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Irondale Trails
New Brighton, MN
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Trails flow on hilly terrain along Rice Creek on Ramsey County open space land. Maintained by Irondale high school ski team and volunteers. Access from Irondale athletic fields or Poppyseed Drive.
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2020-2021 season
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Rock skis ]
Full coverage, minus the path crossings, and perfect depth for ungroomed skiing. Surprisingly good glide, the snow was not sopping wet like I expected. I skated, and it was a little herky-jerky when I would catch an edge on dirt beneath the snow. I think classic skiing on fish scales would not clump and be a more enjoyable experience. Saw other tracks out there as well! Should be good tonight and tomorrow morning, provided the clouds stick around.
(Karl Holub)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
It was type 2 fun skiing on the corpse of this winter's grooming, and I learned that it is possible to glide on wet woodchips! While 90% of the trails are still covered, including the two asphalt crossings, burnout on some of the hills prevented continuous skiing. I'm guessing this will be completely unskiable by tomorrow afternoon.
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(Karl Holub)
Friday, February 12, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skate deck and tracks were primo throughout! It's rare you can kick up all the hills, but the cold conditions have the course flowing wonderfully. Tracks are glazed and ski faster than you'd expect at -5. Pretty much all the oak leaves have blown down, meaning the tracks should stay skiable. If you're looking for a short, winter sheltered, challenging loop this weekend, look no further!
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(Karl Holub)
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Good snow coverage throughout, with only one icy spot near the fields. B skis due to leaves and sticks blowing onto trail. Classic tracks are well used but not drifted over. The skate lane is firm. This is a great place to ski through the woods on a cold day and stay out of the wind.
(Mark Oswood)
Friday, February 5, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Irondale trails have great coverage and respite from the wind. Trails have been groomed since yesterday's snowfall and had full coverage with minimal amount of leaves or sticks.
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(Ben Creagh)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails were very soft, but very skiable with the compacted, icy base. When this layer hardens up, we should have the best skiing of the season. No dirt spots or wood chips showing. Thanks Gary!
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(Karl Holub)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Definitely skiable, but showing some wear. Especially on up and down hills. More leaves present, occasional wood chips, but no rocks or asphalt. B skis trending towards rock, but not there yet. Perhaps 75% tracked, with some sections washed out.
(Steven Goetz)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Irondale skiers and parents just finished shoveling hills, corners, and thin spots. Please consider postponing your ski until we have a chance to groom on Monday. Thanks!
(Kira Stolen)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Gave the trails a couple of runs today. Packed and fast. Some sections had a lot of branches and wood chips, some avoidable dirt, and other sections were surprisingly nice. One big positive: almost no leaves to grab the skis. Good coverage at road crossings. I used B skis without issue, but rock skis would be a safer choice. Great ski, thank you to the groomer!
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(Linda Evert)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
The trails are getting quite deteriorated and could really use some new snow. Mostly woodchips showing through but I wouldn't risk it with skis you care about.
(Kate Karshna)

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