Snow is no problem for local ski lodge

Skiers and snowboarders prepare to hit the slopes at Detroit Mountain.
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DETROIT MOUNTAIN, Minn. — When mother nature dumped all that snow last weekend, some people were not thrilled.

But for the people out at Detroit Mountain, it was the best thing ever.

"I was looking forward for skiing all summer so just happy to get to be able to come out early," said skier, Jacob Lotzer.

Thanks to the snow, the lodge was able to open earlier than they have in the past 5 years, making these mountain lovers pretty excited.

"Just fresh powder which is great it was groomed but it wasn't like too groomed and iced over where it wasn't fun to rip around on it and pushing through the snow is just the best," said snowboarder, Danny Duncan.


Not only is it benefiting these snow enthusiasts, but also the staff.

The recent snowfall has saved them more than two weeks of work.

"It's a lot of man hours putting out our snow guns and watching it through the operation so I would say hundreds of hours of labor," said general manager, Jeff Staley.

Not only did it save man power, but it saved them thousands of dollars too.

"In labor, in electricity and machine use fuel costs pushing out the snow piles we make," Staley said.

Overall, it makes a great start to the season for folks like Ben Schmidt and his little snowboarder Piper who come every weekend.

"It just makes it funner for the season, it starts laying the good foundation early on and then as it piles up it just gets more and more and just makes it better for everybody out here," said Schmidt.

If you're not brave enough to hit the slopes, they also have tubing across from the main lodge.


Detroit Mountain is holding a clothing drive on Sunday, December 8th to benefit The Lakes Crisis and Resource Center.

Bring clothing to donate and get two full hours of tubing for $10.

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