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Essex Park Ski Trails
Rochester, MN
Trail Length: 8K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A mix of newly constructed trails and existing bike paths located at Essex Park in NW Rochester. The northern trails are mostly wooded with many nice hills while the southern trails run through newly planted prairie. Groomed for both skate and classic by volunteers of the Rochester Active Sport Club.

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

1 to 5 of 5    Month: Feb | Jan
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 9:29:27 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Soft new snow on top of previously groomed trails. Still pretty smooth and relatively fast and made great skate skiing for the entire trail system. Classic tracks were covered.
(Ian Chang)
Saturday, February 2, 2019  posted: 2/2/2019 4:59:49 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Awesome conditions at 11:30, by 12:30 not so much. Warm temps and fog made most trails a little mushy. Perfect coverage and great grooming. Main issue was sticky snow clogging the cup style baskets on my poles, making pole planting difficult. Impossible to keep them clean. Ring-style baskets would have been the ticket. Note to self: Do not get rid of those old-school poles! With a little luck most of the snow will survive the weekend and the RASC wizards will be able to regroom next week for more winter magic.
(Mark Orlowski)
Friday, February 1, 2019  posted: 2/2/2019 7:33:31 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great grooming. Trail is still setting up. The skate deck a bit soft on the outside. Classic tracks set and firming up. No coverage isssues.
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(Kenneth Johnson)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019  posted: 1/22/2019 5:49:07 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Just fair conditions due to marginal snow depth. Closer to rock ski than good ski conditions. Classic tracks are shallow but serviceable throughout. Protruding grass and dirt was pretty common with some drifting on the north trails. That said, the skiing was fast and controllable. A little frozen drizzle today incorporated into the snow enough to not be an issue. With a little more snow, this would be a sweet destination. As is, it's a swell option for desperate locals. Kudos to RASC groomers for doing as much as possible with little to work with.
(Mark Orlowski)
Sunday, January 20, 2019  posted: 1/20/2019 9:06:23 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  All 8.5 km are groomed at Essex. Classic tracks are also set. There are a few dirty spots especially in the open areas and some uphills. B skis are recommended.
(Laura Cattaneo)


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