Lutsen Mountains

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Lutsen Mountains
Upper Grizzly run on Moose Mountain, overlooking Lake Superior.
Upper Grizzly run on Moose Mountain,
overlooking Lake Superior.
LocationLutsen Township,
Cook County, Minnesota
Nearest cityLutsen
Coordinates47°39′50″N 90°42′50″W / 47.664°N 90.714°W / 47.664; -90.714Coordinates: 47°39′50″N 90°42′50″W / 47.664°N 90.714°W / 47.664; -90.714
Vertical825 ft (251 m)[1]
Top elevation1,688 ft (515 m)[2]
Skiable area1,000 acres (4.0 km2)
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 18 – Easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 47 – More Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 25 – Most Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg 10 – Expert
Longest run2 miles (3.2 km)
Lift system9 total:
1 gondola
7 chairlifts
1 surface lift
Snowfallapp. 115 in (290 cm)
Snowmaking231 acres (0.93 km2)
Night skiingnone

Lutsen Mountains is a ski area in the north central United States; an Alpine skiing area located on the North Shore region of Cook County in northeastern Minnesota.

Lutsen is one of the northernmost ski areas in the United States outside of Alaska. It is located in the Sawtooth Mountains, which are hills that are part of the Superior Highlands on the north shore of Lake Superior. Lutsen receives natural snow, at times lake effect snow from the lake at its foot, and also has snowmaking equipment. Lutsen Mountains Resort is the largest ski resort in the Midwest, also having the most vertical drop in the Midwest. The ski season extends from November into mid-April, longer than most other resorts in the Upper Midwest.

Lutsen has four hills, named Eagle, Ullr, Mystery, and Moose Mountains. Eagle should not be confused with Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota, which is actually in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

In 1989, Lutsen Mountains installed a German-made PHB Hall gondola to provide access between the base area and Moose Mountain. The gondola is the first, and currently the only, gondola in a mid-American ski resort. Lutsen is known as a family-friendly resort, being named as a Top 20 Family Ski Resort for two years in a row.[3]

In May 2013, it was announced that Lutsen is installing a six-place high speed detachable lift on Moose Mountain to replace the current Caribou double chair. The existing Caribou double lift will be stored and re-installed on the backside of Moose Mountain to service expert terrain.

In summer 2014, Lutsen installed a new pipeline to carry water for snowmaking from Lake Superior to the resort's pumping facility. This alleviates the need to pull water from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream.

Within the next ten to fifteen years[when?], Lutsen has put forward plans to expand its pedestrian village & skier services, as well as add additional skier services and base facilities on Eagle and Moose Mountains. Current plans[when?] outline a 150-acre expansion, effectively doubling the current skiing acreage, with five or more new chairlifts and several dozen new ski runs. This expansion plan would mark the first attempt by a private ski resort in Minnesota to expand on to public lands, namely the Superior National Forest and is there for locally controversial.

In December 2014, it was announced that Lutsen would begin its expansion and modernization efforts by purchasing and installing a $7 million Doppelmayr 8-passenger high-speed gondola to bring skiers between Eagle and Moose Mountains, replacing the current PHB Hall Skycruiser model, which was installed as a used lift in the late 1980s.

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  1. ^ "Lutsen Mountains". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  2. ^ "Hiking in Minnesota - highest mountain". Retrieved 2006-10-03.
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