The young kids racing their hearts out stole the show at the 42nd annual William O'Brien State Park/Marine on St. Croix Ski Race yesterday.
Beautiful views on the ski trails around Winona
photo Mary Farrell
Southern Minnesota has a wide variety of state parks, forests and recreational trails that offer fine cross country skiing. Many rivers provide high vistas and abundant wildlife to view. The southern half of Minnesota offers rolling bluff country in the east and wide-open prairies in the west with regions of old-growth forest in between.
Saint Paul's Como Park offers ski trails close to the metro area.
The many communities that make up the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul provide an extensive network of well-groomed cross-country ski trails. Many regional parks make snow and offer skiing whether it actually snows or not. Twin City area ski clubs meet regularly for fun, training, and competition.