Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing is a great way to stay active in the winter months! Washington County grooms ski trails when conditions allow.

Permits and Passes

New this year, Washington County Parks no longer supports the Greater MN Ski Pass. Skiers must now purchase the Washington County ski pass. Passes can be purchased online, at a pay station, or at a park office. We will honor those who have a 3 year DNR ski pass for the upcoming season.

  • Daily $6, Annual $30
  • Required for ages 18+

Purchase your Washington County Ski Pass Online Here

Parks with Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Click here to see the Nordic Center Trailhead schedule.

Nordic Rocks Ski Rentals at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

With warming temperatures and dwindling ski trail conditions, we will no longer be offering our Nordic Rocks Ski rentals as of Wednesday, March 3.

These skis are a great way to explore the park and introduce a new generation of children and families to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.  

These introductory level cross country skis come in youth and adult size and are worn over a traditional winter boot.  As part of the rental package, adjustable poles are included.  

Nordic Rocks Ski Rental Information   

Please note that ski rentals will not be available when the trails are in poor condition and there is not enough snow. We want to ensure people have an enjoyable and safe first time skiing if they are beginners and the equipment doesn't get damaged. The last rental time for a guaranteed 3-hour rental will go out at 2:45 pm.      

Nordic Rocks Skis provided by grant funding through NSSTC.  

Ski Rental Rates

Adult: $10     

Youth: $5

3 hour limit


Adult Skis: 160 cm

Youth Skis: 120 cm

Poles: Adjustable

Trail conditions are posted via our Twitter feed below as well as Skinny Ski