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Friday, February 15, 2013

Winter Trails Report

Detroit Lakes
The Winter Wonderland Snowmobile Trails running through the Detroit Lakes area received 15-18 inches of snow February 10 & 11. Groomers have been out all week preparing the trails for this weekend. They are currently in excellent shape, with a 10-15 inch base. Over 250 miles of trails in the Detroit Lakes area offer views of rolling prairie to secluded woodlands with abundant wildlife to snowmobilers. Cross country skiers are also enjoying excellent conditions on trails just to the north. These trails have a 10 inch base on average. 

Pelican Rapids/Ottertail/Battle Lake
Maplewood State Park  received nearly 2 feet of snow last weekend, leaving 3 feet of snow on the ground! Grooming has been delayed by the heavy, wet snow, but all trails that are groomed by the weekend are expected to be in very good to excellent condition. At this time, conditions are fair for skiing and very good for snowmobiling. The trails have a base ranging from 10-16 inches deep. Expect some areas of drifting, especially in the open areas. Please drive with caution and watch for icy patches. The nearby Otter Tail Country Trails offer 140 miles of snowmobile trails. These trails should be fully groomed prior to the weekend, at which time they should be in very good to excellent condition. The trails have a base averaging 6 inches system-wide, with nearly a foot and a half of snow on the ground. And at Glendalough State Park, excellent conditions are reported for skiing. The base of the trails measures roughly 3 inches. These trails should be fully groomed by the weekend. Don't miss their Candlelight Ski event this Saturday, February 16. 

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