Lutsen Mountains Recreation Area is a year-round destination on the North Shore. It’s most known for skiing in the winter months, but did you know that there’s also a great reason to visit in other seasons? That reason is the Summit Express Gondola!
Operating for most of the year, the Gondola takes you from the chalet to the summit of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet up the mountainside. From the vantage point of the gondola you can enjoy many sites year round as you gaze at Moose and Eagle Mountains with Lake Superior looming in the distance.
Year round you will have the opportunity to view wildlife from the comfort of your gondola. Eagles, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted in recent years. The ride also takes you over Poplar River, which varies from a babbling brook to a raging river depending on the season. In the fall, you will be greeted with spectacular views of the leaf changes that make the surrounding Sawtooth Mountains appear as though they are on fire.
At the top, be sure to stop in at the Summit Chalet to enjoy the views from the deck and enjoy a meal. The Summit is also a popular destination for a North Shore wedding!
The gondola is open whenever the ski hill is open, in the winter months as well as many days throughout the summer.