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Looking down from one of the big downhills, Trollhaugen, November 14, 2013

Freshly groomed snowfall on the Piedmont trails, March 12, 2014 (Photo: Eve Graves)

Woodland ski trails, February 28, 2014 (Photo: Dean Kleinhans)

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.

Nordic Vortex Shuttle and Ski Saturday
March 19, 2014
The Noquemanon trail network is celebrating March with a special shuttle and ski event this Saturday, March 22nd. A shuttle will take skiers out to the CR 510 trailhead, where they will be able to ski back with a stop for lunch along the way. Must register in advance.

Final Push for Battle Creek Snowmaking Expansion
March 17, 2014
Endurance United is leading the charge in the final push to pass some legislation to support expanded snowmaking operations at Battle Creek. Your input is needed now to help raise awareness and show support for this project.

Battle Creek Snowmaking Funding
February 27, 2014
Endurance United is helping to lead the push for support on a state bonding bill that would provide funding to help expand the snowmaking operations at Battle Creek in St. Paul. Weigh in with your support now!

Taste and Glide Weekend
February 26, 2014
Friends of Valley Spur will be hosting their annual Taste and Glide event this Saturday, March 1st. With the cold forecast, they'll have the food in the lodge this year. Cost is $20.

Waffle Loppet at Hiawatha
February 11, 2014
Saturday, Feb 15th, come out to Hiawatha Golf Course for the second Waffle Loppet of the season. Ski for as long as you'd like; waffles will be served from 10 am to noon. A fundraiser for the Loppet Foundation's Nellie Stone Johnson North Minneapolis Ski Team.
Related:
Funny Honey Bear Ski Fundraiser set for Saturday, February 15

Construction at Brownie Lake to Impact Chain of Lakes Trails
February 10, 2014
Skiers enjoying the Chain of Lakes trails in Minneapolis should take note of a construction project on Brownie Lake that will impact the ski trails temporarily. A new pedestrian is being installed over the channel, in front of the Brownie to Cedar tunnel. Avoid this connector until bridge installation is complete later this month. Update: Bridge is being put in place Thursday/Friday, Feb 20-21st.
Related:
Chain of Lakes Trail Reports

What’s Up with All These Leaves?!
February 7, 2014
University of Minnesota professor Stan Hokanson, an avid skier as well, gives us a lesson in the world of trees and helps explain why leaves have been such a pest on the ski trails this winter.

Hyland Snowmaking Trail Inaugural Celebration
January 21, 2014
Join the inaugural celebration of Hyland's 5K ski trail with snowmaking and lights on Saturday afternoon, Jan 25th. Take part in mini-lessons, ski tours, and a celebration program. Free ski rentals and ski passes available during the event.

BirkieTour Attracts Many Skiers New to the Birkie Trail
January 20, 2014
The 5th annual BirkieTour last Saturday was a huge hit at its new start and finish location, the Birkie's newest trailhead, Nordic Ridge.
Related:
Video from Sawyer Record: BirkieTour Recap

Open House for Lebanon Hills Development Master Plan
January 10, 2014
There will be an open house to with Dakota County Park staff to learn more about and discuss the Lebanon Hills Development Master Plan on Tuesday evening, Jan 14th. The public is encouraged to attend and voice their opinions.

Ski Free Day at the Blue Hills Trail
January 7, 2014
Blue Hills ski trail is hosting a "ski free" day this Saturday, January 11th.

Snowmaking at Battle Creek Regional Park to Begin Dec 19th
December 18, 2013
Snowmaking is scheduled to begin Thursday, Dec 19th for a portion of the cross-country ski trails at Battle Creek Regional Park. This will be the first batch of snow produced at the park as part of an $80,000 demonstration project approved earlier this year by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.

Ski Trail Plans for Hartley and Chester Bowl
December 16, 2013
Mini-Master Plans for Hartley and Chester Bowl parks have been developed by the Duluth Parks and Recreation department and now public input is being sought. Online feedback for Hartley closes Dec 20th.

Friends of Lester Park Open House Sunday
December 12, 2013
Interested in discussing the future of Lester Park and the Lester River Sports Chalet in Duluth? Those interested, especially in maintaining an indoor facility of some capacity in Lester Park, are encouraged to attended an open house and discussion group Sunday afternoon, Dec 15th at Sara's Table.

Midwest Grooming Expo/Clinic Jan 15-16
December 6, 2013
ABR will be hosting their annual grooming expo and clinic, January 15-16 (midweek), showcasing the latest equipment, and offering seminars and tips for beginners to seasoned grooming vets. Expo is free, there is a cost for the clinic (second day).

Birkie Trail Pass
December 4, 2013
With all the fresh snow, and sound of grooming equipment around the northland, it's a good reminder to start getting those trail passes! If you enjoy skiing the Birkie trail, then a Birkie trail pass should be on your holiday shopping list!
Related:
Trail/Park Fees

Save Lebanon Hills Wilderness Rally Dec 9th
December 3, 2013
Citizens concerned about possible development plans for Lebanon Hills that include an asphalt trail system that may impact the ski trails, are encouraged to attend an information rally meeting on Monday, Dec 9th, at the Falcon Ridge Middle School.

Yellowstone Ski Festival: One Week to Go!
November 19, 2013
West Yellowstone has been piling up the snow the last few weeks and trails are reportedly in very good conditions, all great news as the Yellowstone Ski Festival is less than a week away!
Related:
Yellowstone Ski Festival

TCAAP Interchanges Open House
November 18, 2013
There will be an open house Tuesday evening, Nov 19th, at the Ramsey County Arden Hills Public Works to discuss interchange rebuilds along I-35W. For recreational users, the critical issue is possible trail corridors and connections between existing Rice Creek trail systems.

Hiawatha Nordic Petition
November 15, 2013
A group of south Minneapolis residents have begun a drive to improve the facilities at Hiawatha, including more frequent grooming and reopening the clubhouse for nordic skiers.

Noquemanon Trail Network Plans Ninth Annual Snowball Benefit
November 6, 2013
The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their ninth annual Snowball Benefit, Friday, Dec 6th at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Dining, silent auction and the world premiere of 'Cold Rolled', a Marquette snow biking film.
Related:
Noquemanon Trail Network Purchases Plum Creek Easement, Land

Gear West: Flex Testing and Race Skis
November 5, 2013
Three years ago, Gear West began development with Segla Engineering on their Signature Flex Tester. Software and hardware upgrades and their research on correlating flex data with ski performance allow them to make accurate predictions of a ski's fit and performance characteristics.

West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp
November 4, 2013
Scotty McGee, PSIA Nordic Team Coach, will be leading a number of fall training camps at the Yellowstone Ski Festival this November. A variety of options available, including 1, 3, and 5 day clinics, plus other specialized offerings.
Related:
Webcam: Rendezvous Ski Trails (West Yellowstone)
Yellowstone Ski Festival


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