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If you groom it they will come

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Freeze-thaw cycles have created a crusty hardpack base.  With temps starting at 14° F, grooming was a challenge early this morning - tough to penetrate that frozen surface.  Almost the entire Eastside skate lane yielded to the knives on the grooming implement, producing enough of a loose surface for skate skiers to ski with abandon.  Rocket fast skating lasted throughout the morning, slightly sticky conditions didn't show until about noon.

Looking at the parking lot by the warming house, this was the place to be! Nice to know that all those skiers don't find themselves crowded while exploring this lovely trail system - they just seem to disappear among the many different loops. If we groom it, will they come? More grooming planned for tomorrow morning!

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 1/29: Beautiful day & trails were so nice!  We especially appreciated the tasty caramel corn! :)  --Chetek, WI
  • 1/31: I came to see your wonderful forest! and ski track! --Switzerland
  • 1/31: Beautiful grooming!  The Westside was outstanding! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 1/31: Skijoured the Westside/team effort/excellent snow! --Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: That infamous groundhog - BLUE HILLS BILL - couldn't find his shadow anywhere!  Better ski while you can.  Great fun today! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/2: Very nice.  1st time. --St. Croix Falls, WI
  • 2/2: Amazingly good skiing!  Thanks. --author's location unknown
  • 2/3: Back again today for some great skiing! --Amery, WI
  • 2/3: A little icy at the start, but great "spring" skiing as the sun came out.  Great job groomers, we appreciate your hard work. --Apple Valley, MN
  • 2/4: Possible the BEST ski of the season - perhaps my life!  Woo Hoo!  The best line of the week: Groomer replying to person asking how he made the grooming so good, "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you."  Thank you groomers for scratching up the surface. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/4: Wow!  Good edge control and blazing fast!  Thanks to everybody that makes these trails GO! --Ladysmith, WI
a group of skate skiers enjoying the Blue Hills Trail February 2012

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If you groom it they will come

HomeDouble right arrow iconCross Country SkiingDouble right arrow icon

Freeze-thaw cycles have created a crusty hardpack base.  With temps starting at 14° F, grooming was a challenge early this morning - tough to penetrate that frozen surface.  Almost the entire Eastside skate lane yielded to the knives on the grooming implement, producing enough of a loose surface for skate skiers to ski with abandon.  Rocket fast skating lasted throughout the morning, slightly sticky conditions didn't show until about noon.

Looking at the parking lot by the warming house, this was the place to be! Nice to know that all those skiers don't find themselves crowded while exploring this lovely trail system - they just seem to disappear among the many different loops. If we groom it, will they come? More grooming planned for tomorrow morning!

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 1/29: Beautiful day & trails were so nice!  We especially appreciated the tasty caramel corn! :)  --Chetek, WI
  • 1/31: I came to see your wonderful forest! and ski track! --Switzerland
  • 1/31: Beautiful grooming!  The Westside was outstanding! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 1/31: Skijoured the Westside/team effort/excellent snow! --Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: That infamous groundhog - BLUE HILLS BILL - couldn't find his shadow anywhere!  Better ski while you can.  Great fun today! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/2: Very nice.  1st time. --St. Croix Falls, WI
  • 2/2: Amazingly good skiing!  Thanks. --author's location unknown
  • 2/3: Back again today for some great skiing! --Amery, WI
  • 2/3: A little icy at the start, but great "spring" skiing as the sun came out.  Great job groomers, we appreciate your hard work. --Apple Valley, MN
  • 2/4: Possible the BEST ski of the season - perhaps my life!  Woo Hoo!  The best line of the week: Groomer replying to person asking how he made the grooming so good, "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you."  Thank you groomers for scratching up the surface. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 2/4: Wow!  Good edge control and blazing fast!  Thanks to everybody that makes these trails GO! --Ladysmith, WI
a group of skate skiers enjoying the Blue Hills Trail February 2012
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Every other year our volunteers replace all the intersection maps. That’s 60 maps, but who’s counting? Combined with excellent signage, it makes it easy to get your bearings on the Blue Hills Trail. #bluehillstrailwisconsin #trailvolunteers #xcskitrails #foresttherapy #findyourselfoutside
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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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Big News! Wisconsin's Blue Hills Trail has revised its website, its maps, its blog - and added an Instagram account. Spread the word. VISIT THE BLOG for details – link in bio ⬆️ #bluehillstrailwisconsin #crosscountryskiing #skinnyski #ruskcountywi #ricelakewi #travelwisconsin #tomterrifik
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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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