Learning to Ski at Spirit Mountain in Duluth & a Ski Package Giveaway


This post is in partnership with the Midwest Ski Areas Association, all opinions are my own. 

Duluth and the Lake Superior North Shore is such a great place to visit. Fall, spring and summer there are numerous trails for hiking and exploring. It’s an outdoor lovers paradise! But what about winter? Recently my fellas and I visited Spirit Mountain and discovered just how much fun winter can be in Minnesota!

Sometimes people assume that you need to travel to far off states in order to ski. But there is so much fun to be had close to home. According to the Midwest Ski Association, there are more than 100 ski areas in 10 states, including: Iowa, five; Illinois, four; Indiana, three; Michigan, 39, Minnesota, 18, Missouri, two; North Dakota, four; Ohio, five, South Dakota, three; Wisconsin, 26. For the latest snow conditions throughout the Midwest, beginner tips and to find the closest resort near you, visit,  www.snowplaces.com. As previously mentioned, our ski destination was Spirit Mountain in Duluth where the views are spectacular!! 

I’ve long had downhill skiing on my parental list of must-do’s with my boys, but this trip was their first time downhill skiing. I was so excited for them to experience this fun challenge! I signed my youngest two up for the Winter Kids Ski Program, where they could have a proper lesson. And my oldest son and myself attended an adult lesson at the same time. 

Our day on the ski slopes was spectacular! With a bright, beautiful sun we were nice and toasty warm practicing our new skills. 

All the ski instructors wear clearly labeled green coats that make them easy to spot. Both of our ski lessons were close to each other, so I could watch my youngest two learn while my oldest and I took turns trying mini hills. 

I was so amazing at how quickly they learned! And the smiles on their faces were delightful! 

Our lessons lasted about an hour and thirty minutes and after that short amount of time my fellas were ready to conquer the bunny hill! I was so impressed and proud as they each used their newly learned techniques. My middle son was such a relaxed skier, he looked like a natural. His Nordic genes must give him an edge! 

Meanwhile I was the most timid skier in the bunch. A ski trip in my youth and the numerous spills I took had me thinking I couldn’t jeopardize my running legs! {I’m an avid runner.} However, I started gaining more confidence by the minute. 

I thought just the morning would be enough for their first time skiing, but I was definitely wrong. My fellas could have spent the entire day in their ski boots! And I’m sure the next time we visit they will be ready to conquer slopes other than the bunny hill. But we turned in our rental gear, grabbed some lunch inside the Chalet and then headed over to the tubing hill. 

We took the bus shuttle from the main chalet over to the Adventure Park area where the tubing hill is located. 

There is a small chalet there were you can purchase your tubing tickets and they sell assorted snacks etc. 

I went tubing all the time as a kid and my fellas have been sledding quite bit, but none of us had experienced tubing quite like this. 

Our eyes quickly grew with excitement when we discovered a tube lift that pulls you up the hill plus three amazing “slides” to select from. 

If merely going down the hill isn’t enough for you the attendants at the top will give you a push or set you swirling on your way down. 

Amazing views of Duluth awaited us at the top of the tubing hill just like in our ski area. It was so amazing to be outside in the sun with the big open view of the city of Duluth below us. 

Tubing like this makes for such a great winter afternoon adventure. More than 40 Midwest ski areas have lift-served snow tubing hills and I know that we will be checking out more of them before this winter is over. 

I definitely deem our first ski resort experience a success! I wish I had done this years ago. Each year a quarter-million school children are introduced to skiing & snowboarding in the Midwest. This year my crew is officially part of that statistic. Let’s face it. Winter is long in Minnesota. You could stay bundled up inside for months, but it’s best to get out there and enjoy it! With spring break on the horizon a visit to one of these local destinations would make for lots of family fun. 

We stayed at the AmericInn in Proctor during our visit. It is literally a few minutes away from Spirit Mountain and has a wonderful breakfast, super friendly staff, a pool/sauna/hot tub and even large jacuzzi tubs in the room if you need a little TLC after hitting the slopes all day. 

Learn more about all the winter fun at a ski resort near you by visiting the Midwest Ski Areas Association. And learn more specifically about Spirit Mountain by connecting with them online and via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

One lucky Mama Report reader will win a day of winter fun at Spirit Mountain including lift tickets, rental equipment and snow tubing for four!

Prize pack courtesy of the Midwest Ski Areas Association. 

*Please note transportation to the resort and accommodations are not provided. 

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  1. Sandy Klocinski says

    I would like to visit Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

  2. Jason Vaughn says

    I want to visit Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort

  3. Christine Gatzke says

    I love Spirit Mountain!!

  4. I’d also like to go to Coffee Mill Ski are in Minnesota

  5. Greg Johnson says

    I wanna go to Lutsen!

  6. Kim Naumann says

    Powder ridge I’ve driven by here so many times!

  7. Hickory Hills is a place I would like to check out.

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