Northeast Ski Region Offers Deep Snows
Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, throughout the Boudary Waters Canoe Area to the Chippewa National Forest, Northeastern Minnesota offers of the biggest snow falls in Minnesota as well as many well groomed trail system. There are many resorts offering winter ski packages and for the brave at heart many state parks in the Northeast rent camper cabins in the winter.
Southern Mn Ski Trails
Southern Minnesota has a wide variety of state parks, forests and recreational trails that offer fine cross country skiing. It's many rivers provide high vistas and abundant wildlife to view while skiing. The Southern half of Minnesota offers rolling bluff country in the east to wide open prairies in the west with regions of old growth forest in between.
Metro Ski Region
The many communities that make up the Metropolitan Area of the Twin Cities have provided for an extensive network of well groomed cross country ski trails. Many regional parks make and groom their trails offering skiing whether it snows or not. There are also many ski clubs that meet regularly for fun and competition between skiers of all ages.
Key WH = Warming House P = Parking B = Bathroom
Northwest Ski Region Offers Variety
From the edge of Lake of the Woods to the Headwaters of the Mississippi, from the hardwood forests of Maplewood State Park to the prison grounds of St. Cloud Prison, Northwestern Minnesota offers the widest variety of cross country ski trails in the state. There are several winter ski resorts as well as resorts and lodging outlets that have ski packages that include meals and a hot sauna.
Even though Bjorn Lasserud was born in Norway he didn’t begin cross country skiing until he lived in Minnesota.
He did ski jump and drank a bit more than was healthy. When Lasserud and his wife came to America, he felt he needed to do something to avoid drinking too much.
He was running one day when a man asked him what sport was he training for. The next think he knew, he was training with Twin Cities nordic ski activist, Norm Oakvik.
If you want to play in the snow, Elm Creek Park Reserve is the place to go. Even when there's no snow anywhere else, Elm Creek will make snow.
That’s why this 5,000 acres park, bordering Maple Grove, Dayton and Champlin, attracts visitors from throughout the Twin Cities. The park makes snow every night for its ski trails and hills. It's the only metro park that makes snow for people who want to cross-country ski.