There are many ski trails in the Brainerd Lakes Area; many of which are groomed Grant-In-Aid funded trails. To “legally” ski any GIA funded trail, cross country/Nordic skiers aged 16 years and older must purchase a MN Ski Pass. A non-pass holder can be sited by any Conservation Officer if caught on these trails without a pass. The Annual and 3-Year passes can be purchased at any ELS (Electronic Licensing Station) station (if they sell fishing licenses, etc., they will sell ski passes) and the Daily can be purchased from a variety of non-ELS providers. The Northland Arboretum is one provider in our area that sells the daily pass.

The Northland Arboretum contains trails for all experience levels. These trails are groomed for classic and skate.

12/5/21: All trails rolled after about 6 inches of snow. Packed down to about 4 inches on the trails, still soft when I skied in the evening. Could use B skis if you stay on top of the snow and don’t dig in much. Trail lights are on.

The Pine Beach Ski Trails are both classic and skate and include trails for all abilities.

12/8/21: Updated report not found.

The French Rapids trails are groomed classic and skate, include steep hills and are for intermediate and advanced skiers.

3/1/21: Updated report not found.

The Larson Lake Trail system is a good mix of classic and skate trails.  Please note that the interior loops are classic only.

12/5/21: Rolled all trails except the upper, interior classic segments. Six inches of rather light snow, rolled and packed to around two inches of base. Light snow falling when finished filling the trails.

The Wolf Lake Ski Trail is a classic only trail system.

12/6/21: Rolled all trails after 6 inches of rather light snow Sunday morning. Rolled and packed to around two inches of base. No classic tracks.

Thank you to the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club, and Mark Kavanaugh for their reports.



Mount Ski Gull:

We offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location. Helping our community to become a better place to live has been our guiding principle for 50 years. Mount Ski Gull’s mission is to provide challenging activities in a fun and healthy environment which empowers youth to develop confidence, competency, and compassion.

12/8/21: Open Ski & Snowboarding 12/10/21-12/13/21

12/8/21: All tubing tickets must be purchased ONLINE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL!

Snowmobile Trails:

Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association Clubs 12/7/21: The trails in the area did receive 6″ to 10″ of snow on Saturday night but the lakes and swamps are not frozen so please use extreme caution if you venture out.

The Brainerd Snodeos maintain and groom 107 miles of trail from Brainerd to Riverton, to Crow Wing State Park, to Harding and towards Garrison.

12/8/21: Updated report not found.

Fort Ripley Trail Busters

12/8/21: Updated report not found.

Gull Lake Drifters

12/8/21: Updated report not found.

Merrifield Marathons

12/5/21: Well, it snowed but with early season snow there are still areas that need some work yet so if you do venture out be careful! The club is still doing trail work! We will open our gates sometime on Tuesday this coming week. If you do go out please help pack the trails by not riding in the same tracks, spread out and pack it especially the swamps!

Baxter Snowmobile Club groom weekly on Monday Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

12/5/21: 5″ of snow overnight means the gate is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Welcome to Winter! Be safe.