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“don't bother early season”
Review of Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Mountains
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Lutsen
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: World class scenery and terrain. The ancient Sawtooth Mountains rise 1000 feet above the coast of Lake Superior-topography unlike any other Midwest locale. And that brings more of what you want in a ski trip. More runs. More elevation. More epic days. You'll find the very best Mid-America has to offer-the highest mountains, the most snow, and the breathtaking beauty of the North Shore. Lutsen offers 95 sweeping runs over four mountains with a lift-serviced vertical rise more than double that of other regional resorts.
Hudson, WI
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4 reviews
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“don't bother early season”
Reviewed December 1, 2008

We went to Lutsen Mt. ski area over Thanksgiving weekend 2008. They only had 6 runs open (Lutsen has about 90).
They have four mountains there. Only two had open runs.
The snow they had was man made and very icey. We have gone
to Lutsen before in January/February. My advice, don't waste
the time and money going early season.

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Edina, Minnesota
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Breathtaking view of fall colors”
Reviewed September 29, 2008

The gondola was a fun ride to the overlook. The view from the overlook was gorgeous! End of September is a fabulous time to see the fall colors.

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Des Moines
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7 reviews
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“Great Surprise”
Reviewed April 15, 2008

We usually drive to Colorado for skiing but decided to give Minnesota a try during the spring break. It was a much easier drive and there were more interesting stops along the way, including the Mall of America and all the neat little places along Lake Superior. It is hard to believe I have never been to Duluth and have never traveled along Highway 61. The Lake was spectacular. We had a ski package and chose to stay on the lake. This was a good thing. We had a lovely condo with views of the lake and we got away from the hill. We werre close to the ski hill and parkign was no problem. Now, to the skiing. It was great. I thought it would be way too cold but it was just right. Lots of runs, something for everybody. We plan to visit our neighbor to the north again next year.

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“Lutsen: A Very Special Place”
Reviewed March 20, 2007

I've skied every state in the West except Hawaii, as well as Canada and much of the Midwest and East. Lutsen is special.
The scenery is spectacular. Moose Mountain, Mystery Mountain, Eagle Mountain -- western skiers wouldn't call them mountains, but they are magnificent nonetheless. And to stand at the top of Bridge Run, or look to the east from the chalet atop Moose Mountain, and see the ski runs below you, then the trees and streams leading down to the shore, and then the vast blue expanse of Lake Superior stretching out to the skylilne -- it is breathtaking, unforgettable, and one-of-a-kind.
Lutsen's size and variety, vertical drop and length of runs, although not equal to the Rockies, exceed anything in the Midwest and rival most of the East. Some black diamond runs probably should be classed as blue runs, but some definitely deserve single-diamond and even double-diamond status, and there are plenty of long blue and green runs as well. Lutsen's snow-making equipment helps extend the season, and although Minnesota doesn't get the powder of the West, the slopes are well-groomed. And even though our last visit to Lutsen was on a weekend, the slopes were not crowded and we never had to wait in a lift line.
I've lost count of the times I've skied Lutsen these past 40 years, but even though I live thousands of miles away, Lutsen always seems like home. I'll be back!
John Eidsmoe

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“scenic but costly”
Reviewed March 20, 2006

We skied Lutsen Spring Break 2006. Some positives: decent terrain, not crowded midweek, ample accommodations (Caribou Highlands Lodges), hills are small so kids will not disappear. Drawbacks: high cost when you consider hours of 9:30-4:30, short runs that are not well marked, painfully sloooooow old lifts that hurt, not ski-in no matter what they tell you (it is pull or hike to the lodges), unreasonable food prices. Overall, this hill may be worth a 2 day visit if you are within 5 hours away, and have a handle on the weather. We had 5 days planned, skied for 4, and will not be back. The people are not nice beginning with Caribou staff who will not allow check-ins until 4:30 no matter what. They sent us to the pool which would have worked except there were no towels to be found. We also asked for clean towels for our lodge mid-week and they never came. The lift tickets are way overpriced, children should ski free without having to purchase internet tickets ahead of time, their ski and stay package costs slightly less but you purchase via internet and your credit card is charged the full amount at the time of purchase, the rental folks are mean (this includes the LRI facility down the street, although they have a nice dog) and do not give you a break for multiple days. If you want to take a day off they want the skis back by 5 pm the day before. This is unreasonable with kids who change their minds at the last minute. There is no reason to start closing at 3:30 when there is plenty of daylight in March. Lutsen personnel need an attitude adjustment. What is up with that! Folks on vacation don’t need to deal with grumps. The hills are empty and there are reasons for it. The math: 1 min down the hill with no lift line and a 10 min lift ride; 30 runs/day = only 30 min of skiing with 300 min (5 hrs) on a lift. Lower prices, fix the lifts, mark the runs better, and smile once in awhile.

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