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5 reasons why you must go cross country skiing this winter

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Dec 18, 2018 3:59:13 PM

5 reasons why you must go cross country skiing this winter

Murray goes skiing too!There are several reasons cross country skiing is an excellent winter activity, most notably it gets you outside in the winter. But also, cross country skiing is very versatile, you can do it anywhere there is snow and it is a fantastic cardio workout that can burn up to 500 calories in one hour. What is not to love about that? Here are our top five reasons you should try cross country skiing this winter.

cross country skiing

Affordable and fun!

Not only is cross country skiing affordable, it is loads fun! Pick up a Minnesota Ski Pass for as little as $6 day/ $20 year or try one of the privately maintained trails on the Gunflint Trail. In no time you’ll be giggling with your friends as you glide through the forest. No gear, no problem! You can rent equipment from many local resorts and outfitters for under $40/day. Some resorts even offer complementary rentals with your stay.

Moose in Winter

View wildlife and nature up close

They call it a “Silent Sport” for a reason. Traveling by cross country ski through the Superior National Forest is akin to being a cat on the prowl. As you move quickly and quietly through the pristine forest keep your eyes open for wildlife like moose, deer, owls, and other boreal forest creatures. Make sure you bring your camera!

Winter Skiing Adventures

Endless adventure opportunities

With over 400KM of groomed cross country trails in Cook County, you can ski to your heart's content. In addition to groomed trails, you can venture off trail into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Remember to bring a map and a compass if you decide to venture off trail - the memories of your adventure will last you a lifetime.

Groomed Central Gunflint Trail

Full body workout

Tone both your upper and lower body while having fun! What could be better than cruising along snow covered trails while gabbing with fellow skiers and taking in the spectacular scenery? If you really want to break a sweat, lead the pack by breaking trail.

Apres Ski Hot Tub

Après ski

Enjoy your post-ski happy hour guilt free after burning around 500 calories an hour! Top that off with a nice soak in the hot tub, massage, and a great meal and you’ll know you are doing vacation right.

Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, skiing, Winter, xc, xc skiing, cross country skiing, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, winter sports