BOUNDARY COUNTRY TREKKING
Yurt to Yurt Skiing
Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN
Ski the Boundary Waters'(BWCA) longest tracked cross country ski trail — the Banadad Ski Trail, staying overnight in yurts. The Tall Pines Yurt is at the Banadad's eastern trailhead. The Croft Yurt and Olga Hut are near the trail's center at the Bedew Lake Yurt Camp. From the Tall Pines Yurt to the Bedew Lake Yurt Camp it is a 19 Kilometer Ski; from the Yurt Camp to the western end of the Banadad it is a 12 Kilometer ski.
For centuries, the people of the Mongolian plateau have found yurts to be comfortable, convivial dwellings. These round, peaked-roofed, canvas-covered huts are warm and cozy. Each comes equipped with a wood-fired stove, dishes and utensils, pots and pans, LP gas stove with oven, prep area, dining area, sleeping bags and bunk beds. An outhouse is nearby. The Tall Pines yurt even has a wood fired Finnish sauna. While you ski the Banadad, your gear and food are transported for you and your car is shuttled to the end of the trail.
On the Banadad Ski Adventure, the yurt host not only shuttles in your gear but brings in our food for you to reheat. The Croft yurt specialty is Meat Chili. The Tall Pines yurt specialty is the Mongolian fire pot — a delicious fondue of vegetables and meats cooked in a savory charcoal-heated broth, served with Oriental condiments by our yurt host. The Firepot is available for a minimum of six persons. Our yurt hosts do not stay overnight at the yurts.
Or can also take advantage of the cost savings of the "Yurt on Your Own" package, where you provide your own meals and tend to the camp chores.Maps and Information
Meals included. At the Tall Pines yurt, we provide the yurt host who serves the Firepot supper. The dinner at the Tall Pines yurt is our Mongolian Fire Pot dinner for a minimum of six persons. Breakfast is at the nearby Poplar Creek Bed & Breakfast. At the Croft yurt, the hut host brings in your meals for you to reheat. The hut host does not stay overnight at the yurts.
Ski the entire Banadad, staying overnight at the Croft Yurt halfway along the trail and the Tall Pines Yurt on the eastern end. At the yurts, we provide sleeping bags, towels, your gear transfer and car shuttle. You can also add a night at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast.
|Rates:||2-3 people||4-5 people||6+ people|
|2 nights:||$375 / person + BTA associate membership||$310 / person + BTA associate membership||$250 / person + BTA associate membership|
|3 nights:||$460 / person + BTA associate membership||$390 / person + BTA associate membership||$300 / person + BTA associate membership|
Housekeeping / two nights yurts.
Includes one night at Tall Pines yurt and one night at the Croft Yurt, sleeping bags, towels, gear and food transfer and car shuttle. You provide your own meals.
|Rates:||First 4 people||Each extra person|
|Mid-week:||$325 + BTA associate memberships||$50 + BTA associate membership|
|Weekend / holidays:||$360 + BTA associate memberships||$50 + BTA associate membership|
Housekeeping / two night minimum stay.
Includes sleeping bags, towels, your gear and food transfer to and from the yurt. You provide your own meals. For more information and reservations and non-winter rates, see the Tall Pines Yurt page.
|Rates:||2 people||Each extra person|
|Mid-week:||$90 / night + BTA associate memberships||$25 / night + BTA associate membership|
|Weekend / holidays:||$105 / night + BTA associate memberships||$25 / night + BTA associate membership|