Spirit Mountain Ski Resort

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Duluth, MN.

Spirit Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Spirit Mountain Lodging:

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Spirit Mountain has a total of 22 ski trails, which are serviced by 8 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Spirit Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 175 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 71 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
175(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,320 feet, or 402 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 620 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 700 feet (213 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Spirit Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,320'(402 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
700'(213 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
620'(189 m)

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
35out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Spirit Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Spirit Mountain has 175 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Spirit Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 32% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 68%.
32%(56 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
41%(72 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
27%(47 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Spirit Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Spirit Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Location

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN 55810 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.71000, -92.23000

Getting to Spirit Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Spirit Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.71000, -92.23000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Duluth, MN to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Spirit Mountain Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN135 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Spirit Mountain.

Duluth International AirportDLHDuluth, MN9 mi
Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN55 mi
Brainerd Lakes Regional AirportBRDBrainerd, MN93 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Spirit Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Spirit Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mont du LacSuperior, WI917 ft33%6 mi
Giants RidgeAurora, MN1,972 ft31%61 mi
Mount AshwabayBayfield, WI1,286 ft28%63 mi
Wild MountainTaylors Falls, MN1,113 ft34%88 mi
Mt. Zion Ski HillIronwood, MI1,400 ft32%100 mi

Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,320 ft
Base Elevation620 ft
Vertical Drop700 ft
(32% Beginner,  41% Intermediate,  27% Expert)
Skiable Acres175
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Spirit Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats