March 22, 2015 10:39 PM
Although it might officially be spring, some Northlanders are reluctant to give up their favorite wintertime activities. in fact, Lusten Mountains said March is actually their busiest month for skiing and snowboarding.
Spring, means big business on Lutsen mountains with steady traffic from spring breakers and vacationing families.
Chelsea Lamberson was wrapping up a weekend skiing on Sunday at Lutsen.
"I'm here for a little ski trip with my dad," Lamberson said.
Combine that traffic with ideal weather. Higher sunshine as the seasons change warms skiers and snowboarders even on cooler days.
"The sun is shining always, and you get a nice goggle tan," skier Halle Lamb said. "The snow, it's hard and kind of soft at the same time. it's not too mushy or too sticky."
Mix in those optimal snow conditions, and it makes sense that 40 percent of Lutsen's annual business comes in just a few weeks this time of year.
The mid-week days just get increasingly busier as we roll through March," Jim Vick, marketing director at Lutsen said.
Even with snow disappearing in the Northland, Vick said there's still at 2 to 3-foot snow base and 20-foot stockpiles that will help them extend the season.
Last weekend's warm streak forced season closures at some hills and other hills to reduce to weekend service only.
We're lucky to be able to be able to ski still here in mid-March," Lamberson said.
"We haven't missed April in over 20 years, so people learn that they can count on it," Vick said.
That means skiers and snowboarders will have at least another month on the slopes doing what they love.
"I think people like to get one last taste of winter," Lamberson said.
Then, it's up to Mother Nature, and as long as conditions stay good, the runs will stay open.
"We're freezing every night and and we're in the 30s maybe a few days 40s for the daytime highs," Vick said.
Even in spring, some people prefer to spend their days on powder.
"Skiing is just part of my life. I can't imagine going a season without skiing," Lamberson said.
Lutsen said they'll stay open daily until April 12 and then weekends, weather permitting until May.
The mountains will play host to several weekend spring festivals starting with fireworks and deck parties March 28-29. Easter weekend will feature an Easter egg hunt on the hills and on April 11-12, they'll celebrate the "Winter Meltdown" with 10 musical acts on outdoor stages.
Updated: March 22, 2015 10:39 PM
Created: March 22, 2015 06:29 PM
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