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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 21    Month: Jan | Dec
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)
Monday, January 6, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails were groomed earlier today. Skate deck was variable but overall firm. Toward the end of our ski (4:00) shaded areas were glazing but definitely not icy. Hellacious winds yesterday meant that sections have quite a few leaves and twigs that generally didn't present much of a problem as you can navigate through, but is the rationale for the "B" skis for those concerned. Still very nice skiing!
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Arrived late morning to newly groomed trails. Finland had virgin corduroy. Skate lane is firm, not hard. Nowhere did I find it soft despite the new snow. Speed was ok early and getting better toward the end of my ski (12:30) as temperatures were warming - and I was waxed slightly on the warm side. Still a few sticks, twigs, and leaves. Very nice ski conditions and beautiful day out.
(Keith Brugger)
Friday, January 3, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails are now opened and groomed for both classic and skate. Light dusting of snow today made the skating a little slower today.
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(Kayo Aslagson)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Packed and firm skate deck, but no problems setting an edge. My skis kept finding the skate marks of others though. More twigs and leaves than there has been at any other time this season. The main trail from junction-to-junction with the lower shortcut (i.e. over to Deep Woods) is not groomed and is rutted. Word has it that there are some downed trees.
(Keith Brugger)
Friday, December 27, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Another inch or so fell overnight, this on top of a firm skate deck making for moderately fast conditions between 11:30 until about 1. Very nice skiing today. Classical skier reported good conditions.
(Keith Brugger)

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