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Best Midwest Ski Resorts For Fat Tire Snow Biking

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Fat tire bikers at Crystal Mountain have over 11 miles of groomed trails. (Crystal Mountain)

Fat tire biking, popular at western and eastern ski resorts, has been gaining traction in the Midwest. Ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and northern Minnesota are now offering rentals and trails to ride. Check it out. 

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Combine Olympic Luge Run And Skiing For Weekend Getaway

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Participants can reach speeds of 30 mph on the luge run. (Muskegon Winter Sports Complex)

With the Olympics taking place next month ever thought about trying a luge run? It always looks pretty exciting during the competition.

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Insider’s Guide To Spirit Mountain

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Fat tire bikers work down some rocky terrain. (Spirit Mountain/Facebook)

Spirit Mountain overlooking Duluth and the city’s Lake Superior harbor offers big time skiing and riding for the Midwest with it 700-foot vertical drop.

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Time To Discover Michigan Skiing This January

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Apply to become the official learn to ski family at Pine Knob. (Pine Knob)

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month all across the nation. Throughout the Midwest many ski areas are offering discounted lesson programs, but Michigan, in my opinion, offers the best programs for the cost and simplicity.

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Several Heartland Female Ski Clinics Taking Place

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Ski Girl's Rock on Afton Alps' slopes. (Afton Alps/Facebook)

Over the next few weeks seven Midwest ski areas are hosting women’s ski and snowboard clinics. Two ski areas are located in Indiana, and one each in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The Midwest

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Join Santa for a run down the slopes. (Shanty Creek)

It's been a good start to the Midwest ski season, and a major snowstorm is forecast for Christmas. Several Heartland resorts have plans to celebrate the season. Santa is bringing the snow get out and celebrate.

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Insider’s Guide To Mount Bohemia Powder

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Powder, cliffs and views. (Mount Bohemia/Facebook)

Michigan's Mount Bohemia is a powder pig’s paradise. It is not your typical Midwest ski area. There’s 900 vertical feet of black diamond I, II, and III-rated glade runs, no snow making, no grooming and nothing that a typical Heartland beginner or intermediate skier or snowboarder wants to tackle. It has made it to the final four of Powder Magazine’s annual reader’s poll for best powder in North America. It’s as close to Jackson Hole as you’ll find around the Great Lakes, and they receive up to 300-inches of light lake-effect snow per season.

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Midwest Snowsports Associations Offer Affordable Slope Access

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Devil's Head slopes overlook Wisconsin River valley. (Devil's Head)

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is offering a White Gold Card that allows you to ski or snowboard a full day at 34 Michigan ski areas, and Skiing Wisconsin is offering a coupon book allowing you a day at 16 participating Badger State ski areas. It keeps your lift ticket cost for the day to around $8.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Turns 70, Women’s Ski Day Coming Up

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Powder and views stretch as far as the eye can see. (Whitefish Mountain Resort/Facebook) 

Dec. 14, 1947, was the first opening date for Whitefish Mountain Resort. They will be celebrating Big Mountain’s 70th anniversary all season long, and hopefully a repeat of last season’s record breaking 400+ inches of snow.

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Future Of Missouri Hidden Valley Ski Area Questionable

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Grabbing some air at Hidden Valley. (Hidden Valley/Facebook)

Missouri’s Hidden Valley Ski Area is once again in a dispute with the city of Wildwood in which it operates and once again is threatening to close the ski area after this season.

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Big Sky Improves Slope Access

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Heading up to Lone Peak on the tram.

America’s biggest skiing resort, Big Sky with 5800 acres and 300 runs tumbling off four mountain peaks, made several improvements this past summer that improved slope access. They open for the season on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

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Many Ski Resorts Across Upper Midwest Opening

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Boyne Highlands freshly groomed. (Boyne)

Winter has arrived across the upper Midwest and is even allowing some ski areas in the lower Heartland to fire up and test the snowguns. It’s some of the earliest openings in 20 years.

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Insider’s Guide to Big Snow Resorts

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Big air at Blackjack. (Blackjack)

Big Snow Resort is actually two longtime Michigan resorts, Indianhead and Blackjack, that sit almost side-by-side in the ancient Penokee Mountain Range crossing western Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin.

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Michigan Fourth and Fifth Graders Ski And Snowboard Free

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Crystal Mountain kids in lesson. (Crystal Mountain)

Many state and industry programs are offered throughout the west and east allowing elementary age kids the chance to give skiing and snowboarding a try throughout the winter. The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) offers one of the best in my opinion. It’s the only statewide program I could find being offered in the Midwest.

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First Midwest Ski Area To Open For 2017/18 Season

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An October start to the Midwest ski season. (Wild Mountain/Facebook)

It’s a Midwest ski season. Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, located in a river valley east of the Twin Cities, plans to open Sunday, Oct. 29, for the season, according Wild’s president Amy Frischmon.

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Two Midwest Ski Jumping Sites Moving Ahead

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A jumper soars off the Pine Mountain Ski Jump. (Pine Mountain Ski Jump/Facebook)

Ski jumping was huge around the turn of the last century across the upper Midwest. Thousands of spectators would gather at jumping competitions across Michigan’s UP and around Red Wing, Minnesota. The sport dwindled and only one site remains still holding annual jumping competitions. Two new sites, one located in the western UP and another near Red Wing, are coming onboard and hopes to be hosting competitions by 2018.

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Nation’s Oldest Private Ski Club Goes Public

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Looking across the slopes at lodge and village on top of ski hill. (Otsego/Facebook)

Michigan’s Otsego Ski Club, near Gaylord, is going fully public this season and giving up its position as the nation’s oldest continuing operating private ski club. It opened in 1939.

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North Dakota’s Frost Fire Offering Limited Snowsports This Winter

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Looking at the Pembina Gorge from top of Frost Fire. (Frost Fire/Facebook)

Skiers from Winnipeg to Grand Forks are going to have to look a little further to find a ski hill this winter. Frost Fire in northern North Dakota positioned 100 miles from both cities, will not be running their nine ski slopes this coming winter.

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Insider’s Guide To Whitecap Mountains Resort

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The Whitecap Mountains Lodge at base of ski area. (Whitecap Mountains/Facebook)

Whitecap Mountains is tucked next to Weber Lake in northern Wisconsin’s rugged Ponokee Mountain range. It’s Swiss village motif, complete with clock tower, provides an Old World atmosphere. The resorts ski runs spread across three peaks offers tree-lined trails that appeal to all levels and some of the most western-like terrain found around the Great Lakes. It’s also the only Midwestern winter resort with a mile-long chairlift that spans two mountains.

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Three Wisconsin Ski Areas Potentially Changing Ownership

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Wisconsin's Little Switzerland. (Little Switzerland/Facebook)

There are some changes coming in ownership shifts of three Wisconsin ski areas. One is set and the other two are possibilities.

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