Archives 2019-2020

Cook County: Over 400K of Trails and Events Galore

February 3, 2020
With February here, Cook County is celebrating excellent conditions with over 400 kilometers of groom trails. And the month is packed with events including the Hygge Festival and Pincushion Ski Festival.

North Star Ski Touring Club Seeks Applications for Grant Fund Projects

January 31, 2020
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC), based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, announces a deadline of March 31, 2020, for applications for donations from the North Star Grant Fund. This grant is dedicated to Nordic ski related projects which will start and hopefully finish in the 2020 calendar year.

NSSTC: Family Skiing Presentation

January 12, 2020
North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) in the Twin Cities with feature a presentation on the "Adventure of Family Skiing" this Tuesday evening, Jan 14th. Pete Hawkins and his daughter, Amy Cochrane, will share their experiences and offer tips about skiing as a family, including parents, the kids and grandkids.

Significant Snowfall for SE Wisconsin this Weekend

January 9, 2020
A major system pushing across the entire eastern half of the US this weekend is expected to bring some much needed snowfall to western Iowa, SE Wisconsin and northern Illinois Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Some parts could see as much as a foot of new snowfall!

Christmas Snow Depth

December 31, 2019
Mark Lahtinen analyzes the historical snow depth data to see how the Christmas snow depth correlates to a good ski season.

Cook County: Five Excellent Ski Trails

December 31, 2019
Visit Cook County invites all levels of cross-country skiers to enjoy over 400km of trails throughout Cook County, Minnesota. And to emphasize the great opportunities, they've highlighted five of their best trails to check out this winter, along with some unique February events.

Minnesota DNR Grant-in-Aid Funding Issues

December 19, 2019
The Minnesota DNR has issued a report showing funding from the Ski Pass program has not kept up with the trail needs. Skiers are encouraged to purchase the MN Ski Pass to help support the hundreds of trails systems around the state. MN Ski Pass is required at state parks and recreation areas, and parks that are participants in the program, such as Anoka, Ramsey and Washington Counties.

Cook County: the Perfect Holiday Ski Vacation

December 11, 2019
Visit Cook County is excited to open the 2019-2020 cross-country ski season with a fresh blanket of powder covering the region. Check out their wide range of trails and events available this season, and even get some virtual snow time via their webcams!

Free Lessons at Blue Hills Saturday

December 11, 2019
Some Ride and Glide Bike and Ski Club members will be offering free ski lessons at Blue Hills Trails this Saturday, Dec 14th. Skiers must RSVP if planning to attend, as space is limited.

Birkie 10 Days of Snow Fundraiser Challenge

December 10, 2019
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is tackling a $50,000 challenge grant to raise $100K for snowmaking efforts. From now through December 19, 2019, your donation to the 10 Days of Snow campaign will be doubled -- they need to raise $50,000 to receive the matching challenge gift.

2019 Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener

November 7, 2019
Snowmaking is already well underway at Elm Creek as preparation for the 2019 Minnesota Nordic Opener on December 7th! The opener is a huge celebration of Nordic skiing in Minnesota with free skiing, free lessons, free ski rentals, dozens of vendors, and a new citizen race.

Alternative Wisconsin Blue Mound State Park Master Plans Public Review

November 6, 2019
Skiers input is sought on alternatives to Wisconsin's Blue Mound State Park Master Plan. Some plans include expanded snowmobile access that may impact the ski trails. Input can be submitted online or attend a meeting at the Mount Horeb High School auditorium on Tuesday evening, Nov 19th.

ABR, Bearskin, Nominated as Top 10 XC Skiing Destinations

October 24, 2019
USA Today is holding their annual top 10 cross-country skiing resorts poll and this year, ABR in Ironwood and Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint are nominated! Cast your vote to help secure these Midwest representatives in the final top ten!

Yellowstone Ski Festival Trail Passes on Sale Now

October 14, 2019
Get a discount on your Yellowstone Ski Festival passes by purchasing them before October 31st. Those that order passes in advance will have them delivered to the hotel of their choice (or other location).

Battle Creek Snowmaking Bonding Tour on Nov 13th

October 11, 2019
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov 13th, to come out to Battle Creek and support the latest drive to fund snowmaking for the trails! A number of state legislators will visit the site and review the plans and a strong show of support from the ski community can go a long way.

Blue Hills Fundraising Banquet Set for Nov 2nd

October 8, 2019
The Blue Hills Trail Association encourages you to attend its 31st annual fundraising banquet Saturday evening, Nov 2nd at Lehman's Supper Club in Rice Lake. This year's guest speaker is Birkie Founder and skiing legend Ernie St. Germaine. Evening includes cash bar, buffet meal, raffles and silent auctions.

Historic Snowfall Out West

September 30, 2019
Parts of Montana received as much as 4 feet of snow over the weekend. Most of the heavy snow fell over northern Montana, but even West Yellowstone received their first blanket of the snow!

Chester Bowl Public Input Sought

August 25, 2019
The City of Duluth is seeking public input on the future of a shared use winter trail system. Skiers are encouraged to make their opinions known as this topic, as there is the possibility of disallowing skiing. Deadline for comment is this Thursday, August 29th.

Birkie Signs Lease for Telemark Property

July 1, 2019
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced the signing of a two-year lease to utilize the trails found on the 713-acre Telemark property. While the focus is directed on the trail system, the lease has an option to purchase the property and the Birkie organization is pursuing possible partners in development.