Mountain Message

19 December 2016

Monday, December 19 at 12:30pm:

It has been quite a stretch of COLD weather here in the region, and quite a transition we are entering as we'll be seeing nearly a 40 degree swing in temps today vs. yesterday!  We hit the -25 Sunday morning (closer to -40 with the wind chill factor) and projections are we hit the lower 20's here by this afternoon!!  This is good news to thaw out a bit, and the awesome news is that we have made a significant amount of snow over the past 10+ days.  Our snowmaking crews have been hitting it hard, and simply put, we have made A LOT of snow.  There are still some final snowmaking efforts on a few slopes, and then we'll keep blasting away in our terrain parks to get all fully stocked for the upcoming builds.

At this point in time, I would anticipate us having over 90% of our skiable terrain open by the coming weekend, and we should be very close to ALL parks & slopes by the Christmas Break!  Again, this is a solid testament to our skilled and dedicated snowmaking crews for battling through and kicking tail!

Mark your calendars, as the theme here revolves around Friday!

Our plan at this point is to have the Gandy-side of the hill rolling by Friday of this week.  This will open up several slopes, including:  Bull Wacker, Blue Ruin, Gandy Dancer, Bear Claw and hopefully Cinder Snapper as well.  Additional terrain is also expected to be available on the Express side as the days move forth, and it is certainly pretty awesome to see this much terrain begin to open so quickly in the snowmaking process.

The NEW high speed rope tow and tow park are slated to be rolling by Friday as well!  The finishing touches will go down on the tow this week, and the park crew will be building & installing features for our first set of the season....definitely will be exciting to see the laps commence on the Tow!  As for our other park areas, stay tuned for updates as we still need some quality rounds of snowmaking to get all in proper order for the park builds.

Friday will also be our debut day of the Snow Tubing Hill and Alpine Coaster for winter operations.  The tube hill & coaster will roll Friday 4pm-8pm with a specially-priced session...make sure you are dialed-in to our TEXT PROGRAM to receive the offer....text "SPIRIT" to 41411.

All operational schedules, hours and details can be found HERE

Looking for that special gift for that special someone...look no further, and GIVE THE GIFT OF WINTER FUN with some Mountain Money to Spirit Mountain.  Mountain Money can be redeemed at any of our sales stations, including tickets, the retail shop and food & beverage locations.  Bring YOUR friends and family to Spirit Mountain with Mountain Money...this will be the one gift that everyone shall certainly appreciate!!

From our family to yours, we wish everyone an awesome holiday season and thank you for the continued support & patronage!

See you on the Slopes of Duluth very soon!

Think Snow!!


Ski Hill Open Daily

December 18th - The ski hill is now open daily following regular season hours.  We welcome in some what of a warm up this week with highs in to the 20's and 30's but lows at night in the teens. We will continue to make snow at all opportunities and are striving to open terrain as quickly as we can.  The new high speed rope tow is slated to open towards the end of the week as well as the snow tubing hill.  

Stay tuned for additional updates as the week moves forward.

Happy Turns! 


December 17th @ 6:30pm - Please note that due to intense wind chill factors and temperatures:  Sunday operations will be adjusted to 12pm-6pm.  We will feature a $29 lift ticket.  

Daily Operations - GO!

December 14th @ 7:30am - Spirit Mountain will begin daily operations for skiing and snowboarding beginning on Friday, 12/16 from 12pm-8pm.  Saturday operating hours are 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-6pm with both days featuring lift tickets at $35.  Once we reach Monday, 12/19--we move into our regularly scheduled operating hours and pricing.  Please visit our Hours Page for all details.  

Beginning Friday, both chalets will open with all amenities, food & beverage entities, rental services and snow sports activities.

We do anticipate over 50% of our terrain to be open by Friday, and plans are to operate at least 2 lifts plus our beginner conveyor.  We will update the Snow Report as we move closer to Friday, but thoughts at this point will be to have Powder Monkey, Skyhooker, Bindle Stiff, Sissor Bill, Four Pipe, Log Roller, Downhill Musher, and Prospector Beginner Area.  Double Jaw will open Saturday, and additonal terrain will continue to open as snowaking and grooming continue.

As far as terrain park activites, plans are to keep the sweet set up on Powder Monkey with a few tweaks.  We hope to have some additional features and elements in place on a few other locations throughout the slopes as well once we roll into next week.  Our original plan was for the NEW High Speed Rope Tow to roll this weekend, but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, the rope tow area will be delayed.  Thoughts at this point are to have the rope tow and tow park rolling by late next week.  A bit of a bummer, but we are stoked and you will be too, once all is ready and rolling!  Please stay tuned, and we'll bring all together accordingly in the very near future!

The cold temps have provided for great snowmaking opportunities, and we will keep cranking out the snow at any & all times possible to open additional skiable terrain as quickly as possible in the many days ahead.  When you do come across a snowmaker, please take the time to give them HUGE thank you for making it happen!

Thank you for your patronage to Spirit Mountain, and we're quite excited to get this 2016/17 Season in full swing!

Happy Turns, and Think Snow!

Plus, natural snow is in the forecast starting a bit later on Friday....maybe 2"-4" by Saturday morning!!