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30 km
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Rolling terrain, including some scenic sections along the Bad River.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 19    Month: Jan | Dec | Oct
Friday, January 22, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Groomed Meadow, Pipeline, and Red Granite Loops today. On Wednesday the high winds blew pine needles and twigs onto the trails; members of the Friends of Copper Falls SP came out and did a great job of getting debris off of the trail. Some more blew down Thursday evening so there is a patch of pine needles on the Pipeline West leaving the North Campground, several patches of hemlock needles on the Red Granite skate trail, and a stretch of pine needles on Pipeline East just before the Ballfield lot. Recommend waxless skis if doing classic. Some of the snow that fell Tuesday was sugary, so expect some possible drifting into the tracks on the Pipeline East hills. Meadow: "Excellent" groomed for skate and classic with a 10in base. Pipeline West: "Good" groomed for skate and classic with a 4-9in base. Pipeline East: "Good" groomed for skate and classic with a 3-8in base. Takesson: "Fair" last tracked for classic on Jan 16. Vahterra: "Fair" last tracked for classic on Jan 16. Red Granite: "Good" groomed for skate and snowshoe with a 3-8in base.
(James Enigl)
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Conditions are now poor throughout the park. The heavy winds today brought down lots of needles, leaves, and branches. Sections of the Meadow are fair but most of the skate deck throughout rest of the park is in poor condition due to debris. Did not check classic-only trails. The Pipeline was skiable today but watchout on the downhills as blown-in snow at the bottom was considerable slower than the trail surface.
(James Enigl)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Packed and groomed all loops Saturday evening; it was firming up well. Should be great skiing starting Sunday. The skate deck for Pipeline East hills has improved greatly but it was still difficult to set track; will reset on Tuesday. Meadow Loop: "Excellent" groomed for skate and classic. Pipeline West: "Good" groomed for skate and classic. Pipeline East: "Fair" groomed for skate and classic. Track will be reset 1/18. Vahterra 1: "Good" groomed for classic. Vahterra 2: "Good" groomed for classic. Takesson 1: "Good" groomed for classic. Takesson 2: "Good" groomed for classic. Red Granite: "Good" groomed for skate and snowshoes.
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(James Enigl)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
It was not groomed but it was still snowing but the time I was skiing. The rain from yesterday exposed a few more patches of loose gravel under the skate decks on trails including red granite, pipeline and valterah.
(Erin Matula)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Bare ground and gravel in the corduroy. There is occasional post-holing as well, both on the skate deck and on either side of the tracks.
(Erin Matula)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grooming last done on Tuesday 1/5. The trails have been holding up well. As verified today, the skate deck is firm on the Pipeline and Meadow. Also verified today, the classic track remains in great shape on the Meadow, Vahterra, and Takesson loops. Grooming plan: The plan right now is to pack and groom Friday evening; an update will be posted when that is accomplished.
(James Enigl)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
After several years of difficulties with grooming, the Copper Falls State Park XC trails are returning to quality ski opportunities. We could use more snow, but meadow trail is quite good. We have a committed trail committee, and grooming is improving all the time.
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(Bob Aldrich)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Grooming last done on Tuesday. Update as of Sunday morning, someone on Saturday drove their car a short ways down the Pipeline ski trail by the ballfield/north campground. The ruts have been filled in and packed, but not yet groomed. It looks rough but still skiable. The trails have been holding up well. Skate deck is firm on the Pipeline, Meadow, and Red Granite. The classic track remains in good shape on the Meadow, Vahterra, and Takesson loops. Meadow Loop: "Excellent" groomed for classic and skate. Short, medium, and long loops available. Pipeline West: "Excellent" groomed for skate and classic. A thin but avoidable spot in the center of trail along the northwest corner of Murphy Lake. Pipeline East: "Very Good" groomed for skate and classic. But no track on the big hills or in the pines; need more snow. Vahterra 1: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Vahterra 2: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Takesson 1: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Takesson 2: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Red Granite: "Excellent" groomed for skate and snowshoes. A spot is beginning to thin at the road crossing but avoidable along the edges.
(James Enigl)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The backcountry trails—Valhalla and Takkeson were classic tracked and immaculate! The Meadow Trail for skate looked very good, classic tracks were good 80% of the trail. Pipeline classic tracks are good 80% of the trail, skate lane in good shape, getting thin in several spots. If you classic ski you MUST stride the backcountry trails! Overall, very enjoyable skiing.
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(Deborah Vomhof)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grooming last done on Tuesday. We're still waiting for a groomer part to arrive so the next grooming will occur after the weekend. The trails have been holding up well. Skate deck is firm on the Pipeline, Meadow, and Red Granite. The classic track remains in good shape on the Meadow, Vahterra, and Takesson loops. Meadow Loop: "Excellent" groomed for classic and skate. Short, medium, and long loops available. Pipeline West: "Excellent" groomed for skate and classic. A thin, but avoidable, spot by Murphy Lake. Pipeline East: "Very Good" groomed for skate and classic. But no track on the big hills or in the pines; need more snow. Vahterra 1: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Vahterra 2: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Takesson 1: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Takesson 2: "Excellent" groomed for classic only. Red Granite: "Excellent" groomed for skate and snowshoes. A spot is starting to thin out by the road crossing but avoidable along the edges.
(James Enigl)

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