West-Central Wisconsin

KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK - All cross-country ski trails have been freshly tracked by Feb. 7, and are in good shape. Multi-use trails are packed, according to Eric Klumb, ranger.

VERNON COUNTY - A snowy owl has been seen repeatedly during the past week in Viroqua in the vicinity of the high school football and track field. It has been several months since the last consistent Vernon County snowy owl observation, which occurred on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve near La Farge, according to Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua.

PERROT STATE PARK - Cross-country ski trails are now in poor condition. The Bay and Wilber Trails are groomed and tracked, but have an increasing amounts of bare spots. The upper trails, Prairie View and Cedar Glade, are only packed, said Justin Wershofen, ranger.

WILDCAT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Cross-country ski trails are not currently groomed, but are open to hiking, according to Andrew Haffele, park manager.

BLACK RIVER STATE FOREST - Warmer temperatures this week has melted a lot of the snow, especially in open areas. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the 30s with a slight chance of snow Saturday.
All trails are open, but may be slushy and/or slippery in places. Cross-country ski trails were packed on Saturday and tracked last Tuesday. They were in fair condition as of Feb. 15, but warm temperatures have resulted in many bare areas and will be unable to ski soon.
Snowmobile, ATV and UTV trails are open, but in very poor condition, said Emily Alf, visitor services associate and Gordon Hoyt, ranger.

LAKE WISSOTA STATE PARK - Cross-country ski trails are in good condition, but conditions are deteriorating with the warm temperatures. There is still a good packed base in most areas. Trails are planned to be groomed Friday, Feb. 16, when temperatures get colder, said Nathan Fries, ranger.

BUCKHORN STATE PARK - Warmer weather and lack of new snow have deteriorated cross-country ski trails as of Feb. 14, according to Heather Wolf, park manager.