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Mont du Lac Recovers with Expansion

Posted at: 01/05/2013 6:40 PM
Updated at: 01/05/2013 6:45 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Mother Nature hit Mont du Lac ski hill hard with the floods last June. The Superior ski hill's General Manager, Mike Cameron, said the damage caused by 50 mudslides was almost too much to handle.

"We said we weren't going to give up. Mother nature dealt us this, she's got a lot of creativity, and so do we," said Cameron.

Loyal Mont du Lac skiers are happy to see its recovery. Steve Lauring of Roseville, MN has been part of Mont du Lac's ski patrol for more than 30 years.

"After skiing here for 35 years, we would really miss it," said Lauring. "We are just really pleased in the way it's come back and the investment they've made into the hill. It's really better than ever."

The floods caused an estimated $1.6 million in damage to the ski hill. That damage has forced Mont du Lac to expand. An area that was once full of trees, is now Mont du Lac's newest run called "Bowl." A huge mudslide wiped out the area, forcing management to buy six acres of land across the road in order to fill in the ski hill.

"It didn't just happen just at once, it happened over a couple of days," said Cameron.

Cameron said this season's numbers are up so far, and soon they'll be adding their new "Trophy Lodge" tucked high on the hill. It was supposed to be open this December, but after the floods money set aside for the new lodge had to be used to fix the ski hill. With a restaurant, bar, and a few rooms to rent, Cameron said they hope to open the new lodge in early Spring.