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Groundhog Day

News Flash!

Knowing he had a lot of work ahead of him, the infamous Blue Hills Bill rolled out of bed early today. Eager to get a start on things, he munched a quick breakfast, and started digging. With loads of snow cover, he dug & dug & dug… and dug & dug & dug… and just in the nick of time, he crawled out of his burrow at 7:26 this morning and delivered his annual prognostication to the awaiting crowd in downtown Bruce, WI. Read on…

     Blue Hills Bill
      Awoke from his slumber;
       Winter started early
        Too many days to number.

     His shadow distinct
      Bill scurried away;
       6 more weeks of winter
        Lots of time to play!

Comments from the crowd

  • 2/2: Never know when another big storm is gonna head our way. Better ski when the trails are firm! -Eau Claire, WI
  • 2/2: This winter in southern Wisconsin has been crummy, pull the kids out of school, we’re staying in the Blue Hills. –Madison, WI
  • 2/2: Bill says winter’s gonna stick around. I like the cold, it makes for easy waxing, great classic skiing. More time to get our kicks! –Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: Thanks for the advice, Bill. So much snow, so little time, never enough winter… –Sumner, WA

Thanks to Kate P for dressing our snowperson (photos below) for February.

Blue Hills Bill sees his shadow
snow lady outside the warming house of the Blue Hills Trail
snow lady as seen from the warming house


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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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The infamous Blue Hills Bill crawled out of his burrow this morning and delivered his annual prognostication to the awaiting crowd in downtown Bruce, Wisconsin.  Read on...

Suffering delusions,

from weather confusion,

To his doctor did go

Blue Hills Bill;


‍For temperature tricks,

Doc offered a fix,

"You must swallow

this nasty big pill."


‍Shadow not missing,

Bill was heard hissing,

"Climate change means

it's time to adapt;‍


With snow in the Hills,

delay not your thrills,

Ski like crazy

'til you are tapped!"

Comments from the crowd

  • 2/2: I'm not wasting any time, heading to the Blue Hills right away! --Bruce, WI
  • 2/2: Ski now or forever hold your skis. --Rice Lake, WI
  • 2/2: Thanks for the advice, Bill.  Carpe diem! --Ladysmith, WI


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Local groundhog Blue Hills Bill didn't see his shadow this morning. "You call this winter?"

Blue Hills Bill spent the past six weeks,

Sunbathing beneath a big tree;

It's been too warm to call this a winter,

And Bill has some advice for thee:


"Do not hesitate,

go ski the Hills now,

'Cause my shadow

I could not see;


Enjoy those trails

while they're covered with snow,

This winter has

perplexed even me!"


kids enjoying a snack inside the warming house of the Blue Hills Trail
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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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