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 snowfall, 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 ridgeline 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;
scroll to see conditions – click on a link to learn more about trails

Holy Snow Storms!

state trail dec 3 2019The south end of the North Shore is still digging out of the 2 feet of snow they received through midday Sunday. The band of snowfall continued all the way up to Schroeder. Northeast of that, accumulations ranged from 4-12,”  adding a solid base for the season. Break out your snowshoes!

Lutsen Mountains is open weekend until they open daily on December 13.

Cross-country ski at Flathorn-Gegoka near Silver Bay, Onion River Rd in Lutsen, Pincushion in Grand Marais, and all along the Gunflint Trail.

Fat bike at Pincushion [and probably Split Rock Lighthouse by the weekend].

Snowmobile Trails are still being cleared and packed, and in some areas they are waiting for lakes/streams/bogs to freeze so grooming can commence. Pictured is work on the CJ Ramstad Trail near Two Harbors.

Last Updated: 12-04-2019
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains: Open Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: 18-24" machine groomed

Conditions: 3 mountains, 5 lifts, 20 primary runs are open

Lutsen Mountains will be open
Friday -Sunday Dec 6-8
Open daily Dec 13 - Apr 12

20" of snow so far this season; 12" in the last 7 days


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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park: Open Last Updated: December 3

Snow Depth: local snow depth is 18-20"

Conditions: This past weekend over 20 inches of snow fell at the park. We are working on getting the main areas of the park open. We stared packing the ski trails this afternoon and were able to break all the trails open.
The grooming plan for the week will be to pack the trails with the roller on Tuesday and them set overnight. Once the trails are firm tracks will be set on Weds and Thursday.
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Fat Bike Trails-Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Fat Bike Trails-Split Rock Lighthouse State Park : Closed Last Updated: December 3

Snow Depth: 25: of snow - While we are still digging out, we hope to have an initial groom done later this week.

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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park: Open Last Updated: December 5

Snow Depth: local snow depth is 17" with fair skiing and poor snowmobiling

Conditions: The main ski loop from the trailhead and Pappasay Ridge Bypass to Tettegouche Camp along with the cart-in campground loop are roughly packed with a single classic track in good early season condition. These trails have been packed with a snowmobile but not manicured across the full width so as always in the early season, use caution! The Tettegouche Camp access trail from Lax Lake Road is flat packed with a single classic track on the west edge in excellent condition.

The local club has begun clearing the snowmobile trails and they are passable in most areas, yet ungroomed and poor. There is less snow nearer to Lake Superior, but inland there is a solid 17 inches.
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Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System
Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System: Open Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: 15+"

Conditions: New last 7 days: 9"
Depth in woods: 12+"
Groomed base: 15+”

Trails were groomed on Monday December 2nd. All trails open with excellent conditions. 8km of fat bike trails are set as well.



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Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails
Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: packing the base now

Conditions: New snow last seven days: 13"
Total Snowfall for Season: 23"
Surface Conditions: Fresh snowfall, expect soft conditions

TRAIL CONDITIONS/NOTES:
Most trails have been groomed. The best ski conditions are on the Onion River Road.
All other trails have uneven decks and water in some areas - Ski with Caution.

Total snowfall this winter is 75" and we have about a 24" base on most of the trails.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine
Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine : Closed Last Updated: December 3

Snow Depth: Trails being prepped for the 2019-2020 season!

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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park: Closed Last Updated: December 3

Snow Depth: Local Snow Depth is 8" -we need more snow before grooming can take place.

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Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais
Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais: Open Last Updated: November 28

Snow Depth: 4-8"

Conditions: If you would like to give thanks by spending a little time on the ski trail, that can happen.

I'm grateful that we have sponsors, members and volunteers who care enough about our trail system to support us. I'm grateful that we have one of the best ski trail systems in Minnesota.

I'm thankful that we received 2-3" of snow from this last system. East and West Overlook, Snowmen, Lynn's Loop, North Advanced and Canyon Curves have all been rolled and combed. The trails are wind-scoured so there are areas of bare ice. We were not able to set classic track because the previous tracks are frozen in hard and we don't have enough snow to work with yet.

I'm thankful that I can enjoy the trails on Thanksgiving. All of you and your families have a happy one.

** New hike/snowshoe/running trail at Pincushion... enjoy! Please do not hike, snowshoe, or run on the groomed ski trails.
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Ski Trail-George Washington Pines
Ski Trail-George Washington Pines: Open Last Updated: November 27
Conditions: We were able to groom George Washington Pines Ski Trail just in time for the holiday weekend. Dogs are welcome here but please remember not to walk or snowshoe in the ski tracks. The groomers thank you. Enjoy, it's gorgeous out there
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails: Open Last Updated: December 2

Snow Depth: 12" in the woods

Conditions: New snow past 7 days: 16 inches
Tracked Trails: 7 kilometers
Snowshoe Trails: open

Conditions
skiing very good to excellent
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Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: November 23

Snow Depth: about 14"

Conditions: Summer Home, Campground, and Oxcart are open for skiing. Early season conditions, of course, but initial reports were that it’s pretty good.experiencing your typical March spring skiing conditions for the remainder of the year. Expect very fast trails this weekend. Base is still firm yet the surface is soft enough to get good bite with your skis. Plan to bring extra kick wax with you on the trails if you classic ski as this kind of snow wears off the wax faster than other conditions.
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Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: December 5

Snow Depth: 5" base with 10-12" of snow in the woods

Conditions: The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trails are open for the season! We have a 5 inch base, with 10 - 12 inches of snow beside the trails. With the inch of snowfall today, we are up to 21.5 inches of snow for the season. The vast majority of trails are groomed and tracked.



There are still a few rocks in the trails, so I would recommend using your older skis. Another good snowfall should cover them up.



The winter snowshoe trails are open around Gunflint Lake. Our easy options include the Lookout Point and Lonely Lake Hiking Trails. The Hidden Trail is of moderate difficulty. Our Lost Cliffs and High Cliffs Hiking Trails are very challenging, and should only be attempted with snowshoes or other extra traction devices.


An Upper Gunflint Trail Ski Pass is required for use of our ski trails. It can be purchased at Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort, or Heston's Lodge.
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Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail
Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail : Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: Trail has been packed!

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Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur
Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur : Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: waiting for some lakes to freeze so we can groom

Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte: Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: Packing and clearing trails

Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint : Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: Packing and clearing trails

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Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage: Closed Last Updated: December 4

Snow Depth: Packing and clearing trails