Here on the Mesabi Iron Range, getting outside is an essential part of getting through winter! For many, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing is the best way to find fresh air, exercise and the beauty of winter, all in one!
Rent Nordic skis and snowshoes from Giants Ridge, where there are 60 km of Nordic trails, including three km of easy, lighted trails. Loops range from four to 14 km, mostly are two-way, and two of the 10 loops are lift-served. Download a map here.
Skis can also be rented from the Hibbing Parks and Recreation Department. The Carey Lake system in Hibbing includes 25km in five single-direction loops groomed classical-only or skate-only. Download the map here.
Also in the Superior National Forest system, Lookout Mountain has 25km of trails four miles north of Virginia on Hwy 53. These two-way, single-track trails are easy to explore and offer great views. A portion of this system is kept ungroomed for the adventurous. Find map and details here.
Snowshoe trails are also offered at Giants Ridge and range from easy to more difficult. A pass is required and ranges from $10 to $17 daily. Hiking is also permitted on the Lookout Mountain trails near Virginia. Request a map that includes 11 area Nordic trail systems, or call 218-749-8161 for more information. This winter, get out there!