With Only 50 Days of Winter Left, North Shore Offers An Event a Day in February and March

February 2, 2009

COOK COUNTY, Minn., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ — While the North Shore offers
first-rate skiing and snowmobiling, the area also serves up an amazing array
of events during February and March including a Mongolian firepot buffet
prepared in a yurt,* sleigh rides led by 2,000-pound Belgian horses, dog sled
rides, north woods crafts, a Mini-Winter Olympics for the kids, unique
boutique shopping and more.

“The economy has many people reconsidering a trip out of state and we want
people to know that distinctive Minnesota adventures await on the North
Shore,” said Kate Surbaugh of the Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau. “The
area is truly breathtaking at this time of year and families can come and
experience exceptional events that you won’t find anywhere else at a
reasonable price.”

Nearly 50 events will take place in the Cook County region, which
encompasses a span from Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail to Grand Marais
and Lutsen-Tofte.

Here’s a sampling of a few of the unique events. A full calendar of events
is available at http://www.cookcountymnevents.com.

Volks Ski Festival (January 31 – February 8)

New this year is the Volks Ski Fest, a week-long festival that features
events and contests designed to get people of all ages and abilities enjoying
the 400 kilometers of beautiful north woods ski trails. Whether you want to
try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or if you prefer a horse-drawn sleigh
ride, this is a festival for the entire family.

The nine-day event begins with guided cross country ski trips on some of
the North Shore and Gunflint Trail’s most beautiful trails including a
breathtaking evening candlelight ski trip and bonfire. Other events include:
Mongolian firepot buffet in a yurt (a meal in a large tent heated with a wood
stove), snowshoe hikes, horse-drawn sleigh rides, scavenger hunt on snowshoes,
dogsled rides, waxing clinics and more. All participants can record the number
of kilometers and trails skied. For a full schedule of events, visit

2009 Snowarama For Easter Seals (February 20-22)

Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids is an annual snowmobiling fundraising
event in Grand Portage that draws snowmobilers from across Ontario and
Minnesota to support children and youth with physical disabilities.
Participants gather pledges and travel the beautiful groomed trails of the
North Shore. Since 1975, Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids has raised more than
$15.9 million for children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities.
For more information, visit

Winter Tracks (February 26 – March 1)

Winter Tracks offers families a variety of outdoor winter games and
activities that include snow sculptures on the Gunflint Trail, fishing in the
Ridge Riders’ Trout Derby, snowshoeing an obstacle course, playing broomball,
doing north woods crafts, and competing in the kids Mini-Winter Olympics that
features relays, obstacle course, snow sculpting, sledding and more. New
activities include: the Bearskin Wilderness Pursuit Ski Race, kiteboarding
with instructor Dan McChristie, a Boreal birding hike at Gunflint Lodge and
winter presentations at Gunflint Conference Center.

Most events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit
http://www.Wintertracks.com or to learn more about the new Bearskin Wilderness
Pursuit Ski Race, visit http://www.bearskin.com/race/index.html.

Mush For A Cure (March 14)

Mush For A Cure is a non-competitive sled dog run to benefit the National
Breast Cancer Foundation. The run begins with mushers hopping out of their
sleeping bags, putting on their boots, hitching up their team and setting out
across Gunflint Lake. The 20-mile run begins at Gunflint Pines Resort on
Gunflint Lake and finishes at Trail Center Lodge on Poplar Lake. An award will
be given to the participant, volunteer or spectator for the most outrageous
pink costume. For more information, visit http://www.mushforacure.com.

Other events include:

Mardi Gras Carnivale (February 20 – February 22) at Lutsen Mountains Ski
Resort featuring Creole food and drink, costume ball, bead contest, authentic
live music and more. For more information, visit http://www.lutsen.com.

9th Annual Inuit Premiere (March 14) at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais
featuring carvers, native singers and more. For more information, visit

Spring Carnival (March 28) at Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort featuring a
costume contest, family fun race, fireworks, prizes, a giant deck party and
more. For more information, visit http://www.lutsen.com.

    A full calendar of events is available at


* A large tent heated by a wood stove.

About The Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau

The Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau is a tourism organization
dedicated to economic development and maintaining the vitality of The North
Shore/Gunflint Trail by supporting events throughout the year. For more
information, call 218.663.8058 or visit http://www.cookcountymnevents.com.

SOURCE The Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau

Source: newswire

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