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Hidden Valley Ski Trails
Ely, MN
Trail Length: 25k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-365-6858    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Easy to advanced. These trails connect to the Silver Rapids Trails. 1K lighted loop. Chalet open on weekends from Christmas through mid-March.

Trail Reports:   2015-2016 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Friday, January 15, 2016  posted: 1/16/2016 8:48:13 AM
Grooming Scheduling 
  Hard base underneath. But on top is groomed snow from December and early January. Two nights ago we received many inches of white, dry fluff, currently being groomed in. All trails are open with the exception of Pine Park and Hannah's Trail. Conditions are excellent for both classic and skate. The Ely ski team practices every weekday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Minnesota Youth Ski League is on Sundays from 2 to 3:30 pm. Check the Ely Nordic Ski Club website for more info on these programs.
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(Tyler Fish)
Monday, January 04, 2016  posted: 1/4/2016 7:23:21 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Fresh grooming, smooth and fast skating deck, deep and solid classic tracks, 28 degrees and sunshine -- what could be better?!
New flurries and regular grooming have leveled out bumps and diluted the ashes that fell (especially on the Bambas Trailpower line section) from the large brush burn in adjacent gravel pit. The connector classic trail from Sommers Loop to Kawishiwi Trail has now been rolled as well as more of the interior classic trails.
(Elton Brown)
Saturday, January 02, 2016  posted: 1/2/2016 6:51:47 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Excellent conditions for skate skiing and the classic tracks looked good too!
The trails were in great shape for skiing as they usually are at Hidden Valley. I skied nearly all of the skate-able trail segments in the system. The trails had decent coverage, were nice and smooth and were very well groomed. There is a narrow band towards the middle of the trail system where there is a coating of gray ash accumulating in the snow from an adjacent gravel pit where they are burning some trees from an expansion of the pit. Today the smoke was hardly noticeable but a couple days ago it was interfering with my breathing in a portion of the trail system. Either the smoldering had subsided further or the winds were more favorable so it was no longer a factor today. B skis are probably preferred to deal with the occasional areas of ash, and tree or marsh debris but I wouldn't hesitate using my best pair of skis if that was all I had with me. There was not a rock to be found anywhere.
(Eric Viken)
Friday, January 01, 2016  posted: 1/2/2016 11:25:02 AM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Beautiful! Groomed for classic and skate.
Hidden Valley is in great shape, groomed for both classic and skate. There were a couple of little patches of dirt that got churned up under pine trees where the snow was less deep, but nothing unavoidable. Great grooming, lovely skiing.
(Annalisa Peterson)
Wednesday, December 30, 2015  posted: 12/30/2015 4:03:06 PM
Firsthand 
  Excellent classic tracks and firm skate lane. A few thin spots and some tree debris, but all-in-all nice, fast, smooth skiing on the main Bambas and Sommers loops.
(Elton Brown)

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