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Cold Temps = Early Open for Ski Hills

Brandon Weathers
Created: November 14, 2019 09:31 PM

Thanks to the cold weather, ski hills in Duluth are opening earlier than usual.

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It's already a record setting season for Mont du Lac Resort. “Last year we opened up Thanksgiving weekend," sales and marketing manager Bridgette Duffy said, "This is officially the earliest we've ever opened."

Cross-country skiers hit the trails Thursday as Spirit Mountain kicked off the second year of their Nordic Center where they're also enjoying an early start. Outdoor operations manager Erik Blow said, "We were still in the beginning process on some of our trails out here. But to have nearly half of our system open already, it's an incredible milestone to reach."

The weather played a key role in this year's head start. We haven't had much natural snow, but the cold snap was just what ski hills needed to make their own. Blow said, “The last couple of nights have been single digits below zero sometimes, and through the days have been in that single digits to low teens range. In those temperature ranges, we can produce a lot of snow.”

Now that the slopes are opening, skiers and snow boarders intend to make the most of their favorite time of year.

"Might as well call the boys and say, 'let's go shred tonight,'" snow boarder Cody Shetka said, "Good runs, good snow, not too cold. You can't beat this."

Spirit Mountain will be opening their hills Friday, November 22nd. Mont du Lac plans to open the rest of their hill including a new tubing park Thanksgiving weekend.

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Brandon Weathers

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