Mt. Itasca Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon

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June 12-15, 2022

We had a successful biathlon summer camp June 12-15, 2022. Check back here for updates on our upcoming winter schedules

What Is Biathlon?

Biathlon is an Olympic sport combining cross-country racing with rifle marksmanship. Mt. Itasca’s biathlon venue boasts a 30-point range and 2, 2.5, 3.3 and 4.5-kilometer race loops that are snowed and impeccably groomed to international- race- course standards. These trails merge into a larger trail network for race warm-up and longer Nordic distance races throughout the season.

Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association (MINSA)

Mt. Itasca is home to Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association (MINSA). Under the direction of coaches Vladimir and Petra Cervenka, the organization trains athletes year round for both Nordic and biathlon competitions. MINSA hosts Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) ski races at Mt. Itasca as well as competitions organized by Minnesota Biathlon.

Biathlon Contacts

MINSA President Jon Arntson (218) 326-0983


Cross Country Skiing At Mt. Itasca

There are many cross-country skiing activities you can participate in at Mt. Itasca. Come out and enjoy our trails! We have two trail systems, each requiring a separate pass. The biathlon trails have a fee of $6 per day, $60 for a season and $135 for a family season. The Grant-in-Aid trails require a Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which can be purchased here. Our trail map can be found here. Inquire at the main chalet, or see our passes page, about cross-country ski rental if you are new to the sport or do not have your own skis.

Grand Rapids High School Cross Country Ski Team

The Grand Rapids High School cross country ski team trains at Mt. Itasca from Thanksgiving until mid -February. Contact Coach Craig Stertz by email at

Youth Ski
League (MYSL)

Minnesota Youth Ski League provides cross-country ski instruction for area youth, ages 4 to 14, by volunteer instructors. MYSL meets at 1:00 p.m. each Sunday in January and February. Register online at or contact Catherine McLynn at (218) 326-1313, or by email at

Mount Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association is in charge of the biathlon facility at Mt. Itasca, organizes cross-country ski races, and makes snow on the lower (biathlon) trails at Mt. Itasca. For more information, contact Jon Arntson at (218) 326-0983 or by email at

Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club

Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club (NLNSC) is responsible for grooming and maintaining the Grant-in-Aid trails at Mt. Itasca. NLNSC also maintains other cross-country ski trails in Itasca County. For more information about this club, visit the NLNSC website or contact Catherine McLynn at 218-326-1313 or by email at


Purchase daily lift tickets, season passes, tubing passes, and daily rentals here.

Ski/Snowboard Hours

December through mid-March:
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and offer recreation to the community with the help of both private and public partnerships. Find out how you can support our mission here.

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