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French Regional Park
Plymouth, MN
Trail Length: 9.3k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 763-694-7750    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A nice set of trails with rolling hills. The first lighted trail system in the metro, it still attracts a lot of after-work skiers.

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

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Friday, April 12, 2019  posted: 4/12/2019 4:07:35 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails: Closed, B skis ]
  I had the benefit of skiing in Dave Nelson's tracks from his canoe/ski adventure at French. I used my waxless skis, and had a slow but fun ski around French. I think this is my last ski of the season!
Photos:  
(Bill Lundberg)
Friday, April 12, 2019  posted: 4/12/2019 8:38:25 AM
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
  Canoed over to French with my skis. Skied the full loop and conditions were quite fun. Waxless or skin skis would be optimal, but I used an old pair of touring skis that are sort of fuzzy from all the years of abuse so they work ok. There are lots or branches mixed in with the snow but they don't really affect the skiing. It was much easier to ski in the tracks of a skier who had been out yesterday. Well worth getting out for a ski/canoe.
(David Nelson, Skinnyski.com Race Team)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/17/2019 3:42:47 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Very few trails open and nothing has been groomed. Large parts of trail flooded. Had to go in by the service center and enter on the Meadow Trail. Once I got over to Skyline/Challenge area, it was decent but a bit rough. I think that skiing at French is over for 2018-19. But it was nice to get out!
(Jean Storlie)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  posted: 3/6/2019 9:27:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skated the lit trails this evening. Deck has firmed up nicely. Classic tracks looked good and were getting lots of use. I didn't realize French has over 5k of lit trails! Great place for a night ski. [ Lighted trails is a filter option in the Ski Trail listings -- Ed. ]
Photos:  
(Linda Evert)
Sunday, March 3, 2019  posted: 3/3/2019 3:03:47 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Spent the morning wishing classic was an option and dreading skating on cardboard. Finally went to French at noon to find the skate deck recently groomed and not nearly as slow as I had anticipated. Actually a really nice day. Skated everything except Challenge Hill and didn't even suffer much from the wind, except on the exposed section of the Meadow Trail out by Rockford and Northwest Blvd. Classic tracks were thin and/or washed out. I couldn't tell if they just hadn't set classic tracks or if they had tried and failed but they didn't look good anywhere. Skate deck, however, was really nice all the way around but was getting noticeably slower by the time I finished a little before 3pm as the sun angle began to decrease.
Photos:  
(Leif Irgens)

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