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Big Aspen Recreation Area
Virginia, MN
Trail Length: 32K  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-229-8800    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Over 30k of trails, rated for beginners to intermediate skiers. A couple of nice shelters, plus a beautiful overlook.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Monday, February 18, 2019  posted: 2/18/2019 5:30:07 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  All the trails are groomed and in great shape. Over the three days I have skied nearly all the trails.
Photos:  
(Robin Raplinger)
Thursday, February 14, 2019  posted: 2/14/2019 4:06:08 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Snow falling. About 1" of snow in tracks set yesterday. Firm base, solid pole plants, decent glide and great kick.
Skiing here is free, but if you can afford it donate a few dollars to defray grooming costs. Thank you U. S. Forest Service
employees.
(Joe Strlekar)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  posted: 2/13/2019 2:37:17 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The entire Big Aspen Trail system was groomed and track set today. The track should set up nicely tonight and the skiing should be excellent.
(Tim Engrav)
Monday, February 11, 2019  posted: 2/12/2019 12:30:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I showed up to a gunfight with a pocket knife. I was happy to see an earlier report from Ron Kutsi stating that the trails had been groomed and a track set. So I headed to the old stomping grounds. Unfortunately there must have been a pretty good snowfall since that report. I was breaking trail with my race skis most of the time. A wider waxless ski with some bigger baskets on my poles would have made the day a little more enjoyable. But as it was it was pretty great! The woods were quiet and the scenery was awesome. Who needs perfect tracks? Not me. Rex Mantyranta was gripping like a bulldog biting a bus tire! But there was really no glide to speak of. Just a slow, enjoyable slog through a winter wonderland.
(Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
Saturday, February 2, 2019  posted: 2/2/2019 5:35:15 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Did all but the blue loop on the east side trails. Fantastic grooming! Surprised it was so good with only one grooming for the season! Deep set tracks. Minimal pole punching through. Some pine needles. Looked like little arrows piercing the trails in spots. But not bad enough to grab the kick wax. Lots of wolf track activity! Get out tomorrow before the next wave of snow and cold. It was 25 ABOVE, Blue Extra for kick worked great!
(Ron Kutsi)

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