Central Gunflint Trail Area

Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 2.24.17

Base Depth: 
Average 7-10 inches
Comment: 

We still have snow and we are still grooming and skiing! Expect fast conditions, abrasive snow, and a solid base. Skate skiing is particularly fast right now; double up on the kick wax for classic skiing. All trails are continuing to be groomed with the tiller. According to the 7-day forecast, it looks like we are done with the fluctuating freezing/thawing temperatures for a while. Possible snow is predicted after the weekend, which will only improve things. Conditions aren’t perfect, but skiing is still very good and very much alive yet. Trail base is now averaging between 7 and 10 inches; areas that receive a lot of sun have less. Snow in woods is still between 10 and 14 inches, on average.

FYI:  Lake crossings are still safe, but there is little to no snow remaining on the lakes at this time, including the groomed trail portion.

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 2.17.17

New Snowfall: 
3 5/8" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
2-16-17
Base Depth: 
Average 13"
Comment: 

It’s going to be a warm week, but we will still be skiing! Right now, the trail base is averaging around 13 inches in depth, firmly packed, and there’s nearly 2 feet of standing snow in the woods. We will have snow for quite some time yet; it isn’t going anywhere that fast! Expect warm conditions though. Trails will be groomed with a tiller in the early mornings or late evenings once temperatures are cool enough. Mid mornings should provide the best conditions. Keep and eye on both Bearskin and Golden Eagle’s webcams for daily photos.

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 2.9.17

New Snowfall: 
5.75" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
2-8-17
Base Depth: 
Average 11 - 13"
Comment: 

It’s been a snowy week, 11.25 inches in the last seven days! The groomers have been very busy, grooming almost daily to keep up with the new snowfall. Trails are beautiful right now and are in excellent shape! It’s tempting to say this is the best skiing we’ve had all year, but we’ve had some awesome skiing already; conditions right now, though, are quite close to the top!

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 1.27.17

New Snowfall: 
1/8" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 
1-26-17
Base Depth: 
Average 9-10"
Comment: 

It is no secret we received quite a bit of warm weather the past week and a half. Even with that, the ski trails held up very well and our overall snow-on-the-ground decreased minimally. We are still looking at about 15 to 16 inches of standing snow in the woods with an average of 9 to 10 inch trail base. Groomers have been tilling the last couple days to break up the top layer. Expect fast conditions and a firm base – firm, not ice. Skate skiing is especially good right now! Temps are predicted to be in the 20’s and teens for the 7-day forecast. If you are looking for good snow still, you’ll find it here!

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 1.23.17

New Snowfall: 
5/8" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
1-15-17
Base Depth: 
Average 10"
Comment: 

Despite the warm weather this past week, we still have a lot of snow and good skiing! No green grass or brown dirt here! The trail base did shrink a little during that stretch, from average of 12 inches to an average of 10 inches. Skiers are reporting good skiing still, wax-less or red wax for the best results for classic. The classic track is also holding together well. Temperatures look to be dropping a little bit in the upcoming days, though still warm, should be hovering right around and just below freezing. According to NOAA, possible snow is forecasted Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures dropping to the low 20’s by Friday. The groomers hope to get out within the next couple days, depending on temperature. We are trying to be cautions about getting out onto the trails too early which could cause them to ice up. Currently, skiers are saying wait; conditions are still good. We will be sending out another report later on this week with an update.

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 1.5.17

New Snowfall: 
7.5" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
1-4-17
Base Depth: 
Average 9 – 10.5”
Comment: 

We have seen several days with new snowfall this week, 7.5 inches over the last 7 days. Frequent grooming has continued to fine tune each trail; rougher trails have leveled out beautifully! With just over 40 inches of snowfall on the year now, we are only a half inch shy of where we were last year on this date. All ski trails are open and are in great to excellent shape. Lake ice is now over 12 inches in thickness so the North-South Link trail across Aspen and Flour Lakes is now being groomed with the Kassbohrer groomers. Temperatures are forecasted to be cooler until Sunday (1/8), so plan your wax and dress wear accordingly. Looking forward to winter 2017; it’s another ski season with plenty of snow!

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 12.28.16

New Snowfall: 
5.25" in last 7 days
Last Grooming Date: 
12-28-16
Base Depth: 
Average 5 - 7"
Comment: 

It’s full blown winter on the Central Gunflint Ski Trail System! All trails are open, groomed, and in great shape! There is wonderful skiing up here right now! Lakes have good ice, but are still a couple inches shy to cross with the big groomers. For the time being, Aspen and Flour lakes are still being groomed by snowmobile; remaining trails are being groomed with the Kassbohrer groomers. The trees look beautiful with their fresh blanket of new snow and more is forecasted in the upcoming days! We will be grooming daily or as needed. Only a couple trails showing minor stubble remain.

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 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.