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]
Lutsen Mountains all mountains are open … Updated conditions here
Cross-Country Skiing Ski the entire shore, good to excellent conditions [Poplar Creek Trail, part of the Central Gunflint Syatem, is picture at left]
Snowmobiling Ride the entire shore with good to great conditions
Fat Bike Trails open at Split Rock, Norpine and Pincushion
18-34″ of snow in the last week!! Can you say winter wonderland?
Last Updated: 03-14-2018
Tettegouche State Park: Open
Last Updated: March 9
Snow Depth: 12" base; Very good conditions
The Tettegouche area received quite a bit of fresh snow the last week of February. The sun came out and warmed up the area and the trails accumulated more ice. The groomed areas are doing well, non-groomed hiking trails can be quite slippery.The main ski loop, connecting trail to Tettegouche Camp, and the Tettegouche Camp access trail were freshly tracked on 3/9 and are in very good condition. The Mt. Baldy loop and Palisade Valley Trail were tracked last week and are icy in spots but generally fair-very good condition.
Cascade River State Park: Open
Last Updated: March 10
Snow Depth: 10-14" base; Very good conditions
The conditions have stabilized lately with temps below freezing but no new snow for the last 10 days. All trails east of the Cascade River (except the lakeshore trail) were renovated, packed and tracked on Friday March 9th. Temperatures have moderated, but continue to remain mostly below freezing to help maintain great trail conditions. Trail conditions improve as you ski up and away from the trailhead. The Lakeshore trail has melted down providing a great hike along the shore. The ice sculptures along the lakeshore and the river are quite colorful and interesting, take a look while you're here. The Trail Center building, adjacent to the trailhead provides picnic tables, a soft drink machine and a wood stove.
Upper Gunflint Trail System: Open
Last Updated: March 11
Snow Depth: 8-14" base; Very good conditions
The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trails are groomed and ready! John, the naturalist at Gunflint Lodge has reported the following: We have amazing ski trial conditions right now on the Upper Gunflint Trail System. Even with the recent warm spell, we still have a ski trial snow base of 8-14 inches, as well as 22 - 27 inches off trail. With the great snowfall of the last few weeks, we have had a total of 60.7 inches of snow for the year. In March, we sometimes see some days with temperatures around the freezing mark. When that happens, it is best to ski either early or late in the day.
Passes can be purchased 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.