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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.

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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)
Thursday, January 10, 2019  posted: 1/10/2019 7:16:28 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  We have survived the rain, thaw and freeze of the past couple days and are happy to say that the core 1k loop is still in great condition. The upper loops have some large ice floes and dirt showing through, so travel up there is not highly recommended. This morning, the stadium area will be tracked and the system will have a fresh till, but plans are to do some leveling and beautification work through the trails with our big machines. Expect periodic closures of some areas if you do come out today; the trails will be even better once we're done.
(Erik Blow)
Monday, January 7, 2019  posted: 1/7/2019 7:37:46 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
  Looks like the snow that was predicted for the overnight turned into sleet and ice instead. Everything is covered in a good crust this morning with a heavy mist/fog lingering about. We will not be opening our trails today due to the unsafe conditions from this storm, but do hope to get some work done this afternoon/evening to bust up the ice and get everything back up and operational for tomorrow.
(Erik Blow)
Sunday, January 6, 2019  posted: 1/6/2019 2:03:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I headed to GANC this morning betting on the grooming.....it paid off. Eric and the Spirit team continue to deliver, it was simply perfect. As noted, classic tracks are only on the lower trails, but the skating surface throughout was fast, flat and firm. There are a couple of corners up high that have a little dirt tilled up, but nothing you can't step around. If you want a sure thing head to GANC!
(Matthew Ryan)
Sunday, January 6, 2019  posted: 1/6/2019 7:54:37 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  It's a beautiful morning at the center! Mid 20s overnight mean a great base and solid skate decks and tracks! The whole system has been refreshed, with only classic tracks on the lower 1k still with the approaching snow tonight into tomorrow, we are planning to do some leveling and pushing in various spots through the system in areas that just aren't quite level or maybe a little thin. If you do come out tomorrow, expect some periodic closures on the main loop and outer loops through the morning. We apologize for the inconvenience of it, but it's only going to make the trails better.
Photos:  
(Erik Blow)

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