Lutsen Mountains continues to expand and add more terrain. Close to 100 runs and trails, spread out over 1,000 acres, soar off four peaks along the ancient Sawtooth Mountain range. All four mountains - Eagle, Uller, Mystery and Moose - offer panoramic 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's big and offers some of the best skiing and riding found mid-continent.

Lutsen added a new triple chair on Eagle this summer that will exit right on top of the mountain near the radio tower; no more hiking up to access the top of those wonderful chutes that careen down the front face of the mountain. The new chair will load near the day lodge on Eagle. It's expected to alleviate up to a third of the traffic on the Bridge Chair, which always gets heavy in the afternoon when Moose closes.

Plunge, arguably the steepest run in the Midwest, will reopen this season on the backside of Moose. A new wench cat will handle the grooming. Eventually - not this season - they plan to add a chair on the backside of the mountain and open even more terrain. You have to ski the catwalk out until then. A new major trail will open on the front face of Moose that will connect the top of Caribou with the Timber Chair. This will open about 15-acres of new terrain.