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Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN
Trail Length: 16k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Y  
Contact: 651-430-8370    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Mix of woods and open prairie over rolling terrain. All trails are groomed skate and classic. Almost 9K of lighted trails.

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1 to 5 of 12    Month: Nov
Friday, November 21, 2014  posted: 11/21/2014 11:13:38 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Browns Pond and Lake Elmo were hard packed, leaf and seed litter where you would expect, occassional snert easy to get around with a little rutting. Eagle Point much less heavily traveled, less than an inch of fluff on top of packed base; one very short stretch on climb to the top of the northern-most ridge where there was dirt where prior skiers shovels broke through the snow. Much more enjoyable surface to ski on. I used FastWax Blue LF. Used paste fluoro on top of that. My first experience with this product.
This was tale of two different skis. First part on Browns Pond and Lake Elmo had me asking do I really enjoy this? - skate, skate, rest; skate, skate, rest. But after a breather in the trailhead building, I went over to Eagle Point and got the ski I dream of - sustained, nonstop skating. And to burnish my ego, I caught and repassed a pack of 6 high school skiers twice after they passed me two times. Took me 35 minutes including the walk over from the trailhead building.
(Keith Carlson)
Thursday, November 20, 2014  posted: 11/20/2014 4:09:20 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Good for skate!
Skate deck has been groomed and there are very few places where there this "ski-harming" debris. Skied all East Side loops with B skis with no problem and still had good glide and decent control. A bit bumpy, as others have noted. Amazingly good condition given that they have only had 4-5 inches there. Won't complain now though, was definitely worth the trip!
(William Harrison)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014  posted: 11/19/2014 9:57:01 AM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Heavily used, a bit icy.
I skied Lake Elmo after work and there was decent coverage but the trails were pretty heavily used during the day. There was some grass showing on the hill but other than that its in great shape. The groomers did a really good job of grooming for as little snow as they got. Use your B or rock skis until they get more snow.
(Vince Rosetta, ONE WAY Sport USA)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014  posted: 11/18/2014 3:01:38 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Amazingly good for November with complete coverage. There was debris on the trail and in some places grass was poking through.
I skied all East side trails with rock skis but you could use good skis with caution. The snow was actually fast.
(Bob Bickford)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014  posted: 11/18/2014 2:40:28 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Fair to good. Some grass and dirt clumps.
Skied around noon on a mostly empty trail system. Reasonable coverage throughout but with some grass sticking out here and there and occasional dirt spots. Trails are hard packed near the lodge but quite nice the further out you go. Recommend B skis.
Photos:  
(Sandy Schreyer)

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