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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Sunday Jan 22 2017 at 7:55am
by Brett

The entire man-made loop is skiable... The skate lane was groomed and new track set this morning. Conditions are fair considering the warm temps and rain so expect soft/slow/dirty snow. Trail lights are on until 9pm every night expect Sundays. Thank you everyone that came out yesterday morning to enjoy the annual Lapham Loppet, a fundraiser for the Friends of Lapham Peak.


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Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Jan 23 2017 at 2:56pm
Peak Nordic Kids is on for tonight, Jan 23

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Monday Jan 23 2017 at 11:03am
Classic skied this am. Trails are marginal condition with icy downhills, especially tail end. Grooming will help.

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Sunday Jan 22 2017 at 5:33pm
NOT BAD!!! Actually pretty good if ya waxed your skied and tried a few tricks. I'll be back on Tuesday night if weather permits. Keep a eye on the forecast for TUesday thru Wed., mayhbe heavy snow for parts of SE Wisc I wish I would have stayed considering the Pack laid a egg.

Lapham: Report by Kate Barbour on Saturday Jan 21 2017 at 2:21pm
Thanks to the snowmakers and groomers as well as the Friends of Lapham Peak, the Lapham Loppet was a fun, safe event for all skiers. Trail conditions were soft but manageable and not icy on the magic carpet ride. Groomers were able to smooth out the north side and provide more smooth skiing in the playground. Given the high temps, it was a nice workout - great day at the Peak. B skis

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 20 2017 at 8:30am
Note - due to a sending error, the report below is a week old and NOT reflective of current conditions

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 20 2017 at 8:26am
Snowmaking trails were generally in very good condition today. Snowmaking to reinforce some weak areas and to finish the Nordic playground has been in progress. Result is that there's some slow snow on the east and south sides of the playground, and a narrow icy patch on the north end of the loop. BUT, the additional snow will really help maintain the loop - well worth the short term inconvenience. Snow on the start hill, Summerstage hill, tail end, and magic carpet is GREAT. Will be excellent conditions on the weekend. Get out and enjoy!

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Jan 19 2017 at 4:04pm
Trails are well snow/icy covered. Best conditions should be Saturday and Sunday mornings before 10 pm. Should hold up til next cool down sometimes on late Monday or TUesday. Long range forecast looks OK. Go Pack!!!

Greenbush: Report by Reagan Arndt on Wednesday Jan 18 2017 at 4:10pm
All of the trails in the Greenbush trail system are currently closed until further notice.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan Arndt on Wednesday Jan 18 2017 at 4:07pm
The trails are currently closed for all use on the Zillmer trails until colder weather and we can get back to skiing conditions.

Lapham: Report by Rich M on Tuesday Jan 17 2017 at 10:00pm
I skied Tuesday night from 3:30 till 6. It was actually pretty good till about 5. Brett did a quick groom at 5 and it was then really great Thanks snow making and also Brett for the grooming. It was a great surprise to be able to get a good ski in tonight

Lapham: Report by Coach Roy on Monday Jan 16 2017 at 3:47pm
Peak Nordic Kids CANCELED for 1/16

Greenbush: Report by Matt stanke on Monday Jan 16 2017 at 9:29am
Outstanding conditions Sunday before the game. Very little debris. Very fast, firm and fun!!! Didn't wanna stopped but Packer game with friends made me. Anyhow, it should hold at least until the weekend when temps will be in the high 40's. Winter returns next week with snow late in the week about the 27th. Be patient, tough to live in "banana belt." I promise next year will be brutal and NO Thaws. matt

Lapham: Report by Josiah Menako on Monday Jan 16 2017 at 8:26am
Skied 18km in the classic tracks yesterday afternoon and it was the best skiing yet this year. Having the extra trail open made for a very nice 1.5km loop with the added small hills.The one steep uphill had excellent loose snow to make it up easily with no icy areas. Excellent snow cover, A-ski's, tracks were 99% excellent with only one icy spot which will be mended soon.

Lapham: Report by Gary G on Sunday Jan 15 2017 at 11:58am
Classic skied the loop early this morning with my A skis! Found the classic tracks freshly groomed and in great condition. Get skiing while conditions are good.

Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Friday Jan 13 2017 at 5:48pm
Snowmaking trails were generally in very good condition today. Snowmaking to reinforce some weak areas and to finish the Nordic playground has been in progress. Result is that there's some slow snow on the east and south sides of the playground, and a narrow icy patch on the north end of the loop. BUT, the additional snow will really help maintain the loop - well worth the short term inconvenience. Snow on the start hill, Summerstage hill, tail end, and magic carpet is GREAT. Will be excellent conditions on the weekend. Get out and enjoy!

Other: Report by Charlie Dee on Thursday Jan 12 2017 at 10:45pm
More skiing perfection at Iola: 11 new inches earlier in the week, on top of a deep and solid base, have been rolled and groomed and were wonderful today.

Lapham: Report by Jim Bostrom on Thursday Jan 12 2017 at 6:39am
I am amazed at how good of a job the crew at Lapham Peak does. I did the Wednesday night race last night expecting bad conditions because of the rain and melting/freezing the last couple days. Not only was the manmade loop good, but they were able to extend to the 1k loop! We are very lucky to have it. Thank you everyone!

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Tuesday Jan 10 2017 at 6:34am
Great job groomers out there in this banana belt winter in southern Wisconsin. Love to have a winter like 2008 or even 2009 right now. I'm getting a little ticked off at mother nature.

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Tuesday Jan 10 2017 at 6:31am
Thank goodness for man made loops. Its been another mostly rough winter. Too much warmth and not enough snow after the two biggies. We need a series of winters like we had back in the mid 1990's (1994-1997) or late 1970's (1977-1982) or even 2013 and 2014. Tough to live in the banana belt. This S&*^s big time. Good skiing up north!!! I'm getting a bit impatient with mother nature right now.

Nordic: Report by Mike G on Monday Jan 9 2017 at 6:00pm
Skied Sunday afternoon. Kudo's to KMSF groomers for putting in the effort to create skiable trails in SE WI. Sometimes it just is what it is and you have to work with what's there. Job well done. It was primo rock skiing on actual ski trails with hills without driving up north this weekend. Hope the base survives another January thaw.

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Monday Jan 9 2017 at 1:51pm
Skated the man made loop about 10am today. Excellent condition for skating, fast and controlled. Classic looked good also. Snow piles to cover the balance of the man made snow section are being spread today.

Lapham: Report by Anne Riendl on Monday Jan 9 2017 at 4:29am
SKI-A-THON Tally has 2244Kilometers skied on the Lapham 0.72K ManMade snow North Loop. Conditions were superb for this 7th Annual New Year's Day SKI-A-THON! Thanks to all who recorded their distance on the papers in Evergreen Shelter! See you Monday January 1, 2018 for 8th Annual SKI-A-THON.

Other: Report by Charlie Dee on Sunday Jan 8 2017 at 7:05pm
Iola Winter Sports Club is a 2:15 drive from my house in Milwaukee. The trails are in fantastic shape for both classic and skating. Excellent skiing the past two days.

Lapham: Report by Gary G on Saturday Jan 7 2017 at 4:34pm
Classic skied this afternoon. Trail was 90% in good shape. The other 10% was worn and icy and track was gone.

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Saturday Jan 7 2017 at 8:16am
Groomed the upper fields on Tuesday and Wed. A little bit of fluff but mostly hard packed.

Lapham: Report by BennyB on Friday Jan 6 2017 at 2:40pm
Skated the man-made Thursday evening at about 6:00 pm. Conditions are fast, definitely a ball bearing type tilled up snow. Very nice classic tracks throughout, deep and clear. Great to do a few double pole laps to break it up a bit. Other than the cold biting a bit, great night.

Lapham: Report by Matt Stanke on Thursday Jan 5 2017 at 6:31am
Very nice on the man made loop. Very Fast, firm and fun. Skied 3 hours in the cold, but not bad. Next Monday/Tuesday will be interesting. Possible heavy snow somewhere in midwest, but also freezing rain just to south of heavy snow area. Way too early to predict where heavy snow falls. Interesting living in the "Banana Belt," that's for sure.

McMiller: Report by Anne Korman on Wednesday Jan 4 2017 at 12:23pm
Groomer is out today trying to salvage what's left of snow on the trails. The first 100 yards of trail are in very poor condition, however, the next 200-300 yds is decent. Many sections are very icy. If you venture out, be VERY cautious on the downhills and steep slopes! Trail sections that receive a lot of sun have bare spots throughout. Some sections that are well protected are decent. Bottom line: we need more snow!!!

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Wednesday Jan 4 2017 at 11:56am
another warmup and freeze after last weekend has made the trails extremely hard and icy. I groomed the skating lanes on the red this morning. Not much to groom with such a hard surface. Expect icy conditions in many areas. The first 1/4 mile is the worst. I would rate the red as being poor to maybe fair. I haven't done anything with the yellow or brown, those loops will be dangerous to ski. I don't expect to groom until next week.

Lapham: Report by Kris Maki on Tuesday Jan 3 2017 at 6:39pm
The Wednesday Night Ski League will begin on Wednesday January 4th at Lapham Peak. We have preserved a .7K manmade snow loop....plan to ski 7 laps for the adult races starting at 7:40p.m. Registration begins at 6pm in the Evergreen Shelter.

Zillmer: Report by Ray Beebe on Monday Jan 2 2017 at 10:56am
Red/green loops are still in fair shape. There are some thin dirty spots but still skiable. Cleaned up most sticks on the second half of the yellow. Couple of hikers destroyed the base on the down hill section near the end. This part of the yellow has not been groomed but was kinda fun going backwards.

Lapham: Report by Rick V on Sunday Jan 1 2017 at 12:30pm
Excellent conditions on the man made loop. Hundreds of skiers enjoying the beautiful winter weather and fast but controllable conditions. Probably the best cc skiing in southern Wisconsin.

Fox_Hill: Report by Bob Bodensteiner on Sunday Jan 1 2017 at 12:23pm
Woods trails now open and all trails freshly groomed with good cover. Very good skating throughout. Minimal leaves and twigs. Woods trails were raked before grooming (Thanks Jerry and Russ). Good skis fine. Use caution as all trails are two way and fast. And don't forget to complete registration and sign waiver (landowners request)at kiosk or on line. Also we'd like to know who you are and where from along with comments or suggestions.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Sunday Jan 1 2017 at 11:19am
I groomed the skating lanes on the red/green trail this morning. Very hard base and some icy spots, mainly on the first 1/4 mile. Fair conditions on this loop. Nothing has been done on the yellow or brown loops, suggest not going on those two loops.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Sunday Jan 1 2017 at 10:45am
Fox Hill Nordic continues to improve despite the lack of new snow. Groomer Jerry scarified the east, west, and fox loops in the wooded areas, meaning all 8.5K is opened up for skating. The skate deck is fast but stable as the scarifier is leveling the skate deck with little balls of snow which are acting as cushioned ball bearings. Jerry was going over the entire system as I skated this morning and reported to me that he'd be back out later today to go over it again after it softened up. Give Fox Hill a try! Membership information is at the trailhead or at www.conservecedarlakes.org. Thank you Jerry!

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Saturday Dec 31 2016 at 4:23pm
The woods loops, east,west,and fox were all groomed this p.m. They have not been groomed since the meltdown and freeze four days ago. All the trails are in very good condition. No tracks set.

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Saturday Dec 31 2016 at 9:17am
All field trails groomed for skate this a.m.

Lapham: Report by Jeff Stasney on Friday Dec 30 2016 at 6:05pm
Excellent skiing at Lapham today. Decent speed and good base for .7 mile loop. Better than I expected. Well taken care of. No debrea, and no real ice patches to speak of. Thanks grooming team, keep it up!

Zillmer: Report by Ray Beebe on Friday Dec 30 2016 at 12:21pm
Skated the red and green loops a couple of times cleaning up sticks. Overall a fast busy ride yet controllable. The first part of the trail after the shelter is dirty and icy in spots. After that the trails are in fair to good condition. Loops would benefit from a light grooming to break up the frozen ski tracks.

Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Friday Dec 30 2016 at 12:17pm
Conditions remain very good at FHN for skating. Jerry recently scarified again. Fast yet stable. Fellow skier, Jon, ventured into the west loop and reported 100% coverage. An inch or two of new snow would open everything back up. Parking lot was full.

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Friday Dec 30 2016 at 8:32am
"awesome" was the reply of one skier when asked how it was. Groomed this a.m., fields and short loop into woods.

Zillmer: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Dec 29 2016 at 9:08am
The bulletproof base at Fox Hill has been aggressively scarified leaving a sugary top coat which provides some excellent purchase and allowed me to feel in control the entire time. I stayed out of the woods but the upper fields and prairie were in above average condition. Thank you Jerry!

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Dec 29 2016 at 6:36am
Be patient with the man made snow. After more rain on Monday, its going to get cold again after that. It's tough living in the banana belt. Maybe we will have a brutal March and be able to ski until early April after dealing with this crappy weather as of late.

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Dec 29 2016 at 6:19am
Pretty Good for B Skis. Skied couple of hours with a head lamp Wednesday evening to check out conditions. B skis required. The forecast for Monday doesn't look good, but the further north you go, the better chance of snow, so maybe Northern KM will get snow instead of rain. Its tough living in the "Banana Belt." Up North skiing is great and more snow is expected.

Minooka_Park: Report by Mike Graham on Wednesday Dec 28 2016 at 10:27pm
Drove the park road this am to check the trails. The base has compacted and iced but mostly survived. There are small bare spots on the open sections near the trail head and parking lot 2 shelter. By Lot 3 the woods held snow but the trails in the woods are littered with branches and leaves. Probably not enough to reset the classic tracks but could have pretty decent rock skiing. Along Racine Ave the trail looked surprisingly intact in the soccer field with only a few bare spots along the trail but not on it. The biggest bare spot visible from the road is a fairly short section going up the sled hill along the road. Hopefully staff will try working the Ginzu today to bring the trails back to life.

Zillmer: Report by Reagan arndt on Wednesday Dec 28 2016 at 1:10pm
Lots and lots of sticks and debris on the trails, feel free to pick them up and throw them off the trails if you are out there. I groomed the skating lanes on the red and green trails this morning, they are fair to better than fair. Beware of some icy spots. Nothing was done on the yellow or brown loops, I would suggest not skiing on those loops, very hard packed and icy. Nothing was done with the classic tracks, too thin of a base currently.

Lapham: Report by Jim Bostrom on Wednesday Dec 28 2016 at 11:25am
The .7k manmade loop was great at 8pm Tuesday night. Glad to have it. It was recently smoothed out/widened and still has a couple foot base. Very fast. Hopefully we make more snow soon in the expansion area.

Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 4:37pm
Amazingly, Fox Hill provides good skating. Jerry managed to scarify the ice and create fast but controllable conditions on most of the prairie trails. The wooded trails are not groomed, no new classic track could be set so striding is best on the skate deck. There are couple of icy spots so this is not for beginners. If you haven't been to FH for awhile, the parking lot is now off of Sleeping Dragon Road. There is Port A Potty there.

Lapham: Report by Joe Luedtke on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 1:41pm
1/2 the manmade loop was actively being groomed (THANK YOU!) while I was there. Once complete it will be very nice with a few feet of depth in spots. However, doesn't look like enough snow to complete the entire manmade loop which is mostly frozen ruts and grass patches now. We need snow!

Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 1:39pm
The warm temps, wind and rain have done a lot of damage over the weekend to what we had for a base. Trails have a lot of debris, bare spots and ice throughout. My advice is to not ski at Zillmer today. I plan to go out tomorrow, Wed., and see what I can salvage.

Nordic: Report by Anne Korman on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 12:54pm
After a rough weekend with above freezing temps, and high winds which brought down several trees, we are out re-working the skate lanes on the Nordic system. At this time, the trails are still in FAIR condition. No plans to set track as the base is too thin.

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 11:44am
The fields and prairie were groomed extensively and the skating was very good.. The woods were not groomed.

Fox_Hill: Report by JerryG on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 9:03am
Going out to groom, looks to be enough snow left to work with. Will give a follow up report. Should have decent skiing by 10:30 a.m., Skate that is.

Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 12:39am
To all skiers. If anyone has a report out there, please post. Xmas day 2016 was the worst ever!!! The Grinch stole our pre Xmas snows, and With no snows in the near future, we could not be skiing for awhile unless the DNR can till up the base that survive. I left Nordic on Sunday and there was a very nice 4-6" wet base still left so who knows. Anyhow, please check your local trail system, especially Lapham, Greenbush, Zillmer and Nordic. Maybe some areas will be OK. Thanks. What a shame!! Matt

Nordic: Report by Matt stanke on Sunday Dec 25 2016 at 11:18pm
Skied from about 10pm-3pm. Slow, but firm and OK going downhill. Still a lot of base out there so we might be able to survive the warmup overnight and tomorrow. Ovrall, a really nice Xmas day present, but a lot of work. Great workout.

 

 

 
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