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TROLLHAUGEN Dresser, Wis., (800)826-7166: 3 chairs, 22 runs, vertical drop of 260 feet, longest run is 2,500 feet. Open 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.- 3 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. $25 weekends/$18.50 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
WELCH VILLAGE Welch, 1-258-4567: 8 chairs, 35 runs, vertical drop of 350 feet, longest run is 5,000 feet. Open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days/week, 9 a.m. - midnight Friday - Saturday, $27 weekends/$22 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
WILD MOUNTAIN Taylors Falls, 462-7550: 4 chairs, 21 runs, vertical drop of 300 feet, longest run is 5,000 feet. Open 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 3 a.m. Friday. $25 weekends/$19.50 weekdays/$15-$16 night skiing. Ski rental, ski school.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Minnesota state ski passes of $1 per day, or $5 per season, are required for many cross country trails. In addition, a season pass into state parks is $18; daily passes are $4. Call 296-4776 for additional information on cross country trails in the state parks or to purchase passes over the phone with VISA or Mastercard. (Most of the following are city or regional parks)
COLUMBIA 33rd St., and Central Ave. N.E., Mpls., 789-2627: 2 km trackset trails, beginner-intermediate. Warming house open weekends and Christmas break, rentals, ski pass required.
COMO GOLF COURSE 1431 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul, 488-9673: 7 km trackset trails, 3 km lighted until 10 p.m. daily, beginner. Warming house, ski pass required, rentals and lessons available.
CROW-HASSEN PARK RESERVE Sylvan Road, west of Rogers. 428-2765, 559-6778: 18 km trackset trails, 10 km skate/ski trails, intermediate - expert. Warming house, parking $4/day, ski pass required. Trail includes wooded and riverside land, winter camping available.
ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE 13080 Territorial Rd., Maple Grove, 559-6700: 15 km trackset trails, 10 km skate/ski, beginner. Visitors' center, ski pass required, parking $4/day. For lessons call Hennepin Parks Headquarters.
FORT SNELLING STATE PARKWAY Hwy. 5 and Post Rd., St. Paul: 725-2390: 30km trackset trails, 10 km skate/ski trails, beginner. Admission fee, warming house open on weekends, a shelter with fireplace open all week, ski pass required. Trail includes river bottom, prairie restoration, and riverside areas.
HENNEPIN PARKS various suburban locations, 559-9000: 112 km trackset trails for beginners to experts, some lighted, at 8 parks. Warming houses, rentals, ski pass required. Call 559-6700 for lesson information.
HIAWATHA 46th St. and Longfellow Ave. S., Mpls., 724-7715: 2 km trackset trails, beginner. Warming house open weekends and Christmas break, rentals, ski pass required.
HIDDEN FALLS/CROSBY FARM PARK Shepard Rd. and Gannon Rd., St. Paul, 266-6445: 11 km trackset trails for beginners to intermediate, diagonal stride only. Warming houses, rentals, ski pass required.
HIGHLAND 9-HOLE GOLF COURSE Montreal Ave. and Edgcumbe Rd., St. Paul. 266-6400. Beginner, ski pass required.
LUCE LINE STATE TRAIL North of Cty. Rd. 15 off Vicksbury Lane, Plymouth, 475-0371: 15 km trackset trails, ski pass required, beginner. Trail includes residential and wooded areas; passes by several lakes and ponds.
MINNESOTA ARBORETUM 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chanhassen, 443-2460: 8 m trackset trails, admission fee, intermediate. Rolling hills and hardwood/evergreen forests.
MINNESOTA ZOO 1300 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 431-9308: 8 km groomed trails. Open daily 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission free with regular zoo admission.
MURPHY HANREHAN PARK RESERVE 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake, 447-2171/6913: 20 km trackset/skate/ski trails, intermediate -expert. Admission fee, chalet, ski pass required. Challenging trail through wooded, hilly land.
PHALEN GOLF COURSE 1615 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 778-0424: 10 km trackset trails, intermediate. Warming house open Saturday -Sunday, and Tuesday evening, ski pass required, rentals.
RAMSEY COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION various locations, 777-1707: over 22 miles of marked and groomed cross country ski trails at 7 parks, beginner to expert. Rentals, lessons, indoor skating arenas available. Ski license required. Call 429-7787 for lesson information.
THEODORE WIRTH REGIONAL PARK 1300 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Golden Valley, 522-4584: 8.3 km trackset trails, 4.7 km skate/ski trails, intermediate. Chalet, ski pass required, rentals. Open/wooded areas; lighted trails available.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN Grey Eagle, 612-573-2222. Weekend rates: $6 ages 12 and up; $5 under 12.
EKO BAKKEN Six miles east of Forest Lake, 433-2422. Rates $8.50 adults, $7.50 kids. $7.00/per person for groups of 20 or more. Open weekends, and holidays. Open weekdays for groups by reservation. Call for shifts.
GREEN ACRES RECREATON 8989 55th St. N., Lake Elmo, 770-6060. Rates $9 adults, $7.50 under 12, under 5 free. Two hour sessions Thurs.-Sun. Open for groups of 25 or more Mon.-Thurs. by reservation.
HILL BILLY HILLS 13414 Cty. Rd. 160, St. Joseph, 363-7797. Rates: $6 adults, $5 12 and under. Open noon-10 p.m. Friday - Sunday and Christmas break, groups of 20 or more by reservation anytime.
THEODORE WIRTH RECREATION AREA 1301 Wirth Pkwy., Mpls., 522-4584. Only tubing location in the metro area. $3.25 for adults, $1.75 for kids 17 and under; tube deposit. One hill with rope tow. Monday - Wednesday closed. Open Thursday - Friday evenings, Weekends/Holidays days. Call
BRAEMAR ARENA 7501 Hwy. 169, Edina, 941-1322: 12 -week sessions (30-minute lessons), all ages and abilities. $75. Registration at the Arena, January 9, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
METRODOME (Gate D) Mpls. 105,600 sq. feet of inline skating, skate school, rentals, beginner, recreational, and advanced levels, $5 admission, open Monday - Sunday on days when other events not scheduled, 825-3663.
MINNETONKA ICE ARENA 3401 Williston Rd., Mtka., 939-8310: 12-week sessions, 12 persons/class, $49.50. Sessions for all levels begin January 3, call for registration information.