Snow Bunnies Give Thanks: Ski Season Kicks Off This Weekend at Lutsen Mountains

Four new terrain parks, affordable getaway packages, and great entertainment are all part of the 2010-11 ski season.

LUTSEN, Minn. (Nov. 23, 2010) – As snowflakes continue to pepper the North Shore peaks, Lutsen Mountains’ snowmakers are taking advantage of colder temperatures to coat the hillsides and kick off the 2010-11 winter season on Thanksgiving Day. Starting this Thursday, Nov. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m., skiers and riders at Lutsen Mountains will have access to two lifts and 3 to 5 runs on Ullr Mountain. Lifts will again be open from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the gondola and additional runs on Moose Mountain projected for the weekend.

New to Lutsen Mountains this season is a progressive series of terrain parks designed to provide terrain features to skiers and boarders of all levels. Beginning on Ullr Mountain with basic, introductory features, the parks progress in difficulty across Eagle Mountain with slightly larger, more challenging features, Mystery Mountain’s new bordercross course and culminate with Moose Mountain’s full line of banks, hips, jibs and jumps for intermediate and advanced riders.

“By creating separate parks based on level of difficulty, we can safely introduce skiers and riders to freestyle terrain while also giving experienced riders the thrill of advanced features,” said Dave Sontag, Park Manager at Lutsen Mountains. “The four parks also give us the opportunity to spread out traffic and give all visitors, whether they’re freestyle enthusiasts or not, a great winter experience.”

Come for the skiing – fit in a little North Shore Holiday

Skiing. Snowboarding. Snowshoeing. Sleigh riding. Shopping. The new North Shore Holiday Ski Package allows visitors to combine a little early-season skiing (and discounts) with some unique holiday shopping. The package includes half price lift and lodging, half off ski rentals, and a $25 shopping certificate good at more than 30 local art galleries, restaurants and boutiques in Grand Marais, Lutsen and Tofte. The new North Shore Holiday Package is available Nov. 25 – Dec. 25, 2010.

It’s Getting Hot on the Mountain

With more bands and entertainment still to be announced, Lutsen Mountains is excited to kick off another season jam-packed with après-ski music and weekend entertainment. After musicians James Moor and Timmy Haus kick off the season with their acoustic après-ski sets, Papa Charlie’s continues the entertainment season on Saturday, December 4th with Throw the Fight, a full-on rock show to jump start the season followed by the White Iron Band on December 11th, a high-energy country rock band specializing in foot-stompin, forget-what-troubles-ya music.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, Papa Charlie’s continues the 2010-11 entertainment season as The New Standards take the stage for a holiday concert. Critically acclaimed across the nation, The New Standards are a unique jazz trio that is making a splash with their personality-laden brand of heartfelt engaging performance and extraordinary musicality. More information on the 2010-11 music and entertainment calendar can be found at:

About Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is located in Lutsen, MN, on the North Shore Lake Superior. For more than 60 years, Lutsen Mountains has had the typography to be the largest ski area in the Midwest. Ninety-two alpine runs sweep across four interconnected mountains. The lift-serviced 825′ vertical rise is the highest in Mid-America, and more than double that of most other regional resorts.

The Cook County Visitors Bureau

Formed in May 2010 through the merger of The Cook County Events and Visitors Bureau, Grand Marais Area Tourism Association, Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association, Gunflint Trail Association, Grand Portage Tourism, and Lutsen Mountains Corporation, the Cook County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) is a tourism organization dedicated to economic development and maintaining the vitality of Minnesota’s North Shore and the Gunflint Trail. For more information, visit


Jim Vick