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
NOAA predicts normal temps and above average snowfall for the North Shore. Thank you NOAA!
Lutsen Mountains Making snow right now to add to nature’s deposit. We’ve been open weekends since Thanksgiving. Opening daily starting this Friday, December 15th! Updated conditions here
Cross-Country Skiing You can ski at from Tofte to Grand Marais and up the Gunflint Trail
Snowmobiling Waiting for lakes to freeze for grooming to begin – expected to have groomed trails by Dec 26th. 5-11″ base from Lutsen up the Gunflint Trail
Fat Bike Trails Waiting for a bit more snow
Snow Depth: 24-36" packed powder base
Snow Depth: 4'6" of snow on the ground [need 6-8" before grooming can start]
Snow Depth: 1+' of snow, need more to groom
Snow Depth: On Wednesday, we received between 4-7" of fresh snow near the lake and a bit more than that in the area of Tettegouche Camp. The road to camp has been packed and has a 4 inch base, no tracks yet. We will need quite a bit more snow before we can start grooming ski trails. Please use caution as a lot of ice is still hiding beneath the fresh snow!
Snow Depth: 4-6" of snow in the woods
Snow Depth: 1-3" base
Snow Depth: 1-2" packed base
Snow Depth: variable
Snow Depth: 1-4" base
Snow Depth: 6-12" trail base
Snow Depth: The trail is being cleared of deadfall, until we get through the entire trail there will be trees & brush on the trail. The trail is icy and there's not enough snow to start grooming.
Snow Depth: Trails are cleared, waiting for snow
Snow Depth: 5-11" trail base on ungroomed trails; waiting for lakes to freeze
Snow Depth: 3-6" trail base; waiting for lakes to freeze