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|National Forest Lodge|
Historic lodge located in the heart of the Superior National Forest. Rustic cabins and a modern log home on Lake Gegoka, surrounded by tall red and white pine. Ski weekends include all lodging and meals. Cross country ski over 30k of groomed classic trails - in and out. Also 8K marked snowshoe trails and one of the few outdoor hot tubs around.
Seeking New Trail Reports for: Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
(3), Minnesota Landscape Arb
(2), Hyland Lake
(2), Plover River
(2), Battle Creek East
(2), Pine Valley
, Black River Falls SF
, After Hours
, Big Creek SP
, Stanley Eddy
, Blackwater Environmental
, Columbia GC
, William O'Brien SP
, Saint Mary's Univ
, Pleasant View GC
, Staring Lake
, Schlecht Lake
, Razorback Ridges
, Northwood GC
, Red Cedar River
, Soaring Eagle
, Itasca SP
, Rock Lake
, Phalen GC
, Terrace Oaks
, Iola Winter Sports
, Black's Grove
, Boulder Lake
|Minnesota Metro Area |
|Dec 10||Hiawatha Golf Course ||Minneapolis||Robert Bergad|
|Conditions: No grooming as of this afternoon. Otherwise entire course covered by soft and wind-blown snow.|
Only skier set tracks were present. Park board has a been using heavy machinery to remove trees with the result that truck tracks and tree cutting debris located in some areas of the course.
|Dec 10||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||John Fitzgerald|
|Conditions: Good skate and classic.|
Gold, W.C., Silver and Bronze trails groomed this morning. New classic tracks were set. Conditions very good for both techniques. Unable to groom the Ski Games trail (west side) due to a frozen padlock.
Scheduling: Big high school meet at Battle Creek this afternoon.
|Dec 10||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||David Pettit|
|Great what fun. Trail was groomed well on the east side but no so good on the west side.|
|Dec 10||Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park ||Cottage Grove||Mike Polehna|
Washington County Parks
|Conditions: Good for skate skiing.|
Groomer operator reports that the trails were groomed today and there is good snow coverage on the trails. All trails have been groomed for ski skating. Limited snow is available and no classic tracks have been set.
|Dec 10||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Mike Polehna|
Washington County Parks
|Conditions: Good to excellent.|
Groomer operator reported that trails have been groomed and ski conditions for ski skating are good to excellent. Some classic tracks have been set where enough snow is available.
Grooming plans: Because of blowing snow the groomer operator anticipates setting tracks on Wednesday.
|Dec 9||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Kathleen Miller|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed, light wind, 0 degrees, beautiful blue sky.|
Classic skied at Elm and was pleased to see the full 2.5K man-made loop is completed and impeccably groomed. A few places the track disappeared either because the wind filled it with snow or the areas by the downhill are still making snow and a lot was drifting onto the trails. The little extra .1K that allows you to bypass the little wall has large piles of snow waiting to be spread around and groomed, so hopefully that little piece will be open in the next couple of days. They finally groomed and set tracks on the outer loops so I ventured out there, and it was so much nicer than Saturday! The 1/2 K of tracks leading up to the Cowabunga hill are not very well set, but after that everything is good. There are still areas where dirt/grass/sticks show through but if you're careful you can avoid most of it and can use your good skis. It was actually quite nice if your were in the woods and out of the wind. The Valley trail was a little tougher in this temp in the open areas. Dress warm and get out and enjoy it!
|Dec 9||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Joel Sehloff|
|Conditions: Good skate deck, no classic tracks yet.|
Skied tonight with the lights. Recent snow has really helped conditions. Not nearly as icy as a few days ago. Still a few leaves and a bit of tree litter on the trails. Great early conditions!
|Dec 9||Hornet Hiihto Trails ||Edina||Craig Jarvinen|
|Conditions: Good conditions - all trails groomed for skating only.|
All trails were groomed for skating on Monday night. The 1km snow making loop behind the high school is complete. This loop includes a new trail for 2013-2014 with a challenging up and down hill. Still no classic tracks, but soon.
|Dec 9||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Bill Oyler|
|Conditions: The Back-40 loop is in good shape for skating, fair shape for classic. The Hap competition loop is surrounded by a huge white plume of snow so I was unable to assess the conditions but I can only imagine the snow guns are producing one heck of a snow base.|
It was great to get out for a headlamp ski on the Back-40. There are a few slightly uneven places on the trail, but that's good for practicing your balance in the pitch dark!
|Dec 9||Lebanon Hills Regional Park ||Eagan||Bob Oltman|
|Conditions: Not groomed, lots of snow no rocks.|
Skied about 8 miles on outer loops before sunset. Lots of snow (and leaves, of course), seems like there is enough snow to groom. But if you want to ski Lebanon it's still a good time. Lots and lots of foot traffic which is much worse than the leaves in my book. But always good to get out this early.
|Dec 9||University of Minnesota Golf Course ||Falcon Heights||Sue Schroeder|
|Non-skiing report: Stopped by the Les Bolstad Golf Course and did not see that any grooming had been done. |
|Dec 9||Fort Snelling State Park ||Saint Paul||Krista Jensen|
|Pike Island classic ski trails were packed and tracked today and are in fair to good condition.|
Grooming plans: On our next pass through Pike Island we will set ski tracks a little wider. Classic tracks were set on multi-use trails throughout the park as well.
|Dec 9||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Bill Kosfeld|
|All loops regroomed with new tracks early this afternoon. Sorry about all the leaves, otherwise coverage very good.|
|Dec 9||Bunker Hills Regional Park ||Coon Rapids||Todd Murawski|
|Conditions: Trails have been packed and groomed with tracks being set in most locations. Trails are in good conditions for skate skiers. Classic skiers will run into a few dirt spots in the tracks, but trails are very skiable.|
Considering we are at minimum snow depths for grooming, groomers for Anoka County Parks have done a great job with Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Dam, and Rum River Central.
|Dec 9||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Sue Schroeder|
|Conditions: Very good. Good skis can be used.|
Great classic conditions this morning in the cold. Fresh dusting of snow and cold temps made for good kick. Classic tracks 99% great. Only 2 or 3 spots where dirt poked through. Skate deck looked excellent as well.
|Dec 8||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Jerry Nelson|
|Conditions: Great for early season!|
Groomers were out as we were skiing. These guys always seem to be on top of grooming here, told them we appreciated it. Soft first loop as we were one of the first out, but as it got skied in firmed up nicely. Almost good skis warranted (for skate), but probably best to use rock skis. Classic tracks groomed also. Coverage pretty good overall, not many leaves, branches, or thin spots at all.
|Dec 8||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Per Nelson|
|Conditions: Covered, classic track set. Fabulous considering the time of year and snow total.|
Skied a good pair cringe free. Much better coverage than yesterday at Lake Elmo. Skated everything between Winthrop and Battle Creek Road, and though the newest snow was not groomed it was fabulous. Margie classic skied the other side of BC Road and said it was decent but bumpier and not quite as well mowed. New water line pipings are covered and can be skied over as if they are not there. No sign of snow guns.
|Dec 8||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Andrew Magill|
|Classic skied J.D. Gardens and the Front 9. Mostly no classic track but the fresh snow over the rolled trail helped my skis track. Much, but not all, of the sticks and debris have been removed or covered over. Looks like snow making is continuing on the Hap and Judy loop. Thanks for the kick wax Dan.|
|Dec 8||Tamarack Nature Center ||White Bear Township||Mark Oswood|
|Conditions: Very good. Solid double classic tracks throughout.|
Scattered thin spots on prairie and few oak leaves in woods, but good skis are fine. Beautiful day in the woods!
|Dec 8||Terrace Oaks Park ||Burnsville||Lew Perna|
|Good coverage. A little bumpy in spots, but well worth the four laps on the outer loop. This park is a hidden gem. Trees and hills galore.|
|Dec 8||Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park ||Cottage Grove||Ted Haland|
|Good snow coverage. The trails don't appear to have been groomed, but the classic skiing was good on waxless skis. No significant rocks or debris.|
|Dec 8||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Andre L'Heureux|
|Conditions: Excellent for skating!|
Snow was well packed and smooth, some leaves on top, but great for A skis with no rough spots. As usual the groomers did a fantastic job making the most of the coverage, and with the additional inch or so, it was quiet and fast. Almost nobody out there, even though I bet it's some of the best skiing. Great to be on the trails this early in the year.
|Dec 8||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Dallas Johnson|
|Skijor trails: Good condition. No rocks or grass. Still a bit rough. No squirrels or rabbits found, maybe next time.|
|Dec 8||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Bill Oyler|
|Conditions: A winter wonderland on the Wirth trails today! From the Back-40 down to I-394, there is excellent snow coverage. The snow is very clean and you can use your "A" skis everywhere except for the Front 9. You can bypass the Front 9 using the shortcut to the left after crossing under the 1st railroad bridge and continue to the JD Rivers and Butler loops via the connector trail under Highway 55.|
I skate skied the Back-40, Front 9, JD Rivers, Butler, and Bog loops several times this afternoon. The Back-40 is groomed best of all. It is plenty wide and has classic tracks. The Front 9 is in fair condition, with lots of branches down from apparent tree trimming. You can either bypass the Front 9 or just take it easy and dodge the branches (that's what I did). On the way to JD Rivers, you'll need to remove skis under the Highway 55 bridge. Skiing is very pleasant on the Butler loop. The hills have a few bumps but nothing that will cause a tumble. The Bog loop is also a lot of fun, but it appeared as though the grooming was not as frequent there, so the snow is deeper and the trail is narrower. Be sure to maintain a narrow stance on the Butler and Bog loops -- it's easy for your ski tips to catch deep powder on the left or right side of the trail. Finally, on the way back to the Par 3 lot, be very careful when going under the 2nd railroad bridge. I've always turned that corner and gone under the bridge at fairly high speed... but the bridge appears to have been replaced and it has much less clearance than the old bridge - I almost banged my head on the new metal beams. Overall I am really impressed with the Wirth trails -- I can't remember skiing the Butler and Bog loops on December 8th! Thanks, Minneapolis groomers!
|Dec 8||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Jennifer Ringold|
|Conditions: Very nice. Firm base with 3/4 inch of soft snow on top.|
Skied the lighted loop. First ski of the year and couldn't have ask for a better evening. If you are considering whether to get out: Go now, I was pleasantly surprised.
|Dec 8||Highland 9-hole Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Patrick Johnson|
|Conditions: Firm skate deck, nice classic track.|
Skied at 2 pm this afternoon. A little new snow on top of groomed trail, good skating. Classic track also set and looked pretty nice. Only a few grass spots here and there but nothing to be concerned about.
|Dec 8||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Pat Smith|
|Conditions: Good conditions for skating and looked fine for classic, too. No bare spots and only a few leaves, sticks, etc. on the trail.|
Busy at this park this afternoon (my first time there)! Skied the Lakeview, Skyline, and Meadow trails and all were in fine condition. Definitely recommended!
|Dec 8||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Leif Irgens|
|Skied this morning. Last night's dusting was a nice improvement. Skate deck was firm and the glide wasn't bad considering it was +2 F. Only one small spot where a little grass was showing through. A passing look at the classic tracks indicated the additional snow and grooming had rid them of all the fallen leaves present yesterday. All in all, a beautiful day to be skiing.|
|Dec 8||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Jim Carlen|
|Skate deck was excellent today. Skied the whole course and I have to say the groomers have done a great job at French. Skate deck had good coverage except for perhaps 3-4 spots where the now was a bit thin, but honestly I think you can use your good skis if you're reasonably aware. Also double poled the classic loop and that looked good as well. Good Job French Park groomers!|
|Dec 8||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Ted Lystig|
|Decent conditions this afternoon for skating on the east side loops. Coverage is good, and the snow is packed quite firm, with a broad skate lane in most places. Didn't notice any rocks or roots coming through. A few sections with enough leaf debris to catch skis, even while skating. No classic tracks set.|
|Dec 8||Cleary Lake Regional Park ||Prior Lake||Mitchell Miller|
|Conditions: Good for skate, no track.|
An inch of new powdery snow made it easy to get an edge. The trails were probably groomed this morning before most of the snow fell. All the trails are open except Lower Ironwood. Coverage is good, just watch for the occasional grass tuft or rock (I took a hit from a rock on an uphill along the lake).
|Dec 8||Vadnais/Sucker Lakes ||Vadnais Heights||Tammy Westerhaus|
|Conditions: Sucker Lake - packed but not firm yet. Good snow but need more. Tracks are there but not set well. Need more snow!|
Was a great day to get out and see the trumpeter swans anyway - decent coverage only a few spots of oak leaves.
|Dec 8||Carver Park Reserve ||Victoria||Kevin Wendland|
|Good. No new grooming as of 3pm. A little grass showing in the windswept area. Snowing lightly all day.|
|Dec 8||Highland 9-hole Golf Course ||Saint Paul||John Faley|
|Conditions: Very good, great cover, fast conditions.|
First ski of the season. I used rock skis but could have used good ones. The course was great.
|Dec 8||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Sue Schroeder|
|Conditions: Very good. Best skis could be carefully used.|
Hadn't skied Como in years, but good reports drew me over there. Great conditions... Skate deck was firm and smoothed (and regroomed as I was skiing). Classic tracks looked good too, only a few thin spots to watch for: Starting hill, just after passing under bridge. Otherwise coverage good. Race skis could be used with care.
|Dec 8||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Anne Pilmonas|
|Fair. Plenty of snow, but course is not smooth. Classic tracks are not set, and there are lots of truck tire marks and tree debris to battle. Back 9 is also scattered with large truck tracks. Better off skate skiing, but still a messy course.|
|Dec 8||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Kathy Bjornson|
|Conditions: Very nice for classic.|
Can definitely use your good skis. Occasional wind blown section, but had a beautiful ski.
|Dec 8||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Skate lane fairly firm, well covered, with roughly 1/2" of new snow on top. No classic tracks except for a few skier made sections on the Northern Lights.|
Skied the outer loop (natural snow) around 10:30 this morning. Must have been groomed within the previous 24 hours, as the deck was fully packed with just 1/2" of fresh snow on top from this morning. There was one short stretch (about 1/4 mile) that had three feet on the left side that was not recently packed (3" of snow on top), but other six feet of trail was packed firm so not a problem. Found the snow to be reasonably fast for upper single digits. Pole plants a little soft in sections, could hear the tips hitting pavement, but coverage on the trail was fine -- no problem with good skis. Nice ski, and beats laps on the snowmaking loop.
|Dec 8||Eagle Lake Regional Park ||Plymouth||Wayne Nelson|
|Conditions: Good to very good and getting better today.|
Classic skied both Eagle and Pike Lake trails yesterday and this morning. There were a few spots on each yesterday with some grass popping through but they were mostly covered by 8:30 today with additional accumulations today. Great early conditions. Skating lane on Eagle Trail finally was used yesterday too.
|Dec 8||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||John Munger|
|Conditions: Twin Lakes, Skyline, JD Rivers, Eloise Butler and Quaking Bog Trail down to Brownie Lake were groomed for skating this morning. No classic track except older track on Twin Lake/Back-40 trail.|
A little soft in spots, but generally very good conditions.
|Dec 8||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Jeff Blodgett|
|Conditions: Very good skate conditions.|
Some soft snow on the skate deck this morning at 9am but pretty fast anyway. Groomer was out when I left at 11:15am.
|Dec 8||Phalen Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Bill Stuber|
|Phalen is roll and in good condition.|
|Dec 7||Lebanon Hills Regional Park ||Eagan||Adam Bock|
|Conditions: Good. Not groomed.|
Went out on Saturday with the classic skis. Firm snow but not rock hard. Good coverage except little bits of grass poking through at a few points. No grooming done but other tracks were present and somewhat helpful.
|Dec 7||Highland 9-hole Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Peter Aggen|
|Conditions: Groomed and tracked.|
Nice smooth skate deck with only a few patches of dirt. Tracks looked mostly good, with some patches of grass showing.
|Dec 7||Fort Snelling State Park ||Saint Paul||Michael Endrizzi|
|Pike Island: Groomed but not for classic skiing. Overall its great but no grooves so skis slide sideways a little bit. No rocks, grass, bumps, etc. so go for it!|
|Dec 7||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Michael Gotzsche|
|Skied the Front 9 and found it to be in poor condition. Hard packed with lots of bumps and ridges. Add to that truck tracks and tree work debris scattered about and it wasn't much fun. Went down Tornado Alley and it was worse. JD Gardens has not been groomed and couldn't tell if Butler and the Bog had been possibly rolled. All in all disappointing after previous years of excellent grooming at my favorite place to ski.|
|Dec 7||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dave Anderson|
|Good, mostly. My late afternoon ski, with Babe, who must have been dragging the double bottom, was refreshing in more ways than one. It was good to be back on snow. The only negative, other than the temperature was the leaf litter compliments of the red oaks and the wind. Scout and Shear-Pin pulled the medium screens on Friday evening to knock down the roller hops left from Wednesdays rolling of the not quite cool enough new snow. |
Grooming plans: With the light traffic today, no grooming is planned for this evening.
|Dec 7||Hornet Hiihto Trails ||Edina||Craig Jarvinen|
|Conditions: Good to so-so to excellent.|
All 4.5Km groomed today for skating. The fields are in good condition. Trails through the trees are skiable, but don't use your best skis. The snow making loop behind the high school is now 650 meters with an average depth of over 12 packed inches. The loop includes a significant climb (some say too hard for an up hill) and a technical downhill s curve. Grooming is not complete on this loop, but still skiable. Still making snow on another 350 meters of rolling terrain.
|Dec 7||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Ted Lystig|
|Quite good classic conditions just after noon. Tracks are well set throughout, with just a handul of thin spots where tufts of grass are visible. Also an occasional spot contouring around a hill where one of the tracks would start to deteriorate. Skate deck looked great. Only thin spot I noticed was at the start of Challenge Hill. LF3 worked well for glide, and Swix Polar was doing well for kick.|
|Dec 7||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Christian Franken|
|Conditions: Skating surface in great shape from yesterday's grooming and packed down by skiers. A few grassy spots in the classic tracks.|
Out for a couple of skate loops between 11 am and noon. Hardly anyone there, a shame in light of the great conditions. Great to be able to ski in my neighborhood this early in the season!
|Dec 7||Terrace Oaks Park ||Burnsville||Adam Segar|
|Conditions: Fair. Groomed. Uneven and skinny track on most of the hills.|
A fun skate today but I ended up walking up a few hills because the track was either uneven or just not wide enough to skate up. I used my short rock skis and they seemed appropriate. The deck is solid. Dress warm. A few rocks and a lot of leaves and twigs on the trail.
|Dec 7||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Dave Carlson|
|Conditions: Trails are good!|
Despite the 0 degree day, quite an impressive number of skiers out braving the frigidity! Classic tracks in good shape on all the trails except for some sections of oak leaf litter and a little bit of dirt showing through and a few low-hanging branches. Skating portion looked fine throughout. Thanks to the groomers for getting French in good shape!
|Dec 7||Hiawatha Golf Course ||Minneapolis||Mike Garrity|
|Conditions: Not too bad, the Minnesotian said.|
Skier made skate course, lots of packing/tracking done by the HS ski teams. No park grooming. Some classic tracks skied in around the perimeter.
|Dec 7||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Scott Engstrom|
|Excellent skate ski. Packed nicely. All trails open. But oh so cold, a bit like sandpaper skiing.|
|Dec 7||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Bill Oyler|
|Conditions: Valley loop was somewhat windblown and uneven in a few places for skate skiing. Classic tracks were mostly good. Skating at times felt like gliding on something between sandpaper and super-glue! I did see some people skiing the Northern Lights loop too but I did not try it.|
The good news is you can definitely stay warm by dressing appropriately.
|Dec 7||Brown's Creek Nature Preserve ||Stillwater||Ralph Hapness|
|Conditions: Groomed for skating. Very good coverage for the most part.|
Bumpy in spots, some grass poking through. Waiting for more snow in order to set classic tracks.
|Dec 7||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Mark Leach|
|Conditions: The trails were in good to fair shape and all open except Evergreen trail.|
The snow was mixed with a little dirt and leaves in some spots. You can use your best skis if you are careful.
|Dec 7||Jackson Meadow ||Marine on St. Croix||Carl Nordgren|
|Trails are rolled and groomed. Classic tracks on all the singletrack trails and about half the combi trails. Good skiing. Very few thin spots. Classic tracks a bit shallow on some trails but very skiable. Skate lane a bit rough in places.|
|Dec 7||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Brad Rosch|
|The Valley, Thicket, Northern Lights are in great shape. I classic skied the outside loops (Creek, Lake, Eagle) great coverage, but 3-4 inches of powder on top making skate almost impossible. They rolled them the day of the snow, but for some reason they haven't groomed them since then. |
|Dec 7||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Chris Lofgren|
|Conditions: Very good. Well-groomed skate deck, classic tracks set for most of the park.|
We skated the all of the groomed trails, and the skate deck was solid and fast. Some portions were bumpier than others, and there were a few parts with dirt/rocks dragged into the trail, but B skis are certainly appropriate.
|Dec 7||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Doug Schumacher|
|Conditions: Re-groomed the lighted and 5 K loops today early afternoon.|
Good coverage throughout both the lighted and 5K loops with firm classic tracks that did not need to be re-set. However, oak leaves have blown into the tracks, so use caution. Good skis are fine. Go out and enjoy the course, especially with warmer temps and, hopefully, more snow on the way soon.
|Dec 7||William O'Brien State Park ||Marine on St. Croix||Brian Wicklund|
|Conditions: Rolled but no tracks set.|
Entire loop is rolled but no tracks set.
|Dec 7||Carver Park Reserve ||Victoria||Kevin Crystal|
|Conditions: Full coverage. A few tufts of grass here and there but no rocks or dirt. No set tracks.|
A great day to ski at Carver. Snow wasn't deep enough to set tracks but I muddled around Lake trail before switching to skate. The trails could use a grooming pass as they are a bit chopped up.
|Dec 7||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Ben Dubay|
|Conditions: Hard packed and powder, depending on the loop.|
They were cranking out snow, so the manmade loop is windblown snow. Northern lights was packed and rock hard. The outer loop was reportedly packed, but they must have only rolled it once during the storm since there was about 4" of powder to ski through.
|Dec 7||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Tyler Gilbert|
|Conditions: Great! Firm and good coverage, race skis were just fine.|
Classic skied one outer loop early this morning. Cold temps made us the only ones in the lot at the start, a trickle of people started to come as we were leaving. Trails were slightly bumpy with the inevitable oak leaves, but otherwise it was nice and firm, with great coverage! Good skis were fine!
|Dec 6||Highland 9-hole Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Erin Moening|
|Conditions: Packed down and used.|
Good for skating, packed down from lots of use. No classic tracks yet.
|Dec 6||Wood Lake Nature Center ||Richfield||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Machine packed, no tracks, a bit uneven.|
Stop 7 of 7: Final stop of the day, sun getting low as I skied around 4 pm. Temperature was dropping quickly - or at least felt a lot colder as the sun set. Always enjoy these trails as they meander through the woods and swamps around Wood Lake. Nothing challenging, but nice scenery for the middle of the city. Off-and-on skier made tracks. Coverage was OK, a few thin spots.
|Dec 6||Terrace Oaks Park ||Burnsville||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Well packed, very smooth deck, looked great for skating. No tracks. Good coverage, except on a few hills were erosion bars were a little exposed.|
Stop 6 of 7: Skied around 3 pm. Grooming rack at the trail head, looks new! Groomers did a nice job with the initial grooming -- some of the smoothest deck I've seen at Terrace. The usual leafs and foot traffic, but otherwise good coverage. No tracks, except in a few sections where someone might have double poled. Should have pulled out my skate skis. Embarrassingly got tipped off balance on one of the downhills (blaming it on an erosion bar) and left a nice divot - sorry. Still one of my favorite places to ski, and nice shelter from the wind.
|Dec 6||Lebanon Hills Regional Park ||Eagan||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, some skier made tracks and a fair amount of animal tracks.|
Stop 5 of 7: Skied around 2:15 pm, doing a loop around the lake south of the visitor center. No signs of grooming yet. Found the skier made tracks were actually pretty decent, enjoyed being in the woods on this cold day. Amazing amount of animal tracks, surprised I didn't run into something! Coverage seemed pretty good, maybe not quite as much as Tamarack but never struck anything while skiing.
|Dec 6||Sunfish Lake Park ||Lake Elmo||Bruce Adelsman|
|Stop 4 of 7: Non-skiing report: Trails were not groomed, and there was a set of truck tracks coming from the west side. Fair amount of foot traffic, as usual. Parking lot has been improved with smooth surface and rock border.|
|Dec 6||Tamarack Nature Center ||White Bear Township||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Groomed and double tracked - wow!|
Stop 3 of 7: Hit the trails around 12:15 pm. Excited to find they had set a double-track! Kudos to the groomers -- gutsy move in the first snowfall, but really set up some great, firm tracks! Definitely a few thin spots, but 80-90% of it was very good to excellent. I was kicking waxless skis, and they didn't perform well in the firm tracks (worked better in the ungroomed and skier made tracks). Wish I had brought the real classics and some kick wax. Hard to tell, but I saw no evidence of anyone else skiing beforehand (not surprising given the time of day and subzero temps).
|Dec 6||Vadnais/Sucker Lakes ||Vadnais Heights||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Well packed (like Snail/Grass), no tracks. A bit more snow and much smoother terrain than Snail/Grass. Some shallow skied-in tracks helped.|
Stop 2 of 7: Skied the Vadnais Lake side (south of CR F) around 11:30 am. Firm trail, would be nice for skating but I was striding. Skied about half way down south, seemed like good coverage. The lake was freezing up, but had some open water creating steam clouds, and lots of cracks around the lakeshore, along with some super-cool crystal formations (looked like snowflakes on steroids). Wind wasn't too bad, sun helped a lot.
|Dec 6||Snail/Grass Lakes ||Shoreview||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Packed, no tracks, firm, but a bit icy in places and mainly bumpy. Decent coverage over most of the sections I skied.|
Stop 1 of 7: Stopped at Grass Lake end of the trail system around 11 am, skied from the upper parking lot. Groomers packed the trail well, but some sections like the prairie loop, are a bit bump (especially the big downhill off the prairie). Not too much foot traffic. No snow in the tunnel leading back to the hilly wooded section.
|Dec 6||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Ralph Schwartz|
|Skied today at 1:30 PM. Trail is very firm, hard pack and fast, very bumpy. Some dirt and grass showing, easily avoided; good coverage in general. Not quite enough snow to smooth things over. I used race skis. There is no classic track.|
|Dec 6||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Joel LaFrance|
|Conditions: Good, but bring your B skis.|
More firm than yesterday but it appears the re-grooming pulled up quite a bit of debris, which is unfortunate. Primarily sticks and grass, but occasionally small mine fields of rocks. Some of the ridging problems were groomed out, and all the various connections were completed which was the plus side. Going to take more snow at least before it's race-ski ready. Definitely "B" skis now.
|Dec 6||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Sue Schroeder|
|Conditions: Fair on front 9 and tornado alley. Good on back 40.|
Back 40 was groomed and tracked and in good early season condition. Tracks were shallow but distinct, skate deck had some bumps as its early days. Front nine appears to have been rolled, not groomed or tracked, then heavily rutted up by heavy machinery. Some signs of tree removal but the rutting went beyond the tree removal areas. Disappointing. B skis could be carefully used. Did not check out rest of back nine or areas south. JD Gardens did not appear to have been groomed.
|Dec 6||Battle Creek Regional Park East ||Maplewood||Stanley Sledz|
|Conditions: Nice crust for classical style, green wax.|
Skied Wednesday from 4-5:30pm, maade my own trail along the perimeter etc. Today skied 2-3:15 on the perimeter (in Wednesday's tracks) plus a 1/4 mile path back into the woods, by a gate in the NE corner, going clockwise, left, just after the footbridge, just before the waterworks. Gorgeous, quiet, sunny but you have to watch your step in some rare areas. I stopped where trees block the way.
|Dec 6||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Ji Chen|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed at 12:45. The cold snow is very slow though.|
Grooming was excellent with the limited amount of snow on some spots. Great job! However, there are some thin spots, even on the classic tracks. Skate deck is very good and all the thin spots can be easily avoided.
|Dec 6||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||David Wasson|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed today.|
Tracked this morning. One set of classic track and skate area. Snow is slow, soft and powdery but should set up soon.
|Dec 6||Eagle Lake Regional Park ||Plymouth||Mark Stange|
|Nearly perfect - Only a very few thin spots on the classic-only loop. Corduroy on the combination skate/classic loop had yet to see a skate skier. Classic tracks are perfectly firm.|
|Dec 6||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Theresa Young|
Washington County Parks
|Lake Elmo's west side rolled today. Good coverage - some rough spots.|
|Dec 6||University of Minnesota Golf Course ||Falcon Heights||Craig Stolen|
|Non-skiing report. Stopped at 2pm, the trail has not been groomed.|
|Dec 6||French Regional Park ||Plymouth||Bill Lundberg|
|Conditions: Classic tracks: good to excellent, firm, quite a few leaves in the tracks near the visitor center, no leaves on the hilly trails; the skate deck was in great shape.|
Excellent grooming as usual at French this afternoon. It felt really good to get out on the skis so early in the season with such good snow. A little cold, but the sunshine and not much wind helped to make it a fun ski!
|Dec 6||Lake Minnewashta Regional Park ||Chanhassen||Connie Keller|
Carver County Parks
|Trails in good condition. Trails have been groomed, with tracks set. Ski rentals start next weekend.|
|Dec 6||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Andre L'Heureux|
|Conditions: Cold and slow, but good.|
Skate skied the man-made loop and Northern Lights early this morning. Snow guns created white-out conditions at a couple of points, and nearly slow walking speed. Northern Lights was very firm but rutted since not yet groomed, with leaves but otherwise very skiable with plenty of coverage. Man-made loop was good for strength training, similar to skiing on sand. For some reason it was not crowded.
|Dec 6||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Steve Yokanovich|
|A little before noon today the groomer finished laying a track on the right side of the trail. It looked pretty good, a few spots where the snow was thin and I could see a bit of grass or dirt. Skate deck is still in good shape, some windblown snow.|
|Dec 6||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Dallas Johnson|
|Skijor trails: Not yet groomed at 7:30am Friday. Regular ski trails are in great shape. A-skis for skate, B-skis for classic.|
|Dec 5||Ramsey County Parks ||Maplewood||Allison Winters|
Ramsey County Parks
|All trails rolled and packed Thursday. No tracks were set due to a lack of snow. Tracks will be set when the snow base reaches 6 inches.|
|Dec 5||Fort Snelling State Park ||Saint Paul||Kristen Hawkins|
|Conditions: Good, so worth it. A little uneven and soft and bumpy in spots, but no ice and no dirt or grass.|
Went out for a ski around noon today, the trails are all rolled, but no classic tracks (they said they need another snowfall before they can set tracks). I skated Pike Island, which was lovely. A few bumps and some footprints, but overall good for skating.
|Dec 5||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Kathleen Miller|
|Conditions: Well packed and groomed. Beautiful blue sky and snow flocked trees. Definitely brrrrr, only 5 degrees mid-afternoon, windy but okay in the woods.|
When I arrived mid-afternoon I was only the second car in the parking lot! The groomers had done a nice job with our first snowfall packing and rolling it. They were making another pass because there were no tracks on the left side of the trail, some places they created a ridge down the center of the trail. Classic tracks ranged from excellent to areas where grass or dirt showed through. The Fairway and Prairie loops were the cleanest. With the wind, the loops in the woods had a lot of buckthorn leaves blown on top of the snow. Overall a great ski, especially for December 5! :).
|Dec 5||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dean Kleinhans|
|Conditions: Soft corduroy, quite nice, good balance work.|
The rolling of trails for skating only resulted in surprisingly good coverage, used good skiis. Nice afternoon outing, but cold on the downhills! The trail crew do such a nice job on the trails, can't they work a little magic with the temperature to make it comfortable?
|Dec 5||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Torry Kraftson|
|Conditions: Excellent skating.|
We skied the green and orange loops. There was a wide and even skate deck. There were a couple spots to watch for, particularly on the green trail along the south side of the lake. Good skis can be used with a little care. Thanks for a great job, groomers.
|Dec 5||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Paul Schaaf|
|Conditions: Not bad, get out here!|
I skated the outer loop on the East side late this afternoon. There doesn't appear to be enough snow to set a classic track, but the skating was just fine. There are a few stretches of heavy oak leaves (can't figure out when and why those trees decide to drop leaves!) and a few spots where dirt is showing, but for the most part the trail was well covered and firm. I would not use your "good stuff" yet, but if you only have 1 pair of skis I wouldn't stay home either. Thank you groomers. Well done!
|Dec 5||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||William Pflueger|
|Conditions: Snow has been groomed/compacted but no classic tracks were laid down yet. Good coverage.|
Just great to get out for the first time this year.
|Dec 5||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Clayton Keim|
|Conditions: Northern Lights trail was groomed earlier and I measured about 7" of new snow off the trail. Little soft but tomorrow should be better.|
Northern Lights is best bet to stay out of the wind. The rest was extremely windy and blown.
|Dec 5||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Ed Burke|
|Conditions: Groomed, no tracks set.|
Trails had been groomed as of 3 PM but no tracks set. Mostly good conditions with a few icy spots and some footprints.
|Dec 5||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Adam Himes|
|The Northern Lights loop is all groomed now. Plenty of coverage, no sticks or rocks. Copious amounts of snow have been piled up for the remaining sections of the man-made loop.|
|Dec 5||Baker Park Reserve ||Maple Plain||Joel LaFrance|
|Conditions: Overall, good condition! Impressive for a first snowfall.|
Great coverage overall, with only sporadic thin spots. Thin spots consist of tuffs of long grass---literally only spotted 1 rock during an hour of skiing. I'd suggest using your "B" skis if you have some, otherwise you could get away with good skis if you're moderately cautious. All loops were groomed, as were the classic tracks. Classic tracks looked to be decent---but you definitely can't ski in them the entire time, not enough depth quite yet for that. For fresh snow with minimal setup time, pretty good conditions.
|Dec 5||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||John Munger|
|Back-40/Twin Lake Loop is groomed and tracked. Hap & Judy Loops (competition trails) are closed for snowmaking operations. Skyline Trail (Front-9) has been rolled.|
Grooming plans: Trails further south (Bog and Butler) should be rolled later this afternoon.Lots of snow + cold temps = good skiing ahead . . .
|Dec 5||Hornet Hiihto Trails ||Edina||Diane Vornbrock|
|They have groomed more of the trail so you could ski towards the water tower. It was blown over in spots but still a nice option for the first ski of the season.|
|Dec 5||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Leif Irgens|
|Skied at 9:30 this morning, both classic and skate. Stuck to the 2 km snowmaking loop. Classic tracks were great in places and sketchy in others. Snow guns were on and that plus the wind resulted in the classic tracks (and the skate deck) being covered with drifting snow in places. Skate skies were waxed for 12-28 F. May as well have been skiing on sand (except where the sun was on the trail, glide was OK there). Snow seemed very coarse although others were having less trouble (guessing they were waxed appropriately). Pretty day with the sun....wish I had taken the time to re-wax my skate skis.|
|Dec 5||Cleary Lake Regional Park ||Prior Lake||Eric Spieler|
|Conditions: Fair Conditions - Groomed this morning at 9 AM.|
The Cleary Lake grooming crew did a fantastic job with the limited amount of snow we received. All trails looked groomed even Ironwood (I skied the Poplar and Lakeside Trails). Skied with rock skis "D" and probably could have used the "C" skis. Still a few rocks and debris on the trails but definitely great to be back on the snow.
|Dec 5||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||Ahvo Taipale|
|Conditions: Grass coming through. Surface bumpy, but OK for early skiing.|
All trails groomed Wednesday evening skate classic.
|Dec 5||Afton State Park ||Afton||Sam Seltz|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, crusty.|
Upland trails 3-4" crusty base, 1" powder. Thinner cover on river flats. Lots of hiker tracks and overall quite slick. Still beats roller skiing, however.
|Dec 5||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Andy Ubel|
|Conditions: Very good shape for skating; no classic tracks yet. Snow making was happening on the snowmaking loop.|
I went for a very enjoyable skate ski workout on the back 9. The trail was probably groomed earlier this morning, and some snow had blown over the grooming. But the entire 3.5 K loop was nicely snow covered. No bare spots, no ground showing. There were a couple places where fresh tree trimming had left some small twigs on the trail. But the crew was cleaning this up as I was skiing. Put the rollers away and enjoy the real snow.
|Dec 5||Fort Snelling State Park ||Saint Paul||Krista Jensen|
|Grooming plans: Park staff have begun rolling and packing winter trails. Winter cross-country ski trails are now closed to hiking and dogs to improve future ski trail conditions. We will begin setting tracks for classic cross country skiing after we accumulate a 4-6" packed snow base.|
|Dec 5||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Ben Mullin|
|Conditions: Groomed skate deck with blowing snow.|
Suprisingly good coverage on the whole loop. Even in the tunnel. Plenty of blowing snow on the trail everywhere.
|Dec 5||Carver Park Reserve ||Victoria||Kevin Wendland|
|Non-skiing report: Windy. Parking lot plowed. Ski trail open sign up, but not groomed as of 10 am.|
|Dec 5||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Theresa Young|
Washington County Parks
|Grooming plans: The groomer is on the trails at Lake Elmo. Trails on the east side are being rolled - no tracks - some leaves on the trial. Groomer operator should be done with east side by mid afternoon.|
|Dec 5||Hyland Lake Park Reserve ||Bloomington||John Shirriff|
|Conditions: Full coverage, no grooming.|
Broke trail from nature center over to the north loop using waxless classic skis. Plenty of snow, but not groomed. Talked to electricians installing lights on new snow making loop and they said all lighting should be done by sometime next week. Snow guns on the Star loop were tested yesterday.
|Dec 5||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Stacey Broecker|
|Conditions: Great for ski - just groomed on brown and green. Classic tracks not done yet.|
A beautiful, bright morning-but cold. Only saw two of us out there.
|Dec 5||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Patrick Johnson|
|Non-skiing report: Stopped by at 7:30 am this morning and found that the groomer has been around the back 9 once but there was not a firm base for skating nor classic tracks. Snowmaking was also going on on man-made loop but that only appear to have been rolled once and also had no ski-able base.|
|Dec 5||Woodland Trails ||Elk River||Dave Anderson|
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
|7 new inches, rolled twice and ready for those hardy enough to ski. Crash saved the day by doing a mid-storm roll of the outer loop. Ancient One and Chainsaw rolled the trails curb to curb last night. Enjoy!|
Grooming plans: We plan to screen Friday evening.
|Dec 4||Como Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Gary Follett|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, plenty of snow producing great skiing.|
With this coverage, there is no reason to not get out and enjoy! I broke trail most of the time but a few had ventured out earlier. Windy and cold at hilltops but really a great early December ski! Kudos to the fellow who skated it earlier!
|Dec 4||Irondale Trails ||New Brighton||Keith Gilbert|
|Conditions: Coming along. Packed but not yet groomed. Please be patient.|
Skated the trail via headlamp at 9pm tonight. Many laps had been made with the snowmobile, but the Irondale team doesn't own a roller (donations gladly accepted!), so it takes repetitive passes to pack the base before dragging the groomer. Classic skiing is probably your best bet until the skate deck is flattened out with the groomer. Plenty of snow to cover. Should be really nice once it is groomed!
|Dec 4||Lake Elmo Park Reserve ||Lake Elmo||Bill Callas|
|Conditions: Ungroomed but skied in classic track.|
Trails have not been groomed yet but there was 5" of heavy snow at 5:00PM. Skied in classic tracks with good coverage. The chalet was open.
|Dec 4||Hyland Lake Park Reserve ||Bloomington||Janelle Jurek|
|Non-skiing report: Not groomed as of 6:45 PM. Website for Three Rivers Parks says most of their parks are closed, last updated 12/04/13. Drove over to see for myself. One skier track still visible at Richardson. Main chalet had an indoor class, but building not open to the public. Snow wasn't deep enough to warrant snowshoes, so walked at Richardson.|
|Dec 4||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||John Fitzgerald|
|Conditions: Good for skating.|
Groomed all of the lighted trail late this afternoon. Also groomed a beginner loop with a classic track around the ball field. The trail is well covered albeit a little bumpy due to the low amount of snow coverage. Didn't see any bare spots or other hazards but use caution until we get more snow. A portion of the lighted trail is not usable due to the snow making system installation work which is on going. That portion of the trail is un-groomed and yellow caution tape is marking the closed area.
Grooming plans: Planning to groom the remainder of the system yet tonight.
|Dec 4||Phalen Golf Course ||Saint Paul||Sara Reller|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, great coverage.|
It isn't groomed but the holiday lights are up, the coverage is perfect, and the overcast sky makes for a beautiful evening ski. A couple other people had been out breaking classic trails so you can find some to hop in. Beware of traps the elevation changes are extremely hard to see especially in the gloom. Highly recommend.
|Dec 4||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Zachary Handler|
|Conditions: Skier set tracks only.|
No grooming yet. I broke trail on the back 9. By the 3rd lap the track was nice and fast.
|Dec 4||Battle Creek Regional Park West ||Saint Paul||David Johnson|
|Conditions: 2+ inches, ok for classic, too thin for skate, not groomed.|
Skied the 5K loop at noon on touring skis and found adequate coverage for classic, with footing a bit uneven as it has not been rolled nor groomed. There are 2+ inches of very dense snow. I tried a couple skate steps and my skis cut to the ground on push off.
|Dec 4||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Andre L'Heureux|
|As of 7:45 this morning there was 2+ inches of fresh snow on top of a wet base. Groomers had not yet been out, so skiing was slow and snow was thick. Great to be out this early on natural snow though!|
|Dec 3||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Felt and looked like March skiing - a bit damp (and foggy), some dirt coming to the surface but still good conditions (and no problem with good skis).|
Skied around mid-morning, pretty warm temps in the mid 30s. Snow felt very moist, but still skied fairly fast.
|Dec 3||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Doug Schumacher|
|Conditions: Firm deck with good solid tracks for classic skis.|
Joined a group of other skiers interested in testing out the trails before the big snow and arctic air comes in. Used Fischer Crown no-wax skis and had very good kick. Others using grip tape were also kicking OK. Skating lane was firm with no icy areas.
|Dec 2||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Saul LaCoursiere|
|Conditions: Good: slightly wet packed firm.|
Skated after the wet snow on Monday. Conditions were good for skating. The tracks looked good as well. The new wet snow made the deck firmer and slowed it down a bit. It started drizzling later and got slower as the evening progressed.
|Dec 2||Hornet Hiihto Trails ||Edina||Craig Jarvinen|
|Edina High School and the City of Edina have made snow covering a 250 meter loop near the Edina High School track. It is skating only and can accommodate about 30 people at a time. The loop has a small elevation change, about 2-3 meters. This is open to the public, except for 3:30 to 5:30 M-F, when the Edina Nordic Ski Team has priority. The best parking during the school day is on the street – approximately 5900 Creek Valley Rd in Edina. Otherwise park in the high school parking lot after school hours. Attached is an updated map of our trails. The thick white line is the made snow loop. |
|Dec 1||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Ted Lystig|
|Elm Creek was very good again this afternoon. Tracks were still in great shape. Skate lane was getting a little hardpack, while the uphill towards the practice meadow was starting to get a bit sugary. The donut loop was holding up surprisingly well. Great to have such good conditions in the metro at this time of year.|
|Dec 1||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Bruce Adelsman|
|Conditions: Plenty of snow cover, holding up pretty well mid-afternoon.|
Hard to come back to the brown Twin Cities, but nice to have some snow to ski on at Elm Creek. Comfortable temps in the mid 30s and reasonably fast snow. A fair amount of skiers, but not too crowded.
|Dec 1||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Aileen Anderson|
|Conditions: Classic - very good!|
Did the Valley classic trail this afternoon. Trail was in very good condition, especially for so early in the season. Snowmaking crew is doing very well - thank you!
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Bill Oyler|
|Good spring-like skiing. Classic tracks good throughout; skate getting a little mashed up by end of afternoon. Three Rivers has opened the next segment of the man-made loop, so it's not as crowded and has another good hill climb.|
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Skate and classic: Very good.|
Elm Creek has opened up evn more of their man-made loop. For classic, a lap is just a touch under 2 kilometers. One now skis beyond the lesson area through the grove of trees, and then gets to return via the steep hill. Still missing the final loop, but much better. The snow makers and groomers have done a excellent job.
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Ted Lystig|
|Conditions were still very good this afternoon. All but the outermost loop of the Valley Trail snow-making loop is now open. Classic tracks were holding up well through the early afternoon. Surprisingly low skier traffic as well.|
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Joel LaFrance|
|Conditions: Perfect track--couldn't ask for more.|
As of this morning, Elm had the "mid-distance" snow-making loop open--approximately 2k (felt a little shy of 2). Was there early, before the major crowd arrived, and the track was fantastic. Was starting to get a little bit sugary on the two bigger uphills, but nothing substantial.
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Angie Robinson|
|Conditions: Great. 2K open.|
Most of the loop is now open, the far 1/2K is still closed. Started to soften up a bit by noon.
|Nov 30||Theodore Wirth Regional Park ||Minneapolis||Erik Hendrickson|
|Non skiing Report: No signs of the white stuff at Wirth. Some trees had been removed throughout the golf course. New building is going by the maintenance shed.|
|Nov 30||Elm Creek Park Reserve ||Maple Grove||Mark Lahtinen|
|Conditions: Great shape for both techniques.|
More of the loop was open...about 2K total. Only the lower donut was not open. Parking lot was full when I left.
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|Dec 10||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Well used, deep pole plants, and scatterings of pine needles and leaves.|
I classic skied the inner loop of Hartley this afternoon. The tracks were well used, worn out in spots and most turns. Almost every other pole plant went down about 2 feet or so and there was tree debris on the tracks under the trees. The tracks were uneven for stretches too with the right track being about 4 inches lower than the left one.
|Dec 10||Lester Park ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Classic and skate: groomed and mid-winter perfect.|
The Lester Amity Trail System was being groomed this afternoon. I started my ski around 11:30 and while the trees has been cleared (huge thanks to the City of Duluth groomers and Duluth X-C Club volunteers), the system was ungroomed. I was in skiers' heaven when I got back down to the lower trail system and discovered grooming was in progress. It's not often one gets to be the first skier on 30+ inches of newly groomed snow. Finally, a few days ago I warned against skiing from the Deeps down to the playground area due to ice and ruts on that portion of the trail. Enjoy the trip down through the pines, it is now fast and safe! All the pines on the uphill from the playground have been cleared (thanks again) and you can get your heart racing as you climb.
|Dec 9||Bagley Nature Area ||Duluth||Charles Goudreault|
|Conditions: Good! Freshly groomed and tracked!|
The trail was freshly groomed and tracked Monday night. Should have set up well over night due to the cold weather. Get out there, face the cold and have a blast!
|Dec 9||Lester Park ||Duluth||Steve Kramer|
|Conditions: Beautiful, ungroomed.|
Team Beerski was out clearing brush and fallen trees again Monday morning. We completed the "lower 4 kilometers" of the lighted loop (up through the C cutoff). As we were leaving, the City of Duluth crew had arrived and was at work. The hotline reported their goal of setting the trail early in Tuesday morning which should set well with the cold temps. Thanks to all those who helped cut and pull the forest off the trails!
|Dec 9||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||John Ipsen|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Conditions: Very good skate and classic.|
Went towards the end of the day and had my first skate of the season on the 5K. A bunch of skiers were braving the chill. Nice flat deck throughout covered with an inch of fresh cold snow. The classic track was not deep but was quite adequate. I punched through the deck once in a while but was pushing hard to make up for the minimal glide. It was a blast to see the high school teams there at work and play. Thanks for getting us up and skiing groomers!
|Dec 9||Korkki Nordic ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Mid-winter perfect! Deep, deep snow.|
Korkki has been groomed since last week's storm. However, when I arrived late this morning there had been an additional 3+ inches of snow overnight. Korkki's narrow classic only trails were just the ticket for holding back the fierce wind and -20F windchill. Pole-plants are soft and the glide was a bit slow, but hey ... after 40 inches of snow in the last seven days, what do you expect?! Conditions can only be described as Wunderbar! The pine trees should stay snow crusted for some time due to the water content in last week's snow and cold forecast.
|Dec 8||Lester Park ||Duluth||John Ipsen|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Conditions: Good skier-made track, beautiful snow.|
We skied the lit loop and cleared brush (some just cleaning up after another group) from A to the outlet of the D loop. There is plenty of work to do to get Lester in shape. In the meantime the trail has a nice skied-in track that reminds me of how it was before there was grooming and before there was skating. I had on my woodies so it all fell into place. In spite of all the trees you need to avoid on the trail, Lester is a spectacularly nice ski now.
|Dec 8||Lester Park ||Duluth||Mark Elliiott|
|Conditions: Too much snow? Not groomed yet. There is still more work to do to clear trees and branches along some of the stretches. Nice classic track set by skiers above 'C'.|
Skied Lester Sunday afternoon from about 11-1:00. Trail maintenance is still working on clearing downed trees and branches. Lower stretch of trail up to 'C' on up hill stretch has been mostly cleared of fallen trees, and is packed down from maintenance crew snow track and snow-shoers. Upper stretch of trail between 'D' and 'K' has a nice single classic track set by skiers. The snow is softer along the upper stretches and there are very few trees or branches over the trail when you're above the 'C'. Can typically push pole down 25-30 inches above 'C' loop. There's an amazing difference in the type of snow as you go up hill. Definitely worth skiing above the 'C' loop. I can see it will take a while to get Lester and other trails cleared and groomed after the big snow.
|Dec 8||Bagley Nature Area ||Duluth||Karl Kaess|
|Conditions: Still well-groomed, with an area of deer tracks just past the Bagley classroom and the tracks of one or two poorly-behaved walkers.|
An interesting situation: The snow isn't packed all the way down, so there are a few spots where it has collapsed and the track drops a few inches. This is especially true where the deer weakened the surface pack. Still managed to stay up, so it's not too bad.
|Dec 8||Gooseberry Falls State Park ||Two Harbors||Tony Lockhart|
|Conditions: Very good. Some icy spots near the lake.|
Excellent ski on lakeside loop. Groomers did a great job with the ice and hardpan snow. Classic track were nicely set. They have groomed the short spur trail that follows the lakeshore from the Gitch-Gami trail to the Lakeview Shelter - it is very pretty to ski and look out over Superior.
|Dec 8||Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Firm deck, rolled, some weeds on the Bear Paw.|
We arrived at Boulder around 11:30 and looked like we were the first ones there. There appeared to be significantly less snow than near the lake, yet still quite a bit. The groomers did a super job creating a firm skate deck! All my pole plants were great! There is no classic track set yet and there is about a K or more of deep foot prints and pine needles, branches and even a whole tree on the Blue Ox from the Xmas tree cut down. The Bear Paw has some really tall thick weeds sticking through the snow for the last k or so. Just a reminder to leash your dogs on dog days because it is required and is for everyone's safety.
|Dec 7||Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails ||Duluth||Lane Ellis|
|Conditions: Very good for skating (no classic tracks yet) on firm, well-prepared base.|
I heard that Boulder had been preparing the trails for three days and decided to check them when it warmed up to -6°F Saturday afternoon, and was rewarded with beautiful snow-covered trees. I only saw signs of two previous skiers on the corduroy. My poles didn't go through the surface even once. Maybe 0.5K of the 10.5K loop I skied was a bit torn up from today's cut-your-own-tree event, with some footprints and newly-cut Christmas tree remnants on the trails, but even that portion was easy to get through on my good skis. Great job preparing the heavy, deep snow, Boulder Lake folks! :-).
|Dec 7||Hartley Park ||Duluth||John Ipsen|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Conditions: Very nice track.|
We skied both inner and outer loops this afternoon when the temperature was almost up to zero. The tracks were really good with occasional needle and twig klister. Pole plants were sometimes soft and the ground a long ways down! There were a few sweepers which could be easily cleared if skiers would pack a pair of hand clippers and/or a folding saw (hint from a trail volunteer). Way to go groomers getting the trail in shape under challenging conditions!
|Dec 7||Magney-Snively Trail ||Duluth||Jakob Wartman|
|Conditions: Skate-soft, very soft. Classic-very good.|
Again, wow. Winter wonderland. Classic was very good-with a deep, firm track set on all the trails. The left side (outside track) was a bit softer than Spirit but was only an issue when skis slipped. The skate deck was much softer than Spirit and I wouldn't recommend trying to skate. Saw one skater and he was punching through with his skis and poles on every motion.
I was surprised with the quality of the tracks and was worried they might be much softer. The city did a great job and it rivaled CCSA/USSA sanctioned tracks I've skied in. It made the glide excellent and the kick bomber (although make sure you use a binder with this very abrasive snow). I'll be back.
|Dec 7||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Jakob Wartman|
|Conditions: Classic-good. Skate-very good.|
Wow. Spirit was excellent today. We were out for a long classic ski around Spirit and Magney (so two reports for one). Messed around to see how skating was and at Spirit the skate deck was consistently firm and pole plants were never an issue. Classic was good at Spirit but there were portions of the trail that did not have a track set. Where there was track (around ~80% of the trails) it was deep and firm. They did a great job packing around the classic track-so pole plants were not an issue.
|Dec 7||Korkki Nordic ||Duluth||Joe Schneeweis|
|Conditions: Very good, just groomed. Mid-winter conditions. Watch out for low hanging branches.|
Beautiful winter wonderland. Snow laden trees are magical but have caused lots of work for the groomers. They have been working overtime since we got over 2 feet of snow, which has required multiple passes with the groomer. Be sure to thank them for all their hard unpaid work.
|Dec 7||Two Harbors Ski Trail ||Two Harbors||Tony Lockhart|
|I slowly skied the inner loop early this afternoon with my handy folding Gerber saw to help with brush clean-up after the storm last week ended in an ice event here. Most of the brush had already been nipped and cleared and I was able to remove the last large downed balsam blocking the trail. The inner loop should now be ready for the groomers. Beautiful, cold day. The big spruce look like giant ice walls with their branches weighted down by the snow.|
|Dec 7||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Tom Heinitz|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Conditions: Good and getting very good.|
Skated the 4+ K (Jane's 5K sans Special K) late morning and the great grooming crew was hard at work wrangling all the new snow. The classic track was just set and was firm and, as expected, deep. The skate deck was still a bit uneven but improving. Pole plants were only an issue with V1 on some hills but surprisingly did not break through that much otherwise. Glide was slow as one would expect with air temp at -8 F which made my first ski of the season that much more (happy) work.
|Dec 7||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Perfect tracks, solid, with some mini avalanches on the sides.|
We classic skied the trails around 11:15 am and were impressed with the immaculate tracks and firm deck that were there! I only had 2 deep pole plants on the main loop. When we got to the skate/classic part there were some deep plants more often. There are some "mini avalanches" coming down from the sides for some reason. So far the chunks have avoided the tracks. Piedmont is well worth the drive from anywhere if you want a great classic experience!
|Dec 7||Jay Cooke State Park ||Carlton||Cliff Langley|
|Grooming plans: Jay Cooke won't be groomed until after a special deer hunt lasting today, Dec. 7, until Dec 11th.|
|Dec 7||Lester Park Golf Course ||Duluth||Dan Schutte|
|Conditions: Good to excellent, tracks set this morning, not fully firmed-up.|
Good, pole baskets punched through from time to time, snow still fluffy, tracks have not set up firm yet.
|Dec 6||Spirit Mountain ||Duluth||Matt Ryan|
|Conditions: Partially Groomed.|
I skied at Spirit on Friday afternoon. The trail is partially groomed. Were it is the track is good, but there is plenty that hasn't been touched yet. Either way, pretty nice out there!
|Dec 6||Hartley Park ||Duluth||Carol Koos|
|Conditions: Excellent track.|
Dec 6th and no rock skis required! Awesome. Skied in from Hartley Rd. There's a couple of uneven spots and a few places where my small pole baskets broke through, but not very often. The groomer did a great job with soooo much snow.
|Dec 6||Chester Bowl ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Still ungroomed, deep and walked on with one great track in the soccer field.|
I ran out of time today and decided to just buzz over to Chester to ski. Kudos to the person who skied in the loop on the soccer field! I skied around it a bunch of times. There was an interesting skunk odor near the backstop, don't they hibernate? The snow is incredibly deep, it took half of my pole when I put it down the entire way!
Grooming plans: Dale from the city said they will not be grooming the oval on the soccer field until the work on the bridge is done...I couldn't even see any of the bridge anymore so it could be awhile!
|Dec 6||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Jakob Wartman|
|Conditions: Skate very good.|
Snowflake has groomed the 5k for skate. No classic tracks set as of 5 pm but with how slow the snow is you can easily classic on the skate deck. The 5k is firm and pole plants were much better than I expected. Both Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld were out while I was skiing and the ski traffic is actually helping further pack down the snow. Use your best skis and make sure they have a blank or very fine grind as this is some of the slowest snow I've skied on in a while (temps just above 0 with new, crystalline snow).
|Dec 6||Mother Bear Ski Trail ||Brimson||Al Ringer|
|Trail is packed and rolled. No tracks set yet.|
|Dec 6||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Paul Windberg|
|Good, tracks set up nicely, deep and firm. Snow is firming up from our cold blast, minimal leaves in the track.|
|Dec 6||Lester Park ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Classic: Magic! Skating: Impossible.|
The trails have not been groomed due to all the trees that fell during the recent storm. However, there are skied-in classic tracks that takes you through a Winter Wonderland! In addition, the road to the parking lot near "The Deeps" was plowed early afternoon. Avoid skiing from the Lester Park playground area, the trail leading uphill from the playground is blocked by 25+ pine trees. The trail back down to the playground area from "The Deeps" is rock hard, icy and rutted due to snowshoers, snowmobiles and a higher amount of moisture in the recent snow. Above the Deeps (upper parking lot) powder reigns supreme. Let me stress again skating would not be possible due to the deep snow. The snow is deep (25 to 30 inches fell).
|Dec 6||Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails ||Duluth||John Paulson|
|Conditions: Good for skate only.|
Dave and Zach (the groomers) have been rolling and packing the past three days. They say its good for skating but not trackset yet. No lake crossing yet and ski den is not open yet.
|Dec 6||Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails ||Duluth||Scott Laven|
|Packed/rolled for skating. No classic tracks set as of Friday afternoon - approx 20-24" snow from storm.|
|Dec 6||Two Harbors Ski Trail ||Two Harbors||John Cron|
|We have been trying to get the trail ready for skiing. The storm close to the lake included wet snow, and maybe some freezing rain, so our big challenge is clearing all the the brush / small trees etc... that have fallen or are leaning over the trail. Snowshoes, at this point, are the best way to use the trail.|
Grooming plans: After clean up, we will complete packing and then begin grooming the trail. If you would like to go out with pruning shears/saws and clear, the help is appreciated.
|Dec 5||Hartley Park ||Duluth||John Jereczek|
|Conditions: Excellent for early skiing.|
Trails are freshly groomed. Base is still soft for poles. A few low hanging branches to look out for.
|Dec 5||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Brian Bich|
|Conditions: Excellent for classic.|
Piedmont must have been groomed in the early afternoon today. Tracks were smooth and firm but pole-plants were soft as you might expect. Use poles with big baskets if you have them. Trail was clear of limbs except one eye-poker at the bottom of the big hill on the back loop (I'll take care of that one tomorrow). What a great way to start the year!
|Dec 5||Chester Bowl ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Ungroomed and very deep with a footprint path.|
We headed out to Chester around 4 pm today with the hopes that someone would have skied in a track. It appeared as though someone may have skied one in and then people used it as a walking trail. We went just a short distance on the trail and decided to turn around because it just wasn't fun! The snow is so deep that we had to raise our arms to get the poles just into the snow a bit!
|Dec 5||Piedmont Trail ||Duluth||Karen L'Heureux|
|Conditions: Glorious. Double tracks set.|
Very happy to be out on the trails again.
|Dec 5||Lester Park ||Duluth||Sheryl Filby Williams|
|Conditions: Rough skier track for classic with some fresh snowmobile tracks covering the tracks.|
Lots of branches overhanging trail to go under/around. Was some combination of skiing and bushwacking. The trees and trail are beautiful with all the snow.
|Dec 5||Bagley Nature Area ||Duluth||Martin Bevis|
|Great! Happy to find classic tracks set at Bagley this afternoon!|
|Dec 3||Chester Bowl ||Duluth||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: 14" fresh powder. Bushwhacking. Bombi groomed on slopes with six tracks set.|
Met up with Jake to ski at Chester for the first time along with son Jack, capping off a quick 3 day trip skiing at Mt Itasca, ABR and Wolverine. We spent the first half hour breaking trail in 14" of fresh powder. Made our way over to the slopes and started hiking up. On our first trip down, the Bombardier was coming up grooming a corduroy finish. After he saw us I think he thought we would like tracks so he made a few more passes setting double track. We couldn't figure out why he only groomed for one hour and why he set tracks but absolutely no complaints as it truly made for an epic ski. In probably 5000 ski outings in my life time, I have never seen tracks set on a "alpine" area. We had some incredible fun blasting down the groomed than hitting the deep powder trying to ride the surface without crashing. Worked most of the time! Great fun!
|Dec 3||Chester Bowl ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Deep, ungroomed, skied in track icy where the trucks had been.|
Two of us went to Chester around 5 pm to ski in two sets of tracks on the soccer field for the ski lesson. The lights are still not working down there due to construction. Someone else had skied in a nice track leading to the rest of the trails. The snow is very deep!
|Dec 3||Snowflake Nordic Ski Center ||Duluth||Jakob Wartman|
|Conditions: Skier groomed. Very soft.|
It looks like it was rolled earlier and since then has been groomed in by skiers. Skinny skis are difficult do until groomed grab the big boards and head out.
|Dec 3||Lester Park ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Lots of ungroomed wet snow and down tree branches.|
I went out to Lester around midday today and found someone had kind of made a track around the lit loops. My waxless skis got snow stuck on them each time I had to stop, finally a few others caught up to me and I followed their trail and had glide again! If you go, I advise not driving up Occidental unless you have a huge truck. I was able to drive up in my suvette but got stuck when attempting to turn around and get out again. There was another smaller car that had to be pushed before it got to the end. Park at the Lower Lester lot until they plow. (I lost my phone during the ski and luckily someone found it!).
|Dec 3||Lester Park ||Duluth||Dale Sellner|
|Grooming plans: New Snow to be packed later tonite. Our Park Maintenance staff will start packing trail tonight and then head west.|
|Dec 3||Brighton Beach / Seven Bridges Road ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Deep and sticky.|
Started my ski this morning at the parking lot for the Lester Amity Trails. While there is plenty of snow, without grooming it is tough. Thus I skied down to Brighton Beach and enjoyed Lake Superior. The waves were crashing, and the new tunnel under Hwy 61 made it even better in terms of access. 10 inches of snow so far at the Lester Amity Trail Head. Only 3 inches of snow 1/2 mile away down right on the lakeshore.
|Dec 2||Lester Park Golf Course ||Duluth||Rich Hoeg|
|Conditions: Classic was fine. Skating would still be difficult till just a touch more snow falls.|
Skied Lester Park Golf Course this morning. The fairways provided excellent kick and glide. The roughs were a bit rough! Been snowing slow but steadily since early morning.
|Dec 1||Enger Golf course ||Duluth||Eve Graves|
|Conditions: Thin covering of snow with goose droppings and aeration dirt chunks.|
We got off the plane from AZ and went right to the golf course to ski. There was evidence of a skier previous to our arrival and it looked like their timing was not as good as ours because the previous tracks went right down to the grass indicating that it was a bit too warm. We had good glide whenever we weren't hitting frozen goose matter or aeration dirt chunks or grass that showed in some spots. There were foot prints and dog tracks too. Awesome for a first ski of the year though!
|Dec 8||Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen) ||Lutsen||Michael O'Phelan|
|Conditions: Best early conditions in years!|
Skied the 8km Pioneer loop behind Cascade Lodge. Conditions were perfect with Pisten Bully grooming done Friday and a nice hard packed base with a lot of snow. I met two North Stars on the trail who asked me to mention their names because they think everyone should know just how good it is; Cindy and Larry Koheler wanted to invite all their North Star friends up for a fantastic time!
|Dec 7||Sugarbush Trail System ||Tofte||Bill Lane|
|Conditions: 2 feet of new snow; trails rolled and grooming on-going.|
Classic skied the Onion River Road this afternoon. Expected soft and received the same, which isn't a surprise given how much snow we received and sadly...how much weight I have apparently gained since last winter. Snowmobile groomers were out at the Oberg trail head. Skate deck firmer than the tracks so I skied them on the way back. Beautiful day on the Sugarbush.
|Dec 7||Sugarbush Trail System ||Tofte||Greg Fangel|
|Conditions: Good early season conditions with fresh grooming. 12" of packed base.|
We classic skied in the cold and found nicely groomed classic tracks and skate lane out of the Britton Peak Trailhead. We received about 30" of new snow in the past few days, so the groomers have been working hard to pack the snow. There are some soft pole plants, but for this time of year, the conditions are amazing.
|Dec 6||Central Gunflint Trail System ||Grand Marais||Quinn McCloughan|
|Conditions: Good to very good.|
Groomed Summer Home, Campground, the Lit Loop, Upper Beaver Dam, and Ridge Run. Summer Home and Campground are excellent, the rest have full coverage with stubble here and there. We'll continue to pack and groom and hope to have much more open soon.
|Dec 2||Pincushion Mountain Trail ||Grand Marais||Tim Kennedy|
|Conditions: 32 degrees and snowing.|
Trails are rolled but need more snow to set a track and to get a flat skate deck. Used my classic no wax skis and had a good ski for early December. Some tall grass and raspberries sticking through snow but no rocks or gravel.
|Nov 30||Lutsen/Spruce Creek ||Lutsen||Mike Garrity|
|Conditions: 4-6", strictly DYI ...early season "skiing".|
Did a nice 9k's on the Massie trails....plenty enough snow to get a "no-wax" work out in. Most of all, it was lots of fun to get out on the boards.
|Dec 10||Carey Lake ||Hibbing||Craig Holgate|
|Conditions: Sunny zero degrees. Fresh snow on trail.|
A couple of inches of fresh snow is on top of the latest grooming, however classic tracks on Highland and Southern Lights loops had already been skied in. Good kick with Star green and glide was decent despite the cold temperatures. Other than a few chickadees I had the trails to myself. Beautiful afternoon to be out.
|Dec 10||Bird Lake Trail ||Hoyt Lakes||Theresa Twite|
|The US Forest Service has packed the trail and will start grooming once we receive more snow.|
|Dec 9||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|8" of base, over 20" total, best start in years! We added another 14Km to the 38Km of last weekend, with Biwabik Spur, Oslo, Laurentian, and Wynne Creek. Great kick!|
|Dec 5||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|Packed and groomed with Ginzu, 6-8" of base. Classical tracks and skating on 38K opens on Saturday. Total snowfall for season 20". Wear your woolies!|
|Dec 5||Carey Lake ||Hibbing||Craig Holgate|
|Conditions: Sunny, 7F above. Like mid-winter, A skis.|
Arrived at the trail system to find the first part of the Highland trail packed but not tracked. Skied less than a k and found myself breaking trail. It had been packed the day before but not yet today. Soon encountered the groomer coming back around the lake. The rest of my ski was on groomed and tracked trails. Of course a bit soft in several areas, but should firm up soon (was surprised to see how fast the track was firming up in some areas). Only two bare spots and almost no stubble sticking up. Skied rock skis earlier this week, and now no trouble taking out the good skis. What a great start to the season.
|Dec 4||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|14" have fallen since the storm started on Monday. Giants Ridge will be open with 38Km on Saturday. Measured base 5-6", bring your new skis.|
|Dec 4||Sugar Hills ||Grand Rapids||Simon Lick|
|Conditions: 8-10 inches of fresh powder and the whole system was packed yesterday. |
Grooming plans: Today getting combed/repacked and the snow is still coming. Tentative plan is to again repack and comb again tomorrow depending on the amount and type of snow with great conditions set for a weekend on the boards!
|Dec 3||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|8" since the storm started yesterday, 30+ KM rolled, packed, groomed. Expecting more snow to come, we've got a lot of work to get it all groomed up for the weekend, but it is a good problem to have. I measured the packed base on the gold tonight and it was already 4". Game on!|
|Dec 2||Carey Lake ||Hibbing||Craig Holgate|
|Conditions: 30 Degrees, snowing and sticky.|
Broke trail on the Highland loop and it was a workout with the glide being only a few inches. Great to see the snow coming down and hoping the forecast for the next few days comes true!
|Dec 2||Giants Ridge ||Biwabik||John Filander|
|Conditions: We've received 3" of new snow over the 2" we got last week and it is being rolled on 30+Km of trail. |
Grooming plans: More snow on the way, we will keep working with it and decide if we'll have enough to open this coming weekend.
|Dec 1||Mount Itasca ||Coleraine||Joe Muller|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed. 18 degrees.|
Mt Itasca has 2 km. of freshly groomed solid snow, good ski conditions. Many thanks to the marathon volunteer snowmaking efforts of Tony, Alan, Roy, etc. Check it out.
|Dec 6||Aurora Recreation Trails ||Aurora||Cheri Johnson|
|Conditions: Groomed the last 3 days - perfect conditions!|
Early and lots of snow is a bonus for these trails to be groomed and set-up this early in the season! Warm and cozy for cold temps, these trails are classic only, and old-school fun! Many thank you's to the volunteer grooming guys: Kim Norman, Keith Johnson and the legend of the trails: Don Langie!
|Dec 10||Tilson Creek Ski Trail ||International Falls||David Kettula|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed.|
There is around 16" of snow on the ground. Classic skied trail at -8F on freshly groomed from the day before. A lot of wolf tracks on parts of the trail.
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|Dec 10||Lake Bemidji State Park ||Bemidji||John Fylpaa|
|Trails were packed and tracked on Monday and are in very good condition. A narrow skate lane is maintained along the Fish Hawk trail. Wax remains polar for the next couple days.|
|Dec 5||Bemidji High School Trails ||Bemidji||Michael Meehlhause|
|Conditions: 20" of new snow since Monday!|
Grooming plans: The Bemidji High School forest trails were in the process of being rolled last night by Mark Walters, the head ski coach. Snow was still falling so they won't be groomed until later, but excellent conditions for waxless skis.
|Dec 7||Rainbow Resort Trails ||Waubun||John Hershberger|
|-10 degrees F in Waubun late morning. About two-thirds of trail system is groomed. Excellent conditions for classical; skate would be equally good except for the temperature. Plenty of snow for good skis; both tracks and skate deck are firm. Spectacular scenery, especially on single-track classical trail.|
|Dec 6||Rainbow Resort Trails ||Waubun||Doug Schumann|
|Conditions: Winter Wonderland; up to 14" new snow since Monday; 15K Tidd Tec Combed & Renovated for skate skiing; 6K loop, Lost Bobcat, Rabbits Trail, Cougars Run, and the 3K classic only trail now track set; average base depth 5", base very firm; current temp -7*F; clear skies; bring your best skis.|
Can you believe it, Prime Time Conditions for the first weekend of December. Found out quickly that the groomer needs to practice and workout just like a skier. Conditions are fantastic and all trails are groomed with the exception of Eagles Run and Ridge Run; on those trails you will find 2" of powder over roll packing. You will find a bump here and there and a couple groomer error areas but overall it is time to get the race skis out.
|Dec 6||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Powder/packed powder. 42km of trail open. 17km trackset, 15km skategroomed 10km rollpacked. -8 degrees, sunshine, light winds. Excellent early season conditions. No ice or bare spots.|
A great morning on the trails. -15 at time of tracksetting allowing the tracks to set up firm. Still bit soft with all the fresh snow at once but fantastic skiing for this early in the year. The entire resort is reserved by a private group today and tomorrow and until noon Sunday. However, the trails will be open but no services in the main lodge. Services after noon on Sunday.
Grooming plans: Up to 10km additional track to be set Saturday morning, regardless of morning temp. Just Ski.
|Dec 4||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: 14" total new snow since Monday. Powder/packed powder. Grooming on 35km of trail. Mid-winter conditions. Frozen down completely, no ice spots.|
Grooming plans: We will continue groompacking Thrusday, eventually packing all 64km of trail. We will set track on 10km of trail Friday morning and have 10km groomed skate for the weekend. Incredible conditions for early December.
|Dec 4||Rainbow Resort Trails ||Waubun||Doug Schumann|
|Conditions: Additional 2” of snow; 18*F above; moderate rate of snow falling; 20k ski trail system roll packed Tuesday afternoon; average 3 to 4 inch packed powder base; 3K Classic back country trail roll packed and brushed this morning; skate ski conditions rated as very good; no track sets at present.|
We awoke this morning to light snow flurries changing to a moderate snow fall and mild temps. I went out and did a double roll pack on the 3K Classic trail and we will be roll packing the new snow on the 20k system this afternoon. The base has not set up hard at this time however with the colder temps forecast I am sure we will have an excellent base to work the Tidd Tec. The woods and the trails now look like mid-season prime conditions. Stay tuned for further updates throughout the week.
|Dec 2||Rainbow Resort Trails ||Waubun||Doug Schumann|
|Conditions: 25*F above; cloudy skies; 6” new snow accumulated through Monday; 20k and 3K trail systems roll packed Monday PM hours; average base 2” packed powder; early season ski conditions rated as very good for skate skiing; no track sets at this time.|
Great day ski fans we have received 6” of that new white/moist snow on Monday with more forecast through Wednesday for our area.
Grooming plans: Grooming will continue with packing, combing, and track setting throughout the week as conditions warrant. The moist snow we have received will make a great base once set up and with more snow accumulation I would say we will be in excellent ski conditions before the official winter season begins. Stay tuned for further reports.
|Dec 2||Maplelag Resort ||Callaway||Jay Richards|
|Conditions: Solid 6" new snow as of 10pm with flakes still coming down.|
Always nice when a forecasted 2-4 turns in to a solid 6"! The snow falling today was very dense with excellent moisture content.
Grooming plans: We packed select trails and will be back out in the morning packing and rolling on in to the weekend. We should have trails open this weekend and will set tracks if enough snow to do so. This is a great start and with frost 8" down and everything completely frozen, snow should stick around and no melting from underneath.
|Dec 8||Zippel Bay State Park ||Williams||Tom Heinrich|
|Conditions: Groomed the trails this morning. The entire trail system is now groomed. The south loop had to be rerouted a bit due to the blowdown the park was subjected to in early fall. The classic tracks set up nice and hard, but the skating lanes were still a bit soft when I left.|
The park is really pretty right now, with a lot of snow hanging in the spruce trees. Lots of deer tracks in the fresh snow.
|Dec 1||Zippel Bay State Park ||Williams||Tom Heinrich|
|I checked out the snow conditions today. There was enough snow on the main trails to ski with my backcountry skis, but we'll need more snow before the trails can be groomed. |
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|Dec 8||Northland Arboretum ||Brainerd||Margie Rock|
|Conditions: Great for early season skiing!|
Skate deck was nice and firm, classic tracks were full depth in most places. Some tree debris on the trails, oak leaves, pine needles etc. A few thin spots under the big pines, nothing that couldn't be avoided. Great kick with the Green Special. Nice to be skiing again!
|Dec 8||French Rapids Ski Trails ||Brainerd||Roger Landers|
Brainerd Nordic Ski Club
|12 inches of snow so far with a 3-4 inch base. All skating lanes and classic track were set today.|
|Dec 5||Northland Arboretum ||Brainerd||Owen Baird|
|12 inches of new snow with a 3-4 inch base. Thursday the Arb trails were groomed and tracks set. Both tracks and skate lanes are firm--in mid season condition.|
|Dec 5||Wolf Lake Ski Trails ||Brainerd||Bryan Pike|
Crow Wing County Parks
|6 inch snowfall packed only on Tuesday. 5 inch snowfall packed, groomed and tracks set today. Enjoy.|
|Dec 5||Larson Lake ||Deerwood||Bryan Pike|
Crow Wing County Parks
|6 inch snowfall packed only on Tuesday. 5 inch snowfall packed, groomed and tracks set today. Enjoy!|
|Dec 4||French Rapids Ski Trails ||Brainerd||Owen Baird|
|Conditions: Trails rolled after Monday's snow, but not after Wednesday's. |
Grooming equipment problems prevented grooming the about 6" of new powder Wednesday. With the groomed base it might make for good telemark skiing in the powder on the hills.
|Dec 3||Northland Arboretum ||Brainerd||Owen Baird|
|Conditions: Trails rolled on Tuesday. Good coverage with very few thin spots.|
Monday's wet snow packed down to about 2-3" on the trails. This should make a good base for the rest of the season. Trails are a little bumpy.
|Dec 8||Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ||Waite Park||Kevin McCann|
|Good conditions with cold, new snow. 1" new snow today on top of groomed base. Skate deck solid around the loop - no bare spots (yet). Appeared to have a well-set track.|
|Dec 8||Graystone Trails ||Saint Cloud||Becca Hackensack|
|North Loop (Jail Trail) skate lane rolled. Classic track lovingly skier-set and intact on flats.|
|Dec 6||Sand Dunes State Forest ||Zimmerman||Dean Kleinhans|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, skied-in classic track only. 7-plus inches just waiting for skiers.|
Found someone had already skied in a track. Very good coverage, beautiful scenery. Afternoon ski in the very cold temperatures was short, but sweet!
|Dec 5||Riverside Park ||Saint Cloud||Samuel Kilpela|
|Conditions: Rolled for skating. No tracks set.|
Not bad for early December! Skating is pretty good with pretty much complete coverage. Handful of dirty/grassy spots but other than that it's great to be back on snow!
|Dec 4||Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ||Waite Park||Pam Carlin|
|Conditions: Very good. Somewhat firm with a light dusting of fresh snow.|
Trails were groomed and I skied them in the evening. Classic trails were in very good conditions. Some trails had not been skied upon yet so they were covered with a light dusting of snow. The skate lane look fluffy. Surprisingly good base for the first snow/grooming. There were a few spots where I hit ground thru the snow with the pole plant but it was minor. There were no bare spots for the skies. Nice base - great ski.
|Dec 4||Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge ||Zimmerman||Dean Kleinhans|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, 6 plus inches fresh snow.|
The Blue Hill trail is rugged with three loops totaling 4.5 miles. Grass mowed base wide enough only for classic skiing. Skied in trails are usually found within a day of snowfall. Terrain is relatively flat, just a few minor hills. Nice open prairie and savannah alternative to Sand Dunes State Forest trails which are close to this area but very heavily wooded.
|Dec 9||Andes Tower Hill Ski Area ||Kensington||Blaze Fugina|
|Conditions: About a half-inch of snow over groomed trails.|
Skiing on the lit trail tonight was a little slow due to the half-inch or so of snow that has not yet been groomed over. I will take it though, because there is about 10 inches of snow on the ground and it is December 9. Plus the Andes staff helped me push my car out of the snow when it was stuck. It was very nice of them.
|Dec 8||Andes Tower Hill Ski Area ||Kensington||Kayo Aslagson|
|The skate lane set up nice overnight. Trail is good for both classic and skate now.|
|Dec 7||Andes Tower Hill Ski Area ||Kensington||Kayo Aslagson|
|Trails were being groomed this afternoon. Classic track was good and the skate lane was still soft and needs to set up more.|
|Dec 8||Springvale County Park ||Cambridge||Dean Kleinhans|
|Conditions: Ungroomed, 8 inches soft snow, ready for skiers to provide a track.|
This park has been groomed in past, not found that way today. Fun outing as they have plenty of snow. Had to break my own trail. In the last year they have added multiple uses to the trails, should be interesting how many others use trails in winter. Fourth picture shows innovative ski/cloths racks found along the trails. Could stash picnic lunch basket on shelf to keep it off snow. Thanks!
|Dec 7||St. Croix State Park ||Hinckley||Justin Salisbury|
|First day open for skiing! Lots of snow there, classic only on the Sundance trail - went through the sets in some spots. Cold, bright and perfect!|
|Dec 7||Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails ||Mora||Jimmy Wallace|
|Conditions: Good to very good.|
All trails groomed including new trails. Classic tracks through out, little or no dirt. Cold but fun.
|Dec 6||Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails ||Mora||Zach Hudson|
|Conditions: Pretty darn good for December 6.|
The trails are mostly excellent, a bit soft right around the Nordic Center parking lot and out on the new loop. Good skis would be fine everywhere except the new loop put in over the past couple of years where there a few stumps poking through (although they are easily avoidable) Very enjoyable albeit slow.
|Dec 5||Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails ||Mora||Terry Salmela|
|The Mora area received 13-15 inches of snow in two storms this week. Skiing is excellent. The Nordic Center trails were groomed for skating and classic skiing with our Pisten Bully on Wednesday evening. There is some drifting. The classic tracks will be redone as needed with the Yellowstone groomer. The Nordic Ski Center wax room door is open daily until 9 p.m. Come and enjoy our three kilometers of lighted trails each evening.|
Grooming plans: The north practice loops near Warman will be groomed early on Saturday for weekend skiing.
|Minnesota Southern |
|Dec 10||Great River Bluffs State Park ||Winona||Bob Cieslak|
|Conditions: 2-3" powder over a bit of ice crust. Temperatures around 15F degrees and sunny, blue wax on ungroomed and untracked trails.|
I skied the north side trails and some of the south side and would rate conditions as acceptable to downright pretty good.
|Dec 6||Carleton College Arboretum ||Northfield||Nate Porath|
|Non-skiing report: We only got a dusting of snow in the big storm this week. No skiing yet.|
|Dec 6||Baylor Regional Park ||Norwood||Connie Keller|
Carver County Parks
|Trails in good condition. Trails have been groomed, no tracks set. Ski rentals start next weekend.|
|Dec 6||Flandrau State Park ||New Ulm||David Ellis Hollenhorst|
|Groomed and tracked. Base of 2". Classic style. Good skiing for the first grooming. Watch for low hanging branches.|
|Wisconsin Northwest |
|Dec 8||North End Ski Trail ||Cable||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Very good for skating. Solid, full depth classic tracks everywhere. Skied the North End trails along with the Birkie trail to the Korte turn around. Still some spots where snow and grooming haven't filled in low spots. Birkie and Korte a little soft yet.|
Best skiing of the weekend was on the North End trails. Groomers (Birkie and North End) have done a masterful job considering how much snow hit them.
|Dec 6||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ryan Hebert|
|In my opinion, the Birkie trail north from "OO" was significantly better skiing than the conditions south from the parking lot. If you decide to ski south, the conditions are uneven/bumpy; however, north is much flatter/firmer and more fun.|
|Dec 6||North End Ski Trail ||Cable||Irv Berlin|
|A,B,C loops groomed for skate and classic. The classic only trail was rolled again but no tracks were set. There is good snow cover on all the loops.|
|Dec 6||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Larry Myhra|
|Conditions: Excellent, groomed for skate or classic.|
Skied the Boedecker loop perfect tracks skate deck looked good, road is plowed from the east not yet from hwy. 63. Cold, but epic early conditions.
|Dec 6||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Andy Schwartz|
|Conditions: Good early season. A little lumpy/bumpy but very good coverage. Much firmer than I was expecting.|
Skied from OO to gravel pit. Used my 'A' skis with no problem. More snow and grooming and you would think it was mid-season. I actually thought it was a little smoother south of the lighted loops.
|Dec 5||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Jack Zabrowski|
|North from Mosquito Brook Trailhead Solid deep tracks set, skate deck was fresh corduroy. Things look like February out there right now.|
|Dec 5||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ben Popp|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed, soft, deep base, heaven to be out!|
Skied north from Mosquito Brook and the trail was freshly groomed for both skate and classic. Looked like Mosquito Brook to Hatchery was not done yet. Wind wasn't too cold in the woods - get out and enjoy!
|Dec 5||North End Ski Trail ||Cable||Irv Berlin|
|A,B, and C loops rolled today. The trails are now rough but fairly firm. The snow cover is good and is making a very nice base.|
Grooming plans: The plan is to groom all the trails Friday, including setting tracks on the classic only trail.
|Dec 5||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Carolyn Senty|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed for skate and classic!|
OO loops and Boedecker/OO loop have corduroy and firm tracks. But Birkie trail south is also groomed half width (so far) for both skate and classic. We strided to 30km marker and grooming continued beyond. Snow laden trees, a few low hanging branches, and sticks to flick!
|Dec 5||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ben Popp|
|Conditions: Good coverage - working on getting some of the 98km's of trail compacted and smooth after quick freeze.|
Snow/rain/snow. Trail system rolled Tuesday and Wednesday. Afternoon rain Wednesday shut down our late shift.
Grooming plans: The trail staff is back to grooming now (8am). "OO" lit loops groomed for skate and classic track set. Birkie Skate & Classic trails from "OO" north to Bodecker Food Station (Bodecker loop) will be groomed for skating with classic track set as well. Additional trail will be groomed in coming days, weather permitting.
|Dec 4||Drummond Ski Trails ||Drummond||Jim Crandall|
|Conditions: Fair, lots of new snow, no compaction.|
Yes, we have about a foot of snow. No, the trails are not groomed. Our first enough-to-warrant-grooming fell on Monday. Those eight inches together with today's five inches (so far) are covered in a thin layer of ice from the freezing rain. This will give us a nice blanket to compact.
Grooming plans: The muzzle loader gun deer season runs through this Sunday (Dec 8th). We thought it prudent to wait to groom until next week, since this is federal land and is open to multiple uses, including hunting. Be patient, and hold the phone calls - Thanks.
|Dec 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Carolyn Senty|
|Conditions: Soft but plenty of snow.|
Julie (snow day!) had skied-in a classic track and six Wednesday "active seniors" packed it down pretty well on the OO loops as snow was falling. Skating in Tom's tracks was a chore so I switched to classic, too! Another 3-4 inches since yesterday's 8 inches, but turning to ice pellets and now rain by early afternoon. Groomers were heading out at noon to roll again.
|Dec 4||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Ben Popp|
|Conditions: Soft with snow falling.|
Out for a ski early today and the snow was coming down hard. The groomers had rolled the section i was on from Hatchery to "OO" last night - it was completely covered, quite smooth, soft, but great for a classic ski.
Grooming plans: They will be back out after it finishes up snowing tonight. With cold weather in the forecast, this could set up ideal by the weekend.
|Dec 3||North End Ski Trail ||Cable||Irv Berlin|
|Conditions: We received about 6 inches of dense snow as of noon today. All the trails were rolled this afternoon. |
Grooming plans: The trails will be rolled again after the expected snow tomorrow and hopefully groomed for decent skiing by the weekend.
|Dec 3||Birkie Trail ||Hayward||Tom Dunaway|
|Birkie Ridge (Hwy 63 trailhead): 32 deg and a bit of light mist. ABSF had rolled the 8 inches of wet new snow. Very soft track but no rocks at all. Nice, no-track, classic skiing on this beautiful new trail that winds its way up to the 15.1 km point on the Birkie skate trail.|
|Dec 7||Superior Municipal Forest ||Superior||Tom Heinitz|
Duluth XC Ski Club
|Non-skiing report: Stopped out at one of my favorite places to ski in the Twin Ports this morning. Didn't ski but it looked like they were out packing with the snowmobiles but had not groomed yet. Word is there are quite a few downed trees/branches that need cleaning up. Knowing the fabulous grooming crew out there, they should have the trails in excellent conditions soon.|
|Dec 6||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||Catherine Khalar|
|Conditions: Very good, just groomed.|
The groomers just came in and said that the trails are ready to go and are listed as very good condition.
Grooming plans: One of the groomers will be going out tomorrow morning to lay track for the classic only trails.
|Dec 6||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||Catherine Khalar|
|Conditions: Good, groomers out and trails ready for weekend.|
Grooming plans: The groomers are reporting that all trails except the classic only trails will be tracked for the weekend. The classic only trails are still too soft too work on. They should be tracked next week though. They are still working on the trails and should be finished this afternoon. The Brule River State Forest staff are expecting the trail conditions to be listed as good...not too bad for our first real snow!
|Dec 6||After Hours Ski Trail ||Brule||Catherine Khalar|
|Conditions: Fair, snow covered, a little uneven. |
It is cold out there but that is not stopping the Afterhours groomers though.
Grooming plans: They are saying that there is about an 8 inch base. They set some classic track yesterday afternoon and will be braving the cold temperatures to set more track today. Stay warm!
|Dec 7||Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails ||Washburn||Teresa Maday|
|Conditions: Teuton Trail was excellent. Valkyrie rolled in great shape.|
All trails have been rolled Friday. The Teuton Trails have also been tracked. The groomer are reporting excellent conditions on both trails with about an 8 to 10 inch base. The chalet and warming room is open and ready to use. The main parking lot is plowed.
Grooming plans: The secondary parking lot should be plowed by Saturday afternoon. The Valkyrie Trails will be tracked on Monday.
|Dec 6||Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails ||Bayfield||Scott Nesvold|
|Conditions: Good to very good!|
We were hoping to get most of the skate trails fully groomed today, but had some equipment issues, so all that was groomed with the ginzu was Telford, Anchor, and Rollercoaster. These weren't tracked, as I couldn't get the actuator for the tracking sled to work. Otherwise Seagull and Jolly Long are packed with the flat drag.
|Dec 6||Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails ||Bayfield||Bill Burke|
|Trails have been rolled but not set for classic or skate.|
|Dec 6||Ashland Ski Trail ||Ashland||Bill Burke|
|Conditions: Trails are groomed for both skate and classic. 16 inches of snow from the big storm. The corridor is not groomed to the golf course. The golf course side is as of today not groomed either.|
Get out and enjoy the trails. Little wind in the woods.
|Dec 5||Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails ||Washburn||Teresa Maday|
|Grooming plans: The trailhead will be plowed later today due to equipment breakdown. The trails will be packed and rolled on Friday. A condition report will be filed following rolling and tracking.|
|Dec 9||Blue Hills Trail ||Bruce||Tom Paulsen|
Blue Hills Trail Association
|Conditions: Firm packed powder conditions. December 4th ice storm = great beauty in the Blue Hills plus lots of work to clear trees. Thanks to volunteers clearing debris and repetitive grooming, about 14 km of skate skiing (some areas still rough, many areas very good) is available on the core loop and a few side trails.|
A huge thank you to volunteers that have been clearing ice/snow coated branches and trees the past week. More help needed, get a fuller workout by skiing and clipping branches along the way.
|Dec 8||Balsam Branch Trails ||Amery||Mike Alexson|
|Conditions: Solid base with a full coverage of snow. |
Hanging branches have been cleared Sunday. Outside loop and lighted portions have been freshly groomed since new snow (inch or so) on Sunday.
Grooming plans: Waiting for a little more snow before we set classic tracks.
|Dec 7||Barron Area Nordic Trail Association ||Barron||Tyler Gruetzmacher|
|The woods have been been rolled and it made for nice skate deck. No tracks yet. We do have some small debris, but nothing to slow you down.|
|Dec 6||Blue Hills Trail ||Bruce||Tom Paulsen|
Blue Hills Trail Association
|Conditions: Rough but skiable conditions on the core loop - good cover.|
Volunteers cleared 10 km of ice storm damage from the core loop today where conditions are now rough but skiable. This allowed packing (rolling) of this section of trail.
|Dec 6||Timberland Hills ||Cumberland||Louis Muench|
|We have plenty of snow from the two storms and it's setting up a good base. So far the Lighted Trail and the Short Loop are groomed and tracked. The rest of the system has been rolled and grooming will continue through the weekend - you may encounter grooming equipment on the trail during the day. Enjoy the snow but be careful with the bitter cold temperatures.|
|Dec 4||Beaver Brook Ski Trail ||Spooner||Kevin Myers|
|Trails were compacted today with a drag. The Harrison Lake loop was track set tonight but the snow was to wet to continue. Grooming plans: Will complete grooming by Saturday.|
|Dec 4||Balsam Branch Trails ||Amery||Mike Magnine|
|Went completely around all trails three times. Still rough although getting much better. Plenty of snow, needs some more laps to prep the deck. |
Grooming plans: I'll try to get out in the morning.
|Dec 4||Trade River Trail ||Frederic||William Johnson|
|Conditions: Opening soon. All pre-season prep work done.|
Grooming plans: 5" new wet snow, still coming down. Plan to start rolling when the temps drop on Thursday.
|Dec 4||Coon Lake Trail ||Frederic||William Johnson|
|Conditions: Not open yet, all prep work is done.|
Grooming plans: 5 inches new wet snow, more coming. Ready to roll when the temps drop. Expecting to be working on it into the weekend. Looks like a great start to the 2014 season.
|Dec 3||Timberland Hills ||Cumberland||Louis Muench|
|Grooming plans: We received around 6 inches of heavy wet snow last night, more than we expected. More snow is in the forecast. The ground is frozen solid under the new snow and should allow for a good base to be setup. We will NOT be grooming until the temperature falls. I will update when it's groomed.|
|Dec 9||Hickory Ridge Trail ||Bloomer||Linda Soltis-Schroeder|
|The South, North and Tram Lake loops are ready for skate skiers. With a little more snow we will be able to add classic tracks.|
|Dec 7||Tower Ridge Ski Area ||Eau Claire||Bob Schwartz|
|Conditions: Not great but better than expected.|
Tower Ridge was rolled and is open under low snow conditions. Trails are icy with grass, dirt, and leaves well represented. Some sections have good coverage.
|Dec 7||Irvine Park ||Chippewa Falls||Frank Lowry|
|Skied-in, icy ruts that are filled with leaf liter but otherwise very good.|
|Dec 7||Tower Ridge Ski Area ||Eau Claire||Randy Davis|
|Conditions: Anywhere from bad to very good. Recommend rock skis.|
The bad: Icy and dirty under some pines; thin and dirty on some of the hills; no daytime skiing until Dec 16th due to hunting. The good: Fast ice/snow mix; lots of K's with good coverage; lights on from 5-9 pm.
|Dec 9||Camp Forest Springs ||Westboro||Scott Everson|
|I groomed the trails for skating with the Ginzu, pulled behind the tracked ATV - turned out great! We can't set tracks until we get some equipment fixed (waiting on parts). But I classic skied the trails anyways and it was very good. Slow because of the cold dry conditions but still good.|
|Dec 6||Camp Forest Springs ||Westboro||Scott Everson|
|Trails have all been packed/rolled but not groomed with the Ginzu yet; problems with the Alpina snowmobile. So its okay for skating but no tracks for classic skiing yet. I just came in from skiing. It is bumpy (and challenging to ski) but the snow coverage is very good and it was great just to be on skis again! Hopefully the Sherpa will be up and usable again soon, then I'll groom again.|
|Dec 9||Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve ||Edgar||Bruce Kralcik|
|Conditions: Hard, icy base with 3" of fresh snow rolled and tracked on top. Groomed Monday night (cold!); should be excellent Tuesday morning and beyond.|
Trail is a little rolly until we get more snow, but it should be great for your good skis, especially classical.10 below when I got back; should set up hard overnight.
|Dec 8||Troll Hollow ||Dresser||Mike Chrun|
|Conditions: Groomed and tracked this morning. Excellent conditions.|
Scheduling: Quite a few meets scheduled for this week... Thursday Dec 12 at 4:00. (Pursuit Relays); Friday Dec 13 at 4:30 (Peter Westra Sprints); Saturday Dec 14 at 9:00 (Holiday Relays). Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Troll Hollow will be closed during those meets.
|Dec 7||Willow River State Park ||Hudson||Jeff Bolte|
|Conditions: Trails rolled only the Silver was done last after some tree removal.|
Talk among the groomers is to leave trails open to hiking until the next decent snowfall. I did ski a really short stretch of flat trail just to try skis and test soreness recovery two nights ago. I skated(!) briefly. The pole tips did not make contact with asphalt or the ice covering it. The trail runs on a parking lot. I'm glad you were not there to see it. A healthy skater would probably be just fine in open places. Fast Wax Green was good at 5 degrees. Under a tree canopy-especially the pines, its probably pretty thin. Don't bring the good skis yet. I might give it a try on classics tomorrow with no track.
|Dec 5||Willow River State Park ||Hudson||David Thofern|
|Conditions: A couple of inches of snow on top of an icy base.|
All of the trails are snow covered with only a few thin spots under the pines. It looks like skate skiing will be pretty decent but you might not want to use your best skis. The ski trails were all rolled today but it's too thin to set track. The park has not yet closed the ski trails to hikers but that should happen soon. Be aware that the gun deer season continues in Wisconsin until Dec. 15. The Silver (Nelson Farm) and the Red Prairie loop trails are open to hunting so you may want to avoid them or at least wear blaze orange.
|Dec 4||Willow River State Park ||Hudson||Jeff Bolte|
|Conditions: Non-skiing report: Ungroomed-slush and puddles under new snow as I checked trails tonight. I did not ski since walking out on iced up skis is a drag.|
The weather was snow-rain-snow. That left 1.5 to maybe 3.5 inches of dense snow over a wet layer. The snow is really thin under the pines and has decent depth in the open. My footprints were wet if I walked in an open or canopied area. I walked through some places with puddles under the snow. There was some dry areas. The snow is frozen to the pines so it is not coming down easy to fill in the thin areas.
Grooming plans: The grooming team will look at it tomorrow when things cool down. The best we will get is packing and no more. Don't call the park for an update, the groomers will post it here when we get off the trail. My best guess right now is that nothing happens till Thursday afternoon at the earliest.
|Dec 4||Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve ||Edgar||Bruce Kralcik|
|More wet snow yesterday. I went out last night and rolled trail and set tracks. |
Grooming plans: Right now it's drizzling rain. Skiers please wait until it gets cold so the tracks get a chance to set up. Oh well, more fresh snow cures all. Stay tuned!
|Dec 3||Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve ||Edgar||Bruce Kralcik|
|Conditions: Rock ski skatable. No tracks yet. 3-4 inches of wet fresh snow. Just rolled this afternoon and looks like it should be the start of a nice base.|
More snow in the forecast. We will be on every flake to prepare for the upcoming ski season. Stay tuned!
|Dec 2||Troll Hollow ||Dresser||Mike Chrun|
|Conditions: Excellent classic conditions this morning as the light snowfall made for good kick and glide. Skating looked fine also.|
Scheduling: Again, Troll Hollow will be closed at 3:30 for about 2 hours Tuesday due to high school meet. Thursday, there is a meet scheduled for 6:00. In addition, Thursday looks to be busy starting about 3:30 with 3 high school teams practicing. Friday, there is a meet scheduled for 4:00.
|Nov 30||Troll Hollow ||Dresser||Jeff Bolte|
|Conditions: Trollhaugen provided a great skate deck and plenty of classic track Saturday morning. Given the attendance level, I did not find myself wishing for a particular stretch of track. I skied classic no wax and was able to climb everything in track except one little sharp corner.|
I have never skied Troll Hollow so I'm not sure of what part or all of it I was skiing on. Coon Rapids High School had a team out but beyond that, it looked like regular skiers. The area I skied today is either up or down-there's not much flat. It was a lot of repeats on the various runs of track and some drills on the track cut for the classic clinic. The track was varied but firm. I don't need pristine, rock solid deep track so it was plenty good. The skate deck was good for out of track down hill runs and turns. Being somewhat of a drill driven skier used to doing repeats, Trollhaugen has been a great place to ski. I used it up this morning and will be back for more.
|Nov 30||Troll Hollow ||Dresser||Mike Chrun|
|Conditions: Excellent snow and weather conditions for early morning ski and Nordic clinic.|
Last early morning ski hours Sunday 7:00-9:30. Troll Hollow is now ready and will be open at 1:00 after the Nordic clinic. Conference sprint relay Tuesday. Troll Hollow will be closed to the public at 3:30 pm.
|Nov 30||Troll Hollow ||Dresser||Bill Callas|
|Conditions: Excellent man made snow, classic track and skate lane.|
All the cross country trails are open. The only segment not open is the hill by the tubing hill which I do not think will be opened. You can keep skiing on the troll hollow trails past 9:30am.
|Wisconsin Northeast |
|Dec 10||Escanaba Trail ||Boulder Junction||Dan Jacoby|
|Conditions: Conditions are fair to good on Escanaba.|
We had a foot of snow last week followed by all day rain. The crust is not something you want to fall into but the tracks are mostly good. As usual, it will take a few times out to fill in the uneven terrain of the woods floor but we have a decent base and look forward to improving with more snow. Very skiable (if that is a word).
|Dec 10||Afterglow Lake Resort ||Phelps||Troy Walters|
|Conditions: Excellent early season skating! 1" fine, sandpaper like snow over firm base.|
The skate deck is surprisingly level. I didn't classic ski, but the tracks looked full depth. I used racing skis and didn't see any dirt or rocks in the entire trail system. Great work Pete!
|Dec 10||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Paul Schofield|
|Skaters loop groomed, good conditions. All other loops tracked. Some thin spots where groomer was pulling up debris from base. Fair to good conditions.|
|Dec 10||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Jenny Lucas|
Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center
|Conditions: Tuesday morning: Up to 1.5" of powder atop firm, flat bases. All trails open, with River Run re-opening this afternoon. Decent ski conditions with spot-grooming through Thursday.|
Entire park will be tilled, combed, and track-set for the weekend--and Skijor and Ski Shop Demo Day on Sunday! We're open 9a-5p for skiing and snowshoeing. Ice skating might be open by this weekend, and snow tubing is scheduled to start Dec 21st!
|Dec 9||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Ken Schoville|
|Conditions: 1" dusting over hard set track.|
Again, another fine effort by the DNR fellows with the equipment given. Rounded the classic track at the noon hour in subzero to good effect.
|Dec 9||Afterglow Lake Resort ||Phelps||Pete Moline|
Afterglow Lake Resort
|Conditions: Excellent skate and very very good classic tracks.|
Skate lanes are very smooth. Classic tracks are full depth. Trail 5 skate lane is now very smooth after a lost truck drove on it. Photo shows where an otter slid down a hill in the classic tracks and is transitioning to the skate lane for more speed.
|Dec 9||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Kirby Schuller|
|Conditions: Becoming very good for skate, good to very good for classic.|
A new inch of snow overnight was ungroomed as of 9:30 this morning, but all it did was slow down yesterdays very fast track down a bit. Filled in holes, covered debris and just generally improved things.
|Dec 9||Madeline Lake Trail ||Arbor Vitae||Tony Martinez|
|Leveled and tracked. Good conditions.|
|Dec 9||Anvil National Recreation Trail ||Eagle River||Jeff Higley|
US Forest Service
|Conditions: Poor to good in some spots 2" base where groomed.|
Military groomed and tracked, West is groomed. Need a little bit more snow, 3 miles total groomed.
|Dec 9||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Skating: Good early season.|
The temp was 5F above with wind chill of -20F, but this was going to be our warmest day for a while so I figured I would get a skate ski in. The deck is great, flat, 100% covered with 1 inch fresh powder on top coarse crusty snow. It skied slow and crunky. The groomers did a great job getting the trail in great shape for skating - thanks Tony!
|Dec 8||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Kevin Donnelly|
|Skated Base Loop, Tornado Alley, Nut Cracker, Lake Marie, Yukon Trail, CD Express, Beaverpond. All in all great conditions despite the negative temps! Some grass sticking through on Lake Marie and some avoidable debris from downed trees being cleared. Firm base and solid grooming. Plenty of snow!|
|Dec 8||Washburn Lake Ski Trails ||Woodboro||Brian Hegge|
|Conditions: 1-4 inch solid base. Tracks are shallow.|
I skied all the loops today in 5 degree temps. The skate deck is in very good shape with only a half dozen skinny spots. Judy's loop has some raspberry's poking through a few inches but they don't slow you down. The track is shallow with a few skinny spots but they are easy to jump out of the track and miss. I skate skied with my good skis, and you could classic with good, but I'd use rock skis until there is a bit more base.
|Dec 8||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Dan Mckissack|
|Conditions: Good early season striding.|
The trail was in very good shape. The snow was fairly crusty, but the light snowfall this afternoon helped soften the tracks up nicely. VR30 worked quite well. Great early season skiing, the groomers have done a great job.
|Dec 8||Razorback Ridges Trail ||Sayner||Will Maines|
|Conditions: Put in eight hours of grooming this weekend. All classic trails are groomed and tracked. All skate trails except Long Rider and Bruce's Roundabout have been groomed with at least one pass. |
Classic skied after grooming today. Tracks were mostly very good, although a few spots were a little iffy. Skate deck looked pretty good for the most part although a little uneven here and there. Don't be afraid to use your good skis--when was the last time we could say that in early December? Get out and enjoy.
|Dec 8||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Greg Dahl|
|Conditions: Striding: fair to good early season conditions.|
The trail was much better than I expected after freezing rain for a day. Kudos to the groomer who did am amazing job. The track is shallow, 95% coverage with few leaves here and there, and a few thin spots under the pines. I hit no rocks and used good skis. All the hanging branches have been cleared. Temp was 8 degrees and the glide was fast. Checked out the skating deck, it was hard, coarse, litte bumpy, and very fast. Greater job grooming Tony!
|Dec 8||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Kirby Schuller|
|Conditions: Good to very good for skate on the segments I skied.|
Some hard and bumpy, much downright perfect and some in between. Skied Sliver Strider, XC Xpress, Yukon, C&D, Lake Marie, Sleigh Ride, Steeple Chase and Nepco's Cruise. The trails out to Lake Marie were really nice as was XC and Steeple Chase. Others were a bit hard and bumpy. A few minor spots easily avoided. Snowing lightly when I left.
|Dec 8||Afterglow Lake Resort ||Phelps||Tom Rulseh|
|Conditions: Excellent! Classic tracks were firm and fast. Skate lane was smooth, level, firm and also fast.|
As usual, these trails are exceptionally well groomed. The only part that was not perfect was trail #5 which had a few soft spots in the outside track and the skate lane was a bit rough in some stretches. These minor deficiencies are the residual effects of a truck having driven on that part of the trail.
|Dec 7||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Steve Hiniker|
|Conditions: Mostly very good.|
Classic track was nicely set and except for a few spot of debris (pine needles) was excellent. The corduroy looked like it set up nice skating opportunities. River Run was pretty rough towards the end - best to avoid without rock skis.
|Dec 7||Razorback Ridges Trail ||Sayner||John Huppert|
|Conditions: Below zero and sunny late this morning but decent early season conditions.|
Excellent snow coverage though not quite 100%. Everything I saw had been groomed since the last mixed precip. Skate lanes were a bit uneven with hard, crunchy (and loud) snow but definitely skiable. The classic tracks I saw looked real good.
|Dec 7||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Tony Martinez|
|Skaters loop groomed. All other loops cut twice and tracked. Fair to good conditions.|
|Dec 6||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Ken Schoville|
|Conditions: Mighty solid. The new snow underneath has been till blended with the ice crust atop to produce an aged (like fine wine) effect.|
Looks like 100% open with all trails rolled and PB'ed. Did the classic and found the only annoyance to be ice coated pine branches swatting me in the face as I skied into darkness. The corduroy seemed especially stiff in the skate lane, so expect some quick snow and early season balance issues. Also...trying a klister cover as hardwax went south ASAP.
|Dec 6||Raven Trails ||Woodruff||Tony Martinez|
|Trail has been packed. Now in the process of clearing low hanging branches and leaning trees from the snow/ice event.|
|Dec 6||McNaughton Lake Trail ||Lake Tomahawk||Tony Martinez|
|Trail has been packed. Now in the process of clearing low hanging branches and leaning trees from the snow/ice event.|
|Dec 6||Madeline Lake Trail ||Arbor Vitae||Tony Martinez|
|Trail has been packed. Now in the process of clearing low hanging branches and leaning trees from the snow/ice event.|
|Dec 6||Escanaba Trail ||Boulder Junction||Tony Martinez|
|Trail has been packed. Now in the process of clearing low hanging branches and leaning trees from the snow/ice event.|
|Dec 5||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Ken Schoville|
|Conditions: Fresh, groomed, some debris.|
Pisten Bully groomed in early December is rare. While some debris exists, most is really good. With cold temps for the next week, don't expect this to go away soon.
|Dec 5||Afterglow Lake Resort ||Phelps||Pete Moline|
Afterglow Lake Resort
|Good to very good. Opening the trails on Saturday Dec 7th. Classic tracks have been set. Skate lane groomed up pretty well. A truck drove all the way down one of our ski trails. I put up a game camera just in case it happens again. Good thing my G2 is great at taking out ruts.|
|Dec 5||Washburn Lake Ski Trails ||Woodboro||Brian Hegge|
|Conditions: 1-5 inch compacted base.|
The groomers were out on the trail today and I skied several of the trails as they were finishing up. The meltdown yesterday didn't have as big of an impact on the trails as might be expected. The trails were groomed today and there is a solid base from 1-4 inches. The deck is in very good shape and setting up well and is nice and firm. The classic tracks are anywhere from poor to okay condition as there just isn't enough snow to set a good track in some areas. Quite a few small branches did come down with the ice but most have been picked up by the groomers. Its pretty easy to ski over the remaining small ones on the trail and dodge the occasional skinny areas. Pretty good conditions for December 5th and early season skiing. I was skate skiing with my good skis, but I would use rock skis if classic skiing.
|Dec 5||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Gary Zimbric|
|Things look promising at MWP. Consistent base that is being groomed and should set up nicely. Skied today while groomers were out, so it was a bit challenging to classic ski. Should be very good for weekend, and good skis can come out.|
|Dec 5||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Tom Rulseh|
|Conditions: Good. Skate lane is firm corn snow. Tracks are set. Some windblown debris.|
Multiple passes with the roller converted the ice crust into corn snow. Tracks formed up fairly well. There are a few stretches with windblown debris but, overall, skiing should be quite pleasant with proper attire.
|Dec 5||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Kirby Schuller|
|Conditions: Good for skate on most of the trails I skied.|
Wasn't sure what to expect after the 8 inches of new snow followed by freezing rain and rain. No classic tracks set but the trail segments I skied, which seemed to have multiple passes by the groomer were really quite nice. A bit bumpy, no surprise but very skatable with a very fast surface. Silver Strider, Steeple Chase, Nepco's Cruise and XC Express in that area were all very nice. Sleigh Ride seemed to have only one pass and so I punched through the deck from time to time. I used rock skis but could have used the A boards and will next time.
|Dec 3||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Pam Fashingbauer|
|Skiing was beautiful. Plenty of snow on the trails and in the trees to make is very pretty. With more snow on the way and then colder temps it should only get better.|
|Dec 3||Three Eagle Trail ||Eagle River||Tom Rulseh|
|Conditions: Very good but not yet tracked.|
Rolled and combed a fresh, dense 3" this afternoon.
Grooming plans: If more snow in the next two days we may be able to set tracks on Thursday.
|Dec 3||Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center ||Minocqua||Tim Collins|
|Conditions: Good for early season skiing. Pretty good snow coverage, but rock skis are still recommended. About 20km rolled well. Lots of snow overnight, but it's too wet and sticky for coming and tracking. |
Chalet is open, and they're taking donations instead of selling passes. More snow and colder temps on the way, so hopefully that will let them use the PB.
|Nov 30||Razorback Ridges Trail ||Sayner||Will Maines|
|Conditions: Packed, skiable with rock skis, and not too bad according to the three skiers who followed the groomer around for a while.|
Doug Drew and I packed the trails this morning and were pleasantly surprised by how skiable they turned out. Of course it will be rock skis with quite a bit of litter and such, but hey, it is skiing by Nov 30th. By the way, remember to wear blaze orange whenever you ski until black powder season is over.
|Nov 30||Rhinelander High School ||Rhinelander||Dave Leschke|
|Conditions: Thin but you can ski.|
Short classic loop skied in - typical early season conditions with 2" dry snow ground is frozen. Rock skis with fish scales worked best, right in town no deer hunters - go Hodags.
|Dec 9||Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area ||Wausau||David Kuphal|
|Conditions: Fair. Grooming has just begun.|
Groomed for skate today. Didn't see any tracks set as of 3 p.m. Base is likely too thin for tracks. Pole plants hit ground occasionally. Bumpy. Hit ground through base snow twice in 16 k. Many areas nice because of good trail care in the off-season. It was worth the trip out.
|Dec 4||Plover River Ski Trail ||Stevens Point||Brian Ross|
|Not groomed. 3 inches of wet snow and bike tracks.|
|Dec 9||Whitefish Dunes State Park ||Sturgeon Bay||Rich Dirks|
|Conditions: Not quite ready for prime time.|
Portions of the Red trail were rolled today after about 3-4" of relatively dry snowfall yesterday. Skiing is not recommended at this time, (unless you have a really old pair of rock skis), but packing a base has begun. The rest of the trail system will be rolled when there is a little more new snow.
|Dec 8||Lakewood XC Ski Trails ||Lakewood||Philip Nelson|
|Conditions: Great early season conditions.|
Skied from the golf course to Old 32. Good ski conditions. Bumpy but for Dec 8th, definitely acceptable. It was icy on the golf course as Fred's early trail report stated, but you can get an edge.
|Dec 5||Lakewood XC Ski Trails ||Lakewood||Fred Axelrod|
|Conditions: 5" of new snow with a crust on top. Still wet in low spots underneath.|
All of the trail between Old 32 and the golf course has been rolled and combed with the snowmobile today. Better than I expected for first skiing. No bare spots.
Grooming plans: More will be rolled tomorrow. Not enough snow to set tracks yet.
|Dec 5||Lauterman National Recreation Trail ||Florence||Larry Vassar|
|Non-skiing report: Poor, not enough to groom yet. Only 4 inches of snow.|
|Wisconsin Southwest |
|Dec 10||Viroqua Hills Golf Course ||Viroqua||Chris Jackson|
|Conditions: Great golf course skiing, perfect amount of snow.|
Viroqua Hills Golf Couse (VHGC), will be the new venue for the Snowflake Nordic Ski Program. We will have two groomers on site and 10 plus k of terrain.
|Wisconsin Southeast |
|Dec 10||Greenbush Ski Trails ||Greenbush||Clark Reinke|
|Conditions: White with lots of rocks and sticks.|
Honored to file first report from Greenbush this season. 3-4" of light snow has been rolled. Used old waxless skis and put a couple of hours in flicking sticks as I cruised. Hopefully this is the start of another great season.
|Dec 9||Evergreen/Maywood ||Sheboygan||Jim Van Akkeren|
|Conditions: We received about 3"-4" of powdery, dry snow. I packed it down with the snowmobile today. The beginning of the base! Grass is showing through many spots on the trail. I don't recommend skiing until we get a bit more snow. Someone had blazed a trail this morning with their classic skis.|
Grooming plans: Due to the Rotary Club holding their Making Spirits Bright light show in Evergreen Park there will be no grooming south of the Pigeon River until they are gone on January 1st. New ski trails are in place on the north side of the Pigeon River in the upper, west area of Maywood and then it takes a loop down to the river, follows along the river into the north end of Evergreen Park (Area No.5). There is a nice flat loop once you get to Evergreen Park. You then travel along the river back to Maywood and then up the hill to the Pavilion. We will be grooming this until January 1.
|Dec 9||Governor Nelson State Park ||Waunakee||Jim Bolton|
|Conditions: Good for early season. Not groomed as of noon; good coverage, even on open hill areas (but winds were picking up when I left).|
I used older, wax less classic skis; wouldn't recommend good skis unless it gets groomed and/or more snow arrives. Easy to push through this light, fluffy snow into sticks, etc. underneath. It was a great first outing of the season!
|Dec 9||Lapham Peak ||Delafield||Hans Wildebush|
|Conditions: Snow! 1 degree F when I arrived and -1 when I left Monday evening. The piles on the southern portion of the manmade loop had just been leveled.|
Thanks snowmakers. Looks like it should be excellent for the weekend.
|Dec 9||Nashotah Park ||Nashotah||Peter Jennik|
|Conditions: Groomed, but too thin to set track.|
4" powder groomed down to 1 1/2" thin cover. Skiable, but you break through to the ground once in a while. Blowing snow should help the field loop.
|Dec 9||Lapham Peak ||Delafield||Paul Sandgren|
|Conditions: Good or better on the man-made snow.|
There is skiing at Lapham Peak on man-made snow. The section of trail from the Evergreen trail head to SummerStage Hill and down SummerStage hill has been covered with man-made snow and groomed for skating and classic. Conditions on that short 1/4 K are good. Magic Carpet Ride hill has also been covered with made snow and groomed. The remainder of the trail system got 4" of new snow that has been packed but there is lots of debris and exposed ground spots. One person who skied the purple only, said conditions were skiable. The rest of the trail system is marginal at best and the better choice would be to stick to the man made snow. The lights will be on Monday through Saturday nights until 10 pm.
Grooming plans: Snowmaking continues - it is hoped that the larger 1K loop can be opened for the weekend. A shorter 1/2K loop may be available on Thursday.
|Dec 9||UW-Parkside Ski Trail ||Kenosha||Steve Wikner|
|Conditions: 4" fresh powder snow.|
Base is thin and encountered several rocks in the woods. Packed a 2 mile loop trail in the middle on the grass trails.
|Dec 9||Lac Lawrann Conservancy ||West Bend||Bob Broman|
|Conditions: Trails not yet groomed, snow depth about 4" before drifting.|
Ray packed the trails but base is still too thin to groom and track. The 4" snowfall compressed to less than 2".
|Dec 8||Fox Hill Nordic ||West Bend||Jerry Gensch|
|Rolled all trails Sunday night, looks like good coverage, but very light snow.|
|Michigan Upper Peninsula |
|Dec 9||ABR ||Ironwood||Eric Anderson|
|We had 6 groomers out early this morning regrooming after the new snow overnight. We are grooming all 70 km and the trails are really shaping up. After the ABR grooming we headed into Ironwood to start packing the SISU Trail for the Jan 11th SISU Ski Fest event. The trail was quite frozen with the cold temps and is looking good.|
|Dec 9||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard-Polich|
|Conditions: Freshly groomed today. Skate lanes hard and fast, fine cord, picture perfect. Tracks neatly set.|
The ice wall on Wolverine loop was amazing.
|Dec 8||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Deborah Leonard-Polich|
|All trails were groomed and tracked yesterday. A dusting of snow this afternoon. Novice trail early season conditions.|
|Dec 8||ABR ||Ironwood||Judy Grangroth|
|Conditions: Excellent glide.|
With the cold temps, we were expecting a great workout on the trails today but with Start Green wax and the great texture of the superbly groomed trails in the hautanen highlands, it was a fast ride.
|Dec 8||ABR ||Ironwood||Rich Scott|
|Conditions: Full coverage. Everything open. Nicely groomed.|
Awesome mid-winter type conditions. Surprisingly good glide skating...I think the grooming helps that. Great fun!
|Dec 7||ABR ||Ironwood||Ben Mullin|
|Conditions: Cold but the trails are great.|
Most of the trails I saw this morning had been groomed overnight for skate. All of the classic tracks I used where all freshly snow covered and quite slow.
|Dec 5||ABR ||Ironwood||Eric Anderson|
|The new 6 inches groomed into the base well this morning. We had all six groomers out grooming early this morning all 70 km and taking care of trees and brush leaning from the heavy snow. The trails are firm and flat.|
|Dec 3||ABR ||Ironwood||Eric Anderson|
|We picked up another 4 inches of cold dense snow last night which is really levelling out the trails. We groomed 70 km this morning and reset all tracks. We are skiingon 42 k with good skis and waiting for the cold to freeze up the south 28k. We have received over 3 feet of snow this season.|
|Dec 2||ABR ||Ironwood||Richard Langer|
|Conditions: Great grooming, trails had lots of use over the weekend. Eric and his gang whipped them into shape overnight. What a day of skiing today! Outside of a few glazed spots both classic tracks and skate lanes were worth the drive from Green Bay.|
It's snowing as I compose this report. About 1" of heavy wet stuff so far. Tomorrow should be another outstanding day of skiing at ABR.
|Dec 2||ABR ||Ironwood||Kirby Schuller|
|Conditions: For December 2nd, pretty good.|
Good coverage if a bit on the hard and bumpy side, but used my best skis without issue. Skate lane had been freshly groomed. Just being on snow of this quality, this early, is a pure joy.
|Nov 30||ABR ||Ironwood||Kathleen Miller|
|Conditions: Well packed and groomed on the wide skate/classic trails. Narrow classic only trails hit or miss, a lot of stuff showing through.|
A winter wonderland, the pines and spruces were all snow covered, very picturesque. We went to Ironwood Saturday in search of natural snow and were not disappointed. Although, we did not realize that it was still deer hunting season in Michigan. ABR leases the land for the southern half of their trails are and they were not open for skiing because the lease begins on December 1st. Note: they still charge full price for half the K's and most of the trails are pretty flat (think Cleary Lake Park) with the exception of Peltenon Pass Out. The southern half that was closed has a some more rolling hills. When all of ABR is open there is quite a bit of terrain to cover which makes it more interesting - something to keep in mind future years with early snow.
|Nov 30||ABR ||Ironwood||Ken Walz|
|Excellent! ABR has some of the best early season snow in recent memory - well over a foot in the woods. I skied all the skate loops today and every one had 100% coverage. The groomers have been out every day, and the skate deck is really firming up and leveling out. A handful of patches of wet/icy snow on Sulo's loop out near the marsh, but those were all easily avoidable. Parking lot was packed and it was inspiring to see all the smiling skiers enjoying winter's arrival.|
|Nov 30||Wolverine Ski Trail ||Ironwood||Rob Gardner|
|Packed and groomed last night. Open one day earlier than anticipated. Good, but not yet great skiing.|
|Dec 9||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|Conditions: Groomed all trails to 17k including Animoosh and "The Wagis" Monday night. Good classic tracks from the Bombi grooming Sunday on the Noque and Animoosh. No clasic tracks due to old snow on the Wagis but very nice skate lanes.|
|Dec 9||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|2" new snow overnight groomed in with Ginzu on Noque to 17k including Animoosh. Very good early season skiing.|
|Dec 8||Valley Spur ||Munising||Steve Scharrer|
|Conditions: High temps 10-15 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday. Fast and fun ski conditions! Trails with significant snow base endured the rain last Wednesday evening with little new snow since. Due to the daily grooming efforts by Valley Spur volunteers, trail conditions were excellent!|
The Northern Kettle Moraine High School/Middle School Nordic Ski Team(from Greenbush) conducted its very first two-day ski camp at Valley Spur this weekend and thanks to Valley Spur staff and other visiting veteran skiers, we had a great camp! A special thanks is due to John Gierke (Valley Spur), Charlie Dee and his skiing buddy Steve for sharing their knowledge of skate ski techniques with our team!
|Dec 8||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||Rob Fox|
|Conditions: Firm track, well groomed with Pisten Bully and tiller.|
The Noquemanon trail and some of the side trails were groomed nicely today for classic and skate. Transitional fast conditions prevailed. It was nice and flat through the tree farm. There were some other parts where the track setter hit some leaves and sand. Overall great skiing for this time of year.
|Dec 8||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: Temps got up into the teens. Skate lanes were dragged, so skating was fast with a decent edge. No-wax skis would be ski of the day unless you had some green klister.|
Grooming plans: We are dragging the skate lanes again this morning. So A, B, C, D, W and Y will be open. Wood stove will be cranking on Sunday.
|Dec 7||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|Bombi Grooming Saturday night! The power tiller turned the hard surface into race ready skiing. Classic tracks are excellent and the skate lane is wide and flat edge to edge. Enjoy! Thanks to Doug for the special skiing.|
|Dec 6||Valley Spur ||Munising||Gregory Roll|
|Conditions: Late season conditions with a firm, mostly flat deck and transformed snow make for blazing fast skiing.|
Caught a northwood's sunset tonight where in the valleys the sun sets 15 minutes before it did at the top of the hills. It's like witnessing 10 sunsets in one night. Super skiing.
|Dec 6||Valley Spur ||Munising||Charlie Dee|
|Conditions: Good for both skating and classic.|
Groomers did great job with rain yesterday followed by quick freeze. Much of the trail system has been scratched up enough to get a good edge, and classic tracks are set. The deck is still pretty uneven, but more snow will help. Good skis with vigilance are fine. Didn't see any rocks, but there were some ice chunks.
|Dec 6||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Swanberg|
|3" base. Trails A,B,C,D are groomed very well. Trails Y and W are good but will receive more work on Saturday morning. Skate lanes in very good condition and classic are acceptable to good. Very little dirt in maybe 3 or 4 spots. Expect great skiing on Saturday morning.|
|Dec 6||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Swanberg|
|Trails are grooming up nice. The team is out scarifying trails A,B,C,D,Y and W. Skate lanes are coming out great. Classic tracks are reworking very nice considering the recent rain. The bottom of the first hill, on B, just out of the lodge is a frozen swamp so you will experience about 50 yards of challenging terrain and then it clears out. You may experience a very few dirt spots but overall the trails are very skiable for the weekend. |
|Dec 6||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|All trails groomed with Gator and heavy Ginzu 108 following 6" new snow then 6 hours of freezing rain. Skate lanes came out very nice. Snow is crystalline and very fast. Classic tracks set on the Noque but the crystalline snow prevented them from holding very well. Good skiing considering freezing rain Thursday.|
|Dec 5||Valley Spur ||Munising||John Gierke|
|Conditions: 3-4" of base. 2-3" of wet snow Wednesday morning followed by a rain storm Wednesday night. Now cold temps.|
Steel drag has been doing well in leveling out skate lanes. Like spring corn snow skiing, fast. With transformed snow on Wednesday tough to re-set classic tracks.
Grooming plans: We will try to reset classic tracks Friday morning. G will open Friday and Z should be by afternoon.
|Dec 5||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|6" new snow yesterday followed by freezing rain. All trails to 19k were rolled. Good cover on all trails now.|
Grooming plans: Will groom and track set about 4:00 P.M. today after the snow sets up.
|Dec 4||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|3" new snow at trail head. Noque to 19k groomed last night. |
Grooming plans: Anamoosh, Bagwagi and Chiwagi being groomed this morning. More snow falling.
|Dec 3||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|Conditions: Light snow began falling at dawn with an inch fresh at trail head by 10:00. Still thin last night so did not groom. |
Grooming plans: Heavy snow forecast, plan to groom tonight and tomorrow following snow.
|Dec 1||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|Groomed the Noque and Bagwagi/Chiwagi Sunday night. Expect good skiing on a very thin base. Some grass and dirt showing. Classic tracks on all trails but too little snow in some areas.|
|Nov 30||Noquemanon Trail ||Marquette||John Sonderegger|
|Conditions: Good skiing on thin base. I skied the hills and found them very nice. Trails to 17k groomed and tracks in most places. Rolled to 19k but swamp section is rough.|
Grooming plans: Will roll to 24k at Co Rd 510 today.
|Dec 6||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Eric Brown|
|Conditions: Nearly perfect conditions. All trails appear to be groomed and tracked.|
15" snow depth in the woods at the Nara Trailhead.
|Dec 1||Swedetown Trails ||Calumet||Ken Wikgren|
|Non-skiing report: I stopped to check out Swedetown on my way home from skiing at Tech, but I didn't get a chance to ski. Grooming has begun, people are skiing, and a little bit of ATV damage was evident especially on the sledding hill. Rock skis may be wise to use for now.|
|Dec 1||Michigan Tech University Ski Trails ||Houghton||Ken Wikgren|
|31F with a few snow flurries. Solid 1-2" base. Groomed, hard packed powder surface. Very fast skating today on a 24km loop. Tracks set on about 10-15km.|
|Dec 5||Listening Inn ||Crystal Falls||Carol Kufahl|
|8" of new snow, then rain. Good base. New snow flurries today. Trails are groomed and tracks set. Half open as of Dec 6th.|
|Dec 9||Iowa State University, Cross Country Course ||Ames||Isaac Young|
|Conditions: There were 4 inches of snow on Sunday. Trails were okay.|
The trails were acceptable. The places where you have to go over concrete were slightly rough.
|Dec 5||Kamview Nordic Centre ||Thunder Bay||Peter Crooks|
|50 cm of snow since Tuesday! Entire system open with 75% PB tilled and trackset. Like the old days!|
|Dec 3||Kamview Nordic Centre ||Thunder Bay||Peter Crooks|
|Conditions: 30 cm great snow last night! All trails rolled and levelled.|
Finally a normal winter! Thank goodness I spent all last week making snow, never fails to create a blizzard.
Grooming plans: Snowcats out grooming tonight and next few days.
|North Dakota |
|Dec 6||Lindenwood Park Ski Trails ||Fargo||Gary Brekke|
|The Fargo Park District packed the skating lane and classical trails late Friday morning. The eight inches of new snow over bare ground packed out to a little over an inch of packed snow. Sections with some grass stubble poking through. The classical trails were not tracked. Skating lane groomed up firm.|
|Dec 6||Lindenwood Park Ski Trails ||Fargo||Gary Brekke|
|Eight inches of dry fine-grained snow on bare ground. Skier packed classical tracks. Some sections hitting grass.|
|United States |
|Dec 8||Snow Mountain Ranch ||Granby, CO||Stephen Lee|
|Trail conditions good. All trails have been packed this morning. Temps holding at about +8 degrees this morning with wind. |
|Dec 6||Rendezvous Ski Trails ||West Yellowstone, MT||Phil Van Valkenberg|
|Conditions: Excellent classic and skate.|
Half foot fresh snow perfectly groomed. Minus 4, slow going. Glorious scenery. No crowds.
|Dec 4||Riverside Trail ||West Yellowstone, MT||Kyia Anderson|
|It was nice to check out a different trail in West before we head out! Freshly groomed single track classical trail, a little beaten down by walkers the first K or 2. Nice and firm track with a Few soft spots here and there. Great views of the Madison River and surrounding mountains. Stunning with the new snow and frost. Couldn't identify the animal foot prints that ran along the track. A few tele turns in the powder as well! Great ski!|
|Dec 3||Grand Targhee Trails ||Alta, WY||Phil Van Valkenberg|
|Conditions: Skied Hampster, Nordic Connector, Snow Drift, and Ricks. Good to fair classic and skate, mostly fair.|
Great 15 K trails on west side of Tetons at 8,000 feet. About a foot of new snow and 7 degree temps. One-pass grooming and few tracks made soft tough going. Only the 1K Hampster loop near the base seemed to have multiple passes and a decent track. Socked in. No views of peaks and trail hard to see.