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Most recent trail reports

Thursday April 28, 2022
Skied last night after refreeze. Some rime on top of a bullet proof base made for fun conditions on the hilly biathlon course. Ribbon skied the upper grant-in-aid trails late afternoon in warm temps today. It was fun too, but they are probably toast for the season now. Hoping the morning pre-thaw conditions will yield at least one May ski on the biathlon course.
(Jeff Pesta)
Saturday March 26, 2022
Around 20F temperature, so snow was crusty and solidly supporting, though with plenty of debris, as expected. Fun maneuver-type skiing, if you're into that. Skate technique worked well. There are no classic tracks left as they've been obliterated by many boot indentations made in thawing conditions. In many places, there was room to the side of the boot track nastiness to mostly avoid it. There was one small patch of snowless ground. It was at the northernmost downhill on the return (western) portion of the main one way loop.
(Brad Bensen)
Monday March 14, 2022
The Alder Pond trail group had good ski-formed tracks with just a few places that were ice glazed, I guess depending on how much sun the trail segment had gotten. Trail debris was not very troublesome, and there were maybe three spots where a rock protruded. The South trail loop had light snow cover over the groomed tracks.
(Brad Bensen)
Sunday March 13, 2022
Skied from Amen Lake Trailhead to South and North Suomi. No recent grooming, skied the new snow in much of the track. This is a good time of the year to explore this course in warmer temps with skins or scales. It is beautiful, but can be tricky single track when the conditions are too fast.
(Jeff Pesta)
Sunday March 13, 2022
Recently groomed trails, with the addition of about an inch or less of new snow overnight, made for excellent skating conditions.
(John Beltman)
Saturday March 12, 2022
Small amount of snow over moderately hard surface provided decent purchase on the skate lane. Skied Lake, Thunder, and East loops. Was a pleasant outing as temperature climbed into the mid teens. The classic tracks looked to be in decent shape most places. There were a couple spots where leaves had concentrated.
(Brad Bensen)
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Groomed and tracked all loops. The trail groomed up beautifully. It is excellent condition. The track gets a bit shallow in spots where it gets full sun.
(Rick Mcdonald)
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Ground up the old snow and set new tracks on Trout Lake and Doan Lake Trails. Most of the old leaf debris is buried. Very nice hardwax skiing.
(Carl Nordgren)
Tuesday March 8, 2022
Skied the trails after work. After freezing drizzle over the weekend, the ice was not as bad as I thought it would be. Most of that thin layer had been skied out, and the worst was in sun-exposed areas that had refrozen. Most of the rest was just fine. The trails were nice and fast in 25-degree weather.
(Bob Conzemius)
Monday March 7, 2022
The trail was packed last week, and it looks like they groomed Sunday or Monday. Looks like it would be a nice ski.
(Bob Conzemius)
Friday March 4, 2022
The tracks on the north two loops in good condition and fast, although there are a few high friction leaves in places. As mentioned in a previous note, the south loop is not tracked, but is packed. Looks like it was a challenge to get it level in places. The longest downhill heading south on the west side of the south loop is pretty rough halfway down just past the drop, so be prepared to hip slide as you approach. It's not conducive to snow plowing.
(Brad Bensen)
Friday March 4, 2022
County groomer reported packing and tracking this northernmost ski trail in Itasca County. Still lots of cold snow up there!
(Catherine McLynn)
Thursday March 3, 2022
I was on my way back home from skiing Blueberry Hills and decided to check out how Blackwater was doing this year. I ended up skiing the whole system. The grooming looked pretty fresh, and the skate deck was nice and firm. The classic track looked great!
(Bob Conzemius)
Saturday February 26, 2022
30 degrees and freshly groomed trails made for a great afternoon of skiing. The trails were in great shape with only a bit of debris and animal track damage.
(Diana Magner)
Friday February 25, 2022
Sara Thompson, Itasca County Land Department, reports trail is packed and tracked for skiers to enjoy this warmer weekend and week ahead.
(Catherine McLynn)
Friday February 25, 2022
Again same amazing grooming on Amen as on Suomi made for a fabulous high noon ski at 10 degrees. Thank goodness for wide flat pack dropping down to Lake Loop, steep descent with turn at the bottom. The whole system up and down but could stride up most with a little skilled coaching.
(Catherine McLynn)