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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, Minnesota

PO Box 9, Lutsen, MN 55604

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Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior (800-258-8736, www.lutsenresort.com)located on the shore of Lake Superior with 130 kilometers of trails nearby, is a jewel for xc skiers and snowshoers. This legendary Minnesota resort has offered warm hospitality since the turn of the century, combining northwoods tradition with contemporary refinement.

Enjoy the old world charm of the historic Scandinavian lodge with its huge firelit lobby overlooking Lake Superior. Curl up in front of a wood fire in handcrafted log homes. Enjoy new luxury condominiums with in-room Jacuzzis and fireplaces or the Sea Villa town homes just feet from the sounds of Lake Superior.

The resort offers a fine lakeside dining room, pub, game room and a swimming pool/whirlpool/sauna complex. Nearby Lutsen Mountains offer the most vertical drop in Midwest alpine skiing. Complimentary xc ski and snowshoe equipment and guided tours are available to guests. Take a free shuttle to the alpine ski area only minutes away. Call to sign up for scheduled activities at 218-663-7212.

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The terrain is spectacular and the trails are well-groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Ski along ridges overlooking Lake Superior, through beaver ponds, and slip into a tunnel of cedars where wolf and deer tracks are plentiful. You can find anything from an easy 3 km loop to a rugged day-long 25 km loop that leaves you limp! You can drop a car off and be shuttled to a trailhead for a long one-way ski or try many of the loops that are available. There are more trails than you can ski in a week.

The Watersmeet Spa and Wellness Center has a complete menu of spa services and you can set appointments on line at http://www.lutsenresort.com/spa/ or call 800-258-8736.

Winter xc ski or snowshoe packages would include a third night FREE in January. In February there is a fourth night FREE. March Weekends are at midweek rates on all three night stays. The Bed & Breakfast Package is a favorite with rates starting at $38.50 per person/night midweek and $42.00 per person/night on weekends. For more info about available ski packages at Lutsen Resort all winter click here http://www.lutsenresort.com/packages/xcski.htm and for more info about the xc ski trail system in the Lutsen area click here www.northshoreskitrail.com. Alpine skiing and snowmobiling also available nearby.

Check with the desk at Lutsen Resort for info about where to ski and special ski or snowshoe tours with a naturalist. Midwest Living Magazine says, "You'll feel as if you've escaped into a postcard...you wish you could stay forever but you know you'll return." CCSAA member