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by: Matt Martens - 29th December 2014

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Caribou Express Chair is Awesome
No...I mean 0 jumps. Unacceptable effort on terrain parks

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Hello, My brothers and I had just come back from our annual 4 night 4 day snowboard trip tradition. And this year we came to Lutsen resort for the first time (we go on a trip every year and have been looking for a place to call home each season and have not found one yet), and I thought that I would give you guys a review for you to go over. There were both good things and not so good things to report about our experience to Lutsen... Pros: Everyone was very friendly and helpful at the resort. everyone that we met either in passing or at a counter were very helpful and friendly...people would say "merry Christmas!" and others would simply give a friendly smile and nod. Thank you for making us feel truly welcome at your resort. That was refreshing. A big highlight for us (from a service perspective) was that the rental shop allowed my younger brother to keep his rental at our hotel for the entire stay without having to return the board/boots at the end of every day...that was fantastic, and saved allot of time in the mornings and afternoons. We also loved the Caribou Express...my brothers had never been on a high speed chair like that, it was great to be able to get to the top of the hill that quickly...very awesome. Cons: I have 2 of them...1) Although we have had a terrible snow season so far I think that there could have been a MUCH better effort to be able to make some sort of terrain park available for those of us who like to go to big resorts to get some "big air" action...there was not one single jump manufactured...I am extremely disappointed in this. Since I myself have allot of experience, I got bored quite fast of riding the same runs over and over without having one single jump to hit. My brothers are from Detroit Lakes MN and when we got back from the 4 day snowboard trip (which is the highlight of every year for us) we did one evening at the VERY small Detroit Mountin (which is really just a foot hill) but at this hill they had a full out terrain park with large jumps all the way down one side of their mountain. They packed in as many jumps and rails into one side of the hill as they could...I had more fun in one evening on a bunny hill than I did the entire vacation at Lutsen (that is not an exaggeration). I love to hit big jumps and I have traveled to many Mountain areas in the Canadian Rockies and just because a resort says it specialises in back country terrain doesn't mean that they just abandon all the park riders. I was extremely disappointed that there was no REAL terrain park...just Mogen with 3 boxes...that's not a terrain park. And I was even more disappointed when I saw that Detroit Mountain had a bigger park with LESS snow. So snow conditions cannot be blamed for no jumps. 2) There is no night skiing available...we left this vacation feeling like we spent more time in the hotel room trying to find something to watch on cable television than we did snowboarding. In the mornings we had to rush out of breakfast down at the resort then rush to our hotel, grab all of our gear and make it for 9:30 to get on the opening lift because you guys close at 4 PM!! We couldn't even have time to go back to the hotel to eat lunch because by the time we had got back to the hotel, got all our gear off, and cooked our meals...we only had like an hour or so to get back on the hill. That was not relaxing at all. We were at Spirit mountain last year for our annual trip and were able to ride until 9:30 PM. We were able to wake up in the morning have a relaxing breakfast and lunch AND have a great time because we knew that we had all the time in the world to kick back and enjoy a great snowboard trip...unfortunately this was not the case with Lutsen. I understand that you cannot feasibly light up all the mountains, but you could easily do Eagle mountain, and create a large terrain park to keep riders and skiers busy until late in the evening. Because any park rider knows that you can hit the same large 4 jumps a THOUSAND TIMES and NEVER get board. If you have just plain old runs available you're board of that one run in 3 or 4 rides down...no adrenaline factor in that. In closing I would like you to know I am in no way trying to leave the impression that we hated the trip, but I am saying that it was not worth it for us to drive 6 hours from our home (and have my youngest brother save his money for 6 months to go on this trip) and pay for all the accommodations, when we could have easily driven 3.5 hours to Duluth and hit up terrain parks, and runs all day, and evening; and pay allot less for our trip. Again, thank you for your hospitality. But we will not be returning again until there have been changes made. We were hoping Lutsen was going to be our annual spot... looks like we will be going to Spirit again next year.

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  • Joseph Nauber (11th March 2020)

    Many workers on the lifts did not know how to get to trails or what lift to use to get there. Trails...

  • Joseph Nauber (11th March 2020)

    Many workers on the lifts did not know how to get to trails or what lift to use to get there. Trails...

  • Will lumplump (1st February 2020)

    I moved to Minnesota after more than a decade skiing Big Sky Montana 70+ days a season, and more importantly, skiing the...

  • Michael (17th January 2020)

    Good conditions early this week on Monday and Tuesday, and snow Wednesday as I was leaving. Nice Midwest Ski hill with good...

  • Tom (12th April 2019)

    I visited Lutsen a month after I'd been in Park City, and I had scaled my expectations accordingly. So I was blown...

  • Jimmy John (15th January 2019)

    Heres the scoop they charge big sky prices for mid mountain quality they cater more so to skiers then snowboarders with some...

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