Instead of hibernating with the Winter Olympics on TV, try some winter sports activities in Minnesota.

Dog Sledding – Minnesota’s 1-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is best known as a bucket list destination for summer canoe trips. But winter transforms the pristine wilderness into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering an adventure like no other—dog sledding. Whether you want to try a simple afternoon ride, a multi-day trip complete with winter camping, or a stay in a cozy lodge at the edge of the wilderness, you can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience without going to Alaska.

Skijoring– Never heard of it? Skijoring is a unique and growing winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and dog sledding. Derived from the Norwegian terms for “ski” and “driving,” skijoring is offered at a handful of resorts and trails throughout Minnesota, with many resorts offering lessons. ‘Tis the ski-son!

Ice Climbing– A meditative and peaceful activity, ice climbing in Minnesota has evolved into a popular winter sport with designated climbing areas, instructors, and festivals hosted across the state.

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