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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, February 21, 2017  posted: 2/21/2017 2:47:23 PM
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
  Snowflake is closed today and tomorrow, due to the fragile condition of the base. That said, our trails still have about 90% of base coverage, 2"-3", and came through the rain better than hoped for. Once temperatures return to sub-freezing we will commence restoring the trails to skiable status, beginning with the 5K trail, which suffered the least. We will need fresh snow to restore the Classic track, but will get on it as soon as the snow comes. The long range forecast continues to support our optimism about good March skiing. Good Luck to our Birkie, Korte, Barnie, and Junior Birkie participants; this will be a year we don't soon forget!
(John Graham)
Monday, February 20, 2017  posted: 2/20/2017 3:02:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  It was so nice! A near perfect mid-April, spring skiing day. Overcast, temp about 42F. In the 70 minutes I was there the snow softened from nicely firm enough to soft and beginning to grab. At 11:10 am, the rain started. It's still raining hard in Duluth.
(Louise Levy)
Sunday, February 19, 2017  posted: 2/19/2017 11:54:38 AM
Firsthand Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Snowflake has been on "Spring Hours", 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., this weekend and the trails have held up well. The Ginzu was used to clean-up and loosen the skate lanes on both trails early this morning, and skaters reported good skiing. I skied the 5 and 10 K classic tracks; the 5K is in good condition, the 10K tracks were more worn and have lost some shape due to not being skied in, but my wife enjoyed a decent track skiing behind me. Everything got grippy as noon approached. In consideration of the latest forecasts, Snowflake will be open again tomorrow morning, from 7 -11 a.m. Member Dog Owners may bring their dogs on to the trails, and we thank you for your cooperation this weekend. Rain forecast Monday afternoon, so we will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed on Tuesday due to the wet, and forecast temps in the 50s. Wednesday looks shakey, but by Thursday we will begin restoring the trails. The forecast into mid-March looks excellent for a return to winter and more good nordic skiing. We will do our very best to provide the ski trails.
(John Graham)
Friday, February 17, 2017  posted: 2/17/2017 11:47:22 AM
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  11 A.M. And 40 degrees. Just classic skied the 5 and 10 k trails. The 5k track is very good, still well-formed, and fast. Some debris skied into the track. The 10k track is more worn, but was about 90% intact and still nice to ski in. Some debris, particularly on the final 4k. Skate lane on the 5k newly groomed, but soft and getting sticky as the day heats up. 10K skate lane rated "good" by returning skate skiers. Due to current and forecast temperatures snowflake will operate on spring hours this weekend. The trails will be open from 7:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Trails will be closed from 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. We will then be open from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. We are closing the trails to dogs from this time, through the weekend. Members are welcome to run their dogs on the oval. We expect to be closed on Monday, due to forecast rain. The extended forecast is for a return of winter temps, and snow late next week, so we are doing all that we can to give birkie/kortie skiers some final training, while preserving the trail for march skiing.
(John Graham)
Friday, February 17, 2017  posted: 2/17/2017 10:14:04 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Inspired by those great high school skiers skiing their hearts out at State Meet yesterday (champions every one!) I got out for an early morning ski at Snowflake. Skate lanes a tad chunky here and there, but no ice at all, great glide and plenty of edge. Classic tracks deep and solid, but debris starting to be an issues here and there. All in all, nearly perfect conditions, and a beautiful ski in the north woods. Just reaching freezing when I left about 9:45 AM. Let's all please follow John's instructions about when to stay off the trail through the next few days. Predictions are for back to below freezing next Thursday and possible snow Friday!
(Tim Holst)

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