Twin Cities Metro Ski Trails

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Saint Paul's Como Park offers ski trails close to the metro area.

Metro Ski Region

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.

 

 Key WH = Warming House P = Parking B = Bathroom

 

Afton  Afton State Park

29km
651-436-5391 (WH, P, B) A variety of groomed, classic loops, featuring 2 miles of easy trails and13 miles of trails rated intermediate to advanced Trails overlook the St.Croix River near Afton Alps Ski Resort and have trail shelters. Heated Visitors center has parking and bathrooms. The park also has snowshoe trails and holds an annual candlelight ski. MN ski pass required.

Bloomington Hyland Lake Park Reserve

15km
763-694-7687 (WH, P, B) Beginner to expert, groomed, classic and skate trails over rolling hills and prairie. 9km lighted trail. 5k man-made snow. Ski Chalet serves as a warming house and offers ski rentals. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Burnsville  Alimagnet Park

6km 
952-895-4500 (P, B) Short and flat beginner trails.

Burnsville  Terrace Oaks Park

10.9km
952-895-4500 (WH,P, B) Beginner to expert. Groomed, classic ski trails along lakes and ponds through hills and woods. Chalet available.

Cokato  Collinwood Regional Park 

8km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, groomed, classic trail on open fields with some wooded areas.

Coon Rapids  Bunker Hills Regional Park

20km
763-757-3920 (WH, P, B) Intermediate trail loops on flat to slightly hilly terrain. Rental skis available at Bunker Hills Campground Visitors Center.
Warm up inside the Bunker Hills Activity Center. MN ski pass required.

Coon Rapids  Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

10km
763-757-4700 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate trails on relatively flat terrain along Mississippi River. Rentals available at Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center. MN ski pass required. 

Cottage Grove  Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

8k
651-430-8370 (P, B) Intermediate to advanced trails with some steep slopes and heavily wooded ravines. 4.5 km skate ski loop. MN ski pass required.

Eagan  Lebanon Hills Regional Park

20km
952-891-7000 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced trails, groomed for classic and skate ski. Trails wind through the hilly, wooded countryside and around scenic lakes and ponds. Dakota County ski pass required.

Elk River  Woodland Trails

15km
763-635-1150 (P,B) Beginner to advanced, groomed skate and classic ski trails with many loops. Maintained by Elk River Nordic Ski Club. MN Ski Pass required.

Elk River  Otsego County Park 

2.5km 
763-682-7693 (P, B) Classic/skate trails through hardwood forest and prairie restoration area, adjacent to Mississippi River. MN Ski Pass required.

Farmington  Whitetail Woods Regional Park

10km
952-891-7000 (WH,P, B) Intermediate trails around Empire Lake. Connects with Lone Rock Trail in Rosemount. Camper cabins and fire rings available. Dakota County ski pass required.

Hanover  Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

4.5km
763-694-7860 (P, B) Ungroomed trails through restored prairie. User tracked.

Hastings  Spring Lake Park Reserve

8.2km
952-891-7000 (WH,P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic (5.6km) and skate (1.6km) ski trails. Schaar's Bluff offers views of the Mississippi River Valley. Dakota County ski pass required.

Hastings  St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park

10.5km
651-430-8240 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic ski trails on the wild and scenic St. Croix River. 1.8km skate loop. MN ski pass required.

Jordan  Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

8km
651-259-5774 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, classic ski trails through wetlands, floodplain forest, and oak savanna. MN ski pass required.

Lake Elmo  Lake Elmo Park Reserve

20km
651-430-8370 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails on gently rolling hills offering a variety of experiences and challenges. 8.7k lighted. MN ski pass required.

Lake Elmo  Sunfish Lake Park

13.1km
651-747-3900 (P) All skill levels. Camel Back provides some fun hills, but Oak Run is particularly exciting.  

Morgan Lane offers beautiful view of a pond from a birch-lined ridge.

Lakeville  Ritter Farm Park Ski Trail

10km
952-985-4600 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate ski with hills through the woods. MN ski pass required.

Lino Lakes  Chomonix Golf Club

10km 
651-482-8484 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate trails on flat terrain. Rent skis at Chomonix Golf Course club house. MN ski pass required.

Maple Grove Elm Creek Park Reserve

18km
763-694-7894 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic and skate trails. Some of the best ski trails in the metro area with fantastic night skiing on lighted trails and a 2.5 km loop with man-made snow. Elm Creek Chalet offers ski rentals, snack bar, and woodstove.
Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Maple Lake  Robert Ney Regional Park

5.6km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails over small hills and flat areas. Nature Center offers rentals weekends January-March. Moonlight ski events. MN Ski Pass required.

Maple Plain  Baker Park Reserve

14.5km
763-694-7860 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic and skate trails through woods and meadows. Ski rentals, warming house, and snack bar at Chalet.
Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Maplewood  Battle Creek Regional Park - East

6km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to intermediate classic ski trail through mature woods.
MN ski pass required.

Maplewood  Battle Creek Regional Park - West

9.8km
651-748-2500 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, classic and skate ski trail. 4 km lit trail.
MN ski pass required.

Marine Big Marine Park Reserve

2.5k
651-430-8370 (P, B) Easy beginner loop along Big Marine Lake. Classic only MN ski pass required.

Marine on St. Croix  William O'Brien State Park

19km
651-433-0500 (WH, P, B) Multi-trail system, for all skill levels of classic and skate skiers with views of St. Croix River. Wetland Trail for beginners and Prairie Overlook for the more advanced. Heated trail center has a wood stove. Annual candlelight ski. MN ski pass required.

Minneapolis  Columbia Golf Course

5km
612-789-2627 (P, B) Groomed, classic trails on rolling golf course hills. Minneapolis Parks ski pass required.

Minneapolis  Hiawatha Golf Course

3km
612-724-7715 (WH, P, B) (P, B) Groomed, classic and skate trails on rolling golf course hills with great views of the Minneapolis skyline. Minneapolis Parks ski pass required.

Minneapolis  Theodore Wirth Regional Park

25km
612-522-4584 (WH, P, B) Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic and skate ski trails. 3km lighted trails. One of the largest venues with snow-making capabilities in the Twin Cities features some incredible hills on the north while the south side is primarily flat. Connects to Brownie and Cedar Lakes, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. Ski rentals available. Minneapolis Parks ski pass required.

Minnetonka  Glen Lake Golf Center

2.4km
763-694-7824 (WH, P, B) Groomed, classic and skate trails through rolling golf course hills. Rentals and concessions available at the club house.Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Monticello  Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

3.5km
763-682-7693 (P) Great beginner trail through pines next to the Mississippi River. Groomed classic ski only. MN ski pass required.

Monticello  Harry Larson County Forest

3.2km
763-682-7693 (P) Intermediate, classic ski only. Close to Lake Maria State Park. 

Monticello  Lake Maria State Park

22.4km
763-878-2325 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails through rolling terrain, wooded areas, old growth forest areas and past lakes and ponds.
MN ski pass required.

Plymouth  Eagle Lake Regional Park

9km
763-694-7695 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails through woods and meadows. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Plymouth  French Regional Park

8km
763-694-7750 (WH, P, B) Variety of terrains from beginner to advanced. Groomed, classic and skate trails over rolling hills. Lighted trails attract many after-work skiers. Rentals and concessions available at visitor center. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Plymouth  Luce Line State Trail

11km
952-826-6769 (P) Beginner trail through maple and basswood forest.

Prior Lake  Cleary Lake Regional Park

16.5km
763-694-7777 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails. Visitor center with ski rentals, vending machine, and fireplace. 4.5 km lighted daily until 10 pm. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Ramsey  Rum River Central Regional Park

8km
763-757-3920 (P, B)  Mostly flat trail loops. MN ski pass required.

Rosemount   Lone Rock Trail

18km
651-423-2455 (P, B) Intermediate trails groomed for both classic and skate ski on gently rolling terrain through woods, agricultural land and two wetlands in UMore Park. MN ski pass required. 

Saint Paul  Fort Snelling State Park

19km

612-279-3550 (WH, P, B) The park offers flat, classical trails. Most popular trail is the Pike Island Loop. It offers views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Visitor center open daily 8 am to 4 pm. MN ski pass required.

Saint Paul  Como Park Golf Course

6.5km 

651-488-9673 (WH,P,B) Beginner to Intermediate trail loop with 1.5km lighted trail. Groomed skate and classic. Rentals available.

Saint Paul  Highland 9 Golf Course

3.5km 

251-266-6400 (WH,P,B) Beginner to Intermediate trail loop. Groomed skate and classic.

Saint Paul  Phalen Regional Park and Golf Course

10km
651-266-6400 (P) Intermediate trails, open and fairly flat. Groomed skate and classic.

Savage  Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

15km
763-694-7777  (WH, P, B) Some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro. Groomed, classic and skate trails. Snacks, rentals and wax available at trail head building.
Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Shoreview  Snail/Grass Lakes

3km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to advanced trails through woods and marshland, classic ski only. MN ski pass required.

South Haven  Stanley Eddy Regional Park

12km
763-682-7693 (P) Advanced, classic ski only.

Stillwater  Pine Point Regional Park

7km
651-430-8370 (P, B) Beginner to intermediate trails groomed for classic ski only. This small park near the end of the Gateway Trail has beautiful scenery with trails winding through large pine plantation, by small lakes and picturesque farms. MN ski pass required.

Vadnais Heights  Vadnais/Sucker Lakes

7.3km
651-748-2500 (P) Beginner to advanced, classic-only trail on moderate hills through woods. MN ski pass required.

Victoria  Carver Park Reserve

18km
763-694-7650 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails through hardwood forests and marshlands. Lowry Nature Center offers a warming place and has ski rentals on weekends. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.

Stillwater Brown's Creek Nature Preserve

4.5km
651-430-8800 (P, B) Beginner classic trails on moderate hills. MN ski pass required.

Stillwater Brown's Creek State Trail

9.5km
651-772-7937 (P, B) This former railroad grade rises gently out of the St. Croix River Valley. Connects downtown Stillwater to the Gateway State Trail. Note for 2015/16: Traiil will not be groomed or plowed and is open to non-motorized use.

White Bear Lake  Tamarack Nature Center

8km
651-748-2500 (WH, P, B) Beginner to intermediate, classic-only trails through prairie, woodland, and marsh. Ski rentals available. 1 km practice loop. MN ski pass required.

Zimmerman  Sand Dunes State Forest - Ann Lake Trail

8km
763-878-2325 (P) Beginner to intermediate, classic-only, rolling trails with some challenging hills. MN ski pass required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Nordic Ski Association, Skinnyski & Individual Trails

 

 

 

Related Links:
• Minnesota DNR
• Minnnesota Nordic Ski Association
• Skinnyski

 

 

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