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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

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Friday, April 12, 2019  posted: 4/12/2019 10:55:09 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Good for classic with rock skis. Partially open. The partially packed trails form a loop, so still quite enjoyable, especially with an April ski two years in a row! Might still be skiable until it warms up.
Photos:  
(Ian Chang)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  posted: 3/6/2019 7:01:39 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Total snow coverage. The skate deck was pretty level throughout and reasonably firm. Lots of non-ski marks on the trail throughout, but not a big bother. The snow is getting old and windblown making for slow conditions. The grooming is good but the trails could use more skate traffic to wear them in. Entire system is tracked for classic and looked solid.
(Mark Orlowski)
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.
Photos:  
(Kenneth Johnson)

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