Cross Country Ski Report

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Door County Cross Country Ski Report for January 17, 2014

Cross country ski trails are open in all areas of the county. Winter sports enthusiasts got their wish this week: lots more snow! The extensive snowfall on Tuesday across the county has had the groomers busy over the past couple of days getting the trails rolled and tracks set. Most of our trails are groomed by dedicated volunteers and we are very grateful to them for the incredible amount of work it takes to get trails in shape for joyful skiing. Thank you groomers all over the county!!

Potawatomi State Park Conditions: The park received eight inches of snowfall on January 14th and 1.5 inches on January 16th. The entire trail system was rolled for skating and tracked for classical on January 14th and 15th. The ski conditions for skating are soft and classic trail has a firm track bottom with less firm track side walls 2 to 3 inches deep. Current conditions rated fair to good skating. Good for classic. The skate lane is being rolled again on January 16th. The classic track will be reevaluated this weekend and re-groomed if necessary after experiencing more traffic. (Gene Kastenson)

Crossroads at Big Creek Conditions: The Crossroads has received over 6” of snow on Tuesday and it continues to snow on Tuesday evening.  Trails will be groomed on Wednesday morning and a track will be set.  The new snow will add significantly to our present base which is over 5”.  With cooler temperatures the conditions should be great. (Jim Maki)

Whitefish Dunes State Park Conditions: Trail Conditions – after rolling the 10 – 12″ of new snow Wednesday, an additional 2″ overnight was packed and new tracks were set on all trails. Once setup the trails should be in excellent condition. There is the occasional twig here and there, but overall the trails are in great shape. There was considerable drifting around the Nature Center and it was smoothed out as best as we could, but now there is nearly a 2 foot base in some spots.  The annual Whitefish Dunes Candlelight is next Saturday, January 25th .(Rich Dirks)

Peninsula State Park Conditions:  As of Tuesday night it looks like we have at least 8” of snow with more to come. We will start grooming after it stops. We will have to roll everything first and then start grooming.  We will groom yellow and orange loops first.  We will probably have everything done by Wednesday night.  I assume we will have the best conditions of the season with the exception of Kodanko field  where drifting may be a problem. (Greg Sunstrom)

Newport State Park Conditions: Fortunately we received at least 6 inches of much needed new snow on Tuesday. Europe Bay Loop groomed single track classic. Will groom Newport Loop on Saturday. (Dale Krolich)

For more detailed information about the Door County Silent Sports Alliance and trail photos, please go to: www.doorcountysilentsports.org

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