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

The Banadad is the BWCA's longest tracked ski trails at 30 km. The Trail is best described as a single tracked intimate trail winding through the BWCA. On the Banadad eastern end is the single tracked 4-km. Lace Lake Trail, the 3.2-km Seppala Trail and the 3.5-km. Tall Pines Trail. The eastern end of the trail system connects with the Central Gunflints Trails and the western end connects with the Upper Gunflint Trails.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16- Some Snow but Need More

Yesterday eleven members of Minnehaha Academy's Nordic Ski Team lead by their coach, Anne Rykken, worked on clearing the west end of the Banadad.. The kids on the team thought the work was great fun.

On the westend there is about 1-2" of snow. Not near enough snow to get onto that end of trail with equipment. However, on the east end the snow measures 3-4 inches. Four inches is almost enough, but not quite enough, to get out onto the trail and start packing. While the snowmobiles are out  packing the packing crew will work on clearing the down trees remaining on the  remote section of the east end just beyond the Logging camp.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Banadad Trail Maintenance Report-21 1/2 Miles Completed-3 1/2 BWCA Miles Left to Complete

  •  Coming up:  There is still about three and one half miles of the Banadad's east side, inside the BWCA (from 1/4 mile beyond the logging camp to the Whoppee 2 hill) that must be cleared. Because of this section's remote location contract groomers will be removing the down trees here when snow condition allow snowmobiles to start the packing (grooming) of the trail.
  • Coming up: November 15-16,  Minnehaha Academy Ski Team. The plan is  to have the ski team cutting brush along the Banadad's west end trail section inside the BWCA. While this area has been cleared the objective with this project is to cut back the brush.
  •  November 1 and 2:  North Star Ski Touring Club- 4 volunteers removed large inactive beaver dam blocking Tall Pines Trail and they cut back bush on the  Tim Knopp Trail
  • October 15:  Banadad Trail Association annual trail workday - 18 volunteers clear down trees (including clump above) blocking trail in first mile west of eastern trail head inside BWCA and cleared side brush west of Lizz Lake Portage outside the BWCA
  • October 15:  All east end trails outside of BWCA were mowed by paid contractors at a cost of $1300. This included the Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and the 3 miles of non BWCA Banadad.
  • October 17 and 18: Two volunteers cleared down trees on the entire west end of the Banadad
  •  October 14-16 and 22 :  Paid contractor cleared side brush and removed hundreds of down trees blocking trail along 2 1/2 miles of the eastern side of the Banadad inside the BWCA. Most of these down trees were in the Meads Lake Prescribed Burn area and were likely blown over during a July storm. The cost thus far is $1621 from the Federal SRS Grant and $512 in match from the BTA. Volunteer labor is not included.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter on the Banadad

Grooming of the Trail ended for this winter- the last time tracks were set on the Banadad was April 6. Two days later skier, marathon runner and retired teacher Judy Ross was the last skier to travel along the groomed trail. Judy is a marathon runner, retired teacher and consistent skier on the trail.  Along with her husband Jim, they own a cabin a few yards from the Trail’s eastern end.



While grooming of the Banadad maybe over for this winter there is still plenty of snow out there to ski- as of Easter morning it is snowing very hard and at the trails eastern end the snow depth  measures 18 inches. So you backcountry skiers and snowshoers what are you waiting for!


Sunday, April 06, 2014

Late Spring Skiing - 10 km tracked

SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 27"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 24"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS: 0"
     GROOM/TRACKED TRAIL -10 km. Banadad to Lizz Lake Portage, Lace Lake and Tall Pines tracked today- April 6
       
Spring skiing get on the trail will it is still there;  temperature is in the mid 40s; tracked will only last a few days.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thirty-Two Measured inches of Snow and Great Spring Skiing

SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 32"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 28"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS: 5"
GROOM/TRACKED TRAIL - Tracked Trails- Lace Lake, Tall Pines and  from the eastern trailhead to Lizz Lake Portage of the Banadad for a total of 11.2 Kilometers of the Banadad Trail System tracked and ready for skiing. Cold AM temperatures and mid to high 20's in the afternoons the last two days. Those that skied yesterday said the skiing was "great."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

East End Retracked

Three inches of snow covered recently tracked trails. The east end - Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and part of the Banadad Retracked today.  Great skiing!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Excellent Spring Skiing

All 41 Kilometers of the Banadad Groomed


SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 28"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 24"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS: 0"
GROOM/TRACKED TRAIL - All 41 km of the Banadad, Lace Lake and Tall Pines Trails are tracked.
 LAST DAY GROOMED:Today-March 13
SNOWSHOE TRAILS: 6 miles of trail open- great snowshoeing

Comments- Heavy drifting snow slowed the re-opening of the Banadad. In the meantime five parties of skiers  broke through and skied the entire untracked trail..

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