Winter Has Arrived!

December 14, 2016

Winter has arrived on the North Shore and it’s a beauty!

By Lori Schaefer, marketing director

Snow on the trees. Snow on the trails. Snow in the forecast. Snowmaking on the mountain. And snow falling as I pack up the car to head back home after a glorious winter weekend at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on Lake Superior. If you’re looking for winter, here it is in all its North Shore glory!

After work meetings at Bluefin Bay on Saturday, Dec. 10, I hit my all-time favorite hike, the Oberg Mountain Loop, with only trackers on my hiking shoes (no snowshoes needed yet). What greeted me was on this sunny, cold Saturday was a glorious snow covered forest and trees and awesome trail. The views are always spectacular, but somehow with a coating of fresh, pristine white snow all around it makes it even better.

At Lutsen Mountains, they had a fun opening weekend and following weeks. There’s snow and now it’s cold enough to finally make snow around the clock. Lutsen Mountains was the first and only ski resort in the state open in late November, and there were hundreds of skiers on the mountain on Saturday on 5 runs. The snowmaking machines are in full force so more runs will be open this coming weekend.

It was also the first weekend for Cross Country skiing with the Onion River Road trail open. Lots of skiers were excited to stretch their cross country ski legs. I met one little tike who was along for the ride with Mom and Dad and was happy just to be playing in the snow.

I was hoping for snow by Christmas. But I have to tell you the winter wonderland that I experienced this past weekend on our beloved Minnesota’s North Shore makes me want to go back right away for a snowshoeing and hiking/skiing vacation. What a fabulous gem we have in the big lake and these beautiful mountains and trails!

Definitely a winter wonderland up here.