As the snow begins to fly, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering the Great Minnesota Ski Pass at 1,750 locations.
The ski pass is part of the DNR's Electronic Licensing System (ELS) for hunting and fishing licenses. The cost is $3 for a daily ski pass, $10 for an annual ski pass, and $25 for a three-year ski pass.
Minnesota cross-country skiers help support the development, maintenance and grooming of public ski trails through the purchase of the ski pass. It was initiated in 1983 by the Minnesota Legislature at the request of cross-country skiers. Cross-country skiers, age 16 and older, must have a ski pass on most public ski trails.
"People can use the ski pass on about 170 cross-country ski trails, totaling more than 1,700 miles of opportunity," noted Paul Nordell of the DNR's Division of Trails and Waterways. "Some additional costs may be encountered at certain ski trail locations, but this is the basic fee that drives the statewide ski-trail passport system."
Daily ski passes can also be purchased at most state parks and Twin Cities regional county parks. For immediate availability, the DNR offers the ski pass online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/skiing/ or by telephone toll free at 1-888-665-4236. Applicants will
receive a temporary authorization number to use until the ski pass arrives in the mail. Internet and telephone license sales are charged an additional $3.50 convenience fee.
General information and a list of ELS locations is available on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-646-6367.
Trail snow condition reports, updated every Thursday after 2:30 p.m., are available by calling the DNR Information Center at the above phone numbers, or on the DNR Web site.