With spring break right around the corner: Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

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March 10, 2016

With spring break right around the corner:

Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

Lutsen, Minn. — Despite metro headlines that recommend Minnesotans “pack their parkas”, Lutsen Mountains predicts six to eight more weeks of skiing and related winter activities.  “It is 15-20 degrees cooler here, which makes a huge difference in snow conditions,” says Lutsen Mountains Marketing Director Jim Vick, who is an avid skier.

“We have more snow on the mountain than ever before. With recent improvements to snowmaking infrastructure and an unprecedented commitment to snowmaking hours during prime weather, we were able to produce more base than Lutsen has ever seen.  Assuming normal weather vagaries, we feel this base will carry us into May this year.

Skiing through mid-April

“Last year we tracked almost to the day with the similar temperatures in early March and we were open until April 19.  We have not missed skiing into April in over 25 years.  There is nothing in the 2016 forecast that suggests otherwise.”

Lutsen and surrounding communities average 15 degrees cooler than points South.  Due to the ski area’s location near Lake Superior, lake-effect cooling will continue through March and April, with averages running nearly 20 degrees cooler than its land-locked neighbors.  This ‘lake effect’ gives Lutsen some of the best spring ski weather in North America, says Vick, and has established Lutsen as a spring break tradition for thousands of families.  Accordingly, 40 percent of Lutsen’s skier visits occur after March 1 each season.

Comparison of weather in Minneapolis versus Lutsen

Lutsen Mountains Temperatures 2016


Reservation Guarantee: All lutsen.com reservations come with a snow guarantee.  “Our guarantee is simple…make your reservation, assured that you can expect the conditions that draw you to Lutsen: long runs and a variety of terrain. If we cannot meet our goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation.”

About Lutsen Mountains:

Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is just a few miles from Grand Marais, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2015 and is located next door to Superior National Golf Course, one of Minnesota’s top rated courses. It’s new gondola transports visitors to unparalleled views of Lake Superior, and the resort is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, boasting some of the highest elevations in Minnesota. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains..

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2016

With spring break right around the corner:

Make the most of Minnesota winter: Lutsen Mountains has plenty of snow

Lutsen, Minn. — Despite metro headlines that recommend Minnesotans “pack their parkas”, Lutsen Mountains predicts six to eight more weeks of skiing and related winter activities.  “It is 15-20 degrees cooler here, which makes a huge difference in snow conditions,” says Lutsen Mountains Marketing Director Jim Vick, who is an avid skier.

“We have more snow on the mountain than ever before. With recent improvements to snowmaking infrastructure and an unprecedented commitment to snowmaking hours during prime weather, we were able to produce more base than Lutsen has ever seen.  Assuming normal weather vagaries, we feel this base will carry us into May this year.

Skiing through mid-April

“Last year we tracked almost to the day with the similar temperatures in early March and we were open until April 19.  We have not missed skiing into April in over 25 years.  There is nothing in the 2016 forecast that suggests otherwise.”

Lutsen and surrounding communities average 15 degrees cooler than points South.  Due to the ski area’s location near Lake Superior, lake-effect cooling will continue through March and April, with averages running nearly 20 degrees cooler than its land-locked neighbors.  This ‘lake effect’ gives Lutsen some of the best spring ski weather in North America, says Vick, and has established Lutsen as a spring break tradition for thousands of families.  Accordingly, 40 percent of Lutsen’s skier visits occur after March 1 each season.

Comparison of weather in Minneapolis versus Lutsen

Minneapolis:

Lutsen:

Date

Forecast

Daily High

Date

Forecast

Daily High

2016

2015

2016

2015

10-Mar

52

66

10-Mar

41

57

11-Mar

66

58

11-Mar

45

46

12-Mar

67

62

12-Mar

50

39

13-Mar

58

62

13-Mar

44

39

14-Mar

62

61

14-Mar

46

46

15-Mar

66

70

15-Mar

49

39

16-Mar

55

62

16-Mar

43

52

17-Mar

45

45

17-Mar

40

39

Avg High

58.87

60.75

Avg High

44.75

44.6

Reservation Guarantee: All lutsen.com reservations come with a snow guarantee.  “Our guarantee is simple…make your reservation, assured that you can expect the conditions that draw you to Lutsen: long runs and a variety of terrain. If we cannot meet our goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation.”

About Lutsen Mountains:

Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is just a few miles from Grand Marais, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2015 and is located next door to Superior National Golf Course, one of Minnesota’s top rated courses. It’s new gondola transports visitors to unparalleled views of Lake Superior, and the resort is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, boasting some of the highest elevations in Minnesota. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains..

 

 

Jim Vick | Lutsen Mountains 218.406.1300 JimVick@Lutsen.com

Mush! 2016 Gunflint Mail Run set for Jan. 9-10


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Mush! 2016 Gunflint Mail Run set for Jan. 9-10

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – Dec. 29, 2015 – Thanks to generous snowfall in Cook County, the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9-Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 and will feature two races: the original event, which is a 12-dog, 100-mile race that includes two runs, approximately 50 miles each, over a two-day stretch, and this year for the first time, the GMR will feature an eight-dog shorter and faster race (70 miles).

Mushers (and volunteers) are still being recruited for the upcoming race. Some racers to watch include:

  • Leanne Bergen from Sioux Lookout, a town in northwestern Ontario, who won last year’s race.
  • Mike Betz from Minnetonka has been involved in racing for eight years with previous races including the Midnight Run, Copper Dog, Ironline, TCSDR, and Apostle Islands.  This is his first time running the Gunflint Mail Run.
  • Chad Shouweiler and Jennifer Freking, who have both completed the notorious Iditarod, with a trail that runs from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
  • Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud, who sells cars by day and races by night.
  • Mark Luttinen who moved to Grand Marais because it’s the dog-sledding capital of the Lower 48 States.

Up to 30 mushers will start and finish the Gunflint Mail Run at Trail Center Lodge, 7611 Gunflint Trail, on Poplar Lake, Grand Marais, Minn. (For non-locals, Trail Center Lodge is approximately 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail.) Here’s a link to the trail map: http://www.gunflintmail.com/map/

Where and When to Watch the Race

According to GMR Co-Director Jack Stone, owner of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, “the best place to watch the races is Trail Center for the start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and when they start coming back late that evening or Sunday morning.

 

“At the north end of the trail, we will have a spectator area at the Old Blankenberg Pit, where the 12-dog teams will be turning around. The eight-dog teams will be turning at King’s Road, which is a good place to watch, but not ideal. There are our road crossings where people can watch as the teams go by, but these crossings should be approached with caution, because the teams will be moving very quickly.  Just a reminder: It’s more important than ever to obey all traffic laws and drive with extra caution during the races. “Volunteers at road crossings get the best views of the races. They will be up close and personal.”

 

GMR Race Co-Director Sarah Hamilton, owner of Trail Center Lodge and the founder of the wilderness food line Camp Chow, reminds people not to bring their own dogs. “Small dogs look like Scooby snacks to the race dogs,” she says. “Even larger dogs can get into trouble, since the excitement of a sled-dog race can make dogs act out. We don’t want any dogs or humans injured during the course of our races.”

 

Race Schedule

 

Saturday, Jan. 9th

7 a.m. Blessing of the dogs

8 a.m. First 12-dog team is off!

9 a.m. First 8-dog team is off!


early afternoon – teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from first course

8-dog teams have a 3 hour mandatory layover

12-dog teams have a 5 hour mandatory layover

midafternoon – Eight-dog teams begin leaving for the second course

late afternoon – 12-dog teams begin leaving for the second course

evening – Eight-dog teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from the second course

late night – 12-dog teams begin arriving back at Trail Center from the second course

The arrivals from both the eight-dog and 12-dog races are expected to well into the morning of the 10th

 

Online auction goes live on Jan. 1

The total purse for both races is expected to be $6,000, depending on the success of the online auction and the raffle for the new ATV, which is on display at the Holiday Station in Grand Marais. Gifts donated for the online auction include: pictures, paintings from many local artisans and gift certificates for local businesses. The online auction will go live at Midnight on Friday, Jan. 1 and will remain active until 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2016.  The link to the auction web site will be shared on the GMR Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GunflintMailRun

Thanks to Generous Gunflint Mail Run Sponsors

 

Visit Cook County, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Trail Center Lodge, Camp Chow, Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association, George Humphrey Contracting, LLC, Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, Apirlaat, Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters, Outdoor Research, Blue Water Café, Como Oil & Propane, My Sister’s Place, Dockside Fish Market, Art House B+B, Beth’s Fudge & Gifts, East Bay Suites, Big Bear Lodge, World’s Best Donuts, Cook County WholeFoods Co-op, North House Folk School, NorWester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters, White Pine North, Joy & Co., Sheryl Hinderman, Java Moose, Best Western Plus, Subway, Lake Superior Trading Post, Sven & Ole’s, Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store, Lutsen Resort, Betsy Bowen Studio, Windigo Lodge, Nace Hageman, Photography by Travis Novitsky, Voyageur Brewing Company, Hillsound, Bradley Donner, Mark Tessier, Frost River, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery & Cottages, Beaver Bay Sport Shop, Hughie’s Taco House, Fika Coffee, Sivertson Gallery, Joynes Ben Franklin, Granite Gear, Beaver House, The Dog Hus, Sysco, Gunflint Mercantile and Superior Light Source.

 

About Visit Cook County – dogsled capital of the Lower 48 States

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesot

a’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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Photo by Nace Hagemann: Gunflint Mail Run 2015 Leanne Bergen & Team
CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

What | The most exciting phase of construction on Lutsen Mountains’ new $7 million gondola begins next week, with the helicopter installation of 11 steel towers at the North Shore resort.  A Sikorski 61 helicopter will pick up 31 loads, some as heavy as 8,000 pounds, and air lift them to remote and sometimes precarious locations on the mountain.  A ground crew will receive the load, securing it to the foundation, then scaling the tower to catch and attach the top assembly, all while working under a whirlwind of turbulence created by the giant helicopter overhead.

When | Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 – subject to weather

Where | Lutsen Mountains

Background | The only gondola system in the Midwest is getting a major facelift, and will be ready for the opening day of skiing at Lutsen Mountains in mid-November.

About Lutsen Mountains Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest and highest elevation ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, all spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains is the largest business employer in Cook County, Minn. and generates $29 million of the county’s $159 million tourism economy. The new gondola, proposed terrain expansion and other planned investments are expected to double skier visits, and double the ski area’s economic contribution to the county’s economy to $60 million. For additional information, visit lutsen.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LutsenMountains and on Twitter at twitter.com/lutsenmountains.

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Lynn I. Nelson | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com Jim Vick | Lutsen Mountains 218.406.1300 JimVick@Lutsen.com

Save the date for the first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO at Seagull Lake Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015

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Save the date for the first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO at Seagull Lake

Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – April 20, 2015 – The first-ever Boundary Waters EXPO will be held at Seagull Lake on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais on Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, 2015.  The BW EXPO is family-friendly, and will feature speakers, activities, hands-on demonstrations, a raffle with prizes, campfire storytelling, a shrimp boil, bake sale and more!

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) was named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic.  “The dense wilderness and vast waterways attract tourists from all over the world to the BWCA,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Those who come to the Boundary Waters enjoy enriching outdoor activities, such as backpacking, canoeing, camping and more.  The EXPO is a great way to gather information from experts about the area, and to discover what activities are available.”

The BW EXPO is sponsored by more than 18 businesses associated with creating ultimate outdoor adventures, and over 10 speakers will guide visitors with their first-hand experiences of fishing, paddling and exploring the Boundary Waters.

The BWCA Wilderness has a million acres, more than 1,000 lakes and streams, and over 1,500 miles of canoe routes.  The truest of the wilderness experiences can be found in the BWCA, without the sound of motors running, electricity buzzing, and no telephone lines to interrupt the peace and quiet, and no roads into the inner lakes.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

2015 Boundary Waters Expo

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CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County MN 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com