Top Stories

Mike Terrell has not set their biography yet

Women's Clinics, NASTAR Regionals Set For Minnesota

NASTAR Welch VillageFemale skiers and snowboarders will soon take center stage at three Minnesota resorts. The clinics will get you on course for the rest of the season, and one clinic will host a wine and cheese afterwards.

Continue reading
  4225 Hits

Winter Carnivals Ready For Fun Across Midwest

Mad River cardboard raceMidwest ski areas are getting an early jump on the spring carnival season with family events, cardboard sled races, pond skims, family events and live music. It’s never too early to have some fun on the slopes.

Continue reading
  4747 Hits

SnoCountry's Best Midwest Resorts For Fat Tire Snow Biking

Crystal Mt. fat tire bikesFat tire snow biking, popular at western and eastern ski resorts, has been gaining traction in the Midwest recently. Several ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and northern Minnesota are now offering rentals and trails to ride. 

Continue reading
  7126 Hits

Midwest Ski Areas Hit Significant Milestones In 2016

Mt. HollyTerry Peak, South Dakota, opened in 1936, and celebrates 80 years this year. It opened the same year as Sun Valley in the west and Bromley Mountain in the east, both credited with kicking off the North American ski resort industry. Terry Peak, with a 1,100-foot vertical drop, largest in the Heartland, offers true mountain skiing. Located in the Black Hills, it tops out near 7,000 feet.  

Continue reading
  3725 Hits

Lower Midwest Ski Areas Scheduling Fun February Events And Clinics

Snow Trails Winter Carnival bikini raceThree lower Midwest ski areas have some fun events coming up later this month. Clinics, family festivals and the Heartland’s first winter carnival take place in February.

Continue reading
  6656 Hits

Michigan’s Mount Bohemia Offers First Midwest Cat Skiing On New Voodoo Mountain

Mount BohemiaIt may be something you thought you would never hear about in the Midwest, but Mount Bohemia, in Michigan's UP, has opened Voodoo Mountain for cat skiing. It's the first commercial cat skiing area east of the Rockies.

Continue reading
  7973 Hits

World Class Ski Jumping Comes To Michigan's UP Feb. 20-21

Mich ski jumpIt’s one of the more unusual ski weekends in the Midwest. Pine Mountain, Michigan’s UP, hosts an FIS sanctioned Continental Cup jumping event Feb. 20-21, which is often dubbed the “Midwest’s biggest winter tailgate party.”

Continue reading
  4118 Hits

Looking For That Special Valentine Day Ski Trip In Midwest?

Homestead coupleWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner and coming on a weekend, here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snow sports and romance. Enjoy.

Continue reading
  4196 Hits

SnoCountry's Best Winter Ziplining, Coaster Rides In Midwest

Alpine Coaster Spirit MountainSeveral Midwest ski resorts are adding a little zip to their attractions, literally. Zip Lines have become a big addition at ski resorts across the country, especially in the western mountains and New England.

Continue reading
  6622 Hits

Trip Report: Boyne Highlands Remains A Classic Midwestern Resort

Lisa Densmore clinicI’ve been skiing at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands in Michigan since the mid-1970s and watched them grow over the plast 40 years. Both have added more terrain, trails and terrain parks and lots of non-ski related activities.

Continue reading
  3946 Hits

Vail Resorts Acquires Wisconsin’s Wilmot Mountain In Chicago/Milwaukee Market

Wilmot MountainVail Resorts has added Wilmot Mountain, along the Wisconsin border between Chicago and Milwaukee, to its stable of recent Midwest urban ski area acquisitions; Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton, near Detroit.

Continue reading
  7188 Hits

Big Sky’s Big Grass Concert Feb. 4-7; Easy Gateway To Yellowstone

Big Grass at Big SkyThe Big Sky eighth annual Big Grass Concert, Feb 4-7, includes some of the top blue grass acts in the country; The Sam Bush Band, David Grishman Bluegrass Experience, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Travelin’ McCoury's, Keller Williams, Drew Emmitt Band, Billy Strings and Don Julian, Two Bit Franks, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, The Good Time Travelers, and more. A weekend concert pass is $185, which gets you into all shows.  Single show tickets are $35 each early bird and $50 at the door. Plan ahead.

Continue reading
  3834 Hits

Trip Report: Gaylord, Treetops Combine For Winter Getaway In Michigan

Treetops XCCheck out Gaylord, Mich. if you like cross country skiing laced with nice amenities, good downhill choices, and an appealing village dressed for winter.

Continue reading
  6670 Hits

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, Nearby Skiing, Make For Unusual Getaway

Muskegon luge trackEver wanted to try a luge run, which always looks pretty exciting in the Olympics?

Continue reading
  7804 Hits

Three Southern Belles Help Keep Dixie Residents On Midwest Slopes

Paola PeaksLower Midwest ski areas in Indiana and Missouri attract Dixie State snowsports enthusiasts from Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

 

Continue reading
  5014 Hits

Stein Eriksen Left His Mark On Michigan Skiing, Too

Stein Eriksen at Boyne Mt.Stein Eriksen, beyond his international persona and all his accomplishments, also had an impact on Midwest skiing even though he was here just three years.

 

Continue reading
  6311 Hits

Ohio's Clear Fork Ski Area To Re-Open With New Name, Purpose

Clear Fork Adventure ResortOhio’s ill-fated Clear Fork Ski Resort, which first opened in 1962, has had a run of bad luck in recent years.

Continue reading
  11262 Hits

Fill 'Er Up: Get Gas And Free Lift Ticket In Midwest

Skiing in MichiganHow would you like to get a free lift ticket every time you fill your vehicles gas tank?

Continue reading
  4597 Hits

Lutsen Hosts College Week, Lake Effect Music Fest Jan. 3-10

Lutsen MountainsThe Heartland’s largest ski resort, Lutsen Mountains will host a week of music, parties and activities for college students Jan. 3-10. It’s College Week and a new Lake Effect Music Fest.

Continue reading
  4701 Hits

Holidays Loaded With Activities Across The Midwest

Ski with Santa at Shanty CreekIt may be a slow start to the Midwest ski season, but things are supposed to improve by the holidays and several Heartland resorts have plans to celebrate the season. Let’s all ask Santa to bring the snow.

Continue reading
  5595 Hits