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Northwoods Ski Trail
Silver Bay, MN
Trail Length: 19km  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-226-4334    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Beautiful wooded single track classical trail, just outside of Silver Bay. Connecting trail to Tettegouche State Park.

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

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019  posted: 1/2/2019 5:46:42 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Every trail was groomed and was in good shape today. Some pole postholing and a few small branches to maneuver but nothing too dramatic. Thanks to the groomers!
(Jo Swanson)
Tuesday, January 1, 2019  posted: 1/1/2019 1:39:11 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  There's plenty of snow but the trails need a lot of work. The parts that had tracks were in mostly good condition, although a bit slow due to cold temps and a soft base (my poles sunk through pretty often, and occasionally a ski as well). I marked the groomed tracks in green on the photo I included. There were occasional debris on the tracks here from some clearing they had done, which was easy to avoid, but mostly good condition.
There were Ungroomed trails from other skiers that I marked in yellow. At first I wondered why these had not been groomed, but as I skied them it became clear as to why. There are a lot of branches hanging into the trail that need clearing. I got whacked in the face several times, mostly on a very long downhill where you pick up a good deal of speed. Some branches sticking through the snow here too - so if you take a yellow trail you may want to use B skis.
Finally, there were several trails with no tracks whatsoever marked in red. I did not go this way, as I didn't feel like cutting new trail.
It's such a beautiful system, but it needs a lot of work to clear the trails of all the brush and it could really use good signage and a correction to the wooden sign at the start which isn't correct (the paper map is correct however so follow that).
Pretty sure the groomer was out grooming, sad I had fresh track for some and could hear and smell the snowmobile nearby, so it'll likely be better soon.
Photos:  
(Jamie Swanson)
Saturday, December 29, 2018  posted: 12/29/2018 7:12:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Beautiful day to be out. We started at 10:30 a.m. and followed the trail that an earlier (and hearty) skier had broken on the outer loop, which was slow going. Rather like snowshoeing. The heavy snow caused small trees to bend onto the trail in several places, which required our own bending, side-stepping, and other creative maneuvering to get around. However, by the time we were finishing at 1:30, two friendly people on a groomer were setting lovely tracks.
(Diane Mancini)

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