Pine Martens are so cute

Pine Martens are so very cute except for when they aren’t. Like the year they decided our outfitting building made a beautiful winter home. We had to trap them and they kept coming back. This one in the cage was not very happy with us.

The one David Johnson captured on film was much happier.

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Skiing in Cook County

The good news is even after all of the warm temperatures and rain we received we still have plenty of snow in Cook County. Here’s a report from the Sugarbush Ski System followed by a report from Lutsen Mountain.

Sugarbush Report February 24, 2017

We finally have cooler temperatures, so grooming has resumed today. We have snow, unlike many other areas of the state.

Onion River Road, Britton Peak small loops, Hogback, and Homestead have been groomed today. Some areas have the track re-set and some not. This is due to the condition of the trail and the groomer’s best judgement for the situation.The Tofte Ski-Down trail has been closed, due to icy and un-safe conditions.

If you want more cross country skiing this winter, we have the snow and trail for you! Details for specific sections of the trail are updated by the groomers when they finish. See

We hope to see you on the trails

Lutsen Mountain Report  WINTER IS WAITING FOR YOU

Winter is alive and well Up North.  With a deep midwinter snowpack, the February thaw had minimal effect on slope conditions.  In fact, the glorious days brought out some record skier visits for the holiday weekend.  Average base around the mountain is still 4+ feet.  Even off-piste there is a couple feet of snow in the woods.  Temps have returned to normal and the long range forecast for March shows temperatures skewing slightly below normal, giving every indication that we are good for skiing daily through April 9th and weekends until May. Time to plan your spring ski vacation!


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Ski Trail at Lutsen Mountain

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Sunrise in Grand Marais, MN

Thanks again David Johnson, I’m so glad you captured this.

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Water Skipping on Saganaga

Maybe not quite water skipping because there was a layer of ice beneath the 4-6 inches of water on top of the ice but it was close.  Cabin owners came down the lake from the Canadian side of Saganaga yesterday and those were the conditions.  Let’s hope for cold temps to freeze it back up and then some snow to make travel enjoyable once again.

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Guess What’s Coming?

A winter storm!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again in May

Rain in February is something I do not like to see. It rained off and on throughout the day on Monday and that combined with the warm temperature made travel conditions quite wet on Saganaga. Matt said there was a good 4-6 inches of standing water on top of the ice!

While the rain did knock down the standing piles of snow there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Until the temperature cools down again cross-country skiing may have to wait along with snowmobiling on trails. It’s a bummer to have such unseasonably warm weather when we all know it’s going to get cold again and snow some more. The perfect winter conditions are no longer perfect but will hopefully be once again and soon.

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Record High Temps and Low Ice Cover

Does this temperature map look like it’s from February? Ughhh, not any kind of February day I want to see, it’s way too warm!  And what about the ice coverage? That doesn’t look good to me either. Bring back a normal Minnesota winter please.

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Sledding in a Canoe, you betcha!

Enjoying some paddling this winter at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.

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Winter Camping in the BWCA

These photos are from a few years ago when Mike went out winter camping. Tom Thulen captured some nice photos and makes it look like so much fun.

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Unseasonably Warm, AGAIN!

The forecast calls for warmer than normal temperatures again. Highs in the upper 40’s and lows above freezing certainly doesn’t feel like February. I prefer it to get cold and stay cold once winter begins, I dislike the big swings in temperatures. The good news is we have a ton of snow and it will stay around unlike other places in the state. I feel really bad for folks who live where the snow is probably going to disappear this weekend with a forecast of temperatures in the 60’s.  We shall see what the weekend brings!

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