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Indy Pass Road Trip: Along Lake Superior

Lutsen-Mountains-spring-means-great-view-of-the-worlds-largest-freshwater-lake-from-from-atop.-Facebook Enjoying the view of Lake Superior from the Lutsen Mountains slope.

Longer days, warming temperatures, and still plenty of snow along Lake Superior in Minnesota's Arrowhead. It's the perfect recipe for a spring Indy Pass road trip to two of the Heartland's larger ski areas, especially in vertical drop. The scenery from the slopes of Spirit Mountain and Lutsen Mountains is some of the best you will find around the Great Lakes.

>The Indy Pass is good for two free days at each resort, plus 25% off the daily rate for a third day. Focusing on independently owned mountains, the Indy Pass is accepted at 59 resorts across U.S. and Canada.

For your spring ski trip this season head for mid-America's mountains instead of western mountains. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois skiers depending on where you start, it's no more than a day's drive to Duluth for your first ski area stop. While weekends will be busy this time of year, weekdays may not be as busy.

Twin City skiers have only about a two-hour drive to Spirit Mountain in Duluth. With its big 700-foot vertical, variety of runs, one of the Midwest’s best terrain parks, and Minnesota’s only high-speed lift, it offers jaw-dropping views of the city, harbor, and Lake Superior. Night skiing is especially scenic with the city lit up below you. The city of Duluth offers many lodging, dining choices, and nightly entertainment along the waterfront.

It's a two-hour drive north on Highway 61, made famous by Bob Dylan who grew up nearby, to Lutsen Mountains. The ski resort offers 95 runs, the longest two miles, that fall off four mountain tops. The ancient Sawtooth Mountain chain rises over 1,000 feet above Lake Superior, often in sight on many runs. Their season typically runs from early November into mid-April and weekends into May. It's true mountain skiing. There is a variety of lodging and dining choices nearby.

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