From Thanksgiving until Easter [or later] you can find weekly snow conditions and trail reports. Find out about recent snow fall, trail conditions and suggestions for where to ski, snowshoe, snowmobile plus links to the weather and forecasts. Snow varies from less near Lake Superior, where the big lake keeps temps slightly milder to more as climb the ridge line to most when you go over the ridge.
Snowfall begins in November, coming and going and usually beginning to stick late in the month. Lutsen Mountains typically is open Thanksgiving weekend with a few runs and cross country skiers get their first runs in on the Onion River Road in Lutsen and along the Central Trail system up the Gunflint.
Trail / Snow Reports are listed below in this order
Great big fat wet flakes have been steadily falling all afternoon. Our earlier snowfalls along Lake Superior have melted while inland, accumulations total 6″ to 15″. A recent cold snap means the ground is frozen hard which makes grooming much easier for cross country ski and snowmobile trails. NOAA predicts normal temps and above average snowfall for the North Shore.
Lutsen Mountains Making snow right now! The crew has been working 24/7 blowing giant snow piles and have already started pushing out to prep for next weekend’s opening. We are set to run 10th Mountain Chair and the Magic Carpet, with Flapjack, Koo Koo, Upper Bridge and Lodge Run open for November 18 & 19. Meanwhile, great progress is also being made on Moose Mountain which will add in the mix on Thanksgiving Day with a primary route under the Caribou Express chair and an easier route that snakes its way down the mountain along Ridgeline, Mark’s Run, Middle Meadows, Second Cut to Lower Meadows. As these runs get pushed out, the guns are moved to new terrain with additional runs likely by the Thanksgiving weekend on both Eagle and Moose Mountain.
Fat Bike Trails
Snow Depth: Making snow right now! Open weekends of Nov 23-26, Dec 2-3, 8-10 and open daily Dec 15
Snow Depth: 4-6" of snow in the woods
Snow Depth: just enough ungroomed snow for the local high school to hold practice this week
Snow Depth: Winter is here on the Banadad; we are working on trails; not enough snow to ski, yet!
Snow Depth: varies