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Bruce's Trail, Steamboat Springs, CO, May 19, 2016 (Photo: Scott Beattie)

Birkie trail, January 12, 2017 (Photo: Carolyn Senty)

Quarry Hill Park, February 28, 2017 (Photo: Marie Torkelson)

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.

Olympic Caliber Ski Jump Proposed for SE Minnesota
April 19, 2017
Plans for a 120 meter Olympic sized large hill ski jump at the Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, south of Red Wing, are moving forward after zoning and a permit approvals last week.
Proposal: Olympic Ski Jump to come to Frontenac

Possible Olympic Skiing Complex for Madison Area
April 17, 2017
CXC is working with officials from Middleton, Wisconsin, on a proposal to develop an Olympic cross-country skiing complex including lighted ski and rollerski trails, biathlon range, and even a year-round "snowmaking barn".

DXC Capital Campaign Update
March 28, 2017
Duluth XC has made huge progress in their fundraising for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, and is in the final stretch now. Read more details in their latest newsletter, plus take a survey on Chester Bowl.

Superior Municipal Forest on Agenda
March 14, 2017
Cross-country ski trails at Superior Municipal Forest will be a topic of discussion this Thursday, March 16th at the Superior Park and Recs public meeting.

Tower Ridge Lighting Improvements Project
March 12, 2017
Light the Way - The Eau Claire Ski Striders are raising money to expand and improve the lighting at the Tower Ridge ski trails. Donations can be made on-line.

Como Winter Sports Booster Club Fundraising Dinner March 25th
March 12, 2017
Como Winter Sports Booster Club is hosting a fundraising dinner on March 25th to help raise funds to support the cross country and downhill/snowboard lessons programs at Como Park in St. Paul. Ward 5 council member Amy Brendmoen and Mike Hahm, director of Parks and Rec, will be there and there will be a chance lobby them with regard to the future of XC ski in Como Park. There is also a silent auction with donations from Finn Sisu.

ABR Taste of the Trails this Saturday
March 2, 2017
ABR is holding their 12th annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday, March 4th. Purchase great local food and drink trailside while enjoy some great March skiing!

Tour Duluth Set for this Weekend
February 27, 2017
The annual Tour Duluth event is this Saturday, March 4th. Tour Duluth is a celebration of the great ski trails in Duluth and all the great people who make it all happen, with skiers visiting a number of Duluth area trails throughout the day. Food and drink are at each of the tour stops with the annual DXC dinner that night.

Sugar Tour on March 11th
February 27, 2017
The Sugarbush trail system is encouraging all skiers to come out and enjoy spring skiing with a special Sugar Tour event planned for Saturday, March 11th. Children and adults can choose 5k, 8k or an 18k loop, with activities on the shorter loops or the personal challenge of skiing the long loop with treats and hot chocolate when you finish at Oberg Trailhead. Register online or in-person.

Duluth XC Announces Snow Ball Gala and Community Ski Awards
January 31, 2017
Duluth XC (DXC) is hosting their second annual Snow Ball Gala, Feb 11th at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth. Proceeds will the Capital Campaign of building new ski trails with snowmaking at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the bottom of Spirit Mountain.

ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 26, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Midwest Grooming Expo and Clinic on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 30-31. Interest has been high, make your plans soon!

Mid-Winter Low Snow Blues
January 24, 2017
Mark Lahtinen posts a mid-winter history lesson, taking a shot at what we can expect for snowfall the remainder of the season based on past data.

Gear West: Nordic Night Fever Feb 9th
January 18, 2017
Six veteran skiers, including Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Executive Director, Lynne Cecil, former Birkie Champ and Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick, a 30-year ski marathon veteran, will share their Birkie experiences in a forum Feb 9th at Gear West. The event will also feature Birkie wax demos, food, and movies.

ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 5, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Grooming Clinic and Expo on January 30-31 in Ironwood, MI. The first day expo is free, and the second day clinic and seminar costs $80.

Vasaloppet: Snow Tax Deduction
December 27, 2016
Trim some of your tax bill by making a tax deductible donation to the Vasaloppet organization's snowmaking expansion program before the end of the year.

Birkie Trail Named Top Ski Destination
November 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Trail was named the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation, as voted by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. Separately, the American Birkebeiner ski race was recently awarded the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

Another Warm November in the Twin Cities
November 29, 2016
Mark Lahtinen looks at our November weather and how it compares historically, and when we might expect some more snowfall.

New Moon: Double Pole Derby Demo Day
November 26, 2016
The Double Pole Derby ski race is being resurrected this winter, with races being held on Dec 28th in Hayward. New Moon is part of the action, running a demo day for Nordic and Fat Bike equipment up at the new Birkie Start area.
Dec 28 Double Pole Derby Races
Dec 27 Spooner Holiday Dash (HS Race)

Pioneer Midwest: Black Friday Sale
November 23, 2016
Pioneer Midwest is getting into the shopping frenzy this holiday weekend with their own Black Friday specials. Get a free pair of Salomon SNS or Prolink bindings with any Salomon ski or boot purchase.

Theodore Wirth Trail Updates
November 20, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has been hard at work this fall, rerouting sections of the snowmaking loop at Wirth along with adding new event (MTB) trails and moving the tubing operations (just a list a few) as they take over most winter operations from the Minneapolis Park Board. Read more details about the changes, view photos, and review upcoming plans.

DXC: Grand Avenue Fundraising Progress Update
November 14, 2016
The Grand Avenue project, aimed at developing a top tier Nordic center and snowmaking trails at the base of Spirit Mountain, has making great progress since the formal campaign began a few weeks ago. Review their progress and additional ways you can help support this project.

Vasaloppet Fundraiser Effort
November 7, 2016
The Vasaloppet USA organizers have launched a major fundraising campaign to fund snowmaking operations and expand trail development and facilities at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Check out the details and kick in!

Madison Snowmaking in the Works
October 28, 2016
CXC and the Madison Nordic Ski Club (MarNorSki) will work together to operate snowmaking equipment at Elver Park in Madison this winter.

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