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

Midwest Passes That Offer Multiple Ski Areas

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It’s the time of year when many consider ski pass purchases for next season. If you are happy skiing your favorite area only and not interested in passes offering multiple options, read no further. There are a few a few options for Heartland skiers that like to ski many areas over the winter, and three of the alternatives offer options for those that like to take a winter trip or three to the mountains.

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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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Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month And Discover Michigan Skiing

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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Throughout the Midwest ski areas are offering discounted lesson programs. Michigan offers one of the best programs for cost and simplicity, and it’s available at ski areas throughout the Wolverine State.

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Female Ski Clinics Taking Place Across Heartland

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Several ski areas located near Midwest major cities are hosting female ski clinics over the next month. Enjoy that slope time even more with improved form and confidence.

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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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Michigan And Minnesota Ski Areas Offer Grade School Passports

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The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and Minnesota Ski Areas Association offer passport programs allowing elementary age kids the chance to try skiing and snowboarding for free. In Michigan it covers both fourth and fifth graders, and Minnesota’s program covers fourth graders.

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Hi-Tech Ski Resort Wayfinding In The Digital Age

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When visiting a ski resort for the first time, most people check out the trail map to plan their day. But whereas 30 years ago it was a paper map, today it is likely to be on a smartphone or computer. 

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Several Heartland Female Ski Clinics Taking Place

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Over the next few weeks seven Midwest ski areas are hosting women’s ski and snowboard clinics. Two ski areas are located in Indiana, and one each in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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Michigan Fourth and Fifth Graders Ski And Snowboard Free

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Many state and industry programs are offered throughout the west and east allowing elementary age kids the chance to give skiing and snowboarding a try throughout the winter. The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) offers one of the best in my opinion. It’s the only statewide program I could find being offered in the Midwest.

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Now Is Time To Purchase 2014/15 Season Pass In Midwest

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While this winter’s great season is still underway at a few resorts across the upper Midwest, now is the time to be thinking about your 2014/15 season pass. Some Heartland ski areas are currently offering their best prices of the year for a limited time. Many of these price incentives end this month.

 

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Coming Up In Michigan: Nubs Nob Mardi Gras, Treetops Music Festival, Mt. Brighton Slush Cup

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A trio of Michigan ski areas – Nubs Nob, Treetops and Mt. Brighton – are welcoming spring with a variety of special events, some involving lift and lodging packages.

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Several Midwest Season Passes Also Have Eastern, Western Connections

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Many season passes add extra value through discounted rentals, food, ski shop apparel, and other perks, but several Heartland season passes also include alliances with western and eastern ski resorts. Check them out. There are some good benefits if you’re planning a ski vacation outside the Midwest this winter.

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Multi-Million Dollar Improvements For Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton On Schedule

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Vail Resorts purchased two Midwest ski areas, Michigan’s Mt. Brighton and Afton Alps in Minnesota last winter, promising $10 million in improvements for each area during the off season, and it looks like they are on schedule.

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Taylor Ogilvie Named General Manager At Mt. Brighton

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Taylor Ogilvie, who most recently oversaw the Vail Mountain Children and Teen Ski and Ride School at Lionshead, has been named general manager of Mt. Brighton Ski Area in Michigan. Vail Resorts acquired the ski area last year.

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Vail Resorts To Pump Up To $140 Million Into 8 Resorts

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Vail Resorts’ officials have announced the company is pumping a record $130 million to $140 million in capital improvements into eight of its nine ski resorts in four states. 

 

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

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Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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