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William O'Brien State Park
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Trail Length: 17.7k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-433-0500    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A wonderful course, mainly in the woods, with a number of good hills.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  posted: 12/11/2019 5:11:15 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The best conditions and grooming in a long time. Groomed again earlier today. The skating deck looked solid and flat. The classic track deep and, given the temps, fast. A few oak leaves but did not impact the skiing. If you have loved skiing O'Brien in the past, it's time to return - great skiing.
(Jim Smith)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019  posted: 12/10/2019 4:17:53 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Most of the park was freshly groomed, except South American but I think the groomer was still working. Skied the entire system except for South America and it was groomed for skating and a solid classic track. The skating lane was a bit soft but given some set up time it should be just right. The classic tracks were mostly full depth and solid. If you can take the temps it should be great skiing for a while. Some of the best conditions I have seen here in a long time.
(Jim Smith)
Sunday, December 8, 2019  posted: 12/8/2019 10:35:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Woodland Edge, Wetland and Wedge Hill Savanna were in very good condition. There was no classic track. It was overcast and right around 32 degrees when I arrived at 3:45. I used FastWax Red LF. Didn't have high expectations when I arrived too late in the day and had to rush a little to get off the trail before dark. But it turned out to be my best skate of the season so far. Just enough moisture for my skis as they were waxed to move well without too much effort. There were some leaves on the trail where you would expect but it was a consistently good skate surface and the only significant dirt bleed-through was on the downhill curve immediately after the RR tracks. ( It's in the middle so you can ski around it; just look as you round the curb and begin the descent.) There was a break in the trail for pipeline work on the loop in front of the trail center. No ice. Sustained skate from the start to beginning of the climb on Woodland Edge, from the top of Woodland Edge to the start of the climb to Wedge Hill Savanna and all of Wedge Hill Savanna once I crested the climb. Groomers did a great job. Looks like they even threw snow on the surface under the bridge top cover up the sparse snow underneath it.
(Keith Carlson)
Sunday, December 8, 2019  posted: 12/8/2019 12:54:42 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  First of all, it was great to see these fabulous trails groomed! Most of the primary inner circle trails are very good, the outer loops have lots of oak leaves which made skiing more difficult. There were only a couple of partially bare spots but those were easy to avoid. Fun to skate at William O'Brien again!
(Cindy Gardner)
Saturday, December 7, 2019  posted: 12/7/2019 6:31:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Skated the park between 10 and 11 today. Looks like all the trails were groomed for skating but no classic tracks. Some leaf litter in the woods. The groomer was out grooming when I was there and the skate deck was a nice soft ribbon of snow. The groomer was on its first pass and about 1/2 way around the system. Almost all of the trails were in very good to excellent condition with no real hard pack or ice. There is pipeline work in the park and you have to cross some dirt on the campground trail and right before the warming house in the field. O'Brien had the best skate conditions of several places I skied this week after the warm/freeze.
(Bill Callas)

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