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Park Rapids, MN
10K
Skating/Classic
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Groomed classical/skate trails wind through a varied forest, ranging from baby aspen to mature balsam and pine. Trails vary from easy to advanced. There is also a one-mile blazed showshoe trail, warming house and outdoor toilet.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec | Nov
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions remain excellent, with a little debris on the trails from wind and squirrels. Trails were completely groomed last Friday and cold weather has limited use, so they are still in fine shape. Classic track feels a little faster than the skate lane, which has had enough recent snow to take care of some prior icy spots. We will resume Sunday open house from 1-3 this weekend, weather permitting. Total snow depth is around 18" and there is at least 8" packed base.
(Deane Johnson)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions are excellent, with 1" new snow today on a firm base. This has eased some of the crusty hills a bit and covered some of the debris that is still shedding from the ice and snow-covered pine branches. Classic tracks look good throughout. Skate lane is still fast, fun to ski.
(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions are good throughout, all trails were groomed Friday. The hills with sun exposure were still a bit crusty and fast and there was a little bit of debris here and there. Busy weekend out here, both locals and visitors.
(Deane Johnson)
Monday, January 16, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Variable conditions, trace new snow and very lightly snowing, temp 33. Lilly's beginner trail is excellent, with debris in just a few spots, and nice soft but firm skate lane throughout, ok for good skis. Eagle has parts that are great, and a few hills that are icy on south-facing slopes and from melting snow dropping out of the trees, leaving little icy piles and patches, needles and twigs. Ski any hills with caution for now.
(Deane Johnson)
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
What a beautiful place to ski. A great experience all-around--from the trail quality to the volunteer crew to the homemade cookies for the open house!
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(Carl SCHLUETER)
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
New snow 5" groomed Friday on a good 6" trail base. Excellent conditions throughout with all runs groomed for skate and classic. The hilly and narrow parts of Troll may lack a classic track in spots, but not needed on the steeps and turns. Fine skiing and snowshoeing with warm temps.
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(Deane Johnson)
Monday, January 9, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails are zippy, with a firm hard pack, mostly good conditions. Some debris, conifer or small oak twigs and needles, is surfacing again, especially on Eagle and parts of Lake trails. That's the reason for B ski rating. Lilly's and Troll are still pretty clean. Classic tracks are all good. All 10 km are open, groomed 3 days ago.
(Deane Johnson)
Friday, January 6, 2023
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions throughout, and grooming was finished up today. Skate lanes are firm and fast, not icy, and most of the trail debris is now mixed in or covered. Did some additional signage, flagging and trimming on the snowshoe trails today. Moonlight ski tonight was amazing.
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(Deane Johnson)
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails were groomed, with Lake interrupted by a snowmobile malfunction. They fixed the drive belt and finished up all the trails. Conditions are good to excellent for classic and freestyle, with all trails open and groomed. Snowshoe trails are also in good shape, will add some flags and signage Friday. We have 12" of snow on the ground, no new snow as the latest storm stayed just south of us. Base is a good 6", still quite fast and firm after grooming, with some scattered debris under confers from the previous ice storm. Open House events begin Sunday, 1-3 PM. MN ski pass required on ski trails.
(Deane Johnson)
Friday, December 30, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions on all trails for skating, and Lilly's was regroomed today. Classic tracks are good on Lilly's and Eagle.
Photos:
(Deane Johnson)

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