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Groomed cross country ski trails abound in Minnesota.

Cross country skiing is a rewarding sport and a great way to get outdoors in our beautiful Minnesota winters.

Learn some cross country skiing basics, buy some cross country equiment and enjoy a wonderful Minnesota winter activity.

Minnesota is one of the primary cross-country skiing areas in the U.S. We have more than 100 ski areas.

Two of the largest groomed trail networks, or trail systems, in North America are the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore Trail. You will also find groomed cross-country ski trails in most of our Minnesota State Parks.

"Skinny skiing" trails can be found in all parts of Minnesota including the Twin Cities area. Some of the best metro cross country ski trails are in Murphey Hanrehan park in Savage, Battle Creek park in St. Paul and Lebanon Hills in Eagan. The Three Rivers Park District has more lighted ski trails that any other location in the U.S.

Cross Country Ski All Across the State

The best cross country ski areas in Minnesota include Maplelag Resort near Detroit Lakes and The Lodge at Giants Ridge about an hour north of Duluth. Gunflint Lodge, on the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais is in another Minnesota cross-country skiing paradise. As well, candlelight ski nights events are held in many Minnesota state parks and on other popular ski trails.  

If you have never tried cross-country skiing, you can easily learn some cross country skiing basics and cross country skiing tips. 

Purchase a Ski Pass for
Cross Country Ski Trails in Minnesota

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required when skiing in many areas, including Minnesota state parks and in areas that charge a trail fee. Your ski pass fee helps support Minnesota's cross-country ski trail system. You can purchase a Minnnesota cross-country Ski Pass online or at the Minnesota DNR headquarters.

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