Mountain Message

Grandma's Weekend

June 16, 2017 ll Friday Night Update, 9:20 pm.  It was a beautiful day at the hill today!  The heat came on a bit in the afternoon, but was fairly well tempered by a steady breeze.  Thank You to all our guests who were able to make it out to enjoy some fun and sun.  

Well, it's Grandma's Eve in Duluth.  We wish all the best to the many athletes, their friends and families, and everyone associated with the events that help define Grandma's Weekend.  

It's probably safe to say that around 99% of the people in our area are closely following the weather this weekend.  We are right there in the mix, with more than one eye on the sky. Looking at the various models it's a blend of will it or won't it, and of course, the when portion of will it or won't it...."it" being precipitate.  One of the favorable trends we're seeing is that, although the percentage of chance for rain fluctuates tomorrow through Sunday, the daily totals for potential precipitation are declining.  Sometimes the Big Lake has a way of parting the clouds when the west wind blows, and we're hoping this weekend is one of those times.  We're encouraged and optimistic, because until the moisture hits the ground...it's still just a forecast.  

Our plan is to roll out as usual tomorrow morning, which means our Adventure Park, Scenic Chairlift and Bike Park all open at 11am.  Our Riverside Bar and Grill opens at 11am as well, just in time for a cold beverage and some lunch.  Try a burger or salad, paired with one of the local brews you'll find on tap, and it's a solid match.  

Whether you visit Spirit Mountain to ride the trails or Alpine Coaster, play your favorite version of golf, participate in one of our other activities, or just want to check us out - we're glad to have you, and we look forward to helping you enjoy your weekend.  Check out our specials listed below, and we'll see you at Spirit.  

 

June 13, 2017 || Welcome Grandma's Marathon 2017! The weekend is quickly approaching, and it's one of the greatest weekends here in Duluth as we welcome in Grandma's Marathon.  A variety of runners, spectators and volunteers will descend upon our great city for a weekend of Good Times and the result of a lot of hard work!  We welcome you to Spirit Mountain! 

With the weekend being full of events; we are often asked what the best way is to experience Spirit Mountain while you are in town.  So, the following will help you navigate our recreation area while here in Duluth.  

Thursday: June 15 || BONUS SESSION for Mountain Biking & Scenic Chairlift Rides

  • Location:  Grand Avenue Chalet located at 8551 Grand Ave in west Duluth
  • Time:  3pm-8pm
  • Cost:  
    • One round trip ride on Scenic Chairlift = $11 per person
    • Mountain Biking Ticket for entire session = $19
  • Extra:  The Riverside Bar & Grill is a great spot to grab a meal or drink.  For adults our Bloody Mary's are seriously legit, and for the kiddos take in an Icee or Ice Cream.  Our menu features a variety of burgers, pizzas, Mountains of Nachos, Kitchen Sink Salads and a kids' menu!  

 

Friday:  June 16 || Adventure Park & Bike Park Open

  • Location:  
    • Adventure Park 9540 West Skyline Parkway
    • Bike Park at 8551 Grand Ave
  • Time: 
    • Adventure Park open 11am-7pm
    • Bike Park open 12pm-7pm
  • Cost: 
    • Our Adventure Park offers a variety of options.  From an All Day Wristband to multi packs of tickets to single ride tickets, there is an option to fit everyone's time constraints & price point.  All information HERE. -- check out our 4 Pack of Wristbands to save money by purchasing in advance.   The Adventure Park tickets are valid for our Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Mini-Golf, Scenic Chairlift Ride and Disc Golf (disc rental not included).
    • Bike Park full session is $29, or ride for the last 2 hours for $19
    • Insider's Tip:  Enjoy some trips down the coaster, then ride the chairlift to the bottom of the hill and have lunch in the Riverside Bar & Grill!  

 

Saturday: June 17 ||  Adventure Park & Bike Park Open

  • Location:  
    • Adventure Park 9540 West Skyline Parkway
    • Bike Park at 8551 Grand Ave
  • Time: 
    • Adventure Park open 11am-7pm
    • Bike Park open 11am-7pm
  • Cost: 
    • Our Adventure Park offers a variety of options.  From an All Day Wristband to multi packs of tickets to single ride tickets, there is an option to fit everyone's time constraints & price point.  All information HERE. -- check out our 4 Pack of Wristbands to save money by purchasing in advance.   The Adventure Park tickets are valid for our Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Mini-Golf, Scenic Chairlift Ride and Disc Golf (disc rental not included).
    • Bike Park full session is $29, or ride for the last 2 hours for $19
    • Insider's Tip: Headed out of town after the race?  Stop by our Adventure Park and purchase a 4 or 10 pack of tickets.  Enough tickets for the family to sample our rides and then get you back on the road headed home. 

 

Sunday:  June 18 || Adventure Park & Bike Park Open

  • Location:  
    • Adventure Park 9540 West Skyline Parkway
    • Bike Park at 8551 Grand Ave
  • Time: 
    • Adventure Park open 11am-6pm
    • Bike Park open 11am-6pm
  • Cost: 
    • Our Adventure Park offers a variety of options.  From an All Day Wristband to multi packs of tickets to single ride tickets, there is an option to fit everyone's time constraints & price point.  All information HERE. -- check out our 4 Pack of Wristbands to save money by purchasing in advance.   The Adventure Park tickets are valid for our Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Mini-Golf, Scenic Chairlift Ride and Disc Golf (disc rental not included).
    • Bike Park full session is $29, or ride for the last 2 hours for $19
    • Insider's Tip: Sunday tends to be a slower day for us at the Adventure Park.  If you are looking for less crowds...Sunday is your day! 

Before you visit, we encourage you to take a look at the Rules to Ride for additional details on height/weight restrictions and more.  

 

 

Other Happenings at Spirit Mountain:  

Our Mountian Bike & Adventure Camps kick off next week.  However, it's not too late to sign-up!  Camps are available for youth as young as age 2, and cover beginning mountain biking, downhill and more.  Check out all of our options HERE.  

Attention Ladies and especially those that Mountain Bike!  We have women-specific programs that kick off here soon!  Regardless of whether you are just getting into the sport, are looking to improve your skills, or want to surround yourself with strong, fun ladies that love to bike....check out our Programs.   -- Registration is open for all!  

  • Mountain Divas - multi week program
  • Zenith 101 Mountain Bike Skills Clinic - one day

 

Still have Winter on your mind----Please vote! We need your help in voting for our Terrain Parks in the Transworld Park Polls - it only takes a minute or two and helps us a whole bunch.  VOTE NOW

 

 


Fun On The Hill

11 June 2017 @ 7:45am - Due to incoming & projected severe and inclement weather.  All operations are suspended for today, Sunday, June 11.  Stay safe and we will see you next Friday.

 

10 June 2017 at 9:30am - A gorgeous start to Saturday with sunshine and warm temps....a sweet day for Adventure!  Our Adventure Park (Alpine Coaster, Zipline, Jumping Pillow & Mini-Golf) rolls at 10am with our Bike Park & Scenic Chairlift Rides rolling at 11am!  View below for additional details and links...see YOU on the hill...and, don't forget the sunscreen & shorts!

 

9 June 2017 at 8:00am - Looking like a beautiful Friday in Duluth!  The sun is out and expected to stay out all day long, plus temps will hover in the mid 60s which means some serious outdoor FUN here at the Adventure Park, Bike Park and Riverside Bar & Grill when operations resume this afternoon at 4pm!  The crews have had a busy week getting all things in order out on the mountain bike trails, disc golf course and much more....all is looking solid here on the hill, so make plans to swing on out for our Friday sesh and don't forget about our SWEET deal at the Adventure Park this evening with $9 Youth & $19 Adult WRISTBANDS!  Please scroll below for additional information & details.

As always, we'll be keeping a close eye on the weather projections as we move ahead.  Friday looks awesome. Perhaps we see a stray shower/storm overnight, but looks minimal and out by morning. Saturday is expected to be WARM and SUNNY with slight chances of a late-afternoon/early-evening stray shower/storm. Sunday will be warm again with late-afternoon storms. Obviously all is subject to change, but we definitely like the chances to get in some quality outdoor recreational activities via downhill mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, alpine coaster, zipline, disc golfing and much more here in Duluth this weekend...join us!

Also, a special THUMBS-UP to the Bike Park crew for the solid efforts this past week!  Expect the bike trails to be in very nice condition when we roll here, albeit, we could use a few drops of rain to knock down the dust a bit...but, we're stoked at the results from the past week.  The boys have been repairing, preparing, sweeping, weed-whipping, rock-removing and dialing-it-all-in on the trails all week long! We anticipate most trails to be open & ready for the taking, so grab the gear and crew to hit up Spirit Bike Park, the Duluth Traverse and much more here in Bike Country USA - Duluth, Minnesota!

 

6 June 2017:  What a weekend at Spirit Mountain, and getting ready for another! One of our most popular sayings in the outdoor recreation business is a simple one...don't let the forecast fool ya! Once again the crazy Duluth weather was around and what was projected as rain, storms & clouds ended up being a weekend of sun, warm temps and overall a great few days to be in Duluth. Thank you to all that came out to see us and if you missed us...no worries, Summer is just getting started!  

As we venture into this week, more schools are finishing up for the year! We want to remind you of our upcoming promotion this Friday, June 9th.  Join us at the Adventure Park from 4pm-8pm for our School's-Out Fun's-In Wristband Special.  

Who:  Any student grades K-12 

What:  $9 Unlimited Wristband for all open attractions, up to and including Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Mini-Golf, Scenic Chairlift Rides & Disc Golf (disc rental additional).  Save $35 over regular rates.   Accompanying adults above the age of 18 pay $19 for the Unlimited Wristband, still a $25 savings!  

Visit the Rules to Ride for additional details on height/weight restrictions and more.  

Our Mountian Bike & Adventure Camps kick off next week.  However, it's not too late to sign-up!  Camps start as young at age 2 and cover beginning mountain biking, down hill and more.  Check out all our options HERE.  

Attention Ladies and especially those that Mountain Bike!  We have women specific programs that kick off here soon!  Regardless of whether you are just getting into the sport, are looking to improve your skills or want to surround yourself with strong, fun, biking...ladies...check out our Programs.   -- Registration is open for all!  

  • Mountain Divas - multi week program
  • Zenith 101 Mountain Bike Skills Clinic - one day

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Looking to Save Money on Adventure Park Tickets?  By staying at our Campground, Mountain Villas or one of our Preferred Lodging Partners, you receive exclusive Discounts on Wristbands or 10 Packs of Tickets.  Check Them Out HERE. 

Or Purchase in Advance to SAVE! on 4 Packs of Adventure Park Wristbands! You must purchase 48 hours in advance to save and there are limited quantities, so don't delay--purchase today!   DETAILS HERE! 

 

Please vote! We need your help in voting for our Terrain Parks in the Transworld Park Polls - it only take a minute or two and helps us a whole bunch.  VOTE NOW

Lastly, we are always looking for a few good ladies & gents to join our TEAM!  Whether you are interested in full-time, part-time, flexible-time work...we have some sweet perks and awesome opportunities.  Click HERE for all the details...


Savings & More

Sunday - 4 June:  What a great weekend we're having!  Don't let the forecasts fool ya....the mountain bike trails are riding very nicely....the alpine coaster is more-fun than ever....going to be a beautiful day for a scenic chairlift ride....disc golf course is trimmed & ready....yummy eats and delicious drinks at the Riverside....and much more!  ALL open Sunday 11am-6pm.  

 

Saturday, 3 June 2017 @ 6am:  Adventure Park open today 10am-7pm and Bike Park 11am-7pm.  Looks to be a great weather day with sunshine and temps in the upper 70's.  Looks possible for some late-afternoon/early-evening showers or storms, but all in all, a sweet day to get outside and enjoy! Obviously we will keep a close eye on the weather system and monitor the need for operational changes as needed.  In the event any of our operations close for the day, you will find information here on the Mountain Message.  Also; the Zipline is not operating this weekend due to a mechanical issue.  We apolgozie for any inconvenience this may cause.   Enjoy Duluth this weekend, and don't forget to swing up to the hill for an Adventure!!

Friday, 2 June 2017 at 8am - Bike Park & Adventure Park 4pm-8pm TODAY! It's all SUN & 70s here for Friday, and even the forecasts for Saturday look much more conducive for some outdoor recreation fun! 

The bike park crew and maintenance team have been busy these past several days getting the mountain bike trails and hill back in shape following the storms & wet earlier in the week. Plans at this point are to open the following bike trails for this weekend's operations:

--Sprung a Leek, Happy Camper, Wildcat, Wrecking Ball, Upper CandyLand, Smorgasbord, potentially Blaster and our Skills Park--

The bottom-line, we are going to have some very, very nice trail conditions this weekend...and hopefully the forecasts hold accordingly.

As far as the Adventure Park, always a good time with the Alpine Coaster, Mini-Golf, Jumping Pillow, Disc Golf and Scenic Chairlift Rides.  PLEASE NOTE that our Timber Flyer ZIPLINE is going to be OUT OF SERVICE for a few days as we are awaiting parts for a repair.  Defintely a bummer, but we'll get the zipline back rolling as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please enjoy our many other activities.

Don't forget to check out our Grand Avenue Chalet with the Riverside Bar & Grill for all your food, beverage and other needs...and make sure to drop in the Continental shop for any bike services or accessories and then some sweet retail swag as well.

We have another JOB FAIR on Saturday, so swing by if you're looking for some part-time, full-time or flexible-time work this summer season....hiring Outdoor Operations to work the Adventure Park, Chairlift, Grounds & Property as well as Cashiering....come check out the great perks and one of the coolest jobs in Duluth!

Scroll on down to view some great deals & offerings....UNLEASH YOUR ADVENTURE at SPIRIT!

 

29 May 2017 - Thank you to everyone that joined us for our opening weekend.  The weather wasn't necessarily on our side all weekend long, but we sure made good use of our time when the sun popped out.  We are looking foward to some dry and sunshine this week in order for our bike trails to dry out, with anticipation for the trails to be ready to roll for Friday...stay tuned for updates as efforts continue and the weather unfolds.

Keep in mind we have some cost saving opportunities available over the next few weeks.  Mark your calendars for the following:  

  • School's Out Fun's In - Adventure Park Wristband Special 
    • When:  Friday June 2 and June 9:  4pm to 9pm 
    • Who:  Any student grades K-12 
    • What:  $9 Unlimited Wristband for all open attractions, up to and including Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Mini-Golf, Scenic Chairlift Rides & Disc Golf (disc rental additional).  Save $35 over regular rates.  
    • Visit the Rules to Ride for additional details on height/weight restrictions and more.  


  • Discounted Season Passes - Sale Ends May 31, 2017
    • Save money now on Mountain Bike and Adventure Park Season Passes 
    • Must purchase by May 31, 2017 for savings.
    • Details on MTB and Adventure Passes

 

All Adventure & Mountian Bike Camps are Booking NOW!  With a variety of camps, starting at age 2, there really is a camp for everyone.  Focusing on Mountain Biking, Downhill Biking, Biking the Traverse, having fun at the Adventure Park and more.  Book Now! 

We are under early summer season hours - make sure to check out Hours of Operation for details.  

Thank you for choosing Spirit Mountain and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

 

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Unofficial Start to Summer

Monday - May 29th @ 6:45am:  Our Adventure Park will be open today from 11am-6pm. We are looking at a mostly cloudy day with temps into the mid 50s, and pretty much the anticipation is for good times on the hill today.  Though there are chances for some afternoon raindrops, we don't anticipate any storms or significant weather events and will keep right on rolling with the alpine coaster & other attractions.  With this stated, please note that wet conditions will cause delays in our zipline and jumping pillow operations as these attractions simply are not safe to operate under such conditions.

As previously announced, our Bike Park, Grand Ave Chalet and Scenic Chairlift Ride will NOT be in operation today due to extremely saturated trail conditions. 

On this Memorial Day; from all of us here at Spirit Mountain - we extend a Thank You for all of you serving our great country and pay tribute to those lives lost in doing so; our freedom is not free and your sacrificies are not forgotten. 

***MILITARY APPRECIATION SPECIAL TODAY - 50% Off Wristbands for all military personnel and immediate family members.  Active, Retired, Veterans -- ID is needed please.  Visit us at the Adventure Park ticket area and ask about this special.***

 

 

Sunday, 28 May at 9:30pm - Bike trails will be closed on Monday, May 29th.  Adventure Park operations to be updated on Monday morning once we see how the incoming weather systems will impact the Adventure Park.

Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 12:30PM - BUMMER! Chairlift, Adventure Park, and Grand Ave Chalet are closed for the rest of the day due to continued and projected severe & inclement weather. Stay tuned for updates on Monday operations...

7:00AM - Bike Trails CLOSED for today due to wet/saturated trails.  Scenic Chairlift Rides, Adventure Park & Grand Avenue Chalet all open today starting at 11am.

Unfortunately, the Bike Park will not operate here Sunday.  Due to this morning's rain event as well as the saturated hill, the trails are simply too wet for riding.  We feel very fortunate to have had the Friday and Saturday sessions, but we simply must protect our trails from damage under these conditions.

Our plan is to roll with scenic chairlift rides, alpine coaster, zipline, mini-golf, jumping pillow and disc golf as well as the Riverside Bar & Grill will be open...all starting at 11am.  We are monitoring the weather closely as there are chances of some storm activity throughout the day, but we will operate as many activities as possible so long as the weather allows.  From what we are seeing now, the next system of inclement weather looks to blow in this afternoon; little hard to tell exactly what the weather models will do this afternoon or how long it will last.  So, again, stay tuned and come on out to enjoy this holiday Sunday in Duluth!

 

Friday, 26 May 2017 at 9:30pm - Thanks to everyone that made it out to ride, bike and adventure with us today!  Our day was cut a bit short with some early-evening thunder & lightning, but that system was in & out without much issue....plus, thankfully, no significant precipitation during the weather event and then lots of evening sun to finish out Friday.  This all adds up to and leads towards an AWESOME SATURDAY for the mountain bikers, adventure park go-ers, disc golfers, scenic lift riders and anyone else whom chooses to venture out in Duluth...looks like 70s and SUN, so don't forget the sunscreen as the good times are ON!  See below for additional information and details...enjoy!

Friday, 26 May 2017 at 6:45am - It's ON, Mountain Bike Park & Adventure Park OPEN today starting at 11am!

Thankfully, those projected rains/storms last night pretty much missed us, so all is a GO at this point for mountain bike operations.  The hill is still pretty wet in places, but we feel comfortable enough to roll a few trails here for Friday.  Trail valuations will continue here this morning, and obviously we will continue to watch & monitor all weather activity very closely...but all actually looks pretty good for the precip to hold off today until at least the late-afternoon/early-evening hours, and some show maybe we get nothing....so, we shall see!  Looking at Saturday, holy guacamole, should be a stellar weather day of big-time SUN, FUN & 70s...a CHOICE DAY for sure!

Thoughts at this point are we roll Sprung a Leek, Candyland, Smorgasbord, Wrecking Ball, three of four lines in the Skills Park and potentially Blaster.  Unfortunately, Happy Camper is too wet to ride, so therefore Happy, Wildcat & Boss Hog are closed.  Calculated Risk will also be closed.  It will definitley be give the bike a bath day; take advantage of our Bike Wash at the Grand Ave Chalet. 

It's always difficult to say exactly how the weather will impact our plans, but we will roll along with ALL operations as best we can here for the holiday weekend.  We are stoked to get the "summer" season underway.  The crew has done a nice job with the preparation efforts, and now is time to enjoy the many offerings at Spirit as well as Duluth!

The Adventure Park -- Alpine Coaster, Zipline, Jumping Pillow & Mini-Golf -- are all ready to roll!

Scenic Chairlift Rides will be underway and our Grand Avenue Chalet & Riverside Bar & Grill are ready to rock!

Our Disc Golf course will start out the season with 9 holes of FUN for everyone!

I've already mentioned the happenings with our Bike Park, and we're just stoked to have the opportunity to get some riding in this weekend!

Stay tuned, and we will certainly keep you updated....and check out our #OPENINGWEEKEND video filmed on location yesterday (Thursday, 25 May 2017) at YOUR favorite recreation area....see you this weekend! 

 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - Memorial Weekend may be the unofficial start to summer, but for us here at Spirit Mountain...it's the official start of our "OTHER" season and to Good Times!  Our Mountain Bike Trails & Adventure Park are slated to open for the season on Friday, May 26, 2017.  For a complete schedule and hours of operation - VISIT HERE

The biggest question on many minds at this point is simply will the weather affect our planned operations this weekend?  Like many of you, we are obviously watching the weather closely here as we roll towards the holiday weekend, and more specifically, we will discuss the mountain bike trails here for a moment as these are simply the most affected by "wet" weather.  The GOOD NEWS is that the sun is OUT and temps are hanging in the mid/upper 50s & into the 60s as we finish out this week and throughout the weekend.  The not-so-great-news is that we've had well over four inches of rain these past seven days and the trails here around Duluth have been pretty saturated.  The BETTER NEWS, the dry-out is ON and we certainly anticipate many of our downhill trails to be in solid shape for opening day weekend....so long as we don't get any crazy rainfall amounts.  The forecasts and weather models are mixed, and it's definitely tough to say exactly how all will unfold as well as to what extent such will impact operations this weekend.  My best guess at this point is minimally, and our plans are to roll along as planned. 
Though there are some chances of rain over the holiday weekend, most models show minimal totals, not much in the form of any severe weather and perhaps most of these systems dissipate before rolling onto our hill....again, we will keep evaluating as all unfolds, but we are quite optimisitic for solid good times on the bike trails as well as our Adventure Park, Disc Golf and other activities for this coming holiday weekend!

Are you coming in for a visit to the area?  Staying at our Campground or Loding Partners, means you receive exclusive discounts for the Adventure Park.  Make sure to ask about how to receive these discounts when you check-in.  

Stay tuned and we look forward to having you "Unleash YOUR Adventure" here in Duluth very soon!