- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Snow, terrain
Cons: A few bald spots
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2010
For the first time that I can remember, Spirit Mountain is still open this late in the season.
It's amazing, really...usually they button up operations around the second week of March no matter what the snow coverage is like. But this year, they're holding on until at least the 28th. And they'll be able to do it, too.
Currently, only two runs are closed (well, one *real* run, Cinder Snapper...a personal favorite) and a smaller, connecting run (it's about 100 feet long). The coverage is decent, but there's certainly some burned out areas that have a lot of exposure. Most of these places are in high-traffic areas, and the groomers are struggling to keep them covered.
Otherwise, what you'll find all over Spirit is nice, creamy corn snow...perfect for making some wonderful spring turns in. Gandy is probably the best--steep enough to get enough speed on the slower, stickier snow.
All the normal lifts are in operation (the Quad and the Gandy chair), and it seems most people have given up on skiing Spirit, because it was ski-up to the chair.
The Moosehead is still serving suds, although I think they are closing earlier now. But for $9 for a pitcher of import (with a season pass), makes it the perfect way to end a day of spring skiing.