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Reports: 15   Report Age Region
Minnesota Metro Area

Twin Cities area [ forecast/conditions ]
Oct 31Elm Creek Park Reserve   Maple GroveRussell Nixon
Conditions: Snow?! Freshly made snow.
I was out for an early morning jog and heard a quite a bit of noise. After investigation, I found the snowmaking guns. First snow?
Oct 23Browns Creek Trail  StillwaterChas Joy
 
Conditions: Smooth asphalt.
The new trail is paved from downtown Stillwater out to the Gateway. A slight uphill grade all the way makes for a perfect roll and it's as smooth as can be! Super sharp ferrules is a must. Crowds are not bad and there's a lot of happy faces out there. 12 mile round trip.
Oct 14Hyland Lake Park Reserve   BloomingtonBruce Adelsman
 
Fall colors nearly at their peak at Hyland -- great time for rollerskiing (or trail running)!
Oct 9Elm Creek Park Reserve   Maple GroveMark Lahtinen
 
Three Rivers has done some work at Elm Creek on the Northern Lights Trail. Widening the trail and filling in low spots and adding a couple of culverts. We might have to be a little more careful skiing early or if there is low snow however as there is now some gravel in spots where there didn't used to be.

Minnesota Northeast

Duluth area [ forecast/conditions ]
Oct 3Spirit Mountain  DuluthEve Graves
 
Conditions: Mowed yet mushy.
We saw the mower the other day and since it was snowing, we decided to check out the trails today on foot. We did a short part of each trail and found them really mushy with hidden holes! We picked up a bunch of trees that had fallen and Andre was out there working on the trail.

Wisconsin Northwest

Other locations
Oct 31Trollhaugen downhill area   DresserJames Kelley
There were making snow this morning at Trollhaugen. It's almost here!
Oct 30Trollhaugen downhill area  DresserBruce Adelsman
Trollhaugen is reporting they will fire up their snowguns tonight and Friday night! Stay tuned for possible early morning XC hours, depending on their progress.

Wisconsin Northeast

Rhinelander/Eagle River area [ forecast/conditions ]
Oct 31Bass Lake   Lake TomahawkGreg Dahl
Conditions: Very early season, no wax rock skis.
We got three inches of snow last night so I headed to trails behind Bass Lake to see if they were skiable. They were! Actually the glide was pretty good. The temp was 28 degrees and the high for today is only 34 degrees. The snow was not sticky but the ground is still pretty warm. Skiing in October- Priceless!

Other locations
Oct 19Lakewood XC Ski Trails   LakewoodTom Lane
 
Conditions: Time for fall trail cleanup.
Nice fall day. Most of the leaves are now on the trail as well as many trees. Several club members and volunteers do trail cleanup.

Michigan Upper Peninsula

Ironwood area [ forecast/conditions ]
Oct 3ABR  IronwoodEric Anderson
ABR Trails
 
We are receiving our first snowfall of the season tonight. The trail mowing was completeds yesterday on the SISU Ski Fest Trail so 78 km of trail have been mowed and are prepped and ready for winter. Bring it on!

Marquette area [ forecast/conditions ]
Oct 31Al Quaal Recreation Area   IshpemingSten Fjeldheim
Here are pics of the NMU team fired up and happy to be on snow! This is the third year in a row we have enjoyed a Halloween on snow ski! Think Snow!

Other locations
Oct 31Herman - Summit area   LAnseKen Wikgren
Conditions: 27-30F. 4" of fresh snow overnight. Lake effect snow showers all day accumulating just enough to maintain a solid 1" base.
I mainly double poled the Herman-Summit loop for a couple of hours, and then skated for an hour on some logging roads.

Michigan Lower Peninsula

Other locations
Oct 24Traverse City Nordic Fest   Traverse CityCurt Peterson
 
Conditions: Warm day on man-made snow in preparation for Nordic Fest on Oct. 25th.
Griffin Schwab is the first skier to be on snow certainly in the Midwest and maybe lower 48.

United States
Oct 27Rendezvous Ski Trails   West Yellowstone, MTMoira Dow
Yellowstone Ski Festival
 
First tracks on Oct 27th? Sweet!
Oct 27Rendezvous Ski Trails  West Yellowstone, MTCraig Hertz
 
Conditions: Surprisingly good glide for early season rock skiing.
As far as I can tell, got the first tracks of the year on the Rendezvous Trails! Fish scales were gliding well on 90% of the trail. The higher you go, the better the snow! Probably even better skiing to be had on the Plateau...will have to scope it out tomorrow.


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