Big plans were announced in December 2014 by the co-owners of Lutsen. Never realized Lutsen has 1000 skiable acres on four peaks, that's pretty big in the flatlands where 1000 ft vertical is a relatively high number. Long range plans are to add several hundred acres.
December 23, 2014 - LUTSEN, MN. Positioning Lutsen Mountains to meet skier's expectations, family co-owners, Charles Skinner and Tom Rider, announced the replacement of their iconic 4-passenger, 45 year old gondola with a new 8-passenger, $7 million gondola, from Doppelmayr, the world leader in ski lifts.
"We are thrilled to take this next step forward in fulfilling our vision for Lutsen Mountains' future," said Charles Skinner. "As a family-owned business, we've carefully developed and implemented a master plan to enhance visitor services and skier opportunity. The gondola purchase is one of two steps we are taking in 2015."
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6 new runs off 2 new lifts of the back side of Moose Mountain. These would be short steep runs like the current back side ones but without the long catwalk back to the lift.
4 new runs of the east side of Eagle mountain down toward lake superior. Lodge at the bottom of this area with a lift back to the top of Eagle. This terrain looks excellent, FYI. There could be some great glade skiing cut through this.
Nearly doubling the current skiing size of Moose Mountain front side, including more tree/glade skiing and a new lodge at the bottom of moose mountain's new terrain.
They are still waiting for approval of the plan from USFS.
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Based on posts in the MN regional thread: