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Snow Covered Pines Early Winter

trail reports and trail conditions for the shore

From Thanksgiving until Easter [or later] you can find weekly trail 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 2023/24 season

Snow Covered Pine Trees

it’s a low snow winter, so this will be our last report unless we get a huge snowfall

Tuesday, March 7

Due to the El Nino weather pattern, we are having a below average snowfall season.

However, Lutsen Mountains is open daily through April 7! And the final cross-country skiing will be on the Central Gunflint system.

Snowfall totals are averaging around 20″ for the season

Photo is from the last snowfall just up the hill from Lake Superior.

mile 0.0
Open

– Last Update:

March 7
0-3″

With the warm weather and high temps. above 30 degrees we have lost a lot of snow on the trail. The trail is in poor condition, a lot of grass and dirt showing, we need more snow. We do not recommend riding, due to the low snow conditions and warmer weather. We will need more snow before we can start grooming operations again.

For more North Shore State Trail info call 218-834-1430.

mile 14.9
Korkki Nordic Ski Trail Tracks

Korkki Nordic Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
mile 27.8
two harbors snowmobile trail

Two Harbors Voyageur Snowmobile Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
mile 58.9
cross country ski tips on snowy north shore trail

Flathorn Gegoka Ski & Fat Bike Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
3″ Snow Base
mile 80.4
snow covered pines and temperance river under footbridge

Temperance River State Park Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
mile 92.7
snow covered snowmobile trail and pine trees with Lake Superior in the distance

Lutsen / Tofte Snowmobile Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
gunflint mile 6.5
cross country ski trail at george washington pines

George Washington Pines Ski & Snowshoe Trail

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
gunflint mile 25.0
Open

– Last Update:

February 26

New Snow Last 24 hours:  0”
New Snow Last 7 days:  0”
Trail Base, Staked:  Varies
Snow in Woods, Staked:  Minimal
Groomed with classic track:  12 km
Groomed with skate lane:   16 km
Surface Conditions:  Firm track and solid skate deck on lake trails and campground/road loops.
Last grooming day:  Feb 26
Total season snowfall:  12.5”

While we anxiously await another snowfall, for the time being, the ski trails on the south side of the lake are skiing very well. It’s not a ton of KM but what we have along that shoreline is quite good. We’ll update again if anything major changes!

Grooming frequently occurs between the release of new trail reports. 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.

sun over gunflint trail lake at golden eagle cabins
mile 143.9
close up of two snowmobilers coming down a trail in grand portage

Grand Portage Snowmobile Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

March 7
sparkling wintry lake superior and ice sheets stacked on north shore

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