BEST WINTER RESORT Minneapolis 2010 - Lutsen
Lutsen may never host the winter Olympics, but it remains a Minnesota ski bunny's best option for surfing the white stuff without breaking the bank. So what if it's no Whistler? Who needs all those French skiers with their tight pants and exotic accents? Hmm...anyway, Lutsen offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh and dog sled rides, and one of the most scenic views in the country. What's more, this year saw the opening of a new triple chair lift to the top of Eagle Mountain. But if Lutsen's lack of national name recognition still has you ski bummin', just do the math: The resort encompasses four mountains and boasts 1,000 skiable acres and 92 runs—that's no slouch. That's all for a reasonable lift price of $58 a day for adults. And don't forget to ask about special deals on ski-and-stay packages.