Lutsen MountainsSome of the best skiing in the U.S. is found in some of the least discovered locations, according to Travel Blue Book co-founder Greg Johnson, and the Heartland’s Lutsen Mountains is on that list.

 

His “Top Five Ski Resorts You May Not Have Heard Of” list also includes Beaver CreekGrand TargheeTaos, and Whitefish Mountain. Some pretty heady comparisons. 

Johnson, who lives in Indiana with his family, says, “If you don’t have time for a trip to the Rockies before season end, look no further than Lutsen,” located about 90 minutes above Duluth along Minnesota’s Arrowhead.

He credits Lutsen with having some of the best skiing in the Midwest sighting their 1,000 skiable acres and runs coming off the resort’s four mountain peaks that offer breathtaking views of Lake Superior. 

“With a vertical rise of almost 1,100 feet, these aren’t just bunny hills we are talking about,” says Johnson. “With 10 chairlifts and mid-America’s only gondola, Lutsen goes under the radar as one of the best ski resorts in America, and you can’t beat that view of the world’s largest fresh-water lake.”

The resort added a six-seat, high-speed lift on Moose Mountain last summer, one of the four peaks they ski off of. The 95 runs and slopes at Lutsen are the most offered by any Midwest ski area at one location. It also has one of the longest seasons around the Great Lakes, opening mid-November and routinely staying open through mid-April.

They plan on opening, weather permitting, Nov. 15, and an opening weekend lift and lodging package is available that starts from $89 per person and includes two nights lodging and a two-day lift ticket.  

Photo: Lutsen Mountains makes Top Five list (Lutsen Mountains)