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 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

Winter 20/21 Season

cross-country ski trails gooseberry falls state parkWhile above-average temps have made for more fun skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing, the conditions are starting to deteriorate. We have a chance for an inch of snow or so tonight into tomorrow. It will help, but we need more snow. Overall, you will find fair to good conditions on most trails; fair meaning some thin spots. If we get snow of any amount, I will update before next week.

Every Cross-Country ski trail system is open, but not all trails within every system are open. Buy your MN Ski Pass online – it’s easy and required at most cross country ski trails.

Snowmobilers will find packed, but largely ungroomed trails.

Lutsen Mountains is open daily.

Fat-biking trails are mostly open as are snowshoe trails.

 

Last Updated: 01-15-2021
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains
Ski & Snowboard-Lutsen Mountains: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 24-40" machine groomed

Conditions: OPEN
Open Daily: Dec 11, 2020 – Apr 11, 2021
Extended Weekend: April 17-18 and 24-25, and May 1-2

0" of snow in the past week; 36" for the season
4 of 4 mountains open with 8 lifts, 50 [of 62] primary runs, and 2 [of 33] sidecountry runs
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Gooseberry Falls State Park: Open Last Updated: January 13

Snow Depth: 3-4" good conditions

Conditions: Ski trails are in good to fair condition. They were last groomed on Monday 1/11. Snow is expected later this week.

The snowmobile trail has 4-5 inches of snow on it and is partially groomed.

Snow depth in the woods: 8-12"
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Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Multi-Use Trail - Split Rock Lighthouse State Park : Open Last Updated: January 13

Snow Depth: 8" poor conditions

Conditions: Trails are multi-use, so expect to see visitors hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking.

Snow depth in the woods: 8"
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Tettegouche State Park: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 4" poor

Conditions: Warm temperatures this week and a lack of recent snow has started to take its toll on the trails. Expect the rain and drizzle to result in very icy conditions on trails as temperatures cool. Please wear traction devices on your shoes if you head out on the hiking trails.

The snowmobile trail has 4 inches of snow on it and is partially groomed; poor conditions.

Snow depth in the woods: 10"
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Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System
Ski & Fat Bike Trails-Flathorn Gegoka System: Open Last Updated: January 16

Snow Depth: 5-8"

Conditions: In last 24 hrs: 0"
In last 7 days: 0"

No meaningful snowfall or grooming since Jan 2nd. Warmer temps and light freezing mist on Thursday Jan 14th means less than ideal conditions, but all trails have good coverage.

IMPORTANT! The costs for maintenance and grooming of these trails are defrayed by your purchase of the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The mostly volunteer groups that maintain public trails like this one need these funds. BUY YOUR SKI PASS TODAY. These US Forest Service PUBLIC TRAILS require a GREAT MINNESOTA SKI PASS. Conservation officers are enforcing this actively and writing citations for those without passes in their possession. Thanks for supporting the National Forest Lodges grooming team's efforts!
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Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails
Ski Trails-Sugarbush Trails: Open Last Updated: January 18

Snow Depth: 1-6"

Conditions: Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 0"
Snowfall Last 7 Days: 0"
Total Snowfall for the season: 30"
Snowfall Average Depth (Snow depth off trail in the woods): 6-12"

We can only work with what we have and that happened today. Darren was out re-grooming many skate lanes this morning We need more snow to be able to touch up the classic tracks.

The best conditions are on Moose Fence, Onion River Road and Upper Picnic. The trails at Britton Peak were not groomed due to low snow conditions. We recommend skiers to avoid East Oberg trail and Lower Homestead due to low snow and hazardous conditions.
Please avoid Lower Homestead due to ice flows on the trail and ski with caution. Onion River Road, Upper Homestead, and Picnic Loop will have the best conditions.


MN ski passes are required on our trail system. Passes can be purchased on-line here or they may be purchased in-person at any Holiday Station Store, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, or Clearview store in Lutsen.
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Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine
Ski & Bike Trails-Norpine : Open Last Updated: January 7

Snow Depth: 1-9" fair to very good conditions

Conditions: 1" new snow in the past 7 days
11-25" total snowfall

CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
Springtime conditions in January! Watch for bare spots on lower elevation trails.
Veery good conditions on Deer Yard, good on Pioneer Loop, fair everywhere else except poor on Deertracks loop.

FAT BIKE TRAILS
groomed Jan 7th
10K Caribou to Cascade Rd open w/ 3" base
4K Lutsen Mtn to Ski Hill Rd Loop open w/ 5" base
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Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park
Ski & Snowmobile Trails-Cascade River State Park: Open Last Updated: January 11

Snow Depth: 3-6" good conditions

Conditions: No new snow since 12.30. The cross-country ski trails are in fair early-season condition. Track set is thin in some spots and not established yet on the lakeshore trail. If you use the groomed ski trails, please remember your Great Minnesota Ski Pass (it's how ski trail grooming is paid for).

Hikers will find hard-pack trails along the Cascade River. Frozen waterfalls and the ever-present sound of water rushing through the steep, rocky gorge make for an exciting adventure. Hikers and snowshoers should avoid walking-on or damaging cross-country ski trails. Ice cleats are recommended for hiking.

Note: the warming house at the trailhead is closed this year. No snowshoe rental this year. Have a happy new year on the state park ski trails!
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Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais
Ski & Bike Trails-Pincushion near Grand Marais: Open Last Updated: January 9

Snow Depth: 5-6"

Conditions: New snow in the last 36 hours: 1"
Snow depth in the woods: 1 - 12"

The entire system was groomed for classic and skating. Conditions are very good.
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Ski Trail-George Washington Pines
Ski Trail-George Washington Pines: Open Last Updated: January 13
Conditions: trail has been rolled
note - this is a multi-use trail for hikers, snowshoers and skiers
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails
Ski Trails-Banadad Trails: Open Last Updated: December 30

Snow Depth: 10"

Conditions: Today we tracked Tall Pines and Lace Lake Trail. 4" of new snow, 16" depth in woods, 10" base on trail. Tracking entire Banadad tomorrow (Thursday).
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Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Central Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: January 15

Snow Depth: 4-6"

Conditions: New Snow Last 24 hours: 40”
New Snow Last 7 days: trace
Total season snowfall: 32”
Snow depth in the woods: 9-12"

All trails are still open for classic and skate skiing. Lake trails are still groomed with a skate deck only. No new snow has fallen since the 4th of January so we are carefully monitoring conditions of each trail and grooming them individually as needed. Some trails will be able to be groomed again through the weekend while others will not until new snow falls. Temperatures have been very pleasant, in the uppers 20’s and low 30’s, but still staying below freezing for the most part. Some trails have started to get a bit of ice on them in some places and conditions have been very fast. Good skies can still be used on many trails but we recommend bringing B-Ski’s for the trails that have heavy tree cover and are thus more sheltered from snow leaving some bare spots present.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (218-388-2292) or Golden Eagle Lodge (218-388-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass Required.
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Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System
Ski Trails-Upper Gunflint Trail System: Open Last Updated: January 13

Snow Depth: 4-8"

Conditions: Snow conditions are slightly deteriorating due to the warm weather, but we’re hoping for some fresh snow this week.

Trails were regroomed on January 11th! Snow conditions are variable throughout the system due to the warm temperatures. The groomer has noted that skiers should use caution on the bigger hills, especially on Highlands, Overlook, and Rabbit Run. Repairs were made to Rabbit Run and a portion of Ham Lake due to some unauthorized snowmobile use.

Snow is in the forecast for this week and we are planning on going out on Friday to make a full pass on all the trails.

Snow in the Woods: 14-19 inches
Total Snow Fall: 34 inches
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Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail
Snowmobile Trails-CJ Ramstad / North Shore State Trail : Open Last Updated: January 7

Snow Depth: 1-3" poor to fair

Conditions: The whole trail was groomed once this week. Use caution as the trail is still rough in areas. Watch out for rocks, brush, bumps and dirt patches in areas. You will find poor conditions and 1' base near Duluth then 2-3" as you head northeast up the shore.

Jan 13th - Gooseberry base 4-6" with good conditions
Jan 15th - Tettegouche 4" base with poor conditions
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Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur
Snowmobile Trails-Two Harbors Voyageur : Open Last Updated: January 9

Snow Depth: variable

Conditions: Trail Update:
Reports around the area is that there is snow but most areas are pretty rough. Wide packing to enable more areas to freeze are important at this point.
Tomorrow we will pack the trail from Hwy 2 to the Yukon Trail.
The Stony Loop road to the Tac Harbor was widely packed, but rough and brushy. It appears to be the same going from the Stony to the Knotted Pine.
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte
Snowmobile Trails-Lutsen / Tofte: Open Last Updated: January 12

Snow Depth: variable

Conditions: Steve Hahn was out over 9 hours yesterday grooming. Our trails are amazing Flat. Excellent job Steve. We desperately need snow on all the lower trails and middle areas. The Fox out of Lutsen is poor. Eagle has only been rolled. State trail does not appear to be groomed but it is only Tuesday. Hoping for snow Thursday and Friday.
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint
Snowmobile Trails-Gunflint : Open Last Updated: December 28

Snow Depth: 3-6"

Conditions: Hello folks, little update on the trails ...
We still don’t have enough snow to bring the groomers out on them.... yet!
However, we are beginning to roll the trails to get them packed.
Snow is in the forecast & we are hoping to get a plentiful amount!
*Stay tuned for updates*
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Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage
Snowmobile Trails-Grand Portage: Open Last Updated: January 4

Snow Depth: 4-6"

Conditions: Snowfall
Last 24 Hours: 2"
Last 7 Days: 2"-4"
Average Snow Depth in the woods: 8"-10"

Trail Name................................Last Groomed......................Condition
1. Skyline Trail..............................1-1-21.....................................Fair
2. Rengo Road.............................1-2-21.....................................Good
3. Partridge Falls.........................1-2-21.....................................Good
4. Chevan’s Road........................1-2-21.....................................Good
5. Cowboy Loop.........................1-2-21.....................................Good
6. Reservation River Trail.........Closed................................... Closed
7. Mt. Sophie Trail....................12-30-20.................................Packed
8. Moose Ridge Trail.................Closed................................... Closed
9. Section 11...........................Open Water..............................Closed
10. Trout Lake Trail...................12-30-20................................Packed
11. Teal Lake Trail........................1-2-21...................................Good
12. Sawmill Loop.......................12-28-20................................Packed
13. 5 Dog......................................12-30-20...............................Packed
14. North Lake Road................12-30-20......................Open Water/Packed
15. Hollow Rock
16. Joe’s Road...............................1-2-21...................................Good
17. To Sawmill
18. Teal Lake Cut Across...........1-2-20...................................Good
19. Nika Trail..................................1-2-20...................................Good