Archive for November 2010

Snow Continues to Pile-up on the Banadad

Our first major snowfall of the season on November 13 dumped 5 inches on the trail. Since then we added another six to seven inches of snow. And it is still snowing.  Trail crews are out rolling the Banadad and removing any remaining down trees. When this is completed we will start tracking. While the east end trails should be tracked and ready to ski within days, the remainder of the Banadad we anticipated to be open by mid-December.
Please get your ski pants and boots on and head to the mailbox to renew your membership in the Banadad Trail Association. Form are available on our website at If you have not joined the Association before- Now is your chance!

Your membership funds this year supported extensive clearing of the trail along with keeping it in tip top shape through the winter season (we also were able to purchase a  wonderful new snow grooming machine with a DNR grant). This summer and fall work crews from the MCC (MN Conservation Corps), the USFS and North Stars ski club along with groups of Association members cleared most of trail’s 41 Kilometers.

Key projects for 2011 include:
– rebuilding the ____ bridge
– finishing clearing the final __k of trail needing attention
– rerouting the west end and parking area

The Banadad Trail is in its best shape in years thanks to you. Let’s keep it that way! Join today.

First Tracks on the Banadad

Five inches of fresh snow and it’s still coming down. Some of us can not wait.

November 11, 2010 first tracks

November 11, 2010 first tracks

However, I would advise using your rock skis

Trail Association to Attend Expo in Minneapolis

Midwest Mountaineering’s  Winter Expo is the place to be this month  if you can’t wait for winter.   Expo is scheduled for Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21 at MWM  Store located at 309 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis. We plan to have a table at the show and will be providing information about  skiing the BWCA’s longest tracked trail the- Banadad.

For the Banadad  – this year the Banadad Trail Association with the assistances of volunteers from the Minnesota Conservation Corp (YCC),  North Star Ski Touring Club and local skiers has spent a lot of time clearing the trail. The trail is perhaps  in the best pre-season condition that it has been in years. We now are ready for snow. Let it come!

Join us at the show; then when the snow flies head up to the Gunflint and the BWCA to ski the Banadad.