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Chester Bowl
Duluth, MN
Trail Length: 3K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-730-4321    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Cross-country skiing at Chester Bowl offers 3k for the advanced skier and racer. The trail starts at the access and loops counter-clockwise.

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

1 to 5 of 8    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 20, 2019  posted: 1/20/2019 2:59:35 PM
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
  Rock solid and pretty much un-skiable with an icy shimmer. It was rock hard last Tuesday, mostly unusable on Thursday, and unbearable now. It has not been touched by grooming equipment in over a week. After the above freezing days and lots of traffic, it desperately needs grooming.
(Bruce Bauer)
Monday, January 14, 2019  posted: 1/14/2019 10:10:07 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  The trail has been walked on but the skate deck is quite hard and has prevented most of the foot traffic from punching large holes. Even though the skate deck is hard I had no issues getting an edge and the trail is all very skiable. There are better options out there but I am happy with the grooming and am thankful that the city continues to maintain the trail. With the transformed conditions it is a blast to ski (read fast) and I'll be there again soon.
(Jakob Wartman)
Friday, January 4, 2019  posted: 1/4/2019 1:11:31 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  This was the first time I have been on this trail in the winter. Previously, I have avoided it since it is a multi-use trail. It is a gem for hill work. Trails groomed today but track hadn't been set. I saw the groomer near the trail, so I suspect the track will be set soon. The trails are a bit soft as to be expected, but overall I had a good ski. Most of the walkers today were staying to the left of the trail, except one man with an unleashed dog that I encountered walking in the middle of the trail. Get on there before the walkers destroy the trail!
(Tera Hasbargen)
Thursday, January 3, 2019  posted: 1/3/2019 6:21:11 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Unfortunately, the trail had a couple major issues. The walking population was all over the trail, leaving an highly cratered surface. It was bad enough to make skating a little silly. The second problem, which compounds the first, is that the trail was barely packed. I stepped on the edge and broke through a half foot or more. No wonder the walkers took to the middle! The trail desperately needs grooming with the Pisten Bully and I judged it to be not worth skiing there today.
(Bruce Bauer)
Wednesday, January 2, 2019  posted: 1/2/2019 9:55:58 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  As expected with the soft snow, the skate deck was thoroughly chewed up by foot traffic. Despite the city's numerous and well-placed instructional signs, the problems with dual use persist. Still though, a great workout in a beautiful setting. No classic tracks.
(Fritz Anderson)

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