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Winter Activities in Duluth

The Duluth area is full of opportunities to participate in winter sport activities, no matter your skill, fitness, or adventure level! Once the weather gets colder and the snow starts to fall Northland woods, hills, and parks become a wonderland waiting to be explored. Read along for some of our area’s most popular outdoor activities…then get out and play! 

Hiking and Snowshoeing

Is a nice meandering stroll with the reward of a beautiful view your speed? Offering almost 100 miles of breathtaking sights, Duluth trails are perfect for every nature lover. Put on your boots or a pair of snowshoes and see where a path takes you. Ely’s Peak via the Superior Hiking Trail is one of our staff favorites!

A few more of our recommendations: 

Easy going:
Congdon Park
Enger Park
Park Point

Moderate trails:
Hartley Nature Center Loop
Lester River Trail and Amity East

A couple pro tips: 

  1. If you’re heading out in boots on a slick day, pick up some YakTrax to stop from sliding and potential falls! 
  2. You can also find more trail info at The site is a great winter hike resource for your planning purposes. 

Fat Tire Biking

The trails don’t need to be clear of snow for biking around here! Some of the best fat tire bike rides are done in the middle of winter with the help of the Duluth Traverse – offering a variety of main trails for the biking enthusiast. Visit for additional information regarding locations and conditions. 

Want some help starting your list? We suggest: 

Mission Creek

Spirit Mountain

Lester Park

Jay Cooke State Park

Split Rock

Another pro tip: Download the All Trails App as your go-to guide for endless hiking and biking trails. 

Cross Country and Downhill Skiing

Does a pair of skis make you feel free? From the expert to the leisurely skier, Duluth provides cross country and downhill skiing options for all! The always high possibility of fresh fallen snow and trails groomed regularly makes it easy to find your new favorite skiing spot. 

Cross country ski trails to add to your list: 

Snowflake Nordic Ski

Grand Ave Nordic Center

Spirit Mountain Recreation Area

Piedmont Trailhead 

For the downhill lover: 

Chester Bowl Ski HIll

Spirit Mountain

Mont Du Lac

Dog Sledding

Check this one off your bucket list with Endurance Kennels LLC or Positive Energy Outdoors for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Schedule your tour or ride with an expert guide to meet the dogs and learn how to mush. 


The Northland has many local skating rinks, both at outdoor and indoor locations. Most Duluth neighborhoods have their very own warming houses with outdoor ice rinks – putting you in the heart of our communities. Or bring it inside at the Duluth Heritage Center for open skating and to take in a piece of Duluth hockey history. 

Luckily, Pier B Resort Hotel rests in the center of Duluth winter activity! After a day in the snow or on the ice, warm up at your winter getaway home base. Our outdoor hot tub and fire pits are available to defrost and thaw out. Refuel at Silos Restaurant with a feel-good meal and relax in one of our comforting rooms before waking up for another great day of winter exploring!

Interested in booking your winter stay? Visit to book now. 

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