Trail Spotlight: Banadad Ski Trail
Snow is stealing the spotlight this week on the Gunflint Trail. Sunday’s snowstorm deposited 5-13″ of snow on the Trail and the upcoming snowstorm predicted for Tuesday night and Wednesday is expected to drop 5-8 additional inches on the Trail. It looks like the Gunflint Trail community will be spending its extra day this leap year shoveling!
The fresh snowfall improves the conditions on all Gunflint Trail’s already snowy recreation trails. One trail to consider as you ponder your options in this winter wonderland is the Banadad Ski Trail.
The Banadad is the longest tracked ski trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The 29 kilometer single tracked trail meanders through the woods from Loon Lake to the mid-Trail region south of Poplar Lake. The Banadad links the Upper and Central Gunflint Trail ski systems and is carbon neutral.
You’ll need a couple pieces of paperwork before you embark on the Banadad: 1) A Minnesota Ski Pass and 2) A completed (and free) BWCAW day use permit. The Banadad Trail Association has regular trail clearing gatherings and does a great job of maintaining the trail throughout the year. Grab those skinny skis and head out on an adventure!
P.S. There’s still time to dye Gunflint District Ranger, Dennis Neitzke’s hair pink! Neitzke, of the U.S. Forest Service, Superior National Forest, has gamely put his head on the line for some lighthearted fun which raises money for a very serious matter, breast cancer research. It’s all part of the sixth annual Mush for a Cure. If Neitzke can raise $5000 by March 1, he’ll dye his hair pink for the days leading up to the March 9-11th event. You can donate to the cause here.