Winter Recreation Activities

Enjoy winter with this comprehensive list of winter fun in Moorhead!
Opportunities include ski and snowshoe rentals, outdoor and indoor skating, sledding hills, events and more!

Warming houses and activities will close if the temperature is -10 degrees or below, the wind chill is -30 degrees or below, or the ice is deemed unsafe/unskatable.

Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Information



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Winter Trails Day  





Lone Skier on Trail




Groomed trails await cross-country skiers and trail goers in the following park locations: Gooseberry, Homestead, Horn Park, Woodlawn, River Oaks Point, M.B. Johnson, and Viking Ship Park (illuminated trail).


UPDATE: March 31 will be the last day trails are groomed for the season, due to the groomer needing some extended maintenance. Thank you to all who enjoyed the trails this season! 


Grooming Status, date last groomed:
M.B. Johnson Trails-3 miles: 3/27/23       Homestead Trail- 1 mile: 3/31/23
Vikings Ship Trail- 4 miles: 3/31/23          Woodlawn Trail- 1 mile: 2/27/23
Gooseberry Trails- 3 miles: 3/17/23          Horn Park Trail- 1 mile: 3/17/23
River Oaks Trail- 2.5 miles: 3/27/23


Cross Country Ski Trail Map


Rental equipment will be available at the Hjemkomst Center for use around Viking Ship Park (Cash and Check payments only). Not open on holidays.

Days and times (weather-permitting):

Saturdays 10am-4:30 pm, Sundays 12-4:30 pm


To view rental fees, click here.


Winter Trail Etiquette


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  • Foot Traffic: Please keep to the right going up and the left going down. Avoid groomed classic lanes. 
  • Snowshoeing and dog walking: Please avoid the classic lanes. Dogs must be leashed and waste removed from trail; stay on the edge of trail.
  • Skate Skiing: Please start in the middle and avoid skating in the groomed classic lane.
  • Slower Skiers yield to faster skiers and be courteous to other trail users.

Outdoor Skating Rinks

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Outdoor Rink Update as of 01/12/2023:

Stonemill Park rinks are now open!

All warming houses and rinks are open during regular scheduled hours. 



Locations with warming houses and lights: Hansmann Park; Lamb Park; Morningside Park; Ridgewood Park; Riverview Estates Park; South Park; and Village Green Park


Additional Rinks: Alm Park (Lighted General Rink); Voll Park (General Rink); Trails at Stonemill Park (Lighted General and Hockey Rink).


2022 and 2023 Rink and Warming House hours include:

 Monday-Friday  4-8 pm
 1-8 pm
 Holiday Hours (Dec 23 and Jan 2)
 1-8 pm

Holiday Hours (Jan 16 and Feb 20)

 1-8 pm
*Warming houses closed December 24, 25; January 1



Sledding Hills

Kid Sledding

Looking for somewhere to sled in Moorhead? We have a few parks with kid-friendly hills that, once covered in snow, will be ready for fun!

Updated December 28, 2022:

Riverview Estates Sledding Hill warming house will be open 1-8 pm following the skating rink holiday hours.


Locations: Horn Park, Riverview Estates Park, Viking Ship Park, Woodlawn Park, Frostival Slide at Viking Ship Park- January 14-February 25, 2023.

Open Skate and Open Gym

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Open Skate Information (2022/2023 Fall/Winter)

Dates: Sundays

Contact: Moorhead Youth Hockey Association 218.284.2287.
Times: 2:15-4:15 pm
Location: Moorhead Sports Center


 Kids (17 and under)
 Adults $3.00
 Family Skate


*Dates subject to change or cancellation due to tournaments and special events.  


Open Gym Information

Improve your basketball or volleyball skills with open courts and nets. Designated times for youth (15 and under); and adults (16 and over). Basketballs and volleyballs will be available. This is a fee free program, no cost to participate!


 Dates 2022-2023  Times  Location

Oct: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Nov: 6, 13, 20, 27

Dec: 4, 11, 18

Youth: 1-4 pm
 Community Life Center
Adult: 4:15-5:45 pm
Jan: 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb: 5, 12, 19, 26
Youth: 1-4 pm
 Ellen Hopkins Elementary
Adult: 4:15-5:45 pm
* No adult open gym on February 12



Special Events

 Frostival Frozen Fortress

Moorhead Parks and Recreation offers year-round events for all ages to enjoy and the winter is no exception! For a full list, view the Special Events Page.


Fargo-Moorhead's premier winter event is Frostival! Frostival is all about celebrating the "cool" of winter with outdoor events and family-friendly activities across Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. Grab your friends, bring your spirit of adventure (and some mittens) and join us in making cold "cool."


For a full list of Frostival events in Moorhead, visit our Frostival page.