Regional Guide

Winter Sports - Boundary Waters
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Drive huskies in the Aspen of dogsledding: Wintergreen, Minnesota. Just southeast of basecamp Ely, Wintergreen sits on a rise above the white-pine-studded shores of White Iron Lake. The area accommodates every level of cold-weather immersion—from lodge-to-lodge mushing to multiweek explorations of Hudson Bay, Ellesmere Island, and the North Pole. A cold-weather trek to Superior National Forest just isn't complete without a dose of backcountry skiing. The Pincushion Ski Trail System, said to be the area's best, offers cross-country skiers a series of trails that vary both in length and difficulty.

Snowshoe the Gunflint. Get in touch with Minnesota's Scandinavian routes with a trip down the Boundary's Gunflint Trail. This 52-mile trail runs from Grand Marais on the shore of Lake Superior through one of the park's most scenic frontiers, the Sawtooth Mountain Range, before edging at the Canadian border. You'll find wildlife, great snow, groomed trails, and log-cabin lodges. Hit the Land of 10,000 Lakes mid-winter and you're more likely to call it the Land of 10,000 icehouses. For a taste of the northern sport of ice fishing, head to Lake of the Woods—one of the first fishing spots in the state to freeze up—or farther south to Mille Lacs, sometimes referred to as the "walleye factory."

Ski yurt-to-yurt along Boundary Waters' Banadad Ski Trail—a moderate rolling path that runs between the Upper and Central Gunflint systems. Don't forget the woolies; temperatures rarely rise above 20 degrees.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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