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

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017  posted: 3/28/2017 9:00:44 AM
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  The Last? The Best! Hidden Valley received an inch of very wet, icy snow last week. It served us well. Skiing is overall better today than it was, amazingly. Although the trails haven't been groomed, the skating was fast and smooth! Enjoy the warm temps, morning sunshine and wind in on your face as you fly. Recommend skiing Birch Highlands to Sommers, although the Powerline might be fine as well. Voyageurs Highway looks good and is skiable down to the Bambas. Best to avoid skiing in the heat of the day in order to preserve the trails. In other words, you'll cause deep ruts, hard to ski over in morning for those who do that sort of thing. We may be the last skiing in the state. Certainly it's the best!
(Hans Olsen)
Saturday, March 18, 2017  posted: 3/18/2017 3:06:40 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Amazing conditions mid March. After a few inches new snow last few days over hard base, Wayne has done a fabulous job grooming. Great long skate ski, classic tracks too are well set, some ice under it so put a good binder on and hardwax cover and good to go! Odd icy spot under a few trees etc, but nothing to worry about! Used my best skis and it was fabulous. Come on up and ski HV!
(Margaret Waechter)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  posted: 3/15/2017 3:36:04 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
  Trails had been regroomed since yesterday, a light scrape that made for fast, smooth skating. A few spots are icy, a few spots have tree debris that can trip you up; the back side of Bambas, where logging took place, is pretty impassable, and power line is not safe. So, best skiing is Birch Highlands to Sommers loop, back up Birch Highlands to Voyageur Highway to last part of Bambas loop, a remarkably good 8K. No rocks or gravel on this route, so B skis would not be at risk.
(Elton Brown)
Wednesday, March 01, 2017  posted: 3/1/2017 5:26:41 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  All of Bambas and Sommers loops, plus Bambas interior trails, groomed this morning. Hard, fast, smooth skate deck, but, with light scraping, not icy. Classic tracks surprisingly good despite loss of snow from last week's thaw and rain. Best skiing of the year!
(Elton Brown)
Friday, February 24, 2017  posted: 2/24/2017 11:58:00 AM
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Below freezing temps and a little fresh snow yesterday combine to produce excellent mid season conditions. Tracks are set on all primary trails. Skate deck is firm and fast. No bare spots, bring your "A" skis.
(Wayne Pasmick)

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