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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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One Midwest Ski Area Calls It Quits, Two Get A Reprieve, Another Hopeful

Porcupine Mt.

Some good news for a couple of Michigan ski areas – Porcupine Mountain and Otsego Ski Club – that won’t be closed for the 2012/13 season. Minnesota’s Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is looking to reopen after an eight year hiatus.

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Killington Powers K-1 Express Gondola By Feeding It Cow Pies

Killington Gondola

There are 100 jokes in this headline, for sure. But for sustainability and creativity, it’s no laughing matter. The "Beast of the East" is bringing cow technology to its beacon, the K-1 Express Gondola.

 

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Mad River Mountain Rail Jam Nov. 4; Other Midwest Open Houses Set

Mad River, Ohio

Ohio’s Mad River Mountain, home hill to Olympian Louie Vito, will be hosting the Heartland’s first rail jam Nov. 4. Last year’s event was a huge hit, and over 400 people have already confirmed on MRM’s Facebook page they will be there for the “throw down.” The ski area’s annual Ski Patrol Ski Swap will be taking place inside the lodge. 

 

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Ski Icon Emile Allais Passes Away At 100 Years Young

Emile Allais

One of skiing’s original savants died Wednesday night (Oct. 17) in the French Alps. Emile Allais, who espoused the technique of parallel skiing when Austrian instructors were teaching the Arlberg (wedge) movement, succumbed after a brief illness. 

 

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Fall Events Have Clock Running On Start Of Ski/Ride Season

Grim Reaper Bretton Woods

With the countdown underway to the start of the new ski and ride season, at least several New Hampshire resorts are still in fall mode around the Northeast.    

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Chicago, Minneapolis Host Ski Shows Oct. 19-21; Fun, Info

Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show

Midwest ski shows are a sure sign that the winter season is not far away, and two of the Heartland’s top shows take place this weekend: The Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show and the Minnesota Ski and Snowboard Expo. 

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Michigan White Gold Card Is Now Available

Caberfae

How would you like to ski 31 of Michigan’s top ski areas for less than $6.50 per visit this winter? 

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Sugarbush, Mad River Glen Form Partnership Merging 3 Ski Mountains; Détente Is Here

Sugarbush

Picture the Yankees and the Red Sox burying the hatchet. Imagine NBC and Conan kissing and making up. Now you know how unlikely it is that a Sugarbush-Mad River Glen partnership would develop. 

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Wild Mountain First Ski Area In Nation To Open; Earliest Ever In Midwest

Wild Mt. Opening Day '12

Ski area opening bragging rights go to the Midwest for the 2012/13 season.  Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, opened today (10/7/12).

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Major Project Accelerates in Northern Vermont As Similar Effort Stalls In N.Y.

Jay Peak Village rendering

As the crow flies, not much separates major initiatives in the upper reaches of Vermont and New York. Although similar in nature, a massive project in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is already off the ground, while a comparable development in New York’s Adirondack Mountains is being slowed by an environmental lawsuit. (See related story).

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What's New For Boyne Country? Snowmaking, Lifts, More

Nubs Nob

Northwestern Lower Michigan around the Lake Michigan villages of Petoskey and Harbor Springs is known to snowsport’s enthusiasts as Boyne Country, home to Boyne Mountain and Highlands and Nubs Nob. There have been plenty of improvements. 

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Montana Ski Areas Have Season Pass Price Increases Coming; Act Now

Ski Discovery, Mont.

Five top Montana ski areas have season pass price increases coming over the next few weeks. Now is the time to act if you’re thinking of purchasing a season pass before prices increases start taking place.

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Boyne, Boston Mills, Mad River Mountain Hosting Early Fall Events

Boyne Mt. Fall Golf

Three Heartland ski areas are hosting early October open houses, festivals, rail jams and a chance to preview new gear for the coming season. 

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Shanty Creek Resort Offers Colorful Fall Golf; Big Air Park Coming For Winter

Legends Golf Course, Shanty Creek

One of the best reasons to visit Shanty Creek Resort this time of year is the spectacular fall color. Known for its variety of winter slopes, the resort’s 4,500 wooded acres turn brilliant shades of red, gold and yellow.

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Two New High-Speed Lifts Being Installed In Midwest

Terry Peak

The Heartland’s newest high-speed lifts are being installed at Wisconsin’s Granite Peak Ski Area and Terry Peak Ski Area in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

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Ski Brule Early Lift Ticket Sale

Ski Brule

Now may not seem like the time to worry about next season’s lift ticket deals, but if you like skiing and boarding at Ski Brule, the best prices of the coming season are now available.

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Boyne Country Offers Heartland's Only Zipline Tours


Boyne ZiplineZipline tours are popular pursuits at numerous ski resorts along the east coast and in the western mountains. Around the Great Lakes, you head to Michigan’s Boyne Country to find the Heartland’s only zipline tours. 

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Plenty Of Season Pass Deals Still On Sale In Midwest

Boyne Mountain

It may be the middle of August during one of the hottest Heartland summers on record, but several of the region’s ski areas are currently offering their best season pass deals for the 2012/13 season.

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Beat The Heat And Head To Big Sky: Frequent Sky Card On Sale

Big Sky Summit Hotel

Record heat is scorching much of the Heartland this summer, so you might consider a quick trip to Big Sky Resort in the Montana mountains, with Yellowstone National Park just down the road.

 

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