Aerial view of fall colors at Lutsen Mountains

Summit Express Gondola

You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior's dramatic coastline. This aerial gondola is one of the North Shore's most popular attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level is an experience not to be missed if you're visiting the North Shore, here's why: 

It's the only transportation of its kind in the Midwest: ruffed grouse, eagles, pine marten, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted from the gondola; ride over the cascading Poplar River and up Moose Mountain for unbelievable views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

Stop at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains, a beautiful mountaintop chalet welcoming guests for gorgeous views, relaxation, or for lunch, snacks, and beverages. Inside and outside deck seating is available overlooking Lake Superior. The Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains also hosts our Summit Chalet weddings, our premier destination wedding facility.

Enjoy the mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and fresh air. The Summit Express Gondola makes Moose Mountain the most accessible year-round mountaintop destination in Mid-America.

Our summer attractions are weather dependent, on days with thunder or lightning or heavy winds we are unable to operate the Summit Express. Please call our central reservation at 877-458-8736 on days with inclement weather prior to online purchase. 

  • All dates subject to government orders for allowed business operations. 
2020 Summit Express Gondola Rates - 2021 Rates TBA

Adult (16+): $25 
Child (6-15): $17 
Senior (65+): $21  
Tots (5 and under): FREE with paid adult
Unlimited (6+): $32
Family Gondola Special (1 Adult/1 Child Combo): $37
One-way tickets: Save $4/person. Ride up, Hike down via Superior Hiking Trail

Alpine Slide/Gondola Single Ride Combo: Adult - $34; Senior - $30; Child - $26
(non-transferable, single ride on the alpine slide and gondola)
Alpine Slide/Gondola All-Day Adventure Pass: $52 (non-transferable, unlimited slide/gondola pass)
Add State & Local sales tax and fees to all above rates.
2021 Summit Express Gondola Summer Dates & Hours

Saturdays: May 1, 8, 15

Sat & Sun: May 22 & 23, 29 & 30

Open Daily: June 4 - Oct 17

Thur-Sun: Oct 21-24

Spring Hours: 10a-4p
May 1-May 15

Summer Hours: 10a-5p
May 22 - Oct 17*

*Sept 25 & Oct 2: Open 9a-6p

Foodservice closes one hour prior to gondola closing & at 3p on event and select dates, please call to inquire about the current schedule.

Please read our operating updates due to COVID19.

A release of liability is required for all guests riding the alpine slide, please complete this prior to arrival. Once on-site, we ask that only one member of your party enter our line queues so that we may best adhere to social distancing guidelines, please follow arrows to access line queues and stand on our gondola icons. 



Please be COVID aware during your visit. The North Shore offers ample space to be outside and enjoy nature but occasionally trailheads and overlooks will become congested during this spectacular season. Please have a face mask at-the-ready and wear it when social distancing is not possible at overlooks, in line queues, and while riding the gondola. To minimize congestion, order tickets online, and send just one person from your party into the line queue. If riding the Alpine Slide, complete a liability waiver for each guest before arrival. Be aware that restaurants are all operating at reduced capacity and may have wait times. Bring water and snacks and consider planning meals at your cabin or condo. Working together we can all safely enjoy the great outdoors.