Minnesota Ski Resorts Approves Winter Downhill Mountain Biking:

Keenan Grady | CycleCycle
Fat biking, so hot right now.
Fat biking, so hot right now.

Minnesota ski resort, Spirit Mt. announced at the beginning of this year that they will allow downhill mountain bikers with fat bikes to access the lifts.  This will begin next Sunday (January 17, 2016) and run every Sunday from 10AM til 4PM.

Getting some hero-snow on the fatty
Getting some hero-snow on the fatty. Thanks to powderdayphotography.com for the photo

There will be certain rules of course such as following the biking responsibility code and the trail code:

  • Minimum tire width of 3.5in
  • Helmet required
  • Brakes on both wheels required
  • A seat/ seatpost inspection required prior to boarding the chairlift
  • All tickets, inspections, and parking are found at the Grand Avenue Chalet (8551 Grand Ave, Duluth MN.)
  • Terrain will open for bikers based on snow pack and conditions
  • Trails planned to be open are: Timber Cruiser and Juggalo Joe as well as the mt. bike trails such as Candy Land, Happy Camper and Lower Calculated Risk
fat bike party train!
fat bike party train!


  • 2016 mountain bike pass
  • Valid 15/ 16 winter season pass
  • Walk up tickets are $48
  • Pre-order tickets for only $39 from here.
    • Note: Rider spots are limited per day so definitely pre-order your ticket for ease of mind and ease of wallet.
Rode fat bikes on the snow in the Methow on assignment for Wired
Not everyone rides in a group to have fun

I love how the fat bike movement is still gaining momentum throughout the states.  Other ski resorts such as Grand Targhee offer a similar lift serve winter fat biking program.  It will be amazing to see how many other resorts jump on the band wagon as means of increasing revenues on hill through a completely untapped market and a demographic that is just itching to roll their rubber downhill any time of year.

Come fat bike at Spirit Mt. starting this Sunday! Fun for all ages.
Come fat bike at Spirit Mt. starting this Sunday! Fun for all ages.

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3 thoughts on “Minnesota Ski Resorts Approves Winter Downhill Mountain Biking:

  1. I see walk up price but not chair rides. What’s the scoop? Can you ride the chair up with your bike?

    1. All of the biking is chair served! The walk up price is how much you pay at the ticket office if you didn’t buy your bike pass online and in advanced or if you don’t have a season pass or a bike season pass from the prior summer! Good news is you can save your energy for the downhills at spirit mountain!

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