Downhill From Here
Downhill From Here
When the snow builds 36-inch bases – or the temperature drops low enough long enough for gian machines to mist and crystallize water and spray man-made snow over 900-foot(at least in Duluth) Minnesota mountains – then upwards of one millions skiers per season pack cars and head north to the state’s two dozen downhill ski resorts.
Rising high above the city,
At night you would swear you were in Vermont with the lights of the ski trails shimmering high above the town; ribbons of light cascading down to the edge of the city, which sits at the base of the mountain. One of the best night skiing venues in the heartland, it’s unique combination that you won’t find elsewhere around the
Granite is actually the rebirth of the oldest ski area in the
In stepped Charles Skinner, Jr., part owner of the family-owned, highly successful
Skinner has more than tripled the size of the ski area in just a few years. It’s a legitimate
LODGING: The city of
SERVICES: Eatery, grill, tavern, coffee bar, ski and sports store, demos and tuning center, rental shop, and learning center. All the new buildings feature rough-cut lumber exteriors and rustic, knotty pine interiors in keeping with the original day lodge. It gives the small, functional village an old-time feel. The original chalet is a historic site. Six tree ski glades, NASTAR racing on Saturdays and Sundays, cross country skiing nearby, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.
SNOWBOARDING: Snowboarding is allowed on all trails including two terrain parks and a halfpipe.
LIFT TICKETS (ADULTS): $48
BY THE NUMBERS: Double chairs: 2
Year opened: 1937 Surface lifts: 1
Avg. snowfall: 60 inches Vertical drop: 700 ft
Total lifts: 6 Longest run: 1.50 mi
High speed six chairs: 1 Skiable area: 265 acres
Triple chairs: 2 Snow making: 265 acres