Ski And Ride Across The Heartland Easter Weekend
What a difference a year makes. Last season, most Heartland ski resorts were closed before the end of March. This year, several will be open Easter Weekend, and a few plan to remain open into April.
Granite Peak, Wisconsin’s largest ski area is holding Avalanche Days, its season ending celebration, March 25-April 7. It's two weeks of spring skiing and riding and free rental equipment for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult/child combo. There’s live music on the weekends and online lift and lodging specials.
Spend two nights at the Courtyard by Marriott and the lift and lodging package includes dinner for two and two local beers at Wausau’s most popular micro-brewery, Great Dane Pub and Brewery. A two night stay at the Courtyard includes lift tickets, an appetizer of choice and dinner for two with champagne at the popular Wisconsin Steak House. Six time Grammy winner Amy Grant will be appearing downtown at The Grand on April 4.
Giants Ridge is offering the Sun-n-Ski weekend package, March 22-24 and 29-31, starting from $141 per person, based on double occupancy. It includes lodging for two nights and lift tickets for two days. The Ridge will be closing for the season after the weekend.
Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland’s largest ski resort, has a whole host of events occurring late March through early April, and they guarantee at least 40 runs open through April 7.
Spring Carnival takes place Saturday, March 30, and Easter Festival, Sunday, March 31. On Saturday, there’s a Summit Chalet Deck Party, Family Fun Race, Costume Contest, fireworks over the mountain, and late night music at Papa Charlie’s starting at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, take an early morning gondola ride to the top of Moose Mountain for an Easter Service overlooking Lake Superior and, as a bonus, get first tracks down the mountain. An Easter egg hunt takes place on all four mountains starting at 9 a.m. The eggs are filled with prizes and cool stuff. Family Spring Break lift and lodging specials will be taking place through April 7. Three nights lift and lodging packages start from $149 per person, based on quad occupancy.
Sweetwater Shakedown Festival takes place April 4-6 featuring eight bands. The music and maple sap, which the festival is named for, will be flowing. Bands include Boys N the Barrels, Absynth Quintet, Sans Souci Quartet, Travelin’ McCourys, Bluegrass Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Roe Family Singers, and Keller Williams, A three-day pass in advance is $46. Friday and Saturday night tickets purchased at the door are $28 each night.
Indianhead Mountain, with over 200-inches of snow so far this season, will be hosting its Slush Cup March 22-23 and an Easter egg hunt March 29-30. Get out and enjoy the great conditions and save up to 40-percent off mountain top hotel rooms the last two weekends of the season.
Ski Brule is hosting its Brule Bash, March 23-24, and Happy Easter March 30-31. Lift tickets are half-off if you’re in full costume. Spring Break specials include $25 off per person, per night and $10 off lift tickets with a college ID. April 1 to season close take advantage of a daily $30 lift and lodging special.
The Brule Bash includes family events all weekend long including a petting zoo. The costume contest winner receives a 2013/14 Brule season pass. Wear your bunny ears or an Easter bonnet over Easter Weekend and get half-off on your lift ticket. Family fun events take place all weekend long, and Easter Brunch will be served in the Brule Lodge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Find the Golden Egg, hidden on the slopes, and win a 2013/14 season pass.
Boyne Country Spring Ski & Ride Promotion begins March 24 and runs through April 7. Nubs Nob lift tickets are included in your lodging package when staying at a participating Petoskey or Harbor Springs lodging establishment. The annual Nub’s Telebation returns April 7. It’s a fun day filled with demo’s, tele turns, swill and chili for your free-heel side. For the rest of us it’s also the last day of the season. Get out and enjoy some great late season conditions.
Nearby Boyne is offering a spring skiing nightly lift and lodging special starting from $98 per person, based on double occupancy, and a breakfast buffet is included. Children, 9-15, receive reduced rates, and those 8 and under ski/ride and eat breakfast free. Boyne Highlands will be closing after this weekend, last day March 24. Boyne Mountain will be staying open as long as Mother Nature allows, and she owes us a late season after last year. In 2008 the last day I skied at the Mountain was April 20.
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