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Twin Cities Metro Ski Trails

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 Cities area ski clubs meet regularly for fun, training and competition.

 

Annandale

Stanley Eddy Regional Park-South: 5km

Scenic, rolling hills, lakes and marshes in a densely wooded area. Trail is groomed for skate and classic skiing. Stanley Eddy Regional Park is made up of three distinct parcels with separate entrances. Skiing is at the south unit only. The north unit has snowshoe trails. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Anoka

Anoka Nature Preserve: 5km

Flat and easy trail loops through stands of oak trees and open areas.
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Anoka Nature Preserve Ski Trails

Greenhaven Golf Course: 5km

Skate and double-tracked, classic groomed trails through rolling golf course hills and trees. Trails are only open when groomed and posted as open. Golf course building and restroom is open during regular business hours.
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Bloomington

Hyland Lake Park Reserve: 15km

Intermediate to expert, groomed, classic and skate trails over rolling hills and prairie. 8km lighted trail. 5k with snow making. Ski Chalet serves as a warming house and offers ski rentals. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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Burnsville

Alimagnet Park: 6km

Short and flat beginner trails. All trails are multi-use and allow walking, snowshoeing and skijoring.
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Terrace Oaks Park: 10.9km

Beginner to expert. Groomed, classic ski trails through heavily wooded, hilly areas. Chalet available as a warming house on weekends.
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Cambridge

Sprit River Nature Area: 5-8 km

Beginner classic and skate ski trails through prairie, deciduous forest, and wetlands. Parking and restrooms at Anoka Ramsey Community College.
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Chanhassen

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park: 8km

8km Classic ski trails through 340-acre park on the shores of Lake Minnewashta. Ski rentals available.
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Chaska

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: 13km

Six loops of classic-only ski trails through the 1,200-acre arboretum grounds. Snowshoeing trails are also available. Oswald Visitor Center has rentals, restrooms, snowshoe rentals and a gift store. The Arboretum Cafe is open all week.
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Cokato

Collinwood Regional Park: 5.8km

Intermediate, groomed, classic trail on open fields with some wooded areas. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Coon Rapids

Bunker Hills Regional Park: 20km

Intermediate trail loops on flat to slightly hilly terrain. Rental skis available. Warm up inside the Bunker Hills Activity Center on weekdays. MN Ski Pass required.
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Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: 10km

Beginner to intermediate trails on relatively flat terrain along Mississippi River. Rentals available at Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center on weekends. MN Ski Pass required.
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Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park: 8km

Intermediate to advanced skate and classic trails with some steep slopes and heavily wooded ravines. An additional 9km of trails are multi-use and open to winter biking, snowshoeing, walking and skijoring. MN Ski Pass required.
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Eagan

Lebanon Hills Regional Park: 29km

Beginner to advanced trails, groomed for classic skiing. Trails wind through the hilly, wooded countryside and around scenic lakes and ponds. This large park is split into a western section with 3.8km skate and 6.6 km classic skiing and an eastern section with 19km classic only. Ski rentals available. Dakota County ski pass required.
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Eden Prairie

Staring Lake Park: 4km

classic trail on the south side of Staring Lake. Warming house with bathrooms is available when the adjacent sledding hill is open. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Falcon Heights

Les Bolstad Golf Course: 6km

Three skate and classic loops starting and ending at the gof course club house. Trails groomed by U of M Outdoor Adventures.
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Farmington

Whitetail Woods Regional Park: 7km

Intermediate trails around Empire Lake. Connects with Lone Rock Trail in Rosemount. Camper cabins and fire rings available. Dakota County ski pass required.
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Hastings

Afton State Park: 19km

A variety of groomed, classic loops with trail shelters overlooking the St. Croix River near Afton Alps Ski Resort. Heated Visitors center has parking and bathrooms. The park also has snowshoe trails. MN Ski Pass required.
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Spring Lake Park Reserve: 8km

Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic (5.4km) and skate (2.6km) ski trails. Schaar’s Bluff offers views of the Mississippi River Valley. Dakota County ski pass required.
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St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park: 12.5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed trails on the wild and scenic St. Croix River. The east and south loops offer a combined 10km of double tracked classic skiing, while the west loop has 2.5 km of side by side skate and classic single track. MN Ski Pass required.
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Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo Park Reserve: 19.5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails on gently rolling hills offering a variety of experiences and challenges. Some lighted trails. Nordic Center has bathrooms and vending machines. MN Ski Pass required.
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Sunfish Lake Park: 7-9km

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.
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Lakeville

Ritter Farm Park Ski Trail: 9km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate ski with hills through the woods. MN Ski Pass required.
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Lino Lakes

Chomonix Golf Club: 10km

Beginner to intermediate trails on flat terrain. Rent skis at Chomonix Golf Course clubhouse. MN Ski Pass required.
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Maple Grove

Elm Creek Park Reserve: 18km

Beginner to advanced, groomed, classic and skate trails. Some of the best ski trails in the metro area with fantastic night skiing on over 5km of lighted trails and a 2.5 km loop with snowmaking. Elm Creek Chalet offers ski rentals, snack bar, and woodstove. 
Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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Maple Lake

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve: 16.5km

Intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails over small hills and flat areas. Nature Center offers rentals weekends January-March. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Maple Plain

Baker Park Reserve: 14.5km

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.
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Baker Park Ski Trails

Maplewood

Battle Creek Regional Park: 16km

Battle Creek West: 10km Beginner to advanced, classic and skate ski trails. The World Cup Gold, Silver and Bronze trails are the most difficult. 4 km lit trail. MN Ski Pass required.
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Battle Creek East: 6km 
Beginner to intermediate classic ski trail through mature woods. 
MN Ski Pass required.
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Marine on St. Croix

Big Marine Park Reserve: 1.9km

Two classic, groomed, easy loops along Big Marine Lake. An additional 2.5km loop is open to winter biking, walking and skijoring. MN Ski Pass required.
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William O’Brien State Park: 19km

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.
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Minneapolis

Chain of Lakes Regional Park: 10.7km

Groomed, beginner-friendly flat trails around Brownie Lake, Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles. Connects with Theodore Wirth Park trails to the north.  Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Pass required.
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Columbia Golf Course: 3.5km

Groomed, classic and skate trails on rolling golf course hills. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Pass required.
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Hiawatha Regional Park: 4km

Groomed, classic and skate trails on rolling golf course hills with a view of the Minneapolis skyline. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Pass required.
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Theodore Wirth Regional Park: 25km

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 Chain of Lakes Regional Park trails to the south. Ski rentals available. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Pass required.
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Minnetonka

Glen Lake Golf Center: 2.4km

Groomed, classic and skate trails through rolling golf course hills. Rentals and concessions available at the clubhouse. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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Monticello

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park: 3.5km

Great beginner trail through pines next to the Mississippi River. Groomed classic ski only. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Harry Larson County Forest: 3.2km

Intermediate, classic ski only. Close to Lake Maria State Park. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Lake Maria State Park: 10km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic trails through rolling terrain, wooded areas, old growth forest areas and past lakes and ponds. MN Ski Pass required.
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Lake Maria State Park Skiing

North Branch

Wild River State Park: 48km

Beginner (22km), intermediate (25km) and advanced (5km) trails along the St. Croix River. 27km are combined classic and skate ski. Heated trail center has rentals available. MN Ski Pass required.
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Norwood Young America

Baylor Regional Park: 5km

Classic ski trails around marshes along the shores of Eagle Lake in a 200-acre park. Includes a 1/4-mile boardwalk. Ski rentals available.
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Otsego

Otsego Regional Park: 3km

Beginner trails alongside paved park trails on the Misissippi River. Tracks are set when sufficient snow is available, otherwise they’re groomed flat. No MN Ski Pass required.
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Plymouth

Eagle Lake Regional Park: 5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails through woods and meadows. Fat Biking and skijoring allowed on skate lanes. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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French Regional Park: 8km

Variety of terrains from beginner to advanced. Groomed, classic and skate trails over rolling hills. 4.5km of lighted trails attract many after-work skiers. Rentals and concessions are available at the visitor center. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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French Regional Park Ski Trails

Prior Lake

Cleary Lake Regional Park: 9.5km

Beginner to intermediate, groomed, classic and skate trails. Visitor center with ski rentals, vending machine and fireplace. 4.5 km lighted trail. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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Ramsey

Rum River Central Regional Park: 8km

8km Beginner to intermediate skate and classic trail loops. MN Ski Pass required.
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Rosemount

Lone Rock Trail: 18km

Intermediate trails groomed for both classic and skate ski on gently rolling terrain through woods, agricultural land and wetlands in UMore Park. Connects with trails at Whitewoods Regional Park.
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Saint Paul

Como Park: 5km

Intermediate to advanced classic and skate trails. 1.7k lighted trail. Equipment rentals.
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Fort Snelling State Park: 19km

Skier near the Mendota Bridge at Fort Snelling State Park

Skier near the Mendota Bridge

The park offers flat multi-use trails which are shared by skiers, hikers and fat bikers. The Pike Island Loop with its views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers is the only trail groomed just for skiing. Visitor center serves as a warming house. MN Ski Pass required.
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Highland 9 Golf Course: 3.5km

Beginner to intermediate classic and skate trail loop.
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Phalen Regional Park: 7km

Intermediate classic and skate trails, open and fairly flat.
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Savage

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve: 14.5km

Some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro. Groomed, classic and skate trails. Trailhead building serves as a warming area on weekends. Three Rivers Park District ski pass required.
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Shoreview

Grass Lake: 3km

Beginner trails through woods and marshland, classic ski only. MN Ski Pass required.
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Stillwater

Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve: 4.5km

Beginner classic and skate trails on moderate hills. MN Ski Pass required.
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Pine Point Regional Park: 6.5km

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.
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Vadnais Heights

Vadnais/Sucker Lakes: 7.3km

Beginner to advanced, classic-only trail on moderate hills through woods. MN Ski Pass required.
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Waconia

Carver Park Reserve: 18km

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.
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White Bear Lake

Tamarack Nature Center: 8km

Beginner to intermediate, classic-only trails through prairie, woodland, and marsh. Ski rentals and lessons available. 1km practice loop. MN Ski Pass required.
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