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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Sunday Feb 5 2023 at 8:29am
by Jay

Man-made loop was groomed overnight with the Pisten Bully. Conditions are very good. Off the man-made is thin with rocks showing through in some areas. Track is in poor shape in many areas. No lights Sunday night.


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Lapham: Report by Cory on Sunday Feb 5 2023 at 8:48am
Just finished skiing the purple loop several times this morning and had it to myself. Probably the last shot at it today. A few bare spots on the classic tracks but not bad. The skate deck looked to be in good shape. A few dirty and thin spots but nothing that you can't avoid. Come out and enjoy the trails today as next week they will probably ruined with the warm weather.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Saturday Feb 4 2023 at 5:37pm
Great conditions for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops. Firm, flat base with a thin layer of powdery snow made for excellent skating. New tracks, solid, snowy, and deep made for the same for classic skiers. Issues with crunchy ice from earlier in the week are gone. Magic Carpet is a dream. I’ll leave it for others to report on conditions off the manmade snow loops

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Saturday Feb 4 2023 at 7:39am
Excellent ski skating on the man made loop and the tracks look great as well. Off the the man made loop appears fair at best.

Lapham: Report by Todd Belok on Friday Feb 3 2023 at 11:30am
Classic skied yesterday 2p-4p. On the man made loop full coverage and good tracks, though very abrasive old/artificial snow. I had good luck with universal klister. Off the man made loops the tracks had grass showing, I would avoid. Thanks to the Lapham Peak crew for keeping the tracks in good shape.

Other: Report by Hank kulesza on Friday Feb 3 2023 at 8:53am
Whitnall Park: Groomed & tracked. Tracks in good & very good condition with parts of tracks worn out & blown over with snow. Some debris. Even a few bare spots.

Lapham: Report by Ann D on Friday Feb 3 2023 at 12:50am
Classic striding report 2:15pm Thursday: Tracks were good, especially considering they hadn’t been reset since Monday eve. Temps and sunshine were welcomed, but the strong west wind was bitter cold on Magic Carpet Ride and the east and north sides of the Field loop. The blades of one snow gun fan turned in the wind. Did several times around the Field loop, then the Woods loop, and finally the entire Meadow/green trail. Magic Carpet Ride tracks were so slow I had to pole myself forward! Used waxable skis with Blue Extra wax. Natural snow portion of the Meadow trail had many 2, 3, and 4 foot track sections with NO snow in the more open areas. So, as you turn off the manmade snow at E3, don’t ride in the tracks around the curve and down the first hill! Cannot recommend classic striding off the manmade snow loops until more natural snow arrives.

Zillmer: Report by Andrew Straka on Thursday Feb 2 2023 at 2:45pm
The full trail system was groomed this morning. Classic tracks have not been set as of yet. The skate deck remains in good shape, but as before, some bare spots are present. Pleases be cautious and watch for dirty, thin, and rocky areas on the trail. The skate ranges between 1-3" thick and is decently firm. B, or rock skies are recommended.

CLCF_Nordic: Report by Charlie desando on Thursday Feb 2 2023 at 9:48am
I skated yesterday (Wednesday)afternoon and the trails were in very good shape. I used good skis, but I only did the first loop of the western woods, and the other loops often are more problematic in low snow conditions. Classic tracks were set and, for the most part, clean.

Menomonee_Park: Report by Corey Hafemeister on Wednesday Feb 1 2023 at 9:10pm
Skated the outer loop. Good coverage on majority, with a firm/thin base. Classic Tracks had many bare spots, but avoidable. A fair amount of foot traffic on the skate lanes from dog walkers. Decent conditions for the lack of snow this season. Use B skis.

Nordic: Report by Anne Korman on Wednesday Feb 1 2023 at 1:11pm
Nordic trails groomed this morning. Skate lanes are in very good shape and conditions are very good to excellent. Come out and ski in the sunshine!

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Feb 1 2023 at 12:58pm
Very nice for skate and stride on the manmade snow loops. Three days of snowmaking in the very cold weather has refreshed and fortified the manmade loops. Firm, flat skate deck with fresh corduroy is a delight to skate. Several areas of crunchy ice that will benefit from another tilling. Multiple sets of solid, straight, deep snow tracks for striding. Magic Carpet is firm and flat with a coating of fine powder, and is a joy to ski. Super big thank you to our volunteer snowmakers and groomers, and to park staff for their hard work and many hours to provide this fantastic venue for everyone to enjoy.

McMiller: Report by Anne Korman on Tuesday Jan 31 2023 at 11:47am
All trails rolled and courderoy groomed. A few thin spots but conditions are good throughout. Groomer will go out again this afternoon and try and set track.

Nordic: Report by Anne Korman on Tuesday Jan 31 2023 at 11:45am
All trails groomed and track set with the exception of the Blue joiner. Grooming equipment threw a track off and had to be repaired. Conditions are good to very good throughout with some thin spots where you will find leaf litter or scattered pine needles.

Lapham: Report by Jim Fisher on Monday Jan 30 2023 at 2:28pm
Peak Nordic Kids (PNK) 6:30 to 7:30 pm Mondays is cancelled tonight (January 30th) due to temperature being below our 5 degrees F criteria.

Pike_Lake: Report by Justin Blindert on Monday Jan 30 2023 at 10:58am
Bring out your good skis all trail loops are open. The 7inches of dry powdery snow made for Excellent Conditions out on the trails. The snow packed well and fridged temps last night firmed up the freshly groomed trails. Classic Track was set and the Skate ski Lane is in great shape. Expect fast conditions

Zillmer: Report by Andrew M. Straka on Sunday Jan 29 2023 at 4:01pm
All ski trails have a good base set on the skate deck. Unfortunately, we do not yet have enough snow to set tracks for classic skiing. Some bare spots do still exist on the trail where the wind has blown away snow and underneath heavy foliage; as such, I would recommend only using rock skies when on the trails. The snow condition is relatively soft with a 2-3" base in most areas. Stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy the trails!

Lapham: Report by Emily on Sunday Jan 29 2023 at 2:35pm
Great skiing today! Man made loop is solid and well used (but in great shape); offshoots didn’t have a track set yet but there was plenty of powdery snow to ski through. Looked like more snow among in progress. Kudos to the team for all their work, especially after the busy candlelight hike last night

Lapham: Report by Anne Riendl on Sunday Jan 29 2023 at 5:25am
Classic skied from 5:15 pm to 7 pm Saturday on manmade loops. Superb conditions! Fresh snow was lightly falling from the sky the whole time. The white flakes sparkled in the air and on the trail surface. Gliding along in the track felt like floating. Going down MagicCarpet was excellent Not too fast, not too slow! The few of us out there were thrilled with the joy and wonder of the experience! It was well worth the hassle of the poor road conditions to get there.

Nordic: Report by Ben C on Saturday Jan 28 2023 at 12:27pm
Great conditions for rock skis this morning around 8-1030 AM on the green, purple, and white loops. Very skiable with a noticably thin base. A few patchy areas on inclines and declines. Hopefully will improve with tonight's snow!

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 27 2023 at 12:35pm
Excellent conditions for skate and stride on the manmade loops this morning. Firm, flat base with a variable amount of loose snow , depending on the wind. Solid, snowy tracks. Fresh snow falling and blowing.

Lapham: Report by Ann D on Thursday Jan 26 2023 at 10:21pm
Striding report 2pm Thurs: Very nice skiing several times around the Field and full Woods loops. No ice in the tracks. Not sticky with skin skis. Magic Carpet Ride was just right, not too fast or too slow. Much of the track seemed mashed from earlier heavy usage and not all tracks were continuous, but it was a good time. And not crowded. Heard a woodpecker drumming already. More fresh snow on the way!

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt on Thursday Jan 26 2023 at 4:48pm
All loops were packed and groomed today, not enough snow to set track. Maybe a one inch base. Conditions are skiable but keep expectations low. Expect alot of debris in conifer areas and rocky areas exposed, especially on the east part of the yellow. I will be retiring in mid-February and Ranger Andrew Stracka will be taking over the grooming. I've enjoyed the 20 plus years providing this service to the skiing community. Enjoy.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Thursday Jan 26 2023 at 1:02pm
So much fun on classic this morning! If you want to get picky you can say it was a little sticky, but I think it was simply awesome to be out on fresh snow so that’s what I’m going with. Thank you groomers!

Nordic: Report by Anne Korman on Thursday Jan 26 2023 at 11:09am
The White, Purple and Brown trails have been groomed (rolled) and are in fair to good condition. There will be some thin areas along the trail. Not enough snow to set track yet. Other sections are being groomed and this will be updated later.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Thursday Jan 26 2023 at 8:32am
Snow falling this morning( yes from the sky for a change) Owls hooting in the background. Although of course somewhat slow on the skating deck as the snow needs to set, still very pleasant.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Jan 25 2023 at 12:19pm
Slow going on the manmade loops this morning in the falling snow. A bit more than an inch of wet snow, squeaky, and compressible, is generally making for a tough skate workout. The new, wet snow in the tracks is the stuff of nightmares for waxable classic skis. I saw one such skier walking off the trail with over an inch of snow packed onto his kick zone.

Lapham: Report by Josiah Menako on Tuesday Jan 24 2023 at 9:13pm
Well improved from Sunday, classic skied with no issues. Very fast track, light/minimal ice. Downhill is safe, but best in left track. Skate deck looked good. Thank you groomers, and snow makers!

Lapham: Report by Jim Marschalek on Tuesday Jan 24 2023 at 8:45am
Entire trail was tilled and groomed last night. Great conditions this morning. Corduroy will break down and soften as the day goes on but there is plenty of snow. Some newly made snow is a little chunky but plenty to ski on.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Monday Jan 23 2023 at 1:31pm
Classic skiing first thing Monday morning. Snow guns were on and the entire loop was open. Only made it one loop as Magic carpet was too tricky for me-it was grooved out and felt a bit borderline for control for me. I’m sure hardier skiers can navigate it with no trouble. Tomorrow should be great once the groomers get out.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Monday Jan 23 2023 at 1:26pm
I was out skate skiing from 8-9 Sunday morning and once again I’m amazed at the quality of skiing considering the past week. It was fast snow, a little uneven in spots but nothing that unnerved me. Magic carpet was also just fine. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall ski conditions so much so I’m going to check out the classic tracks tomorrow. Tracks were set but I don’t know their condition. Thank you to everyone who supports Lapham Peak.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Jan 23 2023 at 1:19pm
Variable conditions around the manmade snow loops today, due overnight snowmaking and ongoing spreading. Parts of the trail are closed for spreading, which will proceed through the day and maybe beyond. Open segments are a mix of older granular snow that is softening in the sun and newly made snow that has not been spread. Be prepared for skiers going both directions and making frequent turns

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Sunday Jan 22 2023 at 1:22pm
I was out skate skiing from 8-9 Sunday morning and once again I’m amazed at the quality of skiing considering the past week. It was fast snow, a little uneven in spots but nothing that unnerved me. Magic carpet was also just fine. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall ski conditions so much so I’m going to check out the classic tracks tomorrow. Tracks were set but I don’t know their condition. Thank you to everyone who supports Lapham Peak.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Jan 18 2023 at 12:56pm
Fair conditions for skate on the manmade loops. Full coverage, some icy spots, lots of dirt and small debris. Tracks are mostly gone. Groomed by a couple of passes with the Ginzu. Soft and getting slow.

Lapham: Report by Kristen A Maki on Tuesday Jan 17 2023 at 3:10pm
Due to warm weather, rain and inability to groom the manmade snow, the Wednesday Night Ski League is cancelled for Jan 18th.

Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Jan 16 2023 at 2:00pm
Peak Nordic Kids is canceled for Jan 16

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Monday Jan 16 2023 at 8:37am
Conditions alright today although soft but very skiable. If you happen to have the day off, perhaps get out before it starts to rain.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Sunday Jan 15 2023 at 8:14am
Excellent skating conditions this morning in perfect 27 degrees weather and it appears the tracks are excellent as well. May want to get out before the predicted Mondays rain.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Saturday Jan 14 2023 at 1:33pm
Skated skied from 7:30-8:15 before the festivities began. Conditions were much better than they had been on Thursday when I had last been out. Well groomed and fast but controllable on the the downhill. I’d consider myself an intermediate skier but not a Birkie skier and I approach downhills with a bit of caution at my age. I think if you want to avoid the crowds go a little later this afternoon although it looks like it will be a good time this morning. Thank you groomers and to everyone for donating to this great skiing venue.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Saturday Jan 14 2023 at 9:14am
Skated skied from 7:30-8:15 before the festivities began. Conditions were much better than they had been on Thursday when I had last been out. Well groomed and fast but controllable on the the downhill. I’d consider myself an intermediate skier but not a Birkie skier and I approach downhills with a bit of caution at my age. I think if you want to avoid the crowds go a little later this afternoon although it looks like it will be a good time this morning. Thank you groomers and to everyone for donating to this great skiing venue.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 13 2023 at 12:16pm
Firm base and stiff corduroy that is slowly breaking down into a fine powder as it gets skied over. Fast and flat skate deck. Great for intermediate and expert skiers. A bit of a challenge for the less experienced or timid skiers.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Thursday Jan 12 2023 at 9:24am
Soft loose and slow snow this morning with limited icing on the skate deck. With the current temperatures in the mid 30's likely soften up as the day goes.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Jan 11 2023 at 11:41am
Soft loose sugar snow for skate. Tracks for striding are well defined, but soft with a crushed ice base. Skate is a bit slow, but the variable conditions of the last two days have evened out. Lower Magic Carpet is very nice, as is Summerstage Hill.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Jan 10 2023 at 11:48am
Variable conditions for skate; more consistent for stride. Skate deck is mostly a deep layer of corn snow, with some areas of softening powder and a few firmer areas. Beginning to get sticky in some areas due to warmth and sun. Solid and multiple tracks for striding.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Monday Jan 9 2023 at 11:32am
Wonderful sunrise skiing this morning, firm fast skate deck. It appears the tracks are fine as well.

Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Monday Jan 9 2023 at 8:08am
Wonderful sunrise skiing this morning, firm fast skate deck. It appears the tracks are fine as well.

Lapham: Report by GiGi on Sunday Jan 8 2023 at 1:16pm
I skied classic this morning and felt that the tracks were pretty good, a bit soft but very skiable. The bottom of Magic Carpet got a little dicey in places but if you go slow you should be fine. Snowmaking was going on in the field loop so you’ll need to turn around after the downhill. I think conditions on Monday will be great. Thank you to the snow makers and groomers. We are lucky to have you.

Lapham: Report by Sandie Pendleton on Saturday Jan 7 2023 at 5:06pm
I would describe the conditions over all as good overall, and in some places very good. Only a portion of the manmade loop was open this morning. They were making snow out on the prairie. I expect that north prairie loop will be open tomorrow. There's a sufficient amount of snow on the ~1 mile loop that is open. Deck is in reasonably good shape. Hard, flat deck, covered in most places by a couple of inches of granular snow. The volume of the granular snow made it challenging to work on good skate technique. One small frozen pond area on a downhill, but does not cause any problems. One area at the top of the hill that is the remainder of a whale, that needs compression and smoothing out, but again, not a major challenge. Tracks are set for classic, but I don't know their quality. Nice to see all the kids and first time skiers out there today. I expect good to excellent trail conditions on Sunday. With the sun and nice temps forecast for Sunday, those training may want to come early if they want to avoid crowded trails.

Lapham: Report by Collin on Saturday Jan 7 2023 at 6:37am
Most of the man-made loop was groomed early this morning, and new tracks were set. Conditions should be good. A portion of the man-made trail will remain closed today for some more snow being made, but there is a full loop open. The entire man-made loop should be open by Sunday. Mountain Bike/Horse trails remain closed due to soft ground and forecasted warm weather.

 

 

 
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