Are you ready to ski? The beautifully groomed trails of the Central Gunflint Trail System are now groomed and open.
Skiing on the Central Gunflint Trail System is off to a great start. We received 24 inches of snow in November, but since that time (as is typical in our location) we’ve been receiving more new snow almost continuously. Most trails have been Pisten Bully groomed, and so far everyone has been very happy with ski conditions for both classic and skate skiing.
Ski passes are now available at both Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge. This year’s ticket is purple. Of course, when you stay at either resort, your ski pass is included and you do not need to pay extra to ski. We know that’s what you came to do!
But if you’re staying elsewhere or if you are a local skier, then you will need a pass to ski on our trails. Bearskin and Golden Eagle do all the grooming and extensive maintenance on these trails ourselves and we do not take any state money, so the Minnesota ski pass is not valid here.
Here are the latest official snow measurements from Golden Eagle:
Central Gunflint Ski Trail Conditions on December 8, 2022
New Snow Last 24 hours: Light Dusting New Snow Last 7 days: 6.50” Trail Base, Staked: Average 5” Snow in Woods, Staked: Average 18” Groomed with classic track: 45 km Groomed with skate lane: 55 km Surface Conditions: Fresh snow Last grooming day: 12-8-22 Total season snowfall: 30.50”
Comments: Ski season is well underway! We received around 24 inches of powdery, light snow in November, which has since been compacted into a nice firm trail base. Conditions are extremely good this year for early-season skiing!
Grooming frequently occurs between the release of new trail reports. For the most up-to-date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (218-388-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (218-388-2292). Central Gunflint Ski Pass Required.
The question at the beginning of the year every season is always: When will there be enough snow to groom and open the trails? The answer this year is “soon.”
The Gunflint Trail received more than 20 inches of light, powdery snow last week, a great start to the season. Good preparatory snow — this snow compacts after grooming to a much smaller amount, but it’s a great start. Summer Home and Campground Trails have had two rounds of grooming, and the trails have pretty good early season skiing conditions. In the next few days our temps are going to get above freezing so things will probably get icy, but we have so much snow yet to come.
The primary groomers for both resorts are on vacation until around 12/1, and then we anticipate we will be out grooming on the trails every day.
At Bearskin we have a BIG surprise that is (hopefully) arriving during the first week of December from Kassbohrer — our brand new, state-of-the-art Pisten Bully groomer. We replaced our ancient, 30+ year old Pisten Bully groomer about 7 years ago and loved the extraordinary quality of our newly groomed trails. A lot had changed in three decades! We made a decision then to continue to upgrade and stay on top of the newest technology. We’ll tell you all about it when the new machine arrives, but the trails are going to be even better than before. High excitement here.
Meanwhile, we’ll post as soon as Quinn and Ruth are back from their vacations and start working full-time on the trail system. It’s going to be a fantastic year for skiing on the Central Gunflint Trail System.
Get ready for the upcoming winter ski season with a free ski clinic offered by the American Birkebeiner’s training team,“Team Birkie.”
Join Team Birkie athletes for a fall training clinic at Bearskin Lodge on Friday and Saturday, October 28th-29th.
Start your weekend with a waxing clinic in the lodge wax room Friday evening. On Saturday the clinic will consist of two sessions: an on-foot pole-hiking, bounding, and plyos session in the morning followed by a sit-down training Q&A session in the afternoon. Come enjoy the Northwoods in late fall, learn some training tips, and pick the brains of Team Birkie athletes as they prepare for races from 1.2k to over 50k in length this winter!
The wax clinic starts at 7:00pm; meet in the Bearskin wax room.
The Saturday morning workout begins at 10:00 AM and the Q&A starts at 5:00 PM. Meet at the Main Lodge for both.
The clinic is free to all and you do not need to be a Bearskin guest to participate. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend or have any questions. Lodging is still available at inexpensive “Value Season” rates. Do your training and enjoy a fall adventure in the far north. Call (218)388-2292 or email email@example.com for a cabin reservation.
What an amazing ski season. So much snow, such great skiing. One of the best ever. It was a fun winter.
We still have lots of of snow, and probably will have it until …June. But we’ve run out of groomers. Both lodges are closing for the month of April, and the grooming crews are both going on vacation. So if you have a season pass, feel free to ski as long as you wish but expect to soon need to ski-in your trails. Both resorts will have staff and family on site and in the lodges during April, but it’s a time for cleaning and repairs.
Golden Eagle plans to groom on their side at least one more time, even though they are now closed. They will sell still half-price day passes while the grooming is good. On the Bearskin side it is possible that Quinn will groom a few trails — after all, Miss Molly must keep skiing. But all grooming ceases over here when they leave for vacation this weekend. We will do it all again next winter!
The wind howled, the snow blew horizontally, trees came crashing down, and the power went out repeatedly. Wind speeds were recorded as high as 66 mph in the Grand Marais Bay. Probably not that high in the Trail, but windy enough here to move lots of snow.
They regroomed this morning; Poplar Creek will not be done until later this afternoon. We had a couple inches of new snow that set up perfectly on top of the existing firm base, which resulted in setting a really nice track and an excellent skate deck. Conditions are surprisingly good for the end of March.
It is still quite windy. Expect windswept spots on trails and perhaps a few branches blown down. The sun is out, the sky is clear, and it’s a beautiful day to ski.
After a few days of warm temperatures and melting, it snowed heavily over the past two days. It’s a winter wonderland out there today. The fresh snow was wet and fell during fairly warm temperatures, but it groomed up nicely. Tomorrow the forecast predicts the weather will get colder again. We’ll just have to see what effect 20 degree temps have on this wet snow. Meanwhile, guests and visitors reported lovely skiing this morning and afternoon.
This may have been the last grooming of the season, or at least one of the last trips out in the groomer. Both Bearskin and Golden Eagle are closing for guests on April 1 this year. It is unlikely either groomer will go out after that date. Season pass holders are welcome to ski for as long as the trails are viable.
After a long winter with no melting ever, deeply cold temperatures, and massive amounts of snow that needed to be groomed almost every day, we finally developed “spring skiing conditions” over the past couple days.
Don’t worry, our snow won’t disappear for a long time. Bob and Kaitlin were just out on the trails and they report “some of the nicest classic skiing we’ve had all year.” (Not good skate skiing at these temps, of course).
Molly reports it’s “good.”
We probably have more snow coming, and more than likely it will get cold again. We still have more snow than we know what to do with. So skiing has morphed into slightly different skiing this week, but winter is surely not over yet.
The endless cycle of snow, followed by grooming with the Pisten Bully, followed by more snow, has continued. Last week the groomers were out almost every day. We’ve received about 70 inches of snow so far this year. We’ve had no warm temperatures, so every snowflake we’ve ever received is still out there on the trails.
We’re not posting trail report blogs much now because basically, nothing changes. We haven’t had ice or rain or any peculiar weather patterns that affected the trails. The groomers always go out early the next morning every time it snows, unless we are still in the middle of the snowstorm. Visitors often call to ask, “Will you be going out to groom today?” Most of the time the answer is yes, we’ve been out since 5:30 AM and we are back. We take trail grooming very seriously here.
The new February race segments for the Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race series are posted on the web site now. Check it out here.
It snowed again overnight, adding an additional 1.5 inches to our already substantial snow base. Everything was groomed this morning, including the BWCA section. It’s been quite windy, so you can anticipate that the lake trail tracks disappeared soon after they were groomed. They will get groomed again this week.
At this point we’ve had around 60 inches of snow this season, considerably more than we had during the entire winter last ski season.
The forecast for the upcoming week looks like a classic January — pretty darn cold, but getting better. Sunny days are forecast and we should get a break from the almost daily snow. The Pisten Bully can have a break this week!
If you will be skiing this week, don’t forget to sign up for the Bearskin Virtual Nordic Races here: https://bearskinnordicseries.com/ Winners for December/January will be announced soon and then a new race course will be posted. It’s strictly for fun, so give it a try. (Note that Quinn is listed — that’s just so you have a time to beat. Go get him!)