De-icing the trails, Green Acres, January 12, 2013 (Photo: Bill Callas)
Street skiing in Bemidji, February 10, 2013 (Photo: Michael Meehlhause)
Boulder Lake, January 18, 2013 (Photo: Anne Flueckiger)
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.
Hyland Snowmaking Loop Open-House May 14th
May 11, 2013
Everyone is invited to come out to Hyland Tuesday, May 14th, to review plans for a new 5K snowmaking/lighted loop at Hyland Lake Park.
Proposed Snowmaking Loop Map
Noquemanon Trail Network Annual Meeting
May 6, 2013
The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their Annual Meeting at Lakeview Arena Citizen's Forum Room in Marquette on Tuesday evening, May 21st.
Fundraiser for CAMBA Trails May 9
May 5, 2013
On Thursday evening, May 9th, the Rivers Eatery in Cable will host a fundraising evening to support the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) and its trail building efforts. Net proceeds from evening food and beverage sales will assist in the purchase of a Kubota U17 mini-excavator.
Hyland Snowmaking Loop Open-House May 14th
May 2, 2013
After years of rumor, Three Rivers Park District sent out notices last week official revealing that a 5 kilometer snowmaking loop is planned with possible completion by this December! An open-house meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th at the Hyland visitor center.
NTN Trailhead Fundraiser
April 17, 2013
The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) has started fundraising for the Heartwood Forest Trailhead. The trailhead is a central access point, connecting 40 miles of singletrack through the Heartwood forest, part of the NTNís South Trails and will include a new open air pavilion, expanded parking for up to 100 cars and portable bathrooms.
North Shore Skiing Adventure
March 13, 2013
Tony Mommsen, Gear West, is posting updates as he explores the ski trail systems along the North Shore.
Tour Duluth March 9th
March 3, 2013
The Tour Duluth has become an annual spring tradition -- a single day out on the trails around Duluth, logging K's with your friends, and finishing with a dinner at Hartley Park at the end of the day. Make your plans and RSVP.
Cleary Lake Regional Park Seeks Input
February 27, 2013
The public is invited to a workshop to gather information about winter park use, issues and opportunities at Cleary Lake Regional Park this Saturday, March 2.
Hunting in Wisconsin State Parks Survey
February 21, 2013
Phil Van Valkenberg writes: A reversal of over 100 years of policy occurred when Act 168, also known as the Sporting Heritage Act, was signed into law last April. It specified that hunting and trapping be allowed in Wisconsin State Parks and along state trails. Public input from hearings and written comments of over 2,000 park users were 96% opposed. The time period was changed from seven months to two, but this could be quickly reversed. Please take a moment to express your opinion by taking the short Hunting and Trapping in Wisconsin State Parks Survey.
JSOnline: Public outcry swells over hunting in state parks
City of Lakes Loppet Course Recon Report
January 31, 2013
We skied the City of Lakes Loppet race course, from the start at Wirth to the Uptown finish, Thursday afternoon. Bottom line: Looking very good! Read the full report and view nearly 50 photos from course.
Loppet Potluck and Chili Cook-off
January 26, 2013
Do you ski to eat or eat to ski? The Loppet Foundation is hosting a skiing community potluck at Theodore Wirth Park Chalet this Wednesday evening, Jan 27th. Come dish it out!
Snow What Update
January 24, 2013
Mark Lahtinen checks in with an update on the Twin Cities winter so far, along with a look towards where things might be headed.
ABR Video Feature
January 24, 2013
TV6 in the UP featured ABR trails recently in their local outdoors program, "Discovering". Watch the whole segment online now.
Lake Elmo Nordic Center Grand Opening
January 11, 2013
Steve Thatcher reports on the Lake Elmo Nordic Center Grand Opening event Friday evening.
Skiing Etiquette in Marginal Conditions
January 10, 2013
As forecasters talk up the threat of rain, Steve Thatcher writes a short piece on skiing etiquette and avoiding conditions that might lead to significant trail damage.
December 18, 2012
Mark Lahtinen chimes in with analysis of the Twin Cities December weather, including the 10+ inch snowfall and warmer temps and how these act as indicators of the season yet to come.
Grooming: Making Ice Nice
December 16, 2012
Given the icy conditions being found on a number of trail systems after the recent rain/warm spell, we felt it might be a good time to re-run this article on "de-icing" grooming tips. [ This article was originally published in January of 2005 ]
Tips on Grooming Icy Trails by Phil Zink (updated)
Midwest Grooming Clinic Jan 16-17
December 15, 2012
ABR will be hosting their 13th annual Midwest Grooming Clinic, January 16-17th. The two day event offers and expo/demo day on Wednesday (free), and clinics/seminars with top groomers on Thursday (fee). Registration forms posted.
Ramsey County Announces Ski Trail Changes
December 11, 2012
Ramsey County starts up their official winter ski trail grooming today, December 11th, and as part of that, has announced a number of changes to their ski trails this season. Manitou Ridge closes, Snail Lake skiers moved to Grass Lake, are some of the biggest updates.
November 26, 2012
The Loppet Foundation is seeking ski mentors and ambassadors to help spread the skiing love ...
Loppet Mentors - Has outdoor activities made a difference in your life? Share your love for skiing and mountain biking and sign-up to be paired with a youth today. Pairs meet together over the course of the year and use outdoor recreation as the vehicle to create a meaningful relationship.
Ski Ambassadors - Share your knoweldge and love for skiing with others. Come to the Ski Ambassador's Info Meeting, Dec. 1, 9am Wirth Chalet. RSVP. Ambassadors are needed at Wirth, Hiawatha, Columbia and Gross parks.