Sugarbush trail system, March 22, 2016 (Photo: Greg Fangel)
Final days of skiing at Wolverine, April 15, 2016 (Photo: Deborah Leonard)
Newman Springs, February 22, 2016
Avoiding the Crowds
December 20, 2011
While most Twin Cities ski trails will be crowded this season, we offer some general tips on how to avoiding dense populations.
Cross-Country Ski Rentals
January 11, 2010
Looking for cross-country ski rentals? We've put together a collection of links, both in the Twin Cities and around the region.
December 8, 2005
A rough breakdown on passes/fees you'll need for skiing at parks and trail systems in the upper Midwest.
Under the Lights
December 1, 2000
A review of some of the lighted ski trails in the area.
Battle Creek Winter Recreation Legislative Update
April 20, 2016
The rally cry has gone out to help press legislative efforts to keep the Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area in the Minnesota state bonding package. Supporters are being asked to contact their legislative leaders to express their opinions on this key topic.
Make Snow East Metro website
Edina Snowmaking Proposal
April 12, 2016
Edina is considering a snowmaking operation at Braemer Park. Early plans call for a 1.25K snowmaking loop to be completed by December 2017. Review more details, then watch for the May Edina park board meeting when the proposal will most likely be voted on.
- Proposal Background/Timeline
- Winter Park at Braemer - Statement of Qualifications
- Park Board Meeting schedule
Make Snow East Metro Petition
February 25, 2016
If you want to see snowmaking expanded in the Twin Cities, you need to get on board and support the East Metro snowmaking by signing their petition. And check their new website for more details on this project.
Make Snow East Metro website
Tour Duluth Event this Weekend
February 22, 2016
The annual Tour Duluth event is this Saturday, Feb 27th. The event celebrates the wide number of ski trails in Duluth by skiing at many of the top trails, followed by dinner, beer and live music at Hartley that evening (RSVP is requested).
Petition: Make Snow East Metro
February 13, 2016
In partnership with key stakeholders, Ramsey County is leading an effort to secure state funding for further development of a Winter Recreation Area at Battle Creek Regional Park in St. Paul. This proposal has been included in Governor Dayton's Bonding Proposal and now it is time to reach out to your local representatives for support.
Adventure Center at the Loppet
February 4, 2016
This weekend, stop down at the Vendor Village at the City of Lakes Loppet to check out plans and hear the latest news on the major Adventure Center project at Wirth. Through a Loppet partnership with the Minneapolis Park Board, the Adventure Center building will be the hub of activity for year-round outdoor endurance-based activities in the Minneapolis area.
Ski Hut: Big Duluth Weekend
January 24, 2016
Three big events going on this coming weekend in Duluth: Winter Trails Day, Night Ski/Snowshoe at Boulder, and the Nordic Spirit Ski Race.
Blue Hills Moonlight Ski this Friday
January 20, 2016
With moderate temperatures, an early moonrise, and hopefully clear skies, Blue Hills trails is hosting a moonlight ski event this Friday, Jan 22nd. Potluck supper to start with campfires, then ski through the evening.
NNF: Grooming the Next Generation of Ski Racing
January 9, 2016
Annie Pokorny of the SMS/T2 team pays tribute to the long, hard hours volunteers, especially the groomers, put in at US Nationals.
CAMBA Fat Bike Trails to See Significant Expansion
December 8, 2015
CAMBA has announced an expansion of groomed fat biking trails this winter, expecting to more than double the previous 20 miles of trail.
Skiing Under the Lights
November 29, 2015
Mark Parman looks at the growth and wide range of lighted trail systems across the Midwest.
Note: Lighted trails (and snowmaking) can now be selectively filtered in our Ski Trail Listings.
El Nino Update: Wet November Too?
November 21, 2015
Mark Lahtinen returns with more data on the historical El Nino events and possible correlations with wet Novembers.
El Nino Winters Past and Present
November 11, 2015
Mark Lahtinen checks in with a summary of past El Nino winters (total snow and ski days) along with the possible influence of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the warm November we're in. His bottom line: Get those ski passes.
November El Niño update: It’s a small world
Snowmaking Around the Region
November 10, 2015
Mark Parman examines the wide range snowmaking operations across the upper Midwest, including highlights on some projects currently under development.
The Future of Korkki Nordic
November 8, 2015
There will be a meeting Tuesday evening, Nov 10th, at the Korkki Nordic Center to discuss the future of the facility. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.