Hidden Valley, March 21st
Got snow? We do. Lots of it. And our ski trails are in great shape. Trezona and the Hidden Valley Trails received about 5" of fresh snow and all trails have been groomed for both classic and skate. Pine Park is open and groomed for classic only. Come and enjoy the best skiing in Minnesota.
Hidden Valley, March 15th
Hidden Valley trails received fresh snow last weekend and are in fantastic shape. All trails are open and groomed including Hanna Jo and Pine Park loops. Hanna Jo and Pine Park offer a more intimate and rustic ski experience for classic skiers while the improved Birch Highlands trail along with Sommers and Bambas loops are available to both classic and skate skiing.
Hidden Valley, March 6th
Hidden Valley is in great shape. The Bambas and Sommers loops are hardened and terrific for skating. Tracks are set everywhere, and the classic skiing is fantastic, especially in the mornings before it warms too much. Hannahs Trail is open, but there are some sticks poking up yet as it hasn't been used in two years. Pine park is particularly nice for anyone looking for a winding, challenging backwoods classic trail. I wanted to do it again after the first go 'round. Ski that while we can! All trails will be groomed regularly while the snow holds.
Hidden Valley, February 19th or so.
The past week has been fabulous. Snow came. Groomers passed on by leaving wonderful tracks and lanes everywhere. Hannah's Trails is open as well as Pine Park. Enjoy. Now is the time. Thank a groomer if you see one.
Hidden Valley, January 28th, 2013
Hidden Valley is in great shape. The skiing today was really great, especially with the warm temps speeding up the snow. Trails are smooth. Everything is open and groomed except for Hannah's Trail and Pine Park. There is now classic tracks on the Deer Trail around the swamp. Now snow is falling. Let's hope for just a little more...
Hidden Valley, January 22, 2013
The latest snowfall was wonderful for skiing in Ely. All of Hidden Valley has been rolled and tracks set after the high school race on Saturday. Then a little more snow/blowing snow came in to cover everything. The swamp is clear skiing, a general indicator of good skiing at Hidden Valley.
The snow is very cold and thus slow. Best to classic ski right now, Skating is an uphill battle anywhere.
Hidden Valley, January 15th, 2013
Then the rains came. Sadness. The cold that followed brought a dusting of snow that has made the skiing at Hidden Valley remarkably good. Classic skiers can enjoy solid tracks (where there are some). Skating is on a very firm surface indeed but not very icy. Any bit of snow helps, and with no warmth in sight, conditions should remain good for young and old. Best conditions are in the woods; worst around the chalet.
Hidden Valley, January 4th, 2013
A week of continuous snow flurries has amounted to over six inches of snow and Hidden Valley trails are in great shape. Tracks have been set on the Birch Highlands, Sommers and Bambas trails. Skating lanes are packed, smooth and wide.
Hidden Valley, December 18th, 2012
Hidden Valley's trails rallied with an inch and a half of wet, dense snow on Saturday night. This provided a very durable fresh surface. The skiing is now quite good on all trails. Still too thin for classic tracks to be set.
Hidden Valley, December 12th, 2012
After an unfortunate thaw rendered most trails barely usable, mother nature rallied with about four inches of fresh snow. Hidden Valley and the Trezona Trail are open again. Most trails at Hidden Valley have adequate coverage with an occasional scratchy spot. Flurries and light snow are in the forecast, so the trails will only get better. The Sommers and Bambas had very good base and are doing fairly well. Worst skiing is in the Stadium and on the Powerline.
Hidden Valley, November 28th, 2012
Eight inches of snow over the Thanksgiving weekend. Hidden Valley was rolled numerous times and is firming up nicely. A couple of inches have fallen since. There is snow in the trees and good skis underneath people's feet. Hidden Valley is in great condition for November! Skating and classic both possible. No tracks set as of yet. The new and improved Birch Highlands Trail is meeting with rave reviews! Check it out.
We received about five inches of snow in the past few days. The skiing now will be what we've all been waiting for! Hidden Valley's trails were rolled a day ago. The Bambas and Sommers trails were also groomed. More snow has fallen since. More grooming to come. It's beautiful out there.
The welcomed return of winter has brought a bit more snow. Hidden Valley received a few snowfalls of at least two inches apiece. An inch of fluff fell today. Hidden Valley is well groomed and the skiing is excellent. Snow now covers even the stubborn spots!. Classic tracks are set everywhere they are normally skied. The swamp is now passable. No need to take the Deer Trail detour. The only trail not groomed is Hannah's.
January 24th, 2012
Hidden Valley ski trails stood up well to the Marshall sprint races held this weekend, and now after receiving three inches of snow the trail conditions are the best we’ve had all season. Bambas, Sommers, Pine Valley, Voyageur Highway and Mike Manlove all received fresh classic tracks. Bambas, Sommers, J-Bar and Stadium Loop have freshly smoothed skating lanes. For the first time this season Birch Highlands has been tracked for classic skiing, those seeking adventure should give it a try. All in all, the base is very firm, the cover soft and the skiing lovely.
January 12th, 2012
Amazing what a little snow can do. For the second time this season Hidden Valley was graced with fresh snow after a two-day warm spell. The trails are still in amazing shape. Classic tracks have been removed from the Bambas loop in preparation for the ski race but, snow conditions permitting, will be replaced after the race. Sommers trail is looking good and Deer trail offers a great detour around “the swamp”. Voyageur Highway, Pine Valley, Birch Highlands and Mike Manlove all are in good shape.
January 8th, 2012
Hidden Valley trails remain in good shape despite the warm weather we received last week. All skating lanes have a medium dense base, no bare spots, and only an occasional rock. Classic tracks are also is good shape with only a few bare spots. Open trails: Bambas, Sommers, Deer Trail, Voyageur Highway, Pine Valley, Manlove, J-Bar and Stadium Loop. Birch Highlands remains an undiscovered gem this season, rarely used, wide, and boasting good snow coverage, this trail is perfect for skiers looking for something different.
Hidden Valley, December 20th, 2011
Hidden Valley Trails, Ely MN: Trail conditions are surprisingly good for the meager snow which we received. Most trails have been groomed. The main outer loop trails (Sommers and Bambas) along with Pine Valley have the best coverage. Some snow is predicted for the holiday weekend.
Recommend rock skis or even good skis that you care less about. Surprising how smooth the skiing is!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:31)