Spirit Mountain and Giants Ridge, located about an hour apart near Duluth in northern Minnesota, have announced a joint marketing venture that will provide a nice savings to skiers and riders.

This winter you can bring a daily lift ticket from Giants RIdge to Spirit Mountain and qualify for a "buy one, get one free" lift ticket offer. It amounts to getting half-off your lift ticket price at the second ski area. It doesn't matter which one you visit first, just save your 2009-10 lift ticket.

"This program will really benefit the consumer," said Renee Mattson, Spirit's Executive Director. "They can take advantage of two great ski areas. Hopefully those new to our area will discover what a great region we live in and how outstanding it is for snowsports. For those that live here it's an outstanding value when the cost of everything else around them is on the rise."

"The Duluth area is home to two outstanding ski areas, and guests will now have the opportunity to cost-effectively experience both of them," added Linda Johnson, Giant's Ridge GM. "When they plan their vacations this winter, skiers and riders traveling from the Twin Cities, Canada, or anywhere in the Midwest can now visit two high-quality ski areas that are only a short distance apart."