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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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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Skied the outer loop on classic skins late morning. Tracks were in fair shape overall with a few washouts and some dirt showing on the back side of Creek Trail. Skate deck had good coverage. Quite a bit of grass present as I came into the beach area. Also skied Northern Lights, tracks and deck were in good shape there. Great day for skiing on some Spring type ski conditions. Once again thank you Elm Creek and Elm Creek groomers!
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(Wayne Komarek)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Pleasantly surprised by how good the natural snow on Lake trail was. Good tracks, only a few icy spots, no debris. There were bare spots on the access bridge and at the end of the trail by the picnic area, but you could get around both. Elsewhere, no problems. The return on the outer Northern Lights trail had seen more traffic and was in rougher shape, although still fine to ski. A couple of places you have to bypass the tracks, but the deck was consistently good. Thumbs up to the groomers.
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(Laurie Ford)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the Valley (manmade) and Northern Lights. All had been groomed. Valley was great...firm and fast...almost spring skiing. I think hard wax would've worked for kick as most of it was fast and double-pole anyway. Northern Lights was slower as most of the snow was in the shade. Not many out...Birkie hangover especially from the slog-fest yesterday. Not many days left on the natural snow.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Valley trail was the only trail groomed and tracked after the snow Sunday morning. Northern lights was used heavily so the skate deck seems packed and tracks man-made but deep. I did the Creek trail and I don't recommend classic skiing (shallow man-made tracks) but skate looks great. Monarch tracks were decent for the conditions. Overall great day to ski, and probably one of the last few days left of my season!
(Ellie Keen)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied all the trails. Natural tracks on Eagle and Monarch were some of the best I’ve seen this year. I was also able to safely stay in the track on the big Northern Lights hill so the tracks were not too icy when I started at 11:30. Conditions varied from slightly icy to soft after that but still great to be able to stay off the hamster wheel manmade one more day.
(Dan Zenk)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied Valley and Northern Lights mid-morning. Glad I had klister - waxless probably wouldn't have worked as well. No bare spots and tracks were well-defined.
(Steve Paladie)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
The manmade loop was in good condition, though the tracks had a few icy spots. By noon, there were patches getting soft. Tried a short loop on the natural snow (Northern Lights) - icy, especially the tracks. The other classic skiers I saw were also staying on the deck.
(Laurie Ford)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Got out there about noon which was a little late as it was getting pretty slow. Skied part of the Lake trail but cut it short due to the slow snow. Some shady areas were OK and the classic track was fast in the shade. The south facing slopes were very slow.
Saw a few folks out there with Birkie bibs dong the virtual Birkie (congrats Mary L.). Was much better skiing yesterday when the skins worked great.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Night
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Very glazed and icy tracks by 6pm. My Zeroes had some kick on the climbs because not so icy. But very hit-or-miss kick. Perfect night for double-poling - I had my fastest laps of the season - in any style - doing that style. And I had my students do that as well; their fishscales would have had almost no kick in those conditions. The trail looked OK for skating but a little on the hard side for, say, relaxed V2.
(Pete Thurmes)
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Perfect conditions for classic. Great glide and grip. We skied the man-made loop to Lake to Creek and back via Northern Lights. Best ski of the season.
(Jean Storlie)

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