Extreme cold in northeastern Minnesota closes Spirit Mountain ski area, Bayfront skating rink

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 29, 2013 - 8:30 PM

DULUTH, Minn. — Extremely cold weather forced the closure of Duluth's Spirit Mountain ski area on Sunday and prompted wind chill warnings and advisories throughout the state.

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alextheturkDec. 29, 1311:54 AM

Just finished salting my sidewalk and driveway. Then went for A WALK. Do not understand why Spirit Mountain would close. It is zero out.

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alextheturkDec. 29, 1311:54 AM

Just finished salting my sidewalk and driveway. Then went for A WALK. Do not understand why Spirit Mountain would close. It is zero out.

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heckyousayDec. 29, 13 1:13 PM

Alex, even though it's an almost-balmy -3 with calm winds at my house at the bottom of the hill and within sight of Spirit, Mtn, it's -8 with wind gusts up to 22 mph at top of the hill. This is resulting in a wind chill in the 30 below range, with that bitter wind coming directly into the faces of skiiers headed up the hill on the lifts. I guess they don't want any "flash-frozen" skiiers. I think I'll put on a warm jacket and join you for a nice walk - at the BOTTOM of the hill!

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morenews0013Dec. 29, 13 1:53 PM

It might have been a wrong call on their part, or maybe the wind off the lake is hitting the ski area in just the wrong way. At 1:30 PM, it's -3 to -12 here in NE Minnesota, a fairly common winter weekend temperature, with almost no wind and bright sun. This is generally one of the busiest days of the winter season for recreational sports areas and winter resorts, but things aren't nearly as busy as usual today anywhere. People may have been scared off by those maps floating around Facebook promising -58 degree windchill. It's actually not bad out.

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A440Dec. 29, 13 3:06 PM

They closed those areas to set up the interactive displays that demonstrate the +3 degree temperature increase we've experienced in the last 40 years due to "climate change".

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viczee26Dec. 29, 13 3:32 PM

Well, the wind probably made things miserable, so that is why they closed Spirit Mountain. I recall that the hockey rinks in my home town in northern Minnesota sometimes used to close due to real cold weather (probably -25 or so). Being as crazy as we were we still went out and played hockey, paying NO attention to the fact that the warming shack was closed.

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wileyrulesDec. 29, 13 4:13 PM

People don't seem to behave and dress the way we used to. Maybe that's why they closed. I remember some pretty cold nights on the outdoor skating rink., All bundled up.

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viczee26Dec. 29, 13 5:12 PM

Wiley you are so right about that... we merely dressed for the weather. I laugh when I go out and see these clowns with shorts on when it is below zero.. NO brains.

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