Ski Trail Report

35km of trail open and groomed. Fair to very good early season conditions. Sunshine and moderating temps made for a very nice day of skiing on Sunday with a steady flow of skiers all day.

Today we will be touching up the trails to be used for a HS Nordic ski race on Tuesday December 6th. Trails used will be Sukkebusk, JibFly, Poki Loki and Skaters Waltz. Races will start at 10am and conclude around 3pm. All other trails are open for skiing.

Poki Loki up to Sukkerbusk groomed Sunday morning with tracks set (after that point take Sukkerbusk left or right to return to Maplelag). Loon Return and Mother Hen also groomed with tracks set. Skaters Waltz and big hill groomed Saturday evening.

30km of trail groomed Saturday morning working in the new 1-2″ of new snow from Friday evening, 15km skate only and 13km classic only. The new snow improving the skiing but still early season conditions, watch for thin areas etc. Hard base underneath the fresh snow taking off the hardness and should be a nice weekend of skiing. Just Ski!

Recommended trails to ski with the best coverage is on Sukkerbusk and JibFly for classic and Skaters Waltz for skating. Tracks set on Sap Run, Poki Loki and beyond up to Sukkerbusk and Rootin Tootin. North Loup and the extension loops of SkatersWaltz also groomed for skating and cutover trails Single Green and Kristin’s Kutoff.

Has been a nice start to the ski season with good early season conditions. Great seeing so many people out so far this year, thanks for the reports and purchase of season passes. 

Total snowfall this season at 13″. Compacted base on trail 1-4″.

Winter operating plans include to operate for day skiing on the the ski, snowshoe and fat bike trails. Trails will be open every day there is skiable snow including all Holidays and weekends.

(Trail maps posted here)  

Similar to the COVID season, there will be no services available. Parking in the far lot with portable bathrooms.No lodging or meal service. Starting Thanksgiving weekend we will have the Brant cabin available as a warming area with restrooms and sitting area and tables. There are no ski rentals available.

Ski trail season passes can be purchased on our website. (scroll down to bottom of page) Purchasing season pass helps with operating and maintenance costs to prepare the trails, equipment repairs to the grooming equipment and property taxes. Thank you. 

Select fat bike trails have been groomed and are now open.

Sunny striding! Peder skiing the fresh cut track on first half of Mother North Star, December 4th, 2022.
Smiles on the double track! Sukkerbusk ski trail, December 4th, 2022.
Sukkerbusk on Sunday, December 4th, 2022.
Members of the new Nordic team Wadena/Deer Creek working on early season skate technique, December 4th, 2022.
Hitting the golden hour on Skaters Waltz, December 4th, 2022. Near mid winter conditions on Skaters Waltz.
Cutting track on Mother Hen first time this year, December 4th, 2022. Like most other trails this early season, a few rough and thin spots to watch for.
Cutting new track on Poki Loki, December 4th, 2022. Poki Loki (first part of Mother North Star) skiing very nice for early season.
Setting the return track on Poki Loki, December 4th, 2022.
Setting one new track on JibFly, December 3rd, 2022.
Settign a second track on Sap Run, December 3rd, 2022. Track not as firm on SapRun as JibFly and Sukkerbusk but very skiable.
Skate grooming, December 3rd, 2022. Skating slower today with the fine grained snow and cold temps but should be snappier on Sunday!
Setting new track on Rootin Tootin, December 3rd, 2022. Few more rough and thin spots on this trail. Use caution on the hills, but very skiable.
Evening groom setting double track on Sap Run, December 2nd, 2022. Track will be a bit loose with the dry snow but should set up with colder temps overnight.
Refreshing track on JibFly, December 1st, 2022.