Trail Conditions – Cross-Country Skiing

At the beginning of the winter season, snowfall may be minimal. A minimum of 4-6 inches of snow is needed to pack trails depending on moisture content. When snow depth increases, trails will be groomed with tracks for classical skiing set.

Due to weather and other conditions (snowfall, wind, condition of snow, vegetation and trail terrain), cross-country ski trail conditions may change and trails may occasionally be closed. Before you head out, check trail conditions below, or call the park you wish to visit.

Condition Definitions

Good: Firm pack and/or tracks recently set, no bare spots and track is firm
Fair: Minimal bare spots, minimal icy spots
Poor: Track and/or pack deteriorated over much of the trail, some portions of trail may be closed, icy spots beginning to affect skiability, bare spots on at least 10 percent of trail
Closed: Lack of snow, dangerously icy conditions, maintenance work in progress, and/or temperatures of -25 degrees or below and/or windchill of -35 degrees or below occur

Grooming Definitions

Packed: Trails are packed for skate skiing.
Tracked: Tracks are set for classical skiing.
Groomed: Trails are packed for skate skiing, and tracks are set for classical skiing.
Ungroomed: Trails are not packed or tracked. Break your own trail. 

Trail Conditions

Baker Park Reserve

Good; Groomed: Prairie, Hill, Timber, Fairway
Good; Packed: Island, Lesson Area
Poor; Tracked: Island
Closed: Evergreen
Note: Chalet open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, daily. Rentals available.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 9:59 AM
Multi-use Trail: Open; Last groomed Feb. 21, 2018 (dog sledding, skijoring, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, leashed dog walking)

Carver Park Reserve

Fair; Groomed: Sugar Bush
Fair; Packed: Grimm Farm, Sky
Poor; Tracked: Grimm Farm, Sky
Poor; Groomed: King, Lake, Nature Center
Note: Chalet open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Skate and Classic ski rentals available. ADA sit ski and child ski trailer rentals available.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 1:10 PM

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Fair; Packed: Ironwood, Lakeside, Poplar Creek, Multi-Use Trail (Golf Course Loop)
Poor; Tracked: Ironwood, Lakeside, Poplar Creek
Closed: Ironwood Lower
Note: Rentals available. Visitor Center open Su -Th 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, F, Sa 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Lights on 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 1:00 PM
Multi-use Trail: Open (skijoring, snowshoeing, and fat biking allowed when no race is scheduled)

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Ungroomed; Open: All trails
Note: Multi-use trails (hiking, leashed dog walking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, skijoring). Minimum maintenance. No ski pass required.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 1:28 PM

Eagle Lake Regional Park

Poor; Groomed: Eagle, Pike 
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 9:00 AM
Note: Visitor Center not open.
Multi-use Trail: Closed (skijoring and fat tire biking allowed when no race is scheduled)

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Good; Groomed: Valley, Northern Lights
Fair; Groomed: Lake, Creek
Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 11:00 AM
Multi-use Trail: Open (dog sledding, skijoring, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, leashed dog walking)

Fish Lake Regional Park

Open: Paved trail; Snowshoe/Hiking trail
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018, 9:05 AM
Note: Paved trails (hiking, leashed dog walking). Turf trail packed (snowshoeing, hiking).

French Regional Park 

Fair; Packed: Lakeview, Meadow, Lagoon, Medicine, and Skyline
Fair;Tracked: Medicine, Lakeview
Poor;Tracked: Lagoon, Meadow, Skyline
Closed; Challenge Hill
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018, 9:05 AM
Note: Watch for icy spots on trails. Tracks last set on Feb.21. Visitor Center open 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Lights on 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Rentals available.                             

Glen Lake Golf Center

Closed: Golf Course Loop
Note: Trail and Visitor Center hours are 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM Monday - Friday and 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday and Sunday.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2018, 11:15 AM

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Good; Groomed: Trails with manufactured snow: Star, Willow Creek, Frog Town, Scenic Foothills, and Boulder Ridge loops
Fair; Groomed: Trails with natural snow: Oak Knob, North, Nature Center, Lake, and Hill
Note: A construction project is currently underway in the Visitor Center as we work to improve the facility.
Updated: Feb. 21, 9:30 AM

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Ungroomed; Open: All trails
Note: Trails at Lake Rebecca are shared with hikers and are not maintained. You must break your own ski trail. No ski pass required to use these trails. 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2018, 9:13 AM

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Fair; Groomed:  Knob, Kettle 
Poor; Groomed: Razor Back
Note: Trailhead building open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018, 1:00 PM