Top Stories

Mike Terrell has not set their biography yet

Wild Mountain First To Open In Midwest

Wild-Mountain-getting-ready-to-open-Facebook

Are your skis and snowboards ready? Ski season is open in the Heartland. Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, located in a river valley east of the Twin Cities, opened for their winter season today.

Continue reading
  1670 Hits

Marquette Mountain Drops Daily Fee

Marquette-Mountain-overlook-city-and-Lake-Superior

Something unusual in the ski industry: instead of announcing the usual price hike, Michigan’s Marquette Mountain is rolling back its daily pass to $25 and season passes to $249 with student passes (7+) $99. At the end of February this year an old web page shows lift tickets weekday were $38 and $48 on weekends and a season pass was $429.

Continue reading
  2200 Hits

Top Five Family Resorts In Midwest

Boyne-Highlands-snowsporting-family-Boyne-photo

Family friendly terrain, ski and snowboard teaching programs, and a good variety of advanced and expert terrain. Here are my top five recommendations for ski resorts in the Midwest to keep a family of differing abilities happy.

Continue reading
  2793 Hits

Hidden Valley Zipline Approved

Attitash_Summer_18_Zip

Good news for St. Louis snowsports lovers. Missouri’s Hidden Valley Ski Area has settled its dispute with the city of Wildwood and will be allowed to build a zipline, which will open next spring. The resort had initially threatened to close the ski area if the zipline had not been approved.

Continue reading
  2298 Hits

Best Midwest Fall Scenic Chairlift Views

Boyne-Highlands-fall-chairlift-ride-Facebook

Autumn sweeps across the Midwest like a blaze this time of year. One of the best ways to enjoy breathtaking fall views is a slow chairlift ride to the top of the ski hill. Here’s some of the best around the upper Midwest.

Continue reading
  2408 Hits

Best Zip Lining At Midwest Ski Areas

Boyne-Mountain-zip-line-adventure-at-boyne-mountain

Zipline tours are popular pursuits at ski resorts throughout the nation. You don’t need a mountain to offer some excitement. Ski resorts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois offer you the rush of zipping through treetops, over gorges and some fantastic views along the ride of Great Lakes and great rivers. It's great summer fun.

Continue reading
  5608 Hits

Traverse City’s Legendary Hickory Hills Ski Area Getting Uplift

Hickory-Hills-facebook

The small city owned ski area Hickory Hills, located in the tall hills surrounding Traverser City, Michigan, is getting a major upgrade thanks to a Preserve Hickory $4.1 million project.

Continue reading
  4642 Hits

Boyne Mountain Versus Mount Bohemia Spring Challenge

Boyne Mountain Versus Mount Bohemia Spring Challenge

The Hemlock Open takes place April 28 on Boyne Mountain. (Boyne Mountain)

With plenty of snow on the slopes and in the glades Michigan’s Boyne Mountain, located in the Lower Peninsula, and Mount Bohemia, in the UP, have thrown down the gauntlet. Who will remain open longest this season for the Wolverine State title?

Continue reading
  3404 Hits

Upper Midwest Ski Season Still Going Strong

Nubs-Nob-spring-skier-Facebook

Nubs spring runs are silky smooth. (Nubs Nob/Facebook)

With snow in the forecast this week across the upper Midwest and plenty of snow still on the slopes the snowsports season is extending into April, and a couple may stay open into May.

Continue reading
  3480 Hits

Montana Resorts Set Season Visit Records; Some Open Mid-April

whitefish-Mountain-Resort-Facebook

Whitefish has received above average snowfall this season.

The ski season is winding down across Montana with the last day taking place at many this weekend, but a few are staying open later through Easter. At least one has extended their season with all the snow that has fallen this winter.

Continue reading
  4180 Hits

Boyne Resorts Acquiring Ownership Of Seven Resorts And Scenic Chairlift Ride

Loon-Mountain-Facebook

Boyne Resorts takes on ownership of Loon. (Loon/Facebook)

Boyne Resorts has announced an agreement with Ski Resort Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate, to acquire six mountain resorts and a scenic chairlift attraction currently leased by the resort company.

Continue reading
  4690 Hits

Big Sky Plans New Eight-Seat Lift, Base Renovations

Big-Sky-concept-of-8-person-lift-Facebook

A concept of the new eight-seat, high-speed Doppelmayr lift. (Big Sky)

Boyne announced they will install North America’s first eight-seat, high-speed lift at Big Sky Resort over the summer and it will be ready for next winter, and additional improvements will focus on the Mountain Village.

Continue reading
  4567 Hits

Insider’s Guide To Nub's Nob

Nubs-Nob-scenic-view-of-slopes-Nubs-photo

Overlooking Nub's Nob slopes. (Nub's Nob)

Nub's Nob, known throughout the Midwest for meticulous grooming and snow conditions, is actually a pair of 427-foot peaks that encompasses 53 trails and numerous glades scattered over 248 skiable acres. It’s an array of imposing steep, western-like slopes in front, narrow intermediate runs with a New England feel on the southwest side, and open bowls on the north side. Pintail Peak with its stunning overlook of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay is a separate outback experience. They routinely stay open through early April.

Continue reading
  5022 Hits

Many Midwest Mountain Resorts In Good Shape For March

Lutsen-Mountains-facebook-Lake-Superior-fills-the-top-half-of-your-picture

Spring skiing at Lutsen Mountains overlooking Lake Superior. (Facebook)

Although it's been an up and down weather pattern across the Heartland and Great Lakes, across the northern tier they are in good shape heading into March.

Continue reading
  3351 Hits

Some Old Midwest Standbys Turned 80 This Winter

Wilmot-Mountain-the-early-days

Wilmot Mountain in the early days. (Wilmot/Facebook) 

Three of the Heartland’s oldest ski areas, Granite Peak and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, and Caberfae Peaks in Michigan, turned 80 this winter, and all are thriving well. 

Continue reading
  4491 Hits

Midwest Female Skiers, Ready For That Spring Western Trip?

Boyne-Highlands-Lisa-densmore-Boyne-picture

Densmore taking a turn on Boyne Highlands' slopes. (Boyne)

Spring is quickly approaching and that means ski trips to the mountains for many Heartland gals. Are you ready to enjoy all that skiing and riding?

Continue reading
  2844 Hits

The Benefit Of Being A Senior Midwest Skier

Lou-Batori-April-2014-013_1200x800

Lou Batori, the oldest known skier, takes a run down Crystal Mountain slopes last year at 106 years old. (Crystal Mountain)

Getting older carries with it some pretty special benefits if you’re a skier or snowboarder. There are 15 resorts scattered across the Midwest that allows seniors to ski or ride free at a certain age.

Continue reading
  2893 Hits

Insider’s Guide To Boyne Mountain

Taking a ride through the glades

Taking a ride through the glades. (Boyne Mountain)

When you ski and ride at Boyne Mountain you can’t help but think about the history that’s attached to this storied resort. They opened in 1947 with the first ski chairlift in the Midwest and followed with introducing the first three-, four- and six-seat chairlifts in the U.S. There were lots of other firsts, but the Mountain has aged well and the newer village and Mountain Grand Hotel are among the best in the Heartland. Classic straight forward wide runs plunge down the fall line, and Hemlock, their legendary advanced run and slope centerpiece, is still the “dean of Midwest steep.”

Continue reading
  4368 Hits

Giants Ridge Adds Two New Lifts

Giants-Ridge-first-skiers-off-new-lift-this-season-Facebook

New high-speed quad unloading for the first time this season. (Giants Ridge/Facebook)

Minnesota’s Giants Ridge opened two new, much needed, chairlifts this season in an effort to turn around declining numbers of skier visits the past few winters.

Continue reading
  4605 Hits

Michigan’s Nick Baumgartner Going To His Third Olympics

Nick-Baumgartner-in-the-starting-gate.-Facebook-page-photo

Baumgartner in the starting gate wearing his trademark houndstooth pants. (Nick Baumgartner/Facebook)

Nick Baumgartner, who lives in Iron River in the Wolverine State’s UP and calls Ski Brule his “home hill,” got word last week that he has been named to the U.S. Olympic snowboardcross team. He also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Continue reading
  3443 Hits