With eight inches of snow on the ground, the trail groomers are busy packing and tracking the 180 kilometer Gunflint Nordic Trails. Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B which operate the Banadad Trail System has packed their entire trail system. Starting at the B&B the system's first five kilometers are tracked. A few skiers have been out and the word from these skier is the skiing is great and with the fresh snow on the trees the Banadad is beautiful.
Groomers are now awaiting more snow to complete setting tracks on the Banadad. More snow is predicted in the next few days.
The Banadad's first skiers this fall - Kathleen and Rus Vinton , former co-directors of Adventurous Christians on the Gunflint Trail and who now make their home in Grand Marais skied from the eastern trailhead out and back about 10 kilometers. While trail crews are still working on the trail and tracks of not yet been laid-down, the Vintons said the skiing was "great." and the trail beautiful. It is anticipated that the trail work will be completed by the end of next week.
When the trail work is complete the Banadad will be tracked with the next snowfall.
Boundary Country Trekking's Lodge to Lodge Ski programs appears as a featured article in the November issue of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. The article entitled, "All Play and No Work," by Greg Breining describes both the Gunflint Nordic Trails' and Northshore Mountain Trails' Lodge to Lodge Ski programs operated by Boundary Country. According to Barbara Young, Lodge to Lodge trip coordinator, "If you enjoy skiing and you want to see as many of the great ski trails and lodges we have in northeast Minnesota, Skiing Lodge to Lodge is the way to go!"