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Minnesota’s Iconic Buck Hill Ski Area Sold To Long-Time GM, Investors

Buck HillA Twin Cities landmark, Buck Hill Ski Area, has been sold by Nancy Stone and her family. She and her husband Chuck opened the ski area in 1954.

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Big Sky, Whitefish Make Improvements; Terrain Parks, Summit House For Coming Season

Big SkyNew runs, new glades and new terrain parks are part of the improvements skiers and riders will see this coming season at Big Sky Resort, and kids 10 and younger ski and ride free and free membership in the Kids Club when staying with parents.

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Crystal Mountain $11 Million Dollar Expansion Underway

Crystal Mountain villageFor a Midwest resort that has been named one of the 50 Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort just continues to improve.

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SnoCountry's Best Halloween Activities At Heartland Ski Resorts

Galena Halloween ParadeFrom a stroll in the haunted forest to great pumpkin races, shred ‘til you’re dead jam and a Halloween party in a wilderness cabin, a handful of Heartland ski resorts have some haunting good fun planned this Halloween. Some of it even starts earlier. Get your ghoul on. 

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Just 400 Michigan White Gold Cards Now Available; Act Fast

Homestead Ski AreaHow would you like to ski Michigan’s top ski areas for just about $7 per visit this winter? All you have to do is purchase the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) White Gold Card, which is now on sale in very limited supply for $249. 

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October Is Ski Show Month In The Heartland; Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto

Windy City Ski ShowMidwest ski shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and north off the border in Canada are taking place this month, which means winter, skiing and snowboarding aren’t far away. People in this electronic age still love to come to the shows. They can often find some great ticket or vacation deals through the resorts. Get hyped for the coming season.

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Fire Destroys Mad River Mountain's Iconic Day Lodge In Ohio

Fire at Mad River Mountain destroys day lodgeFire destroyed the day lodge at Ohio’s Mad River MountainThursday night (Sept. 16), one of Peak Resort’s Midwest ski areas.

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Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton Epic Passes Offer Plenty Of Choices

Aston AlpsMinnesota’s Afton Alps and Michigan’s Mr. Brighton are both part of the Epic Pass, which offers unlimited access to all of Vail Resorts western ski areas as well as both Midwest resorts. It offers as much slope time for diehard Heartland skiers and riders as they want.

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SnoCountry's Best Fall Views From Midwest Chairlifts

Foliage at Boyne MountainAutumn sweeps across the upper Midwest like a blaze. Lakes and rivers shimmer in the Autumn sun add to the beauty. It’s time for a leaf-peeping trip.

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Boyne Season Passes Now On Sale; New National M.A.X. Pass Offered

Boyne HighlandsIt’s that time of year to be locking down your season pass for the coming winter. A Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands pass not only offers you the local resort, but the opportunity to purchase a M.A.X. Pass and ski or ride all across North America.

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Trip Report: Wisconsin’s Door County Is 'Cape Cod Of The Great Lakes'

Whitefish Dunes Door Country WisWisconsin’s Door County has long been on my radar. Anyplace that’s hailed as “The Cape Cod of the Midwest,” has got a lot to live up to. I wasn’t disappointed when I recently visited. Much of the Door Peninsula is rural with agriculture – farms, orchards, and wineries – and numerous little villages tucked into bays along the coastline.

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Mackinac Island Perfect For Getaways Before The Snow Flies

Grand Hotel Mackinac IslandMackinac Island has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nast Traveler calls it “One of the top island destinations in the world.”

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Michigan’s Cannonsburg, Illinois’ Chestnut Mountain Add Ziplines

Cannonsburg Ziplibne

Working towards the goal of making Cannonsburg Ski Area a year-round recreation area. the resort has opened a multi station zipline tour, and Chestnut Mountain opened a Soaring Eagle Zip Line adding to their summer activities.

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SnoCountry's Best Midwest National Parks, Monuments

Sleeping Dunes National ParkThe mountains and high alpine lakes of the West, and New England’s rolling mountains lush with green forests create some of the nation’s more memorable national parks. But don’t overlook the Heartland’s beautiful lakeshores, prairies, rivers and thick forests of the upper Midwest.

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Duluth City Council Tosses Spirit Mountain Financial Lifeline; Bad March Weather Blamed

Spirit Mountain coasterThe Duluth, Minn. City Council recently voted to extend an allocation of up to $300,000 to Spirit Mountain Ski Area and Adventure Park that will enable the financially troubled, city-owned recreation area to meet payroll and continue summer operations, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune.

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Michigan’s Treetops Out Of Chapter 11; Upgrades Coming

Treetops Fall GolfMichigan’s Treetops Resort, which filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 last November, has announced that the process is now complete and looking forward to the future, according to General Manager Barry Owens.

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The Homestead Resort, Sleeping Bear Dunes A Top Summer Attraction In Midwest

Sleeping Bear DunesSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the top summer attractions in the Heartland and around the Great Lakes. About 2 million visitors came to climb the dunes and enjoy this pristine environment last summer.

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Michigan’s Treetops To Host August Snowboard Camps

Treetops Summer Snowboard CampsMidwestern shredders should check out the summer Treetops snowboard camps next month in northern Michigan.

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SnoCountry's Best Midwest Ziplining

Boyne Highlands Twin ZiplinesZipline tours are popular pursuits at ski resorts along the east coast and out west. They are just starting to catch on in the Heartland. Ski resorts in Michigan and Wisconsin are now offering multiple station zipline tours.

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Trip Report: Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley -- History, Culture, Outdoor Fun

Fox River LocksThe Fox Cities are the cities, towns and villages along the Fox River Valley, which flows from Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest inland lake, down to Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. It offers historic charm, natural beauty and lots of outdoor activities.

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