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Link: Papa Charlie’s destroyed in fire 😢

Linked June 24, 2023

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🫡 Lutsen Mountains Updates

Posted May 7, 2023

In relatively hard to find news, Lutsen Mountains’ last day of the season was April 16th (even though the webcam shows lots of snow still around). They are also replacing the 10th Mountain Chair on Eagle Mountain with a new “Raptor Express” lift (size and type unknown). This project appears to be different than anything in the expansion plan that is still awaiting a decision from the U.S. Forest Service. WTIP reports this should now be announced this summer.

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40 Below @ MSPIFF 42

Pic posted April 23, 2023

Great documentary on the Arrowhead 135 by director Marius Anderson at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, St. Anthony Main. Also fun to have the director and 2019 women’s champion Leah Gruhn afterwards

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Five mile hike @ Afton State Park

Pic posted April 12, 2023

Record high temp (85F), still pockets of snow here and there, LOTS of tree damage, passed a horse rider, heard loons calling, saw lots of ducks clustered on the river and could’ve taken some turns still at Afton Alps (if they had stayed open)

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The Hultgren signature is classic

Pic posted February 22, 2023

Never knew this one was at Winter Park ⛷️

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Tried a new tracking app today

Pic posted December 30, 2022

Sad how little of the day was spent actually making turns (versus riding the chairs and sitting in the chalet)

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Ski day with MK @ Wild Mountain

Pic posted December 30, 2022

I think it’s been at least 25 years since I’ve skied here

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Quite the crowd for Warren Miller

Pic posted December 2, 2022

Closest I’ll ever get to the ski bum gig

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Link: In Pursuit of Soul 2 – LUTSEN!

Linked October 26, 2022

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Link: Outside Chance with Chance York

Linked October 19, 2022

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Northland Sunday Fun Day

Pic posted April 10, 2022

Lutsen, Grand Marais, Cloquet (and The Masters)

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Bulldoge Country (+ the Northland)

Pic posted March 20, 2022

All of the favorites – the Splash Cup was cool too

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Two hours, 19 runs ❄️

Pic posted February 8, 2022

Quality time with SK @ Afton Alps

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Umm…are those cooling towers?

Pic posted February 7, 2022

Interesting look for the new Big Air

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Fun day at Giants Ridge

Pic posted January 29, 2022

Despite the cluster at the start with the ticket line

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Blast from the past

Pic posted January 17, 2022

I remember this exact Birch Park trail map (circa 1984)

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Survived day two

Pic posted March 10, 2021

Finished just before the rain @ Lutsen

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The vintage Mäser has arrived

Pic posted February 10, 2021

Via Dresser, Wisconsin

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Paulie Gatorade!

Pic posted January 31, 2021

If you know, you know

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Thanks, ADMIN

Pic posted January 15, 2021

We famous, yo

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Merry and Happy

Pic posted January 4, 2021

They are finally here!

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Pros: Comped soup, and lift tickets. Cons: They got rid of the soup

— Ski Bum

Quote posted August 19, 2020

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North Shore Winery

Pic posted June 5, 2020

Pretty spot on the ski hill road

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Trip Recap: Birthdays in Banff

Posted February 1, 2020

“Sleep at the Fairmont Banff Springs” has been item #34 on my bucket list for quite a long time. As we looked to conclude the year of milestone birthday trips, Marisa and I decided we would make ours a combined ski trip (and invite Colleen and Sasha to tag along). SkiBig3 had some good sales after Thanksgiving, so we picked the week between our two birthdays and made reservations. Airfare between MSP and Calgary wasn’t too terrible on the Delta nonstops and I reserved my normal Emerald Aisle rental with National.

We planned to fly on Monday and Friday, with ski days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The drive from the airport to downtown Banff only takes about 90 minutes and we purchased the required park passes ahead of time, so we didn’t have to stop at the park entrance. Sasha and Marisa brought their own skis with, so we had one large ski bag, four large suitcases and a bunch of carry-ons. Thankfully, National had a Mazda SUV for us that really held up all week with the extreme winter conditions (heated steering wheels are awesome).

Speaking of conditions, the Canadian equivalent of the National Weather Service warned: “Temperatures will plummet to values not seen in years.” Air temp was -30C (-22F) during the early part of the week, closing two of the three ski areas completely on Tuesday. That was the day Marisa and I got to experience the Canadian health system with a morning visit to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. She had flu symptoms the night before and they did a great job helping get her back in shape for skiing the last two days. Everything was pre-pay for service, so we are now working with our regular insurance to get reimbursed for the hospital and doctor fees (which weren’t outrageous).

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Looking forward to using these

Pic posted January 9, 2020

Only five days to go…

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