Spirit Mountain Review

by: fonixmunkee - Dec 19, 2007

  • Overall Rating 2
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Great lift system, good grooming

    Cons: Weather is at the mercy of Lake Superior

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2007


Full review

Spirit Mountain was finally open full-time this weekend. What a great surprise, especially considering they are 95% open too.

But now the bad news: the snow is like concrete! Even with the recent snow storm, the cold temps that followed have packed the snow down and froze it solid; even the most industrious of groomers can't churn it up. But they can try...yet they don't! I'm not sure how Spirit decides when to groom, but it's not nearly enough. The last three runs of the evening were the only good ones, because we trailed a groomer down Bindle Stiff and skied the corduroy.

It was ridiculously cold out, too, so every 5 runs we were back in the Moosehead, downing $5 pitcher of Premium for warmth. Spirit is open until 8pm during the week, so we took our time over the span of 4 hours without feeling rushed.

Now a few complaints about Spirit Mountain: first, what the hell is going on at the lifts? The lifties are utterly useless. There's no snow on the decks where you load up on the chair. That's fine for me, but on more than one chair I saw newbies struggling against the texture to catch their lift up. And the lift line management? Non-existent. We foolishly ended up at the Quad line and had to deal with the cluster of people coming at all angles, forming two- or three-person chairs. Get someone down there and pair people up to expedite things. What about those two guys standing right there in their new spiffy Spirit Mountain jackets? They can't control the traffic flow because they're jackets say "SECURITY" on the back? Please.

At least the Quad is a fast ride nowadays. Thanks for that. Also thanks for opening up that parking lot at the bottom of the old bunny hill. That's a nice little secret.

So your errors in snow-making and poor lift-line management are because of what? Your first weekend being open full-time? Shouldn't you have been prepared for this and, if anything, overstaffed for it?

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