Every cabin or lodge at Bearskin has its prime season, a time of year when its invariably booked solid. Oddly, it’s not the same for all of them. The lodge units fill up slowly during the summer, but during ski season in January and February they are by far the most popular. Cabin 4 fills up with fishermen in May and June, and cabin 2 is always busy during honeymoon seasons. Cabins 1 – 11 are booked nonstop during summer, but then Cabins 9,10, and 11 continue to be reserved a year ahead for autumn. Bearskin was designed to have the perfect cabins for each unique season.
Traditionally Bearskin sets the final winter rates in October. We aren’t done figuring them out yet, but as anyone could guess in this economy, the increasingly high costs of the fuel and electricity for this winter concern us greatly. Bearskin is the finest ski destination in the Upper Midwest, but that experience of living and skiing in a winter paradise requires a lot of energy use. We’ve discussed closing some cabins, fuel surcharges and all sorts of options we don’t like, without settling on anything but this: it’s foolish to heat unused cabins over the winter — either close them or encourage people to enjoy them.