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Lutsen Resort & Sea Villas 



Lakeside lodging includes historic lodge, log homes, townhomes, luxury condominiums.  Resort has swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas, game room, in-room fireplaces & Jacuzzis. 

Extra person charges may apply


$69 and up


Eagle Ridge Resort


Each room has a cozy fireplace and your choice of amenities.  Resort has an indoor/outdoor heated pool.  Two night minimum.

Extra person charges may apply

$198 and up 

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior


Offering studios, condos, Townhomes and suites with pools, whirlpools, saunas and spa. 

Extra person charges may apply 

 $59 and up











Papa Charlie's Tavern and Stage

The Mountain View Grill

Rosie's Cafe

Summit Chalet

Moguls Grille and Tap Room




Ski & Stay Packages

  • Progression terrain parks
  • Money-saving ski and lodging packages




2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates

2010 - 2011 Nordic Skiing Rates


2010 - 2011 Sleigh Rides Rates


2010 - 2011 Dog Sledding Rates


2010 - 2011 Spas


Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Mountains includes four mountain resort on the shores of Lake Superior with the biggest vertical in Minnesota. Lutsen itself was founded in the 1880s when a gentleman named C. A. A. Nelson arrived from Sweden and built a home, where rented rooms starting a family hospitality tradition. The skiing was born in 1948 with two trails and a single rope tow powered by an old Ford car. Lutsen has expanded rapidly in the late 1990s, with the number of trails doubling and lots of new facilities and accommodation options. These include Adventure Mountain Tubing Park, the longest in America and probably the world at 1300 feet (400 metres). The resort says it's the biggest in mid-West America, offering the experience of quality and standards of a Western US resort at as low as a third of the price for people living within a five hour drive of the area (and big savings even for those who don't). Lutsen Mountains offers skiing for all standards and has a large Ski Learning Park on Ullr mountain, as well as groomed terrain, mogul fields, steeps, chutes and off-piste powder for experts.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity10,000/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only10%
Trails-5-Terrain park
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Runs-Steepest runThe Plunge
Runs-Longest run2 miles
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop986'
General-Mountain range
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General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1000 acres
General-Snow making coverage231 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: big mountain feel, lots of runs, most vertical in the midwest

Cons: often windy and cold which causes runs to become boilerplates, lacks steep challenging runs

It may not be the rockies, but it's the best you can find in Minnesota.  No other resort within reasonable driving distance even comes close.  It's about 3.5-4 hours drive from the Twin Cities.  The only thing that might be better is upper peninsula, but then you're talking 7-8 hours from the cities.


Lutsen brings a big resort feel to the midwest with 4 mountains.  Moose mountain serves up to 900 ft of vertical.  Not very impressive compared with the Rockies, but it's still 3 times the vertical of any local hill. 


Beginner skiers will find Ullr mountain a great place to start.  It offers a nice slow chair lift, and all the runs coming off are very gentle.  People looking for jumps and terrain park features will head to Mystery mountain.  Other than some terrain park features, Mystery mountain has little to offer. 


Experienced skiers will be spending most of their day on Eagle mountain, and especially Moose.  Eagle may offer some steeps, but Moose has the biggest vertical, the most runs, and even has off-piste skiing.  The tree runs aren't that great on most days due to lack of snow.  It will be completely icy and have many areas of exposed ground.  However, if you're lucky to show up right after a big snow storm, then you're in for a treat.  This is really the only place to do any decent tree skiing in Minnesota. 


One of the best areas is the Timberwolf lift on the far side of Moose.  The groomer there has gentle varing terrain that's great for working on carving and just ripping it up.  On both sides of the groomed run are two of the more interesting tree runs they have.  Because it's at the far side, there's never a line at the bottom of the lift.  Sometimes they will have a fire going outside at the bottom where you can sit down, take a break and warm up without having to head all the way back to the Chalet.  They opened up a run on the backside of moose called the plunge this year.  It's a very steep groomed run with grades reaching upwards of 90%.  A short thrilling ride for those that thrive on adrenaline.  There's also plans to open up more runs on the backside of Moose in the near future, so expect to see more steep runs and possibly even steep tree runs.


Overall, Lutsen is a great weekend getaway that offers something for everyone.  You can feel like you went on a ski vacation without the cost and time commitment of going out west.  One suggestion is to plan for trips late in February or March.  Due to being very far north and close to lake Superior, it can get very cold and windy. 


Pros: Big with lots of various terrain to keep you busy.

Cons: Prices in there resturants.

Spread across four mountains it really brings that big ski area feel to the midwest. Think of an eastern ski resort with just a shorter vertical but enough vertical (1000ft) to have long winding runs. Lutsen is very remote. You're a good hour drive from anything more then a bar or two and a resturant. Which is good and bad. Plus with being so far north with its location it is not out of the ordinary they can go weeks with highs only in the single digits and days in a row with negative temps are not uncommon. Hardcore skier can live with it but a family skiing is another story. Not the resorts fault.


Terrain........Has something for everyone. Good steeps, good tree runs, mogul runs, tunnel, bridge, long runs, and alot of glades that let you roam some. Overall just something for everyone. Enough to actually ski two/three days at and not get bored which is hard to find in the midwest.


Park......Not big park guy but overall ok.


Nightlife........This is one area where they really excelled at in the past and have since gone down some mainly because of prices. Like I said its in a remote location and the on hill bar/resturant is called Papa Charlies. They have live music every Sat. night, DJ or Live music Friday nights, and the rest of the week they have various things going on. Great place that everyone comes to at night. Problem is in the last few years prices went from doable to "oh my god I'm in LA". Got like ten beers on tap and there all like 5.50ish a pint. So if you order PBR $5.50 you order Heinken $5.50. How that works I don't know. Mixers are all like $6 plus. Simple shot of Doctors is like $6. What this has done is chased away the locals completely. Food is also pricey. Apptz. are like $9 to $12 and Entree's are $10 to $30. A burger, fries, and a beer will run you about $17. Postives though is its a jumping place on the weekends just not as much as it use to be. Sunday-Thurs. its very dead mainly because of the prices. In the past you could go in and good local crowd would be in there with the out of towners so it was a good mix of people. Now its a few partying skiers/boarders and that is about it. So very hit or miss.


Family.....This resort caters a lot to families. All kinds of things going on. You can check out there website for info. on that.


Lodging........One of the best in the Midwest. Lots of lodging right on the hill with good ski packages. I think the prices are kept down because of the location of the resort. All kinds of different rooms you can get so something for everyone. Many rooms having kitchens which is almost a must if your a family. Location can cause food prices to be quite high at the resturants even when you venture off the resort grounds. Tough to find a breakfest for less then $8 to give you an idea.



Overall its one of the few places in the midwest that is must at some point if you live in the midwest. Great deals can keep your lodging and skiing price down. They always have a special of 4 skiers, 2 nights, 2 day lift tickets for everyone starting at $99 a per person on the weekends and weekdays. To stay right on the hill it will run a good $150+ a person. But still not bad at all.




Pros: Biggest runs in the area, great views

Cons: No night sking, some runs can get crowded on Saturdays

This is our 3rd year, 5th trip to Lutsen. We normally ski at Spirit Mountain in Duluth as we live in Duluth. We feel very fortunate to have a solid hill in our back yard and Lutsen just up the road 90 minutes. I wish we  lived closer. To mix it up these last 2 years we've been testing out some of the other ski hills in the area, Michigan's UP, Wisconsin, as well as others in Minnesota. Shy of going out West this is the best we've found. The one complaint we have is that the lodging company will not book single night stays.  Fortunately we are close enough that we can drive up and back the same day, but it would be nice to be able take advantage of the live music at Papa Charlies, have some beers, stay the night and ski a second day. We love everything else.


Pros: Minnesota's largest , most vertical, and fun for free skiing.

Cons: The drive, I can fly to Denver for the cost of gas to and from the Twin Cities.

Great area, if you need a quick fix and can't fly somewhere truly remarkable, it's worth the drive up to Lutsen.


Biggest cons are the drive, and lack of other things to do nearby.





Pros: lots of terrain and variety - lots of snowmaking

Cons: some runs can be short

This is the second year that I have purchased a seasons pass.  I loved it so much the first year, I am ready to go again.    My kids are beginners, and there is pleanty of terrain for them.  I can still find some challenges there.  I usually make a trip out west each year, but you can find me at Lutsen every week end.  They make lots of snow in the fall so they guantee opening by Thanksgiving.  Pricing is very reasonable, there is a lot of accomadation (ski in/out) and a few restaurants right on site.  I drive down from Thunder Bay, Ontario.    Never any lift lines.


Pros: Varied Terrain, Great Views

Cons: It's Still Not the Rockies!

We usually ski the Colorado resorts during spring break, but tried something closer to home (Michigan) this year. We skied 3 days at Lutsen and really enjoyed it. For a mid-western resort, it has an "out west" feel. The views are great and the runs are good.Mostly blue and black cruisers, but there are some glades and steepes.Even a gondola! It is worth a visit.