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First ski of the season at Maplelag, November 5, 2014 (Photo: Jay Richards)

Tilson Creek , December 27, 2014 (Photo: Burgess Eberhardt)

Vadnais ski trails, November 11, 2014 (Photo: David Byrne)

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.

Grand Avenue Nordic Center Project
March 19, 2015
Duluth XC is working with the City of Duluth to developed a cross-country ski center at the base of Spirit Mountain, offering 3.3K of lighted trails with snowmaking, along with ability to utilize the chalet for hosting large and small events. But they need your help to make this project happen!

Bay Nordic: Night of Illumination Fundraiser Dinner
March 16, 2015
Bay Nordic along with Brown County Parks in Green Bay are hosting an Night of Illumination Dinner to kick start their fundraising efforts for lighting at Reforestation Camp for next season. The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th.

Ramsey County Winter Recreation Area Summit March 19th
March 10, 2015
Ramsey County is holding a winter recreation summit Thursday evening, Mar 19th, at the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse in St. Paul. Plans are to discuss ways to fund and develop a winter recreation area at Battle Creek Regional Park.

Tour Duluth this Saturday
February 25, 2015
Tour Duluth is an annual celebration of cross-country skiing, giving skiers the opportunity to ski as many of Duluth's great ski trails as they wish. At the end of the day, there is a dinner at Hartley Nature Center. And stay for Sunday and compete in the Nordic Spirit ski race!

Lebanon Hills Revised Development Informational Session
February 2, 2015
Wilderness in the City is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, Feb 5th, to discuss the revised Lebanon Hills Development Master Plan. Public comment on the new plan is open now through Feb 25th.

Snowflake Enters Sale with Charter School, Housing Developers
January 15, 2015
Snowflake owners in Duluth have entered a purchase agreement to sell the property to developers for a charter school, as well as some housing development. The sale of the property does have several contingencies, including operating the Nordic center for at least the next five years.

Winter Bash at Biskey
January 6, 2015
There will be a Winter Bash celebration at Biskey Ponds ski trails in Duluth, this Sunday afternoon, Jan 11th. Events include a skijor clinic, snowshoe trek, ski tour, along with bonfire and snacks.

Theodore Wirth Master Plan Open House
January 2, 2015
The deadline for public comment on the Theodore Wirth Master Plan has been extended to January 9th. There will be an open house on Thursday, January 8th. The master plan can also be reviewed and comments submitted online. Once approved, the master plan will be used to guide park improvements for the next 20 years.

Wirth Winter Recreation Area Update
December 15, 2014
An overview of the snowmaking operation and priorities at Theodore Wirth, along with a a general update on snow conditions, has been posted.
Related:
Hyland Snowmaking Trails Closing Tuesday Night (Dec 16)

TCAAP Open House Tuesday Dec 9th
December 7, 2014
For those interested in the possible development of parks and trails at TCAAP, the former Army ammunition plant located in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities (near I-35W and I-694), there will be an open house on Tuesday, December 9th.
Related:
Arden Hills - TCAAP Development
TCAAP Redevelopment

MNSA Partners With DNR On Changes To GIA System
December 6, 2014
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) has outlined their work on proposed changes to the Grant-in-Aid funding for ski trails. The DNR is seeking feedback on the proposal, which would go in effect for the 2015-16 season.

Update on Snowmaking Project at Battle Creek
December 5, 2014
Ramsey County has issued a formal update on the snowmaking project at Battle Creek. Bottom line: no snowmaking plans for this winter.

Duluth: A City for Cross-Country Skiing
December 4, 2014
Duluth XC has released a feature on the initiatives in progress to sustain and enhance cross-country skiing in Duluth.

Woodlands Team/Group Practice Policy
November 26, 2014
The City of Elk River and the Elk River Nordic Ski Club have implemented a reservation policy for groups of more than 15 individuals (generally teams and clubs). Note: Revised Dec 5th.

Cold November Stretch
November 21, 2014
Mark Lahtinen shares an update on the recent cold weather stretch, and how it might correlate to the rest of winter.
Related:
NOAA: What's in store for the United States this winter?

Birkie Twin Cities Fundraiser Coverage
November 20, 2014
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation was in the Twin Cities Thursday evening for a special fundraiser event. The capital campaign to secure the start area, improve the finish area, and build upon the Birkie legacy received strong support from the community. If you missed out, you can get more information and show your support online.
Related:
Photoset: Birkie Twin Cities Fundraiser
Birkie: Honoring the Legacy - Ensuring the Future

The Great Outdoors Party
November 6, 2014
Celebrate all things outdoors with a "pre-season" gathering of skiers and other outdoor enthusiants, Thursday, Nov 13th at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth. Enjoy some food, sample the local brews and help support a coalition of outdoor organizations.

Three Rivers Announces New Two-Tier XC Ski Passes
October 30, 2014
From TRPD: Three Rivers Park District will be implementing a two-tier pass system, featuring an "All Parks Pass" that will be valid for all Three Rivers parks that host cross-country ski trails including Elm Creek Park Reserve and Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which feature snowmaking on some trails. There will also be a less expensive "Natural Snow Parks Pass" that is valid only at parks with natural snow. This pass excludes Hyland and Elm Creek.
Related:
Minneapolis Park Ski Pass Pricing for 2014-2015 Season

Yellowstone Ski Passes on Sale
October 21, 2014
Heading to West Yellowstone this Thanksgiving for the big Yellowstone Ski Festival? Ski passes for the Rendezvous trail system are on sale through the end of October, including group rates.
Related:
Yellowstone Ski Festival
Clarification on Yellowstone Ski Festival Coaching Fees

Bay Nordic Announces Project Illumination
October 21, 2014
Bay Nordic in collaboration with Brown County Parks are undertaking Project Illumination, a plan to raise funds for Bay Nordic programs and install a lighting system along roughly 4K of the Reforestation Camp trails.

Duluth Trail Maintenance
October 20, 2014
Duluth XC is working to get the area trails in shape for winter -- and could use your help! Events are scheduled through the start of November.

Frozen Thunder Opens in Canmore
October 18, 2014
Since 2009, Canmore Nordic Centre has been opening the North American ski season with their Frozen Thunder event. This year they've pushed out a 2K ski loop using snow saved from the end of last season.
Related:
Photoset: Opening Day

Blue Hills Fundraiser Banquet
October 17, 2014
The Blue Hills Trail Association is holding their annual fundraising banquet on November 1st. The evening includes a delicious buffet meal, two major raffles, plus thousands of dollars in prizes offered as many silent auction items. RSVP due by Oct 29th.


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