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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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Friday, March 31, 2017  posted: 3/31/2017 1:32:40 PM
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  The base coverage on our groomed trails has been beaten below 90% by the sun and warmth. There is not enough snow to repair the ski trails, so we will be closing for the season at the end of today. We had first skiing on 19 November, and first grooming on 1 December, so it has been a good ski season, despite being 13 inches below average snowfall! Those who must get an April ski in are welcome to ski the trails, at your own risk, however the chalet will be closed for the next week. We will begin cutting "problem trees", and improving the trails for next season, the following week. A big thank you to our members, who keep us going, and to all of the visitors/day pass skiers who visited this season. We'll see you next season. Think Snow!
(John Graham)
Monday, March 27, 2017  posted: 3/27/2017 4:19:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Wow! The season maintenance by the "3 J's" and the restrictions as needed really made a difference! This is the first year ever that I can think of where the skating was still this good, especially with having a low snow year, this time of year. In past years there were patches of grass and ice all over, today it is still 98% covered with snow, some ice but not the scary kind, and it is basically the same as it was last Wednesday when I posted! Amazing! It was a bit soft when I skied, but it was still awesome! I skied all but the special K because my dog won't go there.
(Eve Graves)
Saturday, March 25, 2017  posted: 3/25/2017 9:43:00 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
  Thursday's rain dissolved much of the top-cover that we had created on top of the base. The base is thin, and icy, but still covering 95% of the groomed trails, We ran a groomer over the 5K/Special K this morning and would call it "Hero-Conditions": ski-able for a competent skate skier who just wants one more day of skiing. We are open until 8 tonight, and will be open tomorrow, 8 - 8. Non-members are not required to pay to ski at this point; if you want to make a donation to our operations after you ski, it will be appreciated.
(John Graham)
Friday, March 24, 2017  posted: 3/24/2017 11:45:55 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Passing through Duluth, stopped by Snowflake to enjoy the late season grooming and skiing on the 5km. Did a couple laps. Really no areas of issue that altered my skiing or experience, just one very very short bare spot that is easily identifiable. Great late season skiing on tilled soft corn snow on top of firm base.
Photos:  
(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
Thursday, March 23, 2017  posted: 3/23/2017 7:28:51 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Groomed the 5K and northern sections of the 10K this morning. Still about 99% trail coverage, although the base is getting thinner with each pass of the knives. Conditions were enhanced by about 1/2 inch of snow (still falling), so we have corduroy skating lanes with a dusting of new snow on top. Very nice! 5K classic track is still defined and now snow topped, however there is debris/exposed ground in about 10% of the track, so Rock Skis for Classic, and stay alert. This afternoon's forecast is not nice, so enjoy the skiing this morning, if you can.
(John Graham)

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