Winter here in Minnesnowta can be long, but as true Minnesnowtans do, we make the most of it. We get out and play in the snow, cold and ice because we embrace the outdoors and all of the fun it provides for us. Here are 10 ways to get out and play this winter in Minnesnowta, thanks to our friends at Explore Minnesota:

  1. Outdoor Festivals:  We don’t hide from the snow or cold and we embrace the outdoors to celebrate all things winter. From snow sculptures to ice fishing to 5K races, Minnesnowtans will do anything and everything to celebrate outside. Read more about winter festivals here.
    Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/George Roedler
  2. Winter Fat Biking:  Head to Cuyuna for some bold adventuring on your fat tire bike. The trails are groomed for winter riding and it’s probably some of the most fun you’ll have all winter.Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/Jayme Larson
  3. Cross-country Skiing:  A wonderful way to explore the snowy trails in Minnesnowta. There’s just something breath-taking about being enveloped in the wonder of the wilderness blanketed in white. Read about Explore Minnesota Brian Fanelli’s adventure his first time cross-country skiing. 
    Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota
  4. Snowmobiling:  The favorite mode of transportation in Minnesnowta, where there are over 22,000 miles of trails. Hop on your machine and take a ride through the wilderness. Learn more about it. 
    Photo Credit: Mille Lacs Area Tourism
  5. Ice Fishing:  Whether you bring a whole house or just your recliner out onto the frozen lake, ice fishing is a winter sport that some Minnesnowtans live for. Socialize with other anglers while you wait for the big one – it’s a “hole” lot of fun. Read more about how to embrace ice-fishing season. 
  6. Open Water Fishing:  Who woulda thought? You don’t even need ice! Find some open water and cast a line from the shore or a boat. Check out all you need to know here. 
    Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/Ron Hustvedt
  7. Snowshoeing:  Take a snowfari and travel to places no one has been before on your snowshoes. This Minnesnowtan activity gets you out in nature whether you go on a groomed trail or make your own. Learn more about snowshoeing here. 
    Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/@hikingthenorth
  8. Ice Climbing:  This unique experience is unlike any other sport – Minnesnowtans climb up a frozen rock-wall and figure out the puzzle to get to the top. It’s a great way to work up a sweat on a winter day. Brian Fanelli of Explore Minnesota details his adventure learning all about ice climbing here. 
    Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/Lisa Meyers McClintick
  9. Winter Camping:  Make snow your new best friend. Cook in it, sleep in it, play in it all while embracing the beautiful outdoors. It may not be for all, but Minnesnowtans can learn more here. 
  10. Minnesnowta Cash:  Get out and play Minnesnowta Cash before, during, or after your snowy adventure. Who knows, you could win $100,000. Now that is a big cash flurry. Find the fun here!