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Andes Tower Hill Ski Area
Kensington, MN
Trail Length: 20km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 320-965-2455    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Nice variety of terrain on mostly wooded trails adjacent to commercial ski area. Both classical and skating tracks. On some Saturdays, breakfast is served at a warming house halfway down the trail--call for availability. 1.5km lighted.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019  posted: 2/28/2019 5:56:53 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The good news is that grooming was in progress at we left this afternoon, around 4:00. The bad news (for us) was grooming was in progress... we missed it, bad timing. We skied in 2+ inches of new powder over a relatively firm base. Pretty slow. Classical tracks were skied-in in places. The newly groomed skate deck - all 0.5 km that we hit returning to the car - was better, but still soft and needs to set up. significant drifting in places, so expect some of the deck to be hollow. Beautiful day to be out!
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, February 23, 2019  posted: 2/23/2019 1:30:15 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  When I arrived, the trails were covered with about 2 inches of new moist powder. Skate deck underneath was firm and conditions were fairly fast. Classical tracks could be seen, but partially filled in. As I was finishing up (11:30) grooming was in progress. My last 2 km were on the newly groomed skate lane and this was slower, being somewhat softer and needing to set-up. Double-poling in the tracks seemed faster. Plenty of snow here; barring any extended warm-up we should be skiing well into March.
(Keith Brugger)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019  posted: 2/19/2019 5:02:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Recently groomed with apparently little post-grooming traffic. Skate deck is firm and pretty fast given the 12F temperature this afternoon. Skiing partner, going easy in advance of the Birkie was doing classical and reported similar conditions for the tracks. Nice, low key skiing today, unfortunately didn't have much time to take advantage of really good condition.
(Keith Brugger)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 2:22:02 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Trails firmed-up overnight. There remain a few soft spots, again where drifting occurs. Skate deck is rutted and a tad rough where there was lighter traffic yesterday owing to the softness. Sections that saw heavier traffic and perhaps more passes when groomed are smoother. Classical tracks look terrific. I skied from 10:30 to noon.
(Keith Brugger)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 2:28:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Arrived this morning to newly groomed trails. Firmness of the skate deck was variable, from moderately firm to soft. On average probably toward the firmer side as the soft spots correspond to areas prone to drifting. Generally my skate marks were in about an inch. I did not ski much of the trail system, only doing repeats on a few sections. Paul was out grooming again as I was almost finished. Classical tracks looked great, and skied fine when I was in them double poling, not super fast though.
(Keith Brugger)

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