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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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Heartland Ski Resorts Ready To Celebrate The Holidays

Christmas Snow Monsters Crystal Mt.

The long-range forecast looks good for a snowy Christmas across the Heartland, and that good news couldn’t come at a better time as Midwest ski resorts get ready to celebrate the holiday season.

 

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There’s Nothing Goofy About New Disney-Burton-Jay Peak Partnership

Toy Story Jay Peak Burton

Snow sports industry leaders and resort executives have said it for years: instead of competing for the same customers, we need to grow the pool. That’s what Burton Snowboards and Jay Peak plan in their new partnership with the Disney Corporation.

 

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Midwest Standbys Wilmot, Caberfae Turn 75 This Winter

Caberfae

A couple of old Midwest standbys, Wilmot Mountain in southern Wisconsin, and Caberfae Peaks in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, celebrate turning 75 this winter.

 

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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Nashoba Valley Festival Of Lights Is Home For The Holidays

Nashoba Valley Festival of Lights

More and more ski areas are becoming venues for activities appealing to a cross-section of the populace, not just skiers and riders. Nashoba Valley  has a Holiday Festival of Lights, where nothing is needed other than an appreciation of the season.

 

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Midwest Ski Season Off To Best Start In Several Years

Indianhead

Many ski resorts across the Midwest were able to open this past weekend, even as far south as southern Indiana where Perfect North Slopes was open.

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Le Massif Could Be Site Of Canada’s First Club Med

Le Massif de Charlevoix

There was more good news from Le Massif de Charlevoix last week than just the announcement that the Quebec ski and ride area would be open for bonus days on Dec. 8-9.

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Peak Resorts Acquires Alpine Valley; New Owners Bring Back Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland, Opening Day '12

Midwest-based Peak Resorts has purchased Ohio’s Alpine Valley Ski Area, and in Wisconsin Little Switzerland Ski Area has reopened this season under new ownership after having been closed since 2007.

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Wild Mountain First To Be Fully Open

Wild Mt. fully open

Wild Mountain, Minn. appears to be the first ski area in America to be fully, 100 percent open for the new season. That’s on top of being the very first area to open for sliders earlier this fall.

 

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Lake Effect Snowfall Is 'Snowmaking' On The Cheap

Holiday Valley, NY

It’s the frugal kind of artificial snow but, unfortunately, it’s not available to the entire ski world. Such a pity, because it needs no water, pipelines or compressed air to produce.

 

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Northern Michigan Resorts Add Activities, Terrain Parks, Snowmaking

Homestead Resort

A while back I outlined what’s new around Boyne Country in northern Michigan (see story) including more snowmaking and new lifts, but that just scratches the surface. 

 

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Michigan Trade Group Offers Residents Incentives Ski, Ride

Boyne Sports Academy

Michigan residents who have wanted to give winter sports a try may not find a better offer. Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has a couple of affordable programs to encourage adults and children to give snow sports a try this winter.  

 

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Tragic Mishap Takes Life Of Camden Snow Bowl General Manager Jeff Kuller

Camden Ski Bowl Jeff Kuller

“Come up and ski.” Unfortunately, those words that Jeff Kuller used to end many interviews will no longer be heard.

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Mount Bohemia Loses Triple Chair For Two Months; Majority To Still Buy Passes

Mt. Bohemia cliffs

 

Midwest extreme skiing and riding cult favorite Mt. Bohemia has lost its triple chairlift until about the end of January, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, just a couple of weeks before its annual $99 season pass sale.

 

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Lift Ticket Deals Still Available At Many Montana Ski Areas

Whitefish

Most season pass sales have ended for Montana ski areas, but a number of lift ticket deals are still available. Some of the deals include transferable lift tickets or coupons and would make Christmas stocking stuffers. Check them out.

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Ski Area Marketers Tread Lightly Matching 'Right Message' While Helping Super Storm Victims

Ortley Beach, NJ Super Story Damage

The immediate need for New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy is to return to normalcy. The process figures to be protracted. But, what are the implications for mountain travel?

 

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Skiers, Riders Exposed To Deals, Neighborliness At Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

Rail Show, Boston Ski Show

With so much to see and absorb, skiers and riders will have a difficult time knowing where to start and when to stop.

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Midwest Resorts Plan Thanksgiving Opening; Some Already Open

Boyne Mt. snowmaking

Thanksgiving is typically when many Midwest ski resorts hope to open for the season. A few have already opened, and several are offering discounted overnight packages for early season snowsports enthusiasts ready to kick-start the season. 

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Sandy Brings Ample Snow To NC, WV; Sugar, Cataloochee Open For Halloween

Sandy Snows (Weather Channel)

New employees at Sugar Mountain never expected to get ramped up so quickly for their new jobs. On Saturday, they were recruited at the resort’s job fair; snowmaking began on Sunday; the lifts will churn for the first day Wednesday (Oct. 31). 

 

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