Lutsen Mountains is the last resort standing around the Great Lakes.  At least 10 others would be open into April during a normal Midwest winter.  This has been anything but a normal winter as record-setting March temperatures felt more like the middle of summer with highs soaring into the 80s over much of the Heartland.

Plans call for Lutsen to keep two of the four mountains open with up to 12 runs through Sunday, April 8; weather permitting.

Sweet Water Shake Down takes place April 5-7.  Bands for the three-day festival include Charlie Parr and the Emmitt-Nershi Band on Thursday night, The Travelin’ McCourys and Bluegrass Ball on Friday and conclude on Saturday with Absynth Quintet and Cornmeal. 

A three-day concert pass bought in advance online is $39, a two-day pass is $29 and single day $18 in advance.  Daily tickets bought at the door will be $22.   

Three-night lift and lodging packages, including concert tickets for all three nights, start $155 per person, based on quad occupancy.

This coming weekend, March 31 to April 1, Lutsen is hosting its first Playground Throwdown & Triple Air Competition.  Saturday is a 20-feature competition in the Timerberwolf Playground, and Sunday contestants throw down for the Triple Air.  Cash purse for first place in four categories.  Spring Carnival will also be going on all weekend.

Family Spring Break Packages start from $132 per person motel rooms, and from $175 per person in a condo, based on quad occupancy.  The offer, good through April 6, includes three nights lodging, three days of lift tickets and free ski rentals and lessons.