Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area

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Cross-country skier at Battle Creek Regional Park

The Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area will be the first winter recreation area with machine made snow in the East Metro. It will provide access to recreation for the surrounding community and serve as a regional, statewide and national draw as a premier cross-country ski facility. The Winter Recreation Area will provide mental and physical health benefits, youth development opportunities and connection to the natural world.

Project background

The Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area will provide reliable snow in winter for recreational skiers, professional and student athletes, and beginner skiers. A sledding hill with snowmaking will be free and open to the public.

Snowmaking equipment will: 

  • Extend the cross-country ski season to approximately 100 days. 
  • Provide the reliable snow necessary to host events and offer recreation even in low-snow years. 

Features

The project will provide:

  • Snowmaking on a 2.5 km lighted cross-country ski trail and a sledding hill.
  • An equipment/maintenance facility to support the snowmaking system operations and maintenance.

Preparation 

Tree removal along trails on the west side of Battle Creek Road is underway. Trails will be closed for approximately 2 weeks. Trails to the east remain open.

Widening the trail is necessary to:

  • Allow for skiers of various skill levels to coexist on the trails.
  • Mitigate snowmaking damage to trees immediately along trail, including damage to lower limbs and roots.
  • Allow larger grooming equipment necessary for snowmaking to pass without damaging trees.

This work may disrupt ski trails temporarily. Ski trail reports can be found at ramseycounty.us/Ski.

Budget

The total project cost is estimated at $5.6 million.

Timeline

  • Request for proposal process/Design-build team selection – February - May 2021.
  • Design, estimating & community engagement – June - December 2021.
  • Permitting, construction & commissioning – TBD.