On Sunday, February 28, I made an impromptu visit to Camp Ripley to watch some of the races of the National Guard Biathlon. This event has been held since the 1970s.

Trails Q&A: Brainerd Arboretum
Home: Brainerd, MN Occupation: Instructor in the Natural Resources Department at Central Lakes College and volunteer ski coach at Brainerd Junior High School.
If it's going to keep snowing through March, Minnesotans will keep skiing and snowshoeing. William O'Brien State Park offers opportunities for both, including a new snowshoe stash at the south end of the park.
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...
The largest urban cross-country ski festival in the lower 48 states will be held February 2nd and 3rd 2013 in Minneapolis. More than just great ski events – the Loppet is a winter festival for the entire family.  With over 13 events - including ski races, bike races, snow sculptures, orienteering and lots of games played on snow- the Loppet Festival is a great way to get out, enjoy and...
Grand Marais, MN – January 25, 2013 – Hold onto your long johns! Recent weather systems dumped nearly a foot of snow on Cook County, Minnesota, refreshing its hundreds of miles of ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails and creating picture-perfect conditions for the annual Winter Tracks Festival.
Late in February our group put our cross country skis on at the bridge over the Manitou River. We had driven up Lake County Rd 7, beyond George H Crosby Manitou State Park. At first the river was pancake flat, meandering thru willow thickets.
Despite the recent rain, the ski trails have held up quite well. With the recent new snowfall from yesterday, both Bearskin and Golden Eagle have been able to get out on the trails with snowmobiles and pack it in.
For the cross country skier, Duluth offers some of the best trails in the state. Five city trails provide 65K for every level such as Chester Bowl which is for advanced level skating-style cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing and ski jumping are also available at Chester Bowl. 
About twelve years ago, Kristine Zellmer’s rescued Norwegian elkhound always ran away off leash. At her sister’s advice, Zellmer reluctantly hitched the dog to herself while skiing. Soon, they were dashing across a snowy lake for “the time of our lives.”Zellmer recounted, “[I] was so excited because I thought I’d invented a new sport.”



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