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

Grooming Definitions

Packed: Trails are packed for skate skiing but do not have tracks set for classical skiing.
Tracked: Tracks are set for classical skiing, but not packed for skate 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

Closed: Fairway, Evergreen, Prairie, Hill, Timber, Island
Note: Trails are groomed daily.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Carver Park Reserve

Closed: Grimm Farm, Sky, Lake, Sugar Bush, King, Nature Center
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Closed: Ironwood, Lower Ironwood, Lakeside, Poplar Creek, Golf Course Loop
Note: Trails are groomed daily.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Closed: All Trails
Notes: Multi-use trail (hiking, leashed dog walking, snow shoeing, dog sled and skijoring). Minimum maintenance. No ski pass required.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Eagle Lake Regional Park

Closed: Pike Lake, Eagle Lake; Training and Lesson Area
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Closed: Eagle, Lake, Northern Lights, Valley, Creek, Eastman (Monarch)
Note: Approximately 1K of ski trails will open for use on Saturday, November 25th.
Updated: Nov. 24, 1:04PM

French Regional Park

Open for Fall Hiking: Meadow, Medicine, Lakeview,* Skyline,* Lagoon*
*Lights are on and trails are open until 10 PM.  All trails will close upon snow accumulation to transition to xc skiing. 
 Trails are groomed daily as ski conditions permit.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2017, 1:30 PM

Glen Lake Golf Center

Closed: Golf Course Loop
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Closed: All Cross Country Ski Trails
Note: Snowmaking will begin once the daytime and nighttime temps are below 25 degrees.   Making snow on trails requires a lower temperature due to the lower angle of the snow guns. 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2017, 4:00 PM

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Closed: 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 is needed to use these trails. 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Closed: Razor Back, Kettle, Knob
Updated: Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00 PM