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Lester Park
Duluth, MN
Trail Length: 18k  Maps: | 1 Lower Lot , 1 The Deeps , 1 Oak Street 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-730-4321    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The Lester-Amity trail offers 15K of varied terrain for beginner to experienced skiers through pine, aspen, and birch forests. An additional 3K circles the Lester Park Golf Course and is accessible from the main Lester-Amity Trail. The openness of the golf course offers an excellent place for beginning cross-country skiers, and several short cuts are available. There is also a 5K trail portion that is lit in the mornings and evenings.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019  posted: 4/2/2019 3:18:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
  Skied the upper loops at Lester this morning. I had a blast, but I can't exactly recommend it, because I don't want you to sue me if you dislocate your clavicle. There are a number of bare spots, and a couple of them are at the bottoms of hills. Conditions get worse the lower you go.
Photos:  
(Catherine Winter)
Monday, March 25, 2019  posted: 3/25/2019 8:37:28 PM
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
  Lester was quite skiable once it warmed up today, if you headed out with waxless skis and low expectations. There's still a track, and there's still coverage throughout, though bare patches are opening up. The lower loops have been heavily used by hikers, bikers, and snowshoers including one person who tromped right up the track. We startled the heck out of some dog walkers when we passed them on a hill. Overall a really great ski. Maybe the last?
(Catherine Winter)
Monday, March 25, 2019  posted: 3/25/2019 1:37:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Trails were very icy this morning. It was a rather treacherous skate! Fast and very carved up. It also appears that hikers have determined that ski season is officially over by the number of footprints on the skate deck. I even came upon a runner with his dogs who seemed alarmed that I was using the trails. The upper loop is less impacted by foot traffic than the lower loop. I made the mistake of descending into the ball field area on the lowest section. The descent was frightful (especially at 6am) but the climb up and out of the park required removing my skis and crawling in order to get up and around the giant sheet of ice! Unless another pass with the groomers is possible, I think Lester is all but finished for the season. So sad, I was really hoping to ski into April this year.
(Aaron Miatke)
Sunday, March 24, 2019  posted: 3/25/2019 8:34:19 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
  Sunday's cold temps helped to preserve what is left of the snowpack at Lester. While most of the trails above "A" were skiable, it was a bit of skier's obstacle course with bare spots, frozen overflow, and dirt/debris. A fun ski nonetheless and I would think that if the timing is right one could still ski Lester for a couple more days. Thanks to the city for grooming one last time.
Photos:  
(Dylan Chernov)
Friday, March 22, 2019  posted: 3/22/2019 4:11:09 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Fun slush skiing. Many thanks to the city groomers for getting out one more time. Coverage is still very good, but by afternoon, new seeps and puddles were starting to appear here and there. We managed to step around most of them, but still came home with wet feet.
(Catherine Winter)

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