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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

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018  posted: 4/4/2018 3:40:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails: Closed, B skis ]
  I had put the skis away then got a skate pair back in the vehicle and then a classic pair. Talked to skiers John B. and Dave B. who were going out trail blazin' on the Dark Side. I followed about 1/2 hour later. It was ski touring in the skied in tracks with some OK double-poling in stretches. Skis iced up a bit on my hard wax (Oslo Blue I think) in the sunny areas where the snow was transforming. No anal (either way you take it) grooming by me but I did see a sitzmark where someone had tried it a day or two ago. Heard a Sandhill Crane whooping in the distance and lots of critter tracks including one that was kind of a low-rider (not an otter though)...did somebody lose a Dachshund? Ski numero 80 for me.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Monday, April 02, 2018  posted: 4/2/2018 11:45:12 AM
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
  The trails are signed as closed and TRPD did plow the bike trails so the complete manmade loop is not skiable. There were some ski tracks on the weekend snow on the bike trails however. One could ski laps on the lower doughnut I s'pose (remember they are closed officially). Some skiers were out there somewhere as I recognized a couple of cars parked there.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Sunday, March 25, 2018  posted: 3/25/2018 10:40:00 AM
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Please note that today, Sunday March 25th, will be the last day the Elm Creek ski trails will be open. Thank you to everyone who came out during the season.
(Bruce Bolduan, Three Rivers Park District)
Friday, March 23, 2018  posted: 3/23/2018 1:23:35 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Skiing was better today than yesterday. The classic track was a little soft but fast. The skate deck was the same. Mashed taters and some ruts on the uphills...but they were pretty fast mashed taters. Have to clean the skis from the dirty snow near the start and finish.
(Mark Lahtinen)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018  posted: 3/21/2018 1:57:54 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  I skiied classic on the Valley Trail this morning. They had groomed and set tracks. The tracks had tilled up ice mixed with with the 1/2 inch of new snow. Classic skiing was overall good and fast. The skate lane was soft and in good condition.
(Mark Basiletti)

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