You view a youtub short take ski beginning at the eastend of the Banadad by helmet cam.
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.
A 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 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.
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.
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
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 http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Banadad-Trail-Association.
The BTA is a federally tax-exempt non-profit organization allowing your membership donation to be tax deductible.
Sincerely, Andy Jenks- President
Chris Matter, Membership Co-Chair Anne Rykken, Membership Co-Chair
The Banadad Trail Association held their annual meeting on Sunday, October 21, 2012 and announced the association has reached its fundraising goal to support a trail construction project on the historic ski trail. BTA President Linda Bosma made the announcement to members that the organization met and exceeded its fundraising goal to support a reroute of the west end of the Banadad Ski Trail. The project is the most ambitious effort undertaken by the BTA, which is just over three years old, and will reroute the trail on the west end of the Banadad Ski Trail and improve the parking area to enhance safety for day skiers as they enter and exit the roadway.
The west end of the Banadad crosses private property; a recent change in ownership created the opportunity to explore rerouting the portion of the trail that connects the parking area to the Banadad’s entrance into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This section of trail is most frequently used by local day skiers for in-and-out skiing, but is also popular with “thru skiers” who ski the entire 29 kilometer length of the Banadad from end to end, including those who stay in yurts overnight. The current status of the trail’s west end was in doubt without the reroute and new trail construction. The BTA also plans to improve the parking area to make it safer for skiers as they enter and exit the Gunflint Trail roadway. The project budget is approximately $11,340. To help support this work, the BTA has receive a Trail Connections Grant from the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $7,500. The BTA has raised the remaining project funds, which are required to match the grant support.
“We are so grateful to the many people and businesses who contributed to our fundraising campaign. The outpouring of support we received really demonstrates how many people value the Banadad Ski Trail and its continuation as a recreational and historic resource for cross country skiers who want to experience wilderness skiing in the Boundary Waters,” Bosma said.
Trail Crew on Banadad- Peter Spink, Sue Abrehamsen, Jim Raml, Paul kelnburger, & Karla Miller
Bosma also thanked the crew of 15 volunteers who cleared trail and readied it for the upcoming ski season. Fifteen volunteers, including Cook County skiers as well as representatives from the North Star Ski Association, spent much of the weekend working on trail maintenance. The Minnehaha Ski Team has a maintenance weekend scheduled in November to complete maintenance for the winter. The annual meeting and maintenance work were hosted by Boundary Country Trekking. Trail coordinator Ted Young directed the work crews, who cleared 17 miles of trail over the weekend.
The other item of business at the annual meeting was election of new board members and officers. Andrew Jenks (Stillwater) was elected President, John Bottger as Vice President (Grand Marais), Linda Bosma (Minneapolis) will move to Treasurer, and Barb Bottger (Grand Marais) was re-elected as secretary. New board member Flannery Delaney was elected and Chris Matter (Hudson, WI) was re-elected for another term, to join continuing members Peter Spink (Poplar Lake), Kate Kelnberger (West Bearskin Lake), Anne Rykken (St. Paul), and Wayne Monson (Stillwater). Board members thanked outgoing board members Anne Berberich and Karla Miller, who are not renewing their terms.
Vice President John Bottger summed up the outlook for the coming year: “We have an ambitious workload for the coming year, but we have great cooperation and participation from the new property owners and a dedicated board, so this is a great partnership and an exciting project.”
The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. This work day we plan to hike into the Banadad along the Old Winchell Lake Fire Trail. This trail begins near the Poplar Lake Public Landing then winds through the BWCA to the Banadad just west of the Meads’ Lake Portage. Part of the area where we will be working was heavily damaged by the 2010 Meads Lake Prescribed Burn This burn left many burnt-out trees fallen or precariously close to falling into the trail. We will be removing some these tree then clearing the summers accumulation of brush and down trees along the 3 mile section of the Trail back to the trail’s eastern Trailhead.
According to Ted Young, Banadad Maintenance Coordinator, “since most of the Banadad is within the BWCA where we can not use any power equipment, it take a lot of volunteers working with hand tools to get the Trail ready for skiing. Please join us; we really need your help!”
Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 20, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.
Friends of the Banadad are also invited to the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual meeting at 1:00PM, October 21 at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. Following the meeting a social hour and Potluck Dinner is planned.
For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner contact 218-388-4487
The annual clearing the summer’s accumulation of brush and down trees on the Banadad began in mid August. To date the Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and the Trail’s eastern three miles out side of the BWCA have been cleared.
Terrh Horejsi, BCT employee working, outside the BWCA on the trail between the Lizz and Meads Portage.
After the trails out side the BWCA are cleared of down trees the next step is mowing the center. Again this year Rick Motz and his brush hot equipped tracked Bobcat is on the job.
The Bobcat mowed the Tall Pines, Knopp and most of the Lace Lake Trails. Due to two “mud hole” which the Bobcat could not cross on the Lace Lake Trail there still about 3/4 of mile of the trail that will have to be hand cut with a brush saw.
Also cleared was the one mile at the Trail’s eastern end all of which is within the BWCA. This portion was cleared using hand tools.
Then of course earlier this summer a five person crew from the Minnesota Conservation Corps spend five days clearing three or more miles of a remote interior section of the Trail including where the Ham Lake Fire burned through.
First real snow of the season. It snowed hard for about 10 minutes. This after I incorrectly reported that it had snow one night about a week ago. I was told later that it was sleet. Sorry about that!
The snow did not stay around so you will just have to wait a bit to get those skis out.