2.11.12 Bearskin’s Volks Ski 400 Team hits the trails

“One day. Hundreds of skiers. Every centimeter of North America’s largest groomed Nordic system. Join us for the Volks Ski 400 on Saturday, Feb. 11 during the 2012 Winter Tracks Festival and become part of the team that collectively tackles all 400 km in one day. Sign up for a section of trail with a team or on your own, and ski your way into Volks Ski history.”

That was the plan for Cook County’s Volks Ski 400, and it was a great plan — if only all 400 K of ski trails had snow. Alas, in this peculiar winter a fair number of the Cook County ski trails make better hiking paths at the moment. Realistically, all 400 K of ski trails probably can’t get covered in one day this year. Lucky for us, Bearskin and the Central Gunflint Trail System have plenty of snow. A group of Bearskin guests and staff members gathered together this morning to attempt to ski all of our 70+K of our trail system this afternoon.

It’s a bit brisk out there today, with a current temp of -2 ° and a -18 ° windchill — one of the few cold days we’ve had this winter. But everyone was well-dressed for the conditions and prepared for a challenge, so we think we’ll get it done before 3:30. Some people will do almost anything for a cool T-shirt.

Consider being part of this event next year. More info at: http://www.volksski.com/

Karen and Tom Reynolds documented their location during the Volks Ski

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About Bearskin

Once upon a time Sue McCloughan was a K-6 media/technology specialist, worrying about bar codes, book budgets and barfing 1st graders. On July 20th, 2007, Sue, Bob, Kaitlin and Quinn McCloughan bought Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais, MN -- and all Sue's worries changed. If she seems somewhat incoherent while writing this blog, it's because her already overly taxed mind has been preccupied learning about potato salad, pea gravel, turbidity, crawl spaces, off-peak heaters, lake structure and antiquated front desk cash registers.

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