By Chris Parker
By Jesse Marx
By John Baichtal
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Jesse Marx
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Tatiana Craine
By Judy Keen
MINNESOTA STATE PARKS 296-4776, (800) 652-9747: Open all year round. Most state parks have some sites plowed out. No showers or flush toilets in winter. Running water available. Plenty of cross-country ski trails. State sticker required, camping fee. Call about individual parks. The following are a sampling:
AFTON STATE PARK 436-5391: Ski or backpack into 24 campsites.
TETTEGOUCHE (218) 226-3539: Five to six sites plowed all winter.
TEMPERANCE RIVER (218) 663-7476: Five or more sites plowed all winter.
HENNEPIN PARKS 559-6700: Winter group camping, primitive, available in secluded areas of many parks. Some sites can accommodate tents, trailers, RVs. Special sites for horseback riders, and hikers. Call for reservations and user fee. A sampling listed below:
BAKER PARK RESERVE Half Moon site, road plowed, shelter available with stove. Water available, no electricity.
CROW-HASSAN PARK RESERVE Blue Stem site, water available, exclusive use of shelter 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., ski or walk in over one mile.
ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE Rush Creek site, road plowed and water available.
CARVER PARK RESERVE Lake Zumbra site, plowed access. Three sites and shelter available. No electricity or water.
CLEARY LAKE REGIONAL PARK RESERVE Oak Grove site, plowed access. No water or electricity. Available by reservation only.
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PARKS AND RECREATION (608) 266-2181 Winter camping available at 20 parks. All have pit toilets and water. Many campgrounds have
electrical hookups. Plenty of cross-country skiing trails. Call for information about individual parks. Park sticker required
and camping fee. The following is a sampling of some of the closest sites to the Metro area.
INTERSTATE STATE PARK St. Croix Falls, (715) 483-3742: Six sites available.
MERRICK Fountain City, (608) 687-4936.
PERROT Trempealeau, (608) 534-6409: Six or more sites available. Fishing, sledding, show shoeing.
WILLOW RIVER Hudson, (715) 386-5931: Six or more sites available, water available, cross-country skiing. Call to make reservations and find out about fees.
Folwell, 1615 Dowling Ave., 370-4917
Logan, Monroe, and Broadway, 370-4927
Longfellow, E. 35th St. and 36th Ave., 370-4957
Lynnhurst, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy., 370-4914
McRae, 906 E. 47th St., 370-4909
Van Cleve, 15th and Rollins Ave. S.E., 370-4926
McMurray, 1155 West Jessamine, 489-8470
ALPINE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
For up-to-date snow conditions on most ski and snowmobile trails around the state, call 296-5029 from the Twin Cities, or (800) 657-3700 (available 24 hours a day).
AFTON ALPS Hastings, 436-5245: 18 chairs, 37 runs, vertical drop of 350 feet, longest run is 3,000 feet. Open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, Adults $24 weekends/$19 weekdays, Juniors $21 weekends/$16 weekdays, Children under 12 $18 weekends/$13 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
ANDES TOWER HILLS Alexandria,
1-965-2455: 3 chairs, 14 runs (in addition to cross country runs). 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends, 1-9 p.m. Wednesday- Friday. Adults $20 weekends/$15 weekdays. Children under 11 $15 weekends/$12 weekdays. Big Foot (short ski) - $12. Ski rental, snowboarding.
BUCK HILL Burnsville, 435-7174: 4 chairs, 12 runs, vertical drop of 306 feet, longest run is 2,500 feet. Open 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends. $16 weekdays, $23 weekends, children 11 and under $18. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding. Call for short session skiing rates.
CHRISTIE MOUNTAIN Bruce, Wis., (715) 868-7800: 1 chair, 12 runs, vertical drop of 350 feet, longest run is 4,000 feet. Open weekends and daily; night skiing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Ski rental, ski school.
COFFEE MILL SKI AREA Wabasha, 1-565-2777: 2 chairs, 10 runs, vertical drop of 420 feet, longest run is 4,500 feet. 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday, 3-9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. $21 weekends/$12 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
GIANTS RIDGE Biwabik, (800) 688-SNOW: 4 chairs, 24 runs, vertical drop of 500 feet, longest run is 3,800 feet. Open Monday - Tuesday 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., $32 weekends/$26 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
LUTSEN MOUNTAINS, Lutsen, 218-663-7281: 6 chairs, 48 runs over 1,300 acres, vertical drop of 1,008 feet; swimming pool, sauna, whirl pool, fitness center, and condos. Open 9:30-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9-4 p.m. Sat-Sun. $35 13 and over; $25 12 and under; 5 and under free.
MOUNT FRONTENAC Frontenac, 1-388-5826: 3 chairs, 10 runs, vertical drop of 420 feet, longest run is 5,000 ft. Open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Wednesday- Friday. Adults $21 weekends and holidays/$13 evenings, Juniors $19 weekends and holidays/$13 evenings, Children $16 weekends and holidays/$10 evenings, Seniors $10.50 weekends and holidays/$6.50 evenings. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding. Holidays open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
MOUNT KATO Mankato, (507) 625-3363: 8 chairs, 17 runs, vertical drop of 240 feet, longest run is 2,800 feet. Open 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $22 weekends/$17 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
MOUNT LA CROSSE La Crosse, Wis., (800)426-3665: 3 chairs, rope tow, 17 runs, vertical drop of 516 feet, longest run is 5,300 feet. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends/holidays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays. $28 weekends/$24 weekdays/$18 night skiing, $10 Thursday night. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
POWDER RIDGE Kimball, 1-398-7200: 3 chairs, 14 runs, vertical drop of 295 feet, longest run is 2,600 feet. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays (4 p.m.- 10 p.m. Tuesday). $21 weekends/$13 weekdays. Ski rental, ski school, snowboarding.
SPIRIT MOUNTIAN Duluth, (800)642-6377: 5 chairs, 20 runs, vertical drop of 700 feet, longest run is 5,400 feet 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. weekdays. $37 weekends/$27 weekdays/$17 night skiing. Ski rental, ski school.
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.
RENTAL RESOURCES AND SPORT WORKSHOPS
AARCEE 2910 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 827-5746. Rents downhill and cross country skis, snowshoes, ski racks, and figure skates. Weekend rates.
BAVARIAN SURF 1510 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 874-9996; 340 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, 474-2885. Ice surfing, snowsurfing, and snowboard rentals, Monday - Saturday, lessons for all three Sunday-Friday, call for registration information.
HENNEPIN PARKS Cross country skiing introductions, guided snowshoe hikes (snowshoe rentals available), snowshoe-lacing workshops, quinzhee (snowshelter) building/winter camping classes, winter horseback riding, and snowmobiling trails. General Park access hours 5 a.m.- sunset. Call 559-9000 for additional information.
MIDWEST MOUNTAINEERING 309 Cedar Ave. Mpls. 339-3433. Lessons in Telemark skiing, skate-skiing, back country skiing, snow shoeing, winter camping (includes an overnight trip), and rock climbing- many are free! Oxford Pool and Midwest Mountaineering offer canoe and kayak clinics.
ROLLING SOLES 1700 W. Lake St. at James Ave. S., Mpls. 823-5711. Ice Skates rental: $5/hour, $10 all day, $15 overnight, $20 weekend.
SCUBA DIVE & TRAVEL 4741 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 823-7210: For those winter getaways, classroom and poll training for Scuba Certification goes on all winter. Ice diving begins in January, $135 PADI certified. Spring break trips.
WILDERNESS INQUIRY 1313 Fifth St. S.E., Mpls., 379-3858. Offers a Winter Sampler Winter Skills Workshop- cross country skiing, camping, snow shoeing, and dog sledding. Call for dates.
through Dec. 16 The Tempest, Theater as You Like It, 922-1391
through Dec. 17 Amahl and the Night Visitors, Theatre in the Round Players, 333-3010
through Dec. 17 Cinderella, Child's Play Theatre Company, 931-2290
through Dec. 23 Rumpelstiltskin, Old Log Theater, 474-5951
through Dec. 24 A Servant's Christmas, Great American History Theatre, 292-4323
through Dec. 24 A Christmas Carol, Guthrie Theater, 347-1100
through Dec. 30 Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Plymouth Playhouse, 553-1600
through Dec. 30 Bad Seed, Bryant Lake Bowl, 825-8949
through Dec. 31 The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Children's Theatre Company, 874-0400
through Dec. 31 Martini and Olive's Nice Capades, Bryant Lake Bowl, 825-8949
through Dec. 31 I Do! I Do!, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, 934-1525.
through Dec. 31 Once Again it's Christmas, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, 934-1525.
through Jan. 6 A Touch of Class, Venetian Playhouse, 484-1108
throuth Jan. 27 Beauty and the Beast, Orpheum Theater, 339-7007.
through Jan. 28 42nd Street, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, 934-1525.
through Feb. 11 The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, 333-6200
Dec. 3-23The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Steppingstone Theatre, 225-9265
Dec. 4, 11, 18 Comedysportz!, Bryant Lake Bowl, 825-8949
Dec. 7-Feb. 25 The Glass Menagerie, Jungle Theater, 822-7063
Dec. 7-10, Fiddler on the Roof, Jewish Community Center, 698-0751
Dec. 7-23, The Garden of the Soul, Pom Siab Hmoob Theater, 821-9454
Dec. 7-10 India Song, Macalester College, 696-6359
Dec. 7-10, 13-16, La Posada, Theatro del Pueblo, 224-4222
Dec. 8-23 Mask Dance, Theatre Mu, 340-1725
Dec. 8-Jan. 6 La Befana, Heart of Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, 871-2535
Dec. 9, 16 Winners, Cracked Looking Glass Theater, 489-4553
Dec. 12 Rough Cuts, New Music Theater Ensemble, 340-1725
Dec. 13-Dec. 30 Can't Wait for Christmas, Cricket Theater, 871-2244
Dec. 15-31 Fear and Loving in Minneapolis, Jungle Theater, 822-7063
Dec. 19-Jan. 28 The Princess and the Pea, Youth Performance Company, 623-9080
Dec. 26-31 Family Drama: Theater in the Attic, Minnesota Historical Society, 296-6126
Dec. 30 Katie's Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl, 825-8949
Jan. 4-27 Out There: A Performance Art Series, The Southern Theater and Walker Art Center, 340-1725
Jan. 5-27 The Speed of Darkness, Theatre in the Round Players, 338-3010
Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 The Joyces, Cracked Looking Glass Theater, 489-4553
Jan. 7-Feb. 3 The Women, Park Square Company, 291-7005
Jan. 9-21, The Meeting, Great American History Theatre, 292-4323
Jan. 14-Apr. 6 Linnea in Monet's Garden, Children's Theatre Company, 874-0400
Jan. 20- Mar. 24 Chief, Lyric Theater, 824-9717
Jan. 20-Mar. 24 The Decorator, Lyric Theater, 824-9717
Jan. 20-Mar. 30 The Golden Age, Lyric Theater, 824-9717
Jan. 23-Feb. 4 : Dial "M" for Murder, Historic State Theater, 339-7007.
Jan. 31-Feb. 25, The Brotherhood, Great American History Theater, 292-4323
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 Liverpool Fantasy, Cracked Looking Glass Theater, 489-4553
Feb. 4-21 The Real McCoy: A Celebration of Black History Month, Steppingstone Theater, 225-9265
Feb. 8-10, 12 Diamanda Galas: Schrei X, Walker Arts Center, 375-7600
Feb. 9-25 The Day King Died: The Final Chapter, Youth Performance Company, 623-9080
Feb. 9-Mar. 2 Mrs. Warren's Profession, Theater in the Round Players, 338-3010
Feb. 11-Apr. 13 The Crucible, Park Square Theatre Company, 291-7005
Feb. 14-Mar. 10 Babes in Arms, Guthrie Theater, 377-2224
Feb. 16-Mar. 3 Sleeping Beauty, Child's Play Theatre Company, 931-2290
Feb. 18-Apr. 6, The Adventure's of Mottel, Children's Theatre Company, 874-0400