Archive for the ‘Winter at Bearskin’ Category

Survivor–the power outage edition

Thursday, February 14th, 2008


The New G2

Friday, February 8th, 2008

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:


City of Lakes Loppet … or 2 days in a big plastic tent

Monday, February 4th, 2008


Quinn and I have spent the past 2 days perched on folding chairs in a giant striped vinyl tent near Lake and Hennepin in uptown Minneapolis, talking to hundreds of enthusiastic skiers about Bearskin and the Central Gunflint Ski Trail system.  The event was the which Bearskin helps to sponsor.  Members of our family have regularly participated in this event since its inception in 2003, both as racers and as volunteers, but spending a few days behind our sponsor table at the vendor village left us even more impressed with the Loppet, its participants and its many, many dedicated volunteers. 



Saturday, January 19th, 2008


It's been a very busy day at Bearskin Lodge.  The cookie jar has been emptied to nothing but crumbs, we're down to the bottom of our second big container of free coffee, and the flames from the fire in the big stone fireplace are slowly dwindling to embers.  It was incredibly cold today, with temperatures hovering in double digits below zero all afternoon. I was feeling fairly sorry for people who paid for a lovely cabin or lodge in order to ski over their 3 day vacation, only to end up with bitterly cold weather.


High school ski weekend at Bearskin

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007



The WHS Skiers Arrived Safely

Friday, December 7th, 2007


Let’s ski!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winter.


Waiting for winter

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007



Bad day for birds…and suckers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007


It was a bad morning for birds. Found this little guy hanging upside down in a tree near the staff house, his wiry orange feet still clutching the branch, his beak dripping icicles,  his feathers coated with  snow and his eyes frozen in an icy orange stare. 


First snow!

Monday, November 5th, 2007