Ski Trail Passes

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Ski Trail Passes

A ski pass is required to ski on any Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Ski Trails. This includes Theodore Wirth Park, Columbia Golf Course, Hiawatha Golf Course and the Chain of Lakes.

NEW THIS YEAR – season passes will be distributed in digital format.

Please purchase your season ski pass(es) online. For those who are unable to purchase their pass online or who need extra assistance with the process, a customer service representative at the ticket window near of The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway) will be able to assist you with a mobile tablet or your own cellular device (only debit/credit cards will be accepted for ski pass sales).

All-Access Ski Pass

Get an All-Access Ski Pass to ski on all Minneapolis Parks trails, including on Theodore Wirth Park’s snowmaking trails where The Loppet Foundation’s continually-improving snowmaking capacity makes for great skiing all winter. This pass is required to use all trails in the North Wirth Trails west of Theodore Wirth Parkway. This includes Hap Lutter Trails, Judy Lutter Loop, and Twin Lake Trail. This pass also allows the pass holder access to all groomed trails in the MPRB trail system, both snowmaking and natural snow. This pass also grants you access to Columbia Golf Course, Hiawatha Golf Course, and the Chain of Lakes trails.

Natural Snow Ski Pass

Please note that there is no ability to ski on snowmaking or lighted trails with this pass.

Purchase a Natural Snow Ski Pass to have access only to the natural snow trails of Hiawatha Golf Course, Columbia Golf Course, Theodore Wirth Park, and The Chain of Lakes. This pass allows the pass holder to ski in natural snow areas only. This includes South Wirth and North Wirth Trails, except for the snowmaking/lighted areas (the Hap Lutter Snowmaking Loop, the Judy Lutter Loop, and the Twin Lake Trail). This pass is recommended for the skier who is interested in skiing in natural snow areas only, not the lighted/snowmaking loop. For instance, someone who is interested primarily in skiing on the Chain of Lakes or at Hiawatha or Columbia. This pass also grants you access to Columbia Golf Course, Hiawatha Golf Course, and the Chain of Lakes trails.

2021-2022 Season Ski Pass Pricing

All-Access Ski Pass - Individual or Primary Adult$90
All-Access Ski Pass - Additional Adult
(must be purchased at the same time & reside in same household)
$50
All-Access Ski Pass - Youth 11 and Under$35
Natural Snow Ski Pass - Individual or Primary Adult$50
Natural Snow Ski Pass - Additional Adult
(must be purchased at the same time & reside in same household)
$25
Ski Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. Season Passes are valid from the date the ski trails open or date of purchase (if bought after the open date) through the end of the ski season.

For your convenience, daily passes are available for purchase online (must be purchased on the day of use). For those who are unable to purchase their pass online or who need extra assistance with the process, a customer service representative at the ticket window near of The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway) will be able to assist you with a mobile tablet or your own cellular device (only debit/credit cards will be accepted for ski pass sales).

Daily Ski Pass

These passes are intended for skiers who wish to access the trails for a single day. Daily passes are available for both All-Access and Natural Snow-only areas and may be purchased online or at Theodore Wirth Park. Daily Passes are valid only for date of purchase.

2021-2022 Daily Ski Pass Pricing

All-Access Ski Pass - Daily Adult$20
All-Access Ski Pass - Daily Youth 11 & Under$10
Natural Snow Ski Pass - Daily Adult$8
Natural Snow Ski Pass - Daily YouthFREE
Ski Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. Passes can either be purchased online or in person at The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway), but MUST be purchased on the day of use.

Discounted Passes

If you are ordering season passes for more than one person in your household, you will pay full price for the first pass, and $50 or $25 (depending on pass type) for all additional adult passes. You must order passes online in order to receive the discount.

Theodore Wirth Park has some of the best cross-country ski trails in the Twin Cities. As such, many teams choose to rent space on our trails for races or buy group passes for their team.

We do have ski pass discounts for large teams; however, an orientation to The Trailhead and our trail systems is required before applying for discounted ski passes. Please email permits@loppet.org for more information.

More information about group ski passes and ski trail events can be found here.

Q. I’ve purchased my ski pass, now what?
A. You can go skiing! You will receive a link to download your digital ski pass soon, but you can get out on the trails right away.

Q. How do I show my pass?
A. You can show your pass on your phone (Ex: Apple Wallet & Google Pay) or you can print your receipt.

Q. I don’t have a cell phone, or do not ski with a phone, what should I do?
A. Be prepared to verify your information with staff rather than present the pass. All your information is securely stored and is not shared.

Q. Why the change in how people get a ski pass?
A. It reduces the lines and congestion at the Trailhead, reduces wait and travel times for those who do not ski in the immediate area of the Trailhead, and is more environmentally friendly!

Q. Multiple people in my family purchased passes under the same email, how does that work?
A. The digital pass emails will all go to the address they were ordered under.  Individuals in this situation can claim their pass links individually, or simply be prepared to verify their information with the staff.

Q. Is there still Youth pricing?
A. Yes! Please choose from the dropdown menu when selecting the type of pass.

Q. Is there still a reduced cost for additional household members?
A. Yes! All additional members must be in the same household, and the passes must be ordered at the same time.

Q. When does my pass expire?
A. Your pass expires at the end of the 2021-2022 ski season. This corresponds with the end of the ski trails being consistently groomed.

Q. Do I need a pass to hike or bike in the park during winter?
A. Passes are not required for cycling or hiking in the winter, with the exception of fat biking on the snowmaking ski trails on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights