It was opening weekend at Lutsen this past weekend, and keeping up with the tradition, we made the 2 hour drive up the beautiful North Shore to enjoy opening weekend. Lutsen has made leaps in bounds in both their snow-making abilities and grooming capabilities, and it showed yesterday.
Every season, the first run to open at Lutsen is on the beginner mountain, Ullr. This season, however, the *entire* Ullr mountain was open...all the runs, including Big Bunny, Tony's Tango, and Ullr run! On top of all that, it wasn't terribly busy either so we got to enjoy wide-open runs without anyone on them.
The weather was grey jay, and the snow reflected the conditions...it was pretty crunchy, but Lutsen's new groomers broke it up enough to make it worth turning in. We skied all the runs and found no bare spots or icy patches.
Lapped mostly Tony's Tango and Ullr all day for the most turns for our buck...especially since lift tickets were $37, we wanted to get the most of it. Skied from open to close until the lifty told us it was last chair.
There's not too much more to tell: early-season turns on a beginner's mountain take about 20 seconds from top to bottom. The only complaint is that the Ullr chair is slow because so many beginner's use it, so that was kind of frustrating, but what are you going to do?
Papa Charlie's was not open on Sunday, although the Scandinavian lodge was. They were stringing cable on the new chair lift, and all their construction projects are almost done.
Lutsen will have Upper and Lower Bull runs on Moose Mountain open for the long Thanksgiving weekend, so if you're looking for the most vertical in the Midwest, head up to Lutsen next week!