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Old 12-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #91 (permalink)
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PSA. The northern resorts are getting 16+ inches by tomorrow and Lutsen is looking at potentially over 30". Time to get the boards out.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:11 PM   #92 (permalink)
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PSA. The northern resorts are getting 16+ inches by tomorrow and Lutsen is looking at potentially over 30". Time to get the boards out.
Lutsen has a shiny new high speed this year, should help with the lift lines.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:39 PM   #93 (permalink)
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Coming from central IA where would you guys recommend going, we did Afton several years ago but have never tried Welch Village. Would only go for one day probably drive up and back same day.

any thoughts appreciated

I ski and my 12 yrd old snowboards, he does not terrain but likes long runs
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:53 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Moving back to Fargo tomorrow! (From West Virginia), hoping to hit up Lutsen in a couple weeks.
Hitting up Big Sky Montana next week.

Then I'm moving to Steamboat Springs Colorado to live at Steamboat Resort!
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #95 (permalink)
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Coming from central IA where would you guys recommend going, we did Afton several years ago but have never tried Welch Village. Would only go for one day probably drive up and back same day.

any thoughts appreciated

I ski and my 12 yrd old snowboards, he does not terrain but likes long runs
Afton is the best hill south of Duluth IMO. Welch is alright, the runs seem a little shorter than Afton, welch also has a few more flats to get stuck on also. It's probably the only other hill that would be worth the drive for you guys.

Depending on where your at in IA you may want to check out some of the Wisconsin hills also.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #96 (permalink)
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Coming from central IA where would you guys recommend going, we did Afton several years ago but have never tried Welch Village. Would only go for one day probably drive up and back same day.

any thoughts appreciated

I ski and my 12 yrd old snowboards, he does not terrain but likes long runs
Welch is decent. Nothing in the metro is really going to compare to Afton though, and if you're making more than one trip up, their new "loyalty program" or whatever they call it is great. You sign up, and you get 10% off your ticket, and then on your next trips you get $10 off that rate. For example weekdays are $35, my first ticket was $32, and my second and all subsequent tickets will be $22 for a weekday. And I don't think anybody south of Duluth has a long run.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:55 PM   #97 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like Welch is cheaper on the lift ticket side and I can buy them on-line before I leave for $35

One problem I think my son is losing interest in the sport, he is tired of going down the little hill in Iowa. He loved Colorado two years ago but that is a long haul and expensive.

I would be driving from Des Moines IA

I am not sure what to do but try other hills north of us .

Thanks again
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If you can swing a weekend trip, Des Moines is 6 hours from Granite Peak in Wausau, WI, and 7 1/2 hours from Lutsen...
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I don't think Welch is that great and it's another hour north of the cities. Afton Alps is alright but I think it flattens out as much as Welch does if you're just going down the hill. The terrain park changes don't seem to be matching up to the "$10M in improvements" hype. There's a hot dog truck and a yurt now, though. Personally, I prefer Buck Hill.

As a MN native I think it's pretty easy to lose interest in snowboarding unless you get into the terrain park. It's just too flat. That said it's actually pretty good training for beginning terrain park because you can get in tons of runs and the obstacles aren't too big.
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I don't think Welch is that great and it's another hour north of the cities. Afton Alps is alright but I think it flattens out as much as Welch does if you're just going down the hill. The terrain park changes don't seem to be matching up to the "$10M in improvements" hype. There's a hot dog truck and a yurt now, though. Personally, I prefer Buck Hill.

As a MN native I think it's pretty easy to lose interest in snowboarding unless you get into the terrain park. It's just too flat. That said it's actually pretty good training for beginning terrain park because you can get in tons of runs and the obstacles aren't too big.
They built the yurt, the new LZ chalet, put all new kitchens in all the other chalets, made the holding pond substantially larger, took out the tubing hill, added a tow rope system, added a crapload of new snowmakers, added the rf system, remodeled the patrol hut into the new guest services hut, and contracted SPT to construct their new park lines. I'd say it was very well spent money. I've hear that next year they're going to replace the road before it falls into hte ravine.
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