North Shore Snow Conditions and Trail Report
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
- downhill skiing/snowboarding at Lutsen Mountains
- cross -country ski trails [southwest to northeast]
- Fat Bike Trails can be found at Split Rock State Park and Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais
- snowmobile trails [southwest to northeast]
February 16th update – a week of snow has plumped up the base and warm weekend forecast will make for an excellent weekend of outdoor fun
Lutsen Mountains Open daily, very good
Cross-Country Skiing Good to excellent
Snowmobiling Good to great
Fat Bike Trails Good
Cascade River State Park: Open
Last Updated: February 15
Snow Depth: 10-16" base, very good conditions
Last weeks snow has turned to this weeks warm temps . The trail is holding pretty well when temps stay below freezing but they are icy till it warms each day. Spring-like conditions. The ski trail system was rolled and combed Wednesday, February 8. The groomer has set classic tracks on Friday February 10th. The unique and scenic lakeshore trail, was rolled, packed and groomed on February 10th. The snow depth increases from 16" to 26" in the higher elevations of the trail system. The trails offer classic travel through a rolling and heavily wooded forest above Lake Superior.
Snowshoes are available for rent at the park office for $6.00/day. There are trails for all ability levels. The trails are classic style with some scenic and challenging runs through dense north woods forests. There is a Trail Center building at the trailhead with a soda machine , tables and a woodstove. Hikers can check out the frozen waterfalls of the Cascade River or snowshoe the Superior Hiking Trail along both sides of the Cascade River.
Central Gunflint Trail System: Open
Last Updated: February 17
Snow Depth: 13-22" trail base, good conditions
New snow last 7 days: 3.625”
Groomed with classic track: 70 km
Groomed with skate track: 58 km
Surface Conditions: tilled snow
Total snowfall since Nov. 1: 64.23"
It’s going to be a warm week, but we will still be skiing! Right now, the trail base is averaging around 13 inches in depth, firmly packed, and there’s nearly 2 feet of standing snow in the woods. We will have snow for quite some time yet; it isn’t going anywhere that fast! Expect warm conditions though. Trails will be groomed with a tiller in the early mornings or late evenings once temperatures are cool enough. Mid mornings should provide the best conditions. Keep and eye on both Bearskin and Golden Eagle’s webcams for daily photos.
For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.
Upper Gunflint Ski Trails: Open
Last Updated: February 7
Snow Depth: 8-14" base; good
Total Seasonal Snow: 60.2 Inches
Total Snow this Week: 10.5 Inches
Everything was groomed on 2/13/2017 except for the Short Cut Trail, and the two multi-use backcountry trails (South Rim and Magnetic Rock). We have numerous options for Classic, Skate, and Backcountry skiing experiences.
The 40 miles of the Upper Gunflint Ski Trail system is maintained by the Gunflint Lake Trails Group, and we require an Upper Gunflint Trail Ski Pass for usage. Funds raised from these passes pay for land lease fees, and grooming expenses. Passes can be purchased, and you can get more information at Gunflint Lodge (218-388-2294), Gunflint Pines Resort (218-388-4454), and Hestons Lodge (218-388-2243). All of these resorts are located on the South
Gunflint Lake road. Daily, weekend, week, and seasonal passes are available.