Como Park is one of the smaller trails in the Metro area. Less than 7km wrap around the Como Golf Course. But don’t let its small size fool you. Como has been voted “Best Cross Country Skiing” by the Twin Cities Reader and continues to be one of the best trail systems in the area.
What Makes It Great
Como has every kind of terrain you would need for a good ski. Flats, rollers, and steep climbs litter this trail. The 5 km loop is expertly groomed with both classic and skate tracks for everyone to enjoy. The trails are fairly exposed to the elements so if it’s a windy day make sure you are bundled up. If the sun is out, be ready to enjoy a beautiful winter day. With challenges for every skill level, it’s hard not to love the Como trails.
Como Park hosts the Como Championships, a very popular race in the Midwest, and has recently been added to the Junior National Qualifier events for the 2014-2015 season. For only being 5 km, this trail system certainly gets its fair share of attention.
Who is Going to Love It
This course tends to cater to the more proficient skier. But don’t let that shy anyone away. There is still quality skiing for all skill levels at Como. The trails provide a nice gradual progression of difficulty as the trail advances. A 1.7km loop designed for beginners is lit during the evening for those night owls, and the 5km loop made for the more advanced skier is not lit in the evenings.
Group Lessons are available for folks who have never skied before to seasoned veterans. Visit mn-st.paul.civicplus.com for more information on lesson dates and rates.
If you are interested in racing either Como Championships or King Boreas cross country ski races visit www.enduranceunited.org/events for more information.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking is available at the Como Golf Course parking lot. There is also a chalet to change and help skiers stay warm.
The entrance to the ski trails is located at 1431 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN.
This is a one-way trail so please abide by the directional rules so everyone can have a good time!
How about not paying for a ski pass? Como Park is free to Cross Country Skiing. All you need is a Photo ID and you are good to go. Rental equipment is available for Classic Technique:
Skis, Boot, and Poles
Aside from the financial benefits to Como, you are still going to be skiing on some fantastic trails. It is rare to see anyone not skiing multiple loops, not because Como is smaller, but the quality of the trail is just that good.