The tips of my ears burn with cold, but I’m happy. My friends and I have had a blast on our northern Minnesota skiing vacation, despite sub-zero temperatures. My nose is runny and I feel invigorated from whipping down my latest run. A gust of wind blows toward me and I decide that it’s time to get some warmth and rest.
The group of us make our way to the resort lobby, couched in a sea of sweet smelling pine trees, with views of the jagged bluffs. There’s an inviting fire and long couches to relax in and get ready for a game of scrabble. I settle in for a bit of hot cocoa after a full day of exercise and nature, glad to be with people I care about on this adventure.
Minnesota boasts one of the longest downhill skiing seasons in the country, which makes the area attractive for folks planning winter vacations. Coupled with Minnesota’s rich forests and ten thousand lakes, downhill skiing is a great way to take in the northern wilderness.
Whether you’re attracted to the bells and whistles of a luxury resort, a quiet cabin or relaxing bed and breakfast experience, Minnesota’s ski culture’s advantages lie in its varied landscape, its abundance of snow, and of course the people you meet along the way.