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Howard Wagoner Trail
Tower, MN
Trail Length: 11.5km  Maps: | 1 North Lot , 1 South Lot 
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-753-4070    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The City of Tower, Howard Wagoner ski trails consist of mainly beginner and intermediate trails that wind through a beautiful and peaceful red and white pine forest. There is a short lighted loop (1.3K) for night skiing. Minnesota ski pass is required.

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

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Friday, April 5, 2019  posted: 4/5/2019 6:03:27 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  My last report of year...really great ski today! In above freezing temps, deck base (4-6") is firm and top inch is soft - perfect for skiing with no set tracks left after all the thawing. I skied both east and west trails and would say that 99% of trail still has plenty of snow. Just a few bare patches that are easily skied around (none). I would guess we have a good week left of skiable - albeit ungroomed - trail. Beautiful, peaceful, fun.
Photos:  
(Mary Lawler Shedd)
Sunday, March 24, 2019  posted: 3/25/2019 8:30:41 AM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Spring skiing. Trails will not likely be groomed again. They are flattening out with the thaws but are in surprisingly good conditions: shallow widened tracks, very little rutting, plenty of snow (no bare ground). There are areas with a fair share of animal tracks and some debris. Overall, very nice to be out, taking it slow.
Photos:  
(Mary Lawler Shedd)
Monday, March 18, 2019  posted: 3/19/2019 10:57:14 AM
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
  Groomer was not able to get out to trails yet since last week's thaw - trails too hard for our light groomer. So last grooming was Feb 27th. However, according to groomer, trails look okay still - they will have typical spring conditions, both soft and icy depending on shade. Take 'er easy and you can still enjoy the lovely woods on skis!
(Mary Lawler Shedd)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 10:08:39 AM
Firsthand Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Trails are skiable in this morning's cold temps, but...they aren't in great shape. Tracks have mostly subsided/melted into very shallow tracks. Last night's dusting of snow is adequately covering iciness and I was able to enjoy a slow ski. Snowplowing downhill will be very difficult due to animal tracks and skiers' tracks in yesterday's warm weather that have punched through crust creating holes. If temps are sustained warm, skiers should avoid using trails since you would punch through and do more damage. Our light groomer cannot handle these conditions - but we will try grooming Sunday after it has warmed up a bit.
Photos:  
(Mary Lawler Shedd)
Monday, March 11, 2019  posted: 3/12/2019 10:42:09 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Trails have not been groomed since Feb 27th and now have a couple of inches of light snow on top that fell this past weekend. With the warming temps (mid 30s) the untracked soft new snow was frustratingly sticky under my waxless skis, especially in sunny spots. But much of the trail has been user-tracked on top of set trails and was better.
Photos:  
(Mary Lawler Shedd)

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