Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Skiing in a Snowstorm at Lutsen Mountains

The snow was pelting my eyes. Shielding my face, I struggled to see and attempted to make it down the hill upright. I wasn’t crying, but that didn’t stop the tears from streaming down my face and creating a thin layer of ice on my rosy cheeks.

“What happened to you?” Micah laughed as I puttered to the bottom of the hill—thankfully, I was still standing on two skis and didn’t roll in like tumbleweed.

We were on a ski trip at Lutsen Mountains, and the weather had just turned from dull grey skies to a full-blown snowstorm. I didn’t have goggles, and after that last run, it was quite clear that a purchase must be made if we wanted to continue our day on the slopes.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Luckily, we were right by the chalet, so inside we went and several minutes later we were back at it—this time with full on eyesight.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

The weather kept the slopes a ghost town for the majority of the day. After a chat with one of the chairlift operators, we learned that there were only a couple dozen people braving the whiteout conditions.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

That meant, with four mountains and 95 runs to pick from, we barely ran into anyone the entire day. Not that it would have mattered anyways…at times the snow was so heavy that we could hardly see each other!

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Lutsen Mountains is the largest ski resort in the Midwest, and it just so happens to be located around 4 hours north of our apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since we had never visited the resort in the winter before, we knew the situation had to be rectified, and we planned a midweek trip to check it out.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

We love staying at the Eagle Ridge Resort right at Lutsen Mountains (we’ve stayed a couple of times in the summer), but visiting in the winter and having a ski-in, ski-out room was an entirely different experience. Being able to hop on the slopes practically right out your door is a perk I could get used to. Oh, and the fireplace is infinitely more attractive in the winter than it is in the summer!

 

With so many runs to choose from and near blizzard conditions to deal with, we didn’t even come close to skiing every run. We decided to focus on two of the mountains and save the other two for our next visit because we knew hopping around too much would waste more time than we had. With only a quick stop for lunch and a coffee break, we spent almost the entire day on the slopes.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

When we realized we didn’t have enough time to ride the gondola and ski back down, we decided we had to at least hop on for a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain before it closed for the day. Because of the snowstorm, the views were definitely lacking, but it was entertaining to go for a ride in the brand new gondolas that were just installed this season.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

The only aspect of our trip that we were frustrated about was that the runs are only open until 4:00 p.m. I can understand they need to close at sunset as the hills don’t have lights, but we just didn’t want to be done skiing for the day!

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

After it was time to return our skis, we made our way back to the lodge to peel off the layers and layers of thermal clothing that we were wearing. Long johns and layers are necessary when skiing in temperatures that fall on the negative side of the Fahrenheit scale. Since it was too early to grab dinner, we relaxed in our room, and I may have taken the opportunity to sneak in a little catnap.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

We knew it was time for food when our bellies started grumbling and the sun was long gone. While the entire resort is pretty dead during the week, Wednesday night is singer/songwriter night at Papa Charlie’s, an onsite restaurant/bar. With it being a quick 5-minute walk from our room, we made our way there and settled in to have some grub and listen to live music.

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

The music was impressive, but we were too exhausted to stay for the entire show; plus, the fireplace back in our cabin was calling our name loud and clear. So, instead we made our way back through the frigid cold temperatures and snuggled up for the night.

When we woke up the next morning, we couldn’t help but laugh. The skies were blue, the sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day. As we packed our bags, we both silently wished that we had booked our trip one day into the future. That is, until we stepped outside and got whipped with a wind so cold it took our breath away. It may have been a blizzard the day before, but at least it wasn’t -25ºF with bone chilling winds!

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Ski Getaway at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota

Have you ever been skiing? Where’s your favorite place to hit the slopes?

 

22 Comments
  • Arzo Travels
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    Posted at 01:50h, 28 February Reply

    It seems you had a great time. I have never been that much interested in skiing ad though I enjoy looking at those beautiful pictures it doesn’t make me go crazy about skiing 🙂

  • sabrina barbante
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    Posted at 04:08h, 28 February Reply

    Brrr, freeezing and I find your pics and video full of adrenalinic action! But what I do like more is… the very cozy room you were in 🙂 I’m not lazy… just ‘contemplative’
    Thank yo uso much for sharing!

  • Stacey Valle
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    Posted at 04:26h, 28 February Reply

    What an adventure! I’m sorry to hear that the weather turned out to be better the next day! I have that experiences as well while traveling, my friend and I would be like “for real now?!” haha, I can’t imagine being in that weather! I never personally experience that, I mean, since I was born and raised and still live in Southern California >.<

    I never went skiing, but I did tried snowboarding once few years ago at the mountain new Los Angeles, no real snow. Man, it was tough! I can't imagine skiing but I don't mind giving that a try 🙂 I heard great ones for skiing and snowboarding in Colorado mountains. Have you been there?

    Overall, I'm sure that you still enjoyed some of your time there, despite the weather and how the runs stop at 4:00pm 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:55h, 01 March Reply

      Thanks, we did enjoy it overall! And, yeah it’s so hard to ski/snowboard when its manmade snow–makes it so much more icy! Hope you can get out and try with good snow sometime. We went skiing once in Colorado–it was a lot of fun and the place was pretty cool!
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  • Jackie
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    Posted at 10:57h, 28 February Reply

    Love this! But no goggles!! OMG. I would have rolled in like a tumbleweed! As you can see, I’m a big snow and ski fan and how awesome it must have been to have the slopes to yourself! You hear so little about ski resorts in the midwest, so I am glad to learn about Lutsen. My favorite east coast spots to ski are Sunday River in Maine and Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Both definitely worth a trip!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:49h, 01 March Reply

      I know, I’m surprised I made it down alive after that, lol!! 🙂 Yeah, we have a decent amount of ski resorts in the midwest, but most of them are just so small since we don’t have mountains. Lutsen is a great exception though–it was such a great spot! Thanks for sharing your favorites on the east coast–we will have to keep those in mind!
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  • Christopher
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    Posted at 11:33h, 28 February Reply

    Even though I’m from Canada I hate the cold (maybe it’s my caribbean blood). But I do love the snow! Haven’t been skiing in a long time. I must go hit the slopes on day. Love the accommodation, sweet.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:47h, 01 March Reply

      Lol, I know what you mean–I was the same way until we moved to Florida for a few years. I hated the cold but then somehow ended up missing it when we moved! Hope you can get back out skiing again soon!
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  • Meg Jerrard
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    Posted at 16:01h, 28 February Reply

    Havent been skiing before but your video makes it look like so much fun! I would love to give it a go eventually. The ski slopes here in Australia close around 4pm too so I’ve been told. Will have to see if applied peer pressure means they can put in some lights lol 😀 Totally understand that it’s not safe to take on the slopes in the dark though. Safety first! A scenic ride was a pretty good consolation for the end of the day 🙂

  • Juergen
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    Posted at 17:24h, 28 February Reply

    I’m not a big fan of snow and the cold at the best of times. My wife thinks it’s beautiful, but then she grew up in Australia! I have to admit I’d rather you than me being out there in a blizzard but it looks like you had the right gear.
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  • Karla
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    Posted at 00:35h, 29 February Reply

    I really am weak during the cold. I freeze really fast but I do want to try skiing at least once , maybe I will enjoy it.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:39h, 01 March Reply

      You should give it a try spring skiing in somewhere like Colorado–we got pretty warm when we went skiing there! Hopefully you do enjoy it if you go–it’s a lot of fun! 🙂
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  • Nicole
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    Posted at 11:21h, 29 February Reply

    I love your photos so much. It makes me want to be there. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

  • Mar Pages
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    Posted at 23:55h, 29 February Reply

    Wow I could almost feel the cold through your pictures, but I’m glad you both had a great time! I loved that they had live music, the fun doesn’t stop even at night. Your home there looked soooo cosy too!

  • Jennifer Melroy
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    Posted at 00:15h, 01 March Reply

    That sucks that the routes don’t have lights but at least there was snow. The weather held and it looks like you had lots of fun. May have to look into this mountain.
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