Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Jester Park

Skiing is limited at Jester. Golf course trails are closed. Plenty of snow in the woods but the base is hard and a little icy. The groomers have done an excellent job as usual but it is a little difficult to groom snow that comes down as slush. Hopefully we will get new snow soon.

Irv Warren Golf Course Waterloo

 Both the skating lane and classical track were re-groomed this morning.   There is good snow depth on the skating lane although it is a little soft.    The classical track is fairly good also with some bare spots as before.  Overall good skiing.

 

Note there is a new connector going from the small loop at the Trailhead to the large full course loop.   Instead of branching off the west side of the small loop the connection is on the southeast corner going towards the club house.   This is a good change as it avoids a gravel driveway and a ditch.   The overall trail length is still approximately 2.5 miles.   A trail map is attached.



Monday, January 18, 2021

Prairie Springs-Cresco

 Had a great afternoon skiing in Cresco. I thought there was plenty of snow and was freshly groomed when I skied. Both the classic and skate deck was just fun. A beautiful place to ski with just enough elevation change to get the heart rate moving.

Like everywhere, there are plenty of walkers and their dogs out, but highly recommend a trip to Cresco. 

South Side River Trail _ Cedar Falls/Waterloo

 Classical skied South Side River Trail in Cedar Falls this afternoon.   The track is fairly good and walkers for the most part are staying off the ski track.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

6K Groomed Trails at Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf

With the snow last night we were able to groom trails for the first time this season.  We have a crusty 4" base with 1-2" of new snow.  Skate conditions are ideal.  Classic tracks were set, but are not very deep.  We expect to be skiing through the week.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Irv Warren/Brynes Park

 Groomed this morning. Out early for a good 90 minute ski, skate deck was in great shape. Thanks to Peter with the Waterloo Leisure Services. Doing a great job of grooming with what Mother Nature has provided us with.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Kent Park - Monday, January 11

Conditions still good at Kent Park. Some bare spots starting to poke through but 95% percent of the trails, both classic and skate, are in great shape. Some damage from the obligatory hikers that will be troublesome as temperatures warm but all trail systems in Iowa unfortunately seem to have that.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Irv Warren Golf Course - Waterloo

 

The ski trail at Irv Warren was re-groomed this morning.   The skate deck and classic track are mostly in good condition.    Hurry and ski before the approaching warm temperatures does in the snow.

Big Woods decent for Classic

 I did something uncharacteristic and tried classic skiing in town. Started just behind Gateway, by road into compost facility. There are tracks from Gateway all the way around Big Woods. It's not bad--a few rough spots/grass, and of course, some road crossings, but a nice flat 4 mile loop all tracked.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Prairie's Edge, Cresco


 Hi friends,it's been great to see so many skiers at Irv Warren skating and classicking! Fun to get new skiers out there trying out the sport. 

I skied at Cresco today, and it is definitely thin, but still very skate-able. No tracks though for classic. Only loop not open is the high prairie (knocks off just one kilometer). Some areas are well covered, but on the bike trail your poles will definitely hit pavement, and it was dicey with some loose gravel on the campground loop (use rock skis unless you don't care about a scratch or two!). I enjoyed it though. Best trails I've found in Iowa. Hopefully we'll get a little more snow.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Irv Warren/Brynes Park

 Skate trail is holding up nicely, with classic tracks remain unchanged. Thanks Waterloo Leisure Services as you have provided a very good 11 day run of skiing. It looks like we might be in good shape for a few more days.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Irv Warren Golf Course – Waterloo

 Waterloo Leisure Services re-groomed the skating lane this morning.   Although the snow is thin in places the skating is good.

 

Some fresh snow was scratched into the classical track that helped to rejuvenate it.   There are several places where it has melted down to the grass but those spots can easily be avoided.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Irv Warren Golf Course - Waterloo

 The skate deck was re-groomed this morning and is in good shape.   The trail is very thin in places.  The groomer also scratched over the classical track which helped to fill some of the melted spots and left a little new snow all along the track helping to cover the glazed surface from yesterday’s warm up.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Linn County - County Parks

 The following note was posted on the Linn County Conservation website.    Unfortunately no information on the type of grooming or on the ski conditions.


Cross Country Ski Trails 

(This content is updated when there is new trail maintenance information)

1/5 update:

Matsell Bridge Natural Area - groomed

Morgan Creek Park - groomed

Wanatee Park - groomed

Wickiup Hill Learning Center (prairie only) - groomed

Monday, January 4, 2021

Chichauqua Bottoms

Awesome day on this trail! For those unfamiliar.............if you are looking for hills this is not for you. Classic only but very nice grooming. Some through the woods and some striaght stretches on the perimiter. If you dont mind traveling to Polk County go for it!

Irv Warren in good condition

 32 Degrees and freshly set! good conditions. Don't know why my video won't post.



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mound WI

 Classic ski at Blue Mound today.  I got out there early.  The parking lot was full at noon when I left.  The classic tracks were firm and the snow had a lot of moisture in it, so the downhills were pretty fast.  I assume they will regroom early this week.  Lots of elevation change.  A great place to get some Birkie training in.

Mines of Spain - Dubuque

 As of Satirday, January 2, the classic track was really quite decent.  The skate deck was a bit on the soft side, but that made it easy to control your skis.

 Thanks Leisure Services...trails are in excellent shape through today. Hopefully, Mother Nature will keep the temperatures down. 


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Irv Warren Golf Course - Waterloo

 Irv Warren Golf Course was groomed for both classical skiing and skating today.   The skate deck is in excellent condition.   The classical tracks are good in most places but there are places where the groomer went down to grass.   Overall good conditions considering the 4 to 5" of snow received.  Kudos to Peter of Waterloo Leisure Services for his grooming efforts.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Waterloo / Cedar Falls

 Hi Skiers,

 

In Cedar Falls/Waterloo we received approximately 3 to 3.5 inches of snow with the Friday night / Saturday storm.   Not enough snow to do grooming but there is enough snow to ski on grassy areas.    I skate skied both Saturday morning and again today on Sunday morning.   My skies would stick slightly on underlying grass occasionally but not too often.

 

It gets even better if you go out a couple of hours ahead of time and pack down a lane with your snowshoes.