Photo from Zach Baumann, Golden Eagle Lodge
Lots of skiers are out on the trails. As always in December, we seem to get a little more snow daily, so it’s building nicely. Here are the latest snow measurements from the Golden Eagle snow stick.
- New Snow Last 24 hours: 1.0”
- New Snow Last 7 days: 2.0”
- Trail Base, Staked: Average 3”
- Snow in Woods, Staked: Not measured
- Groomed with classic track: 47 km
- Groomed with skate lane: 47 km
- Surface Conditions: Groomed fresh snow
- Last grooming day: 12-19-16
- Total snowfall since Nov. 1: 23.875”
Comments: To date, approximately 47km out of the 70km of trails are groomed with a skate lane and classic track. Groomed trails include Beaver Dam, Upper Ridge Run, Summer Home Road, Campground Loop, Moose Pasture, Ox Cart, Bear Cub, Red Pines, sections of Logging Camp, Deer Mouse, and Wolf Point. The remainder of the trails are still packed only, until we receive a bit more snow. What has been groomed and tracked is in good shape. There is minor stubble in some areas yet.
For the most up-to-date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge(1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.
We didn’t get the massive dump of snow of snow that the southern part of Minnesota received in the last 24 hours. This is a pretty typical December snow pattern for the state, with early snow coming in from the south.
We have been receiving snow almost daily, slowly building base. Today Quinn was able to add several new sections to the the list of groomed trails in the Central Gunflint Trail system.
Summer Home and Campground Trails were groomed again Friday and Saturday. As always, they are still the best early season trails. Skiers really enjoy getting out on those big wide trails. The new Pisten Bully does a remarkable grooming job. Bob and Quinn feel like driving the new groomer is a completely different experience than driving the old one, which was to be expected with new technology; but the surprise was how much better the end product turns out to be. It’s a complete love-fest when skiers come back from Summer Home Road these days.
Ridge Run and Upper Beaver Dam were groomed Friday. Quinn called them “fair, mostly good with a bit of stubble and a few exposed rocks.”
Lower Beaver Dam and Oxcart were groomed Saturday. That was the first grooming for Oxcart, and it went surprisingly well. Again, there is stubble in places and a few rocks, but overall these two trails may be slightly better than the Upper Beaver Dam/Ridge Run section.
The rest of the trails are being packed and rolled, so when we do get that next big snowstorm the trails have a solid base.
Much of the state has warm temps in next week’s forecast, so they will lose some accumulated snow. Not us. This snow is here to stay!
Winter is here. It’s been snowing at Bearskin for a few weeks now; we’ve been getting an almost daily dose of new snow, which is how we like to build our base, a few inches at a time. The trees are nicely coated in snow, so it’s very picturesque on the trails.
Summer Home and Campground trails are open and have been groomed several times. The new Pisten Bully leaves a 12 foot wide trail that is a joy to ski on. Because of the rocky surface on the rest of our trails, we will need to keep building base before they are skiable. Quinn groomed a section of Lower Beaver Dam on Sunday, but it still has a few wet spots and has a bit of stubble. Our cold weather now should solve the remaining water problems everywhere.
Both sides of the trail system are being routinely packed by Bearskin and Golden Eagle Lodges. We’ll let you know when the rest of the system opens up. We are discounting passes at this point, until more trails are available. Come on up and get in some early season skiing.
The trail trimming and mowing is now underway on the Central Gunflint Ski Trail system. The mowed trails are great for hiking, biking, and enjoying autumn activities. There’s still ample time to make the most of our fall weather here at Bearskin.
But once we start mowing, then mentally it’s “almost winter” for us. So just to get you into the same mindset, here’s a taste of winter in a new winter video for Bearskin Lodge. Watch it full screen if you can! Then call us to make your winter reservation, while your perfect dates are still available.
Well, the time has come — we are officially calling it the end of the 2015 -2016 ski season. We do still have a considerable amount of snow on the trails and you are welcome to come up to ski or snowshoe. But both resorts decided today that we are now officially done grooming for the season. With 40 – 50 degree temps each day, there’s not much we can do with the groomer to recreate a nice surface. Time to store the equipment away and reflect on our great luck that during a winter when most of Minnesota was snowless, that once again the Central Gunflint Trail System offered great ski conditions all winter.
Golden Eagle did the final wrap up on the numbers for the season. Our total snowfall was 93.46 inches — pretty fantastic for a “no snow” year!
- New Snow Last 24 hours: 0.00”
- New Snow Last 7 days: 2.00”
- Trail Base, Staked: Not measured
- Snow in Woods, Staked: Not measured
- Surface Conditions: Melting snow
- Last grooming day: 3-26-16
- Total snowfall since Nov. 1: 93.46”
Thanks for being such great guests. We love our skiers, both our regular winter guests and our frequent day skiers, and we always miss them over the next seasons. Stop in to say hi!
And don’t forget about our great Fall Work Weekend. For just $99 plus a few hours of fun trail trimming, you can enjoy Bearskin Lodge in another season. Our skiing guests love seeing the trails during another season, plus it’s fun to ski by a location all winter and think, “I certainly did a great job of trimming here!” Find out more by clicking here.
Join us for trail trimming weekend in 2016
Just in case you were imagining that it’s not winter at Bearskin Lodge in late March this year…
New snow this morning made it possible to groom again, possibly for the last time this season unless we get a significant new snowfall. Skiers seemed quite happy with conditions today, and the trails look beautiful.
A few trails are now out of commission for the season, for various reasons. We are no longer grooming the west end of Logging Camp Trail, the BWCA Logging Camp section, North-South link from upper Beaver Dam to Summer Home Road, and Poplar Creek Trail.
Due to the warm weather prior to last week, we are not grooming any lake-crossing trails for the remainder of the season You can ski on the ice just fine, it’s not unsafe for you; but the heavy grooming machines are another story. We don’t want a repeat of the infamous Dave Tittle story of putting a groomer through the ice! The North-South Link trail across Flour Lake has a single lane classic track set by snowmobile to allow for a connection between the north and south halves of the system.
There have been a number of fun animal sightings on the trails in the past week, which is enjoyable for skiers. The moose are very active right now, and appear to love clomping right down the groomed trail. We’ve also had many reports of foxes and otters along the trail–we like them better because they don’t destroy the grooming quite so much.
So far we’ve received about 92 inches of snow this season, not a record breaking winter by any means, but vastly better than almost anywhere else in the state. We are, indeed, in a magical snow pocket here in the med-Trail area. We still have about 15 inches of snow in the woods and a trail base of around 8 – 10 inches. Temps during the day are getting into the 30’s and even occasionally the 40’s, but our snow doesn’t seem to be disappearing at a very fast rate. Skiing is the best early each day, before the snow gets soft.
Spring conditions can change rapidly. Call us if you’re wondering if it’s a good day to ski.
Add Bear Cub, Campground, and Summer Home Road to the newly groomed list. )xcart, Beaver Dam, and Ridge Run were done yesterday. Poplar Creek will not open for remainder of this March due to water problems.
Bring a camera if you come. The heavy snow stuck to the trees, so we have our Christmas card look back again.
Soup, chili, wine, beer, and of course, hot cocoa in the lodge if you come up for the day to ski. Wish you could stay more than one day? We have a 3 nights for the price of 2 special going on now — ask for it when you call to reserve. We’ve had a lot of “drop everything and drive up to ski” phone calls today. Seems like the novelty of the early spring in the Twin Cities has worn off and people are getting weary of waiting for their grass to turn green!