What to do in Winter

On the Mesabi, we know winter is meant to be enjoyed from the inside and the outdoors! Here’s a few ideas to get your winter off to a great start.

Make your way to Giants Ridge There’s tubing, boarding, alpine ski and more. There’s live music, great food and special events. The slopes open Nov 23. What are you waiting for?

Don’t know how to ski? This winter, take lessons at the Giants Ridge Ski School and get out there!


Take a Hike, a Nature Hike! The Sax-Zim Bog is located just south of Hibbing and is home to a wide array of boreal birds and owls, as well as interesting flora and other animals. Explore this wild place with a guide. You never know what you might learn, or see!


The Great Gray Owl (GGO for short), winters in the Sax Zim Bog, and is a favorite among wildlife watchers

Hang Out With the Like-Minded Mesabi Outdoor Adventures hosts group hikes, cycling and other fun activities for anyone who is interested on trail systems across the region, all year round. Hook up with them if you like to explore with others.

Let us Entertain You Our calendar of events is filling up more and more each day. Find performances by area musicians, local community bands, the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, traveling performers and more. You’ll also find art classes, guided snowshoe treks, museum activities and more. 

Winter make you stir crazy? Check out the free Virginia Heritage Museum and nearby Olcott Park Greenhouse! 

Pick a Trail, Any Trail Access more than 2,000 miles of snowmobile trails from the Mesabi Iron Range. If you’ve got the machine, we’ve got the trails. Get maps, lodging deals and more and plan your winter getaway.

Make Tracks Your Own Way The Mesabi is home to fatbike trails, nordic ski trails, snowshoe trails and even curling (which isn’t a trail but it’s definitely a winter sport!) Get on the snow, the ice or whatever fits your fancy this winter. We’re waiting for you!

View and download trail maps here. 

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