Resort Comparison

The ancient Sawtooth Mountains rise 1,088’ above the coast of Lake Superior, with topography, unlike any other Midwest locale. The highest mountains, the most snow, and the breathtaking beauty of the North Shore, Lutsen offers 95 sweeping runs over four mountains with a lift-serviced vertical rise more than double that of other regional resorts.

Just how Tall is it?

To put the vertical rise of Lutsen in perspective, consider the tallest buildings in the Twin Cities of Chicago. Lutsen Mountains towers above the tallest skyscraper in the Minneapolis skyline and peering out from the summit of Moose Mountain is equivalent in height to standing on the Skydeck at the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago.

Why do I Care About Acres? 

Acreage is a key factor in selecting a destination ski resort. More acreage means more variety. With runs on four interconnected mountains, Lutsen is larger than several western resorts and dwarfs any other Midwest resort. Runs face north, south, east and west, providing variety in length, pitch, and views. The 1000 acre footprint of Lutsen Mountains is equivalent in size to the Minneapolis downtown corridor. No wonder it takes a few days to ski it all.

Spend time skiing, not traveling

Just a four-hour drive from the Twin Cities, Lutsen Mountains is the only Midwest destination that delivers an authentic mountain ski vacation. Long sweeping runs, a variety of terrain, a resort community, apres ski entertainment - all in a spectacular setting. We also offer some distinct advantages over traveling out West.

  • Your Schedule Enjoy the luxury to pack what you want, arrive when you want, and stay as long as you like.
  • Easy Drive It's an easy drive along the North Coast on Highway 61, All-American Scenic Byway.
  • No Hassle Avoid the hassle of shuttles, airport parking, baggage charges, long lines, delayed flights, and lost luggage.
  • Extra Vacation Get an extra vacation day on the slopes. A Lutsen vacation saves a full day of travel time.

Save a Full Day in Travel

  Travel Hours
(Round-Trip from the Twin Cities)

Baggage Fees

Travel Cost

Lodging & 
Lift Tickets
Lutsen 8 hours $0

460 miles RT,
20 mpg, $2.39
per gallon gas

5 days skiing 
& lodging



17 hours*


4-person airfare
& shuttle
5 days skiing,
6 nights lodging


*Based on a 5-day spring break getaway in a one-bedroom ski-in/ski-out condo, 2 adults/2 children arriving 03/01/2020 as priced on and on 10/08/2019. Note: Breckenridge vacation includes one additional night lodging due to transportation schedules. Baggage fees based on one checked bag, and one ski bag per person; additional bags at $150 per person each way.

*Travel time includes; travel to the airport, departure, flight, transfers, travel to Summit County.