Mountain Message

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.


February Finale

Sunday, 26 February 2017 @ 7am

Hello Sunday Funday, and Sunday Snow Day!  4"of new snow overnight and another 1"-3" possible by this afternoon!  This is what winter should look like, and we are stoked!  The slopes are in PRIME shape, parks are dialed as well.  Winter is here...Enjoy It!  

Season Passes for the 2017/2018 Winter Season and All-Time Any-Time passes go on sale March 1, 2017!  Deadline to order is April 1, 2017.

Obviously, for many out there this next link is not NEW...but for those that need some insight into Spirit Mountain, click WE ARE...enjoy!

Think Snow!

 

Saturday, 25 February 2017 @ 6am

A few flurries overnight, and following a solid grooming shift...the slopes & parks are in sweet shape for Saturday!  Expect a nice snow surface today and lots of sunshine as well!  Plus, we have more snow in the forecast starting later tonight and Sunday with possibly 1"-2" of accumulation.  It's still winter here in Duluth, folks....and it's a great weekend to ride-ski-tube....take a look at our video from yesterday, Friday, 2/24/17: 

 

 

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11am

Good to be rolling!  The crew did a nice job on the slope prep, and all is skiing out pretty nicely here this morning.  The parks are refreshed, and ready to roll....a new reset up in the rope park and a fresh cut on the halfpipe take us into the weekend!  There are a few "spots" of caution throughout the hill and the snow surface is affectionately termed as machine groomed granular, but it's quite fun and just make sure to take it easy on those first runs to get yourself dialed accordingly.  All in all, we feel pretty fortunate to have weathered the past week of wild, unseasonable weather and our snow coverage is very solid with nearly a 2-4 FOOT+ base in most of our key areas.  Plus, looks like we could see some snowflakes falling by late-Saturday/Sunday and then the next chance of significant accumulation appears to come our way early next week.  Certainly bummed we didn't get the 6"-12"-2" that some were calling for, but that's the way the winds blow at times, and we just keep rolling along as best we can.

Snow-Tubing opens today at 4pm, and let's just say that the chutes will be super fun & quick here this evening!  It should be a great weekend to snow tube, so come check us out all weekend long and bring the entire family.

We host the Tow Up Throw Down on Saturday...stoked for our second year as part of the series.  The fresh set in our rope park will provide some great riding & sliding here for the TUTD and all weekend long for you shredders!

We do plan to host fat bike operations this Sunday from 10a-4p.  Despite the low snowpack on the downhill bike trails, we will open up Juggler Joe & Timber Cruiser as integrated ride.ski.bike trails on Sunday.  Always a good time going downhill on the fat tires, and then getting the lift ride back up top!

Definitely many good times and lots of snow here on the slopes of Duluth....sure nice to have the wintry weather back in the northland....enjoy!

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 8pm

Welcome Back Winter!  It was a solid day on the hill today as the crews have been (and continue to be) out in full force getting things ready for you!  We are excited to resume operations tomorrow at 10am.  The colder and more winter like temps have returned and we are gearing up for a great weekend to Ski, Snowboard, Snow Tube and Fat Bike!  Don't take our word for it...take a look below.  

Don't forget:  Friday features "Student Specials"!  High School & younger can get lift tickets & snow tubing passes for just $15....College students we have the $19 lift tickets and snow tubing pass available.  Plus, it's Season Pass Holder Bring A Friend for $19 lift tickets.  Snow Tubing open 4pm-8pm.

Though we may not get that FOOT of snow many of us were hoping for, expect some pretty nice skiing & riding here on Friday and throughout the weekend.  We do see the possiblity of a few flakes falling here later Saturday into Sunday, with our next chance of significant accumuations early next week.  Winter is still here and not going away any time soon...make plans now to hit up Duluth!  Enjoy!

 

See below for a few specials and events that are coming your way:

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

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.

Looking ahead for the next few weeks, we have big things happening on the hill!  Below are just some of the upcoming events hosted at Spirit Mountain, so mark your calendars and prepare to have some serious SNOW fun!

Upcoming Events:

February 25th Tow Up Throw Down 
March 4th-5th Frosted Fatty: Fat Tire Biking Races.  Sponsored by Frost River
March 11th SMASH: Spirit Mountain's Annual Spring Happening

March 25th & 26th 2 Minus 1 Party:  Weekend of Good Times! Featuring special ticket 
package, BrewSki Event and More!  

Bump In The Road

Update:  Tuesday, February 21, 2pm

Operations resume Friday, February 24.  Due to the recent unseasonable, inclement weather and projected forecasts the next couple days/nights, we will suspend operations on Wednesday & Thursday.  We will resume all ski, snowboard and snowtubing operations as per regular schedule on Friday at 10am and beyond.  Plus, we have SNOW in the forecast starting late-Thursday into Friday....maybe we see somewhere in that 2"-6" range!

It's been a tough 24-36 hours for snow enthusiasts throughout the region.  The unseasonably mild temps are one thing, but to receive nearly an inch of rain in a 12 hour period followed by continued temps above the freezing mark both day & night...well, that is challenging.  The trend of warmer temps continue here Tuesday and again overnight then throughout the day on Wednesday, but we begin to see some relief with colder temps rolling in by the overnight hours Wednesday/early-Thursday morning.  We are quite excited to see the return of the colder temps, and will be hitting the snow to get all reconditioned and prepared for the weekend.  And, yes, we are stoked to see the natural snow in the forecast as well!!

Although we lost some snow these past few days, we still have a very significant base of nearly 2' to well over 4' in most of our key areas.  We'll be 100% open with all slopes, parks and halfpipe for the weekend...and the reality is, that once the cold returns, the snow is going to groom out very nicely.  Expect conditions to be in quality shape once we roll again Friday, and keep those fingers-crossed for some FRESH snow to join the party, too!

The Tow-Up-Throw-Down event is ON for Saturday, and our park crew will be hitting the hill here to bring forth a fresh, sweet set for the weekend.  Our big park, Spirit Park, will also be getting some love as EC brings all back together accordingly throughout the jumplines, rail yards, halfpipe and more!  The plan for Friday is for Spirit Park to open at 10am and then the halfpipe & rope park will be rolling by 12noon.

Still lots of winter left here in Duluth, folks...just a little "bump in the road" as we roll along.....see ya this weekend!

Think Snow!

 

Update:  Monday, February 20, 6pm

We have a bit of wacky, unfavorable weather going down here in Duluth.  Due to the heavy rains today, overly saturated slopes and the continued mild temps here overnight & into Tuesday, our ski hill operations will continue to be suspended for Tuesday.  The good news is that we do foresee colder temps returning soon and perhaps some snowfall later this week, but in order to conserve snow conditions as well as provide a quality, safe snow surface...it is not in our best interest to attempt operations under the current and upcoming weather conditions.  It's difficult to say exactly when ops will resume, but hopefully the weather changes accordingly and quickly here this next day or two.

The bottom-line is we still have LOTS of snow out on the hill, and once this weather breaks, we will certainly bring all back together accordingly for all snow enthusiasts to enjoy.  We could see some solid weather changes by either Wednesday or Thursday, and definitely looks like more winter weather & possibly a few snow flakes later this week as well!   

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these next few days.  Stay tuned for updates, and we'll keep you informed accordingly....oh yeah, maybe break out those "snow & cold weather" dances...still lots of good times left this winter season here at Spirit!

See below for a few specials and events that are coming your way:

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

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.

Looking ahead for the next few weeks, we have big things happening on the hill!  Below are just some of the upcoming events hosted at Spirit Mountain, so mark your calendars and prepare to have some serious SNOW fun!

Upcoming Events:

February 25th Tow Up Throw Down and Vintage Snowmobile Tour
March 4th-5th Frosted Fatty: Fat Tire Biking Races.  Sponsored by Frost River
March 11th SMASH: Spirit Mountain's Annual Spring Happening