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WILLMAR -- Trail conditions for cross country skiing and snowmobiling are described as good to very good in most of the region.

Cross country ski trails are open in area state parks, including Sibley, Glacial Lakes, Lac qui Parle and the Upper Sioux Agency. They are also open at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

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Conditions at Sibley State Park are described as "very good." The trails were groomed on a three-inch base, and there is over seven inches of snow in the park. One word of caution: High winds that were being forecast after this article was authored could alter the condition of some portions of the trails.

Conditions at Lac qui Parle and the Upper Sioux Agency and Prairie Woods ELC were all described as good. The trails at Glacial Lakes were not groomed and described as fair earlier this week.

Snowmobile trails are open at Glacial Lakes, Sibley and Upper Sioux Agency and are described as being in fair to good condition.

The Glacial Lakes Trail is open to snowmobiles, but users are reminded that a portion of the trail about 1½ miles north of New London is closed.

Cross country skiers using state trails must have a Minnesota Ski Pass in their possession. The licenses are available at all electronic license locations and at state parks. They cost $5 for the daily, $15 for the annual, and $40 for the three-year pass.

The trails at Prairie Woods ELC are open at no charge, although the Center encourages users to purchase a Ski Pass. Rental skis are available at $12 a day for non-members and $8 a day for members.

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