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Burnsville, MN
10.9k
Skating/Classic
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952-895-4500
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A great hilly trail system completely in the woods. Because of the woods, the trails hold their snow better than most.
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Reports 1 to 9 of 9    Month: Jan | Dec | Nov
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great classic tracks set before I skied this evening. I skied all the loops once or twice. There were quite a few leaves blown into the tracks, but otherwise they were in excellent condition. No dirt or sticks. I do wish they would put "normal" maps back up at the intersections (They should be oriented north up, so they all look the same, rather than direction of travel up, which is confusing when you see it on a paper map, even if it works great on a moving GPS view). I always enjoy the abundance of hills and woods at Terrace oaks, whether I'm on my classic skis or skate skis.
(Craig Wiklund)
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skated the outer, 5.2 km loop several times from 9 to 10:30 am, with temp dropping from 25 to 16. The 4+ inches of new snow had apparently seen a grooming pass plus another that left the skate deck almost double wide in places, often with a rut in the middle. Skating was slow and arduous, especially up several short hills, though the longer downhill and flat parts were enjoyable, if a bit tricky. No tracks set, but the several classic skiers I saw appeared, like me, to be appreciating this lovely, tranquil setting (which with the thinning of trees and brush looks radically different in places than it did in years past).
(Richard Swenson)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Good snow coverage. Skiied the expert loop. Classic section is untouched. Skate section is choppy but double. Some sections still show signs of grooming but were not eyet skied in. Conditions were excellent - no wind, excellent snow coverage, very little debris on the trails. Snow and ice on the branches with sun create a winter wonderland.
(Tony Doan)
Friday, December 27, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Their website claims that they hadn't groomed since the thaw, but it must have been rolled in the past 24 hours. The ice was rolled into shallow corduroy. It was fast but not glazed. It is not groomed for classic. There are oak leaves everywhere (no surprise with the name) but snow coverage is good throughout - there is one bare spot at the start only. It's been years since I've skied here; it's a fun, curvy, hilly 5 km outer course. I'm glad I went, and recommend others go. The inner 4 km track is also open.
(Mary McKelvey)
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skated the outer loop. It appears that additional grooming had been done, with fairly fresh hard corduroy (temp around 25F) and significant leaf debris in many places. It was enough to grab my skis and make it difficult to keep them moving on a few of the steeper climbs. Fairly flat trail to very difficult off-camber trail for a few stretches. Most of the downhills were fairly level from side to side and was able to stay in control. There were a few spots where dirt had been pulled up but they were easily avoidable. Relatively shallow classical tracks. I used rock skis - probably could have used "B" skis with caution.
(Mike Maiers)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Looks like a tractor was used to drag the trail, and frankly the trail would have been better if left ungroomed. It would be both safer and more enjoyable. A lot of the trail had a big tractor tire rut down the center. It's one of the worst grooming jobs I have ever seen. There are multiple stretches with hi/low levels, holes, a ridge down the center.
(Dale Vaillancourt)
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
The trails are open but not yet groomed, with no tracks set. Had fun kicking around on my old-school trail breaking skis. Did my best to "connect the dots" between the trails that had been set by previous skiers. Hopefully the new snow and colder temps will give the groomers what they need to do their magic. Coverage averaged 6-8 inches, with more depth in the protected areas. Beautiful scenery with the new snow! Recommend rock skis for now, or at least until the first grooming is complete. This is a great venue with some challenging hills.
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(Mike Maiers)
Friday, November 29, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Not groomed, but surprisingly good snow conditions for this early and the first snow of the season. We were skiing on our waxable Norwegian wood skis with V-55 Swix kick wax. Plenty of snow. Some leaves and sticks. A few small patches of dirt, easily avoided. Great day to be out on skis! All of their ski trails were open.
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(Craig Wiklund)
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied the ungroomed outer loop on my waxless Madshus backcountry skis. These skis are a blast. Some walkers and one skier before me. If you think you have to stick to groomed trails and manmade snow, you're missing out on a big part of the fun! This was a great, hard workout bustin trail. No crowds except for two hawks, an owl, a bald eagle and three whitetails. Forget about preserving your race ski bases sometime. You'll be ecstatic to get out and kick around old school. You could ski 10 k here in three combined loops.
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(Dale Vaillancourt)