As winter descends upon Minnesota, a sense of magic blankets the landscape, transforming it into a snowy wonderland. Among the state's enchanting winter destinations, Lutsen Mountains stands out as a premier hotspot for those seeking thrilling outdoor adventures. Nestled in the vicinity of the majestic Lutsen Mountains, Tofte Trails offers a serene and eco-friendly haven, making it the perfect complement to your winter getaway.
The Enchantment of Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen Mountain Ski and Summer Resort, located on the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior, is a place where winter's beauty takes center stage. Towering peaks, snow-covered forests, and the icy expanse of Lake Superior create a breathtaking backdrop for your winter adventure. The allure of Lutsen Mountains lies in its reputation as a top-tier ski resort, drawing visitors from near and far.
At Lutsen Mountains, you can immerse yourself in a myriad of winter activities. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, there's something for everyone, regardless of skill level. With a range of slopes and trails that cater to both beginners and experts, you'll find the perfect terrain to suit your preferences. And don't forget to indulge in the resort's amenities, including cozy lodges and après-ski options that will make your winter experience unforgettable.
Skiing and Snowboarding at Lutsen
For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Lutsen Mountains offers a powdery paradise. The resort boasts a diverse range of slopes and trails, ensuring that both novice and seasoned winter sports enthusiasts can find their ideal run. Whether you're carving down groomed slopes or seeking the thrill of off-piste adventures, Lutsen Mountains has it all.
The ski resort's well-maintained trails are complemented by modern amenities. You'll find state-of-the-art equipment rental facilities, ski schools for beginners, and inviting lodges where you can warm up by the fire or enjoy a hot beverage while taking in panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.
Lutsen Mountains resort is projected to open for the season on November 18th/19th! Of course opening will be weather dependent. Even with a warmer than usual, projected El Niño year they have the ability to create snow and get you on the slopes sooner than later. This past year Lutsen had one of its longer winter seasons and was open from November 18th until April 16th providing 149 days of adventure. The last lengthier ski durations occurred from 2017 to 2019 and boasted 150, 171 and 170 days of skiing. There is always potential to be skiing into the first weekend in May. Of course you'll want to play it safe and book a stay between December and April for best snowfalls.
*NOTE: Lutsen Mountains is implementing a daily capacity limit for the 2023-2024 season. This ensures a high quality visit but definitely limits the availability and access for lift tickets so you'll want to grab your dates sooner than later. Rates and availability are subject to change but as of now prices listed are current as of 10/24/23.
Lutsen Mountain Hours:
Ticket Office: Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Lift Hours: Mainside: M-F 9:30am-4:30pm. Sat/Sun 9:00am-4:30pm
Moose Mountain: M-F 9:30am-4:00pm. Sat/Sun: 9:00am-4:00pm
Lutsen boasts 1,000 skiable acres, 825 feet of vertical rise, 92 trails, a 2 mile longest run and sees an average annual snowfall of 115".
Prices: It can pay to head to Lutsen earlier in the season as the "First Tracks" dates from 11/18-12/25 offer reduced price lift tickets at $85 per adult (ages 16-79). Under 5 years of age and over 80 are free!
- Prime Season: 12/26/23-4/7/24; Adult $109, Holiday; $119
- Last Tracks: 4/13/24-4/30/24; Adult $85
Lutsen Mountains Resort really is among the best in the midwest and is an excellent option for those looking to stay a bit closer to home or visit the North Shore of MN from neighboring states. You really can't beat shredding downhill with a Lake Superior backdrop!
- Nearly 50% of the trails are intermediate difficulty.
- 25% of all trails are considered to be advanced.
- Almost 20% of trails (1/5) are beginner level. Lutsen is a great place to learn and get comfortable on the slopes and offers excellent instructors and classes.
- 10% or 1/10 trails are considered to be expert level.
*There are 9 lifts at the resort and you'll never wait too long to reach your peak. Another benefit to capacity limitation. For anyone that has skied around the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul) you're well aware of how an overcrowded day can go on the slopes.
*Ski Lessons: Yes
*Snowboard Lessons: Yes
*Equipment Rentals: Yes
*Additionally there are cross country ski and snowshoeing trails at Lutsen Mountains. So don't fret as your activity is covered!
(Pro tip: If you need to rent gear and Lutsen is sold out you can also grab gear in Tofte at Sawtooth Outfitters on your way up the shore. You'll be passing by on Highway 61 and Sawtooth can often bail you out if you're in a pinch)
Winter Adventures Beyond the Slopes
While Lutsen Mountains is renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, the winter wonders of this region extend far beyond the slopes. A short drive away, the Oberg Mountain Trail beckons with its hiking trails and scenic vistas. Lace up your snow boots and explore the tranquil beauty of this pristine wilderness, where snow-covered trees create a picturesque landscape.
Lake Superior's icy shores provide another opportunity for some rest and relaxation. The world's largest freshwater lake offers a serene backdrop for leisurely walks or quiet moments of reflection. You might even catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing ice formations that adorn its shores during the winter months.
For those seeking local culture and cuisine, the nearby towns offer a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural experiences. Savor the flavors of the North Shore by indulging in fresh, locally sourced cuisine or discovering unique artisan crafts.
Tofte Trails: Your Winter Retreat
As the sun sets on your day of adventure at Lutsen Mountains, you'll find that your perfect winter retreat awaits at Tofte Trails. Tucked away in the heart of Minnesota's pristine wilderness, our cabins are crafted to offer a serene eco-friendly experience for guests. Built with a deep appreciation for nature, each cabin boasts eco-friendly features and rustic charm. From cozy gas fireplaces and custom concrete countertops to walk-in tile showers and reclaimed barn wood, these cabins are designed to be experienced and enjoyed.
At Tofte Trails, the motto is simple: "Disconnect, explore, rest, and repeat." It's a place where you can truly disconnect from the digital world, allowing you to reconnect with loved ones, slow down the pace of life, and reflect on where you are and where you want to be.
The retreat's commitment to sustainability aligns perfectly with the beauty of its natural surroundings. Tofte Trails encourages guests to appreciate the environment and embrace a lifestyle of physicality and adventure. After an exhilarating day at Lutsen Mountains, you can return to your cabin, unwind, and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance.
Not to mention, one of the key advantages of Tofte Trails is its proximity to Lutsen Mountains, making it the ideal accommodation choice for winter adventurers. After a day on the slopes, you can retreat to Tofte Trails and leave the hustle and bustle behind.
Get Ready to Enjoy
As you plan your next winter getaway, consider the enchantment of Lutsen Mountains as your destination. Explore their offerings, find your perfect adventure, and create lasting memories in Minnesota's winter wonderland.
Finally, your experience wouldn’t be complete without booking your stay at Tofte Trails. With our unique blend of eco-friendliness, craftsmanship, and proximity to Lutsen Mountains, it's the ideal base for your winter escapade. Start planning your unforgettable winter retreat today by booking your stay today.