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Shredding at Spirit



For Cory Cavegn, a broken jaw, a cracked rib and bruised lungs doesn’t stop him from hitting Spirit Mountain slopes. He’s even gone down slopes with his jaw wired shut. For Cavegn, snowboarding is a way of life.

“I leave school at 2 p.m. some days and don’t come back until 10 or 11 at night,? said Cavegn.

In Cavegn’s opinion, Spirit Mountain’s runs are sufficient enough to have a fun time. There is always something new, whether it’s the new rail or the whole terrain park.

“There are always ways to challenge yourself by trying tricks or different runs,? said Cavegn.

For others like Cavegn, Spirit is one outdoor recreational location where students go after school and on the weekends.

“It’s fun to get away from school on Fridays and jump over to Spirit Mountain,? said UMD snowboarder Peter Youngbauer.

Not only UMD, Spirit Mountain gets boarders from St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS), Lake Superior College (LSC), other colleges around the Twin Ports area, as well as non-students and out-of-towners.

For snowboarders, their activity takes work in order to be good.

“It definitely takes practice. It took three or four times just to get down the hill on my board,? said UMD boarder Josh Duclos.

Their hard work however, pays off. According to the official Spirit Mountain Web site, boarders can enjoy over 15 runs. The boarding park includes jumps and rails that are designed for tricks and is not for beginners.

The passions these boarders have consume their lives and appreciation of wintry Minnesota.

“The best thing to do is to throw four boards in the back, jump in the car, and head out to hill with some friends,? said Cavegn. “It’s at the slopes where the fun times lead to stories and memories for students in the Duluth area.?

Cory Claeson is at claes019@d.umn.edu