October 21, 2020: We’ve continued our work on the multi-use trail (snow shoe, hike and fat bike) over the summer. We worked today on building a short bridge over a wet area and have two more areas to work on before full use of the trail can be made by bicycles. We’ve had two snow falls so far including about 4″ last night and more is expected tomorrow, but its still early for the snow to stay and since temps get up above freezing during the day we can’t groom at this point.
March 20, 2020: Overnight we received about an inch of new snow. We groomed all of the trails for skate skiing. We set classic tracks on the Easy Entry to Balsam and Spruce with return on Aspen to the difficult return. We also set tracks on Maple to Sally’s Classic with tracks on Easy Return to the warming house. In some locations, the tracks are thin due to the hard packed icy snow underneath, but overall the tracks are good. They should remain good thru the weekend. The warming house was closed today because of Covid-19 restrictions.
March 19, 2020: We plan to groom the ski trails for skate skiing tomorrow, but this may be for the last time as temps are forecast to be in the mid-forties next week during the day. There is still plenty of snow and we will try to set a track for classic skiing but the ski snow base is very hard from melting and refreezing. So we aren’t sure if we can grind up and set the track without lots of effort. Come and enjoy the skiing. It should be good through the weekend.
March 13, 2020: Just returned from skiing. Fresh grooming today. It is excellent for skating. It is fast with crushed icy snow for good control and the deck is flat and solid. Doesn’t hardly get better.
Classic skiing is tougher. Sally’s classic has tracks as well as the route on easy entry out to Maple and Sally’s classic, but tracks are shallow and icy. I used klister skis and they worked fine. The skin skis not so good for grip. Its better out of the track
February 27, 2020: We received 1-2 inches of new snow over night so the discussion about icy conditions in yesterday’s update is cancelled. You should now have much better ski conditions than yesterday and grooming will typically be done again on Friday for the weekend.
February 26, 2020: There were three days of melting temps really beginning on Saturday and going through Monday. The trail held up well refreezing each night, but today the trail was little affected by temps in the low 30’s and turned icy. The skate lane was groomed on Monday and was fairly hard but quite skiable today, though skiing the steeper hills was a bit treacherous. The classic tracks held up for the most part but were icy today. I needed a Klister wax to have grip on the uphills in the tracks. My ‘skin’ skis didn’t give me much grip at all on the uphills unless I got out of the track. We are getting a little snow tonight and depending upon the amount we get, it could change the conditions significantly. So stay tuned.
January 24, 2020. We have mild temps in the low 30’s today. We also had about 2″ of new snow yesterday and overnight. Last week we had around a foot of new snow. The groomers are out on the trail as I write this note and so everyone should have great skiing tomorrow with the fresh snow and fresh grooming.
January 2, 2020-We got about 4 to 5 inches of new snow on Monday. The trail has been groomed for skating. Sally’s classic has been tracked. Tomorrow the race route will be groomed for the River View Loppet Saturday morning beginning at 10:45 AM. No one will be allowed on the course except for warmups Saturday morning. After about 1:30, the race will be completed and the trails will again be open to all.
December 25, 2019: The course is covered with about an 11″ packed base of snow. We have had several days where the mid afternoon temps got to the mid-30’s but that had only a little effect on conditions. Today, however we are experiencing mist at about 33 degrees and we may get more of that thru tomorrow. By Friday, the trail will be re-groomed and we should be fine again.
December 14, 2019: Today I skied in about 2-3″ of fresh snow on the trail. We probably received about a foot of new snow this week. A lot of work has gone into packing and grooming, but we are not fully caught up yet from all of the snow this last few weeks. The forest is gorgeous with heavily laden pines with deep snow cover. I skied thru the pine forest today on the New Nebagamon Creek trails and stopped at a beautiful overlook above the partly frozen Brule river. It was wonderful skiing in fresh powdery snow.
December 7, 2019: Yesterday all of the trails, except Sally’s classic were groomed for classic and skate skiing including the new Nebagamon Creek Loops that you enter off of White Pine Trail. A missing connection part on our small groomer used on Sally’s Classic trail kept us from setting track on the narrow trail. We will build a new part and then get that groomed too.
March 15, 2019; After about 48 hours of drizzle and some heavy rain, we woke up today to about 5″ of new snow. The parking lot is icy after it was plowed, so show care when you get out of your vehicle. The trail has been packed and partially groomed. The trail was soft when they worked on it today and the trail has tracks left in it from the ‘Gator’. Classic tracks were set on ‘Sally’s Classic trail, but the tracks were soft today and may set up overnight.
February 2, 2019; After our cold week, we now have mild conditions and good snow with excellent tracks for classic skiing and beautiful corduroy for skating. We have our second ‘Free learn to ski day’ today. So, everyone should have a great time with the snow fast and smooth.
January 25, 2019-After 3-4″ of new snow this week, the trails are in excellent condition. Temperatures are cold. Today, when I left the trails it was at -4 degrees at 4PM so cover up, stay active and you’ll stay warm. The pellet stove at the warming house though was running brightly and the house was comfortable. Out on the trail, there were a lot of fresh deer tracks, some fox tracks and I observed one large canine track, perhaps a wolf along the difficult return.
December 28, 2018; Starting Wednesday night it began snowing. By this morning we had at least 8″ of new snow. Parts of the trail were rolled today with additional work scheduled for tomorrow. The snow was heavy at first and lots of saplings were bent over by the heavy snow. Cleaning up the downed trees has slowed progress on packing and grooming, but we should have excellent conditions when all of the work is done. Many were skiing the trails already today even though grooming was still in progress.
December 15, 2018: skiers have been out on the trail now for a couple of weeks. Trail conditions are not good yet. The trail has been packed, but there aren’t any classic tracks. For lack of snow, the trail is uneven and I would recommend using your rock skis.
April 6, 2018: Well after 3 to 4″ of new snow this morning thanks to Lake Superior, strong lake winds and the Brule Forest grooming crew, we have great skiing. We have April sun and snow like January. I just skied classically and the snow is really great for skiing with my ‘waxable’ skis. So, come on out and enjoy some great spring skiing.
March 27, 2018: After about 3″ of heavy snow yesterday, the trail has been re-groomed. The base has lasted well to this point with freezing nights. There are a few places where the sun has cut the trail particularly on White Pine Loop due to the overtopping white pine trees and sun angle. Skating was excellent today and the tracks for classical skiing was variable, but good overall.
March 6, 2018: After less than a half inch of new snow, I skied most of the trail with classic skis today. The new snow made skiing easy and I climbed all of the hills in the tracks without difficulty today. In a few areas under the white pines, cones have fallen in some numbers. Otherwise, the trail is pretty good everywhere except on River where the track is covered over. The old snow underneath is crunchy sounding but quite skiable and should be good through the weekend with the current forecast. I skied down ‘Little Joe’ without difficulty and with good control. So, skiing is good and can be enjoyed for the present.
March 2, 2018: We’ve had a lot of snow, around 2′ in the last two weeks. There has been some melting so depending on time of day, conditions will vary. This morning at 9 AM the temp is 19 degrees F, but temps may reach 40 degrees by mid-afternoon before falling again below freezing overnight.
Groomers will be out working on the trail overnight in preparation for the River View Loppet tomorrow morning. Trail conditions will be excellent at the race start with the 5 K tour at 9:45 AM.
January 28, 2018: Several inches of fresh lake effect snow fell over night. The snow is very light and fluffy, but covered the trail, so the icy conditions from Friday’s warm temps should be covered and there will be a dramatic shift for the better for skiing at After Hours today.
January 27, 2018. The trails were all groomed on Thursday January 25 and were in excellent condition, but yesterday, temps got up in the 40’s in the afternoon, so today after freezing overnight the trail is icy. The classic trails will probably require a klister for climbing the steeper terrain. The skate lane seems less icy, but watch your speed on the downhills.
January 12, 2018: We benefited from 3-4″ of new snow yesterday. The trails were all groomed today and the conditions are probably the best so far this season. I classic skied tonight and the tracks are firm and reasonably fast despite cold temps. It wasn’t hard staying warm though because there wasn’t any wind finding its way into the forest. The new warming house is cozy and warm for you to change and relax in following your skiing adventure.
January 6, 2018 The skate lane was freshly groomed yesterday and the classic trails the day before. We have had small lake effect snow falls each night this week, so everything has a fresh look of new snow. The temps got above zero for a change so it felt better skiing today and a face mask wasn’t always necessary. Tomorrow promises to be warmer yet, so it should be a good day on the trails.
December 26, 2017: The temps got up to about minus 5 today when I went out for a hike on the snow shoe trail. A face cover felt good. The new snow this week, 3-4″ was soft but others proceeded me, so the walking was easy. It took about an hour to cover the trail and arrive back at the ski hut. The groomers had been out today and the ski trail looks beautiful. Both classic and skate sides of the trail were freshly packed. Time for me to put on some hard wax for tomorrow.
December 16, 2017: All of the trails were groomed yesterday including Sally’s Classic trail. We had about 1-2″ of new lake effect snow by yesterday morning. Two of our snow machines were down for repair, so there was some delay in getting all of the trails groomed. Timber harvesting adjacent to some areas of the trails has been completed. There still may be some timber to haul away from the area via the River Road.
December 14, 2017: Last week after 4-6 inches of new snow fell, the state forest groomers began packing the trail to build a base. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday another 4-6 inches of snow fell on the trail. The new snow was again groomed. We now have good or very good conditions for skating. I skated a portion of the trail today and though it is a little soft, snow coverage is good and the skate lane is reasonably flat. The classic skiing is mostly good, but some spots still have some leaves or twigs where the snow base is still not deep enough to groove out deep tracks. More snow is falling tonight, so this can only improve the trail conditions. I plan to classic ski tomorrow.
February 28: About 3″ of snow has fallen on the trail today bringing the total to about 6″ of new snow since Sunday. The trail will be groomed tomorrow. Conditions should be good for the River View Loppet ski race on Saturday, March 4.
February 26, 2017: Luckily, most of our ski trail base held up under the high temperatures experienced last week. Since the Big Meltdown, we have now gotten 2-3″ of new snow. There are occasional places along the trail where large white pines overhang the trail and keep the snow from getting down to the trail. These areas are the places where snow is thinnest. So, come and ski, but beware of some rough spots and use your older skis just in case.
February 18, 2017: The trail held up well to yesterday’s mid 50’s temperatures, then froze overnight. I classic skied today between 9 AM and 10 AM with klister and it worked well. The classic tracks were still well formed, but fast due to the ice crusted snow. The skate lane is a bit irregular from skiers cutting up the snow while skiing in yesterday’s warm conditions, but overall the trail is good. You will want to show care on the downhills as you pick up speed in a hurry.
February 11, 2017: After about 5″ of new snow on Tuesday, trail conditions are excellent for both skate and classic skiing.
January 27, 2017: Finally got out to skate the trail today. Skating is fun and fast. The groomed crusty snow gives good easy control with lots of speed. Classic tracks are not good. There is about a quarter inch of snow in the tracks, but they haven’t been redone since last weeks meltdown due to the hard nature of the base. Watch out in the parking lot. It is very icy.
January 26, 2017. Cooler temperatures have caused the trail to form a hard crunchy surface. The classic tracks have flattened out due to all of the melting conditions we’ve experienced over the last two weeks. The trail was groomed yesterday evening for skating. Expect a hard firm base with light snow on the surface to give skaters control while skating. We’ll have to wait for fresh snow to get classic tracks again.
January 22, 2017: Temperatures have remained above freezing now for two days with rain and fog. That was preceded by record high temperatures. Though the ski trail is still well covered in snow, the wet conditions are not good for skiing. Later this week, the weather is due to change to cooler temps and snow is expected. So, by Thursday, we should be able to again groom and ski on the trails.
January 15, 2017: After 5-6 inches of new snow fell last week, we have very good skate conditions and excellent classic conditions on the ski trail. So, its a great time to enjoy the trail. The Brule River is only partially frozen so, you’ll hear the rushing waters as you ski the river trail.
January 6, 2017: About an inch of lake effect snow fell on the trail Thursday. This small amount of snow should improve conditions for classical skiers as the tracks were somewhat icy or crusty from cutting the tracks out of the crusty snow that fell on Christmas.
January 3, 2017: The trail was groomed today for skate and classic skiing. Skate skiing is very good with a flat firm base. The mix of icy snow and recent snow will make the conditions fast with good control.
Classic ski tracks were added today and it was difficult to get in good tracks due to the hard icy, crusty snow that had to be cut to form the tracks. I put on soft wax today to get grip on the hills. Double poling in the flat areas was easy and fast. You may want to get one ski out of the tracks on the downhills to help maintain control around the corners because it is fast.
Dec. 28, 2016 Following the sleet and snow on Christmas, a thick crust formed on the ski trail. Monday and again today we got some light snow of about a half inch. The new snow has adhered to the trail, and the crusty snow leveled and firmed up the base. So skate conditions are now ‘good’.
Classic skiing is still not good because no new classic tracks have been set. You can of course ski in the new snow, but not with the usual tracks.
Dec. 24 Due to warm conditions, some new snow and no recent grooming, trail conditions are now only Fair’ for skating. In some locations oak leaves are an issue in the classic tracks. Rain is forecast for Christmas along with sleet and 2-3 inches of snow.
December 18, 2016. We had about 4″ of new snow Friday night into Saturday. The trail was groomed Saturday morning for both skate and classic. I skied the trails for about an hour and a half yesterday. The trail is much improved with the new snow and grooming. Some spots on the classic track is a bit thin, but overall skiing is good.
December 14, 2016: The trails are again open for skiing. All of the trails have been rolled however no classic tracks have been set due to the thin base conditions. The trail is soft because as of yet, there have only been a few skiers on the trail since this past weekend when the trail was initially packed. The trail has firmed up since the initial work last week, but expect slow skiing due to the current cold temperatures and the soft new snow.
November 26, 2016: About half a foot of snow fell on the trail this week. Temperatures following the snowfall quickly rose to the low to mid-30’s and has stayed there. These temperatures are too warm for grooming effectively. Temperatures this coming week are expected to reach into the 40’s, so it is likely that no grooming will be possible in the near future and the present snow cover should mostly disappear.
March 10, 2016: I skated today on about half the trails and found the trail a bit slow with temps around 36 degrees this morning. The skating was fun, but we are near the end of good skiing this season. Here and there the snow coverage on the trail is getting thin particularly under the large white pines where the snow has been thin all winter. Weather forecasts call for temps reaching into the 50’s this weekend and rain is expected later in the weekend, so I don’t expect to ski any more until next November or December unless there is a big change back to normal weather conditions.
February 28, 2016- We received about a half inch of new snow today. The trail was groomed in later afternoon for skating. I skated and really enjoyed the fast conditions with excellent glide and easy control. The classic tracks were set yesterday for the River View loppet and have the fresh snow in them, so the track is not icy despite the warm temps yesterday. The track was reset on River trail, but its shallow because of the hard base. You’ll do fine for the most part in the trails prepared over most of the trail system for the ski race.
February 23, 2016; Today we received about 2″ of new snow, quite heavy and thick that covered the trail. It came after lunch today and hasn’t been groomed yet. But the new snow should help to make conditions near perfect for the River View Loppet on Saturday.
February 22, 2016 The trail was groomed today for skating and the trail condition is excellent. The classic track was only partially re-groomed today. We received some light snow last night. I skied the classic track with no-wax skis and had reasonable grip and glide was fast. More snow is expected tomorrow. The trail will be completely re-groomed on Friday night for Saturday’s River View Loppet. I would expect fast and excellent conditions on the transformed corn snow.
February 3, 2016: After receiving 3 to 4″ of new snow overnight, the trail has been groomed for skating and classic skiing. The skate lane is excellent. The classic tracks are very good and have just a bit of icy snow mixed in from the week end thaw.
January 26, 2016 New snow yesterday and today; a couple of inches yesterday and another couple inches overnight. The snow is light and fluffy, and the sun is just starting to come out. Should be a great day of skiing, but it will take a few hours to get the new snow groomed. Expect great conditions later in the day for skiing.
January 17, 2016-New snow, about an inch or so every day this week has helped level the trail base and provide good conditions for skiing, but it has also been very cold for the last several days with temps below zero at noon.
January 10, 2016-The After Hours Trail was groomed yesterday morning for classic and skate skiing. We received perhaps 3″ of new snow this week. With the new snow, the skate lane has been smoothed out and is very good. The classic skiing still has occasional locations under the pines where the needles or grass show up due to the low snow conditions there. Overall, skiing is ‘good’ and you should enjoy the conditions.