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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 12    Month: Jan | Dec
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful conditions with 15” new snow in the last week! Ski trails (11km) were groomed today and both classic and freestyle skiers were happy. Sunday open house continues from 1-3:30, weather permitting. Snowshoe trails (2km) also are packed and flagged, and new maps in progress.
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(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails are beautiful today with 3.5” fresh powder on firmly packed trails. Today we broke trail in the classic tracks so those are nice.
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(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Very good for skate and looked to be very good for classic as well. The only reason I didn't rate it as excellent was because of debris in the snow. But because most of the debris was fine spruce or fir needles it wasn't really a problem. I love this little ski area, especially the Troll Trail! The volunteers who run the place are very friendly too.
(Lois Braun)
Monday, January 6, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are generally in good condition, but with some debris on the trail from the 50-mph wind gusts on Sunday morning. Thus the B ski recommendation although it’s mostly needles and leaves with but a few twigs to dodge. All trails groomed for skate and classic with a nice firm base and good track. Snowshoe trails are all flagged and mapped and shoes available to borrow. Open house with skis available every Sunday 1-3:30, through February, weather permitting.
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(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails are open with excellent conditions for skating and classic. Beginner to advanced trails total 11km, MN ski pass needed. We have a foot of new snow, which was groomed yesterday. Snowshoe trails are also all open and full of snow, about 0.8 km total. Snowshoe route is also open to dogs.
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(Deane Johnson)
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Snow depth over 12" with a 3" or more packed base, 1" new. All trails are in generally good condition, although there are spots on Lake and Lilly's with some twigs poking through. Eagle is excellent for skating, and grooming with a redone classic track was underway as we were skiing today. Snowshoe trails are also flagged and have good snow coverage. Interesting to see all of the other tracks on the trail: deer, coyotes (including a small kill), and on part of Eagle, there have been some big-boy wolf tracks!
(Deane Johnson)
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails are groomed and tracked. Lots of activity. Trails are beautiful. Trails include Eagle, Lilly's, Troll, Lake. Hoping for more snow to provide a deeper base. Several snow shoe trails are also open for use.
(Candy Malm)
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The groomers set classic tracks after recent snow, so conditions should be good for the weekend. We had over 6" new snow last Sunday, 1 - 2" last night with snow still falling. Snowshoe trail looking better, with snow now covering some debris from thinning out a dense stand of planted red pine.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Skate trail is firm, very fun but twiggy, especially Lily's and Lake. Not enough snow for classic tracks, so that's DIY.
(Deane Johnson)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Fair conditions, with spots of pretty heavy grass and twigs poking through on Lily's . It was rolled and packed for a second time today and they set classic tracks on Eagle. Still very skiable and skating should be firm now. Beautiful weather makes up for it! Snowshoe trails marked and reset today, another dimension to this area.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)

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