The more you get out, the better it gets.
They call it a silent sport for a reason. There is something about cross-country skiing that surrounds you with the peacefulness and solitude of nature. Here in Cook County, we take advantage of the largest network of cross-country trails in North America. Whether you want to stay close to Grand Marais, head up the Gunflint Trail, ski Pincushion Mountain or escape to the Boundary Waters, we have a trail for you.
DUE TO CURRENT STATE RESTRICTIONS, ALL TOURS ARE UNAVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. We can’t wait to get out on the trails with you, once it’s safer to do so! In the meantime, you can still rent or buy skis from us. Check out the cross-country, backcountry, and skijoring rental options here. If you prefer to have your own gear, stop in or give us a call at 218-387-3136. Because of the natural distancing with cross-country and backcountry skiing, these skis are especially popular this year, so give us a call soon.
When we are allowed to have our tours, they may look a little different, but Stone Harbor is here to help you recreate safely on the North Shore with our experienced guides. We are following the recommended guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and the state of Minnesota for guide policies and enhanced cleaning procedures.
We have always operated with small groups and continue to do so. If you do not wish to participate with others, you can request a private tour, although there is an additional cost for this. Outdoor recreating allows social distancing to be easily achievable most of the time, however we ask that you wear masks during closer interactions of six feet or less. Due to this recommended guideline, our complimentary transportation to and from the tour sites is unavailable until further notice.
Half Day Cross-Country Skiing
Half Day Cross Country Ski Tours are $65/person for group tours and $125/person for private individual. Meet your guide at Stone Harbor 15-30 minutes prior to your tour, to be fitted for skis and to fill out waivers. From there your guide takes you to the decided ski destination, where you ski at your own pace and explore the North Shore’s wonders with your guide.
Full Day Cross-Country Skiing
Full Day Cross Country Ski Tours are $145/person for group tours and $265/person for private individual. Get fitted for skis, boots, and poles and sign your waivers at Stone Harbor 15-30 minutes prior to your tour. After that, you and your guide are headed to your ski destination for six hours of winter fun.
What We Provide
- Cross Country Ski Package – skis, boots, poles
- Snack (half day tours) or Lunch (full day tours)
Recommended Packing List
- Warm clothing that allows for plenty of movement, we recommend that you dress in layers
- Wind proof jacket and pants, such as a light winter coat and snow pants
- Warm wool socks
- Mittens that are not too tight
- Winter hat
- Neck gaiter or scarf that can cover your mouth and nose
- Sunglasses and strap
- Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
- If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare(s)
- Optional: camera in a protective case
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply requires tours to be paid in full at the time of booking. If a cancellation notice is given greater than 48 hours before the scheduled tour, a full refund is granted, minus the $20 processing fee per person. No refund is given for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.
If Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply cancels a tour ahead of time due to weather or other unforeseeable events, a full refund is given. Please note that light rain, snow, fog, or cooler temperatures do not cancel a tour. We are prepared with the correct equipment for different weather conditions.
We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.