Banadad Trail Snow & Trail Conditions Report- brought to you by the Banadad Trail Association

The 41 km. Banadad Ski Trail System is accessible from two trail heads, both with free parking; the eastern trail head is located 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail off the Lima Grade; the west end trail head is on the Gunflint Trail at Fire # 10045. In addition to the Banadad the trail system consists of the Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Tim Knapp Trails. The Banadad is the BWCA longest tracked ski trail and likely the longest wilderness tracked ski trail in the USA. For more info call 218-388-4487.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lots of Snow Falls; Banadad Trail Tracked

Snow Fall with in 24 Hours -dusting

Snow Fall past 7 days- seven inches

Snow on the Ground- 29 inches

Trails Tracked- Entire 41 kilometers of the Banadad Ski System tracked.  Banadad (tracked Yesterday), Lace Lake, Tall Pines & Knapp (tracked day before yesterday)

Conditions  - Ski Conditions are Excellent; tracks have a dusting of snow from last nights.For those that want to take on the Banadad. Do it!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Six Inches of News Snow East End Trails Tracked

Snow on the Ground: 28"

New Snow Past 24 Hours: 6"

Tracked Trail: 13 Kilometers - Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knapp and Banadad to Knapp. Tracked yesterday

Conditions: Excellent but cold today; much warmer tomorrow (Friday)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Entire Banadad Open and Tracked

Banadad tracked yesterday- a cold and windy day. Skiing should be excellent except in a few open areas along the trail where drifting snow might have drifted over the trail. Lace Lake & Tall Pines trails tracked today. Cold again today but warmer tomorrow -Saturday

Snow on the 23"

Last Tracked- Thursday and Friday

Conditions Good to Excellent

Sunday, January 08, 2017

More Snow on the Way

While we were going to track the Banadad today but we postpone it due to significant amount of snow headed our way over the next three days. More snow is good but it would not be good if we tracked the trail and the fresh tracks we cover with snow right away. So look for us with the tracksetter later this week.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Skiing Excellent but cold

The east of the Banadad Trails are tracked-Lace, Tall Pines, Knapp and part of the Banadad. Skiing is excellent. We are expecting to track the entire Banadad Sunday when it warms up.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Banadad Ski Trail Opened on East End

DATE: January 1
Trail  Base: 14"
TRACKED TRAILS: 10 kilometers Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Tim Knapp and 3 kilometer east end of Banadad
ADDITIONAL COMMENT: the entire Banadad has been cleared and packed awaiting additional snow to track the Banadad
Trail Maintained and Groomed by the Banadad Trail Association.
for additional information contact 218-388-4487.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Banadad Trails Awaiting More Snow

Maintenance Crews  have cleared most of the Banadad Trail System with only about 1/2 mile remaining to be cleared on the east end near the site of the Ham Lake Fire. The Minnesota Conservation Corp camped four nights on the west end of the trail clearing some 14 kilometer during their stay. Meanwhile thanks to the Northstar Ski Tour Club, the Minneahaha Academy Ski Team, 

Volunteers at Weekend Trail Clearing in October
and other volunteers who thus far have contributed 351 volunteer hours of labor clearing  the trails other 26 kilometers. When a bit more snow fall we should be able to get onto the trail with out trail groomer for a final packing and clearing run before we set trails. 

 Minnehaha Academy Ski Team- the Banadad Beavers

Currently there is about four or five inches of snow. Unfortunately the ground has not frozen yet and there is lots of water on the trail. There is colder weather on the way which should freeze up the water. Then we need snow.


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