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 is in full swing!

Warm temps for Saturday and Monday with Sunday seasonable in the mid-teens. All trails are in good to excellent conditions.

This is Moose Fence XC Ski Trails in Tofte [part of Sugarbush system] pictured here.

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.

If you’ve never snowshoed, it is wonderful! Find trails and rentals here.

 

Last Updated: 02-14-2020
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains: Open Last Updated: February 14

Snow Depth: 12-672" base

Conditions: OPEN
4 of 4 mountains, 7 of 8 lifts, 61 of 62 primary runs and 32 of 33 back country runs

snowing right now
86" of snow for the season

30-72" base on primary runs; machine groomed
12-24" backcountry - packed powder
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park: Open Last Updated: February 14

Snow Depth: 6+" base & 20-24" snow depth

Conditions: CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
conditions: very good
All trails were groomed as of 2/5, Overall trails are in good condition after a warmup and refreeze. After going over the trails a few times with the groomer to break up the icy top layer the final pass left a good track that is soft and not icy. The south facing aspects are started to get sun baked and are icy early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Year to date over 73 inches (185cm) has fallen. 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: very good
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Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park : Open Last Updated: February 10

Snow Depth: 30" snow depth

Conditions: conditions: good
Trails were groomed 2/8/2020. Lots of snow over the last few weeks, 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: February 10

Snow Depth: 10-14" base and 42" snow depth

Conditions: CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
condition: excellent
The Cart-In lot, the Main Ski Loop, the Connector Trail, Camp Road, and the Valley have all been tracked and groomed. The trails are in excellent condition.

SNOWMOBILE TRAILS
condition: excellent
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Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System
Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System: Open Last Updated: February 13

Snow Depth: 25" base

Conditions: 3.5" new snow in the past 7 days
Love some snow this valentine weekend! Got about half an inch Wednesday. Trails were groomed last Friday and in excellent shape. Poll plants may be soft in areas (too much snow!?) and a little drifting in the open.

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Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails
Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: February 14

Snow Depth: 14-18" base & 42" in the woods

Conditions: no new snow in the last 7 days
86" of snow for the season
Surface Conditions: Good to Very Good

All of our priority trails were groomed last night with our Pisten Bully. Picnic Loop Ridge and Moose Fence are scheduled to be groomed tonight.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine
Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine : Open Last Updated: February 13

Snow Depth: 6-20" base

Conditions: 1" new snow in the past 7 days
48-71" total snowfall

CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
conditions: good
Packed powder conditions

FAT BIKE TRAILS
both trails [14k total] are rolled, combed and open with a 12" base
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park: Open Last Updated: February 7

Snow Depth: 13" base and snow depth of 35"

Conditions: conditions: excellent
Trails were re-groomed Feb. 7 and are in excellent condition. Burst of fresh snow this week has resulted in great grooming conditions - the classic tracked ski trails are in the best condition of the year! Ski the ridge trail to Moose Mountain for your best chance at seeing wildlife. The Lakeshore trail experience is epic; see Gitchi Gummi in all her glory!

Snowshoe trails have been broke along either side of the Cascade River.
Hiking to see the frozen waterfalls at Root Beer Falls is a favorite - it's only a 20 minute hike, round-trip.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais
Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais: Open Last Updated: February 9

Snow Depth: 20"+ base

Conditions: Base 20+ inches. 3 to 4 inches of new snow on Thursday night. All trails were groomed for classic and skate skiing on Friday evening. Our trails are in great midwinter shape. There is intermittent light snow forecasted over the next few days, but we don’t think it should significantly affect the skiability of our system.

** 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: February 13

Snow Depth: 38 snow depth"

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

The sub-zero grooming went well and the skiing is crunchy! Thanks to all who are picking up after their dogs and keeping snowshoe and pet traffic out of the classic track.
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails: Open Last Updated: February 15

Snow Depth: 33" in the woods

Conditions: New snow last 24 hours: 2" of fluffy snow
Tracked trails: 41 kilometers

Groomer tracked entire 41 kilometers of Feb 13 & 14. The skiing is great!

Snowshoe Trails: 5 miles open
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Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: February 13

Snow Depth: 16-17" base and 29-30" in the woods

Conditions: Snow in the last 7 days: 5"
Total season snowfall: 83"

Over 80 inches of snow has blanketed the Central Gunflint ski trail system coming into this 2020 President’s weekend. With the coldest days now behind us, comfortable temps in the teens and twenties are predicted for the upcoming days – excellent skiing weather! All trails are open, of course. Trail base is deep and firm – excellent skate deck. Classic track set on all trails. All ski trails will be groomed throughout the weekend as needed, regardless of snowfall. Enjoy these beautiful conditions – see you on the trails!

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: February 15

Snow Depth: 13" base

Conditions: Recent Snowfall: 2 inches
In the woods: 25-30 inches
Season Snowfall: 77 inches

The entire 76 km trail system was freshly groomed today. Finally, temperatures are rising and sitting at an enjoyable range. Trails will be a bit soft this afternoon, but will firm up nicely overnight. Groomer reported lots of wildlife tracks out on the western trails, so keep your eyes peeled and report any animal sightings to the lodges! Today's choice trail is Lonely Lake.
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Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail
Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail : Open Last Updated: February 13

Snow Depth: 10" base and 18-40" snow depth

Conditions: BASE, SNOW DEPTH & CONDITIONS BY AREA
Duluth :: very good conditions
10" base and 18-25" snow depth

Two Harbors :: very good conditions
10" base and 24-36" snow depth

Silver Bay :: very good conditions
10" base and 34" snow depth

Tofte/Lutsen :: very good conditions
10" base with 32-40" snow depth

Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail :: very good conditions
10" base and 31-26" snow depth with GOOD conditions

Parts of the trail will be groomed Thursday and Sunday night.The entire trail will be groomed Friday and Saturday 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: February 10

Snow Depth: no current snow depth report

Conditions: Trails are groomed and looking nice!

On warmer days, watch out for ice turning into slush and running water.
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte: Open Last Updated: February 6

Snow Depth: 12+" Base and 30-35" of snow in the woods

Conditions: Snow continues to fall across the Arrowhead region, and the trails reflect this. The conditions are great. Grooming continues on a weekly basis with all trails reported in great or excellent condition. Base depths are increasing with an average of over a foot of the base. The powder is deep in the woods at this time - off-trail is no place to take a short track sled. Slush continues to show up on the lakes so use caution. A new logging operation has begun on the Ward Lake access trail so use caution there also.
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint : Open Last Updated: February 10

Snow Depth: 30-60" of snow on the ground

Conditions: Grooming update:
The trail was groomed Sunday from mid trail to Gunflint Lodge. Monday and Tuesday all of G trail and X and lullaby’s were groomed. The mid trail up to Sag will be groomed Thursday as well as the Blueberry. Friday the X & G will get groomed again. The State trails are in excellent shape with a 24” snow base. *New trail maps are in and have been distributed/ will continue to be distributed*

Trails are awesome; come on out and ride!!! Have a great day!

*New trail maps are in and have been distributed/ will continue to be distributed*

Join us Saturday Feb 15th for our Hungry Jack Lodge drag race
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Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage
Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage: Open Last Updated: February 9

Snow Depth: 10-12" Trail Base & 28-30" Snow Depth

Conditions: Trails were groomed on the 7th and 8th, and are all in good condition.

*Drifting along Reservation River Trail
*Watch for open water along North Lake Rd