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.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Banadad Trails Tracked and in great shape

Yesterday (Thursday, January 29) the entire Banadad Traill System- 41 kilometers was tracked. Skiing is excellent. Enjoy!
MEASURED SNOW DEPTH :20"
COMPACTED SNOW BASE ON TRAIL: 16"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS:   trace
      NEW SNOW PAST WEEK 5"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Banadad re-tracked

  Banadad tracked today- 31 KM,  Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Knapp tracked yesterday.
 
SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 18"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 15"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 1/2"
      NEW SNOW PAST WEEK 1"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Banadad Ski Trail tracking

Banadad re-tracked on Thursday (31 km.) west end trails tracked the previous day. Wind blown snow likely covered much of regroomed trails

Entire Banadad Trail System Tracked- cold and windy weather

Forty one kilometer tracked
SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 18"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 15"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
      NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS : 6"

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Entire Banadad Trail System Tracked- Great Skiing

Forty one kilometer tracked
SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 16"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 13"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
      NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS : 1-2"

While the Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and eastend of the Banadad were previously tracked, the entire 31 kilometers of the Banadad was tracked yesterday. The groomer meet quite a few skier out on the trail. The trail is in pretty good shape for this time of year. There still is some center stubble showing through the snow, particularly on the trail's western end.

The  first Banadad through skier, for this year's season, also occurred yesterday when a skier from Duluth completed the entire Banadad in just over three hours. Not a bad time.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Eastend Banadad Trails Tracked

Sixteen kilometers of the eastern end of Banadad Trails Tracked
SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 18"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 14"
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
      NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS : 11 1/2"

       Great skiing; the  fresh snow really help cover much of the center stubble that was showing through.


Friday, December 12, 2014

First Tracks on the Banadd

 
Skiing Good to Excellent!

SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 8 3/4"
COMPACTED BASE ON TRAIL: 6
NEW SNOW PAST 24 HOURS: 0
NEW SNOW PAST 7 DAYS: 3-4"
     GROOM/TRACKED TRAIL Banadad to Meads Lake Portage 5.4 km and Lace Lake Trail 4 km tracked today. Skiing good to excellent some center stubble poking through the snow. Awaiting for additional snow to track rest of the Banadad.

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.

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