Superior Highland Backcountry

Welcome Backcountry Skiers

We welcome your warm support!


Thank You

From the snowy trees of the North Woods, I want to thank you so much for your previous contribution to backcountry skiing in our hills and mountains! We are moving our projects forward one by one entirely due to support from our fellow skiers and woods enthusiasts. We think of you often and with much gratitude!

2023 Recap

In 2023, we saw the third open season of Finland Glades Backcountry Ski Area and achieved the monumental victory of seeing Lutsen Mountain Resort’s permit for expansion onto the public portion of Moose Mountain denied in full. So many of you were instrumental in this preservation of the most prime backcountry acreage in the Midwest, through your public comments, donations, and overall advocacy. You ARE Superior Highland Backcountry!  

Plans for 2024

  • Update and re-submit our permit for a Backcountry Ski Area on Moose Mountain; 200 acres of potential glorious glade skiing for 750 vertical feet! 
  • Do annual maintenance on Finland Glades; including a fun weekend of brush cutting in the fall, and pay the plow guy no small amount throughout the shreddy season. 
  • Focus on membership growth and engagement, through personal connection, education, and events.

Upcoming SHB Events

  • Sign up for our newsletter (at the bottom of this page) to receive important updates during the application process!

Connect at our Annual Events including:

  • October: Meet and Greet at the Great Lakes Outdoor Summit-Duluth
  • November: Volunteer Glading Weekend: 2024-Finland Glades
  • December/January: NEW THIS YEAR: Day of Demo and Presentation-Location TBA
  • January: Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival-Duluth (Contact us to Host a Screening!)

Connect With Others Online

We want to build a vibrant online community for our friends and donors.

Here are a few ways to connect – Facebook and WhatsApp (coming soon). Use the links below to join our Backcountry Ski communities!

Additionally, you can also check out the Powder Project where you can map your ascent and see where others have been!

Donor Member’s Access

Finland Glade Intel Example

As a donating member you have access to all pages including “The Glades” page that contains information, directions, and maps to each of the glades we have identified to be part of a hut-to-hut system from Finland to Lutsen. We invite you to become a donor member and help support our continued commitment to the efforts of SHB.

Become A Member


Support Superior Highland Backcountry and while you’re at it, gain access to our Backcountry Intel on the local glades we’ve mapped. Additionally, members get discounts at some of our local community businesses and Business Sponsorships will have their business logo and link posted on our Sponsors page.


Your support of Superior Highland Backcountry helps create local connections to preserve our winter glades, create more access for winter adventure and snow exploration, solve recreation conflicts on our local forests, gather local backcountry communities and continue to build a movement in defense of the winter landscapes we know and love.



By its nature, quality backcountry skiing requires beautiful, aesthetic locations. Here at Superior Highland Backcountry we are skiers and environmental conservationists. We see the creation of backcountry ski areas in our region as an excellent way to weave stewardship, human health and enjoyment, and economic vitality together into a single effort. We are skiers, who will pursue the powder each year as long as our legs will carry us. And we are stewards of our land, for as long as our voices can speak for it.