SKYLINE VIEWS [ The Metro Area ] If you’re taking a road trip to the Twin Cities, snowmobiling may not be on your radar, but it should be. Riders can enjoy unique trails on every edge of the metro area, then head into town for dinner or a show. Parklands, state trails, and a few remaining metro-area farms offer nice rides just beyond the city lights. You might even catch the sparkle of the skyline while on your sled. Watch for snowmobiles — and maybe even snowmobile-related events — at the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The theme of the game is Bold North, and Minnesota-based Polaris is a key sponsor of the event. Catch the Star Trail system on the St. Paul side of the river, a network maintained by 10 different clubs. It covers the east metro from Scandia south to Cottage Grove and over to the Wisconsin border through numerous east-west feeder trails. Hennepin County has the most registered snowmobilers in Minnesota, and they don’t need to leave town to ride. The Three Rivers Parks system offers beautiful rides at Carver, Baker, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves, which link to Grant-in-Aid trails beyond the park borders. Expect gently rolling hills and a mix of prairie, wetland and wooded terrain. The Southwest Trails Association grooms one of the state’s best urban networks, including most of the west metro trails in Carver and Hennepin County. You can admire the purifying (though frozen) waters of Lake Minnetonka then hop right on the trail system in the Tonka Bay area. Expect to see a lively mix of suburban and rural landscapes as you weave through this lake-dotted region. Corridor trails 13 and 28 also start at Lake Minnetonka, running from the Long Lake area to the west side of the state. The River Valley Trail Blazers maintains a dedicated snowmobile park-and-ride in the northwest corner of the Canterbury Park lot. From here, you can catch Minnesota Valley State Trail, which follows the Minnesota River through the scenic Minnesota Valley. (Photo by Prior Lake Snowmobile Associ ation) WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN The St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show (December 1-7, 2017) is the largest in the country, with nearly 200 exhibits devoted to ice fishing and winter sports. You might want to plan your trip around the Waconia Ride-In Vintage & Antique Snowmobile Show (January 26-28, 2018), which features around 700 spectacular classic sleds and a slew of fun events for the whole family. Snowmobile into downtown Anoka for dinner. Anoka welcomes riders with a special parking area along the Rum River, just steps from Main Street. The St. Paul Winter Carnival (January 25-February 10, 2018), celebrates all things frozen. Enjoy three parades, ice sculptures, a giant snow slide, and the Autonomous Snowplow Competition, in which robotic snowplows clear a snowfield using GPS and other navigation technologies. The St. Paul Winter Carnival is also the historic conclusion for the I-500 snowmobile race. Sand Dunes State Forest in Sherburne County is a best-kept Metro-area secret. Snowmobile trails wind through 11,000 acres of rolling terrain featuring oak savanna forest, prairie and pine plantation. 30 Minnesota Snowmobiling Destinations