It won't be long before Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland's largest ski resort, will be open for the season.  They've already had snow this fall, and it's less than a month to opening day. 

The ticket booth is already open, and now is the time to purchase lift tickets for the coming season.  You won't get them at a better rate, and they can be used about anytime between Dec. 18 and April 9.  Early bird two-day tickets are not valid during holiday periods Dec. 12, 2009-Jan. 1, 2010 and Feb. 12-13, 2010.  You only can buy them online.  

Early bird tickets save you anywhere from $20 on a two-day lift ticket up to $200 on a seven-day ticket, and it's the same for both an adult and a child (6-12)  lift ticket.  The savings are based on what you would pay for the same full-day tickets during regular season bought at the lift ticket window. 

First Tracks 2-for-1 lift tickets also are on sale online.  The ticket is $29 and good for two days, or you can ski for one day and bring a friend along for the day.  First Tracks tickets are good the early part of the season through Friday, Dec. 18.  The resort will be open weekends beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 through Dec. 6.  It opens daily for the season Friday, Dec. 11.

Both of these lift tickets sales are available only through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Lutsen has close to 100 runs and trails, spread out over 1,000 acres that soar off four peaks, and a nearly 900-foot vertical drop, it's big for the Heartland.  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 offers some of the best skiing and riding found mid-continent.

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