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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.

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

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019  posted: 5/1/2019 8:31:24 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
  I savored one final short skate ski of the season this May Day evening, on the very last short patch of snow at Snowflake, near the end of the Special K where the wind drifts snow the highest. From November to May makes for a fine season -- thanks to Snowflake's John G. and Jim!
Photos:  
(Lane Ellis)
Saturday, April 20, 2019  posted: 4/20/2019 3:16:37 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Skated 6K on rock skis, with the 5K having just 40-45% coverage, and the Special K about 60-65%, for my 100th day skiing of the season, in shorts at 70F. One stretch of the Special K is still quite well-covered and fun. Thanks again to John and Jim for another great season of grooming at Snowflake.
Photos:  
(Lane Ellis)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019  posted: 4/17/2019 4:25:23 PM
Observation 
  After the past three mornings of fantastic crust skating on Snowflake's 10K loops, today I skated about 1/10th of a mile before determining that the ski season is over for me. Yesterday the trail was 100% covered, but today there are lots of brown places. Thanks to Greg or Lane, whoever retrieved my sunglasses and left them on the ski holder by the chalet! Since I couldn't ski, I sprayed some silicone on the bottoms of my woodie snowshoes and trekked 4 miles on parts of the 5K and 10K -- great fun on my favorite trail system!
(Janet Anderson)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019  posted: 4/16/2019 4:31:24 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  We were pleasantly surprised to see 100 % connected snow on the 5k/special k today! Overall the trail was 98% covered with the majority of the openings due to doggy prints, so easy to get past. There are a plethora of skied in tracks but with the soft snow it was easy to navigate. I plan to ski until the last drop!
Photos:  
(Eve Graves)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019  posted: 4/11/2019 12:24:03 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  This morning I did a "walking survey" of the "figure 8" trail we groomed last Thursday. The weekend rain, meltwater, sun and freeze/thaw cycles have undermined the remaining base, and created open ground everywhere except for the powerline segment of Special K. Walking on the side of the trail, the brittle base was cracking and collapsing under my weight. The forecast "blizzard" sounds promising, however the wet snow and high winds will bring a lot of debris down, followed by a warm weekend, and rain next week. For those reasons, we will not be grooming post-storm. The trails will be open - no pass required - for skiers wanting to bust a trail. The chalet will be open, so please sign-in. We will close for the seaso when this new snow is gone. We are now planning and prioritizing our summer trail-work: if you have a suggestion, or idea for a particular segment of trail that needs improvement, leave a note at the desk, or email us. The groomers greatly appreciate the respect our skiers showed for the trails, and fellow skiers this season. Skaters, striders, and dog-owners can coexist! Thanks for skiing Snowflake! See you in November.
Photos:  
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)

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