Autumn 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.
It’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.
Wisconsin’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.
Mackinac 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.”
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Michigan’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.
Sleeping 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.
Midwestern shredders should check out the summer Treetops snowboard camps next month in northern Michigan.
The 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.
Known for its great downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling during winter, Michigan's Traverse City is also one of the country’s top summer destinations. National Geographic lists it as one of the Top 10 Summer Trips; Family Fun writes it’s one of “America’s top 10 tourist towns;” and Women’s Day calls it the “Top Small Beach Town in the USA.
Summertime and the living is easy especially if you have a western trip lined up to visit Big Sky Resort and nearby Yellowstone National Park, which make a great combo.
John C. Bintz, a member of the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame and founder of Apple Mountain, has died at the age of 84.From its beginnings in 1964 to 1984, the time he decided to retire and sell Apple Mountain, 800,000 students had participated in its “learn to ski” program.
Jim Kecher has been named as the new Senior Director of Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JMHR) in Wyoming. Kercher returns to Jackson Hole with more than 30 years of ski industry experience, most recently as the Director of Resort Services at Beaver Creek.
The Midwest is known as America’s Summer Golf Capitol for good reason. The upper Midwest offers plenty of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and little humidity, perfect for golf, and many of the ski and golf resorts are ranked among the top destinations in the country. Here are some of the best.
Skier visits at the 21 member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), a trade association, totaled 7.1 million in 2014/15, off by a little more than one-half of one percent compared to last year’s total. The numbers were reported at the groups annual meeting this week.
Gathering at Jay Peak Resort for the Vermont Ski Areas Association’s 46th Annual Meeting, some 300 members of the Vermont ski industry celebrated a record breaking 2014-15 season with 4,670,903 skier and rider visits.