Free Play Snow Day

Saturday, February 29, 2020 | All Parks

On Free Play Snow Day, you'll find:

  • Free rentals on cross-country skis, snowshoes and sleds
  • Free day passes for dog off-leash areas and cross-country ski trails
  • Discounted rates on tubing, downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • Free beginner classic and skate cross-country ski lessons at select locations
  • Bonfires and free s'mores at select locations

See the full lineup of events and free activities below.

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A person skis down a lit trail at night.

Events

Twilight Luminary Hike
5:30-8 PM | Carver Winter Trailhead | Free

Two people on blue and red tubes going down a tubing hill.

Tubing, Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

$5 off lift tickets and tubing

Hyland Hills Ski Area 

$5 off all-day lift tickets

two women skiing on a groomed trail and smiling.

Free Cross-Country Ski Passes, Rentals & Lessons

Rentals available at the following locations: 

Baker Park Reserve
Carver Park Reserve
Cleary Lake Regional Park
Elm Creek Park Reserve
French Regional Park
Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center
Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Make sure to check trail conditions before you head out! 

Free Lessons

Learn how to ski for free on Free Play Snow Day by signing up for a lesson. Registration required. One lesson per person.

Beginner Classic Lesson

Elm Creek Park Reserve, 3-4:30 PM, ages 18+

Family Classic Lessons

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Noon-1:30 PM, ages 6+
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 9:30-11 AM, ages 6+

Classic Ski Tours

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Noon-1:30 PM, ages 12+
Elm Creek Park Reserve, Noon-1:30 PM, ages 12+

Beginner Skate Lessons

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 9:30-11 AM, ages 18+
Elm Creek Park Reserve, 9:30-11 AM, ages 18+

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Free Snowshoe Rentals

At the following locations:

Baker Park Reserve
Carver Park Reserve (Lowry Nature Center)
Cleary Lake Regional Park
Elm Creek Park Reserve (Eastman Nature Center)
French Regional Park
Gale Woods Farm
Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Richardson Nature Center)
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

Have your own snowshoes? See the full list of parks with snowshoeing trails!

three adults pulling colorful sleds back up a hill.

Free Sled Rentals

At the following locations:

Baker Park Reserve
Carver Park Reserve (Lowry Nature Center)
French Regional Park
Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Richardson Nature Center)

See all sledding hill locations and conditions.

Three girls hold up s'mores in the winter.

Free S'mores

At the following locations:

Baker Park Reserve (Ski Chalet)
Cleary Lake Regional Park (Visitor Center)
French Regional Park (Visitor Center)
Carver Park Reserve (Winter Trailhead)
Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Visitor Center)

The Wandering Naturalist Podcast

Want to learn more about snow? Check out the first three episodes of the Three Rivers podcast, The Wandering Naturalist!

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