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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     Request a new report

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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)
Saturday, March 2, 2019  posted: 3/2/2019 7:38:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Headed out to French around noon, parking lot was 2/3 full but the trails were not crowded. Just groomed this morning so pretty soft for skating but good coverage and no debris. The new Challenge Hill (Part One) was somewhat groomed but not very wide, and has been re-routed to avoid the steep uphill and downhills, although the new trail has a pretty tight left turn at the bottom of the downhill as it spills out onto the Skyline Trail. The soft conditions made for a good workout on the big climbs! Great to be out on a beautiful sunny day in March!
(Dave Carlson)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  posted: 2/27/2019 4:01:52 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great afternoon skiing at French today. The classic tracks were firm and in very good shape. The skate deck was pretty good, but a little soft. The new Challenge Hill trail was narrow and just packed--no classic track.
I miss the old Challenge Hill with the big uphill, the scenic ski along the top, and the reward of a big downhill. The new trail has a gradual uphill with three small downhills--not nearly as exciting. Anyway, still a great
ski today on natural snow!
Photos:  
(Bill Lundberg)

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