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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Saturday Feb 6 2016 at 12:23am
by Brett

The man made skate lanes were groomed after 9pm Friday night and are in great to excellent condition. Classic tracks were left intact and are in good condition. Trail lights are on until 9pm daily except for Sundays. Skiing off of man made snow is not recommended due to icy conditions


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Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Feb 9 2016 at 12:03pm
Groomer Reagan was mixing in that top fluffy layer with the existing base. Results have been great so far. The brown loop was in very good condition for skating and a track was set. Minimal trail debris. A-skis will be fine. The track is shallow in places but quite good overall. I can't speak for Red Yellow or Green.

Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Roxbury on Tuesday Feb 9 2016 at 11:33am
Trails groomed this morning. Track was set and is thin in some spots. Overall trails are in good-fair shape.

Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Feb 9 2016 at 9:41am
Zillmer received 1.5-2 inches of fresh snow. Groomer Reagan was heading out to work the new snow into the existing base. The new snow is light and fluffy and the existing base is pretty hard packed, this might make setting track difficult. I'll follow up later with a second report.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Feb 8 2016 at 10:04pm
Conditions for skating at Fox Hill were fair but getting better. Groomer Jerry arrived shortly after 4:00 this afternoon to scarify. Most of the trails had seen heavy use over the weekend and were rutted up pretty badly. The wooded areas were worse than the open fields. The scarified areas were vastly improved and once the newly fallen snow adheres to the base, it should be even better. There's not enough snow to set track.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Monday Feb 8 2016 at 11:28am
Plan on grooming tomorrow, Tuesday, after things get colder and freeze back up.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Feb 8 2016 at 10:25am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS are ON for this Tuesday Feb 9th. We will meet at the Lighted Loop trailhead promptly at 7pm and divide into groups. We will have both skate and classic instructors. It is going to be cold, please dress appropriately to be doing drills and light activity.

Zillmer: Report by Matt Stanke on Sunday Feb 7 2016 at 8:25pm
Skied the inner trails at Zillmer after Greenbush today for a few hours. Conditions at Zillmer are fine, but just not as nice or snow covered as Greenbush. Several thin spots developing that can be easily avoided and a few wet spots at the beginning of the trails nearest to the shelter. Used B skis until we get 2-3 inches, colder weather and a good grooming from Jason and Regan. Pretty out there today with the sunshine.

Greenbush: Report by Matt Stanke on Sunday Feb 7 2016 at 8:22pm
Still well snow covered after a busy weekend. Colder weather and a few inches should restore the trails to excellent over the next 3 days. Watch out for the snowmobile crossings!!! Two snowmobiles did not heed the yield signs on the snowmobile trails (and were going way too fast for conditions). Luckily for me and two other skiers, we stopped just in time, anticipating the worst. Smart call by the 3 of us!! Hopefully sometime soon, they will reroute those snowmobile trails, far, far away from Greenbush.

Greenbush: Report by Double B's on Sunday Feb 7 2016 at 7:32pm
Skated a few purple and green loops before and after noon. Considering it was 40 degrees and sunny, trails held up as best can be expected. Obviously slow going with sinking down a bit, but well covered with only a few areas of debris. Definitely a good day of work! With a few inches over the next few days and colder temps, should be mint!

Greenbush: Report by Greg Konieczny on Saturday Feb 6 2016 at 8:12pm
Near perfect striding this afternoon on the purple and green loops with the temperature about 30. Good snow cover with just some small twigs and branches on the trail. Easy to get avoid. The track is well formed, hard packed and glazing over a bit. Swix Blue Extra provided a fast ride with good kick on the uphills. The skating deck looks fast too. Thank you Greenbush grooming crew. It was a blast skiing today.

Zillmer: Report by Double B's on Saturday Feb 6 2016 at 4:47pm
Skated a few yellow laps at Zillmer at 1:00 pm. Odd conditions, totally snow covered but a LOT of debris, sticks, comes, etc. with the warm temps trail was well glazed, not much loose snow to get an edge. Pine section of yellow was worst, just lots of crud. Not rock ski's, but not A-ski's...whatever you have in the middle. I know the groomers at Zillmer are great, and we truly appreciate everything, just a hard canvas to work with this year.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Feb 6 2016 at 10:02am
Fox Hill remains in great condition. Six cars in the parking lot before sun up. The skate deck is faster in some places than others. Nice top coat to get some good push. Enjoy!

Pike_Lake: Report by Tom Held on Saturday Feb 6 2016 at 9:32am
Skied the upper loop at Pike Lake Friday afternoon. Very hard surface, but skiable. A little icy, but very minimal. A little hard wax over klister worked well in the classic track, which set up nicely. Kudos to the groomer. Beware on the downhills. It's a rocket ride out there.

Zillmer: Report by Ray Beebe on Friday Feb 5 2016 at 11:04am
Groomer was out at 9:30am working on the skate lane. All loops are fully snow covered with some stick chunks and bark scattered around. Conditions were crispy and fast early this morning. Expect good skating around noon. The track is in fair condition where it exists. Not sure if the groomer will set a new track today.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Feb 5 2016 at 3:27am
Trails are great for skating. The heavy wet snow actually set up well and the dusting we received made for a safe yet fast top coat. Some trail debris but not enough to merit B-skis. Get out here!

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Feb 4 2016 at 3:44pm
A mid ski report....trails are great for skating. Rock solid base. Safe but fast top coat. Get out here!

Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Roxbury on Thursday Feb 4 2016 at 3:36pm
Both Classic and Skate Lanes were groomed this afternoon. The classic lane is in good condition. The track is in fair-poor condition. We need fresh powder!

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Thursday Feb 4 2016 at 2:57pm
All trails were groomed for skate, conditions seem very good, classic tracks left intact, will reset if necessary.

Lapham: Report by Craig Fischberg on Thursday Feb 4 2016 at 11:39am
Classical skied the race last night. There is only skiing on the man made snow. Coverage is complete. No issues there. The tracks, however, we either icy or corn snow. I literally had no kick. I polled my way around 5 times. A couple guys with klister were smiling and had some kick.

Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Wednesday Feb 3 2016 at 6:52pm
One and half inches of new snow Wednesday, so wet and heavy that it skis like 3-4 new inches. It was too warm to groom yet, so Jerry was getting equipment ready for tomorrow. By early afternoon on Thursday he should have most of the moisture squeezed out and a good deck.

Other: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Feb 1 2016 at 1:58pm
As always, use caution on lakes and rivers. Winter storm Kayla is on her way, trails should be back up and running soon.

Other: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Feb 1 2016 at 12:11pm
Crust skiing on the Milwaukee River was pretty good. you have to pick your path a little but easy enough to find decent crust and avoid ice. I skied the section north of Kewaskum HS/MS to the north side of the bridge on Hwy 28. Decent amount of purchase, not slippery. I'd recommend B-skis but not necessary. Most of the school grounds also has some good crust skiing available.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Feb 1 2016 at 9:15am
Ran the scarifier around a couple of loops, barely scratched the surface. Crust skiing on a near by golf course might be your best choice.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Sunday Jan 31 2016 at 9:30pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS - There will be no lessons this week, Feb. 2. Above freezing temperatures along with mixed rain/snow and high winds forecasted will make conditions less than desirable. So far, the forecast for next week looks promising!!

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Sunday Jan 31 2016 at 7:49am
Skated the lighted loop this morning at sunrise. Thin icy base is rapidly deteriorating. Rock skies not a bad option. Man made loop holding up and I was told by the Ranger they will rough it up this morning to cut down on the icy base. Let's hope for snow on Tues.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Jan 30 2016 at 11:23am
Fox Hill is in excellent condition for skating. A firm and level deck with good purchase and safe corners. Classic track is still in tip top shape too. Jerry came to scarify around 6:45 busting up the top just enough to give a slight cushion. Enjoy!

Scuppernong: Report by Chris Kemble on Saturday Jan 30 2016 at 9:02am
Scuppernong received a trace of the last snow, unlike McMiller that got several inches. Trails are a bit icy and debris covered.

Lapham: Report by Dave Hammer on Friday Jan 29 2016 at 6:00pm
Skated all trails this afternoon. Very icy on lower (lighted) trails. Rate them a C. Icy but better on upper trails. Rate them a C+. Downhills very fast. System really needs some grooming. WARNING - equipment off trail at left turn at bottom of downhill east of Gut Buster. Also tree branches and debris down at bottom of climb up Tower Hill.

Lapham: Report by Dave Hammer on Friday Jan 29 2016 at 6:00pm
Skated all trails this afternoon. Very icy on lower (lighted) trails. Rate them a C. Icy but better on upper trails. Rate them a C+. Downhills very fast. System really needs some grooming. WARNING - equipment off trail at left turn at bottom of downhill east of Gut Buster. Also tree branches and debris down at bottom of climb up Tower Hill.

Zillmer: Report by Ray Beebe on Friday Jan 29 2016 at 1:03pm
All loops are in very good shape with plenty of snow for skaters. The track is good overall with a few breakouts on the turns. Downhill sections are well controlled with no deep ruts or ice. Expect minor debris in spots. The yellow loop was a bit soft after grooming this morning.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Friday Jan 29 2016 at 11:24am
The cold air overnight firmed up the trails very nicely. I groomed the skating lanes on all loops to get rid of the glaze. Conditions are very good throughout for both skating and classic. Classic tracks were a little icy this morn but will change as it warms. Best to ski before noon tomorrow, as the temps will be predicted to maybe hit 40 on Sat and Sun.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Friday Jan 29 2016 at 5:39am
Skate lanes were regroomed yesterday late.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Jan 28 2016 at 6:59pm
The skate lane has firmed up nicely over the last 48 hours. Classic track is in great shape as well.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Thursday Jan 28 2016 at 4:10pm
I am looking to acquire a transmission gearbox for a 2005 skidoo Rotax550F super widetrac snowmobile for grooming to fix ours. Call 262-626-3892

Lapham: Report by Double B's on Wednesday Jan 27 2016 at 8:36pm
Skated 4 laps of the lighted at 5:00 pm. First lap went up 2-tier. Erosion logs are more visible, but had some coverage in the middle. Felt that was too thin so bypassed it the rest of the night. Not worth risking bases. Rest of the lighted loop was well covered, but glazed over with little to no loose snow. Still got work in, other climbs were great, so was worth the trip.

Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Wednesday Jan 27 2016 at 3:20pm
Trails were last groomed this morning and are currently in good condition. There are a few thin spots with a lack of snow.

Lapham: Report by Paul Keber on Wednesday Jan 27 2016 at 2:48pm
The entire trail system is in very good shape with good snow coverage and little debris. Yesterday's 3/4 in of snow made for nice control in the skating lane, although some of the flats and downhills on the lighted loop are hard pack. If they groom for tonight's races the conditions should be great. Pretty nice track on most of the trails.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Wednesday Jan 27 2016 at 11:54am
Great conditions for both classic and skaters throughout entire trail system. Touched up the skating lanes this morning.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Wednesday Jan 27 2016 at 10:13am
Regroomed skate lanes this a.m. , they seem to be firm. Classic tracks were set yesterday.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 8:04pm
What a difference a day makes! Fox Hill received about four inches of snow overnight. It was groomed for skate and the classic track was reset. Once it sets up, it will be near perfect. Excellent coverage throughout and no debris.

Greenbush: Report by Rick Goldin on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 7:41pm
Greenbush was simply awesome..skied purple and green classic style...freshly groomed great tracks..skating deck probably still soft but great for training...thanks for timely and excellent grooming..coming from Chicago all gray scenery until very close to Greenbush where the world transformed to a winter wonderland!

Lapham: Report by Greg p on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 7:13pm
Skied the lower loop classic. Very nice. Not icy, good coverage.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 4:24pm
Packed, groomed and tracked all loops today. Full coverage throughout entire system. Very good conditions for everything albeit a little soft yet. Colder temps tonight should make great conditions for tomorrow.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 9:31am
All trails groomed for skate, will reset classic tracks p.m.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Tuesday Jan 26 2016 at 8:21am
got about 5 inches of heavy snow last night. Going out grooming now.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Jan 25 2016 at 6:31pm
Weather and conditions reminded me of a late March ski. The bombproof base is holding up well in most places but the lack of snow is starting to take its toll on the skate deck. It's still good in most places but it is thinning in the wooded areas. More debris present in the woods as well, but still not enough to merit B-skis. The classic tracks looks pretty beat up.

Lapham: Report by Kris Maki on Monday Jan 25 2016 at 10:56am
Kudos to the groomers and spreader (of snow whales) at Lapham. They scratched up the skating lane hard pack and the tracks are still in good shape. It was the best skiing of the year for us. My husband and I enjoyed an awesome ski on the lower loops of the system

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Jan 25 2016 at 8:37am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS are ON for this Tuesday Jan. 26th. We will meet at the Lighted Loop trailhead promptly at 7pm and divide into groups. We will have both skate and classic instructors. It is going to be cold, please dress appropriately to be doing drills and light activity.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Jan 25 2016 at 8:28am
Upper fields were groomed for skating

Nordic: Report by Double B's on Sunday Jan 24 2016 at 8:24pm
Skated a few blue/black laps and orange loops today, conditions were fast and smooth. The groomer did a great job, even the pines were surprisingly well covered! Back part of the black loop was awesome. Thank you groomers and Wisco DNR!

McMiller: Report by Scott Jackson on Sunday Jan 24 2016 at 2:42pm
Conditions were great for skating at McMiller this morning. Thanks DNR for the great job grooming. A few rocks on the uphill after the old buildings but easily avoided. The blue reroute is really nice!

Minooka_Park: Report by Bob Franze on Sunday Jan 24 2016 at 2:17pm
Minooka remains surprisingly nice for skating, actually better than Lapham was on 1/23, although I'm aware of mechanical difficulties at Lapham. Bottom line is that groomers at Minooka have done/do a great job!

Zillmer: Report by Matt Stanke on Saturday Jan 23 2016 at 7:38pm
Oops, I meant Zillmer, not Parkside. Sorry!!

Parkside: Report by Matt Stanke on Saturday Jan 23 2016 at 7:37pm
Skied Zillmer on Friday afternoon. Good-Excellent skating conditions existed on all the loops, except the east and north yellow loop, which was reported to be thin, bumpy with rocks from previous reports so I avoided this trail section and did the inner loops. The back yellow is very good with only a few thin spots. Red, brown and green are excellent. Classical tracks are shallow and could used more snow, but are OK. Warming shelter is the best!!! Scenery as always, wonderful.

Nordic: Report by Matt Stanke on Saturday Jan 23 2016 at 7:31pm
Awesome day for at Nordic. Fast, firm and fun!! Only a 2" base, but its compacted and dense with loose snow on top. Some thin spots here and there, but I used B and race skis and was fine. Just be careful on the downhills on the east green. Looks like northern KM will get good snows on Monday/Monday night and southern KM will get a messy mix so tomorrow may be the last really good day for awhile. As of 5 pm saturday, conditions are rated as good-excellent for skating and fair-good in spots for striding/classical.

Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Roxbury on Saturday Jan 23 2016 at 12:55pm
Trails were groomed this morning, both classic and skate. The skate lanes are in good shape, with only a few bare spots. The classic lanes are starting to suffer with the lack of fresh snow.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Jan 23 2016 at 12:20pm
Fox Hill was in very good shape this morning for my pre-dawn skate. Everything had recently been scarified, and we received a dusting of snow that made it even better. Just as I was ready to head out, Jerry was cruising around with the scarifier again. I got to ski about 1/10th of K on it......it was even more glorious than before. Classic track looked untouched but in good condition. Enjoy folks!

Scuppernong: Report by Gary G on Friday Jan 22 2016 at 6:34pm
I got out Friday afternoon and skied the green loop. It was really well groomed, the trail is in great condition for our current conditions. You won't be disappointed.

Lapham: Report by Gregg on Thursday Jan 21 2016 at 8:55pm
Skied the Black classic trail about noon Thursday. Tracks were firm, downhills fast. Very enjoyable skiing except for debris in tracks, need a couple inches of snow.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Thursday Jan 21 2016 at 4:13pm
8:00 AM Very good for skating,fast but manageable conditions

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Thursday Jan 21 2016 at 4:04pm
I groomed the skating lanes on all loops this afternoon. Skating lanes are in good condition throughout, except the east side of the yellow south of the Ice Age Center. I did not do anything with the classic tracks. They are mostly good but a few bare spots. The east side of the yellow is thin or bare in spots.

Fox_Hill: Report by Bob bodensteiner on Thursday Jan 21 2016 at 12:45pm
Woods trails scarified this AM, successfully breaking up the hard pack and bringing up nice fresh snow. Remainder of the trail will be renovated before the weekend. With the warmer and softer snow, all trails good and renovated areas very good. Tracks still in good shape. Good to very good skiing throughout.

Lapham: Report by RVH on Wednesday Jan 20 2016 at 6:25pm
Skated the upper black and blue loops this am and conditions were very good. Fast with control. Thanks to the groomers.

Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Jan 20 2016 at 7:59am
Zillmer is in overall good condition for skating. Excellent coverage. Heavily trafficked areas are hard packed and fast. Less traveled areas have better control. The back half of yellow and most of red was great. The classic tracks looked to be in good condition as well.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Jan 19 2016 at 2:22pm
Groomed upper fields for skate

Greenbush: Report by Matt Stanke on Monday Jan 18 2016 at 8:10pm
As of January 16 at 4 pm, conditions at Greenbush were awesome, with a 3-5" bombproof base with adequate loose snow on top. The very cold weather probably slowed conditions over the past few days, but once it warms again, conditions should be awesome. Tree bark/needles in the pines is minimal. Lets hope this is the last of the brutal cold this winter.

Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Jan 18 2016 at 10:27am
Tonight's (Jan 18th) session of PNK has been canceled. The predicted tempurature for 7pm of 0 is below our threshold of +5. This is unfortunate that we have to cancel, but it is for the safety of the kids and coaches.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Sunday Jan 17 2016 at 9:14pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS are ON for this Tuesday Jan. 19th. We will meet at the Lighted Loop trailhead promptly at 7pm and divide into groups. We will have both skate and classic instructors. It is going to be cold, please dress appropriately to be doing drills and light activity.

Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Sunday Jan 17 2016 at 3:08pm
Skate lane groomed this afternoon. Track was set Tuesday and skate skiing - very good condition.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Sunday Jan 17 2016 at 10:44am
Groomed the skate lanes down to the lower prairie and up around the west loop in the woods. Pretty hard packed but with a little loose snow on top.

Zillmer: Report by Gregg on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 4:58pm
Skied the yellow classic trail Saturday, very good skiing. Tracks were good, no problem with iced tracks. Some debris on tracks, could use more snow.

Scuppernong: Report by Mark Talatzko on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 3:56pm
Overall the trail is in great shape considering recent weather. Some small debris in places (pine cones, needles, small sticks and leaves) and a few icy spots, but very ski-able nonetheless!

Fox_Hill: Report by Russ Sobotta on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 2:43pm
Skied the entire trail system late AM early PM. All skating trails were freshly groomed this AM and are in excellent condition. Very fast pillow silky top over a firm base. Potential last speed records are quite possible. Classic trails are just good as the warm temps of yesterday make the tracks slick. A blue klister day for the dedicated striders. New loops on the NW side are groomed this AM--challenging thigh busters.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 2:30pm
This mornings grooming left the skate lane in prime condition. Fast, level, and firm but not icy. Fifteen cars in the parking lot! Thanks Jerry!

Greenbush: Report by Ray Beebe on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 11:23am
Very good at 10:00 this morning. Freshly groomed and only minor debris.

Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 11:10am
Trails were last groom 1/11/16. There are some soft spots on the trail. We plan to groom sometime again on 01/17/16.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Saturday Jan 16 2016 at 8:51am
Regroomed All skate lanes,left classic tracks intact.

Lapham: Report by Craig Fischberg on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 10:21pm
Skied classical at about 3pm. Tracks were poor-fair and partially glazed throughout the lighted loop. The lower loop was only tracked about half way. The groomers were starting to spread the man made snow which will certainly help on the lower loop. I hope the groomers can work some magic before the lopet tomorrow.

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 8:20pm
Thin bombproof base at 1-3", thinnest on the ridge and open areas. Much nicer skiing at Nordic than at Mcmiller, except watch out for avoidable rocks on the hills on green trail around 5K and again on the brutal blue loop between 6 and 6.5K. The orange, red, most of the white, purple and NW blue loop is in very good shape. A few icy sections in the pines, but not bad.

McMiller: Report by Matt stanke on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 8:13pm
B skis recommended. Thin 1-2" bombproof base with icy sections in the pines and rocks in several sections on the blue loop (between 3 and 5K) that can be avoided. The purple loop is my favorite at 8K. The crossing at the field is awesome. I like the old homestead too. The blue loop at 11.1K is indeed brutal and comparable to Lapham Peak/Birkie. Too many hills between 5and 8K. Yuk!!! The building is coming along nicely.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 5:37pm
The skate lane has firmed up nicely over the past 24 hours. The six degree drop in temperature combined with a pass by the groomer has resulted in faster conditions. Control was still very good. The system remains in very good condition, minus the treat left by a local horse.

Other: Report by Mike Dix on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 12:58pm
Whitnall Park. Skied early friday, good coverage everywhere. Groomer was out. There is a nice hard bace so I expect the snow will last through the warm weather today. Should be good all weekend.

Fox_Hill: Report by Russ Sobotta on Friday Jan 15 2016 at 8:28am
Took a short lap this AM a from the new upper parking area. Skate track was freshly groomed--very firm and fast with good coverage throughout. Classic tracks were well set and firm. 36 degrees and hi humidity made it difficult to get a grip with cake wax, probably should have gone to klister.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Jan 14 2016 at 9:57pm
Fox Hill was soft and slow today due to the warmer temperatures. The skating lane remains in very good condition throughout the system. It appears the classic tracks were touched up.

Minooka_Park: Report by Todd Hanke on Thursday Jan 14 2016 at 9:22pm
Skated Thursday afternoon all of the groomed trails. There was good snow coverage and a good skate deck. There looked like there was a nice track as well. Thanks to groomers and also to hikers for staying off the trails. The open area close to Racine ave was especially nice. That appeared to be more recently groomed.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Thursday Jan 14 2016 at 2:26pm
touched up the skating lanes today. Probably won't groom again until after the weekend.

Lapham: Report by RVH on Thursday Jan 14 2016 at 11:01am
Skated the upper black and blue loops this am. Conditions are very good, probably the best day of the season so far. Moderate temps, no wind, sunny and recently groomed snow. Enjoy before the weather changes.

Nordic: Report by Eric Cutshall on Wednesday Jan 13 2016 at 4:29pm
Skied blue loop twice and the trail has great coverage. Snow is cold and slow but in good shape, A ski conditions almost.

Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Jan 13 2016 at 2:14pm
Trails are in excellent condition at Zillmer. Some trail debris and exposed areas on the front half of yellow. Easily avoided skating, not sure on striding. Everything else is as perfect as it gets. There has been a noticeable effort made to make the trail as wide as possible. This is much appreciated by us taller skaters. There is nothing quite like skating on fresh cord while the snow is falling!

Scuppernong: Report by Gary on Tuesday Jan 12 2016 at 5:28pm
Classic skied the outer loop. Tracks were in good condition. Debris are present, control on the downs was great. Used "A" skies toko blue did the trick.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Tuesday Jan 12 2016 at 4:14pm
The trails made it through the warm temps and rain rather well. We received 1-2 inches of snow last night. I packed, groomed and tracked all loops today. Conditions are good throughout with a firm base. There are some thin areas on the yellow loop, especially in the track, on the ridge on the east side of the yellow loop.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Jan 12 2016 at 8:50am
All trails have been groomed for skate. Classic tracks left intact.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Jan 12 2016 at 8:24am
Fox Hill received 1-1.5 inches of light fluffy snow overnight. I would be my winning powerball ticket that groomer Jerry will have it groomed before noon today.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Jan 11 2016 at 6:13pm
Fox Hill remains in very good condition. A second pass made by the groomer today has helped level out the skate deck even further. The classic track is skied in but has not been groomed yet.

Zillmer: Report by Deb Harder on Monday Jan 11 2016 at 8:50am
A return to more seasonal temperatures has allowed the trails to re-open. However, the forest has only received about an inch of new snow over the weekend, and staff have done no recent grooming. Trail conditions are icy, and skiers are advised to use caution. There is a possibility of more snow Monday into Tuesday, and staff may be able to do some grooming Tuesday morning.

Minooka_Park: Report by Will B on Sunday Jan 10 2016 at 8:26pm
Both the skate and striding trails are in good shape.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Sunday Jan 10 2016 at 7:55pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS are ON for this Tuesday Jan. 12th. We will meet at the Lighted Loop trailhead promptly at 7pm and divide into groups. We will have both skate and classic instructors. It is going to be cold, please dress appropriately to be doing drills and light activity.

Lapham: Report by Greg Konieczny on Sunday Jan 10 2016 at 7:54pm
Very good classic skiing on the black trail after the snow last night. Good snow cover throughout with just some icy tracks the first few k's from the Evergreen lot. The track is a little soft and may deteriorate with more use. Skating deck looks firm and fast. Downhills are lot of fun with a good combination of speed and control. I tried Swix blue kick wax which provided good kick but was a little slow especially in areas where blowing snow filled in the tracks. Thank you Brett and the Lapham grooming crew for a good ski today.

 

 

 
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