Construction is complete on Spirit Mountain Recreation Area’s new 10,650-square-foot base area ski chalet. The building opens for the public Monday.
This building will serve as a base for many operations — and offers a full line of skier services in the winter such as lift tickets, rental equipment, retail sales, day lockers, and a café, along with ample space for booting and lounging in our Great Room.
In the summer months it will be a lovely venue for banquets and corporate meetings, will serve as the hub for new summer youth day camps, and will be a sales point for summer chairlift rides and new lift-access mountain bike trails.
In addition, it is also home to a new, year-round restaurant called the Riverside Bar & Grill, where guests can enjoy lunch or dinner seven days a week while taking in views of Spirit Mountain.
Designed by DSGW Architects of Duluth, the wood-frame chalet contains a large great room with a fireplace and an expanse of windows looking up the ski slope at the new Spirit Express II chairlift that opened this ski season.
This new location, at 8551 Grand Avenue, provides a greater access from Duluth, and will act as a catalyst for continued private development along Grand Avenue.
With the completion of the chalet and the opening of Spirit Express II chairlift, Spirit Mountain has now realized approximately 65% of the Master Plan newly updated in 2008.
“Since 2004, Spirit Mountain has invested $6 million for improvements and infrastructure enhancements,” said Renee Mattson, Spirit Mountain’s executive director. “Among these was the installation of the Timber Twister Alpine Coaster in 2010, along with a Zip Line, Mini Golf Course, and Tubing Park in 2011. Those investments, plus these most recent Phase II projects and $7 million investment, are helping strengthen Spirit Mountain’s position as a four-season destination, and helping increase this facility’s $37 million annual economic impact on Duluth.”
In addition to being a wonderful improvement to the facility, the various projects created dozens construction jobs over the past year, and Spirit Mountain has added many seasonal employees as well as a dozen full-time employees.