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Hidden Valley Cross Country Ski Trails - Ely, MN

Hidden Valley Trails, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 4/1/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, 5?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  30"

Comments:  New tracks were set on Somers, Bambas and Birch Highland trails on Friday night. Skating lanes have been cut down and smoothed, soft enough yet firm enough to be fast. Go out and ski today while the perfect conditions last

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The 30 km of machine groomed trails pass through rolling hills, paper birch and pine stands, and newly planted red and white pine plantations and are perfect for beginner to expert skiers. ‘You are here’ maps guide you along the trail.  MN Ski Pass required.

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

Trezona Cross Country Ski Trails - Ely, MN

Trezona, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 4/4/14

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Fresh Snow:  1.5" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments: Sadly, the Trezona Trail will no longer be groomed this year. Due to the recent snow removal and plowing, the Nordic Ski Club can no longer groom. We hope you’ve enjoyed the Trezona this winter.

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Dogs are allowed on this trail. This 6.4 Km trail is relatively flat and has great views of the old Pioneer Mine headframe. It circles Miner’s Lake which is a designated trout lake.  Donations are accepted at the parking area.

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

North Junction Ski Trails - Ely, MN

North Junction, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 3/25/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, 5-6" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  30-36"

Comments:   These trails are in pretty good shape… a good base of snow that softened up the cement like covering. Enjoy!

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The North Junction Trails consist of a series of loops. There are two loops south of the North Arm Road. The Beaver Meadow Trail is a beginner to intermediate trail that goes through an area occupied by beaver. The Moose Trail is an intermediate level that goes through hilly upland areas, a spruce swamp, and a beaver pond. The west end of the Beaver Meadows trail leads to Camp Widgiwagan. Please respect camp property and watch for vehicles.

Reports Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

Bear Head State Park Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

Bear Head Lake State Park, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 4/17/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  Ski trails are closed for the season. See ya soon!

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The Bear Head State Park Trails wind through mixed pine, balsam, birch and aspen stand and skirt four lakes along the way. Great views of Bear Head Lake can be seen from varying vantage points. Many exciting downhills, both gentle and more demanding, await the skier. These trails are machine groomed and accommodate both beginner and expert skiers.  MN Ski Pass required.

Report Courtesy of Minnesota DNR, and the Ely Chamber of Commerce

 

South Farm, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 4/18/14

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Fresh Snow:  .5" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?

Comments:  Awaiting first report of the season.

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8 km of user tracked classic wilderness trails.  Trails are beginner to intermediate with soft rolling hills.  A BWCA permit is required and is available at the trailhead.

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce, Kawishiwi District, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, and Timber Trail.

Ash River Trail Conditions

Ash River Falls Trail

Trail Conditions Updated 4/16/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:   

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The Ash River Falls trailhead is about 30 miles north of Orr. Take Highway 53 26 miles north, then go east on Ash River Road (County Rd 126) for about 5 miles to the trailhead on the south side of the road.  MN Ski Pass required.

Report Courtesy of Minnesota DNR & Sunset Resort

Silver Rapids Trail Condtions

Silver Rapids, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 2/10/14

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Fresh Snow:  0" in last 48 hours, 0" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  25-29"

Comments:  Trails are in great condition. No fresh snow, There grooming the trail 2 times a week

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People interested in using the trails should check at the lodge as to where they should park. Do not park down by the Retreat cabin. Please note, these trails exist not only for the lodge’s guests, but those that are on the Hidden Valley network.

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

BWCA - North Arm Trail Cross Country Ski Conditions

North Arm, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 2/3/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  26-30"

Comments:  Yesterday was Groundhog Day and I don’t know if the sun was out and he saw his shadow or not, but I’m sure there is six more weeks of winter. The trail skiing is still great with a nice deep base. The lake skiing is generally good also with reports of just a few small slush areas on or near the tracked routes. Bring your scraper just in case.

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The North Arm Trail is one of the premier skier-tracked trail systems in the area. It boasts 42 km of scenic trails in and out of the BWCA Wilderness.  Trailhead is located on North Arm Road off Burntside Lake.  Because they are not machine groomed, they can be challenging at times even for intermediate-skilled skiers. They are the most beautiful in the area as they roll up and down over forested ledge rock and across lakes through the wilderness. The trails are easy to follow and each intersection has a ‘you are here’ map. Beginner skiers can first test their proficiency on the Moose Horn Loops. Warning! - Ice conditions may be unsafe. Users should check on current ice conditions and proceed with caution on the lakes as ice conditions can change rapidly.

Reports Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce, Kawishiwi District, and Camp DuNord

Big Aspen Recreation Area Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

Look Out Mountain & Big Aspen Recreation Area, Virginia

Trail Conditions Updated 4/15/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  Big Aspen:  Trails are rough, but still plenty of snow.

The Lookout Mountain Trail is cleared but not groomed for winter use providing a backcountry winter experience. Cross country skiers and snowshoe users are welcome to break their own trails in the winter and many have done so already.

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Giants Ridge Ski Resort Nordic - Cross Country Snow Reports

Giants Ridge, Biwabik

Trail Conditions Updated 4/18/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments: :  Giants Ridge is closed for the season.

Stadium--CLOSED 1K

Biwabik Spur--CLOSED 6 k; easier, two way

Bronze--CLOSED 6 k; easier, two way, lift served

Cedar--CLOSED 5 k; most difficult, one way

Gold--CLOSED 14 k; most difficult, one way
Laurentian--
CLOSED 8 k; more difficult, two way

Northern Lights--CLOSED 3k; one way, lighted

Oslo--CLOSED 5 k; easier, two way

Silver--CLOSED 10k; more difficult, one way

Summit--CLOSED 6 k; easier, two way

Wynne Creek--CLOSED 4 k; easier, two way

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Giants Ridge offers more than 60 km of cross country trails, which are groomed and tracked every other day on rotation. Please note that snowfall, snowstorms, and wind play a key role in the grooming schedule and can cause surface changes on recently groomed trails.  A Giants Ridge Cross Country Trail Pass is required ($13/day).  Open 9am-430pm.  Rentals are available.  Giants Ridge also has 35 downhill runs and a terrain park.

 

Birch Lake Plantation trail conditions, Babbitt, MN

Birch Lake Plantation, Babbitt

Trail Conditions Updated 3/25/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, 4-6" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  28"
Babbitt Golf Course Trail - No current grooming report.

The Birch Lake Plantation - No current grooming report.

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The Birch Lake White Pine Plantation 17 miles south of Ely in Babbitt is partially within the first red pine (Norway) plantation in the Superior National Forest, covering 120 acres. While touring the area, you may see white paint on some of the trees. These mark out research plots to study the growth of the trees. The area east of Forest Road #131 is generally flat, and the areas west are more challenging but relatively easy.

 

BWCA - Stuart River Baldpate, Ely MN Trail Conditions

Stuart River/Baldpate, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 2/21/14

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Fresh Snow:  13.5" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  36"

Comments:  Trail was not groomed 2008 - 2013. 

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The Stuart River / Baldpate trails consist of 15K of interconnecting loops (easy to advanced), including the Pine Meadows Trail that passes through the BWCA.  Classic only.  Excellent for viewing wildlife.  No fees required.

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

 
 
   
 

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