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Where’s the Best Place to Go Skiing in Minnesota?

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October 6, 2020

If you’re looking for the best place to go downhill skiing in Minnesota, look no further than Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort!

As Minnesota natives, we’ve grown up enjoying all of the various Minnesota ski resorts on several different occasions. Absolutely no place can compare to the epic downhill skiing experience that you will have when visiting Lutsen Mountains!

Let’s take a look at why Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort in Lutsen, MN is the aboslute best place to go skiing in Minnesota!

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Lutsen Ski Resort

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is located in the Sawtooth Mountains of Lutsen, Minnesota. This quaint skiing community is nestled along the famous North Shore Scenic Drive approximately 92 miles Northeast from Duluth, MN.

Lutsen is the Midwest USA’s largest ski resort and offers lift-serviced vertical rise more than double that of other regional resorts.

Along with the highest verticle in all of Minnesota, Lutsen offers a true ‘mountain experience’ as it spans over 1000 acres and is home to over 95 runs spread across 4 mountains.

There is definitely no shortage of fun, runs, and variety here at Lutsen!

Making it even more special is that Lutsen receives an average of 10 feet of natural snowfall accumulation each season (and also has snowmaking equipment) in order to maintain perfectly groomed slopes.

Distance to Lutsen Ski Resort from:

  • Grand Marais, MN = 17 miles
  • Duluth, MN = 92 miles
  • Thunder Bay, Canada = 156 miles
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN = 246 miles
  • Madison, WI = 320 miles

Additional planning tip: Lutsen is implementing COVID-19 operational protocols. See here for more information.

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort at night

Lutsen Ski Runs and Terrain

Lutsen Ski Resort offers world-class scenery and terrain, as well as over 100-miles worth of panoramic views of Lake Superior from its mountain crests.

In fact, the spectacular views and epic ‘Up North’ scenery are one of the many reasons that Lutsen is my vote for the best skiing in Minnesota. It is also an essential destination on any Minnesota bucket list!

The ski area itself consists of four hills, named Eagle, Ullr, Mystery, and Moose Mountains with runs ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘expert’.

Together, the mountains are serviced by 7 chairlifts, 1 surface lift, and 1 gondola, offering plenty of convenience and accessibility.

The only Midwest gondola in existence, Summit Express Gondola can fit up to 8-people per car and rises 1000-feet verticle making riding it an experience in itself!

Additional planning tip: Gondola access is included with lift ticket purchase. Sightseeing gondola rides are available for non-skiing guests at a cost of $25/adult, $17/chidren, 5 years & under/free.

Summit Express Gondola - Skiing in Minnesota

Here’s a breakdown of Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort mountain info:

Eagle Mountain

  • 21 primary runs
  • 4 side-country runs
  • 2 terrain parks
  • 1 mogul run
  • 2 junior race courses
  • 2 chairlifts
  • The gondola is easily accessible from multiple runs

Ullr Mountain

  • 7 primary runs
  • 1 side-country run
  • 1 chairlift, 1 surface lift
  • 3 km cross-country ski trail ($15)  
  • The gondola is easily accessible from all runs

Mystery Mountain

  • 2 primary runs
  • 8 side-country runs
  • 1 terrain park
  • 1 chairlift

Moose Mountain

  • Largest of the 4 mountains
  • 52 runs
  • 1 mogul run
  • 1 terrain park
  • 3 double black diamond runs off the Northwest side
  • 2 chairlifts
  • 1 gondola
  • Summit Chalet located at the top of the mountain

The Summit Chalet found at the top of Moose Mountain provides extensive indoor and outdoor seating. They serve lunch, appetizers, and have full bar service.

The 100-mile views from the outdoor wrap-around patio provide for amazing photo-ops with your crew!

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Lutsen Mountain Lift Tickets & Lutsen Ski Packages

Lutsen Mountains opens for the season on November 14th, 2020 with several different ticket products available.

Lutsen Mountain lift ticket options include Season Passes, Flex (i.e. Early Bird and Family), Demand, and Window Tickets. Online purchases are encouraged for all options in order to minimize wait times and congestion at ticket windows.

With incentives for longer stays, Lutsen Ski Resort offers a plethora of Ski & Stay packages that make it an affordable getaway all season long. Lutsen Ski & Stay Packages offer the best value with savings on both lift tickets and lodging.

Find dates, hours, and window rates here.

Additional planning tip: Ski and snowboard equipment is available at the onsite rental shop and lessons for both children and adults are conducted through the Lutsen Mountains Snow Sports Learning Center.

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Lutsen Mountain Lodging

My top recommendation for Lutsen Mountain lodging is to stay at one of the following onsite locations that offer ski/in-ski/out access!

  • My favorite, Caribou Highlands Lodge, offers lodge rooms, condos, townhomes, and luxury homes, along with an indoor heated pool, onsite bar and restaurant, and ski area shuttle.
  • Likewise, Eagle Ridge Resort offers lodge rooms, studios, and condos that are located trailside, along with boasting of a year-round outdoor heated pool.

Nearby places to stay include:

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Skiing in Minnesota - The Northern Lights

Lutsen Area Attractions

As a premier Midwest winter getaway destination, there are several area attractions that may make Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort even more enticing to visit!

In addition to skiing, families can enjoy other off-the-slopes activities like dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and possibly catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights

In addition, many visitors pair a day on the slopes with an off-day of exploring the beautiful port city of Duluth, MN (90 minutes away).

Included in the many things to do in Duluth is a visit to the indoor, open year-round, Great Lakes Aquarium!

Take a look at what a visit to Great Lakes Aquarium looks like here!

Have you ever been downhill skiing in Minnesota? If so, what is your favorite place to go skiing?

Jen

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Looking for the best Midwest USA downshill skiing?  Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is by far the best skiing in Minnesota and will become your family favorite!  Learn all about Lutsen and what to expect from Top U.S. travel blog, Travel With A Plan.  #skiinginMinnesota #Lutsen #Minnesotaskiing #snowboardinginMinnesota #winteractivities #bestplacestoski
Looking for the best Midwest USA downshill skiing?  Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is by far the best skiing in Minnesota and will become your family favorite!  Learn all about Lutsen and what to expect from Top U.S. travel blog, Travel With A Plan.  #skiinginMinnesota #Lutsen #Minnesotaskiing #snowboardinginMinnesota #winteractivities #bestplacestoski
Looking for the best Midwest USA downshill skiing?  Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is by far the best skiing in Minnesota and will become your family favorite!  Learn all about Lutsen and what to expect from Top U.S. travel blog, Travel With A Plan.  #skiinginMinnesota #Lutsen #Minnesotaskiing #snowboardinginMinnesota #winteractivities #bestplacestoski
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    Tonya Nicole Denmark

    October 12, 2020

    I never really think of MN for skiing. Of course, I don’t ski much, but I’m ready to go hang out in these lodges!

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      Jen

      October 12, 2020

      Yes, Minnesota has some great skiing, but none as great at Lutsen 🙂 Thanks for reading!!

  2. Reply

    Lillie Marshall

    October 12, 2020

    Who knew that Minnesota had a ski resort and set of mountains this gorgeous?! I’m not a skier myself, but I could see myself enjoying this resort for the natural views alone.

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      Jen

      October 12, 2020

      Yes, the scenery and views of the Great Lake Superior are an experience in themselves 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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    Cindy Ladage

    October 8, 2020

    I would love to ride the gondola and just do this as a sight seeing tour! I had never heard of the Sawtooth mountains before!

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      Jen

      October 9, 2020

      The Lutsen gondola is very popular to ride in the summer and fall too! I’ve ridden it as a spectator in the winter and hung out in the upper chalet while my kids have skied too 🙂

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    Katy F.

    October 8, 2020

    I grew up skiing in Minnesota, but we never went as far north as Lutsen, although I heard a lot about it! I need to get back skiing! It’s been way too long!

    • Reply

      Jen

      October 9, 2020

      Thanks for reading! Yes, it is very far up north, but totally worth it once you’re there 🙂

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