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Pine Point Park, January 13, 2018 (Photo: Elizabeth Westerhaus)

Sections groomed on the Birkie trail, December 7, 2017 (Photo: Joel Woodward)

Tamarack Nature Center trails, December 29, 2017 (Photo: Mark Oswood)

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.

Cook County: Candlelight and Ski Festivals This Weekend
February 14, 2018
Visit Cook County is excited to share multiple fun-filled cross country ski events for President's day weekend, February 16-18th. On Saturday enjoy the Sugarbush Candlelit Ski and Snowshoe event along the Sugarbush Trail, Sunday check out the Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival in Grand Marais.

Cook County: Over 400K of Trail, Upcoming Events
February 9, 2018
Visit Cook County invites all levels of cross country skiers to enjoy over 400km of trails throughout Cook County, Minnesota. And coming up in February, Hygge Week with a twilight cross-country ski and additional candlelight skiing events.

ABR: Windy Ridge Opening this Saturday
December 14, 2017
Ken Hazel will be leading a group ski at ABR this Saturday morning to explore the new Windy Ridge trail segment, one of the more technical trails, and marks the final 75K of trail to be opened up this season at ABR in race condition.

City of Superior: Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
December 3, 2017
The City of Superior will host a public input session on Wednesday evening, Dec 6th at the Billings Park Civic Center, close to the Superior Municipal Forest ski trails. Skiers and other silent sports advocates are encouraged to turn out and voice their opinion. Note: New times, startng at 6:30 pm.

Loppet: Winter Offerings 2017-18
November 28, 2017
The Loppet Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Rec Board have announced a number of changes in operation this season, mostly brought on by the Trailhead construction. Find details on ski passes, rentals, and sledding for the upcoming season.

Wisconsin DNR Silent Sport Input Sought
November 28, 2017
The Wisconsin DNR is completing a Recreation Opportunities Analysis of existing outdoor based recreation and future recreation needs in the final two areas of the state: the Southern Gateways and the Lower Lake Michigan regions. If you have used any parks or recreational regions, your input would be greatly appreciated. Open house meetings scheduled for the first two weeks in December or take the online survey.

Three Rivers Nordic Opener Coming Dec 9th
November 21, 2017
Three Rivers Park District is celebrating the start of cross-country ski season with a huge event planned for Saturday, Dec 9th at Elm Creek. A large vendor presence is planned including demo products from nearly all the major manufacturers, plus local shops, races, lodging and more. And presentations throughout the day.
Lt. Governor Tina Smith to Proclaims Dec 9th to be Nordic Ski Opener Day in Minnesota

Midwest Snowmaking Projects Update
November 20, 2017
There is significant snowmaking expansion happening across the upper Midwest this season, and even more in the development stages. We take a look at a number of the projects and their current status. Many of these projects need additional funds to reach their goal -- please consider a contribution today!

Chester Bowl Shared Trail Use Survey
November 19, 2017
DUluth Parks and Rec has announced that Chester Bowl trails will be designated as shared use for walkers and skiers this season, and they are requesting public input on the trail usage.

Washington County Undertaking Snowmaking Study for Lake Elmo
November 13, 2017
Washington County will discuss a fesability study for snowmaking at Lake Elmo Park in their Park and Open Space Commission meeting this Thursday evening, November 16th at the Cottage Grove Service Center.

Battle Creek Snowmaking Effort Renewed
November 9, 2017
Finn Sisu is urging skiers to contact members of of the MN House and Senate investment committees and voice their support for snowmaking at Battle Creek. The project is seeking $2.1 million in state bond funding with an equal amount being provided by Ramsey County and private donors. Check out Jessie Diggins' call-to-action video, plus talking points and contact info for legislators.

Trail Work Day at Pine Point this Sunday
October 26, 2017
Ride and Glide Bike Club: Washington County Parks had begun Mountain/Fat Bike trail development at Pine Point. Please come out this Sunday afternoon, Oct 29th, to help prep the trails for Fat Bike grooming this winter!

Banadad Trail Clearing Oct 28th
October 19, 2017
The Banadad's Annual Volunteer Trail Clearing Day will be Saturday, Oct 28th. They will be clearing this past summers accumulation of down trees and brush to clear the trail for winter grooming and skiing. Lunches will be provided for all volunteers.

Preseason Discount Trail Passes Available for Yellowstone Ski Festival
October 17, 2017
Snow has been flying out west and plans are underway for the big Thanksgiving week Yellowstone Ski Festival. Save some cash by purchasing your ski passes before the end of October!

Wisconsin DNR Silent Sport Survey
October 17, 2017
The Wisconsin DNR is conducting a survey on recreational use of public lands up thru Nov 17th. New regions to be studied are Lake Winnebago Waters, the Mississippi River Corridor and Western Sands Region. Submit your comments, suggestions online.

City of Superior Comprehensive Outdoor Rec Plan Survey
October 2, 2017
The City of Superior is developing a Comprehensive Outdoor Rec Plan and one of the main components is reaching out to the public to ask them to take a survey. They are especially interested in hearing from cross-country skiers and their feedback on the municipal forest.
City of Superior: Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

St. Scholastica to Contribute to Grand Avenue Nordic Project
September 20, 2017
The College of St. Scholastica will invest in the city of Duluth's Grand Avenue Nordic Center project, contributing $20,000 to the Duluth XC Ski Club's capital campaign. The center is a city project in conjunction with Spirit Mountain and DXC to bring state of the art snowmaking for cross country skiing to Duluth. It will eventually provide just over 3km of snowmaking infrastructure and lights at the base of Spirit Mountain.
Grand Avenue Nordic Center Project

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