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.
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Winter disappeared on the Gunflint Trail rather suddenly. We didn't expect that.
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:
This fall Bearskin has two employees who are eagerly awaiting the first snow — not counting Andy and Quinn who are also impatiently hoping for snow, mainly so they can play with all the big, burly snow equipment. Our new employees Laura and Megan come from Florida and Louisiana, where obviously snow is not a typical part of their life experience. For them, the first time that it actually snows here on the Gunflint Trail will be a noteworthy day.
Earlier this week we almost had something for them – a cold rain was falling and if you looked carefully, you could imagine occasional hard-edged drops that almost passed for flakes. Laura and Megan counted it as snow, and by Down South standards it might have qualified. But we knew better.