Monday, November 20, 2006

Twin Cities' Ski Club Works on New Loop Ski Trail

Members of the North Star Ski Touring Club, a Little Ollie Lake cabin owner and Boundary Country Trekking staff spent two days cutting open the remaining sections of a new ski loop off the south side of the Lace Lake Ski Trail.

Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B provided lodging for the club and supervised the trail work.
According to trail administrator, Ted Young, "while the new trail is cleared there is still some additional brushing to be completed before the trail will be usable. This new 3.7-kilometer loop trail will allow skiers to ski in and out of the Tall Pines Yurt along a tracked trail from two different directions. Previously skiers had to ski the 1+ kilometers to the yurt along the untracked yurt service road. The trail will also provide another trail option for skiers traveling along the Lace Lake Trail. It is anticipated the remaining work on the trail will be completed in time for the opening of this winter ski season. "

With the addition of this new trail loop the Banadad Trail System will offer 43.7-kilometers of tracked trails. The Banadad System is part of the 180-Kilometer Gunflint Nordic Trails. The Banadad Trail System is administrated by Boundary Country Trekking and is open to the general public. The Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski the Banadad Trail System.
The North Stars Ski Touring Club is one of largest, if not the largest, cross country ski clubs in the nation. The club has been helping to maintain the Banadad and adjoining Ski Trails for some twenty years.

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