Archive for the ‘Bearskin Lodge’ Category

City of Lakes Loppet: It’s big plastic tent time again

Friday, February 5th, 2010

City of Lakes Loppet

In 2008 Bearskin Lodge became one of the sponsors of the Hoigaard’s Challenge, three races that are “The ultimate test of Minnesota-ness:”  The City of Lakes Ski Loppet, the Tri-Loppet, and the Trail Loppet.  This weekend the Ski Loppet is being held in Minneapolis and, as has been the case for the past two years, Bearskin will be there. (See http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/city-of-lakes-loppet-or-2-days-in-a-big-plastic-tent/ to read about our first City of Lakes experience.)

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Yoo-hoo, Bearskin — anybody there?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Wondering why we don’t answer the phone today?  Wishing we’d respond to an e-mail you sent this morning?    We are incommunicado at the moment.

The meltdown of a fiber optic cable in Duluth has left much of the North Shore without phone services, including the area’s major internet service provider, Boreal.  We are able to get on the web via our satellite internet, but can’t access our Boreal e-mail or receive phone calls.  It’s been a very quiet afternoon!

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Ski for pancreatic cancer research

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Volks Ski fest

Long-time Bearskin guests all fondly remember Dee Peterson, a very special person who was the face of Bearskin Lodge for many years.  Dee passed away in 2008 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.  http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/a-life-well-lived/    

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12.21.09

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

We’ve been patiently waiting for snow.  OK, maybe the “patient” part isn’t right but the “waiting” part is true.  We’ve been gradually accumulating snow, but it hasn’t been quite enough to create ideal conditions yet.  Skiers are enjoying memorable conditions. Skiing on the lakes has been “once in a lifetime”  amazing. 

The trail report blog is now up and running:  http://bearskintrailreports.wordpress.com     Watch it for regular updates on the conditions.

Visit us at the Outdoor Adventure Expo this weekend!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

If you’re visiting the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis this weekend, stop by the Bearskin booth and say hi to Quinn, Kate, our musher Erik Simula and one of his friendly sled dogs.

Grab a Bearskin brochure –there’s a $50 off coupon secretly tucked in there, good on a new reservation of 3 days or more that can be used by anyone.  Usually we have a coupon like this available for new guests who have never visited Bearskin before, but the Expo coupon will work for anyone.  You can also enter a drawing to win a free stay at Bearskin.

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Fisher cats, and other animal sightings

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Bob saw an unexpected sight today on the porch of cabin 11 — a Fisher.

A forest service stock photo of a Fisher.

No, not A fisherman, although that is also an unexpected sight lately during our cold snap. What Bob found in the screen porch was an elusive, medium-sized member of the weasel family known as the Fisher or sometimes called a Fisher Cat. Similar to a Pine Marten, but quite a bit bigger, it is very rare to spot a Fisher, muchless see one on a cabin porch.

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The 2009-2010 winter ski season

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
October snow on Beaver Dam/Lit Loop

October snow on Beaver Dam/Lit Loop

It’s already snowed on the Gunflint Trail.    Several times, actually.  Only a few snow piles hidden deep in the woods remain now, but it’s been a reminder that the winter ski season is on its way.

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Changing the seasons — plus an appreciative thank you!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

It’s over. We’re coming to the end of the spring/summer/fall seasons and beginning preparations for that very different season at Bearskin, winter. Quinn and Andy have taken out most of the docks, put away the Adirondack chairs, and moved most of the boats into winter storage. Screen windows are coming off, and storm windows are going back on. Cabin 4 and the fish cleaning house have been closed down for the winter.

deep cleaning hallIn the cabins and lodges, Laura, Kate and Rachel are “deep cleaning” – pulling out everything in every cabin to scrub it all spotless. Laura has been through two deep cleanings already, so she’s a bit of a pro. But Kate and Rachel are new to the process and they are, as one of them commented, amazed at what a mess we make in order to get a cabin so clean.

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First snow, but don’t get out the skis quite yet

Friday, October 9th, 2009

snow around birchS 10.9.09

Yes, you heard it right. It snowed on the Gunflint Trail this morning.  It didn’t last long, but for a short time there was a layer of white on every flat surface.  Many of our resort guests awoke this morning to see snow falling outside their cabin windows.

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If you wish a modern city home in the woods for your vacation pleasure…

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

BEARSKIN LODGE

In the land of the Voyageurs

HAY FEVER HAVEN  – NO WOOD TICKS

NO POISONOUS SNAKES – NO POISON IVY

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