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Upcoming Trips

Trip policy reminders: Membership is required to go on all overnight trips (except the Extravaganza or trail clearing trips); Waiver forms must be signed by non-members on day trips; Both trip coordinators and participants are responsible for sharing/discovering information related to each others’ experience, capabilities, and expectations.


Friday – Sunday, December 12–14    
Beginner Winter Camping / Sandstone Ice Fest Festival. Join us for the annual Sandstone Ice Fest Festival. There will be ice climbing clinics from beginner to advanced, winter camping clinics, family nature walks, guest speakers, gear swap, and more! Check out the event details.

As part of the festival — winter camping is available, encouraged, and free! There is plenty to do even if you choose not to climb! Camping will be in Robinson Park in Sandstone MN. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. I will plan to have a pre-trip meeting to cover camping gear, clothing, and can coordinate with the cage to provide sleeping bags, tents, etc. Meals on your own or I can cook, depending on comfort levels of participants.

Estimated cost: gas+food. Deposit: none.

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004  |  Thomas J.


Saturday, December 13     DAY TRIP / SOCIAL EVENT
Dancing at the Withrow Ballroom. Join us for dancing (aka busta-move) to the Wax Tones 60's-Dance Music at the Withrow Ballroom at 8:00 pm. (Rumor has it a swing step is all you need to know) Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. We are discussing meeting for dinner before the dance. E-mail me for dinner time and location. The Withrow is at 12169 Keystone Ave N. Hugo MN 55038. See you on the dance floor!

Estimated cost: $12. Deposit: None. Max trip size: NA.

Dori H. • 763.227.7645  |  Frank T.

Thursday, December 25–28    TWO SPOTS OPEN!  
Bear Head Lake State Park Winter Cabin Trip. Enjoy this favorite park of the Northland over the holidays! Situated between Ely and Tower, Bear Head Lake State Park offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing and even ice fishing! Nearby Ely also offers opportunities for exploration, including the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, as well as small-town shopping and dining.

We’ll stay in the Birch camper cabin, which has electricity and heat. Vault toilets are a short walk across the road. Cooking by crock pot and hot water kettle can be done indoors, while outside the cabin there is a firepit and picnic table. The cabins have two double sized mattresses below and two single bunks above, a table & benches, and a front porch. Bear Head Lake is a short walk down the road for easy access.

The park has a brand new trail center nearby for skiing and snowshoe rental. Seven miles of ski trails are groomed inside the park and the Taconite Trail runs through the park adding nearly unlimited mileage for both skiing and snowshoeing. Ely has groomed trails around Miner’s Lake and at Hidden Valley.

An optional half-day of dog-sledding with Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge can be arranged on Sunday. Cost will be approximately $125. Reservations must be made early for this option in September or October. Payment must be made to the outfitter ahead of time.

Trip size is limited to 6 with 2 spots held until November 1st for new members who joined in 2014. You must be a current member to SIGN UP for this trip, and your membership must be current as of the trip.

Estimated cost: $85, including food. Deposit: $45 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6.

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321

Wednesday, December 31 – Saturday, January 3    
Nordic Skiing on the Birkie Trail, Hayward, Wisconsin. Nordic ski on the 107k of rolling and challenging hills of the American Birkibeiner Ski Trail. Stay at a cozy cabin at Grand Pines Resort, share breakfast and dinner meals together and relax by a fire in the evening.

Estimated cost: $112 for lodging, shared food expenses, $10/daily ski pass or $50 for annual ski pass. Deposit: $112. Max trip size: 10.

Venke D. • 612-655-5702  |  Chris D. • 612-751-8671


mid-January, 2015 – mid/end February, 2015    
New Zealand. Seeking folks interested in joining two other Rovers for all/part of 1+ month New Zealand trip with outdoor focus mostly on South Island. Activities may include: bird watching, kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and "other." Accommodations in hostels, lodges, farm stays, shearing huts, and "other." Limited urban exposure. High cost trip with RT airfares currently >$2,200 USD.

Estimated cost: $6-$7,000. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 4.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Mike S. • 651-283-4477

Friday – Sunday, January 9–11    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL!
Candelight skiing at St Croix State Park. Ski and snowshoe at St. Croix State Park east of Hinckley, about 1½ hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the 2 modern, but quite simple, guesthouses in the park. We'll head up Friday evening and leave after lunch on Sunday. Ski/Snowshoe on Saturday and go to the candlelight ski in the evening on 2½ miles of lighted trails. Dinner and breakfast is provided; bring your own lunch. Also bring your own bedding and towels. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required, $6 daily and $20 annual, as well as a state-park sticker for cars.

Estimated cost: $80. Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 20.

Debra G.  |  Beth G.

Friday – Monday, January 16–19    MLK WEEKEND
XC Skiing, Snowshoeing at National Forest Lodge in Northern MN. Spend Martin Luther King weekend — Friday dinner through Monday lunch — at the National Forest Lodge within the Superior National Forest, approximately 4 hours from the Twin Cities.

Includes all meals & clean-up, 30k groomed Classic XC ski trails, snowshoeing on & off trail, sledding, sauna, hot tub, and for those dare — the polar plunge.


  • Modern Home sleeps 10 (has plumbing)
  • Rustic Cabins sleep 2-8 (BYO bed sheets) depending on the unit The HIDEAWAY sleeps 6-8, has indoor plumbing, and requires skiing across the lake and this year meals are not included ($10 each meal).

I will hold 10 spots for FIRST YEAR ROVERS, otherwise the first to pay their deposit is first to choose housing. Couples should act fast. Additional information will be sent out to the Rover mailing list soon. E-mail Jamal if you are not on the list and would like the additional info.

Estimated cost: $275-$375. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 73.

Jamal L. • 651-263-9716


Friday – Monday, January 30 – February 2    
Winter BWCAW Camping at Snowbank Lake. We will be doing a 16-mile loop through the BWCAW starting at Snowbank Lake going to Boot Lake, Cattyman Falls, Disappointment Lake, and then loop back to the beginning. Travel will be by snowshoe or skis if you prefer. We will carry our gear on sleds. You should have some previous winter camping experience to attend this trip. You will need to bring your own gear and food. | Route Map |

Estimated cost: $30. Max trip size: 4.

Pat E. • 612-730-8971

Saturday, January 31 • 1–5pm    DAY TRIP
Crew Ski Loppet. Willing to be silly, have fun and raise money? Team skiing for a cause! Teams of six compete head-to-head on 25’ long skis. Teams compete for giant Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls.

Email Deb if you want in! I am sure participating in this will create stories for years to come!

Up to sixteen teams compete in head-to-head matches. Each team is guaranteed at least two races. Winning teams move on to the Final Four under the lights at the Loppet Finish Area.

Proceeds: The Crew Ski Loppet is a fundraiser for the Loppet Adventure Program. Help underserved youth and families gain a passion for outdoor activities and nature.

Cost: $500/team, with option to raise more. Either pay up front or enlist family and friends to “sponsor” the team and help the Loppet Cause. Giant Salted Nut Roll for team that raises the most, and for fastest team.

Prizes: The winning team takes home a giant Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll. The team that raises the most for the Loppet Adventure Program takes home a giant Salted Nut Roll. The Pearson’s Department of Funergy will award special prizes to consolation bracket winners and to the “best dressed” team.

Estimated cost: $100 (fundraising per person). Deposit: $85. Max trip size: 6.

Debra G. • 612-812-6905


Friday – Sunday or Monday, Feb. 6–8 or 9, 2015      SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing in Bayfield, WI. Join us for 2 or 3 days of cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing, watch the start of a dog sled race, and if Lake Superior is frozen we will go to the ice caves and drive out to Madeline Island. We are in an old bed and breakfast (which has a 4-person sauna) that Seagull Bay Motel bought. It overlooks Lake Superior and you can snowshoe from the motel. There are also five motel rooms that we will be occupying. You have the option of staying an extra night (Sunday, Feb. 8) It's a fun trip that fills up fast!

Costs include lodging and all meals on Sat. & breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Three meals are on your own (lunch and supper on Friday and a meal on the way home). Also if you stay Sunday night, supper & breakfast is on your own. Carpooling is encouraged — each car divides the cost of gas. Deposit is not refundable after January 15, 2014. Three spots will be held for new Rovers until January 14.

E-mail Kim to register.

Estimated cost: $65 / $90 (if you stay through Monday). Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 22.

Frank T. • 763-784-5901  | Kim L.

Wednesday – Monday, February 11–16   
Winter Camping by Dogsled. Rovers are once again ready to winter camp and dogsled again on this trip of a lifetime! This is the fourth trip with Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Travel the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by dogsled, camp by firelight, and enjoy one of the most popular areas in Minnesota free of crowds, bugs, and bears. This trip is arranged through Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, owned and operated by famed polar explorer Paul Schurke.

We’ll spend Wednesday night at the Wintergreen Lodge on White Iron Lake, then set off for a guided adventure in the BWCA with Wintergreen guides, freighter sleds and dogs. We’ll spend three nights on trail, then return either to the Wintergreen Lodge or another Ely area lodge on Monday.

All personal and group gear is included: skis, snowshoes, polar sleeping bags and bivy sacs, tents, meals, even water bottles, bowls and silverware! All you need to bring is your winter clothing and boots. Even boots and winter outerwear can be rented in Ely. All meals and snacks are included, prepared by Wintergreen guides. With advance notice, special diets are easily accommodated.

Cost is $1,175 per person. Tips for guides and gas costs to travel to Ely additional. Rovers membership is required for this trip.

Registration form  |  Gear lists, rental forms and refund policies

Please email Audrey for more information or to register.

Estimated cost: $1,175+. Deposit: $100 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6, minimum 4.

Sponsoring organization: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321

Thursday – Monday, February 12–16    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL!
Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Porkies. This trip was so fun last year, we are heading back! Ski and snowshoe at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, five hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the 1945 stone-and-log park lodge on Lake Superior and ski on 87 miles of trails. There should be will be a naturalist-guided snowshoe trek on Saturday and a lantern-lit ski that evening. Another option is the ski hill (42 downhill runs). Meals will be a group effort. Bedding is provided. A Michigan state-park vehicle pass is required, $9 daily and $31 annual (paid as a group expense for cars with 3 or more passengers)

Note: at time of posting, there are 2 spots left new (2014) Rovers, who have not yet experienced a winter Rover trip. "Bonus points" if you offer to prepare a meal, and/or drive a carpool with a 4-wheel drive vehicle!

Estimated cost: $140, not including gas. Deposit: $70. Max trip size: 12.

Debra G. • 612-872-4939

Friday – Monday, February 13–16    ANNUAL HOSTEL TAKEOVER
Ski and Snowshoe Itasca State Park. Join us for A LOT of skiing and a little Valentine's hilarity in the historic and cozy Itasca Hostel. This is by far, the most affordable winter trip on the Rovers books and a tradition; 3 nights lodging and 7 meals (Saturday – Monday breakfast), for $105 dollars. Last year we skied on fresh snow by day, hiked by moonlight, played games, went snowshoeing, ate fantastic food, made art and enjoyed good books in comfy chairs by the fireplace. Don't wait, there are a limited number of beds and this trip is always full. We will reserve 4 beds for 4 new Rovers. You should come. It's gonna be great.

Estimated cost: $105 no cleaning this year! Deposit: $75 ($35 is non-refundable). Max trip size: 31.

Holly B.  |  Teri V.

Wednesday – Sunday, February 25 – March 1   
Skiing in Utah. Please join us for the third annual Big Mountain Skiing ski trip! We will be renting a house in Brighton, UT. It is a ski in/ski out rental and has a hot tub! The ski resorts in the area are: Alta/Snowbird (dual ticket available) Solitude/Brighton (dual ticket available) Additional places to ski within an hour: The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City, Sundance Please contact me for more information!

Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $216. Max trip size: 8.

Amy C.


Friday – Sunday, February 27 – March 1    
Cross-Country Skiing — WI Chippewa Moraine Area and Blue Hills. This is the best time of the year for cross-country, with longer days and usually plenty of snow, especially in the Blue Hills.

The $30 deposit covers the food that I provide for breakfasts, the main course for the meal on Saturday plus the septic tank emptying and expenses. Other costs are for on-your-own stuff like Friday dinner, gas, etc. Bring a sleeping bag.

Arriving on Friday at 6:00 pm at Fat Boy’s Pizza in downtown Bloomer, WI (dinner on your own) Hwy 53 exit for Bloomer WI, approximately 2 hours from Bloomington, MN. After dinner, leave for my cabin near New Auburn WI. For those that arrive later, detailed instructions can be given to find the lake house.

Saturday, cross-country skiing at the Blue Hills, a little known Shangri-La about 30 minutes from the cabin, close to Bruce WI. There is downhill skiing also at the Christie Mountain ski area which is nearby if someone wants to do that. Otherwise you can stay at the cabin to relax, or snowshoe at the Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center.

Saturday night dinner at the cabin will be a coordinated meal. Jim provides the main course of pasta. Others hopefully bring side dishes/dessert/drinks, etc. Breakfasts consist of oatmeal, milk, brown sugar and coffee unless others want to contribute more. Lunches are on your own.

Sunday cross-country ski at Hickory Ridge. It is in the heart of the Ice Age moraine area, with lots of little hills and lakes. You can also stay at the cabin to relax or snowshoe at the Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center which is about 5 miles from the cabin. There is the option to return to the cabin Sunday after activities to shower and eat or to leave directly for the Twin Cities.

Estimated cost: $30. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 12.

Jim H. • 612-290-1857

MARCH 2015

Friday – Sunday, March 6–8    
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Deep Portage ELC. Come to Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack (north of Brainerd) for a pleasant, carefree weekend of winter fun.

Activities include skiing (11 miles of groomed trails for traditional cross-country), snowshoeing, ice fishing (you just need your license), climbing wall, stargazing, reading or socializing by the fireplace with a glass of wine, enjoying the outdoor campfire ring. Ski equipment or snowshoes available, free of charge, for the weekend. Other nearby ski trails include Hiram Ski Trail and Goose Lake Trail (in Chippewa National Forest).

Dorm-style rooms (with bunks) have their own bathroom with shower and sink area. (Four or so people in each room.)

The cost is $135 per person. This fee includes 2 nights lodging, activities and 5 delicious home-cooked meals (Breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday). $100 for kids 5 and up; no charge for toddlers.

$60 deposit will be due in early February. Remainder due weekend of event. Carpooling to be arranged closer to the event. Contact by e-mail preferred.

Estimated cost: $135. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: 35-40.

Sharon A. • 952-913-8595  |  David R. • 651-955-4292

Friday – Saturday, June 5–7    SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Extravaganza at Banning State Park. This is Rovers' spring "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at beautiful Banning State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. More details to follow closer to the date.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.


Friday – Saturday, October 2–4    SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Extravaganza at Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park. This is Rovers' fall "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at fascinating Forestville / Mystery Caves State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. and this time will probably include caving as well. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.



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