Cook County MN has the largest network of largest cross country trails in North America with 400KM of groomed ski trails. Find the complete cross country ski trail conditions report here and updated weekly once the season begins.

Sugarbush Trails - Britton Peak & Moose Fence in Tofte

January 18, 2020
Trail Base: 14"-18"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 14"
Last 7 Days: 23"
Average Depth: 42"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 18, 2020: We received 14" of new snow last night into this morning and snowfall is diminishing now. Grooming started at about 12 noon today from the Britton Peak side of the trail system. We plan to continue grooming all day and into the night. Expect soft conditions. We know that it will take multiple grooming passes to firm up the trail. We don't know how long it will take to groom the whole system, given the deep snow. We plan to keep at it so that we can all enjoy this beautiful winter weather.

The Oberg warming cabin is open for the season. The cabin used to be a US Forest Service cabin and was moved to its present location in 2012. There is a wood stove, table, and guest book inside of the cabin. Enjoy!

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 22, 2020: Parked at the Oberg trailhead and skied L to M then over the top of the Picnic loop. The trail had been groomed recently, but was soft in places. The outing would have been very nice were it not for the deep (and dangerous) snowmobile sled tracks down the center of the trail. (Chas Curry)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 21, 2020: Skied the Picnic Loop from the Britton side. The grooming was excellent. Hogback and Homestead were more skied in with the Picnic Loop portions in almost perfect conditions. For the amount of snow that fell the tracks set up quite well. With cold snow the speeds were slower but the skiing was so great it went by too fast. (Jonathan Rova)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 21, 2020: I had about as perfect a day of skiing as you could ever hope for. I skied the Picnic loop and it was meticulously groomed and firmer than I was expecting with all the new snow. The new Piston Bully is doing a fine job on the trails, and we should have snow lasting for quite a while. (Mark Hennessy)

Reminder: Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the Sugarbush ski trail system. There are two exceptions for having dogs on the trail: Summit View and Upland Loop at Moose Fence trailhead are open to dogs. Winter cycling is available in Cook County with information available on Superior Cycling's website at Superior Cycling Association.

Pisten Bully Fundraising Update; December 17, 2019: After acquiring new grooming equipment in recent years, we have been selling off our old equipment. It's rewarding to know that we are helping other cross country ski organizations by offering used equipment at a reasonable price. One of our rollers was sold to a fledgling organization in Fertile, MN. This morning, Jim Meyer and John Gravlin picked up a Ginzu groomer, Tidd Tech G2, and a roller for the Black Mountain Nordic ski trail system in Cheboygan, MI. Jim liked our area so much, he plans to bring his wife back this winter to ski on our trails.

Typical grooming schedule: Our budget allows for grooming the entire system on Thursday and/or Friday (evening) of each week, starting with priority trails. Touch-up on priority trails (as needed) Monday or Tuesday. (Schedule may be adjusted if there is new snowfall)
See our detailed trail condition chart here: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. These are available locally at the Holiday Station store in Tofte and Clearview General in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

Check our website for more detailed information: Sugarbush Ski Trails

Sugarbush Trails - Oberg Mountain Area Trails in Lutsen

January 18, 2020
Trail Base: 14"-18"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 14"
Last 7 Days: 23"
Average Depth: 42"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 18, 2020: We received 14" of new snow last night into this morning and snowfall is diminishing now. Grooming started at about 12 noon today from the Britton Peak side of the trail system. We plan to continue grooming all day and into the night. Expect soft conditions. We know that it will take multiple grooming passes to firm up the trail. We don't know how long it will take to groom the whole system, given the deep snow. We plan to keep at it so that we can all enjoy this beautiful winter weather.

The Oberg warming cabin is open for the season. The cabin used to be a US Forest Service cabin and was moved to its present location in 2012. There is a wood stove, table, and guest book inside of the cabin. Enjoy!

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 22, 2020: Parked at the Oberg trailhead and skied L to M then over the top of the Picnic loop. The trail had been groomed recently, but was soft in places. The outing would have been very nice were it not for the deep (and dangerous) snowmobile sled tracks down the center of the trail. (Chas Curry)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 21, 2020: Skied the Picnic Loop from the Britton side. The grooming was excellent. Hogback and Homestead were more skied in with the Picnic Loop portions in almost perfect conditions. For the amount of snow that fell the tracks set up quite well. With cold snow the speeds were slower but the skiing was so great it went by too fast. (Jonathan Rova)

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 21, 2020: I had about as perfect a day of skiing as you could ever hope for. I skied the Picnic loop and it was meticulously groomed and firmer than I was expecting with all the new snow. The new Piston Bully is doing a fine job on the trails, and we should have snow lasting for quite a while. (Mark Hennessy)

Reminder: Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the Sugarbush ski trail system. There are two exceptions for having dogs on the trail: Summit View and Upland Loop at Moose Fence trailhead are open to dogs. Winter cycling is available in Cook County with information available on Superior Cycling's website at Superior Cycling Association.

Pisten Bully Fundraising Update; December 17, 2019: After acquiring new grooming equipment in recent years, we have been selling off our old equipment. It's rewarding to know that we are helping other cross country ski organizations by offering used equipment at a reasonable price. One of our rollers was sold to a fledgling organization in Fertile, MN. This morning, Jim Meyer and John Gravlin picked up a Ginzu groomer, Tidd Tech G2, and a roller for the Black Mountain Nordic ski trail system in Cheboygan, MI. Jim liked our area so much, he plans to bring his wife back this winter to ski on our trails.

Typical grooming schedule: Our budget allows for grooming the entire system on Thursday and/or Friday (evening) of each week, starting with priority trails. Touch-up on priority trails (as needed) Monday or Tuesday. (Schedule may be adjusted if there is new snowfall)
See our detailed trail condition chart here: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/ski_trails.php.

Ski Pass Required: Minnesota Ski Pass required. These are available locally at the Holiday Station store in Tofte and Clearview General in Lutsen. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

Check our website for more detailed information: Sugarbush Ski Trails

Norpine - Deer Yard Trails - Lutsen

January 23, 2020
Trail Base: 6"-20"
Snowfall
Average Depth: 43"-66"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 23, 2020: Still working on grooming Deeryard/Pioneer Systems after last weekend's heavy snowfall. Thanks for your patience.

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 22, 2020: Classic skied the Hall-Massey loops in Lutsen. Lots of deer and wolf tracks! Great snow conditions, 20's after the last storm. Good set tracks and descent pole plants. Sunny and 28 degrees. Great skiing and will only get better as trails set up firm. The North Shore is in good snow shape for the winter. Magical! (Ross Jacobsen)

Note:During the 2019-20 season, Norpine will be continuing last year’s pilot project to look at shared-use of most of the Connector Trail between the Lutsen Ski Hill Road to the Cascade River State Park Snowmobile Parking Lot with fat-tire bikers. Biking, winter or summer, is not allowed on that part of our ski trail that goes through the DNR’s Lutsen Scientific Natural Area. This Restricted Area is well marked at both ends of the ski only trail through the SNA and needs to be respected by all bikers. The Connector Trail segment that is open to fat tire bikers features both a tracked ski lane for classic skiers and a packed lane for skate-skiers and fat-bikers. Bikers must yield to skiers and are prohibited from using the Hall and Massey loops. Riders need to check the Fat Tire Biking Logo at the top of the Norpine webpage for rules and the Trail Report to see when trail conditions are suitable for use by bikers.

Because winter fat-tire biking is experiencing such tremendous growth, our hope is that shared-use with fat-bikers will bring additional support to our club and business partners, ensuring that we will have both the financial and volunteer resources needed to keep our trails maintained and available for winter recreation.

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: Minnesota Ski Pass required. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

 

Norpine - Hall/Massie Loop

January 23, 2020
Trail Base: 6"-20"
Snowfall
Average Depth: 43"-66"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 23, 2020: Still working on grooming Deeryard/Pioneer Systems after last weekend's heavy snowfall. Thanks for your patience.

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January22, 2020: Classic skied the Hall-Massey loops in Lutsen. Lots of deer and wolf tracks! Great snow conditions, 20's after the last storm. Good set tracks and descent pole plants. Sunny and 28 degrees. Great skiing and will only get better as trails set up firm. The North Shore is in good snow shape for the winter. Magical! (Ross Jacobsen)

Note:During the 2019-20 season, Norpine will be continuing last year’s pilot project to look at shared-use of most of the Connector Trail between the Lutsen Ski Hill Road to the Cascade River State Park Snowmobile Parking Lot with fat-tire bikers. Biking, winter or summer, is not allowed on that part of our ski trail that goes through the DNR’s Lutsen Scientific Natural Area. This Restricted Area is well marked at both ends of the ski only trail through the SNA and needs to be respected by all bikers. The Connector Trail segment that is open to fat tire bikers features both a tracked ski lane for classic skiers and a packed lane for skate-skiers and fat-bikers. Bikers must yield to skiers and are prohibited from using the Hall and Massey loops. Riders need to check the Fat Tire Biking Logo at the top of the Norpine webpage for rules and the Trail Report to see when trail conditions are suitable for use by bikers.

Because winter fat-tire biking is experiencing such tremendous growth, our hope is that shared-use with fat-bikers will bring additional support to our club and business partners, ensuring that we will have both the financial and volunteer resources needed to keep our trails maintained and available for winter recreation.

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: Minnesota Ski Pass required. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

 

Norpine Trail Association - Cascade River Area Trails

January 23, 2020
Trail Base: 6"-20"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 12"-15"
Average Depth: 43"-66"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 23, 2020: Still working on grooming Deeryard/Pioneer Systems after last weekend's heavy snowfall. Thanks for your patience.

"Firsthand Trail Report"  January 22, 2020: Classic skied the Hall-Massey loops in Lutsen. Lots of deer and wolf tracks! Great snow conditions, 20's after the last storm. Good set tracks and descent pole plants. Sunny and 28 degrees. Great skiing and will only get better as trails set up firm. The North Shore is in good snow shape for the winter. Magical! (Ross Jacobsen)

Note:During the 2019-20 season, Norpine will be continuing last year’s pilot project to look at shared-use of most of the Connector Trail between the Lutsen Ski Hill Road to the Cascade River State Park Snowmobile Parking Lot with fat-tire bikers. Biking, winter or summer, is not allowed on that part of our ski trail that goes through the DNR’s Lutsen Scientific Natural Area. This Restricted Area is well marked at both ends of the ski only trail through the SNA and needs to be respected by all bikers. The Connector Trail segment that is open to fat tire bikers features both a tracked ski lane for classic skiers and a packed lane for skate-skiers and fat-bikers. Bikers must yield to skiers and are prohibited from using the Hall and Massey loops. Riders need to check the Fat Tire Biking Logo at the top of the Norpine webpage for rules and the Trail Report to see when trail conditions are suitable for use by bikers.

Because winter fat-tire biking is experiencing such tremendous growth, our hope is that shared-use with fat-bikers will bring additional support to our club and business partners, ensuring that we will have both the financial and volunteer resources needed to keep our trails maintained and available for winter recreation.

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: Minnesota Ski Pass required. More information on the pass and a link to purchase on-line is located at http://mnnordicski.org

 

Sawbill Campground - Tofte

January 18, 2020
Trail Base: 23"
Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 13"
Last 7 Days: 18"
Average Depth: 33"
Comments:

Groomer's Notes: January 18, 2020: Lots of fresh snow, planning to groom and set a classic track on 1/19! Conditions on the trail are great!

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 - Lutsen

December 4, 2019
Comments:
The nordic ski trail at Lutsen Mountains is not open. See more information at lutsen.com