Crystal and Chris Clemons, Bearskin’s stubbornly persistent moose hunters, took this photo of 3 moose just hanging out in the middle of the road. They all have that classic “What are you doing in MY road?” moose expression. This is only amusing when you see them well before your car gets within a few feet of them. Unless you drive a semi, a moose is surprisingly large compared to a vehicle.
The weekend looks warm and promising, with the potential for great skiing as well as some new area fun. The Cook County Volks Ski Fest (www.volksskifest.com), a new skiing and snowshoeing festival in our area, starts this weekend.
Join us at Bearskin on Sunday for a free skiers’ barbecue on the lake from 11-2, sponsored by the Volks Ski Fest. Andy (the grillmeister) is manning the barecue grill, so you know the food will be good. The barbecue is open to anyone with a current trail ticket — even if you’re not registered for the Volks Ski Fest, join us for free brats and beer and learn more about this fun new winter festival. The Volks Ski Fest runs through February 8th and offers skiers and snowshoers an opportunity to experience trails all over Cook County.
Reservations are still available for Chez Jude at Bearskin this weekend. In answer to a question Central Gunflint Skiers sometimes ask: The food at Chez Jude at Bearskin is classy, but you don’t have to dress that way to enjoy it. An après-ski dinner after a day on the trails makes a lovely ending to a memorable day. Don’t worry about showing up in your ski clothes for dinner–nobody else is going to be dressed up either!
Meanwhile, when skiers on our trails are enjoying one of the nicest weekends of the winter, Quinn and I will be sitting in a drippy plastic tent at the City of Lakes Loppet passing out literature about Bearskin Lodge. If you’re going to be at the Loppet, stop in and say hi.