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Maple Grove, MN
15.8k
Skating/Classic
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763-694-7894
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Some of the best ski trails in the metro area. Fantastic night skiing on their lighted trails! New in 2003, a 2.5K man-made snow loop.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 107    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec | Nov
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
An early morning ski today could be a reasonable farewell for the season. Before things started to warm up, the skate deck was firm, with a bit of loose stuff on top. The classic tracks varied from terrific to icy and shallow with some zig-zags, including on the turn at the bottom of the donut. But it was beginning to turn slushy when I left around 10:15 am. All in all, you couldn't ask for much more during a winter season like this one. I'll add my thanks to the Elm Creek crew for a job well done.
(Ken Tobacman)
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Skied Valley Trail at 9:30 a.m. Excellent grooming. Tracks and skate lane firm and not icy. The switch back was closed but they were working on it and had it rolled before I was done skiing. Also saw a snow gun going as I was leaving. Snow was dirty at the top of the donut and near the road but otherwise much better conditions than I expected after the warm weather.
(Mark Basiletti)
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied around 11 am which was probably about an hour too late. It was getting wet in the sunny spots and slow. The Universal klister I've had on for most of the last times skiing was working OK except on the icy and very wet spots. You Birkie skiers better get out and get one last over distance session in...just kidding. Good Luck.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Man made loop fully open, very nice hard fast snow at around 9:00 am, getting softer around 10 am. Noice or debris on the skate deck, classic seemed perfect.
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(Bernard Cerles)
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The Valley trail was very good with all man made snow trail open. Skate deck was great and tracks looked great. Only a few leaves. Thanks grooming crew!
(Bob Maki)
Monday, February 19, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Surprisingly I was able to ski all the natural snow trails this morning starting at 10 AM. Finding a way onto the natural snow from the snowmaking loop was the most difficult part is the part before the bridge was a bit sketchy. Once I got going there was some pretty good snow and it was still frozen so I didn't hit any bare ground. Overall I don't think my skis sustain any damage. The Eagle Lake Loop was the best and I did that three times. The only bad part was where it goes over the paved trail. The Monarch loop was not good for classic but it was hard packed so I did some skating on it.
(Dan Zenk)
Monday, February 19, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Probably the best conditions of the year for the man-made snow loop thanks to all the efforts of the staff and groomers over the past week. The tracks looked great, and the skate deck was fast and firm, with the corduroy holding up even with quite a bit of traffic. A great morning to be able to ski.
(Jason Goepfert)
Monday, February 19, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Man made loop fully open. Very good hard fast snow, no ice or debris. Not crowded when I arrived around 8:45 am.
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(Bernard Cerles)
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Man made loop is fully open again. Was in really nice shape with fast and firm conditions. Didn't think any spots were icy. They've done a great job repairing the trail. The natural trails looked rolled and had been skied on, but I didn't try them as was on good skis.
(Erik Erickson)
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Beautiful sunset ski at Elm Creek. Firm and packed skate deck after the new snow. Lots of snow guns out to expand the loops and natural trails were with lots of powder, excited to ski those when groomed. Used good skis, decent glide.
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(Christina Fanola)

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