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This winter has just begun, and we are crossing our fingers for good snow depths. Remember to purchase your MN Ski Trail Pass. You must have to ski on these trails. Please support the Itasca cross-country ski trails by considering being a member of the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club

Monday March 14, 2022
The Alder Pond trail group had good ski-formed tracks with just a few places that were ice glazed, I guess depending on how much sun the trail segment had gotten. Trail debris was not very troublesome, and there were maybe three spots where a rock protruded. The South trail loop had light snow cover over the groomed tracks.

Advanced Level: The remote and stunning Suomi Hills has 19 miles of snowshoe, hiking, biking and ski trails and is part of a semi-primitive nonmotorized area. The rolling topography offers mountain bike trails for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail.

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Sunday March 13, 2022
Recently groomed trails, with the addition of about an inch or less of new snow overnight, made for excellent skating conditions.

Advanced Level: The remote and stunning Suomi Hills has 19 miles of snowshoe, hiking, biking and ski trails and is part of a semi-primitive nonmotorized area. The rolling topography offers mountain bike trails for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail.

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Beginner to Advanced Level: Trails wind around the mining dump once used by Hanna Mining in their quest for iron ore. A few trails are challenging, but the snowshoer will be rewarded with excellent vistas overlooking surrounding lakes.

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Beginner Level: In 1907, Sam Simpson’s crew built the first tote roads and trails in the Cut Foot Sioux area. Today, this system makes up the 13-mile Simpson Creek Trail. Enjoy rolling topography through pines and along glacial eskers, with overlooks onto Cut Foot Sioux Lake and journeys into the cedar swamp. Access to the trail is located at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitors Center parking lot.

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ntermediate Level: A beautiful area to snowshoe and cross country ski. Remember to stay off of the groomed single track cross country ski trail. Many loops to snowshoe. The Wabana County Trail offers skiers five loops to choose from within a mixed forest and wildflower sanctuary.  Especially beautiful is the river loop that follows the Wabana Creek. Clearwater Lake lies to the south of the trail system. Wabana is one of two designated county wildflower sanctuaries. The Wabana Trail is located on county tax forfeited property that is managed for timber, wildlife, and dispersed recreational use by the County Land Department.

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TRAIL CONDITIONS

Alder Pond

Monday March 14, 2022
The Alder Pond trail group had good ski-formed tracks with just a few places that were ice glazed, I guess depending on how much sun the trail segment had gotten. Trail debris was not very troublesome, and there were maybe three spots where a rock protruded. The South trail loop had light snow cover over the groomed tracks.
 
Sunday March 13, 2022
Skied from Amen Lake Trailhead to South and North Suomi. No recent grooming, skied the new snow in much of the track. This is a good time of the year to explore this course in warmer temps with skins or scales. It is beautiful, but can be tricky single track when the conditions are too fast.
 
Sunday March 13, 2022
Recently groomed trails, with the addition of about an inch or less of new snow overnight, made for excellent skating conditions.
 
Saturday March 12, 2022
Small amount of snow over moderately hard surface provided decent purchase on the skate lane. Skied Lake, Thunder, and East loops. Was a pleasant outing as temperature climbed into the mid teens. The classic tracks looked to be in decent shape most places. There were a couple spots where leaves had concentrated.
 
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Groomed and tracked all loops. The trail groomed up beautifully. It is excellent condition. The track gets a bit shallow in spots where it gets full sun.
 
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Ground up the old snow and set new tracks on Trout Lake and Doan Lake Trails. Most of the old leaf debris is buried. Very nice hardwax skiing.
 
Tuesday March 8, 2022
Skied the trails after work. After freezing drizzle over the weekend, the ice was not as bad as I thought it would be. Most of that thin layer had been skied out, and the worst was in sun-exposed areas that had refrozen. Most of the rest was just fine. The trails were nice and fast in 25-degree weather.
 
Tuesday March 8, 2022
Very happy skiers found groomed and tracked trails! And with temps in the almost 30’s, G2 Grip and Glide skis worked great!
 
Monday March 7, 2022
The trail was packed last week, and it looks like they groomed Sunday or Monday. Looks like it would be a nice ski.
 
Sunday March 6, 2022
Tornado Bob groomed for last MYSL session so the grip and glide and slide downhills was so enjoyable for all levels of skiers and parents. Freezing drizzle yesterday and freezing today would have made for pretty challenging conditions otherwise. Thanks!
 
Friday March 4, 2022
The tracks on the north two loops in good condition and fast, although there are a few high friction leaves in places. As mentioned in a previous note, the south loop is not tracked, but is packed. Looks like it was a challenge to get it level in places. The longest downhill heading south on the west side of the south loop is pretty rough halfway down just past the drop, so be prepared to hip slide as you approach. It’s not conducive to snow plowing.
 
Friday March 4, 2022
County groomer reported packing and tracking this northernmost ski trail in Itasca County. Still lots of cold snow up there!
 
Thursday March 3, 2022
I was on my way back home from skiing Blueberry Hills and decided to check out how Blackwater was doing this year. I ended up skiing the whole system. The grooming looked pretty fresh, and the skate deck was nice and firm. The classic track looked great!
 
Saturday February 26, 2022
30 degrees and freshly groomed trails made for a great afternoon of skiing. The trails were in great shape with only a bit of debris and animal track damage.
 
Friday February 25, 2022
Again same amazing grooming on Amen as on Suomi made for a fabulous high noon ski at 10 degrees. Thank goodness for wide flat pack dropping down to Lake Loop, steep descent with turn at the bottom. The whole system up and down but could stride up most with a little skilled coaching.
 
Friday February 25, 2022
Sara Thompson, Itasca County Land Department, reports trail is packed and tracked for skiers to enjoy this warmer weekend and week ahead.
 
Wednesday January 19, 2022
The trails are good after the recent snow fall. All trails are classic tracks. Please ski the Fire Tower loop counter-clockwise.

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