxed with VR65 and did multiple laps around Mother Hen which was groomed most recent. Other groomed trails were nice but Mother Hen was incredible for April 24th, hard to get off the trail.
Grooming plans: Planning for one more grooming outing on Skaters Waltz before it warms up this weekend, most likely tomorrow night. Should be nice magic hour skiing the next few mornings from 9:30 to 10:30.
|Apr 22||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: 1-2" new snow past 24 hours on top of 8"-2 foot base. 31 degrees, overcast. Spring conditions. Fresh grooming in the afternoon on 7km. 5km groomed skate only, 2km trackset.|
Great spring conditions entire day with temp right around freezing but enough sun power through the clouds to soften the crust. The new snow yesterday afternoon transformed just the right amount to provide some incredibly fast skiing. Skied North Loup and Skaters Waltz. The coverage/snow depth on North Loup is the deepest on the trail system with 1-2 foot average and showing no signs of deterioration for the most part. Skaters Waltz more firm and faster....amazing fun skiing for April 22nd!
Grooming plans: More tracksetting planned tomorrow afternoon and skaters waltz will be groomed again Wednesday most likely. This might be the last week of "great" spring skiing!!
|Apr 21||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Denny Barry|
|Conditions: We skated on full white coverage, deep solid base on Skaters Waltz, N Loup and every other classic trail without a track set. The freshly groomed classic trails looked in mid-winter shape with everything fully covered solid aprons and perfect depth tracks. We also explored ponds along with some freelance woods skiing all done on a perfectly warming crust surface.|
The slow warming days, cool nights and still accumulating snow could prolong the skiing bliss for a while yet.
|Minnesota Central |
|Apr 23||Graystone Trails ||Saint Cloud||Kyia Anderson|
|Conditions: Fresh snow on top of crusty uneven base. North Loop.|
The skiing has turned into a novelty now as each ski will go down in the history books! A little too much snow in the woods so skate skiing was better out in the field. Feels great to be moving in the sun!
|Minnesota Southern |
|May 2||Carleton College Arboretum ||Northfield||Jeff Pesta|
|Conditions: Great for May 2.|
Broke a trail in the open fields to avoid falling branches. Fish scales and boots sprayed with Rain-X worked perfectly with no sticking.
|Wisconsin Northwest |
|May 7||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|The last ski was either today or maybe tomorrow morning. Had a nice classic ski on a 3.5k loop on the North half of the trail today. Had to take the skis off twice for water holes. It was probably the last time that I can get a loop in. Patches will survive today, but then....we will wait for December here. Longest season on this trail ever.|
|May 6||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Connie Meek|
|Conditions: Getting rough on the loops but good on the north side.|
I started out classic skiing the lighted loops at OO. They were starting to break down with bare spots here and there. I decided to try the classic trail going north. After getting around a huge puddle near the start, I experienced complete coverage from then on. As there were no tracks visible, I'm guessing I was the first to ski that section of trail since the snowfall last week. The snow depth had reduced to about 4-5 inches, so it was easily to get some glide and still safe and fairly slow on the downhills. I think it would have been too soft to skate. Tomorrow may be the last day of coverage for a long ski, we'll see!
|May 6||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Last few days. Classic skied this morning at "OO". Still have continuous snow from what we last groomed Friday morning. It's soft, but it's skiing. Lots of water from the melting of 18", but it will still hang on a couple of more days.|
|May 5||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Good for skating. Still a discernable classic track. It never got below freezing last night so things are plenty soft. But still full coverage when I left at 11:00.|
Hard to believe that one of my highest volume on-snow weekends of the season happened in May.
|May 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Gerry Kummer|
|Conditions: Good conditions for early summer cross country skiing in the North Country. Snow was soft and smooth as velvet. Fairly firm for the temperatures experienced.|
I had read the recent trail reports for the Birkie Trail from the past few days by other skiers, and I decided when I woke up this morning that I had to make the trek North and see this unique scene for myself and try to ski the trail. I left the Twin Cities in the morning and arrived at the trail about 2:00. I met other skiers that were coming off the trail, and they all were raving about the great skiing and the once in a lifetime experience. I met skiers from Wisconsin and Minnesota and it was so enjoyable to talk with the people and how they all were embracing this unique experience so late in the season. I skied the main Birkie trail and the west loop that was groomed. The conditions were very good for the afternoon. I skied on the main trail to the top of the first big downhill by the picnic table and skied down to find a small lake on the trail a couple of hundred yards ahead. I think there has been several pictures posted by other skiers. I turned around and skied back to the trail head. It was a remarkable day. When I ended my ski at about 4:30, I was the last skier on the trail and the last car in the parking lot. I have skied now in seven different months in this part of the North country. My next objective to do from my 'Bucket List' is to be able to say I skied in June and October. I headed home with a great pleasure in my mind of the fantastic day of skiing on May 4th. This will be something nobody that has come to ski in the past few days will ever forget.
|May 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Dan Murphy|
|Conditions: Pretty good for May 4th.|
Perfect no-wax skiing. Drizzled all night and this put a super glide on the tracks, everything was fast. There were a lot of smiles out there today.
|May 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Jenneke Oosterhoff|
|Conditions: Really good! Getting soft by noon, but hey, what the heck, it is May 4th.|
Got to OO at 10:00am and the lot was full! Skied up and down the trail to the big lake (water hazard) and also the lighted loop a few times. What can I say, or add to all the raving reports? On May 4? That it was unreal? Fabulous skiing? A great workout? All of the above. Listened to Tom Waits all the way there and all the way back. For variety, took 35W up and 35 on the Wisconsin side down. Glorious day.
|May 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Kevin Schoessow|
|Conditions: Fast, ice crust (7 am), changing to somewhat soft but still firm with good glide (10 am).|
Never skied in the rain before, but what a treat it was (minus the wet cloths). Left Spooner at 6:15 am it rained the whole way to OO. What a crazy idea, but I just had to ski on this historic trail on an even more historic date... May 4. Only one other car in the parking lot at 7am. Hit the trail in the rain, but boy was it fast. The downhills were extra thrilling with rain pelting my face and near zero visiblity through steamy glasses. It was truely amazing... pinch me is this really possible? Skied all the groomed trails several times, the rain eventually stopped and more skiers were seen on the trails. Lots of comments, like unreal, amazing, historic and unbelievable were heard. I think everyone had the same idea. I just had to get out for one last time... this is a once in a life-time experience to ski on the Birkie trail on May 4th. I could have skied another hour, but had to get back for other planned activities. When I left the parking lot at 10 am the lot was completely parked full. Thanks Birkie Foundation and Bill for the historic memories.
|May 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Excellent for skating. Classic tracks are getting a little washed out from really heavy use.|
Quatro de Mayo and all the kids are out playing in the snow. It's the winter that just won't end.
|May 3||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Dale Vaillancourt|
|Nice. Skied from 00 south, around the water hazard then busted trail for a few Ks in over a foot of deep snow on the waxless Madshus backcountry boards. Back to Seeley trails for more frozen Zen.|
|May 3||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Incredible, awesome, beautiful -- pinch me.|
Drove up to Hwy OO Friday morning to ski with Jason Kask. We didn't see any snow on the ground until near Siren, then it slowly built up. Hayward, especially the Birkie trail, seemed to be the epicenter of the snowfall! It was truly over a foot deep. The Birkie trail had been groomed overnight and there was a fresh inch on top. Temps were in the upper 20s around 8:30 am and the snow was amazingly not sticky - very silky, fast glide. Good skis would have been no problem, as it appears there is upwards of a foot of packed base! The main Birkie trail heading south, as well as the classic trail, were groomed full width, and yes, there was even a classic track set! Shortly south of the classic trail merge with the main trail, there is a huge water hole that prevented any further grooming (and is just daring someone to try to ski through it). The lighted loops were all groomed as well, so you could string together quite a bit of skiing, probably 10K or more. We saw over a dozen cars when were arrived, and about two dozen when we left around 10:30 am. Lots of old friends on the trail, and plenty of smiles. What a fantastic way to wrap the season... Thanks for the grooming, Bill and gang!
|May 3||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Marcia Engebretson|
|Conditions: Awesome. Firm skate lane and classic tracks. Only one major slush puddle on the trail which the groomer avoided. The rest was fluffy snow. Glide was great.|
Skied the lit loops at OO this morning. It was lightly snowing and the trail was firm with both a skate lane and classic tracks. Plenty of snow on the trail and in the trees. Felt like February all over again. Classic skied and it was awesome! If you can't bike, might as well ski.
|May 3||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|It is Friday morning and I just finished grooming and skiing at 5:30am. It truly is like mid winter conditions. 5"-6" base of clean new snow. Tilled, combed, and track set what we groomed yesterday at "OO". The temp was 28F at the time of grooming and has set up pretty good for May???. It is snowing hard and another 1-2" will fall this morning. I used good, cold skis on nice fresh powder!! The skiing will likely be best in the mornings as it should freeze for the next couple of nights. I'm really sorry for the bikers and lovers of warm temps, but this only happens once in a lifetime in Wisconsin!! AWESOME!!|
|May 2||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Gene Karwoski|
|31 degree temp with 16 inches of freshly groomed powder on May 2nd. Historic!|
|May 2||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Awesome! 14+ inches of new snow.|
I don't know whether to compliment Bill Pierce more for his grooming, or choice of music (Born in the USA). When we saw Bill's video, we packed up the car and headed over from Duluth. Make sure you put some graphite on your waxless skis to help prevent clumping. The moisture content of the snow is quite high, but both classic and skate were fantastic.
|May 2||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Scott Wilson|
|Conditions: Fresh grooming after 14" with an additional 3" on top.|
Amazing to have PB grooming in May. OO loops firmed up immediately. I hear it will be tilled again tonight after the snowfall slacks off. With cool nights coming, the fishing opener should be good skiing on Saturday. Lakes are frozen anyway.
|May 2||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Apr 28||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Grooming is over, but you can still ski! Got in a 1.5 hour classic out of Boedecker on a nice 6k loop. Conditions are getting rough as there is some grey ice, bare spots, hill bottoms with water, and some really good snow. Last ski where you won't have to piece together a k or two stretch to find snow. Just a couple more days and it will probably be over.|
|Apr 27||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Still hanging on today. The snow was frozen till about 9am and then softened fairly quick. The classic skiing was really good on zero base Atomics from Gear West. After 10am it is too soft and better off to go for a run or road ride.|
|Apr 26||Seeley Ski Trails ||Seeley||Andy Turnbull|
|Conditions: Soft and slow but the classic tracks were still there.|
Skied the Seeley trails on Friday morning. After a heavy rain shower on Thursday night I wasn't sure what to expect. Pleased to find skiable classic tracks and while there were some encroaching bare spots I did not have to hike at all. Downhills were no problem coverage is complete. By Saturday morning there may be some larger bare spots but Seeley should be skiable. Go early it gets to be a slog the warmer it gets. Skiing April 26th, who'd a thunk! Thanks groomers!
|Apr 26||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Conditions are still very good to excellent. We did not groom last night and the trail did freeze. Still able to get nice stability and edge. The snow softens by 9:30-10am and then you just need to switch to classic equipment. Should be a few more mornings of continuous trail and then we may start seeing k long strips by May 1. The season keeps rolling.|
|Apr 25||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ron Carlson|
|Conditions: Like Bill said, awesome and sweeet this morning. Fast, firm. Nice skate lanes and classic tracks are set. Fast.|
A great morning to be out there.
|Apr 25||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Jay Wenner|
|Conditions: Mid-winter (going north).|
When Bill Pierce said yesterday it was going to be "sick" crust skiing on the Birkie Trail today, I left town. This morning, I headed north just before 7 am. The hoar frost and sunrise were beautiful, and the trail was perfectly groomed to Bodecker. It’s shocking the difference between the snow here and the Twin Cities. Then I crust skied all the way to the Powerlines. Really, April 25th! What an incredible early birthday present. For the most part, the track was firm enough for solid footing and pole plants and the lack of grooming gave it a more “hike in the woods” feel. North of Bodecker, I had the trail to myself. Yup, there were a few soft spots were it would help if I was 15 lbs lighter but some of the climbs were so solid I go really dig into the poles. I skied out on the skate and back on the classic trail. There full coverage everywhere except one spot a few km out on the classic trail will probably burn out today. I went over that at about 28 mph on the way back (no problem). So, the skis were super fast on the groomed stuff. Thanks for the grooming and tip Bill!
|Apr 24||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Jack Zabrowski|
|Conditions: Excellent crust skiing, firm tracks.|
Great klister skiing Rode blue multi-grade. Tracks were well set and firm this is a new record for me skiing on April 24th.
|Apr 24||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Bill Pierce|
|Conditions: Excellent skiing the this morning and tomorrow morning!|
Take the day off, call in sick, just get out and ski on some AWWWWESOME conditions. The crust is sweeet and we groomed the Boedecker and lighted loops at "OO" last night and this morning. The low temp was 12F in one of the frost pockets. There is a track set and the klister skiing will be sick!! Maybe the last grooming with the PB this year (a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01CwFryRh3s">video)! Enjoy this very late Spring skiing!
|Apr 23||Seeley Ski Trails ||Seeley||Scott Wilson|
|Conditions: 8-12" of new snow last night on 6-8" base.|
We track and packed 8-12" of new snow this morning and finished it off with the pan drag.
Grooming plans: We will return after it cools this evening to buff the skate lane and set new tracks. Skiing should be good today for skating, excellent tomorrow morning, and continue throughout the week except during the heat of the day. Ski 'till it's gone!
|Apr 21||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Great for skating. No classic track.|
Skied all the lighted loops and the OO to Boedecker loop. Good coverage. Good grooming. Good time was had by all.
|May 4||Superior Municipal Forest ||Superior||Eve Stein|
|Conditions: Spotty unconnected snow.|
Wondered what was left so I headed to the yellow to ski and ended up having to run. I came in from the blacktop road and the gate is closed as soon as you hit dirt, so it's about a half mile walk to the trail head. The gate is also closed at the multi-use trail part that goes to the yellow. The road and trail beyond there do have some snow, however, the walk to get to it is not worth it because it's too disconnected. If we get another blizzard, there would be better places to play due to the ski to the trail.
|Apr 22||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||Catherine Khalar|
|Conditions: 18+ inches of new snow, ungroomed trails, free skiing.|
18 + inches of snow fell late last week into the weekend. Again...no grooming is going on at the Afterhours, but if you wish to ski, it is free.
|May 2||Timberland Hills ||Cumberland||Pat Heaney|
|Conditions: Once in a lifetime May ski!|
We made it! Historic May ski. Got out the old wooden touring skies (complete with cable bindings) and broke trail through roughly 1 foot of heavy wet snow. Trails are not groomed but who can complain when you are skiing in May. Next stop—June. It’s the Fimbelwinter!
|Wisconsin Northeast |
|Apr 24||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Skating: Good crust skiing.|
Still skiing! The temp at 8 AM was 18 degrees and the snow set up great overnight for some great crust skiing. The only downside was people had strided down the middle of the skating deck when it was soft, so there were three sets of crust tracks. Amazing to be skiing this late. The window for skiing today was 8-10:30 as the sun was already softening the trail by 10:30 with a temp of 38 degrees. There was a 10 foot dirt opening by the bridge and the trail is getting thin out in the sun by the bridge as well. Sadly to say, the end is near...
|Apr 21||Anvil National Recreation Trail ||Eagle River||Troy Walters|
|Conditions: Excellent coverage, no bare spots... 15+" in the woods. Not groomed, but the surface was pretty compact.|
This beautiful trail system is quite shaded, so should hold up for some time yet. Skiing till May 1? It is possible!
|Apr 21||Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area ||Wausau||Rachel Kresse|
|Conditions: Good spring skiing.|
Classical skied on no-wax skis for 1.5 hours yesterday and today after the 1/2 inch snow fall. Only occasional waterways (also gardened yesterday - what a spring!).
|Apr 22||Reforestation Camp ||Green Bay||Scott Putman|
|Conditions: The 1k band along the rifle range road was some continuous with slush, some corn...grey and white and some grey ice. I "skied" about 1/2 hour and then switched to running shoes.|
The bike trail was still 30% ice covered and 10% puddles but I ran about a half hour to check them out. Stick a fork my Green Bay ski season as of Monday April 22nd.
|Apr 24||Lakewood XC Ski Trails ||Lakewood||Scott Putman|
|Conditions: Skied from 3:30 to 6 pm. Continuous for most of the trail between Sulli springs and Smythe. I found two 4" wide slush bridges and numerous 3' wide slush bridges where flat and south and west tilted trail ski surface was in the process of burning off in the April weather.|
A mix of spring ski surfaces. Fast and slow. 45F and dropping when I skied. Although I found a continuous 5k on Wednesday afternoon, I am sure the skiable sections are shorter today.
|Michigan Upper Peninsula |
|May 10||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Jonathon Rulseh|
|Conditions: Variable. The Cliffs Trail, Stairway to Heaven, and a few other connecting trails remain fully snow covered. Cliff Hanger is not skiable without crossing a few sections of bare ground. Some of the snow is getting quite dirty, and a little lumpy.|
Hard, crusty, and icey this morning with temperatures just below freezing. Probably a lot better/safer/quieter later in the day when the sun softens things up. It might not look inviting from the trailhead, but there's still a lot of snow back there! Ski it 'til it's gone, it won't last long...
|May 6||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Jonathon Rulseh|
|Conditions: Not groomed, but skier tracked. Two inches of corn on top of a firm 6-12 inch base on and off the trail. No dirt, no debris, just pure white snow. Very fun classic touring.|
Good to see a few other people out enjoying the sun. Who knows how much longer this will last... Last fall, we had skiable snow the first week in October. That's only 5 months away!
|May 3||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard-Polich|
|Conditions: 15 plus inches of new heavier snow ready for some trail blazing. Skier tracked and everything was covered. 4-wheel drive into parking lot.|
Awesome late winter ski. Purchase next years Wolverine trail pass by June 30th and be entered into early bird drawing for prizes.
|Apr 27||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard-Polich|
|A good 18" plus trail base. Skier tracked with fast downhills in the morning. Very minimal sinking. One small spot that water was breaking thru and you had to side step off the trail into snow but that was very doable. The sun was brightly shining and many robins singing along the trail.|
|May 4||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: 37F in the early morning. Fresh cut track.|
Good turn out of folks from Marquette, Grand Marais and Iron Mountain.
|May 1||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: Corn snow. 45F, full sun. Fresh tracks cut by Swanny. 8" plus base.|
Judy, Debbie, Scott, John and John skied the 15K on the first of May. The freshly turned up snow provided good kick and glide with no-wax classic. We will re-do this Saturday a.m. if conditions hold.
|Apr 27||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: Full sun, temps 30F rising during the morning. Plenty of base.|
I skated starting at 7:30 a.m. By 8am it was great, and did not get soft before 11am. The open fields on top were fantastic skate skiing. Scott H. showed up around 9am and classic skied. We have enough base for a while yet. The plan is to ski early May 1st so show for that. Also Scott H. says his previous record was May 3rd, so he hopes to break that easily.
|Apr 27||Blueberry Ridge Trail ||Sands||Elton Brown|
|Conditions: Nice classic and skating at 65 degrees!|
Former Minnesotan Eli Brown with dad and kids, enjoying soft but very pleasant skiing at Marquette.
|Apr 26||Valley Spur ||Munising||Scott Putman|
|Skied from mid morning to mid afternoon. The morning was rainy and cold; temp 37F, the afternoon warmer and windy with temps around 50F. The trail was ungroomed but pretty level. In the morning, it was pretty fast skating with solid pole plants. The afternoon was bit slower and I had occasional post holes pole plants. E, F and G and eastern Z had tree branch slalom courses from downed branches (which I picked up). 99.99% coverage with only a partial burn off on Z under a canopy. I switches to waxless classic near the end of the day which were fine. Tomorrow morning should be OK. The trail base is maybe 15 or more inches. Last day on this trail last year was March 18. We may ski in May if we get a cold night next week.|
|May 14||Keweenaw Peninsula backcountry ||Central||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 38F at 8:00AM, 45F at noon. 0-20+" corn snow base. A few washouts, brown outs, and swamps opening up.|
I backcountry skated up in the high country along the Gratiot Lake Road this morning. Lots of tracks in the snow today: bear, wolf, deer, sandhill crane, snowmachine, and (now) skinny ski thanks to me. Offically in Keweenaw County this season: 314" of snow with 8" on the ground as of today. Since October 6th, I've managed to ski 528 hours in 172 days including every day in May (so far). Epic.
|May 13||Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ||Ontonagon||Jonathon Rulseh|
|Conditions: South Boundary Road from the West side to Summit Peak. Good spring touring. Variable packed base on the road, with 3 short bare sections less than 75' each. A lot of debris on the snow.|
An evening ski from near the Little Carp River trail head, 7 miles one way to Summmit Peak and back. The road/trail/snow east of the Summit Peak turn-off looked to be in fine condition as well. Crust skiing would have been fantastic this morning! Was anyone there to enjoy it? With highs in the 60's, and lows in the 40's, it won't be long now...
|May 10||Keweenaw Peninsula backcountry ||Delaware||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 30F at 6:30AM, 41F at noon. 4-24" base. Solid crust with a few washouts, some sun cupping, and uneven snowmachine ruts.|
Awesome Keweenaw crust skiing this morning. The best skiing is in the hardwoods at higher elevation north facing slopes. The trick is to "ski the tightest of trees with the greatest of ease".
|May 6||Swedetown Trails ||Calumet||Peter Vorhes|
|Conditions: Firm early this morning. No classic track, but still fun on classic no-wax skis. A set of deep, frozen skate ruts might have made skating a challenge.|
No step-across bare spots this morning, but one area opened up by the time my wife went out late this afternoon. She also came across some very fresh bear tracks--on the home of the Great Bear Chase, of course!
|May 6||Lac La Belle area backcountry ||Lac La Belle||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 31F at 7, 50 at 11. 8-24" base. Mix of solid crust, breakable crust, and soft corn. Some sun cupping up high.|
Spring skiing at it's peak today. I skated and bushwhacked a 4 hour loop including the summits of Mt. Bohemia and Mt. Houghton, and the Mandan loop. It looks like skiing possibilites will continue for a while up here, but it won't likely be as good as today.
|May 5||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Richard Enz|
|Conditions: Fully covered and soft.|
My son and I went on his college graduation ski (he wore his cap and gown). Cross two items off the bucket list this weekend - got my son graduated and skied in May! Wasn't a fast ski but was certainly uplifting for the soul.
|May 3||Swedetown Trails ||Calumet||Peter Vorhes|
|A-May-zingly good skating at Swedetown today. Big snow stayed west of us, but an inch or two of fresh snow, topped by freezing rain, smoothed things out. No bare spots, even at the bottom of Papa Bear. No pictures; they can't compare to the current Birkie winter wonderland!|
|May 3||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Geoff Harrison|
|Conditions: Decent although not groomed since last Friday. 2" new sleet/snow over about 1-1/2 feet of season-long groomed base. A little rutted and a few sets of footprints sunk deep into the snow (inconsideratti).|
Kinda weird, after an uber weird winter/first half of spring: it's like skiing on one continuous snow bridge, except where it isn't, i.e. broken by nano-canyons 2 to 2-1/2 feet deep, easily crossed. But, hey, it's May 3rd!
|May 2||Delaware - High Rock Bay Trail ||Delaware||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 30-32F. Freezing rain. Solid 10-20" base on snowmachine trail.|
This morning I skated and double poled from Delaware to the High Rock Bay trail and back, 60km in 4 hours. I opted not to ski down to the lake because of washouts and I needed to keep my cadence up to stay warm on a day like this.
|May 1||Lac La Belle area backcountry ||Lac La Belle||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 37-43F. Solid 8-18" base on snowmachine trail, 0-24" of corn snow in the woods. A few washouts to circumnavigate and a couple precarious snow bridges to cross.|
I skated across the Keweenaw Peninsula this morning from Lac La Belle up to Delaware and down almost to Eagle Harbor where I ran out of snow (46km round trip), a particularly gnarly route for so late in the season, but I pulled it off. "Ski high, stay dry. Not yet, get wet!".
|May 1||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||John Kendrick|
|Conditions: Skiing in May! Who cares about conditions?|
The snow is still thick in the UP as students head home for the summer. A little soft, a lot of debris, but still skiable. We skated but fishscales were probably the way to go.
|Apr 29||Brockway Mountain Drive ||Copper Harbor||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 36F at 7:30AM, 50F at 11:00AM. Well packed snowmachine trail with 0-2' base ranging from clean corn to gray ice, with a few easily negotiated burn outs in exposed wind-swept areas.|
The sounds of fog horns, robins, and geese in Copper Harbor this morning as I skated one of my all-time favorite ski routes up and over Brockway Mountain and back.
|Apr 26||Mount Bohemia ||Lac La Belle||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 23F at 7:00AM, 39F at noon. Awesome crust skiing today on solid 2-4' base, up to 5 feet of snow cover in drifted areas. Exposed cliffs are melting out, and streams are getting ready to open up.|
I crust skated from Lac La Belle up Gratiot Mountain and up, down, and all around Mt. Bohemia. Many miles of untouched crust, one road crossing, and lots of snowmachine tracks to ski on and around today.
|Apr 25||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Eric Brown|
|Another 1.5" last night with 8.5" in the last two days. 29" in the woods. Groomed this morning. Skate lanes firm and tracks perfect.|
|Apr 24||Lac La Belle area backcountry ||Lac La Belle||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 17F at 7:15AM, 42F in the sun at noon. Solid, silky smooth crust down at lake elevation; 4" of fresh, dry powder over a solid 2-4 foot base at the summit of Gratiot Mountain with a zone of challenging, breakable crust at intermediate elevations.|
Good backcountry skate skiing around Lac La Belle. 308" of snow this season in the Keweenaw. 447 hours of skinnyskiing for me so far this season. Now the big thaw begins...
|Apr 23||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Eric Brown|
|7" fresh, 31" in the woods. 19K groomed and tracked. Excellent classic. A bit soft for skating. Most snow I have ever seen this late in the season.|
|Apr 21||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Tim Willard|
|Conditions: Little everything, but great.|
Phenomenal weekend. Bluebird powder day at Mount Bohemia after 16 of gitcheegumee snow fell Friday. Knew tech would work magic with what they got. Today was awesome. Skated all over and classical'ed at nara later on. I was wondering if everyone had given up from lack of posts, but I know its been a wonder! Last of three weekends like this in a row. Trifecta! Not the triple nipple, yet, but still pretty good.
|May 10||Tri Mountain area ||Trimountain||Geoff Harrison|
|Conditions: Keweenaw crust: uneven, but not rutted, from old 4 wheeler tracks.|
Our old stand-bye for spring Keweenaw crust skiing. Hadn't been up here (7 miles SW of Houghton on M26) in a couple of years. On snow bridge and two thinly ice covered puddles to go around, otherwise contiguous skiing, starting before 8:00 AM. Tricky, but fun. Drive to the end of 7th Ave where there's a small parking area.
|May 14||Porcupine Ski Runners Trails ||Timmins||Dan Horihan|
|Conditions: Still pretty good...typical spring skiing. Temps during my 12km this morning between -2C and 0C.|
Good classic tracks on most of the trails now. Crust skiing is excellent. Long daylight hours and some rain in the forecast means that unless you're one of those diehards with a penchant for slab ice, slush, and spruce needles...Ontario's season will be over by the end of the week. I don't do rock skis, so until next fall I'm done. Maybe.
|May 12||Porcupine Ski Runners Trails ||Timmins||Dan Horihan|
|Conditions: Knee deep fresh snow over discontinuous, crusty base. Skier tracked or fresh backcountry, depending on the trail.|
As of 8pm, Mother's Day storm has dropped over a foot of heavy wet snow, and it is still coming down. Chalet closed for the season yesterday, but there will probably be decent late spring skiing for a number of days. Trails are not groomed and there are some trees down.
|North Dakota |
|Apr 25||Lindenwood Park Ski Trails ||Fargo||Gary Brekke|
|The Red River reached flood stage this morning and the groomed ski trails started going under water and will be covered by Friday morning.|
|United States |
|May 3||Snow Mountain Ranch ||Granby, CO||Stephen Lee|
|Conditions: With 8-10 inches of new snow this past week, Snow Mountains Blue Ridge Trail is once again pristine.|
We don't have any grooming like the Birke Trail, but the backcountry skiing was fantastic today. Skied up early in the morning on firm crust and then sailed down on soft snow. Temp was 12 degrees in the valleys this morning, almost 50 this afternoon. Skiing should be good for a while yet...
|Apr 25||Snow Mountain Ranch ||Granby, CO||Stephen Lee|
|Conditions: Even though Snow Mt. Nordic closed over 2 weeks ago, the backcountry skiing is epic on Blue Ridge Rd.|
We have had at least 4 feet of new snow over the last week. Temps are in the teens and twenties and night and 40's to 50's during the day. Perfect spring skiing.