Spring finally starts to arrive in the Sawtooth Mountains along Minnesota's north shore by the end of March, and Lutsen Mountains is planning a celebration Saturday, March 27.  Located along the shores of Lake Superior North America's fresh water sea, spring is slow to arrive this far north. It gets a little crazy when it does.

There will be costume contests, family fun races with great prizes, fireworks, and lots of live entertainment.  The weekend theme is a giant deck party.  Grab your beach gear, crazy costumes, ski and riding equipment, and head north to Lutsen.  All events are free and open to the public.

Friday night will start out with stand up comedy at Papa Charlie's, which, arguably, is the best nightclub scene north of the Twin Cities.  That will be followed by a dance party that's guaranteed to put some funk in your trunk.

Saturday will feature the giant deck party starting the day in the Summit Chalet with the heartiest beach party north of South Beach.  Show up in your bathing suit and ski boots, or maybe a grass skirt.  The Family Fun Race/Obstacle Course - gates, hurtles, and limbo - takes place that afternoon on Upper Bull Run.  A costume contest takes place after the race.  See, there was a reason for that grass skirt.

A torchlight parade and fireworks, best seen from Papa Charlie's, takes place at dusk followed by the fourth Annual Beach Party Bash.  You can dance the night away with festivities, including Hawaiian shirt, bikini, and limbo contests, great music, great drink specials, and a tiki bar.  What a great way to wind down the season, but don't put the snow sports equipment away just yet.  Lutsen always remains open until mid-April.

Weekend lodging rates start as low as $99 per person, based on quad occupancy, for two nights and two days of skiing or riding.  Rooms at that price are limited so don't delay making a reservation.

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