[R221R, Lutsen]'s location along Lake Superior keeps the ski area 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of Minnesota. As the sun warms the land, the heat rises, creating a draft and pulling an offshore breeze on land. Since Lake Superior remains fairly constant at about 40-degrees, this breeze is much cooler than the surrounding air and acts as an "air conditioner for the slopes." The net result?When the rest of the Midwest is hit with spring days reaching 65-70-degrees, afternoons along the North Shore remain in the 40s, allowing Lutsen to ski well into April. It's some of the best spring skiing in the Heartland.

Lutsen will be celebrating the end of the ski season and Easter April 10-12. It's Mountain Meltdown and Easter Festival rolled into one. The festivities start Friday with live music and a DJ dance party that night at Papa Charlie's. Saturday brings more live music on an outdoor stage in the Village area with more live music scheduled at Papa Charlie's that night and, of course, great spring skiing and riding all day long. Sunday features a Skier Sunrise Easter Service on Moose Mountain at 7:30 a.m., an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m., and more live music on the outdoor stage all afternoon.

Lutsen is offering 2 for 1 lift and lodging specials for that weekend; purchase a one-day lift and lodging, and get a second night free and a second day set of lift tickets free.