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William O'Brien State Park
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Trail Length: 17.7k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-433-0500    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A wonderful course, mainly in the woods, with a number of good hills.

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season  view previous season     File a new report

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018  posted: 4/17/2018 9:59:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Classic skied the outer loop in skier made tracks. Snow is soft and tracks are deep so if they freeze overnight they could be hazardous. Some parts of the tracks are almost down to the dirt and a few spots the bare ground must be skied around. It was a beautiful day and although ski was a slow one it was great to be out so late in the season in such a great ski venue.
(Tim Nelson)
Monday, April 16, 2018  posted: 4/16/2018 8:58:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  I decided to go up to William O'Brien and see if the snow was skiable and enjoy a beautiful post snowstorm afternoon at the State Park. I was pleasantly surprised. Someone had tracked the entire perimeter trail (not the periphery loops - did not see any ski tracks or snowshoe tracks on those trails) until I reached the turn-off to the Wedge Hill Savannah trail. I made new ski tracks next to some snowshoe tracks on the Savannah trail. I was happy that snow shoers made their own tracks parallel to the ski tracks so the skiing was pretty good for April 16th. Had a great ski and welcome those of you who might want to ski tomorrow morning to go for it before the snow goes bad and the ski tracks get too beat up. Cheers!
(Harlan Jones)
Sunday, March 11, 2018  posted: 3/12/2018 9:03:08 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  WOB had full snow cover but none of the trails had been groomed from last weeks snow. The classic track was skied in but intermittent. Quality was fair with snow ice and slush depending on how much sun the sections received. Skate lane looked to be slow with around 2" left on top from the last snow, but the base was good. The rule of law has been abandoned as I passed 6 groups of hikers and their dogs on the ski trails.
(Dan Murphy)
Friday, March 09, 2018  posted: 3/9/2018 7:13:56 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  Excellent crust skiing conditions! Can go pretty much anywhere in the meadows and wetlands. There's a good crusty layer from last week's thaw, and the Marine on St. Croix area only got about 2 inches in Monday's storm which makes for a nice finish on top of the crust.
On the other hand, only the small loop to the east of the railroad tracks was groomed after Monday and Tuesday's snow and the trails are now open to multi-use, so people have been walking. That said, the trails are still in very excellent skiing condition except for a few short melt/ice patches that need to be carefully navigated, but 99.5% of trails are great and the small amount of new snow on top of last weekend's grooming is easily skateable.
(Henry Reich)
Friday, March 09, 2018  posted: 3/9/2018 2:20:23 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Only a short flat section of the trail groomed. The hills were not groomed but are skiable. The groomed section had no track set. Looks like Billy O'Brien is done for the year for me. Can't complain though the conditions were great all year.
(Robert McKenzie)

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