X

Skiing/Sledding

Skiing in Grand Rapids, MN

Grand Rapids, MN is known for well-groomed ski trails.

From the downhill ski trails at Mt Itasca to the 240 KM of groomed cross-country ski trails that are maintained by the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club. Mt Itasca is a winter playground that offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snow tubing. They start making snow around Thanksgiving. Open early December through late winter snow in March/April.

If you’re not up for skiing, why not try the snowtubing hill at Mt Itasca? It’s perfect for those who may not be so keen on skiing, or if you want a family-friendly activity everyone can enjoy!

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.

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
  • 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.

Ski Passes Cost $6.00 per person for a day pass, or $20 for a full season pass that is valid everywhere in Minnesota.

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: cat@mclynn.net.

Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club

A non-profit organization dedicated entirely to cross-country skiing!  Based in Grand Rapids, they maintain local ski trails and promote the sport as a healthy family activity.

Check out their website, which contains maps of local ski trails and information on their club.

 

 

Itasca Maintained Trails


Phone: (218) 327-4490
KM: 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Base (In Inches): N/A
Map
Location & Description: 
E. Hwy 169 across Prairie River, 2 miles E on Co. 21, 1 mile south on E Rangeline Road, 1 mile to trailhead parking. Dogs allowed.

Phone: (218) 327-2855
KM: 6.9
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
North Hwy 38 12 mi., west on 19, 2 mi. right on Co. 246. Hilly trails connect with Suomi Trails.

Phone: (218) 327-2855
KM: 10
Skill Level: Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
From Goodland, 4 mi. N. on Hwy 65, then W. on Co. Rd. 560 for .5 mi. to parking.

Phone: (218) 327-5191
KM: 12
Skill Level: Intermediate / Expert
Map
Location & Description: 
West Hwy 2 to Deer River, north on Hwy 6 2 mi., 3 mi east on Chase Lake Rd, then right half-mile into trailhead building often heated on weekend afternoons. Skate and classic.

Phone:
KM: 6.5
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
River Road south 6 mi. turn right and stay on Wendigo Rd. 4 mi. Turn left into parking lot at green gate. Double tracked forest road. Allows for dogs or snowshoe travel out 2 mi. & back. Intersects Cowhorn ski trail (no pets or foot travel on Cowhorn).

Phone:
KM: 7.6
Skill Level: Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
River Rd south 6 mil., turn right on Wendigo Rd 3 mi., turn left on Co 427 to trailhead. Classic ski only. No foot travel or pets.

Phone: (218) 327-4482
KM: 4.5
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
South Hwy 169 to Golf Course Rd, west 2 miles, 1/2 mi. on Co Rd 76. Trails wind through 1900 Logging Camp and Virgin timber. Interpretive Center open daily. Full moon ski in January.


Phone:
KM: 2.7
Skill Level: Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
River Road south 7 mi. Watch for signs on the left. Hills, pines.

Phone: (218) 327-2500
KM: 3.5
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
Grand Rapids City Park with lighted trails located near High School just off North Hwy 38. Skate lane and classic tracks set.

Phone: (218) 328-5711
KM: 3.4
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
West Hwy 2 to Cohasset, turn left (one block after stoplight) on to Co. Rd. 87. One mile to Trailhead building and lighted trails that loop along the Mississippi River. Deer often on trail. Skate and classic.

Phone: (218) 245-3487
KM: 10
Skill Level: Intermediate / Expert
Map
Location & Description: 
East Hwy 169 to Coleraine west on Co. 61 to RR track. Hilly terrain for skate and classic. Fee for use of Biathlon range, public trails west of chalet. Snowmaking facilities, chalet.

Phone: (218) 328-6225
KM: 4
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
West Hwy 2, turn left on to Co. Rd. 63 for 2 miles, then right on Lake Street to sports complex and trail head in Cohasset. Level classic track.

Phone: (218) 743-3362
KM: 16.1
Skill Level: Intermediate
Location & Description: 
From Big Fork, 7 mi., SE on Co. Rd. 7 or from Grand Rapids Hwy 169 E 10 miles, 40 miles northwest on Co Rd 7.

Phone: (218) 246-2123
KM: 20
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Location & Description: 
From Deer River, 18 mi. NW on Hwy. 46 to Cutfoot Sioux Visitor Center at Junct. of Hwy 46


Phone:

KM: 8
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
Approximately 20 miles north of Nashwauk along Highway 65.

Phone:
KM: 28
Skill Level: Intermediate / Expert
Map
Location & Description: 
South Hwy 169 7 mi., West on Co. 17 4 mi., south on Co. 449. Challenging hilly terrain through hardwood forest. Panoramic view. Skate and classic.

Phone: (218) 246-2123
KM: 34.3
Skill Level: Intermediate / Expert
Location & Description: 
North Hwy 38 13 mi. to south Suomi or 15 mi. to north Suomi parking. Hilly terrain winds through forest and lakes. South trail connects to Amen Lake trails.

Phone: (218) 326-2500
KM: 6
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
1 mile west on Golf Course Road, north on SW 14th Ave. to trailhead. Connects new Grand Itasca Hospital with Forest History Center.

Phone: (218) 999-7923
KM: 16
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Location & Description: 
34 mi. N. of Nashwauk on Hwy. 65, then 4 mi. W. on Hwy. 1 to parking at Carpenter Town Hall.

Phone: (218) 246-2123

KM: 10
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
North Hwy 38 12 mi., east on Co 60 two mi., north on Co 335 2 mi. Double tracked classic ski 3 mi. out to Historic site and return, or venture off into the Doan Lake trail that is connected.

Phone: (218) 327-4490
KM: 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Location & Description: 
East Hwy 169 to first college entrance road to end, park by gate. Classic trails through pine overstory.

Phone: (218) 327-2855
KM: 9.7
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Map
Location & Description: 
North Hwy 38 7 miles, NE on Co 49 8 miles, continue east on Co 59 half mile. Scenic winding classic trail.

 

Grand Rapids, MN Sledding

Sledding & Snow Tubing

On any snowy day in Grand Rapids you are sure to find kids, adults, and everyone in between sliding down one of our many sledding hills. Giggle-inducing for all ages, sledding/tubing is a great way for the entire family to get out and play in the snow. With plenty of snowfall each year, Grand Rapids has more than enough of sledding hills for everyone. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the snow!

Best Hills in Grand Rapids

Looking for the best hill in town? Check out some of the sledding spots below!

Right next to Murphy Elementary School, Newton Sledding Hill is perfect for the whole family! Park at the bottom of the hill at NE 4th Ave and 7th Street.
The biggest hill in town- Mt. Itasca offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing! Rentals are available!  Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center
200 Mt. Itasca Drive
P.O. Box 553
Coleraine, MN 55722
More Information: (218) 245-3487
SE 5th Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744