Current Door County Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

Door County Cross Country Ski Trail Report as of December 26, 2012

Northeast Wisconsin and the Door County peninsula missed out on the heavy snowfall seen by some parts of the state last week. None of the trails are in “great” condition, but we did get enough snow to provide  acceptable skiing in the county. If you have friends with private property in the Sturgeon Bay area that groom, that may be your best bet as the area just north of Sturgeon Bay received approximately 4.5 ” of snow, the most of what little snowfall we had.

Michael Webber and Trina Fuehrer skiing at Snowkraft on Christmas Eve

Michael Webber and Trina Fuehrer skiing at Snowkraft on Christmas Eve 2012 – photo by Janelle Peotter

Trail groomers have been out working at some public areas and report the following conditions:

Potawatomi State Park Ski Trail Report
Could not groom after the snow last week because the snow was too wet. There was a layer of wet snow/mush on the ground. On top of this mush, we have 2-3″ snow. When the roller compresses the snow into the mush the roller packs up with snow and won’t roll. Because the top layer of snow is now acting as an insulator we will have to get a good cold spell before the mush freezes. Temperatures in the 20’s are not low enough. 12/21/12

Whitefish Dunes State Park Ski Trail Report 
Mother Nature played another cruel one on us and left less than 2″ of snow on the trails at Whitefish Dunes. So, while there is a little whiteness on the trails, it is hardly enough to groom until we get more.  12/21/12

Crossroads at Big Creek Ski Trail Report
Trails at the Crossroads were rolled Friday evening December 21 and again on Christmas Day.  Approximately 2.4″ of snow fell initially and then another inch on Christmas Eve. It has frozen nicely into a good base. There is fair skate skiing currently but there are no tracks set yet for classic skiing. We do have bare or thin spots, but where there is a good snow cover, the trails look good.  12/26/12

Peninsula State Park Ski Trail Report 
There are trace amounts of snow of up to about three inches, but the ski trails are not yet groomed or open. Snowshoe/hiking trails are open. Please, remember that hiking and snowshoeing are not allowed on ski trails.

Newport State Park Ski Trail Report 
There are 2-3″ of snow, but the trails have not been groomed yet. There are bare spots in the open areas and conditions are not suitable for skiing just yet.

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