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Executive director, general manager resign at struggling Spirit Mountain

The ski hill recently required a bailout from Duluth.

The executive director and general manager of Duluth's Spirit Mountain have both resigned.

It was announced this week that executive director Brandy Ream and her husband Jody, who is the general manager of the ski hill, will step down at the end of August.

It comes ahead of the first meeting of a task force created by the City of Duluth to examine Spirit Mountain's future, which will give its first report to Duluth City Council in February.

The ski hill has been closed since the pandemic escalated in March, but its beleaguered finances have been the subject of debate well before then, with the council approving a $235,000 bailout in December to keep it afloat.

That followed an unusually large amount of snow fell at Thanksgiving Weekend, prompting the shut down of the hill and the cancelation of a national snocross event.

The pandemic cut short the end of the ski season, but Spirit Mountain is planning to reopen this coming November.

Ann Glumac has been approved by the Spirit Mountain Board of Directors to serve as interim executive director. 

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In a news release, Spirit Mountain Board Chair Aaron Stolp said: "On behalf of the board, we would like to thank the Reams for their six years of service. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

"We are eager to move forward with Ann’s leadership, in addition to the newly appointed task force, and the city to find ways that Spirit Mountain can achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability.

"We have a lot to be proud of as an organization, and we are excited about the opportunities to come from the next few months."

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