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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.

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

1 to 5 of 29    Month: Nov | Oct
Thursday, November 27, 2014  posted: 11/27/2014 4:26:06 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Firm, slow. Classic tracks pretty good.
Skied around 1 pm. Only a few cars in the parking lot by then, pretty quiet on the trails; only saw 4-8 other skiers. Looked like they might have groomed this morning but the skate deck looked like it had seen a lot of traffic earlier and was packed down really hard. Couldn't hardly get an edge in on the skate skis and slid sideways a lot (OK, some of that is my life-long battle with technique problems). Classic tracks were really good most of the way around the man-made loop; a little shallow in a few spots. Tracks were also a bit firm but I had decent kick with Start Green considering it was my first classic ski since last March.
(Leif Irgens)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014  posted: 11/26/2014 3:05:48 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Fairly firm surface, good classic track, fresh snow.
Skied around 9 am. Encountered almost whiteout conditions as a snowband passed through for about an hour, dropping a fresh inch on the trails and slowing down the snow speed! A lot more people out there this morning, but plenty of room still in the parking lot, as well as on the trail. Temps and winds nice - in the upper 20s, light winds.
(Bruce Adelsman)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014  posted: 11/26/2014 12:44:06 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Just about perfect for a Wednesday ski (on the man-made snow loop).
The new snow on top of a solid base made for outstanding skate ski conditions. Just enough fluff to get an edge and not so much to significantly slow down the glide. Classic tracks looked well set and no longer icy. A few teams were out but there was plenty of space for everyone to ski at their own pace and enjoy the winter conditions. Nice to see so many smiles!
(Sandy Schreyer)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014  posted: 11/25/2014 6:03:25 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: The snowmaking loop was really great except for one spot with a couple easily avoidable ridges in one section from the groomer as another report mentioned, otherwise perfect for skating and pretty fast. A classic track set.
When I left around 4:30 the parking lot was almost full. Going to be the go to place till we get more snow or Wirth opens up.
(Clayton Keim, RollerSkiShop.com)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014  posted: 11/25/2014 11:53:22 AM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Freshly groomed, good surface with some slow sections by the active snowguns.
Skied around 10 am, a lot more people - roughly 20 skiers out. Sunny to start, clouded over by the time I took a few photos at the end. Nice conditions, not as icy fast as Monday. One short segment on the return to the chalet that had two ridges (unusual by Elm Creek standards), looked like they had groomed out some snowmaking excess from the night before. Sections by the running snowguns felt like sandpaper (to be expected). Nice morning ski.
Photos:  
(Bruce Adelsman)

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