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Elm Creek Park Reserve
Maple Grove, MN
Trail Length: 15.8k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Y  
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.

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1 to 5 of 18    Month: Nov | Oct
Friday, November 21, 2014  posted: 11/21/2014 4:40:20 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: The trails on the other side of the lake (non-snowmaking) are now groomed and quite good up there. Northern Lights has a decent amount of dirt tilled up on the first part. Snowmaking loop was perfect.
With the very outer loop now groomed it's a nice place to go for a longer ski totaling a little over 10k probably verses doing many short laps.
Photos:  
(Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
Friday, November 21, 2014  posted: 11/21/2014 2:43:22 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Trail is in good shape.
Good classic track on the manmade. New start of the big hill bypass (Wayne's Thumb) on the Valley - nice striding gradual uphill. Looks like they put in some classic tracks on the Northern Lights/Thicket but I didn't go that way today. I noticed the classic tracks coming back along the road had at least one dirty/thin spot.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Friday, November 21, 2014  posted: 11/21/2014 12:35:41 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Well groomed tracks on multiple trails.
Ski now! The three+ loops are well packed and the grooming is amazing. Very few people during the day. The conditions are excellent with the proper wax making it a fast run.
(Todd Powell)
Thursday, November 20, 2014  posted: 11/20/2014 12:33:41 PM
Firsthand 
  The entire manmade snow loop is now open, complete with classic tracks. As noted by others, the artificial snow is very abrasive and slow (particularly in windblown areas near the chalet). Still, the coverage is excellent and race skis are fine. It's more sheltered with less drifting on the natural snow on Northern Lights and Thicket, but there B skis would be better than race skis. No classic tracks on the natural snow. Great to have mid-winter conditions so early.
(Ted Lystig)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014  posted: 11/20/2014 8:57:30 AM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Entire snowmaking loop now open groomed nice and wide and smooth as always. Northern Lights was quite nice also but a couple thinner spots I saw. Couple lights out also but was nice to get out of the wind.
Great to have the entire snowmaking loop open a week before Thanksgiving! If you want to avoid skier traffic go late as there were only 2 other cars in the lot when I left around 9:00 pm and they're open till 10:00 pm.
Photos:  
(Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)

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