Consulting Group Proposes $23M In Improvements To 'Save' Ski Area

Consulting Group Proposes $23M In Improvements To 'Save' Ski Area

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Consulting Group Proposes $23M In Improvements To 'Save' Ski Area

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^Courtesy: Spirit Mountain, Indy Pass

Spirit Mountain is a relatively-large (by Midwestern standards) ski area owned by the city of Duluth, Minnesota.

Spirit has experienced some lean years lately, and has received over $500k in emergency funding to keep the lifts spinning over the last two seasons.

The city of Duluth hired a consulting company to tackle the chronic issue, and well… it’s going to take A LOT of money to save the ski area.

^Courtesy: Spirit Mountain, Indy Pass

SE Group is proposing that Duluth invests $23 million to draw more tourism based on the following improvements:

  • $5.5M on a new chairlift and removal of existing lifts
  • $6.8M on lodge renovations
  • $1.9M on ‘Adventure Park’ upgrades
  • $3.6M on Nordic skiing and MTB trails

You can read the full breakdown of SE Group’s suggestions at MPR News.

I’m going to assume that the city of Duluth doesn’t have $20 million+ just laying around to throw at Spirit Mountain, but I sure hope they can figure out a way to save the ski area.

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain Ski Area Stats

Vertical: 700′

# of Trails: 22

Skiable Terrain: 175 ac.

Average Snowfall: 70″ (Duluth, MN)

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