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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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2020-2021 season
Reports 1 to 8 of 8    Month: Feb | Jan
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed all trails for skating and reset the classic tracks. Just a dusting of snow today. Due to lack of snow small twigs and leaves present, but many areas are not a problem.
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(Bryan Pike)
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great skiing at French. Firm and fast skate lanes were freshly groomed (on Wednesday). No icy spots and very few thin spots.
(Jacquelyn Bacigalupi)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails had about two inches of fresh fluffy powdery snow on top and hadn’t been groomed. The classic tracks were nice and someone had broken the tracks in before us. A beautiful day for classic skiing!
Photos:
(Ben Cahill)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
There was about an inch of fresh snow on top of the previous grooming, which provided full coverage and good control on the downhills. There were a few sections with some icy ruts, but overall great skiing. An ATV had driven on a small section of the trail making a mess of it - but it only affected about 1/4 mile of the trail.
(Jacquelyn Bacigalupi)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails groomed Saturday but track not reset. Surface was a somewhat soft granular to slightly icy snow. Ok kick with hardwax but it wore off after a while. Probably better skate than classic conditions out there now. In the afternoon about a half inch of new snow fell after I skied there so probably a little different conditions now. Could use good skis, only area of dirt is steep climb along river after first junction on outer loop.
(Owen Baird)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
First time out to French this year. The trails were in very good shape flat surface and fast, I skated but the classic tracks looked in good shape. There are several spots where the dirt was pulled to the surface but easy to ski around. Great to see the Brainerd High School team out in force on the trails!
(Clay Alexson)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Freestyle skiing was good this morning after the first grooming. A few humps, but good snow depth on trail. Track was firm as I jumped in on a few downhill runs.
Photos:
(Bryan Pike)
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails groomed and tracked on Saturday afternoon. Some leaves and sticks, mainly in the classic track but overall good conditions.
(Owen Baird)