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Two Harbors, MN
20k
Skating/Classic
No
No
218-595-7100
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Some easy trails but the majority of trails are suitable for moderate skill level. Trails also include .8 k of difficult trail. The large western loop is groomed for skate-skiing.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Jan | Dec
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails were in fantastic shape, groomed this morning. Like every other park, there are walkers and mishaps, but move a few minutes farther from the visitor’s center and the number of incidents go down exponentially. 5 ish km on west/south side of the river is groomed for skating. At 430 pm, we were skiers #2 and 3 on the skate groomed trail and the other person had skated -- at what might be the most visited state park in the system. Great trail to escape people (because it's ~5km commitment vs. other trails have lots of choices). Fun loop though: climbing alongside the river and then wind downhill. Probably the first time I’ve ever been to Gooseberry without kids. The trails are beautiful and a fun day's adventure with kids (at least two, maybe three shelters to use as a destination and have a picnic lunch or something), it's much easier to go farther without kids. We ran out of daylight, but I found myself wanting to ski them all again - especially the farthest from the trailhead - the river is just so pretty covered in snow!
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(Kristin Riker-Coleman)
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
We got into skating gear and shuffled 1/4 mi to the skating trail but found it had not been groomed. Back to the parking lot to get classic gear. Beautiful classic trails expertly groomed, had a wonderful time.
(Dan Prince)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fantastic. The trails were covered with feathery lake-effect snow from yesterday and this morning. Lake Superior was blue in the background on the lower loop. Track was excellent and skied in. Groomer was out today.
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(Tony Lockhart)
Friday, January 14, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions for classic! It was snowing and grooming was in progress. So there was a mixture of grooming with some freshly-set tracks, some trails just rolled, and some untouched with 4-6” of new snow over old tracks. Wonderful skiing! Swix Special Green kick wax worked great on our wood skis with temp around 16°F. They have about 18” of snow on the ground now. We saw one deer and one grouse and only six other skiers.
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(Craig Wiklund)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great ski today. Groomer was out in front of me. So fun to be the first on perfectly groomed trails. Kuddos to the groomer! Temps were finally mild, only a few skiers out on Tuesday. Plenty of snow coverage. It's been a couple of years since we've been to the North Shore. So glad to be back!
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(Steve Black)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied 6 miles of upper trails. Trails were rolled but not tracked. Very soft snow so it was a lot of work but very beautiful in woods with all the new snow. The trails are well protected in spite of very high winds today.
(David Baumgardner)
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Tried to skate the skate ski loop but it was not groomed. Plowed a small portion but it got too difficult. Plenty of snow and great conditions for classic skiing, should have stuck to that!
(Christina Ewig)
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lovely, fresh snow. We skied above the bridge on both sides of the river. The groomer had been over most of the trails, with classic tracks set in some of them by the time we were done. Great coverage.
(Diane Mancini)
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Excellent morning ski. Grooming was excellent. Sky was bright and blue. Especially enjoyed the trails on the far side of the highway.
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(Tony Lockhart)
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are fully groomed. We used our good classic skis, just had to be careful in a few spots. Some sticks, grass and bare concrete. Lots of foot prints in the tracks by the visitor center.
(Leah Glimsdal)

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