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Maple Grove, MN
15.8k
Skating/Classic
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763-694-7894
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Some of the best ski trails in the metro area. Fantastic night skiing on their lighted trails! New in 2003, a 2.5K man-made snow loop.
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Monday, March 22, 2021
Morning
Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Due to the thinning snowdeck and barespots, grooming will be discontinued on the Elm Creek ski trail. Thanks for coming out this winter season.
(Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
A group of us showed up for a Sunday morning ski and the trail was not groomed. Not skiable. Would have been nice to have an announcement so our time wasn’t wasted.
(Artie Huber)
Friday, March 19, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Very good conditions at about 10:30. Grooming and cool night temperatures made it set up nice - skate deck still firm, but starting to soften on uphills, classic fast but softening; very few leaves and still mostly clean snow. Great spring skiing but its nearing the end.
(Karen Peters)
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Valley groomed, northern lights not looking skiable. Crisp, fast corduroy early. With the crystalline snow it was starting to break down by mid-morning but still fast and excellent skating. Classic tracks were holding up very well. One small icy patch coming out of the south donut. With the early season snowmaking and the late season grooming the season at Elm Creek starts with the geese heading south and ends with them heading back north. Thanks park workers.
(Gandy Kramar)
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
The groomers were just starting when I arrived. So fresh corduroy but very soft. The uphills were quickly taking a beating. But overall still a very nice morning on the boards. The classical tracks were just being finished as I was leaving.
(Don Callander)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Not bad for the day after St. Urho's Day. I missed the time slot though as it was slowing down. Sounds like before 10:30 or so was better. Skied just the manmade trail with skins. Talking with some fellow members of the ECOFSL (Elm Creek Old Guys Ski League) who skied the Northern Lights after moving some groomed gravel yesterday. They said it was pretty good but probably B skis. We collectively wondered how many more days until grooming stopped.
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(Mark Lahtinen)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
I classic skied on the Valley Trail about 10 a.m. Grooming was good. Tracks were excellent. The skate lane was soft. A good number of skiers were out for a Tuesday morning in March. Some skiers were venturing down the Northern Lights trail which was not groomed. The N.L. appeared to be well covered but I did not try it.
(Mark Basiletti)
Monday, March 15, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Skied late morning during snowstorm. Nice sugar snow, not mashed potatoes nor ice. Classic corners very doable, skate good. A few leaves but nothing serious. Grooming good, thank you groomers.
(Karen Peters)
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Skied the manmade loop this morning. Even though overnight temps stayed above freezing the skate deck was surprisingly firm. A little dirt was showing on the south donut but otherwise excellent coverage. Kudos to the groomers. The uphills were already turning to mashed potatoes as I was leaving.
(Don Callander)
Friday, March 12, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Perfect skiing at Elm Creek. The magic window today was around 10am-11am. Great grooming, firm skate deck, classic fast, but not icy. One of the best days since Monday, and I was surprised at how good it was after rain! I've heard they will keep grooming vs. plow it away, so come out for great spring skiing! No debris on tracks or trail and clean snow.
(Karen Peters)

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