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

first snow, on pine boughs with red and white barn
first blizzard of the year

The north shore received 12-18″ of snow overnight, temps have dropped and the wind is still blowing.

I will be back to let you know when the cross-country ski trails open. I am headed out snowshoeing this afternoon!

Lutsen Mountains opens daily December 10

** Dec 7 update- XC Ski Trails open: Onion River Road on the Sugarbush Trail system in Lutsen and the Central Gunflint ski trail system are open!

Last Update: December 7, 2021

mile 27.8

two harbors snowmobile trail

Snowmobile Trails – Two Harbors Voyageur

Closed

– Last Update:

December 1

mile 82.5

Open

– Last Update:

December 7
6-8″

Depth (Base snow depth on trail): 6-8″
Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 15″
Snowfall Last 7 Days: 15″
Total Snowfall for the season: 18″
Average Snow depth (off trail in the woods): 15″

Outstanding groomer Darren Peck was out in high winds and frigid temps to groom and set tracks on the Onion River Road. With cold overnight temps, the conditions should be very good!

mile 90.5

Open

– Last Update:

December 6
18-24″ Early season conditions

Opening daily on December 10 – projecting 3 of 4 mountains open with 10-15 [of 62] primary runs, and 0 [of 33] side country runs.
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.

Recent snow: 10″ this week
Snow for season:. 11″
Surface:  powder

mile 92.7

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

Snowmobile Trails – Lutsen / Tofte

Closed

– Last Update:

December 1

gunflint mile 6.5

cross country ski trail at george washington pines

Ski Trail – George Washington Pines

Closed

– Last Update:

December 1

gunflint mile 25.0

Open

– Last Update:

December 7
18″ of new snow

New Snow:  18.0”
New Snow Last 7 days:  19.5”
Groomed with classic track:  50 km
Groomed with skate lane:   50 km
Surface Conditions:  Fresh Snow
Last grooming day:  12-6-21
Total season snowfall:  21.5”

We received 18 inches of fresh snow on Sunday! Most trails were groomed on Monday (12/6) with classic and skate lanes. The trails set up great, especially the classic tracks. It’s so exciting to see such pristine trails this early in the season! With a lot of snow all at once, do expect the skate deck to be a little soft for the next few days until we groom it again. We will be regrooming everything again later this week; the skate deck should set up awesome after another round through.

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.

mile 143.9

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

Snowmobile Trails – Grand Portage

Closed

– Last Update:

December 1

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