We are the Powderhounds of Minnesota

From advocacy to access, we work to preserve and expand backcountry skiing opportunities along the highlands of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our vision is for our community of Midwestern backcountry skiers to discover,  cherish and expand the skiing opportunities in our own backyard.

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The Glades

Sprinkled along the hills of Lake Superior are delightful glades. Ranging from 350’-750’ vertical feet, our wooded, backcountry ski “zones” offer terrain for everyone, from gentle slopes to huckable cliffs. We are working to obtain permission to designate, access and maintain these glades as Backcountry Ski Areas.

Save Moose Mountain!

Moose Mountain is the crown jewel of skiable terrain in Minnesota. Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort has applied for permission to build a massive expansion onto the 200+ acres of the mountain owned by the Superior National Forest. But we have another idea…


With our wealth of skiable glades, stunning Lake Superior views, and existing hiking trail systems, the Superior Highlands are a prime location for a Hut-to-Hut. Not to mention the hardy northern folk and log-building enthusiasm in our communities!

A short film about Superior Highland Backcountry’ s efforts was selected  for this year’s film festival.  To learn more please visit the official Backcountry Film Festival Site.

Short film was created by Joe Banks,  a filmmaker and skier from Duluth, Minnesota. You can learn more about Joe’s efforts at  joefairbanks.com

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Superior Highland Backcountry is a local nonprofit organization promoting the preservation and expansion of backcountry skiing opportunities along the highlands of the North Shore of Lake Superior and is a member of the National Winter Wildland Alliance.