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Duluth, MN
22k
Skating/Classic
No
No
218-730-4321
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Beautifully wooded cross-country ski trails, double tracked with skating lanes and groomed daily.
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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Skied the upper Spirit Mountain trails that were used in yesterday's race. The classic tracks would have still been perfect except that some skater(s) also went around the entire 14 K Saturday afternoon when it was soft and broke a bunch of snow into the tracks. It was still soft enough this morning that skiing twice around the system broke up a lot of the in-trail snow clumps. The skate area is narrower than usual, but I think it would be fine as long as the skating isn't done in the afternoon mush. Tracks were pretty fast, but not icy. I could talk myself into staying in the tracks on most of the downhills and had a nice smooth ride all the way up the other side. Enough of a base that the downhills are now really smooth. Some connector sections are not groomed.
(Sara Zimmer)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Upper Spirit Mountain hosted the 2020 Nordic Spirit Classic Ski Race this morning. Trails for this race were groomed Friday evening, with a variety of 1, 2, or 3 tracks across each trail. The CG, 3k and 5k trails were groomed with 2 and 3 tracks. The 5k and 11k trails were groomed best line classic single track, using a left-hand track and thus leaving room for skating. Grooming was coordinated with the City of Duluth using its Pisten Bully. The snow has firmed up nicely and racers reported very good skiing this morning. The trails will remain in this configuration giving classic skiers many kms of track. We plan to reset the entire trail system to its normal configuration early next week.
(Larry Mishkar)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We are stoked to report that all Upper Spirit Mountain trails are open including the Magney Connector and trail. Thanks to the City of Duluth Parks Maintenance Dept. and groomer Darin for doing our black trails. Snow remains soft but not as soft as Saturday. Come on out and ski til dusk or later!
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(Larry Mishkar)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The 11k trails were groomed and tracked this morning, and now the entire trail system is ready for you. Be aware that during grooming operations brush and branch removal is taking place and the sled and ginzu maybe parked where you least expect it. Moderate snow was falling at noon and the chalet is open and warm. Enjoy.
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(Larry Mishkar)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fresh snow really helped the grooming efforts tonight at Upper Spirit Mountain. As of 7p.m all trails are groomed and tracked except the 11k, which is scheduled for Wednesday, depending on weather. The snow is light and dry, and dropping temperatures will hopefully set the deck and tracks nicely. There is very little debris on the trails so all that fresh is helping bury it until spring. Dawn patrollers enjoy!
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(Larry Mishkar)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
As of 2 p.m. all trails at Upper Spirit Mountain have been groomed, including the 11K. Any tracks that were in good, stable condition were left in tact. Yesterday’s light snow combined with grooming the extra firm base yielded a firm skiable skate deck today. Organic debris was less today overall. The outer loops have seen little traffic while the CG and 3K loops were being enjoyed by numerous skiers. Remember the trail system plays host to Nordic Spirit Youth League each Sunday afternoon thru February 9th. Enjoy.
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(Larry Mishkar)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skated all the trails at Spirit Upper this morning. Larry the groomer was out doing a good job grooming the 10k as I skied. The 3k and campground loops had already been done. The groomed trail was new snow slow and the ungroomed snow was 2-3" deep and felt like slow butter. Both made for a great workout. Thanks to Larry for grooming.
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(Nic Bacigalupo)
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Greetings! Upper Spirit Mountain campground, 3K and 5K skate decks have been groomed as of 3p.m. today. The tracks were left intact as they were in good shape. Leaves, small twigs and acorns are numerous on each trail due to recent high winds and no fresh snow fall. However, trails are now receiving a light coating of snow so hopefully that organic matter will be buried until spring! Plans are to groom the 10K on Sunday and re-track all trails if enough new snow falls overnight. Enjoy!
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(Larry Mishkar)
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Spirit mountain trails were very good due to the coating of light snow from last night. If not for that coating, the trail would have been rough, knotty, rutted with a crusty clattering fast surface that would be hard to handle. They have not groomed the past couple of days, someone told us the snowmobile used for grooming had broken down. The trail did soften up a bit in the afternoon but is not a smooth as Magney Snively.
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(George Wawro)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
I skied on the upper trails. The snow was very slow and the base was not great for skate skiing. Prepare to have difficulty planting your poles with the lack of solid base. There was a fair amount of debris on the trails. I would recommend your B or rock skis.
(Julie Thurmes)

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