Loppet Trails & Recreation

Cross-Country Skiing

Bringing Our Natural Areas and Trails to Life

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Loppet Foundation partner on the delivery of cross-country skiing to the public. There are a number of cross-country skiing opportunities in Minneapolis – with both skate style skiing and classical available, depending upon conditions. A trail pass is required. Purchase trail passes online here or in-person during open hours at our winter building locations.

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Cross-country ski rentals are available at The Trailhead. Visit our Equipment Rentals webpage for more information.

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All fluorinated ski wax substances are banned from Theodore Wirth Park, Columbia Golf Course, Hiawatha Regional Park, and the Chain of Lakes Regional Park – along with at all Loppet Foundation events. 

We believe that banning fluorocarbons will have a positive effect on skiers’ health, the environment, and the sport as a whole. Fluorinated waxes and the necessary equipment to use them are expensive and difficult for the average skier to use, contributing to a barrier to entry to the racing side of the sport, which is something the Loppet Foundation strives to minimize. 

We will be conducting testing for fluorinated products during some of our races, and skiers whose skis test positive will be disqualified from the event.