Cross-country skiing is a great addition to a winter fitness routine. The Ramsey County Parks and Recreation department provides approximately 25 miles of marked and groomed cross-country ski trails at five locations. Trails are open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. The Battle Creek Winthrop trail is lighted daily from dusk to 9 p.m.
Ramsey County trails are funded, in part, by the DNR Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Program.
View current cross-country ski trail conditions and grooming updates.
Ski through mature woods on over 6K of classic (no skating) trails, easier to more difficult. Access is available from the parking lot at 2300 Lower
Afton Road, Maplewood, MN 55119, just east of McKnight Road.
The Winthrop Street site was redeveloped to provide cross‐country enthusiasts with one of the premier facilities in the metropolitan area. This site has 1K of easier, 1.75K more difficult, and 7K most difficult classic and skate ski trail. This site includes 4K of lighted trails.
The Grass Lake section of Vadnais‐Snail Lakes Regional Park consists of a 3K two-way classic ski trail for novice skiers (no skating). This site has both wooded and marshland characteristics. Grass Lake is located approximately 1 mile north of I‐694 on Victoria Street, then right on Gramsie Road. The trail is accessible from the Grass Lake scenic overlook located at 500 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, MN 55126.
The Vadnais/Sucker Lakes area of Vadnais‐Snail Lakes Regional Park includes two different two‐way classic (no skating) ski trails. One is a 3K easier to more difficult loop around Sucker Lake. The east side of the lake includes moderate hills. The second trail is a 4.3K easier two‐way loop on the east side of Vadnais Lake. Areas along both of the trails are primarily wooded with views of the lakes. Trails are accessible from two separate parking lots located on the north and south side of County Road F, two blocks east of Rice Street in Vadnais Heights.
Tamarack Nature Center provides two classic (no skating) trails, one 4K more difficult loop, and a 3K easier loop. There is also a 1K practice loop. Ski through beautiful prairie, woodland and marsh with abundant wildlife. A visitor center with restroom facilities and ski rental is available during open hours, Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tamarack Nature Center is located at 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110.
Ski Rules & Trail Guidelines
Before heading out on the trails, read through the following rules:
- Trail hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
- Skiing on lighted trail permitted until 9 p.m.
- Minnesota State Ski Pass is required to ski on all trails.
- Groomed trails are for cross-country ski use only. Please no skate skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, skijoring, sledding or pets.
- Snowmobiles or other motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails.
- Ski trails are one-way (unless otherwise marked).
- Please observe arrows and Do Not Enter signs.
- Ski only on marked and groomed trails.
Rules are enforced by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department. Call 651-484-3366 to report violations.
Trail Special Use and Meet Schedule
Cross-country ski trails are available for use for team practices, races and other special events. A Special Use Permit is required. To obtain a permit, please complete and submit the Special Use Permit request form
. For more information, call 651-748-2500 x333.
View current schedule for the 2014-15 ski season.