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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 SeriesDec.20 Short-notice: Gear West Holiday Tuneup

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

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Thursday, December 18, 2014  posted: 12/18/2014 6:38:54 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Overall pretty good conditions for classic, hardly any ice, good kick with a hard wax, skating looked decent, too. The trails starting to become well used with high school kids coming for a meet.
I had an enjoyable ski this afternoon at Elm. I got out there a little late, and the high school teams began arriving from all over the metro. I couldn't believe all the young people into nordic racing. It's great to see how the sport has grown over the years.
Photos:  
(Bill Lundberg)
Thursday, December 18, 2014  posted: 12/18/2014 4:17:03 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Skied starting at 10 a.m. Light snow falling at the time. Varied conditions for classic skiing. Overall quite good and fast. I found Swix Blue extra worked well.
More than the usual number of weekday morning skiers were out but not crowded.
(Mark Basiletti)
Thursday, December 18, 2014  posted: 12/18/2014 1:48:21 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Varied but good overall.
Skied classic and skate starting at about 10am. Classic tracks were shallow in places (it looked like the track setting equipment was not able to dig a full-depth track into the hard man made snow in several places). Tracks seemed a bit soft here, hard there. I slipped a lot with Swix Blue (-3C to -8C) and switched to Skintec waxless rather than seach for a waxing solution. Another skier reported having good kick with a mix of VR30 and VR45. By mid-day, there was intermittent sunshine and the skate deck was getting grabby where the sun was shining on it, a bit hard in the shade, and a bit of sugary/ mashed potatoes on the uphills. All in all, good skiing though.
(Leif Irgens)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014  posted: 12/16/2014 5:01:32 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Varied...snow guns on.
Skated at Elm at 2:30. Snow guns were blowing new snow onto the trails in three locations, creating three soft deposits of new snow (and three local micro-blizzards) and some blowing snow elsewhere on the trail. Skate deck was a touch firm/icy in a few places but the man made snow was getting around and covering up most of the old snow. Overall, the loop was in very good shape. A high school meet was getting started at around 3:30 pm so there was an enormous amount of traffic starting around 3:00 pm.
(Leif Irgens)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014  posted: 12/16/2014 12:51:10 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Very good and getting better with each lap.
Skied at noon. Multiple cannons are blowing snow on the manmade snow loop and it looks like they will keep the snow coming for as long as conditions allow. Aside from getting the cannon snow blast, skate conditions are delightful with about 1-2 inches of fluff to cover any icy spots. Classic tracks are nonexistent where the cannons are blowing, very good in other spots. Definitely worth the journey-thanks Elm Creek!
(Sandy Schreyer)

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