We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Friday, January 30, 2015 - Ski Trail
The trails are open. Light dusting of snow Thursday morning helping take off the icy edge. Skaters Waltz groomed multiple times as the snow was falling and skating was really nice today. We also combed and renovated the middle of the trail in between the tracks to help take of the hardness and icy edge on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes and the edge of North Loup. Classic skiing improved on these trails but still a bit icy. All other trails are track or packed and skiing is fast! Bottom line, we have snow, we can ski and people are doing great. Use caution, walk the hills on the side if you have to and just ski. Snowshoeing is good, nice to see people checking out some new areas yesterday. We will be grooming the skate trails again this morning and touching up other trails.
Surface conditions are hardpack/icy with a light dusting of fluff snow on top. Compacted base on trail is 2-4″ and snow depth in the woods is 3-4″. Total snowfall since January 1st is 8″. Around 28km tracked for classic, 15km groomed skate and all other have a packed base or skier made track. A few trails in the AMA area will not be groomed this year. Areas of thin cover and rough. Check the trail report board in the main lodge for the latest trail information.
The trails are open. Trail passes for day skiing are $15. Ski rental available at $15 a package. During mid week, lunch and day trail pass package available for $25. Call 218-375-4466 or email at email@example.com for more information
Start area after grooming
Twin Lakes trail groomed on side. Track has dusting on top of icy base. Fast!
Ginzu blades on groomer working hard today
Twin Lakes trail after grooming
Downhill on Twin Lakes. Thanks for walking on the side if you choose not to ski down!
Fresh snowshoe track on twin lakes singletrack
Marcus Magnusson skating on skaters waltz reporting good conditions. Skating is super fun right now. Fast but enough loose for good edge control.
Sukkerbusk in good shape relatively speaking after a challenging week of weather.
Skate lane groomed on North Loup and in fair to good shape. Track has dusting which has helped take of icy edge
Skiing on Mother North Star
Bemidji girls varsity Nordic Ski team enjoying a day off from school on the trails checking out the Section course.
Garth and Dotz Ward pulling the pulk on Sukkerbusk
Roy Ward and friends on Sukkerbusk
Garth and David having fun on Skaters Waltz
Lucky's Loype has skier made track. This section is on the DNR AMA land and not groomed this year. If any questions, talk Jay or Jim.
Ward's friends from British Columbia heading out to North Loup
Renovating on Skaters Waltz. The groomguys favorite condtions are right now! Fast, fun and enough loose on top for edge control.
Ski at dusk on Twin Lakes. Tracks are holding out solid. Icy and thin in spots but no reason to not ski. Some folks are walking down the hills. If you do that, please stay to the far side the trail is in best condition possible for those that choose to ski the hill.
Sukkerbusk at dusk.
Last year we were shoveling off the trail just to pass through with the snowmobile. Quite the opposite this year! January 27th, 2015.
Members of the MPA Nordic Ski Team ready for a sunny morning on the trails. January 25th, 2015.
Sunrise ski before breakfast. January 25th, 2015.
Great skating late Friday afternoon on Skaters Waltz.
Minneapolis Washburn skiers on Skaters Waltz late Friday afternoon.
Sledding fun in the back bowl.
MPLS Washburn skiers at the trailhead late Friday afternoon.
Klister Sister crew out for a morning ski on Sukkerbusk. It would basically take no snow for the sisters and their followers not to go skiing.
Passing through after groomer smoothed and softened up middle.
Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes groomed down the middle, smoothing out the rough and spreading a granular mix to the tracks to take of the icy edge in the morning.
Nathan, Kyle and Paul at top of Suicide hill. Fast conditions but good springlike skiing. All skate trails groomed this morning.
Karen and Steve Helgeson enjoying the beautiful morning on the snowshoe trail.
Twin Lakes groomed. Bit crunchy in the morning but softening by noon.
Resnick clan enjoying the beautiful frosty morning on Sukkerbusk. Eliasons coming up from behind.
Mother North Star packed with skier made track on side. Roy's Run, Island Lake and Wavy Gravy in this condition. Despite no track, some good skiing to be had. Recommened to walk through the marshy areas on these trails.
Start of Sukkerbusk. Sukker has seen a lot of skier traffic the past three weeks and the tracks are well used but still very skiable. The east side, as usual, is best.
Frosty at the trail head Thursday morning.
Skaters waltz fantastic conditions Thursday morning.
North Loup skate lane lightly combed Thursday morning. Track is holding out well. One of the better classic trails right now. Few bumpy spots on far end but good coverage and a nice ski.
Twin Lakes Thursday morning before clearing off. Nice to see folks venturing off the trail and exploring. All the lakes have nearly 2 feet of ice and safe. Fun to explore! Try it!
Setting a new track on Twin Lakes. Not much snow to work with but enough to set a shallow track with some sections full depth.
If you walk down a hill, please do so on the side of the traill off the packed. WIth the lower base, it is difficult to remove foot prints grooming. Thanks!
Start of North Loup in good shape.
Jeff on Skaters Waltz Thursday morning.
A very good section of Skaters Waltz Thursday morning.
Sukkerbusk on the east side. Good classic skiing here.