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Grand Avenue Nordic Center
Duluth, MN
Trail Length: 2.5K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: Yes
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Nordic-dedicated snowmaking, daily grooming, and a full-service chalet, located at the bottom of Spirit Mountain. Currently 2.5K of snowmaking. Expansion plans call for connector trail linking the new trail to the 22 km of existing trail at the top of Spirit Mountain.

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

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Thursday, January 17, 2019  posted: 1/17/2019 10:07:30 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  More fast, hard snow today. Skate deck is perfect on the lower 1k loop, and there is a patch of dirt to look out for on the upper loop just above the valve house. Otherwise great snow! Classic tracks are good through the lower loop, a little shallow on the upper loops due to the thin coverage in spots.
Photos:  
(Erik Blow)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019  posted: 1/16/2019 11:21:41 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Cold temps mean cold, fast snow (if you waxed right)! Reached -5F this morning and when snow gets that cold it tends to behave like set concrete. Thankfully, we were able to get everything filled up and reset without much issue, and the tracks and skate deck are perfectly solid for a great ski.
Photos:  
(Erik Blow)
Monday, January 14, 2019  posted: 1/14/2019 9:53:31 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Warm temps this morning with some freezing rain is never a desired sight, but the trails have held up to the weather thus far. The skate deck can be a little icy in some spots but overall has a medium firmness to it, plenty of support but a little give as well. Classic tracks are solid, a good klister would most likely be your friend today! Snow overall is in great shape on the main 1k loop, and our outer loops are in good condition with some dirty patches and ice coming through. A fresh snow would definitely bring the upper trails some rejuvenation!
(Erik Blow)
Saturday, January 12, 2019  posted: 1/12/2019 9:47:12 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Things have warmed up quite a bit from earlier this week, but that doesn't mean conditions have suffered! Tracks have set up quite well and the skate deck is firm with just a little give. Tracks are set through the system, but the quality does vary on the upper loops. There are some stretches with no tracks due to ice issues underneath the snow surface.
(Erik Blow)
Friday, January 11, 2019  posted: 1/11/2019 8:28:59 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Conditions are coming back after our rain event, with very firm skate decks after two nights of below zero weather and the classic tracks are coming back into form with a little warmer temp to allow some moisture into the snow again. Classic tracks have been set in the upper loops, though the quality is variable. There are some sections with nice deep tracks but they do get shallow in areas with ice underneath and low snow coverage. The upper loops are in decent condition, but there is some debris and dirt in a few places and some ice floes to watch for.
(Erik Blow)

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