Ski Areas Getting Ready for Early Openings

Baihly Warfield
November 09, 2017 07:00 PM

Several days of below-freezing temps and a few inches of natural snow means local ski hills are getting ready to open early. Earlier than the last few years, anyway. 

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Mike Ohara at Mont du Lac said last year at this time, it was impossible to make snow. 

"It's much earlier. Probably about a month earlier," Ohara said. "Same time last year ... I think it was like 70 degrees. So this Monday was great, and we're easily a month ahead of schedule if you look at the last couple of winters we've had."

Anything below 30 works, but Ohara said the colder, the better. 

Folks at Spirit Mountain said they feel like they are getting a jump start on the season too. 

"Everybody's ready to slide," Jon Regenald said. "We're ready for the snow, ready for the cold. This is a good thing."

Spirit has also been making snow since Monday afternoon, and their machines will be running all night Thursday into Friday. 

Regenald said they are still loving the snow-making system that was put in in 2015. 

"We love how it accents the natural beauty by using the river water and returning the water to the river," he said. "Without that, we couldn't be doing what we are doing right now."

Jess Wolff with Spirit Mountain said they are on par to sell an above average amount of ski passes this year. Mont du Lac is trying to attract season pass holders with a $99 offer. 

Tentative opening days:
-Mont du Lac: Nov. 24
-Spirit Mountain: Nov. 18
-Lutsen: Nov. 18
-Giants Ridge: Nov. 24 


Baihly Warfield

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