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Minneapolis, MN
13K
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North Wirth Park includes 13 kilometers of groomed trail. The North Wirth trails include a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Trails include Hap Lutter Loop (lighted, 3.3K snowmaking), Skyline Trail, Back-40/Twin Lake Trail, Judy Lutter Trail, and Tornado Alley Trail.
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The Loppet grooming crew did a fantastic job of "de-icing" all of the Wirth North trails, including the natural snow trails and man-made loop. The Pre-Loppet race course was way better than expected and way better than yesterday's icy conditions. The man-made loop has been expanded and smoothed out, and the Judy loop was in surprisingly great shape - so nice to be out there on that fun loop. On the other side of the parkway, the Bridge Trail is in very good shape, and the Skyline trail is in pretty good shape (no major obstructions to worry about). Tornado Alley was in good shape, and the modified JD Rivers loop was slightly icy but much better than yesterday. Wirth Lake is pretty icy and best to avoid. Jar Hill however was fair to good. Plenty of snow under the Highway 55 bridge and just enough under the railroad bridge. Classic tracks were present in many areas, and the skate deck is good throughout the system. Really fun morning of skiing - thanks to everyone who helped make the trails as good as possible after our tricky weather pattern.
(Bill Oyler)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the entire man made loop. Hard to get kick at times and some hard pack on the Twin Lakes area downhills. The trail near the sledding hill was open but the lights weren’t on there for some reason. Overall, good conditions considering the sloppy weather the last few days.
(Mark Bushinski)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Fast, hard, icy in spots, beginning sugar on some hills, newly opened bits quite rutted. No natural trails open.
(Lars Hansen)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied all man made, north side, golf course, tornado alley, JD, and Wirth Lake. Recon of the 1st half of the pre-loppet course. Overall coverage was good but some sections that were bare ground and fully bare bridge crossings and underpasses. Crew was out dumping snow on the 55 underpass. Wirth lake was arguably in the worst shape but the other sections weren’t considerably better. Definitely skiable, but not particularly fun. Very difficult to get an edge anywhere south/east of the parkway. A few downhills that were icy enough you couldn’t make the corners and had to swing into open snow. Connection over the bridge to the man made was not yet open. There was a solid 2k of man made plowed and seemingly prepped but not yet groomed. Man made was also pretty icy but better than natural.
(Joel LaFrance)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Stayed on the snowmaking loops, which have expanded to include portions of Ridgeline and La Squadra (although the latter was closed for grooming while I was there). Course was fast but there were a significant number of ruts, and the hills and classic tracks were very icy.
(Genevieve Johnson)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Roads were fine for getting there, lots were plowed, trails were just rolled. Snow is slow and wet, but very skiable. Some debris and leaves, but overall very nice. Nobody out so a peaceful ski in the woods. Tracks looked good as well. Snow was starting up again, with light wind but started picking up quite a bit by 8:30. All in all a nice morning for a ski.
(Andre L'Heureux)
Monday, January 11, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Just after noon, skied multiple laps of the snow-making loop and it was great! Then went over and did the Skyline natural snow trail and it was pretty good. There are a few bare spots scattered throughout but mostly avoidable. Watch out for some bare patches at the bottom of the long winding east-heading hill on the inner loop. And a bit thin under the railroad bridge. With hardly any recent snow, it is wonderful the base has held out OK. Thanks for the regular grooming!
(Dave Carlson)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Not much to say about the made-snow loop today- it was great skiing. Either it was the grooming or the slight dusting of snow (or both), but the deck was much improved over Tuesday evening. No sheer spots and soft snow- but not mushy. Full parking lots, but most people must have been elsewhere because the made-snow was fairly empty. The snow guns were working hard on the North Finger section, maybe soon?
(Dan Boody)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions at Wirth this morning after the dusting of new snow. Firm, deep classic tracks, no ice on any hills. Saw the Pisten Bully working at the bottom of La Squadra, so I am hopeful we will have more hills on the menu when skiing the snowmaking loop.
(Adrian Swanson)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
I hit the made snow loop just after Trail Kids ended and the families cleared out. There were still plenty of people there, including a few classes. This was the first time I’ve encountered sugar or chutes on hills this season. The warm temps and loads of people led to some berms on the hill leaving Twin Lakes and the newly added downhill coming back up to Coach’s corner. The last hill coming down to the roundabout is a little sheer, but you could still get an edge on all the hills. Some of the uphills were a little more choppy than usual and the snow is getting grainier. Still a very nice ski.
(Dan Boody)

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