Like its step-sister resort Granite Peak, Charles Skinner and Tom Rider owners of Lutsen Mountains are planning a Lutsen expansion. The first step in the works is a new gondola and then they are looking to acquire more leased land to expand facilities and skiable acreage. Once again, they are looking to add more beginner and intermediate runs.
Some friends and I are planning a late season trip to Lutsen and so I will finally get to try out the resort. However, looking at its trail map shows a decent mix of runs but of course adding more runs can only help a resort.
The new gondola would be just a start, however. Skinner said he hopes to see Lutsen expand onto 400 acres of land that is now part of the Superior National Forest.
“The Forest Service land will increase ski terrain from about 140 acres of ski runs to 300 acres, eliminating crowding on existing runs on our busier days. It will also add easier novice and intermediate runs that are really important to our family market,” he said.
Mr. Skinner makes a comment about competing with Western ski resorts and while one may initially laugh at that, but us Midwestern skiers have a choice to make. We either make one big ski trip or multiple local ski trips, and I believe many opt for the local trips and plan a grand trip every few years. This goes double for family with young skiers or learning skiers. There is little sense to spending big money on a trip and then only utilize a small portion of the resort’s runs.
Like the Granite Peak expansion plan I support the effort and I will be sure to write a review after my trip to Lutsen.