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Marine on St. Croix, MN
17.7k
Skating/Classic
No
No
651-433-0500
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A wonderful course, mainly in the woods, with a number of good hills.

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Jan.26 Marine/O'Brien Ski Race
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Reports 1 to 10 of 23    Month: Jan | Dec | Nov
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied all of William OBrien Sunday afternoon and the trails were in excellent condition. Thanks to Wayne and the grooming staff for doing such a great job! Looking forward to the Marine OBrien race on Sunday.
(Andy Powell)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All the trails had been groomed for skate and classic except the prairie loop for classic but I'm guessing that was tracked later as they were currently grooming the skate lane on that loop. A few leaves here and there but otherwise great conditions.
(Bill Callas)
Monday, January 6, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skate skied the outer loop Monday evening. The main portion had been groomed. Lots of tree litter on trail by campground and up through the woods. Outer loops: Killer hill, south america and wedge hill are not groomed and a bit slick and rutted.
(Bob Clark)
Friday, January 3, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I took a lap around the outer loop as it got dark out Friday evening. I think the skate lane was recently groomed on everything except the farm loop and South America (last 2 outer loops). The snow coverage is firm and a bit thin and B skis are recommended. There are old classic tracks set on much of the flat parts and none on the hills. Certainly skiable, but temper your expectations.
(Paul Schaaf)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The trails had been groomed for skating but the classic track was pretty much non existent. The skaters were having a great time and the conditions were excellent for skating but frustrating for classic. Only skied a few K, turned around and went back to the car.
(Jim Smith)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great day at WOB! Skied the outer loop and all the trails were freshly groomed. Track is not set yet. With the snow in the trees and afternoon sun it was simple perfect day for skiing!
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(Mark Doneux)
Friday, December 27, 2019
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
They scratched up the surface of all the trails today including the outer loops. Skate lane only. The classic tracks exist, but are icy. The skate lane was rocket fast and the downhills got my attention. There are minimal bare spots and they are in the usual locations. This was a way better experience than I expected thanks to the grooming.
(Paul Schaaf)
Monday, December 23, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Good conditions maintain at O'Brien and they've done a great job grooming the limited base that remains. Surprisingly good glide despite the warm temps. Plenty of leaves down (like most places right now) and some dirty spots here and there with a rock or two poking out from under the railroad bridge, but if you're mindful, "A" skis aren't a problem. If you're one that's more protective of them, pack the "B" skis.
(John Leaf)
Monday, December 16, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
I would not say that WOB has been skied flat, but it has been skied hard. Snow was fast and packed in. Made for good glide but I was taking shorter strides as it was tough to trust a long tracking ski in the ridgy edges. Tracks were also skied in hard and were very fast. Old school conditions for sure.
(Dan Murphy)
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skate lane was hard and fast, but a little rough and rutted in places. Noticed the classic tracks were gone on most of the big uphills. The Oak Savanna sections of the outer loop had significant leaf debris which was a bit grabby. Ran into the park ranger who said the grooming machine was now broken so I do not expect a touch up for awhile. This is a great system for longer outings and beautiful views of the St. Croix river valley.
(Tim Nelson)

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