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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 9:01pm
by Paul Sandgren

For Friday the entire trail system remained skiable with fairly decent conditions throughout. There is debris in places and rocks are also a problem in some spots (it is a thin snow cover). Conditions likely will deteriorate on the natural snow with warmer weather on Saturday and Sunday. On the manmade snow a number of piles were spread and groomed on Friday. There is now a loop which is a little less than 1 K in length covered with manmade snow which as been groomed and a double classical track set. Conditions on the manmade snow will vary depending on the air temperature when you arrive at the park. Snowmaking continued on Thanksgiving night and based on weather predictions will take place again Sunday night through Monday night. The next step will be to make snow on the main trail from the trailhead to SummerStage. However the snow on SummerStage hill needs to dry out so that it can be spread to create a detour for the main trail. The warmer weather on the weekend may delay that spreading of snow.

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Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 10:23pm
Fox Hill remains in skiable conditions on the east loops. We received a 1/2 inch dusting last evening which has improved coverage.

Pike_Lake: Report by Daniel S. on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 5:29pm
Not groomed but skiable. Skating decent and there were skied-in tracks. The trail was packed, somewhat unevenly, by tree removal equipment. But surprisingly good overall.

Lapham: Report by Thestigmke on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 3:46pm
Excellent skating on the lighted loop this am. Coverage was 95% perfect but still requires rock skis. The skating deck was occasionally uneven, but very skiable. The groomer was out spreading snow and the snow making machines were actively running.

Lapham: Report by Msbluesky on Friday Nov 28 2014 at 1:19pm
Classic skied. No tracks laid, so a bit sloppy. A few spots with leaves and debris, but fantastic to be out skiing so soon. They are making snow and grooming the lower loop. A lot of people out though, so I'm sure that areas will thin out quickly if there isn't another snowfall.

Lapham: Report by Mike Lueck on Thursday Nov 27 2014 at 9:02am
Will there be skiing with the lights Thanksgiving evening ?

Fox_Hill: Report by Todd Hanke on Wednesday Nov 26 2014 at 11:25pm
Thanks to Jerry for a great day of skiing. Saw reports and took a chance, and was better than I expected. Fields are in good shape and worth a trip. Hopefully it will hold up even if we get a few upper 30 days.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Wednesday Nov 26 2014 at 5:36pm
The east loops at Fox Hill Nordic remain in decent condition for skating. Enough coverage to get good purchase and never caught an edge or hit a bare spot. Parking in the small lot just east of the main lot allows you to avoid the wet spot before the first bridge. B-skis for now. Thank you groomer Jerry!

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 9:03pm
Holy Cow! Very nice conditions for skating on the lighted loop tonight freshly groomed. Soft in places but firm in others - great first day (night) on skis. Rock skis, of course, but due to the heavy moisture content of the snow and the delicate touch of the groomers, there were no "gotcha's". One segment of lights are out, and you can't yet ski where thewhales are (they might swallow you), but...certainly very nice.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 5:33pm
The east loops are in good condition and the open areas are better than the tree lined areas, but all are skiable. They have been groomed for skating as there is not enough snow to set track. The west loops/more heavily wooded areas have not been groomed yet. I used my b-skis and would recommend them until we get more snow. There is some leaf litter but besides the wet/icy stretch (maybe 20 feet worth) at the bottom of the first downhill, the trails are pretty dang nice! First November post that I can recall making!

Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Nov 25 2014 at 1:24pm
Groomed and skated the fields, very good conditions but would still not use better skis as there are rocks under the snow between lower and upper fields. Did not groom the woods. Best to park at Memorial Rock north of main entrance.

Lapham: Report by Brian Birschbach on Sunday Nov 16 2014 at 9:47pm
Snowmaking begins Sunday night per the info line recording.

Lapham: Report by Rich M on Sunday Nov 16 2014 at 7:31pm
Skate Skied 4 loops up at the meadow with rock skies for 6 miles which wasnt too bad. Figured it was a nice day to start the ski season at Lapham on Nov 16th after roller skiing Nov 15.

Other: Report by Hank kulesza on Sunday Nov 16 2014 at 2:49pm
What all you diehard skiers might try is skiing on frozen lakes when you have a little powder. I usually do diagonal. I recommend using the old style binding if you go thru the ice. Stay on the lake edge. Its been cold enough for thick ice. You can also ski on frozen creeks where there is little pollution otherwise it doesn't freeze. Milw Parks have a lot of lagoons that should be frozen over. One of my favorite even when there is good snow is at Whitnall Park usually staying by shore you get less wind/cold.

Lapham: Report by Jerry Smith on Saturday Nov 15 2014 at 6:21pm
Three local alpine ski hills are open and we've had cold weather for over a week. And the latest DNR report is from last April! With all the money and time donated to snowmaking at Lapham, the DNR could at least give a heads up.

Lapham: Report by Brian on Thursday Nov 6 2014 at 7:00pm
Sorry no report. Just wondering if the new pump is ready to go and will snowmaking start up next week with the cold temps several days in a row? Thanks



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