First, regarding your winter driving– If you stop to think about it, we are north of the freezing and thawing zone so we have snow, but not much ice to deal with. We only have one road to keep in good shape and the county is great with their plowing and sanding. We get very little drifting snow, because of the heavy forest. Our own plow truck keeps our driveway and parking areas clear, and of course we help you with any needs you may have. To us, the roads in the Twin Cities are much more challenging than the Gunflint Trail for much of the winter.
Secondly, regarding your winter clothing– This is the time of year when you need to pay the most attention to dressing properly when outside. Layering is the key. You need long underwear for skiing most days. A knit hat keeps heat from escaping through your head. Some people wear just earmuffs. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Heavy socks keep your feet warm but don’t wear ski boots that are too tight. If you are out all day skiing, have a heavier jacket to put on when you stop for lunch. You have to keep adjusting your clothing so you don’t get too hot or too cold. If you get too hot and sweat, your damp body will cool down.
In general, when around the lodge, pants, warm shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts work fine. Warm winter boots are appropriate. If you take a dog sled ride or go snowmobiling, you will need to dress very warmly. You are sitting in the cold on a dog sled ride. On a snowmobile the wind is constantly hitting you. The strongest of men have been known to wear knit face masks in these circumstances. A good scarf can also help.
If you have questions about what to bring, call us. We are happy to give you help. If you get here and find that you have forgotten something vital, tell us. If you need another sweat shirt, we will be happy to sell you one from the gift shop. Having the correct clothing on a trip makes everything go more easily.
Our winter weather is a dry cold and is fairly easy to dress for. The temperatures are usually above zero during the day and they dip down at night. On clear nights you can sometimes see the northern lights, plus the treat of stepping out and seeing all the stars shining so brightly. Night time lows often run from zero to 20 below, which is no big deal as you snuggle in front of your fireplace, enjoy a hot tub or a sauna, and relax after a fun day. Occasionally there is a cold front that drops the night time temperature lower but that is just part of the northwoods scene.