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Great River Bluffs State Park
Winona, MN
Trail Length: 15K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 507-352-5111    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Trails rated easy to moderate.

Trail Reports:   2016-2017 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017  posted: 3/14/2017 2:09:44 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
  There is about 3-5" powder over frozen ground, the coverage was surprisingly adequate. Blue skies and about 20 degrees. And there was a skied in track on just about all the trails that are skiable. Objectively I rate conditions as fair. Subjectively, considering no snow anywhere for the last ten or so days, I'd rate conditions as most excellent and for the most part I could suspend belief and pretend I was skiing powder on a deep base "up nort". Extra blue worked good.
(Bob Cieslak)
Friday, March 03, 2017  posted: 3/3/2017 12:26:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Today's Dawn Patrol found skied in tracks on 3" powder on a base of dirt or a couple inches of hard pack where there was mainly northern exposure. I started on waxed skis but quickly switched to waxless due to the dirt. Waxless worked good with surprisingly decent glide. Ski experience varied from fair to good to okay time to turn around. All considered it was a good ski since I came up wondering if I could ski at all.
(Bob Cieslak)
Saturday, February 25, 2017  posted: 2/25/2017 5:48:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  I was the first one to arrive at the park today at 11:30 to find brilliant sunshine and about 5 inches of fresh great snow tracked by the local deer. It was cold. The snow was dense but not too dense so I bushwhacked out the King's Bluff Trail on waxless boards (caution this is not a ski trail and gneiss and other rocks can be an issue]. Superb if you like that kind of thing. Coming back my skied in tracks made the effort worthwhile - so much so that I skied the loop back twice. The road in is in decent shape. Reminder: this park has a cold snowy micro climate. In fact, I remember the Park brochures talking about several climate zones. But at the very end the tracks were getting mushy.
(Bob Cieslak)
Sunday, February 05, 2017  posted: 2/7/2017 8:52:21 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Some soft and some icy spots but overall skiable. Great views on a nice sunny day.
Probably ok for good skis unless you are super cautious.
(Brian McCarty)
Friday, January 27, 2017  posted: 1/27/2017 3:16:11 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  8" freshly groomed snow. Mostly good to very good hard fast tracks with a few icy spots and occasional debris. The off piste conditions are excellent. About as good as it gets up here. Access road has some icy spots and is occasionally narrow. So pay attention.
(Bob Cieslak)

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