Central Gunflint Trail Area

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.31.16

New Snowfall: 
0.00" in last few days
Last Grooming Date: 
3-26-16
Comment: 

This is our end-of-the-season snow report. We will no longer be grooming until next winter. But what a great ski season it’s been this year! Our grand total for snow on the season reached 93.46 inches, November thru March. The weather was wonderful and the snow was in surplus (too much surplus from that December snowfall; many of you know what we’re talking about)

We hope everyone got a chance to come up and play in the snow! Have a good summer and we’ll see you back on the trails next season!

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.25.16

New Snowfall: 
0.00" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
3-22-16
Base Depth: 
Average 8”, some places more, some less
Comment: 

We are still skiing up here! The weather held out nicely last week and allowed for great skiing between the early morning icy snow and softer afternoon/evening snow. All trails are still open and groomed except the west end of Logging Camp Trail, BWCA Logging Camp section, North-South link from upper Beaver Dam to Summer Home Road, and Poplar Creek Trail.

Due to the warm weather prior to last week, we are not crossing Flour or Aspen lakes with the groomers for the remainder of the season (the ice is still plenty safe for skiing). The North-South Link trail across Flour Lake has a single lane classic track set by snowmobile to allow for a connection between the north and south halves of the system.

Unless we receive additional snowfall, we will not be grooming anymore after this weekend. If we receive more than a couple of inches of new snow, we will likely do one more grooming on select trails.

Remember that it’s spring now and conditions can and do change daily depending on weather. For the most up to date trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.17.16

New Snowfall: 
12.25" in last 24 hours
Comment: 

The Central Gunflint Ski Trail System received 12 ¼ inches of snow from the storm on Wednesday. We will be grooming select trails based on skier interest for the remainder of the season. If you are looking to come up and ski, please call ahead to see what has been groomed.

We are still dealing with spring conditions meaning that the groomers will only be able to groom early morning and late evening due to the warmer temperatures, which are expected to hover right around 32 degrees over the next several days.

For the most up to date grooming information, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.10.16

New Snowfall: 
1/8" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
3.10.16
Base Depth: 
Average 12 - 15 inches
Comment: 

Cross country skiing isn’t over yet on the Central Gunflint Trail System! We are definitely experiencing spring conditions, ergo, trails are/will be groomed with a tiller for the remainder of the season, but with a foot of trail base out there still, the ski trails will remain in good shape for some time yet. It is important to note that there is a time window for grooming this time of year, when it is not too warm and not too icy, so don’t expect every trail be groomed on any given day.

This time of year, forecasting accurate trail conditions becomes a day-by-day endeavor, so if you’re reading this report a few days after it came out, we recommend calling Golden Eagle Lodge or Bearskin Lodge to get an update on what the current conditions are. It’s hard to say what the weather will do in the coming days, it is March after all. There are a couple things you can count on in the upcoming week though: the weather will be warmer, the days longer, and there will still be skiing!

For the most up to date grooming information, as well as trail conditions specific to each trail, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.2.16

New Snowfall: 
3 1/8" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
2-29-16
Base Depth: 
Average 12 - 15 inches
Comment: 

The ski trails are in excellent shape right now with comfortable outdoor temperatures in teens and twenty’s. It looks like warmer weather will be moving in over the weekend again and spring conditions may be present after Sunday. Conditions can change daily when we experience warmer temperatures, so we recommend checking in with Bearskin or Golden Eagle to keep up with current conditions if we experience these warm days.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well as trail conditions specific to each trail, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 2.25.16

New Snowfall: 
4.5" since Feb 20
Last Grooming Date: 
2-25-16
Base Depth: 
Average 11 – 15 inches
Comment: 

All trails are freshly groomed. The effects of the light rain from last weekend are completely gone, replaced by 4.5” of fresh snowfall that fell across 4 days, Saturday through Tuesday. Skiing is excellent once again and trail conditions are as good as ever.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 2.18.16

New Snowfall: 
1/4" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
2-16-16
Base Depth: 
Average 12 - 16 inches
Comment: 

Ski conditions continue to be excellent on the Central Gunflint Ski System. We have been lucky and have not experienced above 32-degree temperatures for all but about 2 days this whole winter season. For this coming weekend, however, warmer temperatures are predicted through Saturday afternoon before cooling back down into the mid 20’s by Sunday. Plan warmer conditions this weekend with possible above freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday. Possible wet precipitation is predicted for Friday.

Regardless of weather, expect the ski trails to still be in good shape. We received 1/4 inch of fresh snow today and our plans on immediate re-grooming will be dictated by the temperatures tomorrow. If it gets too warm and rains or sleets rather than snows, the fresh snow will be best left on the trails to absorb the water and keep the trail base from becoming too icy in the upcoming days. Either way, we have the capability of grooming in whatever conditions are thrown at us, and if the trails are in need of grooming, expect us to be out there.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 2.11.16

New Snowfall: 
9 1/8" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
2-10-16
Base Depth: 
Average 12 - 16 inches
Comment: 

Current ski trail conditions are excellent across the board. There really is nothing else we can say to exemplify this any further. The skiing is simply excellent right now!

Weather wise, it has been a snowy winter on the Gunflint Trail this year with our trail base now ranging between 12 and 16 inches in depth, snowcat groomed. A few inches shy of 70 inches of snow has blanketed the Central Gunflint Ski Trail System this 2015/16 season. With the very consistent supply of weekly and sometimes (annoyingly) daily snowfall this winter, we’re actually 2 inches of snow ahead of where we were last year on this date for total snowfall on the year. It has been, and still is, a beautiful winter.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 2.4.16

New Snowfall: 
3.18 inches in last 2 days
Last Grooming Date: 
2-4-16
Base Depth: 
Average 9 - 12 inches
Comment: 

We are happy to start this ski trail report with a very familiar statement:  it snowed once again! We’ve received 3.2 inches of snow over the last few days, the perfect amount needed to resurface the ski trails back into perfection after the recent warm weekend. The trees are once again snowcapped and the wilderness as pristine and gorgeous as ever.

More snow is forecasted each day over the next 4 days so the groomers look to have a busy weekend ahead of them. If we receive a constant light snowfall like is being predicted, expect trails to have some light new snow cover on them in between groomings.

Trail conditions this year have been excellent and this weekend is looking to be no exception. Temperatures over the next several days are predicted to be in the teens and 20’s; perfect skiing weather if we do say so ourselves.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 1.28.16

New Snowfall: 
4" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
1-28-16
Base Depth: 
Average 9 - 10 inches
Comment: 

Four inches of fresh snowfall again last night; trail conditions continue to be excellent! All ski trails are freshly groomed, and with more snow predicted Friday and Saturday, it looks like the groomers will be back out there again before too long.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 1.21.16

New Snowfall: 
.5" so far this morning - still snowing as of 11AM
Last Grooming Date: 
1-18-16
Base Depth: 
Average 7 - 8 inches
Comment: 

The excellent skiing and trail conditions continue! As an added bonus, we are expecting very comfortable weekend temperatures starting around 15 degrees on Friday and warming to the mid 20’s by Sunday. Throw on some light layers and enjoy some great skiing!

Poplar Creek trail, our last trail to be cleared from the damaging snowfall in December, has now been re-carved from the wilderness and is groomed and open! The North-South Link across Aspen Lake now has enough ice beneath it that we have been grooming it with Snow Cat. Flour Lake still has only 10 inches of ice – 2 more inches are needed for crossing with the big groomer – so we are still grooming that short section by snowmobile, with a classic and skate lane.

Overall, trail conditions are fantastic! We are only 3 inches of snow short of where we were last year at this time with a season total of 46.95 inches as of this morning. There is no shortage of snow up here in the great Northwoods!

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 1.13.16

New Snowfall: 
1/4" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
1-9-16
Base Depth: 
Average 6 - 8 inches
Comment: 

We’ve had cooler temperatures these last couple days compared to the weeks before, but that hasn’t stopped the skiers or hindered the fun! Trail conditions remain excellent and the trees are still glistening with that beautiful snow cover. More snow is forecasted yet again Thursday and Friday.

An update on ice:  Aspen and Flour Lake are now safe for travel. We have been able to snowmobile pack the section of North-South Link that crosses Aspen and Flour as of last week; we anticipate being able to groom classic tracks into these trails as well after the next new snowfall. We still want a bit more ice before we go out there with the big groomers.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 1.6.16

New Snowfall: 
1" since Jan 1st
Last Grooming Date: 
1-6-16
Base Depth: 
5.5" - 6.5"
Comment: 

The ski trails are in great to excellent shape offering a firm base and fantastic glide. With just under 32 inches of snowfall in December alone, most of which fell after the 16th, the low snow effects of an “El Niño” winter are a thing of the past. Temperature wise, the benefits of such a winter are still present; we’ve had moderate temperatures this last week with most days being in the teens and lower 20’s; it is expected to continue into next week with more snow also predicted. We are full swing into winter cross-country skiing!

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 12.30.15

New Snowfall: 
8.6" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
12-30-15
Base Depth: 
Average 4 - 5 inches
Comment: 

The skiing is fantastic! We have made very good progress on trail clearing this week with only a few “closed” trails remaining. The groomed trails, thanks in part to the heavy and wet snow we received prior to all this, set up great and the classic tracks are holding in excellent. Trail bases are comfortably firm and are averaging about 4 to 5 inches. If you don’t include the amount of trail cleanup we’ve had this year, condition wise, the ski trails are in as good of shape as any other year this time of the season.

Important note:  Due to thin ice on Flour Lake and questionable ice on Aspen Lake, the North-South link trail is closed north of Summer Home Road. We are checking ice thickness often and will groom a trail via snowmobile as soon as safely possible.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well as updates on trail clearing progress, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 12.23.15

New Snowfall: 
Trace in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
12.22.15
Base Depth: 
Average 4 inches
Comment: 

As many may know, with the recent snowstorm 1 week ago, we received 15 inches of snow across 3 days. The weight from the snow has caused many trees and bushes to infringe, and in numerous locations, completely block the ski trails. Work in clearing these trails for grooming has been much more time consuming that originally anticipated, however, Bearskin and Golden Eagle have made good progress this week and are happy to add several more trails to the “Is Now Open!” category. What we have been able to groom has groomed up very well, offering a nice firm base and solid classic track for some great skiing!

Trails that are groomed and tracked are:  Summer Home Road, Campground Loop, lower Beaver Dam, Ox Cart, Bear Cub, Red Pines, Wolf Point, Cabin Loop, portions of Logging Camp, and west end of Deer Mouse. A few other trails have been cleared, but not yet groomed; these are packed only.

Important note:  Due to open water on Flour Lake and questionable ice on Aspen Lake, the North-South link trail is closed north of Summer Home Road.

Since we are out there working and clearing trees every day, this list of groomed trails updates frequently. For the most up to date grooming information, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.