By Laura Stark
Last week, a snow
storm pounded the Midwest, making a winter wonderland of eastern South
Dakota, southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
But among all the worries of traffic snares, school and work
closings, and all that shoveling and plowing, perhaps there is some happy news
we can hold on to with both mittens. The snow brings with it the opportunity to
cross-country ski, snowshoe, or just take a good old fashioned trek in snow
boots through a pristine and sparking new landscape.
Those willing to brave the cold can swap their wheels for
skis on a few of the longer rail-trails in the region that are groomed for these
To check current snow and trail conditions, please contact the
trail's managing entity; links to these organizations (such as the state departments
of natural resources) are included on each trail's page on TrailLink.com.
19.7 miles from Cannon
Falls to Red Wing
State Trail (Willard Munger State Trail)
18.3 miles from St. Paul to Stillwater
18 miles from Fountain to Harmony
76.7 miles from Minneapolis
42 miles from Fountain to Houston
Singing Hills State Trail
39 miles from Faribault to Mankato
14.5 miles from Menomonie to the Dunnville Wildlife Area
Seven Lakes State Trail
13.5 miles from Amery to Dresser
If you're really feeling adventurous, a "Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe" event is being held on the Red Cedar State Trail, January 25, and a "Candlelight Ski" event will be held in Sakatah Lake State Park, which the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail runs through, on January 26.
Photo of Red Cedar State Trail, top, courtesy philipschwarzphotography.wordpress.com Photo of the Luce Line State Trail, middle, courtesy Winstead Herald JournalPhoto of Candlelight Ski on Red Cedar State Trail, bottom, courtesy escapetowisconsin.com
Great idea to use trails for cross-country skiing. The Capitol Crescent Trail and the C&O Canal hiker/biker trails in Maryland have been great winter sites -- before global warming. We are still waiting for snow!
Why trade your bike for skis? Get a "fat" bike and ride the trails instead!
I agree with George K...why the emphasis on skis? Buy a fat bike and hit the snow trails!
I agree with George K and Mike S fat bike is the way to go
there are so much fun
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