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Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
Duluth, MN
Trail Length: 15.0k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-726-1550    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Trails open: M-F 9 am to 8 pm; Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm. 5K lighted trails for night skiing. Trails groomed daily, as necessary. Classic and skating, Lessons available for individuals and groups. Warm chalet with showers, sauna, changing rooms, lounge area, snacks.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018  posted: 2/17/2018 12:02:23 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Perfection. I ski at Snowflake often and this is the best its been all year. Thank you groomers for your attention to detail (ie. timing of grooming after the thaw) and a wider skate deck that makes it easy to avoid the classic track (looked solid too). The skate deck is flat, fast, great edge and no ice (Shovel Hill on the 10k is a bit hard but not icy like after the last thaw). The 5K is slightly better than the 10K but superb skiing on both trails.
(Tom Heinitz, Duluth XC Ski Club)
Friday, February 16, 2018  posted: 2/17/2018 12:33:52 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The 5K and 10K trail Skate decks were re-groomed tonight. Knives were set just low enough to erase the skate tracks. The result is crumbly corduroy surface over a hard, compacted base. Both trails skied fast on Friday and should ski fast on Saturday. 100% cover and Good Skis recommended. I skied the 5K and 10K Classic tracks today and found that the track set Wednesday night had become firm, hard-walled, and fast. A few wash-outs on the tight turns, but overall a solid track, and fast. We left the Classic tracks alone tonight and won't reset them unti after the weekend snow event...whatever that turns-out to be. We're open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. A good chance for Birkie/Kortie skiers to enjoy an easy training day. Sunday and Monday may be difficult ski days if the lake-effect snow really developes. The groomers would like to thank the Skate skiers who have really avoided our Classic track, as well as the responsible dog owners who are controling their dogs on the trails. You are appreciated.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 8:18:12 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Thanks to the Snowflake grooming crew for a fast and fun skate ski tonight! Good coverage. Trails were not icy and it was easy to get an edge. The fast downhill (with a sharp left turn), 2k from the start of the 10k was a little icy from sun, snowplowing, etc. Thoroughly enjoyed the ski!
(Elaine Nelson)
Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 1:17:02 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Late last night, as the temperatures began dropping toward freezing, we ripped out the old Classic tracks on the 5K and 10K trails and reset new tracks. If the forecast delivers, the new tracks should freeze and set-up by morning. It's a good track, but since the snow compacted with Wednesday's warm-up, the depth is limited by the available base, so the track is not as deep as we would like. We groomed the 5K Skate deck, which skied very fast on Wednesday, and it will be frozen corduroy by morning. The 10K Skate deck has seen less use and was reported good and fast yesterday, so we decided to leave it as is and lightly groom it on Thursday, if and when we get some new snow. Still excellent skiing, 100% coverage.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Saturday, February 10, 2018  posted: 2/10/2018 7:17:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied the 5K and 10K Classic trails this afternoon. The Skate lanes had been groomed up last night and looked very good. The AVM Classic tracks, set last Saturday night, had not been reset as they came through this cold week solid, well-formed, and intact. The 5K has seen the most use and is 90% good/excellent, the only washouts being predictable tight corners. I never had to step out of track. The 10K, less used, was 99% excellent/good, and beautiful to ski. Groomers set the track about 4" further to the inside, which really improves the descending turns, and the Snowflake Skate skiers have been very considerate in staying out of the tracks. Good tracks, sunshine, temps in the teens...my favorite day of skiing this season!
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(John Graham)

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