Saturday, November 12, 2005

Gunflint Trail Presents Winter Tracks-2006

Grand Marais, MN— The Gunflint Trail Association is pleased to announce the Second Annual Winter —Tracks Festival, taking place February 22 - 25, 2006 at a variety of Gunflint Trail locations. The annual event celebrates best that Minnesota winter has to offer — in classic Gunflint Trail tradition. Activities throughout the festival include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dogsled rides, races and contests, seminars, guided hikes and tours, a variety of unique dining options and discounts on equipment rental and at gift shops. 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).

"This is classic winter fun at its finest," says Marti Marchino, Clearwater Lake resident and Winter Tracks coordinator. "There's something here for everyone. We realize that lots of folks need some how-to when it comes to the winter arts, so this year we're offering a variety of "intro to" events to get them started. All of us who live here love winter, and we want to share some of the fun and excitement with the rest of the world." Some of the specific events and activities planned include: ice fishing seminar, snowshoe and cross-country ski lessons, guided snowshoe trek and tipi campfire, Mongolian Firepot Dinner, snow sculpture contest, snowmobile poker run, wildlife seminars, XC ski races, snowshoe obstacle course, broomball, dog sled rides, winter camping seminar, intro to snowmobiling, lit trails for night skiing, special activities for kids, ice skating, sledding and free ski trail passes. One special event will be the awards banquet featuring an outdoor winter picnic.

The resorts and outfitters of the Gunflint Trail offer a variety of lodging options, plus dining, shopping and friendly hospitality. Visit- to explore the options. A complete listing and calendar of events can be found on the Winter Tracks web site at


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