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Nordic-dedicated snowmaking, daily grooming, and a full-service chalet, located at the bottom of Spirit Mountain. Currently 2.5K of snowmaking. Expansion plans call for connector trail linking the new trail to the 22 km of existing trail at the top of Spirit Mountain.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 25    Month: Jan | Dec
Friday, January 22, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Grand Avenue Nordic Center and Spirit Mountain are hosting the CXC Cup Season Opener this weekend. The race uses all the groomed GANC trails and parts of some lower Spirit Mountain runs, with a new race-only track set up run 14 that connects via a new spur called "Buzz Cut" to the Black Bear Loop. The course was flagged and fenced today and runs through Sunday.
Photos:
(Larry Mishkar)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The fresh bit of snow was just what the doctor ordered. Things have softened up a bit from the rain event and both skate and classic tracks are solid. Note: Tuesday, Jan 19th, there will be a HS race occurring at GANC for a majority of the day so it would be best to visit one of our neighboring trails for the day.
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Fresh groom on all trails yielded great results! Good track and skate decks throughout with a much more forgiving skiable surface.
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Following up on groomer's report, when we skate skied the trail around mid-day, the corduroy had set up hard where the most recent grooming had occurred, including the stadium. I'm sure it was a lot less icy than trails that have not been touched after the melt, but nothing as good as we have been experiencing lately! Around most corners and on edges of the skate lanes were some more skied-in areas were evident (maybe didn't get the last grooming pass??) that were not at all icy and were much smoother. If current conditions remain, it's a noisy ride across the set corduroy where you could catch an edge, but overall it still felt safe and stable. They did a good job keeping the downhill corners ski-able. When I jumped in the tracks they were fast, deep, very firm, and seemed a little icy. The highest part of the loop is still not groomed but most of the trail is. Grateful to have somewhere to go today in Duluth.
(Sara Zimmer)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
As expected, the rain/sleet/snow did not play too well with our current snow pack, but the beauty of a snowmade system is the ability to have enough base to keep grooming. Conditions are still good, the colder temps last night made the snow very dense, granular, and a little difficult to work with. All open trails are groomed with skate deck and classic track, tracks are fairly good through most of the system with a few spots where we met some very firm base and the track setter got a little shallow in the snow pack. All in all, should still be good skiing!
(Erik Blow)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Very wet snow/rain overnight has saturated our base and made for some very dense snow. Stadium and lower loops have been groomed and are still in very good condition with good depth classic tracks. We will be closing off the upper loops today to do some pushing of snow to fine tune everything for the CXC Cup race the weekend of the 22-24th, so please stay below the DWP if you see the closed signs.
(Erik Blow)
Friday, January 1, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Fresh groom this morning on stadium, big bend and roller coaster. Snow is firm and cold, providing a very solid base. Fine tuning of the section above the DWP is slated for some time next week; we’ll keep you updated when that arrives.
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
We’ve received 5” of very dry, fluffy snow down at GANC and it’s just what the doctor ordered! Conditions are looking great through the system, including the loop up and around the DWP. Since this section is new it is not quite in its final form but definitely skiable and groomed in full. It finally feels like winter has arrived!
Photos:
(Erik Blow)
Monday, December 28, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Stadium and Big Bend Loops are skate and track groomed with bits of tree debris from previous storm here and there. Tracks and corduroy are firm.
Photos:
(Larry Mishkar)
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
The hamster wheel is shorter than it was before the storm as they're blowing more snow. A longer loop (maybe 2.5K) should be open in a few days, but before that I'd probably ski somewhere else. I did one loop then gave up and drove to the top of the hill.
(Mitchell Campbell)

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