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Ski trip to Lutsen, MN [family weekend, includes non-skiers]

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It's been years, 2006, since our last visit, w were w/o children in tow at the time. Thinking about doing a side trip this year and was looking for some input on where to stay, best time to go, etc.

We live in twin cities and take a trip out west every year. This would probably be a long weekend type of trip, ad two kids, possibly in laws who don't ski but like to cross country ski.

We stayed at Eagle Ridge and it was 'ok.' Wndering of the lodging options which one has made improvements, i.e. upgraded from polyester to cotton sheets, etc. We would get a place with a kitchen since dining options are limited and big enough for all of us to fit.

With regards to the kids, is the ski school ok. We usually put kids in all day ski school and this would be our first choice u less the experience has been abismal.
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We went to Lutsen for the first time last year and loved it.   A few things we learned:

 

Ski In/Ski out is ridiculously expensive at Lutsen.   What a joke.   We stayed about 6-7 miles from the hill and were glad we did.   Unless you absolutely need ski in ski out check out options off the hill.   We rented a huge 3 bedroom house for $268 per night that would easily sleep 8 people. 

 

Ski moose mountain early and then ski eagle mountain later in the day.   The reason is that the line to take the gondola back to the parking lot in the afternoon gets REALLY long (up to an hour wait) and unless you want to take a 1/2 mile long cat track back to the lodge you should avoid the gondola back from moose after 2:00pm.

 

Moose installed a high speed detachable 6 person lift this summer, and skiing over there is going to be really fun this year.  The old lift took 10 minutes to crawl to the top, the new lift takes 3.5 minutes.

 

We didn't do the ski school..  sorry.  Our kids really just like to ski with us for the most part.

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We went to Lutsen for the first time last year and loved it.   A few things we learned:

Ski In/Ski out is ridiculously expensive at Lutsen.   What a joke.   We stayed about 6-7 miles from the hill and were glad we did.   Unless you absolutely need ski in ski out check out options off the hill.   We rented a huge 3 bedroom house for $268 per night that would easily sleep 8 people. 

Ski moose mountain early and then ski eagle mountain later in the day.   The reason is that the line to take the gondola back to the parking lot in the afternoon gets REALLY long (up to an hour wait) and unless you want to take a 1/2 mile long cat track back to the lodge you should avoid the gondola back from moose after 2:00pm.

Moose installed a high speed detachable 6 person lift this summer, and skiing over there is going to be really fun this year.  The old lift took 10 minutes to crawl to the top, the new lift takes 3.5 minutes.

We didn't do the ski school..  sorry.  Our kids really just like to ski with us for the most part.

Thanks for the mountain sequence tip. I do remember sitting on those hamster powered lifts well. We lucked out when we went weather wise.

For the house did you go through the resort website to find a bigger place or some other website?

I looked at some of the resorts off the hill along the lake and seem fine. Just remember all the restaurants, hotel ( lobbies and rooms) we looked at while there seemed to be stuck in a virtual 1985 time warp. From your experience and those of friends have facilities been upgraded?

Kids are still to small to do full blown mountain skiing why I asked about their school.
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We book our house up there through VRBO.com which works ridiculously well.   There are a lot of options to choose from if you don't feel you need ski in/ski out.   The main reason we avoided that option was cost, but it also appears that many of the options they have aren't really that convienent to get to if you wanted to stop in at your house several times per day.   Some are much easier to get to than others.   They do have parking right at the condo's which would be nice. 

 

Weekend skiing at Lutsen can get busy and if you don't get there REALLY early you'll be stuck in the overflow lot.  Not really a big deal as they have two buses that run all day long from the overflow lot to the main chalet, but it's still not perfect.

 

Many of the on-mountain condo's are kind of beat up from years of use IMO.   You can read reviews on VRBO to see which are better than others.   Just keep in mind that some are fairly party-stomped. 

post #5 of 11

Lutsen is getting DUMPED on this season so far and especially in the next week.  7 more inches tonight?   4-5 days of snow forcast for the next week?

post #6 of 11
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Though the trip to lutsen will probably won't materialize it makes trying to squeeze a trip up there very tempting this year with all the snow they have been getting.
post #7 of 11

Wish we were going now instead of in late feb.  Hopefully they get some before then although my youngest son 'Hates Powder!'

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Great alternative to VRBO in that area here.  Used them many times.

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What's the advantage greg?  Just an additional site?  Better pricing?  We've used VRBO the last two years to book 'Casa Bella' on Caribou Lake which I highly recommend.

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What's the advantage greg?  Just an additional site?  Better pricing?  We've used VRBO the last two years to book 'Casa Bella' on Caribou Lake which I highly recommend.

 

Cascade has a great collection of places right on Superior below 61.


Edited by gregmerz - 12/27/13 at 4:01pm
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Lived in Mpls a few years ago and have great memories from Lutsen. Always stayed at Eagle Ridge. Ok--not great, but ski in-ski out, which was a big deal with kids. Had one of my best skiing expriences there on Martin Luther King weekend 2011. 15" overnight and the whole place to ourselves.
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