Here’s the beginning of the Poplar Creek Trail this morning. We received quite a bit of nice, wet snow over the past days, the kind of snow that coats the trees and creates a wonderland. Unlike Grand Marais, where the initial snow apparently turned into rain and left unattractive brown snow blobs lining all the roads, our precipitation was the beautiful white stuff, thanks to our higher elevation.
Like everywhere in the state, we have a warm streak ahead in the forecast, so this snow may not last long. But both Bearskin and Golden Eagle Lodges have been out rolling and packing this snow in hopes of keeping as much as we can to begin building base.
So don’t come up skiing yet, but we’re working on it.
Poplar Creek Ski Trail 12.3.2015
Trails were regroomed on the 22nd. Skiers report “excellent” conditions nearly everywhere. Due to early season rolling and packing there is a good firm base on the trails. Classic tracks are hard and fast. New corduroy set up beautifully, but skating is slow due to cold temps. As of noon on 12/23 new snow was falling, so there’s probably an inch or two of light power on the trails.
Entire system is groomed and tracked. Quinn and Bob were out Monday with both groomers to regroom after the 4 inches we picked up Saturday night. Because of early rolling and packing and cold snow conditions, the skate lanes are very firm. Average of 15 inches of snow in the woods with depths up to 20 Consistent 6 inches of base throughout the system with considerably more in many places. The North South Link trail across Aspen Lake is closed at the moment due to extremely slushy conditions and a short section of Poplar Creek is less than perfect as it travels through a swamp with hummocks and frost heaves. Otherwise conditions are good to excellent.