A big holiday present to those waiting to ski Northeast Minnesota’s Banadad Ski Trails. On December 21, trail staff finally removed the last of the brush and down trees blocking the 41 Kilometer of the Banadad Ski Trail system. According to trail staff member, Jim Raml, “while we still have a bit more clean-up of some of the ice/snow cover brush over hanging the trail, at least you can get through. The Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and 4 kilometers of the east end of the Banadad Trails are tracked. Depending on snow condition the remainder of the Banadad should be traced by mid next week.”
Opening of the trail this year was delayed do to a wind storm in October that drop many large trees into the trail and a November rain followed by snow that bent over the side brush into the trail. It took trail crews considerable more time then usual to clear the down trees and side brush.
Most of the Banadad Trails are located within the BWCA and it is the BWCA longest track ski trail. The system is centrally located along the 200 kilometer Gunflint Nordic Trail System. Maintenance and grooming of the Banadad System is provided by Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B .