If you are looking for family skiing vacations, consider coming to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Grand Rapids offers great things to do in the winter. You will find an abundance of outdoor recreation, beautiful winter wonderland scenery, fun indoor entertainment, and a wide variety of dining and shopping choices. Come and discover winter activities in Grand Rapids.
More Than a Century of Skiing. The Itasca Ski & Outing Club began in 1906 as a ski jumping club that is still active today. Over the years, additional skiing sports were added to Mt. Itasca’s venue base: biathlon, cross country, downhill, snowboarding and tubing. A Place for Everyone. Olympians, Junior Olympians, Junior Worlds Team members, U.S. Ski Team members, and many others have competed here. The facility has hosted Junior Olympics, Nationals, Junior Worlds Team qualification events, and national SuperTour competitions, as well as high school, local and regional events. The venues at Mt. Itasca are awesome for beginners and competitive skiers. With full snow-making capabilities and professional grooming machines, Mt. Itasca is ready for fun all season long. The main chalet houses restrooms, concessions, ticket sales, equipment rental and ski patrol headquarters. The chalet’s large windows overlook the downhill and jumping venues — great viewing for spectators.
Daily Ticket Rates Full Day Half Day
Youth/Students (6 -17) $25 $21
Adults (18 – 61) s46 $30
Seniors (62+) $25 $21
The Grand Rapids area winter resorts offer great lodging options for a Grand Rapids family skiing vacation. Minnesota resorts are known for their history, scenic views and friendly service. If you like the outdoors, you’ll love spending your next vacation at one of our Grand Rapids area resorts. The town of Grand Rapids is located in a stunning outdoor wonderland of dense forests famous for its stunning fall colors. With the incredible lake views and natural beauty, Grand Rapids has become one of the premier vacation destinations in Minnesota.
The bonus of staying at a winter resort is that you will have access to a full kitchen, living room and dining room with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. This will give you and other family members or friends plenty of room to spread out, relax and enjoy. The kitchens are fully stocked so you can cook your own meals. A couple of families can share a cabin, but please check with each resort to find out their rental policies. Check out all of the Grand Rapids Resorts to see the properties that are open all seasons. You can read a full detail about each property. Once you have limited your selections contact the individual resorts to check rates, availability and to make a reservation.
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If you are looking to make a long weekend out of your family skiing vacation, Grand Rapids has other things to do while in town. In Grand Rapids you will find an abundance of outdoor recreation, fun indoor entertainment, and a wide variety of shopping and dining options.
In Grand Rapids we are known for our trails. We have over a 1,000 miles of trails to have fun on. The Itasca County snowmobile trails are groomed on a regular basis by our volunteer snowmobile clubs. You will find access to the famed Taconite Trail that will take you to the Iron Range. There are many places to get gas, stop for a beverage and a burger and restroom stops along the way. You will find several lodging properties that are located right on the trail as well for your convenience. The Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club grooms and maintains all of the Itasca County area cross country ski trails that are conveniently located to Grand Rapids. Skiing on the trails requires a Minnesota Ski Pass. Another place to go in the winter is the Forest History Center. They have an onsite 1900’s logging camp, interpretive center that offers interactive stations to learn about the logging camp, Minnesota forests, forestry industry, and about the wildlife of the Minnesota forests. Throughout the winter the Forest History Center will be offering “Into the Woods” programs from Winter Adventure to Vintage Ski Rendezvous. They rent snowshoes onsite for those that want to take an adventure out into their miles of snowy trails. They groom cross country ski trails as well, but you must bring your own equipment. You can rent cross country ski’s from the Itasca Trail Sports.
If you are looking for a place to warm up after a day on the slopes there is indoor entertainment and recreation facilities to enjoy. If you are looking for some indoor family friendly action entertainment head to Thunder Alley XL for bowling, full arcade with prizes. They offer a bar and pizza available on site. This is a great fun environment for kids and adults of all ages. Thunder Alley is located right off of the Taconite Trail. If you are looking for more relaxing place to warm up then check out Mann’s Cinema 8. Mann’s Theatre does a good job of bringing the most recent films to Grand Rapids. They have a full concession stand available to enjoy.
If you have children 2-10 years of age, then the Children’s Discovery Museum will be a great location to let the kids explore. They have regular and visiting exhibits that are geared towards school aged children. The Judy Garland Museum is housed in the same building. The Judy Garland Museum houses a 3,000 piece Wizard of Oz exhibit where you will find one of a kind pieces. Judy Garland (aka Frances Ethel Gumm) was born in Grand Rapids. You can tour her childhood home, and view some exclusive memorabilia. If you forgot something or looking for that one of a kind memento to remember your family skiing vacation in Grand Rapids, check out the area shopping. Shopping in Grand Rapids means you’ll find easy access to parking, a variety of treasures you won’t find at home, and small town friendly service. Just what shopping on vacation is meant to be! Being out in the Grand Rapids north woods can definitely work up a healthy appetite. Grand Rapids dining is diverse. From charming bistros, to the local place where all the locals go. From family restaurants to a special night out for two, we have you covered. Come experience the unique cuisine of Minnesota’s nature.
For more information about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area you can download the Visitor Guide or you can request one to be mailed to you. Feel free to contact a Grand Rapids travel specialist at 1-800-355-9740. Before you arrive make sure to download the coupons located in the back of the Visitor Guide.