Duluth Ski Report

I think by this weekend everything will be open. Wax ’em up!

Spirit Mountain — about half the runs are open.
Mont du Lac — scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 11.
Chester Bowl — scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 11.

The cross-country places must be all groomed and ready, too, ay?

Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
Korkki Nordic Trails
Bagley Nature Area

Last week three of the city trails were groomed and ready — Hartley, Chester Bowl and Piedmont. Can anyone report on Magney/Snively and Lester/Amity?

14 Comments

ian

about 4 years ago

Magney groomed, bit of ice at bottom of a couple hills, Lester was ungroomed as of a couple days ago. FYI: 730-4321 is the Duluth XC conditions line

Adam S

about 4 years ago

Lester groomed but thin and icy on bottom loops. Top I have heard is OK. Magney is OK, not great. Best XC skiing in Duluth is at Snowflake right now.

Laze

about 4 years ago

Top loop is okay but icy at Lester - groomer went through minus track (to create a good base?) & ran down early user-created track, which was nice beforehand. So, look forward to a fresh snow (tomorrow)!

hunter

about 4 years ago

Tettagouche skiing was all right ... trails weren't groomed ... but beautiful outside.

zra

about 4 years ago

Hartley, anyone? I usually trek the snowshoe trails, but haven't had a chance to get out there this season yet.

ian

about 4 years ago

Did a couple laps at Hartley last night, was pretty good.

bluenewt

about 4 years ago

Would this be the right place to beg people who are out hiking to use hiking trails rather than ski trails? I don't mean to hijack the thread. I mention this because my recent skis revealed that Piedmont had been driven on and, more recently, wrecked by a snowmobiler, and that hikers had punched foot prints into groomed ski trails at Lester and Hartley.

Jacob

about 4 years ago

Also if you must walk your dog on groomed ski trails, please don't leave turds for me to glide over. Better yet, find some where else to walk your dog.

hunter

about 4 years ago

Heh, snowmobiles on ski trails url me, too. Glad we got more snow today. I just bought a state ski pass. Do I need to purchase a different permit for local trails? Cc skiing :)

zra

about 4 years ago

Paul Helstrom and I were shoeing the (nonXC) trails up at Hartley a few years back and happened upon an old Norwegian guy on wood XC skis on the snowshoe trails. Friendly guy. Told me I was "runnin da right riggin." Yeah, if ya hike, stay off the groomed trails. That's what snowshoe trails are for. You can follow in my footsteps, as I'm usually the first one on the Lower Chester trails when the snow falls.

bluenewt

about 4 years ago

@hunter: Your state ski pass is good at all the city ski trails. You don't need a pass of any kind at Boulder Lake. You need to pay to ski the private trail systems: Spirit, Korkki, or Snowflake (although Korkki is an honor system).

B-man

about 4 years ago

@bluenewt Snowmobiling on ski trails is dumb, but so is skiing on snowmobile trails. You spread the word to keep your folks on ski trails and I will advocate to the motorized set to keep us on our snowmobile trails. I see many XC skiers on the state snowmobile trail, and I come up on them at 30-50MPH, really not safe especially if you are wearing all black and have an unleashed dog. Happy Winter, lets all make it through in one piece.

ivan

about 4 years ago

Jacob, the turds should rinse off with further skiing, at least it's not like in France where they've institutionalized dog shit onto the sidewalks and you can throw out your back on Doberman deposit.

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