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Grand Marais, MN
41k
Classic Only
No
No
1 East End 1 West End
218-388-4487
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32 miles north of Grand Marais. Groomed single track backcountry trail in BWCA Wilderness that connects Central Gunflint Trails with Upper Gunflint Trails. Yurt to Yurt skiing available.
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Friday, March 12, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Conditions were sublime. Skied from the west end 9km in before turning around. Recent snow and trail freshly groomed. Sunshine and mid 20's, perfect.
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(Angie Robinson)
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed/Tracked East End Trails (Tall Pines, Lace Lace, Tim Knopp) and Banadad Trail to the Mid Trail Junction. Plan to groom/track to West End tomorrow. 4-6" of new snow on the trail; heard reports of higher totals near West End.
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Friday, March 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
We skied the Banadad from the west trailhead going east an hour, then back to the west trailhead. The trail conditions are good except for wind-blown tree debris in random patches and a moose convention ~10-15 minutes east of the trailhead. We need snow!
(John Craddock)
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
This afternoon we re-tracked all of the Banadad Trail (27km) East to West. Good snow conditions. We also found what we believe to be a moose bedding site along the trail near the west end. It appears that the moose's weight and body heat melted the snow (second attached picture). Interesting side light to XC ski trails through the wilderness.
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Friday, February 19, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We re-tracked the Eastern trails of the Banadad Trail System Friday (Lace Lake and Tall Pines). Good conditions, weather warming up.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
My wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant ski on the Banadad today. We skied the length of the trail from west to east and overall the trail was in very good condition. There were scattered areas of the trail that moose had trampled but that is a small concession to have an active moose population here. There was some debris (pine cones, small sticks, etc) in the tracks in the forested areas and is the only reason I recommend B skis. A great experience for us today!
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(Steve Andersson)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
We skied the west end of the Banadad. The entire trail was groomed back on the 11th and remains in good condition. The trail has about 12" base and 14-16" in the woods. We encountered a moose convention (tracks, not the animals) around 15-20 minutes east of the west trailhead, or the 1 km of trail west of the first bridge; the trail can be skied but is full of moose activity. We need snow!
(John Craddock)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We re-tracked the entire Banadad Trail Thursday, all 27 km. It has been very cold, good conditions if things warm up a bit. Our east end trails were re-tracked on Feb 5th and we should be doing them again soon.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed/Re-Tracked 15k of the trails on the Eastern End of the Banadad Trail System: Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Tim Knopp and 2 km of Banadad Trail. 2-3 inches of new snow; 8 inch trail, 12 inches off the trail. Too cold to groom the main Banadad today. Picture from today on Tall Pines.
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Monday, February 1, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the Banadad (east end) and Lace Lake Trails today. About an inch of fresh, puffy snow last night so trails were fast. When I came off the Banadad at Poplar Creek guest house two musher teams that were competing in the John Beargrease sled dog marathon went racing by. So cool to see them. The Banadad is a gorgeous trail for classic skiing.
(Flannery Delaney)

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