What To Do This Winter At Odyssey Resorts

The North Shore is the Destination for Superior Winter Recreation!

Look no further than Odyssey Resorts for your authentic North Shore ‘Winter Wonderland’ adventure.

Don’t let the cold and snow put a damper on your outdoor fun. Our six resort destinations offer a variety of recreational options. Guests can also take advantage of our exclusive partnerships with many nearby retailers and outfitters to rent equipment or hire an experienced guide.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below, but be sure to check out our outdoor activities page to learn more about all season activities at Odyssey Resorts Outdoors 

#1: Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing at Superior National

Snowshoeing is a simple activity the whole family can enjoy right outside the front door. Strap on some shoes and float across the powder. Take in the splendor of the season undisturbed.

Recommended Hikes 

  • Hartley Nature Center – Duluth
  • Jay Cooke State Park – Duluth
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park – candlelight trails!
  • Superior Hiking Trail – wolf rock
  • Split Rock Lighthouse Loop
  • Tettegouche State Park – high falls
  • Carlton Peak from Britton Peak parking lot
  • Oberg Mountain loop – what a view of Lake Superior!
  • Pincushion Mountain – Grand Marais
  • Any place you can find deep snow is a good spot!

#2: Alpine & Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skier

Your skis are calling – they want to explore Minnesota’s wintry North Shore! 

Glide and carve through freshly fallen snow. Lutsen Mountains and the collection of nearby trails are your canvas for unparalleled skiing. The scenic vistas and fantastic slopes enchant our North Shore guests each year.

Ski passes are required and can be purchased online at the DNR website.

The Great MN Ski Pass

Alpine Ski Locations 

Recommended XC Ski Trails 

  • Lester-Amity Trails, Duluth
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Korrki Nordic Trails
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
  • Oberg & Leveaux Mountains Trails, Lutsen
  • Pincushion Mountain Ski

#3: Fat Tire Biking

Fat Tire Biking Lutsen, MN

When temperatures drop, your biking doesn’t have to stop. Forging through the snowy terrain on a fat tire bike is a fun way to see the best of the winter season while getting in a full body workout.

Where to ride:

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: 8.7 miles of trails to be groomed for fat biking. Download map
  • Britton Peak, Grand Marais
  • Pincushion Mountain, Grand Marais
  • Hartley Nature Center, Duluth
  • Lester Park, Duluth
  • Check out Spokengear – test ride your next fatty! You can even rent an Electric Fat Bike to cruse the trail in style. You might as well ask them where the best-groomed trails are because they’re the experts in these neck of the woods.

#4: Skijoring

Skijoring on a frozen lake

This winter sport is a must for dog lovers. Skijoring is a fast-growing winter activity that combines cross-country skiing and dogsledding. Originating in Scandinavia and literally meaning “ski-driving” in Norwegian, skijoring allows a dog and owner to exercise and travel together while enjoying the outdoors. Some special equipment is needed to get started but if you already have XC skies or simply a sled than all you need is a dog harness and longer rope (shock absorber rope is recommended). Any dog over 30 pounds can do it.

Most of our resorts are dog-friendly so don’t travel without your skijoring partner! 

Where can we go?

  • Lester-Amity Park Golf Course, Duluth (good for beginners)
  • Snowflake Ski Center, Duluth
  • Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
  • Boulder Lake Ski Trails
  • Pincushion Mountain, Grand Marais
  • Find a frozen lake and enjoy the day!


  • Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
  • Dog Days of Winter: Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019
    • Poplar Lake, Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais
    • Website

#5: Snowmobiling

Parked at Grand Superior Lodge

Ride the most superior trails in Minnesota conveniently located nearby each of our six North Shore resorts. The area is renowned for some of the best terrain and inspiring, secluded winter landscapes. After your ride stop by one of our bars and restaurants to warm up with a hot drink and one of our signature meals.

#6: Dog-sledding

Dogsledding in Grand Marais

Dash to the North Shore for a dog-sledding adventure. This popular tradition is kept alive by a handful of kennels and highlighted by the Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in late January.

For more information about our dog sled tours see our partners

Positive Energy Outdoors’ website. Or call Silver Creek Dog Sleds at 218.834.6592.

Points Unknown website. Or call 218.370.0283

#7: Winter Hiking

Winter Hike

Embark on a winter hike and explore the sprawling snowcapped wilderness. There are many paths to tour, offering immersive escapes that inspire. Hiking is the perfect activity take a break from your device and delight in the North Shore bliss.

Duluth Hiking Trails

North Shore Hiking Trails 

#8: Ice Fishing

Ice House

There are many quality spots to drop a line while staying with Odyssey. Lake Superior and the other nearby bodies of water inland offer something for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Quickly find yourself on a trout lake right off Hwy 61. Ski or hike into remote lakes for a chance to catch the big one! This is ice fishing for the true explorer.