Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

Towers for the new Lutsen Mountains gondola to arrive by helicopter next week

What | The most exciting phase of construction on Lutsen Mountains’ new $7 million gondola begins next week, with the helicopter installation of 11 steel towers at the North Shore resort.  A Sikorski 61 helicopter will pick up 31 loads, some as heavy as 8,000 pounds, and air lift them to remote and sometimes precarious locations on the mountain.  A ground crew will receive the load, securing it to the foundation, then scaling the tower to catch and attach the top assembly, all while working under a whirlwind of turbulence created by the giant helicopter overhead.

When | Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 – subject to weather

Where | Lutsen Mountains

Background | The only gondola system in the Midwest is getting a major facelift, and will be ready for the opening day of skiing at Lutsen Mountains in mid-November.

About Lutsen Mountains Lutsen Mountains, located in Lutsen, Minn., is the largest and highest elevation ski area in the Midwest, offering four interconnected mountains, 95 runs and 820-feet of vertical, all spread over 1,000 acres. Lutsen Mountains is the largest business employer in Cook County, Minn. and generates $29 million of the county’s $159 million tourism economy. The new gondola, proposed terrain expansion and other planned investments are expected to double skier visits, and double the ski area’s economic contribution to the county’s economy to $60 million. For additional information, visit or follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at



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