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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Tuesday Mar 3 2015 at 4:31pm
by Jay

Lapham Peak received a little over two inches of new snow Tuesday. All the trails were groomed and a new track was set. Everything now is well snow covered and in good condition. Lights will be on until 10:00pm every night except Sunday.


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Zillmer: Report by Reagan arndt on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 10:55am
We received 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of snow yesterday. We have not done anything for grooming this week and do not have plans to do any because of lack of snow.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 7:45am
Will groom skate lanes and set new classic tracks this a.m.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Mar 3 2015 at 10:10pm
Very nice on the lighted loop. The new snow really freshened up the trail. It didn't get as warm as forecast, and there was NO RAIN. Should be great for the rest of the week

Lapham: Report by Rich M on Tuesday Mar 3 2015 at 7:22pm
Awesome and Thanks at Lapham. Groomers did a great job with the new snow Tuesday afternoon. Skied the black loop at 4:30 till 6 and it was fabulous! Clean fast and great control. Thanks for grooming today. Will ski again tomorrow!

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Mar 3 2015 at 9:32am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE ON!! More snow is falling. We will be having lessons this Tuesday, March 3rd. We will be starting at 7pm, gathering around the Lighted Loop Trailhead. We will have both skating and classic coaches available

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 9:45pm
Hey, Rick - you hit the nail right on the head. I was out this evening on the lighted loops - the snowmaking trails are in ideal condition. Great grooming (thanks!), firm on the uphills, and only a few lucky skiers out there tonight. Enjoy it while it lasts, but don't wait too long - when it's gone, it's GONE.

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 9:26pm
2-3" bombproof base with some thin areas and yep a few rocks emerging. You can still use your race skis, but be aware in a few spots (green/orange trail after the 1 mile marker is one spot). The blue ridge is starting to open up a bit on the edges and the big uphill on the white is kinda ugly now, but other then that, the trail system is well snow covered. Great for skating and still pretty good for classic. Get out there before its gone.

McMiller: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 9:20pm
Very good, but I bring your B skis. Some rocks on the west side of the blue and some thin spots emerging elsewhere. Still over a week of skiing left here. This is a technical and sometimes brutal course where you earn every K you do, but the scenery (mostly oak forest with many swamps in low areas) make up for the birkie like hills. The old homestead on the west side is really neat.

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 3:45pm
Skated today on the upper loop trails. Recently groomed, sun shining, and no wind, with very good conditions. Almost no people. If you are a skier you are missing out on some of the best late season conditions we could have. Sheer pleasure.

Minooka_Park: Report by Bob Franze on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 3:28pm
I'd agree completely with Steve Martin that Minooka is great, very little evidence of hikers, nice wide skate lane. I stopped at park office to compliment the groomers and was told they now have some newer equipment they're using and the results on the trail show it, enjoy!

Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Monday Mar 2 2015 at 1:53pm
Excellent conditions. Looks like they are grooming just about every day. Check it out. Great place to stride.

McMiller: Report by John P on Sunday Mar 1 2015 at 4:38pm
Fantastic conditions this morning for skating. Classic tracks looked perfect too.

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Sunday Mar 1 2015 at 2:16pm
Classic skied later this morning and was quite good. Warm weather with little wind and good track. Skaters said it was good also. Very few skiers, so they probably thought the conditions were poor. They missed out.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Sunday Mar 1 2015 at 9:07am
I skied the black trail Sun morning, conditions are excellent and likely the best you will ever see in March, Very fortunate to have the croomers we have at Lapham. Get out there and enjoy, likely only a handful of days left in the skiing season.

McMiller: Report by Charlie Dee on Saturday Feb 28 2015 at 4:53pm
Excellent for the most part, good in places. I couldn't believe how great McMiller was today. Classic tracks are hard and stable with a minimum of crap in them. The skate lane was fantastic, stable, fast with great edging thanks to the snow that came down a couple nights ago. Pine cones are a minor issue. I threw out 43 my first time around. Only three spots where dirt is coming through on the Blue Trail. I don't often disagree with Paul Sandgren, but McMiller is just great right now.

Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Saturday Feb 28 2015 at 9:26am
Scuppernong which is for classical skiing only was groomed with new tracks being set on Thursday the 26th. The track is in good to very good condition with some thin spots and debris in the pines. It should be a good weekend for skiing Scuppernong.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Saturday Feb 28 2015 at 9:24am
Nordic was groomed on Friday. Skiers will find older harder snow which has been worked up. Skate skiing conditions are good to very good with some debris in the pines. Classical skiers will find a track that is somewhat worn and glazed in spots but for the most part is in good condition.

McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Saturday Feb 28 2015 at 9:23am
McMiller was groomed on Friday. Skiers will find older harder snow which has been worked up. Skate skiing conditions are good to very good with some debris in the pines. Classical skiers will find a track that is somewhat worn and glazed in spots but for the most part is in good condition. Try out and contribute to the new warming shelter at McMiller.

McMiller: Report by Dave Hammer on Friday Feb 27 2015 at 9:49pm
Skated entire system Friday afternoon. Trails well groomed. Skate track was firm, fast and fun. Very little debris; some pine cones in the pines. Excellent cover; no bare spots. Track was also firm and fast. Get out and enjoy this weekend.

Parkside: Report by Matt Seiberlich on Thursday Feb 26 2015 at 10:04am
Skated the main trail and a small section under the pines just at the snow was starting. For me the main trail was hard packed but OK, but under the pines was too debris covered. Depending on how much snow accumulated, a grooming could transform the trail to excellent conditions.

Lapham: Report by John P on Wednesday Feb 25 2015 at 9:52am
Went around the freshly groomed top a few times this morning. Good skating conditions.

Fox_Hill: Report by Lee Borowski on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 7:40pm
Skating lane ideal; recently groomed. Layer of groomed snow on hard base. Striding tracks generally good but occasional debris and glazing kept me alert. But what is needed is more new snow; resetting the tracks would be a gamble. But the skating lane was so ideal that I was comfortable striding up the middle, when forced to.

Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 5:17pm
Groomed today. Skied this afternoon. Skate deck is excellent. Classic track is generally good but washed out in a few places. The groomer has been doing an excellent job this season.

Nordic: Report by Richard Homan on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 4:22pm
Tested out the Purple trail before the groomer came today- it was slick and fast. Thank you DNR for roughing up the old hard pack today, made it perfect for easy, safe skating. Debris in places but can be avoided or better yet flick off the cones with your poles.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 2:38pm
Groomed the skating lanes on all loops today. Very hard 2" base. Did not do anything to the skating lanes. Some dirty spots and debris in places to contend with. Conditions are Fair. It is currently snowing lightly. I will plan on grooming tomorrow if we get measureable snow.

Scuppernong: Report by Dave Wilson on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 2:35pm
Both tracks in many parts of the trail are full of pine needles, leaves, bark and twigs. Waxless skis would be the best choice. I picked up needles etc right away with my wax and had to use the center lane which worked well

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 9:57am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE ON!! Conditions are holding well. We will be having lessons this Tuesday, Feb. 24th. We will be starting at 7pm, gathering around the Lighted Loop Trailhead. We will have both skating and classic coaches available.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Feb 24 2015 at 8:54am
Excellent conditions on the snowmaking loops, very good on the balance of the lighted loops. Firm trail surface with nice corduroy on the skate lane and good looking classic tracks. Some washboarding and debris on the lighted loops away from the snowmaking area.

Greenbush: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Feb 23 2015 at 7:18pm
Much better skiing at Greenbush. The purple, red and brown were groomed Monday and that made a world of difference (kudos to groomers). Still only a 1-2" bomb proof base (with loose snow on the top) with many thin spots, but no rocks that I saw. The SW marsh is paper thin in places. The pines were a bit dirty, but not real that bad. Very pretty out there in the full sun reflecting off the wooded areas. Hope Greenbush gets a couple of big snowstorms over the next 2 weeks since they have been cheated out this winter.

Zillmer: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Feb 23 2015 at 7:11pm
Not recently groomed (for good reason). Trail system really needs snow. 1-2" base with many thin spots, most noticeably on the wooded red, yellow trail near the 4.5 mile marker and several sections of the north yellow. Rocks are an issue on the north yellow in places, especially on the second downhill after the overlook near the ice age center passed the 2 mile marker. Could be very dangerous as there are 2 big rocks embedded in the trail and could cause trouble if one doesn't pay attention. I didn't even bother with the brown trail as the trail was completely littered with pine junk at the beginning. Still a lot of good sections for rock skis. Cold weather out there, but the sun made it feel much warmer.

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Sunday Feb 22 2015 at 8:38pm
Excellent!!!! Despite the very cold temps, the trail conditions were fast, firm and fun!! Thank you groomers!!! The sun really helped it feel warmer. I remove over 100 pine cones off the trails, so if you happen to see some in the middle of the trail, please feel free and fling these off with your poles. Also the half dozen rocks on the very hilly blue are gone now that I toss them far off the trail. At this point, you can used your good skis if you are careful and move around the 8-10 dirty spots on the trail system. Trails are covered by 1-4" of bombproof hard packed snow with isolated thin spots. The ridge pass the 3 mile marker is still paper thin. Enjoy!!

Nordic: Report by Holly on Saturday Feb 21 2015 at 5:33pm
Skied Nordic this morning and it was quite fast! Great conditions, though there were a few dirty spots and pinecones & needles through some portions of the blue.

Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Saturday Feb 21 2015 at 11:28am
Trails were groomed and track was set the morning of Feb. 21st and are in good to very good condition!

Scuppernong: Report by Jim Russell on Friday Feb 20 2015 at 10:59pm
Thanks for keeping Scuppernong classic only. I have been coming here for years and appreciate the commitment to this unique place. I can not speak for others but the inconvenience of a few pine needles has never hindered my enjoyment of stride skiing there.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Friday Feb 20 2015 at 9:21pm
Skate lanes will be regroomed tomorrow a.m. And should be in very good condition.

Scuppernong: Report by Paul Kinzer on Friday Feb 20 2015 at 4:39pm
As of 4:30 today, green is freshly groomed, red and green less so, though still have well defined tracks, even on the downhills. The fresh powder makes for nearly perfect conditions. Thank you to the groomers and DNR officials that keep Scuppernong the premier classic skiing destination in SE WI. The narrow trail, double track, classic only skiing is just as good as it was when I started skiing here 38 years ago.

Scuppernong: Report by John Maki on Friday Feb 20 2015 at 10:52am
I did scup ahead of the groomer and conditions were ok and will be much better. The continuing problem exists as soon as a track is put in the leaves, needles and bark move in and after a couple of days it becomes a problem. I think the solution for an optimum skiing experience is to put in one track and leave an open lane. The open lane picks up much less debris and is easily glided over, whereas in the track hitting bark you can be stopped dead in your tracks. I would also suggest not tracking the downhills. Debris is a problem at Scuppernong, especially during years when snow does not continually fall.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Thursday Feb 19 2015 at 1:56pm
I groomed the skating lanes all loops this morning. The surface was very hard packed, only about a 2 inch base. Starting to have a noticeable amount of debris on the trails in places. A couple of dirty spots showing in places. Nothing done to the tracks. Skating lanes on the yellow, red and green are in fair to good condition. The tracks on these loops are in fair condition. The brown loop is fair for skating and classic.

Minooka_Park: Report by Jason Steele on Tuesday Feb 17 2015 at 1:14pm
Trails have been freshly groomed including a redo of the classic track! Conditions are nearly perfect with only a few thin spots. Get out there and enjoy it!

Scuppernong: Report by John Maki on Tuesday Feb 17 2015 at 10:48am
The groomer and mother nature have turned Scup. from a total mess into a pristine track. excellent conditions

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Feb 17 2015 at 8:25am
Very good conditions on the lighted loops, excellent on the snowmaking loops. skate is great all around. Tracks are best on the snowmaking loops. Some debris and pine cones in the wooded areas. Big uphills and downhills in good condition.

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 7:45pm
1-3+" bomb proof base with loose snow on top. Many thin areas along the trail system and a few rocks pass the 6 mile marker on the blue trail. Also the ridge area on the blue trail beyond the 3 mile marker is paper thin in spots. At this point I would used B skis. The course is very firm and fast, even with the B skis. Excellent day at an awesome trail system. Love the first blue solo loop(NW side) and the back half of the white trail after the big uphill. Lightning fast!!!

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 6:49pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE CANCELLED this week. Unfortunately many of the volunteer instructors have prior and some unforeseen personal commitments tomorrow night. With the new snow and good weather forecast, it is looking good next week and beyond.

Minooka_Park: Report by Bob Housey on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 6:11pm
Well groomed today for skating. Groomer redid some of the tracks well, but missed some. So it was only fair skiing with my waxless skis. Also there were some debris in the tracks.

Nordic: Report by George n Bonnie on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 6:04pm
We skated purple and orange. Hard, fast deck with about 1+inches of pulverized snow/ice on top (due to recent grooming) that gave good control and a cushion for old knees. It was great! This year has been the best grooming, and grooming program, we've ever seen at Nordic in the last 37-years. You guys are GOOD!

Scuppernong: Report by Juha Mieto on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 10:56am
I am enjoying this trail as I visit from Kuopio, Finland. I have one suggestion for the trail and that is have only one track and a rolled lane. I noticed the track tends to fill up with leaves, needles and bark and to counter this skiers could stride or skate in the rolled lane. Just a suggestion from an olympic silver medalist.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Feb 16 2015 at 10:11am
Ran the scarifier over the skate lanes a couple of times, they look good, classic tracks are hard packed with icy spots.

Nordic: Report by Todd Hanke on Sunday Feb 15 2015 at 4:05pm
Skated blue and purple. Very good conditions with a small amount of debry. Thanks to Paul and everyone involved in grooming. Trails were fast and controllable. It is amazing how much all of the southern kettle was skiable this year with the lack of snow. I appreciate all the hard work with the man made loop at Lapham and all the trails this season.

Zillmer: Report by BennyB on Sunday Feb 15 2015 at 2:34pm
Skated one yellow loop of Zillmer. Conditions are very bad. Trail is rock hard and there is debris everywhere. Nobody's fault but Mother Nature but a solid trail report could have saved the trip.

McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Feb 15 2015 at 7:20am
McMiller skate lanes were groomed on Saturday evening and are in good or better condition. The classical track remains intact and is in good condition. There is a fair amount of debris that was knocked down by the wind onto the trail which detracts from the ski conditions. Still overall good skiing can be found and the warming shelter is open and warm.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Feb 15 2015 at 7:16am
The skate lanes at Nordic were groomed Saturday night and are generally in good or better condition with a layer of loose snow on top of a hard base. With the wind yesterday there is a fair amount of debris, pine needles and cones, leaves and small twigs on the trail. The classic tracks were left in place with a variety of conditions. On the north loops (blue, green, red, orange) the track is full depth, and firm. Where the track is clean it is good classic skiing. Unfortunately there are sections that the track has lots of debris in it. On the White and Purple loops the track has been used more and it is showing wear getting widened and glazed in spots. It also has the same issues with debris. Still pretty good classic skiing however.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 6:47pm
Nordic was entirely groomed on Friday. The skating lanes are in a 4 out of 5 condition with many areas better than that, but some thin spots and a few dirt spots, particularly in the pine plantations take the rating down a notch. Skate skiers on Friday really enjoyed the fresh grooming. Classic skiers will find a new track that was set throughout the trail system. Conditions in the track vary, much of it is full depth and set up nicely. There are a few thin spots, some dirt in a few spots, but the grooming took out a track that looked good but was glazed and hard to get kick in. The track over all is a 3 out of 5 but much of it is better than that. Overall enjoyable ski conditions at Nordic so get out and enjoy the snow.

McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 6:41pm
All of the skate lanes at McMiller were groomed on Friday and are in 4 out of 5 skiing condition. There are a few dirt spots in the snow but they can be avoided and thinner snow cover in the pines. The classic track which was set earlier in the week is firm and holding up well. There is some debris and a few thin or icy spots but over all the track is a 3 out of 5 with much of it better than that. Enjoy the new warming shelter which is open 7 days a week. If you are so inclined donations are being accepted to add restrooms to the building.

Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 6:37pm
Scuppernong remains well snow covered. The tracks which were set earlier in the week are holding well, set up firm and not glazed other than in thin or sunny areas. With the wind the last couple of days there is some debris, mostly pine needles. Skiers today told the groomer that the trail was in good condition and not icy, so no grooming was done.

Minooka_Park: Report by Paul K on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 4:47pm
Fantastic skiing this afternoon at Minooka. The trails are freshly groomed, with virtually no icy spots. Classic tracks were nearly perfect with minor blowing snow fill in the open aeas. Skating lanes looked great. A big thank you to the groomers!

Minooka_Park: Report by Paul K on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 4:47pm
Fantastic skiing this afternoon at Minooka. The trails are freshly groomed, with virtually no icy spots. Classic tracks were nearly perfect with minor blowing snow fill in the open aeas. Skating lanes looked great. A big thank you to the groomers!

Scuppernong: Report by Rick Goldin on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 12:35pm
Just skied green loop and very happy that tracks are fast but not icy and blue extra kick wax worked great!

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 11:56am
Touched up the skating lanes on all loops this morning. The skating on the red/green and the yellow is good, a couple thin spots starting to show, the classic is mostly good maybe a little icy. The skating on the brown is fair, classic is poor. There is only a 2-3inch base. Unable to do anything with the tracks until more snow.

Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Friday Feb 13 2015 at 11:48am
Trails groomed this morning at 10:00am. Skate lane was groomed and track looked very good from being set last Wednesday. Conditions are very good for skate and classic. We are planning the Annual Ski/Hike tomorrow night. Warm up buy a bonfire, sip hot chocolate, and heated picnic shelter. Check out a display of mounted Mammals of Wisconsin by trapper Ge3n Ebert. 6pm - 9pm.

Lapham: Report by BennyB on Thursday Feb 12 2015 at 10:24am
Was not too enthused to skate the lighted loop last night on the drive to the Peak, considering Monday was a bit sketchy with ice, and no additional snow since then. I don't know how the groomers did it, but the trail was totally different, a bit of loose snow to get an edge around the entire loop. Much more enjoyable than dealing with glazed over snow and skidding ski's. Very good conditions. Thanks again!

Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Wednesday Feb 11 2015 at 1:38pm
Dusting of snow fell overnight. Trails were groomed today at noon and new track set. Conditions are very good for skate and classical skiing. Candlelight Ski/Hike this Saturday - 6pm - 9pm.

Lapham: Report by John P on Wednesday Feb 11 2015 at 11:10am
Ran into another guy near "The Wall" early today, and we both seemed extremely pleased with the perfect grooming and fast skating. No appreciable icing evident.

Minooka_Park: Report by Bob Housey on Wednesday Feb 11 2015 at 8:22am
Skied all three trails Tuesday afternoon on waxless skis. Groomer was finishing up putting in second set of tracks. Fabulous conditions. Very little dirt showing. Skating surface was packed well."No hiking" was spray painted on the snow on many entrances to the trails.Did not see any boot tracks on trails.

Fox_Hill: Report by Lee Borowski on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 8:08pm
Tracks and skating lane in excellent shape. Skied the West side trails today and great snow cover. Used my best skis. Note: There will be a race at Fox Hill next Sunday, the 15th. Call 414-315-8360 for more info.

Nordic: Report by Richard Homan on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 5:15pm
Skating was somewhat icy at the beginning but extremely fast. It was almost effortless on the flats. As the temps increased the trail became much easier to skate but a little slower. It proved to be a another perfect day at the Nordic. Partial grooming of the skating lanes started at 10am.

Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 5:11pm
Scuppernong was groomed on Tuesday with a new double classical track being set. In general the track went in very well and rates a 5 out of 5. There are some thin spots however and some icy patches where the track did not go in as well.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 5:09pm
All skate lanes on all of the loops at Nordic were groomed on Tuesday with good results. A new classical track was set on the white, purple and green loops. Older classical tracks remain on the other loops. The older track tends to be glazed. Overall conditions for skate and classical skiers is a 4 out of 5. Good coverage throughout with a few scattered icy or thin spots.

McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 5:06pm
At McMiller the biathlon loop skate lanes were groomed and a new classical track was set. The remainder of the loops the skate lane was groomed and the classical track that was set on Monday was left in place. Overall conditions for skate and classical skiers is a 4 out of 5 with a few icy spots where the sun hits the trail for long periods of time and a few scattered thin spots or dirt mixed in with the snow.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Tuesday Feb 10 2015 at 4:17pm
Touched up the skating lanes on all loops this morning. The skating on the red/green and the yellow is good, a couple thin spots starting to show, the classic is mostly good. The skating on the brown is fair, classic is poor. There is only a 2-3inch base. Unable to do anything with the tracks until more snow.

Minooka_Park: Report by Birkeman on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 11:09pm
Skied at dusk and only a little late for dinner. Picture Perfect rock hard classical tracks and hard pack skate lane. 99.5% snow covered with less than normal debris for a wooded trail. Skate lane was lightly scratched, needs more structure and loose snow. Downhill's thrilling. Best grooming near the park barn where snow was more scratched. Most of the trails were boot free except near the dog areas. Frozen boot prints on the trails by the Dog Area parking lot. A Fence would work better than the "nice" signs like "Skiing Only" and "Walking trails available elsewhere".

Lapham: Report by Augustus on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 10:07pm
Good night ski on the lighted loop. Skate track is a little icy, but still good. Complete coverage on the entire track. Nordic track rather icy, but still skiable.

Lapham: Report by BennyB on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 9:25pm
Skated the lighted loop tonight. Was a bit surprised at how icy the trails were, definitely needed to stay on top of the ski. Going uphill on the last climb was very hard to get a solid pole plant. An inch or two of snow would be great. Still worth going out.

Parkside: Report by Josiah on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 8:53pm
Classic trails are groomed and very fast! Due to the slight warm up some areas of the classic track are icy but nothing too bad. Skate trails are good too! The only harder area was when the trail turns into the deep pine woods there are many pin needles and debris on the trail but it's still worth going through. Highly suggest skiing these trails, there are many different small loops you can choose from and many elevation changes.

Zillmer: Report by Charlie Dee on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 7:13pm
Classic Monday at Zillmer. Tracks are Very Good on most of the course, with a number of spots that are only Good because of grass or dirt poking through or leaves caught. Downhills at far northeastern end of Yellow are boiler plate from everybody snowplowing. Skate deck was very good with the only problem area on the Yellow just before the 4.5 mile sign, where there's a low area that has a mud spot as well as vertical husks sticking out of the snow.

McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 6:25pm
McMiller was entirely groomed (except the biathlon loop which will be groomed Tuesday)including a new classical track being set. Conditions for both skate skiers and classic striders are 4 out of 5 with many areas better than that for the skate skiers. There are a few icy spots where the sun directly hits the snow for longer periods and a few dirty spots, all of which are avoidable. The classic track is generally full depth and set up firmly, but there are a few spots where it is thin or the sun iced things up to make it difficult to set a full depth track. With the snow having endured a couple of warm days, the track may glaze up with use. Worth the trip to McMiller and check out the new warming shelter.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 6:19pm
The skate lanes at Nordic were groomed on Monday breaking up what had become a crusty/icy surface. Skate conditions are 3+ out of 5. There are some icy spots where the sun directly hits the snow for longer periods of time and a few thin spots. The classic tracks are generally glazed and icy. More grooming will take place on Tuesday with hopes of a new track being set. The condition report will be updated at that time.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 6:18pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE ON!! Conditions are holding well. We will be having lessons this Tuesday, Feb. 10th. We will be starting at 7pm, gathering around the Lighted Loop Trailhead. We will have both skating and classic coaches available.

Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 6:16pm
Scuppernong will be groomed on Tuesday and a trail condition report will be made after the grooming is completed.

Lapham: Report by John P on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 1:08pm
Skated around the top a few times as it was getting light, negotiating with deer and rodents for elbow room. Conditions were outstanding-- freshly groomed, very fast.

Lapham: Report by Margaret on Monday Feb 9 2015 at 7:08am
Thanks ever so much to the groomer once again. Travelled up from Chicago early yesterday and had a great ski. All trails in good shape with icey spots manageable.

Fox_Hill: Report by Lee Borowski on Sunday Feb 8 2015 at 6:58pm
Excellent conditions, both skating and striding. A few washed out tracks but nothing to complain about. Great job by Jerry Gensch. There will be a race there next Sunday, the 15th. Call 414-315-8360 for more info.

Nordic: Report by John McCarthy on Sunday Feb 8 2015 at 6:05pm
Great for Skate, hard to say for classic. Temps had gone below freezing by mid-morning, creating a fast and generally cotrollabe surface for skating. Some trouble spots. Generally plenty of snow. Areas in the pines were actually the best skiing.

McMiller: Report by Richard Homan on Sunday Feb 8 2015 at 5:19pm
Skating lanes were groomed early sunday. Conditions were fast and in very good to excellent. Temps started at 35 and dropped to 30 the skate lanes became faster. It was a great day.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Sunday Feb 8 2015 at 9:06am
Skate lanes were regroomed this a.m. Temps were below freezing and supposed to get colder as of 9 a.m.

Pike_Lake: Report by Andrew Krueger on Sunday Feb 8 2015 at 9:00am
The trails were last groomed on the afternoon of Feb. 7th. The trail is showing signs of heavy use with some bare or thin stretches. Overall the conditions are in good condition.

Lapham: Report by Darren Blankenship on Saturday Feb 7 2015 at 5:18pm
Joanie and I were on the trail just before 6:30 am with a beautiful moon setting and sun rising. Classic skied the long black loop and skated the green a couple of times. Very good conditions with a few thin spots to work around. Thanks to Jay for posting a grooming report to the Friends of Lapham Peak website at 1:13 am this morning, which clinched our decision to ski here today and made the drive from Fitchburg well worth it.

Menomonee_Park: Report by Mark Ehlers on Saturday Feb 7 2015 at 3:10pm
Late morning conditions were excellent for skate-skiing. Classic tracks looked recently set and clean. Conditions were fast, and just a couple thin spots. Bring your good skis. Spring-like skiing today, could have almost gone shirtless! Many thanks to the groomers. My only complaint is that some hikers (still) seem to think it's okay to hike on the ski trails.

McMiller: Report by Dave Hammer on Saturday Feb 7 2015 at 8:26am
Skated Blue (including Biathalon), Green, White on Friday afternoon. Great snow cover but a little soft in some areas, especially uphills. Good practice for middle-of-the-pack Birkie skiers. Did some double poling in tracks, and they seemed soft as well.

Zillmer: Report by Matthew stanke on Friday Feb 6 2015 at 7:00pm
Skied Zillmer Friday afternoon after Greenbush and it was in MUCH better shape. About a 2-3+" very hard base and the groomers did an excellent job. Skate lanes are in great/fast shape (just a few thin areas and handful of pine cones in the pines) while the classic tracks are good with a few more thin spots (mainly on the brown trail). Pretty clean thoughtout the trail system. Skating was very fast despite the recent bitter cold. 28F, no wind and partly cloudy skies made for a delightful late afternoon. A REMINDER, the Zillmer candlelight is tomorrow night from 6-9 p.m. with over 450 candles illuminating the 1.2 mile brown trail. There will be a huge bonfire and a shelter is also available. Skiing and hiking on the brown trail will be allowed for this event only. Come out and enjoy a winter evening. Temps should be around 30F.

Greenbush: Report by Matthew stanke on Friday Feb 6 2015 at 6:49pm
About a 2" hard packed base with many dirty, thin areas and debris. I pulled off at least 12 rocks/stones this am in the dirty areas. I recommend B skis until more snow falls. The purple and brown is better, but the back uphill green section is in poor shape, as well as parts of the southwest marsh area. Trails need another 2-4" for good skis. Honest report.

Pike_Lake: Report by Lee Borowski on Friday Feb 6 2015 at 6:33pm
As good as it gets. Solid striding tracks and an ideal skating surface. Thanks to the groomers.

Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Friday Feb 6 2015 at 7:25am
Skied Thursday afternoon. Excellent conditions. Looks like he has been grroming every day. Track has been set.

Scuppernong: Report by John Pehoski on Thursday Feb 5 2015 at 8:37pm
Excellent conditions on a beautiful day. The tracks were washed out on part of the last roller coaster on the green loop.

Lapham: Report by D. Schauer on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 9:07pm
Skated the lit blue loop this evening - conditions are fantastic as the track has firmed up nicely. Two striding tracks have been set - they looked perfect too.

Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 3:54pm
Tracks were re-set around 3pm this afternoon. They look great!

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 3:14pm
Packed, groomed and tracked all trails today. We finally received enough snow to groom. Got 3-4 on Sunday and 1-2 yesterday. The skating lanes are in very good condition and the classic tracks are good mostly. There are a few bare spots in the tracks in places.

Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Roxbury on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 10:17am
Trails are in excellent condition for skate and traditional skiing. 2-3 inches of fresh snow fell overnight. Trails groomed this morning.

Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 9:23am
Conditions at Zillmer are excellent. As our first group was heading back to school, groomer Reagan was heading out with the scandic. No debris and a bit soft with the new 2-3 inches we received yesterday. Should be improving throughout the day.

Minooka_Park: Report by Paul K. on Wednesday Feb 4 2015 at 7:30am
Tuesday evening, trails were freshly and well groomed at Minooka for skating & classic. Unfortunately, nearly the entire green ski trail was already damaged by hiking, starting at the main front lot. The trails in the southeast end of the park, which used to be groomed for skiing, are dedicated to hiking now. A BIG sign is needed at the front lot. Maybe fines too.

Nordic: Report by Richard homan on Tuesday Feb 3 2015 at 4:13pm
Best conditions of the year. Choose to stride today and it was wonderful. Had a very good glide on the wax less skis once the sun came out.

Lapham: Report by B Neuworth on Tuesday Feb 3 2015 at 3:04pm
Excellent conditions this afternoon! Skied the upper trails! Fabulous!

Scuppernong: Report by Juha mieto on Tuesday Feb 3 2015 at 10:45am
Wonderful conditions, perfect track, start tape worked well. Just like back home in Finland.

Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 7:13pm
6 inches of snow fell overnight. Trails groomed today. Very good to excellent conditions for skate and trading skiing.

Lapham: Report by Jay Cavaiani on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 6:43pm
Skied the Black Loop at 2:30 today. The whole loop is generously snow covered without any thin spots. It was a beautiful day. They groomed again prior to me skiing. It was still fairly soft and slow but I was not sinking in and it is starting to firm up.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 6:42pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE CANCELLED this week. Unfortunately many of the volunteer instructors have prior and some unforeseen personal commitments tomorrow night. With the new snow and good weather forecast, it is looking good next week and beyond.

Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 6:33pm
Nordic received roughly 9" of snow on Sunday. The trails were packed on Sunday and regroomed on Monday for skate and classical skiing. Conditions are a 5 out of 5, for both skate and classic skiers.

Scuppernong: Report by Charlie Dee on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 5:08pm
Excellent conditions and day, bluebird sky, tracks much harder than I thought they'd be after so much snow. Great job by Southern Unit groomers.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 4:32pm
All trails have been groomed and classic track set on outside loop.

 

 

 
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