Up Next for DXC:
- Dec 15 – KidSki Program at Snowflake begins
- Dec 18 – Wednesday Night Ski Race Series begins
- Dec 18 – Solstice Ski & Bonfire at Spirit Mountain
- Jan 6 – DXC Board Meeting
- Jan 11 – Winter Trails Day
- Jan 12 – Nordic Spirit Ski Race
- Jan 23 – Headlamp Ski at Piedmont trails
- Sat. March 8 – Tour DuLuth
- Dec. 11 - XC Wax Clinic at Ski Hut
- Dec. 16 – XC Wax Clinic at Ski Hut
- Jan. 9 – XC Wax Clinic at Ski Hut
- Jan. 11 – Fat Tire Bikes vs. Skinny Skis Race at Boulder Lake
- Jan. 15 – XC Wax Clinic at Ski Hut
- Jan. 30 – XC Wax Clinic at Ski Hut
- Sat. Feb 8 – Candlelight Ski at Hartley
- Sat. Feb 15 – Candlelight Ski at Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Sat. Feb 15 – Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Boulder Lake
- Local Running Calendar – Northland Runner
- Local Mountain Biking Info – COGGS
Here is Monday’s message from the City of Duluth Ski Trail Hotline:
Hartley, Piedmont, Spirit Mountain and Magney-Snively have all been groomed since the snowstorm, and conditions are good to excellent. Go out and enjoy the trails!
They were working all day Monday clearing the trees and brush from the Lester-Amity trails, and hoped to complete that by the end of the day. If all goes well, they plan to groom Lester-Amity early Tuesday morning.
Remember that you need the MN State Ski Pass to ski the Duluth trails. Information on purchasing a ski pass can be found at this site.
Many thanks to the groomers for their herculean efforts to clear and groom the trails – you’ve done a fabulous job!
The City of Duluth groomers have been putting in long hours to get our trails packed and tracked!
The Spirit Mountain and Magney-Snively trails have all been packed and are in the process of being groomed and tracked. Both Spirit and Magney are in great shape for skate skiing, and the connector is open and groomed. Most trails have been tracked for classic. The southern section of the 11k trail at Spirit has not yet been tracked and the cutoffs still need to be packed and groomed.
The groomers will take a much needed day off on Sunday and continue their work on Monday. The first priority will be to complete Spirit Mountain and Magney-Snively.
The Lester/Amity trails still trees cleared before they can be groomed. Volunteers are helping out this weekend, and the city plans to bring in heavy equipment to work on them Monday.
Kudos to our groomers for their dedication, hard work and producing wonderful skiing in Duluth!
Here is the latest from City of Duluth Ski Trail Hotline:
Hartley and Piedmont trails were groomed today. Conditions are good to great, but the snow is soft. There is a lot of snow hanging on tree branches, so be aware when you are skiing.
The Lester/Amity trails have suffered a lot of trees down, with trees falling across the trail. It will take us a while to clear these trees before we can groom the Lester/Amity trails.
Tomorrow we will attempt to groom the Spirit Mountain and Magney-Snively ski trails.
Do you have a snowmobile? Snowflake Nordic needs help driving around the trails to pack down the new snow so that they can groom for a race on Saturday. Their big snowmobile is stuck, and additional help is needed with all the new snow.
Help is needed immediately! George Hovland is looking for anyone with a snowmobile who is willing to pitch in. If you have questions, call George at this number: 218-310-2517.
Please pass this information around to others you know who might be able to help.
Many thanks from George!
The amount of snow we received and the high temperatures above 32 degrees kept us from completing the task of packing all the ski trails. So we will be starting over this morning.
However, there are a number of trees that have fallen onto the trails because of the heavy snow on them and the high wind. This morning we will be removing these trees so that we can groom.
Please check back on the hotline later this afternoon for trail conditions and trails that are available to ski.
Hotline number: 218-730-4321
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Ski season is finally here, and we are all anxious to get out on the trails.
The city groomers are planning to pack the trails tonight and tomorrow morning. Grooming and track setting will start after trails have been packed.
In order to create the best ski conditions possible, please wait for the groomers to complete their work and allow the tracks to set before venturing out on the local ski trails. They have about 100k of trails to prepare, so please be patient. It will be worth the wait!
2013-14 will mark KidSki’s 19th year of cross country ski lessons for kids ages 4-12. The program is staffed by local volunteers who want to share their talents and inspire a lifelong love of the sport in our children. KidSki emphasizes a fun, game-based approach to learning to ski. Skiers of all abilities are welcome. Children will be placed in small groups based on their age and level of skiing ability.
KidSki is held at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center on Sundays from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Arrive early in order to find a parking place.
Here is this year’s schedule:
- Dec. 15
- Dec. 22 discounted family ski day at Snowflake instead of KidSki session
- Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
- Feb. 2, 9
- Make-up day Feb. 16 (Emergency make-up day Feb 23)
- Carnival March 2
Click here for detailed information on skill levels and equipment needed.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The KidSki Program for this year is now full. If you are interested in children’s ski lessons, the Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League offers lessons for ages 5-14 at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Click here for more information and a registration form.
The Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League is an instructional program for skiers in grades K-8 coached by volunteers from the community and skiers from the Denfeld, Proctor and the Cloquet/Esko/Carlton high school ski teams. The program meets at Spirit Mt. Nordic Center on Sunday afternoons in January & February. This year’s lessons begin on January 5.
Click here for more information and to download a registration form.