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.

Survey Input Sought on Telemark Development

December 1, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is requesting input from the community on plans for the Telemark Lodge property. Please fill out their short survey before the Dec 14th deadline.

ABR Expansion, Covid Plans

November 25, 2020
ABR has again expanded their trail system, and added further amenities such as an electric car charging port. They've also developed an extensive plan for safe operations in the pandemic.

Trail/Park Fee Updates

November 5, 2020
We've updated our annual guide on Midwest trail/park fees for cross-country skiing. Important changes this year: Washington County has instituted their own trail pass, Carver County has dropped their vehicle permit fees. Purchase your trail pass/permits to help support the trails you ski!

October Snow Musings

October 30, 2020
Mark Lahtinen shares some numbers of the impact of snowmaking on the ski season, as well as how October snowfall reflect on the overall season historically.

Loppet: Snowmaking Loop open at the Trailhead

October 28, 2020
With the unusually cold October weather, The Loppet Foundation opened a small snowmaking loop on Wednesday. Trail passes are now on sale!

Minnesota Bonding Bill Passes With Battle Creek Funding

October 16, 2020
A record $1.9 billion bonding bill has passed the Minnesota legislature which includes $1.8 million in funding for development of Battle Creek Winter Recreation area. The bill text describes a maintenance building and commemorative marker for Olympian Jessie Diggins. Ramsey County states "the project is for snowmaking on a 2.5km loop and a sledding hill, and the accompanying support infrastructure" but further funding will be needed to complete the project. Watch for more details.

Grand Avenue Snowmaking Operations Endangered

September 27, 2020
Duluth XC (DXC) has sent out notice that Grand Avenue Nordic Center snowmaking operations may be shutdown if Spirit Mountain does not receive financial support from the City of Duluth. DXC is asking area skiers to voice their support for continued operations by contacting Duluth city council members before their critical vote on Monday evening, Sept 28th.

ABR Announces Winter Plans

August 23, 2020
ABR is making plans for operations this winter to ensure a safe skiing experience for everyone.

Birkie Seeks Grant in Next Phase of Telemark

June 29, 2020
The town of Cable and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation have teamed up to seek an Idle Site Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to assist in the costs for the removal of the shuttered Telemark Resort, leading hopefully to the foundation purchase of the Telemark property later this fall.