It’s true that Minnesota winters have a bit of a reputation. Even natives are bound to crack a few jokes about the length and cold of the season. But all joking aside, the state is a paradise when the snow begins to fall. Winter brings a special beauty to Minnesota, a pristine quietness, and endless invitations to play. Whether you’re in the mood for gliding along a wooded trail, carving up the slopes, or trekking along a frozen river, the snowy outdoors are beckoning. Hole up? Not around here. Minnesotans are having too much fun with their snowboards, sleds, skis, and snowshoes.
Downhill Ski and Snowboard areas
Cross-Country Ski trail Guide
Minnesota Skinnyski series
My favorite Minnesota
Minnesota winter getaways
The state tourism office has snow depth/trail condition reports and information on lodging, events, and other winter activities, including customized trip planning online or by phone.
MnDOT offers regularly updated reports on road conditions around the state.
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All cross-country skiers age 16 and older must have a Minnesota Ski Pass in their possession when skiing on most public cross-country trails, under state law. Cost per individual is $5 daily, $15 annually, or $40 for a three-year pass. Contact the DNR for ski pass sale locations, purchase by phone at 888-665-4236, or online. The DNR also has information about state parks and trails.