Trail Detail

Duluth, MN
18k
Skating/Classic
Yes
No
1 Lower Lot 1 The Deeps 1 Oak Street
218-730-4321
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The Lester-Amity trail offers 15K of varied terrain for beginner to experienced skiers through pine, aspen, and birch forests. An additional 3K circles the Lester Park Golf Course and is accessible from the main Lester-Amity Trail. The openness of the golf course offers an excellent place for beginning cross-country skiers, and several short cuts are available. There is also a 5K trail portion that is lit in the mornings and evenings.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Started at the parking lot on Lester River Road. The steep climb up to the main loop was in poor shape, with grass and bare ground showing through. From "A" and above it was fine, with deep firm tracks. About five of the electric lights were not functioning on the access loop and around the main A-B-C loop, so there are some dark stretches. If you have headlamps, bring them for extra illumination.
(Andrew Slade)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
The cold weather has been kind to the trails. Classic tracks are as deep and firm as when they came forth from the groomer. Perfect conditions. Fast, but not scary.
(Eddy Gilmore)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful evening/night to be out. Completed the loop between points A to H. The classic tracks were in great shape! And the skiing with the full moon was cool. Thank you to the staff for making a great ski.
(Brandon Kime)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful evening/night to be out. Completed the loop between points A to H. The classic tracks were in great shape! And the skiing with the full moon was cool. Thank you to the staff for making a great ski.
(Brandon Kime)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Best grooming job ever. Thank you for recognizing classic skiers are not a separate species. By moving the track in towards the center of the trail, I’m able to use my right ski pole and not totter on the edge so much!
(Jack Arzooyan)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Temps were 15° when I started just after 4pm. All trail segments were groomed earlier in the day and were solid and a little slow at times because of the snow being new. The grooming was great. Lester is awesome when there is good snow and recent grooming. Today was one of those days and it would be great to see the City continue its great grooming job on regular basis.
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(Nic Bacigalupo)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Just recently groomed. I skied around noon and was probably 5th skier to skate. Deck and tracks are great! No bare spots. Skating a little slow with colder temps.
(Jim Brych)
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Heard Lester had been groomed yesterday, so I was surprised and excited to find them grooming again this morning! Trail is actually in really good condition. Smooth and firm skate lane and the tracks looked and felt solid the few times I got in them. Groomers are doing an amazing job with the snow they have.
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(Mick Dodds, Ski Hut)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I used fish scale skis to be safe/not ruin good skis and I made a good decision. It was hard packed but I was able to get a slow ski in for the day. There is debris in the tracks scattered in spots throughout, but with rock/b-skies, it is doable. I observed a few people on the skate deck but cannot speak to their experience. It was hard and crusty when I stepped up there to check it out. If nothing else, we have a good solid base for the next snowfall which will hopefully come soon and you can ski if you're determined. Like others said, it might be more enjoyable over the hill where it's hopefully a little less icy.
(Nikki Norland)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Afternoon
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
Lester is icy. If you are not an expert skier I suggest avoiding this trail system. My wife who in the 40 years I have known her has never given up on a ski, gave up her ski after about 1km. She told me trail was rock hard and super icy. I encountered the same situation when I hiked across the trails while owling long before sunrise. The city groomed yesterday, but the trails are now skied back down to the icy base. The storm a few days ago only delivered drizzle and rain down hear near the big lake. The trails were groomed yesterday, but even with the city's efforts, skiing is not recommended for anyone but the best skiers. Go up over the hill where trails are flatter and the storm delivered some snow.
(Rich Hoeg)

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