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Duluth, MN
5K
Classic Only
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218-730-4321
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The Piedmont trail has 5k of trail for beginning and intermediate skiers. This double-tracked trail leads you through both aspen, birch, and hardwood forest. Handmade signs made by a skier in the Piedmont neighborhood and a beautiful overlook of the St. Louis River Valley are the unique features of this trail.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
PIedmont continues to be amazing! Good skis, great tracks, basically full coverage except for near where "the Butt Stops Here" sign should be. There are a couple of areas that felt like they could be a river by tomorrow though - they were all towards the end and they felt like that a few times over the past few weeks and it's still holding strong, so we shall see! There was one "river" but easy to get around on the right. Still plenty of snow!
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(Eve Graves)
Monday, April 18, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
We skied midday at Piedmont in the fresh 4 inches or so of snow and were treated to very well skied in tracks. Thank you to whoever started them today! We used our good skins, still haven't had to pull out the rock skis yet!
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(Eve Graves)
Monday, April 18, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Got out this morning to ski on the fresh powder. It's beautiful out and you can expect about 4-5 inches of new snow. Do watch out if you do the advanced trail for the "Evil Knievel" hill, there is a tree down at the bottom and I fell trying to stop, haha.
(Rachelle Walk)
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Classic tracks set by skiers are firm with some slushy sections. Still plenty of snow. Trails are 99.9% covered. The only risks to good skis would be bare patches at the start and near the overlook on the far side and a few pieces of bark in the tracks. A tree blocks the outrun at the bottom of the hill on the second advanced outer loop. I stuck to the inner loops.
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(Tim Larson)
Friday, April 15, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skiers have broken trail through three inches of new snow that fell Wednesday and Thursday. Trails were last groomed over two weeks ago. While that grooming still helps with a firm deck for skiing, the tracks are more like backcountry skiing now. But the skiing is still enjoyable for those who do not necessarily require immaculately groomed trails. I skied at around 2 p.m. All trails were completely snow-covered. A couple of trees were down from recent winds, including one blocking the outrun at the bottom of the hill on the second advanced outer loop. But trails are still mostly debris-free with only a few small twigs and branches. Although no slush or water was evident in the tracks, I experienced clumping underfoot, and then icing, just before Da Butt Stops Here and Grand View overlook signs. I had to remove my skis and scrape them; so consider carrying your scraper if you ski here. Otherwise trails were in new-snow condition and not icy.
(Tim Larson)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Good skis ]
We did the "easy" loop, not the side loops, and that was significantly faster and dirtier today than yesterday. The trail was 99% covered, 100% connected, 90% corn snow, 5% hard "snow ice" - so not the scary slippery stuff but more like super duper different colored compacted snow. There is one spot kinda by the rootbeer sign that could be a flowing river soon, there was a baseball sized hole where we could see flowing water below it. We were still on good skis!
(Eve Graves)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Several people were out enjoying the trails this morning. Most had skins or fish-scale skis. I used classic skis with Swix V55 Special in the wax pocket and that worked well enough. Trails were better than 99% snow-covered. The headwaters of Merritt Creek have opened up so spring skiers cross bridges to the sound of gurgling open water. A few stretches are verging on slushy and occasionally a bit dirty. But the old snow still makes for mostly fine skiing with very little debris. Last night went moonlight skiing in 40-degree weather and had a memorable outing.
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(Tim Larson)
Monday, April 11, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
The grooming they did at Piedmont is still holding up well! Pole plants are firm, tracks are intact despite footprints, 99.9 percent debris free, 97% clean snow, 99.9 % coverage... the only spots with some snow missing are by "The butt stops here" and one other very small spot. Don't let the first part scare you away, its' got a lot of snow left! I used my good skis with no problem.
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(Eve Graves)
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Nearly 100% snow coverage. Seems there is one other skier that is helping me keep a nice set of tracks since 9 days ago when the last grooming occurred. Mornings are icy and fast and afternoon are expectedly soft. But is very acceptable and wonderful to still be out!
(Ken Harmon)
Friday, April 8, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Ungroomed, but fairly good skied in tracks, though some foot traffic. 100% snow covered and 4-5 inch base. Used skin skis and they worked pretty well- some glazed track; temp 40F; heavenly spring sun!
Photos:
(Dave Arvold)

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