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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

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Friday, March 27, 2015  posted: 3/27/2015 1:04:25 PM
Observation 
  Conditions: Skiable. Softer, a little dirt and somewhat icy today.
I hiked by the snow today and the upper donut still has a lot of snow on it. Not too dirty. For the really serious or desperate.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Sunday, March 15, 2015  posted: 3/16/2015 9:46:27 AM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Soft, wet in a few places, with dirt mixed in about 40-50% of trail.
Classic skied at 1:30. Decent considering temps. Out to CA for JN's and no skiing available there due to no snow, so wanted to get one last ski in before I put the skis away for the season. 2K was open and classic tracks were set. Pretty good on a lot of the trail, donut was in best shape but I could actually ski fairly well with my SkinTecs on. Water was over the trail by the lesson area and by the Bottineau House but easy to get around. Not sure what will be left after Sunday night since it didn't freeze. Thanks to Elm Creek for keeping the loop open despite difficult weather - for us skiers at least :).
(Kathleen Miller)
Saturday, March 14, 2015  posted: 3/14/2015 6:02:39 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Very good, timing is critical.
Skied the Valley Trail with the kids this morning. It's still there; the meadow return loop and wall are now closed, but the bypass was still fine. Pretty amazing, the crews have been moving snow and cutting drainage ditches to keep the deck in good shape. The trail was still mostly frozen when we started and it was tricky to plow through the ruts, but by the second lap, the sun had softened the snow enough that it was fast and easy to ski. After an hour or so, some sections were mushy, but still fast. Good timing means a lot, we used fast wax yellow and it was excellent, great glide, no speed limiting down hills.
Sure has been a weird skiing season, starting way back in November with few days of good natural snow, but the Valley Trail is always reliable, nice to have it!
(Steve Evans)
Saturday, March 14, 2015  posted: 3/14/2015 4:35:45 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Still pretty good! Some portions of Valley Trail groomed today.
Based on decent reports, I headed to Elm Creek this morning. As I was arriving after 10, I opted for waxless classic skis. New tracks had been set from the donut to the practice area. There was still good coverage and I was a fun option. There were a couple other striders and a couple skaters. Skating looked very slow when I was there, but was probably decent earlier.
(Sue Schroeder)
Friday, March 13, 2015  posted: 3/13/2015 6:09:42 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Soft and slow but awesome! Water and bare in a few spots. Still great coverage. Good classic track as well on snowmaking loop.
Still grooming today. Skied waxless bombers and wore shorts. Elm Creek continues to be a cut above the rest in their efforts to extend the season. Nice Work. Open until Sunday?
(Chris Walgren)

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