New $7-Million Gondola Being Constructed at Lutsen Mountains
Largest Ski Resort in the Midwest
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Some major enhancements are happening at Lutsen Mountains.
We captured the most exciting phase as a helicopter lifted and transported 11 steel towers to install them across the mountain for a new gondola.
Lutsen is the largest and highest elevation ski area in the Midwest and will soon have a completed $7-million upgrade.
“We have been working for months on digging in the dirt surveying putting foundations in and today it all takes shape,” said Lutsen Mountain’s Marketing Director Jim Vick.
A fearless crew installed the 11 towers to complete the new gondola.
It took 30 some trips via helicopter, some weighing more than 8,000-pounds.
“They catch it, attach it to the foundation and within a matter of minutes the helicopter is back to pick up the top assembly. Guys scramble up the tower and hanging from the tower will catch that top assembly and bolt that on,” explained Vick.
The current gondola hauls 300 people per-hour.
The upgraded gondola will carry up to 1,000 people.
“This combined with improvements in snow making and a high-speed chair over on Moose Mountain a couple of years ago. It really seems like a mountain resort,” said Vick.
The resort will soon have eight chair lifts and 95-runs, including a much larger beginner’s hill as well as four new intermediate and advance trails.
“That’s what we are trying to be is that destination resort. Investments we’ve put in are specifically to grow the area. Hopefully within 10 years double our skier visits,” said Vick.
Weather permitting the resort will open November 14th.
Single day lift ticket prices have been increased by $8.
You will now pay $82 per day.
The increase is to help pay for ski resort improvements.