Midwest's Wilmot To Get $13 Million Makeover By Vail Resorts

 

Wilmot MountainVail Resorts, which purchased Wilmot Mountain, located between Chicago and Milwaukee, in January, has announced that they will spend $13 million to completely transform the guest experience at one of the nation’s oldest ski areas. The ski area first opened in 1938.

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Women's Clinics, NASTAR Regionals Set For Minnesota

NASTAR Welch VillageFemale skiers and snowboarders will soon take center stage at three Minnesota resorts. The clinics will get you on course for the rest of the season, and one clinic will host a wine and cheese afterwards.

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SnoCountry's Best Midwest Resorts For Fat Tire Snow Biking

Crystal Mt. fat tire bikesFat tire snow biking, popular at western and eastern ski resorts, has been gaining traction in the Midwest recently. Several ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and northern Minnesota are now offering rentals and trails to ride. 

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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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Lutsen Hosts College Week, Lake Effect Music Fest Jan. 3-10

Lutsen MountainsThe Heartland’s largest ski resort, Lutsen Mountains will host a week of music, parties and activities for college students Jan. 3-10. It’s College Week and a new Lake Effect Music Fest.

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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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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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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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