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Ski Trail Info                             Snowmobile Trail InfoSki trail in Aitkin Co.

Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

The Aitkin County Land Department maintains three groomed cross country ski trails; the No Achen Trail located near the City of Aitkin, the Long Lake Conservation Center Trail near Palisade, and the Vispo Ski Trail near Glen.

2017-2018 Ski Trail Conditions/Grooming

3/7/2018 Another blast of snow has hit Aitkin County dropping up to 8 inches of snow throughout the area. All X-country ski trails are now groomed and are in spectacular shape for skiing. With warmer weather approaching please be wary when attempting hill sections of trail where the sun may have the ability to melt and freeze the ski track, leading to icy conditions. Spring is almost here, enjoy the snow while we have it!

The Aitkin County Land Department maintains three groomed cross country ski trails; the No Achen trail near the City of Aitkin, Long Lake Conservation Center near Palisade, and Vispo Ski Trail near Glen.

NO ACHEN (Aitkin): Groomed 3/6/2018

MN DNR Ski Pass IS needed on this trail.

Please note: The No Achen trail goes across private land. Please respect the landowners rights and stay on the trail. Follow the signs.

LONG LAKE CONSERVATION CENTER (Palisade): Groomed 3/6/2018

MN DNR Ski Pass IS needed on this trail.

VISPO (Glen): Groomed 3/6/2018

MN DNR Ski Pass IS NOT needed on this trail.

Maps of Ski Trails - noachen

No Achen topo map     No Achen aerial map
Long Lake topo map    Long Lake aerial map
Vispo topo map           Vispo aerial map


Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Aitkin County has over 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

County Map of Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile maps of these trails are available through Aitkin County tourism at 1-800-526-8342.


2017-2018 Snowmobile Conditions

3/7/2018 Update: Snow has fallen once again here in Aitkin county. Amounts of snow vary from 3 to 8 inches throughout the Aitkin County. The snowmobile clubs have now embarked out onto the trails with the groomers to touch up trails and groom. With the temperatures above and below the freezing point the trails are setting up very nicely. Reports from both Club’s groomer operators and snowmobilers are identifying that timber sections of trails are in great shape and swamp segments are showing patchy sections of trail due to the blowing of wind. With spring fast approaching the season is drawing to the end here in Aitkin County however riding will stay better than in the past few years, so take advantage of this time for beautiful weather and riding the trails!

Please be cautious riding the trails, the high winds could cause trees to be down on the trail at any point. Safe travels!


Many of our trails go across private land. The easements are December 1st to March 31st ONLY and ONLY for snowmobiling (not ATVs). It is through the generosity of other people that we have the snowmobile trails that we have. It only takes one person to ride through someone's field for the landowner to decide not to allow the trail to go across their land anymore, leading to a closed segment of trail. PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAILS!

We have several volunteer snowmobile clubs in Aitkin County. Below are the contacts for the clubs. Please consider volunteering with a club to help maintain the trails.

Snowmobilers in Aitkin County

Club Contacts:

Hill City - Dan Kingsley 218-697-2628
McGregor/Tamarack - Wayne Bobenmeier 218-426-3283
Palisade - Bruce Robinson 218-851-4760
Giese - Joe Kohlgraf 320-679-2078
Mille Lacs area - Darrell Kelly 320-684-2325
Aitkin - Tracy Fairchild 218-927-3826