Bearskin Lodge Ski Trail Reports
We just came back from a trip to the Twin Cities. Right before we left, the metro area received a little more snow again. The grass is almost covered.
As we drove back up north, we saw more snow, but it wasn’t until we were well up the Gunflint Trail that it was truly winter.
We are getting lots of phone calls that go like this: ” (Big sigh) Well, I suppose you don’t have any snow either, right?” The picture below, from Jonathan Baumann of Golden Eagle Lodge, should clearly answer that question. Snow in the Twin Cities melted in the rain and then a little dusting of snow fell. But up here, we lost a small amount of our good snow on that rainy day, and then we were pummeled with 10+ inches of fresh flakes. This is Minnesota’s premier winter cross-country skiing destination for good reasons — we get the snow and then we keep our snow. That gets tiresome in April, but it’s wonderful in December.
The skiing is good. There’s enough snow that the big grooming machines have been able to get out on both sides of the system and they will continue to improve the trails each day. Don’t be fooled by that wimpy little snow in your metro area front yard or by the so-so snow along the North Shore — the Central Gunflint Trail is ready for your ski vacation.
Everyone is eager for the 2014-2015 ski season to start. Many trails have been packed and rolled, but the fresh snow on Monday gave us a good base to start genuinely grooming a few trails. Summer Home Road and Campground Loop groomed up quite nicely on Tuesday morning. Very good early season skiing. We will continue to pack and roll other trails this week and may have enough snow to start grooming another area. To be determined as the week goes on. Call Bearskin Lodge or Golden Eagle Lodge for current updates on the status of grooming.
Season tickets and daily trail tickets for the Central Gunflint Trail Ski System are for sale now at both Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge. We share the proceeds of trail tickets equally, so it doesn’t really matter which place you purchase your tickets. Ticket prices for 2014-2015 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
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 this these trails do not receive any funds from the state. The Central Gunflint Trail System is privately operated and maintained by Bearskin Lodge and Golden Eagle Lodge. 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!