Why not combine some of the best skiing and riding in the Heartland with a stay at one of the “grand” old resorts along Lake Superior’s shoreline in Minnesota’s Arrowhead.

Lutsen Mountains has close to 100 runs and trails spread out over 1,000 acres that soar off four peaks, and a 900-foot vertical drop is huge for the Heartland. All four mountains, Eagle, Ullr, Mystery and Moose, offer jaw-dropping views of Lake Superior. Runs on Moose are a mile-and-a-half top to bottom, and it’s all vertical; no long run-outs. It’s arguably one of the best ski resorts mid-continent.

Lutsen Resort, not part of the ski resort, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.  It dates to the late 1800s when Swedish immigrant Charles Nelson built a homestead on the shore of Lake Superior.  In the early 1900s his house became a stop for passengers aboard the steamship America, and when Hwy. 61 was improved, the Nelson homestead became a popular destination for travelers and still is today. It sits just below Lutsen Mountains right on the lakeshore.Minnesota Monthly Magazine readers voted it “most romantic resort in the state.”

Lutsen Resort offers lift and lodging packages with the ski resort. During February stay three nights and get one midweek night free. Kids, 6-12, ski free and stay free with a four-day lift ticket purchase, all February; one child per adult ticket. Stay three or more nights midweek and receive your lodging and lift tickets for half-price. Packages can’t be combined.

Romance Packages include a two-night stay in one of the resort’s Poplar River rooms with a gas fireplace, whirlpool and private deck.  It also includes champagne in your room, breakfast each morning and dinner one evening in their lakeside lodge dining room.

Lutsen Resort offers guests a free shuttle to the ski hill and return, just minutes away.