MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — KARE 11 is a proud sponsor of the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener!

Feeling down about the winter weather? Here's one way to actually enjoy it!

This Saturday, bundle up and celebrate the beginning of the cross-country ski season.

The Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener is Saturday, Dec. 7. Three Rivers Park District is holding a free event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring free skiing, free rental equipment and free mini lessons.

There will be a Ski Tour with routes for the whole family, and a Nordic Ski Expo with more than 50 suppliers, resorts, retailers and clubs present.

Dress warmly, as many activities are outdoors. The first 1,000 visitors receive a free buff!

Nordic Ski Opener

Saturday, Dec. 7

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission

Elm Creek Park Reserve

12400 James Deane Parkway

Maple Grove, MN 55369