Heading out to ski? Remember to get the Great Minnesota Ski Pass

Now that winter has officially arrived along with lots of fresh snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people to purchase the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 miles of grant-in-aid and state-designated cross-country ski trails. Many of these trails are in state parks and state forests.

"Skiing is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors during the winter," said Andrew Korsberg, state trail coordinator for the DNR. "The money collected from the ski pass goes directly to support grooming and maintenance of ski trails statewide."

State law requires skiers 16 years of age and older to purchase and possess a daily ($6), annual ($20) or three-year ($55) ski pass before using any grant-in-aid or state-designated cross-country ski trails. A map of locations where the Great Minnesota Ski Pass can be used and a statewide snow depth map (updated every Thursday) are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/skiing.

Skiers may purchase passes at any one of about 1,500 electronic licensing agents throughout Minnesota and at most state parks that have ski trails. Annual and three-year passes may also be bought online or by calling 888-665-4236.