Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen, Minnesota
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Type: Lift-serviced / Resort

Posted by: Matt S on June 24, 2011


Lutsen Mountains boasts offers one of the largest ski and snowboard areas in the Midwest. The mountain has a vertical rise of 1,088 feet and 1,000 skiable acres of terrain. The area receives over 100 inches of average annual snowfall and 231 acres are supplemented by snowmaking.

Lutsen Mountain offers skiers and snowboarders 92 trails and 60 acres of tree skiing runs. The longest trail is 2 miles long. The trails are rated 18% easiest, 47% more difficult, 25% most difficult, and 10% expert. The trails are accessed by 10 lifts that tow skiers and snowboarders at an uphill capacity of 10,000 people per hour. Trails include Ridgeline, Alpha, and Raven.

Skiing (Downhill), Snowboarding



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AJ Heil   Blue Square
November 9, 2011
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Lutsen is where it's at.

With a large number of runs, huge amount of terrain, and constant developments and improvements, Lutsen Mountains towers far above most other Midwest ski destinations in prowess.

I've skied Lutsen for many days and taken over a half dozen trips to this resort and I never find myself bored with the terrain and what it has to offer. Even around holidays and special events, Lutsen's plentiful terrain and lift service nearly guarantee relatively short lift lines and clean slopes. One of their most recent developments is that of their brand new terrain parks (of which I will try my best to post an array of pictures of). With an advanced, intermediate, and beginner/progression park, they have completely "upped their game" when it comes to freestyle and diversity in skiing and snowboarding.

I cannot recommend Lutsen enough - Check out their websites and ski/stay packages for cheaper rates and great deals!

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mtbgreg1   Out of Bounds
July 12, 2011
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Out of all the ski resorts in the Midwest, Lutsen feels most like a true western resort. It features 4 distinct "mountains," plenty of vertical drop (for the midwest), lots of lifts, several different chalets and other amenities, and wide-open runs. As for challenging features, there are several steep runs, great gladed skiing, cliff drops, mogul runs, and an excellent terrain park.

Looking for Rocky Mountain skiing but can't afford the trip? Go to Lutsen instead!

Edit: Downgrading my star rating to 4.
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