Quite a change in the weather today with temps falling to the single digits by late afternoon and winds from the nw making it feel even cooler! A welcome change after mild temps the past few days. A dusting of snow to wave the flag about that filled in nicely in the tracks where present. The new snow was groomed in on Skaters Waltz and Suicide Hill. Rootin Tootin was also groomed with tracks set where snow depth was deeper. A track was also set on the side of Suicide Hill. The coverage on the trails is mostly good with a icy/crusty base and areas of thin cover and a few bare spots. The best skiing for skating is on Skaters Waltz and track skiing best on Sukkerbusk and sections of Twin lakes. All other trails packed with this dusting of snow on top. Older or rock skis best to use.
A beautiful day for the Detroit Lakes invitational ski meet on Tuesday. Teams from Little Falls, Brainerd, Trek North, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Deer River and Bemidji competed in the first meet in Minnesota held on natural snow this season! The course included skaters waltz and also Suicide Hill. It was a skate race. The Jr high skiers competed on the lake over a 3.5km loop. The races were early enough in the day the snow was still frozen and fast but breaking down to a silky feel making for nice skiing. We closed the trails just after noon to preserve the snow and thanks to the 100’s of skiers that observed this. Skiing on the lake was great and provided training for teams that skied in to the afternoon. Click here for a video recapping the races.
We are enjoying the snow we do have and doing everything possible to make for better conditions. All the trails are open but caution must be used on downhills and areas where it is rough and be aware of bare spots on certain trails.
To preserve the snow, we ask that people do not hike on the trails.