On the morning of February 13th Bearskin Lodge will host the “Bearskin Wilderness Pursuit, Man versus Dog” ski race.
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Wow, it's November 26th and it is already real winter on the Gunflint Trail. When the Twin Cities was hit with 12 inches of snow earlier in the month, Bearskin received only about 5 inches. It gave us a wintery appearance, and was enough to give us a start on preparing ski trails, but it wasn't enough snow to get excited about. A few inches of additional snow fell sporadically after that, just enough to require repetitive shoveling.
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.
The forecast for the upcoming weekend includes some colder temperatures, but with the potential for sunny days. The snow continues to be wonderful. Guests repeatedly tell us that the snow is the best it's been in a decade and that the quality of the grooming has been excellent.
As I type this, I'm watching a group of women skiers from Cabin 3 glide by on the lake path. Frost is making the trees along the lake's bank look like white cotton candy today, so right now the skiers appear to be posing for an idyllic Christmas card photo. (Where's the camera, where's the camera? Never nearby when we need it!) To keep up on current trail conditions, check out our trail reports at
There’s nothing indefinite about our weather forecast for tomorrow:
What is it about a Kässbohrer Pisten Bully that skiers love? It has to be one of the most ungainly looking vehicles ever made. Coming down the trail, the pisten bully sounds like a space ship has just landed, and especially in the twilight or darkness, it can look like a prop from "Mars Attacks."
The McCloughan family actually owns 3 pisten bullies. Dave and Barb Tuttle originally bought this one for Bearskin in 1987:
There is remarkable consistency in the questions curious people ask us about buying Bearskin Lodge. The inevitable 2nd question always seems to be whether we were regular Bearskin guests – did we fall in love with the place and decide to stay?
I always feel a little embarrassed to answer, “No,” because we should have stayed at Bearskin. Our family was perfectly designed for a Bearskin stay. Our kids loved the northwoods, our family enjoyed being together, and we had grandparents living then who would have valued the time spent with us. But we were teachers, living for many years on one income while I stayed home with our kids. Decisions were always made based on economics, on how we could get by on the least amount of money. We did a lifetime of fun family trips, but they were always cheap fun trips. We didn’t repeat enjoyable experiences often enough for them to develop into traditions and it was a rarity that our extended family was included.