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DNR offers Cross Country Ski Pass on Internet


December 10, 2002

As the snow begins to fly, the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources is offering yet another way to get the Great Minnesota Ski
Pass, according to Paul Nordell of the DNR. The cost is $3 for a daily
ski pass, $10 for an annual ski pass, and $25 for a three-year ski pass.
Ski passes are available at 1,850 hunting and fishing license agent
locations statewide as part of the DNR's Electronic Licensing System.

Minnesota cross-country skiers help support the development and
maintenance of public ski trails through the purchase of the Great
Minnesota Ski Pass. It was initiated in 1983 by the Minnesota
Legislature at the request of cross-country skiers to provide funds for support of trail development and grooming.
A list of Electronic Licensing System locations is available on
the DNR Web site at Locations are also available by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-646-6367. Daily ski passes can still be purchased at most state parks and Twin Cities regional county parks.

This year, for the first time, the DNR is offering the ski pass
on line at or by telephone toll free at
1-888-665-4236. Applicants will receive a temporary authorization number to use until the ski pass arrives in the mail. Internet and telephone license sales are charged an additional $3.50 convenience fee.  Cross-country skiers, age 16 and older, must have a ski pass on
most public ski trails.

"People can use the ski pass on about 170 cross-country ski trails, totaling about 1,700 miles of opportunity," Nordell noted.  "Some additional costs may be encountered at certain ski trail locations, but this is the basic fee that drives the statewide ski-trail passport system."

General information about the ski pass is available on the DNR
Web site.

Trail snow condition reports, updated every Thursday after 2
p.m., are available by calling the DNR Information Center at the above phone numbers, or on the DNR Web site.

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