Promising Minnesota Ski Season Stalled In Polar Vortex
DULUTH (AP) — Minnesota winter season delivered plenty of snow, but it also brought frigid temperatures that kept skiers and snowboarders from enjoying all the powder.
Outdoors officials initially thought 2014 was shaping up to be a record-setting year. Instead they say it's been disappointingly average.
Luci Botzek of the Minnesota Ski Areas Association says this year's cold was unusually long and severe. She says that became a burden on ski areas.
Duluth resorts including Lutsen Mountains and Spirit Mountain say revenues were down about 20 percent on bitter-cold days.
Resorts in the Midwest have the advantage of being easily accessible to school-aged kids. Botzek says while snow days at school usually mean plenty of business on the slopes, this season's snow days were uncomfortably cold.