Midwest Ski Areas Hit Significant Milestones In 2016

Mt. HollyTerry Peak, South Dakota, opened in 1936, and celebrates 80 years this year. It opened the same year as Sun Valley in the west and Bromley Mountain in the east, both credited with kicking off the North American ski resort industry. Terry Peak, with a 1,100-foot vertical drop, largest in the Heartland, offers true mountain skiing. Located in the Black Hills, it tops out near 7,000 feet.  

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Michigan’s Mount Bohemia Offers First Midwest Cat Skiing On New Voodoo Mountain

Mount BohemiaIt may be something you thought you would never hear about in the Midwest, but Mount Bohemia, in Michigan's UP, has opened Voodoo Mountain for cat skiing. It's the first commercial cat skiing area east of the Rockies.

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World Class Ski Jumping Comes To Michigan's UP Feb. 20-21

Mich ski jumpIt’s one of the more unusual ski weekends in the Midwest. Pine Mountain, Michigan’s UP, hosts an FIS sanctioned Continental Cup jumping event Feb. 20-21, which is often dubbed the “Midwest’s biggest winter tailgate party.”

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Looking For That Special Valentine Day Ski Trip In Midwest?

Homestead coupleWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner and coming on a weekend, here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snow sports and romance. Enjoy.

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SnoCountry's Best Winter Ziplining, Coaster Rides In Midwest

Alpine Coaster Spirit MountainSeveral Midwest ski resorts are adding a little zip to their attractions, literally. Zip Lines have become a big addition at ski resorts across the country, especially in the western mountains and New England.

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Trip Report: Boyne Highlands Remains A Classic Midwestern Resort

Lisa Densmore clinicI’ve been skiing at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands in Michigan since the mid-1970s and watched them grow over the plast 40 years. Both have added more terrain, trails and terrain parks and lots of non-ski related activities.

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Trip Report: Gaylord, Treetops Combine For Winter Getaway In Michigan

Treetops XCCheck out Gaylord, Mich. if you like cross country skiing laced with nice amenities, good downhill choices, and an appealing village dressed for winter.

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Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, Nearby Skiing, Make For Unusual Getaway

Muskegon luge trackEver wanted to try a luge run, which always looks pretty exciting in the Olympics?

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Vertical Express For Multiple Sclerosis Hits The Slopes

 

Vertical Express for MS (Can Do Multiple Sclerosis)Vertical Express for Can Do MS, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with multiple sclerosis (MS), kicks off Feb. 6 with seven ski resort events across the country. This event supports lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. 

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Stein Eriksen Left His Mark On Michigan Skiing, Too

Stein Eriksen at Boyne Mt.Stein Eriksen, beyond his international persona and all his accomplishments, also had an impact on Midwest skiing even though he was here just three years.

 

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Fill 'Er Up: Get Gas And Free Lift Ticket In Midwest

Skiing in MichiganHow would you like to get a free lift ticket every time you fill your vehicles gas tank?

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Holidays Loaded With Activities Across The Midwest

Ski with Santa at Shanty CreekIt may be a slow start to the Midwest ski season, but things are supposed to improve by the holidays and several Heartland resorts have plans to celebrate the season. Let’s all ask Santa to bring the snow.

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More Snow In West, Springlike In East This Weekend

Forecast 12-9-15El Nino continues to play the same tune across North America with abundant snow in the west and spring-like temperatures throughout the lower midwest and Northeast, and the forecast shows little signs of change.

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SnoCountry's Best Mountain Top Dining Atop The Midwest

Aonach Mor at Boyne HighlandsMountain top dining is popular at ski resorts in the west. But, there are a handful of resorts scattered around the Heartland that offer distinctive mountain top dining experiences as well.

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Wild Mountain First To Open In Midwest; Trollhagen, Ski Brule, Lutsen Next

 Wild First To OpenOnce again Minnesota’s Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Wisconsin border, is the first to open for skiing and snowboarding in the Midwest. A major winter storm is sweeping across the region, leaving 3-20 inches in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

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Improvements At Michigan’s Lower Peninsula Areas; Shanty Creek, Treetops, Caberfae

Treetops Three ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula—Shanty Creek, Treetops and Caberfae Peaks— have been busy making improvements for the coming winter season. Look for more snowmaking capability, lodge renovations, upgraded rental equipment and cross country improvements.

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Midwest Resorts Host Thanksgiving Weekend Events To Kickstart Season

Thanksgiving show at LutsenThanksgiving Weekend is when Midwest resorts have high hopes to kickoff the ski season. Frequently it happens, but not always. A handful of Heartland ski resorts are scheduling weekend events in anticipation.

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Michigan's Boyne Country Resorts Offer Early Season Package Deals

Boyne MountainNorthwestern Lower Michigan around the Lake Michigan villages of Petoskey and Harbor Springs is known to Midwest snowsports enthusiasts as Boyne Country, home to Nubs NobBoyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. They are offering some attractive early season lift and lodging packages.

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Crystal Mountain $11 Million Dollar Expansion Underway

Crystal Mountain villageFor a Midwest resort that has been named one of the 50 Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort just continues to improve.

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SnoCountry's Best Halloween Activities At Heartland Ski Resorts

Galena Halloween ParadeFrom a stroll in the haunted forest to great pumpkin races, shred ‘til you’re dead jam and a Halloween party in a wilderness cabin, a handful of Heartland ski resorts have some haunting good fun planned this Halloween. Some of it even starts earlier. Get your ghoul on. 

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