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Boulder Lake, January 7, 2016 (Photo: Clayton Keim)

Giants Ridge, February 17, 2016 (Photo: Tim Salo)

Birkie trail is closed, March 14, 2016 (Photo: American Birkebeiner)

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.

Trail/Park Fees
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.

Duluth Planning Commission Hearing on Grand Avenue Nordic Center
July 11, 2016
The City of Duluth Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing this Tuesday evening, July 12th, to receive comments on the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area Environmental Assessment Worksheet, which addresses projects including the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, as well as a number of other silent sport efforts.

Levis Mound Chalet Burns Down
May 26, 2016
The scenic chalet at Levis Mound near Neillsville, WI, burned down in a fire earlier this week. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. However, plans are already being made to build a replacement and a funding page has been started.
GoFundMe Page for Levis Mound Chalet

Edina City Council Moves Forward on Braemer Winter Park Project
May 18, 2016
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Edina City Council voted to move forward on the Braemer Winter Park Project. The next step will be a study on the financial feasibility and trail design for a snow tubing and cross country skiing operation.

Edina City Council to Vote on Braemer Winter Park Project
May 15, 2016
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Edina City Council will vote on the a proposal for developing winter activities at Braemer Park including trails with snowmaking capabilities. There is still time to make your opinions known via email or phone.

Battle Creek Winter Recreation Legislative Update
May 12, 2016
The Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area was not included in the final Senate bonding bill. Supporters have now turned their attention to a Senate Supplemental Budget Bill and a project called Snow Angels, which funds a ski jump in Red Wing. They hope to get the Battle Creek project added to this same bill, and are asking for constituents to contact their representatives.

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.

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