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Spirit Mountain prepares for winter season with recent funding

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DULUTH, MN --Duluth City Councilors unanimously approved $300,000 in funding for Spirit Mountain Monday night, which allows them to open for the winter season.

Along with other businesses, Spirit Mountain closed down in March due to the pandemic.

Their summer revenue took a huge hit, since they could not profit from the adventure park, summer banquets, and camp grounds.

The ski hill did not qualify for federal coronavirus funding.

The $300,000 in aid comes from a project Duluth City Council previously voted against.

Interim Executive Director Ann Glumac said the leadership team is thankful Spirit Mountain received the funding and is preparing to act responsibly with the money they have been given.

"Live within our means as predicted by budgeting, and do what else we can to increase our revenue, whether it's through fundraising or special events, or other things so that we can be successful," Glumac said.

To become financially stable, Glumac said they budgeted for position cuts and limited their spending.

To keep people healthy, Spirit Mountain is taking steps to ensure proper social distancing while waiting for ski lifts and mask wearing while indoors.

"Proper social distancing, making sure that folks are masked up as they need to be when they're inside, and that the experience waiting for the lifts allows for the proper social distancing," Glumac said.

Glumac said Spirit Mountain's leadership team is grateful for the funding and the opportunity to continue serving the community.

"We are confident that we'll be able to meet the demands that we expect for this outdoor recreation and also to keep people safe," she said.

Click here to purchase winter pass tickets, on sale now through Oct. 31.

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