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Winter Guide: Outside Adventures and Sports

While some cower under the covers during our colder months, others relish their time spent outdoors in the snow. For people who fall in the latter category, these listings are for you. After the jump we have locations offering skiing (Alpine, snowboarding, and cross country), winter sports clubs to join, snow tubing sites, and tons of figure skating. Load up on layers, lace those skates tight, and be sure to drink some hot chocolate after (wine, whiskey, or brandy works too). 

 

Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

Afton Alps

www.aftonalps.com

6600 Peller Ave S, Hastings 651.436.5245

Featuring 45 runs from easy to Black Diamond.


Andes Tower Hills

www.andestowerhills.com

4505 Andes Rd SW, Kensington 877.542.6337

Featuring 15 runs, most at the intermediate and advanced levels. Also a half-pipe all-terrain snowboard park.

Badlands Sno-Tubing Park

www.badlands-snopark.com

722 Kinney Rd, Hudson, WI 715.386.1856

Snowboarding and snow-tubing only.

Buck Hill

www.skibuck.com

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville 952.435.7174

Buck Hill offers ski runs of varying difficulty, plus the Surge Snowboard Park and a Learn to Ski and Snowboard program.

Christie Mountain

www.christiemountain.com

W 13755 Hwy O, Bruce, WI 715.868.7800

Featuring 20 runs, including four black diamonds.

Coffee Mill Ski Area

www.coffeemillski.com

99 Coulee Way (Hwy 60 & 61), Wabasha 651.565.2777

Featuring 11 runs and a vertical drop of 420 feet, plus a snowboard area.

Como Park Ski Center

www.stpaul.gov/index.asp?NID=1321

1431 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul 651.488.9673

Ski and snowboard.

Giants Ridge

www.giantsridge.com

6325 Wynne Creek Dr, Biwabik 800.688.7669

Thirty-four runs, most at the intermediate level, plus snowboarding.

Granite Peak

www.skigranitepeak.com

3605 N Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI 715.845.2846

Granite Peak has a vertical drop of 700 feet; 72 runs; snowboards allowed.

Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area

www.hylandski.com

8800 Chalet Rd, Bloomington 763.694.7800

Offering both ski runs and snowboarding, with classes and rentals available.

Lutsen Mountains

www.lutsen.com

467 Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen 218.663.7281

Lutsen boasts 85 runs, including some steep drops and a beginners' mountain.

Mount Kato

www.mountkato.com

20461 Hwy 66, Mankato 507.625.3363

Nineteen runs. For all skill levels.

Mount La Crosse Ski and Snowboard

www.mtlacrosse.com

Old Town Rd off Hwy 35, LaCrosse, WI 800.426.3665

Featuring 18 runs and a vertical drop of 516 feet. Snowboards welcome. With night skiiing.

Powder Ridge

www.powderridge.com

15015 93rd Ave (Off Hwy 15), Kimball 320.398.7200

Vertical drop of 290 feet and 15 runs for all levels of ability. Runs are open to snowboards. Plus Wild Chutes snow-tubing park.

Spirit Mountain

www.spiritmt.com

9500 Spirit Mountain Pl, Duluth 800.642.6377

Spirit Mountain boasts a vertical drop of 700 feet. Its 22 runs range in difficulty, but most are for experienced skiers. Snowboarding at Big Air Terrain Park. 22K of cross-country trails.

Trollhaugen

www.trollhaugen.com

2232 100th Ave, Dresser, WI 800.826.7166

Featuring 22 runs, 15 for intermediate and advanced skiers. Snowboards welcome. Open until 3 a.m. every Friday night.

Welch Village

www.welchvillage.com

26685 Cty Rd 7 Blvd, Welch 651.258.4567

Featuring 50 runs of varying difficulty, plus an unleashed terrain park.

Wild Mountain Ski Area

www.wildmountain.com

37200 Wild Mountain Rd, Taylors Falls 651.465.6315

All 25 runs are open to snowboarders, and a terrain garden with moguls is open to both skiers and boarders.

Wirth Park

www.minneapolisparks.org

1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley 763.522.4584

Snowboarding.

 

Cross-Country Skiing

Afton Alps Ski Area

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/afton

6959 Peller Ave S, Afton 651.436.5391

18 mi. of groomed trails.

Andes Tower Hills

www.andestowerhills.com

4505 Andes Rd SW, Kensington 877.542.6337

Baker Park Reserve Ski Chalet

www.threeriversparks.org/parks/baker-park.aspx

2935 Park View Dr, Medina 763.694.7660

14.8K (9.25 mi.) of trackset.

Banning State Park

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/banning

Hwy 23 and I-35, Sandstone, MN 320.245.2668

11 mi. of trackset. No skate skiing.

Battle Creek Regional Park

www.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks

2300 Upper Afton Rd, St. Paul 651.748.2500

12.75K of classic ski and skate trails. 4K of trails are lit from dusk until 9 p.m.

Bunker Hills Regional Park

www.anokacountyparks.com

550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover 763.757.3920

20K of trackset.

Carver Park Reserve

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

7200 Victoria Dr (Lake Auburn Camground), Victoria 763.694.7650

11.3 mi. of groomed trails for beginning and intermediate skiers.

Cleary Lake Regional Park

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake 763.694.7777

15.3K (9.6 mi.) of trackset.

Como Regional Park

1431 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul 651.266.6400

5K of intermediate/advanced-level groomed classical and skate trails. 1.7K of trails are beginner-level and lit until 11 p.m.

Eagle Lake Regional Park

www.threeriversparks.org/parks/eagle-lake-park.aspx

11000 Cty Rd 10, Plymouth 763.694.7695.

1.6 mi. of trails.

Elm Creek Park Reserve

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

13080 Territorial Rd, Maple Grove 763.694.7894

Nearly 18.5K (11.4 mi.) of ski trails; some trails lighted.

Fort Snelling State Park

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fort_snelling

101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul 612.725.2389

12 mi. of groomed trails, 5 mi. of which are suitable for skate ski use.

French Regional Park

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

12605 Cty Rd 9, Plymouth 763.694.7750

4.6K (2.9 mi.) of trackset, lighted until 10 p.m.

Gateway State Trail

www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/gateway

(Ramsey and Washington Counties), St. Paul 651.296.6157

9.7 miles of groomed trails.

Golden Eagle Lodge & Nordic Ski Center

www.golden-eagle.com

468 Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais 800.346.2203

Highland Nine Hole Ski Area

www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/depts/parks

1797 Edgcumbe Rd, St. Paul 651.266.6400

3K of groomed trails for skijoring only.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington 763.694.7687

12K (7.4 mi.) of trails, including 3.3K lighted.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

www.co.washington.mn.us

1515 Keats Avenue (off Cty. Rd. 19), Lake Elmo 651.430.8370

19K (12 mi.) of trackset and 6K (3.7 mi.) of skate ski trails. Ski passes and vehicle permits required.

Lake Maria State Park

www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_and_recreation/state_parks/lake_maria

11411 NW Clementa Ave, Monticello 763.878.2325

22.5K (14 mi.) of groomed cross-country trails, 6 mi. for skate skiing.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

www.co.dakota.mn.us/LeisureRecreation/CountyParks/Locations/LebanonHills/default.htm. 860 Cliff Rd (1 1/2 mi east of Pilot Knob Rd on Cliff Rd), Eagan 651.554.6530

24.2 mi. of trails.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

www.fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley

3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington 952.854.5900

More than 13 miles of ungroomed trails along the Minnesota River.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

15501 Murphy Lake Rd (Cty Rd 75), Savage 763.694.7777

14.5K (9 mi.) of trails.

Phalen Golf Course

www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/depts/parks

1615 Phalen Dr, St. Paul 651.778.0413

10K (6.2 mi.) of trackset.

Spirit Mountain

www.spiritmt.com

9500 Spirit Mountain Pl, Duluth 800.642.6377

22K of trails.

Telemark Resort

www.telemarkresort.com

42225 Telemark Rd, Cable, WI 715.798.3999.

Trollhaugen

www.trollhaugen.com

2232 100th Ave, Dresser, WI 800.826.7166

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

www.arboretum.umn.edu

3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska 952.443.1400

8.5 mi. of groomed trackset.

Wirth Park

www.minneapolisparks.org

1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley 763.522.4584

 

Skating

Braemar Arena and Pavilion

www.braemar-arena.com

7501 Ikola Way, Edina 952.941.1322

Indoor ice-skating.

Bryant Square Neighborhood Center

www.minneapolisparks.com

3101 Bryant Ave S, Mpls. 612.370.4907

Outdoor general and hockey rink.

City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

www.minneapolisparks.org/home.asp

Mpls. 612.230.6475

More than 30 outdoor rinks are maintained. Call to find the rink nearest you or inquire about warming house hours.

City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation

www.stpaul.gov/depts/parks

St. Paul 651.266.6400

Many city parks offer outdoor ice-skating. Call to find the rink nearest you or inquire about warming house hours.

Eastview Ice Recreation Center

1675 E 5th St, St. Paul 651.772.7845.

General rink.

Gustafson-Phalen Arena

1320 Walsh St., St. Paul 651.772.6161

Two hockey rinks open in the winter and a general rink.

Hazel Park Ice Skating Rink

945 N Hazel Ave, St. Paul 651.501.6350

Outdoor general rink.

Langford Park and Recreation Center

30 Langford Park, St. Paul 651.298.5765

General rink and two hockey rinks.

Minnetonka Ice Arena

3401 Williston Rd, Minnetonka 952.939.8310

Hockey and general use.

North Commons Community Center

1801 James Ave N, Mpls. 612.370.4921

Outdoor ice and hockey rink.

Northwest Como Recreation Center

1550 N Hamline, St. Paul 651.298.5813

Outdoor rink for general use.

Parade Ice Garden

www.minneapolisparks.org

600 Kenwood Pkwy, Mpls. 612.370.4846

Roseville Skating Center

www.ci.roseville.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=229

2661 Civic Center Dr, Roseville 651.792.7191

Indoor general rink. Large outdoor hockey/general rink.

State Fair Coliseum

www.mnstatefair.org

State Fairgrounds, St. Paul 651.644.3604

Indoor ice rink and jogging on the heated concourse. Skating Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Long blade sessions 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Mon, Thu, and Fri. Call 651.642.2204 for more information.

The Depot Skating Rink

www.thedepotminneapolis.com/icerink

225 3rd Ave S, Mpls. 612.758.7873

The indoor ice rink is for figure skating only and features glass walls for natural light and views of downtown.

 

Snow-Tubing

Afton Alps

www.aftonalps.com

6600 Peller Ave S, Hastings 651.436.5245

Andes Tower Hills

www.andestowerhills.com

4505 Andes Rd SW, Kensington 877.542.6337

Badlands Sno-Tubing Park

www.badlands-snopark.com

722 Kinney Rd, Hudson, WI 715.386.1856

Four hills for different skill levels.

Buck Hill

www.skibuck.com

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville 952.435.7174

Christie Mountain

www.christiemountain.com

W 13755 Hwy O, Bruce, WI 715.868.7800

Eko Backen

www.ekobacken.com

22570 Manning Tr, Scandia 651.433.2422

Elm Creek Park Reserve

www.threeriversparkdistrict.org

12400 Elm Creek Park Dr, Maple Grove 763.694.7894

Green Acres

www.greenacresrec.com

8989 55th St N, Lake Elmo 651.770.6060

Open to the public Fri-Sun and some holidays. Call to schedule large groups during the week.

Mount Kato

www.mountkato.com

20461 Hwy 66, Mankato 507.625.3363

Powder Ridge

www.powderridge.com

15015 93rd Ave (Off Hwy 15), Kimball 320.398.7200

Staring Lake Park

www.edenprairie.org

14800 Pioneer Tr, Eden Prairie 952.949.8442

Sledding, no tube rentals.

Trapp Farm Park

www.cityofeagan.com/stage/page.asp?menu=4386

841 Wilderness Run Rd, Eagan 651.675.5511

Trollhaugen

www.trollhaugen.com

2232 100th Ave, Dresser, WI 800.826.7166

Wild Mountain Ski Area

www.wildmountain.com

37200 Wild Mountain Rd, Taylors Falls 651.465.6315

Wirth Park

www.minneapolisparks.org

1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley 763.522.4584

Sports Clubs

Cities Sports Connection

www.cscsports.com

3725 Aldrich Ave S, Mpls. 612.929.9009

Touch football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, kickball, broomball, and bowling. Men's, women's, and coed teams.

Feminist Eclectic Martial Arts School

www.femamartialarts.org

3010 Minnehaha Ave S (behind Patrick's Cabaret), Mpls. 612.729.7233

Griffin Martial Arts

gmaask.cmasdirect.com

3401 Boardman St., Mpls. 612.408.3626

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

www.minneapolisparks.org

2117 W River Rd, Mpls. 612.230.6400

Men's, women's, and coed teams play at Bryn Mawr Park, Lake Nokomis, Logan Park, and Van Cleve Park. Badminton, basketball, baseball, broomball, football, kickball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, sailing, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Minnesota Orienteering Club

www.mnoc.org

P.O. Box 580030, Mpls., MN 55458 651.779.6143

Minnesota Sports Federation

msf1.org

P.O. Box 368, Big Lake, MN 55309 763.263.9993

Richfield Swim Club

www.richfieldswimclub.org

6640 Lyndale Ave S Ste 110-301, Richfield 612.866.7857

Year-round swim club for all abilities, ages 5 to 18, plus "masters" program. Swimmers meet at Richfield Middle School.

Soccer Blast MN

www.soccerblastmn.com

3601 W 145th St, Burnsville 952.895.1962

Year-round, indoor and outdoor leagues for all ages.

St. Louis Park Tavern

www.parktavern.net

3401 Louisiana Ave S, St. Louis Park 952.929.6810

Bowling leagues.

St. Paul Curling Club

www.stpaulcurlingclub.org

470 Selby Ave, St. Paul 651.224.7408

Men's, women's, and coed leagues.


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