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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

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. 2024 New Deadline is April 8th. 

Link here for info on grant program policy
Link here for application procedures. 
Link here for 2024 Request for Proposals (RFP) notic
Link here for slide show on grant program

2023 Grants:   
We awarded $25,125 to six organizations to enhance cross-country skiing.  
• Ashland Ski Trail Association: new grooming machine

• Loppet Environmental Action Planning Committee:
 support the Loppet Fluoro Take-Back Program

• Lake Washington Regional Park (Mankato):
 grooming equipment – roller, trail groomer, track setter

• Lake of the Woods School ISD 390:
 equipment for the Nordic Rocks program for 120 youth

•North Superior Ski and Running:
 ski equipment for youth & high school

•Nordic Ski Club of Central MN:
 Grooming equipment or ski equipment (allowing club to choose) 

2022 Grants:   2020 Grant Project Report
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. Ashwabay–construction 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.

North Stars at 2024 World Cup
World Cup Big Weekend for Loppet Foundation and Nordic Ski Community

The big event February 17-18, 2024, at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis was attended by about 40,000 joyous nordic ski enthusiasts scattered across the hilly race course. North Stars club was fortunate to get a block of tickets in our exclusive North Star Ski Touring Club Cheer Zone, on the race course. New and current members were selected by lottery to participate. Home-town hero, Jessie Diggins came in third in the women's 10K and Gus Schumacher also on the USA team made history as the youngest and first man to win a nordic ski event in over a decade. Watch this space for photos of North Stars at the event. 


Thanks go out to Craig Wiklund, Club Publicity Coordinator for an amazing job organizing our club participation. 

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

Donate to NSSTC Trail Development Fund

Donations to our Trail Fund are used to maintain and develop ski trails used by North Stars in Minnesota.  Each year teams of North Stars work on trimming, sawing, clearing, filling holes, building bridges, and other tasks to improve trails chosen by the club. Donated funds reimburse volunteers for travel expenses and purchase tools. 


We are glad to add this additional process so that members and others can make donations to the Trail Fund anytime, outside of membership sign-up or renewal transaction.  Donate to Trail Development Fund

Note: The Trail Fund is separate from the North Star Grant Program that funds projects proposed by organizations.



2024-2025 Extended Multi-Day Travel Trips Open for Registration
See link for more info:  Upcoming Extended Trips 

Video recordings of recent NSSTC meetings

February 13, 2024 General Meeting:
Greg Breining, Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of A Mythic Animal.  Click here to see video 

Greg Breining is a prolific author on outdoor recreation in Minnesota. He reviews his recent book about research expeditions studying the wolves of Isle Royale.

November 14, 2023  General Meeting:  Deb Diggins speaks: Link to Deb Diggins talk

Deb Diggins:  A Minnesota Ski Family's Journey from Miniloppet to World Cup:  

   > "What is it like to be Jessie Diggins Mom?"
   > "What is the path that Jessie and her family traveled from recreational skiing to world class competition?"

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. This includes a 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 Buddy 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 ski buddy, 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. Email for Ski Buddy contact: Link

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 *(link below).
 > Location:  Danish American Ctr., 3030 W. River Rd. Pkwy, Mpls 

> Join virtually via ZoomNSSTC Zoom Meeting Link

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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Extended Travel Ski Trips

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Year-round Events

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