The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and the Lutsen-Tofte area provide the best winter outdoor recreation opportunities in Minnesota. Cross-country Skiing, Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Ice Skating are favorite activities this time of year.
If you’re ready to try something new and amp up the thrill factor on your winter adventures you’re in luck! Here are a few winter experiences you won’t want to miss on your next North Shore vacation:
- WILDERNESS ADVENTURE: This complimentary guided resort activity depends on weather, snow & ice conditions. If we decide to hike, we will put on some ice trekkers to grip on slippery sections and enjoy one of our local loops on the Superior Hiking Trail. This could be Cascade River, Temperance River, Oberg Mountain, Carlton Peak, or many more! When the snow is super deep and fluffy we will take out the snowshoes and float on top!
- ICE CLIMBING & WINTER RIVER ADVENTURES: Our friends at the Grand Marais based Spirit Guiding Adventures will help you experience the excitement and wonder of Winter on Minnesota’s North Shore. Participate in the exciting sport of ice climbing on some of Minnesota’s best natural waterfalls all while being led by highly experienced, inspiring guides. They also offer Winter River Adventures where you’ll enjoy a guided tour on one of the many frozen North Shore rivers. This trip is a unique blend of back-country snow travel and optional low-angle ice climbing. For more information, trip details and costs visit their website here.
- FAT TIRE BIKING: Fat tire biking is gaining in popularity as more people discover the joys of riding on snowy roads and trails in the winter. Cook County is expanding trails each year and experimenting with multi-use trails combining groomed skate skiing and fat bike trails to expand the network for biking enthusiasts. Our next-door neighbors at Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte offer full-day fat tire bike rentals so you can try out this fun sport. They’ll also provide you with maps, directions, and tips to help you have a great experience.
- BACKCOUNTRY CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Are you ready to head off the groomed ski trails and explore the endless miles of wilderness that surround this beautiful area? You might want to try backcountry skiing! With a little extra preparation and information, you’ll be ready to head off the beaten path into fresh powder for a winter experience like no other. Sawtooth Outfitters, located across from Bluefin Bay Guest Services building, rents backcountry skis and will provide you with maps and tips for your one of a kind experience. Our resort activities staff are also a great resource of information for first-time backcountry skiers.
And so the adventure begins…