White Winter

     Not only did snow come earlier this year, but it fell across all parts of the North Country. That means snowmobilers and cross-country skiers seeking snow can find it everywhere. In some winters, where only one area has snow, it can put a lot of pressure on that area, crowding trails and making accommodations hard to find.
    I spoke Sunday morning to a Minnesota Department of Trails and Waterways employee from the Two Harbors area. He said that although snow conditions are generally good along the North Shore State Trail, use hasn’t been excessive because snowmobilers have  plenty of other places to go.
      The same goes for cross-country skiing. In the past week, I’ve skied at the Hartley ski trails, the Lester-Amity ski trails and the Magney-Snively ski trails, all in Duluth, and the Korkki Nordic ski trails between Duluth and Two Harbors.  Korkki, where I skied today, is in by far the best condition. It’s classic skiing only, and the 11-kilometer trail is in impeccable condition.
      Among city trails, Hartley has been excellent and Magney-Snively very good. Lester has a fair number of places where dirt was brought up in grooming. But, hey, I’m not kicking. It’s mid-December, and we’ve been skiing for two weeks.
      If you haven’t gotten out yet, treat yourself. It’s a good time to be riding skis or snow machines.

1 Response

  1. John L

    It’s also a great winter, so far, for snowshoe hiking. I’ve been out three times this month. Last winter, I didn’t get on my snowshoes until March. I’ve been on the Western Waterfront Trail, the Superior Hiking Trail in the Keene Creek area, and on a groomed trail in Jay Cooke State Park. The latter was especially gorgeous, and on snowshoes, there’s almost never a crowd.

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