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Skiing upstream, Spidahl Ski Gaard, March 30, 2014 (Photo: David Spidahl)

Sugarbush, March 15, 2014 (Photo: Brian Milavitz)

Wolverine ski trails, January 23, 2014 (Photo: Deborah Leonard-Polich)

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.

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.

North End Ski Club to Hold Pig Roast Fund Raiser
September 24, 2014
The North End Ski Club in Cable will hold a fund raising pig roast this Sunday, Sep 28th at the North End Trailhead near Cable.

Lester-Amity Chalet Open House Sep 20-21
September 14, 2014
There will be a Lester-Amity Chalet Open House this Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20th and 21st. The purpose of the open house is to showcase the chalet, share with the community our vision for the building and grounds, and gather support from the community as we move forward with this exciting project.

Lester-Amity Chalet Clean-Up and Open House
September 3, 2014
The Friends of the Lester-Amity Chalet are asking for local supporters to come out this Sunday, Sep 7th, and next, Sep 14th, to help prepare the Lester-Amity Chalet for an open-house on Sep 20-21st.

Trollhaugen Closes Down Nordic Trails
August 18, 2014
Trollhaugen has officially announced it will not be making snow for the Troll Hollow Nordic Center this season. The string of recent good snowfall seasons have made the Nordic operation unprofitable. They are planning to continue offering early morning Nordic on the downhills at the start of the season.

Duluth Ski Trails Master Plan Review
August 7, 2014
Duluth Parks and Rec will be presenting their mini master plan for the Duluth ski trails to the Parks commission on August 13th. Public opinions on the plan are being actively sought. Review the plans online and make your voice heard!

Duluth Looking for Input on Trail Segment Names
July 26, 2014
Duluth XC along with Duluth Parks is seeking input on adding some names to local trail segments. The goal is to improve signage on the trails, and to provide more meaningful names to the ski loops. Input deadline is Aug 31st.


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