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Ice climbing Robinson Park in Sandstone
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Ice climbing in Sandstone

Chill Out Challenge

Some people like to talk about winter in Minnesota. Others…like to live it. Join the #ChillOutChallenge and help show the world what makes winter Minnesota's hottest season!

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How To Enter

Large or small, we want to see what winter activities move you. Here's how to enter:

  • Follow @ExploreMinnesota on Instagram or @ExploreMinn Twitter
  • Get outside and embrace the Minnesota winter
  • Share an original photo or video of your outdoor adventure on Instagram or Twitter (Instagram Story posts not eligible)
  • Use the hashtag #ChillOutChallenge
  • Tag us on your post
Chill Out Challenge Prizes

Win Minnesota-Made Prizes

All entries will be automatically entered to win a box of totally cool Minnesota-made products. And bragging rights. The box includes:

  • Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Revival Stripe Scarf
  • Great Lakes Northern Outfitter hat
  • Maddy & Maize popcorn
  • Studio 2 Ceramics mug
  • Worker B lip balm
  • Woodchuck wooden journal
  • Illume candle
  • Annie B’s 10-piece caramels

Entries are now closed. See contest rules* for more details. 

Dog sled team pulling musher through the snow

Dog sledding on the Gunflint Trail / Layne Kennedy

We Challenge You To

Go Dog Sledding

Say "mush" to the #ChillOutChallenge with a dog sledding trip! Ride for a few hours or take a multi-day trek; either way, you'll have enough dog sledding memories to last a lifetime...or until next winter.

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Winter Camping

There's nothing quite like an invigorating winter camping trip / © mumemories -

We Challenge You To

Go Winter Camping

Join the #ChillOutChallenge with an invigorating winter camping trip! Whether you spend the night in a tent, camper cabin or yurt, there's nothing like the sense of accomplishment and self-reliance that comes from roughing it while everyone else is huddled inside warm homes.

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Ice climbers at Sandstone Ice Festival

Ice climbers at Sandstone Ice Festival / Lisa Meyers McClintick

We Challenge You To

Go Ice Climbing

Grab an ice pick and join the #ChillOutChallenge by climbing a wall of ice! From frozen waterfall on the North Shore to the iced-over bluffs overlooking downtown Winona, you'll find plenty of places to embrace this unique winter challenge.

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Ice fishing in the Superior National Forest

Ice fishing in the Superior National Forest / Alyssa Hei

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Go Ice Fishing

Drill a hole in the ice and take the #ChillOutChallenge with an ice fishing trip! For the ultimate experience, seek out an ice fishing festival to celebrate and socialize as you reel in walleye, northern pike and more.

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Snowboarders at Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls

Snowboarders at Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls

We Challenge You To

Embrace The Minnesota Winter

From trekking through the woods in snowshoes, to snowmobiling down thousands of miles of trails or jumping into a frozen lake, take the #ChillOutChallenge and show the world why winter in Minnesota isn't just cool—it's chill. 

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Contest Rules

*No purchase necessary. Open to U.S. residents at least 21 years old, including the District of Columbia, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Void where prohibited by law (State of New York). Contest runs from Feb. 6, 2020, Noon (CST) through March 4, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST).

By tagging #ChillOutChallenge, you represent that the photos and videos you post to the challenge are your own original creation and are not the property of any other party. You grant authority and consent to Explore Minnesota to record and publish your name, likeness, statements, photographs, and/or video (“Material”) and give right to circulate, publish, distribute, show, play, or otherwise display the Material you submit.

For more information, see full contest rules