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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 16    Month: Jan | Dec
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Again, trails remain the same here, but halfway through my ski snow began to fall. As I finished (11:15) about 1/2 inch of new powder covered the skate deck in many places. Snow continues as I type.
(Keith Brugger)
Friday, January 22, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Winds were still blowing when we finished yesterday, so today we found a few spots that continued to collect drift. This is especially true in Finland, but no real problems.
(Keith Brugger)
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied between 3-4:30 on recently groomed trails. Nice corduroy, and on some sections the entire width of the trail. Skate deck is mixed, from slightly glazed corduroy to about 1-2 inches of recent accumulation/wind-blown and dry snow over firm base. Still a very few icy sections. Classical tracks are present here and there. A bit cold today so skis weren't so fast, but good skiing.
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Essentially the same as yesterday, but a few more footprints on the trails. The top of the "new" hill on Finland consists of about 10 m of thin, dirty ice. Most sections are very skiable and many kms ski still ski nicely. In short, lots of good skiing here.
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Newly groomed this morning. With the minimal new snow trails have improved somewhat. Fair number of kms that allow for good to very good skiing. Thin spots still present in places, and there are some icy patches but generally no problems. The "tubing hill" entrance to the trails is preferable to the open field because of icy conditions. Classical tracks are hit or miss.
(Keith Brugger)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Arrived at 10 this morning with temperatures around 30F. For most of our skiing it was quite good, but as temperatures climbed the snow on exposed sections or south-facing slopes was getting quite wet and slow. Shaded, protected areas were still ok. Left at 11:30 and the temperature was 40F. Dirty or bare patches increasing. B skis still seem reasonable, but you might consider rock skis.
(Keith Brugger)
Monday, January 11, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The trails are pretty much status quo. The corduroy has been preserved in a few stretches (e.g. backside of Finland) but erased in others. Nevertheless, skiing was quite good this morning. 25 F at 10 a.m., 28 at 11:30. Footprints (human) mar several sections of the trails.
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Arrived this morning at 10 and found the trails were newly groomed. Nice corduroy most places despite thinning snow cover. Very good skiing! Temperature when I left at 11:30 was 25F under clear, sunny sky.
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied most of the trail system today - conditions status quo from Thursdays report except hoar frost accumulation is helping quite a bit. 16F when arriving at 10:30, 22F upon leaving at 12:30. Very foggy so no direct sun at that point.
(Keith Brugger)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are holding up ok. More leaves, sticks, and dirty patches but for the worst of these you can double pole through. Overall, still very good skiing here. We poked our noses into Deep Woods to find the first downhill (counterclockwise) had a high density of leaf litter, so unclear how the rest of that trail is. Several stretches on other trails skied very nicely.
(Keith Brugger)

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