Cross-Country Ski Trail Conditions on the Gunflint Trail
Welcome to winter on the Gunflint Trail! Cross-country skiing is one of the #1 activities on the Gunflint Trail in winter. Find complete Gunflint Trail ski trail conditions report below.
Trail reports are updated weekly once the season begins, typically mid-November – April.
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- 124 E. Bearskin Road
The Central Gunflint Trail Ski System is located about midway up the Gunflint Trail. The trail system is maintained by two resorts, Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge. More than 77K of beautiful groomed trails through the woods and wilderness are available for skiers. Bearskin…
- Date: 2/12/2024
- Trail Base:
- Last grooming day: 2/12/2024
- Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 2"
- Snowfall Last 7 Days: 2"
- Average Depth off the Trail:
- Surface Conditions:
- Trail Conditions/Updates: From Golden Eagle Lodge: 2/12/2024: We received about 2.0" of fresh snow over the last couple days. We groomed Flour Lake Campground Loop this morning and were very happy with how it turned out. Good skis should be safe on that trail. We also groomed Logging Camp and Deer Mouse trails. The first section of Logging Camp has some grass poking through, especially in the classic track, but the skate deck turned out really nice. We recommend B skis on most of Logging Camp. Deer Mouse is groomed with only a skate deck and has some incredibly good sections as well as several sections that will warrant rock skis. On the lakes, most of the snow out there melted from the warm weather last week so our lake trails are pretty much starting from scratch again. The south shorelines are quite protected from sunlight so we didn't have complete snow loss over there. We were able to get a nice trail and track set across the lake from the lodge, west to the campground loop. We plan to groom additional trails on the south shore heading east in the upcoming days. Bearskin was also able to get a nice trail set on the south shore of Aspen Lake and was able to regroom Summer Home and Campground Loop. They mentioned that Summer Home had a couple rock spots popping through, but was otherwise good, as is their Campground Loop. (Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge)
- Firsthand Trail Reports, from SkinnySki.com: 2/14/2024: Classic skied the Campground loop and Summer Home road at Bearskin Lodge today. It was just below freezing and 2 inches of new snow earlier in the week covered ice and rocks in tracks and provided nice glide in most places. But there was four or five places lasting 20 or 30 feet in the tracks were the rocks from the road were very apparent and I stopped to step ski over them. The skate lane had many more places where the gravel was coming thru and I was glad I was not trying to skate. I did put new gouges in my rock skis but enjoyed the day and repeated the ski after the first run with more confidence knowing where the thin spots were. (Tim Nelson)
- 143 S Gunflint Lake Road
The Upper Gunflint Trail Ski System is privately maintained and is not part of the Minnesota Ski Pass system. Passes are available at Gunflint Lodge (800-328-3325) or Gunflint Pines (800-533-5814). This system meanders through the heavily wooded rolling hills along Gunflint Lake…
- Date: 1/22/2024 (Last available update - not current or accurate)
- Trail Conditions Update/Notes: From Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters: 1/22/2024: Hello Trail Enthusiasts! We trust this message finds you in high spirits, eagerly anticipating some thrilling outdoor escapades. Here’s the most recent overview of our trail conditions: Following a recent snowfall of approximately 1.5 to 2 inches last night, so far we have had about 7 inches in total for the year. The teams efforts are focused on grooming the trails, ensuring they are primed for your enjoyment. Currently, Little Pine, Big Pine, Overlook, Rabbit Run, Aspen Alley, Cut Across, River Run, and Powerline have all undergone grooming. These trails, while not tracked, boast a smooth corduroy surface. Please be advised that conditions may vary.
*A special mention goes to Warrens Road, which is now equipped with freshly groomed Skate Deck and Classic Tracks. Warrens is in good condition and ready for your exploration!
As we eagerly await further snowfall, rest assured that our team is committed to maintaining optimal trail conditions. Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, keep those snow dances going!
- Trail Base: 3"
- Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 1.5 - 2"
- Snowfall Last 7 Days: 2"+
- Average Depth off the Trail: 5-7"
- Firsthand Trail Reports, from SkinnySki.com:
A note to skiers, a new addition to Gunflint Lodge this year is a pair of driving horses, Hannah and Heather. They begin their sleigh rides on Little Pine trail. If you see them, please give them space and move to the side of the trail while they pass.
- Poplar Creek Drive
- (218) 388-4487
The Banadad Trail System is a public ski trail managed by the Banadad Ski Trail Association, in agreement with the US Forest Service Gunflint Ranger District and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. History of the Banadad Trail: The Boundary Waters Act of 1978 called…
Trail Conditions Update
- Date: 1/12/2024
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- Trail Conditions Update/Notes: 1/12/2024: No Snow and No Go (lack of insurance). Lack of snow, cold and insurance are preventing us to groom the wilderness Banadad Trail. We lost our insurance coverage due to the fire last year; we are actively seeking coverage for operations.and equipment. Until we have coverage we can't do anything. The wilderness Banadad Trail is not physically closed but no or little snow, no grooming and water crossings are just now freezing enough to get across. Use it at your own risk.
Now for the Good News! The wilderness Banadad Trail was prepared (cleared) in the Fall for ski operations. It was perhaps one of our better years for clearing and reaching all areas of the wilderness Banadad Trail. We replaced our burned up snowmobile with a much newer 2021 Skandic and acquired and outfitted a newer aluminum 18 1/2 foot covered trailer. We also acquired a grooming/tracker from Golden Eagle Lodge (thanks). Our 2018 Arctic Cat Bearcat survived the fire. We will be using the covered trailer to support our operations based a the Banadad West End Trail head. The wilderness Banadad East End Trail head will still be maintained and plowed as in past years. We have many new volunteers and groomers lined up. Our local Gunflint Trail Lodges and friends have been great stepping forward to help us recover from the fire last year. Basically were good to go EXCEPT Insurance and of course Snow (which sounds like it is coming). Bearskin Lodge has taken over the Lace Lake Trail, widened the trail and will be grooming both a skate lane as well as a single track for skiers for both types of Nordic Skiing. Bearskin will groom the Lace Lake with the same equipment they use for all the Bearskin trails. Note, all Bearskin Trails (now including Lace Lake) require the daily or annual Bearskin ski pass. The small Tall Pines Trail has been cleared but not widened or added to the Bearskin System. Our plans are to help Bearskin add the Tall Pines Trail to their system in future years. Right now we will try and groom Tall Pines with our snowmobile tracker. The Tall Pines is a small trail loop South of the Lace Lake Trail. (Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association)
Firsthand Trail Reports, from SkinnySki.com:
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