winter

There is a buzz about the skiing at Lake Elmo Park Reserve this winter. Located a short drive east of St. Paul, the park has long been a popular destination, but with recent improvements it has become a true destination for Twin Cities skiers. The 2,165-acre park features a new Nordic Center, with locker rooms, a large lounge with a fireplace, and waxing racks outside. From this hub, skiers can...
Have you ever strapped on snowshoes at a popular park only to find the trails well-packed and better suited for regular boots? A hike on Saturday at Wild River State Park offered a better way. For starters, the snowshoe trails were full of untrodden snow. We left from the Trail Center -- where we rented a pair of snowshoes from a helpful employee for $15. Because the park's maps are a little old...
Our new contributing editor kicks off the New Year with a cold and inspiring hike at Afton State Park. Afton State Park naturalist Linda Radimecky New Year’s Day found me clomping down a snowy path at Afton State Park. There was a cold breeze blowing outside the visitor center, situated on the edge of restored prairie, and our group hustled along to the shelter of the wooded bluffs. We were there...