At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’re not shy when it comes to boasting about our winters on the North Shore. For those of us that live and work here, and for our winter guests, we boldly celebrate the best winter of anywhere in Minnesota.
This year, we’ve had such a great early winter that we can’t wait for peak in February & March. We dare you to escape the ordinary winter for an extraordinary one. Head to the North Shore and come visit us at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.
Here are our Top 10 Reasons to love winter on the North Shore…
Check out the snowfall map updated by the Minnesota DNR and you will see more snow in our edge of the state along the North Shore than almost anywhere. Right now, we’re in purple on the DNR map – which means we have 18-24 inches of snow and excellent snow conditions. YES!
Located right in Bluefin Bay’s back yard, is the Midwest’s only true mountain ski area experience. Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort includes four interconnected mountains spanning 1,000 acres, over 825 feet of vertical, 95 runs from bunny hills to double black diamonds, five terrain parks, and, of course, breathtaking views. Did we mention the new 6-person high speed chair lift on Moose Mountain? Or, the free shuttles daily from Bluefin Bay resorts to and from Lutsen Mountains. That’s 10 or more reasons right there to love winter on the North Shore.
You probably didn’t know this, but Cook County is home to the largest system of Cross Country Ski Trails in all of North America with over 400 Kilometers. Not only that, we celebrate how well our trails are groomed and cared for here. So whether you’re a beginner and want to join us for a guided XC ski, or a seasoned skinny skier, we’ve got plenty of trails to keep you challenged right in our back yard.
For those who prefer to hike vs take to the skis, you’re in luck. Winter snowshoeing is one of our favorite guest activities and for locals alike. Strap on a pair of our complementary snowshoes and take to our world-class trail system or the woods on your own, or join one of our free guided snowshoe hikes.
Area mushers are happy to provide you a custom dog sledding adventure from a few hours to all-day excursions. Bluefin Bay guest services can provide more information and have you out mushing in no time. Also, for dog-sledding enthusiasts, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon — the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states — draws world-class mushers for the nearly 400-mile route. It’s a qualifying race for the Iditarod race in Alaska, and, it’s happening this next weekend, Jan. 29, right in our back yard.
Our on-site skating rinks at Bluefin Bay and Surfside provide the perfect backdrop for leisure skating or a friendly hockey game. Complimentary ice skates, hockey net and equipment are available at Guest Services. End your skating time at one of our evening winter bonfires complete with smores. Oh, and in the early winter after the freeze and before we get pounded with snow, ice skating on our inland lakes is spectacular. But you have to catch it at just the right time.
If you’re looking for a little night life in the winter on the North Shore, there’s plenty of live music and events happening. To start, the Bluefin Grille hosts acoustics by the fireplace every Monday, Thursday and Friday nights with local musicians, and classical music on Sundays in the Upper Grille. Nearby, Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountains has a full schedule of live music all winter long. They bring in local singers and songwriters on Monday’s and Wednesday’s for the Songwriter series, a dance party on Thursday’s, and some of the very best national acts – like Cloud Cult and Dessa – on Friday’s and Saturdays. Check the full music schedule here. Or, join us the weekend of Feb. 11th and get tickets to Cloud Clout.
If relaxation, romance and pampering is more your style, the North Shore is the perfect destination. At Bluefin Bay resorts, our Waves of Superior Spa has become a destination in and of itself. Enjoy a full menu of massage, body treatments and skin care services. At Waves of Superior Spa, nature meets nurture and we take our cue from the greatest of lakes. Come let us pamper you.
Perhaps no where in the North is viewing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights more spectacular. Our lights draw photographers and visitors alike to the North Shore. It’s just one of the many things that make northern Minnesota so unique. Find a clear, cool night with little to no moonlight and look north to catch a glimpse.
Minnesota’s North Shore is an artistic and cultural haven. We celebrate art, history and culture and we’re fortunate to have many art galleries, unique local shops and history within a few minutes of the Bluefin Bay resorts. Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage all host historic monuments and museums, art and culture in their unique ways. Take a class at the North House Folk School or Grand Marais Art Colony, plan a day of shopping in the quaint harbor village of Grand Marais, or take a day trip up to Grand Portage to see the National Monument & Heritage Center and visit the High Falls.