A Winter Recreation Experience for Traditional Cross Country Skiing and
Snowshoeing Amidst The Majestic Red and White Pines of
Superior National Forest.
Rustic… Remote… Tranquil…Unforgettable!
What To Do
Ski & Snowshoe
R & R
What To Bring
What To Bring
Be sure to pack everything you need. The nearest stores are
at least a half hour drive.
Packing checklist: (To print out a PDF
copy of this checklist
- Sleeping bag or sheets/blankets
cabin links on our
accommodations page for bed sizes
and floor plans)
Our beds have zippered nylon clamshell liners
over the mattresses. They are not waterproof
though, so please bring appropriate mattress
protection when necessary.
Replacement cost for soiled mattresses will be
charged to the guest's account. The
Big Pines Getaway (aka Log
Home) beds HAVE
pillows and comforters, but
need to bring sheets or a sleeping bag &
pillow cases. The
White Pine Retreat
includes all bedding
and bath towels.
Rustic Cabins and Big Pine
NOT include any bedding.
Guests have been bringing their favorite bedroll
to the NFL for years and it helps us keep costs
- Bath towels
- Personal toilet items – soap, shampoo,
Minnesota Ski Pass
Online from DNR.
We groom the trails, but they are located
on Superior National Forest land and are public.
No pass is required on the snowshoe
Water bottle for cabin and trail
Insulated cup for beverages around sauna and hot
tub (glass & bottles prohibited in these areas)
Flashlight or headlamp (It’s VERY dark on the
grounds at night)
Swimsuit for sauna & hot tub
Water shoes or sport sandals for shower, sauna,
polar plunge and hot tub activities
Books & magazines
Wine, beer, spirits or soda.
Our cold well water tastes great – so no
need for the bottled stuff.
Extra shoes or slippers to keep your cabin
floors clean, dry and free of sticky pine sap.
Fishing gear - Minnesota fishing license -
Purchase bait in Two Harbors on your way up.
Once you're here, the closest live bait is in
Finland at the Maple Grove Motel - a half hour
south on Highway 1.
Cross country ski equipment/waxes,
snowshoes and other recreational gear -
we do not
have any ski equipment to rent or buy and a
limited number of loaner snowshoes available
Dressing for blisters (in case you overdo it in
your new ski boots)
Appropriate clothing (It's Minnesota - all
weather is possible at all times - bring
Fanny pack or backpack
Cell phone – Verizon works – AT&T doesn’t – we
have an emergency phone in the dining hall.
- Extra cash for tipping our great
kitchen staff and musicians
Food supplements for a restricted diet; a
fridge, hot water and a microwave are available
in the dining hall (we offer vegetarian
alternatives at meals, but are too small to
accommodate more restrictive diets)
Your smiling face!