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Minnesota's North Shore has nearly 200K of groomed cross country trails winding through the woods.  Some consider these trails among the best in the country.  The North Shore area includes the Sugarbush Trail Association, Lutsen Mountains Nordic Center, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park, and the Norpine Trail Association.  Come ski the varied terrain, enjoy the abundant snow, and view the spectacular scenery!

Sugarbush Trail Association - Cross Country Skiing Minnesota's North Shore

Sugar Bush / Britton Peak, Tofte

Trail Conditions Updated 4/5/14

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Fresh Snow: 6-8" in last 24 hours, 10" in last 7 days Base: 20-30" Woods:  ?"

Comments: 

Summit, Piece of Cake, Wood Duck, and Bridge Run groomed for skate and classic 4/4.  Britton to Oberg Connector groomed for classic and skate 4/4.

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***85" of snow Winter 2006, 76" for Winter 2008, over 140" in Winter 2009, 41" in Winter 2010, 107" Winter 2011, 40" Winter 2012, 58" Winter 2013, and 132" so far this season.***

Report Courtesy of the Sugarbush Trail Association, and Bill Lane

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Norpine Cascade State Park Cross Country Trail Conditions

Pioneer Trail / Deer Yard Lake, Lutsen

Trail Conditions Updated 3/30/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, 4" in last 7 days Base: 12-20" Woods: ?"

Comments:  Perfect grooming, great tracks, tons of snow.  Should be plenty of skiing left on this beautifully groomed trail system.

 

Deeryard Main Loop groomed for classic 3/28.  Short Loop and Fire Tower groomed 3/28.  Pioneer loops groomed for classic 3/15.  Ridge Run and Lookout groomed for classic 3/28.

 

 

 

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Total snowfall for this season:  120+" (39" in Winter 2012)

 

Report Courtesy of Cascade Lodge, Norpine Trail Association, and the Lutsen-Tofte Trail Association

Onion River Road Nordic Trail Conditions

Onion River / Oberg Mountain, Tofte

Trail Conditions Updated 4/21/14

Fresh Snow: ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base: ?" Woods:  ?"

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Comments:   Still skiable as of 4/21.

Britton to Oberg Connector Trail groomed for skate and classic 4/4.

Oberg Loop and the Onion River Road were groomed for skate and classic 4/4.

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Reports Courtesy of & the Sugarbush Trail Association, Bill Lane, & the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association 

Moose Fence and Picnic X-Country Trail Conditions

Moose Fence & Picnic, Tofte

Trail Conditions Updated 4/6/14

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Fresh Snow: 6-8" in last 24 hours, 10" in last 7 days Base: 20-30" Woods:  ?"

Comments:   Great spring conditions at Moose Fence.  Slow soft conditions with some ice but very ski-able. Perfectly groomed trails.

Picnic Loop was groomed for skate and classic 4/4.  Moose Fence Upland Loop was groomed for skate and classic 3/28.   Moose Fence Maple Loop was groomed for skate and classic 4/4.

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Reports Courtesy of the Sugarbush Trail Association, Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association, Sawtooth Outfitters, and Lutsen Resort.

Lutsen Mountains Nordic Snow Report

Lutsen Nordic Center

Trail Conditions Updated 4/27/14

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Fresh Snow:  0" in last 48 hours, 12" in last 7 days Base: 18-36" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  Alpine is still open on weekends.

We plan to operate one lift on Eagle Mountain with 12 15 runs for an additional two weekends weather permitting. Bridge lift is scheduled for April 26 & 27 and May 3 & 4, providing a selection of green, blue and black diamond runs.

New for alpine, the installation of a new Leitner-Poma six passenger high-speed chairlift on Moose Mountain brings big change for Lutsen downhill skiers and snowboarders. Replacing the fixed-grip double Caribou Chair, the new detachable Caribou Express triples the lift capacity from the load station and reduces the 10 minute ride to a quick 3.5 minutes.

Lutsen Mountains cross country ski pass is required, and can be purchased at the ticket office.  The pass includes lift access to the cross country trailheads.  Lutsen Mountains has 4k of trails around Ullr Mountain.  Report Courtesy of Lutsen Mountains.

North Shore State Trail - Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Marais MN

North Shore State Trail

Trail Conditions Updated 4/3/14

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Temperance River: Base:  12" Woods:  35"
Sawbill Trail: Base:  12" Woods:  35"
Barker Lake: Base:  12" Woods:  34"
Pike Lake: Base:  12" Woods:  31"
Gunflint Trail Base:  12" Woods:  35"

Comments:   

The section of trail from the Martin Road to Finland has been groomed. This section is in good condition; these conditions will change due to use & the weather. Expect spring riding conditions.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc  - Use caution, this is a multiple use trail with mainly snowmobile traffic.  This trail is not groomed for cross country.  It is specifically groomed for snowmobile. 

Report Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR   -Click Here for Finland Area, or here for Snowmobile Conditions

Cascade River State Park - Cascade Lodge - Cross Country Ski Trails

Cascade River State Park, Lutsen

Trail Conditions Updated 4/6/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:   10-18" Woods: 16-26

Comments:  

Cross country ski trail grooming has ended for the season but there is still a lot of snow out on the trails! You are still welcome to ski and snowshoe as long as we have the snow. Check out the ice along the falls while it lasts. Come up to Cascade River for your winter adventure!

Snowshoes are also available for rent at the park office.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of Cascade Lodge, Minnesota DNR, and the Lutsen-Tofte Trail Association

Temperance River State Park Trail Conditions - Schroeder, MN

Temperance River State Park, Schroeder

Trail Conditions Updated 4/17/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  6-12"

Comments:  The inland hiking trails away from the Wayside rests and gorge area have anywhere between 6-12 inches of snow covering them. Bringing snowshoes would be a wise decision if you plan to venture inland. Watch out for ice on the heavily-used trails and parking lots due to frequent freeze/thaw cycles this week.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Book your lodging today!  AmericInn offers free breakfast, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, and all rooms have fridges and microwaves.  AmericInn is located in Tofte, near the Temperance trails, and is only 10 minutes from Lutsen!

Report Courtesy of Minnesota DNR

Massie, Hall, Whitesides, Deertrack, and Trapper Pass Trail Conditions

Massie, Hall, Whitesides, and Deertrack Loops & Trapper Pass

Trail Conditions Updated 3/28/14

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Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours,  ?" in last 7 days Base: 12-20" Woods: ?"

Comments:   Excellent spring skiing!

 

Hall and Massie groomed for classic and skate 3/22.  Whitesides and Deertracks groomed for classic 3/22.


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Report Courtesy of Solbakken Nordic Resort

 

Sawbill Campground

Trail Conditions Updated 2/7/14

 

Fresh Snow:  0" in last 24 hours, 2" in last 7 days Base:  20" Woods:  30"

Comments:   Groomed for classic.

 


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Report Courtesy of Sawbill Outfitters and Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association.  4.8K of Classic trail suitable for beginners on up.  Trail head is at the very end of the Sawbill Trail, 24 miles North of Tofte.  No pass required, and no charge for use.

 Bally Creek Ski System Cluster - 25 K of cross country trails

Bally Creek Cluster

Trail Conditions Updated 3/23/14

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:   Groomed after the last snow - perfect classic tracks. Beautifully groomed trails - maybe the best all season.

 
Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of Bear Track Outfitters and Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association.  Bally Creek's 25km of trails are located about 6 miles southwest of Grand Marais. Take Co Rd 7 west to Co Rd 48, then follow Co Rd 48 to Bally Creek Road (Forest Service Road 158).  Please do not snowshoe on the groomed trail or ski with dogs.  There is a one kilometer trail for skijoring with your dog and it starts off of the lower public lot.  Trails require the MN Ski Pass.

 

Judge Magney State Park

Trail Conditions Updated 4/6/14

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  14" Woods: 16-24"

Comments:   Trails are not groomed at this park but are open for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. Ice formations along the Brule River are changing daily. This park is the place to be on the North Shore for a quiet winter escape.


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Report Courtesy of Minnesota DNR

 
 
   
 

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