Skiing Soaring Eagle trails
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Due to Covid the clubhouse at Soaring Eagle will be closed for the 20-21 season. Skis and equipment will not be loaned out and no open houses will be held. However, trails are being groomed as usual. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors! Snow shoes are located on the porch and are available for use on the snow shoe trails.
The gate to Soaring Eagle will remain open, the lot will be plowed, and the trails are groomed and ready to go! Please remember that a MN Ski Pass is required for skiers ages 16 and above. No pass is required for snow shoeing.
Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are located at 25467 US Hwy 71, 8 miles north of Park Rapids, and across from the Eagle View Golf Course. Look for sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead. Itascatur built and continues to maintain and improve the trails for winter enjoyment by the public. It is a Minnesota Grant-in-aid trail system and requires a Minnesota Ski Pass for those age 16 and over. For Minnesota Ski Pass click here: MN Ski Pass. You can also buy ski passes anywhere you can buy fishing licenses. (In Park Rapids, try L&M Fleet, Delaney’s Sporting Goods, Northern Bait, or WalMart.)
The ski center consists of 10 km of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate and are designed for beginner to expert skiers. Trails are groomed by Itascatur Club volunteers every Friday during the ski season and after any 2+ inches of snowfall.
Through fundraising efforts, state grant monies, and volunteer hours, the Itascatur Club built a beautiful warming house in 2003 which is open to the public during the ski season. The club also purchased a new snowmobile and gitzu grooming equipment in 2009 . This state-of-the-art equipment allows the groomers to provide excellent trails in varying snow conditions throughout the season.
In 2009 the club purchased new ski equipment (skis, boots, and poles) for adults and children. In 2015, we added some children’s boots. This equipment can be checked out free of charge by youth or adult groups interested in having a fun outdoor winter activity. Such groups could include church groups, youth groups, Kinship, service organizations, businesses, etc.
Itascatur does not rent the ski equipment. Individuals can use the equipment during open houses scheduled throughout the winter months. Volunteer members will help you get started and answer your questions about the trails.
Interested groups can coordinate their ski event with an Itascatur member.