Minnesota 4th Graders Ski for $19.95 with Passport Program

Now that the snow is here, Minnesota 4th graders can hit the slopes for just $19.95 with the 4th Grade Passport Program! This statewide program created by the Minnesota Ski Areas Association (MSA) provides every 4th grader the opportunity to ski for free. (The $19.95 charge for the passport covers printing and shipping costs.)

Your 4th grader’s passport includes a minimum of two visits to each resort, and there are 18 ski & snowboard areas across the state. For more information, call your local ski area to find out what (if any) restrictions they have on the passport.

Why only 4th graders?

Fourth grade is the perfect age to learn to ski and snowboard. They have the coordination skills and muscle development to be able to pick up on the skills as well as adhering and following safety information. One age had to be chosen and 4th grade was the decision. We are excited that we are able to offer this program to all 4th graders.

How will I know what the restrictions are at each area?

You will need to reach out to your local area to find out what restrictions, if any they have.

When should I expect to receive the 4th Grade Passport Pass after applying ?

Regrettably, due to the overwhelming response to this program, it may be an average of two weeks before you receive the pass. Note that all participating areas are sent a list of applicants on a weekly basis so they know who is in process. Thank you for your patience and participation in this program.

Order your passport HERE!

Discount Minnesota Wild Tickets – 4 Games Available

This is a great opportunity to get a discount on Minnesota Wild Tickets! Goldstar has special pricing for three upcoming games vs the Flames, the Maple Leafs, the Stars, and the Predators. Regularly the tickets are priced from $71.77 to $152.15, but with this deal they are priced from $51 to $113. See all the MN Wild ticket deals here!

Get ready to see flashing skates, speeding pucks and maybe a flying fist or two as the NHL’s Minnesota Wild hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center. With offensive-minded coach Bruce Boudreau at the helm, expect the Wild to light the lamp early and often behind offensive standouts like Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. Hard-hitting Ryan Suter anchors the defense along with goaltender Devan Dubnyk, aka “The Great Wall of St. Paul.” Don’t miss a second of the action with these great seats and see the Wild take on some of the NHL’s best.

Running and Skating inside the U.S. Bank Stadium

As our weather turns colder, we have to get creative when and how we exercise.   We can choose to bundle up or we can find alternative locations.  Up until January, the U.S. Bank Stadium is offering an opportunity to skate or run inside it’s walls.

The U.S. Bank skating or running will only be offered on specific dates:

  • November  21, 27
  • December 6, 11, 12, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • Additional dates could be added after January

* There’s a $3 fee for running, skating is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ( NO equipment provided).  More specifics on the hours and admission for running can be found here.  If you would like to skate you can more info on that here.



Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, November 4th


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, November 4, 2017! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit tryhockeyforfree.com, search with your zip code, and click the pinpoint for event details and to register. There are many participating rinks in Minnesota.

Contact the local participating host site with any questions or USA Hockey at (719) 538-1124 or ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Get Vikings Preseason Games Discount Tickets! Limited Availability

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Are you ready for the 2017 NFL season? Now is a GREAT chance to get Vikings Preseason Games discount tickets….. if you hurry!! We are starting to see a few discounted tickets to preseason games pop up on Goldstar. Right now they have limited available for the Sunday August 27 game vs. San Francisco Chargers and the Thursday August 31 game vs. the Miami Dolphins. If you miss out on these, be sure to check back again on the same link for future availability!

“It’s time to dust off those Helga hats and get ready to cheer for your Minnesota Vikings, as they take on the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins in preseason NFL action. You’ll most likely get the chance to check out the Vikings’ first pick from the 2017 draft, running back Dalvin Cook, the 2016 Orange Bowl MVP out of Florida State, as well as the returning quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. Plus, you’re sure to enjoy all the amenities at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, with its massive glass wall, 3,000-square-foot video board and a variety of concession choices, including offerings from celebrity chef and hometown foodie Andrew Zimmern.”

Get Vikings Preseason Games Discount Tickets at New U.S. Bank Stadium HERE.

Shockwaves Water Ski Show in Shakopee

Find your blankets and chairs and head to the Shockwaves Water Ski Show near Shakopee on Thursday.  It takes place at Quarry Lake and begins at 6:30.  If you can’t make the show on Thursday, check out their calendar for other upcoming events.


The club’s show team, the Shockwaves, has the largest level of member participation and is the club’s most visible face. The Shockwaves’ performers do pyramids, ballet, barefooting, jumping, wakeboarding and many other crowd-pleasing stunts. During the course of a season, the show team performs and travels to communities throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Quarry Lake

Quarry Lake is the premier private water sports lake in the Midwest. Quarry Lake maintains two slalom courses, a ski jump, as well as other amenities.

Quarry Lake is located on the east side of Shakopee, is owned by the City of Shakopee and leased to the club for the exclusive use of the club’s members from May through October each year. (The only other permitted activity is fishing on the north end of the lake from piers that are being constructed by the City as part of Quarry Lake Park, opened in 2016.)

Summer Sizzle Free Skating Event

In the winter we want summer and in the summer we crave a bit of winter.  Well not all of us, but it would be nice for just a few hours to alternate right?  On Sunday, July 30th you can enjoy a small dose of winter, head to the Summer Sizzle Free Skating Event in Burnsville.  It’s a free event taking place from noon to 1:30 at the Burnsville Ice Center.

Leave the heat and humidity behind and step into the Burnsville Ice Center for their “Summer Sizzle” skate event. Admission and skate rental are free. There are limited quantities of each size of rental skate, so come early.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from the Ice Center’s “Learn to Skate” program, Burnsville Hockey Club and Burnsville MN Valley Figure Skating Club.

National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.


Summer Open House at Buck Hill

Buck Hill has fun all year round.  Downhill skiing on snow in the winter and then on artificial snow in the summer.  This Friday, June 9th from 4-8pm you can enjoy a lot of fun at the Summer Open House.  Check out some of the activities:

• Ride Our Trails and Mountain Bike Skills Park
• Food and Beverages Available from Black Diamond Restaurant and Bar
• Free Face Painting
• Demo the Latest Mountain Bikes from Valley Bike & Ski and Penn Cycle
• Electric Longboard Demos from Zombie Boardshop
• Learn More About Our Summer Action Sports Camps for Kids
• Ski, Snowboard or Tube on the Neveplast Artificial Snow
• FREE EVENT! You Must Provide Your Own Ski or Snowboard Equipment


Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening

This past weekend we spent the day biking at one of Minnesota’s bike trails, and there are many.  You can add another to the list as the Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening takes place this Saturday, June 3rd.  The festivities will take place at Lake Byllesby Park, just west of Cannon Falls.  The event will celebrate the newest trail segment of the Mill Towns State Trail made possible by Dakota County, Goodhue County and the Minnesota DNR. From 2-5pm there will be a ribbon cutting as well other fun activities:

  • bikes available to check out
  • pedicabs for free pedicab rides
  • a bike decorating station
  • naturalists talking about birding
  • plus more fun!