Get out and explore winter with a Minnesota Ski Pass. For those wishing to enjoy winter’s solitude with Nordic skiing, the Grand Rapids area offers more than 212K of skiing on 19 groomed trails. Enjoy a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert; both classic and freestyle techniques. Use the handy trail head locator and map to plan your outing. Cross Country Skiing is a great way to get your family outdoors and enjoy Minnesota’s Nature.
The Great Minnesota Ski Pass
A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all grant-in-aid trails. Some trails require a Great Minnesota Ski Pass which may be purchased at any electronic licensing agent. Funds generated by the sale of ski passes help local, county and state organizations maintain trails. Trails are maintained by the Itasca County Parks & Trail Department, Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Trails & Waterways division, and the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club volunteers. Your support to help maintain the trails is appreciated.
The Department of Natural Resources offers three ways for cross-country skiers to get the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. Cross-country skiers aged 16 and older must have a ski pass on most public ski trails.
- Purchase online through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ski pass resource page.
- Phone: You can purchase licenses by phone: 1-888-665-4236(1-MN-LICENse). Call any time of day or night, seven days a week. This toll-free call provides immediate licensing by way of a license identification number, which will be issued at the time of the call. The license identification number is valid until you receive an actual license in the mail. All purchases must be made by credit card. There is $3.50 convenience fee per call.
- In Person: You can purchase a pass over the counter at any electronic ticket agent in the State system – anywhere you can buy a fishing license, you can also purchase a ski pass. In the Grand Rapids area that includes most convenience stores, L&M Fleet Supply, Glen’s Army Navy, Rapids West End Marketplace, and Reed Drug.
Minnesota Ski Passes cost $6.00 per person for a day pass, or $20 for a full season pass that is valid everywhere in Minnesota.
The Itasca County cross country ski trails have been created and maintained by hundreds of volunteers hours. Learn more information about the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club. Support the Itasca Area Cross Country Ski Clubs that groom and maintain the trails. To learn how to become a member or a business sponsor contact the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club at 218-326-1313 or email: email@example.com.
Come discover the winter beauty of the Itasca County forests through nordic skiing. The Minnesota Ski Pass allows you to ski all Minnesota Ski trails. The trails in Itasca County are the most scenic in the state. You will view breathtaking vistas, enjoy the solitude of un-chartered wilderness, all within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids.
Minnesota’s Nature Lodging
Stay for a weekend! In Grand Rapids, you’ll have your choice of lodging options for your Minnesota skiing vacation. Lodging properties include rustic to upscale hotels, affordable motels, year round family resorts with direct access to the Minnesota Ski Trails, and comfortable and clean bed and breakfasts. Conveniently located near all of Grand Rapids’ recreation and area attractions, there’s a lodging option with amenities for everyone in Grand Rapids, MN. It’s your choice whether those amenities include a hot tub, warm breakfast cooked to order or direct access to the trails and lakes. Come experience “Grand” hospitality in Minnesota’s nature.
Shopping, Dining & Services
For more information about the Grand Rapids area check out the Visit Grand Rapids website where you will find great lodging options, things to see in Grand Rapids, things to do in Grand Rapids, where to dine and where to shop. Remember, if you forgot something Grand Rapids has many stores that will have what you need. If you do not have cross country skis, don’t worry. The Itasca Trail Sports has skis for sale and rents skis for the full day for $25 and each additional day is only $20. You can trust Itasca Trail Sports to outfit you with gear and safety equipment from their ski shop so you can fully enjoy your cross-country adventure in Grand Rapids. For speak to a Grand Rapids travel specialist call 1-800-355-9740.