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Como Golf Course
Saint Paul, MN
Trail Length: 5k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: N  
Contact: 651-488-9673    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Trails are on the golf course. Some nice hills but most of the course is pretty exposed. There is one back leg that is quite shaded and seems to hold snow long after the rest of the course loses it. Rentals at the chalet.
Upcoming Events:   Dec.27 Como Championships

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Monday, December 08, 2014  posted: 12/8/2014 7:53:25 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Very thin coating of what fell this morning but good footing in front of the parking lot and 3/4 of the way around. Didn't go over the humpback.
Stayed for an hour. No problem with footing until the top of the rise, heading east on the way to the underpass. Good temperature. High school teams practicing!
(Stanley Sledz)
Saturday, December 06, 2014  posted: 12/7/2014 4:33:56 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Trail conditions ranged from good to poor for skate skiing (a wide range I know).
Between previous grooming and having plenty of skiers packing it down, the trails were surprisingly fast even at 34F (2-3 pm). A bit of a balance workout. On the northeast side (out of the bowl) many grass spots were present but mostly avoidable -- overall good to fair rockski conditions for skate but not beginner-friendly. The bowl is also not too bad for rock ski skating, but coming down the hill out of the bowl was dangerous due to the amount of open grass. The flat section of trail east of the downhill area was in decent shape. Crossing under the bridge is poor, with a lot of open dirt. On the south side, the section parallel to the glacier and in the sun was fair to poor, but the glacier itself was in good shape. Best classic skiing looked like it would be at the glacier and east of the downhill area; elsewhere looked fair to poor. Several re-routes have sprung up as people have been avoiding the grass, although with poorly-packed snow they are not necessarily preferable and have melted faster than the main trail.
(Lindsey Tuominen)
Wednesday, December 03, 2014  posted: 12/3/2014 10:55:40 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Skate: fair overall (good for the conditions). South loop - glacier and field near parking is hard, with complete snow coverage - very skiable. The south facing return along the 8th fairway is barely skiable - lots of ice and and grass - there is a good alternate return along the center tree-line on the south side of the 8th fairway and pond. Under the bridge has been torn up by the piston bully going to the the downhill area - lots of dirt and a fresh crop of rocks - step this stretch. North side is mostly fair to good - hard, complete main trail with softer skied-in edges. A few grassy spots that are easy to go around. The climb back to the bowl has a fair amount of grass showing but is skiable, the descent coming back also has a fair amount of grass showing - If you tend to snow-plow this stretch, find an alternative route. Classic - conditions are poor - mostly hints of tracks.
Second beautiful night of skate skiing - brisk, no wind, 3/4 moon. Decent surface for medium effort and working on technique. There was an attempt to groom the south loop - not much benefit - some hints of corduroy and maybe some high points taken off. But luckily the trail is hard enough that there was not much damage - only light tread tracks, only a little dirt brought up, and only 40' of wavy stretch created by groomer harmonics.
(Karl Dewahl)
Monday, December 01, 2014  posted: 12/1/2014 3:53:20 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Poor. Most sections of the trail had either grass patches or icy ruts.
I went out in the afternoon and pretty much ended up skiing at the entry point to work on gliding, because the rest of the trail was in poor condition.
(Abby Scheller)
Sunday, November 30, 2014  posted: 11/30/2014 10:53:46 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Como is in pretty good condition all things considered - the glacier and the flat area near parking are very ski-able - hard, a little textured, but not bad. The trail on the north side of the 8th fairway is pretty rough in 2 sizable areas (40% grass with ice and crusty snow for the rest) you can ski it but it is pretty ugly. I suggest creating a return on the south side of the 8th fairway along the trees. Under the bridge is ok, and most of the rest of the trail (north side) is fair (good given the weather) - the hill back to the bowl looked rough, (did not go back to the bowl) - there is one other rough spot, but that is easy to get around. The snow off the trail is also easy to ski - 2" of powder.
There is a 5" diameter open drain pipe in the trail at the far SW end - between the 7th & 8th fairways, about 1/3 into the trail on the inside of a turn. Easy to avoid if you are looking but a dangerous situation that has been there for all the grooming so far. Should be covered or better, the trail should be moved a little to the west.
(Karl Dewahl)

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