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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Friday Mar 7 2014 at 12:23am
by Brett Johanen
All trails were groomed Thursday night. Our apologies, the groomer was not able to set a track on the upper trails Wednesday night. A new track has been set on the upper trails this evening and the lighted loop track was set at 5 pm on Wednesday. Everything is in excellent condition. It is uncertain at this time when grooming will take place next due to the predicted rainfall and warm temperatures Friday evening. There will likely still be good skiing conditions this weekend. Thank you for the continued support during an exceptional ski season that has been exceptionally tough on equipment and the groomer's themselves, they appreciate it.
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Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 11:25pm
Excellent skating conditions on Thursday night. Getting faster with the warmer temps. Should be lightning fast next week. The groomers have done excellent work for the many long hours in this endless winter. Trails, especially the man made loops should be good for 3 more weeks if there are no downpours or 50's/60's. Thank you Lapham Peak staff!!!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 9:40pm
Skied the lighted loop on Thursday night. Very nice. Almost effortless. Great glide on soft snow. Grooming was primo - thanks.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 7:14pm
Fox Hill was phenomenal this afternoon. First day skiing when it was in the twenties that I can remember in a long time. 90% of the skate lanes have been groomed and are in very good condition. Striders were having a great time too. Lots of smiles out there today.
Lapham: Report by Rick V on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 4:34pm
Went to Lapham this afternoon to classic ski the upper loops on this great new snow. No track has been set, although the skate lanes were groomed. Lots of others complaining about this also.
Lapham: Report by Ernie on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 3:45pm
Great snow conditions Thursday morning Mar. 6 at 7:30 am. Skate and classic trails nicely set on lighted areas, but no classic trails set on Gut Buster. I'm a classic skier, but lack of classic grooves in some spots did not bother me at all.
Scuppernong: Report by Jenny on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 1:08pm
Excellent - the best of the season, on one of the best days of the season to ski - new tracks, excellent conditions. Really, really fun!! Thank you to the groomer!!!
Lapham: Report by Jenny on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 1:07pm
a bit disappointing as there was not a track set other than on the lit trail - and that track had been set last eve - for skating, it would have been fine, but not for classical - we were there at 7AM with no track set on the unlit portion of the trails - We drove one hour to ski here - Darn!
Lapham: Report by Kevin stalheim on Thursday Mar 6 2014 at 10:31am
sometimes great sometimes not. no track yesterday. for many it's a long drive for such uncertainty and outdated grooming reports. must be budget problems since i can't think of a more important thing to do at lapham than to maintain the trails for skiers in the winter
Lapham: Report by Liam hughes on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 11:43pm
Skied Wednesday afternoon on the lighted loop. For some strange reason the striding tracks were wiped out by the groomer's drag and not reset. Another disappointment. What's happening at Lapham? Even the skating lanes were covered with a couple of inches of fresh ungroomed snow.
McMiller: Report by Darren Blankenship on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 8:30pm
Freshly groomed classic tracks here today made for a great birthday present for my wife Joanie. The tracks were set on a well-packed base and skied quite well, considering the several inches of new snow. The skate lanes were still a bit soft.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 5:16pm
Scuppernong got more than 2" of new snow on Monday night. On Tuesday the trail was groomed with a single new track being set on all loops. An additional 1" of new snow fell on Wednesday early morning. In order to get a good track that will set up and be durable - the groomer chose to wait until Wednesday night to groom Scuppernong after the morning snowfall. Conditions on Thursday at Scuppernong should be very good.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 5:11pm
Similar conditions to those found at McMiller except Nordic received 3+ inches of new snow on top of 2+ inches from Monday night. After packing the skate lanes on Tuesday and not setting a track as snow was predicted for that night the entire system was groomed on Wednesday with a new classical track being set throughout and the skate lanes packed. The snow is somewhat moist and soft. Conditions are good to very good.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 5:09pm
McMiller received roughly 2" of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday am. This is on top of 2+" from Monday night. After packing the skate lanes on Tuesday and not setting a track as snow was predicted for that night the entire system was groomed on Wednesday with a new classical track being set throughout and the skate lanes packed. The snow is somewhat moist and soft. Conditions are good to very good.
Nashotah_Park: Report by Patriarch on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 2:33pm
The groomer was just finishing up when I arrived at 11am Wed, so I had the distinct honor and privilege of breaking corduroy. Sweet.
Minooka_Park: Report by Nora Vrakas on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 1:58pm
Stopped on the way home from work last night and trails were not groomed. Per the other poster, like skiing the 10th wave! Deep! Finally 20 degrees out and perhaps groomers have all run out of gas?
Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 10:49am
Over 4 inches of snow fell over the past couple of days. The trails were groomed this morning - March 5th. Track was set and conditions are very good to excellent.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Mar 5 2014 at 9:54am
Zillmer was dreamy this morning for skating. Today's 12 degree temps felt like a tropical paradise compared to Monday. The skate lane was groomed to perfection, fast but safe and excellent purchase throughout all loops. A skater trying to rate the classic track is like a vegetarian being a food critic at a steak house....it looked good in my opinion.
Lapham: Report by Mike on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 9:40pm
Nice temperatures for an evening ski. Lighted skate loop not groomed. Saw some evidence that the groomer started but then for some reason didn't finish. Still nice to get out in March!
Lapham: Report by Bob on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 8:53pm
Skied at 6:00 PM Tuesday: trails were geing groomed, tracks were being set. A delightful ski ... Classic track should set up nice overnight for teriffic skiing in the morning!
Lapham: Report by Liam Hughes on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 8:20pm
Heartbreak! I showed up at Lapham about 1:30 only to find 4 inches of new snow untouched. Have you quit grooming for the season? Went home after suffering one lower lap. Like skiing in the last wave of the Birkie. Please groom again and please file a report when you do.
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 1:56pm
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS: Lessons are ON for this Tuesday night March 4th. We will be starting at 7pm at the Lighted Loop Trailhead. Skating & Classic techniques and all abilities, beginner to expert, are welcome. If you need to rent skis for these lessons please contact the Bicycle Doctor in Dousman. Wheel & Sprocket will not have skis available for rental at the park the rest of the season.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 11:55am
We received about an inch of snow last night. I groomed all of the skating lanes. They are in very good condition but a bit slow at this time until they set up. There is little to no debris to contend with. I did not do anything with the classic tracks, they are in good condition. Hope to groom and reset tracks on Friday depending on weather.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Mar 4 2014 at 9:33am
Fantastic conditions - groomed, flat, clean, snow surface. Doesn't get any better. Skied on the lighted loops last night with dozens of the Peak Nordic Kids and their dedicated instructors. Trails had been freshly groomed and were in super condition. the ice from last week had been buried by fresh snow that bonded nicely - no slippage. Classic tracks are firm, but snowy (not icy). Congrats to the PNK coordinators and instructors for another great season of helping kids enjoy cross country skiing; and a big thank you to the staff at Lapham for the great grooming.
Lapham: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Mar 3 2014 at 7:45pm
A wonderful conclusion to the Peak Nordic Kids program at Lapham Peak tonight. Hats off to coach Roy and his gang for a terrific job! The trails were in excellent shape throughout the lighted loop.
Minooka_Park: Report by Erik Franze on Monday Mar 3 2014 at 2:46pm
Yesterday afternoon had ideal conditions at Minooka, with soft and smooth snow that allowed for movement at a moderate pace. The surface on downhills and uphills was also groomed well and should remain in good condition. The classic track was firmly set along the majority of trails. I enjoyed skiing on most of the trails, but this season the far yellow bridle trails near the orchard have not been groomed for skiers, even though those trails are usually the nicest in the park!
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Mar 3 2014 at 9:31am
Zillmer is in very good condition for skating. The snow is very hard packed but not at all icy. Cold temps led to a squeaky slow ski, but could not be happier with the grooming and trail conditions. Didn't spend any time in the classic tracks but they appeared recently touched up and deep and not icy. So cold this morning I think skiing across Antarctica should be a breeze.
Scuppernong: Report by Bob on Monday Mar 3 2014 at 7:35am
Delightful trails after new snow! Tracks are not full depth everywhere, however skiing was quite good on Sunday. Good snow without being icy & very little debris.
Lapham: Report by D. Schauer on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 5:13pm
The Peak is in wonderful shape throughout. Other than the cold it was great day to be outside on skis.
Nordic: Report by Dave Gates on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 5:09pm
Skate lane was groomed to perfection, slow but it kept me warm on the up hills, the classic tracks looked nice and were fast on the down hills. Thanks again for the great grooming!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 2:04pm
Fox Hill is in excellent condition throughout with a freshly groomed skate lane. Classic tracks have also been reset on outer loop. Snow is squeaky slow but it's great being out there.
Scuppernong: Report by Darren Blankenship on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 1:48pm
Trails were groomed Saturday night after several inches of new snow and tracks had a dusting in them early Sunday morning. Joanie and I skied all the trails and the tracks were in good condition, although some sections of shallower tracks in the pines. Great to be still be skiing in March during a winter that will be remembered for its great classic skiing due to cold temperatures and frequent snowfalls. Thanks again to Southern KMSF staff for the nighttime grooming, which allows the tracks to set up great!
Fox_Hill: Report by Gensch on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 11:30am
All trail were regroomed Sunday a.m. Classic track was reset on outside loop.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 9:37am
Going out right now to groom/touch up the skating lanes. We received about a 1/2 inch of snow late yesterday.
Fox_Hill: Report by Russ Sobotta on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 7:29am
All the trails were freshly groomed tester AM. The 1 1/2" clipper powder adhered very nicely to the base which meant fast and firm conditions on top of the smooth base. The dry sharp-crystal snow slowed glide a bit but the Start Green I had on was hard enough to resist the sharpies. Classic tracks were OK at best since it is tough to forge lasting tracks out of the low-humidty snow. Some debris mixed in from the high winds earlier this week. Way better than the Birkie!
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Sunday Mar 2 2014 at 3:57am
The Southern Unit received roughly 3" of new snow on Saturday. All 3 trail systems, Scuppernong (classical skiing only), Nordic and McMiller were groomed Saturday night and are in generally very good condition. The classical tracks on all 3 systems is full depth and are setting up well. The skate lanes are packed and level on a firm base. The skate lanes may stay a little soft. Get out and enjoy some good March skiing.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Mar 1 2014 at 9:59pm
A couple inches of snow on a firm skate deck made for good conditions for skating at Fox Hill. Classic tracks appeared fair in most places. Found no icy patches on any of the trail system.
Lapham: Report by Erik Franze on Saturday Mar 1 2014 at 2:10pm
Skied last night around dusk from the lighted lower loops up around Homestead Hollow. Both the blue and black trails were in crunchy but good conditions and improved greatly as the groomer went through, leaving clear and soft snow behind. Some spots had in the woods had leaves and other debris but nothing too major. Overall it was a very enjoyable ski due to the groomer's efforts!
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Saturday Mar 1 2014 at 12:46pm
We received about a 1/2 inch of snow last night. I groomed all of the skating lanes on all of the loops this morning. The skating lanes are good to very good. Fast but controllable. There is some debris in places, especially under the evergreens. I set track on the yellow, it is good. The track on the red/green and brown was left as is. The tracks are good. I plan on grooming again on Monday morn.
Lapham: Report by Paul Keber on Friday Feb 28 2014 at 9:45pm
Had a fun afternoon skiing the entire trail system. Skating deck was freshly groomed and in very good shape. Spent most of my time on the upper trails where the skate deck had about an inch of loose, granular snow. Fast but very controllable. The classic track on the upper loops looked pretty good with a little fresh powder coating the tracks. Kudos to the groomers!
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Feb 28 2014 at 9:16am
Skied the brown and green at Zillmer and would say they are very good for skating. Excellent in most places but a little trail litter in the pines. If you're looking for icy patches you won't find them. The skate deck is firm and fast with just the right amount of purchase. Classic track is a little worn out in places but overall good. Not sure about yellow as I don't believe groomer Reagan has hit that as hard as the other three loops. More snow on the way!!!!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Feb 28 2014 at 8:28am
Grooming was in progress when I arrived. Very good conditions on the snowmaking loops. Classic track old but holding up. Clean, flat skate deck with loose, granular snow and a little fresh powder mixed in. Fast and fun
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Feb 28 2014 at 7:45am
All trails at the Southern Unit remain well snow covered - however it is a high moisture/icy snow. With the cold temps the base is set up hard and icy. Nordic and McMiller skate lanes were groomed 3 times this week and will be groomed again on Friday to provide a layer of loose snow on the surface to make it skiable. The classic tracks at all three trails (McMiller, Nordic, Scuppernong) are set up hard but icy. The classic tracks will be reset on Saturday night with the hope that the weather prediction is correct and will provide some new snow to mix in with the old snow. There is also a chance of light snow on Friday night which will mean skiers on Saturday will find recently groomed skate lanes with a roughed up layer of icy snow covered with a light layer of new snow. The classical tracks may be partially filled with the new snow, but the new snow will make the tracks useable and provide some kick. There is debris down throughout the trail systems.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Thursday Feb 27 2014 at 7:56pm
We received about a 1/2 inch of snow this morning. I renovated the skating lanes on the red/green and brown loops. I reset track on the brown loop. I left the track on the red/green as is. The little bit of snow should alleviate the iciness in the track. I did not do anything with the yellow loop. I plan on grooming the yellow early Saturday morn. There is some debris in areas.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Thursday Feb 27 2014 at 9:34am
Skied the snowmaking loops on Wednesday at dusk. Skate lane had been groomed, and was firm and flat with a little loose snow and a bit of debris - sticks and little pine cones from the windy conditions. There was a classic track but it looked a bit shallow and deteriorated. Didn't head out onto the rest of the lighted loop, but I could see that the groomer had. A little bit of fresh snow overnight in Waukesha should help improve the trail conditions today
Scuppernong: Report by Bob on Tuesday Feb 25 2014 at 8:47pm
Today it was cold and many parts of the trail were rock-solid hard as ice and full of debris. Recently thawed and refrozen areas are glazed with ice. Until there is new snow, ventruing forth is brutal on ski bases, and risky on downhils. Debris was like sking on sandpaper in areas.
Lapham: Report by Paul Keber on Tuesday Feb 25 2014 at 6:08pm
Skied most of the trail system today. The skating lane was in fair to good condition with just a couple icy spots on the lighted ski loop near south field. The icy snow was fast, but I had decent control on all of the big downhills. The lighted ski loop had a little more loose snow than the upper loops. The track looked fairly decent in most places.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Tuesday Feb 25 2014 at 11:44am
I groomed the skating lanes on all loops this morning. The brown is very good, the red/green is good and the yellow is fair to good. Debris is a factor, especially under evergreen tree areas. There may be some icyness in places. The existing tracks on the red/green and the brown are fair, expect some icyness. The yellow currently does not have a track. I plan on grooming everything on thurs. afternoon/evening.
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Feb 25 2014 at 10:40am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS: Lessons are CANCELLED for this Tuesday night Feb 25th. We have several instructors out of town this week. If the snow holds up we will have lessons next week.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Feb 25 2014 at 10:26am
Good on the snowmaking loops. A bit of loose snow on a firm base, very fast, little to no debris; there is a track. Conditions will improve with more passes with the groomer. About 97 percent of the balance of the lighted loop is in fair condition, with loose snow on a firm base, and a shallow track. There is some debris in places. The remaining 3 percent is ice, which is passable, but problematic. I did not check out the big hills. Need some fresh snow!
Fox_Hill: Report by Gensch on Monday Feb 24 2014 at 12:17pm
Groomed outside loop for skate and ran screen over classic tracks to cover hard pack and slick spots with dusting of snow.
McMiller: Report by Richardd on Monday Feb 24 2014 at 6:55am
We skated McMiller Saturday. Conditions were good to very good. Fast with debris under the pines. The only icy section ( ice being defined as able to see thru it) was located in the first 1/4 miles. I skied the green, white, orange and red. One of my fastest days of the year.
Pike_Lake: Report by Naturalist Lisa on Sunday Feb 23 2014 at 1:39pm
Pike Lake's ski trails were last groomed Saturday 02/22/14. Trails are in good but icy conditions!
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Saturday Feb 22 2014 at 2:04am
After the warmup and high winds there was alot of debris on the trails. I groomed all loops and the debris got buried for the most part. I set track on the red, green and brown. I was not able to get track set on the yellow. The skating lanes are in good condition. The track is rather shallow. There may be a little debris and icyness to contend with.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Feb 21 2014 at 6:08pm
Fox Hill Nordic is in fair condition. FHN survived the big meltdown and rain fairly well. Skiers did their part and stayed off the trails. Groomer Jerry more than did his part and scratched up the skate deck nicely and re-set the classic track. The good news....there are no icy spots on the skate lane, the bad news is that high winds dropped debris on the trail. Jerry spent several hours today clearing the big stuff, but I would still suggest rock skis for the time being.
Scuppernong: Report by Groomer on Friday Feb 21 2014 at 3:32pm
Due to rain and strong winds, there is debris on all trails. Grooming has buried much of it. All trails have icy areas. The Scuppernong trails are groomed for classic skiing only. The tracks are rated at good. Considering recent weather, the tracks are in surprisingly great shape!
Nordic: Report by Groomer on Friday Feb 21 2014 at 3:31pm
Due to rain and strong winds, there is debris on all trails. Grooming has buried much of it. All trails have icy areas. The skate lanes at Nordic are rated fair to good. The snow is slightly chunky because of ice. The Classic tracks are slightly icy. Be careful of an icy area at the start of the south trails.
McMiller: Report by Groomer on Friday Feb 21 2014 at 3:30pm
The skating lane at McMiller is good to very good. The track on the inner loops turned out fair to very good; with the better parts in the hardwoods. There are a lot of little sticks all over the trails. The orange, white and green are in the best shape with full coverage and no ice spots. The blue has ice just before the 4k, near the shed along Stute, and the stretch by the bypass. The red has two bad parts; both within the first ¼ mile, but the rest is good.
Pike_Lake: Report by Andrew Krueger on Friday Feb 21 2014 at 10:28am
Cross country ski trails: Warm temperatures and rain have reduced the snow depth, and created some icy ski conditions. If the winds subside, we may be able to groom again on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. The trails were last groomed and tracked Tuesday, February 18th. The trails are in fair condition due to the icy conditions and branches that are falling on the trail from the winds. Trail passes are not required for cross country skiers at the Pike Lake Unit.
Scuppernong: Report by Gary on Wednesday Feb 19 2014 at 6:58pm
No grip but great glide. Did the green loop at 4:30pm. The double track was in good shape but of course the tracks were icy and i couldn't find the right wax. Did some of the milld climbs in the center which had been lose packed and provided grip. A lot of fun in the warm weather.
Scuppernong: Report by Phil Van Valkenberg on Wednesday Feb 19 2014 at 8:25am
About as good as classic only skiing gets, given the temps yesterday. Four inches of new snow were perfectly groomed. Temps into the 40s made wax tough to figure and big contrast between sun and shade on a gorgeous sunny day.
Lapham: Report by Kelly B on Tuesday Feb 18 2014 at 4:23pm
Went out for a short bit mid afternoon today, but temps were making snow very sticky and very soft. (my truck temp said 44 degrees at 2:30pm) Trails were nicely groomed.. but my ski's just did not move.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Tuesday Feb 18 2014 at 3:20pm
We received about 4 inches of snow yesterday. I packed, groomed and tracked the red, green and brown loops today. I made two passes on the yellow and had to stop cuz it got too warm. With the warmup, I don't expect to be able to anything with the grooming until Friday afternoon and evening.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Feb 18 2014 at 2:08pm
Zillmer received about 4-5 inches of snow yesterday. Groomer Reagan was out packing, grooming, and setting track early this morning. The skate deck is still quite soft, yielding a great upper quad/hip flexor workout!
Pike_Lake: Report by Andrew Krueger on Tuesday Feb 18 2014 at 1:08pm
Cross country ski trails: received 4 – 5 inches of snow overnight on February 17th. The trails were last groomed and tracked Tuesday, February 18th. It is reported that all ski trails are in Good to Excellent condition. Trail passes are not required for cross country skiers at the Pike Lake Unit. When trails are snow covered hikers, snowshoers, and dogs are not allowed on trails east of Powder Hill Road (groomed ski trails).
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Tuesday Feb 18 2014 at 2:21am
The Southern Unit received about 4" of new snow on Monday. All three cross country ski trail systems at the Southern Unit were groomed on Monday night. Scuppernong which is for classical skiing only has a new double classical track set that is full depth and well formed. Nordic and McMiller were groomed - the skate lanes have a firm base with the new snow packed on top of it remaining somewhat soft. New classical tracks were set on both Nordic and McMiller. The tracks are full depth and look very good but the snow is not expected to set up very firm. Conditions in general are very good with the only thing keeping them from being rated excellent is the softness of the fresh snow. Get out and enjoy the new snow and some tolerable temperatures.
Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Feb 17 2014 at 12:44pm
PNK is on for tonight! Be careful on the roads!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Feb 17 2014 at 9:17am
The entire trail system was in great shape on Sunday for the hundreds of skiers who came out to enjoy the day. Skate lanes, though heavily used, were fast and fun with loose snow over a firm base. The striding tracks were, for the most part, the deepest and firmest I have ever seen at Lapham. Debris was minimal.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Monday Feb 17 2014 at 8:19am
The vast majority of Zillmer is in very good condition for skating. The larger down hills, especially on yellow, were treacherous, the rest of the system has firmed up nicely and provided nice purchase. 4-7 more inches on the way!
Nordic: Report by Bob Jersey on Sunday Feb 16 2014 at 6:58pm
Great conditions...lots of skiers enjoying the trails
McMiller: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Feb 16 2014 at 6:41pm
McMiller was in great condition this afternoon. Firm and fast skate deck with plenty of purchase still available. Classic tracks looked deep with minimal debris.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Feb 16 2014 at 9:18am
Fox Hill Nordic was in excellent condition for both skate and classic skiing for Saturdays inaugural Fox Chase. Great job to the organizers and of course our SuperGroomer Jerry!
Zillmer: Report by DoubleB's on Saturday Feb 15 2014 at 6:04pm
Soft conditions skating today made for a little more work, but pristine as usual. Tried a stiffer pair of ski's for a lap....bad idea!
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Groomer on Saturday Feb 15 2014 at 12:59pm
Received about an inch of snow yesterday. I groomed all of the skating lanes this morn after 10am. The classic tracks were left as is. The tracks are in very good condition but getting heavy use today. The skating lanes are very good to excellent, maybe slightly soft.
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Saturday Feb 15 2014 at 1:00am
Nordic was groomed on Friday late afternoon and night. The skate lanes are level with a firm base and in very good condition. A new classical track was set and is setting up well. 75% of the classical track is very good, the remainder in good condition. Get out and enjoy some great skiing conditions.
McMiller: Report by Paul Sandgren on Saturday Feb 15 2014 at 12:58am
McMiller was groomed Friday afternoon. The skate lanes have a firm base and are in very good or better condition. The classical tracks are generally full depth and firming up well - they are considered to be in good to very good condition. Wisconsin Biathlon Association is sponsoring a novice and open biathlon event on Saturday with sign up beginning at 8 am. The event will be held on the biathlon loop and not impact the use of the other trail loops.
Fox_Hill: Report by Russ Sobotta on Friday Feb 14 2014 at 7:05pm
The entire Fox Trail system is in great shape. classic tracks are firm and the skate deck has the 1" soft and fluffy over a firm base deck. The entire trail system will be groomed tonight with two sets of classic tracks and skate deck for the Fox Chase race tomorrow. East and West woods loops are groomed skating only. Trails will be closed until after the race.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Feb 14 2014 at 4:58pm
Per Jason's earlier post. Conditions for skate are still okay. The 3 or so inches of new snow were manageable and the striders were reporting good conditions Friday AM. The big downhill by the Visitor's Center was not my friend today, other than that I never caught a ski.
Pike_Lake: Report by Rob Wessberg on Friday Feb 14 2014 at 4:48pm
The trails were recently groomed and track set late Friday afternoon and are in very good condition.
Scuppernong: Report by Paul Sandgren on Friday Feb 14 2014 at 12:57pm
Scuppernong was groomed overnight on Thursday. A double classical track was set which is in very good condition.
Zillmer: Report by Jason Quast on Friday Feb 14 2014 at 10:31am
Track was reset on Thursday morning, 02-13-14 and skating lanes were redone as well. We will be short staffed an not be able to groom Zillmer until Monday the 17th. With the warmer weather next week, we will be posting condition reports, but ski conditions will be best if skied early or later in the day to minimize impact with 40 degree plus temperatures.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Feb 13 2014 at 5:47pm
Fox Hill Nordic is in excellent condition. About two inches fell through the afternoon and the second the snow stopped, the snowmobile was started and the tidd tech laid down some sweet cord. Classic tracks were not reset when I left, but Jerry was still out. Should make for great conditions for the Inaugural Fox Chase on Saturday!
Fox_Hill: Report by Russ Sobotta on Wednesday Feb 12 2014 at 9:51pm
Come out to the First annual Fox Xhase Race this Saturday 2/15 at Fox Hill. One lap around a challenging course as fast as you can. Pursuit style with separate starts. 5km classic at 9AM, 7km Skate at 10AM. do both if you are tough enough! The Fox Chase is FREE (sign a waiver). Bring your own bib number (Packer jersey, Birkie bib, etc). Ski the rest of the day at the Fox without a membership. Post race party to follow with food and refreshments to follow. Fox Hill is located on Hwy NN between West Bend and Slinger on the East shore of Big Cedar Lake.
Nashotah_Park: Report by Patriarch on Wednesday Feb 12 2014 at 6:17pm
Excellent skating at Nashotah Wednesday afternoon. Recently groomed with a half inch of new snow made for a smooth ride. Firm level base with little debris. Classic track looked good too. I haven't been to Nashotah in years, but I wanted to try something different so I gave it a shot and I'm very glad I did. Down the road from Lapham, less hilly and very nice. I'll be back soon.
Lapham: Report by Hank Kulesza on Wednesday Feb 12 2014 at 4:19pm
Classical was very good on the upper Black Homestead trails with very little debris.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Feb 12 2014 at 10:54am
Zillmer is in good condition with a firm and fast skate deck, minimal debris, and classic tracks that look good throughout.
Pike_Lake: Report by Wilhelm B on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 9:20pm
Skate lane was pretty hard/carved up. Striding great, fast.
Nordic: Report by Greg Wyder on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 7:55pm
Very good skating Tuesday afternoon. Freshly groomed, firm base but with control, very little debris. Track looked good too. Just another day in paradise. Near the end of my ski I came across a guy in coveralls standing by the side of the trail with a large can of beer in his hand and a big smile on his face. Thinking this might be Gabriel welcoming me to the promised land I shouted a hearty "hello". He "helloed" me back but did not offer a beer so I moved on.
McMiller: Report by Matthew stanke on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 7:31pm
Trails are in great shape, just a few areas of bark. Somewhat fast for very cold conditions as the course was nicely groomed. Really like the new starting area. Great day despite the cold, but I wouldn't mind some 30 degree temps.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 5:32pm
Fox Hill is still in amazing shape. Entire system was recently groomed. Despite the cold conditions, skating was quite fast tonight! Classic tracks looked great as well.
Nashotah_Park: Report by Paul K on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 12:54pm
Nashotah trails were in great shape as of evening 2/10. Appeared freshly groomed, great tracks for striding, minimal debris, minimal hiker damage.
Lapham: Report by Ben Lund on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 10:50am
TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS: Lessons are ON for this Tuesday night Feb 11th. We will be starting at 7pm at the Lighted Loop Trailhead. Skating & Classic techniques and all abilities, beginner to expert, are welcome. It is going to be COLD so please wear an extra layer of clothing to stay warm!! If you need to rent skis for these lessons please contact the Bicycle Doctor or the Wheel & Sprocket in Delafield.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Feb 11 2014 at 9:18am
Lighted loops are double tracked for striding, and have a flat, clean, powdery surface for skating. Found firm, deep tracks for a bit of cold weather striding on Monday night. Could have counted the number of leaves in the tracks on one hand - except I was wearing mittens. Very nice. Skate lanes looked primo - grooming was in progress.
Lapham: Report by Roy Nilsen on Monday Feb 10 2014 at 1:02pm
PNK is canceled for Feb 10. Too cold for the little kids in the dark tonight.
Fox_Hill: Report by Todd Hanke on Monday Feb 10 2014 at 12:04pm
Skated Sunday late morning. Wonderful conditions. Fox has trails for beginners and very challenging climbs for those looking for a tough workout. For those considering joining, you won't be disappointed. Jerry does a great job keeping trails in great shape. With the Fox magic, probably will be skiing through March.
Nordic: Report by Darren Blankenship on Sunday Feb 9 2014 at 6:22pm
Outstanding conditions here early morning due to impeccable grooming Saturday night. About as perfect as it can get, tracks and skating lanes. Joanie and I skied almost all the trails-one of our best experiences of the season. Thanks South Kettle groomers!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Feb 9 2014 at 5:16pm
Phenomenal again at Fox Hill. I was driving past last night around 7:45 and saw groomer Jerry pulling out of the parking lot. A dedicated volunteer groomer is such a blessing. Thank you Jerry and the rest of the groomers who help make our limited free time so enjoyable!
Minooka_Park: Report by Wilhelm B on Sunday Feb 9 2014 at 2:47pm
Groomed trails as of this am, double tracks in good shape as well.
Pike_Lake: Report by Naturalist Lisa on Sunday Feb 9 2014 at 1:50pm
Pike Lake trails received about an inch of snow over night on Feb. 8th. Trails were last groomed and tracked on Feb. 9th in the morning. They are in fair to good condition. It is a bit icey out there right now, the trails could use more snow!
Menomonee_Park: Report by Jason tenge on Sunday Feb 9 2014 at 10:00am
skied this morning, cold conditions, 1" of powder on freshly groomed trail. excellent conditions!!
Nordic: Report by Brian Lemke on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 10:00pm
trail was regroomed Saturday night with the skating lane being in excellent condition. A new track was put in with condition being good to very good.
Scuppernong: Report by Brian Lemke on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 9:54pm
new track was put in on Saturday night with conditions being good to excellent.
McMiller: Report by Brian Lemke on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 9:52pm
trail regroomed on Saturday night. Skating lane is in excellent condition. the track was reset and is in good to very good condition.
Zillmer: Report by Eckehard Stuth on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 8:29pm
It was another lovely skating day at Zillmer and the yellow loop was in good condition (excellent grooming!) Zillmer has become a great alternative to Lapham and Greenbush on busy weekends. The new cottage is well used and the changing cabin a welcome addition.
McMiller: Report by Andy Vrakas on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 5:41pm
Novice Biathlon introductory event to be held next Saturday at McMiller. Check it out at www.wisconsinbiathlon.com The trails are in great shape, so come take a shot at biathlon!
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Saturday Feb 8 2014 at 3:46pm
Fox Hill Nordic was in phenomenal shape today! Firm corduroy throughout and classic tracks have also recently been groomed, dozens of skaters and striders out and about! Proud dad moment when all three of my sons climbed to the top of the corkscrew!
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Feb 7 2014 at 5:38pm
Zillmer is in excellent condition with a firm and fast skate deck, minimal debris, full coverage, and a solid base.
Lapham: Report by Lost item on Friday Feb 7 2014 at 12:00pm
Missing a Bontrager Skull Cap type hat. Black in color with small/dark "Bontrager" on the front. Left in the Evergreen building on Tuesday evening, Feb 4th. If you found it or have it by accident, pleas post something on this site so I can get in contact with you. Thanks Lapham has been great in the recent weeks. Very big thanks to all the staff and those who support it!!!
Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt on Thursday Feb 6 2014 at 8:43am
We received about an inch of snow on Tues. I got out yesterday afternoon and groomed the skating lanes on all loops. Conditions are very good to excellent. The classic tracks were left as is. They are in very good condition.
McMiller: Report by Jeff lightcap on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 7:25pm
By noon McMiller had been completely regroomed including new classic tracks. I have never classic skied the blue loop in better classic tracks...strided further up the hills than most other occasions. I skied race width skis with toko violet hardwax at 18 degrees. Thanks to the groomer on the quad track pulling the great YTS groomer...nice job
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 4:50pm
Fox Hill Nordic is in excellent condition. Fast and firm skate lane has recently been groomed. Classic track set on outside loop looks great as well.
Pike_Lake: Report by Lisa McCabe on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 12:32pm
Pike Lake trails were groomed last 02/05/14 and are in good condition!
Nordic: Report by Paul Sandgren on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 12:19pm
The Southern Unit received 1+" of new snow on Tuesday night into wednesday morning. All three trail systems at the Southern Unit have groomers working on them at this time. The trails should be fully groomed and in very good condition by early afternoon today.
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 10:48am
Just in case anyone doesn't already know, the trails at Lapham are in FANTASTIC condition. Perfect for skate, perfect for stride. clean. Get it while it lasts.
Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Feb 5 2014 at 8:36am
Excellent yet unique conditions at Zillmer this AM. The light dusting of snow combined with the wind has left a perfectly smooth (non corduroy) skate deck as the snow just filled in the gaps. It was firm and almost no debris nor drifts. Pinch me!