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Banksiana
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11/23/2016 09:20PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Hidden Valley Trails in Ely. Plenty of snow but soft and wet. Best to use wax less or zero degree skis (harries) for the foreseeable future.
 
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11/24/2016 07:47AM  
Skied last weekend at Crow Wing State Park, fantastic! Unfortunately, highs in the mid to upper 30's as far north as Brainerd for the next 7 days - hope it is colder up in Ely! Global warming? Scary!

Here is Crow Wing State Park last weekend.




 
11/27/2016 08:48PM  
quote NotLight: "Skied last weekend at Crow Wing State Park, fantastic! Unfortunately, highs in the mid to upper 30's as far north as Brainerd for the next 7 days - hope it is colder up in Ely! Global warming? Scary!

Here is Crow Wing State Park last weekend.





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We still have snow today,but it is wet and sloppy and heavy rain coming. I know two boats put in for Musky fishing in the river at the park yesterday.
 
NotLight
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11/28/2016 07:23AM  
quote Banksiana: "Hidden Valley Trails in Ely. Plenty of snow but soft and wet. Best to use wax less or zero degree skis (harries) for the foreseeable future."

Banksiana. If you can update the snow conditions after midweek. Looks like warm up there today and tomorrow, but then snow and finally cooling off to below freezing after the middle of the week. I am getting the itch to drive up north and ski again. Hope there is somewheres...
 
11/28/2016 09:21AM  
Well in my area we got 44 degrees getting up this morning and very windy-we have meltdown.
 
schweady
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11/29/2016 03:13PM  
Big, wet flakes falling steadily all afternoon in Perham but nothing collecting yet. 33 deg.
 
Banksiana
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11/29/2016 04:30PM  
I won't be back in Ely until 12/7. Will get out an update then. Hope to spend this weekend skiing in the far north.
 
NotLight
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11/29/2016 04:47PM  
quote schweady: "Big, wet flakes falling steadily all afternoon in Perham but nothing collecting yet. 33 deg.
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Supposedly, my grandma taught in a one room schoolhouse near Perham in the 20's or 30's. She skied to school in the winter on those wooden skis this the single leather strap. The oldest boy in the class would get there before her - his job was to start a fire. Love that story. But when I have tried to look up these one room schoolhouses, the history says they would have closed by the late 20's. Could have been Frazee or Luce though.


 
11/29/2016 06:38PM  
quote NotLight: "quote schweady: "Big, wet flakes falling steadily all afternoon in Perham but nothing collecting yet. 33 deg.
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Supposedly, my grandma taught in a one room schoolhouse near Perham in the 20's or 30's. She skied to school in the winter on those wooden skis this the single leather strap. The oldest boy in the class would get there before her - his job was to start a fire. Love that story. But when I have tried to look up these one room schoolhouses, the history says they would have closed by the late 20's. Could have been Frazee or Luce though.



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Many of the last one-two room school houses closed in like 1958-60 by state law.
I know we moved into the country in like 1959 and the rural one room school just closed. That year I would of attended.
 
12/01/2016 10:08PM  
I got in 4 trips to Hidden Valley over Thanksgiving. Sunday was actually the best since it had firmed up some. Now, back to waiting ...
 
12/01/2016 10:19PM  
quote 3Ball: "I got in 4 trips to Hidden Valley over Thanksgiving. Sunday was actually the best since it had firmed up some. Now, back to waiting ..."

Is it all gone in Ely also?
 
schweady
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12/02/2016 08:44AM  
quote Pinetree: "Is it all gone in Ely also?"
Always a good resource:
MN DNR Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions Map
 
12/02/2016 11:46AM  
The trails WERE great in Ely after Thanksgiving. Now, not so much.
 
12/03/2016 10:28AM  
quote Pinetree: "quote 3Ball: "I got in 4 trips to Hidden Valley over Thanksgiving. Sunday was actually the best since it had firmed up some. Now, back to waiting ..."


Is it all gone in Ely also?"


I believe the trails are closed
 
Banksiana
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12/09/2016 10:27PM  
Hidden Valley is in good condition again. Groomed and tracked, worthy of good skis. Have skied the last two days- beautiful.
 
NotLight
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12/11/2016 07:55PM  

Perhaps it goes without saying, but plenty of snow in Minneapolis metro now. Cold enough now that it will stick. A thin layer of ice on all the bays on lake Minnetonka right before the snow, but middle of lake still open. I am thinking with the snow insulating the ice now, might still be January before I dare any lake skiing. Today I went to the park by my house and did laps. Really boring, but so great to now have inlimited skiing in the forecast. Hope to be in shape for BWCA trip in late January or early February. Hoping to get out on the lake before then to work out the kinks in my sled harness.


 
12/11/2016 08:12PM  
Much of Brainerd is in the 3-4 inch snow depth with lakes making good ice.
 
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