by: Richard - 23rd December 2007

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Great lift system, good grooming
Weather is at the mercy of Lake Superior

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Poor Spirit Mountain. They just can't catch a break with the weather. Between yesterday's warm-up that froze over night, and today's blowing snow, they can't really get any love from the elements. Because of this, Spirit's terrain is seriously gnarly: patches of sheer ice separated by pockets of ankle-deep pow. The wind wasn't bad going down the run, but on the lift back up, it was very dangerous. Wear good face protection if you decide to go out! The snow is slow on the skier's right side of the hill, but that's because it's not as steep as the skier left side. However, if you want faster turns on fresh snow (interspersed with ice patches), go skier's left, but beware of the deathly winds on the Gandy chair...it will literally freeze your face off. So if you want some ankle-deep pow runs, head up to Spirit, and try sticking in the leeward and treed-up runs (Timber Cruiser was pretty good). And make sure you bundle up!
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