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Lake Elmo, MN
16k
Skating/Classic
Yes
No
651-430-8370
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Mix of woods and open prairie over rolling terrain. All trails are groomed skate and classic. Almost 9K of lighted trails.
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Friday, January 28, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Designated ski trails were groomed for skate and classic. Hills are thin with some dirt showing through with minor debris. Fair to good condition. The west side multi-use trails have been groomed as well.
(Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The classic tracks were set. Not very deep in most places. Dirt and grass showing through periodically. The groomers most certainly did the best they could with the snow that is there. Unfortunately, a lot of oak leaves! It was so nice to see a fire in the fire pit! It was wonderful that very first year when Jim had the fire pit going most nights.
(Bryan Heinle)
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Great skiing at Lake Elmo this morning. I clipped in and skated off at 9:30, with the thermometer reading a balmy +30F, and found freshly groomed trails with almost unblemished corduroy. I skied the Hills loop (4 times) to stay stay out of the wind and found a solid skate deck with good glide throughout, including the ascents, and nice control on the descents. I used my B skis because of the brown showing through yesterday, and there were still some brown areas today, but the groomers did a masterful job of rolling the skate deck and providing good coverage once again.
(David Sonnenberg)
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Ski trails have been groomed. There are some thin spots with dirt showing. Tracks are in fair to good condition. There may be debris from the recent winds.
(Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Ski trails were groomed for both classic and skate. Trails are in good condition with good snow coverage and no icy patches. Debris may be present due to the recent high winds.
(Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The connecting portions of Hills, Brown's Pond and Prairie were in very good condition. Just a few brown spots of grass or debris sticking through. It was 23 degrees per MPR and windy. I think the snow temperature had not caught up with the rising air temps because it was pretty squeaky under my strides. I used FastWax Blue LF. I walked the upper reaches of the longer uphills but my glide on the flats and and downhills was pretty good.
(Keith Carlson)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied the Brown's Pond, Hills, and Prairie loops right after lunch. The trails have pretty good coverage, although there's more brown showing through than I saw on Monday. The wind was sharp (SSW at 14 knots) when the trail took me out of the woods, but having decent snow made up for it. I found reasonable glide on the flats and good downhill control, but very little to no glide on the climbs, probably due to a combination of my old legs, poor technique, and cold, squeaky snow (+9F). The grooming was good (nice corduroy on most segments, lightly skied), but I'd rate the trails as fair only because of the brown starting to show through. All in all, it was a nice ski this afternoon.
(David Sonnenberg)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The temperature is fine, but the wind is bitter. It looks like the wind over the last few days has added some debris to the trails. Would definitely recommend B skis. I believe the trails were groomed yesterday, but the wind has drifted in some of the open spaces, degrading some of the groomers hard work. The snow is definitely still slow.
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(Levi Johnson)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Cold and noisy snow today. Great coverage with only a little bit of avoidable debris. Absolutely gorgeous with the fresh snow.
Photos:
(Levi Johnson)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Ski trails were rolled today. No tracks set but the old tracks are still present. Staff plans to groom tomorrow and set new track. The multi-use trails were groomed as well.
(Carolyn Friedrich, Washington County Parks)

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