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First Midwest Ski Area To Open For 2017/18 Season


An October start to the Midwest ski season. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

It’s a Midwest ski season. Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, located in a river valley east of the Twin Cities, plans to open Sunday, Oct. 29, for the season, according Wild’s president Amy Frischmon.

The ski area has had the distinction of being the first area in the Midwest to open for several years running, and was even the first ski area in the nation to open on two occasions; October 7, 2012 and October 18, 1992.

“We plan to open tomorrow as soon as we can. Some snow was made last night, but tonight’s temperatures appear to be more favorable. We’ll be blowing snow as long as possible, then groom, set up a terrain park,” Frischmon enthused.

Wild Mountain is making snow as often as temperatures permit. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

Plans call for the Front Stage terrain park to be open with rails, boxes and a rope tow. Wild plans to remain open until 5 p.m.

“It’s exciting to be able to open in October again. The last two seasons we weren’t able to open until November, and the 28 years prior to that we always opened in October,” she added.

Wild, normally fully open by Thanksgiving Weekend, will be hosting a Thanksjibbing Jam along with the ski area’s annual Thanksgiving Race Camp over the holidays.

Wild Mountain from the top when fully open. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

When fully open Wild offers 26 trails, including the double-black Wall and an easy trail from top of the Mountain, four terrain parks, and eight lifts including four quads.

“A woman sent me a text a couple of years ago telling me her son slept with his snowboard the night before we opened,” laughed Frischmon.  “People in the area really do get excited for opening day. It’s a fun time of the year.”

She advised calling ahead to check on conditions this time of year.


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