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United States : SPIRIT MOUNTAIN takes a hit.

With cold low temperatures helping early snow-making operations and Mother Nature topping off the synthetic stuff with a number of hefty dollops of her own, Spirit Mountain's ski season seemed to be off to a good start this winter.

However, the Duluth ski hill has had a few monkey wrenches thrown into the works this season.

The motor of its biggest lift -- the high-speed Spirit Express II -- burned out on Christmas Eve, and the recent cold snap forced a three-day closure slated to end this Wednesday when the mercury would rebound.

In all, the ski hill has lost around six days of operation because of extremely frigid weather this winter.

Spirit Mountain's executive director, Renee Mattson, said those closures took place in the heart of a ski season that usually consists of 44 profit-making days.

She added : "We've taken a hit by losing six days, and you can't make that up."

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Date:Jan 8, 2014
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