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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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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Took the pup out for some pre-Birkie shakeout skiing. Excellent conditions on the natural snow north of Glenwood. The skate deck was, firm, white, and fast. Classic tracks looked deep and fast. The manmade loop was also great. I was happy to see some fir branches around the outside of the North Finger so night time skiers won't fly into the snowbank at the bottom.
(Adrian Swanson)
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All of the snowmaking loops were in pristine shape this afternoon for both classic and skate. The Judy Loop was fair to good with some leaves and blown in spots, but still skiable. We could use some more snow for the Judy. The big parking lot across from the trailhead was closed because of the placement of big storage containers.
(Bill Lundberg)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I did classic today. Fresh grooming and very light traffic. On natural trails, tracks were perfect in some places, crumbly in other places, and windswept or thin in other places. But, overall great conditions (probably better for skating) and I suspect the best natural snow for the rest of the year is now through Saturday morning. The ice under 55 (Especially on south side) is a bit exposed at this point so I wouldn't recommend skiing through with good skis. Otherwise no issues.
(Sam Knuth)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied all of the natural snow trails. East side of Wirth lake, JD Rivers, and Skyline were all very drifted over. Parts protected from the wind were incredibly good, so the morning must have been great. Another groom and it should be great.
(Dan Hutjens)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
It's so awesome and so empty. Everyone must be tapering for the Birkie. The groomers got on it after the snow yesterday and made it World Cup perfect.
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(Michael Sund)
Monday, February 17, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
The snowmaking loop has been closed for races. I did the natural trails north of Glenwood each of the past several days. Today things are a bit thin in spots compared to yesterday, but overall holding up great. Grooming has been consistent and good. I'm skating, but the classic tracks look great throughout much of the course. No real danger spots, though around JD rivers there are some dirty and some thin spots. Transitioning from Wirth Lake to the land on the south east side looks like there may be an exposed stump (I go in the dark so didn't get a close look but it's avoidable). Today there was fresh grooming for classical but not for skate, which made an interesting grooming pattern (see photo).
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(Sam Knuth)
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Forgot about the races, so I ended up skiing Skyline a bunch. The wind was picking up, but the temps warmed quickly too. The snow was plentiful, but there was some debris at the top of the southernmost hill and right after Tornado Alley meets back up with Skyline. Twigs, leaves and seed pods. But they were avoidable (I used race skis). Tracks were present but not really solid. Snow was hard packed and moderate speed. Overall, nice conditions.
(Dan Boody)
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied most of the trails North of Glenwood. Snowmaking loop still had hard corduroy, and was slower than the natural trails. Natural trails didn’t appear to have been groomed all day, but there were almost no footprints and the snow wasn’t too hard packed, and actually faster than the man made. Despite the near-ideal Pre-Birkie conditions, I only encountered one other skier besides several dozen enthusiastic little kids and their coaches.
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(Andor Langski)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Started on the snowmaking loop, then headed South and skied the Bog. The coverage was fantastic and the snow was beautifully clean, especially on the connectors and JD Rivers. Under the bridge on Tornado Alley, there is a little ice to cross but still fine for good skis. Snow was slow for us in the Bog so we headed back. Judy had pretty good coverage, but a lot of the downs were very uneven, lumpy and loose from lots of snowplowing. The made snow loop was fantastic. The high winds that kicked up blew the little bit of falling snow around so it didn’t seem like much settled on the track. But the downhills were completely un-icy and the deck was plenty firm. The corduroy even seemed a little frozen still (not icy for traction though). As mentioned, Trail 18 was closed.
(Dan Boody)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Woke up early and was rewarded with a fantastic ski on the snowmaking loop as the sun rose above the skyline. You can't ask for much better conditions out there. Trail 18 was closed (though the Loppet website has it listed as open). Get out there and get those last few training runs in before Birkie week!
(Nick Campbell)

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