For more than 50 years, Tonka Cycle and Ski has paired bikers, skiers, and winter athletes of all stripes with equipment and maintenance services. The shop's team members not only specialize in equipping customers with properly fitting apparel, they also fine-tune skis and cycles to suit individual needs. With a Montana Stone Grinder, the specialists flatten and structure the base of each ski and snowboard before hand-beveling each edge. Bicycle-maintenance services provide two-wheeled steeds with similar care, along with a level of service perfected during the shop's initial years as Tonka Schwinn in Glen Lake. In addition to carrying new items from select manufacturers, the shop hosts a children's trade-in program for skis and boards that refuse to grow along with their owners.
With almost a century’s worth of history, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board's 18-hole courses invigorate golfers with lush scenery and challenging fairway play. The downtown skyline arcs gracefully over the 95-year-old Wirth Golf Club, which tests swinging skills with a tricky back nine, man-made lagoons, and schools of club-snatching kelpies. The regulation-size par 73 links at Hiawatha Golf Club border a scenic lake and its pond-studded grounds have hosted numerous heart-pumping tournaments. Swingers enjoy the walkable layout of the Gross National Golf Club and dreamily divot-repair through the wildflower-accented Meadowbrook Golf Club. Test irons' steely nerves on the Columbia Golf Club’s demanding tree-lined fairways, rolling from tee to tee in an included cart. Purchasers may end the day by applying a 20% discount to goods at the pro shop, proffering replacements for thrown wedges and replenishing tees accidentally used as toothpicks.
A lift ticket gives slope stars access to Trollhaugen's 22 ski trails, from Julebakken's rolling slopes and wide terrain to the narrow, tree-lined chutes and lurking ice Vikings of Galende's black-diamond gauntlet. Mountainside novices can opt for pre-ski training with one of Trollhaugen's beginner ski lessons. After strapping on the provided equipment, beginners learn bunny-hill basics before cashing in their lift voucher, which grants access to runs such as the elementary Bjorkedahl, a slow tour around the resort's western edge.
Crisp, fresh country breezes rustle through the trees surrounding Eko Backen as guests revel in its many outdoor seasonal activities. During warm-weather months, its spacious, gazebo-dotted grass fields host weddings and vintage-car shows, and families putt away on a 10-hole miniature-golf course with seasonally themed decorations. Visitors pile into inflatable tubes during the summer to race down water slides, and in the winter, they navigate sloping hills covered in artificial snow. The staffers capably host events such as corporate getaways, birthday parties, and jury-duty reunions, providing pizza and snacks from their onsite eatery.
Approximately 6,000 years ago, when Sumerian scholars were devising some of mankind's first mathematic systems, a mile-thick sheet of ice began to melt half a world away in the region known today as Minnesota. Slowly, the glacier shrank and poured gallons of water into the land around it, leaving behind gorgeous rock formations dotted with artistic ridges and eye-catching striations. Perhaps most notable of these formations is a structure that resembles a cross, which inspired settlers to name its surrounding river St. Croix, or "holy cross."
Today, modern humans can catch a glimpse of these awesome sights thanks to Wild Mountain. Seasonal activities include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, where snow-goers explore 100 acres of hills encompassing 26 runs, bunny slopes for newcomers, and four terrain parks for the seasoned veterans. Wild Mountain also holds daily lessons, youth and adult programs, as well as racing competitions and camps run by knowledgable and trained northerners.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.