Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
-- Duluth's Spirit Mountain is making snow for the first time this season.
A drop in temperatures over the weekend allowed the hill to turn on the snow guns at midnight, triggering the beginning of what's shaping up to be an exciting year.
All in all, officials are exited for all of the pieces to come together over the next few weeks, leading up to opening day.
The lifts might not be running at Spirit Mountain today but there's plenty of action.
Snow guns are running at full speed.
"Snow making was a struggle for us last year so this is fabulous. We're all very excited and ready to go."
After a disappointing year of snowmaking in 2011, Spirit Mountain Executive Director Renee Mattson is optimistic in the home stretch to opening day.
"Every opportunity we get some time in making snow we'll be doing," said Mattson.
Spirits are also high because of the construction of two new additions at the bottom of the hill.
"The lift is beautiful, it's our spirit express two lift, it's a brand new, four piece, detachable lift that replaces the original spirit express lift."
"The chalet will be year round. It's designed to be like this chalet but a much smaller model so we'll have tickets there, rentals, lessons, general booting area and of course the bar and restaurant component," said Mattson.
These new attractions will help boost an already economic driver into the winter tourism months.
Spirit Mountain attracts thousands of people, from all over the Midwest, to spend money at gas stations, hotels, and restaurants; putting big bucks into our local economy.
And as for the next few weeks of snow making.
"The jet stream moves north ward, which leaves us pretty warm," said Northland's NewsCenter Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark.
Those days could be few and far between after a great start.
In the longer-term forecast our meteorologists are predicting colder weather after a two week warming trend.