Summit Express Gondola 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.

2016 Summit Express Gondola Rates-Summer
Adult (13+): $20 plus Tax & Fees
Child (6-12): $12 plus Tax & Fees
Senior (65+): $17 plus Tax & Fees
Tots (5 and under): FREE with paid adult
Purchase your slide/gondola combo pass online and save! Coming Spring 2017
2016 Summit Express Gondola Summer Dates & Hours
Saturdays: May 7, 14 & 21
Saturday, Sunday & Monday: May 28-30
Open Daily: June 4-October 16
Thursday-Sunday: October 20-23
Saturdays: October 29, November 15, 12 & 19

Hours May 7-October 23: 10AM-5PM*
Hours Oct 29, Nov 5, 12 & 19: 10AM-4PM

*September 24 & October 1: 10AM-6PM
Schedule may vary due to weather. 

Food service closes one hour prior to gondola closing & at 3PM on Saturdays and select dates.