Ski Trail Report

50km of groomed trail open,  35km classic only, 15km skate only. We have been grooming daily on some part of the trail system and the trails are skiing well for early season. As always, watch for areas of thin cover/rough spots etc. during early season. Misty conditions most of the day on Saturday continuing in to Sunday before drying out. Snow is sugary/silky from the high humidity and snow is skiing faster but good skiing being reported nonetheless. Just Ski!

Best skiing will be found on the inner loops and Twin Lakes to the west for classic and Skaters Waltz and the extension loops for skating. North Loop in much better condition for skating after recent snowfall. Use caution on far segment. 

Friday grooming set track on the remainder of trail on the west system. Island Lake and Wavy Gravy are now tracked, other than some thin areas and “Mac’s Mess”, (the segment to connect Wavy and Island) is still a bit thin. Still some nice early season skiing to be had with caution. Passable through Mac’s by walking or simiply use the return of Island to make a full loop on Wavy. We also packed a modified loop of Roy’s Run. We did track the start but we need a few more inches before we can set track all the way through.

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″. Most recent snowfall on Tuesday with 3″new.

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.

Afternoon striding on Twin Lakes, December 11th, 2022.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, December 11th, 2022.Sukkerbusk has been well used this early season but coverage remains good and tracks holding out fine.
Heading out for a evening groom on Sukkerbusk, Skaters Waltz and the big hill, December 10th, 2022.
Members of Moorhead and Wadena Nordic ski teams heading out for a morning of training, December 10th, 2022.
Balance work! 
Skaters Extension, December 10th, 2022.
Wavy Gravy ski trail, December 9th, 2022.
Setting track on Island lake trail, December 9th, 2022.
Packing and combing on Roy’s Run, December 9th, 2022. Next snowfall of 1-2″ we can set track all the way through on the modified loop of Roy’s Run. 
Clearing deadfall on Roy’s Run, December 9th, 2022. 
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.