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Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Sunday Mar 19 2017 at 11:54am
As of 11:50am on Sunday 3/19/2017, there is no skiing due to lack of snow. All trails are currently open for hiking. The mountain bike trails are also currently closed to the high amount of mud. Please refer back to this trail report for updates on when the mountain biking trails will open back up and if we receive more snow for CC skiing.
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Other: Report by Eric Hansen on Friday Mar 17 2017 at 3:56pm
Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg (Ozaukee Cty.) I skied (waxless) on skied in tracks on the trails along the Milwaukee River mid afternoon Thursday, March 16. Good coverage with minor problem areas. Considerable snow still out there and I suspect we could have good golf course skiing for a few more days.
Minooka_Park: Report by Holly LaVesser on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 9:21pm
Conditions are fair to poor overall with several good stretches. The classic track had many bare spots. Many sticks poking through, and many footprints. It wasn't bad enough to make me consider leaving, but it required a lot of avoidance maneuvers. The straightaway stretch closest to Racine and the loop in the open field there to the south were in the best shape. Maybe one more day if you're desperate :)
Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 2:19pm
Another great day at Fox Hill. Very good skating conditions, much firmer and faster than yesterday. Most of the trails have been groomed. Classic tracks are great except where the sun has burned through to expose dirt, but these spots can all be seen and avoided by simply hopping onto the skate deck. Should be another excellent day on Thursday, as Jerry will groom in the morning.
Lapham: Report by Jim Bostrom on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 12:41pm
I wanted to thank the DNR for grooming this new snow we received, even though it was questionable that it could be done as it was dry and packed down pretty thin. I had a great afternoon yesterday. Yes- some thin spots/rocks but still great. Get out there today or it may be all gone!
Pike_Lake: Report by Pike Lake DNR Staff on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 12:13pm
Greetings- current trail conditions at Pike Lake Unit, KMSF are as follows for Wednesday 3/15/2017: 'the trails were groomed yesterday afternoon 3/15/2017, a track was not set. Conditions are still good for skate and classic skiing, though with the warmer temperatures and sun, parts of the trail will be thin in places. Keep your fingers crossed for more snow!'
Greenbush: Report by Ray Beebe on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 9:44am
About 3-4 inches of ungroomed fluffy snow. Decided to ski a combo loop anyway. Plenty of small branches and an occasional rock. Better off hiking or biking.
Lapham: Report by George Gesior on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 8:58am
Had a beautiful classic ski around the 11K loop this morning. Downhills are extremely fast so use caution. The trails firmed up nicely with the cold temps over night. It probably won't last with the sun so bright. Plenty of rocks and debris and the steep uphills are getting pretty thin but not bad with rock skis. Out of the tracks most of the time. Many bare spots in the tracks.
Lapham: Report by Matt stanke on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 6:41am
Let's be honest here. While there are some good sections (purple meadow, southfield and the north side of the man made loop), there are many bad sections as well. Many areas where you have to dance around the pebbles, rocks and dirt. The ride down hoot owl hill was nice going down the side, Grades: Good skis D-, Rock Skis C. Sorry, but a honest report. And yes, WET SNOW is much better than DRY snow.
Lapham: Report by Holly LaVesser on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 8:06pm
I skied the entire trail system and was disappointed given how much snow had seemed to fall. Rock skis only! Many rocks & sticks/logs poking through and I fell going up several hills when my ski got stuck on debris. There are decent portions to ski, but I don't know that I'll be going back. Kudos to the groomers for giving us the opportunity though!
Minooka_Park: Report by Bob Franze on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 6:03pm
Really enjoyable ski at Minooka, a March bonus after the less than stellar conditions for much of the winter!
Fox_Hill: Report by Charlie Dee on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 5:09pm
Eight or so inches on the ground, the majority of trails have been packed for skating and solid tracks set. The skating was very soft today, but the classic tracks were quite good. Since the sun was bright today, there are very small pockets of exposed ground periodically on the classic tracks. The skating deck should be much faster tomorrow, and Jerry will groom it again in the morning.
Lapham: Report by Dave Hammer on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 4:33pm
Beautiful day to be on skis. Skated entire system between 1:30-3:30. Lower loops better cover than upper loops. Asthma Hill and Tower Hill pretty dicey. Erosion barriers protruding on upper climb of 2 Tier. Downhills OK, but keep an eye out for debris and rocks. Lighted loop, including South Hill, should be OK tonight, but could be icy. Some grooming overnight would help for tomorrow. B-skis or rock skies recommended.
Nordic: Report by Anne Korman on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 12:01pm
Nordic trails received about 2" of snow, 3" in a few places. Trails will not be groomed at this time.
Lapham: Report by Rich Marusinec on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 9:53am
Skied the upper black loops early this morning. Air was crisp and sun out and trail was awesome. Maybe best to use B ski's due to a few uphills with some dirt and a few rocks peaking through but most of trail was excellent. Thanks for grooming!Tracks also exist on the upper loops for classic.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 9:44am
Trails were groomed for skate early a.m., will set classic tracks around noon today.
Pike_Lake: Report by Pike Lake Staff on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 9:38am
Hartford received around 8 inches of fresh snow yesterday. Groomer is currently out packing down the trails.
Lapham: Report by Tom Sloey on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 8:28am
We have been blessed with late season snow from Mother Nature and excellent grooming on this overall fairly dismal winter. Get out on enjoy!
Lapham: Report by John McCarthy on Monday Mar 13 2017 at 9:31pm
Nice skiing on the lighted loop this evening. Goldilocks snow - not too dry that it packed down to nothing, and not too wet that it smoshed all over. The initial snow has been rolled and while soft, is enough to cover the rocks and gravel. My advice - be sure to set down on a flat ski 'cause your pole plants will tell you that it's not far to trouble. Kudos to Brett and the crew for having the lights on and packing the trail. Enjoy it while it lasts
Lapham: Report by Lapham Peak DNR Staff on Monday Mar 13 2017 at 11:22am
Trail conditions for 3/13/2017 as of 11am. We received about three-inches of snow on Sunday Night/Monday Morning here at Lapham Peak. Currently we are packing down the ski trails. Some spots on the trail may be thin in places, with grass and/rocks surfacing. We will continue to monitor the incoming snow and groom as accordingly. The mountain bike/fat tire bike trails on the western side of the park are open for use. Please refer to this website or call the Lapham Peak trail hotline at 262-646-4421 for the most up-to-date conditions.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry Gensch on Monday Mar 13 2017 at 8:21am
As of 8 a.m., we received about 4 inches of snow. I will groom about 9 a.m. Just to knock it down and again this afternoon. Expect conditions to be soft.
Greenbush: Report by Ray Beebe on Saturday Mar 4 2017 at 8:41am
Groomer was out and had most loops done at 8am. The sun gobbled up some short sections of the track and a little of the skate lane. Overall Great March skiing on all the loops!!
Zillmer: Report by Ray Beebe on Friday Mar 3 2017 at 11:04am
Only skied reds and browns today. Overall conditions are okay. There are some crusty spots mostly in the beginning and a few thin to grassy patches too. Everything is still passable but the hot March sun could change things quickly. No track set just not enough snow. Was worth the trip from FDL.
Greenbush: Report by Matt stanke on Thursday Mar 2 2017 at 11:32pm
Fox_Hill: Report by Jeff Grotenhuis on Thursday Mar 2 2017 at 5:36pm
Soft and sketchy but skiable. A few puddles, or as Jerry calls them rivulets. Can easily manage around them. Skating was pretty decent. Four cars in the lot. I found a pair of black REI gloves and put them on one of the steel posts in the parking lot.
Pike_Lake: Report by Sara Crook on Thursday Mar 2 2017 at 10:56am
Hartford received around 4 inches of snow yesterday. Trails are being groomed this morning and are in good condition. Snow was to thin in the campground loop to groom, due to the pavement.
Fox_Hill: Report by Jerry on Thursday Mar 2 2017 at 8:41am
Fox Hill "a river runs through it". Actually a number of small rivulets across the trail. Only groomed the field for skate, ground still wet underneath the snow. Soft as you would guess.
Zillmer: Report by Reagan groomer on Thursday Mar 2 2017 at 8:14am
got about 6 inches of snow yesterday, going out grooming now.