Lutsen Mountains resort offers fun getaways in every season.
One of the best things to do on the North Shore of Minnesota is Lutsen Mountains ski and summer resort in Lutsen, Minn. A popular Minnesota ski and summer resort, Lutsen Mountains is perfect for spring break, summer family vacations, autumn foliage leaf-peeping, romantic weekend getaways and, of course, ski and snowboarding trips.
A special thank you to Visit Cook County, Minnesota and Lutsen Mountains Ski and Summer Resort for hosting my husband and me. Opinions are always my own. And we have visited Lutsen Mountains many times on our own. Highly recommend in every season! Lutsen Mountains is one of the best things to do on the North Shore in Minnesota.
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Largest and best ski resort in Minnesota and the Midwest: Lutsen Mountains
The largest ski resort in the Midwest, Lutsen Mountains features four mountains with 95 ski runs, an 8-passenger gondola and a 6-passenger high-speed chairlift. Lutsen Mountains ski resort also offers ski and snowboard equipment rentals and ski and snowboard lessons. This area of Minnesota along Lake Superior receives approximately 10 feet of annual snowfall. And it’s not uncommon to receive measurable snowfall until April. So it’s a long ski season at Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota.
Best things to do at Lutsen Mountains for non-skiers: Ride the Summit Express Gondola for breathtaking views
But you don’t have to be skiers to enjoy Lutsen Mountains ski and summer resort. My husband and I enjoyed a winter getaway to the North Shore this past season as part of my Minnesota state park challenge. We didn’t ski at all as I’m currently hiking all 66 Minnesota state parks. Lutsen is centrally located to all the state parks on the North Shore. You can read all about our amazing hosted stay at Caribou Highlands Lodge. The best lodging on the North Shore offers ski-in-ski-out (and dog-friendly) units. Opinions are always my own.
A scenic summer view of Lake Superior from the chalet at the top of Lutsen Mountains ski and summer resort.
One of the best things at Lutsen Mountains is to ride the Summit Express Gondola 1,000 feet up Moose Mountain in any season. There you’ll find a mountaintop chalet where you can take in the panoramic views of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. Specifically, you’ll find lush greenery in the spring and summer, breathtaking foliage in the autumn or snowy landscapes in the winter.
Lutsen Mountains hosted my husband and me on our winter ride on the Summit Express Gondola, but opinions are always my own. I only recommend products and services I would use or try myself. And this was our third visit to Lutsen Mountains (in three different seasons). So I definitely recommend the Summit Express Gondola as one of the best things to do on Minnesota’s North Shore.
Best things to do on Minnesota’s North Shore: Scenic views from Mystery Overlook
When you arrive at the summit, make sure to check out the breathtaking views of Lutsen Mountains from Mystery Outlook’s observation deck. It’s a short trail from the gondola off to the right. Just follow the signs.
Tip: Even though the calendar may say summer, the Mystery Overlook at Lutsen Mountains can get a bit chilly. Always bring a jacket and hoodie along for those brisk summer days on the North Shore in Minnesota.
Best things to do at Lutsen Mountains: Enjoy a breathtaking dining experience at the Summit Chalet
You’ll also find the Summit Chalet at the top of Lutsen Mountains with a full restaurant where you can eat inside or outside on the wraparound deck – even in the winter as Lutsen Mountains ski resort’s chalet has patio heaters. Here you can take in the stunning views of Lake Superior, Superior National Forest and mountaintops along with your food and drinks.
Does Lutsen Mountains ski resort have public restrooms? Yes, the Lutsen Mountains Summit Chalet features modern restroom facilities outside the restaurant.
Best things to do at Lutsen Mountains: Hike rugged trails on the famed Superior Hiking Trail
You can then catch a ride back down on the Summit Express Godola or ski down. And you can enjoy trekking at several of the best hiking trails in Lutsen Mountains. The iconic Superior Hiking Trail runs through Lutsen (this trail runs from Duluth, Minn. to the Canadian border). From the summit, you can hike down via a spur trail and the Superior Hiking Trail loop. The 4.5-mile trail in Lutsen Mountains is pretty rugged.
One of our favorite trails at Lutsen Mountains led us to stunning views of Poplar River Falls. Lutsen Mountains is about 1,000 acres so lots of hiking opportunities to nurture your soul.
Best things to do in Lutsen, Minnesota: Ride Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide
In the summer, you’ll want to check out Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide. You can ride the chairlift to the top of Lutsen’s Eagle Mountain and then slide one-half mile down on a summer luge sled. The Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide is seasonal so we weren’t able to ride it during our past two trips in the fall and winter. However, we did enjoy the alpine slide during our summer vacation to Lutsen Mountains when my son was younger. I’ll need to find those photos and add later.
Until then, enjoy this photo gallery of the best things to do on the North Shore of Minnesota – Lutsen Mountains ski and summer resort.
Photo gallery of Lutsen Mountains ski and summer resort in Lutsen, Minn.
A summer hike at the top of Lutsen Mountains near Mystery Overlook.
Best place to stay on Lutsen Mountains: Caribou Highlands Lodge
Best places to eat on the North Shore: Moguls Grille & Tap Room at Caribou Highlands Lodge
Related post: Best scenic drive in Minnesota – The North Shore scenic drive along Lake Superior
One of the most scenic drives in Minnesota is the North Shore along Lake Superior (Highway 61). This beautiful road trip starts in Duluth, Minn. where I-35 ends. For nearly 150 miles, you’ll hug Lake Superior as you make your way to Grand Portage, Minn. and the Canadian border. For more of the best things to do near Lutsen, Minnesota, read my comprehensive post: Most scenic road trip in Minnesota – the North Shore on Lake Superior.