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Lutsen Mountain Tram

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Address: 468 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612
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+1 800-360-7666
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth...

You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior's dramatic coastline. This aerial gondola is one of the North Shore's most popular attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level is an experience not to be missed if you're visiting the North Shore, here's why:

It's the only transportation of its kind in the Midwest: ruffed grouse, eagles, pine marten, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted from the tram; ride over the cascading Poplar River and up Moose Mountain for unbelievable views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

Stop at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains, a beautiful mountaintop chalet welcoming guests for gorgeous views, relaxation, or for lunch, snacks, and beverages. Inside and outside deck seating is available overlooking Lake Superior. The Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains also hosts our Summit Chalet weddings, our premier destination wedding facility.

Enjoy the mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and fresh air. The Mountain Tram makes Moose Mountain the most accessible year-round mountaintop destination in Mid-America.

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Fun treat winter or summer!

Lutsen's new gondola makes viewing fall colors or watching skiers fly down their mountains an easy experience for us less athletic types. The Summit Chalet is a fun place to sit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
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Tofte, Minnesota
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Tofte, Minnesota
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Lutsen's new gondola makes viewing fall colors or watching skiers fly down their mountains an easy experience for us less athletic types. The Summit Chalet is a fun place to sit out on the deck and have a bite of lunch or a glass of beer/wine and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior. During the summer you can combine this... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we enjoy your enthusiasm for Lutsen Mountains! We look forward to your next visit with us. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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160 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Fast, fun, and a great view. Thank you Lutsen Mountian for spending the big buck to upgrade this tram. We used it for fall colors but will be back to use it to speed up skiing and get back on the slopes faster.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoy the new gondola as much as we do and look forward to your next visit with us. More 

Winter Park, Florida
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133 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We took the tram to the top of the mountain, hiked a few of the trails, ate lunch and enjoyed the excellent view of Lake Superior. The tram ticket and the food at the Chalet at the top are more expensive than I think it should have been but I guess they do have to get all the supplies to... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our gondola ride and services. Our Summit Express Gondola is brand new opening just this past December and has been a great addition to our services. We hope that you are able to make a return trip to visit us again. More 

Champlin, Minnesota
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We took the new Lutsen Tram to the top of the mountain for lunch and some Hiking. The Lunch was reasonable Ski Chalet fare. The Hiking was challenging in steep wooded slopes.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are pleased to know that you enjoyed our gondola and area amenities. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Batesville, Arkansas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We were killing the day and chose the tram for something to do. The ticket prices were rather high. The trip was only a couple minutes up the mountain but the view was nice at the top. Would have spent much more time there but a storm appeared to be brewing, causing us decide to go down incase of lightning.... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Our Summit Express Gondola is a brand new gondola here at Lutsen Mountains and has been a great addition to our services. We hope you are able to visit us again and that the weather allows you more time to explore our trail systems and overlook decks. More 

Cushing, Minnesota
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This was a good way to spend the morning. Was a good view from the top of the mountain. Would be nice if there was more things to do once up there.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the ride and scenery. We do have hiking trails, overlook decks, and the Summit Chalet eatery located at the top of Moose Mountain. We would be happy to give you more information on your next visit. More 

Eveleth, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

It was a fun ride, the last section especially. I'm afraid of heights but felt very safe inside and the Gondola slows enough to get on and off safely

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your ride on our Summit Express Gondola. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Burnsville, Minnesota
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Costly!!! The ride up the mountain is fun, exciting, and entertaining for adults and kids alike but it is costly. Once at the top there are several overlooks with breathtaking views. Not to mention the ride up and down has it's own beautiful views.

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we love the views as well! Area resorts do offer discount tickets that can be applied towards our gondola tickets and our gondola/slide unlimited bracelets. We hope that you are able to utilize your discount on your next visit. More 

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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Beautiful views from Tram and top of mountain. We thought it was very expensive and they did not offer any multi trip discount, annual pass or anything. Buying winter ski annual pass and was told the summer tram was not included. Management better rethink their marketing plan!!

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Thank Chad S
Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Our unlimited gondola/slide bracelet does offer unlimited access for the date of purchase and while our winter season pass does not include summer gondola access it does include winter access and a 30% discount off of our summer activities. We look forward to your patronage this winter and hope that... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Great view! Can go to several lookouts, but that is about it. The price of $20 plus a person was a little steep for the time you get entertained. The views are nice. The day that we went there was a power outage and the gondolas/ tram was stuck for at least 30 minutes in place. Power went out several... More 

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Amanda_LMC, Guest Relations Manager at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. From the sounds of it your visit coincided with a county wide power outage which was unfortunately out of our control, we hope that it did not impact your visit. Once you take the gondola to the top of Moose Mountain there are overlook vistas, hiking trails, picnic areas, plus... More 

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