Mountain Message

January 19, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Thank you to everyone that came out to see us last weekend and here earlier this week!  We appreicate the many compliments, and the weather has been absolutely fabulous along these sweet snow conditions.  What an amazing stretch is has been with the great snow, warmer temps, sunshine and of course Good Times Every Time at Spirit Mounain.

We do see some slightly milder weather ahead, which means softer snow, but a lot of fun too!  Our plan is to deal with the weather as all unfolds, and keep rolling along accordingly.  Regardless of some slightly more moderate temps and maybe a little precip that isn't entirely "white" over the weekend...our slopes and parks are in very nice shape.  We will continue with some strategic grooming to keep all as dialed as possible.

For current conditions & updates, please visit our SNOW REPORT PAGE and we will keep you informed accordingly!

The park crew has been out shaping, sculpting, building and installing for much of the week.  Our jumplines continue to get more dialed each day, and the crew continues some refreshing & feature installations on the Rope Park as well as Spirit Park.  We will also be starting preliminary efforts on the half-pipe, and hopefully performing the initlal cut by mid next week!  Our park crew is ON it...come see for youself what's happening here with The Parks of Spirit!

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Don't forget: our first COLLEGE DAY (& NIGHT!) kicks off this Thursday with $19 All Day Tickets, $10 Rentals and big time specials on food and beverage!  Brought to you by Indeed Brewing Company! 

We have a variety of upcoming events that you will definitely want to be part of, so please click Calendar of Events for more details.

Saturday night is also our Loose in the Moose session, so make sure to slide up to the Moosehead Bar & Grill for some live music, tasty eats, amazing drinks and good vibrations!  Every Saturday night is a good time with good people here on the hill!

Don't forget; we offer a variety of Ticket & Season PassHolder 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

At this point in time, we are not for certain we will be having our Sunday Fat Bike Session.  With the moderate temperatures and potential precip, we may have to hit the PAUSE button this week on Fat Bikes.  Stay tuned and we will confirm plans very soon, but we definitely don't want to trash our trails if conditions don't allow.  Details on Fat Bike Operations: can be found here...again, stay tuned for updates on Sunday, January 22.

Hope to see you on the hill very soon! 

Think Snow, Think Fun, Think Spirit


Holiday Weekend

Bring on the Good Times at Spirit Mountain with this Holiday Weekend!  We are 100% open plus 3 terrain parks.  Hours at the ski hill for Saturday - Monday are 9am-8pm.  Snow Tubing open Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm and Monday11am-5pm.  

Fat Biking on Sunday too from 10am-4pm

LIVE MUSIC in the Moosehead Saturday & Sunday 3pm-6pm and Monday 7:30pm.  Brought to you by Bent Paddle and music by Russ Sackett


NEW SNOW - NEW YEAR

Update:  12:30pm, Thursday, 1/12/17:  Due to the incoming intense and dangerous chill factors, we will be closing the lifts & slopes at 6pm here on Thursday.  Our plan is to resume operations at 12pm Friday, and roll accordingly thereforth.  It is going to be an amazing weekend in Duluth here with the double-digit FRESH snow throughout the week and then a nice little warm-up into the 20s....just gotta get through the next 24 hours of brutal cold, then we'll be good to go!!

Update:  6am, Thursday, 1/12/17:  10"+ of NEW SNOW since Sunday!! We are in a bit of a 24 hour deep freeze, but once we get through this--the weekend is going to be epic!  

Update, 8:30am, Monday, January 9 || It is certainly looking quite winter-like here around these parts, and we're stoked to receive a solid 3" here last night with another 2"-4" possible here on Monday and several more inches are probable on Tuesday!!  All is shaping up nicely, and the snow surface conditions are pretty stellar here right now with some sweet machine groomed packed powder and all the freshies, too!

My feeling is these next few days will be what we call is called in the snow biz, CHOICE!  The temps will be nearly perfect with teens & 20's, and the fresh snow will be plentiful....if you can make it out, do so!  As we roll deeper into the week and the coming weekend, the snow will continue to be pretty amazing as the temps cool down a few degrees...nothing too crazy but colder again Thursday and Friday, then rebounding nicley for Saturday and beyond!

We're also stoked to have the hill stocked with the wonderful white stuff, and to be 100% OPEN with all slopes & parks!  There may be some areas and trails which will be unavailable from time to time this week for some snow "projects", but this will mainly revolve around our terrain park areas as we continue to shape, build and install.  We will have our big jumpline in shape by end of this week, and our plan is to start work on the half pipe here this week as well!  Expect Spirit Park to be in solid shape by the end of this week.  As stated on the Snow Report page, Spirit Park will be closed until 4pm here these next few days as the crew continues the park build process.

Thanks to everyone whom ventured out here over the weekend.  The races went off quite nicely, the park areas were styling nicely and our first Sunday Fat Bike sesh was certainly a good time for all riders (and, thanks again to Salsa for coming out to host the demo day!).  Whether you were skiing, snowboarding or fat biking...we appreciate the support and the many positive comments.....so nice to see everyone enjoying the snow!

I take this time to once again THANK our many solid staff members.  Whether it be our snowmakers for getting the job done under another challening set of circumstances....our park crew making it happen with timely, efficient efforts.....our maintenance team continuing to keep all in proper functioning order....or, our operations team making sure YOU, our guests, are enjoying the day to the fullest....well done to the entire Spirit Team, and keep up the good work!

We have a variety of upcoming events that you will definitely want to be part of, so please click Calendar of Events for more details.

This weekend brings us our Ski Hut Spirit Sesh which will be a park jam up in the Tow Park area from 3pm-5pm on Saturday.  We have some sweet SWAG items from Ski Hut, and a few from Spirit as well.  $10 entry gets you in the Sesh for the Good Times, and enters you into the raffle for some special giveaways.  All proceeds from the Sesh goes back to the The Parks Fund here at Spirit.

Saturday night is also our Loose in the Moose session, so make sure to slide up to the Moosehead Bar & Grill for some live music, tasty eats, amazing drinks and good vibrations!  Every Saturday night is a good time, but this Saturday with Ski Hut makes it a GREAT TIME!

With the holiday weekend, we have some extended hours on the slopes and tube hill as well.  HERE

Don't forget; we offer a variety of Ticket & Season PassHolder 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

Details on Fat Bike Operations: can be found here...see ya next Sunday

Winter is definitely here in Duluth, folks....hope to see you on the hill very soon! 

Think Snow, Think Fun, Think Spirit


100%

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