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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
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.
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(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!
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(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.
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(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Good ski conditions continue at Soaring Eagle. Skate trail was packed again yesterday, and the classic track remains good even with the heavy foot traffic. We had a good turnout for the beautiful weather and conditions this weekend. Due to COVID, our tiny warming house remains closed and the open houses for the year are all cancelled. We do have a fire ring with wood available outside — DIY! Snowshoe trails are all marked and mapped. The pink trail especially has some nice hills and views.
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(Deane Johnson)
Friday, January 1, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fresh snow and fine groom. Set for skate and classic tracks. Pretty, hilly trails. Some sprouts poking through the snow. A fitting new year's day ski.
(Eddie Ogot)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skiing is underway once again! We’ve had about 6” new snow, with a 2-3” packed base. Trails were groomed today, skating and classic conditions are pretty good, with some grass and twigs here and there. A reminder that the warming house is closed for the season due to Covid, but there is a fire ring and wood available for anyone to use.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Conditions are rough, early season, with a 1” rolled base, overall snow depth 6” and it’s snowing now. We did have several skiers out, and one skater the other day thought it was fine. But it’s rock skis until we get more snow, hopefully tonight! We flagged and cleared the blue and pink snowshoe trails.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Afternoon
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
Preliminary report: Soaring Eagle is open, with grassy, rocky conditions -- total snow depth of 6", packed to a small amount. Mike rolled and packed the trails Saturday and a few people have been out, but it's not very skiable yet. This year we will have a firepit available outside, (bring your own matches and seating) but the warming house will be closed. Snowshoe trails have been partially reflagged and cleaned up, and that should be completed this week. Snowshoes are available for use, but open houses and ski loans will not happen this year, sorry to say. There is a functioning outhouse, and a portapotty setup will be there after the first of the year. Will update when conditions improve to the point that the trails are usable!
(Deane Johnson)