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Winter Sports Resource & Information Guide


Cook County and the North Shore have extraordinary winter sports venues and activities. 
WTIP lists here many of these winter opportunities, with contacts or links for more information.
To add your venue or activity to this list, email


Lutsen Mountains ski area is open daily, with a total of 52 primary runs and 40 backcountry runs on four mountains served by seven chairlifts. Hours 9:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm weekends and holidays. More information is available by phone at 218-663-7281, by email at, or on the website,


The Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required for use of all public trails. Information about purchasing ski passes, including a list of local agents, is available at

USER SKI REPORTS: For up-to-date information from XC skiers using the trails, visit (scroll to "Minnesota Northeast").

Sugarbush Trails, Lutsen-Tofte
(includes trails between Britton Peak, Oberg, and Moose Fence trailheads)

Information, including detailed trail reports and trail maps, is available on the website,

Norpine Trails, Lutsen
(includes Deer Yard Loops, Pioneer Loops, Hall/Massie Loops, Caribou to Lutsen trails)

Information, including detailed trail reports and trail maps, is available on the website,

Cascade State Park Trails, Lutsen

Information about park trails is available on the Norpine Trails website,

Bally Creek Trails, Grand Marais

Information is available at (scroll to "Bally Creek Cross Country Ski Trails").

Pincushion Mountain Trails, Lower Gunflint Trail

Information and trail maps are available on the website,

George Washington Pines, Lower Gunflint Trail

Information and a trail map are available on the USDA Superior National Forest Website.

Banadad Ski Trails, Gunflint Trail

Up-to-date information is available at 218-388-4487, and additional information and trail maps are available at

Central Gunflint Trails

Information is available from Bearskin Lodge, 218-388-2292,; or Golden Eagle Lodge, Trail passes are required and can be purchased at Bearskin Lodge or Golden Eagle Lodge. A trail map is available at

Upper Gunflint Trails

Information is available from Gunflint Lodge, 800-328-3325,, or on the website,; or from Gunflint Pines Resort, 800-533-5814, Trail passes are required and can be purchased at Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort and Heston's Lodge.


  For North Shore Minnesota Snowmobile Trail and Map Information, visit

North Shore State Trails

Information is available at

Lutsen-Tofte Trails / Gunflint Trails

Information on Lutsen-Tofte trails, Gunflint trails, and other local North Shore snowmobile trails can be found at

Voyageurs National Park
For information on Voyageurs National Park winter ice and trail conditions, visit


Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte

Information is available at 218-663-7977.

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais

The outdoor ice rink and warming house is open, weather depending:

Saturdays:  11 am to 7 pm
Sundays:  1 to 4:30 pm
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:  3:30 to 7:00 pm
Days when school is not in session: 11:00 am to 7 pm

There is no charge for skating. Skate rental is available for a small fee.
Anyone interested in participating in broom ball on Sunday evenings, boot hockey on Tuesday evenings or adult pick-up hockey on Wednesday evenings is asked to contact Diane Booth at 387-3015.

More information is available from Diane by phone or by email at


Grand Marais Rec Park Sledding Hill

Information is available by phone at 218-387-1712, or from