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Minneapolis, MN
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This trail is groomed across the chain of lakes in Minneapolis: Brownie, Cedar (including Cedar Lake Park), Lake of the Isles, and Bde Maka Ska. Usually not groomed until mid-winter, once the ice is safe for vehicles.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 28    Month: Jan
Monday, January 17, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Good conditions on Cedar, deep firm tracks and pretty fast. Softer, shallower tracks on Brownie. Some icy patches on both lakes but easy to hop out and ski around.
(Lacey Hartman)
Monday, January 17, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Epic conditions on the lakes for classic and skate. Mostly clean soft snow, just a few small icy patches. Excellent snow under all tunnels and bridges. I used my best skis, no problem - even the Cedar land trail is very good!
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(Bill Oyler)
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions Saturday late afternoon were consistently good across the four lakes with some variation. Isles and Cedar consistently strong, Brownie soft with a couple ice spots, Bde Maka Ska was soft but good except for about four ice spots, which were mostly navigable except for the west side right under Minikahda (So soft here with a bit of water, steer clear). Maka Ska got firmer quickly however at about 3:30 when I followed the groomer around. A few more skiers and it should be solid enough for a really good ski. (I did my part by pressing down on each ski with all my post-Christmas Cookie weight).
(R.T. Rybak)
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Cedar Lake, Isles, Bde Maka Ska and all the connecting channels have been groomed, fine tuned and widened today after heavy use this weekend. The trails are in epic condition, get out and enjoy while we have it! Skate deck and classic on the inside. Walking/ cycling out the outside, shore side.
(Brian Crotteau)
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both Lost/Found 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied most of system, nice grooming. Watch for rocks at top of hill on Cedar woods loop by road. Lakes are great but woods section has a little grass and dirt. Poor tracks on Brownie, much softer skate deck on Bde Maka Ska. Found air pods buried in the snow just past tunnel on Brownie.
(Eric Sumner)
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two passes on skate deck around Brownie, Cedar (including woods), Isles; and one pass around Bde by Maka Ska. More work planned for Maka Ska this afternoon to widen skate deck.
(Steve Kotvis)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
South Wirth and chain of lakes: started at the Bryn Mawr school and skied the woods down to the lakes just after sunset. Not much for classic tracks in the woods over to the parkway bridge over 394, but the fresh snow was great anyways. Bridge was pretty clean and groomer had been out over it on our way back. Brownie had some soft tracks and large icy patches, but tracks were great on Cedar and Isles with a lot fewer icy spots to dodge. Fresh snow on the lakes was also super fast-- so nice that we stayed out a lot longer than we expected. Plenty of snow under all of the tunnels and bridges.
(Dan Petters)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Bde Maka Ska, Isles, Cedar and the channels between are all groomed for skate and classic. The snow is still soft and will take another day or two to set up. An outside track was groomed for walkers, etc. and marked by signs. Skiing-only is also marked and between the classic tracks, inside the walking trail.
(Brian Crotteau)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
A wonderful day out on Lake of the Isles! Classic tracks were very good. Just one small patch where the snow looked like choppy frozen slush, but 99.99% of the loop was great. This was the first time my husband and I went out on the Chain of Lakes (well, just one lake I suppose), and it certainly won’t be the last!
(Karoline DeSousa)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful sunny windless days with recent grooming after a several inch snowfall makes for a perfect day on the lakes! Many folks out classical and skate skiing, hiking, dog walking and even some brave souls on Cedar jumping into a hole cut into the ice! I skied Isles and Cedar. Cedar was just being groomed when I got there so enjoyed being one of the first to ski the new tracks. Just a couple minor slushy spots that you can go around or plod on through. The canal between the lakes was not groomed but there were somewhat adequate skier-made tracks. Apparently Brownie only has skier-made tracks as well. The groomers made a lot of people happy today!
(Dave Carlson)

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