Wild Mountain First To Open In Midwest; Trollhagen, Ski Brule, Lutsen Next
Once again Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Wisconsin border, is the first to open for skiing and snowboarding in the Midwest. A major winter storm is sweeping across the region, leaving 3-20 inches in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
“It’s our latest opening since 2001,” lamented Wild’s Amy Frischmon. “In 2012 we opened October 7, the first ski area to open in the nation. It just feels good to finally be open this year.”
They were able to open Saturday (Nov. 20) with Front Stage Terrain Park with a variety of rails and boxes, Expressway, an intermediate run, and the beginner hill Dandy. One chairlift and two rope tows are being used. The lift ticket today is $20 and to be determined this weekend depending on the runs open.
Wild plans on being open daily through Wednesday, closed Thanksgiving Day, reopen for Friday through the weekend, and begin regular season hours Monday, Nov. 30.
Trollhaugen plans on opening Saturday and Sunday with a chairlift and a rope tow operating, a park set-up and number of runs to be determined.
Lutsen Mountains plans to open Friday, Nov. 27. All other Midwest resorts are on a wait and see mode; ready to make snow as soon as the weather cooperates.
Photos: Top -- Wild Mountain firepower adds up to another "first to open" in Heartland (Wild Mountain); Below -- Trollhagen plans for an opening next weekend (Trollhagen)