Lots of terrain, good grooming
Full price lift tickets this early?!
We went up to Lutsen again the day after Thanksgiving, hoping that the crowds would be minimal. They turned out to be average, so we couldn't complain much. The entire Ullr Mountain remained open, and they had started the gondola to service Moose Mountain as well. There were three runs open on Moose, including Upper and Lower Bull (which essentially is one long run), and two smaller connecting runs that all end up at the main chair that services Bull. The snow was a little crunchy on Ullr, so we traveled to Moose Mountain and found fantastic corduroy there! On top of it all, there was barely anyone on that mountain! We never had to wait for a chair.
The chalet at the top of Moose was open, so we had $5 beer each and warmed up after a few laps down Bull. The weather was perfect, and there was probably 40 miles or more of visibility across Lake Superior from the chalet. It was the first time to Lutsen for one individual, so it was a great day for him to see the view we enjoy so often at Lutsen.
We continued to lap Bull the rest of the day, until we fought our way through the Gondola line at 3:30. On our way back over on the gondola, we saw that the Eagle Chair was running. We thought maybe they were running it to test it out, but then we saw people skiing Bridge run! They had opened the very fun Bridge run sometime throughout the day.
This is an indication of how fast Lutsen can make snow and groom it out...in the 8 hours that we were there, they opened a run on Moose Mountain and Bridge Run on Eagle Mountain. On top of that, they had groomed out Hary Cary as well (but not the lower run that connects it to the Bridge or Eagle chair).
For nightlife, we went to Papa Charlie's for $5.15 tap beer (in a plastic cup!!!) and an $8 8" pizza (delicious, and worth the money). Cowboy Mouth was warming up, so we kind of got a free show as well :)