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Mississippi National Ski Trails
Red Wing, MN
Trail Length: 16k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: N  
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   8KM groomed for classic, 7KM groomed for both classic and skating. The classic loop is one through wooded terrain and offers extensive views of the Mississippi River. The trailhead is located at the Mississippi National Golf Course Parking lot 2 miles south of Red Wing. Also known as Red Wing East End Recreational Area.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015  posted: 1/17/2015 11:20:59 AM
Grooming 
  Conditions: Good to very good. A little thin in spots on the open prairie sections. Plenty of snow in the woods.
The buff trail skied a little slower this morning with the warming temperature. Coverage remains good. Visitors should know that the lower portion of the trail has historically been a walking throughout the winter. We are hopefully transitioning to skiing only but that will take time. The skiing is still good, just not the immaculate surface we prefer.
Photos:  
(Craig Bell)
Thursday, January 15, 2015  posted: 1/15/2015 6:27:19 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Bluff trail is good to very good for skating. Groomed yesterday and the skate deck set up nicely. Tracks were set for much of the trail and looked OK. Several dirt spots pulled up by the grooming but easily avoidable.
The local skiers are all smiles with the reconfigured and vastly improved bluff trail. It is a gem!
(Craig Bell)
Sunday, January 11, 2015  posted: 1/11/2015 8:08:30 PM
Grooming 
  Conditions: Golf course loop is good to very good with a few wind-blown spots and some willow tree debris. Bluff trail is good with some easily avoidable root stubs and dirt spots along with minor wind-blown wavy sections up top. Just received first grooming so was a little soft. The groomers plan to hit this section hard this week.
The entire bluff trail was reconfigured and widened this fall and now accommodates both styles. The ascent/descent, while unavoidably still a significant climb, is more gradual and has speed reducing swales for an exhilarating but safe descent. The top loops flow wonderfully through and around the prairie sections, along forest edges and include several outstanding vistas of neighboring valleys. Recent snowfalls finally allow for growing to commence. With the climb and rolling trails up top, this trail requires decent fitness and ski handling skills for peak enjoyment. Comparable to the "Everest" section at Willow River SP.
(Craig Bell)


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