Here are the official snow measurements from our snowstorm, taken by the Baumann family at Golden Eagle.
- New Snow Last 24 hours: 13.5”
- New Snow Last 7 days: 19.03”
- Trail Base, Staked: Average 4 – 5 inches
- Snow in Woods, Staked: Average 12 – 14 inches
- Groomed with classic tracks: ~10 k
- Surface Conditions: Fresh packed snow
- Total snowfall since Nov. 1: 26.83”
Comments: We’ve got snow and skiing! Since the morning of the 16th, we’ve received 13.5 inches of fresh snowfall! Being a very dense snow, we are quickly establishing a nice and firm trail base. With heavy snow, however, comes some additional work. There are many thin aspen and birch trees and small bushes of willow and alder now leaning out over many of the trails from the weight of the snow; both Golden Eagle and Bearskin are working fast and hard on clearing them out of the way for grooming, though this is a time consuming process that will take a few days. Each day, we expect more trails to be opened and ready for grooming.
Currently, Summer Home Road, Campground Loop, and lower Beaver Dam are groomed, tracked, and in very good shape! The remaining trails are packed only at this point. Additional trails will be groomed and tracked daily as they are cleared.
If you have any questions regarding specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) for the most up-to-date grooming information. Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.
What are the ice conditions? Safe for snowshoeing?
We would not recommend going out on any lake up here. Unbelievably, most of the lakes along the Gunflint aren’t even frozen yet, which is way weird. Flour Lake had ice and then it went out again. Our lake looks frozen, at least as far as we can see. Our bay always freezes early. But we’ve been out on it a few times and there’s something untrustworthy about it. Now, with a fresh heavy 15 inches of new snow on top of unstable ice, it looks like it’s slushing out. Given the conditions on other lakes, we aren’t recommending trusting this one.