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Oct 23 - Browns Creek Trail (Stillwater):
Conditions: Smooth asphalt. The new trail is paved from downtown Stillwater out to the Gateway. A slight uphill grade all the way makes for a perfect roll and it's as smooth as can be! Super sharp ferrules is a must. Crowds are not bad and there's a lot of happy faces out there. 12 mile round trip.
Oct 14 - Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Bloomington):
Fall colors nearly at their peak at Hyland -- great time for rollerskiing (or trail running)!
Oct 9 - Elm Creek Park Reserve (Maple Grove):
Three Rivers has done some work at Elm Creek on the Northern Lights Trail. Widening the trail and filling in low spots and adding a couple of culverts. We might have to be a little more careful skiing early or if there is low snow however as there is now some gravel in spots where there didn't used to be.
Oct 3 - Spirit Mountain (Duluth):
Conditions: Mowed yet mushy. We saw the mower the other day and since it was snowing, we decided to check out the trails today on foot. We did a short part of each trail and found them really mushy with hidden holes! We picked up a bunch of trees that had fallen and Andre was out there working on the trail.
Oct 19 - Lakewood XC Ski Trails (Lakewood):
Conditions: Time for fall trail cleanup. Nice fall day. Most of the leaves are now on the trail as well as many trees. Several club members and volunteers do trail cleanup.
Oct 3 - ABR (Ironwood):
We are receiving our first snowfall of the season tonight. The trail mowing was completeds yesterday on the SISU Ski Fest Trail so 78 km of trail have been mowed and are prepped and ready for winter. Bring it on!
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Michigan Lower Peninsula
Oct 24 - Traverse City Nordic Fest (Traverse City):
Conditions: Warm day on man-made snow in preparation for Nordic Fest on Oct. 25th. Griffin Schwab is the first skier to be on snow certainly in the Midwest and maybe lower 48.
Oct 27 - Rendezvous Ski Trails (West Yellowstone, MT):
Conditions: Surprisingly good glide for early season rock skiing. As far as I can tell, got the first tracks of the year on the Rendezvous Trails! Fish scales were gliding well on 90% of the trail. The higher you go, the better the snow! Probably even better skiing to be had on the Plateau...will have to scope it out tomorrow.