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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    While we're all crying in our beer over this year's Birkie cancellation, let's also feel a bit sorry for this fellow trying to compete for his home country in the Nordic world ski championships in Lahti, Finland.

    The poor fellow is from Venezuela and had never skied on snow before! Needless to say, he didn't place very well. (We've all been in this guy's shoes, too.)

    Full story: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/sports/olympics/adrian-solano-nordic-world-ski-championships.html

    Video: https://youtu.be/AVcsaDha2m4

  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    I am new to the club and would like to go on the Valley Spur Trip.  I am looking for a female roommate to share a double.  Anyone need a roommate?  Prefer non-snoring for the obvious.  Janis Shogren 

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    After the picnic lunch, let's go for a hike at Lapham.  Bring your hiking shoes and look for Ann D!

  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Had a fun time at the Torsk Dinner. Thanks Cindy!  

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 5:22 AM | Anonymous

    Beautiful day yesterday on the trails!  Warm temps, sunshine and decent snow.

     

  • Tuesday, November 03, 2015 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Snowmakers, Donors and Skiers,  

    Brett Johanen, LP property manager, has asked me to contact prospective volunteers who may be able to groom or make snow at Lapham in the near future. You will be trained!  

    One of the ranger/groomers is having surgery and will be unavailable for several weeks into the grooming/snowmaking season. Therefore, the snowmaking project may be coming more into our hands with in-kind volunteer hours. If you are at all interested, please contact Brett at brett.johanen@dnr.state.wi.us or call the office at 262-646-3025. 

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:05 PM | Anonymous

    At 6:30pm, let's walk along the lakefront before the Friday, 9/25/15 meeting -- meet near the McKinley Marina Overlook Building.  See you there!

  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Looks like good skiing at Afterglow!  From their "Ski Conditions" page:

    ~TRAIL CONDITIONS~

    Good day to utilize our huge warm up room and relax around the fire.

    Conditions: Excellent.

    Full depth, solid, consistent, and firm classic tracks. Super smooth, firm, flat and even skate lanes. Solid pole plants. Trails have been groomed 31 times this season.

    Ski Trails at Afterglow are groomed on average 5.5 times a week over any season. For the best possible results, we almost only groom at night. One person does all the grooming, which adds to quality and consistency. We have 8 miles of marked snowshoe trails, which run all around our private 33 acre lake. We also have a large warm up room overlooking Afterglow Lake. With the cold weather, you can relax in our warm up room waiting on the diehards in your group. See you Wednesday.

    But dress warmly and bring a ski mask!  it may be windy at Maasto Hiito on Sunday, similar to other years.  Here's the current weather forecast:

    • New Year's DaySnow showers with areas of blowing snow before 9am, then snow showers likely with areas of blowing snow after 9am. Temperature falling to around 15 by 9am. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
    • Thursday NightSnow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values between -10 and zero. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
    • FridayA 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
    • Friday NightA 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.
    • SaturdayA 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 24.
    • Saturday NightSnow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 9.
    • SundaySnow likely with patchy blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 12.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:05 PM | Anonymous

    Please consider a donation to help build a permanent structure for cross-country skiers at the McMiller Ski Trails new trailhead near Eagle, Wisconsin.

    An anonymous donor will give $10,000 if skiers and businesses donate $10,000 by April 1, 2014; so there's some urgency to this effort!  A permanent building is a wonderful long-term legacy to leave for future skiers.

    The rest of the money for the building will come from the DNR and the shelter will be built by WCTC students; so this will be a great public-private partnership.

    Donations are tax deductible, and you can even make your donation online (giving levels are shown online).  The Wisconsin Biathlon Association and Kettle Moraine Natural History Association have partnered to create a website and spearhead the fundraising effort so a shelter building can be constructed for the 2014-2015 ski season.

    Check out the website and brochure!

    Website http://mcmillerskishelter.com/index.html

    Brochure http://mcmillerskishelter.com/docs/McMillerFundraisingBrochure.pdf

    Please encourage your cross-country skier friends to donate, too.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  • Saturday, March 08, 2014 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    From the National Weather Service:

    Three Months of Consecutive Snow Cover (Updated 3/8)

    Cold and snow go together.  We are quicky moving up the ranking charts on consecutive days with 1" or more of snow cover at both Madison and Milwaukee this winter.  Snow cover observations are taken at 6 am CST on the observation day.
    Here are the rankings for snow cover (this includes today's measurement, 3/8/2014):

    Milwaukee

    • 90 consecutive days with a snow depth of 1 inch or more since December 9th, 2013.
    • This is the 2nd longest streak.
    • The record is 112 days in 1978-1979.
    • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 62 (not necessarily consecutive days).
    • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 59 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
    • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 117 in 1978-1979.
    • The record fewest number of days is 17 in 1953-1954.
    • There have been 77 consecutive days with a snow depth of 4 inches or more since December 22nd 2013.  This ranks 2nd.  There were 79 days during the 78-79 winter.
    • There have been 50 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more since January 18th, 2014.  This ranks tied for 2nd.  There were 74 days during the 78-79 winter.
    • There have been 71 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches. This ranks 2nd. The record is 74.

    Madison

    • 90 consecutive days with a snow depth 1 inch or more since December 9th, 2013.
    • This is the 11th longest streak.
    • The record is 118 days in 1978-1979.
    • This is the longest streak since 2009-2010 when there was 93 days.
    • 110 consecutive days occurred during 2007-2008.
    • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 61 (not necessarily consecutive days).
    • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 76 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
    • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 125 in 1978-1979.
    • The record fewest number of days is 23 in 1953-1954.
    • There have been 77 consecutive days with snow depth of 4 inches or more since December 22nd 2013. This ranks 6th. There were 104 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
    • There were 31 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more, from January 26th to February 25, 2014.  This ranks tied for 23rd.  There were 103 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
    • There have been 62 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches.  This ranks 15th.  There were 105 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
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