Thinking about purchasing a season pass for Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland's largest ski resort? Don't think too long. All season passes will be going up in price Oct. 16, and some will be going up by $100.

An adult pass is currently $349. A child (6-12) is $219 and a senior (65+) $319.  A family pass, which includes four passes, is $1,199. Additional family members may be added for $99; children 18 and under still in high school living at home.  Canadian season passes are at par.

Lutsen has been busy over summer expanding terrain park features on all four mountains; Eagle, Uller, Mystery, and Moose.  That's right, all four mountains. It wasn't that long ago - the 1990s - Lutsen used to limit snowboarders to one mountain and just certain times of the week. They've come full circle.

Mystery Mountain is still one large terrain park with features scattered about. Now, you'll find terrain features on the other three as well.  The Timber Wolf lift area on Moose Mountain is being made over as one large terrain park top to bottom. That's good use of that area, which I always thought was kind of boring compared to the rest of the Moose terrain. Get your shred on.

It's big for the Midwest, with close to 100 runs and trails, spread out over 1,000 acres that soar off four peaks, and a 900-foot vertical drop. All four mountains offer great views of Lake Superior. It's been called the Vail of the Plains or the Killington of the Great Lakes. Call it whatever you want, but it offers some of the best skiing and riding found mid-continent.

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