abc
QUICK LINKS:

Promising Minn. Ski Season Stalled in Cold Winter

Updated: 03/16/2014 7:27 PM
Created: 03/16/2014 7:00 PM WDIO.com

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's winter season delivered plenty of snow, but it also brought frigid temperatures that kept skiers and snowboarders from enjoying all the powder.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1gDhRSA ) says outdoors officials initially thought 2014 was shaping up to be a record-setting year. Instead they say it's been disappointingly average.

Luci Botzek of the Minnesota Ski Areas Association says this year's cold was unusually long and severe. She says that became a burden on ski areas.

Resorts including Lutsen Mountains and Spirit Mountain say revenues were down about 20 percent on bitter-cold days.

Resorts in the Midwest have the advantage of being easily accessible to school-aged kids. Botzek says while snow days at school usually mean plenty of business on the slopes, this season's snow days were uncomfortably cold.

___

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • No Layoffs During 'Warm Idle' at Mesabi Nugget

    The parent company of Mesabi Nugget says it is planning a "warm idle" of the plant for six to eight weeks this winter, but workers will stay on the job. A spokesperson said workers will continue to report to Mesabi Nugget, largely for maintenance activities throughout the plant.

  • Dayton Proposes More Compensation to Farmers for Wolf Losses

    Now that wolves are back on the endangered list in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal includes more money to compensate farmers for livestock losses.

  • Special Report: A Dog's Life

    Mushers often get the most recognition for winning sled dog marathons like the Northland's John Beargrease, but as many of them will tell you, the dogs are the real athletes. 

  • Measles Makes Comeback, Northland Medical Experts on Alert

    Nearly 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed over the past month in the U.S. and the virus is creeping closer to the Northland with a case was confirmed on Wednesday in a 20-year-old male student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. 

  • Minn. Bill Would Require Talking to Doctor before Skipping Vaccine

    A Minnesota lawmaker wants parents who don't vaccinate their children to meet with a doctor first. Rep. Mike Freiberg has a bill that would require those parents to learn about vaccines and their impact on diseases from a health care provider.

 
Advertisement