Best place to go for the day if you live in MSP

by: winstonwolf - Dec 15, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Longer runs, nice challet.

    Cons: Usually too busy. Can be very cold.

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009

Full review

Duluth's ski hill faces and over looks Superior. This provides sweet views, but also exposes you to the raw north wind off the lake. Dress warm, this place can be bitter and windy. The runs are nice and long. There are a few more challenging blacks and some long easy greens. The place is usually packed with college kids, so the lines for the high speed quad that services the longest run are usually terrible. They keep up a very large terrain park, and it's filled with tricksters. Unless the snow is fresh, (and they don't get anywhere near the amount of lake effect snow as the resorts in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan) it is usually icey and poor quality. Wear a helmet at this place, I've seen lots of people go down bad on the hard packed stuff. I can honestly say I've never been there when I didn't see someone didn't get hurt. They often don't groom all the runs at night, and the heavy traffic tears the good paths into crap. It's a good place to go for a day, but I can't seem to want to be there more than once season. It's a nice place to build your skills, as the longer runs are green/blue.