Thanks for another great ski season. Yes, the winter temperatures could have been a little warmer this year, but the excellent snow conditions made up for the cold days.
We do, alas, still have lots of snow, but we groomed for the last time on April 5. We’re in “waiting for spring” mode, as the snow gradually melts and makes a watery, icy mess of our world. Road access is erratic at the moment, so if you plan to visit us in April, call first. The downside of having great snow is that it is very slow to disappear.
Use this web site to plan for next year’s ski season. Our trails stay the same each year. We can never predict when we will first start to groom, but many years we start grooming in November. See you next winter!
Snowshoe season is here!
We’re wrapping up the ski season on the Central Gunflint Trail System. While it’s true that we still have a great deal of snow (with more in the forecast), grooming conditions have become quite difficult. Due to the daily freeze /thaw cycles that we experience now, the skiing may actually be better on ungroomed sections. It’s adventure skiing now!
We will concentrate our grooming efforts on Summerhome, Campground, and Oxcart Ski Trails until snow temps approach 32 degrees, at which time we’re done for the day. We will continue to try to groom those for as long as we get passable results; no promises on how long that will be at this point, as it just doesn’t groom up to our high expectations in these conditions.
The good news: this is the only time each year when we open up our ungroomed trails for snowshoeing. It’s a great opportunity to get back into the deep woods trails that you can normally only experience on skis. Snowshoes and trail passes are complimentary for our guests. Stop by the front desk to get them. If you’re staying elsewhere, trail tickets are half price, and we do rent very nice snowshoes.
Please stop by the front desk at Bearskin for trail maps, trail advice, and information about the ever-changing spring conditions. Snowshoeing on this ski trail system only happens once a year, so take advantage of this fun spring opportunity!
We can also advise you about what is still open in the area. April is the off-season on the Gunflint Trail and in Grand Marais; the majority of resorts and businesses are now closed until sometime in mid-May. We’ll be happy to help you find the restaurants and lodges that are still open for business during this quiet time.