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Bearskin Lodge on Gunflint Trail
February 4-9, 2018 ( Sunday through Friday).  

Next winter’s trip to Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail is scheduled for February 4-9, 2018. We’ll drive up Sunday morning and return on Friday. 

Enjoy five days in two townhouse units and one cabin. The lodges and cabin have full kitchens and are located pretty close to the sauna, wax room and hot tub.
Ski on 70K of groomed trails designed for beginner to advanced skiers; many trails are groomed for diagonal and skate skiing. It is also possible to drive to the Banadad Trail or the Gunflint Lodge trails for variety. 

Cost and Payment: The cost of $375 per person includes four dinners,  two people per room with shared  beds for couples and twin beds for singles, trail passes, and all  the  fun we can pack in!  The cost does not include breakfasts, lunches and snacks/drinks.

Registration for this trip begins on April 15, 2017.  Please do not send in your registration before this date.  Send a check for the full amount (payable to Fran Howley) and a signed club waiver to Fran at 5753 Pillsbury Ave S.,  Minneapolis, MN 55419.  PLEASE indicate food restrictions on the waiver form. Limit of15 people.  
Full refund before December 20, 2017; after that date, full refund only if a replacement is found. 

Please send check for full amount (payable to Fran Howley) AND signed waiver to Fran Howley, 5753 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419.  


For more info:  Ski Trip To Bearskin Lodge On The Gunflint Trail - 2/4/2018

Trip Leader:  Fran Howley
612-869-8971 or

Methow Valley Ski Trip in Mazama, Washington
All-Club Trip: February 22 - March 2, 2018

Trip Coordinators: Todd Mongrain and Craig Freeman
Ski the Methow Valley, Washington State: Join us on the third North Star trip to the Methow Valley, located on the eastern slope of Washington's North Cascades. The Methow Valley has more than 200kms of groomed ski trails, many outside our door. The trail system is divided into three areas: Mazama, Sun Mountain, and the Rendezvous. The three areas and the towns or Winthrop and Mazama are connected by the Methow Community Trail. The Community Trail consists of 25K of excellent skiing that includes trailheads and lodges along the way. The altitude of Mazama is approximately 2000 feet above sea level.
Methow Valley Lodge
Lodging and Meals - Mazama Country Inn: This rustic mountain lodge is located in the hamlet of Mazama, adjacent to the ski trails at the West end of the Valley. Meals are family style for breakfast and dinner, lunches are made by guests from selections provided by the lodge after breakfast. Guests are invited to gather around the unique Russian fireplace for purchased drinks in the evening. There are no telephones or TVs in the rooms. However we decide to fill our days, we can enjoy the excellent meals,  hot tub/sauna, and other facilities in the evenings.

The trail systems: Out the door of our lodge are the Mazama Trails, about 35km of groomed trail. We  are about a 5km ski to the base of the Rendezvous system, the door to an additional 48km of skiing, in  the spectacular scenery of the North Cascades and Washington State's high-country hut system. This is a climb of a couple thousand feet above the valley floor. At the other end of the Valley are the Sun  Mountain Trails and the town of Winthrop, and in between is the Methow Community Ski Trail. There is an opportunity for backcountry and telemarking available through various Valley Outfitters. There are snowshoe trails in the valley, and rentals of skis and snowshoes at our lodging facility. We think everyone can find their own slice of Nordic Nirvana in the Valley, and share the memories with North Star friends for a lifetime.

Flight from MSP to Spokane on Thursday, February 22nd, returning on Friday, March 2ndWe will have a 4 hour van ride to the lodge. The vans will be available all week for small group outings.

Costs/Reservations/Payments: Cost is based on 24 participants who must be club members. Estimated costs of $1850 per person includes transportation as described above, food and lodging at the Mazama Inn, daily ski passes, taxes and all gratuities.

Payment: $500 deposit due with trip waiver form.  
                  $650 payment due September 1, 2017
         $700 payment due October 1, 2017
$513.25 deposit for credit card for registrations on line. Includes a  processing fee of $13.25.

Payments to: Craig Freeman, 5805 Beard Ave S, Edina, MN 55410

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Prior to September 1, 2017 - Full refund minus a $50 nonrefundable fee.

After September 1, no refunds for airfare and shuttle costs unless a replacement is found. (The $50 fee can not be reimbursed.)

On or after November 1, 2017 - NO REFUNDS
Please consider trip insurance if you feel there is a possibility that you may have to cancel your reserved spot.

For more Info: Todd Mongrain 612-419-1134,
Craig Freeman 612-387-4589, freemancraig@hotmail.

Link to Online Registration and more info:  Methow Valley Skiing - 2/22/2018

Ski Norway:  March 10-19, 2018

Optional Participation in the Norwegian Birkebeiner Woldloppet Race Pre-or Post- Trip Option

>  Comfortable accommodations at our favorite 4th generation, family-owned Mountain Lodge
>  Renowned for their food for generations, the kitchen just keeps getting better!  Big buffet-style Norwegian breakfasts, “pack your own” trail lunches from the breakfast buffet, and three-course evening dinners.
>  Several cozy lounge areas with beautiful antique furniture and two fireplaces
>  Two saunas
>  Indoor well-equipped waxing  room
>  Skiing right from the door on a network of 300+ km of perfectly groomed trails. There is a wide
variety of trails suitable for all levels of skiers. Many of the trails are above timberline, offering spectacular views, while the forested trails in the lower areas provide shelter from the elements on cold and windy days.
>  State-of-the-art grooming equipment
>  Opportunity to ski the legendary Norwegian Birkebeiner races. See for
more details. Registration is now open!
>  Visiting Oslo: We will spend our last night in a centrally located hotel in Oslo. You will have the
afternoon and evening to explore this lively city as you wish.
>  Transportation:  Group flight Minneapolis-St  Paul (MSP)-Oslo-MSP
>  Add-on from other cities may be possible
>  Group transfer OSL Airport-Sjusjøen-Oslo-OSL Airport

Pre- or Post Add-on trips available: Add a 2nd week to your Norwegian ski adventure
Option 1:  If enough interest, we will arrange for an additional week (March 4-11) at a different ski resort.
Option  2:  Ski hut-to-hut in one of Norway’s national parks.  We will arrange for you to join a guided tour with the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). Exact itinerary will be determined when we know the interests and experience of the participants. Additional cost will depend on actual itinerary.

Estimated Cost  (Sjusjøen and Oslo):
Approximately $2,800 double occupancy (+ taxes/ surcharges in effect at the time of ticketing). The
estimated cost includes: airfare MSP-Oslo-MSP); group transportation to/from Sjusjöen; seven nights' accommodations w/big buffet breakfasts, trail lunches and dinners at Sjusjöen; and one night hotel accommodation w/breakfast in Oslo.

Payment Schedule: Deposit: $500/person due with registration
> $1,000 installment due by 10/1/17 
> Balance due by 1/15/18 (you will receive an invoice where the cost is adjusted to reflect the exchange rates in effect at that time)
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation prior to 10/1/17: Full refund.
Cancellation 10/2/17 - 1/15/18: $1,500 is NON-refundable
Cancellation after 1/15/18: No refund.
Mail your trip registration and waiver with a $500/person deposit to: Solveig Olson, 1177 Cedar View Drive, Minneapolis MN 55405
FFI and to request a complete copy of the trip description/terms and conditions.
Click for more details: Ski Norway - 3/10/2018
Leader:  Solveig Olson
612-377-2483 or