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BEST WINTER RESORT

Lutsen

Lutsen may never host the winter Olympics, but it remains a Minnesota ski bunny's best option for surfing the white stuff without breaking the bank. So what if it's no Whistler? Who needs all those French skiers with their tight pants and exotic accents? Hmm...anyway, Lutsen offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh and dog sled rides, and one of the most scenic views in the country. What's more, this year saw the opening of a new triple chair lift to the top of Eagle Mountain. But if Lutsen's lack of national name recognition still has you ski bummin', just do the math: The resort encompasses four mountains and boasts 1,000 skiable acres and 92 runs—that's no slouch. That's all for a reasonable lift price of $58 a day for adults. And don't forget to ask about special deals on ski-and-stay packages.

BEST WINTER SPORTS RESORT (2008) Lutsen Mountains

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga