There are many ski trails in the Brainerd Lakes Area; many of which are groomed Grant-In-Aid funded trails. To “legally” ski any GIA funded trail, cross country/Nordic skiers aged 16 years and older must purchase a MN Ski Pass. A non-pass holder can be sited by any Conservation Officer if caught on these trails without a pass. The Annual and 3-Year passes can be purchased at any ELS (Electronic Licensing Station) station (if they sell fishing licenses, etc., they will sell ski passes) and the Daily can be purchased from a variety of non-ELS providers. The Northland Arboretum is one provider in our area that sells the daily pass.
The Northland Arboretum contains trails for all experience levels. These trails are groomed for classic and skate.
2/11/21: Groomers have been able to get out and work on the skate lanes most days so that has been maintaining a good skiing surface. Classic track was set some time ago. Still good solid track but starting to collect leaves and other tree debris. At least the leaves don’t stick to green kickwax as much as they do to violet. Northstar trails have not been groomed in a while so are harder, but skiable, with a few micro dustings of new powder on the surface. Some thin-dirty areas mostly on Potlatch and Big Ben.
The Pine Beach Ski Trails are both classic and skate and include trails for all abilities.
2/11/21: The Lakes Area has received about 16″ of snow this season. We regroomed the West side of the trail system on 1/26/21, the trails are very hard and icy. The trail that runs on the “Classic Golf Course” needs another 4”-6” of snow to groom. We will not be grooming this week unless we get an inch or more of new snow.
Thank you to the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club, Skinnyski.com and Mark Kavanaugh for their reports.
MOUNT SKI GULL:
We offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing in one convenient location. Helping our community to become a better place to live has been our guiding principle for 50 years. Mount Ski Gull’s mission is to provide challenging activities in a fun and healthy environment which empowers youth to develop confidence, competency, and compassion.
Skiing & Snowboarding: Lift Tickets & Rental must be purchased PRIOR TO ARRIVAL!
Runs Open: All
Lifts Open: Chairlift, BH Magic Carpet, TP High Speed Rope, Tubing Magic Carpet
Tubing (masks required): All tubing tickets must be purchased ONLINE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL!
Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association Clubs 2/12/21: The Brainerd Lakes Area has only received about 16″ of snow this season so needless to say the trails are not in terrific condition. The lack of snow and temperatures with highs at the below zero mark have made any attempt at grooming difficult, so for now, the clubs have suspended grooming operations. However, some of the clubs have reported decent riding in the wooded trails. Also, remember that the “Line 3” pipeline construction is going on in the Backus, Emily area so use caution.