Rochester MN Guide to Outdoor Winter Sports

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This post is sponsored by Experience Rochester MN

If you’re looking for creative ways to truly experience a Rochester, MN winter, look no further. We have a guide packed with places to snowshoe, cross country ski, sled, ski or play outdoor hockey. Luckily, the Rochester, MN area allows for quite a few months for area residents and visitors to truly explore and spend time playing in the frozen wonderland!

 

Snowshoeing 

New to snowshoeing? Rochester MN and Olmsted County has multiple trails available for you to complete on your bucket list. Snowshoeing is typically more strenuous than hiking, and is a great aerobic workout! The Rochester Parks & Recreation department maintains groomed ski trails. Snowshoe equipment rental is available at Quarry Hill Nature Center.  Call the Nature Center at 328-3950 for ski rental hours and rates. If you’re looking to get outside of town a few miles, yet stay in Olmsted County, make sure to check out Oxbow Park’s snowshoe trail.

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Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snow-covered terrain. The Rochester Parks & Recreation department maintains groomed trails. Ski equipment rental is available at Quarry Hill Nature Center.  Call the Nature Center at 328-3950 for ski rental hours and rates. If you’re looking to get outside of town a few miles, yet stay in Olmsted County, make sure to check out Oxbow Park’s cross-country ski trail.

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Sledding

There are two fabulous sledding hills in Rochester MN. It’s a blast to get outside to enjoy fresh air while burning off energy with your kids. If you’re interested in a little day trip, head over to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. You should call ahead to reserve a time – 507-533-4315. The ranch provides the tubes, a warming house, towrope, and lights.

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Skiing & Snowboarding

If you’re looking for adventure in bright white snow, then skiing or snowboarding may give you a thrill with your friends or family. Can’t decide between downhill skiing or snowboarding? No problem, both are available within a short driving distance from Rochester MN

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Outdoor Hockey

In the “State of Hockey,” we in Rochester, MN are lucky to have six outdoor hockey rinks scattered throughout the city. Many of which have warming houses and lights, to boot! So gather up your friends, neighbors or family to have a friendly hockey competition on the outdoor rinks. It’s sure to be a grand time and provide loads of memories.

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Outdoor Ice Rinks – No Hockey

For those of you who are looking for a little less competition, yet still time on the ice, make sure to stop by the one outdoor rink that does not allow hockey. Family and friends can gather here to enjoy the fresh winter air on the smooth ice!

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Curling

Rochester Curling ClubFounded in 2017, the is a volunteer organization devoted to bringing back the sport of curling to the city! The club has created numerous classes, leagues, bonspiels, and social gatherings to add hype to the popular pastime. This all-inclusive sport comes with a culture all its own. Come experience competition brewed with kindness and sportsmanship and equality in one of the various curling opportunities in our great city!

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