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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?

13 Comment(s)

  1. 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

    ian | Dec 8, 2010 | New Comment
  2. 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.

    Adam S | Dec 8, 2010 | New Comment
  3. 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)!

    Laze | Dec 8, 2010 | New Comment
  4. Tettagouche skiing was all right … trails weren’t groomed … but beautiful outside.

    hunter | Dec 8, 2010 | New Comment
  5. Hartley, anyone?

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

    zra | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  6. Did a couple laps at Hartley last night, was pretty good.

    ian | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  7. 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.

    bluenewt | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  8. 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.

    Jacob | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  9. 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 :)

    hunter | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  10. 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.

    zra | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  11. @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).

    bluenewt | Dec 9, 2010 | New Comment
  12. @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.

    B-man | Dec 13, 2010 | New Comment
  13. 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.

    ivan | Dec 13, 2010 | New Comment

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