Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountains

Expansion Plan

As a family-owned company, passion is what drives the evolution of Lutsen. A balance between expanding opportunities to interact with the mountain environment while retaining the character and natural aesthetic that makes this place so spectacular. In the past decade, $25 million has been invested in projects that touch all aspects of the guest experience. 

Resort Facilities

The base area and on-mountain facilities complement the world-class scenery and terrain, enhancing your vacation experience from the moment you arrive until your final farewell.

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Summit Chalet Opulent mountaintop dining.
Papa Charlie's Slopeside dining and music venue.
Streetscape Project Pedestrian Bridge, Sidewalks, Street Lamps, Paved Curbside Parking, Base Area Courtyard & Firepit
Scandinavian Chalet Restoration
New Events Bureau sponsors nightly entertainment, activities, festivals, and concerts.
Expanded lodging options creating one of the most diverse collections of resort lodging in ski country.
Lifts and Trails

Variety of terrain and efficient uphill capacity is essential for a destination resort to be "worth the drive".

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Expanded to 95 runs including

62 groomed runs
33 off-piste backcountry runs
2 terrain parks
3 double black diamond runs on Moose Mountain North Face

Timberwolf Chair - 2006
Flapjack Conveyor Lift - 2008
10th Mountain Triple Chair - 2010
Caribou Express High-Speed 6pack Chair - 2013
Summit Express Doppelmayr 8 passenger Gondola - 2015

$3 million invested in new snowmaking technology produces more snow in less time, with a significant reduction in both energy and water consumption.


A fleet of 7 Piston Bully snowcats includes state-of-the-art tillers, a winch cat for grooming and super-steep North Face of Moose Mountain and a Park Bully for custom terrain park grooming. 

Environmental Stewardship

An emphasis on stewardship ensures the natural assets that make Lutsen such a special place remain the cornerstone of a North Shore vacation for generations to come. 

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Installed innovative wastewater treatment systems
Formed the Poplar River Management Board, $2.5 million invested in water quality improvements

$6 million pipeline from Lake Superior as a sustainable source of water for snowmaking and potable water for resort facilities and homeowners

Implemented best practices for trail clearing and work vehicle access to minimize the impact of summer maintenance

Partnered with Conservation Minnesota to create a 'Favorite Places' website to foster a connection to the natural environment throughout the state

Moving Forward
To ensure the sustainability of the ski area, Lutsen Mountains is seeking a special use permit from the US Forest Service to expand. The master plan nearly doubles the skiable terrain, adds variety to the mix of slopes, includes parking and skier services buildings and provides an opportunity for future generations to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Mid-America's highest alpine resort.