Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland’s largest ski resort, is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash, and if you buy your lift tickets in advance online you can save on multiple-day tickets. Two-day $99 getaways are available in limited quantity.


Lutsen’s long-time favorite lodging package is again available in limited quantities throughout the winter season. The package, which starts from $99 per person, based on quad occupancy, is good for two nights lodging and two days on the slopes. Click here for lodging packages.


Multiple-day lift tickets are available online where you can save $10 on two-day tickets, $20 on three days, $40 on four days, etc. The cost for the lift tickets is respectively $112, $163 and $204 for the corresponding multiple day ticket. An adult regular season daily lift ticket is $61 this season.


Papa Charlie’s, which arguably offers the best nightclub scene north of the Twin Cities, will be party headquarters for New Year’s Eve.  Blump Blomberg, Barbara Jean and Eric Frost will be playing acoustic music from 3:30-8 p.m.  A torchlight parade takes place on the slopes at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks. The New Year’s Eve party continues when Lutsen’s DJ D’Angelo takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. and rocks until 1 a.m. A cover charge of $10 applies.


Saturday night, Dec. 17, Gentlemen Hall, who MTV called Boston's best breakout band of 2009, and Quietdrive, Minnesota’s favorite alternative rock band from the Twin Cities, take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door.  They are $7 if you purchase the ski, stay and concert package, and must be purchased online ahead of time. For concert information and lodging packages click" target="_blank">here.


Located along the north shore of Lake Superior, North America's fresh water sea, winter comes early and stays late this far north. You can normally always count on good conditions at Lutsen Mountains.  They guarantee 25 runs open by early December, which is the equivalent of nearly 10 miles of trails. When they are fully open there are over 70 runs to choose from off of four mountain peaks.