Summit Express Gondola


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 visitng the North Shore, here’s why:

It’s the only transportation of its kind in the Midwest: ruffed grouse, eagles, pine martin, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted from the gondola; ride over the cascading Poplar River and up Moose Mountain for unbelieveable 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 Summit Express Gondola makes Moose Mountain the most accessible year-round mountaintop destination in Mid-America.

Please read our operating updates due to COVID19.

  • All dates subject to government orders for allowed business operations.
2020 Summit Express Gondola Summer Dates & Hours

Sat & Sun: May 23 & 24, 30 & 31

Open Daily: June 5 – Oct 18

Saturdays: Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7

Summer Hours: 10a-5p
May 23 – Oct 18*

Fall Hours: 10a-4p
Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7 

*Sept 26 & Oct 3: Open 9a-6p

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