Best Minnesota Cross Country Skiing Trails

Minnesota has 38 cross country skiing areas.

Located in the US, the cross country skiing in Minnesota offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best Minnesota cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Cascade Lodge, Bear Island - Lake Trail, Rainbow Resort, Bearskin Lodge, and Suomi Hills Trail. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Minnesota cross country skiing trail below.

Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS

Cascade Lodge

Southwest of Grand Marais in the Superior National Forest, the Cascade Lodge maintains 58km of groomed cross country ski trails that connect with the North Shore Mountains Ski Trail System. The trails provide great views of Lake Superior, Cascade River and wind through miles of birch, aspen and pine bordering Cascade River State Park.  MORE INFO

Cascade River State Park

Southwest of Grand Marais in the Superior National Forest, the Cascade River State Park has 17 miles of cross-country ski trails which connect up with the popular North Shore Mountains Ski Trail System. The park is adjacent to Cascade Lodge and its 50km of trails (trail pass required).  MORE INFO

Silver Trail

Northeast of Virginia and Biwabik in the Superior National Forest, the 6.2 mile Silver Trail is a challenging backcountry trail located in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. The Silver Trail is used for Olympic cross-country ski qualifications in the winter.  MORE INFO

Giants Ridge Resort

Northeast of Virginia and Biwabik in the Superior National Forest, the Giants Ridge Recreation Area has 60 km of groomed trails, with 3.5 km lite for evening skiing. The Silver Trail (6.2 mi.)is a challenging route located in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area, which is also used for Olympic cross-country ski qualifications.  MORE INFO

Pincushion Mountain

Near Grand Marais in the Superior National Forest, the Pincushion B&B maintains 25 km of groomed ski trails 1000 feet above Lake Superior on the quiet Sawtooth Mountain ridgeline. The trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing (and to remove the moose tracks).  MORE INFO

Maplelag

Northeast of Fargo-Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, the Maplelag ski center has 70km of Pisten Bully groomed trails through gentle field and maple-basswood forest. There are 11 nordic trails with varying degrees of difficulty.  MORE INFO