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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, March 23, 2019  posted: 3/23/2019 11:03:15 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I'll put it simply: I have never had better spring skiing, and I have been on skis for over 60 years! Just broke freezing when I got there, about 40 F when I left, perfectly blue skies. Flat deck, no ruts, very fast, with just sufficient loose corn for an edge whenever it was desired. I skated, but hopped in the (shallow) classic tracks frequently to double pole. I stuck with laps on the 5 K (incl. Special K), as it was perfect. Not even a hint of ice or puddles. My heartfelt thanks to both the Head Groomer and The Chief of Trails for their remarkable work at what must be very late nights or very early mornings. You guys are tops!
(Tim Holst)
Friday, March 22, 2019  posted: 3/22/2019 11:31:19 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The 5K and Special K were scraped and groomed this morning, producing a very nice skate deck. No exposed ground yet, but southern exposures are darkening, which will increase the warming on sunny days. The classic track on Special K is in very good shape; the 5K classic track is well worn and in fair-poor condition. Temperatures are not favorable for resetting a track right now. The 10K was skate-groomed on Thursday, and seeing less use than the 5K. Studying the forecasts, our hours this weekend are as follows: Saturday 7-11 a.m. then closed the rest of the day; Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday Spring hours again, 7-11 then 5-8. We will be cleaning-up the skate decks each morning.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Monday, March 18, 2019  posted: 3/18/2019 3:02:18 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  5K, Special K, and the "new" 10K were all groomed for skating this morning. The photo is Anders' Alley before our 2nd pass. Beautiful decks, and the 5K classic track remains solid, nicely skied-in. From now on, we are removing the 10K sections that were bulldozed, behind the school, from our trail system: they will be developed by the school this summer, so what we are grooming now may be considered "All Trails". We started to set a 10K classic track this morning, but the track-setter broke, so the 10K remains groomed for skating but open to pioneers wishing to ski-in a track on the right side. Best skiing will be during the morning session. Spring hours: 7-11 and 5-8.
Photos:  
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Sunday, March 17, 2019  posted: 3/18/2019 2:00:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  5K and Special K groomed for both skate and classic, 10K for skate only with detour around the "river runs through it" section. Very enjoyable with great skiing on both loops. Seems like the base should hold up for a while, even with the warmer temps, especially if spring hours are observed. Thanks for the grooming!
(Gordon Mesedahl)
Sunday, March 17, 2019  posted: 3/17/2019 11:35:01 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  5K, Special K, and the "new 10K" were all groomed for skating this morning. Pretty smooth and fast. The 5K classic track is firm and intact, was icy at 7 a.m. but should improve as the day warms. The 10K does not have a set classic track. The Pulse/Dave's Doom section of the 10K was skate groomed; with the trail closures behind the school, this fun loop can be entered from the Perimeter loop cut-thru, or from a cut-thru that I opened on the 10K outbound (you'll see it). We go to Spring Hours on Monday. Trails will be open from 7:00-11:00 am and 5:00-8:00 pm. The trails will be closed from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Only exception is tomorrow, as the Nordic NorthStars have their final practice beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Photos:  
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)

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