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Hidden Valley Ski Trails
Ely, MN
Trail Length: 25k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Y  
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:   2013-2014 season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014  posted: 3/19/2014 6:55:22 PM
  Conditions: Freshly groomed again, great conditions, plenty of snow -- mid-season form.
Skied late afternoon, hitting the Birch Highlands, Sommers, and Bambas loops. The groomer had tilled a little bit of the harder snowpack up into the fresh, softer snow, providing a nice mix that was a little fast, especially given the temps near freezing. Very pleasant ski, and even saw some breaks in the clouds for a little sunshine. Such a great trail system, and still looking more like mid-January than late March. Good skis and blue kick wax perfect.
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(Bruce Adelsman)
Monday, March 17, 2014  posted: 3/17/2014 8:05:37 PM
  Conditions: About an inch of new snowfall overnight, freshly groomed on the major segments today. Plenty of base (nearly two feet in the woods), no bare spots, clean trails.
Skied around 3 pm, hitting Birch Highlands, Sommers, and Bambas trails. Everything was in great condition, with a packed fresh inch of snow over a very firm base. Nicely set classic track throughout as well. Felt like mid-January. Fun trails, some great scenery, and nice grooming. Only wish was for faster skis today...
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(Bruce Adelsman)
Monday, March 10, 2014  posted: 3/10/2014 6:29:11 PM
  Conditions: Perfect grooming, mild temps, fast trails. WooHoo!
I enjoyed skating two loops of the 10K outer trails, mid-morning, just after fresh grooming. Fast at first, gradually softening. The classic tracks were even faster than yesterday. The base is plenty deep and will easily survive this afternoon's 50 degree melt.
(Elton Brown)
Sunday, January 05, 2014  posted: 1/5/2014 12:39:17 PM
  The last storm, a brief reprieve from the cold, brought about six inches of fresh snow to Hidden Valley. Yesterday 300+ high school racers packed down some sections of trail. The rest has been groomed or will be shortly. Skiing should be soft but excellent. We are 100% open for business. The Hidden Valley chalet is open most weekends. Sunday afternoons is the busiest time as it is Minnesota Youth Ski League. To avoid crowds or kids, ski Birch Highlands, Sommers, Hannah's Trail or Pine Park. On the other hand, the energy on Sunday afternoons is quite contagious. Be courageous and get up here!
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(Tyler Fish)
Friday, December 20, 2013  posted: 12/20/2013 7:51:28 PM
  All Hidden Valley Trails are now open. Try Pine Park for a wild and rustic ski, or Hanna Jo trail for a swamp adventure, both are tracked for classic skiing only. Our most popular trails; Birch Highlands, Sommers and Bambas loops are groomed for both skate and traditional in-track skiing. Be adventurous and explore our inner trails; Deer Trail, Voyageur's Highway, and Pine Valley, all offer variety and seclusion. For a high speed, wind-in-your-hair ride try The Screamer or challenge yourself to the longest sustained uphill climb on Varsity Hill and a long downhill run back to the Chalet on J-Bar Hill. Winter is here, enjoy it.
(Tyler Fish)

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