Detroit Mountain Forced to Push Back Opening Day
JT Thaden | Nov 20, 2020 AT 11:32 am
DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - Detroit Mountain will not open on Black Friday as originally planned.
Since 2014, Detroit Mountain has opened on what they call "White Friday", the day after Thanksgiving all but one year. "Our snowmaking efforts got off to a good start in late October, but I would estimate 60% plus of that production was lost with the early November warm up. In the last two weeks we have been making up some of the loss, but we are still working with less than ideal temperatures to produce the amount of snow required ot open 100% of our terrain," said Detroit Mountain General Manager, Jeff Staley in a letter, Friday.
Staley also indicated mitigating the spread of COVID-19 was an additional factor in the decision, "It simply would not be responsible as an operator and community member to funnel large numbers of guests into limited terrain with only one chairlift."
The Detroit Mountain website tentatively has Dec. 5 listed as an opening day. When the recreation area does open, tents will be erected to provide added space, ticket booths have been constructed to reduce the need to enter the building and access to rentals will be controlled through reservations and advanced ticketing.