Cross-Country Skiing

Since the mid-1970’s Bearskin Lodge and the Central Gunflint Ski Trail System have been among the top cross- country ski destinations in the nation. More than 70 K of expertly groomed ski trails start at your cabin and wind through the Superior National Forest and the BWCA wilderness area.  No “hamster wheel” of repetitive skiing here — you can stay for days at Bearskin Lodge and never ski on the same trail twice. 

Our trails are designed for skiers of many levels. Start out learning to ski on the Lit Loop, Campground Loop or Summer Home Trail and work your way up to the challenging, hilly skiing of Bear Cub Trail.  Our extensive trail system offers entertaining terrain for skiers at every level.  Click here to find system maps, pictures, and current trail reports.

The Central Gunflint Ski Trail System is maintained by both Bearskin and Golden Eagle Lodges.  Together we have two Pisten Bully/Snow Cats, as well as a Tidd Tech G2 snowmobile groomer for use in lower snow conditions.  The Central Gunflint Ski Trail System is 100% maintained and funded by these two resorts, and receives no state or federal funding for its operation.  

A ski pass is just one of the perks you receive when you stay at Bearskin or Golden Eagle Lodges. A complimentary daily ski pass is provided for all registered guests staying at both resorts.  The information that follows about ski pass prices does not apply to guests staying at Bearskin or Golden Eagle; you do not need to pay for passes when you stay with us.  Skiers staying at other resorts or at Grand Marais hotels will need to purchase ski passes.


Maps and current trail reports for the Bearskin Lodge and the Central Gunflint Ski Trail System.


Ski passes for area residents or guests from other resorts

Our ski trails are a top destination for skiers from many other resorts in the Grand Marais, Lutsen, and Gunflint Trail areas.  We have been fortunate to generally receive snow even when other areas closer to the North Shore have low snow years or melting.  Although we are only 26 miles from Grand Marais, our higher elevation means we are often affected by different weather systems than Grand Marais and Lutsen.

Skiers who are not staying at Bearskin or Golden Eagle are welcome to ski on our trails.  A daily pass is $18/day, $12/after 1 PM, or $36 for a 3-day pass.  Children from ages 7-13 may ski for $8/day, $6/after 1 PM, or $18 for a 3-day pass.  Skiers who will be in the area often may prefer to buy a season pass for $100 ($40 season rate for children ages 7-13).  There is also a discount season pass rate for Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department members. 

Your ski passes help to pay for the extraordinarily big job of maintaining such a large trail system.  Minnesota state ski passes do not apply here, as the state does not help fund any of our trail maintenance or grooming.  To get your daily ski pass, stop in at the front desk of either resort.  Keep your ski pass attached to your jacket, or easily accessible.  The trails are patrolled by our staff members. 


School ski teams and groups

We welcome ski teams if we have the room and conditions to accommodate them.  No matter where you are staying, please call Bearskin Lodge or Golden Eagle to discuss your ski team visit.  Our trail system is 100% privately maintained, so we reserve the right to deny a group access if they have not contacted us first. (And you know that’s not something we really want to do, so please — it’s so easy, just give us a call to make arrangements if you’re coming!)