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Fun with a club

Join an outdoors group to see new places, save money and make friends.

Snowshoeing in Tettegouche.

© Debra Gagner

The Minnesota Rovers often rent the Mic Mac cabins in Tettegouche State Park on Minnesota's North Shore.

Sometimes, when traveling, it's nice to let someone else run the show.

Someone who reserves rooms for holiday weekends a year in advance. Someone who plans dinners, gets group discounts on lift tickets and organizes transportation. All you have to do is sign up and go.

And costs for weekend trips can be irresistibly low, often less than $100 per person.

If you'd like to do something fun this winter, now is the time to join an outdoors club. You don't have to live in the town in which the club is based.

Here's where some of the biggest clubs are going this winter.

Out of the Twin Cities, the North Stars Ski Touring Club is offering weekend trips to Ironwood, Cable, Bayfield, the Gunflint Trail and other prime ski spots around the Upper Midwest. Two trips are great for families, Camp Onomia near Mille Lacs Kathio State Park and Deep Portage Learning Center.

The Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club is planning skiing/snowshoeing trips to Hayward in Wisconsin, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula and, in Minnesota, Itasca State Park and Deep Portage.

Trips fill quickly, but most trip leaders save a spot or two for new members.

Milwaukee's Nordic Ski Club is offering ski trips to Ironwood, Marquette and the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan and Minocqua and Cable in Wisconsin.

From Chicago, the LakeShore Ski & Sports Club is offering cross-country ski trips to Wausau, Marquette, Minocqua, the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest in Wisconsin.

From Chicago's western suburbs, the Four Winds Ski and Social Club plans downhill trips to Devil's Head and Granite Peak in Wisconsin and Shanty Creek and Indianhead in Michigan.

Clubs are open to people around the region, and memberships, $25-$45, often include use of club-owned gear.

For more details and a list of year-round groups, see Join the club.

Last updated on November 6, 2014