Cross-Country Ski Trail Grooming Begins Dec. 11

Grooming of Ramsey County Cross-Country Ski Trails Begins Dec. 11; Trail Changes Announced for 2012-13 Season

December 11, 2012 – Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has made numerous changes to county-maintained cross-country ski trails for the 2012-13 winter season. In light of the heavy snowfall the Twin Cities received on Dec. 9, please review the following list of changes and updates prior to heading out to one of our trails:

• Manitou Ridge Golf Course is no longer a designated cross-country ski area. All previous practice and meet activities have been directed to the newly improved Battle Creek Wintrop ski trails.

• The Snail Lake trail in Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park is no longer a designated cross-country ski area and will be a winter walking trail. The existing classic trail at Grass Lake has been expanded to include a new loop in addition to the existing loop and two-way sections. This trail is accessible from the Grass Lake scenic overlook off of Gramsie Road at Mackubin Street.

• Trails have been expanded at the Vadnais and Sucker Lake section of Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park.  A new parking lot has been constructed off of County Road F. Parking is now available in two separate lots located two blocks east of Rice Street to the north and south of County Road F. Trail expansion includes a new loop at the southern end of the existing trail to the east of Lake Vadnais.

• Battle Creek Regional Park provides two ski opportunities at Battle Creek between Upper and Lower Afton just East of McKnight.  Trails at Battle Creek Wintrop at Battle Creek Recreation Center have undergone renovation in partnership with the SISU Foundation. Changes include safety improvements to the final downhill of the trail system and the widening of the last 1K.

• Tamarack Nature Center provides ski rental and over 4K of trails throughout this rolling wooded and prairie terrain. Trails in 2012-13 are unchanged.

Grooming for all trails except Battle Creek will begin Tuesday, Dec. 11 to allow maintenance personnel adequate time for snow removal in parking lots and other Ramsey County facilities. Battle Creek trails, which are groomed and maintained by volunteers, were rolled and tracked as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. Please note that the best place to check for updated trail conditions is SkinnySki.com. Updates are also available on Ramsey County Parks and Recreation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

As a reminder, trail hours are half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset, with skiing on lighted trails at Battle Creek Wintrop until 9 p.m. A valid Minnesota State Ski Pass is required on all trails.