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Ski/snowboard - Resorts and Lodges in Minnesota
Minnesota may not be a state known for rugged and rocky mountains, but there are still a few choice spots where downhill enthusiasts can thrive. Skiers and snowboarders alike will enjoy hitting the slopes at Afton Alps and Buck Hill if they are looking to stay closer to the metro area. However, some of the best downhill action in the state can be found in northern Minnesota. Here you can test your skills at Giants Ridge Ski Resort, Lutsen Mountains, or Spirit Mountain.
With its elegant accommodations and spectacular location, Bluefin Bay is the ideal place to experience the best of winter. Sample the area's best downhill skiing or the thrilling alpine slide at nearby Lutsen Mountains, or cross country ski on the scenic North Shore Ski Trail. Winter here is simply breathtaking!
Skiers will love staying at Cascade Lodge since it offers a free shuttle to the Lutsen Mountains. Lutsen offers some of the best skiing in Minnesota and it's right on your doorstep! You can enjoy beautiful views of Lake Superior from the top of the mountain. There are also great opportunities for cross-country skiing by Cascade Lodge as well!
With cross country ski instruction and guided tours - plus the 150km North Shore Ski Trails just moments away- Lutsen Resort is fantastic for Minnesota winter recreation. You can also choose a snowshoeing tour or downhillers can take the free shuttle to nearby Lutsen Mountains and the highest vertical drop in the Midwest.
When you stay at Solbakken Resort, you'll have access to some great skiing opportunities. Including the famous and nearby Lutsen. Opportunities for Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, as well as snowmobiling are everywhere, making Solbakken Resort a great winter destination!
The Brainerd Lakes Ski Area, only 10 miles from Holiday Inn Express, has a 290 foot vertical drop, 13 runs, 3 tow ropes, triple chair lift, and snow making equipment! The ski area is open from mid-December to mid-March, with rental boots, poles, and skis. All your skiing needs are sure to be covered!
Ski-enthusiasts won't have to go too far when you stay at Brindley's Harbor Resrot. Hit the snow for a day of cross country skiing at Itasca State Park. They have rental equipment available and groomed trails through the beautiful pine forest. The park is just an hour drive from the resort. It wouldn't be a true Minnesota vacation without a little...
Eagle Ridge is the perfect destination for your next Minnesota winter adventure. With ski-in/ski-out access to Lutsen's 92 runs and four mountains, there is no better place to set up camp for your skiing vacation. Purchase a ski and stay package and receive your lift tickets at check-in. Experience Lutsen's winter wonderland where winter activities...
When the snow begins to fall, one of the best ways to explore the area surrounding Gunflint Lodge is cross country skiing. Make sure to schedule a skiing excursion around Gunflint Lake, just another one of the great activities available with your all-inclusive package at the lodge. Numerous nearby trails ensure you won't have to take the same...
Come for the beautiful scenery and stay for the fresh powder on the slopes of Lutsen Mountain Ski Area. Besides the well-maintained runs, you can try the Alpine Slide that is fun for all ages, or take a treetop gondola ride and watch for bald eagles as you go. Beginners and experts of the slopes are welcome and there is something for every age!
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