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It’s National Safety Awareness Week Across U.S. Jan. 19-27

Okemo Helmet Head

From a “Helmet Hair” contest in Vermont, to discounts on helmet purchases for anyone who trades in a bruised or battered one in Oregon, ski and snowboard resorts across the country will mark the 14th annual National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19-27.


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Trip Report: Alpine Village, Skiing With Elk, Downhill Choices At Gaylord, Mich.

Treetops Resort Ice Bar

If you like cross country skiing laced with nice amenities, downhill choices, an appealing village dressed for winter, and a touch of nearby wilderness boasting the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi, check out Gaylord, Michigan. 

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Big Snowstorms At Greek Peak Bury Financial Issues For Guests

Greek Peak resortHow does a ski area overcome last winter’s dry season in the east, coupled with the failure of its chief lender in January, followed by filing Chapter 11 re-organization bankruptcy in August? Apparently in this industry, a good snowstorm or two cures all. 


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World Class Ski Jumping At Pine Mountain Feb. 9-10

Pine Mountain Ski Jump

It’s one of the more unusual ski weekends in the Midwest. Pine Mountain Resort, near Iron Mountain in Michigan’s remote UP, offers a scenic winter getaway for skiers and snowboarders coupled with an FIS sanctioned Continental Cup jumping event that takes place Feb. 9-10.

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Pats Peak Still Making It Personal After 50 Years

Pat's Peak 50th

A noteworthy milestone was passed Saturday (Jan. 5) when Pats Peak in southern N.H. celebrated its 50th birthday before some 200 who regaled in the history of the ski and ride area. 


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Michigan Deal: Fill Your Tank, Get Free Lift Ticket

Perfect morning at Boyne Mt.

How would you like to get a free lift ticket to your favorite ski resort every time you fill your gas tank? Well, you can. Here's how:

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Near Vermont Disaster Out-Of-Bounds; Rescues Could Be Costly

Know The Code

Skiers and riders only need to read the recent news stories from Killington and Pico to understand the impact of a wrong decision.

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Empire Builder Links Midwest Skiers To Montana; Easy Overnight Train Trip

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Midwesterners looking for a unique winter ski trip will want to consider taking Amtrak to Whitefish, Mont., where you'll ski and ride Whitefish Mountain Resort over 3,000 acres of bowls, chutes and glades with Glacier National Park nearby.

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Natural Snow Is A Bonanza For Eastern Nordic Skiers

Trapp Family XCCross country skiers, unlike their alpine brethren, generally experience little or no snowmaking equipment on their favorite trails. Things looked exceedingly dismal last year at this time, but that's all changed as we move from 2012 into 2013.


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Granite Peak Will Host Three Family Festival Weekends This Winter

Granite Peak Family Festival

Take that old adage, “families that play together, stay together,” and apply it to Granite Peak. Wisconsin’s largest ski area has your family ski trip covered this winter.


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Holiday Storms Bring Snorkel Skiing To The East

Jay Peak Powder

No jokes please. The recent weather to batter the eastern seaboard has turned skiing on the right coast into a quiet experience. it happened just as the crucial December holiday break got underway.


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Lutsen Hosting College Week And Throwing A Snowball Jan. 6-12

Snowball at Lutsen

Think of it like an early spring break in Daytona, but on snow instead of sand. It’s arguably one of the top ski and snowboard parties around the Great Lakes.

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Eastern Resorts Ready To Welcome New Skiers And Riders In January; Plenty Of Deals

Mountain Creek

January is the time for Eastern resorts to join the national push to “grow the games.” In this case, the games are skiing and snowboarding, with the goal of bringing new audiences to the hill. You, your friends and families are the beneficiaries.


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Midwest Is Ideal For Learning To Ski And Ride In January

Apple Mt.

The Midwest Ski Areas Association was a forerunner in the January National Ski & Snowboard Month before it became national. Our region of the country is ideal for learning to ski and snowboard. Here are some samples.

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No Need For Smoke And Mirrors; Mother Nature Takes Over

Gore Mountain

November and December is the time when ski area marketing and public relations types work overtime. The reason: Inconsistent fall weather, coupled with the start of the new season, brings out the most creativity. But, Mother Nature is taking over.


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Wachusett Mountain: The Winter Party That Began In 1962

Crowley Family (Brian Ruland)

The starts and stops of this 2012-2013 winter have done nothing to dampen the spirits of Wachusett Mountain in Worcester County, Massachusetts.The resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. 


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Ohio Rail Jams, Olympian Louie Vito Coming To Mad River Mountain Dec. 29

Louie Vito hometown

Snowboarders in Lower Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, now’s your chance to ride with an Olympian. Louie Vito, Olympian and 2012 overall champion of the U. S. Grand Prix and Dew Cup, is coming to Ohio’s Mad River Mountain for his annual rail jam Saturday, Dec. 29. It’s one of the largest rail jams in the Heartland.

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January Is Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month; Lots Of Deals Across Country

National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

All too many people tried skiing or snowboarding after a challenge from a spouse or friend, “We'll go to the top. You can do it.” No need for that any more. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. 


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Between Semesters You Deserve A Winter Break, So Take A College Ski Week

College Week

That fall semester was tough. Then you scrambled home for Christmas. Bought presents as stores were closing on Christmas Eve. You graduate in May and your parents are on your case about starting a career. You need an escape. Enter college ski week. 


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SO-GNAR Snowboard Camps Hit Midwest; Tyrol Basin Airbag

So-GNAR Midwest Snowboard Camps

Get your shred on, Midwest snowboarders. The seventh annual SO-GNAR Snowboard Camp Tour is hitting seven Heartland ski areas over the next few weeks. Five of the stops are scheduled over the holidays.

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