BIWABIK, MN -- Governor Tim Walz is recommending $8.6 million for new snow making infrastructure at Giants Ridge.
The democrat's recommendation is part of his proposed package to improve water quality and infrastructure, unveiled Friday, which will be considered during Minnesota's upcoming legislative session.
According to the governor's office, the current piping at Giants Ridge is 30 years beyond its expected useful life.
"Failure of the lines due to the system's age would have a negative impact on Giants Ridge and the communities in the Iron Range that depend on the tourism economy from ski visitors," Walz's office wrote in a news release.
The project is expected to increase efficiency, restore failing underground infrastructure, and enhance safety on the hill during snow making operations.