NFL- Snow Report

North Shore Snow Conditions and Trail Report

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 November, coming and going and usually beginning to stick late in the month. 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

Winter Settles In

We’ve had light dustings of snow over the past few days and expect 1-3″ on Saturday. Trails are in good to great conditions overall. Snowmobile trail groomers have been able to get out and finish grooming now that swamps and sloughs have frozen over.

Cross-country ski from Gooseberry Falls pictured here, to Grand Marais, and all along the Gunflint Trail. Did you know you need a license to ski state trails? Buying lets the state know people use the trails and they allocate money towards grooming; details here.

Fat bike at Split Rock Lighthouse, Flathorn Gegoka, Norpine and Pincushion Trails!

 

Last Updated: 01-15-2020
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 6-40" base

Conditions: OPEN
4 of 4 mountains, 6 of 8 lifts, 54 of 62 primary runs and 18 of 33 back country runs

11" of new snow in the last 7 days
63" of snow for the season

24-40" base on primary runs; machine groomed
6-18" backcountry - packed powder
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park: Open Last Updated: January 8

Snow Depth: 6+" base & 20-22" snow depth

Conditions: CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
conditions: very good
All ski trails were groomed on 12/31 and many areas have been touched up since then. We've not had much in the way of new snow, but trail conditions remain good. There may be debris on the trail as a result of strong winds. When the weather was warm there were a few issues with water across the trail, but these spots are passable. Watch for wildlife tracks and sightings, especially north of the highway! As a reminder hiking, snowshoes, and fat bikes and pets are not permitted on groomed ski trails.

SNOWMOBILE TRAILS
conditions: fair
As of 12/31 the snowmobile groomer had not came through. It is unknown what the trail condition is like.
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Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park : Open Last Updated: January 6

Snow Depth: 30" snow depth

Conditions: conditions: good
Trails were groomed 1/4/2020. Lots of snow and rain over the last few weeks but trails are looking good.Trail loop along Split Rock Point is not groomed this season due to unstable shoreline at the mouth of the Split Rock River.
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park: Open Last Updated: January 12

Snow Depth: 10" base and 25" snow depth

Conditions: CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
condition: good
The following trails at Tettegouche State Park are tracked and groomed. The Cart-In loop, the main ski loop, Papasay Ridge(connector trail), the Valley, Mt. Baldy, and the trail into camp.
SNOWMOBILE TRAILS
condition: good
Most snowmobile trails in the park are in very good condition with the exception of the Lax Lake Trail which has not been groomed.
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Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System
Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System: Open Last Updated: January 10

Snow Depth: 20" base and 30" snow depth

Conditions: New last 7 days: 1.5"

Lots of beautiful snow. Trails are in very good condition. Fresh snow last night should make for great skiing this weekend. Not quite enough to make grooming worthwhile.
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Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails
Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: January 14

Snow Depth: 10-12" base surface is powder

Conditions: 9" of new snow in the last 7 days
67" of snow for the season
Surface Conditions: Excellent

Newly fallen snow. Grooming in progress. Expect soft conditions.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine
Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine : Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 8-20" base [thicker base away from Lake Superior]

Conditions: CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
conditions: good
Trails groomed last night. Packed powder conditions.

FAT BIKE TRAILS
both trails [14k total] are rolled, combed and open with a 6" base
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park: Open Last Updated: January 9

Snow Depth: 4" base and snow depth of 14-28"

Conditions: conditions: very good
Snow began falling again Jan. 9 but the temperatures were near 30 degrees, so no grooming was performed. Early start on Jan 10 means the inland ski trails will be groomed and track set by early afternoon.The Lakeshore Trail is closed this weekend.Ice cleats are the ticket for hikers!Leave the trails behind and snowshoe through the forests...snowshoes can be rented at the park office.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais
Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 16"+ base

Conditions: Snowfall Last 24 hours: 6"
Season Snowfall Total: 47"

Base 16+ inches. 5 to 6 inches of new snow today. All trails were groomed for classic and skate skiing on Tuesday evening.

We are anticipating the potential of significant snowfall and very cold temperatures Wednesday into Thursday so we will hold off on a full system groom until the forecast firms up. We expect to have all trails fully prepared for the upcoming weekend.

See you on the trails.

** New hike/snowshoe/running trail at Pincushion... enjoy! Please do not hike, snowshoe, or run on the groomed ski trails.
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Ski Trail-George Washington Pines
Ski Trail-George Washington Pines: Open Last Updated: January 6

Snow Depth: 26 snow depth"

Conditions: Snow base depth = 13”
Snowfall in the last 24 hours = 2"
Snowfall in the last 7 days = 3"

George Washington Pines was groomed again this late afternoon
The groomers request that all users please be mindful of the following:
:: Please do not block the trailhead access when parking
:: Please pick up after your dog
:: Please keep all non-classic skiing out of the groomed classic track when possible
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails: Open Last Updated: January 14

Snow Depth: 26" in the woods

Conditions: New snow last 24 hours: 4"
Tracked trails: 29 kilometers

Late Saturday night, January 11, 2020 we finished grooming and tracking all 41 kilometers of the Banadad Trail System

Snowshoe Trails: 5 miles open
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Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: January 2

Snow Depth: 13" base and 22-24" in the woods

Conditions: Snow in the last 7days: 14.75"
Total season snowfall: 53.875"

Wow did we get snow! We received just shy of 14 inches of snow in the end-of-the-year snowstorm! The groomers have been busy staying on top of all the new accumulation. All ski trails are open and groomed. Lakes are, not surprisingly, a bit slushy after all the new snow so if you are looking to cross them on your desired ski route, be prepared for a little slop – there is still plenty of ice to cross safely. With another inch of snow this morning, things are getting freshened up again today. Weekend weather is predicted to be in the 20’s – great conditions all around!

Note: Grooming frequently occurs between the release of weekly trail reports. Expect trail grooming after every significant snowfall.
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Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 10-12" base

Conditions: The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail System is in breathtaking shape. We have had 53.75 inches of snow this season, with more coming down as I write this email. There is a 10 - 12 inch trail base, and 21 - 24 inches of snow off trail. The trails were last groomed on January 10, 2020, and should be groomed again soon.

An Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail Pass is required for use of our trails. It can be purchased at Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort, or Heston's Lodge.
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Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail
Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail : Open Last Updated: January 9

Snow Depth: 4-5" base and 18 -28" snow depth

Conditions: BASE, SNOW DEPTH & CONDITIONS BY AREA
Duluth :: 5" base and 24" snow depth with GOOD conditions
Two Harbors :: 5" base and 24" snow depth with GOOD conditions
Silver Bay :: 5" base and 24" snow depth with GOOD conditions
Tofte/Lutsen :: 5" base with 26" snow depth with GOOD conditions
Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail :: 4" base and 22" snow depth with GOOD conditions

Parts of the trail will be groomed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. Please be aware of icy areas along the trail and use caution while riding.
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Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur
Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur : Open Last Updated: January 7

Snow Depth: 6" base and 23" snow depth

Conditions: Groomed from the World Headquarters last night, down to the County Road 3 parking lot, and then up to the Yukon / Gooseberry Spur trail and back. Everything was in good shape with the exception of the hills and curves around the JAB shelter which were covered well.
Thanks to Karl, the JAB shelter stove pipe has been replaced.
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte: Open Last Updated: January 9

Snow Depth: 5-15" base and 12-30" snow depth

Conditions: New snow is falling on our freshly groomed Trail system. The past 24 hours have delivered an additional 4 inches of snow. Past 72 Hours has produced a total of 5 inches. Our groomer continues to work the entire system on a weekly basis. Look to mid-week for the best riding. Base depths continue to grow. Average Base Depth at the lake is 5", BUT just 1 mile back it doubles to 10", Then increases again to about 15" of good compressed base snow. There is about 12" of powder snow at the lake off-trail, with 30" plus in some spots inland. Look to the Pike Lake area for the best boondocking at this time. I have not encountered any water on the Trails as I have been out. The cold weather did it's thing and even the lakes are improving. Remember Shiny side up, rubber side down!
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint : Open Last Updated: January 7

Snow Depth: Trails in good shape

Conditions: Grooming update for you all: we have been out the last 3 days and all trails are in good shape. Devil Track to Mid-trail is in good condition. Mid-trail to Gunflint Lake is groomed and in fair shape. Beware that Gunflint Lake still has open water in the middle of it. We will have groomers out tomorrow and Saturday as well. Be safe out there and remember to use caution while riding...Happy New Year!

Just a reminder January 10th-12th is the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race. All racing will take place from Gunflint lake to Trail Center. Please ride with caution.
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Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage: Open Last Updated: January 3

Snow Depth: 6-8" Trail Base & 18-20" Snow Depth

Conditions: Good Conditions, Everything is groomed but the Reservation River trail, Teal Lake trail, and the Teal Lake Cut.