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Lutsen Mountain Tram/Summit Chalet

467 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen  Minnesota  55612
United States
(218) 406-1320
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    - Lisa Meyers McClintick
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    - Lisa Meyers McClintick

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Lisa Meyers McClintick
In any season, this breathtaking glide across the Poplar River and up Moose Mountain offers the best bird's-eye view of North Shore scenery.

Less than a mile from the North Shore Scenic Drive and tucked into Minnesota's Sawtooth Mountains, the mountain tram at Lutsen Mountains ski resort boasts the most stunning way to soak in summer views, fall colors or the fantastic ski runs. The tram was obviously designed for skiers and boarders, but even nonskiers should grab the chance to ride, especially in the winter. The lake still glitters, the river still flows, and the carpet of white snow and deep green forest provide another beautiful view of Minnesota's North Shore. The tram begins near the resort's ski shop. The red cars dip close enough to the Poplar River that you can hear it burbling through the open windows, then it makes the climb toward Moose Mountain and the final steep ascent. And once you get to the top, you'll want to stay for a while. Moose Mountain's main attraction, the Summit Chalet, is wrapped with a generous deck that boasts one of the North Shore's best views of Lake Superior. Linger outdoors, or step indoors to enjoy the soothing wall fountain, warm fireplace and generous windows. Inside is also where you'll find the Summit Cafe. It may be cafeteria-style food (grab a tray and order at the window), but the view makes it feel special. Menu items include chili, soup, sandwiches, coffee, tea and even a cold beer. Our favorite: A BBQ chicken sandwich that's so tender it falls apart. Spring through fall, visitors can take a short stroll to an observation deck with sweeping views of Magic Mountain. There's an adventurous looped trail around the rest of Moose Mountain that cuts between thick-rooted conifers and boulders before circling back. When you're ready to go, you get a return trip down the mountain in the wonderful red cars. Tram rides are $7.50 for children 7 to 12, $9.50 for seniors, $11.50 adults, and free for ages 6 and under.

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