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Explore the 'Winter Wonder' each week on KARE 11 Sunrise

We're exploring outdoor winter activities to enjoy, even during the pandemic.

Minnesotans are known for embracing our cold weather climate and making the most of the snow and ice. That's still very much the case in 2021, even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic limiting some indoor activities.

KARE 11 Sunrise is celebrating the "Winter Wonder" of the Upper Midwest each week in a new segment highlighting outdoor winter activities to enjoy, even during the pandemic. 

Join KARE 11's Bryan Piatt each week starting Friday, Jan. 15, as he highlights a new place to visit or activity to try, starting with an exploration of the Norwegian concept of “frilufstliv” – better known as the idea of getting outdoors, no matter what the weather is!

Bookmark this page and return each week as we add more details and video from Bryan's weekly "Winter Wonder" segments.

What is “friluftsliv”?

We’re kicking off our Winter Wonder series with a Norwegian way of life that can help inspire us all to get out and enjoy the outdoors, no matter what the weather is. Norway House Executive Director Christina Carleton joins us to explain what “friluftsliv” is all about.

Cross Country Skiing

This week, we check out a classic Minnesota winter activity as Bryan Piatt goes cross country skiing at Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area in Maple Grove. Find out how much it will cost you, and why renting your skis ahead of time might be a good idea.

Tune in each Friday for the "Winter Wonder" segment during KARE 11 Sunrise to hear the key word for the day. Then click here or visit the contests tab on the KARE 11 Facebook page for a chance to win a special Explore the Winter Wonder prize pack sponsored by the Minnesota Lottery. Full contest rules and details can be found here.