Trail Report

Cold and clear to start the day. First time we have seen the sun in the morning for almost a week! Temp down in the lower teens with surface frost. Light wind. Afternoon clouding up and temp right around 31 for a high before dropping to the mid 20’s at supper time and expected to continue to fall. The southern exposed hills softened up but no melting as the clouds moved in.  Great day of skiing. If it stays cloudy, do not expect to drop lower than the teens but if it clears off, combined with a full moon approaching, could get as low as 0.

This afternoon we groomed the courses for the Section 8 Nordic ski championships tomorrow and everything turned out as good as it could be given the snow we have. We were able to set full depth tracks on 95% of the classic course. A few southern exposed sections thin with icylike skiing but overall the tracks are great and should be some fast skiing. The skate deck is solid with good texture. We didn’t go as deep with the ginzu blades so the snow at the surface has more evidence of the frost that fell on Saturday and Sunday. The skate course looks great and is in good to excellent condition.

The skate course is skaters waltz to double green down to Suicide. Up Suicide before finishing up on skaters. Racing starts at 10am with the boys followed by the girls at 11am. The classic course starts on Sap Run until Mother North Star. Ski Mother North Star until finishing up on Sap Run/Sukkerbusk. Classic racing starts at 1:30 for the boys and 2:30 for the girls. Both courses start at the flag pole area as we have done with the other races this year. The above trails will be closed during the races but all other trails open for skiing. Please do not skate on the classic trails!! Thanks!


A great weekend of skiing on the trails. Temp stayed cool all through the weekend and no, if any snow loss. Stunning frost most of the weekend making it feel like a winter wonderland.  There are a few thin/rough/icy spots here and there but overall the skiing is very nice  considering the low snow year. Forecast calling for colder temps which should keep the snow in place and good skiing through the week.

Ski conditions rated good to excellent (thanks for your reports, we appreciate it!).

All 64km of trail open with track set on 56km of trail and 15km groomed for skating. 4km of snowshoe trail open. Ice skating rink in very good condition.

Compacted base on trail 2-6″. Snow depth in the woods 6-14″. Snowfall last  week around 7″. Total snowfall this season around 19″. Although this is a low snow year, we spend every dry day outside the winter season preparing the trails to be in the best condition possible so we can have good skiing on minimal snow and the newer grooming equipment does a nice job working with the snow to make for better skiing.

Click here for NWS forecast which seems to be the most accurate as of late.

Trail report photos from February 5th on our Facebook page.

Trail report photos from February 3rd on our Facebook page.


Members of the Contardo family out on Mother Hen for a family ski


St Cloud Cathedrahl skiers out for a day of training on the a Section course
Kyia Anderson and Sheila Amo having fun on the frosty trails
Detroit Lakes ski team members tuning on the Section course