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Sugarbush Trails - Britton Peak & Moose Fence in Tofte

April 25, 2022
Trail Base: 1"- 24"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 0"
Last 7 Days: 9"
Average Depth: 12"- 24"
Comments:

Trail Conditions Update: From the Sugarbush Trail Association, April 25, 2022: We held off as long as we could and now we need to say grooming is over for the 2021-2022 ski season. Our last groomed day was April 15. We still have snow, so skiing is possible and if it gets cold again, crust skiing would be an option.

We want to thank our main groomer Darren Peck for doing a great job this season. Darren, owner of Tofte Charters, will be spending time soon getting his charter boat ready for the summer fishing season on Lake Superior. Steve Anderson and Greg Fangel also provided some back up grooming when needed. Thanks to Jeff Lynch at Sawtooth Outfitters for ordering parts and new equipment when needed.

We groomed with the snowmobiles a total of 40 times for a total of 230 hours and we groomed with the Pisten Bully a total of 23 times for a total of 266 hours. Last year, we never took the Bully out once, so this has been a good year.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our cause, we greatly appreciate it.

The Tofte Trek committee has been busy making plans for the 10k run/walk to be held on July 4. On-line registration is now available at www.toftetrek.com

Have a great Spring!

The Sugarbush Trail System is an extensive cross country ski trail network and a developing single-track mountain bike trail system in Northeastern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. The system provides a variety of recreation opportunities in the Sawtooth Mountains for the beginner to advanced skier and bicyclist. A small board of volunteers oversees all aspects of the Sugarbush xc ski trail system. We fund trail improvements, purchase and maintain grooming equipment, make sure the trails are groomed, maintain the Oberg warming shack and keep it stocked with wood and put on the Annual Tofte Trek Fundraiser. STA also works cooperatively with Cook County's Superior Cycling Association to develop single-track mountain bike trails in our area.

We want to thank the North Star Ski Touring Club from the Twin Cities for providing support to us over the years. They provided us a grant for a new Yellowstone Ginzu groomer two years ago and provided funding to replace our trail intersection maps this year. The club is active year around and organizes adventure trips.

We want to remind folks that Sugarbush trails are only open to cross country skiing. Fat biking trails are available on the Norpine Trail system in Lutsen. Snowshoeing and hiking are available on the Superior Hiking Trail. Information on recreational trails throughout the county can be obtained from the Visit Cook County Information Center in Grand Marais; 218-387-2524.

This is the season, when non-profit organizations solicit supporters for financial support and Sugarbush Trail Association (STA) is one of them. We would like to encourage you to donate directly to STA through our website at Sugarbush Ski Trails or mail to: Sugarbush Trail Association, PO Box 2112, Tofte, MN 55615. We greatly appreciate any financial contributions to help us with our $40,000 operating budget. Thanks in advance.

The Sugarbush Trail Association is seeking new members!

Be a part of an exciting recreational group that is interested in expanding, promoting and enhancing cross-country skiing and mountain biking on the North shore.

STA members help fund trail improvements, purchase and maintain equipment and groom trails. Furndraising events, like the annual Tofte Trek, trail clearing and maintaining the Oberg warming cabin are ways of being a contributing force.

Along with the financial support we receive from the DNR ski trail pass, local resorts and the Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association, we still depend on membership donations and help to keep our volunteer organization running strong and our trails in good shape.

If you would like to make a direct impact on the trails you love, please consider a financial donation at one of the levels listed below. You can make a contribution on-line or send a check to the address below. STA is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

BRONZE $50

SILVER $100

GOLD $200

PLATINUM $500+

Sugarbush Trail Association

PO Box 2112

Tofte, MN 55615

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. They may be purchased online or in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html

 

Sugarbush Trails - Oberg Mountain Area Trails in Lutsen

April 25, 2022
Trail Base: 1"- 24"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 0"
Last 7 Days: 9"
Average Depth: 12"- 24"
Comments:

Trail Conditions Update: From the Sugarbush Trail Association, April 25, 2022: We held off as long as we could and now we need to say grooming is over for the 2021-2022 ski season. Our last groomed day was April 15. We still have snow, so skiing is possible and if it gets cold again, crust skiing would be an option.

We want to thank our main groomer Darren Peck for doing a great job this season. Darren, owner of Tofte Charters, will be spending time soon getting his charter boat ready for the summer fishing season on Lake Superior. Steve Anderson and Greg Fangel also provided some back up grooming when needed. Thanks to Jeff Lynch at Sawtooth Outfitters for ordering parts and new equipment when needed.

We groomed with the snowmobiles a total of 40 times for a total of 230 hours and we groomed with the Pisten Bully a total of 23 times for a total of 266 hours. Last year, we never took the Bully out once, so this has been a good year.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our cause, we greatly appreciate it.

The Tofte Trek committee has been busy making plans for the 10k run/walk to be held on July 4. On-line registration is now available at www.toftetrek.com

Have a great Spring!

The Sugarbush Trail System is an extensive cross country ski trail network and a developing single-track mountain bike trail system in Northeastern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. The system provides a variety of recreation opportunities in the Sawtooth Mountains for the beginner to advanced skier and bicyclist. A small board of volunteers oversees all aspects of the Sugarbush xc ski trail system. We fund trail improvements, purchase and maintain grooming equipment, make sure the trails are groomed, maintain the Oberg warming shack and keep it stocked with wood and put on the Annual Tofte Trek Fundraiser. STA also works cooperatively with Cook County's Superior Cycling Association to develop single-track mountain bike trails in our area.

We want to thank the North Star Ski Touring Club from the Twin Cities for providing support to us over the years. They provided us a grant for a new Yellowstone Ginzu groomer two years ago and provided funding to replace our trail intersection maps this year. The club is active year around and organizes adventure trips.

We want to remind folks that Sugarbush trails are only open to cross country skiing. Fat biking trails are available on the Norpine Trail system in Lutsen. Snowshoeing and hiking are available on the Superior Hiking Trail. Information on recreational trails throughout the county can be obtained from the Visit Cook County Information Center in Grand Marais; 218-387-2524.

This is the season, when non-profit organizations solicit supporters for financial support and Sugarbush Trail Association (STA) is one of them. We would like to encourage you to donate directly to STA through our website at Sugarbush Ski Trails or mail to: Sugarbush Trail Association, PO Box 2112, Tofte, MN 55615. We greatly appreciate any financial contributions to help us with our $40,000 operating budget. Thanks in advance.

The Sugarbush Trail Association is seeking new members!

Be a part of an exciting recreational group that is interested in expanding, promoting and enhancing cross-country skiing and mountain biking on the North shore.

STA members help fund trail improvements, purchase and maintain equipment and groom trails. Furndraising events, like the annual Tofte Trek, trail clearing and maintaining the Oberg warming cabin are ways of being a contributing force.

Along with the financial support we receive from the DNR ski trail pass, local resorts and the Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association, we still depend on membership donations and help to keep our volunteer organization running strong and our trails in good shape.

If you would like to make a direct impact on the trails you love, please consider a financial donation at one of the levels listed below. You can make a contribution on-line or send a check to the address below. STA is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

BRONZE $50

SILVER $100

GOLD $200

PLATINUM $500+

Sugarbush Trail Association

PO Box 2112

Tofte, MN 55615

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. They may be purchased online or in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html

 

Norpine - Deer Yard Trails - Lutsen

March 26, 2022
Trail Base: 4"- 14"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 3"- 10"
Average Depth: 24"-36"
Comments:

Current Trail Conditions: From the Norpine Trail Association, Mar. 26, 2022: East End trails groomed (classic xc track set) 3/14/2022.Icy Trails Very Dangerous. West End trails groomed (skate/fat bike deck + classic xc track set) 3/14/2022. Cautions: ICY Trails.

Firsthand Trail Reports: (skinnyski.com) Mar. 26, 2022: 8" wet snow Tues/Wed followed by 40 degree temps resulted in now frozen and icy trails. No grooming feasible with available equipment (Bully R.I.P.), Icy hills, very dangerous. (Elger Lorenzsonn)

The Norpine Trail System is 57km of machine groomed X-C ski trails between Cascade River and Ski Hill Road. Trails include Deer Yard Lake, Pioneer Trail, Hall and Massey Loops. The Norpine Trail Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including maintaining, preserving, and enhancing the historic Norpine Trail System in Cook County, Minnesota, (which includes Cascade River State Park trails, Deer Yard Loop trails and Hall-Massey trails).

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: MN ski passes are required on our trail system. Passes can be purchased on-line or they may be purchased in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen.

More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html

 

Norpine - Hall/Massie Loop

March 26, 2022
Trail Base: 4"- 14"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 3"- 10"
Average Depth: 24"
Comments:

Current Trail Conditions: From the Norpine Trail Association, Mar. 26, 2022: East End trails groomed (classic xc track set) 3/14/2022. Icy Trails Very Dangerous. West End trails groomed (skate/fat bike deck + classic xc track set) 3/14/2022. Cautions: ICY Trails.

Firsthand Trail Reports: (skinnyski.com) Mar. 26, 2022: 8" wet snow Tues/Wed followed by 40 degree temps resulted in now frozen and icy trails. No grooming feasible with available equipment (Bully R.I.P.), Icy hills, very dangerous. (Elger Lorenzsonn)

The Norpine Trail System is 57km of machine groomed X-C ski trails between Cascade River and Ski Hill Road. Trails include Deer Yard Lake, Pioneer Trail, Hall and Massey Loops. The Norpine Trail Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including maintaining, preserving, and enhancing the historic Norpine Trail System in Cook County, Minnesota, (which includes Cascade River State Park trails, Deer Yard Loop trails and Hall-Massey trails).

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: MN ski passes are required on our trail system. Passes can be purchased on-line or they may be purchased in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen.

More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html

 

Norpine Trail Association - Cascade River Area Trails

March 26, 2022
Trail Base: 4"- 14"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 3"- 10"
Average Depth: 24"
Comments:

Current Trail Conditions: From the Norpine Trail Association, Mar. 26, 2022: East End trails groomed (classic xc track set) 3/14/2022. Icy Trails Very Dangerous. West End trails groomed (skate/fat bike deck + classic xc track set) 3/14/2022. Cautions: ICY Trails.

Firsthand Trail Reports: (skinnyski.com) Mar. 26, 2022: 8" wet snow Tues/Wed followed by 40 degree temps resulted in now frozen and icy trails. No grooming feasible with available equipment (Bully R.I.P.), Icy hills, very dangerous. (Elger Lorenzsonn)

The Norpine Trail System is 57km of machine groomed X-C ski trails between Cascade River and Ski Hill Road. Trails include Deer Yard Lake, Pioneer Trail, Hall and Massey Loops. The Norpine Trail Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including maintaining, preserving, and enhancing the historic Norpine Trail System in Cook County, Minnesota, (which includes Cascade River State Park trails, Deer Yard Loop trails and Hall-Massey trails).

Norpine Trails are maintained with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Association, www.north-stars.org, and many other Norpine members and volunteers.

More information: www.norpinetrails.org

Ski Pass Required: MN ski passes are required on our trail system. Passes can be purchased on-line or they may be purchased in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen.

More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html

 

Sawbill Campground - Tofte

April 1, 2022
Comments:

Current Trail Conditions: Updates not provided by groomers.

Call Sawbill Outfitters for current trail information: 218-663-7150.

Sawbill Ski Trail is a 6k classic ski trail on a loop through the Superior National Forest. This is a privately maintained ski trail that we are happy to share with others. Park in the plowed parking lot and access the trail from the four-way intersection. No dogs or snowshoes please!

Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort - Lutsen

April 14, 2022
Comments:
We are closed for the 21/22 daily season. We will reopen 3 mountains Fri - Sun, April 15 - 17, for Easter weekend, and anticipate skiing Eagle Mountain into May. Don't miss our Giant Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 17. Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is the Midwest’s largest ski resort. With four interconnected peaks overlooking Lake Superior – it is both fun and beautiful skiing. Ski trail conditions report is updated daily on Lutsen.com.