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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 26    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Some new grooming since I skied yesterday, but as of leaving (11:40) I cannot say how much as I stayed off them given their softness. However, trail sections previously groomed are in very good condition, firm with 0.5-1 inch of moist snow on top. Another skier reported Finland was very soft. Tracks were fine where I did some double poling. High school race on Tuesday.
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Status quo here. In places the snow has little greater moisture content, and I found these stretches to be somewhat slower, but not slow. The cut-across on Finland has not been groomed, the trail now follows the normal route down to Isaac Lake and up the steep hill thereafter. Be aware that from the lake and for about 0.5 km the classic tracks are essentially in the middle of the trail making skating difficult, at least without marring the tracks.
(Keith Brugger)
Friday, January 24, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Arrived at 3:00 to find the trails were groomed earlier in the day. Skate deck is firm with the new corduroy providing 1/2 to 1 inch of softer snow for edge setting and ease of turning. Reasonable fast and very nice out there today!
(Keith Brugger)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied about half of the groomed trails. Skate deck was in most places pretty firm with some sugar on top. A few short stretches where the drifting was problematic continue to be a bit softer and hollow (you lose a foot or so of pole). Warm temperatures (30+ F) this afternoon, but remarkably, moisture content seemed low. Finland was not groomed beyond a couple hundred meters going in or out and has substantial drifts. Winds overnight deposited debris and leaf litter. Probably more of an issue in the classic tracks?
(Keith Brugger)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
When I arrived at 3:00, several km of trails had been groomed recently and skied-in. Skate deck varied from reasonably firm with a veneer of about 1-2 inches of powder to softer and hollow where major drifting had occurred. Cold (1F) and slow going for me. Severe drifting in areas that were not groomed as I could see. As I left (4:00) the Pisten Bully was out on the trail, presumably busting through the drifts, and that was being followed by Paul going out and grooming. I skied about 0.5 km on newly groomed trail to get back to the car, and it was very soft - needs to set-up.
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Paul the groomer was out working on the trails. He had set classic track and was working on some of the trails. He was working on about half of the trails. He said he would be out working on the trails again tomorrow. The classic track was setting up OK. The skate lane was still soft.
(Kayo Aslagson)
Monday, January 13, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
A possible slight dusting and warmer temperatures (23F) softened the deck making the skating somewhat better than yesterday. Very firm/hard underneath. With care A skis can be used. Grooming was in progress as I left (3:30). High school race tomorrow afternoon.
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skate deck hard and icy in spots when I skied this morning (10:30-12:20). I could set an edge but feathered what little power I have as the skis would skid. There are sections where about 1/4 in of sugary powder overlies the very firm surface below. Debris remains a problem but as mentioned earlier one can navigate through.
(Keith Brugger)
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Again, not much new here today. Skate deck is hard, glazed, and icy is a few spots. Mostly you can set an edge, but my skis were prone to find the ruts from previous traffic. Still recommending B skis because of debris, but better skis can be used with caution. Limited time in the tracks suggest they too can be icy. Coverage is very good.
(Keith Brugger)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions for skating were similar to those reported yesterday, except sections of the trail were appreciably more glazed as temperatures have dropped here. All-in-all skiing remains quite good, especially in the sunnier areas. Winds were picking up quite a bit as we finished up (1:15).
(Keith Brugger)

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