Miles of groomed dual-tracked, classic-style cross-country ski trails and skate-style cross country trails provide opportunities for you to explore Dakota County Parks during the beautiful winter season.
Find trail conditions
To find the condition of your favorite trail, you can find winter trail conditions online.
Locations to classic cross-country ski
Locations to skate cross-country ski
Skate-style cross-country skiing is not permitted on classic cross-country ski trails.
Cross-country ski pass needed
A cross-country ski pass is required for all skiers ages 18 and older to use the ski trails. The pass fee is due at the time of purchase. Purchase a cross-country ski pass.
The Minnesota Ski Pass is a separate program and is neither accepted nor required to use Dakota County Parks ski trails.
Beginner level cross-country ski lessons are available if you are new to the sport. See the Parks Calendar of Events for a full list of course offerings.
Classic-style cross-country ski equipment is available to rent during the winter season at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Get equipment rental information.
Typically, frozen ground with a minimum of 4-6 inches of snow is needed to machine pack ski trails. An additional 4 inches of packed snow is needed for grooming set tracks for classic-style skiing. Due to a variety of environmental factors and conditions (moisture content in snow, wind and drifting, leaf litter on the trail, cross-country ski trail conditions change.