Skiing at Saint John's
Ski Trail Updates
During the off-season, Outdoor U created a new blog to make sending and receiving updates about Abbey Arboretum ski trail conditions easier. We'll post our updates there and look forward to receiving your comments about the trail conditions throughout the season!
This link only subscribes to ski trail updates. You can also subscribe to other or all topics on our blog as we gradually add to it throughout the year.
Ski Map & Trail Names
In 2013 we created an updated ski trail map. Note that trails have been assigned a directional designation and most are now one-way to help make skiing safer for all. Other new things on the map:
- A new trail called Langlauf, meaning classic cross-country in German. It has a nice downhill for classic skiers.
- Renaming several trails - to get rid of boring names (i.e. Freeway extension is now Zicke-Zack), and to be less confusing when a ski trail uses more than one of our summer trails. Hence, the trail starting at the stone gate is now the Stone Gate Loop.
We are able to groom more trails this year since our logging operation will be working in a different part of the woods.
None at this time.
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 University 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, yet if you are not part of CSB/SJU/OSB I ask that you join the Saint John's Outdoor University at the $40 Family yearly membership level.
- By joining the Outdoor University 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.