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Maple Grove, MN
15.8k
Skating/Classic
Yes
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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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Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Today's transient and special conditions are worth sharing. The particular treat was the classic tracks on the natural snow trails. It was all crust skiing - fast but not out of control, and you could kick up anything. The sun and warming temperatures later in the day are likely to turn the tracks slick, but for a few magical hours this morning, classic skiing at EC was a special treat. Note that the skate deck on the natural snow trails was scratched up by the groomers, and looked fast and controlable. The snow making loop was, as expected, in excellent shape.
(Ken Tobacman)
Monday, February 6, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skated Valley, Lake, Creek, and Northern Lights Trails between 8:30 and 9:30 this morning. Lake and Creek--but not N. Lights--had-freshly set classic tracks, mostly nice looking, but shallow in some areas. I was wishing I had my classic skis instead! N. Lights tracks are looking worn from weekend use. The skate deck was freshly groomed everywhere, but it looked like it was done by two different pieces of equipment. The result was a variably soft deck with a frequent ridge (sometimes with a groove, too) running down the middle or a bit off to one side. It was just big enough to require me to watch the trail surface more that I'd like. At one point it was hidden in the shadows and nearly brought me down as my edge was caught in it. But all in all, it was a very nice ski, and I appreciate the grooming that is being done almost daily to the skate trails.
(Ron Refsnider)
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skated all the trails including the multiuse trail. The trails were all in great condition, including the multiuse trail. A fair amount of tree debris, especially on the multiuse trail, but not so much that it caused problems. A lot of people out having fun.
(Kristian Markon)
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Northern Lights: Few skiers (mobs on the downhill/terrain areas). Leaf litter and tracks are shallow in many sections. Green kick with blue under the foot worked fine. Valley Trail was wonderful, as usual. Sure a lot quieter during the week.
(Steve Paladie)
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied man-made and northern lights at 6AM this morning (classic). Man-made snow was in great shape, deep tracks throughout and little to no debris. The tracks on the northern lights loop had not been reset - in fact had been wiped out by the groomer in many places. Skate lane was nicely laid with corduroy.
(Charlie Anderson)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beginning about 12:30 I did several classic laps around Valley (man made snow) and a single lap around Northern Lights (natural snow). Valley tracks were excellent--solid and fast, showing minimal damage from morning use. Northern Lights tracks were disappointing, fair at best and poor is some areas, so I only did a single lap, then headed back to Valley. Northern Lights tracks were shallow and often washed out on one side, with a fair amount of debris in places, and they drifted into the brush by the picnic grounds. They apparently hadn't been retracked for several days. I keep hoping the track-setting frequency will increase to make better use of this unusually nice snowpack. In contrast, the skate deck on Northern Lights looked like it had been dragged earlier today.
(Ron Refsnider)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Man made sno loop was recently groomed for both skate and classic. The ridges on the corduroy with really hard so if the ski edge went between the ridges I went in that direction of the groove; so hence a bit squirrely for me. Northern lights fresh groomed for skate and in very nice shape. The multi-use trails were in very good shape. I removed this "debris" from the middle of the skate deck (see photo).
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(Don Callander)
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Firm skate deck, classic tracks set. Most of the groom looked pretty fresh within the park, a little less fresh and more packed and tracked on the outer natural snow loops, but still fantastic skiing on a single digit day.
(Tiffany Miller)
Friday, January 27, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Valley was the only one groomed, (although not the shortcut/cut off), but so nice to ski Northern Lights - very nice natural snow, good tracks still and no wind! Very peaceful. So glad I went.
(Karen Peters)
Friday, January 27, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Beautiful snow on all the trails. Tracks on the man-made snow loop were deep and crisp. Natural snow trails were softer, not as set. Lake and Northern Lights tracks were very good. Creek was more chewed up, but still fine. Eagle was double tracked, but everyone seemed to be on one, leaving the other pristine (and in some areas drifted over). Very brisk winds, but full sun - a great day to get out before the deep freeze.
(Laurie Ford)

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