We’re all eagerly awaiting the first big snowfall that always announces the ski season has begun at Bearskin Lodge. We have a little snow, so it looks like a lovely winter world, but nothing skiable yet.
We do have exciting grooming news to announce soon. Watch this site. We’re going to make great skiing on the Central Gunflint Trail System even better.
This trail report site is now up for the season, so you can expect regular grooming updates as soon as the first groomers are out on the trail. But remember, you can always call either Bearskin Lodge or Golden Eagle Lodge to get up-to-the-minute reports on trail conditions. Both resorts are family businesses, run by a small number of hard-working family members and employees who not only groom ski trails, but run our front desks, clean our cabins, shovel our paths, plow our roads, and deal with our delightful guests. If you don’t see a current ski report and you think conditions may have changed, we’re probably too busy to be fooling around on the internet. Just call us!
Season passes as well as daily ski tickets for the 2015-2016 ski season are available at both Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge. We share the proceeds equally between both lodges, so it doesn’t matter where you purchase your pass. The funds from your ski passes go to pay a portion of the maintenance and grooming on the ski trails; passes don’t even begin to cover all of our grooming costs. In addition, the US Forest Service/Superior National Forest takes a portion of the fees, as does the Minnesota DNR, to pay for the use of their land for many of the trails.
Ticket prices for 2015-2016 will be:
- Day pass $18
- Child day pass (ages 7-13) $8
- Late day pass (after 1 PM) $12
- Child late day pass $6
- 3-day pass $36
- 3-day child pass $18
- Season pass $100
- Child season pass $40
- Cook County High School ski team members ski free, but please check-in at a lodge
- Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department members season pass $50
Of course, all registered guests at Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge receive trail tickets included in the cost of their stay, so they need not buy tickets.
We don’t accept Minnesota Ski Passes for this trail system, as these trails do not receive any funds from the state. Because of its large size and hilly terrain through the deep woods, this is a very expensive system to groom and maintain; 100% of your trail ticket fees go towards trail costs. The memorable experience of skiing in this beautiful woods would not be possible without our extensive trail work, so the cost of your ski pass is well worth it.
We’re looking forward to a great ski season. See you on the ski trail!