Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Close to perfection.

I hit up Wirth this morning with somewhat-limited expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. The machine had gone around the course and when I hit the trails around 9 I was treated to virgin corduroy. The trail was firm but with a fine edge, and the snow surface was a mixture of older snow and ice (and manmade on the manmade trails). It's not perfect powder, but it definitely does the job.

The par 3 and back 9 trails were all in fine shape. In the 7.5k northwest of the parkway there were maybe half a dozen dirty spots, all of which could be skied around. It would probably behoove the race organizers to shovel them before the race on Sunday, as the trail is otherwise in fantastic shape. With an inch of new snow in the forecast tomorrow, it can only get better, and new snow should ski in nicely to the current surface.

Headed home, the front 9 looked to be in fine shape as well, and I saw the sled out on the City of Lakes trails south of Glenwood smoothing them out. Hopefully the trails will be this good for the Loppet nary six weeks off.

I can only get to two trails at most, on a good day! Check out all the trail reports at skinnyski.com

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