Door County Cross Country Ski Report

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Door County Cross Country Ski Report for January 24, 2014

What a year for cross-country skiing in Door County!!  All cross country ski trails are open in all areas of the county and just keep improving.  The recent snows have been dry and are sometimes hard to pack down when rolled by groomers so it can be a bit slower to ski.  However, the natural beauty of the snowfall on the trees and the new snow coverage over leaf debris where trails were getting thin makes up for this.   It is cold but if you dress in layers and maybe add toe warmers, you can get out to enjoy all the winter splendor Door County has to offer on cross country skis!

Potawatomi State Park    Conditions: Very good overall.  Last snowfall was one inch on January 22nd. The skate lanes on all trails were last groomed on January 20th. The diagonal stride track was last set on all trails on January 18th. The skate deck has a firm base with 2 inches of loose powder with good smooth glide. The diagonal tracks are firm with good glide. They are least 2 inches deep with some some shallower and washed out areas. Skate and diagonal both rated good.  (Gene Kastenson)

Crossroads at Big Creek    Conditions:  Excellent.  All trails will be rolled and tracked on Friday morning January 24th.  We received a 2″ inches of new snow over the last couple of days and therefore our base is very good.  Skate lanes are great but due to some blowing and drifting the track continues to get filled.  I will continue to improve trail conditions over the weekend.  Skiing will be excellent. (Jim Maki)

Whitefish Dunes State Park   Conditions: Excellent.  Trails at Whitefish Dunes State Park were groomed on Monday, January 20th.  Snow base is about 8 inches in most areas.  The classic trails are deep and set up.  No significant debris to interfere with skiing.  The Black trail out to the road was rolled for hikers.  Forecasted very cold temperatures on Saturday has led to the decision to postpone the Candlelight Ski event until Saturday, February 15th from 5-8 pm.   The Friends group has a great plan for an enjoyable evening, so join us in mid-February.    (John Swanson)

Peninsula State Park   Conditions:  Red, blue, and purple loops were all re-groomed as of January 20th and 21st and are in very good condition.  All other classic tracks (yellow, orange, green and white) were groomed on January 19th and are in good condition.  After grooming we received another inch of snow and this was skied in but not re-groomed.    Plan ahead to join us for our annual Candlelight Ski as part of the Fish Creek Winter Games on February 1st. (Greg Sunstrom)

Newport State Park   Conditions:  Excellent.  Newport and Europe Bay loops are all groomed for single track classic.  Excellent conditions overall.  (Dale Krolich)

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