Spirit Mountain: Duluth's Year-Round Recreation Destination


The name Spirit Mountain has become synonymous with great skiing.

Since 1974, Spirit Mountain has helped Duluth grow its reputation as a hub for skiing – including downhill, cross-country and snowboarding. As a result, Spirit Mountain recently proclaimed Duluth "Minnesota’s Best Ski Town!" We at Destination Duluth couldn’t agree more!

But, while there’s no doubt the skiing is amazing, Spirit Mountain offers so much more. With activities ranging from mini-golf and fat-tire biking to an alpine coaster and zip line, Spirit Mountain is Duluth’s year-round recreation destination.

A Positive Impact on DLH’s Economy

Perched atop a glorious hill overlooking the city of Duluth, the St. Louis River, and Lake Superior, Spirit Mountain was founded in 1974 by the Minnesota Legislature. With a mission of providing recreational activities to promote tourism and preserve the environment, Spirit Mountain is now a top destination for both winter and summer recreation.

46 years later, the “ski economy” now makes up a good chunk of Duluth’s economy. Duluth has several unique stores that specialize in selling and repairing ski and snowboard gear. Even our thrift shops are full of ski equipment.

So, even if your budget is a little tight, you can still hit the slopes!

Endless Winter Fun

Brandy Ream, Spirit Mountain's Executive Director shared, “If you are lucky enough to call yourself a local or are aspiring to be a ‘weekend local,’ you have come to the right place. Spirit Mountain offers the 2nd highest vertical in the state. With over 700 acres of skiable terrain, Spirit Mountain has been voted the Midwest’s Best Terrain Park two years running. We also feature 22 km of Nordic trails, and are a trail head for the Superior Hiking Trail.”

Whether Mother Nature is being stingy with the snow, or a tiny young skier is just getting started, Spirit Mountain can meet any challenge. “We feature a variety of terrain, 100% snowmaking (referring to the skiable area able to have artificial snow applied), two chalets, and extensive learning programs,” Ream said. “We are the perfect place for every skier: beginner to expert.”

Beyond the skiing and snowboarding, winter is also a great option for tubing and fat-tire biking. “Winter also ushers in our snow tubing experience that we kick up a notch on the weekends with our glow tubing,” Ream said. And, Spirit Mountain even offers downhill, lift-served fat biking during the winter months.

Year-Round Activity

Duluth’s splendid summers signify the kickoff to Spirit Mountain’s Adventure Park. Featuring an alpine coaster, zip-line, mini-golf, jumping pillow and scenic chairlift rides, there are plenty of activities to get your adrenaline pumping.

And, there are tons of mountain biking opportunities. “Our downhill mountain bike trails are nationally recognized, and offer trails rated from beginner to expert, plus a skills park and pump track,” Ream said.

And It's an Easy Drive Home

Ream shared, “From enjoying the ski hill after work to shredding the mountain bike trails on the weekends, Spirit Mountain allows one to stay active, focus on time with friends and family, and yet still be able to drive home every night. We truly are your destination for incredible experiences.”

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