Colder weather this week really firmed up up the skate lanes nicely. About 2 inches of additional recent snow on top of previous accumulations resulted in a total snowfall of about 66.5 inches so far this year.
The entire Central Gunflint Ski Trail system was groomed on Thursday, so conditions should be outstanding for this weekend. The upcoming forecast is for warm, pleasant weather. Should be one of the best weekends of the winter to get out on our trails.
The Cook County Volks Ski Fest (www.volksskifest.com), a new skiing and snowshoeing festival in our area, starts this weekend. Join us at Bearskin for a free skiers’ barbecue on the lake from 11-2, sponsored by the Volks Ski Fest. Andy is grilling, so you know the food will be good. The barbecue is open to anyone with a trail ticket — even if you’re not registered for the Volks Ski Fest, join us for brats and beer and learn more about this fun new winter festival. The Volks Ski Fest runs through February 8th and offers skiers and snowshoers an opportunity to experience trails all over Cook County.
Reservations are still available for Chez Jude at Bearskin this weekend. In answer to a question Central Gunflint Skiers sometimes ask: The food at Chez Jude at Bearskin is classy, but you don’t have to dress that way to enjoy it. 🙂 An après-ski dinner after a day on the trails makes a lovely ending to a memorable day. Don’t worry about showing up in your ski clothes for dinner–nobody else is going to be dressed up either!