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Ski/Snowshoe Rules and Etiquette

Here are some reminders about keeping the trails safe, fun, and well maintained for all!


- Snowshoers must use designated snowshoe trails only. Do not walk on groomed ski trails.

- Snowshoers should use designated snowshoe trails to avoid getting lost, but off-trail travel is allowed.

- Trail junction maps at various locations should be used to know your location and travel route options.

- Snowshoers and Hikers are NOT to walk on groomed ski trails, except to cross

them at designated areas.

- Dogs allowed on snowshoe trails but MUST be on a leash. No dogs allowed on ski trails.

- ALL SKIERS are required to have the Great MN Ski Pass (Grant-In-Aid Trail Pass). You can purchase this in our visitor center.

- Skiers have the right of way. Snowshoers use caution crossing the ski trails.

- Faster skiers should step around slower skiers when it is safe to do so. A friendly greeting is also recommended.

- Trails are two way - use caution on hills and keep right.

- Please pack out all litter.

- If you come across a stick or debris that has blown that has fallen onto the trail, if you are in a safe place, please throw it off the trail.

- If you must herringbone to get up a hill, please do so on the skate lane as not to disturb the set classic ski track.

- If walking is necessary, stay to one side and avoid walking on set tracks and groomed trails.

- If you fall, move off the track and fill in any holes left behind, so it is safe for the next skiers.

- Keep to the right when meeting oncoming skiers. Skaters should step into tracks when possible to provide more room for oncoming skaters.

- Keep clear of the track when not skiing. Stay well to the edge if rewaxing, chatting or resting. Don’t stop at the bottom of hills or on blind corners.

- Be courteous and helpful to fellow trail users.



- Check the weather forecast and bring along proper clothing and equipment.

- Winter sunlight can cause too much sun exposure. Burn can occur even on cold and cloudy days. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun and wind.

- Know your route. Trail maps are available in the Visitor Center or look for trail junction maps.

- Bring sufficient water with you to stay hydrated and be on guard for signs of frost-bite and hypothermia.

- Ski/snowshoe within your abilities. Snow conditions will change trail difficulty.

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