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Skiing the North Shore

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"Andrew Slade has written a great guide to area cross country ski trails…and just in time. As one who typically falls down as soon as I slip into skis, I gave the book to one who is an avid skinny skier. The review was glowing."

Cook County News Herald

“If there’s a better guide to cross-country skiing the North Shore, we haven’t seen it yet.”

Minnesota Monthly Magazine


Skiing the North Shore

A guide to cross country trails in Minnesota’s spectacular
Lake Superior region

By Andrew Slade
ISBN 978-0-9794675-0-9
160 pages, 44 trail maps
2007 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Winner, honorable mention

Get the skinny about the most gorgeous cross country ski trails in North America. Join Andrew Slade, an experienced guide and skier, as he takes you along all 700+ kilometers of trails which wind through the North Shore’s city and state parks, a National Forest, and private ski areas. Discover perfectly groomed trails that have earned intriguing names like Bear Chase, Otter Run, Mystery Mountain, Canyon Curves, and Lonely Lake.

This is a skier’s ultimate guidebook to the North Shore—describing 35 groomed trail systems from Duluth-Superior to Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. You’ll learn about hidden gems and rediscover well-known state parks. Slade offers useful information about challenging trails for the expert skier, gentle and fun trails for a family outing, scenic overlooks where you can stop for lunch alfresco, and lighted trails where you can enjoy a romantic night ski.

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This guide is for all who love to ski: beginners, recreational skiers, families, experienced skiers, classical and skate skiers.


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