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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Snowmaking, Terrain Parks, Lifts Improved At Minnesota Resorts

Lutsen MountainsMinnesota’s ski season is underway with several ski areas already open. The Gopher State has fared better in the weather pool than other Great Lakes state, especially those on the east side of Lake Michigan. Here’s a rundown on what’s new at ski resorts that have made improvements.

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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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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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Minnesota’s Iconic Buck Hill Ski Area Sold To Long-Time GM, Investors

Buck HillA Twin Cities landmark, Buck Hill Ski Area, has been sold by Nancy Stone and her family. She and her husband Chuck opened the ski area in 1954.

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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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SnoCountry's Best Fall Views From Midwest Chairlifts

Foliage at Boyne MountainAutumn sweeps across the upper Midwest like a blaze. Lakes and rivers shimmer in the Autumn sun add to the beauty. It’s time for a leaf-peeping trip.

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SnoCountry's Best Midwest National Parks, Monuments

Sleeping Dunes National ParkThe mountains and high alpine lakes of the West, and New England’s rolling mountains lush with green forests create some of the nation’s more memorable national parks. But don’t overlook the Heartland’s beautiful lakeshores, prairies, rivers and thick forests of the upper Midwest.

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Duluth City Council Tosses Spirit Mountain Financial Lifeline; Bad March Weather Blamed

Spirit Mountain coasterThe Duluth, Minn. City Council recently voted to extend an allocation of up to $300,000 to Spirit Mountain Ski Area and Adventure Park that will enable the financially troubled, city-owned recreation area to meet payroll and continue summer operations, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune.

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SnoCountry.com's Best Midwest Ski Resorts For Summer Golf

Treetops golfThe Midwest is known as America’s Summer Golf Capitol  for good reason. The upper Midwest offers plenty of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and little humidity, perfect for golf, and many of the ski and golf resorts are ranked among the top destinations in the country. Here are some of the best.

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Midwest Season A Mixed Bag; Great Start, Then Roller Coaster Ride

Perfect North Nov 2014The 2014/15 season got off to a great start when one of the snowiest Novembers on record roared into the Midwest, but from there on it was a bit of a roller coaster ride.

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Granite Peak, Lutsen Plan To Be Open Weekends Into Early May

Lutsen MountainsTwo upper Great Lakes ski resorts plan on stretching the season out a little longer, an encore from last season. It’s some of the best skiing and riding of the season; warming days, long runs and corn snow.    

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Lutsen Mountains Celebrate Spring Carnival And Easter On The Slopes; Open Until April 12

Top of Lutsen MountainsThe Heartland’s largest ski resort, Lutsen Mountains, has had a good winter and plans on staying open until mid-April, which they’ve done for the last 23 years. A couple of fun events are taking place over the next couple of weeks.

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Afton Alps To Host Ski Girls Rock Camp; Welch Village, Wild Mountain Spring Specials

Afton Alps Terrain Park (Afton Alps)

Afton Alps is adding another two-day Ski Girls Rock Camp March 21 and 22, based on the success of others held earlier this year.

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It's Spring Break Time In Minnesota’s Arrowhead

Giants RidgeMarch is spring break season for many school districts throughout the Midwest. If you’re looking for variety of terrain, reliable snow and some attractive lift and lodging packages, check out two resorts in Minnesota’s Arrowhead: Both Lutsen Mountains and Giants Ridge are an easy drive from most Heartland locations.

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Romantic Getaways For Heartland Snowsports Enthusiasts Mean Deals, Too

Granite Peaks romanceValentine’s Day is on a Saturday this winter. It’s the perfect time for a romantic getaway with some skiing, riding and romance. Here are some of the best choices around the Great Lakes. These packages are also available through the rest of the month and into March.

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Ski Lessons, Snowboard Camps Set Around Twin Cities In February, March

Aston Alps snowboardingA series of beginner and advance lessons take place at Welch Village, and snowboard camps are scheduled at Buck Hill, Afton Alps and Wild Mountain throughout the month of February. It’s a great chance for Twin City skiers and snowboarders to sharpen their skills.

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Midwest Resorts To Host Special Women's Clinics

Lisa Densmore clinicWomen are taking center stage at several ski areas around the Heartland over the next few weeks as seven resorts are hosting female specific events and clinics this coming weekend and next month. Leading off are a couple Indiana ski areas, Perfect North Slopes and Paoli Peaks, which are hosting events this weekend.

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Lutsen Mountains Announces Major Expansion; New Gondola, 400 Acre Expansion

Lutsen MountainsOwners of Minnesota's Lutsen Mountains have announced a plan to add a new gondola, replacing the 45-year-old existing four-seat gondola with a $7 million dollar, eight passenger unit that will be ready for the 2015/16 ski season. They’re also asking the National Forest Service for permission to expand onto 400 acres of the adjacent Superior National Forest.

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Wisconsin's Granite Peak Announces $50 Million Expansion; New Lifts, Runs, Lodging

Granite PeakGranite Peak, Wisc. is poised to become one of the Heartland’s largest ski resorts with the addition of ski-in, ski-out slopeside lodging, but first comes additional runs and lifts. 

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Midwest Resorts Ready To Celebrate Holidays; Lots Of Packages, Fun

Shanty CreekThe holiday period across the upper Midwest looks good for a snowy holiday at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac The good news for skiers and snowboarders is some destination ski resorts are offering attractive lift and lodging packages through the holidays. Check them out.

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