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Central Minnesota Ski Trails

The state parks, forests, wetlands and private resorts in the heart of the state offer a ski experience ranging from remote to all-inclusive.



No Achen Trail: 11.3km

Beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate trails through rustic forest. MN Ski Pass required.

Vispo Ski Trail: 3.5km

Four interconnected classic loops with a sledding hill about 13 miles southeast of Aitkin. MN Ski Pass required.

Battle Lake

Glendalough State Park: 13km

Beginner to intermediate, classic trails on rolling hills over prairie and northern hardwoods that pass several lakes. Weekend shelter with fireplace, camper cabins. Ski and snowshoe rentals. MN Ski Pass required.

Glendalough State Park Skiing


French Rapids: 9.5km

Expert only. Well-groomed and challenging trails in glaciated area with great views of Mississippi River Valley. MN Ski Pass required.

Northland Arboretum: 20km

Beginner to intermediate, classic and skate ski with nearly 5 km lighted trail. A trail fee applies.

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Pine Beach Trails: 40km

Mostly beginner to intermediate with some advanced loops. Varied terrain through pine and hardwood forest around several scenic lakes. Trail links Kavanaugh’s and Cragun’s resorts. Ski rentals at Cragun’s. MN ski pass required. MN Ski Pass required.


Lake Carlos State Park: 9.5km

Intermediate, groomed classic only, rolling terrain through tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds and lakes. The park has a rustic warming shelter with a wood burning stove. MN Ski Pass required.

Lake Carlos State Park Skiing


Warner Lake Park: 6km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic through woods with some challenging hills. 41-acre site surrounding Warner Lake.


Saint John’s Arboretum: 18km

Classic and skate skiing through the wooded hills of Saint John’s Arboretum. Some hills are challenging.

Cross Lake

Nordic Ridge Ski Trail: 9km

Easy to advanced series of interconnected loops starting at the Crosslake Community Center.


Larson Lake Ski Trails: 11.6km

Intermediate to advanced skate and classic in varied terrain with a mix of hardwood and mature pines. Passes by Larson Lake.

Elk River

Woodland Trails: 15km

Beginner to advanced, groomed skate and classic ski trails with many loops. Maintained by Elk River Nordic Ski Club. MN Ski Pass required.

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Spidahl’s Ski Gaard: 24km

All levels. Groomed classic and skate through 340 acres of hardwoods and prairie near Maplewood State Park. Privately owned. Fee applies. Ski and snowshoe rentals.


Wolf Lake Ski Trail: 9km

Beginner to advanced, groomed classic with challenging hills through hardwood forest and mature pine. Shelter along trail, maps at intersections.


Andes Tower Hills Ski Area: 15km

All levels of classic and skate through forest and around lakes.
Adjacent to downhill ski area with 1.5km lit trail. Ski rentals available. A fee applies.

Trollskogen Ski Trail: 12km

Intermediate level loops around several lakes at Kensington Runestone Park. Visitor Center is open as a warming house. MN Ski Pass required.

Little Falls

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: 5.6km

Beginner trail, groomed with two parallel tracks, with gentle hills. Trail follows Platte River, skirts around several wetlands, winds through mixed hardwoods, crosses fields restored with prairie grasses. Waterfowl observation deck along trail overlooking Skunk Lake.

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Long Prairie

Faust’s Woods: 4.5km

This series of interconnecting loops over easy, wooded terrain is on private property, but open to the public. Depending on conditions it’s groomed flat for skate skiing, single or double tracked. From Long Prairie go south on HWY 71, then west on County Rd 10. Turn north on Ginseng Road and the parking area will be on the left after about 1/4 of a mile.


Remote Lake Trail: 19km

Beginner to Intermediate classic ski trail within Savanna State Forest offers a wilderness-like experience. Connects to Savanna Portage State Park trails. MN Ski Pass required.

Remote Lake Ski Trail


Savanna Portage State Park: 16km

Beginner to intermediate groomed classic tracks on rolling hills throughout the park. Connects with Remote Lake Trail near Loon Lake. This connector trail has some steep sections. MN Ski Pass required.

Savanna Portage State Park Skiing


Milaca Ski Trails: 8km

City of Milaca trails are groomed single track. Park at Recreation Park and take the pedestrian bridge over the Rum River to access the trails.


Spruce Hill Park: 5km

97-acre park with gentle wooded hills through tamarack. 
MN Ski Pass required.

New London

Sibley State Park: 13km

Intermediate to advanced with hills and curves. Ski to the top of Mt. Tom for the best view of the countryside. 4km skate ski trails. MN Ski Pass required.

Sibley State Park Ski Trails


Grand View Lodge: 8km

All levels over three loops, groomed for classic. through 360 acres of pines, prairie and wetland at The Pines golf course.


Mille Lacs Kathio State Park: 32km

Beginner to advanced, several loops through wooded terrain. 
Ski rentals available. MN Ski Pass required.


Long Lake Conservation Center: 5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed classic ski trails through rustic forest.The conservation center building is open weekdays during business hours. MN Ski Pass required.

Pelican Rapids

Maplewood State Park: 8km

Intermediate to advanced, four loops of classic ski through hardwood forest, over hills and around many lakes. Additional 8km backcountry trail. MN Ski Pass required.

Maplewood's camper cabins are just off the ski trails

Pine River

Cut Lake Trail: 16km

Beginner to advanced skiing around Deer and Cut Lake.

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Mississippi River County Park: 6km

All beginner trails, groomed for classic skiing right along the Mississippi River.

Saint Cloud

Graystone Trails: 17km

Beginner to intermediate with a few challenging hills. Many loops through scenic woods, pastures and apple orchards. Maintained by the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota. MN Ski Pass required.

Riverside Park

Beginner to intermediate trails with flat to rolling hills along the Mississippi River near downtown St. Cloud.

Saint Joseph

Kramer Lake-Wildwood County Park: 6km

Beginner to advanced. Six classic ski loops that wind through a wooded setting. MN Ski Pass required.

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Sauk Centre

High School Trail: 2.25km

Groomed classic and skate ski trails next to the Sauk River. Rated easy to moderate with cut-offs to avoid the few hills.

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Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: 10km

Beginner to advanced, groomed classic and skate. Trails within 500 acre environmental learning center campus with woodland and prairie scenery and abundant wildlife. Rentals available. MN Ski Pass required.


Black’s Grove: 9km

Beginner to advanced, classic ski trails that wind through a wooded setting. 

Waite Park

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve: 6.3km

Beginner to intermediate with a skating loop and classic loops. Ski past granite quarries and rock piles on lighted trails. 323 acre State Scientific and Natural Area within park with additional 5km of ungroomed rustic trail shared by snowshoers and skiers. Quarry Park parking pass required.

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Swan Lake Ski Trails: 5km

Groomed, classic and skate trails for beginners on Eagle Creek Golf Course. Restaurant and bathrooms available during business hours. MN ski pass required.

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