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Update, 2pm, Thursday, January 5 - 100%!!!!

These past 48 hours have been pretty cold and pretty intense with the chill factors.  It's always a challenging decision to suspend operations, but when we are in those consistent -20 to -40 chlll factors, we simply must be safety first for our guests and staff.  We appreciate the understanding and the continued support.

The GOOD NEWS is that we are going to start seeing some temperature bumps and lessening chill factors starting Friday.  It's still going to be quite cold Friday and Saturday, but not nearly as gnarly as these past couple of days.  Please dress accordingly and stay safe.  We will delay our start time on Friday due to the morning chill factors, and therefore operations will resume at 12noon and roll until 8pm.  For those coming out for the WORLD'S LARGEST LESSON, please plan to arrive at the Skyline Chalet between 11am-11:30am so you can get through the rental process and be ready to roll for the 12pm Event!!

Please note that our snow-tubing hill will NOT be open on Friday, but will resume regular hours for Saturday (11a-7p) and Sunday (11a-6p).

The even BETTER NEWS is that we will be 100% open on Saturday!  All slopes & parks will be rolling when we roll the lifts at 9am Saturday.  The snowmakers have taken full advantage of the recent COLD, and our mountain crew will have all prepared & ready for all to enjoy.  It's always a superb feeling to know that all trails are stocked, and just want to pass along a HUGE thank you to the crew for making it happen....it's never easy and always challenging, and this year was certainly no different....well done, snowmakers!

Along with the other remaining slopes, Spirit Park will be making it's inaugural debut on Saturday!  Expect a pretty sweet medium jumpline over on rider's left of the park, and then we'll have a few other things to play on as well.  The Park will get some more love next week when the big jump line comes into the mix and we start setting other featues & elements all throughout.  Yes, you are welcome!

The Tow Park will be back rolling as well, and then we've added a new Progression Park feel over on Powder Monkey.  You will also notice a nice little set over on Four Pipe near the "bonk rock" as many affectionately refer to it.  The Park Crew has been busy, and pretty sure most will be stoked to enjoy the sets this weekend....and much more on tap as we move along!!

We will host our first Fat Bike Sunday this coming weekend, and who better to help us kick off the season than Salsa!!  The crew has been out packing and shaping, and we anticipate having either 2 or 3 of our bike trails (Happy and/or Candy and Calculated Risk) as well as the integrated slopes of Timber Cruiser & Juggler Joe.  Please note that skiers & riders have the right-of-way on the ski slopes, and bikers must yield accordingly.  More updates soon on Fat Bike Operations: but we are stoked to put bikes on lifts here on Sunday, January 8th!!

Check out our NEW! ski program for pre-school aged children too - Our Moms, Pops & Tots gets your little ones on the snow with a few hours.  DETAILS HERE

Don't forget; we offer a variety of Ticket Speicals - DETAILS HERE

Winter is definitely here in Duluth, folks....hope to see you on the hill very soon!  Please note that on Saturday & Sunday, Gandy & Blue Ruin will be closed for racing from 8:30am-3:30pm daily.  They will reopen to the public once the races have finished. 

Think Snow, Think Fun, Think Spirit


Welcome 2017

Update: 9:00pm, Wednesday, January 4

Due to the extreme cold and dangerous chill factors, the slopes & lifts will be closed on Thursday, 1/5/17.  Plans will be to resume operations on Friday, 1/6/17...stay tuned for details.  The good news is that we will see some up-ticks in the temps and relief from the winds as we roll into the weekend plus we will have 100% of our terrain open!  Stay safe....

 

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We WELCOME 2017 and what a finish to 2016 we had at Spirit Mountain.  A sincere thank you to everyone that joined us over the Holiday period, and certainly appreciate your patronage, support and the many compliments over the past week.  Our staff was very excited to have you enjoy our many offerings, and I wish to shout out a HUGE thank you to all staff members for the quality efforts!!  

Now, what's on the agenda next...

First, we have our first significant winter weather event going down here Monday/Tuesday...most predictions show anywhere from 3"-6"-12" could fall here in the northland, and we are stoked for it!  As the saying goes around here; LET IT SNOW!

Following the snowfall, we have a serious system of cold air that is settling in.  This arctic air should provide us with our final stretch of snowmaking to get our couple of remaining trails open as well as get our parks stocked accordingly for the builds!  Some trails and areas may be off-limits here this week as we finish up the snowmaking efforts, but there will be plenty of terrain available, and, we anticipate having 100% of our terrain open by the weekend.

As for The Parks of Spirit:

The NEW Tow Park & High Speed Rope has certainly been a welcome addition to the hill.  We appreciate the many kudos & compliments here with the initial set up AND we are so psyched for the many things to come with the Tow Park.  We also appreciate your patience as we continue fine-tuning the rope tow, and please make sure to give yourself some space on that rope!  We will be making some more snow in the tow park area here this week, but plans are to roll it as follows:  Monday - Thursday 2pm-8pm, Friday at 12pm-8pm, Saturday  9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-6pm...times may change based on maintenance and demand, but this is our plan in moving forth.

Our plan is to do a reset on Powder Monkey here this week with some more progressive features and elements.  This will be a great line for all to enjoy and hone their freestyle skills accordingly.  Let us know what you think!

Spirit Park will start taking shape this week, and our goal is to have the main park open by the weekend as well.  With this stated; please note that at times there will be certain trails and areas that are unavailable throughout the parks.  Our focus must be snowmaking at this point in time, but we will certainly be bringing all together as quickly as possible to give you some of the absolute best park experiences & options in the midwest! 

Fat Bike Operations:  our plan is to roll our fat bike operations on Sunday!  We will provide trail updates by mid-week but looks like we will be able to put bikes on lifts for Sunday, January 8th....plus, we have Salsa coming in for a Demo Day this Sunday as well!!

Don't forget; we offer a variety of Ticket Speicals - DETAILS HERE

Check out our NEW! ski program for pre-school aged children too - Our Moms, Pops & Tots gets your little ones on the snow with a few hours.  DETAILS HERE

Keep doing your snow dances! 

Think Snow, Think Fun, Think Spirit


Ski Out 2016

12/31/16 @ 5:30am - Join us at Spirit Mountain and finish out 2016 with us on the slopes.  The snow is here and you should be too!  Plus snow is in the forecast for Saturday and a little sushine. Wake everyone up and get ready....becuase today you need a snow day!  The slopes are in great shape, things are grooming out very nicely.  High Speed Rope Tow and Tow Park opens at 9am.  

 


Happy Snow Days

Update - 12pm, Thursday, December 29:

We've received nearly 3" of new snow here over the past 36 hours, and we could potentially see another 2"-4" on Friday!  We have right at 80% of our slopes available, and could see several of the remaining trails & parks open by the weekend!  Conditions are quite nice, so come on out to enjoy a day of skiing and/or riding here on the slopes of Spirit....and, yes, the snow tubing hill is providing some serious GOOD TIMES as well!

We anticipate having our NEW! high speed rope tow back in operation later today following a needed repair.  Your patience is much appreciated as we work through a few issues on the new tow, and we'll do all possible to get it spinning again asap.  The tow park is dialed pretty nicely, and we're certainly stoked about the current set up as well as what it yet to come with this NEW! area at Spirit.  Stay tuned for updates.  Update at 2:45pm- Tow Rope will not open today.  Reopen on Friday at 9am. 

It's shaping up for an EPIC winter weekend here in Duluth...hopes are you can make it out to enjoy!

Let it Snow!

 

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Happy Snowdays at Spirit Mountain!  We welcome in our holiday week, 12/26 through 1/1 and it is exciting to see continued snow in the forecast.  Yes, we had a bit of a wonky weather event on Christmas night, but that system has moved on just in time to enjoy Holiday Week.  Much of the region received the ice, but fortunately the ice on the hill was fairly minimal and it was followed up with 2"-3" of snowfall over the past couple of days....plus, a bit more snow is in the forecast here as we go through the week!

Currently we have 16 of 22 trails open, snow making is continuing which in return will mean more open terrain as quickly as we can.  Ski hill operates 9am-8pm daily during this week and the Snow Tubing hill runs 11am-7pm.  Our Alpine Coaster is currently closed due to mechanical issues. 

Looking to learn the sports of skiing or snowboarding?  We offer a variety of lesson programs that include everything you need: a lift ticket, rental equipment and lessons.  Our Winter Kids program is a flagship program here at Spirit Mountain for kids ages 4-12.  For all details, visit us here.  

Don't forget, December 30th kicks off our first Loose in the Moose event brought to you by Bent Paddle.  Live Music from Russ Sackett in the Moosehead Saloon beginning at 3pm.  All ages welcome and its the perfect spot to rest your legs and relax.  Details, here.

Happy Turns and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!

Spirit Mountain