DNR NEWS -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 www.dnr.state.mn.us. 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us 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
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.