Mountain Message

April 2017

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - It's a gorgeous day in Duluth with tons of sunshine & mild temps!  Come on up and join us for our 2nd Annual Bridal Open House here at the Skyline Chalet today from 11am-3pm, plus make sure to swing over by Continental Ski & Bike for the 11th Annual Bike Swap this weekend.  Please note that our summer season is slated to begin Memorial Day Weekend...make plans now to hit up our Alpine Coaster, Zipline, Scenic Chairlift, Mountain Bike Park, Disc Golf Course and more....details coming soon on specials, savings and HERE for operational schedules! 


Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - All downhill mountain bike TRAILS here at Spirit Mountain remain closed at this time. 
Trails will open as we move along through the next several/many weeks as the "dry-out" begins and our crews start the respective maintenance processes.  Once trails dry-out enough to ride this Spring, we will open accordingly.  Please do NOT ride on closed or wet trails here at Spirit or throughout Duluth; this could lead to trail damage and/or personal injury, so do your part for sustainable trails & safe riding!!  Our plan is to begin lift-served bike operations as we roll into Memorial Day Weekend, or perhaps we see some early-season bonus days if the weather allows....stay tuned for updates as all unfolds!!   

On behalf of all of us at Spirit Mountain - we want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that visited us this past year!  From the Adventure Park to the Mountain Bike Park to the Terrain Parks OR to all the skiers, snowboarders, bikers, hikers, adventure park-ers, wedding go-ers and all other guests...we THANK YOU!  We experienced 132 operating days for our summer/fall season and a 96 day winter season.  Though it was a somewhat challening weather-year for outdoor recreation, there were most certainly some significant quality days here on the hill.  We are putting our request in to Mother Nature NOW for lots of sunshine & mild temps this summer AND snowfall for next winter....if you ever feel like having a conversation with her....please put in a good word for Duluth!! 

As we move through April and into May; there are a few things happening here at the hill.  

Saturday, 8 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain Inaugural Ski Patrol Vintage Snowmobile Meltdown - DETAILS  (WOW - what an awesome event....we'll be doing this one again next year!!) 

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain 2nd Annual Bridal Open House - DETAILS

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Campground OPENS for the season - DETAILS

Friday, 26 May 2017 - Planned OPENING for SUMMER OPERATIONS at our Adventure Park, Mountain Bike Park & Grand Avenue Chalet!!

As the days begin to warm up and we start thinking about summer, don't forget that Spirit Mountain provides many great opportunities to enjoy during those warmer months.  We have lauched some NEW! Mountain Bike Camps & Adventure Camps for those as young as 3. You will find single day mountain bike camps as well as week long too.   All details and to register are online at the links provided.  

Make your reservations now for summer fun at the Mountain Villas and the Spirit Mountain Campground! - both locations offer immediate access to our Adventure Park as well as the Mountain Bike Trails.  Featuring discount tickets available adn amazing views from the top of the hill.  Certain weekends and weeks do fill up quickly - reserve now! 

Thank you again for choosing Spirit Mountain and we'll see you this summer! 

Season Pass Deadline Extended

APRIL 6, 2017 - Thank you to everyone that made the choice to come see us this winter.  Your business is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you this summer!!

Also, mark your calendars for a few upcoming events here at Spirit:

Saturday, 8 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain Inaugural Ski Patrol Vintage Snowmobile Meltdown - DETAILS

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain 2nd Annual Bridal Open House - DETAILS

Friday, 26 May 2017 - Planned Opening for Adventure Park, Mountain Bike Park & Grand Avenue Chalet SUMMER Operations!

Bonus Days!

Saturday, 1 April 2017 - Happy Last Day of the Season! Enjoy this great spring day from 10am-4pm to get your last runs of the season in and enjoy the day.  Also, this is the last day to purchase your 17/18 Winter Season Pass and $AVE!  

Please Note:  the online shopping cart is experiencing high volume which at times can result in errors when purchasing online.  Should you have issues, please know you can always call us to purchase over the phone or try online at a later time.  Regardless, we will make sure you receive the lowest rate on your season pass.  Thank you for your patience. 

Friday, 31 March 2017 - We have a beautiful day of sun & snow here for Friday...the lifts roll from 12pm-7pm for Bonus Day #2 and our March Finale.  96% of our terrain is available for these final two days of the season, and ALL terrain parks--jumplines--halfpipe--and much more are ready to shred!  Hope to see you out here today & Saturday...ENJOY!


Thursday, 30 March 2017 - Bonus Sesh #1 is ON in our Rope Park from 3pm-7pm!  The mountain ops crew started bringing the hill back together early yesterday morning and continued around the clock to get all back in order.  The Rope Park looks pretty solid, and the slopes & parks are coming along nicely.  Though we may not be as thick as we once were, we do anticipate all slopes & parks available for our final two sessions on Friday (12p-7) and Saturday (10a-4p)...come on out and enjoy as we wrap up the 16/17 Season!  Thanks to our entire crew for the solid efforts, and THANK YOU for the continued support & patronage to Spirit Mountain!


Monday, 27 March 2017 - This is no April Fools joke, we are opening our doors once more for our 2016/17 Winter Season Bonus Days!  The plan is to put a wrap on this season by hosting 3 more days of fun in the springtime sun, including a Rope Tow ONLY sesh and an Employee & Season Passholder Appreciation Finale!!  

Season Pass holders can bring up to 2 friends per day for $10 each includes ticket & rental.  Plus on Saturday, show your season pass to receive Pulled Pork Meal for $5.  

Thursday - Rope Tow Session Only: 3pm-7pm  ($15 ticket or Valid Season Pass)
Friday - All-Mountain Operations: 12pm-7pm  ($30 ticket or Valid Season Pass)
Saturday - Employee & Season Passholder Appreciation Day, Everyone is Welcome! All-Mountain Operations: 10am-4pm  ($30 ticket or Valid Season Pass)

We anticipate all slopes & parks (halfpipe, too!) to be ready to roll again for Friday & Saturday, and the weather shows quite a bit of sunshine & mid 40s....a perfect way to end the season here in Duluth!

Please Note a few additional Details for the Bonus Sessions: 

SKYLINE CHALET - If you're looking for an Apres' Ski opportunity, the Moosehead Saloon in the Main Chalet will be serving up hot slices of pizza, burgers and fries, ice cold beer & beverages, and good times during operating hours.  We also recommend anyone wishing to rent ski and/or snowboard equipment, please do so at our upper, Skyline, chalet....9551 Spirit Mountain Place / Duluth, MN 55810

GRAND AVENUE CHALET - Our Grand Avenue Chalet will be accessible for the Friday & Saturday sessions, but amenities will be limited with no food & beverage operations.

LESSONS - We will have limited snow sports lesson opportunities on Friday & Saturday, so if you are interested in LESSONS on these days, please reach out to Jon at at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot! 

Here's a few important dates you want to make sure are on your calendar:

Saturday April 1st: Season Pass pricing goes up!!  Don't miss your chance to purchase your 17/18 season passes at the lowest price point of the year before April 1st!  We have these available for purchase on our website as well as over the phone Mon-Fri 10am-4pm at 218-624-8500.  

Saturday, April 8th is the First Annual Gitchi Gummi Vintage Snowmobile Meltdown!  Help support and thank your Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol by ridin' in style on your vintage sled.  This will be held at the Main Chalet here at Spirit Mountain and there will be a hill climb, vintage showcase, hill ride and swap. For more information contact Ryan at 218-721-5341 or visit the calendar event at  

Saturday, April 22nd is our 2nd Annual Bridal Open House!  
Come and experience all that Spirit Mountain has to offer for your wedding day. Visit with local wedding vendors, taste our incredible food, and experience our breath taking views for yourself, and see just what makes Spirit Mountain the perfect place for you to start the rest of your forever.  Visit the calendar event at to find out more info or contact Johannah at

Thanks to everyone out there for the continued support & patronage!


Spring has Sprung!

Sunday, 25 March - Operations suspended for Sunday March 26th & Monday March 27 due to inclement weather and unpredictable snow surface.  Stay tuned for inforamtion regarding operations & potential bonus days moving forward. 


Saturday, 24 March at 6am - BrewSki is On!  If you didn't pre-purchase tickets, no worries, you can purchase today at the hill.  BrewSki only is $15 and sample all the craft beers you wish!  OR, the Weekend VIP deal is $69 which includes a two day lift ticket, BBQ meal on Saturday, entry to BrewSki and more.  Visit the ticket counter for details!  Make sure to grab lunch Slopeside from Jack Creek Cookers featuring BBQ and their very own sauces too!  Plus lots of sweet events today too including Ollie Contest, Big Air & Wet and Wild Rail Contest.   Gonna be a great day to be on the hill at Spirit Mountain.  The Ski Hut, Continental & Damage will be onsite with demos today too.  

Forecast is calling for temps in the mid 30's - and Good Times for sure.


Thursday, 23 March at 5am - It's been a fun-filled week here on the slopes, and make sure to check out our most recent SNOW REPORT VIDEO from Tuesday....still looking at 100% OPEN with full coverage on all slopes &, a NEW reset in the ROPE PARK last night!  We have a few flurries around the region this morning, but mostly looking at an overcast day with temps into the mid-30s later today.  Looks like we could see some raindrops in the late-afternoon/early-evening hours, but nothing too riduculous and our plan is to keep rolling on.  The weekend looks pretty nice with partly sunny skies Friday thru Sunday, then chances of a little more precip late-Sunday.  Our day-time temps should be hitting the lower 40s Friday, then back into the mid-30s for both Saturday & Sunday....with overnight temps back below freezing every night (this is the KEY, and let's the snow "set-up" a bit!).  The snow is holding up pretty nicely, and should be another fun-filled snow day here on Thursday and all weekend long!  So, come on up and get after it!  Don't forget that BrewSki is ON for Saturday, and we'll continue to evaluate options for next week & beyond as all unfolds....looks somewhat promising for potential BONUS DAYS next week and into April!


Sunday, 19 March at 1pm - A super-fun week it's been, and now we roll into Spring Rates & Spring Hours!  Ski Hill Operating Hours are adjusted as follows for the week of March 20th-26th:  Monday-Friday 12pm to 7pm / Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm / plus, all-day lift ticket rates will be $39 all week long.  Snow-Tubing operations are closed for the season.  Operations beginning March 27th are to be determined.

The slopes & parks remain 100% open, and thanks to the recent snowfall this past week, the snow surface conditions are quite nice.  It looks like a pretty solid week ahead -- Monday will be very spring-like and another day in the 50's -- but then, we should see day-time temps back into the 30's most of the week & weekend with quite a bit of sunshine and overnight temps back under the freezing mark....this all leads to firmer snow conditions to start the day with softening conditions to end it!  We could see a little precip on Thursday/early-Friday, but all looks to clear-out by the weekend.  Still lots of "snow-fun" to be had here this week...hopefully you can join us!

A few things to keep in mind:

--March is the perfect time to learn to ski and snowboard...for any age!  Check out our Lesson Programs and learn the sports of a lifetime!

--Check out our BREWSKI Event coming up on Saturday, March 25!  Buy your BrewSki tickets NOW for just $10!  Details Here 

--Please check our SNOW REPORT page for additional slope & park updates...these March days provide some great skiing with firmer conditions in the mornings and then softening as the day moves along!

 A few couple final things:

1 - How long will our ski season go?  As stated above, our plan is to go through Sunday, March 26 and then we will evaluate from there.  We are simply not entirely sure as much will depend upon how the weather unfolds along with our snow status.  So, we somewhat are in a position of wait & see as we draw towards the month's end....perhaps there are some BONUS DAYS in store for April...stay tuned, but our suggestion is GET OUT HERE NOW AND ENJOY!

2 - Why buy a Season Pass?  Answer, plain and simple, season passes save you money and offer you serious value as well as convenience!

  • A season pass purchased by April 1, 2017 for the 2017/2018 Winter Season can pay for itself in as few as FOUR visits!  Yes, 4 visits.
  • Passes are currently on-sale at the lowest rates of the year, and if you purchase now, you can add-on the remaining days of this season for the price of a single lift ticket!
  • We are proud to offer some of the absolute best-valued passes in the entire region.
  • Our NEW student pass is one of those "you asked-we listened" sort of passes.
  • Our family pass remains an outstanding value, plus the lay-away option may be a perfect option for some.
  • We also have great perks for our passholders; including sweet hook-ups with Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Mount Bohemia and Big Snow Resorts!  We are quite thankful to have partners such as in which each provide deeply-discounted opportunities for you to experience some of the most awesome experiences here in the midwest region as well as out in Colorado!

See YOU on the SLOPES!