Did you know you can experience the thrill of downhill skiing and the solitude of gliding through the woods on a pair of cross country skis in your own backyard? The City of Saint Paul proudly offers a variety of high quality skiing opportunities right here inside the city, so dust off those skis, apply a fresh coat of wax and get ready to explore all the fantastic skiing opportunities Saint Paul has to offer.Mount Como was called “a shining example of what a community tow should be” by skiernet.com, for good reason. The ski area features 150 feet of vertical drop, 15 acres of skiable downhill terrain, two tow ropes to get you to the top of the hill and rental skis and snowboards to get you back down. The Como Park Ski Chalet also offers skiers a place to warm up from the cold and a full selection of concessions are also available.
For those who have never skied or snowboarded before or for those looking for a refresher course on the finer points of the sport, a variety of lessons are available at Mount Como. Lessons range from the very popular Kinderski for children aged 4-6, all the way up to lessons focusing on advanced ski and snowboard techniques. Lesson information and times can be found here and rental equipment is also available at an additional charge.If you are a cross country skier, Saint Paul offers some of the area’s finest cross country ski trails. There are more than 20 kilometers of regularly groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing at Como, Highland 9, and Phalen Golf Courses. These trails cover a variety of different terrains suitable for a variety of skill levels. You can find the latest trail conditions and maps here.
Como Park Ski Center also offers a progressive classic cross country ski lesson program that accommodates all abilities from beginner to advanced. If you are looking for instruction in the increasingly popular skate style of skiing, private lessons are also available. Como Park Ski Center also offers classic cross country ski package rentals. Lesson information and schedules can be found here.Be sure to get out this winter and explore all of the fantastic skiing opportunities that exist right here in the City of Saint Paul!