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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Friday Dec 19 2014 at 9:03am
by Jay

The skating lane on the man-made loop was groomed Friday morning. The track was left in place and skiers using it at the time said it was in good shape. The entire man-made loop is snow covered and in relatively good shape, although there are needles and dirt in some areas. Snow making will resume when temperatures drop. At this point it looks like that will be shortly after Christmas.

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Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Dec 20 2014 at 1:42pm
This report is for those few of you who weren't on the manmade snow today. Skiing conditions on the snowmaking loops are very good. A loose surface of granular snow that is perfect for skating. There is a track set for striding that has a few dirty spots. Note that there is also a variety of debris in the skating deck, especially in the approach to the finish, so "B" skis are recommended. Come out tomorrow morning to celebrate the winter solstice with all your snow-loving friends!

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Dec 19 2014 at 9:57pm
Friday night - very nice conditions for skate. Striders seemed to be doing okay, but track a bit worn. Generally fast, except where new-made snow had drifted onto trail. A couple of dirty spots coming into the finish. Start hill very nice.

Lapham: Report by Sparticus Norticus on Thursday Dec 18 2014 at 8:48pm
Great day on the classic trail. Arrived just after the sleet and the classic tracks were fast and slick. Some debris twigs and pine needles but NO rocks and no bare spots. Thanks groomers for a great job. Used my rock skis but could have used my racing skis just as easily, just didn't bring them. A skate skier told me the trails were a little sticky, I'd have to take his word for it, the classic tracks were the opposite of sticky.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Thursday Dec 18 2014 at 9:15am
Wednesday Night - Snowmaking loops have full coverage with a consistent base of crushed ice - very fast. No track had been set, as yet. Surface was firm and flat where it had had a chance to set-up after grooming, but chunky and rutted where it had been skied on too soon. Our hardworking DNR staff was starting to make some new snow on a part of the trail as I was leaving.

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Dec 15 2014 at 12:40pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS: CANCELLED - Unfortunately the warm weather and rain has rendered the man-made loop un-skiable for tomorrow night. The DNR was able to spread the snow on the Nordic Playground so with cooler temperatures forecasted, we may be on for next week.

Lapham: Report by Michael on Sunday Dec 14 2014 at 10:27am
Skied this morning 8:30-9:30. Trails were icy and rutted with a fair amount of dirt and pine needles on it. Hard to get an edge in the snow. It's better than no skiing, but I'd take the rock skis.

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Thursday Dec 11 2014 at 1:05pm
Skated this morning between 10:30-11:30 am. Snow conditions were very good, fast with excellent control. No obstacles present. Should remain good until the weekend when the weather changes. Thanks to the snow makers otherwise we would be hiking the trails.

Lapham: Report by Marengobob on Wednesday Dec 10 2014 at 7:07pm
Classic tracks are all glazed and icey. Good doulbe pole workout. Be careful downhill, almost too fast to ski in the tracks there. Will benefit from grooming to breack up the ice in the tracks when possible.

Lapham: Report by Craig Fischberg on Wednesday Dec 10 2014 at 10:17am
Skied from about 6-7. There is snow over the entire system that is serviced by man made snow. Coverage was excellent. No rocks, ground, etc. Base was very hard but there was enough soft stuff to make everyone happy. I skied the tracks with my waxless. Tracks were somewhat glazed in spots with enough soft areas to provide kick around most of the loop. It was well worth a trip! There were two high school teams out there training and a couple from Madison who all were enjoying the early season opportunity!

Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Dec 8 2014 at 5:19pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS UPDATE: There will not be lessons tomorrow night. With snow only the man-made loop and none on the Nordic Playground, there is not enough trail to safely accommodate folks free skiing and lessons. Paul and the DNR Team hope to spread snow on the Nordic Playground and make more snow later this week. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for next week. I will post an update here on Sunday evening.

Lapham: Report by MarkHerr on Sunday Dec 7 2014 at 12:52pm
Skied Saturday afternoon. It was great skiing in 34 degrees above zero for a change. Two tracks are set. I used Toko Yellow kick wax which worked great while the sun was higher in the sky. Track became icy later in afternoon requiring more grip. Snow was being spread to Summer Stage.

Lapham: Report by Richard on Wednesday Dec 3 2014 at 4:28pm
Skated this morning with about another 15-20 skiers. Snow conditions are quite good but the trail is somewhat limited. Still a pleasure to get out this early, thanks to the man made snow.

Lapham: Report by Paul K on Tuesday Dec 2 2014 at 8:10am
Tuesday - arrived at 6:50am, just as fresh classical tracks were being set on the 1k loop, for an excellent morning stride. Skating surface looked great too with fresh grooming. Clean snow, with no hint of ice.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Dec 1 2014 at 9:04pm
Manmade snow loop - an effort has been made to scrape up the hard surface left by the Weekend thaw and refreeze, and to set a new track. Conditions are still a bit icy and hard, but definitely skiable. More snowmaking in progress, covering the start hill.

Lapham: Report by Matthew Stanke on Sunday Nov 30 2014 at 8:10pm
Heard from a very reliable source that the man made loop is very icy. Also the man made loop on the big uphill still hasn't been spread, and snow is still needed from the start to above summerset stage. Hope Paul and crew can update us tomorrow whats going on. Forecast looks really crappy for snow (dry as a bone) for at least the next 10-12 days. Slow start to winter here in SE Wisconsin.

Greenbush: Report by Matt stanke on Sunday Nov 30 2014 at 8:04pm
Extremely icy base throughout, NOT skiable. Its too bad that snow isn't in the forecast, because it would only take about 2-4" of snowfall to make the trails pretty good. Big difference in snow cover from Greenbush to Zillmer. Lots of hunters getting deer in the northern kettles over the last week.

Greenbush: Report by Eckehard Stuth on Saturday Nov 29 2014 at 7:35pm
Due due to the warm weather parts of the outer loop have deteriorated significantly and are barely skiable with rock skis. In addition there are a fair number of bootprints from people hiking on the ski trails, a few deer tracks as well as many leaves. The deer and trees are forgiven and the folks hiking on the ski trails despite all the signs asking them not to walk on the trails may be reading impaired.

Zillmer: Report by Eckehard Stuth on Saturday Nov 29 2014 at 7:14pm
Zillmer is not ready for skiing.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Nov 29 2014 at 5:08pm
Nice conditions on the 0.4 mile snowmaking loop. Those who were out this morning found a groomed and tracked trail of clean snow. Off the snowmaking loop, things have deteriorated.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Nov 29 2014 at 10:31am
Fox Hill is softening as we speak. Still good skating on the east loops this a.m. Saw about 10 other skiers out there....the word is getting out that the Fox Rocks!

McMiller: Report by Thestigmke on Saturday Nov 29 2014 at 9:32am
McMiller & Nordic are not groomed. The Hotline says that the trails are open, but they are not groomed.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 10:23pm
Fox Hill remains in skiable conditions on the east loops. We received a 1/2 inch dusting last evening which has improved coverage.

Pike_Lake: Report by Daniel S. on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 5:29pm
Not groomed but skiable. Skating decent and there were skied-in tracks. The trail was packed, somewhat unevenly, by tree removal equipment. But surprisingly good overall.

Lapham: Report by Thestigmke on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 3:46pm
Excellent skating on the lighted loop this am. Coverage was 95% perfect but still requires rock skis. The skating deck was occasionally uneven, but very skiable. The groomer was out spreading snow and the snow making machines were actively running.

Lapham: Report by Msbluesky on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 1:19pm
Classic skied. No tracks laid, so a bit sloppy. A few spots with leaves and debris, but fantastic to be out skiing so soon. They are making snow and grooming the lower loop. A lot of people out though, so I'm sure that areas will thin out quickly if there isn't another snowfall.

Lapham: Report by Mike Lueck on Thursday Nov 27 2014 at 9:02am
Will there be skiing with the lights Thanksgiving evening ?

Fox_Hill: Report by Todd Hanke on Wednesday Nov 26 2014 at 11:25pm
Thanks to Jerry for a great day of skiing. Saw reports and took a chance, and was better than I expected. Fields are in good shape and worth a trip. Hopefully it will hold up even if we get a few upper 30 days.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Nov 26 2014 at 5:36pm
The east loops at Fox Hill Nordic remain in decent condition for skating. Enough coverage to get good purchase and never caught an edge or hit a bare spot. Parking in the small lot just east of the main lot allows you to avoid the wet spot before the first bridge. B-skis for now. Thank you groomer Jerry!

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 9:03pm
Holy Cow! Very nice conditions for skating on the lighted loop tonight freshly groomed. Soft in places but firm in others - great first day (night) on skis. Rock skis, of course, but due to the heavy moisture content of the snow and the delicate touch of the groomers, there were no "gotcha's". One segment of lights are out, and you can't yet ski where thewhales are (they might swallow you), but...certainly very nice.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 5:33pm
The east loops are in good condition and the open areas are better than the tree lined areas, but all are skiable. They have been groomed for skating as there is not enough snow to set track. The west loops/more heavily wooded areas have not been groomed yet. I used my b-skis and would recommend them until we get more snow. There is some leaf litter but besides the wet/icy stretch (maybe 20 feet worth) at the bottom of the first downhill, the trails are pretty dang nice! First November post that I can recall making!

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 1:24pm
Groomed and skated the fields, very good conditions but would still not use better skis as there are rocks under the snow between lower and upper fields. Did not groom the woods. Best to park at Memorial Rock north of main entrance.



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