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Battle Creek Regional Park West
Saint Paul, MN
Trail Length: 8.0k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-748-2500    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Top notch, hilly and twisting course through prairie and woods. There are 4K of lighted trails. Parking lot located off Winthrop St. Ski Games trail segment is located on west side of Battle Creek Rd.

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

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Friday, March 15, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 10:00:45 PM
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
  Only for thrill seekers and daredevils! I started out just after sundown, lights were on. Temperature was 34 degrees. Slushy snow was hardening, someone had skated a few laps before me and had been sinking in an inch or so. For me, it was hard and very fast, but soft enough to get a strong edge. I felt like Superman. Snow was good on the upper lighted trail, but the few soggy bottoms were icing over by the time I wrapped up. Downhills were sketchy, so bring a strong hockey stop. I had more fun tonight than I did Monday night. Hit it at the right time in the morning and you should get a few good kilometers in. Thanks to the grooming crew for a great (if short) season at BC!
(Gary Roach)
Monday, March 11, 2019  posted: 3/12/2019 7:44:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  One last ski! Pretty decent classic conditions. Of course somewhat icy in places, but mostly OK for grip tape. Big descents had loose snow for snowplowing (a little too icy for bombing on classic gear). Very nice evening ski, including a gorgeous magenta sunset over the Ski Games trail).
Photos:  
(Pete Thurmes)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 5:27:59 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Battle Creek has been groomed - skate deck and classic tracks for the full trail - Gold, Silver, Bronze and Ski Games. Track in open areas were blowing in quickly. On the Ski Games side there are 2 depressions in the trail that collected water and slush and grooming created deep ruts on each side of the single pass through. Be careful! We did not lay classic track in those short stretches - watch for that as a warning. Both depressions are on the south end, 0.3 to 0.75 k from the end of the circuit, traveling counter clock-wise. There is a 0.5-0.75 stretch on the east side of the prairie that was rolled but not groomed - there is slush at the lowest point across the trail. Has been skied, but recommend skipping that section and follow the grooming that joins the first large climb half way up.
(Karl Dewahl)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 11:34:03 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Spent the morning rolling all trails in the system. Handed the baton over to the next grooming grew who will continue to work the system, laying down the skate deck and classic tracks throughout the afternoon. Be aware the rain before the snow created some mushy spots. We will not be grooming the A climb today. Enjoy the snow!
(Becca Egbert)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  posted: 3/6/2019 6:23:27 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Spectacular skiing at Battle Creek early this afternoon. Perfect grooming and weather. The best I've seen in years. Way to go groomers! We mostly stayed on the Silver trail but the parts of the Gold we skied were great too.
(Lou Chouinard)

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