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Rochester, MN
8K
Skating/Classic
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507-285-7050
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This is a county park that contains 1300 acres. They groom about 5 miles of trails. The park is both wooded and hilly and the trails are well marked with maps at most intersections.
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Reports 1 to 6 of 6    Month: Jan
Monday, January 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Greater than 95% of the skate track at Chester Woods is in excellent condition. Skiing was awesome on this glorious, cold morning! There are some easily avoided spots on the skate track that could damage your skis (hence the "official" recommendation for B skis). However, I used my good skis and did not have any damage. The groomers deserve all the credit for giving us all the opportunity to enjoy skiing at this beautiful park!
(James Martenson)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
The groomer has done an outstanding job on the classic track, especially considering the relatively low snowfall this year. I would estimate that 75% of the classic track is in very good to excellent condition and about 25% in only fair condition. On the open prairie, there is a fair amount of vegetation poking through the snow and I found that I had to step out of the track fairly often. The trail is generally in excellent condition or very good condition in the wooded areas. B skis or rock skis recommended for the classic track (I used my B skis). Overall, a delightful morning at Chester!
(James Martenson)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The multi-use trails were groomed and classic track was set. The morning snow was fluffy but temps/sun will be warm today so snow may become sticky and soft. We also combed out the Kisrow trail for hikers and snowshoers.
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(Celeste Lewis)
Friday, January 22, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
All multi-use trails were combed/groomed out today. The snow is good, cold and hard. Some places still a bit thin. No classic track has been set as there is not adequate snow depth.
(Celeste Lewis)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The multi-use trails at Chester Woods Park were groomed (combed) today. Track was not set as we do not have an adequate amount of snow for that yet. The snow is soft and sticky due to the warmer temps. With only about 4" of snow there is stubble and some spots were rocks may pop through the snow.
(Celeste Lewis)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Trail conditions are poor, with little snow and heavy foot traffic. The multiuse trails have been used by the fat-tire bikers and mainly hiking crowd. Some skiing activity taking place on lake surface.
(Tom Eckdahl)