Natural Wonders

Northern Lights by Dennis O'Hara

Dark Sky Festival

December 14 – December 15

Cook County is home to one of the darkest skies in the nation. Every year, explorers, adventurers, artists and photographers from around the world travel to Cook County to experience the northern lights.

Make plans to head north to experience our Dark Sky Festival, December 14-15, 2018. You won’t want to miss the “Dueling Night Sky Photographers” presentation hosted by Bryan Hansel and Travis Novinsky.

Live Music

Snowball Reprise – Ft. Wookiefoot

Friday 14th – Saturday December 15th 2018

After a few years hiatus, Lutsen Mountains most anticipated music event of the year, SnowBall, returns as part of the Wookiefoot 20th Anniversary Tour. Keep festival season alive in the depths of a Minnesota winter with a weekend ski and music party. Two nights of music, a special afternoon set at the mountaintop Summit Chalet, après ski live music and jam sessions, plus the camaraderie of skiing, snowboarding, hot tubing and sharing this bliss with your fellow festivillians.

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Ski Party with Trampled By Turtles and Lissie

Friday 4th – Saturday January 5th 2019

Ski Party is a weekend ski, snowboard and music festival curated by the folks at GNDWIRE Records. It’s a throwback to a time when skiing was cool and sexy. It’s a look forward to new music and a modern mountain resort. But mostly, it’s a party – friends new and old hangin’ on the slopes, in the chalets and enjoying great music. So come on guys and gals, please join us, for the 4th annual Ski Party.

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Cloud Cult

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 9PM

Since 1995, Cloud Cult has crafted sprawling, cathartic albums that have won them the attention of the New York Times, MTV, Spin, Billboard and a devoted following of fans. During that time, the band grew from the solo project of singer/songwriter Crain Minowa to include the rock band along with violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, and French horn. Two live painters create original artwork on stage during each performance. The band has remained independent for the past decade and a half in favor of keeping total control of the ethical aspects of their music and business, despite enticing offers from notable major labels. In the process, Cloud Cult has sold over 100,00 albums out of lead singer/songwriter Craig Minowa’s organic hobby farm.

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Sweetwater Shakedown

Thursday 4th – Saturday April 6th 2019

The cool nights and warm spring sun that pushes North Shore maples into producing the finest maple syrup in the world coincidentally are the best conditions for spring corn snow skiing. Our 3-day festival celebrates the sweetwater run (with sweet skiing & sweet music accompaniment). After a few years hiatus, our tried and true formula returns centered around an all-star jam with Travelin’ McCoury’s. Three nights of music, special afternoon concerts at the mountaintop Summit Chalet, apres ski live music and jam sessions and a blissful spring ski vibe.

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Races and Runs

Norpine Fat Bike Classic

January 5, 2019

The course will be run predominately on the Norpine cross-country ski trails. Mass start at the Superior National clubhouse – Long and Short racers will start together.

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Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race

January 5, 2019 – January 6, 2019

The very northeastern tip of Minnesota is Cook County, a land blessed with stunning beauty. We have Gichigami, glacially sculpted boreal forests, an immense network of lakes and streams plus cold weather and snow. We are blessed with cold weather and snow here. It is in this land of remote beauty that dog sledding became a way of life. And it is this way of life that we celebrate with the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race.

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10th Annual Snowmobile Fun Run

February 2, 2019

The Fun Run has become an annual event for many snowmobile enthusiasts on the North Shore! Open to anyone and everyone by snowmobile, car, and even by plane.

Live music – Raffles – Food – Prizes all begin at 6pm at the Groomer Shed.

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