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Elm Creek Park Reserve
Maple Grove, MN
Trail Length: 15.8k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: Yes
Contact: 763-694-7894    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Some of the best ski trails in the metro area. Fantastic night skiing on their lighted trails! New in 2003, a 2.5K man-made snow loop.

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

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Sunday, February 18, 2018  posted: 2/18/2018 7:27:05 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied the natural trails at Elm Creek at 1 pm today. They were surprisingly good. I would say 90% of the trail was good as in good skis. There is a 100-200 yard long stretch on the creek trail that is bare ground but other than that all bad spots are easy to avoid. I did Lake to Creek to Northern Lights. The last stretch leading up to Northern Lights wasn't great but still skiable. When I first got out there I missed the turn to the Lake/Creek cutoff and ended up doing what I think is the multi use trail (it follows the paved bike trail). This trail was also very good and I had fresh grooming. There is one road crossing where you have to take skis off but this is a nice easy 7-10k loop. The manmade section was very good, a little dirty near the chalet but otherwise nice.
(Nick Raisanen)
Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 2:05:02 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Skied around 10 am today and saw very few skiers out. We skied on corduroy for the man-made loop so decided to take a look at the outer loop.
Once again freshly groomed with no evidence we had company. Had to double pole around some bare asphalt but everyone in my group felt like had had found a honey hole that no one else knew about. Kudos to the groomers. More snow will make this even more fun.
(Hugh Hanson)
Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 1:20:31 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied the Valley and Northern Lights. The track was firm and very fast on the manmade...faster than the skate deck. Slower stretch on the north uphill on the upper donut where the sun don't shine and the snow is colder. Northern Lights had some icy stretches in the track but the skate deck had been touched up since the previous report it sounds like. Did not go down Cowabunga in the track to avoid the slightly washed out stretch and did not quite make it over the following rise. There was a little dirty snow at the bottom. The Nano Skins worked the best since I got them last year although I did not try any waxable skis and most of it is double-poling anyway.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 9:15:20 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Man made loop was perfect. Northern lights hadn't been groomed today, but was skiable except for being hard packed and icy. Creek trail had bare ground in one place (see photo) and it looks like there will be more exposed sections by sunset if it stays sunny. The parts that were good were great, but there were several icy or thin patchs.
Photos:  
(Andor Langski)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  posted: 2/14/2018 2:57:10 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  They were in surprisingly good condition this morning. I came across the grooming crew, working on the Lake Trail, and they had dumped some snow on the bare spots just before the downhill at the lake. The classic tracks on the outer trails haven't been re-groomed, but they're in good shape just the same. The skating deck was firm and fast, and not at all icy. The man-made loop was, as always, in pristine condition, and also very fast. The Northern Lights trail had good tracks and also had a fast, firm skate deck. You could glide down Cowabunga Hill, and make it over the rise at the end without striding. Great to have all this snow to ski on, after such a long snow drought. Hope it lasts!
(Ken Tobacman)

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