With Adventure Park a Success, More Additions Planned for Spirit Mountain

By KBJR News 1

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Now, that its Adventure Park has proven successful, Spirit Mountain in Duluth is ready to move into another phase of development.

The three pieces are a new chalet, a new express lift, and a reconditioned parking lot off of Grand Ave.

The new chalet would be at the bottom of the ski hill off of the new parking lot and would be open all four seasons.

The plan is to have a year-round restaurant inside, as well as space for winter rental equipment and summer kid's activities.

The new four person express lift would replace an existing one.

It would also be able to transport guests up to the Adventure Park in the summer and would include extra space to bring up items like mountain bikes.

The new facilities would also mean more jobs at Spirit Mountain, and help turn the west end of Grand Avenue into more of a tourism corridor.

"We've already gotten up to 20 more year-round positions. We anticipate at least another 10 to 12 positions as well," said Renee Mattson of Spirit Mountian.

"Then it's going to spin off into other buildings and guaranteed, it's going to happen and that corridor is going to open up like you wouldn't believe," said Duluth City Councilor Jay Fosle.

Spirit Mountain is hoping to use tax abatement bonds for the project, which the Duluth City Council will vote on Monday.

Spirit Mountain plans to use revenues and tourism tax as to pay those bonds.

The plan is to start construction of the Express lift in June and have it ready by the end of September.

As for the Chalet, construction would start in late April and end by sometime in November.

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