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.
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.
Winter Wonderland in Minnesota's Otter Tail County.
From the edge of Lake of the Woods to the Headwaters of the Mississippi, from the hardwood forests of Maplewood State Park to the jail trail of St. Cloud, northwestern Minnesota offers the widest variety of cross country ski trails in the state.
There are several winter ski resorts and lodging outlets with ski packages that include meals and a hot sauna.