DULUTH, Minnesota – Time is running out to enjoy the slopes of Spirit Mountain this winter season as they will soon begin their transition to summer activities.
Acting executive director Ann Glumac says they will reduce their hours next week during weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After their last official day on March 27, they will remain open as long as conditions permit.
“We’ll watch what he does,” Glumac said. “If we can stretch it a bit more, we will. But we want to make sure people are safe, and as the snow is starting to melt and it’s getting a bit icy, we want to make sure our grooming and everything is okay.
people can check Spirit Mountain website and social media pages for the latest information on their opening.
Once the slopes are closed, they will begin maintenance of the equipment that has been used for the past few months. At the same time, they will begin to prepare facilities for summer activities, including mountain biking, camping and their adventure park. Glumac says it can’t start until spring conditions take full control.
“We want to make sure it’s safe,” says Glumac. “So we have to make sure that the snow is completely melted from the hill and that any downhill route will be safe for people. The same with our cross-country mountain bike. We want to make sure the trails are dry; that they are not slippery and dangerous. So it really depends on Mother Nature.
Plans should be ready for the summer season around Memorial Day, which will also include transitioning the cottage to host wedding receptions and other activities for large gatherings.
There are still a few on-snow events to come, including the annual Spring Happening on March 26. There will also be a cross-country snowmobile race on April 2-3, the first time this event has been held this time of the calendar year. “We’re looking forward to giving snowmobile enthusiasts the opportunity to come and race part of the hill,” says Glumac, “as well as people who enjoy watching these races unfold.”
There will also be a vintage snowmobile event on April 9.