2018 Frosted Fatty

Frosted Fatty downhill fat bike race at Spirit Mountain sponsored by Frost River

The 2018 Frosted Fatty at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN is coming up! Fat tire bikes take over the ski hill for the third year in a row for a full weekend of gravity fueled fun. January 20th starts a day of racing. The XC bike race starts at 9am and along the cross country ski trails. Competitors get to choose a short, 9 mile course, or a long 17 mile course with 2000′ of elevation gain. 

The riders will move to the ski slopes in the afternoon for a timed downhill on the ski runs of the mountain. 

Frosted Fatty XC fat bike race at Spirit Mountain sponsored by Frost River
Frosted Fatty XC fat bike race at Spirit Mountain sponsored by Frost River

The evening brings in skiers and boarders to race the fat tire bikes side by side dual slalom course for a winner takes all finale with a $500 cash prize.

There will be prizes awarded throughout the day. All ages are welcome, please pre-register with Spirit Mountain before the event if you want to race. There’s plenty of room for spectators at the start and finish lines and some space along the course as well.

There’s nothing like this around! Come on out to witness the speed, spills, and chills of downhill fat bike racing in Minnesota.

Registration details and the fine print:

Cross Country Race – 9am race start

Registration & Check In opens @ 7:30am at the start/finish area

◦ The Long course will cover 17 miles with 2000′ of elevation gain

◦ Short Course will be 9 miles

◦ Start and Finish will be located in the overflow lot across from the main Spirit Mountain entrance

Timed downhill of the Frosted Fatty sponsored by Frost River at Spirit Mountain
Timed downhill of the Frosted Fatty sponsored by Frost River at Spirit Mountain

Down Hill Race –  1pm race start

Registration & Check In opens @ 10:00am in the Moosehead

◦ 2 stages will be raced that will challenge the experts but remain accessible for intermediate riders

◦ The trails used are conditions dependent, we will look to use Calculated Risk and Juggler Joe

Dual Slalom – 4pm Biker v. Skier v. Boarder start

                                1pm – Skier and Boarder brackets begin

Registration begins @ 10:00am in the Moosehead

◦ Head to Head Slalom Race – time to be determined but planning around 6pm under the lights! Winner takes all, $500 CASH!  We are pairing up skiers, snowboarders and bikers for a winner takes all event!  

◦ Skiers and snowboarders will begin racing at 1pm.

Dual slalom course of the Frosted Fatty pits fat bike riders against skiers and boarders to be crowned "King of the Mountain"!
Dual slalom course of the Frosted Fatty pits fat bike riders against skiers and boarders to be crowned “King of the Mountain”!

◦Bracketed format will narrow the field of skiers and snowboarders to compete in the all discipline head to head race at 4pm

◦ Winners of all disciplines will be named and will receive a prize

Silent Auction – 1pm – 7pm Fundraiser supporting the All Weather Trail

◦ Place your bid on many quality items and packages

◦ Wide variety from biking products to skiing and boarding products to weekend packages and more

◦ Silent Auction will be from 1p to 7pm

◦ All items must be picked up and paid for night of

Loose in the Moose After Party

◦ Live music and Good Times!  – Moosehead Saloon in Main Chalet.

Sunday – January 21, 2018

• Fat Bike Demos available beginning at 10am provided by Continental Ski & Bike

• Spirit Mountain Fat Bike Sunday – join us for our Down Hill, Lift Served Fat Biking.  Utilizing our mountain bike trails as well as a couple of our ski slopes as well.  Discounted ticket available for Sunday for all participants of $25

• Fat Bike Sunday is open to the public as normal

• Frost River shop tours – 10am – 6pm – Stop by and see firsthand the home of quality craftsmanship – 1910 W. Superior St Duluth, MN 55806

Pre-Registration Information:

Deadline January 18, 2018 – add $10 per race after pre-registration deadline

• Cross Country Race Only = $39

• Down Hill Race Only = $39

• Dual Slalom = $10 for any participant in any race

• All Races = $75


Small Business Saturday 2017

A view into the Frost River shop. See stuff being made at 1910 W. Superior Street in Duluth, MN.

Shop Small on November 25 and join us at Frost River for a Small Business Saturday open house. We’ll have the shelves full of our waxed canvas packs, bags, and accessories plus other goods for the camp, cabin, home, and travel. —Everything in the store is made in the USA— We take pride in making our reliable outdoor gear right here in Duluth, Minnesota and work hard to support other American makers by only carrying American made items.

There’ll be action all around the shop:

C’mon over to the Craft District, visit our neighbors, get the good stuff for folks on your list from:

Shopping online at FrostRiver.com counts as well (if you can’t make it over to the shop). Or use our “Find a Retailer” lookup to discover some Frost River in your neck of the woods. We’ll be here from 9 am to 8 pm, the coffee’ll be on all day. Join us to shop local.

We thank you for the support!

Frost River Trading Co.

1910 W. Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55806


2017 ALS Walleye Tournament

A fundraising event to fight ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Anglers collect donations then “Cast for a Cause” on Minnesota’s Island Lake. Cash and prizes are awarded to anglers (including one for 100th place) there’s food, fun, freebees from sponsors, and of course fishing! It’s always a fun weekend during the tournament, we’re happy to make bags for all the anglers this year. You can donate to the tournament here and get more details on the tournament here. Good Fishing to all!

Saturday June 3, 2017 on Island Lake near Duluth, MN

Clean Yer Creek

An annual neighborhood watershed clean-up and tree planting event that originally started by Loll Designs staff. We band together each spring with Epicurean, Bent Paddle, Republic Bank, Involta, the City of Duluth, and more to clean some creeks, plant some trees, and have some fun with friends.

There’s still time to join in! Sign up here before the clean-up on Saturday May, 20th, then meet us at the determined kick-off spots and do a little bit of good for our local waterways. Password for tickets is: lollygagger

Check out the photo albums from years past at Loll’s site.

Cheers! #PaddleitForward and keep yer eye out for a spot to Clean Yer (own) Creek


Northern Grade

Northern Grade in St. Paul, Minnesota. Frost River will be attending the event

Join us at Northern Grade on May 6th & 7th in St. Paul, Minnesota. We’ll be bringing plenty of waxed canvas packs, bags, and accessories to the City House, a renovated grain elevator on the bank of the Mississippi River, just off downtown St. Paul.  It’s a beautiful location and the event is full of great brands, all making good stuff in the USA. Our neighbors at Bent Paddle Brewing will be bringing beer, Red River Kitchen will have food. It’ll be a fun event at a great spot. Stop by and say hi!

Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo

The Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo at Midwest Mountaineering is nearly here! If you’ve never been there, you’re missing out: It’s like the best adventure circus imaginable. There’s even a big top tent! Great gear for all sorts of sports. There are outfitters, guides, information, inspiration, and a full schedule of seminars and speakers for all sorts of outdoor interests. We’ll be there with a full load of gear!


Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN


2:00 pm Friday to 5:00pm Sunday

Festiversary 2017

Bent Paddle is turning 4!  Join us in our back lot on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2 – 8 pm to help celebrate! It’s going to be a rockin’ jamboree of brews, music and more. We will be helping our neighbors to take over West Michigan Street behind Frost River Trading Co. and joining in the fun with games and more. Read on for the skinny, or check out Bent Paddle Brewing Co.’s Festiversary Page here for additional information.

Festiversary” (n.)party – 1. an outdoor brewery festival celebrating Bent Paddle Brewing Co.‘s anniversary & you – the Partners & Paddlers that have helped us make it this far!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 2 – 8 pm


  • Live Music & Entertainment
  • Flagship & Specialty Beer on Draft + Multiple Types of Nitro, Infusion & Cask Beers
  • Food Trucks + Treats
  • Family Activities Area presented by Frost River Trading Co. & The Duluth Art Institute
  • Community Partnership Booths
  • Festival Merch for Sale & On-Site T-Shirt Printing – Think “Festimals”…
  • General Revelry!


  • Tickets Available at the Gate + Pre-Sale Tickets Available from the Bent Paddle taproom starting April 19th
  • $15 Day-of admission gets you a 16oz Festiversary pint glass (while supplies last) & your first beer is free!
  • $5 Under 21 / $10 Designated Driver (no pint glass) / Kids 12 & under are free
  • Beer Tokens are $2 (1 for a 5oz sample, 2 for a can (& certain specialty pours), 3 for a full 16oz pint)
  • 21+ to Enjoy Beer / Valid ID Required
  • Children with Accompanying Adults Allowed
  • We Love Fido & Socks but No Pets Allowed at Festiversary
  • Cash Only Festival | ATMs available onsite and at nearby bank/gas stations
  • Rain or Shine (or Snow!) – Outdoor Event – Please Dress / Layer Accordingly


Bent Paddle Brewing Co. | 1912 West Michigan Street | Duluth, MN 55806

View full directions to the brewery on Bent Paddle Brewing Co.’s Contact page

  • Free nearby vehicle parking lots (including the TBI lot located on the corner of West Michigan & 20th Avenue West and the gravel lot located on the corner West Michigan & 18th Avenue West) and street parking available throughout Lincoln Park. Please plan ahead for a sober ride home – paddlers paddling responsibly
  • Complimentary bicycle parking provided by Continental Ski & Bike

Homegrown Music Festival

Get your dancin’ shoes, grab a trusty shoulder bag, throw on a flannel, and hit the town for some local music! The week-long Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is April 30 – May 7, 2017.  It’s the 19th annual event, and any night out that week is bound to be a good time. Nearly 200 acts perform across three dozen venues around Duluth and Superior. We’re happy to help sponsor hand-crafted local music… Rawk and/or Roll!

Stop by the shop before you head out, we’ll have free Duluth Coffee Co. coffee going all week, Cheers & Happy Homegrown!

Canoecopia 2017

The largest paddlesports expo in the world — Canoecopia is March 10-12, 2017 in Madison, WI and we’ll be there!

The colossal collection of canoes, kayaks, outdoor gear, speakers, seminars, and stuff on sale, along with some of most colorful characters in the paddlesports industry. We’ve been going for years and wouldn’t miss the chance to re-connect with customers both new and old, along with fellow exhibitors, and professionals in the industry. It’s the perfect antidote for late winter cabin fever!

The annual Canoecopia show is a sure sign of spring and a great spot to get all set up for spring and summer paddle trips. C’mon over and see us just to the right of the cash registers. We’ll have plenty of canoe packs and waxed canvas goods. We’d be happy to see you there!

Frosted Fatty 2017

The 2017 Frosted Fatty at Spirit Mtn

A mountain bike race… in the winter… in Minnesota… downhill, at a ski area… with LIFT SERVICE!

You aren’t gonna want to miss this.

  • It’ll be fun to watch, fat tire bikes racing downhill… there are so many things that could happen.
  • It’d be fun to compete in… there’s nothing else like this around – plus you get to ride the lift back uphill!
  • You could win… Cash and great prizes – more than $5000 to be given away (including some Frost River gear).
  • Proceeds go to build a new All Weather Trail at Spirit Mtn.
  • Visit Spirit Mtn’s site for more details and sign-ups

The Frosted Fatty Cross Country and Downhill Races are set for March 4th & 5th 2017 in Duluth at Spirit Mountain. This family friendly event is in its second year. New for 2017 includes head to head slalom races between fat bike riders, boarders, and skiers. Winners get a share of $5000 worth of cash and prizes.

Come on over to Duluth, bring the family, hit the slopes and visit us at Frost River. There’s gonna be a party the first week of March!

Popping over the finish line at the 2016 Frosted Fatty at Spirit Mountain.