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|Minnesota Metro Area |
|Apr 17||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Wayne Nelson|
|Conditions: Northern Lights has deep skier made track.|
Channel 12 news filmed and interviewed the skier behind me this morning so lots of excitement at Elm Creek today.
|Apr 17||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Mark Basiletti|
|Conditions: Skied the Northern Lights trail about 10:30 a.m. Several had been out before me so there were deep tracks. Glide was good.|
I measured 9 inches in Maple Grove. My waxless skis worked well. This is my third last ski of the season.
|Apr 16||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Blake Bristow|
|Conditions: Wheel well deep!|
Broke out the mis-matched pair of skates and cut a classic track around the lake. Skied right from the car. One other guy on the course as crazy as us. A good 8 inches in spots. Lodge was closed, so no post ski hot coco. Barely made it out of the parking lot. Till next season.
|Apr 16||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Zach Handler|
|Conditions: Skiable fresh snow.|
I kicked around a bit on both sides of the golfcourse. Was better than sitting inside. If you invested in zeros you could collect dividends tonight; wet snow at 32 degrees made waxing tricky. I settled for lots of kick and no glide. No grooming of course, but the lights are still on around the snowmaking loop.
|Apr 10||Hyland Lake Park Reserve ||Bloomington||Scott Engstrom|
|Conditions: Many bare spots now.|
I have been skiing Hyland daily since they closed. I think today is the last day, as there are many bare spots now. I think it would have gone to tax day if it had been still groomed. It was a good ride.
|Minnesota Northeast |
|Apr 19||Biskey Pond Ski Trails ||Duluth||Tim Larson|
|Conditions: The entire Wolf Run Trail still has almost complete coverage so it is not necessary to take skis off. One puddle requires a very short detour. The recent grooming and set trail makes for good skiing still. Side trails had a few bare patches, so I stuck mostly to the main drag. An early-morning Easter expedition may still be possible for die-hards looking for that last outing of this ski season.|
Deep in my wax kit I found an old tin of Rex sticky yellow wax. A couple dabs under the toes, on top of Swix red-violet in the kick pocket, proved to be just the ticket. At dusk, woodcock performed their twittering mating dance in a swamp not far from the parking lot. I had never observed that while skiing until now!
|Apr 18||Biskey Pond Ski Trails ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Awesome and freshly groomed with some well groomed grassy spots too!|
HugeE thank you for the early post about grooming today! We took advantage of it midday and had a blast. How wonderful it was to be out on freshly groomed trails on April 18th. Once you get past the main drag trail, there are a few grassy portions, just walk over them...there's more snow!
|Apr 18||Biskey Pond Ski Trails ||Duluth||Joan Sutliff|
|Grooming plans: At 8am this morning, grooming is underway. A track is being set on the outer loop. That route is Wolf Run to White Pine to Birch Ridge to Eagle and back up Wolf Run.|
|Apr 17||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Bruce Bauer|
|Conditions: Three inches of new wet snow.|
Slow afternoon skiing with the wet snow. Tomorrow should be great morning crust skiing on the 10km.
|Apr 17||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: About 4 inches or so of new ungroomed wet snow.|
Thank you to whoever skied in tracks on portions of the trail prior to my arrival today. I was surprised at how nice it was, absolutely no clumping or stickiness with my Trak waxless skis! The second time around it got even faster! There seemed to be about half the snow we got on the hill over the hill at Hartley. Watch out if you see mini craters in the snow, those are actually really deep footprints and can trip you up if you ski down a hill quickly and over one!
|Apr 17||Lester Park ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Classic: Mid Spring perfect; Skate: No way!|
Received six inches of snow at the Deeps trailhead yesterday. The conditions are superb! 1 to 2 feet of snow throughout the trail system. My huge thanks to the couple of folks who skied before me and tracked the main system. I tracked the side trail above the Lester River waterfall. Thus, the entire system (8.4k) from the Deeps parking lot has really nice tracks. Skating would be really, really hard ... if not impossible. Twas truly a delightful experience ... Two waterfalls ... white noise of the roaring rapids from Amity Creek and Lester River ... robins singing deep in the woods ... and some sun! Get out there and enjoy!
|Apr 16||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: 10k crusty rutted with new snow filling ruts.|
Skated the 10k. It's quite rutted, but the new snow is hopefully filling things in. Maybe this will keep us going until May...
|Apr 15||Munger Trail ||Esko||Russ Mattson|
|Conditions: Crusty spring snow.|
Skied from Kangas rd to Carlton and back had to remove skis for about 1 k. Keep saying it's my last ski but who knows. Trail is still better for skiing than walking.
|Apr 15||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Tim Larson|
|Conditions: While trails have not been groomed lately, the corn snow was firm after cold overnight temperatures, suitable for both skating and classic. Trails were 99.9% covered with no hazards from ice or bare spots.|
The definition of a nice April in northern Minnesota is when the skiing is still pretty good. Today at Spirit Mountain was better than pretty good. What a wunnerful, wunnerful spring we are having in Duluth. P.S. Today staff opened the gate at the driveway entrance. The gate may look like it is locked; but check to see if the chain is actually locked or just wrapped around the gate.
|Apr 15||Fond du Lac State Forest ||Cromwell||Lon Gervais|
|Had a fun, challenging ski on the trail this morning, snow was very hard and crusty. Trail is 95% snow covered yet. Great to be out on a beautiful spring day.|
|Apr 14||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Great crust skiing with some ruts.|
We classic skied today and temps were hovering around freezing after dipping to the 20's overnight creating awesome crust skiing where there were not ruts from the previous skiers. We stuck to the 5k, 3k and campground loops. It was so nice that I was able to skate on my Trak waxless classic skis!
|Apr 14||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: 10k loop full coverage. Crusty corn snow throughout.|
Skated the 10k today. It was nice and fast with the cold temps at night firming things up. Had great glide and the trail is in good shape. It's a little uneven from others who sank in spots, but totally skiable.
|Apr 13||Lester Park ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Lower System: Fair to good; Upper System: Good+.|
The Lester Amity Trails are still in good shape. Snow coverage is 99% with just a few bald spots at a trail intersections. Below "B" the packed snow base is 4 to 8 inches. Above "C" the packed snow base is 6 to 12 inches. Even with the heavy melt this week and a temperature of 43 during my ski, I never sunk down into the base (I weigh 175 pounds). I used Madshus fiber waxless skis and had a great kick. If you know where the Maxwell St. ski-in access for the upper system, use that entry point and avoid the lower system below "C". The upper trails were in amazing shape ... no hikers, just two other skiers had left tracks, and even no deer tracks. The deer are avoiding the heavy snow on the upper system. All downhills are in excellent shape with 100% good coverage.
|Apr 12||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: 1/2 inch of wet white stuff on top of corn snow.|
We started to skate and it was a bit "sinky" at times so we switched to classic and had a great ski on the 5k loop today. There is more snow at Spirit than at other locations I skied at this week. I'd say there are between 2-3 feet according to my various ski pole tests!
|Apr 11||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: 1-2 feet of snow in all locations throughout the trail.|
We classic skied for two hours on awesome mature snow today starting around 10:30. Temps were in the 50's and the snow was firm and fast if you stayed on the outside where the tracks had previously been. There is a "lake" at the junction where you turn off to just classic that is there yearly, it is easy to get around if you go through the woods and then just go back the same way you started instead of doing those last two hills that are on the skate loop. Really great skiing!
|Apr 10||Lester Park ||Duluth||Catherine Winter|
|Conditions: Great spring skiing.|
Coverage is still good - just one open patch right at the trailhead, easily skied around. Some wet patches here and there. Still tons of snow in the woods.
|Apr 10||Biskey Pond Ski Trails ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Ungroomed snowcone like snow.|
We classic skied starting at 10:30 and there were no tracks to follow. Portions of the trail were firm and fun, other parts were "sinky" and loose. There is still at least a foot or two of snow throughout!
|Apr 17||Mount Itasca ||Coleraine||Lindsay Sheridan|
|Conditions: 99% coverage on biathlon 2K.|
As of this evening, the 2K is still nice and skiable with the exception of a small portion of the Swamp Loop, which is easily stepped around.
|Apr 16||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||Ellen Fuge|
|Conditions: Well groomed not too long ago, but icy today.|
Skied gold trail mid-day. Some parts were groomed with tracks probably Saturday or Sunday. Other parts hadn't been groomed for awhile. Everything rad relatively smooth, not rutted. It was very icy. Hopefully tomorrow be warm enough to loosen it up.
|Apr 15||Big Aspen Recreation Area ||Virginia||Ron Kutsi|
|Conditions: Temp was 15 F. East trail was rutted from skier out on warm day. Honeycombed and plenty of snow left but it was treacherous.|
Only did the inner loop. You could hear the skis on crust echoing throughout the woods. A rabbit sat in middle of trail eating as long as I stood and watched it. Need more freeze thaws to get to corn snow there. Still hope for one more ski.
|Apr 14||Carey Lake ||Hibbing||Ron Kutsi|
|Conditions: Toast... Highland connector to Southern Lights have patches open ground, ice, open water, soft sinking corn snow even at 25 degrees in the afternoon.|
It was a balancing act on strips of snow. And a short ski, about a half KM. Hibbing has less snow in the woods than the Virginia area for only 25 miles apart.
|Apr 14||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||Shawn Callahan|
Green Gate Guest House
|Conditions: 20 degrees, 6-12" base and freshly groomed!|
Piston Bully was grooming this morning - the Summit and lower Gold trails were completed by mid morning and conditions were very good! The non-groomed routes are pretty hard and chopped up from the weekend, but today's grooming provides several quality loops to chose from. There is still a very deep base almost everywhere, and I saw only one bald spot all morning (on a steep south face along the Gold trail). I'm not putting away the skis anytime soon!
|Apr 13||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|Although you can still ski on a few trails at the Ridge (more than a foot of base), we officially closed the season on Sunday. Hint: the lower Gold/Cedar/Summit should still be good for skating the next few days with the colder weather. Thanks for a great season, bring on the bike!|
|Apr 12||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||Shawn Callahan|
Green Gate Guest House
|Conditions: Great coverage on most trails, cooling temps.|
I skied much of the Giants Ridge network today. The last grooming with the Piston Bully was Wednesday, April 9th. There has been significant melt since then, but little traffic. The Laurentian/Wynne Creek trail is impassible due to runoff flooding the low areas, and I hit a few bare patches on the steep slopes of the Silver Trail. However, the Summit, Bronze and Gold trails still have a deep base (estimating 10-12") and made for a quality ski today. I'd bring the B-skis, just because of the branches and pine needles on the trail.
|Apr 12||Mount Itasca ||Coleraine||Joe Muller|
|Conditions: 36 F and cloudy.|
Still over a foot of snow on the bottom 2 K loop. Just a good amount of edge for a good skate. A nice ski in April.
|Minnesota Northwest |
|Apr 10||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Closed for the season!|
The warm temps this week have pretty much wiped out the snowpack. A check of the entire North Loup trail Thursday morning founds some good sections that provided some fun back and forth skiing under a beautiful morning. Great to be in the woods taking in the sights and sounds of spring! The trails are now closed for the season as we wait for the frost to come out and the earth to dry up on the mountain bike trails. Thanks again for a great season!
|Minnesota Central |
|Apr 17||Graystone Trails ||Saint Cloud||Kyia Anderson|
|Conditions: Kicked in classical track.|
8 inches of new wet snow! Big Thanks to Jeremy Frost who kicked in a short lap around the warm up loop of the N. Loop! It was sticky wet snow but a good time! Waxless skis were used.
|Wisconsin Northwest |
|Apr 19||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Rolf Thompson|
|Conditions: Good classic tracks on OO and Boedecker loops. Some debris collecting in the tracks but not bad. Swix Red Extra was passable until late morning when temps called for klister.|
What's up with all the dog tracks in the classic tracks? Very disrespectful of the groomers and other skiers. Other than that, great spring skiing!
|Apr 19||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Soft and slow for skating. Better for classic. Was pleasantly surprised to find fresh corduroy on the skate deck even though I didn't avail myself of it.|
Broke out the no-wax classic skis and was not disappointed. A huge thanks to Chris for continuing to groom and to the Birkie foundation for continuing to pay for it. It makes me smile every time I pull out that trail pass.
|Apr 18||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Very good for both skating and classic. A little soft at the edges and the periodic pole punch through kept it from being perfect.|
Started to get a little sticky as the day warmed up but if you got out anytime before 9:00 AM, the skiing was pretty awesome.
|Apr 17||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Joel Harrison|
New Moon Ski Shop
|Conditions: Excellent fresh packed and tracked.|
12" new snow pisten bullied to Boedecker and back from OO. 10k loop plus the south loops is 3k more. Thanks groomers!
|Apr 15||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ben Popp|
|Grooming plans: 10+ inches of snow on the way again! We will groom late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning the OO loops and Bodecker loop... hoping for another winter wonder land experience!|
|Apr 14||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Scott Wilson|
|Conditions: Very good crust skiing.|
The return of cool morning temps have made for great skate skiing on the Birkie Trail. Ski 'till it's gone!
|Apr 13||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Connie Meek|
|Conditions: The trail is still very skiable.|
I skied from OO to Bodecker and back on both the classic and skate trails. The trails consisted of settled corn snow with great grip for no-wax skis and relatively fast downhills. The edges are thinning in places with a couple of bare spots on south facing hilltops. There was one "water hazard" on the skate trail just south of Bodecker. Great day to ski!
|Apr 12||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Connie Meek|
|Conditions: Still very skiable, but has some standing water in a few spots.|
I classic skied the OO lighted loops trails today around noon - 2 PM. The snow was soft, slow, and somewhat wet from the morning rain showers. I used no-wax skis and after pressing down some tracks, it got faster the second time around. There are 3 "water hazards" in that section. The first (picture) is just south of the cabin on the Birkie Trail. It could be skied on the side. The second picture shows the water as you go left to the east loop (last section of classic trail). I needed to ski around on the edge to get past it. The 3rd picture is the big puddle on the classic trail or east loop. Skiing around that meant wet feet. It is between 2 of the cut-off trails (Nordic Kids signs - Snowflake Shuffle and Timberwolf), so you can go up one and back down the other to get around the puddle. Otherwise, the trail was fully covered and skiable.
|Apr 11||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Tom Detzner|
|Conditions: Very good for skate, classic not so good.|
This morning I got an early start and skied the lighted loops at the OO Birkie trail head. My temperature gauge said 34 degrees but the puddles were still frozen so I though it would be good and it was. The trail was firm for skating, icy enough to be fast but not scary. There is still a lot of snow despite the recent warm days and there were no bad spots. So nice to have good skiing in April!
|Apr 11||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Connie Meek|
|Conditions: OO to Bodecker and lighted loops in great condition.|
I skied the loops at OO from 9:15 to 11:00 this morning. It had sprinkled for about an hour beforehand. The trails were easy, safe corn snow, unaffected by the rain. The sun came out and our Ski and Tea group had a wonderful time. It was so much fun that I came back in the early afternoon and skied from OO to Bodecker and back. The snow was a little slower, but safe and fun on the downhills. The edges of the trails were thinning in spots, but the only larger melted area was on a south-facing classic trail hill where the classic and skate trails connect near some large rock cairns (approx. 24K classic). Awesome day!
|Apr 10||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Connie Meek|
|Conditions: OO and Bodecker area are terrific!|
The Birkie Trail north and south of OO are completely covered with snow at this time. I have been skiing classic on no-wax skis on both the OO loops and the skate and classic trails between OO and Bodecker. The consistency is a soft, fine, wet corn snow that is very skiable. It is slow and safe. Mid mornings seem to be a great time to be out there. I don't recommend skate skiing, as it would be too soft.
|Apr 17||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||John Ipsen|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Conditions: Ungroomed, 10-20 cm of moderately heavy new snow on a solid base.|
First time around the entry loop was a slow going submarining operation, second time twice as fast. Just need a few more diehards to ski in those tracks! Watch the white pine branch on the right side of the trail at the bottom of the first steep downhill.
|Apr 13||Superior Municipal Forest ||Superior||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Sinky snow, 95% coverage of trails or so.|
We started to skate and realized the snow was too sinky so we changed to classic. There is still quite a bit of snow, 1-2 feet in spots on the trail, however, the typical spots that get water or exposed first are now exposed. The snowmobile trail was better than parts of the ski trail. We ran into Adam Clark, our local weather man and thanked him for all the great snow and cold this winter.
|Apr 10||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||Doug Scheider|
|Conditions: Fully covered with faded remnants of classic tracks.|
Yesterday we arrived with temps below freezing and had a double pole delight over crust. Today the temps were in the mid 40's. Striding went well with waxless skies, and the base held surprisingly well.
|Apr 18||Big Rock Creek Farm ||Saint Croix Falls||Kerry Bogenreif|
|Conditions: Who needs trails when you can make your own? We spent 3 hours between the Wert XC Ski Trails and Big Rock Creek. The snow transitioned from ice crust to a crust we could kick and glide on with our waxless wonders.|
A day in the sun makes for some fun and exploring new places puts smiles on our faces!
|Wisconsin Northeast |
|Apr 19||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: fair spring conditions.|
A good skied in track was present. Temp at 8:00 am was 26 degrees so track was crusty, but softened up as temps warmed up. Parking lot was not plowed. Skating deck was crusted up and skiable.
|Apr 18||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Tom Rulseh|
|Conditions: Very nice skied-in tracks through at least 10 inches of day old snow.|
Somebody did a fantastic job of breaking trail and laying down superb, skied-in tracks. Conditions are quite variable with sun exposure and temperature fluctuations but skiing today was very enjoyable.
|Apr 17||Bass Lake ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: fair spring conditions.|
Wow what a storm - 14 inches of heavy wet snow. Lots of work to break trail, but worth the effort. Every where you look the trees were flocked, simply amazing. Skiing was slow, but now there is a trail. Temp at 2:30 pm was 38 degrees.
|Apr 16||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: good spring conditions.|
Still skiing! Tracks from yesterday were still in good shape, a few glazed areas from the sun, but very skiable and great glide. Temp at 7:30 am was 22 degrees and at 9:30 am was 28 degrees and just starting to snow.
|Apr 15||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: Great spring conditions.|
Apparently I am not the only diehard still skiing as all the striding trails were skied in already making for a great ski today. Temp at 10 am was 22 degrees and at 2:30 pm was 28 degrees, so snow never softened up. The skating trails had virgin snow on them and was fun breaking trail from the shelter to the road. Skied in track had great glide and great coverage. Awesome spring skiing!
|Apr 14||Bass Lake ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: Good spring skiing.|
Still skiing! Three inches of snow overnight, so I hit the woods behind Bass Lake and found the trails to be very skiable. There was still a base underneath the fresh powder, breaking trail was no problem, and then I had a trail on the return trip. Temp was 28 degrees and the snow was not wet. A very fun ski!
|Apr 12||Washburn Lake Ski Trails ||Woodboro||Kevin Mahoney|
|Spring ski Saturday, 4-6 inch base or no base. Closed for mountain and Fat Bikes but not skis! Air Temp: 37F. Snow Temp: 21F.|
|Apr 11||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Tom Rulseh|
|Conditions: Still skiable - mostly. Some bare stretches in sun exposed areas. Lots of forest debris under dense conifer areas. Tracks are barely perceptible due to the thaw. Skate lane is a bit lumpy.|
If you really need to ski and are willing to take them off and walk occasionally there is still decent cover on most of the trail. Sure beats sitting at home waiting through the spring transition!
|Apr 15||Reforestation Camp ||Green Bay||John Rosebush|
|Conditions: Unbelievable for today.|
Probably last ski for the camp but if you get out today on "B" waxless classic you may have a great time. The dense snow means we didn't sink thru to the gravel. Did the entire Oaks loop around noon with near 100% coverage. Doubt that skating would be much fun.
|Michigan Upper Peninsula |
|Apr 15||Miners Memorial Heritage Park ||Ironwood||Jonathon Rulseh|
|Conditions: Freshly rolled and tracked. A bit icy in places with some ruts. Plenty of base.|
The dedicated groomers are still at it, working the 4 inches of surprise lake effect that fell last night. What a fun ski tonight! Thank you!
|Apr 13||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard Polich|
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
|The trails were groomed today and track set. The tracks were great and skate lane had some uneven areas due to the soft snow. Today is the official last day of grooming for the season. The chalet will be closed but the Powderhorn and Cliffs trail remain open. No bare spots and still plenty of base. Thank you to the groomers and volunteers who made this season one to remember!|
|Apr 11||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard Polich|
Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails
|Conditions: Volunteer groomers out this morning setting track and skate lane. Since the 20 inches of snow that fell a week ago no rain has fallen on it.|
Striding was still good at noon today. Best conditions are in the mornings.
|Apr 16||Valley Spur ||Munising||Tom Lane|
|Conditions: The track was absolutely great.|
On the snow 11:00 am, 30 degrees. Off the snow 3:20 pm, 30 degrees. Met a gentleman in the parking lot when I first arrived, that said he skied yesterday and the track was absolutely great. I couldn't agree more. I go to Valley Spur for Y & W trails. They are long rolling runs that let me get a good stride going. W was groomed yesterday and Y today. Both in excellent mid winter condition and its mid April. If you check the pics. It looks like there is some ice in the track. There isn't. It's old snow worked in with the new and was quite fast.
|Apr 15||Valley Spur ||Munising||Eric Brown|
|Conditions: Groomed and tracked.|
6" of new snow. 30" in the woods. Mid-winter conditions.
|Apr 15||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: 6" of heavy snow Monday morning, 27F with full sun today.|
Just groomed A, B, D and W. Classic Excellent with deep tracks and hard wax conditions. Skate deck firm all across.
Grooming plans: Will add more trails tomorrow. This whole week looks good, so will groom through Easter for sure.
|Apr 18||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: Excellent trail conditions at MTU, as they have been pretty much every day this season since November 23rd.|
I skied at the MTU trails today after the heavy snow buried the great crust skiing. Mt. Bohemia had good backcountry powder yesterday during the storm before the snow transitioned to wetter snow. Still lots of snow in my backyard at Lac La Belle.
|Apr 18||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Pete Anderson|
|Conditions: Excellent classic and skate.|
12 inches new snow on a 2-foot base, tilled and tracked. Great spring skiing.
|Apr 12||Swedetown Trails ||Calumet||Larry Zurawski|
|Conditions: Pretty nice for mid-April!|
A perfect ending to an epic season at Swedetown. While the temps were in the 70s to the south on Saturday, it was 32 degrees with light snow in the Keweenaw. Still a solid 3 feet of snow on the ground, but this weekend was the last grooming. Thank you Swedetown for a great long season!
|Apr 12||Lac La Belle area backcountry ||Lac La Belle||Ken Wikgren|
|Conditions: 27F at 7:00AM, 34F at 1:30PM. 1.5 to 4 foot base of transformed snow. Mostly solid crust, breakable in a few spots, getting soft after noon.|
I skate skied the proverbial "triple nipple" today, reaching the summits of Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Houghton, and Mt. Gratiot. I always ski this route in a different way, and I took a lot of side trips today with the nice crust, but also three "false summits" on Gratiot ridge before finally reaching the high point. 335" of snow this season in the high elevations of Keweenaw County and starting to snow lightly this afternoon as I write this.
|Apr 12||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Geoff Harrison|
|Conditions: Excellent. Freshly groomed and tracked, depending on the weather, almost daily. The snow is a bit dirty, but flat and fast.|
Getting soft at 1 o'clock. Only one spot on the upper trails where the groomer kicked up some dirt at the edge, on Isle Royale where the new hill has been done, up by the high school fields, where the snow is thinner on the ground in a windblown area. Solid base, rough guess over 1 1/2'. So, with temps rising, plan on finishing any ski before noon.
|Apr 15||Porcupine Ski Runners Trail ||Timmins||Dan Horihan|
|Conditions: Best late season skiing in Ontario. Entire trail system groomed and track set with near perfect conditions.|
Several days of sub-zero temps and steady snow have left the Timmins area with what looks to be a solid week of beautiful mid-winter conditions. About 30cm of freshly groomed powder over solid base (many areas have over a meter of snow off-trail). Grooming continues daily and the chalet will remain on regular winter hours until at least May 1st.