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Why all the fuss? What is the big deal about a trail like this in Duluth, MN? The big deal is that people all over the country realize that if Duluth can do it, then maybe they can do it. I saw a few comments on the pic on Pinkbike and there was the inevitable laugh that Minnesota has the vert to do something like this. Little do most folks know that even with the highest vert, many highly contrived flow trails are not all that long, and not much longer than what we are producing. Certainly not many out there have the high concentration of features, foot for foot, mainly because it is so damn expensive (every berm in this post is different). There are 700 usable vertical feet at Spirit Mountain. When you run the top half of what is so far completed and really, really hit it hard your huffing and puffing and your only 1/4 of the full run. So could you have a really fun flow trail with 200 vert? Yeah and that is what gets people pumped. They can have a viable experience like this too and that is something to celebrate.
I chuckle to hear the MTB in Minnesota?? comments. While people who make those comments languish in the typical midwest stereotypes, people in communities in Minnesota like Minneapolis, Duluth, and Crosby, and in Michigan, Marquette MI, Copper Harbor and Houghton, as well as Cable, WI all are having world class trail experiences and then return home to affordable homes and high quality living and many most likely leave their keys in their cars at night and their doors unlocked....