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Join us for Cross Country Skiing and More!

Join us for Cross Country Skiing and More!
  Join us for Cross Country Skiing and More!

Join us for Cross Country Skiing and More!

Join us for Cross Country Skiing and More!

North Star Ski Touring Club

Cross Country Skiing is our passion,
but we have fun all year!

Join us!   Ski, bike, hike, paddle, dance, socialize, support trailsOur club is the largest ski touring club in the lower 48.  Formed in 1967, our all-volunteer club sponsors day, weekend, week-long trips. We make a difference- through advocacy, trail maintenance and a grant-giving program.  Share your love of the outdoors with friends.

North Star Grant Program

Shaping the Future of the Club and Cross Country Skiing

2020 Awards


Norm Oakvik, a club founder, donated a part of his estate to NSSTC to support the club and to further grow the sport of Nordic Skiing in Minnesota

Each year the North Star Grant program seeks, evaluates and funds worthy projects.

We are accepting proposals for the 2022 cycle, due by  March 31, 2021. FFI on 
Grant Program Link. 

In 2021 this program provided $25,000 for the following projects:  

Ottertail Nordic Ski Association- skis for the youth program


• Medicine Lake Ski Club – grooming equipment

• Loppet Foundation – lighting at Theodore Wirth Park


• Mount Ashwabay – construction equipment for new trails


• North Superior Ski Club – ski equipment & course markers

Washington County Ski Club – ski equipment

In 2020 this program provided $25,000 in funding for the following projects.  FFI on 2020 projects: Link.


• MN Youth Ski League

• Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club

• Sugarbush Trail Assoc.

• Rochester Active Sports Club (RASA)

• Banadad Trail Assoc.

• Itasca Ski and Outing Club

• Agassiz Environmental Learning Ctr.


Trail Stewardship

Every fall the club schedules trail-clearing trips to several

Minnesota ski areas. Rolling up their
sleeves and brandishing hand tools, rakes and chainsaws, club members clear brush to get cross-country ski trails ready for the winter.

Schedule information is found on the Master Event Calendar


December 14th Club Meeting Doors open at 6:30 p.m. program starts at 7:00 p.m  (This is a hybrid meeting -- attend in-person or online via Zoom at the link below)

Program: Author and historian David Smith will be speaking about the history of our beloved Minneapolis and St. Paul parks, and about his book, "City of Parks: The Story of Minneapolis Parks.” Minneapolis and Saint Paul are consistently recognized by the Trust for Public Land as having the top park systems in the U.S. Learn the story of who created the parks and how they have evolved over time. 

Attend in-person/ Location: 
Danish American Center, 3030 W River Pkwy in Minneapolis.  Parking available in their lot or on side streets.   

Online steaming via Zoom link: The zoom link will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 Join Via Zoom, and then click on the button to join/launch the meeting.
Phone voice call:  If you don't have the ability to join by computer, you can join the meeting by phone (voice only). Call  312-626-6799 and enter the following Meeting ID and pass code.
Meeting ID is 884 9033 9494. Pass code to enter is 728038. 

Embrace winter by celebrating cross-country skiing at the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener! 

Skiers of all abilities and ages are invited to kick off winter with free skiing, free ski rental equipment and free mini lessons. Participate in the Ski Tour with routes for the whole family, and check out the Nordic Market with representatives from 50 Nordic ski suppliers, resorts, retails and clubs. 

This is a FREE event. The first 1,500 visitors to the Nordic Ski Market receive a free buff!
Announcing Ski Mentoring Program
Our new program for beginning adult classic skiers connects our volunteers with skiers who have completed an organized ski lesson to meet on snow to provide tips and answer questions about how to improve and enjoy the skiing experience.

Link here for info about how the program works, how to request a mentor, practical learning tips such as clothes, safely falling and getting up, waxes, equipment, places to ski, getting into and out of your bindings and just stress-free support. 

Club Zoom meetings now in Documents Library! To see "Trails of the North Shore", go to "Resources" on the status line above,  then "Document Library", "Folders" and on the bottom of the list click on "Club Zoom Meeting PDF's". 

Upcoming Events
Sept. 14, 2020 North Star "Test Run" Zoom Meeting
Bruce Nelson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: North Star Test Run Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 14, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 974 2643 2976
Passcode: 284720
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Meet new friends, take advantage of the year-round activities and great ski trips. Join today for as little as $20/year!

Extended Travel Ski Trips

Join us in the many exciting ski trips offered each year. Join the club and enjoy the full package of benefits and save.

Year-round Events

Our spring, summer and fall events include hiking, cycling, paddling, social activities, volunteering and more.