East of Madison

Excellent
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
We skated all the trails this morning and they were awesome. We were treated to freshly groomed skating trails when we arrived shortly after 7 am.
– Joan Blankenship

Near Madison

Excellent
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
Trails were groomed and tracked on Tuesday, Feb. 18th. They are excellent condition with the additional 6" of snow we received last night. Blue Mound State Park grooms primarily for classic skiing, skate skiing is allowed in the campground loops and picnic loop only. ~Enjoy
– Blue Mound SP Staff
Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Really good again this morning. Yesterday and today I said good, but maybe it should be excellent. Today, sun was out, perfect temp, no wind. Tracks quite good, some leaves in some spots, but not much can be done about that!
– Bill K.
Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Mostly agree w/ Ian, except I was on kick-waxed skis and they were fine (VR45). >> Problem is w/ short kick zones, using stickier wax, which will definitely stop you short when you ski across leave detritus. Thanks groomers, keep up the good work. After a busy weekend, trails will need re-grooming for sure. This is the best of the season. Snow/temp's don't get any better than this.
– Tony H.
Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
I thought the track was excellent with only occasional 'wash-out'. The oak leaves are bad however but there are beautiful stretches without them - waxed skis would have problems. I was on Fischer Twin Skins and they were perfect and glided over the leaves. The downhills are in great shape with some loose snow and no ice. Good job groomers!
– Ian Duncan
Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
left at noon today, but it was quite nice. Tracks were great for the most part.
– Bill K.
Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Still very good at noon. A little more leaf litter, tracks mostly quite good, but a bit worn in turns & hills. Lots of folks out here today.
– DarylH
Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Near perfect (leaf litter first 2-ish miles), firm deck, solid deep tracks, moderate speed & good control on downhills. Ski it before tomorrow afternoons thaw!
– DarylH
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Trails are in excellent condition with almost no debris and a good base. Freshly tracked. A big thanks to the guy who found my car keys in the snow after I lost them. It was beyond kind and saved the day!
– Kate
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Trails were groomed and tracked on Thursday, Feb. 13th. They are excellent condition with the additional 2" of snow we received last night. Blue Mound State Park grooms primarily for classic skiing, skate skiing is allowed in the campground loops and picnic loop only. ~Enjoy
– Blue Mound SP Staff
Good
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Still very good @ 11am. Tracks mostly good, though a little worn in turns. Hard to slightly icy, but will be softening soon! Hills moderately fast with decent control.
– DarylH
Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Beautifully groomed, lots of snow, well covered and fast.
– mig
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Trails were groomed and tracked on Monday, Feb. 10th. They are excellent condition. Blue Mound State Park grooms primarily for classic skiing, skate skiing is allowed in the campground loops and picnic loop only. ~Enjoy
– Blue Mound SP Staff
Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Got there just as the DCParks worker was getting done with grooming. Get out and enjoy this awesome yet underrated park as much as you can before stupid hikers come along and ruin the trax.
– Tim
Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Skied there yesterday. Was terriff! Got hungry while skiing and found an open can of creamed corn near on the side of the red trail near the boat launch Absolutely hit the spot. Good skiing, great treating!
– Al Noche
Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Parks website said groomed today but no sign of such when I left at 3:15. Still I had a pleasant ski in the skier-made tracks on the fresh snow, so I gave it a good. Parks staff has mentioned they've been having equipment issues so that may explain the absence of the promised grooming. South Unit, Wheeler and School Rd.
– JanA
Fair
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Only partly groomed again, less than last time. Groomed were the east loop, the first loop west of the parking lot, and along Bonner pond. Those trails were excellent though without set tracks. Everything to the west and north was untouched, still good skied-in tracks with a few thin and icy patches. South Cherokee, Wheeler and School Rd.
– JanA
Fair
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
No grooming at 5 PM. The sun is doing it's thing - track glazed in some areas, starting to melt through in others. One spot to watch out for - a bare spot is developing on the south-facing downhill that is near Wheeler and Kennedy. It's near the bottom of the hill and you can't see it until you start down the hill. You can get around it now, but if it's sunny tomorrow, that might change.
– D
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Ungroomed since the storm so this review may be outdated soon - check Madison Parks website for updates - still it was good skiing in the skied-in tracks on the new snow. South Unit, Wheeler and School Rd.
– JanA
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Ungroomed since the storm so this review may be outdated soon - check Madison Parks website for updates - still it was good skiing in the skied-in tracks on the new snow. South Unit, Wheeler and School Rd.
– JanA
Excellent Excellent
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
West trails groomed skate & classic this morning Tuesday. East trails not yet. Hopefully city will do them.
– Richard Steinle
Good Good
2 days ago (Mon. Feb. 17)
Monday afternoon @ 2 p.m. had about 3" new damp snow. At times visibility with falling snow was very limited and it didn't help that I had an end-of-cold bronchial infection so to minimize getting pneumonia wore a small face mask, which tended to fog my eyeglasses, and the falling snow formed little meltwater pools that sloshed rythmically to and fro in the bottoms of the frames. You remember that scene in "Dr. Zhivago" where Yuri had escaped the Partisans and was trekking across the frozen Steppe to make his way back to Lara, and was hallucinating from hunger and exhaustion? Yeah, it was a little like that out in the open - but without the grim death march chorus. A lot more fun, too, even with no romanic encounter waiting at the end of the trail... Lack of binding of fresh snow over the slick old hardpack resulted in some hyper-extended side-slippy skate pushes. CL tracks were still intact and pretty usable. Should be super after grooming!
– Jeff S.
Good Good
2 days ago (Mon. Feb. 17)
With fresh snow coming today and hopefully not much or no rain, Dick will roll trails tomorrow morning and city will groom trails with lightweight pull-behind equipment on Wednesday morning.
– volunteer groomer
Good Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
The west side and loops around the ball fields are all good to excellent. Certain areas have drifted over classic track and a few areas have oak leaf litter. Skate deck was just short of excellent only because it has had a lot of use and last grooming was a few days ago. No complaints with the grooming. Since there isn't a porta potty at the trail head this year, it would have been nice if the city could have unlocked the outside entrance to the bathrooms at the shelter. LOTS of people skiing and sledding this a.m. but shelter including the bathrooms was not accessible even after 11 a.m. I heard a number of complaints about that inconvenience.
– Birkie Boy
Good Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Great to see so many skiers on the trail yesterday! Club needs more support to continue to groom with a Pisten Bully at Elver. It takes about $82 per hour to run it with a volunteer operator and about 3 hours to groom at Elver. Here is a link to MadNorSki donation page: https://madnorski.wufoo.com/forms/p135xv7j0eijapb/ Thanks everyone who already supported our efforts!
– volunteer groomer
Good Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Snow on trails becoming compressed and firm with use, but still allowing good skate edging and control on downhills. CL tracks remain well defined except in open areas, where they've filled with loose windblown snow. Track bottoms in the wooded areas are being coated with oak leaves and in some cases they are a bit grabby, meriting semi-Telemark caution, or avoidance.
– Jeff S.
Good Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Report below labeled as Sunday is really for Saturday! – Jeff S.
Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Tracks were perfect! Thanks Yuri – MG
Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
You did a marvelous job Yuriy! Many thanks. It was absolutely perfect out there today.
– B Parks
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
East and west trails were groomed this morning with snowcat for classic and skate.
– Yuriy
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
East and west trails were groomed this morning with snowcat for classic and skate.
– Yuriy
Excellent Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
In an effort to continue building the base, trails were rolled on east and west side. We will groom trails on Friday morning for classic and skate.
– Yuriy
Good
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Skate deck groomed this morning on the east side and around soccer field. With cold temp coming today would be great to cover thing sports with snow. Come to Elver at 4:30pm to help shovel those areas. Bring snow or scoop shovel and otter sled if you have one. Meeting at the corner of the west parking lot. Moving on the trail on skis.
– Yuriy
Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Fantastic this morning on East loop, ball diamond loop, and near the ice rink:) West lit loops a bit icy but FAST - overall this is the best snow we've seen in years [?] [?]
– MPT
Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Fantastic this morning on East loop, ball diamond loop, and near the ice rink:) West lit loops a bit icy but FAST - overall this is the best snow we've seen in years [?] [?]
– MPT
Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
The new snow has shaped very nicely. Skied the lighted loop and it was 95% excellent coverage with crisp firm tracks. A bit of grass and dirt poking through in a few places but all avoidable. Tracks a bit glazed in places but the share deck was kicking fine fine
– Don
Excellent Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
West side trails are groomed for classic and skate. Couple thing spots can use a little shoveling. Skiers help would be greatly appritiated!
– Volunteer Groomer
Excellent Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
West side trails are groomed for classic and skate. Couple thing spots can use a little shoveling. Skiers help would be greatly appritiated!
– Volunteer Groomer
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Welcome back, winter. Awesome day today. Thanks for the beautiful grooming job, Dick!
– Leslie
Excellent Good
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
East side trails were coarse-rolled as of 2 p.m. Monday, including both uphills and the downhill across from the shelter, with no CL track set yet. Great coverage and very skiable. Roll pattern produced soft ridges in the direction of travel that are very strideable and just require keeping your skate ski tips up an extra inch. West side is great, with just a few gaps in CL tracking.
– Jeff S.
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
We skiied the flatter part of the west trails this morning around 11:30 and the tracks were lovely. THANK YOU Mr. Steinle - lots of people enjoyed the the trails on this beautiful day
– GZ
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Very nice in the early morning. Thank you Dick for grooming last night! Snow was cold and not very fast, VR30 was working well for grip. Looks like they were starting to roll the East trails.
– CB
Fair
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Morningside Loop many bare patches in the classic tracks. Woodland has more coverage.
– JS
Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
A very small amount would deserve only a good score just because it is thin but those FEW spots are easily avoided. Except for the wind, fantastic skate conditions this morning. Grooming holding up; nice and firm but you can get an edge when you need/want to.
– Jim B.
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Agree with others, PERFECT!!!!! Thanks Ranger Mike!
– HV
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Perfection – JanA
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Governor Nelson is the best I've ever seen it. The ranger was out early this morning smoothing the new snow and setting tracks. Hats off to the new Ranger!
– Jacob Stampen
Good
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Just did the morningside loop. Nicely groomed. Tracks a little iced over in spots and grass showing in a few areas, but overall very nice conditions on a beautiful day [?]
– Bethany
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
This is actually a very good, pushing excellent. Skied Morningside and Redtail Hawk. Other than a few thin spots near creek on Morningside, very good coverage and grooming. Thin spots were holding up fine in warm sun as of 1:00p and were easy to ski around/through without issue. Thank you groomer Mike!
– MikeR
Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Excellent – Darcy
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Groomed and gorgeous. A few bare spots in the tracks where windblown along M, also on Morningside, easy to step around.
– JanA
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
New Park Manager Mike had finished grooming on entire trail system by about 9:30 this morning. I was the 2nd skater of the day and it was fantastic! Thanks for coming in @ 4 a.m. to plow and groom Mike; much appreciated. Best conditions of the year for skating here. I didn't stride today but could see a couple areas where the grass protrudes through the snow in the classic track so you might want to stick with waxless or skins for classic skiing. People still ignore or are oblivious to the ample signs here. Two women were going down a hill against the traffic; said they knew it but didn't turn around. A walker on the Morningside Trail refused to walk on the outer edge of the trail instead of down the middle of the fresh corduroy - leaving big boot holes all the way. I asked her politely to consider walking on the edge but she was having none of it. Not much you can do with the obstinate ones. Frustrating. Mike's good work being destroyed in short order.
– Jim B.
Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Good to have it freshly groomed after a recent snowfall! It makes for great skiing which makes it fun! Stupid or ignorant hikers still not getting the message to stay off trails when there is snow. Saw snowshoe tracks even in groomed portion. Encountered one hiker who seemed to think that it was only off limits to snowshoers. I didn't argue but I saw him checking the sign before he left. Hopefully now he knows and will respect the rules. Then told a couple in the parking lot that was coming to snowshoe that was not allowed and suggested they go across the street to the park with the decaying old farmhouse. They obeyed and did it! Finally, respectful hikers for our wishes! Get out and enjoy IL if you can before the boneheaded weekend hikers show up and trample all over the fresh groomed trax.
– TG
Good Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Skate deck is a bit uneven in spots, and the large hill at the end of the woodland loop is groomed a bit narrow for climbing, but otherwise good. Tracks were decent, but there was a lot of leaf debris.
– Ken W
Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Near perfect at Lake K this morning with a fairly solid track. Skate lane looked good with no tracks yet. Get it while it's good
– Mike Ivey
Excellent Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
As of Friday evening, the trail was covered with softish snow. The skate lane was nice, smooth corduroy. The classic track was okay, but not perfect. The track was set shallow and wiggled around in several spots. But I shouldn't nit-pick - overall a very nice ski experience. Thank you, Dane County Parks, we appreciate your work.
– Kevin
Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Nice to arrive 8 am to find fresh corduroy and shallow track. Not a ton of snow along the lake but very pleasant
– Mike Ivey
Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Nice to arrive 8 am to find fresh corduroy and shallow track. Not a ton of snow along the lake but very pleasant
– Mike Ivey
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Groomed recently. No walkers. Skate lane looks good too. Only one set of skate tracks. Some dirt showing in a few spots will grow tomorrow
– EE
Excellent
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
Damn fine grooming again today. – Denny
Good Good
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
Tuesday: Trails groomed this morning. – Chris
Poor Poor
2 days ago (Mon. Feb. 17)
Rolled the trails Monday night, plan to get the groomer on them Tuesday evening. Sledding hill is rolled and the Snowshoe / Hiking trails are packed as well. It will be very soft until a round of grooming occurs.
– Paul P Roltgen
Good Fair
2 days ago (Mon. Feb. 17)
An addendum to my previous review from today. I now see that the groomers indicate that they DID groom since Friday's strong winds. So, maybe a trail or two just got missed as they had heavy snow pack that appeared to have been from drifting. Again, most of the trail system was in good to excellent condition even before the new snow.
– Birkie Boy
Good Fair
2 days ago (Mon. Feb. 17)
Even before the new snow fell today, McCarthy was in need of new grooming. It didn't appear to have been groomed since before the strong winds last Friday drifted over some trails to make them almost unskiable. Other trails (that apparently were out of the wind path) were in good condition. I would imagine they will re-groom after today's new snow.
– Birkie Boy
Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Fair to good for classic. Trails must have gotten lots of use today, tracks were getting thin and leaves were piling up in spots. Skate deck was ok but a bit soft per Andrea.
– Denny Blum
Excellent Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Groomed all of the trails this morning. Reset most of the classic tracks that were affected by drifting. Skied afterwards at 10. Skate deck a little soft in some places, but noticeably faster than yesterday. Overall excellent. Classic tracks overall in pretty good shape.
– A Leaf
Good Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
We skied around 2 pm on Saturday, Feb 15. Pretty good conditions. There are wind-blown leaves in the woods, and the stride track is blown fallen a few areas. but, great, fast snow (go skate!) and good flat skate deck.
– D&J
Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Thank you Paul, Friends of McCarthy Park, MadNorski, and Dane Co. for some great skiing on the East side. Windy, but excellent overall conditions. A few areas of drifted snow on short E/W and other exposed places.
– David P.
Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
As good as the grooming was yesterday it was even better today. Perfection. Firm deep tracks, skate deck was firm and fast. Only saw 3 people out there mid to late afternoon. If only the temps would hold for a couple of weeks, it doesn't get any better than this.
– Denny
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Cold, but excellent skiing this morning. Start green was getting faster in the sun. Thanks to volunteer groomers for making McCarthy the east side gem.
– Finn
Excellent Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Cleared up down tree, reset blown in tracks, packed snowshoe trails and groomed sleading hill. Park in excellent condition, plan is to re-groom again Saturday morning for the weekend. Excellent Conditions.
– Paul
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
The question marks in my previous post were supposed to be hands clapping
– Denny
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
3 cheers for the groomer, he was working on the trails when we got there about 1:15. -4 wind chill and he's sitting on an open snowmobile. That's dedication and much appreciated. ABR level grooming[?] [?] Tracks were drifting in from the wind in a few spots, but overall excellent conditions.
– Denny
Good
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Thursday: Skate and classic track groomed. Expecting drifting.
– Chris
Excellent Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Reset classic tracks tonight, took out the bad spots , excellent conditions all around.
– Paul
Excellent Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Great grooming job here! Classic track has just a couple thin spots that you can easily navigate around.
– Jim B.
Excellent Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Groomer Report: Groomed the skate deck tonight and the tracks are in good shape! Deck will setup nicely tonight.
– Brian
Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
We skied the orange loop today. At the start the tracks were beaten up and a bunch of small children were learning and falling on the tracks having fun. Once we got past them the tracks were 95% wonderful, 5% because a strong wind was blowing over the tracks in a few places. The short stretch through the woods in the northern most part were particularly beautiful since the wind hadn't gotten to them and the trees were magical. Lots of people were out having fun at Odana today - thanks to groomers who are making the most of whatever little opportunity we have for great skiing.
– GZ
Excellent
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
We arrived at the parking lot around 11:30 today to see the groomer begin to make tracks. He turned right off the main trail to do the green (smallest) loop and we followed rather than head towards the freeway because that direction didn't look very good for classic skiing. The tracks we did follow were really beautiful. The groomer was out of sight when we got back to the parking lot so I don't know if more tracks were laid, but the snow conditions were certainly good enough to make great tracks. Thanks groomer!
– GZ
Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Deck not recently groomed, but well skied in, hard, yet also well forgiving for an edge. Classic tracks look awesome. Only bare spot is in the usual location under those pine trees heading out to the beltline about 300 yards from the trailhead. VERY awesome day!
– B Parks
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
Fast tracks at 5AM. Plenty of grip. – Brian T.
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Prime tracks, Great snow, great grooming job – 2K Skier
Good Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Skate deck was freshly groomed, but snow was very soft (tough uphills) They were just wrapping up classic grooming as I finished at about 12 today. I imagine the classic couldn't get much better than that.
– Tad
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Soft, full coverage. Lots of folks out around 1 today. Tracks looked great, too. Woohoo!
– Brian T.
Poor
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
No ski grooming as of Friday morning but there were bulldozer tracks along much of the trail from what appears to be a brush cutting operation this week. Decent skied in track where the dozer didn't go
– Mike Ivey
Good
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
No classic tracks, but with the hills that was not too big of an issue. Great to be out there this evening.
– Genie
Good
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Green and orange loops had gotten a pass from the groomer. A few bare spots under the pines, but otherwise those loops are firm and in great shape for skating. No tracks set.
– Shannon H
Fair
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Trails were rolled and partially groomed today before equipment issues arose and grooming had to stop. No classic track has been set due to lack of adequate base. Trails are open for use however.
– Mark Wegner - Assistant Director of Public Lands
Poor
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Groomed since the snow Sunday, but deck is in poor shape this afternoon. Multiple bare spots, some at the bottom of hills. Needs snow (or shoveling) and grooming. I bailed and went elsewhere to ski.
– M. Young
Fair
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Pleasant view was ok tonight. No classic tracks and trails were a bit bumpy and could use grooming. However still enjoyable and was nice to be out again locally. Thanks for all the work grooming here too appreciate all you do.
– Genie
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
I haven't experienced this yelling man first hand, but I think we should be more patient and understanding with Pleasant View. In a previous post, the staff indicated they do not receive any public funding assistance anymore. If that is the case, the fact that they still offer any groomed skiing for free is very kind and generous of them. If you're desperately wanting some skiing on the west side, just zip over to Odana or pay a little for University Ridge (if you're craving steeper downhills). Thank you to the Pleasant View staff for continuing to allow skiers to do their thing for free. I'll be sure to throw in some money in the donation box next time I'm out there.
– (anonymous)
Good Good
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Pleasant View Golf Course trails will be open beginning this afternoon.
– PLRF staff
No Go No Go
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
As of 2pm no grooming – Denny
No Go No Go
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
The snow was just too heavy this morning to get our equipment through it so trails will be closed today. We shouldn't have a problem after tonight's low temps to get out early tomorrow morning to roll (7-10am) then groom (10am-2pm). We anticipate our open hours to be noon-5pm for both skate and classic.
– University Ridge Staff
Excellent
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
What a beautiful day to ski. Zimmer was freshly groomed and lots of fun. The grooming here has been consistent and is really appreciated.
– TK
Excellent
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Skied Green and Purple loops, excellent snow and tracks, perfect.
– 2K Skier
Good
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Zimmer course was excellent. Yellow & blue loops good with a few thin spots. Most areas groomed this morning with at least one pass. Thanks U Ridge staff!
– M. Young
Excellent Excellent
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
– University Ridge Staff
Good
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Overall really nice skiing today; I expect skiing will be great tomorrow too. A couple of the usual spots to avoid (headed down along driveway... almost to the top of the joint climb back to parking lot... though the farm field section down toward M seemed fully covered) and some drifting which mostly didn't affect the skating. Thanks to whoever covered the road crossing in snow, you can do the three loops (total about 12k) without taking off your skis.
– Mark H
Fair
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
A lot of blown-in tracks, and some leaf litter. Could use a regroom, if the wind is going to let up. Otherwise, not bad, just take it easy and enjoy the ski! Skate lanes looked pretty good.
– Brian T.
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Amazing!! Perfect new corduroy in the skate lines and firm, chiseled edges in classic tracks. Many thanks to Ryan and other groomers who have kept University Ridge in top condition through very challenging temperatures.
– Chris M.
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Everything groomed this morning. – University Ridge Staff
Fair
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Disregard my post for University Ridge - it should have been for Pleasant View Golf Course.
– Mark Wegner - Assistant Director of Public Lands
Fair
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
Trails were rolled and partially groomed today before equipment issues arose and grooming had to stop. No classic track has been set due to lack of adequate base. Trails are open for use however.
– Mark Wegner - Assistant Director of Public Lands
Good Poor
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
We decided to hold off on setting track until tomorrow morning because of drifting. Skate trails all groomed.
– University Ridge Staff
Fair Fair
6 days ago (Thu. Feb. 13)
Grooming will be slightly delayed this morning. Should have everything done by 1 or 2pm.
– University Ridge Staff
Good
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Yellow loop was good with a few thin/bare spots. Zimmer loop was excellent and a pleasure to ski. Didn't have time to ski the Blue loop. All was groomed this morning. Need to ski here more often, as it is definitely the most frequently groomed trail system in Madison. Thanks U Ridge staff/groomers.
– M. Young
Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
Confirming previous reports. Skied Red and Blue - both in really good shape as of noon. Clouds arrived just in time and things were holding up very well despite rising temps. Classic tracks appeared very good also.
– MikeR
Excellent Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
All skate trails groomed this morning. Classic tracks in great shape.
– University Ridge Staff
Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
9:30 Wednesday am, groomer making rounds on Zimmer skate lane
– Dirk Lacker
Excellent
8 days ago (Tue. Feb. 11)
All skate lanes groomed Tuesday am and were in excellent condition at 1pm
– Dirk Lacker
Excellent Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
All trails groomed this morning. Great coverage! – University Ridge Staff
Good
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
City was out this morning. Thanks so much! Very good. Faster than I thought it would be. Classic looks good too. Couple of bear spots under trees. Easy to get around
– EE

North of Madison

Excellent
7 days ago (Wed. Feb. 12)
9 inches of snow on Sunday. It was groomed by noon on Monday and again on Tuesday. I skied M-Tu-W, excellent conditions, many thanks to the groomers.
– Denny
Good Good
yesterday (Tue. Feb. 18)
5-6" of new snow. Fern Dell, Hastings, Turtleville and Newport were tracked and skate lanes groomed; they will stay soft until we get some colder weather. Pioneer and Ishnala were packed.
– staff
Excellent Excellent
5 days ago (Fri. Feb. 14)
2" of new snow on 2/13/2020. All trails were re-tracked and skate lanes groomed.
– staff
Good
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Mirror lake received 10 inches of new snow on Sunday. Classic tracks were a little soft. Some downhills were difficult because of the even softer skate deck which made turning difficult. Hopefully will set up with colder temps overnight. Even though I did not skate, skaters reported that the skate deck is soft and uneven in places, and most likely will need additional grooming. Many thanks to the groomers for their hard in grooming the big snowfall!
– Ron Fabrizius
Good
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Mirror lake received 10 inches of new snow on Sunday. Classic tracks were a little soft. Some downhills were difficult because of the even softer skate deck which made turning difficult. Hopefully will set up with colder temps overnight. Even though I did not skate, skaters reported that the skate deck is soft and uneven in places, and most likely will need additional grooming. Many thanks to the groomers for their hard in grooming the big snowfall!
– Ron Fabrizius

Other Locations

Good Excellent
3 days ago (Sun. Feb. 16)
Skied Wildcat State Park this afternoon. Tracks much have been groomed this morning (?) - classic tracks firm and perfect, minimal leaf litter. Ideal for twin-skin type skis. Nobody else on the trail. Skating - had 100% pristine first tracks, not a mark on the trail when we showed up. A little narrow and angled, and soft, but skiing mint cord above the Kickapoo Valley, no wind, all by ourselves...fantastic. A skis for sure
– Aveday Achay
Good Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Kickapoo Valley Reserve (purple trail), great day. They groomed last Monday. Classic track was really nice. Skate deck was drifted over and a little soft but totally skateable. No bare spots or leaf-litter probs. Magic views especially next to the river. Skiing it again tomorrow and hopefully Monday.
– Aveday Achay
Good Excellent
4 days ago (Sat. Feb. 15)
Kickapoo Valley Reserve (purple trail), great day. They groomed last Monday. Classic track was really nice. Skate deck was drifted over and a little soft but totally skateable. No bare spots or leaf-litter probs. Magic views especially next to the river. Skiing it again tomorrow and hopefully Monday.
– Aveday Achay
Excellent
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Maple Bluff golf course. All rolled and tracked as of 6pm last night (Sunday 2/9). Gorgeous quiet evening for classic skiing on a 4K loop.
– Daithi
Fair
9 days ago (Mon. Feb. 10)
Did some skate skiing on frozen Lake Mendota yesterday (started at Tenney, zipped over to the terrace). Was hoping to catch Lady Liberty, but just missed her by a day, unfortunately! Still skiing on the lake was very fun. I would probably recommend doing classic over skate, though. Happy winter!
– Tad