Friday, January 20, 2006

The Gunflint's Winter Tracks- Mark Your Calendar


Winter Tracks Festival, February 22-25, 2006
An Opportunity to Experience Classic Winter Fun

Grand Marais, MN: The Second Annual Winter Tracks Festival takes place February 22 - 25, 2006 at a variety of Gunflint Trail locations. Winter Tracks celebrates the best that Minnesota winters has to offer in classic Gunflint Trail tradition. The festival is open to the public and guests of Gunflint Trail resorts, and most of the activities are offered free of charge to registered Winter Tracks participants (registration for Winter Tracks is free).

"We have a great time on the Gunflint Trail every winter, and we always try to share that with our guests," says Shari Baker, president of the Gunflint Trail Association. "Not everyone is comfortable trying a new winter activity on their own, so we'll make it easy for people to sample a variety of winter fun, like snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobile rides none of which require any special skill or preparation- just warm clothes and a willing attitude. Most of the Winter Tracks activities are free, and if they require any special gear, we'll provide it. We just want people to come out and have fun."

In addition to many "intro-to" recreation opportunities, Winter Tracks participants can learn how to carve sculptures from giant blocks of snow (at Bearskin Lodge, Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Pines), take a dog sled ride (Gunflint Lodge), and race through a snowshoe obstacle course (Golden Eagle Lodge and Gunflint Pines). Other activities offered throughout the festival include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile rides and a poker run, broomball, races, a snow sculpture contest, wildlife seminars, guided hikes and tours, a variety of unique dining options and discounts on equipment rental and at gift shops.

The resorts and outfitters of the Gunflint Trail offer a variety of lodging options, plus dining, shopping and plenty of friendly hospitality. Visit http://www.gunflint-trail.com to explore the options. A complete listing and calendar of events can be found on the Winter Tracks web site at http://www.wintertracks.com or for more information by phone at 800-338-6932.

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