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 kits at select locations

See the full lineup of events and free activities below.


Share your adventures with us by tagging #FreePlaySnowDay!

a snowboarding riding through a pond of water.


2020 event information coming soon.

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

Tubing, Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area

2-for-1 lift tickets and 2-for-1 tubing passes*

*Please note that wait times for tubing may be longer than normal.

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
Elm Creek Park Reserve
French Regional Park
Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Make sure to check trail conditions before you head out! 

Free Lessons

Information coming soon.

a group of young girls in colorful coats with snowshoes on.

Free Snowshoe Rentals

At the following locations:

Baker Park Reserve
Cleary Lake Regional Park
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
French Regional Park
Gale Woods Farm
Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Richardson Nature Center)

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
Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Richardson Nature Center)

See all sledding hill locations and conditions.

Three girls smiling and holding up s'mores in the winter.

Free S'mores

At the following locations: 

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

A yellow lab runs down a snowy path.

Free Dog Off-Leash Passes

Free day passes for all dog off-leash areas!

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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