Lake Superior Near Record High Levels

January 27, 2020

bluefin bay shoreline 2020If you’re a lover of the Great Lakes, you may know that most are at near-record high water levels. Lake Superior entered this past summer 0.8 inches above the record high set in 1950 for that time of year, and 14 inches above its 100-year average. On January 1st of this new year, the Big Lake is 13 inches above its normal level. 4 inches higher than 1 year ago!

Due to these record high water levels in Lake Superior, and the increase in the frequency of major fall and winter storms (three of what are considered “500 year storms” in the past two years), Bluefin Bay decided to be proactive and add additional shoreline protective measures to the significant other work done over the past two years. This work was completed just in time for the Gales of November this past year.

Did you know?

  • Just a 1-inch rise in Lake Superior is equal to an additional 551 billion gallons of water. Wait, what!? Now, times that by 4 (the amount the lake is up right now compared to 1 year ago). That’s a lot of extra water!
  • One of our favorite fun facts? This mighty lake holds as much water as all Great Lakes combined plus 3 additional Lake Eries. Wow! Check out a list of other mind-boggling facts in this Lake Superior Magazine article.
  • For those who want to dig a little deeper into ‘Lake Stats’, you can visit the US Army Corps of Engineers Weekly Great Lakes Water Level Update. Here, they detail the past week’s weather and lake level conditions for all the Great Lakes. In addition, this report provides monthly forecasts, alerts, and a chart of all lakes with several interesting stats for comparison.
  • A recent article published by the Duluth News Tribune discusses storm warnings for 2020, potential impacts if the lake level continues to rise, and what is being done to understand and manage the current condition of the Great Lakes water levels.

 

Ready to Give Cross-Country Skiing a Try?

January 20, 2020

sugarbush trails - guided cross-country trip at bluefin bayCross-country skiing is a low-impact full-body workout and a fun way to get outside and enjoy winter at its best. Not to mention, the scenery and stillness of the woods is something you can only find while out on one of the local trails along Minnesota’s North Shore.

But, what if you’ve never been cross-country skiing? Or, what if it’s been a very long time since you had skis strapped to the bottom of your feet?

Go For It. Give Cross-Country Skiing a Try!

When you’re a guest at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts our activities guides are here to help whether you are brand new to the sport, a beginner with minimal experience, or a more advanced skier looking for new trails and challenges.

Are you a new or beginner skier?  We guarantee that with a little patience and practice you will have found a new favorite winter activity! We offer complimentary guided ski trips several days a week throughout the winter season. In addition to a guided trip and transportation to and from the ski trails, we’ll outfit you with all the gear you need. Our experienced activities staff will assist you in finding the correctly sized skis, poles, and boots. The right equipment can make all the difference and will help ensure a successful ski outing.

Classic and Skate Skiing. What Are They and How are They Different?

There are two main types of cross-country skiing utilizing different types of skis: classic and skate. Classic is the more traditional form of cross-country skiing and is the one that beginners usually learn first. Skate skiing is a bit more complex and utilizes the flat, wide groomed area on a trail. A v-shaped skating motion, when mastered, is a fast and exciting way to zoom around a trail system.

We provide equipment and tours for classic skiing only. Classic skiing is best done on groomed trails with two tracks – one for each ski. A forward lunging and sliding motion, combined with an alternating push off from your poles will propel you along the tracks. Our advice? Be patient! Because you will wobble, you may fall, and you will get tired. But, we are here to help you take it slow and discover the joys of cross-country skiing. Have kids? We have equipment for them too! In addition, kids are quick learners and the sooner you introduce them the sooner cross-country skiing can become a life long sport. Their favorite part is usually zooming down a hill and ‘accidentally’ falling into a pile of fresh snow.

Our guided tours take place on the local Sugarbush and Norpine trail systems. Both combine spectacular scenery with varied terrain and provide trails for beginners to experts. These are part of the more than 400 kilometers of groomed trails in Cook County. You will pretty much never run out of trails to explore!

Welcome to your new favorite winter sport!

 

 

 

Embrace the Spirit of Hygge!

January 13, 2020

Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah”) is a Danish word for enjoying life’s simple pleasures. In the winter along Minnesota’s North Shore, we fully embrace and encourage this lifestyle. During this time, we seek out cozy spaces, outdoor adventures with lots of fresh air, and meaningful moments spent with family and friends. In addition, hygge promotes emotional and physical wellbeing and gives us a sense of togetherness and contentment.  This feeling can happen whether we are doing something simple and ordinary or having an extraordinary winter adventure.

Here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ll help you get into the spirit of hygge. Imagine a day spent enjoying winter fun:

  • Visit our Activity Calendar and join us on a complimentary guided adventure!
  • Guests can check out complimentary cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice trekkers, and ice skates.
  • Carve out the fresh powder at Lutsen Mountains, or glide along freshly groomed cross-country ski trails.
  • Fuel your days with warm drinks (or drinks that warm you up!) and cozy meals from the Coho Cafe & Bakery, and the Bluefin Grille.
  • After a full day of winter fun,  curl up with a good book or jovial conversation with loved ones around a warm fire, soak in the indoor or outdoor hot tubs, or book a hot stone massage at the Waves of Superior Spa.

Cook County is celebrating its 4th annual  Hygge Festival February 7 – 16. You’ll find events to celebrate the ‘cozy season’ all along the North Shore from Tofte to Grand Portage.  Live music, night skiing, dog sled tours, special dinners, artsy events, and more have been scheduled to help you embrace life’s simple pleasures.

 

Special Winter Offers for Extraordinary Winter Adventures

January 6, 2020

Winter guided hikes at bluefin bay family of resortsIt’s time to decompress from the busy holiday season, make plans for the new decade, and embrace all that winter can provide. After all, Cozy evenings by the fire, bright blue skies, crisp snow-filled days, and time enjoying winter adventures is what these winter months are all about.

Make the most of your winter getaway with our special offers and packages available in January and February:

JANUARY 3 for 2 SPECIAL:  Valid Dates: Jan. 1 – Jan. 31, 2020.  Enjoy winter at its absolute best! Stay three nights at any of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and receive one of those nights completely FREE!

WINTER 4 for 3 SPECIAL: Valid Dates: Feb. 1-March 22, 2020. Stay four nights and receive one of those nights completely FREE!

WINTER ADVENTURE SPECIAL: NEW WINTER OFFER! Valid Feb. 2-March 5, 2020. This winter, we’re offering our popular 3-2 special midweek for those who want to head north to ski, skate, board, sled, swim, climb, dance, explore, shop. Stay three nights midweek (Sunday-Thursday) and receive one of those nights completely FREE — in peak winter!

WINTER MIDWEEK 25: Valid Feb. 2-March 5, 2020. Stay two nights midweek (Sunday-Thursday) and receive 25% off. Yep, that’s 25% off our winter rates during peak winter!

SKI & STAY PACKAGES: Enjoy Lakeside Views & Slope-Side Access! For those who love to downhill ski at Lutsen Mountains and stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you’ll want to book a Ski & Stay Package for the best deal.