Winter Activities Guide

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Cross-country skiing

Children cross-country skiing.

Whether you prefer classical or skate skiing, Minnesota state parks have many miles of groomed cross-country ski trails for you!

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Places with groomed skate ski trails:

Places with groomed classic ski trails:

thumbnail graphic of map that shows groomed ski locations.
Map of groomed trails

* State parks that offer cross-country classic ski rentals ($10/day for skis, boots and poles)

** At Wild River State Park, cross-country skis are available for rent through a private concessionaire located at the park's Trail Center, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For rental rates or to reserve equipment, call Wild River Ski Rental at 651-257-0685.

Events Calendar

12/17/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Animal Skins and Skulls

12/30/17

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

01/13/18

Flandrau State Park

Cross-country Skiing with Naturalist

01/20/18

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/20/18

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/20/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Trails Day

01/20/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Cross-country Ski Lesson and Trail Tour

01/27/18

Itasca State Park

Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

01/27/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe

01/27/18

Minneopa State Park

Winter Fest

01/27/18

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/27/18

Frontenac State Park

Frontenac Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

01/27/18

Rice Lake State Park

Candlelight Event

01/28/18

William O'Brien State Park

48th Annual Marine-O'Brien Ski Race

02/03/18

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

02/03/18

Root River State Trail - Whalen

Whalan Candlelight Ski

02/10/18

Glendalough State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/10/18

Jay Cooke State Park

Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe Event

02/24/18

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/24/18

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

04/20/18

Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate - Movie and Discussion

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.