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Trails groomed daily, as necessary. Classic and skating, Lessons available for individuals and groups. Warm chalet with showers, sauna, changing rooms, lounge area, snacks.
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Friday, December 4, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The trails were skate-groomed, with the Ginzu knives just scraping our base, this morning. The base is only 1-2” right now. The 6K groomed very nicely, with a few exposed spots, and some harmonic “ripples” across the trail. The 6K classic track is well used, but hard and 95% intact, except around the Biathlon Loop. The 8K classic track is 50% gone. The 8K skate deck is fair-good, given the conditions, with more exposed ground, particularly on the first 3K and the Nikolai’s Narrows section. The final 4K is in decent shape. Rock skis suggested. With no new snow near-term, we'll try to nurse what we have: No dogs when temps are 32 or above, and our next grooming planned for Monday morning. We’re open 8-8 today and Saturday, 8-6 on Sunday. Think Snow!
Photos:
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The 6K is in decent shape, despite a lot of hard use. The skate deck is >95% intact hard-pack, some easily avoided rock, fast and reasonably smooth. The classic track is iron-hard, though well-used and with washouts on the harder turns. B skis recommended on the 6K. The 8K has suffered more deterioration, particularly the first 3 km. The classic track is in poor shape, not repairable absent fresh snow. The best 8K segments are in/out of Fisketti Junction, and may be accessed via the cut-thrus off the 6K trail. Rock skis recommended on the 8K. Due to the very thin base, we are cutting-back on grooming in order to extend the life of this trail. Next skate grooming planned for Friday morning. No restrictions and we’re open as usual, however dog-owners are asked to leave Fido at home if the temps are 32 or warmer. Think Snow.
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Snowflake continues to have very decent skiing. John and/or Jim groomed yesterday morning. I would describe the trails as well used, but remarkably good, considering that we have had no snow in 15 days or so, and my backyard has several bare patches (I live about 4 miles from Snowflake). I skated and had no problem getting an edge when I needed it, but I did head for the edge of the trail (less well used) on some downhills. I also hopped out to the 8 Km trail and did a few loops on several segments near Spaghetti Junction. On some flats I got in the classic track and double poled, the track is a bit icy, and very solid. Pictures are the beginning of the 6 Km trail, and on the 8 Km trail just before Harrington's Hill.
Photos:
(Tim Holst)
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Once again, kudos to John and the dedicated Snowflake grooming crew. After the warm temps and thin base, I was not sure what to expect today (after very good conditions yesterday morning) but, as usual, I was not disappointed. Fresh grooming this morning. It also looks like they touched up parts of the 8K. They lost very little base with the warm temps yesterday. I skated and stuck to the 6K and it was 98% really good early season conditions. I continue to be pleasantly surprised with how well the trails are hold up with heavy use, little snow and a not-so cooperative mother nature. B skis for sure but really great early season conditions continue at the snow-hole that is Snowflake Nordic.
(Thomas Heinitz)
Friday, November 27, 2020
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skate decks on both the 6K and 8K were groomed this morning. They are hard, but the base is thin and we can’t set the Ginzu knives very deep. The 6K is very good, B-skis. The 8K is thinner, with some exposed ground and I recommend rock skis on the 8K. Classic track on both trails is skied-in and firm. Since Saturday afternoon temps are forecast to reach 40 degrees, we will close at noon to preserve the base, since it’s all the snow we have for the foreseeable future. Sunday gets cold and we will reopen at 8 a.m.
Photos:
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
All trails were groomed for skating, and classic tracks were set on both the 6K and 8K this morning. The skate decks are very good; the classic tracks are soft, and unlikely to harden given the forecast temps. Our trails are closed to Members' dogs today and tomorrow, due to warm temps, soft snow, and the thin base. Next grooming is planned for Friday morning. We’re open til 8:00 tonight, and 8-6 on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos:
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Monday, November 23, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
This morning we groomed the 6K skate deck, two passes, and thanks to yesterday’s snow, it came out very nice: hard packed and corduroy surface. Can’t do anything with the 6K classic track until we get some more snow. It is well used, iron hard, but less icy due to yesterday’s snow. Ran the 8K one-time, grooming over yesterday’s skate tracks. The 8K looks better than it did after grooming on Saturday night, and I’d say B skis.
Photos:
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Nestled up on a ridge deep in the Duluth snowbelt, Snowflake consistently receives more snow than other areas around Duluth. It is one thing to get more snow, grooming and managing the snow you receive makes all the difference in the quality of the trail. It is this area that Snowflake really shined this week. By closing the trails during the midweek warm-up, they where able to preserve and protect the trails for great skiing for the weekend. Yes the snow was a bit thin in spots and the classic track was a bit worn down in places (not enough snow to reset the track) but still it was excellent skiing, especially for all natural snow in mid-November. I skied just the 5k but the spots where I saw the 10k trail looked equally as good. To end a great day at Snowflake I also had the good fortune to have a physically distanced chat with George Hovland.
Photos:
(Dave Johnson)
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
A very busy day on the trails! Tonight we ran the skate decks on both the 6K and 8K trails. Ginzu knives were set just deep enough to scrape off today’s tracks, but not tear the base off the ground. The 6K groomed remarkably well and has a mostly corduroy surface. Some rocks visible but easily avoided. The 6K classic track is like iron: it will be icy and fast, some washouts on the harder turns. The 8K has several sections with very thin base, and exposed ground. There are also sections where uneven ground freezing has caused “ripples” across the trail. The last 4K are better than the first 4K of that trail. I recommend rock skis on the 8K, or B skis and some agility. Average skiers may want to use the Pulse Loop Bypass (marked), and ski Pulse Loop. Let’s continue to keep dogs off the trails if temps are above 30 degrees. Early Bird pricing ends in 10 days.
Photos:
(John Graham, Snowflake Nordic Center)
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Thanks John and Jim! Lots of skiers at Snowflake enjoying remarkably good skiing, both skate and classic. The classic track, on the 6 K loop only, was icy but not glazed, and my Fischer zeros worked well. Good upper body workout, so fast I was double poling most of the time. So great to be out in the north woods on real snow!
Photos:
(Tim Holst)

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