Skiing & Snowshoeing

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Snowshoe tracks at Tamarack Nature Center

Tamarack Nature Center is home to beautiful cross-country ski trails and the only designated snowshoe trail in the county parks system.

Trail information

Tamarack's ski trail system includes a 4K more difficult loop, 3K easier loop and 1K practice loop that's perfect for beginners.

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Ski passes

  • All skiers age 16 and older are required to have a Minnesota State Ski Pass to use Tamarack trails. 
  • Daily passes can be purchased with winter recreation equipment rental for $10/person.
  • Season passes may be purchased directly through the DNR website for $25/person.
  • Passes are not required for snowshoeing.

Winter Recreation Rental Shack

Tamarack's ski and snowshoe rental shack provides everything you need for a scenic winter trek through our snow-covered prairie and woodland. Hours throughout the season may also be dependent on snow and trail conditions.

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The Winter Recreation Rental Shack is open. 
Holiday closures: December 24, 25 & 31, January 1 & 17 and February 21.

Hours throughout the season may vary based on weather and trail conditions. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the Cross-Country Skiing page. 

  Shack hours Rental start times
Monday–Wednesday Closed  
Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m –4 p.m.

10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Sunday Noon–3:45 p.m. Noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.


Rates listed are for a 2-hour rental.

Age Rate
3–5 $7
6–12 $10.50
13–adult $14

Reservation information

Cancellation policy

Programs and lessons

Tamarack is an ideal setting to learn how to cross-country ski or snowshoe, and we offer a variety of programs and lessons for both youth and adults. Lessons are geared for beginners and those looking to improve their skills. 

Programs & lessons