Thursday, March 31, 2005

E.J. Croft Yurt Closes for Season

The last ski party of the 2005 winter season spent March 29 at the Croft Yurt. While they had skied in from Gunflint Lodge the day before the warm weather had cause the ski conditions on the Banadad to deteriorate. After spending the night at the Croft and with temperatures hovering in the mid-forties, the Banadad ski condition were so poor they decide to ski out from the yurt along the Moose trail thus bypassing the east end of the Banadad.

With the departure of the last skiers from Croft Yurt the yurt was closed for the season.

Just a note about the Croft Yurt. The yurt log (journal) reads as follows:

"December 22, 1984 2:ooA.M., -15 and getting colder, strong NW winds. E. J. Croft Memorial Hut set-up for first time at Bedew Lake by John Ofjord and Ted Young. We had to truck in yurt materials due to lack of snow. Ice build up from earlier rains on platform floor. "

"January 9, 1985e. First overnighters at the Croft, Ted Young and John Ofjord. Temperature -20."

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