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Kensington, MN
20km
Skating/Classic
Yes
No
320-965-2455
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Nice variety of terrain on mostly wooded trails adjacent to commercial ski area. Both classical and skating tracks. On some Saturdays, breakfast is served at a warming house halfway down the trail--call for availability. 1.5km lighted.
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails with good snow coverage due to half inch or so of new snow the night before. The skate deck was very firm, but not as fast as yesterday due to cold, fluffy snow. Cold temps the last two days have really saved the trails, but warm weather is cause for concern.
(Chad Bergerson)
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails had good snow cover due to recent snowfall. There is some melting and thinning on the sides and banks in some areas. The skate deck was very firm and fast, with only a few icy spots. The conditions are still very nice, even with the recent warm weather.
(Chad Bergerson)
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails were groomed early this morning for the skiers doing their virtual Birkie - at least three that I know of. Early in my ski the skate deck was fast, glazed and or icy in spots but one could still set an edge. Toward the end (11:30) where there was powder on the deck my skis were slowing down as the snow was getting moist, but certainly not very wet. Bare spots are beginning to show in many places due to yesterday's high temperatures. Classical tracks are hit or miss, and appeared to have a disproportionate number of bare spots. Good skis can still be used, but care should be taken to look for the dirty and/or bare patches. The "pines" section of Whispering Pines (at the junction of Chuckwagon) is icy and covered with needles; this might be where the conditions are at their worst? Overall still good skiing to be had. Overcast and foggy conditions are helping to limit melt.
(Keith Brugger)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Arrived this morning to newly groomed trails, at least the skate lane. With the recent snow and higher temperatures, the top inch of so of the corduroy was fairly soft, and unfortunately a few novice skiers were out skiing classical on the skate deck and thus marred the deck with skied-in tracks because of the softness. Nevertheless, while coverage remains excellent, the snow was quite slow owing to the combination a soft deck and moist snow. Above 32 when I left (clearly warmer as I write this post in the late afternoon).
(Keith Brugger)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied on Tuesday and trails were well covered. They got 1 1/2" of snow last night. There will be some melt down and freezing on Thursday and Friday. I talked to the owner who will groom the trails Saturday morning. He could not promise classic track due to the melting/freezing. Skate lane should be good. I will use my "good" skis.
(Kayo Aslagson)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Ask and ye shall receive? Grooming was done post the report from yesterday afternoon. Skate lane was in very good to excellent condition as of this morning (10-11:20).
(Keith Brugger)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Several kilometers of the trails have seen fairly heavy traffic since they were last groomed so somewhat rough. Still an inch or two of powder over firm skate deck. The backside (west) of Whispering Pines had had virtually no skaters, and here the newer snow also remains over a firm, but less so base. Classical tracks looked pretty good, and a stretch where I double poled was somewhat fast. Coverage is still very good. In short, trails could use some grooming.
(Keith Brugger)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We received about another half-inch to inch of snow post grooming, so this was over the existing somewhat firm skate deck. Slower this morning, probably because the new snow was drier than what was coming down during yesterday's ski, and grooming most likely stirred-in some older cold snow. Classical tracks looked ok, but in places need to be skied in a bit. Note that I "upped" the skis to good.
(Keith Brugger)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Arriving there was 1-1.5 inches of new powder over a firm skate deck. New snow was moist so despite the cooler temperature (8F) skating was reasonable fast. Still snowing lightly as we left, and grooming was in progress.
(Keith Brugger)
Monday, February 15, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Good snow coverage on all trails, with a thin layer of new snow. Finland has lots of drifts and is in need of grooming. The skate deck was very firm and somewhat faster than you would expect for -5 temps, especially in sunny areas. Removed a few large sticks from a few areas.
(Chad Bergerson)

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