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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 8:59am
by Colton Kelly

The Man made snow was last groomed Saturday night. Snow is still falling so it will be groomed again tonight. The rest of the ski trails were compacted with our roller Sunday afternoon and left to harden overnight. The new snowfall allowed us to widen the trails off of the man made. These trails will be groomed tonight as well. All trails should be in perfect condition come Tuesday.


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Other: Report by Hank kulesza on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 9:15pm
Whitnall Park--not groomed, good to fair conditions.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 7:04pm
I would say Lapham got about 3 inches of snow today, which is good. Today on the manmade loops, conditions were soft and somewhat slow. Tracks on the regular loops were skied-in, but tracks in the Field-Playground loops were newly set by the PB and in great condition. Conditions on the regular snowmaking loops and on the rest of the trail system will change overnight as grooming - per my discussions with the volunteer grooming team - proceeds on the full system. Check back again on Tuesday morning for updated reports. Should be very good.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 4:46pm
We received about 3 inches of fluffy snow over the weekend and this morning. I packed, groomed and tracked all loops today. The track is rather thin in some spots. The track and skate deck are soft but should firm up in the next couple days. Overall conditions are good. You may still bump one or two rocks on the east part of the yellow and north steep downhill.

Lapham: Report by Brian Schultz on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 4:45pm
Sorry not a snow report but on Saturday I had a pair of skis and poles stolen from the ski rack in front of the warming building.at Lapham. The skis were Salomon Equipe 10 and the poles were Salomon Equipe 10. I apologize for using this format for my misfortune but if anyone hears anything, I’m at 414 469 0058. Thanks

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Jan 24 2022 at 4:10pm
We received 2-3 inches of new snow, the skate deck was re-groomed and new classic tracks were set.

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Jerry Gensch on Saturday Jan 22 2022 at 9:11am
All the skate lanes were groomed this morning with very good conditions in the fields and B skis in the woods. Classic tracks are ok in most places but some got blown in with the light snow last night.

Lapham: Report by Jeff Spoerk on Friday Jan 21 2022 at 1:53pm
Man made loop is in beautiful shape. Lots of new manmade snow nicely groomed to make a firm, but not icy skate deck. A friend doing classic flew around the loops, so those tracks seem good too. Great work by the groomers.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Jan 19 2022 at 12:31pm
Overnight grooming with the Pisten Bully provided a flat Corduroy surface for skate and new tracks for stride. Best is the re-groomed playground/field trails. Magic Carpet is a bit firmer, but into the wind. Very good conditions overall

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Jan 18 2022 at 3:20pm
Very good conditions for skate. A healthy layer of powdery snow, softening in the warm air, on a firm base. Strong south wind makes it tough on the finish straightaway. Magic Carpet in excellent condition. Striding track were left from several days ago.

Other: Report by Hank kulesza on Monday Jan 17 2022 at 8:48pm
Currie Park has about 50% snow coverage that is skiable with rock skis. The snow coverage gets better going further west.

Lapham: Report by Gary G on Monday Jan 17 2022 at 4:44pm
The classic striding track was great today! Skied the man made loop from 12-3 pm. Great kick with my skin skis through out the trail. Glide was okay. Not at all an ice luge. #trainon!

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Monday Jan 17 2022 at 10:18am
The groomer was out first thing in this Holiday morning. Conditions are excellent for skating and appears so for the tracks for striding as well. If you happen to be off today, good time to head over.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Sunday Jan 16 2022 at 8:39pm
Very nice on the manmade loops this afternoon. Easy-going layer of powdery snow on a firm base made for excellent skating. Downhills were especially nice. Solid, straight tracks provide excellent striding conditions. Cold temps overnight should give us more of the same on Monday. Enjoy.

Pike_Lake: Report by Justin Blindert on Sunday Jan 16 2022 at 3:23pm
All Loops were groomed this afternoon. The Classic track is a bit shallow and broken up due to a thin hard base and little new snow.. The Skate lane is good shape with full snow coverage and only small amounts of debris. Bring your B ski's. Grooming will be on hold until the next snowfall. Happy Trails

Menomonee_Park: Report by Corey Hafemeister on Saturday Jan 15 2022 at 5:13pm
Two inches of lake effect powder over firm, glazed base. Classic tracks are worn, but useable in most sections. Skate deck is not groomed. Few spots with debris. Overall decent conditions.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Jan 15 2022 at 4:16pm
Perfect conditions on the manmade loops for the Lapham Loppet and LPSC Family Fun Day today. A gentle lake effect snow overnight and through the day added to the excellent overnight grooming, providing a fast and fun course for the 100+ racers in the morning and the family fun in the afternoon. Skate surface is a mix of tilled manmade and new natural snow on a firm base, Striders will find solid tracks good for both grip and glide. Note: I expect that it will be great again tomorrow, but maybe a little crowded. Enjoy the experience of skiing with your friends and save the intense speedwork for another day.

Pike_Lake: Report by Justin Blindert on Saturday Jan 15 2022 at 2:22pm
Grooming is on hold until morning tomorrow. Classic Tracks are in poor condition with ice and bare ground areas. Skate lane is in fair condition with full snow coverage but some areas have debris and ice. Hopefully some new powder will make conditions better.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 14 2022 at 12:23pm
Good conditions for skate on the manmade loops this morning. Park staff used the Ginzu to break up the surface before it froze hard due to the cooler temps. Skate surface is a shallow layer of powder on a firmer base. Can be very fast if you want it to be, or just enjoy the easy cruising. Tracks were not reset, but remain solid, though a bit glazed. Downhills might be a bit intimidating to some skiers but are generally good.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Thursday Jan 13 2022 at 12:31pm
Excellent skiing on the manmade loops this morning. New grooming left a nice layer of soft, clean snow on a firm base, bordered by solid tracks. Mild temps and no wind contributed to one of the best ski days of the season. Downhills we’re especially nice, and the playground loops are a gas.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Jan 12 2022 at 12:35pm
Very good conditions for skate on the manmade loops this morning. The overnight grooming with the PB, the warmer temps, and the lack of wind, made for an excellent surface of fine powder on a firm but forgiving base. Great for cruising, especially on the Woods Loop. The descent down Magic Carpet is firm with just enough loose snow to make it comfortable. Be sure to check out the all-age playground trails inside the field loop for some fun bumps and turns.

Lapham: Report by Brian Birschbach on Wednesday Jan 12 2022 at 10:40am
Outstanding conditions on the manmade loop early this morning with the overnight grooming and 32 degree temps. As good as it gets!

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Charlie Dee on Tuesday Jan 11 2022 at 5:46pm
Skating at CLCF this afternoon was good. Full coverage on all trails. However, steep hills are becoming hard with what little powder there is pushed to the side. Thus, skating up them requires better balance than, say, last Saturday when there were powder everywhere to get a clean skate-off without slipping. Classic tracks remain solid, with only a little debris catching in the tracks.

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Eric Hansen on Tuesday Jan 11 2022 at 5:00pm
Striding mid day. Solid snow cover, grooming excellent, set diagonal tracks good, firm. Skate deck good, firm but not ice. Fair amount of wind blown debris in the tracks might push the diagonal rating to B skis.

Lapham: Report by Jeff Spoerk on Tuesday Jan 11 2022 at 4:09pm
You can slip slide your way around, but it is quite challenging. Practically glare ice on about half of the man-made loop. Rather tense on the downhill leg.

Lapham: Report by Doc on Tuesday Jan 11 2022 at 1:52pm
Sorry but today is a rock hard glacier. It appears there was no grooming. Tomorrow should be a better day. My prescription go for a hike.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Tuesday Jan 11 2022 at 12:25pm
I groomed the skating lanes on all loops this morning. Conditions are fair. A lot of tree debris on the brown loop under the pine and spruce areas. Some thin spots. The yellow, green and red loops are in better condition. Expect to find a few tops of rocks sticking up on the east and north parts of the yellow loop. No track set, a thin hard base.

Lapham: Report by Roy Nilsen on Monday Jan 10 2022 at 12:22pm
The Peak Nordic Kids session for tonight (Jan 10, 2022) has been canceled due to extreme cold.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Sunday Jan 9 2022 at 8:36am
Excellent skating this morning at sunrise on the manmade loop and it appears the tracks are fine as well.

Nordic: Report by Stephen Wadle on Saturday Jan 8 2022 at 3:09pm
Skated the blue loop with a good pair of skis. Good glide and edging. Smooth surface. Adequate snow coverage over 90% of the track. 10% with low coverage resulting in grass and needles poling through. Some rocks poking through on a couple of up hills and one downhill. The rocks are avoidable.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Jan 8 2022 at 12:10pm
Excellent contains on the manmade loops this morning. Skate surface is mostly a thin layer of powder over a firm base, with a couple of spots of crunchy snow. New tracks are solid, deep, and straight. Hundreds of skiers of all ages and abilities are enjoying the hard and skillful work of our snow makers and groomers!

Pike_Lake: Report by Justin Blindert on Thursday Jan 6 2022 at 2:49pm
All trail loops were groomed today and classic track set. With the new powder the trails are in good shape. Skate lane is fast but a little soft. Should firm up overnight, so expect great conditions tomorrow. Enjoy the Trails.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Thursday Jan 6 2022 at 1:23pm
We got a couple inches of fluffy stuff yesterday and today. I packed and groomed all loops today. Base is too thin for setting track. May bump the tops of some rocks on the east and the north portion of the yellow loop. Conditions are fair to better, considering the thin base.

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Jerry Gensch on Thursday Jan 6 2022 at 11:10am
All trails have been groomed, and classic tracks have been set.

Nordic: Report by Stephen Wadle on Tuesday Jan 4 2022 at 6:52pm
Conditions on the blue loop improve with distance from the trailhead because of less traffic. Track near the trailhead was lumpy and firm which required concentration to skate on given my skill level. Best conditions between N3 and N9 on the blue with softer snow which provided good glide and edging. May want to avoid areas with the pine trees if using best skies

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Jan 4 2022 at 5:05pm
The 2.5 KM manmade snow loops are groomed and tracked, with very good conditions throughout. Most enjoyable is the Woods Loop, with freshly made snow that has not yet experienced the thaws and rain that the Pond Loop has been through. Many segments with double classic tracks that are solid and straight.

Lapham: Report by Don Howell on Tuesday Jan 4 2022 at 4:15pm
It was the first time on the 1.06 full man-made loop through the woods and down the magic carpet to the lower loop. The groomed skate deck was very good with fast glide and enough edging for control especially down the magic carpet. It was very enjoyable to ski the full loop with the great conditions.

Lapham: Report by Josiah Menako on Tuesday Jan 4 2022 at 3:48pm
Ski'd Sunday 1/2/22 the manmade loop was good, slightly ice in some places but overall very excellent. Classic tracks were similarly great with a few icy spots. Snow making was going on for the magic carpet ride further up the hill.

Lapham: Report by Don Howell on Wednesday Dec 29 2021 at 4:44pm
Skied 15 loops of 1.1k man-made loop which had been groomed early morning. At 32 degrees the skate deck was fast with enough loose snow for edging. Without the grooming,the conditions would not be good and safe.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Wednesday Dec 29 2021 at 2:46pm
I packed and groomed all loops today. Very thin base, expect some debris and rocky spots in places. Not enough snow to set track. Poor conditions but skiable.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Dec 29 2021 at 11:50am
Solid base with firm corduroy set last night that is breaking up into a shallow powder layer and is very nice for skating. Newly set tracks appear to be best suited for double poling. Many skiers enjoying the manmade loop. The few who I saw venture onto the regular trails did not stay there long.

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Jerry gensch on Wednesday Dec 29 2021 at 10:12am
All trails were groomed for skate, no classic tracks were set, the trails in the fields are very good. The woods had less snow depth and would recommend using your B skis.

Lapham: Report by Jim Marschalek on Wednesday Dec 29 2021 at 8:37am
Groomed overnight by the PB. Tracks are solid, a mix of great corduroy and a little icy or hard packed sections.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Dec 27 2021 at 11:24am
Lapham got about 3 inches of wet snow. As noted by Colton, conditions are slushy and saturated. Tracks are wet. A bit of smaller tree debris on the start hill from the pines.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Sunday Dec 26 2021 at 12:16pm
Smiles all around is the only way to describe trail conditions today on the manmade loop. Grooming last night provide a corn snow surface that was very fast early, but softening and loosing up as the day progressed. Warm weather has taken a bit of a toll, narrowing the trail, resulting in one set of double tracks on only one side of the trail.

 

 

 
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