Gear Up for a Wild Winter!

We don't stop. We just dress warmer.
We don't stop. We just dress warmer. Photo courtesy of Hashtag Photography.

Photo courtesy of Hashtag Photography.

 

 

 

Adventure Sports Thrill in the St. Croix Valley

 

Snow sports lovers rejoice. Your season is here. Historically, over 50 inches of snow makes its way to Taylors Falls, MN and St. Croix Falls, WI during winter. To some, that means packing it in and dreaming of spring, but not here. Here, we unpack. We bust out skis and snowboards and get ‘em waxed and ready. We inflate snow tubes and fat bike tires. We rev up snowmobiles and gas their tanks. We dust off winter jackets, snowpants, long underwear, hats, gloves, mittens, wool socks, boots... Here, we gear up. Winter is upon us and we have no intention of hibernating.

If snow and ice are your passion and cold air feeds your fire, gear up and join us this winter. In the St. Croix Valley, adventure awaits around every corner.

 

Snowboard at Trollhaugen in Dresser, WI.

Create Your Own Adventure

 

The trails and parks of the St. Croix Valley are some of the best in the nation for snow sport enthusiasts of all methods of enjoyment and levels of experience. Some of the world’s most unique geology is found here, creating some interesting terrain and phenomenal views. Just make sure to slow down every once in a while and take it all in!

 

Downhill Ski

at Trollhaugen, Dresser, MN; at Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls, MN

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Skiers are ready for the season at Wild Mountain!

 

Take it to the limit with the perfect blend of speed and control on a run that seems exactly manicured to your ability and excitement expectations.  Trollhaugen and Wild Mountain combine to offer 50 runs and eight freestyle terrain parks catered to all skill levels.

 

 

Cross Country Ski

Cross Country Ski Trails

Cross Country Skiing is great exercise! Photo courtesy of Starr Towle.

Cross Country Skiing is great exercise! Photo courtesy of Starr Towle.

 

World class Nordic ski trails span over 160 kilometers in the St. Croix Valley area, expertly groomed for classic or skate-style skiing.  Hotspots trailhead along the St. Croix River from William O’Brien State Park in Marine on the St. Croix, MN to Wild River State Park in Center City, MN, with lots more to discover in between. Experience a variety of terrain and elevations and enjoy night skiing on lighted loops.

 

 

Snow Tube

at Trollhaugen, Dresser, WI; at Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls, MN; at Eko Backen, Scandia, MN

Photo courtesy of Wild Mountain.

Snow Tubing is a great way to spend a family day! Photo courtesy of Wild Mountain.

Excitement for the whole family! With three separate hills groomed specifically for tubing, you’ll want to try them all. Compare the chute-style runs at Trollhaugen and Wild Mountain then see how they stack up against the traditionally groomed hill at Eko Backen. Each hill has either a conveyor belt or tow rope to get you back up to the top and ready for your next run.

 

 

Snowmobile Trails

of Polk County; of Chisago County

Snowmobiles are a great way to add some adventure to winter!

Soar through some of the St. Croix Valley’s exquisite geology on one of our world class snowmobile trails. The Gandy Dancer Trail’s former rail bed surface provides smooth sailing for 48 miles throughout Polk County. Or map your ride from over 550 miles of prime trails that crisscross throughout the area.

 

 

Fat Bike

Fat Bike Trails

Biking doesn't stop in Winter here. Photo courtesy of Wendi Lindemuth

Biking doesn't stop during the winter around here! Photo courtesy of Wendi Lindemuth

 

Whether you’ve been biking fat for years or just getting involved in this growing sport, the St. Croix Valley has just the trail for you. Many of the Woolly Bike Trails that traverse St. Croix Falls, WI are groomed specifically for fat bike use in the winter. Hop on a fatty and extend biking season to a year-round affair.

 

 

 

Race Your Way Through Winter

If your need for speed thrives on competition, check out some of our favorite race events of the season.

 

 

DECEMBER

Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race, St. Croix Falls, WI

Dallas Wynne at the Solstice Chase Fat Tire Bike Race in St. Croix Falls, WI

Dallas Wynne at the Solstice Chase Fat Tire Bike Race in St. Croix Falls, WI

 

Get ready for an adventure as you slosh your way through miles of snow and ice, racing toward the finish line. The Solstice Chase 42k/21k fat bike race starts and finishes at the Dalles House Restaurant and Lodge in St. Croix Falls and winds through the groomed singletrack of the Woolly Trail system. It officially kicks off the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series which features racing events throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. All ages and abilities are welcome. Proceeds of the Solstice Chase go toward further developing the trails of the St. Croix Falls area.

 

Whether you're a racer or spectator, you'll find plenty of adventure in our ski racing in the St. Croix Valley! Photo courtesy of Tanner Rivard

Whether you're a racer or spectator, you'll find plenty of adventure in our ski racing in the St. Croix Valley! Photo courtesy of Tanner Rivard

 

 

Alpine D-Team Races at Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls, MN; at Trollhaugen, Dresser, WI

Learn to race like the pros! The St. Croix Valley’s two premiere downhill ski destinations each offer Alpine D-Team training for kids ages 6-18. Both sites boast a low coach-to-skier ratio, which provides development and guidance on an individual skill level. Training kicks off in early December with races throughout the winter at various venues.

 

Gorgeous views of the St. Croix Valley can be had on top of Wild Mountain!

Gorgeous views of the St. Croix Valley can be had on top of Wild Mountain!

 

 

Freestyle Snowboard/Twin Tip D-Team at Trollhaugen, Dresser, WI

Get your tricks on with the Freestyle Snowboard/Twin Tip D-Team at Trollhaugen. The program features both training and competition in Big Air, Slopestyle, and Boarder/Skier Cross (Giant Slalom) for ages 7-17. Training kicks off in early December with competitions throughout the winter at various venues.

D-Team racer Daniel S. loves the thrill of a ski race adventure! Photo courtesy of Lacey Scottum.

D-Team racer Daniel S. loves the thrill of a ski race adventure! Photo courtesy of Lacey Scottum.

JANUARY

Celebration of the Lakes Radar Run Snowmobile Race, Lindstrom, MN

Get revved up for some high-octane, adrenaline-pumping fun! Celebration of the Lakes honors the hearty culture of the snow-dwelling Swedes who settled the Chisago Lakes area. And what better way to celebrate their sense of adventure than with a snow-spewing, slip-and-bump timed sled run across the ice? Snowmobile race event is held on North Center Lake and also features Kitty Kat races.

 

Marine/O’Brien Cross Country Ski Race, Marine on the St. Croix, MN

Marine O'Brien Cross Country Ski Race. Photo courtesy of Jeni O'Brien

Marine O'Brien Cross Country Ski Race. Photo courtesy of Jeni O'Brien

 

There’s a reason this event has been around for 47 years. Try it and find out why. The Marine/O’Brien Cross Country Ski Race is held at William O’Brien State Park and kicks off with a wooden ski tour. The race is open to all ages and abilities and spectators are welcome.

 

Celebration of the Lakes Smoosh Demonstrations, Lindstrom, MN

Try a NEW winter Adventure! Photo courtesy of the Chisago Lakes Chamber Smoosh Races.

Try a NEW winter Adventure! Photo courtesy of the Chisago Lakes Chamber Smoosh Races.

 

So you think you’ve got cross country skiing all figured out? Try strapping yourself on the same set of skis as three of your teammates and racing across a frozen lake! Synchronized strides are not as easy as they look. While 2017 wont have an actual Smoosh ski race this season, there will be skis and sticks to try out at Celebration of the Lakes in Lindstrom, MN.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

Winterfest 250 Championship UTV Race, Balsam Lake, WI

1st Annual UTV races in Balsam Lake! Photo courtesy of RTC Events.

1st Annual UTV races in Balsam Lake! Photo courtesy of RTC Events.

 

Get your motor running and test your UTV racing chops on the winter terrain of Balsam Lake. The Winterfest 250 is open to Pro Modified, Pro Stock, or Sport Stock vehicles. The highly technical race loop is around seven miles on 100% ice. Over $8,000 worth of cash and prizes is divided amongst top finishers in all three classes.

 

 

Snowshoe Race, Balsam Lake, WI

Snowshoe Races are a great way to embrace winter! Photo courtesy of Lacey Scottum.

Snowshoe Races are a great way to embrace winter! Photo courtesy of Lacey Scottum.

 

A true test of grit and determination, the Balsam Lake Snowshoe Race covers 5K of beautiful wooded trails, starting from Pine Park. The top three men’s and women’s finishers receive awards and door prizes are open to all at the culmination of the race. Competitors may also run/walk the trail, but awards are reserved for those who snowshoe.

 

Make a weekend out of your adventure to the St. Croix Valley: Taylors Falls, MN & St. Croix Falls, WI. Check out our lodging options here:WHERE TO STAY

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