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Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/27/2011 09:54:13 MST Print View

Bah humbug!

For only the second time in the last 20 years Duluth MN and the North Shore (SHT) has no snow to speak of.

I'm trying to find areas within a couple hours drive of Duluth that has enough snow that I need to break out my snowshoes. I'm thinking the U.P. may have some but I have no idea.

How about it all you BPL'ers that are in my area, any snow worthy of a winter backpacking trip near you?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/27/2011 10:10:33 MST Print View

Chad, I'm currently en route to the porkies. Yay iPhone. I'll let you know what the snow is like when I get back.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M
Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/27/2011 12:29:29 MST Print View

Try heading a little north and east?

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/27/2011 17:23:49 MST Print View

Well north and east of Duluth IS the North Shore. :P

Sadly the map you linked is optimistic of the snow it's showing. I wish the North Shore had 8-20 inches of snow! As it stands right now we have 1-2 inches of snow north of Grand Marrais. The rest of the North Shore and the SHT has nothing. :/

Edited by chadnsc on 12/27/2011 17:25:55 MST.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M
Re: Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/27/2011 22:01:33 MST Print View

I really wanted to believe the map. :(

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 12/28/2011 11:48:34 MST Print View

I know, I did too. Dang weather people, always deceiving us. ;)

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 01/01/2012 10:06:39 MST Print View

Yippie! We got snow on the North Shore and the SHT! Sure it's only 2-3 inches but at this point I'm not going to complain!

Say Travis how was your trip and more importantly how was the snow?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 01/02/2012 11:13:38 MST Print View

Hey Chad,
I just got back yesterday from the Northwoods.

The Porkies were beautiful! We hiked in on the evening of the 27th from Presque Isle. We took the Lake Superior Trail up to Big Carp, then the Cross Trail over to Greenstone Falls. We ended by hiking the Little Carp River Trail back to the Lake Superior Trail and back to Presque Isle on the 29th. We then spent the next few nights at my parent's cabin up in the Chequemagon NF.

As of then, there was hardly any snow. Flurries came down early morning of the 29th, but not a lot. We woke up on the first of the year to about 4-5 inches of new snow.

Edited by T.L. on 01/02/2012 11:14:45 MST.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 01/02/2012 13:21:47 MST Print View

Glad to hear you had a good trip Travis!

Thanks for the update on the snow as well!

I'm thinking that a trip to the UP is in order so we can play in the snow. Would you be interested?

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
'Vegas, Baby! on 01/02/2012 20:41:41 MST Print View

We have good snow in the Spring Mountains that form the northwestern rim of the Las Vegas valley. Max altitude (Mt. Charleston) 11,990 ft. Notta too bad...

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: 'Vegas, Baby! on 01/03/2012 06:50:03 MST Print View

You know if I'm going to drive in that direction I wouldn't waste my time in Vegas. Now Glacier or Yellowstone . . . .

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 01/03/2012 08:27:59 MST Print View

Chad,
Interested, yes! Available....well that's another matter. Part of the reason why I don't get out too often are my busy weekends. Keep me in the loop though. Maybe something will work out.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Who's got snow - Midwest? on 01/03/2012 08:58:06 MST Print View

Well Travis if your weekdays work better for a trip I can swing that too. I'll keep you in the loop as I figure some things out. I'll probably start another thread in in the winter forums for a UP and BWCA trip this winter.