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Barb Gecas on Cover of Minnesota Trails Magazine

Hestons Lodge and Banadad Trail Association Board member Barb Gecas is on the front cover of the current Minnesota Trails Magazine. Her daughter is following her in the picture.

Barb Gecas and daughter on Gunflint Nordic Trails

Barb Gecas and daughter on Gunflint Nordic Trails

Help Clear the Downed trees on the Banadad

GiveMn-Give to the max day -November 13

A wind storm this summer dropped hundreds of trees down across the Banadad within the BWCA. We are working on clearing these trees .

While the Banadad Trail Association recently received a $5,000 grant from the US Forest Service to help pay for this work, we have to match those funds with 35% of that amount in order to access the funds. The Banadad Trail Association needs your help so we can clear the remaining 3-4 miles of Trail and get the Banadad open for skiing this winter.

We are turning to outdoor enthusiasts, skiers, and other who love the Banadad Trail and asking if you can help support this work with a donation.  If you are able,  please donate to the Banadad Trail at Giving to max day – November 13 –  GiveMN.  Thanks

Look for Great Weather this Weekend

Finally after many days the cold weather cycle has broke. Tomorrow the temperature should go above zero. Then we are looking at a even warmer weekend. Skiing should be great. Plan on skiing the Banadad.

More Snow on the Gunflint

Another 4-5 inches of snow fell last night. This was on top of what we had before. Hopefully the Banadad will be open earlier this year then the last few years. Think more Snow!Banadad Trail- Nov 10, 2013

Protect our Winters

Thought this organization info  I received recently from Roger Lohr  might interest some of you- thanks, Ted Young

Campaign Cause

On April 11, cross country skiing’s racing celebrity Kikkan Randall joined 74 other snow sport icons in signing a letter to President Obama to urge action on climate and energy with the organization “Protect Our Winters” http://protectourwinters.org/athleteletter-2279. Is it time for the xc ski community to get on board with these issues that threaten our passion and livelihood?

And as always, I’m looking for newsworthy info about events, programs, and special offers for the spring and summer to post on the What’s Happening Page and Hot Topics Page; so drop me a line. I’m trying to promote resorts on the site and secondarily, in my anxiety-driven existence, I probably try too hard to keep the regional What’s Happening columns (east, central, and west) somewhat even…

Best wishes, Roger Lohr,  XCSkiResorts.com

Spring on the Banadad Trails

April First and this is not an April fools joke. The skiing is great!

April 1, 2013- skiing the Banadad Trails

First Skiers of the Season through Banadad

Three intrepid skiers from Duluth were the first to ski the entire Banadad this winter season. After spending a night at the Tall Pine Yurt the trio skied the 19 kilometers to the Croft Yurt where they stayed their second night. The weather cooperated the first day’s ski and the track was fairly good. However by the second day’s ski the temperature rose into the thirties and it began to rain. The trail which had some center stubble showing through even before the rain began to deteriorated.   One of the three skiers remarked that until there is fresh snow on the Banadad, “skiers should plan on using their old skis.”

Snow is forecast for today.

New Ski Manual by Rykken

9780736097017_zoomA recently published book by Anne Rykken, Banadad Trail Association, Board of Direct and Minnehaha Academy ski coach, written in collaboration with Bridget Duoos, Teaching Cross Country Skiing is an important read for anyone teaching Nordic skiing to children and young adults. Reviews on Amazon and in the December 2012 ,Cross Country Skier Magazines states;

“Whether you are new to teaching cross-country skiing or an experienced instructor, Teaching Cross-Country Skiing has everything you need for delivering a fun and successful learning experience for children and young adults. This complete teaching tool offers foundational information, teaching aids, and 30 detailed lesson plans aligned to current National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards. Cross-country skiing offers an excellent opportunity to get out of the gym and beat those winter blues! Easy on the joints and offering benefits for the cardiovascular system, muscular development, and coordination, cross-country skiing is an activity that both young and old can enjoy. (for more information on book  click on to continue)

First Tracks

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First tracks of the season- 7 km. from the Banadad’s eastern trailhead to Meads Lake Portage.   We have about 6 inches of snow in the woods and about 2-3 of base. But  it it is snowing today.

New Snow Last Night

Last night eight inches of fresh snow fell on the Banadad. We will have to wait a few days for the snow to settle and the ground to freeze before we can get out and  start opening the trail. But get your skis ready.