Snowflake, to paraphrase Mark Twain, would like to assure our members and the Duluth nordic skiing community that “the report of our death has been greatly exaggerated”. We have been welcoming campers all summer. Now, we are preparing the trails for grooming and will be open during the coming ski season.
George Hovland, founder of Snowflake, sold the property to a developer in April. Written in the sale was George’s stipulation, as a gift to the Duluth nordic community, that Snowflake remains a ski area for five years.
The developer, The Pacific Companies, will be building the new Charter High School in the vicinity of the existing NorthStar School. Design and construction is underway, and at some point it will impact our trail system. However, the CEO of The Pacific Companies has expressed a desire to allow Snowflake to remain a ski area for the community to enjoy.
The non-profit corporation, Duluth Nordic Ski Club, Inc (DNSC) was restructured to operate Snowflake Nordic Ski Center. In short, Snowflake is now a non-profit corporation. The board members are Dave Kask, Bonnie Fuller-Kask, John Gould, and John Graham.
We are focusing on improving the lighting of the 5K trail, and refreshing the chalet. Snowflake will continue to provide a training-home for Duluth East High School, Duluth Biathlon Club, and KidSki. We will provide excellent groomed ski-trails for all to enjoy.
Look for membership information in a few weeks and THINK SNOW!