North Shore deals with over a foot of new snow

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM CDT

Lutsen, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Parts of Minnesota's North Shore woke up to about a foot of snow Friday morning.

If you asked a typical resident of the North Shore how they felt about the latest round of snow...
"You'd have to bleep out everything" said Finland resident, Mike Davies.

It's been a long winter and each snowstorm comes with its own difficulties, some people are tired of digging out.

"My wife said a month ago 'I'm throwing the shovel away, I refuse to shovel any more snow.' And we've had two feet of snow since then" said Davies.

Some areas saw much more than a foot of the cold wet stuff.

"Some of the customers that came in this morning live a mile and a half to two miles up Caribou and they were saying a lot of them had 15 to 18 inches of snow" said Owner of Clearview General Store in Lutsen, Gail Thompson.

Gail Thompson often hears plenty about the struggles with the snow at the Clearview General Store. This morning her daughter missed school because of it.

"School was called off two hours late this morning and then they ended up canceling it because so many of the kids live in rural parts that the school bus can't get to it because it hasn't been plowed as of yet" said Thompson.

It hadn't been plowed yet, because it's very thick and wet.

"You pretty much just gotta hand shovel or sit back and have a cup of coffee and let it melt" said Thompson.

But up the mountain, the snow means more work in a good way.

With over a foot of snow being brought to Lutsen Mountain, people are gearing up for an unusually busy late April weekend.

"This new snow has made our phones ring. We've been seeing additional reservations, so if we get a few hundred people up here skiing, we're going to be really happy" said Assistant Marketing Director for Lutsen Mountains, Melissa Dressely.

The deep snow has also made it possible for history to be made at the mountain.

"This is the first time we've extended the season through May" said Dressely.

And that means people get to enjoy the snow without the bitter cold that has blasted much of the Northland this winter.

"People still want to enjoy the snow while it's here. It's going to be warm, it's going to be sunny. T-shirt skiing. You can't ask for more" said Thompson.

And when it comes to snow, most people will likely NOT be asking for more.

Directors at Lutsen Mountains say if you do plan on heading up to hit the slopes it's best to purchase tickets in advance.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com

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