Lutsen Mountain Still Loaded With Snow; Going Strong
Minnesota’s Lutsen Mountains will be the last Midwest ski area standing (ok, skiing) with its present plans to ski the remaining three weekends of April, which ends on May 1.
The Sawtooth Mountains, rising over 1,000 feet above Lake Superior, and the cooling effect of the big lake this time of year combine to create a totally different climate than central Minnesota and south, according to longtime Lutsen spokesperson Jim Vick.
“We have more snow on the mountain than ever before. Recent improvements to our snowmaking system allowed us to stockpile more snow than we’ve ever seen this time of year,” he exclaimed. “Assuming normal weather variances, we feel this base will carry us into May. We average 15-20 degrees cooler than points south.”
Lutsen is a bit unique among Heartland ski resorts. Many see their season end in March with normally just a handful staying open into April. Lutsen, which has established itself as a premier spring break tradition for thousands of Midwest families, accordingly does over 40-percent of its winter seasonal business after March 1.
For the extended weekends the resort is offering packages for two nights lodging and two days of skiing or riding from $95 per person, based on double occupancy. Daily lift tickets for day-trippers are $34 or $59 for two days.
“This ‘lake effect’ weather gives Lutsen some of the best spring skiing conditions in North America,” added Vick. “And, you sure can’t beat that view with awesome views of Lake Superior from about every run. It’s very unique for the Midwest.”
The only Midwest ski areas still cranking lifts on weekends are Boyne Mountain and Ski Brule in Michigan and Lutsen.
How often do Heartland skiers and riders get a chance to ski into late April, let alone May? That alone will keep you going until next winter, and at Lutsen that might be only six months away.
Photo: Lutsen Mountains still going strong in April (Lutsen Mountains)