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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Friday Jan 23 2015 at 11:50pm
by Paul Sandgren
The manmade snow loop at Lapham Peak was groomed Friday night with a new double classical track being set. Ski conditions on the manmade loop are very good with a solid base and a lose layer of snow on top of that. With the overnight temperatures expected to be 28 degrees or higher the top layer and classical track will likely not set up real firm and will get chewed up with use. Off of the manmade loop there is a thin snow cover over dirty/ice crusted snow with numerous bare spots. Saturday Morning 1/24/15 there will be a high school ski race on the manmade snow loop. The trail will remain open to other users but it may be wise to plan your visit before the 9:30 am start or after 11 am when the event should be over. The lighted trails are open Monday through Saturday nights until 10 pm.
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Nordic: Report by Todd Hanke on Saturday Jan 24 2015 at 3:13pm
Skated blue 11-1 and last 1.5 or so of green/orange. Many areas to step around and pretty dirty, but you can make it around the whole blue. If weather stays warm and we don't get new snow, may become much worse. Only 2 real bad stretches, on last hill of first blue loop (can step around that), and just past 3 mile in open field. Prob need to walk 100 yards or so. Pretty much all the down hills you can avoid any bad areas. Most bad stuff on flats and up hills. If it freezes and becomes icy, may be bit scary without any new stuff. Rock skis a must of course, unless you want to turn them into rock skis. Best section I saw was last 1.5 miles or so on green/orange. Thanks to all the earlier grooming to make skiing today possible.
Scuppernong: Report by Laurie Rasch on Saturday Jan 24 2015 at 1:25pm
Scuppernong was mostly ski-able yesterday 1/23 except under the pines. But hikers are ruining the base. I wish there was a skiing ranger who would fine the people walking on the tracks who destroy the ski trails!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Saturday Jan 24 2015 at 7:32am
Will run the groomer through the east trails about 8 a. M , thin but very skiable, B skis.
Lapham: Report by Gary G on Friday Jan 23 2015 at 10:41pm
Classic tracks were unbelievably great tonight! Skied 8pm-10pm. They were regrooming the entire loop. Thanks to the groomers for an excellent job, and for being patient while I enjoyed the best night skiing yet!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jim Geisthardt on Friday Jan 23 2015 at 4:28pm
The meadow trail are all I pretty good shape. Temperatures did not get as high as predicted so the conditions are still pretty much the same as the report from Thursday.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 23 2015 at 2:10pm
Much of Nordic remains snow covered and skiable. The groomer worked on all of the trails Friday, smoothing out some ruts and mixing a little bit of new snow from Wednesday with the older crusty snow. There are a number of thin or bare spots. The red trail has the best cover along with the blue trail immediately after it breaks away from the red/orange/green. Unfortunately the blue ridge shortly after that is mostly grass. It is skiable, but use "B" skis and watch for bare spots. Saturday night from 6-9 pm will be a candlelight ski or hike at Nordic. Refreshments will be available from the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association. Get out and enjoy a winter evening.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 23 2015 at 2:00pm
McMiller received a couple of inches of new snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. The groomer packed the new snow on top of a crusty base which also had numerous bare spots. It is skiable, but generally poor condition with some segments better than that. The new warming shelter is open for use, although it is not yet finished so there are construction materials in the building.
Fox_Hill: Report by Todd Hanke on Thursday Jan 22 2015 at 10:04pm
Still skiable at the Fox. Skated east trails 4 pm. Fair conditions with some spots to avoid. Somewhat icy, but enough loose stuff to get some grip. Thanks Jerry!
Lapham: Report by BennyB on Thursday Jan 22 2015 at 10:45am
Skated the man-made late Wednesday night. Was surprised at how much loose snow there was. Definitly slower than the rocket fast compacted icy snow from Monday, but glide-wise it's now more similar to normal conditions. No complaints as I'm sure the temp fluctuations and constant use probably churn it up a lot. Still very much worth the trip, and doing full laps with the big hill is a workout! Thanks groomers!
Fox_Hill: Report by Bob Bodensteiner on Wednesday Jan 21 2015 at 1:32pm
Good skating on all east trails. Some short dirt spots. Otherwise all good cover and just gtoomed this AM. No tracks.
Lapham: Report by Gary G on Tuesday Jan 20 2015 at 9:45pm
Classic tracks are very icy. Its fast but very icy!!
Lapham: Report by RVH on Tuesday Jan 20 2015 at 3:11pm
Conditions are very good for skate skiing on the man made snow loop, fast with lots of control. Tracks look quite icy. Those that think there is no good skiing in southern Wisconsin should come to Lapham. You will not be disappointed.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Jan 20 2015 at 11:45am
Follow up report to the grooming report. Just got back from skiing(skate) and conditions are very good. Adequate coverage, fast and fun! Only negative was that there was no one else out there. If you would like to try Fox Nordic, Park about 200 yds north of reg. entrance, walk past gate to "no hiking" sign and follow grooming. Field trails are very skiable at night with headlamp. Questions? 262-644-6561. Have fun!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Jan 20 2015 at 10:16am
Ran the scarifier through this a.m., looks better than yesterday, should be decent skating on trails in the fields.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Jan 19 2015 at 10:16pm
If there is skate skiing in Heaven, then tonight is what it would be like. Great glide, no ice or ruts, just perfect conditions. There is also a double set of tracks that I saw many people enjoying.
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Jan 19 2015 at 7:44pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE ON!! Conditions are holding up with the slight warm weather. We will be having lessons this Tuesday, Jan 20th. We will be starting at 7pm, gathering around the Lighted Loop Trailhead. He will have both skating and classic coaches available.
Nordic: Report by Dean Hanke on Monday Jan 19 2015 at 5:10pm
Skated purple, white and "backwards" orange at 2:30pm and it was softened up enough to have an enjoyable skiing experience. Some down/uphills on orange are still boiler plate hard...so stay on the flat sections. Sure, some sections are dirty and thin but other sections are surprisingly good. Rock skis and spring skiing attitude are required. Beats roller skiing.
Nordic: Report by Eric Cutshall on Monday Jan 19 2015 at 1:19pm
Tried to ski several parts of the trail and its just too hard and icy. I would not recommend trying it until more snow falls.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Jan 19 2015 at 10:19am
Fields are still in good shape,although there is dirt in places(rock skis), suggest parking at north gate and walking down to "no hiking" sign and following grooming tracks. North end of first bridge from chalet is burnt out, so use caution if you start from reg. parking area. That stretch has no been groomed as much.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Jan 18 2015 at 2:33pm
Nordic, McMiller and Scuppernong trails were all impacted by warm temperatures on Saturday and Sunday. Bare spots, dirt, debris have all increased making the trails virtually unskiable. There are areas with decent snow cover, mostly in the hardwoods and open locations, but getting to them can be dicey. As temperatures drop the trails will become icy and with the thin snow cover the groomers do not have much to work with and likely will not be grooming until additional snow falls. If you know a snow dance, give it a try.
Lapham: Report by RVH on Sunday Jan 18 2015 at 11:10am
Skate skiing is very good on the man made snow loop ,with lots of people out before the Packer game. What a pleasure to have these conditions when there is no natural snow to ski on in the south part of the state. Skiing off the man made loop is not possible.
Lapham: Report by Michelle on Sunday Jan 18 2015 at 9:12am
Classic ski trails are un-skiable in my opinion. Very icy. Skis do not get any traction. We turned around within 100 yards of starting. Skate skiers look like they are doing fine.
Nordic: Report by Charlie Dee on Saturday Jan 17 2015 at 2:01pm
Fair to Good. Only did the Blue trail, but it has deteriorated since Tuesday when I was last on it, but very skiable despite the warm temps. There are growing bare spots in several parts of the trail, but all can be avoided with caution. Increased number of pine cones and other debris on the skate surface. Still, parts of it are good. Classic tracks in much worse shape. Bring wax less if you have them.
Nashotah_Park: Report by D. Schauer on Saturday Jan 17 2015 at 12:25pm
Nashotah was very skiable for skaters early this morning - both the green and red loops had thin but full coverage. By the time I left things had started to deteriorate slightly with some bare spots developing (easily avoided) and more debris poking through. It'd be nice if the trails survive the warm up - time will tell.
Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Saturday Jan 17 2015 at 12:05pm
Although trails were groomed last on 01/16/15 the great melt is affecting our trails! They are currently in fair condition, and are relatively slick. It is possible that they may deteriorate further over the weekend with the warmer temperatures.
McMiller: Report by Paul S on Friday Jan 16 2015 at 10:49am
McMiller is generally snow covered and skiable. The skate lane was groomed this morning and is in fair condition. There are some sections of thin snow cover, but those can be avoided. Saturday 1-17-2015 a biathlon race will be held at McMiller. Check-in for the race is 9 am with the race start at 11 am.
Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Roxbury on Friday Jan 16 2015 at 10:34am
Groomed this morning. Overall condition, good. Snow thin in some spots, with occasional leaf debris. We need more snow!
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 16 2015 at 10:34am
Nordic remains snow covered and skiable. The skate lane is in the process of being groomed and is generally in fair to good condition. It is a thin snow cover so there are spots that dirt is showing through, those spots are avoidable, although more will appear with use and the predicted warm temperatures. The classical track remains in place, it has many areas of debris in the track and spots where the track goes down to ground. The classical track will not be reset until additional snow falls. Next Saturday 1/24/1025 a candlelight ski event will be held at the Nordic trail from 6 - 9 pm.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 16 2015 at 10:27am
Scuppernong remains snow covered and skiable. It was last groomed last Friday, the tracks remain intact but have areas with debris, pine needles, in the track and some spots the track goes down to ground. Conditions are fair. The trail will not be groomed for this weekend as any grooming could bring up dirt from the trail tread.
Other: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Jan 16 2015 at 7:40am
Report for Rudorf ski area. First time trying it. What a beautiful property! Trails were very good in some areas and poor in others. The more open areas which run along the fence lines of fields had a solid base and are groomed double wide. The wooded areas were a little narrow for this 6'1" skater, but were navigable. There are also several worn out spots in the woods, please use caution. The area is open to hikers and dogs too but in my opinion, the tracks did not take away my ability to skate at all. With only about 2-3 miles of groomed public ski trails in Washington County (Pike Lake), having Fox Hill and now the Rudorf property are such a blessing. Membership is very affordable. Thank you to those who made this a reality, I am deeply grateful!
Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Thursday Jan 15 2015 at 5:25pm
Good to very good conditions with one "fair" section. Shocking how good the skating was today given how little snow there is. The woods on the west side were just as firm as the east side trails, except for the steep uphill loop on the northeastern side of the woods, where the snow is looser from not having been rolled as often. While there are some thin spot and browning spots, there are very few and easily avoidable. Only real problem -- fair conditions -- is the downhill portion to the parking lot on the far northeastern side of the woods where a number of roots are either sticking out or just under the snow and can stop skis cold if you don't see them.
Scuppernong: Report by Al Hill on Thursday Jan 15 2015 at 10:55am
Scuppernong is very skiable with waxless skis but otherwise it would be frustrating skiing through all the pine needles and leaves. Some areas are very dirty especially around the pines.
Other: Report by Paul K. on Wednesday Jan 14 2015 at 7:29pm
Lisbon community park has classic only groomed trails, in fair to good condition, as of Wednesday. Mostly a single set of tracks, primarily in the grass and prairie. Need to be careful where the tracks are over gravel trails, with the thin snow cover. Probably a total of 3 miles, cross-crossing throughout the park. The fresh 1/2 inch of powder helped. Very minor hiking damage, most folks are good about hiking along the sides.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Jan 14 2015 at 1:42pm
The trails at Fox Hill Nordic received 1/2 inch of white fluffy powder Tuesday morning. I skated the east loops in the afternoon and they are still in good condition. Classic track set in some but not all areas.
McMiller: Report by Todd Hanke on Wednesday Jan 14 2015 at 1:09pm
Skated Blue Tuesday late afternoon. Good to Fair conditions. Worst areas are in the Pines. Most of the rest pretty good. Definitely would use "B" skis. I would have no issues going back if it stays the same. New lodge can be used, and should be great when finished! Thanks to all helping with that project. Classic Skiers should avoid the track, that looked to be in very poor shape in many places.
Other: Report by Hank kulesza on Wednesday Jan 14 2015 at 9:22am
Whitnall was better than expected. The two inches of powder helped. The lower valley is good for skating & diagonal skiing. The lodge was closed. Nature center available for pit stops. Parking there is $3.
Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Tuesday Jan 13 2015 at 11:10am
Skied Monday afternoon. Hard packed, pretty beat up with lots of footprints. Most of trail was ungroomed. Use rock skis. Back area is ungroomed because so many people were walking on trail so park decided to turn it over to hikers. Better signage could have corrected the problem somewhat instead of losing the trail.
Nordic: Report by Matthew Stanke on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 11:17pm
Good to excellent for B and rock skis, both skate and classical. Some dirty spots and pine cones to ski around. More snow down here than at Lapham or the northern KM. Need another 3-6" to bring out the race (number 1) skis.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 5:29pm
Fox Hill remains in good to very good condition on the eastern loops. The skate deck was touched up since yesterday afternoon (Thanks Jerry!) which made for more consistent purchase. The woods has debris but few bare spots, b-skis in the woods until we get more snow.
Nordic: Report by Erik Franze on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 3:00pm
A bit late of a report, but I skied at Nordic on Saturday afternoon mainly on the Green and White trails and the conditions then and I assume still are very good! Do not be afraid to use your best skis, as the skate lane was very smooth and groomed to be quite fast. The classic track was a bit choppy, especially under pines but not too bad. There was no ice to cause issues and the entire snow cover made for very fun conditions for a very enjoyable ski!
Nashotah_Park: Report by BennyB on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 1:57pm
Skated Nashotah Saturday and Sunday. Pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the trails. The pine tree section was the only area of concern, lots of debris and pine cones. I did that section once, and would not go through again. Everywhere else except one hill is fully covered.
Nordic: Report by Jeff Spoerk on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 1:05pm
Skate skied the blue and green loops Sunday morning. The snow was thin but nice. A few rocks and sticks poking out here and there, but nice job by the groomers.
Minooka_Park: Report by Nora Vrakas on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 1:04pm
Minooka snow coverage is quiet good with some leaves and footprints. Very few thin areas. Grooming was happening today at noon. Tracks are solid on most of the trail. The upper annex trails again are not groomed - now for hikers? The heated bathrooms are awesome for lunch time ski outings!
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Jan 12 2015 at 9:57am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE ON!! The planets have finally aligned and we will be having lessons this Tuesday, Jan 13th. We will be starting at 7pm, gathering around the Lighted Loop Trailhead. He will have both skating and classic coaches available.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Jan 11 2015 at 5:39pm
Dozens of smiling faces and a full parking lot at Fox Hill today. Everything east of the woods is in good condition and the woods is in fair/good condition. I would still use B-skis in the woods, but good skis would be fine elsewhere. There is some machine made classic track and some human made classic tracks that aren't quite as deep. Enjoy the warmer temperatures we are expecting this week!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Sunday Jan 11 2015 at 3:46pm
Brett's report pretty much says it all. The balance of the trails have there good spots and their bad ones. But, the snowmaking loops are in excellent condition - best of the season.
McMiller: Report by John McCarthy on Sunday Jan 11 2015 at 3:39pm
Groomed for both skate and stride, with a variable base. Areas in the pines are problematic but manageable. Uphills on the blue loop have soft snow that presents some challenges but will likely improve with more grooming. B skis, of course, but not bad. New building is a work in progress, but a nice improvement
Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Sunday Jan 11 2015 at 10:43am
Trails were groomed today 01/11/15 and are in very good to excellent condition!
Scuppernong: Report by Gary G on Saturday Jan 10 2015 at 2:38pm
Tracks are in great shape. Debris in track-needles/leaves. A few very small bare spots. Skied the green and orange loop 11am-1pm.
Nashotah_Park: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Jan 10 2015 at 7:20am
Trails groomed for skate and classic. Generally good throughout. Flat surface with thin but adequate coverage. Track is generally firm. Some debris in the wooded areas. No rocks or roots poking through
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 6:39pm
Nordic trail was groomed on Friday for both skate and classical skiing. Skate skiers will find good to very good conditions - there are a few spots where the snow is thin, but can be skied around easily. The classical track conditions vary. In the hardwoods it is generally in fair to good condition. In the pines it is shallow and goes down to dirt at times.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 6:34pm
McMiller received about 3" of new snow Thursday afternoon and evening. The trail was groomed for both skate and classical skiing. Skate skiers will find generally good to very good conditions with a few areas where the snow is thin. A classical track was set with varied success. There are places the track is full depth and in pretty good condition, other spots the track is shallow, some dirt, some pine needles etc. Overall conditions for classical skiers is fair. Try out the new warming shelter at McMiller. Heated with a wood pellet stove it is toasty warm. The building isn't finished yet so you will have to deal with some materials stacked on the sides, but it is useable and a great place to warm up after a good ski. Get out and enjoy winter now that it has arrived.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 4:00pm
Packed and groomed all loops today. Had 2-3 inches of light snow yesterday plus an inch prior. The result was about 1 inch packed. Thin cover in some areas. Overall skiable but marginal. A couple spots on the yellow that you will bump some rocks. Not enough snow to set any track.
Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 3:56pm
Trail was groomed at 3:00pm. Conditions are very good to excellent - 4 inch base. Track was set with occasional leaf debris.
Fox_Hill: Report by Gensch on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 12:19pm
Groomed all trails for skate, did not set classic tracks(lack of snow depth) bur will try Sat. A.m? Would not use good skis in the woods.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 11:52am
Scuppernong has been groomed with a new classical track being set throughout the trail system. Conditions are generally very good, there are some pine needles in the track in spots and the snow cover is not real deep, as the trail gets used some dirt or stones may get exposed in the track.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Jan 9 2015 at 10:33am
All three trail systems at the Southern Unit, Scuppernong, McMiller and Nordic received nearly 3" of new snow Thursday afternoon and night. All three systems are in the process of being groomed and should be completed later today. As soon as the groomers advise, information about conditions and classical tracks will be updated.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Jan 8 2015 at 5:34pm
It's currently snowing at Fox Hill. I ventured out and saw ungroomed, but improved trail conditions. (I am quite certain groomer Jerry will start after the snow stops). The coverage is better in the west loops but I would still rate conditions as fair. The east loops, meadows, prairies, orchards are in good condition for skating. Cold and windy but due to the terrain and woods, skiers are well protected. Enjoy!
Menomonee_Park: Report by Jason tenge on Wednesday Jan 7 2015 at 3:38pm
classic skied wed morning-groomed and covered, yeh, but cold skate skied wed afternoon, pretty nice but still cold
Lapham: Report by Paul Keber on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 10:32pm
WEDNESDAY NIGHT JUNIOR NORDIC SKI SERIES is cancelled for this week by the coaches due to the extreme cold and windy weather forecast. That includes the K-6, Middle School, and High School races.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 6:39pm
Conditions at FHN have improved since Monday. The 1-2 inches of fresh snow we received overnight was packed and the entire system was groomed for skating. At this point, I would say everything east of the woods is in good condition and the west loops in the wooded areas is skiable but in poor condition. I wouldn't hesistate to use my good skis in the prairies and open areas but rock skis are a must if you venture westward. I skied everywhere Jerry groomed and if I go back before it snows again, I will likely skip the woods. Not a lot of debris on the trail but grass, roots, rocks sticking through the thin cover of snow. Never got stuck but had to do a lot of dancing around. Layer up and enjoy!
Lapham: Report by Charlie Dee on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 5:16pm
Good everywhere, excellent on the man-made loop. Skied everything this afternoon except for the prairie up-top, The portions of the top trail than were rolled previously but not groomed today, actually skied faster that what was groomed. Temps were 11F, almost no wind. Delightful. Very thin base; if you have a pair of B skis, use them.
Lapham: Report by BEK on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 3:47pm
Skied in the early afternoon today at Lapham. The man-made snow loop has plenty of snow with several huge piles waiting to be spread. I skied the lighted loop and then up to the top and then back down to the loop. It all looked to be groomed this morning. The trails off the back side of the top were not groomed as of 1 pm. I wouldn't use my best skis yet, but B skis if you're a little careful and rock skis if you want to go wild. The snow was slow and squeaky with the cold temps the last day or two. Coverage was pretty good with a few thin spots here or there and some of the climbs had a bit of debris. Overall, it was great getting off the man-made loop and onto the rest of the trails. With the little snow we've had, the groomers had the trails in great shape. Another snowfall or two and conditions will be excellent.
Lapham: Report by Ron Bero on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 3:07pm
Skied the Black Loop just now. Was groomed up to the top (South Hill is the name I think) - but not past that until the Big Slide. Still - All VERY SKIABLE. Get out there and pack it down (please). While my poles hit rock/ground under the snow - my skis never did.
Nordic: Report by Eric Cutshall on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 2:07pm
Skied the blue loop today at 1:00. Soft and slow, but a great workout. Nice to not ski in a circle anymore at Lapham. Good snow cover with just a few rocks and debris. Probly B skis till a little more snow falls.
Other: Report by Paul Sandgren on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 12:18pm
The Southern Unit - KMSF trails, Nordic, McMiller, Scuppernong received roughly 1" of new snow on Monday night. The groomers have packed all three trail systems. Conditions are generally fair for skate skiers at Nordic and McMiller with a few thin spots. With no classical tracks being set on any of the trails as there is not adequate snow depth, Classical skiers at Scuppernong which is for classical skiing only, as well as Nordic and McMiller will find snow covered trails and no track. The new McMiller heated ski shelter is now open for use at the trailhead. The building is not a finished product however it is useable and being worked on each day. Future plans call for flush toilet restrooms to be added to this building - donations are needed to complete that portion of the project.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt groomer on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 9:39am
Not much for snow yet, maybe 2 inches of light stuff. A couple people have been out but conditions are poor. Chance for a couple inches on Thursday and I plan to roll the trails on Friday.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Jan 6 2015 at 7:49am
I gave it a try Monday afternoon on the trails at Fox Hill. I stayed below truck hill and found adequate conditions. Grass was poking through, but not enough to impede forward progress. The area received an additional 1-2 inches early Tuesday morning which should make things even better. I would stick with rock/B skis until conditions improve.
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Monday Jan 5 2015 at 2:14pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS are cancelled for this week due to the extreme cold and windy weather. The DNR Team will be catching up with making and spreading snow during the next few days. Should be great conditions next week!!
Minooka_Park: Report by Erik Franze on Monday Jan 5 2015 at 2:02pm
Skied yesterday morning at Minooka where the trails were fairly soft but good enough to get moving at nice speeds for a first ski of the season. Drifting made the trails harder to navigate in the open fields or hills, but in the woods the conditions were very manageable. Classic track seemed in a poorer condition, but definitely skiable.
Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Jan 5 2015 at 12:45pm
Peak Nordic Kids for Jan 5th has been CANCELED due to the forecast cold temps tonight. Hopefully Mother Nature is kinder to us next week.
Lapham: Report by Shore on Monday Jan 5 2015 at 12:19pm
Skied the upper loop yesterday. Good enough snow coverage, but not groomed.
Lapham: Report by Brian on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 8:01pm
Does anyone know if Lapham will get groomed tonight? I'd like to ski the outer trails tomorrow morning, but I'm wondering if the new snow from today will be groomed. Thanks
Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 4:03pm
Minooka was groomed this morning. Looks like about 3 inches. Skate lane and classic track. I strided. Track was thin and could see grass showing through in some spots. Because most of the trail is grass or bark chips, thin snow not as much of an issue. Snow was soft. Suggest rock skis
Lapham: Report by RVH on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 1:20pm
Snow conditions on the man made loop are quite good, although the tracks are somewhat washed out given the number of skiers. Lots of skiers taking advantage of the good conditions with natural snow on top of the recent man made snow. Great to see the number of people enjoying winter in Wisconsin. Conditions outside of the man made area are not very good.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 11:42am
Nordic received roughly 5" of new snow on Friday and Saturday nights. The trails have been packed to a depth of about 2". There is inadequate snow depth to set a classical track. The trails are skiable, however the snow is soft, skiers could push through to the ground in spots, there are also some thin snow cover areas. It is the first skiable snow at Nordic for this season.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 11:39am
Scuppernong received roughly 5" of new snow between Friday night and Saturday. The trail system is being packed and is skiable, however there is inadequate snow depth to set a classical track and the snow will have to age some before it firms up. There are some thins spots especially in the pine and spruce plantations.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 11:37am
McMiller received approximately 5" of new snow between Friday night and Saturday night. As of 11:30 am McMiller has not yet been packed by the groomers as they are working on Nordic and Scuppernong trails. McMiller is expected to be packed later in the day but it will likely remain soft and not real firm.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Sunday Jan 4 2015 at 10:44am
Groomed the fields this a.m., minimal conditions, rock skis recommended.
Lapham: Report by Matthew Stanke on Saturday Jan 3 2015 at 2:32pm
Liam....Total K's on New Year's Day 1533K. Everyone had a great time and the loop was awesome. Let's bring it back early next season. A great loop!!Everyone...Trails are in pretty good condition, 2" new snow overnight and snowing again as of 12:30 P.M. More snow coming tonight. PLEASE consider a DONATION to the snowmaking....every dollar helps. Without snowmaking, we still wouldn't be skiing this season. With everyone pitching in donations, we can extend the trail system and get a 3rd high efficient snow gun for next season. Thanks, and thank you once again to the hard working grooming crew that has made Lapham a great place to ski when mother nature failed us.
Lapham: Report by Liam Hughes on Saturday Jan 3 2015 at 11:17am
I know that this isn't a ski report but am curious as to how many K were skied on New Year's Day.??
Lapham: Report by Matthew Stanke on Thursday Jan 1 2015 at 9:22pm
The 1.33 K loop is in pretty good condition, but a bit slow due to the recent very cold temps. It should be faster tomorrow and Saturday with milder temps and more grooming. Should get 3-4" snow sat night (after ice Saturday afternoon), then brutal cold next Monday thru Thursday with snow on Tuesday. Winter is back!!! Thank you grooming crew for all the white stuff, greatly appreciated!!
Lapham: Report by Anne Riendl on Thursday Jan 1 2015 at 8:10am
Bjorn Twoski reports the distance for today's loop is 1.333K So 3 times around what is now smoothly groomed is 4K. Please record all distance skied today on the papers now in Evergreen Shelter. Let's total more than the 2000K skied on New Year's Day last year! MANY THANKS to the Snowmaking GROOMERS!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Dec 29 2014 at 11:06pm
I checked out the 'Survivors Loop' tonight based on Paul's description. It was certainly skate-able, with the best snow in the deeply wooded area at the top of the Tail End hill. The 'loop' is about a half kilometer. The climb has plenty of loose 'snow' but is icy underneath - get on a flat ski and turn it over quickly. The descent on Magic Carpet wasn't too bad, and was slowed by new snow at the bottom. Other areas are icy, but not too bad, once you get used to it. Best news is that NINE snow guns were running full out on various parts of the trail. It will take a few days, but we'll soon be back to as good as it gets without natural snow. Please note that running nine guns would not have been possible with the original pump.
Lapham: Report by Matt Stanke on Sunday Dec 28 2014 at 6:58pm
Thank you, thank you!!! The loop that were groomed was in good ROCK skiing conditions. If you go tomorrow, please help out and put some snow (from the snow mounds near the trailhead left and ahead of the building) across the thin spot on the straightaway section (about 2-3 feet wide). What a great Sunday!!! Rock skiing at the peak, the Pack winning the North Division and much colder weather arriving soon to make lots of snow. The forecast is mighty cold the next 2-3 weeks, maybe the tide this winter is turning. Thank you again groomers, very nice job and greatly appreciated in this tough winter!!!