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Elm Creek Park Reserve
Maple Grove, MN
Trail Length: 15.8k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: Yes
Contact: 763-694-7894    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Some of the best ski trails in the metro area. Fantastic night skiing on their lighted trails! New in 2003, a 2.5K man-made snow loop.
Upcoming Events:   Dec.7-Feb.22 Elm Creek Series

Trail Reports:   2016-2017 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Friday, January 20, 2017  posted: 1/20/2017 6:40:55 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Great conditions on the manmade snow from 5-6 pm, temps 37 degrees from start to finish. High school racers were off the trails by 5 and only a few skaters had the whole 2.5k loop. Conditions very manageable for all ski levels with some enough loose "snow" for comfortable balance and yet enough ice crystals to make it fast and fun. Well worth the trip.
(Marian Meyer)
Friday, January 20, 2017  posted: 1/20/2017 2:38:29 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Skied one gerbil track loop (man-made) and it is great conditions, mix icy crystals well groomed for both skating and diagonal. But I got antsy for more diversity so skied Northern Lights to connection of Creek and Lake loops. Northern lights not the best, but skiable with light ice crust on top since it hasn't been groomed. Creek and Lake are closer to "accident waiting to happen". Of course it is good balance work to trust skiing on one ski on this surface. And with temps above freezing you could get an edge. But best to wait for more snow before venturing out to dark side again. Pics are from Creek trails. More than just a few puddles you have to ski through. Wouldn't want to be out there after it freezes again.
Photos:  
(Dean Kleinhans)
Thursday, January 19, 2017  posted: 1/19/2017 4:45:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  Skied the outer loop (natural snow): eagle and creek trails. Trail is deteriorating in dots and some debris in tracks. Bare spots can be easily avoided. Overall a nice ski although a bit slow.
(Mary Luoma)
Thursday, January 19, 2017  posted: 1/19/2017 2:02:17 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Classic skied on the manmade only today. Track was good and faster than I thought it would be. First real test of the Madshus Nano-skins which worked real fine. Was warm enough to ski in shorts and a T-shirt which is bad news for the natural snow.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  posted: 1/19/2017 6:44:26 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  I skied the Lake Trail with a headlamp to see the condition of the trail and try to vary my workout a bit. Definitely B ski, (possibly rock ski), conditions depending on how good you are at avoiding bare spots. Trail was also fairly hard to maneuver with only a head lamp and somewhat icy conditions with bare spots on the tops and bottoms of some hills. The man-made loop was awesome skiing with a nice firm skate deck. Very, very fast conditions last night which made it super fun to ski. I also skied the Northern Lights loop a few times and the conditions on that trail were also very good. A few spots were a tad icy, but I was still able to get a good edge. The classic tracks looked a bit washed out on NL, but looked firm and fast on the man-made loop. Overall I would say that as far as nighttime/early morning skiing goes, the 5K lighted loop is still in great shape. Lets hope that the warm weather doesn't destroy the trails too much. Get out and ski while it's still great conditions!
(Emily Muellner)

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