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]
November 17th  – Season Forecast

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.

Cross-Country Skiing 

Snowmobiling 

Fat Bike Trails 

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Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains

Last Updated: 11-17-2017
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen Mountains: Closed Last Updated: November 17

Snow Depth: Making snow right now! Open weekends of Nov 23-26, Dec 2-3, 8-10 and open daily Dec 15

Gooseberry Falls State Park: Closed Last Updated: November 14
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park [FAT BIKE TRAILS]: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Tettegouche State Park: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Flathorn Gegoka Trail System
Flathorn Gegoka Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 11

Snow Depth: 4-6" of snow in the woods

Sugarbush Trails
Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: November 17
Conditions: November 15, 2017

We've received about 12" of snow so far this season, although some of it has melted due to the warm temperatures.

Deer hunting ends this coming Sunday, so our trail crew will start to mobilize the grooming equipment and place a traffic barricade on the Onion River Road portion of the trail, early next week. We need colder temps and more snow, in order to open trails for skiing. The Onion River Road portion of the trail typically opens first.

We have high hopes that a portion of the trail system will be open in earl
Norpine Cross Country Ski Trails
Norpine Cross Country Ski Trails: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Cascade River State Park: Closed Last Updated: November 9
Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais
Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais: Closed Last Updated: November 14

Snow Depth: just enough ungroomed snow for the local high school to hold practice this week

Banadad Trails
Banadad Trails: Closed Last Updated: November 17

Snow Depth: Winter is here on the Banadad; we are working on trails; not enough snow to ski, yet!

Central Gunflint Trail System
Central Gunflint Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 17

Snow Depth: varies

Upper Gunflint Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 17
CJ Ramstad - North Shore State Trail
CJ Ramstad - North Shore State Trail : Closed Last Updated: November 17
Two Harbors Snowmobile Trail System
Two Harbors Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Lutsen / Tofte Snowmobile Trail Systems: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System
Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 17
Grand Portage Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 9