Perfect spring break destination: Prime Conditions Predicted for Weekend of Winter Fun in Tofte and Gunflint Trail March 11 – 12

Perfect spring break destination:


Prime Conditions Predicted for Weekend of Winter Fun in Tofte and Gunflint Trail March 11 – 12


Cook County, Minn. – Feb. 17, 2017 – There is more fun to be had this winter at a brand-new event, The Sugar Tour at Oberg Trailhead in Tofte, Minn. and up the road at the Dog Days of Winter Fun at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail Saturday-Sunday, March 11 – 12, 2017.  The weekend is packed full of fun winter activities, including: cross-country ski challenges, sled dog derbies, skijoring, a snowman competition, a bonfire and more.


“March is an exciting month to celebrate longer days, prime snow conditions and warm sunshine,” says Executive Director of Visit Cook County Linda Jurek, “We’re looking forward to welcoming families on spring break who can take advantage of lodging specials offered at this time of year.”


The days are getting warmer and the trails are in prime condition to take a sweet cross-country ski challenge at The Sugar Tour on Saturday, March 11, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m.  The event is located on the Sugarbush Trail where there are over 40 miles of cross-country ski trails winding through the remote Forest Service land in the Lutsen-Tofte area.  Children and adults can choose to participate in the 5k, 8k or an 18k loop, with activities on the shorter loops or the personal challenge of skiing the long loop with treats and hot chocolate at the Oberg Trailhead finish around 2 p.m.  Admission to the event is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 14 and under.  Please click on the link to register up until the day of event:


Dog Days of Winter celebrated on March 12


Those seeking a day of outdoor activities or simply enjoying the outdoors as a spectator, can head to Dog Days of Winter Fun on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Trail Center Lodge, located halfway up the Gunflint Trail on Poplar Lake.

Visitors can participate in Sled Dog Derbies, which include an eight-dog, 23-mile run, a six-dog, 12-mile run, and a four-dog, three-mile run.  All derbies start at 11 a.m. on Sunday and cost $20-$40 to register.


There will also be Freestyle skijoring (skate skiing or classic skiing) events, including a two-mile and five-mile race open to all experience levels.  Skijoring costs $10-$15, depending on the race and begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Many activities at this event are FREE of charge.


Registration is now open for all events listed.  For more information, see:


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About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Cook County, Minn. has earned numerous accolades recently including “2015 Coolest Small Town in America” contest by Budget Travel and “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” list by Outside Magazine. Visit Cook County invites visitors to rekindle their sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and discovering the Lake Superior watershed basin. Be inspired by connecting on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Discover more at or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.