Archive for November 2012

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.

Support the Banadad Ski Trail Become a Member Today


Autumn is here and the first snow has fallen in northern Minnesota.  It will soon be time to think about cross-country skiing on the Banadad Trail, the longest tracked ski trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA).  Skiers will be traversing this pristine wilderness ski trail in just month or so.

The Banadad Trail Association is an all-volunteer organization formed in 2009 to preserve and maintain the Banadad. All maintenance and trail clearing to keep the Banadad Trail open must be done by hand. Special permission from the U.S. Forest Service allows the trail to be tracked for skiing. Every fall the Banadad Trail Association coordinates volunteers to help get the trail ready for the ski season and in winters the Association supports the tracking of the Banadad.  We are committed to ensuring that the Banadad Trail remains a unique wilderness resource for future generations.

The Trail Association Board invites you to invest in the future of the Banadad by joining the association. Your membership truly does make a significant and meaningful difference.  Last year with the help of your membership dollars the 32-foot, remotely located Banadad Bridge was rebuilt and in spite of the late arrival of winter and early spring the Association’s groomers spent 139 hours tracking the trail. The CO2 that is put into the atmosphere as a result of our grooming and maintenance is sequester in trees that we plant. This year over 500 white and red pines were planted around the eastern end of the Banadad. Without members support, the Banadad Trail would cease to exist.

Membership levels for this year (October 2012 to September 30, 2013) are:

$15 Cook County Residents

$25 Individual

$35 Family

Consider these additional levels of membership to help support the Banadad:

$50 Trail Maintainer

$100 Trail Builder

$250 Founding Member

$500 Lifetime Preservationist membership in the Banadad Trail Association

To become a member, please click on membership, click on the membership form, print out and fill in the membership form and mail it to the Banadad Trail Association, PO Box 436, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or join using your credit card at the membership level you wish by going to

The BTA is a federally tax-exempt non-profit organization allowing your membership donation to be tax deductible.

Be sure to follow the latest on trail conditions on the Association’s website and add your own tales from the trail at on the association’s newsletter – the Banadad Bulletin.

Sincerely, Andy Jenks- President

Chris Matter,  Membership Co-Chair                  Anne Rykken, Membership Co-Chair