Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Lutsen, MN.

Lutsen Mountains is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Lutsen Mountains Lodging:

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Lutsen Mountains has a total of 62 ski trails, which are serviced by 8 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 393 acres, Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 159 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
393(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Elevation

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,913 feet, or 583 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,088 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 825 feet (251 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Lutsen Mountains has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,913'(583 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
825'(251 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,088'(332 m)

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
44out of 100
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Lutsen Mountains can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 90% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Lutsen Mountains has 393 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Lutsen Mountains is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 10% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 90%.
10%(39 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
58%(228 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
32%(126 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort good for beginners?

Lutsen Mountains can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 90% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Location

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Lutsen, MN.

Lutsen, MN 55612 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.73000, -94.69000

Getting to Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.73000, -94.69000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Lutsen, MN to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN146 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Lutsen Mountains.

Brainerd Lakes Regional AirportBRDBrainerd, MN35 mi
Saint Cloud Regional AirportSTCSaint Cloud, MN87 mi
Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN98 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Andes TowerBackus, MN1,620 ft31%0 mi
Chester Bowl ParkDuluth, MN875 ft17%0 mi
Detroit Mountain Recreation AreaDetroit Lakes, MN1,608 ft14%52 mi
Buena VistaBemidji, MN1,510 ft33%58 mi
Powder Ridge Ski AreaKimball, MN790 ft23%98 mi

Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,913 ft
Base Elevation1,088 ft
Vertical Drop825 ft
(10% Beginner,  58% Intermediate,  32% Expert)
Skiable Acres393
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort Mountain Stats