Looking For An Airbag Around The Midwest? Here's Where To Find Them
Good news for budding Midwest Olympians looking to perfect aerial landings in snowboarding and skiing events. There are at least six ski areas scattered around the Great Lakes that now offer airbag jumps on a regular basis.
During the last Olympics in 2010 you could find only one airbag at a Midwestern resort, Otsego Club, which has since reverted back to a private ski club. Now Buck Hill and Wild Mountain in Minnesota, Ski Brule and Treetops in Michigan, Tyrol Basin in Wisconsin and Ski Snowstar in Illinois, have airbags available throughout the winter, according to the Midwest Ski Areas Association.
Buck Hill has open dates coming up this weekend, Feb. 15-17, for its airbag jump. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and the cost is two jumps $5, 10 jumps $20, and 20 jumps $35. Must be at least 12 years old, wear a helmet and have a signed waiver. A lift ticket is also required.
Wild Mountain’s airbag jump is open every Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. The cost is three jumps $10, 10 jumps $25, and 25 jumps for $45.
Ski Brule’s Acrobag jump is available every Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are available at guest services, which are $5 per jump or $25 for a session. A lift ticket, parental signature and helmet are required. You can also use a tube to go off Brule’s jump.
Treetops has the Big Air Bag, which is available Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for two hours, and a tutorial on how to gain speed and hit the airbag is given to each new participant. A lift ticket, release form and helmet are required.
Tyrol Basin’s airbag is available Tuesday, 3-8 p.m., Friday, 4-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The cost is $5 for one jump. Unlimited jumps are $25 on weekends and $12 on Tuesdays. A daily lift ticket and helmets are required, and minors must have parent’s signature.
Chris Gibson, who works at Treetops, told the Detroit Free Press, “It’s getting crazy the spins people are trying. They are doing triples and quads. Landing on snow combines a surge of adrenaline with a real fear of falling when you smack the snow wrong. But, with the airbag it’s all thrill and adrenaline, no fear. It’s a good time.”
Photo: Ski Brule Acrobag makes for mid-winter fun (Ski Brule)