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Summers on Spirit Mountain

Courtesy Spirit Mountain

Summers on Spirit Mountain, a ski and snow sports attraction near Duluth, are even more spirited with the addition of warm-weather fun.

A new adventure park with an alpine coaster, a sit-down zip line and a nine-hole miniature golf course added last summer has become a favored choice for company picnics, according to Renee Mattson, Spirit Mountain’s executive director.

Groups find the attraction’s location, eight minutes from downtown Duluth, attractive as well.
Late this year, Spirit Mountain will open a chalet at the foot of the ski mountain with a year-round restaurant and bar, as well as dedicated meeting space.

Like the existing chalet at the top of the mountain, the new one will be used during the winter for skiers and from April through early November as an events venue.

More than 40 meetings and some 60 weddings each year are held in the existing 18,000-square-foot chalet.

For years, Spirit Mountain has worked with Courage Duluth and other organizations that serve people with handicaps. It is the site each year of the Special Olympics ski competition for Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The focus on making the attraction accessible to all continues with the adventure park. Golfers in wheelchairs can play the miniature golf course. The ability to move one’s arms is the only requirement for riding the alpine coaster. Even the zip line is open to all thanks to its bench-seat design, which allows two seated passengers to shoot 700 feet through the trees.

“Accessibility for everyone is a priority,” said Mattson. “We want to make sure everyone can enjoy our attractions, not just those who can move all four limbs.”