NFL- Snow Report

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.

How Long is Winter?

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

Lutsen Mountains open daily starting Friday, Dec 14

Cross-Country Skiing open midway up the shore, near Lutsen, Grand Marais and up the Gunflint Trail

Snowmobiling closed

Fat Bike Trails closed

It’s been a quiet week for snow. 40% chance for flurries on Dec 13th, then looking dry until the Solstice. Should have a system move in and bring snow for 2-3 days. 16-21+ inches of snow so far this season.

Last Updated: 12-12-2018
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen Mountains: Open Last Updated: December 12

Snow Depth: 24-40" - machine groomed

Conditions: Open this Friday - Sunday with 3 mountains, 5 lifts, 41 primary runs, and 5 backcountry runs [variable-12" base of packed powder]!
21.5" of snow so far this season

Open Dec 8-9 before opening daily on Dec 14th

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park: Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: Only a trace of snow on the ground near Lake Superior, more snow on the ridge line, think snow!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park [FAT BIKE TRAILS]
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park [FAT BIKE TRAILS]: Closed Last Updated: December 10

Snow Depth: We have not had any new snow for about a week. There is about an inch on the ground but not enough to groom for fat tire biking

Tettegouche State Park
Tettegouche State Park: Closed Last Updated: December 7

Snow Depth: nothing to very thin; out prepping trails

Flathorn Gegoka Trail System
Flathorn Gegoka Trail System: Open Last Updated: December 5

Snow Depth: n/a

Conditions: Out on the trails again today. Packed and combed all loops. No track set yet. A few more inches should do the trick. Very decent ski opportunities. As much as 8" unpacked snow on open trails and 3-5" on narrow trails.
Flathorn Lake loop is skiable.
Sugarbush Trails
Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: December 10

Snow Depth: packed powder and un-groomed powder

Conditions: Conditions are good on Onion River Road for skate and classic. We need more snow on the rest of the system. Trails rolled and ready for more snow..

Please remember to purchase your Minnesota XC Ski Pass, which is required on our trails.
Norpine Cross Country Ski Trails
Norpine Cross Country Ski Trails: Open Last Updated: December 7

Snow Depth: 3-8"

Conditions: 10K Deeryard Main Loop was groomed today. Single, shallow track set. Ski with caution.
We need another 6" to track remainder of Deeryard. West end trails have been rolled but base is very shallow.
Cascade River State Park
Cascade River State Park: Closed Last Updated: December 12

Snow Depth: More snowfall is needed.

Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais
Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais: Open Last Updated: December 1

Snow Depth: 1-4"

Conditions: 3-4 inches of new snow was combed and tracked today. Base now 1 to 4 inches. Classic skiing would be the better choice since the skate deck is lumpy and groovy. We don’t have enough snow yet to smooth it out. Caution is advised as there are still a few bare spots, slushy areas and ice patches. The southwest corner of the stadium should be avoided as ice is prevalent there. Approximately one-half of our trail network has been groomed.

George Washington Pines
George Washington Pines: Open Last Updated: December 1

Snow Depth: deep enough to groom a base!

Conditions: George Washington Pines Ski Trail was groomed for the first time of the season today. Enjoy!
Banadad Trails
Banadad Trails: Open Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: 6-8" compacted fresh snow

Conditions: Banadad's East end Trails Tracked -
Snow on the Ground: 11”
Compacted Base on the Trail:6-8”
New Snow Past 24 Hours: 3-4”
New Snow Past 7 Days: 6”

Tracked Trail: East end trail - 1.6 km of the Banadad, Lace Lake 4 km and part of the Tall Pines (currently blocked by open water on the trail) 1 km

This is the first tracks on the Banadad Ski Trails this season; we a working to reopen, pack and then we will track the remaining 18 km of the Banadad. We will keep you posted when the entire Banadad is ready for skiing.
Central Gunflint Trail System
Central Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: December 2

Snow Depth: Fresh snow - may be enough to get out and groom

Conditions: We have been packing ski trails for about 2 weeks via snowmobile. Trails on the north side of Flour Lake will begin to be groomed starting December 15th. Summer Home Road is groomed and open for skiing. Please access this trail from Bearskin Lodge. Total snowfall accumulation to date is 22 inches. Looking forward to another snowy winter!
Upper Gunflint Trail System
Upper Gunflint Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: Out rolling trails

CJ Ramstad - North Shore State Trail
CJ Ramstad - North Shore State Trail : Closed Last Updated: December 13

Snow Depth: The trail has been cleared of deadfall, there's not enough snow to start grooming.

Two Harbors Snowmobile Trail System
Two Harbors Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: Waiting for more snow

Lutsen / Tofte Snowmobile Trail Systems: Closed Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: Soon

Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System
Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: Lakes and waterways are freezing up nicely; need more snow

Grand Portage Snowmobile Trail System: Closed Last Updated: November 30

Snow Depth: More early snows will up our first grooming day