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Rochester, MN
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A mix of newly constructed trails and existing bike paths located at Essex Park in NW Rochester. The northern trails are mostly wooded with many nice hills while the southern trails run through newly planted prairie. Groomed for both skate and classic by volunteers of the Rochester Active Sport Club.
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Reports 1 to 6 of 6    Month: Feb | Jan
Friday, February 19, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Beautiful conditions this morning, had a smile on my face the whole time. I left the parking lot off to the right and then north where I stayed mostly on the Pavilion/Field loop. Conditions there are outstanding! Bombing down the NW Hill Loop, you'll find that the the classic tracks are busted up, thin, or just not very built up because of the sun and limited snow from tree cover. Despite that, the groomers have done an amazing job here and I didn't see any bare ground. Very safe with alternate/backup skis, but I'd avoid top dollar setups for the time being. All of the skate decks were outstanding.
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(Mark Stanfield)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skiing the beautifully groomed skate track was very enjoyable this evening. Nearly all of the trails that I skied also had an excellent classic track. The only exception was a trail in the woods to the West of the parking lot, where, in places, the trail is fairly narrow and the classic track is minimal to non-existent. Overall, conditions for either technique are about as good as it gets.
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(James Martenson)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Conditions at Essex were delightful today, thanks to the groomers. A skate deck had been groomed. There was no classic track as of this morning. The snow was still pretty soft and the feel of the snow was like skiing packed powder on alpine skis. I skied with one of my best pairs of skis with no problem, but there were a few places where trail was thin enough to cause damage. Ski with caution, especially if, like me, you choose to use your good skis.
(James Martenson)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Groomer did the best he could with the light snow available. Most of the terrain is skiable, but the compressed snow was only about 1/2 to 3/4" thick under my skis for most of the course. Very occasional bare spots. Was glad I went, but the course could use several more inches.
(Ken Abrams)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Snow is still pretty soft and difficult to maneuver on. Is also very fast and slick in some areas, so use caution with speed on the hills and tight turns. Lots of walkers out this morning as well, unfortunately. Trails should firm up with cooler temps.
(Joey Furst)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails have been rolled and combed. The base is soft and thin so B skis or rock skis recommended. Classic tracks have not been set. Trails should be good when the temperatures drop and the base firms up.
(Andrew Wood)