After reviewing its options, the Lumberjack Jaunt Ski Race Committee decided Sunday to cancel this year’s event, which was scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Unseasonably warm and dry weather has left Central Minnesota with little snowfall this winter. According to the DNR, the Brainerd area has had approximately 2-3 inches of snowfall to date. The area currently has too little snow to adequately groom ski trails to racing conditions. Some trails have been groomed, but the ground cover is thin.
The extended forecast for the area does not indicate any significant changes to area snowfall amounts. Current models called for one inch Sunday night followed by freezing rain and warm temperatures the remainder of the week.
The committee thanks all volunteers, sponsors, and participants who have made the Lumberjack Jaunt an ongoing success.
Next year’s event is scheduled Feb. 3, 2013.