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Best Sledding

Powderhorn Park

Powderhorn Park was scooped out like a bowl at the start of the 20th century, which means that today its steep sides are ideal territory for log-rolling, hill-sprinting, and above all, sledding. Because there's not just one prime incline, the slopes rarely get overcrowded, and the park's sledding crowd tends to include plenty of kids-at-heart jumping on their toboggans, and creative sled-makers showing off their flair in preparation for the annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. For some in the over-10 crowd, the thrill of sledding can wear off after a few trips down the hill (or when their cardboard box begins to shred at the seams). In those cases, the warming hut next to the lake has free skates for continuing the outdoor fun. An equally valid choice: claiming your activity fix and heading next door to Mayday Café for a heaping bowl (yes, bowl) of hot chocolate.

Best Lake (2013) Powderhorn Lake

Best Festival (2009) MayDay Parade and Festival

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Day Trip Winona

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Wild Player Zach Parise

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings