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Woodland Trails
Elk River, MN
Trail Length: 15km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Maintained by Elk River Nordic Nordic Ski Club, these trails have become a hot-spot for fantastic skiing in the North Metro. Trails are largely wooded over rolling terrain, but some sections have good climbs and descents. Trails consist of several interconnected loops and are aptly named--be sure to check out the "Top-of-the-World" and "Gravity Box" as well as "Wash Pond Flats" to the NE of the biathlon range. There is not a warming shack, but at least one port-o-potty at the main parking lot. Primarily groomed for skate (not always tracked for classic).

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season   view current season

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018  posted: 3/20/2018 4:00:41 PM
[ Trails: Closed ]
  We will officially call this past Saturday our last ski day of the season, barring a big surprise snow. Near as I can figure we had over 90 days of skiing this season. While many days were less than perfect, those who skied regularly had a good year, with more total ski days than the last three years combined. We had over 30 different members of the Woodlands trail crew helping us in our year round all volunteer trail effort at Woodlands. So we will once again leave you with our motto; Woodlands, built by skiers, groomed by skiers, for skiers. Enjoy what it is you do until next we see you on snow!
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, March 16, 2018  posted: 3/16/2018 11:13:25 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Taxi just reported in that he had just finished (11pm) his first lap with the heavy screen. He said the trail was grooming up nicely. He blocked Stony Rollers because of a new water hazard. He is heading out for his second lap after a refueling stop. He will be back out before first light to make another pass. He predicts a fun ride for those who can ski early and before the big meltdown. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, March 16, 2018  posted: 3/16/2018 12:48:58 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Last call! Taxi has concocted a plan to give the desperate skiers one last chance to ski Woodlands. He will be grooming tonight and again in the morning, Saturday, to scratch the outer loop for what could be a few hours of fast and fun skiing. The hope is to be able to push the 'ready to ski time' to first light, rather than having to wait until the trail warms. First Lady skied the late day transition yesterday and found that coverage was still continuous, but thinning in a couple locations. Stay tuned. We will post late tonight on how his plan is progressing. Enjoy?
(Dave Anderson)
Monday, March 12, 2018  posted: 3/12/2018 3:42:18 PM
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied Woodland from 11:30 to 1:30 today. The trail was excellent to start but it slowed dramatically with high suction as the temp rose to 38 degrees. If you want to ski on natural snow and don't mind some moderate ice on the turns, I recommend Woodland. It was groomed Sunday morning, but the deck is in good to very good shape. It appears that there have not been very many skiers so the trail is smooth considering the conditions. All of the outer loop has decent snow cover. The bypass that the groomers needed to create just before 1K might get thin. I thank all the groomers and trail crew for the great skiing at Woodland this year.
(Gary Keifenheim)
Sunday, March 11, 2018  posted: 3/11/2018 8:16:06 AM
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Going out of business (for the season) sale starts today and will likely end midweek. AO called in "old" this morning so I took his shift with Chainsaw. When I got to the Grooming Cave there was a distinct smell of spring in the air. Never a good sign for a groomer. The trails scratched up nicely, but with 30 degrees and light mist, the trail will slow quickly as the day warms. The Goddess was heading out for her morning deer watching walk and First Lady was just strapping on the skis just as we finished. FL will likely have one of the last best skis of the year. When I hopped in my truck after grooming, a little Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, was playing on the radio. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)

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