SPIDAHL SKI GAARD TRAIL CONDITIONS
March 20, 2019
Due to the warm temperatures and soft road and trail conditions, we will be closed this coming weekend, March 22-March 25. If conditions allow, we might open for a last hurrah the following weekend. May I suggest morning crust skiing on the lakes in Maplewood State Park as an alternative.
March 17, 2019
Skate lane was renovated yesterday evening. Classic track remains in good shape. Skiing will be fast in the morning and will slow down as the sun warms the snow. Yesterday skiers reported that they could get kick in the track which was cut down into the older, less transformed snow. Please use caution in the parking lot as it is very icy.
Start Area After Renovation Yesterday Evening
March 16, 2019
All open trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. Skate skied last night and conditions were fast and fun. We are now in the “Spring Skiing” time of the year when the track and skate lane will be hard and fast in the morning and gradually soften up during the day. Please use extreme caution in the icy parking lot where there are frozen floes of meltwater.
End of the Speedy’s Trail
March 15, 2019
Just groomed all open trails for skate and Emma’s and Chick’s Bopp for both skate and classic. Will set track later on Speedy’s as well. The trails softened up nicely and skiing should be good. The parking lot, however, is extremely icy and great caution should be used. Also, don’t park on the hill as your car may slide down into another vehicle.
Emma’s March 15
March 13, 2019
Ski trails are a little too soft for skiing right now and are temporarily closed. Check back in after this current storm passes. Thanks.
March 11, 2019
Open trails were packed and rolled the past two days and had final grooming done this morning. Beautiful day!
Emma’s March 11, 2019
March 6, 2019
Beautiful skiing with Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp, and Speedy’s groomed for skate and classic. New track set this morning.
Setting Track on Speedy’s (Deer Meadow to Right)
Chick’s Bopp With New Track Set
March 1, 2019
Three to four inches of new snow. Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Ski Bee, Deer Meadow, and Chick’s Bopp have all been groomed with a skate lane and a classic track. Skate lane will be a little soft but will set up tonight. Waiting until snow stops to do final grooming on Speedy’s. Should be nice skiing. Maybe a classic day this weekend with the colder temps.
Liz’s Loop March 1, 2019 After Grooming (Cut the Head Knocker Tree)
February 28, 2019
New track set on Speedy’s, Emma’s, and Chick’s Bopp. New skate lane on Emma’s, Chick’s Bopp, and Deer Meadow. 1/2 inch of snow on Speedy’s skate lane. Nice skiing and warmer temps today.
February 26, 2019
Emma’s, Deer Meadow, and Chick’s Bopp have all been leveled and groomed for both skate and classic after the big wind event. The remaining trails will be brought on line before the weekend.
GyroGroomer Wiping Out Leaf Filled Track (Note collected leaves to the right.)
February 23, 2019
Trails have been groomed for skate and classic except Skidalen which is skate only. Beautiful day before the blizzard conditions tomorrow!
Chick’s Bopp Adjacent to Deer Meadow on the Right
February 17, 2019
All the trails except Uff Dah! have been groomed for both skate and classic and are in excellent condition. Enjoy!
Skidalen February 17, 2019
February 8, 2019
Will be drift busting most of the day after the excessive winds in this last storm. Some trails should be leveled by mid afternoon with perhaps some track set.
Looking Out at the Trailhead Area on a Clear, Cold Day
February 3, 2019
Time to create that calorie deficit before the Super Bowl party. Beautiful skiing in the woods. A bit of wind in the open areas. Uff Dah! is groomed single track classic and all the rest of the trails are groomed classic/skate. Come ski us!
Single Track on Uff Dah!
February 1, 2019
Twenty-two days until the Birkie. Time to get some serious skiing in! Once again managing a LOT of wind and the subsequent drifting in the open areas. Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp, and Speedy’s all have skate lanes and new track set as of midnight last night. Will be bringing the other trails online during the day. Should be a nice weekend!
Heading Into the Woods on Emma’s (Note Drifts in Front of Snowmobile)
January 29, 2019
The five to six inches of snow has been packed and we got out for a ski last night. Very slow! Right now we are just letting the wind blow and the temperature drop. When the temperature moderates I will knock down the drifts and groom again. If tracks had been set they would be full of either snow or leaves so good to wait. Should be a lovely weekend.
January 26, 2019
Finally got the trails in good shape after the wind event. All trails groomed for skate skiing with a light dusting of new snow. Skate skiing will be slow with the cold, new snow. New classic tracks on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp, and Speedy’s.
Knocking Down Drifts with “GyroGroomer”
Lake Loop on Speedy’s
New Track on Speedy’s
January 23, 2019
Received about five inches total from the last two snowfalls. All trails have been rolled and will have skate lanes and track set today.
Rolling the “S Turn” on Skidalen January 22, 2019
January 20, 2019
Conditions remain essentially unchanged from the post below.
Cold and Clear Sunday Morning
January 17, 2019
Still no new snow, but the trails are holding up well. With the extreme cold, the trails have gotten very firm. Tracks are solid and with the coating of hoar frost were very skiable. Skied Speedy’s yesterday afternoon and had good kick. The skate lanes are fast, but you are still able to get an edge and can be used for snow plowing to control speeds on the downhills. These are not conditions conducive to introducing a beginner to skiing.
Bruce and Karen Manske from CXC holding a classic clinic with the Fergus Falls Ski Team
The Warm Up Loop and Start Area for the CLC Championships
January 13, 2019
The trails are all in good to excellent conditions. All skate lanes were renovated last night and new track was set on Ski Bee, Liz’s Loop, and Skidalen. There are a several sections in the woods that are quite “leafy”. Classic skier may step out of the track and use the skate lane in those areas. Classic skiers can also use the skate lanes for snow plowing on longer downhills if necessary. Hope to see you at the “Ski Gaard.”
January 12, 2019
Two days of pretty much non stop grooming have brought the trails into good to excellent shape with a layer of softer snow over a very firm base. There is new track on all the trails except Skidalen. The parking lot and road have been sanded, but there are spots in the parking lot that remain very icy. Use caution.
Chick’s Bopp January 11, 2019
Ron R. Skating on Emma’s January 11, 2019
January 6, 2019
The warm weather has had little impact on the trails thanks to a good base. Tracks may be a little glazed in a few spots but the skate lanes have been renovated and classic skiers can step into the skate lane if necessary. We welcome the first session of the Minnesota Youth Ski League this afternoon at 2:00 pm. There is plenty of room on the trails, but parking might be a little tight.
January 5, 2019 at the top of “Cindy’s Big Climb” on Skidalen
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year! All trails except Uff Dah! are groomed. Skidalen is groomed skate only. All other trails are groomed combination skate/classic. Beautiful conditions.
Chick’s Bopp January 3, 2019
December 29, 2018
We’re open! Lots of snow followed by major wind made grooming a bit challenging, but the trails are coming around. Still working on Uff Dah, Skidalen and Ski Bee, but the other trails will have tracks and a skate lane groomed by 10:00 am. Hope to see you..
Chick’s Bopp in the Eastern Woods
December 28, 2018
We will officially open tomorrow, December 29, at 10:00 am as today will be spent dealing with significant drifting due to the strong winds. Thanks for your understanding.
December 27, 2018
Have received about 10 inches of snow so far and trails are just being packed. There will be no tracks set today and we will have to see what the wind does regarding Friday. Will post updates. Back out for more packing.
December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas! The two pictures below reflect our current conditions except that we’ve gotten an additional 1/2 inch since they were taken. We have been skiing on Deer Meadow, the lighted loop. One lap is 0.87 km. If we get another inch or so of snow, that loop will be open to the public. Hopefully we will get a significant amount of snow with the coming storm and be able to open more trails.
The Trailhead Looking to the Southeast
Deer Meadow Looking East (Almost looks like we make snow.)
April 8, 2018
Groomed Emma’s, Liz’s Loop and first part of Skidalen. Set new track on Emma’s and Liz’s Loop. Conditions are good to very good on 90% of the trail and mixed where there is significant sun exposure. Use the beginning of Emma’s to begin and end all three trails. Skidalen and Liz’s Loop each have a bare spot on south facing hills. Remove skis or side step carefully over the bare spot. Ski only on groomed trails.
Liz’s Loop April 8, 2018
April 1, 2018
Happy Easter! We are open for skiing with skate lane and tracks set on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, and Skidalen (first half.) Conditions have firmed up considerably so should be nice skiing. There are a couple grassy spots in the tracks so look ahead and be ready to step out (this would only be on south facing track.)
Emma’s 11:30 am April 1, 2018
March 31, 2018
Just got in from grooming Emma’s, Liz’s Loop and the first half of Skidalen, all starting off of Emma’s. Track is set on all three. Some drifting on the way up to the south woods. Skate lane will be soft, but hey, it’s March 31! Plow just came in (12:20.)
March 24, 2018
Chance for a little skiing before you put them away for the summer. Groomed Emma’s and Deer Meadow after the 2+ inch snowfall last night. Will be sticky during the afternoon but might be nice this evening or tomorrow morning. Classic skiers please ski to either side of the skate lanes. No tracks set.
Emma’s After Rolling and Setting Comb
Maple Syrup Cooker Ready for Sap
March 11, 2018
The snow dried out last night and remains surprisingly soft. New comb on the skate lanes. A dusting of corn snow in the classic track. Classic skiers may ski on either side of the skate lanes if the tracks are too slippery. There are a couple icy spots and bare spots on the classic track. Use caution in exposed areas. Overall, should be nice skiing today, especially for the skating technique.
New Comb on Chick’s Bopp
March 10, 2018
A tale of two exposures… In those protected areas where the snow stayed on the trails and there is not too much sun the conditions are great, especially on the skate lanes. There is some iciness where the exposure to the wind or sun was greatest. Emma’s, Chick’s Bopp, Speedy’s and Deer Meadow are all open and can be safely skied when using caution in those exposed areas. Snowshoes are also an option if you want to enjoy the beautiful spring woods at a slower pace. $7.50 to rent snowshoes and poles.
North Facing Downhill on Chick’s Bopp
Trail Crossing Small Slough on Chick’s Bopp
March 9, 2018
Conditions remain unchanged from previous post. Added an additional track on the left side of Emma’s where the snow was better. Use caution on downhills (step out of the tracks) snowplowing where necessary.
March 6, 2018
After skiing the trails… There are a few icy sections on the trails where they have significant exposure to the March sun or the snow that we received blew off the trails. Please use caution in these areas. Also, the track extends down into the old snow so there are also areas of track that are icy. Skiers may ski outside of the track in the skate lane, but please do not ski down the middle with classic skis.
March 6, 2018
The big snow missed us but we got 2+ inches of dense snow that groomed up really well. Tracks and skate lane groomed on Emma’s, Chick’s Bopp, Speedy’s and Deer Meadow. Ski Bee groomed for skate only. Good spring skiing conditions.
March 4, 2018
Got a big melt yesterday, but still lots of snow on the trails. Snow firmed up overnight, but did not get icy. Renovating the skate lanes. Classic skiers may step out of the tracks and use the sides of the skate lanes if preferred.
New Comb on Emma’s
March 2, 2018
Still plenty of snow on the ski trails! Skate lanes renovated this morning. Classic tracks left as is. There will be some glazing in areas of full sun exposure. Classic skiers are welcome to ski on either side of the center of the skate lane if the tracks are too icy. Classic skiers should step out of tracks before hills to allow snowplowing to control speed on descents.
February 27, 2018
Lots of new snow! Open trails are now groomed for skate and classic. Great new classic track. Skate lanes will be a little soft for awhile, but very nice, comfortable skiing.
Climbing on Chick’s Bopp
February 21, 2018
Got 5+ inches in the last snow event and all trails have been groomed for skate and classic. Should be great skiing for the weekend. I’m heading over for the Birkie, so if we get snow Thursday night, probably just the skate lanes will be touched up leaving the classic tracks to be skied in.
February 17, 2018
Dusting of new snow last night. All skate lanes were renovated on Friday and are in good condition with a few icy spots in exposed areas. Classic tracks are mixed with some areas icy and other areas okay. Classic skiers may find it better to ski out of the track to the side of the skate lanes.
Start Area Saturday Morning
February 15, 2018
Skied last night after the 48 degree day and found the skate lanes to be in generally good condition with some icy areas. The classic track is mixed with some areas untouched by the heat and sun and other areas glazed. Not enough snow to do anything about the track at this time, but planning to renovate the skate lane this afternoon.
February 10, 2018
Reset track on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop and Chick’s Bopp. All trails in good to excellent condition.
February 5, 2018
Rolled and groomed the 3+ inches of snow and all trails are in great condition with a classical track and skate lane.
New Track and Skate Lane on Emma’s
Grooming Skidalen Just Before the “Gravity Box”
February 1, 2018
Received about an inch of snow which was enough to refresh the skate lanes and tracks on all the trails. Tracks are good with a mixture of new and old snow providing kick without being too slow. The skate lanes are still firm, but are skiing slow with the cold new snow. Should only get better as they get skied on and as it warms up.
The Return Track from Emma’s in the South Woods
Speedy’s on February 1, 2018
January 29, 2018
In spite of warm temps this past weekend, the snow remains good. The picture below is one I took while skiing Speedy’s this afternoon. Good fast skiing conditions, but still not icy. All skate lanes have been groomed since the picture was taken. Looking for an inch or two before refreshing the classic track.
January 26, 2018
Despite the warm weather, the snow continues to hold up well. All skate lanes have been textured and are skiing fast and fun with a solid base. Skied Chick’s Bopp last night and for the most part the track is good. There is one area in the open with some glazing in the track, but you can easily double pole through that area. As everything is fast, please use caution, snowplowing in the skate lane from the top of the hills if necessary.
Speedy’s on the ridge east of Viking Road.
January 20, 2018
The recent warm weather has caused some snow loss, but the trails are overall in very good condition. Skate lane is firm and fast and the classic track is 95% good with some areas where you may need to step out to avoid grass or dirt. Some leaves in the classic track in a few areas. Neither are icy. Picture from a couple of days ago.
Uff Dah! Lite Heading into the Evergreens (This is the end part of the longer expert trail, Uff Dah!)
January 15, 2018
Received approximately three inches of snow from yesterday’s Clipper. All trails have been rolled and will be groomed today. Some exposed areas were scoured by the strong winds, but should be great skiing when the temperatures moderate.
MYSL Kids Playing Keep Away in the New Snow
January 12, 2018
Received an inch of snow in the woods which was enough to freshen up the trails nicely. All trails open and in good condition with combination skate/classic except for Chick’s Bopp which is classic only. Very firm base, but not icy.
Viking Road on Chick’s Bopp
Grooming the Lake Loop on Speedy’s
January 6, 2018
All trails are open. Chick’s Bopp has a double classical track set and the balance have a classic track and skate lane. Trails are generally in good condition with a few spots where the track setter has bottomed out and you need to step out of the track. Skate lanes are firm and in good condition.
Girls Varsity Race on Ski Bee (2 Loops Plus Emma’s) on January 2, 2018.
December 28, 2017
Got an inch overnight of nice fine snow and are now able to set some track! Good firm base in the skate lanes. Come ski us!
December 22, 2017
Groomed out the four inches of snow that we received and it has set up nicely. Due to the lack of sufficient base, we are not yet able to set classical track. I am planning to ski in some track today.
Emma’s Heading up to the South Woods
Rolling Liz’s Loop
Time to Get Out the Chain Saw! (Liz’s Loop)
December 21, 2017
It’s nice to celebrate the Winter Solstice with a snowfall! Grooming trails today after rolling last night. There was not a significant base so some trails may remain closed and amount of track set will vary. We will be open tomorrow, December 22 and then daily through the New Year except for the following: 4:00 PM closing on Christmas Eve and we will be closed on Christmas Day.
December 5, 2017
Received (a disappointing) 1″ of snow from last night’s storm. Will do a little rolling on the lighted loop below to try to get a base started. Hopefully the next storm will have more snow and less wind!
Warm Up Loop and Returns of Emma’s, Ski Bee, and Liz’s Loop
UPDATED TRAIL REPORT
Conditions are not safe for skiing so we will be closed until further notice. Some sections are nice, but there are other sections that have solid ice beneath the snow (this is what happens when you get 1.5″ of rain on hard packed ski trails) and it is impossible to tell where the ice begins and ends. The new snow has not adhered to the ice below. SWEDISH MEATBALL FUNDRAISER!! SEE BELOW! THANKS!
February 26, 20017
Rolled Speedy’s, Emma’s, and Deer Meadow after last nights snowfall. Actually had to stop rolling Speedy’s (see picture below) and just packed with snowmobile to try to get snow to glue down to icy sections underneath. Will continue to groom this morning. Best to wait until after noon to see how things set up and if it is safe to ski. SWEDISH MEATBALL FUNDRAISER FOR THE OTTER TAIL NORDIC SKI TEAM TODAY!! 5:00-7:00 at Hope Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Help support the non-funded ski team!
Trail Head Sunday Morning 2/26/17 After Rolling
The Path Left After Sliding Backwards On the Ice While Rolling Speedy’s
February 21, 2017
The picture below sums up things quite well. If we get sufficient snow, we will reopen several trails. A big thank you to Season Pass holders who help ensure that there will be skiing at the Ski Gaard next season.
Deer Meadow at West End By the Barn
February 17, 2017
Skied three different times yesterday, about 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00. 4:00 wet and slow, 5:00 cooling off, slow in places but nice in others, 6:00 fast and fun. Snow is going fast. We remain open to season pass skiers. Any skiing in the morning could be extremely icy. Some bare spots are showing up on south facing slopes. Use caution and do not ski alone except maybe on Deer Meadow. We will be closed today through Monday to non-season pass skiers. Time to do some tapping??
February 15, 2017
Spring skiing conditions. Deer Meadow, Chick’s Bopp, Speedy’s and Uff Dah! are all groomed and in nice shape for skating. Classic tracks remain icy. Classic skiers could ski out of the tracks on the skate lane. Some limited icy patches including the little slough on Chick’s Bopp.
First Pass Grooming Deer Meadow 2/15/17
Viking Road on Chick’s Bopp 2/15/17
February 12, 2017
Due to Saturday’s warm weather and rain, followed by below freezing temperature at night, trail conditions are too hard and icy to be open for skiing. If it warms up sufficiently, it is possible that there could be some good skiing in the late afternoon, but call 218-770-0163 first.
February 9, 2017
Trails are in good to excellent condition except for a couple windblown areas on Emma’s. Tracks are set on all open trails except Skidalen. Ski Bee remains closed and Liz’s Loop is accessed from Emma’s.
February 7, 2017
Finally received a nice 2.5″ snowfall last night and this morning. Trails are packed and tracks will be set Wednesday afternoon and skiing should be fine when it warms up on Thursday.
Speedy’s After Packing 2+ Inch Snowfall
February 5, 2017
Received a dusting of new snow yesterday which will slow things down a bit, but conditions have not changed much from yesterday’s post.
Trail Head Area
Parking Lot Use Caution due to the ice.
February 4, 2017
No new snow from last post so skate lanes a little icier but still very skiable. Icy patches at trailhead area. Classic skiers are able to get kick in the tracks, but it is icy in areas outside of track when herringboning. No give if you fall, so use caution and ski on trails you can handle. Ski Bee, Liz’s Loop, and Skidalen are closed until we get more snow. Use caution in the parking area!
January 31, 2017
We received approximately 1/2″ of snow over the last day and a half and while it is not what we hoped for it does change the skiing dramatically. Cindy skied this morning and pronounced it “slow,” which is a big change from the past several days. The skate lanes on all trails were groomed either last night or this morning and the classic tracks were left untouched. Once the new snow gets skied in, the classic tracks should ski well. The new snow was enough to slow things down, but is not enough to provide much cushion should one fall. Use caution in the parking area!
Grooming Deer Meadow Wednesday Morning
Photo below is of a section of Speedy’s after grooming Friday afternoon. Conditions remain hard and fast, but you are able to get an edge skating and can snowplow to control speeds on descents. Got a dusting of snow which slowed down the classic tracks and should provide for some kick without going the blue klister route. Classic skiers can step out of the track and snowplow to control speed where necessary. Justin Eberhardt skied 40+ K Friday afternoon and commented on how much fun it was. Parking lot was sanded, but please use caution!
Speedy’s January 27
January 26, 2017
Still good coverage in wooded areas but skiing yesterday evening was “scary fast.” Classic track was set Sunday evening with wet, soft snow and is rock solid and unchanged. Blue klister worked well yesterday and a couple skiing on Emma’s said that they had pretty good kick with skin skis. Still able to get good push off skate skiing. Some trails with exposed areas are closed due to the snow melting down to an icy base. Fat bikers who are willing to pay a trail fee are welcome to ride the trails until we get more snow. USE CAUTION IN THE ICY PARKING LOT!!
Section of Speedy’s January 25
January 22, 2017
Conditions will be soft and slow generally, but there could be some faster patches. Yesterday’s skiers from the North Star Ski Club preferred classic over skate skiing with a no-wax ski the best. No new tracks set. Depending upon the firmness of the snow, I may be running over the skate lanes. USE CAUTION IN THE PARKING LOT! VERY SLIPPERY!
Trail Head Area (January 21, 2017)
Parking Lot (ICY! USE EXTRA CAUTION!)
January 21, 2017
Trail conditions are very soft with wet snow, best with no wax classic skis. Use great care in the parking lot as it is very icy.
January 20, 2017
After enjoying some of the best skiing of the year midweek, we unfortunately need to close the trails today due to soft conditions. Please check in for the Saturday Trail Report. Thank you for your understanding.
Rolling the Lake Loop on Speedy’s Early Wednesday Afternoon
January 14, 2017
Beautiful conditions for skiing. Will be a little slow for skate skiing until things warm up a bit. All trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing. See you at the Ski Gaard!
Deer Meadow by the Red Barn
January 11, 2017
Received about four inches of snow Tuesday and Tuesday night. All the trails except Skidalen are groomed combination skate and classic. Should get to Skidalen on Thursday. Skiing is very good to excellent.
Setting Track on Uff Dah!
Starting down John’s Telemarking Hill on Uff Dah!
January 6, 2017
After approximately ten total inches of snow the trails are all in great shape. Skidalen is groomed skate only with all other trails groomed combination skate and classical.
New Tracks Set on Uff Dah! January 6, 2017
January 2, 2017
Happy New Year! Received a surprise 8″ of snow last night when expecting 1-3″. Having to snowmobile pack before using grooming equipment so trails will not be groomed until late in the day.
December 28/29, 2016
Warmer temperatures softened things up a bit but the mid afternoon squall that gave us about an inch of nice wet snow really helped. There are still some icy areas in the open and the parking lot is still slippery, but the trails have improved dramatically since the rain, and are in good to excellent condition in the woods. A big thanks to Jason Rund for comandeering the Bearcat and the “Gyrogroomer” to knock down the drifts on the return through the trees of the beginner’s trail Emma’s. This will eliminate having to navigate the slick side hill for the classical skiers. All trails are groomed for skate skiing, and all trails except Skidalen and Ski Bee have tracks newly set tonight.
Grooming Lighted Loop December 28th After Snowfall
Skidalen Groomed December 28th Skate Only
December 27, 2016
Received 3/4″ of new snow overnight and have groomed it over the hard snowpack so conditions have improved significantly from yesterday. Trail head and parts of trails will still be very hard beneath the newly packed snow. I would still recommend that beginners use snowshoes rather than skiing.
Liz’s Loop Groomed Today
December 26, 2016
The aftermath of the crazy storm is that the Trail Head area is hard and icy (as well as the parking lot), but the trails are surprisingly decent. Emma’s, Chick’s Bopp, Deer Meadow, and Speedy’s will have a skate lane and classic tracks. Chick’s Bopp takes a detour around the slough in the picture. Other trails will open as the sticks are cleared. ATTENTION: These conditions are not for beginners. We have snowshoes and poles to rent as a nice option that still lets you get out into the woods. All skiers should use caution in icy areas and remove skis and walk if necessary.
Anyone Want to Play “Pic Up Sticks”? (Viking Road on Chick’s Bopp)
“Should have tested it first.”
First Climb on Speedy’s After Picking up Sticks (Not Groomed in Photo)
December 23, 2016 PM
The mild temperatures have only had minimal negative effect on the trails. Classic track remains good with only a few bare spots. All skate lanes have been groomed this evening so should be smooth and fast tomorrow, December 24. All trails have track set except Skidalen and Ski Bee. Classical track was not reset today (“Groomer, do no harm.”)
TR Skiing Speedy’s December 23, 2016 AM
December 18, 2016
Brrr! Spent all of Saturday grooming and the trails are in good to excellent shape with tracks set on Emma’s, Deer Meadow, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp, and Speedy’s. Skidalen, Ski Bee, and Uff Dah! are groomed skate only until we get more snow. Classic skiers skiing these trails should ski to either side. We will be open daily from December 23 to January 2. Come ski us!
Tracks set at start of Emma’s
Packing on Speedy’s coming down the hill just before it crosses Chick’s Bopp.
December 11, 2016
Open for skiing! Received 2-3″ of new snow overnight and currently have tracks and skate lane on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp and Speedy’s. Nice skiing. Skate lane will be a little soft.
December 9, 2016
Received 6-8″ of snow in the woods and 1-48″ out in the open. Should be able to set some track in the woods. Everywhere else it will be packed only. Classical skiers should ski to either side of the trail if no track is set. We will be opening on Sunday, December 11th at 10 am. We will not be open on December 10th due to Cindy’s father’s funeral. Season pass skiers from last year may ski, but the shop will be closed. Hope to see you soon!
November 23, 2016
The rain and warm temperatures have had their way with the trails. Hopefully we can hold on to this base. Our optimistic opening on Thanksgiving Day is postponed until further notice.
Viking Road (The start of Chick’s Bopp and Speedy’s)
November 20, 2016
This is the beginners trail Emma’s after grooming yesterday. Conditions out of the woods in areas exposed to the high winds are mixed with grass showing. We are planning to officially open on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Unless we get a significant snowfall there will be no tracks set. Hope to see you soon!
February 20, 2016
I think the “picture is worth a thousand words” adage works today.
February 16, 2016
Received about 4″ of snow yesterday and trails are in good to excellent condition. Skate lane was soft yesterday, but should have set up overnight and be much firmer today. Track will be set on Skidalen, Uff Da! and Ski Bee today. All other trails are groomed with track and skate lane. Come ski us!
Minnesota Youth Ski League gathering for a fun session in lots of new snow.
February 14, 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day! Out grooming the approximately 3″ of new snow. Tracks will be set by noon on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp, and Speedy’s by noon. Skate lanes to follow and then balance of trails. Parking lot not plowed.
February 9, 2016
Whew! The wind has finally settled down. The end results of the storm are as follows. Open areas benefitted from the wet, heavy snow that fell during the first part of the storm. This helped the coverage, but is firm and fast to ski. There are a couple of open areas where the above snowfall was scoured back to the original icy base. I will be adding snow to these areas. In the woods there is an average of about 2″ of new snow which was packed yesterday and will have new track set today on Speedy’s, Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, Chick’s Bopp and Deer Meadow. Should be a little slow for skate skiing but nice for classical.
Found on Chick’s Bopp while grooming yesterday. There be fairies in these woods!
February 4, 2016
It is amazing what two small snowfalls can do for a ski trail! The first snowfall was tilled into all of the trails yesterday, and then the second was groomed this morning. The result is good skate and classic skiing for the weekend. The existing track was still good on Speedy’s and Uff Da! but will be reset if we get any new snow. New tracks were set on Emma’s, Liz’s Loop, and Chick’s Bopp. There is no track set on Skidalen and Ski Bee.
Near the top of the climb on Ski Bee. (Trail used for the Otter Tail Nordic Invitational)
Looking up from the little slough at the bottom of Deer Meadow
Packing the skate lane on Emma’s. The track was subsequently reset.
January 31, 2016
Conditions hard and icy. Conditions could possibly soften up in the afternoon to allow limited skiing on Deer Meadow and Emma’s. Call 218-770-0163 for current conditions.
January 30, 2016
Conditions hard and icy as of 11:00 am. There is a 2 km loop (Deer Meadow and Emma’s) that could be skied by expert skate skiers after 1:00 pm. Not enough snow to recondition and set tracks on any ski trails. Cindy came in after skiing the above loop earlier today and put on her running shoes and headed down the driveway.
January 29, 2016
Conditions still hard and icy as of 9:00 am. With warmer temperatures coming, conditions could soften this afternoon. Please call David at 218-770-0163 for current conditions.
January 28, 2016
The high temperatures and strong winds yesterday have created extremely icy conditions today and the thin base prevents doing much renovation with the grooming equipment. Unfortunately we will have to close the trails until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
January 22, 2016
Additional snow since the last posting has freshened up the trails which are in good to excellent condition with only a couple of light snow areas. All trails have been recently groomed for skate skiing and the classical tracks remain firm after skiing in an additional 1/2″ of snow. Shallow classical tracks are now set on Skidalen and Ski Bee. Should be great skiing this weekend with the mild temperatures. The first Minnesota Youth Ski League session will meet on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 with approximately 40 second through sixth graders participating. This will fill up the parking lot, but there will be plenty of room on the trails, so don’t hesitate to come out and ski off some of those football (or golf?) snacks.
Ski Bee before classical tracks were set.
January 12, 2016
3/4″ of new snow helped freshen up the trails. All trails have had the skate lanes groomed and tracks were set on Uff Da! Existing tracks on other trails were firm and in good shape so they were not reset. The new snow helped where the tracks were a little thin. One positive concerning the sub zero temperatures is that it is now safe to groom and ski the Lake Loop on Speedy’s. That has a skate lane and classic track. The skate lane will probably be a little soft until it gets skied on and groomed a couple of times.
Lake Loop on Speedy’s
Chick’s Bopp after grooming skate lane.
New track ready to be skied in on Deer Meadow
January 10, 2016
No change in trail conditions. Minnesota Youth Ski League scheduled for 2:00 pm today has been postponed due to the cold. Hearty skiers who view all weather in relative terms and who want to ski in colder conditions than in Barrow, Alaska, (-1) are welcome.
January 8, 2016
No new snow from the last system that passed through the area. Conditions remain good for skate skiing in most areas and fair to good for classic. Classic tracks that were scrubbed out for the high school race have been reset.
January 3, 2016
Good conditions with some spots that need extra caution. Tracks set where possible. Complete tracks for most of Emma’s, Chick’s Bopp, Liz’s Loop, and Speedy’s.
December 29, 2015
Still waiting for that next snowfall but conditions are good on several trails. Set some track yesterday, but still not enough base in most areas. Some track set on Emma’s, Speedy’s, and Chick’s Bopp. We will be open daily through January 4th and then on the normal schedule after that.
Setting track on Emma’s.
Setting track on Deer Meadow
December 24, 2015
Spidahl Ski Gaard will be open until 3:00 pm Christmas Eve Day and will be closed Christmas Day. Conditions are fair in the exposed areas, and good to fair in the woods. On the open trails, there are a few very thin spots that skiers should just carefully walk through. We will remain open daily through the holiday period.
December 18, 2015
Our last snow event came in two stages. The first was approximately 3″ of fine, wet snow that packed into a great base. The second was approximately 1.5″ that was accompanied by a lot of wind. It blew off the exposed areas, but settled into the woods. The end result is that there is a good base with overall good coverage and very good coverage in the woods. Open areas are skiable but with some grass stalks sticking up through the snow. Trails with rougher terrain will remain closed, but there should be good skiing Saturday and Sunday. No tracks set yet, so all trails are groomed flat. Classic skiers should ski to either side.
Deer Meadow by the barn December 17th.
Grooming. Snow was too wet to roll.
Bushwacking with Knut Ronnevik on Uff Da!
March 5, 2015
Tracks have been set and the skate lane groomed on all open trails. Excellent skiing in the woods! Some exposed areas are still light on snow. The following pictures were taken March 5th.
March 3rd, 2015
The 2+ inches of new snow is packed and tracks will be set Wednesday. The strong winds scoured some areas that were exposed. See below for information about accessing Liz’s Loop and Skidalen.
March 1st, 2015
1/2″ of new snow. Tracks will be left to be skied in. Skate lane groomed. All is white and beautiful!
February 27th, 2015
Trails have all been groomed and tracks reset where possible. Some area are still problematic so exercise caution when skiing. To protect your ski equipment, please ski only on trails that have been groomed and if necessary remove your skis and walk through the areas of low snow. There are long stretches of trail with very good skiing so please come and enjoy those areas. Please note the information below regarding access to trails.
February 18th, 2015
Set track today on trail sections where there was sufficient snow cover, as well as the lake loop. There will be good skiing in the woods this weekend but skiers should exercise caution in areas of low snow cover. Some south facing areas on Speedy’s and Uff Dah! may require you to remove skis and walk for a few yards. The last section of Speedy’s and the trail section including John’s Telemarking Hill on Uff Dah! are closed with an orange V board across the trail. The beginnings of Skidalen and Liz’s Loop remain closed. Access Liz’s Loop from Emma’s and Skidalen from Liz’s Loop. Anders will be in the ski shop this weekend as I am heading over to Wisconsin for the Birkie.
February 15th, 2015
Groomed the 1″ of new snow received overnight. No tracks set but nice skiing in the woods. Some light spots in the open and areas of southern exposure. Use caution in these areas if skiing on good skis.
February 13th, 2015.
There is very little base in open areas with some grass poking up, but nice skiing in the woods. Trails are groomed flat with no track set. Some sections are closed and there are a couple of south facing sections on Speedy’s where you might choose to walk for a few yards. Access Liz’s Loop from Emma’s and Skidalen from Liz’s Loop. Portions of Uff Dah! and Speedy’s are closed, but will be clearly marked. Ski Bee is closed.