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Hormel Nature Center
Austin, MN
Trail Length: 16K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 507-437-7519    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The J.C. Hormel Nature Center offers classic tracks and roughly 10K of skate skiing segments.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019  posted: 2/27/2019 3:10:07 PM
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  90% of the trails have been groomed for classical skiing. We are working on getting skate ski tracks in but it is slow going with all the drifting. Some drifts are bigger near the prairie.
(Kelly Bahl)
Monday, February 25, 2019  posted: 2/25/2019 10:23:10 AM
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
  After this weekend's blizzard, there is no lack of snow. As of this update, trails have significant drifts and are not packed or tracked. Grooming will commence once snow clearing operations are complete around the interpretive center. Because of the challenging snow conditions, I expect few trails to get packed today. Grooming will continue tomorrow with 100% of trails open (packed and tracked) hopefully within days.
(Maria Anderson)
Thursday, February 21, 2019  posted: 2/21/2019 3:41:30 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  All trails on the south end have been packed and tracked except for the Pine Loop, which will be groomed tomorrow. A loop has been packed and tracked in the north trails through the West Prairie, around the tower, and back. Grooming will continue in the north trails tomorrow, around the Prairie Garden Loop. The trails out to the Big Bluestem Loop (via the Headwaters Loop) are in rough shape due to buckthorn removal in progress--deep ruts and wood chips (grooming may not be possible in that area).
(Maria Anderson)
Monday, February 18, 2019  posted: 2/18/2019 3:14:00 PM
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Trails have not been groomed since the weekend's snow, due to our snowmobile being out of commission, but where skiers have made their own tracks, the south trails are pretty skiable anyway. We're hoping to have the snowmobile fixed by midweek. A few sections of trail in the far southwest corner of the Nature Center (near the interstate off-ramp and 21st St) are temporarily closed while crews work on buckthorn removal.
(Maria Anderson)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 11:25:57 AM
[ Trails Open: Most ]
  The north trails (around the prairie out in the open) have drifted in pretty bad. Had a skier come in and mention that if you are not careful you could break a ski in some of the conditions. The southern trails in the woods seem to be holding up ok. Be careful of drifts but the trails are open for skiing. Will not be until the middle of the week before we have a working snowmobile for grooming again.
(Kelly Bahl)

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