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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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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!
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(Dave Arvold)
Friday, April 8, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Piedmont has lots of snow! Thank you to the person who reskied in the nice track. 100 percent coverage, debris free, kinda deep pole plants, deep intact tracks! We had an interesting experience. The snow was pristine, except for two people who walked on it leaving deep footprints.
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(Eve Graves)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Piedmont continues to be 100% covered with no debris in the trails. We skied midday and it was about 33 or 34 degrees. The track that had been skied in was fast, icy in spots but they were well formed and deep so it was super fun to double pole. The other track was only skied in by me yesterday or still had snow in it. The middle was soft enough to run up again. We had frost falling on us, it was so neat! The patterns it made in the tracks were artistic too. There were a ton of deep footprints though, made after I skied yesterday.
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(Eve Graves)
Monday, April 4, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Piedmont is 100 % covered, the grooming last week made for skied in tracks that are deep and solid and the 2 plus inches of snow refreshed it again. If people would just stop walking on it, we would be able to ski for awhile longer!
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(Eve Graves)
Friday, April 1, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We so appreciate such a beautifully groomed trail for classic skiing — thank you! Nice, quick ski on slightly icy tracks that began to soften in places around noon-12:30 p.m. Best to snowplow down the big hill a ways before getting back in the tracks. Slightly slippery on the uphills but good kick otherwise. Photo says it all :).
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(Bob King)

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