Besides our over 10,000 lakes, outsiders to Minnesota know our state mostly because of its winter weather. Though it’s often deemed brutal or unlivable, we in the north have come to look at our extreme weather fondly. Sure, we may groan about snow in April or poorly plowed roads, but at the end of the day, we wouldn’t trade our four-season climate for anything.

Using this source as a guide, we have created this list of 16 of Minnesota’s snowiest cities. They may get an insane amount of snow but, like true Minnesota towns, they make the most of it with great winter activities that anyone who owns a pair of mittens can enjoy.

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Where is your favorite place to enjoy the snow in Minnesota? What’s your favorite thing to do? Let us know in the comments! If you’re interested in more snowy spots in Minnesota, check out the one Minnesota town that turns into a winter wonderland each year.

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What are some fun snow tubing hills in Minnesota?
If you ask us, Minnesota is a perfect state when it comes to fun stuff to do in winter (see below). Part of this epic amazingness stems from the fact that there are a ridiculous number of hills and places perfect for snow tubing. They’re so plentiful, really, that it’s impossible to list them all in a short paragraph. However, some do tend to get mentioned lots more than others when it comes to the opinions of the locals. For example, a beloved snow tubing hill near Minneapolis-St. Paul is located at the Theodore Wirth Regional Park. While in the area, also look into Lake Elmo, specifically, at the Green Acres Recreation area. There’s also Brookside Park, in Bloomington, which is home to some truly great tube-ops. Of course, there are many more in lots of other locations around the state; Spirit Mountain in Duluth is a beloved winter tradition, and Robbins Island Park in Willmar is another family favorite. Bemis Hill, in Warroad, is another great one. We could go on, but you get the idea. They’re all over the place. Minnesota is something of a snow hill paradise!  

What are some fun things to do during wintertime in Minnesota?  

You mean OTHER than the snow tubing, right? Well, you’re in luck, because Minnesota is filled head-to-toe with amazing winter fun to be had. Check out some of our amazing little towns that go all-out during the winter season, like Northfield or Lutsen. Try your feet at skiing or snowboarding and follow it all up with a cup of hot cocoa at any one of our amazing lodges and ski resorts. Ice skate on any one of our amazing rinks or frozen lakes (well, the safe ones, anyway). Engage in a snowball fight with the entire neighborhood. Take a nice, long drive and explore the snowy beauty of Minnesota’s backcountry. Wintertime in Minnesota is a magical time, and we love it. We think you will, too!