Archive for January 2010

Poplar to Banadad Loop

Yesterday I skied a loop form Poplar Lake thru Swamp Caribou and Lizz And returned to Poplar via the Banadad. The Lakes are in great winter travel conditions. The portages on theses Lakes have seen a few groups. They can be skied or can be walked without snow shoes. The Banadad despite the lack of snow was in very good condition.

Volk Ski Lodging Special along the Banadad Ski Trail

Cook County’s Volk Ski –400 on January 23


Cook County, between the Gunflint Trail’s three Ski systems, the North Shore and Pincushion Trails, has over four hundred kilometers of groomed trails. To highlight these trails, on Saturday January 23 the county is conducting the Volk Ski 400. Each of the county’s’ ski areas are being asked to have skiers ski their entire system. As part of the event contributions will be accepted to support Pancreatic Cancer Research.

We think this is a great event and it should be lots of fun. You can join in the fun by becoming part of the Banadad’s Volk Ski relay by joining- Team Banadad. Skiers on Team Banadad will each ski a portion of the Banadad’s 39 kilometers. . You choose the portion of the Banadad you wish to ski and hopefully together the team will be able to cover the entire trail system.

Lodging along the Banadad Ski Trail at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B and Cabins available at 30% off  and Boundary Country Trekking will pay the $10 registration fee for all Team Banadad participants. All participants will each receive a colorful T-shirt. While this is not a race, skiers will be asked to time their treks. Times will then be posted that day at Poplar Creek Guesthouse and on website.

Also Donations will be accepted for Pancreatic Cancer Research at trail check-in areas and a Volks Ski 400 pin is your gift for your donation. Skiers are encouraged to dress in purple to show your support!

To Sign up for Team Banadad email us at or call 218-388-4487.

new snow

It is snowing today. We are expected to get two inches. I skied out the Banadad and on the Lace Lake trail this week. It did not look like anyone had skied more than a few k past the Meads Lake portage. The trail was hard and fast. Lace Lake was also fairly fast the ups and down of the hills were fun. I saw wolf tracks on the trail west of Meads Lake.

Best ski of the new year!

Five of us skied from the Guesthouse today, about an hour west on the Banadad and it was absolutely perfect!  We waited until after lunch for it to warm up to -10 but then couldn’t wait any longer! The snow was a bit slow/cold but the wind was nonexistent, the snow was hanging on the trees and one of us saw an otter scurry across the trail. I ran into a few friends and enjoyed a short chat. It was definately the best ski I’ve had this year.