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Theodore Wirth Winter Recreation Area
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Wirth Winter Recreation Area

1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422 | Map/Directions | P: 612-230-6528 | F: 612-334-1623 | Email

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Due to the warm temperature and lack of snow, the Loppet City of Lakes Nordic Ski Festival events have been moved to Theodore Wirth. This means that Theodore Wirth Parkway will be closed on Friday from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 7 am to 4 pm.

Shuttles will run from the Mortenson Co. building on Hwy 55 and Wirth Parkway and Optum Health Center on Douglas Drive and Golden Valley Rd.

The tubing and snowboard hills will be open regular hours Saturday (10 am - 8 pm) and Sunday (10 am - 6 pm).


The tubing hill is now open for the season.

The snowboarding hill is now open for the season.

Visit the Wirth Winter Recreation Area and you'll quickly forget you're in the city. This 700-acre urban forest is a winter sports-lover's paradise! The Wirth Winter Recreation Area at Theodore Wirth Park offers cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, skijoring, cycling, walking/running trails, birthday parties, and more!

Don't have your own gear? Need a lesson? We have everything you need to get outside and enjoy the beauty and fun of winter right in the heart of Minneapolis.

After a day in the snow, warm up and refuel at the bar and grill inside the Wirth Chalet, which offers sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, snacks, and beverages, plus free wireless Internet.

The Wirth Winter Recreation Area is open on Minneapolis school release days December-February including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President's Day. Kids can enjoy winter fun all day long by attending our School's Out Camps.


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Cross Country Skiing

15 miles (25 km) of cross-country ski trails are groomed daily for both classical style and skate cross-country skiing, depending on conditions.

The cross-country ski trails connect to 5 additional miles of groomed Chain of Lakes trails - ski from Golden Valley to Uptown!

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Head to the Wirth Winter Recreation Area for everything from lessons by a veteran trained staff for beginners, to a snowboard park with technical rails and jumps.

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Snow Tubing

Have fun on the snow tubing hill complete with tow rope, and our own specially designed tubes to make getting up the hill quick, comfortable and fun!

Nighttime lighting and snowmaking keep the excitement going all winter long!

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Bring your own snowshoes, or rent a pair of lightweight aluminum snowshoes in the Wirth Chalet for walking, hiking and running through the Wirth Winter Recreation Area!

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Weddings at the Wirth Chalet

The Clubhouse at Theodore Wirth Park is modeled after a Swiss Chalet and is available for rentals such as wedding receptions and other parties of up to 150 people. The Fireplace Room has a vaulted ceiling, large wood burning fireplace and the warm feeling of a rustic lodge. Our event consultant may be reached at 612-328-2263 to discuss pricing and availability.

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Kids Birthday Parties

Wirth Winter Recreation Area is your birthday party headquarters!

We offer party packages for tubing and snowboarding that include food, rental equipment and everything you need for your child's Birthday Party.

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Walking & Running Trails

Enjoy the beauty along the designated winter walking route in the Eloise Butler area. Also explore over 50 miles of plowed trails along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, the longest continuous system of public urban parkways in the nation!

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Off-Road Cycling

Bike all winter long at our off-road cycling trail. The 4.36-mile trail twists and climbs its way through a wooded, hilly section of Wirth Park east of Twin Lakes, north of Highway 55, and west of the Wirth Par 3 Golf course.

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Head out for some exercise with your four-legged friend this winter! Skijoring is available in the Front-9 and in the J.D. Rivers/Wirth Lake areas. For safety reasons, skijoring is not allowed on the remainder of the Theodore Wirth trails.

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Winter Events

Wirth Winter Recreation Area is hosting a variety of exciting events this season including the City of Lakes Loppet.

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School's Out Camps for Kids

We have a day of fun planned for kids ages 7 and older at the Wirth Winter Recreation Area! Camps include beginner cross-country ski lessons, beginner Learn-to-Ride snowboard instruction, snow tubing, rental equipment, plus lunch and warm refreshments in the Wirth Chalet.

Dates: January 19, February 16

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Cancellation: 24 hours' notice is required for School's Out Camp cancellations. Call the Wirth Chalet at 612-230-6528.

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