Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland's largest ski resort both in size (1,000 acres) and verticality (over 800 feet), will open for the season Saturday, Nov. 22 weather permitting.  When it's fully open you have close to 100 runs that plunge off four mountain peaks.  Arguably, it offers some of the best skiing and riding to be found around the Great Lakes Region. Its location along Lake Superior's north shore in Minnesota's Arrowhead offers spectacular scenery.    

Lutsen will be celebrating the opening of the ski season with a Thanksgiving Festival, Nov. 27-30.  In addition, hopefully, to some good skiing and riding, events will include turkey bowling, a scavenger hunt, fireworks, sleigh rides, and three-day packages which include free rentals and free lessons. 

The First Tracks 2 for 1 Package is available opening weekend through Dec. 17. Purchase a one-day lift and lodging package during the above time period, and you get one a one-day lift ticket and one night lodging free. Visit Lutsen's Lift & Lodging Packages page for more details or to book reservations.

This past summer they added a new triple chair on Eagle 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. 

Good news for those that like it steep. Plunge, arguably the steepest run in the Heartland, is reopening this season on the backside of Moose.  It takes a wench cat to handle the grooming.  A new major trail on the front face of Moose will connect the top of Caribou with the Timber Chair, which will open about 15 acres of new terrain.