Detroit Mountain hopes to reopen in winter 2014

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Organizers say a Detroit Lakes area ski hill should be back in business by winter 2014 — 10 years after it closed.

The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area has already broken ground on a new chalet, and the group is just $500,000 shy of its fundraising goal to pay for the $7.5 million project.

Lead fundraiser Mark Fritz tells The Forum (http://bit.ly/15getxs ) that the revamped Detroit Mountain will attract skiers from the entire region, not just locals, because the nearest ski hills are otherwise at least 80 miles away from the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.

Plans call for two new chair lifts, a tubing hill and a terrain park filled with jumps and rails for more adventurous skiers and snowboarders. There will also be cross-country skiing and mountain biking trails.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

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