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Big Aspen Recreation Area
Virginia, MN
Trail Length: 32K  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-229-8800    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Over 30k of trails, rated for beginners to intermediate skiers. A couple of nice shelters, plus a beautiful overlook.

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

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Sunday, March 05, 2017  posted: 3/6/2017 8:38:57 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Skied here both Saturday and Sunday and would ski there today if I could. Put in 6 hours over the two days to mostly good enough conditions. Sunday conditions required a bit more trail creativity, but no encountered conditions left me regretting my decision to ski. The west side has the best consistent snow and rated good to very good, even on the steeper downhills. The exception is the south facing descent into the old west shelter area. Some very short sections under the tall pines and sun exposed areas were getting bare. Avoid section 22 to just past 16. An errant 4 wheeler got a little crazy on that part. A nice alternative is to take intersection 22 up to 25. This section was perfect and will survive the meltdown until cooler temperatures arrive early this week. The east side is covered with snow, but variable because of the concentration of pine needles for short sections of the trail. Skiing from 8-7-6-4 and then back tracking will avoid most problems with the needles. Waxless skis are recommended. Oh, section 7 up to 13-14 and back to 7 got groomed by a snowmobile or two. It was annoying but not impossible to ski. Much better trail conditions exist elsewhere on the system. Last caveat. Coming out of the parking lot and skiing towards 8 you will encounter the worst conditions under the power line. After that the good stuff starts. Not quite ready to give up the skis.
(Michael Wilke)
Thursday, February 16, 2017  posted: 2/16/2017 3:17:24 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Groomed and single track on the trail SE of Forest Road 256 and from intersection 6 to 7 to 8 and back to parking lot. Got rid of most of the debris from the high winds Tuesday and set a decent track.
(Mark Toot)
Saturday, February 11, 2017  posted: 2/11/2017 7:13:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great, fast conditions out there with temps in the high 20s. Looks like trails have been groomed recently within the last day or so, as the tracks are in great condition! Awesome day for a 20 K!
Photos:  
(Jason Miller)
Friday, February 10, 2017  posted: 2/10/2017 3:01:55 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The Forest Service groomed and set a single track on all the trails this morning. There was 4 to 5 inches of new snow over the base. Tracks will be a little soft but hopefully they will set up some overnight.
(Mark Toot)
Sunday, February 05, 2017  posted: 2/6/2017 8:26:47 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied here both Saturday and Sunday. East side trails had a nicely defined skied in track. They probably received about 5 inches of light powder over the last week since the most recent grooming. West side trails and the northern loops (13-14) were solitary experiences, a backcountry wannabe's delight, sufficiently firm and powdery, reassuring me I hadn't overshot capacity, and I might make the parking lot before dark. This place and Sturgeon River remain destination gems in the Forest Service's trail system.
(Michael Wilke)

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