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Cross-Country Skiing in Minnesota

Discover the Lake Vermilion Area

Nordic ski enthusiasts will find 200km of groomed, tracked trails in the Lake Vermilion area, all leading deep into the northwoods, with its towering trees, gentle hills and rocky outcroppings. Our trail maps are highly detailed and will help you find routes that are appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Many of our resorts rent equipment, so if you've never tried – there's no better place to start than Lake Vermilion!


  • Ashawa Nordic Ski Trails

    The trail is groomed for both traditional and skate skiing.

  • Bear Head Lake State Park

    From Virginia take Highway 53 north approximately four miles. Exit right on U.S. Highway 169 east toward Tower. Continue east on Hwy 169 to St. Louis County (State Aid) Road 128. Take a right on 128 and travel south six miles to the park. (Located 16 miles east of Soudan). Bear Head Lake State Park 9301 Bear Head State Park Rd. Ely, MN 55731 218-365-7229

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  • Big Aspen Recreation Area

    Take US Highway 53 north of Virginia for eight miles to County (State Aid) Road 131. Turn right on 131, go north for one mile, and then turn left on County (State Aid) Road 68. Go west for .3 mile. Turn right on County Road 405 and go north for two miles. A parking area is located on the left side of the road. A second parking area is 1.3 miles north on Forest Road 257. Forest Road 257 is not maintained in the winter. Big Aspen Recreation Area Hwy 169 North Virginia, MN 55792 Laurentian Ranger District 318 Forestry Road Aurora, MN 55705 218-229-8800

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  • Bird Lake Recreation Area

    Take Country Road 110 from Hoyt Lakes (Superior National Forest Scenic Byway) to the Bird Lake parking lot. Located on the left-north side. For more information, contact the Laurentian Ranger District at 318 Forestry Road, Aurora, MN 55705 or call 218-229-8800.

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  • Carey Lake

    From Highway 169 in Hibbing, go east on 25th Street for 3-1/2 miles to Carey Lake Park. Park there or one mile farther at the beach parking lot. For more information call the Hibbing Parks and Recreation department at 218-263-8851.

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  • Fortune Bay Resort

    The Wilderness golf course is groomed for cross-country skiing.

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  • Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort

    P.O. Box 190 Biwabik, MN 55708 1-800-688-7669

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  • Howard Wagoner Trail

    Most of the trail is marked easy, suitable for beginning cross-country skiiers. This 10km trail lies on gentile terrain in scenic red and white pine forest. 1 mi S of Tower

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  • Hoyt Lakes Trail

    From Country Road 110, take Birch Cove Road (east of the Hoyt Lakes Arena) 1/4 mile north. Starting point is the Birch Cove Beach parking lot. For more information on the Hoyt Lakes trail also known as Colby Lake Trail call the City Hall in Hoyt Lakes at 218-225-2344.

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  • Lookout Mountain

    The Laurentian Divide Recreation Area and Trailhead is four miles north of Virginia, MN along the northbound lane of Highway 53/169. Laurentian Divide Recreation Area Laurentian Ranger District 318 Forestry Road Aurora, MN 55705 218-229-8800

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  • Sturgeon River

    The Sturgeon River Trail system is 9 miles north of Chisholm and 6 miles east of McCarthy Beach State Park. There are three parking areas north from Chisholm: on Forest Road #279, County Road #65 and Hwy. #73. Sturgeon River Laurentian Ranger District 318 Forestry Road Aurora, MN 55705 218-229-8800

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  • Tower Nordic Ski Trail

    11.5 km trackset. Mostly intermediate level trails. Located in Tower, MN Hwy 135 at East Two Rivers bridge, or 1.5 mi S from MN Hwy 169 on MN Hwy 135 (parking lot on W side of road). Trail runs through red pine forest with mixed terrain. Maps along trail. Ski pass required.

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