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Two Harbors, MN
20k
Skating/Classic
No
No
218-595-7100
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Some easy trails but the majority of trails are suitable for moderate skill level. Trails also include .8 k of difficult trail. The large western loop is groomed for skate-skiing.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 16    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec | Nov
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent. On my way out a skier coming back in said "it doesn't get much better than today." After finishing the western river loops, I couldn't agree more. Beautiful bright blue skies.
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(Tony Lockhart)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great conditions on the loops above the road (Center Fields Loops and Eastern Loops) had some inconsequential detritus in the tracks but nothing that is inorganic. Lots of snow, lots of it. The groomers have set wonderful tracks. The classic and skate loop (Birch Hill Loop) is also well set and in great shape, that downhill is a joy after all that climbing. The Campground Loop has a section with grass showing under some trees, it is easily avoided. The connector section under the Bridge is granular and icy, be aware.
(David King)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Wonderful. The groomers were out yesterday and today. The trails were excellent, the classic tracks solid and deep. My favorite today was the River Loop, with nice swooping downhills and the Gooseberry river gurgling beneath the ice and Fifth Falls roaring in the distance.
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(Tony Lockhart)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Tried skiing Gooseberry trails on the north side of the highway. Plenty of coverage and some new wet snow did not completely cover the tracks. But it was way too warm. Poles plunged through the deck and skis often sunk thru the track leaving a rut. I just did a short loop on my skins but quit due to skis damaging the track.
(Tim Nelson)
Monday, January 16, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent. Mid 30s and light rain. My waxless skis were noisy and slow, but the woods were quiet and peaceful. Tracks in excellent condition, solid and deep, especially on the other side of the highway. A little thin right next to Lake Superior, but a highlight was hearing the waves.
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(Tony Lockhart)
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The deck had a bit of half inch fluffy covering making the trails slow, but the pack beneath was beautiful on the skate trails. For the most part the classic trails were great. Some areas that had hiker damage but overall fabulous conditions.
(John Drew)
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent. The grooming and tracks on the lake loop were super. Upper loops had just been groomed, so they were a little soft. Lots of skiers and lots of smiles.
(Tony Lockhart)
Friday, January 6, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied just about every trail in the park, and was out as the same time as the groomer on the north side of the river. New tracks were nice and full depth. Flicked a number of sticks here and there but otherwise debris is non-existent or easily avoidable, used my good skis. On trails the groomer hadn't hit yet, tracks were a little wonky and shallow at times and had been drifted over. Overall it felt like the groomers were picking up the tracks a lot for downhills and uphills that didn't necessarily require it so there was a fair amount of going in and out of tracks. The skate loop on the south side of the river had not been recently groomed but the track was skied in. The skate deck was firm the couple times I got out of the track. Overall a great ski and a big thanks to the park staff for keeping up with the trails!
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(Ketzel Levens)
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The classic trails at Gooseberry Falls were rolled and tracked yesterday. The tracks were shallow in stretches and got slightly more shallow with last night's dusting of snow. There was little to no debris on the ski trails. Overall the trails were well groomed and the skiing conditions were great.
(Felicia Abler)
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Enjoyed skiing the scenic skate loop at gooseberry. Fast conditions but definitely some debris on trails (leaves, other non damaging but annoying schmutz). Skate lane has some slight ruts from the grooming equipment that can throw you off a bit.
(Kira Peterson)

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