Full color large-scale maps are available from the activities desk.
Free Cross Country Ski Rentals
Free Classic Cross Country Ski Rentals for Guests of Lutsen Resort are available from the activities desk. Stop by the day before you head out, we'll size you into the right skis, and then return the skis at the end of the day.
Cross-Country Trail Conditions
Lutsen Resort is right in the midst of the best Nordic Skiing in Minnesota. Grooming is done regularly, as weather permits, and the terrain is spectacular.
Local Nordic Ski Trail Reports (All open in a new window.):
- Lutsen area trails
- Sugarbush Trail Association
- Pincushion Mountain Trail System
- Cascade State Park
Don't forget to purchase a Great Minnesota Ski Pass. Purchase them at the Holiday Station in Tofte or the Clearview store in Lutsen.
Access to the trails listed here is found at the end of the plowed Onion River Road. To find this road, head 2.1 miles southwest of the Main Lodge, just northeast of the Sea Villas. The parking area is 2 miles up Onion River Road.
Onion River Road: This trail is the continuation of the road past the parking lot. For the winter this section of the road is groomed and tracked for both classical and skate skiing. This is a wonderful section of trail to learn on with extremely gentle terrain. This is an out and back trail that can be skied for 5.5 km one way.
The Green Loop: This loop starts with a 2 km ski on the Onion River Road then continues counterclockwise for another 2.4 km back to the parking lot. There is a significant downhill immediately after turning off of the Onion River Road, but after that the trail flattens out again. Spectacular views abound of the back side of the Sawtooth Mountains.
The Oberg Loop: This is a wonderful intermediate loop that covers 8 km of diverse terrain. Once again this loop starts with 2 km on the Onion River Road. You then leave the road to begin a clockwise loop back to the parking area. Immediately after leaving the road you will encounter a short steep hill. After this you will encounter gently rolling terrain for another 2 km leading to a series of downhills for another 2 km. Another 2 km of rolling terrain brings you back to the parking lot.
The Homestead Loop: With 16.1 km of skiing this is a great way to spend the day. Following the trail out of the west corner of the parking lot for 4.4 km brings you to the 7.3 km
Homestead loop. This entire trail is rolling intermediate terrain with short sections of steep
uphill and downhill. Return from the Homestead Loop is on the same 4.4 km trail you entered on.
The Picnic Loop: This 25.1 km loop is definitely meant for the advanced skier. The loop is filled with long ascents and fast descents. Start this loop in the west corner of the Onion River Road parking lot. Go 0.6 km and turn right. This loop is meant to be skied counter clockwise.
Lutsen to Spruce Creek
Deer Tracks Loop
This .8 km loop is relatively flat, winding through a cedar forest that is a deer wintering area.
This .9 km loop has one steep section with great Lake Superior vistas. The remainder is quite level and easy to ski.
This loop has a variety of terrain including open areas on the west side of the loop which offer good lake views, a cedar grove in the northern section with its thick tree canopy and subdued lighting has a special feeling.
Named for pioneer Hans Hall, a boat builder and farmer, this loop begins .9 km east of the Cook Country 41 trailhead. Skiing in a clockwise direction (recommended), the trail begins with a long climb. Shortly after the Upper Massie intersection, the trail continues to climb and goes through an upland bog with many tamarack. After another .7 km you will reach the "Height of Land," and begin a 2.3 km downhill run.
There are two main areas on this map. The Cascade River Trails are south of the Sawtooth Mountains with access from the Cascade Lodge parking area 10 miles northeast of Lutsen Resort on Hwy 61. The Deer Yard Lake Trails are accessed by driving past Cascade Lodge to County Road 7and taking a left, then take a left on County Road 44, turn left on County Road 45 and continue straight onto Forest Road 332 to the cross county skiing parking lot. Trails in these areas are generally only groomed for classical skiing.
Many Cascade River trails lie parallel to the lake and are fairly level. These trails cut through a beautiful forest and cross a bridge over a raging river.
Lookout Mountain: Climb 3.3 km one way to the shelter on top of the mountain then get a great downhill on the way back.
Deer Yard Loop: This 11 km loop has gentle rolling terrain along the lake, a long gentle uphill, a wonderful long downhill, and rolling terrain back to the parking lot. Climbing 1.4 km to the old fire tower is also an option.
The Short Loop: This loop is an add on loop to the Deer Yard Loop. It includes a fast and curvy hill and a long steep climb. The full loop is 4.2 km long.