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Park Rapids, MN
10K
Skating/Classic
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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 10    Month: Jan | Dec
Friday, January 21, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic tracks are all good with 1” new snow. Skate lanes started the day a little beyond firm, but the new snow helps you get a grip — can feel the crust underneath after a few subzero days. They plan to groom around 10 AM tomorrow.
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(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions remain very good, with a firm skate lane on most loops, except for some fluffy spots on the more difficult Troll Trail. Lilly's freestyle lane is a little "groovy" after all the weekend traffic. We had 45 skiers, mostly beginners, who came to Sunday's open house and free ski rental. There is a little debris on the trail, and we skied in the morning before the temps dropped out and the wind came up. We have no new snowfall, but groomers will still have plenty of base to work with sometime before this weekend. Snowshoe trail, 1.8 miles total with a number of segments, has also been well-used, and is the option open to hikers and dogs.
(Deane Johnson)
Monday, January 17, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Thank you to Deane and the volunteer crew for maintaining such a beautiful and welcoming place to ski (and snowshoe, too!). Conditions for skate were very good and looked to be the same for classic. Get out and be about it!
(Ernie Ogot)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions continue, skate lanes were groomed yesterday and are wonderful. Classic tracks had little use over the subzero weekend and are fine also. Grooming plans: Grooming will be done later Friday if possible, or Saturday morning. Open house with free ski rental from 1-3 Sundays.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions, with 1” new snow, base is 6”. Groomer training yesterday really packed things down nicely, all classic tracks are set and skate lane is nice. It’s going to be too cold for the planned open house tomorrow, so that was cancelled until next week.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Monday, January 3, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent/perfect conditions throughout. We have a deep solid base from the 18” new snow last week. Lake loop was just finished and track set today. Other trails were already done, but Neil regroomed the skate lane on Lilly’s and Lake. In addition to the ski-only track, we have a network of snowshoe trails, where hikers and dogs are also welcome. Open houses begin Sunday 1-3, if temp is above 0. This Sunday may be too cold — safety issue for kids/beginners.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomers report all trails in excellent condition, with track setting on Troll in progress and others completed. We had about 18” total last week, so it took multiple packing and grooming runs to get things under control. At -36.4 F there will be no firsthand report from me today, hopefully tomorrow! My glide wax, fingers and toes are all only good to zero now.
(Deane Johnson)
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions, trails were all groomed Wednesday. We’ve had a total of 8” new snow, so most of the skate lanes and classic tracks are good. Lake loop had some blowing after the rain/snow event, so is only fair, with some grassy and thin spots. With the recent snow coating the trees, it is a beautiful place to ski right now. Chalet is open and snowshoes are available for use. You can also gather around the outside fire ring.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Monday, December 13, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are fair, with shady spots still looking good, but some sunny spots, like the south side of Eagle, getting slushy/icy or bare on the hills. Still very amiable with B or rock skis. Here’s hoping whatever falls from the sky on Wednesday night is white!
(Deane Johnson)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions are good to fair for skate, fair for classic. All trails were packed on Tuesday and track set on Lilly’s beginner loop. Some grass and brush poking through here and there, and trails are always a little soft after the first grooming. Warming house is open and also plans for a fire outdoors are in progress. MN ski pass required. Separate snowshoe trails are also available. Open house Sundays 1-3 pm will resume in January.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)