Ski areas across Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have been busy making improvements for the new season, which is off to fast start with the current cold snap settling across the Heartland.
Cascade has added the new Tube Town Chalet. The half-million dollar project includes a new building with food concessions, more indoor seating, heated brick patio with outdoor seating and fire pit. Snowmaking for the tubing area was greatly expanded. No more having to run back to the main lodge for a warm-up.
Sunburst expanded tubing and added a magic carpet lift. They also added more snowmaking, a new Summit Ski Shop and revamped the patio adding a new stone fire pit. New menu items have been added in the day lodge.
Timber Ridge Ski Area, along the Indiana border in southern Michigan, also expanded its tubing area.
In Ohio Mad River Mountain is planning on a November opening later this week, their earliest opening since the 1990s. Last year they were closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving opening for the season.
Elsewhere in the Buckeye State Snow Trails improved its Outer Parking Lot adding a solid surface, which should greatly improve conditions on mild days. Rustler Trail has been widened, and the dog leg on West Woods Trail has been straightened a bit to allow for better feature placement in the Woods Terrain Park. Snowmaking has been enhanced with additional new tower mounted guns.
Alpine Valley added a new base-to-summit quad and shorter triple serving the beginner slope. They also widened a couple of trails, relocated the tubing hill, regraded the beginner area, added two surface tows to service those areas, a new state of the art snowmaking system and additional tower-mounted snow guns.
Indiana’s Perfect North Slopes upgraded the tubing area, added a new unloading deck on the Red Chair and two new 400-Park Bully groomers to their fleet. The day lodge deck has been remodeled and expanded offering a lot more room, and they added over 2,000 new pairs of Rossignol skis/bindings to their rental program.
On the western edge of the Heartland in South Dakota’s Black Hills, Ski Mystic is opening a six-acre terrain park and a new child glade area for this season. Terry Peak upgraded its snowmaking system and has launched a new website.
Photo: Sunburst Progressive Tubing Park in Wisconsin (Sunburst Resort)