Glacial Lakes State Trail Report for 12-30-20

Local snow depth is 4-6 inches, but there are a lot of bare spots.

Whether you skiing, snowmobiling, showshoeing or walking, here’s a few outdoor etiquette tips (from WCCO – MN) to keep in mind this winter when you hit the trails.

Skiing on a groomed trail often requires you to buy a pass first, either for the day or the season. The money pays for the trail’s upkeep and the equipment needed to do so.
“It’s a year-round job to keep the trails in shape. It’s not just during the winter,” Bednarski said.
Trail passes can often be purchased online or in person depending on the location.

Some trails are for skiing only. Others, like the one carved across Cedar Lake, are multi-use. That means they can be used for skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. Several park districts will have maps online signifying which trails are ski-only or multi-use.

If you do plan to walk on the trail, try to avoid walking on the tracks. They look like two parallel grooves, which are used by classic skiers and often beginners. Just walk along the side or off the trail if necessary.

Much like on a bike trail, be sure to call out to the person ahead of you if you plan to pass them. A simple “on your left” would suffice. Conversely, keep your ears open be prepared to move over if you’re walking or skiing at a slower pace.

This point has two meanings. Bednarski said many veteran skiers are becoming annoyed at the recent increase of crowds, and often newcomers, on the trails. He suggests being patient and understand that not everyone knows the trail rules.

And for newcomers, be sure to give everyone space. If you need to adjust your ski or snowshoe, step off the trail. It will prevent traffic jams and hearing the wrath of an experienced skier.

Due to the sudden popularity, rental equipment is often fully booked by mid-day. Bednarski suggests reserving rental gear days in advance, especially if you plan to go on a weekend. Reserving rentals can often be done online depending on the location you visit.

For the full article from WCCO-4, click here.

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