Lutsen Mountains

Ski Resort Profile

Lutsen Mountains
United States
Phone: 218 663-7281

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About the Ski Resort

Lutsen Mountains is located near Lake Superior and is the largest and highest ski area in mid-America.

The four mountains, interconnected by lifts and trails spread over 1,000 acres, are similar in scale to some Western areas.

Lutsen consists of four mountains with 87 runs on 462 skiable acres, a 988-foot area vertical rise, and an 825 foot lift-serviced vertical rise.

It benefits from the natural snow generated from storms off Lake Superior and boasts the Midwest's largest snowmaking system. Lutsen also has mid-America's only mountain gondola.

Intermediates will enjoy the variety of trails, and experts will not be disappointed. Beginners are offered their own learning area on Ullr Mountain.

Cross-country skiers will find 22 km of groomed and tracked trails.

Amenities at the area include a rental shop, a ski school for all ages and abilities, chalet, and a restaurant.

Lodging options are plentiful, from slopeside condominiums to bed and breakfasts..

To get to Lutsen Mountains from the south or west, take I-35 to Duluth, then Highway 61 Northeast for 90 miles.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: Yes
Cross country: 22 km
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  18 %

 More Difficult:  47 %

 Most Difficult:  25 %

 Experts only:  10 %

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  600 ft
Summit elevation:  1,688 ft
Vertical drop:  1,088 ft
Skiable area:  986 acres
Annual snowfall:  120 in
Snowmaking:  95 %
Number of trails:  85
Number of lifts:  9
Types of lifts:  1 Surface Lifts,
 7 Double Chairs,
 1 Goldola

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

From South: Take I-35 North to Duluth, MN. In the Duluth freeway system, take the last possible exit labeled 'HWY 61 - North Shore Drive'. Stay on HWY 61 North for 90 miles. Just after the 90 mile-marker, you will see a large, lighted sign for 'LUTSEN MOUNTAINS'. Turn left up that road (County Rd 5). County Road 5 ends at the ski area base.

From North: Take Highway 61 South through Grand Portage and Grand Marais. Approximately 18 miles south of Grand Marais, you will see a large, lighted sign for 'LUTSEN MOUNTAINS'. Turn right up that road (County Rd 5). County Road 5 ends at the ski area base.