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Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 21Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
Trails will be closed all day on Sat. Jan. 21 from 5 AM - 10 pm for The Rennet Race. Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are CLOSED. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals Not available on Saturday, Jan. 21; otherwise available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM.
Jan 20Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
CAUTION: There is a hole in the ice in the Kenilworth Channel. It is on the east side of the Burnham bridge. Thin Ice signs have been placed on both sides of it.
Jan 20Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMarian Meyer
Great conditions on the manmade snow from 5-6 pm, temps 37 degrees from start to finish. High school racers were off the trails by 5 and only a few skaters had the whole 2.5k loop. Conditions very manageable for all ski levels with some enough loose "snow" for comfortable balance and yet enough ice crystals to make it fast and fun. Well worth the trip.
Jan 20Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Elk RiverDavid Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
Ski trails getting back to the icy base and are now closed! Woodlands hosted a High School ski race yesterday that filled the trails and the parking lot with happy skiers and their families. Not wishing to waste any of what has become a rare commodity in recent years, we squeezed in two team practices before closing today. We again hope this is a temporary closure. Stay tuned.
Jan 20Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Lake ElmoCarolyn Friedrich
Washington County Parks
Ski trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve are open but trail conditions are deteriorating quickly. Park users have reported that the ski trails on the east side of the park are icy and in some spots dirt is showing through. Please use caution if you decide to come out and use the trails.
Jan 20French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
PlymouthPhilip Westover
All trails were open except for the Hill Trail. The remaining trails were in okay shape, but I'd estimate only 1 or 2 days left before they're closed. Conditions were quite soft/sticky, plenty of spots had ground showing (yet you could ski around), and quite a bit of debris on the trails. Definitely not A-skis; B at best, probably rock skis by tomorrow.
Jan 20Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveDean Kleinhans
Skied one gerbil track loop (man-made) and it is great conditions, mix icy crystals well groomed for both skating and diagonal. But I got antsy for more diversity so skied Northern Lights to connection of Creek and Lake loops. Northern lights not the best, but skiable with light ice crust on top since it hasn't been groomed. Creek and Lake are closer to "accident waiting to happen". Of course it is good balance work to trust skiing on one ski on this surface. And with temps above freezing you could get an edge. But best to wait for more snow before venturing out to dark side again. Pics are from Creek trails. More than just a few puddles you have to ski through. Wouldn't want to be out there after it freezes again.
Jan 20Baker Park Reserve 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Maple PlainPhilip Westover
Trails are closed as of 2pm Friday. Both skate and classic. There is a trail closed sign as soon you enter the park.
Jan 20Theodore Wirth North    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
Snowmaking loop was holding up fine this morning with temps in the mid 30s. It was fast surface, but just enough edge control for OK skiing. A few sections are looking dirty, but I didn't hit any show-stoppers.
Jan 20Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed and in POOR condition for both skate and classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM; Saturday, Jan. 21, 7AM- 9PM - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals Not available on Saturday, Jan. 21. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Richardson Nature Center Sliding Hill is OPEN and snowshoe rental is AVAILABLE. Trails will be closed all day on Sat. Jan. 21 from 5 AM - 10 pm for The Rennet.
Jan 20Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
Skyline and Twin Lake Trails are groomed for skate skiing. The classic tracks were not re-set. The conditions are marginal but passable. Be cautious for a few icy, thin or slushy spots. Judy Loop is closed due to ice, slush and bare areas. The Hap Lutter Snowmaking Loop is groomed and tracked. Stay tuned for updates on conditions of other trails as they are assessed throughout the day.
Jan 19Jackson Meadow 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Marine on St. CroixAndy Powell
 
Odds are against us having any workable snow at the end of this warm weather, but as of tonight we are asking that people stay off the trails.
Jan 19Chain of Lakes    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisBill McKinney
 
Went out for an evening ski about 8:00 p.m. tonight on the lakes. Track was mostly pretty good with a few sections of bare ice. Tracks were somewhat icy but super fast. Skied from Isles through Cedar and around Brownie and back. All in all still decent. CAUTION: there's an actual hole in the ice on the south side of the track between the two bridges over the channel. It's just past the western bridge and big enough to fall into. I didn't see it in time and dropped a ski in up to about my shin. I'm sure the trail crew will mark it with a barrier of some sort, but be careful if you're out early in the morning or late at night. [ Location flagged by Loppet crew (photo) -- .Ed ]
Jan 19Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisMike Keyes
 
Skied all the trails north of 394. A few fairly large bare patches here and there on all the natural snow trails (like maybe 6 patches on the whole system). But mostly, conditions were excellent. The snow was just starting to get soft around 3pm. If it freezes tonight then tomorrow morning should still be pretty good. Was glad I used rock skis since some of the bare patches were hard to avoid. Classic tracks looked pretty shallow or non-existent on the natural snow segments. The man-made loop was in fine shape.
Jan 19Afton State Park 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
AftonSam Seltz
 
I went out to check the trails and trail-ran the North Prairie loop. There was decent snow, no bare spots, and no ice late this afternoon. I will try tomorrow with my waxless or with klister. One skier was out having fun on waxless. No tracking or grooming, but this section is skiable and wasn't overrun by hiker/dog tracks. However, I agree with earlier reports that the north river flat and ascent is not being tracked this winter, and thus is almost impassable. Staff is leaving that section open to snowshoers, but why not have at least a single track available to skiers? This cuts down track available by about 3mi (not the full 15mi as on the park website). Jimmy Chin and Jon Krakauer could do a documentary about the ascent on the north side, which is currently "epic", but not in a good way.
Jan 19Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganJohn LaPlante
 
Today I skied from the Schulze Lake beach toward Marsh Lake and then came back Portage Lake to marker 34 and then back to Schulze lake (Schulze to 60 to 51 to 34 to 40 to the visitor center and beyond). The snow was much as you'd expect: somewhat soft in the open area and icy hard in the forested areas. It was common to see tracks obliterated in highly trafficked area and on some descents. Along the route that goes past the auxiliary parking lot, I saw a few patches of yellow, which... could be dog but I took to be thinning snow. But I did not come across dirt, and leaves and pine cones were thankfully few. I did see plenty of footprints along the way, plus a few piles of scat.
Jan 19French Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PlymouthBill Lundberg
 
I went back to French again this morning, and the trails were still holding up. The groomer had already been out and done an excellent job. The hilly areas on Challenge Hill trail, Medicine, and Skyline were perfect. There were a couple icy sections on the way back to Lakeview and the chalet.
Jan 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Maple GroveMary Luoma
 
Skied the outer loop (natural snow): eagle and creek trails. Trail is deteriorating in dots and some debris in tracks. Bare spots can be easily avoided. Overall a nice ski although a bit slow.
Jan 19Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake ElmoBill Stuber
 
Skated the West side of Lake Elmo this afternoon. Not groomed recently but there is loose snow on the surface and tracks were still in place. Good skating with very little ice or dirt.
Jan 19Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Classic skied on the manmade only today. Track was good and faster than I thought it would be. First real test of the Madshus Nano-skins which worked real fine. Was warm enough to ski in shorts and a T-shirt which is bad news for the natural snow.
Jan 19Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDean Kleinhans
 
Skate and classical trail surfaces were holding up real well considering the weather. Was firm at 10:30 a.m. and getting pretty "packy" by noon. Good coverage with only a few areas of asphalt showing through (easy to avoid).
Jan 19Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Trails still holding up as of 9 AM. Trails were fast and showed little ice. Track was there but beginning to show washout in areas. No rocks popping through yet. Plan to start using rock skis on Friday until they close the course.
Jan 19Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulWalter Ebertz
 
Fine morning for a couple of laps for an early lunch. Some lingering fog in the air, the sun working on burning that off. A bit crusty yet, but the timing was good as the skate lane was starting to loosen up ever so slightly. Fast down the hills, quick steps around the hairpins, easy glide, light touch over the ruts. Lovely morning. How did it get to be the middle of March already?
Jan 19Theodore Wirth South 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisCraig Jarvinen
 
Eloise Butler Trail, Quaking Bog, Norm Oakvik, Erickson, Wedding Hill and 394 trails all groomed for skate and classic. New classic was left as it was. We don't have the depth of snow in here like in years past. It is getting harder and harder to set classic tracks on these trails. Some bare spots are developing. Generally good skate skiing right now. Classic skiing not the best.
Jan 19Vadnais/Sucker Lakes    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Vadnais HeightsMark Zack
 
Classic track conditions were good this morning, nice frost on top of the icy snow. Much faster this morning than it was yesterday afternoon after the temps softened things up. Only one small bare spot easily navigated around. Skied the Vadnais Lake trail.
Jan 19Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonJack Stech
 
The skate deck was in great shape with good glide, even for an old guy, and was nicely groomed and not icy. It was a great morning for skiing before things heated up. Eight trumpeter swans did a fly by just as I was finishing my last lap for the grand finale.
Jan 19Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulBill Stuber
 
Battle Creek was a big surprise this morning. Temp was about 31 degrees. Plenty of snow for a good edge in most places. Up hills are very good but getting down is super fast, almost uncontrollable. The only bare spot was on the WC/Gold trail at the top of the long climb along Lower Afton. Wood chips are showing at the top. The Ski Games trail maybe the best right now. Classic tracks are still in good condition and there is plenty of snow in the skate lane. It is bumpy and has two bare spots to step around.
Jan 19Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisPeter Leugers
 
Groomed all the lakes and spur trails. Classic tracks are shallow and icy. Cedar and Brownie have best classic tracks. Isles classic tracks are quite blown and and was not able to reset. Loads of fatbike tracks that I could not groom out. Go enjoy.
Jan 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonJoel LaFrance
WaxBenches.com
 
All trails were still open last night. Skied only the man-made loop though. It looked like the course saw some heavy traffic during the day, and my 8pm it was very icy and difficult to get a great edge on. Certainly not a function of the grooming, but more the warm daytime temps and then the drop into just below freezing....a pattern that we'll see for a while here. Once groomed it'll probably grind all out and be great again, but it may be difficult night skiing. Have to remind myself that despite the near term and long term weather reports and conditions, it is a blessing to be skiing on the best man-made ribbon of snow in the country. Kudos to the Hyland crew...your skiers appreciate it.
Jan 18Theodore Wirth South 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisRyan Atwell
 
I skied laps in quaking bog yesterday Wednesday over lunch, and conditions were remarkably good for skating. It was fast in many shadowed places and a little sticky in other spots that were in the sun, but all in all the transitions between the two snow types were not extreme or 'lurchy'. I could get a nice edge everywhere. Coverage remained good with one rock I noticed beginning to poke through and a few thin spots, but overall very fun skiing! Will be icy in morning, but should be good as things release midday.
Jan 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Maple GroveEmily Muellner
 
I skied the Lake Trail with a headlamp to see the condition of the trail and try to vary my workout a bit. Definitely B ski, (possibly rock ski), conditions depending on how good you are at avoiding bare spots. Trail was also fairly hard to maneuver with only a head lamp and somewhat icy conditions with bare spots on the tops and bottoms of some hills. The man-made loop was awesome skiing with a nice firm skate deck. Very, very fast conditions last night which made it super fun to ski. I also skied the Northern Lights loop a few times and the conditions on that trail were also very good. A few spots were a tad icy, but I was still able to get a good edge. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out on NL, but looked firm and fast on the man-made loop. Overall I would say that as far as nighttime/early morning skiing goes, the 5K lighted loop is still in great shape. Lets hope that the warm weather doesn't destroy the trails too much. Get out and ski while it's still great conditions!
Jan 18Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveLeif Irgens
 
Skated the man-made loop. It was 37 F when I arrived at 6:30 pm so I was expecting mush after today's sunshine and warm temperatures. Instead, I found the skate deck to be very firm and fast, bordering on icy in a few places (I was turning in laps 1:00 - 1:30 min faster than what is typical for me). I did some double poling in the classic tracks along the flats and coasted a few downhills and found the tracks to be icy and very fast. By the time I left at 9:15 pm, it was down to 32 F and the skate deck was becoming increasingly icy in several places. There was still plenty of base though, no signs of thin snow or bare ground anywhere on the man-made loop yet.
Jan 18Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisMarian Meyer
 
Manmade snow skate deck was fast and fun. There was about an inch of snow/ice shavings to provide some stability over the solid base with a little more on some of the uphills to get a good edge. The hill down to the overflow parking lot was snow plowed out, but still manageable and one can always take the bypass to avoid it. Was out from 5-6 pm with temps in the high 30s dropping to 32 degrees.
Jan 18Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Prior LakeJohn Elling
 
Skied 6:30-7:30pm, mixed bag, some icy spots, some perfect sections, some slow patches, overall not bad considering. Track looked icy. Depending on timing, should be able to get a couple of more days.
Jan 18Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisDavid Byrne
Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club
 
I skied the Loppet course from Wirth Chalet to Uptown and back, maybe 40 km, making it my longest ski of the year. Intermittent bare spots are developing on five of the south-facing slopes. I could have used my good skis but did not expect the trails to be so good. The trails groomed around lakes Brownie, Cedar and Lake of the Isles were fast and not too icy. Watch for bare pavement entering (and re-entering) Cedar Lake from the shore. Some puddles are starting to form, nothing to worry about yet; and one puddle had an alternate path groomed around it. High school skiers started arriving around 3 pm and it was getting crowded by 4 pm.
Jan 18Phalen Golf Course    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Phalen is in decent shape, probably because of the infrequent grooming and low skier load. There are bare spots coming through, but the skate deck and tracks are mostly intact. There are cart paths though, so be careful and leave your good skis at home. We will not be grooming until there is more snow because of the thin base. I don't expect it to last much in this weather, but we will post an update if the trails are officially closed and if/when we are able to groom again. Unfortunately we may all need to head to manmade loops by the weekend.
Jan 18Highland 9-hole Golf Course    
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Highland-9 is closed due to tree work. Unfortunately 140 trees had to be removed before this big thaw, and as a result the trail is closed. There are tracks, rutts and debris everywhere, but even without this the trail would be closed in a day or two thanks to the 40+ degree temps. We will post an update if we are able to groom the trail again with fresh snow and cold temps. Currently it is unsafe and unwise to try skiing at Highland, please go elsewhere.
Jan 18Como Golf Course    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
The thaw is taking away the base very quickly. Melt will continue for at least the next week unless it drops below freezing at night. If it does refreeze it will be icey and rutted. We do not have enough to groom as some bare spots are already showing and growing each day. If you need groomed trails you may have to head to one of the manmade loops in the area. Otherwise keep an eye out for rocks and ruts and Como may work for you for a couple more days. We will not groom until we get more snow and temperatures are holding below freezing. We will post once the trails are officially closed or if conditions improve.
Jan 18Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisJim McCarthy
 
Chain of Lakes groomed this morning. All trails were snow covered and in good condition before noon. Skate area groomed and Classic tracks on both sides are set and in good condition. Area under bridges on Cedar/Isles channel are snowless and choppy/wet on surface. Brownie Lake tunnel is snow covered.
Jan 18Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Saint PaulRuss Ludeke
 
Very nice skating before noon - a little powder on top of a firm deck. Met Roy Carlsted skiing with his hairies and and he gave the classic good marks. Sadly, this isn't going to last long.
Jan 18French Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
PlymouthMike Sund
 
It was perfect this morning at French. The skate deck was freshly groomed, level, and fast. There were a few easily avoidable brown spots. I talked to the groomer and he told me that he was taking out the classic tracks before the melt-down and a refreeze so he can reset them later. Three Rivers does a great job at all their parks. French was empty this morning as was Baker on Monday. So many skiers have forgotten about these gems over the last few low snow winters, opting for snowmaking at Elm and Hyland in droves. The skiing was great at French today.
Jan 18French Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PlymouthBill Lundberg
 
French was in great shape this morning with fresh grooming for skating (no classic tracks). The trails had very good coverage with little or no debris and no ice. The groomers have done a super job maintaining the trail. It's unfortunate our weather isn't going to cooperate this week!
Jan 18Woodland Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverJohn Kendrick
 
No better place to see the sunrise than Top of the World. Woodland was fully covered and fast; there are even tracks on the inner trails.
Jan 18Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixCarl Nordgren
 
Awesome skiing this morning. About a half inch of fresh "snow". Excellent edging. All classic tracks had already been skied in and were in very good condition. Skied all the big hills with no problems...fast tho. Won't last long.
Jan 18Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Saint PaulDoug Schumacher
 
Re-groomed all skate trails at Battle Creek West except ski games. All trails fully covered and deck very firm.
Jan 18Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonDave Larson
 
The man made loop was great, as expect, but I was disappointed that the natural snow trails were not groomed this morning. Fortunately, I did get to ski North, Lake and Hill trails yesterday on some pretty sweet corduroy... Lots of skiers out early this morning getting it before the melt.
Jan 18Hiawatha Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisCharlie Casserly
 
Great classic tracks throughout, however, the tracks are very noisy in this freeze-thaw cycle! I like the way this year's trail goes up the berm for a spell, however, I miss skiing closer to the lake on the 11th fairway (as opposed to hugging the driving range fence).
Jan 17Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maple PlainJoel LaFrance
WaxBenches.com
 
Skied late afternoon, and trails were in overall fair to good shape. Dirty spots are getting dirtier, and starting to see a handful of smaller rocks surfacing. Snow was quite soft and getting wet. Not quite rock skis, but it's getting closer... Ad hoc connector trail on north side to avoid ice build-up is probably the worse, with foliage coming through, but no rocks/dirt.
Jan 17Chomonix Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lino LakesStanley Sledz
 
Best conditions all season of all the places I skied. Groomed well and perfect footing. Skied all of it and repeated the south loop 3x.
Jan 17Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Trails were freshly groomed and tracked. Much better then expected with Monday night's freezing rain. Trails were slow with the 2 inches of sticky snow.
Jan 17Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Saint PaulSandy Schreyer
 
Skated a few laps around Phalen just as temps were starting to cool down. Overall, quite good. Hard pack trail under a very thin layer of sleet-snow. Very few places were icy and aside from sections where the trail was just under the large trees, the trail is well covered. Very few skiers were out which is likely saving the trail through this thaw. Should be good for another few days.
Jan 17William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixDan Murphy
 
WOB has snow but it was pretty icy with very little purchase for skating. It was as fast as I've ever seen it. I skied the flats only- you'd need some real stones to do the hills out there today. The long grade that leads to the turnoff to South America was about as fast as I could take it - it was a good day to not fall. Be super careful as there is not a lot of braking power with the trails right now.
Jan 17Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoBeth Hedlund
 
Went out and skate skied the Brown to Green to Yellow loops on the east side. It was surprisingly good skiing. The snow on top was wet and a little slushy and right below was ice, so it was a little hard to pole. The Orange loop was closed due to some construction. Still wonderful to be out skiing, especially since the snow might melt!
Jan 17Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Lake ElmoJohn Strand
 
+ 35 degrees, about one inch of new snow on top of the icy underlayer due to last night's rain made the tracks surprisingly good considering. The northernmost trail was closed due to some kind of construction. I skied only the east side trails.
Jan 17Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BurnsvilleJames Ross
 
Very good coverage, freshly groomed. Very slow and soft. The trails look great but the snow was soft and unpredictable. Had to worry about face planting on the downhills. Walker and dog went for a stroll on the trail. I don't recommend skiing there until the temperature drops again.
Jan 17Whitetail Woods Regional Park    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FarmingtonKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
All trails were groomed this afternoon with tracks set. Conditions are sticky as the snow is wet, but looking good. Overall, conditions are good! If they firm up overnight tonight they should hold for a few days at least. This park is a beauty!
Jan 17Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
EaganCheryl Vatsaas
 
Went in at holland lake. Yesterday's rain and snow mostly covered the set tracks and left a thin but skiable snowcone base. I was spiderman both up and down the hills on my trusty waxless. Lots of thin spots but not yet any open ones, and a serviceable trail set by an earlier intrepid strider. Get out today and burn some calories! It's gorgeous out there.
Jan 17Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Good skating today on the Valley and Thicket/Northern Lights. Glide was good in both skate and classic tracks. Classic tracks great on the manmade...a little wavey gravy wide and washed out on the rest of the lighted trail. Classic tracks were great yesterday on the classic only trails - Eagle and Creek. Ski it before it's back to the manmade.
Jan 17Theodore Wirth South    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisMelissa Berman
 
Went for a quick skate ski on the natural snow trails (Skyline, Tornado Alley, Wirth Lake) this morning at about 10am. Coverage was great, absent a few dirty but easily-avoidable spots on the Skyline trail. Skate deck was firm and fast considering the warm temperatures. It was clear it had been groomed recently, as there was little sign of ice from the sleet we got last night. Hope the trails continue to hold up through the warm temps.
Jan 17Spring Lake Park Reserve    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HastingsKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
All trails were groomed this morning with tracks set. Conditions are sticky as the snow is wet, but looking good. Overall, conditions are good!
Jan 16Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoBeth Hedlund
 
Skied Brown to Green to Orange loops. Was surprisingly good and fast. There were a few sticks and leaves on the trail and one spot on Brown that was bare. Overall really good skiing!
Jan 16Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Saint PaulBruce Adelsman
 
Classic skied late afternoon, temps in the upper 20s. The course has taken a good pounding, with the classic tracks ranging from washed out to decent. The skate lane looked a bit hard packed, but not icy. There were a number of very thin sections, especially up on top of the hills, and some icy sections in the classic tracks under the trees. After a gold-standard day at Woodland Sunday, Como was tough swallow on Monday. But I don't blame the grooming, most of the conditions appear to be due to the traffic volume Como is handling.
Jan 16Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
EaganTim Nelson
 
Lebanon Hills trails, particularly those near the visitor center are showing wear. Tracks are very shallow with dirt showing thru in many spots. They are fast and icy, particularly after the rain started about 4:30pm. But with waxless skis and or grip tape, good kick was possible. Had a good ski and tested 2 pairs of waxless skis but my grip tape beat them all.
Jan 16Battle Creek Regional Park East 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MaplewoodDee Hein
 
This area is classic double tracks, and they're now in fair shape, having had a lot of use over the weekend. Lots of walker/dog/deer traffic too, so the tracks are worn, but still very skiable. It was great to be out on a warm January day.
Jan 16Columbia Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
MinneapolisAmy Fredregill
 
Nice classic ski tonight at 6:30 pm thanks to some nice work by the groomers. Was really grateful to see how good of a job they did. There was some grass exposed on the high spots but in general the track was some of the best I've used around the metro this season. Skate deck looked nice as well. In general the conditions were pretty fast, just a few twigs. Thanks groomers!
Jan 16Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
AftonJanet Folina
 
Nice warm day, good glide, but Afton seems to be giving too much to the walkers. There's now only one way up and one way down to and from the Prairie Trail. After descending there is only a completely trampled walking trail to go back to the visitor center. Former ski trails north along river and up to the meadows are now walking/snowshoeing. The idea might be to separate the two activities, but it seems like it just encourages more walkers - some of whom cannot stick to their (expanded number of) trails. Some ski trails were quite good, but with thin snow coverage it doesn't take many walkers to degrade trails. Not helped by the walking trails T-junctioning onto ski trails with no signage to tell the walkers that the pretty "lines" in the snow are not funny walking paths. There are also snowshoeing trails with no access other than via the ski trails. Sad loss to the diagonal ski community.
Jan 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
BloomingtonKevin Lyons
 
Awesome conditions, great skate deck. Skied the natural trails while we still have snow.
Jan 16Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonBill Oyler
 
Fantastic conditions for "skin" classic skis this MLK day morning on the man-made loop! No slipping on the uphills, and really deep classic tracks per usual. Skating also was faster than I expected, given the warmer temps. Thanks to the groomers for continuing to set the bar high, and thanks to Susan for the good classic ski tips. Lots of friendly skier families out today enjoying the great weather and ski conditions.
Jan 16Theodore Wirth South    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisBill Oyler
 
Best "backwoods-urban" skiing you'll find! Eloise Butler, Wedding Hill, and Quaking Bog are in the best shape so far this season. None of the usual uphills have exposed dirt or twigs. The snow is surprisingly clean on 95% of the South Wirth trails. There are a few leaves and a couple stray twigs to contend with, but no exposed dirt or rocks. The Jar Hill and Wirth Lake trails are in good shape as well, and there is new return trail from Jar Hill to the front of the Wirth Beach House parking lot, which is nice. The connection across I-394 is dirty as usual, but the descent to Brownie Lake is in good shape, and there is tons of snow under the Brownie-Cedar tunnel. I could not see any ice in the tunnel. I did not ski around Cedar Lake but it looked to be in good shape as well.
Jan 16Wood Lake Nature Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
RichfieldTom Pitchford
 
Overall conditions were fair-good. The common trail at the start and the short loop were pretty well used, with some bare spots. Bare/thin spots usually revealed prairie grass or ice. The tracks on the perimeter loop were better. This was especially true for the east side (with the exception of the uphill near Lyndale Ave, where there were many leaves popping up thru the snow).
Jan 16William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixElizabeth Westerhaus
 
Hopped on the trails around 11:30 am just as the groomers were rolling off. Fantastic snow and grooming made for a beautiful morning skate-skiing. No wind, warm temps, beautiful skate deck and classic tracks set (my kids stayed in the classic tracks.) Take advantage! Nice job, WOB!
Jan 16Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Prior LakeRichard Swenson
 
High 20s, overcast, my A-skis with Fastwax LF were quite fast, but there were plenty of twigs, some dirt, and exposed ice to dodge, so I'd recommend your better rock skis for the immediate future. Skated the outer loop sans Ironwood which is closed (which I'm still confused about after all these years as to just how long it really is, despite the map) and Lakeside loop, and parts of both were gorgeous, while more of it was fading away. A good "recovery" venue after two days at Baker. Mostly classic skiers making it around, on tracks that looked to vary from good to bare ice.
Jan 16Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MinneapolisLaura Hermer
 
The back 40 has spots that are becoming bare, but the trails are as well groomed as possible, given the diminishing snow cover. The Hap Loop is in relatively good shape, though a little icy in spots. Enjoy the snow while it lasts!
Jan 16Baker Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple PlainBill Lundberg
 
I had a good ski at Baker today. The skating lane was in good shape with very little dirt or debris. The classic tracks were good to very good on the Hill and Prairie trails. Otherwise they were inconsistent in fair to sometimes good condition. Considering our lack of snowfall, Baker has done a great job trying to groom classic tracks.
Jan 16Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maple GroveMark Skinner
 
Classic skied the outer loop mid-day today including Eagle and Eastman (Monarch) trails. Most of the tracks are in very good shape. Just a few spots over by the swimming pond where grass and debris are in the track.
Jan 16Highland 9-hole Golf Course    
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Tree work has begun on the Highland 9 Golf Course. Unfortunately this had to happen at some point this winter before the ground thawed. There is a lot of debris on the trail currently and we wouldn't recommend trying to ski it. With the big thaw this week it may be a moot point, but as soon as we're able to get the trails in skiable condition we will, and we will post right away. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Jan 16Anoka Nature Preserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AnokaTim Sheie
 
Karl from the City crew has done a great job with relatively little snow--trails in the woods are in great condition, rolled/packed for multi use, and protected from wind. Field trail along river has taken some abuse from wandering snowmobiles, but still skiable without difficulty. Beautiful morning on fast snow. Not tracked for classic.
Jan 16Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganJohn Gamlin
 
Skied Lebanon Hills trails West of Jensen Lake (accessed by taking path thru tunnel under Pilot Knob road). Trails were in amazingly good shape. Skied the outside loop first thru the camp ground then took the horse trail by the last hill before leaving the park and re-entered the park skiing the inside loop this time around which was barely skied on. There was evidence of footprints in groomed areas but walkers at least stayed out of tracks except the deer of course. I saw two spots with some ground starting to show thru but it was in left side of tracks so I stayed right and had no problems. Because of all the hills I do recommend this area for more experienced skiers. Great ski, good job groomers!
Jan 16Chain of Lakes    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisPeter Leugers
 
Groomed and ready to go for your skiing enjoyment. Great coverage still on the whole loop. Watch for debris on channel between Isles and Cedar, some tree work was done. Classic tracks for the most are holding up quite well.
Jan 16Theodore Wirth South 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisCraig Jarvinen
 
Groomed Butler, Big, Erickson, Oakvik, 394 trails for classic skiing this morning. Butler is better than the others. Some dirt turning up. Not great classic conditions, but you can still do it.
Jan 16Columbia Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisErik Pieh
 
Partially groomed Columbia before work this morning. The small loop near the clubhouse on Central is in good condition with a shallow track set. The trail just west of the bridge over the tracks has some rocks showing. I set some new tracks on the West side trails, but they are in mixed conditions because the snow has blown and drifted and left some bare areas.
Jan 15Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoBeth Hedlund
 
Skied all trails on the east side (10.7km). Skate deck was great and trail conditions were great. Glad to be out skiing!
Jan 15Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulDavid Pedersen
 
Great conditions all around for skate and classical. Some of the hilltops were a bit bare but nothing you can't ski around. One of the better conditioned trails this year. Little ice, and well groomed. Very impressive.
Jan 15Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BurnsvilleTom Pitchford
 
Skied Terrace Oaks this weekend and the conditions were great at this woodsy, quiet park. We were there early Sunday afternoon - it was sunny and the temperature was around 32, but the snow was not melty. The tracks were in good shape overall, with some twigs and isolated bare spots.
Jan 15Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganSarah Farley
 
Conditions Sunday were wonderful, good skis usable and no bare patches. The track had been skied out a bit by heavy traffic in spots, and I found only one icy patch on a sharp corner. Beautiful ski overall.
Jan 15Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganDan Zenk
 
Lebanon has the best classic skiing in the metro right now, in my opinion. Skied all the trails and they are all fully tracked. Full coverage and most of the tracks are deep and in very good condition.
Jan 15Theodore Wirth South 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MinneapolisJoe Kane
 
Skied South and North trails today at Wirth. What a beautiful day! There were a few spots in the trails that were starting to become bare, but they were easily avoidable. The natural trails north of the man-made trails didn't have as firm of a skate deck as the rest of the trails and they were a little icy on the uphills in that section as the groomed slow gets pushed away. Classic trails were intermittent throughout both parts of Wirth and some were set tracks while others looked to be made by skiers. There was a groomer out around 3:30 pm in the Quaking Bog regrooming that section which was really nice as there were really firm skate decks throughout the trails. Make sure to get out there and have fun!
Jan 15Vadnais/Sucker Lakes 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Vadnais HeightsEric Severson
 
Skied the Sucker lake side. Trails are in good shape for the most part, but a few leaves, icy spots, and places with very thin coverage. For some reason Sucker Lake has only been groomed to the west -- the East side has some kind of new paved trail/road that has been plowed instead of groomed. People have made tracks to the side, but it is tough going. Bummer.
Jan 15Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
ChaskaGavin Watt
 
skied the whole deal today. Full coverage but thin, heavy used, not much track. Beautiful day lovely track. Come for the scenery: turkeys and deer. Enjoy an uncrowded classic ski.
Jan 15Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Mr. Getting-More-Reliable as the season progresses just reported in that he and our third rookie groomer of the weekend, The Lineman, just finished their grooming run with the medium screens for our MLK Day skiing pleasure. It was another great day at Woodlands; walkers were enjoying the groomed winter walking trail and skiers young and old were doing their thing. It is days like these that make the year-long volunteer effort of the Trail Crew all worthwhile. Surf will be up at Woodlands again tomorrow. Enjoy!
Jan 15Baker Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Maple PlainKeith Carlson
 
Very good skate conditions; fairly consistent but shallow classic track. 28 degrees and sunny. Skied the entire perimeter except Evergreen, which was in poor condition; there were occasional dirt bleed thru's but they were no problem to skate around. Only recall one on a downhill, the curve where the trail coming over from Evergreen linked into the trail from the chalet to Island Trail. Snow was generally dry with a few moist spots where my skis waxed with FastWax Salmon (old color scheme) HF and buffed with Fluoro paste seemed to run faster. I did five miles at a 5.8 MPH pace.
Jan 15Pine Point Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
StillwaterJuli Hagstrom
 
A crazy quilt of grooming - a classic track will take you on a trail for about 300 yards and then disappear randomly, never to return. Finally gave up!
Jan 15Hyland Lake Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonJohn Shirriff
 
First time in recent memory that I was able to ski the non-man-made loops at Hyland today. Did a recovery skate ski after Seeley Hills Classic yesterday. Pretty much perfect conditions, sunny, and mid 20's with little wind. No ice, fast snow, tracks were not deep but decent. Great day to be outside in winter in MN.
Jan 15Green Haven Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AnokaDick Swanson
 
Good for skate and classic however no tracks are set. A few bare spots under evergreens in a few areas otherwise could use your best skis. Trails were slow. Enjoyable day.
Jan 15Whitetail Woods Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FarmingtonJim Vonasek
 
SE loop in excellent condition, Empire Lake Loop in excellent condition, but icy in open areas. North loop fair in open areas otherwise very good! The Park has a well designed trail system and Empire Lake loop is very scenic with excellent, high views on the north side. Very nice, newer Park that is well worth the trip! Also an awesome sledding hill for the kids!
Jan 15William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixPete Hawkins
 
What a beautiful day of skiing my small group had at Wm O'Brien today. Even though there were a few washed out sections, most of the classic track was good and fast. The snow in the skate lane was very compliant, making the downhills easy and fun. The blue sky and mild temps with no wind promoted several pauses for socializing. It doesn't get much better! Get out there tomorrow if you can before it changes.
Jan 15Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
EaganGeorge Wawro
 
Lebanon Hills Classic and Skate trails were in very good condition today. Classic trails have plenty of snow, minimal ice and were uncrowded despite a multitude of people relaxing by the visitor center enjoying the sun and fresh air. the classic trails are extensive, through woods mostly and double-tracked. The skate trails had good snow coverage, were packed and free of debris. Very good-to-excellent throughout the very extensive system.
Jan 15Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
EaganBill Lundberg
 
It was a beautiful afternoon at Lebanon today with sunshine and mid 20"s. The double track classic trail was in good condition especially considering our lack of good snow in recent weeks. There were lots of people out enjoying themselves today in the winter warmth.
Jan 15William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixJim Smith
 
The inner loop was scratched this morning. The classic track was not touched. Classic was still good but many more washouts than yesterday. It would be nice to have it reset before the freeze thaw cycle starts. Skating looked good. Lots of folks out today.
Jan 15Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDean Kleinhans
 
All trails in great shape, classic or freestyle. Just a fine day to be XC skiing or even hiking on the groomed trails. Come and get it while you can.
Jan 15Theodore Wirth South 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisJonas Nygard
 
Eloise Butler Trail, Quaking Bog/Norm Oakvik Trail and Bridge Trail all in excellent shape. Some sticks here and there but overall excellent conditions.
Jan 15Eagle Lake Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PlymouthWayne Nelson
 
Skied the Pike Lake Trail yesterday afternoon, evening and today. Trail is good for classic, plenty of snow. There is one spot at beginning of trail for about 3 yards where a little grass pokes through and you avoid with your left ski, otherwise it is great. The Eagle Lake trail is wide for skate and looks like it has been used a lot, so the classic is beat up on it at beginning. Love the Pike Lake trail because it goes through the woods by the lake.
Jan 15Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverBruce Adelsman
 
Skied mid to late afternoon. Fantastic conditions for skating! Skied nearly all the trails, found the grooming to be perfect. Nice smooth deck, firm but not hard packed, easy to get an edge but not too soft or sugar. With temps in the mid 20s, it was as good as it gets for Nordic skiing! Classic tracks only on the flatter trails (as usual). Great day!
Jan 15Como Golf Course    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulRonald Okenfuss
 
Trail is firm and pretty fast and fun to ski - get out there if you are wavering. A little dodgem with wrong way skiers made it unusually interesting skiing. There were a few tiny icy patches and the grass poked through in spots but are easily avoided. Trail is set for 5K. To avoid the chaos at the pavilion parking lot, park at the conservatory and drop in through the gap in the fence at the green. (Wouldn't it be great if the whole park were tracked?)
Jan 15Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maple PlainKevin Crystal
 
Hill, Timber and Prairie trails are in good shape for skating. A few minor dirty spots which can be skied around. Trails were well skied by afternoon but still good. Classic tracks were good considering. They broke thru to ground occasionally but usable with b or rock skis.
Jan 15Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BurnsvilleWes Gerber
 
Did the 6.4 mile Razorback loop on my classic skis. No classic track set, but rolled trails are in pretty good shape. The hills are great if you like the exhilaration. Only feared for my life a couple times. :-) Did meet three hikers as they were coming up a hill and they scattered as I flew by them (don't understand why some think it's ok to hike on groomed trails).
Jan 15Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulCraig Hanson
 
The skiing was very good. I did a couple loops on classic skis in early afternoon. The grooming was very good considering how thin the base is. The skate deck looked good and there were good tracks most of the way. Some thin and bare spots that could be avoided. A beautiful way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Jan 15Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple PlainSteve Evans
 
Almost perfect conditions, mostly flat deck, good grooming, good cover except in a few small spots. Beautiful sunny day, 20F. Took Steffie and a friend to Baker around 10 AM to ski the golf course and since we've only skied and skijored the multi-use trail, the girls were nice enough to let me rent some skis and ski with them "Just for a while." Trails were very good, much better than natural snow trails farther east in the area, more snow on the west side, apparently. As the sun got going and temps rose a bit, the deck softened and glide became superb which made climbing the myriad hills fun. Seemed everyone was moving with ease. Lots of skiers out when I left the girls just before noon. Very confusing navigating the trails since they're all short and none of them have direction markers but we received some help from regular skiers as we went along. We'll definitely return, the setting is beautiful.
Jan 15French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
PlymouthScott Greymont
 
I don't know if the biggest hill on the challenge course was open - I guess I didn't notice any barricades in place. Overall the trail was in very nice shape - little bit of rock as you turn right off the lake trail heading away from the office - big area of avoidable junk just past the challenge hill / skyline intersection. Nice afternoon for a ski.
Jan 15Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Maple PlainJoel LaFrance
WaxBenches.com
 
All trails but one are open. Overall excellent shape, I was impressed. A handful of dirty spots, but didn't spot any significant rocks. Felt like March skiing--absolutely perfect temps and quite a few skiers out there enjoying it. While we were there two groomers were out dragging the island loop. While fresh lines were nice, after grooming it was actually dirtier than when they started.
Jan 15Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BurnsvilleLyndon Torstenson
 
Murphy is not ready for prime time. Disappointingly, there were no classic tracks set at all as of this morning. The ski deck is inconsistent, with sticks, soft pits and holes mixed in with firm packed trail, making for a challenging ski. At one point on the outer loop you fly down a hill into a sea of heavy swamp grass. It's still beautiful, but Murphy needs ample snow for quality conditions, and right now it does not have it. Grooming is poor as a result.
Jan 15French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
PlymouthSteve Evans
 
Quick trip around before dawn just after the lights came on. Trails are still good but grooming is starting to kick up quite a few rocks and I took some hits in the dark. Otherwise, the snow is transforming well and getting faster. Fairly flat, easy kick and good glide. Still using Purl Green wax.
Jan 15Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisEric Leugers
 
Groomed all of the skate lanes on Isles, Cedar, Brownie, the two spur trails off of Cedar Lake, and up and over the 394 bridge. Able to use good skis on the lakes except for a couple spots on the canal between Isles and Cedar (sticks) and under a couple of the wide bridges (straight ice). Spur trails have too many sticks and grass spots for good skis. Did not set new tracks - they were mostly in good shape.
Jan 15Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AftonKris Hansen
 
Afton State Park is double tracked with good coverage. Lots of walkers - footprints are mostly next to the tracks - but still very skiiable. Find some place else if you are looking for a high performance interval training site, but for a peaceful, back-to-nature, I'm-so-lucky-to-be-in-Minnesota-in-January ski, these trails are perfect. Good skis are fine except for some coyote scat and a bit of botanical detritus (leaves).
Jan 15Whitetail Woods Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
FarmingtonPaul Kraus
 
Skied lake loop and partial prairie section this morning. Good tracks set but some spots with bare ground/gravel showing through. Majority of trail was excellent, though. Unfortunately, many hikers had been on the lake loop - go figure. Rest of the trails were very enjoyable - get out there!
Jan 15Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in GOOD condition for skate and in FAIR condition for classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be closed 5 AM - 10 PM on Sat. Jan. 21 for The Rennet.
Jan 14Grass Lake 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
ShoreviewEric Severson
 
First 0.5k from the parking lot is a bit rough with bare spots and leaves, but otherwise: looking good.
Jan 14Fort Snelling State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulGavin Watt
 
Did the Snelling lake shared use loop. Full coverage but thin. come for the scenery, swans at sunset. No track set but a good easy ski on a flat course.
Jan 14Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BurnsvilleGarry Loufek
 
Skied with headlamps the entire system with hill repeats. Exhilarating downhills. Great skiing with five student athletes!
Jan 14Pine Point Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
StillwaterKal Perry
 
There is good snow cover. The trails on the north side of Gateway Trail are very good. It was upsetting to find that the nice grooming and tracks on the south side of gateway trail have been messed up by a 2-track vehicle driving criss-cross across the tracks.
Jan 14William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixJim Smith
 
Best conditions at O'Brien in maybe 5 years. The grooming was high quality. The classic tracks were well positioned and carefully cut, the skating lane flat and no center berm. The grooming must have been done a few days back because everything had set up well. Timing of the grooming is so important in order to get that set up period, it was done right this time.
Jan 14William O'Brien State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixCraig Stamps
 
Perfect day! Gorgeous sunny day at Wm. O'Brien. Used my waxless good skis, only one tiny area of twigs/pine needles. Lots of happy skaters and classic skiers like myself. Tracks were set and downhills fast. Wonderful day, get out and enjoy!
Jan 14Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDavid Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Refuge Guy and Rookie MS just finished pulling the medium screens around the trails to spiff them up for our Sunday ski. Conditions should be about as good as it gets for skate along with classic tracks set on the flatter trails. The trail crew will be out tomorrow morning cutting dead trees along the trails, but will confine most of their work to the winter walking trails. Enjoy!
Jan 14Theodore Wirth South Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisGeorge Wawro
 
Conditions were excellent for skating throughout the south section. From Wirth Lake through Eloise Butler and the Bog all the way to the lakes and across Brownie, Cedar, Lake of the Isles the skate deck was fast and well-groomed and clean with very few bare patches. Kudos to the groomers, the trail is holding up very well. The classic tracks were pretty good where placed but were intermittent throughout the south end system.
Jan 14Afton State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AftonEmmerson Ward
 
Skied prairie loop and down to the river and back. Good snow cover over 95% of the trail. Only a few places had some ice. A few spots on the prairie loop were washed out, but not extensive. Otherwise, was really pleased with the dual tracks. Kudos to the groomers. What a wonderful place.
Jan 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
BloomingtonMorrison Luke Smith
 
Skated all the main man-made and natural loops. Conditions good to excellent, a skosh of debris on the wooded sections of the natural loops but nothing to be concerned about. Deck was well groomed throughout, great skiing. Huzzah.
Jan 14Chain of Lakes    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisAlli Beatty
 
Had so much fun skiing the Chain of Lakes and Theo South today! Always fun to see skiers on the lakes. Quite a few footprints by the time I skied at 2 pm but overall decent shape minus coverage underneath the bridges. This is the best the lakes and Theo South have been in years! Also skied Eloise, the Bog, and Wirth Lake. Thanks to the Loppet Foundation for some fun new changes to the trails, I've never had so much fun skiing in Theodore Wirth as I have had this year!
Jan 14Hiawatha Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MinneapolisLou Chouinard
 
Kudos to the grooming crew! Really nice conditions this morning. The newly widened trail side was really easy to skate. The classic tracks were surprisingly good. There are areas where the wind has scoured the trails but avoiding the few icy / grassy areas was easy. I used good skis without problem but would recommend B skis.
Jan 14Battle Creek Regional Park East 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MaplewoodElliott Krizek
 
Trails are in good shape, poles hit paved trail only a few times. Could use some grooming, maybe that'll happen after next snow fall.
Jan 14Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoWilliam Harrison
 
Skiing was great for skating today. Classic tracks were also full depth and in good condition on most of the trail system. Skate deck was firm and fast with very good edging. Only a few areas of dirt at the bottom of Brown's Pond loop downhill that are easily avoided. Heard West side Red loop was good as well. Saw lots of happy skiers and fat bikers today. Get out there!
Jan 14Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganJohn Gamlin
 
Skied Lebanon Hills Saturday afternoon from Visitor Center south along Southern trail then west to marker 7 then back to Visitor Center along Northern trial. Trails were freshly groomed (packed and tracked) with firm tracks and no show through. Only a encountered a few other skiers. Great day for a ski. Note: you will want to remove skis and walk across service road to park maintenance facility.
Jan 14Tamarack Nature Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
White Bear TownshipDave Puskala
 
Coverage was very good, considering the amount of snow. The tracks were well set. There were occasional minor spots were dirt showed through. They were easy to avoid. Truly is a blue wax day.
Jan 14Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisMike Guild
 
Widened the ski trails, dropped/reset classic tracks, and groomed the walking trails. All in all in good shape. Some areas are close to grass, but otherwise in pretty good shape. Skiers use the trail on the left, walkers use the trail on the right. Please stay on trails so we don't ski over tee boxes or greens.
Jan 14Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveKen Tobacman
 
All the natural snow trails are now groomed, and the classic trails are all tracked. Occasional sticks and grass in the tracks, but generally really good skiing. The man-made snow loop is in its usual excellent condition. There's good skiing to be had, while it lasts.
Jan 14Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveSteve Evans
 
Multi-Use trail: firm deck, fairly flat, fair glide, 2-3 inches deep, decent pole sticks and plenty of kick. Skijored the Multi-Use late morning; well the twins did, I got chase duty. Beautiful morning, about 15F, sunny. Trail is good for the snow we've had, downhill glide is OK, otherwise not great but fast enough, far better than the Arctic grit snow we've had lately. The kids had a great time, first run with the dogs for them this year. We met another skijoring team about halfway around at the end of the valley straightaway and all 5 of us skied mostly together back to the Fernbrook trailhead where we stopped and the others continued. Fun ski, beautiful day, always a treat to meet other skijorers.
Jan 14Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BurnsvilleMatthew Goertz
 
Skated the razorback trail this morning. Snow depth and grooming are good. A little bit of debris and one big rock poking through, but easily avoidable. I think the hills might be steeper this year :).
Jan 14Irondale Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
New BrightonKeith Gilbert
 
Excellent conditions at Irondale the morning. Nice firm skate deck with fresh corduroy. No classic tracks. Come out and ski the new layout!
Jan 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonJoe Dolan
 
Skated most of the natural trails and the 5k man made loop. The natural snow was pretty slow with toko blue but a ton of fun to be out in the woods and wetlands alone. The natural trails have far more debris but still in great shape, didn't see or feel a single rock. The man made was pretty speedy even up the hills and holding up great after all the cold weather.
Jan 14Theodore Wirth South 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisMike Erickson
Loppet Foundation
 
Skate deck groomed this morning. Lots of skiers already out in Eloise Butler and the Bog. Classic track not set across all of the course due to thinner snow conditions but overall coverage is good. B skis due to sticks, etc.
Jan 14Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Saint PaulBill Kosfeld
 
All skating loops regroomed; classic track in great shape except the Gold trail which does not have tracks set.
Jan 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonScott Greymont
 
From what I could tell all trails were groomed - I only did the man made loop and both parts of the lake loop. Great conditions all around - groomers did a great job fixing the trails yesterday. Lots of skiers out early this morning fun having more snow to ski on than just the 5k loop.
Jan 14Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Saint PaulGreg Egbert
 
Early morning Saturday conditions were excellent. Trail had been groomed recently with only a couple spots with very minor grass showing. The trail has been moved a bit so conditions on the left side of the trail are a bit soft. The ground is marked for the upcoming deforesting so get out there now to ensure great conditions.
Jan 14French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PlymouthPaul Pasko
 
Skate skied all of their trails at 7:30 am. Absolutely amazing. No classic tracks anywhere. But the skating is great. Thank you groomers for this great experience. I recommend spending time here this weekend, you will not regret your choice. Have fun!
Jan 14Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
All natural snow trails (Skyline, JD Rivers, Wirth Lake, Tornado Alley, Twin Lake, and Judy) groomed and fresh tracks set. Overall good condition. A couple thin spots on skyline with some ice showing but easy to ski around. Remember to buy and display your passes when skiing at Minneapolis Parks!
Jan 13Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand Lost/Found 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BloomingtonMark Ruud
 
Lake loop skiable but getting debris on trail. My Rossignol Zymax skis and Swix poles were taken from racks by vistor center. Skied lake loop on rental skis. Please contact the Hyland visitors center, mention my name, if you accidently took my skis/poles.
Jan 13Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganRick Vatsaas
 
Skied the perimeter loop at Lebanon after dark. Was in far better shape than what expected. Only a couple spots where dirt/ice showed through. Get out and enjoy! The Swix Special Green got slick towards the end.
Jan 13Columbia Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisCraig Jarvinen
 
The lesson area has been groomed for classic lessons. The front loop has been groomed wide for skate only. The back (larger loop) across the tracks has been groomed for skate only. Most portions of the trail groomed. Multiple areas are wind blown and down to ice or very crusty snow and this makes it difficult to follow the designated trail. There are areas with better snow and they are closer to the railroad tracks, the trail is worse as you get closer to the range. No classic set at this time due to low snow conditions for much of the trail. Rock ski designation because of exposed gravel on the west side of the bridge,.
Jan 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoKeith Carlson
 
Fresh corduroy on Eagle Pt. You only had to suffer 5 degrees to ski it. Fortunately, I've finally acclimated to winter and with liners and my warmest x-country ski gloves, a balaclava under my thickest knit hat and a light windbreaker over my fleece, I was reasonably comfortable as long as I kept moving. There was no classic track and there were a few spots where the dirt bled trough that were easily avoidable. I used FastWax Teal (old color scheme) LF on newly ground skis.
Jan 13Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisJohn Saunders
 
Freshened up and widened the skate deck at Hiawatha. There are a few areas with ice or grass popping through, but Hiawatha looks as good as it has looked in many years.
Jan 13Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulPete Thurmes
 
Skated the entire trail system, including Ski Games section. Pretty good skiing everywhere. Ski Games a little soft on the left side of the lane but had mostly nice solid-looking tracks. There was enough loose snow for decent control (including snowplowing partway down the 2 huge descents on the WC trail.) Some dirt and twigs showing so hardly mid-winter conditions, but as usual, excellent grooming made the most of the thin snow cover.
Jan 13Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BloomingtonTom Pitchford
 
Skied almost all natural trails (I skied the Hill Trail instead of the Lake Trail on south side of Hyland Lake). Overall, the classical tracks were definitely more shallow than the tracks on man-made trails, but OK. The tracks on the North Trail were in the best condition.
Jan 13Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Prior LakeJulie Anderson
 
The Cleary Lake Trail report from the Three Rivers site says that the classic tracks are in poor condition but we disagree! We went tonight at about 7 pm and had a great ski. I would say it was fair or even good condition. We skied the lit trails and the only problem was the occasional leaf on the trail. No skate skiers passed us but it sure looked like the skate deck was in good condition. I used it for a few hill climbs and it was firm and not icy.
Jan 13Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisCraig Jarvinen
 
Fresh skate on Cedar and Cedar lake park. Some classic tracks re-set, others were still really good. Fresh skate and classic on lake of the isles. Please display your ski pass.
Jan 13Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDave Anderson
Elk River Nordic Ski Club
 
Eagle 17 just reported in that he and Rookie DP just finished polishing the trails with the light screens for our Saturday skiing pleasure. Enjoy!
Jan 13Bunker Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Coon RapidsJosh Bydlon
 
They're grooming! Get out while you can! Groomed Thursday and yet again today. Stopped in the office and was told they were grooming until dark (told at 2). They were setting tracks, but I personally wouldn't use good skis in them as they were very shallow and crumbling. I didn't see them on the golf course, but almost all of the park had attempted tracks. It's cold dry snow. There a few thin spots on the skate deck, but 95% is perfect. Be careful on the golf course as there's a maintenance road and asphalt trail crossing that were plowed (in addition to the park road). Best skiing of the last few years there now.
Jan 13William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixJo Beth Croatt
 
Woohoo! Great day of skiing. Good snow coverage and firm set tracks. We skied the entire outside loop. Hills were in good shape. Thank you to the groomers for superb job.
Jan 13Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
EaganJim Schmidt
 
Trails were freshly groomed today and I thought in very good condition. I did not encounter any bare spots, a few twigs and leaves as to be expected on the beautifully wooded trails.
Jan 13Chain of Lakes    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
 
After skiing South Wirth, skied across the bridge over 394 (snow covered but a lot of roadway debris), and then down onto Brownie. Nice track on Brownie and good skate lane. Tunnel to Cedar is glare ice. Skied off Cedar and onto the trail heading towards downtown, found some thin/grassy areas but nothing serious. Only somewhat dicey segment was coming back onto Cedar, the beach area there has exposed dirt/sand. Skied up to the Cedar-Isles channel, found a couple of sections where they had recently cleared trees and there was a lot of debris. Out onto Isles to check out the Loppet luminaries on the north end, then headed back. Tracks on the lake varied from quite good to very shallow. Overall, still a nice ski and didn't pick up any new scratches.
Jan 13Theodore Wirth South    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisBruce Adelsman
 
Classic skied sections south of Glenwood Ave around 3 pm. No classic tracks, appears to be too thin. For the most part good coverage, and fairly firm. Would have been more enjoyable skating. Even with the hills, felt pretty cold in the late afternoon.
Jan 13Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisMike Keyes
 
Skate skied all the Wirth trails north of 394. Coverage was almost perfect, there were maybe 5 dirt patches showing through on the entire system - all easily avoided. Also a fair number of sticks. Good skis would probably be fine if you were a little careful. Some of the trails on the back 9 and in JD Rivers were blown in and impossible to see in the flat light we had this afternoon. Also, there isn't quite enough snow to smooth out some of the bumps, particularly in Eloise Butler, so some of the downhills are a little hair raising. The curb at the top of Eloise Butler was fully covered. It was great to get back out on the natural snow!
Jan 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake ElmoJeff Bolte
 
Classic skied at Lake Elmo. The fact that track is there in such abundance in so little base is amazing! Good job groomers! Tilled snow helps. I skied the outer loop: Brown, Green, and Orange. Track varied from great to gone. I skied down hills in track, on combed snow, and on hard pan. I even had a downhill shot at back country style in unbroken snow. There is one place I saw that you must be careful with. The first Brown "Caution" hill is a double drop with three dark spots at the bottom. There is not much room between the spots. Take it easy down this and be safe. This route was a really good tune up for an experienced skier with the wide variation in track. Out of track skills were tested today. Beginners might want to walk some of the hills on this route. Not all down hills are tracked, a skill set in itself where turns are involved. I skied on the B set of woodies. A piece of tree bark gummed up one kick pocket. B skis suggested for all classic skiers due to shallow track and possible ice. Skaters, try a loop on the B set first. You can probably dodge the messy stuff okay if you switch your the A set.
Jan 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake ElmoCarolyn Friedrich
Washington County Parks
 
Ski trails on both the East and West sides have been groomed and track are set. There may be some thin or icy patches but we've had comments that the trails are great!
Jan 13Terrace Oaks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BurnsvilleBen Brunk
 
Skied the big loop this afternoon. Trails were in remarkable shape with recent grooming. Skate deck and classic tracks both superb.
Jan 13Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake ElmoRalph Schwartz
 
Freshly groomed firm trail. Skate lane in great shape, a few spots with dirt showing... good skis for skating would be fine. I classiced, the tracks were newly set in most places and not new in others. Tracks have full coverage for the most part, but thin in spots. B skis best, can use good ones if careful. In general the trails are in great shape.
Jan 13Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveKen Tobacman
 
It was -3F degrees and warming fast at 10:30 am when I started skiing. I saw evidence on one set of skate tracks on the hard corduroy of the snow-making loop, and it appears there was at least one classic skier out ahead of me. I skied the outer trails, since being able to get out there has been a rarity the last few winters. The Eagle Trail has two sets of hard, fast tracks, generally in good condition. However, stay in the right hand tracks at the downhill with the sharp right turn at the bottom. The left set of tracks has lots of grass showing through there. The Creek and Monarch Trails, near the Nature Center have been dragged, but not tracked. There were multiple sets of skate tracks and multiple sets of walker tracks there. The link back to the Lake Trail had not been groomed at all, just skied in a bit. Classic-tracked sections of the natural snow trails had occasional spots where grass, twigs or the icy base from the melt-down were showing through, but were generally in good condition. The Northern Lights trail had fresh corduroy and a good classic track. It was generally good skiing.
Jan 13Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in GOOD condition for both skate and classic. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in GOOD condition for skate and in FAIR condition for classic. Visitor Center is OPEN Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be closed 5 AM - 10 PM on Sat. Jan. 21 for The Rennet.
Jan 13Pine Point Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
StillwaterCarolyn Friedrich
Washington County Parks
 
Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches but otherwise they are looking good!
Jan 13Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Cottage GroveCarolyn Friedrich
Washington County Parks
 
Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches but otherwise they are looking good!
Jan 13St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HastingsCarolyn Friedrich
Washington County Parks
 
Ski trails have been groomed with tracks set! There may be some thin spots and some icy patches. Come out and ski!
Jan 13Carver Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
VictoriaKevin Wendland
 
Track set on Lake Trail only. Grimm was windswept by lake but very good otherwise. Sky was well used yesterday and could use some grooming.
Jan 13Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganWes Gerber
 
Classic skied the loop between Pilot Knob and Johnny Cake Ridge Rd. Trails have been rolled but tracks were not set. Good skiing even without the track being set.
Jan 13Spring Lake Park Reserve    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HastingsKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Groomer was able to set tracks this morning. Conditions are good. Groomer re-rolled the skate loop this morning as well because of drifting. Full snow coverage. Just in time for the weekend!
Jan 13Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
The groomer was able to set tracks today and should finish up by the afternoon. Tracks are thin in a few areas (and down to the icy base beneath) but overall, conditions are good and tracks are in good shape. This could be the best weekend for skiing we've had in a while, so enjoy! Cross-country ski rentals are available at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday, Sunday and Monday this weekend.
Jan 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSteve Dolan
 
Skied the Lake trail for the first time in a couple years and it was great. Get out and ski. Lake trail was slow with good coverage.
Jan 12Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixAndy Powell
 
Had another sweet moonlight ski Thursday night, no headlamp needed. Tracks and skate deck are firm. A little drifting over the tracks in a few places. This will be a great weekend for skiing!
Jan 12Bunker Hills Regional Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Coon RapidsJim Ringdal
 
Skied campground trail Thursday afternoon.
Trails are groomed; conditions good, no classical tracks.
Jan 12Woodland Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverRoland Ring-Jarvi
 
Warning about juvenile gang disrupting trails even while grooming and skiing. Four members wearing similar tan colors were walking on trails while grooming. My wife almost had a collision with one member while skiing the gravity box hill. The members have no regard for tracks or skiers so beware of the white tail gang at Woodlands. Conditions are super for both skate and classic however watch for the gang members.
Jan 12Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maple PlainHugh Hanson
 
Beautiful trails today... still in good shape in the afternoon. The strong winds impacted the trails especially in unprotected areas. Great grooming and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Not much track set for classic.
Jan 12Lone Rock Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
RosemountKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
Lone Rock was packed and is icy and bare in the open prairie areas. It's a very open and exposed trail so expect lots of drifting.
Jan 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonPete Thurmes
 
I skied only the man-made snow loops. Tracks were deep and solid everywhere, and pretty fast on the descents although a little on the slow side double-poling on the flats. There was very little loose snow in the tracks, so if you had the will (and the wax) you could ski in-track through the entire course. Super-solid kick at zero temps made things fun hammering up the hills as hard as I could kick with no missed kicks was a blast - if a little slow. I was less than a dozen other skiers (aside from students in the training area) on the trails at 7-8pm. (There were actually many more student skiers than rec skiers out!).
Jan 12French Regional Park 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
PlymouthPete Thurmes
 
No tracks set anywhere. Not really enough loose snow for enjoyable out-of-track classic skiing, so I only skied one lap and then headed to Hyland for some deep-track skiing in the windy cold. French trails looked pretty good for skating, but maybe a little on the hard side for fun V2. A little dirt showed in one or two places, and I wouldn't trust my best skis to the thin gravel coverage.
Jan 12Phalen Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulEmily Bell
 
Skied the full trail yesterday, and overall the trail was decent. It had been groomed for skate, but no tracks had been set yet. Most areas had good cover with just a few icy spots and areas that had drifted in. Still very skiable though.
Jan 12Phalen Golf Course 
Observation 
Saint PaulMichael Jorgensen
 
Seeing that Como had a race going I stopped by Phalen instead. Whether due to the high winds or not, I could find no evidence of a groomed ski trail. There was additional confusion caused by some construction work on Wheelock, a "no left hand turn" sign into the park, and absolutely no cars parked in the lot across the street. The place was totally desolate.
Jan 12Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulLois Braun
 
As would be expected: on hilltops and other places with long wind fetch, the trails were scoured to just a thin layer above ice, whereas in other areas drifts covered the trail. Still quite skiable though. The high school teams racing didn't seem to be phased by the ice. Classic tracks had been set but were pretty completely blown in.
Jan 12Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveTodd White
 
Amazing outer loop skiing with moonlight tonight. Stayed warm for the whole hour long loop. Almost no one had gone on outer loop but lit loop was skied in plenty. Not sure signage clear where the outer loop cuts off the main loop and that the conditions were really good. So nice to be on outer loop and out of the wind. Would have been nice to have a track near nature center or in the area. A note that Boy Scout bridge trail was not groomed but had been tracked in.
Jan 12Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
Saint PaulMeg Thomas
 
Skied como this morning at about 7 am. The trails were pretty beat up, but there were no bare spots and it was nice to be out. There didn't seem to be any classic tracks recently set, but it was quite skiable. Overall I was pleasantly surprised.
Jan 12Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisMike Guild
 
Groomed and dropped a set of classic tracks tonight. Snow is a little thin, but wanted to get tracks down as best I could.
Jan 12University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Falcon HeightsKermit Pattison
 
Grooming underway at 5pm Thursday. I saw groomer making multiple passes to lay corduroy skate deck on all three loops north of Larpenteur. No classic tracks set by time I departed at sundown but groomer was still working. Multiple spots with exposed grass, gravel and ice, mostly from wind having blown bare hilltops before grooming. Some snow drifts already due to strong winds.
Jan 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonScott Greymont
 
skied both the man made and lake loops - all were in good shape. I'm assuming it was with all the ski teams today - the track was very hard and packed especially near the chalet. Nice night for a cold ski.
Jan 12University of Minnesota Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Falcon HeightsCaitlin Anderson
 
Skated all three trails tonight. Trails are about 75% covered with the other 25% having bare ground or patches of ice. Conditions ranged from soft and somewhat deep to faster and packed. Groomer was out making passes while I was skiing. No classic track set. Looked like he had been out earlier in the day as well. When I left, he was grooming the portion across Larpenteur.
Jan 12Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Firsthand Observation 
[ B skis ]
Saint PaulLindsey Tuominen
 
Went out under the lights on the bronze trail tonight. Within the first half kilometer the classic track has bottomed out, but it's easily avoided. Right now about 80% of the course has well-set, fast classic track. As typical for this trail, some of the tight corners have washed out on the outer side of the turn. I had some trouble on the uphills, but this was using older skis with mismatched wax pockets -- I'm inclined to blame my waxing more than possible icing. Looks like skate skiing would be really enjoyable, as it's well-packed and really fast outside of the track.
Jan 12Lake Elmo Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lake ElmoKal Perry
 
Nicely groomed and good track. There are a few places where underlying ice and debris and grass show in the track, so be careful with good skis. Skied the trails on East side in early afternoon. Bright sun, cold wind, drifting.
Jan 12Chain of Lakes 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
Lake of the Isles, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake and Cedar Lake Trail all groomed and tracked. Enjoy the trails. Make sure to display your MPRB Ski Trail Pass.
Jan 12Theodore Wirth South 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
Eloise Butler and Quaking Bog trails are groomed, but not yet tracked. Make sure to display your MPRB Ski Pass.
Jan 12Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
Trails are in great condition. New snow over a bullet-proof deck, below. Most trails are tracked, with the exception of JD Rivers.
Jan 12Vadnais/Sucker Lakes 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Vadnais HeightsKatie Koessler
 
Classic only. Tracks were great along east side of Vadnais Lake. Blown out in some areas, shallow snow resulted in poling asphalt in some areas. Wooded scenery divine. Tracks observed to be set going into Sucker Lake Trail but not skied.
Jan 12Tamarack Nature Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
White Bear TownshipRichard Gerth
 
Skied around noon, outer loop, and the tiny loop in the pines on the way back to the start. Mostly good coverage, but snow is soft and dry, so the tracks wash out in many places. Under the snow is solid ice, so the poles don't set solidly. There are places where some small twigs/plants poke up through the snow, and a number of places where dirt is showing in the tracks. There are two sets of tracks almost everywhere, so if you really care, and are paying attention, you can certainly avoid the dirt. And there are no places where the whole path is bare. You can just step out of the track for a moment. The wind was blowing pretty hard, and in the open places the tracks were filling in. I walked these paths last week before the snow, and they were solid, rough ice. Considering that we didn't get that much snow, I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the conditions were. I think the groomers did a great job with what they had to work with.
Jan 12Columbia Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisAmy Fredregill
 
Primarily ungroomed as of 4:30 today. Only a small loop right off the golf course groomed for skate, but the majority of the course (about 90%) ungroomed. No classic track set at all. Only took me about 5 minutes to ski the test loop off the parking lot. Won't go back until I know its groomed because its not long enough to make it worth it.
Jan 12Pine Point Park 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
StillwaterSteve Thatcher
Ride and Glide Bike & Ski Club
 
Disappointing - Tracks were claimed to have been set but they were only set on the dead flat sections. The track setter had been intentionally lifted on even the slightest uphills and for 100 feet at all intersections. Plenty of coverage. Saw some skaters on this supposed classic only trail. It appears they are grooming wider than the tracked area. Possibly for a skate lane?
Jan 12Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisRobert Ibler
 
Great skiing today. Everything was nicely groomed, with track set in most places. No ice or thin spots that I encountered on the skate deck.
Jan 12Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Windblown on the man-made with the tracks filling in with fine-grained snow on about 1/4 to 1/3 of the loop. Skied the Northern Lights/Thicket to get out of the wind. The track was pretty good (a little washed out) but not as deep and firm as the man-made as there is just enough snow to set a track. Natural snow here was pretty fast.
Jan 12Terrace Oaks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BurnsvilleWes Gerber
 
Trail has been rolled, but no classic track has been set. Only a few skiers had been out before me. Even without the track I found it easy to classic ski it. Hills are great.
Jan 12William O'Brien State Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixLiz Westerhaus
 
Was out at William O'Brien this morning around 9:30am. Groomers had done the inner loops (not sure of the names of those,) but front office said the outer loops would be done by noon. I'm not an "expert" skier nor know much about what is "good" snow, but was a bit slow-going as snow is still thick in spots (not packed down,) and still pretty soft. But great grooming, nonetheless and a beautiful morning to be out. Bet in a day or two it'll be even more awesome!
Jan 12Chain of Lakes    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinneapolisPeter Leugers
 
Classic tracks and skate deck were all set this morning. All of the lakes, the spur trail and across 394. I set tracks where I could and tried to get rid of any post holing and fatbike tracks. Tunnel to Brownie is ice, so be careful. Not too many rocks in that area yet.
Jan 12Lebanon Hills Regional Park    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
EaganKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
All trails (classic and skate) are being rolled today. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but is making it around ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
Jan 12Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Prior LakeEric Spieler
 
Nice conditions at 7:30 AM. Fresh corduroy and tracked trails! Groomers were still out there at 9 AM. Some debris on the trails (branches, leaves). Found one rock on an uphill but otherwise in good shape.
Jan 12Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulJohn Kendrick
 
Highland was tracked and groomed as we skied this morning. Foxy and I skijored; Kevin classiced. I like the way the groomers set track even when they occasionally bottom out. New snow and wind blow snow into the track in some places; in other places skiers set a new track. Shallow tracks are better than none.
Jan 12Carver Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
VictoriaDarren Dummer
 
Ski trails are packed and in POOR condition for skating. No tracks have been set. The ski chalet is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Friday's from 2:30-5PM AND weekends 9AM - 5PM. Skate ski rentals are available.
Jan 12Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomingtonSonja Bercich
Three Rivers Park District
 
Manufactured Snow Trails which include Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge are Packed, Tracked, and in Good condition. Natural Snow Trails are Packed in Good condition and Tracked in Fair conditions. Visitor Center is Open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 9 PM and Saturday - Sunday 8 AM - 9 PM. Rentals are available. Trail Lights are on from 5 AM - 10 PM. Trails will be Closed Friday, Jan 13th, 5am- 2pm for Maintenance work due to past rain and thaw. Trails will be closed 5am - 10pm on Sat Jan 21st for the Rennet Race.
Jan 11Whitetail Woods Regional Park    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
FarmingtonKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
All trails were rolled today. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but it packed in ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
Jan 11Spring Lake Park Reserve 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
HastingsKatie Pata
Dakota County Parks
 
All trails (classic and skate) were rolled this morning. Groomer says it's still icy under the newly packed trail, but packed in ok. At this time, tracks will not be set.
Jan 11Tamarack Nature Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
White Bear TownshipDoug Cameron
 
I skied Tamarack on both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, I created some of my own tracks in the new snow, but most of the trails had already been blazed before my arrival. Wednesday afternoon it appeared the the trails had been groomed. The tracks were very good with only a couple of minor grassy patches in some wind-exposed areas. There's not much snow depth, so my poles weren't biting into the ground very well, instead hitting either pavement of hard ice below the snow. I skied the entire trail system on Wednesday. Overall two nice late afternoon sessions.
Jan 11Bunker Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
Coon RapidsJosh Bydlon
 
No grooming yet. Good snow. Few people have been out and made tracks on the trails. Usual foot traffic over the tracks on the north end of the park. When asked, Anoka County Parks said they'll be packing trails today.
Jan 11Woodland Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Elk RiverDean Kleinhans
 
Soft, new snow on a recently rolled base. Fresh classic tracks set this afternoon. Great to be out here again, this is going to be fun this weekend as it sets up!
Jan 11Elm Creek Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple GroveBruce Adelsman
 
Skied around 1 pm, groomers were on the outer loop as we skied. Felt bad for skiing in fresh groom. Good coverage, used B skis but good skis for skate would have been fine. Classic tracks were thin in sections. Snow felt slower the second lap...
Jan 11Hyland Lake Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BloomingtonDavid Moore
 
On the third consecutive day of snow, I skated Hyland. The snowmaking loop was predictably excellent. Today, I added in the 3k natural-snow Lake loop. It's bumpier, and some pole plants seem to get to ice, but the grooming and coverage are decent and I did not worry about my A skis. It's not the superb deck of the snowmaking trail, but hey, a skier needs some variety!
Jan 11Phalen Golf Course 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Saint PaulBill Stuber
 
Took a drive by Phalen tonight to determine if it was groomed. It sure was. Looks like a just a skate deck with some skied in tracks. I walked on the track and it felt firm and there seemed to be lots of snow. Should be good for a nice ski tomorrow.
Jan 11Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Prior LakeJohn Elling
 
Skate deck was pretty good/groomed and skied in. Classic was shallow and washed out, track not completlely set yet. Nice full moon to ski under!
Jan 11Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
Prior LakeMolly Cochran
 
All trails in good condition for skate. The grooming was so good that I skied the unlit trails by moonlight tonight. Classical track was only set on one trail. Get out and ski while you can on these trails!
Jan 11Lebanon Hills Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EaganRobert Sullivan
 
Skied a few of the classic trails by Schulze Lake. They hadn't caught up with the grooming yet, but there were trails set by other skiers. Trails seemed mostly fine with great coverage, though a little tricky/slippery in spots like hills, with the snow layers over a layer of very hard ice in spots. Beautiful night at Lebanon Hills with the full moon.
Jan 11Cleary Lake Regional Park 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Prior LakeDan Steger
 
I skated the middle, lit loop at dusk today and it was perfect. Full coverage, no debris, rocks or other nastiness. Slightly uneven and soft, as you'd expect for newly groomed fresh snow. The classic track looked great but did not run the full length of the loop. Perhaps it was laid only for the very short innermost loop?
Jan 11Jackson Meadow 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Marine on St. CroixCarl Nordgren
 
Fresh snow. Full moon. Awesome grooming. Classic Tracks. Race Skis. Rode Blue Multigrade. Super Fun! What more could you want?
Jan 11Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Maple GroveJustin Reiling
 
Most all trails are open, man-made 2.5km trail is in good condition, outer trails are in fair condition with some twigs/leaves around. Poles will hit the ground on the other trails and some tracks have bare ground/dirt. Overall, very ski-able.
Jan 11CedarHolm Golf Course  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RosevilleDoug White
 
Trail packed and groomed today. Few icy spots where snow was thin. No classic track, waiting for track to firm up.
Jan 11Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Maple PlainChuck Barden
 
Three Rivers said Baker trails were in good condition and they were right. Used my good skis on Island, Timber and Prairie Trail and did not see any rocks. No track but the skate deck was solid. Looks like the trails should be good for a while.
Jan 11Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulMichael Darger
 
All trails groomed and nice. Soft deck for skating. Some diag. trails set and some are either not set or wiped out. Some thin spots on hilltops but very skiable. Lots of people out at 5 p.m.
Jan 11Como Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Saint PaulSam Holte
 
Skied classic on the 5k loop. It was groomed for skate but didn't have the classic tracks when I went at 2pm. The 6-8 inches of snow we got in the last few days were perfectly fine for classic, even without the tracks. There were certain parts, particularly in wooded or wind exposed areas where you could feel the ice underneath with your poles. I was on one or two hills that had some ice exposed, so proceed with caution. Otherwise the amount of snow was fine. Skaters looked like they were getting good glide on the trails I was on.
Jan 11Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulEdward Burke
 
Trail had been groomed but classic tracks not set. The skier-made tracks varied considerably from clearly defined to essentially nonexistent. Much of the snow was smooth, but with some icy spots and a few slushy spots. Poles frequently went down to ice. Definitely nice to be back on the trail, but a few more inches sure would be nice.
Jan 11Battle Creek Regional Park West 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulBill Stuber
 
All trails were combed again this afternoon. No tracks set yet. Ski Games trail is combed and classic track is set. Conditions are a bit soft but seem to be firming up quickly.
Jan 11Como Golf Course    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulBen Mullin
 
Thin and soft but pretty good coverage. There are definitely spots where people have edged down to the ice or occasionally grass beneath the new snow but generally it is pretty good. The good thing is that the snow is mostly adhering to the ice beneath and not sheering off. It should groom out fairly well hopefully.
Jan 11Highland 9-hole Golf Course    
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
If there is not snow there is ice, but no big patches. You will feel the ice on your big kicks, but you can get around the course just fine. There will be tree work happening the week of January 16th that Will require a couple of trail crossings. Our groomers will get these areas cleared and repaired as soon as possible, but people should be fine using the trail during this work; the trail will still be open but these areas may have some perpendicular tracks and a little debris.
Jan 11Baker Park Reserve 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Maple PlainTom Berscheid
 
Good to very good, no classic tracks, expect to be better after another grooming. Heard groomers didn't think classic tracks could be set due to ice base, though I thought there was enough snow to groom classic. High school classic event scheduled Jan 12th may be cancelled due to classic track concerns. I saw only two other skiers there, worth the drive to avoid crowds at other venues.
Jan 11Como Golf Course    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint PaulTyler McKean
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
 
All things considered, the trails are in pretty good condition. If there is not snow there is ice, but no big patches. Only one or two spots on the tops of the hills where grass is popping through. Even under the bridge is OK but you might want to double pole through there.
Jan 11Theodore Wirth North 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisRobert Ibler
 
I skated from JD Rivers to Skyline, and it looks like it was probably groomed yesterday but not yet after the snow today. There is a nice base, and I didn't have any issues with ice or rocks, but about an inch or two of loose powder on top of everything. Decent skiing nonetheless.
Jan 11Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Maple GroveMark Skinner
 
I classic skied the Valley, Lake, Creek and Northern Lights trails mid-afternoon today. All these trails are packed and tracked. Conditions varied from very good to fair. A few grass and dirt spots in the tracks back on the Lake and Creek trails. The track was a little soft but may firm up tonight. Very nice to be able to ski on trails other than the Valley loop! The skate deck looked "soft", back on Lake and Creek trails.
Jan 11Fort Snelling State Park 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
Saint PaulRobert Bergad
 
Early morning only skier-set tracks were evident with many walker prints as well. This applies to Pike Island trails and the trail from the park uphill to East 54th Street. By the time I departed around noon park crew was packing the trails; however, there didn't appear to be enough to set tracks.
Jan 11Lake Elmo Park Reserve 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake ElmoTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Lake Elmo Park Reserve east side (lit) trails are being groomed and tracked this afternoon. Trial reports with the fresh snow are good.
Jan 11Highland 9-hole Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Saint PaulBob Hartzler
 
Conditions fair to good. Track diverged and disappeared in many places; hard to get rhythm going. No bare spots, but hard ice below surface made poling difficult in places. Skate trail looked pretty good. It feels good to finally be able to ski.
Jan 11Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Cottage GroveTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
Classic tracks have been set at Cottage Grove Ravine with St. Croix Bluffs to follow. Overall, the ski trails look good. Some scattered ice patches remain.
Jan 11Pine Point Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
StillwaterTheresa Young
Washington County Parks
 
The ski trails at Pine Point Park have been groomed on Wednesday. Fresh tracks have been set and look good. Snow may be thin in the pines.
Jan 11Green Haven Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AnokaLarry Norland
 
We were able to flat groom the trails today. Pretty good conditions. Park in the lower lot and the ski trail starts at the top of the hill.
Jan 11Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisMike Guild
 
Fresh snow continues to help build a base. Groomed the ski trail (left side) and also rolled out the walking trail (right side). No classic trails set, as the snow is still a little thin. Still a little icy in some parts. But overall, much better than it has been.
Jan 11Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Maple GroveMark Basiletti
 
I skiied the Valley Trail which had not yet been groomed - there was 2 to 3 inches powder on the trail. The tracks were packed by skiiers. Classic was very good. They were starting to groom the Northern Lights while I was there and I was the first one to try them. There was plenty of snow on the N.L. trail. They were working on tracks while I skiied. The completed tracks were good but here and there a little dirt could be seen so I gave the trail a "B ski" rating. The skate lane seemed to be well covered with no risk of hitting dirt. It sure is nice to have new snow.
Jan 11Carver Park Reserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
VictoriaKevin Wendland
 
Groomed for skate on all trails but king. Could see some sticks and ice poking through. Groomer is out making multiple passes.
Jan 11French Regional Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
PlymouthLeif Irgens
 
Skated the Meadow Trail and the night/lit trails mid-morning. Most trails had been rolled and the groomer was out. He stopped me and asked my opinion and we had a nice chat about what they had done on Monday to scrape up the ice. Whatever they did worked. There were no indications I could detect that there was ice underneath the new snow and the snow was adhering well to the trail; only a few soft spots. Trails were basically completely snow covered. There was not enough snow to set tracks but that and a few places where you could see a sliver of bare ground were the only signs the snow was thin. The new snow was a little slow (but quite fast as compared to race at Ironwood last Saturday!). All in all, the skating was very good.
Jan 11Hiawatha Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
MinneapolisJohn Saunders
 
Hiawatha was groomed this morning, but coverage is too thin for a classic track. There was an skier with an off-leash dog out and about this morning. Hiawatha is not an off-leash dog park, and rumor has it that MPRB police have been ticketing for this.
Jan 11Theodore Wirth North 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
MinneapolisIsaac Kasper
Loppet Foundation
 
The natural snow trails (Slyline, Bridge, Tornado Alley, Twin Lake, and Judy) are groomed and open. No classic tracks set. Still a few areas where ice is exposed, but overall decent skate conditions.
Jan 11Elm Creek Park Reserve 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Maple GroveDon Callander
 
The man made loop was freshly groomed with a light dusting of snow on top. Additionally, a wintry mix was also falling as I was leaving. A little soft and not much glide but still fun. Northern Lights was not only not groomed but barricaded off as well. That is a bit surprising as Maple Grove has received over 6" of snow in the last two days.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Mother Bear Ski Trail 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
BrimsonAl Ringer
Trails are wet and icy with scattered pine needles in the tracks. We have had 2 days of 41 degree temps, and it is raining now, so the conditions aren't ideal.
Jan 20Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
Our 5K and 10K trails remain snow-covered, and the base is holding-up. Both trails were icy this morning, but have softened as the day goes on. Because we are unwilling to take the grooming equipment onto the soft, wet snow in above-freezing temps, the downhill turn sections are rutted and somewhat "dicey" this morning. In expectation of a return to winter conditions, and in order to preserve our base, we have decided to postpone grooming until night-time temps return to sub-freezing. We remain open today, but will be closed on Saturday, Jan 21st, due to the forecast wet weather. We will post our open/closed status for Sunday as we see what Saturday brings.
Jan 20Gooseberry Falls State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two HarborsBob Steffes
Conditions at Gooseberry have held up surprisingly well with the above freezing temps. Skied trails above HWY 61 on the East and West side of the river. Conditions higher up away from the lake are in better shape. Tracks set a few days ago are in good shape - firm and no bare spots.
Jan 19Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthMaryBeth Nevers
 
Great classic and skate skiing today at Lester. Thank you City of Duluth for today's grooming! The tracks are beautiful and the skate deck is flat and fast, even though temps hit 38F. Many skiers were out enjoying the sunshine and the lights are on every night. Lester Amity Chalet is open tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Get out the enjoy the warmer temps!
Jan 18Lester Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthLouise Levy
 
33F to 37F. The skating was great, but by the time I finished two rounds of the outer loop, the temperature was affecting the snow, getting soft on the south facing slopes. The trail down into the Lester Amity arena probably won't be skiable after today -- the snow is melting too fast.
Jan 18Marshall School Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthDave Johnson
 
Marshall Ski trail Stadium ready for sprint races this weekend!
Jan 17Chester Bowl 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthFritz Anderson
 
Excellent headlamp ski tonight. Trail was freshly groomed for skating but no classic tracks. The deck was firm and flat. I would rate the conditions superb, but the inevitable foot traffic in the middle of the trail merit a deduction or two.
Jan 17Spirit Mountain    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthLouise Levy
 
33F. Sunny, calm. The skate skiing was excellent. I skied the 10km loop and the campground loop. The tracks looked like new, solid and deep. The skate lane on the 10km trail was really nice, but still has broad washboard in a lot of areas. Everything was skiable, no bare spots, just uneven at times. Need more snow. Gorgeous conditions.
Jan 17Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthClayton Keim
 
Skate deck holding up well today even in the open areas. Sun didn't come out until later in the afternoon so no melting today luckily. In preparation for the warmer weather, I spent much of the day shoveling most of the climbs on the 11 km loop to be proactive and ensure optimal conditions for Sunday's race. On average the skate deck has a 5-6" packed base.
Jan 17Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Bogen
 
I did some classic skiing on the Jane 5K loop from mid to very late afternoon. The track is firm and about 80 to 90% of perfect. Lotsa fun skiing! The high temp there was about 32 degrees. The snow was holding up well. No evidence of melting, except maybe a little in the sun. Purple wax gave me good grip. I'll go back tomorrow in the morning and should have another good ski!
Jan 17Erkki Harju Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two HarborsJohn Cron
 
The trails are in excellent shape as of noon today - no real sun / temp damage. Skating was perfect, classic track looked very good with minimal glazing. Very nice!
Jan 16Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthClayton Keim
 
Skated the south loops today from 3-5 pm doing three laps on the race course for Sunday. Really good conditions with snow temp cold still (no melting today). Trails were smooth and solid base underneath. Will take a shovel out to the little S climb near the road tomorrow to reinforce that which is the thinner spot on the course to brace for the warmer temps coming Friday and Saturday. We expect conditions to remain quite decent for Sunday's race due to the solid base we've accumulated. Snow depth off the side of the trail ranges mostly between 8-12".
Jan 16Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNikki Norland
 
Good coverage and grooming throughout. Classic tracks were good but did have quite a few leaves blown in. The skate deck looked great. A few spots of ice but easily avoidable. There was one rock poking through towards the end of the main loops (by the Spirit Mountain cutoff) - again easily avoidable but beware if skiing in the dark.
Jan 16Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNikki Norland
 
Looked and felt like new tracks on all Spirit trails. Except for leaf debris in some areas (and a few minor and inconsequential spots of ice in low areas) the trails were in beautiful shape! The skate deck also looked very nice and well-used!
Jan 16Biskey Pond Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJason Miller
 
Wolf Run, White Pine, Birch Ridge, and Eagle Ridge are all re-groomed as of early today! Perfect skiing weather! Check out Biskey!
Jan 16Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthEddie Fuhs
 
Great day for skiing. Classic trails were in very good shape. Did Bardon Peak Loop and Main Loop Cutoff.
Jan 16Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthTim Holst
 
How much better could the trails at Lester have been this morning for both skate and classic? None. None more better! A perfect sunny day in the north woods, with perfect conditions.
Jan 16Erkki Harju Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two HarborsTony Lockhart
 
Excellent. Nice track and skate deck. The groomers were out this morning refreshing the trail and changing bulbs on the 3k lighted loop. Beautiful morning, bright sky, and not yet too warm.
Jan 16Hartley Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthSara Zimmer
 
Hard tracks, skied in, no icing in the tracks, don't see how it could be much better. Double pole derby for those in racing shape, some nice striding sections for us mortals. Hard right downhill is now fast.
Jan 15Bagley Nature Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
DuluthDonavon Catton
 
Fresh classic track played early this morning, looking good in most places, but with some areas of thin track littered with leaves. Stick to B skis because of those patchy spots.
Jan 15Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthBen Fornear
 
Fantastic day at Piedmont. If you're looking for a ski after work just as the sun is setting, there is no finer than Piedmont. And, the signs are back! I really missed them last year. Classic and skate trails were great.
Jan 15Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthLouise Levy
 
Gorgeous tracks, firm skate lane. 30F. Loads of skiers. Even the steep hill into and out of the Lester Amity Chalet was beautiful and easy to ski up and down.
Jan 15Jay Cooke State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CarltonLouise Levy
 
1F air temp. Tracks still in excellent condition. There should be a race here, like in the 1970's. It would be epic!
Jan 15Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Ipsen
 
Excellent ski late morning to early afternoon. Earlier in the day the skating might have been a bit squirrely, but I hit it right in the Goldilocks zone as the temperature hit 20F. Well used mostly flat and firm skate lane, beautiful appearing classic track with rare washouts. Very little duff and the very rare patch of dirty snow. A touch up would be nice but I really had a great ski of the entire system that reminded me why I love this trail.
Jan 15Gooseberry Falls State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Two HarborsTony Lockhart
 
Excellent. The trail was meticulously groomed with a deep and firm set of double classic tracks. Superb day with beautiful sunshine and bright blue sky. Skied the trails across the highway and the intermediate loop back along the Gooseberry River was especially fun. Lots of skiers today.
Jan 14Pine Valley 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CloquetNickoel Anderson
 
Skied with the kids. Trail is in good shape. It is a somewhat hilly trail and some downhills have some icy spots, but mostly in good shape. Worth doing.
Jan 14Jay Cooke State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CarltonLouise Levy
 
Excellent tracks. 20F. Groomed Thursday but hardly skied between then and Saturday. It doesn't get any better!
Jan 14Pine Valley    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CloquetTom Urbanski
 
Great skiing at Pine Valley in the late afternoon today. Good skier traffic since the skate lane and classic track were groomed yesterday and conditions are holding up well. Classic track has some early signs of wear on a few turns but the tracks are solid. Skate lane is firm and flat. A little bit of tree debris here and there but no problems.
Jan 14Korkki Nordic 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthAngie Miller
 
Great conditions at Korkki. Fast, fun and beautiful. Classic only trails with lots of hills on the 10k.
Jan 14Boulder Lake Management Area Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthNic Bacigalupo
 
The skate deck was groomed recently. It was firm and even with snow blown over it wherever the trail was open to the wind. In sheltered areas it was still corduroy. Air temp was about 15 degrees at noon and the snow was a little cold, dry and slow. Tracks looked good throughout. Skied Blue Ox, Nine Pine and Bear Paw.
Jan 14Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Graham
 
Amazing classic tracks - firm, deep, solid walls. Skied the 10K then onto the 5K and only left the tracks twice (the hard turns on "Tim's Turn" and onto "Special K". The skate lane had been groomed last night and was generally corduroy. Best day of skiing so far this season.
Jan 14Biskey Pond Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthJason Miller
 
White Pine, Birch Ridge, Eagle Ridge, and Wolf Run are all groomed as of today. I skied the trails this morning - great conditions out there! Temps are perfect at around 20 degrees, snow conditions are optimal for fast skiing, tracks are in great shape, sunny skies, etc! Definitely consider heading up to Biskey this weekend for some Birkie practice!
Jan 14Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthSara Zimmer
 
Excellent classical skiiing, skating looked like it would be great as well from what I could tell. Tracks well set and solid. Occasional drifting from wind (including the cut-over to Spirit Mountain) affected the classic tracks only in very short segments and were no big deal. Wind also must have contributed to occasional sections with oak leaves in track, particularly on the way up to Ely Peak. Spirit Mountain trails have less oak leaves in tracks than Magney, skied them both.
Jan 14Spirit Mountain 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthSara Zimmer
 
Why ski anywhere else? Midwinter resort quality skiing on the 10K. 3K was more skied-in. 10K was pristine...corduroy on skate lane and well set, solid tracks. Occasionally some oak leaves in the track but no big deal.
Jan 13Piedmont Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthLouise Levy
 
Excellent conditions. Track solid, somewhat soft where just groomed and closer to the edge. Darin was there grooming as I was skiing. Duluth City groomers made a point to groom all the xc ski trails in anticipation of this three-day weekend.
Jan 13Pine Valley 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CloquetTom Urbanski
 
The City of Cloquet Parks crew groomed the trail system on Friday afternoon, a new classic track was set and the skate lane is flat and wide. Pine Valley received about six inches of snow earlier in the week and conditions are excellent.
Jan 13Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Bogen
 
I classic skied most of the trails that are lighted (at night) during the early afternoon. Temperature was about 1 to 5 degrees. Tracks were in perfect condition and as expected a bit slow....but had a very enjoyable ski session. And once again with the perfect tracks, it made me feel like I really know how to ski.
Jan 12Magney-Snively Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthMatt Leibfried
 
Magney is in great shape. Skied over from the Spirit Mountain trails and wished I had spent the whole time in Magney! Classic tracks are deep and firm. Skate deck looks great. Looked like a total of four people had skied the trails since the latest grooming as of Thursday evening.
Jan 12Snowflake Nordic Ski Center    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthBruce Derauf
 
The trails at Snowflake are in great condition. Skate lane is packed powder and very smooth. The track was set yesterday with a new track setter yielding even tracks at perfect depth. Kudos to John and Jim for the fine grooming this season.
Jan 11Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
DuluthRhett Bonner
 
Skied in perfectly set classic tracks just a few hours after the groomer got done. Thanks go to the City of Duluth grooming crew! They were able to use the Pisten Bully and it really turned out great. Skating deck looked perfect, but was a little soft due to not having enough time to set up yet.
Jan 11Piedmont Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthTim Blais
 
The several inches of new snow was certainly welcome. The groomer was leaving as we arrived. Skied all sections of the trail. Classic tracks were deep and clean. The new snow allowed us to ski the advanced loop. This loop has a very long and fast downhill, but we were able to bleed speed with the soft snow. Near perfect conditions despite single digit temperatures.
Jan 11Snowflake Nordic Ski Center 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthJohn Bogen
 
Another great day of skiing at Snowflake. Jane's 5 K Loop was groomed this morning and the Classic tracks came out perfect and firm. Couldn't really ask for better snow/grooming. The snow wasn't fast but it wasn't slow either. I only wished I hadn't gotten so tired so I could have skied it a few more times. I'll be back tomorrow!
Jan 11Lester Park Golf Course    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
DuluthTammy Davis
 
Lester Golf Course was fantastic today. Fresh groomed with deep classic tracks set. There's one part that looked chuncky with ice on the skate deck but otherwise that looked beautiful as well.
Jan 11Spirit Mountain    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthTone Coughlin
 
The 3km and campground are groomed for skating and classic skiing. The 10km loop is rolled for skating and will be tracked tomorrow night. Skiing is great!
Jan 11Lester Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DuluthErin Blow
 
Beautiful day for a ski! The trails are in the best shape of the season with deep classic tracks and the skate deck is improving with each snowfall. There were a few spots where the right classic track drops down a few inches suddenly in downhills. Some soft spots on the black loops and on some right hand pole plants. Also be aware of some of the shrubs/trees near the classic track. I had to duck several times to avoid being whacked in the face. But other than that, tracks were in good shape. I didn't see any rocks but my poles might have found some judging by the sound they made. Could have been ice chunks too. I'm happy to see these trails finally starting to look better!!
Jan 11Mother Bear Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrimsonAl Ringer
 
Trail was groomed and tracked today and is in great shape. Come on out; the sun is shining and the woods are beautiful.

Northshore/Gunflint area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteMichelle Eul
 
Classic skied from Onion River parking around Homestead and Hogback loops. Tracks were a bit icy but manageable. Enjoyable trip overall. Appreciated the deep set tracks throughout.
Jan 18Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisRobert W Nicholson III
 
18" of snow on the ground next to ski trail. Magnificent Nordic Skiing day at Central Gunflint Trail again. Temps high twenties to thirty two. Skied Ridge Run, among the towering white pines and beautiful vistas with perfect snow (and lots of it) blue clear sky's and sunshine! Also skied Red Pine, and many others. It was sooo great we skied all day! If you love to ski and you love great snow and grooming come on up! You will be glad you did.
Jan 18Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisKim Carlsted-Gillis
 
Temp was 34 when I arrived at Bearskin Lodge around noon. The trails were in very good shape. It was nice and sunny. Had Start Racing Special.....36 - 27 F. Not "special" enough for me, or I didn't have enough on. Gobbed some Ski-Go HF, 41 to 30F. Had wonderful skiing then with no slipping. Enjoyed the Summer Home Road (saw lots of moose tracks), Ridge Run, and Lower Ridge Run, some Beaver Dam, Moose Pasture (that's Tree Heaven to me), and just one loop on the Campground trail, as usual so well set, and you can ski out on the lake from there. Sure wish my old dad would come north to ski!
Jan 17Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteMichael Kosloski
 
Skate skied from Tofte to Oberg via Bridge Run and Lower Homestead then back via Picnic loop. Firm deck with some debris that is no big deal. Classic tracks are holding up well. All trails are good with Oberg and Picnic loops being superb. I was rewarded today with incredible hoar frost at the higher elevations that fell to put a dusting of fresh "snow" on the trail. The warmer temps are making the trails ski faster, it's heaven on earth.
Jan 16Banadad Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisQuinn McCloughan
Bearskin Lodge
 
We skied the Banadad, Lace Lake and Poplar Creek (Central Gunflint System) trails. All were in very good shape with lots of snow.
Jan 16Northwoods Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Silver BayGlen Connell
 
The trail is in excellent condition. Grooming is recent enough that the track is in excellent shape. Plenty of snow with about 2 feet of soft snow off the trail. The connector to Tettegouche is groomed and the track is set. A wonderful ski today.
Jan 16Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisRobert W Nicholson III
 
Wonderful afternoon skiing on Gunflint Trail. The snow is deep, base perfect for the skate deck. The new snow on top was perfect corduroy from expert grooming. The snow covered pines surrounding us magnificent to be skiing among. What a great pleasure. Skied Old Logging Camp trail, Moose Ridge, Deer Mouse, and Red Pine. Saw a large moose near the trail. Bring your A skis and leave your B skis and Rock skis at home. This is snow country. If you love to ski, you need to be here.
Jan 16Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteDave Carlson
 
A fun and beautiful ski on the western loops. Conditions very good, downhills nice and fast but controllable. Then I skied over to the base of Carlton Peak and did my first winter ascent of this iconic North Shore mountain! Sunny, not hardly a cloud in the sky, no wind, perfect as can be!
Jan 15Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisMatt Sargent
 
Trails on the central Gunflint trail system are awesome A+ condition. Classic tracks and skate deck all groomed within the last day. Pure heaven!
Jan 15Central Gunflint Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisThomas Gahr
 
Excellent conditions on the trails by Bearskin. A perfect afternoon for skiing. Skate deck was a little soft, but classic tracks were in great shape. So much snow!
Jan 15Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteMichael Kosloski
 
Skate skied from Tofte around the Picnic loop to Oberg and back to Britton Peak via lower Homestead and Bridge Run. Firm deck throughout. Hopped in the deep classic tracks here and there. A little tree debris, easily avoided. All very good with the sections further away from trailheads being excellent. This is the best condition I've seen in the 5 years skiing here in mid January! Thanks Sugarbush groomers, well done!
Jan 14Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisTina Hegg
 
Beautiful track for a starlight ski. Went around North Advanced and it was a bit soft because I was almost the first one to use it. Lovely conditions!
Jan 14Bally Creek Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisAri Fuad
 
Very beautiful but trails are impacted by drifting snow and are loosing definition. Also, the northern-most loops (Bally Creek Loop / Moose Rub) had not been groomed.
Jan 14Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
ToftePatrick Davison
 
Skated the Picnic Loop this morning. Skate deck was the best I've skied this season and the rising temps made it a great day. Only saw one person on the upper parts of the trail, but it was good to see some folks heading out as I made my way back to the parking lot. Cannot wait to get back up there and ski again!
Jan 14Sugarbush Trail System 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
TofteBill Lane
 
Perfect day on a perfect system. Classic skied homestead loop. It doesn't get much better than this.
Jan 14Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisJim Shinners
 
Warmer weather and sunshine are combining with perfect snow conditions for a great weekend ski experience. All trails are tracked for classic skiing and the skate deck is in excellent shape. Come on out and enjoy our amazing trails.
Jan 13Sugarbush Trail System    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TofteThomas Gahr
 
Tracks were set on Wednesday and had drifted in on the north facing slopes. Skate deck was firm and skiing should be fabulous this weekend.
Jan 13Banadad Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisTed Young
 
Banadad tracked yesterday- a cold and windy day. Skiing should be excellent except in a few open areas along the trail where drifting snow might have drifted over the trail. Lace Lake and Tall Pines trails tracked today. Snow on the ground- 23". Last Tracked- Thursday and Friday. Conditions - Good to Excellent.
Jan 12Bally Creek Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisCathi Williams
 
Bally Creek Trails were just re-groomed the past two days and have a base of 28 to 30" of snow. All trails are groomed and open with one exception, the ski-thru to Cascade Park, because of the recent blowdown from an ice storm. Volunteer help is needed to remove debris from that storm. Call Bally Creek Cabins if you would like to help. The following trails are open and groomed with classic tracks: Big Cedar Loop, Sundling Loop, Wildlife Pond, Eagle Mtn. overlook, the skijoring trail. Also the road USFS 158 is groomed for classic and skating. The snowshoe trail that leads out of the public parking area (Superior Hiking Trail Spur) is also ready. Note: A private contractor was hired to widen the FS158 and the public lot, at great expense. A $5 parking fee is charged now at the public lot and there is a lock box to put your fee in. Unauthorized vehicles in the private Bally Creek cabin lot will be towed at the owner's expense.
Jan 11Pincushion Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand MaraisJim Shinners
 
We received approximately 5-6 inches of fresh snow from this last storm. The stadium, East and West Overlook, Snowmen, Lynn's Loop and Pincushion Mountain Trail have all been compacted and then combed for skating and classic tracks have been set. North Advanced and Canyon Curves have been rolled and partially groomed. We should have all of the trails fully groomed tomorrow. We have an excellent base and overall conditions are quite good. Enjoy your ski.

Iron Range area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Legion Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
Rain and warm temps the last few days but skate lane and track still very skiable. Fairly firm but collapses slightly under each ski with that grummppp sound. Will be treacherous when it freezes but skiable again later in the day when it softens up again. Avoid steep downhills and be prepared for changing conditions on the hillsides.
Jan 19Giants Ridge 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BiwabikRoland Ring-Jarvi
 
Trails were superb for both skate and classic. Perfect conditions for skin-tec waxes skis. We skied Summit, Bronze, Wynne Creek, Laurentian, Oslo, and Nothern Lites. All trails were in great shape and freshly groomed.
Jan 18Mount Itasca 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ColeraineBob Conzemius
Rain, drizzle, and 36 degrees will quickly turn the trails to mush. It may be necessary to stay off the trails until Wednesday January 25 to allow the base to refreeze (if that actually happens by then) so that they can be groomed again when cold weather returns.
Jan 18Stoney Ridge    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
NashwaukCraig Holgate
 
Warm afternoon with sunshine and 40F degrees. Trail system appears to be in great shape, however only the beginner loop is tracked. A very small part of the intermediate loop is packed, but really only the first loop is skiable. Even with the warm temperatures the track was firm with only a couple of soft spots. Not sure what the plan is here.... the first loop is not much to ski for such an out of the way trail. Hope the rest of the trail gets groomed this year!
Jan 18Cowhorn Lake    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Sunny but not too warm. Soft brown wax worked fine. Tracks a little beat up from skiers but still enjoyable. Beginners did Boomer-Blue. Others did outer loops.
Jan 18Wabana Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsKeith Murphy
 
Trails ski pretty well, lots of deer tracks out there. Cross cut trail is the only one I found that's not groomed. I believe the groomer was last here Jan 3rd. Beautiful day for a ski!
Jan 17Big Ridge 
Secondhand 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
County groomer reported grooming and track setting. Warm temps today but trails still good in the woods.
Jan 17Legion Trails 
Secondhand 
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Groomer reported grooming and set track. Should be great skiing until it starts to soften, freeze, and rain? UGH!
Jan 17Blueberry Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Deer RiverRyan Gunderson
 
Combed over Lake Loop, prelude and Judy's to Lower Jct, set track which is shallow in spots. Groomed and tracked the Tower Loop, which is soft as of today but is in great shape. All trails are groomed, combed and track set.
Jan 16Big Aspen Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
VirginiaDavid Kettula
 
Tracks were deep and great. Trail was freshly groomed with 20+ inches of snow on the ground. It was 28 above and sunny. Great day to be out on the trails.
Jan 16Blackwater Environmental Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CohassetKim Gibeau
 
Recently groomed and great conditions. Trail rubs out in a few areas but obviously the trail is getting used. Thumbs up! Big thanks to Dave for responding so quickly to grooming request! Much appreciated!
Jan 15Mount Itasca    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ColeraineCatherine McLynn
 
Skate lanes and tracks set with Pisten Bully over most of the course except a few of the Grant-in-Aid trails sections. They were not groomed and were really fun to fly downhills in the fluffy 3 inches of snow. Skate skiing up was a challenge. Expect those trails to be done as soon as snowmobile groomer is out of shop for repairs.
Jan 14Sturgeon River Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
ChisholmArden LaBonte
 
Great skiing north both sides of river from co. 65 trailhead. Also south, great track set. Thanks USFS.
Jan 14Sugar Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsGreg Moritko
 
All trails groomed Saturday, track and skate, very good condition. New trail partially groomed to logging road. Rajala Run open, except to take skis off to cross logging road. Lots of skiers out.
Jan 14Cowhorn Lake    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Three inches of new snow in hard set tracks was easy to ski in. Others had been out on parts of the trails. Set out -2F below at 10 am and finished at noon +20F above. Sunny, no wind. Doesn't get much better than this! Some wind blown leaves and sticks in tracks.
Jan 14Carey Lake    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HibbingCraig Holgate
 
Nearly excellent...a great time to get out to ski! Sunny and 12 degrees out, all trails are groomed and in great shape. Just a little debris in some of the tracks and quite a few deer tracks in some areas. No problem using your good skis.
Jan 13Big Ridge 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
County groomer reported Big Ridge was groomed this week but another 3 inches of fresh snow fell so skiers may need to ski in tracks.
Jan 13Blackwater Environmental Area 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
CohassetCatherine McLynn
 
City of Cohasset Dave O'Fallon reported grooming on both MN Power and Portage Park trails.
Jan 13Wabana Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Beautifully groomed and classical track set. I was the first and only skier up until dark. Lots of deer sign. Blue wax/polar white combo worked fine. Very nice conditions. Temps around 0.
Jan 13Sturgeon River Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ChisholmMark Toot
 
Groomed and set a single track north of intersection 3 and north of County Road 65 to the shelter. Six inch base no rocks showing.
Jan 13Big Aspen Recreation Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
VirginiaMark Toot
 
We groomed and set a single track on the entire trail system Thursday. There may be some drifting in the open areas as the wind stayed up into the evening. Generally the tracks should be in good condition for the weekend. We must have at least an 8" base by now.
Jan 11Bird Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Hoyt LakesMark Toot
 
We groomed and track with a single track all of the Bird Lake trails except the Black Diamond Loop between junctions 1 and 2. Good base and good track.
Jan 11River Road Unit Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsCatherine McLynn
 
Three inches of fresh, fluffy snow had been packed in tracks by previous skier but still some fluff in tracks. Swix blue was too soft and slow for the new snow, but worked great on the second time around! Beautiful trail through magnificent Norway and white pines. Lots of deer tracks/trails. Temp about 5 above zero, but sun made it feel warmer.
Jan 11Suomi Hills    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Grand RapidsPeter Friedlieb
 
Recent snow was wonderfully groomed with nice deep track. We skied the south end. Very scenic with mixed hardwood and large white and red pine.
Jan 11Suomi Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsRandy Zupan
 
Tracked all trails today. Conditions are good.
Jan 11Legion Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grand RapidsRick Mcdonald
 
Combed and tracked all trails. I made multiple passes with the groomer. The skate lane was starting to set up. It should be nice and firm. Nice deep, firm track as well.

Ely area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 14Flathorn-Gegoka Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IsabellaTony Lockhart
 
Just about perfect. Nice single track winding through tall pines covered in snow. Lots of snow here.
Jan 11Flathorn-Gegoka Trails 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IsabellaAndy Fisher
National Forest Lodge
 
5 more inches of snow in the last couple days. Trails haven't been in this great condition mid-January in as long as we can remember. 20+ inches in the woods - 7-12" base. All the trails will be groomed and tracked today. Wolves caught on video a week ago on Lake Gegoka, come ski and howl with us!

Other locations
Jan 19Tilson Creek Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsDavid Kettula
 
Skated 23 KM today. The temperature was 37 above and sunny. The trail was in great condition with a lot of snow cover. The snow was fast in shade and a little slow in the sun on south facing hills.
Jan 16Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
Set tracks and groomed all segments Monday in nice weather for a change. Everything is grand.
Jan 11Tilson Creek Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
International FallsBurgess Eberhardt
 
4" to 6" new snow yesterday rolled last night. Cold today - just above zero at 4 PM. Two groomers out today covered all trails for skate and classic. We did not run the groomer across the swamp because of drifting snow, but did pack several times with the sleds. It's passable for classic. The skate lanes may be a bit soft from all the new snow but should set up well in the next few days. Tracks look good.

Minnesota Northwest

Bemidji area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 15Three Island Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BemidjiEarl Stabenow
 
Excellent conditions, grooming was perfect. Kudos to Bemidji ski club. Trails along the river were closed due to flooding. The river was running pretty fast. We did not go near the river.
Jan 11Movil Maze Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BemidjiElias Anoszko
 
Movil was groomed Tuesday and is once again in excellent shape after 4-5" of new snow this week. Skied sections of the green, blue and red trails, classic tracks on blue loop looked a bit wind blown, and the deer have churned up some of the corduroy on the far end of the red trail, but otherwise the trails are near perfect.
Jan 11Lake Bemidji State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BemidjiJohn Fylpaa
 
-2 sunny 4.5" of fresh snow 14" of light snow in the woods. All trails track for classical and 3km groomed with a skate lane.

Detroit Lakes area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Maplelag Resort    
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
This morning Skaters Waltz, the extension of Skaters and Suicide Hill groomed, pressing new structure on the deck. Also, new tracks set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes. Reports all good from skiers today, with comments "better than expected" and "there is still a lot of snow out there". The afternoon I skated on skaters waltz and double poled segments of the classic trails to check out conditions, hooking up with the Washburn Nords. Bit slower with the soft and warm snow but the deck was firming up and great skiing with good waxing or waxless skis. We plan on grooming in the early morning on the same trails and a few more classic trails.
Jan 19Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Spring conditions! Past 24 hours all skate trails groomed than right track on all double track trails cut fresh as well as new singletrack resetting on Wavy Gravy this morning. Temp warmed up about 10 degrees warmer than forecasted/expected today to a high of 47 but the snow held out great. A classic ski at dusk found soft and slow conditions but beautiful in the woods and everyone I talked to was enjoying themselves and the outdoors. Was just starting to glaze over as I finished up skiing. Depending on precip type, air and snow temps, dew point and humidity will determine when we will groom next. Either tonight, tomorrow morning, Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Bottom line there is a solid base of snow and plenty of skiing opportunities on through the weekend.
Jan 16Maplelag Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayTran Alfrey
 
Skied all of the classic trails over MLK weekend and they were all well groomed and in excellent condition. By far, some of the best conditions we have enjoyed in a long time. The hospitality and food were outstanding as always making for a very enjoyable weekend.
Jan 16Maplelag Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Couldn't of asked for a nicer MLK weekend. Conditions were great for skiing, snowshoeing, skating and fat biking as we hosted another ski camp and 30+ years of the North Star Ski Touring Club. For the first time in 40 days we did not groom but the tracks were in great shape and the skate lanes were fast and snappy, thanks to a light coating of frost in the morning. Evening temp in down to single digits. We will be touching up the trails as needed this week on into the weekend as most grooming will now occur in the evening with warmer temps on tap.
Jan 13Maplelag Resort    
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CallawayJay Richards
Maplelag Resort
 
Morning low of -30F delayed grooming an hour or so but nonetheless we set new track on almost 60km of trail, cleaning out drifts and forest litter in the process. Tomorrow we will touch up all the skate trails and set track on the two classic trails not groomed today. Fat bike trail was groomed Wednesday night after shoveling out the drifted areas and widening corners etc. Afternoon skiers today reported excellent conditions.

Park Rapids/Walker area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Soaring Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Park RapidsDeane Johnson
 
Good conditions, with a fast skate trail throughout, and good-looking classic tracks as well. The area was skied heavily over the weekend, and there is a little windblown debris, mostly needles and twigs, here and there. Most people would use good skis, but if you're particular, B skis. We still have a good base and snow depth, which should stand up to the mixed precip on the way, but still have highs in the 30s which will set up a glaze on the tracks.
Jan 17Itasca State Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Park RapidsDeane Johnson
 
Conditions are generally good, and when I skated the south entrance road, the classic tracks just went to Wilderness Drive, then it was all skate lane with skier-tracked classic till Red Pine Trail. It looks like the groomer was pulled by a tracked vehicle, and there was some ridging, but mostly good skating. They have had some groomer problems this season, but rumors are they will have a new unit soon. Mixed precip and warmer temps will cause variable conditions this weekend.
Jan 16Goose Lake Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
LongvilleEarl Stabenow
 
Conditions were excellent, freshly groomed. Great job by Lake Country Nordic Ski Club. Cold at first, but warmed up by 11 am.
Jan 15Soaring Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Park RapidsLois Braun
 
All trails were in excellent condition when we arrived, but the Eagle trail was getting heavy use while we were there. The club that maintains the system was holding an open house, with free use of their ski collection, so a lot of beginners were out, which is a good thing. Troll and Lake were pristine, beautiful and a lot of fun! If you just want scenery and solitude, go to Itasca State Park. If you want to ski hard and get a good workout, go to Soaring Eagle, and you'll get some beautiful scenery too! Thanks to the ski club that does such a good job maintaining this trail system! (Thanks for the clementine too!).
Jan 15Goose Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LongvilleTerry Vacek
 
Groomed the the whole outer loop and the first two cut thrus. Trail is in excellent condition. Track is deep, firm and very clean. Pole deck firm. The best trail conditions in three years. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland.
Jan 15Hiram Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HackensackPaul Klinger
 
Skied Hiram this morning, beautiful day to be out skiing. A little more deer damage & leaves on the track but still in pretty good shape. Should still be in good shape for skiing on Monday. Best to go in the morning before the temperature starts to warm up and soften the snow. The snow was fast this morning with very good glide and no ice yet.
Jan 14Itasca State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Park RapidsLois Braun
 
Classic skied north from the visitors center to the headwaters. Conditions were as good as one could ask for, on a perfect sunny day! The trail has been rerouted and widened since the last time I skied it three years ago. It is now groomed for both classic and skate. It looked like it might be a little narrow for skate without straying onto one of the classic tracks, but since I didn't skate I can't say for sure. The new route stays on the east side of the park road, further from the lake, all the way to the boat launch area. It seems a little less hilly than the old one, but is every bit as beautiful as the old one. Overall it was very enjoyable. After lunch I skated south, and found that the south entry road had been packed for skating all the way to the parking lot at the south end. The skate deck, which appeared to have been made with two passes of the groomer, was firm and relatively smooth, with the only problem being a ridge in the middle. Most places it was not a concern, but there were places where it made the deck a little narrower than ideal. But overall it was some of the best skiing I've experienced at Itasca in years. I also skated down the trail to Douglas Lodge and towards the Ozawindib trail, but turned back because the trail was not wide enough for both classic and skate. Some other skate skiers told me that the rest of the Ozawindib trail was too soft for good skating. The park has significantly reduced the number of trails they are grooming at all. Besides the trails I've mentioned, there are only a few other trails near the fire tower being groomed. Much as I loved skiing the Nicolett trail when conditions were good, they seldom were, so I'm not completely disappointed. If grooming fewer trails means that they can do a better job grooming the rest of the trails, I think that is a good trade-off.
Jan 14Hiram Ski Trail 
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HackensackPaul Klinger
 
Hiram Ski Trail was groomed this morning. The track turned out fairly well. I skied it after it had set up for a couple of hours. The track was pretty firm and clean, a few scattered leaves after the strong winds this past week and deer damage already but still a good ski. The track setter was icing up a little so the edges of the track are not as clean as they could be. Get out and enjoy it before warmer weather.
Jan 13Cut Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Pine RiverMike Laputka
 
Groomed and tracked entire system, conditions are excellent. Trails are ready for the ski clinic, lunch and social ski starting at 10 AM Saturday, free and open to the public.
Jan 11Goose Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LongvilleTerry Vacek
 
I regroomed the whole loop this evening to try and get more compaction. With the cold weather its been hard to get the track to harden up firmly.

Other locations
Jan 15Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MoorheadJeffrey Quam
 
The skate deck was slightly soft in certain areas hand classic tracks were blown over in places but all in all excellent ski conditions.
Jan 15Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MoorheadGrant Mehring
 
Absolutely great day out on skis. The skate lane was firm and fast (with some but minimal foot prints from pedestrians). The two classic lanes flanking the skate lane were also quite nice. The tracks on the river side were in slightly better shape than the far side overall, but in most spots the tracks were perfect.
Jan 13Viking Ship/Davy Park Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MoorheadJeffrey Quam
 
All 2.5 kilometers of trail groomed Friday for skate and classic excellent skiing conditions some areas are a bit bumpy with wind-blown snow drifts.

Minnesota Central

Brainerd area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Northland Arboretum 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrainerdOwen Baird
As of Friday afternoon the Arb trails were still in good condition. A few slightly icy-glazed areas and a very few thin areas but overall still good coverage and firm. Classic tracks mostly icy and fast. Hopefully they continue to hold up well through the rest of the warm spell.
Jan 15Northland Arboretum    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Excellent trail conditions at the Arb for both skate and classic. Of course some oak leaves in the tracks in some sections, but with recent light winds the leaves are not as bad as they can be. Even with some warm weather the trails should be in great shape for the Lumberjack Jaunt on January 29.
Jan 15French Rapids Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Skate lane was re-groomed Saturday afternoon which then set-up quite nicely for for a fast and firm trail Sunday morning. Classic tracks were good and solid with a few leaves and a little drifted snow in a few spots but overall very good.
Jan 13Northland Arboretum 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrainerdOwen Baird
 
Excellent skate and good classic tracks. Skate deck was groomed again today making it fairly fast given the cold temperatures. Classic tracks were last set a couple of days ago so there are some oak leaves in some areas and some open sections are drifted in, but very good overall.
Jan 11Wolf Lake Ski Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrainerdBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
5 inches of snow since Sunday was groomed today. Tracks set on all segments. Great classic skiing here.
Jan 11Larson Lake    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DeerwoodBryan Pike
Crow Wing County Parks
 
5 inches of snow since Sunday groomed today. All trails packed with heavy steel roller and tracks set on all segments. Great classic or skate skiing on outer loop.

St. Cloud area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Saint John's Abbey Arboretum    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CollegevilleKyle Rauch
 
We're thawing out a bit at Saint John's, but thanks to our steadfast groomer, our ski trails are still in good shape for Sunday's race. All races are still scheduled as planned. See our Langlauf website to get maps, race, and venue info. Be sure to register by midnight, Thursday, for our inaugural race this Sunday, Jan. 22.
Jan 16Milaca Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
MilacaSusan Dunn
 
I could not find any groomed trails. There were many snow mobile tracks but I saw no ski tracks or grooming and skied around looking for them for quite awhile and finally gave up and went home.
Jan 15Sand Dunes State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
ZimmermanSusan Dunn
 
Trails have good snow cover. Not groomed but classic tracks are present from other skiers. Hikers/runners/snowshoes and dogs also using trails. Loops well marked. Quiet with rolling hills and mature pine and oak. Ski trails can be accessed from different parking lots - not all lots are plowed and I parked on road.
Jan 14Graystone Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Saint CloudBruce Busta
 
Awesome Skiing at Graystone. Both classic and skate open. Skied Orchard and Warm up. Expert grooming! 99% perfect, 1% some grass showing. Thanks to the groomers!
Jan 12Sauk Centre Public School Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Sauk CentreDana Boschee
 
Groomed for skate and a classic track has been set. Ready for a warmer weekend! Full coverage on trail with exception of one 30 yard stretch in skate lane that can be double-poled around.
Jan 12Saint John's Abbey Arboretum    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CollegevilleKyle Rauch
 
After 7+ inches of new snowfall this week, we're happy to announce that all trails are open with very good to excellent ski conditions. Things are shaping up well for a fantastic inaugural Langlauf nordic race on January 22. Be sure to register by next Thursday.
Jan 11Warner Lake Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Saint AugustaJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Trails were groomed this afternoon after more fresh snow fell. Two classic tracks were set. All trails are open and conditions are good!
Jan 11Quarry Park and Nature Preserve 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Waite ParkJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Trails were groomed this morning after more fresh snow fell. All trails are open and conditions are good!
Jan 11Mississippi River County Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SartellJulie Nistler
Stearns County Parks
 
Trails were groomed this morning after more fresh snow fell. All trails are open and conditions are good!

Fergus Falls/Alexandria area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 16Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Ditto yesterday, but overnight lows were not too so very F-A-S-T conditions for skating! Did a fair amount of D-poling in the classical track. They were in excellent condition, well packed but no ice or glaze. I only skied a few km of the trails given doing drills and hill repeats, but I think what I found this morning is representative of the entire trail system.
Jan 15Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Conditions as reported yesterday, although the warmer temperatures made for faster skis. By the end of my ski the snow cover on a few of the south-facing hills was becoming wetter, but at that time not an issue. Two other minor issues: (1) a snowmobile marred a couple of kilometers at the front end of the trail system; not that big a deal given the firmness of the skate deck but annoying; and (2) in several place the classic tracks when groomed were inset into the deck creating a substantial berm, thus narrowing the skate lane. Classic tracks are in excellent condition.
Jan 14Glendalough State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Battle LakeLes Gunderson
 
The trails are groomed and tracked and in very good condition. There are lot of deer and wildlife, with a flock of trumpeter swans flying over head. The nice temps and full sun were extra perks to a great day of skiing.
Jan 14Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
KensingtonKeith Brugger
 
Ah, to be in as good of shape as the trails... Groomed yesterday and they set up very nicely. Skate deck is firm, classical tracks are in excellent condition. A few spots where the skating lane is hollow underneath due to excessive drifting in days gone by. I didn't have much glide in the shade (waxed with LF3) and struggled somewhat, but this is on me, not the trails. Great morning to be out.
Jan 13Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
KensingtonKayo Aslagon
 
Trails were good with some blown snow and drifting. When I was leaving Paul was out starting to groom all the trails. Should be really nice for the weekend.
Jan 11Andes Tower Hill Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
KensingtonKayo Aslagon
 
4" to 6" of new snow was being groomed while I was skiing today. Grooming was done for both skate and classic. Trails are great!

Mora/Hinckley area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
MoraWade Weber
 
Vasaloppet trail volunteers were undaunted by the warm weather and were busy Thursday afternoon and evening spreading and grooming trails with snow from the stockpile of artificial snow at the Nordic Center. Vasaloppet snowmaking operations built up a large stockpile of snow before warmer weather forced a halt of snowmaking. That stockpile needed to be removed before snowmaking operations resume once temperatures get cold enough next week. The February 11 Vasaloppet race is scheduled to run point-to-point from Warman to downtown Mora. The alternate course remains multiple 10-15km laps on Nordic Center trails with the race starting and ending in downtown Mora.
Jan 18Vasaloppet Public Ski Area    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
WarmanTerry Salmela
 
All Vasaloppet Public Ski Area (also called the northern practice loops) trails have been groomed for skate skiing and tracked for classic skiing. The Lanternloppet, Beaver Dam and Glen Johnstone 58K north loop from Soupstop A to the Lanternloppet trail were all in very good to excellent condition on Wednesday morning. The Memorial trail is now groomed. The Memorial and Point trails were in good to very good condition this morning with a few brown spots from grooming. Classic tracks were very good. We will see what warmer temperatures do this week. Morning skiing before temps got above freezing was great. All we need now is more snow and freezing temperatures.
Jan 14Spirit River Nature Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CambridgeDavid Larson
 
The 6.5 kilometer trail is fully groomed for skate skiing and diagonal skiing. The trail is in great shape and both parking lots are plowed and open. The short trail up the hill to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus is also groomed.
Jan 12Vasaloppet Public Ski Area 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
WarmanWade Weber
Vasaloppet USA
 
The Vasaloppet Public Ski area west of Warman now offers very good skiing and has classic tracks on all trails except the Memorial Trail, which is still being groomed and should be ready in the next day or so. These Northern trails offer a great "out in the woods" experience as well as nearly 24 kilometers of trail. There's plenty of parking available in the plowed parking area along County Road 80.
Jan 12Vasaloppet Nordic Center Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MoraWade Weber
Vasaloppet USA
 
All Nordic Center trails are groomed and in excellent conditions for both skate and classic. Over 10 Kilometers of trail available.
Nordic Center facilities are open from 8am to 10pm everyday during ski season.
Jan 12Vasaloppet Public Ski Area 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
WarmanTerry Salmela
 
The Beaver Dam, Lanternloppet and North 58K loop that includes the Point Trail have been groomed and a track set by Mike Johnstone on Thursday for both classic and skate skiing. They are in good to very good condition with the new snow this week. There are a few bumps due to the uneven terrain. The swamps are in excellent condition. There are a few rough spots on the Point Trail where hunters drove through two or three wet spots. Yet it is easy to ski around them. It will be good trail conditions and weather for skiing this weekend.

Other locations
Jan 17Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
OutingGary Anderson
 
North trail groomed Monday, track conditions excellent. I skied the northeast 2 loops. Excellent base and track is fast and deep. The south trail will be groomed before this weekend.
Jan 15Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Center CityCraig Stamps
 
Phenomenal and beautiful day of skiing at Wild River. Classic tracks set nice, lots of skiers out enjoying this gem of a Minnesota state park. Great day!
Jan 14Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpicerKory Klebe
 
All trails are open. Packed and tracked for classic on Tuesday (some prairie trails wide enough for skate). Some trails have drifted snow on them. Ski rental available.
Jan 13Black's Grove Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WadenaTerry Olson
 
Groomed on Wednesday. There has been some drifting with the strong winds, but skied today and conditions are good to very good.
Jan 12Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Center CityKris Backlund
 
For the most part classical tracks are looking good and skiing nicely. The drier snow doesn't set up as firm as snow with more moisture content, but I'm enjoying the best skiing of the season despite the cold temps. I saw many trumpeter swans in the backwaters of Deer Creek today. Skiing should be great through the weekend.
Jan 11Wild River State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Center CityKris Backlund
 
Fresh tracks on the Mitigwaki Loop were a welcome contrast to the crusty snow prior to this week's snow. The tracks were a little bit soft which was a little surprising with the cold temperatures. I'm sure they'll firm up with additional subzero weather and more traffic. A couple trumpeter swans were located on the St. Croix River north of Spring Creek, with a larger group located in the open waters just south of the Nevers Overlook.
Jan 11Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
OutingGary Anderson
 
All of the 3 loops of North trail is groomed. We had about 6" of new snow Monday and Tuesday. It set an excellent track. Lakeside had a lot of drifting but the groomer went right over it. Skiing should be awesome.

Minnesota Southern

Rochester area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
RochesterCeleste Lewis
 
We ran the groomer this morning to break up the ice, but came to the conclusion that the trails are un-skiable.
Jan 17Essex Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
RochesterIan Chang
 
Slushy as expected, but as the temp came down a bit, it was actually not real slow with classic. Definitely skiable and fun!
Jan 16Honey Tree Farm 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
AustinSteve Williams
 
Rain, we will just have to wait and see what we have to work with after Jupiter has left.
Jan 15Honey Tree Farm    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AustinSteve Williams
 
After much delay due to high water levels we were finally able to groom on the north side of the creeks. The north trails are a bit rough in places but very enjoyable overall.
Jan 14Quarry Hill Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterMounif El-Youssef
 
Excellent condition; fast with great edge grip and without wind. Go out and enjoy before warm weather.
Jan 13Quarry Hill Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterLaura Cattaneo
 
Fantastic conditions. Classic tracks set in the entire park. Beware of a half fallen tree on the steepest section on the Parkwood Hills loop.
Jan 12Essex Park Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterLaura Cattaneo
 
Great conditions. Some open sections are wind blown but everything is groomed and classic tracks are set in the entire park.
Jan 11Chester Woods Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RochesterCeleste Lewis
 
The cross country ski trails were groomed today at Chester Woods Park and track was set. Conditions are the best they have been this season!
Jan 11Honey Tree Farm 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
AustinSteve Williams
 
The last snowfall has now been groomed into a solid base. Skating conditions should be mostly excellent but not particularly fast on the packed powder. No classic track is set but classic skiing should be good on the packed powder.

Red Wing/Winona area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Saint Mary's University 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
WinonaBruce Johnson
The weather has not been kind to nordic skiers. Rain and warm temps have caused very soft and wet snow conditions. We have ponding water in many locations. We are asking skiers to please not ski until we can get back on the trail system and try to recover from our current situation. Thank you for cooperating.
Jan 19Saint Mary's University    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
WinonaPamela Peterson
 
Not bad for classic skiing with my old Birkie skis! Had special purple for kick wax. Amazing how this trail retains snow. No one else skiing, but orgers will be coming after school/work. Trail is kind of squishy, but they just groomed the track for skaters. Don't be afraid to get out here and enjoy! I saw snow flees too!
Jan 18Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
The trail conditions are remarkably good considering all the rain. However, the conditions will change though out the day as the temp increase. The trails were groomed this morning between 9-11AM; after 11 the snow was transitioning to softer and softer conditions. This afternoon the snow will be very wet and heavy but skiable. Low dips in the trail may have standing water; there are some very icy spots. Tree debris is pretty widespread, please assist by picking up sticks. Thanks.
Jan 16Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
We are receiving steady rain. The trails are extremely soft; we ask all skiers to please stay off the trail system until the snow firms up and we can start grooming to recover the trails. Your cooperation will be appreciated by all skiers. Thank you.
Jan 16Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
WinonaBrad Skillicorn
 
SMU Trails Closed - Rain! Hope everyone enjoyed the glorious trails this past weekend. With the rain today and tomorrow we would request to not ski on the trails today. We'll evaluate how much moisture is in the trails tomorrow morning and send an update. Looks to cool off Tuesday night that could dry out some of the moisture but skiing on the wet trails risk adding ruts into the snow that the groomers couldn't get out. Hope for some cool weather at night and think snow.
Jan 15Mississippi National Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Red WingMarie Torkelson
 
Fantastic conditions on the Memorial Park trails that take you straight up to the top of the bluff. What a beautiful view from there!
Jan 14Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
100% of all trails were groomed this evening. The skated deck is firm and in excellent skiing condition. All classic tracks were reset and will be in excellent, firm and fast condition for Sunday skiing. SMU trails are is great condition, please come out and enjoy the skiing.
Jan 14Great River Bluffs State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaBob Cieslak
 
Freshly groomed deep and firm classic tracks. Mostly good to very good conditions with some minor glitches. The access road is snow covered and in good winter driving condition. I skied some of the south side and all of the north.
Jan 13Saint Mary's University 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaGarrett Ping
 
Conditions this week have been great following the unexpected snow. Classic tracks have been very good. Corduroy skate deck on Thursday as good as it gets. Today was great, only a few dieing ash trees are dropping some bark in a few areas. Thanks groomers for the great work before and after the snow!
Jan 11Saint Mary's University 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinonaBruce Johnson
 
Six inches of great snow! All trails were packed this morning and classic tracks set. The skate deck is very soft; the classic track was set around 10AM and is soft. Conditions will improve as the snow firms up with colder temps.

Faribault area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 12Carleton College Arboretum    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NorthfieldTom Bisel
Downtown Bicycles
 
Upper Arb is groomed for skate. We were able to groom all the trails this morning. The trails are in excellent condition. We currently have a skiable 5k loop. A classic track was set around the Fieldhouse for classic and double pole drills.
Jan 11Carleton College Arboretum    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
NorthfieldRichard Bailey
 
Very ski-able, and good coverage from the recent snow. The upper section had not been rolled, but the Northfield XC ski team was arriving as I finished, so the organic grooming began in earnest. Good skis were practical; there were no bare spots or much debris. The northern section near 19 was a little windblown and some icy spots beneath the coverage. Given the subzero windchills froma stiff North breeze, I avoided that section after one pass. The wooded areas had excellent coverage, and the base good enough to keep it relatively fast. It was nice to be back out again.
Jan 11Carleton College Arboretum    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NorthfieldTom Bisel
 
Skied the Upper Arb this morning after yesterday's snow event. The skating conditions were very good. A nice coating of fresh powder that came down after grooming last evening, kept the trail a little slow, but skied quite well on Fast Wax HS-10. We currently have a nice 3.5k loop, the open prairie trail has been left alone as the snow wasn't staying on the trail with the high winds yesterday afternoon. Base is quite firm and we were able to really get a nice smooth deck with the amount of snow we recieved yesterday. We will be letting the HS ski team ski in the fresh powder today and will groom again tonight or tomorrow morning. Should be great conditions for the weekend for those looking to get out of the big city and ski on some real snow.

Other locations
Jan 19Hormel Nature Center 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
AustinMaria Anderson
 
Trails are crunchy from melting and refreezing, with a layer of ice pieces in the woods from ice falling off tree branches. Snow is in the forecast for next week, so stay tuned for ski rental and the Dammen Ski Race!
Jan 17Hormel Nature Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
AustinMaria Anderson
 
Trails are wet and mushy due to rain and melting. The ice brought down some branches, so trails in (and alongside) the woods have lots of debris. Not groom-able at this point, and ski rental is not available.
Jan 14Flandrau State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
New UlmMaureen Monson
 
Trails are open for use. However, at this point we have not had snow conditions to allow for grooming since mid-December. Staff have test groomed one area of trail and that is okay. Many visitors have skied the trails with little issue creating their own tracks. Rains in late December created a layer of ice in the trails and winds have moved snow off of some trails. Staff have rated the ski trails as poor to fair due to the possible bare icy areas of trails and the inability to groom them. Some areas of trails may in better condition. Staff will go out and evaluate snow and ski conditions throughout next week as snow and higher temperatures are expected for the area.
Jan 12Hormel Nature Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
AustinSavanna Dahl
 
Most trails are packed for skate skiing, but only some are tracked for classical. There was a thick ice layer prior to being groomed, so there are ice chunks mixed into the packed areas making some areas a little slippery. The top layer of snow is a fine powder that has drifted in some of the tracks. There is also small stick debris on sections of the trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals will reopen this Friday.

Wisconsin Northwest

Cable/Hayward area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
HaywardDel Bakkum
Got up really early this morning, anticipating that the best conditions at Birkie Ridge would be early. That proved correct. On snow by 6:45 a.m. at Birkie Ridge with a headlamp. Huge thanks to Chris and the grooming crew for providing us with a place to go, even while the main trails are closed. Grooming at BR was excellent. The snow is very dense and heavy with moisture. Skate deck was firm and quick, even as it drizzled rain. Pole plants were solid, except for the south loop, which was softer. With the extremely dense snow, there is some risk of snapping a pole during roll-through on the south loop, where it is softer. North loop was better. By my second lap, the snow was getting a bit sucky on the downhills but still not bad. Then I tried some classic skiing with my Skintecs. They worked great, with plenty of kick. The grooves were a bit soft, though, with the sound of compressing snow happening pretty much continuously. This made the gliding slower but not terrible. Probably after a few more people go through they will get more firm. Still, the classic skiing was pretty fun too. I was off by about 9:00. It was definitely worth the trip. The round trip from parking lot to the rope at Birkie Trail, using the south loop out and the north loop back is about 6.5K.
Jan 20Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
HaywardAndy Schwartz
Skied the Birkie Ridge segment early this morning (only portion of trail that is open). Better than expected. Recently groomed skate deck along with a well formed classic track. I used a ski with an aggressive grind and plenty of flouro's and had decent glide. It's about a 6 km loop from bottom to top with a return via the South loop. Track got soft at the end but it was worth coming out in a light rain.
Jan 19North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
As of tonight, Thursday, the North End Trails are all closed. They will reopen when conditions allow. The warm temperatures, forcasted rain, and minimal base leave the trails vulnerable to damage at this time. Please help us preserve what there is by respecting the closures so we can have good skiing again when conditions improve.
Jan 19Flambeau Hills Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinterChris Bender
 
The majority of the trail system has been groomed today, the remaining will be finished by 9 am tomorrow morning. All trails are groomed and tracked. There is full snow cover throughout the entire system despite the warm temperatures. Trails are in very good shape. Come and enjoy the 16 miles of trails and the nice weather this weekend! State Trail Pass is required.
Jan 19Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardDeb Proctor
 
Great conditions for skate skiing. Trail surface smooth with fresh corduroy (trail was groomed last night). Older tracks for classical skiing were left in place.
Jan 19Birkie Trail 
Secondhand 
[ Trails: Closed ]
HaywardBruce Adelsman
 
Birkie officials have announced the Birkie trail will close Thursday night, at midnight, to preserve the conditions and prevent damage during forecast rain this weekend. They are hoping to reopen the trail early next week, but please wait for an official notice. Birkie Ridge, a 6K offshoot near Seeley, will remain open for skiing.
Jan 18Drummond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DrummondPam Griebel
Skied Drummond on Tuesday and Wednesday. Outstanding. Thank you for such wonderful grooming. A little slower on Wednesday, but still good.
Jan 18Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DrummondJim Crandall
 
According to reports from the past two days, the tracks have been holding up well in this weather. As long as it dips below freezing at night, they should maintain their shape. I won't be grooming again until we get significant new snow, partly because the base is thin, but also because the road from the groomer barn to the trail is bare in spots. Think snow.
Jan 18Drummond Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DrummondConnie Meek
 
The Drummond Classic Only Ski Trails were wonderful today. The tracks were perfectly groomed and were not melting despite high 30 degree temperatures. This trail system is a gem!
Jan 18Telemark Resort Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CableDick Roeber
 
Walked the short walk from the Telemark condos to put on my skis. My heart skipped a beat as I put on my skis on a beautiful freshly groomed track. Started classic skiing on a perfect track only to find the track gone after 1/3 K. All of the area from the new start area to the end of the power lines had been groomed with fresh corduroy. A skaters paradise. However all tracks had been wiped out. Huge disappointment. Found out that trying to skate on skins is not much fun.
Jan 17North End Ski Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
NE skate lanes were touched up and some track reset where needed. All trails are in good shape. Consideration is being given to closing the trails later this week if the predicted warm weather and rain happen.
Jan 16Douglas County Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Solon SpringsJeff Bolte
 
I skied from the Plantation Road lot planning to see the outer loop headed right at the early trail junctions. Its solid B ski conditions from the lot. Generally I saw a pine forest managed for pulp production and possibly a burned area in recovery. At the closest junction with Hungry Bear Road, designated as motorized use trail (!) the skiing track disappeared. Motorized and non motorized use on the same trail tread? Really? It looked like it. There is room to place a separate single track classic trail OFF the road where I saw it. An ATV had also come off Hungry Bear, past a sign barring motorized use, and drove the ski trail. The driver must have understood the error since the skiing track took little damage. The driver quickly found a way back to Hungry Bear. I skied Hungry Bear a ways to give it a chance, and found more single track to the left. Not for long as the ski trail joined Hungry Bear. Classic skiers should go over to Barnes for the Tomahawk Lake trail. Don't waste your time where I was today. This was a disappointment since I enjoy the little publicized classic trails that are off the grid...
Jan 16Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardDan Murphy
 
We skied south from OO to the Gravel pit. The trail was not re-groomed from the Seeley classic. It was slick until you skied past Pic-nic table hill. The skate lane in between the tracks was sort of narrow so it made for exciting passing when there was oncoming skiers. BUT, Every hill was a game of "Let's make a deal" You had four lanes to choose from and those tracks were like clipping into a railroad track: let it all go and just bust it down the grade. Really fun skiing.
Jan 15Hayward Recreational Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardDeb Proctor
 
All loops are in great shape for skate and classic skiing. Tracks were set Saturday. Several skiers were out skate and classic skiing Sunday afternoon. Groomer went around mid-afternoon, so all loops will be fresh and smooth for Monday.
Jan 15Voyager Village Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Webb LakeAris Apostolou
 
Good trail coverage and grooming. Skated on Saturday and classic skied on Sunday. Both the skate deck and the classic tracks were a bit soft.
Jan 15Nordic Woods    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Stone LakeMark Skinner
 
Classic skied at Nordic Woods Sunday morning in -5F deg temps. Trails were packed and tracked with little prior use. Pretty good shape. I started at the North trail head and skied south. There is some logging activity on the south end of the trail which messed up the ski trail.
Jan 15Totogatic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MinongTim Nesley
 
Trail needs some grooming. The short 3.6 km trail has the trails washing out by people snowplowing going down, and a ton of use - a good thing). On the longer 6.9 km loop, the trail is in good shape. At the bottom of one downhill, there is a partial open creek and large branch down. The long 9.8 km trail has not been groomed - no track.
Jan 15Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardLouis Muench
CASTA
 
I skied the Birkie Tour today. Besides slow glide that got better as it warmed up, the trails were essentially in perfect condition. Great job groomers!
Jan 14Namakegon Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
CableKarl Dewahl
 
Mostly single track, some double. Some light brush showing through. Very gentle terrain, some corners washed out on downhills. Pleasant.
Jan 14Voyager Village Golf Course 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Webb LakeDan Campion
 
All trails (golf course, Muellner and Hanscom) were groomed Saturday and were rated a "10". We finally got a good base, so come up and check out our trails.
Jan 14Heartwood Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
TregoMark Bushinski
 
Skied all trails. They are all in good shape. Classic tracks were firm and skate deck looked good. Grooming was better than other years.
Jan 14Mukwonago Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardMarcia Hover
 
Excellent grooming for skate and classic. Beautiful trail thru the woods. Wonderful conditions made for a great afternoon of skiing. Skied 13K classic and 7K skate.
Jan 14Totogatic Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinongTim Nesley
 
Great day skiing. All trails are open with a single track. Lots of people skiing, wonderful weather at 15 degrees Could use a few more inches of snow, but I am not complaining. Any day on the trail is a great day.
Jan 14Birkie Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardAndy Schwartz
 
Looked great. Skied somewhat less so. Good classic track everywhere we skied. Skate deck firmness varied tremendously depending upon what part of the trail you were. We skied north on the skate trail from the North End trail head. Skate deck was very soft until you got to Timber Trail. More firm from there to the Fire Tower water stop. Tried to ski back on the Classic trail which was crazy soft. Soft enough that we took the first opportunity to cross back over to the skate trail rather than try and slog further North on the classic trail. There's plenty of snow now so this isn't anything that couldn't be fixed with more grooming.
Jan 14Voyager Village Golf Course 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Webb LakeMike Maiers
 
Trails not groomed since last 3-4 inch snow. Planned to skate ski, too soft - left after 5 minutes. Should have driven down to Timberland Hills or somewhere else.
Jan 13North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
World Cup/Tony Wise trail was groomed for skate today. There are no immediate plans to set tracks on that section of trail. The rest of the system has been groomed in the last 2 days and is in very good shape.
Jan 13Rock Lake    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
CableChristopher Geidel
 
Rock lake is looking very good due to all the recent snow! The trail received somewhere around 5" of new snow this week. Groomed today in the morning and with the frigid temperatures should set up very nice! All loops are tracked and ready for the weekend except the Rock Lake loop.
Jan 12Mukwonago Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardChristopher Geidel
 
We finally received the snow that we had been hoping for! The trail is set for skate and classic styles and all the loops are ready! You can probably expect some drifting into the trail with the amount of wind that we have had. Other than that you can expect to find the trail in very good shape. If you are looking to beat the crowds this weekend come check out this gem of a trail.
Jan 12Douglas County Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Solon SpringsTim Nesley
 
Trails are great. Track is a little soft, but happy to have snow and a track to ski in. Will be better with a few more inches of snow. Started at the southern end of the trail.
Jan 12North End Ski Trail 
Grooming Secondhand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
Track was set on the main loop and NE Classic today. A groomer is scheduled to go out tomorrow to work on the WordCup/Tony Wise and/or touch up the main trail skate lane. The skiing is the best of the year by report from people skiing today.
Jan 12Birkie Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HaywardCarolyn Senty
 
Skate deck groomed with Pisten Bully on OO loops, but just skiied in tracks from yesterday remain. Looked like there might be tracks set south beyond "picnic table hill". North of OO we skied a ways on the Birkie trail which has fresh PB corduroy and fresh firm tracks set. Also skied the Easy Strider loops with fresh tracks! Lots of beautiful new snow! Thank you groomers! Photos from north side of OO.
Jan 12Drummond Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DrummondJim Crandall
 
All the trails have been compacted and the first tracks of the winter have been set. We received about 5 inches of cold, dry snow in the past few days, which were a welcome addition to the scant base. The tracks look good, but are soft. The conifers are beautiful with their load of snow, but gusty winds have been blowing snow onto the tracks and may fill some in. Enjoy January skiing!
Jan 11North End Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CableIrv Berlin
 
We have received approximately 6 inches of snow in the past 24 hours. The main trail was groomed this afternoon and groomers will be out tomorrow to set track and get the other trails in shape by the weekend. Expect soft skate conditions for a day or two.

Superior area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20After Hours Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BrulePeter Nordgren
Firm and fast base. Holding up well under light rain. Should at least be good for the weekend.
Jan 18Superior Municipal Forest    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SuperiorChristopher Pascone
 
Beautiful skiing through with warm breezes floating in the air. The kind of day when you can smell and feel warm air on the trail. Skiing is still great, so get out there while we have it. I skied all the way out the point to the St. Louis River (yellow loop), and snow coverage was still more than 95%.
Jan 14After Hours Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BruleTim Holst
 
Just about perfect conditions at After Hours. Temperature in the high teens and sunny. Skate lane was good on all trails, with a rare soft spot. Classic tracks deep and firm. A few (rare) patches with some oak or maple leaves in the track, easily avoided by lifting a ski or a quick step out of the track for a meter or two. Where the sun does not reach the trail, snow was slower, but much faster than the last few days; tomorrow should be a bit faster! The Brule River was gorgeous as usual.
Jan 13Pattison State Park 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
SuperiorKyle Gondik-Anderson
 
Was getting groomed when I arrived. Looks good. Hopefully means fresh track tomorrow morning; the track was not in yet. Weather was a bit cold, but I like cold skiing.
Jan 12After Hours Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BruleDiane Gobin
 
After the 6+ inches of new snow earlier this week, the trails are groomed and tracks set. Skiing conditions are excellent!
Jan 11Superior Municipal Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SuperiorChristopher Pascone
 
Epic corduroy conditions on the trails this afternoon. Skated on virgin corduroy for much of my ski (purple loop). Also skied the green loops and blue loop. Grooming was excellent everywhere I went. Sun was shining. Only five dollars for access to this big piece of heaven. One note - signage is lacking, so be prepared to ski longer than expected plan in case you have trouble figuring out how to get back to the parking lot, like I did.

Ashland/Bayfield area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
WashburnPeter Nordgren
Some debris starting to be exposed due to melting. Base looks OK for now, light rain may soften it.
Jan 19Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
BayfieldGreg Weiss
 
Must have been groomed earlier today. 45 degrees made the classic tracks soft, and lots of pine needles, but a really nice ski regardless. By the time I got to skate it was dusk and the snow crispy with a thin crust on top. Still had enough give to get traction and it was fast. I would assume that the trails will be good for the next couple of days so long as it doesn't rain and you hit them at the right time, after it warms above freezing for an hour or two.
Jan 18Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The groomer went out early yesterday morning and groomed and set track on Loops A & B of the Valkyrie Trails. Due to the extremely warm temperatures for this time of year, the groomer was not able to do Loop C. The base on a majority of the trails is about 6 inches and dropping with the temperatures. The Teuton and Valkyrie Trails have very soft snow and it is sticky. Predicted weather for the rest of the week will be too warm to attempt grooming. Until we receive colder temperatures and more snow, grooming is on hold. Get out and enjoy the warm weather skiing!
Jan 17Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The groomer came out early this morning and groomed the Teuton Trails. The tracks were reset before it got too warm. A few skiers said the trails are excellent even if a bit soft. The Valkyrie Trails were not groomed due to the temperature being too warm so it would have done more harm then good. Weather depending, the groomer may try to come out to groom the Valkyrie Trails tomorrow. It is so warm and sunny up at the Valhalla Recreation Area that you can ski in just a sweatshirt. Come on out and enjoy the beautiful weather and trails!
Jan 13Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
With the wind yesterday, there was a fair bit of drifting. This evening we retracked the classic trails that had a lot of drifting, including: Raven to Deerpath, Deerpath to Black Bear, Black Bear, the loop of Sugarbush Classic, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail. Another groomer is planning on going out in the morning to touch up the skate trails.
Jan 13Mecca    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MercerGary Mears
 
Conditions couldn't be better after grooming today, with a firm skating deck and nice deep tracks for the classical skier. Its going to be a great weekend to get out in the fresh air, when the temp moderate. Remember you can always change and warm up in the cabin. We have had 10" of snow over the last week and have been out three times to firm it up. We now have over 5" of base and everything is filled.
Jan 12Mt. Valhalla Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WashburnTeresa Maday
US Forest Service
 
The Valkyrie and Teuton Trails finally got some good snow. The base on 8 to 10 inches on both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trails. The snow packed tight after grooming and setting tracks. They are fast! On the Valkyrie Trail where trails were bare in the pines the wind has blown down needles into the tracks so beware. It has been very windy the last few days, so the Sunbowl Loop may have snow drifted across the trail. The parking areas and paths are getting drifted with snow in spots as well. The warming room and chalet are open. The sledding hill got new snow that should make it really fun. Note: the back door of the chalet (closest to wood shed) is in the process of being repaired and is locked. Please use the side door or the door towards the sledding hill entrance.
Jan 12Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
This morning we finished up Sugarbush Classic, Black Bear, Oppedahl's and Birch HIll. Most of the trails are in very good condition, firming up quite a bit overnight. It's windy though, so there is some drifting, especially on the east end of Deerpath.
Jan 11Penokee Mountain Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MellenChristopher Geidel
 
Penokee has some of the best snow around! The loops are all groomed and tracked and with the weekend temps rising should make for some wonderful weekend for skiing! Was groomed on Wednesday so there is a chance that some areas may experience some drifting.
Jan 11Ashland Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AshlandPaul Belknap
 
Conditions were quite good this evening on the trails, if maybe a little soft, which should set up tonight. A few twigs poking through here and there, but no significant debris on the trails. Skating was slow given the cold temps and fresh snow. The classic tracks looked really nice and that may be a better option until it warms up a bit.
Jan 11Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BayfieldScott Nesvold
 
There was about 12 inches of new snow over a plentiful base, so plenty of snow. Last night the fat bike trail, Raven, Deerpath, and part of Sugarbush Classic were tracked. Today Anchor, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford were groomed and tracked. A groomer is still out working on the Sugarbush Dog Trail and Jolly Long. The trails will be a little soft until they setup.
Jan 11Mecca    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MercerGary Mears
 
Trails have been groomed this morning after the snow events of the last few days. We went over the trail twice to firm it up, so it should be in excellent condition. With the continuing snowfall we will attempt to regroom at the end of this beautiful snow we are finally getting. Snowshoe trail will be packed as soon as we get caught up on the ski trail, but feel free to go out and pack it down for us. Hope to see you on the trail.
Jan 11Ashland Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AshlandBill Burke
 
The Ashland Ski Trail is in great condition after this last snowfall. Deep track set and wonderful skate deck. Thanks for grooming! Groomer was out while I was skiing.

Rice Lake area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Barron Area Nordic Trail Association 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BarronBob Peterson
 
The storm from Monday night has left 1 inch of fast, sugary snow on top of the groomed trails. Both the tracks and and skate deck have been skied in, more so in the woods than the fields. The tracks had an icy glaze in spots and were fast - klister conditions for sure, but zeros might work well too. When it gets above freezing then also consider fish-scales if klister isn't an option. The skate deck was reportedly fast with plenty of control. There probably won't be any formal grooming until the temps drop and consistently remain below freezing. I think the best time to ski these trails this week is when the temps are around freezing, before they thaw and get too slushy.
Jan 17Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
AmeryAshley Martinson
 
I skate skied half the outside loop (approximately 5 - 6k) and found most of the easy (green) and moderate (blue) trails skiable but a little "squirly" in some parts where it was hard to get traction. Use caution when going down hills because some of the soft ruts from earlier skiers have iced over in the cooling temperatures. Most classic tracks looked good but there were some areas on the moderate (blue) trails where the classic track had melted away.
Jan 17Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
The trails are currently icy after a coat of freezing rain last night. We have a good base, so let's hope we survive the January thaw. Expect "spring conditions" in the mean time - maybe good skiing if you hit it at the right time, maybe dangerous ice if it's the wrong time.
Jan 17Spooner City Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Very good to excellent skate and classic/stride skiing. The skate lane was groomed this morning. The trails are level, offer good coverage and the tracks are firm. During warm weather, morning and evening skiing should be better.
Jan 17Beaver Brook Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Very good to excellent stride/classic skiing can be found at Beaver Brook Trails. There is very good coverage and the trails are level and have firm tracks. During warm weather, skiing in the mornings and evenings could be better. Dogs are also allowed on the trails.
Jan 16Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AmeryBen Mullin
 
I got out to Balsam around 8:45 for a little skiing beneath the lights. The trails are in really good shape for the moment. Great coverage, smooth, and firm. The classic track looked nearly full depth on all of the lighted loop with just a bit of washout from use.
Jan 16Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerKarl Dewahl
 
East side. The first .5k through the bridge is uneven and the snow was running fast - a little unsettling. Most of the trail was very pleasant. There are a lot of gentle descents that go around blind curves, but the trail is very predictable with no surprises around the corners, and the few steeper descents are short and have a good runout. Lots of animal tracks - mostly deer.
Jan 16Timberland Hills    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
CumberlandCharlie Rietschel
 
Made the trek to Timberland Hills. What a great day to be out skiing. Trails where in great shape. The groomers did an excellent job. If you are looking for a place to train for the Birkie, Timberland Hills is the place to go! Don't forget to sign the guest book and make a donation.
Jan 16Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerAnna DeMers
 
Went on the east side trails, they are decent, a little bit ruined though from hikers and snowshoers. Overall they are good though. A few sticks, but nothing major for debris.
Jan 15Timberland Hills    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
CumberlandMark Sproul
 
Wow! Forgot how big the the hills were at Timberland. Did the outer loop, when you get to the back half by the Springs it is one big hill after another. Very challenging and Birkie worthy for training. Nice meeting President of the trail association, great improvements on warming cabin!
Jan 15Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BruceThomas Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
Sunday's skiers were raving about the dynamite conditions. It's something to crow about: Sunday's grooming (on top of lots and lots and lots of grooming earlier in the week) created near perfect conditions for skating and striding. Since Monday is MLK holiday, there are plans to perform some light touch-up grooming of the Eastside core loop. Catch it before the thaw.
Jan 15Blue Hills Trail 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Good skis ]
BruceLinda Johnson
 
Fabulous day - excellent trail system and really excellent groomers who worked their magic. Skied classic on east side, very well laid out tracks. Skaters in heaven too. Some really nice ups and downs, and nice warming hut. We will be back.
Jan 14Timberland Hills 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CumberlandAnna DeMers
 
While there was finally no debris, it wasn't a good setting. They did note inside that some place were soft, but it seemed like half of it was soft, where my skis would go in a few inches. On a downhill, I fell because I was either going to go into ruts that were deep or fail snowplowing because it was so soft. There was also a ridge in the middle of much of the trail, I assume from going over the two sides. After a few days, it might set more solid, but it was a disappointing ski for me!
Jan 14Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SpoonerJeff Bolte
 
I skied this classic only trail on the west side. The track is deep although a bit soft when I started. It could use more traffic. The track seemed to be stiffening up as I came off the trail around 5 pm. Touring pole baskets did most of that work, not the tips. The west side is a series of rollers and generally easy hills. By the map it's a bit over 15k. The trail has a map at every intersection! I took the B woodies to go slow. There is one downhill going north that ends at a closed gate. I did not try to shoot the gap between the post and the tree...You can see it well before arrival. On the road section, I took the left track to start, then moved right. Yes, there is a double tracked road that has had a vehicle on it. There is a well managed hardwood forest on this far north section. Then there was the woodpecker. The sun had set so light was even but dimming. It was a "nothing" downhill with a slight turn skiing south. I turned the corner and there's a pile of small wood chips all over the track. No chance to adjust. There was a lurch but no crash as the klister (Toko Base Binder) grabbed wood. I suggest your slowest set of skis for the either trail. Go slow and enjoy this narrow, scenic two track and sometimes single track. Bring the dog. Start from Cranberry Road. Park at the East trail head (not plowed) and walk a short distance to the West trail head. Take the right fork each time. Snowmobile noise was minimal on the nearby trail. The silence was profound at times.
Jan 14Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
The trails saw a lot of use today. Since the skate lanes were soft, grooming is in progress tonight to smoothe them out. Enjoy the trails.
Jan 14Red Barn Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Shell LakeDale Cardwell
 
Vary good grooming and track set, no branches. Parking lot plowed. Go enjoy and make the donation box feel less lonely.
Jan 13Balsam Branch Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AmeryJohn Leaf
 
Great ski under the lights. First time at Balsam Branch did not disappoint. Well groomed trails in beautiful scenery. A great pit stop on the way to the U.P. or northern Wisconsin.
Jan 12Blue Hills Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
BruceTom Paulsen
Blue Hills Trail Association
 
With abundant fresh snow needing compression, groomers have been working daily since Tuesday. Thursday's grooming continued to focus on quality first. Quantity (re-opening more trails) comes later. The Eastside core loop and the Westside received classic track and further grooming of the skate lane on Thursday. The result? Very good skating and striding conditions. Lots of grooming has converted loads of snow into firm packed powder.
Jan 12Spooner City Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
Recently the Spooner area received about 8-10 inches of new snow. The trails at Spooner City Park have been groomed. I strode the trails this evening, they are very good to excellent, providing good coverage. The trails are level and firm, there is a 2-4 inch deep classic track. There is some blowing snow in the tracks down by the soccer fields. I didn't need a headlamp as a super bright full moon was out to light my way.
Jan 12Barron Area Nordic Trail Association 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BarronBob Peterson
 
All the trails were rolled on Tuesday evening and most of the trails (except for Jerome's Field) were packed and tracked on Wednesday. The classic tracks were pristine and the skate deck seemed pretty nice too - not too soft. The snow is cold and a little abrasive, but these are by far the best conditions in what has already been a good year for skiing.
Jan 12Timberland Hills 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CumberlandLouis Muench
CASTA
 
All trails are groomed and tracked after at least 8 inches of new snow this week. Enjoy the trails this weekend.
Jan 11Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerDavid Martin
 
We skied last night using headlamps. Over the past few days, the area has received about 10-12 inches of new snow. Last night, a new 4-5 inch deep track was set for classic skiing. The new snow is providing a great base, excellent control, the trail is level. Skiers should find excellent conditions.
Jan 11Beaver Brook Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SpoonerKevin Myers
 
All of Beaver Brook was groomed and tracked set tonight. Looked great behind the track setter. Get out and enjoy theses classic only dog friendly trails!
Jan 11Balsam Branch Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AmeryLarry Behne
Balsam Vinter Fest
 
Groomed for both skate and classical skiing again tonight. Trails in great shape. Enjoy the beautiful trails...especially at night. The lighting is fantastic.
Jan 11Coon Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
Rolled the first 4 inches of new snow, will roll and work the second 4 inches we got before the weekend. Should have some tracks set. Good coverage, most small trigs from the ice storms have disappeared.
Jan 11Trade River Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FredericWilliam Johnson
 
Rolled and combed 8 inches of new snow. Tracks will be set for the weekend. Base is building up. Best skiing so far this year.

Eau Claire area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Red Cedar River Trail 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MenomonieBob Little
Skied from the trailhead south for 20 mins and back. Tracks were starting to get soft at about 10 am and with the additional drizzle and warm temps it may be softer on Saturday. Go very early if you go so as to not sink too far into the base. Skate deck looked good but was also very soft. Some minor debris to ski around in a few spots, and walkers got into the tracks in numerous spots but could ski over them.
Jan 20Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Eau ClaireKeith Hammerbeck
Trails are very icy with some standing water. They are skiable, but certainly not ideal. There are some ruts and leaves are starting to show through. We could really use some snow.
Jan 19Lake Wissota State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Chippewa FallsKaren Possley
 
I was pleasantly surprised at the conditions after the rain on Tuesday. The trail and track held up nicely. I got there before the snow got too slushy. I used a zero type of ski. It is a flat trail so great for double pole work. Only problem was a stretch on which someone in boots walked their dogs. The hill going down to the beach was a little rutted with their tracks and someone skiing in the softer skate lane.
Jan 18Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireDave Minden
 
Icy and rutted, needs grooming. Obviously with warm temps yesterday and today skiers were on it when it was soft. By 5 pm when I skied it had frozen over. There is enough snow to be edgeable for skating, but the ruts tended to grab my skis. Plenty of base so one hopes grooming will happen to make it pleasant again. Overall, I am happy to have some snow as Madison is a desert.
Jan 15Red Cedar River Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MenomonieKurt Zuppke
 
The tracks for classic were in good condition. Their base was hard packed and made for good kick and glide. This trail is absolutely nothing but scenic. Great for skaters!
Jan 15Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
Eau Claire Ski Striders
 
Ditto yesterday: Excellent skating, though some areas are starting to get skied down a bit. Excellent, clean classic tracks.
Jan 14Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomerTerrie Cummings
 
Skied the North and South loops on Saturday. Parking lot was packed, but I did not see another skier on the trails. Overall conditions were great! Track set well for classic. Tracks were in place even on the bottom of hills. There were some oak leaves on the track but it was minor. Hope to ski it again in a couple weeks.
Jan 14Irvine Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Chippewa FallsBen Fornear
 
A delightful little trail system in a great park in Chippewa Falls. The upper "loop" closer to Hwy S was beaten up a bit by walkers and such. Overall, if you're new to the trail but familiar with the area, start on the "Flag Hill" end of the park, not the little parking area off of S. Trail was pretty soft so I sunk in a bit on racing skis. But, if you're looking to get the kids out on the recreational skis, you'll have a great time. Promise the kids a malt if they ski the whole system and watch how fast the ski boots go on!
Jan 14Nugget Lake County Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Plum CityMike Shoup
 
Virgin track, beautiful glide yesterday and minimal debris at this little-used gem in Pierce County. Most trails follow the valley floor in between the coulees, but some climb the walls and make for a couple tight descents.
Jan 14Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
Eau Claire Ski Striders
 
Excellent conditions. Skating is firm, packed powder with good edging and fairly fast snow, especially in the sun. Classic tracks are deep, clean and firm. The only exception is the steepest few hills are inexplicably not tracked. Overall it just does not get better here at Tower Ridge.
Jan 14Hoffman Hills 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
MenomonieMatt Molback
 
The trails have been rolled but not groomed. There has been some equipment issues with the machine that pulls the groomer. It sounds like the park staff will be working on fixing equipment next week sometime.
Jan 13River Road Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CornellMike Dahlby
 
Track set throughout. Conditions may have never been better here! Bring Fido and check out the scenery.
Jan 13Lake Wissota State Park    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Chippewa FallsKaren Possley
 
Nice track and skate deck. I was checking it out by snowshoe. I headed home to get my skis.
Jan 12Hickory Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
BloomerMark Sproul
 
Hickory Hills never disappoints! Started from the North cabin and did the south loop and Highland Lakes. Great firm, clean classic track. Had a nice visit with Mr. Landgraf, boy, the skiing community sure misses him.
Jan 12Hickory Ridge Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomerKaren Possley
 
We skied Hickory on Wednesday when they had rolled it between snowfalls so we broke trail through 2-3 inches. As we were leaving the groomer met us, setting a track. That was all the motivation I needed to go back yesterday. The track was sure and solid. The skate lane had been skated on. It looked like the skier broke through here and there. It was a bluebird day for skiing.
Jan 12Lake Wissota State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Chippewa FallsTyree Williams
 
All trails have been dragged and groomed for skate and classic. The groomer reports some of the best conditions he has seen at the park! Please get out and enjoy them.
Jan 12Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomerDiane Harp
 
Absolutely perfect skiing today. Classic and skating trails in excellent shape. Classic skied the 10k north and south loops. Windy on the open logged portions of the trail.
Jan 12Hickory Ridge Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
BloomerColleen Duffy
 
The entire system was groomed and tracks set (I did not ski Dog island). The tracks were very good.
Jan 12Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireKeith Hammerbeck
 
Plenty of new snow, trails are in very good condition but still a little soft so they are a little slow. The groomer is out and the trails should be even better after they can make a few more passes. Great morning to be out.
Jan 11Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireColleen Duffy
 
Conditions were a bit soft on the skate deck this afternoon, but great. The groomer was still out at 2:30pm and had made a few passes. Tracks had been partially set (not sure if more was set after I left).
Jan 11Red Cedar River Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MenomoniePaul Verdon
 
Beautiful conditions! Thanks so much for getting the trail groomed so quickly after the fresh snow. Skied to the 2-mile mark and back, saw lots of other skiers this evening.
Jan 11Red Cedar River Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MenomonieBill Kryshak
 
Rolled the Red Cedar from Menomonie to the 9 mile mark - about 8 inches of new snow. Went back over trail with Tidd Tech and set tracks on both sides of trail from Menomonie to Irvington and on one side of trail from Irvington to Downsville. Everything should set up nicely with cold night and be in great shape for the weekend.
Jan 11Tower Ridge Ski Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eau ClaireMark Blaskey
Eau Claire Ski Striders
 
The groomer had made several passes in the vicinity of the chalet by noon today but the snow is very soft and requires more grooming and more skiers! No tracks set. The 6+ inches of new snow will take a while to firm up.

Phillips area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
I skied the trails Wednesday morning before the temps got too high; conditions were excellent for both skate and classic ("skins" skis). I groomed the skate lanes early this morning; it should be some excellent skiing until maybe noon or so, then too warm?
Jan 17Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
I just skied CFS and some of the Rib Lake Trails and had a great ski time! Sure, there was an inch of new, wet snow in the tracks and it was too warm (+2 C) but the RC Skins skis gave very good grip and the glide was really not too bad. I plan to groom the CFS trails tonight or early Wednesday morning since it looks like Wednesday morning will be our window of good skiing conditions for the week.
Jan 15Rib Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Rib LakeCheryl Corbeille
 
Trails were freshly groomed with fresh courderoy to ski on. First time visitor to these trails and thoroughly enjoyed the trails, the beautiful and challenging terrain. Easy to follow signage/maps and really enjoyed the Championship Trail.
Jan 15Camp Forest Springs 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WestboroCheryl Corbeille
 
Trails were freshly groomed with fresh courderoy to ski on. First time visitor to these trails and thoroughly enjoyed the trails and beauty of the terrain. Easy to follow signage/maps of any place and you have to try the 'roller coaster' trail and expect some air on the second hill if you don't slow your speed down.
Jan 15Rib Lake Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Rib LakeEmily Reineccius
 
My family and I skied the Rib Lake Trails and connecting Camp Forest Springs Trails this past weekend. The trails had complete and excellent coverage. The classic tracks were perfect. The skate deck was slightly soft, but still made for an excellent skate workout. These trails are a hidden gem in the north woods. Long rolling hills are perfect for training for the Birkie or enjoying a relaxing ski through the scenic woods.
Jan 15Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
All loops open and excellent conditions. I regroomed skate lanes this morning; they were still soft but will firm up more with time. Classic tracks are fine.
Jan 14Newman Springs Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Park FallsTim Wycoff
 
Trail conditions are excellent for classical skiing in this quiet, forested course of mainly gently rolling hills (medium difficulty with the occasional challenging hill). Trail A plus E adds up to about 5 miles. I saw evidence of only 4 or 5 skiers on the trail since it was groomed yesterday. If you just like to classical ski in the woods and check out the wildlife tracks etc--this is a great place to do so.
Jan 12Newman Springs Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Park FallsBrady Howe
US Forest Service
 
Today I was able to groom and track loops A and E. Loops C and D were roller packed with the corduroy flap down and will be great trails for snowshoers or those that don't need a track. The snow was a little thin in the swamps on C and D to use the groomer (groomer is wider than the trail and floats on top of the blueberry bushes) but after the next storm or two they should be good to go. Cold temperatures are forecasted for tonight and tomorrow morning so the trails should set up great for the holiday weekend. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day fees at USFS day use facilities, such as ski trails, will be waived on Monday, January 16.
Jan 11Wintergreen Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Park FallsBrady Howe
US Forest Service
 
A, B, D, Shortcut and Kiddie groomed and tracked. I did four or more passes on A and B, Shortcut got three, and D and Kiddie got two. I would have done more but the snow was soft and the hills on those two are steep. Overall they came out pretty good though. With the cold weather everything should set up great. It was too dark when I finished to get a snow depth measurement on the trails, but the base in the woods is about 14". I got a couple of passes on C with just the sled to pack it down, some water was poking through though in the back end by the beaver ponds. Hope it freezes up!
Jan 11Camp Forest Springs 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WestboroScott Everson
 
All trails were rolled/ packed Tuesday night and groomed today. All in excellent condition but will be pretty soft until it firms up. The Rib Lake trails were also being groomed today.

Other locations
Jan 20Marshfield School Forest 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
MarshfieldRandy Lueth
In an effort to preserve our base Marshfield School Forest Trails will be closed until Tuesday evening, Jan 24th. Please stay off the trails. Thank you for your cooperation.
Jan 18Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
It was a short trip on classic B skis from the boat launch up through the 300 campground and back. Departure was around 7:30 pm. Track varied from fast granular powder to ice. The textured skate deck was a mixture of loose powder to a crunchy conglomerate of ice and snow. The sun and warmth have worked on the trail since Jeff groomed it this morning. Let's start with skaters. Getting your edge should not be a problem. The deck has not had much use. It felt okay on the classic skis while on the deck. The classic track is solid on the bottom and several varieties of fast. Track depth varies. Pole tips did that work. How fast? On my low camber fish scale classic skis, I left the 300 for the boat launch down the gentle S turning hill, glide only. I bailed out of the track, too fast for comfort in the first turn. All that drag on the skate deck slowed things down enough to stop about 70 feet short of the boat launch turn around. That's at least twice the normal result of a glide down that run on those skis. If you plan to ski Willow while it's frozen, bring solid intermediate or better skills. It was wicked fast tonight.
Jan 18Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HudsonPaul Greenwald
 
Awesome conditions this morning. Went there expecting treacherous conditions and was surprised to find the more heavily used trails freshly groomed. Great job groomers!
Jan 18Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HudsonJeff Roberts
 
Receive 2" new snow on Monday night and it turned cold last night so the new snow groomed out great. All trails were groomed this morning and most were re-tracked. Hope this snow holds out over the next few warm day.
Jan 15Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HudsonDavid Thofern
 
The trails are in very good condition. We did some regrooming Sunday morning to re-track some areas that had been hiked. There are a few dirty spots in the classic track but you should be fine with your "A" skis. The Pink, multi-use trail was also groomed Sunday morning. Although it gets a lot of foot traffic and isn't tracked, skate skiers looking for big hills often find conditions acceptable.
Jan 15Kinnickinnic State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
River FallsKaren Storlie
 
Great conditions. Orange trail now open. Tree is cut and cleared. We skied yellow, green, purple and orange trails.
Jan 13Brandt Pines Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GrantsburgBrandi Buchholz
 
Almost all of the 8.5 miles of trails have been groomed and tracked; the north segment of the Riverview Trail is closed for the season due to icy conditions. All other trails are in great condition with 10 inches of snow on the ground in Grantsburg.
Jan 12Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
Another short trip from the boat launch, past the Falls, out the Silver to the first big hill and back. That took 90 minutes on the B set of wood classic skis. Generally, the trail is soft due to the low moisture snow that fell. The classic track and the skate deck have not become really firm. It is easy to blow up the track. The Blue trail was starting to drift in where it had direct exposure to the lake bed. Track was filling in also. You will have to ski classic without track for the final link to the Falls. Ski speed on the woodies varied from little glide to some long double pole runs. Also, I wanted to see all the recently brushed areas with a groomed trail on it. Today I saw the last area we worked. We missed some minor things. The vitals: Start Black Tar roto-corked corked in for glide wax, Toko Base Binder for kick wax. Classic, take the B set. Skaters OK on any choice.
Jan 12Marshfield School Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MarshfieldDavid Henning
 
By the time anyone reads this, all loops will be excellent. All trails rolled, and track setting is in progress. Lots of snow with great mid-winter conditions. Trees are still snow covered, making a beautiful scene to complement your ski.
Jan 12Kinnickinnic State Park 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
River FallsJeff Bolte
 
The Kinnickinnic groomer reports all but the Orange trail have been groomed and tracked. The issue on the Orange is a large tree across the trail. An update will follow as this gets corrected.
Jan 11Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
EdgarBruce Kralcik
 
Rolled and set tracks this afternoon. Oh, there is a lot of snow out there! Tracks looked great. They should set up nicely overnight. Skate/shoe lane was loose, but hopefully will firm up with the cold.
Jan 11Willow River State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HudsonJeff Bolte
 
I got there just as Ted was putting the grooming gear away. It was another short trip: Green from the boat launch, main and river stem of the Purple, and twice from the boat launch through the 300 camp. Classic track varied in depth as always for a first cut in not ideal snow. It's good enough for B classic skis headed west from the boat launch. I ran the B skis into the 300 on the first lap and then took the A set for the second. Both are no wax. The A set is skin skis. Track was not set up when I got out at 9:00pm. The touring poles have long tips which slid out at times. I saw dirt and other stuff in the classic track west of the boat launch. Skaters, bring the A set along. Start on the B set and make your choice.
Jan 11Willow River State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
HudsonDavid Thofern
 
All of the trails were groomed and tracked today after last night's rolling. You're OK to go with your good skis but many of the park's trails have an underlying gravel base so you might want to use lesser skis until you've actually skied the trails yourself.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
Scratched up all the skate lanes this morning grinding up the overnight glaze. According to the lone skier I saw today, skate conditions were excellent after grooming. Will check the trails in the morning and if they're glazed, we'll scratch them up again. Track looked icy in spots but let it be. According to the lone fat biker I saw today, bike trail was getting pretty soft.
Jan 20Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
MinocquaDave Kozeluh
Good day to ski, went out twice to experiment. Excellent classic, great day for waxless or a little Klister.
Jan 20Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
MinocquaJoe Sanfilippo
Fast tracks, core trails were really firm. Enjoyed the meticulous grooming. Skied River Run, Nepcos, and Silver Strider.
Jan 19Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsBob Woelfl
 
The trails were freshly groomed and although above freezing and soft by the time I finished, the trails held up well. There is plenty of snow from last weeks storms and because of all the grooming that occurs the skate deck was in excellent condition. One of many things I like about Afterglow is Pete Moline, owner and head groomer. He is usually in the lodge when you finish skiing and always seeks feedback from the skiers regarding grooming and trail conditions. He takes great pride in perfectly groomed trails and always provides the best grooming that "Mother Nature" allows.
Jan 19WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Picked the fat bike groomer up from the shop this afternoon and groomed all the bike trails except Red Trail and High Five (that's 8.9 miles of fast, flowy, purpose-built single-track open for fat biking). The grooming came out good and should set up well overnight - unfortunately there is rain and winter mix forecast for the next couple days.
Jan 19Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinocquaBrian Ciske
 
Surprisingly good skiing until the sun warmed and slowed the snow. No dirt, or tree debris. Tracks in great shape.
Jan 19Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderPete Wurl
 
Spring skiing in January! Trail was in very good shape. My life long love - hate relationship with purple klister was back to the love side today. In fact, one of the best kicks I've ever experienced. Glide was fantastic too, given the shiny corn snow at dusk. While nearly anaerobic, I seriously envisioned Elite Wave in my future, quite a dream given I've been Wave 4 forever. The groomers may be mad at me, since I feel my speed likely melted the snow as I cruised across it. :) At any rate, get out and enjoy the snow while you can, wherever you happen to be.
Jan 18McNaughton Lake Trail 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Yesterday the skaters loop was groomed. Today, the rest of the trail was tracked. The warmer weather have left the base and tracks soft. Overall good conditions.
Jan 18Moccasin Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ElchoChuck Wetzel
 
The Moccasin Ski Trail was groomed and tracked this morning. The tracks set well and should be good despite the warm weather if it gets below freezing at night. Skating area was becoming soft. Logging is done and the Luge was groomed and tracked, but there was not enough snow to set the tracks well. The Snowshoe trail was also packed and is in very good condition. With the warm weather conditions will change daily.
Jan 18Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Good skis ]
MinocquaDennis Blow
 
Spring skiing in January! A lot of trails groomed this morning. Skate deck was like skiing on a pillow. Firm underneath but the top inch was cushiony soft. Perfect for me. Started slowing down by noon with the warm sun. More trails will be groomed tonight.
Jan 17McNaughton Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lake TomahawkTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skaters loop groomed. The warm temperatures and the amount of snow we received from the last snow event have the trail base remaining soft.
Jan 17WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Groomed all the snowshoe trails and most of the ski trails this morning. What got groomed came out nice but wanted to get off the trail before it got too soft and started balling up. This is likely the last grooming until mid next week due based on forecasts.
Jan 17Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
5" base, good condition, groomed not tracked. This morning we got things groomed before the temp. hit 36F. Please be patient with warmer temps we might not be grooming until we get below freezing weather. Warm weather is hard on equipment.
Jan 17Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
5" base, good condition, groomed not tracked. This morning we got things groomed before the temp. hit 36F. Please be patient with warmer temps we might not be grooming until we get below freezing weather. Warm weather is hard on equipment.
Jan 17Pioneer Creek Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
ConoverChris Hare
 
First time out on the trail this year. The county grooms once a week. Today, the snow was soft and I didn't have the right wax on, but the trail was in real good shape. (It warmed up really fast) The trail head is in the Conover Town Park. Park by the restrooms, (which are heated) and you'll will see the Trail sign to the East. The trail is groomed classical with space on the side for snowshoers. For what I saw, the small loop is groomed. But there is 8 miles of trail available.
Jan 17Raven Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
All loops have been tracked. The warming temps softened the base making it difficult to make turns. Currently very good conditions.
Jan 16Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
MinocquaDennis Blow
 
Great conditions all weekend. Skied Wolf tracks, River run, Tornado alley and many other trails over the past three days. Classic tracks were deep and solid. Skate decks were flat with very few soft spots. After 12" of snow last week these trails should hold up with warmer weather.
Jan 16Three Eagle Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverAlan Bates
 
My wife Jessica skied classical and I skated. Both parts of the trail were superb, no debris, firm deck and smooth. I have high hopes this trail will hold up in possible warm weather.
Jan 16Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
Nose Lake was a hub of activity on Sunday and Monday, and the trail was well worn. Because of that it received new classic tracks this evening. The tracks were deep, and with the sub 32 temperatures tonight, they should firm up nicely for tomorrow.
Jan 16Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
With the upcoming warmer temperatures Washburn was groomed today. The rest of the week grooming will be dictated by precipitation and temperature. Just the skate deck was cleaned up today, while the classic tracks were left alone.
Jan 16WinMan Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Polished up the skate lane today after heavy weekend traffic. 30F, sunny and excellent conditions. Suppose to get a bit of snow overnight and plan on regrooming all trails tomorrow.
Jan 16Afterglow Lake Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsDaniel O'Loughlin
 
Amazing conditions at Afterglow. The grooming is perfect as always. There is a base of about 20 inches and the skate lanes are firm after the recent snow was packed down and hardened by some cold nights. Pete reset the classic track on all the trails every night over the weekend. He also has groomed the snowshoe trails for fat tire biking. I brought my bike this year and we had a great time winding through the beautiful woods on those trails. Afterglow is as close to winter paradise as it gets!
Jan 15Razorback Ridges Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
SaynerJim Gantz
 
I find the Long Rider at Razorback to be one of the best workouts because of the rolling terrain the the length of this trail. Grooming was great.
Jan 15Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinocquaGene Musser
 
Skied Base Loop, Tornado Alley, Survivor, Yukon, XC Express, River Run, Wolf Tracks, Steeplechase, Mellow Meadow, Creek Trail, Red Pine. All in excellent condition.
Jan 15Escanaba Trail     
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Boulder JunctionTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
Great conditions! Skiing this beautiful classic tracked trail is a fabulous way to experience some of the best of northern Wisconsin's rolling terrain. With its quick climbs and long, easy-cruising descents it is a very well laid out system. Just enough tricky twists and turns to add a bit of excitement along the way. Many thanks to Dan Jacoby for his excellent work of grooming.
Jan 15Raven Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodruffPatrick Mccabe
 
Wonderful afternoon ski on absolutely beautiful firm fast track. Thank you DNR crew for your hard work and attention to detail.
Jan 15Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
I groomed the yellow and green loops which are the two shorter loops at Escanaba. The outer loop around Escanaba lake was still in very good shape due to less use. Still plenty of snow to reset track with success. Parking lot was full Saturday so many sit spots to smooth. Very little debris, nice weather and 15 inches of snow in the woods. Conditions are very good to excellent. Next grooming should be Tuesday or Wednesday after the MLK Holiday.
Jan 15Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
The trail was retracked this morning. The tracks set up fairly deep. Again with the colder morning temps, they should set up nicely.
Jan 15Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
The skate deck was cleaned up this morning. With the cold temps from last night the deck is remaining pretty solid. Classic tracks are still in good shape.
Jan 14Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MinocquaDan Dudley
 
Made a trip to Winter Park-firt time this year-was well worth it! A winter Wonderland with mountains of fresh snow. Was greeted with fresh untouched corduroy on most of the trails. Was a tad slow being a bit cool at 8F. Did the River Run for the first time-board in lodge posting said a religious experience- not sure the reference was to the great views and scenic varied trails OR some of the hills you had to ascend-not bad but some a bit long. All in all was awesome!
Jan 14McNaughton Lake Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Lake TomahawkJim Gantz
 
I really appreciate the red skater loop as there are few state forest areas that groom for skaters. Unfortunately, the skate deck was the softest skate deck I have ever skied on and it was quite challenging as a result of that. It was not fun like it usually is. I switched to classic skis and skied the green loop which was just fine even though it had had heavy use since the last grooming. There were many classic skiers on the trail.
Jan 14Escanaba Trail     
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Boulder JunctionJim Gantz
 
Escanaba is one of my all time favorite trails. It can be intimidating because of all the hills and I keep wondering how much longer I am going to be able to ski it because of my age. It was 5F degrees when I arrived at 8:00 am and it was still 5F degrees when I finished two hours later. The cold temperature made the track slower than usual but I consider that a good thing on this trail. The grooming was good and the track was fun.
Jan 14Afterglow Lake Resort 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
Excellent conditions exist. Firm, level, even, smooth, perfect skate lanes. Solid, firm, consistently full depth, perfect classic tracks. Ski trails groomed 27 times and Fat Bike trails groomed 15 times this season.
Jan 14Three Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
Renovated skate lane and combed out some crisp corduroy around dusk. Cool evening temps should help with setting up for a relatively firmer base on Sunday. Classic tracks were also reset. Enjoy the seasonal weather while it lasts!
Jan 14Razorback Ridges Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SaynerWill Maines
 
Between my wife's serious medical situation this week, a town board meeting one night, a Lions meeting another and working an extra shift to cover for my boss, I could not groom until Friday for the first time since our early week 12" of snow. My apprentice groomer went out for his first solo run on skate loops Thursday and did a good job of opening them up and getting them initially packed. I went over them again yesterday and this morning, and now they are absolutely excellent. I also went over all classic loops at least twice, and they too are now excellent. Snowshoe loops are tramped.
Jan 14Three Eagle Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Eagle RiverDan Mckissack
 
Skating conditions were very soft and slow, quite difficult. Classic tracks were firm and very fast. It'll probably take a few more passes with the groomer to allow good skating.
Jan 13Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
The trail was packed again and tracked today. Track were nice and deep, and with the low temps. Should set up real solid. Definitely can use the good skis.
Jan 13WinMan Trails    
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Ski trails regroomed and tracked today. Got a chance to ski the 10k loop this evening after grooming and conditions are excellent. With sun and mild temperatures it's going to be a great weekend to be outdoors. Sorry, fat bike groomer in the shop so bike trail has not been groomed since Monday.
Jan 13Nicolet North Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
Fair condition with 10" of new snow on last weeks grooming. Due to damaged equipment we will not groom the trail until Tuesday next week, thanks for your patience.
Jan 13Anvil National Recreation Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverJeff Higley
US Forest Service
 
5" base all packed, good condition. We have broken down equipment but will still be grooming weekly with different groomer and machinery, we had to just groom and pack due to 12" of new snow.
Jan 13Madeline Lake Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Arbor VitaeTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The trail has been leveled after the last snowfall. We have been having issues with the grooming equipment and most of the trail is not tracked.
Jan 13Raven Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodruffTony Martinez
Wisconsin DNR
 
The Raven trail was leveled Wednesday and tracked Thursday. All loops have good coverage of snow with no thin spots. Very good conditions.
Jan 12Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
PhelpsAndy Heidt
 
Amazing conditions, impeccable grooming. Thanks to Pete and family at Afterglow. This place is a must ski for all levels. Excellent for not classical and skating.
Jan 12Nose Lake Ski Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderJan Axelson
 
The groomer's report persuaded us to try this trail for the final ski of our North Woods excursion. The grooming was excellent, with many interesting wildlife tracks. This is a narrow, single-track, classic trail, much like ones I recall from 40 years ago. We did the east loop, which has many gentle curves and hills; I would call it "easy+". We really appreciate the groomers' reports - after all, they are the first to know when a trail has been groomed!
Jan 12Moccasin Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
ElchoChuck Wetzel
 
The trail was groomed and tracked today and is in excellent condition. The loggers are finishing today or tomorrow taking wood out from the Luge Loop and with the next snowfall that will be groomed. The snowshoe trail was also packed.
Jan 12Escanaba Trail  
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Groomed this morning with great results. Fully formed track with very little debris after about 10-12 inches of mid week snow. Very scenic and a good time to see animal tracks. Very good to excellent conditions.
Jan 12Three Eagle Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
Beautiful but still quite soft. Repacked and combed skate lane. Set fresh tracks. Expect some drifting and new dusting under trees as the winds kick up this afternoon.
Jan 12Afterglow Lake Resort    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsPete Moline
Afterglow Lake Resort
 
12" new. Excellent conditions exist. All ski trails groomed 4 times in the last 36 hours. Fat Bike Trails also groomed twice. Ski trails groomed 25 times and Fat Bike trails groomed 11 times this season. Great day for our large warm up room overlooking Afterglow Lake.
Fat Bike Trails are separate from ski trails. No Fat Bikes,walkers, snowshoes or dogs are allowed on our ski trails.
Jan 11WinMan Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WinchesterRobert Polic
 
Finally caught up with the 10-12" of snow we received over the last 48 hours. All ski and snowshoe trails are groomed. Trails were still a little soft this evening but should set up well overnight.
Jan 11Three Eagle Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Eagle RiverTom Rulseh
Three Eagle Trail Foundation
 
We gave the entire trail a once over with our roller and comb and set fresh tracks this afternoon. With an estimated 9" of new snow conditions are bound to be quite soft. We plan to go over the trail mid-morning Thursday with our TiddTech to firm things up a bit.
Jan 11Nose Lake Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
RhinelanderDennis Zielinski
 
The trail was packed with new track set, and it is ready to go. The new tracks are nice and deep, and with the cold temperatures should hold up nicely for weekend use.
Jan 11Washburn Lake Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WoodboroDennis Zielinski
 
After receiving another 2-4 inches this morning our plans had a little setback. The fluffy snow made it difficult to compact, and it took longer to re-establishing the skate deck. Tomorrow we will be brushing the deck, and resetting the classic tracks.
Jan 11Afterglow Lake Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
PhelpsJan Axelson
 
All trails were beautifully groomed and tracked with about 2 inches of fresh powder on top. The new snow made the "most difficult" downhills much easier though the climbs were just as steep!
Jan 11Escanaba Trail  
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Boulder JunctionDan Jacoby
Wisconsin DNR
 
Three days straight of snow has added 8-11 inches locally. I measured 16.5 inches of snow on picnic table near Escanaba Research Station. All loops are tracked and in very good to excellent shape. There are some small sections of drifting from very high winds last night after about 8 inches of snow yesterday but was able to smooth into just rollers. Snowing heavy at times today so tracks may be covered again. We will groom again Thursday or Friday after snow lets up. Stay tuned.

Wausau area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauJohn McCarthy
Trails were freshly groomed and in great condition for the Milwaukee Nordic Ski Club today. Repeated freeze-thaws of the deep base have lead to firm conditions with transformed snow - very fun to ski on. A bit of debris has left some dirty snow, but mostly very good conditions, even in the rain.
Jan 20Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauYelonda Rivers
Don't be deceived by the 34 degree temps. Nine Mile is in excellent condition. Went 10k loop this morning and had a great ski.
Jan 19Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Stevens PointMark Balhorn
 
At 8:00 am this morning, Rocks was skiable. Only the outer loop had been groomed, probably yesterday, but the major debris was cleared and I could get some purchase with my ski edges. I tried one of the inner loops but it had not been recently groomed, so there was a lot of debris and some glare ice. I wouldn't recommend the inner loops. The classic tracks looked clear and defined. They also looked icy.
Jan 18Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointElizabeth Goodspeed
 
Red Trail was groomed for skating today. Highly varying conditions from solid ice to dirty slush. Blue Trails ungroomed and very icy and not easily skied. Classic tracks ice rails.
Jan 18Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointRick Bie
 
Hard, icy and freaky fast. Skating lane base still fully intact, as are the tracks. Minimal debris. It was too slick to be very enjoyable tonight; might be decent if it softens up during the day.
Jan 18Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauMatt Pelland
 
Skied both the 10K and 6K loops several times today. Conditions were perfect. Grooming was amazing. Tracks were set early for classic skiing. Excellent condition. Started with my B skis, but quickly changed them out after one 10k loop.
Jan 18Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauGary Zimbric
 
All trails groomed and tracked with Piston Bully. Still plenty of snow for deep base. Some debris as usual. Very good skiing for both disciplines.
Jan 18Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauAudun Mikkelson
 
Strided most of trails between 10am and 12pm. Groomer had put in fresh track for most of Nine mile trails. Tremendous glide but no kick for me. Klister, skins needed? Great coverage, minor leaves and debris. Did not see any skaters all morning. Beautiful day to be out, thank you groomers for your terrific work!
Jan 17Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
WausauAndrew Sims
 
Trails will open again Wednesday. Most trails will be groomed in the early morning. Conditions are good as far as quantity of base, but a high moisture content due to rainfall.
Jan 17Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
WausauAndrew Sims
 
Due to icy conditions, all trails are closed today. More information will be made available as conditions change.
Jan 16Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauBill Barthen
 
A great day for skiing Nine Mile today! Skied at least 47-km in 3 outings: 10-km warm up, 17-km all over the place, and the 20-km marked loop. Groomer was everywhere perfecting what was well-used over the weekend. Negotiating multiple left and right turns on the Alps was a fun challenge. The climbs gave the heart a good workout. Good to see many locals, people from the southern part of WI where we have no skiing, and even some folks from Iowa who must be scrambling to get ready for the Birkie.
Jan 16Plover River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointJulie Schneider
 
Definitely my best ski of the year. After sharing other local trails this weekend with those from places with less or no snow (not that I mind, just makes for a different feel), I had the whole trail to myself, despite four cars in the parking lot. I skied from the Barabara's Lane end around the Ikes loop and back. The tree debris was firmly pressed into the tracks and I glided right over most of it. Such a great place for a solitary ski.
Jan 15Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IolaDave Minden
 
Wow, great conditions. Ideal temps about 20. Even after the annual race in the morning the trails were in fine shape. Get there while the cold holds!
Jan 15Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Stevens PointMike Jamison
 
Excellent skiing here, with great snow cover. A small bit of debris on some parts of the trails (sticks and leaves) but they are easily dodged. I'd say 80% of trails are pristine. Awesome grooming. Skied all of Blue loop and bits and pieces of the rest of the system. Thumbs up all around.
Jan 15Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauDarren Blankenship
 
Looked like the UP in Wausau with their abundance of snow. Excellent for classic and OK for skating. Tracks were fun, fast and in very good shape. Some skate lanes good, some heavily used and needed grooming. Surprised and disappointed all skate lanes were not regroomed after heavy use on Saturday. Joanie and I strided the 20K loop plus a bit more. Skated several short loops to round out our visit.
Jan 15Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauGeorge Cleveland
 
Trails were overall in excellent shape. Tracks were well set in most places, albeit missing completely on the G connector. OTOH, they were sharp as new in the Little Alps section. Some of the corners were getting a little washed out from the heavy weekend traffic and there were a few stretches of oak leaves in the track. Great day to ski on a deep snowpack.
Jan 15Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Stevens PointAndrea Roenning
 
The blue loop skate lanes are in great condition, very fast with enough powder to help shave off some speed if needed on a downhill. There are some sticks on the trail, but I found them to easy to avoid. Plenty of snow and some really great grooming on this trail.
Jan 15Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IrmaPete Wurl
 
Great conditions. Everything is groomed perfectly. Hopefully warm weather won't mess things up too much.
Jan 15Plover River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointBill Barthen
 
Possibly my best ski of the year! Although the skating loop is only 1-mile, it was perfect! Definitely can use best skate skis, because the few pieces of debris are avoidable. After about 5 laps, I double-poled the classic trail to Izaak Walton and back. There is considerable tree debris in all tracks. B skis for classic. Temps were -7 to -1 F while I was out, but easy to keep warm when working and dressed properly.
Jan 14Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
IolaMike Jamison
 
Excellent skiing today. First time we've skied this venue and what a joy it was! Excellent skate deck and classic tracks are consistent and sturdy. We only skated however. Hats off to the folks who groom this place, well done!
Jan 14Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointDenise Smith
 
As another reviewer said, there is a fair amount of debris on the trail. A lot of it is small stuff that won't do any damage but there is enough big stuff to keep you stepping around it quite a bit if you are concerned about damaging your skis. The skate lanes were very hard packed and crusty; a lot of fun if you can handle the conditions, scary if your not so experienced. According to my husband and other striders, the track was hard and slick. He was having trouble getting decent grip with waxable skis. You might want to call the chalet and inquire if they are grooming and setting new track Sunday - that would change the conditions a lot.
Jan 14Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauCraig Fischberg
 
Absolutely fabulous conditions today. Skied with my waxed skis. Best skiing all year for me. Tracks were very well formed and firm. Very little debris. I recommend baskets for "softer" snow. My poles would plunge a little too deeply next to the tracks in some locations.
Jan 14Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IrmaDarren Blankenship
 
Excellent conditions for classic and outstanding grooming. Joanie and I skied the 18K blue loop, plus the 5K green loop. One of our favorite places for classic skiing in the state.
Jan 14Underdown Recreation Area    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IrmaGeorge Cleveland
 
Absolutely excellent. The trails are in as good of shape as I've ever seen them. The right track was firm and fast. Sections of the left track were a little soft but still well set and should improve with more folks skiing and compressing them.
Jan 14Underdown Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IrmaDave Moritzen
 
Skied three laps on the Green trail this morning and conditions couldn't have been finer. A new track was probably set this Thursday or Friday and it is in great shape with little or no debris in them. Due to the fact that temps have not allowed a decent freeze/thaw cycle, the track were a tad soft, without that icy, your-life-flashes-before-your-eyes glaze that the hills at UD are known for. Still, awesome skiing. Green allowed me to stride all but the steepest hills and the downhills brought big smiles. Bring your A race skis and don't miss this one. Best conditions in several years.
Jan 14Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Stevens PointBill Barthen
 
Only 6-degrees F when I started, so it was a very solid base, thus fast, even dangerous on 2 longer downhills on the Blue trail. Good Rush honored its name. Skate-skied all Blue and Red trails on racing skis, but unavoidable tree debris and dirt tilled up by the groomer in at least 7 spots (tops of hills) led me to recommend B skis. Warmed up to 15-degrees F by the time I was done making Pine Ridge a fantastic ski!
Jan 13Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointScott Frazier
 
Premium snow conditions on all trails. Tracks were also set and looked firm. Skate deck was very firm and fast to me, best in many moons. Get out and enjoy the trails while you can.
Jan 13Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IolaLarry Dobberstein
 
Lot of snow here. Everything was groomed and tracked. Pines covered with fresh snow. It was a great ski day! Weekend should be fantastic!
Jan 12Plover River Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Stevens PointMindy Borchardt
 
Ample snow, smooth and hard tracks, though there are some oak leaves and pine needles, as always. Entire 10k classic trail open, but the skating loop had not been groomed at all yet.
Jan 12Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
IolaCharlie Dee
 
Another 11 inches of snow earlier in the week have now been rolled and groomed at Iola on top of a solid, compressed base of 6-8 inches. Great skiing today.
Jan 12Jack Lake Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
AntigoDave Aggen
 
Jack Lake was in perfect shape! We classic skied and tracks were great. Skate deck looked nice and firm. Thank you groomer!
Jan 11Standing Rocks Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointRex Runke
 
Skating lanes groomed and are in very good condition, track was set today in the morning and is in good condition.
Jan 11Iola Winter Sports Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IolaWade Loberger
 
Great Conditions considering the 10" of new snow. Trails were fairly firm with some soft areas on the skate deck but should firm up with the cold temps. Tracks were nice and deep and firm.
Jan 11Standing Rocks Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Stevens PointScott Frazier
 
Rocks was being groomed as I skated the red and blue loops. Very good snow cover, tracks were being set on parts of the trail system when I finished. A little soft but should really be fast after the skate deck firms up. As you can see I got first dibs on the groomed skate deck.
Jan 11Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauJeanne Alexejun
 
Classic skiing was great tonight, with good tracks. Nine Mile got 10 inches of new snow yesterday, and with the cold temps predicted overnight, the trails should be in fantastic shape for the Snekkevik races on Saturday.
Jan 11Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Good skis ]
WausauNicole Kime
 
Lots of new snow at Nine Mile today! Groomers were working on the trails the entire time that I was there. Skating in the morning was soft, and very nice. Classic in the afternoon was pristine. I skied the 10K loop (all tracked and good for both disciplines), 6K loop (partially tracked, one missing segment), and the lighted loop (newly tracked). It appeared that they groomed those trails first, and were working on the others. FYI: SNEKKEVIK races there on Saturday.
Jan 11Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WausauGary Zimbric
 
Eight to ten inches of snow yesterday. All trails had at least one pass with the groomer. Classic track set. Pole plants soft and trail still soft. Should firm up nicely with additional grooming and be excellent for the weekend.
Jan 11Standing Rocks Park 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Stevens PointDonald Howell
 
After 10" new snow, two piston bully groomers started at 7am were out when we arrived at 11:30am. The trails would have been unskiable without their grooming. As they made several passes, the skating got better. The trail was firm to provide for enjoyable skiing and the downhills were not icy but still fast. I called ahead to find out when the groomers would be out. It will be even better tomorrow.

Green Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Two RiversGrant Houghton
 
Backcountry only report: Yesterdays' melting and last nights freezing temperatures yielded the seasons first corn snow. Plenty of snow coverage in the woods allowed for some nice skiing on the fire lanes and deer trails. The snow should last through the weekend. We are skiing on short (179-189) metal edged no wax back country skis. A couple of ski shops in northern Wisconsin carry them. They easily double our ski season outings during these unpredictable winters.
Jan 18Navarino Wildlife Area 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Trails are all hard and icy due to the freezing rain / rain on Monday and Tuesday. Tracks are still visible and trails likely are fast, temps are in the 40's today, likely refreeze tonight. Trails are likely going to get worse, reports to follow closer to the weekend.
Jan 17Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails: Closed ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
All trails closed once again. Not sure when nor if they will reopen. Stay tuned. No classic tracks, skate trails iced and slippery.
Jan 16Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand Observation 
[ Good skis ]
Green BayBob Klinter
 
I muscled through the Oaks as suggested. The only tracks to be found are the deer tracks! The skate deck looked well groomed and fast.
Jan 15Machickanee 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Oconto FallsMatt Zak
 
Good conditions, groomed and mostly single-tracked for classic skiing. Conditions at Machickanee are as good as they've been in several years, but that may not last long. A small part of Brehmer Creek loop was used by a 4-wheeler for an injured skier rescue today, but damage was minimal, and trails are great. That said, conditions aren't dangerous, just a bit slick and fast in some spots, so "'careful on them hills."
Jan 15Bridgewood Resort    
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
NeenahJen Smith
 
Hard packed and skied fast! Great condition on the skate trails. Met the groomer who was very talented and nice!
Jan 15Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Green BayJT Crosby
 
Beautiful blue-sky filled day, a perfect 23 degrees! Classic-skied the Preserve with many happy faces in the parking lot. Mixed conditions: Perfect in some places and when under the Pine, tough striding due to ice and pine needles.
Jan 15Bridgewood Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
First ski of season! Use good skis, base is firm, one or two spots with ice showing, easy bypass. Very fast, air temp 23 degrees. This is Greg the Groomer! It felt great!
Jan 15Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
Two RiversBen Harrison
 
Great conditions on Ridges trail. Skied all three loops red, blue, yellow. Took about two hours, awesome workout. Only saw one other skier at the end.
Jan 15Bridgewood Resort    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
7:45am, base is firm, fast. No classic tracks. Air temp 2 degrees. Get out and ski, not sure what will happen with warm weather.
Jan 14High Cliff State Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SherwoodJohn Rosebush
 
Went to High Cliff near sunset Saturday. With the recent rain, and a holiday weekend, I had low expectations of a sketchy track destroyed by footprints. I was extremely pleasantly surprised on both counts. Beautiful, near-full-depth classic tracks (mostly double tracked in the woods and single out in the "open range") with virtually no foot-traffic! Occasional ice in the trenches but still generally good grip and glide. No rocks but some roots showing through here and there due to shallow snow pack. Thanks again to hard working volunteer groomers!
Jan 14Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two RiversGrant Houghton
 
East side (Ridges) trail: Conditions are excellent. Trails faster than yesterday. Green kicker on top of yesterdays' wax worked perfectly. At the end of the ski, we followed a group of Special Olympians getting ready for their winter games next weekend. They were skiing a nice flat ski that was keeping them on trail. Very well done! To quote a US Olympic coach to me: "Train hard and race fast" (Marty Hall, April 82). Good luck.
Jan 14Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
Groomer out working hard this morning with the Tidd Tech. Plenty of grooming work to do. The lighted trail is perfect. Classic skiers who muscle thru the first half of The Oaks will be rewarded with a decent set of double tracks. PERS Loop (far reaches of the Maples) was pretty dirty with woods debris. Skiers will be treated with good, firm conditions that should only improve over the weekend with warming temps.
Jan 13Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
Firm, Fast, Fun. Skated the lighted trail in 7 degree temps under moon-lit skies. Beautiful. Classic tracks cut on Maples (no classic tracks at Trail Head). The Camp is getting set up for a terrific weekend of skiing. Enjoy it!
Jan 13High Cliff State Park    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
SherwoodLinda Guelig
Wisconsin DNR
 
Volunteer groomer was able to not only pack, but set track as well on our classic ski trail. He combed the skate ski trail. Both trail systems are in very good condition for the most part. Enjoy!
Jan 13Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeenahMike Christman
 
Great skiing right now. A few small rocks in just a few areas otherwise great trail for skating. No classic tracks set right now but plenty of area you can classic ski.
Jan 13Navarino Wildlife Area 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
All 12 miles of ski trails on the Navarino Wildlife Area are open and in great shape. Lots of snow for snowshoers, and a new designated trail for individuals that want to walk or bring the dog. This will hopefully help keep the ski trails in better shape. Classic and skate skiing lanes. Grooming was completed on Wednesday.
Jan 13Point Beach State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Two RiversGrant Houghton
 
East side (Ridges) trail: Skied this morning. Trails are set nicely, have very little debris and have had only light use so far. Straight green wax worked well with the freshly groomed trail. West side (Red Pine) trails: There is logging activity on the far west and far south portions of the ski loops. Avoid those areas. There is a shorter hilly area in the southeast portion of the trails that is being set up for skating. It's right out of the parking lot. The snow is perfect for softer skating skis. Backcounty: We skied fire lanes yesterday. The rain that we received Tuesday sunk to the ground and cemented in the subsequent snow that fell Wednesday night. The woods and dunes now have a great go anywhere snowcover.
Jan 13Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayPatrick Warpinski
 
Solid and fast deck. Excellent coverage with slight amount of debris. A little icy in areas. Downhills fast and fun. The sign needs to be changed, t's much better than "fair". Get out and enjoy.
Jan 13Bridgewood Resort    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Skate base is firm and fast. No classic tracks. Use caution on first pass for a few ice spots.
Jan 12Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeenahEvan Zaborski
 
Beautiful night for a ski Thursday evening. The full moon and sky full of stars complemented the great trails very nicely! A couple icy patches but nothing that wasn't easy to skate around. Groomer was out while we were skiing, making them even better!
Jan 12Bridgewood Resort 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NeenahPaul Hollub
 
All trails are open and looking really good. Skate deck was firm and should only get better for the weekend.
Jan 12Point Beach State Forest 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Two RiversGuy Willman
 
After the rain sleet and high winds earlier this week, we pleasantly received 5 inches of new snow last night. Ridges trail (classic ski) was groomed early this morning and is in good condition. A portion of the red pine trail (skate ski) was packed today with plans to groom on Thursday.
Jan 12Reforestation Camp 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayPatrick Warpinski
 
Fabulous late morning skate of Birches and Maples. Solid coverage on freshly groomed trails. Minimal to no debris. No icy areas. Pole plants solid throughout. Get out before tomorrow's cold spell.
Jan 12Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Skate trails combed, base soft on top, some spots ice under base, use caution first loop. No classic tracks.
Jan 11Bridgewood Resort 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeenahGreg Hollub
 
Started over, base is still soft, some ice under, caution first laps. No classic tracks. Snowing so hard, not able to see for awhile.
Jan 11Navarino Wildlife Area    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
ShioctonTim Ewing
 
Lots of new snow from the storm to groom with, all 12 miles of trails are packed and tracked. Worked on getting the trails as wide as possible for traditional and skate skiers. Lots of oak leaves on the trails due to the wind with the storm. Last bit of sleet on the top layer, so trails should be fast. Walking trail packed for other users, and the sledding hill is also packed.
Jan 11Bridgewood Resort 
Observation 
NeenahMitch Nordahl
 
Looked like an ice rink at the start of the trails and other low spots. Trails appeared very icy and unskiable after walking on/up to them. Didn't attempt to ski. Bring ice skates.
Jan 11Reforestation Camp    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Green BayBob Warpinski
 
After recent snows and despite the rain, "The Camp" is rejuvenated for both skate and classic! Skated freshly groomed Maples in 19 degrees under cloudy skies. Track is a little dirty (due to the high winds of Tuesday evening) and a little soft on the plant and the push, but you will enjoy your ski. Special note to Striders: Tracks are not set at the trailhead, but once you get to Main Street, well formed tracks await. Carpe skiem!

Door County area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Snowkraft Nordic 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Sturgeon BayJim Hinnenthal
 
Snowkraft was groomed overnight and conditions were very good to excellent on Thursday morning for skating. The base is still solid in most places with a few small patches of ice easily avoided. Thanks to Tom for grooming, the hills in the orchard were a blast today!
Jan 15Snowkraft Nordic    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Sturgeon BayPaul Anschutz
 
Very good. All trails in the woods and also in the orchard are completely covered. Pretty amazing for what Tom has to work with.
Jan 14Snowkraft Nordic 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Sturgeon BayPaul Anschutz
 
Tom again does a super job with low snow conditions. His attention to grooming is unsurpassed for many miles.
Jan 13Whitefish Dunes State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Sturgeon BayRich Dirks
 
Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not been kind to us following the recent snow, rain, snow event a few days ago. Because of the trails close proximity to the lake, the forecast snow after the rain did not materialize, leaving major sections of the trails with a sheet of ice. The worst segment is the section of the Red trail between the Nature Center and the 3rd beach access. There are areas where there is still some snow and a shallow track but they will be very icy and aren't easily accessible from the main parking lot. Trails have not been groomed, so skiing isn't advised at this time.

Other locations
Jan 19Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
LakewoodKay Lum
 
only the 7k loop on the golf course was groomed (which also goes into the woods and has several big hills) there was 100% coverage. We got there around 11:30 am and there was some corduroy (maybe from yesterday?) because it was very slightly icy on top, but then the sun came out and it softened. It was very fun and very nice! we skated, the classic tracks looked OK. It was 33 degrees when we got there, before the sun came out. After a bit, it got significantly slower in the sun and was significantly faster in the shade but it never got super slow. We saw one other person out there!
Jan 19Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Due to the warm weather, no grooming this week. We have about 8 inches on the trail but soft.
Jan 19Spring Rapids Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CrivitzKylie Sebero
 
Spring Rapids Trails are open. Recent rain and warm temperatures in the area have softened the trails.
Jan 18Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
LakewoodAndy Shobe
 
Great trail conditions today, only the golf course loop was groomed for skate and classical, skate lane was nice and firm, just a few soft spots that were in the direct sunlight. Classical tracks looked very good as well, no bare ground showing through on either trail. Groomers did a great job of maintaining this section of trail from all of the bad weather that we have had, well worth the drive from Green Bay. Looked like even some of the GB boys made it up to train some classical in the hills. Great day overall.
Jan 17Halls Creek Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FernAlfred Sauld
 
Track well formed and deep, few soft places, but overall great skiing. Used Fischer RCR waxless due to warm conditions. Classical skiing only.
Jan 17Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodLloyd Lundwall
 
Regroomed the skate lane and track on the 7K loop behind the golf course. We had one inch of snow last night and just a touch of rain.
Air temp was 33F. The remainder of the trail will not be groomed until the cold returns.
Jan 16McComb Nordic Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MountainMatt Zak
 
Very good conditions on the various loops of the McComb Ski Trails, just west of Mountain, which are groomed and tracked for classic skiing. I believe this trail was called Nicolet Nordic for a while a bunch of years ago (not to be confused with Nicolet North). The long loop around McComb Lake, and the "advanced" loop from the olden days do not appear to be in the mix anymore; but, everything else is groomed and beautiful as always.
Jan 15Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
LakewoodTom Lane
 
On the snow 11:00 am 18 degrees, off the snow 4:07 pm 27 degrees. Absolutely fantastic conditions. Great grooming full sunshine and no wind. Trail was full of skiers enjoying the great conditions.
Jan 14Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodTom Meyer
 
Very good conditions. It doesn't get much better than this. It was beautiful out there. Skate lane was mostly good. Tracks were all hard-packed and in great shape.
Jan 13Lakewood XC Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
LakewoodJohanna Axelrod
 
Excellent - trails were groomed this morning for skating and tracked for classic. Lots of snow here in Lakewood.
Jan 13Lauterman National Recreation Trail 
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
FlorenceLarry Vassar
 
Groomed on the Tuesday but we received about 5 inches on the Wednesday. Due to problems with the Eagle river grooming machine I had to take my groomer over there. They are grooming today. Looks like next week before we can groom again.
Jan 12Governor Thompson State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CrivitzMaggie Kailhofer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Skied the trails today and they are in very good condition. Lots of snow here! Nice firm classic tracks and a very smooth skate lane.
Jan 12Spring Rapids Trail 
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
CrivitzKylie Sebero
 
Trails were groomed and fresh track laid on Tuesday evening. Trails are in excellent condition.
Jan 11Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodTom Lane
 
11:00 AM 11 Degrees Lots of fresh snow. Trail groomed but no track set. Did not ski. I took my picture from the Sullivan Springs Road crossing. Skate lane looked fantastic.
Jan 11Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodTom Brown
 
Got on the trailhead at the Golf Course at 12:30. Fresh corduroy welcomed me! I was anticipating soft conditions but was surprised how well it had set up! I skied the blue trail out 13 K and back! Awesome! I'm thinking there was a ton of work put in from the grooming team to get the trails ready so quickly after yesterday's storm! How lucky was I?!
Jan 11Governor Thompson State Park 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CrivitzMatthew Leischer
Wisconsin DNR
 
Trails have been set with track today. Conditions are great for both classic and skate skiing. The trails should stay in excellent condition this next weekend.
Jan 11Lakewood XC Ski Trails    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
LakewoodLloyd Lundwall
 
Power tilled down the center of trail system today. Plan on going back out Friday to set tracks. The only tracks set today are on the golf course. We received about 7 inches of snow yesterday which packed down to 3.

Wisconsin Southwest

La Crosse area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Hixon Forest 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
La CrosseScott Cooper
Please stay off the groomed trails until we get below freezing temperatures. There are no track set and we have not groomed in a few days.
Jan 11Coulee Experimental State Forest 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
BangorSteve Beezley
 
Yesterdays rain, sleet, and snow revived the trails, three inches, now frozen. It is beautiful, and a winter wonderland. No skate skiing with existing conditions, logging activity continues, and the Ridge trail, Oak, and Pine trails are closed. However, there is excellent classic skiing and fresh, sharp tracks on the South Loop, North Loop, and West Trail. These are mid-winter conditions. I was able to groom some tracks through the corn field just inside the gate and up the hill. Recommend that skiers turn left after entering the gates at the trailhead, downhill onto South Loop for best skiing.
Jan 11Hixon Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
La CrosseTed Skemp
 
Underlying ice protruding into fresh snow on top. Kudos to the groomers for setting track. Most was very skiable. A little more snow and it will be awesome.
Jan 11Hixon Forest 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
La CrosseJack Zabrowski
 
2-3" of new snow over an icy base. New snow has bonded to the icy base, our groomer is able to churn up ice from under the new snow to create good conditions. Shallow classic tracks are set on about 25% of the trails. Bicentennial trail has some overhanging tree limbs which are weighed down by the snow. Thanks to the other groomer who was out last night and this morning catching the snow at the right time. Get out and ski now.

Tomah area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 15Black River Falls State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MillstonBill Nussdorfer
 
Skied Central, North, Red Oak and Wildcat on a perfect afternoon. The classic tracks were excellent and great snow conditions. These are truly spectacular trails.
Jan 15Black River Falls State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MillstonJason Gafner
 
Skied almost all the loops. My first time there... If you have never skied the BRSF you have to. It's beautiful and fun to ski. Conditions were great for classic. Some narrow spots for skating. Deep base, few sticks or leaves, branches had been removed.
Jan 12Black River Falls State Forest 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
MillstonBill Barthen
 
The forest was refreshing today! Skated Central, North, and South trails. Ridge was not groomed yet. Classic track not set on North. Still numerous branches on the trail, but most are avoidable. Narrow trail in spots make it impossible to stay off the classic track. Shallow (2-3") was soft, causing sinking and reducing glide. Groomer did a decent job and I appreciate they cut back a few low hanging, snow-covered branches. Waxing now and going again tomorrow; hoping cold temps solidify the base a bit.

Other locations
Jan 19Levis/Trow Mound Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
NeillsvillePaul Peterson
 
Hit the trails at 9:30 this morning and all trails were open. Surprisingly they were in pretty good shape, with the exception of some debris here and there. The tracks and slopes were fast and it made for a really good outing. Plenty of wildlife tracks to see thanks to the soft snow.
Jan 11Levis/Trow Mound Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NeillsvilleJim Mohr
 
It was heaven on earth for classical skiing Wednesday morning. Just right for this skier who likes easily managed downhills. It should be even better in the sun today.
Jan 11Levis/Trow Mound Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
NeillsvillePaul Peterson
 
A bunch of new snow and freshly groomed trails, what more could you ask for. Everything was perfect today on all trails.
Jan 11Levis/Trow Mound Trail    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
NeillsvilleMark Sproul
 
Wow! 8+ inches of new snow. Excellent conditions at Levis for classic, full depth track with no debris in track. Skate lane was beautiful and firmed up nicely. Recovering from a 3 level spinal fusion so still a bit nervous out there but getting stronger and braver. Did the base loop plus jack rabbit, great conditions to challenge myself a little more. Thanks Steve for the wonderful grooming and your time. The singletrack bike trail was also freshly groomed with no bike tracks on it. Hoping to get enough back recovery to get the Moonlander out this winter.

Wisconsin Southeast

Sheboygan area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Greenbush Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
GreenbushMegan Sina
 
All of the trails in the Greenbush trail system are currently closed until further notice.
Jan 18Zillmer Ski Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
CampbellsportMegan Sina
 
The trails are currently closed for all use on the Zillmer trails until colder weather and we can get back to skiing conditions.
Jan 17Greenbush Ski Trails 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
GreenbushYelonda Rivers
 
Trails were closed this morning when I arrived. Looks like a nice place to ski but a long 61 mile drive back.
Jan 17Greenbush Ski Trails 
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
GreenbushSteve Scharrer
 
With the rain and warm temperatures since Monday afternoon, the Greenbush Trails have been closed to preserve the base. The entire Group Parking Lot has become an ice skating rink. Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive from downtown Greenbush to the trails is salted, but still very icy. Be careful if driving out that way.
Jan 16Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushDan Dudley
 
Good to excellent compared to around here. Arrived at 7am before the freezing rain moved in. Being my first time here, the 1.5 hr drive was well worth it. Skated 3 purple loops and one red(about 24k)-solid base with about an inch of snow on top-enough for good control. Very few icy spots and some debris here and there.
Jan 15Zillmer Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CampbellsportTerri Fleming
 
Snow is good, albeit icy (of course), with very little debris. However, the red and green trails - and a bit of the yellow that I saw - are marred by a lot of bootprints. It seems the trails haven't been groomed for a while. Hikers have come through and tore up the trail. No classic tracks to speak of, they either have been blown out by use or never added.
Jan 15Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushMichelle Eul
 
Classic skied the purple and green loops. Although the snow is not deep, the tracks are in good to great condition. Very enjoyable.
Jan 14Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
GreenbushTom Benson
 
Late afternoon ski of the purple loop, classic track. Very nice skiing, with a small amount of debris and tracks a little worn at the corners as is typical. There was an icy patch or two including one on a downhill curve near the 1.5 mile marker, where I was using the skate deck. A few small patches of dirt in the snow on the west side track, but nothing bothersome for no-wax, casual skis. Enjoy the skiing!
Jan 14Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushRick Flayter
 
Great conditions! An occasional stick here and there. Was able to use race skis without fear of ruining base. Skied all trails and there was full coverage and a decent base.
Jan 14Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushPeter Scheibel
 
The black loop is groomed old school. Old school is when the first skier lays down the track and everyone follows after them. Still one of the best classic loops around.
Jan 14Greenbush Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushMike Joranger
 
Fun fast conditions for classic. Skied the purple loop and found great tracks, especially considering what the groomers had to work with. Found that my trusty no wax skis worked best. Just enough debris to gum up a kick zone. If you see the groomers out and about, please tell them how much we appreciate their work. Arrive early. Got there at 9:30 and the lot was filling fast. By 11:30 the line at the rangers station was all the way back to Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.
Jan 13Sheboygan Jaycee Trails 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
SheboyganSteve Scharrer
 
The Jaycee Trails on the Northside of the Maywood Bridge, #8 and #9 loops were groomed tonight. Thin snow over an ice base along the Pigeon River, but full coverage. A classic track was set where there was enough snow. There are two very icy spots, one next to the bridge and a second one along the river approx. 50-60 yards east of the bridge at the bottom right side of a short downhill. Park in the Maywood Lot. Grooming will be attempted on the Southside of the Maywood Bridge early Saturday morning (Loops #4 and 5). Most of Evergreen Park Loop #3 is covered either with ice, ice and a little snow and sections of good snow cover. Because the worst snow coverage is on a couple of downhills, we have decided not to groom the park until there is enough snow cover.
Jan 12Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
GreenbushMichael McFadzen
 
Great conditions considering the rain, snow and sleet accumulations of the past few days. Jeff worked his magic again.
I used good skis and didn't hit anything. Track is fairly deep and a tad icy, good skating deck. Loved it.
Jan 12Greenbush Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
GreenbushJohn Dobyns
 
Fresh cord.....with a dusting of new snow. Perfect conditions. Tracks set for classic, looked decent. Very little debris, and no ice. Thank you groomer for a wonderful morning out of skiing!

Madison area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Lodi Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
LodiDale Fanney
 
We were able to groom for skating and classical for Wednesday and Thursday ski team practices. Classical was great with Waxless skis. Both days had great practice conditions, but now raining. Will close trails until we get 2 inches of snow!
Jan 18Blue Mound State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
Blue MoundsWilli Van Haren
 
Still snow and ice covering the mound. It's adventure skiing with hardpack and ice, but skiable if you pick your spots. Lots of sticks down due to icing in trees.
Jan 14Blackhawk Ski Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
MiddletonDave Minden
 
The only game in town. I was able to ski both up the Erdman. The trails atop the big hill were very icy, and the top of the big hill was too - one face plant and one sore hip resulting! But, again, the only game in town!
Jan 14Elver Park 
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
MadisonWill DeBoer
 
About the same as yesterday. Some icy spots, especially by the south end of the hockey rink and by the start, at the warming building. Much better for skating than traditional.
Jan 14Lodi Area Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
LodiPaula Tonn
 
Skied 5 laps on the lower loops this morning in an hour. Trails were groomed and tracks set for High School practice last Thursday. Conditions are a little beat up and icy in spots, but overall a good training day. So nice to be on snow!
Jan 13Elver Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
MadisonRobert Abendroth
 
Much better than yesterday. The full loop has not been set, a little shorter with it going below the sledding hill. You can still get to that loop but it's not groomed and has not been filled in with snow. A little crusty around the shelter but along the ice rinks and below the sledding hill is quite good. Still making snow so it's only going to get better.
Jan 12Elver Park 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
MadisonWill DeBoer
 
The rain did a number on the trails. Snowmaking is occurring today, right in the middle of the 1 KM man-made loop. This effectively splits the course in two. East half: from warming shelter around the skating rink to the picnic gazebo where snow is being made is nearly unskiable for skating and the classic tracks are mostly gone. It's not only icy, but it froze after people skied while it was wet/sloppy and all the old skating tracks froze in place. Ski at your own risk. West part: past the snowmaking equipment is about a.25 mile remnant of the 1KM man-made loop. It has benefitted from the snowmaking and the hill isn't bad either. You can basically just do hill repeats over there. As mentioned, snow is actively being made. Conditions may improve as early as the 13th.
Jan 11Blackhawk Ski Club Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
MiddletonMike Schoonveld
 
Nice fast icy snow on hills 1, 2, and 6 as well as Siberian Trail made for a good workout tonight. Pines, creek, and Erdman trails were not groomed and hard icy conditions. Join the Club and get some skiing in the Madison area. Seems to be the only game in town.

Milwaukee area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 19Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
DelafieldEd Edinger
 
Snowmaking loop was good, but quite soft from the rain and warmth. Felt like skiing in sugar, but had a good ski. The race on Saturday will be tough with warmer temps coming in but coverage is good.
Jan 19Lapham Peak 
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
DelafieldDonald Howell
 
Hotline reported good ski conditions on the man-made 1.1 k loop. At 11am did 16 loops and it was good. By noon it started to get mushy midway on the south climb and slower but still enjoyable.
Jan 18Lapham Peak 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
DelafieldBrett Johanen
 
The entire man-made loop is skiable... there is only one area of concern on the east side but you can ski out onto the Nordic Playground area to get around it... skate skiers just follow along side the classic track as it meanders through it. The skate lane is in great condition considering the warm temps and rain but expect soft/slow snow. Classic tracks were set and are at full depth but soft sides with icy bases so only in good condition all things considered. Trail lights are on until 9pm every night expect Sundays. The Wednesday night ski series will be held tonight and things are looking good for the annual Lapham Loppet on Saturday, an annual fundraiser for the Friends of Lapham Peak.
Jan 13Lapham Peak 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
DelafieldJohn McCarthy
 
Skiing on the man made snow loop was great. Snowmaking in progress to reinforce some areas, which impacts those trail segments, but otherwise, very good for skate and classic. Don't miss out on this weekend's fantastic conditions.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Wolverine Ski Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
The skate lanes were groomed yesterday and tracks are still in great shape. Excellent conditions this morning. Light rain off and on this afternoon. Wear a waterproof top and you will be toasty warm.
Jan 20ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
IronwoodKevin Stalheim
I skied abr yesterday morning and then again this morning and it was really good. Very firm skate deck but of course no ice with the temperature hitting 40 degrees. Off and on mist but mostly dry this morning so it was very pleasant. Used my classic o's and kicked up just about everything. Glide was good but probably would have been better if I didn't have nf blue on... Making skiing this good with these conditions is another example of the incredible care and grooming by eric and his crew.
Jan 19ABR 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We have been skiing on all 73 km of trails this week and expect to through the weekend. The temps get warm during the day but as long as our glacier snow pack on the trails keeps the base cool at night we are OK to re-groom in the early morninh ...timing is everything.
We have both Pisten Bullies ready to head out in the morning!
Jan 16ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
IronwoodKen Spiegelberg
 
Skated this morning on trails that were expertly groomed. Could not decide which was faster, the skate deck or the tracks, both were great.
Jan 15ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodPatrick Bryan
 
Excellent conditions. Firm skate deck. Well-set classic tracks: firm sided. Trails were fast. Temps were in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Couldn't be better. Thanks ABR!
Jan 15Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodJohn Leaf
 
Amazing conditions out at Wolverine today. Hit all the trails, all in great shape. Thanks for a great ski.
Jan 15ABR 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodJohn Leaf
 
Classic skiing today, skated yesterday. Trails are in phenomenal shape. Between the four people in my party, most of the trails were skied. Thanks ABR for a great weekend.
Jan 13Wolverine Ski Trail    
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodDeborah Leonard
Wolverine Nordic Ski Club
 
All trails PistenBully groomed, tracks set and skate lane has nice corduroy. The volunteer groomers will be out this long weekend. See you at the Yooperbeiner Snowshoe event Saturday. A good weekend to be out and enjoy the sunshine and ideal conditions.
Jan 13Wolverine Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
IronwoodPatrick Bryan
 
Skated Wolverine Loop: semi-firm, deep, fresh snow, fresh corduroy, good glide , 6 degrees. Excellent grooming. Classic tracks looked pristine.

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 18Valley Spur    
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
The warmer temps the past couple days have not had any negative impact on our trails. Well below freezing temps at night will keep them in great shape through this continuing warm spell. Had reports of hard wax conditions throughout the system this morning. Our base is deep and solid so grab those skis and get out there!
Jan 16Noquemanon Trail 
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MarquetteJohn Sonderegger
 
Skiing yesterday and Saturday were both "race ready". I got out skate skiing Saturday and classic Sunday. Rock solid skate lanes and pole plants and clean Bombi set classic tracks. This morning the groomers are cleaning up the skate lanes on all trails to 17k.
Jan 14Big Bay Pathway    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Big BaySven Gonstead
 
Good news: we were able to get Ridgeline open up today. Many thanks to our friends Terry Reynolds and Nick Cartier for putting the shovels to work and getting open. We now have tracks set on the Ridgeline Trail, one of the best classic skiing views in the Midwest.
Jan 14Noquemanon Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MarquetteJohn Sonderegger
 
Bombi grooming on all trails from the Forestville Trail Head to County Road 510. We are getting the trail ready for the Noque' Marathon in two weeks. The trail is in race ready condition. The lower section has a better base than I have seen in at least 10 years. Enjoy.
Jan 13Noquemanon Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MarquetteJohn Sonderegger
 
12"+ new snow over the past week are now fully groomed and race ready inside 17k. You should ski this weekend.
Jan 12Maple Lane Ski Center 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
SkandiaRon Stenfors
 
Trails were packed and tracked Thursday after a foot of snow. All of our trails are tracked and in excellent condition. Our Lions Club will be hosting a fundraiser for Lions Fight Hunger week Saturday. Rentals will be available at reduced rates.
Jan 12Big Bay Pathway 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Big BaySven Gonstead
 
All trails were groomed today except Ridgeline. Conditions are excellent with the recent snow. The classic tracks may get a little wind blown tonight, but we have a nice base.
Jan 12Valley Spur 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MunisingDan Rabine
 
We received a foot or more of fresh snow this week so great conditions for both skate and classic at Valley Spur. The weather looks awesome for the weekend so come join us for great skiing, a warm lodge and quality time with friends and family!
Jan 11Noquemanon Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MarquetteJohn Sonderegger
 
Six inches of new snow yesterday have been Bombi groomed with race ready classic tracks on all trails inside 17k. In addition, groomers packed the Noque' race trail all the way to the Superior Dome in preparation for the marathon at month's end. This lower section has great snow cover this year. We will get classic tracks on that area as soon as time permits but it is great for skate skiing today all the way to the Dome.

Houghton area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 20Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetLarry Zurawski
The last 3 days have had morning temps in the mid-20s and afternoon highs in the mid-upper 30s. Still a firm 2-foot base. Fresh corduroy makes for good edging. A little debris in the piny areas, but easily avoided. No ice or wet areas, and nothing even remotely resembling a thin spot. Radar shows that the r-word is trying to make its way north, but nothing bad has fallen from the sky as of Friday afternoon. Tracks looked nice. Overall very good with some sections excellent.
Jan 19Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetLiz Siivola
 
Ski skated 25K on Swedetown Trails this morning in bright sunshine and perfectly groomed trails. Everything was tilled this morning. While I skated, the classic track looked to be excellent as well.
Jan 18Swedetown Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetCynthia MacDonald
Great Bear Chase
 
Classic tracks were very good today, very fast skiing as the day got above freezing in the afternoon. Excellent glide but some debris on the trails in certain spots. Cold night temps are allowing morning grooming and the snow is holding up just fine, nice and clean.
Jan 14Swedetown Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
CalumetDean Woodbeck
 
Excellent conditions at Swedetown. Probably a three-foot base and firm skate and classic tracks. The woods are beautiful with snowy trees and shimmering snow!
Jan 13Michigan Tech University Ski Trails 
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
HoughtonDean Woodbeck
 
Cold but pretty evening at Michigan Tech. Classic tracks were very hard and fast. Lots of snow and plenty of base.

Other locations
Jan 16Watersmeet Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
WatersmeetJerry Paul
 
Fantastic conditions, as usual. Groomed to perfection for us striders. Plenty of snowcover. Many of the trails are single track and virtually all in the trees - no golf course skiing here.
Jan 14Watersmeet Ski Trails    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WatersmeetDan Hinch
 
Bob had just groomed the whole system earlier this morning so the track and groomed areas were in primo condition. Deep tracks set and downhills were just soft enough to use a little bit of snowplowing. Hope we can dodge any hot spell next weekend!
Jan 13Land O' Lakes Trail    
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
Everything is groomed and tracked. Nice deep well formed tracks. Conditions are excellent and it is beautiful in the woods.
Jan 12Land O' Lakes Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
WatersmeetBob Turnquist
 
East Side is tracked. Deep well formed tracks. West side is dragged smooth and flat and will be tracked Friday morning after hopefully firming up tonight. Good skiing but no tracks. After the 10+ inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday conditions should be great for some time.
Jan 12Ge-Che Trail 
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Iron RiverKevin Johnson
 
Trails are freshly groomed. Around 10 + inches of snow has fallen over the past two days. Portions of Loggers Loop are still shut down to accommodate logging. Next grooming will perhaps be this coming Saturday in portions of heavy drifting. Get out there and enjoy!

Iowa

Other locations
Jan 14Pilot Knob State Park    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Forest CityJeff Hovinga
 
The skating portion of the road was rejuvenated this morning and conditions were super! I recommend using B-skis because of the occasional stick buried in the snow thanks to the Christmas day wind storm. The classic tracks were not new because of the hard pack conditions but looked to be fairly decent overall.

Canada

Thunder Bay area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 16Kamview Nordic Centre    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Thunder BayDan Horihan
 
Beautiful weather and typical mid season conditions on all trails. All trails are either groomed or being groomed. Solid classic tracks and fast skate lanes.

Other locations
Jan 17Silver Star Mountain    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Silver StarChip Treen
 
Lovely skiing at Silver Star and Sovereign Lakes in British Columbia. Snow covered trees and wonderful grooming are making for an outstanding week of skiing with the North Star Ski Club. Over 2 feet of snow in the woods and and more than a foot base are making great conditions for both classic and skating. Temps in the 20s make it very pleasant here.

North Dakota

Fargo area [ forecast/conditions ]
Jan 15Edgewood Golf Course Ski Trail 
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
FargoGreg Haugen
 
Skied the skate trail Sunday. It appears that both classic and skate were groomed sometime before our windy Friday. The skate trail had plenty of areas of mild drifting and some portions were obscured. The route of the trail was different from prior years in that, when skiing clockwise, it snaked under the bottom of the tubing hill (roughly southwest) rather than northwesterly, and this had the result that we actually were fully in-range of kids on sleds! The trail was not recognizable as a separate trail at that point because of the compaction from sledding. That was hardly the worst part though. Once again, the horse-drawn sleigh rides absolutely destroyed large sections of the skate trail. Why can this trail-use conflict not be solved!? This happens every single year. I am thankful that Edgewood is available for F/M area skiers, and appreciate Parks staff efforts to groom, but this is ridiculous.
Jan 13Lindenwood Park Ski Trails 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
FargoGary Brekke
 
Trails refreshed this morning after drifting in exposed areas with Thursday's strong winds. Firm deep classical tracks. Skating lane packed firm with good edging.
Jan 11Lindenwood Park Ski Trails 
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
FargoGary Brekke
 
Trails re-groomed at noon today after four inches of dry, fine, cold snow the past couple of days. Three k of skating lane is firm and over a four inch base on top of an inch of ice. Five K of classical track is deep and well formed.

United States

Jan 16Teacup Nordic    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Portland, ORKenneth Salzberg
WAMXC
 
Absolutely wonderful. Blue skies, warming from the mid-20s to the low 30s during the day. Quite a number of skiers out - including many from the Upper Midwest, who recognized the Finn Sisu logo on my jacket. And the drive up and back wasn't crowded nor treacherous.
Jan 12Snow Mountain Ranch    
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Granby, COStephen Lee
 
After almost 2 feet of snow in the Colorado high country, our groomer Shawn has turned Snow Mt. into Skier Nirvana. Most trails are groomed for classic and skate, and more should be ready for the Martin Luther King weekend. Come join us for skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking! Weather is supposed to be mild with little or no wind. More snow in the forecast.
Jan 11Portland City Streets 
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
Portland, ORKenneth Salzberg
WAMXC
 
Awesome day. Lots of folks out skiing in the streets, and in the parks. I couldn't make the Stumptown Birkie this time, but I hear it went off. The grooming leaves a bit to be desired, however. I used a pair of old Fishers with grip tape on the kick zone. I hadn't touched them for quite a few years - no idea which grip tape, nor what, if any, glide wax. Grip and glide quite OK, except in the parks, where the grip was way too strong.


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