Mountain Message

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! 


What's NEW for Summer

As we continue to prepare for our summer operations, we are very excited to annouce that not only are there many NEW things happening at Spirit, but also some incredible savings just for YOU!

 

Spirit Mountain is now officially a Duluth Traverse Trailhead!  Located at our Grand Ave Chalet, there is direct access to the Traverse. Our Chalet provides ample parking, easy access to the Trailhead, all the amenities of the Grand Ave Chalet (grill & bar, bike rentals/service, bike wash, first aid, restrooms/changing rooms, resting space) plus access to our Down Hill trails too.  We will be extending our Grand Ave Chalet hours, Scenic Chairlift Ride & Mountain Bike Park Operations to a 5 day schedule during our Peak Season.  This will give everyone more time on the trails an to enjoy the views from the lift too. Operating Hours

Also, in case you missed it, Duluth is an IMBA Gold Level Ride Center...ONE of 5 in the USA!  This simply means that our commitment to the world of mountain biking is awesome and we are so pumped to be involved with the City of Duluth, COGGS and our amazing staff here at Spirit to make sure your visit to the Trails of Duluth is one of epic proportions....we have something for EVERYONE of any age, any skill and any interest....come see why DULUTH is the place to RIDE!

 

Check out our NEW Adventure Park Season Pass for ONLY $99!  This pass is valid for unlimited rides on all open attractions during select operating days. Plus with each pass, there are special Bring A Friend Perks, too.  DETAILS

We have also added value to a purchase of a Wristband!  Our Adventure Park wristband now includes all open attractions - Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Jumping Pillow, Chairlift Ride, Mini-Golf & Disc Golf.

Speaking of Disc Golf, it was an awesome 2016 season and you can expect much more here in 2017.  Plans are for some continued refinement to the existing 16 holes and then adding the next two holes to give us the full 18 by early-summer....solid!  A big thanks to the Lake Superior Disc Golf Communty volunteers for the work they have put in.  It's never been easier to play a round at Spirit, nor has it been so much fun for all ages & all abilities.  We are also very excited to host both a singles and doubles tournament this year, so stay tuned for dates & details very soon!

 

Superior Hiking Trail - Our "D" Parking Lot will become a NEW trailhead for the SHT --ample parking and easy access to the trail.  Construction will be underway very soon, so stay tuned for updates.

Lodging Partners -- Our lodging partners are amazing, so make your plans now to visit Spirit and stay with one of our partners for an extended, quality experience.  If you stay at our Campground, Mountain Villas or any of our lodging partners, YOU will receive some of the absolute best service & amenities in town, but also have discounted ticket opportunities to our expeience our Adventure Park, Scenic Chairlift Rides and more!   A little insider-info, our Campground is truly one of those hidden gems here in Duluth...it's popularity has certainly grown over the past several years and we continue to upgrade & enhance accordinlgy to make sure your stay at the top of our hill is one which you and yours will remember for times to come!  Spots do fill-up quickly, so get those reservations made to ensure your place RESERVE NOW

As far as other Downhill Mountain Bike Park information:

  • Check out our Adventure Camp & Mountain Bike Camp options for the youngsters...we've expanded some opportunites for the kids this season, and definitely excited to see more and more interest in these awesome programs! Camp Information here
  • The All Weather Trail is a GO!  This true beginner downhill trail that can be ridden in all weather conditions is coming to Duluth & Spirit Mountain.  Trail construction is slated to commence by early-June with potential completion by mid/late-August!  
  • We are going retro here with the re-establishment of two long-time, old-school local trail favorites at Spirit....Greenman & Knowlton Creek mountain bike trails will make their way into daily operations this season!  
  • The stoke continues as Spirit Mountain is the Downhill Race Sponsor for the Lake Superior Gravity Series!  Spirit hosts two races this season with the Smorg event in July and the Calculated Risk race in August as part of the Bike Duluth Festival!  Slide over to the Calendar of Events for additional details and information...registration shall be LIVE very soon! LSGS Facebook page
  • We're very excited to continue our commitment the ladies with our Women's MTB Programs & Activities.  Check out our new Zenith Clinic as well as our Ladies 101 & Diva's Program.  Spots are limited, registration for all clnics are open now. More Info
  • Nothing official can be announced today, but we are working towards adding a pump-track down at the base area of the MTB Park as well....stay tuned as the plan is for such to unfold by early-summer....so, PUMPED (literally!) for this amazing addition!!

The time is NOW to Visit Duluth and Explore Minnesota....Spirit Mountain is your HUB for all things outdoor recreation here in Duluth....stop by to enjoy the many offerings here in one of the most amazing outdoor cities in the USA!

Unleash Your Adventure! 

Spirit Mountain


Summer Time Savings

Happy May to You!  We thought it was March that was 'in like a lion' but boy did May roll in with a big ole roar!  Hopes are we have seen the last of the snow until November!  

With the arrival of May also comes some great savings for you as well.  We are excited to announce our NEW! Adventure Park Season Pass for $99.  Offered for unlimited rides on all open attractions on select days + daily bring a friend offers. For all the details & to purchase visit us HERE.  

We are also rolling back our Mountain Bike Season Pass for the month of May too.  Save over $100 on your MTB Season Pass by purchasing by May 31, 2017!  Details HERE. 

Have you made your camping reservation?  The Spirit Mtn campground will be opening soon and spots are filling quickly.  Make your reservation today and $AVE on tickets to the Adventure Park too! All the details HERE. 

Remeber to check back frrequently to this Mountain Message for details, behind the scenes information and more!  

See you Memorial Weekend!  


April 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017 - Here's a quick recap of the past week and a few reminders:

We had a beautiful day for the Wedding Show / Bridal Open House last Saturday with tons of sunshine and mild temps...thanks to the wonderful vendors and guests for coming out, and congrats to Samantha & Ryan as the lucky winners of our FREE wedding giveaway!

Sunday brought the return of colder temps, winds, ice and snow...some reported nearly 3" of wintry accumulation just a few miles from the top of our hill; we saw a thin layer of the white here at Spirit.  From there the week was a bit up and down with mostly chilly, windy and damp days and though we could see a continuation of such as we move into early next week, SPRING looks to come on in by later in the week with temps pushing into the 60s for the foreseeable future!

Please note that ALL mountain bike trails here at Spirit and throughout most of Duluth are CLOSED...here's a good place to get the trail report information from our friends at COGGS ... please observe all postings, and do not ride WET or CLOSED trails!  Peace!!

Our crews are and will be swinging into high gear to finish prep for the summer operational season.  We are stoked for our "other" season to begin, which is slated for Memorial Day Weekend...so stay tuned for updates, details and insights as all unfolds.

Don't forget that ALL Youth Adventure & Mountain Bike Camps as well as our Ladies' MTB Programs are now LIVE....details & registration, just click!

Our Campground OPENS for the season on May 18, so make plans now and get those reservations made to save your spot for the summer OR check out one of our lodging partners or on-site lodging here at the Mountain Villas - DETAILS

Stay tuned for a brand NEW summer season pass option coming soon....you asked, we listened!

Unleash YOUR Adventure with US...Duluth & Spirit Mountain are the place to be for family-friendly, super-legit outdoor recreation fun!

 

 

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - It's a gorgeous day in Duluth with tons of sunshine & mild temps!  Come on up and join us for our 2nd Annual Bridal Open House here at the Skyline Chalet today from 11am-3pm, plus make sure to swing over by Continental Ski & Bike for the 11th Annual Bike Swap this weekend.  Please note that our summer season is slated to begin Memorial Day Weekend...make plans now to hit up our Alpine Coaster, Zipline, Scenic Chairlift, Mountain Bike Park, Disc Golf Course and more....details coming soon on specials, savings and more...click HERE for operational schedules! 

 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - All downhill mountain bike TRAILS here at Spirit Mountain remain closed at this time. 
Trails will open as we move along through the next several/many weeks as the "dry-out" begins and our crews start the respective maintenance processes.  Once trails dry-out enough to ride this Spring, we will open accordingly.  Please do NOT ride on closed or wet trails here at Spirit or throughout Duluth; this could lead to trail damage and/or personal injury, so do your part for sustainable trails & safe riding!!  Our plan is to begin lift-served bike operations as we roll into Memorial Day Weekend, or perhaps we see some early-season bonus days if the weather allows....stay tuned for updates as all unfolds!!   

On behalf of all of us at Spirit Mountain - we want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that visited us this past year!  From the Adventure Park to the Mountain Bike Park to the Terrain Parks OR to all the skiers, snowboarders, bikers, hikers, adventure park-ers, wedding go-ers and all other guests...we THANK YOU!  We experienced 132 operating days for our summer/fall season and a 96 day winter season.  Though it was a somewhat challening weather-year for outdoor recreation, there were most certainly some significant quality days here on the hill.  We are putting our request in to Mother Nature NOW for lots of sunshine & mild temps this summer AND snowfall for next winter....if you ever feel like having a conversation with her....please put in a good word for Duluth!! 

As we move through April and into May; there are a few things happening here at the hill.  

Saturday, 8 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain Inaugural Ski Patrol Vintage Snowmobile Meltdown - DETAILS  (WOW - what an awesome event....we'll be doing this one again next year!!) 

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - Spirit Mountain 2nd Annual Bridal Open House - DETAILS

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Campground OPENS for the season - DETAILS

Friday, 26 May 2017 - Planned OPENING for SUMMER OPERATIONS at our Adventure Park, Mountain Bike Park & Grand Avenue Chalet!!

As the days begin to warm up and we start thinking about summer, don't forget that Spirit Mountain provides many great opportunities to enjoy during those warmer months.  We have lauched some NEW! Mountain Bike Camps & Adventure Camps for those as young as 3. You will find single day mountain bike camps as well as week long too.   All details and to register are online at the links provided.  

Make your reservations now for summer fun at the Mountain Villas and the Spirit Mountain Campground! - both locations offer immediate access to our Adventure Park as well as the Mountain Bike Trails.  Featuring discount tickets available adn amazing views from the top of the hill.  Certain weekends and weeks do fill up quickly - reserve now! 

Thank you again for choosing Spirit Mountain and we'll see you this summer!