Trail Reports



2019 May 2, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;

2019 May 2, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;   All I can say is, “You are welcome.”  As you can see, Justin had a great ski yesterday. Of course, I am not the first grooming report writer to include the term “storage wax” in my reportage so the credit should rightfully be shared with Richard and the ISC.  Regardless that, I should add, this shoulder season continues to confuse more than the two readers.  I saw a snow shoe hair looking for a place to hide.  The expression on his/her face was that of a person tricked into thinking

2019 May 1, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;

2019 May 1, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;   With apologies to Thomas Stearns and the entire Eliot family, only a dark grooming report writer can see April as cruel.  Sure, I get it; ski season has to end to bring life to the trout opener, water skiing, mtn biking, trail running, road cycling, sailing and the myriad of summer things you don’t want to do.  I have to look back to see if London had an especially dark April in ’22.  You know, like how the year of no summer produced Mary Shelly’s masterpiece, The Modern Prometheus. No,

2019 April 26, Grooming Report;

2019 April 26, Grooming Report;   I am reminded of the line from Little Caesar as delivered by Edward G Robinson; “… is this be the end of Rico?”.  Skiing may be over.  However, I must stress, “may”.  Check out the pictures from this Tuesday near the “upper” Bismarck bridge.  Skiing was excellent until well after noon.  A freezing forecast for tonight and tomorrow will make for excellent skiing tomorrow and Sunday if the base held up through the thaw this week. I will be otherwise occupied as this weekend is the traditional end to skiing and the trout stream

2019 April 21, Grooming Report

2019 April 21, Grooming Report;   To quote Chicago Cubs late, great grooming report announcer, Ho-Le Cow!  Was skiing great yesterday.  Check out the massive snow field near the 510 end of my run to Forestville and back.  At 8:00 am it was already shirt sleeve skiing with rock hard crust.  The sun glinting on the surface crystals was like so many diamonds on a giant ski file.  Early in the day even the gradual down hills were hair raising.  In wide areas one could find virgin crust with a surface so flat your skis would hiss. Now you would

2019 April 19, Grooming Report;

2019 April 19, Grooming Report;   One can not look at Justin’s swamp crust skiing pics without imagining games of sport on such a field.  Humans have played games since our social contract was first signed some ten thousand years ago. Many began as territorial struggles pitting one town against the next. The origins are but dim shadows left by fading light; yet, there were real events and we can conjure up likely scenarios.   As I see it, one day in the 13th century some guy or gal said something like, “Our town can beat your town; lets have

2019 April 14, Grooming Report;

2019 April 14, Grooming Report;     Forestville: (Remember; grooming is being done from Co Rd 501 due to logging.  See map and details below)   No grooming today but Goldie Locks skiing will begin by late morning and should be good all day.  Please let us know what you see.  Of course, pictures too.  Fun spring skiing; see pics from   Saux Head:  Tim plans to groom the skate lanes on all trails this morning.   Fun Pictures below: With silly pictures arriving daily, we may need a “What is the Caption to this Picture” contest. For example, Tom

2019 April 13, Grooming Report;

2019 April 13, Grooming Report;     Forestville: (Remember; grooming is being done from Co Rd 501 due to logging.  See map and details below) Andy groomed from Co Rd 510 down to 12k on the Noque’ and Animoosh.  The weather has been a challenge and by late night moisture remained in some areas.  The areas with moisture may be icy until late morning.  Cold nights forecast for tonight and Sunday night will mean the Goldie Locks Zone will not begin before late morning. The non-groomed trails will likely be un-skiable due to the breakable crust until it consolidates later

2019 April 12, Grooming Report & et cetera ;

2019 April 12, Grooming Report & et cetera ;   Heavy overnight snow and then freezing rain has Andy and his team gearing up for the first opportunity to get this snow in skiable shape.  The forecast is challenging so decisions will be “game time” events.  Cold nights are forecast so the current plan is to groom late today and weekend skiing will be spectacular. Too Long To Read Grooming Report: Do you ever hear something and pretend it is not so?  I am reminded of moving into a new renal house in a new town.  It was our first

2019 April 10, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;

2019 April 10, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;   Mo reported great skiing yesterday and predicts skate skiing will be great skate skiing today.  Don’t be waiting around for Goldie Locks; she is not coming.  It will be cold all day. Andy plans to groom right after the forecast Thursday night snow. Of course the shoulder season continues to confuse.  Each bay has its own anchor ice and start to the kayak season.  So too do each waterman have his/her own trigger for its beginning.  I am reminded of the epiphany experienced when reading about surfers in Nova Scotia.  In

2019 April 9, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;

2019 April 9, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;   Shoulder season is a wonderful time in the U.P.  I snuck out of the office today and was faced with the dilemma of choice.  Humans have the wonderful and yet also terrible power of choice.  Of course my choices tend towards the rather wonderful end of the spectrum.  So, I was faced with skiing, snow shoeing, snow biking, road biking, kayaking and SUP.  When God invented Stand Up Paddle Boards he/she opened up the anchor ice water sport season to a new dimension.  Not only is it far easier to launch