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December 5th ice storm damage has been cleared, grooming of the Blue Hills Trail has begun

15 Dec

After a nasty ice storm on December 5th, we started grooming the Blue Hills Trail (in northwest Wisconsin) for cross country skiing on Monday December 11 after the gun deer hunt ended. We waited to put the word out, because last week’s ice storm created plenty of extra labor to remove downed trees and leaning saplings. The pictures below don’t even show the big trees that were removed.

First pass grooming was with our rollers. Then we began pulling the G2 implements. We now have early season skating conditions that range from fair to good to very good on trails groomed daily since December 11. There’s a short section of nice classic track.

The base is about 2″ thick, firm and mostly surprisingly smooth — thanks to lot of summertime trail work! The occasional dirt spots, rocks and tufts of grass are mostly easily avoided. Bring rock skis as well as a pair of good skis — you decide.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house are included in the picture gallery that follows. Find comments from Wisconsin (Eau Claire, Ladysmith, Rice Lake), Minnesota (St. Paul)…

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