Lutsen Mountains has enough snow to stay open for skiing this weekend


A brief surge of warm weather in March pretty much ended the ski and snowboard season in Minnesota.

Of the 17 hills on the Minnesota Ski Areas Association report, almost all reported closing dates that month.

But one is still chugging along, and will actually be open this weekend.

Lutsen Mountains will have one chairlift operating, with eight to ten runs available for use, it announced in a news release Thursday.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday – and that May 1 milestone marks the second-longest season ever for Lutsen, the release says.

“After a few warm days in March, the temperatures for the rest of the month trended below average allowing us to remain 100 percent open through April 10," said Lutsen's marketing director, Jim Vick, in a news release.

For the past few weeks, they've focused on the north face of Eagle Mountain, allowing them to manage the snow that's still there, he said.

He added: "By strategically stockpiling snow, we can replenish when the spring sun takes its toll and keep a consistent base into May."

After this weekend, it'll move into summer activities like the Alpine Slide and Mountain Tram.

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