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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

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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Snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains

Snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains / Ryan Taylor

Skiing & Snowboarding

Whether you prefer fast technical lines or long cruising runs, Minnesota's downhill slopes offer a mixture of terrain to keep every kind of skier (and snowboarder!) busy.

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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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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 /

Fat 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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Drilling a hole for ice fishing on Whitefish Lake 

Drilling a hole for ice fishing on Whitefish Lake  / Buffalo Media Group

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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