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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Pretty good for skating, and I think the full loop is now open (thanks, groomers!). Classic tracks appear to vary from okay to nonexistent.
(Katie Beutel)
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Course has been rolled, but not tracked. All tracks made by skiers. Conditions for classic ranged from fair to good. Skating track looked very good to excellent. Some grassy spots, but no bare spots or ice. Trail disappears and bifurcates several times, and wanders in new directions so if you don't know your way around, you might find yourself off the "main channel."
(Bob Hartzler)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Trail is rolled but not groomed - tracks from skiers through most of it but washed out on the corners. Good coverage throughout - no rocks visible and just a few spots with grass poking through -- nothing that would damage bases. I did feel my poles hit the walking path in a few spots. Nice, warm morning for skiing though!
(Chris Frenier)
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The snow was well packed with some fresh snow starting to accumulate. The grassy patches remain, but are still skiable. There is some debris - leaves and some sticks here and there. Hoping they might groom sometime soon.
(Peter Swenson)
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
There are 3-4 windswept patches, but with the thin base it is pretty good condition. It is scheduled for a full groom on Wednesday.
(Amanda Smith, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Skate deck is rolled and packed down nicely by fellow skiers. Some grass poking through in ~10% of spots; another ~10% is fluffy and drifted, where post-holing is a minor issue. Rock skis recommended but I’ve never hit a rock at Highland. Surprisingly fast and fun conditions, I was able to do speed work with few stability issues. So nice to be on natural snow!
(Alan Chapman)
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
About 90% of the course is in good shape with soft snow. There are definitely windswept spots with exposed grass and the course had to be shortened slightly to 3 1/4 km.
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(Amanda Smith, St. Paul Parks and Recreation)
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
Fishscaled the course with Foxy at sunrise and improvised a good 5K course. The groomer was scouting it when I left. There are some big drifts and windblown grassy stretches that might make grooming tough.
(John Kendrick)
Friday, November 13, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
With just a small window of time to ski, I didn't even bother to remove the storage wax on my B skins. The photo speaks for itself. Get out there before it all melts.
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(Kathy Bjornson)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
Trails “skier groomed” for both classic and skating. Fischer fish scales (which tend to perform well in slushy grass) provided a pleasant skiing experience. Overall very enjoyable for mid-November conditions.
(Katy Splan)

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