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The Carleton College Arboretum trails are open to the public for skiing. The Upper Arb (6.3 km) is groomed for skating and classic and the Lower Arb (12.3 km) is groomed for classic only.
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Reports 1 to 5 of 5    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Just great snow today. Skied the Lower Arb; assume the Upper Arb is just as good, but didn't go. Ice remains under the new snow. Some actual tracks set. Pretty good skier-tracked elsewhere. Good ski conditions everywhere.
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(William Schroeer)
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Used my race classic B skis and really wish I'd used rock skis. Beautiful day for skiing in the Lower and Upper parts of the arb. Snow was old, icy, and soooo many walkers imprints. While it was a beautiful day to ski, conditions were icy, trails we're heavily walked on, and several exposed areas. Had to walk a 100 ft section on a south facing hill. There is one sign at the trailhead that says not walking on the trail, but adding some additional signs through the trail system may be more helpful to prevent walkers. Saw several walkers walking directly on top of the classic ski tracks themselves, which was frustrating.
(Kallie Doeden)
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Fantastic classic skiing in the Lower Arb today. Perfect conditions. Skier passing me: "It's a perfect Blue Extra day!" There are one or two bare spots that are both obvious and easily avoided. I can't think of any good reason to take out your best skis, but you could if you were careful. Otherwise, B ski away and have a great time. A combination of good skiing and the fine citizens of Northfield helping out means that the skier-groomed tracks are in pretty good shape and not suffering from too many boot divots.
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(Will Schroeer)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Lower Arb: Enough snow that skiing was doable/enjoyable but not quite enough for classic groomed trails to be set. I didn't encounter any rocks/sticks/bald spots except on the high treeless plains area. Was definitely glad I went.
(Ken Abrams)
Friday, December 25, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
The snow has blown around a lot, exposing grass in some areas while covering others more deeply. If you're happy making your own tracks and working around the bare patches, it's possible to ski a loop!
(Kate Meyer)