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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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Tuesday, January 16, 2018  posted: 1/16/2018 2:37:32 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Snowflake just after noon today, not a cloud in the sky, just a bit of wind. Groomers were out while I was there, they were setting track on the 10 K, the skate lanes on the 10 had been groomed already. The 5 K had perfect skate lanes and classic track. The 2 inches of snow in the last 2 days was still a little slow and soft at 5 F, but quite a bit faster than last week's wind-blown stuff at 10 below. I saw nothing to prevent the use of best skis. Fast Wax teal paste gave decent glide and a very old hunk of Swix special green gave plenty of kick.
Photos:  
(Tim Holst)
Friday, January 12, 2018  posted: 1/12/2018 5:05:17 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  All trails groomed for skating, and classic track set. This will be a busy weekend, with us hosting the Winter Trails ski demo on Saturday, a Biathlon meet on Sunday morning, and Kidski in the afternoon, but the trails are nice, and once you get away from the trailheads there is plenty of room. Bundle-up and enjoy the new snow.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Monday, January 08, 2018  posted: 1/8/2018 10:41:35 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Fast skate deck today. Stayed on the 5k loop which has 99.9% full coverage. Don't hesitate to pull out the fast skis!
(Paul Haberle)
Friday, December 29, 2017  posted: 12/29/2017 7:22:12 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Marshall Holiday Ski Camp wrapped-up this afternoon, graduating a new crop of hard-core skiers into the Nordic Ski community. The sub-zero temps didn't phase these youngsters and we were privileged to host them. This evening we re-groomed the Skate lanes of all trails, the Oval, the soccer field, and the Sledding Hill. The base is firm, and fast despite the cold temps. We have 100% coverage, however it is a thin base and remains uneven, and "rolly" in spots. We need snow to change that. The Classic tracks are 90% intact, firm, and very skiable; The only washouts are on a few downhill turns, which are easily skied out of the track. Again, we need more snow to re-set a track. Absent fresh snow, this frigid weather is a blessing, as it is preserving the snow that we have. We are open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, and will keep the Chalet Open until Quarter Past Midnight on Sunday, for those hearty souls wanting to ski into 2018. Thank you for supporting Snowflake. Happy 2018!
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Tuesday, December 26, 2017  posted: 12/26/2017 7:07:23 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  5K and 10 K Trails were regroomed for Skating late this afternoon. The base is firm, and reported fast by skiers. Still shallow and uneven, some rocks close to the surface, so B skis are recommended. The classic tracks, set last weekend, are still 90% intact, and well skied-in, with the expected washouts on some of the tighter turns. We can not reset the classic tracks until we get more snow, so everyone, especially skate skiers and members with dogs, needs to be mindful and considerate of the classic track. The "holes" noted by John Bogen earlier are actually dog-tracks; an owner either allowed, or could not prevent, his/her dog from running all over the classic track, on both trails! Sad. Members are reminded that taking dogs on our trails is a privilege, not a given, and that we maintain the trails for skiers, first and foremost. Let's do better. We are open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)

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