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Center City, MN
55k
Skating/Classic
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651-583-2125
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With trails from beginners to expert and a very modern, heated trail center, Wild River State Park is one of the hidden gems for cross-country skiing in eastern Minnesota. The Aspen Knob loop is extremely challenging.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Classic skied Deer Creek loop, pretty good all things considered, leaves and twigs will get covered with this week’s snow. Hard crust but not really icy. Saw deer and lots of swans in the open water inside the loop.
(Bryan Lueth)
Friday, January 10, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Despite no recent new snow, I was pleasantly surprised at the change in conditions from Tuesday to today. The track wasn't perfect, but it wasn't nearly as icy as it was Tuesday. Breaking up the icy tracks and laying new track really made a difference. I would say fair conditions, and close to good in some sections. I skied the Mitigwaki Loop. The best part about Tuesday's ski was the moon, not the trails.
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(Kris Backlund)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The amount of snow on the ground at Wild River is adequate, what was there before the New Year has frozen solid, there are few worries about hitting rocks or other bare ground objects. There are lots of leaves on the track. We skied some of the northern trails. All of which had been carefully groomed a day or two before we arrived. The tacks were nicely set and the skate deck looked firm and smooth. Conditions? The best description seems to be that because of the freeze/thaw cycle its like skiing on corrugated iron plate. Thanks to the staff for maintaining the clean and warm trail center and for grooming so carefully.
(David King)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I found a variety of conditions. I skied part of the Mitigwaki Loop (bike trail), the boat landing road, and the River Trail south from the landing. The machine set track was fast and a bit icy, making me wish I had used waxable skis. I think the combination of drizzle in the morning and temps slightly above freezing which had dropped slightly below freezing before I skied contributed to the solid tracks. Going down the boat landing road was a bit like a luge run. I stayed out of the single track from the start and was in a deep snow plow, barely able to maintain control. Somehow I managed to stay on my feet. The only place I found a lot of foot traffic, including right in the track, was on the River Trail. This section was a skied in track, not machine set. There was a small section of single track back up on top that seemed to be freshly set. That was quite nice. Hopefully some additional grooming or snow will take the bite off the fast tracks. All in all, at least fair conditions.
(Kris Backlund)
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Maybe it's just me, but I found conditions to be fairly difficult and challenging for classical skiing. Today's warmer temps made the snow packable and icy, and no amount of red klister wax helped. Park staff told me they have loaned out their groomer, so while there are tracks from previous skiers on most trails, they have not been machine-set and so aren't consistent or in good shape. Additionally, many of the tracks on the northern trails (Logging, Trillium and Amador Prairie) have been walked over by hikers and snowshoers, which I've never seen at the park before. The weather and the company I had were great, but the skiing itself left much to be desired. I'll head for William O. next time.
(Rita Minnichsoffer)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
We had a beautiful morning skiing the trails. A large loop was groomed with classic tracks and there were only very minor icy spots. Many trails were not groomed but the DNR site says that they should all be done by the weekend. Much more snow than the Twin Cities. A great way to start the new year!
(Regina Sullivan)
Monday, December 30, 2019
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
It was a magical ski in diminishing light. With snow still falling and shining in my head lamp, I skied the Dry Creek Trail. Only a skied-in track at that point. There were some branches and limbs down to navigate around, and snow laden trees arching over the trail in places. Dry Creek was running high, which is very unusual in winter. A few places were either slightly slushy at the base, or icy in spots that are typically thin (under pines and/or on slopes). I would rate trails close to good for ski conditions, and excellent for winter beauty. I will like them better once track is set.
(Kris Backlund)
Friday, December 27, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I had low expectations, but found skiing to be a little better than I expected. Trails were definitely fast with temps staying below freezing all day. Even slight "hills" were potentially tricky. I can't imagine the trails got any better with rain Saturday. Here's hoping for some snow on the end of this wet weather system and some grooming magic to occur.
(Kris Backlund)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Plenty of snow with quite a few leaves on top. Leaves are heavy on classic tracks. Better conditions (fewer leaves) on the skate trails. Some trails are labeled "advanced skate" and this is accurate -- too much elevation gain and steep drops for beginners, but lots of fun if you are experienced.
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(Justin Eberhardt)
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
This park is huge with tons of groomed trail! Double-tracked classic trails were in great shape, save for the oak leaves in a few areas, especially near the campground. Southern most loops were the best, looked like they had not been regroomed after the last 1-2" snowfall, but tracks were still very well defined from skier traffic. Skate trails were bumpy and soft in the open prairie areas. Pretty great conditions for Mid-December. Well worth the 1 hour drive from the city.
(Jason Dalebroux)

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