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Woodland Trails
Elk River, MN
15km
Skating/Classic
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Maintained by Elk River Nordic Nordic Ski Club, these trails have become a hot-spot for fantastic skiing in the North Metro. Trails are largely wooded over rolling terrain, but some sections have good climbs and descents. Trails consist of several interconnected loops and are aptly named--be sure to check out the "Top-of-the-World" and "Gravity Box" as well as "Wash Pond Flats" to the NE of the biathlon range. There is not a warming shack, but at least one port-o-potty at the main parking lot. Primarily groomed for skate (not always tracked for classic).
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Batman and Lumberjack just finished their evening run with the medium screens for our Sunday skiing pleasure. Lumberjack will be back out in the morning with a couple of the rest of the crew for week two of tree cutting. They will be out 8-11 starting at the Gravity Box and continuing around the outer loop. Enjoy.
(Dave Anderson)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied outer loop late this afternoon. Great coverage, nice snow surface easy to keep an edge on hills. Fun time, some sun shining through on mostly cloudy day.
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(Dean Kleinhans)
Friday, January 24, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed all Woodlands trails for improved skate surface this evening. Light screening did a nice job of lifting off all the marks from todays skiers. Should be a nice ski Saturday and if you aren't fully satisfied try the winter hiking trail for a fabulous hilly and scenic hike. That also was groomed this evening for the weekend. Classic tracks remain on the trails where they usually are found, and the oak leaves do not seem to be in great number so striding should be fun also.
(Dean Kleinhans)
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Warm temps causing that "creaking sound" as you skate along. Top surface was fast, somewhat glazed (but not slippery icy) surface, if you know what I mean. Can still get an edge, just not totally comfortable. I did some double poling in the tracks since this was very fast in places also. Finally saw my first white tailed deer as I skied along North Mickey, where have they been hiding? Snow coverage is fabulous and grooming will be done Friday evening so all should be fine for the weekend.
(Dean Kleinhans)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied early afternoon, found 1/2" of fresh snow over firm packed trail -- great conditions! Bright sunshine and all those hills made the low teens temperatures feel warm and even with the fresh coating of snow, the trails were still fast and very easy to get a good edge. Nice to see a classic track set nearly everywhere. Hopped in the tracks on a few downhills, skis felt like they were floating on air-suspension! Good skis, no problem. Another great day at Woodlands.
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(Bruce Adelsman)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Oh baby! Now that's what I call skiing! Was a little slow in the tracks but my trip around the outside trail was pretty smooth. Appreciated the tracks left from the tree crew since it provided some ready made classic tracks on the long loop leading to Gravity Box.
(Kory Kinney)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Morning
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
When Wrong-Way came flitting up to our tree cutting crew this morning, she had a big smile on her face. She said skate conditions were “great”. The trail had firmed up nicely yesterday with the falling temps allowing PE and Doc to pull the light screens instead of roll. The screens leveled the trail nicely and Friday night’s frozen mist mixed with the snow added some speed. The Old Coach laid down some really nice tracks this morning, as planned. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Ancient One and Swim Guy finished their morning roll just before 9. Trails are rolled curb to burb and will ski soft today. This evening PE and Doc plan to be back out to firm them up for your Sunday ski. The Old Coach plans to be setting tracks Sunday morning (after the blow). If you are out Sunday morning keep and eye out for the dead tree cutting crew. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, January 17, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
MR and DK warmed up the sleds and made the first pass rolling the trail system Friday evening. Trails will be initially be slow and will have that soft and silky feel. No tracks set yet. More grooming will be done as needed. Have a good ski this weekend.
(Dave Kallemeyn)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Planned to stay on the flats today post-Rennet, but was curious about the conditions on the perimeter loop so I made a deal with myself that I'd take it easy and check it out. The first time around was so pleasant, I couldn't help myself and did one more lap! Deer outnumbered skiers. Last night's grooming, combined with today's warmup and the traffic on the trail resulted in a nice layer of powder on all trails. Some classic track remains on the city trails and railroad grade, although you may find leaves concentrated there. The (many) sticks and leaves are more annoying aesthetically than they are glide-limiting.
(Mark Rathbun)

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