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.

ABR to Ramsey Route Relay

February 22, 2021
The Anderson Foundation conducted a demonstration event last Saturday, showcasing a proposed route that would run from ABR Trails into Miners Park and then east to Ramsey on the Iron Belle Trail.


Photoset from Scott Anderson: 5 photos

NSSTC Grant Applications

February 15, 2021
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC), based in the Twin Cities, is taking for applications for grants from the North Star Grant Fund. Grants are dedicated to Nordic ski related projects for the 2021 calendar year. Application deadline is March 31st.

Trail Closures at Wirth

January 29, 2021
With a number of busy weekends on tap in the coming weeks, expect some trail closures at Theodore Wirth. Luckily, there are plenty of other good choices for skiing nearby!

Blue Mound State Park Master Plan Opposition

January 7, 2021
Nancy Wiegand has put out the call for silent sport athletes to oppose part of the Blue Mound State Park Master Plan that would route a snowmobile trail through part of the park. She is calling on skiers to voice their concerns before the January 10th deadline.

Cook County: Socially Distant and Amazing Trails

January 4, 2021
Visit Cook County invites all levels of cross-country skiers to kickstart a much-anticipated new year by enjoying over 400km of trails throughout Cook County, Minnesota. With an average of 120 inches of annual snowfall in the stunning Superior National Forest, the opportunities for adventure are endless.

Loppet Winter Solstice Ski Week

December 21, 2020
The Loppet Foundation is offering a week of fun-filled activities at The Trailhead to celebrate the winter solstice and ski season. They are offering a theme-of-the-day promotion, encouraging folks to submit a photo to be entered in a drawing for a free snow tubing session or ski rental.

Cook County: Winter Adventure Awaits on Over 400K of Trails

December 14, 2020
After a year of uncertainty and change, Visit Cook County is excited to open the 2020-2021 cross country ski season. Get out on the trails to relieve stress, enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise. Visit Cook County invites cross country skiers to head north for an exciting holiday ski vacation.

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.