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Cascade River is where skiing began along the North Shore, with the development of trails in 1975 by the owners of Cascade Lodge and operators of Cascade River State Park. The trails have evolved since their early years, and the skiing just keeps getting better. Trails meander along lakes and rivers, up steep climbs, and down thrilling hills, and through tunnels of tree branches hung heavy with snow, making scenic trails attractive foe beginner, intermediate and expert skiers.

Deer Yard Lake Trail From Forest Road 14, head toward Deer Yard Lake, where you can ski the length of the lake along relatively flat and easy terrain. As the name suggests, you'll spot a few deer hanging around the lake. Watch for tracks as well - although it's rare to spot one face to face, it's common to find moose and wolf tracks.

East of Cascade River State Park For a unique skiing experience, head just east of Cascade River State Park for a stroll along Lake Superior. When the snow conditions are right, this trail is an awesome trip right on the shore, an experience unlikely to be repeated elsewhere on the North Shore Ski Trail. Because the trail is so close to the water, it's worth checking the snow conditions first. The best skiing here is just after a big snowfall.

Lookout Mountain and Pioneer Loop There's a heavy concentration of easy loops just outside Cascade Lodge and around the park as well. Intermediate skiers can enjoy an easy warm-up here before heading toward Lookout Mountain or Pioneer Loop. Both offer challenging but manageable climbs followed by a nice downhill ride. Pioneer is also groomed with two sets of parallel tracks for side-by-side skiing and a track for skating.

Long Climb For a real rush, ski from Deer Yard Lake or the Old Cascade Fire Tower Site to Long Climb, a grueling climb that will challenge event he best skiers. It's worth the reward, however - a half-mile downhill run that feels almost like downhill skiing. Because of the downhill control required, this trail is recommended for intermediate or expert skiers.

Bally Creek Trail to Moose Mountain For the adventurous type, from Highway 45 ski the trail heading from Bally Creek Trail to Moose Mountain for a trip reminiscent of a backcountry ski experience. Groomed only occasionally, the trail offers a challenge in any snow condition.

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