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Thanksgiving Weekend

November 21, 2017 | 283 | Winter

WOW! What an awesome opening weekend we had to kick off our 44th season at Spirit Mountain!  We appreciate everyone that came out to help us begin the season, and most certainly appreciate the many compliments & kind words. It was a Good Time for sure!

Over the weekend we spotted the following shredders on the hill...

  • An Olympian!
  • A Professional Snowboarder, or perhaps two!
  • Folks from Far Away - Cajuns (meaning our NEW friends from Louisiana)
  • Folks from Not-So-Far-Away - Minnesotans, Wisconsinites, Dakota-folks, Chicagoans, Canadians, many Duluthians & More! 
  • Lots and lots of happy season passholders 
  • A ton of youngsters (and, young at heart) in the Rope Park
  • And, SMILES - SMILES - SMILES

 

From all of us here at Spirit Mountain - we offer a sincere "Thank You" for visiting Duluth and enjoying your time at Spirit...the winter stoke is officially ON!

So, now we roll into Thanksgiving Weekend and our 26th Annual AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross. Professional snowmobile racing descends upon Duluth for 3 of the Fastest Days of on-snow sled racing in the USA, plus we have more skiing & riding activities on tap as well...here's the scoop!  

Thanksgiving Weekend Details

Skiing & Snowboarding (Grand Avenue Chalet-ONLY!!)

  • Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • $35 lift tickets, + tax.
  • Half-Price Ski or Snowboard Rentals
  • Due to Snocross, all SKIER SERVICES roll out of our Grand Avenue Chalet. Including all season pass pickup, ticket sales, rental equipment, food, beverage and bar.  
  • All drop-off's and pick-ups must happen at our Grand Avenue Chalet, 8551 Grand Ave, Duluth  MN
  • There will be NO beginner terrain open and NO lessons 
  • No access to Seasonal Locker Room at top chalet
  • Lone Oak Tow Park will be open
  • Plans on open terrain for the weekend are Powder Monkey, Bindle Stiff, Downhill Musher, Scissor Bill and Log Roller. Additional terrain may become available as snowmaking unfolds.

 

Snocross - all events happen at the Skyline Chalet.  

 

Looking Ahead...there are many questions regarding ski hill operations and schedules as we move past Thanksgiving, so I'll take a quick moment and give a quick outlay. Obviously, and just like many of you, we are excited to have some early-season sliding and riding, however, we have much work to do in order to get the ski area into full operation. Our major priority and focus over these next few weeks is simply to make as much snow as possible whenever we can do so. Our plan for skiing/riding will be to roll with weekend operations for the first couple of weeks in December. This could certainly change pending how quickly we can get all in order, but from what we see weather-wise, it looks like we get a fairly serious cold stretch starting up over Thanksgiving Weekend and potentially going for a solid couple of weeks...this would be quite ideal to pump-out a great deal of snow to get the remaining slopes, parks and lifts rolling ASAP...stay tuned for updates, and we'll keep you informed as all comes together.

Again, thank you for the continue patronage and support...and, here's to the winter we have all been awaiting....#44 is hopefully going down as one we will all remember quite fondly for many times to come!

Cheers!

Opening Weekend 2017/2018

November 19, 2017 | 283 | Winter

Friday, 17 November 2017 at 5pm - Here's the update as we roll towards our first slides, rides and laps of the season!

First off, the Tow Park looking legit with right at 10 features for this weekend's initial sessions....well done to the Mountain Ops & Park Crew for making it happen!

Here's the "play-list" for V1.0 of Lone Oak Tow Park 2017/18:

Pro Line:  30' street style down rail, 25' street style down-flat rail, Z-rail with barrel bonk

Open Line:  21' double-barrel shotgun rail, Big Bertha tube on spine, 7' Volcano feature

Grom Line: Baby Bow box, 8' flat box, 16' flat box, 25' Damage down box

We have no beginner terrain open, no bunny hill and no green circle terrain. 

...a solid set for ALL to enjoy!

Secondly, we basically have our primary top-to-bottom intermediate trail of Bindle Stiff available for the opening weekend and will be rolling the Spirit Express II. Please understand that although we have fairly decent coverage on the trail, it is certainly not treeline to treeline and has some narrow as well as thin cover spots as well. Still much fun to be had for those early-season turns, but just not a ton of real estate due to no additional snowmaking since last weekend. The snow will actually ski-out pretty nicely, and expect a solid machine groomed packed powder surface when we roll things out tomorrow morning.

The better news - we do anticipate snowmaking opportunities to return overnight or early-Saturday morning, and then throughout most of the weekend & next week. We are hopeful this will allow additional terrain to be readied/open by Thanksgiving Weekend!

I want to give another well done to the snowmakers for the solid efforts, and let's make sure Mother Nature gets her creds as well for providing the opportunities.

Enjoy, and welcome to the Winter Season of 2017/18 in Duluth!

 

PRIOR POST - Opening Weekend is quickly approaching for the 2017/2018 season!  Mother Nature has been quite kind with the cold temps, and we've had some solid snowmaking opportunities last week with hopes of more to come by mid to late week as well. We will roll with an early-season bonus weekend, and thoughts at this point are as follows: 

Early Season Ski Hours - Winter 2017/2018

  • Saturday & Sunday - November 18-19, 2017 || 11am-5pm
  • $29 ticket and half price rentals

 

Thanksgiving Weekend - NOTE - due to Snocross, all skier services will be located out of our Grand Avenue Chalet.  There will be NO access to the seasonal Locker Room during Snocross.  If you are dropping your skier or snowboarder off for the day, you must drop off at the Grand Ave Chalet.  There will not be drop off access at Skyline Chalet.  

  • Friday, 11/24 = 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, 11/25 = 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, 11/26 = 10am-6pm
  • Tow Park, Powder Monkey, Downhill Musher, Bindle Stiff will be open. But again, no drop off at the Skyline Chalet.  
  • Additional terrain to open at snowmaking allows

 

Hours to be updated soon for operational plan after November 26th soon. 

 

Terrain Open: 

  • We will know much more as we move into Wednesday, but our plan at this point is to OPEN our Tow Park, Powder Monkey, Bindlestiff and Downhill Musher
  • There will be no beginner terrain and no lessons available this weekend
  • All rental equipment needs are out of the Grand Avenue Chalet

 

 

Chalets: 

  • Skyline Chalet will feature access to locker room, limited season pass pick up & ticket sales, Mountain Top Cafe open for eats and drinks.

  • Grand Avenue Chalet will feature season pass pick up, season pass sales & ticket sales, Riverside Bar and Grill for all eats and drinks! 

 

CHEERS to an amazing 2017/18 Winter in Duluth...stoked to get things rolling and excited for the good times ahead in Minnesota's Best Ski Town!

Looking ahead, we anticipate snowmaking and additional skiable terrain to become available as we move towards Thanksgiving Weekend...plus, Snocross is going to be crazy fun as well!

 

Welcome to Snovember

November 9, 2017 | 283 | Winter

Exciting times are ON here in Duluth!  As many are aware, our snowmaking system was fired-up Monday afternoon. Crews have been rolling around the clock ever since, and will continue to do so as conditions allow. These initial 48 hours of cold have produced some fairly solid results, but we are even more stoked in what we see in the projected weather models for the upcoming 48 hours.  Forecasts look quite promising for the coldest temps of this early season thus far which should make for excellent snowmaking opportunities.  We will be taking full advantage of any and all chances to pump-out as much of the wonderful white stuff as possible!  

If all holds together and the weather cooperates, we anticipate spinning a rope and/or lift for some early-season skiing & riding in the very near future. It's a bit premature to put out any definite dates/times, however, we will set our target opening for November 18th! Not entirely sure how this may look at this very point in time, but we'll certainly have a better idea here soon enough on available terrain and plans very soon...so, stay tuned and we'll keep you informed as all unfolds.

Thanks for your continued support and patronage, and here's to an amazing winter season! 

Think Snow. Think Cold. Think Spirit!

 

Early Snow Welcome Here

November 9, 2017 | 283 | Winter

Let it SNOW...snowmaking is officially ON! Stay tuned for updates...

2 November 17 - It is certainly nice to see some early "winter" here in the Northland! We saw a solid 5" of snowfall late last week (Duluth International Airport reported 10" out of that weather event, but we didn't quite see that much on the slopes!), and then another few inches blessed us yesterday. Plus, the colder air is starting the cooling of the water and ground, which will be of significant benefit once the snowguns are rolling. The even better news is that we should see some quality snowmaking opportunities coming our way early next week as temps look to sustain with overnights in the lower-20s (possibly into the teens a couple nights, too!) and day-time temps, hopefully, remaining below the freezing mark as well...and that theme appears to be in most weather models for the next 10-14 day projections!

As our snowmaking and mountain operations crew team continue the final preparation, we are obviously stoked for this early onset of winter weather and feeling excited, optimistic & anxious for the coming ski season!

It's a bit too early to talk about a projected opening day, but we will certainly keep everyone informed of the happenings as all unfolds with snowmaking...perhaps we see some early, mid SNo-vember turns on the slopes this year!?!

Stay dialed to the website and our social media as we roll along these next couple of weeks, and make sure to be on the lookout for our NEW! APP which will be launching soon....a great way to earn loyalty rewards and some sweet perks for yourself & your crew!

Thanks for the continued support of Spirit Mountain and Minnesota's Best Ski Town - Duluth!

Here's to an amazing winter season of good times with great people...Think Snow!

jr

Swap, Throwdown & Job Fair

October 26, 2017 | 283 | Winter

We have officially closed out our summer/fall season and are quickly moving onto the next.  Overnight lows this week are down into the 20's which means we have snow on the mind!  It won't be long before the snow is flying and we are seeing you on the slopes!  Until then, we have many happenings here on the hill; save the dates for the following...

October 27-29, 2017: Team Duluth SWAP Sale - the largest and longest running swap sale in the Northland all happens this coming weekend! 

October 28, 2017: 

  • Preseason Fall Throwdown! - kick off the season in style with our Freestyle Shred Day!  $10 entry fee that supports Team Duluth Freestyle Programs! Plus the first 100 to sign up receive a sweet t-shirt from our friends at Duluth Screen Printing! 
  • Job Fair - looking to join our Mountain Crew this winter?  Join us for our first Job Fair on Saturday from 1pm-4pm or November 1 from 5pm-8pm. 
  • Kids First Slides - bring out the kiddos and let them experience their first slides on the snow!  A specially designed play area with kid specific equipment will let them enjoy some time on the snow...early season!  Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and give pointers to parents.  
  • Season Pass Sales - all deadlines on Winter and Mountain Bike Season Passes is October 31, 2017!  For the lowest rates of the season + awesome perks...you need to purchase by the deadline!  Both winter and summer season passes feature exclusive Perks with Crested Butte Mountain Resort!  

 Think Cold, Think Snow and Come See at at #mnbestskitown

 

 

MEA Weekend

October 22, 2017 | 283 | Summer

October 22, 2017 @ 9:30am- The Season Finale is ON!  Adventure Park and Scenic Chairlift Ride operates 11am-5pm with Bike Park 12pm-5pm.  Our mountain bike trails needs a bit more dry time and maintenance efforts.  Going to be a great end to the SUMMER season with sunshine and 60's...come join us! We do want to thank all of our amazing guests and dedicated staff for a solid season...enjoy the day, and we'll see you when the snow flies--it won't be long!    

 

October 22, 2017 @ 6:45am - Adventure Park open today 11am-5pm...last day of the season!  Stay tuned for updates on Bike Park and Scenic Chairlift Ride.   

 

October 21, 2017 @ 10:15am: Update for Saturday operations.  Adventure Park will operate from 11am-6pm as weather allows with the understanding there might be weather holds at various times during the day and limited attractions, but we are going to give it our all to be able to operate.  Bike Park, Scenic Chairlift Ride and Grand Ave Chalet will be closed for today.  

 

October 20, 2017 @ 4:15pm -- Are you ready for Saturday?  The Bike Park is prime and the Coaster is ready for you plus the last few glimpses of fall can be seem from the scenic chairlift.  Looks like the weather has made some changes for tomorrow and the chances for thunderstorm/rain are greater in the afternoon.  Come see us at Spirit Mountain where it's good times, ever time! 

MEA Weekend 2017 is here!  Join us Friday-Sunday for Bike Park and Adventure Park operations at Spirit Mountain.  This is the last weekend we are open for the above as well.  Make your plans now to join us!  Don't forget our $20 Lift + Lunch special is perfect this time of year.  Fall colors are still in full show!  

 

October Savings

October 15, 2017 | 280 | Winter

15 October 2017 @ 8:05am - Adventure Park and Scenic Chairlift will operate from 11am-5pm today.  We did receive over a half inch of rain last night; with this stated our Bike Park will operate 1pm-5pm.  Our crews need a bit more time for maintenance and trails need extra dry time.  We will feature a $19 Mountain Bike Ticket today. Trails planned to be open will be Sprung A Leek, Candy & Smorg.  

 

14 October 2017 @ 7:45am - All operations are a go for Saturday.  Bike Park and Adventure Park open 11am-6pm.  It is absolutely beautiful on the hill as the Fall colors are amazing...enjoy a scenic lift ride to take in the views.  See you on the hill! 

 

13 October 2017 at 7pm - A beautiful day here in Duluth, and looking pretty solid for Saturday & Sunday ops at the Adventure Park & Bike Park! Temps are expected to be on the cool-side to start the days, but crawl into the 50s by mid-day.  Those chances of rain for Saturday have been bumped back into the late-afternoon/early-evening hours and perhaps may bump even more into the evening from some models we see. Rain chances continue overnight, but should be OUT well in advance of our Sunday operations. The bike trails are in PRIME shape here today, and should hold up very nicely for the weekend riding...just so long as we don't get any ridiculous amounts of rain...which, again, does not seem likely. So, we'll be chilling in the Northland, and invite YOU to join us.  We also welcome the many young mountain bikers from throughout the region to the Duluth Stop on the NICA Series...best of luck, be safe and enjoy the course! The fall colors are nearly at PEAK, so don't delay, get to DULUTH today.  

Previous - The leaves are changing colors, the temps are getting cooler and winter is just around the corner.  That also means that October is the month of savings at Spirit Mountain!  From season passes to learn to programs...there is something for everyone at Spirit Mountain.  

October Happenings

Weekend Only Operations

Join us at the Adventure Park & Bike Park for Saturday and Sunday Operations: Operating Hours.  Looking to save money on wristbands at the Adventure Park - CLICK HERE 

Make your plans now for MEA Weekend - featuring extended hours (Friday-Sunday) at the Adventure Park & Bike Park! 

Winter Season Pass Sales - Deadline of October 31, 2017. 

Hot Buys for Cold Times is happening now!  Get the lowest rates of the season on winter season passes + take advantage of some great Perks!  Featuring 15% off food at all locations during the winter season, exclusive early up days, discounts and Crested Butte Mountain Resort and more!  All the details & to purchase

VIEW PASS OPTIONS

Mountain Bike Season Passes for 2018 - on sale soon! 

To get the lowest rates available on Mountain Bike Season Passes, be on the lookout for these to go on sale soon.  

Learn to Ski & Snowboard: 

Are you or perhaps you know of someone that would love learn the sports of a lifetime, skiing or snowboarding, this is the perfect time to pre-purchase our 3 Session Package.  Designed specifically for begninners and includes 3 visits to Spirit Mountain.  Each visit includes a beginner ticket, ski or snowboard rental and a lesson..each time you visit.  This packages makes great gifts for your kiddos, grandkids or be the coolest aunt or uncle ever!  Special package pricing only valid through October 31, 2017! For ages 8+. 

Details & to Purchase

Calling All Snocross Lovers

Are you ready for the fastest weekend in Duluth?  Pre-sale discounted tickets are on sale now! Purchase by October 20, 2017 to be entered to win a prize package worth over $1500!  Yes, $1500 in prizes is going to one lucky winner.  Including reserved table seating for 6 for the weekend, on-site parking and more! 

Details & to Purchase

Now Hiring

We are now accepting applications for the 2017/2018 winter season.  Complete and application and/or join us at our job fairs. 

Details & to Apply

 

October Savings

October 15, 2017 | 280 | Summer

15 October 2017 @ 8:05am - Adventure Park and Scenic Chairlift will operate from 11am-5pm today.  We did receive over a half inch of rain last night; with this stated our Bike Park will operate 1pm-5pm.  Our crews need a bit more time for maintenance and trails need extra dry time.  We will feature a $19 Mountain Bike Ticket today. Trails planned to be open will be Sprung A Leek, Candy & Smorg.  

 

14 October 2017 @ 7:45am - All operations are a go for Saturday.  Bike Park and Adventure Park open 11am-6pm.  It is absolutely beautiful on the hill as the Fall colors are amazing...enjoy a scenic lift ride to take in the views.  See you on the hill! 

 

13 October 2017 at 7pm - A beautiful day here in Duluth, and looking pretty solid for Saturday & Sunday ops at the Adventure Park & Bike Park! Temps are expected to be on the cool-side to start the days, but crawl into the 50s by mid-day.  Those chances of rain for Saturday have been bumped back into the late-afternoon/early-evening hours and perhaps may bump even more into the evening from some models we see. Rain chances continue overnight, but should be OUT well in advance of our Sunday operations. The bike trails are in PRIME shape here today, and should hold up very nicely for the weekend riding...just so long as we don't get any ridiculous amounts of rain...which, again, does not seem likely. So, we'll be chilling in the Northland, and invite YOU to join us.  We also welcome the many young mountain bikers from throughout the region to the Duluth Stop on the NICA Series...best of luck, be safe and enjoy the course! The fall colors are nearly at PEAK, so don't delay, get to DULUTH today.  

Previous - The leaves are changing colors, the temps are getting cooler and winter is just around the corner.  That also means that October is the month of savings at Spirit Mountain!  From season passes to learn to programs...there is something for everyone at Spirit Mountain.  

October Happenings

Weekend Only Operations

Join us at the Adventure Park & Bike Park for Saturday and Sunday Operations: Operating Hours.  Looking to save money on wristbands at the Adventure Park - CLICK HERE 

Make your plans now for MEA Weekend - featuring extended hours (Friday-Sunday) at the Adventure Park & Bike Park! 

Winter Season Pass Sales - Deadline of October 31, 2017. 

Hot Buys for Cold Times is happening now!  Get the lowest rates of the season on winter season passes + take advantage of some great Perks!  Featuring 15% off food at all locations during the winter season, exclusive early up days, discounts and Crested Butte Mountain Resort and more!  All the details & to purchase

VIEW PASS OPTIONS

Mountain Bike Season Passes for 2018 - on sale soon! 

To get the lowest rates available on Mountain Bike Season Passes, be on the lookout for these to go on sale soon.  

Learn to Ski & Snowboard: 

Are you or perhaps you know of someone that would love learn the sports of a lifetime, skiing or snowboarding, this is the perfect time to pre-purchase our 3 Session Package.  Designed specifically for begninners and includes 3 visits to Spirit Mountain.  Each visit includes a beginner ticket, ski or snowboard rental and a lesson..each time you visit.  This packages makes great gifts for your kiddos, grandkids or be the coolest aunt or uncle ever!  Special package pricing only valid through October 31, 2017! For ages 8+. 

Details & to Purchase

Calling All Snocross Lovers

Are you ready for the fastest weekend in Duluth?  Pre-sale discounted tickets are on sale now! Purchase by October 20, 2017 to be entered to win a prize package worth over $1500!  Yes, $1500 in prizes is going to one lucky winner.  Including reserved table seating for 6 for the weekend, on-site parking and more! 

Details & to Purchase

Now Hiring

We are now accepting applications for the 2017/2018 winter season.  Complete and application and/or join us at our job fairs. 

Details & to Apply

 

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