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Trail Report

Trails are open. Hard freeze last night froze down the trails after warm wet weather yesterday. Warmed up again today and skiing was good, all things considered, after rain yesterday.  The recent warm weather and rain melted down a lot of snow and the exposed areas are thin with some bare spots.Despite the rough conditions, there is still some skiing to be had, some trails good. Overall,  conditions rated poor to good. Best trails to ski include Sukkerbusk, Skaters Waltz and North Loup. Check board for latest report. We groomed select trails today and will groom again Wednesday afternoon . When it cools down and freezes, the trails will be very hardback/icy/crusty and most likely tough skiing unless new snow. Chance of snow on Wednesday. Just an inch or two will improve the conditions big time.

Twin Lakes singletrack is closed for now to fat bikes. Will plan on opening again Thursday morning. Latest report. 

Setting new track on Sukkebusk, late afternoon February 21st, 2017.
Setting new track on Sukkebusk, late afternoon February 21st, 2017.
Evening groom on Skaters. February 21st, 2017.
Evening groom on Skaters. February 21st, 2017.

February 21st Trail Report Photos

Grooming skaters waltz Tuesday mid morning

Grooming skaters waltz Tuesday mid morning

Tuesday skiers

Tuesday skiers

 

 

 

Sukkerbusk, February 21st, 2017. Good coverage on most of the trail. Spring skiing when softens up.

Sukkerbusk, February 21st, 2017. Good coverage on most of the trail. Spring skiing when softens up.

Twin Lakes downhill. Icy in morning, thin cover at bottom, one small bare spot. Best to walk down until softens or new snow.

Twin Lakes downhill. Icy in morning, thin cover at bottom, one small bare spot. Best to walk down until softens or new snow.

Sunrise in between Twin Lakes. Coverage between hanging on. Not indicative of entire trail system.

Sunrise in between Twin Lakes. Coverage between hanging on. Not indicative of entire trail system.

Marsh area on return to twin lakes at sunrise.

Marsh area on return to twin lakes at sunrise.

Fat Bike Trail Report

After wet weather on Monday, froze down and the surface was velcro like on the Twin Lakes singletrack. However, warming up with soft conditions on Tuesday. Looks like one more day of warm before cooling down again. We will have the trail open on Thursday. A check of the trail early Tuesday morning found the coverage good on 75% of the loop. Other 25% has icy sections, some bare spots and rough areas. Use caution riding!!

The Twin Lakes singletrack loop is a challenging technical winter fat biking course. The loop is around 5 miles. There are also nearby forest roads that provide additional fat biking opportunities. Thanks to Ben Olson who has taken on the role of machine grooming Twin Lakes singletrack this year.

There is a trail feel to access the fat bike loop.  The fee is same as summer pass. 

Will have fat bikes available for rent. There is no fat biking allowed on the ski trails.

Checking out Twin Lakes singletrack. Overall coverage is good and should be able to  open again on Thursday.
Checking out Twin Lakes singletrack sunrise, February 21st, 2017.. Overall coverage is good and should be able to open again on Thursday.
Steve Wenzel sneaking in a ride early Sunday morning while the track was still frozen down. February 19th, 2017.
Steve Wenzel sneaking in a ride early Sunday morning while the track was still frozen down. February 19th, 2017.

February 18th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack Saturday morning, February 18th, 2017. Hard freeze last night hardened the surface and made for super riding.

Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack Saturday morning, February 18th, 2017. Hard freeze last night hardened the surface and made for super riding.

 

 

 

Great riding Friday morning thanks to hard freeze the night before. February 17th, 2017.
Great riding Friday morning thanks to hard freeze the night before. February 17th, 2017.
Fat biking on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2017. With a firm deck and cold temps, we will have Skaters Waltz skate ski trail open for fat biking Wednesday of this week and also Thursday morning until noon for fat bikes.
Fat biking on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2017. With a firm deck and cold temps, we will have Skaters Waltz skate ski trail open for fat biking Wednesday of this week and also Thursday morning until noon for fat bikes.
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Mint conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 15th, 2017.
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Twin Lakes singletrack, February 15th, 2017.
Fantastic conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack for fat biking. February 14th, 2017.
Fantastic conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack for fat biking. February 14th, 2017.
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Finishing up a ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack. February 12th, 2017.
Fat biking on twin lakes singletrack, February 12th, 2017. Great conditions. Best to ride in the morning when firm. Please ride in the morning during warmer temps to preserve the trail conditions.
Fat biking on twin lakes singletrack, February 12th, 2017. Great conditions. Best to ride in the morning when firm. Please ride in the morning during warmer temps to preserve the trail conditions as the riders above.

February 10th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Ride packing on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 9th, 2017.

Ride packing on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 9th, 2017.

Eagle view downhill. Groomed the night before. February 10th, 2017

Eagle view downhill. Groomed the night before. February 10th, 2017

Fresh grooming!

Fresh grooming!

Last downhill on Twin Lakes singletrack

Last downhill on Twin Lakes singletrack

Deer enjoying the firm base on Twin Lakes singletrack. Dusting of new snow on top of firm base. February 8th, 2017.

 

Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack

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Course groomed late Sunday afternoon. Thanks Ben for grooming!

 

Steve Wenzel on course, February 4th, 2017. Peder Arneson photo.
Steve Wenzel on course, February 4th, 2017. Peder Arneson photo.

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February 3rd, 2017.

 

Packing in the new snow on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 31st, 2017.
Packing in the new snow on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 31st, 2017.
New snow slowing riding down compared to the weekend but conditions are very nice. January 31st, 2017.
New snow slowing riding down compared to the weekend but conditions are very nice. January 31st, 2017.
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Hudson’s Hula, January 31st, 2017.

January 30th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Testing out the rental fat bikes. We have a handful of bikes for rent/use.

Testing out the rental fat bikes. We have a handful of bikes for rent/use.

Twin Lakes singletrack. Great conditions since freezing down.

Twin Lakes singletrack. Great conditions since freezing down.

 

Twin Lakes singletrack open again for fat biking. Great surface, fun riding. January 25th, 2017.

Mid morning ride on the Twin lakes singletrack. January 18th, 2017.
Mid morning ride on the Twin lakes singletrack. January 18th, 2017.

January 16th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Good fat bike riding over the MLK weekend. January 16th, 2017.

Good fat bike riding over the MLK weekend. January 16th, 2017.

Drifted area that was shoveled out last week.

Drifted area that was shoveled out last week.

 

January 12th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Shoveling out a tight corner on Twin Lakes singletrack. Widening and leveling. Groomed in the evening.

Shoveling out a tight corner on Twin Lakes singletrack. Widening and leveling. Groomed in the evening.

More corner and berm work. Snow depth building in the woods!

More corner and berm work. Snow depth building in the woods!

Night riding in the new snow from the week.

Night riding in the new snow from the week.

Ben grooming after riding. Should set up nice and be great riding on the weekend. Wind on Thursday will most likely drift in a few areas we will try to shovel out on Friday.

Ben grooming after riding. Should set up nice and be great riding on the weekend. Wind on Thursday will most likely drift in a few areas we will try to shovel out on Friday.

January 10th Fat Bike Trail Photos

Shoveling out a drifted section on the fat bike loop

Shoveling out a drifted section on the fat bike loop

 

Moonlight ride later! Incredible light with so much snow cover in woods

Moonlight ride later! Incredible light with so much snow cover in woods

Flash enhanced to highlight trail

Flash enhanced to highlight trail

January 8th Fat Bike Trail Photos

Steve Wenzel riding the Hudson's Hula segment as part of the Twin Lakes groomed fat bike loop. January 8th, 2017. Photo:Peder Arneson

Steve Wenzel riding the Hudson's Hula segment as part of the Twin Lakes groomed fat bike loop. January 8th, 2017. Photo:Peder Arneson

Snow getting deep but the track is mostly firm and riding well. January 8th, 2017

Snow getting deep but the track is mostly firm and riding well. January 8th, 2017

Great riding on the fat bike trail after setting up from grooming and a few riders riding it in. January 5th, 2016.
Great riding on the fat bike trail after setting up from grooming and a few riders riding it in. January 5th, 2016.
Fat bike loop in great shape after Ben's grooming the night before
Fat bike loop in great shape after Ben’s grooming the night before
Tight and narrow makes for challenging conditions in spots but great winter riding for Fat Bikes
Tight and narrow makes for challenging conditions in spots but great winter riding for Fat Bikes
Late night fat bike trail grooming, January 3rd, 2016. Thanks again Ben Olson!
Late night fat bike trail grooming, January 3rd, 2016. Thanks again Ben Olson!

January 1st Fat Bike Photos

Sunday morning fat bikers!

Sunday morning fat bikers!

 

Best riding conditions of the year on Sunday

Best riding conditions of the year on Sunday

 

 

 

 

Great riding! December 29th, 2016.
Great riding! December 29th, 2016.
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail, December 28th, 2016.  Thanks Ben!

December 25th Fat Bike Trail Photos

Fat biking in the powder in between the trail, Christmas day 2016!

Fat biking in the powder in between the trail, Christmas day 2016!

 

Snowy singletrack shredding!

Snowy singletrack shredding!

Christmas Eve ride

Christmas Eve ride

December 20th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack

Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack

Segment of short track loop near the lodge/lake.

Segment of short track loop near the lodge/lake.

December 17th Fat Bike Trail Report Photos

Grooming Fat Bike Short Track loop, December 17th, 2016

Grooming Fat Bike Short Track loop, December 17th, 2016

 

Hand tuning a corner on short track loop

Hand tuning a corner on short track loop

Conditions improving on the Twin Lakes singletrack as the track is firming up. Still a challenging ride! December 14th, 2016.
Conditions improving on the Twin Lakes singletrack as the track is firming up. Still a challenging ride! December 14th, 2016.

December 11th Fat Bike Trail Photos

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Packed today

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Packed today

Ben Olson packing Twin Lakes singletrack. Thanks Ben

Ben Olson packing Twin Lakes singletrack. Thanks Ben

 

Lakeside.

Lakeside.

Trail should set up and with a little fine tuning be nice riding in a few days

Trail should set up and with a little fine tuning be nice riding in a few days

Packing the Fat Bike short track loop. December 9th, 2016. We hope to have the entire loop packed and groomed by next week.
Packing the Fat Bike short track loop. December 9th, 2016. We hope to have the entire loop packed and groomed by next week.

 

Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 5th, 2016.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 5th, 2016.

December 2nd Fat Bike Report Photos

Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2016.

Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2016.

Rock garden, Twin Lakes singletrack. December 2nd, 2016.

Rock garden, Twin Lakes singletrack. December 2nd, 2016.

New "Swix" fat bikes added to the fat bike rental fleet this year.
New “Swix” fat bikes added to the fat bike rental fleet this year.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 21st, 2016.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 21st, 2016.

 

Trail Report

Trails are open however conditions have deteriorated with warmer temps overnight and just over a half inch of rain.  A few exposed areas now wearing thin and always use caution on the hills etc. Folks were out skiing today and we will have the trails open for Tuesday. We don’t close the trails if skiable conditions considering folks have come from  Canada and other states. Ski at own risk.

Great day of Nordic play over the weekend. Textbook spring conditions. Firm and fast in the morning, than softening up as the day passed. Great seeing all the folks on the trails this weekend. Good reports from the skiers. Thanks for the reports!

Big time warm up on Friday but the snow and tracks held out well. There was some melting but folks were skiing all day right up until dusk. We held off on grooming until this evening to let the snow cool a few degrees and when it started glazing over. Air temp is above 32 but the tracks and deck are glazing over, thanks to cold base underneath, clear skies and dry air. Groomed Friday evening included Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Mother North Star, Twin Lakes and Skaters Waltz.

Grooming when we did yesterday made a difference in keep the tracks and base firm today. Looks to be a bit cooler Saturday.  The time of transition or “sweet spot” should be longer tomorrow. Bottom line, there is snow to ski and pick the time of day for desired glide and kick. Fast and slippery in am, ideal from 930am to 1pm than getting soft and slow in the afternoon.

A nice day of spring skiing on Thursday. Was slow to warm up but quickly shot up to 40 by 2pm. The warmer temps softened the snow and slowed down the skiing. Glazing over again at dusk. Reports from folks skiing today were very good. At dusk we cut new track on about 20km of trail than groomed the skate trails in the evening so the trails could set up hard overnight. Even though the temp is being reported above freezing, there is no melting.  The trails are glazing over thanks to the cold base underneath. We will be grooming again Friday evening.

We have a good base of snow on the trails and woods ranging from 6-18″. New snowfall since February 1st is 3″. Snowfall since January 1st around 23″. Total snowfall on the season now at 57″.

Reports from skiers this past week have good to excellent.

All the inner trails and Twin Lakes double tracked. Roy’s Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy, Bootleg extension and segments of Lucky’s Loype single tracked. Skaters Waltz, the extension of Skaters, North Loup and Suicide Hill groomed for skating. (15km) There is also a track on the side of the skate lane on North Loup.

Day pass for day use is $15.

We have been grooming the Twin Lakes singletrack for Fat Biking. Thanks Ben Olson for taking on this role and volunteering his time! The fat bike trail is closed Monday-Wednesday until cooler weather returns.  Latest trail report.

Skaters Waltz, February 20th, 2017.
Skaters Waltz, February 20th, 2017.
Sap Run mid day, February 20th, 2017.
Sap Run mid day, February 20th, 2017.
Skiers heading out on Sukkerbusk, February 20th, 2017.
Skiers heading out on Sukkerbusk, February 20th, 2017.
Late afternoon striding on Mother North Star, February 19th, 2017.
Late afternoon striding on Mother North Star, February 19th, 2017.
Skaters Waltz, late afternoon. Still good coverage, few thin areas on exposed sections. February 19th, 2017.
Skaters Waltz, late afternoon. Still good coverage, few thin areas on exposed sections. February 19th, 2017.
Sap Run late afternoon. February 19th, 2017.
Sap Run late afternoon. February 19th, 2017.

February 18th Trail Report Photos

Afternoon skiing. February 18th, 2017.

Afternoon skiing. February 18th, 2017.

 

Torin Gustafson enjoying the spring skiing conditions.

Torin Gustafson enjoying the spring skiing conditions.

Striding on JibFly

Striding on JibFly

Start of Twin Lakes trail, late Saturday morning. Peder Arneson photo

Start of Twin Lakes trail, late Saturday morning. Peder Arneson photo

Twin Lakes crossing. Tracks set last night and set up hard overnight.

Twin Lakes crossing. Tracks set last night and set up hard overnight.

February 17th Trail Report Photos

Finishing up a run around Sap Run! Photo taken late afternoon Friday. Base is firm.

Finishing up a run around Sap Run! Photo taken late afternoon Friday. Base is firm.

Sukkerbusk late afternoon Friday. Tracks holding out well despite temps in the lower 50's today.

Sukkerbusk late afternoon Friday. Tracks holding out well despite temps in the lower 50's today.

Mid afternoon skiers, February 17th, 2017.

Mid afternoon skiers, February 17th, 2017.

Skaters Waltz extension Friday noon. February 17th, 2017

Skaters Waltz extension Friday noon. February 17th, 2017

Striding through the woods. Noonish, February 17th, 2017

Striding through the woods. Noonish, February 17th, 2017

Twin Lakes singletrack. Great riding in the morning, February 17th, 2017. Planning to have open Saturday and Sunday 6am-10am. Closed from 10am on.  Subject to change if it doesn't freeze down. Call or email to confirm.

Twin Lakes singletrack. Great riding in the morning, February 17th, 2017. Planning to have open Saturday and Sunday 6am-10am. Closed from 10am on. Subject to change if it doesn't freeze down. Call or email to confirm.

February 16th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk in good shape, mid day Thursday February 16th, 2017

Sukkerbusk in good shape, mid day Thursday February 16th, 2017

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Kristin's Kutoff, February 16th, 2017

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Kristin's Kutoff, February 16th, 2017

Rootin Tootin mid day, Febraury 16th, 2017

Rootin Tootin mid day, Febraury 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at dusk, Twin Lakes February 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at dusk, Twin Lakes February 16th, 2017

Late afternoon skiers, February 16th, 2017

Late afternoon skiers, February 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at Twin Lakes crossing. South facing losing a bit of snow today but good coverage across. Febraury 16th, 2017.

Cutting new track at Twin Lakes crossing. South facing losing a bit of snow today but good coverage across. Febraury 16th, 2017.

Nice color in the switchyard at dusk, February 16th, 2017

Nice color in the switchyard at dusk, February 16th, 2017

Evening groom on Skaters Waltz. Fantastic skating on tap Friday morning!

Evening groom on Skaters Waltz. Fantastic skating on tap Friday morning!

Trail Report

Spring conditions.  Faster skiing in the morning before softening up in the afternoon, glazing over at dusk again. Good skiing all day,  depending on desired conditions. Excellent snow coverage on the trails. There has been no melting this week as temps have been below melting.  Cooling down to 1 degree Wednesday morning. Cold temps good for freezing down the base hard. We have a deep base of snow on the trails and woods ranging from 8-18″.   New snowfall since  February 1st is 3″.  Snowfall since January 1st around 23″.   Total snowfall on the season now at 57″.

Reports from skiers this past week have good to excellent.

Grooming on select trails, mostly the more used trails at this time. We will groom Thursday afternoon on many trails to set up overnight for skiing on the weekend. To ensure the best skiing possible Friday-Sunday, please do not ski on the fresh groomed Thursday.  The base and trails overall are holding out great.  The base on trail is deep, over 12″ in some spots and plenty of snow for good skiing. Snow depth in woods 1-2 feet. The snow will not melt off by the weekend.

All the inner trails and Twin Lakes double tracked. Roy’s Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy, Bootleg extension and segments of Lucky’s Loype single tracked. Skaters Waltz, the extension of Skaters, North Loup and Suicide Hill groomed for skating. (15km) There is also a track on the side of the skate lane on North Loup.

Day pass for day use is $15.

We have been grooming the Twin Lakes singletrack for Fat Biking. Thanks Ben Olson for taking on this role and volunteering his time! Latest trail report.

February 16th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk in good shape, mid day Thursday February 16th, 2017

Sukkerbusk in good shape, mid day Thursday February 16th, 2017

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Kristin's Kutoff, February 16th, 2017

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Kristin's Kutoff, February 16th, 2017

Rootin Tootin mid day, Febraury 16th, 2017

Rootin Tootin mid day, Febraury 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at dusk, Twin Lakes February 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at dusk, Twin Lakes February 16th, 2017

Late afternoon skiers, February 16th, 2017

Late afternoon skiers, February 16th, 2017

Cutting new track at Twin Lakes crossing. South facing losing a bit of snow today but good coverage across. Febraury 16th, 2017.

Cutting new track at Twin Lakes crossing. South facing losing a bit of snow today but good coverage across. Febraury 16th, 2017.

Nice color in the switchyard at dusk, February 16th, 2017

Nice color in the switchyard at dusk, February 16th, 2017

Evening groom on Skaters Waltz. Fantastic skating on tap Friday morning!

Evening groom on Skaters Waltz. Fantastic skating on tap Friday morning!

February 15th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk ski trail late afternoon February 15th, 2017

Sukkerbusk ski trail late afternoon February 15th, 2017

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Lucky's Loype. Best to wait and ski Lucky's until it warms up. Fast tracks!

Lucky's Loype. Best to wait and ski Lucky's until it warms up. Fast tracks!

Skaters Waltz Wednesday afternoon February 15th

Skaters Waltz Wednesday afternoon February 15th

Mother Noth Star

Mother Noth Star

Sap Run

Sap Run

Skaters Waltz near Bullhead bay

Skaters Waltz near Bullhead bay

Mother Hen. AMA segment, not groomed. Skier tracked, use caution.

Mother Hen. AMA segment, not groomed. Skier tracked, use caution.

 

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Sukkerbusk late afternoon. No snow loss today! February 14th, 2017.
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Start of Twin Lakes trail. Right track fast and icy, left track bit slower. We will leave the fast icy track alone so it withstands the warmer weather better. February 14th, 2017.
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Island Lake trail. Along with most of the singletrack classic trails,  likely will not be groomed before the weekend as track is well set, intact and will withstand warmer weather if left alone. February 14th, 2017.
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North Loup, February 14th, 2017. Fast on Tuesday but groomer’s top choice!
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Skaters Waltz extension, February 14th, 2017. Bit harder than skaters waltz. Alternative option to Skaters Waltz for folks looking for harder faster deck.
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Skaters Waltz, February 14th, 2017. Pretty much ideal conditions on Skaters Waltz today.
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North Loup, February 14th, 2017.  Solid, firm deck and fast tracks!