Spirit Mountain: Vital Stats

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Phone 800-642-6377; www.spiritmt.com

Ticket Prices $17-$38 for adults, depending on number of hours; $10-$28 for juniors (12 and under); free for 6 and under with paying adult; $10-$28 for seniors (65 and older).

Skiable Terrain 175 acres

Number Of Chairlifts 5

Base Elevation 620 feet

Summit Elevation 1,320 feet

Annual Snowfall 120 inches

When To Go January and February are the best bets for consistent snow.

Length Of Season Mid-November to late March

Getting There Take the Boundary Ave. exit off I-35.

Lodging There are thousands of beds within minutes of Spirit, ranging from chain motels such as the nearby Country Inn and Suites (218-628-0668) to upscale hotels like the Waterfront Inn on Lake Superior (218-726-1111). Call 800-438-5884, or visit www.visitduluth.com.

Eats Duluth landmarks include Fitger's Brewhouse (218-726-1392) and Grandma's Saloon & Grill (218-727-4192) for burgers and beer, and Bellisio's (218-727-4921) for fine Italian food and an extensive wine list.

Drinks The Moosehead Saloon at Spirit features live music on weekends (Bob Dylan, who grew up in nearby Hibbing, played here); Grandma's Sports Garden Bar & Grill (218-722-4724) is the place to dance Wednesday-Saturday.

Après-Ski Adults can try their luck at the Fond-Du-Luth Casino (218-722-0280) in downtown Duluth, while families will enjoy the world-class Great Lakes Aquarium (218-740-3474) or Bananaz (218-720-5868), a family-entertainment complex.

Java Joints Visit Beaners (218-624-5957) in West Duluth for a variety of baked goods, live music and artwork by featured local artists.

Locals' Tip The Duluth National Snocross snowmobile races, held each Thanksgiving weekend on Spirit's slopes, attract 35,000 spectators and 1,000 racers from around the world.