Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort

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Overview

Lutsen is quadruple the size of most Great Lakes ski resorts. With four peaks, more than 1,000 acres, over 1,000-foot vertical drop, over 90 runs and the region’s only gondola, it’s a legitimate ski area. This New England look-alike also gets rave reviews from skiers and snowboarders for the scenery, thanks to its spectacular views of Lake Superior from just about anywhere on the mountain. Located on four separate peaks of the Sawtooth Mountain range - Moose Mountain, Eagle Mountain, Ullr Mountain and Mystery Mountain - Lutsen offers long New England-like trails.

Where Is Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Located?

The nearest major airport is Thunder Bay International Airport in Canada, which is 95 miles from the town of Lutsen. The closest major U.S. airport is Duluth International Airport at 97 miles. You can rent a car to drive to the resort. If you fly into Canada, you will need a passport and will have to pass through U.S. customs to get back into the U.S.

Three lodges on-site with 3,150 beds within a 20-mile radius.

Restaurants

Breakfast

  • Cascade Restaurant & Pub prides itself on having a little something for everyone, and that’s definitely true of breakfast. Whether you want a quick sandwich or biscuits and gravy, the restaurant serves it. 3719 MN-61, Lutsen, MN 55612

Lunch

  • Take the Summit Express Gondola to the top, and enjoy lunch at Summit Chalet while looking out over the countryside. 455 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612

Dinner

  • While The Crooked Spoon Cafe might close early, it’s worth a stop to sample their array of New American dishes. 17 West Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Après/Nightlife

  • If you want to listen to some live music at the end of your day, stop by Moguls Grille & Tap Room. The tap room is located right in the lodge. 371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612

Terrain

Terrain

Eagle Mountains ski resort features a 1,088-vertical drop with lift-serviced vertical rise at 825 feet. There are 95 runs spread out over 1,000 acres, and the longest run is 2 miles. The steepest runs are The Plunge and Experts Cutoff. The trail types are 18% beginner, 47% intermediate, 25% advanced and 10% expert. The area receives 120 inches (10 feet) of annual snowfall, and snowmaking occurs on 231 acres (excluding side-country runs).

There are a total of eight lifts, including an eight-passenger Gondola and a six-passenger detachable high-speed chair, Caribou Express. The lift capacity is 10,000 riders per hour.

Inside Scoop

The ski resort offers 60 acres of tree skiing, and it’s best-known for its wide-opened, groomed cruiser trails. The resort is extremely family-friendly with many activities geared towards families. Summer activities include hiking, an alpine slide, canoe tours and scenic Summit Express Gondola rides. You can go wine tasting throughout the year.

Within a 20-mile radius, there is plenty of lodging – over 3,000 pillows. If you’re hungry before, during or after your adventures, there are multiple on-mountain restaurants. The Snowsports Center offers both adult and youth lessons. There is a structured playgroup for children aged three, which exposes them to skiing.

Plan Your Trip

Lutsen Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

38"
24"
16"
8"
0"
6"
Nov
31"
Dec
20"
Jan
23"
Feb
10"
Mar
8"
Apr
0"
May

Terrain Overview

10%
Beginners Runs
58%
Intermediate Runs
24%
Advanced Runs
8%
Expert Runs
62
Runs in Total
2 mi
Longest Run
393 ac
Skiable Terrain
231 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 8

1
Gondolas & Trams
1
High Speed Sixes
1
Triple Chairs
4
Double Chairs
1
Surface Lifts

Elevation

1688'
Summit
825'
Vertical Drop
800'
Base

Important Dates

December 09, 20222022/12/09
Projected Opening
May 01, 20232023/05/01
Projected Closing
127
Projected Days Open
135
Days Open Last Year
74
Years Open
121"
Average Snowfall
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