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Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN
Trail Length: 16k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
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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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  posted: 12/12/2019 2:21:37 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  I skied classic on the Yellow, Orange, and Green trails early Wednesdy afternoon. The deck looked okay but well used to the point of flat. Good skis would be in order there. The classic track condition varied considerably from solid, deep track to just a hint of track. I saw bare ground more than a few times. Its close to ready for good skis in and out of track as needed. To make a full depth track from a hardened trail, which we have now, the till has to be three inches deep. That's not good at any time. With a towed grooming tool, the result is loose kibble, not packed powder, and huge set up time. Damage to equipment is also a risk this early in the season. So accept the variable track as is and enjoy it! The somewhat stiff tipped rock/B skis jumped the less than full depth track on a downhill turn on the Orange. I was the second skier off trail in the unbroken snow. Downhills on the flattened deck were a little slippery. Any other turning downhills were skied on the deck. Uphill climbs on the deck were without slide outs. The Green trail had the best track. It's a simple fix for classic: more snow and less direct sun is needed. As I was leaving, a bus load of young skiers had arrived around 3:15 pm.
(Jeff Bolte)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019  posted: 12/10/2019 9:52:35 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  All trails at Lake Elmo have been groomed this morning. Track has been set on the east side. No tracks on the west side as the base is too thin.
(Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
Monday, December 9, 2019  posted: 12/9/2019 2:04:25 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  All ski trails groomed at Lake Elmo today. Due to the blowing snow there are a few bare spots. No tracks set.
(Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
Sunday, December 8, 2019  posted: 12/8/2019 3:53:33 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great coverage on 99.9 % of east loops, just a few bare spots that can be easily stepped around. Tripped on quite a few leaves. Really nice system with lovely Nordic Center and no crowds. Don't go, you won't like it...
(Natalie Griffith)
Friday, December 6, 2019  posted: 12/6/2019 3:53:55 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Skated the east side trails. Excellent grooming- and fast skate deck. Observed very shallow classic tracks in places. A skaters dream but not for classic folks.
(Arnold Funkenbusch)

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