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Winter Sports

Two cross-country skiers at Whitetail Woods
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Cross-country skiing at Whitetail Woods in Farmington / Paul Vincent
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Cross-country skiing at Whitetail Woods in Farmington / Paul Vincent

Let It Snow

In Minnesota, we know winter very well. And we don't mind the cold, because as some of our ancestors taught us, there's no bad weather—only bad clothing. So we bundle up, head out and make the most of this magical season, whether it's on our thousands of miles of ski and snowshoe trails, on top of a frozen lake or snuggled up by the fire in a cozy winter cabin.

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Cross-country skiers at Theodore Wirth Park

Cross-country skiing at Theodore Wirth Park / Waqar Ahmad

Cross-Country Skiing

Challenging and meditative, silent and rhythmic, cross-country skiing is a gorgeous way to experience the beauty of Minnesota’s wintry landscapes. Whether exploring Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis or the Gunflint Trail in northeast Minnesota, these cross-country trails are not to be missed.

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Snowmobiler in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Snowmobiling near Detroit Lakes / Paul Vincent


Throughout Voyageurs National Park, around the Brainerd Lakes area, across the Hinckley hub and beyond, explore over 22,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails that showcase Minnesota’s wintry wonderland. 

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Downhill skier hits a grind at Buck Hill

Practice freestyle tricks on the terrain park at Buck Hill

Hit the Slopes

Whether you prefer fast technical lines or long cruising runs, Minnesota offers an impressive mix of terrain for skiers seeking the Midwest's biggest and best downhill ski runs.

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Two teams of dog sledders near Ely, Minnesota

Dog sledding in Ely

Dog Sledding

Mushing across a magnificent, snow-white landscape is one of the most unique ways to experience a Minnesota winter. Ride for a few hours or take a multi-day trek; either way, you’ll have dog-sledding memories to last a lifetime.

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Two riders winter fat biking at Cuyuna

With 25 miles of groomed winter fat biking trails, Cuyuna is the Midwest's next big adventure destination /

Winter Biking

The now-dormant iron ore mines in Cuyuna have been reborn as mountain bike trails in the summer, and well-groomed winter fat bike trails in the winter. Explore more than 25 miles of mixed-difficulty trails that flow through stunning landscapes. 

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Man catching a fish while ice fishing on Leech Lake

Ice fishing on Leech Lake

Ice Fishing

Whether you decide to cast your line out in the open or from the comfort of a heated ice house, ice fishing has long been one of Minnesota’s favorite pastimes and is a must-try winter sport. 

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