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Sugarbush Trails - Britton Peak & Moose Fence in Tofte

February 22, 2019
Trail Base: 18' - 27"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: Trace
Last 7 Days: 6"
Average Depth: 35" - 70"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes, Our Pisten Bully snow cat was out all last night grooming the priority trails for skate and classic skiing. More snow is predicted for tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the fresh grooming while you can! Hope to see you on the trails!

"Firsthand Trail Report" - Feb 16 - "Great ski at Sugarbush this afternoon! We were skating and the grooming was fantastic. We skied from the Onion River Road parking lot and did the Picnic loop, and Oberg Mountain loop. The Picnic Loop was especially nice with very fresh grooming. Oberg Loop had a few drifts but overall was very good. Great day of skiing on the beautiful Sugarbush trails!" (Patty Carlen)

"Firsthand Trail Report" -Feb 16 - "From Britton Peak, the Hogback and other close loops were recently regroomed (for much of my ski, there were no signs that anybody else had been on the track since regrooming). Upper Homestead had some drifting that in areas that are on ridge lines--in those places. The groomer had done some touch up, but the depth of snow drift left these areas slightly uneven. Even with the few drifted areas, conditions were outstanding--classic tracks were well-formed, pole plants were solid, and the skating lane looked good. Excellent work on the grooming!" (Erik Larson)

It's beautiful in the forest, so we hope you can come ski our trails. See you soon!

Fundraising Update: We have raised over $5,000 so far for our Pisten Bully replacement. Thanks much to all who have donated! We greatly appreciate your consideration and generosity. We have been saving funds for about ten years to purchase a replacement for our 1994 Pisten Bully 160D.

Our trail reporting page is updated by groomers after they are finished grooming: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Typical grooming schedule: Our budget allows for grooming the entire system on Thursday and/or Friday (evening) of each week, starting with priority trails. Touch-up on priority trails (as needed) Monday or Tuesday. (Schedule may be adjusted if there is new snowfall)
See our detailed trail condition chart here: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. These are available locally at the Holiday Station store in Tofte and Clearview General in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

Check our website for more detailed information: Sugarbush Ski Trails

We hope to see you on the trails!

Enjoy!

Sugarbush Trails - Oberg Mountain Area Trails in Lutsen

February 22, 2019
Trail Base: 17" - 26"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: Trace
Last 7 Days: 10"
Average Depth: 35"-70"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes, Our Pisten Bully snow cat was out all last night grooming the priority trails for skate and classic skiing. More snow is predicted for tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the fresh grooming while you can! More snow is in the forecast for this weekend, so our grooming schedule is in flux. We will keep you posted. Enjoy the new snow and we hope to see you on the trails!

"Firsthand Trail Report" - Feb 16 - "Great ski at Sugarbush this afternoon! We were skating and the grooming was fantastic. We skied from the Onion River Road parking lot and did the Picnic loop, and Oberg Mountain loop. The Picnic Loop was especially nice with very fresh grooming. Oberg Loop had a few drifts but overall was very good. Great day of skiing on the beautiful Sugarbush trails! (Patty Carlen)

"Firsthand Trail Report" -Feb 16 - "From Britton Peak, the Hogback and other close loops were recently regroomed (for much of my ski, there were no signs that anybody else had been on the track since regrooming). Upper Homestead had some drifting that in areas that are on ridge lines--in those places. The groomer had done some touch up, but the depth of snow drift left these areas slightly uneven. Even with the few drifted areas, conditions were outstanding--classic tracks were well-formed, pole plants were solid, and the skating lane looked good. Excellent work on the grooming!" (Erik Larson)

It's beautiful in the forest, so we hope you can come ski our trails. See you soon!

Fundraising Update: We have raised over $5,000 so far for our Pisten Bully replacement. Thanks much to all who have donated! We greatly appreciate your consideration and generosity. We have been saving funds for about ten years to purchase a replacement for our 1994 Pisten Bully 160D.

Our trail reporting page is updated by groomers after they are finished grooming: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Typical grooming schedule: Our budget allows for grooming the entire system on Thursday and/or Friday (evening) of each week, starting with priority trails. Touch-up on priority trails (as needed) Monday or Tuesday. (Schedule may be adjusted if there is new snowfall)
See our detailed trail condition chart here: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. These are available locally at the Holiday Station store in Tofte and Clearview General in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

Check our website for more detailed information: Sugarbush Ski Trails

We hope to see you on the trails!

Enjoy!

Norpine - Deer Yard Trails - Lutsen

February 18, 2019
Trail Base: 17"-28"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 0"
Last 7 Days: 10"
Average Depth: 31"-70"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes, Excellent conditions! Tons of snow! Lots of deer and wolf activity on trails near Lake Superior.

"Firsthand Trail Report" - Feb 18 - "Skied the connector from the snowmobile parking lot off Hwy 61 to the pioneer loop, up and across the connector to Deeryard loop, around Deeryard and the short loop and back down the other side of Pioneer. Most of the trail is is in excellent double classic track condition. On lower pioneer there were quite a few walkers which made the trail uneven but it was not a huge problem. Tree debris on pioneer and the connector was a minor problem and I still got a few pole plunges in the deep snow on Deeryard, but all these are minor problems to an otherwise great afternoon on the Norpine system. Great trail system, great workout especially climbing up to Deeryard on Pioneer. (Tim Nelson)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  - Feb 16 - "Skied all the Deer Yard trails, which had been groomed on Friday (after the wind died down, apparently). The tracks were in great condition (classic only). The spur to the old fire tower didn't looked like it got the Friday grooming; the tracks were a bit filled in but still easy to follow (photo is from that section). We followed fox tracks for quite a while. A beautiful and peaceful outing in the woods. Thanks, Norpine Trail Association!" (Anne Flueckiger)

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required.

 

Minnesota Ski Pass required.

Norpine Trail Association - Lutsen / Spruce Creek / Hall / Massie Cluster

February 18, 2019
Trail Base: 17"-28""
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 0"
Last 7 Days: 10"
Average Depth: 31"-70"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes, Excellent conditions! Tons of snow! Lots of deer and wolf activity on trails near Lake Superior.

"Firsthand Trail Report" - Feb 18 - "Skied the connector from the snowmobile parking lot off Hwy 61 to the pioneer loop, up and across the connector to Deeryard loop, around Deeryard and the short loop and back down the other side of Pioneer. Most of the trail is is in excellent double classic track condition. On lower pioneer there were quite a few walkers which made the trail uneven but it was not a huge problem. Tree debris on pioneer and the connector was a minor problem and I still got a few pole plunges in the deep snow on Deeryard, but all these are minor problems to an otherwise great afternoon on the Norpine system. Great trail system, great workout especially climbing up to Deeryard on Pioneer. (Tim Nelson)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  - Feb 16 - "Skied all the Deer Yard trails, which had been groomed on Friday (after the wind died down, apparently). The tracks were in great condition (classic only). The spur to the old fire tower didn't looked like it got the Friday grooming; the tracks were a bit filled in but still easy to follow (photo is from that section). We followed fox tracks for quite a while. A beautiful and peaceful outing in the woods. Thanks, Norpine Trail Association!" (Anne Flueckiger)

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required.

 

Minnesota Ski Pass required.

Norpine Trail Association - Cascade River Area Trails

February 15, 2019
Trail Base: 17"-28"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 0"
Last 7 Days: 10"
Average Depth: 31"-70"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes, Excellent conditions! Tons of snow! Lots of deer and wolf activity on trails near Lake Superior.

"Firsthand Trail Report" - Feb 18 - "Skied the connector from the snowmobile parking lot off Hwy 61 to the pioneer loop, up and across the connector to Deeryard loop, around Deeryard and the short loop and back down the other side of Pioneer. Most of the trail is is in excellent double classic track condition. On lower pioneer there were quite a few walkers which made the trail uneven but it was not a huge problem. Tree debris on pioneer and the connector was a minor problem and I still got a few pole plunges in the deep snow on Deeryard, but all these are minor problems to an otherwise great afternoon on the Norpine system. Great trail system, great workout especially climbing up to Deeryard on Pioneer. (Tim Nelson)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  - Feb 16 - "Skied all the Deer Yard trails, which had been groomed on Friday (after the wind died down, apparently). The tracks were in great condition (classic only). The spur to the old fire tower didn't looked like it got the Friday grooming; the tracks were a bit filled in but still easy to follow (photo is from that section). We followed fox tracks for quite a while. A beautiful and peaceful outing in the woods. Thanks, Norpine Trail Association!" (Anne Flueckiger)

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required.

 

Minnesota Ski Pass required.

Sawbill Campground - Tofte

February 21, 2018
Trail Base: 18" - 27"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 4 - 6"
Last 7 Days: 6"
Average Depth: 24" - 35"
Comments:
The blue skies are a welcome relief now that the February sun is back. The new snow has added to the beauty of the skiing and snowshoeing off and around the campground loop.

Lutsen Mountains - Lutsen

January 31, 2019
Trail Base: 30"-74"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 4 - 6"
Last 7 Days: 6"
Average Depth: 12"-20"
Comments:
Downhill Ski and Snowboard slopes are open and going strong. However, this year the nordic ski trail at Lutsen Mountains is not open. See more information at lutsen.com