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Minneapolis, MN
13K
Skating/Classic
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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 83    Month: Jan | Dec | Nov
Friday, January 28, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
I skied most of the natural trails north of Glenwood early Friday morning. Very nice fresh grooming overnight. Overall trails are holding up really well, but there are a few spots to be careful on. Most notably, south of the 55 overpass it looks like a snowplow dumped a bunch of road debris off the bridge. I skied right into it coming down the hill toward 55. Chunks of dirty ice, probably salt, perhaps some rocks and other things (hard to see in the dark). It's a pretty big swath of trail covered with this stuff - might consider taking off your skis, but definitely be cautious. Other than that, the hill around the Finish monument on JD Rivers is pretty icy/thin. Otherwise it was fast, super fun, great coverage, and not much debris except for a few spots here and there.
(Sam Knuth)
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
The deck was a bit soft in the damp warm air. No mush on uphills or anything, just a bit of soft snow. The snow got noticeably firmer as the wind whipped across it and the temps dropped a few degrees. The hill leaving Twin Lakes was pretty speedy, with more of a pull toward the outer edge. Plenty of traction on all the hills despite evident snowplowing.
(Dan Boody)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Despite the cold in the morning, there were several classes going. The deck was frozen corduroy but not icy at all. The tracks were frosty and perfect. Several downhills still didn't have tracks such as the turn leaving green meadow, the top hill in the back of Twin Lakes, the hill leaving Twin Lakes, the Catwalk, etc. other than that it was near perfection for classic. Great tracks and easy control on all of the downs.
(Dan Boody)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Fast conditions tonight, and the warm breeze helped a ton too. Best conditions I've skied in this season. All the lighted trails are open. Only north finger and Judy loop remain closed in the north as a whole. Bridge trail from the chalet lot was a great way to get to the main trails.
(Mike Schowalter)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The snowmaking loops were in perfect condition this afternoon. It was nice to have the Inner Meadow and the Twin Lake loops open again for skiing. I only saw a handful of people out on the trail--it was a little cold, but not bad with the sunshine! Thanks to the groomers for always having it in great shape at Theo!
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(Bill Lundberg)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Night
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Nice night skiing under the lights on the beginners Green Meadow Loop. Well tracked for classic and skate deck was groomed.
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(Cory Quirk)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
I skied the natural trails north of Glenwood (except Wirth Lake) and the machine made trails early Monday morning. There was about an inch (or more?) of fresh powder on all the natural trails and on twin lake/green meadow on the machine loop. Overall natural trails seemed great coverage wise. I was using good skis, but you may want to use B skis. Under the powder there was definitely ice in several places throughout. JD Rivers had a few icy spots, bridge trail had several, and skyline had a few. But for the most part the conditions were fast and fun with the fluffy powder. I don't think I encountered anything that would cause damage, but the icy spots could knock you off balance for sure. Under Hwy 55 seemed fine (I double poll under there but others were skating and seemed OK).
(Sam Knuth)
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
The snow was coming down fast. Fast enough to cover our tracks between laps on the made snow loop. It was tough to tell what the deck was like underneath the fresh snow, but it seemed like good conditions in most places. The Trail 18 hill seemed a little crispy underneath, but with the fresh snow it was no issue at all. The new rollers on Trail 18 are a little odd- just enough to throw off a stride. Beautiful evening for a ski!
(Dan Boody)
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
All Theodore Wirth natural snow trails from Bridge Trail south were groomed and tracked overnight. The new snow was light and fluffy, but should help in covering up the icy areas that remained after the last snowfall. On the snowmaking loop, Trail 18 and the maintenance loop are now open, for around 6K total.
(Robert Ibler, Loppet Foundation)
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Natural snow report: Took the dogs skijoring today at about 4pm. The natural snow was in rough shape. Glare ice in many places made me wish I had ice skates and not skis. The dogs had a fun time, but it was a struggle to stay on the trails due to the ice. Hoping the new snow makes it a bit more skiable, but the layer of ice underneath might make it tough. Even with the conditions, it's always a great day for skijoring!
(Kevin Krueger)

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