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Winter Weekend Trips

Getting away to a scenic resort is sure to chase the blahs away, whether you ski or not.


Cable

•The mecca of cross-country ski destinations, Cable, Wisconsin, is home to the Birkebeiner, the largest cross-country ski marathon in North America. Expect to find plenty of ski gurus the week of Feb. 23 when the festivities kick off. birkie.com

Giants Ridge

•Every year, alpine and downhill ski leagues from all over the state convene at Giants Ridge for their championship races because of the comfortable lodge, well-groomed runs, gorgeous trails, and easy access to the Alpine Bar and Lounge in downtown Biwabik. 6325 Wynne Creek Drive, Biwabik, 218-865-3000, giantsridge.com

Lutsen Mountains

•Even before 1976 Olympic bronze medalist Cindy Nelson put Lutsen, her family’s ski resort, on the map, it’s been a favorite of generations of Midwestern families. Long after the snow has melted down south, skiers and boarders eagerly trek up north for warm, sunny spring skiing and stomping to live music at Papa Charlie’s. Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen, 218-663-7281, lutsen.com

Maplelag

•For cross-country skiers, nirvana can be found at Maplelag. Situated on Little Sugarbush Lake, this resort/conference center offers more than 64 kilometers of classical and skating trails, comfortable accommodations, and a never-ending supply of home-baked cookies. 30501 Maplelag Rd., Callaway, 800-654-7711, maplelag.com

Spirit Mountain

•As much as we love Scandihoovian-style ski resorts, we also love the brash urban vibe of Spirit Mountain. Perched on the edge of Duluth, Spirit attracts a colorful, high-energy crowd of skiers, racers, and snowboarders who love catching big lake air in the Midwest’s largest terrain park. 9500 Spirit Mountain Place, Duluth, 218-628-2891, spiritmt.com

"My favorite winter hobby is ice fishing. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months that give us a very limited amount of daylight."—Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman (and Florida native) Steve Hutchinson





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