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Michigan Snowboarders Break North American Record Most Ski Areas In 24 Hours

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Michigan snowboarder David Zemens and friend Sabato Caputo have set a new North American record for snowboarding the most ski areas in a 24-hour period. They were able to hit 16 ski areas starting Friday evening, Jan. 11 in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula and ending Saturday evening on Jan. 12 near Detroit.

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Michigan, Wisconsin Associations Offer Ways To Reduce Lift Ticket Costs

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The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is offering a White Gold Card that allows you to ski or snowboard a full day at 33 Michigan ski areas, and Skiing Wisconsin offers a coupon book allowing you a day at 17 participating Badger State ski areas. It keeps your lift ticket cost for the day to around $8.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: What A November; Here’s To December

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November has been good to many of us and the pattern to begin December is looking colder for most, with potential for more heavy storms.

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Canada’s Searchmont Resort Again Under American Ownership

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Detroit-based Wisconsin Resorts Inc. and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation announced Nov. 1 that a deal had been struck to purchase Searchmont Resort for $2 million.

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SO-GNAR Snowboard Camps Shred Across Midwest This Month

SO-GNAR snowboard campsThe tenth annual So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour hits six Midwest ski areas over the next few weeks. It’s an opportunity for Midwest shredders to up their game and improve those skills.

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Wisconsin Resorts Upgrade Snowmaking, Expand Terrain Parks

Tyrol BasinWisconsin ski areas were busy this past summer enhancing the experience for guests this coming season. Snowmaking upgrades topped the improvement lists, but there were also terrain park expansions, new runs, new lifts and improved beginner areas. 

Little Switzerland has added a new high-speed rope tow in their terrain parks and expanded both their large and small parks. They also cleared a new trail called Easy Cheesey, which will be the easiest way down the hill. Snowmaking capacity was increased with the addition new fan guns.

Nordic Mountain, always one of the first to be fully open in the Badger State, once again added more snowmaking firepower and cleared a new winding, intermediate run called MeNords. They feel it will become one of their most popular once discovered.

Camp 10 increase both the capacity and efficiency of their snowmaking system, which they feel will allow them to open earlier in the season.

Alpine ValleyAlpine Valley, in the southern part of the state, tripled the size of the beginner area complete with four magic carpet lifts and added a new chairlift on their First Adventure beginner run.  

Wilmot Valley, added over 5,000 feet of new high-pressure pipe and two new snow blowers between chairlifts 3 and 8 to increase and improve snowmaking efforts. They also added new LED lighting on five of their runs, overhauled chairlifts, and spruced up the day lodge.

Tyrol Basin improved their beginner terrain and added a new magic carpet lift for the upcoming season.

Sunburst’s Tubing Park was named as one of the Top 10 Tubing destinations in the nation recently by USA Today. They offer 42 lanes, two magic carpet lifts and speeds up to 42 mph cruising down the hill. Hold your breath.  

Photos: Top -- Tyrol Basin made summer improvements (Tyrol Basin/Facebook); Right -- Alpine Valley triples beginner area (Alpine Valley/Facebook); Below -- Little Switzerland adds fan guns, new trail (Little Switzerland/Facebook).

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Skiing Wisconsin Coupon Book Available In Limited Quantities, But Act Fast

Devil's HeadThe popular Skiing Wisconsin coupon book is still available in limited numbers and can be ordered online for $125. There are only about 280 left at press time, and the ski season isn’t far away. It’s perfect for the skier or rider that likes to visit numerous areas.

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Midwest Resorts Ready To Celebrate Holidays

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The long range forecast looks good for a snowy holiday across the Heartland, and the good news for skiers and snowboarders is some destination ski resorts are offering lift and lodging deals through the holidays. 

 

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Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana Ski Areas Make Improvements; Emphasis On Tubing

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Ski areas across Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have been busy making improvements for the new season, which is off to fast start with the current cold snap settling across the Heartland.

 

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Lutsen Adds High Speed Lift On Moose Mt.; Alpine Valley Adds Quad, Triple

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The addition of a new six-seat, high-speed lift on Lutsen’s Moose Mountain, costing $4.5 million, is good news for skiers and riders that frequent the Heartland’s biggest snowsports resort. A new quad and triple chair is in store at Ohio's Alpine Valley.

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New Joint Pass Covers Four Buckeye Ski Areas

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It’s a new concept for lower Midwest ski areas, which has been used by ski areas farther north in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s UP. It’s a boon for Buckeye skiers and riders.

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Wisconsin Ski Areas Offer Midweek Incentives; Excellent Conditions

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Wisconsin ski areas are offering midweek incentives to entice Badger State skiers and riders to the slopes and conditions couldn’t be better.

 

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Ohio Resorts Offer Incentives To Entice Buckeye Skiers

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Typically Buckeye skiers and riders have about a month left to get out on Ohio’s slopes. Ohio ski resorts are offering numerous incentives right now to get out and enjoy some of the best conditions of the season.

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

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

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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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Two New High-Speed Lifts Being Installed In Midwest

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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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Plenty Of Season Pass Deals Still On Sale In Midwest

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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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