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Minneapolis, MN
13K
Skating/Classic
Yes
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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 72    Month: Jan | Dec | Nov
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Good skis ]
Started out with classic at 8. The tracks on the made snow loop were phenomenal. Deep, double in most spots, and every so slightly crusty (which was great). After a few laps my quickly applied single coat of liquid klister was gone (or my technique was just getting too sloppy). I switched to skate and tried the Judy loop. It was mostly good, though narrow and with minimal classic tracks. A few spots at the tops of hills had grass or twigs poking up through and some scattered leaves. The re-route around the ice spot is handy, but also had deep, frozen ruts. The made-snow loop stayed firm on the deck with no icy spots despite lots snowplowing happening. Overall a stellar day out there.
(Dan Boody)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
The green meadow loop was in good shape, though there was only one set of tracks heading up the hill. Also, watch out for fat bikes. There have been some coming out onto the ski trails. The snow across the road is very hard packed. There’s a lot of snow around still, and the tracks are mostly there. Skyline wasn’t too thin yet.
(Dan Boody)
Friday, January 24, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Back in town after a week away. Wonderful conditions around 9:00 this morning on the natural trails north of Glenwood. I skied JD Rivers, Tornado Alley, Skyline, Bridge and Wirth Lake. The groomers were out, and it looks like they got everything except Wirth Lake trail, which was in fine shape from a recent grooming. I didn't see any concerning spots. I don't see any directional signs out on the Wirth lake section and several folks going the wrong way.
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(Sam Knuth)
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
The made-snow trails were a little dirtier than I would normally expect, but still in good shape. The inner meadow is open, it does have some wide ridges running down the middle of the deck. Lots of high schoolers were getting a good ski in. The fresh snow piled up fairly quickly and once it did, my skis started grinding to a halt on downhills (I need fresh wax). I took a break and then went out with the Founders. It was a delightful snowy evening.
(Dan Boody)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Three part report, as I checked out trails from North Wirth all the way to Lake of the Isles. Part #1: North Wirth is in perfect condition. The trails from the upper stadium down to the tool shed are closed for snowmaking. All snowmaking trails are in world class shape. On the plus side, the north finger of snowmaking is now open, as are the natural snow "Judy" trails that go past the Courage Center. Watch the flooded area with glare ice when descending the big hill on Judy loop. Sky line trail (flat side of golf course) is perfect.
(Zach Handler)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Started when it was still cold in the morning, but was way overdressed. The temps warmed really quickly and the sun was blazing. Stuck to the made-snow loop so I could be near my food, but was wishing I had got to South Wirth because of the beautiful day. The deck on the loop was very firm and pretty well skied in, with some mostly-untouched corduroy off to the side. I hopped into the tracks for a number of the downhills and they were very solid and a bit faster than the deck. Everything was super clean. As others mentioned, Trail 18 was still closed and the inner meadow wasn't open. Looking forward to the North Finger opening, but there was a fence across the tracks leading down there.
(Dan Boody)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Great conditions overall at Theo Wirth snowmaking and natural snow trails. Skied all of the North trails and through the JD River Trail and across Wirth Lake. Skate deck was set pretty well in the natural snow trails and was very fast in the snowmaking. One thing to note was that coming down the big hill on the Judy Trail the trail turned icy and then had a big ice patch at the bottom that could take you out if you're not paying attention.
(Joe Kane)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
These are the days that make winter special! Sunny, mild, no wind and great conditions. The snow-making trails were pretty superb, with well-set tracks throughout. The Skyline Trail was also in very good shape for both skating and classical. I also skied Tornado Alley which was good, the Hwy. 55 underpass was thin but OK to ski on, JD Gardens connector trail also fine. The only area with just a slight amount of debris and thinner snow depth was the west side of Wirth Lake (Jar Hill) but it was still OK. Lots of high schoolers, families and other folks out enjoying the trails; the Chalet overflow parking lot was virtually full at 3pm. Note: Trail 18 was closed and the short meadow loop on the Green Meadow/Twin Lakes trail was not groomed; I did a short trek on one of the Judy trails but it was sort of icy and not as good as the rest of the trails.
(Dave Carlson)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Great shape today! Got out at 2 pm and some sort of group was mostly wrapping up. Tracks excellent just about everywhere, with a small exception where snow being made for the North Finger was drifting over the uphill tracks. Good day!
(Dan Hutjens)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Theodore Wirth was very busy this afternoon--even with the cold weather! It was great to see so many kids out skiing with the MN Youth Ski League! The snowmaking loops were in very good shape for classic and skate. It was nice getting back on the Twin Lake Loop again. The Judy Loop wasn't open.
Photos:
(Bill Lundberg)

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