There's still snow stuck in the branches of the trees and this morning's temperature was thirteen below. That's two signs that remind us winter is still here and thriving on the Gunflint Trail.
There is a good three feet of snow in the woods providing plenty of recreational opportunities both inside the BWCA and outside of the BWCA. Motors aren't allowed in the Boundary Waters during the winter so if you want to explore the wilderness you must do so by snowshoe or cross-country skis. Canoe country portages look a little bit different when they are covered in snow.
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters also looks different in the winter. Picnic tables that weren't tipped over for winter make perfect snow forts. Snow clings to the rooftops of the bunkhouses and you need snowshoes just to get to them. We invite you to come see for yourself this weekend.
It's the Volksski 400 and although I personally can't participate I want Voyageur to be represented. On February 12, 2011 we're attempting to ski every kilometer of the over 400 kilometers of ski trail in Cook County. You can sign up for different sections and be a part of this awesome event. I'm willing to almost give the lodging away if you're willing to ski.
Here's the deal. For every unique kilometer of ski trail you sign up for and ski on February 12th we'll give you that percentage off of our normal lodging rates. Say you ski 10 unique kilometers and your freind signs up and skis 20 unique kilometers you would get 30 percent off of your lodging. If you have four people and you all ski 20 kilometers of unique trail then you would get 80 percent off! There's over 70 kilometers within ten miles of Voyageur and they are ready and waiting for you. I'm hoping someone will take me up on this great offer so Voyageur can be a part of history.
Come see how winter is thriving on the Gunflint Trail.