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Nordic Skiing at Saint John's

Ski Trail Updates

The Outdoor U ski blog makes sending and receiving updates about Abbey Arboretum ski trail conditions easy. We'll post our updates there and look forward to receiving your comments about the trail conditions throughout the season!

Ski Map & Trail Descriptions

Note that trails have been assigned a directional designation and most are one-way to help make skiing safer for all. Other new things on the map:

Trail Closures

In 2015-16 the logging operation will intermittently affect part of the Stone Gate Trail. Check for updates on the Outdoor U blog and watch for signs on the trails throughout the season.

Walkers on the ski trails...

While it is wonderful that people are out exercising in the woods of Saint John's we try to avoid having much foot traffic on the ski trail system.

  • If you must walk on the groomed ski trails, please walk on the edge of the ski trail opposite the classical track (the parallel tracks packed on one side of the trail).
  • The Boardwalk Loop, Logging Loop, the Chapel Trail, and the SE side of the Old Entrance Road are not groomed for skiing and are perfect for walking. View a Trail Map.
  • The woods and trails are plentiful for sharing. Thanks for your help keeping the ski trails great for skiing!

Support the ski trails...

The ski trails are part of Saint John's Abbey Arboretum. The land is owned by the monks of Saint John's Abbey and is generously made open for public use.

  • The ski trails are groomed for the benefit of the ski team, faculty, staff, students, members of the CSB and SJU communities, and Outdoor U members. All of the grooming is performed by volunteer efforts of a few individuals plus the help of a student employee.
  • We collect no trail fees. Join Saint John's Outdoor University as a member to support the ski trails.
  • By joining Outdoor U you will receive all the information and benefits of every member (including a free introductory cross country ski lesson!) and can freely use the trails. You will also be supporting the ski trails and the grooming we do. On the application please indicate that you are a skier.

Ski Events

Ski & Spirituality Retreat, Fri-Sun, Feb 26-28, 2016