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Duluth Winter Adventure Guide


Duluth is a winter wonderland when it comes to snowy adventures. From alpine and cross-country skiing to fat-tire biking and dog-sledding, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Forget about hibernating this winter. Head to Duluth and embrace winter fun on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Check out our local guide to the area's best trails and activities.

  • Snowshoeing

    Enjoy solitude in areas that might be crowded in summer and explore different areas that can't be reached any other time of the year. Complimentary snowshoe rentals for Beacon Pointe guests!
  • Hartley Nature Center

    Explore a frozen pond, a white pine plantation (Instagram worthy), creeks, ruins of an old farmhouse and root cellar, and amazing views from Rock Knob lookout. The park even includes 2-miles of the famed Superior Hiking Trail.
  • Hawks Ridge

    Traverse the highest point of Skyline Parkway on the nature reserve and COGGS multi-use trails. You'll path through snowy wooded pines and find some of the best overlooks in Duluth.
  • Park Point Recreation Area

    Snowshoe along the beach to see fantastic ice formations and hike through the old-growth pines on the point trail to explore the brick ruins of Lake Superior's first lighthouse! Continue on the path, and you'll find even more ruins on the shoreline facing Wisconsin.
  • Moose Mountain SNA

    You'll find absolute solitude and an abundance of sugar maple, red oak, aspen, and black ash forest to explore. At its peak you'll get a panoramic view of the Lester River Valley.
  • Nordic Skiing

    Getaway from the crowds, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of nordic skiing on the plethora of snowy wooded trails in Duluth.
  • Lester-Amity Park

    Ski day or night with lite trails for both skate and classic skiers. Lester is easily the most popular nordic trail system in Duluth, satisfying all skill levels from beginners to racers.
  • Grand Avenue Nordic Center

    With dedicated snowmaking and daily grooming, there is always an opportunity to ski the trails at the base of Spirit Mountain. Enjoy getting ready in a full-service chalet or perhaps après ski.
  • Hartley Park

    Glide along winding streams and around densely wooded loops in this residential neighborhood of Duluth. Great trails for families and beginners looking to try classic skiing. Ski rentals available at the Nature Center.
  • Piedmont

    Is a wonderful place to go for classic skiers of all levels, and it offers scenic overlooks of the St. Louis River valley.
  • Sledding

    The city built on a hill has no shortage of sledding hills, and nothing puts a smile on your face like riding down a snowy hillside on your back seat.
  • Holy Rosary School

    A local favorite for its steep pitch and views of Lake Superior. Just a short 5-minute drive from Beacon Pointe Hotel.
  • Bagley Nature Area - UMD 

    Ideal for younger kids because of it's short trek back up the hill. An added bonus is the public outdoor fireplace, great for s'more making.
  • Ridgeview Country Club

    Is a great hill for all ages with fast and long runs.   
  • Mont du lac

    Offers more than just downhill skiing; there are 500 foot long tubing runs — an excellent activity for the whole family.
  • Spirit Mountain Tubing

    Enjoy tubing down a groomed hill on an inner tube and, most importantly, the effortless ride back to the top on the tow rope. After the sun goes down, you'll have to try glow tubing!
  • Fat Biking

    Winter biking with a fat bike is simply pure fun, and almost everyone who rides one for the first time can't stop smiling. Luckily Duluth has tons of groomed winter bike trails to explore.
  • Lester River & Hawks Ridge

    Is a scenic 4.5 loop trail that is great for beginners. Riders will enjoy stunning views of the Lester and Amity river valleys.
  • Piedmont

    Is an excellent winter trail for intermediate and advanced riders looking to challenge themselves. With challenge often comes reward; the scenic overlooks of Duluth's harbor is well worth the adventure. Plus, you can even end your ride down at the craft district for a much-deserved beer.
  • Jay Cooke State Park

    Is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but if you haven't experienced it in the winter via a fat bike, you'll want to check it out. This is a bit more challenging trail - approx. 5.4-mile loop.
  • Harltey Park

    Enjoy a long ride with approximately 8-miles of groomed winter biking trails. Be sure to ride to the top of Rock Knob for a fantastic overlook of the city.
  • Dog Sledding

    Meet some really cool dogs and try out this old style of transportation!
  • Positive Energy Outdoors

    Meet the team of 55 loveable Alaskan Huskies and spend the day learning how to dog-sled. Are you ready for an incredible winter adventure?
  • Endurance Kennels

    Drive your own sled dog team or ride in the sled - either way, it'll be an experience that will last a lifetime.
  • John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

    Be a spectator at the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. Watch the send-off and follow the checkpoints to cheer on these amazing dogs - and mushers.
  • Alpine Skiing

    Enjoy solitude in areas that might be crowded in summer and explore different areas that can't be reached any other time of the year. Before you go be sure to grab a pair of snowshoes from Beacon Pointe's Front Desk!
  • Spirit Mountain

    Spirit is one of the largest ski resorts in Minnesota with 22 runs of varying degrees, 175 skiable acres, and a 700 foot vertical drop. Plus, it has several terrain parks for freestylers.
  • Chester Bowl

    Is the premier family-friendly ski hill in Duluth. They offer affordable prices and the right terrain for beginners.
  • Mont du Lac

    Overlooks the St. Louis river and offers eight scenic and thrilling runs.
  • Ice Fishing on Lake Superior

    Lake Superior doesn't freeze over every year, but you should take advantage of it when it does! Come March; there may be a chance to fish for massive lake trout and salmon through the ice. Safety first, call Marine General for the latest ice conditions.