Cross-country skiing: classic and skate skiing.

  • March 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Let's get out and get rid of the cob webs!  

We'll meet and x-country ski at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, they have groomed trails for skate skiing and a nice track for classic.  Plus?  Trails have lights!  All levels of skiing are welcome.  

Trail conditions can be found at SkinnySki. 

The Essentials:

Both a $25 Washington County Park vehicle permit (or a day pass for $5) and a MN Ski Pass are required, and can be obtained at the park's contact station.

Washington County Parks does not rent any recreational equipment. Ski rentals are available at Joe's Ski Shop and 45 Degrees. Lake Elmo Park Reserve Winter Trail Map|Winter Trail Brochure

The Nordic Center at Lake Elmo is now open daily to park visitors. The building is a place to warm up and relax before and after skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. The building contains modern bathrooms with changing rooms and lockers for use. Bring your own padlocks. Also included is a room with tables and chairs for eating. Benches along the windows and a gas fireplace also make it a warm, convenient spot to view skiers or wait for friends and family. Vending machines offer snack, pop, hot chocolate and coffee choices. Waxing tables, ski racks and a campfire ring with stone benches are available outside the building. 

20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing. Five loops, from two to six kilometers in length, vary from easy to more difficult. 8.7 kilometers (5.4 miles) of lighted ski trails begin at the Nordic Center Trailhead. More than 200 LED light fixtures illuminate the Northern Lights, Lake Elmo, and Brown’s Pond loops. 

Parking is available at the Eagle Point and Nordic Center Trailhead.

Lights illuminating the Brown’s Pond and Lake Elmo loops will be on until 9:15 p.m. Lights on the Northern Lights loop will be on until 9:45 p.m. All other trails close at dusk.

The winter parking lots close at 10 p.m.

After we can go just down the road to nearby Ray J's...94 and County Rd 19 area...

Hope you can join us, Denise and Sheila

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  • Denise

    skiing was very icy, but the people were great as usual

    March 13, 2014

  • Denise

    Checked on the Web site and they said the trails were groomed...So let's get our last Wed. ski in, then hopefully be riding our bikes very soon....

    March 12, 2014

  • Denise

    Just checked skinnyski, but no posts about Lake Elmo, I'll call and check a little later this AM. I'm hopeful!

    March 12, 2014

  • Ginny

    I'm new to this...bit hoping I can make it!

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Denise

    With warmer weather in site, we'll have to play this one by ear...I'll keep you posted.

    March 7, 2014

  • Marc

    sure, got snow?

    1 · March 7, 2014

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