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French Rapids Ski Trails
Brainerd, MN
16k
Skating/Classic
No
No
218-963-4762
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Some incredible climbs and descents. Offers stunning views of the Mississippi River. Mainly expert trails.
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Reports 1 to 8 of 8    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
French Rapids trails were rolled today, but reports are it was rather soft yet. Grooming planned for Monday will use grooming sled and set track which should help firm it up.
(Owen Baird)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grooming of the skate deck Thursday helped a lot with the chunks and deer tracks. Hard packed old snow, but not icy. Older classic track had residual (now old) powder snow (and leaves) in it. Good coverage for good skis, but some sections have a bunch of oak leaves and a few sticks.
(Owen Baird)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
If you like your ski trails tracked up by deer, covered in oak leaves, and with plenty of icy death balls you are in luck, French Rapids has all of that. With that said, the coverage is great. I was on skate skis but the track looked pretty solid though a little covered in leaves. Seriously, if you like bombing down crusty torn up snow with lots of ice balls this is your place. I had fun.
(Scott Engelstad)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
First time out to French found the trails recently groomed in very good condition, good skis. Ok, there were lots of oak leaves on the trail - hard to get away from that.
(Clay Alexson)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails in great condition but someone should really talk to the deer about walking across it. So rude. Also, these trails are beautiful but exhausting when you are in bad shape like me. Let's just say I go downhill extra fast.
(James Dahl)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Good deep and firm classic track unfortunately has a bunch of oak leaves in it in many sections, there are some ok areas, but many of the hills are too steep to use the tracks much anyway. Skate lane very good - firm but not hard with plenty of edge grip.
(Owen Baird)
Friday, December 20, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skied the outer loop (after skiing 2 loops at Wolf Lake -- earlier retirement has its benefits). Quite a few oak leaves where oaks are growing. Now I know why I usually skate at French...leaves in tracks without fresh snow and my poor kick was selection.
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(Bryan Pike)
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
French Rapids was groomed today. I have not been out there to see out it turned out, but it should be fairly good with the amount of snow we have.
(Owen Baird)