Grooming Begins At City Cross-country Ski Trails

Duluth’s city crews have begun work on the city’s cross-country ski trails after Monday’s snow. The Chester Park trail was rolled (packed) today and is in good shape for skiing, said Tom Kasper, city gardener.

Crews will roll the trails at Piedmont and Hartley Park on Wednesday, Kasper said. No tracks will be set until more snow falls. Lester Park’s trails don’t have enough snow to roll yet, Kasper said, and the Magney-Snively trails need more snow to cover rocks.

Volunteers have helped removed downed trees and brush on some trails, which should make grooming go better, Kasper said.

For updates on city grooming, call the ski-trail hotline at 730-4321.

Snowflake Nordic Center on Rice Lake Road is in good shape for skiing, said owner George Hovland.

“This place is loaded with snow,” Hovland said Tuesday afternoon. “(The skiing) is as close to perfect as it can be in Minnesota. We’re groomed for classic and skating both.”

Spirit Mountain will open Saturday for downhill skiing, said Briana Johnson, director of marketing and sales. She was not sure when cross-country trails would open at Spirit Mountain.

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  1. Lisa Johnson (Spirit) said they are hoping to open XC trails on Saturday or Sunday, but they need some help clearing downed trees before they can groom…leave a comment on the DXC website or email if you can lend a hand there or at Magney (a few spots there still need chainsaw work). Thanks!

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