Getting cabin fever? A great way to beat the blues is by exercising. Since we just got a fresh pile of snow, cross country skiing is a great and fun way to work up a sweat. There are a bunch of places to ski in the Rochester area:
Chester Woods: Located on Highway 14 in Eyota, this is a great place to go on windy days as most of the trail is in the woods. Five kilometers of groomed trails are available for all levels of skiers. There is a fee for Chester Woods - $5 per day or $20 for the year.
Douglas State Trail: This is a groomed trail through a forest and rolling fields. A Minnesota ski pass* is required for the 20.8 km of trails.
Eastwood Golf Course: Lighted for night skiing! This is an eight km trail (just one km is lighted) and it's great for classic and skate cross country skiing. Groomed for all levels.
Essex Park: Eight km for classic and skate skiing.
Quarry Hill: Ten km of groomed trails through the old quarry. This is a fairly flat area. Quarry Hill also has ski by candlelight events throughout the winter. Rentals are available for kids and adults. They also have snowshoes for rent. Trail fees apply.
Soldier's Field Golf Course: This is an intermediate course for classic and skate skiing. Five km of trails are well lit for night skiing.
*MN State law requires ski-trail passes for the use of some designated trails. To find out information, contact the DNR for more information at 888-665-4236.
Here are some tips for newer cross country skiers:
Use your arms and legs together to get more speed.
Lean forward with bent knees for balance (especially descending hills).
Dan graduated from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High school in 1999. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1998, the summer before his senior year of high school. Dan Graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Upon College Graduation Dan Commissioned through U. S. Army ROTC as an Infantry Officer. He Lead an Infantry Platoon during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge. Since 2008 Dan is a co-team leader with the Realty Edge Team at Counselor Realty of Rochester, MN. He shares his life with his son, daughter and wife Julee who works at Elgin Family Dentistry in Elgin, Minnesota.
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