What are best ski areas around Lake Superior?

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What are best ski areas around Lake Superior?

Postby LewLasher » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:40 pm

I'm thinking of doing a trip around Lake Superior, where I would sample some of the best cross-country ski areas in Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP, and Ontario.

Almost all of my skiing has been in New England and Quebec, so I've long been interested in trying out the skiing in a different region. I'm not sure I'd get around to actually doing the Lake Superior trip in 2009, but I'd like to start planning by getting an idea of which places I'd want to go to, and then I can figure out how many days the trip would take.

I'm interested in trail networks with at least 25 km of groomed trails. Ideally with something interesting - scenery or challenging terrain - so that the trip doesn't get too boring. I don't feel like I need to ski at every ski area, just the really good ones.

I did some quick Web searches to get some ideas of places to ski around Lake Superior: Grand Marais, Minnesota seems to have lots of trails. Not sure about Duluth, but Superior seems to have some trails. Then, of course, there's the American Birkebeiner trail. In Michigan, there seem to be trails around Ironwood and Munising. And in Ontario, there are trails in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie, but I'm hard pressed to find anything in between.

So, please let me know what you think are the skiing highlights of this region. Thanks.

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Postby enevala » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:46 am


Here are some links that may be useful:

http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/ski/lis ... gion=ne-mn

Skinnyski has a pretty comprehensive list of ski trails in MN (well pretty much the upper midwest). There are some good options in the Duluth area, I've just never had the opportunity to ski any of them.

Some personal favorites in other parts of the region:

In MN:
Sugarbush Trail System: http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/
Central Gunflint Trail System: http://www.gunflint-trail.com/planner/m ... kimap.html
Upper Gunflint Trail System: http://www.gunflint-trail.com/planner/u ... kimap.html

In MI:
Lower Noquemenon Trail: http://www.noquetrails.org/
Keweenaw Trails (Tech, Maasto Hiito, Churning Rapids, Swedetown): http://www.keweenawtrails.com/nordic.html

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Postby Askel » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:41 am

enevala wrote:Keweenaw Trails (Tech, Maasto Hiito, Churning Rapids, Swedetown): http://www.keweenawtrails.com/nordic.html

+1, plus it's just a great place to visit as well. I'll even show you around.

(If you don't mind going slow) :D

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