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Put down the turkey, hit the slopes: Ski resorts open today and Black Friday


Is standing in line for discounts not your idea of a good way to spend Thanksgiving? Then perhaps you might prefer skiing.

It's an option if you live in (or are willing to drive to) Minnesota's north shore, where Lutsen Mountains, a Cook County ski resort described as Minnesota's largest, is already open.

According to the resort's Facebook page, they'll have two runs and one lift available on Thanksgiving Day.

This comes ahead of the debut of Lutsen's expansion project, which was announced last year and includes new gondolas, which are roomier (they'll be able to hold eight instead of four skiiers) and will replace a 45-year-old gondola system. On top of that, the resort is also adding new ski runs, the owners said last year.

The gondolas won't be ready for the Thanksgiving weekend, however. According to Lutsen's Facebook page, they'll be getting a "grand opening celebration" on Dec. 11.

As far as we can tell, Lutsen's the only Minnesota skiing spot open on Turkey Day.

If it's a little out of your way (and you'd prefer to stick to turkey-eating, which is totally understandable) but you're still hoping to avoid the Black Friday retail rush, a number of other Minnesota ski resorts will be opening their slopes on America's biggest shopping day.

At least 10 skiing destinations all around the state will be in business on Friday (for a full list, click here). One of those resorts, Wild Mountain in Taylor Falls, while not open for Thanksgiving, was the first Minnesota ski resort to open this season.

The beginning of the skiing season is due not only to the onset of old man winter in Minnesota, but also, of course, snow machines. In fact, some began manufacturing snow last month.

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