cross country skiing and snowshoeing On the north shore of lake superior

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on state property and in many other locations. There is a fee for a daily pass, a season pass or a 3-season pass. There are 1,750 locations to acquire the pass in person or it can be done electronically, by phone or by mail. More info on the Web at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index or call 888-646-6367.

North Shore Ski Trail (888/61 NORTH, www.northshoreskitrail.com) is in Tofte, MN located in north eastern MN along Lake Superior. There are 196 km of trails that are groomed. XC ski, telemark and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. Explore the shore. CCSAA member

Lutsen Resort & Sea Villas on Lake Superior (800/258-8736, www.lutsenresort.com) is in Lutsen, MN located on the north shore of Lake Superior 90 miles northeast of Duluth, MN. There is access to 175 km of groomed trails along the North Shore Ski Trail for both classic and skate skiing. For a full page of info click Lutsen Resort. Lodging on site includes the historic lodge, log cabins and luxury condos. There is a lakeside restaurant, a pub, swimming pool, inroom fireplaces and jacuzzis. XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available complimentary to guests. Lessons and guided ski tours also. Pets welcome, ski jouring, sleigh rides, dog sledding. CCSAA member

Boundary Country Trekking in northern Minnesota is 30 miles from Grand Marais on the north eastern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Gunflint Trail (800-322-8327; 218-322-4487; www.boundarycountry.com). Boundary Country Trekking provides adventure vacations and charming secluded lodging with a B & B, secluded cabins and yurts along the trail located on the 41 km Banadad Ski Trail System and midway along the 200 km Gunflint Nordic Trail.

National Forest Lodge (218/353-0707, 877/353-0707, www.nationalforestlodge.com) is located in Isabella, MN and has 35 km of groomed trails for classic skiing and more for snowshoeing. This find in northern Minnesota in the 2,000 acre Superior National Forest gets 8 feet of annual snowfall and they guarentee snow or offer a full refund! There are 10 rustic cabins and a modern log home available with Saturday night entertainment and all your meals included.

Cascade Lodge is on Highway 61 in Lutsen, MN (800/ 322-9543, www.cascadelodgemn.com) is located in the Cascade River State Park in the north east region of MN overlooking Lake Superior. There are 50 km of groomed ski trails. Historic lodge, cabins and restaurant. Lessons and xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. CCSAA member

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior (800/258-3346, www.bluefinbay.com) is in Tofte, MN located in the north eastern region of MN and has 55 km of groomed trails. Award winning restaurant and indoor/outdoor swimming pool. XC ski, snowshoe and telemark equipment rentals and lessons are available. Voted Best Romantic Resort in Lake Superior Magazine. There is lodging on site with fireplaces, saunas and hot tubs.CCSAA member.