Ski Trail Report

45km of groomed trail open, 3″ of snow Tuesday. Trails are skiing very well for early season. Today we groomed the remainder of the trails we have been grooming this early season which included all the skate trails, new tracks set on JibFly, Rootin Tootin, Mother Hen, and Mother North Star. The new snow is very dry and fluffy so we weren’t able to set a full deep track in some spots like we wanted but overall skiing nice.

Grooming Wednesday morning on Loon Return, Twin Lakes, Wavy Gravy and Sukkebusk setting track. Western trails groomed up nice, just a few thin areas to watch out for and always use caution on the downhills but overall should ski well. With “Mac’s Mess” being a bit “messy” still, the return of Island Lake trail groomed to make a complete loop for Wavy Gravy. It is passable through Mac’s, taking skis off recommneded until more snow. New snow improving the conditions nicely, best coverage remains on Sukkebusk, JibFly, Rootin Tootin and Poke Loki for classic, Skaters Waltz and the extension loops for skating. However, the best tracks we are finding are on Twin Lakes, Rootin Tootin, Mother Hen and Sap Run.

Great day for the “Organic Open” ski meet. Teams from Little Falls, Brainerd and host Moorhead competed on both skate and classic courses on what we believe the first race in Minnesota on 100% natural organic snow! Skiers were greeted to fresh snow falling and sunshine to end with temps climbing to the teens from single digits to make for a magical day. Nice job to all the skiers and thanks to everyone that helped out to make it a great day. 

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 16″. Compacted base on trail 1-5″.

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. 

Fat bike trails have been groomed and are now open.

Sun down striding on Sukkerbusk, December 8th, 2022.
Twin Lakes ski trail, December 8th, 2022. 97% of Twin Lakes skiing real nice. Groomer’s choice!
Moon rise on Sap Run, December 8th, 2022.
Grooming Skaters Waltz extension connector, December 8th, 2022.
Grooming on North Loop, December 8th, 2022. North Loop in much better condition after snowfall on Tuesday.
Resetting track on JibFly, December 8th, 2022. Track not as deep in some spots. Bit tricker where more skier traffic to use dry snow to form full depth tracks. Still nice early season skiing…..Just Ski!
Resetting track on Rootin Tootin, December 8th, 2022. Most of Rootin Tootin skiing very nice.
Setting double track on Mother North Star, December 8th, 2022. MNS groomed out well, middle section has some rough spots to pay attention to but skiable throughout and in good early season condition.
Sukkerbusk strider, December 8th, 2022.
Stunning moonlight under the December “cold full moon” December 7th, 2022.
Setting return track from western trails, December 7th, 2022.
New tracks cut on Sukkerbusk, December 7th, 2022,
Track set on Twin Lakes this morning, December 7th, 2022.
No tracks or grooming through Mac’s Mess. Just lot of wolf and coyote tracks!!
New track set on Loon Return, December 7th, 2022.
Snowy start to the boys classic race, Organic Open, December 6th, 2022.
Girls classic race
Boys Skate race, Organic Open, December 6th, 2022.
Little Falls boy heading up hill on Skaters Waltz.
Girls skate.
Sun popping out for girls skate race, Organic Open, December 6th, 2022.
Thanks Denny for your help today! 
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.