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Park Rapids, MN
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Groomed classical/skate trails wind through a varied forest, ranging from baby aspen to mature balsam and pine. Trails vary from easy to advanced. There is also a one-mile blazed showshoe trail, warming house and outdoor toilet.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Regroomed and set tracks on Eagle and Lily's Thursday night, both in good shape for skate and classic ski. I left Troll and Lake loops until Friday night, Troll still looked in pretty good shape for skate. Lake had a lot of ground burning through the deck and lots of debris.
(Mike Weideman)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions for skating and classic! Mike groomed the skate lanes last night and looks like a beautiful weekend coming. A few thin spots and cone/twig messes are avoidable.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions are generally good, with an inch of flurries over the past week. Trails are hard packed and skate lane feels uneven underfoot. Classic tracks look ok. We still have about a foot of snow with a 2-3” base that is thin in a few spots. Some areas have debris — under the snow it’s from previous winds, but the fresher pine cones and spruce bits are from red squirrels. They bite off spruce twigs, feed on new growth and drop the rest, causing a mess. Trails will likely be groomed before the weekend. Warming house remains closed, but everyone is welcome to enjoy the fire ring. There is ample wood, byo matches! Sorry for delay in reporting, haven’t been out here for 2 weeks.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions are good for skaters on Lily’s and fair to good on other trails. Classic track is good after grooming last night was followed by 1” new snow. Much improved from Saturday, and should hold until the next snowfall midweek. Sad to report that Candy, our dear friend and director of skiing for Itascatur, passed away this morning. We and many others around Park Rapids will miss her.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Fair conditions, trails are messy and some spots have a lot of debris, twigs, and needles. The packed base is crusty, especially south side of Eagle and other sun-exposed hills. We had 1/2” new snow Saturday night, after photos were taken so that will cover it up somewhat, esp. classic tracks. Lily’s beginner loop is probably in the best shape and most of that is still pretty good. You can use B skis there.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
The skate lane has been groomed. I selected rock skis because the trail is loaded with debris like pine needles, sticks and pinecones. The classic track hadn’t been groomed but was very skiable. Trail was in good shape. Nice fast cold snow with decent grip today.
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(Jake Nelson)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are in good condition generally, but have some debris down on parts of Eagle and Lake, after the 55+ mph gusts last week. We have 2" new snow on a hard-packed, somewhat crusty base, so skating was really nice. It was fast, but possible to get a good grip on hills and corners. All in all a beautiful afternoon, and had a number of folks out on the ski and snowshoe trails. Classic track is good, again except for a few spots with debris, although the new snow should cover most of that up for now. Reminder that warming house is closed, no open houses this year, but snowshoes are available for day use outside on the porch. Snowshoe trails are mapped and flagged.
(Deane Johnson)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Good to fair conditions with 2” new snow on a 2” hard packed base. There are still a few twigs and thin spots, but the skate lanes are fast and fun. Groomed Friday, including classic tracks, which look mostly good. Just a reminder that the warming house is closed for the season. Snowshoes are available for day use outside, and trails are flagged and mapped. DIY fire ring is there for everyone to enjoy.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions are good to fair, much improved after grooming Thursday evening. We had a dusting of snow and lots of hoarfrost, but that was enough to give a little grip on the skate lane. The frost has left a coating of diamonds when you ski into the sun. DIY campfire is available. Snowshoe trails are open and flagged, Hok skis are ok on those if you deviate from steep hills. This is the real world after all, so please get out here and enjoy it!
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Conditions are down to fair, as we had 3 warm days, leaving things crusty and twiggy in spots. Now temps are below freezing, so classic and skate lanes are very fast, and some hills are icy. The flats, like Lily’s Loop are fine, and we skied Lake also, which has some thin spots but still skiable.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)

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