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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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SO-GNAR Snowboard Camps Shred Across Midwest This Month

SO-GNAR snowboard campsThe tenth annual So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour hits six Midwest ski areas over the next few weeks. It’s an opportunity for Midwest shredders to up their game and improve those skills.

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SnoCountry's Best Mountain Top Dining Atop The Midwest

Aonach Mor at Boyne HighlandsMountain top dining is popular at ski resorts in the west. But, there are a handful of resorts scattered around the Heartland that offer distinctive mountain top dining experiences as well.

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Ridge Mountain Academy Grooms Student Athletes For Mountain Sports Careers

Ridge Mountain AcademyJust graduated from high school, not ready for college and looking for a career in the mountain sports industry? Ridge Mountain Academy in Whitefish, Montana, may be just what you are looking for.

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Snowmaking, Terrain Parks, Lifts Improved At Minnesota Resorts

Lutsen MountainsMinnesota’s ski season is underway with several ski areas already open. The Gopher State has fared better in the weather pool than other Great Lakes state, especially those on the east side of Lake Michigan. Here’s a rundown on what’s new at ski resorts that have made improvements.

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