Mountain Message

Spring has Sprung!

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 & parks....plus, 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!

 

 

 

 


MID-MARCH FRESHIES!

Happy Happy Snow Weekend to You! We have received 12" of new snow this week, we remain 100% open with 100% solid snow coverage!  With sun in the forecast - it's going to be SUN-FUN-SNOW!  Winter is still here and alive at Spirit Mountain!  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 at the end of the month.  But your BrewSki tickets NOW for just $10!  Details Here 

 

Update - Friday, 17 March at 6:15am - It's ALL snow here on the HILL!  3" of NEW snow overnight and a few flakes are still falling as our good fortunes continue in March...this brings us to over a FOOT of SNOW this week!  Most models show a couple more hours of light snow chances this morning, then looks like all clears out to bring us a partly cloudy day....those additional precip chances this afternoon are looking less & less likely....my feeling is we may just get lucky enough for us to get by with ALL SNOW out of this event!  Obviously we will keep tabs on how all unfolds, and we'll do a little strategical grooming accordingly to provide the best skiing & riding possible here throughout the day.  As for the weekend, looks like lots of sunshine with highs in the mid/upper 30s on Saturday and then mid/upper 40s on Sunday!

Our snowtubing hill will operate this weekend on Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Come on out and enjoy this St. Patrick's Day with us....travel safely out there and we'll be waiting for you!

 

Update - Thursday, 16 March @ 6:30am - Slopes & Parks are stocked!  100% open with a 2-4 foot base!  9" new snow this week! 
Our continued theme of "let the good times roll" is on again today...IF you are wondering how the "snow" season is going in Duluth, well let's just say that current conditions are amazing and arguably the best they have been all season long!  The NEW snow on Monday and these nearlhy perfect weather conditions of cold overnights & sun-filled days in the 30s = PRIME TIME to SKI & RIDE!  So, check out our social feeds for recent pics and videos, or better yet, come on up and hit it....it's all good here at Spirit!

A few things here on many folks' minds:

1 - How long will our ski season go?  Answer, we simply are not entirely sure as that will somewhat depend upon how the weather unfolds.  Our plan at this point is to roll through the end of March as all looks very nice weather-wise and we are not only stocked throughout the slopes & parks, but surface conditions are very sweet!  We see this pattern continuing through this week, the weekend as well as next week & weekend as well.  There are even aome additional chances of a few more flakes between now and the end of the month.  So, we somewhat wait to see how all unfolds as we draw closer to April and perhaps there are some BONUS DAYS in store...stay tuned, but the suggestion here is GET OUT HERE NOW AND ENJOY THE SLOPES!

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!

3 - Check out our BREWSKI Event coming up at the end of the month.  But your BrewSki tickets NOW for just $10!  Details Here 

 

Update - Monday, 13 March @ 7am - Hello Monday and Hello NEW Snow---9" that is!  The big lake blessed us with some awesome lake effect snow overnight, and we could see a few more flakes here this morning!  Winter is most certainly still here, and in a BIG way.  Take it easy on your way in as crews continue to plow and dig-out, the snow is here and we'll have all ready for you when we roll at 10am.  You probably need a SNOW DAY, eh! 

The time is now to purchase season passes for the 2017/2018 winter season, OR if you are a year-round user skier-boarder-biker...check out our All-Time Any-Time passes that allow for unlimited mountain biking and winter use.  To save the most $$ you must purchase by April 1, 2017!  Check out the NEW! STUDENT PASS as well. Family payment plans are another great opportunity for savings.  Purchase now to break your monthly payments out for 6 months!  Plus, if you purchase now, add on the remainder of this season for the price of a single day lift ticket!  For all details visit HERE. 

Please check our SNOW REPORT page for additional slope & park updates.  Expect very nice conditions today and all week long as these freshies are a much welcomed sight for all snow enthusiasts around these parts!  We are stoked for the new snow, and the weather looks very nice this week with quite a bit of sunshine for much of the week and then a few more chances of snow flakes as we get towards the weekend.  Still MANY quality snow days left here in the season, so come on up and enjoy!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to enjoy SMASH, and a huge thanks to the Burton Snowboard crew for joining us.  It was a great weekend of riding, events and fun for all, and if you have not yet seen the pond skim video, well, slide over to our Instagram account or Facebook page...epic!  Mark your calendars for "2 MINUS 1" & "BrewSki" events coming up in a couple of weeks...another great event with good times, tasty eats, beer sampling, live music, stellar events & activities, discounted lodging deals and much more!  Details HERE...

The time is NOW to visit Duluth....come on out and enjoy! 

 


PAUSE - RESUME

Update Sunday, 12 March @ 7am -Sunday Funday is HERE!  Grab a friend and head to the slopes, it's a great day to ski, snowboard and tube. Sunday is $10 snow tubing starting at 2pm. 

Update Saturday, 11 March @ 6am -It's SMASH Day!  With great snow coverage, temps in the 20's and sunshine in the forecast...it's gonna be a great day at Spirit Mountain!  Don't forget we have live music in the Moosehead today from 3pm-10pm!  Get Your SMASH On! 

Update Friday, 10 March @ 5:45am - Winter is still here in Duluth!  We are 100% open with complete snow coverage!  With sun and snow in the forecast...things are shaping up to be a stellar weekend.  Saturday brings us SMASH with many great, fun events.  Receive a $10 Lift Ticket if dressed in full costume and here by 12pm.  Plus participate in our Costume Contest and you could walk away with an individual or famiy season pass for the 17/18 season.  All details on SMASH and events can be found here: SMASH - Burton Snowboards joins us as well with Demos, Learn to Ride package, Ladies Ride and more.  Make your plans now....see you on the slopes! 

Update Thursday, 9 March @ 6:15am - Here we go!  Operations resume today from 12pm-8pm with 100% snow coverage, plus we're throwing out a $29 ticket special cause we're stoked to have great weather & sweet snow!  Please check SNOW REPORT page for additional slope & park updates.  Temps are definitely winter like and the forecast is calling for lots of sunshine today!  The crew has done a nice job with getting all back in order following a little bit of crazy weather, and we will have some pretty solid skiing & riding conditions today on the hill.  Grab the crew and an extra layer, and head on out to the slopes where Winter Is Still Here in a BIG way!  Enjoy, and don't forget that SEASON PASSES are NOW on-sale & SMASH with BURTON SNOWBOARDS is ON this weekend!  Also, today is COLLEGE DAY with Indeed Brewing Company...$19 tickets for all college students, food & drink specials, live music, prizes & giveaways in the Moosehead this evening!   

 

Update Tuesday, 7 March @ 11:30am:  Operations to resume on Thursday, March 9 at 12pm!   It's been pretty intense here around these parts over the past 24-36 hours...the unseasonably warm temps Sunday & Monday have been replaced with colder ones and looks like even more winter-like temps are coming this way as we move ahead.  The rains were fairly short-lived, and we even had a few flakes of snow falling here earlier today!  It has been quite breezy here today with serious sustained winds and gusts registering in that 40-60mph range, but these should are expected to diminish by tomorrow evening.  Our crews are beginning to hit the hill here this evening to start bringing it all back together.  Our plan is to get in a few rounds of grooming between now and Thursday, just so the slopes & parks are back in quality shape.  We still have a lot of slopes here on the hill, and I anticipate some quality skiing & riding here when we roll....plus, perhaps some more natural snow may bless us as we roll through the weekend and into next week!!

 

Monday, 6 March at 6:30am:  Operations suspended for Monday & Tuesday (March 6 & 7) due to the unseasonable and inclement weather.  However, our plan is to resume operations on either Wednesday or Thursday depending upon how all actually unfolds.  Just a slight hit of the "pause" button here, folks.  We still have a great deal of snow throughout the sloeps, plus, looks like we'll see some more chances of natural snow here as the week rolls along!

Don't forget that SMASH - Spirit Mountain's Annual Spring Happening is ON this Saturday!  Join us and Burton Snowboards for our 2017 SMASH Weekend full of good times, great events and family fun for all.  Lean-to-Ski & Ride Specials, Snowboard Demos, Rail Jams, Mini-Park, Slosh Pit, Silly Slalom, Costume Contest and much more!  

Just a little bump in the road and a few days of not-so-pleasant weather on tap, but seriously, no worries as we will be back skiing & riding here very soon....and, we expect quality slope & park conditions for the weekend ahead as the cold returns & hopefully some NEW snow as well!

 


Snow Days Are Here

Sunday, 5 March:  Another great snow day is on tap for you today! Ski, Snowboard, Snow Tube and Fat Bike.  Snow Tubing special today from 2pm to close is $10 per person. Don't forget, Season Passes are on sale for the 17/18 Winter and you can add on to finish out the season for $49! All details here.

Saturday, 4 March:  Today is the day!  10" new snow this week, temps in the 30's and sunshine!  Going to be a great day to be on the slopes. 

Friday, 3 March:  All we can say is "Oh My Goodness"!  The snow is amazing, the sun is shining and it is a fabulous day on the hill!  Please scroll below for additional information on season passes, Frosted Fatty and snow/weather updates....all is good here in Duluth!

Thursday, 2 March 2017 @ 6am:  Sunshine, colder temps and prime snow!  Grab the extra layer and a friend...this is the day you don't want to miss!

SEASON PASS - DETAILS

FROSTED FATTY - DETAILS

Additional details on slope & park conditions, closures and such available on our SNOW REPORT

WEATHER WATCHERS - So, obviously there are many folks out there watching the weather forecasts.  Here's what we know and don't know at this point in time:

1 - We have a significant snow base, plus we have received over 10" of NEW snow in the past week!

2 - The skiing & riding conditions are fantastic!  Some of our best machine groomed packed powder of the season, plus the powder stashes can certainly be found.

3 - The overnight and early-morning temps are going to be on the chilly side here these next couple of days, but the sunshine bumps things up here into the low/mid 20s today, tomorrow & Friday.  Grab the extra layer, sunscreen and enjoy some of the finest snow here in the midwest!   

4 - We see some slight warm-ups for Saturday.  From my best estimation, I'd say we will top-out in the mid 30s here Saturday afternoon and lots of sunshine.  Expect the SNOW to be nearly PERFECT on Saturday with that EPIC combination of firm groomers in the morning and sun-softened snow by the afternoon.  For many of us midwesterners, this is how skiing in March is supposed to be!

5 - Sunday - still a bit mixed on how all unfolds here, but the good news is we should see overnight temps Saturday below freezing which will allow the snow to set-up nicely for those nice firm conditions for the morning session, then it appears we will have a jump into the 50s by the afternoon.  The sun will be out, and pretty sure we may see some t-shirts on the hill by the afternoon hours.  The skiing will be pretty stellar as the snow softens up as the day moves along.

It does look as if we could see a little inclement weather activity Sunday night/Monday morning, but that really does not look at affect any of our weekend activities at this point.  A bit too soon to tell on how this weather system develops, the temps hold out and so forth....the better news is that whatever happens Monday appears very short-lived, and we see the return of cold overnights & 30 degree days for much of next week...plus, maybe some more SNOW!

Stay tuned....A LOT of WINTER left here in DULUTH....enjoy!

 

Wednesday, 1 March 1 2017 @ 6am: We welcome March with a solid 4" of new snow on Tuesday, bringing our total to 10" since Sunday!  Our slope & park conditions are excellent...whether the cruising the sweet machine groomed packed powder OR hitting the various freshies & stashes on our side slopes, off-piste areas and trees!  Enjoy the Day, and make those plans for what is going to be an EPIC weekend of GOOD TIMES in Duluth!

Tuesday, 28 February @ 6pm - We're pushing 3" of NEW snow here today, which brings our total since the weekend to nearly 10"...and snow is still falling here this evening with another inch possible!  We've been very blessed here over the past few days, and such looks to continue with a wintry weather pattern throughout much of the week then looks fabulous with sunshine & daytime temps crawling into the 40s...then, more snow next week!  Thank you, February....Welcome, March!

Our most deeply discounted 2017/18 SEASON PASSES go on sale Wednsday, March 1!  Not only are these passes at the absolute lowest prices of the entire year, but with the purchase of next year's season pass, you can ski/ride the remainder of this season for only $49!  There's a lot of winter left, folks, so the time is now to get in on the best deal in town.  Our awesome family season pass pricing is the best valued in the region, plus check out the NEW "student" season!  Spirit Mountain Season Passes pay for themselves in as few as 4 visits, that's right FOUR visits...so, join today and see why YOU see so many of SMILES on so many of our PASSHOLDERS!

The FROSTED FATTY is ON!  We are so excited to have the return of this wonderful winter weather, which is only going to make our Frosted Fatty Weekend even that much more special.  We are finalizing all plans and preparations with the courses here in the next day or two, and will have additional details available very soon.  Here's a few quick notes on the happenings:

Friday, 3 March 2017 || 6pm-8pm Registration & Pre-Party in the Moosehead

Saturday, 4 March 2017 || All Activities derive from Skyline Chalet at 9500 Spirit Mountain Place

7:30am-9am || XC Registration at Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (park in C Lot, ride bikes to Nordic Center)

9am - XC Race Starts

10:30am-12:30am || Downhill Registration at Moosehead Bar & Grill in Skyline Chalet

12:00pm-1:00 pm || Downhill Practice

1:00pm-2:30pm || Downhill Stage 1

2:30pm-4:00pm || Downhill Stage 2

6:00pm || Head-to-Head Dual Slalom (Skiers, Snowboarders & Fat Bikers compete in individual disciplined heats...then, we combine into a King of the Hill, Head to Head Battle of Skiers vs. Snowboarders vs. Bikers for the title, bragging rights and the CASH!)

Party in the Moosehead - ?

Silent Auction in The Moosehead from 12pm-6pm.  We have a variety of items up for bid!  Including MN Wild Tickets, Loll Furniture, HEAD Ski Package, MTB Frame Salsa, Moonlander Bike frame from Surly, Cannondale bike from Twin Ports, Snowmaker for the Day Package, Snocross Tickets and so much more.  This auction is open to anyone! 

Sunday, 5 March 2017 || All Activities will derive from Grand Avenue Chalet at 8551 Grand Avenue

9am-2pm || Salsa Demo & Traverse Tour

10am-4pm || Downhill, Lift-Served Fat Bike Operations

We thank all of our amazing partners at Frost River, COGGS, City of Duluth, The Ski Hut, Continental Ski & Bike, Salsa, Surly and more!

The time is now, to hit up Duluth, folks...enjoy!

      

Tuesday, 28 February @ 6:30am ||  It is snowing!!  1"-3" in the forecast for today.  The slopes are prime....you need a snow day! 

 

Monday, 27 February 2017 at 8am - SNOW DAYS are HERE, and we are stoked to finish out February with 6" of new snow this weekend, plus we have flakes falling again this morning with chances of another 2"-6" by Tuesday!  The slopes and parks are back in prime shape with arguably some of the best skiing & riding conditions of the entire season!  WINTER is back and looks like the snow will continuing to get better & better as we roll along for the foreseeable future...make your plans now to enjoy Duluth! 

We have many special events, appreciation & discount days, and much more that continue through the end of March.  Mark your calendars now!  We look forward to seeing you at Spirit Mountain! 

 

Upcoming Events:

March 1                                                                              Discounted 2017/2018 Winter Season Passes & All Time Any Time Passes Go On Sale!  These are the lowest rates available and will save you money!  Purchase your Pass now and add on the rest of this winter season for $49. Details Here
March 4th-5th Frosted Fatty: In this second year of winter downhill fat bike racing at Spirit Mountain, the Frosted Fatty is growing even “fatter” this year.  The Fat Bike celebration at the regions only lift-access fat bike ski area will morph into a two-day Bike Festival.  Plans are to expand with additional bike demos, family and youth activities, food & beverage tastings and music.  The traditional staged downhill race format will continue and a cross country race will be added to give all fat biker enthusiasts an opportunity to reign atop the Frosted Fatty!  Male and Female categories. Featuring Over $5000 In CASH And PRIZES!  

Sponsored by Frost River

NEW - SILENT AUCTION - join us on Saturday for our Silent Auction.  This Silent Auction is open to anyone from 12pm-6pm!  Featuring Minnesota Wild Tickets, HEAD race ski package with a Spirit Mountain Race League Membership, Loll Furniture, Salsa Bike Frame, Surly package, The Edgewater Package, and much more.  Total items up for bid value at over $8,000!  All funds raised benefit our All Weather Trail. 

March 11th SMASH: Spirit Mountain's Annual Spring Happening

Join us for a day filled with activities to celebrate the winter and welcome the spring.

$10 Lift Tickets and $10 Rentals for those that arrive by 12pm in full costume and you must ski/snowboard in costume all day!  Visit the Ticket Counter for your tickets! 

You (and or your family/group) could win a 2017/2018 Season Pass!  All you have to do is participate in our Costume Contest.  We crown an individual winner and a group/family of 5 winner too.  Crowd judges costumes!  Bring your Best and you could WIN! 

Events and activities for the day include:

  • Costume Contest
  • Water Skip/Slosh Pit
  • Barrel Jump
  • Live Music
  • Food and Beverage Specials
  • Silly Slalom
  • Fire Hose Race
  • Burton Good Times Academy
  • Rail Jam
  • Mini Park Jib Jam
  • Face Painting
  • Cotton Candy


March 25th & 26th 2 Minus 1 Party:  

The 2 Minus 1 is the about calling your last run without calling it your last run. So we're not saying this is our last weekend, but this is The 2 Minus 1 Party!!! 

This weekend is all about Good Times with friends and family.  Featuring Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork by MNTucky BBQ, BrewSki Craft Beer Tasting, Ollie Contest, Big Air, Wet & Wild Rail Jam on Saturday and Sunday features Brats & Bloodies from 11am-2pm.

Come out to hear Mix 108 DJ live stream right from the hill, and a live DJ at our After-Party event.  

Party Events for the Day: Snow Volleyball, Snow Bowling, Bag Toss Tournament, and Party Games!  

We will be running a complimentary shuttle on Saturday and Sunday between Spirit Mountain and America's Best Value Inn. 

Don't forget to stick around on Sunday for Grilled Brats & our Signature Bloody Mary 11am-2pm!

Cost Saving & Specials

Student Nights:  Monday-Friday in February from 3pm-8pm features $15 student lift tickets and $5 rentals for high school students and below. 

Sunday Snow Tubing Special:  Join us on Sundays from 3pm-5pm for $10 Snow Tubing.  $10 per person includes a 2 hour snow tubing session!  

Specials:  We offer a variety of ticket, rental & lesson packages Monday-Thursday and more. Details Here. 

Save Up to 20% on tickets:  Check out our new GROUPIFY ticket option that can save you up to 20% on tickets!  The best part is, it's all done on-line.  You set up your small group, share on social media and everyone pays on their own.  No organizing the group, collecting money, etc.  Details Here. 

College Thursday:  Every Thursday is College Day/Night broughT to you by Indeed Brewery.  $19 tickets and $10 rentals.  Plus Live Music in the Moosehead saloon!  $2 PBR, $3 Off Indeed Pitchers, $3 Tacos in the Moose from 3pm-8pm. Details Here. 

Loose In The Moose brought to you by Bent Paddle.  Every Saturday from 3pm-7pm.