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The Great Minnesota Ski Pass

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

All cross-country skiers on public ski trails who are aged 16 and above must have a Minnesota Ski Pass. You must sign your ski pass and carry it with you when skiing. Your ski pass fee helps support Minnesota's cross-country ski trail system.  The Ski Pass is also recommended for snowshoers, but is not required.  While some trails allow snowshoeing along side of skiing, in all cases, however, snowshoeing is not allowed on groomed areas.

Ski Pass Rates 

  • Daily ski pass: $6
  • One-season ski pass: $20
    (effective from July 1st of purchasing year to June 30 of following year, i.e. 07/01/13 - 06/30/14)
  • Three-season ski pass: $55
    (effective July 1st of purchasing year to June 30 of third year, i.e. 07/01/13 - 06/30/16)

Purchasing a Ski Pass 
There are several ways to get a Minnesota ski pass:

On the Internet
Buy your daily, one-season and three-season ski passes through the DNR online licensing system

By Phone
Call 1-888-MNLICENse (1-888-665-4236) to buy a daily, one-season or three-season ski pass. It's instant and easy. Have your date of birth, driver's license and credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) ready when you call. (There is a $3.50 processing fee for this convenience.) 

By Mail
Purchase a one-season or three-season ski pass by mail (daily pass not available by mail). Print out a Minnesota Ski Pass order form and send it with a check (payable to "MN DNR"), money order or credit card number (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) to:

      MN DNR License Bureau
      500 Lafayette Road Box 26
      St. Paul, MN 55155-4026

The DNR will send you your pass in two weeks.

In Person
Minnesota State Parks:
You will be able to purchase a daily pass in person at all parks except Carley, Crosby Manitou, Monson, or Schoolcraft state parks.
Self-registration for daily, annual and three-year ski passes will be available in parks with ski trails this winter. A mail-in envelope and an application will be provided for the purchaser. Payment or credit card information, along with a signature and personal information, will be required from the purchaser. The purchaser will retain a receipt until the ski pass arrives in the mail.

Electronic Licensing System:
Get your daily, one-season and three-season ski passes using Minnesota's new electronic licensing system. There are 1750 locations around the state where you can use ELS. For a list of these, go to the ELS page or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 1-888-646-6367 (TTY: 651-296-5484 or 1-800-657-3929).

DNR License Center:
Get daily, one-season and three-season on site at the DNR central office License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN


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