Cross-Country Skier’s Gift Guide

It doesn’t seem fair but we’re okay with that

By Kris Barber
It doesn’t seem fair: not only do we have the best kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding in the entire state, but Cook County also has the best cross-country skiing. It’s true. We have more than 400 km of groomed cross-country trails that meander through the boreal forest. It really doesn’t seem fair that we should have the BWCAW, Lake Superior, and the cross-country trails within the boreal forest but hey, we’re okay with that little bit of inequity. And since we have such beautiful cross-country trails, it only seems right that we offer some gift suggestions for the cross-country skier in your life. Kris came up with some awesome ideas.


  • Osprey Duro Solo Belt
    Carry 17 oz. of water with extra room for your wallet, keys, and electronics with this lumbar hydration pack. Ghost gray with 2″ adjustable waist strap. This belt also has a clear window for easy access to that trail pass.
  • Nebo Duo Headlamp
    Enjoy night skiing on brightly lit trails with this 250 lumen lamp. Chose any of the 4 modes: Spot light, flood light, red flood light, or red beacon light. The adjustable head straps allow it to fit every melon size.
  • Grabber Hand Warmers
    Get seven hours of hand warmth out of these pads. They’re non-toxic, environmentally friendly, odorless, and use ingredients that are non-combustible. Each pad easily fits in your gloves for a gentle even heat. Each pack contains two pads.
  • Sealskinz Dragoneye Gloves
    These gloves are Taylor-made for physical activity. Their anti-slip lining improves dexterity and eliminates liner pull-out. They also include a touchscreen friendly tab on the index finger to enable you to take calls, photos, and check your bearings all without having to take your glove off. They are 100% waterproof and breathable.
  • BDehlie Ridge Pants
    What’s not to like about these pants? They’re dirt and water repellent, fluorine-free, quick drying, breathable, and possible to reactivate with heat after wash. With a full zip going up each leg, you can get in and out easily without having to take off your ski boots. Semi-stretchy and perfect for the ski trail.
  • BDehlie Elixir Jacket
    This jacket is the perfect match to the pants mentioned above. With all the eco-friendly features mentioned above, they also include zippered side pockets large enough to hold a couple tubes of ski wax and the car keys.
  • Skiing the North Shore
    This book is the perfect guide to cross country ski trails in Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior region. Maps, trail descriptions, trailhead access points, and more are all included with this in-depth guide to skiing this magical area.
  • SHWS Winter Trail Map Map
    Don’t chance getting lost, pick up one of our winter trail system maps! 

Add in the Marmot beanie and the Darn Tough Vertical socks with shin padding and we’ve got you covered from head to toe. And there’s always a Stone Harbor Gift Card for when all else fails.

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