Northland Ski Hill Plans Renovation After Flood Damage

By KBJR News 1

December 22, 2012 Updated Dec 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Parts of Duluth and Superior are still recovering in the aftermath of the June Floods. For some, that recovery comes with a hefty price tag. .

It's a slow and expensive process, but putting the pieces of Mount Du Lac ski hill back together is underway.

"Well I guess it's the standard line if someone throws lemons at you try to make lemonade," said Larry Pulkrabek owner of the ski hill.

The ski hill suffered about 2 million dollars in damage.

The 430 acres of land has about 50 different places where the ground gave way due to the floods.
However, this has presented some opportunity for more runs.

"We had huge slides there and we were able to take those and turn those into new ski runs and actually we opened up the entire section there into a large bowl area to ski into that was never done before."

The June floods also left an ice shack and an observation deck in its wake.

Pulkrabek says most of the damage can't be reclaimed or rebuilt, but that's not stopping him from building on top of the hill.

"This is trophy lodge and we had planned to have it open this year, obviously we had some issues out here this year with the 500 year storm, and it really slowed us down," he said.

The lodge has up to 30inch diameter logs and reclaimed timber logs which weigh in at over a ton each.

Trophy lodge will have four large suites that will be available for people to stay in.

The Pulkrabeks will also live in one part of the lodge full time.

While the hill and lodge are still under construction, it hasn't affected business.

"It has been busy today, it's been a really great exciting start to the holiday week, that's our biggest week of the year so it's nice to see a lot of people coming in," said Michelle Keller, and employee at Mount Du Lac.

Owners hope to have the bar and restaurant portion of Trophy Lodge open early this spring.

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