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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

GROOMING

Update

Snowfall

Trail Conditions

Monday morning, February 20, 2017:

Unless you're desperate, skiing right now is not advised.

 

Grooming of the Eastside skate lane early Sunday morning produced a snow cone type of corduroy. Skating Sunday morning on that fresh corduroy, or the softening ungroomed crust, was controllable and fun. Rising temps and strong sunshine significantly softened the trail surface by mid morning.

 

As of Sunday morning, the base was very thin in many areas. Occasional dirt spots were still avoidable, and with caution you could still use your good skis ("A" skis). However, after Sunday's sunshine and near record warmth, all bets are off. We've groomed this old snow over and over, our groomers got an amazing amount of skiing from the limited snowfall we've received, and warm temps and rain are bearing down on us. We won't be grooming until colder temps bring back the snow.

 

Feel free to try waxless classic skis to explore the trails during the warm days ahead. The current base MIGHT have some life in it, especially if you're willing to search out trails more distant from the warming house. If interested in checking out the Westside trails, drive to and start at Letter A. But I wouldn't drive a long distance to explore the current conditions.

 

LOGGING OPERATION WILL IMPACT THE EASTSIDE TRAILS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 13:

Click here for map details

Grooming Update

Most recent grooming was...

Sunday (February 19)

Groomed skate lane on much of the Eastside core loop and a few adjacent trails.

 

We've groomed this old snow over and over, our groomers got an amazing amount of skiing from the limited snowfall we've received, and warm temps and rain are bearing down on us. We won't be grooming until colder temps bring back the snow.

 

Click here for a map showing Eastside logging and trail precautions

 

Snowfall

Latest snowfall

February 7: a.m. light freezing mist

                   p.m. dusting of snow


Annual totals - click here.