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Sugarbush, January 21, 2015 (Photo: Michael Kosloski)

Blue Hills, February 5, 2015 (Photo: Tom Paulsen)

Snowflake Nordic Center, December 25, 2014 (Photo: Tim Holst)

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.

El Nino Update: Wet November Too?
November 21, 2015
Mark Lahtinen returns with more data on the historical El Nino events and possible correlations with wet Novembers.

El Nino Winters Past and Present
November 11, 2015
Mark Lahtinen checks in with a summary of past El Nino winters (total snow and ski days) along with the possible influence of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the warm November we're in. His bottom line: Get those ski passes.
November El Niño update: It’s a small world

Snowmaking Around the Region
November 10, 2015
Mark Parman examines the wide range snowmaking operations across the upper Midwest, including highlights on some projects currently under development.

The Future of Korkki Nordic
November 8, 2015
There will be a meeting Tuesday evening, Nov 10th, at the Korkki Nordic Center to discuss the future of the facility. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Winter Outlook Looking Warm, Maybe Wet
October 19, 2015
NOAA issued its 2015-16 winter outlook and for the Midwest it brings a mixed bag -- temperatures higher than normal, but precipitation chances are also up.

Blue Hills Trail Damage
October 18, 2015
The Blue Hills trail system near Ladysmith has experienced significant trail damage from illegal truck traffic earlier this month, and is seeking any information on the perpetrator.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Preseason Discount Trail Passes
October 18, 2015
The Yellowstone Ski Festival & Cross-Country Ski Camp will be held November 24-28, and you can save some cash by purchasing trail passes in advance by October 31st. Options for individuals as well as clubs/teams.

Banadad Trail Work Day and Annual Meeting/Pot Luck Dinner Oct 24
October 15, 2015
Come out Saturday, October 24th, and help prep the Banadad Trail for the upcoming ski season. Saturday evening is the Banadad Trail Association's annual meeting, followed by potluck dinner.

Blue Hills Trail Fundraising Banquet Nov 7th
October 12, 2015
The annual fundraising banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association is Saturday, Nov 7th. This year's guest speaker is Dr. Bob Inman, a wildlife biologist with 20 years of experience conducting field research, primarily on bears and wolverines and there will be two major raffles of $250 gift cards.

Ramsey County Park Deer Hunts
October 6, 2015
In the month of October, a number of Ramsey County Parks will have closures for special deer hunts. Check the list of closures before heading out to your favorite park this month.
Minnesota State Park Deer Hunting Closures
Wisconsin State Park Hunting Seasons
Dakota County Parks Deer Hunts
Three Rivers Park District Deer Hunt Closures

Winter Recreation Summit Meeting Oct 8th
October 2, 2015
The agenda for Ramsey County's next Winter Recreation Summit has been posted. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 8th, and all interested parties are welcome.

Willow River Trail Prep
October 1, 2015
Volunteers are being sought to help this fall with brush clearing on the Willow River ski trails. There will be a work session next Saturday morning, Oct 10th.

DXC: Future of Skiing in the Northland Presentation
September 29, 2015
Come out Saturday evening, Oct 3rd at the Grand Ave Chalet in Duluth for big look at all the Nordic projects happening in the Duluth area. In addition to the Grand Ave Nordic Center and trails, get updates on Snowflake Nordic, Lester-Amity chalet, and the Duluth ski trails master plan.

Banadad Trail Work Day Oct 24th
September 28, 2015
Come out Saturday, October 24th, and help prep the Banadad Trail for the upcoming ski season. And Saturday evening is the Banadad Trail Association's annual meeting, followed by potluck dinner.

Winter Park Summit Recap
September 21, 2015
Ramsey County has published a recap from the latest Winter Recreation Area meeting (Sep 10th). Get caught up on the progress being made, and mark Oct 8th for the next round.

Winter Recreation Summit Agenda for Sep 10th Meeting
September 2, 2015
A draft agenda has been posted for the next Ramsey County Winter Recreation Summit, to be held Thursday, Sep 10th, at the Parks and Rec building in Maplewood.

Hiawatha Silent Sports Petition
September 2, 2015
The Hiawatha Skiklubb in South Minneapolis is asking the Minneapolis Park Board to expand Nordic skiing at Hiawatha Golf Course, including the possibility of converting the course into a 9-hole version so that silent sports like mountain biking, trail running and others can be accommodated. Sign the petition to show your support.

Winter Park Meeting Scheduled for Thursday Sep 10th
August 24, 2015
If you're interested in the plans for developing a winter recreation area in Ramsey County, most likely at Battle Creek, the next work session meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sep 10th. Please RSVP.

Outdoor Recreation Alliance Announces New Executive Director
August 19, 2015
The Outdoor Recreation Alliance of the 7 Rivers Region has announced the hiring of Jack Zabrowski as their new Executive Director.

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Area Meeting on Sept 10th
August 11, 2015
The Ramsey County initiative to develop a Winter Recreation Area at Battle Creek will hold their next meeting on Thursday, Sept 10th, 6pm, at the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Administration Building in Maplewood.
Winter Recreation Area Fact Sheet

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Area Meeting on July 9th
July 2, 2015
The Ramsey County Winter Summer group has issued their June meeting notes, and is continuing to press forward. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th at 6 pm (and at a new location). Please RSVP by Monday, July 6th, if you plan to attend.
Update: This meeting has been cancelled, and a new one will be scheduled for August or September.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Administration Building

Save The River Bottoms
June 10, 2015
A coalition is working to save the Minnesota River bottom trails in the Twin Cities, and is currently asking for supporters to contact their state representatives to strike out a provision that requires the natural river bottom trails to be paved.

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