LOWER Spirit Mountain Nordic Center

The Spirit Mountain Nordic Center was a dream that has been a reality for a number of years. Thanks to the tremendous fundraising efforts by DXC (Duluth Cross Country Ski Club), support from the City of Duluth and operational ownership of Spirit Mountain, Duluth is one step closer to becoming a world-class Nordic skiing community.

Phase one includes 2.5km of Nordic-specific trail with 1.5km of full snowmaking capabilities.  Daily, professional machine grooming make this trail system iconic and user-friendly all season long. 

The Lower Spirit Mountain Nordic Center is located at 8551 Grand Ave.  The adjacent Grand Avenue Chalet is full-service, featuring food and beverages at the Riverside Bar and Grill, restrooms, changing areas, ticketing and more.  

Hours of operations are dawn to dusk, when open for the season. See the Snow Report for more details. 

Upper Spirit mountain Nordic trails

With options for all levels of skier, these natural snow trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing and marked with loops and connectors. The Upper Spirit Mountain Nordic Trails at Spirit Mountain feature 22 kilometers of beautifully wooded cross-country ski trails located at 9535 West Skyline Parkway, just past the main entrance to Spirit Mountain.   No rental equipment is available.  Ski trails are open dawn to dusk.


Future expansion

DXC describes the future expansion perfectly: the Lower Spirit Mountain Nordic Center (formerly Grand Avenue Nordic Center) is a joint effort among DX , Spirit Mountain, and the City of Duluth to bring a world-class Nordic ski venue into our community with consistent snowmaking and grooming to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, and to serve as a reliable event host in our region. Find out more at: https://www.duluthxc.com/spirit-mountain-nordic-center


Spirit Mountain grooms every night except Sundays, as conditions warrant.  
View the Snow Report page or Skinnyski.com for updates.  


Spirit Mountain offers rentals at the Grand Avenue Chalet.

Daily Pass Fee

online purchase: $10 Individual Day Ticket

at the counter: $11 Individual Day Ticket 


Adult and kids classic equipment: $10 plus tax (only located at Grand Avenue during ticket office hours)

For trail information and grooming updates visit: The Snow Report or Skinny Ski’s websites.

More Nordic

Super tour

Located at the Lower Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. You won't want to miss this premier Midwest Ski Event!

kids on skis

Join us for a variety of kids lesson programs for Nordic skiing including the Nordic Spirit Youth League & DXC's Ski Sparks programs.

Snow Report

Snowmaking, food & beverage details, temporary trail closures, trail conditions, lift schedules, and snowfall, all in one place!