Cross country ski trails are open everywhere and there is a good base, but we need fresh snow.
Nordic skiing is such a great aerobic activity, exercising the whole body. It is entirely possible to keep warm even when the bottom drops out of the thermometer. Take precaution to dress in multiple layers and enjoy the winter.
Potawatomi State Park
Skate and classic ski trail conditions have changed little over the past report one week ago. The skate deck and classic trails are well covered, very bumpy, hard and fast. There is some debris and a little drifted snow in a few scattered places. The cold, hard snow has prevented any grooming since December 31. The rain, snow and warm temperatures predicted for January 10 and 11 will likely prevent grooming until January 12. Skate and classic skiing are both rated good to poor. (Gene Kastenson)
Crossroads at Big Creek
Trails will be dragged and leveled on Wednesday January 8, due to considerable blowing and drifting in the open areas this past week. All trails have an excellent base. A track will be set as well. Conditions for skate and classical skiing will be great into the weekend. Skiers, we still need your help: A significant number of people continue to walk on the ski trails. We all know what boot tracks will do to a nicely groomed ski trail. Therefore, if you come across walkers on the trails, please kindly remind them to use the designated walking trails. All ski and walking trails are adequately marked with signs where trails intersect. (Jim Maki)
Whitefish Dunes State Park
As of January 9, trail conditions are Fair to Good and Very Good in many areas, last groomed January 4. Track reset and very firm, but trail has considerable woods debris in various areas. Skiers are invited to toss any sticks or branches off the trail. Plan is to re-groom, depending on outcome of snow/rain in forecast. (Rich Dirks)
Peninsula State Park
As of January 7, the classic tracks are icy and fast. We are hopeful for snow and will groom at least the yellow and orange trails this weekend when it warms up. We will groom as soon as we receive some additional snow. Skate trails are still very well set with unevenness due to lack of snow. (Greg Sunstrom)
Newport State Park
New snow is needed as the tracks are icy in some areas and have a lot of tree debris. Still skiable, but will be improved with new snow. (Dale Krolich)
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