snow trail report north shore

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.

winter 2021/22 season

fresh snow december 21 on north shore
brrr! it’s a cold one

Thursday morning, January 20th

We had 5-7″ of snow on Tuesday and trails are groomed and looking excellent! Warmer temperatures over the weekend should let you get out and enjoy the trails.

All trails are open.
mile 0.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 20
4-8″ packed trail base

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

Good conditions along the trail.

Snow depths in the woods: 13-32″

 

mile 27.8
two harbors snowmobile trail

Two Harbors Voyageur Snowmobile Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 12
8″

Corridor Trails from Two Harbors to the State Trail continue to be groomed and are in very good condition.  All of the trails we are responsible for have been groomed and reported in good to very good condition.  If you plan to come up for a ride, trail condition and traffic are much better mid-week.

Please remember that trail conditions are not the same on Sunday and Monday as they are on Thursday and Friday.

mile 39.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 18
4-6″ Trail Base

A snow storm on Tuesday (1/18) left 4-6 inches of new snow. The trails near Lake Superior and the center trail sections have been tracked. The skate ski and northeast trails have been packed and will be groomed on Weds (1/19). Conditions are excellent with a firm but soft base. The snowmobile trail from the Gooseberry Falls Parking lot to the CJR North Shore Trail was groomed on 1/19 and is in excellent condition.

You can snowshoe anywhere in the park except on groomed ski and snowmobile trails.

mile 46.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 20
20″ local snow depth

Trails were packed on 1-19-22. Conditions are excellent for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. A fresh snow of 4-6″ fell on 1-18-22 and looks beautiful on the trees throughout the park. It’s a perfect time to snowshoe & cross-country ski while enjoying nature’s winter wonderland. Ice cleats and traction devices are recommended.

mile 54.9
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
6-10″ Trail Base

Our club would like to thank all the volunteer groomer operators, club members and businesses that support of grooming activites. State trail grooming is done as requested by the DNR, usually on Saturday nights.

mile 58.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 13
4″ trail base

Tettegouche Camp has 24 inches of snow. The following trails have been tracked and groomed at Tettegouche; The Main Ski Loop, The Cart-In Loop, The Connector Trail, and Camp Road heading into the Rustic Cabins. Mt. Baldy has been groomed! The Valley is starting to be packed down, but there are areas of open/standing water. The Valley will need more snow before it will be ready. The snowmobile trails are in excellent condition.

Snowshoe anywhere in the park except groomed ski and snowmobile trails!

mile 58.9
cross country ski trails near silver bay

Flathorn Gegoka Ski & Fat Bike Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 19
12″ Trail Base

Thanks to the fantastic grooming after a 4 1/2 inch snowfall, the trails were awesome. The groomer reported seeing moose and lynx tracks the last time he was out

mile 80.4
snow covered pines and temperance river under footbridge

Temperance River State Park Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 13
4″ Trail Base

Temperance has 16 inches of snow inland. Temperance does offer snow shoe opportunities, and back country skiing on the Cross River trails.

The trails are not groomed but provide opportunities for back country skiing and snowshoeing.

mile 82.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
8-10″ packed base

Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 8″
Snowfall Last 7 Days: 9″
Total Snowfall for the season: 71″
Average Snow depth (off trail in the woods): 24-30″

We received 8″ or snow in the storm yesterday. Darren was out last night grooming the trails in the beautiful, snow covered forest. Winds have picked up, so there will be drifting in some areas. We will re-groom again before the weekend. These photos were taken last night as Darren was grooming. Stay warm!

Make sure that you purchase a MN Ski Pass, which is required to ski on the Sugarbush trails. The pass is available for purchase at Sawtooth Outfitters and Holiday Station Store in Tofte. You can also purchase the pass online

Snowshoe on the Superior Hiking Trail from Oberg to Carlton Peak

mile 90.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 20
20-36″ Packed Powder

Open daily with 3 mountains, 8 lifts and 76 runs open and new slopes opening daily as grooming allow.
Since we plan to ski into May, our base is fortified to withstand 2 weeks of 60+ degrees. In the context of this forecast, our guarantee of 40 runs open through April 11 is an easy task.

Snow past 24 hours: 5″
Snow past 7 days:  11″
Snow for season: 81″

mile 92.7
snow covered snowmobile trail and pine trees with Lake Superior in the distance

Lutsen / Tofte Snowmobile Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 14
10-20″ Trail Base

Snowfall last 7 days: 1″
Snow depth in the woods: 25-45”

95% of the Lutsen system has been groomed this week and trails are in excellent condition. Again, with the “exception” of the section of the Beaver trail known as The Ridge. We are currently working on the fabrication of the new winch mount to handle the enormous pulling power of our new winch, as our previous winch failed and left us stranded. Note: please Do Not attempt this section of trail unless you are a highly experienced rider with a sled for deep snow or “you will get stuck.” As always ride respectfully and tread lightly. Save the trails for the next riders!

mile 99.6
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
8-28″ Base
Snowfall Last 7 Days: 4-7″
Total Snowfall for the season: 40-59″
Cross-country skiing

East End trails (Pioneer + Ridge Run, Deeryard trails) packed and rolled 1/18/2022. Plan is to set tracks throughout East End trails on Thurs 1/20.

Fat Tire Bike
West End trails rolled and groomed Saturday, 1/8/2022. Very good conditions throughout.
Any time the temperature is above 30 degrees consider the trail closed.
Bikers must NOT go through the “Scientific Natural Area”, (SNA) which is well marked on the trail and in our West end map.
mile 109.2
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
8-16″ packed base
New Snow: 6 in
All Green trails were groomed and tracked earlier today as well as the trails that will be used for the 5km and 3km courses for the Cook County Invitational high school ski meet on Friday. We’re expecting over 200 kids from schools across the region. Races start in the stadium beginning at 11 AM on Friday. Racers will finish in front of the chalet. Spectators are welcome,
mile 109.3
Open

– Last Update:

January 13
10-20″ Trail Base

New snow past week: 16″
Average snow depth [off trail]: 20-30″

Midtrail got a nice grooming last night after that snowfall down the G, to the lullaby, up the X and some spurs. 2022 winter has been treating us well.
gunflint mile 6.5
cross country ski trail at george washington pines

George Washington Pines Ski & Snowshoe Trail

Open

– Last Update:

January 20

Trails are sporadically rolled and packed and are open to skiers and snowshoers.

We have enough snow to get out and have fun!

gunflint mile 25.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 13
5-6″ trail base

New Snow Last 7 days:  5.25”
Groomed with classic track:  64 km
Groomed with skate lane:   70 km
Surface Conditions:  Freshly groomed snow
Last grooming day:  January 13
Total season snowfall:  51.75″
Snow in Woods: 11-14″

We received about an inch of snow between yesterday morning and last night. Trails were groomed again this morning and are in great shape! We have now surpassed last season’s year-end snow total. Mild temps in the teens (except Friday) are expected in the upcoming days which will make for some fantastic MLK weekend skiing!

Grooming frequently occurs between the release of new trail reports. Expect trail grooming after every significant snowfall. For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Golden Eagle Lodge (218-388-2203) or Bearskin Lodge (218-388-2292). Central Gunflint Ski Pass Required.

gunflint mile 28.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
14″ Trail base

Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Tim Knopp and 1st mile of Banadad, groomed today.

We got 4-6 of new snow yesterday. The Base is 14 inches and very good. 21 inches in the woods.

Will be working on grooming the rest of the Banadad tomorrow, cold weather permitting; it takes about 4 hours to groom the main Banadad and that is a long time to be in serious cold.

gunflint mile 41.6
Open

– Last Update:

January 13
5-7″ Trail Base

Snowfall total: 46.9″
Recent snow: 2″
In the woods: 14.5-17.5″

Conditions for skiing this next week will be beautiful! Warm weather and sunny skies are in the forecast for the next several days! Plans to get out and groom in the next day or so are in the schedule.  We did receive a couple of inches of light snow the other day, so the groomed trails have some fluff and the tracks are a little filled, but still easy to ski in.  Once the groomer is back in the barn, we will update just the trail conditions.

mile 143.9
close up of two snowmobilers coming down a trail in grand portage

Grand Portage Snowmobile Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 15
6-8″ Trail Base

All trails have been groomed from Jan 12th – 15th
Fair to Good conditions on all trails

Watch out for open water on North Lake Trail

***Section 11 Trail is closed, use caution***

mile 150.8
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
22″ Snow

We currently have about 21 to 23 inches of snow on the ground in the park. Grand Portage State Park does not have any snowmobile or ski trails. Visitors are welcome to snowshoe anywhere in the park. The paved portion of the High Falls Trail is maintained as a winter walking trail. As such, snow is cleared from the paved portion of the trail typically within 24 hours of a snow event. The Picnic Trail is a wide, flat and easy trail with multiple views of the Pigeon River. The Middle Falls Trail has steep, rugged terrain and should only be attempted by advanced snowshoers.

GRAND MARAIS WEATHER
sparkling wintry lake superior and ice sheets stacked on north shore

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