SPIDAHL SKI GAARD TRAIL CONDITIONS
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.