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Elm Creek Park Reserve
Maple Grove, MN
Trail Length: 15.8k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: Yes
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.5-Feb.20 Elm Creek SeriesDec.22 Winter Warm-up

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

1 to 5 of 24    Month: Dec | Nov
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  posted: 12/11/2018 3:43:29 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Great conditions around man-made snow loop. Great tracks. Loose snow for skating but able to keep an edge.
Photos:  
(Dean Kleinhans)
Sunday, December 9, 2018  posted: 12/9/2018 2:47:54 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  We skated the man-made loop this morning, and it was gorgeous. I think the full 2.5 K is open now. Trails are in good condition for both skating and classic. It was a nice break from the challenging, hilly loop at Wirth.
(Scott Andre)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018  posted: 12/5/2018 10:44:38 PM
Firsthand Observation 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Skated the man-made loop this evening. A little more firm than it was on Tuesday but still good skiing and fast lap times (at least for me). Snow guns were blaring on the alpine hill with some overflow floating onto the XC ski trail providing a little extra drag through that area. Looked like a good turnout for the Wednesday races. I believe the Northern Lights (natural snow) trail was closed this evening while I was skiing as I saw two park employees on snowmobiles place barricades across the entrance to those trails.
(Leif Irgens)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018  posted: 12/5/2018 8:36:23 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Valley (snowmaking) is in good condition, although the high-volume of traffic this afternoon loosened the top of the deck up a bit. Northern Lights (natural snow) is open and I tried it out, but it's very thin in many places, rock-skis only.
(Brad Johnson)
Monday, December 3, 2018  posted: 12/3/2018 10:07:02 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Elm was so beautiful today, I could hardly believe it was only my second day on snow (and no roller skiing this fall either). The skate deck was reasonably firm and fast but with enough soft snow on the surface to get a solid edge. The uphills were a little chewed up but nowhere near close to being called mashed potatoes. I sailed around the man made loop with balance and control I normally don't attain until mid season. A moderate amount of traffic when I was out mid-evening. A few high-schoolers and some lesson groups but the trail showed no signs of being torn up by the traffic. What a great day to be on skis.
(Leif Irgens)

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