It snowed and snowed. Not giant fluffy flakes, just endless hours of steady snowfall. We started with about 12 inches of snow on the ground. It looks like we added another 15 – 20 inches, depending on where you are.
Needless to say, we are grooming. Also needless to say, it’s probably going to take all day, with residual grooming continuing over the next few days.
This is fabulous news for the rest of the ski season. But for today, if you come to ski please anticipate that trails will be a “work in progress” and that the parking lot area is more limited than usual because of snow piles. Even with our state-of-the-art Pisten Bully groomer, after this much snow it will take some time for the newly groomed trails to harden up. Skiing will be better on Saturday, even though it is supposed to be colder.
Ski trail passes are $18 for the full day, $12 after 1 PM, and can be purchased at both Bearskin and Golden Eagle. Parking is often easier at Golden Eagle. Over the next couple days we can anticipate that the Bearskin parking lot will be full well before noon. We suggest coming early and making a day of it. Enjoy hot chocolate, a latte, or soup and chili in the lodge and don’t worry about trying to cram your car into some tiny leftover, edge-of-the-road space in early afternoon.
If you do come after the parking lot is full, please head up to Golden Eagle. We ask that you please not block our driveways and ski trails, and do not park in precarious places; other drivers don’t all have fantastic winter driving skills to manipulate their vehicle around your car. Thank you for your help in this matter!
Don’t be dismayed by the lack of snow you’re seeing almost everywhere in Minnesota — we have snow and we’re skiing on the Central Gunflint Trail System!
Our ski season started early here, with our first trails opening in early November. That early snow gave us a great start, but then it took quite a bit longer before enough additional snow accumulated to cover the stubble and big boulders on the many miles of trails in the deep woods.
As of December 21, almost all the trails are now groomed, tracked, and open. There’s still a little stubble in a few spots, but we’re now in our typical Christmas weather pattern of getting fresh snow almost every day. The trails will just get better and better.
Poplar Creek Trail is still closed, as is often the case at this point in the season, due to open water in a few places. Also, the small BWCAW section of the Logging Camp loop, which has to be groomed with different equipment, won’t be open until we get more snow. If we get the predicted snow in the next few days, that trail should open up in the near future.
All guests at Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge receive complimentary ski trail passes for our ski system. If you are staying elsewhere, you are welcome to ski on the Central Gunflint Trail System when you purchase a pass at either Bearskin or Golden Eagle.
It’s looking like we will have a Christmas break with almost no snow along the North Shore, which often means skiers may be driving up the Gunflint to find the snow. With that in mind, we encourage those of you who are staying elsewhere to start your ski day in the morning. Buy lunch, have some hot cocoa or an espresso, make a day of it. Historically, when there is no snow elsewhere on the North Shore, our parking lots are often jam-packed full after lunch. You won’t care about that problem at all if you’re here before the rush starts. (And you really won’t care if you’re just walking back to your cozy Bearskin cabin! It’s so nice to be right here.)