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Top 5 Ways To Enjoy Snow: Grand Rapids, Minnesota Style

One thing is assured is that northern Minnesota is going to have SNOW! Northerners have figured out how to embrace the white stuff , and we wanted to share their Top 5 Ways To Enjoy Snow in an attempt to lure you up north to Grand Rapids, Minnesota for a FUN winter getaway. We encourage you to blaze new trails this winter season by seeking new adventure, new trails, new nightlife, new places to eat and drink!


Winter’s solution to hiking is SNOWSHOEING. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes is easy and something all ages can do. Our local Snowshoe Guide, Tom Saxhaug goes out several times a week. He enjoys the fresh powder making new tracks in the forest. His favorite places to go are Sugar Hills, Legion Trail, and Simpson Creek in the Chippewa National Forest. For more information check out Visit Grand Rapids Snowshoeing Page.


The snowmobile trails are the best Grand Rapids has seen in 10 years! We have received above average snow fall this winter with over 3 feet of snow on the trails. The Itasca County Snowmobile Clubs have been working hard this year to get the trails in the best grooming condition and ready for riders each week. Check out our weekly Trail Conditions Report.


Fat tire bikes have created an expanded season for bicycling. While you can fat tire bike just about anywhere in Grand Rapids (in town and country roads) we have a few suggestions of places you should consider: the new Tioga Recreation Area in Cohasset offers world class mountain biking for all levels of riders. Two other places to enjoy fat tire biking are: Legion Trail and the Forest History Center. For more information check out Visit Grand Rapids Fat Tire Biking page. Also, mark your calendars for the Fat Fourteen Bike Race set for February 15, 2020 taking place at the Forest History Center.


There are 234 KM of cross country ski trails in the Grand Rapids area to ski. But there is something very special skiing at night. Two places where you can find ski trails that are lit at night are Minnesota Power Trail and Legion Trail. Both of these trails are well groomed by the City of Cohasset Park & Rec and Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club. For more information about cross country skiing in the Grand Rapids area check out Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club website. In addition to nordic skiing, we also have a great place to downhill ski, snowboard and snow tube: Mt Itasca.  Mt Itasca also has cross country ski trails to enjoy. Remember to purchase the MN Ski Pass to ski on our cross country ski trails.


Grand Rapids is home to two craft breweries, a Minnesota wine bar, a tap house, and many locally owned restaurants that showcase up north flare to their cuisine. From the place where all the locals go to chef inspired cuisine, there is something for every appetite in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Many of these places off live music and weekly  entertainment. Discover more about our places to Eat & Drink.

Grand Rapids offers a wide variety of places to stay while enjoying the snow this winter. You will find

conveniently located in town Hotels and Motels, charming and quaint bed and breakfast, in town vacation rentals, Minnesota resorts and lake vacation rentals. Book Your Stay Today! Have a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide mailed to you or you can download the Grand Rapids Visitor Guide to view on your mobile device or desktop.

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