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Grand Rapids  MN
Grand Rapids Universalist Unitarian Fellowship  
Program runs from: 12/17/2016  to  12/26/2016

Gopher State
Grand Rapids is located approximately 190 miles north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Grand Rapids is situated among 1,000 lakes and lush northern Minnesota forests. Nothing can surpass this area’s natural beauty.

Winter is truly paradise in the 1,000 Grand Lake area. Our northern wilderness provides frozen lakes for ice fishing and miles of groomed trails for Nordic skiing. You can head to Mount Itasca for a full afternoon of sledding, skiing and snowboarding. If one is interested in riding snowmobiles, that’s possible as well. You can build snow men or snow castles outdoors. We’ll provide an old fashioned horse drawn sleigh ride and evening bonfire and sledding under the northern stars.

The Grand Rapids area offers more than 200K of skiing on 19 groomed trails. Enjoy a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert, both classic and freestyle techniques. There are local businesses who rent skis if you don’t own your own equipment.

You will be able to experience a Christmas Eve service in a local church with your host family if you choose to. You are welcome to attend and experience the host family Christmas traditions with them.

Temperatures in northern Minnesota can drop as low as -10 below zero or as high as 35 degrees above zero. Members of the Grand Rapids UU Fellowship will attempt to outfit you if you are unable to find the proper clothing. You’ll need to bring warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots if you own them. The snow can be deep this time of year.

Additional information about Grand Rapids can be found at

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Program Size 1
Program Type Home Stay
Accomodations Single Students (Male & Female)
Clothing Suggestions Warm winter clothes, hat, scarf, gloves, winter boots, warm socks, jeans and other casual clothing are acceptable for all CIH activities.
Suggested Cash $100 for ski rental, movies, shopping
Program Dates 12/17/2016 to 12/26/2016
Stay Options Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
Airport Hibbing, MN (35 miles away), Duluth, MN (90 miles
Train Depot None
Bus Depot Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Driving Directions Upon request
Weather Forecast Can be very cold, maybe snow
Local Attractions Chippewa National Forest, Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn.
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