Ely has a wonderful network of cross country ski trails nearby. Both remote trails and groomed trails for all skill and experience levels. If you don’t own a set of skies just contact one of the area ski rentals providers below. If snowshoes are more your style several area business rent them, walk on top of the snow and venture out into the Ely wilderness.

If downhill skiing is your passion then Giants Ridge Ski Resort is just a short drive away in Biwabik, MN. Giants Ridge hosts numerous downhill runs, snow tubing and a terrain park.

Cross Country Ski Trails

Trail Reports from the Ely Nordic Ski Club

Bear Head Lake State Park Trails
Download the Bear head Lake State Park Trail PDF
Located 19 miles Southeast of Ely this State Park hosts a network of trails that stretch 19 miles around Bear Head  and Blueberry Lakes.

Hidden Valley Trail & Hidden Valley Extension
Download the Hidden Valley Trail Map PDF
Just one mile East of Ely off the Hidden Valley Road, the maze of trail take you over rolling hills and a connection trails lead you to the International Wolf Center and the Silver Rapids Trail.

North Arm  & North Junction Trails (Echo Trail)
Download the North Arm Trails Map PDF
14 mile Northwest of Ely lies the North Arm Trail, located off the Echo Trail and Country Road 116 at the junction of North Arm Road. A maze of trails stretch 7 miles through a mix of wilderness and remote lakes.

Trezona Trail
Download the Trezona Trail Map PDF
Located in Ely just 3 block off Sheridan Street. The 4 mile long trail takes you around Miners Lake on a tour of the former mine pit and a look at the history of Ely, Minnesota.

South Farm Lake Ski Trail
Download the South Farm Lake Trail PDF
Located 7.5 miles East of Ely MN this trail takes you on a 8 mile trek around the Southern edge of Farm Lake and into the BWCA Wilderness area. This is a great intermediate level trail with rolling hills and great views of South Farm Lake.

Hegman Ski Trail
Located 15 miles north of ely down the Echo Trail, this wilderness ski trail is located in the BWCA Wilderness. This is a remote area with little to no phone coverage so please be careful and plan accordingly.



Giants Ridge Ski Resort
6325 Wynne Creek Dr
Biwabik, MN ‎
(800) 688-7669


Ely Nordic Ski Club
PO Box 346
Ely, MN 55731


Bear Head Lake State Park 

9301 Bear Head Lake State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731
Piragis Northwoods Company
105 N Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731
Silver Rapids Lodge

459 Kawishiwi Trail
Ely, MN, 55731
Phone: (800) 950-9425
Smitty’s On Snowbank
14564 Snow Lodge Road
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: 218-365-6032