Duluth is a great place to live year round, however, sometimes in the winter it is hard to remember that there is plenty to do outside.  Here’s a few ideas of what you can do outside to pass the time and have fun while doing it too!

Spirit Mountain is located in Duluth and is the go to spot for skiing and snowboarding.  Featuring 22 downhill runs (6 Easiest, 8 More Difficult, 5 Most Difficult and 3 Terrain Feature Areas), Spirit Mountain can accommodate anyone from a novice to an expert skier/snowboarder.  Stay at one of the villas located right on the mountain or in a nearby hotel.

Cross-Country Skiing is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.  In the Duluth area there are several trails that are perfect for cross country skiing.  Some of these include but are not limited to, Jay Cook State Park, Magney-Snivley, Piedmont, Hartley, Lester-Amity and Bagley Nature Center, Pine Valley in Cloquet and Spirit Mountain.

The great thing about snowshoeing is that once you get the equipment, if you can walk, you can do it.  Many of the parks that you can cross country ski in are also great for snowshoeing in, but beware trails get packed down quick.  You can also snowshoe anywhere there snow.  Snowshoeing is a great winter activity to participate in.  Jay Cook Park has some great trails that

Ice skating
Several areas around town have a pleasure rink that is free for people to utilize.  There is a pleasure rink and warming shack in Bayfront that is free for the public to use and features some great views of Lake Superior.

Chester Bowl
Opening around mid-December, Chester Bowl offers spot to ski and snowboard in the heart of Duluth.  The fun hill is over 800 feet long, has 175 feet of vertical drop and has a double chair lift.  Perfect for those just starting out on the slopes, Chester Bowl also offers ski lessons on most Saturdays.  Rent your ski equipment out for the season to see if you skiing is something you’d enjoy!


Ice fishing is a great way to spend your day when it’s chilly out.  You can ice fish on Lake Superior or on one of the various surrounding lakes.  You can still enjoy a nice walleye dinner in the winter!  Just make sure to bring your auger and vexlar.

Snowmobiling is a great past time and can be lots of fun to do as well as watch.  Here is a list of all the designated snowmobile trails in Duluth and the rules and regulations. If you’re interested in watching snowcross, this year there was a snowcross kickoff at Spirit Mountain over the last weekend of November.

Duluth is the perfect place to watch a hockey game.  If you’re into college hockey enjoy one of the many UMD men’s or women’s hockey games at the Amsoil arena.  You could also go see one of the high school teams play at Heritage Center, Mars arena, Hermantown, Proctor or Cloquet.  Click here for area high school games on any date.  If you are interested in playing hockey, for the last 12 years there has been a pond hockey tournament that you can participate in just over the bridge in Superior at Barker’s Island.  Here is the rules and regulations for teams and the game dates .  On February 6th Duluth will be hosting the Minnesota Hockey Day down at Bayfront Park.