Cross country ski trail grants-in-aid (GIA)
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 (1 MB) – Consider posting this at trailheads where the ski pass is required.
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.
This program was created by the State Legislature in 1973. Currently, the demand for this program greatly exceeds its funding level.
- Ski maintenance and grooming application
- Ski maintenance and grooming request for reimbursement
- Ski grooming log
- Ski work log
Maintenance and grooming application forms are also available from the local Parks and Trails area supervisor and are due in the DNR area office by May 30.
Related DNR programs
- Off-highway vehicle grants-in-aid program
- Outdoor recreation grant program
- Snowmobile grants-in-aid programs