Plenty of snow for Beargrease Marathon, skiing and snowmobiling in Grand Marais and surrounding communities


Plenty of snow for Beargrease Marathon, skiing and snowmobiling

in Grand Marais and surrounding communities


Cook County, Minn. – January 27, 2017 – Although race officials have expressed concern about trail conditions for the 400-mile sled-dog marathon, there is plenty of snow for the upcoming Beargrease, as well as skiing and snowmobiling and other winter fun in Grand Marais and Cook County.  The 10-day weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the 15 – 25 degrees’ Fahrenheit range, with snow expected next week.

“We want visitors to know that Grand Marais, Lutsen and the rest of Cook County have enjoyed bountiful amounts of snow throughout this winter,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “Our visitors are enjoying downhill skiing at Lutsen Mountains, as well as hundreds of miles of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails.

“We hope visitors will come up to view the dogsled race, which will run January 29 through February 2, and enjoy all of the snowy activities our communities have to offer.”

400 miles in five days

The annual sled dog race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday at the Alger Grade gravel pit on Lake County Highway 2, about eight miles north of Two Harbors.

The Beargrease will traverse the Sawtooth Mountains in Cook County, going as far north as Gunflint Lake near the Canadian border. The marathon typically takes five days to complete.

For more information on vantage points in Cook County, see:

About 30 of the top mushers from around the world and close to 500 volunteers from around the country will gather for this amazing event. For more race details and a map, visit

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.



Kjersti Vick Marketing Manager, Visit Cook County MN 218-387-2788