Door County Cross Country Ski Report: April 1, 2011

Wow! It is April 1st and we bring you the 16th weekly ski report of the season! The 12-18 inches of snow that fell across the county on March 23 – 24 has left us with snow remaining – this is not an April Fools joke! So get out your “rock skis” and head out for spring cross country skiing. Keep to wooded areas as the sun brings out more bare spots in the open. By next week we will all be able to jump on our bicycles and in our kayaks! Here are the current cross country ski conditions:

Potawatomi State Park

Trails remain snow covered but were not groomed after the snowfall a week ago Wednesday. You can classic ski but there are no set tracks. Snowshoeing on the ski trails would be a nice alternative right now too.

Crossroads at Big Creek

Trails were groomed as of last week Thursday after our big snowfall. Many skiers have enjoyed the extra days of winter. Trails have not been groomed since as they are getting soft in the late morning. The best skiing is between 7 – 10 am.

Snowkraft (formerly Cherry Hills Nordic)

Trails were Ginzued on March 26. No track has been set but skate skiing is good. Numerous reports of fantastic spring time skiing here in the past week. The orchard is pretty exposed and therefore will be gaining barespots quickly but the woods should have a couple more days of skiing. Park in the upper driveway as lower lot is too soft. Get out and enjoy one last ski at Snowkraft – you won’t regret it!

Whitefish Dunes State Park

As of April 1st, there is still enough snow to ski on, but it is going fast. Tracks are holding up other than in the sun exposed areas. And expect to step around the growing bare spots. Best time is morning, the earlier the better. Contributions are still being accepted to purchase a new trail groomer. Checks can be made out to the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park and sent to the park office at 3273 Clarks Lake Rd., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

Peninsula State Park

Trails are in poor condition. There are many bare spots on the trails, especially in the sun. Skiers may have better luck following the longer, untracked loops, but the groomed trails do not make for good skiing. A big thank you to all of the groomers who worked to keep our trails in great shape through tough conditions. Keep checking out for trail maintenance days, so we can all get out and improve Peninsula State Park’s ski trail system together!

Newport State Park

Our ski season is almost over but many thanks to the Newport State Park staff and the Wilderness Society for their support this last ski season. Due to relatively low snow we were not able to groom often but we had over 14 weeks of skiing this year – much better than last year!

For more detailed information about trails and conditions: