Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota

The Midwest's Largest and Highest Ski Area

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.

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Mountain Statistics for Lutsen Mountains
Base Elevation: 1,088 ft (332 meters)
Summit Elevation: 1,913 ft (583 m)
Vertical Drop: 825 ft (251 m)
Skiable Area: 986 acres (399 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 120 in (305 cm)
Longest Run: 10,800 ft (3,292 m)
Snowmaking: 95 %
Number of Lifts: 8
Uphill Lift Capacity: 10,000 per hour
Types of Lifts: 1 High Speed 8-passenger Gondola
1 High Speed 6-passenger Chair
1 Triple Chair
4 Double Chairs
1 Triple Chair
1 Gondola
Number of Trails: 95
Trail Ratings for Lutsen Mountains
Easiest: Easiest 18%
More Difficult: More Difficult 47%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 25%
Experts Only: Experts Only 10%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for Lutsen Mountains
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Nearby Cross Country: 22 km
Snowshoe Trails: Yes