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Over 30k of trails, rated for beginners to intermediate skiers. A couple of nice shelters, plus a beautiful overlook.
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Reports 1 to 8 of 8    Month: Jan | Dec
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
It's a chilly one out there but grooming went pretty good today. All the little snowfalls are starting to add up and we set track throughout.
(Connie Rasmussen)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Most of these trails, perhaps 80 % of them had a well defined track in which at least an inch or more of newer snow had been worked nicely into the base making for long fast glides and forgiving climbs. Trees glistened at times with diamond like sparkles causing pause and awe of the enlivening silence. Locals are probably used to this version of sublime winter, but I react like someone eating food for the first time without a can opener. The other 20 % of the trails in the far north and west of the complex had been dragged at least once but were covered with 4 inches or more of snow. This part was more like backcountry skiing in the mountains filled with numerous predator and prey tracks displaying the inevitable remains that dinner had been served. I made it back to the truck fully intact, and blissfully tired, rethinking perhaps next time my choice of skinny skis and replacing them with a wider ski if the forest service can no longer track the farther reaches and more dramatic parts of this system. I did see plenty of snow shoe tracks crossing and using this part of the trail, and can certainly understand why someone would seek out this more rugged and panoramic experience.
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(Michael Wilke)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied after a bit of mixed precipitation came through, but conditions were still fluffy if not powder. The tracks were nicely set with plenty of coverage. Beautiful!
(Matt Thill)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Late morning, outstanding conditions, blue sky, 26 degrees, deep and fast tracks, solid pole plants. Skied 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 11, 16, 17, 10, 9, 8.
(Joe Strlekar)
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
32 degrees, calm, some sun and clouds. The East side was groomed. Where there is good coverage the tracks were in great shape. Thin in other areas. Did the 1-2-5-3 loop with 3 of the best musicians on the Iron Range. So good to see each other since Sept. And reconnect in the woods and take in the surrounding area.
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(Ron Kutsi)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
What a beautiful day! Met a few happy skiers while grooming. We set fresh track on everything we had previously done as well as a few more green segments. Reports from the parking lot say that the snow is fast and the tracks held even on the downhills. Super fun!
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(Connie Rasmussen)
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Just did most of the eastern loop. Hoarfrost in the pines and blue skies appeared to accent them. Track getting a lot of use today. Holding up for the most part. Solid pole plants. 18 vehicles in the lot when I left. I saw beginning little kids with parents and up to senior citizens in their 70s enjoy the mid 20s and calm day.
(Ron Kutsi)
Monday, December 28, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
The fluffy snow packed down to reveal a few rocks in places. All trails are packed. We did set track in the south loops as well as the middle north-south "main drag" (if you are familiar with the intersections: 1-8-9-11-16-22-9, as well as 22 out to 28). Looks like many avid skiers have been out enjoying the trails already, myself included. My recon/fun ski on Saturday turned into quite the trail breaking adventure, next time I'll bring a headlamp! Uff da, haha. Have fun out there!
(Connie Rasmussen)