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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.


Wednesday, January 28     DAY (evening) TRIP / beginners welcome!
Cross-Country Skiing Lighted Trails at Elm Creek Park Reserve. I am a complete beginner and have been wanting to do this forever, should be beautiful! Meet near the fireplace (if it's not too crowded) inside the visitor center at Elm Creek Park Reserve with your boots & mitts on and ready to ski at 7:00 p.m. If you need rentals and/or a ski pass, please show up earlier to allow time for that.

We will ski for 1-2 hours but you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Lights are on until 10:00 p.m., but the Visitor Center is closed at 9:00 p.m. Hopefully we will have some nice fluffy snow by then! Since this is not an overnight trip, non-members are welcome to join us to check out the club!

Estimated cost: $19–$24 (if you need ski pass and rental otherwise free if you already have). Max trip size: Open.

Monika K. • 763-222-4010  |  Jodi S.

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. Enjoy the afternoon & soak up the festival spirit of the Minneapolis Loppet by cheering us on at the Loppet Crew Ski event. Six of us on one set of giant skis!

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come cheer on Team MN Rovers!

Since we don't know exactly what time we will be skiing (it depends on our wins/losses) — we can post on this event page with updates that day.

  1. We need an official Team MN Rover Crew Ski Photographer(s)!!! 2)
  2. We love a cheering crowd!
  3. Optional: Since this is a FUNdraising event (emphasis on FUN), I will mention — feel free to contact me if you are interested in helping with fundraising for the Loppet Adventure Program, which gets underserved kids to appreciate the great outdoors. If we fundraise the most — we win a giant salted nut roll — which we would love to bring it to a Rover meeting! We are also going for a win in the "best dressed" category!

Bracket Races: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Championship (if we make it that far): 7 p.m.

Location: Loppet Festival Area — just east of the tunnel between Calhoun Parkway and the lake. Championship rounds (if we make it that far) — at the Loppet Festival Area Finish Line.

Debra G. • 612-812-6905


Sunday, February 1     DAY TRIP
DownhilSki/Snowboard & Potluck at Welch. Join us for downhill skiing/snowboarding at Welch. Meet inside by the main ticket window at 10:00 a.m. or by the fire pit to the right of Mad Jax (if you are coming off the hill) at 12:00 p.m. for a BBQ potluck. I'll put together a potluck and carpool doc. Let me know if you plan to come and I'll send you the link. I'll bring a grill. Many people do not have cell reception at Welch. I'll be wearing black snowpants & a black or blue jacket. Bring camp chairs & a dish to share.

Estimated cost: $44 with print at home ticket.

Melissa H. • 952-240-6130


Sunday, February 1 • 12:30 p.m.    DAY TRIP
Broomball before the SuperBowl. A great way to enjoy winter — and even more so when the skiing isn't so great! We provide sticks & ball (and a limited supply of pads & special shoes).

Meet at Autumn Grove Park (1395 Lydia Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113) for a 12:30 p.m. start and play until 2:30 p.m. (or longer if you want!)

ALL LEVELS welcome. Beginners to skilled players — we play for fun and mix up the talent to even out the teams. New to broomball? It is a lot like hockey, but NO SKATES! You run on ice with a different stick and a ball. We suggest the following equipment:

  • Clothing suggested: dress in layers, you will start cold and get warm as we get playing.
  • WATER — bring a full water bottle, you will need it!
  • Helmet options: always good to protect the noggin — a helmet, even a bike helmet, is a good idea.

You can try out what we have on hand for specialized equipment, or bring:

  • Shoes: soft soles work better than hard soles
  • Pads: soccer shin pads and volleyball/rollerblade knee pads and elbow pads help

Estimated cost: FREE. Max trip size: 20.

Debra G. • 612-812-6905

Sunday, February 1     DAY TRIP / CONSERVATION
Identifying the Invasive Oriental Bittersweet. Join Three River Park District's battle against the invasive vine Oriental Bittersweet by participating in an "Invasive Blitz" at Elm Creek Park Reserve! Meet at the Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek at 12:00 noon. We will be hiking off-trail on uneven terrain in areas usually off-limits to the public. We'll be looking for the brightly-colored red berries of the vine from 12:30 - 3:30 or so, then head back to the Eastman Nature Center afterward for a hot beverage. We may be asked to use handsaws to remove the bittersweet, if time provides. (For birders: We may see birds such as shrikes and owls, so bring your binoculars.)

Dress for the weather and the work (comfortable, sturdy, warm boots or snowshoes with snow pants and layered clothing). Bring water and a snack, if desired. (Eastman rents snowshoes if you want to rent them.) Must be 8 or older to participate. Youths must be accompanied by an adult and must have a permission form filled out. General information and the youth permission form are available on the Invasive Species Removal Event page of Three Rivers Park District's website. Non-members are welcome on all day trips, so bring a friend!

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: No limit. The more, the merrier!

Sponsoring organization: Three Rivers Park District

Stacey G. • 612-207-2806

Thursday – Sunday, February 5–8    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL  
XC and Downhill Skiing at Giant’s Ridge. Driving up Thursday and returning Sunday. Unfortunately the Sports Dorm is gone, so we will need elswhere.

Estimated cost: $195 XC / $300 downhill. Max trip size: 4.

Tom H. • 651-338-7028  |  Tom M. • 763-416-3951

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    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL  
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.

Saturday – Monday, February 14–16    
Winter Camping in the BWCAW. Three days of winter camping in the BWCAW at South Hegman lake. Leave Saturday in the morning and travel less than a mile into South Hegman lake and set up a base camp for two nights, returning on Monday. On a day trip we will visit a very good Indian rock art pictograph site. This easy trip is a good introductory trip for beginners, I can help you with questions on clothing or equipment. You will supply your own meals. Share driving expenses.

Estimated cost: Food and transportation. Max trip size: 6.

Basil L. • 651-774-2640


Friday – Sunday, February 20–22    
Big Stone Checkpoint and Glacial Lakes State Park. Join us in our Checkpoint MN quest! Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Odessa, MN. will be Dori’s final checkpoint (yep, that’s 12) and my 9th! I have reserved a camper cabin at Glacial Lakes State Park for Friday and Saturday nights (approximate 2 1/2 hour drive). We will head up Friday after work. The cabin sleeps 4 to 6 depending on sleeping arrangements. Those of us seeking the Checkpoint will head to Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge Saturday morning (approximately 65-minute drive). Afterward, we will take the short drive to Big Stone Lake State Park for hiking and to mark another MN state park off our bucket list! We will then return to Glacial Lakes State Park in time for the Candlelight Event at 6 p.m. Those staying at the park can spend the day hiking or (if there is snow) skiing and snowshoeing. Glacial Cabin is 200 feet from the lake and 100 feet from the restroom. Meal plans to be determined by the group.

Estimated cost: $25-$40 plus gas and food. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 4-6.

Kim L.  |  Dori H.

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 just outside of Salt Lake City, UT. We will take the shuttle each day to the resorts. We have room for 4 more in the rental that holds 12. We will be skiing Snowbird for two of the days. 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!

Cost includes airfare, lift tickets, housing and food.

Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 12.

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


Saturday, February 28     DAY TRIP
Hike, Dinner & Show at St. Croix Falls. We will try to car pool, leaving the cities at 2:00 pm to hike (or ski if conditions permit) the Ice Age Trail on the north end of St. Croix Falls, WI for about an hour and a half. Then we'll head back into St. Croix Falls for dinner (location TBD but probably a local bistro) and then make our way over to the Festival Theatre (715-483-3387) for Boss Grant and the Johnny Cash Revue. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. There are no group discounts for the show, tickets are $25 and you can purchase them online through their website. Come for part or all of this day trip!

Estimated cost: $25. Max trip size: 10.

Rochelle L. • 952-922-2611

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

Wednesday – Tuesday, March 11–17    
Hike Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Come join me on a 4-day hike on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. 4-day Hike is supported (cooks, porters, tenting, includes guides and permits) through Valencia Travel $629 and set for March 13-March 16. Arrive in Cusco (overnight in hotel) prior to hike to acclimate and explore city; free walking tour optional. Ok to arrive earlier/stay later. Budget = $640 tour (includes tax), $45 1 night shared hotel/airport transfers, $30 meals/snacks, + flight + tips.

Estimated cost: $715 + flight + tips. Deposit: None. Max trip size: 6.

Sponsoring organization: Valencia Travel Cusco

Jennifer G. • 612-246-9879

Friday – Sunday, March 13–15    
Winter Camping at Lake Maria State Park. Winter camping for 4 (possibly 5) at Lake Maria State Park, just a short distance from the cities and a beautiful weekend getaway that is so convenient it will not require using any of your precious vacation days. YAY!

Partake in skiing, hiking and/or snow shoeing on the gently rolling hills of Maria State Park while enjoying the company of friends in one of the parks wood heated camper cabins. The cabin is nestled in the hills overlooking a wetland and the quintessence of picturesque. Our weekend accommodation are a short hike away from parking areas on plowed and packed trails.

Meal details will be determined when we have the list of participants and will be based on a consensus of the attendees. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required if you plan to ski, $6 daily and $20 annual, as well as a state-park sticker for cars. A $35.00 deposit reserves your spot on this unforgettable weekend a short distance away from the cities. And best of all……the laughter is free!

Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: $35. Max trip size: 4–5.

Dori H. • 763-227-7645


Saturday, March 14    DAY TRIP
XC Ski, Snowshoe (or Hike?) at Lake Maria State Park. Join the Lake Maria weekend winter campers for a snow-dependent ski, snowshoe, or hike. Meet at the visitor center at 11:00 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the fire after the days activities. A $25 yearly state park sticker or $5 day pass is required for entrance to the park. Bring on the snow!

Estimated cost: $0-$5. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: None.

Dori H. • 763-227-7645

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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