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The Blue Hills Trail was established in 1987 by a group of local x-country skiers. The organization reincorporated as the Blue Hills Trail Association (BHTA) in the fall of 2006 to reflect the increasingly regional nature of the operation and to facilitate the attainment of 501c3 status.


The group remains dependent on annual membership dues, donations, and the cooperation of the Rusk County Forestry Department for its continued existence. New members, suggestions and financial support are all greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the individuals and businesses that support the Blue Hills Trail System year round.







Trail Conditions

Friday morning, January 19, 2018:

Firm packed powder, perhaps crusted in sun exposed areas.

Skating & striding conditions on recently groomed trails were very good again Thursday. The snow became sticky early afternoon. Most (but not all) trails have a fresh classic track - if the track disappears, keep on going, it'll reappear. A couple ungroomed trails have 3" snow on a firm base. 90% of the trails are open - including all the Westside, most of the Eastside. Bring your good skis.


Even with the new snow covering eroded areas, please consider these precautions: there are three trail segments that are safer to ski in an uphill direction if you're new to this trail system. Click on this map link -- the pink arrows indicate the safer uphill direction.


To avoid two erosion prone bridges, we've abandoned the north (lower) half of the Eastside 'S-curve trail' that ran between 20-2. To take its place, in August we dozed a new trail that runs from 20-00-2A. It has a challenging downhill as you approach 2A. Familiarize yourself with this trail by first skiing it uphill from 2A-00. Continue from 00 to the intersection at #20 for a great route to / from the ridge line. Click here for a video showing this fun trail.

Grooming Update

Here's what's up:

Groomers started ~ 6 a.m. Friday morning (Jan. 19)


Here's what we've been up to:


Wednesday (January 17)

Groomed Monday's snowfall on the Westside, including fresh classic track. Then returned to the Eastside to touch up a few trails branching off the core loop.


Tuesday (January 16)

Groomed Monday's snowfall on the Eastside core loop and several trails that branch off the core loop. Set classic track on most of those trails.


Grooming started December 11 with clearing of ice storm debris. Groomers worked almost daily December 11-19.



Latest snowfall

January 14-15: 3" fluffy snow

Annual totals - click here.