Cross-country skiing

Children cross-country skiing.

 

Whether you prefer classical or skate skiing, Minnesota state parks have many miles of groomed cross-country ski trails for you!

  • Remember to check the snow and trail conditions before you head out.
  • Use the ParkFinder to find parks with warming shelters and other winter amenities.
  • Anyone age 16 or older must carry a signed ski pass when using groomed cross-country ski trails in state parks or state forests, or on state trails or grant-in-aid trails. You don't need a ski pass if you aren't using groomed trails.

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Places with groomed skate ski trails:

Places with groomed classic ski trails:

thumbnail graphic of map that shows groomed ski locations.
Map of groomed trails

* State parks that offer cross-country classic ski rentals ($10/day for skis, boots and poles)

** At Wild River State Park, cross-country skis are available for rent through a private concessionaire located at the park's Trail Center, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For rental rates or to reserve equipment, call Wild River Ski Rental at 651-257-0685.

Events Calendar

01/05/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

01/05/19

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/12/19

Start at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

01/12/19

Hayes Lake State Park

Candlelight ski and snowshoe

01/12/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Trails Day

01/19/19

Minneopa State Park

Winter Fest

01/19/19

Flandrau State Park

Cross-country Skiing with Naturalist

01/19/19

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe

01/19/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/19/19

Rice Lake State Park

Candlelight Event

01/26/19

Buffalo River State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/26/19

Split Rock Creek State Park

Candlelight Hike

02/02/19

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Candlelight Ski Event

02/02/19

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/02/19

Root River State Trail

Whalan Candlelight Ski

02/09/19

Glendalough State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/09/19

Wild River State Park

Candlelight Night Ski/Snowshoe/Hike

02/09/19

Jay Cooke State Park

Candlelight Event

02/09/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Cross-country Ski Lesson & Trail Tour

02/09/19

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/09/19

Itasca State Park

Old Time Logging Demo

02/09/19

Hayes Lake State Park

Candlelight ski and snowshoe

02/16/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Event

02/16/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Candlelight Event

02/16/19

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/16/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

02/16/19

Sibley State Park

Cross Country Skiing 101 : Preregistration Required

03/02/19

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe


Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.