Skiing

Minnesota’s North Shore is home to some of the best cross country skiing in North America. A lucky bit of geology created the rugged Sawtooth Mountains and the world’s largest freshwater lake. To this amazing landscape, add consistent snowfall and ski trails built by the descendants of Scandinavian logging and fishing families. With over 700 kilometers of groomed ski trails for you to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect skiing experience.


Skiing the North Shore

A guide to cross country trails in Minnesota's spectacular Lake Superior region

A skier’s ultimate guidebook to the North Shore, describing 35 groomed trail systems from Duluth and Superior to Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail.… read more


Posts from Skiing

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park
October 14, 2014 by Andrew Slade

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park

Nestled in a forest near the beach on scenic and wild Bear Head Lake, the new building is bright and welcoming. Running water, an indoor fireplace and comfort are available before and after your adventures. … read more


Gooseberry Falls makes for classic North Shore ski
March 13, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Gooseberry Falls makes for classic North Shore ski

It's not a complete year of North Shore skiing for me until I've been out on the winding, wild trails of Gooseberry State Park near Two Harbors. Here's why I keep coming back and why you might, also. … read more


Discover Biskey Ponds cross country ski trail
February 4, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Discover Biskey Ponds cross country ski trail

Biskey Ponds, in Fredenberg Township north of Duluth, has 10k of classically groomed ski trails rated easy to moderate. The trails have been laid out expertly, with gentle curves and downhills just steep enough to be fun. … read more


5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend
January 5, 2014 by Andrew Slade

5 great North Shore things to do MLK weekend

MLK is the perfect long weekend for cross country skiing on the North Shore. The snows are as deep as they will be all winter. Fun events are planned for the parks and trails. And, nearly four weeks past the winter solstice, days are getting longer. Perfect. … read more


Bonus season: take another lap around the ski trails
March 18, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Bonus season: take another lap around the ski trails

It's been an amazing month for skiing on the North Shore. Just when you think a thaw is around the corner, another 5-6 inches of snow comes out of nowhere, the temps drop, and the groomers carve out another perfect ski trail. … read more


Choose Korkki Nordic for your best ski of the year
March 7, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Choose Korkki Nordic for your best ski of the year

One of my favorite all-time North Shore ski trails is Korkki Nordic, up in the ridgeline above the shore between Duluth and Two Harbors. Sally and I played hooky today and took a few laps on this terrific woodland trail. That was the first good choice of the day. Korkki is a truly classic trail. It's narrow and winding and is groomed for classic skiing only. Because so much of the trail is in deep forest, more snow is required to open it safely. Last year, the trail might have been open only two weekends. This year, it's been open … read more


It’s North Shore candlelight season
February 5, 2013 by Andrew Slade

It’s North Shore candlelight season

We are in the heart of North Shore winter right now, with enough snow along the shoreline and the Sawtooth Mountains for almost any of your favorite winter activities. Some of the most popular winter events in North Shore state parks are the annual Candlelight events. Clear your calendar for the next few weekend evenings, because these magic outings in the winter woods are coming soon!These are great community events. You have never seen our parks so full of life on a dark winter night. Volunteers have worked long hours creating the luminaria, packing the trails, and lighting the lanterns.Trails … read more


Spirit Mountain nordic trails: The same, only better
January 31, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Spirit Mountain nordic trails: The same, only better

The cross country ski trails at Duluth's Spirit Mountain have been an insider's mecca, a system of well-groomed trails in lovely hardwood forest that only a few folks seemed to know about. Those that knew it, loved it. If you didn't know it, well...Over the summer, the Spirit ski trails got a major makeover, both physically and logistically. The trails are no longer managed by the Spirit Mountain ski hill, but are cared for by a partnership between the City of Duluth and the Duluth XC Ski Club (DXC). DXC volunteers took a hard look at the trail system and came … read more