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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Sunday Mar 29 2015 at 2:46pm
by Brian Jacquette
The Mountain Bike/Horse trail is closed to bikers and horses until the trail dries up. We hope it will be open the first weekend of April depending on how much rain we get this week.
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Lapham: Report by Mary Beth Miranda on Sunday Mar 15 2015 at 11:31pm
A big end of season thanks to this website, the snowmakers and all contributers, the groomers and to Sean for another year of excellent skate ski lessons! You've all made a winter that was a bit short on snow into another incredible year with lots of great skiing! I'm looking forward to next winter!! Now it's time to hit the bike trails...
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Mar 14 2015 at 10:58am
Just finished skiing the manmade loops. Groomed this morning, which brought some clean snow to the top. Conditions are "variable". Warm-up loop is your best bet, and then climb up Summerstage hill, turn around, and go back down. Pine debris on the upper portion of the start hill make it painfully slow. Magic Carpet is toast.
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Friday Mar 13 2015 at 6:41pm
Paul, any chance that you can groom the flat loop and possibly tail end hill-lower magic carpet ride) on sunday morning. It suppose to be much colder Saturday night (20's) and skiing would be great from 6-10 am. Lots of K's there. Your call. Thank, Matt Hope everyone has fun tomorrow (sorry can't make it-work)
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Mar 12 2015 at 11:30pm
Still a very good base out there in most spots, but ware and tear is beginning to show. The skiing was fast and very controllable after 8 p.m. on Thursday night (fast, firm and fun). Tomorrow will be very stressful on the trail, but I still think a sunday morning ski is very possible. It will go way below freezing Saturday night (20's)so that may be the last time the groomers groom the trails for the season unless we get a big snowstorm. The base flat loop and tail end and magic carpet ride is pretty clean, but summerset hill is getting filthy. Ski early or late for the best results.
Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Mar 12 2015 at 11:23pm
The only good skiing left at Nordic is in the pines on the blue only loop between the 1-2 mile marker and the backward orange and white in the pines. Thank you very much groomers for the outstanding job at Nordic. Get it before its gone.
Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Wednesday Mar 11 2015 at 4:05pm
Oh baby, how sweet it is. The skiing in the pines were great this early afternoon (its about 15 degrees cooler there). The sweet spot was between the 1 and 2 mile marker (that should hold for 2-3 days yet). There were other great spots, but lots of emerging bare spots in the open prairies and of course the ridge at the 3 mile marker. The end is near, but not quite here yet. I be there late tomorrow afternoon for a great sunset before my last 3 days on the man made loops. Thank you groomers for a great season at Nordic.
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Wednesday Mar 11 2015 at 4:01pm
Great!!!! Thank you groomers!!! The base should hold thru sunday, but PLEASE refrain from using the trails after 11 am or before 6 pm. This will help grooming efforts big time. Still lots of base out there. Enjoy!! See ya tomorrow night after Nordic.
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Tuesday Mar 10 2015 at 1:30pm
Groomers, any chance you can groom early tomorrow morning (wed) for skating. Day off tomorrow. Let me/others know. Since really good out there as of Monday night at 9:50 p.m. Thanks, Matt
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Mar 10 2015 at 1:29pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS ARE CANCELLED!! Due to the high temperatures, we are cancelling lessons this week. If the weather cools and the snow holds, we may have lessons next week.
Minooka_Park: Report by Hiking on ski trails on Tuesday Mar 10 2015 at 9:29am
Went to Minooka yesterday to scope it out, looks pretty bleak. Lots of people walking on the trails too. Where does it say on DNR about the fine for hiking on ski trails? I could not verify.
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Mar 9 2015 at 11:33pm
Great evening of skiing at the peak Monday on the man made loops. One more day of real warmth tomorrow, then northeast winds will cool southeast Wisconsin until sunday afternoon. Temps below freezing at nights and low dew points are helping preserving the base. Big favor to ask the DNR at the peak. Please watch for hikers, there is a $254 fine for hiking on groomed ski trails. Extra cash for the state and a way to stick it to some people that haven't a clue. Thanks!!! Hoping we can make it thru the weekend, and by the way it looked tonight and hopefully tomorrow is kind, I think we have a good chance.
Minooka_Park: Report by Brent Foye on Monday Mar 9 2015 at 3:35pm
The trail was groomed this morning and in great condition. We skied till 11am and at that point it started to get a little slower and a little soft but still great. Should be good for a few more days.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 9:16pm
The parking lot is closed and the port a potty will be removed Monday. To access the trails, use the parking area 400 yds. North off NN.
McMiller: Report by Richard Homan on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 4:00pm
Skated before 11 today . Early morning had winter conditions with spring temps. Fast until about 11. Kudos to the groomers. This may be the last good day.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 10:54am
Trails were in fair condition early this morning. Icy spots and some rutted up areas where caution is suggested. Jerry was out scarifying the skate deck around 7:15 this morning. Conditions are changing by the hour most likely. Some spots are pretty good. Downhills are treacherous.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul K on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 9:33am
While coverage is good at Scuppernong, significant hiking damage from Saturday really hurt the trails, and makes downhills dangerous with frozen boot prints . Be careful!
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 1:01am
The skate lanes at Nordic were groomed on Saturday night loosening up an icy crust that had formed. The skate lane has a hard base with a loose layer of snow on top of it. The classical track remains in place but because of warm temperatures on Saturday the track is very icy and may ski better after the temperature rises and softens the snow. Ski conditions will vary depending on the air temperature at the time that you arrive at the forest.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 12:53am
McMiller skate lanes were groomed Saturday night. There is a hard bas with a thin layer of loose snow on top. Skiers arriving before the tempratures start rising will find fair to good skiing in the skate lanes with some icy and bare spots. The classical track is generally well formed but it is glare ice in some locations and glazed throughout. Get out and ski, there may not be many days left.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Mar 8 2015 at 12:49am
The classical tracks at Scuppernong remain in place but due to warm temperatures on Saturday they are worn and glazed. In the morning when the temperatures are below freezing the trail will be very icy. As the temperatures warm the snow will soften and become skiable. There are some bare spots forming from the warm temps and sun.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Saturday Mar 7 2015 at 6:44pm
Will groom skate lanes tomorrow before 8 a.m. dst. Might suggest parking at north parking area as first bridge may be burnt out/or use caution coming down hill from chalet.
Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Saturday Mar 7 2015 at 10:01am
Excellent skiing this morning on the black loop and it was not icy. These conditions will likely change soon in the next few days so get out and enjoy
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Mar 7 2015 at 8:18am
Get after it while you still can. Conditions are great but the meltdown is near! Minimal debris, superb skate deck, no ice. Had a blast skiing with six guys early this morning!
Lapham: Report by Dave Hammer on Friday Mar 6 2015 at 6:18pm
Skated all trails from 2-4 pm. Surface was firm and fast but not icy. Good control throughout. Classic track was firm and fast as well. A few "dirty" areas, but no bare spots. Could soften up with warmer temps. on Saturday. Get out early for best conditions.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Mar 6 2015 at 12:32pm
Nordic is snow covered and in generally good to very good skiing condition. The classical track was set on Wednesday and is full depth and set up hard. There are a few thin spots and some tree litter on the trail tread. The skate lanes were groomed on Friday and have a firm base with a loose layer of snow on top. Enjoy the snow soon as the calendar and weather predictions indicate it will be disappearing soon.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Mar 6 2015 at 12:27pm
McMiller classical track is full depth throughout the trail system, it has set up hard and in very good skiing condition. The a couple of spots where there is dirt in the track and some leaf litter scattered intermittently. The skate lanes were groomed on Friday morning and are in very good condition also with a very firm bass and a layer of loose snow on top.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul on Friday Mar 6 2015 at 12:24pm
Scuppernong remains well snow covered with a double classical track that is in good condition. The track is firm and not glazed. There are some thin spots and some tree litter on the trail tread. Predicted warmer temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will impact the trail conditions.
Minooka_Park: Report by Steve Martin on Friday Mar 6 2015 at 9:26am
Groomed again yesterday afternoon. Excellent conditions.
Menomonee_Park: Report by Lee Borowski on Thursday Mar 5 2015 at 5:56pm
These trail have been excellent for the last week or so, since I first discovered this little gem, just minutes from my house. I had dismissed this trail over 10 years ago because of poor grooming. Now both skating and striding are well groomed. One suggestion: Find a way to groom the skating lane without leaving a ridge in the middle.
McMiller: Report by Darren Blankenship on Thursday Mar 5 2015 at 4:07pm
Excellent for classic late this morning into the early afternoon. A great birthday treat for my wife Joanie. The tracks must have been set late Wednesday because it appeared only a few skiers had used them and they were nice and solid from the frigid overnight temperatures. Just a few thin spots and some pesky oak leaves. Thanks to the groomers for these outstanding tracks!
Lapham: Report by B Neuworth on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 7:16pm
skated the upper loop this afternoon! Fabulous grooming!
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Kinzer on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 5:55pm
Thanks to Mother Nature and fresh, top notch grooming, skiing at Scuppernong this evening was nearly perfect!
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 5:45pm
The Southern Unit received 2+ inches of new snow on Tuesday. All 3 trail systems at the forest, Scuppernong, Nordic and McMiller were groomed on Wednesday with new classical tracks set and skate lanes packed and groomed. All three trail systems have very good conditions at this time. Get out and enjoy the great snow before the warm weather starts to appear.
Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 5:33pm
Excellent. Amazing. Fast, with easy purchase on all push-offs, new classic track set on all field loops. Just superb. The snow that came down yesterday was the first really wet snow of the year. Jerry wisely let it sit there overnight as the temps plunged, then groomed this morning, blending the new ice into the old snow, making it lightening fast but allowing total control. If you've never been to FH, now's the time to try it.
Scuppernong: Report by Darren Blankenship on Wednesday Mar 4 2015 at 3:35pm
Excellent conditions at midday. Joanie and I skied all the trails as the groomer was laying fresh tracks and the conditions were outstanding. Great glide and almost full-depth tracks throughout. Little to no debris on the trails-the fresh snow really helped.
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.