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30 km
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Rolling terrain, including some scenic sections along the Bad River.
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Friday, January 28, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All skate/classic combination trails are in good to excellent condition with firm skate decks and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10" except where sections had been closed for logging. Meadow, Pipeline West, and open sections of Pipeline East were freshly combed and tracked today. Some needle/cone debris in places due to recent high winds. Some drifting may occur in open areas. At this time the local's favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging that occurred by the Ballfield Lot. There's two sections of bare-ground conditions, about 1000ft and 400ft long each, that will remain until we get a decent snowfall. Removing skis is recommended when traversing between the groomed sections. As-is, the east and west trail sections make a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) was combed today and in very good condition. Skiing on Takesson and Vahtera (both classic-only) is not advised, poor conditions exist due to excessive drifting. Our 20 year old classic-only ginzu broke and repairs will need to occur next week. Tracking was inconsistent due to varying snow levels that could not be leveled out. Until those repairs are completed we'll only be grooming the combination trails.
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(James Enigl)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All skate/classic combination trails are in excellent condition with firm skate decks and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10" except where sections had been closed for logging. Meadow, Pipeline West, and open sections of Pipeline East were freshly combed and tracked today courtesy of the Friends of Copper Falls volunteer groomer team. At this time the local's favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging that occurred by the Ballfield Lot. There's two sections of bare-ground conditions, about 1000ft and 400ft long each, that will remain until we get a decent snowfall. Removing skis is recommended when traversing between the groomed sections. As-is, the east and west trail sections make a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) was combed today and in very good condition. Full Takesson Loops were tracked Sunday and the east-part of the Vahtera Loop on Friday. Grooming plans: Full grooming of all trails and new track is expected to be set on full Vahtera and Takesson come Friday.
(James Enigl)
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Meadow and Pipeline East Trails are in great shape. Thursday the snow was about 1F so it was like skiing sandpaper. Double poling in the classic tracks was a lot better: they're solid, clean and deep with a mild dusting of powder on top. As temps warm, trails will get better and better. I snowshoed on Red Granite, and it is very skiable also.
(Charlie Dee)
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All skate/classic combination trails are in excellent condition with firm deck and tracks, featuring a base of 7-10in. At this time the local’s favorite, the Pipeline Loop, is not a completed loop due to logging occurring by the Ballfield Lot. However it makes a fantastic two-way trail that goes double the distance with fun rolling scenic terrain on the west side great for the average skier and big hills on the east side for those looking to get some hill workouts. Pipeline West ends by the winter campsites and Pipeline East ends just as it goes into the pine forest. Red Granite (skate/snowshoe loop) is very good but still has some irregular spots due to being a multi-use trail seeing high snowshoe usage. The east-half of Vahtera was tracked, accessible through Pipeline East from the Office Lot. Takesson was re-tracked; accessible from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West. Sections that remain closed at this time include a 2km section of Pipeline East by the Ballfield/Purple Lots and the west-half of Vahtera for visitor safety while logging operations continue. We hope to reopen these popular sections around January 21st.
(Chris Bender)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
If you're ever in a situation where you spend 2/3 of available daylight trying to get a furnace to give you heat above 46 F, then the deus ex machina appears to fix the damn thing, the perfect antidote to frustration, the perfect tension remover, the perfect way to celebrate resolution, would be skating on the Pipeline, east and west, and Meadow Trail at CFSP. Conditions very good throughout, excellent in many places. Classic tracks are firm, fast and clean. Because of logging, Pipeline East is a down and back from Meadow only.
(Charlie Dee)
Friday, January 14, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Most trails were groomed today. The Meadow Loop is excellent with a firm skate deck and new tracks; tracks were brought further in and should now provide more consistent firm pole plants. The Red Granite Falls Loop is very good, groomed for skate and snowshoe but the center is still somewhat soft; trail has seen increased snowshoe usage this season. Pipeline West is excellent with a firm skate deck and good tracks; tracks were brought further in and should now provide firm pole plants. Pipeline East was groomed and tracked today, excellent skate deck and tracks, but still closed where it enters the woods after the big downhills. The east-half of Vahtera was tracked, accessible through Pipeline East from the office lot. Takesson still had good tracks, last tracked Monday. Takesson access will be from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West as the Ballfield Lot remains closed due to ongoing logging operations. A 2km section of Pipeline East and the west-half of Vahtera remain closed at this time for visitor safety while logging operations continue.
Photos:
(James Enigl)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied some of the trails this afternoon after work. Most trails have been groomed except Vahtera and 2km of the Pipeline near the ballfield/purple lots. The Meadow Loop is in very good condition with a firm skate deck and minor drifting into tracks but still useable once the first pass is made. The Red Granite Falls Loop is groomed for skate and snowshoe but the center is still somewhat soft. Pipeline West has a firm skate deck with good tracks. Pipeline East was groomed and tracked today but still closed where it enters the woods after the big downhills; expect some drifting into tracks during the second downhill near the start. Takesson was tracked Monday. Takesson access will be from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West as the Ballfield Lot remains closed due to ongoing logging operations. A 2km section of Pipeline East and the entire Vahtera Loop remain closed at this time for visitor safety while logging operations continue.
(James Enigl)
Monday, January 10, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The majority of Trails have been groomed and are in good condition. -The meadow loop is groomed for skate and Classic. -Red Granite Falls Trail is Groomed (multi-use) -Pipeline West is groomed for Skate and Classic. -Takesson is tracked. Takesson access will be from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West as the Ballfield Lot remains closed due to ongoing logging operations. Pipeline East and Vahtera are closed at this time for visitor safety while logging operations continue.
(Chris Bender)
Friday, January 7, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
The park received 22" of new snow this week. Park Staff and Friends Group Volunteers worked full days over the last few days to get trails back into shape. It will take a few more days to get all the trails into groomed condition. The meadow loop and Pipeline West to the ballfield are in excellent condition and groomed for skate and classic. Red Granite is groomed, but is a bit soft. Pipeline east is just packed at this time and is also soft. Takesson has not been groomed yet, and will be worked on next week. Near-future Takesson access will be from the Loon Lake lot through Pipeline West as the Ballfield Lot remains closed due to ongoing logging operations. Portions of Pipeline East and Vahtera, are closed at this time for visitor safety while logging operations continue.
(Chris Bender)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
The Meadow Loop and Red Granite Falls Trail was packed today. As of 2pm, the park has received 13" of snow so far. Grooming plans: Trails will be re-packed tomorrow and will need to firm up a bit before grooming. Meadow, Red Granite, Takesson, and Pipeline West will be groomed Friday and ready for the weekend. Due to selective logging ongoing near the shop and ballfield, the entire Pipeline Loop will not be groomed until after next week. Portions of Pipeline and Vahtera, are closed at this time for visitor safety.
(Chris Bender)

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