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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Jan | Dec
Monday, January 25, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Today we re-tracked the entire Banadad Trail, West Parking lot to the East Parking lot. 27km; Tomorrow we plan to re-track the East End Trails. We're making the most of the limited new snow.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Wednesday we finished tracking the Banadad Trail. All segments now tracked. We have only had dusting of new snow but the trail is good shape.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Had a beautiful ski on the east of the Banadad (MLK holiday) as the first skier on a newly groomed trail. No snow in a month so the grooming is appreciated, and grooming leveled out a few spots with lots of moose traffic. Track depth remains 8" with a foot of snow in the woods.
(John Craddock)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Today we re-tracked the Banadad Trail from Mid Trail Junction to the East End Trail Head. Saturday we re-tracked the entire Lace Lake and Tall Pines Trails on our eastern end. Tomorrow we plan on re-tracking the remaining west end segment; Mid Trail Junction to the West End Trail head parking lot.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied the Banadad from West to East today. Still good snow coverage but enough brush and occasional rocks poking up to warrant B skis. Very fast conditions with the light rain that's been falling intermittently. Some of the downhills in the middle of the trail were quite challenging. Plenty of moose activity throughout, but tracks otherwise in good condition. It's a fantastic trail and amazing that they are committed to grooming it!
(John Leaf)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful ski this morning from Lizz Lake portage west ~10 km. There was a moose convention ~8km based on the density of moose tracks...otherwise the grooming is good. Beautiful hoar frost over the last 10 days, some of which has drifted onto the trails. We need snow! Crossing Poplar Lake to the Banadad is treacherous and unsafe with all the patches of slush and chaotic snowmobile trails.
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied part of the Banadad trail and the lace lake trail. Both are in great shape. They were nicely tracked. Very little debris in the tracks. I was on my wooden skis but could've used my race skis for sure. I recommend skiing lace lake trail counterclockwise if you are a beginner skier or have a harder time handling narrow single track. Less downhills as there is not a lot of room to snowplow. It was a beautiful afternoon to be out.
(Caitlin Anderson)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Eastern end of Banadad Trail groomed. Not much new snow but regroomed these segements.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
This evening we finished grooming and tracking all 41km of the Banadad Trail System. Great snow and conditions.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Today we tracked the Lace Lake and Tall Pines trails. 4" new snow, 16" depth in woods, 10" base on trail. Grooming plans: Will be tracking the entire main Banadad Trail Thursday.
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