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!