The future is a mystery in 2020, but the Central Gunflint Trail System is moving ahead with optimistic hopes for another fantastic ski season. We will figure things out as we move forward, just like all of us are doing on a daily basis.
This is what we do know:
- Our partner on the ski trails, Golden Eagle Lodge, just purchased a brand new Pisten Bully groomer for next winter, very similar to the one that Bearskin owns. This means there will be more consistency between trails as you ski from section to section. We’ve always taken great pride in the quality of our grooming on the entire Central Gunflint Ski Trail, and now the trails will be even better.
- Bearskin will not have a restaurant during the 2020-2021 ski season. Our restaurant is so tiny that it’s not realistic for us to maintain appropriate spacing while people dine. Food service will return when the world resolves Covid. For cabin guests this should be no big thing, as all Bearskin cabins have complete kitchens with dining areas. Fine dining is an enjoyable extra perk on a long, dark winter evening, but it isn’t essential to your cozy cabin experience here.
- We will do our best to keep you safe and healthy. We’ll figure out which model of providing guest services Bearskin will use as we get closer to winter, but Bearskin cabins and lodges have proven to be excellent spaces for a socially-isolated vacation. So far this summer, we think we have excellent protocols in place for maintaining safe cabin cleaning and transitions. We will reassess for winter and continue to maintain the highest standards of disinfection. Read through our web page info to see what we’ve been doing to keep our guests and staff healthy.
- Day skiing — still lots of questions: Both resorts on the Central Gunflint Trail System are mulling over our options for serving day skiers. Skiers on our trails have little contact with each other, so it’s a safe, socially-distanced activity. You can plan that we will be selling season passes and day skier tickets, but the way that we sell tickets could change. The Main Lodge will be closed to Day Skiers; if we get a miracle we will change the plan. Porta-potties will be available for day visitors. We will have a much better idea about what is going to be necessary later in the year, but for now you can assume that skiing will be available, perhaps with slightly altered procedures and building access.
- Cabin 6 will not be rebuilt for winter season. Most people have heard that Cabin 6 burned down one night last March.The process of rebuilding Cabin 6 has been greatly slowed down by the Covid era; we imagined that we could get going much faster than the way it has gone. Permits and plans were finally approved, but now our contractor is unavailable until late fall. If you’re here this winter you should be able to see how cool the new Cabin 6 will be, but the interior work won’t be done until after winter season. We have been contacting all winter guests in Cabin 6 to make a new plan for 2020.
Anything is possible this winter, as we all know. For now, we think you can assume that the winter ski season will happen this year as usual. Our beautiful trails have the potential to be better than ever for 2020-2021.
There are still lots of available options for a winter ski getaway at Bearskin, but given that most people probably won’t be traveling on flights to distant winter locations this year we anticipate being extremely busy at Bearskin. You might want to make a winter reservation early to get your perfect dates. If something dramatic happens with our virus situation and we end up closing (hoping not!), Bearskin will do exactly what we did after closing on March 18, 2020, and fully refund all deposits — so when you make your plans, don’t worry about that part. This is a perfect winter to plan a close-to-home winter ski getaway at USA Today’s #3 ranked cross-country ski destination in America.