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Getting busy at Mt. Itasca, December 20, 2015 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Theodore Wirth snowmaking loop, February 29, 2016 (Photo: Allie Rykken)

Grooming at Snowflake, March 20, 2016 (Photo: Dave Johnson)

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.

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.
Related:
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.

Frozen Thunder: Canmore Opens Snow Loop
October 23, 2016
Over the weekend, Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, opened their fall snow loop which will be used for the Frozen Thunder events later this week. The loop is created from snow harvested last season and kept undercover over the summer. The first race is this Friday, Oct 28th, and will cover 7.5K freestyle for the women and 10K for the men. The following Tuesday and Thursday will be sprint events.
Related:
Video: Oct 20 Frozen Thunder grooming
Oct 23 Canmore Snow Report
Frozen Thunder

Grand Avenue Campaign Kickoff Oct 27th
October 20, 2016
Come out Thursday evening, Oct 27th, for the fall kickoff event for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center campaign in Duluth. Snowmaking loop, lighted trails, and chalet with restaurant and bar -- support the project in their fundraising efforts.
Related:
Grand Avenue Nordic Center Project
Grand Avenue Promotional Brochure

Ramsey County Deer Hunts
September 22, 2016
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will host controlled archery deer hunts this October throughout the county parks system. Review the schedule of park closures.
Related:
Wisconsin State Park Deer Hunts
Three Rivers Park District Deer Hunts
Minnesota State Park Deer Hunts

Mpls Park Board, Loppet Foundation Celebrate beginning of a new era of outdoor recreation and programming
September 8, 2016
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Loppet Foundation confirmed a shared commitment to world-class outdoor recreation and programming at Theodore Wirth Regional Park. MPRB Commissioners approved three agreements that facilitate the construction, donation, lease and operation of a new outdoor recreation hub in Wirth Park.

Wisconsin DNR Survey on Outdoor Recreation
August 24, 2016
The Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is seeking public input on outdoor recreation which will help develop a blueprint for future needs.

Braemer Skiing Petition
August 18, 2016
The City of Edina is proposing a 3 km cross country ski trail with snowmaking to be built at Braemar Park. The trails would provide an additional venue with guaranteed snow for the public and ski teams. Backers are asking the cross country ski community at large as well as Edina residents to voice their support before the public hearing on Sep 7th by signing their online petition.

Loppet Passes Another Hurdle Toward Adventure Center Development
August 5, 2016
The Administration and Finance Committee of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Wednesday night passed a series of resolutions supporting the Loppet Foundation's Adventure & Welcome Center project. The next hurdle is approval by the full Park Board, which is expected to vote later this month. Assuming approval by the full board, the last big hurdle is fundraising of an additional $1.2 million to complete the first phase of the project. As a side note, the Adventure Center has been rechristened as 'The Trailhead'.
Related:
Star Tribune: Winter sports/bike center on verge of final approval for Wirth Park
Adventure Center Project

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.


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