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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.
Upcoming Events:   Dec.7-Mar.1 Elm Creek Series

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

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Monday, February 27, 2017  posted: 2/27/2017 9:56:47 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  I skied around 7-8am this morning, Valley was in great condition for skating. Firm deck with good edge. Very soft were snowcat drove the loop from the practice area to the tubing hill, but other than that it was very good conditions. Just a few areas with debris, which is very surprising given the time of year and lack of new snow this month. The tracks appeared to be well-formed and looked to be pretty fast.
(Brad Johnson)
Friday, February 24, 2017  posted: 2/24/2017 12:34:02 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  I skated the Valley Trail from 8:00-9:30 this morning. Surprisingly, I was the first one on the fresh corduroy, and most of that time I was the only skier on the trail. The skate deck was in excellent condition, nearly perfect for my "intermediate" skating skills. The base was quite hard, topped with firm, but "softish" corduroy that provided nice speed and glide with confident edging. The only downside was the extra grooming done by the PistenBully on an out-and-back from the maintenance area to the top of the tubing hill. Those extra trips over-groomed that stretch in both directions, producing instant deep sugar for about 250 meters, in stark contrast to the excellent grooming elsewhere. The classic tracks were freshly set, but the walls and bases looked pretty chunky and probably hard to wax for. The tracks were quite fast where I used them to double-pole around the over-groomed area.
(Ron Refsnider)
Thursday, February 23, 2017  posted: 2/23/2017 1:18:45 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Valley was in pretty good shape this morning given the recent 60s. It is getting that ICU gray look. Deck was mostly firm with good edge on the frozen but not crazy fast grooming.
(Brad Johnson)
Thursday, February 23, 2017  posted: 2/23/2017 12:00:14 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  I classic skiied the Valley Trail at 9:30 a.m. The tracks were icy and fast. A good double poling workout day. The skate deck was hard. There a few dirty areas that you can easily go around.
(Mark Basiletti)
Thursday, February 23, 2017  posted: 2/23/2017 8:45:25 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Classic skied at 8:00am this morning. Valley Trail is packed and tracked and in good condition. The track was "icy" and "fast". Almost too icy and fast. It should "soften" as the day warms up.
Photos:  
(Mark Skinner)

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