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Local groundhog made his annual call 2014

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News Flash! Knowing he had a lot of work ahead of him, the infamous Blue Hills Bill set his anti-hibernation alarm for an early awakening today. Eager to get a start on things, he munched a quick breakfast, and started digging. With near-record deep snows, he dug & dug & dug... and dug & dug & dug... and just in the nick of time, he crawled out of his burrow at 7:25 this morning and delivered his annual prognostication to the awaiting crowd in downtown Bruce, WI. Read on...

Ice in early December,

Brought branches and trees crashing down;

Then snows like none could remember,

Polar winds making hardy folks frown.

Said Bill, "Time's a wastin' - Go play!

"Record snowfall's your ticket to fun;

Ski the Hills now, day after day,

No shadow! when snowbanks block sun!

Comments from the crowd

  • 2/2: This winter won't last forever, bundle up the kids, we're heading to the Blue Hills Trail right away! --Bruce, WI
  • 2/2: Bill says Spring's coming early!  So what if it's cold now, this makes for easy waxing, mint conditions, great classic skiing.  Time to get our kicks! --Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: Thanks for the advice, Bill.  So much snow, so little time... --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/2: Better ship some of this extra snow to our friends in Folsom, CA. --Sprinter Gypsy Camp, TX
classic skier enjoying the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin
February 1st, 2014: East Side of the Blue Hills Trail

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Local groundhog made his annual call 2014

HomeDouble right arrow iconCross Country SkiingDouble right arrow icon

News Flash! Knowing he had a lot of work ahead of him, the infamous Blue Hills Bill set his anti-hibernation alarm for an early awakening today. Eager to get a start on things, he munched a quick breakfast, and started digging. With near-record deep snows, he dug & dug & dug... and dug & dug & dug... and just in the nick of time, he crawled out of his burrow at 7:25 this morning and delivered his annual prognostication to the awaiting crowd in downtown Bruce, WI. Read on...

Ice in early December,

Brought branches and trees crashing down;

Then snows like none could remember,

Polar winds making hardy folks frown.

Said Bill, "Time's a wastin' - Go play!

"Record snowfall's your ticket to fun;

Ski the Hills now, day after day,

No shadow! when snowbanks block sun!

Comments from the crowd

  • 2/2: This winter won't last forever, bundle up the kids, we're heading to the Blue Hills Trail right away! --Bruce, WI
  • 2/2: Bill says Spring's coming early!  So what if it's cold now, this makes for easy waxing, mint conditions, great classic skiing.  Time to get our kicks! --Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: Thanks for the advice, Bill.  So much snow, so little time... --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/2: Better ship some of this extra snow to our friends in Folsom, CA. --Sprinter Gypsy Camp, TX
classic skier enjoying the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin
February 1st, 2014: East Side of the Blue Hills Trail
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Good hiking in early December. Frost is entering the ground, the ski trails are ready for snow. Photos show the biggest oak tree in the County Forest; hiking on the ‘Far East’ trail; and our Gator doing some trail work on the West Side trails. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #trailwork #hikingwisconsin #weneedsnow
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1.5” big fluffy parachute snowflakes today. Might actually be able to ski on some of our trails — even though the underlying ground isn’t yet frozen. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #winterinwisconsin #crosscountryskiing #xcskiing
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Tight corner. Placed orange driveway markers at the edge. Gotta keep our groomers on track. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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After unseasonably warm weather in the first week of November, more wintry weather will start to freeze the trails. Hopefully x-country skiing is just around the corner. This photo was taken on the East Side trails - it shows one of our most important bridges. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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Bridge building in October successfully spanned a small creek that was always a challenge to summertime mowing & wintertime grooming of our ski trails. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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