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Three More Upper Midwest Ski Areas To Open

Granite-Peak-Mike-Terrell-picture Granite Peak offers one of the largest vertical drops in Midwest.

A trio of upper Midwest ski areas is planning to open the third weekend of the month joining Lutsen Mountains, which opens November 13, in getting the Heartland ski season underway.


Wild Mountain, Minnesota, and Ski Brule, Michigan's UP, are scheduled to open Friday, November 19. Wisconsin's Granite Peak is planning a Saturday opening, November 20.


Wild Mountain, which has opened in October some seasons, spent the summer sprucing up the ski area. A new bar and lounge adjacent to Eagle's Nest will offer a long row of seats along a counter and a sitting area with great slope views. A new 2000-square-foot deck, which will catch the afternoon sun, will be available on the west side of the day lodge. New flooring, lighting, and paint throughout the Bear's Den and Upper Commons.

A variety of season passes are currently on sale. They pledge to deliver a 100-day ski season, and if they are unable to operate for 100 days due to government mandate or weather anomalies, you receive a credit towards a 2022/23 season pass.

Ski Brule didn't open last year due to COVID restrictions and a poor snow year. They had decided not to try and supplement with snowmaking with the uncertainty. In 13 seasons prior to last winter's anomaly, they always opened in November and once in October. Snowmaking has already started this year. There are new decks on both the Pioneer and Homestead Lodges.

Brule is offering a $45 lift ticket special available online through November 17. The tickets are valid anytime during the 2021/22 season, with no blackout dates. You can buy as many as you want, with no restrictions. A regular adult daily lift ticket will be $65 this season.

Granite Peak has been busy replacing old snowmaking equipment with new models more efficient in making snow, especially early season. Snowmaking has already started. A new ski chalet will greet snowsports enthusiasts, and they've extended the current deck that will allow greater capacity. Among upgrades are new fire pits, tables, and chairs, new more effective heating elements, and a brand new stage for entertainment.

The earlier you buy your lift tickets, the more you save. All weekend and holiday tickets must be purchased in advance for the 2021/2022 season.

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