Summer Camps Beginning at Spirit Mountain
DULUTH, Minn. – Several parents throughout the Northland are looking for ways to keep their kids busy while they’re off from school for the summer.
Spirit Mountain in Duluth is hosting several camps to encourage kids to stay moving and try new activities.
The following is a sample of the camp programs offered in July at Spirit Mountain, based on age, and skill level:
Adventure Camp: Ages 6 to 12
– Session One: July 10 through July 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– Session Two: July 17 through July 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– Cost: $175 per camper, per week
This week long camp will take adventurers on a fun-filled journey exploring the great outdoors at Spirit Mountain. The base of Spirit Mountain is intertwined with the forest and the field and leaves ample room for every camper to enjoy! Campers will enjoy the traditional camp games such as dodge ball and capture the flag and also take hikes along the Superior Hiking Trail and to Knowlton Creek. Adventure campers will have a chance to be kings and queens of the Adventure Park for a day each week. The Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Mini Golf, and Jumping Pillow will be part of the activities included during this camp.
Lil Rippers Mountain Bike Camp: Ages 6 to 9
– Session One: July 10 through 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
– Session Two: July 24 through 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
– Cost: $99 per camper, per week
A camp waiting for those children who are ready to rip! Campers must have advanced beyond training wheels and be comfortable riding on varying terrain. Campers will spend each day of this camp being introduced to the basics of mountain biking. Proper stance will be demonstrated and taught to these young riders to give them the proper foundation for a lifetime of biking. The flat ground progression area outside of the Grand Avenue Chalet, the Skills Park, and the Duluth Traverse will be the stomping ground for these Lil Rippers to grow!
Strider Bike Camp, Ages 2 to 5
– Session One: July 10 through 12, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
– Session Two: July 24 through 26, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
– Cost: $75 for camp or $150 for camp and Strider bike
Our youngest of riders have possibilities that were not available when we were children. The Strider Camp will introduce young children to the fundamentals of riding a bicycle. This balance bike teaching works on just that… a child’s balance! This camp has two options. Parents can either bring their own balance bike and register for the camp at $75 or pre-register for the camp at $75 with the option of purchasing a Strider bike and the camp for $150.
Intermediate Mountain Bike Camp, Ages 9 to 15
– Session One: July 17 through 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– Cost: $219
The Intermediate Mountain Biking Camp is for those riders who have been on the trail in the past and are ready to refine their skills. The fundamentals will be taught and reinforced to ensure each camper has the correct grasp on biking from the basics. This camp will utilize the Skills Park, the newly constructed section of the Duluth Traverse and the downhill trail system will be the primary learning areas. The intermediate camp will venture to more areas and look at correctly reading lines throughout the trails and have introduction to rocks and a greater variety of technical skills.
The Intermediate Mountain Bike Camp will have a weekly trip to the Adventure Park to enjoy the Alpine Coaster, Mini Golf, Zip Line, and Jumping Pillow and will also utilize the lift accessed trails on Friday of each week.
What to Bring: A Mountain Bike with hand brakes (coaster brakes are not allowed), a biking specific helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads, a backpack with a water reservoir or water bottle attached to the bike, and a lunch & snacks for each day.
Beginner Downhill Mountain Bike Single Day, Ages 9 to 15
– Session One: July 15, 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
– Cost: $59
This one-day camp is for the camper who is ready to move from the XC trail systems and begin to apply their skills to the DH trails. Each camper will be assessed on their ability and reinforced in the fundamentals before heading to the lift. The Skills Park will be the warm-up location before heading up the lift for a day of riding the trails. Campers will be guided down the trails while progressing their skills and building confidence through the day.
What to Bring: A Mountain Bike with hand brakes, a biking specific helmet (full-face helmet recommended), gloves, knee and elbow pads, a backpack with a water reservoir or water bottle attached to the bike, and a lunch & snacks for each day.
Intermediate Downhill Mountain Biking Two-Day Camp, Ages 9 to 15
– Session One: July 21 through July 22, on Friday, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– Cost: $150
Campers for this camp have already been introduced to downhill riding and are ready to step it up to the next level. This camp is highly focused on line reading, rock gardens and proper speed control through every berm, over rollers and into jumps. Warm up laps will be taken in the Skills Park and the downhill trails will be the primary learning area with Smorgasbord, the blue level trail, will be the goal to run top to bottom through the days.
What to Bring: A Mountain Bike with hand brakes, a biking specific helmet (full-face helmet recommended), gloves, knee and elbow pads, a backpack with a water reservoir or water bottle attached to the bike, and a lunch and snack for each day.
For more information and to make reservations, visit http://www.SpiritMt.com/mtb-camps or contact Jon Regenold, Action Sports Manager at (218) 624-8520.
Applications are processed on a first come, fist serve basis.
Space is limited, so register early to ensure availability.
A complete list of events and special programs can be found at www.spiritmt.com.