DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced during a Thursday press conference her recommendations for the next steps in supporting Spirit Mountain Recreational Area.
The mayor’s proposed plan includes launching a $24 million capital reinvestment program funded 50% by state bonding, 25% by the City from tourism taxes, and 25% by Spirit Mountain.
“Now is the time to do this with Spirit Mountain,” Mayor Larson said. “No more Band-Aids. It’s ready for a good fix. There is a saying, “If you can’t get out of it, get into it.” So, let’s get into it.”
The capital projects would improve the economic impact, community benefit, and financial performance of Spirit Mountain.
“We are treading into the physically dangerous and highly litigious territory by not addressing the decades-old debilitating physical assets here at Spirit,” Mayor Larson said.
According to the mayor’s office, the capital projects would include:
- Renew winter skiing and riding infrastructure to provide a better service at a lower cost for skiers and snowboarders. This would generate the profits to enable Spirit to lower or remove financial barriers for those who would otherwise be unable to participate.
- Complete the Nordic skiing and mountain biking trail systems to solidify their status as regional destinations and continue to broaden the number and variety of Spirit users.
- Renew and modestly expand summer Adventure Park activities to add a high ropes course, replace the…