SRS: Lutsen Mountains

Updated: Sep 21



Grab some coffee and join us for Ski Resort Sundays (SRS), where each week, we take a brief look at a ski resort from around the Midwest. SRS episodes are uploaded every Sunday at 8:00 AM (CST) so make sure you check in each week to see which ski resort we are covering.


Today, we are looking at Minnesota's oldest and the Midwest largest ski resort, Lutsen Mountains. Lutsen's History dates back to the 1880s when CAA Nelson arrived from Sweden and built a home to rent out to other pioneers.


Many decades later, CAAs grandson George Nelson, a famed 10th mountain division member, brought skiing to Lutsen in 1948. It all started with one rope tow and two runs. The ski hill would continue to grow and sold to the Skinner and Rider families in the eighties and nineties.


Today Lutsen is the Midwest's largest ski resort with four different peaks, totaling 95 runs while offering 825 feet of vertical drop. Lutsen also has the Midwest's only gondola, which gives riders breathtaking views while transporting you to Moose Mountain.


Lutsen offers the closest thing to "out west" skiing experience in the Midwest. With endless groomers, nicely pitched steeps, and countless beginner runs, Lutsen has enough skiing & riding to keep you busy for multiple days. The resort also offers on-site lodging and amenities while serving up some stunning views of Lake Superior's shoreline.


If you want to learn more about Lutsen Mountains, check out their website at www.lutsen.com


We hope to see you out there this season!