Late March Ski Report

March 15, 2015

Sugarbush TrailWe’re Still Skiing!!!

You don’t really have to bundle up too much when you hit the cross-country ski trails these days.

The above-freezing temps around Tofte are a far cry from the frigid conditions of January and February. Think winter fun is over? Think again. While most of Minnesota is melted out we’ve still got plenty of snow here on the North Shore. You just might have to go back into the hills a little to find the good stuff.

Here in mid-March, the Sugarbush Trail Association still reports three to six inches of packed base on the cross-country ski trails — miles of cross-country ski adventure just up the hill from Bluefin Bay. The three feet of snow that fell this year aren’t going down without a fight. Most of the trails are still rated “good” and the Picnic Loop has a grade of “excellent.” There are soft patches out there to be sure, so anyone who goes out skiing should be careful — especially on the downhill stretches.

In the early mornings, or any times when the snow might have refrozen recently, it’s good to keep an eye out for ice patches. That said, the early morning typically offers some of the best skiing, before the sun gets higher and starts making the trails soft. In many places, the corn snow makes for some excellent gliding.

For the downhill ski/snowboard crowd, the slopes at Lutsen Mountains are still white and good for awesome rides. All of the mountains are operating at full tilt, with all 53 primary runs and five terrain parks open as of March 15th.

What about the Bluefin Bay guided cross-country ski tours? They’re still going out this week. Here’s to hoping that the snow holds. Call us crazy, but we’re still praying for more of the white stuff. There’s still fun to