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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.
Upcoming Events:   Jan.29 Marine/O'Brien Ski Race

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

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017  posted: 1/17/2017 6:43:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  WOB has snow but it was pretty icy with very little purchase for skating. It was as fast as I've ever seen it. I skied the flats only- you'd need some real stones to do the hills out there today. The long grade that leads to the turnoff to South America was about as fast as I could take it - it was a good day to not fall. Be super careful as there is not a lot of braking power with the trails right now.
(Dan Murphy)
Monday, January 16, 2017  posted: 1/16/2017 3:24:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Hopped on the trails around 11:30 am just as the groomers were rolling off. Fantastic snow and grooming made for a beautiful morning skate-skiing. No wind, warm temps, beautiful skate deck and classic tracks set (my kids stayed in the classic tracks.) Take advantage! Nice job, WOB!
(Elizabeth Westerhaus)
Sunday, January 15, 2017  posted: 1/15/2017 5:39:47 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  What a beautiful day of skiing my small group had at Wm O'Brien today. Even though there were a few washed out sections, most of the classic track was good and fast. The snow in the skate lane was very compliant, making the downhills easy and fun. The blue sky and mild temps with no wind promoted several pauses for socializing. It doesn't get much better! Get out there tomorrow if you can before it changes.
(Pete Hawkins)
Sunday, January 15, 2017  posted: 1/15/2017 5:07:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The inner loop was scratched this morning. The classic track was not touched. Classic was still good but many more washouts than yesterday. It would be nice to have it reset before the freeze thaw cycle starts. Skating looked good. Lots of folks out today.
(Jim Smith)
Saturday, January 14, 2017  posted: 1/15/2017 6:46:17 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Best conditions at O'Brien in maybe 5 years. The grooming was high quality. The classic tracks were well positioned and carefully cut, the skating lane flat and no center berm. The grooming must have been done a few days back because everything had set up well. Timing of the grooming is so important in order to get that set up period, it was done right this time.
(Jim Smith)

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