Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cedar Falls/Waterloo Area

Crust skiing is quite good with latest snowfall with underlying ice.   No grooming necessary, look for any grass area and go skiing.

Skied at Gates Golf this morning and the skate skiing was quite good until it started getting too soft.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pilot Knob

Both the skate deck and classic tracks were groomed this morning on the lake at Pilot Knob.  We received over 1" of snow Saturday morning.  It was great to get out and ski!  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Waterloo - Irv Warren Golf Course

The Irv Warren ski trail was regroomed this morning by scratching up the icy surface from our latest warmup.   Skating was fairly decent considering how warm it got.   Classical ski track not reset due to lack of snow depth and now is mostly non-existent.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Prairie Springs Nature Center - Cresco - Iowa Winter Games XC Races Cancelled!

Due to two days of melting on trails that didn't have a lot of snow and no base, we are forced to cancel the rescheduled Winter Games Races for 2018 that were to be held this weekend - Feb. 17, 2018.  For additional information and photos of current conditions, check our Facebook.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pinicon Ridge

Skating and classic were perfect early this morning at Pinicon Ridge. The trail development there is noteworthy and the grooming was immaculate. Can't do anything about the thawing but the folks who did the work on those trails deserve a big thanks!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pilot Knob

Pilot Knob lake is in great shape for both classic and skate skiing.  Our local boy scout troop had their annual winter campout last weekend.   All had fun trying out cross country skiing.  We also set up a little Nerf gun competition in honor of the winter Olympics.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Waterloo Irv Warren

Many thanks to those responsible for the grooming at Irv Warren. Skied both classic and skate this morning and conditions were soft but good. Had basically crossed off the Cedar Falls, Waterloo area from my skiing map with the abandonment of the trails at the local "state park" but Irv Warren is a refreshing option. Thanks again!

Linn County Conservation Trails

Morgan Creek has been rolled and groomed.
Wickiup Hill has been rolled and groomed.
Matsell Bridge has been rolled and groomed.
Pinicon Ridge has been rolled and groomed.
Squaw Creek has been rolled and groomed.

Lots of people out on the trails, enjoy!

Kent Park, Oxford, 2-12-18

Kent Park, Oxford 2-12-18
Skate lane groomed.
No classic track set. 
Thanks to grooming folk for freezing this morning!

Ashton CCC, Iowa City 2-12-18

Ashton CCC, Iowa City, 2-12-18
Ashton skate deck has been groomed.
Classic groove left alone for now as in good shape.
Thanks Greg for suffering through the cold.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ashton, Kent Park, & MacBride 2-11-18

All three are groomed; Ashton CCC, Kent Park, & MacBride MNRA!
Skate deck groomed
Classic track at Ashton is good, no classic at Kent Park.
Thank you grooming folk. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

MNRA MacBride, North Liberty 2-10-18

MNRA MacBride, North Liberty 2-10-18
Trails have been rolled.
Thanks to Nick...

Kent Park, Oxford 2-10-18

Kent Park, Oxford 2-10-18
Trails have been groomed, not sure if classic groove set. 

Ashton CCC, Iowa City 2-10-18

Ashton CCC, Iowa City, 2-10-18
Trail groomed and classic groove set. 
Compliments of Greg!

Pilot Knob State Park

Both the road and the lake have been groomed this morning.  The lake should be excellent today for both skating and classic skiing.  The road should be good for skating but the classic tracks are in poor shape due to shallow snow depth.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Prairie Springs XC Ski Trails

Finally got a fairly decent snowfall. All trails have been groomed and skating should be decent. Classical track is good in places (like Bike Trail and Campground Road and Campground Trail but ground showing in bottom of track in other areas like the Meadow. Here are some pics so you can judge for yourselves. We have received about 8 inches since last Saturday.

Crow Creek Park and Palmer Hills Golf Course

Bettendorf, IA

Trails at Crow Creek and Palmer were groomed today.  Ski conditions are very good with 2-3" of packed snow.  Crow Creek has both skate lane and classic track.  Palmer clubhouse is open for ski rentals and dining.  More snow expect this weekend.  Skiing should be good for the next week.

Waterloo Irv Warren

Tracked and groomed but a stiff north wind! Pretty firm, but that wind is blowing over tracks and a dog and bootwalker mucked up about 500 yards. Typical north Iowa conditions! 🙃

Kent Park, Oxford 2-9-18

Kent Park, Oxford 2-9-18
Trails have been groomed.
Thanks to Jason for the smoothing services.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Linn County Conservation Trails

Skiing tracks
  As of Wednesday afternoon.

   Pinicon Ridge, Flying Squirrel…tracks rolled
   Matsell Bridge – tracks are rolled
   Squaw Creek – Tracks are rolled
   Wickiup Hill –tracks are rolled and groomed   (no classic track yet)
   Morgan Creek –tracks are rolled and roomed (no classic track yet)

With more snow anticipated for the weekend, this could be updated


Ashon CCC, Iowa City 2-8-2018

Ashton CCC Iowa City 2-8-2018
Ashton has been groomed, no classic groove has been set due to lack of snow.
There is a skier made Classic track for now.
Please advise any foot traffic to stay off the ski trail.
Thank you Greg Duethman for the AM grooming work.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Irv Warren Golf Course - Waterloo

Skied Irv Warren this afternoon.   Good skating lane although conditions are soft.   No classical track set due to insufficient snow.

Morgan Creek, Linn County 2-7-18

Morgan Creek, Linn County 2-7-18
Trails have been rolled at this time.
Thanks to Jeremy for reporting. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MNRA McBride, North Liberty 2-6-18

MNRA McBride, Oxford 2–6-18
McBride has been groomed but snow cover is thin.
Not enough snow to set a classic groove.
Our thanks to Geoff for the cold weather work. 

Kent Park, Oxford 2-6-18

Kent Park, Oxford 2-6-18
Trails have been rolled at this time and awaiting more snow!
Thanks to Jason for taking on the cold. 

Irv Warren GC, Waterloo, 2-6-18

Irv Warren GC, Waterloo 2-6-18
Irv Warren trail was compacted and groomed on 2/6/18 at 8:30am.  Please access the trail from the Byrnes Pool parking lot.  Please do not ski over golf greens.  Snow is thin in some spots, additional snow will be needed before it can be groomed again.

Ashton CCC Iowa City 2-6-18

Ashton CCC, Iowa City 2-6-18
Ashton has been rolled, tracks may be set later today depending upon snow depth.
Please coach hikers, runners, etc to stay off the groomed ski path.
Thanks to Greg Duethman for his cold weather work!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Race cancelled

Unfortunately, due to poor trail conditions, this Saturday's Pilot Knob Ski Race is cancelled.  Because of the roller coaster weather pattern with warm ups and rains, plus it being a low snow year there is not enough snow to race on.

I did roll the lake after getting about an inch of snow Saturday night just to keep some desperate skate skiing alive here.  There are no classic tracks remaining.

This is a very tough year for skiing!

Pilot Knob Lake thin spot.  

If only it was like this all the way around.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Iowa Winter Games Update - Races Rescheduled to Feb. 17

Iowa Winter Games Cross Country Ski Races have been rescheduled to February 17, 2018 because of current trail conditions. Stay tuned for trail updates. As of now, trails are not skiable. See previous posts on ice and water issues.  Check the Iowa Ski Trail Update or Ski Cresco Facebook for trail and race updates.