The cold winter temperatures and snow we received in Minneapolis over the holiday finally made some cross country skiing trails open for the season. While we could still use a bit more of the white, fluffy stuff, be sure to plan some time enjoying winter in Minneapolis on a pair of cross country skis. Here are some of the trails that are open.
* Theodore Wirth Park - The Minneapolis Park Board has 15 miles of trails that are groomed daily and varying levels of difficulty. You'll need a pass to ski the park. Get yours at apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Membership?package_id=305. You can also connect to the 5 miles of groomed trails in the Chain of Lakes neighborhood. This means if you live in Uptown and want to ski to Golden Valley, you can.
* Plymouth - The Three Rivers Park District runs two ski trails just west of Minneapolis. Eagle Lake Regional Park just off Bass Lake Road has 3.6 miles of groomed trails and French Lake has 5.2 miles of groomed trails.
* Luce Line State Trail - All skiers must carry a Minnesota Ski Pass. Bikers also often use this trail in the winter.
* Hyland Park Reserve - Just a short drive south of Minneapolis in Bloomington is this large park with 9 km of groomed lighted trails. There is a ski chalet and skiers must get a Three Rivers Park District pass.
A little outside of the metro area you can find plenty of additional cross country ski trails. Visit mntrails.com/content/metro-cross-country-ski-trails to learn more about the trails that are just a short drive away. And keep an eye on the weather; you never know when the snow and temperatures will improve or worsen trail conditions.