MN DNR: very good or excellent conditions at ski and snowmobile trails statewide

The latest Minnesota snow condition reports should please winter
sports enthusiasts, according to the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources (DNR), which compiles the information.

Very good to excellent conditions were reported at 104
cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in state parks and
recreation areas, state trails, and state forests across Minnesota.
Of those trails, six are in the metro area, 44 are in northeastern
Minnesota, 29 are in the northwest, 15 are in southeast, and 10 are
in the southwest.

Of the 59 trails reporting excellent trail conditions, here are
some excerpts from the latest reports posted at mndnr.gov:
(www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/trails.html?facility_id=4102)

· From Wild River State Park in the metro area: So far this season
park staff have logged more than 1,000 miles on the park’s Kubota
grooming ski trails…..that’s the equivalent distance from
Minneapolis to Dallas, Texas. Ski and snowshoe rental concessions
are available on weekends and holidays at the park’s trail
center.

· From the Arrowhead State Trail in northeastern Minnesota: The
primary snowmobile trail is the backbone to an extensive
grant-in-aid trail system that travels through remote areas and
provides access to snowmobiling in Voyageurs National Park. The
trail is being groomed twice a week and is in excellent
condition.

· From Savanna State Forest in northeastern Minnesota: 15 miles of
ski trails, groomed Tuesday-Thursday, should be in excellent
condition. Clubs have been coming in to groom snowmobile trails at
least once a week. Trails have been in excellent condition going
into the weekend. A wide variety of wildlife can be viewed while
taking the trails.

· From Big Bog State Recreation Area in northwestern Minnesota:
Snowmobile trails are in excellent shape with a good packed base…
Snowmobilers are staying overnight in the park cabins while using
the grant-in-aid snowmobile trail system.

· From Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern
Minnesota: Area snowmobile trails are beautifully groomed. Three
local snowmobile clubs worked together late last fall to make the
trails through the park wider. In addition, the temporary bridge
over Canfield Creek was installed making the stream crossing much
easier. Ski trails, groomed Feb. 3, are in excellent shape for
touring.

· From Sibley State Park in northwestern Minnesota: Sibley is the
proud owner of seven more inches of new snow. All ski and
snowmobile trails have been packed, tracked, and groomed as of noon
Tuesday, Feb. 1… Let the good times roll!

With about three feet of snow on the ground in many parts of the
state, excellent snowshoeing opportunities are available as well.
Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere except on groomed trails. Many
state parks and recreation areas rent snowshoes for $6/day. For
those locations and more information, check the winter activities
guide at mndnr.gov.

Statewide trail condition reports are updated by noon every
Thursday here. Also online to help with trip-planning,
the DNR has new interactive maps and downloadable GPS files for
snowmobiles.

 

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