Wild Mountain First To Open In Midwest
Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, located in a river valley east of the Twin Cities, opened for the winter season today, Tuesday, October 29.
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. They opened in October last season as well.
Plans call for the Front Stage, a terrain park and two rope tows today. Wild will be open from 3-8 p.m. today through Thursday, and the lift ticket is $26. Friday they will be adding Expressway and a chairlift and open 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rates to be determined.
“It’s exciting to be able to open in October again. This is the third October in a row being able to open. We had a few years prior to that where we didn’t get open until early November, but the 28 years prior to that we always opened in October. It’s good to be back on schedule,” laughed Amy Frischmon, Wild’s vice president.
“People in the area really do get excited for opening day. It’s a fun time of the year and one they look forward to. People will start texting me as soon as they hear it’s a possibility to see if it’s really going to happen” she, added.
She advised calling ahead to check on conditions this time of year. 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. They will be hosting the ski area’s annual Thanksgiving Race Camp over the holidays.