Lake Vermilion Resorts

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Time to
Get Away

“It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time.”

— David Brenner

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Expert
Fishing

Vermilion is one of the best multi-species trophy lakes in the state of Minnesota.

Al Lindner, Hall of Fame Angler / Host of “Lindner’s Angling Edge” TV

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Magical
Winter

There's something magical about wintertime on Lake Vermilion - Cold Nights, Warm Fires, Crisp Clear Skies, Hot Chocolate… Lake Vermilion is the perfect place to experience winter fun.

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Life is
Better

Life is better, the food tastes better, when you are with friends enjoying laughs at a Lake Vermilion Campfire.

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LAKE VERMILION RESORTS & TOURISM ASSOCIATION

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A wilderness experience with all the comforts of a Minnesota resort vacation

A Lake Vermilion vacation means

  • some of Minnesota’s best fishing
  • unique attractions
  • family vacation fun

It also means romance, championship golf, non-stop casino gaming, and a great place to getaway and relax.

Discover why Lake Vermilion has been a favorite destination for fishermen and family vacations for more than 100 years!

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Snowmobile
Trail Conditions
REPORTS PROVIDED BY:
VERMILION PENQUINS
SNOWMOBILE CLUB

TRAIL REPORT: Feb. 26, 2024
FINAL REPORT: TRAILS CLOSED - Due to the recent warm-up, the trails have deteriorated. The staked trail on the lake has deteriorated to the point that it is not safe to venture out. In the next coming days, the stakes will be removed. Thank you to all who came to Lake Vermilion this past winter to show support to our local businesses! Thank you also to our local snowmobile clubs for keeping all of us updated with snow and ice conditions. We look forward to seeing you next winter.

TRAIL REPORT WEEK 12:
Not much has changed since last week's bleak report. We have had a few flurries but still don't have enough snow to cover the grass in the yard.
TRAILS: Haven't been groomed because they have almost no snow.
RIVERS: We still do not recommend river riding.
LAKES: The recent, modest cold turned Vermilion into 40K acres of frozen slush and ice. Needless to say, it is not an enjoyable ride.
There is no significant weather change in the long-term forecast so this season is getting away from us. It can still change but it better hurry up. At least that's the hope!!


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 11
This is the first time we have written a trail report during an all day rain. So, you can probably guess from that conditions are not good, in all honesty they are terrible. Temps have been above freezing for much of the last week and the rain started yesterday afternoon. The long term forecast is not helpful as it is predicted to get modestly cooler but no meaningful snow.
TRAILS: Except for shaded areas the trails are mostly devoid of snow and have standing water in some low areas. You won't want to ride them.
RIVERS: Rivers are opening up so we don't recommend riding on rivers at this time.
LAKES: Lake Vermilion held up quite well thru last weekend. Lotsa traffic and decent riding. Then the warm temps and rain hit so it and other area lakes are now covered in standing water and slush. When the temps drop in coming days it will freeze rock hard and absent some decent new snow (we are predicted to get maybe only an inch) there will be insufficient lubrication and cooling unless you have scratchers. We will see what develops.
Obviously, club rides are suspended for now. We are hoping to have a memorial gathering/picnic somewhere on the lake in coming weeks so stay tuned for that.
GOOD NEWS: The Fun Run was a huge success with a big turnout with many prizes given out. We saw big smiles all day and night. Big thanks to all who participated. Enjoy your door prizes.
Our new drag arrived this week. It's nice. Hopefully. we can try it out yet this year.
That's all for now. Thanks for tuning in.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 10.
Here we go again.
WEATHER: The weather remains seriously uncooperative, it's been unseasonably warm all week and looks to get even warmer (40s) for the next week or so then it cools off a bit and changes to rain/snow. Not exactly ideal. But we are not surrendering the season just yet - we can get wads of snow in February and March - and if we do we'll find a way to track it up!
TRAILS: Due to conditions we are not aware of anyone grooming - there simply isn't enough snow. So riding the land trails is not very pleasant but can be done to get from one place to another - watch for wet spots if you do that.
RIVERS: River riding is not recommended.
LAKES: Lake riding remains the one bright spot. Vermilion is still very rideable. Photo shows a quiet part of Frazer Bay, other areas will be more tracked up. If you ride the lake, pay attention to caution signs especially thin ice signs. The ice cover is thin and will deteriorate in this weather. And, watch for slush/ it seems to be getting worse. The Ely club reports it is not staking Ely area lakes due to conditions so be extra careful over there especially on the larger and deeper lakes like Burntside.
FUN RUN: Is still on for Saturday and will as always be a blast. Come join us for a festive day.
See ya.....somewhere.



TRAIL REPORT WEEK 8 Jan 20th
Greetings,
UGH...where to even start....
WEATHER: No new snow in the last week but we did get the cold we needed as it has been in minus territory much of the last week so we expect the low areas are getting pretty solid - grooming should be in full force soon all over here in Borderland.
TRAILS: All of our trails except the Iron Ore have been groomed and with little use due to the temps, they are in good shape but we still need more of a base. We expect the Iron Ore to be groomed soon, those guys still work so they will squeeze it in whenever they can. Word from the DNR is that it is was out packing which is the prelude to grooming so they should be grooming soon but not for this weekend. They like us and everybody else need more snow for grooming.
RIVERS: Someone sent us pix of the Vermilion River. It looked mostly frozen but has little snow so that is not really a wise or fun ride at this point. Lesser rivers are about the same.
LAKES: Lakes are the one bright spot. Vermilion's east end is nearly all staked and we expect to get the rest done tomorrow despite the cold. We just learned the Cook end is also staked . It should be a good ride altho it looks like some drifts formed with the big winds earlier this week. So like always exercise caution.
Not the greatest report but at least we are going in the right direction and it's warming up starting this weekend so riding should be at least comfortable. If it is any comfort 🫤, it seems our conditions are as good as it gets in MN except for some small pockets by Superior. 😞
CLUB RIDE: Like you all, the Penguins are getting restless so we are going to TRY do a ride on Saturday. Meet at the club at 10. We plan to head toward Crane Lake - where we actually end up will depend on what conditions we find. At a minimum it will be an adventure. Check this place for before you head out, if it's too cold we might cancel.
Hang in there, lots of riding season left.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 7 1/2
Greetings, January 14th -
Have at it folks, the east end of Minnesota’s best sledding lake - Vermilion is all staked except for the green run from McKinley Park across Big Bay to Isle of the Pines. We will get that done when it warms up a bit. Lake riding is great fun now and should stay that way until the trails get groomed in the next week or so. There is about 10 inches of flat (not drifty) powder covering its 40,000 acres. Fun stuff to mess up, for sure. There are the usual challenges. In some places the ice underneath is so smooth and slippery it's hard to get moving. In other places there is a thick layer of slush under all that snow which can also impede movement. Bring some buddies to pull on your skis as needed. There are also frozen slush ruts here and there which are always spooky and can be hazardous - cross with care. As usual the staked trails offer the safest, but not completely safe, passage across the lake. Other than that let her rip.
A big thanks to those few, including Curley, Greg, Van and Joe, who spent much of last week getting stuff ready to stake. It’s all that effort that makes staking day go so smoothly
Another big thanks to all those helpers who gave up their Saturday to ride around in below zero temps doing pretty hard work. There were a lot of them - too many to name - but without that help we would never get this done.
Another big thanks to Tavern in the Bay and the Vermilion Club for rehydrating all those hard workers.
Last but far from least, we introduce by photo our newest, next generation Penguin, Ethan. Ethan is in 5th grade and got his snowmobile safety certification last week. He donated his Saturday to help by pulling a sled full of stakes and loading them onto the lap of trail boss for placement. We can’t swear he was smiling all day long but every time he lifted his lid we saw that big grin spreading across his face so we think he liked it. We need more Ethans. A lot of them. Oh yeah, he also brought his parents along so we squeezed some work out of them too. Huge thanks to that whole family.
So the season’s start is late but pretty spectacular we might say. Let's make up for the delay.




Greetings riders.
Well, we finally have a fun report to write and it only took until week 7...oh well.
WEATHER: The big storm of last weekend dropped about 4 inches of fairly sticky snow. After that we got a couple small ones of an inch or so. Then, last night thru today we got a totally unexpected 8 inches or so of pure fluff. Go figure. So now we are making progress, not exactly in the proper order but progress for sure. Now the cold rolls in to finish the job.
TRAILS: The trails/swamps were not sufficiently frozen before this snow but the upcoming cold will certainly help - a lot. Again, if you run the trails, run abreast and wide not single file down the middle. We need them packed to facilitate freezing the swamps. We hope to start grooming next week.
LAKES: We are staking east Vermilion on Saturday so it should be ready to ride at least on the staked trails. There are still potential hazards even on the staked trails - ice heaves, slush etc. so still exercise due care.
RIVERS: This coming cold will help freeze the rivers for sure.
PERSONAL NOTE: Today we clicked over 3000 followers on this page. As far as we can tell that's the second highest in the state and we are not far behind first - so let's get there. For that we thank you. We do this for you and the more of you there are the better we feel about it. So, if you haven't clicked follow, please do so. If you are already a follower thanks - please recruit your riding buddies and friends. Followers automatically get new posts on their feeds so it's quite convenient and a great way not to miss anything. And, it's an easy free way to show your support.
See ya on the snow -- finally!!!



DO YOU KNOW ?

The membership of Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association are proud sponsors of our local snowmobile clubs - Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club and Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club. Thank you to all our visitors who make Lake Vermilion Resorts their vacation destination. It is through your patronage that LVRTA is able to help support these two groups who make it possible for snowmobilers to enjoy their winters riding the best trails in the entire state of Minnesota! If you haven't heard, we have snow and as our season kicks off, the trails will soon be groomed for your enjoyment. Need a place to lay your head and warm up after a day on the trails, LVRTA has you covered. There are several resorts that are open year-round! Booking your reservation is easy! Log onto www.lakevermilionresorts.com and complete the reservation request and lodging options will appear. That simple. Now let say you always wanted to try riding the vast snowmobile trails but don't own a snowmobile. Lake Vermilion Houseboats rent snowmobiles. Contact them to reserve your sled. If you need further assistance, call 218-666-5850.






TRAIL REPORT: Feb. 26, 2024
FINAL REPORT: TRAILS CLOSED - Due to the recent warm-up, the trails have deteriorated. The staked trail on the lake has deteriorated to the point that it is not save to venture out. In the next coming days, the stakes will be removed. This winter was not favorable for riding. Thank you to all who came to Lake Vermilion this past winter to show support to our local businesses! Thank you also to our local snowmobile clubs for keeping all of us updated with snow and ice conditions. We look forward to see you all next year!

TRAIL REPORT WEEK 12:
Not much has changed since last week's bleak report. We have had a few flurries but still don't have enough snow to cover the grass in the yard.
TRAILS: Haven't been groomed because they have almost no snow.
RIVERS: We still do not recommend river riding.
LAKES: The recent, modest cold turned Vermilion into 40K acres of frozen slush and ice. Needless to say, it is not an enjoyable ride.
There is no significant weather change in the long-term forecast so this season is getting away from us. It can still change but it better hurry up. At least that's the hope!!


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 11
This is the first time we have written a trail report during an all day rain. So, you can probably guess from that conditions are not good, in all honesty they are terrible. Temps have been above freezing for much of the last week and the rain started yesterday afternoon. The long term forecast is not helpful as it is predicted to get modestly cooler but no meaningful snow.
TRAILS: Except for shaded areas the trails are mostly devoid of snow and have standing water in some low areas. You won't want to ride them.
RIVERS: Rivers are opening up so we don't recommend riding on rivers at this time.
LAKES: Lake Vermilion held up quite well thru last weekend. Lotsa traffic and decent riding. Then the warm temps and rain hit so it and other area lakes are now covered in standing water and slush. When the temps drop in coming days it will freeze rock hard and absent some decent new snow (we are predicted to get maybe only an inch) there will be insufficient lubrication and cooling unless you have scratchers. We will see what develops.
Obviously, club rides are suspended for now. We are hoping to have a memorial gathering/picnic somewhere on the lake in coming weeks so stay tuned for that.
GOOD NEWS: The Fun Run was a huge success with a big turnout with many prizes given out. We saw big smiles all day and night. Big thanks to all who participated. Enjoy your door prizes.
Our new drag arrived this week. It's nice. Hopefully. we can try it out yet this year.
That's all for now. Thanks for tuning in.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 10.
Here we go again.
WEATHER: The weather remains seriously uncooperative, it's been unseasonably warm all week and looks to get even warmer (40s) for the next week or so then it cools off a bit and changes to rain/snow. Not exactly ideal. But we are not surrendering the season just yet - we can get wads of snow in February and March - and if we do we'll find a way to track it up!
TRAILS: Due to conditions we are not aware of anyone grooming - there simply isn't enough snow. So riding the land trails is not very pleasant but can be done to get from one place to another - watch for wet spots if you do that.
RIVERS: River riding is not recommended.
LAKES: Lake riding remains the one bright spot. Vermilion is still very rideable. Photo shows a quiet part of Frazer Bay, other areas will be more tracked up. If you ride the lake, pay attention to caution signs especially thin ice signs. The ice cover is thin and will deteriorate in this weather. And, watch for slush/ it seems to be getting worse. The Ely club reports it is not staking Ely area lakes due to conditions so be extra careful over there especially on the larger and deeper lakes like Burntside.
FUN RUN: Is still on for Saturday and will as always be a blast. Come join us for a festive day.
See ya.....somewhere.



TRAIL REPORT WEEK 8 Jan 20th
Greetings,
UGH...where to even start....
WEATHER: No new snow in the last week but we did get the cold we needed as it has been in minus territory much of the last week so we expect the low areas are getting pretty solid - grooming should be in full force soon all over here in Borderland.
TRAILS: All of our trails except the Iron Ore have been groomed and with little use due to the temps, they are in good shape but we still need more of a base. We expect the Iron Ore to be groomed soon, those guys still work so they will squeeze it in whenever they can. Word from the DNR is that it is was out packing which is the prelude to grooming so they should be grooming soon but not for this weekend. They like us and everybody else need more snow for grooming.
RIVERS: Someone sent us pix of the Vermilion River. It looked mostly frozen but has little snow so that is not really a wise or fun ride at this point. Lesser rivers are about the same.
LAKES: Lakes are the one bright spot. Vermilion's east end is nearly all staked and we expect to get the rest done tomorrow despite the cold. We just learned the Cook end is also staked . It should be a good ride altho it looks like some drifts formed with the big winds earlier this week. So like always exercise caution.
Not the greatest report but at least we are going in the right direction and it's warming up starting this weekend so riding should be at least comfortable. If it is any comfort 🫤, it seems our conditions are as good as it gets in MN except for some small pockets by Superior. 😞
CLUB RIDE: Like you all, the Penguins are getting restless so we are going to TRY do a ride on Saturday. Meet at the club at 10. We plan to head toward Crane Lake - where we actually end up will depend on what conditions we find. At a minimum it will be an adventure. Check this place for before you head out, if it's too cold we might cancel.
Hang in there, lots of riding season left.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 7 1/2
Greetings, January 14th -
Have at it folks, the east end of Minnesota’s best sledding lake - Vermilion is all staked except for the green run from McKinley Park across Big Bay to Isle of the Pines. We will get that done when it warms up a bit. Lake riding is great fun now and should stay that way until the trails get groomed in the next week or so. There is about 10 inches of flat (not drifty) powder covering its 40,000 acres. Fun stuff to mess up, for sure. There are the usual challenges. In some places the ice underneath is so smooth and slippery it's hard to get moving. In other places there is a thick layer of slush under all that snow which can also impede movement. Bring some buddies to pull on your skis as needed. There are also frozen slush ruts here and there which are always spooky and can be hazardous - cross with care. As usual the staked trails offer the safest, but not completely safe, passage across the lake. Other than that let her rip.
A big thanks to those few, including Curley, Greg, Van and Joe, who spent much of last week getting stuff ready to stake. It’s all that effort that makes staking day go so smoothly
Another big thanks to all those helpers who gave up their Saturday to ride around in below zero temps doing pretty hard work. There were a lot of them - too many to name - but without that help we would never get this done.
Another big thanks to Tavern in the Bay and the Vermilion Club for rehydrating all those hard workers.
Last but far from least, we introduce by photo our newest, next generation Penguin, Ethan. Ethan is in 5th grade and got his snowmobile safety certification last week. He donated his Saturday to help by pulling a sled full of stakes and loading them onto the lap of trail boss for placement. We can’t swear he was smiling all day long but every time he lifted his lid we saw that big grin spreading across his face so we think he liked it. We need more Ethans. A lot of them. Oh yeah, he also brought his parents along so we squeezed some work out of them too. Huge thanks to that whole family.
So the season’s start is late but pretty spectacular we might say. Let's make up for the delay.




Greetings riders.
Well, we finally have a fun report to write and it only took until week 7...oh well.
WEATHER: The big storm of last weekend dropped about 4 inches of fairly sticky snow. After that we got a couple small ones of an inch or so. Then, last night thru today we got a totally unexpected 8 inches or so of pure fluff. Go figure. So now we are making progress, not exactly in the proper order but progress for sure. Now the cold rolls in to finish the job.
TRAILS: The trails/swamps were not sufficiently frozen before this snow but the upcoming cold will certainly help - a lot. Again, if you run the trails, run abreast and wide not single file down the middle. We need them packed to facilitate freezing the swamps. We hope to start grooming next week.
LAKES: We are staking east Vermilion on Saturday so it should be ready to ride at least on the staked trails. There are still potential hazards even on the staked trails - ice heaves, slush etc. so still exercise due care.
RIVERS: This coming cold will help freeze the rivers for sure.
PERSONAL NOTE: Today we clicked over 3000 followers on this page. As far as we can tell that's the second highest in the state and we are not far behind first - so let's get there. For that we thank you. We do this for you and the more of you there are the better we feel about it. So, if you haven't clicked follow, please do so. If you are already a follower thanks - please recruit your riding buddies and friends. Followers automatically get new posts on their feeds so it's quite convenient and a great way not to miss anything. And, it's an easy free way to show your support.
See ya on the snow -- finally!!!



DO YOU KNOW ?

The membership of Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association are proud sponsors of our local snowmobile clubs - Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club and Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club. Thank you to all our visitors who make Lake Vermilion Resorts their vacation destination. It is through your patronage that LVRTA is able to help support these two groups who make it possible for snowmobilers to enjoy their winters riding the best trails in the entire state of Minnesota! If you haven't heard, we have snow and as our season kicks off, the trails will soon be groomed for your enjoyment. Need a place to lay your head and warm up after a day on the trails, LVRTA has you covered. There are several resorts that are open year-round! Booking your reservation is easy! Log onto www.lakevermilionresorts.com and complete the reservation request and lodging options will appear. That simple. Now let say you always wanted to try riding the vast snowmobile trails but don't own a snowmobile. Lake Vermilion Houseboats rent snowmobiles. Contact them to reserve your sled. If you need further assistance, call 218-666-5850.






TRAIL REPORT WEEK 11
This is the first time we have written a trail report during an all day rain. So, you can probably guess from that conditions are not good, in all honesty they are terrible. Temps have been above freezing for much of the last week and the rain started yesterday afternoon. The long term forecast is not helpful as it is predicted to get modestly cooler but no meaningful snow.
TRAILS: Except for shaded areas the trails are mostly devoid of snow and have standing water in some low areas. You won't want to ride them.
RIVERS: Rivers are opening up so we don't recommend riding on rivers at this time.
LAKES: Lake Vermilion held up quite well thru last weekend. Lotsa traffic and decent riding. Then the warm temps and rain hit so it and other area lakes are now covered in standing water and slush. When the temps drop in coming days it will freeze rock hard and absent some decent new snow (we are predicted to get maybe only an inch) there will be insufficient lubrication and cooling unless you have scratchers. We will see what develops.
Obviously, club rides are suspended for now. We are hoping to have a memorial gathering/picnic somewhere on the lake in coming weeks so stay tuned for that.
GOOD NEWS: The Fun Run was a huge success with a big turnout with many prizes given out. We saw big smiles all day and night. Big thanks to all who participated. Enjoy your door prizes.
Our new drag arrived this week. It's nice. Hopefully. we can try it out yet this year.
That's all for now. Thanks for tuning in.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 10.
Here we go again.
WEATHER: The weather remains seriously uncooperative, it's been unseasonably warm all week and looks to get even warmer (40s) for the next week or so then it cools off a bit and changes to rain/snow. Not exactly ideal. But we are not surrendering the season just yet - we can get wads of snow in February and March - and if we do we'll find a way to track it up!
TRAILS: Due to conditions we are not aware of anyone grooming - there simply isn't enough snow. So riding the land trails is not very pleasant but can be done to get from one place to another - watch for wet spots if you do that.
RIVERS: River riding is not recommended.
LAKES: Lake riding remains the one bright spot. Vermilion is still very rideable. Photo shows a quiet part of Frazer Bay, other areas will be more tracked up. If you ride the lake, pay attention to caution signs especially thin ice signs. The ice cover is thin and will deteriorate in this weather. And, watch for slush/ it seems to be getting worse. The Ely club reports it is not staking Ely area lakes due to conditions so be extra careful over there especially on the larger and deeper lakes like Burntside.
FUN RUN: Is still on for Saturday and will as always be a blast. Come join us for a festive day.
See ya.....somewhere.



TRAIL REPORT WEEK 8 Jan 20th
Greetings,
UGH...where to even start....
WEATHER: No new snow in the last week but we did get the cold we needed as it has been in minus territory much of the last week so we expect the low areas are getting pretty solid - grooming should be in full force soon all over here in Borderland.
TRAILS: All of our trails except the Iron Ore have been groomed and with little use due to the temps, they are in good shape but we still need more of a base. We expect the Iron Ore to be groomed soon, those guys still work so they will squeeze it in whenever they can. Word from the DNR is that it is was out packing which is the prelude to grooming so they should be grooming soon but not for this weekend. They like us and everybody else need more snow for grooming.
RIVERS: Someone sent us pix of the Vermilion River. It looked mostly frozen but has little snow so that is not really a wise or fun ride at this point. Lesser rivers are about the same.
LAKES: Lakes are the one bright spot. Vermilion's east end is nearly all staked and we expect to get the rest done tomorrow despite the cold. We just learned the Cook end is also staked . It should be a good ride altho it looks like some drifts formed with the big winds earlier this week. So like always exercise caution.
Not the greatest report but at least we are going in the right direction and it's warming up starting this weekend so riding should be at least comfortable. If it is any comfort 🫤, it seems our conditions are as good as it gets in MN except for some small pockets by Superior. 😞
CLUB RIDE: Like you all, the Penguins are getting restless so we are going to TRY do a ride on Saturday. Meet at the club at 10. We plan to head toward Crane Lake - where we actually end up will depend on what conditions we find. At a minimum it will be an adventure. Check this place for before you head out, if it's too cold we might cancel.
Hang in there, lots of riding season left.


TRAIL REPORT WEEK 7 1/2
Greetings, January 14th -
Have at it folks, the east end of Minnesota’s best sledding lake - Vermilion is all staked except for the green run from McKinley Park across Big Bay to Isle of the Pines. We will get that done when it warms up a bit. Lake riding is great fun now and should stay that way until the trails get groomed in the next week or so. There is about 10 inches of flat (not drifty) powder covering its 40,000 acres. Fun stuff to mess up, for sure. There are the usual challenges. In some places the ice underneath is so smooth and slippery it's hard to get moving. In other places there is a thick layer of slush under all that snow which can also impede movement. Bring some buddies to pull on your skis as needed. There are also frozen slush ruts here and there which are always spooky and can be hazardous - cross with care. As usual the staked trails offer the safest, but not completely safe, passage across the lake. Other than that let her rip.
A big thanks to those few, including Curley, Greg, Van and Joe, who spent much of last week getting stuff ready to stake. It’s all that effort that makes staking day go so smoothly
Another big thanks to all those helpers who gave up their Saturday to ride around in below zero temps doing pretty hard work. There were a lot of them - too many to name - but without that help we would never get this done.
Another big thanks to Tavern in the Bay and the Vermilion Club for rehydrating all those hard workers.
Last but far from least, we introduce by photo our newest, next generation Penguin, Ethan. Ethan is in 5th grade and got his snowmobile safety certification last week. He donated his Saturday to help by pulling a sled full of stakes and loading them onto the lap of trail boss for placement. We can’t swear he was smiling all day long but every time he lifted his lid we saw that big grin spreading across his face so we think he liked it. We need more Ethans. A lot of them. Oh yeah, he also brought his parents along so we squeezed some work out of them too. Huge thanks to that whole family.
So the season’s start is late but pretty spectacular we might say. Let's make up for the delay.




Greetings riders.
Well, we finally have a fun report to write and it only took until week 7...oh well.
WEATHER: The big storm of last weekend dropped about 4 inches of fairly sticky snow. After that we got a couple small ones of an inch or so. Then, last night thru today we got a totally unexpected 8 inches or so of pure fluff. Go figure. So now we are making progress, not exactly in the proper order but progress for sure. Now the cold rolls in to finish the job.
TRAILS: The trails/swamps were not sufficiently frozen before this snow but the upcoming cold will certainly help - a lot. Again, if you run the trails, run abreast and wide not single file down the middle. We need them packed to facilitate freezing the swamps. We hope to start grooming next week.
LAKES: We are staking east Vermilion on Saturday so it should be ready to ride at least on the staked trails. There are still potential hazards even on the staked trails - ice heaves, slush etc. so still exercise due care.
RIVERS: This coming cold will help freeze the rivers for sure.
PERSONAL NOTE: Today we clicked over 3000 followers on this page. As far as we can tell that's the second highest in the state and we are not far behind first - so let's get there. For that we thank you. We do this for you and the more of you there are the better we feel about it. So, if you haven't clicked follow, please do so. If you are already a follower thanks - please recruit your riding buddies and friends. Followers automatically get new posts on their feeds so it's quite convenient and a great way not to miss anything. And, it's an easy free way to show your support.
See ya on the snow -- finally!!!



DO YOU KNOW ?

The membership of Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association are proud sponsors of our local snowmobile clubs - Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club and Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club. Thank you to all our visitors who make Lake Vermilion Resorts their vacation destination. It is through your patronage that LVRTA is able to help support these two groups who make it possible for snowmobilers to enjoy their winters riding the best trails in the entire state of Minnesota! If you haven't heard, we have snow and as our season kicks off, the trails will soon be groomed for your enjoyment. Need a place to lay your head and warm up after a day on the trails, LVRTA has you covered. There are several resorts that are open year-round! Booking your reservation is easy! Log onto www.lakevermilionresorts.com and complete the reservation request and lodging options will appear. That simple. Now let say you always wanted to try riding the vast snowmobile trails but don't own a snowmobile. Lake Vermilion Houseboats rent snowmobiles. Contact them to reserve your sled. If you need further assistance, call 218-666-5850.