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Cross-country ski trails in great condition

Good snow means Minnesota's 1,800-plus miles of grant-in-aid and state-operated cross-country ski trails are in great condition.

"People are dusting off their skis and buying ski passes to take advantage of winter," said Andrew Korsberg, trail program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"We've seen an increase over last year in ski trail use as a result of good snow and trail conditions."

State law requires skiers ages 16 and older to carry a pass before using grant-in-aid and state-operated cross-country ski trails. Skiers without a pass will be ticketed.

Passes may be purchased at electronic licensing agents and at most state parks that have ski trails.

Cost is $5 daily, $15 annual, and $40 for the three-year pass. A $3.50 fee is added to Internet and phone sales.

Passes are also available online at, by phone 888.665.4236, or by mail from DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul MN 55155-4026.