Ski area opening bragging rights go to the Midwest for the 2012/13 season. Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, opened today (10/7/12).
Wild opened Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with two runs, Front Stage and Dandy, with a couple of rope tows. They plan to put out a few rails and boxes as soon as possible. Ticket prices right now for all ages, open to close, are $18.
Plans call for Wild to remain open daily as long as they can.
“It actually looks pretty good for us to be able to make snow a couple of more nights this week,” Wild's VP Amy Frischmon told SnoCountry.com Sunday. “It’s exciting to be open after the end of last season came so quick. We have about 25 people out so far to day, and it isn’t even noon yet. Word is just getting out.”
It’s the earliest opening ever in the Heartland and for Wild Mountain, but it’s not the first time they have been the first ski area to open in the Midwest.
“We were also the first to open in 1992 on Oct. 18, but we’ve never opened this early before,” added Frischmon.
Wild has had the distinction of being the first area in the Midwest to open for several years running. They opened last season on Oct. 29.
Ironically, the popular summer-side of the business is still open on the first day of the ski season. You can ski or snowboard and then go ride alpine slides and go-karts. That’s a Wild day, pun intended. An added bonus, the leaves are at peak color in the St. Croix Valley. How often can you ski or ride and do some “leaf peeping” at the same time?
Photo: Local racers Ellie and Sydney get first tracks as Wild Mountain opens Oct. 7 (courtesy Wild Mt.)