Lutsen: Essentials

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218-663-7281; www.lutsen.comVITALS 800 vertical feet, about 500 acres of skiable terrain, 80-plus runs, seven chairlifts, one gondola, one surface tow.

LIFT TICKETS $45 for adults; $35 for juniors (6-12); $35 for seniors (65 and over); free for children under 6 with a paying adult.

GETTING THERE From the Twin Cities, take Interstate 35 to Duluth, then Highway 61 north for 90 miles.

LODGING Choose from a variety of condos, inns, motels and B&Bs. Call 888-616-6784 or visit
EATS Check out the Poplar River Pub (218-663-7212)or Papa Charlie's (218-663-7800) for casual fare, and the Lutsen Resort restaurant (218-663-7212) for elegant,waterfront dining.

APRÈS-SKI Sample the more than 100 miles of nearby Nordic ski trails, listen to live music at Papa Charlie's, or swim in the outdoor pool at Eagle Ridge.

A GOOD DEAL "$99 Weekends," where you get lift tickets for two days and lodging for two nights at selected properties, based on quad occupancy and space availability; for double occupancy, you pay $119.

WHAT'S NEW A new double chair on Moose Mountain, servicing new, intermediate gladed terrain; the resort's first-ever halfpipe, located on Eagle Mountain.

DON'T MISS The Saturday evening horse-drawn sleigh ride in the North Woods for fireside hot chocolate costs $12 per person (218-663-7281).