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One of the better sections on the Birkie trail, April 22, 2018 (Photo: Paul Cigan)

Pattison State Park, March 5, 2019 (Photo: Gervase Thompson)

Breaking trail at Vadnais/Sucker Lakes, April 11, 2019 (Photo: Kevin Ousdigian)

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 and SISU Ski Fest Upgrade First Responder Skills
March 28, 2019
ABR and SISU Ski Fest have been educating staff and purchasing additional equipment to provide improved First Responder abilities.

Blue Mound State Park Planning Survey
March 17, 2019
MadNorSki is asking all skiers to provide input on the Blue Mound State Park master plan via an online survey. There is some concern over part of the plan that might impact the current ski trail layout.

Lotsa Snow
March 12, 2019
Mark Lahtinen shares some of his insights on the cold and snow this second half of winter, comparing it to historical data.

Three Rivers Parks District Free Play Snow Day this Saturday
March 11, 2019
Since Mother Nature has blessed the Twin Cities with some of the best late season snow conditions in recent memory, Three Rivers Park District has decided to make the most of it by hosting a #FreePlaySnowDay. Enjoy a day of free activities at any of the Three Rivers Parks including free snowshoeing, XC skiing, sledding, kicksledding and more. Plus rentals for those sports are free as well!

Snowmaking Plans at Lake Elmo
March 7, 2019
In February, a snowmaking feasibility study for a 2.5 km ski trail and sledding hill at Lake Elmo Park Reserve was presented to the Washington County Board. While the board supports the concept, avenues for funding the project are being explored.

ABR Taste of Trails Event this Weekend
March 6, 2019
ABR is hosting their annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday. Held on the trails, skiers can purchase samplings of local cuisine including taco bar, chili and chicken enchilada soup, almond cookies, and even selections from a local brewery.

Tour DuLuth This Saturday
February 28, 2019
The annual Tour DuLuth event is this Saturday, March 2nd. Events going on at a number of trails throughout the day including coffee and bagels to start off, ski demos, kids carnival, and an end of day dinner and gathering.

Cook County Deep in Snow
February 18, 2019
The North Shore and Gunflint Trail received an abundance of early snow with totals to date an average of 50 percent greater than previous years. Cook County boasts eight ski trail systems in the area that are meticulously maintained and groomed for both classic and skate skiing.

Out There: Birkie Race Service Nearly Full
January 28, 2019
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is reporting they have a very limited number of openings left for Birkie Race Wax service. Act quickly if you want to get in on their professional services.

Loppet Opens Snowmaking Trails for Limited Fat Biking
January 17, 2019
The Loppet Foundation has started a limited pilot project allowing fat bikers to ride on the snowmaking trails on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings when the trails are open.

North Star Ski Touring Club Seeks Applications for Grant Fund Projects
January 17, 2019
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) is seeking grant applications from the North Star Grant Fund. Grant application deadline is March 31st.

Hoigaards: Pre-Rennet Wax Clinic
January 13, 2019
Hoigaards invites you to spend Tuesday evening, Jan 15th, with Fast Wax and learn the secrets of Nordic glide waxing. Casey Kirt from Fast Wax will be at Hoigaard's to discuss and demonstrate what you can do to ski faster. Topics will include selecting the right ski wax, how to apply it, and a look forward to the Ski Rennet wax recommendation.

Sugarbush Trail System Fundraising Campaign
January 13, 2019
Sugarbush Trail Association has started a fundraising drive to obtain funds to help purchase a lease-return Pisten Bully. The new machine will be better equipped to handle both low and high volume snowfalls.

ABR Grooming Clinic Set for Jan 23-24
January 10, 2019
ABR's Annual Midwest Grooming Clinic and Expo will be Jan 24-25. The first day is a free expo and show day, the second day is fee-based grooming clinic and seminars.

Winter Woes
January 9, 2019
Mark Lahtinen looks into winter data, comparing this season to other El Nino years.

Cook County Winter Wonderland
December 30, 2018
Cook County, located along the scenic Northshore, is reporting great conditions and ready for your winter adventure with a number of great events this season.

Rochester Snowmaking Project Fundraiser
December 20, 2018
The Rochester community has been working long-term on a major trail development project, including snowmaking operations, at Gamehaven. They recently received State Legacy funding to get the project started but need the skiing community's help to implement the first phase of snowmaking for next season.

The Great Minnesota Ski Pass
December 20, 2018
If you plan to ski in any of the Minnesota State Parks, state forests or grant-in-aid trails, this winter, you'll need to have a Minnesota Ski Pass. Passes can be purchased online or at a large number of locations.

Ramsey County Parks Master Plan for Rice Creek North
November 11, 2018
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will amend the 2013 Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan this year. Part of the new plan includes a number of options for ski trails in the north metro. The public is encouraged to view details and comment on the plans in a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec 6th in Mounds View (or view and comment online).

Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener Set for Dec 8th
November 10, 2018
Three Rivers Park District will again host the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener on Saturday, December 8th, at Elm Creek Park Reserve which has a 2.5K manufactured snow loop. With free skiing, free rentals and free mini-lessons, and even a mascot race!

Lapham Peak Expands Snowmaking Operations
November 2, 2018
The Friends of Lapham Peak have reached an agreement with the Wisconsin DNR to increase the length of cross country ski trails covered with manmade snow by nearly 3/4 of a kilometer, eventually bringing the snowmaking loop to 2.4K.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Recreation Planning
October 26, 2018
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is soliciting feedback from the public on our recreation facilities such as campgrounds and trails (such as Drummond and Rock Lake ski trails). Comments can be made online or via open house meetings for the public scheduled in the weeks ahead.

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