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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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Dec.6-Feb.14 Elm Creek Tuesday Night Race Series
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Reports 11 to 20 of 88    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec | Nov
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied classic today. I skied Lake, Eagle, Monarch, Northern lights, Creek, and of course Valley. The track in the natural snow trails was shallow on the combined trails. It was good on the classic only trails. I used a swix V20 for kick. I would not recommend that. It would be better to find something with a bit more bite. I skated the combined trails yesterday there were three small spots where dirt showing yesterday. I saw the groomer covered all but one up. Whatever you chose it will be a good ski.
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(Craig Schulz)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful morning at Elm Creek. All trails had been groomed except Northern Lights. Multi use had probably the best snow, soft and smooth, less scratchy than the man made snow loop. Lake, Creek were in great conditions too.
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(Bernard Cerles)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
First skied Valley, which was just groomed that morning and had nice deep tracks. Very few people on Valley, several diverting to Lake. Then we skied a little on Northern Lights. The tracks were shallower than Valley due to mostly not enough snow. It takes more effort to ski on shallow or washed out tracts. Overall, it was a great ski morning.
(Earl Stabenow)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skated the outer loops and Valley between 8:30 and 9:30. Valley was firm and fast, but all the outer loops were in good condition, too, just a bit softer and slower. Northern Lights had freshly-set classic tracks, although they were soft-walled and shallow in many locations. It didn't look like classic tracks had been reset on Lake and Creek, but the existing tracks still appeared to be in fair to good condition. The hoarfrost lit by the low-angle sunlight was a real treat! And all the creek crossings had fresh-looking otter slides on the ice, making it a wonderful ski.
(Ron Refsnider)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied at 8:30, it was still sunny then and almost nobody skiing. Did Multi use loop, Creek, Lake, Northern lights and Valley Trail. All in good conditions, freshly groomed. Multi use is still in good shape, all the other in great shape, slightly harder snow on man made snow Valley trail.
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(Bernard Cerles)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skate deck was freshly groomed in the park and most of the outer trails, and was firm within the park to mostly firm on the outer trails. Classic tracks set and in great condition. Perfect temps for a ski. Multi-use trails in excellent conditions as well - I know it can be iffy sometimes, but these trails were definitely skiable; do not miss out on those sections! Great morning to be out.
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(Tiffany Miller)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skated Multi-purpose, Creek, Lake, and man made snow. All were in excellent shape. Deck was fairly firm with a little loose snow on top.
(John Leaf)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
The multi-use trail was in great shape late this morning for skating. A couple bike tracks and sled dog tracks but otherwise very good!
(BrIan Tifft)
Friday, January 20, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Snow was a weird soft and cold texture, which made for somewhat slow skiing. Trails were packed and tracked, not freshly groomed, but it had been groomed somewhat recently. Classic tracks were sort of set, but not in great condition in several areas since the snow is pretty soft. Still good trail and good snow to be out on.
(Tiffany Miller)
Friday, January 20, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Between 8:30 & 9:30 I skated Valley & Northern Lights, and ventured out on the return leg of Lake, going as far as Goose Lake. Valley was near-perfect as usual. N. Lights appeared freshly dragged, and was a bit soft, but nice for skating. Classic tracks have been completely erased by the dragging everywhere on N. Lights. Lake Trail was freshly dragged & great for skating, tho' a bit soft, with very fresh, but shallow classic tracks. It seemed odd for the freshly-set classic tracks to end where Lake joined N. Lights, despite N. Lights appearing freshly dragged.
(Ron Refsnider)

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