Door County Cross Country Ski Report for January 27, 2013

After losing all of its snow cover due to warm temperatures a few weeks ago, Door County finally received about five inches of light fluffy snow on Thursday evening and at the time of this posting, it is snowing heavily once again.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 pm Sunday through 9 am Monday:

Snow is expected to begin by mid-afternoon Sunday, mixing with sleet Sunday evening and then mixing with freezing rain Monday night. One to three inches of snow accumulation is possible near the bay and lake with 2-4 inches farther northwest, along with up to one-tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue through Sunday night. Drivers should be prepared for slippery road conditions and limited visibility. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. The latest Wisconsin road conditions can be obtained by calling 511.

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

Potawatomi State Park Conditions: Groomed on January 25. The low moisture snow that fell was great but does not make the best snow for packing a good base… yet the trails are all snow covered and it is the best skiing at the park so far this year. The trails are all skiable,  thin and rough in spots, but all are snow covered. Not enough snow for setting diagonal stride track. In the woods, there is about 50% fair and 50 % poor. Hopefully, it will set tonight and firm up and in the future the high spots can be smoothed out. (1/24/13 Carl Grota)

Whitefish Dunes State Park Conditions: Dunes trails were rolled and packed down to about 2″. Not enough snow to set a track yet. Will be re-groomed after the candle light event Saturday night. (1/26/13 Rich Dirks)

Crossroads at Big Creek Conditions: The Crossroads received 5″ of new snow Friday. All the trails were rolled on Friday afternoon and are in good skiing condition. Because the snow was so light, it packed well but there wasn’t enough to make a track. The skiers are happy. (1/26/13 Jim Maki)

Peninsula State Park Conditions: Recently groomed by rolling the yellow, orange, and 3/4 of red, also out across the field to the blue/green, and from the shop to Blosomberg Cemetery and out the central trail to the east side and back. There is a tree down on the red, which I couldn’t cut with the hand tools on the sled. The office has a map of what was done. Barely enough snow to roll, report from skier was that it was better than not rolled but not much better. There may not be enough snow to go back and track. (1/26/13 Fuzzy Sunstrom)

Newport State Park Conditions: 5-6″ of light, fluffy snow has fallen on Newport! All of the trails are open, but our trails are not groomed. People have been skiing the Monarch and Europe Bay Trails, which are best from the Europe Bay Road trail head. (1/26/13 Casey St Henry)

For more detailed information about trails and conditions, go to: doorcountysilentsports.org.

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