Cross country ski trail grants-in-aid (GIA)
The cross-country ski GIA program supports the maintenance and grooming of cross-country ski trails.
Great Minnesota Ski Pass
Funding for the cross-country ski GIA program comes from revenue associated with the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is required on all ski trails receiving funding from the ski GIA program.
- Ski Pass poster (1 MB) – Consider posting this at trailheads where the ski pass is required.
Grants are awarded annually for cross-country ski trail maintenance and winter grooming. The program is not currently considering funding for capital improvement projects or adding new trails into the GIA program.
Eligible grant recipients
Local units of government—such as counties, cities, and townships—are eligible grantees. Many local units of government act as a sponsor for private trail organizations, such as ski clubs.
Level of assistance
Cross-country ski GIA program grants are reimbursed through a performance benchmark to set up the ski trail at the beginning of the season and through hourly grooming reimbursement rates. 40% of the grant is reimbursed to set up the trail through the performance benchmark, and the remaining 60% of the grant is reimbursed based on the number of hours groomed and the established grooming rates, found in the program manual.
This program was created by the State Legislature in 1973. There are currently about 700 miles of ski GIA trails participating in the program. Demand greatly exceeds funding availability.
Program forms - NEW - FY16 (2015-2016 ski season)
- Maintenance and grooming application
- Trail maintenance performance benchmark
- Trail grooming reimbursement form
- Ski grooming log
- Trail sign order form
Program forms - OLD - FY15 (2014-2015 ski season)
- Cross-country ski trail assistance program manual (updated 12/2007)
- Allowable costs (updated 04/2009)
- Ski maintenance and grooming request for reimbursement
- Ski grooming log
- Ski work log
For information about the program, contact your local Minnesota State Parks and Trails area supervisor.
Related DNR programs
- Federal recreational trail program
- Off-highway vehicle grants-in-aid
- Outdoor recreation grant program
- Snowmobile grants-in-aid