Minnesota in Winter

Minnesota embraces its wintry climate and has designated spots across the state for all kinds of winter activities.  There are several downhill skiing and snowboarding areas near Minneapolis-St. Paul, and right now the ski conditions are good in several places. Snowmobile trails are plentiful, complete with just-off-the-trail restaurants.  Consider renting a fish house for a night on the famous Mille Lacs, or check ice fishing events for kids scheduled by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. The snowy landscape offers plenty to focus on if photography is your passion.

In Cook County, an outdoor Winter Arts Festival held the first few days of February features a Winter Plein Air, a unique outdoor painting extravaganza, and a snow carving symposium.  The beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in wintertime is one big outdoor adventure waiting to happen.  Snowmobiles are banned in this area, but you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, or pretend you’re a musher and head for the frozen lakes on a dog sledding tour.  There are plenty of outfitters in the region to answer your questions about trails, local wildlife, and help you get the required gear for your sport.  Check trails updates for regional snow and ice conditions to help you decide where to go.

Moon Handbooks Minnesota in the library’s Minnesota travel bag is a good resource to find out more about what Northern Minnesota has to offer during the cold months.  The Minnesota travel bag also includes a state travel guide, Minnesota: off the beaten path, and other materials to help you plan your snowy getaway.  You’ll find this travel kit, which you can check out for three weeks, and more books about the region in the Travel Neighborhood!

Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, I actively promote the Travel and Pets neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. Outdoor photography, birdwatching, discovering new hiking trails, and reading nature writing and travelogues about Alaska are some of my hobbies. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.