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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.

tuesday, january 23

It’s winter and it’s a great time to be out skiing, snowshoeing and enjoying the snow on the north shore. 

Due to the El Nino weather pattern, we are having a below average snowfall season. However, there is snow on the ground and trails are open.

Snowfall totals are averaging around 16-20″ for the season

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

mile 0.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 18

The State Trail is open but currently we only have 6″ of snow on the Duluth end of the trail, about 10″ of snow north of Two Harbors, 12″ of snow in Finland and 6″ of snow by Grand Marias. Crews have been on the trail clearing wind fell trees that last couple of weeks. The wetland areas are still not frozen, travel with care, expect early season poor riding conditions. The trail has not be packed or groomed.

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:

January 11
mile 27.8
two harbors snowmobile trail

Two Harbors Voyageur Snowmobile Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

January 23
mile 39.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
10-12″ Snow Depth

The falls are covered in ice and the river is frozen. On 1/10 we received 10″ of fresh snow. The trails are beautiful with white snow covering the trees. All the ski trails were groomed on Jan 13. Snow cover on the trails is thin in places with roots, twigs, and grass protruding. The center trail sections has the most consistent coverage. The trail loops in the NE the least consistent. Lots of small ups and downs in the trail base. Another good snowfall or 6-12 inches is needed to make for some excellent conditions. The snowmobile trail is covered but hasn’t been groomed. Use caution as there could be shallow logs just beneath the snow cover. It is unlikely the Gooseberry Falls connector trail to the North Shore Trail will be groomed in the near future.

mile 46.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
5″ Snow Depth

We have about a 2 – 3 inch groomed base with tracks for classical skiing. Snowshoes are available for rent at the park office during open hours for $6/pair. We recommend calling ahead of time if you are renting snowshoes to make sure the office is open.

mile 54.9
Open

– Last Update:

January 16

The grooming season has started but with some reservations. There is a lot of snow in some places and not so much in others. As usual the closer you get to the lake the less snow we have to work with on the trails. We still have not much to drag but are trying to pack as much as we can. We still need more snow.

mile 58.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
9″ Snow Depth

We have 9 inches of snow inland from Lake Superior and closer to 4 inches nearshore. Our ski trails are all groomed except for the Palisade Valley Trail. We’ll need more snow before that gets groomed.Our grooming crew reports that there are a few rocks still exposed along the ski trails, but it isn’t too bad.

mile 58.9
cross country ski tips on snowy north shore trail

Flathorn Gegoka Ski & Fat Bike Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 22
3″ Snow Base

Snow conditions were good today, our 8 inches or so is packed to a very firm 3-inch base. We did not run into any rocks, though we still recommend rock skis in case. There are lots of whips in areas but they are thin and don’t cause any drag unless you are in the wetlands where the labrador tea is thick. Strange season indeed.

mile 80.4
snow covered pines and temperance river under footbridge

Temperance River State Park Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 23
10-12″

No groomed trails. The trails are not groomed but provide opportunities for back country skiing and snowshoeing.

mile 82.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 18
12″ Snow Depth

Depth (Base snow depth on trail): 2″+, varies
Snowfall Last 24 Hours: 0″
Snowfall Last 7 Days: 12″
Total Snowfall for the season: 31″
Snowfall Average Depth (Snow depth off trail in the woods): 12″

All trails have been groomed for skate and classic skiing. Even though this is the middle of January, conditions are “early season”, meaning that we need more snow to cover ruts, stubble, and other earthly items. Onion River Road is in the best condition and other portions of the trail have variable conditions, including some dirt showing. Some areas are good and some more challenging. Ski with caution.

mile 90.5
Open

– Last Update:

January 23
16″ Machine Groomed Base

Snow for season: 11″

Open for the season with 3 mountains, 36 primary runs, and 3 sidecountry trails

no snowfall in the past 7 days

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

Lutsen / Tofte Snowmobile Trails

Open

– Last Update:

January 12

All Trails in the Trailbreakers system have been rolled or groomed, except Lutsen Access Trail which will remain closed again this season due to NO Bridge Yet. Trails are in Fair to poor condition, Just Being honest. I plan to ride the system tomorrow.

wintry ski in ski out townhomes at caribou highlands lodge at lutsen mountains
mile 99.6
Open

– Last Update:

January 19
5-9″ Snow Base

Deeryard loop is open in good conditions, other trails are still waiting for more snow.

mile 109.2
Open

– Last Update:

January 18
1-3″ Snow Base
New Snow Last 24 hours: 0”
New Snow Last 7 Days: 4-6”
Packed base depth: 1-3”
Snow depth in woods: 11”
Pincushion Loop, North Advanced Loop, Hilfiker Hill, Morris Maze, Canyon Curves and the B & B Loop have been re-groomed for skating and classic styles. West Overlook has its skating lane re-set.
Conditions are good to very good, considering the low-snow conditions.
mile 109.3
Open

– Last Update:

January 12

Unfortunately we need more snow accumulation before we can start rolling/panning/grooming our trail systems. Our terrain is rocky and the snow amounts are not sufficient to begin yet. We are more than ready & eager to start as soon as Mother Nature sends us more snow, so keep doing those snow dances***stay tuned for updates!*** Happy Trails!

gunflint mile 6.5
cross country ski trail at george washington pines

George Washington Pines Ski & Snowshoe Trail

Open

– Last Update:

January 18

The trail was packed and partially tracked as snow depth allowed. Two trees were also cleared. More snow is needed for regular grooming and packing. Please remember to pick up after dogs on the trail and observe the one-way trail designation. Very small snow base with plenty of lumps, rocks, and grass sticking up. Rock skis recommended.

gunflint mile 25.0
Open

– Last Update:

January 22

New Snow Last 24 hours:  0.0”
New Snow Last 7 days:  4.0”
Trail Base, Staked:  Varies
Snow in Woods, Staked:  Varies
Groomed with classic track:  32 km
Groomed with skate lane:   41 km
Surface Conditions:  Firm track and solid skate deck on lake trails and campground/road loops.
Last grooming day:  1-17-24
Total season snowfall:  8.5”

We groomed everything on the lakes and the campground loop fresh again this morning. These trails groomed up great. Some additional light dustings of snow are expected over the next 48 hours after which we hope to be able to groom Logging Camp and Deer Mouse with a classic, assuming all goes to planned. Rock skis still on those trails while good skiis can be used on the lake and in the campground. Temps are only supposed to get to 34 this week so hopefully not enough to cause any adverse effects. Wind is minimal this week as well. Should be some nice outdoor weather in the coming days.

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.

gunflint mile 41.6
Open

– Last Update:

January 23
7″ Snow Depth

Following a recent snowfall of approximately 1.5 to 2 inches last night, making a total of around 7 inches for the year thus far. The team’s efforts are focused on grooming the trails, ensuring they are primed for your enjoyment. Currently, Little Pine, Big Pine, Overlook, Rabbit Run, Aspen Alley, Cut Across, River Run, and Powerline have all undergone grooming. These trails, while not tracked, boast a smooth corduroy surface. Please be advised that conditions may vary.

A special mention goes to Warrens Road, which is now equipped with freshly groomed Skate Deck and Classic Tracks. Warrens is in good condition and ready for your exploration!

As we eagerly await further snowfall, rest assured that our team is committed to maintaining optimal trail conditions. Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, keep those snow dances going!

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

Grand Portage Snowmobile Trails

Closed

– Last Update:

December 23
sparkling wintry lake superior and ice sheets stacked on north shore

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