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.

Trail Grooming Fundraising Efforts

March 31, 2024
A number of Midwest trail systems are currently fundraising to improve their trail grooming equipment.
Eau Claire Ski Striders - Raising funds for equipment upgrades at Eau Claire County Parks.
Madison Nordic Ski Club - Raising funds to replace grooming equipment at Elver Park.
North Star Ski Touring Club - Offering grants for Nordic skiing programs (deadline now Apr 8th)

Webinar: Climate Threats to Outdoor Recreation

March 16, 2024
University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership is hosting a webinar on Tuesday March 19th at noon with Ben Popp and Kristy Maki for their Adaptation in Action series. They will be discussing both how the Birkie was able to respond to this "winter" and still host an event, and also how the Birkie is planning on adapting to future climate change in an equitable way.

MPR: Twin Cities, much of southern Minnesota digging out from first major snowfall of the winter

February 15, 2024
Much of southern Minnesota woke up to a rare sight Thursday — rare for this strange winter, at least: a significant snowfall.

North Star Ski Touring Club Seeks Applications for Grant Fund Projects

February 8, 2024
Established with the goal of enriching and further growing the sport of Nordic skiing, this year's applications for donations from the North Star Grant Fund are due by April 2nd. Qualified applicants should submit proposals for Nordic ski related projects that will largely fall within the 2024 calendar year.

Bad to Worse

February 2, 2024
With some of the warmest temperatures of the season ahead, and indeed some of the warmest temperatures in decades, Mark Lahtinen shares how this winter stacks up against winters past.

It’s Just One of Those Winters

January 24, 2024
Continuing his coverage of this winter we're having, Mark Lahtinen adds to his insights from earlier this month with another round of number crunching.

Cook County: Discover Epic Cross Country Skiing on Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail

January 25, 2024
Winter has arrived, and the cross-country ski trails near the Gunflint Trail have opened after the first few snowfalls of the season. Visit Cook County invites skiers of all abilities to plan an epic cross country ski adventure in the northernmost reaches of the state.

Winona Nordic Social Fundraiser Jan 20th

January 15, 2024
St. Mary's University in Winona is hosting a Winona Nordic Social fundraiser on Saturday evening, Jan 20th. Come out and enjoy cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres, participate in the silent auction and support the ski trails grooming, snowmaking, lighting and maintenance.

More Brown Days

January 11, 2024
It's no great secret that this winter has been tougher than most when it comes to snow. Helping to make sense of it all is Mark Lahtinen who has the numbers on exactly where we stand compared to seasons past.

Where's the Snow?

December 24, 2023
Mark Lahtinen writes on our winter so far and a historical look at December weather.

ABR Wax/Ski Clinic this Weekend with Eli Brown

December 19, 2023
ABR is hosting Eli Brown, fresh off the World Cup, for a presentation and discussion on wax and the World Cup Friday evening, and then an on-snow technique clinic on Saturday morning -- Dec 22-23. Register online.

Maplelag Nordic Ski Club

December 11, 2023
Maplelag has opened up a Strava based Nordic ski club, celebrating cross-country skiing for all levels -- whether you tour on three-pin bindings or race in the Birkie elite wave. Join the Strava club and share your workouts, plus see some of the grooming activities.

What’s Up With El Nino

December 1, 2023
Mark Lahtinen chimes in on the outlook for winter 2023-24 and the impact of El Nino, digging into statistics from the past to make some correlations.

Purchasing Trail Passes Online

November 22, 2023
Snowmaking operations are firing up across the region as cold weather finally settles in. We've updated our list of trail passes and parking permits, most of which you can purchase online and be ready to hit the groomed trails.

Ariens Nordic Trail Passes on Sale

November 16, 2023
Ariens Nordic Center in Brillion, WI, is Wisconsin's newest snowmaking operation, now heading into their second season. They are offering early-bird pricing on seasonal trail passes -- act by Nov 30th for the lowest pricing.

ABR Grows Team for Upcoming Season

October 28, 2023
With owner Eric Anderson undergoing surgery this week, ABR is glad to welcome two additional members to their operations this season! Nathan Williams will be working full-time in all areas and Kyle Pallin will be assisting in grooming.

Seeking Stolen Grooming Equipment

October 26, 2023
The Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota is seeking the communities help in finding stolen grooming equipment.