We’ve added a great deal of snow since our last post. We’re back to our cycle of snow every few days, and many of those days have seen significant snowfall.
Both sides of the system have been groomed multiple times now. Skate decks are firm, classic tracks are setting up nicely. Everything was groomed again today, after an 8 inch snowfall overnight. It was still seriously snowing while the groomers were out, so they expect they’ll redo many sections of trail again over the next few days.
At this point there are only a few sections of the trail system that aren’t entirely open. All trails are groomed except except Poplar Creek (always the last to open because of water issues, but should be ready to go this week); some lake crossings; and the BWCA connector on the west side, which can’t be groomed with the Pisten Bully. These are the usual last pieces of the trail puzzle and should gradually fall into place over the next few days.
Most of the Central Gunflint Trail System ski trails are groomed for both skate and classic skiing. Conditions are great! Skiers seem very happy. Trail tickets are available at both Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle.
Oxcart was groomed for the second time with the Pisten Bully on Monday afternoon. Bear Cub was packed and rolled last week and was also groomed Monday afternoon, so if you love hills, that trail is now available.
Summer Home, Campground, the Lit Loop, and Lower Beaver Dam continue to be in good early season condition.
We are happy to say Bearskin didn’t get pummeled with more snow when Duluth received 20 inches this past weekend. The storm did not make it this far north. We added a little more snow to our already substantial base, which is just the way we like it. It’s easier to create a firm base when we are repeatedly grooming smaller snowfalls constantly instead of dealing with a huge amount all at once.
At this point we have excellent early skiing conditions. Many trails are open, with more to come. We have quite a few inches of firm base already, and the trails that are open are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. We were very busy with skiers all weekend, and they were quite pleased with conditions.
It’s quiet at the resort for the next 2 weeks, so we decided to offer an early season ski special. Rent 3 nights and we’ll give you one of those nights for free. Right now we’re in the cheap season, “Value Season” rates, so getting one night free makes it a super bargain. We’re deep cleaning cabins at the moment and completing some major projects, so not all the cabins are open for this rate. Early December is always a hard sell, as everyone is so busy with holiday events, parties, programs, and shopping. If you can make the time for a quick getaway we’ve got the snow, we’ve got the groomed trails, and we’ve got some cozy empty cabins just waiting for some guests. Bonus: moose are everywhere on the ski trails lately!
Bearskin Lodge, voted #3 in the USA Today “2019 Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts” Readers’ Choice Awards.