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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.

NSSTC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy / Updated September 27, 2022
NSSTC will follow the CDC policies and MN State Department of Health recommendations and regulations regarding Covid-19.
All participants who take part in club activities such as meetings, trips and promotional events will need to be vaccinated and have the most recent booster vaccine, to the extent eligible.  As of October, 2022, masks will be required at all North Star monthly general meetings. 

North Star Grant Program

Shaping the Future of the Club and Cross Country Skiing

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.

Watch here for info on grant application procedures. 

2022 Grants: 
We awarded $29,000 to eight organizations to enhance cross-country skiing in Minnesota.  

Bemidji Area XC Ski Club to help replace an aging snowmobile used for grooming 95K of trails.

• Brainerd Nordic Ski Club to help buy a grooming snowmobile. The county no longer grooms trails.

• Norpine Trail Association in Lutsen to join with others to cover cost of a used piston bully.

Cloquet Nordic Ski Club to help buy 20 sets of youth ski equipment, lessons for 160 young skiers.

Lake Country Nordic Ski Club in Hackensack for a weed and brush mower to widen the trails.

Coon Rapids Nordic Ski Boosters Club to build more trails for grade school and H.S. teams.

• Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club in Grand Rapids for partial funding of trail grooming equipment.

• Bloomington Nordic Ski Team for ski equipment for new members of the high school ski team.

For more info: 2022 Media Release

2021 Awards
In 2021 we provided $25,000 for these projects:  

Ottertail Nordic Ski Assoc.-skis for youth program


• Medicine Lake Ski Club–grooming equipment

Loppet Foundation–lighting at Theo. Wirth Park


• Mt. Ashwabayconstruction equipment for trails


• North Superior Ski Club–ski equipment & course markers

• Washington Co. Ski Club–ski equipment


2020 Awards
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

XC ski slide show to get you in the mood for the season
Link to slide show of club activities displayed at North Stars booth at the Midwest Winter Expo


Regular Club Meetings: 6:30pm (Social); 7pm (Program); 8:30 (End)
 > 2nd Tuesday of the Month, October to March
 > Hybrid Meetings:  Attend in person or virtually online.
Location: Danish American Ctr., 3030 W. River Road Pkwy, Mpls
 > Join virtually via Zoom NSSTC Zoom Meeting Link
FFI:  Check Master Schedule for details each month Link to Events Master 
or Download Annual Monthly Meeting Schedule

December 13, 2022 Club Meeting *(This is a hybrid meeting: in-person or online)

Ryan Rodgers, author of Winter’s Children, will be talking to us about his fascinating book on the history of Nordic skiing --which includes interviews with club founders and North Star history.   Attend in person at the Danish American Center, 3030 West River Road Pkwy, Minneapolis, or join virtually through zoom at the link above.
NOTICE- Street closure:  48th Ave. South of Lake Street is closed at Mississippi River Boulevard.  The Danish American Center can be accessed from 47th Ave. which is one block west of the typical turn.  The DAC can be accessed, as always, from the south by traveling north on West Mississippi River Boulevard.

Nordic Ski Opener--December 10th at Elm Creek Park Reserve

North Stars are glad to partner with the Nordic Ski Opener.  Volunteer to help with our booth/exhibit, by a ski-buddy or just stop by for a fun-filled day.  Click here this link for more information.

Video recordings of recent NSSTC meetings
January 11, 2022 Membership Meeting:  Favorite Place to Ski: East, West, Midwest
A presentation by NSSTC member Bruce Nelson of North Stars' favorite places to ski. ThisA presentation by NSSTC member Bruce Nelson of North Stars’ favorite places to ski. This was part of a panel discussion with representatives of four X-country skiing clubs across the U.S.  The presenter from Nooksack Nordic Club in Bellingham, Washington discussed their favorite trails ( and
the Capital Area Ski Touring Association in New York discussed their favorite trails (  Link to this video:
February 8, 2022 M
embership Meeting:  Changing Climate of Minnesota
"Phantom Winters, Unexpected Throwbacks, and New Precipitation Extremes: The Changing Climate of Minnesota" presented by Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld of the Minnesota State Climatology Office. 
Link to this video:

Club Zoom meetings now in Documents Library! 
To see "Trails of the North Shore" (December, 2021 meeting), 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". 

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. 

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)

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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.