Duluth, MN (NNC NOW) - The hill opened for the season at noon, Friday.
Three runs, or 25% of the hill, is open, including a smaller, free–style, park by the new Spirit Express lift.
Hundreds of Northlanders are expected to hit the slopes before the weekend is out.
For college student, Taylor Moore, it's a much–needed break from looming finals.
"I can get through the rest of the three weeks of school I have left without going crazy," said Moore.
Spirit Mountain will be operating on its pre–season, weekend hours until December eighth.
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