Ode to Moose
Moose Mountain, located in Lutsen, is the most prominent feature in the state of Minnesota. From summit to base, we have a clean 750 vertical feet. The south face of the mountain offers an unparalleled consistency of slope; you will find a similar descent from any given drop-in point along the ridge. The top half of the mountain is forested with mature maples, making it skiable as is, and super skiable with some light clearing. The bottom half of the mountain transitions to a dense forest of mixed conifer, sprinkled with open rock face clearings. As you proceed down the mountain, the slope increases, and small cliffs also occur, resulting in a whole descent that proceeds from beginner to expert level terrain, with the option to opt out at any time.
Under Critical Threat
In December of 2017, Lutsen Mountain Resort submitted an application for a Special Use Permit to expand. Their proposal includes a total use of 495 acres of public land with seven chairlifts, one surface lift, two new base facilities, a “mountain-top chalet,” two new snowmaking reservoirs, and 1,260 new parking spaces. (For context, the ski area currently has 200 parking spaces.) The south face of Moose comprises over 200 of those acres.
We were alarmed, to say the least! Having skied this area for years, we knew we needed to save this unmatched terrain for our Backcountry community. We quickly put together our own proposal for a Backcountry Ski Area, offering to work with the resort to accommodate Sidecountry as well.
You Can Help!
Lutsen Mountain Resort’s application is currently being processed by the Superior National Forest, with the draft Environmental Impact Statement scheduled for release in fall of 2020. During the Scoping Comment Period, we had over 100 people submit comments in support of our proposal, which we are hoping will be included in the EIS as an alternative to be considered. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and offer support on this critical effort!