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Andes Tower Hill Ski Area
Kensington, MN
Trail Length: 20km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 320-965-2455    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   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.

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season   view current season

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Monday, April 9, 2018  posted: 4/9/2018 12:40:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Update from yesterday. Trails now have about 1-3 inches of new snow. No grooming as the venue is closed during the week. We skated and although work at times there were sections that skied well. Bonus - Kayo Aslagson was "attacked" by a Great Horned Owl! (That's a bit of an exaggeration, but it did swoop down and follow him for 30 seconds or so...).
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, April 8, 2018  posted: 4/8/2018 12:36:13 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Continuing from yesterday's post: an additional 2 km was groomed, the main trail from lower shortcut to Deep Woods trail head and back to the main trail; the latter has some of the best skiing of the entire season. Sections of the trail groomed previously apparently suffered from Saturday's afternoon high and sun. A bit rutted in places but troublesome spots are minimal. Likewise cancer spots in classical tracks have "metastasized." But all-in-all very good conditions. As we finished late morning it was snowing.
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, April 7, 2018  posted: 4/7/2018 2:02:53 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Trails were groomed after the last snowfall and are in very good shape. Unlike last weekend, the skate deck was firm and fast, especially where glazed earlier this morning. Classic tracks are set and got rave reviews from friends kicking and gliding. I double poled a bit and certainly that was my impression. As I was finishing my day the snow was getting a little moist, but not yet problematic. A few "cancer" spots in the classical tracks, but minimally. In several stretches the classical tracks are set so that that the skate lane narrows, but this too isn't too much of a problem. Groomed: up to warming hut, down the Birkie Hill and over to trail junction with upper shortcut and Finland, Haug's Cutoff, and both shortcuts. Probably could use A skis? Interestingly, there were more people skiing today than most days during the normal season!
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, April 1, 2018  posted: 4/1/2018 1:31:39 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  April fool? Jury is still out on that one! Was contacted by Andes yesterday that they had groomed some of the trails after getting 5" or so in the recent snowstorm. Went out today in hopes finding that the trail had set up... it had not. Although I found virgin corduroy, it was soft and slow - for me, and not having skied for a while, it was tough going. Coverage was good however. Rock skis recommended because there's no base under the new snow, so given the softness my skis 2-3 times were bottoming out on the gravel underneath. Honestly, the only thing that kept me out there was the novelty of skiing in April, a first for me in the Midwest. About a third of the main trail (over to Isaac Lake), and the shortcuts were groomed.
(Keith Brugger)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  posted: 3/13/2018 4:53:10 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  The countdown continues as the trails degrade. Thoughts of skiing are soon due to fade. Trails have turned into mud and slop, less suitable for skis and more for a mop. If you must ski, what is there you must take. The best of of all was on Isaac Lake. (Really, pretty good out there.) (Mud skis??).
(Keith Brugger)

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