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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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Spectacular! one of the best views of lake superior

We rode the tram to the top of lutsen mtn to start a hike on the superior hiking trail. I loved this gondola so much in may that I wanted to share the view with my husband. We... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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200 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We rode the tram to the top of lutsen mtn to start a hike on the superior hiking trail. I loved this gondola so much in may that I wanted to share the view with my husband. We found the hike more challenging than anticipated, It took us over 2 hours to complete the 4.5 mile loop back to the... 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 this was your second visit here with us! Our hiking trail off of the mountain is an intermediate hiking averaging 2-2.5 hours, but the scenery can't be beat. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We stopped at Lutsen just to ride the Tram up the mountain to see views of the lake. SO BEAUTIFUL! My kids were not brave enough to also try the Alpine slide, so we just did the tram ride. It was a little $$$ but was such a nice smooth enjoyable experience. We stopped for an outdoor much at the... 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. We look forward to your next visit and hope the kid's are ready for a ride on the alpine slide! More 

Scandia, Minnesota
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We went to Lutsen to enjoy the gondola/tram ride at the recommendation of friends. The plan was to ride the gondola up Moose Mountain and then have lunch at the restaurant at the top. When we arrived, we were shocked that the price was $20 per person to ride the gondola! A little exorbitant considering we were going up the... 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 current gondola is a brand new Doppelmayr gondola which we just opened in December of 2015 and it is exceptional! We look forward to your next visit with us. More 

Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We rode the tram as we bought the unlimited alpine slide and Tram combo ticket for each of us in our family. One ride on the tram was plenty. It would be a lovely ride not to be missed with the autumn colors. Summer left it hot in the tram with a bit of a breeze coming through the tiny... 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 sorry to hear that your experience didn't completely meet your expectations. Occasional stops are to be expected in the gondola due to various reasons, there are 4 windows that can be opened in the gondola but unfortunately with this unusually warm weather we've had this summer it can... More 

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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Gondolas seemed new and there was beautiful scenery during the ride. It was not too fast and the gondola was comfortable.

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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 currently gondola is a brand new Doppleymeyer Gondola we just opened in December of 2015 and is a great addition to our program. We look forward to your next visit with us! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I would love to return here in the fall and see the beauty of the grounds below. The tram runs so smoothly and has outstanding 360 degree views. It was an enjoyable way to get from one side to the other!

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Amanda_LMC, Director of Sales at Lutsen Mountain Tram, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We encourage you to come back for another visit during fall colors, the view is unlike anything else! The peak times are typically the last week of September and the first week of October, the DNR has a great site to assist in the tracking of the colors as they... More 

North Branch, Minnesota
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Even though we had an overcast day to take our trip, we loved it! Everything is new, fresh, and well done. The two overlooks are simple to get to and the patio is beautiful!

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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. Even on overcast days the view is beyond compare. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Riverside, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We really enjoyed the ride on the new trams up to the top of Moose Mountain. Great views and the new tram system is awesome. At the top, there are many hikes as well as a cafeteria style eating establishment. I wish we had had more time to enjoy. Definitely a must do if you are in the area.

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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 look forward to your next visit. More 

Marysville, Ohio
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178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

It's a tradition that continues with the new gondola. Beautiful ride up. Good way to scout for winter sports of you are into that. Lunch at the top. Hang out, enjoy the view, good times. We can't imagine not doing this.

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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 look forward to your next visit! More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

When I was younger I rode on the older gondola and I was terrified. It creeped me out. Thought the doors would open on their own. However the newly built and remodeled one is wonderful!! Very quiet, amazing views and sturdy gondola cars. A must see!!

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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 so glad that you have made a return trip to experience our new gondola and hope to see you again soon. More 

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