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Grand Marais, MN
97k
Skating/Classic
No
No
1 Gunflint Lodge 1 Gunflint Pines 1 Hestons
218-388-2294
218-388-4454
218-388-2243
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45 miles north of Grand Marais. Large system near Canadian border and BWCA. Good mix of terrain with lots of overlooks. Many trails for classical with limited skating (roughly 30K). Three trailside lodges (Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort, Hestons Resort).
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Reports 1 to 6 of 6    Month: Jan | Dec
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail System is in great shape! Our total snowfall for the season is 62.25 inches. I measured a trail base of 11-15 inches, with 21-27 inches of snow off trail. Our trails were last groomed Sunday, the 19th. It was a slightly foggy day today. I skied on parts of the Overlook and West End ski trails.
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(John Silliman)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail System is in breathtaking shape. We have had 53.75 inches of snow this season, with more coming down now. There is a 10 - 12 inch trail base, and 21 - 24 inches of snow off trail. The trails were last groomed on January 10th and should be groomed again soon.
I skied the Big Pine Trail today, and found it to be in great shape. It was snowing, and there was a shallow layer of powder coating the trail.
Photos:
(John Silliman)
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We have exceeded 4 feet of snow on the Upper Gunflint Trail Nordic Ski System! I measured 1.5 inches of snow yesterday, bringing our total for the season to 48.25 inches. There are 23 - 24 inches of snow off-trail, with a trail base of 10 - 11 inches. The last grooming was last weekend. There is just enough new snow on top to showcase some great animal tracks! An Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail Pass is required for use of our trails. It can be purchased at Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort, or Heston's Lodge.
Photos:
(John Silliman)
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We are starting out the new decade with wonderful Nordic skiing conditions. The last snowstorm gave us 7 inches of snow on Dec 29-30. Our total snowfall for the season is 45 1/2 inches. The ski trail base varies from 7-10 inches, and the off-trail snow depth ranges from 17-22 inches. Our trails were last groomed after the majority of the snow had fallen in the last storm. We received a dusting of snow today with hopefully more on the way.
Photos:
(John Silliman)
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
We have had 37 inches of snow this season on the Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trails. The last measurable snowfall was on Sunday night with 2 1/2 inches coming down. Our trail base is 4-7 inches, and the snow off trail ranges from 17-21 inches. The temperature got down to -26 Fahrenheit last night, but is much warmer now. I skied on the Little Pine Trail today. It is in great shape with no visible rocks.
Photos:
(John Silliman)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
The Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski Trails are open for the season! We have a 5 inch base, with 10 - 12 inches of snow beside the trails. With today's inch of snow, we are up to 21.5 inches of snow for the season. The vast majority of trails are groomed. I skied the Big Pine Trail today, and noticed that there are still a few rocks in the trails, so I would recommend using your older skis. Another good snowfall should cover them up. An Upper Gunflint Trail Ski Pass is required for use of our trails.
Photos:
(John Silliman)