BOUNDARY COUNTRY TREKKING
Yurt to Yurt Skiing
Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN
Ski the Boundary Waters'(BWCA) longest tracked cross country ski trail — the Banadad Ski Trail, staying overnight in yurts. The Tall Pines Yurt is at the Banadad's eastern trailhead. The Croft Yurt is near the trail's center at the Bedew Lake. From the Tall Pines Yurt to the Croft Yurt is a 19 Kilometer Ski; from the Croft Yurt to the western end of the Banadad it is a 12 Kilometer ski. **Recently we acquired the use of an INREACH tracking system to enable us and you to keep in touch while skiing on the Banadad ski trail. In the event of an emergency, this allows to communicate.
For centuries, the people of the Mongolian plateau have found yurts to be comfortable, convivial dwellings. These round, peaked-roofed, canvas-covered huts are warm and cozy. Each comes equipped with a wood-fired stove, dishes and utensils, pots and pans, LP gas stove with oven, prep area, dining area, sleeping bags and bunk beds. An outhouse is nearby. The Tall Pines yurt even has a wood fired Finnish sauna. While you ski the Banadad, your gear and food are transported for you and your car is shuttled to the end of the trail.
On the Banadad Ski Adventure (NOT AVAILABLE AFTER FEBRUARY 28, 2018) the yurt host not only shuttles in your gear but brings in our food for you to reheat. The yurt specialties are Chicken Fricase and Beef Bourguignon.Our yurt hosts do not stay overnight at the yurts.
Or can also take advantage of the cost savings of the "Yurt on Your Own" package, where you provide your own meals and tend to the camp chores. Available after mid January.Maps and Information
At the Croft Yurt, the yurt host brings out meals for you to reheat; bagged lunches are provided.
At Tall Pines Yurt, the host brings out supper for you to reheat. Breakfast is at the nearby Poplar Creek Bed & Breakfast. Bagged lunches are also provided. The yurt host does not stay overnight at the yurts.
Ski the entire Banadad, staying overnight at the Croft Yurt halfway along the trail and the Tall Pines Yurt on the eastern end. At the yurts, we provide sleeping bags, towels, your gear transfer and car shuttle. You can also add a night at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast. Available after mid January.
|Rates:||2-3 people||4-5 people||6+ people|
|2 nights:||$375 / person + BTA associate membership||$310 / person + BTA associate membership||$250 / person + BTA associate membership|
|3 nights:||$460 / person + BTA associate membership||$390 / person + BTA associate membership||$300 / person + BTA associate membership|
Housekeeping / two nights yurts.
Includes one night at Tall Pines yurt and one night at the Croft Yurt, sleeping bags, towels, gear and food transfer and car shuttle. You provide your own meals.
|Rates:||First 4 people||Each extra person|
|Mid-week:||$345 + BTA associate memberships||$60 + BTA associate membership|
|Weekend / holidays:||$365 + BTA associate memberships||$60 + BTA associate membership|
Housekeeping / two night minimum stay.
Includes sleeping bags, towels, your gear and food transfer to and from the yurt. You provide your own meals. For more information and reservations and non-winter rates, see the Tall Pines Yurt page.
|Rates:||2 people||Each extra person|
|Mid-week:||$90 / night + BTA associate memberships||$30 / night + BTA associate membership|
|Weekend / holidays:||$105 / night + BTA associate memberships||$30/ night + BTA associate membership|