Up North: Skiers, snowboarders hit the slopes to lift spirits during pandemic

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: November 25, 2020 10:45 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 08:46 PM

Many businesses are closed in Minnesota and Wisconsin because of the Coronavirus.

But Mont du Lac has kept their doors open, and last weekend opened their ski hills. Thanks to some chilly weather the resort welcomed the first visitors of their winter season on Saturday.

"To be able to have them come out here and offer them some fresh air on a beautiful day like today, it means a lot," said Bridgette Duffy, the Sales and Marketing Manager at Mont du Lac. "We're really excited to be able to be open."

Racing down the hills or chilling on the chair lift helped some locals unplug from the pandemic.

"Everybody's nervous or anxious [and] we're not really sure what to do," said Minnesota snowboarder Allisun Zagar. "But getting outside and getting that fresh air, and like oxygen to our brain, is what we need. So this is so awesome," Zagar added about opening weekend at Mont du Lac.

"We were a little worried they were going to close," said Duluth skier Greg Running. "But no we're, we're happy that they're open and we'll come out here as many times as we can this winter."

Skiers and snowboarders could hit two runs, the main run and pancake beginners area, which many like Running's nine-year-old granddaughter Ella Holt enjoyed.

"We just thought it was a nice day to go skiing," said Holt.

After Thanksgiving, Mont du Lac's ski hill will be open Tuesday-Sunday and their tubing hill will be open Friday-Sunday.

If you make your way out to Superior, you may see Ella working on her latest goal. 

"[I hope] to go down the big hill by myself," said Holt.


Alicia Tipcke

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