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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.
Upcoming Events:   Dec.3-Feb.18 Elm Creek Series

Trail Reports:   2014-2015 season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Monday, January 26, 2015  posted: 1/26/2015 10:43:13 AM
Firsthand 
  Man-made loop in great shape, just groomed early this morning and a bit fast. I skied classic and the there were touches of ice now and then, but good. 6-8 of us had it all to ourselves at 6:30 AM.
(John Davis)
Friday, January 23, 2015  posted: 1/23/2015 4:20:03 PM
Firsthand 
  Manmade loop was very nice skiing at 4:00 today. We are lucky to have venues like this so we can always have good skiing. With today's heat and sun it should be really fast tomorrow morning for the race. Northern Lights was actually in good shape but decided not to use it for the race as it's pretty thin in a few areas and could be icy.
Photos:  
(Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
Thursday, January 22, 2015  posted: 1/22/2015 12:48:36 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Manmade loop was firm this morning at 9:00 and very nice for skating. Northern Lights was in surprisingly good shape from the couple inches the other day and the groomer was careful not to pull up junk.
Scoped the Northern Lights trail to see if it could be used for Saturday's Baker Shaker race being held at Elm Creek. Spent a couple hours shoveling the first climb on Northern Lights and a few other places. If it doesn't get as hot as they are forecasting tomorrow it would be a go to make a 5 km loop, but with the forecasted 41 tomorrow I'm afraid it'll deteriorate fast. Will scope Northern Lights tomorrow late afternoon to see how it's holding up but probably won't be able to include it in the race I'm afraid as we don't want to put racers on bad conditions. Fortunately they have the 2.5 km manmade loop.
(Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015  posted: 1/21/2015 3:10:08 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Multi-Use trail not too bad for an inch of base, groomed, no pavement showing anywhere. 25F, overcast.
Skijored the multi-use trail around noon, coverage was good, a well compacted inch or two of new snow. The snow itself was weird, very slow near the surface, then suddenly very fast as my skis went deeper toward the thin ice layer underneath. Avoiding long glides and setting the skis hard seemed to work best, the dogs seemed confused by the uneven load I presented before I understood what the snow was doing. Nice fast loop, a pair of walkers out, no one else. I had fast wax red left on from a few days ago, definitely too soft.
(Steve Evans)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015  posted: 1/21/2015 10:47:54 AM
Firsthand 
  Excellent conditions on the man made loop after sunset. The trail had a nice thin coating of churned up snow on top. This was added to by a decent snow squall which slowed things down a tad. The uphills were ever so slightly mushy. In general, a great ski as usual.
(Ben Mullin)

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