Lakewood ski trails, February 26, 2017 (Photo: Tom Lane)
Tower Ridge ski trails, March 1, 2017 (Photo: Brady Zwiefelhofer)
Making tracks on Bass Lake trail, April 11, 2017 (Photo: Greg Dahl)
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.
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.
ABSF Announces Summer Programs for Kids
May 24, 2017
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announces their summer programming designed to get youth fit and healthy this summer. Four programs expose kids to a variety of different outdoor activities and provide them with experiences and opportunities to grow their love of outdoor sports.
The Loppet Foundation: Help Bring The Trailhead To Wirth
May 8, 2017
The Loppet Foundation is seeking to close the funding gap to start the construction of the new Trailhead building at Wirth this summer. Please consider your donation today to help them complete the project in time for this winter.
Ski Hut: Bike Duluth
April 28, 2017
Ski Hut has revamped their Bike Duluth website for this season. The site features bike routes and MTB trails, as well as places for food and drink.
Action Alert: Minnesota Ski Pass Price Increase Proposal
April 25, 2017
Minnesota Nordic Ski Association is encouraging all Minnesota skiers to press for legislative action to increase funding for Grant-in-Aid grooming by increasing the pricing on the Minnesota Ski Pass.
Olympic Caliber Ski Jump Proposed for SE Minnesota
April 19, 2017
Plans for a 120 meter Olympic sized large hill ski jump at the Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, south of Red Wing, are moving forward after zoning and a permit approvals last week.
Proposal: Olympic Ski Jump to come to Frontenac
Possible Olympic Skiing Complex for Madison Area
April 17, 2017
CXC is working with officials from Middleton, Wisconsin, on a proposal to develop an Olympic cross-country skiing complex including lighted ski and rollerski trails, biathlon range, and even a year-round "snowmaking barn".
DXC Capital Campaign Update
March 28, 2017
Duluth XC has made huge progress in their fundraising for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, and is in the final stretch now. Read more details in their latest newsletter, plus take a survey on Chester Bowl.
Superior Municipal Forest on Agenda
March 14, 2017
Cross-country ski trails at Superior Municipal Forest will be a topic of discussion this Thursday, March 16th at the Superior Park and Recs public meeting.
Tower Ridge Lighting Improvements Project
March 12, 2017
Light the Way - The Eau Claire Ski Striders are raising money to expand and improve the lighting at the Tower Ridge ski trails. Donations can be made on-line.
Como Winter Sports Booster Club Fundraising Dinner March 25th
March 12, 2017
Como Winter Sports Booster Club is hosting a fundraising dinner on March 25th to help raise funds to support the cross country and downhill/snowboard lessons programs at Como Park in St. Paul. Ward 5 council member Amy Brendmoen and Mike Hahm, director of Parks and Rec, will be there and there will be a chance lobby them with regard to the future of XC ski in Como Park. There is also a silent auction with donations from Finn Sisu.
ABR Taste of the Trails this Saturday
March 2, 2017
ABR is holding their 12th annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday, March 4th. Purchase great local food and drink trailside while enjoy some great March skiing!
Tour Duluth Set for this Weekend
February 27, 2017
The annual Tour Duluth event is this Saturday, March 4th. Tour Duluth is a celebration of the great ski trails in Duluth and all the great people who make it all happen, with skiers visiting a number of Duluth area trails throughout the day. Food and drink are at each of the tour stops with the annual DXC dinner that night.
Sugar Tour on March 11th
February 27, 2017
The Sugarbush trail system is encouraging all skiers to come out and enjoy spring skiing with a special Sugar Tour event planned for Saturday, March 11th. Children and adults can choose 5k, 8k or an 18k loop, with activities on the shorter loops or the personal challenge of skiing the long loop with treats and hot chocolate when you finish at Oberg Trailhead. Register online or in-person.
Duluth XC Announces Snow Ball Gala and Community Ski Awards
January 31, 2017
Duluth XC (DXC) is hosting their second annual Snow Ball Gala, Feb 11th at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth. Proceeds will the Capital Campaign of building new ski trails with snowmaking at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the bottom of Spirit Mountain.
ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 26, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Midwest Grooming Expo and Clinic on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 30-31. Interest has been high, make your plans soon!
Mid-Winter Low Snow Blues
January 24, 2017
Mark Lahtinen posts a mid-winter history lesson, taking a shot at what we can expect for snowfall the remainder of the season based on past data.
Gear West: Nordic Night Fever Feb 9th
January 18, 2017
Six veteran skiers, including Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Executive Director, Lynne Cecil, former Birkie Champ and Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick, a 30-year ski marathon veteran, will share their Birkie experiences in a forum Feb 9th at Gear West. The event will also feature Birkie wax demos, food, and movies.
ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 5, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Grooming Clinic and Expo on January 30-31 in Ironwood, MI. The first day expo is free, and the second day clinic and seminar costs $80.
Vasaloppet: Snow Tax Deduction
December 27, 2016
Trim some of your tax bill by making a tax deductible donation to the Vasaloppet organization's snowmaking expansion program before the end of the year.
Birkie Trail Named Top Ski Destination
November 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Trail was named the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation, as voted by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. Separately, the American Birkebeiner ski race was recently awarded the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.