Cross country ski trail grants-in-aid (GIA)

Program purpose

To encourage the maintenance and development of cross country ski trails.

Great Minnesota Ski Pass

Funding for the Cross-Country Ski GIA Program comes from revenue associated with the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is required on all ski trails receiving funding from the Ski GIA Program.

  • Ski Pass Poster This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (1 MB) – Consider posting this at trailheads where the ski pass is required.

Eligible projects

Cross-country ski trail development, maintenance, winter grooming, and trail administration.

Who may apply

Counties, cities, townships, and private trail organizations sponsored by a local unit of government.


First priority is given to the maintenance of existing Grants-in-Aid (GIA) trails. Second priority is given to projects which link population centers, recreation and service facilities. Third priority is given to the development of new trail systems or significant additions to existing systems.

Level of assistance

Cost sharing up to 65% of total eligible costs. Winter trail grooming is cost shared up to 90% of total eligible costs.

General information

This program was created by the State Legislature in 1973. Currently, the demand for this program greatly exceeds its funding level.

Program forms

Maintenance and grooming application forms are also available from the local Parks and Trails area supervisor This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. and are due in the DNR area office by May 30.

Related DNR programs

Non-DNR websites

Skinny Ski This link leads to an external site.
Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) This link leads to an external site.