10 Best Places for Cross Country Skiing in Minnesota!

Minnesota is renowned for its stunning and varied winter landscapes. So strap on your skis and explore the expansive woodlands, meadows, and miles of trails of the 10 best places for cross-country skiing in the North Star state. Get ready to make your way through the snow-covered beauty of Minnesota!

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area, Maple Grove, MN

Escape the everyday this winter at Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area - a winter wonderland tailor-made for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Its extensive network of groomed trails, 5.8K of lights, and 2.5K of ski-able terrain make it the perfect opportunity to explore and have fun. Whether novice or pro, lessons are always available.

Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center, Coleraine, MN

Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center has been a beloved part of the community since 1906. Featuring 35 kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing trails, the small, nonprofit organization offers a world-class skiing experience. Donations comprise approximately 70 percent of their operational funds – so contribute and ski.

Theodore Wirth Park, Golden Valley, MN

If you live in Minneapolis, you don’t have to drive out into the countryside to take out your Nordic skis. Minneapolis’s own Theodore Wirth Park has a beautiful cross country ski trail that’s just waiting for you to explore it.

Glendalough State Park, Battle Lake, MN

Glendalough State Park offers an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Cross-country ski, snowshoe, or hike the well-groomed trails through forested terrain, past five lakes and flourishing prairies. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife and take in jaw-dropping views of the natural landscape.

Snowflake Nordic Ski Center, Duluth, MN

Embrace the sport of cross-country skiing and biathlon with Snowflake Nordic Ski Center. Conquer their trails with 15+ kilometers of tracks and challenge your skills to the biathlon range. Enjoy their chalet's amenities, including waxing, rental, and instruction services.

Root River State Trail System, Lanesboro, MN

The Root River State Trail is an outdoor dream for cross-country skiers. Conquer 30 miles of trails from Preston to the bridge near Houston and revel in the winter wonderland. Check out the 12-mile groomed Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail for an extra rush.

Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington, MN

Hyland Hills Ski Area is a winning winter sports getaway for cross-country skiers. Hyland Hills is packed with the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest and a sensational terrain park with progressive and innovative features. Traverse the slopes and trails in style.

Spidahl Ski Gaard, Erhard, MN

Spidahl Ski Gaard is a quaint yet exceptional place to take your skis. This Erhard ski area offers an extensive system of groomed ski trails so there’s plenty of space to explore, yet it maintains the charm and friendliness of a locally owned establishment.

Como Park Ski Center, St. Paul, MN

Feel the thrill of skiing with Como Park Ski Center. Conquer the 15-acre terrain with 5K of neat trails, two tows, and a 150-foot vertical drop. Refuel at the chalet while you take in the amazing views of Lake Como and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Ely Nordic Ski Club, Ely, MN

The Ely Nordic Ski Club is an enchanting spot. Descendants of Scandinavian settlers have kept the tradition alive, and winter thrill-seekers can cross-country ski, and even partake in races on the trails around Hidden Valley Chalet. Whether you're taking a trip down memory lane or just looking for an action-packed time, the Ely Nordic Ski Club will surely provide.

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