From Thanksgiving until Easter [or later] you can find weekly snow conditions and trail reports. Find out about recent snowfall, trail conditions and suggestions for where to ski, snowshoe, snowmobile plus links to the weather and forecasts. Snow varies from less near Lake Superior, where the big lake keeps temps slightly milder to more as climb the ridgeline to most when you go over the ridge.
How Long is Winter?
Snowfall begins in October, coming and going and usually beginning to stick late in November. Lutsen Mountains typically is open Thanksgiving weekend with a few runs and cross country skiers get their first runs in on the Onion River Road in Lutsen and along the Central Trail system up the Gunflint.
Trail / Snow Reports are listed below in this order;
scroll to see conditions – click on a link to learn more about trails
La Niña is expected this winter, making for more snow than usual. That prediction has been confirmed with 4-8″ of snow on the ground and staying by October 20th. Warmer by the lake prevails making for brown along the shoreline with snow a mile or so inland, beyond the ridge.
Lutsen Mountains opens weekends November 21-22, 26-29 and December 4-6 before opening daily on December 11th.
While we have snow on the ground, cross-country and snowshoe trails trails typically don’t open until after deer season – November 22nd. Snowmobile trails open after the ponds and sloughs freeze up to allow for grooming. With nighttime temps already consistently below freezing, this could happen early this year.
Last Updated: 10-26-2020
Snow Depth: 13" baseMore Info
Snow Depth: no current snow depth report