If you’re looking for a great getaway destination this winter that offers the perfect mix of relaxation and winter recreation, such as cross country ski trails, then consider visiting us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth. Duluth is widely accepted as one of the top destinations in the Midwest for outdoor recreation. Ski season is finally here in the Duluth area, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Though there is no reason to stay inside with so much going on outside, there’s nothing wrong with that, either. Curl up in front of the fire, or get outside and explore. You can have it all at our romantic Inn, situated in the heart of Duluth’s historic district and near downtown restaurants and activities. Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today.
The Best Cross Country Skiing Trails
Having once been voted Outdoor Magazines “Best Town Ever,” it should come as no surprise that Duluth is a winter wonderland, filled with a broad range of exciting winter activities to enjoy during these coldest of months. Cross country skiing is very popular in Duluth. It’s a great way to get a little exercise while taking in the scenery around town. There are plenty of great cross country ski trails right in the heart of Duluth, too, meaning you won’t have to travel far to get in on some of the most exciting nordic skiing around. Here are a few of our favorite trails:
- The Lester-Amity Trail is by far the most popular of the cross country ski trails in Duluth, and is good for both traditional and skate-style skiing. It is even lit up in the evenings, allowing for a beautiful night skiing experience.
- Piedmont Ski Trail is a wonderful place to go for traditional skiers of all levels, and offers scenic overlooks of the St. Louis River valley.
- Hartley Nature Center is the perfect place for traditional cross-country skiing at beginning and intermediate levels. These wooded loops include 5 kilometers of double-tracked classic trails. There’s a hilly outer loop and a gentler inner loop, best for those new to the sport.
- Magney-Snively Park lies in the forested hills just beyond spirit Mountain, and rewards cross country skiers with sweeping views over the St. Louis River Estuary. The 14-kilometer trail is hilly and challenging, so best for intermediate to advanced level skiers.
- Chester Park is a great place to go for advanced level skating-style cross-country skiing in Duluth. It’s an enjoyable, but challenging, 3km hilly trail.
- It’s hard to beat the cross country ski trails at Spirit Mountain. In total, there are more than 20 km of groomed trails that wind through the woods.
- Snowflake Nordic Center is a privately operated ski center, and features 15 kilometers of ski trails, which are groomed daily and are lighted for night skiing.
The Duluth XC Club is a great resource for staying up to date on trail conditions. All cross country skiers over age 16 will want to pick up a Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which are required to ski on groomed trails in Minnesota state parks or state forests. A yearly pass is just $20, or you can buy a daily pass for $6.
While the cross country skiing in Duluth is spectacular, it’s also nice knowing that you’re never more than a few minutes away from a really good restaurant, coffeehouse, or bar. Afterwards, sink into the luxurious accommodations of the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and get the rest you need for another adventurous day in Duluth. Book your winter getaway to Duluth today!