The longest dogsled race in the lower 48 states, the 400 mile long John Beargrease Race will begin January 30th Duluth
See our Weather & Snow Report page for the latest weather and snow depth reports for ski, snowmobile trail, and winter sports conditions for the North Shore and all around Lake Superior.
For outdoor recreation, snowshoeing hiking trails is our favorite wintertime activity along the North Shore. Many others enjoy downhill skiing at Lutsen or Spirit Mountain, cross country skiing in the state parks and national forest trails, snowmobiling along the many excellent trails the entire length of the north shore, ice fishing, and other winter festival activities.
Below are a few of the Minnesota North Shore winter recreation and events, plus a snow conditions report links, we know are taking place from Duluth, MN to Grand Marais. Some of the dates for winter 2019-20 events have yet to be posted. When they are we'll update our calendar.
Minnesota North Shore Snowboard & Ski Areas near Lake Superior
While this guide book covers a number of the popular North Shore attractions, it also uncovers some "jewels" missed by many North Shore travelers. Even if you've traveled Scenic Highway 61 many times, you may be surprised at the interesting places and things you've missed. 87% of the readers gave this guide 5 stars.
Winter is a great time to enjoy the North Shore; you can see views and sights not easily seen during the other seasons. Here's some North Shore winter recreation photos and scenes from an earlier winter, where we enjoyed a wintertime visit to some of our favorite hiking trails on snowshoes and sampling some of our favorite restaurants. We returned in a later year . . . to catch the John Beargrease Race in January.
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2023
Duluth's amazing Bentleyville Duluth Christmas Lights Village.
Skiing the North Shore
By Andrew Slade, a Duluth resident who has hiked, skied and camped extensively along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. His guide book offers detailed profiles of 35 x-country ski trail systems along the North Shore.
Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.