Mountain Message

Mid August 2017

Make your plans now...Adventure is HERE & you don't want to miss it!  

Are you wanting to learn to Mountain Bike or maybe you are wanting to gain knowledge on how to ride the Traverse or even our down hill trails...look no further than Spirit Mountain!  Check out our MTB 101 video and lesson information, as some of the best biking of the season happens during the Fall weather.  

Beginner Mountain Bike

This two-hour lesson is for those who are new to mountain biking or who are looking to get into mountain biking for the very first time.  This lesson will begin in with flat ground stations to teach fundamental skills of mountain biking.  As the lesson progresses, riders will be introduced to the trail through the Skills Park and progress to the Duluth Traverse.  An out and back ride on the Duluth Traverse will give each rider a confidence building experience. 

The Beginner Mountain Bike lesson will build confidence to progress those who are new to mountain biking.  After the lesson is over, the rental bike and all protective gear is good for the remainder of the day.

 

Details:  

 

  • Cost: $79.  Includes 2 hours of coaching, full suspension bike rental for the day, helmet and protective gear and a all day mountain bike ticket

  • Lessons times are 11am-1pm or 1pm-3pm
  • Reservations are required 48 hours in advance, walk up lessons will be on a very limited basis and are not guaranteed to be available

  • Reservations can be made for any Saturday or Sunday during the mountain bike season

  • Ages 10 and up

  • Please check in at the ticket desk 30 minutes prior to start of session.

  • The Mountain Bike Academy and bike rental is based out of our Grand Avenue Chalet.

Bike Time at Spirit Mtn

Tuesday, 15 August 2017:

It's a beautiful day in Duluth, so hopes are you are out enjoying it!  We had a pretty sweet week of operations at our Adventure Park, Bike Park and all throughout the hill here.  It is somewhat hard to believe we are in mid-August already, but still some great "summer" weeks & weekends ahead before the kids head back to school and the ever-awesome Fall season rolls on in.

Plus, have you seen the latest Winter projections for 2017/18....we are definitely due (over-due, in my humble opinion!) for a solid winter season, and looks like this coming one should provide "normalacy" and potentially above average natural snowfall, too!!

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, so back to the current.  We will be watching the weather here closely as the week unfolds.  The weekend looks nearly perfect weather-wise with lots of sunshine and temps into the mid/upper 70s, and possibly seeing the low 80s on Sunday!  We could see some wet and inclement weather rolling back our way by Wednesday, but for the most part it looks like such is short-lived and should be out fairly quickly.  Stay tuned, and we'll keep you informed as all unfolds.  But, looks quite stellar for later this week and the weekend!

Please slide over to our Hours Page for all details on our operating schedule as we head through the next many weeks, and make your plans NOW to visit Duluth and enjoy the many offerings of the Northland!

Enjoy the day...

Monday, 14 August 2017 at 8:30am:

Due to the inclement weather this morning, we will bump the Adventure Park start time to 1pm today.  The wet and fog should be out by the early-afternoon, and forecasts show clearing skies and sunshine with temps in the mid-60s for the remainder of the day!  Stay tuned for additional updates as all unfolds.

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, 12 August 2017:

Hope you are ready for an awesome weekend!  The weather is nearly perfect with lots of sunshine and temps in the 70s....plus, the bike trails are PRIME from that moisture earlier this week bringing out the "hero" dirt for all to shred accordingly.....double plus, who would not want to enjoy a beautiful scenic lift ride OR the region's ONLY alpine coaster OR a sweet round of disc golf on the hill.....it's all HERE in Duluth this weekend....ENJOY! 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sun's out, and the good times are about to begin!  The Adventure Park opens today at 11am and Mountain Biking begins at 12pm, with plenty of sunshine in the forecast.  Stay tuned today on our social media for a TAKEOVER by local legend rider and Spirit Mountain employee, Alex Rohde.  He'll be showing off some trail action and insight to his mastermind riding.  Follow @SpiritMtDuluth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to stay up on his adventures and all things Spirit.  Later on this evening, join us at Grand Chalet's Riverside Bar & Grill for pre-registration for the Bike Duluth Festival kicking off tomorrow.  There will be Live Music by Russ Sackett, a Midwest guitarist with rockin' vocals, playing his original tunes plus some of your favorite rock, country and indie hits!  Keep reading for some of our newest features on the trails this season including a pump track and re-newed trails!

 

Sun's out, and the good times are about to begin!  The Adventure Park opens today at 11am and Mountain Biking begins at 12pm, with plenty of sunshine in the forecast.  Stay tuned today on our social media for a TAKEOVER by local legend rider and Spirit Mountain employee, Alex Rohde.  He'll be showing off some trail action and insight to his mastermind riding.  Follow @SpiritMtDuluth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to stay up on his adventures and all things Spirit.  Later on this evening, join us at Grand Chalet's Riverside Bar & Grill for pre-registration for the Bike Duluth Festival kicking off tomorrow.  There will be Live Music by Russ Sackett, a Midwest guitarist with rockin' vocals, playing his original tunes plus some of your favorite rock, country and indie hits!  Keep reading for some of our newest features on the trails this season including a pump track and re-newed trails!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017:

As the days of August are ticking along and we are all enjoying the wonderful weather, we are also quickly approaching a variety of Mountain Biking events, opportunities, clinics and much more.  Many of you in this region know this already, but we are now entering PRIME TIME for mountain biking here in the Northland.  From now through the early/mid October is typically the BEST riding of the year here in Duluth...so, make your plans now to join us!  Whether looking to get out on the Duluth Traverse or get in some serious downhill action, take a lesson from a pro OR simply enjoy the day with the family---Spirit Mountain here in Duluth, Minnesota is where you need to be!

Re-Newed Trails: We are stoked to re-open the Greenman trail.  This is one of the original freeride lines in the City of Duluth.  We are happy to announce this trails is now incorporated back into our daily Bike Park operations!  Receiving regular maintenance, bike patrol coverage (during operating hours) and some much needed navigational aid.  Our crew has been busy clearing brush, branches and rock from the trail as well as some eroision control initiatives and a few other efforts to enhance the experience.  Enjoy the Ride!

Pump Track:  It's official, construction is underway has on our NEW! Pump Track at the Grand Avenue Chalet. The entire track will be open soon, but for now check out our intermediate loop which has received some awesome reviews over the past week or so!  Stay tuned for additional updates, and definitely check out the track on your next visit to Spirit.

All Weather Trail: Construction on our NEW! All Weather Trail is slated to begin next week with opertional completion set for mid-October! This "game-changing" trail will be one of the first created of this style; a raised-tread, armored trail built specifically to withstand use during wet weather.  We will begin the process of building the downhill portion of what will be nearly a 5 mile loop of beginner downhill & cross-country levels.  This trail will be useable during all weather events and provide for a consistent cross-country course for many high school, collegiate, regional and local races.  We thank our awesome partners, the City of Duluth and COGGS, for their support and assistance in making this project possible. 

Zenith Women's One Day Clinic-August 11 9am-4pm:  Join us for our Zenith MTB Skills Clinic for Women sponsored by Trek Bikes!  This clinic is designed for beginners to intermediate riders and taught by PMBIA certified women coaches.  This one day core mountain bike skills camp for women in a fun, supportive, and encouraging environment.  

Are you a new mountain biker wanting to take your learning to the next level?  An experienced trail rider wanting to hone your skills?  Somewhere in between?  Then this clinic is for you!  You will learn foundational skills important for every level of riding and terrain: body position for climbing, descending, and cornering, braking and shifting techniques, trail scanning, and front and rear wheel lifts.

Your registration includes: morning and afternoon coaching sessions on and off trail, lift ticket, a.m. coffee and pastry, a tasty lunch at the Riverside Grill, and best of all Trek Bicycles will be on site with their new fleet of mountain bikes for you to test ride! (www.trekbikes.com)
 
Cost: $119 - Reserve Your Spot Today! REGISTRATION OPEN

Kraus Anderson Bike Duluth Festival:   August 12 & 13, 2017

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival

 

We are proud to be the venue for the Bike Duluth Festival.  The Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival is a chain-rattling Minnesota mountain biking event you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a cross-country spandex warrior, free-ridin’ adrenaline junkie or family that craves adventure, good times are guaranteed. Get ready to celebrate our world-class Duluth bike trails with two days of action-packed events.  For additional Information visit:  BIKE DULUTH FESTIVAL

 

It is definitely PRIME mountain bike season here on the hill....whether looking for that first ride or a seasoned biker....we have something for all here at Spirit Mountain!  Oh yeah, our Adventure Park, Disc Golf Course and Campground are rolling strong as well....so, the time is now to call all bikers, hikers, dg'ers, campers, coaster riders, zipliners, pillow jumpers and scenic chairlifters to DULUTH!

 

 

 


Welcome to the Weekend

Saturday, August 5, 11:30 a.m - Welcome to the weekend at Spirit Mountain!!  It's shaping up to be a beautiful day.  All of our attractions are open, and folks are out having fun in the sun.  We had some rain over the past few days, and we have to say....our bike trails loved every bit of moisture they received.  They were thirsty critters, and now they are in PRIME riding condition.  

Speaking of thirst, we highly recommend a stop by our Riverside Bar & Grill for a cold beverage and a bite to eat.  Take advantage of our awesome Lift and Lunch (or Dinner) special.  Here's how it works:

  • The special is offered every day that the Riverside Bar & Grill and the Scenic Chairlift are open. (check our hours of operation)
  • $20 per person includes a $15 food and beverage credit plus a round-trip ride on the Scenic Chairlift.  
  • The food and beverage credit must be used on the same day as the chairlift ride.  
  • It's a great way to enjoy a delicious meal, a chairlift ride, and take in some fantastic views - bring your tastebuds and a camera and come check it out!

 

One of the more common questions we get is, "What are your ticket rates?"  One of the more common responses is, "It depends on which activities folks want to participate in, as well as how many times they want to ride or use an attraction."  

  • We have ticket options for nearly everyone's tastes, timeframe and budget.  
  • For folks who want to take a ride or two to check things out:  we have single rider tickets (one rider, one time) and double rider tickets (two people in the same coaster cart or zip line chair, one time).  
  • Have a few people that want to try some different things?  Piece of cake - we offer 4-packs and 10-packs of tickets.  The tickets can be shared, and they carry over if not all tickets are used the day of purchase.  
  • But THE BEST DEAL BY FAR is our all-day Adventure Park wristband.  For one low price - $44 - one can enjoy unlimited rides and use throughout the day of our alpine coaster, zip line, mini-golf, jumping pillow, scenic chairlift and disc golf.  The wristband pays for itself in as few as 4 rides!  
  • Tip of the day:  purchase 4-packs of wristbands at least 48 hours in advance to save additional money.  There are limited numbers of discounted 4-packs, so don't delay.  Purchase your wristbands and find more information here.   

 

Grab your family, friends, and anyone else you can find and come out and enjoy the day at Spirit Mountain.  We have plenty of fun for everyone!  

Planning a trip to Duluth?  Stay at our amazing campground or with one of our lodging partners and save on your visit to Spirit Mountain.  


August 2017

Friday August 4, 5:00pm Update: Bright sunshine and a beautiful temperature! This is the summer evening we all love!  We are having a lot of fun here today and look forward to the rest of the weekend.  Stop by the Adventure Park this weekend and ride the regions only alpine coaster, or zipline, or play mini golf, or jump on the jumping pillow, or catch the amazing view of Duluth and Lake Superior from the scenic chairlift ride. Find all of the information here.

Also, the dirt is very hero like today.  Yesterday's rain produced an epic ride today!  Grab your bike, the crew and come on out.  Also we are one week away from the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival. The trails for the Enduro have been posted and now is the time to pre-ride.  Check out the info here.

See you soon! Good Times, Every Time!

 

8:45am - Good day everyone!  We are prepping for a great day and would love to have you adventure with us!  The Adventure Park will open today at 11am. Did you see our Adventure Park 101 video that will give you a "everything you need to know before you come" perspective?  It is posted throughout our website and gives helpful tips and insights to make your visit the best it can be.  Find it here

The Bike Park opens today at 12pm.  We will be out this morning to check the bike trails and wil update on the Bike Trails Report if anything needs additional drying time.  Let the adventure begin!

 

Thursday August 3, 5:45p Update -  The rain has diminished for the day and we are ready to dry out.  Looking ahead to tomorrow, the Adventure Park will open as scheduled at 11am along with the Grand Avenue Chalet/Riverside Bar & Grill.  We are optimistically looking to open the Bike Park as scheduled at 12pm but may need to stagger the opening of some trails, we'll let you know.  The trails actually enjoyed the moisture today and we should be looking at some very qualtiy dirt to ride this weekend!

 

Happy August & Welcome to Spirit Mountain! Make your plans now to unleash your adventure with us...there are still many days of summer to be had and a variety of options for you here at Spirit Mountain. 

Take a look around our website, check out our deals page under the Adventure Park for some incredible savings and more!