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Carrie Lee and her daughter, Paige, 6, made their way down a ski run at Ski Gull

Taking a powder on winter


For a state with plenty of winter, one way to get through it is to embrace the sports of snow.

Carrie Lee was inspired to put on a pair of skis as a sixth-grader at Washington Middle School in Brainerd. She boarded a bus bound for Ski Gull, on Cass County Road 77, without knowing a soul and discovered a lifetime passion that she handed down to her children.

"I just wanted to learn to ski," Lee said. "That Christmas I asked for skis. I spent every weekend out here I could."

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