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Theodore Wirth North
Minneapolis, MN
Trail Length: 13K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: Yes
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Notes:   North Wirth Park includes 13 kilometers of groomed trail. The North Wirth trails include a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Trails include Hap Lutter Loop (lighted, 3.3K snowmaking), Skyline Trail, Back-40/Twin Lake Trail, Judy Lutter Trail, and Tornado Alley Trail.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018  posted: 2/20/2018 3:16:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skated front nine, tornado alley, JD Gardens, and Bog. All freshly groomed. Generally nice edge-able corduroy on the skate deck, with some icy places in windblown areas of the front nine. Tracks were thin in spots. There are a few thin spots, but good skis can be used with care.
(Sue Schroeder)
Sunday, February 18, 2018  posted: 2/19/2018 6:25:52 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Got out at 2 pm, and skied a number of laps of the snowmaking loop. The snow was still soft with temps above 40, but the gray skies kept the snow a little firmer than Saturday. There was even more debris on the hill heading into the woods (leading up to the meadow), enough so that it was pretty much unavoidable. Some sticks and pine cones, with pine needles covering the trail. There was also a fair amount on the hill coming up from the valley (right before heading down the sledding hill). The spot under the tree on that hill had less snow remaining than Saturday, so it was starting to look a little too thin. I didn't see any areas of major concern, and any scraping I heard was just some snow that had refrozen (such as in Twin Lakes). I would be comfortable using good skis, just maybe not new ones.
(Dan Boody)
Saturday, February 17, 2018  posted: 2/19/2018 6:20:56 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Skied about three laps of the snowmaking loop mid to late afternoon. The snow was getting soft with temps above 40, but things felt fast (even though I had teal wax on). There was some debris on the hill heading into the woods (leading up to the meadow), and a fair amount on the hill coming up from the valley (right before heading down the sledding hill). Under the tree on that hill was probably the thinnest area of snow as well. I would be comfortable using good skis, just maybe not new ones.
(Dan Boody)
Saturday, February 17, 2018  posted: 2/17/2018 11:08:43 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  The snowmaking loop was in very good shape this morning - just a few small icy sections where people were snowplowing. The "bonus" downhill and uphill loop at the sledding hill was closed, but even with that loop closed I measured 6.4K for the snowmaking loop, which is still the longest in the metro, and it is safe for good skis. The Skyline Trail (Front 9) was in pretty good shape after the light grooming snowmobile went by to "etch" up the icy base this morning. However, the Tornado Alley connector trail to the South Wirth trails was too icy for me to ski on. Also, I suggest avoiding the Bridge Trail descent from the snowmaking loop across Wirth Parkway because it's very icy at the bottom. The Judy Trail was also too icy for me this morning, but as I was leaving I saw the groomers doing a lot of work on the Judy Trail so I suspect it will be in better shape this late morning/early afternoon.
(Bill Oyler)
Friday, February 16, 2018  posted: 2/16/2018 9:59:43 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The snowmaking loop is being groomed and tracks are being set nightly. This week we repaired the lights in the lower stadium and nearby Hap trail.
We continue to groom all of the natural snow trails (Bridge Trail, Skyline, Tornado Alley, JD Rivers and Wirth Lake) each morning. We are currently not setting new tracks in most locations because of insufficient snow depths, however most of the skate deck is still in good shape with a few thin or icy spots. Most areas have held up very well this past week.
(Isaac Kasper, Loppet Foundation)

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