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Places To Cross Country Ski In Central Minnesota

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Central Minnesota is home to many cross country ski trails. We put together a list of the various places you can ski in the area. You can find park information as well as how to become a ski patrol below.

Skiing at Quarry Park

Quarry Park



1802 County Road 137
Waite Park, MN 56387

Quarry Park is home to the longest lighted ski trail in Minnesota. The trails are easy enough for beginners. There are two 3.1 KM traditional ski trails in the park. Ski permits are not required, but parking permits are required.



Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park



29709 Kipper Rd.
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Kraemer Lake is great for both expert and beginning skiers. There is a 2.25 mile beginner trail, along with a 2.25 mile expert trail. The expert trail can be extended to 3.25 miles by utilizing crossovers. To add more difficulty the park has a one mile double diamond expert loop with a few hills. There is no remote access to rest rooms or a warming house. The state ski pass is required to ski at Wildwood.


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Mississippi River County Park



41300 County Rd. 1
Rice, MN 56367

Mississippi River County Park is home to 4.5 miles of ski trails. The slopes are great for beginners and intermediate skiers. There are a few training loops for beginners to utilize. Walking trails along the ski trails are available during the ski season. There is remote access to an outhouse on the northern loop. The park does not require a parking permit or a ski pass.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Flickr
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Flickr

Warner Lake County Park



1485 County Rd. 143
Clearwater, MN 55320

Warner Lake Country Park has about five miles of Cross Country ski trails. The trails are groomed with double tracks that circumnavigate the lake. There are a few loops to challenge expert skiers. There is access to to a remote outhouse near the park shelter. The park does not require a parking permit or a ski pass.


richpalpine, flickr
richpalpine, flickr

Riverside Park



1800 Kilian Blvd
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Riverside Park has one 2 1/2 k loop ski trail with both flat and rolling hill terrain. It’s groomed for skating and classical skiing. They do not require a ski pass, or a parking permit. There is access to park restrooms. The park has warming house facilities available for rent.


m.prinke, flickr
m.prinke, flickr

Graystone Trails



South of St. Cloud of Hwy. 301
near St. Cloud penitentiary

Formerly used as farmland, Graystone has 17 km of loops that run through scenic woods and pastures. This is an easy to intermediate course with a few challenging hills.There is remote access to restrooms. You are required to carry a state ski permit.


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