Stories Saint Mary's students enjoying the ski trails.

Published on February 26th, 2014 | by SMUMN

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Ski trails at Saint Mary’s benefit from community partnership

One of the region’s best ski trails has gotten even better, with new features that will allow skiing in almost any condition except summer. The challenging 14.5 km Saint Mary’s University trail system winds through the scenic bluffs and valleys on campus and alongside the Gilmore Creek trout stream.

CAPTION: A group of students using the cross country ski trails on campus.

The trail now boasts snowmaking equipment and trail lights, thanks to a partnership with the Winona Ski Club. Another recent addition is the Brother Jerome Rademacher Nordic Ski Center, a warming house and utility room built into the basement of the university’s newest dorm, Brother Leopold Hall.

Saint Mary’s welcomes the financial support and energy of the Winona Ski Club as its members help make trail enhancements into reality. In turn, the trails are a jewel of a hometown course for the area’s recreational and competitive skiers, including Winona Senior High School.

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